The Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing an exceptional co-curricular experience, supportive of the academic program at Fayetteville State University from orientation through graduation. With a strong emphasis on total student development, the division strives to prepare each student for a productive, ethical and meaningful life after college, while fostering an inclusive campus community in support of the educational mission of the university.
The philosophy of the division is that student development is an on-going and cumulative process of intellectual, psychological, cultural, social, and spiritual growth. This growth and development is shaped by a student’s involvement outside the classroom and is a valuable part of the collegiate learning experience. Accordingly, the goals of Student Affairs are: to provide programs, services and events that promote cultural enrichment and development; to collaborate with academic units and utilize Experiential Learning opportunities to enhance students’ productivity; and to maintain a campus environment that encourages social diversification while promoting interpersonal interaction.
The Division of Student Affairs encompasses the administrative Office of the Vice Chancellor and the following units: the Office of Career Services, the Office of Residence Life, the Center for Personal Development, the Office of Student Engagement, Intramurals and Campus Recreational Services, Student Health Services, the Rudolph Jones Student Center, and the Office of Student Conduct.
The Office of Career Services, located in the Rudolph Jones Student Center, provides support and assistance for all students. Services are available to undergraduates, graduate students and recent alumni of the university in their preparation for securing meaningful employment. The office offers career exploration seminars, workshops, job fairs, symposia and classroom presentations. All students are expected to start the career services process in the freshman year and continue through graduation. The Career Resource Library offers materials and information regarding careers, the job search process and company literature, as well as graduate schools and fellowship programs.
Job Location and Development Program
The Job Location and Development Program, located within the Office of Career Services, assists currently enrolled students in finding part-time and summer employment at off-campus locations. The program affords opportunities for students to learn skills while developing work habits and values that will benefit them throughout their careers.
Cooperative Education (CO-OP), offered through the Office of Career Services, is a unique plan of education, which integrates a student’s academic and career interests with productive work experiences in cooperating employer organizations. Through this interaction, students enhance their education and improve their personal and professional development. The academic advisor, cooperative education coordinator, and the employing supervisor all share in the intellectual and personal development of the student. The cooperative education experience enhances the self-awareness and direction of students by allowing them to develop practical skills and gain exposure to work environments beyond the university.
To ensure proper credit, students must complete all paperwork and approval processes prior to registering for CO-OP courses. Approval includes the cooperative education coordinator, academic advisor, department chair, and dean.
Center for Personal Development
The Center for Personal Development offers programs, services and activities to assist students with social, personal and academic growth during their matriculation at the university. In addition to counseling services, the Center for Personal Development staff presents workshops and outreach activities designed to enhance students’ self-esteem, study skills, leadership abilities, and decision-making skills. A confidential counseling atmosphere is provided for all enrolled students where personal, social, and academic concerns may be discussed.
Individual and group counseling sessions are available, and the information discussed therein is held in strict confidence to the limits provided by law. No record of counseling is made on academic transcripts or placement files. Referrals to community agencies are made when necessary. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Other times are available by appointment.
Services for Students with Disabilities and the Drug and Alcohol Education Prevention program are also coordinated through the Center for Personal Development.
Services for Students with Disabilities
The university provides for the matriculation of all students without regard to sex, race, religion, or disability. The university continues to be sensitive to the identification of possible barriers to students with disabilities and attempts to make reasonable accommodations for these students. Students with disabilities who need assistance in utilizing university services should register with the Center for Personal Development as soon as they are admitted to the university.
Drug and Alcohol Education Prevention Program
The Substance Abuse Prevention Program offers awareness information in an attempt to curb alcohol and other drug use and its associated negative consequences. A comprehensive prevention approach has been established that combines traditional educational programs with strategies aimed at informing the social environment on campus. Successful partnerships have been established with the following agencies in an effort to provide current information to the student population: Cumberland County Health Department, Cumberland County Mental Health Center, North Carolina Highway Patrol, ABC Alcohol Law Enforcement, Operation Sickle Cell, Inc., HIV/STD Prevention Program, and Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County.
Intramurals and Campus Recreational Services
The Intramurals and Campus Recreational Services program is a unique opportunity for FSU students to participate together in sports leagues, tournaments and special events. There are five team sports competitions: basketball, flag football, soccer, softball and volleyball. Other individual sports and special events include track, soccer, dodge ball, racquet ball, weightlifting, swimming, water aerobics, exercise equipment/ activities (Zumba, T-25 & Insanity), indoor/ outdoor track, and bike riding.
