About Us - Student Handbook
Student Handbook Contents
- Our Mission
- Student Government (GSGA)
- History of Greenville University
- Theological Assumptions
- Core Values
- Philosophy of Education
- Student Learning Outcomes
- Growing & Learning Together Lifestyle Statement
- University Community Standards
- Student Relationship to the University
- Student Conduct
- Code of Conduct
- Disciplinary Actions and Sanctions
- Withdrawal and Refund Policy
- Return of Title IV Funds
- Campus Judicial Systems
- Adjudication Process
- Disciplinary Procedures
- Title IX Sex Discrimination Policy
- Policy on Consensual Intimate Relationships Between Members of the University Community
- Sexuality Policy
- Greenville University Drug and Alcohol Policy
- Expression of Student Beliefs
- Health Services
- Career Services Office
- Counseling Services
- ID Card
- Mail Services
- Check Cashing
- Property Rights
- Student Transcript
- Campus Safety
- Residence Life
- Food Service
- Burritt Fire Pit Use Policy
- Policy on Appropriate Use of Network and Computing Resources
- Privacy of Student Records – FERPA Disclosure
- Academic Honesty
- Excused Absence Policy
- Student Success Office
- Student Government Association
- Copyright Guidelines for Showing Movies on Campus
- Policies for Posting Notices
- Outside Speakers Policy
- Sales and Solicitation Policy
- Sabbath Policy
- Thank You
1. Our Mission
Greenville University empowers students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.
Greenville University believes that God created each of our students to uniquely shape the world!
1. Offer a transformational Christ-centered educational experience that empowers, enriches, and endures
2. Focus on the development of the whole person so that each student thrives spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, relationally, and physically
3. Inspire our students to embrace God’s Call
4. Give our work as worship and welcome the presence of the risen Christ to fill us, equip us, and send us.
Greenville University Academic Calendars can be found here: https://www.greenville.edu/academics/calendars.html
The Greenville University Events Calendar can be found here: http://events.greenville.edu/
Schedules for individual athletic teams can be found by visiting here: http://athletics.greenville.edu/landing/index
Board of Trustees
The University is wholly owned and governed by the Board of Trustees and they have final authority and final responsibility in all matters concerning the institution.
The President of the University is the chief administrative officer. He is responsible to the Board for the total operation of the University. The organizational structure of the University consists of four administrative divisions. A Cabinet officer is responsible for each division.
Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer
The Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer is responsible for all budgeting, financial and tax reporting. This position also supervises and directs the financial affairs (student accounts, cash receipts, accounts payable, payroll, and purchasing) of the institution, and prepares the annual budget and the financial reports for the Board of Trustees. The CFO has management oversight of the university benefit plans, insurance, and the operation of auxiliary services of the University bookstore, conference services, facilities, and shared supervision of Sodexo Food Services with the Provost.
Vice President for Development
The Vice President for Advancement is responsible for providing leadership and coordination for all university advancement operations. This area includes publications, alumni relations, church relations, development, major donor programming, and special events.
A list of faculty and staff can be found here:
5. Student Government (GSGA)
A list of student government officers and organizations can be found here:
6. History of Greenville University
For more than a century, students on the Greenville campus have received an education based on academic excellence and Christian principles. Challenged to provide higher education for women, Stephen Morse moved to Greenville, Illinois in 1855 from New Hampshire and founded Almira College, named in honor of his wife, Almira Blanchard Morse. Two years later, the university was incorporated. For the next twenty-three years the school educated young women under the leadership of John B. White, a classmate of Morse at Brown University. Financial reverses necessitated selling the property to James P. Slade who conducted a coeducational school.
In 1892, ministerial and lay leaders of the Central Illinois Conference of the Free Methodist Church purchased Almira University which was at the time housed in a single building. They proposed to provide higher education for young men and women under distinctive Christian influences. The institution was reincorporated under the name of Greenville College and authorized to confer collegiate degrees.
In 2017, on its 125th anniversary, Greenville College changed its name to Greenville University.
7. Theological Assumptions
Greenville University is a Christian university of the liberal arts and sciences founded by the Free Methodist Church and committed to the following description of our theological character.
As Christians, we believe that God exists and is presently and actively engaged in the lives of people. Though we employ terms such as wonderful, powerful, righteous, loving, all-knowing, merciful, and holy to describe God, none of them alone, or even in total, can completely capture the identity of God. Because that identity must be both experienced and learned, we commit ourselves to a living and learning environment which nurtures the whole person. We affirm that, as God's creatures, persons are endowed with the ability to respond to, and ultimately to know and achieve intimacy with God.
This intimacy with God results in life growing ever more harmonious with God's nature, which can be described in terms of goodness, beauty, truthfulness, freedom and love. Because these qualities transcend all cultural, historical, and ethnic boundaries, Greenville University seeks to do the same.
We have seen that humanity does not live in harmony with God, and we seek to understand why. We believe that God is helping us to gain this knowledge, both through revelation and by discovery in that which God has done in history and has made in creation. Refusal to embrace this revelation and to begin the journey of discovery are at the root of humanity's problem. This problem has traditionally been defined as sin and can be best understood in terms of its consequences: alienation in all relationships, captivity to sin, and a darkened heart and mind. Death is the ultimate experience of this alienation and darkness. We understand that the person of Jesus Christ is the revelation of God, and the work of Christ redeems all creation, dispels the darkness of ignorance, frees people from captivity to sin, and restores all relationships. All this is mediated through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, holding the hope of redemption and life for humankind.
These affirmations lead us to embrace a Christianity that is best defined as orthodox. Orthodox Christianity, holding to what might be described as a central consensus among Christians of all times and cultures, affirms that:
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day, He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
We are confident that affirming the Apostles' Creed is completely necessary and adequate for one to claim to be fully Christian. In order to define how we at Greenville have and are working out our faith in practice, it must be understood that we are the willing, and sometimes unwilling, inheritors of a number of religious impulses and traditions including orthodox Christianity, the Enlightenment, the Reformation, the Puritan ethos, an Evangelical tradition, the Anglican/Methodist tradition, the Pentecostal/Holiness impulse, and American Revivalism.
8. Core Values
Jesus Christ longs for everyone to come to Him in faith, grow in Him and help others do the same. We believe that each student deserves an opportunity to respond to this Good News. We also prepare students to confidently carry their faith into the world and impact culture. Our Christ-centeredness shapes our academic, co-curricular and chapel programs; it also influences how we allocate resources, shape policies and hire and promote personnel.
We deliver holistic education that builds character, expands perspectives and develops global awareness. Students embrace learning that is personal, rigorous and engages diverse cultures and ideas. Our world-class instructors guide them to think critically and creatively through a Christian lens in the classroom, outside of the classroom, in collaboration with others and through hands-on experiences. Programming for students at all levels—from college-bound high school students to graduate students—
cultivates an environment of continuous learning.
We know from experience that markets, culture, and society benefit from integrated faith-based solutions. We commit to building on our 125-year history of innovative problem solving by imagining education as it applies to evolving global issues and equipping students accordingly.
Character shapes all that we are—our intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual and relational selves. We invite students to join us in looking to Jesus Christ as our model for character and understanding Christian character as a key to unlocking the unique gifts God gives us for influence and service. We encourage students to take responsibility for all aspects of their lives and strive to “do the right thing” even when nobody is looking.
Healthy people create healthy institutions. We strive to cultivate a healthy workplace that thrives financially, spiritually, intellectually, relationally and physically. We aim for healthy communication and provide avenues for personal, spiritual and professional development. Data drives our programs, strategies, plans and financial decisions.
Christ calls us to a lifestyle of service, giving our time, talent and resources to glorify Him and bring others to Him. We empower students to develop hearts for the kind of service that impacts the surrounding culture. We provide local, regional, national and international opportunities for students to serve. Members of athletic teams, student government, classes, and other groups often serve together.
Strong communities create lasting bonds, multiply opportunities for future generations and leave spiritual legacies for subsequent generations. Coming from many different countries and diverse backgrounds, we at Greenville University are bonded together in the love, example, and teaching of Jesus Christ. A strong community has sustained Greenville University through generations. It links the present with the past and future; it brings great value to today’s students.
9. Philosophy of Education
All truth is God’s truth. Our educational philosophy rests, for our search for truth, upon the authority of Scripture, as well as upon tradition, reason, and experience. It is shaped by Biblical revelation and informed by our theological presuppositions, and therefore includes the following assumptions about reality, knowledge, humanness, and value.
We understand God to be personal-the creator and ruler of an orderly, dynamic universe. Through this universe God's eternal purposes, meaning, creativity, and loving care are expressed.
We learn about reality through observation, thought, and a scholarly and disciplined search for truth. We then perceive reality's ultimate meaning in and through God and through His creation. The fullest information about God's person and purposes appears in God's self-revelation in redemptive acts-in Hebrew history and in the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ-as recorded and interpreted in the Bible. God's dealings are always primarily relational, first through God's choosing of a people and later through the establishment of the church. God continues to be at work in the world through His creation and through the instrument of the church in the power of the Holy Spirit, calling people individually and collectively into a saving experience. To learn, throughout our lives, we must do more than gain knowledge.
We must also integrate our knowledge with the adaptive coping skills-skills which we develop through our life experiences and temper by spiritual discernment. As we watch our community's leaders and members integrating the outcomes of their moral choices, we learn from our own faith-based choices. From these people, we can learn to serve by leading, and to lead by serving. Their habits of heart and mind serve as models for our own. As we create our unique spiritual, cognitive, and psycho-social synthesis, our Christian learning community encourages and supports us. In such a community, both the curricular and co-curricular experiences can help us develop into servant leaders.
We humans are created in the image of God, and are therefore of inestimable value. We further understand that this image is found across cultures, ethnic and racial groups, and social class. But because we are bound by sin, we have become estranged from God and neighbor, and our lives are distorted. Yet God, out of infinite mercy, offers us salvation and reconciliation in the atoning work of Jesus Christ. As a result, all who profess belief in Christ are called to seek the fullness of the Spirit and to live lives of wholeness and grace through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As bearers of God's image, humans retain certain qualities and responsibilities. These qualities include complex rational capabilities, systematic and powerful skills of investigation, and the capacity for compelling ethical and aesthetic insights. And because we are social in both our nature and our circumstance, we bear a responsibility to live as a functional part of society in its diverse manifestations. This requires sensitivity to culture, ethnicity, race, gender, religious tradition and practice, and social class. In addition, we should live redemptively, pointing others to Christ, to the church, and to the Christian worldview.
We value righteousness, which we understand to be obedience to God and His revelation. The essence of this obedience is captured in the Christian ideals of character and calling.
Regarding character, we prize:
1. commitment to God through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ,
2. respect for all creation,
3. respect for persons as they have been variously created by God,
4. personal freedom and the acceptance of responsibility for the personal and social consequences which result from the exercise of this freedom, and
5. obedience to the teachings of Christ and the apostolic tradition, and to the Spirit of God at work in the life of the individual and the church.
With respect to calling, we embrace:
1. the responsibility of each believer to live a life of full service in and through the church-the Body of Christ;
2. the wholeness of life and our dual obligations to affirm all that is true, good, and beautiful and to exercise stewardship over all of creation;
3. the ethics of love and the responsibility for bringing good news and personal relief to all, with special care for the poor and downtrodden, and
4. the necessity of the indwelling Spirit of God if we expect our lives of ministry and service to have either substance or effectiveness.
Based on our assumptions about reality, knowledge, humanness, and value, Greenville University pursues certain objectives. Our pursuit unifies both spiritual and academic aims, in an effort to minister to the whole person.
10. Student Learning Outcomes
The University’s and various department’s student learning outcomes can be found here:
11. Growing & Learning Together Lifestyle Statement
Greenville University is a community in the Wesleyan Holiness tradition, affiliated with the Free Methodist denomination, where individuals join together to further their academic achievement, personal development, and spiritual growth. Together we seek to honor Christ by integrating faith and learning while our hearts and lives reflect mature Christian practice. This statement explains the principles and the expectations that help us live together and meet institutional objectives. We acknowledge that it is impossible to create expectations that fully satisfy every member. Nevertheless, certain expectations bring order to community life. When individuals join Greenville University, they freely and willingly choose to take upon themselves the responsibilities outlined in this statement.
Loving God and being accountable to Him are the primary motivations for Christian relationships and behavior. The Bible is our authority; it provides the essential teachings and principles for personal and community conduct. God, through the Holy Spirit, places in every believer the inner resources and attributes to minister to others through supportive relationships. Employees of this community are committed to Christ. Students are either committed to Christ or at least sympathetic with a Christian perspective and desire to achieve a liberal arts education in an evangelical Christian context.
Biblical Responsibility for Building Community
Living in daily fellowship with others is a privilege and an expression of God’s grace. In recognition of this privilege, we place great value on the quality of relationships in our community. We acknowledge that we live in a fellowship where we depend on and are accountable to one another. The New Testament word for fellowship is koinonia. It is translated as partaker, communion, communication, contribution, distribution. Members, therefore, are encouraged to seek as many opportunities as possible to demonstrate koinonia. Within our community the greatest expression of fellowship and the highest principle for relationships is love. As Scripture states: “We should love one another. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers…let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions as in truth. Since God so loved us, we ought to love one another. Whoever loves God must also love his brothers” (1John 3:11-16, 18; 4:11, 21 NIV). In order for growth to occur, we have identified the following specific expressions of love among the most desirable in our relationships
Building Up One Another
Each member of the community is expected to strive consciously to maintain relationships that support, encourage, and help others. “We who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up” (Romans 15:1-2 NIV).
Making Allowance for One Another
We are responsible to support those experiencing grief, discouragement, illness, tragedy, and other personal trials. Expressions of bearing one another’s burdens include comfort, consolation, encouragement, and intercession. Difficulties in relationships can occur because of our humanness. In such cases we are to respond as Scripture states: “…clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another” (Colossians 3:12 NIV).
Speaking the Truth in Love to One Another
Speaking the truth to each other in love can strengthen our community. We can often resolve problems of relationships and behavior by constructively confronting one another in the appropriate spirit. If the welfare of the one confronted is paramount and if the confronter acts in love, growth can result. We believe healing broken relationships is necessary for healthy community. “…and He (Christ) has given us the ministry of reconciliation…and He has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (II Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV). We recognize that direct confrontation is not always possible or helpful in some cases, such as raising a matter of harassment, discrimination, assault or other illegal act to University authorities and have reporting policies in place for those situations.
Implementing the above expressions of love in relationships requires sensitivity to others and continual effort. It also requires that we love others as we love ourselves. Relationships of this quality enrich our lives and community, honor God, and assist in meeting the goals of the University.
Biblical Responsibility for Individual Behavior
Attributes of the Heart
Scripture teaches that certain attributes are available to all individuals through the Holy Spirit. These attributes include “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-24, NIV). This “fruit of the Spirit” is to be sought, nurtured, and demonstrated in our relationships. In contrast to encouraging these positive attributes, Scripture condemns such things as greed, jealousy, pride, lust, needless anger, an unforgiving spirit, harmful discrimination, and prejudice.
Scripture prohibits certain behaviors and community members should avoid them. They include backbiting, cheating, dishonesty, drunkenness, gossip, immodesty of dress, lying, occult practices, profanity, sexual promiscuity, theft, and vulgarity.
Submission to Civil Authority
In keeping with Scriptural admonitions to bring ourselves under the authority of government, members of the Greenville University community are expected to uphold the laws of the local community, the state of Illinois, and the nation, except for those rare occasions in which obedience to the civil authority would require behavior that conflicts with the teaching of Scripture. On such occasions, each individual would submit Greenville University Student Handbook voluntarily to the civil penalty for his/her behavior. Behavior resulting in civil arrest on or off campus is subject to review within the University’s disciplinary procedures.
Exercising Responsible Christian Freedom
Members of the Greenville University community voluntarily commit themselves to the following standards of behavior. This commitment results from the conviction that these standards serve the good of the individual as well as the total community. These standards are not presented as absolutes or as an index of Christian spirituality, but rather as expectations of this community. Because of the importance of trust in and responsibility to one another, violations of these standards are seen as a serious breach of integrity within the community.
Freedom to Worship Christ Together
Corporate worship, prayer, fellowship, and instruction are essential for our community. Therefore students, faculty and administrators are expected to attend chapel. Regular attendance signals a mature response to our community goals.
Freedom to Protect Human Life
Greenville University believes in the sanctity and dignity of human life, beginning at conception and extending throughout our natural lives.
Freedom to Observe a Day of Rest
Members of the community are encouraged to observe the Lord’s Day (traditionally Sunday) as a day set apart primarily for worship, fellowship, ministry, and rest. While activities such as recreation may be a part of the day, “business as usual” that relates to University programs and services will not be sanctioned or encouraged except when absolutely necessary.
Freedom from Destructive Words or Actions
Consideration of others and standards of respect, civility, and good taste are important to Greenville; therefore, all activities should be guided by this principle. Hence, any kind of demeaning gesture, threat of violence, hate language or physical attack directed toward another person will not be tolerated. Vandalism or theft of property is also not acceptable. The pornography industry exploits people, therefore, pornographic materials are not to be used, possessed, or distributed on or away from campus. Gambling (exchange of money or goods by wagering or betting) is an unwise use of God-given resources, and therefore, is not acceptable in any form. Members of the community observe the demands of academic integrity such as honesty and giving credit to sources. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
Freedom from Substance Abuse
As Christians we believe that life is full, abundant and free in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we abstain from whatever damages, destroys, or distorts His life in us. Illicit drugs are prime offenders. The abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana products can have equal or greater destructive effects, thus, we encourage abstaining from the use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and marijuana products. Consequently, consumption of alcohol or use of tobacco and marijuana on Greenville University property or at sponsored events is prohibited. While enrolled in Greenville University, traditional undergraduate members of the community will abstain from the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana products. Further, all members of the community are to refrain from the use of illegal drugs and substances, or the use of prescription drugs not authorized by a physician.
Freedom of Purity
The University, guided by the historic church’s understanding of sexuality and marriage as interpreted through Scripture and tradition, believes that God created male and female in God’s own image; that the gift of sex is reserved for marriage between one man and one woman; and members of our community should therefore abstain from premarital, extra marital and same-sex sexual relationships.
We recognize that there are individuals who experience same-sex attraction, and/or self-identify as LGBTQ in our community. Regardless of one’s perspective or tradition, we encourage all community members to engage one another with civility and respect. In all issues of purity, we have a corporate responsibility to be God’s agents of transformation as we learn to live a Christian life that is wholesome and pure. We commit to all of our students, to help them thrive and find fullness in Christ within the context of our Wesleyan tradition.
Greenville University expects its members to apply scriptural standards of discretion and discernment and to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. As individuals and as a community, we must uphold the ideal of purity when choosing whether or not to participate in an activity. Prudence tells us that environments and activities, which diminish one’s moral sensitivity should be avoided.
Compliance with day-to-day policies and procedures of the community is expected from all members. These routine items are listed in the Student Handbook and the Greenville University Catalog for students and the Employee Handbook for faculty, staff and administrative staff.
The intent of this statement is to identify expectations and responsibilities that assist Greenville University to function as a Christian community and to achieve goals as an institution of higher learning. This statement addresses relationships and behavior. These emphases are parallel and vital to the quality of our lives together. The behavior part of the statement includes standards that are specific to the University. These standards are important and must be consistently maintained to assure a proper climate for growing and learning. These standards need to be kept in perspective with the Biblical responsibilities for relationships and behavior.
The book of Colossians provides an appropriate summary of the goals for our community:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom…with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father…” (Colossians 3:12-17 NIV). As long as you are a member of the Greenville University community, you are responsible for implementing these stated expectations. Your signature on this document attests that you understand and are willing to comply with the expectations and responsibilities.
12. University Community Standards
The Greenville University Community standards are based upon the lifestyle statement listed above.
The following text is written to help students apply these principles in their daily lives.
Greenville University is a Christian academic community which seeks to meet the emotional, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual needs of its members. Every community possesses certain characteristics which distinguish it from other communities and which it maintains through established behavioral norms and sanctions.
We acknowledge that the norms adopted by a community may not satisfy all its members. Nevertheless, standards of conduct help the university meet its objectives. The university must make those standards clear and support them with consistent action. The student must understand those standards and meet them in both spirit and practice.
The Board of Trustees, Administration and Faculty of Greenville University recognize that the following principles outlined in Scripture and practiced by Christians are basic for meaningful and harmonious community living.
1. We affirm our dignity and worth as creatures of God.
2. We accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ and voluntarily identify with and gain strength from those who follow Him.
3. While we know that salvation is not obtained by following rules of conduct, we are also aware that true Christian liberty is not so much freedom from regulations as freedom through disciplined living.
We are free to glorify God and live for others, but not free to sin.
4. We abstain from actions and attitudes expressly prohibited in Scripture and by the laws of the land. Other actions reflect individual conviction and in these areas we avoid judging others or causing them to stumble.
5. Where the laws of God and society do not speak explicitly we hold that each Christian must decide what behavior is appropriate for them. We remember, however, that orderly community life and the reaching of common goals may require the individual to limit his own privileges for the good of the group.
6. We acknowledge our responsibility for stewardship of our individual abilities, resources, and opportunities, and also for the stewardship of the resources and opportunities of the community.
We expect the following traits and behaviors will characterize any person.
1. A sincere desire to mature intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
2. A growing concern for the welfare of others and for the welfare of the community as a whole.
3. An understanding of service as an important form of leadership and a desire to experience the joy of serving others.
4. Openness to new ideas and experiences.
5. Responsibility for his/her own behavior and its effect on other persons.
6. Honesty in conversation and authenticity in behavior.
7. Awareness of becoming a part of a community with a strong tradition and a desire to value and respect that tradition even while reviewing and evaluating it.
