Mar 31, 2020  
2013-2014 Georgia Regents University Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Georgia Regents University Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Facilities, Services, and Activities


 

This section includes a wide variety of facilities, services, and activities, arranged alphabetically, which are available to members of the GRU community.

Academic Advisement Center

(706-731-7979) www.gru.edu/advising/

An integral part of college is the selection of major, acceptance to that program, and commitment to the development of a scholarly career path. Academic Advisement is where GRU undergraduate freshmen begin. The center advises freshmen from initial enrollment through transition to majors. Well-grounded in the undergraduate programs and “core” curriculum, the Academic Advisors assist students in formulating initial academic plans, guide through core course selections, recommend student actions and connect to appropriate supports. Working in close partnerships with Career Services, the staff helps students explore, select and confirm their academic career paths. Academic Advisement also provides supports at key points throughout the term through the “Advisor Is In” series, “PAWS! Read…” (web), targeted workshops and advisor communications.

Located on the second floor of University Hall (262) on the Summerville campus, the center is open weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm and matches registration hours and holidays. While walk-ins are always welcome, an appointment allows time for both the advisor and student to prepare for a productive meeting. Academic Advisement’s Front Desk in Allgood Hall (N205) provides quick support information when classes are in session (see posted hours each term). Timely information is available on Academic Advisement’s websites, boards, Facebook, (Georgia Regents University: Academic Advisement) and Twitter (gru_adv).

Academic and Research Technology

(706-737-1703) www.gru.edu/art

Academic & Research Technology (ART), a division of Information Technology Services, includes Educational & Collaborative Technology and Instructional Systems and Services (including Audiovisual Services).

Instructional Systems and Services is dedicated to assisting the faculty in delivering a highly integrated, technology-infused curriculum that reflects and responds tot eh evolving learning styles of our students. The team is responsible for supporting highly reliable technology located inside of the classrooms and instructional systems such as the Desire2Learn learning management system, Echo360 lecture capture system, Cisco WebEx, online testing, and related online learning systems.  The team also provides the centralized scheduling of classrooms and meeting spaces on all of our campuses. The Audiovisual Services team supports the delivery of instruction inside of the classroom as well as provides support for special events. The team is dispersed throughout all of our campuses to better serve our students and faculty.  

Educational & Collaborative Technology is a team of talented individuals with experience in instructional design, multimedia design and development, mobile app programming, web design/development, and medical illustration.  The team specializes in partnering with the faculty to create high quality multimedia, 2D and 3D animations, games, mobile and iPad apps, videos, eBooks, and other evolving technologies used for instruction.  Walk-in services are located in the Educational & Collaborative Technology Center (ECTC) located in University Hall Room 156.

The staff in the ECTC provides “at the elbow” assistance for students in designing and developing all types of multimedia projects including video editing and production, graphic design, audio, presentation posters, and a host of ever evolving technologies.  The Center includes high-end computers and software dedicated to multimedia development.  Training for individuals and groups is available upon request.

The ECTC also provides equipment and material check out system, video and audio duplication, DVD & CD duplication, and color laser printing.  Checkout items include digital still cameras, digital video cameras, tripods, and videos.

Alumni Association

(706-737-1759) www.gru.edu/alumni

The Georgia Regents University Alumni Association exists to promote the growth, progress and welfare of Georgia Regents University and serve as a link between alumni and GRU.  The association is composed of former students and graduates of Georgia Regents University and its legacy institutions (the Junior College of Augusta, Augusta College, Augusta State University, the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Health Sciences University).  All graduates are members of the association upon graduation from GRU.  For information on alumni programs or volunteering, please call the office of Alumni Affairs. 

Athletics

(706-737-1626) www.jaguarsroar.com

Georgia Regents University is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division II) and is a member of the Peach Belt Conference. Georgia Regents University supports men’s teams in baseball, basketball, golf (Division I), cross-country, track and field, and tennis. The university supports women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, golf (Division I), cross‑country, and track and field.

Bookstore

Two campus stores serve Georgia Regents University. The JagStore - Summerville campus and the JagStore - Health Science campus. The stores are committed to excellence in providing a trusted resource for course materials, services, and other merchandise while enhancing and supporting the educational and social experiences of Georgia Regents University students, faculty, and staff.  The bookstores are the source for all course materials including textbooks, lab supplies, course packets, school supplies, graduation regalia, uniforms, GRU and Jaguar merchandise and study aids.  Students may purchase or rent new or used textbooks. The bookstores accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Financial Aid/Loans for all payments.  Financial Aid/Loans are accepted for several days prior to the start of each academic session.  Please check the bookstore website for exact dates.  A primary goal of the bookstore is to provide educational materials to students at the lowest cost possible.

Contact Information:
JagStore – Summerville
Washington Hall, 1st Floor
706-737-1611
Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:45am – 6:00pm, Friday 7:45am – 3:00pm, with extended hours at the start of each academic session.
www.jagstore.net

JagStore – Health Science
Student Center (DA), 1st Floor
706-721-3581
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
www.jagstore.net

Money Saving tips for purchasing course materials:
•    Purchase used books when possible; used textbooks are 25% cheaper than new and help preserve our environment.
•    Consider renting textbooks. Many titles are available as a rental textbook.
•    Purchase your books as early as possible; more used books are available and the bookstore is not as busy.
•    Purchase only the required materials before class; if a textbook is listed as optional or recommended, wait until after classes begin. You may not need this book.
•    Sell your unwanted textbooks at the end of the semester; the JagStore will pay 50% of the purchase price for books that have been re-adopted for the next semester, are in current     edition, and are not overstocked at the bookstore. All other books may be purchased by a national used book dealer.

