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Message from the President

Dear Chap Nation:

Welcome to Lubbock Christian University! I am thrilled that you have chosen to make LCU your college home. I was once in your same position, preparing to begin college here. While much has changed at LCU since I was a student, the most important things have not changed. You will find in the faculty and staff a caring community fully committed to your growth and development in every part of your life, academically, spiritually, and socially.

LCU occupies distinctive space in the world of higher education. At the time of the founding of Harvard College in the 17th century, its student handbook provided that the main end of the student’s life and studies was to “to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.” While Harvard no longer claims its Christian heritage, LCU is a "Christ centered academic community of learners." The Harvard statement is a wonderful expression of what we are trying to do here. Christ is our foundation.

Our mission has important implications for the moral and ethical expectations that we maintain for members of the LCU community. We set and seek to uphold high standards. I encourage you to read closely the Student Handbook, which you can also find on the LCU website. It outlines the specific values and expectations of members of the LCU community. We act with integrity, treat each person with dignity and respect, care for those in need, and seek excellence in all that we do. As the apostle Paul exhorts us: “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)

The road to your degree will not always be an easy one. You will be challenged to study diligently and think deeply. You may be stretched and pulled in ways that you may not have experienced before. Rest assured that the faculty and staff are here to help you. Their doors are open and they want to serve as resources and co-discoverers with you to ensure your success. I hope that you will take advantage of the resources that are available to you.

I’m delighted that you have chosen to join with us during this incredibly important time in your life. It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the LCU family and I very much look forward to getting to know each and every one of you.

Go Chaps!

L. Timothy Perrin

President

LCU Mission and Values

Mission Statement

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.

Values

We seek to be authentically Christian, guided by our Christian faith in every dimension of our life as a community of higher learning.

  • We are committed to students, passionately seeking to provide a transformative educational experience. 
  • We are scholars and co-discovers, guided by Christian wisdom while diligently seeking the truth in every discipline.
  • We are a welcoming community, embodying a spirit of hospitality in every aspect of our life together.
  • We are thoughtfully engaged, committed to serving as agents, models, and witnesses of the Kingdom of God in our families, churches, and communities.
  • We pursue the highest standards of excellence, "working with all our hearts, as working for the Lord," and seeking to glorify God in everything we do.
  • We act with integrity, striving to discern right from wrong, speaking the truth, and keeping our commitments.
  • We treat others with dignity and respect, valuing each person as one made in God's image. 

Student Handbook - Prepared by the Student Affairs Office

It is the responsibility of the student to obtain, read, and comprehend the purpose, 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, or modify existing ones, as needs may dictate. 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. 



Academic Life

Academic Policies

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.

Books

All course textbooks can be purchased online through our Virtual Bookstore. Book buy-back will occur for two days on campus at the end of each semester. An extended buy-back time is available online also. For further questions, please call the LCU Chap Store at 806.720.7526.

Career Services

The purpose of the LCU Career Center 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 Center Office is located in the Cardwell Welcome Center. For additional information, go to Career Center.

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).  

Academic Testing

The University Testing Office administers CLEP, ACT, DSST, THEA, and the CAAP test. The CAAP test is required for all students. Students should take this test by enrolling in UNI 2000 after they complete the LCU core classes and before advancing. Contact the testing coordinator in Room 116 of the Center for Student Success for information concerning any standardized testing or special departmental credit by examination needs.

Disability Services

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. Current proof with 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.

After registering for services and after meeting with the Disability Services Coordinator to decide on accommodations, the student will be given a Letter of Accommodations to take 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 immediately. (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.

The Disability Services Office is located in the Center for Student Success, CAA Building, Room 117.

Service and Assistance Animal Policy

Lubbock Christian University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Students who seek to bring a service or assistance animal to campus should contact the Disability Services Offices in the Center for Student Success to discuss requests.  This office will determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether bringing the animal to campus is a reasonable accommodation for the student.  The Disability Services Office will also make a determination about what impact the service or assistance animal will have on the campus community as a whole.

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.

Mentoring

LCU implemented the Mentoring program to provide academic support to students and assist them in the successful completion of their degree.  Our Mentors are advocates for students.  We work with students to help them identify their academic goals and resolve any circumstances that may hinder their meeting these goals.  We provide students with tools to develop skills for success, including but not limited to, time management, study skills, financial literacy, and conflict resolution.  Mentors will also assist students in resolving other personal or financial concerns that may impact their academic success.

As advocates for student success, mentors assist students with supplies they may need to be successful. Students who are participating in this program will have access to instructional technology (laptops, graphing calculators, recorders) and even textbooks for some classes.

Mentors are located in the Center for Student Success. 

Tutoring

Current students may request free peer tutoring in most areas. Study strategy advisement, opportunities for individual practice, and study materials for the THEA and GRE test are offered.

The Tutoring Services office is located in Room 118 in the Center for Student Success in the Center for Academic Achievement. 

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: Mondays and Thursdays from noon-6 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon-3 p.m.

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.

Class Attendance

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 handbook.

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

Computer labs are located in the north and south ends of the library, the second floor of the Administration Building, and the American Heritage Building. Computers are also available in the Maddox-Pugh Education, Associates Behavioral Science, C.L. Kay Christian Development, Natural Sciences, and Mabee Science buildings for use by their majors.

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:

  1. The right to inspect and review your education record within a reasonable time after the University receives a request for access. If you want to review your record, contact the university office that maintains the record to make appropriate arrangements.
  2. The right to request an amendment of your education record if you believe it is inaccurate or misleading. If you feel there is an error in your record, you should submit a statement to the university official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record you want changed and why you believe it is inaccurate or misleading. That office will notify you of their decision and advise you regarding appropriate steps if you do not agree with the decision.
  3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with “legitimate educational interests.” A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official has a “need to know” information from your education record in order to fulfill his or her official responsibilities. Examples of people who may have access, depending on their official duties, and only within the context of those duties, include: university faculty and staff, agents of the institution, students employed by the institution or who serve on official institutional committees, and representatives of agencies under contract with the University.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

    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:

  1. The university receives many inquiries for directory information from a variety of sources outside the institution, including friends, parents, relatives, prospective employers, the news media and honor societies. Having a “No Release” on your record will preclude release of such information, even to those people.
  2. A “No Release” applies to all elements of directory information on your record. Lubbock Christian University does not apply a “No Release” differentially to the various directory information data elements. A copy of the Act, more details about your rights, and any university policies related to the Act are available from the Registrar's Office.

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.

Library

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

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:

  • Use your network access login and password. See Email and Network Access
  • After a student requests access, the SelfServe account information should appear in blue on the screen. Please make note of the Login ID and Password.
  • If a message in red appears, write down the error message and contact the ChapDesk at 806.720.7100.

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:

  1. Complaints

    1. Complaints must be submitted on a complaint form, which is available on the student right-to-know web page.
    2. The Executive Vice President will refer the complaint to the appropriate administrator.
    3. The administrator will investigate the complaint and, as necessary, meet with the complainant and/or other parties.
    4. Administrators must provide a written response to the complainant within four business weeks of receiving the complaint.

