Numerous cultural and educational activities are offered each year. Music, dance and theatre presentations enable students to attend, as well as participate in, various productions during the year. A full schedule of art exhibits is arranged and presented by the Radford University Art Museum. An all-campus student calendar at www.radford.edu/~studentcalendar provides students with up-to-date information on the upcoming major programs, theatre, music and/or meeting times for clubs or organizations in which they are interested.
Department of Student Activities
Students are encouraged to develop social, cultural and creative interests and awareness by actively participating in all aspects of campus life. The Department of Student Activities provides students with diverse out-of-the-classroom experiences including intramurals, aerobics, sports clubs, RU Outdoors programs, Hurlburt Student Center Game Room, Radford Student Programming and Campus Events (RSPaCE), Greek Life, 200 clubs and organizations, student media, a leadership library and training, LEAD 110 and student employment opportunities. For further information, check out the website at www.radford.edu/stuact, call (540) 831-5332, or stop by the main office, Room 226 in the Hurlburt Student Center.
The Dedmon Center, an athletics and convocation complex located across U.S. Route 11 (East Main Street) from the main campus, houses an arena with an eight-lane swimming pool and a 1/6 mile jogging track, both available for student use during scheduled hours.
Outdoor facilities at the center include a jogging trail, 12 tennis courts and the Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium. The stadium houses an eight-lane track and field surface, a soccer field, locker rooms, a press box, coaches’ offices and a concession area.
The Dedmon Center complex also has areas for other field sports including baseball, lacrosse, softball and club sports football and rugby. Other outside activities include field hockey, cross country and golf. Peters Hall, located in the heart of the main campus, provides students the opportunity to take part in aerobics classes, indoor intramurals, a climbing wall, fitness center and open gym times.
Muse Hall Fitness Center on the main level offers a variety of cardio workouts with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and stair climbers, and strength training with Nautilus single-station machines.
Muse Weight Room off parking lot B offers students free weightlifting opportunities with dumbbells, squat racks and benches. Leg machines, cable crossover, bike, rowing machine and stair climber provide the equipment for a full body workout.
Hurlburt Student Center includes a welcome and information center, student lounges, a computer lounge, a game room with bowling and billiards, a food court, meeting rooms, a 250-seat auditorium, Department of Student Activities Office, Greek Life Office, Student Government Office, R-SPaCE Programming Office, the Student Organizational Assistance Resources Office and more.
Radford University, a NCAA Division I member, participates in 19 varsity sports, 11 for women and eight for men. The sports include men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s outdoor track, men’s and women’s indoor track, women’s softball, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. The university offers athletic scholarship aid in all sports.
Sports clubs highlight the leadership skills and athletic talents of the RU student body. The Sports Club Program is designed to serve individual interests in different sports and recreation activities. The activities that the club sport teams provide range from very competitive to recreational and instructional. There are 21 chartered sports clubs at RU. They include ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s rugby, equestrian team, men’s and women’s ultimate Frisbee, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s softball, men’s baseball, swimming, football, skeet and trap, billiards, wrestling, fishing, women’s basketball and bowling.
Intramurals are for everyone. A variety of individual and team sports and activities are planned, ranging from league competition to more informal tournaments and one-day events to appeal to the varied interests of the RU community. Past intramurals have included dodgeball, sand volleyball, table tennis, flag football, softball, wallyball, billiards, soccer, basketball, Frisbee, homerun derby and many card tournaments. For more information, go to the Campus Recreation Office in Hurlburt Student Center, Room 121.
RU Outdoors is the adventure programming component of campus recreation that provides outdoor adventures, promotes healthy self-discovery, emphasizes respect and awareness for the natural resources and unlocks student leadership potential. Trips include hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, paddling, caving, mountain biking and climbing. All skill levels are accepted. For a low fee, students are provided instruction, technical equipment and transportation. Students also can rent equipment for their own outdoor adventures. The Campus Recreation Office is the Hurlburt Student Center, Room 121.
Student Leadership Program (The LEAD Scholar Program)
The Radford University student leadership program is the LEAD Scholar Program: Leadership through Experience, Academics and Development. This comprehensive program is jointly administered by the divisions of Academics and Student Affairs. The program is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills and experiences focused on leadership; to recognize students’ leadership activities; to help the university develop a pool of trained and competent student leaders; and to prepare individuals to be leaders in their communities after they graduate. Each part of the program includes specific requirements and learning outcomes. In the 12-hour academic component, students will systematically explore and reflect on leadership skills as they learn the conceptual tools that support the exercise of leadership in a variety of settings. Students will first enroll in LEAD 110 - Emerging Leadership . (see course description that follows). They will then select nine additional hours from existing courses having leadership content, for example, theories, history or philosophy of leadership, the study of leaders within a discipline, values and ethics of leaders.
In the experiential component, students will be challenged to connect leadership to practice. They will reflect on their experiences through leadership workshops and conferences and through experiential learning (service learning and internship experiences).
Finally, in the developmental component, students will apply the knowledge and skills they acquire by taking on leadership roles. By accepting leadership responsibilities on or off campus, they will gain firsthand experience while developing and fine-tuning their leadership skills. On-campus leadership opportunities include service as New Student Orientation-Quest assistants, resident assistants, UNIV 100 peer instructors and many others.
