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It is assumed that every student enrolling in Mississippi College agrees to conduct himself or herself in a manner conducive to the highest sort of mental and moral development in keeping with the ideals and traditions of Mississippi College. Personal misconduct either on or off campus by anyone connected with Mississippi College detracts from the Christian witness Mississippi College strives to present to the world and hinders full accomplishment of the mission of Mississippi College.
As an institution pledged to the Christian principle of concern for others, the College enunciates a definite position on certain matters. Students who elect to attend Mississippi College, realizing its position on such matters, are expected to respect and abide by that position. Students who evidence an unwillingness or inability to conduct themselves in accordance with College standards and any other rules and regulations of the College not specifically listed here, either on or off the campus, shall be subject to disciplinary action.
The faculty, administration, and Student Government Association cooperate in the student conduct process. Student participation in the conduct process is by allowance and not as a delegation of ultimate authority or responsibility. This procedure, it is hoped, will aid the students of Mississippi College to receive fair treatment and procedure, according to and by the rules, regulations, standards and ideals of this institution, allowing them an opportunity to exercise “self-discipline” to the fullest extent possible.
Mississippi College students are responsible for knowing the information, policies and procedures outlined in this document. Mississippi College reserves the right to make changes to this code as necessary and once those changes are posted online, they are in effect. Students are encouraged to check online (www.mc.edu/tomahawk) for the updated versions of all policies and procedures.
Working together as a community, students, faculty and staff help foster a campus atmosphere that furthers the mission of Mississippi College. Students are expected to enhance and follow the Community Standards outlined below. This standards calls for behavior that demonstrates Mississippi College’s five principles for student conduct: Respect for Campus Values; Respect for Community; Respect for Property; Respect for Authority; and Respect for Inquiry and Knowledge.
Respect for Campus Values
Mississippi College is committed to the total development of students. The University sets expectations for personal integrity, aiming to encourage students to appreciate their own talents, take their academic pursuits seriously, enhance their overall quality of life and live life in a manner that reflects Christian principles. When an instance of disrespect for campus values is known, Mississippi College will respond to a student engaging in destructive behaviors, behaviors that may impede an individual’s ability to enjoy the privileges of education and to fulfill his or her obligations as an educated member of the campus community.
Respect for Community
Mississippi College encourages students to be open to learning, including how they can contribute to the community around them. Students are expected to live with Christian fidelity and integrity as members of the Mississippi College community. Therefore, Mississippi College expects its students to treat one another with sensitivity, consideration, understanding and an active concern for the welfare of others. The University is particularly concerned that its members show respect for others regardless of race, creed, gender, disability, or nationality, and avoid all types of harassing or offensive behaviors.
Respect for Property
Mississippi College expects the responsible use of all property, including tangible goods such as buildings, library materials, equipment and any other campus property, as well as the property of other students, faculty and staff. This principle requires students to respect both personal and institutional property, both inside and outside the Mississippi College community.
Respect for Authority
Mississippi College anticipates all students will show respect to officers of the University, its faculty, administrators, and staff, each of whom is charged with responsibilities essential to the operation of the University. These individuals serve as leaders and models by example, demonstrating the University’s expectations for all members. The successful exercise of authority depends in part on the respect it enjoys from the community it serves. While at Mississippi College, students are expected to demonstrate the personal characteristics of honesty and integrity in all aspects of their life, both on and off the Mississippi College campus. Therefore, the University expects students to follow not only Mississippi College policy, but also local, state and federal laws.
Respect for Inquiry and Knowledge
Mississippi College seeks to pursue knowledge and truth. The University encourages personal growth in academic development, as well as personal and spiritual development outside of the classroom. Mississippi College affirms the need for academic standards of conduct, providing a community where faculty, staff and students can learn together.
Mississippi College considers the behavior described in the following sub-section as inappropriate behavior for the Mississippi College community and in opposition to the core values of the institution. These expectations and rules apply to all students, whether undergraduate, graduate, doctoral or professional. Mississippi College encourages community members to report to Mississippi College officials all incidents that involve the following actions. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the sanctions outlined in Article IV of the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct.
