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The "Davidson Experience'' is not confined to the classroom, and the college offers students a broad environment in which to develop socially, physically, intellectually, and spiritually.
The Honor Code and the Code of Responsibility
As students and alumni proudly attest, the honor system at Davidson is the touch-stone of the college life, creating an atmosphere of trust in the college community. In addition to faculty and administration support, the students believe in this system, defend it, and shoulder the responsibility for its implementation. Evidences that the system actually works are the open stacks and unguarded doors of the library, the absence of proctors during tests, the self-scheduled final examinations, and the sense that a person's word is his or her bond.
The Honor Code is very simply stated:
"Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from cheating (including plagiarism). Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from stealing. Every student shall be honor bound from lying about official college business. Every student shall be honor bound to report immediately all violations of the Honor System which come under his or her observation; failure to do so shall be a violation of the Honor System. Every student found guilty of a violation shall ordinarily be dismissed from the college for a period.''
Entering students sign a pledge that they will live under the system, which includes the condition that they will report an observed violation. A student who does lie, cheat, or steal is tried under the Code of Disciplinary Procedures. Students who admit guilt or who are found guilty by the Honor Council are ordinarily suspended from the college.
The Code of Responsibility is the basis of daily life at Davidson and attempts to foster an atmosphere of good conduct by emphasizing "the responsible use of freedom, as opposed to license.'' However, students who violate the rights of others are subject to sanctions as applied under the Code of Disciplinary Procedures.
The college community believes that these two codes are an integral part of the educational experience, helping students to develop an honorable, responsible lifestyle. The codes produce an atmosphere of trust and freedom rarely found among American colleges; they form the cornerstone of this community.
As a four-year residential college community, Davidson houses approximately 95 percent of its student body. Students grow emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually in residence hall settings. Daily interaction of students within the residence halls has helped to build campus traditions unique to Davidson.
The Residence Life staff assigns first-year roommates and rooms with special attention to the learning and leadership styles of each student, as well as family and educational background. All first-year students are required to live on a first-year hall with about thirty classmates for the entire year. Single rooms are not available to first-year students. Two upperclass hall counselors live on each first-year hall and work closely with residents easing their transition into campus life. This is an exciting and challenging period for students, highlighted by hall rivalries, social activities, intramural sports, and community service projects. During this time, first-year students learn the difficulties and rewards of communal living and develop a sensitive appreciation of people with different backgrounds and needs. Close friendships which are established during this year regularly continue throughout a student's Davidson years.
Each spring upperclass students participate in a lottery process to select rooms from among eleven traditional residence halls and six apartment-style residence halls. Most students participate in the lottery in pairs, as most rooms are designed for double occupancy. There are a limited number of single rooms from which to choose. All residence halls are equipped with lounges, some have kitchen facilities, and all are air conditioned. Each apartment contains a living room, kitchen, and four or five single bedrooms. The college provides each student with a bed, mattress, desk, desk chair, chest, and space for hanging clothes. All students share with the college the responsibility to maintain a clean, safe, and enjoyable living environment in the residence halls. A resident advisor is assigned to each upperclass floor or building to promote cooperation and accountability on each hall. Additionally, a courtesy policy protects a student's right to sleep or study at any hour.
Because the college is able to accommodate such a large percentage of its student body in the residence halls, most students are required to live on campus all four years. Upperclass students may live off campus only with the permission of the Residence Life Office. However, fluctuating demand for housing from year to year means that the college cannot guarantee on-campus housing to every student desiring it. In the event students cannot be accommodated, there are apartments and houses for rent in the Davidson community. The Residence Life Office maintains a current listing of off-campus properties for students.
Although Davidson College strives to provide safe and secure residence halls, the college cannot accept responsibility for the loss, damage, or theft of personal property. Students wishing to protect themselves from such loss should cover their belongings with appropriate insurance.
The college operates three dining facilities on campus during the academic year-Vail Commons, the Union Café in the Alvarez Student Union, and the Wildcat Den in Baker Sports Complex.
