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Student Services

  • Student Development Goals

Longwood's six broad student development goals reflect the institution's commitment to students' intellectual, social, and personal development, as well as career preparation. They also emphasize students' involvement in shaping the quality of their experiences here, and finding meaning in their own values and directions.

Intellectual Goals:

  • Mastery of a Broad Body of Knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences, so you can see things in perspective, appreciate and enjoy artistic expression, and critically, creatively, and logically respond to the complex world around you.
  • Mastery of a Specialized Body of Knowledge, so you will have the expertise to be competitive and successful in your chosen career.

Personal Goals:

  • A Sense of Personal Direction, so you can plan your future wisely and with honor, acquiring self-understanding, self-confidence, and a meaningful philosophy of life.
  • A Balanced and Healthy Lifestyle, which means making responsible choices related to values, friends, family, work, recreation, and life-long education.

Social Goals:

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness and an appreciation of diversity and differences, so you can establish genuine, trusting, and honorable relationships within the broad family of humanity.
  • Responsible Citizenship, so you can do your best in ways uniquely your own and have the motivation to contribute to a better life for all through community participation and leadership.

Student Development at Longwood

The Longwood Board of Visitors endorsed student development, as expressed in the student development goals, as a focus for program planning, design and implementation; as a policy pertinent to all programs and procedures; and as a concept, focus, and direction for programs and procedures. The Board endorsed the following:

"Student Development Orientation embraces the Longwood student development goals, as well as each student's opportunity to assess his/her developmental needs, pursue goals and experiences to fulfill those needs, design and implement progress intended to foster growth, evaluate achievement, and record this attainment. The student development policy will give direction, shape, and focus to student affairs programs and procedures, and it will assert Longwood's focus on the student as an integrated person, both personally and intellectually."

Vice President for Student Affairs

The Vice President for Student Affairs promotes student learning and accountability in each Student Affairs program and service. Each Student Affairs program implements a student learning plan that focuses on learning outcomes with emphasis on participation, diversity, creativity, integrity, and commitment. Student Affairs programs and services include: Campus Recreation; Career Services; Counseling Center; Dean of Students; Dining Services; Disability Support Services; First Year Experience; Fraternity and Sorority Advising; Leadership and Student Engagement; Multicultural Affairs; Public Safety and Campus Police; Residential and Commuter Life; Student Health and Wellness Center; Student Union and Involvement; and Volunteer and Service Learning.

Programs and Services

Campus Police

Campus Police, located in the Dorrill Dining Hall, has the responsibility of law enforcement, physical security (access control), and parking enforcement. Officers are also available to escort students, faculty, and staff to/from their vehicles in the evening. Arrangements are made by calling extension 2091.

Parking

On-campus parking is available to students, faculty, and staff by permit only. Although the institution tries to provide ample parking, it cannot guarantee a space for every student wishing to have a vehicle on campus. Call Parking Registration at extension 2660 for information. Longwood University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and agents of Longwood University or the Commonwealth do not assume responsibility for any vehicle or its contents when parked on University property. The University and the State do not assume responsibility for damage to vehicles that are booted, immobilized, or towed due to violations incurred or as a result of other policy violations.

Campus Recreation 

Campus Recreation strives to provide outstanding fitness, wellness, recreational, competitive, and social opportunities to the Longwood University community.  Our focus is on promoting a wellness lifestyle to the campus through comprehensive recreational sports programming, outstanding facilities and outdoor areas, citizen leadership development, and lifelong learning opportunities.  Campus Recreation offers programs in aquatics, fitness, intramural sports, open recreation, outdoor recreation, and sport clubs.

Come join us on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, for the historic grand opening of the Health & Fitness Center.  Activities for the grand opening will take place from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.  This state-of-the-art facility will provide indoor recreation opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff.  The facility will include recreational courts for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, floor hockey and badminton, racquetball courts, group fitness rooms, fitness center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, four lane track, and a climbing wall.

Numerous student employees are hired each year to assist with the supervision and delivery of all the Campus Recreation programs, events, and facilities. Prior experience is not necessary for most positions and various training and development opportunities are available to all student staff.

For more information about campus recreation, contact us at 434.395.2356 or visit our web page at www.longwood.edu/recreation.

