College isn't just about classrooms, textbooks, homework, and exams. At Biola, the time you spend in the residence halls will be one of the most significant and unique aspects of your college experience. Read on for more information on housing at Biola.
"Biola University is a Christian liberal arts school that strongly encourages a developmental approach to learning. Central to that focus is our strong commitment to fostering a residential community that includes freshmen as well as seniors. Even as we grow as a University, we remain committed to this purpose."
Biola's professional Residence Life Staff works with students to organize Bible studies, provides peer counseling, offers training in interpersonal relationships and leadership, and generates lots of good clean fun. Some residence hall activities that are extremely popular are GYRADs (Get Your Roommate a Date), Brother/Sister Floors, and All Hall events.
Biola offers you the unique opportunity to strengthen and explore your faith in the context of an authentic all-Christian community. Professors who pray in class, fellow students spontaneously organizing trips to the beach for praise and worship, volunteering locally and internationally to impact the world for Christ — these will be hallmarks of your spiritual experience at Biola.
Chapel services at Biola usually include praise and worship and a relevant message designed to challenge students. Chapel can be thematic, based on current events or student need, or tied to a particular department or conference.
Praise and worship is frequently student-led. Chapel speakers include current Biola faculty, such as Erik Thoennes, Scott Rae, or J.P. Moreland, or special guest speakers, such as Josh McDowell, John Piper, or Larry Crabb.
There are several chapel services to choose from each week, including traditional undergraduate chapels, night chapel, and Talbot chapels.
Full-time students are required to attend 30 chapels per semester, and audio and video recordings are available online for students unable to attend a given session.
Each semester, classes are cancelled for a few days, and the campus comes together to worship and hear speakers from around the world address a certain theme. The two primary conferences at Biola are Torrey Bible Conference and Missions Conference.
This three-day conference is named after Biola's first dean, Reuben Archer Torrey, a well-known evangelist who saw thousands come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Sessions are taught by some of Biola's outstanding faculty, as well as godly men and women students wouldn't normally hear in chapel, such as Alistair Begg, Jill Briscoe, Josh McDowell, Lorie Salierno, Elizabeth Elliot, Francis Chan and Bryan Loritts.
Worship sessions have likewise been led by special artists from outside the Biola community, including Fernando Ortega, Richard Allen Farmer, and Render.
This three-day conference is entirely student-run and takes place in the spring. The purpose is to focus on Christ and gain a better understanding of God's heart for the nations.
Along with special sessions and chapels, the conference offers ethnic meals, cultural awareness field trips, on-campus cultural experiences, and interaction with missionaries.
The aim of Student Ministries is to be lifelong, healthy ministers of the gospel in the church and to the world. Student Ministries value being anchored in God's Word, being biblical servant leaders, models of Christ-like character, builders of the church, and messengers of the gospel.
Revive Ministries – provides a safe atmosphere for prayer and spiritual care to those who are in need.
Fives – is an opportunity for students to set aside an hour every Tuesday at 5:00pm to be led in quiet prayer, reflection, confession, praise, and meditation on scripture.
Sabbathing – is one Saturday a month where students can explore the process of Spiritual Formation through a time of solitude, meditation and reflection led by a trained facilitator.
Apologia – exists to equip students with a better understanding of the Christian worldview in order to effectively articulate and defend their faith.
S.A.Y. Yes! – partners with an after-school program in the inner city.
California School Project – seeks to impact area high schools for Christ through on-campus Bible clubs, evangelism training, mentoring, and prayer.
Teen Challenge – ministers to inner-city children and teenagers in the Compton/Lynwood area through sports, skits, and evangelism.
Brown Bag Ministry – builds relationships through weekly interaction with the homeless population of Long Beach.
Muslim Ministry – builds relationships with the Muslim community and focuses on learning how to effectively share the truth and love of Jesus Christ.
Social Justice Ministry – is dedicated to promoting biblical justice in light of social injustice around the world, and taking action to partner in God's purpose for victims of oppression.
Best Buddies – matches people with intellectual disabilities with college students and helps to create one-on-one friendships.
Honduras Water Project – is a spring break mission opportunity to develop water irrigation and share Christ's love in local Honduran villages.
Tijuana Ministry – occurs regularly, every other Saturday, and focuses on sharing the hope of Christ with children, youth, and families in a Tijuana community.
Evangelical and Mormon Interactions (EMI) – equips individuals to be effective ministers of the gospel to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through local interactions, and trips to Utah during Interterm and Spring Break.
Athletes are welcome at Biola. Whether you want to put on the uniform and represent Biola against other GSAC schools, or you just want to compete with friends against other students on campus, get ready to test your athletic ability (or just have some fun!).
