The student experience at the University of Redlands encompasses rich, challenging, and engaging academic experiences that extend far beyond the geographical confines of a classroom. As a complement to the traditional academic experience, student affairs endeavors to bring to life the lessons of the classroom. We value community, self-awareness, cultural humility, wellness, and growth, and we endeavor to challenge and support students as they achieve their academic goals and persist through any adversity they encounter. A full life outside the classroom offers important lessons in creativity, responsible action, service, and stewardship. In addition, students refine career goals and develop skills useful in the workplace.
Associated Students of the University of Redlands (ASUR)
All undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences students are members of the Associated Students of the University of Redlands (ASUR) and are represented by an elected leadership team. Overall responsibility for ASUR rests with its president, elected to a one-year term each spring. The president appoints a cabinet to assist in the management of the ASUR Budget, Inclusion, Social Affairs, Elections, Judicial Affairs, and Clubs and Organizations. In addition, a student senate, comprised of 12 elected members, represents the student body on University-wide committees and works with the ASUR president on the budget. Budgeted funds enable ASUR to support events, such as concerts, film festivals, club programs and all-school parties, as well as the student newspaper (The Redlands Bulldog) and student-run radio station (KDAWG).
Redlands enjoys a significant reputation for its Convocation Series, which brings major speakers to campus. Student groups and academic departments bring additional speakers. Past notables have included conservationist, ethologist, and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall; First Lady Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff Tina Chen; feminist icon and writer Gloria Steinem; transgender actress/ activist LaVerne Cox; author of Orange is the New Black Piper Kerman; author of Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert; former Vice President Al Gore; Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; former New York Governor Mario Cuomo; the late Secretary of State Warren Christopher; the late poet and author Maya Angelou; actor Danny Glover; and many others.
Campus Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Redlands is a dynamic and diverse community that promotes learning by and success of all students in a supportive and challenging environment. We are committed to the personal, social, and talent development of all members of the community, and we strive to engage, respect, and cherish a diversity of intellectual perspectives, cultural differences and individual backgrounds.
The Office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) serves as a catalyst to the campus community on academic talent and skills development, diversity, multicultural programming, and cultural pluralism, including expanding the notion of diversity and multiculturalism beyond race, gender and sexual orientation. CDI staff members believe diversity is an educational resource for preparing students to live and work in a diverse democracy. To this end, CDI has established three centers—the Multicultural Center, the Pride Center, and the Gender Justice Center—which welcome involvement from every student on campus in whatever form is comfortable: “hanging out” talking with other students; developing leadership skills; engaging in community service; borrowing books or videos; attending programs; suggesting programs; and more. These centers also maintain relationships with academic departments, including Race and Ethnic Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Various events celebrate diversity on campus and in the surrounding community. One such activity is the Multicultural Festival, held each spring. Students can choose to participate in one or more of the many multicultural clubs (see website for a complete listing), which host educational programming, cultural events, political workshops, and guest speakers, alongside informal discussions on an array of diversity topics.
While underrepresented populations are present at the University, we acknowledge our ongoing campaign to attract an increasingly diverse student body and to make this University a place where every student can contribute to the school’s educational mission. For example, our First-Generation Student Programs office hosts talent identification and development services, as well as college transition events catering specifically to students who are the first in their family to attend college.
Native American Student Programs (NSP) was founded as a CDI program in 2011 and now operates with Campus Diversity and Inclusion under the leadership of the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer. NSP and CDI remain partners in work to honor Native Nations and address the barriers to educational access and persistence faced by Native students.
International Students and Scholars
The University of Redlands welcomes students from over 25 nations. International students are supported by the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) from acceptance through graduation. OISS provides orientation for new F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors and assists with all issues that might arise including visa questions, employment, change of status, reinstatement as well as providing programs for cross-cultural adjustment. OISS works with all to maintain their status while in the United States. Failure to maintain the terms and conditions of non-immigrant status is one of the grounds for deportation.
Academic Success and Disability Services
Academic Success offers resources to develop and strengthen skills essential for full academic participation. Students may meet individually with staff for a variety of reasons, including gathering academic information, discussing study skills and academic strategies, or planning a balanced workload. SSRV 154, College Success Strategies, a 2-credit course, is offered each semester. Peer tutors provide guidance and support free of charge in writing and with each of the subject areas. Academic Success also supports students on academic warning and probation and offers peer mentoring as well as academic skills workshops.
Disability Services is committed to equitable access and the full participation of all students in the University‘s educational programs and activities. If students have academic, housing, dietary, or temporary accommodation needs, Disability Services can offer resources to support each student‘s individual needs. Students initiate the accommodations process by meeting with Disability Services and by providing appropriate documentation. Academic accommodations can include but are not limited to extra time on exams, a quiet testing room, note takers, and alternative texts.
