2023-2024 Academic Catalog (August 2023 - July 2024 
    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog (August 2023 - July 2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs

Artist/Lecture Series

Through student assessed fees, outstanding performers and speakers are brought to campus each year. Series guests have included comedian/activist Dick Gregory, author Nat Hentoff, environmentalist Adam Werbach, the West Virginia Symphony, The Vienna Boys Choir, and The Reduced Shakespeare Company. The balance of the season is filled with the plays, exhibits and concerts of the University's Fine and Performing Arts Programs.

Campus Organizations

Concord has over 50 student organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Committee and various fraternities, sororities, honor societies, professional societies, service organizations, art and music organizations, and religious groups. These organizations provide a vibrancy and diversity to student life at Concord. A complete list and description of all campus organizations is outlined in the Concord Student Handbook which can be accessed via the Concord University website.  Additionally, the list of these organizations may be found on Concord's website by accessing the "Student Affairs" section on the left portion of the University's home page. Students are encouraged to add to the current list by forming new organizations with others who share an interest.  All active campus organizations must submit a current Officers, Faculty Sponsors, Organizational Officers, Membership, and Advisor Form to the Student Center Office at the beginning of each Fall Semester.  Assistance regarding current and future student organizations is available from the Student Activities Office on the 2nd floor of the Jerry & Jean Beasley Student Center.

Center for Academic and Career Development

The Center for Academic and Career Development (CACD) is a "one-stop-shop" to help students succeed at Concord University. The CACD is committed to assisting students throughout their time at Concord and with making the transition from academic pursuits to a successful career path. The CACD works in conjunction with many departments and offices at Concord, including the Office of Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Registrar's Office, Counseling Center, Office of Disability Services, Student Support Services, Drop-in Tutoring, Housing and Residence Life, academic colleges and faculty, as well as community organizations. The CACD assists students with everything from choosing a major, registering for classes, locating a tutor, and strengthening study skills, to formulating a career plan, preparing professional documents, finding appropriate on-campus student employment, and connecting with internship opportunities, to helping with individual concerns. The Center for Academic and Career Development is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional appointments may be made by emailing cacd@concord.edu or careerservices@concord.edu. Students who attend classes at the Erma Byrd Center are also encouraged to contact us – we can provide services virtually or in-person on an as-needed basis. More information on the CACD is available at https://www.concord.edu/Student-Life/CACD.aspx.

Child Development Center

Concord University operates a licensed child care program, conveniently located on campus for children aged 6 weeks through 12 years.  The Concord Child Development Center offers a developmental curriculum in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment.  Teachers and caregivers have years of experience and many hours of training, including yearly certification in first aid and CPR.

The center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; children can be enrolled at any time during the semester.

The vision for Concord Child Development Center is to provide a high quality, active learning laboratory that develops and models best practice in early childhood education to serve the children, families, faculty, staff, students, Concord University and surrounding communities.  The Center may also serve as a practicum site for University programs that require experience with young children.  These students, in addition to work-study students and Bonner Scholars are encouraged to contact the Center.  Please contact the Concord University Child Development Center at (304) 384-5386 for enrollment or other information.

Complaint Reporting Process

To facilitate the Complaint Process for Concord University students, staff, faculty, and visitors, an online complaint form can be completed via a link on the institution's website. In 2016-17, a formal tracking system was developed by the Office of Student Affairs, Technology Services, and Academic Affairs via Argos, the institution's database reporting software. Previously, individual offices submitted information regarding complaints to applicable administrative entities, such as the Associate Academic Dean (academic complaints), Title IX Coordinator (gender-based complaints), and Campus Safety (Clery incidents).  The Argos report ensures follow-up, outcome recording, and proper documentation of complaints.

The Complaint Form includes: name of individual filing the complaint; role; contact information (phone, email); nature of complaint; complaint description, allowing for file uploads; outcome desired by complainant; previous steps taken to resolve the issue(s); and open-ended comments. Administrators may complete the form on behalf of a complainant, but would so indicate. A tracking number is assigned to each form, allowing for follow-up and reporting via Argos.

