IntroductionAdmission to a graduate program at SBU presumes a degree of initiative on the part of the graduate student. Graduate students assume responsibility for engaging in intellectual activities at the graduate level as well as responsibility for complying with all policies and procedures as set forth in the catalog and in departmental regulations in earning an advanced degree.
Student BehaviorAll graduate students are required to abide by the Student Life regulations listed on pages 31 and 32. Students should contact the appropriate graduate program director for clarification of student life regulations.
AutomobilesThe State of Missouri requires motorists to carry public liability and property damage insurance. Students from other states who bring automobiles to campus are urged to carry this insurance. Each student operating an automobile must purchase and display the University vehicle permit and obey University and community regulations regarding the care and use of an automobile.
Parking permits may be purchased from the physical plant office or the college/department office. The price of a parking permit is $10 per semester. Parking permits are issued each academic year beginning with the fall semester. The permit may be used during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Tickets are issued for unidentified cars parked on campus.
Disabled or otherwise handicapped persons may obtain a handicap parking decal, good for any authorized parking space, provided that approval is documented by the University Health Center. Disabled permits may be obtained from the physical plant office.
For more information concerning parking on campus, please see the brochure "Motor Vehicle Regulations" available at the Physical Plant office or in college/department offices.
Student Identification CardEach student is required to obtain a student identification card for identification and library purposes. No charge will be made for the original card. The card is revalidated each semester of enrollment. The revalidation sticker is required for each semester of enrollment and is available from the college/department offices or the accounting office. The identification cards are usually delivered to the students the first day of classes for those who are pre-enrolled for classes. Others are delivered as quickly as possible after registration.
If a replacement identification card is needed, the student will be assessed a $5 replacement fee and may pick up the replacement at the college/department offices or the accounting office during regular office hours.
Student identification cards are important for library use, entrance to the dining hall on campus, and access to the campus computer network.
Career ServicesCareer Services is available to assist graduate students with resume preparation, resume printing and duplication, development of a confidential reference file, and with specific job opportunities relevant to their degrees.
The center is located in the office suite of Mabee Chapel on the main campus in Bolivar. The phone number is (417) 328-1610, facsimile is (417) 328-1505. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Student Health ServicesSBU offers a student health service, which provides medical services for minor illnesses or injuries on a walk-in basis during the hours of operation. This service is extended to all students through the health fee. The only charge made to the student is for laboratory work. The health center uses a referral system with local doctors when necessary. Students also have access to the out-patient clinics of Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar. This service is only available on the Bolivar campus. SBU offers no student health services for students off campus. Additional information is available at the Health Center.
The student is responsible for expenses incurred for ambulance service, calls at a local physician's office, emergency services, and other services provided by any local hospital where students may be taking classes.
International students are required to purchase a hospitalization plan immediately upon arrival on campus.
Technology ServicesInformation technology resources, services, and facilities of SBU are provided to support the mission of the University. Computing resources are available in a number of locations in University provided and maintained computer labs, in faculty offices, and in a variety of other open sites. In some cases, these resources may be accessible from remote sites by dialing in via computer modem or on local or wide-area networks.
Access to the Internet, or other wide-area networks and resources, through computer facilities is provided primarily to address the computing and information needs associated with the educational and scholarly activities of the University.
All currently enrolled students will be allowed to use academic computing resources as a privilege, subject to availability, current academic priorities, adherence to this and subsequent computing resource policies, and the payment of lab or other access fees.
Academic AdvisingEach graduate student is assigned a faculty adviser in the degree program the student chooses. The adviser will assist the student in planning his/her program of study and adjusting to the academic demands of graduate studies.
University LibraryThe University Library supports all levels of the SBU academic program with a full spectrum of library and information services. Centralized library administration, which coordinates services to all locations where SBU offers courses, is housed in the Harriett K. Hutchens Library in The Jester Learning and Performance Center. The library supports the university curriculum and provides reading, listening and viewing experiences for students, faculty, and staff.
