Student Life & Academic Services
The University is committed to the concept of student growth and development through active participation in co-curricular activities and organizations. Through participation, it is expected that students will maintain and develop their physical and mental health, their sense of self-worth, their ability to work with and lead others, their understanding of citizenship obligations, their ethical and moral value system, their concern for the campus environment, their ability to think critically, and a sense of belonging to the University community. To foster the development of these qualities, a comprehensive program is offered. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Academic Services.
OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS
The Office of the Dean of Students is an administrative unit that serves in an advocacy, advising, and supervising capacity for individual students and recognized student organizations, as well as the Student Government Association. The office also serves as a clearinghouse for student concerns, questions, problems, and complaints, and manages the University student judicial system.
In addition, the office conducts assessment and research programs and oversees the development of student leadership.
Two staff coordinators enable Student Life and Academic Services to promote maintenance of ethnic diversity and to support students with physical or functional limitations (sight, hearing, learning, mobility), as well as those with specific health problems.
Minority Student Services
The Office of Minority Student Services assists minority students with academic, cultural, ethical, and social development through advising and through programs sensitive to a particular group. The office provides programs of support and opportunities for participation to students from underrepresented groups. Personal, social, and academic counseling, and cross-cultural programs are available. The office sponsors LSU's annual Martin Luther King Commemoration Celebration, and Genesis, a student peer advising group.
The African American Cultural Center is also administered by the Office of Minority Student Services. Located on Raphael Semmes Road, it is an educational, cultural, and activity center, funded and governed by African American students. For additional information call 225/388-1627 or 388-1504.
Career Services assists students in making career choices, developing career plans, exploring career opportunities, sharpening job search skills, and finding jobs through the Career Services web page, workshops, individual appointments, and written and audiovisual materials. Career assessment instruments and career days are provided to help students make career decisions. Students are further assisted in gaining job-related work experience through programs such as cooperative education, internships, and part-time and summer jobs. The office also disseminates information concerning job vacancies and handles arrangements with employers for job referrals and on-campus interviews.
The Internship Office in Career Services assists students in obtaining work experiences prior to graduation. These positions may be paid or unpaid, and may be offered during the summer or in regular semesters. In many cases, students received class credit, depending on their curricula. Internships are available to all levels of students, including doctoral students, and the positions may be located locally, nationally, or abroad. Internship listings are available on the web and can be accessed by registering with Career Services.
The Part-time Job Services Office actively seeks part-time and summer job opportunities for students and list the positions on the Career Services' home page in the section titled "Part-time Jobs Online". Students must have a PAWS accounts to access those listings. Postings are also available in job books located in B-4 Coates Hall, 1502 CEBA, LSU Union, and the Student Government Office. The goal is to link area employers, on and off campus, with students seeking part-time positions.
The Cooperative Education Program allows students to combine on-campus course work with paid on-the-job training throughout the U.S. through employment in business, industry, or government agencies. The program is particularly applicable to majors in the Colleges of Engineering, Basic Sciences, Business Administration, and Agriculture. Students with majors in other colleges may be accommodated if employment opportunities are available. Requirements for participation are:
Transfer students with qualifying grades who have at least four semesters of academic work remaining are eligible to apply for the Co-op Program after one semester of full-time work at LSU.
Job Location and Development
This office actively seeks part-time and summer job opportunities for students and lists the positions in "Job Books," located in B4 Coates Hall, 1502 CEBA, the LSU Union Information Desk, and the Student Government Office. The goal is to link area employers, on- and off-campus, with students seeking part-time positions.
STUDENT HEALTH CENTER
The Student Health Center provides quality health care to LSU students. The center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Facilities include a large outpatient medical clinic, a full-service pharmacy, a laboratory, an x-ray department, mental health services, and a wellness education department. All visits and inquiries are confidential. The student health service fee, paid during registration, entitles students to unlimited visits to a primary care physician during the regular semester. The first three visits to the Mental Health Service are also included in the pre-paid fee. Any subsequent visits are based on a sliding fee scale after consultation with the patient. There are additional charges for lab, x-ray, medication, supplies, and specialty clinics.
