Missouri Baptist University 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jan 23, 2019  
Missouri Baptist University 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Life and Services



Mission Statement: Life at Missouri Baptist University is more than books, seminars, and lectures. It also involves the student in activities outside the classroom, from participation in student organizations to life in the residence halls. It includes providing the student with cultural activities, recreation, entertainment, service opportunities, and spiritual development. The Missouri Baptist University program is designed not only to embrace a wide diversity of interests but also to use that diversity to challenge and strengthen the mind and spirit of each member of the student body.

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, in conjunction with other university departments, seeks to provide services and activities which, together with the academic program, offer a complete educational experience that is related to the intellectual goals and individual talents, abilities, and resources of the student.

From the time a student is admitted to the University, steps are taken to facilitate integration into university life, to encourage individual study and achievement, to discover and develop personal abilities, and to help the student realize the highest possible values from the University experience.

myMBU

Missouri Baptist University student portal is a single sign-on service, called myMBU, https://mymbu.mobap.edu/, which will allow students the ability to easily navigate across platforms without having to re-enter their password multiple times. Students who have forgotten their password can have their password reset using the Password Help Center.

How will students use the single sign-on system? myMBU will act as Missouri Baptist University’s 24-hour, self-service web dashboard that provides eligible students a “one-stop shop” to access an array of services. Essentially, students will login to myMBU one time and have access to a number of services. Students who have forgotten their password can have their password reset using the Password Help Center. The student-centric site includes the following functions:

  • myMBU Learn — This section allows students to access MBU’s Learning Management System, Canvas. Canvas is the learning management system utilized by MBU. For more information, visit http://www.mobap.edu/online/cdl/online-learning-technology-requirements/.
  • myMBU Calendar — Visit the easy-to-use calendar to discover all of the events at MBU. From athletics to club meetings, this calendar hosts all of the events on campus. RSVP and share the events with your friends so you don’t miss your favorite concerts or open mic night in thePerk. This site is also accessible at calendar.mobap.edu.
  • myMBU Access — This section allows students to access personal academic information such as class schedules and unofficial transcripts; print both mid-term and final grade cards (grade reports will not be mailed); view active holds; change local address information; keep a personal calendar of events such as birthdays, athletic schedules, concerts, upcoming tests, etc.; access a Faculty Directory of campus email addresses and phone numbers; view lists of documents received and outstanding (Admissions, Financial Services, Teacher Education, etc.); order books from the bookstore; review and either accept or deny financial aid awards; pay tuition and fees; and locate other important information including course schedules and library reference sites.
  • In addition, students may access campus email and library databases from the myMBU dashboard.

To login to myMBU, students will go to http://www.mobap.edu and click on the Current Students link. From that page, students will launch myMBU. For students, the username to login to myMBU is the student ID number found on their student ID card. Students who do not have a current student ID card should contact the MBU IT department at 314-392-2377. Students who have forgotten their password can have their password reset using the Password Help Center https://portal.mobap.edu/PasswordHelpCenter/.

For other problems or questions, please contact the office related to the problem or question (Admissions for issues related to Admissions document tracking; Financial Services for billing or financial aid issues; Records Office for issues related to schedules, transcripts, or grade cards, etc.; Teacher Education for issues related to Teacher Education document tracking items, etc.).

Cancellation of Classes

In the event that day classes are cancelled due to severe weather, power outages, or other unforeseen circumstances, or if classes are to run on the Delayed Day Schedule, please note the following:

  • Mobap.edu will provide the most accurate information and details.
  • Students may sign up through the Password Help Center to receive emergency text notifications to their cell phone. In addition, students may enroll by sending a text message to 313131 with the term mbustudents. Students should quickly receive a text message confirming participation in the program.
  • The Main campus phone messaging system (314) 434-8262 will play updated information.
  • The following broadcast centers will be notified: KMOX Radio (AM 1120), KSDK Channel 5, and other outlets.

Announcements on KMOX begin at 5:30 a.m. with a repeat listing at 6:30 a.m. KTVI Channel 2 and KSDK Channel 5 continually broadcast information from 5:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Announcements on the mobap website and phone system will be made as early as possible.

When the Delayed Day Schedule is announced, 8 a.m. classes are cancelled and students should report to school at 9:30 a.m. for classes that are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. All other classes will meet as scheduled.

All evening class cancellations due to inclement weather will be decided by 4 p.m. and posted on the website and phone system.

Chapel

OVERVIEW

Chapel programs seek to develop the whole person by providing students, faculty, and staff with opportunities for spiritual, educational, and cultural development. Chapel gatherings engage and develop the convictions of students, faculty, and staff. At the same time, chapel strives to cultivate character and to promote social change through service and leadership. Chapel may include worship, preaching and teaching, guest speakers and lecturers, and cultural activities. The University invites a variety of Christian speakers to chapel, including influential leaders, musicians, pastors, missionaries, and more.

TIME

Chapel convenes from 11 AM to 11:45 AM every Thursday and on the first Tuesday of the month in Pillsbury Chapel. See the printed Chapel Schedule, available at the beginning of each semester, for the exact dates. The schedule is also available online at www.mobap.edu/faithandservice.

ATTENDANCE AND EXPECTATIONS

The chapel convocation is considered to be an integral part of the student’s overall educational experience. The following attendance requirements and provisions reflect this attitude:

1. Undergraduate Students enrolled for twelve credit hours or more on the Main campus are expected to attend all chapel convocation programs. Those enrolled for eleven hours or less are encouraged to attend whenever possible.

2. Students who are enrolled in online or evening classes only are exempt from chapel.

3. A student attending 80% or more of the programs printed in the Chapel Schedule is awarded one additional quality point for the semester.

4. Those attending 60%-79% of the programs are considered to be following the minimum acceptable attendance pattern, and there is no change in quality point status.

5. One quality point is removed from the record of a student who attends only 50%-59% of the programs.

6. A student who attends less than 50% of chapel convocation programs in any one semester loses one quality point and is in danger of being placed on disciplinary probation, during which time the student is restricted from certain leadership and extracurricular activities, and all institutional financial aid the student has been receiving is at risk of being discontinued.

7. If unable to attend the chapel services there are optional school events the student can choose to receive chapel credit up to 3 credits. These are listed on the back of each Chapel Schedule at the beginning of each semester as well as online at www.mobap.edu/faithandservice.

8. A student who consistently disregards responsible chapel attendance may be asked to withdraw from the University.

9. Attendance will be taken from 10:45 AM until 11:05 AM after which time attendance will not be taken for credit. In addition, students leaving chapel before dismissal will have chapel attendance cancelled for that day. It is the responsibility of the student to follow this procedure. If habitual infractions are observed, the student may receive disciplinary action by the Senior Vice President for Student Development.

10. Students are able to receive credit for chapel attendance by attending other approved school sponsored events. See the website for approved events.

EXEMPTIONS

1. If unable to attend chapel during the semester due to uncontrollable circumstances, a letter must be submitted to the Senior Vice President for Student Development requesting an excuse. This may include, but is not limited to, employment conflicts and educational conflicts.

2. If you have a job that requires you to miss chapel, you must have your employer submit the letter on company letterhead with contact numbers with your exemption request.

3. Off campus students may request an exemption if they do not have classes on main campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A copy of your schedule is required for approval.

4. Requests for chapel excuses must be submitted by October 1 & February 1 of each semester.

5. Any appeals concerning chapel credit must be submitted in writing to the Senior Vice President for Student Development within three months of the semester in question.

EXEMPTION PROCESS

1. Submit a request for exemption online to the Student Development Office by October 1 for the Fall semester and by February 1 for the Spring semester.

2. Requests must be made one semester at a time.

3. See restrictions in the Chapel Attendance policy section of this Handbook.

*The Exemption Form may also be completed online at: http://www.mobap.edu/faithandservice

Student Conduct Code

Christian Attitudes

A primary aim of the University is to encourage a Christian attitude in every area of life, while offering an educational program of the highest academic quality. It is expected that “each student will actively express the principles of Biblically-based Christianity in academic pursuits, moral standards, and social contacts.” This should include regular worship and participation in the church of the individual’s choice.

Missouri Baptist University is in accord with the Christian ideals of its founders and promoters. The regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees, upheld by the faculty, and endorsed by the student body, are designed to attain and maintain these ideals. The welfare of the student is the foremost consideration in all regulations and practices of the school.

Faculty members of Missouri Baptist University are committed to active service in their churches. They are ready to do all that is possible to assist each student in the development of spiritual qualities.

University Citizenship

All students of the University are expected to maintain the highest standard of moral conduct and concern for the well being and rights of their fellow students. Missouri Baptist University students are expected to be responsible citizens of the community who respect the privacy and property of others with behavior appropriate to the philosophy and purposes of the University.

University policies relating to student life are intended to give each student programmed opportunities within the context of a Christian community to develop their potential to the fullest. Students are encouraged to make choices that will help them grow. The standard of moral conduct to which Missouri Baptist University calls every student is guided by Southern Baptist beliefs.

Governing Principle

The governing principle for the MBU Student Conduct Code, Policies, and Procedures can be found in Galatians 5:14, “The entire law is summed up in one command, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself…’” and Luke 6:31, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” These scriptures are fleshed out in biblical values such as respect, humility, integrity, service, and leadership.

Student Conduct Code Statement

Missouri Baptist University is a faith-based institution, and it is expected that employees and students will conduct themselves in accordance with Christian principles both on and off the campus. Personal misconduct either on or off the campus by anyone connected with MBU detracts from the Christian witness the University strives to present to the world and hinders full accomplishment of the University program. While at the University, the student is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws. The University and its employees will cooperate with law enforcement agencies during an investigation. Each student is also expected to obey rules and regulations established by Missouri Baptist University. In all cases of violation of the University rules and regulations, or of actions in violation of local, state, or federal laws, Missouri Baptist University reserves the right to proceed with its own disciplinary action independent of governmental charges or prosecution. There is no University policy to await the outcome of governmental prosecution.

Scope of Code

The following policies prohibiting specific types of conduct are not designed to be a comprehensive, inclusive code. Any conduct violation of local, state, or federal laws, or any indecent or disorderly conduct disruptive of the orderly process of the University educational program, may be grounds for disciplinary action.

Student Awareness Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the student to become familiar with these policies and rules. The administration will attempt to ensure that all students know the rules through orientation sessions. However, students are responsible to the University for their conduct. If students should witness a violation of these policies on the part of other students, faculty, or administrators, it is their responsibility to report it. In the event that a student violates the campus rules, the student will appear before the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost and/or the University Conduct Committee for disciplinary action. A student enrolling in Missouri Baptist University assumes an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the University mission and purpose as an educational institution.

Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction of Missouri Baptist University generally shall be limited to conduct which occurs on the Missouri Baptist University premises (including off-campus housing) or at University-sponsored or supervised functions. However, nothing herein limits the administration of the University from taking appropriate action, including, but not limited to, the imposition of sanctions against students for conduct on or off University premises.

Violations of Student Conduct Code

A. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and sabotage. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student’s grade on the work in that course, if possible, and report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

  1. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;
    2. Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
    3. Acquisition, or possession without permission of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; and,
    4. Knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to another student in taking any quiz, test, or examination.
  2. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations, or bibliographical reference;
    2. Unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the supplying or selling of term papers or other academic materials; and,
    3. Unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.
  3. The term “sabotage” includes, but is not limited to the unauthorized interference with, modification of, or destruction of the work or intellectual property of another member of the University student body, faculty, or staff.

 

  1. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records of identification, or knowingly furnishing false or misleading information to the University.
  2. Obstruction or disruptions of teaching, research, administration, conduct proceedings, or other University activities, including its public service functions, on or off campus.
  3. Attempted or actual theft of, damage to, or possession without permission of property of the University or of a member of the University student body, faculty, staff or of a campus visitor.
  4. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any University facilities or unauthorized entry to, or use of, University facilities.
  5. Physical or verbal abuse, sexual harassment or assault, fighting, or any other conduct, which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  6. Violation of University policies, rules, or regulations, or of campus regulations, including, but not limited to, those governing residence in University-provided on and offcampus housing, or the use of University facilities.
  7. Manufacture, use, possession, sale, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or any controlled substance without proper prescription or required license, or as expressly permitted by law or University regulations.
  8. Disruptive or disorderly conduct, profanity in any form, or any other lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression.
  9. Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting in the performance of their duties.
  10. Possession of firearms, explosives, fireworks, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals (except for academic purposes) at any time either on campus or off campus at University-sponsored or supervised functions.
  11. Failure to follow the published guidelines and procedures of the University relating to the use of the campus telephone and computer systems, for the purpose of avoiding charges for personal phone use or any other purpose. The use of any other person’s access code which includes, but is not limited to, copy codes, computer codes, and passwords, etc. is prohibited.

Student Email Use Policy

  1. BACKGROUND
    Every MBU student, faculty, and staff person is provided with a University email account..
  2. POLICY
    ​A student’s University email account is the one used for all University communications from faculty and staff and must be regularly checked (at least once a day) for all communications. Other notification methods available inside the learning management system are provided for the convenience of the student and are not a substitute for checking the University email account.

University email accounts should not be used for confidential or sensitive information. There should be no expectation of privacy.

  1. GUIDELINES
    A “MBU STATEMENT OF USE” EMAIL POLICY WILL BE PLACED IN ALL MBU COURSE SYLLABI. IN ADDITION, FACULTY WILL DETERMINE HOW ELECTRONIC FORMS OF COMMUNICATION (E.G., EMAIL) WILL BE USED IN THEIR CLASSES, AND WILL SPECIFY THEIR REQUIREMENTS IN THE COURSE SYLLABUS. THE “MBU STATEMENT OF USE” EMAIL POLICY AND THE FACULTY MEMBER’S “OFFICIAL STUDENT EMAIL POLICY” WILL ENSURE THAT ALL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLY WITH EMAIL-BASED COURSE REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED BY FACULTY. FACULTY CAN THEREFORE MAKE THE ASSUMPTION THAT STUDENTS’ OFFICIAL MOBAP.EDU ACCOUNTS ARE BEING ACCESSED AND FACULTY CAN USE EMAIL FOR THEIR CLASSES ACCORDINGLY.

Computer Use Policy

  1. BACKGROUND
    This document specifies acceptable uses of university hardware, software, and network resources. Students, staff, faculty, and others with permission may also connect a personal computer to the university network within the limits of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

Purpose
The purpose of this Acceptable Use Policy is to assure that the University computers and network continue to be effective resources for teaching, learning, research and University business. The University’s computer and network infrastructure enriches the teaching, learning and research environment by providing students, faculty and staff access to services such as:

* Email for communicating with other members of the University community, as well as with friends, relatives, colleagues and other correspondents throughout the world.

* On-line library catalogs, electronic journals, databases, and other sources of electronic information available through Internet.

* The Worldwide Web.

* myMBU portal for accessing course content, student information, and announcements.

Definitions
The following are terms used throughout this Acceptable Use Policy and should be understood:

* University network, network, or the network. This includes, but is not limited to, Ethernet network, WiFi network, servers, firewall, databases, files, network bandwidth, usernames, and passwords.

* Network Credentials. This includes user names/IDs and passwords assigned or maintained by the University.

* University computer. This is any computer owned by Missouri Baptist University.

* Resources. This is a comprehensive term referring to University owned/licensed computer hardware and software, and/or the University’s network.

* Software. This term refers to a collection of source code and libraries which have been compiled into an executable file or otherwise interpreted to “run” in computer memory, where it can perform both automatic and interactive tasks with data.

* Privately owned computer. This is a computer owned by someone other than the University, which is used to access the University computers or network.

