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    Andrews University
   
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018

A Healthy Lifestyle


Core Christian Values

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When choosing to attend Andrews University, students agree to adopt a healthy lifestyle and to maintain high standards of conduct. These standards are part of the unique mission and spiritual heritage of Andrews University and reflect core values that are grounded in biblical principles. These values include honesty, modesty, sexual purity, respect for others, healthful living and safety.

Admission to the University is not a right. It is a privilege that entails acceptance of individual responsibility and exercising self-discipline to uphold our academic standards and community values. The University can ask any student to leave whose conduct is in violation of the mission and function of the institution or who persistently violates the University’s core values and the Code of Student Conduct.


Code of Student Conduct

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The Code of Student Conduct is detailed in this “Student Handbook” (see Code of Student Conduct ) and provides examples of violations that may result in serious consequences. Any expectation adopted and published by the administration in more informal written communication or online requires the same respect and compliance as expectations printed in official publications.

Students may obtain a copy of the “Handbook” at the Student Life office or online at andrews.edu/life.


Academic Integrity

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Academic Integrity
University learning thrives on the rigor of individual investigation, the authentic exchange of ideas, and a corporate commitment to integrity and mutual respect. It requires all members of the academic community to behave honestly—speaking truthfully to colleagues, co-learners and teachers and completing all homework, tests, papers and projects with integrity. Andrews University anchors its practices in the teachings of the Bible as well as in widely-established and honorable academic traditions. Much as the apostle Paul calls us to authenticity in our Christian walk, so the educational institution demands of its participants true and accurate self-representation. In Ephesians, Paul invites believers “to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:23–24, NRSV). As scholars and as Christ’s servants, we build His living body through our honesty in all things, both small and great. To that end, Andrews University’s students pledge to learn and grow together, committing to the following standards and affirming honesty as a core component of an Andrews University education.

Integrity Standards
Students promise to:

  1. Present assignments, lab reports and research findings that are not falsified in any way
  2. Respect copyrighted and/or licensed material (whether it be directly quoted or paraphrased) by citing print or electronic sources as appropriate
  3. Follow the source citation guidelines outlined by the course professor
  4. Submit work that is solely created by the person to whom it is assigned
  5. Contribute equitably when participating in group work
  6. Prepare for quizzes and examinations by study and review without stealing, accepting or using unauthorized quizzes or examination materials
  7. Follow the professor’s instructions regarding allowable aids during a quiz or examination
  8. Complete quizzes and tests without seeking answers from or sharing answers with other students or unauthorized sources
  9. Encourage others to high standards of integrity by refusing to assist in acts of academic dishonesty

Integrity Pledge
Because academic honesty is central to who we are and what we do at Andrews University, the following pledge is required of every student scholar that agrees to join this community:

I promise on my honor as a member of the learning community at Andrews University that I will faithfully adhere to these Integrity Standards in the completion of all coursework requirements and scholarly projects.

Academic Integrity Policy
The following is a synopsis of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy for all students. This synopsis is not exhaustive, and students are referred to “Academic Integrity” online at andrews.edu/academics/academic_integrity.html to view the policy in its entirety.

Andrews University has adopted a policy that aims to create an environment in which academic integrity is considered by all members of the community to be the expected norm. Two councils have been established to administrate and lead in this area.

Student Academic Integrity Council (SAIC)
This council consists of 11 students chosen from undergraduate and graduate schools in the spring to be representatives for the following year. Students interested in serving on the SAIC should apply to the chairs of their departments by March 15 to be chosen for the following year.

Among the council’s responsibilities are the following:

  1. Educating the Andrews campus regarding the Academic Integrity Policy through activities such as:
    1. Educating new students at orientation and new faculty at faculty orientation
    2. Working with ITS to provide web-based resources aimed at enriching academic integrity on campus
    3. Organizing and initiating a yearly chapel focused on academic integrity
  2. Provide members to serve on Integrity Panels as required
    1. The panels consist of three students, two faculty and one non-voting faculty moderator
    2. These panels meet to determine whether a student is to be considered responsible for a breach of the Integrity Policy and to determine the appropriate consequence of any breach when:
      1. A student accumulates multiple violations
      2. A student disputes a charge of having violated the Integrity Policy
  3. Consider requests from students to have records cleared of violations of the Academic Integrity Policy
  4. Give annual reports to the University community on all actions taken by the SAIC that year
  5. Give an annual report to the provost of the University on any recommended changes to the Integrity Policy they feel are needed

Faculty Academic Integrity Council (FAIC)
This council also consists of 11 members chosen from programs across the University.

Among the council’s responsibilities are the following:

  1. Provide two members to act as advisors to the SAIC
  2. Provide members to serve on Integrity Panels as required
    1. The panels consist of three students, two faculty and one non-voting faculty moderator

While the intent of the policy is to educate the campus in ways to avoid breaches of integrity and to bring us together in a community of honest academic effort, the consequences of intentionally breaking a pledge to the University community are also spelled out and should be considered carefully.

What happens when a student is accused of violating the Academic Integrity Policy?

  • A faculty member who believes a student is responsible for violating the Academic Integrity Policy will:
    • Discuss the matter with the student, asking for a response
    • Should the faculty member believe there has been a violation, they will determine the level of violation committed and assign a sanction
      • There are five levels of violation described in the Integrity Policy
    • The faculty member will file a report of the violation electronically
      • The student will have the opportunity to respond to this report, either accepting or rejecting the allegation
      • The student has FIVE DAYS to return the completed document
        • If the student does not return the document in the five-day period, it will be assumed that the student has accepted both the charge and the sanction and they will be applied to the student’s record
      • The only persons with access to this electronic record are the student, the student’s advisor and the chair of the student’s department
      • An overall record of all a student’s reported violations across campus is maintained
  • In most situations where the student agrees that they are responsible for the violation and accepts the recommended sanction, no further action is taken
  • In cases where the student denies the charges, disputes the recommended sanction, or where the record alerts the SAIC that multiple violations have occurred, an Integrity Panel is formed
    • The number of violations that will trigger the formation of an Integrity Panel depends on the level of the violations
      • Three level 1 violations (or two level 1 and one level 2)
      • Two level 2 violations
      • A level 3 violation and any violation at any other level
      • One level 4 violation
      • Level 0 violations are considered to be those committed without any intent on the part of the student and are not considered toward the formation of an Integrity Panel
  • Integrity Panels consist of three students, two faculty and one non-voting faculty member acting as a moderator
    • Integrity Panels are responsible for
      • Determining whether a student is responsible for committing a violation
      • And, when responsibility is assigned to the student, determining the appropriate sanction

The “XF” Grade
In cases where an Integrity Panel has determined that a student is responsible for violating the Integrity Policy, they will then determine the sanction to be applied. The Integrity Panel has the authority to apply the sanction recommended by the faculty member or to render a different sanction in cases where the majority feels the original sanction was too harsh or too lenient. Any sanction, from minor ones through expulsion from the University, that is considered appropriate by the Integrity Panel may be applied.

