Aug 19, 2018  

TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE: Student Responsibilities

“To restore in man the image of his Maker, to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created, to promote the development of body, mind, and soul, that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized—this was to be the work of redemption. This is the object of education, the great object of life” (Ellen G. White, “Education,” pages 15–16).

Self-Discipline and Institutional Intervention (Discipline)

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The goal of the student conduct intervention (discipline) processes at Andrews University is to shape and maintain a culture that fosters personal growth and accountability to the values of the institution. 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 values requires personal integrity and self-discipline which generally dispenses with the need for institutional discipline.

Inevitably, there will be occasions when students fail to exercise self-discipline and do not fulfill their commitment to the values and the Code of Student Conduct. On such occasions students place themselves in a situation in which it becomes necessary for the University to intervene and hold students accountable for their behavior.

As in the classroom, the Student Conduct Intervention Process focuses on the student’s learning and the development of decision making and critical thinking skills, as well as taking responsibility for the consequence of one’s choices. As such it is not intended to include direct participation by parents or external parties. In seeking to reflect a balance of mercy and justice, the University will strive to give students consistent and equitable processes and responses to reports of misconduct in a manner which is considerate of each individual.

As a religious institution, Andrews University claims constitutional guarantees that permit it to have expectations for students and employees regarding their duty to uphold biblical principles of morality, deportment and appearance as interpreted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Code of Student Conduct

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The University takes seriously any failure of a student to abide by his/her commitment to the Community Values Agreement and the Code of Student Conduct. The University understands that all human beings are prone to make mistakes and that every situation is unique. Nevertheless, a student should expect to receive consequences (see “Types of Responses,” Student Conduct Intervention (Disciplinary) Processes ), up to and including dismissal from the University, if he/she engages in any activity, behavior or communication described in the following list, whether it takes place on-campus, off-campus or online. The list that follows is not comprehensive but does provide examples of violations of the Code of Student Conduct:

