At Palm Beach Atlantic University, Student Development is designed to support the academic mission of the University, foster student learning inside the classroom and outside the classroom, and develop the student holistically. We provide programs, services, and activities that help students grow and develop intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially within the context of a Christian community. Student Development includes the Offices of Academic Support and Disability Services, Career Development, First Year and Transfer Experience, Health & Wellness, Residence Life, Student Accountability, Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership, and Workship.
Palm Beach Atlantic University’s 18 varsity sports teams, the Sailfish, compete in NCAA’s Division II and are members of the Sunshine State Conference. Sailfish Athletics offers opportunities for both men and women to participate in intercollegiate sports. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, distance track, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, beach volleyball, cross-country, distance track, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The Athletics Department is located on the first floor of the Greene Complex for Sports & Recreation. The John and Sheila Rinker Sports Center, which serves as the home for outdoor sports, is located on the Marshall and Vera Lea Athletic Campus.
Campus Ministries and Missions
Campus Ministries and Missions exists to invite this generation of students to worship and become fully surrendered followers of Jesus Christ, proclaiming His love to others in our community and throughout the world.
Campus Ministries and Missions focuses on the development of Christ-centered student ministry teams that serve the PBA community and beyond. Student leaders are chosen through an application process which enables them to clarify their vision, passion and area of service. Student leaders have special opportunities to enhance their ministry leadership skills through training at the annual Student Leadership Retreat, access to specialized conferences and resources, and a variety of regular personal and group encouragement and accountability gatherings.
Students may serve in an existing ministry or be assisted in starting something new. A sample of recent and emerging ministries includes:
- CM Global (student missions)
- The Anchor
- Women’s Night of Worship
- Men’s Ministries
- PBA Justice Ministries
- Creative Arts and Media
- Discipleship Mentoring
Campus Ministries tries to be fluid, flexible, faithful, and committed to ministry that is organic at its root and biblically transformative. Campus Ministries does not try to be the “local church” for students, but is here to help students develop and express their God-given vision to create ministries that are an expression of God’s Kingdom on our campus and beyond. In so doing, Campus Ministries places high value on partnering with local churches and the need for students to be connected to a local church. We provide ongoing mentoring and support for existing ministry teams as well as helping students formulate vision and catalyze new ministry start-ups.
Student Missions provides students the opportunity to connect with God’s heart for the nations and to proclaim Christ’s love throughout the world. Leadership opportunities are available to serve on the missions planning team or as a mission team leader. The desire of Campus Ministries is that through involvement in mission teams and global awareness events, the entire PBA community will draw closer to God and learn to live a missional lifestyle regardless of vocation or location.
Recent teams have served orphans and street children, built buildings with indigenous ministries, assisted in planting churches, taught conversational English to university students, assisted with medical clinics, used surfing for ministry, served as a film crew and editing team and used music/drama in outreach events. Twenty teams are now sent out annually to diverse places* ranging from the Caribbean, South and Central America, Asia, Africa, S. Africa and beyond!
Special events and services are also facilitated by Campus Ministries and Missions. These include:
- Global Emphasis Week: a week of global awareness and opportunities
- Church Connect Day: information fair with over 20 churches on campus
- Justice Emphasis Week: a week of focus on issues such as human trafficking, slave labor, the marginalized poor, etc.
*NOTE: All students who travel internationally with PBA, whether to study abroad or to serve abroad, are charged the PBA International Travel Fee. This fee encompasses the costs of enrollment in the travel program, travel insurance and contingency funds.
Campus Recreation offers quality programs and services that enhance wellness through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and activities. Campus Recreation provides a safe environment to enhance sportsmanship, leadership, and quality of life for the campus community. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are able to take advantage of a variety of recreation activities, fitness programs, special events and fitness services. The goal of the Department of Campus Recreation is to offer quality and enjoyable recreation programs and services in a Christian environment.
Programs and Services provided by Campus Recreation include:
- Indoor Facility - Greene Complex: Inside the 65,000-square-foot Greene Complex are the Mahoney Gymnasium, Rubin Arena, Racquetball Courts, Jogging Track, Athletics Offices and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. The Fitness Center is on the second floor of the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation. The Greene Complex hours are available on the Campus Recreation homepage and on myPBA.
- Outdoor Facility - Marshall and Vera Lee Rinker Athletic Campus: The new home of all Sailfish Athletics varsity outdoor sports, the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus is located only 1.8 miles from PBA’s downtown West Palm Beach main campus site. A 76-acre property along Interstate-95, the facility includes two softball fields, one baseball field, a varsity soccer/lacrosse field, thirteen tennis courts, and a cross country course.
- Intramural Program: The intramural program offers fun-first competition in traditional sports. Each semester a variety of sports activities are offered for students, faculty and staff to participate. Sports vary by semester but include some favorites like volleyball, flag football, basketball, softball, and soccer.
- Fitness Program: This program is comprised of personal training, group fitness classes, wellness programs and fitness incentives. Fitness incentives are specially designed programs to incorporate fun in fitness activities with the added benefit of prizes at the end. A full schedule of group fitness classes is available throughout the week. Group Exercise classes may include Pilates, Bootcamp, Ballroom Dance, Yoga and Spin classes, among many others. The schedule of classes, personal training information, and services are available on myPBA and at the Greene Complex front desk.
