Student Life

2019-2020 Catalogue

Wesleyan strives to exist as a community of scholars - a community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Respect for the individual student and for the individual student's contributions to the College community drives the academic and co-curricular programs of the College. Enthusiasm and respect for diversity of culture and thought permeates the Wesleyan community. Students from different cities, states, countries and cultures, and students with many different ideologies enrich the Wesleyan experience for all members of the College community.

Student Affairs Mission Statement. The Division of Student Affairs is committed to the continued development of a living and learning environment that enriches students’ lives within and beyond the classroom experience.  We provide opportunities that encourage students to reach their potential academically, socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and professionally.  In our commitment to advancing the mission of the College, we actively collaborate with members of our community to equip students with skills to achieve personal excellence and to navigate the world successfully.

Dean of Students. The Dean of Students oversees the Division of Student Affairs and is responsible for the overall quality of campus life. The Dean of Students is available to assist students with problems and concerns. The Dean of Students oversees areas of equity and inclusion, residence life, student involvement and new student orientation, health services, counseling services, international student services, disability and advocacy services, dining services, and Lane Center for Community Service.

Orientation. First-year and transfer students are required to attend new student orientation and are encouraged to participate in planned educational and social activities in order to become acquainted with the academic program and co-curricular opportunities available at the College.

Student Housing. Wesleyan is a residential college and we feel that living on campus provides students with valuable learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Wesleyan is committed to making students' time on campus a significant part of their overall educational experience by providing valuable opportunities in the residence halls and through student programming. Because Wesleyan College values the residential living experience, we require all traditional students to live on campus during their enrollment. A variety of housing options are available to Wesleyan students in four residence halls and two apartment buildings. Most rooms are designated as double occupancy with a select number of rooms available as a private room at an additional cost to the student. Elizabeth Turner Corn Hall and the Ernest Pauline Pierce Corn Hall provide apartment-style living for upper-class students. Two residence halls are specifically designated for our first-year students. Non-traditional students are welcome to be part of the residential experience and should contact the Director of Residence Life about opportunities to live on campus. For exceptions to the residency requirement and additional information on Residence Hall Policies and Procedures, please see the Wesleyanne student handbook.

Religious Life. The Offices of Campus Ministry oversee multiple campus ministries whereby students are strengthened spiritually and intellectually in their chosen faith tradition. The Director of Campus Ministry serves as advisor to the Council on Religious Unity and is responsible for securing advisors for each of the religious groups on campus. The director assists religious groups in arranging worship opportunities and special observances within their traditions. Chapel services are conducted regularly. The director of campus ministry is available for individual and group counseling on spiritual and personal matters. The Director of Campus Ministry is located in Pierce Chapel.

Career Development/Internship Services. The career development program encourages a four-year approach to career exploration and job-search preparation. The Career Center staff provide career advising, educational programming, and on-campus interviews as well as a variety of internship opportunities in conjunction with the academic program. The staff maintain information about careers, internships, employment opportunities, and graduate schools. The College's Internship Program and Professional Development Experience provides students with an opportunity to participate in credit bearing internships, research, community service and is a significant component of Wesleyan's overall academic curriculum. Through the Internship Program and Professional Development Experience, students are able to relate theory to actual practice and gain valuable work experience while continuing their academic studies.

Athletics. The Department of Athletics is dedicated to challenging student-athletes to reach their potential through a strong commitment to excellence, academics, teamwork, and service to the community. This dedication instills pride and camaraderie throughout the Wesleyan community by creating a fun and healthy environment for competitive success. In our commitment to advancing the mission of the College and The Department of Athletics, we strive to instill in each student a healthy commitment to her lifelong personal well-being, and development, through fair play and intercollegiate athletic competition.

Wesleyan Athletics are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA-Division III), USA South Conference and offers intercollegiate competition in soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, cross-country and softball. Wesleyan also supports an equestrian team that is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

Health Services. All full-time students are eligible to utilize Health Services. The Director of Health Services is a nurse practitioner with office hours Monday through Friday during the academic year. A physician is available at designated times during the academic year. The Health Services staff provides treatment of common illnesses and minor injuries, physical examinations, limited diagnostic testing, and health education. Students may be referred off campus for more specialized diagnostic testing or physician evaluation.

All students must provide verification of immunity or documentation of the immunizations that are required for college admission. In addition, all new students at Wesleyan are required to have a PPD tuberculosis test within six months prior to college entrance. All new traditional students are required to have a physical examination within 6 months prior to college entrance. All students must provide the required medical documents prior to moving on campus. All documentation must be in the English language.

Health Insurance. Wesleyan College requires all full-time students to have hospital/accident insurance or other health care coverage by a United States health insurance carrier. At the beginning of each academic year of enrollment, students must provide proof of health insurance or other health care coverage for the entire year. Students who are covered under a HMO, PPO, POS, or other insurance policy that does not provide coverage in Macon will be required to purchase a policy that provides coverage in Macon. All students must provide proof of insurance or other health care coverage before they will be permitted to move on campus.

Students who are required to have insurance will automatically be enrolled in health insurance through the school unless an insurance waiver is completed and approved prior to the designated deadline. The insurance premium will be billed to the student's college account and cannot be refunded if the students completes the waiver after the designated deadline or withdraws from the college. To waive the insurance, students must enter the required health insurance information on the insurance website. The insurance company will verify the insurance information before the waiver is approved. For questions regarding health insurance requirements, please contact Health Services.

Student Counseling Services. The Director of Student Counseling Services is a licensed mental health professional who provides individual, short-term counseling by appointment and leads various group sessions. The director makes referrals as needed for psychiatric care and long-term counseling. All visits are confidential. Counseling services are available, by appointment, Monday through Friday.

