Campus Life for Traditional-Age Students
Campus life at Guilford is influenced by the College’s Quaker heritage. The Division of Student Affairs provides co-curricular programs and services designed to address student development, success and problem solving. Campus Life staff assist the College with system-wide planning efforts as they relate to the lives of students outside the classroom and serve as advocates for student needs and concerns. The division takes the lead in setting policy for non-academic student matters in the context of student development best practices that comport with the mission and core values of the College.
Specific guidelines for campus life are available online at http://www.guilford.edu/campus-life/. It is the responsibility of every student to be informed of College policies and regulations, specifically the Student Handbook, and to abide by them in good faith.
Student government at Guilford is organized around a Community Senate composed of student representatives from various segments of the student body and two advisors, one from campus administration and the other a member of the faculty. Executive officers of the Senate are chosen each spring in campus-wide elections.
The Community Senate, within the policies and regulations established by the Board of Trustees, derives authority from the president of the College to govern the student body and to coordinate and direct the several subsidiary organizations of student government. The president of the Community Senate, with the consent of its members, appoints student representatives to Board of Trustees committees and to faculty and administrative committees. The Senate acts as a forum for campus concerns and determines the annual allocation of student activity fees.
Residence Life “seeks to provide a safe and viable living and learning atmosphere for all residential students and to foster community and leadership. Residence Life provides a clean, comfortable, well-maintained and secure campus living environment that enhances collaboration, community, programming and scholarship between and among students, faculty and the staff, while expecting students to accept responsibility for their role in creating a positive living environment
Residence Life is a vital part of Guilford’s educational mission. Residence Life provides many points of interaction with others for friendship, the formulation of values and the exercising of communal and personal responsibility. Resident Advisors (RAs) and Hall Directors maintain a constant presence in all residence hall areas to aid students’ successful transition through life at Guilford. Resident Advisors and Hall Directors (HD) are required to hold intentional social and educational programming for residential students each semester, focusing on the student development goals outlined by the College’s Core Values. The purpose of this programming is to promote positive change and provide valuable learning experiences for students. By providing programs and activities for residents, Residence Life has the opportunity to help shape the living environment into a community where students experience meaningful interaction by learning with and from each other.
Because Guilford values the community of students in a residential setting, students are required to live on campus. Local students may commute from their homes but must specify when they apply that they intend to live at home with their parents and commute. Traditional-age students (including commuters living at home) wishing to live off campus must acquire prior approval from the Office of Campus Life. There are no opportunities for married or CCE students to live on campus.
During fall and spring breaks and Thanksgiving, residence halls are open to students who have registered to remain in the halls; no meals are served at these times. The residence halls are closed and vacated during the winter break.
Upon notification of admission to the College, new students should complete the housing application online through “My Housing” in BannerWeb. Housing assignment requests become effective with the signing of the contract and payment of the admission deposit.
For additional information on residence halls, please refer to the Residence Life website or the Student Handbook.
Binford Hall. (average room size 17 ft. 4 in. x 11 ft. 9 in.), a coed residence hall completed in 1962, contains rooms for approximately 155 first year students, with lounges on each floor. The hall has carpeted rooms and central laundry facilities. The building is designed in a T-shape and has bathroom facilities, lounges and kitchens in the center of each floor. The room furnishings are all built-in.
Bryan Hall. (average room size 13 ft. 7 in. x 11ft. 1 in.) A coed residence hall completed in 1968, Bryan houses approximately 215 students. The hall is designed for eight students per suite (4 bedrooms) who share a bath and an unfurnished common area. There are also central laundry and lounge facilities and a small kitchenette on the second floor. The central courtyard houses many social activities throughout the year. Bryan Hall is a mixed-class hall.
English Hall. (average room size 16 ft. 4 in. x 11 ft. 8 in.), built in 1957, is an all-male hall with approximately 50 students. The hall has carpeted floors and rooms on either side of a corridor with central bathroom facilities. Each room has a sink and there are kitchen, lounge and laundry facilities. Although a mixed class hall, it mainly houses upper-class students.
Mary Hobbs Hall. (average room size 13 ft. 6 in. x 12 ft.), built in 1907 and with more recent renovations in 1977, 2004 and 2005, houses approximately 54 female residents. This unique building is not only the oldest residential facility on campus, but home to a coffee cooperative in the basement. The hall has rooms on either side of long and short corridors with central bathroom facilities, a kitchen in the basement and three lounges. The lounges are carpeted and the halls and rooms have hardwood floors.
