Capital University offers opportunities for engagement with faculty, staff and students outside the classroom experience. The Student Affairs Division provides numerous programs, services, student activities and campus organizations that contribute to the intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual growth and development of students. Our goal in Student Affairs is to provide an accepting, encouraging and supportive environment for learning. We inspire students to create their own individual experience on their journey to becoming actively engaged in the Capital University community. Actively engaged students learn and develop as leaders, enhance interpersonal and professional skills, and develop lifelong friendships that place them on their path to success at Capital University and beyond.
Students are encouraged to call or visit when in need of a listening ear or assistance of any type. We will partner with you to ensure that your Capital University experience is a rich and rewarding time in your life. The following are some of the programs and services we encourage students to utilize during their time at Capital.
Accident and Sickness Insurance
Traditional Undergraduate Student Health Insurance. Capital University is pleased to provide students with a comprehensive form of accident and sickness insurance, underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, for the 2010-2011 school year.
Capital University requires all students registered six or more credit hours to automatically be enrolled in the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan. Fees for this insurance are included on the student’s tuition bill. Students who are currently insured by a health insurance policy (i.e., their own or through their parent’s) may waive the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan. Waivers need to be completed online prior to September 10, 2010. If you do not complete the online waiver, you will automatically be assessed a single student insurance premium on your student invoice.
Please note all waiver information will be verified by a third party agency, with your insurance company as part of the insurance verification process. If insurance status cannot be verified, the waiver will be revoked and the insurance premium will remain on your student account.
No waivers will be accepted after September 10, 2010, the last day of Add/Drop for the term. If the waiver deadlines are ignored, you will be responsible for the insurance premium. Your insurance charge will not be removed from your tuition bill without an approved waiver.
The online waiver can be accessed at www.studentinsurance.com.
Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention
Capital offers a variety of educational programs to encourage alcohol awareness and prevention and other programs to encourage healthy choices. We are a member of the Ohio College Initiative to Reduce High Risk Drinking which promotes a multi-faceted approach to reaching parents, students, athletes, Greeks, faculty, staff, bar owners, law enforcement personnel and community residents to create campus and community environments where healthy behaviors are the norm.
We offer educational programs such as Sobering Realities, a program designed to promote responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages and responsible behaviors on and off-campus, and Safe, Sane & Sexy, a program that helps to make students aware of the choices and risk factors related to alcohol, drugs, and sexual health and wellness. We also offer Under the Influence, an online education tool designed to promote healthy choices and responsible decision making about alcohol. Finally, Capital offers a drug testing program for student athletes and nursing to deter the use of alcohol, drugs and other banned substances.
The best prevention is getting involved in one of the 70 student organizations and/or participating in intramural programs. We also offer a variety of late night events through the Office of Student Activities as alternatives to the drinking scene. Some events include Coffee House programs, Wicked Wednesday events with comedians, hypnotists, live bands, and reality shows. For more information about how you can get involved, please visit the Office of Student Activities in the Campus Center or call 614-236-6900.
The Harry C. Moores Campus Center offers a variety of services and facilities for the campus and is a major focal point for university activities. The Campus Center houses lounge areas; a computer lab; Dining Service; Cabaret Theatre; The Mezz; Crusader Club (snack bar); the University Bookstore; Campus Mail Services; student organization offices; conference and meeting rooms; the Recreation Center with bowling, billiards, ping-pong and other game facilities; the university switchboard; the Information Desk; Conference Services Office; Career Services, Community Service and Leadership Development Office, Residence Life and Housing, Vice President/Dean of Student Affairs and the Student Activities Office.
Campus Health Services
Campus Health Services, housed in the Kline Building, offers primary health care by appointment to traditional undergraduates, law students, and seminary students. Student focused health care is designed to be accessible, confidential and affordable.
Students can receive help for:
- Acute illnesses
- Chronic illnesses
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Well woman exams and birth control
- Other services usually provided in a primary care setting
Students are provided the opportunity to become involved in the health of the campus community through the Student Health Advocacy Coalition.