Refund Policy:
The JagStore is happy to offer refunds and exchanges:
•    An original sales receipt is required for all refunds and exchanges.
•    Return the merchandise in the same condition as when purchased.
•    Return all components with book; for example, bring back any CD’s, study guides or online access codes that were packaged with the book(s).
•    Make your returns within the proper time-frame: The final day for refunds will be posted in the bookstore, printed on your receipt, and listed in campus publications each semester.
•    Software, multimedia products, test preparation, reference books and graduation and regalia items are non-returnable.
•    We will exchange most defective merchandise within 10 days of purchase, with the original register receipt.
•    The staff of the JagStore and the Bookstore would be happy to answer any questions you may     have about our refund policy.

Business Office

(706-737-1767) http://gru.edu/finance/controller/cashiers

The Business Office is located on the first floor of Fanning Hall. Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday - Friday.

The purpose of the Business Office is to provide accounts receivable, receipting and cashiering services to students, insurance participants and departments.  Services include:

  • Process all tuition and fee payments
  • Delivery of information regarding student billing, important dates, and refunds
  • Providing billing services to insurance participants
  • Performing receipting and daily deposit functions
  • Managing all GRU receivables and collections activities

The Business Office provides quality services that are courteous, respectful and helpful to all while adhering to state and enterprise policies and procedures.

Campus Dining


The Summerville campus features two locations for dining: The JSAC Food Court located in the Jaguar Student Activities Center includes a Starbucks, a Freshens Smoothie shop, Stacks Deli, the Arsenal Grille, Georgia’s Homestyle Fare, and LaVincita Pizza. The Allgood Cafe is located in Allgood Hall and features grab and go sandwiches, hot dogs, and beverages.

The Health Sciences campus features a variety of dining venues in the Student Center (Building DA).

Career Services

(706-737-1604) www.gru.edu/careerservices

Career Services provides career development and job search assistance to all currently enrolled students at Georgia Regents University. Graduating seniors have access to career services for one full year after graduation. Alumni Services after this period are available for a nominal fee. The office is located on the Summerville campus in University Hall, Suite 210.

Office hours are 8 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with evening appointments available upon request. The website offers an extensive amount of content and online resources to assist students. Career Advisors assigned by major are available for appointments to work individually with students on their specific career planning or job search needs. Additionally, Career Services offers walk-in hours that do not require an appointment and satellite office hours where students can meet Career Advisors in alternate campus locations.

Some of the primary activities of the office are:

CAREER PLANNING & EXPLORATION:
Students unsure of a career path or academic major are encouraged to schedule an appointment with one of our career advisors for consultation and access to a variety of career assessments and planning tools.

JOB SEARCH PREPARATION & ASSISTANCE:
Once enrolled at Georgia Regents University, students have automatic access to an on-line job search database called CareerLink. This database has listings of current full-time degree required and non-degree required vacancies, part-time on and off campus opportunities, internships, volunteer jobs and seasonal hiring needs. Students may use CareerLink to view the majority of the Federal Work Study, Graduate Assistant and Student Assistant job listings. Students can search CareerLink by job title, location, and employer or position type to find jobs locally or nationwide that meet their needs.

Most jobs require the submission of an approved résumé through CareerLink and the Career Services website provides several resources on resume preparation. Students are encouraged to email a draft of their resume to Career Services for a critique or schedule an appointment for more in depth assistance. In addition to resume preparation, students can recieve interviewing guidance by scheduling phone and office mock interviews. CareerLink lists upcoming employer visits to campus as well as upcoming career services seminars.

Business majors can receive career advisement through the Hull College of Business CAP (Career & Academic Planning) Center and should call 706-737-1560 to schedule an appointment.

Center for Public Service and Research

(706-737-1710; FAX: 706-667-4083) www.gru.edu/political_science/cpsr.html

The Center for Public Service and Research is a nonprofit organization established to serve the Central Savannah River Area. The Center’s mission is to serve the community through research and service that helps public and non-profit institutions in our region become more effective. An integral part of Georgia Regents University, the center provides all types of research, including needs assessments, survey research, program evaluation, policy analysis, and development of logic models.

Many of the Center’s projects involve students as active partners in the research, giving them an opportunity to practice good research skills, learn about community problems, and work towards serving the common good. The Center also frequently organizes programs to shed light on public problems.

Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

(706-729-2083)

www.gru.edu/curs


The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS), located in the Quad Wall Building on the Summerville campus, is part of a national trend toward engaged student learning. We strive to improve the culture of undergraduate achievement and to increase the opportunities for our undergraduates to be involved in faculty-led research and scholarship in all academic disciplines. CURS sponsors a variety of student development programs including the monthly Student Research Brown Bag Seminars and the Summer Scholars Program. Our mission is to teach students to innovate, investigate and discover.

