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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, leadership and service programming, new student and family programs, recreation, diversity programs, health services, health education and outreach,  student conduct and Title IX case resolution, counseling and, consultation, and Commencement. 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, 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 Advocacy

The Office of Health Education & Outreach Programs houses the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Specialist, who serves as our “Victim Advocate.” The Victim Advocate is available M–F, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM when classes are in session to assist students with issues relating to sexual assault and relationship violence. The Victim Advocate can be reached by calling 317-910-5572. This phone number is made available on the back of every Butler ID card. Phone calls placed to the Victim Advocate phone outside of regular business hours will receive a voicemail referral to a confidential community agency for after-hours advocacy and support. The victim advocate can help a student connect to campus or community resources that they would find most helpful and healing. Additionally, programs and workshops regarding issues such as sexual violence prevention and response, dating violence prevention and response, bystander intervention, and healthy sexual practices are available through the Health Education and Outreach Programs office located in the Health and Recreation Complex.

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

Butler University actively fosters an inclusive living, learning, and working environment of respect that is free from harassment and discrimination. Butler addresses allegations of sex/gender harassment and discrimination through the Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Domestic Violence, implemented by the Title IX Coordinator. Butler addresses these topics by regular education, communications of expectations, and prevention programming. Any questions regarding the policy or process should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at and/or visiting

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

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 and Inclusion

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 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 Diversity Programs 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 Education and Outreach Programs, 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 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 coordinatorprovides 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, Room101.

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 theHealth 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, 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.  

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 Recreation Department creates opportunities and environments that inspire people to participate in wellness programs and services, both passive andactive. Through intramural sports, challenge education, club sports, fitness, and aquatics programs, Butler Recreation supports the holistic development of Butler’sstudents, faculty, staff, and alumni while being committed to upholding the mission of liberal arts and professional education. 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, 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. The University’s residency requirement is that 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 not living at home with a parent or legal guardian, including those affiliated with a Greek organization, will be required to live in University housing or an approved Greek housing unit of which the student 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

All on-campus residential students, except those living in one of our junior and senior on-campus apartments must subscribe to the “all access” dining program- an all you care to eat meal plan with “flex dollars.”   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.

Student Involvement and Leadership

Leadership and Service Programs

The Programs for Leadership and Service Education (PuLSE) office 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 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