Respect for Campus Values
A. Alcohol Violations
Use, possession, sale, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or alcoholic beverage containers on campus or while engaged in any Mississippi College-related function, including functions sponsored by any Mississippi College organization, as well as irresponsible behavior involving the use of alcoholic beverages whether on or off campus is not allowed. Examples of alcohol violations include, but are not limited to:
1. Showing physical or mental impairment following or resulting from alcohol use;
2. Evidence of consumption;
3. Irresponsible behavior involving the use of alcoholic beverages;
4. Possessing empty alcohol containers for decorative purposes;
5. Participating in or being present during the occurrence of any drinking game;
6. Using or possessing common sources of alcohol including, but not limited to kegs, party balls, punch bowls, wine boxes, etc.
B. Dress Code
In keeping with the ideals of Mississippi College, each student is expected to dress neatly and appropriately at all times. Shoes should be worn at all times in academic areas, offices and dining facilities.
Regardless of the intent, display of the following is inappropriate on campus:
2. Excessively tight and/or form fitting clothing
3. Clothing displaying alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, inappropriate language, or related graphics, descriptions or logos inconsistent with the Christian mission of Mississippi College
4. Clothing that is lewd, derogatory, and/or suggestive
C. Smoking & Tobacco Use
1. Mississippi College is a Tobacco-Free Campus.
The use of all tobacco and smoking products, which includes all electronic cigarettes and vapor products, is not permitted.
This policy applies to all individuals while on Mississippi College’s campus, and shall remain in effect at all times. Individuals in violation will be reminded or informed of the policy and asked to comply.
Formal personnel or student disciplinary action will be taken should a member of the campus community (employee or student) refuse to comply when encountered. Repeated offenses will likewise result in formal action.
Guests or visitors refusing to comply when addressed will be asked to leave the campus.
D. Conduct Unbecoming of a Mississippi College Student
Conduct on or off campus which reflects poorly on the mission of Mississippi College, or other conduct which is not becoming to the best interests of Mississippi College and/or members of the Mississippi College campus community
1. Engaging in any game or chance or bets whether on campus or at a Mississippi College-related function which the participants commit money, or anything of value, in order to participate in play.
2. Lotteries and raffles are included.
F. Sexual Impropriety
1. Public Display of Affection: Engaging in public displays of affection which is not in keeping with good taste and high moral standards
2. Consensual Sexual Activity: Consensual sexual activity includes, but is not limited to participation in, advocacy for, or appearance of engaging in premarital sex, extramarital sex, or homosexual activities, or other sexual expression that may conflict with the Christian identity or faith mission of Mississippi College.
3. Possession, distribution, use or manufacture of pornographic materials including pornographic paraphernalia.
Respect for Community
Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, bullying, cyber-bullying and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
An act which threatens the mental or physical health of safety of a student, or causes embarrassment or humiliation, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization, a student’s willingness to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
Behavior that results in :
1. mental / physical discomfort
For a more comprehensive definition of hazing, consult the Mississippi College Student Organization Handbook
Any student found to be in any residence hall room or any unauthorized area with a member(s) of the opposite sex, except at times approved by the Residence Life staff, as well as any violation of the Residence Life visitation policy.
J. Inappropriate Language
Violations include, but are not limited to: lewd, obscene or vulgar language or expression that is contrary to the Christian values and principles Mississippi College strives to uphold.
K. Life/Safety Code Violations
Jeopardizing the public safety of others by tampering with safety equipment or safety features on campus such as, but not limited to alarms, cameras, entry systems, fire extinguishers, and Blue Light emergency units. Specifically included is the propping open of residence hall doors or other secured doors on campus.
The possession, legally or illegally, or threatening to use any weapon including, but not limited to, firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, air rifles, pellet guns, paintball guns, dangerous chemicals, knives with blades longer than five inches or any other weapons or any imitation that could be used to cause fear in another person on Mississippi College property, as well as any violation of the Mississippi Code involving weapons.
