2012-2013 Brenau University Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2012-2013 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Introduction & General Information

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Visits to the Gainesville Campus

Brenau welcomes visitors to the main campus in Gainesville throughout the year. The administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. See the telephone directory in this Catalog for important phone numbers.

See our web site at www.brenau.edu for complete maps and directions.

Here are directions to Brenau from several locations:

From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to I-985 north. Take exit 22 off I-985 and turn left onto Georgia Highway 129 N. Follow 129 and turn right onto Washington St. Brenau is on the corner of Washington and Boulevard.

From Chattanooga: Take I-75 south to the Georgia Highway 20 exit in Cartersville, Ga. Follow Georgia Highway 20 east through Canton. Before you reach Cumming, turn left onto Hwy. 369. Continue on Georgia Highway 369 for about 40 minutes and you will arrive in Gainesville. When you enter Gainesville, Georgia Highway 369 becomes Jesse Jewell Parkway. Turn left onto Georgia Highway 129 and right onto Washington St. Brenau is on the corner of Washington and Boulevard.

From Greenville, SC: Take I-85 south to Georgia. At Jefferson, GA., take the Georgia Highway 129 exit, and turn right on Georgia Highway 129 N. Follow 129 and turn right onto Washington St. Brenau is on the corner of Washington and Boulevard.

Although every effort is made to provide accurate and current information, Brenau reserves the right to change, without notice, statements in the Catalog concerning rules, policies, fees, curricula, courses, calendar or other matters. Students enrolled at Brenau agree to comply with its rules and regulations and to comply with any necessary changes. The material contained in this Catalog is provided for information only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between any student and this institution. The faculty and administration of Brenau University assume that students read and understand its requirements and policies prior to entering the university.

Brenau makes no claim that a course of study will lead to positions of employment.

Student Responsibility


All colleges and universities establish certain requirements which must be met before a degree is granted. These regulations concern such things as curricula and courses, majors and minors, required institutional testing and residency requirements. Advisers, faculty and deans assist students in meeting these requirements; however, students are responsible for fulfilling them. If these responsibilities have not been satisfied at the end of their course of study, degrees will be withheld until the student satisfies these requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with and to complete the chosen course of study.

To remain in good standing, students also are required to meet their financial obligations as specified in this Catalog. Failure to do so will result in the withholding of grades and/or transcripts until bills are paid in full. Students whose accounts are not current will not be allowed to register for courses until accounts are paid in full or a payment plan is approved. These obligations must be met prior to the registration deadline or first day of class. Students are held responsible for being acquainted with regulations and procedures as stated in this Catalog and other official publications of Brenau. Therefore it is important that students read these publications and remain informed throughout their academic career.

Admission to and attendance at Brenau University is a privilege and not an inherent right. The University expects students to conduct themselves with dignity, courtesy, responsibility and integrity and with due respect for the rights of others. Students may be involuntarily withdrawn for failure to comply with institutional policies, requirements and standards of conduct.

Mission of Brenau University


Brenau University challenges students to live extraordinary lives of personal and professional fulfillment. As students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees or non-degree programs at Brenau campuses and online, each prepares for a lifetime of intellectual accomplishment and appreciation of artistic expression through a curriculum enriched by the liberal arts, scientific inquiry and global awareness.

Brenau University fulfills its mission by:

  • Designing intellectually and artistically stimulating academic programs grounded in the liberal arts;
  • Providing a student-centered environment that support the highest level of individual achievement;
  • Inspiring community responsibility and service to others;
  • Developing a progressive curriculum that conforms to or exceeds the best national standards and respects individual worth and equity;
  • Establishing a culture that is intolerant of mediocrity;
  • Attracting and retaining an exemplary faculty and staff committed to the intellectual, creative and ethical growth of Brenau students;
  • Maintaining its position as a nonsectarian institution that respects individual spiritual choice, including the Judeo-Christian heritage of the University’s founders and encouraging the understanding of diverse global traditions and beliefs;
  • Operating in a fiscally responsible manner;
  • Offering its services and facilities to the external community for cultural, civic and intellectual enrichment without compromising University principles.


Accreditation and Affiliation


Brenau University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brenau University. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

Additional accreditations have been awarded by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, the Collegiate Commission for Nursing Education, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for teacher education programs, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC), the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The institution also holds memberships including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the American Association of University Women, the American College Testing Program, the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Council for Undergraduate Research, the Georgia Associate of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, the Georgia Library Association, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the National Collegiate Honors Council, the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the Women’s College Coalition.

Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education
Brenau University is a member of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE). Its mission is to advance Atlanta-area higher education through academic collaboration, corporate and community partnerships and public awareness, offering programs and services for cross-registration, interlibrary sharing, cooperative purchasing, research initiatives and public policy. More than 130,000 students from 50 states and 165 countries attend ARCHE institutions. The Atlanta region is an international center for business, transportation, communications, information technology, academic research, science and health care.

Other ARCHE member institutions include Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Clayton State University, Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Oglethorpe University, Savannah College of Art & Design (Atlanta), Southern Polytechnic State University, Spelman College, State University of West Georgia and the University of Georgia. For more information, contact www.atlantahighered.org or the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Brenau University.

Governing Board – Board of Trustees
Brenau is governed by a self‑perpetuating board of trustees of up to 40 members, nine of whom are nominees of the National Alumnae Association of Brenau. All members are elected to serve for three-year terms. The purpose of the board is to set policies that ensure academic excellence in a fiscally responsible manner.

Phi Kappa Phi
The honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. The organization inducts about 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually from more than 300 colleges and universities in North American and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has inducted more than a million members.

Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC)
Brenau is one of more than 800 institutions of higher education in the United States designated as a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) to accommodate the special educational needs of veterans and active‑duty military personnel who desire to attend college while in service. As a Servicemembers Opportunity College, Brenau awards credit for selected educational experiences and courses completed in the armed services and serves as the host college to selected credits earned at other colleges. 

Institutional Organization


Brenau University resides as the overarching structure to three points of matriculation for students: the historic Women’s College , a single-gender living and leadership opportunity; the Undergraduate School , for women and men seeking to begin or complete a baccalaureate degree; and the Sidney O. Smith Jr. Graduate School  for students seeking to complete a master’s or doctoral program. All students, regardless of matriculation point, locate their academic home in one of the four academic colleges that offer University courses, major and/or degree programs: Health and Science, Fine Arts and Humanities, Education, and Business and Mass Communication. The academic unit determines the appropriate delivery for its courses, majors, and programs: daytime, evening/weekend, online or hybrid.


History of Brenau


Founded in 1878, privately owned Brenau University has evolved from a school primarily for the education of women into a highly regarded coeducational institution for undergraduate and graduate studies through multiple learning platforms. In 2008 trustees approved a strategic framework for the university that will help it maintain the single-gender Women’s College and Brenau Academy for those who chose that learning environment. However, Brenau will also expand to become the region’s foremost doctoral degree-granting institution in myriad academic, research and professional disciplines.

Although the institution never received direct support or affiliation with any religious organization, it first opened its doors as the Georgia Baptist Female Seminary. Located near the north Georgia mountains, site of the first major gold strike in the United States, owners in 1900 officially changed the name to Brenau – a linguistic blend of a German metallurgical term, brennen and the Latin-based elemental symbol for gold, Au. Hence, Brenau students become “as gold” refined “by fire”.

In the late 1960s, in response to the needs of a non-traditional student population, Brenau launched evening and weekend courses for men and women on the Gainesville campus. The Brenau Board of Trustees decided to allow the admission of men into this program at the junior and senior level. Through the years, the structure of the evening and weekend studies and online studies gradually evolved from a branch of the Women’s College to separate administrative units reflecting the growth and the multiple purposes of Brenau. Currently Brenau has satellite campuses in four Georgia locations – The Atlanta suburbs of Norcross and Fairburn, Augusta and Kings Bay near Brunswick and Jacksonville, Fla. The institution became Brenau University during the 1992-1993 academic year.