One possible sanction is the application of the “XF” grade to the student’s record for the class in question. The “XF” indicates that the student received an “F” in the class for violation of academic integrity policies and is recorded on the student’s transcript with the notation “failure due to academic dishonesty.”

The following applies to the “XF” grade:

  • It is treated in the same way as an “F” for the purposes of grade point average, course repeatability and determination of academic standing
  • No student with an “XF” notation on his or her transcript shall be permitted to represent the University in any extracurricular activity or to run for or hold office in any student organization that is allowed to use University facilities or receives University funds

A student may apply to the SAIC to have the “X” portion of the “XF” removed if

  • 12 months have passed since the violation was imposed
  • The student has not been found in violation of any other academic integrity policies in that 12-month period
  • The SAIC makes all decisions regarding removal of the “X.” For breaches of integrity committed with significant planning and intent, the “X” will not typically be removed.

A Last Word on Integrity
The SAIC and the FAIC encourage all students to become acquainted with the University Academic Integrity website when it becomes available. There you will find information on the policy itself, ways to avoid plagiarism, correct methods of utilizing media from outside sources, etc.


Student Leadership

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Andrews University values student leaders and is committed to developing the leadership abilities of all students. Holding a student leadership position, however, is a responsibility and privilege granted to students who meet minimum qualifications. Candidates for student leadership positions must:

  • Have a current semester and cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 (3.00 for AUSA and AUGSA officers). Students who have been on academic probation in the 12 months prior to an election or appointment are not eligible to hold leadership positions.
  • Have a satisfactory citizenship or student conduct record. Serious citizenship concerns, regardless of when or where they occurred, may impact a student’s leadership eligibility. Students who have been on citizenship probation or suspended in the 12 months prior to an election or appointment are not eligible to hold leadership positions. Leadership candidates who are part of a current citizenship inquiry may lose their eligibility as well.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of Andrews University.

A student who is placed on citizenship probation, suspended or whose current or cumulative grade point average falls below 2.25 (3.00 for AUSA and AUGSA officers) will be required to resign his/her office.


Student Organizations

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The Right to Associate
Students have the right to organize and join registered student organizations to promote their common interests consistent with the values, mission and policies of the University and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The University reserves the right to determine which pursuits are suited to student-led organizations and which may be carried out only within the context of an institutional department or program.

Student organizations should exist:

  • To encourage students to engage in activities which complement classroom instruction
  • To broaden and strengthen students’ abilities and interests
  • To enrich the campus culture and promote an ethic of service
  • To offer students opportunities to develop leadership skills

Recognition of Student Organizations
All student groups must be recognized by the University in order to function on- or off-campus or online. Affiliation with an external organization will not of itself guarantee the recognition of a student organization. Recognition is granted solely by the University. In order to be recognized, student organizations must:

  • Register annually with the Office of Student Activities & Involvement, through OrgSync
  • Be overseen by an approved faculty or staff advisor/sponsor
  • Have a minimum of ten currently enrolled students as members, including three who serve as officers
  • Have a constitution on file in the Office of Student Activities & Involvement via OrgSync upload
  • Be open to all Andrews University students
  • Be in conformity with University policies and values
  • Send an advisor/sponsor and at least one officer to a student organization orientation session or its equivalent

The failure of a registered student organization to meet the policies and expectations of the University could result in the revoking of University approval.

Unauthorized Student Organizations
Student groups that do not meet the criteria above are not permitted to function, recruit or otherwise have an influence on the Andrews University campus. Students belonging to organizations that exist without the approval of the University will be found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will jeopardize their student status. Unauthorized organizations that have attempted to recruit University students in the past include Raw Dogs, Rubies, Fam One and O.M.E.G.A. Students who are uncertain of an organization’s legitimacy should call the Office of Student Activities & Involvement for more information.

Protection of Individual Student Rights
The right to associate must be practiced with respect to the individual rights of students who are either a part of the organization or seeking membership within it, as well as those outside of the organization. These rights include, but may not be limited to, the right to learn; the right to be free from discrimination and harassment; the right to discuss, inquire, express and petition; and the right to appeal/grievance. On this basis:

  • Admission to organizations must be open to all students without respect to race, color, sex (except residence hall clubs), national origin, religion, age, disability or any protected characteristic.
  • Organizations may establish membership requirements as long as these are made public and do not (1) discriminate against any protected characteristic, (2) deny a student’s rights as outlined in this “Handbook,” or (3) place an undue hardship on a student’s ability to maintain academic success and progress.
  • Membership is the right of any student who meets an organization’s membership requirements and may not be determined by organizational vote or come solely at the invitation of an organization. Officers, however, may be elected by an organization, as outlined in an organization’s constitution and bylaws.
  • Membership is to be granted only to currently enrolled students. Former students and alumni may maintain a connection to a student organization (as they would to the University) but may not participate as members or hold voting privileges.
  • Students have the right to full disclosure of an organization’s existence, purpose, policies and procedures so as to make an informed choice for or against membership. Likewise, organizations must conduct their business and activities in a transparent fashion, with the full knowledge and participation of their advisor/sponsor.
  • Students seeking to resolve differences within a student organization should do so through the established channels of the organization. However, a student always has the right to seek assistance from University personnel, especially in cases of misconduct, threatening or harassing behavior, etc. (see Right to Appeal/Grievance ).
  • Commitment to membership in a student organization is voluntary in nature and may be withdrawn by a student at any time without consequence. Refunds of paid organizational dues, however, are at the discretion of the charging organization.

Advisors/Sponsors
All student organizations are required to have a University-approved faculty or staff advisor/sponsor. Each organization is free to recruit and present a faculty or staff nominee to the Office of Student Activities & Involvement for approval. Large organizations or those with multiple functions may be required to select a second advisor/sponsor.

Members of the Andrews faculty and staff perform an important educational role when they accept the responsibility to advise student organizations. They will guide the student officers and units, but they will not arbitrarily seek to control the policies and decisions of the student organizations.

The advisor/sponsor or the vice president for Campus & Student Life may exercise the right to suspend or reverse a decision by the student officers or organization when that decision is found to be contrary to the philosophy of the University. An advisor’s/sponsor’s decision to suspend or reverse a decision may be appealed to the assistant director of Student Activities & Involvement and eventually to the vice president for Campus & Student Life.

Activity Approval
All student activities must be sponsored by a University department, registered student organization, or student association (AUSA, AUGSA) and be approved by the Office of Student Activities & Involvement. On rare occasions the Office of Student Activities & Involvement may deem it necessary to deny activities when the activities are not in harmony with University values and objectives. All activities and trips must be supervised by the presence of a full-time faculty or staff member for the full duration of the activity or trip, or part-time staff/adjunct faculty as approved by Student Life. Activity Approval Forms are available online at orgsync.com/login/andrews-university.