Vail Commons (renovated in the summer of 2005) offers 19 meals a week. It is an "all you can eat" facility during meal serving periods. The Commons provides a wide range of offerings including multiple entrées at each meal, vegetarian entrée options, a variety of breakfast cereals, pizza made to order, a sandwich bar, a large salad bar, and a choice of desserts, many made from scratch in our bakery. Soft serve ice cream and yogurt are available daily as well. Beverages include soft drinks, fruit juices, milk, coffee, and tea.
The Union Café, located in the Alvarez Campus Center, has a deli, grill, pizza bar, smoothies, and an array of daily specials. Convenience foods, and snack items are also available.
The Wildcat Den is located on the lower level of Baker Sports Complex. The Den operates as a lunch counter only, providing sandwiches, chips, beverages, and a candy selection. A sandwich special is available during the lunch period five days a week.
First-year students are required to participate in a full-meal plan for the entire year. Upperclass students may select from a variety of meal plans. Each meal plan includes Bonus Bucks that students may use at any dining location as well as in vending machines located throughout campus. Unused Bonus Bucks do not carry over to later semesters. Students may use meal plans at the Café and/or the Wildcat Den on a limited basis and charge up to a pre-set amount for an "equivalent" meal at these locations at designated times of the day.
A registered dietitian is on the Dining Services staff and maintains an office in Vail Commons. The dietitian is available to all students for nutritional counseling.
Dining Services also operates a catering program for college activities and community events. Many students are employed by the catering department throughout the year. No prior experience is necessary.
The college operates a central laundry facility where students may drop off laundry and pick it up clean, folded, wrapped, or in the case of dress shirts, pressed and placed on hangers. This service is included in the tuition and fees which all students are required to pay. Large items like blankets, quilts, and sleeping bags can also be laundered for an additional charge. The laundry facility, located behind Cannon and Sentelle Residence Halls, is open five and one-half days a week. Dry cleaning and alteration services are also available for an additional charge payable by cash or against the declining balance account on the CatCard. During the summer prior to the first year, each student receives a laundry number to place in each piece of clothing and on the student's laundry bag. This number is retained throughout the student's career at Davidson. At the opening of school, the laundry provides residential students with bed linens which may be exchanged for clean linens as necessary during the year.
The Patterson Court system provides an outlet for leadership, social, service, athletic, and community-based interaction in a small-group setting. About 70 percent of Davidson women and 42 percent of Davidson men participate in one of the twelve organizations that make up Patterson Court Council: seven fraternities (Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Phi Epsilon); four women's eating houses (Connor, Rusk, Turner, and Warner Hall); and a co-ed eating house (CoHo). Alpha Phi Alpha does not have housing while the remaining organizations rent facilities from the college around the area designated as Patterson Court. All organizations situated on Patterson Court provide meal plan options for upperclass members.
Every first-year student in good academic standing is invited to participate in the membership process known as court selection. In January, first-year students (and interested, unaffiliated upperclass students) may complete a membership form on which they indicate an interest in joining one of the eleven single-gender organizations or the co-ed house. Students may join any organization. This may or may not include the opportunity for national affiliation. Each national fraternity reserves the right to restrict its membership based on its selected criteria. Organizations may orally encourage students to join.
Participation in Patterson Court events is open to those students who have an investment in the risk management obligations of the organizations as demonstrated by the Patterson Court sticker on the student ID. Stickers may be obtained by independents each semester for a nominal fee. System-wide activities, policies, and initiatives are coordinated by the Patterson Court Council. The organizations are accountable for their individual and collective actions to the Patterson Court Judicial Board. Members of Patterson Court organizations who excel in leadership, scholarship, and community involvement are recognized by the Order of Omega National Honor Society.
The Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center houses two galleries, the William H. Van Every, Jr. Gallery and the Edward M. Smith Gallery. Throughout the year the galleries feature both one-person and group exhibitions that explore a wide range of media and cultural issues. The work of internationally renowned, nationally recognized, emerging, and regional artists is presented in a series of exhibitions that focuses on contemporary art and ideas. Selections from the Davidson College Art Collection of over 2,700 prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculpture that range from old masters to modern and contemporary ones also are exhibited regularly. There is an annual group exhibition featuring student work in the spring and an exhibition of the studio art faculty held traditionally in the fall.
