Sep 16, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life and Services

A university is not only classroom instruction, but also a mode of association. The effectiveness of the University program is enhanced if students develop their interests and meet their needs through participation in the nonacademic activities provided. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the facilities and opportunities planned for their cultural, social, and spiritual growth.

Campus Safety

The Campus Safety Department serves and protects the people and property of Southern Adventist University. The department monitors and responds to life safety incidents, medical emergencies, and fire alarms.  Additionally, Campus Safety sends emergency notifications, investigates and reports incidents, including crimes.  Services provided include jump starts, air in tire, fuel assistance, emergency door access, safety escorts, and vehicle registration. The Department is staffed 24/7 by unarmed licensed patrol officers and student dispatchers and can be reached at 423.236.2100 or at 5061 Colcord Drive.

Career Services

Career development is an integral part of a student’s higher education. Career services facilitate lifelong career development through self-awareness, career exploration, career decision-making, and the implementation of career choices. A career counselor is available to help students clarify their interests, work values, abilities and personality type; choose an academic major; explore potential careers; and prepare for employment by creating a resume, writing a cover letter and practicing for interviews.

Meet the Firms and Graduate Schools is a twice-a-year event that provides students with opportunities to network with employers and investigate curricular and career opportunities. Career Services is part of the Student Success Center on the third floor of Lynn Wood Hall.

Chaplain’s Office

Any student of Southern Adventist University has the opportunity to enrich his/her personal relationship with Jesus through Campus Ministries activities. Through the programs coordinated from the Chaplain’s Office, students can engage in a wide variety of on- and off-campus spiritual activities. Student leaders working with the campus chaplain direct activities such as LifeGroups (small groups), Outreach Ministries (local Chattanooga area), Talge and Thatcher Hall visitation ministries, prayer ministry as well as numerous corporate worship programs (Vespers, Fall at the Wall, Student Week of Prayer, and the Renewal Worship Service at the Collegedale SDA Church).

Southern Adventist University encourages a strong commitment to mission service. There are opportunities for short-term mission projects as well as traditional Student Missionary positions or volunteer Task Force positions. The Student Missionary assignments from the world divisions are published by the General Conference Adventist Volunteer Center on their web site. Students interested in any mission or Task Force position may work through the Chaplain’s Office for information and placement in mission positions.

The campus chaplain serves as a pastor for the University campus. The chaplain is available for spiritual counseling, personal and relationship concerns, and biblical/baptismal studies. It is the desire of the Chaplain’s Office to provide a safe, confidential setting for students to discuss personal issues. Since many university students choose a life partner while here at the University, the Chaplain also provides pre-marital counseling to aid in the establishment of healthy Christian relationships.

Concert-Lecture Series

Each year a concert-lecture series featuring significant artists and lecturers is provided for students, generally in connection with the weekly convocation program. The cost of admission for students is included in the tuition.

Counseling and Testing Services

Students who wish to seek assistance from a professional counselor should contact Counseling Services in the Student Success Center located on the third floor of Lynn Wood Hall (423.236.2782). A wide variety of resources to assist students adjust to university life are available. Personal and career counseling, consultation, testing, and referral services are provided in a confidential caring environment.

Southern Adventist University is an established non-Saturday National Test Center for the administration of entrance examinations for students applying to graduate and professional schools. Contact Testing Services in the Student Success Center for test information.


For the promotion of student health and enjoyment, Southern Adventist University provides a complete vegetarian cafeteria service, organized to serve student needs. The spacious dining hall is an inviting center of social and cultural life at the University, and service by the cafeteria staff is available for the many student and faculty social functions. Auxiliary dining rooms are available for meetings of various student or faculty organizations. The Food Service Department also operates three vegetarian fast-food shops on the campus. K.R.’s Place is conveniently located in the Student Center, the Deli at the Village Market, and the Kayak is in the Hulsey Wellness Center. The Kayak offers all fruit smoothies and more healthy choices of sandwiches and snacks.

Disabilities - Rehabilitation Act (1973) Section 504: Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities that could impact their learning experiences at Southern should contact Disability Support Services (DSS) by phone at 423.236.2574 or in person at room 1080 on the first floor of Lynn Wood Hall to schedule an appointment with the Disability Services Coordinator to request accommodations. It is expected that students with disabilities will make this contact before or during the first three weeks of the semester. Otherwise, the process of certifying eligibility and arranging for reasonable accommodations. Students are encouraged to make contact with DSS as soon as possible. Otherwise, the process of certifying eligibility and arranging for reasonable accommodations might not be completed in time to meet their needs.