* Network patron or patron. Authorized network users. The University network is not for public use and computer and network access is restricted to authorized faculty, staff, students, and those patrons who have been approved by the appropriate University personnel. Exceptions to this policy are restricted computer resources that have been explicitly identified for public use (such as the Library computers, labs and computer pods in other open areas designated for student use). Patrons who are not faculty, staff, or students must receive written authorization to use the network from the Library Director or a full-time librarian.

  1. POLICY

Patron Network Access
Patrons (including faculty and staff) attempting to access the University network on personally owned computers may do so only via the WiFi network and student-designated Ethernet wall ports in campus residences. See section below “Required Actions for Privately-Owned Computers”.
Faculty and staff using University owned computers may connect to the network via either Ethernet wall ports or the WiFi network.
Any patron using a non-designated network connection will be asked to disconnect. Repeated violations may result in the patron having their network access privileges revoked.

Monitoring & Privacy
It is the policy of the University that the University network and computers are the property of the University to be used for University-related business. Patrons have no expectation of privacy when utilizing the University computers or network, even if the use is for personal purposes. The University reserves the right to inspect, without notice, the contents of computer files, regardless of medium, the contents of electronic mailboxes and computer conferencing systems, systems output, such as printouts, and to monitor network communication when:

1. It is considered reasonably necessary to maintain or protect the integrity, security or functionality of University or other computer resources or to protect the University from liability.

2. There is reasonable cause to believe that the users have violated this policy or otherwise misused computing resources.

3. An account appears to be engaged in unusual or unusually excessive activity.

4. It is otherwise required or permitted by law. Additionally, the user ID and computing services of the individuals involved may be suspended during any investigation of misuse of computing resources.

Content Filtering
The University’s connection to the Internet is a filtered connection. University patrons are intentionally blocked from reaching certain types of content via the University network. The blocked categories include, but are not limited to: pornography, gambling, and computer hacking. Exceptions may be requested on case-by-case basis by contacting the IT helpdesk.

Acceptable Use
All computers connected to the University network have access to the internet. To protect The University’s status within the internet and to assure legitimate access to the University computers and network, patrons using these University resources, including those accessing them via their privately-owned computers, are expected to abide by the following rules:

* Illegal activities are prohibited. Prohibited activities include but are not limited to distributing copyrighted material such as software, text, music or images in ways prohibited by the copyright holder, obtaining copyrighted material in ways prohibited by the copyright holder, breaking into computers or computer accounts that you are not authorized to use, and monitoring network traffic in order to obtain passwords or other private information. Persons found to be using University computers or network for illegal activities will have their computer and network access privileges revoked and may be subject to disciplinary action. Any evidence of illegal use of the network or computers will be turned over to the appropriate authorities.

* Installing unauthorized software on University owned computers is prohibited. Generally, faculty, staff, students, and patrons are prohibited from installing any software on University owned computers. The only exception is if a member of the University’s IT staff gives explicit authorization to do otherwise. Persons found to be installing unauthorized software on University computers will have their computer and network access privileges revoked and may be subject to disciplinary action.

* Immoral activities are prohibited. In keeping with the University’s policies for staff, students, and faculty; use of the network for immoral activity is not acceptable. Examples of immoral uses of the University computers and network include but are not limited to using these resources to view or retrieve pornographic material, engage in illicit relationships, harass others, or engage in gambling activities. Persons found to be using University computers or network for immoral activities may have their computer and network access privileges revoked and may be subject to disciplinary action. Any evidence of immoral use of these University resources will be turned over to the appropriate authorities.

* All commercial activities other than University-approved business are prohibited. Specifically, resale of network connectivity, operation of a business through the network, and sale of computing resources are prohibited. Persons found to be using University computers or network for commercial activities other than University business may have their computer and network access privileges revoked and may be subject to disciplinary action. Any evidence of commercial use of these University resources will be turned over to the appropriate authorities.

* Excessive bandwidth use is prohibited. The University network and the Internet are shared by many people. Sustained high traffic generated by an individual computer can interfere with the activities of others. When monitoring reveals excessive traffic by individual computers, IT personnel will attempt to contact the owners of these computers and ask them to correct the problem. If problems cannot be resolved expeditiously, offending computers may be disconnected from the network.

* Sharing Network Credentials is prohibited. University computer accounts are for the exclusive use of the individual to whom they were assigned, and users may not allow or facilitate unauthorized access to University computer accounts, computers or networks. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the sharing of user IDs and passwords with any individual or service. Persons found to be sharing network credentials may have their computer and network access privileges revoked and may be subject to disciplinary action.

* Disguising or falsifying message sources is prohibited. Persons who attempt to mislead, defraud or harass others by disguising or falsifying sources of electronic mail or other signed messages may have their network access privileges revoked and may be subject to disciplinary action. Any evidence of fraudulent use of these University resources will be turned over to the appropriate authorities.

* Interfering with legitimate use of network by others is prohibited. For example, activities such as using packet sniffers to monitor network communications, harassing other patrons of the network (sexually or otherwise), damaging other people’s files, propagating chain electronic letters, and sending junk electronic mail are prohibited. Persons found to be interfering with legitimate use of the University network by others may have their computer and network access privileges revoked and may be subject to disciplinary action. Any evidence of malicious use of these University resources will be turned over to the appropriate authorities.

* Circumvention of security systems or content filters is prohibited. Although isolated encounters with the University’s security and filtering systems are expected in routine use of the network, repeated attempts to access filtered content or circumvent the University’s security and filtering system will be investigated by the IT staff and reported to the Senior VP for Academics. The Senior VP will refer the details of the violation to the appropriate senior administrator for possible disciplinary action as follows:

  • Faculty – Senior VP for Academics notified
  • Student – Senior VP for Student Development notified
  • Staff – The staff member’s direct supervisor
  • Senior Administrator – President notified

Disciplinary Action
The University considers the violation of this acceptable use policy to be a serious offense and subject to the disciplinary actions described in the student handbook, employee handbook, and combined policy manual. Such discipline may take many forms, including employee termination and/or student dismissal.

Required Actions for Privately-Owned Computers
In addition to compliance with the University Acceptable Use Policy, privately-owned computers accessing the University network must meet certain requirements. The following required items will help insure that the University network and its patrons remain free of malicious attacks from viruses, hackers, and the like. Those accessing the University network with privately-owned computers found to be in violation of these requirements may have their network access privileges revoked.

* Up-to-date virus protection. All privately-owned computers connected to the University network must have an anti-virus product installed and must have up-to-date virus definitions. Network patrons whose computers do not comply with this requirement will have their network access privileges revoked until the situation is corrected. If you need a recommendation for an anti-virus product, please consult with an IT representative.

* Up-to-date software patches. Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems and applications are regularly updated with security patches. All privately owned computers connected to the University network must have current security patches installed. Network patrons whose computers do not comply with this requirement will have their network access privileges revoked until the situation is corrected. If you are unsure how to install these, please consult with an IT representative.

* Use designated network connections only. Patrons (including faculty and staff) attempting to access the University network on personally owned computers may do so only via the WiFi network. Resident students are also provided with Ethernet wall ports in their residence rooms.

Liability
The user of a privately-owned computer connected to the University network is responsible at all times for the security of their accounts, passwords, data and system. Missouri Baptist University cannot be held and cannot accept responsibility or liability for any loss or damage to data, intellectual property or equipment connected to the University network.

 

Library Code of Conduct

The mission of the library is to provide students, staff, and faculty with the broadest array of information resources in an easy and timely manner, and to create an academic environment conducive to study, access, and research. All users are expected to abide by the guidelines set forth by this policy. The use of the stations, resources, etc., is a service and privilege to all.

  • Users are required to turn their cell phones off, or set it to ‘vibrate.’ If it is necessary to take a call please take it outside, and keep calls private.
  • Patrons are expected to maintain a quiet atmosphere by refraining from loud conversations in all areas of library. Your fellow library users will thank you for being considerate.
  • Computer stations are dedicated for research and academic work. Playing games is not allowed.
  • Distribution of leaflets and other notices/advertisements not related to the library/university activities is prohibited.
  • Failing to adhere to the copyright law, and systematicallydownloading or printing from a source not licensed infringes on the copyright law, and will not be tolerated.
  • Students who are disruptive and/or rude to the library staff will be reported promptly to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.
  • Students must show their ID’s when asked by the staff. It is a safety procedure if an emergency should occur.
  • Eating/drinking or bringing any kind of food into the library is not allowed. Water bottles/cup with lids may be used in the library.
  • Opening the exit emergency door, except for emergency situations, is a violation, and the individual will be reported immediately to Public Safety.

Violations of any of the above will result in a disciplinary action by the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

Fair Use

LIMITATIONS ON EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: FAIR USE

One of the rights accorded to the owner of copyright is the right to reproduce or to authorize others to reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords. This right is subject to certain limitations found in sections 107 through 118 of the copyright law (title 17, U. S. Code). One of the more important limitations is the doctrine of “fair use.” The doctrine of fair use has developed through a substantial number of court decisions over the years and has been codified in section 107 of the copyright law.

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ’s at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

Special Regulations

Alcoholic Beverages

The possession, consumption, sale or the furnishing of alcoholic beverages on the MBU campus, at any University sponsored function by students or their guests, is strictly prohibited. Any student appearing on campus or at any University sponsored function under the influence of intoxicating beverages will be subject to disciplinary action. The Department of Public Safety will refer all alcohol violations to the Senior Vice President for Student Development for disciplinary proceedings in accordance with University policies. MBU will cooperate fully with local law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of any crime associated with the alcohol infraction.

An intoxicating beverage is defined as any drink or consumable product containing alcohol, including simulated beer products that contain small amounts of alcohol.

Powdered Alcohol also known as “Palcohol” is considered an alcoholic beverage whether it is mixed with liquid or in its original powdered state.

Depending upon the severity of the alcohol infraction and other issues that may accompany it, possible sanctions imposed can range from a documented disciplinary conversation, a requirement of counseling for substance abuse, the requirement of participation in the Restorative Justice program if the student resides in MBU housing, sanctions required in the Student Athlete Handbook for student-athletes, or other sanctions deemed necessary. In the most severe situations, for example, where sexual assault or relationship violence accompanies the alcohol violation, expulsion from MBU is a possibility. MBU reserves the right to confiscate, retain, and dispose of any alcohol related paraphernalia discovered on campus, regardless of value or ownership.

Clothing Guidelines

The guidelines for dress at Missouri Baptist University are intended to create an atmosphere of modesty and dignity that is in agreement with the standards that set MBU apart as a distinctively Christian institution.  Members of the MBU community should dress modestly and appropriately at all times.  The University recognizes that individuals have a freedom of personal choice; however, classrooms and offices are places of learning, work, and business and clothing choices should reflect professionalism and Christ-likeness in these settings.

Guidelines in this document are not intended to outline every possible scenario; members of the MBU community should use their best judgement in determining how to best practice modesty and appropriateness in clothing choices.  At all times, the University reserves the right to make decisions regarding a student’s attire and appearance on a case-by-case basis.  Members of the faculty and administration may determine whether a given mode of dress disrupts the academic process and have the right to ask a student to leave and change their clothing.  Students are also encouraged to hold one another accountable through Christian love.

Shirts and footwear must be worn in all University facilities, including public areas of the residence halls.  Clothing that advertises tobacco or alcoholic beverages or gives reference to immoral behavior, including, but not limited to, profanity, drugs, or pornography, is unacceptable.  Avoid abbreviated shorts and tops.  During work periods, student workers are expected to conform to the dress code set by the department in which they work.

Questions regarding clothing guidelines may be addressed to the Student Development office.

Dancing

MBU is committed to creating a Christian environment where students have opportunities for appropriate social interaction as young adults. Many forms of dance and cultural expression are embraced by our society, some of which are consistent with our Christian mission and values while others are more likely to distract us from a Christ-centered life. Therefore, in keeping with the Christian mission of the university, only certain dance forms will be considered for approval. All requests must be submitted, in writing, to the office of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost at least one month prior to the requested event. 

Drugs

Depending upon the severity of the alcohol infraction and other issues that may accompany it, possible sanctions imposed can range from a documented disciplinary conversation, a requirement of counseling for substance abuse, the requirement of participation in the Restorative Justice program if the student resides in MBU housing, sanctions required in the Student Athlete Handbook for student-athletes, or other sanctions deemed necessary. In the most severe situations, for example, where sexual assault or relationship violence accompanies the alcohol violation, expulsion from MBU is a possibility. MBU reserves the right to confiscate, retain, and dispose of any alcohol related paraphernalia discovered on campus, regardless of value or ownership.

The use of illegal drugs at Missouri Baptist University will not be tolerated. Students are prohibited from the unlawful manufacture, possession, sale, dispensing, or distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug on any property or in any facility owned or controlled by MBU. The possession of paraphernalia used to manufacture or consume illegal drugs on any property or in any facility owned or controlled by MBU is prohibited. The use by an MBU student of a controlled substance that is not medically authorized is prohibited.

Students who are taking prescription medication under the care of a physician may have their medication with them while at MBU. If a student resides in MBU housing, the possession of prescription medication is subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the Resident Life Handbook. However, the sale, dispensing, or distribution of any prescription medication by the student who owns the medication to another student is prohibited.

Any student found to be in possession of, or under the influence of, a controlled substance that has been determined by the State of Missouri to be a misdemeanor violation will be referred to the Senior Vice President for Student Development for disciplinary proceedings, in accordance with University policy. Any student found to be in possession of, or under the influence of, a controlled substance that has been determined by the State of Missouri to be a felony crime will be turned over to local law enforcement, in addition to being referred to the Senior Vice President for Student Development.

  • Controlled Substance – any drug that is regulated by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in category schedules 1 through 5.
  • Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance – concealment or carrying of a prescription drug not prescribed to the owner (or not in a bottle with the authorized prescription on the bottle).
  • Paraphernalia – any item that is used to aid in the unlawful manufacture or consumption of controlled substances or illegal drugs.

Depending upon the severity of the drug infraction and other issues that may accompany it, possible sanctions imposed on students who violate this policy can range from a documented disciplinary conversation, a requirement of counseling for substance abuse, the requirement of participation in the Restorative Justice program if the student resides in MBU housing, sanctions required in the Student Athlete Handbook for student-athletes, or other sanctions deemed necessary. In the most severe situations, for example, where sexual assault or relationship violence accompanies the drug violation, expulsion from MBU is a possibility. MBU reserves the rights to confiscate, retain, and dispose of any alcohol related paraphernalia discovered on campus, regardless of value or ownership.

Electronic Devices

No radio, tape/CD/DVD player, television set, or other audio equipment is allowed to be in operation while in the University Dining Hall or Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center. The Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost must grant permission for any exception. Cell phone usage during chapel and class time is strictly prohibited, unless direct permission is granted by your instructor.

Firearms

Firearms, ammunition, fireworks or other explosive or incendiary devices or simulated or look-a-like firearms or BB or pellet guns are not permitted in the residence halls, or on MBU campus, or any other University property or at any Missouri Baptist University-sponsored function. Violation of this rule is considered serious, and any violator will be subject to disciplinary action. An authorized security officer or police officer may have a firearm as a part of his uniform. Students who inadvertently bring a weapon on campus may have that weapon secured by Public Safety without penalty.

Gambling

Gambling in any form is not permitted on the campus.

Hoverboards

The media has been flooded with reports of fire safety issues with hoverboards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently investigating the fires and safety concerns with the hoverboards. In the interest of the Missouri Baptist University community and safety of our students, hoverboards are banned from all University property. This includes the use, possession, and storage of hoverboards and similar devices until the cause of hoverboard fires have been fully understood and the risks have been mitigated. Residents are asked to remove the hoverboards immediately from the residential housing facilities. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Resident Life or Dr. Andy Chambers, Senior Vice President of Student Development/Associate Provost.