Participants do not have to possess superior athletic abilities. All levels of skill are incorporated. Eligibility is limited to Fayetteville State University students.
Housing and Residence Life
The primary goal of the Department of Residence Life is to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the overall educational mission of the university. Efforts are made to integrate academic and out-of-class learning while providing opportunities for self-identity, social networking, leadership development, and civic engagement through the Residence Hall Association and a host of other residence life driven programs.Thus, all students who reside in on-campus housing are charged the full balance of fees and debt services to include the Student Activities Fee, Athletic Fee, Health Service Fee and University Debt Service fee.
The main office of Housing and Residence Life is located in Williams Hall. There are currently nine residence halls on the main campus and one apartment complex adjacent to the campus, offering comfortable and safe accommodations to approximately 1,600 students. Each facility is supervised by a professional staff member and a team of student staff members, who aid as peer leaders assisting residents in their adjustment to college life. Maintenance, housekeeping, and security personnel also aid in keeping the residential communities clean and safe.
An annual application and a non-refundable housing application fee are required before a student can move on campus. Additionally, all students must be registered for classes and have completed all health and immunization requirements prior to checking into any residential area. Additionally, all residential students must comply with the university student health insurance requirement regardless of the total number of credit hours that the student is enrolled in at the university.
Our residence halls are open to all first year, transfer, returning undergraduate students enrolled in on-campus classes. First year students are strongly encouraged to live on campus as research shows that these students often do better academically. Housing placement priority is given to individuals who are seeking to obtain their first bachelor’s degree. Graduate, distance education, part-time, and special visiting students are only eligible by special expectation and when spaces are available.
Residence hall living is based on community effort, mutual respect, and consideration of others. The Guide to Residential Living can be found online and should be reviewed at the beginning of each academic term. Community standards are designed to ensure that all students have a positive residential experience. Alcohol, weapons, and illegal substances are strictly prohibited on campus. As members of the residence hall community, students are responsible for adhering to the policies and regulations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, Guide to Residential Living, and the FSU Housing Agreement.
Rudolph Jones Student Center
The Rudolph Jones Student Center serves as the community center for students, faculty, and staff by providing an environment conducive for growth and exchange. The Office of the Student Activities, Office of Career Services, Office of Student Conduct, Photography, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, AUTOS Commuter Student Association, Weekend Activities Committee, Fayettevillian Yearbook, and the VOICE Student Newspaper are housed in the facility. The Student Center is equipped with meeting rooms, student lounge areas, television lounge, recreational space with a hot grill, 100-seat movie theatre, full service post office, and cafeteria. Other services available in the Center include a copy machine, vending machines, and teller machine.
Office of Student Engagement
The Office of Student Engagement provides opportunities for students to involve themselves in co-curricular activities. Through this involvement, students are challenged through experiential learning and receive practical experience in program planning, leadership, problem solving, and consulting.
The Office of Student Engagement is responsible for certifying and monitoring the annual registration process for student clubs and organizations. Procedures for registering a student organization and for establishing a new student organization can be found in the Student Handbook.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the organization that represents Fayetteville State University students. SGA strives to meet the needs of students and to act in their best interests. The officers focus on communications with students and on general operation of the Student Government. The Senate, composed of student representatives, is responsible for examining student concerns and making appropriate recommendations to the university administration.
Student Activities Council
The Student Activities Council (SAC) has been established as the primary planning and implementation board of the majority of students’ social, cultural and recreational activities and events. The Council is comprised of several elected underclassmen and executive board members. Council members are elected annually and serve as representative of their constituents.
Student Health Services
The mission of Student Health Services (SHS) is to assist students in developing a solid foundation for healthy lifestyle practices and to improve their current and future health outcomes. SHS provides student centered, inclusive, and comprehensive cost-effective health care and health promotion educational services.
Student Health Services is located in the Spaulding Building on the West end of campus. Students are eligible for care once they pay the student health fee which is part of their tuition. All students who have medical problems or questions are invited to consult the Student Health Services staff.
SHS provides a variety of confidential health services to the student population including:
• Acute Medical Care
• Women’s Health
• Men’s Health
• STI counseling, screening & treatment
• Laboratory Services
• Family Planning
• Pharmacy Services
• Health Promotion and Education -BRONCO WELLNESS
• Sports Physicals for FSU Athletes
• ROTC Physicals
A nurse is available Monday-Friday during hours of operation 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The medical provider is available for routine treatment Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. but may vary during summer sessions. After hours assistance, for non-life-threatening issues, students can contact the Health Line Blue at 1-877-477-2424. For any severe or potentially life-threatening emergency, students should contact 911, Campus Police, or the Residence Hall Advisor/ Director.