  1. On- or Off-Campus Day Activities. Student activities held on- or off-campus without an overnight stay must be approved by the Office of Student Activities & Involvement at least two weeks prior to the activity.
  2. Overnight Off-Campus Trips. Student trips to off-campus locations involving at least one overnight stay must be approved by the Office of Student Activities & Involvement and require completion of the Tour Application and Risk Management Approval Process.
  3. Fund-raising. Individuals may not solicit funds or fund-raise on-campus. Student organizations may engage in certain fund-raising activities with the approval of the Office of Student Activities & Involvement based on the following stipulations:
    1. Fund-raising promotional materials must clearly identify the recipient(s) of the funds and the purpose for which they will be used.
    2. All funds must be deposited into the student organization’s account.
    3. Funds may be disbursed to non-profit organizations holding 501c3 status and whose mission, values and practices do not conflict with those of the University.
    4. Loose cash collections may be taken up on behalf of charities; however, donors wishing to receive a tax deduction must donate directly to the benefiting organization.
    5. Donations made to University student organizations will not be tax deductible.
    6. Student organizations may disburse cash payments to individuals or families in need but only after a disbursement plan has been approved by the Office of Student Activities & Involvement.
    7. Student organizations are prohibited from soliciting funds from University departments or entities. University departments are also prohibited from using University funds to support student organizations.

Financial Accountability
The University requires financial accountability of student organization officers, including statements of an organization’s income, income sources and expenses.

Dues. Each organization is responsible for the collection and management of its own dues. Club dues may be charged to students’ accounts within the first monthly billing cycle of the semester with the submission of the proper charge forms. Yearly dues may not exceed $50.

Deposits. All student organization funds must be deposited with the University cashier into an organizational account to reduce the loss from misappropriation or the lack of proper custodianship when there is an officer turnover.

Use of funds. Dues or funds collected from the membership may not be used by the executive officers for gifts or activities that are restricted to the executive officers or any other select group within the club.

All club and organization expenditures over $100 must have prior approval of the advisor/sponsor. Expenditures that do not receive authorization may not be reimbursed by the club/organization. In addition, all contracts/agreements with outside vendors shall only be signed (authorized) for the club by the advisor/sponsor.

Accounts. The advisor/sponsor is responsible for the proper auditing of club accounts. Notices will be sent to the advisor/sponsor or assistant director for Student Activities & Involvement when an organizational account has reached a minimum balance and is in danger of being overspent. Major charges made to an organization’s account by a University department may require a balance verification before business can be transacted.

Tax status. The University’s tax-exempt status does not extend to student organizations, and therefore purchases made by organizations are not tax-exempt.


Student Associations

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Andrews University Student Association (AUSA)
The AUSA is the hub of undergraduate campus activity. All undergraduate students taking at least five credits are automatically members of the Andrews University Student Association.

The purposes of the AUSA are to:

  • Serve the University community and contribute to the fuller unfolding of the Adventist program of education
  • Serve as a channel for organizing student activities
  • Provide a vehicle for the expression of student opinion
  • Provide opportunity for leadership experience and the development of skills in organization and administration

The AUSA source of authority is provided through the policies voted by the University faculty and the Board of Trustees as interpreted by the president through the vice president for Campus & Student Life and the AUSA advisors.

The AUSA may vote its own constitution, bylaws and working policies. The AUSA may make its own decisions and elect officers. The constitution, bylaws and working policies shall be consistent with the University policies and shall require the approval of the Faculty Senate. The AUSA constitution and bylaws shall provide that all legislation be processed through standing committees, comprised of Student Senate members with the right to vote.

AUSA Elections
Candidates for Student Association offices, appointees for offices and editors of the Student Association communications media shall be approved by the vice president for Campus & Student Life. This is done after consultation with the Student Life Council, taking into consideration the standards published in the “Student Handbook” and the qualifications included in the Student Association constitution, bylaws and working policies.

The Student Life Council may elect to advise the vice president by secret ballot. The vice president’s decisions are final and reasons will not be made public. Candidate names will not be announced publicly nor will the candidates campaign until they have been approved by the vice president for Campus & Student Life.

  • Candidates for AUSA elections will be members of the AUSA.
  • Candidates must meet the student leadership requirements with the increased expectation that in order to be eligible to run for AUSA office, candidates must have a current semester and cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. A 3.00 current or cumulative grade point average must be maintained in order for an AUSA officer to continue holding office. Students who have been on academic probation in the 12 months prior to an election or appointment are not eligible to hold leadership positions.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of Andrews University and a respect for the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Candidates must have a satisfactory citizenship record. Serious citizenship concerns, regardless of when or where they occurred, may impact a student’s leadership eligibility. Students who have been on citizenship probation or suspended in the 12 months prior to an election or appointment are not eligible to hold leadership positions. Leadership candidates who are part of a current citizenship inquiry may lose their eligibility as well.
  • Those who wish to run for office should submit an application via the AUSA portal on OrgSync.
  • Candidates will have presented a platform to the vice president for Campus & Student Life for approval. Platforms will be in harmony with the standards and objectives of the University.
  • All posters for campaigns will conform to the regular University policy regarding posters. In the Campus Center during elections, exceptions to the policy may be authorized by the vice president for Campus & Student Life.

A student who is placed on citizenship probation, suspended or whose current or cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 will be required to resign his/her office.

Andrews University Graduate Student Association (AUGSA)
All graduate students registered in regular or provisional status in all the schools and colleges of the Berrien Springs campus of the University shall be voting members of the AUGSA.

The purposes of the AUGSA are:

  1. To work together more diligently for the common good within the University’s working policies
  2. To maintain and uphold the objectives and purposes of the University and its sponsoring denomination
  3. To promote awareness of the skills, capabilities and services available to graduate students in all disciplines
  4. To maintain academic integrity, research, responsibility and privileges
  5. To promote a clear understanding of the peculiar needs, challenges and responsibilities of graduate students
  6. To provide a means of training for leadership and service to God and humanity

AUGSA Officer Selection
All AUGSA candidates must maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA to be eligible for and to hold office. Candidates must exemplify good citizenship and receive endorsement from a faculty advisor and the dean of the school they represent.

  • Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of Andrews University and a respect for the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Candidates must have a satisfactory citizenship record. Serious citizenship concerns, regardless of when or where they occurred, may impact a student’s leadership eligibility. Students who have been on citizenship probation or suspended in the 12 months prior to an election or appointment are not eligible to hold leadership positions. Leadership candidates who are part of a current citizenship inquiry may lose their eligibility as well.
  • Those who wish to nominate themselves as a candidate for office should submit an application via the AUGSA portal on OrgSync within the time period announced each spring semester.