Brenau has been governed by eight presidents. The first administrator, Dr. W.C. Wilkes, organized the faculty and constructed the school’s first buildings. After Wilkes’ death in 1886, Dr. A.W. Van Hoose purchased the institution and continued operating it as an individually owned nonsectarian seminary. In 1893 Dr. H.J. Pearce bough half ownership and ultimately, in 1900, full ownership. With the exception of a three‑year period, from 1910 to 1913, when Dr. T.J. Simmons was associated with the institution, Brenau was continuously administered by Dr. Pearce until his death in 1943.

At that point, a faculty committee under the leadership of Pearce’s widow, assumed leadership. In April 1945 Dr. Josiah Crudup became president and served until 1965. He is remembered for his efforts to beautify and restore the campus property as well as to improve Brenau’s financial status. After Crudup’s retirement trustees appointed Dr. William K. Clark, who served until May 30, 1970 when Dr. James T. Rogers began a 15-year term as Brenau’s sixth president. Dr. Hugh M. Mills Jr., succeeded Rogers and served as interim president from June 30, 1985 until the appointment of Dr. John S. Burd the following November. In Burd’s 20-year tenure, the president made numerous campus and financial improvements, including sizable growth of the university endowment, construction of the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts and making significant additions to the Permanent Art Collection of Brenau. Dr. Burd retired December 31, 2004. Dr. Ed L. Schrader assumed leadership of Brenau University January 1, 2005. Schrader and continues as president.

Campus Locations


Main Campus Location

Brenau University is located about 50 miles north of Atlanta in Gainesville in Hall County Georgia, which is the primary industrial, agricultural, medical and educational center for the northeast section of the state. The population of the greater Gainesville-Hall County area is approximately 175,000. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of about 1,300 feet, Gainesville enjoys the best weather the four seasons have to offer. It was this climate, which promotes outdoor living the majority of the year that more than 100 years ago first brought Gainesville to prominence as a health resort and made Hall county a venue for the Olympic Games in 1996. Residence in Gainesville provides access to a wide variety of recreational opportunities. In addition to the local attractions, the Atlanta metropolitan area offers many amenities within an hour’s drive by interstate. Lake Lanier, Georgia’s largest lake, borders Gainesville on two sides and provides a wealth of recreational enjoyment. Just beyond the nearby Georgia-North Carolina border awaits the Great Smoky Mountains with the breath-taking vistas and year-round recreational possibilities. The area’s close proximity to numerous tourist attractions such as Stone Mountain, Six Flags Over Georgia, ski resorts, the Chattahoochee National Forest and several Georgia state parks provides a constant variety of scenic and entertainment pleasure.

Brenau also enjoys a close relationship with institutions of higher education. Within miles of the Gainesville campus are Gainesville State College, North Georgia College and State University, Piedmont College, Truett-McConnell College, University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Emory University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Atlanta and many others.

Brenau’s main 56-acres campus, which includes both buildings and a large wooded area, is situated two blocks from the center of Gainesville in the attractive, historical residential area of town. The campus buildings are grouped in what approximates two quadrangles and include 15 academic buildings, nine residence halls, eight sorority houses, an amphitheater, fitness center, tennis complex, performing arts center and other structures.

Additional Locations of Brenau

In addition to the main campus in Gainesville, Brenau offers students the opportunity to seek both undergraduate and graduate degrees at various locations in Georgia.

Directors for these locations are listed in the Administrative/Support Staff section of this catalog. Smaller programs may be offered at other locations on a special basis. Members of the administrative staff and faculty visit each off campus location periodically. In addition, off campus classes are evaluated on a regular basis. The purpose of these visits and evaluations is to provide a direct liaison between the students and faculty at distinct locations and the main campus.

All policies, standards and procedures applied on the main campus are applied to off campus locations, unless otherwise specifically indicated. 

Cross Registration between Divisions


All courses are open to all Brenau University students. However, all programs are not available in all formats.

Enrollment of Early College Program (EC) students in College-Level Classes   Through Brenau University’s Early College Program, exceptional female high school age students have the opportunity to be dually enrolled through the EC and complete high school diploma requirements while accelerating into their college experience. These students have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies or up to two years of college credit.

Cultural Activities at Brenau


Brenau Galleries.  Three Brenau galleries on the Gainesville campus provide educational opportunities and visual arts experiences to the university and North Georgia communities by presenting major art exhibitions each year, often paired with presentations by the artists. In addition the university holds an impressive permanent collection of sculpture, paintings, photography, historically important clothing and other items in its permanent collection. Items from the collection appear frequently in gallery exhibitions as well as in long-term display in public areas on all Brenau campuses. In 2010 Brenau university became the first academic partner of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, an arrangement that provides students internships and other special access to the museum’s exhibitions and behind-the-scenes operations.

Gainesville School of Ballet. The Gainesville School of Ballet, housed in Brenau facilities, provides instruction for dance students from the age of three through adult. Attached to the school, it is a regional ballet company that offers performances and lecture demonstrations throughout the year. Qualified Brenau students may work with this company. 

Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Comprising students and faculty of Brenau and Gainesville State College, community members, visiting artists‑in‑residence and guest performers, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GTA) is one of the most outstanding college‑community performing companies in the Southeast. The group uses facilities at Brenau and Gainesville State College for professional quality preparation and performances. It stages several major productions, usually a musical, a drama and a comedy, in addition to studio productions. GTA includes Wonderquest, an extremely popular program for local children and school groups. 

Other Cultural Activities at Brenau  Additional cultural opportunities on the Brenau campus include the Vocal Chamber Ensemble, Spectrum Singers, student and faculty art shows, musical performances, comedy shows, Lyceum programs, the Brenau Collaborative Art Show and endowed programming initiatives that have brought to campus documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, husband-and-wife political pundits James Carvill and Mary Matalin and internationally acclaimed author Khaled Hosseini.

The Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute  The Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute, known ad BULLI, is a non-credit educational opportunity for mature adults who wish to stimulate their thinking and expand their knowledge. During each of the four terms of the year, they may choose from some 12 to 14 courses that meet for an hour and a half once each week, as well as take part in a variety of activities outside the classroom.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for the administrative operation of the Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute. Guided by the Center for Lifetime Study, the BULLI program offers a wide diversity of courses from the academic to the technical, from recreational to the artistic. No college experience is needed or required for membership in BULLI and neither tests nor grades are given. BULLI issues no certificates or other official documentation.

Instructors of BULLI classes are a mix of members of the Brenau faculty, instructors from other colleges and universities, community experts and knowledgeable fellow BULLI members.

Alumni Association


Alumni Association
The purpose of the Alumni Association is to stimulate and vitalize interest in the welfare of Brenau University and to foster a lifetime of learning, community and engagement among its alumni and friends. All University and Academy students who completed at least one full semester are entitled to membership in the Association

General University Policies


University Class Attendance and Participation Policy 

All grades and evaluations earned by the student and issued by the faculty are based upon the quality of the student’s overall academic performance both in and out of class. Students are expected to attend and participate in class regularly, and to assume responsibility for meeting all requirements as specified in the course syllabus. Because of the differences in schedules, and contact hours, there are different attendance policies for the day, evening and weekend, and online sessions. 

Student Responsibilities

  1. Students are responsible for all material covered in each course for which they are registered. In no instance does absence from class relieve a student from the responsibility for any course work.
  2. Students are responsible for complying with both the institutional attendance policy and any special attendance regulations specified by the instructor in the course syllabus.
  3. Students are responsible for initiating any request to make up work missed because of a class absence. The decision to assist the student with make-up work, including tests, in every case rests with the instructor.
  4. Students should explain the cause of every absence from illness or other causes to the instructor, who if the absence is justified may grant the student a chance to make up work missed as a result of the absence.

