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Parent & Family Handbook 2014-2015

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Letter from the President As the father of three grown children, I have a good sense of what you are experiencing. Navigating the transition from home to college to adulthood provides for moments of great excitement . . . and nights of sleeplessness. But, I want you to know that Taylor University is committed to supporting your son or daughter along this journey.

The mission of Taylor University is to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need. In that spirit, we establish our focus on discipling your child and training him or her not only for the four years here, but for the years beyond their Taylor experience. As you read this handbook, I trust you will find it helpful as you navigate your son or daughter’s time at Taylor. We are so grateful for the involvement of both you and your student here at Taylor University. In Christ,

eugene b. habecker ’68, PhD, JD

taylor university parent & family relations 236 West Reade Avenue Sickler Hall Upland, IN 46989 Ph. 765-998-5170 Ph. 1-800-882-3456 x85170 Fax 765-998-4850

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Table of Contents 2 taylor leadership 4 visiting taylor & upland 4 Airports 5 Banking 4 Churches 4 Entertainment and Restaurants 4 Lodging 4 Postal Service 4 Shuttle Service 6 parent & family relations 6 Contact Information 7 Grandparents Day 7 Parents and Family Weekend 8 Parents Council 6 Parents Emergency Assistance Fund 6 Perspectives for Parents and Grandparents 9 academic information 9 Academic Advising 10 Academic Records for Parents 11 Class Standing/Graduation Requirements/GPA Schedule 9 Course Load 9 Emergencies Affecting Course- work 9 Grade Reports 10 Interterm/J-term 10 Off-Campus Study Programs 11 Student Records/Privacy Act 12 campus life 12 Activities in the Arts 15 Campus Ministries 15 Intercollegiate Athletics 12 Life Together Covenant 14 New Student Orientation 14 Office of Intercultural Programs 15 Student Publications and Media 20 Taylor Student Organization (TSO)

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13 Taylor Terms 20 Taylor World Outreach university calendar residence life 19 Calendar for Occupancy 18 Residence Hall Directors campus resources 21 Academic Enrichment Center 22 Calling and Career 21 Campus Police 22 Campus Post Office 22 Campus Store/Bookstore 23 Computer Purchasing 24 Counseling Center 23 Emergency Text Alert System 24 Food Services 23 Information Technology Assistance 25 Library 23 myTaylor 22 Student Employment 25 Student Health Care 26 Student Vehicle Policy financial information 26 Bursar’s Office 26 Federal Work Study 27 Finincial Correspondence 28 Financial Aid 27 Student Health Service Fee 28 Tuition Payment 29 University Interest/Late Fee Policy 33 University Phone Numbers about your student 30 Tips for parents of new students 31 If your student is having a difficult time

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Taylor Leadership University Cabinet President Eugene B. Habecker ’68, PhD, JD Provost Jeffrey A. Moshier, PhD VP for Enrollment Management & marketing Stephen R. Mortland ’85, MBA VP for finance/cfo Stephen Olson ’98, MBA, CPA VP for University Advancement Ben R. Sells, PhD VP for business Administration Ronald B. Sutherland ’82, MBA VP for student development Coein S. (Skip) Trudeau, EdD Contact: Kelli Taylor, 765-998-5202, Provost’s Council Provost Jeffrey A. Moshier, PhD vice provost Jeff P. Groeling, PhD Director of admissions Amy L. Barnett ’94, MA Dean of International Programs Charlie Brainer, PhD Dean, School of Natural and Applied Sciences Bill Toll ’71, PhD Dean of Faculty Development and Professor of Christian Educational Ministries Faye E. Chechowich ’74, PhD Director of Intercollegiate Athletics L. Angela Fincannon, EdD Dean, School of humanites, arts and biblical studies Phil Collins ’82, PhD Dean, School of social sciences, education and business Connie P. Lightfoot ’75, EdD Chief Information officer Robert W. Linehan, MA

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Vice president for Enrollment Management & Marketing Stephen R. Mortland ’85, MBA Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid Timothy A. Nace, MS Vice president for Student Development and dean of students Coein S. (Skip) Trudeau, EdD Contact: Laurie Green, 765-998-5200, Academics School of humanites, arts and biblical studies Dean Phil collins ’82 765-998-4670 Department Chairs Art Jonathan Bouw, MFA 765-998-4624 Kathy Herrmann ’76, MA 765-998-4686 Biblical Studies, Christian Education & Philosophy Michael Harbin, ThD 765-998-4972 Communication Jessica Rousselow-Winquist, PhD 765-998-5280 English Nancy Dayton, PhD 765-998-5543 Geography Roger Jenkinson ’60, EdD 765-998-5323

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History, international studies & social sciences Thomas Jones ’71 EdD 765-998-5204 Media Communication Donna Downs, EdD 765-998-4927 Kathy Bruner, MA 765-998-5339 Modern Languages Betty Messer, PhD 765-998-5274 Abraham Chang, PhD 765-998-4988 Music Albert Harrison, EdD 765-998-5259 Professional Writing Pamela Jordan-Long ’78, PhD 765-998-5591 School of Natural and Applied Sciences Dean bill toll ’71 765-998-4931 Department Chairs Biology Jeff Regier ’88, PhD 765-998-4893 Chemistry & Biochemistry Daniel Hammond, PhD 765-998-5273 Computing Science & Engineering Art White, EdD 765-998-5165 Earth & Environmental Sciences Michael Guebert, PhD 765-998-5332

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Mathematics Jeremy Case, ’87 PhD 765-998-4845 Physics & Engineering Ken Kiers, PhD 765-998-4689 Physical Education and Human Performance Bruce Pratt ’74, EdD 765-998-5186 public health Robert Aronson, DrPH 765-998-4512 School of social sciences, education and business Dean Connie Lightfoot ’74 765-998-5108 Department Chairs buSinEss Larry Belcher, PhD 765-998-5381 Education Cynthia Tyner, EdD 765-998-5146 English language teaching Jack Peterson, MA 765-998-5570 Political science and international relations Stephen King, PhD 765-998-5281 Psychology Diane Dungan PhD 765-998-4651 Social Work Cathy Harner, PhD 765-998-5209 Sociology Steve Bird, PhD 765-998-5303

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Visiting Taylor & Upland lodging upland LaRita’s Lodge Bed & Breakfast 765-998-1002 Gas City (3 miles from campus) Best Western 765-998-2331 Holiday Inn Express 765-674-6664 Super 8 765-998-6800 Marion (16 miles from campus) Americas Best Value Inn & Suites 765-664-5840 Comfort Suites 765-651-1006 Hampton Inn 765-662-6656 World Gospel Mission Guest House 765-671-7261 Muncie (22 miles from campus) Baymont Inn & Suites 765-284-4200 Best Western 765-282-0600 Comfort Inn 765-587-0294 Days Inn 765-288-2311 Fairfield Inn 765-282-6666 Hampton Inn 765-288-8500 Holiday Inn Express 765-289-4678 Super 8 765-286-4333

