Jul 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog (Curriculog Connected) 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog (Curriculog Connected)

Student Affairs

Student Affairs

Student Affairs provides programs, services and activities that enhance the holistic development of the student congruent with the Salem College mission. The Dean of Students serves as a resource for students regarding personal or student engagement issues and matters impacting student life within the campus community.

Residence Life

Residence halls are active learning centers which support the growth, health and education of the student as a whole person in the context of a diverse residential community. Studying, discussions on current events, relaxing and building friendships occur as students from diverse backgrounds plan and attend educational programs, social and recreational activities and holiday and cultural celebrations.

The Area Coordinators (ACs) are professional staff members who live in the residence halls and supervise a trained staff of student leaders called Resident Assistants (RAs). The AC’s role is to holistically support students’ academic and social success by providing support and programming for the residential experience which fosters cognitive and personal development. The ACs will challenge and support students as they merge their classroom knowledge with their personal experience of living in a diverse community. The RAs coordinate programming in the residence halls and are available to their peers as an additional resource for academic, personal and social concerns. Residential life and the variety of activities available in this co-curricular setting provide an added dimension to the student’s liberal arts education.

Salem is a residential college. Thus, all full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus unless they receive an exemption from the residential requirement. Exemptions may be given to students who live locally with immediate family and in other limited circumstances when warranted. Salem does not provide housing for family members of students.

Degree-seeking students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) in order to live on campus. If a degree-seeking student is approved to be part-time, or drops below 12 hours, their situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Residence Life, and depending on available space, the student’s circumstances, and the student’s plans for subsequent semesters, the student may be approved to continue living on campus. In consultation with the Dean of Students and Dean of the College, the Office of Residence Life reserves the right to ask students to depart the residence halls if students’ conduct creates an unsafe environment for themselves and/or other residents. 

Lucy Rose Center for Global Leadership and Career Innovation

The mission of the Lucy Rose Center for Global Leadership and Career Innovation is to infuse life and career preparation with a broader sense of purpose in the global context. Programming prepares students for success in graduate school and careers, and above all, to be leaders for a better world. The Center offers a robust and dynamic schedule of programming on such topics as oral and written communication skills, career path finding management, global intercultural literacy, professionalism and work ethic, digital technologies, teamwork and interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and critical thinking and creative problem solving.

International Student Services and Study Abroad

The Executive Director for the Lucy Rose Center for Global Leadership & Career Innovation serves as the Salem College Homeland Security PDSO, and thus assists international students with visa-related issues and serves as a resource regarding applications for work permits, internship authorizations, post-graduation plans for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and graduate or professional study, and directs the Salem College Study Abroad programming.

Health and Counseling Services

Health Services

Student Health Services offers nursing services to all Salem College students. Students can visit Health Services when they are feeling unwell, have an injury, or need assistance with community referrals. Health Services is located in the basement of Clewell Residence Hall. 

Counseling Services

The Salem College Counseling Center provides assistance to students by offering professional and confidential counseling and support for a variety of emotional and personal issues, such as grief and loss, body image and eating concerns, stress management, coping with depression and other student concerns as needed and requested.

The goal of Counseling Services is to help meet the psychosocial and developmental needs of students through the provision of individual and group counseling, workshops and educational programs that support academic persistence. Our professional counselors demonstrate objectivity and sensitivity in the assessment of student needs and concerns and make referrals to community professionals as appropriate. Our work further supports the mission of student affairs by enabling students to live balanced lives, define success for themselves and help them discover how their unique abilities allow them to make positive contributions to our community and our world.

Student Activities and Organizations

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body for undergraduate students. The SGA strives to foster both the individual and community interests of students by maintaining expectations for a high standard of conduct, by creating a spirit of unity and by developing a sense of individual responsibility and adherence to the Honor Tradition at Salem College. 

Salem students also have the opportunity to join a variety of clubs and organizations. Please refer to the Student Handbook, issued annually to all Salem students, for a current list of recognized clubs and organizations

Religious Life

As an institution related to the Moravian Church, Salem College places emphasis on religious values and on the maintenance of an atmosphere in which ethical questions and answers may develop on both institutional and personal levels. The institution believes that the examination of religious values should be encouraged in the college years and that instructional guidance should reflect ethical maturity in the faculty. In keeping with the traditions of a church-related college, the academic study of religious studies is offered as an integral part of the curriculum.

The churches of Winston-Salem and the denominational ministers assigned to the colleges in the community encourage the students to participate in local church life and denominational programs. In addition, these campus ministers contribute to the counseling services available through the Office of the Dean of Students.

There are a variety of religious organizations on campus representing different denominations. They include the Baptist Student Union (BSU), Catholic Student Association (CSA), Episcopal Student Fellowship (ESF), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IV), the Wesley Foundation (United Methodist) and the Presbyterian Campus Ministry (PCF). The Chaplain’s Office also coordinates a student-led Interfaith Council, which consists of students from various religious traditions. The Council hosts events from different faith traditions throughout the year.