Milner Hall. (average room size 11 ft. 1 in. x 18 ft. 5 in.), completed in 1962, is a coed residence hall with approximately 250 first year students. The rooms are carpeted. Most bedrooms have a lofted bed set-up. There are rooms on either side of a corridor with central bathroom, kitchen, lounge and laundry facilities. Milner Hall is the largest of the residence halls and houses.
Shore Hall. (average room size 13 ft. 7 in. x 11 ft. 9 in.), built in 1954 and renovated in 2003, is an all-female residence hall housing approximately 60 students. Shore has carpeted floors on either side of a corridor with central bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities and a spacious lounge.
Student Apartments North. These 24 student apartments, completed in 1991, house 96 students in air-conditioned single rooms, are available for upperclass students. The apartments, shared by four students, are carpeted and feature furnished bedrooms, a full kitchen, one bathroom and furnished dining room and living room. They are located in a wooded area north of Milner Hall.
Student Apartments South. These 35 student apartments, completed in 2005, house 140 students in air-conditioned single rooms. The apartments, each shared by four students, are carpeted with furnished bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen and furnished living room; they contain two bathrooms per apartment. They are located between the Apartments North and Milner Hall.
Theme Houses. Guilford offers the opportunity for groups of students to live together in special interest housing or theme houses. There are four houses that accommodate six to 10 students and are organized around common social or academic interests, such as the study of languages, science or cultural themes. Students may apply as a group each spring for special interest housing for the following academic year. The houses are not available for first-year students.
The orientation of new students and their parents happens throughout the summer, with a July orientation date focusing on academics and business, and a four-day orientation just prior to the beginning of classes. New students work with trained student leaders in small groups to get acquainted with campus resources, meet with their academic advisors, participate in social events and become acquainted with campus life so that they may begin College as smoothly as possible.
Orientation includes community-building experiences designed to challenge students, help them think about themselves as learners and break down barriers by interacting in an experiential setting with several faculty members and upper-class students.
Orientation is the first component in student retention and success. By giving students a strong base of knowledge about the core values, resources available to them, and by providing opportunities to begin to create their bonds with the Guilford College community, orientation serves as a platform for following experiences to build upon. Orientation assists in confirming for the student that they made a good choice, and helps give them the tools to be successful both socially and academically. Orientation also serves to answer questions for parents and families about financing College, academics, who to contact with questions and how they as parents, and we as a College, can support their students and help them to be successful physically, mentally, socially and academically. The Core Values of Excellence, Equality and Community form the basis for much of the programming during the four-day orientation process. In addition, the Quaker Testimonies underlying the college’s Core Values also receive attention during the early days of the First Year Experience academic course and the accompanying lab component
Student Health Service
The mission of the Student Health Center is to “deliver individualized medical care for traditional-age students. The staff provides assessment and referrals, comprehensive medical evaluations and treatment for chronic and acute illness. The Student Health Center staff is committed to assuring that the quality of care is evaluated regularly and in accordance with State Law & Guilford’s principles and the core values.” Prior to attending classes, each new student is required by North Carolina law to submit certification of immunization to the Student Health Center. The required health form and immunization form must be completed by a physician. International students are required to have a physical and TB skin test. Students who fail to comply with this state law must be withdrawn from class.
The Student Health Center strives to further the College’s Core Value of Excellence in terms of providing students with basic, but exemplary medical care in a friendly and caring environment. We are a low cost option for students. This prevents costly physicians visits and preserves student time for curricular pursuits; lining up directly with the Core Value of Stewardship of College and student resources. We strive to include health education alongside providing proper treatment for a range of injuries and illnesses. By providing good medical care, we can keep the students healthy for learning, developing, and succeeding at Guilford. This enables increased retention and persistence. Healthy and happy students perform better in class and out of class.
The Student Health Center is located in the Milner Student Health and Counseling Center. The office keeps daily hours during the week, and a nurse practitioner holds clinic visits on a scheduled basis. Contracted services from a local medical clinic provide nurse practitioner services up to15 hours per week.
After-hours emergency care can be accessed through local walk-in clinics, hospital emergency rooms or by contacting Campus Security at 336-316-2911. The medical service included in the tuition charge for full-time traditional students covers routine illnesses and the nurse practitioner appointments in the Student Health Center. Additional charges for lab work are billed to the student’s account.
If a student does not have medical insurance that is accepted in this area, he or she must purchase the insurance policy provided through United Health Care Student Resources.
Counseling CenterThe Counseling Center seeks to provide students with opportunities for personal growth and exploration in a safe and caring environment. The staff is committed to helping students navigate the transitions and challenges of College life, including relationship concerns, feelings of anxiety or depression, alcohol or drug issues, issues with food and body image, academic and social pressures, and other concerns. The center provides crisis intervention, assessment and short-term counseling, with referral into the community for longer-term or more specialized treatment. This work with students is confidential and free of charge. The center is located in the Milner Student Health and Counseling Center and is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please call 336-316-2163 to make an appointment.
