The Division of Student Affairs is responsible for that part of the students total educational experience which takes place outside the formal classroom program. Among its concerns are housing, Student Center, Mitchell Center, student activities, recreation, student organizations, programs, disciplinary actions, disabled student services, community service, personal counseling, minority affairs, testing services, food services, bookstore, and University Police. Through such activities as the Student Government Association, the students are given a responsible voice in the governance of the University. (See Student Handbook, The Lowdown.) Students also participate as members of University-wide committees as well as on committees within the colleges of the University.
Located in the building are lounge areas, a student art gallery, office space for student organizations, recreational facilities, dining services, and other service facilities. Six meeting rooms, a ballroom, and audio-visual equipment are available at no charge to student organizations, and administrative and academic departments. Individuals and outside organizations may reserve space and equipment for a small fee.
Reservations for any space in or around the Student Center may be made through Student Center Services Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at (334)460-6077.
The Student Recreation Center opened in 1992 with racquetball courts, basketball courts, an indoor running track, and a fitness center. This facility is free to students. The number of the Recreation Center is (334)460-6065.
The University has established a Center for Substance Abuse Education and Prevention. This office provides assessment, counseling, intervention, and referral services for University students and employees. There is no charge for information or on-campus counseling. Contact the Manager, Substance Abuse Counseling at (334)460-7051 located in Alpha Hall East, Room 326.
CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE
DISABLED STUDENT SERVICES
DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
MINORITY STUDENT AFFAIRS
PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Student Programming functions through committees, such as Fine Arts, Horizons, Club South, Trips and Tours, Concerts, Movies, Special Events, Technical and Promotions. Students select, publicize and produce the events. All students are invited to join these committees.
The Clinic is open and staffed by Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Nurses from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. when school is in session, Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by calling (334)460-7151 between 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. laboratory, x-ray, pharmacy and specialty services are available on a fee-for-service basis at the Health Services Building with payment due at the time services are provided. After regular hours, a nurse is on call for urgent problems and can be reached by calling Student Health at (334)460-7151. Students who require more extensive care for medical or surgical problems will be referred.
All students should have medical insurance. An informational brochure on an optional student health insurance is available at the Student Center Information Desk or the Student Affairs Office. Students are encouraged to purchase this policy if they do not have other medical insurance.
Health and Prevention Education programs are also available and can be scheduled by calling Student Health. If students wish to participate directly in a peer health education program or the Student Health Advisory Council, they may inquire by calling Student Health.
The University’s Personnel Department currently screens job applicants and conducts criminal and past employment histories on all prospective employees. A signed background form is requested prior to employment.
The University Policy Department consists of a Chief, a Deputy Chief, three Police Sergeants, a Crime Prevention Office, four Police Corporals, thirteen sworn Police Officers, and one administrative personnel. All sworn officers have completed the Minimum Standards for Police Officer Academy for the State of Alabama. Security, administrative and student employees are trained by the Police Department. University Police have full police powers granted by the State of Alabama (Title 16-22-1 and 2). Police matters are handled within the department, including arrests, initial complaint taking, and criminal investigations. Crime reports are routinely submitted to both State and Federal law enforcement, through the Crime Information System. Crime reports are submitted to local law enforcement as needed for cooperative or mutual investigative purposes. In emergencies or at the request of University Police, Alabama State Law Enforcement Agencies, Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, and/or local law enforcement agencies are contacted for assistance. There is a reciprocal working relationship between the University, local, state and federal police departments. On campus, incidents of crime will be reported to University Police.
The University of South Alabama is a dry campus. In accordance with the University Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy, alcoholic beverages will not be possessed, consumed nor served on campus except at the designated times and places in compliance with state law. Drugs, drug paraphernalia, and controlled substances, prohibited by law, are strictly prohibited on all University properties. The possession or use of explosives, firearms, and or other dangerous weapons are prohibited. University Police and security officers are authorized to be armed in order to protect themselves and others. In addition to the officers’ initial firearms training and qualifications, annual training is provided by a certified firearm instructor.
The University Police and the Department of Housing provide security policies and procedures information to all residence hall students during orientation held at the beginning of each semester. Each student is also given written details of security rules and regulations. The Crime Prevention Unit, located in the residence halls for easy access, provides follow-up and safety and security related programs to student groups, classes and individuals. Programs included are Rape Prevention and Awareness, College Dating Expectations, Domestic Violence, General Crime Prevention, and many others. The Crime Prevention Unit works closely with all areas of the University and coordinates other programs such as Victim’s Advocacy, Victim’s Assistance, Rape Hotline, Operation ID, Campus Watch, Crime Tip Line, and Crime Awareness presentations. Each of these programs are on-going and are intended to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security as well as others.
Access to University facilities and programs are restricted to University affiliates except for special programs. Facilities and events open to the public are so advertised. The maintenance of campus facilities provide for regular upkeep of grounds and buildings to promote safety. The University Police report unsafe campus conditions related to grounds or facilities to the Maintenance Department. All University community members are encouraged to report unsafe campus conditions to University Police and/or Maintenance Department.
