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Mature actions consistent with proper Christian behavior are expected of all students. Disciplinary action will result when student conduct is such that the Huntington University community is adversely affected. In addition to adherence to university policies, students are expected to abide by all federal, state and local laws. In accepting admission to Huntington University, the student agrees to live within the lifestyle standards, even if he/she personally does not agree or regard these as moral issues. The following Huntington University Community Standards are not exhaustive, but are intended to give a student an idea of the types of behaviors that may result in disciplinary action.

 

Blogging / Social Media

Views expressed by members of the campus community on social media, websites, blogs, chat rooms, or in other public forums do not necessarily represent the views of Huntington University. While dialogue and debate are the marks of a healthy academic environment, Huntington University may respond with disciplinary or legal action toward students who disseminate or post material that is offensive, sexually explicit, encourages violence, attacks an individual’s character, violates laws (including copyright or trademark laws), solicits or encourages behavior inconsistent with Huntington University lifestyle expectations, or disrupts our Christian mission in higher education.

 

Bullying

Bullying is the verbal, written, or physical abuse of another person beyond a reasonable expression of opinion, which causes or is likely to cause another person physical or psychological harm. This includes humiliation, stress, emotional harm or which is harassing in nature is strictly prohibited.

 

“Bullying” is conduct that meets some or all of the following criteria:

  • is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress;
  • is directed at one or more students;
  • is conveyed through physical, verbal, technological or emotional means;
  • substantially interferes with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more students;
  • adversely affects the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing emotional distress; and, is based on a student’s actual or perceived distinguishing characteristics or is based on an association with another person who has or is perceived to have any of these characteristics.

 

Campus Crime Act

Statistical information regarding campus crime as per the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 is published annually in a brochure and is available for students in the Student Life Office and also at our website https://www.huntington.edu/student-life/campus-police.

 

Dancing

Social dancing is permitted for students during Huntington University-sponsored dances. These dances will have a staff and/or faculty presence and abide by the standards endorsed by Huntington University. Themes for dances are encouraged. Each dance’s play-list, including song lyrics, must be approved in advance by the Student Concerns Committee. An application for hosting a dance can be found on the portal page at https://my.huntington.edu/ICS/Students/Organizations/SGA/.

 

Discrimination and Harassment Policy Statement

Huntington University prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, gender, marital status, or other characteristics protected by federal, state or local statute or ordinance.

 

Huntington University affirms its commitment to maintaining a learning, working, and living environment that is fair, respectful, and free from harassment. Harassment may take place in any form, including conduct that is oral, physical, written, or visual. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, demeaning depictions or treatment, and threatened or actual abuse or harm based on discrimination toward others’ attributes as stated above.

 

What do you do if you believe you have been subjected to harassment or discrimination?

  • Report incidents directly to Student Life by speaking to your resident director or by calling Dean of Students Office (260-359-4028) and/or by calling Director of Multicultural Affairs Office (260-359-4286). Residence hall staff are trained to take threats or expressions of hostility seriously and to provide peer support for those who have encountered bias-motivated incidents.
  • If you feel unsafe call 911 at any time or Campus Police (260-224-1412).
  • Preserve any evidence (graffiti, voice-mail message, email message, letter, etc.).

 

What will Huntington University do in such cases?

The Student Life Staff promises to:

  • Meet with you promptly.
  • Treat you and your concern with respect and sensitivity.
  • Take every case seriously, pursuing disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
  • Seek justice, richer understanding, and ultimately the restoration of all involved.
  • Conduct a disciplinary hearing within 48 hours of completion of an investigation
  • Provide appropriate support for the offended party(s)

 

Students are expected to be respectful of the individual rights and freedoms of others within the Huntington University community, including faculty, staff, students, and visitors. If a shared sense of understanding does not exist between community members, students are still expected to exhibit an outward sensitivity to the inherent diversity within the HU community. Conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual based upon an individual’s race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, religious or denominational difference, or any other basis will not be tolerated.

 

Examples of consequences for violation of this policy may include one or a combination of the following:

  • Admonishment
  • Participation in a guided reflection process designed to teach alternative behavior
  • Temporary removal from campus housing
  • Disciplinary probation 
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal

 

Diversity

Huntington University has a Biblical expectation to foster an environment that reflects the body of Christ: all members of our community, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, and/or disability, are valued and appreciated for their diversity and role in the University. In doing so, we enrich our community and ensure our vitality by developing intercultural competency skills, engaging persons from many cultural backgrounds, and increasing opportunities for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to attend and be employed at the University.

 

Dress Code

Awareness of the appropriate dress for each occasion is an essential element in the social maturity of the individual, and Huntington University expects its students to conduct themselves by this standard.

 

Rapidly changing styles make the formulation of a detailed code of dress difficult, and good judgment on the part of the student should make it unnecessary. The ideal of modesty and discretion should be maintained at all times. This includes careful grooming, cleanliness, neatness, and good taste in clothing for each occasion. Slogans, pictures, and advertisements displayed on hats and clothing shall comply with the Community Life Agreement. No suggestive or derogatory phrases or pictures are permitted. Shirts or tops (no halters), and shoes or sandals are to be worn in all buildings.

