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Campus Services

The Division of Student Affairs strives to integrate educational experiences and co-curricular programming into a campus setting with opportunities, challenges, and services that promote a student’s holistic development. Within the Division of Student Affairs, enhancing the overall quality of the life of students is our mission. Services include those for residence life, dining, Greek life, leadership and service programming, recreation, diversity programs, band and spirit programs, health programs, student conduct and Title IX case resolution, counseling, consultation, and commencement.

The Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the primary liaison for students and various segments of the University community. Rules and regulations governing student life are outlined in the Student Handbook and available on the Butler University website. The primary offices of the Division of Student Affairs are located in Atherton Union and the Health and Recreation Complex. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is located in Atherton Union, Room 200.

John W. Atherton Union houses the University bookstore, Starbucks, the Marketplace dining room, many offices within the Division of Student Affairs, and Internship and Career Services. Atherton Union maintains numerous facilities, including student organization offices, the Volunteer Center, the Efroymson Diversity Center, meeting rooms, student soft space, ATMs, and a computer lab. Snacks, grill, and fountain items are available in the C-Club and Starbucks. The Programs for Leadership and Service Education (PuLSE) office, which is responsible for the operation of Atherton Union, is located in Room 101. Concerns regarding the physical space and maintenance of Atherton Union may be directed to the PuLSE office.

Campus Safety

The Department of Public Safety maintains a safe and secure environment for the University community. Student “Right to Know” information (mandated by the federal Clery Act) can be found on the department’s website.

The Butler University Police Department is responsible for investigating incidents, traffic enforcement, issuing student identification cards, and providing assistance in emergency situations, including contacting local fire and ambulance services. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. University Police are also responsible for coordinating crime prevention programs for students, faculty, and staff throughout each semester.

The Office of Environmental Programs is responsible for maintaining compliance with numerous federal, state, and local regulations that govern fire, safety, and environmental issues at Butler University.

Victim Advocate Program

The Victim Advocate Program provides 24-hour response, provided by a trained advocate throughout the academic year, to students who have experienced sexual assault or interpersonal violence. The needs of someone who has been sexually assaulted vary from person to person and over time. The victim advocate can help a student connect to campus or community resources that he or she would find most helpful and healing. To obtain assistance and an explanation of services, contact the program at 317-910-5572. To report a crime, contact Butler University Police at 317-940-9396. Additionally, programs and workshops regarding issues such as sexual violence prevention/response, dating violence prevention/response, bystander intervention, and healthy sexual choices are available through the Health Education and Outreach Programs office located in the Health and Recreation Complex, Room 101, 317-940-8311.

Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence and the Title IX Coordinator

Butler University actively fosters an inclusive environment of respect where differences are honored. All individuals who work, study, and participate in Butler activities have the right to be free of harassment and discrimination. To ensure that our campus addresses allegations of harassment and discrimination, the University adopted a comprehensive Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence, available through the Human Resources website. Addressed within this policy are sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual exploitation, as those actions are considered extreme forms of harassment. Additionally, the Non-Discrimination Policy (not including gender-based discrimination) addresses discrimination based on race, ethnicity, disability, age, and any other protected characteristic. The Title IX Coordinator facilitates the process for student-on-student policy violations. Butler University addresses these policies and topics of discrimination by regular communication of expectations and through the provision of programs and conversations.

The Title IX coordinator can be reached at Visit for detailed information.

Commencement and Student Recognition Programs

Butler University commencement ceremonies are coordinated within the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The University hosts two commencement ceremonies each year (winter and spring), in which students receive their diploma onstage. An honorary degree is presented to an individual who may serve as the commencement speaker.

For close to 60 years, the University has recognized students of outstanding character, scholarship, engaged citizenship, leadership, and commitment to fostering diversity through the Outstanding Student Recognition—Top 100 program. Juniors and seniors are nominated and selected through an application process for Top 100 consideration. Once selected as a Top 100 student, candidates are given the opportunity to submit letters of recommendation for consideration to be a Top 15 Most Outstanding Student. Committees of faculty, staff, and alumni govern the selection process. Recognition by this program is considered to be a high student honor; students can receive the honor twice during their academic career.

