Jun 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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).

Student Conduct Intervention Framework 

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The  Student Conduct Intervention processes at Andrews University are designed to cultivate a culture that fosters personal responsibility for one’s own spiritual, mental, and physical growth.  This includes personal accountability to model the  Andrews Community Values as well as to respect the worth of every member of the Andrews community and contribute to the well-being of the Andrews community as a whole. 

As members of the Andrews community, student rights and responsibilities must be balanced with the needs and responsibilities of each member of the community. The University’s responsibility to uphold established community values is balanced with the desire to foster opportunities for the growth and development of the individual student

A voluntary commitment to the values requires personal integrity and self-discipline which generally dispenses with the need for the University to intervene with corrective discipline. Inevitably, there will be occasions when students fail to exercise self-discipline and do not fulfill their commitment to the Andrews Community 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

The Student Conduct Intervention process seeks to hold students accountable for their conduct, ask the student to take responsibility for the consequences of their choices and engage in a learning experience.

Even so, the approach is designed to facilitate far more than stimulating a change in the student’s conduct to reflect University values.  Most importantly, the University seeks to do so within a student development framework that is both educational and restorative.  

As in the classroom, the University seeks to foster student learning in the development of  critical thinking skills. Thus, through the Student Conduct Intervention Process students are challenged to reflect upon and deepen their understanding of how their choices, values and goals impact their lives and others and to determine if their conduct is in alignment with who they want to be and who God is calling them to become.

The University seeks to be restorative and ultimately inspire transformation in students not only to successfully reach their goals at Andrews in and out of the classroom, but to be prepared for their life to come  and for eternity.

As such student conduct processes are not intended to include direct participation by parents or external parties. The University will strive to provide students with processes that are fundamentally fair which includes students being informed of the nature of the alleged violation(s) and being given a fair opportunity to respond to the allegation. 

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 Code of Student Conduct, is a formal notification to students of their responsibilities embedded in their choice to be a member of the Andrews community as well as their responsibilities to the members of the Andrews University. Students are provided a copy of the Code of Student Conduct annually in the form of a link on the University website. Students are responsible for having read and abiding by the provisions of the Code of Student Conduct.

A student is an individual to whom an offer of admission has been extended, paid an acceptance fee, registered for credit or non-credit bearing classes, or otherwise entered into another agreement with the University to take instruction. Student status lasts until an individual graduates, is permanently dismissed, is not registered for two consecutive terms and/or no longer has a continued educational interest in the University.

All students, regardless of status, undergraduate or graduate, should expect to receive consequences, up to and including dismissal from the University, if the student engages, or attempts to engage, in any conduct set forth in the Code of Student Conduct, whether it takes place on-campus, off-campus or online. Students who host guests may be held accountable for the misconduct of their guests.

The list that follows is not comprehensive but does provide a good faith representation of violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