M. Sexual Misconduct
See Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct Policy.\
Respect for Property
N. Property Violations
1. Attempted or actual theft of property of the college or property of other individuals on Mississippi College premises, or other personal or public property.
2. Possession of stolen property.
3. Damage or tampering with property of Mississippi College or the property of individuals on Mississippi College premises
O. Computer Violations
Computer violations include, but are not limited to:
1. Theft or other abuse of computer time, including but not limited to:
2. Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, of for any other purpose
3. Unauthorized transfer of a file
4. Unauthorized use of another individuals identification and password
5. Use of computing facilities, Mississippi College internet access/network or Mississippi College email network to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or Mississippi College official
6. Use of computing facilities, Mississippi College internet access/network or Mississippi College email network to use, read, or send obscene material or send abusive messages
7. Use of computing facilities, Mississippi College internet access/network or Mississippi College email network to interfere with normal operation of the Mississippi College computing system
8. Any violation of Mississippi College’s Acceptable Use Policy
P. Misuse of College Facilities
1. Unauthorized entry to or use of Mississippi College premises
2. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys, or identification cards, to any Mississippi College premises\
Respect for Authority
Q. Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with the directions of Mississippi College officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
R. Drug Violations
Use, possession, distribution, sale, manufacture, or evidence of consumption of narcotics, controlled substances or illegal drugs on or off Mississippi College property, or at a Mississippi College-sponsored events or programs in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.
Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:
1. Misuse of over-the-counter drugs.
2. Misuse or sharing of prescription drugs.
3. Possessing, using, being under the influence of, distributing, or manufacturing any form of illegal drug.
4. Possessing paraphernalia (i.e. rolling papers, pipes, bongs, grinders, etc.) for intended or implied use of any form
5. Possessing paraphernalia that contains or appears to contain illegal drug residue.
6. Purchasing or passing illegal drugs from one person to another.
7. Using mail services to purchase, pass, or distribute illegal drugs.
S. Disruptive / Disrespectful Behavior
1. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, student conduct proceedings, or other college activities, including its public-service functions on or off campus, or other authorized non-Mississippi College activities, when the act occurs on Mississippi College premises.
2. Flagrant disrespect for a member of the Mississippi College community or one of its guests.
T. Disorderly Conduct
1. Participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of Mississippi College and infringes on the rights of other members of the Mississippi College community
2. Leading or inciting others to disrupt schedule and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.
3. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace, or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on Mississippi College premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, Mississippi College.
U. Violation of Published Mississippi College Policies, Rules and Regulations
Violation of any Mississippi College policies, rules and regulations including, but not limited to, those of Residence Life, Academic Affairs, Student Life, etc.
V. Violation of Local, State, or Federal Laws
Violation of federal, state or local law on or off Mississippi College premises or at Mississippi College-sponsored or supervised activities
Respect for Inquiry and Knowledge
W. Dishonest Actions, including but not limited to the following:
1. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty;
2. Furnishing false information to any Mississippi College official, faculty member or office;
3. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any Mississippi College Document, record or instrument of identification;
4. Tampering with the election of any Mississippi College-recognized student organization
X. Abuse of the Student Conduct Process
1. Failure to obey the summons of a student conduct body or Mississippi College official
2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a student conduct body
3. Making a false complaint(s) against another member or members of the Mississippi College community
4. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a student conduct proceeding
5. Initiating a student conduct proceeding knowingly without cause
6. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system
7. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a student conduct body prior to, and/or during the course of, the student conduct proceeding
8. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a student conduct body prior to, during, and/or after a conduct proceeding
9. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct
Mississippi College affirms the following students’ rights and privileges in student conduct proceedings:
Mississippi College provides the following rights to the complainant. Complainants must notify the Chief Conduct Officer, or his or her designee, at least two (2) class days prior to the scheduled hearing, if they wish to exercise any of the following rights listed below:
Administrative Student Conduct Conference
Retaliation against any person making a complaint against any person cooperating in an investigation of alleged acts in violation of the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct is in violation of University Policy. Retaliation includes intimidation, threats or harassment against any complainant or third party, and interference in any stage of the investigation or review of the alleged act in violation of the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct. Retaliation will result in swift disciplinary action.