The commencement and student recognition coordinator is located in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Atherton Union, Room 200. Visit or for detailed information.

Diversity Programs

The Office of Diversity Programs, located in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union, Room 004, combines services designed to enhance the cultural diversity and awareness of the campus community and supports the admission and retention of students from diverse underrepresented populations. The director serves as advisor to several diversity student organizations and manages the Efroymson Diversity Center and the Morton-Finney Leadership Program. The director and staff also coordinate the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series, a collaboration between Butler University and the Office of the Mayor, and the campus-wide Celebration of Diversity, which presents thematic programming and events, including the Hispanic Heritage Celebration, the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday observance, African-American History Month, Women’s History Month, and various diversity programs throughout the academic year.

Visit for detailed information.

International Student Services, located in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union, Room 004, is the coordinating agency for Butler’s international students. The Associate Director for International Student Services provides services and opportunities for students attending Butler on a visa, including advice on cross-cultural concerns and immigration and visa requirements, and maintains all records in cooperation with the Registrar to ensure compliance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Advising is also provided for international student organizations, coordination of Butler international activities and special projects, and the International Living Unit, located in the Residential College. Visit for detailed information.

The Efroymson Diversity Center exists to enhance the personal development and academic success of students by preparing them to be active and responsible citizens demonstrating respect and appreciation for the diverse cultures represented on campus, as well as the diversity inherent within our global society. The Center was made possible by a generous gift from Lori Efroymson-Aguilera, the Efroymson Family Foundation, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

The Office of Diversity Programs and the Office of International Student Services are housed in the Center, also known as “The DC,” which provides office space for several diversity student organizations. Center facilities include a multipurpose lounge/program area equipped with study tables, reception area, television and entertainment center, library and art gallery, kitchen, prep room, and storage space. For more information, call 317-940-6570 or visit for a complete listing of programs and hours.

Health and Recreation Complex

The Health Education and Outreach Programs Office addresses critical wellness issues affecting college students by coordinating peer-education programs, including Peers Advocating Wellness for Students; Greek Educators, Advocates, and Resources; and The Red Cup Culture Facilitation Team. The coordinator provides programming and consultation to students in areas related to wellness. The office is part of the Division of Student Affairs and is inside the HRC, Room 101.

Health Services, also located in HRC, suite 110, is available to all Butler students, with office hours posted at Services are provided by appointment, and walk-ins are accepted as the schedule allows. Registered nurses, mid-level providers, and physicians provide treatment in the Health Services office for minor accidents, sport injuries, preventive care, and illnesses on an outpatient basis. Providers are available Monday–Friday for wellness/preventive care, acute/chronic care, women’s and men’s health issues, and to address general health care needs on a personalized basis. Individual health insurance will be billed, so students need to bring their insurance cards when they visit. Co-payments and any balance owed may be directed to the student’s University account so that cash on hand is not necessary in order to be seen. To utilize Health Services, students must have submitted to a completed health history, a copy of a physical exam completed in the last 12 months, a copy of immunization records, and proof of health insurance.

Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) helps students on an individual and group basis with academic and personal issues during the student’s time at the University. Students seeking support and wishing to work on specific issues, such as relationships, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, sexual-assault survivorship, and other issues, do so through individual and group therapy. All counseling is voluntary, and CCS works within a short-term model to address concerns typically in no more than 10 sessions. Licensed psychologists and closely supervised interns staff the facility. The doctoral internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Students are seen by appointment. Students who wish to start counseling can phone 317-940-9385. Students seeking resources, information, and programs can also find those services at CCS.

The Recreation Department creates opportunities and environments that inspire people to participate in leisure activities, both passive and active. Through intramural athletics, challenge education, club sports, fitness, and aquatics programs, Butler Recreation supports the holistic development of Butler’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni while being committed to upholding the mission of liberal arts and professional education.

