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    Armstrong State University
   
 
  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Life



As part of its educational mission, Armstrong State University strives for the total development of students. This growth process is enhanced by providing opportunities for social, emotional, cultural, physical, and spiritual development, in addition to intellectual growth. The Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing programs and services in an educational environment which will help students of all ages to adjust to university life and achieve their full potential. In particular, freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to read the section on orientation programs under Student Services.

Dean of Students Office

The mission of the Dean of Students Office is to advocate for our students’ academic success, personal development, and campus and community engagement through student-centered experiences. We assist in creating an environment where help-seeking behaviors are encouraged and applauded. The Dean of Students Office focuses on early intervention to help our students get connected with academic and personal resources on and off-campus before long-term impact occurs. The Dean of Students Office is located in Student Union D206 and can be contacted at 912.344.2514 or deanofstudents@armstrong.edu.

University Housing and Dining Services

All first-year students are required to live on campus in Windward Commons, a suite-style residence hall designed specifically for First Years, featuring wireless Internet, common social areas, two full kitchens, two laundry facilities, music practice rooms and two classrooms – all designed to make the first-year campus experience the best it can be.

The facility provides small community groupings and living-learning experiences because higher education research shows that students living on campus tend to earn better grades, and tend to graduate at a higher rate and finish college sooner than their non-resident counterparts. Living on campus provides a new student with close proximity to services and programs and significantly helps with success in the first year. For these reasons, Armstrong State University requires incoming First Years to live on-campus. However, housing is not guaranteed. It is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

First Year Live-on and Dining Program Requirement

If you are considering attending Armstrong State University, please be aware of the live-on and dining program requirement. This policy applies to undergraduate students entering Armstrong State University for the first time, with the following exceptions: married students; a custodial parent of dependent children; students who become 21 years of age prior to the first day of the entering semester; students enrolled only in on-line classes; and students who reside with a parent or guardian in Chatham, Bryan, Effingham or Liberty counties. Please see the more detailed information below.

  1. First year undergraduates (less than 30 credit hours) enrolled as full-time students, as defined in the Armstrong Undergraduate Catalog, are required to live in University Housing. Students transferring to Armstrong with fewer than 30 completed hours of college credit accepted by the University are also required to live in University Housing. In general, first year undergraduates will be housed in Windward Commons. First year undergraduate transfer students may be placed in one of the apartment communities should Windward Commons be filled at the time of application.

    Note: Credits earned through CLEP, AP, or hours earned through concurrent enrollment or similar opportunities may not be part of the 30 hours for required living in University Housing.
     
  2. Exemptions to First Year Live-On Requirement: Exemptions to the First Year Live-On Requirement may be requested for the following reasons and must be supported by appropriate documentation:
    • Students who live in the Savannah metro area (Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties)
    • Married (must provide copy of marriage license)
    • Custodial parent of a dependent child (must provide copy of birth certificate and custodial decree)
    • 21 years of age or older prior to the first day of the semester entering (must provide birth certificate)
    • Completed 30 or more hours of college credit accepted by Armstrong
    • Enrolled only in on-line courses
    • Enrolled only in classes at the Liberty Center
    • Active military (must provide copy of orders)

Housing and Residence Life also provides on-campus student-exclusive communities that are apartment accommodations designed and managed to support upperclass and graduate students. The communities of Compass Point, University Crossings, and University Terrace offer apartments with the following amenities:

  • Kitchens with full-size appliances.
  • Furnished living rooms and private bedrooms.
  • Basic cable television, local telephone service, Internet connection, water, sewer, electricity, and parking decal are included.
  • Located close to classes, Student Recreation Center, Lane Library and Savannah shops and restaurants.

Access to classes, campus recreational facilities, meeting spaces, co-curricular activities and events make the communities the choice for undergraduate and graduate students.

University food service is provided by Sodexo. Students who live in University Housing are required to purchase a meal plan.