Child Care Center


Georgia Regents University operates a child care center for children of GRU faculty, staff and students. The Child Care Center has planned programs for each child’s level of development and a variety of learning and play activities are scheduled for children based upon age level. Nutritionally balanced lunches are served daily, in addition to morning and afternoon snacks. The Center is fully licensed by the State of Georgia. During special times such as summer vacation and holidays, space may be available for children up to twelve years of age.
 
The Child Care Center is located adjacent to the campus at 601 Old Bailie Street and is open five days a week, Monday through Friday, twelve months a year, for children six weeks to four years of age.

The hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Call the Child Care Center at 721-4171 for more information.

Cooperative Education

(706-737-1604) http://www.gru.edu/careerservices/get-experience.php

Cooperative Education is an academic program that provides an excellent means to develop marketable skills in the workplace to complement a student’s educational experience in the classroom. Co-op positions are paid positions that are structured to enhance the curriculum and expand the knowledge of the student. Students receive documentation of the Co-op experience on the academic transcript as a non-credit course. There are three Co-op plans for student participation. Under the Parallel plan, students work part-time and attend school concurrently. The Alternating plan allows students to rotate between semesters of full-time work and school. The Co-op Intern program is a paid, career related work experience for one semester only.

To apply for the Co-op program, a full-time student must have a declared major and a minimum Overall 2.5 GPA, be of sophomore standing or better, and be willing to work at least two academic semesters in a Co-op assignment (Co-op Intern excluded from two semester commitment). Call the office for an appointment for more details.

Copy Center


A full service Copy & Print Center is located at 524 15th Street in Annex II (HT-1220).  The Copy & Print Services Center accepts the JagCard as a form of payment.  Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. 706-721-3575

Counseling Center

(706-737-1471) www.gru.edu/counseling/

The Counseling Center strives to promote services for personal growth and development. Free and confidential counseling services are available for currently enrolled students of GRU. Alumni career counseling services are available to eligible GRU graduates for a reasonable fee. The Center is located on the Summerville campus with a satellite office on the Health Sciences campus. Office hours during the semester are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours appointments may be scheduled by calling 706-737-1471.

  • Counseling Services: The Center provides individual personal, academic and career counseling using a brief counseling model for short term counseling. Examples of counseling issues may include helping clients choose an appropriate major or career goal, improving study skills or test taking or addressing personal problems related to stress, anxiety or depression. Those seeking career exploration have access to various career and interest inventory assessments. Clients pursuing personal counseling for issues that may require long term counseling or specialized treatments not appropriate for the Center will receive assistance with an appropriate community referral.
  • Self Help Seminars: Each semester, the Center offers free seminars on study skills, time management, test taking and stress management. Other specialty seminars vary by semester but typically include topics such as money management, career decision making, relationships, and math anxiety. Faculty and staff development programs target special professional issues.
  • Internship Opportunities: Graduate internships are available to GRU students enrolled in the psychology and counselor education masters programs. Interested students should visit or call the Center to learn more details and to obtain an internship application. Internships are granted on a space available basis following a careful screening and interview process. Interns are supervised by licensed counselors and complete an orientation and training period prior to providing individual career, academic and personal counseling. Interns also participate in coordinating and facilitating outreach programs such as classroom presentations and self-help seminars.

Distance Learning at GRU

Georgia Regents University offers a variety of distance learning programs and courses designed to help meet the evolving learning needs of students who prefer the online format or require more flexibility in their coursework.
These courses are designed for students who may not be able to attend a class at a specific time, day or place due to balancing their career, family responsibilities, travel, and/or physical challenges.
Currently, GRU offers degree programs and courses via non-traditional delivery methods via the Internet utilizing synchronous and asynchronous technologies.  The courses utilize the Desire2Learn learning management system and other online educational tools such as Echo360 lecture viewing, Cisco WebEx synchronous audio and video chatting, online testing systems, and related technologies. These courses are usually asynchronous and electronically interactive, but may use a combination of live chat rooms, threaded discussions, electronic bulletin boards, email and/or interactive Web pages. Some courses are delivered via synchronous video conferencing with a professor in one site delivering live two-way video instruction to another site.
Georgia Regents University has procedures in place to verify identification and to protect the privacy of students who participate in distance learning activities and students are informed of any additional charges associated with distance learning courses at the time of registration.

Georgia Regents University authenticates that the student who registers in a distance learning course is the same student who participates in, completes the course, and receives the credit, by verifying the identity of the student using the following methods:

1.    Requiring unique usernames and secure passwords on which students’ access to all secure online and network campus resources are based. These online campus resources include, but are not limited to, access to the student information system (Banner), campus learning management system (Desire2Learn) through which students access their online coursework, electronic mail, and related systems. Passwords must be changed every 180 days and must adhere to certain complexity requirements. These procedures are outlined in the Acceptable Use Policies.

2.    Requiring identification in the registration process including social security number during application process and photocopy of student driver’s license or some other form of identification. A photocopy faxed copy will be acceptable if student is a distance-learning student and cannot travel to campus.

3.    Some online courses require students to travel to an approved testing site for proctored exams. At each testing site, the proctor is required to check the identity of the student against an official form of ID (state-issued driver’s license, passport, or student ID).

