DIVISION FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS

Eric J. Summers, Vice President for Student Affairs

 

The Division for Student Affairs complements the University’s academic mission by providing a safe and supportive campus that affords students with ample opportunities for development in addition to important services that add value to the campus experience. At the core of the Division’s work is the belief that student involvement (defined as time spent on campus, involvement with student organizations, interaction and familiarity with faculty and staff, development of a peer support group, and commitment to academic pursuits) is critical to student success. As such, the Division serves as a resource to all students, regardless of major or classification.

 

Student Affairs Mission Statement

The Division for Student Affairs enhances growth of Southeastern students and fosters pride in the institution through the provision of superior campus services, meaningful opportunities for student development, and maintenance of a safe campus. The Division for Student Affairs oversees several services and programs as follows:

 

Student Development

The Office of Student Development provides personal development opportunities for all students through its wide range of programs that are designed to enhance the quality of student life. The Office of Student Development has direct oversight of the Division’s assessment, parent programming, first-year co-curricular programming, free expression policies, registration of events, new student orientation presentations, divisional on-call, and various other policies and procedures. 

 

Student Engagement

The Office for Student Engagement encourages and facilitates student engagement in student organizations including Student Government Association and Greek letter organizations, leadership development, and participation in campus-wide events and community service. The Office for Student Engagement is committed to providing development opportunities for all students and challenges them to become empowered, motivated and experienced leaders and citizens through a comprehensive co-curricular experience.

 

Student organizations are vital to Southeastern’s campus life and provide varied opportunities for students to enhance classroom experiences through interaction with individuals of varied interests, ideas, and values. There are over 100 student organizations that include honor societies and departmental, religious, service, and special interest groups. The following organizations are presently active at Southeastern:

 

Student Government Association

Southeastern’s Student Government Association (SGA), of which each student is a member, is the principle organization of the student body and is part of the Office for Student Engagement. The SGA provides student representation to the faculty, administration, and community. The SGA constitution provides for a three-branch system of government that includes executive, legislative, and judicial units. All branches are elected by the student body.

 

Departmental Organizations

American Association of Drilling Engineers, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Biology Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS), Delta Omicron Professional Music Fraternity, DSA Leadership Ambassadors, Financial Management Association, GRE Physics Club (GREP), Italian Club, Le Circle Francais (French Club), MBA Society, National Association of Black Accountants, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Pre-Law Students Association, Press Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, Sigma Alpha Iota-Mu Rho Chapter, Social Work Club, Society of Physics Students, Southeastern Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Southeastern Ceramics Club, Southeastern Education Association of Students, Southeastern Integrated Science Club (STEMS), Southeastern Marketing Association, Southeastern Sociological Association, Southeastern Student Nurses Association, Southeastern Trumpet Guild, Southeastern Undergraduate Mathematics Society (SUMS), Spanish Club, Student Athletic Training Association (SATA), Student Council for Exceptional Children, Visual Arts Society.

 

Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta, Alpha Psi Omega, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Beta Beta Biological Sciences Honor Society, Chi Sigma Iota, Delta Omega Alpha, Gamma Beta Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, Kappa Kappa Psi, Lambda Pi Eta, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi), Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Mu Epsilon, Psi Chi, Sigma Alpha Lambda Leadership and Honors Organization, Sigma Tau Delta/The English Club.

 

Religious

Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Catholic Student Association, Crossroads Campus Ministry, Everdeeper, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Friends of Internationals, IGNITE, Latter-Day Saint Student Association, Lions for the Lamb, M3 (The MVMNT), Praise-N-Motion Dance Ministry, Presbyterian Campus Ministry, Southeastern Christian Association, Southeastern Gospel Choir, Southeastern Nurses Christian Fellowship, The Wesley foundation.

 

Service Organizations

Association of Latin American Students, Circle K International, From Start 2 Finish, Lion Legacy Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Omega Phi Alpha, PEEPS-Peer Educators Educating Peers, Red Cross Club, SOAR (Student Outreach and Advocacy Representatives), Student United Way, Students for John Bel Edwards.

 

Sports

Lacrosse, Shindoryu Aikijutsu Association.

 

Special Interest

American Society of Safety Engineers, American Welding Society, Association for Computing Machinery, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Best Buddies, Black Student Union, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club, College Republicans, Fishing Club, Golden Girls, Hall Council, HIPS (History and Political Society), Institute of Supply Management of SELU, Jujitsu Club of SELU, Lions Against Trafficking, MADE Men, NAMI on campus Southeastern, National Broadcast Society, National Organizational Communication Association, Nepali Student Association at Southeastern Louisiana University, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pixel, Reconnect, Sigma Alpha Xi, Society for Human Resource Management, Southeastern Chemistry Club, Southeastern Ducks Unlimited, Southeastern Guitar Club, Southeastern Judo Association, Southeastern Students for Life, Southeastern Sustainability Society, Sports Management Association, Standout, Student Government Association, Student-Led Louisiana Early, Young Americans for Liberty.