8. The following statements help define an environment which promotes maximum growth.
9. We value individuals even when their behavior is unacceptable.
10. People learn to handle freedom by exercising self-direction and accepting the consequences.
11. Truthful personal responses enhance personal growth.
12. We counsel, direct or correct people whose behavior is detrimental to personal or community development.
The following standards based on the institutional philosophy and the Biblical principles and general expectations stated above, apply to all members of the Greenville University Community:
1. We expect each person to conduct himself or herself according to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, responsibility and love as set forth in Scripture. Practices forbidden in Scripture are unacceptable at Greenville University.
2. We expect everyone who is a part of the Greenville University Community to uphold the laws of the local community, the state, and the nation, except in those rare cases wherein obedience to civil authorities would require behavior directly in conflict with the teaching of Scripture.
3. In addition to the explicit teaching of the Scripture and the laws of the land, this Community chooses to impose upon itself certain rules of behavior. Although we do not view these rules as absolute standards for all Christians, we hold to them
4. in the belief that they serve both the good of the individual and the institution.
We offer the following statements as guiding principles which will help each person to behave responsibly and appropriately.
1. The Greenville University Community recognizes Sunday as a special Christian day, characterized by corporate worship, rest from the usual activities of the week, and renewal of the body, mind, and spirit. We strongly encourage the regular worship of God in Christ as essential for Christian living.
2. One should avoid questionable activities and entertainment that contribute little to one’s wellbeing or that diminish one’s moral sensitivity. Therefore, the University urges all members of the Community to practice discretion and restraint in the choice of television programs, videos, movies, theater, printed material and card games. One should avoid any activity which violates principles of modesty, which occurs in a questionable setting, or which exploits people.
3. One’s decision about dress and personal appearance reflect the principles of modesty and appropriateness. Modesty requires that one wear decent attire. Immodesty through ignorance or carelessness is bad manners; immodesty calculated to shock or embarrass someone shows a lack of respect for others. Even though one’s appearance may express his or her personality, he or she should never make others uncomfortable.
4. All personal relationships should be based on consideration for the feelings of others. Public displays of affection make many people very uncomfortable. Private intimacies not connected to a deepening affection reveal a desire to 4. exploit someone or to compromise his or her integrity. Propriety and good manners should mark all acts of affection in public. One should never treat other people as objects or use them for one’s own gratification.
5. There are aspects of our culture over which devout and sincere Christians disagree—for example, entertainment such as television and movie viewing, dancing, listening to popular music, reading books, and playing video games. Rather than provide a list of proscriptions, GC expects its members to practice scriptural standards of discretion and discernment in 5. their daily lives in order to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. As individuals and as a community, we must uphold the ideal of purity when choosing whether or not to participate in an activity. Prudence tells us that environments and activities which diminish one’s moral sensitivity should be avoided.
6. Because the university wants to promote the spiritual growth of every student, it makes available a variety of religious activities. We expect each member of the university community to participate regularly in the University religious activities and those of his or her own church.
7. Students and faculty form prayer groups and Bible studies in response to need and interest. The Office of Spiritual Formation, Residence Life, Greenville Student Outreach provide opportunities for service to others in the community. The churches in Greenville and the surrounding area provide many additional opportunities to participate in worship, Bible study and service. Several of them plan special activities for university students and welcome them to their services. Traditional chapel services are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each Tuesday a prayer and meditation chapel takes place and, on Thursday there is a student-led Vespers service.
13. Student Relationship to the University
Greenville University has rules, regulations, remedial and rehabilitative services, and supervised activities designed to help one get the most from their university experiences. The University assumes a moral obligation to help regulate one’s educational career while studying at the University.
When a student enrolls in Greenville University, they agree to obey the rules both of an academic and non-academic nature and observe the standards of conduct as set forth by the University. It is further agreed that each student upon enrollment will take full advantage of the educational opportunities available at the University. The obligations of this agreement are binding on both the student and the University. The University agrees to furnish the facilities, such as classrooms, professors, co-curricular activities, visiting lecturers, religious activities, residence hall programs and intercollegiate sports programs. In this environment, students will find ample provision for their education. Students should take advantage of as many academic and social opportunities as possible.
The people who support Greenville University, spiritually and financially, expect the University to maintain a satisfactory student- university relationship. The Board of Trustees has made the University officials responsible for monitoring this relationship and for assuring that both the student and the University fulfill all obligations. If a student violates a public law or university regulation, refuses to take prescribed courses, or does inferior academic work, their actions reveal a problem.
If a student fails to use their time wisely or breaks the rules of the University Community, administrators will attempt to discover the root of the problem and try to help the student solve it. If she or he declines to pursue appropriate academic goals or persists in violating the rules, the administration may dismiss the student from school.
For best results the student and the University must work together. Greenville University must provide adequate facilities, competent personnel, and an environment conducive to learning. One must take full advantage of them. As part of the student body, each student must help create a positive atmosphere on campus. Therefore, it is essential that one accept responsibility for making that atmosphere as helpful to their peers as possible.
Certain fundamental ideas guide the relationship between students and Greenville University. Experience has demonstrated their validity. These ideas include:
1. The privilege of attending Greenville University carries with it the responsibility for using the resources of the University so that one may achieve their education and personal goals. Furthermore, one must not keep others from accomplishing their legitimate goals.
2. One should not use immoderate or profane language, threats, or violence to resolve disputes. The University expects students to solve interpersonal conflicts through designated representatives.
3. Students are obligated to contribute constructively to any group of which they are a member. One’s presence on campus obligates them to work for the common good and the welfare of other students.
14. Student Conduct
Responsibility for Student Conduct
A. The authority of the President to maintain standards of student conduct at Greenville University has been delegated to the Dean of Students and appropriate Community Life Officers. In addition to contacting students involved in alleged incidents, they are fully responsible for the implementation of the procedures and sanctions resulting from disciplinary proceedings.
B. Students will be responsible for their own behavior and for the behavior of others who share the Greenville University community. Healthy and honest relationships are the basis for positive community life. Scripture gives instruction in how to live in a Christian community. Jesus said people should examine their own lives before trying to correct someone else’s (Matthew 7:4). An important part of sharing Christian community is caring about each other’s needs and troubles (Galatians 6:2). Each member of the community is responsible for clearing up any misunderstandings that might occur (Matthew 5:23–24). There may be times when one member of a community has to confront another member but that is to be done with an attitude of love and a desire to restore the broken relationship (Matthew 18:15–20). The ultimate goal of the Christian community is to reconcile people with God, with each other, and with the community (2 Corinthians 5:18–20).
Jurisdiction and Scope of the Code
Students are responsible to adhere to standards of student conduct from the time they matriculate until they officially withdraw or graduate. In other words, no distinction is made between adherence to standards of conduct “on-campus” versus “off-campus”. Violations will be regarded as a serious breach of integrity with this community to which each member has voluntarily chosen to associate. For example, when a student participates in academic courses, university sponsored events, trips and tours off campus, and vacations (including summer vacations); they are expected to abide by the code of conduct. This code of conduct does not presume to define, or describe all the situations under which a student may be disciplined by the university.
Thus, students may be placed on probation, suspended or dismissed for academic reasons as well as for disciplinary reasons.
Students are entitled to a reasonable expectation of privacy, but understand that they do not have the same rights of privacy as other citizens, especially when it pertains to student housing. With this in mind, Greenville University’s Provost/COO, Dean of Students (or designee) may authorize or perform a search of a particular room in a residence hall to determine compliance with federal, state and/or local criminal law and with university policies, rules and regulations if, in the opinion of the Provost/COO or Dean of students (or designee), there is reasonable cause to believe that any such violation has occurred or is occurring in that room. “Reasonable cause” exists when facts, circumstances, and information are, in the judgment of the Dean of Students (or designee), sufficient to indicate that there is a reasonable likelihood that an offense or violation has been or is being committed.
Should a student’s conduct involve the public courts, the University may conduct a formal disciplinary hearing independent of how the public court proceeds. If the person is clearly a danger to the university’s community, the student could be removed from campus prior to the conclusion of the disciplinary proceedings. A public conviction would not as such be grounds for dismissing a student, unless the conviction carried with it a sentence which precluded class attendance. If a student is convicted of an off- campus misdemeanor in a public court, they may be placed on probation for one full semester after a hearing with the appropriate Community Life officer, or, on the student’s request, with the Judicial Hearing Board. If the student is convicted of a felony, an on-campus misdemeanor, or repeated off-campus misdemeanors, the University may institute proceedings of specific charges in violations of this code.
Finally, the University reserves the right to refer any on-campus offenses to the appropriate law enforcement agency for disposition. This would probably occur when university officials have substantial evidence that a crime has been committed, but the student allegedly involved, pleads innocence. The university may waive its on campus jurisdiction in favor of the public courts, which deal more commonly with criminal matters.
15. Code of Conduct
This code recognizes that Christians seek to live their lives out of the positive law of love in obedience to God’s commandments. It has further recognized, however, that our love is imperfect, fragmentary, and deficient. It is in recognition of this fact that this code seeks to assist the community by prohibiting certain actions or behaviors that are in conflict with a Christian code of behavior. Negative behavior lessens academic performance, causes difficulty in managing emotions, affects personal relationships, heightens the potential for damage to property, injury or illness, and infringes on the rights of others. Therefore, the kinds of conduct listed below are prohibited.
The intentional misrepresentation of all or part of one’s work to deceive for personal gain, or assisting another to do the same. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, and/or submission of work that was developed in all or in part as a response to the assignment of another professor in all or in part. Students are responsible for becoming familiar with acceptable standards for research and documentation and to abide by them. Each faculty member is required to send a record together with all evidence of suspected cases of academic dishonesty to the Provost of the school and to notify the Community Life Office. Copies of all records, meeting minutes, and response documentation will be sent by the Provost’s Office to Community Life to be placed in the student file. In any case of academic dishonesty, a student’s disagreement over a professor’s handling of the incident will be regarded as an academic complaint and handled in accordance with the procedures for academic complaints set forth in the University catalog. Further information can be found in the University catalog.
Aiding, Abetting or Conspiring/Complicity
Being present when another student violates university policy or enabling a student to commit a violation. When illegal substances and/or objects are present in a room, all occupants are held responsible.
Possession, consumption, and/or distribution of alcoholic beverages or the presence of empty alcohol containers. The prohibition extends to all areas within the bounds of the Greenville University campus or on the grounds of any properties leased or controlled by Greenville University. These are also prohibited at locations of university-sponsored activities or events sponsored by any university organization or department. Students are expected to abstain from all alcohol consumption while a student at Greenville University. This includes all university breaks including, but not limited to, thanksgiving break, Christmas break, spring break and summer break.
Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury. This includes but is not limited to punching, slapping, hitting, biting, scratching or poking.
Living or residing with a person of the opposite sex or same sex in an intimate relationship outside the bonds of marriage.
Committing a City, State or Federal Crime
The breaking of city, state, or federal laws, which govern the area in which a Greenville University student is living. All students are required to abide by the laws of the local, state, national, and foreign governments (in the case of Greenville University, related travel abroad) and may be subject to disciplinary action by the University for any violation thereof. The University will cooperate with all law enforcement agencies as requested.
Any violation of the Policy on Appropriate Use of Network and Computing Resources which begins on line 2928 of this handbook.
Dangerous Practices and Reckless Behavior
Activities that endanger the lives or safety of the student or of others in any building or on any property owned or operated by the University. This includes, but is not limited to, students climbing on roofs or hanging from ceilings and ledges of walkways, propping doors in residence halls, throwing objects from windows or balconies or elevated walkways, and disclosing or giving residence hall door access to unauthorized persons.
Disorderly Conduct and Respect for Others
Disruptive or negative behavior on campus or at any off-campus function; intentionally or recklessly interfering with normal school or school-sponsored activities; interfering with emergency service personnel; obstruction of any reasonable entrance to or exit from any school building or property. Conduct on or off campus which is in conflict with the welfare and integrity of the school and the student; engaging in or sponsoring an activity contrary to the Greenville University Lifestyle Statement. Conduct which is offensive or annoying to others or is disruptive of the rights of others. This includes excessive noise, horseplay, and hurtful practical jokes. Participation in unauthorized assemblies or demonstrations; behavior which appears calculated to incite a riot, or seizing control of any building. Greenville University will not permit any individual or group to violate the personal or civil rights of others.
To play a game of chance and/or make wagers, for money and/or any other valuable stakes.
Harassment/Physical Threat or Abuse
Verbal, physical, written or mental abuse, threats, abuse of personal property, public incrimination, defamation of character, or stalking. May include a persistent pattern of behavior directed at another individual that distresses, frightens, or is in some manner inappropriate or threatening. Examples include hate speech, public incrimination, or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, or disability.
The infliction of physical or emotional harm calculated to embarrass or harass; any activity that would jeopardize the well-being of an individual; activities which involve forcible restraint and kidnapping.
Manufacturing, possessing, distributing, and/or illegal drugs and/or possessing drug paraphernalia.
Improper Residence Hall Visitation
Visitation by members of the opposite sex in men’s or women’s Residence Halls outside of the established visitation hours.
Immodest or Improper Displays of Affection
Inappropriate physical contact in public, this includes prolonged, intense kissing or other intimate and physical behavior.
Failure to comply with directions given by university officials, faculty, staff, or RC’s acting in the performance of their duties (i.e. failure to evacuate a building during a fire alarm, refusal to present an ID upon request, failure to appear when summoned for an official meeting).
Inappropriate Online Posts
Any information provided to the university that may self-incriminate individuals for violating federal, state, local, or university laws and policies or that harass and/or discriminate against other individuals. This may include information found on personal websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media sites. Violators may be asked at a minimum to remove information from the posting and may result in further discipline sanctions.
A state of being in which a person experiences a loss of normal use of their mental and/or physical faculties. This includes, but is not limited to, slurred speech, loss of motor coordination, aggression, loss of memory, abusive behavior, or a blood alcohol content of .05 or greater.
Lewd and Indecent Conduct
Indecent, profane and vulgar language, writing, expression or behavior, and/or indecent exposure.
Disposing of refuse of any kind on University property except in receptacles provided.
Misrepresentation or Forgery/Falsification of Records
Providing false identification or information to Greenville University officials with intent to deceive. This also includes the unauthorized use of any Greenville University document or instrument of identification. Falsification of any University records or documents is also prohibited.
Keeping or possessing any animal in the residence hall, apartments, or anywhere on campus. With the approval of a university official, dogs used to assist the visually impaired and which provide emotional support are permitted on campus.
Viewing or possessing material that is sexually explicit and intended for the purpose of sexual arousal. This includes videos, print material, and material displayed on the Internet. All forms of pornography are strictly prohibited including movies, videos, calendars, magazines, posters, music, telephone communication and software. Residents possessing any materials that may be described as soft pornography—that which presents the body in a degrading or compromising manner—may also be asked to remove items from their rooms. The University recognizes that displaying these items may not only be offensive and disrespectful to community members, but also can be personally addicting and have unhealthy emotional and spiritual implications. This would include questionable “R” rated movies, apps and websites. Computer, handheld device and smartphone “history” and cache checks may be done at any time.
Possessing Firearms, Weapons or Explosives
Possession, use or storage on campus of any object designed to inflict injury including firearms, explosive chemicals, gasoline, ammunition, bows, arrows, swords, nun-chucks or any other weapon or an imitation thereof that could be used to cause fear in or injury to another person. BB guns, paint ball guns, airsoft guns and knives with blades of three inches or more are also prohibited. This prohibition also applies to items that appear to be weapons.
Possession or use of fireworks of any variety on all University-owned or leased property or at any University-sponsored activity.
Possession or Use of Electronic Cigarettes
E-Cigarettes or other recreational vaporizers are prohibited in any context, on or off-campus, except where their use is part of an official cessation program pre-approved by the Community Life Office.
Any words or expressions that are not considered socially appropriate within a Christianity community are considered improper.
Setting a Fire or Arson
Fire Setting—Lighting a fire without authorization. Intentional or unintentional fire setting on university property. Arson—Fires set with the intention of destroying property.
Acts of sexual penetration by the use of force or threat of force. For the purpose of this policy, students should understand: (a) sexual assault is committed whether the assailant is a stranger or an acquaintance; and (b) sexual assault is committed if the accused commits an act of sexual penetration and the victim was unable to understand the nature of the act or was unable to give knowing consent.
Greenville University is committed to providing a quality education in an educational and work environment free from sexual harassment. Greenville University considers such goal consistent with its educational and Christian mission. For a more complete definition, refer to page 37.
Sexual activity which is inconsistent with biblical teaching such as sexual activity outside the bonds of marriage, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or the appearance of any one of these (e.g. staying overnight with a person). The touching or fondling of the genitals of another is considered by the University as inappropriate behavior for relationships outside of marriage.
Defaming another’s character through ridicule, rumor, or libel.
Stealing and/or Possession of Stolen or Lost Property
Taking or keeping the property of another person or group without permission. This includes property owned or leased by the University, items belonging to students, faculty/staff, or guests of the university, or possession of property stolen from the larger community.
Tampering with Fire Equipment
Tampering with, discharging, or removing fire alarms, fire extinguishers, exit signs, or other safety equipment and giving false alarms.
Tobacco products in any form present a serious health risk. The use or possession of any tobacco products or paraphernalia is prohibited. This includes items that advertise or promote tobacco products such as clothing, posters, etc. Tobacco products in any form present a serious health risk.
Unauthorized Entrance, Presence or Improper Use
Unauthorized entrance, presence in, or improper use of, any Greenville University property is prohibited. This includes the unauthorized use of University facilities (i.e. private parties, misuse of the Student Union, soliciting, distribution of advertising materials and intentionally trespassing in areas from which individuals have been banned by previous order.
Conduct that contradicts biblical standards and the values of the Greenville University community.
Destroying, defacing, or damaging property owned or leased by the University, or property belonging to students, faculty, staff, or guests of the University.
16. Disciplinary Actions and Sanctions
The goal of a developmental approach to student discipline is to resolve conflict and restore a person’s relationship to the community. Self-discipline, peer accountability and informal confrontations or communications with duly appointed representatives of the institution, i.e., faculty, staff, coaches, Community Life Officers, are the preferred sequence of actions. When informal means of discipline are exhausted and/or one’s behavior repeatedly violates university policy and behavioral expectations, the student will be subject to formal Institutional Disciplinary procedures.
Upon determination that a student has violated any of the rules, or regulations set forth in this code of conduct, the following sanctions may be imposed by the appropriate Community Life Officer, Judicial Body and/or the Dean of Students. Any disciplinary actions taken will be imposed in the best interest of both the student and the institution. University sanctions are independent of other sanctions which may be imposed as a result of civil or criminal prosecution.
The disciplinary actions listed in this section are not meant to be exhaustive, but rather serve as guidelines which may be imposed in any combination. Previous incidents of misconduct will be considered in the determination of a disciplinary action to be imposed for a present violation.
To initiate the formal process an incident report is used to document incidents or violations of policy that occur on campus. These reports are used in judicial proceedings and are kept on file in the Community Life Office.
If the Provost/COO or Dean of Students determines that a student may be at risk of harming her/himself or any other member of the community, that student may be released from their relationship with Greenville University and asked to leave campus immediately. In such cases the Provost/COO or Dean of Students will outline conditions upon which a person may safely return to campus and resume normal activities.
Students are placed on disciplinary probation after repeated incidents or serious violations. This becomes part of the student’s permanent record which is kept on file in the Community Life Office. The length of the probationary period will be determined in each case. When placed on disciplinary probation, a student’s rights to represent the university, unless restricted by the adjudicating body, shall be determined by the supervisor/sponsor of the activity in which they participate. Further violations during the probationary period will result in a formal hearing.
Personal Growth Initiative (PGI)
To encourage and promote personal responsibility for one’s behavior, the university will not seek formal institutional disciplinary action against a student who has violated community standards if they voluntarily seek assistance. Voluntarily means, that the student makes their desire for help known to a Community Life Officer (this includes RC’s) prior to the beginning of formal proceedings, (exceptions: when behavior is repetitive, self-destructive, hazardous to others, or is a significant civil or legal issue).
To initiate the Personal Growth Initiative, the student must approach a Community Life staff person expressing a desire to repent and change. The staff member, in cooperation with a student’s respective Coordinator for Residence Education or faculty advisor will develop a collaborative plan which establishes the student’s intent to change, including actions, steps and accountability procedures. Formal disciplinary procedures shall be suspended as long as the student adheres to the plan.
A Personal Growth Initiative Plan set up jointly by the student and a designated Community Life staff member, designed to restore desired behavior will be established. If, however, the student does not carry out the plan or no longer desires to change, the student shall be subject to formal disciplinary action through established institutional disciplinary procedures. The staff person who agrees to work with the student shall hold him/her accountable for adhering to the Personal Growth Initiative Plan.
A Personal Growth Initiative (PGI) will be established to help students respond in a way to promote maximum growth. It may include all or any of the following:
• A mentor relationship with a faculty member
• Community service
• Volunteer service
• Accountability procedures
• Contact with the Dean of Students, or senior Community Life Officer
In House Suspension
In cases that warrant, a person may be given an “In House Suspension.” The person being disciplined shall be prohibited from participation in all campus activities except library, class, chapel, and dining. (Attendance at or participation in campus activities is prohibited.) Students subject to this sanction may be asked to complete additional assignments, i.e., reflections, reviews, papers, or academic work during this time. Students on “In House Suspension” are expected to spend the bulk of their time in the library.
