Student Handbook

🔙 Student Life

Introduction of Logos Student Life

Dear New Seminarians,

Welcome to Logos Evangelical Seminary and become a member of the Logos family. We will be spending a period of time living and learning together. The motto of our seminary is “Attempting Great Things for God, Rescuing Millions of Souls.” We hope you will take the equipping here with diligence and become a servant after God’s heart in His Kingdom.

Our seminary emphasizes a four-fold balanced approach in cultivating your spirituality, knowledge, lifestyle, and ministry. Spirituality is not formed by books alone but by your interactions in daily life with your family, others, and how you handle your responsibilities. These will affect your ministry. In fact, the most essential training is in spiritual formation which cannot be learned through intensive classes. It is through step by step, months’ and years’ of practices on relying on the Holy Spirit. My sincere desire is that you will not forget to stress the importance of cultivating your spiritual life while paying attention to knowledge, lifestyle, and ministry. My prayer is that your study at Logos will be of great help to you throughout your whole life.

Devotional Life

The best time to meet with God is at the beginning of the day.  Our thoughts are clear in the morning, and a new day is waiting for us to start.  If for some special reason you have to use another time, it is best that you arrange it as early as possible.  Choosing an appropriate time can help you come before God without rushing it through or being interrupted.

Choose a place that you can use regularly and alone.  You must start with a right motive and not do it as routine.  The reason you want to spend time with God is simple – because you love Him.  You love Him with all your heart, mind, and soul, so you can’t wait to go to that special, quiet place to be with Him.

It is a time for worship and prayer and not for Bible study.  You can use another time for Bible study so your time of devotion will not take too long.  Catherine Marshall once said, “I knew a long time ago that, unless I spend a short time of worship and prayer at the beginning of the day, that day will not go smoothly.  I would usually ask at this time, ‘Lord, do you have something special to say to me today?’”

Below is a very practical and simple devotional procedure:
    1. Read a passage of scripture or a psalm of praise.
    2. Prayer – you can use the following guide.  For easy memory, the initials of ACTS can help  you.

Adoration – Praise God’s nature, tell Him you love him, adore him, and worship Him.

Confession – Examine yourself to see if there is anything that displeases the Lord and ask for His forgiveness and regeneration.

Thanksgiving – Thank Him for what He has done, for those around you and for the things that happened.

Supplication – Bring all your petitions before Him.

    1. Listening – During your prayer time, pause to listen and let Him speak to you.  If time allows, you can meditate quietly on the scriptures you have just read.

New Student Entrance Guide

Welcome, Logos “freshmen,” in joining the training of ambassadors for the gospel. We know in becoming a worker after the Lord’s heart requires not only the practice of knowledge and spirituality but also the practice in various life aspects. This is to remind us to learn how to face our new environment and different customs in a foreign country or place.

The purpose of our seminary’s Office of Student Development in providing this “Student Handbook” is to help our students adjust to their new environment effectively in the least amount of time. Below are the items you need to attend to first as you enter the seminary:

  1.  Arrive at the dormitory (please contact the dorm manager first)
    1.1   Apply for a telephone
    1.2   Apply for electricity
  2. Report to the seminary (can be assisted by the Student Council)
    2.1 Bring the following items to the International Student Advisor:
    2.1.1  Passport
    2.1.2 I-20
    2.1.3 I-94
    2.1.4 V isa
    2.2 Report to the Registration Office:
    2.2.1   Register
    2.2.2   Select classes
    2.2.3   Pay fees at the Accounting Office
    2.3 Report to the Office of Student Department:
    2.3.1  Process Student Identification Card
  3.  Apply for (can request the assistance of caring staff, dorm students or neighbors):
    3.1   Bank Accounts
    3.2   Social Security Number
    3.3  International Student Health Insurance
    (Please consult with International Student Advisor.)
    3.4  Driver’s License
    3.5  Car Insurance


