Message from the Vice President
Dear Chap Nation:
It is my privilege to welcome you to Lubbock Christian University for the 2020-2021 academic year.
You can look forward to a year filled with opportunities to learn from dedicated faculty who care about you as a person, to develop meaningful relationships with peers, to engage in a vibrant campus community, and to discern God's calling. This year is a great time to explore and grow in all areas of life.
It is the collaborative work of students, faculty, and staff to care for, and carry out, our mission to be a Christ-centered, academic community of learners, transforming the hearts, minds, and hands of students for lives of purpose and service. This missions speaks to a higher moral expectation for the LCU community - and this LCU Student Handbook provides the structure to help all of us act with integrity, strive to discern right from wrong, speak the truth, and keep our commitments.
I encourage you to embrace your journey this year with perseverance and joy. This will be the best year yet at Lubbock Christian University.
God Bless and Go Chaps!
Vice President — Student Life
LCU Mission and Values
Lubbock Christian University is a Christ-centered, academic community of learners, transforming the hearts, minds, and hands of students for lives of purpose and service.
We seek to be authentically Christian, guided by our Christian faith in every dimension of our life as a community of higher learning.
Student Handbook—Prepared by the Student Life Office
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain, read, comprehend, and honor the purposes, policies, and procedures of the Student Handbook. The specific policies outlined are not presented as an exhaustive list of behavior concerns, and each one should be interpreted broadly in the context of the highest Christian standards of honesty, ethics, and morality. The university reserves the right at any time to create additional policies and protocols, or modify existing ones, as needs may dictate, and students are expected to abide by such from the time of implementation. Any such changes will be communicated with the students through LCU email and the LCU website.
In the entirety of this handbook, the term university shall mean Lubbock Christian University. The term campus shall mean LCU-owned buildings, land, parking lots, and walkways. The term student shall mean any university student enrolled for one or more credits in the current semester and living on or off campus. The term faculty/staff shall mean any administrator, faculty member, or contract staff member currently employed by the university.
For additional information regarding policies, reports, and student resources, go to LCU Student Right to Know.
Equal Opportunity Statement
Lubbock Christian University (LCU) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, or disability. LCU is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is the purpose of LCU to be a Christ-centered, academic community of learners, providing a transformative educational experience for students. The university pursues the very highest employment and academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. In accordance with federal and state law, LCU reserves the right to seek, hire, and promote persons who support the goals and mission of the university, including the right to prefer co-religionists.
Consult the LCU Catalog for all academic policy information including, but not limited to: academic probation, standards, suspension and suspension appeal procedure, class adds or drops, grade appeal, etc. For additional questions, students should contact their instructor, academic advisor, the registrar, or the appropriate academic dean.
All course textbooks can be purchased online through our Virtual Bookstore. Additionally, some course packets are available in the Chap Store located on campus in the Mabee Student Life Building (SUB). LCU student accounts may be used to purchase books and course materials. Book buy-back will occur for two days on campus at the end of each semester. Extended buy back is available online 24/7. For further questions, please call the LCU Chap Store at 806.720.7526.
The purpose of LCU Career Services is to provide the tools and advising necessary for students and alumni to succeed in their career endeavors. Services include career resources, interview and resume preparation, one-on-one advising appointments, career assessment testing, and career development events such as career fairs, etiquette dinners, and workshops. The Career Services Office is located in the Cardwell Welcome Center. For additional information, go to Career Services.
Center for Student Success
The Center for Student Success (CSS) is committed to helping students be successful in the classroom. The CSS offers many services including Academic Testing, Disability Services, Tutoring, and Mentoring. The CSS is located in the north end of the Ling Center for Academic Achievement (CAA).
The University Testing Office administers CLEP, ACT, DSST, THEA, as well as the ETS Proficiency Profile, which is required for all students. Students will complete this assessment when they enroll in UNI 2000 after they complete the LCU core classes and before advancing. Contact the testing coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to Room 116 of the Center for Student Success for information concerning any standardized testing or special departmental credit by examination needs.
Lubbock Christian University provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students requesting accommodations must be registered in the Disability Services Office to receive services. Appropriate documentation of disability (usually from a licensed professional such as a doctor, school diagnostician, psychologist, etc.) must be made prior to registration. All information is kept confidential.
The Disability Services Coordinator will provide registered students with a Letter of Accommodations, listing the accommodations the student is eligible for based on documentation provided and prior accommodations. Students are instructed to take this letter to his/her professors for their signatures. These signatures will signify receipt of notice that these accommodations have been deemed reasonable and appropriate for that class and must be put into place within two weeks. (Accommodations will not be retroactive.)
Upon receiving all professors’ signatures, the student will return the letter to the Disability Services Office for it to be filed electronically. The student and professors will also receive an electronic copy for their files.
For physical disabilities, the student needs to let the Disability Services Coordinator and/or the Registrar know prior to registration so that classroom arrangements may be made in a timely manner.
The university is not required to provide accommodations if the student fails to follow the above steps.
Service Animal Policy
Service animals will be allowed to accompany persons with disabilities in all areas of campus where the public is normally allowed. Students can register their service animals with Disability Services.
Emotional Support Animal Policy
Lubbock Christian University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Students who seek to bring an emotional support animal to campus housing, should contact the Disability Services Office in the Center for Student Success to discuss requests. This office will determine whether having the animal on campus is a reasonable accommodation for the student on an individual basis, based on documentation provided.
Questions or concerns can be directed towards the full Service and Assistance Animal Policy and the Disability Services Office, located in the CSS, Room 117.
LCU implemented the Mentoring program to provide academic support to students and assist them in the successful completion of their degree. Our Mentors work with students to help them identify their academic goals and resolve any circumstances that may hinder their success. Mentors help students develop the skills they need to manage their time and resources to become more successful. To connect with a mentor, email mentor@lcuedu or stop by the Center for Student Success.
Current students may request free peer tutoring in most undergraduate courses. Tutoring is provided in one-on-one or small group sessions meeting weekly throughout each long semester. The Tutoring Services office is located in Room 118 in the Center for Student Success in the CAA. For more information or to sign up, email email@example.com.
University Writing Center
The University Writing Center is an interdisciplinary student resource that offers free, individualized help with writing for any LCU undergraduate or graduate student. You will work with trained student consultants to discuss any of the following: deciding on a topic; clarifying and organizing ideas; outlining, drafting and revising; improving grammar and punctuation; citing sources accurately.
Consultations are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis. You can make an appointment by calling 806.720.7624 or you can simply come to our location. Your session will begin as soon as you have completed a brief intake form and as soon as a consultant is available. Hours of operation are: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 9-10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The University Writing Center is located in the corner of the back room of the first floor of the library.
Children in the Classroom
One of the advantages employees and students have at LCU is the family atmosphere created by the small size of the university community and the value placed on people. These values also make it necessary for the university to provide employees and students a comfortable, safe, and non-distracting work or study environment.
This policy is designed to be people-sensitive both in emergencies and in the day-to-day functioning of the university. Students should not bring children into the classroom. Occasional needs or emergency situations should be discussed with students’ instructors. Instructors may permit some latitude for very short periods of time to meet special needs or emergencies.
Students are responsible for material presented in or assigned for their courses, even when they are absent from class, and will be held accountable for such material in the determination of course grades. Faculty will not apply a more restrictive attendance policy than the one outlined below.
Students who miss three, six, or nine class meetings in courses meeting once, twice, or three times per week, respectively, may, at the discretion of the professor, be dropped from the course with a grade of F. Students participating in authorized school related functions who miss more than 25% of the class meetings, may, at the discretion of the professor, be dropped from the course with a grade of F. Students will work with coaches, directors, sponsors, and their professors to keep track of their attendance and may not miss more than the allotted class meetings. Students who enter the university after the starting date will accrue absences from the date the class began.
Students may be required to make up class work or assignments missed due to absences. Students whose absences were caused by personal illness, a death in the immediate family, or authorized participation in official school functions must be given an opportunity to rectify, in a manner acceptable to the professor, any deficiencies which may have resulted from such absences. For other reasons, professors will determine whether students can rectify deficiencies.
It is the responsibility of each student to inform the professor of the reason for an absence. If possible, the student should do so prior to the absence, and if not, at the first attended class meeting.
Students do have the right to appeal dismissal using grade appeals processes outlined elsewhere in the LCU Catalog.
If students disrupt class, either by tardiness or by distracting noises or actions, they will be given an initial warning. Students may be dismissed from a class upon continuance of disruptive behavior, as determined by the instructor. Students have the right to appeal a class dismissal to their academic dean.
Computer labs are located in the Mabee American Heritage Building, Mabee Learning Center/Moody Library, Associates Behavioral Science Building, Christa Dobbs School of Business, Mabee Science Building, Maddox-Pugh Education Building, Cook Research Center, C.L. Kay Christian Development Building (CDC), Talkington Nursing Building, Mabee Criminal Justice/Social Work, and mini-labs available for students living in Johnson Hall and Katie Rogers Hall.
FERPA: The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974
We want to take this opportunity to give you a brief summary of your rights under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal law that governs the release of and access to student education records. These rights include:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
Release of student record information is generally not done at Lubbock Christian University without the expressed written consent of the student. There are, however, some exceptions, including, but not limited to the release of directory information.
For example, directory information includes the following, and may be released without the student’s consent: name, local address, home address, email address, telephone number, college of enrollment, major, campus attended, status (including current enrollment, dates of attendance, full-time/part-time, withdrawn), honors received (e.g., Dean’s List recognition), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams. Please note you have the right to withhold the release of directory information. To do so, you must complete a “Request for Non-Disclosure of Directory Information” form, which is available in the Registrar’s Office.
Please note two important details regarding placing a “No Release” on your record:
FERPA establishes a variety of exceptions under which the university may release information.
Questions concerning FERPA should be referred to the Registrar's Office. Completed FERPA forms should be turned into the Registrar's Office.