 

Grievance Procedure for Non-Academic Issues

  1. The student must first seek to resolve the concern informally with the individual or department before submitting a written complaint.
  2. If the issue is not satisfactorily resolved, the student may submit a formal complaint in writing to the Office of the Vice President for Student Life. The statement must include the date, persons involved, and a description of the steps taken thus far to resolve the situation. The complaint should be submitted as soon as possible to the V.P. for Student Life, but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation.
  3. Within 15 calendar days of receiving the report, the Vice President for Student Life will ascertain relevant information and then refer the complaint to Student Concerns Committee (SCC), which will serve as a grievance committee. SCC is composed of the V.P. for Student Life, two faculty members, and two students. If one or more of the individuals on SCC are involved with the dispute, the President will appoint member(s) who is/are not employed in the administrative office or academic division with which the complaint takes issue.
  4. After reviewing the report, SCC will conduct an investigation, as may be appropriate, and make a judgment. SCC’s decision will be communicated in writing within 15 calendar days to all involved parties.
  5. If the decision made by SCC does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the student may appeal the decision to the President within 15 calendar days of receipt of the response.
  6. Within 30 calendar days of receipt of the appeal, the President will meet with the student to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the President will respond in writing with a final resolution of the complaint.

 

  • All complaints will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law, and every effort will be made to assure that no adverse action will be taken against the student filing the complaint. Such action will be subject to investigation and possible disciplinary sanctions.
  • For Students residing in and taking classes in Arizona: If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is 1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007, phone # 602-542-5709, website address: ppse.az.gov.

 

Hazing

According to the law, hazing is defined as “Any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug, or other substance or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such person or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.” Students involved in or an accessory to hazing will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or dismissal.

 

Illegal and Prescription Drugs

Huntington University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs, controlled substances or paraphernalia (including pipes, “rolling” papers, etc.) by students on or away from campus. Students are expected to use legal prescriptions according to their prescribed purpose and dosage. Sharing or selling prescription drugs will be considered a violation of this policy and will result in disciplinary action.

 

Inappropriate Behavior

Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, and other University activities, including its public-service functions on or off campus, or other authorized non-University activities when the activity occurs on University premises will be considered violations subject to disciplinary action. Some examples include, but are not limited to, actions, language, or technological communications that constitute unlawful harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, or hate violence directed toward a member of the Huntington University faculty, staff, student body, or toward a visitor to the campus.

 

Internet Use

The Internet provides students with easy communication that may be professional or personal, both of which may be appropriate. Since the name of the University is associated with Internet use from its network, individuals are expected to respect the standards of the University in any use of the Internet. Accessing and transmitting violent, pornographic, or other objectionable materials, direct links to such material from a webpage operated through the University’s servers, harassing email, commercial uses of University resources, wasteful uses (sending large print jobs, batch programs, junk mail, etc.) or illegal uses of the Internet, including theft of copyrighted material, will be considered a violation of the Community Life Agreement and may be subject to disciplinary action. The University reserves the right to review the contents of accounts if there is a reason to believe that the above policy is being violated.

 

Interrupting the Duties of a University Official

It is against Huntington University policy for a student to act in such a way as to interrupt or impede the duties of a Huntington University staff person. This policy includes Resident Assistants in that they often act in an official capacity for the University. Students that provide misleading information or are involved in other activities that may prohibit a University official from performing their duties successfully will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Intimidation, Verbal or Physical Altercation

Huntington University is committed to creating a Christ-centered academic community where its members can engage in their educational activities with a sense of freedom and safety. To that end, physical violence toward another person is strictly prohibited. The University will not tolerate expressed or implied threats against others. Any conduct that threatens or endangers the health, physical or emotional safety of a community member, including oneself, either on or off campus, is not acceptable. This may also include any conduct violation motivated by bias toward characteristics including, but not limited to, race, gender, religion, or class will result in significantly more serious sanctions, and may result in immediate suspension or expulsion.

 

Mail

Campus Mail, Voicemail, and Email should not be used for personal gain, or broadcasting or promoting personal projects/events. Restraint should be exhibited in promoting otherwise worthy community projects through these channels. Individual notes or email to friends may be acceptable, but generally, the broadcasting of fundraising appeals or promotion of sale items or events should not occur. If in doubt, the Vice President for Business and Finance or the Vice President for Student Life should be consulted.

 

Missing Students

Huntington University personnel are concerned for the wellbeing and safety of each student and will react appropriately if a student is determined to be missing. A student is considered to be “missing” under this policy if their absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Examples include, but are not limited to a possible victim of foul play, expression of suicidal thoughts, alcohol or other drug abuse, a life-threatening situation, or recent contact with persons who may endanger the student’s welfare. In the case of a missing student, University staff may notify the student’s emergency contact. Any student who has information that a student may be missing must notify Campus Police and/or Residence Life staff.