Southern is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and is dedicated to the elimination of architectural and prejudicial barriers which prevent any qualified person from attending. Southern has established DSS to provide academic disability services according to the provisions of applicable disability law.

The University does not assume responsibility for identifying students who qualify for accommodations or services. Students must 1) voluntarily identify to the Disability Services Coordinator as having a qualifying disability and 2) provide appropriate documentation to support requests for accommodations.

Details about services as well as the requirements and processes involved in requesting accommodations at Southern can be found at


Discipline refers to any action taken by Southern Adventist University relative to a student’s social standing. All student disciplinary procedures are under the direction of the Vice-President for Student Development, who works with the residence hall deans in handling student disciplinary cases. The Vice-President for Student Development may separate a student from the school, suspend a student, deny re-admission, or place a student on citizenship probation. For further details, consult the Student Handbook.

Mission of Southern’s Convocation Calendar

Southern accentuates it liberal arts curriculum with its weekly convocation series. Meeting at 11:00 am every Thursday of the academic year, it is an hour when the entire academic community assembles to celebrate God’s good gifts of intellect. Convocation provides a unique opportunity to celebrate persons whose scholarship, art or public service embodies the ideals of a Christian, liberal arts university. The mission of the convocation program is to enhance the academic program of Southern by celebrating and honoring academic achievement and presenting programs which enrich the classroom experience (or the formal curriculum). Speakers bring a variety of perspectives on topics and issues drawn from across the spectrum of liberal arts disciplines in the arts, sciences and humanities. This Southern program is intended to promote broad discussion and active response from the academic community, extending beyond the convocation setting to classrooms and residence halls. The goal is to broaden and deepen our appreciation of creation and culture and to equip us to become discerning agents of redemption. Consistent with Southern’s mission, the ultimate goal of convocation is to foster the development and application of a Christian worldview, though individual speakers need not endorse this goal. Other purposes of convocation include:

  1. To present programs that will reinforce and/or challenge perspectives expressed elsewhere in the academic program;
  2. To encourage students to listen respectfully and learn graciously both from those with whom we agree and disagree;
  3. To have the opportunity to meet and understand those outside the community and to provide them opportunity to meet and understand us (i.e., the purposes of the program extend beyond just the period of formal presentation);

Orientation Program

Southern Adventist University has a personal interest in the success of the student desiring a university education. There is much that the student must do to get acquainted with the academic, social, and religious life of the University by perusing this Catalog and the Southern Adventist University Student Handbook. Instruction and counsel are given which will help the student better understand the University program and what is expected of him/her as a citizen of the University community.

A comprehensive new student orientation is held at the beginning of each semester. The student is introduced to the facilities, purposes, and functions of the University. Social occasions are also provided when students may meet faculty members and fellow students. All new freshmen and transferring students are required to attend the orientation program.

Photo Release

By enrolling at Southern Adventist University, students authorize the use and reproduction by the University, or anyone authorized by the University, of any images taken while enrolled at the University, whether video or photo, film or digital, whether distributed by print medium, video cassette, CD, DVD, Internet, television, or any other mode or medium, whether now existing or subsequently developed. All such images, however stored, shall constitute Southern Adventist University property solely and completely. Students will not be entitled to compensation for the use of the image

Residence Hall Living

Living in a university residence hall with its daily “give and take” prepares the student to meet life with equanimity, teaches respect for the rights and opinions of others, and offers first-hand experience in adjusting to a social group. Southern has four residence halls that serve the needs of our students are: Talge Hall, Thatcher Hall, Thatcher South, and Southern Village. 

To assure students this beneficial experience, the University requires those students who take more than three semester hours of class work and who are unmarried, under 23 years of age, and not living with their parents or other approved relatives in the vicinity, to reside in one of the residence halls. Students over the age of 23 will be accommodated with on-campus housing if space allows for such accommodations.


Sanctions refer to any action taken by Southern Adventist University relative to a student’s social standing. All student disciplinary procedures are under the direction of the Dean of Students, who works in consultation with the vice president for Student Development in situations that may involve dismissal. The Dean of Students may separate a student from the school, suspend a student, deny re-admission, or place a student on citizenship probation. For further details, please consult the Student Handbook. 