Career Development Center
The Career Development Center (CDC) works to connect student’s education, values, experiences and passion in ways that lead to fulfilling careers. The center’s philosophy is developmental in nature, and seeks to assist students on their journey by equipping them with developmentally appropriate tools for self-exploration, career preparation and jobs searching. The CDC assists students seeking part-time (on and off campus) and summer employment. The CDC also posts available on-campus jobs for students who have been awarded work-study as part of their financial aid package.
Services for Students of Diverse Ethnicity
Many services are available to students of diverse ethnic heritage. The mission of the Multicultural Education Department is to educate and celebrate diversity and multiculturalism on the campus of Guilford College with an inclusive approach that also seeks to build bridges on campus and in the greater Greensboro community. The Multicultural Education Department is comprised of various programs; Latino Community, Bayard Rustin Center for LGBTQA Activism, Education, and Reconciliation, Native American Community, Africana Community, Multicultural Leadership Scholars, International Student Community and Africana CHANGE.
Through various programming initiatives on campus and community outreach, the department seeks to provide a safe space for all people. The Multicultural Resource Center, located in the Multicultural Education Department suite (King 128), is a regular meeting place for student leadership groups, brown bag lunch discussions, and conversation ranging from everyday topics to deeper discussion of the various “isms” in society. The staff of the department works diligently to make the office suite and all programming multicultural, diverse and inclusive of all.
Conflict Resolution Center
The CRRC at Guilford College offers an effective approach to resolving conflicts that inevitably occur among people living in a close community. Our style of conflict resolution is compatible with the Quaker tradition of understanding, listening and cooperation. The center is a safe and confidential environment that is free for students, faculty, and staff. Some of the services and activities provided by the center include:
- CRRC speakers for groups such as classes, residence hall gatherings and student organizations to provide educational programs related to conflict management.
- expert advice on how you can resolve conflicts yourself.
- facilitation services for running tough meetings in your own organization or between organizations.
- Mediation for interpersonal conflict.
- Mediation for groups or committees working on policy issues.
We are always looking for folks who are interested in volunteering at the center. We provide mediation training services at least twice a year. The CRRC involves students, faculty and staff in a unique collaborative effort. The center receives support from a wide range of campus offices, programs and organizations.
Guilford College’s Bryan Series enriches the educational and cultural experience for residents of Greensboro and the central North Carolina region with provocative speaker programs featuring well-known figures in the arts, humanities and public affairs.
Past speakers have included President Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Madeleine Albright, Desmond Tutu, Sidney Poitier, Bill Bradley, Bill Moyers and Toni Morrison. Five heads of state, five Nobel Prize laureates, two former U.S. Secretaries of State; and winners of MacArthur Fellowships and Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards have been speakers in the series.
The Bryan Series is presented at 2,400-seat War Memorial Auditorium in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. In the fall of 2010, the event featuring President Clinton was presented to a crowd of 4,200 in the Coliseum Arena.
Campus Activities Board
Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student organization that sponsors campus social, recreational and cultural programs. CAB committees plan recreational events, films, concerts, lecturers, dances and more. CAB’s purpose is to encourage community and provide a variety of co-curricular activities during which students can build social connections. The Guilford Formal in the fall and Serendipity in the spring are major events that CAB coordinates.
Guilford has over 50 student organizations funded by Community Senate and supervised by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. These student organizations fulfill students’ co-curricular interests including engaged citizenship and awareness issues, student publications and media, diverse religious observances, social connections, and club sports teams. Student organizations are all represented on the Inter-Club Council (ICC) and greatly enhance the programming, involvement and leadership opportunities at Guilford. Organizations play a crucial role in enhancing personal development and leadership for all Guilford students. Organizations may vary from year to year, depending on student interest, and our students continuously create new ones to meet expanding interests.
A few of these clubs include:
WQFS (90.9). Licensed to Guilford by the Federal Communications Commission, WQFS allows students interested in broadcasting to maintain and operate a radio station. Annually recognized as one of the country’s best student-run College radio stations, WQFSFM offers programming that includes music, news, lectures and a variety of offerings providing an educational service to the College community and people in the surrounding area.
Blacks Unifying Society. (BUS) Previously the African American Culture Society (AACS), BUS was organized by the Guilford African American student community to foster unity among African American students while encouraging full participation in the academic, social and policymaking processes of the College community. BUS is open to all members of the Guilford community as it strives to sponsor projects and cultural activities that foster greater awareness of the African American experience in the United States and abroad.