Student Activities & Involvement

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The Office of Student Activities & Involvement exists to create and maintain a Christian environment of social and recreational activities that foster healthy and rewarding relationships within a diverse student body.

Student Activities coordinates social events such as Almost Anything Goes, Splash for Cash and the Dodgeball Tournament. Student Activities often plans events in collaboration with the Andrews University Student Association (AUSA) and other clubs and organizations. In addition, Student Activities facilitates the creation and renewal of campus clubs and organizations.

Campus Center
The Campus Center is a gathering place where students can both socialize and study. In order to provide a welcoming environment for all students, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Each student is responsible for throwing away his/her trash in the receptacles provided.
  • Furnishings should be left clean and in order. Tables and chairs, if moved, must be returned to their proper place.
  • Use of personal equipment for playing music or for viewing videos, etc., is permitted only with the use of headphones. Material viewed must be in harmony with Christian values.
  • Appropriate decorum is expected and should not include public displays of affection such as kissing, sitting on laps, etc. Please also be aware that stairwells and stairs are unoccupied areas—students found in these areas will be asked to vacate.
  • Groups wishing to rehearse or practice must first reserve space with the Student Life office.

Students wishing to set up a booth in the Campus Center hallway should reserve a table via the Student Activities & Involvement portal on OrgSync (meat and caffeinated beverages may not be served or sold on campus). The Student Life & Leadership Lab may be reserved through the Student Life office.

William Mutch Recreation Center
The William Mutch Recreation Center, located on the lower level of the Campus Center, is a meeting place for students to socialize, study and gather. Various games and recreation equipment are available to check out and use. Student workers are on duty to facilitate these activities and help to maintain the facilities. The recreation center is open during evenings and weekends and for special events.


Athletics

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The Office of Athletics supports the Cardinal athletic program that consists of men’s and women’s soccer teams, men’s and women’s basketball teams, and a club ice hockey team. The Cardinal athletic program (soccer and basketball) is a Division II member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

The Gymnics program is also part of the Office of Athletics. The Gymnics, a dynamic acrosport gymnastics team, share positive lifestyle messages as they showcase their skills.

In addition, the Office of Athletics offers a wide variety of intramural sports. For more information or to register online, visit andrews.edu/intramurals.


Philosophy and Principles of Dress

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Andrews University’s philosophy of dress is grounded in biblical ideals and the professional standards expected of a university. As members of a Christian community, we aspire to glorify our Creator and to show respect for self and others in our dress.

The specifics of the “Andrews Look” illustrate the fundamental principles of modesty, simplicity and appropriateness.

  • Modesty—Appropriately covering the body, avoiding styles that are revealing or suggestive.
  • Simplicity—Accentuating God-given grace and natural beauty rather than the ostentation encouraged by the fashion industry.
  • Appropriateness—Wearing clothing that is clean, neat and suitable to occasion, activity and place.

As a Seventh-day Adventist university, we interpret these principles in accordance with our faith tradition. While respecting individuals who may view them differently, we ask all who study, work or play on our campus to abide by our dress code while here.

Specifics of the Andrews Look:

  • Men’s Attire—Pants or jeans with shirts or sweaters are the most appropriate dress for everyday campus wear. Examples of inappropriate attire are tank tops, bare midriffs and unbuttoned shirts. Modest shorts are acceptable; however, athletic shorts are appropriate only for sporting activities.
  • Women’s Attire—Dresses, skirts, pants or jeans with shirts, blouses, sweaters and/or jackets are appropriate for most occasions. Examples of inappropriate attire are sheer blouses, tube tops, low necklines, bare midriffs, spaghetti straps or no straps, tank tops, short skirts and two-piece bathing suits. Modest shorts are acceptable; however, athletic shorts are appropriate only for sporting activities.
  • Accessories—These should be minimal and carefully chosen after considering the principle of simplicity above. Examples of jewelry and accessories that are not appropriate at Andrews University are ornamental rings and bracelets, necklaces and chains, earrings and piercings of all kinds. Modest symbols of a marital commitment, such as wedding and engagement rings, are acceptable.

Students not conforming to these standards of dress should anticipate being asked to come into compliance. This is especially true in the workplace, in leadership positions and when taking a role in activities representing Andrews University.


Romantic and Marriage Relationships

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As a Christian institution of higher learning, Andrews University believes that healthy romantic, marriage and sexual relationships must be built on biblical principles. Therefore, we expect students to refrain from all premarital and extramarital sexual relationships and inappropriate displays of affection.

While relationships and appropriate demonstrations of intimacy are an important part of college student development, couples should respect the rights and interests of their companions and others by limiting displays of affection in public. In the interest of safety and propriety, couples should avoid lingering in parked vehicles, vacant rooms and secluded campus locations. Likewise, unmarried or unrelated students of the opposite sex or students who are in a romantic relationship may not live or stay overnight in the same shared dwelling.

For a detailed statement on the University’s position, policies and protections regarding differences in sexual orientation, please refer to Appendix 1 (see Appendix 1: A Seventh-day Adventist Framework for Relating to Sexual Orientation Differences on the Campus of Andrews University ).


Substance Abuse

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Andrews University is committed to providing a drug-free environment for learning and working. Such a commitment led the University to establish a Drug-Free Policy, which outlines clearly the University’s zero-tolerance position and strives to educate the student body on the advantages of a drug-free lifestyle. The University also helps chemically dependent students find resources to aid in their recovery.

Students are expected to remain drug-free. Drug-free means abstaining from the use of alcohol, tobacco and other mind-altering drugs. It also means refraining from the misuse and/or abuse of prescription drugs. The University also upholds all laws which prohibit the possession, use, manufacturing or distribution of controlled substances. The possession of drug paraphernalia and use of “look alike” or designer drugs including any or all parts of e-cigarettes, hookahs, vapor and hookah pens, etc., regardless of the substance delivered, are also prohibited and considered an offense of the Drug-Free Policy. A K-9 handler team is authorized by the University to conduct searches of campus facilities (see Campus Safety Services and Information ). Prohibited substances, materials and equipment will be confiscated.

Students who have reportedly used alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances or who were found to be in close proximity to alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances or drug paraphernalia may be required to participate in random, on-demand alcohol, tobacco and drug screenings as well as to engage in an educational course. In cases where there is not confirmed usage, costs related to tests required for students will be covered by the University if the results are negative and will be the responsibility of the student if the results are positive.

Voluntary Referral
All students can choose to voluntarily seek assistance in remaining drug- and alcohol-free. Faculty members, Counseling & Testing or Student Life professionals are available for consultations. No disciplinary action will typically be taken if the student initiates (without the information being already reported to or known by a University or law enforcement official) a voluntary effort to seek assistance. The student must provide, from the Counseling & Testing Center or a health-care provider, current documentation of having taken the voluntary initiative as well as evidence of faithfully following the established plan for attendance, treatment, removal of triggers and personal growth.

