Life University is committed to the personal growth and life satisfaction of our students. We offer a variety of services and resources for all enrolled students. Our goal in counseling is to provide an environment where students can learn valuable life and coping skills to take proactive steps in improving their overall well-being. Counseling offers a variety of services which cater to the diverse needs of our students.
Individual/Couples Counseling: Life University offers individual and couples counseling through the Student Assistance Program (SAP). SAP provides 24/7 availability with a mental health professional 24/7/365. In addition, students can request a phone or face-to-face session with an off-campus therapist. Students will be provided with six free personal counseling as well as six free coaching sessions. This service allows students consistent availability including nights, weekends, and/or holidays with a licensed mental health professional outside of the University. In addition, the service can be utilized by students’ dependents which includes spouses and/or children. You can contact SAP directly by calling 866.734.5890. A counselor can also assist you in contaction SAP.
To inquire or take advantage of these resources, students can call (770) 426-2725 or stop by the office located in the Center for Chiropractic Education (CCE) Building. Students can be directed to various community resources and can also receive help navigating through the process of connecting to an SAP therapist or other resources within the community.
A student in crisis should contact Campus Safety at (770) 426-2911 or 911 immediately. The Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) has a 24/7 crisis line at 1-800-715-4225. All are available 24/7.
Health Promotion & Wellness Workshops:
As a student at Life University, you can attend an array of workshops to enhance and support your personal life experiences. The workshops are held at various times throughout the quarter. A few of the workshop topics are as follows:
- Creative Expression
- Decision Making
- Effective Communication
- Finding Me: Identity & Beyond
- Happy Hour: Education & Beyond
- Healthy Boundaries
- Learning to Say No
- Let’s Talk About Sex
- Letting Go of Perfectionism
- Pillow Talk
- Stress & Anxiety
- The Art of Journaling
Life University students interested in participating in small groups can join Circle of Hope or Parent 2 Parent. Circle of Hope is designed to support those experiencing some form of grief or loss. The vision of Parent 2 Parent is to provide a safe place for current Life University students, who are parents, with appropriate resources, tools, and helpful information to support their parental, academic and life endeavors.
Student Assistance Program
When calling SAP, you will be asked a few brief questions in order to determine the counselor who will best suit your needs.
- Emotional issues
- Academic programs stress/anxiety
- Crisis relationship issues
- Marital/Family concerns
- Life Adjustments
- Substance Abuse
You must cancel any appointment 24 hours in advance or it will be counted toward your six total personal or coaching sessions.
1-866-734-5890 -or- text: 94097 (when using the text option, you will receive a phone call from the number where the texted originated); www.ESPYR.com
WHAT IS SAP – Student Assistance Program?
The SAP is designed to offer counseling services to students of Life University. Counseling is available in a variety of settings including face-to-face phone counseling, and online resources. As a student, you have access to six free personal face-to-face and/or phone counseling sessions in a year (October 1–September 30); six coaching sessions and unlimited calls with a mental health professional. Mental health counselors are available by phone 24/7/365. You may also access information and assistance online at www.ESPYR.com and click on Member Access. Password: lifeu
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF SAP?
SAP is free for you and your dependent family members for up to six personal counseling sessions and six coaching sessions within a year (October 1–September 30). Access to online resources is also free of charge.
HOW CAN SAP HELP ME?
SAP can help with many personal concerns both large and small. These concerns can include:
- Time management
- Emotional concerns
- Marital and family concerns
- Relationship issues
- Alcohol and drug problems
**SAP has extensive online resources to help with most of life’s common issues and concerns.
To access these resources visit www.ESPYR.com and click on Member Access. Your password is: lifeu.
HOW DO I CONTACT SAP?
To obtain services or information please call 1-866-734-5890 -or- text: 94097 (when using the text option, you will receive a phone call from the number where the texted originated);
Mental health counselors are available at the above numbers 24/7/365. You may also request information or services at www.ESPYR.com.
SAP provides 24/7/365 availability of an off-campus counselor via phone.
Students with documented disabilities may request reasonable accommodations, which will afford them equal access to all educational programs and activities of the University. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made to Disability Services 770-426-2725 or Dr. Haney, Director of Disability Services Genelle.Haney@life.edu. The University complies with all state and federal regulations regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to education programs and services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 Rehab Act and the ADAA.