For more information, please visit the website at www.housing.armstrong.edu.

Student Services

Armstrong Student Union. The Student Union is the “living room” of the campus. It offers dining, bookstore, card services, convenience store, meeting and ballroom space, theatre, lounges, and hosts the SGA, Campus Union Board, GSCC and Student Affairs Offices.

Academic Advising and Support. Advisors in the academic orientation and advisement office are available for student consultations. They provide advisement regarding core curricula, transfer course work, transient studies, majors, and career choices. Students may also access a variety of resources in print, online, and by using a computer-based library of educational and occupational topics. The office of academic orientation and advisement also administers the joint enrichment program for accelerated high school students, and the Armstrong Student Success courses. The office is located in the Student Success Center.

Alcohol and Drug Education. Counseling staff, licensed mental health professionals, offer enrolled students drug and alcohol assessments, education and referrals to community based providers for treatment as indicated and assist in supporting recovery through counseling as well as connecting to community support groups. Additionally, the Counseling Center provides alcohol and drug prevention education to the campus community through a peer education program, Pirates Educating Pirates. Other services provided to the campus include alcohol and other drug trainings for campus leaders such as Resident Advisors and orientation leaders as well as classroom presentations upon request of instructors and has a bank of resource materials available to students, staff, faculty and administration.

College Access Mentoring Information aNd Outreach (CAMINO). College Access Mentoring Information and Outreach is a community wide partnership of individuals and organizations that focus on easing the transition from high school to college, and promoting college completion for all Hispanic/Latino youth and adults. CAMINO’s goal is to increase the percentage of Latino students matriculating in the three public institutions of higher education in Savannah, Georgia from the current average of 3.2% to 6.4% by 2015. CAMINO currently serves students and parents in the following four components: CAMINO College Prep- Pre-college pipeline program that targets high school students in 9-12 grades with a goal of increasing the number of Latinos that enroll in a post-secondary degree or certificate program, CAMINO Padre- Designed to help parents of first-generation students become better informed and more active participants in their child’s college preparation and planning. The effort is undertaken by all three-postsecondary institutional partners: Armstrong State University, Savannah State University, and Savannah Technical College, CAMINO ABC- A marketing, recruitment, and admissions counseling effort targeting non-traditional Latinos with “some college, but no degree” in the 3 county-region. CAMINO is located in the Memorial College Center.

Campus Computing Labs. General purpose student computing labs are located in Solms Hall 104, University Hall 112, and Science Hall 129. Each lab provides PC workstations with Internet access, printing capabilities, and a general offering of software applications. Please visit http://www.cis.armstrong.edu/helpdesk/students/labs.html for additional information.

Career Services. Located on the first floor of the Memorial College Center, Career Services provides assistance with all aspects of career development and the job search process. Students in the early stages of career development can obtain assistance in such areas as selecting a major, gathering occupational information, investigating career paths through individualized career advisement and computerized career guidance techniques. Part-time and full-time employment opportunities, and internship opportunities, are listed on the website. Students closer to graduation may take advantage of one-on-one assistance or workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing skills, business and social etiquette, dressing for success, and applying to graduate school. Mock interviews are also available to help prepare students and alumni for the job search process. Local, regional, and national job listings and referrals are available to students and alumni. Career fairs are held each semester to assist students in finding part- and full-time jobs and internships. Check out our website at www.armstrong.edu/Departments/career_services for a wealth of information to assist you with your professional development.

College of Science and Technology Tutorial Center. Tutorial services are provided on a first- come, first-served basis to a large number of students enrolled in learning support math or college algebra courses. The center is staffed 6-8 hours a day by student tutors and by faculty mentors. The lab is located in Science Center 132-134.