There are three dormitory buildings. One is called the “House of Good Shepherds,” which is a complex of 50 apartment units. Each unit has its own bathroom and kitchen and is equipped with refrigerator, gas range, long table, chairs, kitchen light, hallway light, smoke detector, single bed or double bed, garage door remote control, air-conditioner and furnace. The second building is called the “House of Grace,” which is made up of four single houses. Each house comes with refrigerator, gas range, furnace, and can house two to four people, and is equipped with single or double bed and garage door remote control. The third building is called the “House of Blessings,” which is a complex of 10 apartment units. Standard equipment include: refrigerator, gas stove, heater, remote control for garage door, single or double bed.

Applicant must be currently enrolled full-time student. Applicant must submit application form and payment to Student Development Department, once accepted, dormitory manager will arrange for residence.

School Activities

1. Wednesday Chapel

The purpose of the Wednesday chapel is to establish a life of worship for the students, gain wisdom from the life and ministry of seasoned Christian ministers, and develop mature Christian character. All full-time students must attend chapel throughout the academic year, and part-time students are encouraged to attend.

2. Wednesday Afternoon Student Activities

There are student activities on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-2:30. The purpose of these

activities are to promote relationship-building among students. These activities include teacher-student small group caring time, testimony sharing, exposure to missions, leisure and recreation, workshops, and special topic presentation.

If for some reason you cannot attend chapel or student activity, you must request a leave of absence.

Below are the guidelines:

  1. You are allowed two absences at most for each academic year. When asking for the leave, you must first fill out a permission request at the Office of Student Development. Only after your request is granted that it is effective.
  2. You must notify your advising professor and let him (her) know your reason for the leave.
  3. In case of emergency and you are not able to ask for leave ahead of time, you need to notify the Office of Student Development and your advising professor via telephone on that day, and then fill out the permission request afterward.
  4. Please do not ask someone else to bring your request for leave.
  5. If you are absent more than twice without good reason, this record will be kept in your student file for one year; you may also lose some privileges during this period, such as voting rights and Financial Aid application qualification. You may also receive a warning notice from the Office of Student Development and be brought to the Department of Academics meeting for discussion.

3. Prayer Meeting

Besides training students to “stand up and preach, go out and evangelize,” our seminary also expects all our faculty, staff, and students to become people who can “kneel down and pray.” “Lifting up our praying hands” is the purpose of our prayer meetings. In order to encourage all faculty, staff, and students to participate in prayer meetings, there are regular prayer meetings scheduled at both the seminary and dormitories. The seminary also designates special 40 days prayer chain/fast and prayer network as needs arise.


4. Pre-Academic Year Retreat

The seminary holds an annual “Pre Academic Year Retreat” one week before school begins to promote vision and unity among all faculty and students. All full-time students must attend this retreat from beginning to end. If for some reason you cannot attend, you must first request leave from the Office of Student Development, and then listen to audiotapes and turn in reflective reports afterward. Absence without reason or failing to listen to audiotapes and turning in reports will result in this record being kept in student file for one year. Some privileges during this period, such as voting rights and tuition aid application qualification, will be taken away. The student will also receive a warning notice from the Office of Student Development and be brought to the Department of Academics meeting for discussion. Part-time students must choose to attend one retreat from beginning to end before graduation.

5. Caring Advising Small Group

The purpose of the caring advising small group is to care for the social life of the students and give counsel to living out the faith.

Members- Full and part-time doctoral and master level students, led by advising professor
Meeting Time- Wednesday afternoon 1:30-2:30 (Please refer to the schedule given by the Office of Student Development.)
Meeting Place- Decided by each small group
Meeting Content- Arranged by each small group. Each small group per student is given $10.00 to spend per semester (please request reimbursement by turning in all receipts to the Office of Student Development). Unspent budget cannot be accrued to next semester.

