2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 8 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 Encouraging Spiritual Formation and Understanding Calling : Promote STUDENT spiritual and moral development and the understanding of all of life as service by exposing them via programs and experiences to the central tenets of the Christian faith and encouraging personal exploration of values, ethics, and morality. Cultivating an Integrated Perspective on Life : Provide services that encourage STUDENTS to lead healthy lifestyles and promote holistic attitudes and behaviors. Strengthening Campus Community : Enhance experiences to encourage meaningful STUDENT involvement leading to a purposeful, open, just, disciplined and engaged community. Designing Intentional Pathways that Foster Leadership : Empower STUDENTS to lead by providing diverse experiences that focus on the ability to influence others for good, enhance existing and develop new transitional experiences that support STUDENTS’ developmental progression and success through graduation. These five pillars are best captured by the words Engagement, Calling, Perspective, Community and Leadership. All efforts to strengthen the pillars culminate in an education enlightened by faith and a transformative collegiate experience for our students. Ultimately, each student should be confronted with the questions formed by school founder Dr. James B. Simmons, namely, (1) what is the highest thought that has ever occupied your mind? and (2) what is your duty toward fulfilling it? Academic Records and Transcripts The Office of the Registrar is responsible for all academic records. Information regarding transcripts and transfer of credits can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar, 1 st Floor, Sandefer Memorial Building. Students have access to their grades and transcripts on HSU Central . Athletics Hardin-Simmons has a nationally recognized athletics program even though the university does not award any athletic scholarships. It is our philosophy that athletics, for the participant as well as the spectator, is an integral part of the college experience. Therefore, any student wishing to participate in intercollegiate athletics is encouraged to do so. We also encourage all students to support our teams with their attendance. HSU sponsors seven sports for women and seven for men. Women’s sports include volleyball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf, basketball, and cross country & track. Men’s sports include football, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, basketball, and cross country & track. HSU is a member of the American Southwest Conference, which is affiliated with the NCAA Division III. Athletic Participation Requirements All students who represent the university in athletics must be concurrently enrolled in at least 12 semester hours and making satisfactory progress toward graduation. They must have attained at least a 1.60 GPA if they have attempted 12-32 semester hours, a 1.80 GPA if they have attempted 33-48 semester hours, or a 2.00 GPA if they have attempted 49 or more semester hours. In order for a student to continue to represent the university in any of the above-mentioned activities, he/she must have completed 21 hours in the last academic year. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all students