Catalog of Abilene Christian University, 2005-2006 Page: 32
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32 Campus Life/Student Financial Services
cross country, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field,
The university has one of the finest athletic facilities in the southwest
with its 4,600-seat Moody Coliseum and the adjoining Gibson Health
and Physical Education Center. ACU has an all-weather nine-lane track
at Elmer J. Gray Stadium, which seats 4,500. The Wildcats play their
home football games in 15,042-seat PE. Shotwell Stadium. Crutcher
Scott Field, a baseball stadium which opened in 1991, seats 4,000, and
Lee Powell Fitness Center, which opened in 1993, provides modern
weight training facilities for ACU student-athletes. In fall 1996, the
A.E. "Poly" and Zieta Wells Field for women's softball opened. The
Margaret L. and William J. Teague Special Events Center, with a large
multipurpose room that provides three indoor tennis courts, opened
In 2002, the Judi and Cecil Eager Tennis Pavilion was completed
and provides covered courtside seating for 175 at the four main
championship outdoor tennis courts. An additional covered seating
area was constructed next to the six-court area and lighting for all
courts was installed.
Student-athletes at the university have received many team and
individual honors, including Olympic gold medals, world records,
national championships and awards in professional sports. During
its illustrious history, ACU athletic teams have won 54 national
championships. During its affiliation with the Lone Star Conference
since 1973, Wildcat teams have won more than 125 conference titles.
Some of the aims of the university are to help establish in students
high, Christian standards of conduct, individual responsibility, and faith
in the worth and dignity of individuals. Information about housing,
student regulations and other aspects of campus life may be obtained
by writing or calling the Campus Life Office. The Student Guide is
published at the beginning of each school year, and it details various
important provisions that each student should read and understand.
The Student Guide, determines the current regulations and policies
that impact campus life. On reasonable notice to the students, the
Student Guide may be amended. Some of the regulations in the
Student Guide are summarized as follows:
* Possession or use or sale of illegal drugs shall forthwith result
in automatic suspension from the university.
* Possession or use of alcohol is subject to strict disciplinary
measure and may result in suspension.
* Students must conform to the current dress code.
* Many activities are expressly listed in the Student Guide as
prohibited and are subject to disciplinary sanctions, including:
smoking or other use of tobacco on campus, violation of
residence hall visitation policies, falsification of university
records, cheating, theft, sexual immorality, vandalism, hazing
and possession of firearms.
* Class attendance is an important student responsibility; students
may be dropped from classes or failed for excessive absences.
By enrolling in the university, students signify their willingness to
observe Christian standards of honesty, ethics and morality. They
agree to respect the personal and property rights of others. They
agree to fulfill their responsibilities under all published university
regulations and to obey local, state and federal laws.
Attendance in daily Chapel is required for all undergraduate students
enrolled full-time (12 or more semester hours) and under the age of
25. Students are required to attend 55 of the 70 or more Chapel
opportunities each semester. At the beginning of each semester,
students may submit a request for exemption from Chapel attendance
for extraordinary work circumstances conflicting with Chapel.
Students who do not meet attendance requirements are placed on
Chapel attendance probation for the next long semester of full-time
enrollment. Failure to meet attendance requirements while on Chapel
attendance probation results in suspension from the university for
the next long semester. A third failure to meet Chapel attendance
requirements during a student's career at ACU results in suspension.
Single students must receive university approval before they are
allowed to live off campus. Generally, third- and fourth-year students
are permitted to live off-campus as are students who live with their
parents and maintain their home addresses on file in the Office of
Residence Life Education and Housing (see Residence Life Education
and Housing for more details). An Off-Campus Housing Petition is
required of students who are eligible to live off campus.
The state of Texas has made "hazing" a crime and has established
serious penalties for those who commit the crime. This notice is
given so that students will be aware of this law and how it affects
our university. Under Texas statute, "hazing" means intentionally,
knowingly or recklessly endangering the mental or physical health
or safety of a student in connection with that student's participation
or membership in any social, service or similar club, group or
organization, including pledging, initiation, holding office or
maintaining membership. The law applies whether the hazing
occurs on or off campus.
Hazing includes whipping, striking or beating; sleep deprivation;
exposure to the elements; calisthenics; consumption of food, liquid,
alcoholic beverages, liquor or drugs that constitute an unreasonable
risk of harm or that adversely affect one's mental or physical health
or safety; and any activity that subjects a student to extreme mental
stress, shame or humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental
health or dignity of a student.
Anyone is guilty of the crime who engages in hazing; encourages,
directs, aids or attempts to aid another in hazing; intentionally,
knowingly or recklessly permits hazing to occur; or has firsthand
knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident or has
firsthand knowledge that hazing has occurred and fails to report
the incident in writing to the dean of students or another appropriate
official of the university.
Anyone guilty of the crime of hazing is subject to a fine ranging from
$500 to $10,000 and imprisonment for a period up to two (2) years,
depending on the severity of the offense.
These criminal penalties are in addition to any disciplinary action
that may be taken by the university against a student or organization
charged with hazing.
This notice is only a summary of the law and does not attempt to
cover all of its specifics. The full text is found in Chapter 4,
Subchapter B, of the Texas Education Code.
Gary West, Director
ACU Box 29007; Abilene, Texas 79699-9007
Welcome Center, Zellner Hall, Room 100
Phone: 325-674-2643 (in Abilene) or 800-460-6228 (outside Abilene)
Abilene Christian University is a non-profit institution. All funds
from student charges are spent for student services. Other funds
for operational expense come from endowments and gifts from
concerned individuals and organizations. As a policy, auxiliary
operations such as cafeterias, housing and bookstores are
The Board of Trustees has charged the executive vice president with
the responsibility of enforcing all regulations for student accounts.
If a student is of legal age, he or she is deemed to be the primary
party liable for his or her financial obligation. All monies collected
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