6. Personal and Relational Growth Conference

The seminary plans in the fall or spring a Personal Growth Seminar and Married Couples Relationship Growth Retreat annually to help facilitate the relational and marital growth of the students in preparation for them to become good witnesses for the Lord and examples to others to bring blessings for others in ministry. Dates will be announced.

7. New Student Orientation
New student orientation will be held once before each semester. Every new student must attend. If for some reason you cannot attend, you must first request leave from the Office of Student Development.

8. Social Club Activities

Social Clubs are formed for the purpose of helping students cultivate various interests.

Members –Students can participate in club activities based on their own interest. If a new club is to be formed, five students need to bring their request to the Office of Student Development at the beginning of the fall semester, and the club can be formed after a request is granted. Each club has a $200 budget annually.

Meeting Time and Location – Each club makes its own arrangement.

9. Special Activities

The Student Council and the seminary will plan special activities during specific holidays or ministries. These activities help to promote relationships between students/seminary and seminary/outside entities.

Special activities are:

1. Campus Beautification Day/Social Service Day
2. Good Friday Fast and Prayer Meeting
3. New Students Welcome Party and Graduating Students Farewell Party (including Spring Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival)
4. Commencement Ceremony

Full-time students must attend all of the above activities. If you cannot attend, you must request for leave of absence.

Student Character and Behavior

Students are called to become pastors or Christian organization ministers; the biblical standard demands that they become models in word, deed, and character. Our seminary requires a higher standard for our students’ character and life testimony than societal expectations. Students should obey the law, respect the constitutional authority, and abide by the seminary’s policy and regulations. “Inappropriate behaviors” refer to behaviors that do not meet the greatest benefit for our students, faculty, seminary, and the teaching process. They include (but not limited to) the following. Violators will be disciplined:

  1. Academic errors, such as cheating, lying, plagiarism, and other dishonest behaviors;
  2. Bodily and verbal abuse, threat, coercion, or harassment which damage other’s health and safety;
  3. Use or in possession of illegal drugs, over-drinking and smoking;
  4. Sexual misconducts, such as sexual assault, harassment, and homosexual behavior;
  5. Attempt or acts of theft and damage to seminary or personal properties;
  6. In possession, copying, or using seminary keys without permission, and entering and using seminary facility without permission;
  7. Illegal or in possession of guns, explosives, other weapons or dangerous chemicals on campus without permission;
  8. Stealing or inappropriate use of seminary’s computer equipments, such as:
    8.1 Entering, reading, or altering staff, faculty or personal files without permission;
    8.2 Transmitting or deleting seminary computer system materials without permission;
    8.3 Using other’s identification or password without permission;
    8.4 Using computer equipment to interfere with other students, staff, or faculty;
    8.5 Using computer equipment to watch, transmit, or receive obscene, indecent, and other inappropriate information;
    8.6 Using computer equipment to interfere with seminary’s regular operation of computer systems;
  9.  Fighting or use of slandering, vulgar language;
  10. If, for any reason, student’s marital status changes during the program of study (e.g. marriage, divorce, remarriage…), he or she shall notify the SDD (Student Development Department) at least three months prior to the change. SDD, if possible, will arrange or refer the student to necessary counseling service (e.g. FOCCUS premarital counseling, professional marital counseling). If the student intends to conceal the fact, the case will be forwarded to the Student Disciplinary Committee for further evaluation.
  11. Violation of seminary’s academic rules and regulations. When the Student Character Committee handles student disciplinary cases, it should conduct itself in the spirit of Galatians 6:1-2 by taking Christ like effort to care for the overall good of the student so that its decisions will promote his/her learning, growth, and professional development. The student, seminary, and church’s long-term bliss should be the primary consideration of the committee’s decision-making process.For the seminary to become a responsible and redeeming entity, we hope all the faculty and student body can bear the responsibility of notifying the Office of Student Development immediately upon discovering any inappropriate, immoral, and damaging word or deed done by any student to the seminary or to his/her ministering organization. Upon receiving a report of misconduct, the Dean of Students should begin a necessary investigation at once, which includes communication with all involved parties, evaluation of the  possibility of resolution by involved parties themselves, or taking further action. If no resolution can be found, the Dean of students should gather all information provided by the involved parties and bring a written report to the Seminary Business Council. When necessary, the Student Character Committee should further investigate and interview with all those involved. The Committee should refer to the written report brought by the Dean of Students and discuss in detail to verify if the student has violated seminary regulations. If it is found to be true, the Committee must present its findings to the Seminary Business Council.The Dean of Students, who is the chairperson of the Committee, should notify the student orally and in writing the decision of the seminary and any related disciplinary actions. The student can choose to accept the verdict of the Committee or appeal to the Seminary Business Council. The statement of appeal needs to be submitted within two weeks of the verdict.Upon receipt of the statement of appeal, the Seminary Business Council should further discuss the case. The student also has opportunity to clarify his case in writing for the Business Council to deliberate. The Seminary Business Council should make its final verdict within 30 days. All the faculty and student body should abide by the final decision of the Seminary Business Council and seek unity within the seminary.

