Jun 18, 2024  
2018-19 Ferrum College Catalog Archival 
2018-19 Ferrum College Catalog Archival [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life

Ferrum College encourages and supports student participation in a wide variety of co-curricular activities designed to complement the classroom experience. The primary purpose of the Office of Student Affairs involves implementation of program opportunities which promote a balanced living and learning environment throughout the campus community. Based on this philosophy, the various departments within Student Affairs implement programs that address the developmental (social, recreational, educational, and cultural) and personal needs of each student. As a result, education becomes more than facts learned from a textbook or lecture; it also includes the development of the total person.

Student Leadership and Engagement

Students can develop leadership potential, leadership skills and career related learning while having fun by participating in co-curricular activities and intramural programs sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. The purpose of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement is to personalize and broaden educational experiences. Students, faculty, and staff are involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of programs and leadership opportunities. The utilization of student ideas, input, and involvement is vital to the development of a balanced programming format.

Spiritual Life

Your college experience will include times of educational learning, physical health and wholeness, and faith formation. As an institution of higher education related to the United Methodist Church, Ferrum College seeks to create an environment that fosters this integration of body, mind and spirit. Students from all faith traditions are encouraged to participate in outreach, fellowship, and programs that develop spiritual growth as well as the celebrate of faith, beliefs, and values. At the heart of this exploration and celebration is a deeper understanding of how our individual and collective beliefs shape and impact our future and world.

Ferrum College employs a full-time Dean of the Chapel who is available to assist students with connecting to various faith exploration/formation opportunities on and off campus, offer pastoral support, and journey with you through your time at Ferrum. The Dean of the Chapel practices an open door policy in the Office of Spiritual Life (Room 108) on the lower level of Franklin Hall.

Opportunities for spiritual growth are scheduled through the Office of Spiritual Life in both the Fall and Spring Semesters. These opportunities may include but are not limited to: small group studies/discussion, service and outreach mission trips, intentional faith formation groups, worship arts, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Spiritual Life Fellowship, and Mu Sigma Chi (a student Christian fraternity). Vaughn Chapel Meditation Room is open throughout the week for students, offering a place for quiet reflection on their spiritual journey.

Gathering as a faith community for worship has always been a vital part of our spiritual formation experience. Ferrum College offers a weekly interdenominational student led worship service in Vaughn Chapel. The Sunday evening service is grounded in the Christian tradition and is open to all students, faculty, staff, and the local community.

In addition to Ferrum College’s worship service, faith based churches/communities representing most of the major faith traditions are located in the surrounding area. The Office of Spiritual Life can assist students in finding a church or faith community of their choice.

Your college experience is a unique combination of body, mind, and spirit. Ferrum College Campus Ministries offers that space for you to seek to unite, as John Wesley once said, “knowledge and vital piety”, learning and holiness. For more information contact the Dean of the Chapel at (540) 365-4285 or the Office of Spiritual Life (Room 108) Franklin Hall.

Fine Arts and Cultural Series

Ferrum College offers a wide variety of cultural-programs-for the campus and the community. The art department offers student, faculty, and guest artist exhibits throughout the academic year. The College offers a visiting lecture series, Executives and Theologians in Residence, the Wright Lectures and the Forum on Critical Thinking Innovation & Leadership which is partially funded through the Earl & Myrtle Skeens Lecture Series Endowment.

The Ferrum College Blue Ridge Institute & Museum features gallery exhibitions, an annual Folklife Festival, an interactive Farm Museum, Heritage Archives, FloydFest Live & Learn, and innovative outreach programming.

Performing Arts

Ferrum College believes that student performances are an important element of a total education experience. The College, therefore, supports a wide variety of student performing groups, including four major theatrical productions a year, student directed 2nd stage productions, Black Mask-Improv Club, Alpha Psi Omega-the Theatre Arts National Honor Society which sponsors and develops many productions on campus, the Concert Choir, Ferrum College Collegiates, the Handbell Ensemble, and the Ferrum College Marching Band, including the Color Guard.