The University Library contains more than 128,000 volumes and maintains a staff to assist students with research and other library needs. Checkout privileges apply to current registered students, and an LCU ID must be presented at time of checkout. Library materials include books, e-books, journal databases, periodicals, and videos. Books are checked out for a three-week period. Fines for overdue books are ten cents per day per book; however, fines are half price if paid the day the book is returned. Unpaid fines are doubled and charged to a student’s account. The charge for lost books is the cost of the book plus 10% inflation and a non-refundable processing fee. Book checkout privileges are forfeited until fines are paid. Individualized library instruction is available. Hours of operation are posted on the website and the front door. For more information on the library, visit LCU Library.
Public Notification of Directory Information
At its discretion, Lubbock Christian University may provide “directory information” in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Directory information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. “Directory information” includes student’s name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, candidacy for graduation, the most recent previous educational institution attended, hometown, citizenship, photograph, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams. Students may choose to withhold directory information by filling out the form available in the Registrar's Office. A request to withhold directory information will result in the university’s refusal to disclose any student information. LCU will honor your request to withhold directory information but cannot assume responsibility to contact you for subsequent permission to release this information. Regardless of the effect upon you, the university assumes no liability as a result of honoring your instructions that such information be withheld.
Although the initial request may be filed at any time, requests for non-disclosure will be honored by the university until removed by the student filling out the appropriate forms with the Registrar's Office. Requests to withhold directory information will be honored for the duration of the academic year in which it was filed. Students must file a new request for non-disclosure with the Registrar's Office each academic year.
SelfServe is designed to allow students and faculty to register for classes online, view schedules, enter and view grades (paper grades will no longer be mailed out), and send online requests to the Registrar’s Office (i.e., request an official transcript or an address change). Students may also view school bills, see the amount of financial aid received, and have the opportunity to submit a check request for any refunds available.
To Access SelfServe:
Student Complaint Procedure
Students and prospective students are encouraged to discuss their concerns with appropriate university employees and make reasonable efforts to resolve their concerns informally. Students may also initiate formal complaints using the complaint form linked below. Complaints will be processed without unlawful discrimination, and complainants will not be subject to retaliation.
Lubbock Christian University students and prospective students with a complaint may register their complaint as follows:
Academic appeals, grade appeals, appeals of academic integrity sanctions, medical appeals, traffic ticket appeals, and student discipline appeals are considered appeals and not complaints. Appeal procedures are published in the student handbook and/or university catalog.
After exhausting each procedural step of the student complaint procedure, students not satisfied with the outcome may file a complaint with the appropriate agency:
Specific Accreditation Complaints
Withdrawal from the University
Students desiring to drop all of their courses must complete a withdrawal form. Withdrawal forms are available from the Registrar's Office. Official withdrawal results in a W recorded on the transcript for courses in session on the date of withdrawal. In cases where a course was completed before a withdrawal, the earned grade is recorded. If a student wants to withdraw after the last day to drop with a W, they must have extenuating circumstances, such as military call up or deployment, or a personal medical emergency.
Chapel seeks to build Christ-centered community where spiritual experiences can occur. Each individual bears a responsibility to the chapel community--from those on stage to those in the audience. Chapel helps to build life together as a community, through experiences that range from laughter to heartache.
The style of chapel reflects the heritage and traditions of the Church of Christ while recognizing that our students come from many different faith traditions. Chapel facilitates spiritual experiences, in the pursuit of truth, through reflection, praise, exploration, and service.
Chapel/Spiritual Life Credit Policy
Plenary Chapel is held on Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 am – 10:25 am in the McDonald Moody Auditorium. Attendance is required at chapel on Monday or Tuesday for all campus residents, and all students under the age of 25 enrolled in 12 or more hours. Part-time commuters, graduate students, and commuters 25 years or older are encouraged to attend chapel but are exempt from mandatory chapel attendance. Questions regarding the chapel attendance policy should be directed to the Dean of Students in the Student Life Office located on the second floor of the Mabee Student Life Building (SUB).
In order to provide an environment where community and worship can take place, chapel must be free from distractions. Behaviors that prevent self or others from engaging in the program may include disruptive talking, actions, or use of devices such as laptops, cell phones, or earphones (buds). Those engaging in such actions may forfeit their Spiritual Life Credit for the day. Students must be present, with the opportunity to engage, to receive credit.
Students are required to obtain twenty (20) Spiritual Life credits through attendance of chapel programs each semester, unless otherwise exempt from chapel during a given semester as outlined below. These programs include plenary chapel on Monday or Tuesday, small groups on Friday, and a weekly online option. Additional Spiritual Life credits may be offered to students who attend approved programs at alternate times. Alternate programs are approved by the Office of Student Life.
Students may apply for an exemption if any of the following apply:
Request forms for a chapel exemption are available in the Student Life Office on the second floor of the SUB. Students must file an exemption for each semester. Students with an approved exemption require fewer Spiritual Life Credits as outlined below. The exemption form (with class schedule and work letter attached) must be submitted within the first 12 days of class or within 5 business days of a status change. A $50 administrative fee may be assessed for exemptions filed outside of the required deadlines. If an exemption is granted after the required deadline, the credit requirement will be modified based on a sliding scale from the day the exemption was submitted. All exemptions are at the discretion on the Dean of Students.
Number of Required Credits
No Exemption 20
Full Exemption 10
Students are responsible for scanning their student ID card as they leave chapel as this will document their attendance and their Spiritual Life credit. Students are also required to monitor their accumulated credits in correlation with their required credits. Students arriving between 10 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. will receive a tardy. A tardy counts as 3/4 (.75) of a Spiritual Life credit. Students arriving past 10:10 a.m. and those not scanning their cards will not receive credit.
Dishonesty in the scanning process will result in an increase of required Spiritual Life credits and a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Examples include scanning without attending and scanning for another student.
Consequences for Failure to Fulfill Chapel Attendance Requirements
Students are responsible for monitoring their own Spiritual Life credits on the LCU Portal and are encouraged to do so weekly. Students are encouraged to contact Chapel Records with questions or concerns regarding their chapel credit balance. Students who did not attain the adequate number of Spiritual Life credits during the semester will be placed on probation and notified through their LCU email account. Students placed on probation may request a meeting with the Dean of Students or other designee.
Chapel Records are in the Student Life Office, upstairs in the SUB. 806.720.7501.
Chapel Attendance Sanction Tiers
Chapel probation will be based on a tier system based on the number of credits acquired throughout the semester. Please see the table below for reference based on approved exemptions.
Tier 1: Students receiving 17-19 Spiritual Life Credits will receive the following sanctions:
Tier 2: Students receiving 14-16 Spiritual Life Credits will receive the following sanctions:
Tier 3: Student receiving 13 or less Spiritual Life Credits will receive the following sanctions:
Chapel Exemptions Sanction Tier Table
Chapel Probation Appeal
The university has implemented procedures for student appeals with the intent of assuring fundamental fairness. Students who believe they were not treated fairly in the chapel attendance process or that the sanction imposed was unreasonable can submit a written appeal to the Dean of Students within three (3) business days of receiving the probationary notification. The Dean of Students will present the letter to no fewer than three members of the Student Life Leadership Team, made up of faculty, staff, and students, for an appeal decision. If students believe they were not treated fairly in the appeal process or extenuating circumstances were not considered, they may submit a written appeal to the Conduct Review Board (CRB) within one (1) business day following the decision of the Student Life Leadership Team. The decision of the Conduct Review Board is final. Refer to the Student Appeals process for a detailed explanation.
All students are encouraged to attend church services on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening. Students looking for a church in Lubbock should find and be involved in a local church home. Green Lawn Church of Christ is conveniently located adjacent to the LCU campus. For information regarding other churches in the Lubbock area, please feel free to contact LCU faculty, staff or fellow students.
All LCU athletic teams are competitive nationally and current students with an LCU ID card are admitted free to all regular season home events. The volleyball and basketball teams play inside the Rip Griffin Center on the southeast corner of campus. On the south end of campus, the baseball team can be seen at Hay's Field, the softball team can be seen at PlainsCapital Park, while the men's and women's soccer teams can be seen at the LCU soccer field located on the western edge of campus. The LCU cross country teams compete at the LCU cross country course located on the southwest corner of campus. Visit LCUChaps.com or check the LCU Chap app for game schedules.
The collegiate experience is one of new development and substantial growth for students. New choices, challenges, and decisions abound, and while it can be stimulating and exciting, it can also be a time of adjustment, stress, and confusion.
The Counseling Center is committed to providing counseling services for Lubbock Christian University students, faculty, staff, and dependents. The challenges of college sometimes manifest themselves outwardly through emotional outbursts, substantial weight gain or loss, depression, anxiety, or irregular sleep patterns. Since few students move through their collegiate experience without some personal upheaval, the university encourages any student experiencing discomfort to utilize the services of the Counseling Center.
Anyone seeking counseling services is entitled to an intake or consultation counseling session free of charge. After the initial session, each subsequent session will be $10 each. Payment can be made with cash, check, or credit/debit card. The Counseling Center does not accept insurance. The staff of the Counseling Center may suggest or make referrals for circumstances that require intensive, long-term care. The client will be financially responsible for any outside help, referred or otherwise. The Counseling Center staff adheres to the ethical standards of their respective professions and to state and federal laws relating to confidentiality.
The Counseling Center is located on the 2nd floor of the SUB, Room 202. Appointments are the best way to see a counselor. Walk-ins are accommodated when possible. For more information, please check the LCU Counseling Center website or call 806.720.7478.
Students may purchase a Dining Membership or Munch Money through the Student Business Office in the Administration Building. All traditional campus residents living in residence halls have a Dining Membership as part of their room and board. Commuter and non-traditional students who are looking for value and convenience can also enroll in a Dining Membership. Meals are loaded on the LCU student ID card, and must be presented for meals and swiped at the register. Munch Money spends like cash at the Cafeteria, Chap Express, Starbucks, and Rhodes Perrin Recreation Center, as well as for concessions at the RIP Griffin Center and Hayes Field. Individual meals may also be purchased from the cashier in the Cafeteria. Requests for carry-out containers or sack lunches, as well as for accommodation of special dietary needs, should be made to the Cafeteria manager.
