Mar 25, 2023  
2018-2019 Student Handbook & University Policies 
2018-2019 Student Handbook & University Policies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Resources

Alumni Relations

Mission Statement:

To support Life University while empowering and enriching the lives of its students, alumni and friends worldwide.

Vision Statement:

To serve Life University and its students, alumni and friends by bridging a mutual connection and level of engagement for the betterment of all – To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve, out of a sense of abundance.

Department of Alumni Relations

Mary Ellen Leffard, Director of Alumni Relations, and Erik Groat, Alumni Relations Coordinator, work closely with students to provide opportunities for students to connect with alumni and friends of the University.

Alumni Association

Alumni are an invaluable resource for Life University. Realizing this, the first organizational meeting of the International Alumni Association of Life University was held on July 22, 1981 during the Life University 4th Annual Homecoming.

The Alumni Association is an organization of graduates who foster a continuing relationship with Life University. Members of the Alumni Association play a vital role in the support and advancement of Life

University through their service, participation in Life University programs, financial contributions, and by acting as “ambassadors” for the University in their own communities.

State Representatives are a great first way to get engaged, after graduation.  State Reps help us build a core of engaged alumni and friends in their area by distributing information about LIFE.   

Service to our Students

We’re not just for alumni! The Alumni Relations Department also disperses three scholarships each year –undergraduate, masters, and chiropractic.  The Department also offers a mentorship program for students through the State Networking Association on campus. Please email Alumni.LIFE@edu for more information.


You are automatically a member when you graduate. Membership is free to all LIFE graduates.

Benefits for Alumni

As an alumnus and member of the alumni association you are entitled to all the benefits provided including:  (Please visit

  • Online Public Directory- which will enable you to market your practice and get new patients
  • Online Alumni Directory – which will allow you to connect to your classmates
  • Facebook Page – connects you to LIFE as well as your classmates –
  • LinkedIn – professional social media site
  • Instagram is a great way to stay in touch-LifeUniversityAlumni
  • Continuing education opportunities are also available
  • Additionally, you will receive alumni and campus publications such as the bi-weekly alumni e-newsletter and our alumni magazine, Your Extraordinary Life
  • Discounts offered to alumni include lower rates on car rentals with Hertz and discounted auto insurance provided by GEICO. 

Student Benefits to Participating in Their State Clubs

LIFE currently has partnerships with the state chiropractic associations of Georgia, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Virginia.  There are student clubs on campus for each of these states.

The state partnerships provide students who attend club meetings on a regular basis with the following benefits:


First quarter students will have the opportunity to apply for a partnership from their home (participating) state. Application for the $7,500 scholarship is only available during first quarter and is paid out evenly 2nd through 12th quarters. To keep this scholarship, students must: attend their respective state club’s meetings, be a member of Student LIFEforce, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be in communication with their state mentor quarterly.


Students attending club meetings will enjoy speakers from the state association. Speaker topics may be requested ahead of time, and speakers will likely bring their own topics as well. All speakers’ expenses are paid by the speaker or the Alumni Relations Departments. Clubs may choose to cover the cost of food and beverage at their meetings.


Students may choose one or more chiropractors to be their mentor. The mentor must be a member of the participating state’s partnership group as follows:

  • Ohio = Buckeyes for LIFE
  • North Carolina = Tar Heels for LIFE
  • Virginia = Unified with LIFE
  • New York = NYC LIFE
  • Georgia = Georgia 4 LIFE
  • Wisconsin= Badgers for LIFE

At each club meeting, the list of mentors will be distributed for students to choose. Students may change mentors at any time, and are expected to initiate the relationship.

PEAK support

Some of the state association partners will provide students, through LIFE, an award of up to $500 for students that PEAK in the partner state.

Post-Graduate Assistance

When a state club student graduates, they will receive from LIFE a special discount rate through Scrip Hessco to purchase equipment and supplies to get started in their chiropractic career. The offer is good for one year following graduate. B. For new graduates who become licensed in a partner state, a Nuts and Bolts “getting started” seminar will be offered by the state association and/or LIFE. C. Some of the participating state partners will provide up to a $500 award for new graduates that become licensed in one of the participating states and upon joining the partner association.

Socrates Cafe & Plato II Go

Socrates Café is a gathering place for all members of the LIFE community. Located at the Eastern end of the College of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies, the Café opens up to an inviting outdoor patio area with shaded seating areas near fountains, a fire pit, and soothing streams.