The Student Health Center Medical Clinic has six full-time primary care physicians, one full-time gynecologist, and 11 nurses. In addition, part-time specialty services are offered in orthopedics, dermatology, ear/nose/throat, and ophthalmology. A dental screening clinic is available, but no dental procedures are performed on the premises. Routine allergy shots and injectable medicines ordered by physicians are provided.
The Mental Health Service provides crisis intervention, individual and group therapy, psychological testing, and varied preventive therapy clinics on a continuing basis. These services are rendered by mental health providers experienced in treating emotional problems and stresses experienced by University students.
The Student Health Center also has an extensive Wellness Education Department. Services provided include a resource room and an interactive web page (www.lsu.edu/wellness). Individual appointments are available for consultations on nutrition and weight management; stress and time management; sexual and reproductive health concerns; alcohol and other drug abuse; smoking cessation; sexual assault and violence; and many other areas of concern to University students. Educational programs for student organizations and residence halls, as well as guest lectures for undergraduate an graduate classes, are available upon request throughout the entire year. Several peer education organizations offer service learning and leadership development experiences.
The Office of Disability Services assists students in identifying and developing accommodations and services to help overcome barriers to the achievement of personal and academic goals. Services are provided for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. Specialized support services are based on the individual student's disability-based need. Students must provide current documentation of their disabilities at the time services are requested. Students should contact the office early so that necessary accommodations can be arranged.
OFFICE OF STUDENT MEDIA
The Office of Student Media oversees the operation of KLSU-FM, the Gumbo yearbook, the Legacy magazine, the Reveille, and LSU-TV. These provide information and entertainment to students, faculty, and staff while providing training for students interested in all areas of publishing and broadcasting.
The Reveille, the University's award-winning, student-edited newspaper, is published Tuesday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer term. The student written and produced yearbook, the Gumbo, is distributed during the fall semester. Students also edit and publish the LSU student magazine, the award-winning Legacy, which is distributed on campus four times each year. KLSU-FM is a 5,000-watt educational FM station operated by students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. LSU-TV produces a variety of television programming for the LSU Campus Cable System.
Omicron Delta Kappa
Membership is awarded to undergraduate junior and senior students—and occasionally to students in graduate and professional schools—as well as to faculty, staff, and community members. Student membership candidates must rank academically in the upper35 percent in their school/college and must show leadership in at least one of five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social, religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, or the mass media; and creative/performing arts. Membership in ODK is a mark of the highest distinction.
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi
The primary objectives of Phi Kappa Phi are to promote the pursuit of excellence in higher education and to recognize outstanding achievement by students and faculty through election to membership and through various awards and fellowships. Phi Kappa Phi is unique because it recognizes superior scholarship in all academic fields, rather than restricting membership to a limited field. Juniors in the top five percent and seniors and graduate students in the top ten percent of their classes may be invited to become members of Phi Kappa Phi. New LSU Phi Kappa Phi members are initiated and honored in the spring semester each year and wear identifying ribbons on their academic gowns at commencement exercises.
The Office for Student Organizations Services (OSOS) provides educational and support services to the more than 250 organizations at LSU. The OSOS coordinates leadership development opportunities and provides information about students' involvement. Students can greatly enrich the college experience by joining an organization that suits their needs.
Student organizations may be added or deleted from the list of recognized organizations after publication of this catalog. A complete and accurate list of recognized student organizations is available from the OSOS office.
University recognition of a student organization does not imply control of, support for, or agreement with the organization's purposes, goals, or philosophy. Participation in student organizations is voluntary.
Religious Student Organizations
OFFICE OF GREEK AFFAIRS
The Office of Greek Affairs provides support for individuals and organizations that comprise the Greek community at LSU. The staff of the office develops, implements, and coordinates programs and services that address member education, personal development, academic success, philanthropic activities, leadership development, and social activities.
