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Jessamine Asbury University Connection Program Details
  • Jessamine Asbury University Connection Program is a joint venture between Jessamine County Schools and Asbury University for having Jessamine Connection students participate in college-level experiences with same-age, typical peers. Students follow both Jessamine County Schools and Asbury University’s Code of Conduct. See Codes of Conduct for more details.
  • The Connection calendar differs from Jessamine County Schools. The calendar reflects Asbury University’s academic calendar. The Connection program may start about one week later than the county. Winter break lasts approximately three weeks; fall break is one day off in the month of October and spring break occurs in March. The Connection Program has a May break; however, makeup days occur at this time. Due to the extended winter break and May break, the students can attend school into June.
  • Students who attend the Jessamine Asbury University Connection Program are Jessamine County Students not Asbury University students. Therefore, the Jessamine Connection students do not participate in Asbury University’s graduation ceremony and do not stay in the dorms.
  • Upon completion of the Jessamine Asbury University Program, your child receives a certificate of completion. The presentation of the certificate occurs at the end of the school year. At Senior Recognition Chapel, your child receives a certificate of participation from Kentucky State Representative Russ Meyer. The students do not participate in the Asbury Graduation Ceremonies.
  • The Connection program times are 8:30 AM – 3:15 PM
  • Asbury University requires students to dress in what the institution deems appropriate. Please see attachment.
  • Asbury students attend mandatory chapel three times a week. The Connection students attend also.
  • Behavior expectations are very high. Small group projects and classroom discussions occur often in some classes. Student participation is required to the students’ best ability. Behavior similar to non-typical peers is expected.
  • The students audit two or three classes a semester. The classes vary from education courses where small groups occur to lecture courses. (Intro Sociology, Psychology, Music/Art Appreciation, Old & New Testament etc.)
  • Classes vary in their locations. The students are required to transition across campus within five to seven minutes ensuring their arrival at class on time.
  • The students work twice a week, Tuesday & Thursday, in the community as if they were still in high school.
  • Your child has the opportunity to participate at the Asbury Equine Center twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, and participate in the Equine Special Olympics. If your child does not participate at the equine center, you child will attend the Luce Physical Activities Center on those days.
  • Lunch is buffet style and the cost is the same as the high school. Free and reduced lunch forms come home at the beginning of the school year.


Dress code excerpt taken from, Handbook for Community Life


Hughes Auditorium: Out of respect for Hughes Auditorium as a place for community worship, regular or semi-formal attire is requested. Shorts are never appropriate.
  • Dress Code: The campus dress code represents a concern for modesty, neatness, timeliness, cleanliness and appropriateness. Historically, community members have dressed according to high standards which demonstrated maturity. As fads and fashions come and go, Asbury reserves the right to determine if styles are appropriate and conform to the principles named here. For instance, although short skirts/dresses may be in fashion, most skirts/dresses that are shorter than two inches above the knee (sitting or standing) are considered immodest. Faculty, staff and residence life staff in charge of activities or facilities of the University have the authority to require adjustments on the part of individuals whose apparel is considered inappropriate.
Distinction between class and casual (out of class) attire: The dress code is designed to delineate a difference between the class experience (including chapel) and the casual environment. Students in classes are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for the business of being a student and in a way that reflects a respect for the academic endeavor.
   * Class and Chapel Attire: Shorts, athletic wear, sports hats, torn or ragged clothing and t-shirts with messages that are in conflict with the  character and values of Asbury University should not be worn.
    * Casual Attire: Principles of modesty and neatness still should be considered for attire worn in public areas like the student center, cafeteria, library and classroom buildings when not in class. Shorts and athletic wear (excluding running shorts, swimsuits, and spandex-type shorts/tights) may be worn in public areas when not in class.