A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The disability must be clearly documented with information confirming that the student is substantially limited by the impairment and that a need exists for the accommodation.
A student will not automatically be provided with accommodations based on a diagnosis alone. Evidence must be presented that the disability is significantly interfering with the student’s academic performance. Each accommodation is individualized to the particular student, as supported by the student’s documentation.
All students must meet and follow all Life University rules, Student Handbook, Course Catalogs and Technical Standards, with or without approved accommodations. The University will make such modifications to its academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate, on the basis of disability, against a qualified student with a disability. Academic requirements that the University can demonstrate are essential to the instruction being pursued by such student or to any directly related licensing or accreditation requirement will not be regarded as discriminatory. Please check with Disability Services if you are declaring, adding, or changing a major or program to determine (a) whether Disability Services requires additional documentation or (b) whether other Technical Standards apply to the major or program. **Please review the attached Technical Standards or see the Life University Catalog**
All students are responsible for providing adequate documentation. Life University is not required to conduct or to pay for any evaluation to document a disability or need for an academic adjustment. Life University does not provide any evaluations or documentation for disabilities. These documentation requirements should be taken to the student’s evaluator and the evaluator is required to make recommendations for academic accommodations in each of the following categories (when applicable): written examinations, technique classes, lab classes/examinations, and clinical experience.
Documentation from an outside independent (non-Life University) licensed professional must be provided to Disability Services. Students are responsible for all funding to pay for appropriate professional documentation.
Documentation should include the following: (Please refer to Documentation Guidelines located on the Disability Services webpage)
- Be provided by a qualified licensed professional with the ability to diagnose the specific disability and must abide by the Conflict of Interest Policy for Disability Services as stated:
Students who request accommodations and provide documentation to Disability Services, must use a qualified licensed professional that is independent of Life University; therefore, the following cannot be utilized: faculty or staff member whether full-time, part-time, adjunct, extension fatuity or preceptor. This is to avoid a conflict of interest to the dual role of providing services at the University.
This policy for documentation provided by the licensed professional is for the following but not limited to:
a) the student’s use in helping support whether the request for accommodation under the ADA, Section 504 Rehab Act of 1973, or the ADAA should be granted, 2) the purpose of updating documentation or adding accommodation recommendations and 3) documentation for extenuating circumstances related to Disability Services. There is a formal grievance process available through the Grievance Committee.
- If the student is 18 years or older, documentation should be current adult based (18 years or older, post high school). Individualized Education Program (IEP), Section 504 plan, and/or a prior history of accommodations are not necessarily sufficient documentation for postsecondary education, since different demands are required and the nature of a disability may have changed due to maturation. (***Note: If you are a Chiropractic student or plan to go into the Chiropractic program, please review National Board of Chiropractic Examiners documentation requirements at www.mynbce.org**)
- Be on professional letterhead with address and telephone number.
- Original signature of professional with listed degree and specialty.
- Assessment data should be included. Comprehensively and clearly define the impact of the disability on the student’s functioning in daily life. Clearly define the limitations imposed and the support data verifying the impact of the condition. Single sub-tests or checklists are not acceptable as a sole source of documented data. Standard or scaled scores from all tests and sub-tests must be included in your diagnostic report.
- Recommendations for accommodations must be listed with support diagnostic information. Documentation must be specific in listing practical and written exam based accommodations, if appropriate. ***For Chiropractic Students, please see National Board of Chiropractic Examiners website for further details (“Test Accommodation Guidelines”)***
*For Grievance Process Information, see the Life University Catalog
Academic Center for Educational Success (ACES)
The Academic Center for Educational Success (ACES) offers a variety of academic support services to support students in achieving their academic goals. In addition to helping student improve their study skills and develop learning strategies to enhance academic achievement, academic assistance is also available through these academic support services:
· Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program
· Online Tutoring
· Academic Success Workshops
· Multicultural Student Academic Support Program
o Global Voices
· STARS Peer Mentoring Program
· Make-up Testing
· Open Learning Centers (College of Chiropractic and College of Graduate and
Undergraduate Studies building
The purpose of the Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program is to help undergraduate and Doctor of Chiropractic students help themselves and assisting them to become independent learners. PAL utilizes student leaders, who have succeeded in historically challenging courses, to facilitate collaborative review sessions each week. PAL assists students with improving their learning strategies to promote independence and empowerment inside the classroom. PAL leaders can also directly be involved in facilitating review session activities and discussions. Leaders use a non-remedial approach to learning that supports students toward academic success by integrating “what to learn” with “how to learn.”