The student is involuntarily suspended and placed on disciplinary probation for a stated length of time. They will be required to leave campus within 24–48 hours. Upon returning to campus, a growth contract will be established for each student. Absences from classes and chapels during the suspension period are not excused. Academic work missed such as exams, projects, and papers during that time may NOT be made up. A written copy of this action will be placed in the student’s file. The privilege of participation in university sponsored activities shall be revoked during the time a student is suspended.
The student may be counseled out or not permitted to register for classes the following semester. Application for reinstatement may be made after a minimum of one semester’s absence from campus or at the discretion of the appropriate university administrator charged with making such a decision. **
The student will be terminated involuntarily and will receive failures in their courses for the semester. Unless otherwise authorized by the Dean of Students or designee, the student must vacate the campus within 24 hours after the dismissal decision has been announced. The student cannot be on campus grounds during the period of dismissal unless a request is submitted in writing and approval is granted by the Dean of Students or designee. When the seriousness of the offense or the attitude of the offender is deemed to jeopardize any member of the community or to disrupt the educational process, suspension and removal from campus will be immediate. Written notice of offenses and action taken will be placed in the student’s file. They may apply for reinstatement after a minimum of one semester’s absence from campus. Their case will be subject to review by the Dean of Students or designee before readmission is granted.
The student may be assigned to campus and/or community service duties to be completed within a stated time frame.
Removal from University Housing
Under specified circumstances, (repeated disruptive, rude, threatening behavior or destruction of personal/community/university property) the university reserves the right to remove a student from university housing either temporarily or permanently for reasons deemed necessary. Their access to campus may also be restricted, and parents may be notified.
Parents may be notified of judicial action in accordance with:
The Higher Education Amendment of 1998
1. According to the Higher Education Amendment of 1998, nothing in the General Education Provisions Act of 1965 shall be construed to prohibit an institution of higher education from disclosing to a parent or legal guardian of a student, information regarding any violation of any federal, state, or local law, or any rule or policy of the institution, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, regardless of whether that information is contained in the student’s educational records, if:
a. The student is under the age 21; and
b. The institution determines that the student has committed a disciplinary violation with respect to such use or possession.
2. Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Regulation, Subpart D99.31, wherein, student is defined as a dependent according to Section 52 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
In addition to administering appropriate disciplinary action, a student may be levied a charge up to $300 or the actual cost of damages resulting from certain inappropriate behaviors. These may include but are not
restricted to participation in non-approved trespassing; tampering with fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or propping open exit doors; using fire crackers on campus; illicit initiation activities; water fights resulting in property damages; entering areas in campus buildings designated as “off limits” (roofs, ledges, boiler rooms, fire escapes, unauthorized key usage) without permission, and other such actions. Charges are to be paid immediately upon presentation of written notice. Registration for classes will be held until these charges are paid.
17. Withdrawal and Refund Policy
Registration at Greenville University is considered a contract binding the student for the entire term. Many commitments of the University are based upon the enrollment anticipated at the beginning of the term. Greenville University adheres to a fair and equitable refund policy consistent with regulations set forth by the State of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Education. This policy applies to students who officially withdraw from the University. Withdrawing from all classes requires a student to submit a completed Withdrawal form to the Community Life Office. Failure to do so will result in the student being responsible for all applicable charges. Refund of charges will be calculated according to the date the form is submitted.
Semester Withdrawal Form
To notify offices on campus that a student intends to withdraw a student should complete this form: https://form.jotform.com/61614811716958
Students withdrawing from Greenville University during the first two weeks of a semester (prior to the drop date), will receive a full refund of tuition paid. Room and board charges will be pro-rated by week based on the time spent on campus. Withdrawals after the drop date of the semester will result in a refund of tuition
charges according to the schedule below:
Refund of Tuition
Fall and Spring Semester classes
Time of Withdrawal from University Tuition Refund
First 2 weeks of semester (prior to drop date) 100%
During week 3 – 4 of semester 50%
During week 5 – 8 of semester 25%
After week 8 of semester No Refund
Summer Terms (1 & 2) classes
Time of Withdrawal from University Tuition Refund
First 4 days of course 100%
After Day 4 of course (after drop date) No Refund
Time of Withdrawal from University Tuition Refund
First 2 days of course 100%
After Day 2 of course (after drop date) No Refund
Refund of Room & Board
Time of Withdrawal from University Room & Board Refund
First 2 weeks of semester (prior to drop date) Pro-rated by week up to 2 weeks
After week 2 of semester No Refund
18. Return of Title IV Funds
Calculations of the return of Title IV aid for withdrawals occurring during the first two weeks of a semester will be based on the last date of attendance for the semester in which the student withdraws. Students who initiate a withdrawal from the University after the first two weeks of the semester will be eligible for a refund of the Title IV aid based on the date that the withdrawal form was submitted to Community Life. A student who withdraws after the 60% point of the semester will not be entitled to a return of Title IV aid.
19. Campus Judicial Systems
As a result of violations of standards or codes of conduct of the University, recommendations on disciplinary action will be provided to the Dean of Students by a Community Life Officer, or the Judicial Hearing Board, depending upon the nature and extent of the infraction. The Dean of Students, or designee, has the authority to execute disciplinary sanctions deemed necessary in the best interests of both the student and Greenville University. For clarity, the Dean of Students may invite other persons to the inquiry or hearing. The student may also invite one faculty/staff advocate who may be present, but not participate, throughout the judicial proceedings.
Judicial Hearing Board
Faculty/Staff Membership (minimum of 3)
The Dean of Students or designee will invite the faculty members of the alleged violator relative to the respective semester. Respective coaches or mentors within the University may also be invited.
Student Membership (minimum of 1)
The GSGA shall appoint, when requested by the Dean of Students or designee, one student to serve on the Judicial Hearing Board for purposes of a specific hearing. To serve on the Judicial Hearing Board, such student must be attending the University full-time, maintain “good standing” as defined by university policy, have at least a 2.25 GPA, not be on chapel probation, and cannot be under sanctions for violating university policy. Student members shall be full-time and maintain “good standing” as defined by university policy, have a 2.25 GPA, not be on chapel probation and cannot be under sanctions for violating university policy. The student will also not be involved in the case being adjudicated.
The judicial board may hold session when at least four members are present of which three must be employees.
A majority vote shall be necessary for determination of culpability and of the appropriate sanction.
Findings and respective sanction assignments will be sent as a recommendation to the Dean of Students for endorsement following judicial hearings.
Board of Appeal
A Board of Appeal shall consist of six members. The Dean of Students or designee, shall act as chair and secretary. She/He will have no vote on any student appeals.
A Board of Appeal must include a minimum of one student and five employees.
A two-thirds majority of the voting members present shall be required to reverse or modify the decision of the Community Life Officer or the Judicial Hearing Board. The committee may not increase the sanctions.
20. Adjudication Process
Administrative Hearing Option
A student may request that their case be reviewed by an official of the Community Life Office. That person may choose to adjudicate the case or refer it to the Judicial Hearing Board. The Dean of Students, or designee may invite selected faculty and staff to add clarity or assist in the adjudication process. Selected reasons may be included to support the alleged offender or clarify elements related to violations in questions. In keeping with Matthew 18, students wishing to report a violation will be strongly encouraged to confront the student being accused, “in love”, prior to lodging a formal complaint.
The student may appeal decisions made by the university official to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students within three (3) regular work days after the decision is received. Specific objections to the previous decision and relevant documentary materials supporting objections must be presented in writing to the Dean of Students. If new information is presented in the appeal, the Dean of Students may, in his or her sole discretion, refer the appeal to the Student Welfare Committee for adjudication.
The Dean of Students or designee shall notify the student(s) involved of the decision in writing, within three (3) working days of receipt of the record.
An appeal of the Dean of Students or the Student Welfare Committee’s decision may be filed within three (3) working days of the receipt of the decision by the student(s) to the President or his/her designees.
The President or his/her designee shall notify the student(s) of the decision within five (5) working days of receipt of the record of the case. The decision rendered by the President is final and no longer subject to appeal.
Judicial Hearing Board Option
Community Life Officers shall at any time have the option to refer a disciplinary matter to the Judicial Hearing Board even if the student(s) wishes to have their case resolved by an administrative review. If the alleged misconduct occurs during the last two weeks of a semester or during the summer, referring the matter to the Judicial Hearing Board may or may not be an option.
The Judicial Hearing Board shall conduct a hearing, reach a decision by majority vote, and explain the rationale in writing. The chairperson shall forward the Judicial Hearing Board’s recommendation to the Dean of Students within three (3) working days of the hearing date. The Dean of Students reserves the right to accept, reject, or adjust the recommendation of the Judicial Hearing Board.
The Dean of Students shall notify the student(s) involved of the decision in writing and in person, if possible within three
(3) working days of the receipt of the recommendation from the Judicial Hearing Board.
The student may appeal decisions made by the Judicial Hearing Board to the Dean of Students within three (3) regular work days after the decision is received. Specific objections to the previous decision and relevant documentary materials supporting objections must be presented in writing to the Dean of Students. If new information is presented in the appeal, the Dean of Students may, in his or her sole discretion, refer the appeal to the Student Welfare Committee for adjudication.
If the appeal is heard by the Student Welfare Committee, it will review the case within five (5) working days of the receipt of the request for an appeal. If by two-thirds vote of the committee membership the previous decision is over turned or altered, such recommendation will be made to the Dean of Students. The student(s) involved will be notified within three
(3) working days of the receipt of the recommendation from the Student Welfare Committee. An appeal of either the Dean of Students decision or the Student Welfare Committee’s decision may be filed with the President within three (3) working days of the student’s receipt thereof.
The President or his designee shall notify the student involved of the decision, in writing, within five (5) working days of receipt of the record of the case. The decision rendered by the President or designees is final and not subject to appeal.
Student appeals will not be accepted beyond the time limits specified above.
21. Disciplinary Procedures
Complaints and Charges
Complaints against students may be filed by anyone within or outside the institution. Complaints must be submitted in writing and signed by the complainant. Unsigned or anonymous complaints will not be acted upon except in unique cases where administration is aware of extenuating circumstances. However, formal charges against students for violations of the Student Conduct Code may be brought only by the Community Life Officers. They have discretionary power to act or not to act on complaints. If action is warranted, the student will be served a written statement of the charged (alleged misconduct) and of their rights to a hearing.
Students have the right to request one of two hearing options. A formal hearing would be held before the Judicial Hearing Board, or, on appeal, before the Student Welfare Committee. An administrative hearing would be held by the appropriate Community Life Officer, or if desired, a student may request that the hearing be conducted by an official of the same gender. Students who willfully do not appear for hearings forfeit their rights to be represented during the hearings. In such cases the Community Life Officer or adjudicating body will determine both the guilt and appropriate sanctions as specified above.
Hearings shall proceed in two parts. The first shall determine guilt or innocence. If the student is found guilty, the second part shall determine the sanction.
The first shall precede de novo, in that the Judicial Hearing Board or Community Life Officer shall consider only evidence directly pertaining to the case under consideration, including evidence presented by the student. In the absence of the student, there shall be a vote on the guilt or innocence. If a student has been found guilty and chooses to appeal the decision, and if the sponsor of the university activity has already set and/or administered the length of time for suspension, then the student should not have their time lengthened beyond what had been set until after completion of the appeal.
The second part of the hearing shall be in the absence of the student and the committee may consider prior violations of the discipline code, testimony about the student’s character, or other relevant information. This is to assist the committee to properly determine the sanction. Then a vote shall be taken on the sanction. Hearings are closed and private except for those instances when the student desires the accompaniment of another student or faculty member, or when the Judicial Hearing Board or Community Life Officer wishes to call people for testimony and evidence.
Students have the right to examine all material evidence prior to the time of their hearings. They also have the right to know whether there will be personal testimony against them. They do not have the right to know the names of witnesses prior to the hearing. Students do have the right to be present during the presentation of evidence and the hearing
of testimony of witnesses and to argue the adequacy of the evidence.
Students may request another student or a member of the faculty to accompany them to their hearing before the Judicial Hearing Board, Community Life Officer or the Student Welfare Committee, to advise them or to speak in their defense and to be present throughout the hearing. In cases, where the question of guilt is contested, the students may request that witnesses be called to testify on their behalf. The chairperson must approve the list of witnesses to be called prior to their appearance at the hearing.
Conflict of Interest
Any member of the Judicial Hearing Board who is personally involved in a case, or who could be called upon to act as witness in a case, shall refrain from voting on it. An alternate may be selected to replace them if necessary by the Judicial Hearing Board.
Complaints of students about the implementation of the provisions and procedures of this code or related policies shall be made to the Dean of Students.
Students may appeal both the determination of guilt and the severity of sanctions imposed on them. Such appeals resulting from decisions made either by the Community Life Officer or by the Judicial Hearing Board can be appealed. The appeal should be addressed in writing to the Dean of Students within three (3) working days.
The President of the University, through the Dean of Students, may exercise an institutional review of all final decisions. Should it be their judgment that the provisions and procedures of this code have in their operation failed to secure the right of the students and the interests of the total community, the President may wish to intervene. Since this would be de facto revocation of the authority and responsibility previously delegated in this code, it may be done only in extraordinary situations and even then only after the judicial bodies defined in this code have done their work.
The right to summarily suspend a student, pending a hearing on charges, is exclusively that of the Dean of Students. This right may be exercised only when it is their judgment that the continued presence of the student on campus is clearly a menace to other members of the campus community and not as a pre-emptory punishment for an alleged misdeed.
A record of the proceedings shall be filed in the Office of Community Life which shall be the repository for all judicial records. Such records shall include:
1. Statement of the charge
2. Minutes of the proceedings
3. The judgment rendered, and the sanctions imposed
4. Dissenting opinions of members of the judicial body
In addition, Faculty Members are requested to inform the Dean of Students about all cases of academic dishonesty that may be adjudicated by the appropriate academic officer.
Report of Disciplinary Action
The Dean of Students may provide a summary of disciplinary action to the Student Welfare Committee. The Dean of Students will inform the University’s Registrar of any respective student placed on probation or of any loss of right for the student to participate in university activities and/or to represent the University. Either the Student Welfare Committee or the Dean of Students may inform the faculty advisor, professor, or sponsor of university activities of any such actions.
22. Title IX Sex Discrimination Policy
The Greenville University Title IX Sex Discrimination Policy addresses all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking
Greenville University is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that is committed to the biblical principle that all human beings are created in the image of God. Because of that belief, the College is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities.
Greenville University is also committed to maintaining and strengthening an educational, working, and living environment founded on the biblical principles of love and mutual respect. The University seeks to provide programs, activities, and an educational environment free from sex discrimination. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Illinois law, Greenville does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, including but not limited to recruitment, admissions, housing, athletic and extracurricular activities, discipline, distribution of financial assistance, distribution of institutional resources, hiring practices, employment, promotion, and policies. A relevant portion of Title IX states as follows:
“No person in the United states shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or any activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
The University is committed to promoting respect for the bodily integrity of all persons, the virtues of chastity, and the sacredness of human sexuality. The University affirms that sexual relationships are designed by God to be expressed solely within a marriage between a man and a woman. Sexual activity outside the confines of marriage is inconsistent with biblical principles and is prohibited by University policies.
Sex discrimination, as used in this policy, means any form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX and its implementing regulations. Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment by or against University students, employees, or others in the University community. Sex discrimination is antithetical to the standards and ideals of our community and will not be tolerated. Greenville University recognizes the spiritual, moral, legal, physical and psychological seriousness of all sex discrimination, regardless of the level of acquaintance between the parties, however casual. Greenville University aims to eradicate sex discrimination through education, training, clear policies, and serious consequences for violations of these policies.
Further, the University recognizes that sexual violence is a serious threat to the University community, is prohibited by Title IX, and is a criminal act. Therefore, the University is committed to providing the following to members of the University community:
1. A statement of expectations for behavior with regard to community standards pertaining to sex discrimination.
2. Resources aimed at reducing the risk of sexual violence, including educational programs for men and women.
3. Intervention to offer support, information, and resources, including confidential assistance such as counseling if desired, following the report of sex discrimination.
4. Procedural options for resolving a report.
5. Student conduct and employee disciplinary procedures that address the needs of complainants and protect the rights of respondents.
The University will take immediate action to address sex discrimination and to promptly and equitably investigate complaints to eliminate the discrimination, prevent its reoccurrence, and address its effects. The University may also implement awareness and/or preventative measures.
Sex discrimination reports may result in criminal prosecution or civil liability. Any criminal prosecution will proceed separate and apart from any University investigation and disciplinary proceeding. The University will cooperate with any criminal investigation or prosecution of sexual assault incidents involving any member of the Greenville University community. At the request of law enforcement, the University may agree to defer its Title IX fact gathering until after the evidence gathering stage of a criminal investigation. The University will nevertheless communicate with the Complainant regarding Title IX rights and procedural options and may take interim measures to protect members of the University community. The University will promptly resume its Title IX fact gathering as soon as it is informed that law enforcement has completed its initial investigation. The University may not, by federal law, wait to address reports of sex discrimination until any external legal processes are resolved.
All sexual assault reports shall be treated with gravity, dignity, and justice throughout the process. Members of the University community should not do any of the following:
1. Pressure a Complainant to suppress a report of sex discrimination;
2. Cause a Complainant to believe that the Complainant is responsible for the commission of any crime against him/her;
3. Communicate to any Complainant that the Complainant was contributorily negligent or assumed the risk of being assaulted by reason of circumstances, dress, or behavior; or
4. Communicate to any Complainant that the University would incur unwanted publicity as a result of a report of sex discrimination.
Scope of Policy and Prohibited Conduct
The policy applies to all University community members, including students, faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers, vendors, independent contractors, visitors, alumni and any individuals regularly or temporarily employed, studying, living, visiting, conducting business or having any official capacity with the University or on University property. This policy applies to sexual harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, both on and off campus. In particular, off-campus conduct is subject to this policy if the conduct occurred in the context of an education program or activity of the University or had continuing adverse effects on campus or in an off-campus education program or activity.
Sex Discrimination: For the purposes of this policy, “sex discrimination” shall include but not be limited to any acts of sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual harassment. In compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, sex discrimination applies but is not limited to: recruitment, admissions, housing, athletic and extracurricular activities, rules and regulations, discipline, class enrollment, access to programs, courses and internships, distribution of financial assistance, distribution of institutional resources, hiring practices, employment, promotion, and policies.
Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is antithetical to biblical and academic values and to a work environment free from the fact or appearance of coercion. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, a violation of University policies, and may result in serious disciplinary action. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature on or off campus, when:
1. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is an explicit or implicit condition of an individual’s employment, evaluation of academic work, or any aspect of a University program or activity; or
2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions affecting the individual; or
3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, i.e. it is sufficiently serious, pervasive, or persistent as to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually offensive working, academic, residential, or social environment under an objective standard.
Sexual harassment may be found in a single episode, as well as in persistent behavior. Conduct that occurs in the process of application for admission to a program or selection for employment, as well as conduct directed toward University students, faculty, or staff members, is covered by this policy and the University’s Harassment Policy.
Both men and women are protected from sexual harassment, and sexual harassment is prohibited regardless of the sex of the harasser. Sexual harassment is a matter of particular concern to an academic community in which students, faculty and staff are related by strong bonds of intellectual and spiritual interdependence and trust.
Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is the commission of a nonconsensual sexual act or nonconsensual sexual contact against another person. Lack of consent can be by force, threat or force, coercion, or because the party is physically or mentally unable to consent.
Sexual Contact: Sexual contact means the nonconsensual touching of a person’s intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breast or buttocks, or clothing covering any of those areas), or using force or threat of force to cause a person to touch his or her own or another person’s intimate parts.
Sexual Acts Not Involving Contact: Much sexual misconduct includes nonconsensual sexual contact, however, contact is not a necessary component. A sexual act not involving contact may also violate this policy, provided that the act was nonconsensual. For example, photographing, or the auditory or visual recording of sexual activity, if done without the consent of one or both parties, is sexual misconduct that would violate this policy. Similarly, sharing such recording or photographs without consent is a form of sexual exploitation and would violate this policy.
Consent: Sexual activity requires consent as a matter of state and federal law. For legal purposes, consent is defined as clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the parties to engage in sexual activity.
Consent cannot be obtained from someone who is under 18 years of age, asleep or otherwise mentally or physically incapacitated, whether due to alcohol, drugs, or some other temporary or permanent, physical or mental disability or condition. If a person is unconscious or unaware that sexual activity is occurring, consent is not possible. An individual cannot claim that sexual activity was consensual if the individual knows or reasonably should have known that the other party was incapable of making a rational, reasonable decision regarding consent. Consent cannot be obtained by threat, coercion, or force. Agreement given under such conditions does not constitute consent.
Force: Force means physical force, violence, threat, intimidation, or coercion.
University Community: For purposes of this policy, “University community” includes students, faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers, vendors, independent contractors, visitors and any individuals regularly or temporarily employed, studying, living, visiting, conducting business or having any official capacity with the University or on University property.
Employee: Employee means any person employed by the University, whether as a faculty or staff member, whether full-time, part-time, adjunct, tenure-track or non-tenure track.
University: University means Greenville University, Greenville, Illinois.
University Student: University student means any student who is registered or enrolled at the University at the time of the alleged sex discrimination.
