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Campus Life

The Division of Student Affairs strives to integrate educational experiences and cocurricular 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, student involvement and leadership, student activities, civic engagement, new student and family programs, recreation and wellness, diversity programs, health services, health promotion, student conduct and Title IX case resolution, and counseling and consultation. Additional information can be found on the Student Affairs website at

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 Vice President for Student Affairs's office is located in Atherton Union, Room 200.

John W. Atherton Union houses the University bookstore, Starbucks, the Marketplace dining room, and many offices within the Division of Student Affairs. 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 Department of Student Involvement & Leadership, 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 Department of Student Involvement & Leadership.

The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a first stop for assistance, support, and advocacy. Students and families may contact the Dean of Students staff for information, explanations, and problem-solving. Located in Atherton Union, Room 311, the phone number is 317-940-9470. Additionally, the office mission is to promote an understanding of personal responsibility, respect for others and a connection to the values of the Butler community. Guidance and expectations are conveyed to students in the online Student Handbook ( Students are expected to know and follow University rules, policies, and guidelines outlined in the handbook. When student behaviors run contrary to expectations, the University’s student conduct process is employed to assist students in realigning their behavior.

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.

Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Office

The Sexual Assault Response and Prevention (SARP) Office offers both victim advocacy and prevention education to the Butler community. The SARP Specialist is available to assist students with issues relating to sexual misconduct (i.e. sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking). The SARP Specialist can be reached Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM in the office or by calling 317-910-5572. This phone number is made available on the back of every Butler ID card. Phone calls placed to the SARP Specialist outside of regular business hours will receive a voicemail referral to a confidential community agency for after-hours advocacy and support. The SARP Specialist can help connect students to campus or community resources that they would find most helpful and healing. Additionally, the SARP Specialist creates and conducts programs and workshops regarding issues such as sexual violence prevention and response, dating violence prevention and response, bystander intervention, and healthy sexual relationship practices. The SARP Office is located in the Health and Recreation Complex, Room 119.

Title IX Coordinator and the Sexual Misconduct Policy

Butler University was founded on the principle that everyone deserves an excellent education. This principle continues to be central to our campus mission today, and informs our work in preventing and responding to sexual misconduct.

Sexual misconduct includes sex- and gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The University’s response to allegations of sexual misconduct is governed by the Sexual Misconduct Policy, implemented by the Title IX Coordinator. The University also engages in robust prevention education efforts, including training and education for all new incoming students, and bystander intervention training using the Green Dot model. For more information, including resources and reporting options, please visit Questions can be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at

The Non-Discrimination Policy (not including gender-based discrimination) addresses discrimination based on race, ethnicity, disability, age, and any other protected characteristic, which is implemented by Human Resources (HR). The Dean of Students is available to consult when student on student harassment is alleged. During this initial contact, the Dean will offer support and resources to a person reporting harassment and policy and resolution processes will be explained.

Any questions regarding this policy or process should be directed to the highest official in HR at and/or visiting

Academic Ceremonies

Butler University Commencement ceremonies are coordinated within the Office of University Events. 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.

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Student Recognition Programs

For close to 60 years, the University has recognized students of outstanding character, scholarship, engaged citizenship, and leadership through the Outstanding Student Recognition Program. Eligible students are nominated and selected through an application process for consideration. An evaluation committee comprised of faculty, staff, and alumni govern the selection process. Recognition by this program is considered to be a high student honor.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, 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 student diversity 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.

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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 Multicultural Programs and Services is 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 and Recreation Complex (HRC) houses Recreation and Wellness programs and services, Health Services, Health Promotion, and Counseling and Consultation Services.


The eight dimensions of Butler’s BUBeWell model are the foundation for a transformative and holistic student experience. Through BUBeWell, we foster a positive environment that helps students grow, and be the best version of themselves. Butler provides students many robust opportunities to develop, both inside and outside of the classroom, through each of the eight dimensions of the BUBeWell model. Explore BUBeWell at

The Office of Health Services, also located in HRC, Suite 110, is available to all Butler students, with office hours posted at Services areprovided 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. Providers are available Monday–Friday for wellness/preventive care, acute/chronic care, women’s and men’s health issues, and 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 to be seen. Think of Health Services as your on-campus “Doctors Office” while you are a student at Butler University.

Students can access online scheduling and see mandatory guidelines at It is mandatory for all First-Year students to complete their health history, TB questionnaire online and to provide a copy of your immunization records and a physical exam completed in the last 12 months. All students must also complete the mandatory online Waiver Process, as proof of health insurance. Failure to comply with the mandatory Health Services Requirements may result in student account holds and late and/or processing fees. We highly encourage our students to consider coverage with the Butler Sponsored United Health Care Plan. This plan is a national and international plan with specialized coverage for Butler University. Any care received at Health Services is generally covered at 100% with no co-pay or deductible. If you are coming to Butler from, out of state please review your plan for coverage when you are making this decision.