Munch Money and Block Plan Memberships carry over from the Fall semester to the Spring. The account will be zeroed out if not used by the end of the Spring semester. Please visit the LCU Dining Services for current meal plan membership options, menus, and hours of operation.
Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted at all dining locations on campus.
Email, Network Access, and Support
Logging on to the network
Logon ID is:
Your default password is:
This is a secure password, but we do RECOMMEND that you CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD during your first login. Your password will automatically expire every 90 days. A strong password will be at least eight characters long and include at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one special character, and one number.
To change the password for your LCU email, follow these steps:
Lubbock Christian University’s official means of communication is through the LCU email account that is provided to students.
Text 806.928.7974 or Phone 806.720.7100
Contact ChapDesk to receive these services FREE of charge
Fall and Spring Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-midnight
Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m.-midnight
*Summer Office Hours coincide with the Library hours.
Students can access many parts of LCU's network through ChapLink. Webmail, announcements, chapel absences, online bill pay, financial status, help files, and much more are all available and easy to access. You will need your LCU Network logon to access certain portions of ChapLink.
If you have questions, call 806.720.7100 for help.
Username: The same as your network with the addition of @LCU.edu. example: Jdoe2345@LCU.edu
Password: The password is the same as your network password. example: Jd$1234!
Your use of university email and university technology services may result in university personnel becoming aware of your computer and internet activity. Should any activity be discovered, which constitutes a violation of the student handbook or state and federal law, the university reserves the right to take appropriate action.
All university email, file storage, and logon credentials are subject to termination after 180 days of non-enrollment. Students are encouraged to transition all necessary electronic files to a personal account.
If a student’s financial aid application is complete, but admission requirements have not been met, then financial aid will not be applied to the student's bill until the admissions process is complete.
If financial aid is complete and a student has a credit on their account, the refund will be issued by the Student Business Office. Please note the dates on the calendar when excess funds will be available.
Further inquiries about financial aid can be directed to Financial Assistance in the Cardwell Welcome Center.
For questions regarding class drops, withdrawals, class repeats, and financial assistance eligibility, students should refer to the Undergraduate Academic Policies or Graduate Academic Polices in the catalog, or visit the Financial Assistance Office.
Upon enrollment, LCU must provide each student written notice advising them of the penalties for drug violations under The Higher Education Act (Title IV, Section 485 (k)). Suspension of eligibility applies only to federal aid and all other aid is subject to LCU policies.
If convicted of an offense involving:
LCU ID Cards
Students are issued an official LCU ID card at the beginning of each academic year. ID’s are issued in the Student Life Office on the second floor of the SUB. Students receive one free ID card per year. There is a $10 replacement fee for lost ID cards.
Students are required to carry their ID card with them at all times and to present the card to any university official upon request. Students failing to render an ID card upon request, using an ID card of another student, allowing an ID card to be used by another student, or falsifying information used for identification purposes will be subject to disciplinary action.
The LCU ID card must be returned to Student Life when a student withdraws, is suspended, or is dismissed from the university.
LCU Ring Tradition
The LCU Ring Tradition exists to provide alumni with a lasting, visual reminder of their time at Lubbock Christian University.
The ring tells our story. Each ring reminds us of who we are and symbolizes the things that make our connection to LCU so strong. On the top is a cross, which represents Jesus. As each graduate leaves and enters the world, the cross represents how you will shine the light of Jesus in your daily activities. Like the points on a compass, the outer points of the cross represent the different paths and directions each graduate pursues upon graduation. The center of the cross symbolizes what reunites graduates as well as emphasizes our shared LCU experiences and foundation of faith.
One side of the ring represents the school's transition from Lubbock Christian College to Lubbock Christian University. The brick pattern in the background symbolizes buildings throughout the campus. The word Chaps is beneath the letters LCC and LCU to remind us of our mascot. On the other side, the ring displays a representation of LCU's most prominent building, the Christian Development Center (CDC). Beneath the CDC is the Chap Scratch.
The ring represents so much more than just the visual symbolism. It celebrates goal achievement. It honors the dream that made LCU what it is today. Finally, it reminds us of the sacrifices of so many to make an LCU education possible.
Full-time undergraduate students and incoming freshmen with fewer than sixty (60) credit hours will be charged a $90 ring installment payment at the start of every semester for four (4) semesters. NOTE: Due to the nature of their LCU experience, transfer students and nursing students are not automatically enrolled; if they wish to join the Ring Savings Program, they may choose to opt in at any time by contacting the Alumni Relations Office. The Ring Savings Program provides students with the funds to purchase a ring upon attainment of sixty (60) credit hours at LCU. Due to the higher cost of men's rings and fluctuating cost of gold, students who wish to contribute more than the four (4) semesters of ring installments may ask the Office of Alumni Relations to raise their limit and deduct funds for six (6) semesters.
At the beginning of each semester, Alumni Relations will host "Ring Days", in which representatives of Balfour, the ring manufacturer, will be available to answer questions about the LCU ring and take orders from qualified students. The balance from each student's ring savings account reduces the total price of the ring selected by each student. Those students who purchase a ring during Ring Days will be invited to participate in the Ring Ceremony. Friends, family, and alumni are encouraged and welcome to attend the ceremony.
The money in students' ring savings accounts will be available for the purpose of purchasing an LCU ring up to two (2) years after enrollment ceases. After this time, the money will be placed in the Alumni Relation's general fund for alumni programs.
If students do not wish to participate in the Ring Savings Program, they must opt out of the program in writing. This may be accomplished one of two ways:
Refunds, also called student account credits, are available to the student account upon request and as follows:
NOTE: Only students who have opted out of the program in writing will receive a refund or student account credit, regardless of whether or not they graduate from LCU. Exceptions to this policy are available only in the event of financial hardship*.
*A person is considered to be in financial hardship when they would be left unable to provide for themselves, their family or other dependents, which may be caused by family tragedy, financial misfortune, serious illness, or other difficult circumstances.
The LCU Medical Clinic is an outpatient clinic with a full-time physician, a registered nurse, and an administrative assistant. The clinic is located on the second floor of the Mabee Student Life Building (SUB). Treatment is available for acute illnesses and minor injuries, and maintenance therapy is available for certain chronic health conditions. All current LCU students who have paid the required health services fee (per semester) are eligible to utilize these services. There is a $10 charge to see the physician, and there may be additional small fees for procedures, supplies, or medications. The nurse may be seen free of charge. Students have the option of billing any clinic fees to their student account (only allowed during the first few weeks of each semester, before student accounts are due). Payments with cash, check or credit/debit card are always accepted. The clinic does not accept insurance.
Appointments are the best way to see the physician. Walk-ins are accommodated when possible. Call 806.720.7482 to schedule an appointment. Same day appointments are usually available. The clinic is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. It is closed evenings, weekends, and university holidays. Office hours in the summer are reduced (open at 9 a.m. close at 4 p.m., closed on Friday afternoon), and the clinic is also closed the month of July. The clinic staff is not available after hours. Students should go to an urgent care clinic or emergency room if medical attention is needed when the clinic is closed. If there is an emergency, call 911, then notify LCU Public Safety- 806.928.6803
Effective January 1, 2012, the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine is now required by state law for ALL enrolled students attending a university in the state of Texas, with limited exceptions. This vaccine must have been administered at least ten days prior to the first day of the semester of the student’s initial enrollment, but no more than 5 years prior to the first day of the semester. Students who have not provided the necessary documentation will not be allowed to attend class. Further details are available.
Texas law also requires that all newly enrolled college students, including transfers and readmits, be provided with information regarding meningococcal disease. Bacterial meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress very quickly. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that cause meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year.
What are the symptoms?
The more symptoms, the higher the risk, so if these symptoms appear, seek immediate medical attention.
How is meningitis diagnosed?
How is meningitis spread?
What are the risks of meningitis?
What can I do?
-Antibiotic treatment, if received early, can save lives and increase chances of recovery; however, permanent disability or death can still occur.
-Meningococcal vaccination is available to help prevent the disease. The vaccine:
For additional information on meningitis:
The objective of the policy is to ensure LCU maintains an orderly appearance appropriate to a university campus while providing members of the greater university community with a maximum of publicity outlets. Cooperation is essential to creating an attractive and pleasant environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors.
The Student Life Office must authorize all materials before they may be posted on campus. All individuals and organizations must have approval before posting signs, notices, flyers, banners, and announcements, including sidewalk chalk and chap decorations. Postings can be approved in the Student Life Office, which is located on the second floor of the SUB. All material must bear the official LCU stamp before being posted or distributed. The stamp may not be copied or reproduced. Materials must be submitted at least 4 days prior to the desired post date and must be limited to fifteen copies. All material must be in line with the university mission and goals and not violate any aspect of the university policy and procedures. All efforts will be made to ensure individuals are provided an opportunity to promote events and ideas. The Student Life Office retains the right to deny any individual the right to post materials.
All employment flyers must be approved and stamped through Career Services located in the Cardwell Welcome Center. Employment postings may be posted on designated employment bulletin boards.
See Career Services for additional information.
Postings are not allowed on glass and painted surfaces on campus, and may not be posted in the McDonald-Moody Auditorium. Postings not approved or posted in prohibited areas may be removed without warning. Many campus buildings have designated boards for campus postings.
Campus post office boxes are given to campus residents only. Students need to go to Chaparral Mail, located in the SUB, during registration or the first week of school in order to set up their mailbox. Students are responsible for checking their mailboxes each school day as all campus business is transacted through the university mail system and email. Normal hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Friday's. Summer hours are posted. Mail addressed to students from off campus should be addressed in the following manner:
Name of Student
5601 19th Street
LCU Box ______
Lubbock, TX 79407
Residential Life and Student Housing
Full-time, single, and undergraduate students who have been out of high school fewer than four long semesters (2 years), are required to live in campus housing. Students may submit a petition to live off campus if they meet one of the following criteria:
A petition to live off campus must be submitted every fall and spring semester until the student has been out of high school for four long semesters (2 years). Part-time students are allowed to live in campus housing only as space permits. Financial hardships are not considered as possible exemptions to the campus housing policy.