Inspection of Property

Officials of Missouri Baptist University reserve the right to inspect and/or search any University-owned building or property including residence halls and University-provided off-campus housing. Refusal of such requests may subject the refusing party to sanctions.

Automobiles on University property are subject to visual inspection by full-time University employees at all times. The University reserves the right to request permission of students to search their automobiles when there is reason to believe that they may contain articles which are not permitted on University property. If a student refuses to cooperate with the search, the vehicle may be impounded until a search warrant is obtained.

Littering

Trashcans are located in every room of the University and must be used for the disposal of waste. Single-stream recycle bins that accept aluminum, cardboard, paper, plastic, magazines, and newspaper are also located in hallways. Leaving paper, Styrofoam goods, aluminum cans, and other litter in places like the chapel, student lounge, dining hall, classrooms, etc. is not permitted. The University belongs to all of us, and we all have the responsibility to keep it clean.

Model Rights

Students enrolled at the University acknowledge that the University has the right to use their likeness in photography and videography for any and all print and online publications, whether not known or hereafter existing, controlled by MBU, in perpetuity, and for other use by the University. Students are not entitled to any model rights or claims against the University or its agents for use of their likeness.

Online Postings Advisory

Students are reminded that images and other information posted on the internet via social media and other platforms are public information. When images or information describing or depicting behavior that may constitute a violation of MBU policy is brought to the attention of the University, that conduct is subject to further investigation and verification by the University. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to, cyber-bullying, sexual or racial harassment, or the posting or transmission of lewd images. The use of anonymous applications for such conduct will not be excused. Any University policy violations that are documented as a result of such an investigation will result in appropriate disciplinary action by the University.

Security Cameras

Missouri Baptist University, in its discretion, may install security cameras on campus in order to provide increased security monitoring. Cameras will be placed in visible locations in publically accessible areas and will not record audio signals. Viewing of footage recorded by security cameras is restricted to MBU Public Safety personnel and outside law inforcement, if needed.

Service and Assistance Animals*

The Missouri Baptist University Policy on Service and Assistance Animals outlines the responsibilities of students and the University in evaluating and approving requests by students for Service Animals and Assistance Animals. For purposes of the policy, a “Service Animal” is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities, and an “Assistance Animal”, is defined as (1) an animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability; or (2) an animal that provides emotional support which alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. Students who seek an accommodation in the form of a Service Animal or an Assistance Animal must submit the required documentation as set forth in the policy in a timely manner, and obtain the advance approval of the Special Needs Coordinator(s) prior to bringing a Service Animal or Assistance Animal to campus. In order to maintain University facilities, and ensure the health and safety of members of the University community, Service Animals and Assistance Animals are subject to standards regarding their care, keeping and behavior.

The full policy is located on the University’s website or can be reviewed in hard copy format in the Office of Student Development. Students should address any questions regarding the policy to the Special Needs Coordinator(s) in the Academic Success Center.

*Animals not authorized through the Special Needs Coordinators in the ASC are not allowed on campus.

Tobacco Use & Smoking Policy

The use of tobacco in any form is not permitted in any of the University buildings or vehicles. Missouri Baptist University is a non-smoking campus. Smoking is allowed only on the parking lots away from building entrances or in a privately-owned vehicle.

Statement on Sexual Behavior

The University affirms and celebrates that God has designed sexual relationships to be expressed solely within the marriage relationship between a man and a woman. The Bible condemns all sexual relationships outside of the covenant of marriage (Matt. 5:27- 29; Gal. 5:19). The promotion, advocacy, defense, or ongoing practice of sexual relationships and behaviors contrary to God’s design is contrary to the University’s values.

A respect for human life and the individual dignity of human beings as made in the image of God is foundational to sexuality. For this reason, the University condemns sexually exploitive or abusive behavior and any form of sexual harassment. Since pornographic material is considered degrading to human dignity, the University prohibits the possession and use of such material.

The University seeks to help students who face all types of sexual temptation, encouraging lives of sexual abstinence and marital faithfulness.

Residence Life Policies

Additional information concerning student policies specific to resident students may be found in the Residence Hall Handbook. It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with all Missouri Baptist University policies that pertain to their situation.

Student Disciplinary Procedures

Notice of Charges

The University’s student conduct policies, rules and regulations or other University policies related to students are collectively referred to as the “Student Conduct Code” herein.

Resident Directors will deal with cases involving violations of the Resident Life Handbook and minor violations of the Student Conduct Code related to resident life that occur in MBU housing (including the off-campus apartments). Resident students will be notified in writing by the Resident Director of the charges and sanctions imposed. If the student objects to the sanctions, he/she must appeal in writing to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost within two (2) business days of their signed receipt of the sanction letter. The student making the appeal must submit a written defense of his/her appeal detailing why he/she objects to the sanctions. The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost serves as the first and final level of appeal for minor infractions involving Resident Life.

The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost will deal with more serious violations of the Student Conduct Code. In more serious cases, every student accused of violating the Student Conduct Code shall receive a written notice of charges from the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost which shall include the sanctions imposed by the Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost relative to those charges, which sanctions shall be effective immediately. Prior to issuance of such written notice of charges, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost or his designee will attempt to meet with the student, advise the student orally of the general nature of the charges, and allow the student to provide the his/her explanation relating to the charges.

The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost for good cause shown reserves the right to temporarily suspend student privileges, including limiting or prohibiting a student’s presence on campus, during the time a student is under investigation for violation of the Student Conduct Code and/or federal, state, and local laws. This determination is made when the potential violation is so serious that the well-being of members of the University community, other parties, and/or the mission of the University may be damaged as a result of the potential violation.

Hearing Before the Senior Vice President for Student Development

If the student objects to the charges or sanctions, the student must, within three (3) business days of the receipt of the notice and sanctions, submit a written request for a hearing to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, and may request a stay of the sanctions by the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost for good cause shown. The Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost shall schedule a hearing with the student to be held within three (3) business days of the receipt of such request, and shall notify the student of the time and place of such hearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, or within two (2) business days of the conclusion of the hearing, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost shall notify the student in writing of the determination of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost as to the charges and sanctions.

Appeal to the University Conduct Committee

If the student chooses to appeal the decision of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, the student may, within three (3) business days, formally appeal to the University Conduct Committee by written notice delivered to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost. Upon receipt of such appeal notice, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost shall promptly deliver the notice to the Chair of the University Conduct Committee. The President of the University shall appoint the Chair, as well as the members of the Committee. The student may request a stay of sanctions during the appeal process. The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost will determine the stay of sanctions. This decision cannot be appealed. The student is automatically placed on probation throughout the entire appeal process. Any further violations of the Student Conduct Code may result in the denial of the current appeal and immediate suspension or expulsion.

Hearing Before the University Conduct Committee

Within three (3) business days of the filing of the notice of appeal, the Chair of the Conduct Committee shall assign a subcommittee consisting of three members of the Conduct Committee the task of evaluating the merit of the appeal. The student making the appeal must submit a written defense of his/her appeal detailing why he/she objects to the sanctions. The subcommittee members should evaluate the student’s appeal and other documentation relevant to the violation based on the following criteria:

  1. Irregularities in fairness that influenced the outcome of the disciplinary action. It is the burden of the student making the appeal to demonstrate the original decision would more likely than not have been different had the irregularity or error not occurred.
  2. Demonstrated prejudice against any party involved on the part of the Student Development officer who participated in the disciplinary action. The prejudice must be more than simple opposition to the appealing party’s point of view; instead, evidence must show a significant conflict of interest, bias, pressure or influence that prevented a fair and objective hearing.
  3. Discovery of new and significant evidence not available at the time of the original hearing.
  4. A sanction that is extraordinarily disproportionate to the violation.

Requests for appeal will not automatically be granted and may be denied by the subcommittee if one (or more) of the above criteria is not demonstrated. Within five (5) business days the subcommittee will report its decision to the Chair of the University Conduct Committee. Notification will be given to the student by the Chair of the Conduct Committee within two (2) business days of receiving the subcommittee’s decision.

If the subcommittee denies the appeal, there is no further appeal. If the subcommittee decides that the appeal should be heard by the full Conduct Committee, the Chair, within seven (7) days of receiving the subcommittee’s decision, will establish the date, time, and place of a hearing of the charges against the student, and shall send written notice of such to the student, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, and all of the members of the Committee. The date of the hearing shall be not less than seven (7) days and not more than twenty-one (21) days after the giving of the notice of the hearing. The University shall make arrangements for the making of a record of the hearing, either by a stenographer or other appropriate means, and shall bear the expense of making such record. The student shall have the following rights at the hearing:

  1. To be present at the hearing;
  2. To cross-examine any witnesses presented by the administration;
  3. To present witnesses and other appropriate documentary evidence; and
  4. To remain silent or to testify in defense.

Decision of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost and the Conduct Committee

Following the conclusion of the hearing, the Committee shall deliberate in closed session and within reasonable time shall render a decision by a majority vote. The Chair of the Committee shall deliver the written findings and the decision of the Committee to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost as soon as is practical after the decision is rendered. The student shall be notified of the Committee recommendation and the final decisions concerning the disciplinary actions in a joint meeting with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost and the Committee Chair. Once the appeal process is completed, there is no further appeal process.

Notice to the Student

Any notice to the student under this discipline policy shall be mailed by certified mail to the most recent address shown in the official student file maintained by the University, and shall be deemed received when deposited in the U.S. Mail with postage pre-paid. If the student desires to pick up any notice subsequent to an appeal to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost., the student shall make an appointment between two (2) and seven (7) working days with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost to receive and sign for the written result of the appeal.

If, at any time during the appeal process, the student desires to designate a different address for notice, the student shall so advise the Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost., and such address, along with designated telephone number, shall be forwarded to the Chair of the Conduct Committee by the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

Sanctions

The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Conduct Code; more than one of the sanctions may be imposed for any single violation. These sanctions will be imposed by the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost or jointly by the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost and the recommendation of the Student Conduct Committee.

  1. Official Warning – A written notice to the student, which shall remain in the student’s file.
  2. Probation – Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe sanctions if the student is found to be in violation of the Student Conduct Code.
  3. Loss/Restriction of Privileges – Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
  4. Restitution – Compensation for loss, damage, or injury to the University or University property. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
  5. Discretionary Sanctions – Work assignments, service to the University, and/or other related discretionary assignments, such as:
    • Referral to a Counseling Center;
    • Referral to a Wellness Program;
    • Fines;
    • Work or research-related tasks; or
    • A research paper on a specific topic to be completed at a designated time.
  6. Residence Hall Suspension – Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible for return to the residence hall. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
  7. Residence Hall Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
  8. University Suspension – Separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time, after which the student may be eligible to return. Conditions for re-admission may be specified.
  9. Denial of Privilege to Re-Enroll – Places student on indefinite probation and allows for the completion of the current semester, under terms deemed appropriate by the University, but prohibits enrollment for subsequent semesters without permission from the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.
  10. Dismissal from the University with Suspended Execution of Sentence – Enables alternative recourse with the goal of restoring the student while stipulating that the student will automatically be expelled following a second offense.
  11. Expulsion from the University – Permanent separation from the University.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Missouri Baptist University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability with respect to admissions, housing, employment, services, financial aid, or any other educational programs or activities it operates. Inquiries regarding compliance related to students should be addressed to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, Missouri Baptist University, One College Park Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63141, 314-392-2211. Inquiries regarding compliance related to employees should be addressed to the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Missouri Baptist University, One College Park Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63141, 314-392-2201.

Inquiries concerning Title IX should be addressed to the University’s Title IX Coordinator:

Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost
Missouri Baptist University
One College Park Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
(314) 392-2211

Nondiscrimination Policy and Complaint Procedure

Missouri Baptist University is committed to excellence in education that is based on Christian values and standards. The University believes this goal can be achieved only in an environment free of discrimination and harassment. Discrimination and harassment undermine the mission of the University, are prohibited by state and federal law, and will not be tolerated or condoned.

This policy is intended to address complaints of discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, race, national origin, disability, age, or any other characteristics protected by law. It applies to all members of the University community, including faculty, staff, volunteers, and students. It is intended to comply with federal and state law, and to complement other University policies, including but not limited to the Notice of Nondiscrimination and the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Policy. In the event that a complaint involves allegations of sexual assault or relationship violence in which the accused is a student, the procedures set forth in the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Policy will apply.

Definitions

For purposes of this Policy, the following definitions apply:

Harassment” is defined as any unwelcome, unsolicited, and offensive conduct that is severe, pervasive, and tends to injure, degrade, or show hostility toward a person because of his or her sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, age, or other characteristic protected by law. Whether particular conduct constitutes harassment often depends on context, including the participants’ reasonable understanding of the situation, their past interactions with each other, the nature of their professional relationship, and the setting in which the conduct occurs.

Sexual harassment” is the use of personal power or authority to intimidate or attempt to intimidate or coerce a person of the opposite sex (or same sex) into unwanted sexual activity or to create a hostile or offensive academic or work environment. Sexual harassment is distinguished from consensual relationships by the introduction of the element of coercion; threat; unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; sexually explicit or suggestive material in written, verbal or visual form; or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition or an individual’s employment or academic performance;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the individual; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a student’s or employee’s academic or work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or work environment.

Sexual Assault” is a severe form of sexual harassment, and is defined in detail in the University’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Policy. It refers to engaging in any form of sexual contact or conduct with another without that person’s clear, knowing, and voluntary consent. It is the responsibility of the person seeking to initiate sexual contact or conduct to affirmatively obtain such consent. It is not the responsibility of the intended recipient of such sexual contact to affirmatively deny such consent.

Examples of Sexually Harassing Behavior:

Prohibited behavior may take various forms. Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

  1. Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors.
  2. Sexually explicit language, jokes, and/or innuendo.
  3. Repeated sexual propositions, date invitations, solicitations, and flirtations known to be unwelcome.
  4. Inappropriate and/or offensive touching, fondling, or bodily contact.
  5. Sexually suggestive objects, pictures, videotapes, audio recordings, or literature presented or displayed in the classroom, faculty office, staff office, athletic area, or other common areas.
  6. Threats or insinuations that may affect a person’s employment, wages, promotional opportunities, grades, evaluations, and other academic or employment performance.
  7. Sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.

Stalking” occurs when a person purposely and repeatedly engages in an unwelcome course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his, her or others’ safety, or to suffer emotional distress. Stalking can occur via written, telephonic or electronic means.

Complaint Procedures

Anyone who believes that he or she has been subjected to conduct that violates this policy may elect to pursue an informal or a formal complaint. An informal complaint will primarily involve discussion and counseling to resolve the matter, while a formal complaint may result in the University taking disciplinary action against the accused party. All complaints will be promptly, thoroughly, and impartially investigated, and brought to a resolution within a reasonable time frame at each step of the process. In the event that a determination is made that an act of discrimination has occurred, appropriate corrective and remedial actions will be promptly taken.

Complaints regarding students should be addressed to:

Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost
Missouri Baptist University
One College Park Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
(314) 392-2211

Complaints related to employees should be addressed to:

Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Missouri Baptist University
One College Park Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
(314) 392-2201

Confidentiality and Protection of Both Parties

The University will protect, to the extent permitted by law, the confidentiality and identity of both those individuals filing complaints under this policy, and those accused of violations. Because the University has an obligation to address discrimination, however, the University cannot guarantee complete confidentiality where it would conflict with the University’s legal obligation to conduct a thorough investigation or take appropriate corrective action. However, in the event that disclosure of the University’s information or sources is required by law, it will be limited to the extent possible. The University will, to the extent permitted by law, keep confidential all records of complaints, responses and investigations. The records maintained by the investigator will be available only those to administrators and other supervisors charged with responding to allegations of discrimination, or those individuals responsible for overseeing the process.