In cases which cannot be resolved in an Administrative Student Conduct Conference, and in those incidents which rise to suspension or expulsion from Mississippi College housing or Mississippi College, the matter will be referred to a University Hearing Board. Hearings involving a hearing board are designed for both the complainant and respondent to present their accounts of an incident.
The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code:
An official written notice that the student has violated Mississippi College policies and/or rules and that more severe conduct action will result should the student be involved in other violations while the student is enrolled at the Mississippi College.
Compensation for damage caused to Mississippi College or any person’s property. This could also include situations such as failure to return a reserved space to proper condition – labor costs and expenses. This is not a fine but, rather, a repayment for labor costs and/or the value of property destroyed, damaged, consumed, or stolen.
Reasonable fines may be imposed.
4. Educational Service or College Service Requirements
Completion of some type of educational service or specific supervised Mississippi College service.
5. Loss of Privileges
The student will be denied specified privileges for a designated period of time.
6. Confiscation of Prohibited Property
Items whose presence is in violation of Mississippi College policy will be confiscated and will become the property of Mississippi College. Prohibited items may be returned to the owner at the discretion of the Director of Student Development and/or Director of the Office of Public Safety.
7. Behavioral Requirement
This includes required activities including, but not limited to, seeking counseling, academic counseling or substance abuse screening, writing a letter of apology, etc. This may also include working with a Student Services Office such as the Office of Student Success, Community Service Center or Office of Christian Development based on the student’s individual needs. This also includes paying any fees that may be charged for said required activity.
8. Educational Program
Requirement to attend, present and/or participate in a program related to the violation. It may also be a requirement to sponsor or assist with a program for others on campus to aid them in learning about a specific topic or issue related to the violation for which the student or organization was found responsible. Audience may be restricted.
9. Restriction of Visitation Privilege
May be imposed on a resident or non-resident student. The parameters of the restriction will be specified.
10. Mississippi College Housing Probation
Official notice that, should further violations of Residence Life Guidelines or other Mississippi College policies occur during a specified probationary period, the student may immediately be removed from Mississippi College residential housing. Regular probationary meetings may also be imposed.
11. Mississippi College Housing Reassignment
Reassignment to another Mississippi College residence hall room or residence hall. Residence Life personnel will decide on the reassignment details.
12. Mississippi College Deferred Housing Suspension
Removal from Mississippi College housing will be deferred pending any additional violations of the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct. If any further violations occur during a specified period of time, Mississippi College Housing Suspension will be automatic following a finding of “Responsible” for a time period set at the time of sanctioning. This sanction may include restrictions on visitation to specified buildings or all Mississippi College housing during the deferred suspension.
13. Mississippi College Housing Suspension
Removal from Mississippi College housing for a specified period of time after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for re-admission to Mississippi College housing may be specified. Under this sanction, a student is required to vacate Mississippi College housing within 24 hours of notification of the action, though this deadline may be extended upon application to, and at the discretion of, the Director of Residence Life. This sanction may be enforced with a trespass action if deemed necessary. Prior to reapplication for Mississippi College housing, the student must gain permission from the Director of Residence Life (or designee). This sanction may include restrictions on visitation to specified buildings or all Mississippi College housing during the suspension.
14. Mississippi College Housing Expulsion
The student’s privilege to live in, or visit, any Mississippi College housing structure is revoked indefinitely. This sanction may be enforced with a trespass action if deemed necessary.
15. Mississippi College Conduct Probation
The student is put on official notice that, should further violations of Mississippi College policies occur during a specified probationary period, the student may face suspension or expulsion. Regular probationary meetings may also be imposed.