To make on-campus living a worthwhile experience, LSU students and staff have designed a residential life program to promote learning and personal growth. Residence halls and apartments provide a natural and convenient social setting for students. Residents are seldom more than a ten-minute walk from the library, the classroom, or any other campus activity.
One of the greatest advantages in living in residence halls is that the staff is available to assist students with concerns and questions. Studies show that campus residents maintain higher grade-point averages than do off-campus students. The housing staff also provides informative programs related to safety, wellness, community service, and a variety of other topics. Many of these programs are led by faculty members.
University housing is available to all full-time and part-time students on a voluntary basis, with specific room assignments based on the date of application for University housing and the terms of the housing contract.
Choices in Residential Living
Most residence halls have ground-floor reception areas and feature kitchenettes and study rooms on each level. Entry to most halls is controlled by a security system which utilizes residents' LSU ID cards. Coin and card access laundry facilities are available in most, while others have laundries located nearby. Several halls are accessible for disabled students. East Campus Apartments rent by the individual room, are fully furnished, and have modern appliances including stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and clothes washer and dryer. Nicholson and Edward Gay Apartments rent by the whole apartment and are unfurnished except for stoves and refrigerators.
Nine halls have computer labs, while five halls and the East Campus Apartments have Ethernet data connections available by subscription in each room. All rooms and apartments have cable TV connections included in the rent, and all except the Nicholson Apartments include local phone service. Residents, however, must provide their own telephone and television sets.
Students in residence halls may choose to have roommates or, if space is available, a private room. Living arrangements have been established with individual preferences for social and educational development in mind.
Students may select hours of visitation as early as 10 a.m. daily, with the period terminating by 1 a.m. on nights preceding class days or 3 a.m. on nights preceding days when no classes are held. Quiet hours are observed daily from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., during which time an atmosphere conducive to study is maintained.
Residence Hall and East Campus Apartment Applications
A deposit of $100—payable to "Residential Life, LSU" in U.S. funds by check or money order—must accompany each residence hall and East Campus Apartments application. Acceptance of a deposit does not guarantee an assignment.
Students may apply for housing prior to being admitted to the University. Acceptance of a residence hall or East Campus Apartments application or receipt of an assignment is not a guarantee of admission to the University. An application for admission must be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before a room assignment is official.
Cancellation of an application/assignment must be submitted in writing to the Department of Residential Life. If the cancellation is received by July 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, or May 1 for the summer term, a processing fee of $25 will be deducted from the deposit, and the remainder will be refunded. If the cancellation is received after July 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, or May 1 for summer, or if the assignment is not claimed during registration, the entire deposit will be forfeited unless all requirements for evaluation of an application for admission have been met, and admission has been denied.
The University reserves all rights in connection with assignment of rooms, inspection of rooms, termination, and occupancy of rooms. Reservations are not transferable. If the room is not occupied by the day before the first class day, the reservation is forfeited unless notification stating the time of late arrival has been received. Other terms of residence hall occupancy are provided in the housing contract. Room reservations in fraternity or sorority houses are limited to eligible members of those organizations, and are made directly with the organization.
Residence Hall Rates
Residence hall rent is due by the deadline established on the advanced fee bill. Additional information concerning residence hall accommodations may be obtained from the Department of Residential Life, 99 Grace King Hall, 225/388-8663.
Nicholson and Edward Gay Apartments
Rental rates for these apartments range from $320 to $425 per month. Additional information is available from the Department of Residential Life, 225/334-5198.
Refund of Residence Hall Rent
UNIVERSITY DINING ADMINISTRATION
The University Dining Administration administers campus dining through a contract with Campus Dining Services by Chartwells. Rates for dining plans, effective the fall semester1999, vary from $410 to $940 per semester. Please note that dining plan rates are subject to change at the beginning of a semester or summer term. Dining plans offered and policies are described below.
Students are offered a choice of the following one semester dining contracts beginning the first day of orientation and continuing through the final examination period:
* McDonald's and Domino's will accept only cash or Tiger Express for meal purchases. For a complete list of retail establishments, please see "Retail Dining" under "Contract Terms."