The complainant will be kept reasonably apprised of the status of the investigation, and shall be provided with written notice of the disposition of the complaint at each stage of the process. All reasonable actions will be taken to insure that the complainant and those testifying on behalf of the complainant will suffer no retaliation as the result of their participation in the complaint, investigation, or hearing process.

In extraordinary circumstances, the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs may, at any time during the investigation of a discrimination complaint, suspend from teaching responsibilities any faculty member or instructional person accused of discrimination pending a final hearing, if after the allegations and interviewing of the accused, the complainant, and if appropriate, other persons having knowledge of the matter, the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs finds that it is reasonable certain that the alleged discrimination has occurred and serious immediate irreparable harm will occur of the person continues to teach the class. In the same manner, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost may temporarily suspend any student alleged to have violated the policy from attending classes and/or otherwise enjoin from attending classes on campus pending a formal hearing on the charges.

At the time the investigation commences, the accused will be informed of the nature of the allegations and the facts surrounding those allegations. A complainant found to have been intentionally dishonest in making the allegations or to have made them maliciously is subject to disciplinary action. False charges or complaints of discrimination will be treated as a serious offense, which is damaging to the total campus community.

Informal Complaint

  1. At the complainant’s option, an informal complaint that one or more provisions of this policy have been violated shall be raised with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost in the case of an alleged student violator, or with the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in the event of an alleged staff or faculty violator.
  2. The administrator to whom the complaint is made will counsel the complainant as to the options available under this policy and, at the complainant’s request, may intervene on the complainant’s behalf to attempt to resolve the complaint informally through discussions with the person alleged to have violated the policy.
  3. The person to whom the informal complaint is made will not inform the accused of the complaint without the consent of the complainant.
  4. The submission of an informal complaint does not preclude an individual from subsequently pursuing a formal complaint, if a satisfactory resolution is not achieved informally.

Formal Complaint

A complainant wishing to make a formal complaint should file a written statement with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost (for alleged student violations) or the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (for employee violations). The statement should include a detailed description of the conduct which the complainant believes violates this policy.

  1. Upon receipt of a formal complaint under this policy, the Senior Vice President to whom it has been reported (or his/her designee) will commence a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the allegations raised therein. In conducting the investigation, the appropriate administrator and his/her designee shall interview the complainant, the accused, and other persons believed to have pertinent factual knowledge. At all times the administrator responsible for the investigation will take appropriate steps to insure the confidentiality of the investigation.
  2. The investigation will afford the accused a full opportunity to respond to the complainant’s allegation(s).
  3. All complaints will be adjudicated as expeditiously as possible, and generally within sixty (60) days after the filing of the complaint. At the conclusion of the investigation, the administrator’s conclusion will be promptly and simultaneously communicated in writing to both the complainant and the accused. Possible outcomes of the investigation are:
    1. A judgment that the allegations do not warrant discipline.
    2. Mutually acceptable resolution of the complaint.
    3. Issuance of a disciplinary sanction.

When the investigation is complete, the responsible administrator to whom the complaint is made will determine whether it is more likely than not that an alleged violation of this policy has occurred. If a mutually acceptable resolution of the matter cannot be achieved, a formal sanction shall be issued. The decision regarding sanctions will be made by the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs when a faculty member, other instructional personnel, or staff member has been charged. The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost will make the decision in the case of a student having been charged.

Except as specifically modified by other provisions of this policy, procedures and sanctions for violations of this policy by faculty and staff will be governed by the grievance policy and procedure outlined in the personnel procedures handbook, and sanctions for violations of this policy by students will be governed by the procedures outline herein (with the exception that, as previously noted herein, incidents of sexual assault or relationship violence involving students shall be governed by the University’s specialized Policy on Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence).

Permissible Sanctions for Violations of the Policy

The sanctions for violation of this policy include, but are not limited to, censure, suspension, or termination of employees, faculty and staff of the University, and censure, probation, suspension, or expulsion of students.

Request for Clarification of Sanctions

If the respondent student objects to the sanctions or to how the investigation was handled, she or he may request an initial review and clarification of sanctions with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

  1. Within three (3) business days of the decision regarding the investigation, the respondent may request an initial review and clarification of sanctions with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost. The request must be made in writing and must detail the reasons why, in light of established criteria for an appeal below (a-d), the person objects to the sanctions and desires an initial review and clarification. The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost will evaluate the student’s request and other documentation relevant to the violation based on the following criteria:
    1. Irregularities in fairness that influenced the outcome of the disciplinary action. It is the burden of the student making the appeal to demonstrate the original decision would more likely than not have been different if the irregularity or error had not occurred.
    2. Demonstrated prejudice against any party involved on the part of the investigator, or any other personnel who participated in the disciplinary action. The prejudice must be more than simple opposition to the appealing party’s point of view; instead, evidence must show a significant conflict of interest, bias, pressure or influence that prevented a fair and objective hearing.
    3. Discovery of new and significant evidence not available at the time of the original hearing/investigation.
    4. A sanction that is extraordinarily disproportionate to the violation.
  2. Upon receipt of notification of the respondent’s request for an initial review and clarification of sanctions, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost shall schedule a meeting with the student to further discuss the basis for the charges and sanctions, to be held within three (3) business days of the receipt of such request, and shall notify the student of the time and place of the meeting.

Appeal of Sanctions to the University Conduct Committee

If the respondent student still objects to the sanctions following the meeting with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, she or he may appeal the decision to the University Conduct Committee. To appeal a sanction the respondent must, within three (3) business days, formally appeal to the University Conduct Committee by written notice delivered to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost. Upon receipt of such appeal notice, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost shall promptly deliver the notice to the Chair of the University Conduct Committee. The President of the University shall appoint the Chair, as well as the members of the Committee. The student may request a stay of sanctions during the appeal process. The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost will determine the stay of sanctions. This decision cannot be appealed. The student is automatically placed on probation throughout the entire appeal process. Any further violations of the Student Conduct Code may result in the denial of the current appeal and immediate suspension or expulsion.

  1. Within three (3) business days of the filing of the notice of appeal, the Chair of the University Conduct Committee shall assign a subcommittee consisting of three Committee members from the faculty or staff the task of evaluating the merit of the appeal. The student making the appeal must submit a written defense of his/her appeal detailing why he/she objects to the sanctions. The subcommittee should evaluate the student’s appeal and other documentation relevant to the violation based on the criteria under Clarification of Sanctions Procedures 1. a-d above.
  2. Requests for appeal will not automatically be granted and may be denied by the subcommittee if one (or more) of the appeal criteria is not demonstrated. Within five (5) business days the subcommittee will report its decision to the Chair of the University Conduct Committee. Notification will be given to the student by the Chair of the Conduct Committee within two (2) business days of receiving the subcommittee’s decision. If the subcommittee denies the appeal, there is no further appeal.
  3. If the subcommittee decides that the appeal should be heard by the full Conduct Committee, the Chair, within seven (7) days of receiving the subcommittee’s decision, will establish the date, time, and place of a hearing of the charges against the student, and shall send written notice of such to the student, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost, and all of the members of the Committee. The date of the hearing shall be not less than seven (7) days and not more than twenty-one (21) days after the giving of the notice of the hearing. The University shall make arrangements for the making of a record of the hearing, either by a stenographer or other appropriate means, and shall bear the expense of making such record. The student shall have the following rights at the hearing:
    1. To be present at the hearing;
    2. To cross-examine any witnesses presented by the administration;
    3. To present witnesses and other appropriate documentary evidence; and
    4. To remain silent or to testify in defense.
    5. The student may be accompanied at the hearing by an advisor of their choosing. If the student engages an attorney, the attorney may serve as an advisor, but not in an advocacy role.
  4. Following the conclusion of the hearing, the Committee shall deliberate in closed session and within reasonable time shall render a decision by a majority vote. The Chair of the Committee shall deliver the written findings and the decision of the Committee to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost as soon as is practical after the decision is rendered. The student shall be notified of the Committee recommendation and the final decision concerning the disciplinary actions in a joint meeting with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost and the Committee Chair. Once the process is completed, there is no further appeal.
  5. The complainant shall be apprised in writing of the disposition of the grievance at each stage of the process. Any notice to the respondent student under this discipline policy will be delivered to the student in a manner agreed to in advance by both the student and the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost. If the student desires to pick up a notice subsequent to an appeal, the student shall make an appointment between two (2) and seven (7) working days with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost to receive and sign for the written result of the appeal. If the student prefers notice to be mailed, it shall be sent by certified mail to the most recent address shown in the official student file maintained by the University, and shall be deemed received when deposited in the U.S. Mail with postage pre-paid. If, at any time during the appeal process, the student desires to designate a different address for notice, the student shall so advise the Senior Vice President for Student Development/ Associate Provost, and such address, along with designated telephone number, shall be forwarded to the Chair of the Conduct Committee by the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

Retaliation

Retaliation against anyone reporting or thought to have reported discriminatory behavior, or against anyway who cooperates in an investigation of such behavior, is prohibited by law and by University policy. Such retaliation shall be considered as a serious violation of the policy and shall be considered independent of whether informal or formal complaint of harassment is substantiated. Encouraging others to retaliate shall constitute a violation of the policy. Examples of conduct that may constitute retaliation include, but are not limited to:

  1. Unfair grading.
  2. Unfair evaluation.
  3. Unfair assignments.
  4. Having information withheld or made difficult to obtain in a timely manner, such as class information, recommendations, or grades.
  5. Not being informed about important events, such as meetings or changes in policy.
  6. Ridicule (public or private).
  7. Verbal or written threats or bribes.
  8. Refusal to meet with the person even though that person has a right to do so.
  9. Name-calling.
  10. Further harassment or other discriminatory actions.

Steps to prevent retaliation may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Lateral transfer of one or more of the parties to a different employment setting or a comparable move to a different classroom setting.
  2. Arrangements that academic and/or employment evaluations concerning the complainant or others be made by an appropriate individual other than the accused.

Education as a Key Element of the Policy

Educational efforts are essential to the establishment of a campus environment that is as free as possible of discrimination. There are at least four (4) goals to be achieved through education:

  1. Ensuring that all faculty members, students, and employees are aware of their right to be free from discrimination and harassment;
  2. Reasonably informing individuals of conduct that is proscribed by the policy;
  3. Ensuring that administrators properly respond to complaints of violations of this policy; and
  4. Helping to sensitize students, employees, faculty members, and administrators to the issue of discrimination and harassment on campus.

To support this policy, Missouri Baptist University will conduct periodic orientation and educational programs for faculty, students, and staff concerning discrimination. This orientation and educational process will be administered by the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

Preparation and Dissemination of Information

The office of the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is charged with distributing copies of this policy and procedures to all current members of the University community and to all those who join the community in the future. An annual letter from the office of the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will be sent to all faculty and staff to remind them of the contents of this Policy. Copies of this policy and procedures will be continuously available at appropriate University centers and offices. The office of the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will develop a series of training sessions for those persons who are likely to receive complaints that the policy has been violated, including but not limited to such persons as residence hall assistants, academic advisors, division chairs/deans, and faculty. The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost will develop a program designed to inform and educate students about the issue of discrimination and harassment, the conduct prohibited on campus by this policy and the appropriateness of sanctions for violations of this policy. A mandated program for those students determined to have violated the policy will be imposed as a component of any complaint resolved through conciliation.

The Office of Civil Rights

A complainant who is not satisfied with the resolution offered by this Policy may file a complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. The contact information for that agency is as follows:

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut, Suite 320
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Telephone: (816) 268-0550
Facsimile: (816) 268-0599
Email: OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov

Missouri Baptist University Policy on Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence

Introduction

Missouri Baptist University is committed to fostering an environment that is free of sexual violence of any kind. All members of the University community share responsibility for fostering this environment by adhering to standards of conduct consistent with this policy. The University seeks to provide a supportive climate that will encourage individuals to report incidents of sexual violence. Accordingly, this policy is designed to provide prompt and compassionate support services, ensure that appropriate steps are taken when a complaint is made, and protect the rights of all parties throughout the process.

This policy is designed to cover all conduct by an accused party who is a student at MBU. In the event that conduct in question is attributable to a member of the University’s faculty or staff, the University’s investigation will be referred to the Office of the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and be conducted pursuant to the University’s Harassment Policy.

It is important to note here that MBU believes and teaches that students should only be engaged in consensual sexual activity within the bonds of covenant marriage between a man and a woman. See MBU’s “Statement on Sexual Behavior” for further clarification. The definitions that follow are given for the purpose of helping to identify behavior that violates this policy, as required by state and federal laws.

The University encourages the reporting of all incidents of sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The decision to report such incidents is a deeply personal and often difficult decision, but is often a way for the victim to begin healing. Such reporting may also help prevent future incidents of a similar nature from occurring. Victims are not required, however, to report such incidents, and will not be penalized if they choose not to report an incident to law enforcement or a Compliance Officer.

The first priority for any victim of sexual assault or relationship violence should be to seek appropriate medical attention for any medical injuries and to preserve evidence in the event the Reporting Party chooses to pursue a complaint. The University will maintain and publish information containing resources and guidance for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. In addition to the information contained in this policy, additional information will be maintained in the University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and any other means identified by the University administration to make the information readily available to the campus. Copies will also be maintained by the College’s Title IX Coordinator, who will make such information available to any interested person.

Definitions

All definitions set forth in the Student Conduct Code are applicable to this Policy. In addition, the following definitions also apply:

Consent” –Effective consent is the basis of the analysis applied to unwelcome sexual contact. Lack of consent is the critical factor in any incident of sexual misconduct.

  1. Consent to participate in sexual activity is freely and actively given, and requires clear communication between all persons involved in the sexual encounter.
  2. Consent is active, not passive. Consent can be communicated verbally or by actions, but in whatever way consent is communicated, it must be mutually understandable. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent.
  3. It is the responsibility of the initiator of sexual contact to make sure they understand fully what the other person(s) involved in the activity wants and does not want sexually.
  4. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
  5. Previous relationships or previous consent does not imply consent to future sexual acts.
  6. Consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion. Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another.
  7. Effective consent cannot be given by minors, mentally disabled individuals, or persons incapacitated as a result of consumption of drugs or alcohol.
    1. Incapacitation is a state where one cannot make a rational, reasonable decision because they lack the ability to understand the “who, what, when, where, why or how” of their sexual interaction.
    2. This policy also covers someone whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the taking of a so-called “date-rape” drug. Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including but not limited to: Rohypnol, LEAN, Ketomine, GHB, or Burundanga is prohibited, and administering one of these drugs to another student for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy.

Stalking” – Stalking occurs when a person purposely and repeatedly engages in an unwelcome course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his, her, or others’ safety, or to suffer emotional distress. Stalking can occur via written, telephonic or electronic means, and can constitute a violation of the University’s sexual harassment policy.

Dating Violence” refers to violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether a relationship exists will depend on the length, type, and frequency of interaction. Any report of Dating Violence will be addressed under all applicable policy violations and may result in disciplinary action similar to the sanctions described below for sexual assault.

Domestic Violence” refers to violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner, current or former cohabitant, a person with whom a victim shares a child in common, a person similarly situated to a spouse under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law. Any report of Domestic Violence will be addressed under all applicable policy violations and may result in disciplinary action similar to the sanctions described below for sexual assault.