The Career Development Office, located in the lower level of the Campus Center, assists Capital students (first-year students through seniors) and Capital alumni in the development and implementation of career goals. Students receive help with:
- selecting a major
- assessing interests and career values
- locating and applying for internships, part-time jobs and summer positions
- researching career and employment options
- writing resumes and cover letters
- finding full-time positions
- applying to graduate and professional schools
Students can make appointments to see the assistant director or the director of Career Development; they can also meet with Career Development Interns. Interns are current students who, after completing a Career Development training sequence, assist their peers with writing resumes and cover letters and finding appropriate resources.
The university experience provides a variety of activities to make your time outside the classroom as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
We recognize the importance of extracurricular activities and want students to have fun. But we also want you to remember that with that fun comes responsibility and respect—for yourself, your friends and the physical property of the university. Each student brings a unique gift to the Capital University community. As a member of the community, each student is encouraged to contribute to the university through academic achievement, student leadership, athletic performance and/or service. While faculty and staff are dedicated to providing opportunities for students to learn and develop, each student should take an active role in determining a creative educational experience.
Student responsibility for voicing their concerns, helping to better the campus community and adhering to College policies go hand in hand with the many opportunities at Capital University. The mission of Student Rights and Standards is one of education, focusing on student learning through individual growth and accountability for responsible community behavior. The Student Handbook outlines expectations for academic and student conduct on our campus.
For a more comprehensive understanding of university policies and procedures, please review the What Every Student Should Know student handbook.
Debate Team: Intercollegiate debate competition includes participation in NDT, CEDA, ADA and NEDA debate featuring travel to as many as 16 tournaments per year. In addition, on-campus debate opportunities include public forum debates, various civic engagement projects, and active sponsorship of an Urban Debate League series for middle school and high school students in the Columbus Metropolitan area. Participation is open to all Capital students regardless of prior experience.
After two years of intercollegiate competition and outstanding academic performance, team members are eligible for induction to the national academic honorary DSR-TKA, and original charter member of the National Association of Academic Honoraries along with Order of the Coif and PBK.
Reach Out and Read: Working as volunteers for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Capital students promote literacy in the Columbus area by reading to and playing educational games with children in clinic waiting rooms. This program is open to all students, regardless of major.
CapVision: CapVision is a multimedia Web site produced by Capital students. The site serves primarily as a showcase for audio/visual content created by Capital students. It also includes information about campus events and student activities. You can find CapVision online at http://capvision.capital.edu. In addition to the home page, the site features special pages devoted to campus news, sports, student life, art, music, and movies. Students can earn academic credit for contributing new content or for updating the site using industry-standard software. This program is open to all students regardless of major.
WXCU Radio: WXCU, Radio Free Capital, was voted the “Best Student Run Internet Only Radio Station” by the College Music Journal in 2007. The station is led by an all-student management team and features a commercial-style alternative format. Involvement in the station and management team is open to students of all majors, and freshmen can be trained on the equipment and working as part of WXCU during their first weeks at Capital University.
Intercollegiate Athletics: Capital University is a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III. Capital offers athletic programs for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track (indoor and outdoor); and programs for women in basketball, cross country, golf, softball, soccer, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. There is also a performance team (cheerleading) supervised by the athletic department. The intercollegiate athletic program is advised by the faculty, which monitors the eligibility rules governing membership on athletic teams. Students with exceptional skills who are interested in participating in the intercollegiate athletic program for men and women are subject to Athletic Department and team rules established for each specific sport.
Intramural Athletics: The intramural program at Capital University is designed primarily for the large majority of students who do not participate in the intercollegiate athletic program of the university. It provides for physical development, exercise, competition, social interaction and just plain fun!
With this in mind, a diverse program of activities is offered each season of the year, with the hope that every student will find some form of recreation which will appeal to his/her particular interest.
Intramural activities have included: basketball, softball, volleyball, football, 3- on-3 tournaments, competitions, sand volleyball, weight lifting, and aerobics.
Musical Activities: Capital University musical groups are open to both full- and part-time students, regardless of major, based on an audition process. To audition, contact the ensemble director or the Conservatory Office for more information. Successful participation in a total of three credits of ensembles, or a combination of ensembles and private lessons, fulfills the University general studies requirement in Fine Arts. Ensemble and lesson options are listed in the Conservatory section of this bulletin under “ENSEMBLES” and “LESSONS.”
Skyline Columbus: Capital students produce and host this award-winning cable TV show each week during the academic year. The show consists of interviews taped in the campus TV studio, along with segments produced on locations around Central Ohio. Students can earn academic credit for working on the show as producers, camera operators, on-camera hosts, audio mixers, stage managers and technical directors. This activity is sponsored by the Communication Department and is open to students in any major.
