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.
The University of South Alabama, concerned with the total growth and
development of its students, believes that attention should be given, not only to the
intellectual aspect of this growth but also to the physical, social, emotional, and
spiritual aspects. Through all of the services and programs of the University, students
will hopefully acquire, along with a sound intellectual competence, a maturing sense of
The mission of the Student Center is to serve as a focal point of the campus where the University family - students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the extended community, can participate in informal association outside of the classroom. As the center of the University community it provides programs by students and for students which encourage the understanding and appreciation of cultural pluralism and ethnic diversity. It also provides opportunities for citizenship, social responsibility, and leadership development where students can enhance their educational development and enrich the University’s environment.
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 in Southpaw Services, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at
The Campus Recreation Program at the university is designed to offer a wide variety of recreational activities to the entire University community. Campus recreation accommodates many styles of participation, including team and individual competition in a variety of sports and other activities with purely fitness emphasis such as aerobics, weight training, etc. Persons or groups may use recreational facilities or equipment for social activities approved by the Campus Recreation Department. The continuing goal of the program is to provide recreational activities that offer optimum benefits of enjoyment, health, social interaction, and sportsmanship to participants.
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
The University Counseling Services are staffed by professional counselors who are available to assist students with personal problems as well as with academic and vocational concerns. All types of adjustment and emotional problems are handled, including marriage and pre-marriage counseling, on a self-referral basis. Psychotherapy is provided by qualified counselors and referrals are made to various agencies as needs arise. The Counseling Service provides psychological testing and evaluation and coordinates other appropriate “campus survival” activities. No fees are charged for counseling, but, in some cases, a small fee is required for certain testing services. Counseling records are considered professional information and are protected accordingly. Personal confidences are strictly respected. Students may seek information or appointments either by telephoning (251)
460-7051 or by visiting the Counseling Services, located in Alpha Hall East, Room 326.
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 (251)460-7980 located in Alpha Hall East, Room 326.
CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE
The USA Police Department has a Crime
Prevention Program and a Crime Prevention Officer located on the main campus in Delta II,
Room 214. The telephone number is (251)460-6312 or
(251)460-7880. Parts of the Crime
Prevention Program pertain to lighting and safety programs, Rape Awareness Seminars and
information, self-defense information, and campus safety tips.
DISABLED STUDENT SERVICES
The University offers special services to students with disabilities. Students requesting services must submit documentation regarding the disability to the Special Student Services office. Services provided include but are not limited to: priority registration, counseling, advocacy training, enlargements for the visually impaired, notetakers, textbooks on tape, readers, writers, extended testing time and any reasonable accommodation covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and ADA of 1990. The Special Student Services office is located in the Student Center, Room 270, (251)460-7212.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
The University does not permit the
possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol by an individual on any of its campuses and in any of its facilities except as designated. Organizations may be permitted to have alcohol at events if permission is granted through the Office of Campus Involvement. The possession, consumption, and/or distribution of illegal substances without a medical prescription are forbidden. Violation of either policy is subject to both University administrative action and criminal prosecution. See
for a full description of the policy.
MINORITY STUDENT AFFAIRS
The Office of Minority Student Affairs, located in
110 Student Center, is committed to building a sense of community through special programs, mentoring relationships and encouraging membership in majority groups for minority students. This office is working to aid retention and to assist in leadership development for students.
Center, new home
of the University of South Alabama Jaguars, was constructed on land immediately west of
Jaguar Gymnasium. The Mitchell Center features a 10,000 seat arena with state-of-the art
equipment. The Center is a multipurpose facility that hosts major campus events such as
graduation, convocations and concerts as well as sporting events. There is also space
dedicated to classrooms, offices for faculty and staff, Athletic Administrative Offices,
and the USA Weather Center.
addition, the Waterman Globe, is located in the Mitchell Centers main lobby. This
massive historic globe was originally installed in 1948 in the Waterman Building, downtown
Mobile. It was acquired by the University and installed in the Mitchell Center lobby to be
shared with the city and its visitors.
PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
The Student Programming Board, Jaguar Productions, presents activities to serve the cultural, educational, recreational, and social interests of students. Those students who are directly involved have opportunities to exemplify creative thinking and leadership outside the classroom.
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.
Students attending the University of South Alabama are accepted as responsible adults working with their faculty colleagues in search of knowledge. Rigid regulation of personal conduct will not be necessary since freedom as an objective of education is difficult without the actual existence of freedom.
Such freedom must be balanced by individual responsibility and respect for the rights, responsibilities, and freedom of others. Students, therefore, will be held accountable for their own decisions and actions. Failure to assume responsibility for actions that jeopardize the rights and freedoms of others or involve the integrity of the University will result in disciplinary review.