Social Activities and Organizations

The Director of Student Life and Activities plans social activities in consultation with the Student Activities Committee. Additional social programs are sponsored during the year by clubs and organizations.

In addition to the Student Association, more than 30 campus organizations provide opportunities for enrichment, leadership training, and enjoyment. They include church-related organizations-Campus Ministries; Student Ministerial Association; clubs related to academic interests sponsored by the departments; social clubs-Sigma Theta Chi (women), Upsilon Delta Phi (men), Black Christian Union, Christian Veterans Association and the Latin American Club, and special interest or hobby clubs.

Standards of Conduct

In harmony with the objectives of the University, high standards of behavior are maintained to encourage the development of genuine Christian character. Mature Christian students of sound spiritual and social integrity appreciate standards that elevate and ennoble. Admission to Southern Adventist University is a privilege that requires the acceptance of and compliance with published and announced regulations. Only those whose principles and interests are in harmony with the ideals of the University and who willingly subscribe to the social program as ordered are welcomed. It therefore follows that since students at Southern Adventist University receive an education subsidized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, those who engage in activities determined to be detrimental to the church on or off campus will not be knowingly accepted or retained.

A student who is out of harmony with the social policies of the University, who is uncooperative, and whose attitude gives evidence of an unresponsive nature may be advised to withdraw without specific charge.

Each student is expected to become acquainted with the standards of conduct published in the Southern Adventist University Student Handbook. The handbook includes levels of social discipline and the appeal route. A copy may be obtained from the office of the Vice-President for Student Development. Interim announcements of policies adopted by the administration are of equal force with those listed in official publications.

Student Association

Every undergraduate student at Southern Adventist University who is taking eight or more semester hours of class work is a member of the Student Association with voting privileges in the election of officers. The association affords opportunities for leadership development and for cooperation in achieving the objectives of Southern Adventist University. The association assists the University administration and faculty in the implementation of policies and assumes responsibility in giving direction to campus activities entrusted to it. The association’s activities are coordinated and communicated through the Student Senate and cabinet and their several committees. The activities and responsibilities of the officers and the detailed organization of the Student Association are outlined in the Student Association Constitution and Bylaws.

Student Employment 

Southern Adventist University encourages every student to balance work and study. If a student wants to work, is physically and emotionally able to work, and has arranged his/her class schedule to accommodate a reasonable work schedule, he/she may be able to obtain employment on campus. Students seeking employment should contact the Human Resources Office for information; however, students are responsible for securing their own employment.  Students are encouraged to visit the Student Employment webpage: to learn about current openings, required documents prior to starting work, and other helpful resources.

Student Health Insurance

Southern requires all on-campus students to have MEDICAL insurance coverage that is valid in Tennessee and complies with the Affordable Care Act. Southern offers eligible students an affordable nationwide Platinum level medical health insurance through United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR).

All students must submit a Health Insurance Information form before registration.

Undergraduate students taking six or more credit hours on campus are provided an INJURY ONLY policy. The premium for this coverage is included in the general fees.

For more information (eligibility, due dates, coverage dates, rates, policies, etc.) visit and select ‘Students.’

Student Publications and Productions

As a vital part of its community of learning, Southern Adventist University sponsors the production of a variety of media by its students. When exercised in the spirit of Christian fellowship, responsible freedom of expression and debate of issues enhances the university community. Editors and producers are encouraged to express themselves freely within the parameters of the philosophy, standards, and mission statement of the University.

Student media are the voices of both students and faculty, representing the visual and creative arts, both in print and non-print formats. The student media provides a marketplace of ideas in a university environment. Student media serve not only the current residents of the campus, but also document the culture and history of the institution.

Approved student-produced media on campus are the Festival Studios (multimedia year in review), Joker (pictorial directory), Numerique (student phone directory), Southern Accent (student newspaper), Southern Memories (yearbook), and The Weekender (weekly announcements). Southern Adventist University is the legal publisher of all of the approved student-produced media.

Tutoring Center

McKee Library, 3rd floor, 423.236.2578,

The Tutoring Center offers free peer tutoring sessions to Southern students for multiple courses on campus including nursing, biology, chemistry, and math. In addition, we offer tutoring for ACT preparation and academic coaching, to help students with time management and study skills. Schedule an appointment at

University Health Center

The University Health Center strives to provide high quality health care for the students of Southern Adventist University. Services are provided by a mid-level practitioner under the supervision of a physician. The Health Center is open during regular university working hours.