Faculty Responsibilities

  1. Faculty may prescribe reasonable requirements relevant to the course of instruction. At the beginning of each semester, they shall inform students in writing of any special requirements. Each syllabus shall state the institutional attendance policy and any academic consequences of excessive absences as well as any special attendance requirements. In no case shall any individual policy conflict with university policy.
  2. Faculty should keep a record of class attendance for their enrolled students.
  3. When a student in the Women’s College has been absent from 25 percent of the classes in any semester, the instructor shall report the absences in writing to the vice president for student services and may recommend appropriate action. If the student is a recipient of VA educational benefits, the instructor must also report these absences to the director of veteran’s services by the next workday after the second absence for a class which meets once a week.
  4. Faculty are responsible for counseling with students regarding the academic consequences of absences from class or laboratory sessions.
  5. Faculty are responsible for arranging make-up work when an absence is excused. The student must initiate the request for make-up work in writing, along with a written explanation of the absences.

Academic Rights  Recognizing the mutual rights and responsibilities of faculty and students to each other is essential to the higher education community. The following statement reflects Brenau policies and procedures regarding those rights and responsibilities.

  1. Academic freedom includes both the freedom to teach and the freedom to learn; students should exercise their freedom with responsibility.
  2. As citizens and members of an academic community, students are subject to the policies and regulations of the institution and responsible for preserving high standards of conduct and scholarship.
  3. Students are encouraged to engage in a sustained independent search for truth and to develop the capacity for critical judgment. This is the responsibility of everyone in a community of scholars.
  4. Students may take exception to points of view offered in any course and reserve judgment about opinions expressed, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course in which they are enrolled.
  5. Students are protected through established procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation, but they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.
  6. Students have the right to request review of grading systems with faculty for clarification; such review is to be conducted responsibly and should promote better student faculty understanding.
  7. Confidential information about students which instructors acquire in the course of their professional association is to be maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. (See Student Records section of this catalog).
  8. Students have the right to belong to any university organization if they meet membership requirements.
  9. Students have the right and responsibility to participate in determining their courses of study within the guidelines of the discipline and must assume responsibility for meeting degree requirements as set forth in their major programs of study.
  10. Students have the right to examine and discuss in a responsible manner questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately in a like manner.

Academic Honesty

Brenau University is an academic community actively engaged in scholarly pursuits. As members of this community, students are expected to recognize and honor standards of academic and intellectual integrity. Brenau supports the ideals of scholarship and fairness by rejecting all dishonest work when it is submitted for academic credit. Brenau University encourages students to be responsible and accountable for their decisions and actions. It is Brenau’s hope that its students will uphold the honor of the university by refraining from every form of dishonesty in the community. Any attempt by students to present the work of others as their own or to pass an examination by improper means is regarded as a most serious offense and renders those students who do so liable to disciplinary action. Assisting another student in any such dishonesty or knowing of this dishonesty and not reporting it, is also considered a grave breach of honesty.

Plagiarism  Plagiarism is the act of taking the words or ideas of another and representing them as one’s own.

Cheating  Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to, giving or receiving unauthorized assistance, before, during or after an examination or assignment, falsification or misrepresentation of information in an academic exercise or assignment, unauthorized use of someone else’s password or account number and submitting work more than once without the consent of the instructor. 

Disciplinary Action  Brenau University faculty will make every effort to deal with suspected violations of academic dishonesty.

  1. Faculty will submit an Incident Report Form detailing the violation and action taken to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs(VPAA), where it will be kept on file. Should a faculty member be unable to deal with a student suspected of academic dishonesty, the VPAA will contact the accused student concerning the incident.
  2. The student will be given the opportunity to discuss the incident with the VPAA. If the student admits guilt, the VPAA will administer the appropriate action according to the sanctions on academic dishonesty. If the student denies guilt, the VPAA, in consultation with the Dean of the College and the instructor involved, will evaluate the evidence and determine appropriate action. (In cases where the incident occurred in a class section taught by the VPAA, the matter will be handled by the Vice President for Enrollment Management and the Dean of the respective college.)

Appeals Process

  1. Should the student disagree with the action taken by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, an appeal process may be initiated by the student under the University Grievance Policy.
  2. The case will be immediately referred to the Hearing Board. The Hearing Board will consist of three faculty members appointed by the VPAA and the Dean of the College from which the Incident Report Form was submitted. The student may request a faculty member or student development administrator to attend the hearing on her behalf.

Sanctions  This includes plagiarism, cheating and dishonesty, in classroom or in class-related activities. The following sanctions represent the minimum action that will be taken. It is the prerogative of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to impose stronger sanctions if deemed appropriate.

  1. 1st offense: “0” grade on assignment
  2. 2nd offense: “F” in the course in which the offense took place
  3. 3rd offense: Expulsion

Disciplinary Rights   Except as otherwise provided in the Student Handbooks, students shall have the right to a hearing when accused of any violation of Brenau regulations or rules of conduct. The right to a hearing shall include the following:

  1. right to notice of any charges;
  2. right to admit or deny the alleged violation, waive a hearing and accept Brenau’s action;
  3. right to admit the alleged violation but request a hearing;
  4. right to deny the alleged violation and request a hearing;
  5. right to a fair hearing;
  6. right to appear in person at a hearing or not to appear with assurance the failure to appear shall not be construed as an admission of guilt;
  7. right to select a university adviser;
  8. right to call witnesses and present evidence in ones behalf;
  9. right to request a list of witnesses;
  10. right to confront and cross examine witnesses and accusers;
  11. right to request a record of the hearing if the offense involves possible suspension or expulsion;
  12. Women’s College students should address their request for a hearing to the Assistant Vice President for Student Services.
  13. Nonresidential students should address their request for a hearing to the program director at their instructional site.

Appeals Process

  1. Women’s College students have the right to appeal to the Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services, the Administrative Review Board and then to the University President. (Women’s College students should refer to the Women’s College Student Handbook for further information regarding hearings & Honor Court processes.)
  2. Nonresidential students have a right to appeal to the Associate Vice President for Nonresidential Programs, then to the Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services who may convene the Administrative Review Board, then to the University President.

Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Brenau University is committed to complying with all applicable requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other applicable federal and state laws. Brenau does not discriminate in violation of these laws in its programs and services available to all admitted students.

The Learning Center assists qualified students with disabilities in obtaining a variety of services, directed by the University’s Disabilities Service Provider. The University’s Compliance Officer coordinates the University’s efforts in complying with federal, state and local laws such as Section 504 and ADA, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The University Compliance Officer:
Dr. Wayne Dempsey, C.F.O.
Executive Vice President
The Disabilities Services Provider (DSP):
Dr. Vince Yamilkoski
Learning Center Director

Brenau University
500 Washington St. SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3697
(770) 531-3116

Brenau University
500 Washington St. SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3697
(770) 534-6134

Eligibility for services is determined by the DSP and individuals must self-identify and provide proper documentation as outlined by the DSP. After eligibility is approved, students meet with an assigned coordinator to develop an individualized service plan that identifies appropriate accommodations and services.

Section 504 and ADA Grievance Procedures. Brenau University has established an intra-institutional grievance procedure which allows for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints in relation to Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and its subsequent amendments and impending regulations. The complaint should be filed, in writing, with the University’s compliance officer, the executive vice president and CFO (EVP). The official complaint should contain the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the complaint and a brief description of the alleged violation of the ADA. The complaint should be filed within 30 calendar days from the time the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation. An investigation, as may be appropriate, will follow the filing of a complaint. The EVP will conduct the investigation and will involve other appropriate parties as required. The investigation will be thorough and complete. A written determination of the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution, if any, will be issued by the EVP and a copy shall be forwarded to the complainant with 45 calendar days of the filing of the complaint. The EVP shall maintain all files and records relating to the complaint held. 

In cases where the complainant is dissatisfied with the resolution, he or she may request a reconsideration of the case. The request and reason for reconsideration should be made within 15 calendar days to the EVP. If no resolution can be found within the institution, the alleged grieved party is free to pursue other remedies.

