The student life department of Dakota Wesleyan University
serves as the center for student advocacy and is responsible for preserving
the freedom of all students. Dakota Wesleyan University strives to ensure
all students receive equal educational opportunities. Students should
contact the director of student life or director of student support services
if they require accommodations for equal opportunities, including freedom
Campus ministry at DWU celebrates that we are all God’s children
and understands that an individual’s faith journey is a critical
part of college. Seeking spiritual growth, theological exploration, growth
in expression of faith, and answers to faith and life questions are vital
parts of that journey. Campus ministry seeks to create and nurture a Christian
campus community, ecumenical in nature, while embracing the university’s
relationship with the United Methodist Church. The office of campus ministry
is committed to:
- liberal arts education;
- the university's relationship with The United Methodist Church;
- diversity in an inclusive atmosphere;
- the dialogue between mind and soul;
- building relationships;
- developing whole persons;
- promoting service to God and humanity.
Campus ministry is open to all persons who desire to grow in their understanding
and love of God, in relationship with one another and in service to the
world. Campus ministry seeks to offer an ecumenical ministry by affirming
the diversity of faith experiences, understandings and backgrounds while
maintaining grounding in the biblical witness and heritage of the Christian
faith. Diversity is affirmed and unity sought in the body of Christ through
this ecumenical ministry. For more information, contact campus ministry
at 605-995-2919 or visit the office in Rollins Campus Center.
Campus ministry seeks to create and nurture a Christian campus community,
ecumenical in nature, while embracing the university’s relationship
with the United Methodist Church.
- CAMPUS PASTOR
The campus pastor serves as the pastor to the university community and
is charged with oversight of the university’s ministry and religious
life. Thus the campus pastor is the primary institutional liaison for
all religious or ministry activity on campus. Individuals and groups
seeking to engage in ongoing or new ministries, fellowships, small groups
or worship services (including all weddings, funerals and memorial services)
at DWU must consult with the campus pastor concerning procedure, policies
- STUDENT MINISTRY COUNCIL
Student Ministry Council is a standing committee of the Student Association
Senate which is student led and assists the campus ministry office in
fulfilling its mission by offering ministries to bring people in, grow
them in Christ, and sends them out into the world for the student body
and entire campus community.
Diversity of thought and tradition is vital in building unity in the
body of Christ, however diversity to encourage division among the body
is firmly rejected. Therefore, formation of individual religious organizations
or clubs is discouraged. However, denominational sponsored ministry
partnerships with campus ministry to provide student support and growth
in particular traditions is encouraged to supplement DWU’s campus
ministry. This does not include par-church organizations or independent
religious sects. Fellowships may gather for the abovementioned purpose
under the following guidelines. Fellowships must be recognized by the
DWU Office of Campus Ministry, have sponsoring church(es) or faith community(ies),
have appointed staff/faculty advisor(s), and note campus ministry and
partnership church on publicity.
- SMALL GROUPS
Gathering in small groups for the purpose of growth in faith and discipleship
are encouraged among students, faculty and staff. Groups may be formed
around spiritual formation, topical study or common interest. Persons
interested in forming small groups or joining a small group need to
contact the campus pastor or student ministries council devotion coordinator.
- LEADERSHIP OF FELLOWSHIPS, SMALL GROUPS AND STUDY GROUPS
To insure integrity of DWU’s campus ministry and to create safe,
hospitable and quality programming, all persons in leadership of fellowships,
small groups and study groups must receive appropriate orientation/training
before assuming leadership. Standards and methods of appropriate orientation/training
are set by the campus pastor.
- Leadership, advisers and participants of campus ministry events
shall recognize that DWU seeks to promote a campus atmosphere in
which a diversity of Christian traditions and other religious faiths
and expressions of spiritual life are respected and productively
- While it is recognized that appropriate expressions of evangelism
may be integral to some faith convictions and activities, out of
respect of individual’s privacy, the following are examples
of unacceptable behaviors and actions (but is not exhaustive): organized
door to door or other campaigns in the residence halls; individual
visits that are unwanted; respect to those who refuse unsolicited
phone calls or e-mails; visual displays or publicity in classroom
space; literature or survey campaigns where individuals cannot easily
or comfortably avoid being approached by those distributing the
literature or surveys and respect of those who refuse; persistence
in personal invitations of any kind to events after the invited
has clearly indicated a desire not to participate. Off campus churches,
groups or organizations must abide by the university’s no
solicitation policy and receive permission from the director of
student life before publicizing or soliciting on campus and abide
by the above expectations.
- Campus ministry publicity shall be clearly marked as such and
purpose of events clearly stated.
The Career Center assists students at any point in the college years in
appraising their interests and abilities, exploring careers of interest,
making personal career decisions, and exploring graduate work or study.
The Center helps students prepare for the transition from college to career
by assisting with resume writing, interviewing, portfolio development,
writing effective cover letters, job seeking and networking. For more
information, contact the director of student life.
At various times in a student’s life, situations may occur where
advice, counseling or a caring ear is needed. Confidential personal counseling
services are available. The counselor provides help in coping with the
pressures and problems of college life, group educational sessions and
individual counseling. To make an appointment or to talk with the counselor,
contact the campus counselor at 605-995-2896.