In keeping with the educational mission of Davidson College and the galleries, a series of related programs accompanies the yearly exhibitions and includes individual speakers, panels, or forums. These are comprised of artists, art historians, critical thinkers, and experts in various disciplines who bring unique perspectives to the understanding and appreciation of each exhibition. The programs usually are held in the Visual Art Center 's Semans Auditorium, followed by a reception for the artist or speaker in the atrium.
Every spring senior studio art majors present solo exhibitions in the Smith Gallery. Throughout the year students are encouraged to interact on an informal, elective basis with the professional artists working on gallery installations and to seek the input of visiting artists and critics available for individual critiques. In addition, visiting art historians give free public lectures and special seminars singularly designed for art majors. The visits by these artists and art historians are co-sponsored with the Friends of the Arts at Davidson.
The Music Department offers many performing opportunities through various ensembles, several of which tour. Vocal groups include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and the Opera Workshop. Instrumentalists may join the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. The Chamber Music program involves various student ensembles coached by faculty. Private instruction in voice and all instruments is available. See details under Applied Music.
Campus musical events include the Concert Series; Artists Series; frequent recitals by visiting artists, faculty, vocal and instrumental ensembles, and students; and lectures by visiting musical scholars. In nearby Charlotte, concerts are offered by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina, the Community Concerts Series, the Oratorio Singers, and various other musical organizations.
Students especially gifted in music performance are encouraged to apply for scholarships provided through the Vail Family, Donald B. Plott, Zachary F. Long, Jr., Estes Millner, and James C. Harper Endowments. See details under Admission and Financial Aid.
Through its curriculum and production program, the Theatre Department seeks to develop an appreciation and understanding of the theatrical arts for the newcomer and to offer in-depth training for experienced students. The department's program provides many opportunities for student involvement in its production season. Typically, four full-length plays and numerous one-acts are presented annually. Roles are cast by open audition and students are encouraged to try out regardless of experience level.
Theatre Department mainstage productions (one each semester) are performed in the Duke Family Performance Hall, a 600+ seat proscenium theatre in the Knobloch Campus Center. Other performance spaces, located in Cunningham Fine Arts Building, are Hodson Hall and a smaller black box facility. Studio productions, student plays, and performance projects are presented in these spaces year-round.
Full-length plays are directed by theatre faculty, guest directors, or advanced theatre students. One-acts are directed by students. Other student performance projects are encouraged and supported by the department. Guest artists, including playwrights, directors, actors, and designers, work with students on a regular basis.
There is ample opportunity to see quality theatre in the area aside from department productions. Davidson's Artist Series regularly brings touring plays into the Duke Family Performance Hall. Many resident companies and university programs produce quality work in the Charlotte area. The department keeps a list of current offerings on file for those interested.
Athletics and Physical Education
Davidson College is an excellent liberal arts college with a unique tradition of intercollegiate athletic competition. The college considers physical education, recreational sports, and intercollegiate athletics an integral part of every student's educational experience. Davidson supports a competitive athletics program with equal opportunity for participation of men and women. Davidson fields eleven men's and ten women's intercollegiate teams at the NCAA Division I level. Both men and women play varsity basketball, tennis, and soccer; run indoor/outdoor track and cross country; and participate in swimming and diving. Men's sports include wrestling, golf, football, and baseball. Women's teams include field hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball. The college strives to provide keen competition at a realistic level for every sport and offers a limited number of athletic scholarships in both men's and women's sports.
Davidson students aspire to excellence in athletics, as in academics. The college seeks to maximize opportunities for student participation as athletes and spectators in a variety of sports. A remarkable 85 percent of students participate in the intramural sports program. One-day intramural events are planned throughout the year. Residence halls, fraternities, eating houses, faculty, and staff field teams in six sports including flickerball, three-on-three and five-on-five basketball, softball, small-field soccer, and volleyball. Thirteen club sports pit Davidson teams against club teams of other colleges. Students are responsible for organizing, regulating, and scheduling activities for these club teams. Clubs include women's lacrosse and volleyball; men's rugby and weight lifting; and open clubs for men and women in sailing, fencing, water skiing, crew, canoeing, ultimate frisbee, field hockey, tennis, and soccer.