“Sexual assault” refers to engaging in any form of sexual contact or conduct with another without that person’s clear, knowing, and voluntary consent. It is the responsibility of the person seeking to initiate sexual contact or conduct to affirmatively obtain such consent. It is not the responsibility of the intended recipient of such sexual contact to affirmatively deny such consent. For purposes of this Policy, acts of sexual assault are classified into two categories: Level 1 and Level 2.

Level 1

A Level 1 sexual assault refers to any sexual contact without consent and includes intentional touching, either of the victim or when the victim is forced to touch, directly or through clothing, another person’s genitals, breasts, thighs, buttocks or other intimate parts.

A student found responsible for a Level 1 sexual assault may be suspended. Other sanctions may include, but are not limited to, disciplinary probation, mandated counseling assessment, campus restrictions, and/or other educational sanctions. Other relevant factors may be considered in assigning sanctions, including the student’s conduct history.

Level 2

A Level 2 sexual assault refers to any attempted or actual sexual penetration of any kind without the person’s consent. Examples include vaginal, oral, or anal penetration by fingers, genitals, or objects.

A student found responsible for a Level 2 sexual assault may receive a long-term suspension or even expulsion from the University. Additional sanctions may include, but are not limited to, disciplinary probation, mandated counseling assessment, campus restrictions, and/or other educational sanctions. Other relevant factors may be considered in assigning sanctions, including the student’s conduct history.

Sexual Harassment” refers to unwelcomed, unsolicited, and offensive conduct that is severe or pervasive and tends to injure, degrade, disgrace, or show hostility toward a person because of a person’s gender and may include persons of the same sex. Sexual assault is a severe form of sexual harassment and a single instance of sexual assault may be sufficient to create a hostile environment. Descriptions of additional types and examples of sex-based harassment are contained in the University’s Harassment Policy.

Sexual Exploitation” – Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes nonconsensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses.

Title IX Coordinator” refers to the person responsible for overseeing all sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault and relationship violence complaints at the University. The Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for conducting an annual report and review of all complaints to identify and address any patterns or systemic problems within the University community.

Reporting Procedures

Missouri Baptist University encourages members of its community to report all incidents of sexual assault or relationship violence. Any threats of retaliation or efforts to impede the reporting or investigation of a potential violation of this policy are strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. The University provides several options for reporting incidents of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and relationship violence, and/or stalking:

  1. Confidential Resources
    • Licensed counselor in Student Health Services (completely confidential option)
    • Additional confidential resources can be found in the “Resources” section of this policy.
  2. Formal Complaint – A formal complaint may be filed with any of the on-campus contacts described in “Resources” section of this policy, or with the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Andy Chambers: Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, Missouri Baptist University, 1 College Park Drive; (314) 392-2211; CHAMBERS@mobap.edu. A complaint should include the reporting party’s name and contact information, and a written description of the incident in question. When such a formal complaint is received, it will be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator for a prompt and impartial investigation. The Reporting Party may choose to pursue the atter under the conduct procedures described herein, but is not obligated to do so. However, the University reserves the right to pursue that process when appropriate information is available.
  3. Criminal Report – A reporting party may also choose to file a criminal report with the Creve Coeur Police Department, or other appropriate jurisdiction. Such a report may be made simultaneously with a report to the University. The University’s Department of Public Safety is available to assist a reporting party with any such criminal report. Individuals may also wish to obtain an order of protection, no-contact order, or restraining order from the relevant jurisdiction.

Once the University receives notice of a complaint of sexual assault or relationship violence, the reporting party will be provided with a comprehensive list of all available resources and reporting options. Multiple reporting options may be pursued by a victim. However, regardless of the reporting option(s) pursued, the University’s primary priority is to ensure that a victim of sexual assault or relationship violence receives prompt medical attention to treat any injuries and preserve any evidence.

All employees who become aware of sex-based harassment, including sexual assault and relationship violence, are required to report that information to one of the reporting contacts listed in the “Resources” section of this policy, unless they are otherwise designated as confidential resources.

Interim Measures

When a report is made to the University, or the University otherwise learns of potential discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, the University may, if appropriate, take immediate action to protect the alleged victim, including implementing interim measures. These measures may include altering a student’s class schedule, providing academic or counseling support, or making changes to transportation or work situations.

Conduct Process

The following procedures will govern all investigations of complaints alleging violations of this policy. Missouri Baptist University reserves the right to deviate from these procedures when such deviation is necessary to ensure appropriate processing of the investigation. The University’s conduct process for sexual assault and relationship violence complaints will be prompt, equitable, and conducted in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator or his designee. The procedures will follow those set forth in the Student Conduct Code, but to the extent that the procedures outlined in this policy may conflict with the Conduct Code, the procedures detailed herein shall apply. Those procedures include:

  1. An investigation into the report shall be conducted by an MBU Title IX Investigator. The investigation will be conducted within a reasonable amount of time required to complete the investigation after receipt of the complaint.
  2. The purpose of the investigation is to establish whether there is a reasonable basis for believing the alleged violation of this policy has occurred. During the course of an investigation, the Title IX Investigator will work with other appropriate University offices and personnel in a discreet manner to ensure the investigation is handled properly.
  3. If the complainant or the respondent is under 17 years of age his/her parent or legal guardian may be notified of the complaint.
  4. The investigation shall include an interview of the complainant and the respondent, as well as any relevant witnesses suggested by the complainant and the respondent.
  5. In conducting the investigation, the appropriate administrator or his/her designee may interview the complainant, the accused, and other persons believed to have pertinent factual knowledge. At all times the Title IX Coordinator, who is ultimately responsible for the investigation, will take appropriate steps to ensure the confidentiality of the investigation and protection of all parties.
  6. Title IX requires that in all procedures involving allegations of violations of this policy, the standard of proof shall be “preponderance of the evidence” test. This is not the same as the standard that would be followed in a court of law, or “proof beyond a reasonable doubt.” The preponderance of the evidence standard means that the evidence obtained from the investigation shows that it is “more likely than not” that the accused violated this policy.
  7. After all available information is reviewed and interviews are completed, the Title IX Investigator will deliver the results of the investigation to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost/Title IX Coordinator who will, in consultation with appropriate administrators, review all information and evidence and:
    1. Determine whether a violation of this policy has likely occurred, and if so, the appropriate response. Sanctions for violating this policy include, but are not limited to, censure, suspension, or expulsion.
    2. The Title IX Coordinator will notify the complainant and the respondent simultaneously in writing regarding all outcomes of the investigation, including appeal procedures, as well as any changes that may be made to the results.
    3. Partner with members of the campus community to take corrective action as may be appropriate under the circumstances.
  8. Protection of the campus community is paramount, and the University may find it necessary to take appropriate disciplinary action with or without concurrence of the complainant, where a sexual assault is found to have occurred, and the safety of the campus community is at risk.
  9. The complainant and respondent are entitled to have one advisor present during a campus disciplinary proceeding. The role of this advisor is strictly limited to providing support and advice to the student. The advisor is not permitted to participate in the proceedings as an advocate. At the conclusion of an on‐campus disciplinary action relating to a sexual assault, both the complainant and accused shall be informed in writing of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding alleging a sexual assault.
  10. All complaints will be adjudicated as expeditiously as possible and generally within sixty (60) business days after the filing of the complaint.

Clarification of Sanctions Procedures

If the respondent objects to the sanctions or to how the investigation was handled, she or he may request an initial review and clarification of sanctions with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

  1. Within three (3) business days of being notified by the Title IX Coordinator of the decision regarding the investigation, the respondent may request an initial review and clarification of sanctions with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost. The request must be made in writing and must detail the reasons why, in light of established criteria for an appeal below (a-d), the person objects to the sanctions and desires an initial review and clarification. The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost will evaluate the student’s request and other documentation relevant to the violation based on the following criteria:
    1. Irregularities in fairness that influenced the outcome of the disciplinary action. It is the burden of the student making the appeal to demonstrate the original decision would more likely than not have been different if the irregularity or error had not occurred.
    2. Demonstrated prejudice against any party involved on the part of the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Investigator, or any other personnel who participated in the disciplinary action. The prejudice must be more than simple opposition to the appealing party’s point of view; instead, evidence must show a significant conflict of interest, bias, pressure or influence that prevented a fair and objective hearing.
    3. Discovery of new and significant evidence not available at the time of the original hearing/investigation.
    4. A sanction that is extraordinarily disproportionate to the violation.
  2. Upon receipt of notification of the respondent’s request for an initial review and clarification of sanctions, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost shall schedule a meeting with the student to further discuss the basis for the charges and sanctions, to be held within three (3) business days of the receipt of such request, and shall notify the student of the time and place of the meeting.

Appeal of Sanctions to the University Conduct Committee

If the respondent still objects to the sanctions following the meeting with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, she or he may appeal the decision to the University Conduct Committee. To appeal a sanction the respondent must, within three (3) business days, formally appeal to the University Conduct Committee by written notice delivered to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost. Upon receipt of such appeal notice, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost shall promptly deliver the notice to the Chair of the University Conduct Committee. The President of the University shall appoint the Chair, as well as the members of the Committee. The student may request a stay of sanctions during the appeal process. The Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost will determine the stay of sanctions. This decision cannot be appealed. The student is automatically placed on probation throughout the entire appeal process. Any further violations of the Student Conduct Code may result in the denial of the current appeal and immediate suspension or expulsion.

  1. Within three (3) business days of the filing of the notice of appeal, the Chair of the University Conduct Committee shall assign a subcommittee consisting of three Committee members from the faculty or staff the task of evaluating the merit of the appeal. The student making the appeal must submit a written defense of his/her appeal detailing why he/she objects to the sanctions. The subcommittee should evaluate the student’s appeal and other documentation relevant to the violation based on the criteria under Clarification of Sanctions Procedures 1. a-d above.
  2. Requests for appeal will not automatically be granted and may be denied by the subcommittee if one (or more) of the appeal criteria is not demonstrated. Within five (5) business days the subcommittee will report its decision to the Chair of the University Conduct Committee. Notification will be given to the student by the Chair of the Conduct Committee within two (2) business days of receiving the subcommittee’s decision. If the subcommittee denies the appeal, there is no further appeal.
  3. If the subcommittee decides that the appeal should be heard by the full Conduct Committee, the Chair, within seven (7) days of receiving the subcommittee’s decision, will establish the date, time, and place of a hearing of the charges against the student, and shall send written notice of such to the student, the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, and all of the members of the Committee. The date of the hearing shall be not less than seven (7) days and not more than twenty-one (21) days after the giving of the notice of the hearing. The University shall make arrangements for the making of a record of the hearing, either by a stenographer or other appropriate means, and shall bear the expense of making such record. The student shall have the following rights at the hearing:
    1. To be present at the hearing;
    2. To cross-examine any witnesses presented by the administration;
    3. To present witnesses and other appropriate documentary evidence; and
    4. To remain silent or to testify in defense.
  4. Following the conclusion of the hearing, the Committee shall deliberate in closed session and within reasonable time shall render a decision by a majority vote. The Chair of the Committee shall deliver the written findings and the decision of the Committee to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost as soon as is practical after the decision is rendered. The student shall be notified of the Committee recommendation and the final decision concerning the disciplinary actions in a joint meeting with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost and the Committee Chair. Once the process is completed, there is no further appeal.
  5. Any notice to the student under this discipline policy will be delivered to the student in a manner agreed to in advance by both the student and the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost. If the student desires to pick up a notice subsequent to an appeal, the student shall make an appointment between two (2) and seven (7) working days with the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost to receive and sign for the written result of the appeal. If the student prefers notice to be mailed, it shall be sent by certified mail to the most recent address shown in the official student file maintained by the University, and shall be deemed received when deposited in the U.S. Mail with postage pre-paid. If, at any time during the appeal process, the student desires to designate a different address for notice, the student shall so advise the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost, and such address, along with designated telephone number, shall be forwarded to the Chair of the Conduct Committee by the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

Protection of Complainant and Others

To the extent possible, the proceedings will be conducted in a way calculated to protect the confidentiality and safety of the complainant, respondent, and witnesses. The parties will be informed promptly about the outcome of the proceedings.

  1. At the time the investigation commences, the accused will be informed of the nature of the allegations, the identity of the complainant, and the facts surrounding the allegations.
  2. At any time, the Title IX Coordinator or designee may recommend that interim protections or remedies for the parties involved or witnesses be provided by appropriate University officials. These protections or remedies may include: separating the parties, placing limitations on contact between the parties, temporary suspension, or making alternative workplace or student housing arrangements, which could include removing a student from campus housing at their own expense. These remedies may be applied to one, both, or multiple parties involved. The Title IX Coordinator will take any steps necessary to make sure that there is no recurrence or further violation of this policy. Failure to comply with the terms of interim protections may be considered a separate violation of University policy.
  3. A complainant found to have been intentionally dishonest in making allegations or to have made them maliciously is subject to disciplinary action. False charges or complaints of sexual harassment will be treated as a serious offense, which is damaging to the total campus community. Intentionally false reports may also violate state criminal statutes and/or civil defamation laws.

Confidentiality

  1. All inquiries, complaints, and investigations are treated with discretion. Information is disclosed as law and policy permit or require. However, the identity of the complainant will be disclosed to the person(s) accused of such conduct. Publicizing information about alleged sex discrimination or retaliation is strictly prohibited, and may be considered a violation of University policy.
  2. The Title IX Coordinator shall maintain all information pertaining to a complaint or investigation in secure files.
  3. Federal Statistical Reporting Obligations.
    Certain campus officials (Campus Security Authorities) have a duty to report violations of this policy for federal statistical reporting purposes. All personally identifiable information is kept private, but statistical information must be passed along to Campus Security Authorities regarding the type of incident and its general location (on or off-campus, in the surrounding area) but no addresses are given for publication in MBU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report as required by the Clery Act.

Retaliation

Missouri Baptist University prohibits retaliation against anyone reporting, alleging, or complaining about a violation of this policy. Retaliation is prohibited by Title IX, and shall be considered as a serious violation of the policy and shall be considered independent of whether an informal or formal complaint is substantiated. Encouraging others to retaliate shall constitute a violation of the policy. Any person who retaliates against a complainant will be subject to possible disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Intent

The fact that a person did not intend to violate this policy is not considered a defense to a complaint. The use of alcohol or drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy.

Outcomes for Sexual Assault

Disciplinary action at the University will normally proceed even if criminal proceedings have been initiated. Missouri Baptist University’s action will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced, or that no criminal charges have been brought. The procedures and burdens of proof in a disciplinary action are different from those applicable to a criminal trial. If civil authorities are notified, students can anticipate that Missouri Baptist University may consult with and be in communication with such authorities. Students violating the University’s policy against sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship violence (domestic and dating), or stalking may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including loss of educational opportunities, loss of scholarship, suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.

Training and Awareness Programs

In addition to the information contained in this Policy, the University will, in accordance with the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (“SaVE Act”), provide training and information to members of the campus community regarding the following topics:

  1. Safe and positive steps an individual may take to intervene to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking against another person;
  2. Information about how to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior in order to mitigate the likelihood of perpetration, victimization, or bystander inaction;
  3. Awareness campaigns and prevention programs intended to stop domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking before they occur, and to increase campus awareness and share information and resources for the same purpose;
  4. Written notification to students and employees about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available for victims, both within the institution and in the community.

The University will distribute this information to members of the campus community through its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and any other means identified by the University administration to make the information readily available to the campus. Copies will also be maintained by the Title IX Coordinator, who will make such information available to any interested person.

