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Vanguard Guide Comprehensive advice and information for student success Welcome to Vanguard! The Mission and Role of Vanguard University Student Rights and Privacy Campus Life Campus Public Safety

Resources Must-have knowledge to navigate your way Campus Resources Financial Aid Food Services Contact Information Academic Calendar Vanguard Area Resources


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The Mission and Role of Vanguard University The purpose of Vanguard University is to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a Spirit empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

Welcome to Vanguard!

To fulfill that purpose, Vanguard gathers a community of learners resolved to blend the pursuit of academic excellence with growth as authentic Christians. The educational experience at Vanguard, therefore, promotes the integration of faith, learning, and living. Vanguard believes that scholarship in the arts, sciences, and professional studies illuminated by Christian truth fosters the intellectual development, moral maturity, and spiritual vitality of

students. The university motto — Truth, Virtue, and Service — expresses our conviction that learning involves the whole person: head, heart, and hands.

A Note From Family Relations Dear Families, Welcome to Vanguard! The Office of Family Relations is here to help you through every step of your student’s college experience. Family Relations seeks to offer you the resources you need to encourage and support your student as they continue to grow into adulthood. The University Family Guide is one of these resources, providing you with the information you need at your fingertips. Take the time to familiarize yourself with this handbook. We trust it will be a valuable source of information for you.

for you and your student on Sunday. Contact the Office of Family Relations with questions or for further information. We look forward to seeing you then! Vanguard reserves the right to make changes and periodic updates to this document at any time.

The Office of Family Relations invites you to save the date for Family Weekend, October 3–5, 2014. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to see Vanguard through the eyes of your student. Events run Friday night through Saturday night, reserving time 4

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Student Rights and Privacy FERPA/Privacy Act In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Vanguard has established guidelines regarding access to and release of educational records. In short, FERPA allows Vanguard to release “directory information” without consent or knowledge of the students unless the student has notified Vanguard in advance that such information is not to be released. Directory information may include the following: photo, name, address, telephone listing, e-mail address, date and place of birth, major

field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended. Families need to be aware that their student’s directory information is not available to them if the student has requested it not be disclosed by requesting “Privacy.” Other information about the student, such as class schedules, grades, and student account balance is not available to families unless the student has signed a written release. If you would like access to your student’s grades or other private information, your student will need to complete a Secondary Access Form and submit the form to the Office of the Registrar. Secondary access release forms can be found on http://registrar. under the forms section. (714) 662-5200

Campus Life A student’s life at college goes far beyond the classroom. From housing to chapel, community is our focus. Community Standards

Commuter Life

Vanguard has chosen to call for a voluntary commitment to community expectations, the community standards, as well as compliance with local, state, and federal laws. These guidelines contribute to the moral ethos of Vanguard and are required of community members. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the contents of the Student Handbook and to abide by the academic, social, and spiritual responsibilities of the members of the Vanguard community.

About one-third of the undergraduate students at Vanguard live off campus. We know commuting presents unique challenges, so our department offers events that are specially designed with the interests of commuters in mind. To get your student connected have them contact or check out www.studentlife. (714) 662-5252

Additional details on these standards can be found in the Student Handbook, which is available for download online at (714) 662-5273


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ID Card Issuance Each student is issued an official identification card that must be carried at all times. This card is required for entry into the CafĂŠ and Chapel services in order to receive credit for attendance. The identification card is designed to last the duration of the four academic school years. There is a $25 fee for card replacement, charged to the students account. The Information Technology Department (located in the Technology Services Building at the east end of the campus mall) makes and replaces identification cards.

