Facilities and Services
Bradley University provides a comfortable setting designed for living and learning. A beautiful 85-acre campus contains both historic buildings and state-of-the-art learning centers. Surrounded by an historic residential district, the campus has restaurants and shops within walking distance and a complete array of campus dining options—some open until 3:00 a.m.
Bradley continuously updates facilities to keep pace with new methods of teaching and learning. Bradley’s second-oldest building, Westlake Hall, has recently been transformed into a state-of-the-art learning facility, equipped with the latest technologies. The renovation has expanded the building to six times its former size, growing from 13,500 to 85,000 square feet. In recent years complete renovations have taken place in Olin Hall (science), Constance Hall (music), and Bradley Hall.
The new Renaissance Coliseum opened in August 2010. The Coliseum is the new home court for women’s basketball and volleyball and provides a spacious venue for concerts and other performances. In Fall 2008, the new state-of-the art Markin Family Student Recreation Center opened, offering a swimming pool, exercise facilities, and practice space for intramural sports. It serves as the social hub for student life on campus, houses the Wellness Program, Counseling Services, the Health Center, and labs to support the Department of Nursing. A 600-space parking deck also opened in 2008.
St. James Place, a student residential community, provides suite-style living for upper class students and outdoor intramural facilities, Meinen Field. In addition to these playing fields, the university has lighted tennis courts on campus. Newly renovated food courts in Williams Hall and the Michel Student Center offer a variety of dining options for all students seven days a week until 3 a.m.
Center for Testing
For students who are unsure about what major or career would be best for them, the Center for Testing can provide valuable information to help with their decision-making. Tests and inventories, specially selected for individual needs, can match primary interests and abilities to possible majors. Each student receives a personalized interpretation of their test results regarding compatible majors and careers. Informational materials are provided to assist with educational and career planning.
The Bradley Bookstore provides the books and supplies necessary for coursework at the university. The bookstore offers new, used, rental, and digital textbooks. A large selection of emblematic clothing and gifts, as well as medical, reference, and general reading books are available. Any book not carried in stock can be special ordered. All students, faculty, and staff with a valid school ID may purchase academically priced software online at campusestore.com. Greeting cards, snacks, and soda are also stocked.
The bookstore accepts Discover, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express cards or Quick Cash. Barnes and Noble gift cards are also accepted and available for purchase and can be used at any Barnes and Noble college bookstore or superstore.
Computing Services supports both the academic and administrative aspects of university computing. Computing Services supports campus-wide computer networks, the Campus Printing Service (CPS), connections to the Internet, and electronic mail.
Academic resources include a variety of computer systems and software used for instruction, research, and public service. Student workstations are located in the Cullom-Davis Library and many academic buildings. All residence hall rooms and St. James suites have wireless networking and wired network connections giving access to the campus network as well as the Internet. Students are encouraged to bring their own computer with them to campus. There is no charge to access the campus data network or the Internet. HelpDesk services are available in the Reserves area of the Library.
Student e-mail accounts
E-mail and network access accounts are automatically established for every student at Bradley University. Bradley uses e-mail as an official means of communication with students, so students should check their account on a regular basis.
Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center
Located at 824 North Duryea Place (across from Williams Hall), the Garrett Center houses the office of Multicultural Student Services. Multicultural Student Services functions to meet the various needs of international students and students of color. The Center serves as a meeting place for students and community groups as well as a place for social and cultural events. It also has a fully equipped computer lab and small multicultural library. Named in honor of the late professor emeritus of sociology, Dr. Romeo B. Garrett, the Center is open every day during the regular academic year.
Markin Family Student Recreation Center
The hub of social and recreational activity on campus, the new Markin Center provides 130,000 square feet of space. It features four basketball courts for intramural and recreational games, a championship basketball court, a 1/8-mile running/walking track, climbing wall, juice bar, indoor pool, weight room, exercise rooms, and other amenities.
Student Health Services is an outpatient clinic that provides service to enrolled Bradley students who experience health problems. Students are assisted through advisement, treatment, consultations with health providers, and referral for extended treatment if necessary. While there is no charge for most on-site treatment, services provided through referral to outside agencies are charged by that care provider and are the student’s financial responsibility. The Center’s qualified staff of physicians, psychiatrist, counselors, and nurses is located in modern treatment offices in the Markin Center. They provide a point-of-entry for all university students to receive health care both at the Center and in the Peoria community. Professional counselors and supportive staff are trained to work with Bradley students in their growth and total development—social, emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and occupational—as well as the environment in which they live.
