Student Development

The Office of Student Development, headed by the Vice President for Student Life, includes the following areas: Housing, Dean of Student Development, Student Counseling Services, Student Experience, Student Association, Missions, Community Outreach, and Spiritual Formation. Student Development has the responsibility to provide leadership and administrative direction for the students of Oral Roberts University. This emphasis is supported by the Honor Code, which reveals the practical reality of the whole person concept. The Student Development Office is responsible for students outside the classroom.

The main components of Student Development address lifestyle and the atmosphere of the campus as well as assist with a student’s educational, physical, social, and spiritual development. The staff encourages students to graduate from ORU and to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as well as an enduring faith in God.

They also provide a limited amount of counseling and restorative discipline. The University has an amnesty and restoration policy for students struggling in areas that may violate the values and principles of ORU. Students who utilize this policy may receive support and spiritual guidance through the Student Development Office or the Spiritual Formation Office by requesting amnesty and seeking restoration. The amnesty and restoration policy does not exempt students from the policies of the University, nor does it condone behavior that is immoral, criminal, or unethical.

Student Life

For a more complete discussion and additional information on policies regarding student life, students need to refer to the current Student Handbook.

Dress Code

Students are expected to demonstrate by their dress and appearance a mature Christian attitude and the ability to discern propriety. A student’s sense of fashion should be guided by good grooming and a sense of modesty, and mature discretion should be exercised in the selection of a wardrobe. The dress code is a standard of excellence that represents an important part of ORU lifestyle. In determining what should be worn, one should consider the following:

1. Modesty

2. Appropriateness to the activity

3. Sensitivity and consideration of others

Regular Dress Code Standards

The regular dress code standards should be observed in all classes and chapel services. They should also be observed by anyone entering the LRC/GC until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The dress code for the cafeteria is casual. The dress code for the LRC/GC after 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday as well as on weekends is casual, though shorts are not acceptable.


The Standard for Men in Class/Chapel/Library: The following options are open for men to choose from:

• Collared shirts or sweaters must be appropriate and in good taste.

• Slacks/corduroys/khaki’s/neat jeans (no holes). The length of all pants should be mid-calf or lower.

• Dress or casual shoes, including athletic shoes and flip flops

Attire not permitted in Class/Chapel/Library:

• T-shirts

• Shorts

• Tattered or torn jeans

• Sweat/Wind pants

Attire permitted in the Cafeteria:

• Knit shirts and t-shirts which are appropriate and in good taste.

• Slacks/corduroys/khaki’s/ neat jeans. The length of all pants should be mid-calf or lower.

• Dress or casual shoes, including athletic shoes and flip flops

• Hats

• Sweat/Wind pants

• Shorts must be no less than 4 inches above the knee.

Attire not permitted in the Cafeteria:

• Spandex pants

• Shorts lengths more than 4 inches above the knee


The standard dress for Class/Chapel/Library: The following options are open for ladies to choose from:

• Knit shirts, blouses or non-athletic shirts must be modest and in good taste, not revealing or sheer with no cleavage showing. All shirts must have straps at least 1 inch thick or wider.

• Slacks/corduroys/khaki’s/Capri pants/neat jeans (no holes). The length of all pants should be mid-calf or lower.

• Skirts and dress must be no shorter than 4 inches above the middle of the knee.

• Dress or casual shoes, including athletic shoes and flip flops

Attire not permitted in Class/Chapel/Library:

• Shorts

• Tattered or torn jeans

• Spaghetti straps, strapless, racerback or off-the-shoulder shirts

• Sheer shirts (if worn there must be a modest shirt with a strap width of 1 inch worn under it)

• Sweat pants

Attire permitted in the Cafeteria and Hammer Center:

• Knit shirts, blouses and t-shirts which are modest and in good taste, not revealing or sheer with no cleavage showing. All shirts must have straps at least 1 inch thick or wider.

• Slacks/corduroys/khaki’s/Capri pants/neat jeans. The length of all pants should be mid-calf or lower.

• Shorts

• Dress or casual shoes, including athletic shoes and flip flops

• Hats

• Sweat/Wind pants

Attire not permitted in the Cafeteria and Hammer Center:

• Spandex pants

• Skirts/Dresses or slits in dress/skirt shorter than 4 inches from the above the knee

• Spaghetti straps, strapless, racerback or off-the-shoulder shirts

• Sheer shirts (if worn, there must be a modest shirt with a strap width of 1 inch worn under it.)

Dress for Formal Occasions:

Formal dress may be worn with or without straps of any size (with no cleavage showing, the back no lower than the normal bra strap line (mid back), and no shorter than 4 inches above the knee- including any slits up the leg).

Questions about dress code should be addressed to a Resident Advisor or Residence Hall Director.