Counseling and Reporting Resources

  • MBU Anonymous tip line – (314) 744-7620
  • MBU Department of Public Safety – (314) 744-5355
  • Dr. Andy Chambers, Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost (also the MBU Title IX Coordinator) – (314) 392-2211
  • Krista Huse, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost – (314) 392-2212
  • Kim Grey, Associate Dean of Students – (314) 392-2241
  • Any MBU Student Development staff member
  • If the victim is a student-athlete, she/he can contact the Assistant Coach, Head Coach, or Dr. Tom Smith, Director of Athletics – (314) 392-2264.
  • If the victim lives in student housing, a Resident Life staff member can be contacted (Resident Assistant, Assistant Resident Director, Resident Director, or the Director of Resident Life). Staff can be reached at the following numbers:
    • North Hall Resident Director – (314) 485-8477
    • Pillsbury Huff Hall Resident Director – (314) 392-2104
    • Spartan Village Resident Director – (314) 485-8475
    • Associate Dean of Students – (314) 392-2241
  • Creve Coeur Police Department – 911/(314) 432-8000
  • Victims may also go directly to Mercy Medical Center
  • Other helpful resources include:
    • Sexual Assault Center – Saint Louis (314) 531-7273
    • Safe Connections – Saint Louis
      • 24-Hour Crisis Helpline (314) 531-2003
      • Main Office Number (314) 646-7500
      • Main Fax Number (314) 646-8181
    • Women’s Safe House (314) 772-8952
    • Alive (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments)
      • St. Louis Crisis Line: (314) 993-2777
      • Franklin County Crisis Line: (636) 583-5700 or (800) 941-9144
    • Victim Service Council, (314) 615-2600

Policy Updates

The most up to date version of this policy is maintained in the office of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

Student Housing Regulations

Missouri Baptist University offers on-campus housing for traditional undergraduate students, 23 and younger, in Pillsbury-Huff, North Hall, and Spartan Village. Off-campus housing is provided on a limited basis as determined by the Director of Resident Life. All resident students are expected to carry at least twelve credit hours per semester, maintain good academic standing, and make satisfactory academic progress. Permission to continue residency is contingent upon meeting these criteria.

It is expected that each resident will become acquainted with, and comply with, all the rules and regulations pertaining to campus conduct and residence living. A copy of the Residence Hall Handbook is available from the Resident Life Office.

If a residence hall student moves out of the residence hall during the contract period, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, room and board will be refunded on a pro-rated basis. The refund schedule for room and board will follow the same schedule as tuition for 15/16 week classes. A student leaving after the halfway point of the semester will be responsible for the entire semester charge. Vacate forms must be approved by the Resident Director and the Director of Resident Life before any refund is made. Students leaving the residence hall during the contract period will not receive their housing deposit back.

The residence hall deposit is non-refundable for any student who fails to maintain good academic standing or make satisfactory progress.

Liability for Damage

Students are liable for any breakage and damage to rooms, buildings, and furnishings. Diplomas and transcripts will not be issued until all bills are properly settled. The room deposit is held throughout the full period of residency. Charges for damages, if any, will be deducted from the deposit, and any remaining balance will be returned to the student after campus residency is terminated. If damages exceed the amount of the deposit, additional charges will be entered against the student’s account.

Student Health Guidelines and Medical Insurance

Missouri Baptist University requires that proof of health insurance and immunization record for resident students be filed in the Office of Resident Life. The record should include measles/mumps/rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis B, and a tuberculosis test. This may also include any Federal mandated vaccine. The meningococcal (meningitis) and varicella (chicken pox) vaccines are strongly recommended for students living in the residence halls, but are not required. Resident students electing not to receive the meningitis vaccination will be required to sign a waiver.

International students are required to purchase the health insurance plan provided by Missouri Baptist University through the Lewer Agency and this cost is directly charged to the student’s account. Students may request to waive out of the MBU Policy if they have a comparable policy from home. This waiver must be requested within the first two weeks of classes. International Students on OPT may request to stay on the International Student Health Plan for the duration of their OPT term at the same cost as current students. OPT students must make arrangements at least one month prior to the start of the OPT term.

International students are also required to provide a report of medical history, including shot records for measles/mumps/rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis B, and a tuberculosis test. The meningococcal (meningitis) and varicella (chicken pox) vaccines are strongly recommended for students living in the residence halls, but are not required. Resident students electing not to receive the meningitis vaccination will be required to sign a waiver. Any other specific health needs should be reported to the Office of International Student Services in case of an emergency.

The Athletic Department has specific health requirements. Each student enrolled in this program should contact the department for requirements.

Missouri Baptist University does not provide personal medical insurance. Each student is encouraged to make his/her own arrangements for adequate medical coverage.

Public Safety

The Public Safety Office is staffed by licensed security 24 hours a day. Students should practice good safety habits at all times and should contact the Public Safety Office when feeling uneasy, or if they become aware of suspicious persons or activities. The officer on duty will accompany students around campus on request. The number to contact the Public Safety Officer on duty is 314-744-5355 or 314-882-1601. The Public Safety Office works in cooperation with all federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Campus crime statistics may be found on the Public Safety webpage at https://www.mobap.edu/student-life/safety/crime-prevention-and-safety/.

Evacuation Procedures for MBU Facilities

Administration Building
Outside gathering point: Main Parking lot B section A2
Inside safety location: Lowest stairwell and first floor hallway
Inside information point: Reception desk

Field Academic Hall
Outside gathering point: 1st Floor Parking lot A section E; 2nd and 3rd Floors: Main parking lot B section B1
Inside safety location: 1st Floor Hallways by Main Computer Lab & Field Conference Room
Inside information point: The lobby just outside of the Office of Student Development

Jung-Kellogg Library
Outside gathering point: Main parking lot B section A1
Inside safety location: Beneath the Rare Books mezzanine
Inside information point: Circulation desk

thePerk & Spartan Store
Outside gathering point: Main parking lot B section 5
Inside safety location: Two inside restrooms
Inside information point: South end of the service counter

Maintenance Building
Outside gathering point: D lot gathering point
Inside safety location: Evacuate to Pillsbury-Huff east wing second floor lounge
Inside information point: Campus Services Administrative Assistant’s Office

Muncy Gymnasium & Modular Buildings
Outside gathering point: Main Parking lot B section C2
Inside safety location: Downstairs Office Suites

Pillsbury Chapel & Dale Williams Fine Arts Center
Outside gathering point: 1st Floor Lower lot B section D; Upper Floors Parking lot B section C1
Inside safety location: Lower level piano practice rooms
Inside information point: Special Events Office

North Hall
Outside gathering point: Pillsbury-Huff parking lot
Inside safety location: First floor interior hallways
Inside information point: Resident Assistant front desk

Pillsbury-Huff Hall
Outside gathering point: Pillsbury-Huff parking lot
Inside safety location: East wing second floor lounge
Inside information point: Main Lobby

Spartan Village
Outside gathering point: E parking lot on the island by the Blue Light Phone
Inside safety location: Downstairs hallway in both dorms
Inside information point: Building lobby in both dorms

The Carl and Deloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex
Outside gathering point: The west end of the E parking lot by the Greek Columns
Inside safe location: Lower level north hallway outside the locker rooms
Inside information point: Main lobby desk

Spartan Field House
Outside gathering point: Blue Light Phone on the west side of the front parking lot
Inside safe location: Hallway by the equipment room
Inside information point: Team Room

School of Nursing - Walker Medical Building
Outside gathering point: Round Circle in front of building
Inside safe location: Main Lobby
Inside information point: Front Desk

Please reference University Emergency Management Plan for updates at www.mobap.edu/safety.

Traffic & Parking Policies

Introduction

Missouri Baptist University has seven parking lots to accommodate parking needs. Those seven lots are the Field Academic Hall lower lot (A), the main lot (B), upper and lower lots at the baseball field (C), the residence hall lots (D and G), the Spartan Village lot (E), and the Spartan Field House lot (F). For more detailed information regarding Traffic & Parking policies, go to http://www.mobap.edu/student-life/safety/.

Parking Regulations

Missouri Baptist University has established parking regulations to make parking on campus as safe and convenient as possible. Lots A and B are reserved for faculty, staff, graduate students, doctoral students, and persons with special permits. Lot C (including the upper lot next to the baseball field) is reserved for undergraduate commuter students. Some spots may be available for commuters on Dink Marler, depending upon availability. Lot D (including designated spaces on Dink Marler) is reserved for resident students. Lot E is reserved primarily for resident students. Lot F is reserved for student-athletes playing football. Lot G is reserved for resident students of North Hall. Missouri Baptist University is not responsible for any loss or damage that occurs from parking on University property.

Registration of Vehicles

All students, faculty and staff must register their intent to park a vehicle on campus and obtain a parking sticker by the first day of class each semester. All parking stickers are distributed on a first come, first served basis in the Public Safety Office located in the modular building north of the Administration building. To obtain a sticker you must fill out a registration form and provide proof of registration. Possession of a sticker for a specific lot gives you the privilege of parking on that lot, but it does not guarantee a parking space. Parking in any reserved or visitor’s space will result in a ticket. Students who do not intend to have a vehicle on campus must inform Financial Services and the Public Safety Office by the first day of class.

The parking sticker should be affixed to the outside lower left rear window of the vehicle (back window driver’s side). Convertible automobiles or vehicles with a removable rear window should affix the sticker to the lower left front window outside (below state inspection sticker). Any vehicle that does not have the sticker affixed in the proper location or not readily visible will be ticketed for failure to display sticker registration. No vehicle may be parked on campus without a parking sticker affixed or a temporary one-day parking hangtag.

2018-2019 Parking Sticker Codes

ORANGE – Lots A and B for faculty & staff

RED – Lots A and B for graduate students and Special Needs students

BLACK – Lots A and B for doctoral students

GREEN – Lot C (and upper lot adjacent to baseball field) for commuter students

BLUE – Lot D (including designated spaces on Dink Marler) for resident students living in North Hall, Pillsbury-Huff Hall and Spartan Village

PURPLE – Lot E is primarily for Spartan Village residents. This lot is ticketed 24/7.

GRAY – Lot F for the football field house

MAROON – Lot G is primarily for female residents

Note: Lots A and B are available to all vehicles after 4:30, except for those with stickers for lots D, E, and G.

Abandoned Vehicles

All vehicles parked on Missouri Baptist University property must have current registration from the student’s home state. Any vehicle without current and valid license plates will be considered abandoned and will be towed at the owner’s expense in accordance with the City of Creve Coeur and the State of Missouri laws on abandoned vehicles.

Traffic Regulations

At Missouri Baptist University, like everywhere else in the nation, driving is a privilege. To ensure that everyone enjoys that privilege, all local, state, and University traffic regulations governing the safe operation of a motor vehicle will be enforced. The campus speed limit is 15 miles per hour except where a slower speed limit is essential to safety. All vehicles, including motorcycles and bicycles, are expected to observe the same traffic rules. Pedestrians have the right of way at all times and all vehicles are required to yield to them. All stop signs on campus are placed to maintain safety for all traffic and pedestrians. Running a stop sign, careless and reckless driving, and failing to yield to pedestrians are considered serious offenses and will result in a moving violation.

Parking Meters

Missouri Baptist University has established 45-minute parking meters for commuter students. These meters are for students wishing to make a quick visit to the Bookstore, deliver paperwork to the Administration building, or to visit their professor. Students exceeding the 45-minute limit or parking at an expired meter when the meter is in operation will be subject to fines twice that of a normal parking violation.

Parking Violations

  1. Parking a vehicle on campus without a registration permit and properly displayed sticker (registered to the same car and student). A sticker not affixed to the vehicle is the same as not displaying a sticker and will be ticketed. In the event that a student drives a different car than the one registered to the student and assigned sticker, a temporary tag may be obtained in the Office of Public Safety.
  2. Parking a vehicle in an unauthorized area such as:
    1. Along the south side of the road on Dink Marler Lane (pedestrian traffic lane).
    2. Along any white or yellow painted curbing or edge of any road striped with white or yellow paint.
    3. Within 50 feet of any fire hydrant or other similar emergency device.
    4. The emergency service drive to Muncy Gymnasium.
    5. The semi-circle drive in front of the Administration Building.
    6. The service vehicle area at the northwest entrance of Field Academic Hall.
    7. In front of Pillsbury-Huff Residence Hall.
    8. All visitors’ spaces and reserved spaces.
    9. The drive in front of the Sports and Recreation Complex.
  3. Parking where prohibited by signs.
  4. Parking at an expired meter when meter is in operation.
  5. Parking on grassy areas.
  6. Parking on sidewalks or entrances to buildings.
  7. Parking in front of trash disposal containers and “service vehicle only” areas.
  8. Parking in a fire lane, traffic right of way, or pedestrian crosswalk.
  9. Parking in a lot other than the one specified by sticker color.
  10. Defacing or misuse of sticker.

Auto Boot Policy

Auto booting is a means of controlling and decreasing the number of habitual parking violators on the Missouri Baptist University campus. The auto boot attaches to the front or rear left tire preventing the moving of the vehicle until all parking fines are paid or parking disputes settled. This is a safer and more convenient way of controlling habitual offenders.

  1. Application of Auto Boot
    1. The Auto Boot will be applied after the receipt of the fifth unpaid non-moving violation in one semester.
    2. The Auto Boot will be applied to vehicles parked illegally in all reserved, fire, visitor, and disabled parking spaces or may be towed at the owners expense depending on the seriousness of the violation.
  2. Removal of Auto Boot
    1. The Auto Boot will be removed providing the following conditions are met:
      1. Fees are paid in full (parking fees, ticket fees, and Auto Boot removal fee of $75);
      2. Public Safety personnel are provided with the receipt showing payment in full of both fines and Auto Boot removal fee; and
      3. Approval of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost.

Responsibilities

  1. Violators are responsible for the following:
    1. Parking fees (including all tickets).
    2. Auto Boot fees.
    3. Any and all damages to the Auto Boot.
  2. Missouri Baptist University is not responsible for any loss or damage incurred from Auto Booting.

Traffic or Parking Appeal Process

The Traffic and Parking Appeals Committee has been established to hear parking appeals on a scheduled basis. Appeals may be scheduled in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost. If one chooses to appeal a parking violation he/she automatically forfeits the option of the half-price discount given for paying a ticket within 24 hours.

Questions concerning parking should be directed to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost. Appeals must be made in writing and can be done in person in the Office the Senior Vice President of Student Development or online at http://www.mobap.edu/student-life/safety/parking/.

Fines and Payments

All moving violations and/or parking regulations carry fines. Penalties, with the exception of moving violations, failure to obey a security officer, failure to register vehicle(s), and/or failure to furnish correct license numbers, will be reduced to one-half if paid within 24 hours of the time of the receipt of the citation, exclusive of Saturday, Sunday, and official vacation periods. Failure to register for parking will result in a “hold” for the amount of the sticker plus the cost of any tickets incurred. Penalties are payable by cash, check, or credit card to the Student Financial Services Office. At the discretion of the Senior Vice President for Student Development/Associate Provost campus service may be required in place of monetary payment. Until these fines are paid, no transcripts will be issued for students.

Violation Scheduled Fine
Failure to obey a Security Officer $80.00
Failure to stop at a stop sign $80.00
Excessive speed: 10-15 MPH over limit $45.00
Excessive speed: 25 + MPH over limit $90.00
Reckless driving $90.00
Improper lane use $45.00
Failure to drive on right side of roadway $45.00
Failure to yield to a pedestrian $80.00
Failure to display tag $45.00
Parked in wrong lot $45.00
Parked in semi circle drive $45.00
Parked in service vehicle area $45.00
Parked in no parking area $45.00
Parked in a grassy area or entrance area $45.00
Parked in two spaces $45.00
Failure to parallel park correctly $45.00
Parked in a handicapped space $90.00
Parked in a fire lane, traffic or crosswalk $75.00
Parked by a white or yellow curb $45.00
Parked in reserved space $90.00
Parking meter violation-time expired $45.00
Parking meter violation-never paid $90.00

Student Services

Academic Success Center

THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER (ASC), which operates under the Office of Student Development, is located on the Main campus of Missouri Baptist University on the lower level of Virginia Field Academic Hall in rooms FLD-119 and FLD-117. The Academic Success Center’s mission is to effectively orient and academically advise all new students to MBU and to provide resources that will enhance student learning in and outside of the classroom environment. 