On their graduation, students who complete all the LEAD Scholar Program requirements will receive certification of their accomplishments on their academic transcripts. For more information about the LEAD Scholar Program, contact the Department of Student Activities, (540) 831-5332.
LEAD 110. Emerging Leadership. (3)
Prerequisite: Minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA
The course is designed to expose students to new perspectives on leadership and to encourage students to recognize their own potential as leaders. Through class discussions, readings, speakers and interactions, both on campus and in the community, students will be introduced to leadership theories, traits and skills. This course will encourage students to be creative leaders, to accept and celebrate diversity, to recognize the importance of risk and change, and to see the potential in every person to be a leader.
New Student Programs and Orientation
As new students arrive at Radford University, they are supported by a variety of services provided by the Office of New Student Programs.
Beginning with orientation for new students and their parents, the office provides support services to help students in their initial adjustment to college. New Student Orientation provides students with the opportunity to meet the faculty and university staff as well as student leaders who will assist them in selecting courses for their first semester and acquaint them with the services that will ensure a successful first year of college. New students admitted for the fall semester are invited to attend a two-day orientation session during the summer.
The office provides new students with assistance during their first year, including special interest sessions on a variety of topics. To aid students in their transition to Radford University, the Office of New Student Programs sponsors a one semester-hour course called “UNIV 100 - Introduction to Higher Education .” This course utilizes faculty, staff and peer instructors to help new students experience success during the first year and establish the groundwork for achieving a successful college career.
For more information, contact Director of New Student Programs Michael A. Dunn in Walker Hall, (540) 831-5923.
UNIV 100. Introduction to Higher Education. (1)
Prerequisites: First-year students and/or first-semester transfer students by permission.
This course explores the meaning and value of a comprehensive liberal arts education, teaches problem-solving and decision-making processes and promotes academic success through selected readings, presentations, discussions and experiential learning opportunities. Students will learn and practice a variety of specific techniques for learning and self-management.
Office for Academic Engagement and Community Partnerships
The former Experiential Learning Office was recently renamed to reflect an increasing emphasis at Radford University on ways that all Radford University faculty and students can engage in real-world work and project experiences that provide practical experiences and accomplishments for students. Focused on the development of immersion internship experiences and community-based learning, the office can assist students and faculty members who seek local, state, national or international internship experiences. A program highlight is the Highlanders in Action Internships that are available both fall and spring semester for three or six credit-hours. Students work in teams with community partners on projects related to one of five issues: environment and sustainability; social justice and diversity; health and wellness; arts and culture; and economic and urban development. The office is on the second floor of Walker Hall and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information visit http://www.radford.edu/ruengaged.
Career Services is on the first floor of Walker Hall. Services include individual and group assistance with career assessments and planning, career information, the job-search process, resumé preparation, interview skills and the transition from college to employment. In addition, the center manages an online job and internship database and a resumé development site. The on-campus recruitment program affords students the opportunity to interview with profit and nonprofit organizations throughout the academic year.
The center encourages undergraduate students to view career planning and the employment search as a four-year process. Students should utilize services of the center staff in their freshman and sophomore years for self-assessment and career exploration, and in their junior and senior years for examining career alternatives and implementing career choices.
The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, including the lunch hour, during the academic year.
For more information, visit the center’s website at http://careers.asp.radford.edu.
Project SUCCESS is the name of the TRIO program, Student Support Services, at Radford University and is an academic program within the Division of Student Affairs. The office operates under the umbrella of the Federal TRIO programs and is financially supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Its ultimate goal is to help first-generation and low-income students and those with disabilities to obtain a baccalaureate degree. Services rendered include enhancing academic skills, tutorial assistance, developing leadership potential, assisting with financial literacy planning and encouraging graduate school education. The program strives to retain and matriculate first-generation students into productive positions within the professional work environment or into competitive graduate programs.
For further information, contact Director of Project SUCCESS Veronica Lewis, in Heth Hall, (540) 831-6382.
Learning Assistance and Resource Center
The Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC), located on the first floor of Walker Hall, is an all-inclusive academic support service open to the entire Radford University community. It maintains Level 3 Certification status by the international College Reading and Learning Association. Students may make appointments for free tutoring in many subjects, including as math, statistics and science. Graduate and undergraduate English majors with experience as peer readers work with students on writing assignments for all disciplines. Students can also receive assistance in basic study and test-taking strategies. The LARC tutoring staff, which includes undergraduate and graduate students as well as professional tutors, receives extensive training. Inspired by a holistic approach, tutors are trained to make referrals if they detect other issues at play in students’ lives. For more information, call the LARC at (540) 831-7704 or visit the LARC at www.radford.edu/~larc.
Off-campus and Commuter Student Services
The Dean of Students Office and SGA Off-campus Student Council (OCSC) coordinate services for off-campus and commuter students. Check the OCSC at www.radford.edu/~ocsc/ or off-campus student services at www.radford.edu/~dos-web/ocss.htm for more information.