Employee-Student Consensual Relations
The integrity of the teacher-student relationship is the foundation of the University’s educational mission. This relationship vests considerable trust in the teacher, who, in turn, bears authority and accountability as a mentor, educator, and evaluator. The unequal institutional power inherent in this relationship heightens the vulnerability of the student and the potential for coercion. The pedagogical relationship between teacher and student must be protected from influences or activities that can interfere with learning and personal development
Whenever a teacher is or in the future might reasonably become responsible for teaching, advising, mentoring, or directly supervising a student, an amorous relationship between them is inappropriate and should be avoided. In addition to creating the potential for coercion, any such relationship jeopardizes the integrity of the educational process by creating a conflict of interest and may impair the learning environment for other students. Finally, such situations may expose the University and the teacher to liability for violation of laws against sex discrimination.
For purposes of this policy, “direct supervision” includes the following activities (on or off campus): course teaching, examining, grading, advising for a formal project such as a thesis or research, supervising required research or other academic activities, and recommending in an institutional capacity for admissions, employment, fellowships or awards.
“Teachers” includes, but is not limited to, all tenured and non-tenured full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty of the University. It also includes graduate and professional students and associates when they are serving as part-time acting instructors or in similar institutional roles, with respect to the students they are currently teaching or supervising.
“Students” refers to those enrolled in any and all educational and training programs of the University.
This Policy also applies to members of the Greenville University community who are not teachers as defined above, but have authority over or mentoring relationships with students, including athletic coaches, supervisors of student employees, advisors and directors of student organizations, residential advisors, as well as others who advise, mentor, or evaluate students.
Employees or students with questions about this policy are advised to consult with the University’s Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators listed on the University website.
Other Conduct That May Constitute Sex Discrimination or Violate This Policy
In accordance with this policy, the University is empowered to investigate and sanction other conduct that is discovered as a result of a complaint brought under this policy that may violate Title IX and this policy. Such related conduct may include, without limitation, incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, as those terms are defined by state and federal laws. For example:
1. Domestic Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence, abuse, assault and/or battery by a person who is married, cohabiting, or who has a child in common with the victim.
2. Dating Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence, abuse, assault and/or battery by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The length, type, and nature of the relationship are considered in determining if such a relationship exists.
3. Stalking includes engaging in conduct or a series of actions directed at another person if that conduct or series of actions would cause the other person to have a reasonable fear for his or her safety.
Violations of the rules of confidentiality as articulated herein or violations of any interim measures imposed under this may be subject to discipline pursuant to this policy or other University policies.
The University seeks to remove barriers to reporting sexual discrimination. To this end, a violation of the student handbook (such as an alcohol or substance abuse violation), when the violation is discovered as a result of a report of sex discrimination, will not result in dismissal for the complainant, provided that the complaint is raised in good faith and the health and safety of the individuals involved is not jeopardized. The University reserves the right to extend grace to all parties involved and may choose to recommend or require institutional or counseling remedies for a student consistent with our values.
Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator is the individual designated by the University to coordinate the University’s efforts to comply with and enforce the responsibilities of the University under this policy in accordance with pertinent Title IX regulations. Currently serving in the capacity of Title IX Coordinator is: Katrina Liss, Director of Human Resources, 315 E. University Ave. Greenville, IL.
The University has designated the duties and responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator who shall:
1. Appoint deputy Title IX Coordinators as needed.
2. Ensure coordination with the deputy Title IX Coordinators and appropriate staff with relevant responsibilities for such activities on campus as housing, University Medical Services, Counseling Services, Campus Safety, Student Life, and Human Resources
3. Prepare and arrange for a preventive education program. Such programs will include information designed to encourage students to report incidents of sexual violence to the appropriate University and law enforcement authorities.
4. Develop specific materials that include the University’s policy, rules and resources for students, faculty, coaches and administrators and arrange for such materials to be included in all employee and student handbooks. These materials would include:
a. What constitutes sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence.
b. What to do if a student has been the victim of sex discrimination.
c. Contact information for counseling and victim services on and off school grounds.
d. How to file a complaint with the school.
e. How to contact the University’s Title IX coordinator.
f. What the University will do to respond to allegations of sexual harassment or violence, including interim measures that can be taken.
g. Explain that retaliation against an individual who makes a report under this policy is strictly prohibited and is itself a violation of this policy.
5. Analyze periodically any trends or patterns of sex discrimination on campus, assess the efficacy of campus-wide response to sex discrimination, and conduct an annual review of all Title IX complaints brought to the University Title IX Coordinator.
6. Communicate with Campus Safety regarding the University’s obligations under Title IX and serve as a resource regarding Title IX and its relationship to the University’s obligations under the Clery Act.
7. Develop a protocol with Campus Security regarding complaints of sexual misconduct filed with Campus Safety.
8. Monitor and assess the University’s overall Title IX compliance efforts.
9. In addition, the Title IX Coordinator will arrange for or conduct training for all new employees and periodic training for other employees and students. The following individuals or relevant members of the departments or offices named below shall receive at least annual training:
a. Members of the staff of the University Medical Services.
b. Members of the Campus Counseling Department.
c. Members of Campus Safety.
d. Academic Deans.
e. Department chairpersons.
f. Student Life staff, including Resident Assistants and Resident Directors.
g. All new employees.
h. All other employees and all students shall be provided periodic training and information.
10. Develop internal operating procedures for any Title IX deputy coordinators and investigators, including training on that protocol.
• Oversee and log all communications regarding reports and activities covered by this policy.
Complaint Resolution Process
Privacy and Confidentiality
The University shall protect the privacy of individuals involved in a report of sex discrimination to the extent allowed by law and University policy. Communications to health professionals employed by the University, including counselors at the University Counseling Center, may be privileged and confidential. In addition, other University employees (e.g., clergy in the context of confidential communications as recognized by state law) may have a legal obligation to remain confidential. Because discussions with confidential resources are not reported to the University, such discussions do not serve as notice to the University to address the alleged sex discrimination.
Reports to other University personnel may serve as notice to the University. Specifically, all faculty and any staff who are “responsible employees” of the University are required to promptly report allegations of sexual discrimination that they observe, or that are reported to them, directly to the Title IX Coordinator. “Responsible employees” include managers, supervisors and officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, such as student life (Resident Directors and Resident Assistants) and campus safety. All other employees are strongly encouraged to report this conduct regardless of employment classification.
In cases where a Complainant requests that no action be taken or that his/her name not be shared with the Respondent, the University will balance the needs of the parties for privacy with the institution’s responsibility to ensure a safe educational environment and workplace. In some cases, strict confidentiality may not be possible or appropriate. An individual’s request regarding the confidentiality of reports of discrimination or sexual misconduct will be considered in determining an appropriate response; however, such request will be considered in the dual context of the University’s legal obligation to ensure a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination or sexual misconduct and the rights of the accused to be informed of the allegations and their source. Some level of disclosure may be necessary to ensure a complete and fair investigation. The Title IX Coordinator will assess such requests by examining the seriousness of the reported conduct, whether the reported misconduct was perpetrated with a weapon, the respective ages and roles of the parties, whether there have been other reports of misconduct or discrimination by the Respondent, whether the University possesses other means to obtain relevant evidence of the alleged conduct, whether the report reveals a pattern of misconduct (e.g., via illicit use of drugs or alcohol) at a given location or by a particular group, and the rights of the Respondent to receive notice and relevant information before disciplinary action is initiated.
Where possible, the University will honor requests for confidentiality or that no action be taken so long as the University can meet its obligation to eliminate the discriminatory conduct, prevent the reoccurrence, and address its effects. If the University is unable to take action consistent with the wishes of the Complainant, the Title IX Coordinator will inform the Complainant about the chosen course of action, which may include an investigation and potential disciplinary action against the Respondent. In all instances, the University will take immediate action as necessary to protect and assist the Complainant.
If the University honors the request for confidentiality, the University’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against a Respondent may be limited.
Parties to a Complaint:
Complainant: Any individual, employee, or other current member of the University community, defined above, who contemplates filing or actually files a complaint of sex discrimination.
Respondent: A person alleged to have committed a violation of the University Title IX policy.
Report to Title IX Coordinator
Any member of the University community who has experienced or is experiencing sex discrimination, should immediately contact the University Title IX Coordinator to report the alleged act or acts of sex discrimination.
The University’s response may be limited if the alleged Respondent is no longer on campus or is unknown. Nevertheless, resources and assistance may still be available and the Complainant is encouraged to report the discrimination.
The University President, Vice Presidents, Deans, or Chairs may request the Title IX Coordinator investigate allegations of sex discrimination with or without the consent of the Complainant. The administrator requesting the investigation will act as the Complainant and must specify the person or persons responsible for committing the alleged discriminatory conduct. The Title IX Coordinator will use the same notification and procedural guidelines outlined in this policy.
Response of Title IX Coordinator
In response to a report under this Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will do the following:
1. Schedule a meeting with the Complainant in order to provide to the Complainant a general understanding of this Policy (and a copy of the Policy, if necessary), and to identify forms of support or immediate interventions available to the Complainant, such as health services, mental health services, crime victim services, or services of a local rape crisis center. The meeting will cover any interim measures or accommodations that may be appropriate under the circumstances.
2. In response to a report under this Policy, regardless of the action chosen by the Complainant, the University will undertake an appropriate inquiry and take such prompt and effective action as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances to support and protect the Complainant. Such measures may include a “no-contact” order, which will typically direct that the parties refrain from having contact with one another, directly or through proxies, whether in person or via electronic means.
3. The Title IX Coordinator also may take any further protective action deemed appropriate concerning the interaction of the parties, including, without limitation, directing appropriate University officials to alter the students’ academic, housing or employment arrangements, providing an escort for the Complainant, and any other measure deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator. Any interim measures taken under this policy shall not disproportionately impact the Complainant. Violations of the Title IX Coordinator’s directives or interim measures may lead to additional disciplinary action.
4. Advise the Complainant of his or her rights as follows:
a. The right to contact or decline to contact the appropriate law enforcement personnel to pursue criminal charges under local, state, or federal law. The Complainant should be informed of his or her right to file a criminal complaint concurrent with or after the University’s Title IX investigation. The University may suspend or delay its fact-finding investigation under this policy during the initial evidence gathering process conducted by law enforcement, but will resume upon notice form law enforcement that evidence gathering is completed. When law enforcement remedies are pursued by a Complainant, the University may still take interim measures to ensure the safety and care of the parties or witnesses and provide them information as to their rights under this policy.
b. The right to file a civil action against the alleged Respondent.
c. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and/or the State of Illinois Civil Rights Commission.
Following contact with the Title IX Coordinator, but prior to the submission of a formal complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, the Complainant is permitted to request a meeting with the Respondent alleged to be directly responsible for the violation or with the person having immediate supervisory authority over the Respondent. Such meeting shall be coordinated by and take place in the presence of the Title IX Coordinator.
The purpose of any pre-complaint contact will be for the Complainant to request a proposed course of action in order to resolve the matter in a manner consistent with biblical principles of dispute resolution. Such meeting shall be solely at the option of the Complainant. At no time will the Complainant be required to confront the Respondent. In cases involving sexual assault, no such meeting shall occur. An informal meeting under this section is not a pre-condition for the submission of a complaint to the Title IX Coordinator or proceeding under the formal resolution option of this policy. Mediation, while appropriate for some forms of sexual harassment, cannot be used to resolve sexual assault reports. If the matter cannot be resolved by informal resolution under this section, then the Complainant may submit to the Title IX Coordinator a formal Complaint and proceed under the formal resolution option of this policy. In the event that the Title IX Coordinator has any conflict of interest in resolving the complaint in a fair and impartial manner, then the complaint shall be submitted to a deputy Title IX Coordinator or another individual appointed by the Executive Vice President of the University to serve as a substitute Title IX Coordinator.
Formal Resolution Process
If the informal meeting does not resolve the complaint, or if such meeting is not held, the complainant may then seek formal resolution from the Title IX Coordinator. In order to facilitate the formal resolution process, the Complainant shall provide the Title IX Coordinator with the following information:
1. At the option of the Complainant, the name and address of the Complainant.
2. The name or names of the person or persons alleged to be responsible for the act of discrimination, if known.
3. Details of the specific acts of discrimination alleged, including the dates, times, and locations, if known.
4. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of potential witnesses who may be called in support of the complaint, if known.
5. The date the Complainant makes a request to seek formal resolution under this policy shall be considered the “Date of the Complaint” for purposes of calculating timely resolution.
Investigation under Formal Resolution Process
After the Complainant notifies the Title IX coordinator of his or her desire to pursue formal resolution, the Title IX Coordinator may assign the matter to a deputy Title IX Coordinator, or another person who has been trained to conduct investigations under Title IX, for investigation. References in this section to the investigator may be the Title IX Coordinator or to his or her designee, if one is assigned.
Once the formal resolution process begins, the investigator will meet with and interview the Complainant. The investigator will also schedule an interview with the Respondent to discuss the allegations, provide information about the complaint, a copy of the University’s Title IX Policy, and explain the formal resolution process. The investigator will ask the Respondent for a response to the complaint. The Complainant is entitled to be informed of such response. The investigator will collect all relevant documents and information from each party and establish a deadline for the receipt of such information and documents from each party. The investigator will also interview any relevant witnesses to the allegations and may request documentation from the appropriate departments and offices at the University. Both the Complainant and the Respondent shall have the right to provide witness information and evidence to the investigator.
If the Respondent or any witness refuses or fails to respond to the investigator’s request for a response to the complaint or request for information, or otherwise fails to cooperate, the investigator may nevertheless continue the investigation. Within thirty (30) days after the date of the complaint, the investigator will render a decision as to whether, by a preponderance of the evidence, sex discrimination has or has not occurred. Such decision shall be supported by a written report containing findings of fact, along with a recommendation by the investigator of any remedial and/or disciplinary action(s) to be taken. Within five (5) days of the date of the decision, the Title IX Coordinator shall notify in writing the Complainant and the Respondent of the decision.
Appeal of Findings of Investigation
All parties to the complaint may appeal the findings and recommendation of the investigator. All grounds for appeal shall be based on the emergence of new evidence that was previously unavailable through the exercise of due diligence, or the grounds that some aspect of this policy or procedure was not adequately followed. The sole method of appeal shall be the impartial review by a senior level administrator as appointed by the President, who is not involved as a party or witness to the investigation. Any appeal must be filed within ten (10) days of the investigator’s decision.
Any actions pertaining to the safety and well-being of either party, or other remedial measures put in place by the Title IX Coordinator prior to or in conjunction with the formal resolution process may, in the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator, remain in place even during an appeal.
If one party appeals, the other party may review and respond to the appeal within five (5) days of the date of the appeal. The Senior Administrator appointed to the appeal shall render a decision on the appeal within ten (10) days of receipt of the appeal.
For purposes of this policy, all time requirements contained in the formal resolution process and any appeal shall mean business, not calendar, days. In addition, the University shall retain the discretion of extending timelines for good cause. Where a timeline is extended, the University will communicate with the parties in writing about the delay and the reason for the delay.
Determination of Disciplinary Action and Implementation of Remedial Measures
In the event the investigator finds that the Respondent has committed an act of sex discrimination as defined by this policy, the matter will proceed as follows:
Students: If the Respondent is a University Student, the office of Community Life will determine and administer the appropriate disciplinary action. If the University Student is found to have committed a sexual assault, the Office of Community Life may initiate expulsion proceedings pursuant to the Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct.
Staff: If the Respondent is a staff member, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator will recommend the appropriate disciplinary action to the Director of Human Resources. If a staff member is found to have committed a sexual assault, then his or her employment may be terminated in accordance with the Employee Handbook.
Faculty: If the Respondent is a faculty member and his or her conduct warrants discipline that is less severe than discharge or suspension, the Title IX Coordinator will recommend sanctions to the Provost. In cases where the faculty member’s actions warrant discharge or termination of employment, the Title IX Coordinator will recommend to the President that termination proceedings be initiated. If the President accepts the recommendation, the matter will proceed in accordance with the terms of the University’s Faculty Handbook providing for Dismissal for Cause. If a faculty member is found to have committed a sexual assault, then the matter may proceed in accordance with the terms of the University’s Faculty Handbook providing for Dismissal for Cause.
Except where suspension or expulsion has been imposed, any appeal of the investigator’s decision and recommendation shall stay the imposition of disciplinary action under this section, but only during the pendency of the appeal. If the disposition of the appeal does not alter the recommended sanction, disciplinary action pursuant to this section shall proceed. Any actions pertaining to the safety and well-being of either party, or other remedial measures put in place by the Title IX Coordinator may, in the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator, remain in place even during an appeal process.
Retaliation; False Complaints
It is a violation of this Policy to retaliate against any person making a complaint under this Policy or against any person cooperating or participating in an investigation under this Policy. Retaliation should be reported promptly to the Title IX Coordinator and may result in appropriate disciplinary action independent of other sanctions or interim measures administered under this Policy.
Filing a False Complaint
Any Complainant who knowingly makes false charges alleging violations of this policy may be subjected to disciplinary action. A good faith complaint which is later not substantiated is not considered to be a false complaint.
23. Policy on Consensual Intimate Relationships Between Members of the University Community
There are various approaches an institution could take to address the issue of consensual romantic relationships between persons. (See definitions below). One extreme is to ban all such relationships. The other is to pretend such relationships do not exist. The University has chosen a middle ground in this policy. This policy not only points out the potential legal and ethical pitfalls of intimate relationships in a university setting, but also, and more specifically in the Standards and Procedures section, asserts the University's right to protect the integrity of its own operations from the conflicts of interest and disruptions in the academic and employment environments that can arise from intimate relationships involving members of the University community.
General Nature of the Problem
Intimate relationships between senior and junior members of the Greenville University community--that is, between two persons where one party (the senior) possesses direct academic, administrative counseling, or extracurricular authority over the other (the junior) are a matter of significant concern to the University because of the legal, ethical and administrative problems they can pose. Those problems are most severe when a consensual relationship takes place between an instructor (e.g., professor, adjunct faculty member, teaching assistant, graduate assistant) and a student when the student is enrolled in one of the instructor's courses for which the student will receive a grade, or when the student is likely to be enrolled in such a course in the future. These problems can also arise in situations between counselors and counselees and coaches and student athletes. Given the potential for such problems, the University strongly recommends that members of the University community avoid any senior-junior consensual intimate relationships.
The University urges that all such relationships be avoided with regard to undergraduate students. At Greenville University, a large majority of undergraduate students who are enrolled in the on-campus programs are between the ages of eighteen and twenty- two. Many are living away from home for the first time. Because of the unique susceptibility of these young men and women, instructors are under a special obligation to preserve the integrity of the instructor-student relationship with undergraduate students. If, however, members of the community choose by mutual consent to enter into such relationships, the University requires that they take specific steps (as set forth below in the “Standards and Procedures” Section) to minimize the problems that may arise from them. Sanctions shall be commensurate with the magnitude of the harm, if any, caused.
There are many ways problems can arise when a senior member of the Greenville University community engages in an intimate relationship with a junior member. First, when one person has the ability to grade, advance, promote, recommend, or otherwise influence the employment or academic status of the other, there is the possibility that what appears to be a consensual relationship is incorrectly perceived to be so. Some recipients of romantic advances may fear that refusal will result in loss of an employment or academic benefit. They may go along with the requested relationship even though it is, in fact, unwelcome to them (and may even cause them psychological harm). The United States Supreme Court has ruled that such a person is a victim of illegal sexual harassment and that a school can be liable for monetary damages for an instructor’s coercive engagement with a student. The University insists on an environment free from sexual coercion and intimidation in which to study and work and, of course, also wants to avoid the legal liability that can result from harassment. A senior in the position of authority who may desire a romantic relationship with a junior has strong reasons to avoid it, since what seems initially to be consensual may actually be unwelcome or coercive from the junior’s perspective. The junior may file an internal grievance or a formal lawsuit, creating a risk that the person in authority will suffer negative career consequences and may have to pay damages to the victim. Because of the serious consequences to the senior in the relationship, that person also subjects himself or herself to the possibility of coercion or blackmail.
Even when such a relationship is genuinely consensual (and therefore does not constitute sexual harassment or raise the other concerns noted above), the relationship can cause problems for both parties and harm the academic and work environment at the University. There is the appearance and often the reality of a conflict of interest on the part of both parties to the relationship. Others may believe that the senior favors the junior because of the intimate relationship, thus creating an atmosphere of suspicion and resentment among other juniors who think the junior in the relationship is obtaining undeserved benefits. The junior’s professional reputation or academic standing may be injured because of the perception that the benefits were due to their personal relationship with the senior, rather than to the junior's own work or study.
There is also a serious risk that one party may exploit the other. The senior may be interested in the junior solely for purposes of gratification, but the junior may construe that attention as related to the junior's intellect, as revealed through his or her studies or work. If the junior participates in a romantic relationship and then discovers the true situation, there is a potential for a damaging loss of self-esteem by the junior (especially where the two are instructor and young student and there is a significant age disparity between them). There is also the risk of the junior exploiting the senior. For example, a junior might seek out a relationship solely because of a desire to obtain some academic or employment benefit from the relationship (such as a higher grade or a promotion).
Standards and Procedures
For the reasons expressed in the previous section of this Policy, the University strongly urges members of the University community to refrain from engaging in romantic or intimate relationships with another member of the University community when one person possesses direct authority over the other, whether that authority is used by one who is an instructor, counselor or supervisor of the other or by someone who can directly influence the academic or work status of the other (e.g., a senior instructor serving as a member of the tenure committee for a junior instructor, an instructor serving as the thesis advisor for a graduate student, a senior student on a board or club voting whether a junior student should attain the same status, a supervisor filling out a performance evaluation for his or her subordinate.