Warren (23 miles from campus) Americas Best Value Inn 260-375-4688 Anderson (36 miles from campus) Comfort Inn 765-649-3000 Best Western 765-649-2500 Days Inn 765-644-2000 Motel 6 765-644-4422 Hampton Inn 765-622-0700 Holiday Inn Express 765-779-0111 Quality Inn 765-641-9980 Super 8 765-642-2222 Ft. Wayne (45 miles from campus) Best Western 260-436-0242 Comfort Suites 260-436-4300 Hampton Inn 260-459-1999 Holiday Inn Express 260-459-1888 *RV hookups are available on campus for $18/night. Call 765-998-5307 to reserve.

shuttle service


Hoosier Shuttle 1-877-392-2463 or 260-469-8747. *Pick-Up and Drop-Off at Exit 259 Cracker Barrel

Indianapolis International Airport (IND) 94 miles from campus

Churches, Entertainment, Restaurants and Services A list of area churches, entertainment, restaurants and services can be found by visiting www.taylor. edu/about/area-info/

Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) 52 miles from campus

postal service taylor university 236 W. Reade Ave. Upland, IN 46989 765-998-5219

upland 222 North Main Street Upland, IN 46989 765-998-2092

Visit page 22 for additional mailing information.

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5 airport transportation The majority of Taylor University students obtain airport transportation through friends or classmates. Should that prove to be a non-viable option, students are encouraged to utilize professional transportation service to ensure the safest, most professional service possible, as their drivers are trained for all conditions. Hoosier Shuttle provides pick-up and drop-off at the Cracker Barrel located off of interstate 69, exit 259 for both the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne airports. Hoosier Shuttle is not subject

to University oversight. Arrangements must be made directly by the individual seeking their services. They can be contacted at 1-877-392-2463 or On the rare occasion a student is unable to obtain a ride through any of the above means, the Center for Student Leadership office will attempt to provide assistance in procuring transportation. Contact Christie Garrett at 765-998-5104 or at chgarrett@

banking atms Taylor University: (ATMs hosted by STAR Financial Bank) Hodson Dining Commons Student Union branches: Star Financial Bank 175 S. Main St., Upland, IN 46989 765-651-6885, Mutual Bank 1010 East Main St., Gas City, IN 46933 765-677-4770,

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Salin Bank & Trust 716 East Main St., Gas City, IN 46933 765-382-3640, VIA Credit union 41 North Main St., Upland, IN 46989 ATM Only - Branches in Gas City, Marion & Hartford City 765-674-6631,

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Note from Parent & Community Relations Welcome to the Taylor University family. As a parent or family member of a Taylor student, we automatically recognize you as a part of Taylor’s extended family more than 15,000 mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, and guardians. The university acknowledges the unique partnership that we have with parents and family members. You have worked hard to help develop your student for this next phase of life – college. We believe that it is by partnering together that we can best encourage your student in his or her educational, personal, and spiritual development. Many offices across the campus relate to parents and family members. This handbook is provided by Parent and Community Relations, which has direct responsibility for Parents & Family Weekend, the Parents Council, Grandparents Day, Perspectives enewsletters, and As We Pray. Parent and Community Relations is a part of the Office of Alumni Relations, a department of Advancement under the leadership of Dr. Ben Sells, Vice President for University Advancement. We hope you find this information helpful as you navigate through the next four years. In Him,

dara m. johnson ’02 Executive Director of Alumni Relations 765-998-5113 Fax: 765-998-4850

Joyce wood Senior Director of Parent and Community Relations Office: 765-998-5117

resources perspectives for parents and grandparents Perspectives allows parents and grandparents to engage in campus events on a monthly basis through an e-newsletter. Featured stories highlight key student events, important parent notices, and unique ways to get connected. Parents and grandparents who have provided the University with their e-mail address receive this e-newsletter at the beginning of each month. If you would like to be added to the list please e-mail or call 765-998-5170.

STUDENT Emergency Assistance Fund Taylor parents give financial resources each year to be allocated for student emergencies. Medical costs not covered by insurance and emergency travel in case of death or severe illness of immediate family are two of the most frequent reasons for allocations from this fund. Other emergency costs are subject to review by the dean of students. The monies for the Emergency Assistance Fund are given through special events held during Parents and Family Weekend.

Taylor parent website Visit for resources and event information.

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as we pray: February 16-21, 2015 It is Taylor’s desire to dedicate one week in February each year to prayer; a week where parents and grandparents from across the United States and the world gather together and lift up Taylor’s students, faculty, staff, and one another. Gatherings for the As We Pray week take place in the homes or churches of current parents.


grandparents day: april 24, 2015 Grandparents are invited to campus during the spring to visit their grandchild, attend classes, eat in the Dining Commons, take a campus tour, and experience the Taylor community. Grandparents Day is a fun way to connect multiple generations and to honor grandparents who play a part in making the Taylor experience possible for their grandchild. Invitations are both mailed and e-mailed during late winter. If you would like to confirm if your student’s grandparents are on the mailing list, please e-mail parents@ or call 765-998-5112.

OCTOBER 3 - 5 Mark your calendars | Reserve a hotel | Prepare to experience Taylor University!

Parents and Family Weekend: october 3 – 5, 2014

Parents and Family Weekend provides opportunities for families to connect with their student, to engage in the Taylor community, and to develop a deeper understanding of the Taylor experience. Parents will receive registration materials by both mail and e-mail at the start of the school year. If you would like to confirm if your name is on the mailing list, please e-mail or call 765-998-5170. Parent and Grandparent Scholarship Fund The university is committed to enabling students from all financial backgrounds to attend Taylor. Join with Parents and Grandparents in enabling students from all backgrounds to afford the cost of their education. By doing this, the Taylor experience is enhanced for every student, strengthening our intentional community and helping sustain our mission to reach a world in need. Contact Tony Manganello with questions at or 765-998-4886.

