SBU Mission Statement
Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.
Be a Bearcat at SBU
SBU professors bring learning and faith together to give students a liberal arts education that offers more than just preparation for a career. Students are intellectually engaged through faith-inspired academic and campus life programs. The result? A culturally relevant education that equips Bearcats for a lifetime of success.
SBU has been recognized for being one of America’s 100 Best College Buys ® for 16 years and one of America’s Best Christian Colleges ® for 15 years. SBU’s financial aid program has been recognized as one of America’s Best College Scholarships ® for the past six years.
Academic offerings include associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 80 areas of study, including pre-professional programs, business, and nursing as well as liberal arts majors.
About SBU Students
Approximately 3,600 students, including about 850 graduate students, attend classes at SBU on its four campuses. Nearly 1,600 undergraduate students attend classes at the Bolivar campus with more than 1,000 undergraduate students taking classes at the branch campuses.
SBU students are free to express Christian faith and values in the classroom, where they are challenged to pursue academic excellence. Students deepen their faith by living, studying, praying, and playing with students from all walks of life and at all stages in their spiritual journey.
At SBU there are many opportunities to grow as a Christian while exploring interests on and off campus. SBU students go on mission trips, study abroad, travel to academic contests and sporting events, go on musical tours, attend campus Bible studies and Chapel services, or serve in the local community.
SBU students also participate in several academic and extra-curricular organizations including: Enactus, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, forensics, intramural sports, performing groups, Student Association, and the University Activities Council.
Southwest Baptist University is committed to helping students and employees engage life with positive affirmation through a Christ-centered perspective creating a healthy, well-informed community that continues to function in a safe environment.
The University expects behavior from all members of the University family that demonstrates the highest standard of respect for people and property and that exemplifies the Christian commitment to loving one another. Certain behaviors, such as sexual harassment and sexual violence, are not acceptable according to this moral and ethical standard and are deemed as discrimination on the basis of sex; thus, prohibited by federal law (Title IX).
SBU prohibits all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, rape, acquaintance rape, and stalking. SBU takes all allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence seriously, initiating investigations and informing complainants of their rights, options and available resources under Title IX. We remain serious about our commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students and employees, particularly victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Title IX Committee:
SBU has a dedicated Title IX committee comprised of one coordinator and five deputy coordinators to assure Title IX compliance and care for individuals who may have been victims of discrimination under Title IX.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for: 1) overseeing education and training about discrimination and harassment to the university community; 2) overseeing the schools response to Title IX reports and complaints; 3) identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems revealed by such reports and complaints.
Deputy Coordinators are primarily responsible for investigating sexual harassment or sexual violence complaints. The Deputy Coordinators may designate other appropriately trained individuals to receive and investigate reports and complaints as is appropriate.
You may contact any Title IX committee member if you have questions or concerns related to Title IX.
Title IX Coordinator:
Carolyn O'Kelley, Director of Human Resources
Sells Administrative Center
(417) 328-1512 | cokelley@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students:
Dr. Robert Harris, Vice President for Student Life
Goodson Student Union
(417) 328-1827 | rharris@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Staff:
Ashley Dinwiddie, Executive Coordinator
Sells Administrative Center
(417) 328-1500 | adinwiddie@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty:Dr. Allison Langford, Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning
Sells Administrative Center
(417) 328-1601 | alangford@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics:
Gina Whitehead, Associate Director of Athletics
Meyer Wellness and Sports Center
(417) 328-1793 | gwhitehead@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Safety and Security:
Mark Grabowski, Director of Safety and Security
(417) 328-1556 | mgrabowski@SBUniv.edu
Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy:
Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Southwest Baptist University are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status in employment, admission, access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities, except to the extent permitted by religious exemptions recognized by law.
Any person having inquiries concerning Southwest Baptist University’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, section 504, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 is directed to the Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator, 1600 University Avenue, Bolivar, MO, 65613, (417) 328-1512.
Any student having inquiries concerning Southwest Baptist University's compliance with regulations implementing the American with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is directed to the Director of Career Services and External Studies, 1600 University Avenue, Bolivar, MO, 65613, (417) 328-1689.
Any person may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, or the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The Office of Civil Rights website is http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.
Message to Prospective Students from the President
SBU is committed to being Christ-centered in every facet of university life and preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society. At SBU you will be challenged to examine issues of faith while pursuing academic excellence. You will be encouraged to engage in community service.
You will be invited to learn more about your fellow students and appreciate their diverse backgrounds. You will study with outstanding faculty who will challenge you to think critically and develop a Christian worldview. I invite you to join our SBU family.
Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU President
Be intellectually engaged through faith-inspired academic programs that will challenge you and prepare you for your future.
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