Please refer to the chart at the end of this section of the Catalog for a complete listing of where to obtain further information about a variety of services and information.

Title VI and Title IX Compliance

Within the stated Purpose of Brenau University, the institution is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veterans status in its recruitment, admissions, employment, facility and program accessibility or services.

Grievance Procedure 

Purpose  It is a continuing goal of Brenau University that work, study, teaching and service proceed unencumbered by any form of disagreement that is capable of resolution. Every individual in the Brenau community will seek to resolve problems at the point of origin. If such resolution is not feasible, first the mediation and then the formal grievance processes outlined below should be used. Individuals at every level of leadership will be expected to assist with this process when requested to do so by one of the parties.

The primary objective of a grievance procedure is to insure that concerns are promptly dealt with and resolution reached in a fair manner for all parties concerned. It is essential that each complainant be given adequate opportunity to bring complaints and problems to the attention of the University administration with the assurance that each will be given fair treatment. The grievance procedures of Brenau University are designed to provide effective means for resolving legitimate issues that are subject to the grievance process.

Grievance Definition  A grievance is defined as dissatisfaction occurring when a complainant feels or thinks that any condition affecting him/her is unfair, inappropriate or creates unnecessary hardship.

Definition of Formal and Academic Grievances  Brenau University affords two grievance procedures, depending on the nature of the grievance. The Formal Grievance procedure is for non-academic concerns and the Academic Grievance procedure is for concerns related to classroom issues other than grade appeals. These procedures should be enacted once the Informal Grievance Resolution options have failed to bring about a solution.

Informal Grievance Resolution  The initial phase of the grievance procedure is oral discussion between the complainant and the University instructor, administrator or staff member alleged to have caused the grievance in order to communicate and resolve the problem. The meeting should be held as soon as the complainant first becomes aware of the problem. If the complainant has good cause not to meet with the person(s) alleged to have caused the grievance or considers the response to the grievance to be unsatisfactory causing the grievance to still exist, then the complainant should consult with the person’s supervisor to attempt to resolve the problem. Should the matter remain unresolved to the satisfaction of the complainant, then the complainant may file a formal grievance or academic grievance. Problems between students should be brought to the attention of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services or his designee, for discussion and resolution.

The Formal Grievance Procedure  To file a formal grievance, the complainant should detail their grievance in writing outlining the events of the incident limiting information to factual details and persons directly involved. The Grievance Complaint Form (download at Brenau Intranet site above) must be signed by the complainant and dated then filed with the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services within thirty (30) days of the initial incident. The Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services will serve a copy of the Grievance Complaint to any and all parties which the complainant has included in the grievance and the Hearing Officer. The Hearing Officer will be the designee of the Vice-President of Enrollment Management and Student Services for non-academic, formal grievances.

Within seven (7) working days of the Grievance Complaint the accused parties will submit in writing their explanation, if any, to the Hearing Officer. Upon request, the parties will submit for inspection and/or review any evidence relevant to the grievance which the parties have knowledge of to any other party to the action. Within fourteen (14) working days of the filing of the Grievance Complaint the Hearing Officer will have a preliminary hearing to determine if there is probable cause to proceed with the grievance and attempt to resolve the matter.

The hearings may not be tape recorded. Hearings may not be attended by outside agencies or attorneys, as these are informal and internal proceedings. All grievances written are confidential and no outside third party shall be provided a transcript of the proceedings without the consent of all parties involved. Violation of confidentiality may result in dismissal from the University or termination of employment.

If the Hearing Officer determines that there is not probable cause to support the Grievance Complaint, then the Hearing Officer will dismiss the grievance in writing stating the reasons for that finding. Such decisions may be appealed to the President who will have final authority on that issue. The appeal must be filed within seven (7) working days of the Hearing Officer’s decision and state with specificity and clarity the reasons for the appeal.

If the Hearing Officer finds there is probable cause to support the grievance, the Hearing Officer may resolve the grievance or pass the resolution to a Grievance Committee, which is ad hoc. The Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services will appoint appropriate members to the Ad Hoc Grievance Committee. The committee will consist of two administrators (one of which must be a Student Services staff member), two students and two faculty members. The Hearing Officer will serve as chair and will not have a vote. Within fourteen (14) working days the Grievance Committee will convene a hearing to determine the resolution of the grievance.

The Formal Grievance Committee will hear the matter and resolve the dispute subject to the following:

  1. The Complainant will present all relevant evidence to the Committee, subject to examination by the other parties and/or the Committee.
  2. The other parties will present all relevant evidence to the Committee, subject to examination by the complainant and/or the Committee.
  3. Other persons may be allowed to present evidence at the sole discretion of the Committee Chair.
  4. Transcripts of the hearings will be taken by a Committee member designated by the Chair.
  5. The Committee will make a written finding within seven (7) working days of the hearing which will contain the decision of the Committee and findings of fact that support the decision. This written finding will be filed with the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services. The Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services will serve a copy on all appropriate parties and the President.
  6. All documents, transcripts and decisions related to the Grievance Complaint will be held in a secure location within the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services’ office.


* Grade appeals are not covered by this procedure. Students dissatisfied with their grades must follow the procedures outlined in the Student Catalog.

To file an Academic Grievance, the complainant must follow all procedures as outlined in the Formal Grievance Procedures with the following exceptions:

  1. The Academic Grievance Complaint would be turned into the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty who will in turn designate a Hearing Officer from the Faculty.
  2. The Committee will consist of two Faculty Members, one Department Chair, one Academic Dean and two Student Services staff members. The Hearing Officer will serve as the Chair and will not have a vote. Within fourteen (14) working days the Academic Grievance Committee will convene a hearing to determine the resolution of the grievance.

Academic Grievance Committee Procedure  The Academic Grievance Committee will hear the matter and resolve the dispute in accordance with the procedure outlined in the Formal Grievance Procedures with regard to changes in personnel involved as stated above.

Appeals  The appeal process is available to complainants addressing decisions of the Hearing Officers or a Grievance Committee. Either party may appeal the decision, within seven (7) working days, to the President who will have the final authority over the matter. The President normally will only consider the written record of the evidence, including the Grievance Complaint, complainant file, responses, transcripts of the meetings and written reason for the appeal, in order to render a decision in the matter. 

Required Disclosures Brief Description Where to Obtain Person Responsible
Rights under The
Family Educational
Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Rights to and procedures for inspecting, reviewing and requesting amendment to a student’s educational Record.
  • Right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information.
Office of the
(770) 534-6203
Barbara Wilson
Registrar and Director of Student Records
Loan Deferments for
Performed Services
  • Terms and Conditions of Stafford Loan deferment for service in the Peace Corps, service under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 and volunteer service for tax-exempt organizations in the field of community service
Financial Aid Office
(770) 534-6152
Pam Barrett
Assoc. Vice President for Enrollment Mgmt & Director of Financial Aid
Available Financial
  • Description of all available federal, state, private and institutional financial aid programs, including application forms and procedures, eligibility requirements, criteria for selection and award determination.
  • Rights and responsibilities of students receiving Title IV and other financial aid, including criteria for continued eligibility, satisfactory academic progress standards, method and frequency of disbursements, terms of loans, employment conditions and exit counseling information.
  • Title IV eligibility for study abroad
Financial Aid Office
(770) 534-6152
Pam Barrett
Institutional Information
  • Cost of attendance, applicable refund policies and requirements for the return of Title IV funds
  • Information regarding academic programs and requirements for officially withdrawing from the institution
  • Entities that accredit, license or approve the institution and its programs and procedures for reviewing this documentation
  • Description of any special services and facilities for disabled students

Accounting Office
(770) 534-6150

Holly Reynolds
Financial Aid Office
(770) 534-6152
Pam Barrett
Office of the Registrar
(770) 534-6203
Barbara Wilson
Office of Academic Affairs
(770) 534-6119

