Jan 24, 2022  
2021-22 New Student Orientation Guide 
    
2021-22 New Student Orientation Guide

Community Living


Standards of Lasting Purpose (SLP)

TO GIVE, TO DO, TO LOVE, TO SERVE

Lasting Purpose is the core value set on which Life University was founded. It refers to a commitment to serve others as our highest personal value and is illustrated by the phrase, “To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve - Out of a Sense of Abundance.” When we live our lives out of abundance, serving without thought of return, we are expressing LIFE’s Lasting Purpose by creating a cycle of community good that is continually perpetuating and amplifying itself.

We apply Lasting Purpose using a set of Standards (SLP), to which we ask employees to commit (Maintaining an Attitude of Helpfulness, Building Relationships, Managing to the Best Solution and Being User Friendly Always). SLP represents our commitment to you, LIFE’s students. It is a reminder that helping our students reach their goals and be successful at LIFE is at the very heart of what we do. It’s also a reminder and commitment that, in order to best serve our students, we must also make sure that we serve and assist one another.

We also ask that students commit to living Lasting Purpose as members of the Life community. Here are the Student Standards of Lasting Purpose:

  1. An Attitude of Helpfulness

a. Striving for each action to help, not hurt, our common purpose of maximizing the perfection within ourselves and others, while maintaining an attitude of gratitude

    2. User-Friendly Always

a.People work best together when they are approachable and collegial. The SPEAK commitment (acknowledging every person we meet in passing on campus with a smile or greeting) is a wonderful way to practice being User Friendly Always.

    3. A Personal Commitment to Building Relationships

a. Aiming for interactions that are transformational, not just transactional; treating your studies as a commitment to actively listen for understanding not just of the material but of the people with whom you interact.

    4. Managing to the Best Solution

a. Undertaking your studies and other commitments to the best of your ability. Assuming responsibility, especially when things don’t go as planned; making decisions and changes that honor the Standards of Lasting Purpose.

 Help us serve you better by helping us acknowledge exemplary service when you see it … and when you don’t … by emailing Happy@LIFE.edu.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

GUIDE TO GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT
& SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Definitions, Resources and Information for Students            

Life University reaffirms the principal that its students, administration, faculty and staff have a right to be free from discrimination. Discrimination in any form including sex-baseddiscrimination in the form of gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct by or toward any member of the University community will not be tolerated.

Sexual Offenses and Harassment Policy

Sexual misconduct includes all incidents of non-consensual sexual contact as well as sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. More detailed definitions of these terms can be found below and are also found in the Life University Gender-Based Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy, onthe Life University website and in the Student Handbook.

Examples and Definitions of Gender-Based Harassment & Sexual Misconduct

Gender-Based Harassment is unwelcome conduct based on sex; harassing conduct based on failure to conform to sex stereotypes.

Sexual misconduct can occur in many forms, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, nonconsensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit same), non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same), rape, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking. Sexual misconduct can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual misconduct can be committed by persons of any gender or sex, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may include, for example, an attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship; to repeatedly subject a person to egregious, unwelcome sexual attention or advances; to punish a refusal to comply with a sexual-based request; to condition a benefit on submitting to sexual advances; sexual violence or sexual assault; intimate partner violence; stalking; and gender-based bullying.

Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment.

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact is any intentional sexual touching by a person upon a person that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual Contact includes, but is not limited to, intentional contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice, with any object.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse is any sexual intercourse by a person upon a person, which is without consent and/or by force. Intercourse includes, but is not limited to, vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger; anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), no matter how slight the penetration or contact.

Sexual Exploitation occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:

  • Invasion of sexual privacy;
  • Prostituting another student;
  • Non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity;
  • Going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex);
  • Engaging in voyeurism;
  • Any act that is sexual in nature when such an act is likely to threaten any party’s health and/or safety without his/ her knowing and valid consent. This includes, but is not limited to, any act that may reasonably be expected to transmit HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases and is performed when either party has failed to divulge his/ her infection with such a disease;
  • Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances; inducing another to expose their genitals;

Sexually-based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation.

Relationship violence (also known as “Intimate Partner Violence”) is physically, sexually and/or psychologically abusive behavior used by one individual to maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Intimate partner relationships are relationships between parties who are dating, cohabitating, married, separated or divorced.

Relationship violence can occur in same- or opposite-sex relationships.

Stalking is behavior where a person follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person without the consent of that person for the purpose of harassing and intimidating him or her. The term “contact” means to make or attempt to make any communication, including, but not limited to, communication in person, by telephone, by mail, by broadcast, by computer or computer network, or by any other electronic device. “Harassing and intimidating” refers to communication directed at a person that causes emotional distress because of a reasonable fear for the person’s safety or safety of others, and which serves no legitimate purpose. It does not require that an overt threat of death or bodily injury be made.

What is Consent?

Consent is defined as agreement that is informed and given freely. Consent must be clearly communicated through words and/or actions to participate in each form of sexual activity. The following criteria further define consent:

  • Silence cannot be interpreted as consent, nor can passivity or lack of resistance.
  • Previous relationships or instances of consent do not imply future consent.
  • By definition, there is no consent when there is a threat of force or violence or any other form of coercion or intimidation, physical or psychological.
  • Impairment due to the use of alcohol or drugs does not excuse failure to obtain consent. Likewise, any person incapacitated by alcohol or drug use, or who is unconscious, asleep or physically impaired is incapable of giving consent.