Only newly enrolled freshmen who live in University residence halls are required to participate in a University dining plan, except as provided below:
Requests for exemption on the basis described above should be submitted in writing to the Director of University Dining Administration.
Any student who has completed one regular semester (excluding the summer term) is not required to participate, but is invited and encouraged to do so. All other students, part-time or full-time, off campus or on campus, may also purchase a dining plan contract on a semester basis.
For more information about dining plans, please contact University Dining Administration, P.O. Box 25056, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70893, or call 225/388-8505.
Meal plan changes or cancellations may be made before the contract is effective by calling University Dining Administration at 225/388-8505. Changes after the contract is effective may only be made with the expressed written permission of the Director of University Dining Administration.
Students are permitted to transfer to the Greek dining system when the authorization is requested by the Greek organization and approved by the Office of Greek Affairs.
Students are required to participate in the dining contract for the entire semester, except for official resignation from the University. Students who officially withdraw from the University during the first 20 class days will receive a refund equal to the unexpended portion of the dining plan, less a $30 dollar processing fee.
After 20 days, students who officially withdraw from the University will be refunded 75 percent of the unexpended portion of the dining service contract charge. Refunds of dining contracts processed after midsemester are subject to an assessment of 50 percent of the unexpended portion of the dining plan charge. No refunds will be processed once concentrated study period begins.
Retail dining service outlets include the Tiger Lair in the LSU Union, Pierre's Landing, the Plantation Room, Sidepocket, the Faculty Club, Foster Café, Laville Food Emporium, the Mini-Mart and snack bars in the Veterinary School, Law School, and the Student Recreational Sports Complex. Any style of dining service can be found among these locations, from fast food to fine dining to grab-and-go convenience items.
Catering services are also available for any location on campus, with service to groups ranging from 12 to 1,000+ persons. Specialty needs—such as wedding receptions, parties, and other catered gatherings—can also be accommodated. For more information on catering, call Union Catering at 225/388-6656 or Faculty Club Catering at 225/388-2356.
University Dining Administration also administers all campus vending machines, including snacks, soft drinks, and the Hot Choice machines that serve hot food items.
The Faculty Club is the hospitality center for the campus. The Faculty Club may be used by the University community and is open to the general public for certain events. All full-time LSU faculty, administrative and research staff members, and Ph.D. candidates who are teaching assistants are eligible to join Faculty Club, Inc., a private organization. Members have opportunities to meet and work with a cross-section of the campus community through participation in a variety of activities such as pre-football game buffets, family activities, dances, open houses, and other functions.
Annual membership dues allow the Faculty Club, Inc., Board of Governors to offer these events at a moderate cost.
The dining room is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, serving a full a la carte menu. Conference rooms are available for meetings and luncheons during regular club hours. The club is also open for special events by reservation. Guest rooms are available for overnight accommodations for parents of students, University departments, and the public for persons visiting the campus.
Athletic facilities include a football stadium, Tiger Stadium, with a seating capacity of 80,000; four lighted football practice fields; an indoor football practice facility; a lighted metric track, Bernie Moore Stadium, with a Rekortan surface and seating accommodations for 5,680; a lighted baseball complex, Alex Box Stadium, with seating for 7,700; and six lighted tennis courts with an elevated grandstand.
The LSU Natatorium, completed in 1985, provides an eight-lane Olympic-size indoor pool and diving well. The Maravich Assembly Center, a multipurpose facility, seats 14,237 and is the home court for the men's and women's basketball teams, women's gymnastics, and women's volleyball. The Field House provides a 220-meter track facility; a gymnastics practice room; three regulation handball courts; and a large, unobstructed, air-conditioned playing area for basketball, volleyball, indoor tennis, badminton, and other activities. It is available as a competitive indoor track facility and serves as a practice area for track and tennis teams. It is also used for teaching, organized recreational activity, and leisure-time activity for the University community
LSU has recently constructed new stadia for women's soccer and women's softball, each accommodating more than 1,500 fans.