Students needing referrals for specialized services are referred to local area clinics and hospitals. Upon referral, the student is responsible for all charges not covered by their personal insurance plan and/or their Student Medical Insurance Plan (Student Blue).
Note: Current Immunization Record and Medical History Forms are required for services. The student health fee is not the same as the cost associated with the Student Medical Insurance Plan (Student Blue).
To give satisfactory service to each student, the Student Health Services staff request the cooperation of each student in adhering to Student Health Policies. On each visit to Student Health Services a valid Fayetteville State University Identification Card must be presented prior to treatment and/or services.
Any student requesting services must complete the Immunization Record & Medical History Form and provide the required immunization documentation to Student Health Services prior to scheduling an appointment regardless of credit hours or status. All new students, transfer students, returning former FSU students, and students taking more than four hours on the main campus before 5 p.m., must complete all medical and North Carolina immunization laws requirements.
Fayetteville State University requires each student to have accident and medical insurance either by their credible policy or under the FSU Student Medical Insurance Plan. Brochures describing the Student Insurance Plans are available at Student Health Services and online at www.studentbluenc.com/fsu.
The premium for the Student Blue Insurance Plan is included in each student’s semester bill if three eligibility criteria are met:
- Student is enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours taken on the main campus.
- Student is eligible to pay the student health fee.
- Student is enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
Students who do NOT wish to be enrolled in the Student Insurance Plan MUST present proof of personal insurance coverage and complete the insurance waiver online only at www.studentbluenc.com/fsu. The deadline will be announced via email. Students who participate in varsity athletics are not allowed to waive their FSU Student Accident & Sickness Insurance Plan without the permission of their respective coach or the Athletic Director.
Dependents/family members are not eligible under this health benefit plan. Coverage is only available for the eligible subscriber.
International students are eligible to be insured under the University System Insurance plan. All international students are to contact Student Health Services for information.
Immunization and Required Documentation
North Carolina Statute law (General Statue 130A 152- 157) requires that all undergraduate and graduate students present documented proof of specific immunizations. The required immunizations are listed on the Immunization Record and Medical History form required of all students prior to registration. Immunization Record and Medical History forms are available at Student Health Services and online on the Student Health Services website. All medical information is confidential and is not divulged without the written consent of the student or parent/legal guardian of a minor student.
Immunizations must be physician-certified or verified by a clinic stamp before registering at FSU. Failure to comply with mandatory state immunization laws requires administrative withdrawal from the University.
Note: EXCEPTION from immunization requirements include: a) students enrolled for four day credit hours or less and residing off campus; b) students attending evening classes starting at 5 p.m.; c.) students taking weekend classes; and d) students taking off campus classes for the duration of their degree program.
The minimum immunization requirements are:
1. Three (3) doses of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid – (DTP, DTaP, Td): one of which must be a Tdap booster (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) - One must have been within the past 10 years.
2. Three (3) doses of Polio (oral): Required if under age 18.
3. One (1) dose of Meningococcal or waiver.
4. Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B: Required if born on or after July 1, 1994.
5. Two (2) does of MMR - Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine: Required if born on or after June 1, 1957.
- Lab report to show proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) by blood test (titer) will satisfy the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) requirement.
- Rubella (German Measles): Required if under age 50.
6. One (1) dose of Varicella: Required if born on or after April 1, 2001
- Lab report documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against varicella.
- Proof of laboratory confirmation of varicella disease immunity.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS and/or non – US Citizens: Additionally, these students are required to have a TB skin test (PPD or TST) that has been administered and read at an appropriate medical facility within the 12 months prior to the first day of class (chest x-ray required if the test is positive).
1. Month, date, and year are required for each immunization.
2. Handwritten records must be verified by either a physician’s signature or by a clinic/ health department stamp.
3. Any request for medical exemption from the immunization requirement must be verified by a NC physician. The physician must complete the Medical Exemption Statement Form (DHHS form 3987) or Physicians Request for Medical Exemption (DHHS 3995). The form must be submitted to Student Health Services.
The university registrar is required by law to withdraw any student who does not provide the appropriate immunization records. This administrative withdrawal can result in loss of grades and/or credit. Students have until the close of business on the 30th calendar day after the first day of class to submit immunization records. On the 31st calendar day, students who are not in compliance (do not meet the minimum immunization requirements, have no record on file, or are not in-process to receive the required immunizations) MUST be excluded from college/university per state immunization law. The student may not return to college/university without immunizations.
