May 23, 2024  
2013-2015 Catalog 
2013-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Office of Student Development and Services

Student Life

The Division of Student Development and Services is committed to advancing the integration of the curricular and co-curricular areas of student life while simultaneously supporting the educational mission of the University. The division is responsible for providing quality support services designed to anticipate and respond to the changing needs of students while providing a safe, healthy, intellectually challenging environment that fosters greater student involvement and enhances emotional, social, intellectual and career development.

Student Development and Services provide a variety of services and activities that provide for the enhancement of the student as a “whole person.” The entire Student Development and Services staff is committed to student development and student learning and endeavors to establish collaborative relationships throughout the University to promote these objectives.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities offers a variety of social, cultural, educational, recreational, developmental, and experiential activities for the entire Saint Augustine’s University community. Leadership training and development, organization training and development, information services, entertainment promotion, and recreational activities are among the many programs, services and resources coordinated by student activities. Students at Saint Augustine’s University are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities.

The University Union

Goold Hall is open seven days a week. This multi-purpose facility houses the student government offices, commuter lounge, student meeting rooms and recreational facilities. Serving as the hub of student activity, the Union provides cultural, social, and recreational activities that contribute to the students’ overall personal growth and development. The recreational area offers students a relaxing environment to socialize, watch television, and play cards, board games, table tennis, air hockey, billiards, and video games. The Union also serves as a forum for lectures, panel discussions, cultural fairs, festivals and a variety of other programs and activities.

Student Clubs and Organizations

A variety of student clubs and organizations are provided to enhance the overall development of students at Saint Augustine’s University. These activities provide tremendous opportunities for participation and leadership and cater to a wide variety of interests (i.e., academics, honors, religion, politics, professional and service). The appropriate approving authorities following an application process determine official university recognition of these groups. Membership is based upon the respective organization’s national policies and procedures for initiation/induction. Hazing, humiliation, pledging, and harassment are strictly prohibited. Organizations found in violation of this policy will be immediately suspended and may have their charter/license as an officially recognized organization revoked.

The Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA is the prime student representative body. Its purpose is to represent and voice student ideas/concerns to appropriate authorities. Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes are represented in this organization. Class Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretaries, and Queens are selected through a class election process. Their respective Presidents appoint class treasurers and representatives. All Saint Augustine’s University students can attend SGA meetings. Student participation in this process significantly enhances the effective governance of the campus and is important to the growth and educational process of the individual student. Each student has a voice in the election of officers and interaction with respective class representatives. The Student Member of the Board represents the SGA on the Board of Trustees of the University. This person is responsible for reporting student concerns and ideas directly to the University’s governing body.

Saint Augustine’s University Office of Student Activities Roster of Student Organizations:

Academic & Professional

Campus Activity Board (CAB)
Carter G. Woodson History Club
Criminal Justice Club
History, Political Science & Public Policy Club
Political Science Club
Pre-Alumni Council
Psychology Club
Queen’s Council
Real Estate Club
Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Club (STEM)
Sociology Club
Student Government Association (SGA)
Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE)
Theatre Phi Film

Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society (General Honors)
Alpha Psi Omega Honor Society (Theatre)
Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society (Criminal Justice)
Beta Kappa Chi National Science Honor Society
Delta Mu Delta Honor Society (Business)
Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society (History)
Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society (Education)
Sigma Tau Delta National Honor Society (English)

Special Interest

Caribbean Cultural Dancers (CCD)
Student Athletic Advisory Club (SAAC)
Christian Fellowship Organization (CFO)
University Gospel Choir
Belle J’Adore/Nubiance Modeling Troupes
Falcon Poetry Club
Saint Augustine’s University Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.

Residence Hall Associations

Atkinson Hall Council
Baker Hall Council
Boyer Hall Council
Latham Hall Council
Lynch Hall Council
Weston Hall Council

Student Government Association

Freshman Class Council
Sophomore Class Council
Junior Class Council
Senior Class Council

Greek Letter Fraternities and Sororities

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the first African-American Fraternity, was founded in 1906. This organization was founded with ideals and principles of brotherhood, scholarship, professionalism, and social achievement.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the oldest African-American Sorority, was founded in 1908. The Sorority was founded to promote outstanding service, leadership and scholarship to ll mankind.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, was founded in 1911. The chief goal is to provide opportunities for young men to acquire sound moral, intellectual and social anchors for effective living.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, was founded in 1911. The chief goal is to mold and shape young College men, who meet the requirements for fraternity-ship, into a finer product: a whole man.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, was founded in 1914. The motto of the Fraternity is “Culture for Service,” and “Service to Humanity.”