LSU has hosted the NCAA Track and Field Championships three times. The NCAA baseball regional tournament has been played eleven times at Alex Box Stadium. In addition, the basketball NCAA Mideast Regionals, first/second rounds, and SEC Tournament have been played in the Maravich Assembly Center.
DEPARTMENT OF RECREATIONAL SPORTS
The Department of Recreational Sports provides all members of the University community access to a variety of recreational sports activities. To meet the diverse needs and interests of the University community, a multifaceted recreational sports program is offered that includes aquatics, sports clubs, informal recreation, fitness programs, instructional sports, intramural sports, extramural sports, outdoor recreation, special event activities, and athletic medicine.
The department also coordinates use of the Gym Armory Building, the Huey P. Long Swimming Pool and Complex, the Recreation Center-Special Olympic Swimming Pool, the Outdoor Tennis Complex, the Natatorium, a number of field spaces on campus, and the Student Recreational Sports Complex. In addition, a wide variety of sports and outdoor recreation equipment is available for use on a check-out or rental basis.
The aquatic program is designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in water activities. Certified personnel offer guidance for all skill levels. Hours are also available for recreational and fitness swimming activities.
In cooperation with the Student Health Center, the athletic medicine program provides for prevention and treatment of injuries. Certified athletic trainers are available to assist and instruct individuals about safe athletic practices and rehabilitative exercise programs.
The fitness program varies from self-motivated and self-directed activities to supervised exercise programs. Other components include fitness testing and evaluation, personal training, therapeutic massage, and specialized activity and group programs.
The informal recreation program provides space and time for individuals who desire to participate informally on a drop-in basis in a sport or exercise program.
The instructional sports program provides opportunities for individuals to take classes taught by qualified instructors in a variety of sports activities. Classes are noncredit and include sports activities such as SCUBA, karate, racquetball, golf, tennis, swimming, fitness boxing, and aerobics.
The intramural sports program provides various levels of competition in more than 36 different sports through leagues, tournaments, and meets. A balanced program of team, meet, dual, and individual sports is offered throughout the year. Some of these activities are flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball, racquetball, handball, tennis, badminton, swimming, track, golf, and floor hockey. Additionally, extensive training opportunities are provided for individuals desiring to become officials in various team sports.
The outdoor recreation program provides an opportunity for the University community to develop an understanding and appreciation for the outdoors. A number of trips and seminars are scheduled each semester to assist in this development.
The special events activities program is designed to serve particular recreational interests and needs. Programs vary in structure and include organized events such as triathlons, biathlons, 5K and 10K runs, and mini-golf tournaments.
The sports medicine program varies from self-motivated fitness activities to rehabilitative exercise programs. Certified athletic trainers are available to assist and instruct individuals on safe athletic practices and rehabilitative exercise programs.
The sports club program provides opportunities for exercise, recreational and social fellowship, competition both on- and off-campus, and learning new skills while improving existing ones. Some of the active clubs include rugby, soccer, fencing, water skiing, wrestling, tae kwon do, karate, and team mountain bike. The office also maintains records, establishes schedules, develops and interprets rules and policies, and supplies officials as needed.
In the fall of 1992, the Student Recreational Sports Complex opened its doors to the LSU community. This 112,000 square foot recreational sports facility provides students the opportunity to be active sports participants during their leisure hours. For additional information and membership, call the Department of Recreational Sports, 388-8601.
THE LSU UNION
The LSU Union, through the Union Program Council (UPC) student committees and staff, presents a wide range of events designed to appeal to all segments of the University community. Full-time students are automatically members of the Union. Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University may become members by paying an annual fee. Any full-time student is eligible to join a Union committee; there are additional requirements to hold an office on the Governing Board or Program Council. Information on programs, committees, and noncredit leisure classes are available in the Program Department, 304 Union Building.
