Frequently Asked Questions
What is Welcome Week? Welcome Week is a week
designated for fun activities and academic -based discussions and
social interactions lead by upperclassmen students and faculty
members to help incoming students feel at home at Butler. Each
Orientation Group will be lead by one or two Student Orientation
Guides (SOGs) as well as a Faculty Orientation Guides (FOGs).
Throughout the week, students will get to know their peers within
their major as well as countless other first year students from
around the university.
Does Welcome Week cost anything? Yes, to cover
a portion of the cost of Welcome Week, all new students are charged
a one-time fee of $135 and all transfer students are charged a
one-time fee of $95 This fee will be charged directly to your
All of the events and activities throughout Welcome Week are
designed to help you feel at home at Butler as well as help prepare
you to be successful in your first semester of college at Butler
University! There are many activities that are required and we hope
you will participate in other offerings as well. This is a great
time to make connections to your peers , faculty staff and the
What meals are provided during Welcome Week?
All meals will be provided by Welcome Week programs for students
beginning with a brunch on Sunday, August 19 and ending with lunch
on Tuesday, August 21st.
Students' meal plans will begin with dinner on Tuesday, August
Students should bring their ids to all meals during Welcome Week
How do I know what Welcome Week Group I will be
in? On Saturday you will need to go over to the Resource
Fair located on the Butler Way Mall (the grassy area across from
Clowes Memorial Hall) between 2:00 pm and 5:00pm. There
you will pick up your information packet which will have a full
schedule of Welcome Week events as well as where your group will be
meeting and the name of your group leader.
Can I purchase carpet on campus? A carpet
vendor will be on campus Saturday, August 18th with
carpets cut to fit residence hall rooms?
What can parents do during welcome week? The
Welcome Week schedule is geared specifically for students. The parent
schedule offers great opportunities for parents and
What about Welcome Week for Transfer Students?
While all student events are open to transfer students, check out
the Welcome Week 2012 Transfer Student schedule on the schedule page for
events and programs designated specifically for transfer
If you are interested in joining an orientation group to
participate in the traditional Welcome Week events, please contact
Emily Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org.
More transfer student information can be found at www.butler.edu/learning/transfer-students/
How can I find out what textbooks I will need for my
classes? Go to www.butler.bkstr.com, select your
term/course/section, the following page will show what items you
need along with the available purchase/rental options. You
can purchase/rent from this website. You can choose to have
it shipped to you or in-store pickup.
Can I rent my textbooks? Yes, we have many titles available for
rental. You also have the option of converting your rental
into a purchase at anytime during the rental period. You can
highlight and write in the book; normal wear and tear is
anticipated. At the end of the semester you can check-in your
books at the bookstore. You can also purchase new and used
textbooks, some are available for a digital download (see www.cafescribe.com for
When can I bring my books in to sell them back to the
bookstore?We buy back books every day. The best time to sell
your books back is during finals week.
Can I use my flex dollars at the bookstore?While you can't use
your flex dollars in the bookstore, you can charge textbooks and
supplies to your student account at the beginning of each
When is the Bookstore open?Our regular hours during the Fall and
Spring semesters are Monday through Friday 8:30AM - 7:00PM,
Saturday 10:00AM -5:00PM, and Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM. Our hours vary
during breaks, holidays, and for special events. Please visit our
website for current hours.
How do I contact the Butler Police department?
You can contact Butler Police Dispatch directly by dialing (317)
940-9999. We recommend all students add this number to their phones
and have it on speed dial.
Does Butler University have an escort service for
students? Yes, Butler Police Department has an escort
service for students, faculty and staff with no questions asked,
from dusk until dawn, 7 days a week within the campus and adjacent
Do campus police officers have full police
powers? Yes. Campus police officers do have full police
powers and are state certified. Their jurisdiction currently
extends beyond the campus property to the city limits of
Indianapolis. Officers have the authority to write both campus and
Indiana State Traffic citations.
If I get hurt or have a medical emergency on campus who
will help me? All Butler University Police officers are
trained by the Red Cross in CPR, AED and First Aid. They will be
the first to respond to your call for help and will contact
additional medical personnel as needed.