 

Fraternities

Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Tau Gamma, Theta Chi, and Theta Xi.

 

Sororities

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Mu, Sigma Gamma Rho, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Theta Phi Alpha, and Zeta Phi Beta.

 

Multicultural and International Student Affairs

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs works to create a campus environment that encourages and welcomes diversity.  The office coordinates a wide range of programs and services in cooperation with academic departments, student organizations and other student support units.  These activities assist students in achieving academic success and provide the campus with avenues for learning about and celebrating new cultures and diverse ways of thinking.

 

Campus Activities Board

Southeastern recognizes the value of extracurricular and co-curricular activities both as an integral part of the educational process and as a means of relaxation and entertainment for students. The Campus Activities Board’s (CAB) purpose is to enhance the educational process by allowing students to plan social, cultural, and entertainment programs for the campus community.

 

Recreational Sports and Wellness

Recreational Sports and Wellness provides students with opportunities to participate in a variety of sport/recreational related events that help stimulate learning and personal development.  Housed in the Pennington Student Activity Center, the department offers intramural sports, sport clubs, special events, fitness classes, and other activities throughout the year to meet student recreational needs.

 

Student Publications

Student Publications and the students working therein are responsible for the planning, writing, designing, and production of The Lion’s Roar newspaper and Le Souvenir Yearbook, as well as a variety of other media at Southeastern Louisiana University. Student Publications is committed to producing quality media that enhance the University while maintaining a learning-lab environment in which excellent communication skills and sound journalism will be learned and practiced by students. Dedicated to upholding the standards of responsible journalism, Student Publications provides the campus community with designated public forums for the expression of ideas and opinions in a free and open environment, and the exchange and dissemination of information. These dedicated student-led forums fulfill a role essential to the health of a vibrant university in a democratic society.

 

Through the presence of a student-run newspaper and yearbook, the department provides the students, faculty, and staff of Southeastern with a variety of services and outcomes. While aiding in the creation of various media produced by the department, student staff members also benefit from the opportunity to learn and improve writing, reporting, editing, photography, layout, and graphic design skills. The office strives to produce award-winning University run and student-led publications which chronicle and document the history of the University while providing meaningful student experiences, management, leadership, ethics, responsibility, and community service. The department also provides students with a working environment that fosters the development of skills such as time management, human relations, teamwork, and fiscal responsibility. Student Publications supports the mission and goals of the Division for Student Affairs and the entire University by providing both individuals and groups at the University with vehicles to publicize activities, evens, and topics relevant to the campus community.

 

Offices of Career Services

The Office of Career Services (CS) provides job search assistance and career counseling/coaching services to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni. CS also provides assistance in locating off-campus part-time employment opportunities in the Northshore area to all classifications of currently enrolled students.

 

Career counseling/coaching services include information and sessions to discuss career goals, develop resumes and cover letters, and polish job interview skills. Career assessment is also available to clarify interests and personality strengths as they relate to appropriate career choices. Job search assistance services include on-campus interviews, resume referrals, job vacancy postings, and campus-wide and specialized career fairs.

 

Students interested in any of these services should contact the Office of Career Services – www.southeastern.edu/career - careerservices@southeastern.edu – 985-549-2121 – SU Annex, Room 2102.

 

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers professional mental health counseling services to assist with personal and social concerns. Individual, couples, marriage, family and group counseling is available to all students, faculty and staff. The UCC staff also provides emergency services after hours.

 

Professional services are confidential except in cases of danger to self or others, evidence of child/elder abuse or neglect, court order, written permission of the client to disclose, or if the counselor is legally challenged by the client. The UCC staff adheres to the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics of the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. The UCC is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

 

Student Advocacy and Accountability

Southeastern Louisiana University, in pursuit of its educational mission, seeks to teach students citizenship, to value others and respect community. The University affirms that students, upon enrollment, do not lose the rights of, nor are they exempt from, fulfilling the obligations and duties of citizens. Students have the responsibility to familiarize themselves with the Student Code of Conduct and the University policies including, but not limited to, those pertaining to harassment, computer use, academic dishonesty, and traffic regulations. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which supports the educational mission and functions of the University, as well as to comply with all federal, state, and local laws, and all applicable University policies.

 

Sanctions

The following sanctions shall be effective at all universities under the jurisdiction of the University of Louisiana System:

 

  1. Any student who is found to have violated any of the rules of personal conduct may be sanctioned up to and including suspension, dismissal, or expulsion. If the violation is found to be of a serious nature, such student shall at minimum be suspended or dismissed for one academic year.
  2. A visitor to the campus found to have violated any rules of personal conduct may be denied admission to the University. If the violation is found to be of a serious nature or to have contributed to disruption, the visitor shall at a minimum be denied admission or employment for twelve months.
  3. The President of the University is authorized to bar from the campus any student who has committed an act of misconduct in violation of the rules of personal conduct and whose presence on the campus constitutes a clear and present danger to the orderly processes of the University.