Dining Services. Campus dining, convenience store, and coffee shop are located in the Armstrong Student Union and offer cash service as well as meal plans. A daily hot line, salad bar, deli line, grill, and pizza stand are open when classes are in session. Armstrong’s newest dining facility is located in the MCC Food Court. You’ll find a Quiznos that features delicious subs, soups, salads & flat bread sandwiches. Included in the Food Court is also the World of Wings, which features award winging chicken wings, chicken tenders, wraps, salads, and delectable sides with a Cajun flare!

Disability Services. Disability Services provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities at no charge. It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify to Disability Services and to provide complete, up to date documentation regarding the disability. Students with visual impairments, hearing impairments, chronic medical disabilities, mobility impairments, learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, autism spectrum disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.D.), and psychological disorders that substantially limit one or more major life activities may be eligible. Documentation regarding the diagnosis of learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, A.D.D., psychological disorders, and acquired brain injuries must be reviewed and approved by the Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders. Students with disabilities must meet all university admission requirements and academic standards. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis and may include: extended time on tests, low distraction test room, assistance finding volunteer note takers, books on CD, enlargement of printed materials, and use of adaptive equipment. Obtaining documentation of the disability and arranging accommodations takes time, so students are urged to contact the ODS as soon as they are accepted for admission. Once a student is approved to receive accommodations, advocacy letters outlining approved accommodations are provided to the student to share with professors each semester. Adaptive software and equipment is available on campus. Documentation requirements for various disabilities and Disability Services policies and procedures are also available from ODS.

Hispanic Outreach & Leadership (HOLA). The Hispanic Outreach & Leadership at Armstrong (HOLA) program is a student-focused Hispanic/Latino initiative that provides student support services and cultural awareness programs, which strengthen the collegiate experience of a diverse body of campus constituents and community partners.The office also coordinates Latino Heritage Month and other cultural activities for the University and the greater community. HOLA houses The Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund, which provides scholarship opportunities for Latino students. HOLA is located in the Memorial College Center.

ID Cards. Armstrong ID cards are produced by the Pirate Card Office in Room D245 of the Student Union Monday through Thursday when classes are in session. For specific hours of operation, call 344-3292.

International Education. Students from other countries are encouraged to contact the International Education Office for information and materials that will assist with the transition to American higher education. Students from this country interested in opportunities to study abroad may also contact that office, located in Gamble Hall 110.

Lane Library. The library, through its collections and services, supports the academic programs of the university and the scholarly information needs of Armstrong students, faculty and staff. Named for Mills B. Lane, prominent Savannah-Atlanta Banker, philanthropist, and an early patron of the university, Lane Library was built in 1966 and substantially enlarged in 1975. The building was completely renovated in 2005-2006. The space devoted to library services grew by 25% with the 2013 opening of the Learning Commons in an adjacent renovated building. The Learning Commons features group study rooms, Macs and PCs, Wi-Fi access, and a variety of furniture ideal for group and individual study.

The library collections include more than 215,000 volumes, 500 journal and magazine subscriptions, over 2,900 online journals, 80,000 electronic books, and approximately 7,200 audiovisual titles, including compact discs, videocassettes, DVD’s and educational software. Special collections include the University Archives and the Florence Powell Minis Collection, which contains published materials on local history and culture and first editions by Conrad Aiken and other Savannah writers.

In addition, through the state-sponsored GALILEO system and through locally selected resources, library users have online access to over 200 bibliographic and full-text databases of books and journal articles. Books from other University System of Georgia Libraries can be requested free- of-charge through the GIL Express service. Most journal articles and books that are not otherwise available can be obtained from other libraries in the United States via an interlibrary loan service.

To guide students through the maze of print and electronic sources, reference librarians provide a number of services, including: instruction sessions for classes on the selection, evaluation, and use of course-related library and information resources; individualized assistance at the reference desk by a professional librarian during most hours of library operation; e-mail, IM, and text reference service (Ask A Librarian) and telephone references service; research consultations, scheduled in advance, for students who desire extended, in-depth assistance with their research.