Dr. Nancy Krippel

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Office of the Executive VP
(770) 531-3116

Dr. Wayne Dempsey
Executive Vice President and CFO
Completion/Graduation Rates
  • Completion or graduation rate of cohort of degree-seeking, full-time undergraduates
Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
(770) 538-4711
Dr. Robert Cuttino
Director of Research and Planning
Campus Security Report
  • Statistics for three most recent calendar years concerning the occurrence of certain offenses on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property and public property that were reported to campus security or local police
  • Policies regarding procedures to report crimes committed on campus and the institution’s response to such
  • Policies concerning the security of and access to campus facilities
  • Policies concerning campus law enforcement
Office of Student Services
(770) 534-6130
Scott Briell
Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services
Completion/ Graduation Rates for Student Athletes
  • Number of students who enrolled, along with number of students who received athletically-related student aid
  • Completion or graduation rate of cohort of degree-seeking, full-time undergraduates
Office of the Athletic Director
(770) 534-6230
Michael Lochstampfor Athletic Director

Other Policies and Regulations

Inclement Weather Policy

  • Gainesville, North Atlanta and South Atlanta campuses:  Weather alerts and information pertaining to emergency weather situations will be issued via the e2Campus Emergency Alert Systemas soon as decisions are made regarding class cancellations. This is the most up-to-date, authoritative source of information for the university. Brenau maintains a dedicated phone line which will be activated during questionable weather periods and will provide a recorded message advising you whether or not classes are in session. The weather line is available 24 hours per day. Call (770) 534-6772 (or ext. 6772 from a campus phone) for the weather line. This line cannot be updated if personnel do not report because of weather issues, therefore we strongly recommend that you use the e2Campus alert system. Brenau will continue to notify local media outlets in Gainesville as well as the major networks in Atlanta for weather-related bulletins.
  • Campuses other than Gainesville, North Atlanta and South Atlanta: Weather alerts will be issued in means considered most effective for each campus. Please consult the site director for detailed information. 

E2Campus Emergency Alert System

All students, at all instructional sites, are strongly encouraged to register for the e2Campus Emergency Alert System. This “opt-in” service can be personalized so that students can only receive alerts relevant to their location(s). To register go to e2Campus and click on the ”I need to create an account” link. Students should select the campus group where they attend classes to receive message relevant to their geographic area. There is no charge for the service; however, standard text messaging fees may apply.

Students, faculty and employees may select as many options for notification as they choose, including cell phone, home or business telephone land lines, text, personal and Brenau e-mail and other options through social media services such as Twitter. When Brenau officials post an emergency alert, notifications on all elected devices occur immediately, while alerts posted on the university Web site or through news media may not occur that quickly.

Automobile and Parking Regulations Gainesville Campus

Parking Stickers Required   Vehicles parked on the Gainesville campus on a regular basis must be registered and display a current parking sticker. Vehicles may be registered at the Owens Student Center during regular office hours. Students, faculty and staff will be issued parking stickers which should be displayed on each vehicle’s rear left bumper or window as appropriate. A fee is assessed for a student parking sticker. Visitors may obtain temporary parking permits at no charge at the Owens Student Center or the Campus Security Office.

Approved Areas  

  • Gainesville Campus: Students, faculty and staff with valid permits may park in any Brenau parking lot and on city streets in approved parking spaces. Brenau parking lots include: the area behind Van Hoose, the Academy Street lot, the tennis court, the Jacobs Building, the Prior Street lot (in front of the sorority houses on Prior), the Fitness Center, the Tea Room, the Burd Center, the Northeast Georgia History Center, the Student Center, the Library and the Featherbone (Brenau East) parking lots. Any cars parked illegally or in unauthorized areas may be booted and a fine imposed for improper parking. Booting and fine questions should be directed to Campus Security. All designated handicap parking slots are patrolled by the municipal police departments and violators are fine by those entities.
  • For campuses other than Gainesville: Parking policies and approved parking areas are designated by the local site officials. For information, contact the main office at your site.

Damage to Property and Facilities

The taking, damaging or malicious destruction of property belonging to Brenau, its visitors or any member of the Brenau community is prohibited.

Students are responsible for any damage to Brenau’s property at any location where classes are offered, beyond normal wear and tear. For such damage, a minimum charge of $50 or the cost of repair, whichever is greater, will be assessed. 

Drug and Alcoholic Beverages Policy

Brenau recognizes the extreme dangers arising from use and abuse of drugs and alcohol and consequently has restricted their use on its campuses. Actions of this nature are a serious offense and will be handled accordingly through appropriate administrative channels. The use, possession, or sale of any illegal, dangerous, or controlled drugs on any Brenau campus or at any Brenau sponsored event is prohibited except for the proper use or possession of drugs prescribed by a person legally authorized to do so. However, Brenau reserves the right to discipline any student abusing prescribed medications, when the abuse interferes with the orderly atmosphere essential for the learning environment. For the complete policy, please see the student handbook. 

Fire Regulations

If a fire should occur in a campus building, the first concern is the safety of the occupants. Unless the fire is very small (ie. in a wastebasket), call 911 or 8-911 IMMEDIATELY. (Campus Security may be summoned for assistance with inconsequential fires by calling 770-534-6202 or 1234 from any campus telephone.) If there is any doubt about whether to call the fire department, err on the side of safety. Give your name, location of the fire (physical addresses of each building are located on the exterior of each building) and directions. Occupants should evacuate the building by the primary means of escape or an alternate escape route if the primary route is unsafe. Once you have evacuated, call Campus Security if they are not already on the scene.

Smoking/Tobacco Use Policy   Realizing the health implications of local, state and federal “no-smoking” movements associated with the use of tobacco products, Brenau University has implemented the following policy: 

  • In an effort to create a modified smoke-free environment on our campuses, not only for the benefit of those who work here, but for the benefit of students and visitors, university policy prohibits the use of tobacco products on campuses with the exception of designated outside areas.
  • No smoking or tobacco use is allowed in any buildings, entrance or exit doorways or anywhere on the front campus. The designated outside smoking areas are limited and marked.

Emergency Doors  Use of emergency doors is strictly prohibited except in the case of actual emergency. Setting off fire alarms, except during actual emergencies, is strictly prohibited.

Firearms/Weapons Policy

Firearms and other dangerous weapons are absolutely prohibited at all times on all university property. Firearms cannot be stored in vehicles. Because of the potential danger from misuse of such weapons, any failure to comply with this rule shall be subject to penalty. Anyone failing to comply with this policy will be subject to penalty by local, state and federal laws in addition to campus disciplinary measures.

Student Support Services


Academic Advisement

All Brenau students are assigned a faculty adviser when they enroll. Women’s College freshmen are required to enroll in 1st Year Seminar and are assigned a faculty adviser as well as a peer adviser. (See Women’s College section of this Catalog.) All other students are assigned an adviser in their major or in a related department. Specific advisers are also designated for undecided majors. Students should consult their adviser with any academic questions or concerns. All students should consult a current Brenau catalog for information and policies related to their course of study.

Academic advising is a developmental process, which assists students in the clarification of their life and career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of this goal through the careful consideration of a student’s plan of study. It is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an adviser; it is continuous, multifaceted and the responsibility of both student and adviser. By considering all aspects of a student’s life, the adviser serves as a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences that takes place both inside and outside the classroom through course and career planning and academic progress review and as an agent of referral to other campus agencies as necessary.

All students should meet with their academic adviser at least once a semester, more as needed.

Academic Support – Students who are placed on academic probation may be required to meet or participate in supportive academic activities.

Brenau Trustee Library

The Trustee Library sustains and enhances the University’s academic learning environment through the provision of a welcoming physical and virtual presence that effectively guides and instructs users on the rich variety of information resources selected for their needs.