There are multiple housing facilities available on the campus of Lubbock Christian University. They are listed below.
*Please see the Residential Life Guide on the LCU website for further information. The Residential Life Office is located on the second floor of the SUB and can be reached by calling 806.720.7507.
The Rhodes-Perrin Recreation Center (RPRC) is located on the south end of campus. All students working towards a degree plan have full access to the RPRC; excludes temporary or dual-credit students. Nursing partnership students may enroll in a zero (0) credit course to obtain access. All current, non-contract employees are granted access to the RPRC. Memberships may be purchased for those non qualifying students. Participants wishing to enter the facility must present a LCU ID card to gain access.
The RPRC offers basketball/volleyball courts, handball/racquetball courts, a futsal court, locker rooms, fitness center, group fitness room, intramurals, and a rock wall. Posted hours are available on the LCU Rec Life website. LCU does not carry health, accident, or life insurance on its students. Students participate at their own risk and assume full responsibility for any injuries. Local insurance information is available in the Student Life office. For additional information please call 806.720.7860 or email us at LCURecLife@LCU.edu.
The Ramona Perrin Fitness Center is equipped with Cybex weight machines, free weights, and Matrix cardio equipment. With state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment, we offer a separate free weight area, 15-piece selectorized weight circuit, and 25 cardio machines with amenities.
Group fitness classes are offered throughout the day. Various classes are offered such as spinning, Zumba, and yoga. Classes are first come, first served, no registration required. Posted hours and class schedules are available on the LCU Rec Life website. LCU does not carry health, accident, or life insurance on its students. Students assume full responsibility for any injuries received while participating in such activities, and participation is at the students own risk. Students assume full responsibility to provide their own health, accident, and life insurance. For additional information please call 806.720.7860 or email us at LCURecLife@LCU.edu.
Intramurals provide all students the opportunity to participate in a variety of individual and team sports played in the fall and spring semesters. Intramural sports may include 7-on-7 flag football, futsal, volleyball, basketball, softball, outdoor soccer, ultimate Frisbee, dodge ball, badminton, and ping pong. Registration meetings are scheduled prior to each sport.
Students registered for 3+ credit hours, full-time faculty, or full-time staff may participate in intramurals. A current LCU ID card should be presented prior to each game. Students participating in intramurals must be in good academic and chapel standing.
LCU does not carry health, accident, or life insurance on its students. Students assume full responsibility for any injuries received while participating in such activities, and participation is at the students own risk. Students assume full responsibility to provide their own health, accident, and life insurance. For additional information please call 806.720.7860 or email us at LCURecLife@LCU.edu.
Experience the culture of rock climbing at one of the tallest stand-alone rock walls in the state. We offer two tier training that will help prepare you for the rock wall experience. Our rock wall holds 3 auto-belays, 16 top-rope anchors and 25 routes of varying difficulty. With fresh routes put up regularly, and specially trained staff there to assist you, the rock wall promises to be an epic adventure for any skill level.
LCU does not carry health, accident, or life insurance on its students. Students assume full responsibility for any injuries received while participating in such activities, and participation is at the students own risk. Students assume full responsibility to provide their own health, accident, and life insurance. For additional information please call 806.720.7860 or email us at LCURecLife@LCU.edu.
LCU Public Safety
LCU Public Safety operates 24 hours a day. The 24/7 patrol number is 806.928.6803. For emergencies, call 911.
For emergencies, life-threatening, or potential life-threatening situations, call 911.
LCU Public Safety may be contacted 24-hours a day by calling 806.928.6803.
The LCU Public Safety administrative office is located on the second floor of the SUB and is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., (closed during chapel and lunch), Friday 8 a.m.-noon. Administrative services are also available in the Student Life Office during those times.
To report an incident or suspicious activities, please call 806.928.6803. Public Safety also provides a variety of services:
To report a crime, please call Lubbock Police Department Dispatch at 806.775.2865.
To access the registered sex offender website and other security-related issues, go to Public Safety Webpages.
In order to comply with the Department of Education regarding the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990, LCU must record all crimes occurring on campus on a yearly basis. Through resources from the Lubbock Police Department, LCU Public Safety, and the Student Life Office, an annual report is submitted to the U.S. Campus Crime website each October.
The most current crime report statistics are available on the Public Safety webpages.
LCU maintains an Emergency Operations Plan which outlines LCU's approach to emergency operations. It provides general guidance for emergency management, activities, and a general overview of our methods of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The plan describes our emergency response, organization, and assigns responsibilities for various emergency tasks.
Emergency Notification (LCUAlert)
In the event of an emergency (including weather and safety alerts), LCU will utilize a number of communication tools and strategies to communicate with the campus community. Depending upon the nature of the announcement, any or all of the following methods may be used:
LCUAlert will be used for emergency communication only. Students may update their LCUAlert contact information at any time, on LCU SelfServe. For more information, see the LCU Public Safety Website.
Active Shooter Event
Call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
Remember the 3D technique:
If a bomb threat is called in to your area:
In case of a fire, be prepared by knowing the location of exits and extinguishers.
A psychological crisis occurs when an individual is threatening harm to himself/herself or to others or is out of touch with reality.
In the event of a Tornado or Severe Weather emergency, LCU Public Safety will issue an alert through LCUAlert. If on campus you will be directed to take cover.
As situations and emergencies often arise in an unpredictable manner, LCU recommends you use caution and judgment regarding your personal safety.
The Lost and Found is located in the LCU Public Safety Office in the SUB Room 206.
University missing person procedures apply to students who reside on campus and are deemed missing or absent from LCU for a period of at least 24 hours without a known reason. Within 24 hours after notification, campus officials will:
Emergency contact information is collected during registration and may be updated on enrollment validation forms or in the Registrar's Office.
Roller blades, skateboards, hoverboards, and bicycles are only permitted on sidewalks and are for outside transportation only. Excessive speed, stunts, tricks, or jumps are prohibited on campus property.
Bicyclists, rollerbladers, and skateboarders are also reminded that sidewalks are primarily utilized by pedestrians; however, they must remain on hard pavements. Tricks, stunts, or jumps are not allowed.
Bicycles are not required to be registered; however, when not in use they must be secured to a cycle rack provided on campus.
Students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the regulations set forth in this handbook. LCU Public Safety is responsible for establishing and enforcing guidelines for the use of any parking area on university property that could be used for parking even if not specifically designated for parking. Such areas include, but are not limited to, athletic fields, driveways, loading areas, and lawns.
Students using private vehicles on campus consent to search of the vehicle while on campus and agree to obey city, county, state, and federal traffic laws and regulations. The university does not provide insurance for personal vehicles or their contents.
LCU assumes no responsibility for stolen property or damage to any vehicle or its contents while the vehicle is being operated or parked on campus.
Students must register their vehicles with the LCU Public Safety office each academic year, and display the current parking decal on their vehicles and park in those areas designated for use by their decal. The decal should be placed on the outside of the back window in the lower left corner. For convertibles, the decal needs to be placed in the front window in the lower right corner. Motorcycles and bicycles are not required to have a parking permit; however, they need to be registered with the LCU Public Safety office. Commuters may contact the office to obtain parking permits for additional vehicles. Students may also pick up parking permits from the Student Life Office if the LCU Public Safety office is closed.
Vehicles parked on LCU property without a permit will be issued a ticket. Tickets will be placed on the student account and must be paid in the Student Business Office.
The person in whose name the permit is issued will be held responsible for that vehicle. A parking ticket is not excused on the plea that another person was driving the vehicle at the time the vehicle was cited.
The university reserves the right to remove and impound vehicles left abandoned, any vehicle without license plates, or any vehicle parked in a way that constitutes a serious hazard to vehicle or pedestrian traffic. The owner of any vehicle that is stalled or disabled on any part of the university campus must notify the LCU Public Safety office immediately.
The owners will be responsible for any fees involving the removing, impounding, and storing of their vehicles.
Parking permits are required for all students parking on campus. Each permit has a color designation for parking permissions on campus. Students receive a copy of these permissions as well as an outlined map when they receive their permit. Permissions and maps may also be found on the public safety page of LCU.edu.
A color-coded system is used for parking on campus. Please observe the following:
Tickets are to be paid in the Student Business Office. If you wish to contest a ticket, you must submit an email (Michael.Smith@LCU.edu) to the Director of Public Safety within 5 business days of receiving the ticket. The written appeal must specify grounds that would justify consideration. General dissatisfaction with the policy or an appeal for mercy is not an appropriate basis for an appeal. Come by the Public Safety Office in the SUB, Room 206, to ask questions or obtain additional information regarding traffic and parking policies.
Campus property cannot be used for commercial or solicitation purposes. This includes online or traditional mail business ventures. Requests for interpretation or consideration is to be handled through Student Life.
Brochures for covering personal property in apartments or residence halls are available in the Student Life Office. Brochures for student medical insurance are also available. Tuition insurance brochures are available in the Student Business Office and enrollment must be complete before the beginning of the semester.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of social, professional, and service clubs as well as to become involved in a broad spectrum of intercollegiate and intramural sports at LCU. Visit LCU.edu, the Student Life Office, or email studentinvolvement@LCU.edu for more information.
Students assume full responsibility to provide their own health, accident, and life insurance. The university is not responsible for any injuries incurred by a student. The university does not assume responsibility for or insure student property that is lost, damaged, or stolen. Students are advised to lock their rooms at all times, leave valuable property at home, and not keep large amounts of cash in their rooms. Lost or stolen keys should be reported immediately to the residence hall supervisor. Students assume responsibility to insure their personal property.
Undergraduate student account balances are payable in full on or before September 30 for the fall and February 15 for the spring. Graduate student account balances for Fall A and B sessions must be paid on or before September 15 and C sessions by November 15, and balances for Spring A and B sessions must be paid on or before February 15 and C sessions by April 15. Payment arrangements for summer courses must be made by the first day of class. Accounts not complying with the above policy may be placed on hold. Additionally, these accounts may be subject to a late payment charge of $200 initially and $50/month thereafter. Late fees will not be assessed to students currently on a payment plan. The university does not release student academic records if educational costs are not paid. Students will not be allowed to register for classes if there is a hold on the account.