4.    Some online courses utilize high stakes electronic exam software to administer examinations. These systems require students to log on to the Learning Management System with their unique ID and password and lock down the students computer during the testing process.

Online Tuition


Students are informed in advance of any additional charges associated with distance learning degree programs/courses at the time of registration. All tuition and fee schedules are publicly available on the Georgia Regents University website, including the costs associated with online courses so that students are notified in advance of registration of any additional expenses.

Email Policies and Procedures

Policies

Electronic mail (email) is an official method of communication at Georgia Regents University, delivering information in a convenient, timely, cost-effective and environmentally sensitive manner. It is the policy of this institution that:

  • all students, faculty and applicable personnel have access to email, and
  • the university may send official communications via email and electronic mailing lists

Student Email: All students registered for classes at Georgia Regents University are provided an email account (JagMail), which can be accessed through PAWS (Portal and Web Services). The University may use this email account to send communications to the student body. Student email addresses will be recorded in the university’s electronic directories and records. Students are responsible for reading official university email in a timely fashion.

Privacy Issues: While email is personalized and relatively confidential, there is no guarantee of absolute privacy in a computer system. Computer users should be aware that the Georgia Open Records Act applies to records stored in computers as well as on paper. Recent rulings indicate that the public has a right to review any documents created on email by government officials and that companies who own the media on which email is implemented have the right to read that email. Federal and state law may require the university to examine email under some circumstances including provision of messages to outside agencies. However, employees of Information Technology Services at Georgia Regents University are prohibited from accessing information for which they have no job-related “need to know.” They are also expected to maintain the strictest confidentiality regarding any information obtained during the course of fulfilling their job function.

Appropriate Use of Email: All use of email will be consistent with other university policies, including the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Policy. Policies concerning acceptable use of information technology resources can be found on the Information Technology Services website (www.gru.edu/its). Email is not appropriate for transmitting:

  • hoaxes, scams, false warnings
  • obscene material
  • mass mailings
  • chain letters or “mail bombs”

Misuse of Georgia Regents University email is subject to penalty including, but not limited to, suspension from email use, banning from email use, suspension from Georgia Regents University, or expulsion from Georgia Regents University.

Legal Issues: The appropriate use and protection of all information systems and associated resources is expected from all users including faculty, students, staff and visitors throughout the institution. “Appropriate use” of information systems resources is defined as use which is for the purpose of furthering the mission of Georgia Regents University.

All users of information systems resources are expected to comply with existing GRU Policies and Procedures and those of the University System of Georgia. In addition, users are expected to honor copyrights and software licenses and comply with all federal and state laws including those prohibiting slander, libel, harassment and obscenity. Users must obey laws prohibiting the private use of state property. Information that is confidential by law, including educational and medical records must be protected. The use of information systems for the advertisement or sale of a commercial service or personal property is prohibited.

Users should have no expectation of privacy for information stored or transmitted using GRU’s information resources except for records or other information that is confidential by law (i.e., medical and educational records).

Procedures

Information Technology Services: Contact Information Technology Services if:

  • You require specific instructions about or assistance with email accounts

Student Use of Email: The following procedures apply to student email accounts:

  • Students are expected to check their Georgia Regents University JagMail no less than twice per week
  • Faculty may require students to check their email more frequently than twice per week
  • Faculty may also require students to subscribe to university provided electronic mailing lists or other lists related to their coursework

Information Technology Services

www.gru.edu/its

Information Technology Services (ITS) is the primary provider of information technology for Georgia Regents University (GRU). Our goal is to support the mission of GRU by providing technology leadership and service for our constituent groups: our students, faculty and staff.

Georgia Regents University’s students are central to our purpose. Each student is given a JagID account, which allows access to campus technology resources including computer labs, campus portal and email, personal file storage, and wireless network access across campus.

There are over 1,200 student computers located in study areas, classrooms and computer labs throughout our campuses. These systems are regularly updated using the Student Technology Fee so that our students can utilize the most current technology resources available for their needs. Information Technology Services also provides printing services in various computer labs. For more information, contact the IT Service Desk at 706-721-4000.

Information Technology Services provides a web application portal called JagNET, that provides a single point of access to campus news and events, dedicated student email (JagMail), online instructional tools (e.g., Desire2Learn), shortcuts to campus services (Pounce - registration, Financial Aid, JagTrax, grades), and a personal calendaring system.

Information Technology Services provides secure wireless network access throughout most locations on our campuses. Anyone with a laptop computer or other mobile device and a valid JagID account can utilize the service. Access is available in and around most buildings and high-traffic areas throughout the numerous campus facilities. For more information, contact the IT Service Desk at 706-721-4000.

The ITS Student Help Desk provides assistance with the use of campus technology resources; phone, chat, and walk-in support is available. Check the ITS Help website for more information and to access the chat feature – www.gru.edu/its/help

Summerville Campus

Located in University Hall, Room 130

Tel: 706-721–4000

Monday–Thursday, 8:00am–8:30pm

Friday, 8:00am–4:30pm

Saturday, 9:00am–2:00pm

Sunday, 1:00pm–5:00pm


Health Sciences Campus

Located in Greenblatt Library, Room 148

Tel: 706-721-4000

Monday –Thursday, 7:30am-9:00pm

Friday 7:30am-7:00pm

Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre

(706-729-2310) www.gru.edu/pat/

The Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre is the cultural heart of the GRU campus and students take center stage. The Department of Music ensembles and the GRU Theatre events provide ample performance opportunities for students. Students, faculty, staff, and community members attend a broad variety of events. The Student Activities Lyceum Series presents national and international music, dance, and theatre companies. Also part of Lyceum, the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society brings a rich series of world class performers to campus.

