University Catalog 2016-2017 
    Jan 17, 2022  
University Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

The University offers many services, resources, and programs that enhance student life experiences under the administrative supervision of the Division of Student Services. Directed by the Vice President for Student Services, Student Services departments and programs provide students opportunities to learn and develop through out-of-class experiences. Co-curricular programs coordinated by the departments serve to complement the academic mission and enrich the overall educational experience of students through the interweaving of students’ academic, interpersonal, and developmental experiences. Students who engage in Student Services programs, activities and services will acquire and use cognitive and practical skills that will enable them to live healthy, productive, and purposeful lives.

Mission of The Office of Student Services

The Office of Student Services offers students opportunities to grow as individuals and as students. In providing these opportunities, the expectation is that students will develop broad competencies in personal growth and development, interpersonal development, leadership and service development, environmental and cultural development, and understanding and commitment to social justice for all humankind.

Student Handbook

The Xavier University Student Handbook provides general information that facilitates adjustment to college life. All students are required to know and comply with all guidelines, policies, and regulations contained in the Handbook. The XU Student Handbook is available online. Each student is expected to have a copy which can be obtained from the Student Services Offices in the University Center.

Activities and Student Involvement

Athletics and Recreational Sports

The balanced Aathletic and Rrecreational sports program offers is an important educational experiencean array of programs and services, and provides excellent training for students in all departments of the university.

Intercollegiate Athletics
Xavier Intercollegiate Athletics is a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).  Xavier has  an outstanding athletics program with  varsity teams in basketball, tennis, cross country and track and field for men and women, and volleyball for women. The team mascots are Gold Rush for the men’s teams and Gold Nuggets for the women’s teams.

Campus Recreational Sports
The Campus Recreational Sports department offers  intramural or club sports, and fitness and informal recreation programs. The Fitness Center provides an indoor running track, exercise and dance rooms, weight equipment and a variety of treadmills, elliptical machines, spinner and upright bikes, and much more.  Group exercise classes are offered each semester.  These activities vary in skill level to attract and involve students with differing interests and abilities.

Activities and Student Organizations

The Office of Campus Activities provides a comprehensive co-curricular program that encourages the personal development of students and enhances their educational experience through student life activities. Social, cultural and entertainment programs are designed to provide personal growth and development for students outside the classroom. This unit also coordinates and supervises the development of guidelines and procedures for University-recognized student clubs and organizations; it also provides programs for students to gain leadership and life skills through activities such as retreats, conferences and workshops.

Greek Life - The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the advisory and governing body of Xavier University’s eight (8) social Greek fraternities and sororities. NPHC provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, to coordinate matters of common interest, to plan cooperative service and academic programs and to formulate membership intake rules, policies, and plans.  Individual member organizations offer leadership, service, cultural and personal development opportunities.  More information may be obtained from the NPHC Advisor whose office is in the University Center, Room 305B.

Leadership Opportunities - Students prepare for leadership roles and responsibilities through the use of multiple tools, tips and programs.  One primary source of leadership development is XU LEADS (Leadership Education and Development Skills).  This program engages emergent and advanced leaders and introduces basic and advanced leadership skills through teaching effective and ethical leadership practice.  Students discover their approach to working with others and leading their peers, while understanding their personal values and opportunities to further develop as leaders. 

Mobilization At Xavier - Mobilization At Xavier is the campus student umbrella organization that coordinates community service activities on and off campus. M.A.X. offers a variety of exciting and fun, but meaningful service opportunities to fit students’ time and talents as they become active in the community and promote social awareness and civic engagement.

Student Government - The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official representative of students in University policy-making and administration. This organization establishes an accountable self-government and provides the opportunity for each student to participate in the responsible, individual and collective action as a member of the campus community. Its purpose is to plan, promote, and make recommendations for the interests and welfare of the student body as well as the University. It is charged with providing a forum for the expression of ideas and concerns as well as enacting legislation which regulates and funds student organization programs, other activities and services and the general conduct of student life. (

Xavier Activities Board (XAB) - The Xavier Activities Board (XAB) serves as the official planning body for major student activities. This student-run group provides diverse programming that appeals to the entire student body and aids in the development of the well-rounded student. Membership in XAB includes an Executive Board, Program Chairs, and representatives from the student body. XAB holds weekly meetings and all students are encouraged to attend and provide fresh ideas on educational, social, cultural and entertainment programs. XAB operates under the Campus Activities office and is advised by the Director of Campus Activities.