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Parents Council the taylor university parents council encourages communication between the University and Taylor parents in order to better understand the experience, needs and perspective of students and families. The Council meets twice each academic year (September/October and March). Beyond providing critical communication, the Parents Council members act as a liaison to the administration, volunteer at University events, and communicate with prospective families. The Parents Council is not a policy-making body, but rather acts in an advisory role. Six families from each class act in this advisory role and are here to support you. parents council roster John and Kim Bookmyer 2013-2016 Findlay, OH 419-420-0208

Kevin and Debbie Rauh 2013-2016 Metamora, IL 309-508-1234

Jim and Minda Chow 2011-2015 Redington Shores, FL 630-476-0636

Matthew and NePlensuh Sakeuh 2014-2017 Anderson, IN 765-623-3602

Mark and Martha Collins Parents council Presidents 2011-2015 Westerville, OH 614-901-3492

Chris and Shelley Selle 2013-2016 Tega Cay, SC 803-548-3381

Gregg and Sarah Enger 2011-2015 Prairie Village, KS 913-648-1745 Tom and Amy Hall 2014-2017 Bloomington, IL 309-663-7339 Daniel and micah lindquist 2013-2016 wheaton, IL 630-871-0211 joel and suzy mckinny 2011-2016 avon, In 317-838-0938

Tom and Wendy Sweeting 2014-2017 Tamarac, FL 954-803-4956 Blair and Michelle Wieland 2011-2015 Fort Wayne, IN 260-627-6206 Bob and Stacy Wright 2014-2017 Westerville, OH 614-598-6111 Jim and Priscilla Wynalda 2014-2017 Belmont, MI 616-243-5707

Todd and Margie Meissner 2013-2016 Chaska, MN 952-448-5916

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Academic Information academic advising

course load

Every student entering Taylor University is assigned an advisor. Students who have declared a major will be assigned a faculty advisor in their major area of study. Students who are undecided will be assigned an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Office (AAO). Students are required to meet with their assigned faculty/AAO advisor prior to registering for classes. The role of the advisor is to assist students through planning their academic program.

A typical course load for a first-time college student will range from 13-16 hours per semester. The maximum load (without special permission) is 17 hours in any semester. In order to complete 128 hours (minimum required for graduation) in eight semesters, a student must average 16 hours per semester. Students may lighten their semester course load by taking interterm and/or summer school classes.

The AAO assists all students by answering questions about the foundational core curriculum, University requirements, and degree completion and refers students to other offices/personnel when necessary.

Whenever students miss class, it is their responsibility to communicate with professors about why they were absent and to check about the possibility of making up any work missed. A list of excused absences and subsequent requirements are outlined in the academic catalog.

students are expected: — to assume responsibility for academic advising after enrolling at Taylor, — to keep informed about foundational core and major requirements by consulting the catalog and their degree audit, — to initiate and to be prepared for conferences with assigned advisors, — to be aware of published academic deadlines and regulations as stated in the schedule of classes, the published calendar, and the catalog. While Taylor University publishes program information and materials and assigns advisors, the student is solely responsible for assuring that his or her academic program complies with the policies of the University. Any advice that is at variance with the established policy must be confirmed by the Registrar’s Office. For further information contact the Academic Advising Office at 765-9987476 or

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Emergencies Affecting Coursework

The academic catalog, which includes the class attendance policy, can be found at http://www. grade reports Taylor Online Web Enabled Records (TOWER) provides students secure online access to their academic records, including grades, unofficial transcripts, and course registration. Mid-term grades are only entered if they are below C-. Mid-term grades are not recorded on the student’s permanent record in any way. Grades will not be mailed to degreeseeking students. Parents may receive access to academic records by being granted permission by their student to access TOWER Proxy (See Academic Records for Parent Access on page 10). Questions can be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 765-998-5129 or

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interterm/J-term Interterm is between the fall and spring semesters during the month of January. Interterm is often referred to as J-term. Students who have registered and paid the fulltime tuition fee for either the fall or the spring semester may take up to four credit hours during Interterm for no additional tuition charge. Registering for greater than four hours will incur an additional charge of $441 per credit hour. Students are responsible, however, for their J-term meal plan and fees ($494 for 2014), as well as $484 room expense. Interterm/J-term is not mandatory but highly recommended. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to apply for a Lighthouse mission trip or a study abroad experience. Some study abroad J-term trips are open to freshmen. off-campus study programs

academic records for parent access TOWER Proxy provides parents secure online access to their student’s academic records. TOWER Proxy replaces the former tool, TOWER4Parent. Parents may receive access to the following by being granted TOWER Proxy permission by their student(s): — — — —

Academic and financial holds Unofficial transcript Midterm and final grades Class schedule Directions on how to establish a TOWER Proxy account are found at: shtml or by visiting the Parents page of the Taylor website – Resources for Parents - TOWER Proxy – Learn more about TOWER Proxy. A direct link to login to already established Tower Proxy accounts is found in three different locations on the Parents page of the Taylor website (

The Off-Campus Programs of Taylor University are meant to — Quick Links enhance the liberal arts education — Horizontal Navigation Bar of students by providing a variety — Under Resources for Parents of semester, interterm, and summer programs that challenge students academically and spiritually in an environment of total cultural immersion. Each program has been adapted to Taylor’s residential course offerings by the Academic Policy Committee (APC) and is governed by the policies of the curriculum management committee (CMC). To learn more about how to apply, qualifications, application deadlines, participation guidelines, billing, and a list of programs offered, please visit or contact the Office of OffCampus Programs at 765-998-5106 or

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student records/privacy act In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Taylor University has established guidelines regarding access to and release of educational records. In short, FERPA allows Taylor to release “directory information” without the consent or knowledge of the student, unless the student has notified Taylor in advance that such information is not to be released. Directory information may include the following: — — — — —

Photo Name Address Telephone listing E-mail address

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Date and place of birth Field of study Grade level Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

— Weight and height of members of athletic teams — Dates of attendance — Degrees, honors, and awards — Most recent previous education — Enrollment status

Parents need to be aware that their student’s directory information is not available to them if the student has requested it not to be disclosed by requesting “Privacy.” Other information about the student, such as class schedule, grades, and student account balance is NOT available to parents unless the student has signed a FERPA release form and has it on file in the Office of the Registrar. Forms are retrievable at

class standing/graduation requirements/gpa schedule Grade point average is calculated by dividing quality points by GPA hours. Grade point hours include only Taylor University courses taken for a grade. Major and minor requirements must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

To graduate, a student must earn a minimum of 128 degree-applicable hours, including all foundational core and major requirements; also included is a minimum of 42 upper division credit hours. Class standing is based on the total number of hours a student has completed.