The Maxwell’s stage and stage thrust multi-level extension make the theatre extremely versatile. Performances from opera and theatre to symphony and dance all feel at home on the Maxwell stage. The theatre is an intimate venue for the audience with each of its 740 seats remarkably close to the stage. Many performances at the Maxwell Theatre are free to GRU students with a valid GRU ID, and all performances are reasonably priced for the general public. For information about upcoming performances, call the box office at 706-667-4100.

Military and Veterans Services (MVS)

(706-667-4131) www.gru.edu/military

Georgia Regents University maintains an Office of Military and Veterans Services (MVS) to assist service members, veterans and their affiliated family members to maximize their educational experience. The MVS is located on the second floor of Washington Hall and coordinates Veterans and Tuition Assistance benefit processing.

As students at Georgia Regents University Augusta, veterans and certain other persons may qualify for VA benefits. Eligibility for such benefits must be established in accordance with policies and procedures of the VA.  Interested persons are advised to investigate their eligibility early when planning to attend GRU. New or returning students should make adequate financial provisions for one full semester from other sources, since payments from the VA are sometimes delayed.  Each person receiving VA educational benefits is responsible for ensuring that all information affecting his or her receipt of benefits is kept current, and each must confer with the School Certifying Official in the MVS at least once each semester to keep his or her status active to receive funds.

Active duty military members may be eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA) as well as some reservists and National Guard members.  Georgia Regents University is an LOI Institution in the Go/Army/Ed web site.  Service members must first establish an account at the Education Services Division Office at their current duty station.  Their SOU (Statement of Understanding) must be approved by their supervisor (E-7 or higher) and they must name Georgia Regents University Augusta as their home institution.  At the same time, they must pursue admission to Georgia Regents University.  They can locate the on-line application at www.GRU.edu and select the Apply Now link at the bottom of the page. In addition, they must provide all required documents.  Contact the Military Services Coordinator in the MVS for more information.

In addition to Veteran’s benefits and Tuition Assistance processing, we offer a VET2VET mentoring program which partners current students who have attended Georgia Regents University Augusta for at least a year with freshmen or new transfer students to help them transition to the institution.  To become a mentor or mentee, visit our web page www.gru.edu/military and complete the appropriate application.  Students who are eligible for VA benefits may receive tutoring services as part of that benefit.  See the VA School Certifying Official to determine your eligibility.  As an added service, the MVS provides a student lounge and private study rooms where military and veteran students can meet, study, and hold group study sessions.  For access to the facility or to reserve a room, speak to the receptionist in the MVS Office.

The Music Conservatory Program at GRU

(706-731-7971) www.gru.edu/conservatory

The Conservatory Program provides professional instruction in music to children and adults in the Greater Augusta area. The Conservatory Office is located in, and most of the instruction takes place in, the GRU Fine Arts Building on the Summerville campus. The program offers four kinds of musical instruction: 1) private lessons in voice, all orchestra and band instruments, piano, guitar, and recorder; 2) class lessons for voice, beginning guitar, beginning piano, and music theory; 3) ensembles for middle and high school students, as well as adults (string orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band); 4) summer camps—week-long day sessions for piano, choir, band, and orchestra. Public concerts and recitals are scheduled for both soloists and ensembles each semester.

On-Campus Housing

Residence Life manages on-campus housing for approximately 750 students. For the student who lives on campus, GRU offers a variety of living environments in both single occupancy rooms, suite-style and community apartment living. Our experienced staff seeks to provide students with intellectual, social, cultural, and recreational experiences to enhance the student’s stay at the University, and to facilitate academic success and individual growth. Living in a residence hall is a unique experience that provides opportunities to meet new people and to explore new ideas and ways of relating to others. Residence hall living is a vital part of the educational experience in which students are encouraged to assume individual and group responsibility.

For additional information please contact:
Housing and Residence Life
Student Center Room 2011
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Phone 706-721-3471

Parking Services

Please visit www.gru.edu/parking and www.gru.edu/transportation for information on parking services.

Police Services

Please visit www.gru.edu/public_safety/ for information on police services.

Professional and Community Education

(706-721-2329) www.gru.edu/pace
(706-721-3967) Health Care CE www.gru.edu/ce

The Division of Professional and Community Education (PaCE) is proud to offer courses to benefit GRU faculty, staff, and students, as well as Augusta’s community at large. Our offerings include test prep, medical coding, computer applications and programming, foreign language and culture, job skills, management, and a wide variety of other non-degree credit courses and certificates on an ongoing basis. A number of these courses are available on campus and over 600 online courses are offered monthly. For the most part, there are no admissions requirements to register for community classes.