This Crime Statistics Report is published in accordance with the Campus Security Act of 1990, showing the most recent three year period for which data is available:
OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
The Office of Veterans Affairs is located in the Administration Building, Room 240 on the main campus. The office provides services to all veterans and dependents of veterans. Students who wish to use veteran education benefits must contact the Office of Veterans Affairs (334)460-6230.
The University of South Alabama does not have a tuition/fees deferment policy. Tuition and fees are due at the time of registration and are the responsibility of the student. Starting V.A. benefits or transferring them to USA may take up to eight weeks. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Veterans Affairs as early as possible.
For information concerning “Transfer Credit from Military Service School,” see Admissions/ Enrollment Services Section. Admissions/Enrollment Services Section.
HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE
The University of South Alabama offers a wide range of housing facilities to meet the lifestyles of a diversified student body. The options available include suites, apartments, efficiencies, and a limited number of private suites and efficiency apartments. Family housing and graduate apartments are also available on a limited basis.
A student should apply for housing as soon as he or she has been accepted to the University of South Alabama. Assignments are made on a “first come, first serve” basis. Students and parents should also be aware that housing fees are always due two to three months prior to the beginning of each semester.
Two-Person Suites: Most rooms in the Delta Area are two-person suites that open onto an exterior walkway. The Epsilon Area offers two-person suites that open onto an interior hallway. Both types of rooms have a private bath.
Four-Person Suites: Located in the Gamma Area, these suites are designed to accommodate four students. Gamma suites are composed of two rooms joined by a bathroom.
Four-Person Apartments: Both the Gamma and Beta Areas offer two bedroom apartments with living/dining space, a private bathroom, and a kitchen.
Two-Person Efficiency Apartments: A limited number of studio-type apartments are available in the Gamma and Beta Areas. These apartments consist of a living/sleeping space, a private bathroom, and a kitchen.
Two-Person Efficiency Suites: This type of room is available on a limited basis in Delta VI and Epsilon II. Delta VI offers a kitchenette unit as an additional feature to the above described two-person suite. The two-person efficiency suites in Epsilon II offers a mini-microwave/refrigerator unit.
Private Rooms: A limited number of private suites and private efficiencies are available in the Delta and Gamma Areas.
Single and Double Efficiencies: Are available for students who are in the professional component of the nursing, occupational, physical and respiratory therapy programs, and graduate students. These units are located at 1500 Government Street which is approximately one mile from the USA Springhill campus. These rooms are equipped with a small kitchen, living/sleeping are and private bathroom.
Suites and Apartments for the Disabled: The Gamma and Beta areas have accommodations suitable for the disabled. A limited number are available to students who qualify as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities ACT.
Furnishing: All rooms in the residence hall areas are equipped with beds, closets, and dressers. Also, all rooms are heated and air- conditioned through individual room units or through a central system. The apartments are also furnished with living room furniture, a dining table and chairs. Power, water, gas, and a campus cable system are included in the semester rent. Each residence hall area has a common building/space which includes a TV room, laundry facilities, and vending machines available for student use.
General Residence Hall Information: All students are assigned based on the date their application is received by the Department of Housing. The residence hall contract provides housing for the entire academic year (Fall and Spring Semesters) or from the initial semester of the contract to the end of the academic year. Students may change rooms and/or areas after receiving appropriate authorization and when vacancies are available. A residence hall contract may be canceled only if the student fails to enroll, withdraws from the University, marries, participates in a co-op or an intern program, or graduates from the University. If students are eligible to cancel, they must contact their Area Office in writing on or before the FAILURE TO PAY DATE, for the effected semester. A cancellation fee will be charged. If students fail to cancel, in writing, by the specified date, they will forfeit their entire security deposit. Refer to the residence hall contract for more specific information.
General Housing Information: The information above has provided a general outline of the different styles of housing available at the University of South Alabama. It is recommended that any student having questions concerning housing should contact the Department of Housing at the address or appropriate telephone number listed: University of South Alabama, Department of Housing, Mobile, AL 36688-0002
The following Auxiliary Student Services are found at the University of South Alabama.
USA Dining Services offers maximum flexibility and security through a Declining Balance account. This card operation is similar to a debit card and has two accounts available. The first account is limited to food purchases only, requires no minimum and can be activated in the Dining Services business office. The second account or Gold Card may also be used for food, as well as purchases in the Bookstore and Game Room. The Gold Card requires a $50 minimum and can be activated through the I.D. process in Room 110 Student Center. Both accounts are set up on the students I.D. card.
Additionally, we offer two very exciting meal programs. Both the USA 10 and USA 14 meal programs are designed to ensure quality food at great prices. All freshmen living on campus are required to purchase the USA 10 as a minimum plan. However, you know your eating habits better than we do, so the option to upgrade to 14 meals is available. All meal programs are also available to the entire student body. Please contact the campus dining office for more information.