Freshman: 0-30.99 hours Sophomore: 31-60.99 hours Junior: 61-94.99 hours Senior: 95+ hours

Grade Meaning

Quality Points

Calculated in GPA

A Superior









B Satisfactory









C Poor









D (minimally acceptable)






F Failing



P Pass (C- or above)



CR Credit



W Withdrawn



WP Withdrawn/passing



WF Withdrawn/failing



INC Incomplete



NR Grade not reported



NC No credit/failing



AUD Audit



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Campus Life Life Together Covenant Taylor’s Life Together Covenant is a document that provides structure for living in such a community. The purpose of this covenant is to identify the expectations for participation that will assist us in living together and in meeting our institutional objectives. This document asks each member, faculty, staff, and student alike, to put the needs of the community ahead of personal desires. The desire is for all individuals in the community to be edified, bear with one another, speak truth in love, and give attention to reconciliation, restoration, and restitution. The Life Together Covenant can be read at

activities in the arts Taylor University is committed to an understanding of the arts that connects Christian worship and prayer with the aesthetic experience. One of the goals of Taylor’s foundational core is to create an enhanced understanding of the arts through the development of aesthetic literacy. In order to facilitate this goal, a number of opportunities to participate in meaningful artistic experiences are provided. An artist series features nationally known performers. A series of art exhibits by professional artists, as well as the Taylor art faculty and art students, are displayed throughout the year in the Metcalf Gallery. The theatre department provides three or four dramatic productions each year in the Mitchell Theatre. The various music ensembles, including the Taylor Ringers, Taylor Sounds, Taylor Chorale, Opera Theatre, Adoration Chorus, Bell Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Flute Choir, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Band provide a full slate of concerts. These concerts are supplemented by a full calendar of faculty and student recitals. department contacts: Art Kim Hapner 765-998-5322

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Music Lisa Royal 765-998-5232

Theatre Judy Kirkwood 765-998-5289

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Taylor Terms & Traditions Taylor Acronyms

Taylor Catch Phrases



Asian Society for Intercultural Awareness

A competitive lip-syncing contest


Envision Film Festival

A local church children’s ministry assisted by Taylor students

An annual event that features student film entries and invites film practitioners to share their expertise with festival goers

CC Chapel Coordinator



Short for Foundations of Christian Thought, a class every student takes

Campus Representatives who Encourage and Welcome

Game Day


Everyone wears their GAME DAY t-shirt to athletic events

Dining Commons or Discipleship Coordinator

Holipalooza Night

DA Discipleship Assistant ECRU E-mail Contact Recruiting Unit ETC Educational Technology Center ICC Inter-Class Council KSAC Kesler Student Activities Center Lighthouse Month-long mission trips during the January interterm MESA Multi-Ethnic Student Association Mu Kappa Network of missionary kids and third culture kids O Groups New student orientation groups PA Personnel Assistant (often called RAResidence Assistant–at other universities) SAC Student Activities Council Sammy Samuel Morris Hall, named for an African prince who, despite great struggles, attended Taylor from 1891-1893

A post-Silent Night party during which President and Mrs. Habecker read the Christmas story before pajama-clad students Ivanhoes Home to 100 shakes and 100 sundaes Jumping Bean Campus coffee shop located in the Student Union Melon & Gourd Don’t be the last two men standing holding the melon & gourd - or you’ll be taking a bite out of them both Mosaic Night A production that features traditions and customs of international and ethnic cultures represented by the student body My Generation Night (My Gen) Live music performance based on songs from a specific time period Nostalgia Night Live music performances by students Pick-a-date A group date with your wing where students choose their roommate’s date Silent Night A December basketball tradition where fans wear pajamas and sit silently until Taylor scores its tenth point, and then the gym erupts Sounds Taylor Sounds, an elite vocal ensemble



Taylor Student Organization

An annual men’s and women’s bike race between classes

TWO Taylor World Outreach

Wagon Wheel Game

World Opportunities Week

Football game against Anderson University–winner gets to keep the wagon wheel until next year’s game


Youth Conference


Terms for area within a residence hall that students identify with and consider home

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High school students are invited in for a weekend aimed at spiritual growth

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Office of Intercultural Programs

New Student Orientation

The Office of Intercultural Programs (OIP) is dedicated to honoring God by meeting the individual needs of international students, American ethnic students, missionary kids (MKs), and third culture kids (TCKs) at Taylor University. The office works to cultivate a safe and welcoming environment, which provides educational and experiential opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty. Our programs and events will reflect the beauty of racial reconciliation, the impact of global engagement, and the splendor of God’s creation in every person.

All incoming students are welcomed into the Taylor community through intentional experiences. Summer orientation provides all matriculated students and their parents an introduction to community life and a chance to meet administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders.

We are committed to providing an environment where: — Students are developed to be Christcentered servant leaders — Students are assured support and advocacy relative to their unique concerns — Students are being prepared for the future by engaging in programs that cultivate understanding by interacting with a diverse community — Positive, respectful, and meaningful dialogue regarding issues of diversity is encouraged — The recruitment, retention, and graduation of international students, American ethnic students, MKs, and TCKs is supported

Welcome Weekend begins the school year with social events and informative activities. Each transfer student and freshmen is placed in a small group led by upper-class student leaders. The freshman small groups continue to meet as part of the IAS 101 class during the first half of fall semester. Through class lectures and small groups, relevant topics are discussed to assist with the transition to college life and to provide a support network for assimilation into the Taylor community.

As an office, OIP houses these student organizations: — Asian Society for Intercultural Awareness (ASIA) — Black Student Union (BSU) — International Student Society (ISS) — Latino Student Union (LSU) — Middle East Collegiate Association (MECA) — MuKappa (for MKs and TCKs) — Voices of Praise Gospel Choir For further information please contact the Director of International Student Programs at 765-998-4637 or Cecilia Macias, Director of Intercultural Programs at 765-998-5103 or

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Campus Ministries Chapel meets each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You may listen to or watch chapel speakers by going to http://www.

For further information contact the Campus Pastor at 765-998-5360 or

There are two weeks for spiritual renewal each year. Other special weeks give emphasis to cross cultural missions, relational enrichment, and expository Bible teaching. In addition, a campus-wide Sunday evening meeting for corporate worship is provided. Student Publications and Media Students with writing abilities, photographic skills, or artistic skills may use them in the production of these student media: The Echo The Echo is a weekly newspaper with news, editorials, photographs, and features. You can keep up with issues and events on campus by ordering a subscription to The Echo. To order visit parents/parent-resources.shtml and click on “subscribe to the Echo.” For a condensed online version, visit the award-winning website, For more information e-mail parnassus Parnassus is an annual literary magazine that features original art and writing by students and faculty.

ilium The Ilium is the student-produced yearbook, which utilizes photography and copy to communicate an overview of Taylor’s school year. Envision Productions & MC7 Envision Productions is the in-house production team that produces chapels and live programming for “MC7” (Taylor’s cable channel 7), as well as a variety of edited video projects. WTUR With an online radio station at www., students can gain experience by joining the management team or by hosting a weekly music program.

Intercollegiate Athletics Taylor University is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and is a member of the NAIA Great Lakes Region and the Crossroads League. The football team is a member of the Mid-States Football Association. Taylor University varsity sports include men’s 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, men’s and women’s track, and women’s volleyball.