Medical excuses are given only when the Medical Provider deems it medically necessary. An appointment with Student Health Services does not mandate a medical excuse. Medical excuses are not issued for missed class time. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged not to schedule appointments during class time.
Emergency and Non-Emergency Transportation
The Student Health Services’ staff does not respond to medical calls outside of the facility. In emergency situations, the Emergency Medical System (911) will be activated for students who require it. The student will be responsible for charges or bills for EMS/ambulance services not covered by their medical insurance. Students with OFF Campus appointments are responsible for arranging their own transportation and receiving a referral as needed from Student Health Services.
Student medical records are available only to the professional staff of SHS and are considered confidential and privilege. Records may only be released with written permission by the student. Records are retained for eleven years after the student leaves the university and subsequently are destroyed.
Health education and promotion services are provided through the Bronco Wellness (B-Well) program. B-Well is designed to:
- Promote healthy lifestyles
- Provide wellness resources and referrals
- Encourage and teach risk reduction behaviors
The Office of Student Conduct
The Director of Student Conduct adjudicates alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct for the university student judicial system. The Code of Student Conduct applies to all enrolled part-time, full-time, undergraduate and graduate students while they are on premises owned by the university, on city streets running through or adjacent to the campus, and in off-campus facilities occupied by students by virtue of their association with an organization recognized by the university. The vode also applies to conduct at other off-campus locations if the conduct adversely affects the university community and/or the pursuit of its objectives as determined by university officials.
The Director of Student Conduct also provides various means of support as needed in crisis situations that involve students and other university offices. In addition, the Office Student Conduct oversees the Student Judicial Board. The Office of Student Conduct is located in Williams Hall.
Alcoholic beverages and drugs are strictly prohibited for students on the campus of Fayetteville State University. This includes the possession, sale, distribution, and consumption of any alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs.
Counseling and Rehabilitation
Counseling and rehabilitation related to alcohol and drug abuse are an important part of the university’s alcohol/drug policy. The following specific activities shall be implemented:
- Information regarding the Center for Personal Development’s services and referral process for alcohol and drug abuse shall be disseminated to students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
- Members of the academic community who are aware of individuals with alcohol/drug problems shall be encouraged to make referrals to the Center for Personal Development or other agencies.
Enforcement and Penalties Trafficking in Illegal Drugs
For illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver any controlled substance identified in Schedule I through VI, NC General Statutes 90-89, 90-91 through 90-94, (including but not limited to heroin, mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide, opium, cocaine, amphetamine, methaqualone, marijuana, pentobarbital, codeine) the minimum penalty shall be expulsion from enrollment of any student or dismissal from employment for any faculty member, administrator or any other employee.
Illegal Possession of Drugs
For the first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedule I, NC General Statutes 90-89, Schedule II, NC General Statutes 90-90, the minimum penalty shall be suspension from enrollment for a minimum of one calendar year for any student, faculty member or employee. For a second offense for possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedule I, NC General Statutes 90-89, or Schedule II, NC General Statutes 90-90, the minimum penalty shall be expulsion from enrollment or dismissal from employment.
For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through VI, NC General Statutes 90-91 through 90-94, the minimum penalty for any student, faculty member or other employee shall be probation, for a period to be determined on a case-by-case basis. A more severe penalty may be imposed including the maximum penalty of expulsion for students and discharge for faculty members, administrators or other employees.
A person on probation must agree to participate in a drug education and counseling program, consent to regular drug testing, and accept such other conditions and restrictions, including a program of community service, as the chancellor or the chancellor’s designee deems appropriate. Refusal or failure to abide by the terms of probation shall result in suspension from enrollment or from employment for any unexpired balance of the prescribed probation.
For second or other subsequent offenses involving the illegal possession of controlled substances, progressively more severe penalties shall be imposed, including expulsion of students and discharge of faculty members, administrators or other employees.
When a student, faculty member, administrator, or other employee has been charged by the university with a violation of policies concerning illegal drugs, he or she may be suspended from enrollment or employment before initiation or completion of regular disciplinary proceedings if, assuming the truth of the charges, the Chancellor or, in his absence, the Chancellor’s designee concludes that the persons continued presence within the university community would constitute clear and immediate danger to the health or welfare of other members of the university community. If such a suspension is imposed, an appropriate hearing of the charges against the suspended person shall be held as promptly as possible thereafter.
