Basic to the concept of Wittenberg University as a church-related college is a deep and abiding concern for the total welfare of each of its students. Accordingly, a primary function of its faculty and staff is to provide professionally competent counsel and advice for each student with respect to educational, career, and personal planning, as well as personal, interpersonal, and adjustment problems which may affect the student’s work.
Each faculty and staff member accepts an equitable share of the advising program to work with students in this task. The Academic Services Office is responsible for coordinating academic advisement, while the Student Development staff provides additional counseling services.
Equally basic to the concept of the church-related college is recognizing that personal growth and maturity are achieved through acceptance of responsibility. Wittenberg University, therefore, affirms that the primary responsibility for the pattern and outcome of the student’s educational program lies with the student. The role of the adviser is ancillary; the student must be responsible for knowing institutional policies and programs and must accept responsibility for the decisions made.
Wittenberg also considers the student a young adult and a responsible agent. While the legitimate interests of parents are recognized, the college considers that it has entered into a contract with the student and that, in this relationship, it stands on its own integrity as an educational institution and not in loco parentis.
Students need to use effectively the campus network of advisers and counselors. Students living in residence halls are urged to contact their Area Coordinators first to focus quickly and realistically on specific problems. Those students living in Greek houses or off campus are urged to contact any member of the Student Development staff regarding adjustment problems.
The Affirmative Action Officer and is responsible for the implementation of the University’s Affirmative Action efforts. The Affirmative Action Officer reports directly to the President on all Affirmative Action matters.
In accordance with the University’s Christian heritage and with the law, Wittenberg insists that equal opportunity be provided to all persons in all University operations. Wittenberg strives to develop a diverse community and to maintain an environment that promotes tolerance and understanding.
Because Wittenberg is committed to dealing fairly with all faculty, students, and staff, it does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability in the administration of its employment policies, educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other college administered programs.
The University's Affirmative Action Policy can be found in the Staff Manual and Faculty Manual. Any interested person may also obtain a copy from the Dean of Students or the Department of Human Resources
The Benham-Pence Student Center is the community center where all members of the University—students, faculty, administration, alumni, and invited guests—may meet to share common concerns and interests.
The bookstore carries all required materials needed for classes plus a wide selection of clothing, art supplies, office supplies, gifts and general reading books. The bookstore strives to create an environment that helps each student, faculty, and staff member have a unique and great experience each and every day. Visit us at wittenberg.bncollege.com for more information and store hours.
The Center Dining Room (or CDR) is the primary campus dining facility for using your university meal plan. Located on the upper level of the Benham-Pence Student Center, it offers all-you-care-to-eat, continuous weekday meal service from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm and weekends from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. The CDR promotes healthy eating habits with Smart Market, Salad Bowl, Red Hot Chef and built-to-order subs and sandwiches at the Deli. Traditional entrees plus all the staples of a well-rounded breakfast, lunch or dinner can be found at Classics. All Day Waffles, breakfast cereals, soups, hummus, granola are also a main feature of the CDR. In addition, Pizza, The Grill and Desserts are available. As a reminder, come and enjoy as much as you like when you’re here, but the only approved foods to take away from the CDR are one piece of whole fruit or one ice cream cone. If you have special dietary needs? – see the Director of Dining services for special accommodations.
Post 95 on the first floor of the Student Center is a popular retail cafe on campus. Open from 7:30 am on weekdays (10:00 am on weekends) until 1:00 am, choose from Sandella’s Flatbread Cafe, Tiger Arriba Mexican Grill, Jazzman’s Cafe and Bakery, Grill 155 plus lots of grab-and- go options and groceries. Post 95 accepts meal plan Bonus Dollars, Witt Gold, cash and credit cards.
Simply to Go (STG) is in the lobby of the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center. Open from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm on weekdays, STG is designed to offer a convenient working (or running!) breakfast and lunch alternative to the CDR. Meal plans can be used as a “meal swap” once per meal period for a defined set of selections. In addition, STG accepts Bonus Dollars, Witt Gold, cash and credit cards. Visit STG for more information.