- Club Sports: Current clubs offered are the PBA Spirit Squads (Cheerleading and Dance Teams), Men’s Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, and Rowing. More information on Club Sports is available at www.pba.edu/wcampus-rec.
- Special Events: Special events are the most anticipated activities offered each year. Events like kayaking, nutrition programs, snorkeling and video game tournaments are offered at various times each semester. More information can be found at the Green Complex front desk.
Campus Recreation is PBA’s largest student employment department. Students are employed as sports officials, group exercise instructors, personal trainers, member service attendants, fitness attendants and building managers. To apply for a position with Campus Recreation, visit PBA’s Joblink website for an application.
People may also find information regarding Campus Recreation on the Campus Recreation Home Page. The Campus Recreation Office is located on the first floor of the Greene Complex for Sports & Recreation. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are required to show PBA ID each time they use the facility.
The Office of Career Development provides assistance to all students and alumni in career planning, job placement and graduate school preparation. Career planning is a holistic process that involves a variety of programs and principles. Students are encouraged to seek God’s direction throughout their career and life planning process. Since this is an on-going process, students should begin their career exploration during their first year with evaluation/assessment and ending in their final year with the transition into the employment or graduate school arena. The Office of Career Development is located on the first floor of the Lassiter Student Center. Appointments can be made by calling 561-803-2060.
Some ask, “Why do you have chapel at PBA?” Busy schedules coupled with the rigor of a full academic load leave many with little time to breathe, much less take another hour that might be better spent studying, working or resting. The primary purpose of chapel is worship. In chapel, we come together as a community of Christians to affirm our faith, to be encouraged in the Christian life, to focus our attention on God’s agenda, and to give praise and thanks to our God. Chapel also serves as an opportunity to build community. Our aim in chapel is to tune the heart of the university to the heart of God. It is a great way to discover His wisdom and strength for our lives and experience His work on a personal and campus-wide level.
Each week students select from one of five chapel services. All services have the same focus and message, but three of the services highlight a contemporary worship format while one is more formal. Student participation is a hallmark of all chapel services. This participation can take many forms from “upfront roles” such as playing in the band on a praise and worship team or singing in a choir to “behind-the-scenes participation” on our creative team or prayer team, for example.
At the core of chapel is worship and spiritual formation built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and rooted in the Bible. The goal is to help the campus community experience a growing relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Chapel may be the means God uses to light a spark of spiritual interest in a student’s heart or to fan into a flame the fire that is already burning. The Chapel staff strives to keep chapel relevant, engaging and oriented in such a way as to build campus community.
All full-time (graduate and undergraduate) day students must attend chapel. Students must accumulate a minimum of 24 chapel credits during each year of enrollment. Completion of the 24 chapel credits during the year is a prerequisite for continued enrollment and graduation from PBA.
Consumer Information Report
Each semester (fall, spring, and summer), Palm Beach Atlantic University distributes to employees, currently enrolled students, and prospective employees its Consumer Information Report. As required by the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), the report contains information such as University and program-specific accreditation, athletics retention, graduation rates, campus crime statistics, cost of attendance and financial aid options, student and family rights under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Title IX and other general consumer information, including student enrollment demographics.
Campus Security Report
As part of the Annual Consumer Information Report, Palm Beach Atlantic University provides a campus security report containing:
- Statistical data on the occurrences of, as well as the number of arrests resulting from, certain criminal activities on campus. This report may be found at http://www.pba.edu/campus-safety. PBA will provide a paper copy upon request. If you would like a copy of this report, you may call ext. 32500 or 803-2500 from off-campus.
- Current policy and procedure statements. This report is prepared by Campus Safety and Security.
In keeping with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance is strictly prohibited within the bounds of the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus or any properties leased or controlled by Palm Beach Atlantic University as well as at any PBA-sponsored activities or events.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy (Americans with Disabilities Act)
The University seeks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by affording reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Students who have questions about their entitlement to benefits or who have grievances under these statutes should contact The Student Success Center, 2nd Floor of Lassiter Student Center. Call 561.803.2663, for an appointment with the Coordinator for Disability Services.
Sexual harassment is considered to be a serious breach of proper conduct. Engaging in sexual harassment of employees or students is a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical and expressive behavior of a sexual nature in which:
- Submission to such conduct becomes a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education;
- Submission to such conduct becomes a basis for academic or employment evaluation; or
- The conduct creates a hostile or demeaning employment or educational environment.
All students, staff, and faculty are responsible for helping to assure that the University is kept free of workplace harassment. Faculty or staff experiencing or witnessing workplace harassment should immediately notify the Director of Human Resources. If any faculty or staff member believes that he or she is being harassed by the Director of Human Resources, the complaint should be brought to the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Students should immediately notify the Student Development office if they are experiencing or witnessing harassment. If any student believes that he or she is being harassed by a faculty or staff member, the complaint should be brought to the office of Human Resources.
Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against anyone found to have violated this policy. Persons reporting incidents of sexual harassment, assault, or violence will be treated with care, concern, and confidentiality. Support, assistance, and counseling are available.
A University life is about the life of the mind and soul. And a whole lot more. Our Dining service offers an atmosphere where you can socialize, relax and enjoy dining at the Fresh Food Company (FFC) in Fraser Dining Hall. FFC provides for a variety of tastes from traditional home-style favorites to pasta, vegetarian and vegan options. The grill station, omelette station, Mongolian Asian Grill, Red Hot Chef station, and the vegetarian station offer made-to-order options. And the produce and salad bar station, as well as the soups, fresh bread, deli, and dessert stations offer self-serve options. FFC is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For your convenience, ARAMARK offers several meal plan options for both residents and commuters; the All Access 5 and All Access 7 meal plans allow students to come into FFC as many times per day as needed, for either five or seven days a week. Block meal plans allow students to pre-purchase a block of meals. Both types of plans may include declining balance funds to use in Einstein’s, Chick-fil-A and the POD, in addition to the FCC. Our priority is to satisfy you by providing a safe, nutritious, fun, and exciting dining program. A Meal Plan is required for students who live in PBA residence halls. Money can be added to your ID card for convenient cashless transactions, and with a meal plan you also have Declining Balance cash you can use at any location. Catering is also available for students, and a Budget Series Menu is in the planning for students and faculty and staff. Please visit the Tuition & Fees page for detailed meal plan information.
Other dining options at PBA include:
- POD (our convenience store), has a lot to offer for on–the-go items: salads, sandwiches, a panini grill to press and heat your sandwich, snacks, including gluten free snacks, and plenty more.
- Einstein’s in the Warren Library offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks with a variety of bagels, signature salads, coffee, pastries, and much more.
- Chick-fil-A (CFA) is located in the Green Complex and offers CFA chicken sandwiches, salads, lemonade, and milk shakes. CFA is open for breakfast, serving a variety of items for your choosing such as Mini Chicken Biscuits and hash browns. CFA is also open for lunch and dinner, as well as scheduled games for the Sports Center.
- RAC Concession Stand offers hot dogs, pretzels, nachos and snacks at the Rinker Athletic Campus.
For more information, please see our site at www.sailfishdining.com for additional information, or you may contact us at 561.803-2875 for questions about our program.
Grievance Policy (Non-Academic Complaint)
A non-academic complaint is any alleged injustice including unfair treatment, error, or behavior inconsistent with University policies, mission or values. Complaints regarding harassment or discrimination will be addressed by the Office of Human Resources.
General Guidelines for Informal Resolution
In most cases, concerns can be resolved through informal processes that begin with the student and the department or office involved by following the steps outlined below. Students may choose, however, not to utilize the informal process and file a written formal complaint from the outset of their concerns which will be described in the following section.
- Discuss the matter with the faculty or staff member in the department or office in which the issue originated.
- If the issue is not resolved, next contact the department chair or administrative office supervisor to attempt a resolution.
- If the issue still remains unresolved, next contact the appropriate dean’s office or administrative assistant/associate vice president.
General Guidelines for Formal Complaints
If a student’s concern remains unresolved after exhausting informal processes for resolution, the student may choose to file a written statement of his/her complaint to seek official documentation and resolution of the issue(s). The sections below describe procedures for written complaints. All departments and programs shall keep written logs and copies of all documents related to formal complaints received. Complaint logs shall note the nature of the complaint, the final resolution of the issue, and the date of resolution.
- The student completes a written explanation of the concern or appeal to the appropriate office.
- The complaint must include the student’s name and contact information, and a description of the circumstances, including the parties involved to date and the current status of the situation.
- The supervisor will review the student’s complaint and provide a written acknowledgment within ten business days.
- The written complaint will be logged for internal processing; however, it will not become a part of the student’s official record.
- If the resolution with the supervisor proves unsatisfactory to the student, he/she may take the complaint to the Director, Dean, Vice President or designee in writing. It is the student’s responsibility to demonstrate that he/she has already communicated with the staff member’s immediate supervisor. Any complaint that has not followed the prescribed steps will be referred back to the appropriate staff member.
- In the event that the complaint is directly related to the Director, non-academic Dean, Vice President or designee, the complaint will be forwarded to the Senior Vice President for Finance, Administration and Planning.
- The Senior Vice President or designee will review the student’s complaint and provide a written response.
- In the event that the complaint is directly related to the Senior Vice President for Finance, Administration and Planning, the complaint will be forwarded to the Provost.
- The Provost will review the student’s complaint and provide a final written response.
Living in a Christian community is one of the most rewarding and important facets of the PBA educational experience. The residence hall environment offers needed support to students as they transition from living at home to living on their own at PBA. Students have numerous opportunities for Bible studies, activities, retreats, Workship, student leadership, and late night conversations.
Every residence hall has a full-time professional staff member called a Resident Director (RD) that supervises a specially selected and trained student staff consisting of Assistant Resident Directors (ARDs), Resident Assistants (RAs), and Discipleship Assistants (DAs). It is this team of professional and student staff that ensures the hall atmosphere is conducive to the students’ academic, spiritual, emotional and social growth. Resident students, residents’ guests, and non-residential visitors are subject to the policies and procedures in the Navigator and Residence Life Handbook.