A variety of courses are presented for the health care professional throughout the year. Live courses composed of lectures, skill stations, hands-on practice, group discussions, and expert panel discussions are included in our offerings. We also offer several enduring materials that can be accessed online or by CD ROM. Several departments in the Medical College of Georgia and the College of Dental Medicine host week-long and weekend courses at resort destinations to allow participants to maintain licensure and spend some relaxing afternoons with families and friends.

Several types of CE are offered to health care providers. These include, but are not limited to: Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Dental Education (CDE), Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and CEUs in allied health areas. The Division provides free online access to participant transcripts, listing all continuing education completed at Georgia Regents University. The site containing your history of CE at GRU is available to you 24 hours per day from our website at www.gru/ce.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is awarded for satisfactory completion of a professional development program. PLUs (Professional Learning Units) are available to teaching professionals for designated courses. Permanent records are maintained by the division and transcripts are available upon request. Professional credential information is tracked by the division.

Student Development

The Office of Student Development assists students in retention and academic advancement efforts. The office serves to bridge the gap between students, faculty, and staff. For some students, the pursuit of higher education may present particular challenges and the office provides special assistance and motivation to such students, as well as offering guidance and assistance with academic, social, cultural, and personal concerns. This office also oversees the efforts of the Minority Advising Program, which is open to all students and was specifically established to enhance the academic welfare of minority students in the University System of Georgia. The Program’s goals include the promotion of academic success, development of human potential, and the creation of an environment that fosters the success and retention of minority students. For additional information please visit the office web site at http://www.gru.edu/map

Student Government Association

(706-737-1608) www.gru.edu/sga/

Acting as the voice of all students enrolled at Georgia Regents University, the Student Government Association (SGA) actively works to improve the quality of life for the Student Body, along with the university and community as a whole. Believing in the right of self-governance, all students enrolled at Georgia Regents University are eligible to be a member of the SGA.

The Student Government Association facilitates the exchange of information and ideas between the students of all colleges of GRU. Serves as a liaison between students, faculty, staff and the administration in order to represent student opinions, needs and interests to the administration; and to disseminate and promote the exchange of information from the administration and faculty to students.  The SGA takes action to increase the quality of student services, academic programs, and the GRU environment in order to further enhance the education of GRU students.  Lastly, the SGA supports a variety of social, cultural, intellectual and recreational events to promote fellowship, personal growth, and involvement of GRU students.

The structure of the SGA is comprised of an executive and a legislative branch. The Executive Cabinet serves as the executive branch for both undergraduate and graduate students, while the Senate and House of Representatives shall constitute the legislative branch.  The Senate represents the undergraduate students, while the House of Representatives serves the graduate students of GRU.
 

Student Health Insurance


The following students are required to have health insurance:

  • Health Science Students
  • Graduate students receiving qualified graduate assistantship
  • Graduate international students holding F or J visas
  • Graduate students enrolled in programs that require proof of insurance
  • Graduate students receiving fellowships that fully fund their tuition
  • International Scholars

United Health Care (UHC) is the insurance company selected by the Board of Regents (BOR). These students are charged a student health insurance premium for each semester. If a student already has health insurance that meets the BOR requirements, the student must complete a waiver application. UHC will confirm the student’s coverage and notify the university if a waiver is approved. A credit for the premium is then posted on the student’s POUNCE account. For any questions please call 706-721-3448. Voluntary enrollment in the plan is available.

Student Health Medical Clinic


Services provided by the medical clinic include diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, women’s health, travel medicine, minor procedures, physical therapy, diagnostic testing, laboratory services pharmaceutical services, immunizations, etc. Our staff of providers includes Physicians, Physician Assistant and a Clinical Nurse Practitioner. The student health fee that you pay each semester entitles you to all provider visits at no charge. Additional fees are charged for medications, immunizations, laboratory services and physical therapy visits. For information on specific charges, please contact us at 706-721-3448.

Clinic hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm. and Friday 8am-5pm.

Appointments can be scheduled on-line via

osh.gru.edu

or call our office at 706-721-3448.

Immunization Requirements


The minimum immunization requirements for all University System of Georgia colleges and universities are established by the Georgia Board of Regents. Specific institutions, with the concurrence of their presidents and the Chancellor, may require some immunizations not required for all new students by this policy. Institutions are also authorized to impose additional immunization requirements for students when, in the opinion of the president of the institution and with concurrence of the Chancellor and appropriate public health authorities, there is a substantial risk of exposure to other communicable diseases preventable by vaccination (BoR Minutes, 1990-91, p.114).

All entering Georgia Regents University students that are NOT enrolled in a Health Sciences College or program (e.g. Arts, Business, Education, or Sciences on the Summerville Campus) are required to provide the GRU Academic Admissions Office (Admissions) with sufficient evidence that they are fully immunized or have proof of immunity with serological titer against Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Rubeola (Red Measles), Varicella (Chicken Pox), Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Hepatitis B. Recommended vaccinations include: Human Papillomavirus, Hepatitis A, Meningococcal virus and Influenza.