The Health Center is available to all students. We can also see student dependents if they are covered on the school insurance (United Health Care).

All charges incurred at the UHC will be charged to the student’s account. The UHC will submit claims for students using the United Healthcare plan through Southern. The insurance reimbursement is posted to the student’s account when it is received. The UHC is unable to process claims for students with private insurance, so students should plan to file their own insurance. A walk-out statement summarizing fees for services provided is available upon request. For further details, consult the Student Handbook.

Writing Center

McKee Library, main floor, 423.236.2014,

The Writing Center is your writing resource on campus. We offer free one-to-one, individualized tutoring sessions for Southern students. Wherever you are in the writing process, regardless of the paper, course, or discipline, we can help. Schedule an appointment at

E. A. Anderson Lecture Series

The E. A. Anderson Lecture Series is an annual feature of the business curriculum. The series is made possible by the generosity of E. A. Anderson of Atlanta, Georgia, for the purpose of giving the student a broader understanding of the business world. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge and continuing education credit is available. Lectures are presented at 7 p.m. on Monday evenings during the second semester, in the E. A. Anderson Business Seminar Room, Brock Hall, Room 3205. For more details visit

Eugene A. Anderson Organ Concert Series

The Eugene A. Anderson Organ Concert Series was initiated in 1986 to provide world-class organ concerts on the campus of Southern Adventist University. The foremost organists from throughout the world present these concerts. Select performances are broadcast internationally on the American Public Radio Program, “Pipe Dreams.” The series is made possible through the generosity of Eugene A. Anderson of Atlanta, Georgia, for the education and enjoyment of the students and the general public. 

The Anton Heiller Memorial Organ, a 70-stop 108-rank tracker organ, was dedicated in the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church in April, 1986, and is the largest of its kind in North America. A second instrument, a Renaissance mean-tone organ with two manuals and 13 stops, is housed in the music building’s Ackerman Auditorium. Both were built by John Brombaugh and Associates of Eugene, Oregon.

Chamber Music Series

Ackerman Auditorium in J. Mabel Wood Hall is the setting for the Chamber Music Series. Each semester two or three artists and/or ensembles provide a variety of listening experiences for students, faculty, and the community. Artists are chosen in such a fashion that over a four-year period a student can become acquainted with solo and ensemble music of many style periods. Master classes are often scheduled in conjunction with a concert. 

E. O. Grundset Lecture Series

The E. O. Grundset Lecture Series is jointly sponsored by the Southern Adventist University Chapter (Kappa Phi) of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Biology Department. Five or more lectures are presented each semester by guest speakers. The general public is invited.

The lectures are divided into two categories. The Technical Research Seminars are designed to update students, faculty, and the community on current biological research as well as to illustrate to students how biological knowledge is acquired through research. The Natural History Lectures are less technical and provide a general understanding of organismic and ecological biology, either by a description of the plants or animals in a certain region or an account of the behavior, habits, or ecology of certain species.

Gerhard F. Hasel Lectureship on Biblical Scholarship

The Gerhard F. Hasel Lectureship on Biblical Scholarship serves to promote biblical scholarship, particularly by inviting recognized non-Seventh-day Adventist scholars to lecture on the campus of Southern Adventist University each winter semester. The lectureship also serves to maintain a mutually helpful interchange between Adventist and non-Adventist biblical scholars, and to expose students and faculty to varied research and views in order to challenge and fortify reasons for biblical faith.

Institute of Archaeology

The Institute of Archaeology, under the auspices of the School of Religion, coordinates archaeological programs through course offerings, the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum, laboratories, the William G. Dever Research Library, excavations, and publications.

Institute of Evangelism and World Missions

The Robert H. Pierson Institute of Evangelism and World Missions, under the auspices of the School of Religion, provides coordination and funding for students and faculty to engage in direct evangelistic and missionary opportunities, as well as research and resources through the Evangelistic Resource Center.

Learning Success Services

Learning Success Services (LSS), located on the third floor of Lynn Wood Hall, provides staff and equipment in a supportive Christian environment to assist and encourage all students in their pursuit of learning. One-on-one tutoring by appointment is available in most academic areas. Students with expertise in academic areas are encouraged to seek employment as tutors. LSS offers seminars, classes, and tutoring in study skills, time management, organization, and learning. The Disability Services office is also at LSS. Students with documented disabilities should read the section about Disabilities in this Catalog.