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, was founded in 1913. These women are pledged to serious endeavors, community services, and high cultural standards.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, was founded in 1922. These women foster high ideals and encourage upright living among women.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, was founded in 1920. These women strive to make meaningful its ideals of service, scholarship, and sisterhood.

Religious Life

Religious life at Saint Augustine’s University offers opportunities for spiritual growth to its students as an integral part of the life of the campus. Saint Augustine’s University was founded in 1867 through the combined efforts of the Freemen’s Commission of the Protestant Episcopal Church and a group of clergy and laymen of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. The University Chapel, built in 1895, is registered as a North Carolina historic site. This beautiful historic chapel is the cornerstone of the University’s religious programs. Saint Augustine’s seeks to maintain an environment, which is supportive of Christian ideals and fosters personal integrity, intellectual freedom, and academic excellence. In shaping the religious life environment at Saint Augustine’s, the University seeks to support the freedom of each student to select their own faith, and also seeks to foster an environment in which these different religious perspectives are supportive and respectful of the resulting diversity. Saint Augustine’s welcomes those religious traditions, which share this appreciation of diversity, affirm the freedom of the individual, and support the University experience. All students are encouraged to worship in the Saint Augustine’s Chapel on a regular basis, but are not required to adopt a particular religious affiliation.

Health Services

Health Services are provided at the Joseph G. Gordon Student Health Center. Each student must have taken a thorough physical examination before matriculating at the University, and submit a certificate of good health. A student who has special medical problems is responsible for registering them with the University Physician. The student is subject to an examination by the University physician, and the University will be guided by the physician’s recommendations. The University also employs a Nurse Practitioner. Since the health fee is nominal, the university must charge the individual for extra medical services if required. The University maintains a health plan to cover all of its students for a reasonable charge. The insurance is included in the general fee. The insurance will only pay a percentage of the medical expenses incurred from a hospital visit. Some expenses are not covered by the health plan. In case of emergencies or illnesses beyond the capability of the University Health Center, students will be directed to the Wake Medical Center, approximately three miles from the campus. The University also provides a health and wellness program. A “state of the art” fitness center provides wellness services and is opened to the public for a fee.

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is firmly committed to providing an on-campus residential and learning community that complements the mission of Saint Augustine’s University and to assist students in becoming academically successful, develop life skills, and persist through to graduation. Residential living provides an opportunity for students to experience living independently, interact with a peer group that is experiencing the same unique demands made of a college student, develop the requisite skills to become a community leader, experience a diversity of lifestyles and values, and participate in social and developmental activities. Campus residency is an opportunity for the university to make academic support a part of the student community, and to contribute to the campus’ educational environment by providing students with comfortable living environments. The Office of the Housing and Residence Life places a high priority on the provision of safe, clean and well-maintained student residential communities. The residential life services offered at Saint Augustine’s University are designed to be an integral part of providing our students with an atmosphere that supports and encourages academic success, positive and acceptable social behavior, leadership development and spiritual growth.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) program is designed to help students enhance strengths and develop abilities to deal with the experiences of living, growing, and learning. CAPS offers individual counseling/psychotherapy, consultation, couples and group counseling to currently enrolled students at no additional cost. Students have an opportunity to meet with a licensed Psychologist to address personal issues, work through challenges, and deal with the implications of growth and change. The CAPS program also offers psycho-educational workshops designed to enhance personal and academic skills and to teach more effective strategies for coping with problems.

Some of the concerns that students discuss with CAPS counselors are:

  • relating to family, friends and dating partners
  • academic performance
  • self-esteem
  • stress
  • depression
  • loss of an important relationship
  • issues related to sexual orientation
  • sexual assault and rape
  • concerns about your or another’s use of alcohol or other drugs

Students may call or come by the office to make an appointment. CAPS carefully adhere to professional standards of ethics and confidentiality. If a student wants information concerning his/her contact with the CAPS staff released, he/she must sign a specific written authorization.