  1. Promotion or instigation of student behaviors not consistent with this Code of Student Conduct
  2. Willful undermining of the religious ideals of the University and the Seventh-day Adventist Church
  3. Profane, obscene or otherwise indecent conduct or expression which violates accepted standards of Christian conduct
  4. Disruptive, disorderly, obstructive or dysfunctional behaviors or other types of conduct that compromise the educational environment, University teaching and administrative processes, or the health, wellbeing and safety of others
  5. Cohabitation of unmarried members of the opposite sex or hosting overnight visitors of the opposite sex (including sharing a hotel or guest room); entering the residence hall room of a member of the opposite sex (with the exception of a formal open house program or permission from a residence hall dean)
  6. Failure to comply with directives of University officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or the failure to identify oneself to one of these officials when requested to do so
  7. All forms or acts of dishonesty including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Larceny (theft)
  • Fraud
  • Cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty
  • Furnishing false information to any University office, official, faculty or staff
  • Forgery, alteration or misuse of any University document, record or instrument of identification
  • A pattern of spreading unsubstantiated rumors
  • Tampering with the election of leaders of any recognized student organization
  1. Harassment based on perceived or actual personal characteristics such as sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability and any legally protected characteristic
  2. Hazing, defined as an intentional or reckless act that the person knew or should have known endangers the physical health or safety of an individual and that is done for the purpose of being initiated into or affiliating with an established group or organization
  3. Participation in organizations that have not been registered with the Student Life office or in organizational activities that have not been approved by the organization’s faculty/staff sponsor and the Student Life office
  4. Unauthorized use of Andrews University’s name or facilities for purposes that are not consistent with the Code of Student Conduct and the values of Andrews University
  5. Physical abuse or physical assault
  6. Relationship violence or abuse which includes domestic violence, dating violence and stalking
  7. Sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, non-consensual sexual contact and non-consensual sexual penetration
  8. Premarital and extramarital sexual activity or sexually related behavior that includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate displays of affection; accessing, possessing or displaying pornographic or other sexually explicit materials; and sexting or other virtual forms of sexual activity
  9. Romantic behaviors between individuals of the same sex, understanding that not all displays of affection are romantic in nature
  10. Verbal, written and other forms of disrespectful, threatening, intimidating, harassing, bullying or stalking behavior which compromises the health, wellbeing or safety of any person; includes, but is not limited to, phone calls, emails, texts and all forms of online or social network communications
  11. On- or off-campus use, possession (in one’s residence, vehicle, belongings or on person), purchase, sale, manufacture, distribution or attempts to solicit or facilitate the purchase or presence of the following:
  • Tobacco in any form
  • Alcoholic beverages in any form
  • Illegal drugs or drug-related paraphernalia
  • Other paraphernalia including e-cigarettes, hookahs, vapor and hookah pens, etc., regardless of the substance delivered
  • Misuse of prescription drugs (for more information, see Substance Abuse )
  1. Proximity to alcohol, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, such as parties where alcohol or illegal drugs, etc., are present and served by another host
  2. Hosting/planning events in one’s own residence or elsewhere where alcohol is served or consumed and/or illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia are present
  3. Engaging in entertainment or activities that do not meet the high standards of Christian conduct such as sexually suggestive or explicit dancing, gambling in any form, etc.
  4. Firearms, explosives, flammable substances and other weapons of any kind are not allowed on University property. This includes, but is not limited to, rifles, shotguns, pistols, paintball guns, BB guns, pellet guns, bows and arrows, stun guns, Tazers, “air-soft” guns, look-alike firearms, knives with blades longer than three inches (excluding culinary knives) and martial arts weapons. Possession of any firearm or other weapon on University property is cause for corrective action up to and including dismissal. For further explanation, please see
  5. Attempted or actual vandalism or damage to individual, institutional or community property. Removal of institutional property from its designated place
  6. Deliberate misuse of a fire alarm system or other emergency equipment (Civil Code may bring up to one year in prison and up to a $500 fine) or other violations of established safety protocols
  7. Unauthorized entry or exit of campus buildings by any means other than the designated entrances, use of an exit for non-emergency purposes during timeframes when usage is established for emergency purposes only, or unauthorized presence (non-criminal trespassing) in University buildings after regular or established operational hours
  8. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of University key(s) or other access devices to any University premise
  9. Violation of Andrews University’s Student Use of Computer and Network Resources Policy (see Student Use of Computer and Network Resources Policy ) and abuse of computer network and time to (but not limited to):
  • Communicate in a disrespectful, slanderous, abusive or obscene manner
  • Falsify the source of a message or email
  • Communicate and display content that violates any part of the Code of Student Conduct
  • Enter into a file, transfer a file or use another’s identification and password without authorization
  • Send excessive messages that lack a clear purpose
  • Misappropriate the Andrews University name, logo or identity
  1. Violation of institutional policy or code published in hard copy or available electronically on the University website
  2. A legal conviction for or confirmation of violations of federal, state or local law which indicate that a student is not in good standing with the community
  3. Conduct which has an adverse effect on the student’s responsibility to model good citizenship in the University community or in any other community

Any additional policies voted by the Student Life Deans Council, Student Life Council, Campus Safety/Risk Management Committee or other appropriate University bodies, current and future, are valid and enforceable.

Student Conduct Intervention (Disciplinary) Processes

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The student conduct intervention (disciplinary) processes at Andrews University are designed to provide fair and fundamental processes to the accused student. The president is responsible for the enforcement of the policies and regulations of the University.

  • The president delegates authority to the provost for the application of the academic and non-academic (student conduct) policies.
  • The provost along with the academic deans applies academic policies.
  • The provost delegates to the vice president for Campus & Student Life the application of non-academic policies relative to student conduct.
  • The vice president for Campus & Student Life may delegate to Student Life personnel or other designee the application of consequences for violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

Reporting Violations of the Code of Student Conduct
Students and staff are encouraged to share reports of violations of the Code of Student Conduct directly with a Student Life administrator, Student Life dean or residence hall dean and trust that careful consideration, discretion and investigative processes will be taken to determine the best course of action. Anonymous reporting is discouraged, as it will seriously limit the University’s capacity to investigate the report.

Student Conduct Processes
When a report is made regarding a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, the Student Life dean or designee of the vice president for Campus & Student Life initiates a hearing and an initial investigation. The Student Life dean or designee meets with the student to (a) share the report of the alleged violation, (b) provide an opportunity for the student to give their own account of the events, verbally as well as in writing, (c) seek relevant information in order to establish a factual pattern and (d) offer care, insight and the facilitation of the restorative and intervention processes.

