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.
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, organizational 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 co-curricular activities. There are over 30 registered clubs and organizations on campus and planning sessions are held with respective leaders in those organizations.
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.
Academic & Professional Organizations
- University Gospel Choir
- Criminal Justice Club
- Falcon Battalion, Army ROTC
- Falcon Poetry Club
- International Students Organization (ISO)
- National Pan Hellenic Council
- Pre-Alumni Council
- Psychology Club
- Queens’ Council
- Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Club (STEM)
- Sociology Club
- Sons and Daughters of SAU
- Student Ambassadors’ Club
- Student Athlete Advisory Council Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE)
- Student Leaders
- Theater Phi Film
- 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)
- Student Government Association
- University Concert Choir
- Residence Hall Association
- Falcon Forum (Student Newspaper)
Residence Hall Associations
- Boyer Hall Council
- Falkcrest Council
- Latham 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.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated, was founded in 1963. The Fraternity is, and shall forever remain dedicated to its founders’ vision of “Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One!”
Religious life at Saint Augustine’s University offers opportunities for spiritual growth to its students as an integral part of the campus. Saint Augustine’s University seeks to maintain an environment which is supportive of Christian ideals and fosters personal integrity, intellectual freedom, and academic excellence. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal church but also offers and hosts non-denominational services and events to service a wider variety of spiritual beliefs. Saint Augustine’s University welcomes those religious traditions, which share appreciation of diversity, affirm the freedom of the individual, and support the University experience.
Health Services are provided at the Joseph G. Gordon Student Health Center for all students matriculating at Saint Augustine’s University. Prior to matriculation at Saint Augustine’s University, each student must have taken a thorough physical examination and submitted a certificate of good health. A student who has special medical problems is responsible for registering them with the University’s Family Nurse Practitioner/Director of the Gordon Student Health Center.
The Health Center has an MD who provides medical oversight of all health care. The Center is open Monday - Friday (from 8am to 5pm). The North Carolina Immunization Law requires that all new students entering University present the Student Health Center with a record of immunization prior to University enrollment. To support student learning, the Health Center provides materials in the lobby area on sexually transmitted diseases and collaborates with Counseling and Psychological Services where student behaviors suggest counseling may be beneficial.
The Health Center also has a student organization (Falcons 4Health) whose purpose is to promote health awareness and to educate the student body about health disparities.
The Office of Residential Life and Housing is firmly committed to providing an on-campus residential and learning community that complements the mission of Saint Augustine’s University. The office assists students in becoming academically successful in developing life skills with persistence from freshman year through graduation.
Residential living provides many opportunities for students to interact with peer groups that are experiencing the same unique demands made of a university student through workshops on topics, which include study and time management skills, conflict resolution, and mediation. In addition, special programs are hosted to cover more sensitive interpersonal issues, including domestic violence and developing and monitoring positive personal relationship relationships.
The Office of Residential Life and Housing places a high priority on the provision of safe, clean, and well-maintained student residential communities. The University developed and established a Parents’ Association in November of 2007. Its purpose was to develop lasting relationships with parents and guardians because of the essential role that they play in the educational process and success of their student. The mission of the Parents’ Association is to enhance the quality of both the student and parent experience through communication and contact between the University and the parents.
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
• 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. We are located at 1505 Oakwood Avenue.