Other Special Interest Groups. There are many other special interest groups on campus including Guilford Pride, Hillel, Slow Food, Ultimate Frisbee and Guilford Peace Society. Information about these and other student groups is available from the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement in Founders Hall.
(A full list of the current clubs and organizations can be found at http://www.guilford.edu/campus-life/clubs-organizations/organizations/)
The Guilford College Intramural Sports Program seeks to facilitate social interaction, and leadership development experiences for the diverse members of the Guilford College community. This is achieved by providing competitive and co-educational athletic opportunities that support the physical and mental well being of our community in accordance with the Guilford College mission and institutional core values
Events sponsored by the Intramural Sports Program include: dodgeball, first-year hall Olympics, tennis, floor hockey, volley ball, slow-pitch softball, free throw/three point/skills challenge for basketball, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, flag football, Texas Hold ‘Em, ping pong and pool. This diverse array of programming strives to provide a healthy social outlet for the College community.
Majors and other interested students in various departments such as biology, foreign languages, geology, history, physics, psychology, sociology and anthropology and sport studies have organized clubs for discussion of issues relevant to learning in their fields. Beta Beta Beta Biological Society endeavors to cultivate an interest in the life sciences and recognizes academic achievements in biology.
The Guilfordian, a newspaper produced for and by students, serves as a forum for student and faculty opinion through its editorials, columns and letters to the editor. Each issue covers campus news events and provides publicity for various activities and cultural programs. The student staff, working with a faculty advisor, gains practical journalism experience in writing, editing, layout and publishing.
The Greenleaf Review, published by a student staff, features original poetry, prose and graphics contributed by students and faculty. Its purpose is to promote creative writing, develop artistic talents and provide opportunities for critical dialogue in the arts.
Guilford at first might appear to be a secular institution. No chapel dominates the campus; no religious symbols adorn the buildings and rooms; no religious services or courses are required. Upon closer scrutiny, however, one quickly learns that even the absence of overtly religious symbols is part of the College’s Quaker heritage. Friends seek to encourage an inward experience of religion within a community of respect for spiritual receptivity.
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) originated in a radical 17th century Christian movement that sought to turn from an experience of God based on external authority to an inward experience of the divine with the power to transform lives and society. Guilford remains committed to the importance of inward spiritual development. The College sustains Quaker principles of community service, respect for individual integrity, global understanding, moral decision-making and the fostering of equality, peace, simplicity and justice. Governance of the College is by the Friends’ tradition of seeking a “sense of the meeting.”
Consistent with Quaker faith and practice, Guilford seeks to enable students to harmonize their lives with their own religious tradition or to explore other forms of spirituality. Guilford dedicates itself to recognizing the universality of divine guidance and to fostering an awareness of the many ways in which spirituality is developed. The campus welcomes communities of many faiths.
The Office of Campus Ministry, located in the Hut, in cooperation with a student organization, the Guilford Community of Religious Observants (GCRO), facilitates campus religious life through regular worship opportunities, small-group discussions, forums, speakers, service projects and an annual Religious Emphasis Week. Max Carter, director of Friends Center and campus ministry coordinator; Frank Massey, gifts discernment coordinator; and Deborah Shaw, assistant director of Friends Center and campus ministry, are available to all in the College community for conversation and counsel. The staff of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program are also available as a resource for spiritual discernment, counsel and conversation.
Active student organizations include the Guilford Catholic Community, Unitarian Universalist Students, Hillel, Guilford Christian Fellowship, Quaker Concerns, St. Mary’s House (Episcopal), Pagan Mysticism, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Muslim Students Association and Buddhist meditation. Each weekday begins with Quaker worship and ends with Vespers. College Meeting for Worship is held weekly on campus, with occasional Taize services. Many students become active in the more than 400 churches, meetings, temples, mosques, synagogues and other congregations in the Greensboro area. New Garden Friends Meeting, First Friends Meeting, and Friendship Friends Meeting, all ocated near the College, welcome students of all faiths.
Guilford recognizes the educational value of participation in the larger world of which the campus is a part. The College encourages students to use Greensboro and the surrounding community as an adjunct to the classroom. More than 300 students make a weekly commitment each semester in the wider community through internships, field work linked to an academic class or volunteer service.
Project Community, a student-run community service office, promotes a campus-wide ethic of service by sponsoring special service events on and off campus, and by connecting students with opportunities in non-profit and community organizations. More than 50 agencies attend the Volunteer Fair held each fall to recruit Guilford volunteers to their programs.