Davidson's physical education program is based upon the belief that physical activity is important to a person's overall development. Mandatory in the first two years, the program emphasizes the carry-over value of sports as a lifetime endeavor. The more than 50 courses offered in the physical education curriculum range from aerobics and archery to racquetball and scuba. For additional information see Physical Education in the section: Courses of Instruction.
Davidson athletic and physical education facilities are outstanding. The Baker Sports Complex includes the Ben T. Craig Plaza, the Newell Entrance Court, and the Nisbet Lobby. In the lobby are two racquetball courts, a squash court, a Nautilus center, and the Hall of Fame Room.
The centerpiece of the facility is the John M. Belk Arena, featuring a main varsity court with a hardwood floor. For athletic events, the Belk Arena seats nearly 6,000. When the bleacher seating is retracted, two additional hardwood basketball courts and two volleyball courts are available.
The Charles A. Cannon Pool is an eight-lane pool with a stainless steel movable bulkhead to accommodate competition in both yards and meters. The separate diving well features both one and three meter boards. The design includes a balcony for spectator seating.
The Louis and Carl Knobloch Indoor Tennis Center features a durable acrylic-based hard-court surface covering four courts. They are lit with indirect lighting and have movable screens between them. The center also has locker rooms, offices, and a conference room.
The Finley Physical Education Center incorporates a weight room with both Nautilus and free weights, a state of the art athletic medical facility, a wrestling room, and a dance studio. The center also has locker rooms for student/faculty/staff use and for sports teams, one additional racquetball court, a classroom, and office space.
Religious and Spiritual Life
Religious life at Davidson is celebrated on the affirmation that we are all created in the image of God, whatever our creed, heritage, or beliefs. As a Presbyterian church-related college, Davidson values the life of the spirit and fosters openness to and respect for the world's various faith traditions. With many religious resources and organizations on campus, we seek to be a community where everyone may grow spiritually through worship, fellowship, service, and study.
Davidson's chaplains serve as pastors to the entire college community. They are available to people from any faith tradition, or none at all, for pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and program planning. They also coordinate a variety of activities including on-campus worship services, international mission/study trips, programs integrating service and social justice, and interfaith dialogue.
Four area churches, all within walking distance of the college, have active campus ministries. Through the Catholic Campus Ministry Mass is celebrated weekly in Lingle Chapel. The local Episcopal Church sponsors a Canterbury Fellowship on campus, the Methodist Church Fellowship meets weekly for discussion of faith and current issues, and the Davidson College Presbyterian Church hosts the Westminster Fellowship for a meal and a program on Sunday afternoons.
The Davidson area has a growing Jewish community. Monthly Sabbath services are held on the college campus with a rabbi from one of the two synagogues in near-by Charlotte conducting the service. These synagogues, one Conservative and one Reform, encourage Davidson students' participation in their community life and worship, especially during the High Holy Days.
Several campus-based groups also flourish. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Outreach, Reformed University Fellowship, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes offer small group Bible studies, a weekly large group meeting, and occasional retreats. Our Jewish Student Union and Muslim Student Association provide opportunities for students to gather to celebrate holy days and participate in fellowship. Integrating faith with social justice and service is the goal of Sanctuary, a student group which sponsors projects such as housing the homeless on campus throughout the winter. The Gospel Choir, rooted in the African-American tradition, offers fellowship and the development of musical talents under the direction of Assistant Dean of Students Ernest Jeffries. Interfaith Fellowship brings together Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist students, along with those of no specific tradition who are spiritual seekers, for conversation, retreats, and visits to area houses of worship from many traditions.
Social life at Davidson takes its cue from the setting: activities are often the result of small-group interests—sailing at the lake campus, entertainment in the Campus Center, going to Charlotte for dinner and other entertainment, bowling in Huntersville, or skiing at Beech Mountain. In addition there are many campus-wide activities which involve large numbers of students as well as other members of the college community. These events are often sponsored by the College Union Board, the Patterson Court Council, the Residence Life Office, and other student organizations. Student groups work cooperatively to sponsor campus events. Spring Frolics, 'Aftermidnight,' The Red and Black Ball, Homecoming, major concerts, and the Campus Christmas Party are a few of the major events. Social activities are planned and produced by students.