Residency Requirements: As part of the University admissions process, each student is required to indicate his/her intended housing status. All daytime undergraduate students are required to live in campus housing, unless he/she meets one or more of the following criteria at the beginning of the academic year:
- Student is age 21 or older at the beginning the academic year in which he/she attends. A student may not break the contract with the University even if he/she turns 21 within the academic year.
- The student resides with immediate family and commutes to class (immediate family for this purpose is defined as parent[s], legal guardian, or grandparent[s]).
- The student is enrolled part-time with no more than 8 hours of academic work at the beginning of the academic year. If a student drops below 8 credit hours during the academic year, he/she is still held responsible for the housing contract.
- The student is married (A copy of the marriage certificate must be provided).
A student who meets any of the criteria listed and wishes to live off campus must complete the Off-Campus Request Form found on the student housing portal.
Students 21 years of age or older are encouraged to live in University housing, although they are not required to do so.
Housing Cancellations: Housing contracts are in effect for the entire academic year. Any request for cancellation of contract must be communicated in writing to the Residence Life Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than June 1*.
Cancellations made after the June 1* deadline will result in a significant cancellation fee. (See the graduated Cancelation Fee Schedule in the Residence Life Handbook).
(*Note that this deadline is May 1 for Coastal Towers contracts).
Once the academic year has commenced, the student must remain in the residence halls during those semesters that the student is enrolled. NO REFUND shall be granted if a student moves out of the residence hall during the academic year.
Student Residence Halls
Baxter Hall is a four-story residence hall located just northwest of the library building. This hall contains 120 suite-style rooms and houses 240 students. Baxter Hall provides lounge areas, computer labs, laundry facilities on each floor, meeting rooms, a study room, and a bicycle storage room.
Coastal Towers Apartments is a non-campus premier housing option. This nine-story building is located on the Intracoastal Waterway and consists of 30 one-bedroom and 13 two-bedroom units. Each unit has a full kitchen with private balconies on the north and south sides of the building. Residents have access to the rooftop pool and community space as well as on-property laundry facilities. The units are available to returning students only on a 12 month basis.
Flagler Towers Apartments is a four-story residence hall located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just south of the main campus. This hall contains 47 apartments and houses 237 upper-class students. Flagler Towers provides private kitchens, laundry facilities, a main lounge area, and a computer lab.
Johnson Hall is a five-story residence hall located on the Intracoastal Waterway. This hall contains 60 suite-style rooms and houses 120 students. Johnson Hall provides living rooms within each suite, a main lounge and kitchen area, a computer lab, and laundry facilities.
Lakeview Apartments is a three-story residence hall located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just south of the main campus. This hall contains 35 apartments and houses 80 upper-class students. Lakeview Apartments provide private kitchens and laundry facilities.
Mango Apartments are located south of the main campus in the historic district. This area contains 13 apartments of various unit style options. Units are available to returning students only.
Oceanview Hall is a seven-floor building that has a residence hall on the top two floors. This building is located directly west of Baxter Residence Hall. The hall contains 92 rooms and houses 208 students. Oceanview Hall provides lounge areas, laundry facilities on each floor, meeting and game rooms, and a computer lab.
Rinker Hall is a five-story residence hall located in the center of the campus. This hall contains 60 suite-style rooms and houses 129 students. Rinker Hall provides living rooms within each suite, a main lounge area, a prayer room, a computer lab, and laundry facilities.
Weyenberg Hall is a two-story residence hall located in the center of the campus. This hall contains 12 rooms housing 48 honors students. Weyenberg Hall provides a main lounge and kitchen area, and laundry facilities.
The Student Accountability system seeks to compliment the educational mission of Student Development by promoting student learning and spiritual development, providing opportunities for growth, restorative confrontation, accountability, modeling, and encouragement. The Student Accountability system seeks to facilitate a Biblical model of community through both value and practice. Specific policies and procedures are detailed in the Navigator Student Handbook found online at pba.edu
Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (SAIL)
SAIL Steering Committee: The SAIL office Steering Committee is an organization that is led by a group of students who are driven to help create a unified culture at PBA, with the distinction of being servant leaders. This team works diligently to produce a Welcome Week experience that gets new students integrated into the campus community. After Welcome Week, the Steering Committee continues their service for the student body by planning events throughout the academic year. With the combination of each steering member’s God-given gifts and abilities, their goal is to help students have an enjoyable college experience by providing a social environment, allowing students to fellowship and connect with others. The Steering Committee provides a number of campus-wide, as well as off-campus events for students to enjoy.
Some examples of events are:
• Welcome Week
• Mr. Charming
• Dive-In Weekend
• Spring Formal
• Outdoor Movies
• Trips to Disney and Universal Studios
• Campus Christmas Party
Students may choose to get involved with the planning and promoting of events, assisting with other student organizations or attending the events themselves. For more information on how to get involved in student leadership, contact the SAIL office at 561-803-2550 or email at email@example.com.