A lost-and-found department is located at the Benham-Pence Student Center Information Desk and at the Campus Security Office. All lost articles are cataloged and held for 90 days. Articles not claimed within the 90-day holding period are disposed of by the staff.
The Center is the central location for student mailboxes. A variety of services are provided including postage stamps, UPS service, check cashing in limited amounts, express mail, and ticket sales. To place tickets on sale for distribution at the Service Center, call extension 7443.
Founders serves as a programming/meeting space for Wittenberg students, faculty and staff. Group activities are coordinated by the Scheduling Office staff.
In the lowest level of the Student Center, Founders, is open on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and at 4:00 pm on Friday. Closing time is 1: 00 am. With casual pub-style dining, comfy seating, and lots of big-screen televisions, it is a popular after-hours destination to come and relax with friends! Founders is open to all students. For those 21 and over, there is a full selection of great beers, wines and mixed drinks to choose from!
All activities on campus requiring University space and/or services (e.g., food service, custodial service, and security) are scheduled through the Student Center Scheduling Office by submitting a schedule form to the Scheduling Office at least 48 hours prior to the event. Any event which requires technical services or a meal should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
Following approval of the space, facilities are made available to recognize campus organizations (as approved by the Student Senate), faculty organizations, and administrative functions as long as the event is directly related to some facet of University life.
A maintenance fee is assessed for use of the facilities by non-campus organizations. Scheduling services for non-campus organizations are honored only after University meetings and programs have been assigned space.
The Scheduling Office staff reserves the right to alter the space and/or services requested. Furthermore, it is understood that the facilities be used in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio and the policy of Wittenberg University and that they be left in the same condition in which they are found.
Wittenberg University is committed to providing a safe living and learning environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Wittenberg University Police and Security Departments, housed in the lower level of Recitation Hall Annex, is composed of Wittenberg Police and Security Officers. Sworn officers, employed by the University as Wittenberg Police, have the power of arrest and may bear issued arms. Our Security Officers are trained professional employees of Wittenberg University. These officers are not authorized to carry firearms while on duty at Wittenberg and do not have the legal authority to physically detain, search or arrest any individual.
The department has three basic purposes. They are, to protect members of the community and their visitors while in the University District; to protect university property and the property of community members; and to maintain order in the University District. It provides security and patrol services to the University District, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. Patrols are continually reviewed and adjusted to meet the changing needs of the university.
As a church-related institution, we are committed to the principles of self-discipline and self-governance that require that misconduct be reported and that appropriate sanctions be imposed when violations are found. Members of our community and visitors to the university are expected to abide by university regulations as well as federal, state, and local laws. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action by the university. Furthermore, Wittenberg supports rigorous prosecution of persons arrested in connection with illegal acts against persons or property in the University District. Experience shows that this approach is an effective deterrent.
As members of a campus community, each individual shares in the responsibility of helping to preserve a safe and civil community and are expected to cooperate with the department. Students must present University identification when asked by an officer. Failure to identify oneself openly as a member of the campus community can result in the assumption by officers that the person is not a member of the University community. Each person needs to take preventive measures for their own safety and each person who has a security concern or situation should make a report to the Police and Security Departments immediately. All reports will receive an appropriate response, and will be treated in a respectful manner.
Wittenberg Text Alert
Providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty and staff is a top priority at Wittenberg and we hope you will sign up for this service.
Since being able to communicate quickly with all members of the Wittenberg community is critical to our ability to respond effectively if a crisis were to occur, we have contracted with the E2 communications company to give us the ability to send emergency text messages to cell phones. The Chief of Police or designee will send an emergency text when he determines that an ongoing threat exists and the campus community must take action to remain safe and secure. The system will also be used to announce an unscheduled university closing or cancelation of classes due to severe weather.