A complete statement of the Fayetteville State University Alcohol/Drugs Policy can be found in the Student Handbook, which is published by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
The university is committed to taking effective action to prevent and correct sexual harassment by or against members of the university community. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic or student status, or
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment, academic, or other institutional decisions affecting such individual, or
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, academic activities, or student experience, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, academic, or student life environment.
Students who believe they have been the victims of sexual harassment and/or who wish to file a complaint regarding an issue of sexual harassment should consult the university’s Sexual Harassment policy at https://www.uncfsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/departments-and-offices/office-of-legal-affairs/policies-and-procedures. Such complaints shall be reviewed, investigated and resolved in accordance with that policy.
Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence
The university is committed to fostering a safe campus environment where sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence are unacceptable and are not tolerated. Sexual misconduct is defined as any act of a sexual nature perpetrated against an individual without effective consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Attempted or completed intercourse or penetration (anal, oral or vaginal);
- Sexual touching (including disrobing or exposure);
- Sexual exploitation;
- Sexual intimidation;
- Sexual coercion; or
- Interpersonal violence (including sexual violence, stalking, and physical assault).
The university encourages students who may have experienced sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence to speak with someone at the university so that the university can provide the support that is needed and respond appropriately. The Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence policy can be found at the following link: https://www.uncfsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/departments-and-offices/office-of-legal-affairs/policies-and-procedures.
Consulting with a Health Care Professional - A student who wishes to confidentially speak about an incident of sexual misconduct should contact either of the following individuals who are required to maintain confidentiality:
|Ms. Dionne Hall
|Mrs. Vinette Gordon
|Licensed Professional Counselor
|Director, Student Health Services
|Spaulding Building, Room 165
|Spaulding Building, Room 121
Reporting an Incident of Sexual Misconduct or Interpersonal Violence - The university encourages students to report incidents of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. A student who wishes to report or has questions about university policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence should contact the university’s Title IX Coordinator.
Unlike the Licensed Professional Counselor or the Director of Student Health Services, the Title IX Coordinator is legally obligated to investigate reports of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence, and therefore cannot guarantee confidentiality, but a request for confidentiality will be considered and respected to the extent possible.
Students are also encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the university’s Police and Public Safety Department at (910) 672-1911.
Written Complaint Procedure
At Fayetteville State University, we recognize our students as the primary customers for all of the services that we offer, from classroom instruction to personal counseling to computer labs. When an area of the university needs improvement or change to better serve the needs of our students, we appreciate hearing from them.
As a first step, students are encouraged to discuss their complaints directly with the person responsible for the area or problem. If the issue is not or cannot be addressed through discussion with the responsible person; and if there are no methods prescribed for appeal in the applicable area in the relevant Academic Catalog, Student Handbook, or other official university documents, then the issue should be outlined in writing and submitted to the following offices in the order indicated:
- Department Chair
- Dean of the School/College
- Department or Office Director
- Vice Chancellor of the Division to which the Department or Office reports
Each office listed above will respond to the student within 10 working days of receipt of the written suggestion or complaint. If the issue is not satisfactorily resolved at the first level, the student should submit his/her request to the next highest level. If the issue remains unresolved at the highest level indicated above, the student(s) should appeal to the Office of the Chancellor.
Americans with Disabilities Act Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Complaint Procedures
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical or mental handicap by programs receiving federal assistance. Section 504 focuses on program accessibility, academic accommodations, and integrated settings. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination based on disability in all programs, activities, and services of State and local governments.
As an institution that receives federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Education and as a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina (a state agency), Fayetteville State University must comply with the laws and regulations pertaining to Section 504 and ADA. It is the policy of FSU that no qualified individual with a disability will be excluded, by reason of such disability, from the participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities offered by FSU or be subjected to discrimination.
Additionally, FSU does not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability, in regard to job application procedures, the hiring, advancement, or discharge of employees, employee compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, and privileges of employment. These procedures were established to provide an individual with the means to file a complaint if the individual believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on disability. A student, employee, applicant or member of the public who wishes to file a complaint regarding the University’s compliance with ADA/Section 504 must file such a complaint with the Director for the Center for Personal Development, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC 28301-4298.
Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and employment and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Any individual with a concern, grievance or complaint of discrimination or retaliation should utilize the university’s policies listed above or the applicable employment related grievance procedures for faculty and EPA non-faculty employees.
Students who believe they have been discriminated against should contact the Office of Student Conduct or the Title IX Coordinator.