The indoor seating areas are comfortable, with “smart” booths and flat screens, high ceilings, natural lighting. Student Services also has access to use the large drop-down screen for live or re-broadcast events. like LIFE sporting events. Menus in the Cafe are seasonal, regional, with items freshly-made, ingredients and sourcing from local and regional organic farmers and vendors as much as possible. Entrees, soups and sauces are prepared by hand, “from scratch” in the Café kitchen.  Most- requested items like breakfast eggs are cage-free; chicken breasts and are without hormones or antibiotics.

Pizzas and Calzones are a Café specialty; fresh with creative toppings and fillings. Each week the menus change, highlighting guest and chef favorites, sustainable seasonal specials, and can accommodate many preferences: dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, locally grown, vegan, vegetarian, etc. Our Entrée line and salad bars offer are a pay by the ounce price, allowing for each customer to choose just the right portion based on their individual desire. We also offer a daily value meal at a different station each day. Join us for themed meals and cook outs that are in regular rotation at Socrates as well. The team at Socrates Café is focused on providing service excellence and great food. 

For a snack or your favorite Starbucks beverage, visit Eagle’s Landing, which operates as a Starbucks We Proudly Serve kiosk.

Plato II Go operates as Fresh Mex concept offering selections of salads, burritos, Nachos, & quesadillas. These build your own creations are made with creative, authentic ingredients that are prepared daily in our kitchen.

Seating areas are available for study into the wee hours every night.  Send comments about the Socrates Café, Plato II Go or Eagles Landing to

Bookstore: The LIFE U Shop Policy

LIFE U Shop Refund Policy FN.006  

The Life U Shop is located within the Socrates Café in the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies (CGUS) Building and is operated by Life University. The store has school supplies, diagnostic equipment, snacks and Life U merchandise for sale.

Hours: The Life U Shop is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday until 3 p.m. The store is closed Saturdays and Sundays. Holidays, summer hours, and extended hours will be announced throughout the quarter.

Payment: Payment for merchandise can be made with Cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.

Textbooks: All textbooks are available for purchase at and are not available in store.

Refund Policy

Clothing and unopened logo’d merchandise are returnable within 14 days of purchase, item must be in original condition, with the tags intact and accompanied by a valid Life U Store receipt.

School supplies, technology and course materials can be returned within 7 days of purchase, UNOPENED, and accompanied by a valid Life U Shop receipt.

Clinic supplies are NOT REFUNDABLE.

The store management reserves the right to determine merchandise returnability and salability.

No returns without a paper or digital receipt.

Campus Communication

Bulletin Boards

All bulletin boards in classrooms are for approved items only. Items may not be posted on these bulletin boards without the approval of the Office of Student Affairs or the University department hosting the event. Posting or distributing non-approved material on campus is a violation of the policies of Life University and will be referred to the Director of Student Conduct. All bulletin boards located throughout the campus that have been labeled for a specific use, such as the clinic bulletin board, various student club bulletin boards, etc., are to be used for the designated purpose only. Presently, bulletin boards for general student use are located in the vending areas of the Center for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and the Center for Chiropractic Education. All announcements concerning seminars, local lectures, and private advertising must be reviewed and approved by the office of Student Affairs or the host university department. Only approved notices may be posted as directed. Laboratory bulletin boards are to be used by the laboratory instructors only.

LIFE News & Events, Fac/Staff News & Events and Daily LIFE Wire Policy

LIFE News & Events, Fac/Staff News & Events and Daily LIFE Wire Policy MK.004  

Life University takes steps to ensure that you are not overrun with messages from us. Your student email address is oftentimes the only way we can convey important messages to you. It is advisable that you check your student email frequently and that you read your LIFE News & Events newsletters and Daily LIFE Wires as they come out.

If you have a message or announcement for LIFE News & Events, information can be submitted to Please contact the Marketing Department with any questions at (678) 331-4342. 

Student Business Card Orders

Whitestone Marketing is the vendor used to print LIFE University student business cards. Students should visit for guidelines and to place orders. 

Select the “LIFE1” template and enter the required information needed on the card, to include, the student name, university email address, and a phone number. Other fields are optional and can be left blank.

Once the information has been entered into the template, click on “Preview” to verify all information. Then click “Generate PDF” to print out/download a copy of your proof. Click “Next” to review your order and submit. The cost to students will be $31.00 per box of 500 business cards.

Once delivered, you will receive an email from LIFE University Mail Services and you may pick up your cards from the Purchasing Department (down the hallway between Socrates Café and the LIFE U Shop) in the CGUS Bldg.  