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life works to provide a living environment that is conducive to students’ intellectual, social, cultural, and personal development, as well as a positive living-learning environment in all campus residence halls. Any matters pertaining to housing, programming, food service, etc. should be directed to the staff members in Residence Life, located in Atherton Union, Room 303. Butler University provides a variety of housing options. All first-year students not living at home with a parent or legal guardian are required to live in one of the University residence halls. All sophomore and junior students (including those affiliated with a Greek organization) not living at home with a parent or legal guardian are required to live in University housing or an approved Greek housing unit of which he or she is a member. The housing requirement does not apply to fully employed persons who are residents of the Indianapolis metropolitan area and who wish to attend Butler on a part-time basis. Applications and agreements for campus housing are available through the Office of Residence Life. Leadership and employment opportunities such as hall government, unit representatives, desk assistants, and resident assistants are also available to students living within the residence halls.

Dining Services

An “All Access” meal plan is required for all residence hall students. An all-you-care-to-eat meal plan with “flex dollars” is featured in the plan. Students may dine as many times as they desire throughout established dining hours. Declining-balance flex dollars may be used at Starbucks, C-Club, Fairview Welcome Center, and the Dawghouse (a convenience store in the Apartment Village). Dining managers are available to meet with students about special dietary needs and restrictions. Additionally, any student who resides in campus apartments or off campus, as well as faculty and staff, are able to purchase meal plans or Dawg Bucks, which can be utilized in all dining venues. Members of Greek organizations may have the ability to secure meal plans through their respective fraternity or sorority. Dining Services offices are located on the main floor of Atherton Union.

Greek Life

Thirteen national Greek collegiate fraternities and sororities maintain chapters at Butler. The fraternities are Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Nu. The sororities are Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, and Sigma Gamma Rho. The Office of Greek Life, located in Atherton Union, Room 312, serves as the administrative focal point for all fraternity/sorority activities. The director works with and advises the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association, and Order of Omega leadership, in addition to individual students and organizations. The director is responsible for overseeing recruitment, working with house directors, serving as liaison to alumni/alumnae advisory and housing boards, organizing educational and leadership workshops, and providing individual and group advising for fraternity/sorority members.

Leadership and Service Programs

The Office of Programs for Leadership and Service Education (PuLSE) strives to promote student learning and development through involvement, leadership and service opportunities. The staff of PuLSE encourages the development of students into critical thinkers with the ability to lead, serve, and contribute to their communities and commitments through programming, education, and practical experiences.

To accomplish these goals, PuLSE staff members advise the Student Government Association; oversee campus-wide weekend and late-night programs; work with more than 150 student organizations; coordinate leadership programs including Emerging Leaders; and supervise the student-run Volunteer Center, which connects students to service opportunities with Indianapolis agencies. PuLSE furthers service initiatives by organizing Ambassadors of Change, Bulldogs into the Streets, and alternative break trips. In addition, the office collaborates with numerous campus offices in the annual coordination of Welcome Week.

Students who want to get involved in student organizations or community service should stop by the PuLSE Office, in Atherton Union, Room 101, to talk with a staff member about their interests. A list of student organizations is available on the PuLSE website,

University Band and Spirit Programs

The University Band and Spirit Programs encompass the marching bands, cheerleaders, and “Hink,” the University costumed mascot. These student representatives are available for University-wide events, off-campus events, and athletic events. Students are encouraged to get involved in the Butler Marching Band, Basketball Band, cheerleaders, or mascot programs by visiting

Spiritual Life

The spiritual and religious needs of the Butler community are addressed by a number of individuals and student-led groups. The Center for Faith and Vocation at the “Blue House” is home to many of these religious, spiritual, and philosophical organizations, including the Butler Catholic Community, Butler Hillel, the Butler Muslim Student Association, the Secular Student Alliance, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and several Protestant groups including Cru, Young Life, Grace Unlimited, and others. Clergy and other CFV community advisors are available for individual conferences and spiritual counseling. Varied programs dealing with religious and spiritual concerns also are offered by the Center for Faith and Vocation. For more information, contact Daniel Meyers,, or visit

Athletic Events

Butler University is a Division I member institution of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Student-athletes at Butler are known as “Bulldogs” and proudly wear the official school colors of blue and white. All of Butler’s 20 teams, with the exception of football, compete in the BIG EAST Conference. Other BIG EAST Conference members are Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John’s University, Villanova University, and Xavier University. Butler’s football program competes at the Division I FCS level, as a member of the Pioneer Football League. Butler fields competitive programs for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field, and for women in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Information about Butler athletics is available at