Student Regulations/Information

General Information

Student Records

Annual Notification of Students and Employees

The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the confidentiality of certain student education records.  To implement FERPA, the University has formulated and adopted a written institutional policy governing the handling of these records.

Definition of a Student

A student is defined as a person who is enrolled in and is attending any course offering at Jacksonville State University.  This does not include prospective students.

Definition of a Student Record

The term “education records” under FERPA includes generally any record, whether in a printed, handwritten, audio, video, or computer media format, maintained by the University and containing information related to a student in his/her role as a student. The education record would consist of all classes the student has taken at JSU, the grades earned for those classes, all classes transferred to JSU from other institutions of higher education, the grades transferred for those classes, and all non-traditional credit that has been granted by JSU to the student: CLEP, AP, military service schools, or work experience, etc. Certain records are, however, excluded by FERPA from this broad definition, such as those made by instructional, supervisory, and administrative personnel and kept in their sole possession, those made by campus police, and those made by physician(s) or other professional medical personnel in connection with treatment of the student.

Access of Student Records to Student

Under FERPA and University policy, a student has a right of access to his/her education records and may inspect and review the information contained in them.  To exercise this right, the student should present a request to the University office where the record is located, and a response will be made no later than 45 days later.  In certain cases, a copy of the record may be provided, with a copying fee, as an alternative to the actual inspection.  Some records are not within this right of review, such as financial information from the student’s parents and confidential letters or statements of recommendation where the student has waived the right of access.

Amendment to Records

A student who believes his/her education records contain information that is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of his/her privacy rights may bring the matter to the attention of the appropriate records official.  If by informal discussion with this official the student does not obtain the corrective action desired, the student will then be entitled to a hearing at which he/she may challenge the objectionable item.  Additional information about hearing procedures will be given to the student at that time. The decision of the hearing official or panel shall be final.  If the decision is adverse to the student, he/she may insert in the education record an explanatory statement about the disputed item.

Record Disclosure to Others

A student’s privacy interest in the education record is further protected by the rule against unauthorized disclosure.  Generally, the University may not, without the student’s written consent, release the education record or personally identifiable information in it to other individuals or entities.

Disclosure in certain circumstances, however, is specifically excepted by FERPA from the foregoing rule.  For instance, "directory information" may be disclosed. Other circumstances include disclosure to certain parties-University personnel who have a legitimate educational interest in the information, officials of institutions where the student is seeking to enroll, parties to which the student is applying for financial aid, the parent of a dependent student, etc.; disclosure to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; or disclosure in connection with a health or safety emergency.  Under the first exception, “University personnel” includes any JSU employee, and a “legitimate educational interest” means that the employee has a need for access to the record to perform appropriate tasks clearly within the area of responsibility of the employee, to perform a task related to the education or discipline of the student, or to provide a benefit or service relating to the student.  Personally identifiable information will be transmitted by the University under these exceptions only upon the condition that the recipient not permit any other party to have access to it without the student’s consent.

Additional information can be found on the Department of Education’s website.

Definition of Directory Information

The University may release “directory information” without obtaining the student’s consent.  Directory information is limited to the following:

  • the student’s name
  • mailing address
  • telephone number
  • JSU e-mail address
  • enrollment status (full-time, part time), whether currently enrolled or not
  • class/level
  • major field of study
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • prior post-secondary institution(s) attended
  • JSU photographs
  • dates of attendance
  • thesis/dissertation title
  • degrees and awards received

A student may prevent the release of even this information, if he/she wishes, by completing a form provided for this purpose in the office of the Registrar.

Filing a Complaint

Any student who believes that his/her rights under FERPA have been violated by the University may notify and request assistance from the Registrar or the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The student may also file a complaint with the Student Privacy Policy Office, U. S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-5920.

Release of Transcript

Written permission is required to release a transcript.  The National Student Clearinghouse is Jacksonville State University’s authorized agent to release official transcripts.  All financial obligations must be clear to release the transcript.  Any transcript request received without proper signature, received without payment, or has a hold that prevents processing will be returned to sender.

Social Security Number

The student’s social security number is confidential. However, the Federal Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 requires all institutions to report certain data using the social security number. Therefore, the social security number must be provided to Jacksonville State University in accordance with the legislation. Federal law requires that students who apply for financial aid must use their social security number.

