Apr 16, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services Information

Student Life

Student life at Lipscomb University embraces a model where the city is our campus and the world is our classroom. While that’s the case, there is an amazing amount of activity that happens on our campus. You are invited to be an engaged participant in campus life. A broad array of community activities including worship, athletic events and social gatherings are regular occurrences at Lipscomb. These opportunities, services and responsibilities are described in detail in the graduate student handbook, which can be found on the Lipscomb website. Each graduate student is expected to read and respect the guidelines outlined in the handbook and live in a way that upholds the ideals and purposes of Lipscomb University.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center (CDC) is dedicated to providing opportunities for self-assessment, occupational exploration and professional preparation for both current students and alumni as they develop their career goals. The CDC is located in the lower level of the Bennett Campus Center. We assist students in understanding their skills, interests and values while connecting this knowledge to various career options, career exploration and on-campus recruiting.

Upon entering Lipscomb University, students may utilize the Career Development Center’s services and they are immediately granted an account in Bison JobTrax, our on-line internship and job posting website. All CDC services, including career counseling, are available to alumni of the university at no cost as a part of a lifelong relationship between Lipscomb and its students.


Graduate students have the opportunity to engage with employers at various networking and career fair events during the year. In addition, the CDC can help students connect with alumni or mentors for professional development or informational interviewing.

Some students may be interested in working an internship or professional part-time job while pursuing graduate studies. The CDC has resources to help connect you with those opportunities. Contacting the CDC for your individual needs is the most effective method of reaching your career goals. Please contact us at careerdevelopment@lipscomb.edu.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center offers a variety of free counseling services provided by licensed professional counselors an Graduate Student Interns under supervision. Access to our full range of counseling services is available to currently enrolled University students who need help with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, personal or family problems, eating disorders, substance abuse, grief, anger and conflict resolution, abuse, academic issues, or other concerns, including adjusting to life on campus.

The Counseling Center also provides various on-campus education programs, support groups, break-out chapels and other events that cover a variety of mental health issues and provides opportunities to encourage and support student mental health and wellness.

Our counseling services are confidential in a comfortable and private setting. The Counseling Center adheres to very strict confidentiality standards.  Any information provided is strictly confidential. Counseling records are not part of the student’s educational record.

The Counseling Center is located in the basement of Elam Hall South, on the corner facing Bison Square and the Campus Center.  Normal operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.

University students may request an appointment on the University Counseling Center website at lipscomb.edu/counselingcenter or by coming into the office to make a request.  The phone number is 615-966-1781.  After office hours, call 911 if it is an emergency or call the Lipscomb Crisis Intervention line at 615-966-SAFE (7233) or Lipscomb Security and Safety at 615-966-7600.

Your college years will be some of the most exciting and memorable years of your life.  They might also be filled with challenges, questions and anxiety.  That’s when it can be helpful to know someone is available to help, listen and support you when you need it most.  The University Counseling Center is dedicated to ensuring you have what you need to feel successful and supported throughout your time on campus.  Seeking help through the Counseling Center does not imply weakness.  It shows strength and a personal commitment to becoming a stronger person.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is located in Room 141 of the Beaman Library. The ASC houses the Lipscomb University Writing Studio, math lab, and the Office of ACCESS Ability Services, as well as additional academic resources. The ASC is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Writing Studio appointments may be scheduled by visiting the ASC or by calling the ASC for details at 615.966.1400.

ACCESS Ability Services

Lipscomb University is committed to providing equal access to education, housing, facilities and all school sponsored events through a dedicated effort to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and state and local regulations regarding individuals with disabilities. Pursuant to these laws, no qualified individual shall unlawfully be denied access to or participation in any services, programs, or activities of Lipscomb University on the basis of their disability. Lipscomb University will provide reasonable accommodations for the needs of qualified students as they pursue post-secondary education.

An individual with a disability is a person who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; OR (2) has a record of such impairment; OR (3) is regarded as having such impairment.