Career Center

Planning for life after Longwood should be an integral part of each student's college experience.  The Career Center assists students with choosing majors and exploring careers.   We also assist students with finding campus jobs, internships, summer jobs, full- and part-time jobs. The Career Center connects students with employers through on-campus interviewing, employer presentations, job and internship fairs, and vacancy listings.  In addition, we assist students with researching and applying to graduate/professional schools.

The Center offers individual appointments, a multitude of workshops on topics such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, job searching and applying to graduate/professional school.  There are resources both on the Career Center web site and in the Resource Center to assist students as they make plans for their future. 

For additional information, please visit the Career Center web site, http://www.longwood.edu/career, or stop by the Career Center, Lancaster Hall, Room G08-A.  Phone: 434.395.2063

 Student Employment/Work Study

The Career Center oversees the Student Employment Program which is designed to help students finance their education and increase their marketability upon graduation.  Many offices offer students jobs including the library, administrative offices, laboratories, computer center, academic departments, and athletic facilities to name a few.  The Career Center maintains a list of jobs for students both on and off campus. 

First year students are assigned positions in the food services area.  After their first year, students may seek positions in other areas depending on their interest or preference.  The usual workload for a student is 8-12 hours per week.  Campus employers will schedule work hours around classes.  Students are paid an hourly wage.

There are two types of student employment/work study programs:

Federal Work Study:  Designed for students who have been awarded work study money as a part of their financial aid package; positions are available on campus and off campus through Community Service.

Longwood/College Work Study:  University funded program that is not need-based, but open to all full-time students.

For additional information view the Career Center http://www.longwood.edu/career/; stop by the Career Center, Lancaster Hall, Room G08-A; or phone, 434.395.2211.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides confidential counseling to any student experiencing psychological, social, behavioral, or academic difficulties. Counseling programs and services are offered to help students to live effective, responsible, and satisfying lives and to contribute to the learning that will encourage them to be "citizen leaders for the common good." Through counseling, students learn to better understand themselves, make healthy decisions, develop skills, solve problems that are difficult to resolve alone, and follow-through with personal and academic goals. Counseling Center services include: Individual Counseling, Support Groups, Workshops, Crisis Intervention, Consultation, Graduate Practicum Site, and Undergraduate Internship Site. Students can be seen for emergencies without an appointment. The Counseling Center is moving to the new Health and Fitness Center. For more information, please visit our website, www.longwood.edu/counseling, or call 434.395.2409. Our office will have a new library, a resource area, and a group room.

Dining Services

Longwood University Dining Services are an integral part of campus life. Meal plans are designed to make life easier. The main dining hall, Dorrill RFoC (Real Food on Campus), offers restaurant-style all-you-care-to-eat dining featuring traditional American Cuisine, international affair, healthy eating; including low-fat, low-carb, and vegetarian meal options.  Lancer Café in the Lankford Student union features Longwood's very own Chick-fil-A, Bene Pizzeria, Tortilla Express, Freshen's Yogurt and Smoothies, and Java City Specialty Coffee.

Students living in Longwood-managed housing are required to have a weekly or block plan.   Lancer Park, Longwood Landings, and Longwood Village residents are required to choose any plan.  Commuter students are welcome to participate in any of the operations by purchasing a meal plan; a commuter 5 Meal Plan + $50 or $100 Bonus Dollars; or by joining the Longwood Dollars declining balance program.  Longwood Dollars is a pre-paid charge account where purchases are deducted from the account using the ID card. Longwood Dollars can be used at any Longwood Dining facility.

Available Plans for 2007-2008 Academic Year

Meal Plan Options for Main Campus Residents:

14+$150 Plan*

$1218 per semester ($2436 for the year)

Unlimited+$50 Plan

$1450 per semester ($2900 for the year)

Block 150+$75 Plan

$1052 per semester ($2104 for the year)

10+$150 Plan 

$1060 per semester ($2120 for the year)

* The 14+$150 meal plan is identified as the default meal plan for students assigned to main campus residence halls.