 

Separation from the University

Students who are found responsible for serious violations of the Student Code of Conduct or who habitually violate the Student Code of Conduct may receive a sanction that separates them from the University. Such sanctions could include the following:

  1. Disciplinary Suspension: Involuntary separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time after which the student is eligible to apply for readmission assuming no intervening serious misconduct has occurred. The student is placed on disciplinary probation for the first semester following return to the University. Conditions for readmission may be specified. Students who are involuntarily separated from the University are restricted from visiting or entering any Southeastern Louisiana University premises for the period during which their sanction is in effect without advance written authorization from the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer. A hold may be placed on the ability to register and/or the records of the students who are involuntarily separated from the University for the period of separation.
  2. Disciplinary Dismissal: Involuntary separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time and without a guarantee of readmission. Consideration of readmission will not occur in less than one calendar year with the burden of proof lying with the student. Conditions for consideration of readmission may be specified. Students who are involuntarily separated from the University are restricted from visiting or entering Southeastern Louisiana University premises for the period during which their sanction is in effect without advance written authorization from the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer. A hold may be placed on the ability to register and/or the records of the students who are involuntarily separated from the University for the period of separation.
  3. Disciplinary Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the University. Students who are involuntarily separated from the University are restricted from visiting or entering Southeastern Louisiana University premises for the period during which their sanction is in effect without advance written authorization from the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer. A hold will be placed on the student’s ability to register and may be placed on the records of those who are involuntarily separated from the University.

 

In certain circumstances where there is a perceived threat of safety to the University Community, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Chief Student Conduct Officer, the Assistant Director of OSAA, or designee, may impose a University or residence hall suspension prior to final disposition of the matter. Upon issuance of an Interim Suspension, the Chief Conduct Officer, the Assistant Director of OSAA, or designee, shall endeavor to contact the Student, advise the student that an Interim Suspension is in effect, and provide the Student with an opportunity to address the alleged misconduct. 

 

University Police Department

The Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department is a service and safety oriented department with broad enforcement powers and is dedicated to providing an atmosphere in which the mission of the University can be accomplished. The officers are commissioned through the Louisiana Department of Public Safety under the provisions of the Louisiana Revised Statutes, Section 17:1805. Crime prevention and student safety is a priority and representatives of this department are actively involved in instructional and educational outreach. University Police has jurisdiction over all university properties. Jurisdiction is extended to off campus locations when requested by other law enforcement agencies. 

 

The University Police Department provides a full range of law enforcement services including criminal investigations, accident investigations, emergency services, and crime prevention education. The department operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

If an arrest is made, the individual will be transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail (felony) or to the Hammond City Jail (misdemeanor) for booking. All females are taken to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.  Violations of University regulations, which are not criminal offenses, will be reported to the University Chief Judicial Officer for further action.  

 

The University Police Department reports the numbers and types of crimes monthly to the United States Department of Justice, the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, and to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. University Police can be contacted by dialing 985-549-2222.

 

Transportation Services

Transportation Services strives to meet the unique transportation needs of the University community.  Comprised of Shuttle Services and Parking operations, Transportation Services is committed to providing quality service in support of the University’s mission.

  

Shuttle Service

Students, faculty and staff may ride the Lion Traxx Shuttle 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday (no Friday Service). Riders must present their Southeastern ID to board. Two routes cover the campus with shuttles making the loop around campus every 15 minutes. For time, stops, and more information, call 549- BUSS (2877).

 

Campus Parking Regulations 

Campus parking regulations are explained in detail at: http://www.southeastern.edu/admin/transport/policies/index.html. Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the regulations, where they are authorized to park, the campus speed limits, and enforcement procedures.

 

Parking areas on Southeastern’s campus are designated and marked specifically faculty /staff, resident student, freshman commuter, upper class commuter, and motorcycles. Handicapped and maintenance vehicle parking spaces are also clearly marked. All parking areas are indicated by color code on the Campus Map.

 

Students requiring the use of a handicaped parking space must have a state issued handicaped hangtag, placard, or license plate and a Southeastern handicaped hangtag. Those who fail to obtain a Southeastern handicaped hangtag will be issued a parking citation. In accordance with state law, unauthorized parking in a handicaped space will result in a $275 parking citation.

 

Motor Vehicles

All students and employees of the University are required to purchase a parking decal/hangtag prior to parking on campus. All visitors are required to register their vehicle with Transportation Services and receive a temporary parking tag. Any vehicle parked on campus without a current parking tag will be issued a ticket.