Personal growth and development issues of adjustment to college, relationship concerns, alcohol and substance abuse, anxiety and stress management, communication skills, eating disorders, assertiveness, and lifestyle choices are some of the issues addressed by the counselors. Visits are confidential and free for Bradley students. The Center is open during the school year 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Center is open limited hours during breaks and regular summer school sessions. Students are seen on an appointment basis. At times when the Health Center is closed, patients are referred to the after hours number, 677-3200, which connects to OSF St. Francis Phone Nurses Triage.
In addition to regular medical services, Health Services also offers special men’s and women’s clinics during the regular academic year. All students are required to have a student health form on file at Health Services before registering. To avoid penalties and delays in registering, return the completed health form and then verify through Health Services that it has been received and is complete.
Immunization Requirement: To comply with Illinois State law, all students registering for classes for the first time in a four-year college must show proof of proper immunization or titer showing immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria.
Instructional Technology and Media Services provides a diverse range of instructional media and production services in support of the academic and administrative needs of faculty, students, and staff. Primary services include: the Instructional Technology Assistance Center (ITAC); Sakai course management system; technology training; AV equipment and staff assistance; course capture; IP videoconferencing; digital graphic, photographic, video, and copy production services; and a variety of general media services.
Instructional Technology Assistance Center (ITAC)
ITAC provides instructional technology training and assistance to faculty, staff, and students as they apply technology to teaching and learning. Services available include application training, instructional design, production seminars, use of mediated facilities, and multimedia support. ITAC also administers and assists faculty in the creation of Web-enhanced supplemental and asynchronous course sites using Sakai course management software.
The Center for Learning Assistance provides learning enhancement services to help students achieve their academic goals. Services available include peer tutoring, study skills, contract study tables, and assistance for student athletes.
The Center for Learning Assistance can assist those students with documented learning disabilities by providing “select coordinated accommodations” as defined by standardized national service-delivery models. This includes the provision of a contact person, generic support services, testing accommodations, peer tutors, and student referral service for off-campus testing resources. These services are available only during the academic year. To be eligible for accommodations the student must provide current documentation of the learning disability (testing data from within the last three years) and possess strong self-advocacy skills. The following course is offered through the Center:
AEP 115 Study Skills SeminarDevelops reading and study skills demanded in college classes. Develops flexibility in reading rate; improves critical reading techniques, skimming and scanning, and study skills such as textbook reading, notetaking, time management, and test taking.
Turning Point Program
The Turning Point Program is an academic support service program offered through the Center for Learning Assistance. Enrollment in this program is required for and limited to all undergraduate students on academic probation for the first time. When final semester grades are processed, students are notified in writing about being automatically enrolled in The Turning Point Program.
The Bradley University Library primarily serves the needs of the University’s students and faculty. Its collection encompasses more than 1,304,000 items—including approximately 518,000 books, periodicals, and government documents, electronic resources (journals, books, etc.), and a variety of audiovisual resources, manuscripts, and archival materials. The Library is a depository for both U.S. and Illinois government documents.
The Library’s resources and services are housed in the Cullom-Davis Library, which was renovated and enlarged to 107,000 square feet in 1990. The facility provides seating for 1,000 students and offers a coffee shop where students can take a study break, read, and socialize.
Among the facilities is the Virginius H. Chase Special Collections Center, established in 1979 in honor of a Peorian who became a widely recognized authority on the botany and natural history of Illinois. It houses and exhibits rare books, manuscripts, archival materials, and other resources that require special management, including the collections of the Peoria Historical Society and the Citizens to Preserve Jubilee College.
About 13,800 music scores, 10,000 recordings, and selected music reference materials are in the Music Resource Collection, which is located on the third floor. The Sports Communication Resource Center is also located on the third floor and contains books, clippings, and guides, all of which require special management.
As a participant in OCLC, a computerized bibliographic network, the Library and its clientele have ready access to millions of resources in over 6,000 libraries across the country and abroad. The Library also provides access to a wide variety of electronic journal indexes and abstracts and to many full-text databases at no charge to Bradley students and faculty. Through the University’s participation in the Alliance Library System, students and faculty may borrow materials from most other Peoria-area libraries. The Library is a member of CARLI (Consortia of Academic Research Libraries in Illinois), which provides an online catalog and circulation system that incorporates Bradley’s holdings and those of most of the other academic libraries in Illinois.
Bradley University makes every attempt to provide a safe and secure campus.
The Bradley University Police Department utilizes proactive, community-oriented policing to enhance the quality of life, create a safe living environment, and promote a positive learning experience for students, faculty, staff, and community members on and off campus while protecting life and property within the University community. Its officers are commissioned by the State of Illinois, have full law enforcement powers on and off University property, and are trained to respond to crimes in progress as well as medical-related emergencies. Bradley University Police are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; conduct foot, bike, and vehicular patrols of the campus, residence halls, and near off-campus areas; and make crime prevention presentations to student groups and others. Bradley University Police also coordinate patrol and call responses with City of Peoria and Peoria County law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the Bradley University Police Department operates a Student Patrol which consists of student-employees who walk in pairs on and off campus acting as extra eyes and ears for the Police Department.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to walk in groups at night and travel in well-lit areas. The Bradley University Police Department or the Bradley University Police Department Student Patrol does provide safety escorts, which can be requested from dusk until dawn for an area generally including local neighborhoods. Students, faculty, and staff can request this service by dialing 309-677-2000 or by activating an emergency blue light phone.