Office of Career & Professional Development
The Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) provides coaching, graduate school advising, and instructional programs designed to help students/alumni plan and prepare for the future. We serve all students and alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), School of Music, School of Business, and the School of Education. The OCPD also partners with faculty to integrate career-related activities and assignments into the curriculum.
The OCDP offers the Career Studio, which serves as a first-stop help center for any University of Redlands student or alumni seeking career advice, direction, or assistance. Students can stop in at any time during available hours (Armacost Library 116). For the current Studio hours, please see www.redlands.edu/OPCD. The Career Studio is staffed by a team of highly trained and skilled peer career educators (PCEs) representing different majors and programs, and widely varied interests, experience and future goals. Some of the topics the OCPD helps students/alumni explore include: Cover Letters, Graduate School Planning, Internship and Employment Strategies, Interview Strategies, Mock Interviewing, Negotiation, Networking, Personal Statements, Career Exploration, Professional Advancement, Resumes, and Transition Management.
All students and alumni at the University of Redlands have access to Handshake (redlands.joinhandshake.com), an interactive platform which allows you to engage with the OCPD, search for jobs/internships, join events, conduct employment research, and utilize resources.
In addition, the OCPD encourages employers to engage with University of Redlands students and alumni in meaningful ways. The OCDP is dedicated to providing support to employers offering internships, fellowships, and full and part-time opportunities within their organization. The OCDP finds opportunities to help students engage with employers and alumni to learn more about industries and opportunities through a variety of events and programs.
With a mission to promote the psychological and emotional well-being of our students, the Counseling Center is the primary mental health clinic at the University of Redlands, providing direct clinical services in the form of individual therapy, crisis intervention, and group therapy. Free and confidential individual therapy enables University of Redlands students to address a range of concerns—some need help managing stress, relationship issues, and adjustment to college; others struggle with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, trauma, substance use/abuse, and eating disorders. The Counseling Center also provides crisis intervention through same-day appointments as well as a 24/7 crisis line that gives students access by phone to a licensed therapist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For students seeking support in a group therapy setting, therapists facilitate confidential groups focusing on: relationships, grief, mindfulness and stress management, mood, transgender and gender, and social skills.
Counseling Center staff also provide consultation and referrals for psychiatric medication, which are provided by the psychiatrist at the Student Health Center on campus, and facilitate referrals to mental health providers in the community for students who want to access mental health treatment in the Redlands area. The Counseling Center is committed to inclusivity and to providing a supportive space for everyone.
In addition to providing direct clinical services, the Center’s staff members engage in education and prevention efforts. Outreach programming for students includes suicide-prevention training and workshops on issues such as stress management and coping with anxiety. Programs for members of residence halls, departments, and student organizations focus on identifying and responding to students in distress. The Center’s members provide consultation to faculty, administrators, staff, and students on mental health issues through weekly participation on the Campus Assessment, Response, and Education Team, as well as through informal consultation.
Counseling Center staff includes three full-time licensed therapists, one part-time licensed therapist, and an administrative assistant. In addition, each year four to five part-time graduate student interns from local universities provide individual and group therapy under the supervision of one of the Center’s licensed therapists.
The Office of the Chaplain encourages and supports the search for meaning and development of the spiritual dimension. Throughout the academic year, on Sunday evenings, the Chapel Singers (part of the School of Music) presents a service of music and prayers known as Compline. In addition, Ensemble XXI, a group of alumni, faculty, and the local community, presents a service known as Evensong. Both Compline and Evensong are open to students and the public. On Sunday evenings when the services of music are not presenting, there is a Labyrinth Meditation Walk at the Labyrinth behind Memorial Chapel.
The Office of the Chaplain also supports a variety of student religious groups and ministries. The University recognizes the pluralistic character of its community and, accordingly, sponsors programs and lectures honoring the contributions made by various religious and philosophical traditions. Thus, while conscious of its historical relationship to the Christian faith, the religious outlook of the University is ecumenical and interfaith in nature. The Newman Club, which provides services and programs for Roman Catholic students and faculty, sponsors a Celebration of Mass on Sunday evenings and midweek. Young Life is also active on campus.
The Jewish Student Union, also known as Hillel, provides a forum where Jewish students meet for social, cultural, religious, and educational purposes on Friday evenings and throughout the year, including Sabbath dinners, bagel brunches, and an annual Passover Seder. Often, rabbis and rabbinical students visit with Hillel members to discuss topics such as Jewish folklore, humor, and views on the afterlife, and Hillel participates in activities with other colleges and attends regional and national conferences.
Buddhist students meet for meditation throughout the term.
The Chaplain’s Office is also available for counseling for students, staff, and faculty.