Following are some of the services provided for off-campus students: Radford-area housing provider list, renters insurance information, the Housing Fair, liaison relationship with landlords and the community, educational opportunities and information about living off-campus, and a roommate matching board in the Dean of Students Office. Lounges in the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center and Heth Hall are available for relaxation or study. In addition to the Bonnie and Heth lounges, other areas for study and relaxation are available in McConnell Library. Meal-plan options are available for off-campus students. For information about the plans, contact the RU Express Office at (540) 831-5054.
Students may park motor vehicles, motorcycles and motorbikes in university parking lots if they have obtained a parking permit from the Parking Services Office in Heth Hall. To purchase a parking permit, students must submit proof of ownership (by the student or a member of the student’s immediate family) and personal identification. The registration of a vehicle does not assure the registrant of a parking space. Overflow parking is available for all students at the Dedmon Center and the baseball field parking area. Detailed information regarding parking and traffic regulations may be obtained at the Parking Services Office in Heth Hall or at the University Police Department in the Allen Building.
Housing and Residential Life
Radford University has 15 residence halls offering a variety of living options and themes for all student classifications. All are within walking distance of academic buildings, campus activities and downtown Radford. Residence halls are furnished with TV rooms, vending machines, kitchens, laundry rooms, recycling areas and study lounges. Unless otherwise specified, halls are coed by suite with two rooms sharing one bathroom. Students taking nine or more credit hours are required to live on campus with the exception of those who commute from home, are married, are military veterans or have completed four semesters as an on-campus resident. See the Boarding Policy in the Standards of Student Conduct for more information.
A substantial number of rooms and apartments for rent are available in the immediate vicinity of the campus for students who have met the requirements of the university boarding policy as outlined in the Standards of Student Conduct. The university also owns and operates apartments near campus. Students living off campus may purchase meal plans and are encouraged to eat in the university dining halls. Several meal plans are available to off-campus students. (See Dining Services)
The university owns and operates one apartment facility. These apartments are available for undergraduate students who have met the on-campus boarding requirement. Information can be obtained from the Office of Housing and Residential Life at (540) 831-5375.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Various services and programs for underrepresented students at Radford University are coordinated by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in conjunction with other departments. During various activities each semester, incoming students are introduced to upperclass students, faculty and staff members, and are encouraged to become involved in campus life.
The Black Student Affairs Council, affiliated with the Student Government Association, addresses African-American and minority student concerns and interests, helps coordinate activities sponsored by African-American student organizations and seeks to unite all students at the university.
The Diversity Awareness Programming Board, affiliated with the both the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Department of Student Activities, promotes multicultural issues, heritage and achievements through programming and other activities. Eight historically black Greek letter organizations, affiliated with the Department of Student Activities, complement social and service opportunities on campus. The fraternities are Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma and Omega Psi Phi. The sororities are Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Zeta Phi Beta.
The National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations Inc., which is also affiliated with the Department of Student Activities, is the newest council of Greek Life. This council governs the Latino fraternal organizations on campus. Chi Upsilon Sigma is currently formed at Radford University.
The Gay-Straight Alliance is RU’s LGBT organization. Its purpose is to promote equal rights in the gay community; spread knowledge and acceptance; and provide a safe and secure environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered women and men.
RUCMA, RU’s Campus Ministers Association, is the organization for the campus ministers or faculty advisors of the student religious organizations. Recognized student religious organizations include Baptist, Baptist Independent, Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Presbyterian, United Methodist and various non-denominational groups.
Social, cultural and educational activities to broaden all students’ knowledge of the larger global community and its contributions to society are presented annually by the International Student Affairs Council. For further information, contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at (540) 831-5765, www.radford.edu/diverse or the Department of Student Activities at (540) 831-5332, www.radford.edu/~stuact.
Physical and Mental Health Services
Disability Resource Office
The Disability Resource Office (DRO), located on the lower level of Tyler Hall, is a full-service office prepared to meet the needs of students with diverse disabilities. The DRO provides assistance for students with documented disabilities that include physical, learning, ADD, psychiatric, medical and temporary services (for example, broken bones, surgeries or extended illness). Services include reasonable academic accommodations, building accessibility and assistive technology to equalize the learning process. Other services available are exam proctoring; teaching time management and self-advocacy skills; training for staff, faculty and students in disability law; and teaching the rights and responsibilities of both students and faculty members in the accommodation process.
With appropriate documentation, services are available for students with temporary disabilities such as illness, surgery or broken bones. The DRO coordinates services with other departments on campus as well as in the community to ensure a holistic approach to serving students. Any student with a documented disability is encouraged to register with the DRO.
The DRO is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. More information is available at www.radford.edu/~dro, by email at email@example.com, by telephone at (540) 831-6350 or by video phone at (866) 971-2826.
The Student Health Center is located on the ground floor of east Moffett Hall. The center is equipped to provide diagnosis and treatment for most of the common health problems encountered by students. More serious medical situations are referred to a network of local specialists. Over-the-counter medications and a limited number of pharmaceuticals are available. Emergency medical care is available at the nearby Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. For more information about services, please visit www.radford.edu/~health/.
