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Student Development

Gardner-Webb University is committed to the education of the whole person. This includes the mind, the body and the spirit. To this end, the University considers the student’s activities outside the classroom to be just as important as the classroom experiences. These activities and others help the student to develop social and interpersonal skills, deepen spiritual commitments, explore career opportunities, formulate a philosophy of life, develop leadership skills, and develop sound ethical and moral principles. The University supports and encourages student involvement in a variety of activities.



The Broyhill Adventure Course is a unique outdoor adventure challenge complex that offers three experiential elements: the Alpine Tower II, the Carolina Straight Wall, and the Rescue Exercise (all built by Alpine Towers, Inc.). The combined elements offer participants an opportunity to experience climbing and problem solving as a metaphor for accomplishing group goals and achieving personal growth. Participants are given tasks or obstacles to overcome and are then asked to make the connection between the experience and their everyday lives. The Broyhill Adventure Course is based on the “Challenge by Choice” philosophy which allows participants to choose the level of involvement with which they are comfortable.



The Counseling Center provides personal and career counseling. Individuals are helped in developing constructive life plans, handling crisis situations, and coping with day-to-day problems. Programs and group counseling are available for special needs and interest issues. All counseling is confidential. On-campus services of the Counseling Center are made available at no additional cost to the student. Appointments can be made by contacting the Counseling Center. Referral to local community services may be made, if needed.


The Career Services Office is dedicated to serving Gardner-Webb students and alumni with an emphasis on two fundamental roles - aiding in career exploration and self-discovery and providing a myriad of resources to aid in the job search process. All Gardner-Webb students and alumni are eligible for career planning and placement services including use of SIGI-PLUS, a computerized guidance system, resume writing assistance, and job listing service. The Career Services Office also sponsors educational workshops, on-campus interviewing, and several career fairs throughout the year, again open to all current students and alumni.


The Career Services Office also administers an online resume referral and job listing service. For a complete listing of upcoming events and a current copy of the Jobs Bulletin, visit the website at Bookmark the site and visit often, as the content of the site changes daily.



The Office of Community Engagement exists to provide all members of the Gardner-Webb community with meaningful service opportunities. Each year, Gardner-Webb students, faculty and staff volunteer their time and talents to the surrounding community through various campus-wide programs sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement. These annual programs include canned food drives, school supply donations, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Octoberfest, Martin Luther King Service projects, and others.


The Office of Community Engagement also serves as a resource center and clearinghouse for volunteer information. Interested individuals and groups may visit the office to receive information on various on-going and one-time service opportunities.


In addition to the opportunities offered through the Office of Community Engagement, the Office of Christian Life and Service sponsors several mission trips during scheduled breaks in the academic year (Fall, Spring and Summer). Students interested in domestic and international mission trips may contact the Office of Christian Life and Service to receive further information.



The Campus Shop, located in the Charles I. Dover Campus Center, provides all books and materials needed by graduate students for their courses of study. Textbooks are delivered to students at off-campus centers.



The University Police Department is a multi-functional service agency whose primary purpose is to protect the University community and enforce regulations designed for safety and security of life and property. Full-time officers are professionals who have been properly trained, certified, and commissioned. Services provided by the department include traffic control, engraving for identification purposes, educational seminars, a 24-hour emergency number, vehicle entry service for “lock-outs,” vehicle “jump starts,” and escort service on campus. Officers patrol the entire campus on foot, on bicycles, and in marked/unmarked police vehicles.



All motorized vehicles operated on Gardner-Webb property must be registered with the University Police Office and display a valid permit. Graduate students can obtain permits for $40.00 after registering their vehicle online with University Police. A summer-only registration fee is $20.00. A parking regulations and restrictions manual is distributed with each permit. The University Police department is located in the Poston Center and operates on a 24-hour basis. The Poston Center also functions as a reception center Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. and Sundays 2:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M.