Student Conduct Intervention Responses
In determining an appropriate response to a violation, consideration will be given to the nature of the incident, the results of the hearing and investigation, and the student’s conduct record and influence on campus, as well as to established University protocols and responses.

Minor misconduct is usually assessed informally, and established protocols are applied. If it is determined that there has been a serious violation of a University regulation, decisions for probation, suspension and dismissal are generally made by the Student Life Deans Council or designee acting by authority of the vice president for Campus & Student Life. The vice president for Campus & Student Life will be consulted before all major student conduct suspensions of one semester or more are finalized. The vice president for Campus & Student Life will consult with the provost before a dismissal is finalized.

Students facing an off-campus suspension or dismissal may be given the opportunity to select an advocate. Advocates will generally be individuals from within the University’s faculty or staff, as long as they are not a relative of the parties involved. If the student is provided an additional hearing with the Student Life Deans Council, the advocate may accompany the student but may not direct questions to or otherwise address the Council. However, the advocate may consult with the student that they are assisting throughout the processes.

University processes are not legal criminal judicial proceedings. Criminal courts make a determination of guilt or innocence of an accused. The conduct processes at Andrews University make a determination of responsibility. Some students may elect to seek counsel from an attorney at their own expense. However, attorneys are not permitted to speak or otherwise participate in formal University proceedings.

Standard of Proof
A standard of proof is the measure of how convinced a decision-maker must be about the facts of a case to reach a decision. If there is lack of clarity or confirmation regarding the alleged report, University personnel will further investigate the situation, making reasonable efforts to gather all relevant evidence.

While criminal courts use a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof, University student conduct processes use a lower “preponderance of evidence” standard. This means that it is on the basis of “more likely than not” that a determination is made that a student is responsible for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Therefore a student may be found responsible for violating a University policy and there be insufficient evidence to be prosecuted in the criminal justice system.

Outcomes to student conduct processes are generally not disclosed to the public except as may be permitted by FERPA, such as in times of violence. Andrews University may inform the academic dean and an undergraduate student’s parent/guardian of more serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct and the resulting consequences. Every effort is made to first encourage students to inform their parents as well as their teachers, advisor and academic dean.

Professional Program Standards
In addition to a response from the Student Life Intervention process regarding their status as a student-at-large, students may receive an additional response to a violation of the Code of Student Conduct according to the professional program standards of their academic department.

Types of Responses
Depending on the severity of the situation, the University’s response may include, but is not limited to, 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 (see below)
  • Suspension (see below)
  • Dismissal (see below)
  • 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 under the terms of a campus ban (violation of a campus ban may include legal consequences)
  • Additional academic consequences, up to and including dismissal from an academic program

Citizenship Probation
A student may be placed on citizenship probation for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct for a designated period of time that generally spans 15 weeks. The probation may also be a part of a response that also includes suspension. As part of a probationary status, privileges such as student leadership offices and/or participation in campus activities are usually removed. Honor, curfew and overnight leave privileges may also be removed for residence hall students. In general, a student on citizenship probation should expect that any further disregard of the Code of Student Conduct will result in a more serious response including suspension, withdrawal and dismissal.

At the discretion of the University or the Student Life Deans Council, there are several types of suspensions and timeframes involving separation from classes, activities and the University.

Timeframes. The suspension timeframe may be as follows:

  1. Definite
  2. Indefinite
  3. Interim, pending the outcome of an investigation or until a specified condition is met. In special circumstances, such as to facilitate the safety or wellbeing of members of the University community, an interim suspension may be activated without a determination of responsibility
  4. A deferred suspension may be for a definite period of time that is served at a later period of time

Locations and restrictions. The terms of suspension may be as follows:

  1. Off-campus Suspension Components
  • Longer-term (ranges from one week to two or more years)
  • Suspension is served at student’s off-campus home or off-campus location
  • Suspension from attending classes, campus activities and work; may include a campus ban
  • If a suspension for the remainder of the semester occurs prior to the last scheduled date to withdraw from classes, the student may complete the formal exit/withdrawal process to receive “W”s for their classes. Receiving grades, incompletes or deferred grades is not an option. Partial tuition refunds are potentially available only early in the semester as established in the “Andrews University Bulletin.”
  • Citizenship Probation
  • Other restorative and educational interventions
  1. On-campus Suspension Components
    • Out-of-Class Suspension
      • Shorter-term (ranges from 3–5 days within a semester)
      • Suspension is served while student remains at their current residence
      • Suspension or separation from attending classes, campus activities, work, etc.
      • Citizenship Probation
      • Voluntary service
      • Other restorative and educational interventions
    • In-Class Suspension
      • Shorter-term (two weeks within a semester)
      • Suspension is served while student remains at their current residence
      • Student is required to attend classes, but a portion of their time and activities is suspended to facilitate a student success and intervention plan
      • Voluntary service or supervised academic success program (and related fees)
      • Citizenship Probation
      • Mentoring with a Student Life dean for a minimum of six weekly sessions
      • Other restorative and educational interventions