  1. Failure to Comply with Directives of University Officials or Campus Safety officers acting in performance of their duties. This includes, but is not limited to, the failure to identify oneself to one of these officials when requested to do so, failure to comply with a No Contact Order, or to complete a directive prescribed by the conduct process.
  2. Dishonesty 
    Conduct includes, but not limited to, the following:
       a. Larceny (theft): knowingly taking or using item(s) without the individual or University owner’s expressed permission.
       b. Fraudulent actions such as timecard and payroll fraud.
       c. Cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty
       d. Furnishing false or misleading information to any University office, official, faculty or staff
       e. Forgery, alteration or misuse of any University document, record or instrument of identification
       f. A pattern of spreading unsubstantiated rumors
       g. Tampering with the election of leaders of any recognized student organizatio
  3. Profane, Obscene, Indecent Expressions 
    Conduct includes, but not limited to, images, words,  such as indecent exposure, public nudity or sexually offensive expressions which violates accepted standards of Christian conduct
  4. Disorderly or Disruptive Conduct 
    Conduct (regardless of intent), or other types of obstructive or dysfunctional behaviors that compromise the educational, residential, work, campus life environment, or the well-being, health and safety of others
  5. Disrespectful, Abusive, Bullying Conduct
    Verbal, written, physical and other forms of inappropriate  disrespectful, intimidating, harassing, or bullying (degrading, humiliating, malicious or defamatory) behaviors which compromise the dignity, emotional well-being, health or safety of any person; includes, but is not limited to, in person, phone calls, electronic emails, texts and all forms of online or social network communications.
  6. Threats or Threatening Expressions
    Conduct or statements which directly expresses or implies an intention to inflict emotional or physical harm or death on another person or on a specific or general target.
  7. Discriminating Against or Harassment of Another on the Basis of Specified Characteristics 
    See definition and included characteristics in section on discrimination and harassment. 
  8. Hazing
    An intentional or reckless act that the person knew or should have known endangers the physical or emotional well-being of an individual and that is traditionally done for the purpose of being initiated into or affiliating with an established group or organization
  9. Physical Aggression or Assault 
    An encounter with blows or other personal violation between two or more people. Includes acts of hitting, pushing, kicking, spitting, pulling hair, etc.
  10. Relationship Violence or Abuse 
    Conduct that includes domestic violence, dating violence and stalking behaviors.
  11. Sexual Exploitation 
    Without effective consent, conduct that includes: causing the prostitution of another person; electronically recording, photographing or transmitting intimate or sexual utterances, acts, sounds or images of another person; allowing third parties to observe sexual acts; engaging in voyeurism; intentionally exposing a person’s private body parts to others; or knowingly having a sexually transmitted infection (including HIV) and failing to inform a sexual partner prior to engaging in sexual activity.
  12. Sexual Harassment or Misconduct 
    Conduct that includes, but not limited to, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact and non-consensual sexual penetration, quid pro harassment, hostile environment harassment, and stalking or lurking (expressing and/or maintaining steady romantic interest that is unwelcomed and/or unrequited). See Title IX policy for definition of misconduct which may violate this Code of Student Conduct even if it doesn’t fall within the jurisdiction of Title IX.
  13. Retaliation 
    Conduct that includes any adverse action taken against a person who makes an allegation, makes a report or a formal complaint, serves as a witness, or participates in an investigation.
  14. Cohabitation 
    Conduct 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)
  15. Sexual Activity Outside of a Marriage Relationship 
    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. The University recognizes a distinction between sex outside of marriage and a resulting pregnancy. While sex outside of marriage is a code violation, a pregnancy resulting from sex outside of marriage is not in itself subject to disciplinary action. View more information .
  16. Romantic Behaviors Between Individuals of the Same Sex 
    The University understands that not all displays of affection are romantic in nature
  17. Use (on- or off-campus), Possession (in one’s residence, vehicle, belongings or on person), Purchase, Distribution, Manufacture,  Sale or Attempts to Facilitate the Purchase or Presence of Prohibited Substance and/or Paraphernalia
    This includes the following:
       a. Tobacco in any form
       b. Alcoholic beverages (or empty alcohol containers) in any form
       c. Marijuana in any form
       d. Illegal drugs or drug-related paraphernalia
       e. Other paraphernalia including roach clips, bongs, hookahs, e-cigarettes, vapor and hookah pens, papers, scales or any material or apparatus containing drug residue etc., 
       f. Controlled substances or misuse of prescription drugs Distribution, Manufacture, or Sale of Prohibited Controlled or Illegal Substances
  18. Proximity to Prohibited Substances
    Alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, such as parties where alcohol or illegal drugs, etc., are present and served by another host
  19. Hosting/Planning Events Where Prohibited Substances are Present 
    Students have additional responsibility for the activities that take place in their own residence or elsewhere where alcohol is served or consumed and/or illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia are present.
  20. Inappropriate Entertainment or Activities 
    Conduct that does not meet the high standards of Christian values including but not limited to sexually explicit dancing, gambling, pornography, etc. 
  21. Participation in Unregistered Organizations 
    Students should not participate in student organizations that are not registered with the Student Life office. Student organizational activities must be approved by the faculty/staff sponsor and the Student Life office
  22. Unauthorized Use of Andrews University’s Name or Facilities
    This may include purposes that are not consistent with the Code of Student Conduct and the values of Andrews University.
  23. Possession or use of Firearms or Weapons
    Firearms and weapons of any kind are not allowed on University property or in any vehicle parked on University property. This includes, but is not limited to, explosive, flammable substances, rifles, shotguns, pistols, paintball guns, BB guns, pellet guns, bow and arrows, stun guns, Tasers, “air-soft” guns, look-alike firearms, knives with blades longer than three inches (excluding culinary knives) and martial arts weapons. The manufacturing of any part of a firearm or explosive, or the possession of any firearm/weapon or storage of ammunition on University property is cause for  immediate action up to and including dismissal. For further explanation, please see andrews.edu/safety
  24. Destruction or Defacement of Property
    Attempted or actual vandalism, arson, destruction damage or defacement to individual, public or University property. Removal of institutional property from its designated place
  25. Endangering the Health or Safety of Others
    Conduct that may constitute a safety or health hazard or violate an established safety protocol, but is not limited to, includes popping of doors, giving access to non-residents, 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), failing to evacuate a building during a fire alarm, fire setting and projecting objects that may cause injury.
  26. Unauthorized Use of University Property 
    This includes but is not limited to 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 established operational hours and unauthorized possession, duplication or use of University key(s) or other access devices to any University space or equipment.
  27. A Legal Conviction or Confirmation of a Violation of Federal, State or Local Law
  28. Failure to Model Good Citizenship and/or Leadership within the University or in the community.
  29. Violation of any University Policy, Code or Expectation 
    They may be published in this Handbook, by hard copy, sent electronically and/or posted on the University website such as a Campus Safety policy or a Public Health policy. This includes the failure to comply with directives outlined in the Andrews Community Covenant of Care.