(Adapted from NCHERM/ATIXA Model Campus Sexual Misconduct Policy. http:/ / www.ncherm.org/resources/free-mode/policies-and-protocols/)

Resources for Students

Life University is committed to providing support and resources for students who have experienced gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct. All services listed below are available to survivors of gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct, regardless of whether or not a student files a complaint.

Campus   Safety…………………………………………………………….770-426-2911

Title IX Coordinator………………………………………………………. 770-426-2686

Student Success Center (Counseling) …………………………… 770-426-2725

Student Assistance Program (SAP) ………………………………..800-869-0276

www.eapconsultants.com (password: lifeu) • 24/7 phone and online resources

Cobb County Police Department……………………………………..770-499-3900

Reporting the incident to the police does not mean that a complainant must press charges

liveSAFE (YWCA) …………………………………………………………770-427-3390

National Sexual Assault Hotline…………………………………….. 800-656-4673

Reporting Gender-Based Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

Life University is committed to responding appropriately to incidents of gender-based harassment and sexual misconduct and makes every effort to ensure a safe and non-hostile environment for all students. The University strongly encourages all students to report incidents, and will not tolerate any form of retaliation for reporting. By reporting incidents, students can assist in our efforts to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all.

While students are encouraged to report incidents of gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct directly to the Title IX Coordinator, students may also report incident(s) to any member of the Life University faculty or staff. Reports made directly to a licensed counselor are protected by confidentiality laws and will not be shared beyond that meeting unless threat to health or safety is imminent. All other reports, including those to Campus Safety, faculty, staff, coaches and Residence Life student staff members, will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator for appropriate action.

To the extent possible, LIFE will respect a student’s request to remain anonymous and to keep details of the report confidential. However, a request for confidentiality will be weighed against the University’s obligation to act on information it has received in order to maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.

Students who have experienced gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct may elect to do one of the following:

  • File a criminal report with the Cobb County Police.
  • File a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Pursue informal mediation of the complaint conducted by the Title IX Coordinator (informal mediation is not appropriate in cases involving allegations of sexual assault).

Students who elect not to pursue any of the above options may nonetheless do any of the following:

  • Seek counseling.
  • Request a rearrangement of their class schedule or housing.
  • Request a no-contact order.
  • Request other remedies.
  • Request that the Director of Student Conduct address the concerns with the accused.

Title IX Compliance

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex including gender-based harassment, sexual harassment and sexual violence in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance.

For more information about your rights under Title IX, contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator (770) 426-2686.

You may also Contact: Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20202-1100 OCR@ed.gov

Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct is responsible for helping Life University students develop in the areas of integrity and citizenship, the first of our Eight Core Life Proficiencies.  The student conduct process is designed to provide our Life University community with a fair and impartial process to address alleged violations of our Honor Code and Standards of Conduct.  Our motto is: Education through Adjudication.  This is because our primary focus is to educate students about how their behavior not only impacts them, but their community, and their future. 

https://www.life.edu/campus-life-pages/student-conduct/

University Housing

We are excited that you will be starting with us soon. At Life University, you’ll discover an emphasis on both the learning and living experience on campus. We believe that each is a vital part of an education that encourages you to search every path. Explore Life’s on-campus living options that provide the perfect home away from home during your college journey—whether you’re ready for study time alone or hanging with friends.

All first-time freshman students, new to Life University, entering Life University’s College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies are required to reside in University Housing for one academic year (consecutive Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters).  Students who live on campus benefit from the facilities and resources that support students’ success during their first year and throughout their entire college experience.

At Life University you have the option between two (2) on campus residence halls that provide fun, comfortable, and convenient living environments. The Commons is designed for our undergraduate student population and enhances the first-year experience for our incoming students. A special emphasis is placed on the holistic development of the student to include activities that enhance the living learning community. The building has state-of-the art study rooms, commons lounge spaces, and laundry facilities. The Commons offers fully furnished single and double occupancy rooms. Each hallway features communal bathrooms that resemble bathrooms found in a locker room. There are communal sinks and then the showers and toilets are in their own room with a door that locks behind the student.

 Life’s Village Retreat is designed for our graduate and Doctor of Chiropractic student population and it consists of 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments which are conveniently equipped with full kitchens and are fully furnished with bedroom furniture including a full-size bed, closet, drawers, and desk. Life’s Village Retreat offers upper division students an independent style of living while maintaining the exciting campus atmosphere.   

Meal plans enhance the quality of campus life and increase student involvement on campus. Life University offers a variety of different meal plans that offer many combinations of meal swipes and/or eBucks. If you are an incoming undergraduate freshman or reside on campus, you may be required to have a meal plan based on where you reside. You have an opportunity to select your meal plan as you complete your Housing application. For additional information about meal plans and dining services, visit our website or email CardServices@Life.edu.

If you would like to join us on-campus, please follow the instructions below to apply for University Housing:

Steps for Housing Application

1. Log into EagleNet (eaglenet.life.edu) using your Life University credentials.

2. Select the “Housing and Residence Life” tab. This tab will take you to your Housing and Residence Life portal.

3. Click “Housing Application” from the green navigation bar at top of the screen.

4. Select the appropriate term in which you wish to apply for and select “Apply” to begin your housing application.

5. Complete all steps of the housing application.