    Any disciplinary action executed upon any student by the Office of Student Development must be reported to the Faculty Council. All the hearing/deliberation records, decision, and statement of appeal documents shall be kept on file by the Office of Student Development.

Student Character Committee
Chairperson: Dean of Students
Members: Academic Dean, one professor representative

Disciplinary Actions:

  1. Warning: first time violator or unintentional violator of seminary regulations will be given a written warning. This record will be kept on file for one year from its effective date.
  2. Probation I: violators of seminary regulations in action or attitude shall be kept on probation for one semester. If no visible correction is found, the student will be suspended or dismissed.
  3. Probation II: violators of academic rules will be kept on probation for one semester and related course credit will be revoked.
  4. Suspension: the Student Character Committee will decide the period of the student’s suspension. Once the suspension is over the student can apply for re-entry.
  5. Dismissal: Serious violation of seminary regulations will cause the Student Character Committee to discipline the student with total dismissal.
  6. The above disciplinary action(s) will be decided by the Committee whether they appear on the student’s grade report. The period of record keeping will be decided by the Committee.

Student Grievance and Method of Suggestion

General Grievance Guidelines
In case of grievance, the student should talk to the other entity (student, faculty, or staff) privately according to the spirit of Matthew 18:15-22 and resolve the issue at the initial onset of the incident. If the student does not think he/she can resolve the issue on his/her own, then they can proceed with the following guidelines:

  1. If the student cannot resolve the issue on his/her own, he/she can request the assistance of the Dean of Students or the advising professor, under strict confidentiality, to resolve the issue; and the relationship shall terminate after the issue is resolved. When necessary, the parties involved may sign on the resolution agreement and keep a copy for themselves; the third copy should be sent to the Office of Student Development for record keeping.
  2. If the grievance cannot be resolved, the student shall submit a written report to the Dean of Students within two weeks, detailing the history of the incident and ways of settling the issue.
    The Dean of Students shall interview the parties involved and do a thorough investigation, and then meet with all parties involved to seek resolution. If the grievance can be resolved, the Dean of Students shall present a written report within two weeks, and all parties involved shall sign on the report. The original copy shall be kept on file at the Office of Student Development, and each party involved shall have one copy to keep.
  3. If the grievance is with violation of seminary regulations, or the student did make offence and does not show remorse, the Dean of Students shall refer the case to the Student Character Committee for a hearing. If the case has to do with faculty and staff, then related department head(s) and Director of Human Resources shall sit in at the hearing.
  4. If the grievance is not resolved with all the procedures listed above, the student can appeal to the Seminary Business Council within two weeks. The chairperson of said Council shall call a hearing to resolve the grievance. The Council may invite other members (such as the president of the student body) to sit in. The committee shall reach a decision within thirty days, and the verdict, signed and dated by all involving parties, shall be delivered to all parties. The Office of Student Development shall keep the verdict and hearing records on file. The verdict shall not be changed, and shall be presented at the Seminary Business Council or the Faculty Council. If the member of the committee is involved, the Dean of Students shall assign other faculty/staff for replacement.
    If the Dean of Students is involved, the Seminary President shall assign someone else for replacement and take care of the issue.