Tuition and room and board refunds are computed on a declining scale based on when students withdraw from the university or drop a course. Fees are not refundable. Request for withdrawals or drops must be made by completing a withdrawal or drop form which is available from the registrar. Refunds or tuition and room and board will be made according to the following refund schedule. Students must pay drop/add fees when schedule changes occur.
Sixteen Week Terms
Eight Week Sessions
Less than Eight Week Sessions
Federal Refund Formula
The federal refund formula requires federal student aid to be refunded at a pro rata basis if a complete withdrawal from the institution occurs before 60 percent of the semester has been completed. Any amounts in excess of this pro rata calculation that have already been refunded to the student are subject to immediate repayment.
For more information, please contact the Student Accounts Advisor in the Student Business Office at 806.720.7302.
It is important to keep up with your LCU emails. LCU uses student email as its official form of communication.
Making payments online is quick and easy.
*FERPA - parents must be authorized by their student in the Registrar's Office to discuss student account information.
Login to the Student Portal in order to set up a payment plan or call the Student Business Office at 806.720.7302.
The Student Business Office will process student stipends twice a week. To expedite the refund process, complete a direct deposit form on the student portal. Direct deposits will be processed by the LCU Business Office. The Student Business Office will hold all paper checks for pickup in the Student Business Office for 3 business days before they are mailed to the address on file. The student is responsible for maintaining the accurate address on file.
Students with questions or disputes concerning account balances should first contact the Student Accounts Advisor in the Student Business Office (806.720.7302). If a resolution cannot be made, students may appeal in writing to the Director of Student Accounts.
The university provides all students an email account and all campus residents a post office box. All campus business between offices and students is transacted through the university mail system and email.
Lubbock Christian University’s official means of communication is through the LCU email account that is provided to students. All students should check their LCU email on a daily basis. Failure to do so does not nullify the information contained in the email.
All university email, file storage, and logon credentials are subject to termination after 180 days of non-enrollment. Students are encouraged to transition all necessary electronic files to a personal account.
For more information about the LCU email account, please contact the LCU ChapDesk at 806.720.7100. For information about campus post office boxes, contact the Post Office that is located on the first floor of the SUB.
Students who qualify for the Federal Work Study Program will need to market themselves in order to find a job. They must build a resume', determine available hours, dress nicely, and apply to each office on campus. A list of work study job opportunities is available online through Chaplink under Resources, Work Study. Questions or additional information about work study can be directed to Financial Assistance in the Cardwell Welcome Center.
For those who do not qualify for the Federal Work Study Program, the Career Center, located in the Cardwell Welcome Center, compiles lists of jobs available in the area. Local employment agencies are also a good resource to utilize. In addition, there are several departments on campus that hire students who are not work study eligible (cafeteria, tutoring, etc.).
Lubbock Christian University is committed to building a community that is conducive to spiritual, personal, and academic growth. The values that guide LCU are based on our belief in God and allegiance to scripture. We believe these values are essential in maintaining an environment in which the needs of each individual are important. As a part of a community where God is glorified and mutual respect and dignity of others are the norm, each person shares the responsibility to uphold these guidelines.
The mission statement of LCU cites three areas of focus in its goal of changing lives: a spiritual emphasis, a quality education, and reinforcement of values. As a Christ-centered institution of higher education, Lubbock Christian University expects its stakeholders to conduct themselves with honor and integrity in academic pursuits befitting a Christian learning community and in keeping with the university’s mission.
The implications of academic dishonesty are far-reaching in their ability to erode the functions of education and research; it is therefore crucial that academic integrity be preserved at all levels of the educative/research process. Instances of academic dishonesty may include, but are not limited to, the following:
First Offense of Academic Dishonesty
Once an instance of academic dishonesty has been determined by the instructor, the instructor will, as soon as possible, set up a meeting with the student and department chair. At that meeting, the instructor will confront the student regarding the instance of academic dishonesty, assign the consequences and discuss the appeal process with the student. Consequences for an instance of academic dishonesty may be in the form of:
The instructor and department chair will, in writing, inform the Academic Dean, the student’s advisor, the Provost, and the Dean of Students of the instance of academic dishonesty and the course of action decided upon by the instructor.
Multiple/Subsequent Offenses of Academic Dishonesty
In the case of multiple offenses of academic dishonesty by a single student, whether in a single course or for single offenses in multiple courses, disciplinary action will result in the following:
The following will apply at the discretion of the Provost:
The office of the Provost serves as the clearinghouse for information on instances of student academic dishonesty. Documentation of infractions and disciplinary action will be submitted by instructors and kept on file in that office. A copy of this documentation will also be kept on file with the office of the Dean of Students.
A student who wishes to appeal a sanction(s) taken by an instructor for instances of academic dishonesty may appeal to the Academic Integrity Committee. If an appeal is made to this last level, the student may choose to be assigned a faculty member to act as mentor/advisor in preparing for this process. That assignment will be made by the appropriate dean. Students wishing to pursue this appeal process must, within three business days of the delivery of the sanction(s), submit a letter of intent to appeal to the Provost. In that letter, the student must provide background of the alleged instance of academic dishonesty, explain the nature of the sanction, and formally request a meeting with the committee. Upon receipt of this letter, and within ten (10) business days of its delivery, the Dean of Students and Provost will convene with the committee to hear the student’s appeal. The student may not bring outside witness or counsel to these academic meetings. The student may remain in the course in question until the appeals process is exhausted. The student will be notified of the committee’s decision within 48 hours. If the occurrence of academic dishonesty is within a short course (i.e., during the summer), the timetable in this section is expedited, with five business days equaling one week.
Academic Integrity Committee
The Academic Integrity Committee is comprised of the following individuals:
The student and instructor will present their cases to the Academic Integrity Committee. Decisions of the committee are final. If no violations are found, any assigned sanctions for academic dishonesty will be lifted for this infraction, and a letter recording this result will be placed in the student’s file. If a violation of the academic integrity policy is delivered, then a notation recording the instance of academic dishonesty may be placed on the student’s academic transcript.
*This faculty member may not be the instructor of the course in question or the department chair to whom the student appealed.
Students enrolling in the university agree to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with our identity as a Christian educational institution. The Code of Community Standards extends to off-campus student conduct when that conduct is likely to have an adverse effect on students, the university, or the educational process.
Students who are accused of violating university policies or rules will be assured certain procedures are followed unless those rights are temporarily suspended for the immediate protection and safety of the university community. The Dean and/or Associate Dean of Students will seek information concerning the violation from witnesses, allow the student to be heard concerning the violation, and if a preponderance of evidence indicates a violation has occurred, determine the appropriate sanction. The Vice President for Student Life or his/her designee may also investigate and determine appropriate sanctions.
Students who are concerned about destructive or at risk behaviors from friends or fellow students should share their concerns with the Student Life Office.
Community Alcohol and Drug Policy
Lubbock Christian University has enacted the following alcohol and drug policy to apply to all students of the LCU community, whether on or off-campus as a standard of living to be upheld at all times. In addition to these specific policies, it will be a violation of the Community Alcohol and Drug Policy if a student is in violation of a local, state or federal law concerning alcohol or drugs or controlled substances. The use of marijuana in any form or derivative that contains THC while enrolled as a student at LCU is considered a violation, regardless of the state in which it is used (or consumed).
A student who voluntarily discloses information about an off-campus alcohol or drug use violation may potentially be eligible to remain a student at LCU. In any such case, the Dean of Students will view all academic records, student conduct files, and take into consideration the student’s conduct through the investigation to determine if the student is performing and achieving academic, social, and character-driven goals in concert with the mission of the university. In such cases that the Dean of Students deems appropriate, minimum rehabilitative sanctions will include counseling, extended probationary sanctions, and community service, which may be imposed on an offending student in lieu of automatic dismissal. The student is responsible for all costs involved with counseling, drug testing, and any other rehabilitation services that may be required. A second offense may result in automatic dismissal.
Alcohol abuse among college students, both traditional and non-traditional, is one of the most pressing issues facing institutions of higher education across the country. The above policies regarding alcohol use are not intended to place judgment, add moral weight, or otherwise condemn those who legally consume alcohol. Instead, LCU’s goal is to provide a framework which affords all students the best possible opportunities for success in their pursuit of higher education.
LCU strongly believes in community accountability and has resources such as medical services, student counseling, advice, and help in matters of life, including the potentially serious matters listed above. In some cases, student needs may exceed LCU’s capacity to aid or help, and in such cases, the campus community may refer the student to off-campus help that will better assist the student.
Good Samaritan Clause
As a community, the university encourages students to assist other students who may be in need, on or off campus. The university recognizes disciplinary sanctions may serve as a barrier to students seeking medical/crisis assistance for themselves or others in alcohol and drug related emergencies. In these incidents, the primary concern is the well-being, health, and safety of all involved.
When a student seeks medical or crisis assistance for another student who is in violation of school policy, both parties may be exempt from disciplinary sanctions as they pertain to the safety of the individuals.
Community Disruption Policy
As a part of a community where the Christian faith guides every dimension of community life, and mutual respect and dignity of others is the norm, each person shares the responsibility to uphold the values of the university community. With community at the heart of Lubbock Christian University, there may be circumstances in which the needs of the individual exceed the abilities or wellbeing of the community at large. University staff members are committed to utilize resources reasonably available to the student, However, if the needs of the student exceed the university's so he or she can receive the necessary care.
Certain actions or special regulations may be required if deemed to be in the best interest of the student's personal health. In some instances, a student's behavior or circumstance may be of such extreme nature that it causes disruptions in the residence halls or in the community at large. In these cases, the Behavioral Intervention Team (Chap Track) may determine that it is best for the student to be removed or restricted from the university at large until approved to return to campus and/or the original living arrangement. If a student does not accept the decision of the Behavioral Intervention Team voluntarily, disciplinary action may be taken.
