Campus Life Office
The purpose of Campus Life is to create an environment enabling students to develop skills and experience relationships that promote maximum intellectual and social growth.
New Student Orientation
All entering day students, including transfer and part-time students, are required to participate in new student orientation sessions which are provided each semester. Orientation is intended to help students successfully begin their college careers by acquainting them with the campus and with college personnel, including faculty advisors; by preparing students for registration; and by providing social opportunities to meet other students. A group of carefully selected Community Consultants assists new students. Orientation is developed and coordinated by the Wellness Center staff.
Columbia College residence halls are an integral part of the campus learning environment. The Residential Life program enriches the total college experience by providing a variety of opportunities that supplement the students' classroom experience. The residence hall program is designed to foster personal growth and development and to provide a successful experience in democratic living.
Residence halls range from modern and modular to charming and traditional. All halls contain lounges, recreation or game rooms, kitchenettes with microwave ovens, laundry rooms, and computer labs. Rooms are furnished with beds, dressers, desks, and chairs.
Full service computer labs are provided in each of the residence halls. Each lab is equipped with personal computers networked to the campus computer and to printers. The labs are serviced by the Information Systems Department.
Students may bring computers for their room and access the campus computer network system, providing they have Ethernet cards.
Banks Hall. Banks Hall is co-educational and houses 108 students in double rooms. Among its features are special study rooms on each floor, air-conditioning, hall baths, and a spacious kitchen area.
Hughes Hall. Hughes Hall houses 64 women in 32 double rooms. It is traditional in architecture with hardwood floors and a spacious parlor. The air-conditioned double-room suites are connected by full baths shared by four residents.
Miller Hall. Miller Hall, a co-educational hall, is Columbia College's largest residence hall, housing 154 students in double-room suites connected by full baths. The modern three-story structure is air-conditioned and subdivided into four sections of living quarters, each section having its own lounge.
All full-time freshmen and sophomore Day Program students (those with fewer than fifty-two semester hours completed) and all Day Program students receiving institutional aid must live on campus except:
Each residence hall has an Area Coordinator or Head Resident. Every Area Coordinator/Head Resident is assisted by upperclass, student Resident Assistants (RAs). RAs are responsible for maintaining contact with students, providing assistance with problems and concerns, encouraging participation in activities, communicating policies and regulations, and recording rules violations. Each hall also has an Academic Programmer (AP) who is responsible for providing academic programs, peer academic counseling, and resource/referral information to residence hall students.
Every residence hall has its own governance structure. Officers are elected in the fall and activities are funded through Campus Life and Campus Community Government. Hall governments serve to provide social, recreational, cultural, and educational activities and events for hall members.
Additional information about residence-hall living is available in the Student Handbook and the Residence Hall Handbook.
Twenty meals per week are served in Dulany Hall. Food service begins with lunch on the day the residence halls open and ends with lunch on the last day of scheduled final examinations each semester. Meals are also served to students participating in orientation. Resident students must purchase the meal plan.
Students who live in a residence hall must show their identification cards at the entrance to the dining hall before each meal. Students who live off campus may contract for board only, pay for meals individually, or purchase discounted meal tickets. Tickets for students' guests may be purchased at the door.
A student Food Advisory Committee meets during the school year with dining hall personnel to promote the best possible food service operation.
Health services are available to students, faculty, and staff. The Health Center is a nurse-directed clinic that, along with a consulting physician, provides care for minor illnesses and injuries, health care counseling and community referral services. Visits to the nurse are free; however, payment for off campus labs, medicines, and physician visits, when referred, is the client's responsibility.
The Center promotes preventive health by offering flu vaccines, health screens, and self-care guides concerning diverse health issues. The Health Center is located on the first floor of Robnett-Spence.
Columbia College sponsors four intercollegiate sports: volleyball and softball for women; basketball and soccer for men.
The College is a member of the American Midwest Conference (six Missouri colleges) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The College also has an active intramural program for men and women that attracts wide and spirited participation in activities such as touch football, basketball, softball for men and women, and coed volleyball and tennis.
In addition, the college sponsors various classes in physical recreation that vary with student interest and have included aerobics, aquacize, life-saving, and physical fitness.
Further information is available from the Campus Life Office or Athletic Office.
The student center, tennis court, softball field, common areas, and residence hall lounges are available for a variety of recreational activities. Gerard Pool is available for student swimming on a posted schedule, as is the Fitness Center located in Southy Hall. The Southwell Complex Gymnasium is open daily. Other college facilities, such as Launer Auditorium, the Jane Froman Dance Studio, classrooms, Dulany Hall, and the Student Center are available upon approval to any officially recognized student organization for meetings and programs. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available in the Office of the Director of Student Activities.
Recreational areas within the immediate region include Cosmo Park, Peace Park, Pinnacles Park, Arrow Rock, and Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. The Lake of the Ozarks, a major tourist area, is sixty miles south of Columbia. St. Louis and Kansas City are each 125 miles from Columbia on Interstate 70.
The Wellness Center collaborates with campus and community resources to meet the needs of our diverse population. Healthy, chemical-free programs such as outdoor activities, awareness weeks, and social opportunities are provided to promote proactive, healthy lifestyles for students, faculty and staff. The Center houses a library of resources and up-to-date information about chemical dependency, destructive behaviors, and many other health-related topics.
Professional, confidential counseling is available to students, faculty and staff. Students may meet individually with a counselor or participate in small group experiences with topics including personal growth, anxiety reduction, and self-discovery.
