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Conduct Off Campus

Students are responsible for their conduct from the time of admission through the awarding of the degree, including before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between semesters of enrollment (and even if the conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Honor Code and Community Standards shall apply to a student's conduct even if the student withdraws from the college while a conduct matter is pending.

In addition to addressing student conduct that occurs on the campus or at college-sponsored or college-supervised events (including students involved with off-campus internships and study abroad programs), the college may also address conduct of students that occurs off-campus.  The college, in its sole discretion, may apply the Honor Code and Community Standards to students whose misconduct has an adverse impact on the Wheaton community, its members, and/or the pursuit of its objectives, regardless of where such conduct may occur. This includes but is not limited to conduct that endangers the safety and well-being of fellow students, has a direct and adverse impact on local residents and/or businesses, or may compromise the reputation of Wheaton College.  The following examples describe off-campus acts that the college may decide to address through the college’s student conduct system:  driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; physical/sexual assault; sale/distribution of controlled substances; malicious destruction of property, illegal activities, and unruly and/or disruptive behavior.  The college will address the facts and circumstances of each situation as they arise. These examples are provided for illustrative purposes only and they should not be regarded as all-inclusive.

If the conduct at issue is prohibited by local, state or federal laws, and/or if it is being addressed in any civil or criminal proceedings in a court or other forum, the college, in its sole discretion, may determine if it will initiate and conduct student conduct proceedings.  The college, in its sole discretion, may choose to hold its student conduct proceedings in abeyance and/or to place the student on interim removal from campus, pending the outcome of such civil or criminal proceedings

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