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The department of Student Affairs offers support and encouragement to students in order to promote effective professional training and foster personal Christ-centered transformation throughout the experience at Richmont Graduate University.

Dean of Students – Dr. Amanda Blackburn

ablackburn@richmont.edu

Student Services Officer – Emily Aikins

eaikins@richmont.edu

Student Services Officer, Assistant Dean of the School of Ministry – Travis Young

tyoung@richmont.edu

Director of Alumni and Career Services – Martha Busby

mbusby@richmont.edu

 

Richmont Graduate University proudly offers all of its students a variety of student services during their time enrolled in our graduate programs.

Student Events

The Student Events Calendar lists upcoming social and community events for both the Atlanta and Chattanooga campuses. Click the button below to see this month’s events.

Student Events Calendar

Student Community

The Richmont Graduate University Student Community is a free online resource for enrolled students to list and search for books, jobs, and housing opportunities in the Chattanooga and Atlanta metro areas.  Access the Student Community here.

RGU Handbooks Online

Lose your Student Handbook?  Considering writing a thesis?  Have a question about the financial aid process? Don’t fret. All Richmont Graduate University handbooks are available via the All Students Resource page.

Student Handbook (pdf)

Grievance Procedure

As a nurturing group of educators, Richmont maintains that all people should be treated with dignity and strives to treat everyone with respect. In those cases when the student thinks that this standard has been breached, the student can submit a grievance by following the Grievance Procedure.  Students can also access resources from the

Grievance Procedure (pdf)

Order Textbooks

You can purchase or sell books for your Richmont classes through our partnership with MBS Direct Bookstore.  You can search for the books you need by semester, class and professor and complete your order online.  Visit the Richmont Bookstore at bookstore.mbsdirect.net

Counseling Referral List

Richmont maintains a list of licensed mental health professionals in Atlanta and Chattanooga. These professionals offer counseling services at discounted rates to students enrolled at Richmont. These lists are updated yearly and can be found on the All Students Resource Page under “Counseling Resources for Students.”

Alumni Mentorship

Students have access to a wide selection of alumni mentors during their time at Richmont and after they graduate. Alumni mentors have a strong desire to pour back into the Richmont community through their time and prayer. All mentors commit to reach out and answer questions and to pray for their Richmont student. Each mentoring relationship is unique, and many mentors develop a lasting relationship with their Richmont student.

Enhancement Programs & Community Times

Richmont campuses provide various enhancement programs to promote community within the student body. Community Times are gatherings on each campus that occur multiple times each semester. Community Times may include informal times to eat together and catch up with peers, faculty sharing, or informational lectures from alumni or community professionals.

Career Resources

Richmont’s Career Services maintains a list of helpful resources for your career search. Helpful tips for writing a resume`, creating a cover letter, and career websites are found on the All Students Resource page.

Campus Alerts

Richmont utilizes a campus alert system to alert students when either campus will close due to weather or other emergencies. Students are automatically enrolled in this program upon matriculation.

Training Opportunities

Richmont conducts Continuing Education conferences on counseling and ministry with a Christian emphasis designed to bring together counselors, psychologists, ministers, and others in the helping fields to participate in training and spiritual renewal. These conferences offer instruction, support, networking and renewal for people in the helping ministry. Students are invited to attend and are usually offered a reduced rate or free admission.

Sexual Misconduct and Harassment

Nothing matters more than the safety and well-being of every individual in our community. With that aim, Richmont continuously strives to educate the student community about the effects of sexual assault through classroom discussions presented by various faculty members (e.g., in SexualWholeness classes, especially those focused on trauma). Training documents are available through the All Students Resource page and literature is provided at orientation. Sexual harassment is antithetical to University values, a barrier to learning in the classroom, and an obstruction to productivity in the workplace. 

Both legally and morally, Richmont rejects any form of sexual misconduct. Sexual harassment is prohibited by federal statute [cf. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 1964, 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e et seq. (1992); Title IX of the Educational Amendments, (1972), 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681 et seq. (1990)].  Similarly, all members of the Richmont community share responsibility for the creation of a campus that bears joyful witness to the God-given worth of all persons. The University’s Christian identity and values require us to act in a manner honoring others. 

Bystander Info & How to Help a Friend (pdf)

Accommodations for Students

Richmont is committed to educate and serve students with disabilities who qualify for admission. The Dean of Students coordinates and provides a variety of academic and support services to students. The university provides reasonable accommodations to the known physical and mental limitations of a qualified individual with a disability unless to do so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the university or unless it would fundamentally alter a degree or course requirement. A student who desires accommodations should make a direct request with the Dean of Students.

Annual Security Reports and Crime Data

Student Responsibilities

Richmont Graduate University is committed to honoring our mission and our students by setting standards of excellence in the areas of academics, clinical work and ministry, interpersonal skills, and personal growth. The University is also committed to students’ engagement in the evaluation process, which includes providing students with full information about the process, their roles and the role of the faculty. Students sign an acknowledgment of the following student responsibilities before matriculation into the university. There are separate lists for students in the School of Counseling and the School of Ministry and students should consult the Student Handbook for the complete list. University-wide student responsibilities include:

  1. I understand the Graduate Catalog and Student Handbook under which I was admitted may be revised to reflect program, accreditation, and/or licensing revisions. I understand that policies and procedures of the University may change during my enrollment, and it is my responsibility to be aware of such changes.
  2. I understand that work products developed in this program may be viewed by external agencies (e.g., SACS) to assess program quality.
  3. I understand that integrity is a fundamental governing tenet at Richmont Graduate University and that it is my responsibility to complete all work to the highest standards of academic integrity, to complete self-report of work with accuracy, and to adhere to attendance requirements for classes.
  4. I understand that I will be expected to demonstrate academic, personal, interpersonal, and professional competencies appropriate for prospective counselors and ministers. Failure to attain and demonstrate these competencies may result in faculty initiating a remediation process (please refer to the Graduate Catalog) or dismissal from the program.
  5. I understand that credit hours for certificate courses are not included in the six credit hours required per semester to qualify for financial aid.
  6.  I understand that the programs at Richmont are academically rigorous. I understand the implications of choosing a specific program and time length, and have been advised regarding the demands of pursuing a master’s degree. This is especially significant if I am choosing a 2-year time frame.
  7. I understand that my self-growth will be encouraged by faculty through the use of experiential learning techniques. Self-disclosures are common in experiential learning but will not be factors in grading or successful completion of coursework. However, should my disclosures indicate impairment or potential harm to clients, myself, or others, I understand the faculty will use this as part of the review of my overall academic and clinical growth.
  8. I understand that I must meet with my advisor every fall and spring semester during my time at Richmont. I understand that if I am accepted with a conditional or provisional status, I must meet with my advisor prior to matriculation.
  9. I understand that email via Microsoft Outlook (john.doe@richmont.edu) is the official Richmont Graduate University communication method for students. All departments of the University use Outlook to provide students with information about University issues and announcements and to maintain student contact. It is my responsibility to review this email regularly and respond to University requests.
  10. I understand that, if I should need to request an Incomplete in a class, I must submit the “Request for Incomplete” form directly to the professor for that class by the last day of exams for that semester.

Student Rights

Richmont Graduate University has adequate procedures for addressing written complaints from students.

The university alerts new students to the grievance procedures for academic and non-academic complaints at orientation.  The Student Handbook contains a full outline of procedures regarding written complaints. Students receive a hard copy of the Student Handbook at orientation, but can also access it online in their on the All Students Resource page. Click here to view the Graduate Catalog.

Current Students