Student Conduct Policy

Student Conduct Policy

       Standards of Student Conduct

       The College is a community of learning in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual are sustained. However, the exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require a respect for the rights of all in the community to enjoy them to the same extent. It is clear that in a community of learning, willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of property, and interference with the orderly process of the College or with the rights of other members of the College cannot be tolerated. Students enrolling in the College assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution. To fulfill its functions of imparting and gaining knowledge, the College retains the power to maintain order within the College and to exclude those who are disruptive of the educational process.

       Iowa Wesleyan College affirms the right of its students, faculty, and staff to be free of racial, sexual, physical, or verbal harassment by any member of the College community. Iowa Wesleyan College will not tolerate any acts of harassment on the part of its students.

       College is an experience in community living. Out of concern for the growth of students as individuals, every attempt is made to use sanctions for conduct violations which are educational and developmental leading to positive behavioral change.

       
Code of Conduct

       A student enrolling at Iowa Wesleyan College assumes an obligation for observing certain regulations. Students are expected to know and abide by all policies. Iowa Wesleyan College students are held accountable for their actions and those of their guests. An Iowa Wesleyan College student may be subject to the student judicial process and sanctions up to and including dismissal for engaging in the following kinds of behavior:

       1.   Any action which would violate civil or criminal code.

       2.   State and College regulations prohibit any form of gambling. Fund-raisers such as raffles and drawings must be cleared through the Office of Student Life.

       3.   Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College (including but not limited to making false oral or written statements to any institutional official, faculty/staff member, or hearing board/officer).

       4.   Obstructing or denying access to services or facilities by those entitled to use such services or facilities.

       5.   Disrupting the orderly process of the College, including but not limited to the following:

              a.  To cause noise on campus grounds or in any college building, which disrupts an atmosphere conducive to work, study and rest.
              b.  Any person who shall cause, provoke, or engage in any fight, brawl, or riotous conduct.

              c.  Any person who antagonizes another person through the use of “fighting words.”

              d.  Intentionally causing a breach of the peace; committing lewd, indecent, or obscene acts, including posting of pictures that would be considered offensive, pornographic or derogatory.

              e.  Falsifying, distorting, or misrepresenting information before a conduct authority, and/or knowingly instituting a conduct proceeding without cause.

       6.   Physical abuse, threats, or endangering in any way the health or safety of any person(s) on campus or at any College-sponsored or supervised function. This would include but is not limited to harassment and/or behavior that threatens any group or individual and/or causes any person to be placed in danger, real or perceived.

       7.   Any item or substance, the use or possession of which is prohibited by College policy will be confiscated by College officials. This would include, but is not limited to the unauthorized use or possession of gasoline, naphtha, benzene, and/or other flammable materials. Students who fail to surrender prohibited items or substances will be subjected to further disciplinary charges.

       8.   Failure to comply with directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties in conducting the regular operation of the College or in protecting persons and property. This would include but is not limited to failure to produce a valid IWC photo ID upon request.

       9.   Failure to vacate a building or facility when a fire alarm is activated.

       10. Improper use or tampering with fire-detecting and/or fire-fighting equipment (including fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarm pull stations, etc.).

       11. Appropriating public or private property of another for personal use without the consent of the owner or the person legally responsible for it, including but not limited to theft, damage or misuse of College property or a member of the College community, regardless of intent.

       12. Students are directly responsible for the actions of their guests. Residential students are responsible for actions that occur in their room and for any/all guests visiting them in their rooms. Any Iowa Wesleyan student may be charged with a violation if any of their guests violate a policy.

       13. Unauthorized entry or use of college facilities, including, but not limited to, propping open doors, unauthorized use, possession or duplication of college keys and failing to leave when asked.

       14. No one is allowed on the roof of any College building without authorization.

       15. The public disposal of any substances or items other than in a trash receptacle is prohibited.  All personal room trash is to be taken to the dumpsters outside the residence halls.

       16. Objects (including liquids) may not be thrown, dropped, or otherwise propelled from any College facility, including but not limited to residence halls.

       17. Possession, use, sale, or exchange of weapons at any location on campus, or within College residences, is prohibited and may result in the student being immediately suspended from the College and removed from College owned residences. Firearms, fireworks, chemicals of an explosive nature, explosives or explosive devices, or weapons shall not be maintained on the college campus except as specifically authorized by the Community Director. The term “weapon” includes any object or substance designed to inflict a wound, cause injury, propel an object, or incapacitate and includes, but is not limited to: all firearms and ammunition, pellet/BB guns, paintball guns, home manufactured cannons, bows and arrows, slingshots, martial arts devices, switchblade knives or knives with a blade longer than three inches (with the exception of table knives). Toy guns and other simulated weapons are also covered by this policy.