Authority for requesting the disclosure of a student’s social security number is in Section 7(a)(2) of the Privacy Act 1974 (5 U.S.C. 522a).

Regulations/Policies

Section 504/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Jacksonville State University has filed with the Federal government an Assurance of Compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. The university does not discriminate on the basis of disability, and no qualified disabled person shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity.

The coordinator of Section 504 and compliance officer for ADA is Jennifer Argo, jlargo@jsu.edu (256) 782-5769, 301-A Angle Hall.  Students seeking accommodations should call Services for Students with Disabilities at (256)782-8380 or visit the Student Success Center , 2nd Floor, Houston Cole Library.

Notification of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Sex

JSU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities that it operates. JSU is required, by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Department of Education regulations to implement Title IX, not to discriminate in such a manner. This requirement to not discriminate in educational programs and activities extends to employment by the university and to admission thereto. Questions regarding Title IX and the implementing regulations should be referred to JSU’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, or to both. For more information about the Title IX grievance procedure, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment and how JSU will respond to such complaints, please visit our Title IX website at www.jsu.edu/titleix or contact our Title IX Coordinator:

Jennifer Argo, Title IX Coordinator

301-A Angle Hall

(256) 782-5769

jlargo@jsu.edu or titleix@jsu.edu

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline 800.421.3481
Fax 202.453.6012 TDD: 877.521.2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Office for Civil Rights, Region IV
61 Forsyth Street S.W.
Suite 19T10
Atlanta, GA 30303-8927
Telephone: (404) 974-9406
Facsimile: (404) 974-9471
Email: OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov

Alcohol and Other Drug Policies

Purpose

The purpose of the Jacksonville State University (JSU) Alcohol and Other Drug Policy is to promote student responsibility, respect for the community and self, and to establish a University community that is safe, healthy, and conducive to academic endeavors. While students must define their own values and make their own choices, the University expects all of its members to comply with both JSU Policy and federal, state, and local laws as they apply to alcohol and other drugs. Furthermore, the University recognizes the harmful effects of alcohol abuse, illicit and illegal drug use, and prohibited prescription drug practices such as pharma shopping, selling prescription drugs, or using prescription drugs other than as prescribed.

Outline of Policy Topics

The JSU Alcohol and Other Drug Policy will address the following topics:

  1. Jurisdiction of the University
  2. Alcohol Policy for Students
  3. Other Drugs Policy for Students
  4. Assistance for Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse
  5. Summary of Federal, State, and Local Alcohol and Other Drug Laws

Jurisdiction of the University

Jurisdiction of the University is generally considered to include student conduct which occurs on, near, or off University property and/or student conduct which has an adverse effect on the University, the members of the University community, or the fulfillment of the University’s mission. We expect all our students to uphold our policies and federal, state, and local laws anywhere they go as long as they are a student with JSU or have a relationship with the University.

Alcohol Policy for Students

Jacksonville State University has established the following policy in regards to alcohol use by students.

  1. Alcohol possession and consumption on campus is permitted only for students of legal age (21).
  2. It is unlawful and a violation of University Policy to use or possess identification that makes an individual appear older or misrepresents an individual as someone else.
  3. The consumption of alcohol stronger than 80 proof is not permitted on campus.
  4. It is prohibited to serve, provide, or knowingly allow alcohol to individuals under 21.
  5. It is prohibited to serve alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated or to pressure someone to consume alcohol.
  6. It is prohibited for minors to transport, possess, consume, or serve alcohol.
  7. Common source and “tap” systems are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, kegs, beer balls, punch bowls, and punch served out of a cooler or another unusual container.
  8. Drinking games are prohibited.
  9. Consumption in student rooms should neither infringe on the rights of other students to study nor negate any normal activity.
  10. Persons may not transport or consume open containers of alcoholic beverages in public areas1.
  11. Full responsibility for compliance with policies and laws belongs to all students.

Drug Policy for Students

The following define the University’s policies regarding drug use.