Meal Plan Options for Commuters and Longwood Managed Apartment Residents:

14+$150 Plan* 

$1218 per semester ($2436 for the year)

Unlimited+$50 Plan

$1450 per semester ($2900 for the year)

Block 150+$75 Plan

$1052 per semester ($2104 for the year)

10+$150 Plan

$1060 per semester ($2120 for the year)

10+$50 Plan 

 $960 per semester  ($1920 for the year)

5+$100 Plan

 $516 per semester  ($1032 for the year)

5+$50 Plan**

 $466 per semester   ($932 for the year)

** The 5+$50 meal plan is identified as the default meal plan for students assigned to Longwood-managed apartments.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services assists the Longwood community in providing an accessible and welcoming environment for individuals with disabilities. We cooperate through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff to promote independence and equal opportunity in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

** The 5+$50 meal plan is identified as the default meal plan for students assigned to Longwood-managed apartments. The office works on a one-to-one basis with students with disabilities to determine reasonable accommodations based on documented needs. Examples of possible accommodations include: extended time on tests, a distraction reduced test environment, note takers, sign language interpreters, and housing accommodations. Reasonable accommodations do not compromise essential requirements of a course or program.

Because the college environment requires students to be effective self-advocates, the office also works with students to develop self-advocacy skills in understanding personal learning needs and attaining accommodations

To register for services, visit our web site at www.longwood.edu/disability or call the office at 434.395.2391.

Honor and Judicial Programs

The Longwood University Honor and Judicial System contributes to and supports the overall mission of Longwood by educating citizen leaders dedicated to the common good by providing students with the knowledge, skill, and wisdom they need to contribute to society. Our conduct standards are designed to ensure each student's freedom to learn while protecting the fundamental rights of others. This system consists of Honor, Judicial, and Greek Judicial systems, and is administered by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students, and the Office of Honor and Judicial Programs. The overriding goal of all three systems is to educate students and organizations about their responsibilities as members of the Longwood University academic community. These three systems seek to promote responsible and honorable citizenship, appropriate behavior, and self-discipline through enforcement of the Code of Conduct Standards and Regulations. All students, groups, and organizations are expected to abide by these standards; to conduct themselves with honor and integrity; and to demonstrate respect for others to live, study, teach, learn, and work in a campus community dedicated to academic achievement, service, and a strong quality of life. Those found in violation of the Code of Conduct will, through appropriate sanctioning, be held accountable for their actions and given the opportunity to redirect their behavior in a manner consistent with the educational mission and values of the University.

Longwood's Honor System

A strong tradition of honor is fundamental to the quality of living and learning in the Longwood community. The Honor System was founded in 1910, and its purpose is to create and sustain a community in which all persons are treated with trust, respect, and dignity. Longwood affirms the value and necessity of integrity in all intellectual community endeavors. Students are expected to assume full responsibility for their actions and to refrain from lying, cheating, stealing, and plagiarism.

Upon entering Longwood, students sign the Honor Pledge:

I, ________________________________, having a clear understanding of the basis and spirit of the Honor Code created and accepted by the student body of Longwood, Farmville, Virginia, pledge myself to govern my life at Longwood according to its standards and to accept my responsibility for helping others to do so, and with sensitive regard for my institution, to live by the Honor Code at all times and to see that others do likewise.

Leadership, Service, and New Student Programs 

The Office of Leadership and Student Engagement provides a variety of programs designed to help new students make a successful transition to Longwood and develop essential leadership and citizenship skills through workshops, conferences, and volunteer and service programs.  These programs begin the summer before a student enters Longwood and continue throughout the span of a student's undergraduate career. 

The introductory new student program is Orientation and Registration, which occurs in the summer before a student's first semester at Longwood.  At this program, new students complete the foreign language placement testing, receive academic advising, register for their first semester of courses, and learn about residential or commuter life at Longwood and the institution's laptop initiative.  Parents or guardians who escort their new students to the Orientation & Registration program have various opportunities to learn about university resources and meet essential staff who will work with their students.  Students continue their transition to Longwood during New Lancer Days, an extended orientation period prior to the start of fall classes.  During this program, students are grouped with their Longwood Seminar classmates, including their upper-class peer mentor, and participate in the Academic Honor & Integrity Ceremony and a variety of topical sessions that will prepare them for their lives inside and outside the classroom.