The Knobloch Campus Center
The Knobloch Campus Center is the center of college community life. The Center combines the Alvarez College Union and the Duke Family Performance Hall. Knobloch is the gathering place for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It provides opportunities for involvement in formal and informal activities.
Special features abound including the Café in a three-story atrium with skylight, a 600-seat state-of-the-art performance hall, a fitness center, climbing wall, outdoor center, information desk, post office, copy center, meeting rooms, bookstore, student organization offices, and offices for the Chaplain, Career Services, Student Activities, and Community Services. Outdoor features include an amphitheater on the west side of the building and a terrace overlooking the football field to the south.
A planned program of social and co-curricular activities is initiated by the College Union Board and provided in collaboration with a host of other student organizations and departments. Student committees are responsible for presenting films, speakers, dancers, artists, poets, and musicians of all types. Recent performers include the Black Eyed Peas, Bill Cosby, Ben Folds, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, John Mayer, Ludacris, and the Indigo Girls. Recent Public Lecture Committee and College Union Speakers Committee guest speakers include Fareed Zakaria, Julian Bond, Paul Krugman, Bobby Kennedy Jr., Nikki Giovanni, Cornel West, and Marian Wright Edelman.
Students assisted by faculty and staff, are responsible for the Artists Series which has recently presented "RENT," the Bruce Wood Dance Company, Ailey II, the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Chicago City Limits, Monk on Monk, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
The Davidson Outdoors Center invites students to get away from campus on weekend trips for canoeing, rock climbing, camping, hiking, and skiing. Two professional staff members work with a group of twenty student trip leaders to provide outdoor activities. Major trips have taken students canoeing in the Everglades and on the Rio Grande, sailing off the Gulf Coast of Florida, hang gliding at the Outer Banks, sea kayaking off the Georgia Coast, and whitewater rafting on the New and Gauley rivers in West Virginia.
Through its programs, facilities, and services, the Campus Center is the heartbeat of the college and the focal point of out-of-class activity.
As stated in the by-laws of the Student Government Association (SGA), the purpose of the student government is "to share with the Board of Trustees, the Faculty, and the Administration the responsibility for developing and maintaining Davidson as a superior academic community."
Based on one of the earlier student government constitutions (1910), Davidson students govern themselves through the senate, headed by the president and vice president of SGA, and the many committees of the SGA. The student senate is made up of three representatives from each class, representatives from each Patterson Court House, and independent representatives. Officers and senators are elected by student vote.
Although activity is centered in the senate, active participation in student government is not restricted to elected officials. Students from all classes serve on numerous committees of the senate and fill student positions on faculty and trustee committees.
Leadership Development Opportunities
Leadership Davidson —Designed to improve students' overall leadership skill and enable them to use these skills beyond Davidson, Leadership Davidson provides a year-long opportunity for participants to identify, acquire, and hone the skills necessary to lead effectively. Through experiential learning—learning by doing—students build skills in communication, listening, motivation, value clarification, exploring self-identity, and critical thinking. Students are matched one to one with local and Charlotte area professional business and community leaders in mentoring relationships.
Leadership Resource Center—Located in the College Union, the Leadership Resource Center includes books, magazines, videos, interactive exercises, and structured experiences designed to assist and enhance development as a leader and a citizen.
Special Interest Groups
New groups are founded each year through the Student Government Association and the College Union to meet student interests and concerns. Students may join existing groups in the following areas: academic specialty clubs and honoraries, club sports, political action groups, religious groups, international clubs, social service groups, hobby clubs, and performing arts organizations. Students may also establish new groups according to their interests.
Minority Student Programs and Services
On the Davidson College campus, several programs and services are available specifically to assist students from minority groups. A synopsis of each is listed below:
Association of Students Interested in Asia—A student-led organization for all members of the Davidson community interested in the Asian American culture. They sponsor a variety of social and cultural activities throughout the year.
Black Student Coalition —The BSC is a student run organization designed to establish and maintain a spirit of solidarity among African American students. In addition, its purpose is to create a sense of awareness within the Davidson College community regarding the contributions of African Americans, to provide an outlet for the social and cultural needs of African American students, and to support the African American citizens of the town of Davidson in overcoming any problems that they may face. All Davidson College students are eligible to be members of the BSC.