Substance use/abuse counseling is available from the Counseling & Testing Center. Limited services include the following:

  • Professional substance abuse assessment
  • Individual counseling
  • Support groups for chemical dependency

Mandatory Referral
If students are found in violation of the policy, the University will activate the following response.

Non-illegal Substance Violations
A first violation for a non-illegal substance use or possession will result in a suspension from the University. To be eligible to regain and/or continue student status, the student must fulfill the following protocol:

  1. Review and reaffirm commitment to a re-entry contract with a Student Life professional
  2. Sign a release of information consent form with a Student Life professional
  3. Serve an on-campus suspension from all organized campus activities as determined by the Student Life Deans Council as (a) an out-of-class suspension from classes and work for a minimum of three class days or (b) a two-week, in-class (required class attendance) suspension that includes:
  • Remaining in current residence
  • Suspension from all organized campus activities
  • Supervised academic success or voluntary service (15 hours)
  • Citizenship Probation (15 weeks)
  • Mentoring with a Student Life dean for a minimum of six weekly sessions
  • Other restorative and educational interventions
  • Making an appointment with the Counseling & Testing Center within three days to obtain a Substance Abuse Assessment
  • Accept responsibility for a minimum $100 fee
  • Requesting that the Counseling & Testing counselor submit to referring entity a verification of compliance with assessment appointments and a summary report of the assessment with recommendations for ongoing care
  • A psychoeducational course which includes attendance of six sessions and related assignments and an exit interview as outlined with the course counselor
  • Requesting that the Counseling & Testing counselor submit verification to referring entity of the completion of the six psychoeducational sessions

Illegal Substance Violations/Host of Events with Alcohol or Illegal Substances
Violations related to illegal substances or to the responsibility of planning and/or hosting events where alcohol and/or illegal substances are served and/or consumed, or to being the seller or supplier of the substances, or to attempt to solicit or facilitate the purchase or presence of the substances, will result in a more major suspension. A stronger response may also be put into effect when a student is underage or provides alcohol and/or illegal substances to underage individuals. A report will be made to the appropriate legal authorities if the student has violated laws regarding illegal drugs and controlled substances.

To be eligible to regain and/or continue student status the student must:

  • Serve a suspension which may be a minimum of one semester, during which time the student will be separated from the campus (under the terms of a campus ban) and all campus activities

Prior to returning to classes the student must:

  • Make an appointment with a licensed community Substance Abuse Counselor to obtain an assessment; accept responsibility for related fees
  • Sign a release of information consent form with the community Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Request that the Substance Abuse Counselor submit a summary report of the assessment, with recommendations for ongoing care, to the vice president for Campus & Student Life
  • Submit documentation of the completion of other restorative and educational interventions or voluntary service

Upon returning and registering for a future semester the student must:

  • Review and reaffirm commitment to a re-entry contract with a Student Life professional
  • Sign a release of information consent form with a Student Life professional
  • Complete with the Counseling & Testing Center a psychoeducational course which includes attendance of six sessions, related assignments and an exit interview as outlined with the course counselor
  • Participate in random, on-demand drug testing and accept responsibility for related fees (regardless of positive or negative results)
  • Serve a minimum 15-week Citizenship Probation that includes the removal of privileges (see Student Conduct Intervention (Disciplinary) Processes )

A second substance use offense or possession will result in, at minimum, a suspension from the University for the current semester and the ensuing semester during which time the student will be separated from the campus and all campus activities. A request for reinstatement will first require reapplication to the University.

Health Risks

There are many health risks associated with the use of alcohol and drugs—many of these risks are noted in the following comprehensive overview.

Alcohol 
Alcohol impacts the central nervous system as a depressant. The legal blood concentration limit to operate a motor vehicle in Michigan as well as other states in the region is .08. As the blood alcohol concentration rises, short-term effects include loss of concentration and judgment; slowed reflexes; increase in erratic emotions; disorientation leading to higher risk of accidents; and problem behavior. A person with a blood alcohol concentration of .40 and higher can become unresponsive or have respiratory arrest leading to death. Alcohol can cause effects that may include damage to liver, heart, pancreas and brain; malnutrition; high blood pressure; birth defects; cancer; and other illnesses. Alcohol can be highly addictive to some persons and is the most common drug used/abused in the world. The World Health Organization notes that alcohol is related to a wide variety of assaults including intimate partner violence and date rape. For additional information, visit niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body and
who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/world_report/factsheets/fs_intimate.pdf?ua=1.

Amphetamines (pep pills, speed, bennies, crystal) 
Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants. Use can cause effects that may include rushed, careless, aggressive behavior; pushing beyond one’s physical capacity, thus leading to exhaustion; insomnia; loss of appetite; a “crash” when effects wear off; a tolerance level that increases rapidly; and physical and psychological dependence where withdrawal can result in depression and suicide. Continued high doses can cause destruction of nerve cells in the brain; heart problems; stroke; infections; malnutrition and death.

Cocaine (coke, crack)
Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system and anesthetizes the mucus membrane. It can cause effects that may include impaired judgment; increased breathing, increased heart rate, and heart palpitations; anxiety, restlessness, hostility, paranoia and confusion; insomnia; damage to the digestive, respiratory and immune systems; mood swings; depression; paranoia; malnutrition, strokes, seizures and loss of brain function; and a severe “crash” when effects wear off. Cocaine is highly addictive.

Designer Drugs/Synthetic Cannabinoids (bath salts, K2, spice)
These types of substances are designed to mimic illegal substances of many types and can have the effects of illegal stimulants, hallucinogens and depressants. Their use can cause effects that may include elevated heart rate, blood pressure and chest pain; hallucinations, seizures, violent behavior and paranoia; lack of appetite, vomiting and tremor; kidney/liver failure; and an increased risk of suicide and death. For more information, see drugabuse.gov/news-events/latest-science/science-behind-designer-drugs.

Hallucinogens (PCP or angel dust, LSD or acid, ecstasy, dextromethorphan)
These substances impact and distort one’s perception of reality and can cause effects that may include dreamlike states while awake; catatonic or psychotic states; and extreme distortions of what is seen and heard. Hallucinogens induce sudden changes in behavior leading to accident and injury; emotional imbalance; loss of concentration and memory; impaired judgement; and increased risk of birth defects in user’s children. Overdose can cause psychosis, convulsions, coma and death. Frequent and long-term use can cause permanent loss of mental function as well as brain damage.

Inhalants (nitrous oxide, amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, chlorohydrocarbons, hydrocarbons, glue or benzene sniffing, aerosol propellants, gasoline) 
These substances are volatile hydrocarbons in that they easily become vapor and are readily inhaled. They can cause effects that may include nausea, dizziness, fatigue, slurred speech, hallucinations or delusions. Inhalants may lead to rapid and irregular heart rhythms; heart failure and death; loss of feeling, hearing and vision; and permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. 