16. Eligibility Restriction
The student is deemed “not in good standing” with the Mississippi College for a specified period of time. Specific limitations or exceptions may be granted by the Director of Student Development and terms of this conduct sanction may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Ineligibility to hold any office in any student organization recognized by Mississippi College or hold an elected or appointed office at Mississippi College; or
2. Ineligibility to represent Mississippi College to anyone outside Mississippi College community in any way including: participating in the study abroad program, attending conferences, or representing the Mississippi College at an official function, event or intercollegiate competition as a player, manager or student coach, etc.
17. Mississippi College Deferred Suspension
Separation from Mississippi College for a specified period of time with be deferred pending any additional violations of the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct. If any further violations occur during a specified period of time, Mississippi College Suspension will be automatic following a finding of “Responsible” for a time period set at the time of sanctioning.
18. Mississippi College Suspension
Separation from Mississippi College for a specified minimum period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Eligibility may be contingent upon satisfaction of specific conditions noted at the time of suspension. The student is required to vacate the campus within 24 hours of notification of the action, though this deadline may be extended upon application to, and at the discretion of, the Director of Student Development and Associate Dean of Students. During the suspension period, the student is banned from university property, functions, events and activities without prior written approval from the Director of Student Development. This sanction may be enforced with a trespass action as necessary.
19. Mississippi College Expulsion
Permanent separation from Mississippi College. The student is banned from university property and the student’s presence at any Mississippi College -sponsored activity or event is prohibited. This action may be enforced with a trespass action as necessary.
20. “No Contact” Order
A No Contact Order may be issued to students in cases of, but not limited to, abuse or harassment, which prohibits any communication via e-mail, text message, by phone, through a third party, electronically in any way, or any type of physical contact. If a “Do Not Contact” order is issued, all parties will be required to sign and agree to the “No Contact” arrangement.
21. Other Sanctions
Additional or alternate sanctions may be created and designed as deemed appropriate to the violation with the approval of the Chief Conduct Officer or his or her designee.
Typical Sanction Ranges
Sanctioning ranges established by Mississippi College exist for students found responsible for violating certain sections of the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct. However, ranges exist to provide a guide and are not mandatory as each case is determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account intervening variables, the determination of the Student Conduct Officer or hearing board of the student’s realization and understanding of his or her actions, whether the student has been involved in past infractions of the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct, and the individual circumstances of the incident. Thus, ranges may be increased, decreased or changed as needed. The following sanction ranges exist as follows for first-time offenses:
1. Alcohol Violation (Article III, Respect for Institutional Values: Section A)
1. Referral to an alcohol assessment within Mississippi College’s Counseling Center (fee), or an alcohol education program
2. Educational service hours;
3. Student Conduct probation for up to one year;
4. If the student is an on-campus resident, Residence Hall probation up to Residence Hall Expulsion;
5. If the student is under the age of 21, parental notification letter sent to parent/guardians;
7. Loss of parking privileges for any offense related to driving under the influence.
2. Visitation (Article III, Respect for Community: Section I)
2. Educational service hours
3. Loss of privileges (visitation)
4. Student Conduct Probation for up to one year;
5. If the student is a resident, Residence Hall Probation up to Residence Hall expulsion.
3. Incidents Involving Abuse (Article III, Respect for Community: Section G)
1. Mandatory counseling within Mississippi College’s Counseling Center (fee);
2. Community service hours
3. Student conduct probation for one year up to expulsion, and;
4. If the student is a resident, Residence Hall Probation up to Residence Hall expulsion.
4. Incidents Involving Illegal Drugs (Article III, Respect for Authority: Section R)
1. Referral to a substance abuse assessment and/or mandatory counseling/treatment (fee);
2. Educational service hours
4. Student Conduct Probation for two years up to expulsion from Mississippi College;
5. If the student is a resident, Residence Hall Probation up to Residence Hall expulsion;
6. If the student is under the age of 21, parental notification sent to parents/guardians;
Other violations of the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
In certain circumstances, the Chief Conduct Officer, or his or her designee, may impose a Mississippi College or Mississippi College housing suspension prior to the hearing before a hearing board.
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