Residence Life and Housing
Residence Life and Housing’s (RLH) mission statement is “building lasting communities of learning.” At the University of Redlands, we believe the residential experience is vital to the success of our students and to the community atmosphere of our campus. As such, all undergraduate students are required to live on campus unless they meet criteria for specific exceptions. For this reason, all students over 16 and under 23 years of age are guaranteed on-campus housing for four years of the undergraduate experience. Graduate and non-traditional students may be housed if space is available; contact Residence Life and Housing for more information.
Living on campus has the potential to challenge and educate students as they connect their learning experiences to their living environment. A variety of living options, coupled with knowledgeable, friendly, energetic Residence Life and Housing staff, provide a significant community experience. Members of the Residence Life and Housing staff are involved in all aspects of community living, including conflict resolution, facility management, community building, and providing programming and resources. They are also well-trained to respond to crisis situations. Each residence hall is managed by a combination of professional and para-professional staff members.
Approximately 70 percent of Redlands students live in on-campus residence halls, apartments, and organizational houses for the members of fraternities, sororities, and multicultural sibling-hoods. These facilities provide a diverse array of options to accommodate many lifestyles. The campus has a wide variety of coed communities with all genders housed on the same floor, as well as a male-only and a female-only hall joined by a common lobby.
Most residence hall rooms are designed for two to three people and are fully furnished. A limited number of single rooms are available—generally only for those with medical or psychological accommodations approved with Academic Success and Disability Services. A few quad rooms exist as well. Each hall is equipped with laundry and kitchen facilities, study rooms, storage rooms, vending machines, and lounge/recreation areas. All housing facilities are smoke-free and remain open throughout the academic year, except during extended breaks in the academic calendar.
There are halls that emphasize special interests, such as global citizenship, social justice, community service, music appreciation, and sustainable living. The Johnston Center for Integrative Studies also has a fully developed living-learning community housed in Bekins and Holt Halls. The Brockton and Grove Apartments feature both double- and single-room apartment living for upper-class students.
Because living on campus is a requirement, all students who are interested in living off campus must complete an Off-Campus Petition and be approved to live off campus. Students over the age of 23, married or in registered domestic partnerships, or living at home with immediate relatives less than 30 miles from campus will be approved prior to the beginning of each academic year if they submit a petition prior to the published deadlines. Decisions for students not meeting these criteria will take into consideration GPA, credits completed, conduct standing, and other factors; applications must be submitted prior to the academic year in which the student wishes to live off campus.
Meals for students are served in a variety of settings on campus, including the Irvine Commons, the Plaza Café, Grab and Go Market, Bulldog Café, and the University Club. Each has its unique ambiance and offers an assortment of foods. Menus are planned to emphasize nutrition, quality, and variety, as well as to have options for vegetarians and vegans. The University dining hours are planned to meet students’ needs. Generally, food service is available from 7:00 a.m. until midnight daily, and from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on weekends.
Student Conduct Policies
The Code of Student Conduct is available online to each student at the beginning of the academic year, and students have the responsibility to read, understand, and abide by the policies therein. The Office of Student Conduct exists to uphold the standards of the University community and to create an environment that fosters student well-being and academic success. The Office of Student Conduct is tasked with determining if violations of University policies have occurred, and determining an appropriate response for the good of both the community and the individual. It is above all things an educational process; one that honors individuality and free choice, and seeks to cultivate student growth and development through experience.
Fraternities and Sororities
Approximately 25 percent of the Redlands student body belongs to one of the local social fraternities or sororities. In addition to internal activities such as the new member introductions, academic initiatives, and service projects, Greek organizations provide a variety of campus-wide formal and informal social and educational events. These organizations are also instrumental in promoting community and alumni interaction. All Greek organizations are required to operate new member processes under guidelines set by Student Involvement and Success that are reviewed each year. Greek organizations are governed by an Inter-Fraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and Greek Council.
Rush activities each semester allow prospective members to learn the distinctive personality of each Greek organization. Students are required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have 28 credits completed to apply to participate in rush activities.
The Student Health Center is dedicated to providing all students with accessible and quality health care services, including health exams for acute illnesses and stable chronic diseases, women’s health exams, evaluation and treatment of injuries, and appropriate referrals to emergency services and/or medical specialists. The University employees Loma Linda University Health licensed clinicians staff at the Center. Students are charged $10 for an office visit, and some services (beyond exams) do incur additional costs. While the Center does not accept insurance, it will provide an itemized receipt to assist in the insurance claim process. The Center is open Monday through Friday.
Community Service Learning
The Office of Community Service Learning, established in 1991, refers interns, work-study students, volunteers, and service-learning students to hundreds of agencies throughout Redlands and other locations. Each year, students contribute over 120,000 hours of service at a variety of nonprofit agencies and schools around the world, which provide excellent learning opportunities. These experiences reaffirm the University’s view that each individual does make a difference and can learn through service; therefore, service outreach is an integral part of the Redlands experience and a graduation requirement. Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Community Service Learning for details and service opportunities throughout the year. Community Service Learning also sponsors spring break plunge trips, the student volunteer desk, children’s mentoring programs such as Big Buddies, tutorial programs such as Jasper’s Corner Homework Clubs, the Sustainable University of Redlands Farm (SURF) and many others.