Marijuana (cannabis, grass, pot, weed) 
Marijuana impacts the central nervous system and can cause effects that may include impaired psychomotor functions; impaired learning ability and memory; impaired judgment of space and distance; aggravation of pre-existing heart and/or mental health problems; weakened immune system; and permanent damage to lungs, reproductive organs and brain function. Marijuana can also interfere with the physical, psychological and social development of young users. 

Opiates/Narcotics (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, oxycodone, china white)
Drugs in this class are significant central nervous system (CNS) depressants. They can cause effects that may include physical and psychological dependence. Overdose can cause significant CNS depression resulting in convulsions, coma, cardiac and respiratory arrest and death. Long-term use can lead to malnutrition. Opiates and narcotics, when injected, can cause a wide variety of infections including hepatitis B & C; sharing needles is also a leading cause of the spread of HIV. Opiates/narcotics are highly addictive and tolerance increases rapidly.

Sedatives (barbiturates, downers)
Sedatives are central nervous system depressants and can cause effects that include reduced reaction time and confusion. Overdose can cause coma, respiratory arrest, convulsions and death. Withdrawal can be dangerous. In combination with other controlled substances, sedatives can quickly cause coma and death. Long-term use can produce physical and psychological dependence. Tolerance can increase rapidly.

Tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco) 
Tobacco is one of the most addictive of all drugs. Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema; it may cause other cancers and diseases of the respiratory tract. Smoking by pregnant women may complicate pregnancy and may result in fetal injury, premature birth and low birth weight.

For an extensive list of health-related risks from substance use/abuse please visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse at drugabuse.gov/, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at niaaa.nih.gov/, and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration at dea.gov/pr/multimedia-library/publications/drug_of_abuse.pdf.

Legal Ramifications

Violations of local, state and federal laws related to alcohol abuse or to the illegal use, possession, manufacture or delivery of controlled substances may result in misdemeanor or felony convictions accompanied by the legal imposition of sanctions. 

Categorization of Controlled Substances
As in many states, controlled substances in the State of Michigan are categorized using five schedules. Schedule 1 substances have a high potential for abuse and no recognized medical use. Schedule 2 substances also have a high potential for abuse but with some highly regulated medical uses. Schedule 3 substances pose a moderate risk of dependency with accepted medical uses. Schedule 4 includes prescribed substances with a low risk of abuse and limited addictive properties. Schedule 5 substances have a very low risk of abuse, but the potential still exists. Many are sold over the counter. Substances included in each schedule are listed on the website of the Michigan Legislature: legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28420wenfvn0xck03d3vy30osk%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-368-1978-7-72.

Overview of State of Michigan Sanctions
The following provides an overview of State of Michigan sanctions for offenses related to controlled substances as well as those related to alcohol. Please note that this overview is for educational use only. It is not a complete listing of sanctions and is not intended to be relied upon as legal advice. Laws are subject to change at any time and therefore some information provided below could be outdated. It is important to consult with an attorney regarding specific legal issues.

Michigan Sanctions Related to Violation of Controlled Substances

Examples/Schedule

Manufacture/Delivery

Possession

Use

 

Narcotics & Cocaine
(Schedules 1, 2)

< 50 grams*
Felony
Up to 20 years/jail 
Up to $25,000/fine 

< 25 grams*
Felony
Up to 4 years/jail
Up to $25,000/fine

Misdemeanor
Up to 1 year/jail
Up to $2,000/fine

Ecstasy, Molly & Methamphetamines 
(Schedules 1, 2)

Felony
Up to 20 years/jail
Up to $25,000/fine

Felony
Up to 10 years/jail
Up to $15,000/fine

Misdemeanor
Up to 1 year/jail
Up to $2,000/fine

Other Controlled Substances in
Schedules 1, 2, 3

Felony
Up to 7 years/jail 
Up to $10,000/fine

Felony
Up to 2 years/jail
Up to $2,000/fine

Misdemeanor
Up to 1 year/jail
Up to $1000/fine

Valium, Rohypnol, Xanax, etc. 
(Schedule 4)

Felony
Up to 4 years/jail
Up to $20,000/fine

Ephedrine, Codeine, etc.
(Schedule 5) 

Felony
Up to 2 years/jail
Up to $2,000/fine

Misdemeanor
Up to 1 year/jail
Up to $2,000/fine

Misdemeanor
Up to 6 months/jail
Up to $500/fine

Hallucinogens—
LSD, PCP, Peyote, Mushrooms, etc.
(Schedules 1, 2)

Felony
Up to 7 years/jail 
Up to $10,000/fine

Marijuana

< 5 kg./20 plants**
Felony
Up to 4 years/jail
Up to $20,000/fine

Misdemeanor
Up to 1 year/jail
Up to $2,000/fine

Misdemeanor
Up to 90 days/jail
Up to $100/fine

  * Greater quantities bring higher sanctions all the way up to life/jail and $1 million/fine
** Greater quantities bring higher sanctions all the way up to 15 years/jail and $10 million/fine

Michigan Sanctions for Violation of Alcohol Laws Related to Minors (under age 21)

  • Selling or Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
    • Misdemeanor; up to 60 days in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine
    • Felony; up to 10 years in jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine if the consumption of alcohol by a minor is a direct and substantial cause of that minor’s death
  • Use of Fraudulent ID by a Minor or Furnishing Fraudulent ID to a Minor
    • Misdemeanor; up to 93 days in jail and/or up to a $100 fine
    • Offender’s driver’s license is suspended for 90 days; alcohol screening may be required
  • Purchase, Possession or Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor
    • Misdemeanor
    • For a first violation the sentence may include any or all of the following—up to a $100 fine; participation in a substance abuse prevention program; community service; substance abuse screening/assessment
  • Person Under 21 Transporting or Possessing Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle
    • Misdemeanor
    • For a first violation the sentence may include any or all of the following—up to a $100 fine; alcohol screening; community service; vehicle impounded for up to 30 days; 2 points added to the offender’s driving record