The Union's facilities are designed to meet the needs of the community. The Art Gallery offers shows of international, national, and regional interest, including student and faculty works. The Crafts Center provides professional instruction and complete facilities for woodworking, ceramics, matting and framing, poster and sign making, and photography. Auditorium facilities include the 333-seat Colonnade Theater and the 1,315-seat LSU Union Theater, which serve as centers for the performing arts at LSU. Many of the activities in these auditoria are sponsored by UPC student committees, located in the Program Department, 304 Union Building. The Union Box Office serves as the sales and distribution center for tickets to all theater events on campus and is a TicketMaster outlet. The Tiger Pause Games Area offers billiards, bowling, video games, and a snack bar.
A Barbershop, a branch of the Campus Federal Credit Union, e-mail terminals, and a travel agency are located on the ground floor. Office for Student Organization Services, computer lab, and full service copy shop are located on the third floor. The self-service Bookstore stocks required textbooks, a wide selection of popular paperbacks, school supplies, and a full line of Tiger T-shirts, jackets, and sweatshirts. Lost and found services are provided at the main floor Information Desk. Newspapers, magazines, candy, and other sundry items are also available at the Information Desk. Automatic teller banking machines are located outside in the Colonnade breezeway.
Meeting and banquet facilities are available for use by campus organizations. The Union Events Services Office, 310 Union, has complete information on reservation policies.
Campus Card Operations
Campus Card Operations provides the LSU identification card, the debit card system (Tiger Express), and voter registration services. New students are issued their first ID card at no cost. The ID card is the property of the University and must be retained for each subsequent term of enrollment. The card should be carried at all times and must be presented upon request of any University official. The card is nontransferable.
Tiger Express, the debit card system, allows students, faculty, and staff to make purchases using their LSU ID cards. It provides a fast, safe, and convenient method for making purchases at more than 125 locations on campus. Tiger Express can be used for books, supplies, snacks, meals, and campus entertainment. It is accepted by many vending machines, laundry machines, and duplicating equipment in Middleton Library. Applications, an informative brochure, and a complete listing of all participating locations may be obtained at Campus Card Operations, 221 Union or by calling 225/388-4300.
PARKING, TRAFFIC, AND
LSU is committed to providing ample on-campus parking for all students, employees, and visitors. To park a vehicle on campus, faculty and students must register with the Office of Parking, Traffic, and Transportation. For additional information, call 388-5000.
The University is dedicated to preserving a peaceful and safe environment for the entire University community. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are urged to be aware of and alert to the possible existence of criminal activity on campus and to report all crimes or suspicious activity to the University Police.
The University Police Department is staffed 24 hours a day. Police officers assigned to patrol areas throughout the campus will respond promptly to any call and have the capacity to request municipal fire, EMS, or police support, as required. The department has 70 full-time officers and each has completed a minimum of 285 hours of formal police training and is certified by the Police Officers Standards and Training Council. The department provides a full range of law enforcement services, including criminal investigations, emergency services, and crime prevention services, for a campus population larger than most cities in the state. Administrative responsibility for safety, security, and police service rests with the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services through the Executive Director of Public Safety.
U. S. POST OFFICE
University Station, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-9998 is a federal government post office located in the LSU Union Building. Mail service is provided to students and faculty members who are post office box holders or who receive mail through University departments. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on weekends and federal holidays. The window hours are adjusted during the holiday season and between semesters. The lobby, however, remains open when the office is closed so that mail may be picked up from post office boxes. A post office box may be rented for the year or for six months. Post office boxes may be shared only with spouses, brothers, and/or sisters having the same last name. Rental fee information may be obtained by writing to: Manager, University Station, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. General delivery service is not available. Please note that the 70893 zip code is for post office boxes 16000-19999 and 70894 is for post office boxes 20000-55000. All other department mail should carry the 70803 zip code.
All mail must be addressed to the student's box number since the University does not provide mail service to residence halls. "Special Delivery" and "Express Mail," however, will be delivered to residence halls if it is so addressed. Delivery service to the University-owned apartment complexes on Nicholson Drive and West Roosevelt Street is provided by the Main Post Office, 750 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802.