Student Leadership and Involvement Center
Educating the complete person through experience and leadership opportunities is a goal of Student Involvement and Success (SIS). To accomplish this, SIS hosts a series of retreats, workshops, and classes (including the first-year retreat, Training Radical and Involved New Students (TRAIN ) and enables students to attend conferences. These programs allow students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations; learning by doing is the backbone of the leadership and involvement program at Redlands. Staff in SIS also advise student government (ASUR) and student clubs, including social Greek organizations.
The University fields 21 intercollegiate varsity athletic teams, with 10 sports for men and 11 for women competing on the NCAA Division III level. With a rich history of conference and national championships, the Bulldogs pride themselves on creating quality opportunities for competition while thriving in a demanding academic setting. We invite all students to attend the home athletic events free of charge with their student ID to join in the fun and excitement of the Bulldog family. During the fall, student-athletes compete in football, soccer, cross country, men’s water polo, and women’s volleyball. The winter season includes basketball and swimming and diving. The spring season features golf, tennis, women’s lacrosse, women’s water polo, track and field, softball, and baseball. In addition, the Department of Physical Education offers coursework toward a physical education minor as well as physical activities for class credit that include all skill levels. For more information, refer to the Physical Education chapter of this Catalog.
The University of Redlands Recreation department - which consists of Outdoor Programs, Intramural Sports, and Wellness - encourages students to live active, healthy lives while exploring, learning, and developing in and outside of the classroom. This goal is achieved through a variety of programming all of which is either subsidized or offered free of charge.
The Outdoor Programs division, which was created in 2004, offers workshops, leadership opportunities, weekend trips, certifications, and even a month-long expedition May Term travel course for credit. Trips include hiking, backpacking, climbing, surfing, and environmental service in the mountains, desert, and ocean within easy reach of Redlands. The Outdoor Programs Rental Shop, located next to the Currier Gymnasium, offers students rental gear, sign up for trips, outdoor resources, and even a bike repair shop.
Intramural Sports provide opportunities for students to play organized, recreational sports on campus free of charge. Sports include flag football, beach volleyball, soccer, tennis, basketball, and life-jacket water polo. Students can sign up online as a team or register individually as a free agent for each sport, provided they do not compete at the NCAA Division III level for that sport. Sports can last anywhere from a week-long tournament to a semester-long season. Intramurals are played “for the love of the game” and are designed for all levels of athletes.
Wellness programming on campus focuses on holistic student development through a variety of programs and activities. Designed to enrich both the body and the mind, programs focus on the eight identified dimensions of wellness: Social, Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Economical, Spiritual, Environmental, and Cultural.
Together, Outdoor Programs, Intramurals, and Wellness aim to provide students with opportunities to engage in an active, healthy lifestyle while at the University of Redlands.
Military and Veterans Services
The University of Redlands Military & Veteran Services is dedicated to providing the highest level of support, dedication, and services in order to ensure military-affiliated students, including active military members, reservist, national guard, veterans and military family members achieve success academically, professionally, and personally.
Our well-rounded and focused support system includes:
• Trained and dedicated staff available to answer questions and provide guidance in applying for and utilizing military or VA educational benefits
• Access to and knowledge of available resources both on and off campus
• Interactive One Stop Student Online Platform
• Assistance in all aspects of career exploration, preparation, translation of military experience, professional networking, interview techniques
• Help to facilitate communication with and integration into the University of Redlands community
• Recognition of Active Duty Military, Reservist, National Guard, Coast Guard, Veterans and their Family Members through planned events
• Assistance with identifying and applying for internal and external scholarships
Our vision is to enhance the success of our military-affiliated students in a holistic whole-student approach that focuses on guiding them through the educational process, assisting with the transition from military to civilian life, and recognizing them both for their service and their personal and academic accomplishments.
University of Redlands Alumni Association
The University of Redlands Alumni Association’s goal is to foster meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships that connect our alumni to each other and to the University. The Association nurtures relationships among alumni by providing experiences that enrich the lives of alumni and present a positive image of the University and its graduates.
Recognizing that learning is a lifelong process, in all of its activities the Association is committed to maintaining and supporting the University of Redlands as a world-class institution of higher learning and academic excellence.
Membership in the Alumni Association Anyone who has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of Redlands is automatically a member of the Alumni Association. In addition, anyone who has satisfactorily completed a minimum of 24 credits in the College of Arts and Sciences or has received a teaching credential through the School of Education is a member.