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Visit for a schedule of athletic events. Athletic Department Taylor University 236 West Reade Avenue Upland, IN 46989-1001 Phone: 765-998-5311 FAX: 765-998-4920

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College Calendar 2014-2015 Academic Year


fall term 2014 20

Tuition payment due to bursar


Residence halls open at 9:00 a.m. for new/transfer students

22-24 23

Residence halls open at 10:00 a.m. for returning students


Evening classes begin at 5:00 p.m.



Labor day - no classes


Perkins Loan – Master Promissory Note signed online



3-5 9 13

Spiritual Renewal Series 24 at Taylor (Admissions Visit Day) Parents and Family Weekend Fall break begins after last class Classes resume


Homecoming Weekend


24 at Taylor (Admissions Visit Day)

3-7 nov.

First full day of fall classes



World Opportunities Week


Thanksgiving break begins after last class


Residence halls close at 10:00 a.m.

30 december

Welcome Weekend (new/transfer students)

Residence halls open at 1:00 p.m.


Classes resume


Last day of fall classes


Final exam week


Fall semester ends


Residence halls close at 10:00 a.m.


interterm 2014 4

Residence halls open at 1:00 p.m.


Interterm classes begin


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – no classes


Tuition payment due to bursar


Last day of the interterm/final exams

29 - Feb 1.

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Interterm break (residence halls do not close)

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spring term 2015 2 9-13

Spring classes begin Spiritual Renewal Series

15-16 24 at Taylor (Admissions Visit Day)


10 Church Matching Grant Pledge Form must be received in Financial Aid Office; FASFA Deadline 9-13 Relational Enrichment Week 19-20 24 at Taylor (Admissions Visit Day) 27 Spring break/Easter Break starts after last class 28 Residence halls close at 10:00 a.m. April

6 Residence halls open at 10:00 a.m. 7 Classes resume 16-17 24 at Taylor (Admissions Visit Day) 17-19 Youth Conference 15 Last day of spring classes


15 Baccalaureate Chapel 18-21 Final exam week 23 Commencement Ceremony 23 Residence halls close at 10:00 a.m. (4:00 p.m. for graduating seniors)




summer session i & II 2015 25 Memorial Day – no classes 26 Summer session 1, classes begin 19 Summer session 1, classes end 22 Summer session 2, classes begin 1

Church Matching Grant gift is due


Deadline to apply for Stafford and PLUS Loans for 2015-2016 academic year


Submission of Stafford and Plus Loan recommended application due date


Independence Day


Summer session 2, classes end

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Residence Life Residence Life is a defining characteristic of the Taylor University experience. Each residence hall program is purposefully integrated among classes, major of study, and co-curricular interests. Additionally, each living unit has at least one trained upperclassman serving as a Personnel Assistant (PA) who provides oversight for the educational, spiritual, and social climate of their living unit. Each of these PAs are supervised by a highly-trained Residence Hall Director who is a member of the Student Development faculty. To learn more visit or contact Steve Morley at 765-998-5344 or

2014 - 2015 residence hall directors

Abigail Noble

English Hall Sara James



Bergwall Hall Isaac Bryan

Campbell Hall Lindsay Hubbell

Gerig Hall




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Breuninger Hall

Abigail Noble

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CALENDAR FOR OCCUPANCY Occupancy will follow the calendar listed below; however, these dates are subject to change. the halls will open: For new students: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. For returning students: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Please note: Classes do not begin until the evening of Monday, August 25

the halls will be closed: Thanksgiving Vacation Wednesday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. until Sunday, November 30, 1:00 p.m. Christmas Vacation Friday, December 12, 10:00 a.m. until Sunday, January 4, 2015, 1:00 p.m. Spring Vacation Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. until Monday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. Summer Vacation Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. (4:00 p.m. for graduating seniors)

Please be aware that there will be a hall fine for those arriving early and for not departing by the specified time.

Haakonsen Hall Sara James

Samuel Morris Hall Tyler Witzig

Wengatz Hall Travis Yoder




Olson Hall Lisa Barber

Swallow Robin Hall D’Andre Coats

Wolgemuth apartments




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Jon Cavanagh

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20 Taylor Student Organization (TSO)

Taylor World Outreach (TWO)

The Taylor Student Organization (TSO) complements the University’s overarching goals in two distinct ways: First, TSO provides hands-on leadership training and experiences for almost 100 students every year. Each student is hired into a position in which their faith, character, passions, and leadership skills are stretched and developed.

Student ministries emphasize practical experience in ministry and leadership. Taylor World Outreach (TWO) is the department through which this is accomplished.

Second, the co-curricular programs and services that result from these leadership positions contribute to and enhance the overall educational experiences of the members of Taylor’s community.

— — — Led and shaped by the student body — president, TSO has 11 different departments that focus their energies — in diverse ways. The unifying purpose — — of all TSO programs is to promote Christian, whole-person education outside the classroom in a manner that encourages personal and community growth.

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Departments: Office of Student Body President Student Senate Student Activities Council (SAC) Integration of Faith and Culture Programs (IFC) Media and Marketing Services Office of Finance Multi-Ethnic Student Association (MESA) Leadership Development Cabinet

In support of the overall University mission, the purpose of Taylor World Outreach is to mobilize students in passionate service on campus, in the community, and throughout the world. TWO motivates, educates, and equips students to globally engage in ministering Christ’s redemptive love and truth to and with others. ACT:S Campus chapter Community Outreach Global Outreach Lighthouse (interterm) Spring Break Missions World Opportunities Week Youth Conference For more information contact Mary Rayburn, Director of Student Ministries, at 765-998-4924 or or visit

— — Inter-Class Council (ICC) — Global Engagement — Intramural Sports and recreation

For further information contact Steve Austin, Director of Student Programs, at 765-998-5305 or staustin@taylor. edu or visit

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Campus Resources


Academic Enrichment Center The Academic Enrichment Center provides services to any student, and strongly encourages a student to contact the AEC if he/she: — Has any type of disability — Needs to meet Taylor’s math or reading proficiency — Is struggling academically in any course — Needs help with writing skills — Would like to sign up for a tutor — Desires to be a tutor Students with disabilities Students with disabilities who wish to receive support services should contact Ken Taylor (765-998-5523 or in the Academic Enrichment Center. Services may include assistance with note taking, alternative testing, or other accommodations deemed reasonable and necessary by qualified professionals. A student requesting services must provide documentation of a disability in order to receive accommodations.