The Code of Student Conduct is reviewed every year. Input from students and other members of the Andrews University community is welcomed. The University retains the right to instate additional policies or modify existing policies as needs may dictate. Any questions related to the interpretation of this code should be referred to the vice president for Campus & Student Life.

 

Student Conduct Intervention Processes 

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  • The president delegates authority to the provost for the application of the academic and non-academic 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 (student conduct) policies relative to student conduct.
  • The vice president for Campus & Student Life may delegate to Student Life personnel 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 or a Residence Life dean. Careful consideration and investigative processes when deemed necessary will be taken in the context of established policies and processes to determine the best course of action. An online public incident report can also be made here.

Anonymous reporting is discouraged, as it will seriously limit the University’s capacity to investigate and respond to the report.

Self-Report Policy

Students at Andrews University may self-report to Office of Student Life, that they have been involved in a situation where they have violated or may have violated the Code of Student Code, provided that the specific incident has not come to the University’s attention via normal reporting channels and/or any such violations did not place the health or safety of any other person at risk. Self-reports typically do not result in corrective disciplinary actions and do not become a part of a student’s conduct record.

Student Life will work with the student to understand the situation and assist the student in addressing the situation so that they will be in compliance with the student conduct code in the future. This may include connecting the student to appropriate interventions or resources that fit the situation.

Self-report situations may be complicated, and the outcomes referred to above may be hard to predict. Thus, students have the right to inquire whether a scenario or type of situation would be eligible for a self-report.

To make a self-report, please use this form or contact a Residence Life or Student Life dean. 

Interim Measures

The University may consider appropriate interim protective measures including, but not limited to, academic, class, work, committee or housing reassignments; No Contact Orders; restrictions on academic or co-curricular activities; campus bans; etc., to facilitate the well-being of the parties involved, the broader community and/or the integrity of the investigative and resolution process. Interim measures are for a provisional period of time pending the outcome of an investigation or until a specified condition is met. Understanding that interim actions do not typically assume a student has been found responsible for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, a disciplinary action could be implemented at the point that a student accepts responsibility for the violation.

No Contact Order

A student, faculty or staff who feels he/she is the target of threats, harassment, intimidation or other similar behaviors which poses a concern to his/her safety or well-being, may request a No Contact Order (NCO). A No Contact Order, once issued, generally directs the individual to refrain from all forms of contact, via any method including, but not limited to, phone calls, text messages, emails, social media, in-person, or through a third party. The specific terms vary case by case. Individuals requesting a NCO are likewise not permitted to contact the other party. 

No Contact Orders are issued at the discretion of Campus & Student Life for requesting students. A NCO will typically remain in effect until the requesting party asks for it to be removed or until Campus & Student Life deems it no longer necessary. If Campus & Student Life determines that the reported behavior does not warrant the issuance of a NCO, the reporting individual will be referred to other forms of conflict resolution offered through the University. Campus & Student Life may put a NCO in place even if parties do not request one, if circumstances warrant it.

No Contact Orders do not become part of a student’s record. However, failure to abide by a NCO may result in disciplinary action for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct or Working Policy, which will become part of a student’s conduct record. Requests by a student for a NCO or reports of violations should be directed to the vice president or the assistant vice president for Campus & Student Life for general concern and to the Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator for concerns related to sexual misconduct or Title IX during regular business hours. Requests by a faculty/staff for a NCO or reports of violations should be directed to the director of Human Resources for general concern and to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for concerns related to Title IX or sexual misconduct during regular business hours. Requests or reports of violations on weekends or after hours should be directed to Campus Safety (269-471-3321).