"Do you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
As a Christ-centered, academic community of learners, outward appearances should reflect the pursuit of lives of purpose and service. As a part of that outward appearance, clothing and how it is worn can contribute to or distract from a student's spiritual, mental, and physical success on campus and beyond. The university's goal is to provide an environment where students are mentored in every facet of their lives, including preparing them to recognize the importance of dressing appropriately as they prepare for future endeavors.
Detailed guidelines on dress are difficult to craft and enforce, in part because styles and brands change so quickly and fluidly through time. However, there are some obvious violations that will be considered inappropriate and will be dealt with in a professional manner. The following list is intended to provide members of our community some clarity on what is and is not permitted to be worn on campus or at university-sponsored events. This list is not exhaustive, and appropriate university personnel are given discretion in providing further direction.
Individual departments may adopt additional standards for dress or appearance, particularly when students are representing the university in internship opportunities or university-affiliated field trips.
Refusal to comply with specific reasonable requests will be grounds for university disciplinary action under the student code of conduct.
Students should be properly clothed before entering the hallway or any common area in residence halls.
Special care should be given to this matter on the first floor, where visitors or facilities personnel are more likely to be present at any time.
LCU considers fire safety extremely important, and students have an obligation to adhere to university regulations as well as city and state statutes.
Misuse of Fire Safety Equipment
Any individual who misuses or tampers with fire safety equipment (signs, extinguishers, exits, smoke detectors, pull stations) will be subject to disciplinary action and will be charged a fine of $250 plus the cost of repair or replacement of misused or damaged equipment, cleaning of the facility, and damage to other property.
Any individual who intentionally, negligently, and/or recklessly sets a fire in or near a university building is subject to immediate dismissal from the university, may be charged a fine of $250 minimum, and will be charged for repairing any damage caused by the fire.
In addition to being subject to university penalties, any student who starts a fire, damages or tampers with evacuation alarms, or misuses fire safety equipment also may be subject to prosecution in criminal court by the proper federal, state, county, or city authorities, and/or the Lubbock Fire Department in accordance with the Lubbock Fire Code and all statutes, laws, rules, and regulations. Special events such as BBQ’s must be approved through the Student Life Office.
Please see the Residential Life guide on the LCU website for further information. The Residential Life Office is located on the second floor of the SUB and can be reached by calling 806.720.7507.
Students are advised “hazing” is a crime in the State of Texas. The university does not condone or allow hazing and will sanction students allowing, condoning, or participating in hazing or other dangerous acts. Students are responsible to know and comply with the law against hazing in its entirety. (This section has been directly copied from the Texas Education Code. Chapter 51 Section 51.936 & Chapter 37.151 through 37.157.
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Notification of Parents
Whenever a dependent student is placed on probation, suspension, or is dismissed due to non-compliance with the code of community standards, parents of the dependent student may be notified by mail or phone. Furthermore, parents of any student under the age of 21 may be notified should their student be placed on probation for violating the LCU Alcohol and Drug policies. A copy of the sanctions may be sent with a letter of explanation. The university also reserves the right to contact parents when the administration believes that parental contact is in the best interest of the student and/or the university.
All materials of a pornographic nature including, but not specifically limited to, items, portrayals, and images, electric and print, found in magazines, videos, and the internet are considered immoral and not conducive to the mission of LCU. Use of pornography is prohibited. Students who struggle with addictions to pornography should seek confidential counseling from the Counseling Center.
Policies and Procedures Concerning Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment and Stalking
LCU affirms that all members of our community are created in the image of God and therefore should be treated with dignity and respect. The university does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law, including race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. LCU respects the inherent worth of each member of the community and does not tolerate any form of harassment. The university follows the profound truth that is found in the Golden Rule, "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12). Because of the university's commitment to honoring the dignity and respect of every individual, unlawful discrimination and harassment (and any related retaliation) is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal or separation from the University. LCU affirms its commitment to protecting the right of each person to raise concerns about alleged discrimination free of fear of retaliation.
Therefore, because the university stands against harassing and violent behaviors, the university will take prompt, decisive action to: investigate allegations of violence, harassment, and stalking; initiate the disciplinary process if appropriate; issue appropriate sanctions against any student or employee found responsible for acts of violence whether the behavior occurred on campus or off campus; take steps designed to prevent recurrence; and protect against retaliation.
Students or employees are encouraged to report any incidents related to this policy and pursue the matter through the state's civil and/or criminal systems as well as through the university. A student who in good faith reports being the victim of, or a witness to an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking may not be subject to disciplinary action for violation(s) of the Code of Community Standards occurring at or near the time of the incident.
Pursuant to Title IX, LCU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities. Reports of sexual misconduct may be made to the Title IX Coordinator, Kecia Jackson at 806.720.7503 or any of the other campus resources listed in paragraph III of this policy.
Note: This sexual misconduct policy shall not be used to bring frivolous or malicious complaints against students, faculty and employees. If a complaint has been made in bad faith, as demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence, disciplinary action may be taken against the person bringing the complaint.
A. Sexual Misconduct: A broad, non-legal term encompassing a range of non-consensual sexual activity or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. This term includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women, strangers or acquaintances, and can occur between or among people of the same or opposite sex. Using this term serves to differentiate campus processes, which are administrative and educational, from the criminal justice system, in which people are charged with crimes that carry criminal penalty.
B. Sexual harassment as defined by 34 C.F.R.106.30, subd. (a), means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
C. Sexual Violence: Physical sexual acts perpetuated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. The term includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, sexual abuse, indecency with a child, and/or aggravated assault.
D. Sexual Assault: An offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. Any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by federal or state law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.
Sexual Assault in Texas is jurisdictionally defined in Section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code.
E. Sexual Exploitation: Occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another to benefit anyone other than the one being exploited. Examples of exploitation include, but are not limited to: engaging in voyeurism; forwarding of pornographic or other sexually inappropriate material by email, text, or other channels to non-consenting students/groups; and any activity that goes beyond the boundaries of consent, such as recording of sexual activity, allowing others to watch activity or situations of sexual nature without the other person's consent, or engaging in sexual activity while knowingly infected with an STI of HIV without informing the other person of the infection.
F. Coercion: The use of expressed or implied threat or intimidation which places an individual in reasonable fear of immediate harm or physical injury.
G. Consent: An informed, voluntary, and mutually understandable agreement that indicates a clear willingness to engage in each instance of sexual activity. Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with another. A current or previous dating relationship or sexual relationship by itself is not sufficient to constitute consent. Consent may not be implied by silence or mere passivity and can be withdrawn at any time. Consent is not valid if acquired through means of physical force, threat of physical force, intimidation, coercion, intoxication, incapacitation, or any other fact that would eliminate an individual's ability to exercise his or her own free will to choose whether or not to participate in a sexual activity.
Consent in Texas is jurisdictionally defined in Section 1.07 and outlined in Section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code.
H. Incapacitation: The inability, temporarily or permanently, to give consent because the individual is mentally and/or physically helpless, either voluntarily or involuntarily, or the individual is unconscious, asleep, or otherwise unaware that the sexual activity is occurring. A person is mentally incapacitated when that person lacks the ability to make informed decisions about whether or not to engage in sexual activity. A person may be incapacitated as a result of the consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs, or due to a temporary or permanent physical or mental health condition. When alcohol or other drug use is involved, incapacitation is a state beyond intoxication, impairment, or being under the influence. Alcohol and other drugs impact each individual differently and determining whether an individual is incapacitated requires an individualized determination. Although every individual may manifest the impacts of alcohol or other drugs differently, typical signs include slurred or incomprehensible speech, unsteady gait, combativeness, emotional volatility, vomiting, or incontinence.
I. Domestic Violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by
Domestic violence in Texas is termed "Family Violence."
J. Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person
I. Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct, constituted by two or more acts directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to
J. Hostile Environment: When sex-based harassment or violence is directed toward an individual and/or has the purpose or effect of
To determine whether a hostile environment exists for an individual or individuals, the University will consider a variety of factors related to the severity, persistence, or pervasiveness of the sex-based harassment, including:
The more severe the sex-based harassment, the less need there is to show a repetitive series of incidents to create a hostile environment. A single instance of violence may be sufficient to create a hostile environment.
K. Retaliation: Retaliation against persons who report or provide information about sexual misconduct is strictly prohibited. Any acts of reprisal, including internal interference, coercion, or restraint by a student, a university employee, or one acting on behalf of the university, violates this policy and will result in appropriate disciplinary action.
The university encourages the reporting of all incidents involving sexual misconduct, dating
violence, domestic violence, and stalking. If the university knows or reasonably should know about an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, the university will take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. To be proactive, the university publishes a notice of nondiscrimination and has adopted and published grievance procedures. In cases involving potential criminal conduct, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will determine, consistent with state and local law, whether appropriate law enforcement or other authorities should be notified. Reports may be made in person or confidentially online through the LCU Title IX webpage and at the bottom of the LCU homepage.
Actual knowledge: Notice of sexual harassment or allegations of sexual harassment to a recipient’s Title IX Coordinator or any official of the recipient who has authority to institute corrective measures on behalf of the recipient. This standard is not met when the only official of the recipient with actual knowledge is the respondent.
Complainant: An individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment.
Respondent: An individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment.
Responsible Employees: Refers to all employees unless otherwise designated by the university.
Responsible Employees will receive the report and notify appropriate campus officials:
When an individual tells a Responsible Employee about an incident of sexual misconduct, that individual has the right to expect the university to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably, and assist in reporting to law enforcement if the complainant so chooses.
Even if no action is requested by the complainant or they are unsure about what they want to do, such reporting to the Title IX Coordinator is necessary for various reasons, including to ensure that persons possibly subjected to such conduct receive appropriate services and information; that LCU can track incidents and identify patterns; and that, where appropriate, LCU can take steps to protect the university community. Reported allegations will be reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator, who will assess the report and consult with the complainant. Responsible employees who knew about but did not report allegations of sexual misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action.