For those students who transfer into the Longwood community or join the institution for the spring semester, comparable Orientation & Registration programs are offered that introduce students to the academic and co-curricular life at Longwood.

Once students begin their career at Longwood, they have myriad opportunities, both on and off campus, to engage in activities that will help them develop themselves as citizen leaders. The Office of Leadership and Student Engagement in conjunction with the Student Educators for Active Leadership (S.E.A.L.), a student organization, offer several leadership programs throughout each academic year.  The following are examples of such programs:

New Student Leadership Program (NSLP):  This program occurs the first weekend after classes begin, which is a holiday weekend.  All new students are invited to apply to attend this interactive program that is held off-campus at an experiential camp.  Participating new students will get to develop friendships with their peers and the upper-class S.E.A.L. members and explore their own (and others) leadership style.

Citizen Leader Series:  Throughout the year, citizen leaders from the Farmville and surrounding areas will come to campus to share their stories about how they developed as leaders and the challenges they face in their various fields and professions.

Longwood Leadership Conference: This weekend program held at the lovely Mountain Lake Resort in Pembroke, VA, is designed to expand student knowledge on leadership theory and to offer practical experiences through guest speakers, experiential exercises, and workshops designed and presented by faculty, staff, and students. 

Spring Leadership Conference:  This one-day program provides students an opportunity to explore leadership through multiple lenses (e.g. gender, literature, culture, etc.)  Past programs have included the development and construction of care packages and cards for our troops in Iraq and an exploration of gender difference using exercises that illustrate the five stages of the "Hero's Journey" as described by Joseph Campbell.

The Joan of Arc Leadership Program:  This multi-level, comprehensive leadership program consists of several different components including Emerging Leaders, a first-year student program, the SHIELD, the PALDRON, and the GAUNTLET.  All of these programs require students to attend six topical workshops, some of which are prescribed and some of which students select. Students who complete the GAUNTLET, in which they will develop and present a workshop for the Emerging, SHIELD, or PALDRON programs, have the option to become members of the LEAD Team.  The LEAD Team will assist with the facilitation of workshops for the Joan of Arc program, for club and organization training, and for any group on campus looking for training and development assistance.

Part of developing one's citizen leadership also includes engagement in the surrounding community.  To foster such engagement, the office assists students and student groups in identifying, completing, and reflecting on meaningful volunteer opportunities in Farmville and the surrounding communities.  In this way, students have the opportunity to engage in critical social issues and take part in hands-on projects to get valuable experience that helps them develop into caring and involved citizen leaders.  The office also provides resources for faculty and assists them in incorporating service into a variety of academic courses.  Service programs advised and/or provided by the office include Alternative Spring Break trips, Big Siblings, the MLK Service Day Challenge, and Volunteer & Involvement Fairs. The Volunteer and Service-Learning program at Longwood provides students with endless possibilities when it comes to making a difference in their new community. 

Learning Center

The mission of the Learning Center is to provide appropriate academic assistance and support to Longwood students to enable them to achieve their greatest educational potential.

The Learning Center fulfills its mission by providing group and individual content area tutoring, writing lab tutoring, reference materials, study materials, alternative textbooks, personal exploration materials, and computer tutorials. The staff of the Learning Center will also provide periodic presentations on a variety of topics such as time management, note-taking skills, test-taking skills, grade point average calculations, academic regulations such as probation and suspension, and other relevant topics.

Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is committed to enhancing and maintaining a culturally diverse and pluralistic academic community. An equal concern is to ensure that women and individuals from underrepresented groups have opportunities to develop their potential both academically and socially. In order to create a campus of difference, the office works collaboratively to build an inclusive intercultural Campus Community and to prepare future Citizen Leaders to contribute to the Common Good.

The Director of Multicultural Affairs also serves as the Advisor to incoming International Students and strives to provide a welcoming environment for international students by offering timely and pertinent information and counsel pertaining to immigration regulations and procedures.  The office initiates services to make international students feel welcome and to enrich their educational and academic stay at the University and in the United States.  A primary concern for the office is to insure that student support services, academic support services, and co-curricular programs meet the needs of a diverse and international student body. 