Students are encouraged to contact the Health Center regarding any special health concerns they bring to the university. Health information is confidential. Students must complete the Radford University Health Immunization Record Form prior to enrollment. Please note that meningitis, tetanus, hepatitis B and two MMR injections are mandatory and must be included in the immunization record.
The Student Health Center has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. (AAAHC) since 1999. All medical staff are licensed by the state of Virginia, and all providers are nationally certified.
Student Counseling Services
Student Counseling Services (SCS), located in Tyler Hall, is a place where students can talk privately and confidentially about issues which are of concern to them. Students frequently seek assistance with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, lack of motivation and family concerns. Counseling at the SCS is provided by licensed mental health professionals and one doctoral student. Services at the SCS are free to both undergraduate and graduate students at Radford University. SCS operates on a brief therapy model with limited sessions. Specific services at the SCS include:
- Counseling. Individual personal counseling is offered for whatever concerns students may have. Groups are also provided depending on the need of students during that semester. Couples counseling is also available when indicated. Typical counseling topics include stress, anxiety, depression, sexuality, motivation, homesickness, body image issues, relationships, adjustment issues and other developmental concerns. Counselors can also assist students who need referrals for a medication assessment and can provide brief phone and in-person consultation services.
- Psychiatric. Evaluations for medication and ongoing medication monitoring are provided by the SCS psychiatrist. These services are provided during the fall and spring semesters.
- Health Education Outreach Programming. SCS has a health educator during the fall and spring semesters to provide presentations on a variety of health related topics to the campus community. Topics include stress management, women’s health issues, weathering winter illnesses, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders, smoking cessation, and weight management and nutrition.
For an appointment or further information, stop by Tyler Hall or call (540) 831-5226 for Student Counseling Services.
The Office of Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support Services
The Office of Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support Services is dedicated to increasing knowledge and awareness of substance abuse, sexual assault and other student health issues as well as decreasing the negative consequences associated with high-risk alcohol and other drug use and sexual assault. The Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support Services provides the following services:
- Educational Resources on the topics of substance abuse, sexual assault, dating violence and other student health issues.
- RU Aware Program, a class for the RU drug and alcohol policy violators.
- Counseling for students dealing with issues surrounding sexual and dating violence and/or substance abuse.
- Advocacy and support for sexual assault victims.
- Consultations for students, parents, faculty and staff.
- Presentations and trainings for the Radford University community on substance abuse and sexual assault issues.
- Peer educators, a student group affiliated with the national BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network dedicated to raising awareness about student health issues.
The office advises and supports RU’s peer educators.
For more information, students can visit the SAVES website at www.radford.edu/~saves, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 831-5709.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in Waldron Hall provides services for students, faculty and staff. Graduate students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders provide the services under the direct supervision of faculty members. Hearing evaluations and hearing aid evaluations are available, as are rehabilitation services for the hearing-impaired person. Speech and language evaluations and therapy are provided for people with articulation, stuttering, voice, language or other communication problems. The services are free for Radford University students, faculty and dependents. Appointments may be made by calling (540) 831-7665 (V/TTY).
Dalton Dining Hall is the main “all you care to eat” dining hall, offering a wide selection of foods at various stations. Some of the stations include Fresh Grille with burgers, hot sandwiches and fries, Market Carvery with entrees, vegetables and starches, and Menutainment, an action station where food is prepared in front of the guests. Other options include a salad bar with composed salads and fresh fruit, made-to-order sandwiches, house-made pizzas, dessert bar and beverage station. There is also a variety of healthy, vegetarian, vegan, sustainable, gluten-free and sugar-free options.
The Terrace Shops Food Court located in Dalton Hall features a variety of retail shops including Au Bon Pain, Olo Sushi, Papa John’s and Wendy’s. The options include soup, sandwiches and baked goods in Au Bon Pain, a wide selection of sushi from Olo Sushi, pizza and pasta from Papa John’s, and burgers, fries and frosties from Wendy’s.
The Food Court in Hurlburt Student Center has Chick-fil-A, Pinkberry, Salsarita’s, Starbucks and Wild Greens. The options include chicken nuggets and sandwiches at Chick-fil-A, frozen yogurt at Pinkberry, fresh-mex food in Salsarita’s, coffee and espresso in Starbucks and custom-built salads in Wild Greens.
Au Bon Pain Café in McConnell Library features gourmet coffee, espresso drinks, soups and a wide selection of sandwiches and salads.
The New River Grille House on the lower level of Muse Hall features two different concepts. Lunch is an “all you care to eat” buffet with expanded service offering entrees, vegetables, starches, soups, salad bar and dessert. Dinner features an upscale full-service retail restaurant and gives the guest a choice of salad bar or soup, choice of one gourmet entrée and choice of dessert.
All dining locations on campus accept cash, food dollars, flex dollars, debit and credit cards, and RU Express. To learn more about RU Dining Services, visit www.DineOn-Campus.com/Radford
To accommodate students with special dietary needs, dining professionals are always available to assist them. Any allergies or special diet requirements can be discussed in confidence. To make an appointment, call (540) 831-5351.
