Tuskegee University is student-centered, and therefore, students are at the heart of all operations, programs and activities. Faculty and staff are committed to making the Tuskegee University experience exciting, challenging and wholesome. Student Services complement Academic Affairs. With this in mind, the organizational structure is designed so that the chief academic officer, the Provost, also has the overall responsibility for student services. To manage the core staff and activities, a Dean of Students, works under the supervision of and closely with the Provost to insure an efficient and effective Student Services Program.
The Student Services Division at Tuskegee University directs its efforts toward promoting student academic success, student personal and professional development, and enhancing the quality of campus life. The Division develops, implements and manages programs, services and activities that ensure the development of competencies that complement the academic mission of the University. The Student Services staff is committed to personally contributing to the academic success and development of Tuskegee University students. The specific units in this division of the University are: Comprehensive Counseling Center, Judicial Affairs, Residence Life and Development, Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Talent Search, Student Health Services, and Student Life and Development.
The University Judicial System (UJS) is specifically designed to serve and safeguard the vital interests of the University community, students, faculty, administration and staff, in the conduct of work, living and leisure. This system is regulated by confidentially requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended.
The Judicial Affairs Officer is the person authorized to administer the University’s Judicial System. She/he may conduct, or cause to be conducted, an investigation to determine if the complaint has merit and/or if the complaint can be disposed of administratively, or by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the Judicial Affairs Officer. Such administrative disposition shall be final and there shall be no subsequent proceedings.
The University Counseling Center
The University Counseling/Wellness Center provides personal and educational counseling for all Tuskegee University Students. Counseling is offered in a private and confidential setting and counselors are available for individual and group counseling. Services are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may walk in but appointments are encouraged. For additional information about Counseling Services, please call 334-727-8244.
Testing Service. The testing program supports the University’s goal of ensuring the subject matter competence of our graduates. The testing program administers several competency examinations that are required for graduation, and manages the administration, analysis and interpretation of a variety of national, institutional and agency examinations. Students also receive pre and post examination counseling.
Freshman and Transfer Student Seminar/Orientation. The Counseling/Wellness Center, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is responsible for the Freshman and Transfer Student Seminar curriculum development and coordination of an orientation course required of all new and transfer students. The course has been developed to ensure the academic and personal success of new Tuskegee University students. All new and transfer students are required to earned at least a “C” grade in Orientation 100 and 101. The course is taught by a team of faculty and staff.
Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Affairs Office serves as a liaison between Veteran students enrolled at Tuskegee University and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Counseling and support services are provided to address unique characteristic needs and problems of veteran students, dependents and National Guard/Reserve members. For students receiving VA education benefits, any complaint against the school should be routed through the VA GI Bill Feedback System by going to the following link: http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/Feedback.asp. The VA will then follow up through the appropriate channels to investigate the complaint and resolve it satisfactorily. Furthermore, Tuskegee University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.
Residence Life and Development
Residence halls at Tuskegee University are more than just comfortable and safe facilities. They are living and learning centers that support the academic and professional development of students. The residence halls provide an environment and experience that promote and enhance academic success, personal development and exemplary campus citizenship. The Residence Life and Development staff ensures that the Tuskegee experience is personalized for each student. The University requires freshman, sophomore and first-year transfer students to reside in the residence halls. Any exceptions must be requested and approved in writing prior to the first day of registration by the Housing Business Manager.
Student Life and Development/Student Union
Student Life and Development/Student Union is the unit that provides opportunities for the total development of the student through educational, civic, cultural, social and recreational programs and activities implemented through the staff, student organizations, individuals and committees. Effort is made to have free time activity become a cooperative factor with study in education. The Union provides services, conveniences, and amenities that the college family needs; and it is a significant part of the educational program of the University.
Advisement, guidance and assistance to student organizations and individuals, in addition to seminars, workshops, dialogue sessions, theatrical productions, concerts, movies, a variety of games and the coordination of some special campus events constitute the Student Life/Student Union offerings. The following are inclusions under the auspices of Student Life and Development/Student Union:
Intramural Sports. The Intramural Sports Program provides an opportunity for all students to participate in organized athletics. The competition offers opportunities for physical, mental and social development. Involvement is commensurate with the student’s ability level.
Student Government Association. The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as an intermediary between students and the university community. The SGA provides a forum for the expression of student ideas, promotes intellectual dialogue and student entertainment through lectures, concerts, talent and fashion extravaganzas, shows, parties and observance of special events. The SGA plays an important role in self-government and helping students to develop a sense of responsibility and independence.
Other Student Organizations. Student Life provides guidance and direction for more than one hundred (100) active organizations on the campus of Tuskegee University. Included are professional and vocational organizations, honor societies, general and international organizations, religious organizations, Greeks, service organizations, and city/state clubs.
Miss Tuskegee University. Miss Tuskegee University functions under the auspices of Student Life. Event coordination, advisement, travel, lodging, and other assistance are provided as needed by the staff in carrying out the specific duties and responsibilities as required by Tuskegee University.
Mr. Tuskegee University. Mr. Tuskegee University operates under the auspices of Student Life and Development. Event coordination, advisement, travel, lodging, and other assistance are provided as needed by the Student Life staff in carrying out the specific duties and responsibilities as required by Tuskegee University.
Campus Digest/Tuskeana Yearbook Offices. The Campus Digest and Tuskeana Yearbook offices are monitored by the Student Life Director and staff. Guidance and advisement in the production of the school paper and the yearbook are provided through the Marketing and Communications Department. Special Events. Student Life has the responsibility of coordinating the Annual Tuskegee University Homecoming Parade, Miss Tuskegee University (MTU) Homecoming Gala, MTU Spring Pageant, Student Leadership Retreat, and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Tournament.
