Campus Safety

It is the mission of Campus Safety to maintain a stable, safe, and nurturing environment at Bluefield University that is conducive to learning.

Safety and Security

The safety and security of all members of the Bluefield University Community is a vital concern to Campus Safety. Campus Safety protects the persons and property of students, faculty, staff, and visitors by assisting law enforcement and other emergency service providers as needed and by being the first responder to emergencies of any kind on the Bluefield College campus.

Universities are generally very safe places to live, learn, and work, but are not immune to the problems that affect all segments of our society. Safety at Bluefield University is the shared responsibility of students, faculty, and staff. Ours is a close-knit community with an excellent security history. The degree to which Bluefield University is safe depends on each member of the campus community taking seriously the responsibility to protect themselves and others. It is the goal of Bluefield University and Campus Safety to make students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the University as safe as possible. To accomplish this we understand it is important to engage the entire community in the shared obligation of community safety. Through the work of Campus Safety and the Department of Student Development, the University works to provide a balance of policy enforcement and a strong presence to maintain a safe living, learning, and working community.


An open campus affords freedom of movement for the University community. Campus security officers patrol the campus throughout the night; however, it is essential that every student take some precautions to avoid unfortunate incidents. Campus security officers notify the city police immediately in the event that they discover anyone breaking a law. Security officers enforce and report all violations of campus policies and regulations. Students who interfere with a security officer’s duties will be subject to disciplinary action. All students are expected to cooperate with the officer on patrol. Students are urged to carefully consider safety and security on campus, using the suggestions and resources available from Residence Life, the Office of Student Development, and Campus Safety.

Campus Crime Information

The United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) provides a website that is directly linked to reported criminal offenses for over 6000 colleges and universities in the United States.

For more information, you can visit the Campus Safety & Security website. Simply search for “Bluefield University”.

Crisis Protocols

Important information regarding the safety and well being of our students, faculty, and staff.

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Moran

Associate Professor of Counseling

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education & Counseling,
Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program,
Title IX Confidential Counselor

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