  • If students have questions about their orders, they may contact the Purchasing Department at​

Student Directory Information

Portions of the educational record are defined as directory information. These include:

  1. Name
  2. Date and place of birth
  3. Local address
  4. Permanent address
  5. Telephone listing
  6. Major field of study
  7. Participation in official University activities and sports
  8. Dates of attendance at University
  9. Degrees, honors, and awards received
  10. The most recently attended educational institution
  11. E -mail address

Prior consent of the student is not required for disclosure of directory information. Students names and their Life University e-mail address are listed on the Life University web site, which is updated periodically. Students who wish to be omitted from the directory or any other student publication must inform the IT Department in writing.  

Student E-mail

Life University, recognizing the increasing need for electronic communication, has established e-mail as an official means of communication with students. An official Life University e-mail address is required for all students. The University has the right to send official communications to the University e-mail address, which is in the format of The University expects that every student will receive e-mails at his/her Life University e-mail address and will read e-mails on a frequent and consistent basis. A student’s failure to receive and read University communications in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the content of such communications. The effective date of this policy is July 11, 2005. If you have questions regarding technology, please go to to obtain a current copy of the Student Information Technology Guide.

Student Messages

Life University is not responsible for delivering messages to students. The Office of Student Affairs will make every attempt to deliver emergency messages while upholding FERPA, HIPAA and ADA guidelines.

U.S. Mail

Postage for domestic and international letters and packages can be purchased from the Shipping Center, located down the hallway between Socrates Café and the LIFE U Shop, within the College of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies (CGUS) Building.  Outgoing mail with postage can then be left in Mail Services, the dropbox outside their door, or in the blue USPS mailbox located on the plaza between CGUS and the Learning Resource Center (LRC).

 In the case of personal mail arriving for students, the correspondence will be entered into our tracking system and an email notification will be sent to your email address for instructions on pick up. After 14 days the mail/package may be returned to sender.

If you have questions regarding mail or package shipments, email for assistance.

Office of Development, University Advancement Division

The mission of the Life University Advancement Division is to:

  • build multilevel partnerships with all constituencies to deliver significant and meaningful resources and opportunities, and
  • promote the LIFE Movement in ways that influence positive change in people’s lives and in societal values

thus fulfilling LIFE’s mission and surpassing its vision.

All fundraising on behalf of the University, including funding requests for individual departments and student clubs and organizations must go through the Office of Development, University Advancement Division before being approved. Also, LIFE employees and students are prohibited from soliciting alumni for personal projects.

Healthcare & Health Related Services

Campus Center for Health & Optimum Performance (CC-HOP)

The Campus Center for Health and Optimum Performance (CC-HOP) is where all Life University students, their spouses, dependent children and parents can receive chiropractic health care services under faculty supervision at no charge. For more information, please call the CC-HOP: 770-426-2664.

CC-HOP Hours:

Monday & Friday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays 9:00am – 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Center for Health and Optimum Performance (C-HOP)

Life University students’ spouses, dependent children, and parents may receive chiropractic health care services at the Center for Health and Optimum Performance (C-HOP) for a nominal fee.  For more information, call the C-HOP: 770-792-6100.

C-HOP Hours:

Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:30p.m (closed 1:30pm-3:00pm)

Saturday 8:00am – 1:00pm

Medical Facilities

A list of medical facilities in the Marietta/Atlanta area is available on the Life University web site. Click on the following link for information regarding health care and optional medical and dental insurance available to our students. .

Student Accident/Injury Procedures (Non-Athletic Injury)

1.All accident/injuries should be reported to Campus Safety to complete an Accident/Incident Report within 24 hours of the accident/injury.

2.The student should report to Human Resources (HR) immediately after completing the incident report, no later than 24 hours after the accident/injury, with the Accident/Incident Report from Campus Safety. HR will complete a claim form and submit a claim to the insurance carrier. If the student has primary insurance, HR will require a copy of the student’s insurance card(s) to forward to the insurance carrier along with the claim. If the student does not have primary insurance, HR will work with the student to cover the $250.00 deductible.

3. Student(s) with primary insurance must seek medical care/treatment from their primary care physician or any provider of their choice and submit bills directly to their insurance carrier. The student will provide HR with a copy of all status reports for filing purposes until discharged. Student(s) without insurance may seek medical care/treatment from their doctor of choice. HR will work with their doctor of choice (i.e. providing FAX number, address, etc.)  HR will work with the student ensuring that a copy of all status reports is received for filing purposes until discharged.

4.TheAccident/Injury Policy has a $10,000 limit with a $250.00 deductible (deductible paid by Life University). Medical Coverage and Payment is NOT guaranteed.