To register for this service follow these steps:
Student Identification Cards
Each full-time student is issued an identification card, which bears the student’s photograph and student ID number. This card is issued on a permanent basis and serves for the entire time a student is enrolled. The identification card is also the student’s meal card, library card, and serves as a conduit in which students receive Payroll or Financial Refunds from the University. In addition, the card admits the student to athletic events, the Health Center, and other programs and functions supported by student fees. The student is asked to carry the identification card at all times and be prepared to show it at the request of a University official. The student should inquire at www.WittenbergOne.com about replacement of a lost card. There is a $20 fee for replacement.
Wittenberg students will enrich their liberal arts education through a mandatory community service experience. The 27 hours of service completed by each graduate is a hallmark of the Wittenberg education. In addition to the 27 hours of service, students also attend an orientation and a reflection session and write a reflection essay. Supported by staff in the Community Service Office, students select a service activity from among 40+ sites in the Greater Springfield/Clark County area or with an approved service immersion trip to various locations throughout the US and the world. Students also have the opportunity to self-design an experience with a partner not on the Opportunities List (must be approved by the Director of Community Service).
Students register for Community Service 100 preferably any semester before their senior year. Service requirements must be completed during the semester the student is registered for Community Service 100. Transportation to the service sites is provided by Motor Pool, Recitation Annex, M-Th, 8 am-6 pm and F, 8 am -4 pm (subject to availability).
The Community Service Program in the Hagen Center, 723 N. Fountain Avenue, also serves as a resource for campus organizations and individuals interested in continuing their service throughout their Wittenberg experience. Visit the “Community Service” Quick Link at www.wittenberg.edu for more details
The Solution Center is staffed from 8 AM - 6 PM, Monday through Friday during the school year. Please call (937) 525-3801, e-mail email@example.com or stop by (Synod Hall, Room 13) for any information regarding the services available from the Solution Center, to request a work order, or for any University computer related questions.
Services available to students include:
As part of Wittenberg’s ongoing commitment to technology, additional services are added yearly. Examples include:
Monday-Thursday 6-10 PM
Friday: 6-9 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday: 3-9 PM
Services available to students include: general computer help connecting to wired and wireless, virus removal, registering and resetting passwords, printing.
Services of the Copy Center, Room 53, Ground Floor, Recitation Hall, are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 P.M. A three-day turn around time is guaranteed for routine jobs; large or complex jobs may require more time, rush jobs and even same day service can often be accommodated. Just call the copy center and explain your need. Recognized student and Greek organizations may establish an account for billing purposes through the Accounting Department. All others must be paid by cash or check at the time the job is picked up. Various sizes and colors of paper are available. Some folding, collating, and stapling can also be performed with additional time allowed. Call ext. 6300 for copier pricing or other information.
These procedures should be followed to help ensure quality control relative to Wittenberg printing. All printing bearing Wittenberg's name and meant for distribution off campus or to visitors or guests on campus should be referred to the Office of University Communications for advice relative to layout, format, weight, color of paper stock, size and measure of type, margins, etc.
The Wittenberg logo may be reproduced only with the approval of the Office of University Communications. The President's Office has reserved the use of the Seal for only a select number of official publications. Approval for use of the Seal has been delegated to the Office of University Communications.
With the exception of recognized student organization publications, all contacts with commercial printers and typesetters should be arranged through the Office of University Communications. All requests for use of the Wittenberg logo, typesetting and external printing should be submitted to the Office of University Communications on a Publications Scheduling Request Form, available from that office by request, or on its Web site at www4.wittenberg.edu/administration/university_communication/.
The university reserves the right to refuse use of its publishing services when there is evidence that the material to be published may be slanderous, libelous or detrimental to the university.
(located in the Health and Wellness Center, 003 Shouvlin 937-327-7811)
Counseling is available at the Health and Wellness Center. Talking with a counselor can help define problems in such a manner that new ways of coping become apparent. Brief focused assessment therapy is offered for students requiring care beyond the resources on campus, a referral is made to counselors or agencies in the community.