Many students wish to develop their talents in art, music, and theatre while at Ferrum College although they do not plan full-time careers in these fields. They may major or minor in one of the programs in the arts or select individual applied student courses to develop their talents.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) of Ferrum College is composed of currently enrolled Ferrum students. The SGA leadership is elected by the student body each spring following the guidelines and procedures outlined in the SGA Constitution and Bylaws. The SGA promotes student involvement in the governance of the College; enhances the living learning environment of the campus community through sponsoring of social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs; and provides effective communication channels between students and the College.

Clubs and Organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the student clubs and organizations representing a wide variety of academic, social and civic interest. Membership in a campus organization enriches the educational experience, improves leadership ability, enhances academic achievement, increases career success and develops social skills. A complete listing of clubs and organizations is available at: http://www.ferrum.edu/leadershipandengagement/.

Academic and Professional Organizations

National honor societies at Ferrum include:

  • Alpha Chi (junior and senior students)
  • Alpha Phi Sigma (criminal justice students)
  • Alpha Psi Omega (theatre students)
  • Beta Beta Beta (biology students)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (education students)
  • Kappa Pi (art students)
  • Lambda Sigma (sophomore students)
  • Phi Alpha (social work students)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (history students)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (political science students)
  • Psi Chi (psychology students)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English students)

Students may also participate in the following clubs: ENACTUS-Entrepreneurial Action Us, Agriculture Club, Chemistry Club (including Student Affiliate membership in the American Chemical Society), Recreation Club, Sigma Psi Delta, English Club, Criminal Justice Club, Political Science Association, Psychology Club, Social Work Club, Art Club, and Student Virginia Education Association.


Ferrum College offers a wide variety of intercollegiate athletics for both men and women students. Men’s programs include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling. Women’s intercollegiate teams include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. Cheerleading and equestrian teams are open to men and women.

Perhaps the most popular participatory activity on campus is the program of intramural sports and activities for men and women. Intramural teams compete in basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, volleyball, and other sports.

The YMCA at Ferrum College, swimming pool, tennis courts, weight room, and other athletic facilities are available on a regular basis for formal and informal participation.

The College has a consistent winning record in athletics. The College competes in intercollegiate activities as a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The 2018-2019 academic year will be Ferrum College’s first year as a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), one of the oldest and most respected NCAA Division III conferences in the nation.

Honors and Awards

Each spring an awards ceremony, leadership banquet, and an athletic banquet are held to recognize achievement in academic disciplines, co-curricular activities, and athletics. Students receive prestigious awards such as:

  • The Algernon-Sydney Sullivan Award is presented annually to a student in recognition of spiritual qualities practically applied to daily living.
  • The James T. Catlin, Jr., Citizenship Award is presented to the graduate who has best demonstrated qualities for citizenship and general leadership ability.
  • The Lillie Warwick Slaven Award is awarded to the student who exemplifies the ideals of the ministerial profession and has provided outstanding student leadership at Ferrum.
  • The Arthur S. Owens Leadership Award in Human Services is presented annually to a junior or senior student who demonstrates qualities of outstanding character, leadership, initiative, and honor.
  • Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, a national publication, invites the college to select a limited number of students annually for recognition based upon excellence in scholarship, leadership, and participation in educational and extracurricular activities, general citizenship and service to the college, and promise of future usefulness to society.

Counseling Services

Ferrum College students have access to a professional counselor located on campus in Bassett Hall. Designed for short-term, problem-solving situations, the main objective of counseling is to help students achieve academic and personal goals as well as to provide support during stressful times.

Students should call the Office of Student Counseling directly (540) 365-4219 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment or contact the therapist by email (jstallard@ferrum.edu); the counselor will return the call or email as soon as possible during regular business hours. Education sessions and peer groups will be conducted on campus free of charge by the counselor as scheduling permits.

If a student is in need of long-term therapy, the counselor may make a referral to an outside therapist for in-depth, therapeutic counseling. As an alternative, the counselor may continue working with a student beyond the eight free sessions at a cost to the student of $20 per session. Additional costs will be billed to the student’s account in a way that protects their confidentiality.