The different types of athletic competition at Biola each have their own level of intensity and required commitment. Different sports are offered at different levels, and if you don't feel like playing, you can always just be a fan.
Biola currently offers the following intercollegiate sports:
|Basketball||Men & Women|
|Cross Country||Men & Women|
|Golf||Men & Women|
|Soccer||Men & Women|
|Swimming & Diving||Men & Women|
|Tennis||Men & Women|
|Track||Men & Women|
Participants in this level of competition are usually recruited by the team's coach and often play on a partial athletic scholarship.
Some students form a sports team independently and compete at the local club level. These students play club teams from other colleges and regularly compete in tournaments. There are currently three competitive club teams at Biola:
Most students participate at this level of sports at Biola. Teams are organized socially and compete against each other during an intramural season, climaxing in playoffs and the crowning of a league champion. Some teams practice regularly, and others show up for the weekly exercise and fun.
|Flag Football||Men & Women|
|Basketball||Men & Women|
In 1908, Biola's founders adopted a stance of equal access to Christian higher education "for all people, without reference to race, color or class." Since that time, Biola has remained committed to embracing and fostering multi-ethnic diversity within the greater University community.
There are now several unique ways for students of color (and others) to get involved and enjoy the diverse community at Biola.
The Department of Multi-Ethnic Programs works to provide fellowship, service, and mutual support for Biola's students of color. The Department of Multi-Ethnic Programs especially emphasizes holistic personal development, racial reconciliation, and the development of an authentic community of diverse believers.
Several student-run clubs help establish a sense of community for students of a particular background or color. These clubs meet regularly, often hold their own special events or celebrations, and play an important role in promoting diversity on campus.
Each year there are special events that allow students to uniquely represent their experience through worship, fun, and creative expression.
The Department of Multi-Ethnic Programs works to engage students in holistic personal development, racial reconciliation, and the development of an authentic community of diverse believers. For more explanation on these points of emphasis, read on.
Just as Jesus ministered to people in a holistic manner, we seek to develop students to be whole and complete. This includes developing students in their spiritual, mental, emotional and social lives. Personal development also includes enhancing our ethnic identity where we learn about our culture, history, and heritage. As we learn of who we are and are secure in our identity, we also can better connect with others of diverse backgrounds.
Jesus intentionally crossed the social, cultural, and geographic barriers of His time to expand His kingdom, and "as He walked, so should we" (1 John 2:6). Reconciliation encompasses a wide variety of diversity in contemporary society and seeks to build bridges and bring people from diverse backgrounds into meangingful fellowship. Reconciliation is more than just conflict resolution; it is celebrating and appreciating the diversity that is God's creation.
So, reconciliation is an ongoing process of building a vision of a diverse kingdom, building the skills to interact and relate to diverse communities, and functioning together to impact the world around us.
On Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended on people "from every nation under heaven" (Acts 2:5). In heaven there is around the throne a multitude from "every nation, tongue, tribe, and people" (Rev. 5:9). It is by God's design that His body is diverse.
We seek to be intentional about building community among believers from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures. We believe that as we come together, everyone has something to offer and we can learn from one another. The exhortations in Scripture to "bear one another's burdens" and "love one another" should be done across racial, socio-economic, and geographic differences.
Multi-ethnic programs and events at Biola focus on learning about different cultures in society and reconciliation as a biblical mandate. Hip-hop, Gospel music and Taiko drum performances are some of the many events offered that celebrate our diversity.
Two additional prominent special programs at Biola that educate students about multi-ethnic diversity are Cultural Encounters and The Racial Reconciliation Chapel Series.
Cultural Encounters is a year-long workshop linked with the SURGE scholarship. The program equips students from diverse backgrounds to better serve the Biola community and society at large by exposing them to the basic concepts of self-understanding, leadership, diversity, and racial reconciliation.
The Racial Reconciliation Chapel Series provides students with a diverse worship experience in the midst of a multi-ethnic group of believers. The program aims to educate about the diversity in the Body of Christ, celebrate different styles of music in worship, and enhance the process of Christian racial reconciliation.
Several clubs exist to develop and promote diversity at Biola, as well as to provide additional community for students of color. While all students are welcome to participate, these clubs are generally intended to support and honor members of a particular ethnic or cultural group.
If you see a club that appeals to you, get ready to get involved! If you don't see a group that matches your interests, you can think about establishing one.
Biola Asian Student Association (BASA) — BASA serves the Asian student population at Biola through meeting regularly and hosting events. A key verse for the group is II Corinthians 1:3-4.
Brothers And Sisters In Christ (BASIC) — The purpose of BASIC is to gather students of African descent, celebrate their God-given culture, and enhance the campus through ethnic diversity. BASIC fulfills this purpose through outreach, education, ministry, and fellowship with the Biola community and the L.A. community at large.