If I lock my keys in my car or need a jump start will
the police help me? Yes. The Butler University Police
Department is prepared to assist you with unlocking or jump
starting your vehicle.
Does Butler University have twenty-four hour Police
service? Yes. The Butler campus is staffed twenty-four
hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by commissioned police
officers with full police powers.
I am new to campus, how do I register my
vehicle? To register your vehicle, please
come in person to BUPD during business hours, Monday through Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm. We are located at 525 W. Hampton Drive on the
corner of Sunset and Hampton Drive.
For more Information, please visit the Public Safety
What is counseling? Counseling is a
collaborative process between a student and a trained professional
aimed at helping the student identify concerns, develop
alternatives, and gain an increased understanding of themselves and
What kinds of services does the Counseling and
Consultation Services office provide? The counseling and
consultation service office provides individual, couples, and group
counseling, as well as educational outreach programs and
consultations to faculty, staff, parents, or friends. We also
provide contracted services for psychiatric medications once per
week as well as substance abuse assessments.
What will my counseling cost? Individual,
group, and couples counseling, outreach, and consultation are
services that are free of charge to currently enrolled
students. Our substance abuse assessments and psychiatric
services both involve a separate fee. Please contact us at
ext 9385 to inquire about the costs of these services.
What are some common reasons students seek
counseling? Students seek counseling for a variety of
reasons, including relationship concerns, adjustment to college
life, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, eating and body image
concerns, sexual and gender identity concerns, stress management
and substance abuse assessment.
What are the hours for Counseling and Consultation
Services? Our business hours are Monday-Wednesday,
8am-6pm, and Thursday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
Where is CCS located? CCS is located in HRC
room 120, adjacent to BU Health Services.
For more information, please visit the Counseling
What are your different dining locations? We
have two all-you-care-to-eat locations - The Marketplace at
Atherton Union and the ResCo Dining Hall. In the basement of
Atherton Union is the C-Club Food Court which features Papa John's
Pizza, Grill Works and Wraps & More along with tons of
grab-and-go items. Also located in Atherton Union is
Starbucks and in the HRC you'll find our Zia Juice Bar.
What are my convenience store options? The
C-Store at the Dawg House in the Apartment Village is open from
3pm-10pm Monday-Thursday, 3pm-8pm Friday, 4pm-8pm Saturday and
4pm-10pm Sunday. We have also expanded our convenience
offerings in the C-Club Food Court.
I have a food allergy, what can I eat? We can
accommodate almost any food issue. Please set up an
appointment to speak with Ed Campbell, the Atherton Dining Hall
manager, at ex. 8021 or email at email@example.com
If I forget/lose my student ID, can I have lunch
anyway? No. If you have forgotten your ID in your
residence hall room, go back and get it. If you have lost
your ID, please go to BUPD to get a new one.
Can I use my ID to pay for both myself and my friend for
a meal? You may use your ID with the new Unlimited Plan to
enter multiple times per meal period. However, this is only for you
and cannot be shared. You can, however, treat your friend using
your Flex Dollars (which come with your meal plan and DO NOT
rollover from semester to semester), use one of the 5 guest passes
on your ID (which come with your unlimited meal plan and DO NOT
rollover from semester to semester) or Dawg Bucks (which can be
added on and DO rollover from semester to semester).
How do I add Dawg Bucks? There are three ways
you can add Dawg Bucks to your card. You can stop in Atherton
Union, room 110, order Dawg Bucks on our http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSMW/Butler,
or call us directly at (317) 940-9701 and add them over the
For more information, please visit the Dining Services
When will my financial aid appear on my bill?
Actual financial aid will be credited and begin to appear on the
Statement of Student Account (bill) after confirmation of
enrollment for the semester on the fifth day of class. You
are encouraged to compare your Statement of Student Account and
Financial Aid Notification on your my.butler.edu account for
What do I need to do for my student loans?
Students who complete the application process for financial aid
(FAFSA) are eligible for Federal Direct Loans. You must
accept your loans on your my.butler.edu account, sign the
Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete "Entrance Counseling" at
What do I do with my outside scholarship check?