If, nevertheless, two members of the University Community commence such a relationship, the University requires that they take the measures described below, in order to lessen or minimize the conflict of interest and disruption of the academic and employment environment that can arise in such situations. The University emphasizes that the following measures cannot eliminate entirely the substantial likelihood of conflict and disruption, and that the course of action strongly preferred by the University would be for the two to refrain from engaging in consensual intimate relations for as long as necessary to prevent conflict and disruption.
Relationships Between Instructor and Students
The University has determined that there is an inherent conflict of interest when an instructor and a student simultaneously maintain both a direct student-faculty relationship and a romantic relationship and, therefore, prohibits simultaneous participation in both roles. Thus, if one party to a consensual relationship is a student of the other person in a course for which the student will receive a grade, the student should immediately withdraw from the course and should never again take a course with that instructor. In such a case, it is the duty of the instructor to take all steps to assure that the student's enrollment in the course is promptly terminated. If the student is not currently enrolled in any of the instructor’s courses when the relationship begins, the student should refrain from taking any future course with the instructor. If the student has that instructor as his or her advisor, the instructor must take steps to find a new advisor for the student. Whenever possible the instructor should seek to avoid teaching, advising, or doing research with the student even if the relationship has ended. In all cases where an instructor member and a student become romantically involved, the instructor must inform the school dean immediately.
Counselors and Counselees
Because of the potential for emotional harm, individuals should not engage in any kind of intimate relationship when in an official counselor/counselee relationship. Romantic intimacy between a licensed counselor or therapist and a client violates professional codes of ethics. If a consensual relationship commences during an official relationship, the official relationship should immediately be terminated and never be started again, and the counselor or therapist must report such a relationship to his or her supervisor. Similarly, individuals in, or who have been in an intimate relationship, should thereafter never again enter into a counseling relationship.
All Other Senior/Junior Relationships
In any other situation where a senior has direct authority over a junior, and can thus advance, promote, recommend, or in any other way directly influence the academic or work status of the junior, the senior should recuse himself or herself from any decision involving the status of the junior. If the fact of recusal causes the senior to experience difficulty with a superior, the senior should explain the reason for the recusal to the person in authority. The senior's obligation to explain also exists where an unexplained failure to participate might create an inference of a negative evaluation of the junior by the senior.
Sanctions for Violations of This Policy; Review; Other Limitations
Any instructor at Greenville University who violates the procedures in Standards and Procedures section of this Policy, or any other individual engaged in an intimate relationship who violates any of the procedures in the Standards and Procedures section of this Policy, shall be subject to sanctions commensurate with the severity of the offense. The sanction shall be determined in the case of an instructor, by the Provost, after consultation with the Dean and relevant Department Chair. In the case of other individuals covered by this section, Human Resources shall determine sanctions. In the case of a student violating these procedures sanctions shall be determined by the Dean of Students.
24. Sexuality Policy
The Book of Discipline of the Free Methodist Church—U.S.A. (2011) states, “Sexual intimacy is a gift from God for marital union. As such it creates a bond that scripture describes as one flesh (Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 6:16). When expressed within marriage, sexual intimacy is a great blessing and source of fulfillment. The sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman is to be protected against all manner of immoral conduct (Exodus 22:16-17; Deuteronomy 22:23- 28; Leviticus 20:10-16).
Pre-marital intimacy robs the marital union of the exclusive bond that sexual intimacy is given to create. Fornication is listed along with other forms of immorality (Galatians 5:19-21).
Extra-marital intimacy, which Scripture describes as adultery, transgresses the moral law and betrays the marriage bond. Adultery is a degrading and destructive force. It undermines trust and contaminates the exclusive bond of marriage (Exodus 20:14).
Post-marital intimacy which occurs after divorce or the loss of a spouse debases the biblical design of sexual intimacy (1 Corinthians 7:8-9).
All persons are accountable to God for their thoughts, words and deeds (Romans 14:12; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10). For those who have fallen, the grace of God is available and completely adequate to forgive and deliver (1 John 1:9; Hebrews 7:25; Luke 4:18; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Because the sexual desire is so powerful, counseling is recommended.” (P 3220)
Greenville University is an institution of higher learning in the Free Methodist tradition that places a high value on honest and open inquiry. As an explicitly Christian university, it is committed to the belief that all truth is God’s truth, and therefore it fosters open inquiry and the investigation into all of God’s creation with freedom and joy. The controversy over homosexuality and other issues related to sex and gender continues to be a contentious one in civil society and within Christian churches and denominations. Greenville University does not attempt to hide from this controversy, but rather encourages healthy and informed dialogue. The spirit of these beliefs are reflected in our Statement of Academic Freedom and our University Standards.
As the Book of Discipline of the Free Methodist Church—U.S.A. (2011) states, “We are therefore pledged to active concern whenever human beings are demeaned, abused, depersonalized, enslaved or subjected to demonic forces in the world, whether by individuals or institutions (Galatians 3:28; Mark 2:27; 1 Timothy 1:8-10). We are committed to give meaning and significance to every person by God’s help. Remembering our tendency to be prejudicial, as Christians we must grow in awareness of the rights and needs of others.” (P 3221)
In light of these commitments, Greenville University maintains the following:
1. All people are created in God’s image. We are God’s children and are of intrinsic worth and therefore deserve respect in all civil society, and the understanding, love and compassion of all Christians.
2. The University will not countenance derogatory remarks, slurs or acts of violence directed against individuals who identify themselves as LGTBQ.
3. While upholding and defending biblical standards and Christian teaching on the matter, the University will insist on courteous, civil and respectful dialogue concerning LGTBQ issues.
4. Homosexual intimacy is incompatible with this community’s interpretation and understanding of Scripture.
5. In keeping with Scripture and Christian teaching, marriage is understood to be between one man and one woman.
6. The University does not condone same-sex romantic relationships or recognize same-sex marriages.
Greenville University pledges to guide the educational community toward discussing, understanding, and embracing these statements. We commit to helping students thrive and find freedom in Christ within these broader theological and pedagogical parameters based on our interpretation of Scripture and rooted in the Wesleyan tradition.
25. Greenville University Drug and Alcohol Policy
In order for Greenville University to be in compliance with Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) Part 86, the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations, Greenville University is required to notify the campus community of the following policies related to drugs and alcohol, sanctions for violating these policies, and resources available for education and assistance. Additional information regarding student policies and procedures may be found in later sections of this student handbook.
If you have any questions related to this notification you may contact the Office of Community Life at 618.664.7121.
Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
No person shall possess, use or have under his/her control narcotics, dangerous drugs, synthetic drugs, or any controlled substance without prescription including, but not limited to, marijuana, methamphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, or hallucinogens in any building or on any property owned or controlled by the University. Additionally, any person suspected of selling controlled substances and/or dangerous drugs as described above will be immediately reported to Campus Security or Office of Community Life for investigation and may be subsequently subject to civil prosecution as well as University judicial action under the provisions of this document. The University may hold persons responsible for their behavior at all times.
Possession or Use of Alcoholic Beverages
No person shall possess or consume any alcoholic beverage on University property. University property is defined as all property owned, supervised by, or controlled by Greenville University. Possession is defined as holding an alcoholic beverage, having it near you (on a table, etc.), or having it stored in your living area or vehicle. You are also presumed to be in violation of this regulation if you are present and aware that alcohol is being consumed and/or stored in this space.
This information is provided as a general summary of the major federal, state, and local laws on alcohol and illicit drugs. Laws frequently change and applications of law to specific situations require legal counsel.
State of Illinois statutes and sanctions on alcohol and/or illicit drugs include: driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs (625 ILCS 5/11-501); driving while in violation of the underage consumption of alcohol (625 ILCS 5/11-501.8); transporting or possessing alcohol in a motor vehicle (625 ILCS 5/11-502); selling or possessing alcohol by persons under the age of 21, permitting a gathering where alcohol is consumed by those under the age of 21, selling or giving a false ID to a person under the age of 21 (235 ILCS 5/6-16); misrepresenting one’s age to be over the age of 21 for the purpose of obtaining alcohol (235 ILCS 5/10-11); and possessing and delivering illicit drugs (740 ILCS 40/0.01 et seq., 720 ILCS 570/100 et seq., 720 ILCS 550/1 et seq. and 720 ILCS 570/401 seq.). Violations of these laws involving alcohol may include one or more of the following penalties: fines up to $2,500, one year in jail, felony charges, and suspension or revocation of driver’s license. Violations of these laws involving drugs as a first offense may include fines up to $25,000 and one- to three-year imprisonment. Repeat offenders and those individuals participating in the manufacture and distribution of controlled substances may be subjected to longer prison terms and fined up to $500,000. See the Illinois Compiled Statutes for more information: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp.
Potentially deadly drugs marketed as Bath Salts, Synthetic Marijuana, K2, Spice, K3, K4 White Widow, and other names are illegal in Illinois as of January 1, 2012. Individuals face felony charges for possession or sale of the drug. Individuals in possession of the drug face three years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
Federal law penalizes the manufacture, distribution, possession with intent to manufacture or distribute, and simple possession of drugs (“controlled substances”). A first conviction may include up to one-year imprisonment, a fine of at least $1,000, or both. After one prior drug conviction: at least fifteen days in prison, not to exceed two years, and a fine of at least $2,500. After two or more prior drug convictions: at least ninety days in prison, not to exceed three years, and a fine of at least $5,000. A special, harsher sentencing provision applies for possession of crack cocaine (21 U.S.C. §844(a)). If personal or real property was used to possess or facilitate possession of the controlled substance, that personal and real property as well as vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance may be forfeited (21 U.S.C. §§853(a) & 881(a)). Student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to one year for the first offense and up to five years for second and subsequent offenses may be denied (21 U.S.C. §§853(a) & 881(a)). Firearms may not be received or purchased (18 U.S.C. §922(g)). Certain federal licenses and benefits (e.g., pilot licenses, public housing tenancy) are vested within the authorities of individual federal agencies. These penalties may be doubled, however, when a person at least eighteen years old: (1) distributes a controlled substance to a person under twenty-one years of age (a term of imprisonment for this offense shall not be less than one year), and/or (2) distributes, possesses with intent to distribute, or manufactures a controlled substance in or on, or within one thousand feet of, the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school, or a public or private college (21 U.S.C. §§859 & 860).
See the United States Code for more information: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/index.html.
There are no local sanctions in addition to the state and federal sanctions listed above.
The Greenville University community commits to a set of principles that promote our ability to fulfill the university’s mission of that focus on the development of the whole person so that each student thrives spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, relationally, and physically as God created them to uniquely shape the world. One of these commitments is related to the use of drugs and alcohol.
As Christians, we believe that life is full, abundant and free in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we abstain from whatever damages, destroys, or distorts His life in us. Illicit drugs are prime offenders. The abuse of alcohol or use of tobacco products can have equal or greater destructive effects, thus, we encourage abstaining from the use of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. Consequently, consumption of alcohol or use of tobacco on Greenville University property or at sponsored events is prohibited. While enrolled in Greenville University, traditional undergraduate members of the community will abstain from the consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. Further, all members of the community are to refrain from the use of illegal drugs and substances, or the use of prescription drugs not authorized by a physician. The lifestyle statement is listed earlier in this student handbook
Under no circumstances does Greenville University condone drug abuse, underage drinking, alcohol abuse, or alcohol possession on campus. All students will be subject to federal, state and local laws as well as appropriate disciplinary action as described in this student handbook
The following is a list of examples of drugs of abuse and their health risks. This is not to be considered a complete list, but serves as an example. This list can change at the discretion of the University.
Narcotics (Heroin, Morphine, Hydrocodone)
Effects: Euphoria, drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea
Effects of Overdose: Slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, possible death
Depressants (GHB, Liquid Ecstasy, Valium, Xanax, Halicion, Activan)
Effects: Slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior without odor of alcohol
Effects of Overdose: Shallow respirations, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma, possible death
Stimulants (Cocaine, Amphetamine/Methamphetamine)
Effects: Increased alertness, excitation, euphoria, increased pulse and blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite
Effects of Overdose: Agitation, increased body temperature, hallucinations, possible death
Hallucinogens (Analogs, LSD, PCP, Angel Dust)
Effects: Heightened senses, teeth grinding and dehydration, illusions and hallucinations
Effects of Overdose: Increased body temperature, electrolyte imbalance, possible cardiac arrest
Cannabis (Marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol, Hashish)
Effects: Euphoria, relaxed inhibitions, increased appetite, disorientation
Effects of Overdose: Fatigue, paranoia, possible psychosis
Anabolic Steroids (Testosterone)
Effects: Virilization, edema, testicular atrophy, gyneco-mastia, acne, aggressive behavior
Effects of Overdose: Unknown
Synthetic Drugs (Bath Salts, Synthetic Marijuana, K2, Spice, K3, K4 White Widow, et. al.)
Effects: LSD-like hallucinations, elevated blood pressure and heart rate
Effects of Overdose: Possible death
Inhalants (Amyl and Butyl Nitrate, pearls, poppers, rush, locker room)
Effects: Flushing, hypotension, headache
Effects of Overdose: Vomiting, respiratory depression, loss of conscious, possible death
Alcohol (Beer, wine, liquor)
Effects: Lowers inhibitions and brain functioning, judgment impaired, poor concentration, impaired coordination, increased heart rate
Effects of Overdose: Vomiting, unconsciousness, cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin, slow or irregular breathing, mental confusion, seizures, permanent brain damage, or death.
Drug and Alcohol Programs
In addition to providing various educational programs regarding alcohol and drug use throughout the course of each academic year, students may also get information regarding potential issues related to alcohol and/or drugs by contacting Counseling Services at 618.664.7121 or https://www.greenville.edu/campus_resources/counseling/index.html.
Violation of the above policies may result in mandated counseling and medical treatment, required education, loss of privileges, probation, suspension and/or termination of one’s relationship with Greenville University. In addition to sanctions imposed by the University members of the Greenville community may face prosecution by civil authorities for violating the Alcohol and Drug Policies.
Chapels constitute an important part of the traditional undergraduate Greenville University experience. As the only all university gathering, chapel helps unite and spiritually strengthen the Greenville University Community through distinctively Christian programming. We seek to help equip the University Community to live out their Christian faith in all settings and circumstances of life, strengthen community ties, allow persons the opportunity to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through confession of sin and profession of faith, and integrate important social, moral, intellectual, and political issues in a Christian faith and learning context.
Held five times a week, chapel provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to:
A. Become informed about campus events
B. Rejoice in the achievements and share in the joys of other members of the community
C. Participate in worship together
D. Hear the public reading of Scripture
E. Affirm the existence of a caring, loving, praying body of believers in Jesus Christ who, collectively, constitute an effective and powerful resource for people both within and without our community who experience either emotional or physical pain or spiritual struggles
F. Make life-changing decisions
G. Confront important social and spiritual issues not necessarily encountered in classrooms or other university environments
H. Discuss diverse ideas and issues to which all members of the community have been exposed
Regular attendance at chapel will help assure that one experiences the valuable, sometimes life-changing, events which occur there. Students enrolled in at least twelve (12) hours of credit are required to attend chapel unless they petition to be excused through the Chaplain.
Chapel is an all-university, community event. Therefore, all students, whether living on campus or off, must attend, and meet the required 36 chapel credits at the end of each semester. The ONLY exception to this is the students who have applied for and received chapel exemption. Chapel exemption forms are available in the office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chaplain, Alisa Gunter (Snyder Hall 102) and must be completed at the beginning of each new semester. If you are a commuter student and you reside outside of Bond County, and you do not have a class before Chapel you may be eligible for Chapel Exemption. Please stop by and talk with Alisa Gunter for more information.
There will be FOUR chapel credit checkpoints each semester. The dates for the four checkpoints will be posted on the chapel schedules at the beginning of each semester, and an email will be sent to all CRE’s to let them know where their students stand, they will then go to the students that are lacking in Chapel credits. Checkpoints are designed to help students manage their chapel attendance throughout the semester. At each checkpoint students should have earned a specified number of chapel credits if they are to achieve the required total at the end of the semester. While students will be reminded often to check their chapel credits on the my.Greenville (GC Intranet), IT IS EACH STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP TRACK OF THEIR CHAPEL CREDITS. Students may check their chapel credits at ANY time by logging onto my.greenville and may inquire about their credits by calling or emailing Alisa Gunter @ Ext. 6525 or [email protected] .
Students who do not earn 36 credits at the end of semester will be placed on Chapel Probation for the following semester. Students who are on Chapel Probation face the following consequences:
1. Loss of Upper Division Housing privileges (if the Chapel Probation is during the spring semester, when the housing lottery occurs, students will be ineligible for upper division housing).
2. Loss of university-sponsored leadership positions (since we view chapel attendance as an important part of the GC experience, students on Chapel Probation will lose their privilege to serve in positions of leadership including RC’s, Student Government, and campus ministries).
In addition to these consequences, FACULTY ADVISORS AND COACHES will be notified of those students on Chapel Probation and will be encouraged to use their influence in a positive way to help students earn their required number of chapel credits.
To make up chapel credits that you have missed, you are required to do Community Service (CS). Community Service is assisting in some way without expected pay. CS sheets are available in the office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chaplain, Alisa Gunter (Snyder Hall 102).
2 CS hours=1 chapel credit missed. If you do CS hours and turn them in before the next semester begins, you will be removed from chapel probation and your privileges will be restored.
During their time on Chapel Probation, students MUST earn the required number of 36 chapel credits during the. If the student satisfactorily completes the required number of chapel credits during their semester on Chapel Probation, they will be removed from probationary status and return to normal status the following semester.
Chapel credits may be earned in the following categories: CORE and ELECTIVE CREDITS.
Core Credits: Students may earn one CORE CREDIT for each traditional chapel service attended. Services are usually held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30 am in the Whitlock Music Center, Tuesday (Prayer and Meditation Chapel) at 1:30 pm in Luzader Chapel, and Thursday (Vespers), also in the Whitlock Music Center at 9:30 pm.
Elective Units: Students may earn ELECTIVE CREDITS for attendance and/or participation in activities or programs that are intentionally designed for spiritual formation. Approved elective credits include:
1. Participation in floor Bible studies or university-organized accountability/small groups (1 elective credit each time the student attends, until electives are filled).
2. Participation in GSO (Greenville Student Outreach) events designed to allow students to serve others in the Name of Jesus Christ (1 elective credit each time the student serves, until electives are filled.
3. Other spiritual formation activities/programs APPROVED BY THE DEAN OF THE CHAPEL OR CHAPLAIN in advance of earning elective credit.
This is also elective credit. Community credit is something earned by serving the Greenville community. Usually it will be an event planned by the Vice President of GSO (Greenville Student Outreach), and directly with the City of Greenville to build better community.
Freshmen/Sophomores may earn up to 3 Community Credits per semester. Juniors/Seniors may earn up to 5 Community Credits per semester.
The attendance policies will vary in accordance with how each student is classified. A minimum number of CORE units will be required regardless of one’s classification.
Freshmen and Sophomores: Must earn AT LEAST 28 Core Units, and may earn UP TO 5 Elective Units and 3 Community Credits. 36 total units required.
Juniors and Seniors: Must earn AT LEAST 24 Core Units, and may earn UP TO 7 Elective Units and 5 Community Credits. 36 total units required.
Although chapel is not a replacement for church, it is a place where we honor and worship the Lord Jesus Christ. Please respect others around you as you refrain from the following: talking during chapel, use of laptops, cell phones (including texting) and headphones, arriving late, leaving early or doing homework. You must be in the chapel to receive Chapel credit, sitting in the Music lounge does not count toward you going to chapel. Failure to comply with the above guidelines will result in loss of credit. Community Life staff is present and active to help students be attentive and respectful participants during the
27. Expression of Student Beliefs
Greenville University has historically chosen to grant its students the right to express their sincerely held beliefs. This has taken may forms including but not limited to petitions, sit-ins, open forum chapels, the Wittenberg board, free speech balls, sidewalk chalk, free speech boards, vigils, signs, banners, prayer, kneeling, gathering, and other actions that do not violate student handbook policies.
Students are encouraged to inform the President of GSGA and/or the Dean of Students if they organize such activities, to ensure that University leadership both understand the activity being taken and do not unintentionally disrupt the activity. University leadership reserves the right, in consultation with GSGA leadership, faculty leadership and activity organizers, to limit or prohibit any action, activity or posting that disrupts the normal functions of the University, create an unsafe environment for students or employees, or is contrary to the values of Greenville University.
28. Health Services
Good health care is readily available in the Greenville community. Holy Family Hospital is just a few blocks from campus and an ambulance service is available for emergencies. Several doctors’ offices are within walking distance, and the Greenville Community now has Convenient Care, a community care walk-in clinic that provides healthcare services Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Students are individually responsible for the cost of health care received. Most local doctors require payment at the time of service. All students are required to submit an Emergency/Health Insurance Form during registration. Students participating in intercollegiate athletics must have a physical examination each year and submit the completed form before beginning practice. The student bears the cost of the examination.
As required under Illinois state law the following vaccinations are required of all students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate programs:
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis:
1. Any combination of three or more doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis containing vaccine.
2. One dose must be Tdap vaccine
3. Last dose must have been received within 10 years prior to the term of current enrollment.
4. 1st and 2nd dose must have been at least 4 weeks apart with the 3rd dose at least 6months after the 2nd dose.
1. Two doses
2. 1st and 2nd dose must have been at least 4 weeks apart
3. Proof of live virus vaccine, without gamma globulin immunization was administered if either dose was received prior to 1968
1. Two doses
2. 1st and 2nd dose must have been at least 4 weeks apart
1. Two doses
2. 1st and 2nd dose must have been at least 4 weeks apart
1. New admissions under the age of 22
2. 1st dose on or after 16 years of age
Students submit a certificate of immunity form during the admissions process. This form can be found here: https://www.greenville.edu/admissions/enrollment/immunity.pdf Students who are not compliant with this policy will have a hold placed on their account during their first term of enrollment and not be allowed to enroll in their second term of classes until all holds have been cleared.