Michigan Sanctions for Drinking and Driving Offenses 

  • Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired
    • Misdemeanor
    • For first offense with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher but less than .17, drivers face up to a $500 fine, up to 93 days in jail, up to 360 hours of community service, up to 180 days license suspension, 6 points added to the offender’s driving record, Driver Responsibility Fee of $1,000 for two consecutive years
    • For first offense with a BAC of .17 or higher, drivers face up to a $700 fine, up to 180 days in jail, up to 360 hours of community service, up to one year license suspension, 6 points added to the offender’s driving record, mandatory completion of an alcohol treatment program, Driver Responsibility Fee of $1,000 for two consecutive years
    • If under age 21, it is also against the law to drive with a BAC of .02 or more or with any presence of alcohol in one’s body except for that consumed at a generally recognized religious ceremony. First time offenders face up to a $250 fine, up to 360 hours of community service, 4 points added to the offender’s driving record, driver’s license restricted for 30 days, and a Driver Responsibility Fee of $500 for two consecutive years
    • Drivers with any amount of a Schedule 1 narcotic—such as marijuana, GHB or heroin—are subject to the same fines and penalties as drunk drivers, even if they show no signs of impairment
    • Anyone who refuses a breath test the first time is given an automatic one-year driver’s license suspension. For a second refusal within seven years, the suspension is two years
  • Open Alcohol Container in Vehicle
    • Misdemeanor
    • Community service and/or substance abuse screening/assessment
    • 2 points on a driver’s license
  • Marijuana or other controlled substances in vehicle
    • If an individual is pulled over by the police and an experienced police officer smells marijuana odor coming from the vehicle, the police officer may have probable cause to search the vehicle based on the odor emanating from the vehicle.
    • An individual may be held in possession of an illegal substance if it is found in the vehicle even if it is found in a backpack or container that is someone else’s property. 

Medical Marijuana
Michigan state law permits the use of medical marijuana, i.e., use by persons possessing lawfully issued medical marijuana cards. However, marijuana use, possession and/or cultivation is prohibited at educational institutions, which are recipients of federal funds and must be compliant with federal laws (including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act). The use, possession or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is therefore not allowed on the property of Andrews University nor is it allowed at any University-sponsored event or activity off-campus.

Community Resources

Outpatient Facilities

Alano House of Southwest Michigan
4162 Red Arrow Highway
Stevensville MI 49127
800-837-4247

Alcohol & Chemical Abuse Consultants
3949 Sparks Drive SE, Suite 103
Grand Rapids MI 49546
616-957-5850

Allegiance Addictions Recovery Center
2424 West Washington Avenue
Jackson MI 49203

allegiancehealth.org
517-782-4001 or 1-888-848-9589

Anderson Substance Abuse Treatment Center
3501 Lake East Brook Blvd. SE, Suite 120
Grand Rapids MI 49546
616-975-0400

Pokagon Band Substance Abuse
56332 M-51 South
Dowagiac MI 49047
269-782-1142

Riverwood Center
1485 Michigan 139
Benton Harbor MI 49022
269-925-0585

Smoking Cessation Classes
Lakeland Healthcare
Two locations (St. Joseph & Niles)
269-927-5403

Memorial Epworth Health Discovery Center
100 W Navarre St #6670
South Bend IN 46601
574-647-1801

 

Support Groups

Adventist Recovery Ministries
12-Step Model of Recovery
Saturdays, 10:15 a.m., Nethery Hall
Friday mornings, Seminary Building
240-346-5204 or 269-815-5328

Hinman Counseling Services 
Pornography Support Group
640 St. Joseph Ave
Berrien Springs MI 49103
269-471-5968

 

Other Resources

Berrien County Health Department
769 Pipestone Road
Benton Harbor MI 49022
269-926-7121

Berrien County Health Department—Niles
1205 North Front Street
Niles MI 49120
269-684-2800

Substance Abuse Council
140 West Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek MI 49017
269-968-4699


Health, Wellness and Safety

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At Andrews University the health and wellbeing of students and of our campus community is of primary importance. The University remains committed to assuring that all students have the opportunity to achieve optimal success and receive the best and most appropriate care. The University Student Intervention Team (USIT) has been established to evaluate concerns and to intervene as deemed necessary to help protect the educational environment or the health and safety of the campus.

Observations of behaviors and reports of activities or conduct that appear to disrupt, jeopardize or threaten the educational environment or the health or safety of a student or others should be shared via the online Andrews University CARE Report form at andrews.edu/feedback. Reports may also be shared with the vice president for Campus & Student Life and/or members of USIT. If there is a direct or imminent threat the observation should be directed immediately to Emergency Services (911) and to the Office of Campus Safety (269-471-3321).

Such observations may include disruptive, erratic or dysfunctional behaviors, a suicidal ideation or gesture, self-injurious actions, aberrant actions, threatening statements or behaviors, or other symptoms or conduct that may compromise the educational environment or the health and safety of the student or others.

USIT Member Phone
Frances Faehner, vice president for Campus & Student Life 269-471-2679
Jennifer Burrill, director, Residence Life 269-471-6601
Nancy Carbonell, faculty, Graduate Psychology & Counseling 269-471-3472
Judith Fisher, director, Counseling & Testing Center 269-471-3470
Ben Panigot, director, Campus Safety 269-471-3321
Carletta Witzel, student intervention coordinator and disability services coordinator, Student Success Center 269-471-3227
Steve Yeagley, assistant vice president for Campus & Student Life 269-471-3215

General Processes

  • The University will facilitate standard due processes, in which the student will have the opportunity to explore with a member of the USIT or a Student Life dean the nature of the reported concern, the Health, Wellness and Safety policy, as well as engage in an appeal process. When deemed necessary, the University will initiate a plan to provide protective care for the student and/or take steps to ensure the safety of the campus community until an evaluation can take place. University Medical Specialties and/or the Counseling & Testing Center may be consulted. (In some cases, students may be transported by ambulance directly to a local emergency facility following a 911 call.)

Evaluation and/or Investigative Processes
To facilitate the success of the student as well as to assess the level of risk or disruption to the campus, a comprehensive investigation may be activated.

  • The student may be asked to obtain a comprehensive individualized medical and/or psychological assessment from a licensed physician or psychologist and sign a release of information (ROI) to the vice president for Campus & Student Life and the USIT. Information requested may include a written report of the findings of the assessment and recommended intervention plan.  
  • The student may be asked by the licensed physician or psychologist to provide pertinent reports and corroborative information from former educational entities or healthcare professionals.
  • In cases of potential harm to self, residence hall students may not be able to reside in the residence hall during the assessment and stabilization processes due to the potential disruption to other students and the inability of residence hall staff to provide monitored care. Parents of the student may be asked to provide a plan of monitored care until the assessment process determines that the student is able to function in an independent living environment.
  • In the case of threats to others, an investigation will be conducted that may include a background check and the student may be asked to provide additional information.
  • Parents, legal guardians, spouse or family designee (as reflected in the student’s emergency contact records) generally are notified and encouraged to share relevant information.
  • The student is responsible for all fees related to medical or psychological assessment.
  • The vice president for Campus & Student Life and/or the USIT will review all corroborative information, professional assessments and recommendations to determine the appropriate University response.

Following the evaluation and investigative processes, the USIT or vice president for Campus & Student Life may request the student to engage in an intervention plan that may include a change in residential setting or a medical leave.