To provide outstanding assistance for both residential and distance education students, McKee Library provides a wide range of resources and services through its web page and on site. 

The page provides access to an array of full-text databases, indexes, e-books, peer-reviewed journals, serials, and digitized materials. Patrons utilize the library website to find books, submit inter library loan requests, schedule consultations with librarians, reserve study rooms, renew loans, view tutorials and floor plans, access e-reserve items, and make use of the Ask-a-Librarian feature to get research advice.

When visiting the recently remodeled library facility, students can benefit from one of fifty computer workstations, borrow one of twenty wireless-enabled laptops, have a group study session in one of the study rooms, attend an information literacy session, get help at the Writing Center on the main level, examine the Civil War collection housed on the third floor in the Thomas Memorial Collection, study, read newspapers, or enjoy an art display.

While on campus, users can also visit the Teaching Materials Center-an educational curriculum collection in Summerour Hall-to explore elementary and secondary curriculum materials and teaching guides and make use of Ellison dies, laminators, and other resources. In addition, users can visit the William G. Dever Research Library, Southern Adventist University’s new archaeology library that houses a premier collection of archaeological resources, and the music collection, located in the School of Music. Professional librarians and staff are available to help with individual and group reference and instruction.

Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum

The Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum in Hackman Hall provides the basis for a stunning visual display of more than two hundred objects from Egypt, Babylonia, Persia, Syria-Palestine, Greece, Cyprus, and Anatolia. Illustrated through hundreds of photographs, drawings, and original art, the exhibit is designed to introduce artifacts in their ancient life-setting. Highlights include an ancient Babylonian brick stamped with Nebuchadnezzar’s name, a complete series of lamps from the Chalcolithic to the earl Arabic periods, a rare Syrian clay model of a chariot complete with wheels, handwritten cuneiform tablets from ancient Ur in Mesopotamia, and a series of Syrian toggle pins from the Middle Bronze Age. Through teaching, exhibition, conservation, and the annual Museum Lecture Series, the museum provides educational opportunities for university students and the community at large.

Marine Biological Station

Southern Adventist University is affiliated with Walla Walla University’s Rosario Beach Marine Biological Station to enrich and supplement its on-campus programs.

This Marine Biological Station is located on Fidalgo Island in the Puget Sound in the state of Washington and provides students with opportunities to study marine habitats in a temperate climate. This station also furnishes facilities for summer class work and research. Its close proximity to biomes ranging from sea bottom to Alpine tundra provides an excellent opportunity for instruction and investigation. 

Robert H. Pierson Lecture Series

The Robert H. Pierson Lectureship is sponsored in November of every year by the School of Religion under the auspices of the Robert H. Pierson Institute of Evangelism and World Mission. The lectures are meant to facilitate the training of ministers and other religion majors in Biblical Studies, Theology, History, Adventist Studies, Homiletics, Church Leadership, and in other areas of preparation.

William G. Dever Research Library

The William G. Dever Research Library located adjacent to the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum in Hackman Hall contains three major collections that comprise nearly 3,000 volumes and 20 different journal titles in the areas of archaeology, biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern languages, and Egyptology. The collections are fully integrated with the university library system for searching and research.


Classical 90.5 WSMC is a 100,000 watt, noncommercial, radio station licensed to Southern Adventist University. 

WSMC provides training for students in the field of broadcasting, marketing, and community engagement. The station regularly hires between 10 and 15 students as on-air announcers, producers, and public relations assistants. The station is an excellent way for the student to receive hands-on experience in the field of broadcasting and public radio/development. 

WSMC represents the University to the Greater Chattanooga community, with a coverage area including a 94-mile radius of Chattanooga. Founded in 1961, it is the oldest noncommercial fine arts station in southeastern Tennessee. WSMC was the first radio station in a seven-state region to receive satellite capability. The station also exists as an outreach of the University-striving to enhance the quality of life in the community. 

The station produces high-quality fine arts, informational, educational, and inspirational programs. WSMC broadcasts programs from NPR and American Public Media. 

WSMC’s broadcast studios are located on Industrial Drive across from Brock Hall. The facility includes a production room, music library, and on-air studio.