Information Technology Department (714) 619-6500

Residence Life The Residence Life Office provides a variety of services for on- and off-campus students. In addition to convenience, living on campus offers the benefit of a community of peers, instant access to staff, a safe environment, and support for the challenges associated with being a busy college student. In the residence halls, a resident assistant (RA) lives on each floor. RAs are trained students who are responsible for creating a floor community through hall activities, assisting students with personal and academic concerns, and helping in emergency situations. They should be the first person students seek if they need advice or assistance. Managing each residence hall is a full-time professional resident director (RD). The RD lives in the building and is responsible for student staff supervision, facilities management, crisis intervention, student discipline, and creating an environment supportive of education and self-discovery. Some buildings also have a resident coordinator (RC) who has at least a bachelor’s degree and is present to assist the RD in their responsibilities.


vanguard GUIDE The Housing Coordinator manages the housing system, including check-in and checkout procedures, roommate changes, room keys, initial room placement, board (meal plans), and health insurance. (714) 662-5273

Spiritual Formation The Spiritual Formation Department recognizes that people are created uniquely and therefore experience God in a variety of ways. For this reason we offer traditional morning chapel gatherings Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as well as focused evening chapel experiences Monday (verse by verse study), and Wednesday (studentled worship). All full-time, traditional undergraduate students (12+ units) are required to obtain 30 Spiritual Formation credits per semester. This includes both commuter and resident students. Students may successfully accumulate 30 Spiritual Formation credits by attending an average of two opportunities per week. Attendance is recorded, and chapel probation will result for those who fail to meet the requirement. Other opportunities for spiritual growth include the prayer movement, mentoring groups, worship nights, oneon-one counseling, and much more! These policies as well as the chapel calendar can be found on the Spiritual Formation website: http://studentlife.

Campus Public Safety Emergency Number: (714) 966-6799 You can contact Campus Public Safety: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Campus Public Safety personnel patrol the Vanguard property to provide a safe and secure environment for our community. All officers are trained and certified as Level Three Reserve Peace Officers of the State of California, and licensed as Security Officers of the California State Bureau of Consumer Affairs. Campus Public Safety requires all student vehicles be registered and display a valid parking permit. To obtain a free parking permit, complete a parking permit request online at http://services. Campus Public Safety also offers registration for valuables and bicycles, which is required by the City of Costa Mesa. Our department can provide students with an escort to anywhere on campus including Vanguard Centre, perform vehicle jump-starts, oversees Campus Lost and Found, and assists students in unlocking their doors.

circumstances, and injuries that happen on Vanguard property. Information regarding crimes on campus is shared with the Costa Mesa Police Department and is compiled for reporting purposes for the Clery Act, which documents crimes on campuses around the country. No university is immune to an emergency, therefore, it is important that students, staff, and faculty know what to do. Campus Public Safety provides emergency procedure information at http:// along with providing red emergency preparedness binders in all common areas of the university. Please review these procedures with your student and impress upon them the importance of knowing what to do in an emergency. Vanguard also subscribes to a mass notification system knows as RAVE Alert ( Please see the Campus Public Safety webpage for further information on how to manage your student’s account.

Campus Public Safety personnel can take crime and incident reports regarding things such as stolen property, suspicious

(714) 662-5262

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RESOURCES appointment to see a counselor at the Counseling Center by calling ext. 5256, coming to the office in person, or filing out a request form at http://services. (714) 662-5256

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Campus Resources Your student is not alone. Whether they need assistance with writing, guidance as they seek a career, or tutoring, we are here to help. Office of Accounting Operations


The Office of Accounting Operations (OAO) consists of the Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Purchasing Services departments. It is the main engine for all operational accounting transactions. This office assists students along with families, faculty, and staff, as well as Vanguard’s external customers and vendors by assessing their accounting needs and administering the appropriate services while upholding Vanguard University’s policies and procedures. Students and their families will primarily be serviced by the Accounts Receivable team. They provide financial counseling and customer assistance regarding financial registration (which must be completed each semester), payments for tuition, room, board and other charges, and credit balance disbursements on student accounts. Payments for semester tuition can be made online by logging into the student’s MyBill (located on the MyVU portal) or on campus in the Cashier’s Office.