NOTE:  If the accident/injury resulted from a Life University sponsored sporting event/practice, the Athletic Department will also file a claim with the sports accident/incident insurance companies (see the Head Athletic Officer, Athletic department, for more information).

Personal Property Insurance

While Life University is a very safe place to attend school we occasionally experience crimes of opportunity in the form of thefts of electronic devices. Also, we may experience dropped, lost or damage to our personal electronics (phones, tablets or laptops). Life University has made arrangement with Arthur Gallagher & Co. as a preferred insurance provider to offer a specialized property protection insurance policy. This optional coverage fills the gap between homeowners insurance and no insurance at all. Specific information about the policy, its coverage and restrictions can be found at Students are encouraged to have a personal property insurance policy for their belongings to minimize the effects of loss of these items on your educational experience.

Drs. Sid E. & Nell K. Williams Library

The Drs. Sid E. and Nell K. Williams Library provides a full complement of academic library services, including print monographs, periodicals, e-books, e-journals, online resources and databases, print reference resources, audiovisual resources, anatomical models, X-rays, training classes, and a student computer lab serving students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater healthcare community.

The library is located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) and is open 7 days a week during the quarter. Please check online at or at the library for special hours during midterms, finals and break.


Sunday: Noon-11:45 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 6:45 a.m.-11:45 p.m.

Friday: 6:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Reference and A/V services available after 7:00 a.m.

General Procedures

Life University student ID is required to check out library materials, to pay for printing and photocopies and to use library services. Please show ID upon entry.

Anyone without a LIFE issued ID must sign in at the front desk with a government-issued ID.

Cell phone conversations are to be used only in the lobby area, and ringers are to be turned off or set on vibrate before entering the library.

Circulation Procedures

The books loan period for students and alumni is four weeks with one renewal.

Audiovisual materials are checked out for two weeks with two renewals.

Limits may be imposed on the number of items that may be checked out.

Periodicals, Reference and Special Collection Room materials do not circulate.


Reserve items have a loan period of three hours with in-library use only. Overdue fines for reserve items are $1.00 per hour.

Study Rooms

Study rooms for individuals and for small groups can be checked out for a three-hour checkout period.

A study room key may be checked out with a student ID.

The person checking out the room is responsible for the room.

An overdue fine of $1.00 per hour is charged for the room.

Study room keys may be renewed for an additional three hours if there is no “waiting list” for a room.


Overdue fines for regular items are 10 cents per day with a maximum charge of $10 per item.

Overdue fines for reserve materials are $1.00 per hour.

Overdue keys to study rooms are $1.00 per hour.

As a courtesy to library patrons, overdue notices are sent to Life University email addresses.

Lost or damaged materials are billed at replacement costs plus a $10 processing fee. Substitute items are not accepted as replacement.

After third overdue notice or outstanding balance of $5.00 or more, a student will be blocked from registration, access to transcripts and library borrowing privileges.


The library subscribes to more than 50 print periodicals with over 20,000 additional electronic titles through full-text databases.

Print journals cannot be checked out.


Photocopies and prints are 5 cents per side. Color prints and copies are 30 cents per side.

Each student is given a $7.50 printing and copying allocation loaded to University IDs. Additional value may be added in the library at the PHiL station and online.

Document Scanning

Document scanning to USB drives and email is available to library patrons.

Special Collections Room

The Special Collection Room contains print archival, unique, rare and historical chiropractic resources.

A pass must be checked out from the circulation desk.

Materials in the Special Collection Room are confined to use in the Special Collection Room under staff supervision.

Book bags, briefcases, purses, etc. must be left with a library clerk when using the Special Collection resources.


General reference service, research assistance and library technology support is available at the reference desk. Individual and group library instruction is available by appointment. Contact the reference department for more information.


Requests for articles on microfiche can be submitted online or at the reference desk. Average “turnaround time” to provide these articles is one to two business days.

Interlibrary Loan

Requests for items not owned by the library may be available for interlibrary loan (ILL) from other libraries. Ask the reference desk staff for more information.

Library Catalog

Visit the library catalog’s website:

Computer Lab

Patron computers within the library are available during regular library operating hours. These computers offer Microsoft Office applications, email, Internet, library catalog access and database searching.

Access is granted by Blackboard login.

Visitors and alumni computer use/access information is available via the circulation desk.

Wireless Internet Access

A wireless Internet access network is available in the library.

Library Information Notification

Students receive holds notices, overdue notices, digital interlibrary loan documents and delivery notices via Life University email accounts.