Students are assured that all counseling services are confidential between the student and counselor unless the counselor believes there is a substantial likelihood that the student will, in the near future, cause serious harm to him/herself or others. In situations where a student is believed to be in danger, the counselor shall follow Ferrum College’s established protocols, which includes notifying College officials if appropriate.

Office of Career Services

The primary purpose and mission of the Office of Career Services is to assist Ferrum College students and alumni in developing, evaluating, and implementing career, graduate or professional school and/or employment plans. Each student’s career development is a life-long process that can be learned and developed.

A comprehensive four-year program of career development at Ferrum College includes the following elements: self-assessment, career/academic major choice, successful educational and experiential learning involvement, and preparing employment or graduate school applications. Throughout their education, students, are offered activities to help them develop career planning skills.

The Office of Career Services staff offers individual and group advisement, interactive computer assessment (FOCUS 2), resume reviews, job market research, individual and panel mock interviews (using digital critique methods), graduate school planning, and training in all aspects of the employment search process. The Career Services Office website provides information on career planning programs (“What Can I Do With This Major?”, “Occupational Outlook Handbook”, etc.) and employment search activities. The website also includes links to employment search websites, such as CareerShift, for the job search process including: resume storage, and e-mail deliveries to employers of choice. Students have access to free practice test opportunities for the graduate and professional school entrance exams. Job notices received from employers are sent to faculty and students.

Students are introduced to experiential learning opportunities such as internships which provide practical experience in the student’s major area of study. The Office of Career Services also provides a career week each year, focusing on career planning for underclassmen and employment search programs for upperclassmen, online career research resources, online employment seeking resources and three career fairs each year.

The Office of Career Services is located in the Career and Leadership Center in the lower level of Franklin Hall. Contact the Office of Career Services at (540) 365-4441 or www.ferrum.edu/career to schedule an appointment or explore the wide variety of services that we offer to our students and alumni.

Health Forms

Personal well-being is a key ingredient to a successful college experience. As part of the enrollment process, each student is required to have an up-to-date health form and immunization record on file at the College prior to enrollment at Ferrum.

Tri-Area Community Health Center at Ferrum

The Tri-Area Community Health Center at Ferrum, located in lower Vaughn Chapel, provides health related advice and treatment for students experiencing health-related problems. A full staff including a doctor, nurse practitioner, x-ray and lab technicians, nurses, pharmacy and support staff are available.

Ferrum College does not offer student health insurance coverage; however, it is strongly recommended that students have health insurance. Students should have a current insurance card (including prescription card) available for on-campus, emergency, or other off-campus medical care.

Residency Requirement

Ferrum College is a residential institution of higher education. Research has shown that academic, social, emotional, and cultural growth among college students is enhanced by residential programs. Therefore, all full-time students are expected to live on campus. Any exception to this policy requires a formal petition (called a Residency Requirement Waiver) to be filled out and submitted to the Director of Residence Life. Please contact the Office of Student Life for the form.

Community Code of Standards

Each student is expected to exercise good judgment and consideration in his or her interactions with other students and members of the College community. Personal integrity is assumed and once a student is admitted to Ferrum College, it is expected that he or she will conduct himself or herself honorably and will abide by the Ferrum College Community Code and Standards outlined in the Ferrum College Student Handbook which can be accessed online. The Ferrum College Community Code states: In reaching toward the full development of our individual potential as persons and toward a high quality of life as a community of people, we of Ferrum College recognize the following basic principles as obligations to ourselves and to our community:

  • Personal responsibility for achievement in our work, study, and activities on campus.
  • Care for the assistance to colleagues on campus in fulfillment of their responsibilities.
  • Vigilance in respect for the rights of all members of the campus community.
  • Protection and preservation of personal and community property, resources, and heritage.
  • Worthy participation in the wider community beyond the campus.

To ensure the successful implementation of the Community Code, the students, faculty, and staff have designed Community Standards of Conduct. The standards are designed to assist members of the college community in reaching their highest potential.

The Ferrum College reserves the right to exclude any student who acts in an undesirable manner, or who does not benefit from the College programs. Students are advised that it is their responsibility to familiarize themselves with all Ferrum College policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook, which can be accessed online at http://www.ferrum.edu/downloads/student-affairs/student_handbook.pdf

Residence Halls

The College provides a variety of residence hall living environments in which students have an opportunity to experience different lifestyles and responsibilities while in attendance at Ferrum College.