  2. Appeal

    1. Complainants desiring to appeal a decision may submit a signed statement of appeal within two business weeks of the decision to the Office of the President, Lubbock Christian University, 5601 19th Street, Lubbock, TX 79407.
    2. The Office of the President or designee will review the appeal and may choose to meet with the student and/or other parties.
    3. The Office of the President will respond in writing concerning the disposition of the appeal within two business weeks of receiving the appeal.

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:

  1. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board--Must submit the required forms available on the Student Complaints site of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, delivered by email to StudentComplaints@thecb.state.tx or by mail to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Office of General Counsel, PO Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711-2788.
  2. For complaints related to Title IX--Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1999 Bryan St., Suite 2600, Dallas, TX 75201
  3. For complaints related to the Graduate School of Theology, contact the Association of Theological Schools in writing, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburg, PA 15275; 421-788-6505; www.ats.edu.
  4. For complaints related to accreditation standards, Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500

Specific Accreditation Complaints

  • For general complaints not resolved by the University, you may contact the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at StudentComplaints@thecb.state.tx.us or, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, College Readiness and Success Division, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711-2788
  • For accreditation related complaints not resolved by the University, you may contact SACSCOC.
  • For teacher educator preparation complaints not resolved by the University, you may contact TEA.
  • For School of Theology complaints not resolved by the University, you may contact the Association of Theological School in writing, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburg, PA 15275; 421-788-6505; ATS.

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. 

Spiritual Life

Bible Courses

The university believes that one’s education should include opportunities to obtain a deeper understanding of the Bible and to make fundamental decisions about the relationship of one’s own life to biblical truth. See the LCU catalog for course requirements.

Chapel

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

Chapel is held from 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in the McDonald-Moody Auditorium. Attendance is required at Chapel Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 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 Affairs 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 ear phones (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.  

Chapel Attendance

Students are required to obtain forty-five (45) Spiritual Life credits through attendance of chapel programs each semester, unless otherwise exempt from chapel for one or more days during a given semester as outlined below.  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 Affairs.

Exemptions

Students may apply for exemptions on specific days of the week if any of the following apply:

  • Full-time commuters age 24 and under with no classes immediately before and after chapel. Commuters who have class immediately before or after chapel are required to attend.
  • Special circumstances such as documented work conflicts
  • Special family needs

Request forms for chapel exemptions are available in the Student Affairs Office on the second floor of the SUB. Student must file an exemption for each semester. Students with approved exemptions require fewer Spiritual Life Credits as outlined below. The exemption form (with class schedule or 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 Days Exempt Required Credits
0 45
1 day per week 34
2 day per week 23
3 day per week 12
Full Exemption 0

Attendance Procedure

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 is located in the Student Affairs 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 40-44 Spiritual Life Credits will receive the following sanctions:

  • $200 fine payable by cash, check, or credit card to the Student Affairs Office OR $100 fine and 10 hours of community service due two weeks after the final chapel meeting. Community service may be completed on campus or through an approved agency. All hours must be documented and signed by a service coordinator. A hold will be placed on the student's account until payment and/or documented community service is received.

Tier 2: Students receiving 35-39 Spiritual Life Credits will receive the following sanctions:

  • $300 fine payable by cash, check, or credit card to the Student Affairs Office OR $200 fine and 10 hours of community service due two weeks after the final chapel meeting. Community service may be completed on campus or through an approved agency. All hours must be documented and signed by a service coordinator. A hold will be placed on the student's account until payment and/or documented community service is received.
  • Not allowed to hold leadership positions in student organizations during the following long semester. Officers must relinquish their positions.

Tier 3: Student receiving 34 or less Spiritual Life Credits will receive the following sanctions:

  • $400 fine payable by cash, check, or credit card to the Student Affairs Office OR $300 fine and 10 hours of community service due two weeks after the final chapel meeting. Community service may be completed on campus or through an approved agency. All hours must be documented and signed by a service coordinator. A hold will be placed on the student's account until payment and/or documented community service is received.
  • Not allowed to participate in campus activities during the following long semester, including student organizations, productions, study abroad, intramurals , inter-collegiate sports, spring break campaigns, etc.

Chapel Exemptions Sanction Tier Table

Spiritual Life
Credits

No
Exemption

1 Day
Exemption

2 Day
Exemption

3 Day
Exemption

Tier 1

40-4430-3320-2210-11

Tier 2

35-3926-2918-198-9

Tier 3

34 and
below
25 and
below
17 and
below
7 and
below

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 Affairs Leadership Team (SALT), made up of faculty, staff, and students, for an appeal decision. If students believe they were not treated fairly in the SALT 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 SALT. The decision of the Conduct Review Board is final. Refer to the Student Appeals process for a detailed explanation.

Church Services

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.

Devotionals

Various devotionals and Bible studies are held on campus throughout the week, as well as prayer time.

Student Life

Address and Name Changes

Students are responsible for maintaining current and accurate information in the computer system. Name and address changes should be communicated to the Registrar's Office.

On-campus students moving off campus must ALSO fill out a change of address at the LCU Post Office.

Athletic Events

Current students with an LCU ID card are admitted free to all regular season home games. Nationally ranked volleyball and basketball teams play at the Rip Griffin Center on the southeast corner of campus. On the south end of campus, the nationally ranked baseball team can be seen at Hays Field, the nationally ranked softball team can be seen at PlainsCapital Park, and the men and women’s soccer teams can be seen at the LCU soccer field. Visit LCUchaps.com or check the LCU Chap app for game schedules.

Campus Announcements

Campus announcements can be viewed via email and online at ChapLink. To submit an announcement, go to ChapLink.  There is a 9 a.m. deadline for same day chapel announcements. Live campus announcements will be read on Monday and Thursday of each week.

Cashing a Check

Checks can be cashed in the Student Business Office in the F.W. Mattox Administration Building. Checks for more than $50 are subject to approval. A service charge will be assessed for all checks cashed.

Counseling Center

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.

Please note: Due to ethical standards, the Department of Behavioral Sciences does not conduct private student counseling and is not affiliated with the Counseling Center.

Dining Services

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 and Network Access

Logging on to the network

Logon ID is:

  • First initial of first name
  • Last name
  • Last four digits of LCU ID number

Your default password is:

  • First initial of first name, capitalized
  • First initial of last name, initial lower case
  • Dollar ($) sign
  • Last four digits of your Social Security Number
    Example: Jd$1234!
  • Put a ! after the last four digits of your Social Security Number
  • *International students: Use birth year

This is a secure password, but we do RECOMMEND that you CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD. 

To change the password for your LCU email, follow these steps:

  • Log into LCU email with default password
    Example: Jd$1234!
  • Once logged in, go to Settings and select Options
  • From the Account tab, select the link on the right hand side of the screen that says “change password”
  • On this page there are instructions on how to complete changing the password

Lubbock Christian University’s official means of communication is through the LCU email account that is provided to students.

ChapDesk

Text 806.928.7974 or Phone 806.720.7100

Contact ChapDesk to receive these services FREE of charge

  • Microsoft Office (PC & Mac versions available)
  • Other Microsoft software
  • Antivirus software
  • Anti-malware software
  • Virus removal
  • Malware removal
  • Transferring of files from old hard drive
  • Hardware installation (student-purchased)
  • Software installation
  • Diagnosing hardware failure
  • Overall troubleshooting of computer system
  • Email setup on phones, iPads and other mobile devices

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.

