2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

2023–24 Graduate Academic Catalog Page 23 Student Services Student Life The Lord’s Day As a community, we protect Sunday to encourage the pattern of giving priority to resting, refocusing our attention on Jesus Christ, and renewing ourselves spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally. This includes an adjustment of the usual daily pace and schedule and an effort to encourage involvement in worship, spiritual growth, and ministry. To support these efforts, the University does not schedule on-campus classes on Sundays and encourages students to arrange personal responsibilities to allow for appropriate attention to the Lord’s Day. Marriage and Family Cedarville is committed to encouraging married students to build healthy marriages that provide a faithful picture of God’s design at Creation and the redemptive relationship between Christ and the Church (Gen. 2:4–25; Eph. 5:22–33; Rev. 21:1–4). Married students are encouraged to maintain priority for their marriage in relationship to their work and academic responsibilities. Further, students with children are encouraged to dedicate themselves to the provision, evangelization, and discipleship of their children (Deut. 6:4–9; Eph. 6:1–4). Pre-marital support is provided for dating and engaged couples through the Fit To Be Tied program. Marital equipping and counseling for Cedarville students are provided through Discipleship Ministries and Student Development. Global Outreach — International Proclaiming the Gospel to the nations while experiencing missions firsthand, our students reach out around the world. Each year during breaks and in the summer, hundreds of students serve, assisting missionaries while also discerning God’s direction in their lives. Participants raise their own financial and prayer support prior to leaving and report on their ministries upon returning. Since 1971, over 6,000 teams have served in 91 countries. Each year opportunities for service include medical, computer, engineering, sports, orphan care, teaching English as a second language, music, and physical labor. Every student is encouraged to minister cross-culturally before graduation. Contact Global Outreach for details at cedarville.edu/serve Student Life Cedarville seeks to maintain a culture that reflects the values of the Kingdom of Heaven and the spirit of Jesus Christ. Student Life Programs are designed to support this kind of environment and to contribute to each student’s growth intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically. In each of these areas, the University recognizes the relevancy and authority of the Bible and accepts it as the final authority for faith and practice. Core values that shape the culture include love for God, love for others, excellence in effort, and integrity in conduct. Spiritual Emphasis The University desires that each student grow in their relationship with Christ. Consequently, students are urged to regularly practice spiritual disciplines including worship, prayer, and Bible study. We ask students to maintain the discipline of weekly corporate worship at a local church. Spiritual growth is further encouraged through student prayer groups that meet regularly to pray for special needs. Community Covenant Cedarville recognizes and values the Bible as an authoritative guide for how Christians should live. It also recognizes that God uses community and relationships with other believers to encourage growth. The Cedarville family believes that behavior, as individuals and as a community, should bring honor to God and reflect obedience to His Word. At the beginning of each year, all students are asked to affirm their desire to abide by the following Community Covenant: We are a community of believers accountable to one another, called to reflect the character of Jesus Christ and to be obedient to His Word. We will be faithful in our support for the local church and in our practice of the spiritual disciplines. We will practice biblical principles of encouragement, exhortation, and reconciliation. We commit ourselves to integrity, kindness, purity, and self-control. We commit ourselves to continual growth in scholarship, leadership, and service. Therefore, as a member of the Cedarville community, we regularly affirm our commitment to the Cedarville Covenant: We will love God and others, live with integrity, and pursue excellence in all we do. The student handbook, The Cedarville Experience-Graduate Edition, is designed to help each student be successful academically, spiritually, and socially. It includes specific prohibitions to behaviors that are either sinful or harmful to this community, such as sexual immorality, use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs, and racial or sexual harassment. It also outlines some of the values that define and shape the culture here, including a simple dress code that seeks to remind students to dress and behave modestly and to take their academic work seriously. The Cedarville Experience-Graduate Edition can be accessed online at cedarville.edu/studenthandbook. Intercollegiate Athletics Cedarville University provides intercollegiate competition for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, and tennis. Intercollegiate sports for women include basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Cedarville is a member of the NCAA Division II, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), and the National Christian College Athletic Association. Campus Recreation Campus Recreation provides safe and exciting recreational facilities as well as a wide variety of programs and services to help meet the fitness and recreational needs and interests of our University family. Our outdoor recreational facilities include 20 acres of field space, four sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts, and one disc golf course. Our indoor recreational facilities include a 60,000-square-foot field house, three racquetball courts, an exercise studio, a free weight room area, a circuit weight training area, over 50 cardio machines, and a 36-foot indoor rock climbing wall. Our programs include over 25 intramural sports, several club sports, various outdoor pursuit trips, fitness programming, and special events. For a complete list of recreational activities and additional information, visit cedarville. edu/recreation. Seeking Shalom: Petitions and Student Complaints As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to live in peace in harmony with others, seeking right relationships that are whole. At Cedarville University, as conflicts or concerns occur, we want to provide a means of resolution that goes beyond voicing a complaint, filing a grievance, or appealing a decision. Our goal in every interaction – from the mundane to the most challenging – is to demonstrate right relationships with each other as fellow members of the body of Christ. In this process of “seeking Shalom,” we honor our Lord and live out the ideals of a truly Christian learning community. Visit cedarville.edu/seekingshalom for processes in place to address questions, concerns, and complaints.