       18. Possession/consumption of alcoholic beverages in violation of the Alcohol Policy (listed below). Persons in the presence of a person or persons in violation of this policy are also considered in violation of this and other policies.

              a . Possession/consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in residence halls or anywhere else on the IWC campus or at IWC sponsored events.

              b. Drunken behavior will not be tolerated on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus or at any IWC-sponsored event.

              c. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at any College sponsored event.

              d. College officials will require students to dispose of alcohol that is present during a violation.

              e. Empty alcohol containers are not permitted on campus.

              f. Drinking games such as pong and quarters are not permitted on campus.

       19. The possession and/or use of any controlled substance is strictly prohibited on campus.  Similar to the alcohol policy, students do not need to be in possession of nor consuming a controlled substance to be found in violation of the policy.  If students are in the presence of others violating the policy, they may be subject to disciplinary consequences.  Students may also be found in violation of the policy when the odor of marijuana is present and/or drug paraphernalia is discovered.

       20. Possession or distribution of any narcotic drug, marijuana, or other additive, dangerous or hallucinogenic substance, except as expressly permitted by law may result in the student being immediately suspended from the College and removed from College owned residences. Persons who are in the presence of persons in violation of this policy are also in violation.

       21. Inciting others to commit one or more of the prohibited acts and/or creating an opportunity for policy to be violated. Students present when one or more violations are occurring who choose to remain there are choosing to accept the consequences of that decision.

       22. Smoking is not permitted in campus buildings, including individual residence hall rooms.

       23. Conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or is deemed detrimental to the College’s interests. These sanctions apply whether or not such conduct occurs on campus, off campus, at College-sponsored or non College-sponsored events. Disciplinary action may also be taken regardless of any criminal proceedings that may be pending or in progress.

       24. Stalking and/or willfully, maliciously, and following, harassing, calling, or contacting another person in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to feel frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.

       25. Institutional Computer Guidelines: Misuse or abuse of the Institutional Computer guidelines and computer use agreements (listed below).

            The Users Agreement at Iowa Wesleyan College regarding computers and the Internet reads as follows:

              a. User Responsibility: “Evolve a code of ethics for personal choice and public decisions.” Users will be courteous and fair to others when using computer resources. As a user, our commitment is to apply the computing resources for class assignments, academic research, professional/personal advancement, administrative, and instructional support. Users will be held accountable for their activities on the network. In other words, users will refrain from sharing passwords and login IDs, breaking into computer systems, viewing pornographic or otherwise offensive content, sending harassing messages, or perpetuating a computer virus or any software that would compromise the existing systems. Users will respect intellectual property in terms of license agreements and copyright laws.

              b. College Responsibility: “Iowa Wesleyan College respects individuality within the context of a community with common moral purpose, a community that welcomes persons of diverse backgrounds and world views.” All information on campus computers belongs to Iowa Wesleyan College. The College reserves the right to restrict use of the computing facilities to current employees and students to ensure that these individuals are best served by the available resources. However, as part of the wider community, the College will decide on a case-by-case basis to grant access to individuals employed by nonprofit organizations or to family members of College employees. All users whether students, employees or individual users of the resources will be bound to this agreement. The College will take disciplinary action in the case of user irresponsibility as reported by the office of Information Technology Services.

              c. Information Technology Services Responsibility: “Work harmoniously with others in pursuit of common goals.” The main purpose of ITS will be to protect user privacy, sustain security, monitor stability, and maintain quality of service for the whole network. Consequently, the ITS office will be systematically monitoring the network. Any report concerning infringements in terms of user responsibility will be investigated. The results of such an investigation will be directed to the appropriate College committee. The ITS office will be committed to support all areas of information technology in order to help users accomplish their goals via the computer resources on campus.

       
Disciplinary Process and Sanctions

       Individuals believed to be in violation of the policies will be subject to disciplinary action. Any faculty, staff, or student may register a complaint and/or complete an Information Report if he/she believes that one or more violations of College policy occurred. Information Report forms are available from the front desk of either residence hall or the Office of Student Life and must be submitted to the Office of Student Life as soon as possible. Allegations of misconduct will be addressed by one of the following:

       1.  Summary adjudication by the Dean of Student Life, a Community Director, the Community Review Board, or Residence Hall Community Boards. The Community Review Board is comprised of members of the Student Life staff, faculty and students. The Residence Hall Community Boards are comprised of one representative from each of the hall’s floors and supervised by the Community Director.

       2. The President of the College reserves the right to assume direct jurisdiction of any case at any stage of the process.

       The cases heard by the Community Review Board, a Community Director, or the Residence Hall Community Boards, may be appealed to the Dean of Student Life. Cases heard by the Dean of Student Life, may be appealed to the Committee on Student Life. The decisions of the Committee on Student Life are final.

       Students accused of violations and referred to the Community Review Board  are required to meet with their Community Director to discuss and/or review the conduct hearing process. 

       The student’s class schedule will be taken into consideration when scheduling a pre-hearing and hearing. 