ChapLink

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.

Access help files or if you still have questions, call 806.720.7100 for help.

Webmail

Your LCU Webmail is accessed through outlook.com/lcu.edu, or ChapLink. On the home page, click Webmail at the bottom of the page.

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!

Printers/Copiers

  • Enter student network login information.  example: Jdoe2345
  • Enter network password. example: Jd$1234! and press the arrow key at the bottom.
  • To end session, press the C/CE button.

X-Drive

  • Log on to the network.
  • Double-click on the My Computer icon on the desktop or open Windows Explorer.
  • Double-click on the x-drive icon.
  • To exit, click on the close button in the upper right corner at the top of the window.

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.

Financial Assistance

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.

Section 484(r)

  • (r) SUSPENSION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR DRUG-RELATED OFFENSES
  • (1) IN GENERAL—A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

If convicted of an offense involving:

  • The possession of a controlled substance: Ineligibility period is:

    • First offense 1 year
    • Second offense 2 years
    • Third offense Indefinite

  • The sale of a controlled substance: Ineligibility period is:

    • First offense 2 years
    • Second offense Indefinite

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 Affairs 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 Affairs 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. 

Ring Savings Program

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:

  • Students my send an email to alumni@LCU.edu and state a desire to opt out of the Ring Savings Plan.  Students should include their full names and student ID number.
  • Go to the Office of Alumni Relations and speak with a member of the Alumni Relations team.

Ring Refund Policy

Refunds, also called student account credits, are available to the student account upon request and as follows:

  • Students in their first semester of charges who wish to opt out may do so without penalty within the grace period - before their semester bill is due and will receive a credit of $90.
  • Students who opt out of the ring program after the grace period and still within their first semester of charges will be credited $45 to their student account in the Financial Affairs Office.
  • Students who opt out of the ring program past their first semester of charges within the ring program will be credited the balance less $90 to their student account int he Financial Affairs Office.

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.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is located in the LCU Public Safety Office in the SUB Room 206.

Medical Clinic

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 

Meningitis

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?

  • High fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Light sensitivity
  • Confusion/Sleepiness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Severe headache
  • Rash or purple patches on skin
  • Seizures

The more symptoms, the higher the risk, so if these symptoms appear, seek immediate medical attention.

How is meningitis diagnosed?

  • Diagnosis is made by a medical provider and is usually based on a combination of clinical symptoms and laboratory results from spinal fluid and blood tests.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the likelihood of recovery.

How is meningitis spread?

  • The disease is transmitted when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, or by sharing drinking containers, utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, etc.) or come in contact with respiratory or throat secretions.
  • Coming into close contact with carriers, sharing such items as drinking glasses, and even kissing are ways of spreading and/or becoming infected with the disease.
  • Examples of such carriers would be roommates, close friends, or classmates in a relatively small classroom. Because of these factors, students at institutions of higher education are considered to be at increased risk.

What are the risks of meningitis?

  • Death (in 8 to 24 hours from perfectly healthy to dead)
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Learning disability
  • Hearing loss, blindness
  • Limb damage (fingers, toes, arms, legs) that requires amputation
  • Multiple other medical problems

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:

  • is effective against four out of the five most common bacterial types that cause 70% of the cases in the U.S. (but does not protect against all types of meningitis).
  • takes 7-10 days to become effective, with protection lasting 3-5 years.
  • is very safe—the most common side effects are redness and minor pain at the injection site for up to two days.
  • is commonly available at many pharmacies and doctors’ offices, and often covered by health insurance plans at little or no cost.

For additional information on meningitis:

  • Contact your primary care provider
  • Contact the LCU Medical Clinic at 806.720.7482
  • Contact the City of Lubbock Health Department (806.775.2933) or the Texas Department of State Health Services (888.963.7111)
  • Visit these websites: cdc.gov/meningococcal and acha.org/Topics/meningitis.cfm

Postings/Flyers/Signs

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 Affairs 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 Affairs 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 Affairs 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.

Post Office

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:

  • The student lives with an adult member of his/her immediate family (Immediate family is defined as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, legal guardian, or sibling who is 21 or older.)
  • Medical reasons for which documentation can be provided and which cannot be met by alternative campus housing options.

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.

  • Katie Rogers Hall: all-female housing, for students of all classifications
  • Courtyard apartments: all-female housing, available to juniors and seniors (sophomores may apply if room is available.)
  • Johnson Hall: all-male housing, for students of all classifications
  • Rec Center: male and female housing, available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Mabee Living Center: all-male housing, available to juniors and seniors (sophomores may apply if room is available.)
  • Apartments: 1, 2, and 4 bedroom units are reserved for students who have been out of high school four long semesters (or 2 years), are 20 years of age or older, and/or for married couples with no children

*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.

Rhodes-Perrin Recreation Center

The Rhodes-Perrin Recreation Center (RPRC) is located on the south end of campus.  All regular students working towards a degree plan have full access to the RPRC; excludes nursing, online, temporary, and cohort 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, a futsal court, locker rooms, fitness center, group fitness room, intramurals, outdoor adventure 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 assume full responsibility for any injuries received while participating in such activities, and participation is at the student's 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.

Fitness Center/Group Fitness

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, step, 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.

Intramural Sports

Intramurals provide all students the opportunity to participate in a variety of individual and team sports. These sports include 7-on-7 flag football, futsal, volleyball, basketball, softball, outdoor soccer, ultimate Frisbee, dodge ball, badminton, and ping pong. Registration meetings are scheduled for each intramural sport. Intramurals are played in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Only 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.

Rock Wall

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.

Roller Blades, Skateboards, Hoverboards and Bicycles

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.

LCU Public Safety operates 24 hours a day. The 24/7 patrol number is 806.928.6803. For emergencies, call 911.

Services

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 Affairs Office during those times.

To report an incident or suspicious activities, please call 806.928.6803. Public Safety also provides a variety of services:

  • Motorist assist (boosts and air)
  • Escorts to and from locations
  • Parking Services (parking permits)
  • Crime prevention and awareness
  • Investigation of crimes and incidents that occur on campus
  • Lost and Found

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.

Crime Report

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 Affairs 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.

Emergency Management

LCU maintains and 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:

  • SMS, Text-messaging, voice call, and email alert system - email sign up is automatic, but students are encouraged to update their information on LCU SelfServe as it changes
  • Campus wide phone/intercom messages
  • Chaplink Security Alert Information Updates

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:

 

  • DISTANCE - yourself or evacuate if there is a safe path.
  • DENY - shooter's access.
  • DEFEND - yourself using any means necessary.

 

Lockdown
Soft Lockdown

  • Secure exit doors and remain inside
  • Have staff monitor doors
  • Increase awareness and conduct business as usual

Hard Lockdown

  • Lock doors if possible; if not, barricade with tables and chairs
  • Close curtains and blinds
  • Stay away from windows and doors
  • Stay low and quiet
  • Silence all devices
  • Do not open until all is clear

Bomb Threat
If a bomb threat is called in to your area:

  • Remain Calm
  • Listen to the caller’s exact words and instructions
  • Check the caller ID for the number of the caller
  • Keep the caller on the line and discreetly ask someone else to call 911 with the information
  • Remember any unusual or identifying characteristics of the caller

Fire
In case of a fire, be prepared by knowing the location of exits and extinguishers.