The University holds its students to high standards of academic excellence and similarly expects high standards of individual conduct. Persistent violations of expected standards or established regulations will necessarily involve appropriate disciplinary action. The University reserves the right to deny admission or continued attendance to students whose decisions and actions are contrary to the purposes and procedures of the University.
student handbook, contains, the
Code of Student Conduct.
The Student Academic Conduct Policy is presented in the student handbook, The Lowdown. Please refer
to that publication.
Over one hundred professional, departmental, special interest clubs,
religious groups, and honor societies are active at the University. These organizations
represent a wide variety of disciplines and interests and provide an opportunity for
student to get involved. Any student group seeking recognition is encouraged to pick up
application forms in the Office of Campus Involvement, Room 129, Student Center,
Talent Search is a federally funded program sponsored by the University.
This program identifies at-risk young people in middle schools and high schools with
potential for postsecondary education and encourages them to continue and graduate from
secondary schools and enroll in programs of postsecondary education. High school dropouts
are also encouraged to return to school. Tutoring for the program participants is provided
by USA students. For information contact the Educational Talent Search Office, UCOM 5700,
All motor vehicles used on the campus by students, faculty, or staff must
be registered with the University Bursars Office. At the time of vehicle
registration, a set of traffic regulations is issued to each person together with a
parking hang tag. Anyone driving a car to the campus without a current hang tag should
obtain a temporary permit from University Police; visitors should obtain Visitor Permits.
University Testing Service serves as a regional testing center for national
testing organizations. Testing is provided as requested by the various departments of the
University. Most national entrance examinations are administered by the center.
Information regarding specific test offered, schedules, and registration materials may be
obtained by contacting the University Testing Service located in Alpha Hall East, Room
326, at (251) 460-6271.
The Upward Bound program is a college preparatory program for high school students in the Mobile County Public School System. It provides academic counseling, tutoring, cultural enrichment and a six (6) week summer residential program including academic classes. The purpose of the program is to provide each participant with the necessary skills to successfully enter and complete post-secondary institutions. USA students serve as tutors and residential counselors for the participants. For information, contact the Upward Bound Office, Delta 2, Room 213, (251)460-7322.
Completing in both mens and womens sports on the
intercollegiate level, the Universitys athletic program fulfills a vital role in
giving the students a well-rounded environment of study and recreational entertainment.
The University is an active member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Teams
are maintained yearly in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track,
and volleyball. Governed by regulations set forth by the President of the University, the
Director of Athletics, the NCAA, and the Sun Belt Conference, athletic participation and
expansion are enlarging as rapidly as facilities permit.
The Student Health Clinic is located at the end of Clinic Drive in the Health Services Building, Suite 1450. Ambulatory care services are available during each semester to all students actively enrolled at the University.
The Clinic is open and staffed by a Physician, 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 (251)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 physician is on call for urgent problems and can be reached by calling Student Health at (251)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 music department sponsors a number of musical organizations open to
interested members of the entire University student body on credit and non-credit basis.
These organizations include Concert Choir; University Chorale; University Symphonic Band;
Jazz Band; Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, String, Percussion, and Piano Ensembles; and
University Opera Theatre.
The student newspaper, The Vanguard, is
distributed free to students and is under the direction of a Board comprised of
representatives from the Student Government Association, The Vanguard, the faculty, media
services, and public relations. The editors and business managers for publications are
selected from applications submitted by interested students.
The University and the community offer to students an opportunity to
participate in a variety of cultural and recreational programs. Among them are concerts by
symphonic and chamber organizations, choral groups and choirs, ballet and opera
productions, theatre, art exhibits, film series, and lecture and discussion conferences.
In many of these programs, students are urged to participate as performers. Special events
are scheduled on the campus, and reduced rates for students are arranged for many civic
The University Police Department is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to assist faculty, staff and students with any type of emergency or other assistance. University police officers are sworn by the State of Alabama and are certified by the Alabama Police Officers Standards and Training Commission. The University Police Department may be contacted by calling 511 (if an emergency and from an on-campus phone) or 460-6312 for non-emergency. We encourage members of our campus community to be responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of others and to report crime occurrences to the University Police Department. In accordance with the Campus Security Act of 1990, the University’s “Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics” are published and available at the Police Department’s web site and clicking on “Clery Act” or by going to
http://www.southalabama.edu/police/clery.html Printed versions of the policies and crime statistics may be obtained from the University Police Administration office located in Faculty Court South, Room 20.
OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
The University of South Alabama is approved for the education of veterans, active duty members, and dependents of disabled veterans who are eligible for benefits under the Department of Veteran 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
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
HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE
A college education offers students the opportunities for advanced learning, interesting career options, and meeting new people. An additional opportunity of the college experience is on-campus living where learning and personal growth take place in the community environment of University housing.
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.
The residence halls at the University of South Alabama have several
different types of accommodations to meet the varying needs of students.
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.
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
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.
ESSENCE FRESHMAN EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
Freshmen students at the University of South Alabama have the opportunity to participate in a program designed to assist in their transition to college life. The
ESSENCE freshmen live in the Epsilon halls and take a new student seminar course CP 100. ESSENCE students also have a peer advisor and tutors to assist them. New students should indicate that they want to be part of the
ESSENCE program on their housing application.
The University of South Alabama owns and operates two-and three-bedroom houses for rent to enrolled USA students and current faculty and staff. Hillsdale Heights is a residential community adjacent to campus. These houses are available to married students, students who are single parents with dependent children, students 25 years or older, and students who have completed 32 semester hours. The houses are not furnished or air-conditioned. Students are required to sign a six-month lease.
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
Residence Hall Information (251)460-6185AUXILIARY STUDENT SERVICES
Family Housing/Hillsdale Information (251)460-6187
Meal Plan Information: (251)460-6296
General Housing Information (251)460-6185
The following Auxiliary Student Services are found
at the University of South Alabama.
USA Dining Services offers a variety of exciting dining service programs located conveniently to both residential and academic areas. The services are designed with the utmost in freedom and flexibility for the ever changing needs of the USA student.
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 many exciting meal programs. The USA meal programs are designed to ensure quality food at great prices. Any student living in University housing with less than 24 credit hours is required to purchase the USA 12 as a minimum plan. These course hours may be transferred or earned at USA provided they are accepted by the University Registrar’s office as completed and passed. However, you know your eating habits better than we do, so the option to upgrade is available. Meal programs are 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 has been modified to an all-u-care to eat option to accommodate the USA 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 from all campus housing. Late night is the favorite time to stop by and grab a bite. Our most popular choices include Blimpie’s 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.
Velma’s - Serving Starbuck’s 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 Mary’s family.
Freshen’s 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 Starbuck’s 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 (251)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! (251)431-6449.
Located on the main campus, the USA Bookstore is your one
stop for all your campus needs. At the bookstore you will find new and used textbooks, as
well as the supply materials necessary for all of your courses. In addition, you will find
a variety of reading materials from classics to todays best sellers.
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:
- Microwave/Refrigerator Rentals
- Greeting Card
- Class Rings
- Facsimile Service
- Custom Sewn Apparel Soft Drinks/Snack Food
- Computer Software
- Dorm Room Supplies Computer Software
- Calculators/Electronics CD's
- Student Aids
- Student Supplies
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 (251)460-7012, or
visit our website at: www.southalabama.edu/bookstore
HEALTH SCIENCES BOOKSTORE
This store, located at USA Springhill, is primarily a health science
bookstore which fulfills the needs of students, faculty, and health practitioners and
professionals in the Mobile and surrounding counties.
Approximately 2,000 reference titles
are on hand at all times and a computer terminal provides immediate access to a source of
approximately 300,000 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
(251)434-3635, or visit our website at www.southalabama.edu/bookstore
The University of South Alabama Post Office is essentially a Contract
Station operating under U.S. Postal Service guidelines and a mail room operating under the
University of South Alabama policies and procedures.
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.
USA Telecommunications Department is committed to providing high quality, cost effective services to the University Community.
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. In addition, each telephone has an associated voice mail box furnished. Please do not bring telephones from home as they will not work with our system. Your telephone and voice mail box should be working when you get to your room. The exception is the on-campus Greek Organizations. They must open separate accounts. We also offer domestic long distance for only ten cents per minute. Instructions to activate your long distance code will be provided separately.
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 (251)460-7491 or if you are on campus, dial 6-7491.
The Office of
Publication Services is located in University Commons (UCOM) on the corner of University Boulevard and Old Shell Road. This department services the printing needs of students, faculty, and staff on an individual, departmental, or organizational basis. Publication Services provides the latest techniques in typesetting, desktop publishing, creative design and layout, camera work, and one-to multi-color offset printing.
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
UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER
The University Writing Center, located in Alpha Hall East, provides assistance in writing to any student enrolled in classes on any of the University’s campuses. Students work with writing consultants one-on-one in a relaxed, informal setting to improve their writing skills. The consulting schedule varies slightly from semester to semester, but information may be obtained by calling