  1. Jacksonville State University prohibits illegal drugs on University property and at University events.
  2. Students may not be in illegal possession of any controlled substance. Possession means that such substances are on one’s person, in one’s living environment, automobile, or known hiding location.
  3. Prescription drugs are permitted on campus if accompanied by an authentic medical prescription. The use and/or distribution of legal medication outside the parameters of the medical authorization is prohibited.
  4. Illegal drug paraphernalia, use, possession, sale, distribution, trafficking, and manufacturing are prohibited.

Assistance for Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse

The University offers an array of services for students who require help with alcohol and/or drug use issues. Students needing confidential assistance responding to alcohol and/or drug abuse problems are encouraged to speak with a counselor from:

Counseling Services
147 Trustee Circle
Telephone: (256) 782-5475

Besides individual sessions, Counseling Services provides educational programming through New Pathways, a psycho-educational program that includes both individual assessment and group participation, Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), and other recovery and support groups.

Another confidential resource is the RMC Student Health Center: (256) 782-5310.

Summary of Federal, State, and Local Alcohol/Other Drug Laws

The following is a brief summary of some of the laws JSU students must adhere to relating to alcohol and other drugs.

  1. Aiding Underage Possession/Consumption of Alcohol:  It is unlawful to aid a person under the age of 21 in obtaining alcohol, including falsely representing the person is not a minor.
  2. Unlawful Possession, Receipt, Manufacture, or Distribution of Controlled Substances (Including Marijuana):  It is unlawful to knowingly sell, manufacture, possess supplies to create controlled substances, deliver, bring into the state, receive, or be in possession of controlled substances. This includes illegally obtaining prescription drugs and marijuana. Trafficking to persons under 21, or on premises in which a person younger than 18 is present or resides, or in close proximity to a school or college results in significantly enhanced penalties, as does a drug offense that results in the death or bodily injury of a person.
  3. Driving Under the Influence (DUI):  It is illegal for any person to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The State of Alabama considers anyone with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher as under the influence and .02 or higher for someone under the age of 21.
  4. Improper Identification:  It is a criminal offense to use false identification to obtain alcohol.
  5. Minor in Possession:  In the State of Alabama, it is illegal for any person under the age of 21 to purchase, consume, or possess any alcoholic beverage of any kind.
  6. Open Beverage:  It is unlawful to have an open container of alcohol in public places on campus, including Dillon Field.
  7. Open House Party:  In the State of Alabama, it is illegal for a person in control of a residence to allow a party to continue if alcohol or controlled substances are possessed or consumed by persons under age 21 and the adult knows this and fails to take reasonable action to prevent it.
  8. Alabama Dram Shop Act:  Individuals who are injured by a person who received alcohol contrary to Alabama law have cause of action for civil damages against the person who provided the alcohol to the underage minor or caused the individual to become intoxicated or furnished a controlled substance to that person.
  9. Alabama Civil Damages Act:  A person may be liable for damages under civil law to a parent or guardian of a minor if that person unlawfully sells or furnished spirituous liquors to their minor child.
  10. Public Intoxication:  It is unlawful for a person to appear in a public place under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or other drugs to a degree that she/he endangers her/himself or another person or property, or by boisterous and offensive conduct annoys another person in her/his vicinity.

Violations of this Policy or Laws Outlined in this Policy

Violations of this policy or laws listed will certainly result in University disciplinary action which, if the student is found responsible, could result in any or all of the following (this list is not exhaustive):

  1. Required education or workshops
  2. Housing suspension
  3. Loss of privileges
  4. Separation from the University; temporarily or permanently
  5. Probation or registration holds

Violations of the laws listed in this policy could lead to University or local law enforcement action, which could lead to any and/or all of the following:

  1. Court appearances
  2. Criminal history and background created or extended
  3. Fines
  4. Jail time
  5. Loss of privileges (license, etc.)
  6. Workshop or assessment requirements by law
  7. Further disciplinary charges from the University

For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Community Standards & Student Ethics.

Clery Report and Fire Logs

Crime information, the annual Clery report, and fire log are all located at the University Police Department. For further information about the department and services available, contact UPD at 256-782-8888. For emergencies, please call 256-782-5050 or 911.