Davidson Africa Students Association—DASA is a student led organization designed to promote African Awareness and culture. Open to all members of the community, DASA sponsors many cultural and social programs throughout the year.
Exchange Programs —Davidson College has cooperative arrangements with Howard University and Morehouse College which provide students opportunities for study at campuses with significant African American student, faculty, and staff populations. Study may be arranged for a year or a semester.
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr./Black History Month Cultural Arts Series —During the months of January and February, an assortment of activities commemorating the history and accomplishments of African Americans are held on campus. Typical activities include a gospel songfest, speeches from political leaders, lectures by historians, art exhibits, films, and literary performances.
OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students)—OLAS is a student-led organization for all members of the Davidson Community interested in the Latin American culture. They sponsor a variety of social and cultural events throughout the year.
Pre-College Enrichment Program —This is a summer pre-orientation experience for incoming students of color. Participants are involved in an assortment of activities designed to facilitate their adjustment to college life.
Second Family Program—African American and Hispanic, first- and second-year students have the option to participate in a “Second Family” program with selected faculty and staff. Under the auspices of the Academic Affairs and Dean of Students Offices, this program facilitates students’ adjustment to campus by giving them an opportunity to develop a rapport with established members of the college. The “second family” and student develop one-to-one relationships via participation in various activities of mutual interest.
S.T.R.I.D.E. (Students Together Reaching for Individual Development in Education)—S.T.R.I.D.E. is a support program for first-year, ethnic minority students to assist with their adjustment to Davidson College. A series of designed experiences offer academic, cultural, and social support, as well as, vital information to aid students in understanding and working effectively within the college community.
Community Service at Davidson
Davidson College believes that education should encompass more than academic excellence. Because meaningful and challenging experiences often contribute profoundly to individual development, Davidson aims to incorporate community service into the lives of its students, faculty, and staff.
The increasing need for volunteers in the surrounding community invites student participation at many levels. Students often engage in community service work inside and outside the classroom. Students may enroll in courses which include a community service component; courses of this kind exist in political science, foreign language, biology, economics, English, and psychology. In addition, students may pursue independent study work addressing community concerns. Outside the classroom, United Community Action (UCA), a student-run organization, coordinates many student community service efforts and works to address community needs.
UCA works closely with the staff in the Community Service Office to discuss developments in the community, to plan activities that build self- and community- awareness, and to coordinate on-campus programming related to community service. Projects such as service trips over student breaks, the annual Project Life Bone Marrow Typing Drive, the Ada Jenkins After School Program, tutoring, and weekend construction work with Habitat for Humanity are some examples of UCA's work.
The college employs three staff members who work with students on a regular basis to coordinate and initiate community service efforts or projects. Overall, Davidson provides a wealth of one-time and on-going opportunities for students to work directly in the community in meaningful ways.
Bonner Scholarship Program—The Bonner Scholars Program offers 20 four-year, developmental, field-based community service scholarships each year as an alternative to Federal Work-study placements. The program's mission is to provide opportunities for students with financial need to use their talents in the surrounding community. The Bonner Scholarships integrate individual initiative and leadership with intellectual, spiritual, and emotional growth.
Students interested in writing, editing, photography, or broadcasting enjoy working with the following:
The Davidsonian: a weekly newspaper, edited, written, and managed by students. It has received an All-American rating by the Associated College Press numerous times since 1951.
Libertas: a news and arts magazine written, edited, managed, and produced by students. Libertas, established by students in 1996, emphasizes student issues as well as Davidson's place in the larger community.
Quips and Cranks: the college yearbook, a student project.
The Wildcat Handbook: a guide designed to acquaint first-year students with the traditions, policies, activities, and personnel of the college.
Hobart Park: an experimental magazine begun by students in 1979 to encourage writing and graphics by students and faculty.
WDAV-FM: a 100,000 watt classical music/fine arts station for Greater Charlotte and the Piedmont. Training is available for interested students; qualified students hold jobs on the staff.
DCTV: an in-house cable channel broadcasting to the campus. The station is a project of the College Union and welcomes all interested students.
