The mission of Pacific Lutheran University is:
"to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care – for other persons, for their communities and for the earth."
PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT LIFE DIVISION MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Student Life is to promote the holistic development of students and steward a dynamic campus community. We engage students in purposeful experiential learning that challenges them to make a difference in the world as they care for themselves and others, and positively impact the diverse communities in which they live.
PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS MISSION STATEMENT
Developing life long leaders through athletics united in teamwork, excellence, and service. Each program strives toward these common goals while working together as one.
Our core values and guiding principles make up who we are as Lutes:
Creating a climate where we seek only the best for those around us
Embracing and respecting others across the campus community
Working together to achieve common goals
Being the best we can be in all facets of life
Giving back and making an impact in the lives of others
PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS VISION STATEMENT
Pacific Lutheran University Athletics creates lifelong leaders through a competitive sport environment making us a NCAA Division III premiere program in the Pacific Northwest. We develop strong global citizens by fostering a student-athlete experience elevated by academic achievement, commitment to community involvement, and ongoing personal development.
NCAA DIVISION III PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff.
To achieve this end, Division III institutions:
- Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place greater emphasis on the internal constituency than on the general public;
- Award no athletically financial aid to any student;
- Encourage the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including student-athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators;
- Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities for their students;
- Assure that the coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes;
- Assure that athletics participants are not treated differently from other students of the student body;
- Assure that athletics programs support the institution's educational mission by financing, staffing and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution;
- Assure that athletics recruitment complies with established institutional policies and procedures applicable to the admission process;
- Provide equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men's and women's sports;
- Support ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents;
- Give primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships; and
- Support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletics performance, which may include opportunities for participation in national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities.
NORTHWEST CONFERENCE PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
Consistent with the NCAA Division III philosophy, the purpose of the Northwest Conference is to promote intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational experience, with the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body. The members of the Northwest Conference are committed to:
- Promoting participant's character development, enhancing the contribution of higher education to society and the world and promoting sportsmanship among and respect for all student-athletes, coaches and others associated with intercollegiate athletics.
- Proving broad-based sports programs, ensure equitable athletic opportunities for males and females and giving equal emphasis to all men's and women's sports.
- Sponsoring and promoting competitively excellent varsity intercollegiate sports programs in a fiscally sound and educationally rich environment.
- Upholding the principle of institutional control, in conformity with the constitution and bylaws of NCAA Division III, through regular presidential involvement in the conference governance of intercollegiate sports programs.
- Protecting student-athletes' welfare, and providing a safe environment for participants and spectators.
- Maintaining a strong presence in NCAA Division III governance at a national level.
PLU NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Pacific Lutheran University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, PLU Human Resources, Tacoma, Wash., 98445; 253-535-7187.