Guilford students have made an ongoing commitment at 10 sites where they volunteer on a weekly basis, with transportation provided. Each of these ongoing commitments operates with a student project coordinator, who works with the volunteer training coordinator to recruit, train and support Guilford student volunteers. Ongoing commitments include: Pathways Shelter for homeless families; Prison Literacy at a minimum security prison; English as a Second Language tutoring with refugees at the Montagnard Dega Association and the Greensboro Buddhist Center; a.i.d.s. (acquiring information, destroying stereotypes) about AIDS; Environmental Outreach at High Point Environmental Center; HOME (repairs for low-income home owners); and Shelter Outreach working with adults who are homeless.
Some students gain practical experience by working with local political parties and political action groups. Other campus organizations, such as the African American Cultural Society and Forevergreen, an environmental organization, also pursue their special interests in the community at large.
Athletics and Recreation
Guilford considers physical activity, growth and the wellbeing of the individual student to be important components of the educational mission. The College values participation, sportsmanship, quality competition, skill advancement, achievement and striving for excellence. The coaches take personal interest in every student on their team and strive to create positive experiences for all team members.
Student-athletes are amateurs and receive financial aid based only on need and academic excellence. Guilford and the Department of Athletics share the philosophy of the NCAA Division III.
NCAA Division III Philosophy Statement
Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of his or her educational experience, and in which coaches play a significant role as educators. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff. To achieve this end, Division III institutions:
- Expect that institutional presidents and chancellors have the ultimate responsibility and final authority for the conduct of the intercollegiate athletics program at the institutional, conference and national governance levels;
- Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place greater emphasis on the internal constituency (e.g., students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs;
- Shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance;
- Encourage the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including student-athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators;
- Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities for their students;
- Assure that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes;
- Assure that athletics participants are not treated differently from other members of the student body;
- Assure that athletics programs support the institution’s educational mission by financing, staffing and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution. Further, the administration of an institution’s athletics program (e.g., hiring, compensation, professional development, certification of coaches) should be integrated into the campus culture and educational mission;
- Assure that athletics recruitment complies with established institutional policies and procedures applicable to the admission process;
- Assure that academic performance of student-athletes is, at a minimum, consistent with that of the general student body;
- Assure that admission policies for student-athletes comply with policies and procedures applicable to the general student body;
- Provide equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men’s and women’s sports;
- Support ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents;
- Give primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships; and
- Support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletics performance, which may include opportunities for participation in national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities.
The purpose of the NCAA is to assist its members in developing the basis for consistent, equitable competition while minimizing infringement on the freedom of individual institutions to determine their own special objectives and programs. The above statement articulates principles that represent a commitment to Division III membership and shall serve as a guide for the preparation of legislation by the division and for planning and implementation of programs by institutions and conferences. — 2011-2012 NCAA Manual
Guilford sponsors 20 intercollegiate teams. Men may participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. Women may participate in basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
The following Guilford teams have participated in national championship tournaments: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, golf, volleyball and men’s and women’s tennis. The men’s basketball team and women’s tennis team were National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) champions in 1973 and 1981, respectively. More recently, the 2009 and 2010 men’s basketball team both finished third place in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Guilford’s golf team won the 1989 NAIA National Tournament and NCAA Division III titles in 2002 and 2005. The golf team also has five second-place finishes at national tournaments.
Guilford is a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, which includes: Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Wesleyan College, and Washington and Lee University.
All parents are members of the Guilford College Family Association, which was formed in 1984. The association initiates programs related to Guilford families and assists in fund-raising and student recruitment. The association provides a direct channel of communication among parents, college faculty and staff via Guilford College Magazine, the Guilford website and the College’s e-mail newsletter, The Beacon. The Family Leadership Council assumes the leadership role of the Family Association. Parents, grandparents and other family members are invited to visit their students for the fall Family Weekend, which includes seminars, cultural and sporting events, and the association’s annual meeting. Please contact Elizabeth Hansen at email@example.com for more information.
Motor Vehicles and Parking
A Guilford student may operate a motor vehicle on campus provided it is properly registered with the Department of Public Safety. Students who operate motor vehicles on campus are required to pay a registration fee and park in a designated parking area. Students are required by law to comply with North Carolina state motor vehicle insurance requirements and all local and state laws and ordinances. Temporary parking permits may be obtained free of charge at the Office of Public Safety for vehicles operated by guests and visitors to the campus.
The Office Department of Public Safety is responsible for reporting violations of college motor vehicle regulations to Guilford officials.
Details of traffic and parking regulations are included in the Student Handbook.