To aid in the development of a living-learning environment, residence halls are staffed with qualified professional staff and student staff members.

Community Standards and Student Accountability

All students are expected to abide by the Ferrum College Community Standards and Residence Hall Policies as developed by the community for the community as stated in the Student Handbook, which can be accessed online at http://www.ferrum.edu/downloads/student-affairs/student_handbook.pdf These standards are developed with the input of students and are meant to establish a residential learning community in which students are responsible for their actions at all times.

The Honor System

Ferrum College’s honor system is based on the philosophy that academic endeavor is undermined by cheating, plagiarism, or lying for academic advantage. The Honor Board is made up of faculty and student members and hears cases related to the above violations. The full honor policy can be found online in the Student Handbook at http://www.ferrum.edu/downloads/student-affairs/student_handbook.pdf. Students are responsible for following its provisions.

Student Internal Complaint System

Please refer to the Student Handbook at http://www.ferrum.edu/downloads/student-affairs/student_handbook.pdf.

Student Services and Information

Dining Service-Franklin Hall Dining Hall


Meal Plan B will be the default resident meal plan (included in board fees) for all incoming freshmen residential students living in Clark, Dyer, Roberts, Riddick, Chapman, Bassett, Moore, Arthur and Susannah Wesley for the Fall 2018 semester. Freshmen students may request to change to Meal Plan A during the Spring 2019 semester.

Meal Plan B: 15 meals per week plus $325/semester in Dining Dollars for use at any of our Retail Dining venues or in the Dining Hall plus three guest meals per semester.

RESIDENT MEAL PLANS (included in board fees):

Meal Plan B will be the default resident meal plan for all residential students living in Clark, Dyer, Roberts, Riddick, Chapman, Bassett, Moore, Arthur and Susannah Wesley.

Meal Plan A: 19 meals per week plus $175/semester in Dining Dollars for use at any of our Retail Dining venues or in the Dining Hall plus three guest meals per semester.

Meal Plan B: 15 meals per week plus $325/semester in Dining Dollars for use at any of our Retail Dining venues or in the Dining Hall plus three guest meals per semester.

Please contact Kim Allen at kallen@ferrum.edu if you would like Meal Plan A instead of Meal Plan B.

There is no additional cost to change from Plan B to Plan A.

Meal Plan M will be the default resident meal plan for resident students approved to live in Ferrum Village, Hillcrest Apartments or 602 Apartments.

Meal Plan M: 10 meals per week plus $325/semester in Dining Dollars for use at any of our Retail Dining venues or in the Dining Hall plus three guest meals per semester.

Students enrolled in Meal Plan M may request a meal plan change by contacting Kim Allen at kallen@ferrum.edu. There is an additional $550 charge per semester for this option. Please contact Student Accounts (540) 365-4239 before Meal Plan A or B can be issued.

Changing Meal Plan

Students will only be allowed to change their meal plan prior to the start of the semester. If changes are not made prior to the start of the semester, the student will have to wait until the following semester to change their meal plan.

When deciding about the appropriate meal plan, consider

  • How many meals are normally eaten per day
  • Participation in athletic or club activities
  • Whether Retail Dining food choices are desirable.

Commuter Students

Commuter students may place money on their Ferrum ID card ($20 minimum) using a credit card at Student Accounts (540) 365-4239 located in John Wesley Hall. Commuter students may place money on their Ferrum ID card ($20 minimum) using cash or check at the Office of Dining Services (540) 365-4453 located in Franklin Hall. Commuter students may also pay cash prices when eating at any of our Retail Dining venues.

The Ferrum College ID serves as the meal card and must be presented for all meals and Dining Dollar transactions. There are limited options for students who forget to bring their ID for Dining Hall transactions: 1) Retrieve ID card and return to the Dining Hall, 2) Pay cash for the meal, 3) Have another student who has a card with sufficient Dining Dollars pay for the meal, or 4) Purchase a new Ferrum College ID card.