Minor Fire

  • If the fire is controllable, direct the extinguisher toward the base of the flame and sweep side to side.
  • If there is ANY doubt, pull the fire alarm and call 911.
  • Evacuate the building.

Major Fire

  • Pull the fire alarm.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Call 911 as soon as it is safe.

Psychological Crisis
A psychological crisis occurs when an individual is threatening harm to himself/herself or to others or is out of touch with reality.

  • Call LCU Public Safety at 806.928.6803 stating you have an emergency.
  • Try to keep the person calm and within your vision until assistance arrives.
  • Maintain your own personal safety if you feel the situation is dangerous.
  • If there are obvious medical complications, call 911, and then LCU Public Safety.

Severe Weather
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.

Tornado Watch

  • Be mindful of the weather.
  • Be aware of options.
  • Be ready to move.

Tornado Warning

  • Go to the ground floor.
  • Go to an interior area (like an office or bathroom free of windows).
  • Go now! Don't wait!

As situations and emergencies often arise in an unpredictable manner, LCU recommends you use caution and judgment regarding your personal safety. 

Missing Persons

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:

  • Notify the person designated by the student to be contacted if student is determined missing
  • Notify a parent if the student is under 18 years old
  • Notify appropriate law enforcement officials (in cases where the student is over 18 and has not identified a person to be contacted.)

Emergency contact information is collected during registration and may be updated on enrollment validation forms or in the Registrar's Office.

Traffic and Parking Policy

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 Affairs Office if the LCU Public Safety office is closed.

Parking Permits

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:

  • Yellow Curb, Marked "Staff": Visitor/faculty/staff parking Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m.-noon
  • Blue Curb: Handicap Parking only (Fines of $500 are regularly issued)
  • Red Curb: Fire Zone – No parking at any time
  • Sidewalks: No parking at any time

Parking Fines

  • $20.00 – No valid parking permit; parking where prohibited by sign; parking in an unauthorized area (yellow curb, red curb, blue curb or striped zone); improperly parked in a slot; obstructing traffic
  • $50.00 – Parking in areas marked for handicap parking

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 Ticket Appeal

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.

Prohibited Driving Areas

  • Campus service roads and sidewalks are to be utilized only by emergency and maintenance vehicles.
  • Motorcycles and mopeds are not to be operated on sidewalks for any reason.

Solicitation

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 Affairs.

Student Insurance

Brochures for covering personal property in apartments or residence halls are available in the Student Affairs 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.

Student Involvement

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 Affairs Office, or email studentinvolvement@LCU.edu for more information.

Students participating in intramural sports, Master Follies, and other campus-related activities do so at their own risk. The university does not assume responsibility for accidents incurred during these activities. Students assume full responsibility to provide their own health, accident, and life insurance.

Student Liability

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. The university does not provide health, accident, or life insurance for students.

Tuition Payment

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 subject to a late payment charge of $200 and the account will be placed on hold. Late fees will not be assessed to students current in their monthly payments to TMS. 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

  • 1st through 5th day of term-100%
  • 6th through 10th day of term-80%
  • 11th through 15th day of term-60%
  • 16th through final day of term-0%

Eight Week Sessions

  • 1st through 3rd day of session-100%
  • 4th through 5th day of session-80%
  • 6th through 8th day of session-60%
  • 9th through final day of session-0%

Less than Eight Week Sessions

  • 1st day of session-100%
  • 2nd day of session-80%
  • 3rd day of session-60%
  • 4th through final day of session-0%

For more information, please contact the Student Accounts Advisor in the Student Business Office at 806.720.7309.

Statement and Payment Options

LCU Statements

Statements can be found in the Chaplink by clicking on 'View My Balance' in the Financial information box under Billing. These statements are updated weekly and are viewed by choosing the Finances tab - detail - balance tab.  Students will receive an email to their LCU email account when a new statement is uploaded.  It is important to keep up with your LCU emails. LCU uses student email as its official form of communication.  

Payment Methods

Making payments online is quick and easy in the TMS Student Account Center.  An email will be sent from LCU (noreply@afford.com) to your LCU email address to register for access to the Student Account Center, SAC. Due to Federal Student privacy regulations *(FERPA), the student must register first. 

What you can do in the Student Account Center:

  • View Account Summary and activity data 24/7 - with real time updates, including financial aid. 
  • View available payment options - including enrolling in a payment plan or making one-time payments via the gateway.
  • E-Check - this payment option is free of charge using your bank account and routing numbers from the bottom of your check.
  • Credit or Debit cards - Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted online.  Service fees may vary based on the card presented for payment.
  • Ability to Share Account Access - "Manage Account Access" and share with family members.  Activation instructions will be sent to the invited participant.

*FERPA - parents must be authorized by their student in the Student Account Center for the LCU Student Business Office to discuss student account information.  

Payment Due Dates

Accounts are to be paid in full on or before September 30 for the fall semester, and February 15 for the spring semester. Accounts with a balance of more than $200 may be charged a late fee of $200. Accounts will then be placed on hold and registration will be withheld until the account is paid. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Student Business Office at 806.720.7309.

Excess Checks

The Student Business Office will process the excess on your student account. Checks will not be available for pickup. Direct deposits will be processed by the LCU Business Office and paper checks will be mailed.

Billing Questions and Disputes

Students with questions or disputes concerning account balances should first contact the Student Accounts Advisor in the Student Business Office (806.720.7309). If a resolution cannot be made, students may appeal in writing to the Director of Student Accounts.

University Communication

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.

Veteran's Benefits

The Registrar, located in the Administration Building, serves as the Student Veteran’s Benefit coordinator.

Work Study

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.).

Code of Academic Integrity

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.

Rationale

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.

Academic Integrity

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:

  • Cheating, which is the use of materials (including papers purchased or acquired from individuals, internet websites, etc.), study aids, etc. for testing and assignments, that are not authorized by the instructor
  • Plagiarism, which is the presentation of information, content, or wording that originates from another source as one’s own
  • Conspiring in or aiding and abetting of dishonest behavior, such as knowingly providing materials from which another may cheat
  • Falsification or invention of material for academic work

Pledge of Academic Integrity

All students, by their enrollment, agree to uphold all aspects of academic integrity, as outlined in this policy, in all their academic pursuits.

Disciplinary Response to Academic Dishonesty

Lubbock Christian University will respond to instances of academic dishonesty with disciplinary action. Consequences range from the lowering of a grade on the assignment in the course to dismissal from the university.

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:

  • Lowering the grade on the assignment, even down to a grade of 0, or allowing for the “redo” of the assignment or test, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.
  • Removing the student from the course with a grade of F.
  • Working with the Student Affairs Office to remove the student from university leadership positions, traveling groups that represent the university, or similar situations.

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:

  • Removing the student from the course with a grade of F
  • Removal of the student from university leadership positions, traveling groups that represent the university, or similar situations
  • Loss of scholarship and/or institutional funds and grants.

The following will apply at the discretion of the Provost:

  • Suspension from the university for no less than one semester
  • Permanent dismissal from the university

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.

Appeal Process

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 equalling one week.

Academic Integrity Committee

The Academic Integrity Committee is comprised of the following individuals:

  • Dean of Students
  • Provost
  • Academic Dean from outside the college in question
  • Faculty member from within the academic area, appointed by the Academic Dean of the college in question*
  • Two students appointed by the Student Senate

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.

Code of Community Standards

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 Affairs 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 Affairs 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.

  1. Alcohol

    1. Lubbock Christian University is an alcohol-free campus. The consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages or beverage containers is strictly prohibited when:

      1. on LCU property or,
      2. in attendance of an LCU sponsored event or,
      3. in attendance of a function or event that is associated with LCU.

    2. A student under the legal drinking age who is consuming alcoholic beverages or is in the possession of alcoholic containers or paraphernalia will be in violation of the alcohol policy.
    3. Students who post pictures of themselves or other students on social media or networking sites that imply student violation of the LCU alcohol and/or drug policy may be subject to immediate sanctioning.
    4. Drunkenness, on or off campus, is not consistent with the mission of LCU and will not be tolerated in any form or fashion. Drunkenness is defined as any offensive, disruptive, destructive, hazardous, vulgar, or uncontrolled behavior during or following the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Documented proof of drunkenness is not required by the university to impose sanction for violations of the Alcohol Policy. The university will base decisions on a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) that drunkenness occurred. The university strongly recommends that LCU students remove themselves from any hint of alcohol-related violations so as to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
    5. Misrepresentation of one’s age for the purpose of purchasing or consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited. This includes the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, or attempt to obtain a fake ID.
    6. Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is of such a disdainful nature that any verified offenses, whether legally prosecuted or not, may result in immediate suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.
    7. Hosting or attending an event or private party (or otherwise allowing such an occasion to occur) at a student’s residence, whether an apartment, house, or other facility, or at another location, public or private, at which

      1. LCU students under the legal drinking age are in violation of Alcohol Policy,
      2. any LCU student is in violation of the university drug policy may result in immediate suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.

  2. Drugs

    1. Possession, use, or distribution of any potentially harmful or illegal substance (including, but not limited to, any substance that is not legally obtainable or any substance that is legally obtainable but has been illegally acquired or is being sold or distributed unlawfully) or drug-related paraphernalia, on or off campus, is strictly prohibited. For the purposes of this policy, presence will be considered possession. Note: smoke, residue, odor, or other paraphernalia constitutes presence.
    2. The attempt to obtain, use, possess, distribute, or sell, any potentially harmful or illegal substance (including, but not limited to, any substance that is not legally obtainable or any substance that is legally obtainable but has been illegally acquired or is being sold or distributed unlawfully) or drug-related paraphernalia, on or off campus, is strictly prohibited.
    3. Offenses involving on-campus possession, use, or distribution of illegal or controlled substances may be referred to the Lubbock Christian University Police Department or other law enforcement agencies, in addition to any university sanctions that may apply.
    4. Anyone suspected of or reported to have been involved in the use of illegal drugs or controlled substances may be required to submit to drug testing. Refusal to submit to immediate drug testing, attempts to evade testing, or actions calculated or intended to skew, alter, or falsify the results of a drug test administered under this policy will result in disciplinary action. All costs of a positive test are the responsibility of the student. Students testing positive for any illegal drug or controlled substance, or in violation of testing requirements within this policy, or found in violation of T3-01 may be subject to immediate dismissal.

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 thorough 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 they may be required. A second offense will result in automatic dismissal without the right of appeal.

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 judgement, 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

Community is at the heart of Lubbock Christian University. It is the responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to hold and respect the mission and values that are uniquely associated with LCU. As a part of a community where God is glorified and mutual respect and dignity of others is the norm, each person shares the responsibility to respect the values of the university community.

In cases where the values of the university and those represented by the lifestyle of individual students are not congruent, and disruption of community occurs, the university may remove the student from campus housing, activities, or the university at large.

Students, at times, may exhibit behavior that indicates they are a threat to themselves or others or a disruption to the university or housing community at large. Examples include, but are not limited to, pregnancy in residential housing, eating disorders or other lifestyle habits which cause other health risks, repeated remarks about seeming infatuation with death or suicide, self-mutilation, and an actual suicide attempt.

The university’s priority is to get help for an individual exhibiting such signs; therefore, certain actions or special regulations may be required if deemed to be in the best interest of the student’s personal health. Counseling or professional intervention may be needed to determine the nature and depth of a suspected problem.  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 that event, and upon evaluation, the determination may be made by the Behavioral Intervention Team that the student would be best served by being removed or restricted from the university residential community, given a new room assignment, relocated to another residence hall, 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.

University staff members are committed to attempting to utilize resources reasonably available to the student. However, if the needs of the student exceed the university’s resources, the student may be removed from the university so he or she can receive the necessary care.

Dress Code

"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.

  • All clothing must be modest in style and coverage. 
  • Shirts must cover the entire upper torso at all times.  See-through clothing is inappropriate.
  • Apparel or tattoos with provocative/suggestive language, images, or advertising that is inconsistent with the mission of the university must not be displayed. 

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. 

Dress in Residence Halls

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.

Fire Policy

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.

Setting Fire

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 Affairs 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.

Hazing Policy

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 Law Handbook including Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure. Chapter 51 section 51.936 & Chapter 37, Sub chapter F. Hazing, sections 37.151 through 37.157.)

51.936. Hazing

  1. Sub chapter F, Chapter 37, applies to hazing at an educational institution under this section.
  2. For purposes of this section, in Sub chapter F, Chapter 37, “educational institution” means an institution of higher education.
  3. Each post secondary educational institution shall distribute to each student during the first three weeks of each semester:

    1. A summary of the provisions of Sub chapter F, Chapter 37
    2. A list of organizations that have been disciplined for hazing or convicted for hazing on or off the campus of the institution during the preceding three years

  4. If the institution publishes a general catalogue, student handbook, or similar publication, it shall publish summary of the provisions of Sub chapter F, Chapter 37, in each edition of the publication.

Sub Chapter F Hazing—37.151 definitions

In this Sub chapter:

  1. “Educational institution” includes public or private school
  2. “Pledge” means any person who has been accepted by, is considering an offer of membership from, or is in the process of qualifying for membership in an organization
  3. “Pledging” means any action or activity related to becoming a member of an organization
  4. “Student” means any person who:

    1. is registered in or in attendance at an educational institution
    2. has been accepted for admission at the educational institution where the hazing incident occurs; or
    3. intends to attend an educational institution during any of its regular sessions after a period of scheduled vacation

  5. “Organization” means a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, club, or service, social, or similar group, whose members are primarily students.
  6. “Hazing” means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off campus of an education institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.

The term includes:

  1. any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;
  2. any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
  3. any activity involving consumption of food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance that subject the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
  4. any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization of the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subdivision; and
  5. any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves violation of Penal Code.

37.152 Personal Hazing Offense

  1. A person commits an offense if the person:

    1. Engages in hazing;
    2. Solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing;
    3. Recklessly permits hazing to occur; or
    4. Has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution, or has firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fails to report that knowledge in writing to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution.