The Office of Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) offers therapeutic services for students’ emotional health in order to assist in their academic functioning and overall wellness. There are no fees associated with individual and group therapy offerings, and students often use such services to address concerns such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, sexual assault survivorship and other trauma, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties. Licensed psychologists and closely supervised doctoral interns staff the service. Students are seen by appointment and can call 317-940-9385 to set up an initial visit. Students seeking other mental health resources, information, or off-campus referrals can also use CCS for assistance.

The Office of Recreation and Wellness creates inclusive opportunities and environments that inspire people to participate in wellness programs and services, both passive and active. The Office supports the holistic development of Butler’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni through intramural sports, challenge education, club sports, fitness, and aquatic programs. The Office also collaborates with campus partners to address critical wellness issues through peer-education including nutrition, physical health, substance use and abuse, and mental health. Explore the HRC at

Student Living and Learning

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life provides a living environment that is conducive to students’ intellectual, social, cultural, and personal development, within the BU Be Well living-learning environment in all campus residence facilities. Any matters pertaining to housing, operations, the educational curriculum, or the day-to-day administration of residence life should be directed to the staff members in Residence Life, located in Atherton Union, Room 303. Butler University provides progressively independent housing units based on the six-semester on-campus residency requirement of Butler University. The University’s residency requirement is that all first-year students, second year, and juniors not living at home with a parent or legal guardian, or as upper-class students living in an approved Greek chapter house are required to live in one of the University residence halls. 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, community assistants and apartment community assistants are also available to students living within the residence halls.

Butler Dining

All on-campus residential students, except those living in on-campus apartments, must subscribe to one of two required Block Dining Plans with Flex Dollars on each plan. Required plans are 300 Block with $400 Flex or 250 Block with $600 Flex. The Block portion of the plan is a meal swipe, an all-you-care-to-eat meal in the Atherton Union Marketplace Café during normal business hours. Flex dollars may be used at Starbucks, Plum Market C-Club, Lacy School of Business Coffeeshop, Residential College, the HRC, and the Convience Store at Apartment Village (all the retail locations on campus). Meal swipes and Flex Dollars do not roll over from semester to semester. In addition, there are three Community Dining Plans for those students living in on- and off-campus apartments, Greek chapter houses, and commuter students. Our new Butler Dining Partner is a chef-driven, made-from-scratch, and farm-to-fork program, able to meet many dietary restrictions and food needs. Additionally, any student, as well as faculty and staff, is able to purchase a Dining Plan or Dawg Bucks, which can be utilized in all dining venues. Members of Greek Chapter houses may have the ability to secure meal plans through their respective fraternity or sorority. Butler Dining offices are located in the Atherton Union.

Fraternity and Sorority 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 Fraternity and Sorority Life, located in Atherton Union, Room 310, serves as the administrative focal point for all fraternity/sorority activities. The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life works with and advises the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association, Order of Omega, and students who belong to National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities. 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, managing the on-campus accounts for the fraternities and sororities, and providing individual and group advising for fraternity/sorority members.

Student Involvement and Leadership

Leadership and Service Programs

The Department of Student Involvement & Leadership, in partnership with students, strives to create an environment that encourages educational and social growth. By intentionally engaging students in interactive and diverse involvement opportunities, we seek to develop an ongoing commitment to leadership, service, and learning that enhances our students’ overall collegiate experience.

The Department of Student Involvement & Leadership encompasses three extremely dynamic areas—the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Justice; the Office of New Student & Family Programs; and the Office of Student Activities—to encourage students’ growth.

The Office of Civic Engagement & Social Justice seeks to connect Butler students with service and philanthropy opportunities in the Indianapolis community and beyond. We also strive to engage in meaningful work and education around social justice issues and personal development. The Volunteer Center, Ambassadors of Change pre-Welcome Week program, and Alternative Break programs are all coordinated through this office. For more information visit

The Office of New Student & Family Programs works with the newest members of the Butler University community, including first-year students, transfer students, and families. The Office coordinates a wide array of programs and services to help with the transition of all of these consitutents. Fall and spring Welcome Week and Orientations, Student Orientation Guides, and Family Programming including the Family Council and Fall Family Weekend are coordinated through this office. For more information visit

The Office of Student Activities strives to create a vibrant, co-curricular atmosphere where students can engage in involvement opportunities that maximize their Butler experience and simultaneously enhance their leadership skills. Our office works with Butler University’s 130+ recognized student organizations. These organizations represent 18 themed categories which are wonderful ways to get involved. Student Activities also works with Butler University’s Student Government Association. For more information visit

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

University Band and Spirit Programs

The University Band and Spirit Programs encompass the marching and basketball bands, cheerleaders, and “Hink,” the University costumed mascot. These student representatives are available for University-wide, off-campus, 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, and Grace Unlimited. Clergy and other CFV community advisors are available for individual conferences and spiritual conversations. Varied religious and spiritual programs 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