Campus Life and Services
Because the University seeks to educate balancing the physical, intellectual, spiritual, and social aspects of life, a number of activities and services are provided which foster this growth.
Middle East University provides an environment that stimulates academic development and nurtures personal growth and social skills. Students are invited to enjoy and make effective use of all the University's academic and non-academic facilities.
GEORGE ARTHUR KEOUGH LIBRARY
Library, named after George Arthur Keough, the University's first president, was established as a study and research center for the institution at the very beginning of its existence in 1939. The book collection has grown steadily over the years to about 21,000 volumes today. This number includes Arabic texts, English texts, reference books, and a variety of audiovisual resources. Additionally, the Library provides free access to online databases with more than 15,000 journals and periodicals.
A small part of what is now known as South Hall was the first home for the Library. Later on, a fourth floor was added to University Hall, providing for the relocation of the Library to half of the new floor space. In the spring of 2005, the Library's floor space doubled when the entire floor of the renovated building was designated for library use.
Library users will find an open stack arrangement facilitating easy browsing. There are individual tables for study, comfortable seating in the periodical/newspaper section, carrels for secluded private study, conference rooms for group study, online computers, and outlets for personal computers with wireless access to the Internet.
The Library serves the academic and intellectual development of students, faculty, and staff. Students are encouraged to use the Library effectively for research, study, and preparation of class assignments. A workstation is also available for scanning, copying, and printing. During the course of the academic semesters, the Library staff is available to offer assistance for research.
Interlibrary loans from other institutions around Lebanon and worldwide are available for items that cannot be found at the University Library. Interlibrary loans can be placed 24 hours a day through the Library's page on the University website.
These services encompass a broad spectrum of information needs, such as finding quick answers to questions, using the online catalog and other electronic resources, and locating library materials and information on specialized topics. The main Library's Information Desk serves as a central information and reference point for the Library system.
The Campus Ministry team endeavors to share the Word of God among students, to meet their spiritual needs, and to nurture their spiritual life. The focus is on helping individuals to grow in their relationship with God, to understand His Word, to fellowship with one another, and to serve others. The campus chaplain organizes spiritual meetings such as the Week of Spiritual Emphasis and is available for Bible study, personal counseling, and spiritual guidance in a confidential setting.
The University's computer center, located in North Hall, is used for instructional purposes as well as for students' academic needs. A supervisor is on hand at all times to render technical support. Access to the Internet and printing is provided.
In order to maintain continual access to the computer center, students must refrain from the following:
- Accessing, transmitting, or storing pornographic material; documents containing profanity or defamation; or literature promoting hatred of any group or advocating lifestyles contrary to the University's policies
- Transmission or storage of copyrighted materials
- Premeditated launching of viruses or destructive programs
- Attempts to bypass system firewalls or web filters
- Unauthorized access to other computers on the network
- Participating in "spam" emails, including generating or forwarding chain letters
- Harassment or intimidation of other users
- Using the University's resources to support personal business.
Regularly scheduled assembly meetings are an integral part of the student's academic experience. This is our opportunity to gather as an MEU community to fellowship, communicate and grow together. The diverse topics add breadth to the student's educational experience. These meetings cover many areas, including spiritual, academic, cultural and social themes, as well as Student Association programs. Full-time undergraduate students are required to attend regularly, in accordance with the published Assembly Policy.
Textbooks and course modules are sold at the bookstore. Purchased textbooks may not be returned.
SOCIAL ACTIVITY AREAS
Students can take advantage of the campus social activity areas for socialization and study. Located in South Hall, the facility has table tennis, a pool table, and other table games. Additionally, North Hall has a residence student center that can be utilized for student activities and events. The space has games and video projection capabilities.
A wide selection of options are available at the cafeteria and snack bar, which is housed in South Hall and is available to dormitory and day students, as well as to faculty, staff, and guests during the academic year. The menu includes a variety of nutritious Mediterranean and international vegetarian meals.