Expectations for Conduct Officials

When a report is made regarding a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, the designee of the vice president for Campus & Student Life initiates communication and/or a conference with the student to: 

  1. Provide notice and a brief summary of the alleged violation.
  2. Provide an opportunity for the student to respond to the report and give their own account of the events, verbally and in writing, as well as to offer further information, evidence, additional perspectives, suggestions of witnesses and/or avenues of investigation.
  3. Determine if the student accepts responsibility for the allegation.
  4. Determine if an investigation needs to be activated to seek additional relevant information regarding any disputed facts.
  5. Review relevant policies and student conduct intervention processes and opportunity to have an advisor/support person.
  6. Offer care and insight to foster an educational and restorative outcome.

Expectations for Students in the Conduct Process

  1. When notified that they are involved in an incident or alleged misconduct students are expected to:
  2. Respond truthfully about their actions, even at the risk of negative consequences.
  3. Take responsibility for their choices and actions.
  4. Make an effort to learn and grow, even in difficult situations.
  5. Participate respectfully in the investigation and conduct process.
  6. Refrain from attempting to influence or intimidate witnesses or complainants.

Student Conduct Determination of Responsibility and Corrective Disciplinary Responses

Minor allegations of misconduct may be assessed informally, and when a student accepts responsibility established protocols may be applied by a designee acting by the authority of the vice president for Campus & Student Life. 

If it is determined that there has been a serious violation of a University regulation, or a student does not accept responsibility for the allegation, the case is referred to the Student Life Conduct Council. The Student Life Conduct Council determines a) responsibility for serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct as well as b) any subsequent corrective disciplinary actions, including warnings, citizenship probation, suspension and dismissal. 

In determining an appropriate response to a violation, consideration will be given to the nature of the incident, the student’s account of events, available evidence, within the context of established University protocols.

Students facing an off-campus suspension or dismissal are provided the opportunity for a hearing with the Student Life Conduct Council as well as the opportunity to select an advisor/support person. Such persons for general conduct violations will be individuals from within the University’s faculty or staff, as long as they are not a relative of the parties involved. Advisor/support persons may provide support to a student outside the processes, as well as accompany the student to a hearing with the Student Life Conduct Council. However, they may not direct questions to or otherwise address the Council. 

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.

University processes are not legal criminal judicial proceedings. Criminal courts make a determination of guilt or innocence of an accused. The student 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 be present or speak or otherwise participate in formal University proceedings for general student conduct cases.

Standard of Evidence

A standard of evidence 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 allegations, interview parties and witnesses, and make reasonable effort to gather all relevant evidence.

While criminal courts use a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of evidence, 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 at the same time there may be insufficient evidence to be prosecuted in the criminal justice system’s higher standard of evidence.

Notifications and Records

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 academic dean.

Student Conduct records are generally retained for seven (7) years with the exception of those that result in findings of suspension or dismissal. Cases that result in suspension or dismissal are retained indefinitely.

Professional Program Standards

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

Types of Intervention and Corrective Disciplinary Response
Depending on the severity of the situation, the University’s response may include, but is not limited to, any of the following list:

  • 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 participating in 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 counseling or mentoring component with a licensed professional (such as an on-campus counselor from the Counseling & Testing Center, a chaplain or pastor, or from an off-campus provider)
  • Participation with an accountability advisor or a facilitated interaction between the student and a University faculty/and or staff designed to provide accountability, structured support and the creation of an educational and restorative plan
  • Participation in a student success plan or voluntary service, on- or off-campus
  • No Contact Order
  • Fines or 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. Citizenship probation may also be included in  suspension-level responses. As part of a probationary status, privileges such as formal student leadership offices and/or participation in campus activities may be 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.

Suspension

At the discretion of the University or the Student Life Conduct Council, there are several types of suspensions and timeframes involving both required class attendance as well as separation from classes, activities and the University.