Student Resources

Public Safety

The University Police Department provides a wide-range of public safety services to include law enforcement, security, parking enforcement, communications, emergency management, and administrative services. Students and employees may report crime, accidents, and other emergencies to the University Police 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Parking

All students, staff, and faculty parking on campus must have a parking decal. Decals may be obtained by logging into your MyJSU account. The JSU Police Department has the authority to promulgate and enforce rules and regulations for the operation and parking of vehicles on campus. The responsibility of obtaining knowledge of the parking and traffic regulations rests with the vehicle operator. These rules and regulations are subject to enforcement 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Jacksonville State University reserves the right to remove vehicles when in violation of the Code of Alabama, Rules of the Road, ordinances of the City of Jacksonville, and parking rules and regulations for Jacksonville State University. Jacksonville State University assumes no responsibility for damage incurred while moving said vehicles. Vehicles may also be booted and towed for unpaid parking citations and when parking privileges have been revoked.

The basic principles of the parking regulations on Jacksonville State University are as follows:

1. All faculty, staff, students, and contract employees parking vehicles on University property must obtain and have a JSUPD issued parking decal properly displayed on their vehicle. The most up to date decal issued supersedes any previous decal issued, regardless of the expiration date.

2. Visitors parking vehicles on University property must obtain and have a JSU issued visitor’s pass properly displayed on their vehicle. Visitor parking passes must be obtained at UPD or issued by the building manager or designee for the building visited. Visitor passes are valid for one business day.

3. Operators must park their vehicle only in the designated parking zone indicated by the privileges of the assigned parking decal. Any vehicle parked in the wrong zone, at yellow curbs, obstructing vehicle or pedestrian traffic flow, in reserved parking, in the GX Bus Station or any other area dictated by existing State law or University regulations will be subject to a parking citation, boot or the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.

Please visit Parking to review all rules and regulations.

The Cynthia H. Harper Child Study Center

The Cynthia H. Harper Child Study Center at JSU is operated by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and supports the instructional goals of the department. The center provides students and faculty opportunities for study and research related to the child. The center provides students enrolled in university courses opportunities to work with children in the preschool setting and provides children enrolled in the center an environment which promotes optimum development.

Applications are accepted for children ages three to four years. Fees are due before classes begin and are paid directly to the JSU Office of Student Accounts. Fees per child are $500.00 for the fall semester, $500.00 for the spring semester, and $180.00 for the Summer term. The center is open from 7:15 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday, when JSU classes are in session. Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

MYJSU Electronic Mail

All JSU students are assigned a JSU email address when they are accepted for admission. Access to email is through an easy to use web-based interface. For more information, visit User, Security and System Support or call (256) 782-8324.

ID Card

JSU ID cards are made in the office adjacent to the Montgomery Food Court in Theron Montgomery Building. Hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Friday. The office is closed Saturday and Sunday. The office also closes 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. for lunch Monday-Friday. Anyone wishing to acquire a JSU ID card must be currently enrolled at the university and present proof of enrollment and identification before the card can be issued.

University Bookstore

The University Campus Bookstore is located on the second floor of the Theron Montgomery Building. Students may purchase books and supplies at the University Bookstore, including new and used books, school and office supplies, clothing and gifts, and study guides. Textbook buyback days are scheduled for the week of finals at the end of fall, spring, and summer semesters. Extended operating hours are offered for the convenience of evening students.

Mail Center

Each student enrolled at JSU is encouraged to obtain a campus post office box. All correspondence from the university, including financial aid checks not issued through direct deposit, will be sent to the post office box, unless the student elects the home mailing option. By paying a non-refundable fee per semester, students may have all correspondence sent to their off-campus mailing address.

The Mail Center is located on the 4th floor of the Theron Montgomery Building and is open from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Mail is delivered Monday-Friday. No Saturday delivery is offered.

Career Development

Jacksonville State University provides career development services to students through career development coordinators, serving in each of the colleges.  The career development coordinators offer resume critique, assistance with securing internships (not for academic credit), mock interviews, federal resume writing assistance, career assessments, career counseling, job fairs, employer on-campus interviews, and informational sessions.  Each college’s career development coordinator shares part-time, cooperative education, internship, and full-time job postings online in JLink.  Additionally, the career development coordinator manages cooperative education opportunities related to a student’s major. Services are provided both in person and online, and students may schedule appointments for specific assistance.  For assistance, students should contact the dean’s office in the college of the major to connect with the career development coordinator: Arts and Humanities (256) 782-5690, Business and Industry (256) 782-8533, Education and Professional Studies (256) 782-8200, Health Professions and Wellness (256) 782-5425, Social and Behavioral Sciences (256) 782-5333, Science and Mathematics (256) 782-5225.