USA Food Court - Located on the main floor of the Student Center, this is your main campus dining facility. With selections ranging from healthy home-cooked meals, international cuisine and national brands the Food Court meets any needs. Some of the most popular lunch concepts include Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Broadway Bagels. The dinner meal option has been modified to an all-u-care to eat option to accommodate the USA 10 and USA 14 meal plans.
Delta Deli and Grille - Located in the Delta Commons building which is nestled at the heart of the residential community, this facility is a short walk for all campus housing. Late night is the favorite time to stop by and grab a bite. Our most popular choices include Blimpies Subs and Salads, our signature 1/3 pound "BIG Cheese" burger and many more short order options. There is always an abundance of new and exciting items to choose from at the Delta Deli.
Velmas - Serving Starbucks coffee and just the right amount of sweets this is the place to visit while in the Administration Building. Located in the basement and run by a true customer service professional. Come by and have a sandwich and become a part of Marys family.
Freshens Smoothies - In the Student Center, located next to the university information booth is where you will find the Specialty Shoppe. Serving freshly prepared fruit Smoothies, delicious desserts and Starbucks coffee this is one not to miss. The quick service and atrium seating makes this a popular between class stop.
Catering Services - A full catering guide is available to help plan your next event. Services can range from a quick drop off to an elegant evening dinner. Please call and speak to our catering representative for all your needs or questions (334)460-7948.
USA Brookley Conference Center - Located six miles from the main campus, Brookley offers a wonderful setting for any meeting or retreat. Full catering services are available for any type of event. If you need a boxed lunch to play the Gulf Pines golf course or want to have your wedding in the Magnolia Room, give us a call! (334)431-6449.
To help you show your school spirit, an assortment of emblematic giftware and fashion sportswear is also offered.
Here are a few of our many other products and services:
Regular Store Hours: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. "Rush" hours and summer hours will be posted at the Bookstore entrance.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and USA Gold Cards are accepted. For additional information please call (334)460-7012.
HEALTH SCIENCES BOOKSTORE
Approximately 1,200 reference titles are on hand at all times and a computer terminal provides immediate access to a source of approximately 30-35,000 titles available for special order.
An extensive assortment of multimedia products are available. Anatomical models are also available for sale or rent.
The University Bookstore and the Health Sciences Bookstore both accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express Cards in addition to personal checks. The USA Gold Card also serves as a debit charge card with which students may make purchases at both bookstores. For additional information please call (334)434-3635.
This contract station is staffed by University of South Alabama employees, who are familiar with all areas of postal operations and are qualified to handle most any task. Up-to-date domestic manuals are maintained and used for reference purposes. Drop boxes and window service consist of selling postal supplies and accepting letters, flats and parcels for mailing. Departmental mail pickup and delivery service is provided by means of an established route. The campus mail room will process all departmental mail, domestic and foreign, except C.O.D., which must be handled with the U.S. Post Office.
All students who live on campus (including the campus located at 1500 Government Street) are required to have a personal mail box to receive mail; thus the Post Office box number is the students campus address.
If you live on campus, we will be your service provider. Digital telephones are required to use the system and are provided and maintained by the Telecommunications Department. Telephones from home are analog and will not work in the digital port. Please do not bring telephones or answering machines.
If you are a first-time student, we are located off North Drive. As you approach the traffic circle on North Drive, we are the first building on your right. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Our information number is (334)460-7491 or if you are on campus, dial 6-7491.
Upon initial fall semester installation, each incoming student will be charged a prorated service charge beginning on the first day of classes. To open an account, you must come to our building and complete a contract. You will need a current on-campus post office box, a valid ID card and a refundable security deposit. The initial security deposit for telephone service will be $50.00. It will be refunded by mail or credited toward the final balance, at your option, when you close your account. The monthly rental is divided equally among the account holders in the room. Unlimited campus and local are calling are provided. There is no additional charge for customer calling features provided with the service. These include: call waiting, conference calling, speed dialing, repeat dialing and automatic camp-on-busy.
Publications provides coin-operated copier services in convenient locations on and off campus. Coin-operated copiers can be found at USA Springhill on the 2nd floor of the School of Nursing. Most walk-in cash copy orders can be completed at the Office of Publication Services while you wait.
Publication Services also provides the University community with complete production of all directional and informational signs. Lamination is available for materials ranging in size from 2”x3” up to 11”x17”.
The quality and effectiveness of a publication can be enhanced by consulting with staff artists early in the design stages. Consultation also allows Publication Services to share valuable time-saving and cost-effective tips with the customer.
Publication Services create printed material tailored to meet specific needs, including resume, newsletters, directories, handbooks, posters and flyers, stationery, and more. For further information or to schedule an appointment call (334)380-2828.
UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER