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Either prior to or within the first two days of a student's career at KCU, he/she will be assigned to an academic advisor. While each student should carefully read and follow the curricular guidelines included in the college catalog, the academic advisor will assist in checking sequencing of classes, adequate progress, and appropriate recording of academic achievements. The academic advisor will also be able to provide referencing assistance to those who are having specific academic difficulties and who need more individualized attention. Questions concerning Academic Counseling should be directed to the Registrar.
The finance officers of KCU take particular interest in assisting students who have special financial needs. While this is most certainly a sensitive issue to many, KCU students continue to laud the helpfulness of this staff. Questions concerning financial counseling should be directed to the Director of Business Operations.
As an institution of Christian higher education, KCU is especially concerned about the spiritual welfare of her students. Many who arrive on campus find that their first personal experience away from home is also their first personal encounter with Jesus Christ. The campus minister and various other personnel (e.g., professors in the Bible and Christian Ministries Department, other faculty and staff) are trained to assist in the search to define spiritual values.
Career placement after graduation is an effort of each academic department. Students should check with their individual school's dean to determine who can best assist them in locating jobs following their University career at KCU. In addition, Diane Caudill, Professor in the School of Business, will work with individual students to assist in job search. Trainings will also be held to assist with interviews, writing resumes and other aspects of job search. Various schools within the University also combine efforts to host a Job Fair during the spring semester.
Mental Health Counseling
College can be a very rewarding but also a very challenging time in a persons life. Because every student is of individual interest to KCU and because we recognize that regardless of background, there are times when most people need some personal or interpersonal assistance, the Campus Counseling Office offers assistance in the following areas:
- Personal Issues: such as Depression, Anxiety, Loneliness, Adjustment to college life, Stress, Loss and Grief, and Personal growth and development.
- Premarital Assessment, Education, and Counseling
- Relationship Issues including: Improving communication skills, promoting appropriate assertiveness, increasing conflict resolution skills, marital issues, couples counseling, and issues involving sexual identity.
- Improving Academic Success through reducing anxiety, stress management, increasing study skills and time management.
- Addiction Issues including illegal substance use, pornography, easting disorders, and other addictive behaviors
- Crisis Intervention
Services received from the Campus Counseling Office are provided without additional charge or fee for all enrolled students of KCU. In some cases, referrals for non-campus public or private follow up may occur. Fees for follow up referrals to non-campus programs are the responsibility of the student and/or their insurance plans. The Campus Counseling Office is committed to helping students achieve maximum benefit form their experience at KCU.
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KCU Campus Health Services is located in the McKenzie Student Life Center and is staffed by a registered nurse. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some of the services provided for KCU students include: evaluation and treatment of minor illness and injury; evaluation of major illness or injury with treatment being limited to basic first aid and referral to an appropriate health care facility for further evaluation and treatment; maintain confidential medical records; provide literature on health/wellness issues; present programming on health/wellness issues; provide a referral list of local health care providers; and loan crutches, arm slings and elastic bandages.
All full time single students under 24 years of age are required to reside in the residence halls or with their parents unless special arrangements are made with the Dean of Student Services. There are six different residence halls on campus.
Campus Apartment Complex
There is an apartment complex on campus that is available for married students and single students who are at least 24 years old.
Student laundry facilities (washers and dryers) are available at various locations on campus. There are coin operated laundry facilities in most residence halls and in the apartment complex.
There are computers available for student use in the Lusby computer lab and in the Young Library Computing Center. Wireless Network access is available in all dorms, Lusby Center and Young Library. All students who access the KCU Campus Network must have activated anti-virus protection on their computers or other communication devices.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are members of the Student Services staff who assist the Directors of Women's and Men's Services in all areas of residence life. Each RA has a designated "section" of a dorm. The responsibilities of an RA include: maintaining order and harmony in the residence halls and on campus; conducting room checks to insure all facilities are kept safe and in good repair; reporting illnesses of students, maintenance requests and other irregularities to the Directors; providing devotional opportunities in the dorm on a weekly basis; serving as a liaison, sharing student concerns and serious problems with the Student Services staff; and offering peer counseling.
Student Academic Support Services
The Student Academic Support Service is located in Young Library. It contains the Malachi McDaniel Success Center and provides academic tutoring for all students who need assistance. ACT prep is also done for students who need to improve ACT scores. Center hours are: Monday: 8-5 and 6-9; Tuesday: 8-11, 1-5 and 6-9; Wednesday: 8-5; Thursday: 8-11, 1-5; Friday: 8-5.
Closed everyday from noon until 1:00pm with other times by appointment.
KCU adheres to the definition of "students with disabilities" found in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-122). Section 504 defines a persons with disabilities as anyone with a physical or mental disability that substantially impairs or restricts one or more of such major life activities as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, working, or learning. A person with a disability is someone who: has a physical or mental impairment; has a record of such impairment; and/or is regarded as having such impairment. To be an otherwise qualified student with a disability, these individuals must meet the academic and technical standards and perform all essential functions requisite for admission, participation, and continuation in the institutional programs and activities.
Under Section 504, institutions must make appropriate and reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to ensure accessibility to academic activities (courses and examinations) and nonacademic activities (admissions and recruitment, admission to programs, academic adjustments, housing, financial assistance, physical education, athletics, and counseling). In order to be granted protection under Section 504, students must self-identify to the college, provide current and comprehensive documentation concerning the nature and extent of the disability, and articulate their needs for the disabilities service provided on campus.
KCU is not required to provide the best or most desired accommodation but rather accommodation sufficient to enable these persons to enjoy equal opportunity and access. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent these modifications do not: 1) result in a fundamental alteration of the service, program, or activity or; 2) result in undue financial, administrative or academic burden; or 3) result in a direct threat to the health or safety of the person or other individuals.
Qualified persons with disabilities are responsible for providing to the Director of Residence Services with documentation that identifies their specific disability and requested housing accommodations. Documentation submitted should not be more than three years old. Students with disabilities must make timely requests for accommodations so the Director of Residence Services has reasonable time to review the request and coordinate accommodations. Requests which will require modifications to existing residential facilities must be made 90 days prior to the beginning of a semester. Untimely requests, those made in less than 90 days before a semester, may result in delay, substitution, or denial of accommodations.
Should a student with a disability feel as though the College has instituted a policy or made a housing assignment that does not accommodate his/her disability and/or endangers his/her security, that student can file for an appeal with the Vice President for Academic Affairs who will make an independent and impartial review of the institutional policy or housing assignment in question and make a judgment on the appeal. The student's parents and/or advocates may also be included with the student in the appeal process.