Nov 15, 2018  

Self-Discipline and Institutional Discipline

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The goal of discipline at Andrews University is to shape and maintain a culture that fosters personal growth within a vibrant and caring community. The University’s approach is first restorative as well as educational as it seeks to transform students for this life and for eternity.

Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for all avenues of their spiritual, mental and physical growth as they model the Andrews Community Values. These values are designed for the wellbeing of both the individual student and the community as a whole. A voluntary commitment to the Community Values Agreement requires personal integrity and self-discipline which generally dispenses with the need for institutional discipline.

Inevitably, however, there will be occasions when students fail to exercise self-discipline and do not fulfill their commitment to their Community Values Agreement, the expectations in this “Handbook” and the mission and values of the University. On such occasions students voluntarily place themselves under intervention and disciplinary considerations, and it becomes necessary and appropriate for the University to hold students accountable. While encouraging the student to develop independence, the University embraces the concept that liberty and license are not synonymous; therefore it accepts the obligation to maintain the values and guidelines which will provide for the welfare of the individual and the campus community at large.

In seeking to reflect a balance of mercy and justice, the University will strive to give students consistent and equitable responses to misconduct in a manner which is kind and considerate of each individual.

The University’s response may include, but is not limited to, all or any of the following:

  • Conversation with the student and appropriate staff, faculty or administrators to clarify issues and provide an opportunity for learning to take place
  • Counsel, written or oral
  • Warnings, written or oral
  • Citizenship probation
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal
  • Participation in an educational experience such as attending educational classes and writing a reflective or research paper
  • Participation in a professional assessment and/or counseling session(s) through the University’s Counseling & Testing Center
  • Participation in a support or counseling component (examples that may be selected by the student could include the Counseling & Testing Center, a pastor, a chaplain or a faculty or staff member, as deemed appropriate)
  • Participation in a student success plan or voluntary service work, on- or off-campus
  • “No contact” order
  • Fines
  • Restitution
  • Separation from all classes and organized campus activities
  • Separation from the campus property
    • Student Life Issued: “Suspension of Campus Visitation Privileges” (generally time-specific)
    • Campus Safety Issued: “Campus Ban” (generally a minimum of one year)
  • Additional academic consequences, up to and including dismissal from an academic program