At the beginning of each year, students sign the Honor Code. Students who violate the Honor Code are dealt with in a manner appropriate to the violation. Reports of offensive, unacceptable, or destructive conduct or conduct that is in violation of university regulations are reported to the Dean of Student Development, who in turn reviews the nature of the complaint and handles it accordingly. If a student believes the discipline unfair, he or she has the right to seek an administrative review.

Penalties for violation of university regulations may include one or a combination of the following: a reprimand, specified restrictions or penalties (including monetary fines or work), probation, suspension, or expulsion. A student failing to report on a conduct summons is withdrawn from classes. The university notifies parents if their dependent student is put on probation. More information is available in the Student Handbook.

Student Housing

Oral Roberts University is a residential campus. The Residency Policy states that all full-time students must live on campus except the following:

1. Graduate students

2. Students who are 23 years of age or older

3. Students who are married (The university does not have housing for married university students.)

4. Students who are single parents with custodial responsibilities

5. Students who are homeowners with established residency in the Tulsa vicinity and who provide appropriate verification

6. Students living with their parents who reside in Tulsa or its vicinity. Such students are required to verify parental residency.

7. Full-time employees of Oral Roberts University

Students must have received approved policy exceptions to live off campus. Any student moving off campus by approved petition must provide a change of address prior to moving or within two weeks of moving. Any student leaving school or withdrawing must officially withdraw in the Student Development Office prior to exiting the residence halls. A student obligating him or herself contractually to a lease without prior approval from the Student Development Office will not be considered for an exception to the residential policy. Students residing off campus without an approved petition are in violation of the Residency Policy and subject to disciplinary action-including suspension or de-enrollment and may jeopardize good standing with ORU.

Part-time students (enrolled in 11.5 or fewer hours, including online hours) under the age of 23 living off campus by approved petition are required to return to residential housing immediately if status changes to full time. Students not required to live on campus may petition to do so.

The Housing Office provides room assignments for all residential students. The university does not guarantee specific residence hall or room assignments and reserves the right at any time to make adjustments or reassignments. All room assignments are made without regard to race, creed, or national origin. All residential students must complete a housing contract.

All students under the age of 18 are required to file a Limited Power of Attorney, which entitles ORU to act as attorney-in-fact for the parent or legal guardian, and in its sole discretion to act in the best interests of the students. This authority automatically expires on the 18th birthday of the student.

Students living in university housing may not rent, lease, or maintain a second residence off campus as a personal abode. Dual residency is not permitted. University housing must be the only primary residence during the academic year.

The university reserves the right to levy and collect charges for damage to rooms or equipment caused directly or indirectly by the fault or neglect of the resident. Students should take special caution in checking out of their rooms, thereby clearing themselves of responsibility for any damage that might falsely be attributed to them.

Church and Chapel Attendance

The university affords students the responsibility for their own church attendance and involvement. The university deems church involvement as fundamental and encourages faithful church attendance by the entire university community.

Chapel services are held on Wednesdays and Fridays in Christ’s Chapel, and attendance at all chapels is mandatory for all full-time students. Students are expected to be in their seats by 10:50 a.m. Studying, sleeping, food, beverages, and inappropriate use of laptops and cell phones are not allowed during chapel services.

Part-time students enrolled in at least seven hours are required to attend one chapel per week. Students enrolled in student teaching are not required to attend chapel.

Special chapels and revivals may be scheduled during the semester, and attendance is mandatory. Campus worship meets on Sunday evenings in Christ’s Chapel and is open to the community and students.

Chapel excuses require a note on official letterhead from the student’s doctor, parent, or faculty/staff member and must be submitted to the Vice President for Student Life’s Office for undergraduates or to the dean of the appropriate college for graduate students within 48 business hours following the absence. Three unexcused absences result in a $50 chapel fine.

Student Experience

Student Experience is a branch of the Student Development Office and oversees the students’ governing body, the Student Association.

The Student Association, headed by a president and an executive council, works with student leadership to implement an annual budget for activities and services to students, and makes recommendations to the Director of Student Experience and the Vice President for Student Life. The president and executive council are elected annually.

Student Experience also coordinates all activities on campus as they relate to clubs and organizations. Numerous on- and off-campus activities are scheduled throughout the year and are announced at hall meetings and chapels, on the announcement screens throughout the campus, and in the student newspaper.


The Intramural Office oversees non-varsity athletic competitions between students. Each residence hall wing has the option of forming one or more athletic teams. Off-campus students join the teams of residence hall wings, and alumni also participate on their own teams. A full-time intramural director assisted by student directors and referees runs the office.