Vanguard Bookstore powered by Neebo is proud to serve the students, faculty, and staff. Our primary goal is to ensure students are able to obtain textbooks and course materials needed at reasonable prices. In addition to renting all your texbooks, Neebo offers the Best Price Program; find a textbook price cheaper online and we will match it and beat it by 10% in store (restrictions apply). College gear and school supplies are also available for purchase in the bookstore. (714) 966-5486 10

To learn more about how Vanguard Bookstore helps students get more college for their money, visit us online at

Counseling Center The Counseling Center provides free individual counseling that promotes personal growth and deals with emotional struggles and interpersonal conflicts by therapists that view personal concerns from behavioral, emotional, and spiritual perspectives according to the needs of each client. Students can make an Vanguard University

Career Services assists students and alumni in the exploration of college majors, employment options, graduate school preparation, and career path decisions. Resources offered include information about job trends and occupations, personality assessments, and one-on-one counseling. Career Services actively builds relationships with employers in the region to benefit our students. Several fairs are held on campus each year to connect students with prospective employers, graduate school representatives, and volunteer organizations.

Diversity Programming The Office of Diversity Programming exists to explore the value of differences through experiential learning in order to increase understanding, promote community, and celebrate diversity. We accomplish this by offering cocurricular educational experiences for the entire campus, campus cultural clubs, monthly dialogues, and mentoring. (714) 662-5281

Mail and Copy Center The Mail and Copy Center (MCC) processes and delivers incoming mail and packages, generates copies, and acts as a full-service shipment and printing center for the university. The MCC strives to meet the office and logistical needs of students, faculty, and staff in an efficient, economical, and courteous manner.

Mail procedures

Events and workshops are offered on vocational preparation, resume assistance, cover letters, interviewing, and networking. On and off-campus jobs and internships are listed at

When addressing a letter or package to your Vanguard student please use the following format: [First name] [Last name] (Please refrain from using nicknames) 55 Fair Dr., [Box Number] Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 619-6474

(714) 662-5298

Disability Services


Disability Services exists to provide representation, access, service, reasonable accommodations, and community support to students with learning, physical, and emotional disabilities through communication, advocacy, and collaborative services. We provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented physical, psychological or learning disabilities or who are experiencing medical and other emergencies that affect coursework.

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for academic registration and schedule changes. Our department is responsible for the maintenance of student academic records and will assist with transcript requests and verification of enrollment. No transcripts and/or diplomas will be released for students with any balance owed on their educational loan (student account) or any past due balance on their Perkins Loan. Questions regarding academic policies may be referred to the Office of the Registrar. (714) 619-6482 (714) 662-5200




Financial Aid

Food Services

Our goal is to put the Vanguard experience within the reach of every student by making a Vanguard education affordable to all who want to attend. Direct costs — tuition, room, and board — for 2014-2015 are $38,850 for a full-time, on-campus student. Additional cost and financial aid information is available online at All students interested in receiving need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the March 2 priority deadline. The FAFSA is available online at Funding for need-based aid with limited allocations

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and/or budgets — including VU Need Grant, Perkins Loan, and SEOG — cannot be guaranteed if the FAFSA was submitted after the March 2 priority deadline. This is a firm deadline even for need-based aid previously awarded in 2013-2014. Students may view and accept or decline their financial aid on their MyVU student portal online. Go to for additional financial aid information. (714) 966-5490

All students interested in receiving need-based financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the March 2 priority deadline.

Sharing time with friends on campus is an important way to build community. We encourage students to frequent the Cafe and Outtakes to enjoy the full benefits of residential life at Vanguard. Resident students are required to take their meals in the Cafe or get a meal equivalent at Outtakes unless they have received a medical exemption prior to the beginning of the semester and are living in an approved non-boarding room. Commuter plans are also available.