Campus Police The Taylor University Police Department complies with the training standards established by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The Chief of Police and the Taylor University Police Department work in a collaborative fashion with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of the campus community. The police department also provides service in the areas of University motor vehicle pool scheduling, identification card

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Tutoring Services Any student who wishes to be tutored is provided a tutor via TutorTrac on a one-on-one basis. Every effort is made to identify a tutor for each request. Tutors meet with their assigned student or students twice a week for an hour each time. All tutoring is provided free of charge to students. Students may access TutorTrac by going into the Taylor Portal, clicking Student Tab, Student Quick Links, Academic Enrichment Center, Tutoring. Writing Center The Writing Center is operated under the direction of the English Department. Trained peer tutors are available at times posted on the writing center schedule (log in to to assist students in developing as proficiencient, effective writers. The Writing Center does not provide proofreading services. Academic Enrichment Center Dr. Scott Gaier Phone: 765-998-5524 Fax: 765-998-5569

production, lost and found, facility security, emergency telephone monitoring, crime prevention seminars, self-defense/personal safety instructional classes, motor vehicle registration, campus escorts, and parking enforcement. For further information contact Jeff Wallace, Chief of Campus Police, at 765-998-5396 or or visit ehs/police/index.shtml

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Campus Post Office The campus address should follow this format: Student’s name (Please do not use nicknames) Taylor University Residence or Off Campus Housing 236 W. Reade Ave Upland, IN 46989-1001

The Campus Post Office offers mail forwarding for first class mail during summer months. Express mail, UPS deliveries, and freight shipments are also available. Please contact the Campus Post Office for more details at 765-998-5219. Remember that the Campus Post Office is closed on Saturdays.

Campus Store/Bookstore The Taylor University Campus Store, located in the Student Union building, serves the TU community by offering a robust assortment of TU-branded clothing and gifts, and by providing educational resources to students for both purchase and rental. The Campus Store is operated by Tree of Life Bookstores, a locally based company

that runs campus stores at faith-based universities nationwide. Tree of Life’s mission is to offer retail products that inspire, educate and equip the church and communities in which its stores are represented. The Campus Store can be reached on the web at www. or over the phone at 765-998-5216.

Campus Store Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Summer Hours: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. calling and career

Student Employment

Taylor students graduate with the latest information and abilities, but the experience is not just job-training. Rather, it aims at whole-person development, attending not only to career, but also developing their Godgiven gifts and abilities.

There are approximately 900 students employed on campus each year. Hiring begins in the spring for the following fall. This means there are fewer positions posted in the fall; so, it is critical for students to begin their job search immediately. Students eligible for federal work study are given first priority for employment.

The resources the office provides can help position the student in the appropriate major respective to their desired career, as well as position them competitively in the marketplace through workshops, industry-specific résumé help, mock interviews, job fairs, networking services, and assessment tools. It also provides them with the most current opportunities, research, and advice and serves as a bridge with Taylor’s rich network of caring alumni, parents, and friends who can provide them with experienced counsel and crucial connections. For more information, contact the Calling and Career Office at 765-9985382 or

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Computer purchasing Taylor’s network is based on the Windows Server environment. For this reason, Windows-based computers offer a more seamless user experience. However, students using Macintosh and Linux-based computers have access to all the academic resources required to complete their degree.

Printers are available for student use in computer labs and Zondervan Library for a small fee. For in-room printing, many students choose to bring their own printer and share it with their roommates. While inkjet printers are inexpensive to purchase, they are more expensive to operate.

Most brand name PCs function perfectly fine on Taylor’s network. In terms of dependability and service, they all offer a quality product at a competitive price. One strategy suggests investing in a higher-end device, which will last the student’s entire Taylor career. Another strategy suggests purchasing less expensive equipment and replacing it after two or three years.

See the PC Recommendations section of information-technology/client-andmedia-services/new-student-info.shtml for more complete and up-to-date information.

Emergency Text Alert System This system will be used to immediately notify students and employees of impending life-threatening or life-altering situations. The system, named TU Alert, can send text messages to cell phones and email messages to Taylor student and employee accounts. Signing up for TU Alert is done online. Look for the TU Alert Student sign up link on the student tab of myTAYLOR. Information Technology assistance Information Technology’s Client & Media Services team provides computer support to Taylor faculty, staff, students, administration, and guests. Current students receive free email/phone/walk-up support for those technology issues most often faced by students including connection of personal devices to Taylor’s network and access to Taylor academic resources such as Blackboard, myTAYLOR, and TOWER. You can talk with someone at the Tech Xpress Desk on the main level of Zondervan library or by visiting our support page ( myTAYLOR myTAYLOR provides students a portal for quick access to University resources. myTAYLOR includes a number of features designed to help students interact more effectively with the University, access important information, and easily communicate with faculty and other students. myTAYLOR provides access to Taylor email, University calendar, course tools, myTUDegree, and many other features. Parents can access student grades, unofficial transcripts, and class schedules using TOWER Proxy ( shtml). See page 10 under Academic Records for Parent Access for more details about TOWER Proxy.

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Food Services Taylor provides an excellent food service program for all students through Creative Dining Services. All resident students participate in a meal plan of 15 or 20 meals per week. Students who live off-campus have the option of 7, 10 ,15, or 20 meals per week. Dining Commons hours are: Monday through Friday Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Dinner 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday Dinner through Sunday Friday Dinner 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Saturday Brunch 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday Dinner 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Sunday Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sunday Dinner 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The Dining Commons will be closed: Thanksgiving break (11/26 through 11/30) Christmas break (12/13 lunch through 1/4) Spring Break (3/28 through 4/5) Guest meal costs: $5.50 — Breakfast $7.95 — Lunch $8.50 — Dinner & Sunday lunch A corporate dietician is available by appointment for those students who have special diets and/or eating disorders. To make an appointment with the dietician, students should contact Pat Baird at 765-998-4661 or ptbaird@

Sack or take-out meals are available if a student’s class or work schedule keeps him or her from attending a meal. Students requesting sack meals should sign up with Pat Baird at 765-9984661 or at least 24 hours in advance. If students prefer to have their meal transferred to the Grille due to a class conflict or work conflict, students can take their class/ work schedule to Brenda Christian for approval. Mya’s office is located in the Student Union. She can be contacted at 765-998-4678 or brenda_christian@ For further information contact Matt Riley, Director of Dining Services, at 765998-4908 or Student Union Grille is located in the Student Union and serves as the campus snack bar. It serves faculty, staff, students, and area patrons. The Grille hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is open on Saturday on special weekends. The Grille also provides parents with the Taylor University Care Package Program. This program allows parents to send their students treats while away from home. View care packages on the Taylor website at carepackages. For further information call Brenda Christian, Retail Manager of the Grille, at 765-998-4678 or brenda_christian@

Counseling Center The Counseling Center provides individual counseling, pre-marital counseling, support groups, educational seminars, residence hall presentations, and consultation services. These services are strictly confidential and free to all university students. The Counseling Center is located on the lower level of the Rediger Auditorium.