Biola Ethnic Advancement Team (BEAT) — The BEAT is a volunteer program established to provide current Biola students with an opportunity to remain connected and serve in their respective community. The mission of the BEAT is to engage and build bridges with the surrounding Hispanic / Latino and African American communities and develop college students and volunteer leaders.
Gospel Choir — Having just celebrated their 20-year anniversary, the Gospel Choir continues to promote a worship experience for all students through the African American tradition of Gospel music. The choir performs in Biola chapels and local churches, and hosts the annual Gospel Fest in the spring.
International Student Association (ISA) — The International Student Association serves Biola students from over 30 countries. ISA serves as a support group but also provides opportunities for social interaction with other students and American families.
Maharlika — Maharlika provides a gathering for Filipino students, as well as those interested in learning and engaging in fellowship with Filipino culture. Maharlika is Tagalog for royalty; the group seeks to glorify God through activities and cultural programming.
Socially Together And Naturally Diverse (STAND) — STAND works with students from diverse backgrounds to promote an appreciation of God's kingdom in its fullness. Through events, discussions, and fellowship, STAND offers opportunities for learning and celebration of the diversity in the body of Christ.
Unidos — Unidos seeks to unite people of Hispanic / Latino background and culture and to share that culture with Biola. Throughout the year, Unidos engages in fellowship, socio-cultural education, and community outreach to the inner-city.
Special on-campus events take place throughout the year to emphasize and celebrate multi-ethnic diversity. These events are in addition to those regularly planned by individual clubs, but students are just as significant here as any place else on campus.
Students help organize and participate in a variety of ways. Which of these events most interests you?
Sola Soul is an annual concert where students celebrate unity and diversity through the artistic medium of hip-hop. Guest artists from the surrounding community share the creative and diverse art forms they use to glorify God and evangelize in the community. At Sola Soul students utilize and showcase the various elements of hip-hop, such as b-boys, graffiti, spoken word, and DJ's.
Gospel Fest is an annual celebration of the Lord's goodness and grace. At this event, a variety of artists share their unique giftedness as they perform and lead the congregation in worship. In keeping with the Biola Gospel Choir's distinctive, Gospel Fest displays the diversity and variety of Gospel music styles. In addition to a performance each year from the Gospel Choir, guest performances have included soloist, duets, dance, mime, and choirs from churches and colleges across Southern California.
Poetry Lounge takes place once each semester when an entire evening is dedicated to students and guests from the community partaking in spoken word and creative expression. Poets and lyrical artists share their original work in an array of cultural expression forms.
There are many different kinds of opportunities for you to get involved or join in something fun and unique. In some cases, extracurricular activities supplement your education with practical experience. Other groups or events serve as an outlet for mischief and romance.
Whatever your interests are, there is an activity at Biola for you.
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Biola supports the arts. In fact, Biola believes the arts play an important role in demonstrating the inherent beauty of God's design. There are different ways you can be involved in the artisitic community at Biola, be it musically, theatrically, or visually.
The University Art Gallery hosts traveling national art shows, but it is best known for its regular senior openings and shows. Most Gallery openings happen once per month and allow current students an opportunity to publicize and reveal their "final" artistic vision. The gallery is operated by the Department of Art and is open for viewing most days.
Between Theatrical Art, the Music Department, and Biola Youth Theater programs, there are many opportunities to attend and be involved with theatre performances at Biola.
Crowell Hall is the epicenter of music at Biola, hosting concerts, operas, and musicals. Various forms of worship or performance occur throughout other locales on campus, though, be it Jars of Clay in Chase Gymnasium, Eisley in Sutherland Auditiorium, or a student-led praise time in Calvary Chapel.
Other specific opportunities to hear or participate in live musical performance include:
Biola Choral Ensembles – There are four groups for which students can audition: Chorale, Vocal Jazz, Women's Chorus, and King's Men. Each represents a different musical style and type of group.
Biola Instrument Ensembles – These are open to all students after an audition process. Ensembles include Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensembles, Brass Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble, and numerous chamber ensemble groups.
Concert Series – The Conservatory of Music is proud to sponsor a variety of concerts by faculty, students and special guest artists. The Concert Series, annual festivals, master classes, and recitals are all offered on Biola's campus. The purpose of these concerts is to reach an ever increasing audience with excellent music while engaging the culture for the cause of Christ.
Biola Pep Band – The Biola Pep Band plays at every home basketball game and utilizes a variety of instruments. Elective credit is offered for participation.
The Eddy – Sponsored by Social Board, the Eddy is a free concert series that takes place on Thursday nights outside Common Grounds. Local bands and musicians from Biola use the Eddy as an opportunity for exposure, experience, and expression.