Services and Resources

Campus Ministry

Xavier University is a Roman Catholic institution. The Office of Campus Ministry (OCM) offers religious programs and activities for the entire University community and all religious affiliations. Opportunities are provided for students, faculty and staff to meet with the OCM staff to plan and prepare spiritual activities. These activities fall into several areas which include: spirituality, fellowship, community, and social justice outreach. Campus Ministry programs and staff members strive to foster spiritual development, provide religious education and continuing faith formation for the University Community. The Campus Ministry staff supports and fosters the development of emergent leaders shaped by religious and moral values for leadership and service of others. More information about Campus Ministry can be found on its website: (

Center for Student Leadership and Service

The Center for Student Leadership and Service is the home for New Student Orientation, Service-Learning, Leadership Development Programs and Volunteer Services. The Center for Student Leadership and Service guides the transition of new students to the university and promotes student leadership, community service and civic engagement.  The programs and activities complement the academic curriculum and contribute directly to the University’s Mission by implementing programs that will prepare students to assume roles of leadership and service in society, ultimately engaging students so that they may become facilitators of social change.

New Student Orientation assists the University’s “new” students -  entering freshman, transfers, and non-traditional students - in maximizing their potential and achieving personal and academic growth.  Students are provided with a vital support system and connections to all areas of the University community.  These efforts are facilitated by Peer Deans, student volunteers who mentor and act as liaisons to new students on campus and assist in planning Orientation.  They make sure new students understand the importance of taking advantage of all resources available to them and becoming well-rounded students.

Leadership Development Programs prepare students for leadership roles and responsibilities through the use of multiple techniques.  The XU LEADS (Leadership Education and Development Skills) program, comprised of emergent and advanced leaders, introduces basic leadership skills through teaching effective and ethical leadership practice.   Students discover their approach to working with others and leading their peers, while understanding their personal values and growth process.

Volunteer Services is the hub for community service on campus.  Its staff advises the student community service umbrella organization, Mobilization at Xavier, MAX, and is responsible for ensuring diverse community service experiences for all students.  Many schools, agencies and hospitals  register as partners and participate in the annual Community Service Fair to recruit Xavier students as volunteers.  The office also offers monthly service projects, including Service Saturdays, offering students an opportunity to meet the most immediate community needs.

Xavier University’s Office of Academic Affairs and Student Leadership collaborate in the planning and implementation of the First Year Experience (FYE) and Service Learning.  FYE is a year long series of curricular and co-curricular activities focused on identification with what it means to be a Xavierite.   The first year experience begins with acceptance to the university and ends with the beginning of a student’s sophomore year at Xavier.  All components of FYE emphasize the knowledge, skills and values that characterize a Xavierite.  Service-Learning is a teaching method that enriches classroom instruction through linking learning in the community.  Service-Learning aids students in developing critical thinking and practical skills and civic responsibility.

Counseling and Wellness

All students may obtain personal, behavioral, professional, individual, and group counseling through the Counseling and Wellness Center. Counseling is free and confidential to the full extent allowed by law. Students are assisted by counselors in exploring feelings, attitudes, motivation, academic abilities, study habits, time management, test taking, and coping skills, as well as many other areas of need.

The Counseling and Wellness Center Staff includes professionally-trained certified/licensed counselors, and a licensed clinical social worker.  Referral services are available when needed.  Emphasis is placed on aiding students and on maintaining a confidential counseling relationship.

Xavier’s Wellness Programs for students, staff and faculty are coordinated through this office.  The Wellness Programs encourage students to be the best that they can be in every area of their lives - physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually intellectually, academically and occupationally. Wellness programs include Wellness Awareness Activities (fall), a Wellness Awareness Day (spring), a weight reduction program (The Biggest Losers Contest), and a Recovery Day Celebration.  In conjunction with Student Health Services, the Counseling and Wellness Center provides a cessation program for smokers.  Many wellness reading materials are available, which include information on various topics, including: substance abuse, sexual assault and dating violence, depression, nutrition, stress management, smoking, self-esteem issues, conflict management and assertiveness training.  The Counseling and Wellness Center also sponsors Wellness Peer Counselors, a student organization which helps other students, staff and faculty learn how to live a wellness lifestyle.

More information about the services of the Counseling and Wellness Center can be obtained on the website (

Disability Services

Academically qualified students who have disabilities are encouraged to attend Xavier University of Louisiana.  Students requiring special assistance or consideration in order to meet program or degree requirements should apply for reasonable accommodations with the Office of Disability Service once they have been admitted to the university.

The Office of Disability Services provides a variety of services for students with a disability (temporary or permanent).  The Office staff provides support and assistance to students with medical, physical, emotional, and/or learning disabilities.  Among the services available are those related to accessibility of campus facilities, individual counseling, coordination of reasonable classroom accommodations, and referral to testing services, and governmental and community agencies.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services immediately to make the necessary arrangements.  Write to Xavier University of Louisiana Counseling and Wellness Center; Attn: Disability Services; One Drexel Drive, Box D; New Orleans, LA 70125; (504) 520-7315.