Meal Plans for Students
All residence hall students participate in a choice of meal plans including 15 meals a week, 19 meals a week or Flex Plan. Meal plans for off-campus students include any of the on-campus meal plans, 65 meals a semester, 90 meals a semester or Flex Jr. For more information, contact RU Dining Services at (540) 831-5351. Payment options are available for all meal plans through the RU Express Office in Heth Hall or at (540) 831-5054.
Division of Information Technology
The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) consists of Information Technology Infrastructure, Enterprise Systems, Technology Support Services, IT Project Management, Printing Services, Vending Services, RU Express, Telephone Services, Web Communications, Radio, TV and Information Security. DoIT is committed to providing a secure, highly reliable technology infrastructure along with high-quality, customer-oriented services and support to meet the ever-changing needs of students, faculty and staff at Radford University. DoIT provides comprehensive computer and information technology support for the university and offers students, faculty and staff access to a wide variety of computer, network and Internet resources.
Computer Accounts for Accessing Radford University Technology Resources
Access to Radford University technology resources requires a university-issued account. All Radford University students receive an account while enrolled at the university. This account provides access to campus computers, email, MyRU, class registration and many other systems and resources from the MyRU Portal https://myru.radford.edu.
Campus Network and Internet Connections
Radford University provides high-speed Internet and campus network connectivity across the campus. WiFi (802.11) access is available in classrooms, administrative buildings, dining facilities and residence halls. In addition to WiFi, all residence hall rooms are equipped with two Ethernet connections and a cable TV connection.
Access to the full range of Radford University network services requires the use of a VPN connection. (https://webvpn.radford.edu).
The Radford University Bookstore offers discounted pricing for PC and Mac computers. In addition to hardware, Radford University has agreements in place to provide students with access to Microsoft Office and anti-virus software. Complete information on hardware recommendations and available software can be found on the DoIT website.
Technology Support Services
Technology Support Services (TSS) provides one-stop support for students, faculty and staff. TSS offers phone-in and walk-in computer help desk services, repair for university-supported computer equipment, technology training, and computer lab and classroom facilities. More information, including help desk hours and training offerings, is available on the Technology Support Services section of the DoIT website.
Walker Technology Center
The Walker Technology Center is a general-purpose computer lab available for all students, faculty and staff. This center, located on the second floor of Walker Hall, has more than 100 PC and Mac workstations offering access to a wide variety of software and resources. Network printers are available for students in this area. Students receive an initial free allotment of pages each year. After this allotment is used, printouts are paid for using the available balance on an RU Express card.
John Preston McConnell Library is named for the first president of Radford University. The library supports and enhances the university’s academic programs by providing access to collections and instructional services for students and faculty. The library’s professional faculty and staff serve as a link between users and library resources and work to anticipate needs, provide state-of-the-art technologies and solicit feedback, which is integrated into McConnell’s user-centered services.
McConnell Library contains a growing collection of more than 500,000 print and electronic resources, including books, periodicals, newspapers, online databases, CD-ROMs, DVDs, microforms, videotapes and other media. More than 30 librarians and staff provide a variety of services, including reference assistance, instruction, outreach, access to and lending of materials.
University Archives and Special Collections are located on Level 5 and hold historical university records, including RU Board of Visitors documents and university-sponsored publications. Special collections include Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Co. records, the personal library of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and the Keystone Glass Slide Collection.
The library’s website at http://library.radford.edu is the gateway to a wide variety of online databases, full-text journals, e-books, poetry, music and other materials, including the resources provided by the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). The website links to the library catalog of books, media and electronic resources.
Equipment such as Flip cams and audio recorders is available at the front desk. Nonprint items, including DVDs, CDs, playback and viewing equipment are located on Level 4.
Materials not owned by the library can be borrowed, free of charge, through interlibrary loan. Requests can be submitted through the ILLiad system at http://illiad.radford.edu; many articles are delivered electronically by email.
Library materials can be checked out at the front desk on Level 3 near the entrance to the building. The Radford University I.D. card serves as the library card and must be presented to check out library materials. For more information on lending policies, see http://library.radford.edu/about/lending.html. Anyone needing help using the library or with library questions is encouraged to stop by the front desk, email email@example.com, call (540) 831-5364, text 5402680155 or send an IM by http://library.radford.edu/information/IMchat.asp.
Reference and Research Assistance
The Reference and Instruction Services department on Level 3 offers a wide range of resources and services, including individualized research assistance and course-related instruction. Reference works and other general and specialized research tools are available for use. Two multimedia classrooms, A and B, are available for group library instruction. The George M. Harvey Sr. Health Information Resource Center on Level 4 provides information resources, computers and group study space. Anyone needing help with library research is encouraged to ask for assistance at the reference desk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (540) 831-5696, text 5403070144 or send an IM via http://library.radford.edu/information/IMchat.asp.
Computers, Printing, Scanning and Photocopying
There are 100 public computers available in the library; most are in the reference area on Level 3 and the Harvey Center on Level 4 with additional workstations on every level. The two classrooms, A and B, serve as open computer labs when no library instruction classes are scheduled. Public scanners are located in the reference area. Radford students, faculty and staff are provided a printing allotment; after the allotment is used, printing can be paid for directly with RU Express. A photocopier is located on Level 3 and operates with coins or an RU I.D. card.
