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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Who should my student talk to about changing to a different academic major?

Students should discuss the decision first with their advisor, then with a member of the department in which they are interested.

When should my son/daughter choose a major?

Students should declare a major on or before the first semester of their sophomore year.

What types of ministry and outreach programs exist for students?

Mountain Outreach: The Mountain Outreach program was established by two Cumberlands students who saw a need, and then acted out of Christian charity and energetic leadership to see that need was met. In the summer of 1982, a local student took a friend and fellow student on a driving tour of the mountains around Williamsburg. The friend, who had been raised in a middle class family far from Appalachia, was overwhelmed by the sight of tarpaper shacks with neither electricity nor running water. The two young men quickly decided to do what they could to help. Their first project was to repair and patch one ramshackle house where an elderly man lived with his mentally handicapped son. It soon became clear that patching wouldn’t be enough, so the students, neither with experience in construction, decided to build the old man a new house. In a short time, they had recruited twenty more students to volunteer their time and had persuaded local builders and businesses to donate expertise, equipment, and supplies. By the time the boys graduated in 1984, they and their team had built nine houses—and a ministry that continues to demonstrate the profound impact a single person can have on the lives of those he serves.

In keeping with the tradition of the program, no experience is needed to be a Mountain Outreach volunteer—only a willingness to learn and to help others. Student volunteers may apply any service hours contributed to Mountain Outreach projects towards fulfillment of the Leadership/Service Transcript.

Appalachian Ministries: Established in 1975, Appalachian Ministries gives students the opportunity to minister to area children, youth and families through recreation, crafts, games, and Bible lessons. For more information and how students can participate go to the Appalachian Ministries web page.

Baptist Campus Ministries: The mission statement of Baptist Campus Ministries is to help any student "grow as a disciple of Jesus by making more disciples of Jesus through authentic relationship." Through weekly worship/Bible study/prayer, through mission/ministry service, and through leadership development. BCM also plans campus-wide fellowship events and campus awakening and renewal events with engaging guest speakers and worship leaders. BCM networks with other campuses in KY for ENGAGE (an international student event) and Leadership Training Conference. BCM has a drama team that performs in churches, at local schools and on campus, sharing the gospel through music and interpretative sketches. Finally, BCM has several teams of students who serve in the community at the Williamsburg Nursing Home, Cedarridge Ministries and Emergency Christian Ministries on a regular basis.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes: The Cumberland chapter of this international organization is open to all students and meets weekly to discover ways it can fulfill the International FCA’s mission to “present athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and of serving Him in the fellowship of the Church.”

LIFE Groups: LIFE groups are small groups of 3-4 same-gender students who meet weekly for prayer, Bible study and sharing LIFE together! Groups meet after FUSE on Thursday nights in the Main Street Baptist church old sanctuary in groupings called Family Group. Each Family Group is led by an upperclassman. Through LIFE groups, students can grow as followers of Christ and serve together in ministry and mission projects.

How does the University provide security?

At UC the safety and security of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. The University has developed policies and procedures to insure that students are in the safest environment possible and maintains an emergency preparedness and action plan.

Campus Safety and Security operates out of the Bock Building, which maintains 24 hour coverage of the University’s switchboard and the Campus Emergency number, 4444. The University has full-time contracted Security Officers who patrol Campus, monitor traffic, assist students and staff, and provide escort services when needed. The Bock Building and the Security Officers have direct radio contact with the Williamsburg Police Dept. and Whitley County 911 dispatch at all times. The Williamsburg Police Dept. patrols campus as well. Several University buildings are monitored by security cameras. The University also has an emergency notification system to alert students of any imminent danger or situation.

The residence Halls are locked at designated times each evening. These times are Sunday-Thursday at 12:00 midnight, Friday and Saturday at 2:00 a.m. After these hours students must go to the Bock Building and, show their student ID and then be admitted to their residence hall by security personnel. Female residence halls are lobby access only with the living quarters being key controlled specifically to students assigned to that hall. Fire drills are conducted each semester for all residence halls and severe weather instructions are posted in each hall. Several residence halls are monitored by security cameras.

Student Services coordinates several training and Information seminars annually, including Sexual Assault and Dating Violence Prevention, Alcohol Abuse Prevention, etc. While these seminars are open for all students to attend, they are required of all entering freshmen enrolled in the freshmen orientation program, Insights, and of all students participating on an athletic team. In addition, any student who violates the University alcohol policy must attend the Prime for Life- On Campus Talk about Alcohol program, which is conducted by a certified instructor.

Safety/Security on campus requires active support of the University community. Students should assume responsibility for their safety and security of their property by following the simple suggestions listed below:

  • Keep room doors and windows locked
  • Keep vehicle doors locked at all times
  • Protect valuables
  • Identify valuable property by keeping a list of serial numbers
  • Avoid walking alone
  • If you need help, draw attention to yourself; shouting for help is the first line of defense
  • Let someone know your plans
  • Ask yourself if you would be an easy target; if so, change your behavior
  • Walk confidently- be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid shortcuts
  • Report unusual situations to the Safety/Security Staff or Student Services

Freshman Insights Class

Provides UC Freshmen an ongoing orientation to transition to college life including academic and social adjustments. During this class students meet other freshmen to form a sense of community with their class and the larger campus. In addition, students reflect on their goals as they start college, become more familiar with key university offices and procedures, and learn more about the study skills and critical thinking necessary for college and life success.

The Teachers

Each section of INSIGHTS is taught by a STRIPE, a professor or professional staff person, and 2 STARs, upperclassman mentors.

Specific Topics Covered

Building a community, Critical thinking, Negotiating the campus, Values and goals to begin a good semester


Students attend an advising workshop late in October just before they are eligible to register. The STRIPE is also their academic advisor to get ready for second semester.


INSIGHTS Booklet Available in the bookstore

INSIGHTS Insider: Success @ UC. The booklet contains a welcome letter from Dr. Taylor and Dr. Cockrum, discussion about the differences between high school and college, explanations about college credit and GPA’s, and lots of study skills and advising tips.


What should I advise my son or daughter to do if there is a conflict with his/her roommate?

There are many adjustments during the first semester of college. Sharing a room with a roommate(s) is a real adjustment for many students. Every effort is made to match students with similar interests, however, there are times when the match does not work. Even when students select their own roommate(s) conflicts can arise.

Encourage your student to talk with a Residence Hall Staff member. Residence Hall Directors (RHD) and Resident Assistants (RA) have training in conflict management and can be helpful in stressful situations.

Learning good conflict resolution can be a very valuable experience, and students are encouraged to attempt to work through the issues.

However, if the staff feels resolution is not happening, the student will be referred to the Dean of Student Life (DSL). The DSL will meet with the student and discuss options. If the student chooses the option of changing rooms, the DSL will identify the best option available. While this process does take time, every effort will be made to expedite a resolution to the situation.