Confidential Employee: In their professional capacity, LCU Counseling Center and Medical Clinic staff are considered confidential reporting resources and are not required to report according to university policy. Information disclosed in the clinical setting will be considered confidential.
However, Confidential Employees may encourage clients to report to local and/or campus authorities. This policy does not infer Counseling and/or Medical Personnel are exempt from any mandatory reporting requirements placed on them by federal or state law.
Note: Faculty, staff and other employees who are otherwise involved in pastoral or ministry work, are licensed mental health workers, or are licensed medical workers, but who are not working in that capacity for LCU, are not Confidential Employees.
If LCU officials determine that a serious incident may pose an on-going threat to members of the university community, a Timely Warning Notice will be issued to all students and employees. The intent of the Timely Warning is to prevent additional crimes and allow students and employees to take protective and precautionary measures.
LCU faculty and staff members are able to help students report issues of harassment, violence or stalking, however students may report directly to any of the following areas for immediate access to resources:
Title IX Coordinator
Student Life Building SUB 212 (C)
Dean of Students
Student Life Building SUB 212 (B)
Director of Residential Life
Student Life Building SUB 212 (A)
Johnson Hall Residence Director
Johnson Hall Office JH 108
Katie Rogers/Courtyard Hall Residence Director
Katie Rogers Office KR 151
Mabee Hall Residence Director
Mabee Hall Office MH 118
Public Safety Office
Student Life Building SUB 206
Public Safety Patrol
Student Life Building SUB 206
Athletics Senior Administrator
Rip Griffin Center RGC 108
A. Initial Response
Although Lubbock Christian University encourages timely law enforcement reporting, it is the victim's choice to make such a report or to decline involvement with law enforcement. LCU will assist Complainants in reporting to local law enforcement if desired.
The Complainant may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the LCU Title IX process or only the latter. The Title IX Coordinator will guide the Complainant through the reporting process.
LCU encourages contact with the LCU Medical Clinic or LCU Counseling Center for confidential resources and support. At the very minimum, reports may be made anonymously online through the LCU Title IX webpage or through the bottom of the LCU homepage.
As time passes, evidence may dissipate or become lost or unavailable, thereby making investigation, possible prosecution, disciplinary proceedings, or obtaining orders of protection related to the incident more difficult. If a victim chooses not to make a complaint regarding an incident, he or she nevertheless should consider speaking with LPD or other law enforcement agency to preserve evidence in the event that the victim changes his or her mind at a later date.
A Complainant may choose to report at any time, as long as the Complainant or the Respondent remain enrolled or employed by the university.
Certain forms of sexual misconduct, domestic violence (family violence), dating violence, and stalking may be a violation of the statutes of the State of Texas. Complainants, therefore, may have certain legal rights with regard to criminal and civil action.
B. Evidence Preservation
Evidence of a sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking should be preserved as soon as possible, even if you are unsure about reporting to the University or filing criminal charges. Preservation of evidence is essential for both law enforcement and campus disciplinary investigations.
Write down, or have a friend write down everything you can remember about the incident, including a physical description of the assailant. You should attempt to do this even if you are unsure about reporting the incident in the future.
C. Supportive Measures
Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, reasonably available, and without fee or charge to both parties before or after a formal complaint has been filed or where no formal complaint has been filed. Supportive measures are intended to preserve equal access, safety of the educational environment, and deter sexual harassment without burdening either party.
These supportive measures may include, but are not limited to the following:
A. Formal Complaint
A complainant may file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail or by electronic mail. The document must be signed by the complainant and serves as a request that the university investigate the allegation of sexual harassment. The Title IX Coordinator may sign the formal complaint if it is determined that failure to investigate the claim may be negligent or compromise community safety. The Title IX Coordinator may not serve as the complainant.
A formal complaint may be dismissed if the alleged conduct would not constitute sexual harassment. per the 34 C.F.R.106.30, subd. (a). The complaint may be investigated under other policies of the code of conduct.
B. Emergency Removal/Administrative Leave
The university reserves the right to remove a respondent from an educational program or activity after an individualized safety and risk assessment. The assessment must determine that an immediate threat exists to the physical health or safety of any student or individual. The respondent will be notified of the removal and given an opportunity to immediately challenge the removal.
C. Notice of allegations
A notice of allegation will be provided to all parties that are known once a formal complaint has been filed. The notice of allegations will include the following: the grievance process, details of the alleged sexual harassment, a statement that the respondent is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct and that a determination is made at the conclusion of the grievance process, the ability to use an advisor of their choice, and prohibits knowingly making false claims or submitting false information during the grievance process.
The complainant and respondent are permitted to select an advisor to be present during intake, interviews, meetings, and/or proceedings. An advisor can be any person that agrees to serve in that role other than Title IX staff members. If one party selects an attorney as an advisor, the party must notify the Title IX Coordinator three business days prior to any meeting or interview they will attend. The advisor’s role is to provide support and advice. They are not permitted to speak on behalf of the parties or disrupt, delay or interfere with any meeting. Advisors may be asked to meet with the Title IX Coordinator or administrator to discuss the role and responsibilities prior to their participation.
E. Formal Resolution
A formal resolution includes an investigation, report review, live hearing, and outcome.
*The live hearing component applies exclusively to complaints that fall under Title IX.
Decision Maker- The decision maker will oversee the live hearing and allow each party’s advisor to ask the other party and any witnesses all relevant questions and follow-up questions, including those challenging credibility. The decision maker will determine whether the question is relevant and explain any decision to exclude a question as not relevant.
Questions and evidence about the complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant, unless such questions and evidence about the complainant’s prior sexual behavior are offered to prove that someone other than the respondent committed the conduct alleged by the complainant, or if the questions and evidence concern specific incidents of the complainant’s prior sexual behavior with respect to the respondent and are offered to prove consent.
Parties are required to attend the live hearing in person or by utilizing approved technology platforms. Both parties and witnesses must submit to cross examination. Any information/evidence collected from a party or witness that does not submit to cross examination will be excluded and will not be used in the final determination. If parties do not have an advisor, the university will provide one.
All live hearings will be recorded and made available to the parties for inspection and review.
If the complaint does not fall under Title IX, The Title IX Coordinator will designate a trained decision maker who will receive the final investigative report. After reviewing the report, a determination will be made as to whether the reported violation is more likely than not to have occurred.
An outcome letter will be provided to both the respondent and complainant at the same time which outlines the investigation findings and appeal process. The determination regarding responsibility becomes final on the date the outcome letter is sent to both parties if an appeal is filed. If an appeal is not filed, the determination is final three business days after the written determination has been sent to both parties.
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All appeals will be reviewed by a trained appeals officer and shall be based solely on the records provided from the investigation and live hearing unless new evidence is grounds for the appeal. Both parties will receive a written decision, simultaneously, describing the result of the appeal and the rationale for the result. The decision of the appeals officer is final.
No person may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing. Such conduct will be addresses under the student code of conduct.
F. Voluntary Informal Resolution
Voluntary Informal Resolution is an internal grievance process that may be available to resolve a report after a formal complaint has been filed/received. Voluntary Informal Resolution is available to both students and employees. However, it is not appropriate in all cases. Voluntary Informal Resolution is a voluntary, remedies-based resolution process that requires participation by both parties. It does not involve an investigation and may not involve taking disciplinary action against a respondent. Voluntary Informal Resolution is intended to eliminate the conduct at issue, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. It is not necessary to pursue Voluntary Informal Resolution before pursuing an investigation and formal resolution. Request to use Voluntary Informal Resolution following receipt of a report and as part of or following the initial inquiry, the Title IX Coordinator will determine how to proceed. The decision of how to proceed will be made as part of or following the initial inquiry when LCU has sufficient information about the nature and scope of the reported misconduct. If the Title IX Coordinator determines Voluntary Informal Resolution is appropriate, the parties will be notified of the nature of the complaint, reminded that retaliatory behavior will not be tolerated, and advised of any confidentiality issues. Both the complainant and respondent will be given a copy of the policy, the applicable procedures, an explanation of the Voluntary Informal Resolution process, and asked about their preferred process for resolution. If either a complainant or respondent indicates a preference for Voluntary Informal Resolution to resolve a report, the Title IX Coordinator will determine if both parties voluntarily agree to participate to resolve the report using this internal grievance process.
A complainant or respondent may request that the Voluntary Informal Resolution process be attempted to resolve a report at any time. For example, a complainant who previously requested to go through the internal grievance process of investigation and formal resolution can request to end that process and attempt Voluntary Informal Resolution. The Title IX Coordinator will consider the request if the other party is in agreement. Either party participating in Voluntary Informal Resolution can end the process at any time and request a shift to the investigation and formal resolution process. If the Voluntary Informal Resolution process is unsuccessful or fails to address the reported conduct, at the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator, a complainant may be able to subsequently pursue a resolution through investigation and formal resolution.
As a community, we share the responsibility to prevent sexual misconduct through education, bystander intervention, and mutual respect for one another. As part of our commitment to the prevention of sexual misconduct, Lubbock Christian University offers education and awareness programs. Incoming students and employees will have access to prevention and awareness education, including training on recognizing and reporting sexual misconduct. All students, faculty, and staff have access to ongoing training and related programs.
Students will be provided with information regarding sexual misconduct prevention and reporting during new student orientation, the university's "UNI 1170" class, and other LCU Student Life programming through the Student Life Office, Residential Life, the LCU Counseling Center, and LCU Public Safety.
The Title IX Council exists to serve the campus with a diverse group of faculty and staff that receive additional Title IX training. The council provides an opportunity for various departments on campus to communicate and be proactive in educating faculty, staff, and students in how to provide and maintain a safe campus.
Note: Title IX reports will be reviewed by the President and Board of Trustees in an effort to maintain a safe campus free from discrimination, violence, harassment, and stalking.
Public health situations may arise for which federal, state, or local health authorities determine institutional action may be warranted. In such cases, the university will evaluate and implement applicable guidance provided by health authorities when feasible and consistent with the mission and values of LCU. For up to date policies regarding public health and safety, go to https://lcu.edu/resources/health-and-safety/medical-clinic/coronavirus/fall-2020-face2face-initiative/.