The online catalog allows users to manage their accounts, renew and request materials, and view electronic course reserves. McConnell Library is wheelchair accessible and offers services to students with disabilities, including reading machines, text enlargers and personal assistance in locating and retrieving library materials.
Contact the front desk for assistance. Locking carrels are available for use by graduate and honors students engaged in research projects and may be reserved through the library administrative office on Level 3. A graduate study lounge equipped with computers and a printer is located on Level 5. Six group study rooms for student use are located on Level 2. Level 5 is maintained as a quiet study space. Au Bon Pain on Level 3 features gourmet coffee, sweets, soups and sandwiches.
For more information
Students may visit http://library.radford.edu/services/students.html to familiarize themselves with the information resources, facilities and services available.
Hurlburt Hall Information and Event Planning Office
Located on the main floor of Hurlburt Hall, nicknamed The Bonnie in honor of former Dean of Students Bonnie Hurlburt, the Information and Event Planning Office is staffed by a manager and student assistants who can answer a variety of questions regarding student programming and reservations. Topics include scheduling organized activities in public, non-academic spaces on campus, entering them on the campuswide student calendar, selling tickets for events sponsored by student organizations and all-campus programming groups, and a lost and found. For more help, call (540) 831-5420.
Students must present I.D. cards to use certain campus facilities and services. I.D. card photographs are taken at orientation and at registration. If a university I.D. card is lost or stolen, the student must contact the ID-RU Express Card Office (540) 831-5054 in Heth Hall for a replacement. The replacement fee of $15 is payable at the time the photograph is taken. If a university I.D. card is lost or stolen after 5 p.m. or during the weekend, the student must contact the RU Police Department at (540) 831-5500 to invalidate the I.D. card. Only the ID-RU Express Office may revalidate a university I.D. card. Lost I.D. cards may be deactivated 24 hours a day by visiting the RU Express website at www.radford.edu/~ru-exprs.
RU Express Card
Students may use their university I.D. cards as debit cards (the RU Express card) by making an initial deposit of at least $25 in the card account. Purchases made with the card are limited to the card’s current balance, which can be increased by additional deposits and which declines with each purchase made with the card. The current balance is displayed after each transaction.
The RU Express card offers several types of accounts: any meal plan, the Food Dollars account, the Food Dollars Plus account and the RU Express account. The latter enables students to make purchases at a wide variety of campus locations, including the bookstore, food court, vending and laundry machines, and at a number of off-campus businesses.
More information is available by contacting the I.D.-RU Express Office at email@example.com, at the office in Heth Hall (P.O. Box 6992) or online at www.radford.edu/~ru-exprs.
Drink and snack machine refunds are available at the Hurlburt Hall Information and Event Planning Office, the Residence Life Office in the basement of Tyler Hall and the Dedmon Center main entrance. To report a malfunctioning machine, call (540) 831-6267 with the machine location and the nature of the problem.
Lost and Found
A lost and found service is provided at the Information and Event Planning Office on the main floor of Hurlburt Hall. For more help, call (540) 831-5420.
A U.S. Post Office is located in Dalton Hall. Boarding students receive mail in boxes provided at this location.
Codes and Policies
Radford University believes that an important part of a student’s education is achieved within the group-living atmosphere maintained in its residence halls. The university therefore requires undergraduate students taking nine or more credit hours to live in a university residence hall as outlined by the Boarding Policy in the Standards of Student Conduct.
All students are expected to become familiar with the contents of the Standards of Student Conduct and are responsible for acting in accordance with the policies contained therein. Students who do not receive a copy of the Standards of Student Conduct at orientation, registration or in the residence hall may obtain a copy at the Dean of Students Office or view the document online at http://www.radford.edu/~dos-web/.
Registration of Criminal Record
It is prohibited conduct to fail to report federal or state probation, felony criminal charges taken under advisement, or conviction of a felony to the Dean of Students Office within 15 university business days following registration or the date the action was taken. Please contact the Dean of Students Office if clarification is necessary.
Radford University is committed to providing a world-class program of global engagement. International and intercultural learning and experience are central components to a high-quality undergraduate and graduate experience. Radford University encourages international learning and experience in the strongest terms. This focus stems directly from the Radford University 7-17 Strategic Plan and is manifested in a variety of programs, for example, the Radford University core curriculum, study abroad (long and short term), student exchanges (graduate and undergraduate), international student exchanges (graduate and undergraduate) and memos of understanding with institutions outside the United States offering opportunities for exchanges.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisors soon after arrival on campus and to begin a conversation about global engagement and how their active and engaged involvement can enhance their undergraduate and graduate experiences as well as their competitiveness in an increasingly global job market.
The offices of International Education (Cook Hall) and Diversity and Inclusion (Heth Hall) provide the administrative structure for a variety of programs and issues regarding international learning, cultural issues and diversity concerns.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) assists international students with their transition to the Radford University environment. Located on the ground floor of Tyler Hall (Room 025), the office provides information, services and programs to assist international students with cultural adjustment concerns. Specific services include international student orientation programs in the fall and spring as well as cultural events and activities throughout the academic year.
Annual programs are designed to provide international students with the opportunity to share their culture with others and address basic concerns. They include Heritage Month, cultural celebrations, the International Volunteer Network-Host Program and International Week.