  2. The offense of failing to report is a Class B misdemeanor.
  3. Any other offense under this section that does not cause serious bodily injury to another is a Class B misdemeanor.
  4. Any other offense under this section that causes serious bodily injury to another is a Class A misdemeanor.
  5. Any other offense under this section that causes the death of another is a state jail felony.
  6. Except if an offense causes the death of a student, in sentencing a person convicted of an offense under this section, the court may require the person to perform community service, subject to the same conditions imposed on a person placed on community supervision under Section 11, Article 42.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, for an appropriate period of time in lieu of confinement in county jail or in lieu of a part of the time the person is sentenced to confinement in county jail.

37.153. Organization Hazing Offense

  1. An organization commits an offense if the organization condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing.
  2. An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by

    1. a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000; or
    2. if the court finds that the offense caused personal injury, property damage, or other loss, a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than double the amount lost or expenses incurred because of the injury, damage, or loss.

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.

Pornography

All materials of a pornographic nature including, but not specifically limited to, items, portrayals, and photographs 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 Violence, Harassment and Stalking

  1. Introductory Statement


    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 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 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, Yvonne Harwood at 806.720.7497, yvonne.harwood@lcu.edu, or any of the other campus resources listed in paragraph III of this policy.

  2. Definitions

    1. 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.

    2. Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when an individual's academic status, employment, or participation in university activities is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of submission to such conduct, and/or such conduct is severe or pervasive to the extent that it interferes with an individual's education, employment, or participation in university activities, or creates intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

      1. Rape: the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
      2. Fondling: The touching of the private body part of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
      3. Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
      4. Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.


      Sexual Assault in Texas is jurisdictionally defined in Section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code.

    5. 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.

    6. 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 implied by silence or mere passivity 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.

    7. Domestic Violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by

      1. A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim
      2. A person with whom the victim shares a child in common
      3. A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner
      4. Any other person against a victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Texas


      Domestic violence in Texas is termed "Family Violence."

    8. Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person

      1. Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim
      2. Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

        1. The length of the relationship
        2. The type of relationship
        3. The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship

    9. 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

      1. Fear for his or her safety or the safety of others
      2. Suffer substantial emotional stress
      3. Feel harassed, alarmed, abused, or tormented

    10. Hostile Environment: When sex-based harassment or violence is directed toward an individual and/or has the purpose or effect of

      1. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment
      2. Unreasonably interferes with another's work or academic performance


      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:
            1. The type, frequency, and duration of the conduct
            2. The identity and relationships of the persons involved
            3. The number of individuals involved
            4. The locations of the conduct and the context in which it occurred
            5. The degree to which the conduct affected an individual's education or employment

      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.

  3. Reporting Harassment/ Violence/Stalking

    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 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.

    Reporting Definitions

    Complainant: An individual who reports or is the victim of a violation of this policy.

    Respondent: An individual responding to a complaint of a violation of this policy.

    Responsible Employees: Pursuant to Title IX, a "Responsible Employee" includes those University employees who have the authority to  redress sexual misconduct, who have the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

    Responsible Employees will receive the report, notify appropriate campus officials, and assist in providing guidance and resources if needed.

    The University's Responsible Employees include, but are not limited to:

    1. All instructors, including full-time professors, adjuncts, lecturers, Adjunct Instructors, and any others who offer classroom instruction or office hours to students;
    2. All advisors;
    3. All coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff who interact directly with students;
    4. All Student Affairs staff;
    5. All Residential Life staff;
    6. All employees who interact directly with students; and
    7. All supervisors and University 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.

    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.

    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

      • Yvonne Harwood
        Center for Academic Achievement CAA 103
        806.720.7497

    • Student Affairs

      • Dean of Students
        Student Life Building SUB 212 (B)
        806.720.7501
      • Associate Dean of Students
        Student Life Building SUB 212 (C)
        806.720.7501

    • Residential Life

      • Director of Residential Life
        Student Life Building SUB 212 (A)
        806.720.7507
      • Johnson Hall Residence Director
        Johnson Hall Office JH 108
        806.720.8695
      • Katie Rogers/Courtyard Hall Residence Director
        Katie Rogers Office KR 151
        806.720.8879
      • Mabee Hall Residence Director
        Mabee Hall Office MH 118

    • Public Safety

      • Public Safety Office
        Student Life Building SUB 206
        806.796.8800
      • Public Safety Patrol
        Student Life Building SUB 206
        806.928.6803

    • Athletics

      • Athletics Associate Director
        Rip Griffin Center RGC 108
        806.720.7278

  4. Procedures

    1. Initial Response:

      1. Safety:  The first priority of a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence is to get to a place of safety.

      Call 911 for medical or safety emergency.

      2. Medical Assistance: Obtain necessary medical attention as soon as possible.  Local emergency rooms have procedures to provide medical assistance and establish ongoing support.

      - Covenant Medical Center
      3615 19th Street
      806.725.0000
      - University Medical Center
      602 Indiana Avenue
      806.775.8200 

      3. Reporting: Lubbock Christian University strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking report the incident to one of the following law enforcement agencies.

      - Lubbock Police Department
      806.775.2865
      - Lubbock County Sheriff's Department
      806.767.1441
      - Lubbock Christian University Public Safety
      806.928.6803

      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 and 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.

    2. 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.

      1. Forensic Evidence

        If you choose to report the assault and pursue legal options, a prompt forensic examination can be crucial.

        Steps to preserve Forensic Evidence

        1. Avoid drinking, bathing, showering, brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, or combing your hair.
        2. Do not change clothes. If you have already changed your clothes, place your clothing and other items (sheets, blankets) in a brown paper bag (a plastic bag may destroy evidence).
        3. Go to a hospital emergency department listed above, which has the capability to provide a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE or "rape kit") and medical care for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, and family violence. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), a healthcare provider trained to provide comprehensive care for a victim, can collect forensic evidence.
        4. A SAFE (rape kit) can only be completed within 5 days of the assault. You have the right to refuse the entire exam or any part of it at any time.
        5. You may also decide to complete a forensic exam anonymously.
        6. If you suspect that you are the victim of a drug-facilitated sexual assault, ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. Drugs, such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood. Rohypnol stays in the body for several hours, and can be detected in the urine up to 72 hours after taking it. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours.
        7. Consider bringing someone to the hospital with you for support.
        8. The hospital automatically calls an advocate to be available any time someone comes in for a SAFE. You can decide whether or not you want to speak with the advocate. The advocate is a confidential resource who is not affiliated with LCU. They can provide you with confidential support and talk wit you about your options.

      2. Physical Evidence

        Physical evidence should be preserved even if you choose not to go to the hospital for a forensic exam. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Put each item in a separate paper bag (do not use plastic bags). Save all bedding (blankets, sheets) and put each in a separate paper bag. Take photographs of any visible physical injuries (bruising, scratches) for use as evidence. If you report to law enforcement, they may want to take their own photos as evidence.

      3. Electronic Evidence

        Evidence such as texts, emails, social media posts, chats, pictures, videos or other forms of electronic communication can be helpful in a university or criminal investigation. Download, save to a .pdf, take screen shots, or use other methods to preserve electronic evidence.

      4. Follow-up Procedures

        1. Medical Assistance: It may be necessary for subsequent medical services through LCU Medical Clinic, and emergency room, and/or private physician.
        2. Counseling Services: The Counseling Center is equipped to assist with on-going counseling needs. Contact information for off-campus counseling resources will be provided.


