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Indiana University Kokomo is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N.

LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.7 (2009)Annual events include a campus BBQ,14 Activities Fair,15 and Halloween Open House.16IU Kokomo sponsors annual awareness events to bring recognition and to show support to various serious issues.Deaf Awareness WeekSexual Assault Awareness WeekBreast Cancer Awareness MonthDeaf Awareness Week brings forward the importance of recognizing the challenges that arise with deafness and what students can do to accommodate those who are deaf. During the course of the week, a silent lunch is held for an hour where individuals are unable to communicate with one another as they could on a regular basis. Students had to learn nonverbal means to communicate with one another.17Sexual Assault Awareness Week at IU Kokomo teaches students to prevent themselves and others from becoming victims.

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As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, a self-defense workshop is set up as well as discussions on issues regarding sex, drugs and alcohol, two Step Up intervention training workshops and a resource table for students.18The annual “Block Out Breast Cancer” volleyball game raises awareness surrounding breast cancer. Fans attend the game wearing pink. Educational pamphlets are passed out to the attendees to inform them about the importance of early detection as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

19Greek lifeeditIn 2003, IU Kokomo brought Greek life to campus with the colonization of a national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma whose principles include lifelong learning, inclusiveness, and leadership through service.20 In fall 2013, Phi Kappa Tau colonized at IU Kokomo and is the first NIC fraternity on campus. On April 11, 2015, the colony chartered as the Zeta Iota chapter.21AthleticseditIU Kokomo teams, known as the Cougars, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as a member of the River States Conference (RSC). The school had previously been part of the NAIA’s Association of Independent Institutions (AII), a loose confederation of Independent institutions. Men’s sports include basketball (2011–12)2223 and cross country (2012–13);24 while women’s sports include cross country (2012–13),24 volleyball (2011–12),2223 and women’s basketball (2014-2015).25IU Kokomo was one of four institutions to become a member of the NAIA in April 2012.

In May 2013, it was announced that IU Kokomo was accepted into the league then known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) and now as the RSC beginning with the 2013–14 academic year. IU Kokomo became the 12th member of the KIAC.26 To remain a member of the NAIA, IU Kokomo must have six varsity sports within four years. In January 2014, it was announced that IU Kokomo would add both men and women’s golf teams. Competition began during the 2015–16 season.

27 In 2014, IU Kokomo was able to reach seven varsity sports; men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country.28In August 2012, IU Kokomo announced the addition of cheerleading on campus as a club sport. Cheerleading will not be a competitive sport or considered a part of the NAIA.29


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