The CDI staff understands the special concerns of the university’s international student population and encourages students to utilize the office’s resources. To make an appointment, students may call (540) 831-5765.
All international students are required to present proof of adequate health insurance coverage. Before enrollment, students should contact the office if they have questions or need more information concerning various health insurance policies. More information is available at www.radford.edu/diverse.
International Education Center Cook Hall
The International Education Center (IEC) is housed in 105 Cook Hall and works closely with all offices on campus on matters affecting the international community at Radford University. The office coordinates the International Issues Committee, which brings together all offices working with international students and faculty. The immigration counselor assists international students before and during their enrollment with any immigration concerns or procedures.
Study abroad programs and international programs on campus are two other important responsibilities for the IEC. RU sponsors study abroad and semester exchange programs on six continents. To make an appointment, call (540) 831-6200.
To apply to Radford, applicants should fill out the international application for admission form and mail this along with the non-refundable application fee to:
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6903
Radford, VA 24142, U.S.A.
Students may complete applications online at www.radford.edu. Students planning to enter Radford in fall semester must apply by April 15 and have all credentials submitted by June 1. Students entering in spring semester must apply by Oct. 1 and submit all credentials by Oct. 15. For summer school, students must apply and have all credentials completed by March 1.
Applicants must take the TOEFL or the SATI (Student Assessment Test I) and have the results mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J., to the Office of Admissions.
Either a TOEFL score of 520 (paper-based) or 190 (computer-based), a score of 500 plus 135 hours of training at an approved ELI (English Language Institute) or successful completion of a college-level English course at a U.S. institution is required for admission as a degree-seeking student. Applicants who receive a minimum verbal score of 480 on the SATI need not submit a TOEFL score.
A notarized letter of sponsorship and an original and certified bank statement from a sponsor or parent certifying that the student has enough money for the first year of attendance at Radford is required. For more information about university tuition and fees, see here . Applicants must forward high school or secondary school official records to the Admissions Office. If the applicant has taken any university or college courses, she/he must have each college or university attended send official records to the Office of Admissions. All records must be certified and translated into English.
Applicants wishing to receive transfer credit from any university or college outside the United States must submit an official and translated syllabus listing the content of all courses for which credit is sought. Only courses with the equivalent of a U.S. “C” average grade or above will be considered for possible transfer credit.
An I-20 form, used to obtain an F1 student visa, will be prepared for the student after the application and all necessary information have been received and the Office of Admissions has made a decision to accept the applicant as a Radford student. The I-20 Form cannot be prepared before the application is officially reviewed and the applicant has been accepted.
Applicants who have been out of school for any period of time, other than school breaks, must write a letter telling about activities during the time when they were not in school. This letter of activities should accompany the application form. All new students are required to submit a completed health immunization form to Student Health Services. The required form is included in an applicant’s admission materials.
International students needing application assistance should contact the International Admissions Counselor at 209 Martin Hall, Box 6903, Radford, VA 24142. Telephone: (540) 831-5371, (800) 890-4265.
Tutors trained in teaching English as a second language are available to help international students through the university’s Learning Assistance and Research Center (LARC). To make an appointment or for more information, call (540) 831-6035. (See above .)
The International Student Affairs Council (ISAC)
The International Student Affairs Council (ISAC), a branch of the Student Government Association, addresses international student concerns and issues. ISAC plans and coordinates international-related activities and programs for the campus and community to facilitate understanding and appreciation of the rich variety of culture represented by our international student body.
Radford University, as part of its mission to serve the educational needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is dedicated to strengthening the international and intercultural dimensions of its programs and activities. The university believes that a study experience in a different country is important in fostering awareness of other cultures, deepening awareness of one’s own culture and developing future career paths. Consequently, the university encourages study abroad and facilitates program planning for those students who wish to earn academic credit for studies accomplished in other countries.
Radford has developed several international study opportunities that can accommodate the needs and interests of students in virtually any field. A full range of strong academic programs in locations around the world is available. Exchange agreements and institutional affiliations provide opportunities for study at leading universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Radford University sponsors semester-long and short-term study abroad opportunities on six continents. Students supplement formal coursework by participating in numerous excursions, cultural and historical experiences. With planning, students may participate in international study programs without delaying their expected graduation dates. Study abroad through any Radford (affiliate or exchange) or contracted program (consortium) qualifies for full university credit. Most study abroad course work is graded under the pass-fail option. The only study abroad experience that is eligible for conventional grading (A-F) is that where RU faculty members accompany the students abroad and are in some way involved in the educational component of the experience.
Participating students are eligible to apply for grants and loans through the Radford University Office of Financial Aid.
Because special application, registration procedures and deadlines are required for participation in study abroad programs, interested students are encouraged to contact the International Education Center, 105 Cook Hall, (540) 831-6200 for additional information or visit the website at http://intlprog.asp.radford.edu. Because program size is limited, early application is recommended.
The following is a listing of specific course information and opportunities:
Exchange and Affiliate Programs
(Curriculum delivered by host institution)
INST 489A. Study Abroad Practicum with AustraLearn. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education.