WALT-AM: the student, local-band radio station. WALT has a varied musical format and is entirely student operated.
The Office of College Communications depends upon student employees as writers, designers, and photographers.
The Office of Career Services exists to aid students in the ongoing and lifelong process of career development. The staff helps students individually to explore their interests and the work around them, define their unique niche, and take meaningful steps toward career preparation. This may include vocational assessment, community service, travel and study abroad, internships, graduate school, or a successful job search.
From their first semester at Davidson, students are encouraged to think about plans for the future, especially summer options and semester internships. An information sheet is kept on each student to help guide the career counseling process.
Exploration of Interests: Davidson students are encouraged to explore their options to discover areas of true interest. Self-assessment—through personality and interest inventories, one-on-one career counseling with staff, and interactive workshops-helps students discover where their career interests lie. Students are then coached to explore these interests through informational interviews, mentorships, and internships.
Seminars and workshops on resumes, cover letter writing, internship and job search techniques, networking, interviewing, and industry panels of alumni prepare students to make career decisions.
Internships and Summer Jobs: All students are encouraged to participate in summer jobs and internships to explore career interests, to gain experience, and to enhance personal development. Through Davidson's relationship with a consortium of leading colleges and universities. Career Services provides an online database of internship, community service, and personal development opportunities. Summer experiences include internships in virtually every career field imaginable.
Alumni and Parent Resources: Students are encouraged to seek information and advice on careers from alumni and parents. Indexes of all alumni are available in the office, citing type and place of employment, to help students understand the range of personal resources available to them.
Career Resources Library: Organized by vocational clusters, the library provides specific career planning and job search resources. These include information on various career fields; internships and summer jobs; service opportunities; and local, national, and international employers. A unique feature of the library is an international section that includes guides for researching overseas job and service opportunities.
Campus Recruiting: Seniors are offered a variety of structured experiences designed to assist with a job search. Alumni and employers offer resume critiques and mock interviews based on students' needs. In the past year 395 organizations requested resumés of Davidson students through Career Services. Seniors also have the opportunity to interview in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. through the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium. Through a partnership with CSO Interfase, Davidson provides extensive online job search and campus recruiting support to students.
Graduate School Guidance: In close partnership with faculty, Career Services supports students in selecting and applying to graduate and professional programs, and researching sources of financial aid. Each year graduate school recruiters from across the country visit campus to talk with interested students.
Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, Pre-Management and Pre-Ministerial societies are headed by Davidson faculty and supported by a Career Services staff member. In addition, an extensive graduate fellowship file is maintained for opportunities in a variety of fields.
Taking Time Off: Students may wish to spend a semester away from campus to go abroad or enhance their professional development. The career counselors are available to provide counseling and assist with planning.
The college provides for the health and safety of students through professional services and institutional policies. A few are described below. Complete information is available from the Office of the Dean of Students.
Student Counseling Center —The Student Counseling Center (SCC) offers a broad range of counseling and psychological services. Some students seek consultation at the SCC in learning new skills associated with time management, stress management, and study techniques and habits. Others desire information and assessment regarding interests, abilities, and personality. Counseling is offered regarding a variety of life circumstances, from coping with the difficulties associated with studying and living in a busy environment, dating, or moving away from home, to coping with changes in family life brought on by divorce or death of a family member. Students with a learning disability or Attention Deficit Disorder also benefit from counseling services. Eating disorders, anxiety, depression, or substance abuse can also be addressed at the SCC.
The SCC is located in the same building as the Student Health Service. Staff are doctoral level licensed psychologists and other trained and experienced health professionals. Up to ten sessions per year are available to each student at no charge. (Arrangements can be made for students needing additional sessions.) The relationship between student and counselor is professional and is fully confidential within the confines of safety of self and others. A counselor is "on call" by pager (704-356-2118) after-hours and weekends for psychological emergencies.
In addition to one part-time, private psychiatrist on-site, the SCC has established referral relationships with excellent nearby private psychiatrists. Students are financially responsible for such private services. Entering students who are already receiving counseling or psychiatric services and wish to continue at Davidson are encouraged to contact the director (Dr. David Staton at P.O. Box 7188 or at email@example.com) in the summer before arriving on campus. The SCC provides for education/prevention by presenting talks and workshops to student groups and staff/faculty during the academic year.