Music at Noon – On Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1 p.m. guest artists and University faculty perform in a variety of musical styles, including vocal and instrumental. Music at Noon is intended to be an uplifting mid-day break.
Biola's Associated Student Government (AS) aims to represent the student body on an administrative level, as well as provide services and facilitate events to foster a Christ-centered community.
The AS President, Senior VP, VP of Services, and VP of Finance, Technology, and Human Resources are all elected student leaders. Collectively they constitute the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and oversee the two branches of AS at Biola: Executive and Services.
For more information visit the AS website.
The Executive Branch is the representational side of AS, comprised of 15 Senators, each representing their residence hall (or the commuter population). Senators report on student needs or issues and determine how student fees are divided among the Services Branch. Senate proposals are passed by a majority vote.
The Services branch is a program-oriented body that seeks to increase community life at Biola, comprised of the following departments:
The Biolan — The Biolan staff is responsible for publication of the yearbook.
Chapel Board — Chapel Board plans undergraduate chapels and Singspiration in cooperation with the University Chaplain.
The Chimes — The Chimes staff is responsible for publication of the student newspaper.
International Student Association (ISA) — ISA provides support for international students and promotes cultural awareness on campus.
Intramural Board — Intramural Board facilitates all intramural sports on campus, as well as a Football All-Star Tournament for Southern California Christian colleges.
Marketing — Marketing provides quality publications and advertisement for AS.
Multicultural Relations Board (MCR) — MCR provides Biola students with the resources for diversity training, multicultural education, ethnic identity development, and spiritual growth within the Christian community.
Social Board — Social Board coordinates student social events, including weekly concerts, Catch Me If You Can, Spring Banquet, and Mock Rock.
Spirit Board — Spirit Board works to create enthusiasm and unity within the student body through Biola's many traditions, including the Egg, Manly and No-Makeup Month of March, and Midnight Madness. Spirit Board is also responsible for assisting over 40 clubs in formation, funding, and publicity.
The Chimes is Biola's newspaper. The editorial staff of 12 edits the variety of stories brought in by Chimes reporters and publishes a newspaper every Thursday, excluding holidays, finals, and during Torrey and Missions Conference week. The Chimes staff is dedicated to fair and accurate coverage of not only events, issues and people at Biola University, but the world at large. Many members of the staff have a passion for the field of journalism, but there are some who just enjoy breaking the news, educating people and working under a deadline. Ultimately, The Chimes staff's mission is "to glorify God in how we run the newsroom, what we decide to cover, how we cover it, and in the overall presentation of the paper."
Biola has a history when it comes to radio. Founded in 1922 by the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, KJS was the first radio station devoted to religious programming in Los Angeles, and the second in the nation.
EagleVision is a student-run, daily television news broadcast from the Biola University Mass Communication department. Every weekday, EagleVision broadcasts to students across Biola's campus as well as the surrounding community and around the world, via the Internet.
Begun in 1927, The Biolan has served the University student body and faculty nearly every year since. A chronicle of each year's events, the Biolan showcases student life, education and faith in an integral and theme-driven manner. Starting out as a small black and white book with small photos, the Biolan has grown with technology and student population to its present 264 pages with many large full-color photographs and progressive design. The Biolan is run by students and funded with student fees so that every student receives a yearbook at the end of the year.
Biola has many great traditions that date back to past generations of students. These traditions are a unique way to connect with other students and just have fun.
Some traditions are based on talent and competition, while others are based on class or residence hall affiliation. Most traditions are just for fun, and they all promote campus community.
Blue Christmas — Blue Christmas is a student-run concert held after the annual Biola Christmas tree lighting. Local acts and current students participate.
Catch Me If You Can — Students sign up for this campus-wide watergun competition. Each "agent" receives the name of another agent they must hunt down and shoot. "Dead" agents forfeit their list of victims. The agent who lasts the longest and has the most catches wins.
Dorm Competition — Each dorm comes to the event via the dorm parade, a march through campus. Games vary as different residence halls compete against each other to determine superiority. Past games have included Capture the Flag and dodgeball.
The Eddy — Eddy is a mythological legend in the minds of all modern artists. Some say Eddy is more influential than the Beatles, or any painter who ever lived. Every other Thursday Biola holds free artistic events named after this man, featuring jazz, hip-hop, and rock performances, as well as poetry.
The Egg — The Egg is a large cement egg that is discovered or stolen, then painted and hidden somewhere else on campus by different dorm floors. The Egg has been hidden and found at Biola since the 1960s.
Freshman Fiesta — Freshman Fiesta is an end-of-the-year celebration for first-year students. Jalapeno-eating contests, a live Mariachi Band, and a Spanish feast all characterize this evening of spice.