Identification cards can be obtained from the University Police department. Identification cards are issued to first time students free of charge, and replacement cards are available for $10.00. Identification cards are valid for the duration of a student’s enrollment at Gardner-Webb University.



Gardner-Webb University offers students, faculty, and staff a facility furnished with the latest state-of-art cardiovascular equipment to improve comprehensive health and wellness. The Suttle Wellness Center, one of the areas in the University Physical Development Complex, also houses a complete game room for student enjoyment along with a TV viewing area and lounge for gathering with other students and friends. The Suttle Wellness Center, the Bost Gym and swimming pool, a full aerobics workout room, and a free-weight room make up the Complex. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to use this facility as a means of achieving overall physical well-being and recreation.



Each year a variety of programs is offered for the cultural and intellectual enrichment of campus life.


The Department of Fine Arts brings outstanding artists and performers to the campus during the year. The Student Entertainment Association and the Student Government Association also schedule a number of events. Distinguished scholars in various fields are invited to the campus each year to provide lectures and seminars for the enrichment of the academic program.


There are also recitals in the Dover Theatre and in the O. Max Gardner Fine Arts Hall by members of the Fine Arts Department faculty and advanced students in music. Several choral and orchestral concerts are scheduled.


Plays presented by Gardner-Webb students and by visiting drama groups are also a feature of the University’s cultural offerings.



Gardner-Webb University is a community of students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to learning and personal development in an environment of Christian concern. As in any community, certain standards of conduct are necessary to protect the safety, rights, health and general well-being of all members of the community. The University strives to promote concern for the good of the entire group as opposed to selfish individualism.


Each person whether student, faculty or staff voluntarily joins the University community and thus is expected to abide by rules and regulations that have been adopted to insure reasonable standards of conduct. The prohibited behavior code describes conduct which the University does not tolerate. By enrolling in the University, each student agrees to abide by University rules, regulations, and expectations. The Board of Trustees has approved minimum penalties for certain of the prohibited behaviors. The University assures fundamental fairness to any student accused of involvement in prohibited behavior.


The Student Handbook describes the prohibited behavior code and the judicial process used in the event that a student becomes involved in prohibited behavior. The Handbook is distributed during orientation, at which time student rights, responsibilities and expectations are explained in greater detail. The Handbook is also available at the office of Student Development.


Gardner-Webb University supports and is fully committed to the concept of a drug and alcohol free campus community. In order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Gardner-Webb publishes the following and makes it available to each student.


(1) The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances such as but not limited to the following:


Narcotics (heroin, morphine,etc.)

Cannabis (marijuana, hashish, etc.)

Stimulants (cocaine, diet pills, etc.)

Depressants (tranquilizers, etc.)

Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, designer drugs, etc.)

Designer (MDA, MDA-known as ecstasy, ice, etc.)



is prohibited by students on Gardner-Webb University’s property or as any part of the university’s activities. As a condition of enrollment, Gardner-Webb University students will abide by these terms.


(2) Gardner-Webb will impose disciplinary sanctions on students who violate the terms of paragraph 1, above. Upon conviction, the appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University and/or satisfactory participation in a drug and alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a Federal, State, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency, will be taken. More specific penalties are outlined in the Gardner-Webb University Student Handbook. Violations may also be referred to the appropriate civil authorities for prosecution under local, state, and federal law.


(3) Local, state, and federal laws prohibit the possession, and distribution of illicit drugs, alcohol and weapons. The applicable legal sanctions for various offenses are listed in the North Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure book, a reference copy of which is maintained by the University’s Campus Police Department.


(4) Information describing the health risks associated with the illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol is made available to all students. Additional information and individual counseling is available through the University’s Counseling Center. If necessary and at the student’s expense, referral can be made to an outside agency.


(5) Local, state, and federal law prohibits the possession of weapons on campus. These laws supersede any statutes which allow the possession of a concealed weapon by permit. G.S. 14.269.2