Further disregard of University expectations could result in a student being dismissed.

A student who is dismissed for student conduct violations is generally permanently separated from the University as well as from the academic program in which they are enrolled. This means that the student would not be eligible for readmission to any academic program and may also be issued a ban from visiting the campus for any purpose.

Appeal Processes for Student Conduct Intervention (Disciplinary) Responses
An appeal is not granted in response to general dissatisfaction with the outcome of a disciplinary case. The limited grounds on which the University will consider granting an appeal are one or more of the following:

  1. New Information of a Substantive Nature: New and relevant information that was not available at the time the decision was made that could have significantly impacted the findings or the outcome
  2. Substantive Procedure Error: The original processes had a significant or relevant procedural error that may have impacted fundamental fairness
  3. Substantive Disproportionate Response: The University response was clearly disproportionate to the established range of consequences for the violation

Responses to violations of the Code of Student Conduct that are at the level of probation or below are not eligible for the formal appeal process.

Request for an Appeal
The formal request for an appeal to student conduct intervention responses should be directed to the vice president for Campus & Student Life within five business days of receiving notice of the decision. The request for an appeal must consist of a concise written statement outlining the grounds for the appeal as described above. The vice president will review the request in consultation with University administration. The student will be notified by the vice president if the request for an appeal has been denied based on insufficient grounds. At their discretion the University may choose to implement the original University response during the appeal process.

The Appeal Process
If the appeal process is granted, the vice president for Campus & Student Life will facilitate and coordinate the process. The vice president for Campus & Student Life will generally direct appeals regarding serious disciplinary action to the Citizenship Appeals Committee—which is a broadly representative group comprised of faculty/staff. The vice president serves as the ex-officio secretary and non-voting member and appoints one of the faculty/staff members as chairperson. In cases of sexual misconduct, the assistant vice president for Campus & Student Life serves as the ex-officio secretary.

Given that the student in most cases has already had a face-to-face hearing with a Student Life dean and/or the Student Life Deans Council, the appeal process does not provide a second opportunity for a face-to-face hearing nor does it provide a rehearing of the facts or a repeat of the investigative processes. An appeal is generally limited to review of a student’s written appeal request, University record and/or summary reports. The role of the members of the Citizenship Appeals Committee is not to substitute judgement for the original decision and will remain focused on the specified grounds for the appeal.

The appeal process may be returned to the Student Life Deans Council, especially in cases where there is new and relevant information of a substantive nature.

The Citizenship Appeals Committee can uphold the original decision, alter the original decision, and/or alter the University (disciplinary) response. The decision of the Citizenship Appeals Committee will be final.

University Authority and Civil Penalties
The University will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of the law and the conditions imposed by the courts. When a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of a law, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status or former status as a student. If the offense is also subject to a sanction for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, however, the University may elect to advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Code of Student Conduct and how such matters are generally handled internally within the University community. Individual students, faculty and staff members, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.

A student who is charged with violating the law may incur penalties prescribed by the University in addition to those prescribed by the civil authorities when the Code of Student Conduct has been violated. Depending on the circumstances, the University may proceed with, or postpone, its inquiries or investigations while a criminal investigation is underway. The University reserves the right to proceed in a manner which best protects its students or its interests.

If a residence hall student is accused of violating a federal, state or local law, when requested by the student’s parents and legally permissible, after consultation with the vice president for Campus & Student Life, a short-term loan of up to $500 may be acquired for a bond.

Thank You for Choosing Andrews

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By choosing Andrews, you choose to be part of something unique. Our Seventh-day Adventist Christian faith and values set us apart. Whether or not you share our particular faith perspective, we invite you to live within the values that make Andrews a welcoming and supportive environment for all who seek a faith-based education.