The Career Development website provides additional information and has details on upcoming events. Questions may be submitted using the online Career Services Question Form

Student Success Center

The mission of the Division of Student Success is to provide an integrated network of support to facilitate the academic and personal success of students at JSU.  Located in the Houston Cole Library, the Student Success Center staff have team leaders identified to serve students success needs.  For more information about Student Success Center programs and services, see the website at http://www.jsu.edu/studentsuccess.  The Student Success Center consists of the following services:

Academic Advising Operations

The Student Success Center provides advising for a select group of first-year students and serve as a resource for connecting students to their academic advisor.  

Academic Standards

The Student Success Center assists students who have not maintained satisfactory academic progress each term through providing reinstatement assistance, learning development plans, and academic assessments.

Bridge Program

The Student Success Center provides a fall and summer bridge program for select students to ensure success.

First & Second Year Experience

The Student Success Center provides first and second year experience program, including Orientation, Freshman Forum, and Peer Mentoring.

Student Success Technology

The Student Success Center provides JSU Navigate and Cocky Bot to support student persistence and retention.

Disability Resources

The Student Success Center provides disability resources for students with disabilities, including reasonable accommodations and assistive technology.

Learning Services and Analytics

The Student Success Center administers and monitors the JSU Math EdReady Placement Exams required for all JSU students.  

Student Athlete Development

The Student Success Center provides targeted academic support for student athletes.

Success Coaching

The Student Success Center provides success coaching for qualified students.  

Success Courses

The Student Success Center provides a series of classes aimed at supporting student success.

Testing Services

The Student Success Center provides testing services including exam proctoring, make-up exams, standardized tests, and certification exams. 

Tutoring and Academic Support

The Student Success Center provides tutoring and academic support to all students, including appointment tutoring, drop-in tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic skills workshops.

English Department Writing Center

Located in Stone Center Room 230, the English Department Writing Center assists students, faculty, and staff at any point in the writing process, from invention to revision, and offers free consultation services to improve writing skills rather than simply editing papers. Students may receive help on any writing task, including understanding assignments, brainstorming, developing ideas, organizing, integrating sources, citing properly, revising, and editing for grammar. Writing consultants also assist with APA, MLA, Chicago, and other academic styles as well as multi-modal projects, speeches, and literature, and conduct both face-to-face and online sessions. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please visit the English Department Writing Center website.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is a primary health care facility providing outpatient medical services, as well as promoting preventive health measures to currently enrolled students, staff, and faculty.

Prior to enrollment, new students are required to submit completed student health information to MedProctor.  Go to http://www.jsu.edu/studenthealth/, click on the tab for student health forms, the next page gives instructions on how to submit required health information.

Instructional Services Unit

The Instructional Services Unit (ISU) is a division within the School of Education that provides a variety of support services. It consists of the:

The T/LC is an on-campus, free tutorial service to city and county school students in grades K-12. The ISU offers teachers-in-training an opportunity to gain practicum experience through the T/LC in-house laboratory tutoring program. Preservice teachers and children are exposed to the latest technology and strategies, including the internet.

The LRC provides educational materials and equipment to teachers currently employed in the public schools, undergraduate and graduate students in education, and JSU faculty. The materials include: instructional games, kits, books, computer programs, and audiovisuals. A wide variety of subjects are represented in the center, including reading, language, mathematics, social studies, science, health, perceptual motor, special education, and social-emotional development. Most of the items are available for short-term check out. Additionally, the center offers media preparation services, such as laminating, copying, duplicating, letter cutting, and transparency making. Word processing, internet access are available to students, faculty, and the community through the LRC.

The MIL is also associated with the ISU. Multimedia computers utilizing a wide variety of formats, including videodisks, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, help to insure that students are exposed to the latest technologies available.

The ISU reflects goals and objectives that maximize the effective use of facilities, staff, and resources in the School of Education.