 To these ends the Office of Multicultural Affairs:

  • Seeks partners who are willing to assist with advancing our campus community's discussion of diversity, interculturalism, and pluralism.
  • Seeks to frame intercultural dialogues with students that are collaborative, inclusive, and interdisciplinary.
  • Seeks to encourage the campus community to take ownership for advancing pluralism through collaborative and intentional actions in its curricular and co-curricular learning environments.
  • Seeks to work with students and others to create learning opportunities that encourage people to leave their comfort zones and to engage in discussions of both difference and similarities across cultures.
  • Designs the new student orientation program for incoming international students.
  • Serves as a point of contact for international student concerns and identifies appropriate resources to improve the quality of the campus experience.
  • Functions as a point of contact between the institution and the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Department of States related to immigration issues (SEVIS and ISEA).
  • Collaborates with University stakeholders to identify and implement changes to current policies and practices to improve the climate for diverse populations both domestic and international.

If you have any questions about the office or the services that we provide, please call or  email Mr. Lonnie Calhoun, III at (434) 395-2394/5 or calhounli@longwood.edu.  Regular office hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in Lancaster G26 A/B.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs assists all students regardless of ethnicity, disability, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Religious Organizations and Churches

As part of their education and experience at Longwood, students refine ideals and values, and connect these values with personal and academic goals. The Farmville churches value students, and many sponsor groups and activities designed to meet the spiritual interests of students. Students are encouraged to participate in the religious life of the community.

Residential and Commuter Life

The Longwood University Residential and Commuter Life programs are designed and managed to contribute to student learning and development for both residential and commuter students. Longwood recognizes that the residential experience is a significant part of our mission. We strive for the development of citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. All Longwood-managed residential communities and our programming for commuting students are designed to serve as learning communities where students focus on acquiring self-knowledge, self-confidence, and a sense of self-worth. These meaningful learning environments challenge and support students as they collaborate to foster patience, tolerance, empathy, responsibility, interpersonal competence, and a sense of academic inquiry. With these objectives in mind, students are expected to live in the residence halls as part of their undergraduate experience, unless they choose to live with their parents or are married or over the age of 23. Those students with more than 89 credit hours will be released from their housing commitment if they follow the appropriate procedures.  Those students with 56 credit hours can also have their names placed on a waiting list in case RCL is able to release more students.  An explanation of the off-campus release policy is outlined in the Longwood Student Handbook.

First Year Experience: Student Success

The foundation for developing responsible students and citizens is laid in purposeful and intentional work with first year students. Students begin the process of community development within their individual floor community and throughout their assigned residence hall. Through formal and informal social and educational activities under the direction of the Resident Assistants (students) and live-in professional staff, new students quickly become an integral part of the educational community.

First Year Student Housing 

First year students are housed on residence hall floors designated for new college students in ARC, Curry, Frazer, French, North Cunningham, South Cunningham, Tabb, and Wheeler.  ARC, Curry, Frazer, Tabb, and Wheeler are air-conditioned.   ARC provides an all female environment for interested women. With the exception of Tabb, the majority of the rooms on the main campus are suite style (two or three rooms sharing adjoining bathrooms).  However, there are a limited number of triple rooms.  Single occupancy rooms are available for those with documented medical needs approved by the Director of Disability Support Services.  It is also important to note that Wheeler is limited to first year students who are members of the Honors Program.  Study and social lounges are provided in all of these buildings.  All residence halls are smoke free, and first year residence hall spaces are alcohol free. 

Upper Division and Transfer Student Housing 

Our continuing commitment to the development of citizen leaders is a mark of our upper division and transfer living options.  ARC, Curry, Frazer, French, Stubbs, Main Cunningham, South Cunningham, and Wheeler provide traditional suite style (two or three rooms sharing an adjoining bathroom) residence hall options.  ARC, Curry, Frazer, and Wheeler are air-conditioned.  ARC and Stubbs provide an all female environment for interested women.  Curry is alcohol free. . 

RCL offers apartment style living options at Lancer Park, Longwood Landings, and Longwood Village.  Lancer Park houses sophomores, juniors, and seniors in four-bedroom apartments and juniors and seniors in two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom townhouses.  The Longwood Landings offers sophomores juniors and seniors four-bedroom apartments and a limited number of single bedroom studio apartments.  Longwood Village offers juniors and seniors three-bedroom apartments with private bedrooms and bathrooms.  All of these are managed like residence halls by RCL staff.