Technology: Information technology is used throughout the library and supports the library's web-based Online Information Center (OIC) which is available to all authorized users. The University Library is a charter member of MOBIUS, a consortium of 50 Missouri academic libraries that share a common library platform. SWAN, the Southwest Academic Network segment of MOBIUS presently allows faculty and students to request books not found in our collection from the other SWAN member libraries. When MOBIUS is fully implemented this same service will be available from all 50 consortia libraries. Interlibrary loan services for books and articles are available through OCLC FirstSearch service with more than 11,000 member libraries nationwide.
Library Databases: The OIC also provides online access to article indexing, abstracting, full-text and full-image services through such databases as Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe and EbscoHost Academic Search Elite. Abstracting and indexing is provided to thousands of additional titles through OCLC FirstSearch modules such as ArticleFirst. Library databases are available to authorized users in the Harriett K. Hutchens Library and branch libraries, in the instructional computing labs, and by dial-in through the campus network. News resources and research access to the Internet are also provided.
Collection: The University Library has a collection of approximately 165,000 print volumes; 10,264 units of media titles and 313 electronic media titles; 429,626 units of microforms; and subscribes to about 1,973 print and electronic periodical titles. The Library is a depository for selected Missouri State documents.
The R. Earl Allen Model Pastor's Library includes a collection of theology and sermonic books plus other related materials. This model pastor's library, collected by the late pastor of Rosen Heights Baptist Church in Forth Worth, Texas, now includes an electronic index that provides access to sermon collections by scripture passage.
Media Services: The Media Services area supports faculty and students in the production of educational materials, including video, hypermedia and interactive media programs. In addition to the Media Production Lab and the Listening/Viewing Lab, this area provides media resource collections in a variety of formats including audio and video tapes and discs, educational software, and music scores. Duplicating, laminating, plastic binding and some videotaping services are available. The Media Services area also maintains the television studio.
Special Collections: This collection consists of antique or rare books that are restricted to use in the library only. Due to the nature and condition of these items, some types of uses may not be allowed (such as photocopying or scanning) or may be restricted.
University Archive: Items in this collection include historical treasures, many of them one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable, such as yearbooks, college catalogs, campus publications, and collected records from various campus offices or groups. Inquiries about archive materials should be directed to the Research Assistance Desk in the Harriett K. Hutchens Library on the main campus.
Off-campus Service: The University Library has branch libraries at the Mountain View and Springfield Campuses. Web-based library services, such as the catalog and library databases, are available in the library and computer labs at each off-campus center. Bibliographic instruction and classroom support is available for all off-campus courses. Research assistance may be requested in the branch libraries or via a toll-free number to the library on the main campus.
Library Publications: The Southern Baptist Periodical Index is published annually by the University Library in both print and CD-ROM format. This important index serves SBU students and faculty as well as researchers of Southern Baptist materials at seminaries and other Baptist colleges and universities across the nation and in several foreign countries. A free brochure is available in the library that provides specific information about hours, materials, services and assistance.
Library Website: The University Library website (http://www.sbuniv.edu/lib/libhome.htm) has much to offer in addition to the library databases and SWAN catalog. General information about hours, policies, library collections, the University Archive, course related web resources, branch libraries and a very useful "Ready Reference" page are just a few of the resources available to all SBU students, faculty and staff via the Internet.
Library Use: SBU identification cards also serve as library cards and must be presented for checkout of both regular and reserve materials. Additional information about library use, including patron privileges and responsibilities, is included in the SBU Student Handbook and in the University Library Policy Manual which is on reserve at the Circulation & Reserves Desk.
Goodson Student UnionThe Felix Goodson Student Union is a center for student activities available for both the graduate student and the undergraduate student. Included in the Union are the snack bar, student lounge, game room, student leadership offices, bookstore, a small meditation chapel, the office of student life, University Ministries and Davis Theatre.
University BookstoreThe University Bookstore, located in the Goodson Student Union, carries a complete stock of textbooks, selected trade books, supplies, and many items for personal use. Sales are mainly on a cash basis, however, checks and major credit cards are accepted.