Resident Dining Calendar for Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Thursday, August 21

Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner

Monday, September 1

Labor Day, brunch/dinner schedule

Wednesday, November 26

Thanksgiving Break, closed after dinner

Monday, December 1

End Thanksgiving Break, open at breakfast

Friday, December 12

Christmas Holiday, closed after dinner

Wednesday, January 7

End Christmas Break, brunch/dinner schedule

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, brunch/dinner schedule

Monday, February 16

President’s Day Holiday, brunch/dinner schedule

Saturday, March 14

Spring Break, closed after brunch

Sunday, March 22

End Spring Break, open at brunch

Friday, April 3

Good Friday, brunch/dinner schedule

Friday, May 8

End Academic Year, closed after dinner

More detailed information can be found in the Student Handbook under Food Services Policies or on our website 12

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Contact Information For all extensions, dial the main number first: (714) 556-3610

Fall 2014 August 22–24

New Student Orientation

August 25

Classes Begin

September 1

Labor Day Holiday

September 5

Last day to add a new course/waive insurance or change meal plan/drop a course without appearing on transcript

October 3–5

Family Weekend

October 17

Last day to drop a course without academic penalty

October 20–24

Mandatory floor meetings: Spring Housing

November 10–14

Academic Registration for continuing students

November 26–28

Thanksgiving Break

December 1–5

Mandatory floor meetings: Christmas Break

December 9–12

Final Exams Week

Coba Canales Director of Diversity Programs x 5281

December 12 (7 p.m.)

Fall Housing Closed

December 24–January 1

Offices closed for Christmas and New Year Holiday

January 8

New Students Arrive

Residence Life/Housing Staff

January 9–10

New Student Orientation

January 10–11 (Noon–6 p.m.)

Returning students key returns

January 12

Classes begin

January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, No classes, Offices closed

January 23

Last day to add a new course/ to waive insurance or change meal plan/to drop a course without appearing on transcript

February 16

President’s Holiday, No classes, Offices closed

February 24–28

Housing Registration for continuing students ($300 deposit)

Spiritual Formation

March 2

FAFSA priority deadline

Rev. Jonathan Allbaugh Dean of Spiritual Formation/ University Pastor x 5262

March 6

Last day to drop a course without academic penalty

Paul Turgeon Director of Campus Public Safety x 6161

March 16–20

Spring Break

March 25–26

Housing Registration for continuing students ($300 deposit)

April 3

Good Friday, No classes, Offices closed

Student Success

April 6–10

Academic Registration for continuing students

Career Services

April 27–May 1

Mandatory floor meeting: Spring Check-outs

May 1

Last day to cancel housing and receive Housing Deposit refund

May 4–7

Final Exams Week

May 8

Traditional UG Commencement

May 8 (9 p.m.)

Spring Housing closed for non-graduating students

May 9 (5 p.m.)

Spring Housing closed for graduating seniors

Vanguard University Administration ⊲⊲ Dr. Michael Wilson Associate Provost/ Dean of the College x 5426 ⊲⊲ Dr. Tim Young Vice President for Student Life x 5488

Student Services Specialists ⊲⊲ Krystal Gowens Assistant Director Office of Accounting Operations X 6677

Counseling Center Doug Hutchinson, M.S., LMFT Director of Counseling Services x 6481

Disability Services Kerry Kimble Coordinator of Disability Services X 6483

Diversity Programs

⊲⊲ Denise Pena Director of Financial Aid x 6686

⊲⊲ Allison Hesse Director of Residence Life x 5271

⊲⊲ Derek Densberger Chief Information Officer x 6505

⊲⊲ Housing Coordinator x 5275

Campus Public Safety

Kimberly Greene Coordinator of Career Planning x 6474


Academic Calendar

Amanda Lebrecht Associate Director Student Success and Family Relations x 6486

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Vanguard Area Resources

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Motel 6 Newport Beach

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Places to Live Mediterranean Village Apartments

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What to See & Do Disneyland Resort

1313 Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, CA 92802 (714) 781-4565

Newport Beach Pier

72 McFadden Pl. Newport Beach, CA 92663 (949) 718-3463

Pirate Coast Paddle Company 1131 Back Bay Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 278-0011

Where to Eat Avila’s El Ranchito

2101 Placentia Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949) 642-1142

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop 234 E. 17th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949) 200-3950

Old Vine CafĂŠ

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