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The staff of the Counseling Center all have a minimum of a master’s degree and are either licensed by the state of Indiana or are pursuing state licensure. For further information contact Bob Neideck, Director of Counseling Center, at 765-998-5222 or counselingcenter@

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Student Health Care Taylor University Student Health Services are provided through Marion General Hospital. The Center offers a nurse practitioner on site exclusively for Taylor students, along with some pharmacy and lab services included as part of the Student Health Service fee. (The Student Health Service fee is a mandatory fee for all full time students. See page 27 for exceptions.) Additional services are also available to be billed to the student’s insurance.

Students may use the Marion General Hospital emergency department for emergency care or urgent problems. Marion General will bill the student’s insurance for these visits. Students may also use other healthcare providers if they choose. Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday Closed Saturday & Sunday To contact the Taylor Health Center call 765-660-7520.

Services offered on site include: — Lab services — Rotating Specialist Clinic — Board Certified Physician Staff The Taylor Health Center is located at 1809 S. Main Street, which is directly across Highway 22 on the campus’ east side. It is a convenient, confidential location for Taylor University students and is accessible for students with a disability. library The goal of the Zondervan Library is to facilitate opportunities for students to discover, connect, and learn. To that end, the Library staff provides a multitude of resources and services for students, including: — Books, eBooks, journals, magazines, and newspapers—online & in print — DVDs, popular fiction collection & CDs — iPads, Kindles, Nooks, & laptops to check out — 60+ computer stations for use in the Library — 16 study rooms for groups or individuals — Wireless web printing from laptops to B&W or color printers — 50+ online research guides — 6 librarians reachable in person, by email, text or phone for research help

For resources not in its collection, the Library offers Interlibrary Loan, a service which allows students to borrow items from hundreds of libraries around the country. Regular Library hours 7:45 a.m.-12:00 a.m. (Monday-Thursday) 7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Friday) 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Saturday) 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. (Sunday)

Phone: 765-998-HELP (4357) Email: Website:

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Student Vehicle Policy First-time, full-time freshman students extenuating circumstances that may who have been out of high school less require the student to go home on an than one year, or transfer students with emergency basis fewer than 12 credit hours, are not — In rare instances, if a student needs the permitted to have vehicles on campus vehicle to get home for Thanksgiving until after Thanksgiving break. For break the student should indicate students entering Taylor University at that there is no other means of Interterm or spring semester, vehicles transportation available to get home. are not permitted until after Spring Break. To gain permission to use a vehicle for one of the above purposes, students Personal exceptions may be granted for must e-mail a request to: Jeff Wallace the following reasons: at Reviews will be done by the Chief of Police. All — A medical or dental condition that students must register their vehicle requires frequent appointments to a at the Campus Police Department doctor or health professional each year. Registration must be made — Employment off-campus within 72 hours of the vehicle being on (must provide proof of employment campus. The fee for a student’s motor and schedule of hours) vehicle registration is $25 dollars. — Illness of a family member or

Financial Information Bursar’s Office The Bursar’s/Controller’s Office is responsible for ensuring that student accounts are accurate and paid in a timely manner. The Bursar’s/Controller’s Office issues all credits as a result of financial aid and records all payments, ensuring that all charges for tuition, room, board, fees, and other miscellaneous items (i.e. Campus Police charges) are applied to student accounts. The Office is also responsible for all non-payroll payments to Taylor vendors, faculty, and staff, the annual audit, and other business related matters. The Bursar’s/Controller’s Office is located in the Freimuth Administration Building on the north side of campus, conveniently located on the same floor as the Financial Aid Office and the Registrar’s Office. The cashier’s window within the Bursar’s Office is open 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday). For further information call 765-998-5123 or email Federal Work Study Federal work study earnings are paid directly to the student through student payroll. It is generally recommended that students use their earnings for their miscellaneous and personal expenses and not for tuition payment due each semester.

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If a student wishes to apply work study earnings to a student account, the student may contact the Bursar to enroll in the student employment payment plan (

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financial Correspondence

Student Health Service Fee

Due to federal regulations and the desire of Taylor to assist each student in his or her personal growth, all Bursar’s Office correspondence is sent directly to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to work out payment issues with his or her parents or guardians. Students can authorize an additional parent/guardian to receive e-billing by authorizing this access through myTAYLOR.

The $72 Health Service Fee is mandatory for full-time students. It cannot be waived unless a student is married, commuting from his or her parent’s home, or living outside the Upland area for student teaching. Eligible students can request that the Health Service Fee be waived by contacting the Bursar’s Office at 765-998-5123 or at bursar@

The University uses the (student)@ e-mail address to communicate with students.


Taylor University does not offer student health insurance.

Students are responsible to check their Taylor e-mail account regularly. Failure to do so will result in missed information. The monthly billing statement access information is e-mailed on or about the last day of each month to the student’s Taylor e-mail address. Payment of any outstanding charges is due by the 20th of the month. For further information contact Cathy Moorman, Bursar, at 765-998-5123 or

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Financial Aid It is the goal of the Financial Aid Office to help you and your student understand the financial aid process and how it is tied to government and to University guidelines. Students desiring need-based financial aid must apply each year. The online form required to be filed by students annually is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In order to meet our filing deadline, the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor by March 10, prior to each academic year which the student plans to attend. All routine communications from the Financial Aid Office, including additional information, documentation requests, and award letters, are sent to the student’s campus e-mail and the parent e-mail address on file. If the parent does not have an active e-mail account, the student should forward the information to the parent. Student financial aid information, including requested documentation

and award information, is available online. Paper copies are not sent via mail. Parents must access My Financial Aid (MYFA) online at https://myfa. to view their student’s award package. Students can access MYFA through the Taylor Portal, myTAYLOR, by clicking on the Financial Aid icon in the upper right hand corner. Visit Enter Taylor University student ID number (include the @ sign). Enter the PIN (first eight digits of the student’s Social Security Number). Important dates: March 10 — FAFSA is due; Church Matching Grant pledge forms are due. June 1 — Submission of Stafford Plus Loan applications due date. Church Matching Grant payment is due. For questions regarding MYFA, e-mail, call 765-998-5358, or fax 765-998-4910.

Tuition Payment The Bursar’s Office is committed to assisting your student in meeting the financial obligations of attending Taylor University. They are available for questions Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bursar Cathy Moorman, 765-998-5123, Fall billing statements (E-Bill statements) are available in late July and payment is due August 20. Spring semester billing is available in late December and payment is due January 20. Notification that the E-Bill

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statement is available for viewing is sent to each student’s Taylor University e-mail address. Students are then directed to review the actual billing statement through the student portal, myTAYLOR. An advance payment of $100 is required of all returning undergraduate students by June 1 to secure their classes, financial aid, and housing for the fall semester. This advance payment is fully refundable through June 30 and 75% refundable from July 1-15. The advance payment is non-refundable after July 15. (See next page for payment options.)