Statement on Harassment and Intimidation
Spiritual and intellectual development is dependent upon an environment in which a person is comfortable to easily focus. It is imperative that LCU foster a culture free from intimidation or harassment.
Any reports of harassment or intimidation in any form, directly or indirectly, either by threat or action, physical or emotional, in person or in writing, on campus or off campus, or through the use of technology will be investigated. If this conduct has led to or may potentially lead the victim(s) to reasonably fear for his/her, or others' safety, to suffer from emotional stress, or has unduly interfered with student life, the respondent may be subject to sanctions under the Code of Community Standards.
Furthermore, these actions may violate other university policies, civil and/or criminal law.
Statement on Human Sexuality
Consistent with scripture and the breadth of the Christian tradition, LCU affirms that human sexuality is a gift from the creator God, designed for human flourishing and that the purposes of this gift include (1) the uniting and strengthening of the marital bond in sacrificial love, and (2) the procreation of human life. These purposes are to be achieved exclusively within the context of marriage between husband and wife. Sexual intimacy outside of a marriage is inconsistent with the teaching of scripture. Therefore, as a matter of faith and moral witness, students, faculty, and staff are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this statement and to respect this understanding of human sexuality.
Tobacco and Alternative Smoking Products
Students should be aware of the many physical dangers associated with the use of tobacco and nicotine products. To maintain a healthy environment and to encourage healthy lifestyles for all students, staff, and faculty, use of all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco and vapor products) is strictly prohibited on the LCU campus. The safety of all residents requires students and their guests respect this policy. Students should be aware they will be held responsible for the actions of any of their visitors or guests.
Lubbock Christian University places a high priority on safety, seeking to create a safe and secure environment on its campus for students, faculty, staff, and guests.
Consequently, pursuant to section 30.06 of the Texas Penal Code, no person may enter onto Lubbock Christian University property with a handgun (concealed or open carry) at any time. Property of Lubbock Christian University includes:
a) All land and buildings owned or leased by Lubbock Christian University;
b) Grounds where an activity or event sponsored by Lubbock Christian University is being conducted;
c) Passenger transportation vehicles owned by Lubbock Christian University.
In addition, carrying or possessing a weapon of any kind is prohibited on campus and at school-sponsored events. Any LCU student, faculty member, staff member, or contractor violating this policy is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion, dismissal, or termination of employment. While LCU has opted to prohibit the concealed carry of a handgun, the university reserves the right to grant approved employees, who hold a License to Carry, to do so as deemed appropriate and necessary.
This prohibition against weapons possession is in effect to the fullest extent allowed under Texas laws, including laws pertaining to weapons generally (Texas Penal Code 46.03) and to those with a license to carry (Texas Penal Code 46.035). When appropriate, anyone violating this policy may also be subject to prohibition from the campus and/or criminal prosecution.
As used in this policy, the term "weapon" encompasses any object or substance designed to inflict a wound, incapacitate, or cause injury, and includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Note: Authorized campus officials may confiscate weapons and/or other items that do not violate the law, but constitute violations of LCU policies.
Violations of the Weapons Policy will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with the LCU Code of Community Standards, as well as criminal justice system.
Exceptions to the Policy
The only exceptions to this weapons prohibition are those authorized in writing by the Lubbock Christian University Police Department (LCUPD) Chief of Police and the exceptions below, which include exceptions mandated by law:
LCU expects all members of the campus community to help safeguard the community by reporting promptly to LCUPD any weapons discovered to be present on campus. Persons should report any concerns about violations of this policy to the Chief of Police, Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, or a supervisor. Any person concerned about an imminent threat of violence on university property or at a university-sponsored event should report the concern immediately to LCU Public Safety at 806.928.6803 or call 9-1-1.
In keeping with the redemptive nature of LCU’s disciplinary philosophy, students who come forward voluntarily confessing a violation of university policy or an addictive lifestyle including illegal drugs and controlled substances, steroids, alcohol, sexual immorality, pornography, and internet abuse may be afforded an opportunity to submit to a range of possibilities outside the disciplinary process. The following conditions must be met in order for students to take advantage of this non-disciplinary policy:
SPECIAL NOTE: The university maintains the right to require the student to enter into professional counseling and/or medical treatment if the behavior in question warrants such a response. The student will assume financial responsibility for these services.
For additional information about the non-disciplinary process, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students in the Student Life Office located on the second floor of the SUB.
Conduct Tiers and Community Responsibility
Incident reports alleging violations of the Code of Community Standards come in many different forms. Reports of violations of the Code of Community Responsibility or other violations of the Student Handbook will be investigated in a fair and thorough manner by the Dean of Students. Incident reports may be forwarded to the Student Life Office from members of the university community, including students, staff, and faculty. Additionally, reports, complaints, or other information involving possible violations of the Student Handbook may come from local, state, and federal agencies or other outside sources. These reports may also be forwarded to the Dean of Students and investigated as warranted. Documentation and any subsequent response by the Dean of Students will become part of the student’s conduct file.
Violations of the Code of Community Standards will result in the possible imposition of one or more of the sanctions listed below. Sanctions will take into account the facts and circumstances surrounding each case, intent, the safety of the university community, student conduct history, integrity, and honesty in investigation process, and the sanction that will best benefit both the student and the campus community. Violation of any federal, state, or local law while enrolled as a student of the university, whether or not explicitly listed as a conduct tier, may also result in one or more of the sanctions listed below. The sanctions below appear in alphabetical order. In each case, the student will be provided with written statement(s) outlining the specific conditions of University imposed sanction(s).
Definitions of possible sanctions include:
Alternative Conduct Sanctions and Probation
The university believes in the growth, rehabilitative nature, and applicability of sanctions in regard to violations of the Code of Community Standards. The Intelligent Decisions Advocacy Program (IDAP) is a program designed to, when applicable, closely relate the violation of the Code of Community Standards committed with an appropriate sanction. Students who violate this code will be enrolled in the IDAP program for a specific amount of time until their obligations have been fulfilled. Such obligations will range from community service on or off the campus of LCU to city-wide service or educational programs. Students enrolled in the IDAP program will be monitored by the Dean of Students.
A status indicates that a student's relationship with the university is tenuous and that specified conditions must be met and behaviors must be modified to continue as a student for the current and/or additional semesters.
Dismissal is the separation of the student from the university as a result of an official decision to terminate a student’s enrollment for the remainder of the academic semester in which the offense occurred and/or for additional semesters as warranted by circumstances of the offense. Notification of dismissals will be sent to appropriate university officials, including the student’s academic advisor and parent or guardian as allowed by FERPA. Students who are dismissed for conduct reasons may apply for admission after satisfying requirements of the original dismissal agreement, but the university reserves the right to deny or place conditions on admission.
Loss of Privileges
Loss may include eligibility to represent the university officially on athletic teams or performing groups, attendance at school functions, seeking or holding an elected or appointed student office, right to advance register, eating in the Cafeteria, participation in social clubs or intramural sports, and use of specific university facilities, computer systems, equipment, services, or restriction to residence hall or room.
Requirement to pay for the repair or replacement of damaged property. If restitution is due the university, the charges will be added to the student’s account. Failure to pay appropriate restitution to another student will result in additional sanctions including denial of future enrollment or refusal to release official transcript.
Note: Dependent on severity of the offense and the student’s conduct history, a violation in Tier 1 could be viewed as a Tier 2 violation or a Tier 3 violation and will be dealt with accordingly.
Note: Dependent on severity of the offense and the student’s conduct history, a violation in Tier 2 could be viewed as a Tier 3 violation and will be dealt with accordingly.
Please Note: Honesty, a spirit of cooperation in the disciplinary process, and consideration of the student’s prior offenses will be evaluated as an integral part of the Office of the Dean of Students investigation process.
Violation of any federal, state, or local law not specifically covered in the above conduct tiers may result in disciplinary action.
Student Appeal Process
Lubbock Christian University has implemented procedures for student appeals with the intent of assuring fundamental fairness in all areas of the disciplinary process. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Student Life Office within three (3) business days of the sanction. The written appeal must cite the specific grounds that would justify consideration of an appeal. Appeals will not be considered unless submitted in writing and within three (3) business days of the sanction.
Please Note: General dissatisfaction with the sanction or an appeal for mercy is not an appropriate basis for an appeal.
Appropriate grounds for an appeal include:
Conduct Review Board
In the assurance that all students will receive a fair and impartial review of their conduct sanction, the Conduct Review Board (CRB) will hear all student appeals regarding conduct sanctions and chapel offenses. In the instance of chapel offenses, decisions of the CRB are final. The CRB will be comprised of two faculty members, two staff members, two students, and one non-voting chairperson. The chair will vote only in the event of a tie. Representative(s) from the Student Life Office will be present and available to answer questions by the CRB or the student(s) in question. A quorum of one faculty member, one staff member, one student, and the chair is necessary to conduct a hearing.
The board will look at all aspects of the investigation carried out by the Dean of Students. They may choose to meet with the student in question, as well as other individuals involved in the situation, as they see fit. No outside witness or counsel is allowed in these hearings. The CRB will be allowed to review only the information presented during the proceeding and will uphold, amend, or repeal the decision of the Dean of Students. The CRB will communicate its findings and actions in writing and deliver them to the appropriate dean within one (1) business day. Their decision will be communicated to the student within three (3) business days by a representative of the Student Life Office. It is the responsibility of the Student Life Office to contractually bind the student to the terms of any amended sanction. While appealing or awaiting results of an appeal, the student may be granted permission to continue attending classes unless his or her presence on campus presents a reasonable likelihood of a threat to the university community or to any individual. The decision of the Conduct Review Board is final.
Questions or request for additional information about the Code of Community Standards, conduct tiers, or the appeal process can be directed to the Dean of Students in the Student Life Office at 806.720.7501. The Student Life Office is located on the second floor of the SUB.
Note: Lubbock Christian University may refuse the right of any student to attend the university if it is believed to be in the best interest of the student or university community.