Students Elections. The Student Life Staff provides guidance and assistance to the SGA in the coordination of campus elections to provide for proper execution of rules and procedures.
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
The Department of Student Life coordinates the candidate selection process at Tuskegee University for the submission of nominees to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and communicates with and submits official certificates to the nominees upon receipt from the national office. This area also does Ombudsperson screening under the direction of the University President.
Trio Programs consist of Student Support Services, Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound. The Office of Postsecondary Education administers these federally funded programs through the Division of Student Services. Their common purpose is to produce programs designed to identify first-generation or potential first-generation college students with academic promise from low-income families; to motivate personal and academic competence; and to provide special support services that will enable students to succeed in higher education. Each program has federal eligibility criteria, which must be met, in order to participate, and each offers academic, career and personal counseling.
Talent Search and Upward Bound are high school programs that operate in Bullock, Lee, Macon and Russell counties during the academic year.
Student Support Services- The Tuskegee University Student Support Services (SSS) program is rich in history. Started in 1970, under the leadership of Human Resources Development Center (HRDC), we were first known as Project Pride. Several years later, the name was changed to Special Programs. By 1985, the three major components: Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and Special Programs were forged into what are now the TRIO Programs, Most recently, Special Services changed its name to Student Support Services for a more diverse and progressive appeal.
The Tuskegee University Student Support Services program is federally administered through the United States Department of Education. It is an academic support program designed to provide innovative curricula and services that meets the needs of students and prepare them to successfully continue and complete their college education. Professionally trained counselors are available to help SSS participants in need of academic, career, personal and financial aid counseling. Peer tutors are available in the areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, English, mathematics, reading and study skills.
Student Support Services offer assistance to 375 undergraduate students campus-wide who are enrolled and/or accepted at Tuskegee University, who are first generation college students, are from a low-income family, or have a documented learning and/or physical disability. The student must also be a citizen of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Fulltime, professional counselors and part-time tutors and reinforcement teachers make up Student Support Services. Student Support Services participants are usually freshmen or sophomores. All physically impaired students and eligible veterans are encouraged to participate in this program. There is no charge for participation in the Student Support Services.
Upward Bound- The purpose of the Tuskegee University’s Upward Bound Program is designed to identify sixty (60) qualified youths– forty of whom are low-income and potential first-generation students and to develop in them the skills and motivation required to complete a program of secondary education to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. Upward Bound serves Lee, Macon and Russell counties. High schools served by Upward Bound are:
Lee County: Beauregard and Loachapoka High Schools
Macon County: Booker T. Washington and Notasulga High Schools
Russell County: Russell County High School
Upward Bound also provides reinforcement classes on Saturday mornings and a six-week summer campus residential program.
Student Health Services
The Student Health Services provide optimum health care for all students enrolled at Tuskegee University through clinical, emergency medical services and health education programs.
- Clinical Services: The Student Health Center is staffed by a Physician, Registered Nurses, Nursing Assistants, and Administrative Executive and Administrative Assistants. Evaluation and treatment of minor illness, (which include allergies, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, gynecological problems and sexually transmissible diseases), and injuries are available. Referrals are made, when indicated, to local hospitals and specialists.
- Immunization: Before enrollment, all students, must produce medical documentation of adequate immunization against measles and tuberculin test. Additionally, tuberculin tests are required annually.
- Medical Insurance: The Tuskegee University Student Health Services is dedicated to effectively respond to the health care and health education needs of students. All students enrolled at Tuskegee University are required to purchase the University’s mandatory health insurance offered through United Health Care. Details of said Health Insurance policy and coverage is available from our Student Health Center, located in John H. Kenny Hall.
The University publishes a Student Handbook that gives more details about services. Additionally, the handbook contains the procedures of the Judicial System. Under the section on the Judicial System, the rules, regulations and codes of conduct are published. The handbook is available in the Office of the Dean of Students and Director of Student Life and Development.
Career Development and Placement Services
The primary mission of The Career Development and Placement Services Center is to facilitate the professional and personal aspirations of students for internship, cooperative education, full-time employment or admission to graduate/professional schools. It is the responsible campus unit for teaching students self-assessment and career planning skills. Services and programs provided are specifically targeted to enhance academic success correlated with on-the-job learning experiences. Among the programs and services offered are: career orientation for new students, job search workshops and clinics to include resume writing and interview techniques, career counseling, job listings, employment trends and job market analyses, Career Resource Library, online accessibility, on campus interviews, Summer Internship Program, Cooperative Education Program, full-time employment opportunities and graduate school information.
The Tuskegee University Police Department
The Tuskegee University Police Department (TUPD) handles Campus Safety and Security. It is located on the basement floor of Tompkins Hall. The responsibility of the Division is to provide safety, security, fire protection and all other aspects of public safety to the campus community.
The division has jurisdiction over all campus grounds; remote research facilities; University owned housing units for off-campus students, staff and faculty. The Officers patrol these areas daily and respond to requests for service 24 hours a day. The officers are armed and equipped with two-way radios.
The Tuskegee University Police Department has police authority. They have the authority to apprehend persons involved in illegal or criminal felonious acts. Reports of students, staff, or faculty involved in criminal acts and/or violations of the various campus codes of conduct are referred to the appropriate General Officer for review and adjudication. They may also be criminally prosecuted through the court system.
TUPD makes available in a separate brochure the parking and traffic regulations, which may be secured at the TUPD Office.