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tuition payment options: All fall semester fees, less financial aid, are due August 20. Spring semester fees, less financial aid, are due January 20. These payments can be made directly to Taylor University in three different ways. 1 Semester Payment by Check: Checks should be made payable to Taylor University. Mail to: Taylor University Attn: Bursar’s Office 236 W. Reade Ave. Upland, IN 46989

— Statements under Quick Links on myTAYLOR. Choose the authorize user tab and — enter the correct e-mail address for the parent or other authorized user. The newly authorized user will then receive an e-mail notice with the link and password for the TouchNet site. The user name is the authorized user’s e-mail address as entered by the student. The TouchNet site may be accessed at on the right side of the page under quick links.

In order to more effectively handle a check payment, Taylor University may process your check as an electronic transaction. Please be aware that by paying with a check you are authorizing the University to make a one-time electronic debit to your bank account for 3 Monthly Payment by Online the amount of the check. E-check: This plan is for those wanting to pay More information on this policy is their tuition charges on a monthly available at basis. There is a $25 per semester services/bursar/ enrollment fee for a monthly payment plan. Enrollment for fall monthly Semester Payment by Online payment plans takes place between 2 E-check or Credit Card Payment: May 1 and August 20. For those Taylor University has contracted with an enrolling for second semester monthly outside company (TouchNet) to provide payment plans, the enrollment deadline a secure, online tuition payment option. is January 20. Payments can be made via e-check or credit card. There is no cost for e-check Monthly payment plan enrollment can payments. Credit card transactions incur be completed by logging into TouchNet a convenience fee. and selecting the “enroll in payment plan” option. See prior section for The secure TouchNet payment site instructions on accessing TouchNet. can be reached by students through the University portal – myTAYLOR. The Taylor supported monthly Students can authorize additional payment plan through TouchNet TouchNet users – allowing the replaces the Tuition Management authorized user to view billing and Service (TMS) payment plan system to make payments. To authorize an used in previous years. additional user, students must: Access the Bursar’s Office Billing

University Interest/ Late Fee Policy Any balance not paid by the due date is subject to a monthly fee equal to the greater of $5 or interest accrued at 1.08% on the past due balance (13% annual rate).

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University Policy Regarding Administrative Holds Accounts must be current to prevent registration holds and for transcript and diploma release.

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About Your Student tips for parents of new students

— Understand that the first few weeks or months may be rough on you and your student. Your student is experiencing a lot of changes in his or her life. Expect a period of adjustment. Be supportive. — Pray for your student daily. — Encourage your student to get to know a diverse group of people. Taylor University students have the opportunity to meet students from all over the world. — Encourage your student to become involved in activities. Involvement will allow your student to grow academically and socially and help him or her identify with a smaller group on campus. — Consider the calendar your student is experiencing. The first week of school, midterms, and final exam week can create a lot of stress. Your encouragement can be especially important at these times. — Listen to your student and wait to offer advice. Students often call home to “vent” and need their parents to listen to their problems, not solve them. Ask openended questions that help your student discover a solution on his or her own. — Show your support and encouragement and emphasize that you are confident that your student can make the right choices. Your student will develop more independence and maturity from making his or her own decisions and his or her own mistakes. — Carefully decide when to intervene on behalf of your student. College students are in the process of becoming adults - you don’t want to risk implying that your student can’t manage without your help. — Visit your student – but please, no surprises. Homework, jobs, and social activities tend to fill up a student’s schedule. Allow your student time to plan ahead. — Come to Parents and Family Weekend, October 3 – 5! It’s a great chance to see your student all settled into his or her life at Taylor. Let your student take the opportunity to teach you something new, a bit of a role-reversal. — Don’t be surprised if your student expresses an interest in changing majors. Your student will be exposed to a variety of academic areas and career possibilities, especially during the first year. As your student discovers new opportunities, his or her focus may change. — Inspire your student by showing interest in what he or she is learning. Demonstrate the joy of being a lifelong student. — Talk about money with your student. Mutually understood budgets will help your student with spending and saving expectations. Make it clear if you are expecting your student to work part-time to help meet college costs. — Don’t make assumptions about breaks and where your student will spend them. Your student may wish to return home for breaks or vacation, or he or she may want to spend time with college friends. Clearly communicate any family expectations regarding holidays and vacations well in advance. — As a university student, your son or daughter will be accustomed to a certain amount of personal freedom and may expect the same degree of independence at home. Your student will feel more positive about spending time at home if you work together to make adjustments to family rules when he or she comes home. — Give your student a tremendous amount of grace and always lots of love!

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if your student is having a difficult time

— Try not to panic; it’s common for students to go through highs and lows during college years. — Students are more likely to share their lows with you, their parents, because they feel safe and secure with you. Students don’t always call back to say everything is better. — Encourage your student to seek the advice of a Personnel Assistant (PA), Residence Hall Director (RD), academic advisor, or a professor. — Encourage your student to stick it out, at least until the end of the semester. — Remember that lack of sleep, anxiety about exams or papers, and even developing friendships can be seasonal and may improve with time. — If you are really concerned about your student’s health or mental well-being, encourage him or her to go to the Health Center or Taylor Counseling Center. — If you suspect your student is in a serious crisis and may need intervention for his or her own safety, immediately contact the student’s Residence Director or Campus Police. (See pages 18/19 and 21 for contact information.)

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University Phone Numbers

Taylor University 1-800-882-3456

Department and program extensions begin with the following prefix: 765-998-☐☐☐☐


Academic Affairs




Academic Enrichment Ctr.


History Dept.




Student Insurance




Student Payroll




Information Technology


Art Dept.


Library Desk




Mathematics Dept.


Biblical Studies/Christian Ed./Phil. Dept.


Modern Languages Dept.


Biology Dept.


Music Dept.


Bookstore/Campus Store


Off Campus Programs




Parent & Family Relations


Business Dept.


Physical Ed. and Human Performance Dept.


Campus Ministries


Physics Dept.


Campus Police


Planned Giving




Political Science Dept.


Calling and Career Office


Post Office


Centre for Global Engagement




Chemistry Dept.




Communication Dept.


Psychology Dept.


Community Outreach




Computing Science and Engineering Dept.


Sociology Dept.


Social Work Dept.


Counseling Center


Student Development


Dining Commons


Student Housing




Taylor Fund


Education Dept.



English Dept.

Taylor Student Organization


Earth and Environmental Studies Dept.


Taylor World Outreach


Theatre Box Office


University Marketing


University Relations


Facilities Services


Financial Aid


Geography Dept.

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mission statement

The mission of Taylor University is to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need. taylor university anchor points

Biblically Anchored, Christ Centered, Faith Learning Integrated, Liberal Arts Grounded, World Engaging, Whole Person Focused, Servant Leader Motivated.

236 West Reade Avenue Upland, Indiana 46989-1001 (765) 998-5170

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Taylor University's informational handbook for parents. 2014-2015.