Library Collection. The collection contains approximately 85,000 print volumes, more than 60,000 ebooks and a core selection of print journals as well as a media collection of DVDs, videos and Cds. In addition some 200 databases provide access to approximately 16,000 electronic journals, magazines and other publications. The online resources are accessible to local and distance students around the clock. Library resources are specifically selected to support the mission and curriculum of Brenau, providing students with information needed to successfully complete their coursework. The Library also offers a browsing collection of popular fiction and non-fiction books for pleasure reading. Special Collections, which includes the Bentley Rare Books Room and the Watson Collection, contains rare and valuable materials. These are available for use in Special Collections, by appointment. Should the student require additional materials not available on site, the Library has reciprocal

Library Circulation Policies and Procedures. Books and music scores from the Trustee Library, with the exception of reserve and reference items, can be checked out of the library for a two-week period, renewable once. Please note that materials can be renewed online. Students may borrow up to 15 items at a time. Periodicals, reference books and media items may be checked out to faculty for instructional purposes. Students may use these resources inside the library.

All items are due back in the Library by the end of the last day of exams for each academic term. Fines are levied at the rate of 25 cents per day for all non-reserve materials that are owned by the Trustee Library. Reserve and Information Delivery materials carry a $1.00 per day late fee and two-hour reserve books carry a late fee of 25 cents per hour. For lost items, library users will be charged an amount necessary to replace the item at current prices plus 10 dollars. Students are responsible for returning all materials and paying all late fees prior to receiving grades or transcripts. Transcripts will be held for lost items and late fees until these charges are cleared.

Research and Instructional Services. The Trustee Library provides courses, classes and personalized instruction to teach undergraduate and graduate students how to research the literature of their discipline effectively. Instruction and assistance are available to all students on all Brenau campuses.

Additional Support Services. The Library is an Internet “hot spot” for wireless laptop access and provides computers, printers, copiers, DVD players, VCRs and group and personal study rooms for student use. It houses two peer tutoring facilities, the Writing Center and the Math SPA, as well as the Language Bistro, a state-of-the-art language instruction facility. Also located in the Library is the Redwine Technology Center, a complex including a student computer lab, several computer-equipped study rooms for individuals and groups and two instructional labs. Photocopiers, printers and scanners are available throughout the Library and the Redwine Technology Center.

The Trustee Library also provides an Information Delivery service for all current students, faculty and staff. Information Delivery contains two key components:

  1. Users may request articles and books that are not available in the Library’s collection and we will see to borrow the needed material from another library on behalf of the user.
  2. We deliver, via campus courier or mail, articles and books to the Brenau students who do not attend class at the Gainesville campus.

Forms for Information Delivery are available in the Library or online. Please allow up to 20 working days for materials to arrive. Please keep in mind that a user may request up to five (5) items per week. This service is typically free, but occasionally there may be some costs for difficult to obtain items; users will be notified of any costs prior to obtaining an item and all costs are the responsibility of the patron. The Trustee Library complies will all Federal copyright laws.

Hours of Operation. The Trustee Library is open throughout the year, closing for Brenau University holidays and inclement weather. In addition, the library closes for Formal Convocations, Graduation and other special Brenau University functions. During those times of the year when classes are not in session, the library closes for the weekends and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closes for the weekends. Changes in library hours are posted at the entrance to the building, announces on the Brenau Intranet, entered on a voicemail message [(770) 534-6113] and submitted to university publications.

Hours of operation while classes are in session:  
Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6: 30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Student Services

General Information  Student Services employs student services professionals who facilitate appropriate and responsible development of the whole person by enhancing and supporting students’ academic goals, by assisting the students and by demonstrating individualized concern for their moral, ethical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical well being.

Residence Life  All Women’s College students under the age of 22 are required to live on campus in approved residential housing. Students who are 21 years of age as of the final drop/add date of the semester and who have a 3.0 cumulative GPA may live in the Brenau student apartments. Information about student apartments can be obtained from the Residence Life Office. Students who live with a parent or legal guardian within commuting distance (50 mile radius) from campus may be exempt upon approval of a written request submitted by parent or guardian. This request should be submitted to the dean of student success and retention at least a month before the beginning of the semester the student plans to live off campus. Students who are married and/or have dependents are not required to live on campus. Family/married student housing is not available.

Students who have earned 90 academic credit hours or are 22 years of age may petition for permission to live off campus, independently. This request must be submitted by the student to the dean of student success and retention at least one month before the beginning of the semester in which the student wants to change residential status.

Students who are members of a sorority must bring written recommendation from the sorority president and adviser that permission is granted to move out of the sorority house.

Convenient and suitable living arrangements are provided for all single residential students in Annex, Bailey Hall, Crudup Hall, East Hall, Simmons Hall, Van Hoose Hall, Virginia Hall and Yonah Hall. In addition, six national sororities have houses on campus.

New students are housed in residence halls on the basis of information obtained from their Housing Application Form, availability of rooms and date of housing deposit. Returning students are given priority in selecting the coming year’s room according to the number of academic credit hours they have completed There are a limited number of private rooms in each residence hall. Upper-class students may submit a written request for a private room with the understanding that the room can not be guaranteed. If a private room is granted the student is responsible for an additional private room charge. Freshman will not be housed in private rooms. The director of residence life is responsible for these arrangements.

Residence halls and sorority houses are equipped with kitchens (no ovens), laundries and study areas with computers. The use of microwaves or small refrigerators in the student rooms are permitted in all residence halls and AGD sorority.

Brenau reserves the right to inspect rooms for conditions relating to the health, safety and welfare of students and assessment of damages as stipulated in the student housing contract and in detail in the Student Handbook.

The university strives to maintain adequate security, but does not assume responsibility for loss of or damage to students’ possessions. To ensure maximum security, the university encourages families to cover students’ possessions on their current homeowners policy.

The residence halls and sorority houses are staffed with live in professionals and paraprofessionals. The Residence Life staff is dedicated to creating an environment in which the student can grow and develop as a total person. Their aim is to enable students to live in a community that is safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

Student Activities  In an effort to maximize the undergraduate experience, the Office of Student Life and Leadership offers a unique array of co-curricular opportunities that enhance and support the academic and social transition of Brenau University students.

Through the facilitation and implementation of on-going, quality programs, the Office of Life and Leadership provides programmatic resources that foster leadership, citizenship, character and interpersonal development in addition to cultivating student success in today’s global society. At Brenau, there are over 40 student organizations/leadership opportunities, 13 honoraries, 5 media groups, 6 intercollegiate sports teams and 8 national sororities.

Center for Health and Well-being. 

The Center for Health and Well-being advocates a holistic approach toward health, which includes the student’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. The services below are available to all currently enrolled Brenau students. All services are free and confidential within the limits of the law.

Chaplaincy  The Brenau University Chaplain promotes and coordinates religious and spiritual programs and activities for students, faculty and staff. The chaplain is available to students. who are experiencing crisis, dealing with personal problems or who just want to chat about their personal situations. The main Religious Life organization on Campus is the Brenau Spiritual Life Association which meets regularly. In addition, the Chaplain oversee the Servant Leadership Scholars Program, which trains and raises up student leaders who receive scholarships for their activities. The Chaplain is available for spiritual direction and counseling. No record of counseling is maintained in any academic, education or job placement file. Confidentiality is assured; information about counseling is only released with the student’s written permission.

Counseling  The Brenau University Counseling Center (BUCC) office is located at 205 Boulevard on the Gainesville Campus. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The University Counselor is happy to meet with any currently enrolled Brenau student during regular business hours at the BUCC. Appointments are strongly recommended. The BUCC offers free counseling to Brenau students who are experiencing problems that interfere with their lives, studies or relationships. The BUCC can also provide referrals to agencies and providers for those who need or prefer off-campus services. The BUCC is firmly committed to a code of confidentiality. All sessions are confidential within the limits of the law. Only in cases that threaten harm to self and/or others is information shared with those who need to know (family and other college personnel.)