Student may request a religious or medical exemption from Greenville’s immunization policy. Requests for an exemption must be submitted in writing to the Dean of Students. Students who are not immunized may be asked to leave campus during an outbreak for their safety and the safety of others.
Greenville University students that are US citizens must demonstrate they are covered by a PPACA approved health insurance plan. If unable to obtain coverage through a parent’s insurance plan, they should purchase another PPACA approved plan through another source or through the Marketplace by visiting http://healthcare.gov. All international students will automatically be enrolled in the student health insurance plan selected by Greenville University and the charges will be added to their student account.
Accident Only Insurance
Greenville University provides all registered full-time traditional students, at no charge, a Student Accident Only Insurance plan. If you are injured while insured on this plan and require treatment, the Accident Only Insurance plan will pay for Covered Medical Expenses resulting from that injury. Plan details can be obtained at www.GreenvilleSHIP.com.
Intercollegiate Athlete Insurance
All students participating in intercollegiate athletics must be on the University athletic insurance policy. The cost of $300 will automatically be added to the tuition bill. This policy has a $5,000 deductible, which will be covered by the Accident Only Insurance plan mentioned above, if not by their primary health insurance carrier. If, within the first five days, an athlete decides to no longer participate and does not get injured during that time period, the student will be refunded for the intercollegiate athletics insurance.
29. Career Services Office
Career information and help with career planning is available at the Career Services Office located in the Library. Assistance is available in the following areas:
1. Career Counseling and Assessment
2. Individual Job Search Planning
3. Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Technique Advisement
4. Career Information, Job Trends and Employment Listings
5. Information on Job Fairs and Graduate Schools
30. Counseling Services
Counseling services are offered to Greenville University students by a licensed counselor on staff, the counselors at Jubilee House or the counselors at Prairie Counseling. Students may attend up to six sessions at no cost. After six sessions students will need to pay out of pocket or using insurance. If they cannot pay but needs additional sessions a request can be made for additional free or reduced rate sessions.
Counselors are willing to discuss any issue with students in order to facilitate growth and to encourage them to become the persons God created them to be. Students typically receive help for a wide variety of issues including, but not limited to depression, family/relationship problems, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety or simply feeling bad, dissatisfied, lonely or unhappy. All counseling services are confidential.
To schedule an appointment, either contact Lindsay Strotheide, Administrative Assistant to Community Life, or contact our counseling partners directly:
1. George Smith – Counselor – (618) 664-6607
2. Shannan Bernico – Counselor (618) 664-7121
3. Jubilee House – http://www.jhoutreach.org/node/3 - (618) 664-2360
4. Prairie Counseling - http://www.bchd.us/pcc.htm - (618) 664-1442
31. ID Card
All students receive an ID Card when they complete registration for their first semester at Greenville University. This card identifies them as Greenville University students at the Dining Commons (DC), Student Union, University Library, sporting events and the Fitness Center. Students are not to punch holes through or deface their ID’s, but may request Campus Safety incorporate the holes as needed so as to not damage the workings of the card. Lost, stolen, broken or damaged ID Cards may be replaced at the Office of Campus Safety for a fee of $20.00. This fee will be added to your student account. ID cards with normal wear and tear are replaced free of charge. Normal wear and tear is considered three to four semesters of use. Anything less than this and the student will be charged for replacement.
32. Mail Services
Resident students and all other students taking eight hours or more will be assigned a mailbox.
Keys for the mailboxes may be picked up in the mail room. A $25 fee will be assessed for replacement keys. If you misplace your key, the mailroom will retrieve your mail assuming there is sufficient staff in the mailroom to allow one person to leave. We will do this one time during the school year for students who have lost their key. Mailboxes for all students are in the Delbert E. Sims Union.
Campus mail and U.S. Mail is distributed Monday through Friday. Students are encouraged to check their mailboxes regularly. Packages and certified mail may be picked up at the mail room counter during regular business hours. Students must present their student ID when picking up packages and certified mail. All student mail must be addressed to a campus post office number (CPO #). Items without the CPO # will be distributed as time permits. This will likely result in delayed delivery of improperly addressed mail. Student mail should be addressed as follows.
Name of Student
317 East University Ave.
CPO # xxx (where “xxx” is your mailbox number) Greenville, IL 62246
33. Check Cashing
Students may cash checks up to $100 in the Business Office in Greenville Central. Hours are 8:00 am–4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Students are encouraged to have a back account at a local bank.
34. Property Rights
Students must assume responsibility for their own personal property. The University does not insure the personal property of students against theft or damage. The University expects each person to respect every other person’s property rights and urges each member of the University Community to report thefts promptly and to supply information which will assist in the apprehending of any person who takes someone else’s property or that of the University. We urge students who do not have coverage through their parent’s homeowner’s insurance to buy personal property insurance.
35. Student Transcript
The transcript is the official record of a student’s academic activities while enrolled at the University. The Office of Records prepares and maintains the transcripts which contain a record of all credits accepted in transfer, all classes in which the student enrolled, and the final grades in those classes.
36. Campus Safety
All motor vehicle and parking regulations are enforced 24 hours every day. If you have a question about a parking violation, call 618-664-7118 or come to the Campus Safety Office. Every effort will be made to correct an error or to explain a violation. Please do not ignore parking violations.
Greenville University provides limited, but adequate parking for students, faculty, and staff in a variety of campus lots. Greenville University is primarily a “walking” campus, in that all points of the main campus are in reasonable walking distance. Resident students (those living in campus housing) are expected to walk to and from class, chapel and dining. Students should use their vehicles for travel off campus only. All resident students who bring a vehicle to campus must purchase a parking permit sticker and display it on driver side of the rear window. Since Greenville University is located within a residential community with limited parking resources, the university requires all resident students (those living on-campus) to park in Greenville University parking lots only. This is not a city ordinance or city administrative issue, but a way for the university to be a responsible member of the Greenville community. Resident student vehicles found parked off campus may be ticketed. The authority to ticket off-campus comes from the university’s ability to establish policies governing student conduct. Failure to comply with this policy is the same as failure to obey any university rule or policy. Students receiving tickets for parking in off-campus areas will be treated as any other violator of parking policies.
Commuter students (those living off-campus) are required to purchase a parking permit if they park in any campus parking lot.
Parking permits are not valid unless properly displayed, and are valid only for the vehicle to which it is registered and may not be transferred between vehicles.
Permits are valid for the academic year in which it was purchased and may be obtained from Campus Safety during regular business hours. To receive a permit, one must complete a registration form and submit proof of driver’s license, vehicle registration and auto insurance. The State of Illinois requires all motorists to have liability insurance, including a minimum coverage of five-thousand dollars ($5,000) property damage and twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) public liability.
Parking Permit Classifications
1. Freshman Permits (FR) – May only park in lot J.
2. Sophomore Permits (SO) – May only park in lots L, N, O, P, R, and S.
3. Junior/Senior (JS) – May park in lots B, C, E, F, G, L, N, O, P, R and S.
4. Commuter Permits (CO) – May park in lots B, C, E, F, G, L, N, O, P, R and S.
These students are the only students permitted to park on city streets. These permits are issued to students living off-campus. Commuter students are prohibited from parking on university property overnight. Commuter students who choose not to purchase a campus parking permit may not park in campus lots for any period of time.
5. Faculty/Staff Permits (hang-tags) – May park in lots D, H, I and K. Faculty and staff may also park legally on city streets. Faculty and staff parking in campus lots must possess a valid hang-tag permit. Faculty/Staff permits are not authorized to be used for student parking.
6. Blankenship Apartment Permits (BA) – May park in lots B, C, E, F, G, L, N, O, P, R, S and T.
7. Temporary Permits – Temporary permits are available free of charge for permit holders temporarily using a different vehicle.
8. Temporary permits are to be placed on the rearview mirror. Temporary permits carry the same parking restrictions as standard permits. Temporary permits may be issued for up to thirty days.
9. Handicap Permits – Handicap permits will be issued upon approval of either Community Life or Campus Safety. These permits are valid only on Greenville University property and only for the person receiving the permit. Absence of handicap parking does not justify parking on grass, sidewalks, or other restricted parking areas. A student permit is required in addition to the handicap permit for student owned vehicles. Visitors with a valid State handicapped permit/plate may also utilize handicapped parking spaces.
Parking Registration Fees
1. Student Vehicle - $125/year
2. Motorcycle or Motor Scooter - $125/year
3. Additional Vehicle - $5/year (Only one vehicle per student is allowed on campus at one time)
4. Temporary Permit – No Charge
5. Replacement Permit – No Charge (Must present evidence that original permit was destroyed)
Students who are children of faculty or staff must register for a student permit. Staff/Faculty permits are not valid for student parking.
If you purchase a permit and decide you will not have a vehicle on campus, you may call Campus Safety at ext. 7118 to arrange a refund.
It is highly suggested that all students bringing a bicycle to campus register it with Campus Safety, free of charge. Registration will provide for the bicycles identifying information to be placed on file in case of theft and a registration sticker will be provided for the bicycle. All bicycles must be properly parked in bicycle racks. Those locked on railings and trees, parked in hallways, areas that block walking traffic or may become an obstacle for emergency evacuation or facilities will be removed.
Motorcycles & Motor Scooters
Motorcycles and motor scooters are required to be licensed by the State of Illinois and must be registered. Motorcycles must be parked following the same guidelines as other vehicles. The permit for motorcycles must be displayed on the left front fork or mirror.
Short term visitors (during normal business hours) may park in designated visitor spaces in lots A, D, K and G. Visitors of students who plan on parking overnight should obtain a visitor permit from Campus Safety and park in the student parking lot assigned on their pass (students should obtain permits for their visitors if the visitor will not be arriving during business hours). Visitors who receive a parking ticket for “No Permit” should promptly notify Campus Safety to have tickets voided. Tickets for other violations (handicap, fire lane, etc.) should be returned with a check for the applicable amount made payable to Greenville University for the payment of the fee.
The Admissions Office will issue visitor permits to individuals previewing Greenville University and are assigned lot G.
All restricted or reserved parking spaces such as time zones, visitor, maintenance and CRE spaces are enforced 24 hours/day, seven days/week unless otherwise posted. Parking in lot A is restricted for Bookstore/ Jo’s Java customers, Greenville Central visitors, and time limit parking, per the posted signs. Overnight parking is prohibited in lots A and U.
Parking in lots D, H, I and K is reserved for staff and faculty only and may be used for event visitors after normal business hours.
Students living on-campus are required to park in Greenville University parking lots. Resident students who park off-campus are subject to tickets from both Greenville City Police and Greenville University Campus Safety.
Parking in posted fire lanes for any reason, for any length of time is prohibited and can result in ticketing and immediate towing (at the owner’s expense).
Parking in a handicapped space for any amount of time, for any reason without a valid handicapped permit is a violation of campus policy and state law and is subject to ticketing and immediate towing at the owner’s expense.
Parking Violations & Enforcement
Vehicles parking on campus property must be properly licensed, insured, and operable. Unregistered vehicles belonging to employees or students will be ticketed. If it is discovered an unregistered car with outstanding tickets belongs to a student, all tickets will be reassigned to that student and charged to their account. The person to whom the vehicle is registered is responsible for payment of all violations. Borrowed vehicles are to be parked according to the parking permit on the vehicle. Parking permits do not guarantee parking availability. Absence of parking spaces does not justify violating parking regulations. Greenville University assumes no liability for loss or damage to vehicles or their contents while parked on university property.
A $100 fee will be accessed to a student’s account if Campus Safety is required to obtain state vehicle registration information to identify the responsible vehicle owner or operator of any vehicle on university property.
Parking tickets may be appealed to Campus Safety. The Director of Campus Safety will oversee the review of all ticket appeals. Notification of appeal outcome will be sent via email. After ten days, appeals will no longer be heard and they will be charged to your university account. Please be aware that unpaid parking tickets on your bill may prohibit class registration, transcript generation and housing sign-ups, and may also result in your vehicle being booted and/or towed.
A parking citation may be appealed by filing a completed appeal form at the Campus Safety Office (may also be obtained through my.Greenville). The first ticket for “Non-registered vehicle” during the school year may be excused with proof of a valid permit. Appeals must be filed utilizing the appropriate form. No verbal appeals will be heard.
Tickets issued by the City of Greenville must be paid/appealed through the Greenville Municipal Building.
Parking Enforcement Policies
Vehicles parked in violation of campus policy will be ticketed and may be subject to towing at owner’s expense. This includes parking in fire lanes, on grass, on sidewalks, in front of dumpsters, at any loading zone, building entrance, and in reserved spaces. All drives are considered fire lanes unless marked for parking.
Ticket fees begin at $20. Fire lane violations are $75 and Handicapped violations are $75. Tickets may be paid at the Business Office (located in Greenville Central) during normal business hours. Tickets must be paid or appealed within ten (10) days. Tickets not paid within 10 days will be considered delinquent. Anyone with five (5) delinquent parking tickets will have their vehicle booted and/or towed at the owner’s expense. Vehicles booted will not have the boot removed until all outstanding tickets are paid in full. An additional $40 removal fee will also be assessed to have the vehicle boot removed.
Warnings are considered valid tickets.
After the 5th and 10th ticket, you will be notified of a ticket fee increase as follows:
1. Tickets 1–5 – $20*
2. Tickets 6–10 – $30*
3. Tickets 11–15 – $40*
4. Ticket 16 – Revoked Privileges
*Fire Lane and Handicap violations remain $75
Anyone receiving five (5) parking tickets per year is considered a habitual offender and risks having parking privileges revoked. The Campus Safety and/or Student Success offices will attempt to meet and counsel students designated as habitual offenders. Those students who receive 10 or more tickets will automatically be referred to the Community Life Office for Judicial proceedings. Students having 5 or more unpaid tickets on their account risk having their vehicle booted or towed pending payment of outstanding tickets.
Vehicles that have accumulated five (5) or more delinquent (unpaid and past-due) parking citations are subject to having a boot placed on the vehicle, or having the vehicle towed from campus at the owner’s expense. The boot will remain on the vehicle until all unpaid parking fees are paid in full. Additionally a fee of $40 will be assessed to have the boot removed from the vehicle. Vehicles that have been booted are subject to towing at the owners expense if the owner continues to be negligent in paying outstanding fees. The boot is a mechanical vehicle immobilization device attached to the wheel assembly of a vehicle and prevents the vehicle from being operated. A notice will be placed on the driver’s side window to advise when a boot has been applied.
Tampering, removing and/or damaging Greenville University Campus Safety equipment, including the boot may result in the vehicle being towed, judicial proceedings, criminal prosecution and/or replacement of such equipment at the owner’s expense.
Vehicles may be immediately towed (without notification to the owner) from campus at the owner’s expense for the following reasons:
1. Parking in Fire Lanes
2. Parking in Handicapped spaces
3. Blocking access
4. Accumulation of five (5) or more delinquent parking citations
5. Parking on campus after owners parking privileges have been revoked
A vehicle that breaks down and can’t be moved is not excused from parking regulations. Please notify Campus Safety of the disabled vehicle and when the vehicle is expected to be moved. When damaged or unlicensed vehicles are identified, a towing notice will be placed on the vehicle and the vehicle will be removed within the work week at the owner’s expense if not brought into compliance.
To help prevent break-ins and other property damage, persons behaving suspiciously on university property should be reported to Campus Safety (dial 7777 from a campus telephone or 618-664-7777 from an off-campus or cell phone) or the Greenville Police Department (618-664-2131) immediately.
Skateboards, Non-Motorized Scooters and Bicycle Use
Skateboards, scooters (non-motorized) and bicycle use is permitted as transportation on sidewalks and walkways, as long as users yield to pedestrians and are safe and courteous. Individuals are prohibited from engaging in tricks (sliding, grinding, jumps, etc.) anywhere on university property (i.e. stairs, steps, railings, benches, entrances to buildings, etc.). Additionally, the use of skateboards, scooters or bicycles within any campus building or residence is prohibited. Motorized scooters, bikes or mopeds are not permitted to be operated on sidewalks or walkways.
The tampering, disabling or theft of any campus safety, security or fire prevention device, including but not limited to; cameras, electronic locks; signs; smoke detectors/alarms; fire extinguishers; vehicle immobilizers; and transportation devices (vehicles, golf carts, Segways, etc.) is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action and possible criminal charges.
Crosswalks/Pedestrian Crossing—Illinois law dictates the following concerning pedestrian traffic. 625 ILCS 5/11-1002 Pedestrians’ right-of-way at crosswalks.
(a) When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
625 ILCS 5/11-1003 Crossing at other than crosswalks.
(a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
To help prevent break-ins and other property damage, persons behaving suspiciously on university property should be reported to Campus Safety (dial 7777 from a campus telephone or 618-664-7777 from an off-campus or cell phone) or the Greenville Police Department (618-664-2131) immediately.
37. Residence Life
Greenville University, as a residential community, provides living accommodations and meal service for traditional age single students not living at home with their families. The University maintains residence halls and a dining commons with sufficient staff to provide services and programs. Therefore, all single students not living at home are expected to live in university housing and participate in the food service plan.
The residential community seeks to provide an atmosphere where each student can flourish as a whole person. The living- learning environment of a residence hall should be a place where one can become a part of a larger community centered in Jesus Christ. The residential community centered in Christ is seeking to develop leaders for the Kingdom of God who will live out their faith in a variety of careers and settings as each person becomes academically, socially, physically, and spiritually prepared for life outside the University. Because of its mission, residential life staff will seek to provide an atmosphere where these goals can be achieved. Persons not professing faith in Jesus will be asked to respect the parameters and be sympathetic to this mission.
The Residence Life staff, whose offices are located on the main floor of the Library, make all room assignments. The Dean of Students may, at his discretion, relocate students within the residence halls.
The Residence Life staff monitors the residence hall environment and attempts to meet the needs of residents. This staff will assist all resident students with housing procedures. This staff consists of the Provost/Chief Operating Officer, Dean of Students, Coordinators for Residence Education, and Resident Chaplains. They are responsible for the administration and overall operation of the Residence Life system.
The Coordinators for Residence Education (CREs) live in each of the major halls. They handle a variety of problems and are available to help students take advantage of the service made available to them by the university. They administer and operate the residence hall complex and supervise the student staff. CREs assist students in their growth and development and model appropriate practices and policies.
Resident Chaplains (RCs) supervise each floor or wing of the traditional residence halls. RCs are carefully selected students who have demonstrated commitment to serving fellow students and have been trained in helping skills. The RC is a “helper” whose primary responsibility involves implementing programs, supplying information (or referring a student to someone who can help), and confronting violations of community standards.
The Dean of Students, CREs and RCs are employees of the institution. Each CRE and RC has been given authority by the University to confront as well as make requests and recommendations to the residents and enforce the policies of the University. Residents must respond to directives given by the Dean of Students, CREs and RCs. Failure to respond will result in judicial action. Residents are encouraged to see the Dean of Students or the CRE if they feel the RC has made an unreasonable request – or the Dean of Students if the CRE has made an unreasonable request.
Aerials, Exterior Antennas & Cable
No outside aerials for radio or television are permitted. Cable service is provided in most of the residence halls in the main lounges. Students living in Blankenship Apartments are responsible for setting up cable service on their own and for making sure that service is disconnected by the end of the respective term of departure.
The wiring in the halls is not adequate for air conditioning units. However, electric fans are permitted. Keep in mind that overloaded circuits present the danger of fire.
Due to the increased fire hazards/risks that they present, hay, leaves, sticks, live Christmas trees, large posters, lava lamps, halogen lamps, artificial Christmas trees over 3 feet tall or other flammable items are not permitted anywhere in university buildings. The use of fire retardant decorations is required in decorating residence halls and other buildings. See electrical appliances for guidelines on Christmas decorations that include electricity.
For safety and security reasons, all campus buildings are closed and locked after their scheduled use. Students are also prohibited from entering any building roof. All students in campus buildings after 11:00 pm are required to give their name to members of Campus Safety for safety and security purposes.
Check-In & Check-Out Procedures
When vacating one’s room, each student must check out with a Residence Life staff member (RD or RA) to avoid an improper checkout fee. Each student must schedule an appointment with the staff to check-out and be present during the checkout. Failure to appropriately checkout will result in a fifty-dollar ($50) fee and possible loss of preferred housing selection for future semesters. During checkout, a Residence Life staff member will record the condition of the room on the RCR form used when checking in. These forms will be reviewed by the Residence Life staff, who will assess all room damage charges based on the information given.
For reasons of health, safety, and sanitation, cooking is not permitted in student rooms. Cooking is permitted in designated areas only, e.g. kitchens where cooking facilities are provided. Residents doing a practicum or student teaching may request permission from the Dean of Students to prepare their own meals in lieu of being on the meal plan. If permission is granted, they must cook in the area(s) designated by the Director of Residence Life. Students who prepare meals must provide their own cooking utensils.
There are some kitchen facilities available in selected residence halls. Clean-up is each student’s personal responsibility. Dirty dishes left in the kitchen more than 24 hours may be disposed of by Housekeeping. The kitchen can be reserved through the CRE or the RC. Kitchen use may be restricted if cleanliness standards are not maintained.
Courtesy & Quiet Hours
Courtesy Hours are in effect twenty-four hours a day. There should be no noise which unduly disturbs other people or violates their personal rights at any time of the day or night. As a general rule, noise should not be heard more than two doors from each individual’s room.