Get Your Roommate A Date (GYRAD) — GYRADs are floor events that take place several times each year. Each floor plans an original group activity, and roommates find dates for each other. Past GYRADs have involved hayrides, kayaking, mafia-themed dinners, and other adventures. This casual dating encounter is a highlight for most students.
Midnight Madness — Next to Mock Rock, Midnight Madness is easily the loudest Biola tradition. Students welcome the basketball season with this adrenaline-filled rally featuring skits, dance performances, three-point and dunk competitions, and lots of red.
Mock Rock — Students form groups to perform dance and musical shows in front of fluorescent lights and obsessive screaming fans. This dramatic lip-syncing competition ends with one winner receiving a cash prize based on popular opinion. Extravagant costumes not optional.
Punk ’n Pie — The fall talent show offers students the opportunity to achieve instant celebrity. After acts such as spoon-playing, joke-telling, or singing, students eat pumpkin pie and drink cider and hot chocolate. Prizes are awarded to the talent show winners.
Sophomore Mugging — Sophomore Mugging is an event designed to celebrate the sophomore class. Each sophomore receives a free mug, and ice cream, root beer floats, cookies, and karaoke abound.
Spring Banquet — Spring Banquet is a formal dinner held at an exotic off-campus locale. Students often dress up and take dates to this event, which has recently been held at the Queen Mary and the L.A. Zoo.
Band-aid from a nasty cut I got from my first time surfing in Newport.
Vintage buttons from Retro Row in Long Beach
Concert tickets from the last show I saw at the Glass House
Annual passport to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland!
What's left of chasing down food trucks in downtown L.A.
Ticket from the latest LACMA art show.
Metro tickets to Union Station to see a Dodger game.
Ticket from the latest MOCA art show.
Tickets from my first GYRAD. We went to a movie, got fish tacos and ended the night playing Frisbee golf in the park.
Tickets from when I went home with my roommate over Easter break.
3-D glasses from a midnight showing of Jaws that I went to!
My tire gauge that I used a ton while riding my bike from Hermosa Beach to Laguna, all on PCH!
Biola is ideally situated on the border of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, only minutes from beaches, mountains, bike paths art galleries and amusement parks.
There are a variety of campus services available to assist you in adjusting to and thriving at Biola. Employment, exercise, food, disability services, support for commuters - whatever your area of interest or need, we're here to help.
Applying for a job or an internship can be challenging, but Career Development can help you improve your interview skills, resumé, and lead you to current openings.
Visit the Career Development website
Commuter Life serves the undergraduate commuter population through assessing student needs, developing "commuter friendly" programs and services, managing the Collegium (a home-away-from-home for commuters), and supporting and collaborating with the AS Commuter Senators.
Visit the Commuter Life website
Central to the community on campus are the Cafeteria, Eagle's Nest, and Common Grounds. These three locations provide more than just a variety of quality food options, they also give students a place to connect.
Learn more about campus dining
Disability Services works to assist students with physical / medical, psychological, and learning disorders. If properly documented, accommodations can be made on the basis of disability. Disability Services also offers tutoring for interested students (through the Learning Center).
Learn more about disability services
There are two types of student employment - on-and-off-campus - and we're ready to help you with either type. If you would like to work at Biola, Human Resources can assist you. If you want to work off campus, Career Development is your source.
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Biola provides an excellent food service program for all students, employees, and guests. Bon Appetit, Biola's food service contractor, has won awards in the food service industry for being a trend-setter. They not only prepare the food for Café Biola, Eagles' Nest, and Common Grounds, but also provide on-campus as well as off-campus catering. Students use their ID cards for all dining services.
Biola offers a variety of options for the students living on campus or off campus. All students living in the residence halls are required to purchase either a traditional or flex meal plan, with a minimum of 10 meals per week. Students living in the Biola apartments or off campus may purchase a meal plan or commuter pass.
There are 5 meal plans offered to students living on or off campus.
The number in each meal plan – 10, 12, 15 or 20 – is the number of meals available per week, to be eaten in Café Biola, or you can exchange a meal in any of the retail operations.
The flex part of the meal plans – $125 – is a declining balance that can be used in the Eagles' Nest, Common Grounds, the Talon, Coffee Cart, and/or for additional meals in Café Biola. They can be used for guests, also. If students run out of flex dollars, they can add more at any food service register, the Phil station in the library, or in my.biola.edu/myhousing/dining. They can pay with cash/check or add it to their student account. Any unused flex dollars carry over from fall to spring, but not spring to fall. If a student leaves at the end of the fall semester and does not return, unused flex dollars are not refunded. All unused flex dollars are deleted at the end of May. Flex dollars cannot be shared from one student to another. Meal plans are nontransferable.
There is a 5 flex plan with $50 flex for students who live in the Biola apartments or off campus. It works just like the other flex plans. There is also a 40 block meal plan with $50 flex.