Theatre: Capital University Theatre stages major productions every year. At times, one production is written and/or directed by a Capital student. University Theatre is open to all students, regardless of major, and to members of the community.
University Counseling and Assistance Program for Students
A professional clinical staff is available to assess students’ concerns and establish a partnership with students to resolve personal, social, emotional or educational issues. Clinicians employ a solution-focused counseling approach that utilizes students’ unique strengths and resources to assist them in reaching their goals.
Department of Public Safety
The mission of the Department of Public Safety at Capital is to provide a safe and secure environment for the university community by enforcing the laws of the United States of America, the State of Ohio, the City of Bexley and the rules and regulations of Capital University.
On the Bexley campus of Capital University, there are four student dining areas. The Capital Court is located on the second floor, the Crusader Club is located on the first floor and the Mezz is located on the mezzanine level of the Harry C. Moores Campus Center. The Cru Brew Café is located in the Saylor-Ackermann lobby.
For those undergraduate students living in university housing, one of our board plans is required.
For commuter students, meal plans are available for purchase in the Dining Services office located in the southwest corner of the Capital Court Dining Room. Flex dollars and cash purchases are accepted in all four locations. You can view the hours of operation and specialty theme meals posted in these locations.
see Students with Disabilities for more details.
The Residence Life and Housing program is an integral part of the educational experience at Capital University. Undergraduate students who are officially enrolled full-time in classes at Capital University may reside in university residence halls. The Residence Life staff works collaboratively with students to create a living and learning environment that supports academic and personal development. Students are responsible for becoming familiar with the policies and procedures as outlined in the Capital University Student Handbook.
For residency purposes, a Commuter is defined as any student who has an approved release from the housing requirement, per the criteria listed below. A Resident is defined as any student who is or will be living in the Capital University residence halls.
Capital University recognizes that some students may live within the area or have other circumstances that may make them eligible to apply to reside off-campus. The following is a list of those eligibility requirements:
- Age 22 or above
- Completed 60 credit hours by the start of next semester
- Married (marriage certificate required)
- Live with parents/court appointed guardians in permanent residency within 60 miles of the campus (This information will be verified with the Office of Admission/Registrar)
- Written recommendation and verification of health related issue by the family physician or verification by Student Health Services
- Significant change in financial status with official supporting documentation (This information will be verified with the Office of Financial Aid)
- Other Extenuating Circumstances (Supporting explanation and documentation required)
Students who desire to live off-campus for the Fall semester must complete and submit an On-Line Housing Release on or before July 1. Students who desire to live off-campus for the Spring semester must complete and submit an On-Line Housing Release on or before December 1. Please note that applications from resident students requesting a Spring Release will only be considered for those students who have documented extenuating circumstances which demonstrate a possible risk or hardship if the student is required to live on campus.
Applications will be evaluated and students will receive written notification of their release status. Students are strongly cautioned against signing a lease before receiving official notification that they have been released from the Residency Requirement. Please note—those who fail to meet University criteria for residing off-campus will be assigned to the University room and board plan and billed accordingly, whether or not they select to physically reside or eat on campus.
University identification cards are issued to all new students at the time of their respective orientation programs. A current identification card: serves as a student’s meal pass; may be used to obtain student discounts on admission tickets off-campus; admits students to campus events; permits them to check out materials from the library; and, in the near future, grant access to campus buildings.
Students who lose an identification card must pay a $25 replacement fee to the Finance Office before a replacement will be issued. Damaged cards will be replaced free of charge, provided the old card is returned. All ID cards can be obtained during specified hours in the basement of the Library in the Information Technology Department (614-236-6508).
International students are an important part of Capital University. Capital is aware that international students will make significant contributions in countries around the world. While they are on campus, they provide an important perspective to the education of U.S. students. Capital has students from more than 35 countries.
International students pay the same fees and must meet most of the same admission criteria as American students. In addition, international students need a TOEFL score of at least 500-paper based, 173-computer based or 61 on the ibt TOEFL, to ensure that they can experience success in the classroom.