    3. Investigative Process

      The Title IX Coordinator or designee will inform the Complainant of the LCU Title IX process before beginning an investigation. Title IX investigations should be completed within 60 days from the date of the original complaint. The Title IX investigation should not be significantly delayed by any law enforcement investigation.

      If the complainant requests confidentiality or asks that the complaint not be pursued, the university will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality or the request not to pursue an investigation. If the complainant insists that his or her name or other identifiable information not be disclosed to the alleged respondent, the complainant would be informed that the University's ability to respond may be limited. The complainant will be advised Title IX may require the university to take specific actions based on their knowledge of sexual violence or assault. The complainant will also be reminded that Title IX prohibits retaliation and that university officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs.


      After all such advice if the complainant continues to ask that his or her name or other identifiable information not be revealed, the university will evaluate that request in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students. This includes considering such factors as the seriousness of the alleged harassment; the complainant's age, whether there have been other harassment complaints against the same individual, and the alleged offender's rights to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained as an "educational record" under FERPA.


      If the complainant is a student but the alleged respondent is not an LCU student or employee, the Dean/Assistant Dean of Students will provide the complainant support and guidance through the civil or criminal complaint process. University resources are available to complainants regardless of the status of the alleged respondent, including assistance in pursuing an internal complaint process where the alleged respondent is not a student but is employed by LCU.

      1. Interim Measures

      2. At any time during the investigation, the university may impose reasonable and appropriate interim measures designed to eliminate the reported hostile environment, prevent its reoccurrence, and remedy its effects.

        These interim measures may include, but are not limited to the following:

        1. Change in class schedule
        2. Change in on campus housing arrangements
        3. Change in on campus job
        4. Opportunity to make up exams or assignments
        5. Withdrawal from or re-taking courses without penalty
        6. Directing no-contact orders between Complainant and Respondent
        7. Education, training, and counseling to other students

      3. Interview Process

        The Title IX Coordinator and/or designees trained in conducting Title IX Investigations will conduct a prompt, reliable, and impartial investigative process. Title IX Investigations will include the following provisions:

        1. Both parties will be able to present witnesses and evidence.
        2. Attorneys and other personal representatives will not be permitted for either party.
        3. Neither party will be allowed to question or cross examine the other.
        4. The past sexual history of the Complainant and alleged Respondent will be deemed irrelevant to the proceeding process except as that history may be related directly to the incident being heard.
        5. Mediation is not an option to resolve a complaint of violence or assault under this policy.

      4. Outcome

        Based on the findings of the Title IX investigation, a determination will be made as to whether the reported violation is more likely than not to have occurred. This standard of evidence may also be referred to as preponderance of the evidence.

        If it is determined that the reported violation occurred, appropriate sanction(s) will be issued to end the conduct and prevent its recurrence. Sanction(s) will be determined by the investigator(s) upon the conclusion of the investigation and may include the entire range available under LCU policy. An outcome letter will be provided to both the respondent  and complainant at the same time which outlines the investigation findings, sanction(s), and appeal process.

        Both parties will have the opportunity to appeal.

      5. 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.

        This sexual misconduct policy shall not be used to bring frivolous or malicious complaints against students, faculty and employees. If a complainant has been made in bad faith, as demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence, disciplinary action may be taken against the person bringing the complaint.

      6. Appeals

        Either the Complainant or the Respondent may appeal the university's decision by notifying the Vice President for Student Affairs in writing within five (5) business days of the date of the decision. The only grounds for appeal are as follows:

        1. Significant procedural irregularity that adversely impacted the outcome of the investigation
        2. The consideration of significant new evidence that was not available during the investigation. A summary of the new evidence must be included in the appeal.


        All appeals will be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Title IX Officer (or his or her designee), and another administrator appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs, and shall be based solely on the records provided from the investigation unless new evidence is grounds for the appeal. The decision of a majority of these individuals will be final.

      7. Prevention and Awareness Programs

        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 Affairs programming through the Involvement Office, Residential Life, the LCU Counseling Center, and LCU Public Safety.

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 nicotine 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.

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.

Weapons Policy

Purpose

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.

General Policy

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. 

Definitions 

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:

  • firearms, including, without limitation, rifles, shotguns, handguns, BB or pellet guns, compressed-air guns, paintball or airsoft guns;
  • ammunition, including materials for making ammunition;
  • explosive material, including bombs, grenades, rockets and fireworks, or items for making explosive materials;
  • daggers, swords, spears, knives with blades longer than 5.5 inches, switchblades, butterfly knives, and other bladed weapons (including those intended for ceremonial or decorative uses);
  • slingshots, bows and arrows, clubs, blackjacks, nightsticks, hunting, or martial arts weapons;
  • weapons prohibited by Texas Penal Code Chapter 46 (which includes a variety of firearms, handguns, zip guns, clubs, knives, fake bombs, explosive weapons, and components of explosives that are possessed with the intent to create an explosive weapon);
  • other dangerous weapons, especially those intended for warfare, combat, or hunting; and
  • replicas or other objects that are made to look like actual weapons and could reasonably be mistaken by community members or police officers as actual weapons (including toy, fake, or facsimile weapons).

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:

  • State law (Texas Labor Code 52.061) permits employees (including LCU employees) who hold a license to carry and lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition, to store or transport the firearm or ammunition in a locked, privately owned vehicle in a parking lot, garage, or other parking area that the employer provides to the employee. This permission extends only to employees and not to visitors or contractors; it pertains only to locked, privately owned vehicles in LCU parking facilities and does not extend to LCU owned vehicles.
  • State law (Texas Government Code 411.2032) permits persons who hold a license to carry (including enrolled LCU students) to store or transport firearms or ammunition in a locked, privately owned or leased vehicle located in LCU parking facilities or on campus streets and driveways.
  • Peace Officers or special investigators under Article 2.1222, Code of Criminal Procedures are permitted to carry handguns at all times on campus regardless of whether the peace officer or special investigator is engaged in the actual discharge of the officer's or investigator's duties while carrying the handgun.
  • Approved university experiments, educational forums, or projects, if written permission has been first obtained in writing from LCU's Chief of Police.
  • Any other exceptions must be approved in writing by LCU's Chief of Police.

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 Affairs, 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.

Non-Disciplinary Process

In keeping with the redemptive nature of LCU’s disciplinary philosophy, students who come forward confessing an addictive lifestyle including illegal drugs and controlled substances, steroids, alcohol, sexual misconduct, pornography, and internet abuse will 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:

  • The student must take the first step by discussing his or her situation with the Dean of Students in order to negotiate an appropriate response. Once a violation is identified or reported, the normal disciplinary process will ensue, and the student will no longer have the option of a non-disciplinary response.
  • The student must be willing to submit to any intervention deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students.
  • The student must understand that in cases where the behavior is repetitive, self-destructive, endangering to others, or involves legal issues, the university has the responsibility to take appropriate action, including suspension or dismissal from the university.

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 Affairs Office located on the second floor of the SUB.

Conduct Tiers and Community Responsibility

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 Affairs 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.

Conduct Sanctions

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 and not necessarily in the order in which they occur. 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

Lubbock Christian University has an outstanding relationship with local community outreach centers and city-wide service organizations. The university also believes strongly 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.