Please send your outside scholarship checks to the Office of
Financial Aid so it is credited to your student account
properly. You must report receipt of an outside scholarship
through your my.butler.edu account or by sending copies of the
scholarship letter to the Office of Financial Aid.
I still have a balance on my account, what can I
do? Butler University offers a wide range of programs to
help families pay for the educational expenses. These
programs include a convenient payment plan, the Federal Direct PLUS
Loan or private education loans. Information about these
programs is available online at or by
contacting the Office of Financial Aid at 877-940-8200.
For more information, please visit the Financial Aid
What is the range of health care I can receive on
campus? Health Services, located in room 110 of the
Health and Recreation Complex (HRC), provides acute (sick) care and
offers a variety of preventive (well) health services. Health
Services has physicians and registered nurses on staff to provide
complete medical care. Our MD is prepared to serve as your doctor
when you are away from home. Health Services staff will also work
with your physician to coordinate your care when needed.
Examples of reasons students might seek services: cold/flu
symptoms, unusual pain/discomfort, physicals, injuries, infections,
allergy injections, flu shots, birth control/sexually transmitted
diseases, sleep problems, health education/questions, and chronic
illness management. If issues are beyond our scope of care, we
assist students with referrals to off-campus providers. Emergency
situations are referred to local hospitals.
What do I do for an illness or if I would like to make
an appointment? Students may call (317) 940-9385 for
an appointment to be seen by a healthcare
professional. Students also can schedule online 24/7 through
the secure web portal MyHealth.Butler.edu. Appointments
help us maximize our clinic time but we will accommodate walk in
visits when possible. Those who walk in will be triaged by an
RN first. If appropriate and the schedule allows, students will be
scheduled to see the physician or other recommendations or
arrangements will be coordinated. We will make our best effort to
stay on schedule, but when emergencies or complications occur you
may have some wait time. We will communicate this and
appreciate your patience and flexibility if this would occur.
Do I need health insurance? We require all
full-time undergraduate students to have a minimum level of health
insurance coverage. This compliance is achieved through an
annual online waiver process where students waive the
University-sponsored policy by providing evidence of comparable
When students utilize Health Services they should bring their
health insurance card with them every time. Please refer to the web
for further information on health
insurance billing or
how to obtain health insurance. *Please note, we do not turn
people away who do not have health insurance.
Why do I need to have a health record on file?
It is important for Health Services to be aware of chronic illness,
medications being taken, allergies you might have to medications,
foods, or the environment as well as up-to-date
immunizations. This information aids Health Services in
providing the best possible individualized care and support Butler
in maintaining a healthy community. New student health
forms are due to us by August 1. If your health
information and up-to-date immunization record is not complete or
on file with health services, registration to the following
semester classes may be placed on hold.
For more Information, please visit the Health Services
What kind of religious and spiritual organizations are
at Butler? There are 10 diverse student religious groups:
Butler Catholic Community; Butler Meditation Group; Campus Crusade
for Christ; Coalition for Christian Outreach Grace Unlimited
(Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry); Hillel at Butler; Interfaith
Council; Muslim Students Association; Orthodox Christian
Fellowship; Voices of Deliverance Gospel Choir; and Young Life.
How can I get involved in a religious
organization? Student religious groups welcome new people
throughout the year. Also, during Welcome Week these groups
take part in the annual Center for Faith and Vocation (CFV) Ice
Cream Social and the all-campus Block Party for all student
organizations around the university.
Does Butler have a religious affiliation?
Butler is unaffiliated, which means it is not connected to any one
faith tradition. Instead, Butler helps students connect with their
own unique religious or spiritual perspectives and does so with
respect for diversity and distinctiveness.
Is the Center for Faith and Vocation just for religious
students? Not at all. The CFV is a place for all students
- religious, non-religious, questioning, and curious. Everyone can
come to explore how they are called to unique lives of purpose,
meaning, and contribution. Salon-style conversations called Big
Questions are part of this. Meditation instruction, yoga classes, a
quiet space to meet, study or just hang out are also ways to get
involved in the CFV.
For more information, please visit the Center for Faith and