International students and their dependents on Capital’s I-20 or DS-2019 designation must meet the university’s health insurance requirements, which minimally require major medical coverage of U.S. $100,000; medical evacuation coverage of U.S. $50,000 and repatriation of remains at U.S. $25,000. Capital University works with the Lewer Agency, Inc., to provide coverage. Requests for waivers must be approved by the International Education Office.
The Office of International Education offers support services to students such as personal counseling, advice about immigration regulations, tutoring help, vocational counseling and workshops. In addition, each student has an academic adviser who assists him or her with decisions affecting course work.
The International Student Association provides peer support and social activities to students from abroad and sponsors educational events, such as an international fair for the entire campus. U.S. students also are encouraged to join and participate.
Capital’s ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language) program offers intensive instruction of up to 20 classroom hours per week at three different levels for non-native speakers of English to prepare them for university study. The basic skill areas are covered: reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking. American culture and study skills are incorporated in the coursework. Individualized experiences are provided in the conversation partner program and in tutorials. After achieving the necessary language proficiency in the ESL program, students may choose to apply to Capital University. ESL students who are at the advanced level and who have also applied to the undergraduate program and who are close to the required TOEFL level may take courses at Capital University with the approval of the ESL director and the course instructor. The ESL program follows the academic calendar and the language students are invited to participate in the activities of the university.
All vehicles parking on university property must be registered with the university and display a university parking permit (F, S, SE, D or O) in a clearly visible and easily readable location of the front windshield. All student permits must now be paid for online. Payment will no longer be accepted in the Public Safety office. After completing the online purchase procedure the student should print out two receipts, one to keep for their records and one to be turned in at the time of application in the public safety office. Public Safety is located at 661 College Avenue, and business hours are 8:00 a.m. until midnight weekdays, closed weekends.
All first-year resident students and some second-year resident students are limited to the O-lot, or off-campus parking lot, located two blocks from main campus Nelson Road. O-lot permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If your request is to be put on back-order, that means your name will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted if and when a space becomes available. Students can get to and from the O-lot aboard the campus shuttle. Weather permitting, the shuttle runs its assigned route—which includes the O-lot— every weekday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from the O-lot back to the main campus from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., so returning students can re-park their vehicles and return to campus. Students returning after shuttle hours may park in a main campus student lot until 8:00 a.m. the next class day. The student shuttle pickup is located at the NW front door of Schaaf Hall on College Avenue.
For additional regulations, see current edition of “Motor Vehicle Regulations.”
The Office of Multicultural Affairs has two primary emphases: 1) university-wide implementation of diversity initiatives; and 2) student programming and support services. The director of Multicultural Affairs works with university administration, staff and faculty to provide programming, training and input in policy making to provide an environment that is reflective of the diverse population within the university community and one that is welcoming and comfortable for everyone. Services of the office include offering resources, support and leadership development for student organizations and hosting cultural-specific programming. Thirteen student groups are affiliated with the office including Students for the Advancement of Afrikan American Culture; Students of Latino Affinity; Asian American Alliance; and three historically black Greek organizations.
Other services provided through the Office of Multicultural Affairs include:
- Academic and personal support services
- Student advocacy
- Peer Mentor Program
- Smooth Transitions, a pre-orientation program
Religious Life and Worship
As an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Capital University believes that the religious, social, racial and ethnic diversity of the campus community is an ideal environment in which to struggle with the implications of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
While the tradition and heritage of the university is distinctively Lutheran, all religious programming is governed by the principle that different groups of believers will do everything together that they can, and respectfully do separately those things that their doctrines and traditions do not encourage them to do together.
In this spirit, Capital offers Sunday worship, Wednesday chapel, Thursday evening services, Biblical and life education opportunities, service opportunities and pastoral counseling in a cooperative, ecumenical way. There are also regular opportunities for distinctive experiences (Lutheran eucharist, Catholic mass, etc.). Capital is committed to the development of the whole person and a whole community.
Student Activities Office
The Student Activities Office is located on the first floor of the Harry C. Moores Campus Center. The office is primarily responsible for providing social, educational, cultural, recreational and community service programs for students. The staff are available for individual consultation as well as leadership development and programming workshops for student organizations. The Student Activities Office works with Greek life and is involved in fraternity and sorority recruitment and new member education. This office also administers the new student orientation program.
Services that the Student Activities Office provides include: leadership development, registering on-campus student activities, and compiling a master calendar of student activities.