Timeframes. The suspension time frame may be as follows:

  1. Definite: The duration is known and stated.
  2. Indefinite: The duration may be unknown until some components are completed, even so an indefinite suspension generally identifies the minimal suspension time period, for example, of not less than a year. 
  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 well-being of members of the University community, an interim leave or suspension may be activated prior to 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

    a. Short-term (ranges from one week to one semester)
    b. Mid-term (ranges up to one year)
    c. Longer-term (ranges from two–four years)
    d. Suspension is served at student’s off-campus home or off-campus location
    e. Suspension from attending classes, campus activities and work; may also include a campus ban
    f. 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.
    g. Include Citizenship Probation
    h. Includes restorative and educational interventions
  2. On-campus or In-Class Suspension Components 
a. Shorter-term (two weeks within a semester)
b. Suspension is served while student remains at their current residence
c. Student is required to attend classes, but a portion of their time and participation in activities may be suspended to facilitate an accountability and intervention plan
d. Voluntary service or supervised academic success program (and related fees)
e. Citizenship Probation
f. Participating with a licensed counselor or an accountability adviser for a minimum of six weekly sessions
g. Other educational and restorative interventions

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

Dismissal

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 and Corrective Disciplinary Response

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 a request to activate an appeal process are one or more of the following:

  1. Substantive Procedural Irregularity: The original processes had a procedural irregularity that affected the outcome of the matter.
  2. New Evidence of a Substantive Nature: New and relevant evidence that (a) was not reasonably available at the time the determination regarding responsibility was made and (b) such new evidence could affect the outcome of the matter. A summary of such new information should be included in the request.
  3. Conflict of Interest: The decision-makers had a conflict of interest or bias that affected the outcome of the matter.
  4. 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 three business days of receiving written 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 University typically implements the original University response during the appeal process.

The Appeal Process

The vice president for Campus & Student Life will facilitate the process by directing the request to activate the appeal process regarding serious disciplinary action to a new panel of three members. The members are selected from the Conduct Appeals Panel which is a broadly representative group of faculty/staff. The vice president serves as the ex-officio secretary and non-voting invitee and appoints one of the faculty/staff members as a non-voting chairperson. 

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 Conduct 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. The process is generally limited to review of a student’s written appeal request or other relevant documents. 

The scope of the authority of the Conduct Appeals Panel is to provide a determination and rationale as to if the appeal identified one or more valid grounds as described above to facilitate the appeal process. 

If the Panel finds that there was substantive procedures irregularity, new evidence of a substantial nature, or substantive disproportionate response the case will be returned for further proceedings to the original Student Life Conduct Council. If, however, there has been a finding of bias or a conflict of interest on the part of an original member of the Student Life Conduct Council, the case will be reviewed before a newly constituted Conduct Appeals Panel. 

The chair of the Appeals Panel will issue a written determination and rationale regarding the outcome of the appeal

The original Student Conduct Council or the new Conduct Appeals Panel can (a) uphold the original decision, (b) alter the original decision and/or alter the Conduct Councils (disciplinary) response.

If the Conduct Appeal Panel rejects all the grounds raised on appeal the original decision of the Student Life Conduct Council will be upheld.

The decision of the Conduct Appeals Panel will be final; provided, however, that in cases involving a dismissal the student may request to have a final review of the case by the provost.

False Report

The University also prohibits members of the community from knowingly filing a false report. However, a report made in good faith is not considered false merely because the evidence does not ultimately support the allegation of misconduct. Acts of knowingly filing false reports are, by themselves, cause for disciplinary action.

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 their status or former status as a student. If the offense is also subject to a corrective disciplinary response for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, the University may elect to advise off-campus authorities how such matters are generally handled internally within the University community and the consequences that will likely be imposed by the University. 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 also incur consequences 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 or arrested for 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 in consultation with Student Financial Services for a bond.

Registered Sex Offender Policy Statement

In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, information regarding registered sex offenders is provided by the State of Michigan to the public as well as the campus community. All sex offenders are required to register in the state of Michigan and to provide notice to each institution of higher education in Michigan at which the person is employed, carries a vocation or is a student. The Michigan Public Sexual Offender Registry can be reviewed at https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1878_24961—,00.html.

All sex offenders are required to deliver written notice of their status as a sex offender to Andrews University no later than sixty (60) calendar days prior to their enrollment in, employment with, volunteering at, attending public programs at, or residence at Andrews University.

 

Thank You for Choosing Andrews 

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By choosing Andrews, you choose to be part of a unique living and learning environment. Our Seventh-day Adventist Christian faith and values set us apart as a community that seeks to love God with all our hearts and souls and minds, and our neighbor as ourselves. 

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.