Each of the options provides unique opportunities for students to incorporate their academic and personal interests into the residential experience.  All Longwood-managed housing is smoke free.

Commuter Students

The institution recognizes the needs of commuter students and appreciates the unique role the commuter student population plays in enhancing Longwood's educational mission and the partnership between Longwood and the Southside Virginia communities. There are over 1600 commuters at Longwood--more than half live outside the Farmville area.

Designated parking areas are provided for commuters.   A Commuter Lounge in Lankford is provided with cooking facilities, lockers, messaging facilities, computers, telephone, and institution/community information designed for the unique needs of commuters. Longwood considers all students who do not live in Longwood-managed housing to be commuter students. Thus, whether students commute by walking from an apartment or by driving from a community outside of Farmville, they are commuters. The Commuter Student Association, governed by a council of students, meets on a weekly basis to plan social and informational events and represent the needs, interests, and concerns of the large and diverse commuter constituency. All commuters are automatically members of this organization.

Staff and Programs

Full-time, live-in, professional Residence Education Coordinators (RECs) staff implement the residence education program in each hall.  Seven RECs, along with undergraduate Resident Assistants (RAs), provide leadership in each residential community to stimulate and develop connections between academic and social interests among students through structured and unstructured activities.

Student responsibility for behavior, community, activity, and learning is encouraged as students learn the responsibilities of a citizen leader. Students are responsible for the care and cleanliness of their rooms and for the condition of their floor and residence hall. Longwood provides beds, dressers, desks, chairs, and closets. In order to personalize rooms, students are encouraged to contact their roommate in order to decide what each will bring to their room. Students are expected to supply lamps, bedspreads, "flame retardant" drapes, blankets, pillows, and linens. Kitchen, laundry, and vending facilities are located in most residence halls. Study lounges and recreation areas are also available. Fire safety procedures and inspections are part of residence education and are strictly enforced. Information about residence education activities, policies and procedures is available from the Office of Residential and Commuter Life and through the department's web page. Go to www.longwood.edu/rcl to learn more about "Living well at Longwood.

Student Health and Wellness Center

Longwood University maintains health and wellness services for students needing medical and preventive health care. A Wellness Coordinator plans a variety of community wellness activities and provides the alcohol and other drug education programming. Services of consultants, hospitalization, private nurses, prescriptions, x-rays, and laboratory tests are at the expense of the students. All student health records are confidential.

Southside Community Hospital, located a few blocks from Longwood, is well equipped and has a capable staff of physicians and surgeons to provide medical and emergency care.

Fulltime students must have a Certificate of Immunization on file in Student Health. State law requires all students to be immunized against measles, rubella, mumps, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis and meningitis. Screening for tuberculosis is also required. Failure to comply will result in a "Hold Flag" being placed on registration. Students are encouraged to maintain a personal record of immunizations should they decide to enroll at other institutions and/or study abroad.

Appointments with a clinician are available Monday through Friday during the academic year. Allergy injections are also given by appointment.

Accidental Sickness Insurance

Longwood strongly recommends that all full-time students have health insurance coverage. Premiums must be paid directly to the insurance carrier by the student. Brochures are available in the Student Health and Wellness Center.

Liability Insurance

Longwood carries liability insurance for all students engaged in observation and field experiences. Medical malpractice insurance is provided to students in the allied health programs acting within their assignments.

Student Union

Lankford Student Union is not only a building, but also an organization and a program that is an integral part of the educational and co-curricular agenda of Longwood. The Union is a central focus of the students' experience at Longwood and serves as the "living room" of the campus. The Union and its formal and informal programs serve as a laboratory for students to explore social, cultural, and educational involvements; student governance; campus leadership; group participation; and student employment. It is a place where students, faculty, and staff can get to know and understand each other outside the classroom.

The Student Union is an ongoing training mechanism for students who work together with staff to plan and implement a balanced schedule of social, cultural, and educational activities. Student programmers learn transferable skills and are challenged in the area of personal development.

