Community Standards and Student Conduct System
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. The students of Wheaton College developed an Honor Code which has created an ethos of mutually shared respect and offers individual freedom to explore interests and learn in an open and collaborative environment. The Community Standards have been formulated to reinforce the ideals and principles encompassed in the Wheaton College Honor Code.
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 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.
Student Conduct Process
The Student Conduct Process has two types of disciplinary proceedings to resolve violations of the Honor Code and/or Community Standards.
- Administrative Conduct Meeting
- College Hearing Board
Both aim to adjudicate cases of misconduct impartially, timely, and treat all individuals involved in the process with respect and objectivity. The Office of the Dean of Students maintains the discretion to determine which proceeding is most appropriate based on a case-by-case basis.
Please refer to this page for the most recent complete version of the Community Standards and Student Conduct System.
What happens after I’m documented?
Typically, students meet with their Area Coordinator for an Administrative Conduct Meeting. In that meeting, students will have an opportunity to provide any relevant information pertinent to the alleged policy violation(s) for the purpose of determining responsibility.
- It is important to note, being documented by an Resident Advisor, Area Coordinator, or Public Safety does not implicate an automatic violation of policy.
What are potential outcomes if found responsible for violating the Honor Code or Community Standards?
The College takes both an educational and in some cases a punitive (fines) approach when issuing sanctions. Sanctions include but are not limited to, educational responses, participation in an education programs, formal warnings, fines, parental notification, probation, removal from Residential Life (housing), restrictions (weekends, places on campus, College sponsored programs etc.) suspension, and or dismissal.
Where do I pay my fine?
Fines can be paid in the Office of the Dean of Students located @ Park Hall.
What is the Alcohol Policy?
Learn more about the Wheaton College Alcohol policy »
Where can I find Residential Life Policies?
Residential Life Polices are kept and updated on their policies webpage.