Health Services

The mission of Student Health Services is to provide the most efficient and effective medical care on behalf of Xavier students with the emphasis placed on mitigating illness.  The goal of Student Health Services is to assist students in the development of good physical and mental health and provide educational information related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The following immunizations are required for all students entering the University:

  1. Tuberculosis (Tb) skin test (less than 6 months)
  2. Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) (2 doses)
  3. Tetanus-diphtheria (less than 10 years)
  4. Meningococcal meningitis vaccine (less than 5 years)

The immunizations listed above are required for all new students, students who have been out a semester or more, and recent graduates of the university who are reapplying for graduate or undergraduate credit.

These immunizations, in addition to the Immunization Compliance Form, must be submitted to Student Health Services prior to registration. Forms are available in Student Health Services and at:

Health insurance is MANDATORY for ALL undergraduate students.  It must provide coverage in the New Orleans area for both physician office visits as well as the emergency room. Students are billed for the student health insurance prior to registration.  Students can waive the insurance if their private insurance meets University criteria.  The waiver process can be completed online and is available on the Student Health website ( This information is also available in the new student packet.  If additional information is needed, contact Student Health Services at 504-520-7396.

Student Health Services offers a caring environment with a range of healthcare services, including primary health care, acute care (non-life threatening), a women’s clinic, allergy shots, and health and wellness education.

Services provided in Student Health are unlimited to all currently enrolled Xavier University students.

Residence Life

Residence hall living allows students to meet and learn from a variety of interesting people and be in the heart of campus life. Resident students at Xavier are close to the library, university center, classes, dining halls, and all the facilities and programs designed to help students adjust and prosper at college. With over 1,100 students residing on campus, resident students will never be at a loss for people to meet and things to do.

Currently, Xavier offers four facilities for students interested in campus residency. All rooms in Xavier’s various residence halls come furnished with beds, desks, dressers, and wardrobes. Also included are basic cable service, laundry facilities, Internet access through a direct link to the campus network and mini computer labs, Each hall also has a game lounge and study rooms throughout the hall.

New students should apply for residence through the Admissions office. Returning students apply for residence through the annual re-application process each spring for the upcoming fall semester. All residents who re-apply and have cleared their fiscal accounts with the university receive their residence hall assignment at the end of the spring semester. Those students who do not immediately receive assignments are usually assigned over the summer. Transfer students are housed on a space available basis. All residents must complete a housing agreement and emergency plan for the academic year. The University reserves the right to use residence halls between semesters and during summer breaks. On-campus storage is not available. All inquiries regarding housing should be addressed to the Office of Housing and Residence Life,

University Center

The University Center is the center of campus life at Xavier. The University Center serves students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests offering a variety of programs, activities, services, and facilities to complement the academic experience. An extensive array of cultural, educational, social and recreational programs provides students, in particular, the opportunity to balance course work and free time as cooperative factors in education.  The University Center functions as the gathering place of the university community as it provides services and conveniences in offices for Student Government and student organizations, Student Services Vice President and departments, e-conference rooms, campus card center, campus mail service, campus dining hall and other outlets, a game room, a café, and a large study area that converts to a showcase lounge and much more. 

University Police

Xavier’s Office of University Police is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure campus environment. Students must understand that personal safety and security begin with the individual. The University Police Office is open 24 hours per day and serves as the information center to visitors entering the campus. Officers patrol the campus on a regular schedule by foot, bicycle, and vehicles. Officers also serve as crime prevention practitioners by re-enforcing safety and security information to Xavier’s students, faculty, and staff. The Office of University Police offers several crime prevention and safety awareness programs throughout the year. The Office of University Police is a sponsor of a nationally accredited crime prevention program, “Rape Aggression Defense for Women,” and has two certified instructors on staff.

Campus Emergency Alert Systems

Xavier University of Louisiana utilizes the BB Connect communication service to deliver all emergency messages and other time-sensitive notifications to students, faculty, and staff employees. The service enables the university to schedule, send, and track messages via four different forms of communication:

  • Personalized voice messages to landline phones, cell phones, and e-mail addresses;
  • Text messages to cell phones, PDAs, networked digital signage, and other text-based devices;
  • Text messages to e-mail accounts; and
  • Messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired.

Also, the university has installed “Code Blue” outdoor call boxes to provide additional security on campus. These are outdoor telephone stations around campus that allow pedestrian students or other campus visitors who may be in danger to communicate an emergency directly to campus police and be seen via a video link.