Open to all majors. This is an affiliate program that allows students to study a variety of subjects with more than a dozen universities in Australia and New Zealand. Affiliate programs allow students to maintain RU student status while abroad, thus allowing them continued access to financial aid and future registration at RU. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are pass-fail. The awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office. Scholarships are possible.
INST 489C. Study Abroad Practicum with Middlesex University in London, England. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the program coordinator.
Available fall and spring. Open to all majors. This is an exchange program in which participants can study a variety of subjects in England, including art, business, criminal justice, cultural studies, education, health science, humanities and sociology. Exchange programs allow RU students to study abroad while paying RU tuition. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass-fail. The awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
Faculty Coordinator: See International Education Director.
INST 489D. Study Abroad Practicum in Kansai Gaidai, Japan. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education. Available fall, spring and academic year.
Open to all majors. Limited scholarships may be available. As an exchange student in Japan, participants can study almost any subject. Instruction is in English for most classes, and Japanese is taught at all levels. Exchange programs allow RU students to study abroad while paying RU tuition. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
Faculty Coordinator: See International Education Director.
INST 489E. Study Abroad Practicum with Kassel Universitat in Germany. (12-18)
Prerequisite: German is required. Students should be enrolled in, or have completed, German coursework at the 300-level.
Open to all majors. Semester or year. This is an exchange program that involves a directed program of travel study designed to augment a student’s knowledge of the German language and culture. Students will receive a minimum of 15 hours per week of formal language instruction in addition to being involved in a total immersion living situation. Permission by the department chair is required prior to enrollment. Exchange programs allow RU students to study abroad while paying RU tuition. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Philip Sweet
INST 489G. Study Abroad Practicum in Spain. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Permission of the Spanish program director and the department chair is required.
Available fall or spring. Open to all majors. This is an affiliate program whereby students participate in a directed program of travel study designed to augment a student’s knowledge of the language, culture and literature of Spain. Students will receive a minimum of 15 credit hours per week of formal language instruction in addition to being involved in a total immersion living situation. Permission by the department chair is required prior to enrollment. Affiliate programs allow students to maintain RU student status while abroad thus allowing them continued access to financial aid and future registration at RU. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Blas Hernandez
INST 489I. Study Abroad Practicum with the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France. (Semester Exchange Program) (15)
Prerequisite: Two years of undergraduate study.
Available Spring semester, students receive 15 credit hours and pay in-state tuition to Radford University. A directed program of travel study designed to augment a student’s knowledge of the French language and culture. Students will receive a minimum of 15 hours per week of formal language instruction in addition to being involved in a total immersion living situation. Permission by the department chair is required prior to enrollment. Upon successful completion, students will receive a total of 15 credit hours. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Eric du Plessis
INST 489J. Study Abroad Practicum in Glasgow, Scotland.
Maximum of 18 credit hours.
Open to all majors, with a preference for advanced music majors. This is an exchange program that allows RU students to study at the University of Glasgow while paying RU tuition. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
Faculty Coordinator: Bruce Mahin
INST 489L. Study Abroad Practicum with National Taiwan Normal University, China. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult director of the International Education.
Open to all majors. This is an exchange program that allows RU students to study at the National Taiwan Normal University in China while paying RU tuition. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
See Director of International Education.
INST 489M. Study Abroad Practicum with AIFS. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education.
This is an affiliate program that affords students the opportunity to study a variety of subjects through selected universities. Affiliate programs allow students to maintain RU student status while abroad thus allowing them continued access to financial aid and future registration at RU. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. I-Ping Fu.
INST 489N. Study Abroad Practicum with AIU-London. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education.
This is an affiliate program for study abroad in London. Affiliate programs allow students to maintain RU student status while abroad thus allowing them continued access to financial aid and future registration at RU. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489O. Study Abroad Practicum with Salzburg College, Austria. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education.
Open to all majors. This is an affiliate program with Salzburg College in Austria that provides students with the opportunity to study courses in the liberal arts, business and education. Instruction is in English. Affiliate programs allow students to maintain RU student status while abroad thus allowing them continued access to financial aid and future registration at RU. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489X, Study Abroad Practicum with ISEP - International Student Exchange Program. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education.
Open to all majors. This is an exchange program that allows RU students to study at more than 150 ISEP member institutions in 40 countries while paying RU tuition, room and board. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489Z. Non-RU Study Abroad Practicum. (6-18)
Prerequisite: Pre-approval by the director of International Education.
Utilized as a means to acknowledge registration in a non-RU affiliated Study Abroad program that has been approved on an individual basis by the director of International Education and for which a formal articulation agreement has been generated between the financial aid office of the participating university and RU. Special rules apply, so interested parties are strongly encouraged to consult with the university registrar or the director of Financial Aid for additional information. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office. If pre-approval has not been attained prior to the student’s participation abroad, the student will not be considered enrolled at Radford University and credit will only be considered under the traditional transfer credit evaluation process.
Radford University Summer Programs
Radford University faculty organize a number of short-term study abroad at various times during the year, including break periods between fall and spring semesters, spring break, Maymester, and summer sessions. For an updated list of available programs, please consult the International Education Center website at http://intlprog.asp.radford.edu.