All entering Georgia Regents University students that ARE enrolled in a Health Sciences College or program (e.g. Allied Health, Dentistry, Biomedical Graduate Studies, Medicine, or Nursing) are required to provide the GRU Student Health Service (Student Health) with sufficient evidence that they are fully immunized and/or have proof of immunity with serological titer against Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Rubeola (Red Measles), Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Varicella (Chicken Pox), and Hepatitis B.  Results from a Hepatitis C antibody titer and an HIV ½ Screen are also required. Students are also required to have had a PPD (tuberculin test) within three months prior to the first day of class at the Health Sciences campus and annually thereafter. Recommended vaccinations include: Hepatitis A and Influenza.

All students living in any GRU Residence Hall (University Village or Health Sciences Housing units) MUST provide proof of immunization for the Meningococcal virus that causes Meningitis.

Student Life and Engagement

(706-737-1609) www.gru.edu/student_activities/

The Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE) exists to give students an opportunity to become involved in activities that complement their academic endeavors.  The mission of the OSLE is to engage students, provide purposeful opportunities that enhance the academic experience and foster personal growth in an environment that demonstrates the university’s core values.   

The Office of Student Life and Engagement is directly responsible for many of the areas funded by the Student Activities Fee.  The office provides advice and assistance to the Student Government Association (SGA), the Jaguar Production Crew, the Fraternity and Sorority Community, and chartered clubs and organizations.  The OSLE also coordinates Jaguar Nation Welcome, the undergraduate new student orientation program.  The OSLE provides services to the areas that are provided advice and assistance, as well as through the Jaguar Student Activities Center (JSAC).  Student Activities Fees also help finance the operation of the office, which consists of personnel who maintains a student-oriented perspective and are accessible and receptive to students’ needs.

The office is located on the first floor of the Jaguar Student Activities Center and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Contact information for the OSLE is 706-737-1610 (phone) and 706-667-4156 (fax).

Student Organizations

Georgia Regents University offers a wide array of student organizations.  All student organizations must be recognized by the Office of Student Life & Engagement in order to utilize the rights and privileges afforded to such organizations.  All student organizations must have a faculty/staff advisor who is a full-time nonexempt employee of the university.  Information regarding recognized student organizations and guidelines can be found on the Office of Student Life & Engagement website. 

Student Records

(Summerville - 706-737-1408; Health Sciences - 706-721-2011) www.gru.edu/registrar

Permanent academic records are maintained by the Office of Registrar. Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (often referred to as the “Buckley Amendment”), a student attending a post‑secondary educational institution may examine his or her permanent record maintained by the institution to assure the accuracy of its contents. This Act also provides that no personally identifiable information will be released to any party not authorized to have access to such information without the written consent of the student.

Student Services

(706-737‑1411) www.gru.edu/student_services_division/dean_of_students.html

The mission of Student Services is to provide opportunities for student growth at all levels of development—personal, social, academic, cultural, and professional—and to provide student services that contribute to educational programs and student success. The Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students is charged with supervising the Counseling Center, the Career Center, Testing and Disability Services, Financial Aid, Student Activities, International Student Programs, the First Year Experience Program, University Village and the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. The Assistant Dean of Students works closely with the Vice President to coordinate International student programs and other special projects focusing on the first-year experience. The Vice President enforces the Student Code of Conduct and serves as faculty advisor to the Student Judicial Cabinet. The office also provides housing and student health insurance information. The Student Services office is located in Bellevue Hall and is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To arrange an appointment after hours, call 706-737-1411 or email the office at: deanofstudents@gru.edu.

Study Abroad Office

(706-729-2306) http://www.gru.edu/studyabroad/

The Study Abroad Office offers various types of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs.  Study Abroad focuses on trips to other countries while Study Away programs are trips to locations in the United States.  Both types of programs are credit bearing classes and are 1 to 5 week long programs.  Many of these programs can satisfy the core curriculum, while others satisfy major class credit.  The Study Abroad Office also offers several fundraising opportunities and scholarships to help pay for a program.  Fundraising and scholarship deadlines always take place in the fall semester.  Most of our programs are first come first serve, however, others do have prerequisites.  Programs do change every year, and some are offered on particular rotations.  New programs are posted on the Study Abroad website every summer. The Study Abroad office is located in Allgood Hall E134.  Study Abroad Mentors are available to meet to assist students choose the program that is right for them.

Testing and Disability Services

(Office - 706-737-1469; Fax – 706-729-2298) www.gru.edu/testing_and_disability_services

Testing and Disability Services (TDS) supervises the administration of both institutional and national standardized tests.  TDS also serves to ensure that all students with disabilities receive an accessible and positive college experience.

The Office provides assistance to students who have either a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more life activities.  To receive services, students must provide current documentation of their disability from a qualified professional.  The Board of Regent’s criteria for evaluation must be followed in the documentation of learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders.

A person with a disability includes “an person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities; (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.” A “qualified person with a disability” is defined as one who meets the requisite academic and technical standards required for admissions or participation in the postsecondary institution’s programs and activities.

Disabilities such as the following are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:  blindness or visual impairment, cerebral palsy, deafness or hearing impairments, drug of alcohol addiction epilepsy or seizure disorders, mental retardation, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech disorder, spinal cord or traumatic brain injury.

Chronic illness such as AIDS, arthritis, cancer, cardiac diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and psychiatric disabilities are included.