Every effort is made to maintain the confidential nature of the counseling contact. Because it is vital to counseling effectiveness that a person may talk openly and freely about concerns, information is not shared except upon the written request of the student. Exceptions are made only when life- threatening situations occur.
Special Programs: Specialized programs on topics such as test anxiety reduction, stress management, assertiveness training, depression, goal-setting, decision-making, and co-dependency are provided as requested to assist students in overcoming personal, interpersonal, and educational skill deficiencies.
Linda M. Lauffenburger, M.S., L.S.W., L.I.C.D.C., Director of Counseling Services
Family Service Agency ..................................... 325-5564
Mental Health Services .................................... 399-9500
Ministry (local clergy - see city telephone directory)
Planned Parenthood ......................................... 325-7349
Project Woman (abuse/rape crisis services) 325-3707
The University believes that student employment should be available to those students indicating a desire to work. Employment should be made available to those who take advantage of their educational opportunities. With these objectives in mind, Student Employment awards are granted based on the following:
1. financial need,
2. academic standing,
3. employment skills and experiences, and
4. general worthiness.
All students and departments must coordinate employment through the Office of Student Employment. Notices of employment opportunities are posted on the Student Employment web site.
Limitation on Part-Time Work
The maximum amount of part-time work, which may be undertaken by a student, is limited to 20 hours per week (all jobs included) during the academic year, and 40 hours per week during vacation periods (all jobs included).
Notices of employment opportunities in the city are posted on the Student Employment web site or in the Wittenberg Career Center, 210 Shouvlin Center.
Wittenberg awards financial assistance to promising and worthy students as its scholarship and aid funds permit. In the assignment of scholarships, grants, and loans, scholarship record, personal character, general cooperation in the affairs of college life, economy of personal expenditures, and need for aid are considered.
Wittenberg subscribes to the principle that the amount of financial aid awarded to a student should be sensitive to financial circumstances. In order to determine this, applicants for financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are required to make application by March 1. A new application is required each year for which the student wishes to be considered for financial aid.
The following principles are observed in considering all applications for student aid:
All awards granted for a school year are payable in two installments, one in each semester. If a student does not enroll for both semesters of the year, only the portion of the award which is payable for the period of attendance is received.
Acceptance of institutional financial aid by a student involves certain clear obligations:
Statement of Satisfactory Progress
Students may continue to receive financial assistance as long as they meet the academic standards of the college and as long as they make “satisfactory progress” toward their degree requirements. Federal regulations require that this progress be measured both qualitatively and quantitatively. This progress is measured in the following manner:
1 2 3 4 5
Required completion rate (Semester Hours) Required
24 52 80 105 130
1.75 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Termination of Aid
If a student fails to earn the required number of credits and/or maintain the required GPA at the end of the year, the student may be ineligible for further financial aid until the minimum standards are met.
If a student fails to meet one or more of the satisfactory academic progress requirements due to mitigating circumstances (such as illness or family emergency), he/she may appeal in writing to the Director of Financial Aid. If the student’s financial aid is restored, an individual progress plan for that student will be developed.
Satisfactory Progress Guidelines
Refunds and Withdrawals
University policies regarding midterm withdrawals and refunds may be found in the Academic Catalog. However, if any part of a student’s account is paid with federal funds, Wittenberg must follow federal regulations for return of those funds. The amount of federal funds that must be returned is determined by a calculation based on the length of time the student was in attendance before withdrawing. For specific information about return of federal funds, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Equipped with the latest in language technology, the Foreign Language Learning Center (FLLC) is vital for all members of the Wittenberg community seeking cultural and linguistic resources. Students and faculty from all disciplines come to the center to meet with our trained tutors, to work on our computers, to relax between classes, and to benefit from our various technologies that bring foreign culture within easy access. Contact with native speakers is a daily opportunity through our own international tutors as well as through webcams for long distance conversations. A lounge area with a large screen TV allows students a relaxed setting for viewing foreign films from our extensive library, for reading our magazines and newspapers, both in English and in our target languages, for testing language skills through children’s books, or for engaging in casual conversation. With continually updated resources, including the latest in language software, this multi-national learning environment helps prepare our students for participation in the ever-expanding global market and community. We are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings, and on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:-00 p.m. and again from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m . We are located on the second floor of Hollenbeck Hall, room 232, in the language wing. Please visit our website for our tutor schedule and a complete listing of materials: http://www4.wittenberg.edu/academics/lang/labs/. You may also contact the director, Dr. Brenda Bertrand, directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the Health and Wellness Center is to help students reach their physical and emotional potential by developing healthy life-styles and positive attitudes. The professional staff is devoted to providing excellent care in the management of both acute and chronic physical or emotional problems and trauma.
