Cumberland University Student Guide

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Student Guide A guide to help you make the most of your CU experience.



from the President

WELCOME! I am delighted you have chosen to attend Cumberland University. Transitioning to college life can be a bit overwhelming, and I want to make sure you have the tools you need to be successful throughout your college career and beyond. Cumberland is a tight knit community, and we’re excited that you are now part of our family. This guide will help you through the process of becoming a CU student, and will be a resource for you long after the New Student Orientation days.

College is an important time in your life, and I encourage you to make the most of your time at CU. Get involved in campus events and organizations, connect with your professors and classmates, take on leadership roles and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. The CU community is filled with individuals who want to see you succeed, so ask questions, learn as much as you possibly can and soak it all in.

Welcome to our beautiful campus, I look forward to meeting you in person. It's time to rise!


Stay Informed CU Email Cumberland uses email as the official and primary method of communication with students. As a student, you are expected to check your university email address frequently and respond to emails from professors and staff in a timely manner. Checking your email regularly will also ensure that you do not miss any important campus announcements or events. You should already have access to your Cumberland email account. If you do not, or are having issues logging into your account, you can email IT support at CU Alerts Effective and timely communication during a campus emergency is a priority for students, faculty, and staff. The Cumberland App is designed to notify our campus community about emergencies related to the university. To make sure you receive all future alerts, you must download the Cumberland App to your smartphone or tablet and login using your Cumberland email address and password. Make sure that your “Emergency” and “Urgent” push notifications are turned on for the CU app in your device settings.

Cumberland App The Cumberland App is your one stop shop for all things happening at CU. Make sure you download the app on your smartphone and sign in using your CU email and password. Once in the app, you can view the campus event calendar, find direct links to student and campus services, view job and internship openings, find a campus map and get information on clubs and organizations. Phoenix News Phoenix News is an e-newsletter sent to your Cumberland email. It contains news, announcements and special offers for our students. It is managed by the Office of Student Life and user-generated, so you can submit your own student group news and events by emailing them to CU FYI The CU FYI is the weekly e-newsletter sent to students, faculty and staff. It is sent to your Cumberland email each Monday afternoon with information on campus news, upcoming events and important information.

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Mission Statement

The mission of Cumberland University is to provide a contemporary liberal arts education to students seeking a high-quality, personalized college experience, which will empower them not only to have a successful and productive career, but to thrive intellectually, professionally, personally, and spiritually for a lifetime. Vision Statement

Cumberland University will be a distinguished scholarly community that prepares its students not simply to have successful careers, but to lead impactful lives. Core Values

Our university motto “I will arise” brought life to our university symbol, the phoenix. Through this motto, our pledge to one another is that we will rise to endure, prosper, and illuminate the world for centuries to come. This idea is the spark that continues to transform our university today. Together, WE ARISE. W - Work as one team E - Enjoy your work A - Assess all that we do R - Respect and care for others I - Improve continuously S - Stay competitive E - Enhance the Cumberland experience for all

Pride The Cumberland Almamater

Hail, all hail to Cumberland, Sing her praises ever To her mem'ry ever true, We'll forsake her never Like the Phoenix from the ashes, She arose to live again Ever glorious as before, Both today and ever more. The Cumberland Creed

Academic honesty is essential to effective learning. Therefore, we as seekers of knowledge abide by these key values: personal integrity, individual worth, critical and independent thinking, discipline, community responsibility and accountability.

University colors

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The Cumberland Mascot

The Phoenix is our enduring symbol to rise. In 1864 the original Memorial Hall was burned to the ground during the Civil War. In the ashes and ruins, a Cumberland student wrote the latin phrase “resergum” which translates to “I shall rise.” Our mascot is a reminder of Cumberland’s ability to rise above challenges, like the Phoenix from the ashes. Tagline

#Itst imeto Rise


All CU students are responsible for knowing and following all university policies and procedures. You can review these expectations by visiting Current-Catalog/University-Policy Wifi Password

Name: CU Students Password: CU!Phoenix1842 Books & Gear

You can purchase or rent your books for the semester, and get CU gear at the CU Shop on the bottom floor of the Mitchell Student Center. You can also order online at Computers & Printing

The Vise Library, Labry Hall and the Learning and Career Commons (LCC) all feature computer labs that can be used on campus. These labs are available to students for studying and completing assignments. CU also offers students free printing each semester up to 500 copies. You can use your student ID number to access all of the printing stations which are located in the Vise Library, Labry Hall and the LCC.

PARKING Where do I park?