Student Leadership Development
Leadership Development is an important aspect of one’s college experience. Within the SAIL Office our goal is to help students gain a complete understanding of who they are as a leader, assess and develop the leadership potential of all Palm Beach Atlantic University students, and to encourage the student leaders on campus through effective relevant training and programming through our Refresh program. Through programs such as Impact Leadership Team (ILT) students will gain a complete understanding of Servant Leadership, a model that Jesus demonstrated and will learn to serve others before self. In addition, students will dialog about and apply the University core values. To learn more about how to get connected and grow your leadership abilities call 561-803-2550.
Welcome Desk - Lassiter Student Center
The first floor of the Lassiter Student Center is a home away from home where students of Palm Beach Atlantic University can come and enjoy a relaxed environment with others. The facility contains seating in a comfortable setting, a media console that includes an HDTV and built-in audio, and is equipped for gaming consoles that can be checked out at the Welcome Desk. In addition board games and other electronics may be checked out during operating hours. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Over 40 student-run organizations offer various ways for students to connect through the leadership of Student Government. Student Government, the representative and recognized voice of the student body of Palm Beach Atlantic University, is charged with the responsibility to coordinate and represent student interests and concerns in all areas of college life. Listed below are some of the student organizations that prospective and current students may become involved in. For a complete list, contact student government at SG@pba.edu.
- A.L.I.C.E. (A Live Improve Comedy Experience) promotes improvisational talents and humorous entertainment (auditions required).
- Alpha Psi Omega is an honorary professional fraternity for those students who have excelled in theatre.
- American Marketing Association provides a relevant marketing experience for the students of PBA.
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) prepares pharmacy students for residencies, promotes networking and clinical pharmacy in a health-system environment.
- Beyond Charity (Microfinance Club) is a club dedicated to inspire, transform, and break poverty one loan, one person, and one country at a time.
- Biotech seeks to educate students on the importance of and advancements within the field of biotechnology.
- Boarder Patrol supports board sports (surf, long, skim, wake, snow, etc.) among students and emphasizing Christ to shine through them as they ride (board not required).
- Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) promotes Christian applications within the pharmacy profession and enables students to develop spiritual, moral, and ethical principles to aid them when faced with professional dilemmas.
- College Democrats spark political initiative in the campus community and promote the ideals of the Democratic Party.
- College Republicans support the principles, objectives and platform of the Republican Party and work for the election of all duly nominated Republican Party candidates.
- Communitas is dedicated to debating and discussing relevant topics, to further personal education.
- Delta Epsilon Chi nurtures leadership in the fields of marketing, merchandising, advertising, salesmanship, culinary arts, criminal justice, entrepreneurship, financial services and international business.
- Disney Fanatics is a group of students who share a passion for Disney and put on Disney-themed activities for students.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) promotes relationships with coaches and athletes to impact their commitment to Jesus Chris with integrity, service, teamwork, and excellence.
- Global Network Society seeks to help educate and promote an understanding of international diversity in business relationships.
- The History Club is designed to promote interest in history, provide career information for majors and minors, and get students involved in history projects off campus.
- Investment Club is comprised of students who run stock portfolios, created to share ideas and investment strategies.
- Kappa Delta Epsilon is an honorary professional education fraternity whose purpose is to promote the cause of education by fostering a spirit of fellowship, high scholastic standards, and professional ideals among its members.
- Kappa Phi Club is a Women’s Christian Service Club.
- Kappa Psi promotes professional contacts, development of leadership opportunities, and development of philanthropy opportunities.
- Lambda Pi Eta is the honor society of the National Communication Association.
- Marine Biology Club promotes the conservation and education of marine environment.
- Mathematics Society is open to all students to further the interest of math through discussions, guest speakers, and service projects.
- Mock Trial Club unites students who have a common interest in law, debate, legal issues, legal theatre, and the courts through competitive mock trials.
- Newman Club promotes understanding and fellowship among Catholic students.
- Nurse’s Christian Fellowship is dedicated to helping nurses and students to demonstrate Christ to patients and to one another.
- PBA Student Nursing Association allows students an opportunity to participate in professional activities and the legislative process.
- PBA Praise contemporary gospel choir.
- PBA Premedical Society unifies premedical students by providing resources, speakers, discussions, volunteer experiences, etc. to grow leading Christian physicians.
- Phi Alpha Theta is a history honor society.
- Phi Delta Chi strives to advance the science of pharmacy and its allied interest, to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its members, and promote innovate lasting leadership skills.
- Philosophy Club is dedicated to pursuing the values of philosophy with majors and non-majors.
- Pi Sigma Alpha is an Honorary Political Science society.
- Pre-Dental Society unifies students interested in dental school and provides information on pursuing dental school, the DAT, etc.
- Pre-Health Club provides knowledge of the medical field and how to succeed in its competitive environment.
- Pre-Law Association provides knowledge of the legal field, as well as preparing for the LSAT.
- Pre-Pharmacy Club aids admission and entry to the Pharm.D program.
- Presidential Ambassadors is an organization of students who act as ambassadors of goodwill for PBA. They promote ongoing, strong, and positive relationships among students, alumni, administration, faculty, staff and parents as well as the greater West Palm Beach community.