Student Success Advisors provide first-year advising and orientation to first time freshman and new transfer students. Incoming first time freshman who are admitted on probation participate in the Quest mentoring program and have regularly scheduled meetings with their Student Success Advisor. Collegiate Seminar and Transfer Orientation are coordinated through the ASC under the direction of the Director of Student Success. In these ways, the ASC strives to see the student holistically, recognizing their unique physical, mental, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects and encourage their development as a whole person.

Tutoring services are also offered by the ASC providing students with individualized help across disciplines including most general education courses. Study skill development is also provided through personal coaching, videos and handouts to help with time management, how to study, and overall academic goal setting. The Writing Lab is another ASC service which allows students to meet with a writing coach to receive help with various parts of the writing process including brainstorming, structuring a paper, improving grammar, and properly citing sources.

In addition to classroom make-up tests, examinations – including the ACT, Residual ACT, Proficiency Profile, MoGEA, DSST, Major Field Tests, and CPCE – are scheduled, administered, and supervised by the Coordinator of Assessment under the direction of the Director of Student Success.

The Special Needs Coordinator(s) provides services for students who have documented disabilities of a permanent or temporary nature. Individuals with major life disabilities such as physical handicaps, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and/or medical disabilities may receive accommodations to minimize barriers to education. In order to receive services, students must self-identify their disability to a Special Needs Access Coordinator located in the Academic Success Center.

For more information regarding accommodations please visit: http://www.mobap.edu/special-needs-access/.  Additional information about the ASC can be found at http://www.mobap.edu/success/.

Special Needs Coordination

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Special Needs Coordinators offer services to students who have documented disabilities of a permanent or temporary nature. To qualify for services, students must self-identify to the Special Needs Coordinators located in the Academic Success Center. Students must meet with a Special Needs Coordinator to discuss their needs and provide appropriate written documentation of a disability from a qualified professional or agency. Students are encouraged to establish documentation at least two weeks prior to the first day of the semester.

Students who need accommodations must register each semester with the Special Needs Coordinator(s). A Verification of Individual Student Accommodations or VISA, which describes the student’s needed accommodations, will be developed with the student’s written permission. It is the student’s responsibility to deliver/email the VISA as well as discuss his/her needs with each instructor.

The goals of the Special Needs Coordinators in the Academic Success Center are to provide appropriate support services to students, staff, and faculty; to minimize physical and attitudinal barriers; and to provide autonomy and self-advocacy for persons with disabilities. For more information visit http://www.mobap.edu/special-needs-access/.

The Special Needs Coordinators are housed within the Academic Success Center, room FLD-119. The Special Needs Access Office can be reached via phone at (314) 392-2364 or email at specialneeds@mobap.edu.

Career Services

The Career Services Office operates under the supervision of the Director and provides services to all students and alumni. Services include career planning, campus recruiting, personal interviews, job search assistance and referrals, resume and cover letter critiques, interview coaching, internships, seminars, workshops, and career fairs.

In addition, Career Services offers several web-based resources to connect students and alumni with its services. Those services include:

  • Career Exploration through MBU Focus 2 for those interested in exploring career options or who need help choosing a program of study. An Online Career Library through VAULT allows students access to the most current periodicals, journals, and resources to help them in their career journey.
  • Job Search Assistance through MBULINK, an online job database used by Career Services to connect students and employers. Registration is required. All users must be current students or alumni of the university.
  • Credential Files are established and maintained online through INTERFOLIO, a credential and dossier management system. Those who wish to establish a file may access Interfolio through http://www.mobap.edu/studentlife/career-services/. Fees for services are available online through Interfolio or through the Career Services Webpage.

The Career Services Office is located in Field Academic Hall in the Student Development Suite on the Main campus.

Counseling Services

Counseling and Wellness Services are coordinated through the Office of Student Development. Counselors are available to meet individually with students by appointment, which are scheduled through the Student Development Office. All sessions with counselors are completely confidential. Information and resources for counseling and wellness services are listed online at: http://www.mobap.edu/student-life/counselingwellness/.

International Student Services

International Student Services is responsible for recruitment, admission, student development and immigration compliance for all non-immigrant students at Missouri Baptist University and international alumni engaged in Optional Practical Training. The ISS staff is committed to providing the best possible service to international students throughout their educational journey. ISS also provides opportunities for international students and U.S. students to engage in cross-cultural learning activities. Services include: International Student Orientation, enrollment verification letters, assistance with applications for Practical Training, and immigration advising.

Admission Procedures for Graduate International Students

International students seeking admission into the graduate program must meet all the requirements for full admission into the program. In addition, they will need to submit the following items to complete their admission process:

  1. Evidence of English proficiency determined by one of the exams listed below. Official, original test results must be sent directly to MBU, copies of test results cannot be used for admission.

IELTS

6.5 (minimum score)

PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic)

58 (minimum score)

TOEFL- Internet-based (MBU code: 2717)

80 (minimum score)

TOEFL-Computer-based (MBU code: 2717)

213 (minimum score)

TOEFL- Paper-based (MBU code: 2717)

550 (minimum score)

ELS (English for Academic Purposes)

Completed Level 112

SAT (MBU code 2258)

 25 writing and language/25 reading (minimum score)

ACT (MBU code 2323)

19 Reading score/20 English (minimum score)                                         

 

Note: Students from the following countries who have completed high school or secondary school in an English-speaking school are not required to prove English Proficiency: Australia, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), the Fiji islands, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, and English speaking countries in the Caribbean upon approval by the Director of International Student Services.

An English Proficiency Exam may be waived at the discretion of the Director of International Student Services if a student has completed at least 24 university-level credit hours at another U.S. college or university with the minimum 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. ESL/ELS/EIEP classes, or any other remedial courses, even if taken in a university setting, will not be accepted toward the English Proficiency waiver. A waiver cannot be considered until official transcripts are submitted. Students who attended a high school in the U.S. may be waived from the English Proficiency requirement if they have completed at least two years in the U.S. and have a minimum of a 2.0 CGPA.

  1. A Certified Translation of Transcripts & Credentials for any postsecondary coursework completed or degrees earned.
  2. Students with university level credits from a foreign country must have all credits evaluated. All records must be official college or university transcripts showing the individual subjects studied and the grades received in each course. Missouri Baptist University requires that students have this evaluation done through one of the following agencies: Note the results from the evaluation must be mailed to Missouri Baptist University directly from the evaluator. There is a fee for this evaluation. Coursework from Foreign Educational Institutions must be verified before admittance. Contact the agency for instructions before sending documents.

Academic & Professional International Evaluations, Inc. www.apie.org

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers International Education Services www.aacrao.org

Foreign Consultants, Inc.www.foreignconsultants.com

International Education Research Foundation, Inc. www.ierf.org

World Education Services, Inc. (preferred) www.wes.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc**www.ece.org

** Students seeking teaching certification should NOT use ECE, Inc. This agency is not approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. For DESE approved evaluation agencies, see the Education section of the Bulletin

4. Signed and dated Financial Estimate Worksheet

  1. Proof of financial ability to support himself/herself while attending MBU. Proof must be equivalent to the estimated total cost indicated on the Financial Estimate Worksheet, less any scholarships. This proof must be in the form of the following:
    1. An original bank statement, savings account statement or bank letter in English no more than two months old showing the current balance at the time of print.
    2. An affidavit of support from a sponsor defining the exact amount of available funds designated to the student, guaranteeing support of student at the specified amount throughout course of study at MBU, and the period of time for which support is pledged. This requirement is waived if the student is providing proof of his/her own personal funds in sufficient amounts to cover all expenses in the bank statement as outlined in (a); AND
    3. The complete name, physical address, phone number, and email address of the student’s financial sponsor.

 

  1. A $200 Admissions Deposit. This deposit is required upon acceptance and must be paid before enrollment and before the I-20 can be sent. It will be applied to first semester tuition and fees. If the student chooses to attend another institution after paying the deposit, the amount may be refunded minus an administrative withdrawal fee. The fee is refundable before May 1st for Fall applicants and before October 1st for Spring applicants depending upon the form of payment.
  2. For students outside the U.S., copies of the passport biographical page(s) are required. For students within the U.S., copies of the following items are required: passport, copy of visa or USCIS approval notice, I-94 and I-20.

Special Notes:

Students applying for admission to the Teacher Education program, once the degree is documented as equivalent, it can be accepted to fulfill the minimum degree requirement for certification (see the section on General Certification Requirements.)

Due to restrictions imposed by U.S. immigration law, International students in F-1 status may not be admitted into Online Programs. This does not restrict students from taking online courses as part of their curriculum; contact International Student Services for specific details.​

Students interested in programs requiring state certification or licensure must meet residency requirements established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors. Completion of the master’s degree in these areas does not guarantee placement in a school or agency.

Enrollment Procedures for Undergraduate International Students 

  1. Per immigration law, undergraduate international students in F-1 status must be enrolled a minimum of 12 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters to maintain their visa status. Immigration allows less than full-time enrollment in certain circumstances, such as final semester of study or documented medical illness. For a full listing of reasons, please contact International Student Services. If the student will not be enrolled full-time, he or she must receive permission from ISS prior to registering for less than a full course load or prior to dropping below a full course load.
  2. Only three (3) credit hours of distance learning (online) courses may be counted towards the minimum full-time enrollment requirement. If a student is registered for more than the minimum enrollment requirements, then that student may enroll in more than three credit hours of distance learning.
  3. Students in their final semester of study may not enroll in only on-line course(s). This prohibition includes the summer semester if summer is the student’s final semester.
  4. Per immigration law, F-1 students must attend the college/university and campus listed on their current I-20 (immigration document).
  5. Four MBU Regional Learning Centers have been approved by the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor program to have international students. These are MBU-Troy/Wentzville, MBU at Jefferson College, MBU in Arnold and MBU in Union. International students must have prior approval from ISS to take courses at these locations.
  6. In order for F-1 international students to participate in any off-campus field experience, internship, practicum, or sponsored research, they must apply for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) through the Office of International Student Services. This includes courses with embedded field experiences that are interactive rather than merely observational in nature. Students enrolled in courses qualifying under the CPT guidelines must complete a CPT Application Form with their advisor and submit it to the Office of International Student Services. A list of courses offered by the School of Education identified as requiring the CPT Application Form is listed below. Since requirements are subject to change, students should consult with their advisor and the Director of International Student Services if there is any question whether a course might meet the criteria for CPT. This list should not be considered exhaustive.
  7. Students in other visa or immigration statuses are not subject to the same restrictions as F-1 and students. All International Students will have an alert in CAMS under the FERPA Warning section as International.
  8. International Student Health Insurance Plan: By university policy, all F-1 international students are required to have health insurance, and students are automatically enrolled in the International Student Health Plan when they enroll in classes at MBU.

Sports and Recreation Complex

The Carl and Deloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex raises the level of excellence in campus life through enhanced recreation facilities, including a fitness center with strength training and cardiovascular equipment, an indoor track, a group fitness and dance area for a wide variety of classes, student locker rooms, and much more.

The suspended indoor track allows recreational walkers and runners a birds-eye view of the gymnasium.

The group fitness room, complete with a surround sound system and mirrored walls, offers a beautiful view of the eastern side of the MBU campus. Students, faculty, and staff can participate in a variety of group fitness offerings designed to exercise the body and mind. For specific information on available classes, go to http://www.mobap.edu/student-life/src/fitness/groupfitness/.

The spacious fitness center offers free weights, weight machines, and cardiovascular machines- everything needed to help improve flexibility, develop strength, tone muscles, and improve overall health and wellness. State of the art equipment, oversized flat screen televisions, and great music give patrons a workout experience to look forward to again and again. For fitness center hours go to http://www.mobap.edu/student-life/src/.

The Alumni Association of Missouri Baptist University

The mission and purpose of the Alumni Association shall be:

  1. To promote the general welfare and effectiveness of Missouri Baptist University;
  2. To aid, encourage, and further the goals, programs, and plans of Missouri Baptist University;
  3. To assist the trustees, administration, faculty, students, and alumni of Missouri Baptist University in each of their respective fields of activity;
  4. To foster and encourage mutual concern and fellowship among the Alumni of Missouri Baptist University.

Membership in the organization includes:

Regular Membership:
Regular membership in the Association, and the right to vote as such member, shall be extended to all persons who have graduated from Missouri Baptist University (including Missouri Baptist College) with a certificate, associates, baccalaureate, or masters degree (an alumnus may be concurrently enrolled on the graduate level).

Honorary Membership:
Honorary membership in the Association shall be provided for those persons who have evidenced particular interest in the welfare of Missouri Baptist University, and desire to associate themselves with the activities of the Association. They shall be admitted to full membership, upon approval of the Board of Governors, including the right to vote.

Campus Life

Social, athletic, cultural, and religious activities are planned by the University and by student organizations. These are designed to appeal to a broad scope of interest, to encourage participation by every student, and to enhance the college experience. A variety of informative and entertaining programs are presented in regularly scheduled convocations, lectures, concerts, recitals, drama productions, and exhibitions.

The academic year at Missouri Baptist University is enlivened by a variety of social functions, including Homecoming, the Hanging of the Green, the Outstanding Students of Achievement Ceremony, and other events.

MBU Institute for Leadership

The Institute for Leadership will help MBU students develop leadership skills that will maximize their potential as students and as professionals after they graduate. Throughout the year long program, students will hear from prominent leaders and engage a variety of learning experiences that will stretch and develop them as leaders.

To be eligible to participate in the MBU Institute for Leadership program, a student must:

  • Be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior
  • Have completed 12 hours at MBU by January 2015
  • Currently be a full-time student at MBU
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Successfully complete the application and interview process

Benefits of the Program Include:

  • One-on-one mentoring with MBU leadership
  • Recognition on Transcript
  • Recognition at Outstanding Students of Achievement Ceremony
  • Certificate of program completion
  • Networking opportunities with St. Louis professionals

How to apply:

Applications are available online or in the Office of Student Activities. Deadline for application is September.

For more information, contact Lara Hines, Director of Student Activities, hinesl@mobap.edu, (314) 392-2242, Field Building 209.

Students accepted into the MBU Institute for Leadership will be enrolled in a one-credit hour upper division elective, IDST 311 Leadership Development, for the Spring semester by the Student Activities Office.

Approval of Organizations

All student organizations are subject to the approval of the Student Government Association and the faculty and administration. Before a new organization is recognized, it must gain approval of its constitution first by the Student Government Association and then by the faculty and administration. The Student Government Association will ensure that organizations regularly review and revise their constitutions. The faculty and administration may, if circumstances warrant, restrict or disband any student organization. All student organizations must follow and support the University’s mission.

Custody of Organization Funds

All student organizations are required to deposit their funds with the University Financial Services Office. The University disburses funds when requested by the organization advisor and the president or treasurer of the organization.

No student is allowed to contract any debt for any student organization without approval in the form of an official purchase order signed by the organization advisor, one of the organization’s officers, the Chief Financial Officer of the University, and, when necessary, the University President.