All new students will receive a student ID and parking decal. Residential students will pick up decals on move-in day, and commuter students will pick up decals during orientation. Parking lots are labeled by color which corresponds with the campus parking decals. You are permitted to park in lots that match your parking decal color. You will receive a parking map when you pick up your parking decal at Residence Life. Sometimes parking lots fill up. If you can't find a spot in your designated lot on campus, you can park at Immanuel Baptist Church, St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, or the Alumni Hall Overflow lot off of Leeville Pike. Our shuttle service will bring you to and from campus. Dining

The Phillip's Dining Hall features six different food stations; soup and salad bar, sandwich/wrap bar, specialty bar, hot bar, grill bar and a selfserve breakfast and dessert bar. The Barry Bistro is a smaller dining option that offers Papa John's Pizza and Mondo's Subs. There's also a Starbucks Kiosk in the LCC, as well as a grab-and-go snack kiosk in the Library.

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New Student Orientation

Designed to prepare you for your time at CU and provide you with the resources and information you need to successfully navigate the college experience. Orientation week kicks off with new student move-in, and includes a mix of both informative sessions and fun activities to get you acquainted with your new home.




02 Convocation

The Convocation ceremony is a ritual signaling the beginning of your college career, similar to how Commencement ceremony serves as a ritual to mark the completion of your college career. You’ll hear welcoming messages and advice from university administrators, including the President, Provost and President of the Student Government Association.



03 Phelix the Phoenix

Phelix is CU’s beloved mascot. You can find him at New Student Orientation, sporting events, Homecoming and more. Taking a photo with Phelix the Phoenix is on the firstyear checklist, so make sure you catch him photoready! 04

Heart of the Phoenix



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Every year at the Convocation ceremony, students, faculty and staff are asked to write down any fears or concerns they have about the upcoming semester, and are then asked to commit them to the flame in the fire pit. In doing this, we believe we are stronger than the trials we may face and will rise to meet our greatest potential.


Each fall, CU hosts an annual research colloquium for students, faculty and staff to share their academic research on a wide variety of topics. This event is a great opportunity for you to experience presenting on a topic you’re passionate about as well as hear about a variety of topics from surviving a rattlesnake bite to wedding planning.



For many schools, Homecoming is a savored tradition, and Cumberland is no different. Each fall, students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and community members gather to attend the Homecoming football game and see the crowning of the Homecoming Court. The weekend is full of activities and opportunities to show your CU pride.



Clock Tower

The Clock Tower is the iconic tower atop Memorial Hall, featuring a clock on each of its 12 CU Cares - Giving Back four sides. The original Memorial Hall, that stood in 1843, was to the ground during the Giving back is an important aspect of being part of a burned Civil War. Amid its ashes and community. Throughout the academic year, we ruins, a Cumberland student encourage students to give back to the Wilson wrote the latin phrase County community in a variety of ways. Check the "resergum" on a charred Phoenix News and Cumberland website for future Corinthian column which volunteer opportunities! translates to "I shall rise again." 11 The Quad These simple yet profound words inspired CU to rise from the ashes and rebuild its campus. In 1892, Memorial Hall A college campus isn't complete without a central was rebuilt and proudly stands meeting spot. Memorial Lawn, also known as 'The as the prominent landmark for Quad', connects CU's main campus. The land was campus and the Lebanon originally a farm donated by the McClain family in 1892 CU's community. It is listed on the and has since served as CU’s main campus. The Quad National Register for Historic is where you see CU come to life. It’s where you’ll Places and its distinctive experience Welcome Week and other fun student life clocktower is Lebanon's tallest activities. And weather permitting, Commencement is landmark. held on the lawn at the end of the academic year. The Quad brings all of CU together. 09

Baird Chapel is a cherished space in Memorial Hall. From the original hand-painted rice paper mural on the ceiling to the beautiful stained glass window above the pipe organ, this room holds a special place in CU history. Baird Chapel has also been used for several movies and music videos, including Taylor Swift's Love Story video. CU uses the space for meetings, student gatherings, and special events.


06 06 The CU Walk


Wilson County Fair

Before every home football game, our Phoenix Marching Band leads a parade of students and CU fans to Nokes-Lasater Field to cheer them on to victory.

Each fall, Lebanon hosts the Wilson County Fair, the largest county fair in the state. The fair is a must-see event, and usually occurs the week before school starts.

Baird Chapel


Phoenix Wing Mural

The Phoenix Wing 'We Rise By Lifting Others' mural was painted by double CU alum Karlie Odum Cunha. It's a great place for students and community members to take photos and post on social media! Find the mural at 626 E. Main St. Lebanon, TN.

We're here to help.

All campus offices are student-centered and here to help you reach your goals. If you have any questions during your time at CU, don't hesitate to reach out to any office or service via phone, email or appointment. Career Services and Internships

The Office of Career Services and Internships supports students and alumni in the development and achievement of career decisions and goals. They provide resources to enhance students’ knowledge in the areas of career exploration, job search skills, and information on employment and internship opportunities.