- Psi Chi Honor Society is the national honor society in psychology.
- Psychology Club provides avenues of communication for all students interested in psychological study.
- Public Relations Club seeks to advance students professionally in the PR field, while educating all students on the advantages of pursuing an education in PR.
- Running Club is dedicated to forming community around the sport of running.
- Sailfish Athletic Training Organization provides opportunities for professional development for those pursuing a career in athletic training or sports medicine and performs community outreach.
- Sailfish Spirit supports and promotes school spirit among PBA’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.
- Science Club is open to all students to further the interest in science through discussions, guest speakers, and field trips. A traditional event is the “Science Club Bug Race” held during Homecoming Week.
- Sigma Alpha Omega is a Women’s Fellowship Club.
- Sigma Beta Delta (Business Honor Society) is a national honor society of business students.
- Sigma Tau Delta is a national honor society whose selected members have excelled in English and literature.
- Spikeball Club is dedicated to bringing students together by teaching and playing the game of spikeball.
- Step Team is dedicated to the art of step-dancing which involves clapping, stomping, and making noise on the body that combined with others creates a group beat.
- Student-Athlete Council acts as a liaison between students, student support personnel and the Department of Athletics.
- Swing Dance is a club designed to bringing students together who desire to learn swing dancing as well as those who already know.
- Theta Alpha Kappa is the National Honor Society for religious studies and theology whose purpose is to encourage, recognize, and maintain excellence in such studies among students.
- Transfer Club is a support club for students who have transferred from another school to PBA.
The following services are available to all Main Campus students. Online students may benefit from electronic access to Main Campus services, such as Health and Wellness, Sailfish Services, Technology Support, and the Writing Center, as well as electronic resources and research assistance through the Warren Library.
Automatic Deposit Machines (ADM)
ADM Machines are located in the Lassiter Student Center, Einstein’s, and the Greene Sports Complex. These machines can be utilized to place money on a student’s PBACard, which can be used on Campus in the laundry room, vending machines, Campus Store, all food service locations, and select copiers and printers. These funds are NOT available for off campus use. Any questions, please call the PBACard Office at 561.803.2515.
Students, faculty, and administration all have an interest in preserving a safe learning and living environment on our campus. The campus is patrolled by Department of Campus Safety officers, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Campus Safety officers work closely with the West Palm Beach Police in the event of any criminal activity on campus. Campus Safety officers are also authorized to report any misconduct of students to the appropriate departments. The Department of Campus Safety is located at the northeast corner of Borbé Hall.
The Campus Safety office telephone number is 561.803.2500. The following services are provided to the PBA community through the Department of Campus Safety:
- Patrol Division (State Certified) 24 hours/7 days
- Escort Services around the clock
- Lost and Found
- Victim Assistance
- Parking Services
- Community Education
- R.A.D Instruction and training classes
- Lock, Key, and Access Control Emergency Phones and Call Boxes
- Crisis Management Hurricane/Emergency Preparedness
- Liaison with Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement
- Security Analysis and Action Program
The Campus Store, located on the first floor of Oceanview Hall, is open year round. Students can view hours of operation, shop online and check course requirements by visiting the Campus Store on the web at shoppba.com. The Campus Store stocks required and recommended course materials in addition to helpful reference materials, study aids, Bibles and devotional books. Buyback of course material for available year round. The Campus Store is the on-campus source for University apparel, spirit gear, technology items, snacks, drinks, basic first aid supplies, and sundry items. The Campus Store accepts cash, most major credit cards and general funds on the PBACard. You can reach your Campus Store at 561.803.2180.
Purchasing Textbooks Using Financial Aid Funds
Students may use their pending Financial Aid credit to purchase course materials via their PBACard. To do so students must first visit the Student Accounts page on myPBA to transfer funds to their PBACard. Once the funds are available on the card, students may use their PBACard to make purchases at the Campus Store, both online and in the store.
Online and Orlando Students
Online students may rent or purchase course materials, view hours of operation, shop online and check course requirements by visiting the Campus Store on the web at shoppba.com, using my.pba.edu student tab or through their Canvas page. Course materials may be shipped directly to students or picked up in store.
Health and Wellness (Campus Health Services)
Health and Wellness provides medical care and mental health support to PBA students through our Health Center and our Counseling Center. We are staffed with full-time licensed medical and mental health professionals.
As a ministry to the Palm Beach Atlantic University community, our mission is to promote physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being. Our desire is to provide services from a Christ-centered perspective, enabling each member to fulfill academic, personal, and spiritual goals.The mission of Health and Wellness is to promote physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being to students at Palm Beach Atlantic University. The goal of the office is to provide all health services and programs from a Christ-centered perspective, enabling each person to fulfill academic, personal, and spiritual goals.
The Health Center provides a variety of both free and low cost medical services and health education programming. Visits with the Nurse Practitioner are available to all PBA students for a minimal co-payment regardless of type of insurance coverage. Immunizations, prescription medications, and lab fees vary.
Required Health Forms:
• All new students must submit a Health Information Form and TB Risk Screening Form.