The Student Union is both a campus resource and a service. Campus information, quality food service, programming and meeting facilities, convenience items, and courtesies are available to the Longwood community. The Student Union includes the Commonwealth Ballroom; Meeting Rooms; Leadership Resource Center; Commuter Student Lounge; Student Government Office; Lancer Productions Office; Recreation Area (featuring four bowling lanes, and pool and ping pong tables); Lancer Café (with Chic-fil-A, Bena Pizzeria, Java City, and Freshens Yogurt and Smoothies); U.S. Post Office with resident student mailboxes; Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life; Office of Leadership and Student Engagement; The Rotunda Office; and Peer Helpers' Office.

Student Activities

Longwood campus life is a highly visible combination of meaningful learning and social activities. Many opportunities exist for student involvement outside the classroom. Over 100 student organizations are active on the Longwood campus. It is through these organizations that student life is defined. Programs offered are developed by students within each group in response to individual interests.

Students are encouraged to get involved in clubs and organizations. Exploring several groups of interest before deciding which ones are appropriate for full participation is the recommended strategy. Longwood's student organizations include citizen leader groups, social and learning associations, fraternities and sororities, academic clubs and honoraries, student governance councils, and religious organizations, among others. The Student Union office, in Lankford 201, maintains a list of registered student groups and contact information.

Lancer Productions is the student programming organization. Funded by student activity fees, this group of students plans and implements a balanced schedule of social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities for the Longwood community. Programs sponsored by Lancer Productions include films, contemporary concerts, comedians, performing arts, musical performances, lectures, interactive and novelty events, cultural enrichment programs, and the annual Spring Weekend.

The Office of Student Union and Involvement, in conjunction with Lancer Productions, provides a wide variety of programs encompassing different areas of student interest. These activities compliment and enhance the academic experience.

Students

Role And Participation Of Students: Institutional Decision-Making

At Longwood, students are encouraged to participate in decision-making, and have substantive contributions to make. Their participation will have educational value to them as well.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process at the highest levels through involvement in the Student Government Association. Student Government strives to

. . . achieve and maintain appropriate representation on all . . . {institution}, administrative, and faculty bodies and committees that make decisions affecting the student body of Longwood . . . (Article 1, Section 2 of the Student Government Constitution). The mission statement of SGA also provides that the Student Government Association should serve as the official voice of the student body through which student opinion may be expressed to the administration of Longwood . . . .

The Student Government Association

The Student Government Association works to advance the general welfare of the student body and to promote the cultural, intellectual, and personal development of each student. This organization promotes effective self-governance, encourages individual excellence, and vigorously pursues the general will of the student body.

The Student Government Association consists of a Judiciary (Honor Board, Judicial Board, Greek Judicial Board, and Student Arbitration Board), the Executive Council, and the Student Senate. The Executive Council is the coordinating body among the different branches of the S.G.A. The Student Senate members are the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Publicity Chair, Historian, twelve Senators-at-Large, Senior Class President, Junior Class President, Sophomore Class President, Freshman Class President, Commuter Student Association Representative, Association of Black Students President, Residence Hall Association President, Multicultural Affairs Representative, Honor Board Representative, Judicial Board Representative, and a Representative from the fraternity/sorority community.

Clubs and Organizations

The challenges and opportunities of citizen leadership and the common good are often found in student clubs and organizations. Members and leaders can gain values of collaboration, commitment, common purpose, and citizenship (care).

There are currently over 100 registered clubs and organizations. At the beginning of each semester, the Involvement/Volunteer Fair--where students can learn about all of Longwood's organizations-is held.

In order to enhance and enrich these opportunities, various leadership experiences are offered to teach students the skills of team building, resource management, goal setting, program planning and implementation, decision-making, problem solving, and evaluation. A list of clubs and organizations and officers is available in the Student Union Office (Room 201) or on line at www.longwood.edu/studentunion.

Greek Organizations

There are twenty-one social fraternities and sororities available for membership. These organizations are member groups of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC - historically Black fraternities and sororities), the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC/IFC - mainly historically White fraternities), and the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC - historically White sororities). Longwood is unique because four NPC sororities were founded on its campus over 100 years ago, hence being dubbed the "mother of sororities."