When an online Complaint Form is completed, an email with the complaint form attached is sent to the university-designated administrator for notification. The following offices receive the complaint for the type indicated; the Vice President of Student Affairs receives a copy of all complaints:

  • Academic – Associate Provost
  • Administrative – Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Student Affairs/Student Life – Vice President of Student Affairs, Associate Provost
  • Residence Life – Assistant Dean of Students, Housing Director
  • Physical Plant – Assistant Dean of Students, Housing Director
  • Other – Vice President of Student Affairs

The Argos Complaint Tracking system pulls information directly from the online complaint form, allowing for ease of follow-up. The system relies on assigned administrators entering data regarding: assigned administrative delegation; whether the complaint should be reported to WVHEPC (West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission), Clery, FRIS (Foundation for Rape Information Services under an Office of Violence Against Women grant), or other reporting entity; actions taken; and whether the complaint is pending with resolutions or resolved. System reports are downloadable to Excel for ensuring accurate reporting to oversight agencies.

Concord University Research and Development Corporation

The Concord University Research and Development Corporation was established under authorization from Article 12, Section 18B of the West Virginia State Code, and operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization authorized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The Board of Directors of the Research and Development Corporation are appointed by the President of the University who serves as the Corporation chairperson.

The Corporation's functions include to serve as a fiscal agent and administrative mechanism with which to receive and manage federal, state, and foundation grant funds for research projects and initiatives, creative activities, and public service functions. Currently, the Corporation serves as administrator for several research and service projects involving both faculty and students.

Counseling Center

University Counseling Center services are available for all currently enrolled students. Trained professionals are available to discuss personal concerns. Referrals to community agencies will be made upon request or if deemed necessary by the counselor(s). Prior appointments are strongly encouraged and may be made in person at the Counseling Center (third floor of the Student Center), by telephoning 304-384-5290, or by emailing counseling@concord.edu. Please visit the Counseling Center website for additional resources.

Directory Information

Certain personal student information is considered directory information. Name, address, phone numbers, major, level of education, age, and degrees earned are all considered part of directory information. Students wishing to restrict information given to third parties may do so effective for a maximum of one year and may renew this option upon written request. The contract can be rescinded by contacting the Registrar's Office in writing. Concord University retains the right to withhold this information from third parties for the purposes of marketing to students, alumni and graduates.

English Language Training Program (ESL)

The goal of English as a Second Language (ESL) is to increase confidence using social and academic English for the purpose of continuning on to become a degree seeking student at Concord University through reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary and the TOEFL assessment.

The GEAR UP Southern West Virginia (SWV) Partnership

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal grant designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in public and private colleges and universities and community colleges immediately after high school.

The US Department of Education provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at middle and high schools where more than 50% of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch.

GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than seventh grade and follow the cohort into high school.

Our partnership grant includes Concord University, New River CTC, community organizations, business partners, and schools in Southern WV (Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming Counties).

The grant is a one-time award, beginning in September 2022 and will continue through August 2029.

GEAR UP provides funding and programming for professional development for teachers and administrators, academic and cultural enrichment for students, and assistance for parents and students in becoming familiar with college options, financial aid, and transition concerns.

Health Services

Located on the first floor of Wooddell Hall, the Student Health Center serves as the University's health care hub.  Health Center staff provide basic level medical care for acute minor illnesses and/or injuries.  The Student Health Center provides out-patient medical treatment with a medical assistant, registered nurse, a physician assistant, and two off-campus supervising physicians. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment if possible for prompt service.  However, walk-in appointments are available daily during regular operating hours.  While services provided in the Health Center are covered by student fees, all students must present a current validated Concord University ID and health insurance medical card prior to receiving medical treatment.

While after hour telehealth appointments may be available, accidents or serious illnesses that occur during hours when the Health Center is closed are referred to the emergency room at Princeton Community Hospital (approximately eight miles from campus), which provides 24-hour emergency services. All students receiving medical care from local providers must assume the responsibility of payment directly to the physician or hospital from personal funds or through their hospitalization programs.

Other local physicians and emergency medical providers are also available in the surrounding communities. Med Express is a walk-in medical service with extended hours, located in Princeton in the Wal-Mart Plaza.

Intercollegiate Athletic Program

The Mountain Lion Athletic Program is a broad-based complement to the educational mission of the institution, and serves as an original and significant piece of the mosaic that is today Concord University. By supplementing the knowledge and skill acquired in the more traditional academic areas, intercollegiate athletics promote discipline, competitiveness, persistence, and a cooperative spirit, all of which prepare a more rounded graduate for success. Athletics can be a focal point for dynamic interpersonal interaction that advances the general good of the University.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program is conducted according to the regulations and standards of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Mountain East. The Director of Athletics is responsible for the proper functioning of the athletic program in accordance with institutional, the Mountain East, and NCAA practices and policies.