PAL is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. All students are encouraged to attend PAL, as it is a voluntary program.
PAL Leaders are students who have earned an A or B in the course they will lead. They have also had letters of recommendation letters/forms written by two of their professors.
Benefits of Using PAL for Students
Student participants will learn how to study effectively- both independently and collaboratively. They will also develop a deeper understanding of course material and how it applies to their world. This will translate into better grades and a higher level of confidence that they belong at Life University and can succeed academically here.
What can PAL do and What can’t it do?
PAL can help students learn how to study both independently and collaboratively. It also helps students learn from one another, verify actual course knowledge, challenge them to teach material back to the PAL leader and prepare them for future courses. PAL cannot replace the professor’s lectures or in-class assignments. PAL leaders will never cover material in their sessions that has not
been already covered in class. Attending PAL sessions does not guarantee that a student will be successful on their exams and other assignments. Students must still be responsible for their own learning.
Students may access online tutoring through Tutor Me. The link to access this online tutoring is found on Blackboard in all courses in which the student is enrolled. Students will need to refer to Tutor Me’s schedule for subject availability and the times they are offered.
Academic Success Workshops
Academic Success Workshops help student develop effective learning strategies, such as improving their studying, goal setting, and time management skills through interactive processes and individual one-on-one appointments.
Academic Success Workshops are free to the student and provide helpful skills to assist in student success.
Multicultural Student Academic Support Program
The Multicultural Student Academic Support Program offers support services for transitioning students from within or outside of the US related to language, background, and/or cross-cultural experience.
There are two programs under the Multicultural Student Academic Support Program: AALPHA and Global Voices
African American Leaders Promoting Higher Achievement (AALPHA) offers academic support resources for Multicultural, primarily African American students as they transition and adjust to their new cultural and academic surroundings.
Global Voices helps non-native, English-speaking and international students to strengthen their communication, written, and comprehension skills so that they may be more successful in their academic programs at Life University. Students can find resources to enhance their reading, writing, comprehending, and speaking of the English language, along with other support.
We want to guide all students towards achieving their academic, cultural transition and leadership goals as they join Life U’s community.
STARS Peer Mentoring Program (Students Together are Reaching Success)
The STARS Peer Mentoring Program promotes academic success, persistence, and relationship building by connecting first- and second-year students with upperclassmen who can offer helpful information and share their own experiences.
Make-Up Testing is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday @ 11:00a.m. during weeks 1 through 10. There is no make-up testing during finals week. All testing is conducted in CCE 152. Purple make-up request forms are available in the ACES office (Harris Center for Clinical Education, Room 138B and the Student Affairs office located in the College of Chiropractic Education building. The student must complete the form and then the form will be signed by a faculty member prior to the exam.
Open Learning Centers
Come to CCE 109 or CGUS 218 for independent and/or small group study. Each Open Academic Learning Center has learning resources, models, computers, and other educational resources for students to utilize while in the learning center.
The Drs. Sid E. & Nell K. Williams Library, renamed in July 2011 in honor of LIFE’s first president and his wife, is located in the Learning Resource Center in the heart of the campus. Our expert librarians have carefully selected resources that support Life University’s mission to provide students with the vision to fulfill their innate potential, the inspiration to engage in a quest for self-discovery and the ability to apply a principled approach to their future roles as leaders in humanitarian service and as citizens in their communities.
The facility is state-of-the-art, complete with hard-bound volumes, e-books, hands-on equipment and models, WiFi and access to the Interlibrary Loan system, allowing you to obtain research and information from libraries around the world. One of our most popular services, individual and group study rooms, provides the space to work collaboratively with your peers or the quiet you need to focus on your coursework.
Our library staff are here to provide you with the support that you need to be successful in your academic courses, as well as develop the information literacy skills needed to be successful in a rapidly changing, global economy. Not only does our library staff provide traditional services like interlibrary loan and research assistance, but they also assist with computer technology, navigating online courses and other basic technology skills needed to be a successful student.
Our online research guides provide access to our resources, information regarding our services, and up-to-date hours of operation. Visit them at http://life.libguides.com.