The spiritual life at Francis can be seen everywhere you turn—in classes, in residences, in chapels, in student-led Bible studies. Prayer, worship, dialogue about God and His Word, and Christian fellowship flow through the course of each day here at Francis.
Once each week we gather as a community for chapel. These services are dynamic times for responding to the Holy Spirit and the truth of the Word. Passionate worship marks these strong times together. Guest speakers as well as faculty members and selected students bring messages of encouragement and challenge from God’s Word.
The administration and faculty of the institute seek to be sensitive to both the needs of the students and the direction of the Holy Spirit. Periodically, a special day of prayer and worship may be called for the purpose of spiritual reflection and renewal, with the entire school community uniting together for the day.
At least once annually, a special series of chapel services is planned for ministry emphasis. The speakers are men and women of God who exemplify Christian leadership in the Church and/or the world.
Throughout the book of Acts we read how God visits His people when they gather together for times of prayer, praise, and worship. Our doctrine calls on us to “identify ourselves with the visible Body of Christ.” We interpret this call to mean that each member of the Francis community should participate regularly in the life of a local church.
We assemble together in local congregations to allow the Word to work in us with authority and mutual accountability. We do this so that the gifts can work in and through us by the power of the Holy Spirit. We gather as well, to fellowship among God’s people, who are the true temple of God by His Spirit. New students are required to visit several churches in the local area prior to selecting a “home church.”
We believe it is important for students to attend their home church consistently. Students who absent themselves from church services without legitimate excuse communicate that they are not in accord with the purposes of the institute.
As part of his or her spiritual development, each student is expected to regularly participate in a small group. These groups provide an opportunity for Bible study, fellowship, and accountability. Many students meet in a small group provided through their church; others participate in various groups that meet on campus.
All members of the Francis community (administrators, faculty members, staff, and students) are encouraged to maintain a rich, daily devotional life. Times alone with God in Bible study, meditation, prayer, fasting, and praise are invaluable in forming the character of Jesus and in receiving the empowerment of the Spirit. In addition to private devotions, it is not unusual for students to meet regularly with other members of the campus community for special times together in God’s presence.
During orientation, a school administrator will familiarize the student with the School facilities, services, grading policies, graduation requirements, etc. as described in this catalog. Francis University welcomes any suggestions as to ways in which any aspect of the school can be improved. Suggestions should be directed to the school’s staff or dean’s office.
You may contact our dean office or administration’s office to schedule an appointment. At Francis University, the available counseling issues include but are not limited to student’s emotional, psychological, relational, and even spiritual problems and crises. And the counseling services may help students experience healing, support, guidance, coaching, and reconciliation in resolving their own concerns.
Individual counseling is offered in a confidential setting to assist students in achieving personal and educational goals. In order to maintain feelings of trust and safety, the basic information concerning services will be considered confidential.
Based upon the information presented in the grievance, steps toward resolution shall begin with informal discussions, headed by the Dean of Academics or Dean of Students. Resolution shall be attempted at the lowest possible level.
If informal recourse fails to resolve the grievance within a reasonable time after filing, then the President of Francis University will schedule a Student Grievance Committee meeting. The voting members of this committee shall be comprised of the Dean of Academics, Dean of Students, and one faculty member who shall sit on the committee on a rotating basis.
A copy of the grievance shall be given in writing to the person(s) against whom the complaint is brought. The Committee shall review and consider documentary records, which relates to the case, including the grievance and its supporting documentation, and any documentary evidence or statement by the person(s) against whom the complaint was filed. Committee members shall arrive at a judgment in consultation among themselves. A majority vote of such members may make recommendation, as appropriate, for disciplinary actions, or for changes in policy.
The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day Francis University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, Dean of Students, or Academic Dean written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. Francis University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by Francis University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. The student should write Francis University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record he or she wants changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If Francis University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, Francis University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided at that time.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is defined as a person employed by Francis University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Directors; or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, Francis University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Sierra States University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
In accordance with Section 99.37 of the FERPA regulations, Francis University reserves the right to publish directory information about students, including the student’s name, local address and phone number, academic program (including major, minor, and concentration), and home church.