Students may participate in athletics only if they are regularly enrolled and meet all eligibility requirements as set by the institution, the Mountain East, and the NCAA. Concord University maintains varsity schedules in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, indoor and outdoor men's and women's track and volleyball.

Cheerleading is sponsored by Concord University as well.

Intramural Recreational Program

Concord University Intramural Recreation is a program of on-campus sports and recreational activities for the entire student body, faculty, and staff. The program offers a wide variety of activities suitable for the diverse interests of our students. The goal of the program is to have maximum participation from our student body, faculty, and staff. Available facilities for intramurals and the informal recreation program include the Towers Fitness Center, tennis courts, dance studio, gyms, the Carter Center weight room, the Student Center Game Room and various outdoor fields. In the intramural recreation program, units of competition include fraternities, sororities, clubs, organizations, and independent teams. League play and play-offs highlight the team sports activities while tournaments and meets are the basis of the individual sports program. Individual awards are presented to the players on first place teams and the individual winners of our tournaments and meet events. An overall champion point system is used to determine the group or organization that has the highest rate of participation and best overall record in all activities. Concord University intramural recreation welcomes participation of new students. The growth of the program and its overall success can only be attributed to the intense interest of the student body and their enthusiastic support.

Office of Public Safety

Public Safety Officers patrol all campus areas and buildings daily. Uniformed foot and vehicle patrols are utilized, and the University police vehicles are well marked for easy identification by all persons. The Concord University Office of Public Safety exists to help maintain the safety and welfare of all members of the University community.

Office of Student Activities

The purpose of the Office of Student Activities is to complement the academic program and to enhance the overall educational experience of students through development of, exposure to, and participation in social, recreational, entertainment, and student governance programs. The Student Activities Director provides assistance to the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Committee, and student organizations. The office is located in the Jerry L. & Jean Beasley Student Center and the phone number is 304-384-5311.

Recreation Program

Concord University offers recreational opportunities for students, faculty and staff of the institution. These programs and facilities help promote wellness and encourage active participation during the daily hours for the Fitness Center and use of the gymnasium for recreational sports.

Intramurals provide organized opportunities in lifetime sport activities.

Student Activities Committee

The Student Activities Committee is an award-winning committee composed of students who plan and sponsor campus activities and events that energize and enrich Concord's community. The educational and entertaining programs bring to campus comedians, magicians, and hypnotists throughout the semester and special events during Homecoming and the Spring Fling events. Students interested in becoming involved should contact the Office of Student Activities at 304-384-5311.

Student Government

Student Government reflects the interest of students in the activities and operation of the campus. This is a student organization which supervises many activities. Students train themselves for further leadership by joining in these efforts. The sense of responsibility expressed in such activities can determine the atmosphere of campus living. Concord's Student Government Association (SGA) is the authorized representative body of the students. It seeks to maintain open communication between the administration, faculty, and the student body, including through their University's Board of Governors representative. The SGA also coordinates and financially supports activities of various campus organizations and promotes improvement in all areas of campus life.

In addition to the Student Government Association and its elected representatives, students can become a governing force in the University through the Student Judicial System, Student Activities Committee, Service Council, Interfraternity and Pan-Hellenic Councils.

Student Life

Student life at Concord University includes many different aspects, from purely academic concerns to clubs and social events, to emotional and physical health. A student's campus life can be enriched by his or her application of talent, energy, and classroom knowledge in co-curricular activities.

The Office of Student Affairs has the major responsibility for student life at Concord. Facilities, programs, and services within the Office are designed to extend and enhance the academic curriculum. Student Affairs works to facilitate the personal development, maturity, and interpersonal effectiveness of an increasingly diversified student body. Additionally, this office attempts to help each student become involved in the process of his or her own education, development, and personal growth. Student Affairs contributes to the overall mission of Concord University by providing personal and intellectual growth opportunities, academic support, and by fostering the skills necessary to become a productive, involved community member for a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Goals include the following:

  • Create a vibrant campus life that complements teaching & learning.
  • Promote & enhance holistic wellness of the campus community.
  • Foster diversity & civility through an inclusive culture of respect for global citizenship.
  • Provide comprehensive academic support to maximize potential for retention & graduation.
  • Provide outreach to the regional community in support of postsecondary educational opportunities.