Lipscomb University recognizes that disabilities come in all shapes and sizes, and can include physical, mental, social, and learning disabilities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals, as outlined by the above regulations. Any accommodation request, however, that is unduly burdensome to the university or fundamentally alters the nature of the service, program, course, or activity cannot be fulfilled.

Please contact the Director of the ACCESS Ability Program, Mrs. Kaitlin Shetler, with any questions, requests, or concerns regarding services and accommodations provided for individuals with disabilities.  You can reach them at 615.966.6301 or 1.800.333.4358, ext. 6301 or fax at 615.966.5079.

Testing Services

The Academic Success Center supervises the administration of educational tests (MAT, CLEP). It also oversees the SAT and ACT national testing programs on designated Saturdays. Any questions regarding these should be directed to 615.966.6021.

Health Services

Health Services is located in the Crisman Annex behind Crisman Administration Building. Normal hours during the school year are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with shortened hours during the summer. The clinic is closed on school-recognized holidays. The clinic is staffed by nurse practitioners and registered nurses. Students at Lipscomb University can conveniently receive health care for acute illnesses and injuries. All health services are confidential unless the student specifies disclosure information. Allergy shots, TB skin tests and some vaccinations are available in the health center throughout the year for specified fees. There is a sliding scale beginning at $10 per visit for consumable products. Payment for prescription medications, imaging and laboratory services will be up to the student and may be billed to his/her health insurance plan. Health insurance is recommended for all students but is not required.

Graduate students must complete a graduate student health record form and submit it to Health Services before starting class. Students who have not submitted the Health Record Form within the first week of enrollment will have a hold put on their registration until it has been completed. This hold could prevent the student from registering for subsequent semesters.

The state of Tennessee requires that all students born after 1956 provide proof of two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations or a titer showing immunity. If there is not immunity to all three diseases, a booster shot will be required. For students born after 1979, proof of chickenpox disease (documented date of disease or a titer) or two varicella vaccines is required. All students must also have tuberculosis (TB) screening in the form of a skin test, blood test or risk factor questionnaire within the last year. A chest x-ray must be submitted for any positive skin test. Health profession students have additional requirements outlined by their respective schools or departments.


Beaman Library connects researchers to scholarly material and resources. Visit the library’s website at library.lipscomb.edu to search through more than 372,000 e-books, 150,000 print books, and more than 100 electronic databases providing access to thousands of journals. In addition to e-journals, Beaman Library has print journals that you may browse. Beaman houses bound volumes, current periodicals, microforms, the University Archives and Special Collections, primary sources, and non-print materials in various formats. 

As a Lipscomb student, you have access to bibliographic citation tools APA Style CENTRAL and EndNote. These tools assist with managing bibliographies, citations, and references, making citing research papers easier. Learn more about  APA Style CENTRAL at http://libguides.lipscomb.edu/apastylecentral and EndNote at http://libguides.lipscomb.edu/endnote.

Research can be daunting and overwhelming. Knowing where to begin can make all the difference. Beaman’s Library Research Guides are a great place to begin. Library Research Guides, also known as LibGuides, give information on locating books, journals, and databases as well as research guidelines related to a particular field of study. They serve as a type of subject guide of carefully selected resources that will help you as you locate the most appropriate sources and information that you need. Check out all of Beaman Library’s LibGuides at http://libguides.lipscomb.edu/.

The 47,000-square-foot facility features group study rooms and casual seating areas for quiet study, leisure reading, and research. Access library holdings through the online catalog at library.lipscomb.edu or from the Lipscomb website through the University Library link under Academics. The Library website contains information for accessing materials, library hours, policies, services, and staff. Face to face research instruction still matters at Lipscomb University. Librarians seek to serve and are available for one-on-one research instruction.

Beyond electronic resources, Beaman Library offers a multitude of services, such as interlibrary loan for books and articles, iPads for checkout, color copying, color printing, fax machine, electronic device charging stations, and scanners. Lipscomb University’s IT Help Desk is available in Beaman Library, too. Beaman Library awaits you whatever your research needs may be.