       Students who fail to appear for a scheduled hearing will have their cases decided in absentia and forfeit their right to an appeal.

       Students are permitted to request witnesses to attend and/or participate in the hearing. Students requesting witnesses are expected to invite them and inform them of the date/time/place of the hearing.

       The College reserves the right to suspend a student immediately, pending a hearing, when necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare to others. Such students are responsible for their own accommodations.  

       Students found in violation or responsible for policy violations are subject to the following sanctions:

       1.    Admonition: An oral statement to the student(s) that he/she/they is violating or has violated college rules and that further instances of unsatisfactory conduct may be cause for more severe disciplinary sanctions.

       2.   Work hours to be completed under the supervision of a College department or outside agency.

       3.    Restitution: A full and complete reimbursement for damages to/destruction of or misappropriation of the property of the College or others.

       4.   Reprimand: A written notice to a student for a violation of specific regulation, including notice that further violation of the same or other regulations will result in more severe disciplinary sanctions.

       5.   Letter of Apology: A formally written letter of apology, either private or public, to an individual, an outside agency, or the College.

       6.   Monetary fines: The assessment of money against individual students for violation of College rules and regulations. Monetary fines will be billed directly to student accounts and will not to exceed $200 per violation, per incident.

       7.   Developmental/Educational Sanctions: Fulfillment of behavioral contracts and/or other educational sanctions which would be designed with the goal of creating an opportunity for the student to learn from the experience.

       8.   Counseling or Chemical Dependency Assessment, including but not limited to treatment as deemed necessary and appropriate by a qualified chemical dependency counselor.

       9.   Written warning: Written notification to students that the College does not condone the misappropriate behavior and is concerned. Should another violation occur while a student is on disciplinary warning, he/she would be placed on disciplinary probation.

       10. Probation: A written notice placing conditions upon the student’s continued attendance at Iowa Wesleyan College. Disciplinary probation shall serve to give the student notice that further misconduct while a student at Iowa Wesleyan College may result in his/her immediate dismissal. The conditions of the disciplinary probation may include, but are not limited to any of the following:

              a. Removal from and/or restriction of access to specified campus facilities.

              b. Loss of privileges such as to be an active participant in, and/or to be in attendance at any or all public events; to represent the College in specified manners; or to hold office in any or all college-approved organizations.

              c. Required attendance at meetings and/or completion of projects.

              d. Required participation in certain groups and/or programs.

       11. Suspension: Defined as a temporary termination of student status and exclusion from further enrollment for a designated time frame, generally a minimum of one full semester. Students suspended may reapply for admission after completion of the terms of the suspension. Applications must be approved by the Office of Student Life. Suspensions may be reviewed, modified, and/or extended as deemed necessary and appropriate.

       12. Dismissal: Termination of student status and exclusion from further enrollment.

       13. Any sanction may be imposed individually or in combination with one or more sanctions as deemed necessary and/or appropriate.

       14. Students charged with a felony are subject to immediate suspension.

       
Hearing and Appeal Process

       1.   PRE-HEARING:

              a. The accused student is presumed not responsible until proven responsible for the alleged violation. The burden of proof lies with the College.

              b. Accused students involved in the conduct process for the first time must meet with a Community Director to discuss the conduct process.

              c. The student will be informed of his/her rights and responsibilities under this Code.

              d. The student will be informed of the specific charges in a timely manner.

              e. The student will be granted an adequate time to prepare for the hearing. The College reserves the right to accelerate the process for procedural efficacy, e.g. at the end of a semesters, or to address concerns of community safety and/or well-being.

       2.   HEARING:

              a. The person presiding over the hearing shall be responsible for producing a record of the hearing.

              b. If a student does not appear at a hearing, the case will be decided in absentia and the student forfeits all rights to an appeal.

              c. The burden of proof to be met shall be a preponderance of the evidence.

              d. The student has the right to question adverse documentation presented and to present his/her own witnesses.

       3.   POST-HEARING:

              a. The student will be informed of the decision in writing within five class days.

       4.   APPEAL:

              a. The student will have two class days after receipt of the decision to appeal the decision to the Dean of Student Life or the Committee on Student Life as appropriate.

              b. Appeals must be based on the following criteria:

       Irregularities in due process; demonstrated prejudice against any party by the person or Board, presiding over the hearing; new evidence not available at the time of the original hearing; or a sanction that is extraordinarily disproportionate to the offense.

              c. Within two class days the student will be notified of the disposition of the appeal.

              d. If the appeal is granted a hearing will be scheduled in a timely manner.

              e. The appellate individual or board, on a majority vote, may affirm, modify, reverse or remand the original decision, or order that a new hearing be held.

              f. The decisions of the Dean of Student Life or the Committee on Student Life are final.

       

        General

       The College reserves the right to extend or shorten the specific time lines stated above in the interest of fairness or judicial efficacy.

        

        

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