Student Affairs assists students with personal, financial, and educational counseling, as well as vocational, and college transfer guidance. The office provides services in the areas of housing, orientation, testing, counseling, academic support, health services, multi-cultural affairs, international student services, disability services, veterans programs, English language training program (ESL), opportunity programs, service programs, and Student Center activities. The staff also assists in creating and furthering special leadership and developmental programs prepared to meet the needs of students and the community.

Student Productions

Concord theatre productions offer all students the opportunity to participate in plays in both on-stage and backstage capacities. Performances in recent years have ranged from Guys and Dolls to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Organizations in the Department of Music provide students with the opportunity to participate in vocal and instrumental groups which give public performances.

TRIO Programs

  • McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRIO program designed to prepare students to pursue a Ph.D. The program provides enriching experiences to prepare undergraduates for graduate school including a research internship, seminars and workshops, interactions with faculty and the opportunity to attend and present their research at national and regional meetings.

A major component of the program is a graduate level research project the student conducts with a faculty mentor. In addition, the McNair Program guides students through the graduate school application process and helps prepare students for the social climate of graduate school. There are many benefits to being a McNair Scholar including receiving academic credit, access to fee waivers, office support, computers, a $2,800 research stipend, and travel to graduate schools and conferences. The McNair Program recruits sophomores and juniors from any academic field. To qualify for this program, you must either be a first-generation college student and in financial need, or a member of an underrepresented population (currently defined by the federal government as a member of one of the following ethnic groups: Hispanic, Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native American Pacific Islanders).  Additionally, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have at least a 2.80 cumulative grade point average.

For more information visit the McNair website at www.concord.edu/McNair, or contact the McNair Office located in Room 111 of the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center or call 304-384-6019.

The McNair Program is a federal TRIO program, fully funded by an allocation from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Student Support Services

Concord University's Office of Student Support Services is a federally-funded TRIO program that offers free academic support to low-income, first generation, or disabled students. This is a federal program designed to help students succeed in college and beyond; SSS offers a broad range of services to meet the goal of degree completion. Services include individual and group tutoring; counseling; college reading, writing and study skills; a freshman year success program; mentoring; computer lab, basic technology instruction, and cultural activities.

Tutoring is provided each semester by peer-tutors who have a 3.0 or better grade point average and faculty recommendation. Drop-in, individual, or group tutoring is available for most courses offered at Concord. To facilitate student success, a professional counselor is available to provide personal, academic, career, and financial aid counseling, and referral assistance. Peer mentors are assigned to all SSS freshmen to ease the transition to college life. Assistance with graduate school exploration, application, and financial aid processes is also available, as well as career exploration through discussion and written information. Participation in cultural events is an integral part of the Student Support Services Program.  Free trips are offered to SSS students for enrichment in fun, educational settings.

Application forms for participation in Student Support Services are available by visiting www.concord.edu/sss,  e-mailing support@concord.edu, or stopping by the Student Support Services Office located in Jean & Jerry L. Beasley Student Center Room 202.  More information on Concord's SSS program is available on the program's website www.concord.edu/sss.

  • Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program offered to students from the local area in grades 9 through 12 who show academic potential to succeed in education beyond high school. These students come from a population that is statistically unlikely to attempt higher education. Two-thirds of the students are from low-income and first-generation homes. The other one third of students must come from low-income homes or be potentially the first ones in their family to earn a college degree. Upward Bound helps prepare these students academically for college and broadens their horizons so that they can see college as a desirable and attainable goal.

Students receive tutoring during the regular school year; personal, career, and academic counseling; assistance with college admissions and financial aid applications; trips for cultural and career exploration; ACT/SAT preparation; and numerous enrichment activities such as tours of colleges and universities, zoos, concerts, and plays. Enrolled students also participate in a six-week summer residential program at Concord University, providing an opportunity to experience a college setting and receive instruction in appropriate academic courses. Graduating seniors participate in a Bridge Program that consists of earning six college credit hours the summer following high school graduation.

Studies have shown that Upward Bound students are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in TRIO. For more information call 304 301-4502 or 304-301-4153, or e-mail upwardbound@concord.edu.  Applications are also available in the Guidance Offices at local high schools.