Houston Cole Library

The twelve-story Houston Cole Library contains most of the university library collections. The collections, which consist of over 800,000 bound volumes plus numerous periodicals, electronic books and full-text periodical databases, microforms and audio-visual materials, meet the curriculum and research needs of the university community. Materials are available on all reading and interest levels. The library is a depository for government publications and United States Geological Survey maps. Through cooperative inter-library arrangements, the library makes its holdings available and has access to the resources of libraries throughout Alabama, the nation, and the world. The library web page, which provides access to the catalog, periodical databases, and many other electronic resources, can be found at www.jsu.edu/library.

The library is arranged by subjects on individual floors and served by subject specialist librarians. Library faculty and staff on these floors provide reference service and instruction in how to use library materials and search bibliographic databases. Library books and reserve materials may be checked out in the lobby. All library services are available to online and distance education students as well.

A computer lab is located on the 10th floor, and each subject floor provides public access computers hard-wired to the internet. Laptop computers can be checked out from the 6th floor listening lab for in-house use on the library’s wireless networks. Group study rooms are available for check out on select floors.

Houston Cole Library is open 87 hours per week when classes are in session. The library offers extended hours during fall and spring semester final exams.

Athletics

Jacksonville State University has been a NCAA Division I member of the Ohio Valley Conference since 2003 and will make the transition to the ASUN Conference on July 1, 2021.  

Since joining the OVC prior to the 2003 season, the Gamecocks have won Conference Championships in Football, Men’s Basketball, Volleyball, Rifle, Men’s Tennis, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Baseball, and Softball. 

The University offers 17 varsity sports, which currently compete in the OVC but will all compete in the ASUN Conference beginning July 1, 2021: 

  • Men – Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Rifle, and Tennis 
  • Women – Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, and Indoor and Outdoor Track  

In addition to the numerous Ohio Valley Conference Championships, JSU also has claimed the OVC Women’s All-Sports Trophy and finished as high as third in the Men’s All-Sports standings. The All-Sports trophy is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in conference-sponsored championships. 
An OVC high, Gamecock student-athletes also excelled in the classroom as 139 student-athletes were named to the OVC Commissioner Honor Roll and almost 200 student-athletes posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher during the last academic year. The JSU athletic department posted a student record cumulative grade point average of over 3.26, with 16 sports at a 3.0 or higher. 
JSU also won the OVC’s most prestigious honor – the OVC Academic Achievement Banner for 2004. During that same year, Jacksonville State’s student-athletes posted the highest graduation rate of any four-year institution in the State of Alabama. 
Along with JSU’s successful traditions come impressive notables, such as being the only school in the history of NCAA Division I or Division II competition to have national championships in football, basketball, and baseball. Only six other NCAA schools have won a national championship in basketball and football (Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida, North Alabama, and Wittenberg). 
JSU also has the distinction of having the first-ever female to play and score a point in a NCAA Division I football game. Kicker Ashley Martin connected on all three of her extra-point attempts, with her first coming at the 8:31 mark of the first quarter in the Cumberland game on August 30, 2001. In 2016, JSU became the first four-year college in Alabama to claim a Master’s Champion, when former Gamecock Danny Willett won golf’s most prestigious tournament. 

The International House Program

The International House program is a cultural exchange program with emphasis on cultural understanding. International students, for this program, are selected by the International House Scholarship Committee. International students in this program are considered JSU Global Ambassadors. These students must provide official transcripts or documents proving graduation from high school before they may enroll in classes. These documents must be mailed directly from the school to the Office of Admissions at JSU or must be placed in a sealed envelope from the school and presented unopened to the Office of Admissions.

International House students who wish to be considered degree-seeking from the beginning of their enrollment at JSU should, at the least, meet the admission requirements in the admission section of this catalog under International Student Admission.

Each year, 40 undergraduate students are accepted as members of this unique undertaking. Approximately one-half of the members are foreign students, and the remaining students are American. Members of the International House Program must be enrolled as full-time students in the university. All members reside at the International House. Each foreign student has an American student for a roommate. There are no special fees charged for participation.

In addition to the academic pursuits, members take part in a series of forums, seminars, and social events designed to provide opportunities for information, understanding, and appreciation of the cultures represented. Students also appear before many school, church, community, and civic organizations to share the details of their cultures, as well as impressions of Alabama and the United States.