Student Health Service—The Davidson College Student Health Service provides routine health care with the services of a full-time nursing staff and part-time staff of physicians contracted with nearby medical groups. The staff includes a full-time health educator who is available for individual consultation and extensive health-related programming. A nutritionist is also accessible for individual consultation in Vail Commons.
The Student Health facility is open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a registered nurse on duty. Nurses provide routine screening and lab services and run an allergy clinic for students requiring allergy shots. The services of physicians are provided on an appointment basis during "Sick Call," weekday afternoons. Same day appointments are available for urgent problems.
After-hours and weekends, the nursing staff provides an "on-call nurse," who is available by pager (704-337-7047), to consult with students by phone about health concerns. The nurse can determine if the student needs to be seen immediately at the Student Health facility, referred to a local emergency room, or seen at the next Sick Call.
All outpatient services are available to students at no additional charge, with the exception of laboratory work, medical supplies, and medication, which are billed to the student's college account.
The infirmary section of the facility has a limited number of beds available for the care of students who need observation and supervision, for those who have infectious diseases or short-term orthopedic needs, and for others whose illness calls for time away from the residence hall setting. (It is not a hospital; care is similar to what would be received at home.) There is a $25 fee per night for an overnight stay which covers meals, bandages, and other routine medical supplies.
When students require medical care beyond the scope of the Student Health Service, the staff can assist in making arrangements for appropriate care at an area hospital. In emergencies, this may include obtaining local ambulance services. Occasionally, the physician may refer a student to a specialist as needed.
Dental care is available to students at their own expense through two private dental practices in Davidson. An optometric practice is available in the neighboring town of Cornelius. Ophthalmologists are available in Cornelius (4 miles), Mooresville (7 miles), and Charlotte (19 miles). A private physical therapist is available in Davidson.
Services for Disabled Students—The college does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or education of students. The Associate Dean of Students serves as the point of contact for all matters regarding disabled students. Disabled students who request help are able to receive individualized assistance.
The Associate Dean of Students assists disabled students in locating available resources in the college community and ensures that services are provided consistent with applicable law and college policies. Additionally, there are various student organizations that provide support and information to students with disabilities.
Special procedures have been developed for students handicapped by learning disabilities. Students who seek adapted instruction on the basis of a learning disability undergo an evaluation by college-designated learning specialists, usually at the student's expense. The results of the evaluation, made available to the college with the student's permission, may include recommendations for compensatory learning strategies to be used by the student and recommendations for services and accommodations to be provided by the college. Using these recommendations as a guide, strategies are developed to enhance learning strengths and compensate for learning difficulties.
If any adjustments to academic requirements are recommended, they are considered by the Curriculum Requirements Committee. The result may be approval of the recommendations or a substitution for the academic requirement.
A copy of the Policy for Disabled Students at Davidson College and additional information regarding services provided by the college to disabled students are available in the Office of the Dean of Students. Hearing impaired students may contact the office via the TDD Relay Services through Southern Bell at 1-800-735-2962.
Weapons—The Davidson College Campus Police Department enforces state laws concerning the possession of illegal weapons on campus. Weapons, including but not limited to, firearms, explosives, fireworks, and martial arts weaponry are not permitted on any property owned or leased by Davidson College. Violators are subject to disciplinary action and criminal charges. The college also reserves the right to remove from the possession of anyone on campus (or their residence) any item which may be deemed a threat to the safety and well being of others on campus. Such items include, but are not limited to, knives, pellet guns, and other objects, which in and of themselves may not be illegal.
The college reserves the right to suspend, enforce the withdrawal of, or expel a student whose academic standing is unsatisfactory or a student who violates the Honor Code, the Code of Responsibility, or college regulations. For copies of the codes, write to the Office of the Dean of Students.
The Dean of Students, after consultation with healthcare providers, professors, counselors, or other individuals, as appropriate, may require the temporary withdrawal of a student who is suffering medical or psychological problems. The student will be encouraged to seek professional care and will be considered for readmission when the student's condition has improved and after consultation with the care provider.