University Physician and Director of Wellness Center
Linda Sauers, R.N., Staff Nurse
Martha Carroll, R.N., Staff Nurse
Sally Purnell, R.N., Staff Nurse
Sharon S. Fogarty, Office Assistant
Confidentiality: American College Health Association guidelines direct the Health and Wellness Center. No unauthorized information about professional services rendered is released to individuals or agencies without written consent from the student who received such service unless required by law or court order.
Services by Appointment: Students may see the physician or counselor by scheduling an appointment. Walk-in visits are also welcome. Urgent needs for services receive top priority.
Walk-in Services and General Medical Care: Registered nurses are available 9 hours a day Monday through Friday to assess illness and injury. A full range of general medical care is provided at the Health and Wellness Center including gynecological exams, immunizations, lab tests, allergy shots, minor surgical procedures, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted disease testing and contraceptive consultations, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness or conditions, and emotional disturbances.
Transportation: In the event of a medical emergency the Springfield Fire Division will be notified and provide emergency medical assistance and transportation. For non-emergency situations, while it is generally expected that students arrange their own transportation to physician appointments in the community, we realize that not all students have easy access to transportation, and in those cases, Health Center staff will coordinate with Student Development staff to provide transportation to students for health care purposes when necessary.
Class Excuses: The members of the Health and Wellness Center do not issue class excuses. The staff will notify faculty if the physician has prescribed extensive rest.
As of 2012-2013 academic year: the university does not offer a health insurance plan to students except for the required coverage for varsity athletics (for injuries related to their athletic participation) and international students. It is strongly recommended that students have medical insurance coverage. If a student is not covered by a family insurance plan, they can access a list of independent insurance agents through this website link: http://www.nahu.org/consumer/findagent2.cfm. An agent can recommend the most appropriate medical plan and the most cost effective rate.
Wittenberg student health center does not bill insurance. Fees for service are billed to the student’s account. The student is given an "insurance ready, coded, fee slip" to be used for their insurance. "
Student Athlete Insurance: Wittenberg carries athletic insurance for students who participate in intercollegiate athletics. This coverage is free to the student athlete. The athletic insurance is excess coverage and is payable only in excess of any expenses payable by other valid and collectible insurance. Additional coverage is provided by the NCAA. Please contact the Department of Athletics or Human Resources for information on the NCAA coverage. NOTE: the athletic insurance provides coverage for athletic accidents that occur during an organized practice or contest of an intercollegiate team and does not provide coverage for injuries sustained while participating in intramural activities or club sports.
The Math Workshop provides tutoring for students in all levels of math, ranging from basic math skills to calculus. The Math Workshop also can help a student raise their math placement score to the required level of their major. Students are encouraged and regularly use the workshop as a place to study, whether alone or with a group of students. Trained student tutors are available to assist students with math and other subjects like accounting, economics, statistics, computer science, physics and chemistry. The Math Workshop, located in 218 Hollenbeck Hall, provides a comfortable, friendly environment, a place where help is readily available if needed. The Workshop is open Sunday evening 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the regular school year, with reduced hours over the summer. Please call 327-6155 for additional information.