Georgia Regents University is committed to the full and total inclusion of all individuals and to the principle of individual rights and responsibilities.  To this end, policies and procedures will ensure that persons with a disability will not, on the basis of disability, be denied full and equal access to and enjoyment of academic and co-curricular programs or activities or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under programs or activities offered by the university.
The Office of Disability Services coordinates and provides a variety of services for students with disabilities.  Services include, but are not limited to the following:
1.    Assistance in obtaining textbooks and course materials in alternate format (taped texts, Braille, and large print).
2.    Adaptations for exams such as extended time, taped and large print exams, and text recorders.
3.    Access and orientation to the campus, including classrooms and buildings.
4.    Print reading and enlarging machines.
5.    Zoom-text computer magnification systems which enlarge screen displays.
6.    Screen/computer reading software
It is important to note that disability services may require advance notice (two months or more before the student’s first day of class) in order to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  Please contact the office at 706-737-1469 in order to schedule an appointment.  Hearing impaired students may call TDD 706-667-4684.  Certain auxiliary aid services, such as a sign-language interpreter, may take several months to coordinate.  Georgia Regents University uses the services of the Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC) to provide books in alternative formats for students who have a documented need for this accommodation.

Physical Disabilities
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans With Disabilities Act, it is the policy of Georgia Regents University to ensure that all students with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity and access to programs and facilities.

Students are encouraged to identify their disability to assist in determining what reasonable accommodations may be made.  To do so, please contact Testing and Disability Services in order to meet with your disability services provider.

Use of Facilities

If a disabled person is unable to access an area, arrangements will be made to bring the services/person to an accessible area.

University Libraries

 

www.gru.edu/library

There are two GRU libraries, Reese Library on the Summerville campus and Greenblatt Library on the Health Sciences campus. University Libraries provide books, ebooks, government publications, journals, audiovisuals, databases, historical collections, and more, in support of student and faculty research.

University Libraries Locations

 

Reese Library (Summerville)

2500 Walton Way

706-737-1748

 

Greenblatt Library (Health Sciences)

1439 Laney Walker Blvd.

706-721-3441

 

University Libraries provide research assistance for students in person and electronically. Find assistance on the first floor of both libraries during regular operating hours. Assistance can also be provided by email, chat or text services. (Reference assistance at Reese Library, 706-737-1748, Health Science reference at Greenblatt Library, 706-721-3441)

University Libraries provide tours and instruction classes for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. ILIT 1500, an undergraduate research methods course, is also available. Students can request appointments with librarians, including specialized medical reference librarians, for more in-depth research needs.

Thousands of research journals are available electronically – in person and remotely - through research databases held in GALILEO and elsewhere, with many available full text. GIL allows searching for books and other media. Books not available here, but located at other University System of Georgia libraries, may be requested through GIL Express. Articles and other materials not held in our libraries may be requested through Interlibrary Loan available on the University Libraries home page.

A valid JagCard must be presented to borrow materials. Materials will be loaned only to the person to whom the JagCard is issued. Length of checkout for library materials to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students is found on the library website. It is the borrower’s responsibility to return materials when they are due. Fines are imposed to insure that materials are returned promptly for the use of other students. Students who have not settled their library accounts will not be permitted to graduate, register for classes, collect financial aid, or order transcripts.

University Libraries offer a variety of study and computer areas. Reese Library offers group study rooms, two group practice presentation rooms, lockers, and individual study carrels. A Family Room is equipped with computers for students and an adjacent play area for children. Greenblatt Library offers a computer lab, a collaborative learning Media-scape workstation, iPads, group study rooms, lockers, and rented study carrels.

Services Available:

  • Print from desktop computers at both libraries using the JagCard. If needed, add money to the JagCard either online or through the JagCard Office.
  • Photocopy self-service is available at both libraries and is payable by JagCard or cash. TouchNet and check payment may also be available.
  • Scan materials at both libraries free of charge.
  • Computer help is available at both libraries. At Greenblatt, ask the Information Technology Help Desk on the first floor.
  • Fax documents from Greenblatt Library for a fee.

UV Connections (formerly, First Year Experience)

(706-729-2174) fye@gru.edu

UV Connections (UVC) is designed for first time students as a way to make an easy and fun transition into college. UVC provides a supportive network for students to adjust to Georgia Regents University’s academic, social, and cultural environment. The goal of the program is to increase retention and help students successfully progress toward graduation. Participants will take classes with other UVC students, live together, have an immediate support group with assigned staff mentors, participate in study sessions, attend campus social and athletic events, be a part of a social support system that will help students meet new people, interact, share experiences with other first year students. The UV Connections program is required for all first year students who live on-campus. Visit GRU’s UV Connections website at http://www.gru.edu/uvconnections/ for more information.

Writing Center

(706-737-1402) www.gru.edu/writing_center/writing_center.htm

The mission of the Georgia Regents University Writing Center is to help students, faculty, and staff become better writers. By offering free consultations to guide writers through the writing process, the staff empowers writers to make well-informed decisions about their texts. Located in University Hall room 235, the Writing Center is an extension of the Department of English and Foreign Languages and uses best practices in composition tutoring to inform its instruction.  From planning and organizing to final editing, the trained undergraduate and graduate student tutors will give writers tools to help them hone their writing skills.  Hours vary by semester; please visit the website to schedule an appointment.