Quiet Hours have been established to help residents study and enable them to get uninterrupted sleep. Quiet Hours are in effect from 11:00 pm to 9:00 am in all residence hall and houses.
Courtesy and Quiet Hours have been designated in the residence halls because people study, work, play, and think at varying times of the day or night. Residents have the rights to expect the university to maintain an environment conducive to growth and learning.
The Residence Hall staff will enlist the cooperation of all residents in maintaining Quiet and Courtesy Hours. Please do not play your stereo, radio or television so loudly that it disturbs others (during Courtesy Hours) or so that it can be heard outside your room (during Quiet Hours). Residence Life staff have the right to confiscate stereos, radios, televisions, or any other noise- producing device which is played above acceptable noise levels.
In the case that the offending noise is a result of a gathering of people, one verbal warning will be given. If the noise persists, the group of people will be asked to disperse. Students who violate the Quiet and Courtesy Hours Policy may face disciplinary action.
Curtains & Blinds
Curtains and blinds provided for the windows by the University must remain at the windows or be replaced by the end of a student’s occupancy.
Dartboards may not be installed in rooms or pods; their installation and use damages walls and doors.
Students may use the following electrical devices in their rooms: clocks, electric fans, floor lamps, shavers, microwaves, stereo equipment, hair dryers, curling irons, television sets, and computer equipment.
Personally owned hot plates, broilers, toaster units, lava lamps, space heaters, halogen lamps, and room air conditioners are NOT permitted because of the possibility of power failures, overloaded electrical circuits, and fire hazards. Electrical appliances as well as all extension cords must have the UL mark or label present on the package of the product. Too many appliances attached to an extension cord may create a fire hazard. Heavy-duty extension cords are required for distances of more than six feet. A power strip is required when using more than two appliances at any wall receptacle.
Refrigerators, microwaves and other appliances acceptable to campus policies, but older than ten years, are prohibited in the residence halls.
Christmas Lights must be UL approved, fused, and in-line style. Christmas lights may not be placed on metal Christmas trees.
Because Residence Life staff has been trained in proper emergency procedures, residents and their guests must adhere to all directives given by any staff member. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
Every year university and university students experience a growing number of fire related emergencies. There are several causes for these fires; however, most are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. Cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries on university campuses, closely followed by careless smoking and arson. Students tampering with fire safety equipment may be penalized in accordance with local, state, and federal ordinances.
Many factors contribute to the problem of residence hall housing fires.
1. Improper use of 911 notifications systems delays emergency response.
2. Student apathy is prevalent. Many are unaware that fire is a risk or threat in the environment.
3. Evacuation efforts are hindered since fire alarms are often ignored.
4. Building evacuations are delayed due to lack of preparation and pre-planning.
5. Vandalized and improperly maintained smoke alarms and fire alarm systems inhibit early detection of fires.
6. Misuse of cooking appliances, over-loaded electrical circuits and extension cords increase the risk of fires.
When a fire alarm sounds:
1. Grab a towel or article of clothing to place over face.
2. Check the room door for heat.
3. Close room windows.
4. Leave room lights on.
5. Stay low to the floor and calmly proceed to the nearest exit.
6. Residence Life staff will check rooms to ensure everyone has evacuated.
Always take a fire alarm seriously. Safety is dependent upon individual response during drills and/or in the actual event of a fire. Failure to evacuate may result in fees and or disciplinary action.
The Residence Life staff person on duty is the designated point person in the case of threatening weather. He/she is responsible for setting the following steps in motion.
Step One—Threatening Weather
The CRE on duty should contact all on campus staff and ask them to put their staff on alert. CREs and RCs should tune their radios to WGEL FM 101.7.
Step Two—Tornado Watch (favorable conditions for a tornado)
Staff should call all students indoors and monitor entry and exit of buildings. CREs and RCs should begin to share plans for step three with residents. CSO officers should go to the common building and alert students and staff of danger. All students should be encouraged to return to their residence halls or another safe place.
Step Three—Tornado Warning (tornado sighted)
The whistle in town will sound in the case of a tornado warning. At that time all persons should be gathered into the interior corridor and/or lower floor of their building and sit on the floor with their hands and arms shielding their neck and head. When possible they should take flashlights with them.
Shelters for residence halls are as follows:
1. Blankenship Apartments—1st floor hallway and restrooms.
2. Burritt—basement & hallways without glass
3. Holtwick—basement bathroom & hallway Janssen—basement hallway
4. Hood Hall-1st floor hallway
5. Houses—basements and restrooms.
6. Joy—1st floor hallway
8. Mannoia Hall – 1st floor hallway and restrooms.
Earthquake Safety Procedures
In the event of an earthquake, for your safety and those of others, it is requested that everyone adhere to the following guidelines.
During an Earthquake:
1. Keep calm. Don’t run or panic. If you take the proper precautions, you will decrease your chances of being injured.
2. Stay where you are. Most injuries occur as people are entering or leaving buildings.
3. If the earthquake strikes when you are indoors, take cover under a desk, heavy table, bench, or against side walls or doorways. Stay away from glass windows, and overhead light fixtures. If you are in a laboratory, stay away from hazardous materials that could spill during or after the tremor.
4. Do not use matches either during or after the tremor.
5. If the earthquake catches you outside, move away from buildings and utility wires. Move to an open area and stay there until the shaking stops.
After the Earthquake:
1. The emergency operations team will assemble in front of Scott Field.
2. Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move persons who may be seriously injured unless they are in danger of further injury.
3. If you detect a gas leak, exit building immediately, Call 664-6736 (Physical Plant) and/or report problem to Residence Life staff. Do not use light switches.
4. If you detect problems with other utilities, call 664-6736 or contact the emergency operations team at Scott Field immediately.
5. Evacuation of buildings is not automatic. Evacuation will depend on surrounding circumstances—i.e. gas leak, fire, or severe structural damage. Building evacuations should be conducted at the direction of emergency operations team members and/or maintenance staff.
6. If the buildings are evacuated, stay out of them until directed to re-enter by a university emergency operations team member. If evacuation of buildings is necessary, be prepared to locate and assist handicapped individuals.
Entry Into Student Rooms
Greenville University recognizes the rights of its students to protection against unreasonable entry and search. In order to preserve these rights, while at the same time continuing the university’s tradition as a place where quality of residential hall living is maintained by policy and practice, Greenville University has enacted the following procedural guidelines as to the entry into and searches of university-owned student rooms.
Reasonable entry and search situations in which university personnel will enter student rooms include, but are not limited to, instances in which there is reasonable cause to believe that:
1. a university policy is being violated
2. a student or other individual is a threat to themselves or others
3. an emergency situation exists that requires the identification of a particular object believed to be located in the room.
Reasonable cause for belief that a university policy is being violated may result from casual interaction between staff and students which is an integral part of residential hall living. Also, Greenville University reserves the right to depart from these procedural guidelines at any time if, in its sole discretion, circumstances warrant.
1. Staff members will not enter a student room without first knocking and identifying themselves.
2. Whenever feasible, staff members will state the purpose of the entry to the residents of the room.
3. Staff members are not authorized to enter a student’s room when the only basis for doing so is the request of another student.
4. Rooms are routinely entered during vacation periods for safety and security reasons as well as for Health and Safety inspections which occur on a scheduled basis throughout the year.
5. Maintenance personnel are authorized to enter student rooms to perform all routine maintenance and necessary repairs after knocking and identifying themselves.
6. Residence Life staff and other university personnel are authorized to use a master key to gain entrance to a student room if the assigned residents are not present or if university personnel are denied entry by the room’s occupant(s). If feasible under the circumstances, two staff members will be present at the time of entry.
1. Except for emergencies or when unforeseen circumstances exist, student rooms and students’ personal possessions will not be searched unless appropriate authorization has been obtained from
the Dean of Students. The student shall be present during the search if possible. Only items which are specifically prohibited by law or by the university or items which pose an immediate danger to the health and safety of the hall’s residents shall be removed from the student’s room without the permission of the owner.
2. If the resident is present, the university personnel conducting the search will state its purpose prior to its commencement.
3. In the sole discretion of the university personnel conducting the search, the resident may be asked to open all drawers, closets, refrigerators, luggage, etc. in the room. Compliance with this request by the resident is mandatory.
4. Any item(s) seized during searches conducted in connection with these guidelines may be used in university disciplinary hearings. Such item(s), except for those which are illegal or otherwise prohibited by law, will be returned to the student after the conclusion of the disciplinary matter.
5. No provision in these guidelines shall give Residence Life staff or other university personnel the authority to consent to a search of a student’s room by police or other law enforcement officials without a valid search warrant.
Fire and Safety Equipment
Fire safety equipment (fire alarms, extinguishers, exit lights, emergency lights, smoke alarms, and hoses) are located in strategic areas of halls and houses for your safety. Use these only for emergencies. Do not prop fire doors open.
The University strives to provide for the personal safety and security of each resident. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers have been placed around campus to protect lives and possessions. For one’s own safety, please do not remove batteries from smoke detectors or discharge fire extinguishers. Tampering with these safety items is considered a serious offense. The law requires Greenville University to have these fire safety items in place, and the law also covers tampering with fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. Therefore, any person caught tampering with the smoke detectors or fire extinguishers may be handed over to the civil authorities as well as face disciplinary action up to or including suspension or dismissal.
Fire escapes are for emergencies only. Individuals may not use fire escapes for any other reason. Do not block windows (this includes lofts and large pieces of furniture).
Combustibles, gasoline, explosives, or highly flammable chemicals are not permitted in the residence halls. Halogen lamps, hoverboards, haze machines, fog machines, candles, oil lamps, Scentsy warmers, incense, and other open flame objects are not permitted in the residence halls. Possession of these items in rooms even if not being used, is prohibited.
The removal of furniture from the lounges will result in disciplinary action. Student’s personal furnishings may not be placed in common areas such as lounges (including pod lounges).
Unless given permission by the CRE in a respective building, all room furniture must remain in the room in which it was originally placed. This includes beds, chairs, desks, dressers, etc.
Health and Safety Inspections
Health and Safety inspections may be conducted two or more times each semester in the residence halls and houses. Additional inspections can be conducted at the discretion of the CRE.
The Health and Safety inspection is an inspection of rooms to discover and eliminate health and fire hazards to ensure the well-being of the resident. Also, it is an opportunity to communicate any room or building concerns directly to the CRE and RC. Residents will be encouraged to be present during the inspection, or his/her room will be keyed into during the scheduled inspection time.
This activity is preceded by at least a twenty-four hour posted notice. A Health and Safety inspection is performed to assess risks and quality of living space both for the benefit of the student and university. The principle inspection focuses on fire safety and cleanliness. In addition, the staff may take note of and follow up on violations of the student conduct code. Health and Safety violation must be re-addressed within twenty-four hours for follow-up inspection.
Report lost room keys to Residence Life at 664-7121. Replacement keys cost $25 each and are issued from the Residence Life office during regular business hours. The possession or use of any unauthorized or stolen keys for university buildings by any resident will result in severe disciplinary action.
Washers and dryers are located in the lower levels of Burritt, Holtwick, Joy, Janssen, Kinney, Tenney, and Mannoia Hall. Non-residents of a hall may use the facilities during the hours the hall is open (until 11:00 pm). Commercial laundry facilities are located near campus across from the Maves Art Building.
If a student is locked out of their room or residence hall they must contact an RC or CRE to be let in. Campus Safety may be contacted as a last resort to gain entrance into your building or room if the student can present ID prior to being let in. Campus Safety will allow a student into their room once per semester free of charge and all subsequent requests will result in a charge of $5.00 being applied to the student account.
Lofted beds are one of the most popular methods used to increase room space. Loft furniture is provided in all residence halls and houses.
Lounges & Upper Union
Several student lounges exist on campus for the purpose of studying and socializing with friends. Lounge use is contingent upon appropriate behavior and adherence to cleanliness standards. The following lounges are open from 9:00 am to 12:00 am, seven days a week: Burritt Hall main lounge, Janssen Hall main lounge, Holtwick Hall main lounge, Joy Hall main lounge, Tenney Hall main lounge, Oak Street 1st floor lounge, and Ellen Mannoia Hall 1st floor lounge. Students should not congregate in front of doors or stairwells ie. Burritt North doors and stairwells leading up to floors, West Oak, and Mannoia Stairwells. Persons should not be lying on top of one another, may not lie down next to one another on a bed or floor, should not be under the same blanket or covering and should not be engaged in physical activity.
The Upper Union is open 24 hours a day.
If your room needs repairs, report these repairs to your RC or the CRE. Report plumbing and electrical difficulties immediately to the Physical Plant by calling 664-6736, emailing [email protected] or notifying a Residence Life staff member.
Mandatory Hall Meetings
Students are expected to participate in mandatory hall meetings called by a Residence Life staff member. Mandatory meetings are primarily called to discuss, promote, and educate residents about safety issues in the hall. Failure to attend can endanger the resident as well as other hall mates in the event of an emergency. Because of the extreme importance of these meetings, failure to attend will result in a $25 fee and/or judicial action. Please report scheduling conflicts with one’s Residence Life staff member and schedule an alternate meeting.
Motorcycles & Motorized Scooters
Motorcycles and motorized scooters may park on campus and are bound by the same rules and regulations as automobiles. Motorcycles/scooters and/or parts, batteries, and related flammable fluids are prohibited in the residence halls or any other university building. Motorcycles and motorized scooters may not be ridden or stored on sidewalks or in bicycle parking areas.
Movies that earn an “R” rating do so through their use of violence, profanity, and/or sexual content. Rated “R” movies are not allowed to be shown in residence hall/house lounges and living rooms. If a resident wishes to show a rated “R” movie that has a provocative, teachable, or historical theme which is helpful for understanding the world in which we live, he/she may show the movie only after submitting a request and having it approved through the CRE in your building.
Objects Thrown From Windows
Do not throw, shoot, bat, sling, or hang any object from residence hall windows such as water balloons, water, debris, bottles, or cans. Such objects may seriously injure someone. A damage fee may be assessed for removal of screens ($50) or damages to public spaces.
Greenville University is committed to providing a living/learning environment for single students not living at home. Full-time students not living at home are expected to live on campus and be on the meal plan. Exceptions to the policy may be granted if one meets at least one of the following criteria. Students wishing to apply must be in good academic and social standing. Applications must be submitted no later than 2 weeks into each semester.
1. Live at home with parents less than 30 miles from campus
2. Student teaching assignment more than 25 miles from campus
3. 12 Credit Internship more than 25 miles from campus
4. Married or to-be married during the semester
5. Twenty-five years of age prior to the start of the semester
6. Enrollment in less than nine credits during the semester. This includes online courses.
Students wishing to apply must be in good academic and social standing. Applications must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Off Meal Plan Requirement
Exceptions to our food service policy can be appealed to the Director of Residence Life. Students requesting to be off the meal plan must provide a detailed doctor’s note, diagnosis, and detailed description as to why they are incapable of participating (from a licensed physician). These exceptions are rare. In most cases of special dietary needs the appeal will be reviewed by the director of food services. Only when food services indicate that they cannot accommodate special dietary needs will appeals of this nature be approved. Applications must be submitted within the first 2 weeks of each semester to be considered. Off meal plan applications are available in the Community Life Office.
In general, all residential spaces including halls, apartments and houses are closed to members of the opposite sex. Open house provides students the opportunity to visit members of the opposite sex in his/her room. Specific open hall times will be posted in the residence halls.
Visitation by members of the opposite sex is only permitted during posted open house hours. Members of the opposite sex are not permitted in the building except in lounges and main entryways listed under “Lounges & Upper Union” in the Residence Life section of the Handbook, for any reason at any other time.
If circumstances arise in which a student needs to have a member of the opposite sex on his/her floor during a time not designated as open house, permission from a Residence Life staff member must be sought.
Exceptions to this policy are made on days that the university is opening or closing the residence halls at the beginning or ending of the semester. This exception is for residents that need assistance moving belongings and only between 9:00 am–5:00 pm.
General Guidelines for Open House
1. All individuals are expected to abide by the behavioral standards of the University.
a. Room doors must be kept completely open with occupants clearly visible.
b. The rooms should have at least one light on (besides the TV).
c. Couples should not be lying on top of one another.
d. Couples may not lay down next to one another on a bed or floor.
e. Couples should not be under the same blanket or covering.
f. Couples should not be engaged in physical activity.
2. In the traditional residence halls, a member of the Residence Hall staff will monitor the Open House, handle emergencies, and close the Open House at the designated time. Any resident, who does not wish to participate in Open House but wants to remain in the hall, must notify his/her RC and may choose to keep his/her room door closed.
3. Residents of any floor, wing, or hall may elect not to participate in a given Open House by 2/3 majority vote. The decision should be made, and the supervising CRE notified at least 24 hours before the Open House.
4. Those who participate in the Open House events are responsible for cleaning up public areas (lounges, kitchen, hallways, etc.).
5. If a resident or a guest fails to show proper consideration for others or behave inappropriately he/she may be asked to not participate in future Open House events.
6. If any floor or house votes by a two-thirds majority to hold visitation on additional days or nights, they may submit their request to the supervising at least five working days before the desired dates. Events should end no later than 11:00 pm.
Students may host one guest at a time, free of charge, provided he/she has contacted the supervising CRE and RC before the guest’s arrival. A guest is defined as an off-campus visitor of the same sex whom was invited to stay in one’s room. All guests must register with the respective CRE.
The following regulations will govern such visits:
1. A guest must limit his/her visits to no more than two nights per week, per month.
2. Unavoidable delays or extenuating circumstances constitute the only justification for a guest staying beyond the specified time. Should such circumstances occur a $7.00 fee per night will be assessed for subsequent nights until departure.
3. Guests who are not charged must stay in the host’s room. The University will not provide mattresses; do not transfer them from another room. Do not use lounge furniture for sleeping purposes.
4. The host student is totally responsible for the behavior of his/her guest.
Painting of Student Rooms
Rooms are painted regularly therefore, painting of rooms is not permitted. Students who paint their room will assume the cost of repainting the room.
Students are prohibited from keeping pets such as cats, dogs, mice, reptiles, birds, turtles, and rabbits in the residence halls, houses or apartments.
Students may have an aquarium for tropical fish not exceeding 10 gallon capacity. However, please note that during vacations the room temperature will fluctuate greatly because of seasonal temperature changes, and the university will not be responsible for the health of your fish. Fish must be no larger than a human fist.
Refrigerators & Microwaves
To prevent overloading the electrical circuits, students may only use refrigerators no larger than 4.0 cubic feet and microwaves should not exceed 18 inches wide, 13.5 inches deep, and 11 inches high. Microwaves are discouraged due to the presence of a microwave in a lounge or kitchen in all residence halls.
Residence Hall Security
Residence Hall security requires the cooperative effort of the residents and the staff. The University can jointly protect property against theft and secure the safety of residents only when everyone is aware of the need for security.
Outside entrances to all residence halls remain locked twenty-four hours a day. In order to maintain security be sure the door is closed and locked behind you. Anyone caught propping a door open will be subject to suspension and disciplinary probation.
Use of the fire escapes is permissible only in case of fire or other emergencies. Campus Safety Officers check all residence halls several times each night. They serve the dual purpose of security and fire inspectors. Please cooperate with them in the performance of their tasks.
Roller Blades, Roller Skates & Skate Boarding
Individuals may not roller blade, roller skate, or skate board inside residence halls or any other university building. Students are responsible for any damage to the exterior of campus buildings or furniture that their use of roller blades, skate boards and roller skates may cause.
A skate park is located in William S. Waite Park a few blocks from campus. Details can be found here: http://www.kingsburyparkdistrict.com/Default.aspx?tabid=914426
Room Assignment Procedures
Housing sign-up occurs in February for the following year. Only registered students may verify a room reservation for the fall. Those who decide not to return the following semester should contact the Residence Life Office. Students are welcome to request room assignments. However, the University reserves the right to relocate residents at any time for any reason.
The residents of each room are jointly responsible for the cleanliness of their room. Students may request cleaning materials and equipment to help keep their rooms clean. Residents in Dallas Annex, Blankenship Apts., Mannoia Hall, or wherever semiprivate bathroom facilities exist, are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms.
Do not remove furniture and equipment belonging to the university from one’s room. Furniture removed from any residential room will result in a charge equal to replacement cost of furniture
Do not hang items on the sprinkler heads in the residence halls. This may cause sprinklers to go off and cause excessive water damage to floors in buildings.
For safety and maintenance reasons all large windows in each room must remain closed and locked. A $20.00 fee will be assessed to relock any of those windows opened. Repeated abuse may result in further disciplinary action.
When a real need exists and if the space is available, residents may change rooms or roommates. The CRE in each respective building must approve all room changes prior to the move. Room change forms for room changes may be obtained from Residence Life.
No room changes can take place during the first two weeks of each semester, or after November 1 of the fall semester, and March 1 of the spring semester. Any approved room changes for interterm or spring semester must be completed during final weeks prior to leaving for Christmas break. Students requesting to change rooms after November 1 of fall semester and March 1 of spring semester will be charged $50 administrative fee. CRE’s and Residence Life staff reserve the right to move students when necessary.
The following procedure applies when a vacancy occurs in Upper Division Housing (UDH):
1. If a waiting list exists, the student needing a roommate will be allowed to select someone from the waiting list. If the student does not select someone, the first person on the waiting list will be offered the space. If the person on the waiting list turns down the room, the next person is contacted.
2. If no one on the waiting list wants to move, or if there is no one on the waiting list, the student without a roommate may either keep the room as a single, or request someone as a roommate. If the student they request qualifies, that student may move into UDH.