Students at regional campuses, for whom travel to the Gainesville Campus during regular office hours is not an option, are encouraged to seek counseling services from the following resources: 

If you have insurance: Call your insurance company and ask about your “behavioral health coverage” to verify your benefits. If you have coverage, ask for a list of “behavioral health providers” in your area.

If you do not have insurance or you have Medicaid or Medicare and live in Georgia: Call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 to locate the nearest counseling center in your area. The Access Line professionals can connect you with services for addiction and mental health treatment along with child and adolescent services. You will have access to counselors and psychiatrists who can prescribe medications if needed. You may also call this 24/7 number if you are experiencing a crisis and need to talk with someone immediately.

Self-Directed Search: To locate a counselor or psychologist in the United States use the “Find a Counselor” option from the American Counseling Association at: 

www.counseling.org/Resources/CounselorDirectory/TP/Home/CT2.aspx or the “Find a Psychologist” option from the American Psychological Association go to http://locator.apa.org.

Health Services: The Health Services Clinic is located at 205  Boulevard on the Gainesville Campus. Clinic hours are 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Health Services staff is happy to see any currently enrolled Brenau students at the clinic during regular office hours. Services include: examinations and treatment of illnesses and women’s wellness exams. The staff of Health Services will provide information and referral assistance to other medical personnel and services in the area when necessary. Several wellness programs are offered throughout the year.

All residential students who have been accepted and have submitted a deposit will receive a health form an an immunization form that must be completed and returned to the Center for Health and Well-being prior to enrollment. A residential student cannot register for classes until this form is received. A registration hold will be placed on the students’ account if the health form and immunization form are not received.

All commuter students who have been accepted and wish to take advantage of the services offered through the Center for Health and Well-being must submit a health form before receiving services.

Career Services  Career planning is much more than a senior year experience. Students visit Career Services to receive information about selecting a major, learning more about majors and careers, securing an internship, writing a resume, developing interviewing skills, attending job fairs, job searching and attending graduate school. The office administers career assessments to help students identify skills, abilities and interests and learn more about majors and careers. Career Services assists all students and alumni with their career counseling and job search needs.

The office can assist you with the skills needed to conduct an effective, professional job search. Students looking for a part-time, full-time, seasonal job opportunity or an internship can log on to the JobBoard found on Brenau University’s Student Services (intranet: http://intranet.brenau.edu/dnn/) website. Please call (770) 534-6265 to make an appointment.

The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional support for Evening and Weekend Studies and alumni is available via email. Contact Brenau at (770) 534-6265 for current email contact addresses.

International Student Services  The Office of International Students & Programs is committed to the enrichment of all Brenau students through greater interchange between students from abroad and students from the United States. The director assists international students with their transition into the Brenau community, facilitates immigration reporting and provides services to help international students in their personal, social and academic adjustment to Brenau. Many activities designed to increase global awareness and cultural exchange on campus are coordinated from this office. The office also provides services to faculty and students seeking study abroad opportunities.

Internships  Concentrations offered within departments may require students to complete an internship in a practical work setting. Guided professional study is vitally important to the career orientation offered by these programs. Students should consult the department chair in their major and the Career Services Office to receive guidance in locating internships in their field of study.

Orientation  At the beginning of each semester, Brenau acquaints new students with campus life of the university. In the Women’s College, the “1st Year Seminar” course is required for all 1st year Women’s College students. Students in the Undergraduate School and the Graduate School can attend a new student orientation at their leisure offered via their personal Blackboard site.

Students With Disabilities  The Women’s College offers a program to students who have a professionally diagnosed learning disability. Services are also available for students with other disabilities. Tutoring, extended time testing, reading remediation, taped textbooks through Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic, study strategies and academic advising are among the services available. Students with disabilities attending evening classes on the Brenau campus, off-campus sites and online classes may also be eligible for services. All students must send documentation of a disability to Dr. Vincent Yamilkoski, at the Learning Center, 500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, Georgia, 30501. After a review of the documents, the student will be sent a letter stating the appropriate accommodations if any. Students may communicate directly to Dr. Vincent Yamilkoski at (770) 534-6133 or by email. The Learning Center will communicate with campus coordinators and professors concerning the implementation of the accommodations. Students may also present information and the Brenau Learning Center accommodations letter to the professors. Please see the Brenau catalog for further information concerning rights and appeals.


Aurum, the Women’s College yearbook, gives a review of university life.

Brenau Window published quarterly, is an award winning magazine distributed free of charge to more than 25,000 alumni and friends of the university

The Brenau Women’s College and Evening & Weekend Studies Student Handbooks, published annually, compile pertinent student information.

Cable Channel 95 publicizes university announcements, student and class-related information on campus and offers students the opportunity to produce their own video and music programs.

The Alchemist is Brenau’s online student newspaper.

The Elixir, the annual Women’s College literary magazine, publishes student writing, photography and art.

Update, a periodic faculty and staff electronic newsletter, provides information about events, activities, meetings and other items of interest about the university. Students are welcome to subscribe as well to RSS feeds that occur as new information is published in the newsletter.

WBCX FM, Brenau’s radio station, serves the Northeast Georgia area with eclectic music and locally produced programming by students and community volunteers under faculty and staff supervision.

Other Student Services

Hopkins Dining Hall  Hopkins serves meals according to the schedule posted at the entrance. Non residential students wishing to eat in the cafeteria may purchase a meal ticket or pay the attendant at the door the appropriate fee upon entering the dining area.

Brenau Tea Room  Located in the Student Union Building, the Tea Room serves a variety of sandwiches, salads and grilled items in a casual atmosphere and feature Java City.

The Post Office  is located in the lower level of the Louise Hancock Owens Student Center. All Women’s College students, Academy students, faculty and administrative offices are assigned a post office box.

Bookstore  The bookstore on the main campus of Brenau is located on Washington Street and operated by Barnes and Noble, Inc.

Information Technology


Brenau University’s Information Technology (I.T.) department manages academic and administrative technology for all users. The I.T. department offers students hands-on and virtual support through a Help Desk located in the Redwine Technology Center on Brenau’s main campus in Gainesville

Email Communication Policy  Email is the official internal means of communication for faculty, staff and students. This means that all students will communicate to faculty and staff using their Brenau-issued email address and faculty and staff will communicate with students using their Brenau-issued email address. The only exception to this policy is the Admissions Office when communicating with prospective students who have not yet received a Brenau-issued email address.

Email addresses are provided to students through a partnership between Brenau University and Google. This provides students:

  • Email account for as long as Google continues to provide the service
  • Email that is free with no advertising, available in a web browser
  • 24x7 support from Google
  • 25 GB of email storage
  • Spam and virus protection
  • Attachment sizes of 20MB
  • Access to Google Docs that include word processing, spreadsheets & presentation slides
  • TigerMail is directly accessible by visiting http://mail.tiger.brenau.edu.

TigerMail addresses end in @tiger.brenau.edu for all of our students.

Computing Ethics and Network Responsibilities  Computing and networking resources are provided to students, faculty and staff at Brenau to be used for a wide variety of purposes. Access to these resources is a privilege and not a right. These network resources are for the general benefit of the Brenau community and are continually updated and maintained to provide an environment that is consistent with the educational goals of the University. These resources are limited and how each individual uses them may affect the work of other members of the community and beyond. As our campus network is connected (through the Internet) to other networks worldwide, it is important that everyone be aware of his or her individual obligations and of what constitutes proper use and behavior.

The Computing Ethics and Network Responsibilities are published as a part of the various student handbooks, the faculty/staff handbook and other publications of the University. Because of the rapid evolution of computing and information networks, the University reserves the right to modify the text of these policies. While users will be kept apprised of any changes, it is the user’s responsibility to remain aware of current regulations. These are kept up-to-date at http://intranet.brenau.edu on the University’s internal web site.

In general, common sense is a good guide to what constitutes appropriate behavior and use of computers and networks. You should respect the privacy of others and use computing resources in a manner that is consistent with the instructional and research objectives of the University.

