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Welcome from the Student Life Staff

Dear Transylvania Student,
The college years are an important time to discover new ideas, meet challenges, and benefit from a variety of opportunities for self-development. At Transylvania you will be challenged academically in the classroom but your fellow peers will also stimulate your intellectual growth outside of the classroom. You will learn in a variety of settings outside of the classroom and through student activities, community service, residence life, organizations and religious life. The primary goal of Student Life is to promote and coordinate these experiences.

The Student Life Staff has compiled this handbook with several intended purposes:
        ● to provide you with a guide to campus information, services, policies, activities and organizations; 
        ● to inform you about the resources Transylvania offers you; 
        ● to outline what Transylvania expects of its citizens. 

Familiarize yourself with the contents of the Handbook. Doing so will help you to be an informed member of the campus community.

Best wishes,

Division of Student Life Staff

Transylvania Mission Statement

Through an engagement with the liberal arts, Transylvania University prepares its students for a humane and fulfilling personal and public life by cultivating independent thinking, open-mindedness, creative expression, and commitment to lifelong learning and social responsibility in a diverse world.


Statement of Nondiscrimination

Transylvania University is committed to ensuring that the institution is free of harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, citizenship status, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief or veteran's status, or any other category protected by applicable state or federal law or local ordinance. This policy applies to, but is not limited to, recruitment and admission of students, recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, the operation of any of its programs, promotion, demotion, transfer, position advertising, reduction in force, termination, rates of pay, and selection for training. Consistent with this policy, the University does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University. In addition, the University prohibits unprofessional and discourteous actions that may affect a professional and congenial work environment. For this reason, derogatory racial, ethnic, religious, ageist, sexual, or other inappropriate remarks, slurs, or jokes will not be tolerated. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, administration, supervisors, employees, students, applicants, volunteers, and visitors to campus, including guests, patrons, independent contractors, vendors or clients of Transylvania University.  To review the procedure for reporting a policy violation, please follow this link.


Student Life Values


Staff Directory - Accessible at this Link




The Student Handbook is reviewed and updated annually and was last updated August, 2016. 
Additional updates were made to the following policies:
Canvassing (11/2016)