The Salem College athletic program supports seven intercollegiate varsity sports (basketball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and beach volleyball). Salem College is a member of NCAA Division III and the USA South Athletic Conference. The philosophy of the Salem College athletic department states:

The Salem College Athletics Department believes that intercollegiate athletics is an integral component of a liberal arts education and that the student-athlete’s academic experience is enhanced by participation in the competitive environment of intercollegiate athletics. The Salem College Athletic Department strives for academic and athletic excellence through the establishment and maintenance of an environment that values diversity and emphasizes physical and mental well-being among its student-athletes and athletic staff. In pursuit of athletic excellence athletics provide the student-athlete the opportunity for self-discovery and the development of principles of discipline, fair play, sportsmanship and ethical conduct; they also provide an environment that is fair, open, and honest. All athletic staff, student-athletes and Salem College faculty, administration and staff are part of a community where each is treated with dignity and respect. To facilitate this philosophy Salem College is a member of the NCAA and participates under its Division III guidelines.

To be eligible to compete in varsity athletics the student must adhere to the following regulations:

  1. Each student-athlete can participate in four seasons of any given sport. The student-athlete has 10 full-time semesters of attendance in which to complete her four seasons. A full-time semester is utilized when the student-athlete is enrolled in a full time load and attends the first day of classes. Semesters of participation are tracked by the Athletic Director’s office with assistance from the Registrar’s Office. Eligibility is based on the number of semesters in college and includes semesters at other institutions.
    1. Full-time status is required to participate (full time in fall or spring term is 12 semester hours.)
    2. A student must withdraw prior to the first day of classes in order to not have the semester count towards eligibility.
    3. Dropping below 12 hours during the semester results in immediate ineligibility.
  2. Students will be ineligible to compete if they fail two classes within one semester (does not include zero credit or audited courses) in the fall and spring terms. Anytime a student-athlete drops below 12 semester hours, she becomes ineligible immediately.
    1. Repeated courses that were previously passed do not count towards the required 12 hours per semester, unless they are repeatable for credit, e.g., special topics, internships, etc.
    2. Graded courses taken at Salem College during Summer term(s) will be added to the hours and GPA of the preceding Spring term to determine eligibility.
  3. Minimum G.P.A. requirements based on fall and spring term performance include:
    1. 1.5 at the end of the first semester
    2. 1.8 at the end of the second semester
    3. 1.9 at the end of the third semester
    4. 2.0 at the end of the fourth and subsequent semesters
  4. Anytime a student is placed on academic probation by the College, she is immediately ineligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics (including travel with the team)
    1. The student may be eligible to practice if approval is given by the Director of Athletics.
    2. The student is not eligible to play again until she is officially removed from probation.
  5. Transfer Credits
    1. Credits transferred in from another institution will not influence the G.P.A. at Salem College.
    2. A grade of “C” or better must be obtained in order to be accepted for transfer credit.

NOTE: Should a student receive a grade change for any reason and that change would have disqualified her from participating in team sports in the term in which she took the course, in the current term, and/or results in her being placed on academic probation or exclusion, the student is immediately ineligible to continue participating in any team sports in the current term, pending further review. She may be deemed permanently ineligible to participate.

Athletics facilities include two gymnasiums, 12 tennis courts, 25-yard indoor pool, softball field, two outdoor playing fields, two practice fields and a fitness center.

Cultural Events

Salem College offers events throughout the school year featuring speakers on a variety of topics. Performing arts programs, music recitals, films and exhibits by distinguished artists as well as Salem’s faculty and students are also presented. Salem welcomes community members to campus for these programs. In addition, invited guests meet with students in a classroom setting and often lead master classes and workshops.

In recent years, visiting speakers have included authors Lee Smith and Ayana Mathis; award-winning songwriter and author Marshall Chapman, educator and author Erin Gruwell of the Freedom Writers Foundation; performances by legendary pianist Frank Glazer, and flute phenomenon Leone Buyse; and exhibits by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Four Emerging Ukrainian Photographers. Performances by Laurie Anderson, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company, and Twyla Tharpe, and an appearance by author Isabel Allende have also been featured in recent years.

Student Affairs provides programs, services and activities that enhance the holistic development of the student congruent with the Salem College mission. The dean of students serves as a resource for students regarding personal or student organization issues and matters impacting student life within the campus community.

The Alumnae Association

The Salem College Alumnae Association was founded in 1886 to ensure that Salem alumnae remain an important part of the Salem Academy and College community after graduation. The Alumnae Association fosters a spirit of continuing fellowship and service to Salem through the activities of the Alumnae Association Board, communications to alumnae, and alumnae events held virtually, on-campus, and across the country. The Alumnae Association is managed by the Office of Institutional Advancement, with on-campus locations in Hanes House and the Alumnae House.