 

Non-Voluntary Withdrawal

Huntington University provides free counseling services to all students. Every effort will be made to assist the student to address his/her personal situation. Therapy, however, is limited to short term counseling. If a student needs extensive therapy, the student will be referred to a professional counselor. If the student engages or threatens to engage in behavior that might pose a danger of causing imminent physical harm to a student or to others, anything that could cause property damage, or disrupts the normal activities of the University, he/she may be asked to withdraw voluntarily or may be subject to non-voluntary withdrawal. The procedure for non-voluntary withdrawal is on file in the Counseling Center.

 

Pregnancy

In the event of an unmarried student’s pregnancy, Huntington University’s response is to surround the students involved with support and resources. Both the male and female students may remain enrolled at Huntington during and after pregnancy. The expecting mother may remain in the residence hall for the remainder of that current semester. However, because of the importance of prenatal care and the mother’s well-being, the student will be required to move off-campus beginning with the second trimester. Huntington University’s intent is to offer grace to those who are repentant, provide continuing accountability, and restore all students to the community.

 

Sexual Assault Policy

Huntington University is deeply committed to providing a safe academic, working and living environment for its students, faculty, and staff. The university is particularly concerned about the increasing number of sexual assaults occurring on the nation’s campuses. HU condemns any form of sexual offense as defined within the policy. Should members of the university community become a victim of, or have knowledge of, a sexual assault occurring on university property, or occurring in the course of a university-sponsored activity or perpetrated by a member of the university community, they are urged to report the incident to campus authorities immediately.

 

Through its educational efforts, Huntington University seeks to encourage healthy relationships among its students. Whenever sexual offenses occur, trust and the sense of Christian community the university seeks to develop are violated. Such violations not only impact those directly involved in the incident but also, sub-communities of the university that affect the broader community as a whole.

 

This policy delineates how Huntington University defines sexual assault, how decisions are to be made, when this policy is implemented, what types of behaviors are prohibited, how violations will be addressed, and how survivors of sexual assault will be supported by the university. For the complete policy on sexual assault, please access the campus health and safety website https://www.huntington.edu/student-life/health-safety.

 

Storm Warning / Tornado Warning

In the event of a storm or tornado warning, appropriate personnel will notify the campus community via text and voice communication and local storm sirens will sound. You should seek shelter in a designated area and remain there until an “all clear” message is given.

 

The following locations are designated shelter areas in the residence halls:

  • Baker/Roush Halls: Bathrooms on each floor, or storage or mechanical room in the basement.
  • Forester Village: First-floor bathrooms or storage/laundry located in the basement of 1913 and 817.
  • Hardy Hall: Basement hallway near the resident rooms or bathrooms on each floor.
  • Livingston Hall: Basement hallway and storage area or bathrooms on each floor.
  • Meadows/Miller Halls: Bathrooms in the basement or on each floor.
  • Wright Hall: Hallway adjacent to the laundry room (NE corner) or bathrooms on each floor.

 

Other instructions will be provided by the Residence Life staff or Campus Police in the event of a major storm or tornado.

 

University Relations

In an effort to promote Huntington University, University Relations frequently disseminates information, including photographs, regarding activities on campus to the media as well as to the general public through the University’s website. This information includes, but is not limited to, graduation announcements; athletic, theatre and music involvements; general campus photos; and images from various activities on campus.

 

University Relations only releases information designated as directory information by the University. University Relations may release directory information to the media and publish that same information on the University’s website without the student’s prior consent. (See “Student Records and Privacy” for a definition of directory information.) Permission is required; however, for photos or videos of subjects who are primarily being featured in advertisements or promotions, in which a person’s name, image and/or likeness are being used in the context that implies endorsement. Persons may request that information not be disclosed to the media or placed on the website by completing a request in the University Relations office.

 

All information, photographs, and graphics generated by University Relations are the property of the University and must be used within the guidelines in which they are released. “Huntington University” is a registered trademark protected by Federal law. The name, logo, and symbols of the University may only be used in connection with officially sanctioned activities, functions and events, and may not be used in any manner contrary to the University’s mission and Community Life Agreement. Any use of “Huntington University” or any form thereof on any social media sites must be approved by a member of the University’s Administration or University Relations, and full editing rights must be provided to at least one of those members. Social media sites include but are not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, LinkedIn, and SnapChat.

 

University Website

The University Website, https://www.huntington.edu, is an educational site that serves the campus and provides information to the larger World Wide Web. Student home pages may be posted only through academic departments. Commercial uses of any home page are not appropriate.

 

Weapons

The possession and/or use of weapons on University property or at any HU sponsored function or event is strictly prohibited. In addition to firearms and ammunition, weapons include, but are not limited to: knives with blades in excess of three inches, butterfly knives, BB guns, firearm reproductions, slingshots, martial arts weapons, bow and arrows, paintball guns, Airsoft guns, stun guns, Tasers, etc. It should be understood that any object used to threaten, intimidate, or harm someone else may be interpreted as a violation of this weapons policy. Violators of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action and may face criminal charges. Huntington University Police reserve the right to confiscate any weapons found on campus, regardless of whether or not the owner has a current permit.