The following are behaviors that can create problems in a networked computing environment. This list of responsibilities should provide users with a good idea of what constitutes illegal or unethical on-line behavior. Everyone should note that computer users are governed by federal and state laws and University policies and standards of conduct. Violations of these rules or indeed, any disruptive situation (in which a person’s behavior on machines, accounts or file space under that individual’s control, creates a disruption of service to our clients) may be met by suspending access and services to the responsible parties and may result in disciplinary action. When there is reason to believe that illegal activities or significant infractions of our rules have occurred or are continuing staff may monitor a suspected individual’s computer files and activities. When necessary, the University may request the assistance of a law enforcement agency. It is not for the computing services staff to judge whether any request from a law enforcement agency to investigate suspected illegal activities affords due process and is of appropriate jurisdiction. The general practice is to defer such requests to the appropriate University Vice President.

1) Break-ins and Tampering

  1. You may not attempt to gain access to computer systems (on or off campus) for which you have not been granted access.
  2. You may not deliberately attempt to disrupt the performance of a computer system or a network, on or off-campus.
  3. You may not attempt to ‘break’ system security.
  4. You may not reconfigure computer systems to make them unusable for others.
  5. You may not attempt to destroy or alter data or programs belonging to other users.
  6. You may not modify residential computing network services or wiring or extend those beyond the area of their intended use. This applies to all network wiring, hardware and cluster and inroom jacks.

2) Theft  (including licensure and copyright violations)

  1. By the copyright laws of the United States and most other nations, virtually all program and application are copyrighted (see further description under Copyright Reminders, below).
  2. If you have not been given direct permission to copy a file, you are not permitted to do so.
  3. You may not copy or redistribute software or other information that is copyrighted. By recent changes of the US law, software piracy is a felony.
  4. You may not attempt to override copy protection on commercial software.
  5. The ability to find and read information on computer systems does not mean that the information is in the public domain. Having the ability to read does not necessarily grant the right to copy or redistribute. Nor, even in the case of certain information on the Internet, does ability to read mean that permission to read has been lawfully granted. Certain information, such as GALILEO, is licensed to be read by the Brenau community, though this does not grant the right to redistribute this information.

3)  Eavesdropping and Violations of Privacy

  1. All information on a computer system belongs to somebody; some of it may be private or personal information; some may consist of confidential information, trade secrets, or classified material.
  2. If you have not been given direct permission to read or access another person’s file, you may not attempt to do so.
  3. Brenau-specific or commercially obtained network resources may not be retransmitted outside of the University community. Examples include CINAHL, ERIC or other commercial information services available from the Brenau Trustee Library and private student-related information.

4)  Individual Responsibility and Archiving:

  1. Information stored by individuals on network servers, including e-mail, is the responsibility of the individual assigned and using that file space.
  2. Computer services provide backup for the e-mail and file servers only to the extent needed to restore services in case of a network failure.
  3. Periodic removal of excess and/or inactive files and accounts may be done to preserve available resources for current users.

5)  Forging, Password Sharing, Password Theft:

  1. You may not attempt to impersonate another individual by sending forged information such as e-mail, including spam (bulk unsolicited mail)
  2. Never give your password to anyone.
  3. You may not seek to determine another person’s password, through cracking, decryption, interception or other means.

6)  Annoyance and Harassment:

  1. Brenau University has written standards of conduct that seek to preclude annoyance and harassment by members of the Brenau University community (students, faculty and staff).
  2. You may not use computing to violate the University’s standards of conduct.
  3. You may not distribute electronic chain letters. These not only serve as annoyance, but also can severely disrupt computing and network performance. 

7)  Negligence and Misuse: (including private business)

  1. Having access to computing privileges (e-mail account, Brenau network connection, login or shared file space assigned to you), means that you have general responsibility for all computing activity that takes place from those accounts, connections or file spaces. The University’s connection to the Internet, for example, does not allow you to abuse that connection.
  2. Limited personal use of the Internet is allowed. However, the employee-user is reminded that use of any and all Brenau property is primarily for the purpose of business. Any personal use of the Internet is expected to be on the user’s own time and is not to interfere with the person’s job responsibilities.
  3. Access to the Brenau University computing network and the Internet is limited to members of the Brenau University community. Individuals within the Brenau community are not permitted to provide access to the campus network to those outside this community.
  4. Use of Brenau Computing facilities is intended to be consistent with the educational mission of the University; this does not preclude personal nor even commercial uses. Refer to the appropriate Handbook for your unit (Faculty/Staff, Women’s College or Evening and Weekend) to review the University’s limitations on the community’s use of computing facilities for commercial purposes.
  5. You should report any suspected illegal or unethical activity to the Chief IT Officer or the appropriate Dean’s office.
  6. You may not use chat rooms, Websites such as Facebook, MySpace, blogs and similar sites by identifying yourself as being associated with Brenau and revealing personal information or information about Brenau that is inappropriate, unprofessional or otherwise embarrassing to Brenau.
  7. Employees are prohibited from using a university owned computer to access pornographic web sites.

 8)  Copyright and Attribution – Reminders:

  1. We would like also to remind the community that by the terms of the Berne copyright conference (now a part of US law), virtually all material fixed in a tangible medium including photos, text (printed and electronic), music, software and broadcast performance is, indeed, copyrighted. This is true whether the copyright was registered or whether the material was published prior to the Berne accords.
  2. University rules governing attribution require that all users of Brenau computing networks acknowledge any use of ideas or other materials produced by others (in textual, pictorial, auditory or other forms) through a note clearly identifying both the source and the nature and extent of indebtedness. 
  3. Of special note is that despite the rapid evolution of case and statutory law concerning intellectual property, educational “fair use” exemptions for copyright protection may not protect redistribution of copyrighted material beyond or even within, University property. Accordingly, the University urges all authors and artists using Brenau University computing networks to either:
  • Use only original graphics, sound and text.
  • Provide written notification of licensure or copyright agreement with the copyright holder in such case as the work is by other than oneself, whenever such work is to be shared with others outside of the classroom context.

9)  Personal Computing Equipment:

  1. Students, staff or faculty members using their own personal laptops or other computers in classrooms or other spaces are encouraged to use battery power. They should also have charged extra batteries in anticipation of extended class meetings. The hazards posed by electrical cords that cross high traffic areas within classroom spaces introduce the danger of personal injury and potential damage to computer equipment. Brenau University assumes NO responsibility for costs associated with the loss of or damage to a student or instructor’s personal laptop or other computer and its associated peripheral equipment.

It is your responsibility to know and understand these ethics and responsibilities. If at any point you feel you may be in violation or know of a violation, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@brenau.edu so that we may correct it and minimize the risk to the university.

Minimum Requirements for Student Technology  Below are the recommended personal computing technology requirements for students to consider when purchasing a computer for use at Brenau University. The minimum requirements listed will satisfy all general academic needs. For questions about specific applications used for an area of study it is best to contact the administrative offices of that academic program to inquire about specific computing requisites and applications necessary to complete that program of study.

Please keep in mind the following minimum requirements for student technology:

  Windows Platform Apple Platform
Processor/Model Intel Core Duo, processor, 1.6 GHz or higher
Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher
MacBook Pro 6 or later
MacBook 5 or later
iMac 8 or later
Mac Mini 3 or later
MacBook Air 2 or later
Memory 2 GB 2 GB
Storage 320GB 320GB
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP or later
(Windows Vista if you use Internet Explorer)
Mac OS X v10.6.4 or later; 64-bit Intel processor
Supported Internet Browser
Adobe Flash
PDF Reader
Supported Internet Browser
Adobe Flash
PDF Reader
Internet Speed  Downstream: 3 Mbps Minimum
Upstream: 768 kbps Minimum
Downstream: 3 Mbps Minimum
Upstream: 768 kbps Minimum
Networking 100 Mbps Wired or 802.11g Wireless 100 Mbps Wired or 802.11g Wireless