Campus Police. The Wesleyan Police Department provides 24-hour, 365 days a year service. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to report all incidents of crime and emergencies to the Wesleyan Police as soon as possible. The officers are state certified police officers who have been authorized by the State of Georgia to exercise all enforcement powers, including the power of arrest, and authorized by the governing body of the College to have jurisdiction over the College campus. Campus Police may be contacted from any on-campus phone by calling 5145, or by calling 478-960-7969. Campus phones are located outside each residence hall. Officers will provide night time escort service on campus for students. The Wesleyan Police Department crime statistic report can be found on the college website under campus safety and on the WesPortal.

International Programs. International Programs encompasses the areas of international student services and study abroad. International Programs provides resources designed to promote the academic and social success of international students through orientation, documentation, cultural and social programming, and individual support. The office also administers the Study Abroad program, supporting students through the application process, pre-departure orientations, support while abroad, and re-entry programs.

The Lane Center for Service and Leadership. The Lane Center for Service and Leadership was established in 2002 to become a focal point of community service and engagement in Central Georgia and to serve as a role model for college/community collaboration nationally. The Center has three goals: to promote and manage specific acts of community service and engagement through assessing community needs, working collaboratively with partners to secure funding for service projects, and coordinating those projects; to instill the spirit of service and engagement into our pedagogical processes; and to teach and model civic leadership and personal responsibility through conferences, workshops, and conversations sponsored by the Center. The Center is housed in Olive Swann Porter on the Wesleyan College campus.

Mathews Athletic Center. The Mathews Athletic Center is a multi-purpose building that serves students, faculty, staff and community members. The facility offers an aerobics studio, weight-training facility, cardio equipment, treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes. The center provides weekly yoga, tai chi, ZUMBA, cycle, cardio and strength training classes, and more.

Food Service. Food Service on campus is provided through Metz Culinary Management. All residential students have a board plan, which is part of the residence hall fee. Nineteen meals per week are provided for students in residence halls and ten meals per week are provided for students in apartments. Non-boarding students, faculty, staff and guests may eat in the Anderson Dining Hall by purchasing meals through the cashier.

Honor Code. The Honor Code is the foundation upon which life in the Wesleyan College community is built. It is based upon the idea that individual freedom is a right founded upon responsibility. A student is expected to tell the truth, respect others and their property, and maintain academic integrity and honesty in all areas of college life. If a student violates a principle of the Honor Code the student is honor-bound to self-report. Likewise, if a student is aware that a fellow student has violated an honor principle, the student is honor-bound to ask the violator to self-report or notify an appropriate college official within 24 hours to report the violation. Academic violations of the Honor Code must be reported to the faculty member teaching the class. All other violations must be reported to the Dean of Students or Chancellor of the Council on Judicial Affairs as appropriate. Students may appeal sanctions for Honor code violations using the procedure explained in the Wesleyanne student handbook.

Maintaining these principles of honor is the ideal toward which we strive. Our Honor Code is not destroyed by infractions of the rules; it is damaged when violations are tolerated. Membership in the college community involves establishing and maintaining these broad honor principles. It is understood that by becoming a student at Wesleyan, an individual signifies acceptance of the Honor Code and all policies and procedures set forth in the student handbook, the Wesleyanne, elsewhere, and as enacted by College Officials.

Honor Pledge. As a member of the Wesleyan College student body, I will uphold the Honor Code, strive for personal honesty and integrity in all areas of my life, and fulfill my responsibility for maintaining the Honor Code in the college community.

Student Involvement and Leadership. The Director of Student Involvement and Leadership serves as a resource for all clubs, groups and student organizations, advising them regarding all regulations and procedures as set by the department. In addition, the Director oversees all student organizations' budgets and the disbursement of funds associated with these accounts. The Director also coordinates all major campus events with the assistance of the Campus Activities Board (CAB).

Student Government Association. The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the Wesleyan student body. Students elect representatives to serve on Senate, the legislative body, which meets weekly. SGA emphasizes responsibility and order, and supports an active liberal arts environment. SGA contributes to co-curricular life at the College. The development of leadership and responsible citizenship, in conjunction with Student Affairs, is the primary goal of SGA.

Council on Judicial Affairs. The Council on Judicial Affairs (CJA) oversees the judicial process of the Honor System, and coordinates activities designed to promote understanding of, interest in, and support for, the Honor System. Members of CJA also serve on the Honor Council that hears social and academic violations of the Honor Code.

Campus Activities Board. A wide variety of student activities and social events at Wesleyan are planned and administered through the efforts of the Campus Activities Board (CAB). CAB serves to provide quality programming that encourages campus community and provides students with leadership development opportunities. CAB plans dances, comedy events, musical performances, movies and other activities throughout the year.

Council on Religious Unity. The Council on Religious Unity (CRU) works with a variety of religious organizations and their activities on campus. CRU helps to encourage the religious and spiritual life of students. Working with the College Chaplain, CRU plans a series of ecumenical services and convocations throughout the year.

Student Organizations. Wesleyan offers a variety of campus organizations to meet the social, educational, spiritual, and recreational needs of students. These organizations, started and run by students, are open to all enrolled students. If students cannot find an organization to meet their needs, they are encouraged to start their own by contacting the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership.

Policies and Procedures. All campus policies and procedures can be found in the Wesleyanne student handbook. The Wesleyanne can be found on the portal and on the college website. All academic policies and procedures can be found in the Academic Catalogue. Students are required to read and adhere to all regulations.

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