Students who cannot attend a meal because of scheduling problems may sign up for a sack lunch in the Café Biola office. The sack lunch is prepared by the food service staff and a time is scheduled for the student to pick it up.
Food service personnel are able to arrange for special dietary needs which are prescribed by a physician. A copy of the diet or dietary restrictions should be submitted to the Café Biola office. The time the meals will be ready will be coordinated with the student's schedule.
All dining facilities are closed for four days at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, and one week at Easter break.
If a student needs to leave school during the semester, for any reason, they must notify Auxiliary Services to cancel their meal plan. The student will be refunded for the remaining weeks, on a prorated basis.
Café Biola, also known as "the Caf," is our main dining room, located in the center of campus. Remodeled in 2004 and opened to students for the 2004/2005 school year, the Caf offers three entrees, a large salad bar, two beverage bars, a deli market (which offers a specialty salad each day and various deli meats, cheeses, and breads for your favorite sandwich), desserts, soft-serve and hard ice cream, soups... — all you can eat! There are 20 meals served per week (three meals per day Sunday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on Saturday).
Eagles' Nest is our cafe, located on the lower level of the Student Union Building (SUB). It is a retail food service operation, which offers pizza, beverages, sandwiches, burgers, salads, a featured entree each day, snacks, and desserts. It is open during the day and evening, Monday through Friday, with additional hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Common Grounds is our coffee house, located next to the Eagles' Nest. It is a fun place for students to go in the late afternoon and evening, seven days a week. All of the popular coffees of today are provided along with entertainment and board games.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides service and accommodations for students with disabilities in all Biola University programs, activities, and functions, in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973). Disability Services provides service for undergraduate students, graduate students, and students enrolled in the BOLD program. Students' disabilities are conceptualized as included in one of three categories:
An example of a physical or medical disability could include chronic physical impairments that are longstanding in nature, an illness, or even a recent injury. Examples of a psychological disability could include depression, anxiety, or another serious disorder. Examples of a learning disability could include difficulties with math, reading, or possibly diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Accommodations for a disability are designed to help the student function well in areas where disability might otherwise impair performance, without fundamentally altering the nature of the student's classes. To receive accommodations, a student must request the services of the ODS and provide documentation supporting the nature and limitations of a disability. Accommodations cannot be granted unless the student provides documentation that reasonably supports the requested accommodations.
Disability Services is part of The Learning Center, located on the upper floor of the Library. For more information, contact (562) 903-4542.
Did you know that there are many differences in the way Disability Services are handled between high school and universities? The following questions will illustrate some of the differences:
What are the laws that govern disability services?
High schools are covered by IDEA, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.Universities are also covered by the California Education Code: Title 5.
What is the difference between entitlement and rights, in regards to Disability Services?
In high school, applicable laws grant that students are entitled to services. As such, the school districts are required to identify disability needs, assess the limitations of those disabilities, provide appropriate interventions and accommodations, and then periodically re-evaluate the student's progress.
For universities, laws are written in the logic of civil rights (as opposed to educational entitlement), and grant that a student has a right to services, but the laws also specify that a student must assert and claim their right to equal access. This distinguishing feature alone has implications for how Disability Services are handled.
Whose responsibility is it to identify a disability?
In high school, the school district has this responsibility.In college, the student is responsible for providing proof of a disability. This means that the student must provide documentation that verifies the presence of a disability, and the documentation must indicate the degree of limitation that the disability has on the student.
Who pays for assessments or evaluations for a disability?
In high school there is generally no cost because the school or the district usually pays for the evaluation. In college, the student is responsible for any necessary payments.
Where do I go for an assessment?
In high school, parents and students usually do not concern themselves with this question because the school district is responsible for providing assessments.In college, Disability Services offices generally do not provide assessment services. Instead, a student may go to any qualified health professional to obtain their documentation. Please refer to the Disability Services Handbook for guidelines on what is considered "qualified."
Are there certain guidelines that documentation of disability must adhere to?
Yes. In high school, parents and students generally need not be aware of any specific requirements.
In college, however, since the student is responsible for providing documentation, the student needs to be aware that documentation they provide must follow certain guidelines. Please refer to the Disability Services Handbook for these guidelines.
What happens once a disability is identified?
In high school, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is designed for the student by the school district to address identified needs. The IEP is then presented to the student and his or her parents.In college, the student is responsible for identifying and presenting his or her own needs to Disability Services. Accommodations are then granted on a case by case basis based upon these identified needs and documentation of the disability.
Who is responsible to ensure the student's needs are met over time?