Conduct Probation

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

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.

Dismissal from University Housing

Loss of privilege to live in university housing. Students who lose the privilege to live on campus for conduct reasons will not receive a refund of room and board charges.

Fines

Charges for violation of regulations must be paid in the Financial Affairs Office.

Loss of Institutional Funds

Any monies received from LCU, including, but not limited to, scholarships for academics and athletics or discounts. This sanction may be imposed for the current and/or additional semesters.

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.

Reprimand

Written warning that continuation or repetition of misconduct may result in a more severe sanction.

Restitution

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.

Suspension

Temporary separation of the student from the university for a specified amount of time.

Warning

An oral or written warning for conduct unbecoming a Lubbock Christian University student.

Conduct Tiers

  1. Tier 1 Violations - Violations falling under this category will result in corrective action warnings (either verbal or written). Additional stipulations or secondary conditions may be applied. All university officials, including the Dean of Students, Residence Hall Supervisors, and Residence Assistants may enforce compliance with this section. They include, but are not limited to:

    • T1-01. Minor instances of disorderly conduct during chapel or any other public assembly or class
    • T1-02. Failure to present official LCU ID card upon request of university authorities, including all administrators, deans, members of the faculty, LCU Public Safety personnel, residence hall and university staff
    • T1-03. Exhibiting, displaying, or engaging in lewd, indecent, sexually explicit suggestive material, conduct, actions, or words not congruent with values of LCU, including but not limited to, alcoholic beverage containers, photographs, personal photographs, posters, decorations, displays, clothing, and advertisements
    • T1-04. Violation of LCU campus dress code
    • T1-05. Engaging or threatening to engage in behavior that would cause minor damage to university property or to the personal property of others
    • T1-06. Use of profanity, vulgarity, or obscenity in any form
    • T1-07. Violations of university housing policies, general university policies, or parking/safety regulations; includes violations of curfew policies for freshmen and restricted sophomores
    • T1-08. Violations of general residence life policies including, but not limited to, check-out procedures, cleanliness, burning of candles and/or incense, misuse of university/residence hall furniture and/or equipment
    • T1-09. Failure to accurately list with the university a current place of residence and to promptly inform the university of any subsequent changes in the listing
    • T1-10. Use of tobacco, smokeless tobacco, or vapor products in any form on campus or at any university-sponsored event
    • T1-11. Unauthorized entries into prohibited or restrictive areas

    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.

  2. Tier 2 Violations - Tier 2 violations will result minimally in the enrollment to the Intelligent Decisions Advocacy Program (IDAP) or community service on the first occurrence or may result in university probation on the second occurrence. In addition, the Dean of Students may deem suspension, dismissal, additional conditions, or alternative requirements as an appropriate consequence for first or subsequent Tier II offenses. Violations include, but are not limited to:

    • T2-01. Failure to respond in an appropriate and timely manner to a summons to any administrative office or to appear at a university conduct hearing
    • T2-02. Failure to comply with a disciplinary decision, conditions of probation (including terms of student appeals), or the directive of a university official acting in the performance of his/her duties
    • T2-03. Misuse of fire or safety equipment; that is using such equipment for other than its intended purpose. Also includes automatic fines for misuse of fire extinguishers, pulling fire alarms, or making false emergency notifications
    • T2-04. Unauthorized use, duplication, or possession of university keys, as well as the unauthorized entry or use of university buildings, facilities, equipment, supplies, or resources
    • T2-05. Possession of pornography, pornographic material, and pornographic devices in any form (i.e. hardcopy, video, electronic), as well as suggestive or otherwise sexually inappropriate material
    • T2-06. Violations of the visitation policies of university residence halls
    • T2-07. Violation of federal, state, or local law or university policy concerning computer use
    • T2-08. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of university documents, forms, records, identification cards, or meal plans
    • T2-09. Violation of Community Alcohol Policy
    • T2-10. Gambling, defined as playing games of chance for money, is prohibited in any form including, but not limited to, wagering, gaming, bookmaking, and on-line gambling
    • T2-11. Possession of stolen property
    • T2-12. Lying to a university authority, including all administrators, deans, members of the faculty, student workers, LCU Public Safety personnel, and residence hall supervisors
    • Note: Any reports of academic dishonesty (plagiarism, cheating, etc.) will be reported to the Dean of Students and will be noted in the student’s permanent conduct file.
    • T2-13. Failure to adhere to university requirements concerning chapel attendance/Spiritual Life Credits and behavior
    • T2-14. Unauthorized use of university identification numbers, including but not limited to, copy codes and long distance codes
    • T2-15. Any participation in hazing. See Hazing Policy
    • T2-16. Engaging or threatening to engage in behavior that would cause major damage to university property or to the personal property of others
    • T2-17. Engaging in behavior that poses a threat of harm to the health or safety of self or others, as described in university policy.
    • T2-18. Possession, distribution, or sale of drug paraphernalia
    • T2-19. Violation of Violence, Harassment, and Stalking Policy.

    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.

  3. Tier 3 Violations: Tier 3 violations may result in dismissal from the university for one or more semesters, including permanent expulsion, on the first occurrence. These offenses include, but are not limited to:

    • T3-01. Violation of community drug policy, including, but not limited to, possession, use, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs, including illegally obtained prescription drugs
    • T3-02. Second, or subsequent, violation[s] of the Community Alcohol Policy
    • T3-03. Rape, sexual assault, or other non-consensual sexual activity
    • T3-04. Arson
    • T3-05. Possession, use, or discharge of any weapon on campus or at a university-sponsored event
    • T3-06. Any intentional interference of university activities or events
    • T3-07. Willful participation in any campus or LCU sponsored activity in which drunkenness, lewd, disorderly, or indecent behavior takes place
    • T3-08. Theft
    • T3-09. Failure to submit to drug testing
    • T3-10. Failure to comply with the terms of the Community Disruption Policy

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

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 Affairs 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:

  • insufficient evidence to support the decision
  • new evidence or facts not known to the student or the Dean of Students Office at the time of the hearing
  • procedural irregularity that undermined the student’s ability to present a defense
  • inappropriateness of the sanction for the violation of the Code of Community Standards (including consideration of the student’s prior offenses, mitigating circumstances, honesty in the investigation process, or (un)willingness to cooperate in the disciplinary process.)

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 Affairs 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 Affairs Office. It is the responsibility of the Student Affairs Office to contractually bind the student to the terms of any amended sanction. While appealing or awaiting results of an appeal, the student will 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. In the instance of chapel offenses, the decision of the Conduct Review Board is final.

Presidential Review

After a hearing with the CRB, students who believe they were not treated fairly in the appeal process or the resulting sanction imposed is unreasonable can submit a written appeal to the president of Lubbock Christian University within three (3) business days of the CRB’s action. Appeals to the president must be turned in to the Dean of Students. The president may elect to meet with the student and/or may review details of the case with Student Affairs personnel. Upon review of the case, the president or his/her designee may uphold, amend, or repeal the decision of the CRB. The president will communicate his/her decision in writing to the student and the Dean of Students within five (5) business days.  The decision of the president 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 Affairs Office at 806.720.7501. The Student Affairs 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.

Emergency Management