Off-campus library services for Armstrong programs are supported online library services through Lane Library and by local libraries. Off-campus students have access to online library resources via the library webpage (http://library.armstrong.edu) using their Armstrong Port login or the GALILEO password. From the webpage, students can view listings of the library’s books and media through the links to GIL and GIL Express; bibliographic and full-text databases are available to off-campus, currently-enrolled students through the links in the library Subject Guides. Off-campus students may also request materials that are not available in full text online by using the library’s interlibrary loan service.

Multicultural Affairs. The mission of OMA is to foster a culturally inclusive living and learning environment in which differences, as well as similarities, are respected and recognized in an effort to develop both civic and social responsibility within our Armstrong and surrounding communities. 
In addition to programs and services (such as Safe Space and the African-American Male Initiative), we prioritize these goals through interpersonal one-on-one interaction. OMA symbolizes a safe haven for students and an area on campus that students can readily identify with and call their own. OMA is located on the second floor of the Memorial College Center.

Parking. All vehicles driven on campus must be registered and display a university parking decal. Decals may be purchased from University Police (located in building #16). All students, faculty, and staff are responsible for complying with Armstrong’s parking regulations. A copy of the regulations may be picked up at the University Police office or can be accessed on the University Police website.

Student Health Center. The Student Health Center provides quality care in times of need for physicals, illness, immunizations, sports and annual physical exams, testing for HIV, sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs), pregnancy, and tuberculosis, contraception management, and for minor injury. Medical and laboratory services are offered to currently matriculating students at a minimum cost. The office is supervised by a licensed board-certified nurse practitioner under the direction of a physician. Students may schedule an appointment Monday through Friday. The Student Health Center requires payment at time of service and does not accept insurance. An itemized bill will be given to the student in order that they may request reimbursement directly from their insurance company.

Testing. The following state- and nation-wide testing programs are administered by the coordinator for Testing Services: ACT Residual Exam, Certified Health Education Specialist Examination (CHES), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, Georgia Government Exam, GRE Subject tests, Independent and Distance Learning Examinations, Health Occupation Basic Entrance Test (HOBET), Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP), Major Field Tests, , Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and the SAT On-Campus. For information about these and other testing programs, please contact Testing Services, located in the Memorial College Center, 2nd Floor.

University Bookstore. Armstrong’s bookstore, located in the Armstrong Student Union, provides students with textbooks, school supplies, university apparel, gifts, and laboratory and studio supplies. Extended and weekend hours are posted.

University Counseling Center. The services in the Counseling Center are provided by licensed mental health professionals who have a broad scope of knowledge and expertise. Counselors can help by addressing a wide range of issues including transition to college and relational problems to more persistent issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma.  To supplement clinical treatment, the Counseling Center provides limited psychiatric services through a contracted provider. Additionally, Counseling staff provides education and support group sessions at various times during the academic year. Eligibility for any of these free services is met by being an adult who is currently enrolled with Armstrong State University. To schedule an appointment, students should call the Counseling Center or stop by the office which is located on the first floor of Compass Point Annex.

Veterans. The veterans affairs representative is helpful in advising about certification procedures and services available to veterans.

Writing Center. Students in all disciplines may come to the writing center in Gamble Hall for help with their writing. Tutors in the writing center offer individual instruction in basic writing skills and provide guidance in the preparation of essays, reports, and research papers. Writing center staff members not only assist students in core composition courses, but are also available to work with faculty to improve writing across the curriculum. The center is administered by the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy.

Student Activities and Organizations

Cultural Opportunities. Nationally known speakers, contemporary concerts, dances, popular films, exhibits, and performances by outstanding classical and modern artists from around the world complement students’ general education. These programs are selected and coordinated by the Campus Union Board. Student dramatic, choral, and instrumental groups, under professional direction, have established distinguished traditions. On-campus offerings broaden knowledge and interest in a non-classroom setting. The thousand-seat Fine Arts Auditorium often hosts performances, area arts groups, and out-of-town troupes such as the National Shakespeare Company.

