Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Community Standards

Preamble

Wheaton College is dedicated to fostering a living and learning environment that promotes discussion and collaboration between and among men and women -- an environment that empowers and enriches every student. We are a community committed to cultural diversity. We value and affirm that we are unique and different -- in ethnicity, in sexual orientation, in lifestyle. To foster and encourage such an environment, the students of Wheaton College have developed an Honor Code. The Community Standards have been formulated to reinforce the ideals and principles encompassed in the Wheaton College Honor Code.

Membership

All matriculated students at Wheaton College are considered members of the Wheaton community. Guests and visitors of all students are likewise considered members of the Wheaton community while they are on the Wheaton College campus and are expected to adhere to the Wheaton Community Standards and the Honor Code. Wheaton students are responsible for the conduct of their guests and visitors and are expected to address any conduct that violates the Wheaton Community Standards or the Honor Code.

Expectations and Responsibilities

As Wheaton's Honor Code mandates, all members of the Wheaton community are expected to behave in ways which demonstrate care and respect for the personal dignity, rights and freedoms of all members of the community, and to demonstrate care and respect for college property and the property of others. As members of the Wheaton community, we all share responsibility for safeguarding the rights and freedoms of other members and for maintaining community standards.

Specifically, these shared expectations and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • to observe the Honor Code and the Wheaton Community Standards and to comply with appropriate requests to adhere to them
  • to accept responsibility for and monitor the behavior of guests and visitors
  • to address violations of the Honor Code and the Wheaton Community Standards

Wheaton College assumes that students are adults and responsible for their own conduct. The fact that the college takes proactive steps to address violations, actions, or activities that may pose a risk to the well-being of the community does not absolve students from taking responsibility for their own behavior.

Unacceptable Behavior

The Honor Code and the Wheaton Community Standards are predicated on a concern for the welfare of the individual and of the Wheaton community as a whole. Behavior that jeopardizes the health and safety of community members, or intrudes upon their rights and freedoms, is unacceptable.

Physically Endangering Behavior

Physically endangering behavior includes any deliberate, negligent or reckless actions that endanger the physical safety or well-being of any community member (including self-endangerment).

Some examples of such actions include:

  • physical assault
  • possession or the use of weapons, ammunition, explosives or incendiary devices
  • tampering with fire protection systems, or any conduct that creates a fire hazard
  • the setting of fires
  • the possession or sale of illegal drugs
  • speeding or reckless driving
  • the throwing of objects from windows or roofs or in any other dangerous manner
  • violation of the college Alcohol and Drug Policies
  • violation of the college Sexual Misconduct Policy

Actions that are deemed to pose excessive risk of danger shall result in the offender's removal from the college.

Threatening and Intimidating Behavior

The verbal or written threat to do violence, psychological intimidation, harassment or coercion of any member of the Wheaton community is unacceptable.

Lack of Respect for Property

It is the responsibility of all members of the Wheaton community to respect and safeguard the private property of others as well as the resources of the college itself (including grounds, academic buildings, residences, dining facilities and associated structures). College resources are provided for the benefit of the entire community and must be maintained and preserved.

The following are examples of conduct and actions that violate Wheaton Community Standards:

  • deliberate, negligent or reckless actions that result in damage to personal property
  • unauthorized use, or the abuse, destruction or theft of college property or the property of another
  • refusing to provide personal identification when requested to do so by a college official
  • knowingly furnishing false information to a college official or member of any College Hearing Board acting in performance of his or her duties
  • forgery, alteration or the unauthorized possession or use of college documents, records, or instruments of identification
  • deliberate and persistent violation of college parking policy
  • deliberate defacing, misuse or misappropriation of library books or other library materials
  • misrepresenting one's identity in electronic communications
  • deliberate, negligent or reckless actions that result in damage or disruption to college computing facilities or the campus network
  • unauthorized use, or the abuse, destruction or theft of college information or computer systems, or of private information belonging to another
  • using college computing facilities for commercial or profit-making purposes without written permission from the College

Consequences

Actions have consequences, and individuals who violate the Honor Code or Wheaton Community Standards are subject to the following sanctions:

  • Expulsion
  • Suspension from campus or from college housing
  • Loss of housing privileges
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Written warning
  • Fines and restitution
  • Notation in disciplinary or academic file until graduation
  • Loss of credit, or failure for a piece of work or for a course in which the violation occurred
  • Notation on permanent record
  • Parent/guardian notification

Other sanctions, as deemed appropriate:

  • denial of use of a designated college facility
  • removal from an athletic team
  • removal from campus position
  • revocation of a group's charter

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