University Programming, Community Service Advisory Board, Greek Council and Student Government are a few of the major organizations that work in conjunction with Student Activities.
Greek-letter organizations: Capital plays host to a myriad Greek-letter organizations. There are three primary niches within the fraternity/sorority community. Greek Council, the umbrella organization for seven general fraternities and sororities, exists to unify and govern its member organizations by providing unified programming that advances fellowship, leadership, service and scholarship by establishing and enforcing high standards, and by developing transparent, trusting relationships with key constituents. Within Greek Council there are three general fraternities (Kappa Sigma Upsilon—local, Alpha Sigma Phi—national, and Phi Kappa Psi—national) and Alpha Beta, a local religious and service focused co-ed fraternity. Additionally, Capital students have the opportunity to seek membership in one of four historically African-American fraternities and sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Fraternity, Inc., or Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Also represented on campus are several professional or vocational Greek-letter organizations including: Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed, service), Phi Beta (co-ed, performing arts), Phi Mu Alpha (men, music), Sigma Alpha Iota (women, music), and Tau Beta Sigma (co-ed, band society).
Publications: Capital University publishes two student publications. Any student can become a member of the staff or submit material to these publications.
The Chimes —the weekly newspaper
The ReCap —the literary and arts magazine
Special Interests: In addition to those organizations already listed, many other groups focus on a specialized interest of the members. These clubs include religious groups, departmental organizations, service groups and religious clubs. An updated list (with officers listed) is available in the Student Activities Office. A partial list of these organizations follows:
Asian American Alliance
Campus Crusade for Christ
Capital Bible Studies
C.U. Education Society
C.U. Marketing Club
C.U. Student Art Therapy Association
Catholic Student Organization
International Student Association
Jewish Student Union
Life Sciences Organization
Mathematical Association of America
National Affiliate Group of The National Association of Accountants
National Organization for Women
Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association
Public Relations Student Society of America
Student Environmental Action Coalition
Student Peace Initiative
Student Social Work Association
Students for the Advancement of Afrikan American Culture
WXCU Capital Radio
Student Government: Student Government serves as the chief liaison between the student body, administration and faculty. The mission of Student Government is to respond to the needs of the campus community and to remain fully engaged in the issues which affect the university. Members of student government are elected by the student body every spring. During these elections, a president and vice president ticket is chosen and thirty student representatives are elected to the Student Senate.
University Programming: University Programming sponsors a wide range of quality and diverse social, cultural and educational programs on campus, including nationally known comedians and music performers, weekly Wicked Wednesday night entertainment series, movies, lecturers and block parties. In addition, UP sponsors annual special events like Homecoming and Kids’ and Sibs’ weekend. Any student may become a member by serving as a volunteer.
Student Records Policy
Capital University complies with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act as amended. A copy of the university’s student records policy may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office or the Dean of Student Affairs.
Capital provides several opportunities for students to study overseas. Many students have found that studying in another country not only enhances their intellectual and social skills, but also makes them more attractive to prospective employers. Capital’s programs include, but are not limited to:
- Capital University in Hungary program. This study-abroad program is offered at the Kodály Institute and is available to junior and senior music majors. All classes are taught in English. This program is offered in the fall.
- International Study in Nursing offers a study-abroad exchange program during the fall term of the senior year. Current offerings include a community health program in Sweden. The student’s academic adviser will be prepared to counsel the nursing student on how to apply to this program.
- International Study in Social Work offers an exchange program in Sweden during the fall term of the senior year. Current offerings provide an internship program that meets degree requirements for the program.
- Each year different faculty offer short-term study abroad programs in different locations.
- The Central College Program. These opportunities are geared to students who want to intensify their language skills. Programs are offered for a semester or a year in France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Great Britain and the Netherlands.
- American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS). The American Institute for Foreign Study provides study locations in Australia, Austria, Great Britain, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Russia for a semester or year. Shorter summer traveling programs in economics, political science and the humanities also are available.
The international office contains information about many additional semester, yearlong and summer study abroad opportunities.
Students should meet with the study abroad adviser to understand and comply with the study abroad procedures. A Study Abroad Final Checklist must be completed and returned to the Office of International Education the semester before enrollment. The deadline to return Course Approval Forms and the Budget Worksheet is November 1 for spring semester programs and April 1 for fall and summer programs.