Counseling Services

The Office of Counseling Services provides free counseling and support services to students who want to discuss personal or psychological concerns with a professional counseling staff. Through a variety of counseling options, they help you resolve concerns and develop strategies for achieving personal and professional goals.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services provides eligible students with documented disabilities equal access to Cumberland University academic and physical environments through reasonable accommodations.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works to cultivate a campus environment that is inclusive of all students, faculty, and staff. They create educational opportunities, raise awareness, and provide strategies and tools to help foster an inclusive environment and inspire a spirit of unity.

Learning & Career Commons, Office 202 615-547-1357 Labry Hall 225 615-547-1397 Labry Hall 226 615-547-1286 Learning and Career Commons 124 615-547-6325

Financial Aid Memorial Hall Suite 108 615-547-1399

The Office of Financial Aid provides you with information so you understand what sources of financial aid are available to you, and how to apply for financial aid. They help you apply for and receive student loans, grants, scholarships, and other types of financial aid. Within the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Services handles all student billing and payment plans.

Information Technology (IT Help Desk) The Office of Information Technology serves and supports students, Labry Hall 010 615-547-1240

staff and faculty network, telephone, software and computer support needs.

Post Office

The University Post Office serves residential students who receive and send mail and packages from both on and off-campus sources.


The Office of the Registrar provides you with the information, paperwork, records and transcripts to ensure you meet your graduation goal.

Mitchell Student Center, Bottom Floor 615-547-1411 Memorial Hall Suite 104 615-547-1228

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life provides a safe and supportive oncampus residential environment, while assisting with social and personal individualized growth.

Labry Hall 131 615-547-1285

Retention and TN Promise Support

The Office of the Retention and TN Promise Support provides you assistance, reminders and academic counseling to ensure you are receiving the support you need to succeed academically and reach your goal of earning a bachelor's degree at CU.


CU Security serves as the primary first responder to all emergency incidents on campus and also works in conjunction with local police, fire, and emergency medical services to resolve emergency situations that may arise. The Office of Disability Services provides eligible students with documented disabilities equal access to Cumberland University The Officeand of Student works to create andreasonable offer a variety of academic physicalLife environments through programs to meet the needs of all CU students and ensures a accommodations. respectful, caring inclusive environment. They help you shape the exciting college experience we believe every student should have.

Learning and Career Commons 205 & 212 615-453-6344 Mitchell Student Center, Bottom Floor 615-476-3061

Disability Services Student Life Labry Hall 226

Labry Hall 126 615-547-1286 615-547-1390

Student Success Labry Hall 226 Memorial Learning and Hall Career Suite 108 Commons 122 615-547-1286 615-547-1399 615-547-1295 Disability Vise Library Labry Hall 226Services Vise Library 615-547-1286 615-547-1299

The Office of Student Success serves as a resource for Cumberland University students in need of tutoring. The mission of Vise Library is to provide a welcoming environment in which Cumberland University students, faculty, and staff are assured they can obtain the information resources and services they need for educational, career, and personal growth.

For more information on each office and service, visit

Academic Tools You Need to Know What is it?

Where is it?

Student Email

Every student is given a student email when they apply. You will use your email regularly while at CU to communicate with faculty, staff and fellow classmates. Check it daily!

Log in to your email account, find IT support and reset your password here:

University Catalog

The university catalog is a resource that serves as a guide to your degree requirements. Each major has a set of degree requirements that are explained in the catalog.

Course Catalog

The course catalog is a resource that outlines the courses available to you each semester. The course catalog will aid you and your advisor as you make your class schedule. listed under Course Offerings.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is where you will find all of the important dates for the year. . academic-calendar/


CAMS is your online student portal that allows you to register for classes, view your class schedule, check your grades, review your ledger and pay your balance. To access CAMS you use your student email and password. ntMRP/login.asp


Canvas is an online course management tool that professors will utilize to display course related content. To login, use your student email name and your email password.

First-Year Checklist Attend New Student Orientation Take a selfie with your roommate (parents, siblings and dogs count if you’re a commuter!) Attend Welcome Week activities Meet with your academic advisor to plan courses for future semesters Visit the Jimmy Floyd Center for a sweat session or a swim Join a club or student organization Take a photo with Phelix the Phoenix Go to at least one sporting event Vote - or run for - Homecoming Court Pull an all-nighter studying for midterms or finals Purchase CU gear from the CU Shop Find a mentor - whether it’s another student, a professor, your advisor or a staff member, find someone with more experience than you to help you navigate your college career Take a photo with the Phoenix Wing mural Throw a fear into the fire pit at Convocation Begin building a resume See a movie at the Capitol Theatre on the Lebanon Square Volunteer! CU students are known for being community minded. Find a way to make the world around you a little brighter by helping those that need it Have fun!

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