Longwood extends to students an opportunity to join these groups if they have completed at least 12 credit hours at Longwood, and have a minimum 2.2 cumulative GPA. Individual organizations may require up to a minimum GPA of 2.5 and 24 credit hours. Specific information regarding GPA and credit requirements of a particular group is available through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

These organizations develop all areas of personal competence, including leadership, academic, communication skills, and service learning. Each semester, members contribute many hours to community service and philanthropic efforts.

Student Publications

The Rotunda, a student newspaper, keeps students and faculty informed of events and interests at Longwood, as observed from the student point of view, and expresses the attitude of students toward the various phases of student life.

Gyre and the Tyrant are literary magazines containing essays, poetry, prose, short stories, and art contributed by students.

Mortar Board

The principal honor organization on campus, Mortar Board, was chartered in 1993 as an outgrowth of Geist and its predecessor, Alpha Kappa Gamma. Mortar Board is a senior honorary society, recognizing three outstanding qualities: leadership, scholarship, and service. Mortar Board members plan, coordinate, and implement activities for Oktoberfest weekend, and they organize at least one community service project.

Honor and Professional Societies

There are a number of honor and professional societies, and departmental clubs that recognize excellence in various fields.

The Longwood chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was established at Longwood in February of 1972. Founded in 1897, the purpose of the society is to emphasize scholarship and character in the thoughts of students, to foster the significant purposes for which institutions of higher learning have been founded, and to stimulate mental achievement by recognition through election to membership. Undergraduates are eligible for membership as last semester juniors or seniors. For consideration as a junior, a student must achieve a 3.75 cumulative quality point average. For consideration as a senior, a student must achieve a 3.5 cumulative quality point average. Undergraduates are eligible for membership as seniors and as last semester juniors.  For consideration as a senior, a student must be in the top ten percent of their class, and for consideration as a junior, a student must be in the top seven and a half percent of their class.

The local chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national society that honors high scholastic achievement in the freshman year, was installed in the fall of 1966. To be eligible, a freshman must have a 3.5 average at the end of the first semester, or a cumulative 3.5 at the end of the freshman year. The purpose of the organization, as stated in the constitution, is ''to promote intelligent living and a high standard of learning, and to encourage superior attainment among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.'' In addition, departmental professional clubs and honor societies are available.

Intercollegiate Athletic Council And Program

In November 2002, Longwood announced its intention to reclassify its NCAA Division II athletics program to Division I. It will compete as a Division II independent until official reclassification is completed as of September 1, 2007, when it officially becomes a Division I program. Although the University's athletics programs are still in the process of reclassification-men's golf and women's lacrosse got a head start with Division I status in September, 2006-all of the 14 intercollegiate teams, at present, abide by Division I rules and competes with major college competition.

The intercollegiate athletic program consists of eight teams for women and six teams for men.

Women's Teams: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and tennis.

Men's Teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis.

The Mission of the University's Department of Athletics is to foster a broad-based athletics program emphasizing democratic values, as well as the personal growth and development of all student-athletes. The Department of Athletics operates in synergy with the University's stated purpose and goals, namely, Longwood University is an institution of higher education dedicated to the development of citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society.

The Department encourages attitudes of self-discipline, group loyalty, good sportsmanship, and personal integrity; an appreciation for the benefits of hard work, motivation, and perseverance; and a feeling of pride in achievement and tolerance in diversity. Athletic competition is dedicated to fostering important values such as respect for every individual, fairness, civility, honesty, and responsibility.

Through a dedicated commitment to educational excellence, personal and civic responsibility, a strong athletic program and integrity in all areas, the student-athletes, coaches and staff strive to bring credit and recognition to Longwood University. Furthermore, the Department of Athletics strives to develop student­-athletes academically and athletically with the total commitment to aiding their development in a manner that enables them to advance in a chosen career as productive citizen leaders upon graduation.

Regardless of the intensity of the competition, the athletic program must maintain the appropriate balance between athletic endeavors and academic pursuits. In so doing, the athletic programs of Longwood shall be conducted in compliance with all policies of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the educational objectives of Longwood.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Council, appointed by the President, has general oversight over athletic policy, with particular attention to compliance with NCAA regulations and equal opportunity requirements. It serves as an advisory body to the Athletic Director, and may make recommendations to the President of Longwood through the Faculty Athletics Representative, who serves as chair of the council.