Sexual Harassment Grievance Guideline:
The seminary adheres to the California state government’s stipulation to provide a safe learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Any sexual harassment act is deemed damaging to our educational environment. Our seminary will do all it can to prevent and eliminate the occurrence of such acts. Any violator shall take responsibility for their own behavior and accept punishment. This guideline applies to all students, faculty, and staff. Outside entities, such as visitors and contract workers, shall submit to this guideline as well.

  1. Definition:
    direct of indirect sexual aggravation, which includes uninvited sexual conduct, sexual demand, and inappropriate verbal language or physical act related to sex.
  2. Whom to appeal in case of sexual harassment:
    a. The Dean of Students will handle sexual harassment grievance concerning students or faculty/staff.
    b. The Seminary President will handle sexual harassment grievance concerning department heads.
  3. Grievance Procedure:
    When sexual harassment is encountered or in question, you may bring your grievance to the person in charge. After discussion, you may proceed with the following:
    Informal grievance: First, try your best to solve this issue by informal grievance. If a resolution cannot be reached, you may bring “Formal Grievance.” Discussion with the person in charge does not constitute a “Formal Grievance.”
    b.  Formal Grievance:
    (1)  You must state your grievance concretely in a written petition; after signing the petition, you may present your grievance to the person in charge.
    (2)  During investigation, you must tell the name of the accused and the content of your complaint. The person in charge must notify the accused immediately and what he/she is being accused of. Everything should be kept in confidentiality during investigation.
    (3)  After investigation, if punishment is required, the seminary will abide by its own rule. The accused has the right to request counseling. Only after proven guilty will the record be kept in personal file.
  4. Revenge:
    No individual shall carry out revenge or threats of revenge in any form to the person(s) executing the seminary’s rule. If revenge or threats of revenge is suspected, further punishment will be executed. Punishment for revenge or threats of revenge shall not be changed no matter what the outcome may be from the grievance investigation.
  5. Punishment for False Accusation:
    If the grievance is proved to be false after investigation, the false accuser shall receive punishment according to the seminary’s rule.

Student Council Article

I. General Guidelines
1. This council is named Logos Evangelical Seminary Student Council (listed as “the Council” below)
2. The purpose of the Council is to advocate the spirit of self-discipline and self-governance among students, to enhance the fellowship and caring among students, to create a communication channel between seminary and students, and to promote the assignments from seminary.
3. The office is located at the main campus of Logos Evangelical Seminary.

II. Membership

4. Those who are studying full-time at Logos in the programs of D.Min., M.Div., M.A.C.S., or Th.M. become full members of the Council automatically. Part-time students may apply for the associate membership with the Office of Student Affairs but with no voting rights.
5. The rights and responsibilities of membership.

1). Have rights and responsibilities of attending the assembly meetings and participate in the various ministries promoted by the Council.
2). Have rights of election, being elected, and deposition for coworkers
3). Members shall pay the membership fee. The amount of membership fee is to be proposed by the coworker team and be decided at the assembly meeting.
4). If a student has completed a degree program and begins the study of another degree program (e.g. Th.M. or D.Min.) will need to pay the membership fee again. Those who did not go through the graduation process but transfer to another degree program will be exempted from paying the membership fee again.

III. Structure and Meetings

A. Member Assembly
6. The assembly is composed according to the Bylaws Article 2 Section 4 and this is the highest decision making body.
7. The assembly shall be held at least once a semester and be presided over by the Chairperson.
8. Special assembly may be called by the coworker team or at the written request of one third of the members.
9. The quorum required for the assembly is half of the number of the members. The assembly is established only if attendants reached half of the members.
10. Any action taken or decision made is approved only by at least majority of the attending members at the assembly.
11. If necessary, the Chairperson may invite faculty or faculty rep to observe the assembly.