Part of MEU's distinctive education is to train students physically as well as mentally. In order to stay energetic and fit, the University has modern outdoor athletic fields for tennis, basketball, volleyball, and football, as well as indoor table tennis facilities. Furthermore, our scenic campus provides a suitable and relaxing setting for outdoor recreation such as walking or jogging. The courts are available for use by community members for a nominal fee. Reservation of sport facilities can be made through the Business Office.
Campus security policies are created with a vested interest in the quality of life on campus, the welfare of the University property, and the safety of its campus community. These policies support a safe and secure academic and social environment free from threats of violence and confrontation. Individuals who reside on campus, study at MEU, or visit the grounds must observe campus safety policies and should respect the security officers and cooperate with them. Any person entering or leaving the University property should expect to be checked and/or required to show identification.
In case of minor health problems, the campus nurse will provide assistance and first aid. Medical care is available at facilities in the immediate vicinity of the University.
Comfortable on-campus residential accommodations comprised of separate dormitories for men and women are available in North Hall and South Hall. The dormitories are equipped with heating and air conditioning, cable TV, Internet, and laundry facilities. There are specific regulations governing dormitory life on campus, which are monitored by the dormitory deans. Arrangements for student housing are made through the Business Office. More details are available in the Student Handbook.
Every undergraduate student registered for six or more credits becomes a voting member of the Middle East University Student Association (MEUSA). This organization, guided by a constitution, allows for democratic student leadership and functions as a liaison between the students and the instructional faculty and administration.
The MEUSA has representation on certain University committees; it sponsors social, recreational, and scholarly activities, and it coordinates the publication of the University's yearbook, Pine Echoes.
The Student Social Activities Committee and the Middle East University Student Association sponsor a variety of social functions. Students should take note of advertised campus events that cater to a variety of interests and consist of sport tournaments, indoor and outdoor activities, music and talent exhibitions, cultural and humanitarian programs, field trips, campus fairs, community service activities, assembly meetings, and spiritual gatherings. The MEU administration encourages students to propose creative events and activities and is available to support and organize approved social events.
While students may approach any member of the faculty for advice, every student is assigned an academic advisor in his/her area of study. The academic advisor assists students in selecting courses and offers guidance to assure that current academic rules and regulations are followed.
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
The Office of Communications (OC) is responsible for two functions: recruiting and communications/marketing. The tasks of communications are to report and spread information about the activities of the University. Recruiting is more directly connected with relational activities that result in or lead towards a decision to enroll. While these functions are distinct, they are also closely intertwined.
The OC promotes the University through internal and external communication. Internal communications inform students and staff of upcoming events such as concerts, holidays, prayer meetings, and more. Internal communications help create a sense of community and a positive image of the University and serve as a method of recruiting. External communication supports awareness and outlines MEU's role both within the Lebanese professional community and internationally. The OC creates the public face of MEU and ensures positive publicity through a variety of avenues including social media, the web, and professional conferences.
The local chapter of the Alumni Association of Middle East University (AAMEU) is officially recognized by the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Municipalities. Through the local and the international Alumni Association, the University endeavors to maintain a continuous relationship with its alumni. Graduates and all former students, faculty and staff automatically join the ranks of the alumni and are invited to play an active role in their local alumni chapter.
Students are advised to read and familiarize themselves with the information in the Academic Catalog. They are responsible for abiding by its policies and regulations. Any exceptions to the academic regulations stated in the Academic Catalog must be petitioned to the Academic Affairs Committee in writing and on the appropriate form for evaluation.
Students must meet the requirements of the Academic Catalog under which they first registered at the University or may request permission to meet the requirements of any subsequent edition published while they are in continuous enrollment. If a break of more than one academic year passes without enrollment, students must adhere to the requirements of the Academic Catalog current at the time of their re-registration.
The University reserves the right to institute changes as deemed necessary during the period for which the Academic Catalog is in effect. These new or altered regulations will be announced and posted. They will have the same force as those published within this document.