The program places special emphasis on:

  • Knowledge of the cultures of countries of the world
  • Understanding and appreciation of different cultural values and systems
  • Coordinating the activities of the students, American and foreign, into the total academic, and social life of the University and community
  • Providing opportunities for dialogue and discussion among the members concerning topics related to the political, social, economic, spiritual, and human relations aspects of the countries represented

Persons interested in applying for membership are encouraged to call (256) 782-5303, email ckhadka@jsu.edu, or write:

Director
International House Program
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265

International Programs

The Office of International Programs provides support to international and American students. Services are provided to international students who attend or plan on attending the university. These services include:

  • assistance in making the adjustment to life in the United States
  • orientation to the university and the JSU community
  • proper maintenance and renewal of student immigration status
  • promotion of opportunities available to experience and enjoy American culture and the unique traits of JSU

This office provides support to JSU students who want to study abroad and faculty seeking research or exchange programs. Students interested in studying abroad are given information on opportunities and assistance in their study plans. University faculty interested in participating in exchange programs are also provided with information and assistance by this office. During their stay on the JSU campus, visiting faculty from universities abroad are provided with support.

International activities at the university are also supported through this office, including the oversight of international content in the curriculum. Cultural activities, student organizations, and student activities with international relevance are also under the guidance of this office.

International enrollment planning and actions, including university partnerships and agent partnerships, are managed through the office of International Programs.

Persons wishing additional information about the Office of International Programs are encouraged to call (256) 782-5674 or visit the office on the second floor of the International House.

The English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) prepares future undergraduate and graduate students whose first language is not English to meet JSU’s admission requirements and go on to succeed academically. The intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum covers the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and includes extensive practice in academic composition and presentation. Along with language study, the special ELI course “Intro to JSU” introduces students to our campus through visits to academic departments and classes, participation in campus activities and sports events, and meeting regularly with American “conversation partners.” Students learn more about American culture through trips to museums, regional businesses, and other places of interest in the greater community. In addition, ELI promotes and delivers ESL programs for international educators. Learn more about ELI.

South Complex

The ​South Complex, located less than 2.5 miles from the main campus, consists of the former Regional Medical Center Jacksonville Hospital, a 87,304 square foot facility gifted to the University, and the former Brookstone Center. The South Complex, currently occupied by the College of Health Professions and Wellness, houses the Respiratory Therapy, Athletic Training, and Nursing programs, which use this space for simulation labs, faculty office space, and classrooms. The University's RMC/JSU Health Center is located in the west wing of the former hospital.

Longleaf Building

The Longleaf Building, located close to campus, is occupied by JSU Marketing Services.  Additionally, the Department of Theater and Film uses its classroom space and technology.

JSU McClellan Center

The JSU McClellan facility, located in Anniston, Alabama and about 7 miles from campus, houses the offices for Continuing Education and Outreach, the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, and the Department of Emergency Management and Public Administration. One to two forensic investigation courses are taught in this location each semester. 

Off-Campus Facilities

The Little River Canyon Center

The Little River Canyon Center,  a JSU building located in Fort Payne, Alabama, adjoins the Little River Canyon National Preserve. The facility hosts more than one hundred outdoor recreation and environmental education programs to the public each year. Built with the environment in mind, the Little River Canyon Center is the largest geothermal heated and cooled facility in Alabama. Featuring a wide variety of eco-friendly building materials and construction techniques, the Little River Canyon Center is registered as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building. The center is equipped with an amphitheater, auditorium, classrooms, gift shop, library, and more, and is surrounded by beautiful walking trails.

Mountain Center

The Cleburne County Mountain Center in Heflin, Alabama, is one of Jacksonville State University's Field Schools visitor and education centers.   Resulting from a partnership between Jacksonville State University, the Cleburne County Commission, and the Talladega National Forest, the Mountain Center houses JSU Field School activities and acts as a visitor center to "the highest concentration of nationally protected natural areas" in the country. Also, a large portion of the center is the "Cleburne County Public Safety & Administration Center." The Cleburne County portion of the building provides services such as finance, human resources, compliance, emergency management, and emergency 911 services.