In high school, the school district is responsible to insure that the IEP is carried through. The school district is also responsible to periodically re-evaluate the IEP to ensure it still addresses the student's needs.In college, once the student has been granted accommodations, the student is responsible for implementing them and for contacting Disability Services if any changes are felt to be necessary.
Who advocates for the student?
In high school, the teachers and school district advocate for the student.In college, the student advocates for himself/herself.
What kind of alterations to the classes are possible?
In high school, changes that alter the fundamental nature of a class are allowed in areas such as program of study, graduation requirements, and instructional methods.In college, accommodations may NOT alter the fundamental nature of a degree, graduation requirements, classes, or instructional methods.
What about personal services?
In high school, personal services are often provided from the students.In college, personal services are the student's responsibility.
Who is responsible for transportation to and from school?
In high school, transportation is usually offered by the school districts for student use.In college, it is the student's responsibility to provide transportation.
Biola Career Development has relationships with hundreds of employers offering a variety of jobs and internships. Opportunities are listed on BiolaLINK - click "jobs and internships." Off Campus Student Employment office is located in Student Services, open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The On-Campus Student Employment Office is located in Metzger Hall. When you know your class schedule for the semester and the hours you are available to work, stop by to review the list of jobs available. Fill out an application for the jobs that interest you, then deliver the application(s) to the appropriate department(s). Interviews are set up through individual departments.
Everything you need to know about getting a job on or off campus.
How do I get a job at Biola?
Our On-Campus Student Employment office handles on-campus jobs. On-Campus Student Employment is located in Metzger Hall, the main administration building for the University, and is open from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. When you know your class schedule for the semester and the hours you will be available to work, you can check the On-Campus jobs folder in Firstclass to see if any of the open positions interest you, or come to the office to look at the job postings board. There, you will be assisted in identifying positions that will best match your skills, interests and time frame. Completed applications should be taken to the department you are applying to. It is each department's responsibility to conduct interviews and make job offers. A downloadable version of the application can be found in the On-Campus jobs folder in FirstClass or you can pick one up in the On-Campus Student Employment office.
Note: If you plan to apply for an on-campus job at Biola, make sure you bring from home proof of eligibility to work in the United States in order to complete the required paperwork. All documents must be originals. Some common types of identification we see are:
After being hired at Biola what's the next step?
When you have been offered a job on campus you will return to the On-Campus Student Employment office to complete the following necessary hiring forms:
Be sure to bring proof of eligibility to work such as Social Security card, valid Driver's License, passport, or visa documentation as listed above. International students (F-1 visa) must bring their I-20, passport, and Social Security card.
Once these forms have been completed, On-Campus Student Employments will issue your first time card, color-coded in blue, which signifies your readiness to begin work on campus. You will also be given instructions on how to access and complete future web timecards. At this time you may also complete paperwork for the direct deposit of your paycheck or to have part or all of your paycheck applied to your school bill.
How can I locate off-campus work?
Biola Career Development has relationships with hundreds of employers offering a variety of jobs and internships. Opportunities are listed on BiolaLINK. Career Development is located in the Student Development Building across from the gym, open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
How many hours can I expect to work?
It is recommended that all undergraduate student limit their work to 20 hours per week on campus when classes are in session, and 40 hours per week when classes are not in session. However, this guideline is a federal requirement for non-immigrant students attending on F-1 visas.
How do I get paid?
Student employees at Biola complete time cards. Paychecks are issued biweekly from the Accounting Department in Metzger. You may choose to have a portion of your paycheck applied directly to your student bill. This is accomplished by completing a voluntary payroll deduction form which is available in the On-Campus Student Employment office. Both the On-Campus Student Employment and Accounting departments are ready to assist you.
Are there breaks?
You are allowed a paid rest period of 10 minutes in each of the morning and afternoon work periods if the work period is four or more hours. Rest periods may not be skipped to reduce time from regular hours of work in order to leave work early.
Students are not required to work more than five hours without a meal break of 30 minutes. If the total work period for the day is not more than six hours, then the meal period may be waived by mutual consent between the student and the supervisor. If your shift is longer than six hours, a 30-minute, unpaid meal break is required. Meal time is unpaid and may be 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the department's schedule.
What about overtime and Holiday pay?
Students paid an hourly wage are eligible for overtime pay. Overtime is paid at 1 1/2 times the regular hourly rate after 8 hours of work in one day or 40 straight time hours worked in a week.
Student workers are not awarded paid holidays. However, if a supervisor requires work on a holiday, the students will receive double time for working on Biola holidays. If the date of a Biola-observed holiday does not match the date of the nationally observed holiday, the holiday bonus will be paid to student employees who work on either day. However, if a student works on both days, only one day will be payable as a holiday.
What are my responsibilities as a student worker?