Department of Inter-collegiate Athletics

MISSION STATEMENT: Oral Roberts University is committed to developing a strong tradition of excellence in intercollegiate athletics. The mission of the Athletic Department is to provide a competitive intercollegiate athletic program consistent with NCAA rules and regulations, to further the mission of the University, to serve the needs of the student athletes, and to prepare student athletes for life after athletics. The University is committed to providing opportunities for minority and female students to enrich their collegiate experience through athletic participation. The Athletic Department strives to instill in its student athletes an appreciation for hard work, pride in accomplishment, and a commitment to the historic Christian faith, which will be utilized throughout the student athlete's life.

Oral Roberts University is a fully accredited Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).


To accomplish this mission and purpose, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics strives to do the following:

1. Create an atmosphere in which a student athlete can be competitive both academically and athletically.

2. Assist the university in developing the spiritual qualities upon which the institution was founded.

3. Develop group loyalty, self-esteem, and pride of accomplishment that will assist the student-athlete to be successful upon graduation.

4. Field teams in all 16 sports that offer competitive opportunities of championship caliber that will serve as a ministry of the university.

5. Provide equity for female and male student athletes through the finest athletic facilities, equipment, and coaching instruction possible within the financial means of the university.

6. Adhere to the literal meaning and spirit of the regulations set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

ORU was a member of the Summit League (formerly Mid-Continent Conference) from 1997 to 2012, but joined the Southland Conference on July 1, 2012. ORU returned to the Summit League in july 2014. In the Summit League, ORU won 145 regular season and tournament championships. For nine years, the number of championships that ORU won in a single year set, tied, or exceeded the conference record for most championships. ORU won the commissioner’s cup for the conference in nine years and finished as runners-up for the award four times. During its Summit League membership, ORU has been awarded 338 individual championships at conference tournaments, 133 conference players of the year, 74 coaches of the year, 1143 all-conference awards, 1,284 academic all-conference designations, and 4 conference student-athletes of the year. In 16 of the past 17 years, ORU student-athletes have earned a combined grade point average in excess of 3.0. Sponsored sports are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor track, and outdoor track for both men and women; baseball for men; and volleyball for women.



Mike Carter

Athletic Director

Scott Higgins

Senior Associate Athletic Director/Marketing and Executive Director

Rhonda Fowler

Senior Associate Athletic Director/ SWA

Tim Johnson

Associate Athletic Director/ Development

Scott Williams

Senior Associate Athletic Director/Compliance

Bobby Baehr

Executive Director Golden Eagle Club

Debbie Gimlin Development Coordinator Golden Eagle Club

Kyle Jones

Associate Athletic Director/Academics

Helen Erb

Director of Athletics Academics/Eligibility

Whitney Cook

Director of Athletics Academics/Degree Advancement

Terry Unruh

NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

Blake Freeland

Associate Athletic Director/Media Relations

Scott Slarks

Director of Media Relations

Jarrett Hardwick

Media Relations Assistant

Ryan Tuttle

Director of Marketing (Game Operations)

Stacey Williams

Business Manager

Nick Colburn

General Manager ORU Sports Properties

Chris Garcia Director of Athletic Ticket Sales (season tickets)

John Joslin

Director of Sports Medicine

Emily Calder

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Myles Wilcox

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Tyler Whitmer

Director of Sports Performance

Tyler Beckman

Assistant Director of Sports Performance

Paul Mills

Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Rodney Perry

Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach

Tavlin Hester

Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach

Sam Patterson

Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach

Steve Upshaw

Director of Men's Basketball Operations

Misti Cussen

Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Chris Wallace

Women’s Basketball Asst. Coach

Kyron Stokes

Women’s Basketball Asst. Coach

Janae Inman

Women’s Basketball Asst. Coach

Jaci Inman

Women’s Basketball Director of Operations

Ryan Folmar

Baseball Head Coach

Ryan Neill

Baseball Asst. Coach

Sean Snedeker

Baseball Asst. Coach

Wes Davis

Baseball Director of Operations

Ryan Bush

Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Chris Taylor

Men’s Soccer Asst. Coach

Bobby Behrens

Men’s Soccer Asst. Coach

Roger Bush

Women’s Soccer Head Coach

Wes Branstetter

Women’s Soccer Asst. Coach

Preston Wiruth

Women’s Soccer Asst. Coach

Mark Milner

Men’s Tennis Head Coach

Beverly Dawson

Women’s Tennis Head Coach

Joe Dial

Men’s/Women’s Track/Field Head Coach

Bobby Carter

Men’s/Women’s Track/Asst. Coach

Shawna Dial

Men’s/Women's Track/Asst. Coach

Lance Watson

Men’s/Women’s Golf Head Coach

Ben Belfield

Men’s/Women’s Golf Asst. Coach

Sheera Sirola

Volleyball Head Coach

Kyle South

Volleyball Asst. Coach