Numerous clearly marked emergency blue light telephones are located strategically on and off campus. All ring directly into a police dispatcher and automatically display the location of the caller so that help can be dispatched.
Students, faculty, and staff should remain aware of their surroundings and immediately report suspicious activity, people, or vehicles to the Bradley University Police Department by activating an emergency blue light phone, dialing 309-677-2000, or dialing 9-1-1. Vehicles should be secured and valuables left out of sight. Residence Hall rooms, classrooms, labs, and offices should be locked when not in use. Do NOT allow people you do not know to access secured buildings, especially residence halls.
All residence halls have limited access, with some halls having all outside doors locked on a 24-hour basis and others having main doors unlocked during daytime hours. Card access is required to enter any residential portions of the buildings. Residence hall student security staff make rounds during the night.
Security-related concerns and campus crime information are reported to the campus community through the Bradley University’s Police Web site, university email, and other media. Safety Alerts or Campus Crime Alerts are issued to the university campus when there are serious or continuing threats to campus. These alerts are communicated via email to all students, faculty, and staff and are available online at http://lydia.bradley.edu/police/alerts/. The University has also instituted a campus mass notification system called foreWarn to quickly convey information that imminently impacts personal safety or the ability of personnel to safely perform their duties. The system uses text messaging, public address announcements, and other modes of communication if circumstances warrant. For more information, see http://www.bradley.edu/police and http://emergency.bradley.edu.
Students may borrow from the University Police Department engraving equipment to mark valuables such as electronic equipment and bicycles. Officers can assist with jump starting vehicles and unlocking vehicles. Literature on safety and security is also available. The Bradley University Police Department offers many crime prevention programs including a Vacant House Watch Program during class recess periods and safety demonstrations such as R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense).
The Bradley University Police Department is located at 1200 W. Main Street in the Campustown shopping center at the intersection of St. James and University. The patrol boundaries are east to Sheridan, south to Moss Avenue, west to Western, and north to Columbia Terrace; however, the BUPD does have full jurisdiction and arrest powers in both the City of Peoria and Peoria County.
Safety is a SHARED responsibility. A safe campus can be achieved only with the cooperation of the entire University community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors. For more information about crime prevention and crime statistics for the campus and local neighborhood, see http://www.bradley.edu/police/crime/.
Robert H. Michel Student Center
The Student Center symbolizes the philosophy that makes this truly a “campus community center.” The Center is the focus of many campus activities. The wide variety of facilities and varied programs make a significant contribution to campus life outside the classroom.
Facilities include: a ballroom, OutTakes convenience store, meeting rooms, foosball table, television, browsing lounges, dining center, and Café Bradley featuring Sunset Strips, Starbuck’s, Mill Street Deli, and Freshëns smoothies. In addition, meeting rooms with food service can accommodate 10 to 100 people, and the ballroom can accommodate up to 500 people for a banquet, dance, reception, or lecture.
A special invitation is extended to all incoming students and their parents to attend Summer Orientation. This program is specifically designed to introduce and familiarize students and parents with Bradley University, its faculty, student body, and special services. The program is required for all incoming freshmen and highly recommended for their parents.
Multiple sessions of the 2 1/2-day program are offered during June and July. A fee is charged to parents who attend, which can include on-campus housing and meals. Advance reservations are required; information will be available in May to all students who have made a tuition deposit.
The CES Office operates a telephone switch and voice mail system for the campus. Technical staff support telephone equipment and information outlets in offices, residence hall rooms, and many public areas. Information outlets supply voice, data, and video services through connections to high-speed networks, AT&T, and other carriers’ local and long distance networks. Persons calling campus phones may call direct by dialing (309) 677- or (309) 495- and a phone’s four-digit extension.
Operated by Bradley University, WCBU/Peoria Public Radio is the member-supported public radio service and National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate for central Illinois. WCBU’s mission is to provide excellence in news and music programming with a local emphasis, while at the same time providing valuable professional experience for Bradley students.
WCBU's primary channel provides a full 24-hour schedule of NPR news and information, local news, and public affairs programming on WCBU 89.9. Classical WCBUHD2 offers a 24-hour schedule of classical music. WCBUHD2 can be received using new HD Radio receivers and on line at https://www.peoriapublicradio.org/.