Opportunities abound in Columbia for religious expression, cultural appreciation, spiritual exploration, and faith development. The Columbia College Chapel is open to all students, faculty, and staff for prayer and meditation. Programs on campus include spiritual events, studies of religious issues, and opportunities for discussion with others through clubs and organizations. Information is available in the Wellness Center.
Columbia College respects the right of all persons to practice their faith according to the recognized tenets of their religion. Should religious observance require absence from regularly scheduled activities, the individuals affected are responsible for notifying supervisors/instructors prior to the absence and making appropriate arrangements.
Career Services Center
The Career center has trained personnel to assist students with all aspects of career planning and development. Specific services designed to encourage, enhance, and promote professional and personal success include a carefully guided assessment of their skills, abilities, values, achievements, and interests as aids to effective career planning; a library of information about occupations, corporations, agencies, and government organizations; salary surveys; employment qualifications and employment trends; development and maintenance of placement documents; listings of full-time, part-time, and summer employment opportunities and internships; and services for graduate and professional school placement. Programs are provided to inform and train the individual in such areas of career concern as interviewing, resume/cover-letter construction, job hunting and sourcing, networking, decision making, and salary negotiation.
The Testing Center conducts a variety of tests such as the CLEP, ACT Residual, Math Placement, CBase, and testing for students with disabilities. The Testing Center is located in the Career Services Center located in Room 14 of St. Clair Hall.
Every fall a new edition of the Student Handbook is published providing detailed information about all aspects of campus life. Copies are available at registration and in the Campus Life Office.
The college bookstore carries a range of textbooks, trade books, art supplies, study materials, college memorabilia, personal grooming products, and snacks. Both new and used textbooks are available. (The bookstore is open during evening hours at the beginning of each evening session.)
Students with Disabilities
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (public law 93-112) section 504, provides that "no otherwise qualified disabled individual in the United States shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
All cars and motorcycles parked on campus must be registered with the Security Office. Parking permits are valid for an academic year, beginning in August. Cost is prorated: purchased fall semester, $25; purchased spring semester, $20; purchased for summer terms, $15. This fee is non-refundable.
Every full-time Day student is assigned a campus post-office box. The student keeps the same mailbox during his/her enrollment at the College. All official campus mail is routed through the campus post-office boxes, located in the Student Center. Students are responsible for all mail, publications, and notices placed in their boxes, including official correspondence from the College. No fee is charged for a post-office box. Students may mail letters and packages, or pick up packages sent to them, in the mailroom on the garden level of St. Clair Hall. The College's official address is Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, Missouri 65216. Mailroom hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
All full-time Columbia College students are members of Campus Community Government (CCG). Part-time students are associate members. CCG elections are held in the spring and again in the fall; full-time students who meet the requirements for an office may run for election or petition for appointed positions. The Campus Community Government includes the following:
The direct tie between the student body and the College's administration, CCG's Senate consists of the CCG president, four vice presidents, and elected student representatives from the residence halls and off campus. As the official voting body representing the students, the CCG Senate has direct impact on major policy issues and in initiating and recommending changes to meet student needs and wishes.
CCG Executive Board
The President acts as a liaison between the students and the administration as well as the representative of the student body at official functions.
The Vice President is responsible for keeping accurate records for CCG, plan the fall and spring elections, and the leadership retreat every fall.
The Treasurer is responsible for keeping all financial records for CCG and chairs the Finance Committee that distributes money to the clubs and organizations.
The Director of Student Relations is responsible for the clubs and organizations, Presidents Club meetings and serves as a support person for students who are going before an academic or disciplinary hearing board.
The Chairperson of the Student Activities Commission is responsible for overseeing the budget for planning and executing student activities such as speakers and entertainment on campus.
The Chairperson of Residence Hall Council Association is responsible for providing leadership and supervision to the weekly RHCA meetings and acts as a liaison between senate and RHCA.
Student Activities Commission
SAC is composed of members elected from resident and nonresident students. One of the most active groups on campus, SAC plans campus-wide social and physical/recreational events. SAC is also the student group that recognizes all new clubs and organizations on campus. Specific areas within the commission include movies, dances, and special events.
Residence Hall Council Association
RHCA is composed of the officers of the residence halls and an advisor. It deals with concerns of resident students and coordinates planning and budgeting among the halls.
The campus newspaper, The Columbian, is produced by students in newspaper production courses. Students are encouraged to enroll in these classes for academic credit, but in limited circumstances they may also participate on a voluntary basis. Editorships may carry scholarship awards. See Academic Policies, Regulations, and Procedures regarding fee waiver for overload.
Activities Calendar is published every month and provides an overview of events planned for that month.
Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Sigma Lambda
Kappa Delta Pi
Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Alpha Rho Chapter)
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
The Jane Froman Singers (JFS)
Black Student Association
Cheerleaders (Spirit Squad)
Criminal Justice Association
Delta Epsilon Chi (D.E.X)
Environmental Commitment Organization (E.C.O.)
Epsilon Sigma Alpha International
Explorer Post 1851
Honors Student Association
Master of Business Administration Association (M.B.A.A.)
Mock Trial Team
Partners in Education (PIE)
Political Science and History Club
S.I.F.E. (Students in Free Enterprise)
Social Workers Initiating Future Trends (S.W.I.F.T.)
Student Leaders Advocating Teaching Excellence (S.L.A.T.E.)
World Student Union
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