Involuntary Leave Process
In extraordinary circumstances the vice president for Campus & Student Life may ask a student to take an involuntary leave from the University for reasons of personal or community safety that include:

  • Medical circumstances: (a) The student may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of the student or others or has seriously disrupted others in the student’s residential community or academic environment; and (b) the student’s behavior or threatening state is determined to be the result of a medical condition, or the student refuses to cooperate with efforts deemed necessary by the University Student Intervention Team to obtain an individualized assessment to evaluate the cause of the student’s behavior or threatening state. In some circumstances, the level of care and accommodation may exceed the resources or appropriate staffing capabilities of a residential campus or may be beyond the standard of care that campus health care and support services can be expected to provide or monitor, in which case continued enrollment may constitute a serious disruption of the residential community or the academic environment, justifying an involuntary leave of absence. Placement on involuntary leave of absence for these situations is not disciplinary, and a student who wishes to take a voluntary leave of absence will ordinarily be allowed to do so.
  • Alleged criminal behavior or risk to the community: The student has been arrested on allegations or charged with serious criminal behavior or has allegedly violated the Code of Student Conduct and may pose a significant risk to the safety or educational environment of the community. Incidents such as these that initially give rise to an involuntary leave may subsequently result in a disciplinary action.

Voluntary Leave Policy
In certain life circumstances, it may be necessary or desirable for a student to take a leave of absence. Requests for leave are handled in accordance with the Voluntary Leave Policy. A leave of absence may occur within a semester while remaining enrolled in classes (in-semester leave) or it may entail withdrawing from all classes and leaving for the remainder of the semester or longer (semester leave). Leaves may be granted for family, military, medical or personal reasons, as specified below.

Alternatives to a Leave
Before taking a semester leave, students are advised to consult with their professors, academic advisors or the Student Success office about any accommodations that might be made. In some cases, it may be best for students to remain enrolled under a revised academic plan. Such a plan could include reduced coursework, extended deadlines or incompletes with a plan for completion. A revised academic plan will vary depending upon course load, course requirements and current academic standing within courses.

In-Semester Leaves
An in-semester leave involves a short absence from all classes. The student will remain enrolled and be responsible for working with professors, academic advisors or the Student Success office on a plan to make up missed coursework. While emergencies may take a student away from campus without warning, in all other situations students are required to notify professors and the Student Success or Student Life office before taking an in-semester leave. Such leaves may total no more than two weeks in a given semester, and students who exceed this limit must consult with the Student Success office about taking a semester leave.

Semester Leaves–Benefits
Semester leaves are designed to temporarily withdraw students from enrollment in all classes, without a loss of general admission status, in order to help them meet significant life challenges or important obligations. Related reinstatement processes ensure that students return fully equipped for the rigors of campus and academic life. An approved semester leave, in certain circumstances, may help students:

  • To protect their academic record
  • To maintain their visa status (if applicable)
  • To avoid adverse effects to their student loans, grants and scholarships

Types of Leave
The University offers in-semester and semester leaves for the following reasons:

  • A family semester leave may be granted for cases in which a student or student’s spouse has given birth or adopted a child or in which a student is caring for a spouse, son, daughter or parent who has a serious health condition. A letter of request should be submitted as documentation.
  • A military semester leave will be granted to a student who must interrupt study temporarily to fulfill a compulsory military obligation. The student must provide written documentation from the appropriate military authorities, including dates of the period of obligation.
  • A medical semester leave may be granted for documented physical or psychological health reasons. Documentation must be obtained from a licensed physician or psychologist.
  • A personal semester leave may be granted to a student who must interrupt study temporarily for reasons other than those described above. Reasons may include, but are not limited to, financial status, bereavement or changes in one’s outside employment. A letter of request should be submitted as documentation.

Requesting a Semester Leave

  • To initiate a semester leave, students must submit a Student Exit Procedure Form along with appropriate supporting documentation to the vice president for Campus & Student Life or the Student Success office.
  • Students should expect that the established tuition adjustment schedule will be followed based on the number of calendar days they have been enrolled. Additional considerations may be made based on each student’s request, in consultation with their academic dean and the Student Financial Services office.
  • Before taking a semester leave, students are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor and student financial advisor. International students should seek counsel from the Office of International Student Services & Programs to insure compliance with visa regulations.

While on a Semester Leave
While on a semester leave of absence, students have limited access to University services:

  • Students on leave are not allowed to register for main campus or distance degree courses or to participate in academic tours.
  • The ID cards of students on leave will be deactivated and will not function on campus (at the Andrews University Bookstore, Dining Services, James White Library, residence halls, etc.). However, access to a student’s personal Andrews email account will remain.
  • Students on leave who have purchased health insurance coverage through the University’s student insurance provider will remain covered for the remainder of their policy term.
  • Counseling & Testing Center services will not be available while a student is on leave.
  • Residential students who plan to live in the local community during their leave may wish to re-register their vehicles with the Office of Campus Safety (for a minimal fee) in order to receive community parking privileges.
  • Students who work on-campus should not expect to retain their student employment during the period of their leave.
  • Students on leave may not live in the residence halls. Since leases in student housing are contingent upon enrollment, students on leave will not be allowed to remain in University apartments or houses beyond the end of the semester in which they take a leave. However, students with an approved leave may break their lease without penalty.

Duration and Number of Semester Leaves
The duration of a semester leave depends upon the type of leave taken. Military leaves are determined by the length of compulsory service specified by military authorities. Family, personal and medical leaves may be anywhere from the remainder of a semester to no more than one additional semester in length. Students on an approved medical leave may request a second additional semester of leave when appropriate documentation is obtained from a healthcare professional.

Some degree programs have annual academic sequences that may require students to re-enter their program at a particular point in the academic year. In such cases, a longer leave may be necessary and will be considered.

Reinstatement from Leaves
Reinstatement from military, family, medical and personal semester or involuntary leaves requires that students complete one or more of the following:

  • Contact the Student Life office to have the medical leave hold removed
  • Notify their academic and financial advisors before the end of a leave of their intention to return
  • Take the appropriate steps to academically and financially register for the following semester

In addition, reinstatement from a semester medically-related leave addresses the University’s need to be confident, in consultation with the student and healthcare providers, that the student will be safe in an unsupervised environment and can adequately monitor his or her health. The vice president for Campus & Student Life and/or the USIT may require current documentation from a licensed physician or psychologist regarding the following:

  • A student’s readiness to return to the rigor inherent in academic and campus life expectations
  • A student’s ability to adequately monitor his or her health
  • Any recommendations for follow-up or aftercare intervention and support

Failure to return in the semester following the end of a leave will result in a student having to re-apply to the University.

Participation in academic tours immediately following a semester medical leave must be supported by a statement from a student’s medical or psychological provider that he/she is prepared to participate in the demands of that particular tour and can be in circumstances where there may be limited access to medical services.