Intercollegiate Athletics. Armstrong is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. Athletic scholarships are available to support student-athletes who participate in the intercollegiate program. The men’s athletic teams consist of basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and cross country. Women’s teams include basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf and volleyball. Armstrong State University is a charter member of the Peach Belt Conference, an 12-school conference consisting of schools from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Armstrong State University, Augusta State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Francis Marion University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Lander University, North Georgia College & State University, UNC Pembroke, USC Aiken, and the University of Montevallo.

Recreation and Wellness. Armstrong State University places a high priority on recreation and wellness for their Pirate family. The Recreation and Wellness Department provides an extensive range of diverse and inclusive programming activities and programming, encompassing intramural sports, club sports, group fitness classes, outdoor adventure trips, wellness programs, personal training services and facility operations within the Student Recreation Center. The Recreation and Wellness Department offers over 60 group fitness classes per week, 30 diverse wellness programs, including a Farmer’s Market and a Health and Wellness Fair, 50 different Intramural Sports programs, 12 active sport clubs and 16 different outdoor adventure trips, include hiking, skydiving, kayaking, rock climbing and more for the Pirate community to stay active. The Student Recreation Center is comprised of [2] basketball/volleyball courts, a studio for group fitness classes, and a fitness center with a comprehensive selection of cardio, machine weights, and free weight equipment. In addition, the Student Recreation Center has [2] Intramural fields for various recreation programming. The Recreation and Wellness Department is the largest student employer on campus, employing over 100 students who not only gain valuable experience operating the facility, assisting with risk management, teaching group fitness classes, leading outdoor trips, but acquire valuable transferable skills for their future careers. The Student Recreation Center strives to offer an exceptional experience and an environment that is welcoming to all. Stop by the SRC and experience the many opportunities it has to offer!

Orientation Programs. Designed to promote the academic and social adjustment of new and transfer students, Navigate Armstrong orientation sessions provide new students with the information, services and support essential to a successful transition into the Armstrong community. Attendance at Orientation is required for all incoming new First Year students and optional for new transfer students. Participants in the Navigate Armstrong sessions receive individual attention from student leaders and staff as they acquire first hand experience with academic advising, registration, campus facilities, student activities, and university policies and procedures. The Navigate Armstrong program is a cooperative effort of student leaders and university staff. Competitive selection of student leaders occurs annually during Fall semester. Inquiries concerning Navigate Armstrong should be emailed to navigate@armstrong.edu. New students can identify and sign-up for freshman and transfer orientation sessions through the Armstrong website.

Student Clubs and Organizations. Armstrong State University students have numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills, broaden their social and professional backgrounds, and make significant contributions to the university and the community. Clubs and organizations reflect the natural variety of interests found in a diverse student body. Recognized Student Organizations are categorized as Faith Based, Professional, Special Interest, Academic Honor Societies, and Club Sports. A full list of current organizations can be found on the Office of Student Life webpage; armstrong.edu/student-life. Inquiries concerning any campus club or organization should be addressed to the Office of Student Life.

  • Greek. Armstrong Fraternities and Sororities promote student development by supporting opportunities for fraternal friendship centered on scholarship, community service and campus involvement. The friendships that members make within their organization are ones that last a lifetime. Students interested in learning more about join a Fraternity or Sorority should contact the Office of Student Life.

Student Government Association. The Student Government Association is dedicated to serving the student body by encouraging and advocating for engagement, providing opportunities for personal growth, and promoting campus well-being. All students are automatically members of the SGA and entitled to vote in SGA elections. Qualified students may seek SGA leadership positions by running for office during the spring elections.

Student Publications. Students develop skills in creative writing, editing, reporting, photography, and design by involvement with the Inkwell (newspaper) and Calliope (literary magazine), both produced by students under the supervision of approved university advisors. All are financed primarily by the student activity fund.