MBU Clubs and Organizations

Because the University has a variety of campus organizations, students are able to find organized activities which are particularly interesting or helpful to them. These clubs and activities are classified into departmental and professional clubs, honorary, ministry, and special interest organizations.

Each organization maintains its own officers and faculty sponsor(s), and schedules its programs through the Director of Student Activities, who maintains a complete calendar of school activities.

The most up-to-date list of clubs and organizations, as well as advisors and contact information, can be found at http://www.mobap.edu/student-life/student-life-get-involved/clubs/.

Departmental and Professional

School of Business

Accounting Club promotes career activities and opportunities in accounting, prepares students for the business environment with an ethical focus and develops camaraderie with other accounting students. Activities include visiting accounting professionals, field trips, tutoring opportunities, and encouragement to participate in professional organizations’ student events and programs.

  • Contact Brenda Bradford at brenda.bradford@mobap.edu for more information.

ENACTUS: Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a nonprofit organization that provides college students the best opportunity to make a difference, and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise. This is a campus-wide student organization that offers students from every discipline an opportunity to benefit from working with professionals from all areas. Students use the conceptual and theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to make executive decisions while planning and implementing outreach projects in a hands-on environment unique to the “SIFE experience”. For example, they teach concepts such as budgeting, accounting, and supply and demand, and assist budding entrepreneurs in getting their businesses off the ground. SIFE students also mentor “at-risk” students, helping them to reach for their dreams. Supported by more than 250 top corporations, SIFE teams are active on over 1000 college campuses in the United States and 17 foreign countries. Having fun, working to better the community, meeting top executives, traveling, competing, making new friends, and giving their careers a big head start by adding their names to the “SIFE International Career Development Job Bank” are all benefits that students receive when they participate in SIFE. Students may elect to take SIFE for an elective credit (by enrolling in BUSN 311 ) or simply join SIFE for the benefits and experience they will receive.

School of Education

Student Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (S-ASCD) provides teacher candidates an opportunity to network with a recognized association such as Missouri ASCD and ASCD, a national/international organization known for its leadership in education. The organization encourages pre-service educators to initiate leadership, workshop, and networking opportunities for peers in the formative stages in their careers and to gain valuable experiences that will enhance their knowledge of major issues and trends in education. Membership is open to all undergraduates and graduates enrolled in educational programs.

Student Missouri State Teachers’ Association
(S-MSTA) is a pre-professional organization composed of education students and others interested in teaching as a career. The chapter seeks to provide its members with opportunities for personal and professional growth, the development of leadership skills, a better understanding of the teaching profession, and participation in professional activities at the local and state levels.

Fine Arts Division

National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) is a national organization open to any college student interested in the teaching of music. The purposes of the organization are to provide opportunities for professional growth; to acquaint the students with the privileges and responsibilities of the music education profession; to acquaint them with leaders in the profession; and to provide opportunities for contact with NAfME members from other schools. The NAfME also assists the Music Department with various activities throughout the year.

Health and Sport Sciences Division

ExeRxcise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by:

  • Making movement a part of the daily campus culture
  • Assessing physical activity at every student health visit
  • Providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime; and
  • Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.
Natural Sciences Division

Pre-Healthcare Professionals is an organization whose purpose is to help prepare students for their post-undergraduate studies by helping plan for the medical school admissions process, to provide an atmosphere of knowledge sharing, to promote humanitarian actions, and to facilitate social and academic networks.

Science and Math Club is one of the oldest and most active clubs on the Missouri Baptist University campus. The club’s goal is to prepare members for a successful career in a math or science related field. Each week, professionals in the math or science industry give a presentation on their job and the education required to be successful in that area of study. Students are encouraged to ask questions and network with the professionals. Come join us every Tuesday (except chapel Tuesdays).

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi is a coeducational honor society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. Students are admitted from all academic disciplines, and members compose no more than the top ten percent of the junior and the senior classes.

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education, with a national membership of undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty and administrators, classroom teachers, school administrators, retired educators, Laureate members, and honorary members. Its purposes are to promote excellence, recognize honor students, and acknowledge outstanding contributions to education. The Missouri Baptist University chapter is open to high achieving students planning careers in the field of education.

Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) is a national honor society relevant to students and those pre-professional within the Human Sciences field. The Human Sciences are roughly organized by the nature of the disciplines that seek to better the health and environments of the human condition, including the individual, the family, and the community. KON states a dedication to ‘recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership in the Human Sciences.’ Furthermore, KON has eight objectives, related to leadership, scholarship, and research, that ultimately seek to improve the human condition and public good.

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English Honor society. Its purposes are to recognize honor students who are English majors and minors and to support and study the humanities. The motto is sincerity, truth, and design. The honor society restricts membership in this manner: Voting members – must major or minor in English, be in the top one-third of the class, have a B average in English, and have six credit hours in English beyond the freshman composition level; Non-voting members – do not need to major or minor in English but must meet all the other criteria for voting members. The national office requires members to pay a lifetime fee, currently $25. The Psi Psi chapter at Missouri Baptist University will charge an additional one-time only fee of $5.00. Each semester, Psi Psi will initiate new members with a pinning ceremony. Other activities include the publishing of Cantos, a literary magazine of poems and short stories written by MBU students, faculty, and staff.

Sigma Zeta is a national, undergraduate honor society with the purpose to encourage and foster scholarly activity and recognize academic scholarship in the natural and computer sciences and mathematics. To be eligible for membership, students must have a major in the natural sciences or mathematics, have junior/senior standing, with an overall GPA of 3.5.

Ministry

AMP – A Mighty Passion is a God-glorifying community of followers of Christ who is on a mission to change lives for Jesus Christ our Savior (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20). AMP leads the MBU community in worship, discipleship, service and witnessing so that God can use graduates to change the world in the name of Christ.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is an interdenominational Christian sports ministry to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches. FCA serves as a ministry arm of AMP for athletes. See the AMP office for meeting times and how to get involved.

Ministerial Alliance provides ministerial students visible and active support while they further their relationships with students and with God.

Ratio Christi (Latin for ‘The Reason of Christ’) is a global movement that equips university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ. Ratio Christi is a student-led apologetics club, bringing together faith and reason to establish the intellectual voice of Christ.

Special Interest

Association of Black Collegians’ goal is to aid and support the African-American student body at Missouri Baptist University. The organization seeks to develop and cultivate a culture of diversity that encourages academic excellence, social responsibility, and academic success through an ongoing network of collegiate fellowship and mentoring. As a part of the MBU body, we invite collaboration and coordination with other cultures and organizations.

Campus Activities Board (CAB) organizes and integrates student activities and campus life. CAB enriches the college experience by providing cultural, social and recreational events. CAB hopes to encourage MBU pride and loyalty with leadership experiences and the opportunity to plan Welcome Weekend, Homecoming, lectures, trips, sporting events and parties.

CIRCLE K is the premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development, a friendship organization in the world. There are more than 12,600 members in 17 nations; Circle K International is making a positive impact on the world every day. Our goal is to make a difference in the St. Louis community and the MBU community! CKI’s focus is to impact students and their community through the building of service and leadership skills, as well as fellowship amongst members. Our service focuses on helping children in our community through volunteer work and fundraising.

Gamma Delta Sigma offers Missouri Baptist University women a place in a growing legacy dedicated to the enhancement of the college experience through personal-professional growth, academic success, and social responsibility. GDS commits to fostering future leaders through Spartan athletic activities, philanthropic activities, and the unity of the sisterhood. ΓΔΣ: Strength through Sisterhood!

Phi Lambda Phi, Gamma chapter, is the first fraternity at Missouri Baptist University. Founded in the spring of 2015, the brotherhood is looking to build firm foundations in the years to come. The core values of Phi Lambda Phi focus on fostering friendship, justice, and learning through brotherhood. They accomplish this through service opportunities and social events that aid young men in their journey to professional life. Chapter meetings are held every Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

SPARTAN WALL is a student-led student section that will be present at certain home game events. Those events include: tailgates, themed nights, post-game celebrations and in-game support.

Students and Professors Exploring All Cultures (SPEAC) expands MBU students’ cultural horizons through learning about and exploring new cultures.

Student Government Association (SGA) establishes student organizations, aids students in their involvement in those organizations, and advocates the concerns of the student body to University administration. The SGA also has a budget to help fund activities for those organizations that regularly attend meetings. Meetings are held Thursdays, after chapel, in the conference room, FLD-115, on the first floor of the Field Building

Ministry and Missions

Ministry Opportunities

Missouri Baptist University is a distinctly Christian, evangelical university. The university seeks to provide a rich environment that integrates faith and learning. The religious program of the University is in the evangelical Protestant tradition and seeks to response the conscience of every student. Chapel furnishes worships opportunities and helps students grow spiritually and intellectually. The Office of Faith and Service oversees chapel gatherings, along with small groups (Bible studies and fellowship) and community service opportunities. Service opportunities are available each year both locally and internationally.

Intramural Sports

As a part of the Missouri Baptist University student development program, Intramural Sports provide the MBU community opportunities to compete, exercise, socialize, and develop lifelong skills in safe, fun environments. Intramurals offer a diverse group of individual and team sports and activities through organized leagues, tournaments, and special events. The intramural program is committed to meeting the evolving needs of the MBU community by consistently looking to develop more ways in which students can be active and engage with others during their time at MBU.

The Intramural Program is open to all current MBU students, faculty, and staff. Intramurals offers a variety of short term leagues such as flag football, basketball, indoor volleyball, table games, sand volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee. Leagues are composed of all male and female teams as well as some co-ed leagues. Intramural sports are a fun way for students, faculty and staff to get involved in friendly competition in a constructive environment. Stay connected by liking MBU Intramurals on Facebook!

If you are interested in participating in intramurals look for signs and announcements around campus or please contact the Director of Intramurals at intramurals@mobap.edu. Students can also contact the Director with any questions about leagues and scheduling. A full schedule of events and registration forms can be found online at http://www.mobap.edu/student-life/studentlife-get-involved/intramurals/.

Spartan Statement

Missouri Baptist University is the “HOME OF THE SPARTANS!” The ancient Spartans are identified with power, strength, and spirit.

MBU Colors

The school colors of Missouri Baptist University are navy blue and white, symbolizing excellence, honesty, and determination. These charateristics are represented in the scholastic pursuits and athletic competitions of the school.

Athletics

Missouri Baptist University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The men’s athletic teams include football, soccer, cross-country, track and field, basketball (varsity and junior varsity), wrestling, volleyball (varsity and junior varsity), baseball, tennis, golf, eSports, bowling, and lacrosse. The women’s athletic teams include volleyball (varsity and junior varsity), soccer, basketball (varsity and junior varsity), crosscountry, track and field, tennis, golf, softball, wrestling, bowling, and lacrosse.

All teams except for football, men’s volleyball, women’s sand volleyball, women’s wrestling, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and bowling compete in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) and Region V of the NAIA. MBU football competes as a part of the Mid-States Football Association. Men’s volleyball is considered an NAIA emerging sport and the team competes in the Mid-American Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC). Women’s sand volleyball is also an emerging sport and the team is considered independent. The women’s wrestling team competes under the auspices of the Women’s College Wrestling Association. The men’s and women’s bowling teams are nationally sanctioned through the USBC (United States Bowling Congress). The women’s lacrosse team competes in the National Women’s Lacrosse League (NWLL) and the men’s lacrosse team competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). Student athletes must meet certain eligibility requirements before competition is allowed.

Cheerleading

The Missouri Baptist University Spirit Squad and Spartacus, the University mascot, lead the student body and the athletic fans in spirit during basketball games and other scheduled events. Tryouts are held at the end of the Spring semester. Each cheerleader is expected to attend all scheduled practices and events. Missouri Baptist University Cheerleaders are to encourage community spirit both at athletic events and across the campus. Competitive Cheer and Dance are NAIA emerging sports. Each year the Competitive Cheer squad competes in the NAIA Cheer and Dance Regional Competition, as well as the NAIA All-Girl division in conjunction with the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) College Nationals in Daytona, Florida.

Pom and Dance

MBU Pom and Dance is entering its sixth season in the 2018- 2019 school year.

Theatre Productions

MBU produces a full season of musicals and plays each year. Students, staff, and members of the community are invited to audition and participate in a variety of ways (singing, acting, dancing, production team, stage crew, and orchestra). The productions give students a unique chance to develop creative talents, and learn valuable teamwork and time management skills. Academic credit is available to participants in the productions.

In Charactre, the university’s drama ministry troupe, is open to current students upon a successful audition and interview. Students must be available for on- and off-campus performances. Students interested in being a part of In Charactre should contact Kasey Cox at Kasey.Cox@mobap.edu to audition. Academic credit is available for those participating in this ensemble.

Music Ensembles

Opportunities to serve in a Ministry Ensemble – such as Spirit Wing, Abide, or the Gospel Choir – are also available by audition. For information go to https://www.mobap.edu/student-life/spiritual-life/worship-and-drama-ministry/auditions/. Students interested in being a part of a Ministry Ensemble should contact Sarah Dickey at sarah.dickey@mobap.edu to audition. Academic credit is available for those participating in a Ministry Ensemble.To contact the Fine Arts Office, call 314.744.5364.

University Publications 

Cantos, a literary magazine of poems and short stories written by MBU students, faculty, and staff, is published by the university’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. It can be accessed online at http://www.mobap.edu/about-mbu/publications/cantos/.

Timeline Online is MBU’s student-run, campus news website that incorporates multimedia reporting for the university community. Timeline Online features episodes of Timeline, MBU’s weekly student news broadcast, and is always looking for reporters, photographers and bloggers to add to their diverse team. Timeline Online can be accessed at http://www.mbutimeline.com/.

Intégrité: A Faith and Learning Journal is published semiannually by the Faith and Learning Committee and the Humanities Division. Published both in print copy and online at http://www.mobap.edu/about-mbu/publications/integrite/, the journal examines the philosophical, theological, and pedagogical issues related to the integration of Christian faith and higher learning.

The Missouri Baptist University Undergraduate Catalog, published annually, sets forth policies, courses of study, academic requirements, and regulations for undergraduate students. The catalog can be accessed online at http://www.mobap.edu/aboutmbu/publications/undergraduate-catalog/.

The Missouri Baptist University Graduate Bulletin, published annually, sets forth policies, courses of study, academic requirements, and regulations for graduate students. The bulletin can be accessed online at http://www.mobap.edu/about-mbu/publications/graduate-bulletin/.

The Student Handbook is updated and published by the Student Life Office annually both in print copy and online at https://www.mobap.edu/about-mbu/publications/student-handbook/.

The Residence Hall Handbook is updated and published by the Residence Life Office annually. It can be accessed online at http://www.mobap.edu/student-life/residential-life/resident-life-forms/.

The Professional Development Folio Guide for Teachers and Library Media Specialists and the Professional Development Folio Guide for School Counselors are updated and published annually by the School of Education and available in the Spartan Bookstore. The division’s Field Experience Handbook is available online at http://www.mobap.edu/academics/field-experiences-2/. The Student Teaching Handbook is available online at http://www.mobap.edu/academics/student-teaching-2/.

The Missouri Baptist University Music Handbook is updated and published annually and sets forth policies, courses of study, and academic requirements for the Music Program. It is available online at http://www.mobap.edu/academics/fine-arts-division/.

The Missouri Baptist University Athletic Handbook and Coaches Handbook are published annually by the Missouri Baptist University Athletic Department.

MBU Magazine is published for the purpose of keeping the University’s constituency informed concerning university activities in the areas of academics, development, athletics, and faculty, staff, administrative, student, and alumni affairs. Recent issues can be accessed online at http://www.mobap.edu/aboutmbu/publications/mbu-magazine/.