The Oral Communication Center provides students with assistance on oral communication assignments of all types, including formal presentations, discussion/debates, class participation and oral reports. Working one-to-one with a trained consultant, students can learn how to develop, organize, and deliver the content for these assignments effectively. Consultants can assist students during any part of their process : brainstorming content ideas, developing visual aids such as PowerPoint, organizing material, and practicing their delivery. The Oral Communication Cent is located in Thomas Library, room 210. Normal hours are 7:00 to 11:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday. For more information, and to access our online calendar, please visit our website: /academics/occ.html.
Rachel Sandum Tune and Andy Tune, Co-pastors to the University. When school is in session, there are 3 Sunday services on campus– Traditional at 11 am in Weaver Chapel; 5 pm contemporary service in Ness auditorium; and 9 pm Catholic Mass in Weaver Chapel led by area priests. Weekday chapel is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:20-11:50 am with a variety of campus and off-campus speakers. Festival services mark the special days of the church year.
Numerous student organizations on campus provide diverse religious and spiritual opportunities, such as a weekly fellowship group, speakers, prayer walks, discussion groups, bible studies, and special events such as hayrides, movie nights, and weekend retreats. In addition, the pastors’ office plans some events such as the Spring Break trip to El Salvador to work on Habitat homes.
An interfaith reflection and prayer room is available in the library, and an interfaith task force comprised of students, faculty and staff helps to coordinate and promote activities that foster understanding, respect, and fellowship for people of diverse faiths and spiritual backgrounds.
More information is available for all the ministries and other activities on the campus ministry web page /administration/chapel.html. Student involvement in the planning of all activities is welcomed and encouraged.
This office supervises scheduling of and registration for classes, issues grade reports, qualifies candidates for graduation, maintains complete academic records, and issues official transcripts. All requests for transcripts of credits should be directed to the Registrar’s Office. A transcript of credits is an authentic copy of the student’s academic record. No partial transcripts are issued. Transcripts are released only on written request of the individual concerned. This order must be placed in person or by mail to the Registrar’s Office. No phone orders can be accepted. Transcripts cost $6 per copy.
Information including literature describing various foreign study programs during the academic year and applications may be obtained from the Director of International Education. Information on financial aid for study abroad can be obtained from the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
To receive credit for study abroad, a student must have an interview with the Director of International Education, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and must have completed four academic semesters at Wittenberg (or the equivalent). A student must apply to programs through the Director's Office. Additional criteria for study abroad is available from the Office of International Education. Credit earned for at least 16 of the last 32 semester hours taken for a degree must be earned on campus. Grades for student abroad are shown in the student academic records but are not calculated into the grade-point average. Information on Wittenberg run summer and semester programs is also available from the Office of International Education.
Assistance in writing and math is available through the Math and Writing Centers. Tutors for other academic areas are also available. Assistance with oral presentation is available through the Oral Communication Center. Contact either the Department Chairs of the Academic Services Office.
The mission of the Wittenberg Career Services staff is to provide personalized services that help students thoughtfully consider their options for a major and how that major leads to a meaningful and rewarding career or vocation. Our goal is to teach students the lifelong skills required to make the many vocational transitions that lie before them.
Using both personalized and technological resources, we assist students in enhancing their Liberal Arts education. The Wittenberg Career Services staff supports the university mission of helping students develop a sense of vocation.
Wittenberg Career Services staff will:
We invite you to explore our resources and talk with our staff in Shouvlin 210 as well as check out the Wittenberg Career Services website for more information.
The Writing Center provides friendly, professional support for all types of writing projects: from academic and professional papers to creative and personal writing. Trained student advisors work with writers at every stage of the writing process - from brainstorming, through drafting, to final editing. The Writing Center, which serves the entire Wittenberg community of students, faculty and staff, is located in 112 Hollenbeck Hall and can be reached at 327-6154. The Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday evenings, and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoons. For more information, and to access our online calendar, please visit our website: /administration/writingcenter.html.