The student health services office is staffed by a registered nurse who
provides services to all students Monday through Friday. The nurse will
consult with students concerning health matters and render certain health
services as needed. Limited dispensary services are available under the
direction of local physicians. Since the university does not maintain
a staff physician, students are referred to local doctors when deemed
necessary. Students needing a physician after student health services
office hours may consult with the resident directors of the residence
halls for a referral, or, in an emergency, use the Avera Queen of Peace
Emergency Room. The student is responsible for all costs incurred. For
more information or to make an appointment, contact the campus nurse at
Dakota Wesleyan University requires all students who were born after 1956
to present written confirmation from their family physician that the student
has one of the following:
- documentation of two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine
or one dose of MMR plus a second dose of measles vaccine, separated
by a minimum of 30 days; or
- medical documentation of having had measles, mumps and rubella, or
the presence of immune antibody titers; or
- written notice from the student's health care provider that he/she
should not receive an MMR immunization at this time.
Students born after 1956 who are unable to comply with one of the above
must be re-immunized.
Dakota Wesleyan University also requires each student to have a documented
TB (Tuberculosis) skin test done within the past year. If the student
has had a positive TB skin test in the past, a copy of the most recent
chest x-ray must be submitted with the physical.
Dakota Wesleyan University, in compliance with the American
College Health Association and the South Dakota Department of Health,
recommends that incoming students have the following vaccines:
vaccination series if a student does not have a reliable
history of proof of chickenpox.
Immunization of Tetanus/Diphtheria
(TD) booster every 10 years. Diphtheria, and poliomyelitis should
also be up to date.
Dakota Wesleyan University requires that all full time students carrying
12 or more credit hours must have a billable
major medical insurance policy. If you do not have your own private
policy that will provide coverage in Mitchell, S.D., you MUST
purchase a major medical policy from Student
Assurance Services, which is offered through the university. If you
are a student athlete, you are required to carry private medical insurance.
A.Freedom of Association Since students bring a variety of
interests and develop many new interests as members of the academic
community, students should be free to join campus organizations whose
bylaws have been approved by the Student Association Senate.
The memberships, policies and actions of student
organization will be determined by the vote of only those persons
who hold official membership in the organization and are members of
the university community. Officially recognized campus organizations
are those approved by the Student Association Senate. Only officially
recognized organizations may use the name of the university in its
name and publicity. Honor societies are not recognized organizations
and are recognized as such by individual academic departments and
The Student Association Senate, in consultation with
their advisor, has the power to terminate an organization when an
organization fails to follow its intent and purpose as stated in its
bylaws. Approved student organizations wishing to carry out fundraising
projects must obtain prior permission from the student senate vice
If the Student Association Senate financially supports
an organization, that organization shall be responsible to the Senate
for the funds provided by the Senate. The Senate will audit the expenditure
of funds it provides.
Each organization shall choose a campus adviser from
the university faculty/staff whose appointment is approved by the
Student Senate Executive Committee and advisors in an advising capacity
to Student Association Senate. Advisers should be elected and their
names submitted for approval by the second meeting of each new Senate.
In the event that an adviser cannot serve, the vacancy must be filled
within two weeks.
A statement of purpose, criteria for membership,
rules of procedures and a current list of officers for each organization
should be placed on file in the offices of the vice president for
campus life and the Student Association Senate in the fall of every
Campus organizations will be open to all students
without respect to race, creed, sex, national origin or physical handicaps.
B. Freedom of Inquiry and Expression
Student organizations shall be free to examine and
to discuss all questions of interest to them and express opinions
publicly and privately by orderly means that do not disrupt the regular
and essential operation of this university; students shall be free
to support expressions and demonstrations.
Action by individuals or groups to prevent speakers
invited to campus from speaking, to disrupt administrative operations
of the institution or to obstruct and restrain other members of the
academic community and campus visitors by physical force is disruptive
to the pursuit of learning and of a free society. Therefore, any student
interfering with individual or institutional rights of movement will
be subject to disciplinary action.
Official student organizations shall be allowed to
invite and hear guest speakers. For purposes of orderly scheduling
of facilities and so that the occasion is conducted in a manner appropriate
to an academic community, the student organization must clear such
speakers with its adviser and the Student Association Senate, and
schedule the event on the master calendar found on Tigernet, in Microsoft
Outlook, and in University Relations.
It must be made clear to the academic and larger
community that sponsorship of the guest speakers does not necessarily
imply approval or endorsement of the views expressed, either by the
sponsoring group or the university.
C. Student Participation in Institutional Government
As constituents of the academic community, students have
the privilege and responsibility, individually and collectively, to
express their views on issues of institutional policy and on matters
of general interest to the student body. The students at DWU have the
right of petition, expression in student publications, and participation
in certain institutional committees, such as the student life committee,
which formulate and apply institutional policy affecting academic and
Student publications are a valuable aid in establishing and maintaining
an atmosphere of free and responsible discussion and of intellectual
exploration on campus.
The institution bears the responsibility for the content
of publication. The publications board, in consultation with students,
faculty and administration, has responsibility for written clarification
of the role of the student publications and the standards to be used
in their operation. At the same time, the editorial freedom of student
editors and managers entails corresponding responsibilities to be governed
by the canons of responsible journalism such as the avoidance of libel,
indecency, undocumented allegations and attacks on personal safeguards.
For the editorial freedom of student publications, the
following provisions are necessary.
Editors and managers of student publications should
be protected from arbitrary suspension and removal because of student,
faculty, administration or public disapproval of editorial policy
Only for proper and stated causes should editors and
managers be subject to removal and then by orderly and prescribed
All university published and financed student publications
should explicitly state on the editorial page or title pages that
the opinions therein expressed are not necessarily those of the university
or student body.