• All new students enrolled in 12 credit hours or more must also submit a Physical Form, completed by a medical provider within the past 12 months , of their PBA start date; and an Immunization Form. Please note that students living on campus have additional immunization requirements.
Students can use the New Student Checklist to ensure they submit all required forms.
• If you are enrolled in an Online Degree Program and will not be attending classes on campus, you are not required to turn in any health forms.
All forms must be submitted to the Health Center prior to August 1st (for new spring students, forms should be submitted prior to December 1st or at the time of acceptance). Submit forms to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 561.803.2499. Please keep a copy of all health forms for your records.
Health Insurance for Full-time Day Undergraduates, Pharmacy, and International Students: Palm Beach Atlantic University is pleased to offer students an affordable student health insurance plan. All full-time day undergraduate, pharmacy, and international students are required to provide proof of current and acceptable health insurance coverage each academic year. These students are automatically enrolled and billed for the student health insurance plan. The insurance charge will only be removed if an approved waiver has been received by the deadline. To find details about the school endorsed health insurance plan or to complete a waiver request, please visit www.aetnastudenthealth.com/pba. Students planning to waive the school endorsed plan need to be certain that their current health insurance provides non-emergency coverage in the West Palm Beach area.
Orlando Campus Students: There are no health form requirements and no health center services at the Orlando campus.
Hours and Contact Information: The Health Center office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and our medical services hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. (Clinical hours aremay be limited during the summer and holiday breaks.) For medical emergencies after hours, call Campus Safety & Security at 561.803.2500 or call 911.
For more information call the Health Center at 561.803.2576 or visit the PBA Health and Wellness website at http://www.pba.edu/health-wellness-center.
The Counseling Center provides confidential mental health services are provided to traditional, daytime undergraduate students at no cost for up to six sessions per semester: A one-time consultation session is offered to Evening, Graduate and Pharmacy students. The Counseling Center is staffed by two Licensed Mental Health Counselors, as well as Graduate Counseling Psychology Interns. Students seek assistance for a variety of reasons including: difficulty transitioning to college, depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, disordered eating and body image concerns, abuse, spiritual concerns, identity issues, etc.
Counseling hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For emergency assistance after hours, call Campus Safety and Security 561.803.2500 or call 911. For more information, call the Counseling Center at 561.803.2563 or email email@example.com.
Orlando Campus Students: For information on local referrals for counseling services, please call 407-226-5955.
The mailroom is located in the Lassiter Student Center. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Saturday hours in effect during the regular Fall/Spring terms; the mailroom is closed Saturdays in May, June, July and August.)
Mailroom personnel are available to assist with UPS, FedEx packages and USPS mail services with weighing and stamping of packages and letters. Shipping supplies such as boxes, envelopes, packing tape and bubble wrap are also available.
Sailfish Services offers students, parents and employees one central location to take care of many administrative needs. Here, students can go to accomplish the “business” of being in school such as payments, forms, and transcripts; faxing and scanning documents; network password troubleshooting; Free Notary Service; and account information look-up without running around campus.
Sailfish Services strives to provide Fast-Incredible-Service-Here (FISH). The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in its convenient location at 900 S. Dixie Highway. Representatives may be reached at 561.803.2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call Center: Sailfish Services operates the Call Center for the campus, answering the main telephone numbers for the University.
- Commencement: Sailfish Services assists with and provides information regarding commencement, graduation ticket purchase and regalia ordering.
- Departmental Deposits: Sailfish Services processes deposits of monies collected by the various departments throughout the campus for deliver to the Business Office.
- Faxing/Scanning: Sailfish Services will fax and scan documents for students for free. Students may also received faxes at 561-803-2186 and they will be forwarded to the student’s PBA email.
- Federal Work Study Payroll: Students may pick up their monthly Federal Work Study payroll checks in the conveniently located Sailfish Services office.
- Financial Aid: Sailfish Services answers questions in regard to student financial aid awards.
- Forms: At Sailfish Services students may pick up and/or return Change of Address/ Name/Phone/E-mail forms, and many other forms regarding academic requests, such as duplicate diploma orders and regalia ordering.
- General/Event Information: Sailfish Services answer questions regarding events on campus, provides driving directions and department sponsor contact information.
- Network Password Reset: Sailfish Services can assist students and alumni with resetting their network password for accessing email and myPBA.
- Notary Services: Sailfish Services provides this service for free to PBA students, guests and employees. All that is needed is a photo ID and the document that needs to be notarized.
- PBACard Questions: Sailfish Services assists with placing money on students PBACard accounts and reviewing current balances.
- Registration: Sailfish Services assists students with registration issues such as answering questions about the online registration process, explaining registration holds, and printing copies of schedules.
- Student Account Payments: Sailfish Services representatives serve as cashiers for the campus community accepting cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Discover. An online payment option is available at pba.afford.com.
- Student Account Questions: Sailfish Services answers questions about student accounts and can print copies of bills. Students may also view their account details online at myPBA.
- Transcripts: Students may request official and unofficial PBA transcripts at Sailfish Services. Official transcripts may also be ordered online at www.getmytranscript.com.