B. Coworker Team
12. The number of Council coworker is seven with jobs of secretary, caring, activity, finance, general affairs, and worship. The Vice-chairperson shall take on one of the jobs listed. The assembly shall elect an auditor from the members.
13. Members who have not completed the work of first semester shall not be elected but have voting right. (The Dormitory Council coworker election will be held after the Logos Student Council coworker election)
14. Conduct of the coworker election
1). Election is held at the winter assembly after the last chapel service in the fall semester.
2). Candidates are the full members of the Council
3). Election is by anonymous votes
4). Election process
a. First, elect seven coworkers
b. Then elect Chairperson and Vice-chairperson out of seven coworkers
c. Other coworker positions will be assigned among the coworkers and be announced later
5). If in first round of voting there is no one has more than half of the votes, vote again between the ones who have highest and second highest votes.
6). If two have same votes, then the assembly shall conduct the election again.
7). The current Chairperson shall not be re-elected for Chairperson.

15. Coworker Deposition Process
Deposition may be proposed by written request of one third of the members and approved at the special assembly with votes of two thirds of the attending members.
16. The Duties of the Coworker Team
1). Carry out the decision made at the assembly.
2). Responsible for the council affairs while the assembly is not being held.
3). Propose the revision of Bylaws according to bylaw Article 4 Section. 21 if necessary.

17. Job duties of each coworker
(A)Represent the Council to the external parties
(B)Preside the member assembly and coworker meeting
(C)Attend and coordinate various ministries
(D)Promot and coordinate various ministries

(A)Assist Chairperson to promote the Council affairs
(B)If the Chairperson for any reason cannot perform his or her duties, act on behalf of the Chairperson
(C)Assist and support other coworkers

(A)Collect and organize meeting minutes and related documents
(B)Make announcement of the activities
(C)Provide information for the seminary newsletter

(A)Responsible for the accounts payable and receivable of the Council (The Council funds are kept in the Office of Student Affairs)
(B)Make the list of activities of the account available for public
(C)Provide budget of expenses and updated balance

(A)Plan the regular social events
(B)Assist in coordination of seminary events

(A)Caring for the student life needs
(B)Caring for the small groups operation
(C)Assist new student reception

(7)General Affairs
(A)Purchase the supplies for the Council events
(B)Coordinate the resources and decorate the facilities for the Council events
(C)Other duties in regards of general affairs

(A)Arrange the praise and worship for the Council regular events
(B)Arrange the praise and worship for the Conncil special events

18. Coworker Team
1). meet at least once a month
2). invite faculty or faculty rep to the meeting if necessary
3). regular meeting is valid only if two thirds of coworkers are present
4). agenda item shall be approved by two thirds of the coworkers

. Supplementary Articles
These Bylaws are to be approved by the member assembly and forwarded to seminary before becomes effective.
20. Any revision on these bylaws may be proposed by the Coworker Team or written request by one third of members and be approved by two thirds
21. If there is any question in regards of these bylaws, the Council Coworker Team will interpret.

Other Information

Medicine Cabinet

The seminary keeps a medicine cabinet in the Student Activity Center to provide basic internal and external medicine for emergency use.


Emergency Telephone

For the convenience of students, the seminary provides a telephone by the Office of Student Development for emergency use. Telephone use guidelines:

1. Please do not make your call longer than five minutes.

2. The telephone is provided for local calls only (626 area code), please use your own telephone card for long distance calls.

3. Please avoid using office telephones. Please do not use office telephone without permission.


Besides this handbook, other related information can be found in the Dormitory Handbook of “House of Good Shepherds” and “House of Grace”, and Financial Aid Handbook. If interested in more information, please check with the Office of Student Development. Please also provide your most updated information to this office for future correction.