When you are hired for a position at Biola, you are making a serious commitment. The department that has hired you will depend on you to perform specific duties. Notify your supervisor promptly if you have a change of schedule, if you are sick, or if you are going to be late. When you are unable to work, it is important to let your supervisor know at the beginning of the work day. Just as in any job, you will be expected to be prompt, reliable, dependable, and willing to perform the work required. Should you decide to terminate your position, it will be important to give your supervisor a reasonable notice of termination.
Who is responsible for safety?
At Biola, we are very concerned about the occupational safety of faculty, staff, and students. A hazard-free environment is not only safer, but also more enjoyable to work in; therefore, our desire is the prevention of work-related injuries and illness.
After you are hired for an on-campus job, your supervisor will go over the Student Employee Safety Agreement Form with you. They will identify the potential hazards specific to your job and instruct you in how to safely operate any machinery your job may require. Consult your supervisor regarding safety expectations, as discipline for unsafe acts varies by department. Student workers are expected to refrain from horseplay and dangerous behavior on the job, and to consider their safety and the safety of others at all times.
It is the policy of Biola University that the workplace be free of illicit drugs and alcoholic beverages, and free of their use. The University wishes to provide a drug-free work place for its employees. The on-campus manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is unlawful, violates the University "Standard of Conduct," and is therefore prohibited.
What about taxes?
FICA (Social Security and Medicare) and DI (Disability Insurance) are not deducted from on-campus student employees who are enrolled in 12 or more units at Biola University and do not regularly work more than 20 hours per week. However, if a student works on campus when school is not in session, and is not enrolled in a class at Biola, the law requires that the FICA and DI be deducted from the student paychecks.
Students attending Biola on non-immigrant (F1) visas are FICA and DI exempt.
Is there a grievance procedure?
If a problem arises, first talk it over with your supervisor. Discussion usually leads to a better working relationship as well as a better working environment. If you fail to reach a satisfactory understanding with your supervisor, you may take the matter up with that person's immediate supervisor. You should notify your supervisor of your intent beforehand. If you are still unable to come to a satisfactory solution, you may take your concern to the Student Employment Administrator in Human Resources. Supervisors and department heads have a joint responsibility to be aware of and to resolve such employee-supervisor matters in a cooperative, mutually beneficial fashion. In almost all cases a solution is reached at this level.
What if I experience harassment on the job?
If any student believes that he or she is the victim of any type of harassment, including sexual or racial harassment, the student should immediately report the incident to an immediate supervisor. If that supervisor is involved in the problem, the report should be made to Human Resources. The University will fully and effectively investigate any such report and will take whatever corrective action is deemed necessary. The University will also take action to protect the reporting student to prevent further harassment or retaliation.
Is there a dress code?
The University expects employees to be well-groomed and dressed in a manner appropriate for their work. In general your appearance should be modest, in good taste, safe and suitable for the work to be done.
You'll find that the appropriate dress will vary by department. In Facilities Services or in food services, you will be required to wear a uniform. There may also be protective equipment such as safety goggles that will be required in some jobs. In other positions appropriate office attire could be important. It is helpful to check with your supervisor to learn exactly what is expected.
A good rule to follow is to wear clothing that generally matches that of non-student employees doing similar jobs in the department. This is especially important in positions that "meet the public."
What happens if I am injured on the job?
If while on the job a student employee suffers an injury the student should report to the Biola Health Center immediately to obtain treatment. If it is a life threatening injury, the student should seek treatment at the closest ER.The Health Center is open Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 p.m. The center will either treat the injury or direct the student to our primary facility for occupational injuries. The student will need to go to the Human Resources department to receive the appropriate worker's compensation paperwork.
The contracted emergency medical facility that we use is St. Jude Heritage Medical Group at 2720 N. Harbor Blvd, Suite 130, Fullerton at 714-449-6200. Our secondary facility is Healthfirst Medical Group Ð North at 11817 E. Telegraph Rd, Santa Fe Springs at 562-949-9328. Within three days, after the student has received emergency treatment for his or her injury, the student must return the paperwork to the Human Resources office. On-the-job safety is included in the performance evaluation of all Biola employees.
Will my work performance be evaluated?
Biola encourages supervisors to evaluate student employees. This proves to be a valuable tool in helping student employees find out how they are doing on their jobs and provides an excellent means of communication and development.
Am I a part of Biola's Commuter Incentive Program?
If you are hired on campus and start on or more of your workdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, you may qualify in our commuter program. It could mean payment of a "dollar a day" by walking, biking, using transit, or carpooling to work. Biola's contribution to the cause for cleaner air is contained within the provisions of the Commuter Incentive Program. Enrolling in the program will be done by the information you provide on your Hiring Authorization form. Please pick up a Commuter Incentive claim form from Human Resources or University Employment on campus if you are eligible for any part of each month.