Student Accounts is located on the first floor of Sachs Hall, to the right of the main entrance. Office personnel are available to assist students and parents with:
- Addressing detailed student billing inquiries;
- Arranging for use of approved monthly payment plans; and
- Sending letters and answering questions regarding employer reimbursement programs.
Please see the Student Accounts - Financial Policies and Services section of this catalog for more information.
First Year and Transfer Experience
The First Year and Transfer Experience (FYTE) office of Palm Beach Atlantic University offers a variety of onboarding and transitioning programs that provide incoming students with social and developmental resources needed for a successful college experience. FYTE facilitates the transition of undergraduate day students to college-life, making a successful first year possible through collaborations with faculty, staff, and peer-to-peer programs. First Year Advisors go beyond academics to help students create a solid foundation for a successful experience at PBA.
FYTE provides the following programs:
Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) is a program for incoming students designed to assist with their transition to PBA. SOAR is offered through an on-campus orientation day as well as an online option. By participating in SOAR, students verify their registered coursework, meet faculty advisors and staff, and submit and confirm essential documentation. They also have the opportunity to meet with financial aid officers, residence hall directors, and a host of other university representatives.
First Year Seminar lays a foundation for successful transition to college by providing students with the opportunity to acquire essential skills that will enhance their social and academic integration. This is a one-credit required course of the General Education curriculum. Seminar instructors attend annual training workshops and a number of learning sessions throughout the semester, in order to better serve in their role. Additionally, the course is assisted by Peer Mentors – carefully selected and trained PBA Student Leaders who play an integral role in ensuring student success by mentoring their peers through the spiritual, emotional and social aspects of this transition.
- Transfer Services are provided by the Transfer Advisor who assists undergraduate day students transferring to PBA from other institutions. Services for new transfer students include peer-to peer support though MAST (Mentors Assisting Sailfish Transfers), unofficial transcript evaluation, registration and degree planning, educational workshops and the Transfer Club.
Academic Support and Disability Services
Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is intentional in its efforts to provide an array of academic support services for its students. The purpose of these academic tools is to serve as an educational supplement for the student body; this is realized in partnership with the assistance of faculty, students and staff. The Office of Academic Support and Disability Services, through its campus-based and online peer tutoring services, enrichment workshops, academic coaching, disability services, early alert and Bridges Scholar programs, provide the medium for the needed educational support. Located on the second floor of the Lassiter Student Center, the office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students may schedule an appointment by calling 561.803.2063.
Recognizing that students have different learning styles and in an effort to meet the broad range of academic support needs, the University provides a series of enrichment workshops focusing on topics that are geared to help students with their transition into the college environment. Additionally, a 24/7 online tutorial program and peer to peer support is provided. In the case of the latter, faculty members from the various disciplines recommend their top tier students to serve in that capacity. To further enhance the classroom experience, the University also identifies, through its early alert program, students who may benefit from early intervention and academic coaching. Through this student engaged format, learning strategies are taught, embracing one’s academic responsibility is encouraged, and assessments are made through a system of progress reporting.
Bridges Scholar Program (BSP)
This program, through its mentoring and academic accountability approaches, is designed to support undergraduate first-year students who are enrolled in both Pre-Composition English and College Pre-Algebra. The Bridges Scholar Program (BSP) assists students to develop their spiritual, academic, and social lives, through a directed curriculum, peer-led discussion groups, and one-on-one meetings with the coordinator. The first involvement with the BSP is through JumpStart, a pre-orientation program that begins a few days prior to Welcome Week and gives participants an opportunity to engage with other scholars, acclimate to college life, and gain a foundational start at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Palm Beach Atlantic University adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The University considers each student at PBA a unique individual and the Disability Services office collaborates with faculty and departments across each campus, to provide approved accommodations for every enrolled student with special needs. In order to determine the appropriate accommodations, students are required to submit a professional assessment that legitimizes the request for accommodations and to complete the Disability Services application packet. It is the responsibility of the student seeking accommodations to self-advocate and seek assistance from the Coordinator of Disability Services.
A Tradition of Service Since 1968: Workship is a distinctive community service program that responds to human needs with Christ-like action in the community and the world. Through community service, students can discern their vocation and develop a life-long habit of servant leadership. To date, Palm Beach Atlantic students have volunteered more than 3.1 million hours.
All daytime full-time undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 45 hours of volunteer work every academic year or 23 hours per semester. Volunteer work should be unpaid. Workship service hours are required to be completed working with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, US government agencies, churches, or an academic school. Although there are many valuable ways that students serve the Palm Beach Atlantic University community, Workship hours should be completed outside of the University, in the larger context of the local and global community.
Workship Department Resources
With over 300 community partners in Palm Beach County alone, the Workship Department’s goal is to assist students in finding volunteer opportunities that will help them in their vocational discernment and meeting the needs of the community. The Workship Department does this through one-on-one appointments with students, weekly service events, and large group service activities. If you have questions about the Workship requirement or need help connecting in the community, we are here to help you. Please contact the Workship Department at 561 803-2595 or Workship@pba.edu.
For more complete information on the Workship program and the requirements associated with the program, please visit the Navigator Student Handbook at https://my.pba.edu/ics.