Additional Information

  • Shirts and shoes are required in the Dining Hall.
  • The meals per week can only be used by the cardholder and are not transferable.
  • Dining Dollars must be used before the end of each semester and are not refundable.
  • Students are allowed to add additional dollars to their account, but these dollars must also be used by the end of each semester.
  • If a student uses all available meals for a week, Dining Dollars may be used to purchase meals/menu items in the Dining Hall or at any of our Retail Dining venues.
  • Guest meals must be identified upon entry to the Dining Hall.
  • The week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday.
  • Please return all dishes, glassware, and utensils to the dish room window after dining.

Dining Hall Hours of Operation when classes are in session:


Breakfast 7:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Light Breakfast 9:46 a.m.–10:59 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
Light Lunch 2:16 p.m.–4:29 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
The Dining Hall will close at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

 Saturday & Sunday

Brunch 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Please note: During inclement weather when classes are canceled or delayed, the Dining Hall will open at 10:00 a.m. and may close at 6:00 p.m. based on employee availability.

Questions or concerns regarding meal plans or the Dining Hall should be directed to Kim Allen, Operations Manager, in the Office of Dining Services at (540) 365-6927.

Billing inquiries and credit card payments should be resolved through Student Accounts at (540) 365-4239.

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Post Office

All students are assigned mail boxes at the post office in Franklin Hall. Official mail from all Ferrum College offices will be sent to this box for students. All students are expected to check campus mail boxes at regular intervals. Students who do not return the mail box key at the end of their final semester will be assessed a $25 key replacement fee.


The Ferrum Express is a free service that is also open to the public. Maps and Schedules can be found online at www.ferrum.edu/leadershipandengagement. Students wishing transportation to and from mass transit terminals in Roanoke should make arrangements with a friend in advance of their trip.

E-Mail and Internet Access

Students are provided a Ferrum College e-mail address and have Internet access via their own computer or smart device. The Library and lab computers are also available for student use.

Cable Television

Cable television service is available in each residence hall room on campus at no additional charge. Contact the Help Desk, Stanley Library 105 (lower level), for additional information. Channel listings can be found on the Panther Portal.

Information Services Help Desk and Computer Labs

The Information Services Help Desk in the lower level of Stanley Library is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday when the College is in session. Information Services staff and student assistants can provide assistance with basic hardware and software questions and troubleshooting. These services are available at no charge to students.

There are Computer Labs in Beckham Hall, Garber Hall, and the Stanley Library Learning Annex. When not used for scheduled classes, computer labs are open to students. The Beckham Hall Labs are staffed by student assistants Sunday through Thursday evenings, 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. when the College is in session. The Garber Hall Lab is open by appointment only, and the Stanley Library Computer Lab is open during library operating hours when not reserved for instructional sessions. Additional computers are located on the first and second floors of the Library for student use. Additionally, a limited number of laptop computers may be available for short-term checkout to students from the Stanley Library.

Breaks/Holiday Policy

During Fall and Easter Breaks, residential students wishing to stay in their assigned Residence Hall rooms must make their request by the stated deadline before the break starts, in writing to, and receive written approval from, the Dean of Students (or designee). The college dining hall may be closed during these breaks. Any person entering into halls without written permission will be considered trespassing and may be subject to discipline. Students are not permitted to have guests on campus when staying for breaks.

During Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Breaks, the residence halls will be closed and will not be staffed. Students living in Hillcrest, Ferrum Village East, and Ferrum Village West are permitted to remain in their apartments during these breaks; however, they must receive written permission from the Dean of Students (or designee).

Departure at the End of the Academic Year

Students completing final examinations must depart from the College within 24 hours from the time they finish their last exam.

Motor Vehicles

A student may keep a motor vehicle on campus, provided it is properly registered with the Ferrum College Campus Police Department and is operated in a safe and orderly fashion. It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students to familiarize themselves with all College vehicle regulations, as well as all applicable state laws regulating the use of motor vehicles. Temporary decals are available in the Ferrum College Campus Police Department.

No inoperable vehicles may be stored or parked on the premises. All vehicles must maintain a current license and be currently registered with all appropriate authorities and jurisdictions.