Campus Carry Statement
“Austin Graduate School of Theology (Austin Grad) desires to have a safe and secure campus for students, faculty, staff, and guests. The 84th Texas legislature passed what is popularly known as campus carry. Governor Abbott signed it into law on June 13, 2015. The law requires public universities to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their concealed weapons on public university campuses, subject to certain exceptions. However, private colleges and universities were given the right to opt out of that requirement. The statute also requires all schools to conduct a period of consultation with faculty, staff, and students.
Students, faculty, staff, and the board of trustees at Austin Grad were consulted regarding their thoughts and preferences on this matter. Campus carry has been a controversial topic. Although strong opinions on both sides of the issue were voiced during the consultation process, the administration appreciates the moderation with which those opinions were offered. After the board of trustees meeting on April 15, Austin Grad completed its period of considering whether campus carry should be permitted on its campus.
After reviewing all of the comments and relevant concerns, the administration concluded that Austin Grad should opt out of campus carry. This decision is consistent with its current practice of prohibiting individuals from carrying any type of weapon on campus—a policy that has served the school well in the past and should do so in the future. This policy does not prohibit individuals from storing their properly licensed handguns in locked vehicles in the Austin Grad parking lot.
Having a safe and secure campus environment is important to Austin Grad. All of us have a stake in this. Therefore, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to practice due diligence.
I appreciate the effort of everyone to live within and fulfill Austin Grad’s mission “to promote knowledge, understanding, and practice of the Christian faith as taught in the Scriptures.”
Grace,Stanley G. Reid, President
Campus Phone: (512) 476-2772
Campus Fax: (512) 476-3919
Campus Email: AGST@AustinGrad.edu
|Faculty and Staff:||Title:||Email:||Ext:|
|Dave Arthur||Vice President of Administration and Director of Financial Aid||DArthur@AustinGrad.edu||105|
|Stephanie Byers||Bookstore Manager and Library Assistant||SByers@AustinGrad.edu||139|
|Jim Fly||Vice President of Development||JFly@AustinGrad.edu||117|
|Carolyn Greene||Administrative Assistant||CGreene@AustinGrad.edu||101|
|M. Todd Hall||Assistant Professor of Theological Research, Director of the David Worley Library Services, and Faculty Chair||THall@AustinGrad.edu||144|
|Renée Kennell||Assistant for Development & Public Relations and Webmaster||RKennell@AustinGrad.edu||115|
|Stephen D. Lawson||Assistant Professor of Theology||Lawson@AustinGrad.edu||209|
|Lindi Parshall||Registrar and Director of Admissions||LParshall@AustinGrad.edu||103|
|Jeffrey Peterson||Jack C. and Ruth Wright Professor of New Testament and Dean of Students||Peterson@AustinGrad.edu||207|
|Stanley G. Reid||President||Reid@AustinGrad.edu||115|
|R. Mark Shipp||Pat E. Harrell Professor of Old Testament, Bachelor of Arts Program Coordinator and Student Advisor||Shipp@AustinGrad.edu||201|
|Keith Stanglin||Professor of Scripture and Historical Theology, Master of Arts Program Coordinator and Student Advisor||Stanglin@AustinGrad.edu||211|
|Elizabeth H. Stanley||Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Marketing||EStanley@AustinGrad.edu||107|
|Campus Safety Coordinator||Admin@AustinGrad.edu|
|Christian Studies Press||ChristianStudiesPress@AustinGrad.edu|
|Events & Activities||Events@AustinGrad.edu|
|Marketing & Public Relations||AGST@AustinGrad.edu|
|Office of Admissions||Admissions@AustinGrad.edu|
|Office of Financial Aid||FinAid@AustinGrad.edu|
|Office of the President||President@AustinGrad.edu|
|Office of the Registrar||Registrar@AustinGrad.edu|
|Recruitment & Enrollment||Info@AustinGrad.edu|
|Title IX Coordinator||TitleIX@AustinGrad.edu|
At Austin Grad, we realize that God has brought you to us for a special season of growth and preparation, and we are here to serve you during this time. With this understanding, this seminary complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, regarding students with disabilities.
After acceptance and prior to entering classes, a student with a disability must submit written request for accommodation to the designated Section 504 coordinator: Dave Arthur at DArthur@AustinGrad.edu, 512-476-2772. The written request should include documentation from the student’s treating health care provider verifying their eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, stating their need for the accommodation, and proposing the appropriate accommodation(s) that will address the student’s needs. Austin Grad reserves the right to request additional documentation if the initial documentation is incomplete, inadequate, or out-of-date, thereby making the student’s needs difficult to determine.
Austin Grad handles accommodation requests on a case-by-case basis. When appropriate, the seminary will develop accommodations in consultation with the faculty member for whose course the accommodations are sought. Austin Grad will not modify existing programs to the extent that it would result in a substantial change in the school’s curriculum and academic standards or would place an undue financial or administrative burden on the school.
Austin Grad Grievance Procedures should be utilized to address complaints of disability discrimination, retaliation, harassment, or failure to provide reasonable accommodation.
Staff Employment Policy
Austin Graduate School of Theology
Procedures for Selection and Appointment of Staff
When a staff position becomes open, whether vacant or new, the President and Vice President will confer to determine the nature and availability of the position.
Once the nature and availability of a position is established, the President and Vice President will pool a list of possible candidates to fill the position and, if necessary, post the opening at area churches. Possible candidates are then presented to the faculty in order to narrow the list. The candidates are then contacted by the Vice President to set up interviews.
Interviews are conducted by the President and Vice President. A job description and salary, as determined by the President and Vice President, are presented to the candidates.
Approval & Appointment:
The President and Vice President (and the department head if applicable) decide upon a candidate to contact for hire. In the period of approval, references may be contacted in order to receive further information on the potential employee. Following the reference check, the candidate is contacted and offered the available position. The job remains open until the position is filled or deemed unnecessary for the sake of the institution.
All School employees are evaluated approximately every twelve to fifteen months [see note below], including those in part-time and student work-study positions. The type of assessment used may vary commensurate with the expectations of a position.
Title IX/Campus Safety Policies/Statistics:
The School’s Annual Security Report (ASR) is posted on Austin Grad’s website under ‘Policies & Information’ page under the ‘Austin Grad’ tab. The ASR provides Title IX and Campus Safety Policies, Statistics, and contact information.
Note: The position of President is evaluated regularly by the School’s Board of Trustees. This frequency is at the
Annual Security Report
Austin Grad does not discriminate in the administration of its educational or admissions policies, in the award of financial aid through scholarships, grants, work-study or loan programs, or in any other school program. In accordance with federal law, and in the conviction that all people are created in the image of God, Austin Grad admits men and women of all racial, national, and ethnic backgrounds to the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded and available to all students.
For questions concerning policies relating to Title IX, contact the following:
Austin Graduate School of Theology
7640 Guadalupe St. | Austin TX 78752-1333
Main: (512) 476-2772 | Email: TitleIX@AustinGrad.edu | Fax: (512) 476-3919