3. If space is needed in the residence hall and space exists in UDH, the student needing a roommate will need to select a roommate from the waiting list, or if there is no waiting list, request a student who will need to apply and be approved.
4. When space is needed in the residence halls and space exists in UDH, and there are no candidates for UDH, then announcements will be made to the student body that applications are being taken for UDH.
5. In the event that the process is reopened, the student with the space will select someone from those who are approved. If he/she is unable to select someone, a lottery will be held to determine the order in which applicants will be offered rooms.
6. If complete empty rooms exist in UDH, the process will follow as outlined in will be offered rooms.
Students are responsible for their rooms and the furnishings. Charges for any damage or defacement will be assessed at the time the damage is reported, or after the semester has ended.
Students, individually and as a community, are financially responsible for damage to common areas in the residence halls and houses.
Room Decorations & Carpeting
Carpet may be placed on the floor, however, do not nail it down, glue it, or otherwise permanently adhere it to the surface. Do not attach anything permanently to the walls or furniture such as paneling or contact paper. No decorative items can be placed on the ceiling.
State and local highway signs, pornographic materials, suggestive obscene pictures, alcoholic beverage and/or tobacco containers and posters are inappropriate room decorations and therefore prohibited.
Possession or display of candles, oil lamps, incense, and other open flame objects are not permitted.
Signs and other decorations may be placed in your windows provided they are appropriate for public view in keeping with Greenville University Community standards, and are in good taste.
However a student chooses to enhance or decorate their room, he/she must restore it to its original condition before leaving campus. If in doubt, check with the CRE.
Single Room Application
A limited number of single rooms are available in the residence halls. Students may complete a single room application prior to the spring housing lottery for consideration. Placement is at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life.
For a double occupancy room, an additional fee per semester is charged for the privilege of occupying it alone (this only applies when it is reasonable for the university to offer this option). Generally speaking, students may not request single occupancy of a double room during the first semester. The University reserves the right to remove single room assignments at any time due to increased enrollment or needed space.
Salespeople -or Solicitation
No one is permitted to sell on campus without prior approval from the Community Life Office. This includes door-to- door contacts, posters, flyers, “party” sales; residents as well as non-residents; young children as well as professional salespeople. All salespeople must submit their proposals in writing and furnish evidence that they have met local and state regulatory licensing codes. The Dean of Students will give a letter of approval to all authorized salespeople.
Summer Housing Policy
The University provides summer housing, for a minimum charge, for those students taking summer classes and/or working on campus. In order for students to receive summer housing, he/she must confirm their need with the Residence Life Office at least two weeks before the end of the Spring Semester.
All financial arrangements are done in the Business Office. Financial arrangements must be taken care of before the end of spring classes and before the student moves into summer housing. It is also important that students check-in with the summer senior Residence Life staff in their respective building and complete all necessary paperwork associated with summer housing.
Sunbathing on campus must be confined to private areas of the campus of which there are very few. The tennis courts, Scott Field, Hogue Lawn, the Q (the green space between Holtwick & Joy), and the upper campus near Burritt Hall are off-limits. Inappropriate attire such as bikinis are not permitted while watching an outdoor public event.
Theft of Personal Belongings
For security reasons students should keep their rooms locked and carry their keys with them at all times when leaving their rooms. If a student finds that theft has occurred, they should report it to their CRE and Campus Safety. The University assumes no legal responsibility for misplaced, damaged, or stolen property. To protect a student’s personal property, a renter’s insurance policy can be purchased from local insurance companies, if he/she is not covered by their parent’s homeowners policy. It is each individual student’s responsibility to make the needed arrangements.
Transportation to Airport
If you need transportation to or from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) contact Bond County Transit. They provide reasonable rates for transportation to the airport or other locations in the region.
Bond County Transit (http://www.bondcountytransit.org/) 1 (800) 257-9012
If you have questions or need help setting-up transportation, please contact the Community Life Office at 618.664.7121 for assistance.
Residence halls/houses and dining facilities are closed during all vacations. Students having difficulty making personal housing arrangements are encouraged to seek accommodations with faculty, staff, or church members. Each student is responsible for making his/her own arrangements. Plans should be made well in advance of the residence halls/houses closing date.
Soft drink and snack machines are located in a number of campus buildings. The machines are available for your convenience so treat them with care. Report any damage, malfunctions or requests for refunds to the Athletic Office.
Most residence halls/houses are equipped with window screens. For reasons of health, safety, and security, do not remove them. You and your roommate are solely responsible for damage to screens in your room. A $50 fee may be assessed for any screen that is removed.
38. Food Service
The dining commons offers cafeteria style all-you-can-eat service. Therefore, customers must purchase their meal prior to entering the dining commons. Leaving the dining room will constitute the end of one’s meal. Food is not to be removed from the dining room (this includes fruit, cookies, sandwiches, etc.)
The snack bar facility offers daily specials, fresh grill items, express salads, beverages, yogurt, pastries, snack items, etc. Resident dining flex dollars, munch money or cash are all accepted. Customers using flex dollars or munch money must present their ID to access their account.
Meal Plan Program
Within our program, we offer many different meal plans designed to accommodate the needs of our students. If you would like to change you plan, stop by the Dining Services Office at Armington Center and sign up for the plan that fits your needs. The option to change your meal plan is only during the first week of each semester.
Meal Plan Options
Meal plan options are listed on the Sodexo website here: https://www.greenville.edu/student_life/new_students/checklist.html?page=dining
Using Your Meal Plan
Your student ID is your meal card and it must be presented to the cashier before access to the dining commons is permitted. It is also required the student union snack bar to access your account.
1. Armington Center offers cafeteria style all-you-can-eat. Therefore, everyone must pay the cashier prior to entering the dining room and NO food (i.e. apples, banana, cookies, sandwiches) is to be removed from the dining room.
2. Bus your own table prior to leaving the dining commons.
3. Take only the food you plan to eat, and be sure to eat all the food you take.
4. Do not remove dishes or utensils from the Dining Commons.
5. Meal plans are non-transferable. Do not lend your card to anyone or borrow a card from someone else.
6. Unused flex dollars carry over from fall semester to Interterm to spring semester. Any flex dollars not used by the end of the spring semester will be forfeited.
7. Students are expected to cooperate with the food service personnel to promote efficient operation and a pleasant atmosphere.
8. If you are not satisfied with our service or have a problem, please ask for the supervisor or manager on duty.
Take Out Policies
1. Students must leave ID card with cashier and pick up a To-go Ticket
2. Ticket can be redeemed at the deli line for a “To-go container”
3. On the way out student must show To-go container to the cashier and collect their ID card.
4. Only one meal will be allowed to leave DC from the following choices:
5. Classic one entrée, starch, vegetables, dessert, side salad and drink.
6. Pizza station: 2 slices of pizza, side salad, dessert and drink.
7. From grill: One sandwich, French fries, side salad, dessert and drink.
8. Salad bar, dessert and drink.
9. From deli bar: one sandwich, side salad, dessert and drink.
10. One waffle, dessert and drink.
11. If more than one entrée has been taken we will deduct added cost from flex dollars or the next meal.
Box lunches are only provided when you are traveling off-campus due to class requirements (and will not be able to eat at dining commons). To order a box lunch stop by the Armington Center dining office, a minimum of 24 hours notice is required.
If you are not feeling well, call the Dining Services office at 664-7141 and ask for a supervisor/manager. You can arrange for a friend to pick up a sick tray for you.
Just let us know and we will be happy to work with you to accommodate your needs. Call the Dining Services office for an appointment 664-7141.
Lost ID Cards
Should you lose your ID card, call the Food Services Office and talk to a manager to protect your account. Cards may be replaced at the Office of Campus Safety for a fee of $20.00.
Krober Room & Young Lounge Usage
These spaces serve as special meeting areas for Greenville University. Permitted usage includes:
1. Formal dining events hosted by the University
2. Faculty meetings and receptions
3. Special student events with an advisor present
4. Selected regularly scheduled community events
5. Study groups
Usage policies for the Krober Room and Young Lounge:
1. All student, student-sponsored or non-regularly scheduled community event usage requests must be cleared for approval by the Office of Community Life. A decision will be communicated to the requestor, as well as the dining services manager.
2. Faculty, staff and regularly scheduled community event reservations must be scheduled with the Sodexo Dining Services Catering Manager at 664-7147. If there is a need to move furniture contact Dining Services Catering Manager.
3. Technical support must be scheduled in advance with the Director of Media Resources as the technical closet will be locked without proper advance authorization.
4. The area must be left in the condition in which it was found. The event host is responsible for the cleanup of any materials brought into the room.
5. Furniture and artwork should not be moved to avoid damages. Requests for room modifications must be sent to the Office of Community Life for coordination of the approval process with the decision then communicated to the requestor and Sodexo accordingly.
6. The Art Department will photograph and document the artwork/pottery for insurance purposes. They will manage the replacement of or repair any damage to pottery or paintings. Missing or broken pieces will be reported to Community Life for consultation with the Art Department chair. The Art Department Chair will notify the Business Office if an insurance claim is required.
7. If an item is broken or damaged, the Community Life Office will conduct an investigation whereupon cost related to damages will be charged to the responsible group or individual. The Office of Community Life will also be held accountable for approving such an event where damages occur or misuse of the room happens.
8. If it is determined damages were caused by malicious or improper usage, additional penalties may be deemed necessary.
9. The Upper or Main Level of the Union will be used when students are displaced because of a large event occurring in the main dining room (i.e. President’s Society Dinner, Hall of Fame Banquet, etc.). BBQ/picnics will be held on Scott Field weather permitting.
If you wish to reserve the Blackroom, you will need to contact Gary Erickson ([email protected]). He will make sure the date is available, and supply all the technical needs and student needs in order to run the event.
40. Burritt Fire Pit Use Policy
To reserve the fire pit please contact Residence Life at 664-7121.
1. Clear potentially flammable materials within a 10-foot radius of the pit before starting a fire.
2. Fires may be started using a small amount of paper or a starter log. The fire shall not be used for waste disposal purposes.
3. At no time shall gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid or any other flammable accelerant be used to start or re-start the camp fire.
4. Never leave a fire unattended.
5. Keep a bucket of water nearby while the pit is in use and when done, douse the fire with water or sand until the coals are completely out.
6. Before leaving ensure that no debris is in the fire pit and that the surrounding area is clear of trash.
7. There is a first aid kit and fire extinguisher inside Burritt Hall.
41. Policy on Appropriate Use of Network and Computing Resources
Greenville University network and computing resources are provided primarily for the use of university students, faculty and staff. These resources are intended to be used for educational purposes and to carry out the legitimate business of the University. Appropriate use of the resources includes, but is not limited to, instruction, study assignments, research, communication and the official work of campus organizations and agencies of the university. In each area of our campus community, users are expected to use Greenville University network and computing resources first and foremost for tasks related to their respective roles.
This policy applies specifically to students, faculty, staff and guests of Greenville University who use any of the network and computing resources of the university.
The privilege of using the network and computing resources provided by the university is not transferable or extendible by members or guests of the university community to people or groups outside the university, other than by use of the Sponsored Account system, without the written approval of the Director of Information Technology.
Any student, employee, or guest of Greenville University who uses the network and computing resources must comply with the guidelines set forth in this policy and with federal, state and local laws. In addition, student usage must be consistent with the Student Code of Conduct and the Lifestyle Statement. This includes the use of any university or personally-owned electronic device connected to the university network, campus personal computers, departmental computing facilities, general-use computers, personally-owned computers connected to the university network, printers, and campus network resources. Improper use of university network and computing resources may result in disciplinary action.
Greenville University faculty and staff may not use Greenville University resources (email, buildings, computers, photocopiers, office supplies, network, etc.) to encourage people to vote for or against a candidate or ballot proposition.
In all communications, individuals must be civil and respectful toward other people and perspectives.
Furthermore, any person using Greenville University network and computing resources is responsible for reading all email notifications sent by the Information Technology department and following any instructions contained therein.
Access to e-mail systems is provided by Greenville University for communicating electronically. Use of such capabilities is a privilege afforded to students, employees and guests of the university.
The following are improper use of e-mail:
1. Mass mailing by students to more than 15 persons.
2. Sending e-mail with a falsified source address, thereby making it appear to have come from someone else (known as “spoofing”).
3. Sending a message from an e-mail account belonging to another person without their prior consent.
4. Sending harassing or abusive e-mail.
5. Sending email that encourages people to vote for or against a candidate or ballot proposition.
For any computer account, the account holder is responsible for how the account is used. All accounts are required to be protected from unauthorized access by the use of a password. The account holder is responsible for guarding against unauthorized use of their account. If the account holder discovers that someone has made unauthorized use of their account, they should immediately report the intrusion to the Information Technology (IT) department. Account passwords are not to be shared with anyone else, nor is anyone (including family members) to be allowed access to an account that is not their own.
Information stored on Greenville University computers and network equipment, or transmitted over the Greenville University network, is private property. Some of it is personal property (e-mail messages, class assignments, term papers, etc.) and some of it is the property of Greenville University (information produced by, or for, Greenville University employees in carrying out the legitimate business of the university). Along with the privilege of using the university computer and network resources comes the responsibility to honor the privacy of other people’s information. Any attempt to browse, copy, or modify files or passwords, to discover passwords belonging to other people or organizations, or to view or intercept any information transmitted over the Greenville University network or elsewhere, is prohibited.
Access to information stored on Greenville University computers and network equipment is controlled by assignment of accounts and passwords. This security information is the property of Greenville University. Any person using Greenville University network and computing resources who becomes aware of a vulnerability in system or network security is obligated to report this information to the IT department or the Director of Information Technology. Any attempt to access, copy or modify this security information or to obtain system privileges beyond those that have been granted, or perform any action which interferes with the supervisory or accounting functions of the systems, or that is likely to have such effects, is prohibited. Information Technology personnel may routinely monitor an individual's computer use, although they do not routinely examine files or read electronic mail in an individual's account. However, they have the right to do so, and will investigate and report on evidences of misuse.
Account holders are encouraged to use their accounts wisely.
Viewing or Accessing Inappropriate Material
Use of university network or computing resources for the viewing or accessing of pornographic or otherwise offensive material is strictly forbidden. This applies to any screen display or printing of images, sounds or messages that could reasonably be considered pornographic or offensive.
Transmitting Inappropriate Material
Use of university network or computing resources to transmit pornographic, harassing or otherwise offensive material is strictly forbidden. This applies to any screen display or printing of images, sounds or messages that could reasonably be considered pornographic, harassing or offensive.
Respect for Copyrights and License Agreements
The university presents for use many programs and data, which have been obtained under contracts, or licenses stating that they may be used but not copied, cross assembled, or reverse-compiled. In addition, other institutions and individuals on attached networks make software available under similar conditions. Any person using Greenville University network and computing resources is responsible for determining that programs or data (including music or video files) are not restricted in this manner before copying them in any form. If it is unclear whether permission exists to copy such files, assume that they may not be copied.
Computer malware is a term used to refer to a category of computer programs and/or scripts that are potentially damaging to computer and network-based information and resources, or that can potentially compromise personal information and/or identity. Examples of computer malware are spyware, viruses, worms, Trojan horses and rootkits. All students, employees and guests of Greenville University should be aware of the ease by which systems are infected with malware and must take all necessary steps to insure that computing devices and data are malware-free. Any person connecting a computing device to the Greenville University data network must take all commonly recommended steps to ensure that the computing device is protected from malware infections. Any person using Greenville University network and computing resources who suspects that any computing device or data is infected with malware must report the situation immediately to the IT department.
The use of any device by any student, employee or guest of Greenville University, which interferes with the normal operation of the Greenville University network and computing resources, is prohibited. These devices include, but are not limited to, equipment which produces 2.4 GHz and/or 5 GHz radio signals in such a way as to interfere with the Greenville University wireless data network, and other networking devices such as hubs, switches, routers, wireless networking equipment, etc. that have not been approved for installation by the Director of Information Technology. Tampering with network equipment or cabling in any way is prohibited. Operating an otherwise approved computing or network device in a manner that causes interference or disruption for others using the network, such as ad-hoc wireless networking, is also prohibited.
Computing System Maintenance
Any person using a computing device attached to the Greenville University data network is expected to keep the operating system of the device up-to-date with the latest service packs and vulnerability patches. Furthermore, any person using a computing device attached to the Greenville University data network is expected, when notified by IT personnel of a procedure to follow to correct a system vulnerability, to follow said procedure as soon as possible.
Downloading, distributing, or storing data objects by any person using a computing device attached to the Greenville University data network for which they do not have rights as provided by copyright law is prohibited. The term “data objects” includes, but is not limited to, music files, video and movie files, photographic files, and computer programs. Unless specific rights have been granted to possess a copy of the data object, assume the data object may not be copied.
Other Misuses of Network Resources
1. Greenville University reserves the right to monitor and/or filter access to resources on the Internet. When such monitoring and/or filtering is in place, any attempt to circumvent the monitoring and/or filtering process is prohibited.
2. Utilizing Greenville University network and computing resources to operate a business unrelated to the normal operations of Greenville University, unless granted permission in writing by the Vice President for Finance, is prohibited.
3. The Information Technology department will announce any other activity utilizing Greenville University network and computing resources that is determined by an official body of Greenville University to be a misuse of those resources. Once announced, the offending activity is considered prohibited according to the terms of this policy.
Potential Impact to Greenville University
There are many local, state, and federal laws that apply to the use and misuse of e-mail and the Internet. The implications of illegal use of our network in violation of these laws are far reaching for the university and could even jeopardize our tax-exempt status as an institution, the results of which could impact our very existence as a university.
Consequence of Violating Appropriate Use Policy
Any person using Greenville University computing or network resources that in any way violates this appropriate use policy is subject to any or all of the following disciplinary actions:
1. Verbal or written warning to the offender
2. Restrictions of system access for a specified period of time or until acts of restitution have been performed
3. Revocation of all system privileges for a specified period
4. Statement of charges sent to the Dean of Students (for student offenders) or to the appropriate Director or University Vice President (for employee offenders), which could lead to other penalties depending on the seriousness of the offense
Appeals concerning disciplinary action taken may be addressed through the standard appeals process of Greenville University.
Policies may be updated and modified from time to time. The latest approved version of this policy will be posted on the Greenville University website. This version of the policy was approved 3/27/2012. Subsequent to the 3/27/2012 approval, edits were made to the policy on 11/28/2012 and 6/30/2014 to correct grammatical errors and to improve some language that had become outdated. No substantive changes were made at this time.
42. Privacy of Student Records – FERPA Disclosure
Greenville University maintains educational records on all individuals who have been or are current students at the institution. Educational records may include but are not limited to grades; application materials; honors, probation, or dismissal records; records of judicial proceedings; and other information that may be accumulated during the student’s educational process. Educational records do not include student health or counseling records; employment records; alumni records; or records created by administrative or instructional personnel or agents of the University that are personal in nature, in the sole possession of the maker, and not accessible to any other person.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. These rights include:
1. The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.
A student should submit to the University Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The University Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
The Act limits students’ ability to inspect and review financial information submitted by their parents; confidential letters and recommendations associated with admissions, employment or job placement, or honors to which they have waived their rights of inspection and review; or educational records containing information about more than one student, in which case the institution permits access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational record that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the University to amend a record should write a letter to the University Registrar clearly identifying the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the University decides not to amend the record as requested, the University will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures by an impartial individual will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
FERPA allows the University to disclose educational records without a student’s prior written consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities of the University. A school office is, but not limited to, a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using University employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, or National Student Clearinghouse); a person service on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
Some educational records are considered confidential. Confidential information is released or accessible only to certain parties. According to FERPA, these confidential records may be released only to the student him-or herself, other parties when a student requests a release of such information in writing, parents who have demonstrated that they claim the student as a dependent on their federal income tax form, or in compliance with a subpoena. Parents desiring access to their student’s records must provide a copy of their federal tax form to the Financial Aid Office annually. Evidence that a person claims a student as a dependent expires on April 15th of each year.
FERPA allows the disclosure of directory information. Directory information is defined as information contained in an educational record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. It includes, but is not limited to, the student’s name; addresses; telephone numbers; electronic mail address; photographs; date and place of birth; major field of study; grade level; enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time); the most recent educational institution attended; dates of attendance; degrees, honors, and awards received; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; and weight and height of members of athletic teams.
A student may request in writing that their directory information be restricted from publication. Students must file such a request with the Records Office. Request for restriction must be submittedin writing annually and will be accepted during the first two weeks of the fall, spring, or summer terms.
The University does not release directory information to outside organizations for commercial solicitation.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5901
(Adapted from The AACRAO 2010 FERPA Guide. Eds. Leroy S. Rooker, et al.
43. Academic Honesty
Students on a Christian university campus are expected to do all academic work with integrity. This means that they should practice academic honesty without exception. The University takes this so seriously we ask all incoming students to sign a statement guaranteeing that they understand the notion of academic integrity and will conform to the policies described below.
All forms of academic dishonesty, which include cheating and plagiarism, are inappropriate on our campus. Cheating and plagiarism are variations on a theme: both involve offering the work of another as one’s own. Students cheat and/or plagiarize when they:
1. Give or receive aid from another student or another person during a test, quiz, or homework assignment when they were told to work alone.
2. Use notes or books when taking a quiz or test (either in a class or on-line) unless an instructor has given permission to use them.
3. Copy all or part of another student’s work—an exam, worksheet, homework assignment, essay, speech, musical composition, web production, etc.—and submit it as their own work.
4. Copy all or part of any published or copyrighted source such as a book, periodical article, or musical composition and submit it as their own work.
5. “Cut and paste” information from a digital source such as a CD-ROM or web page and submit it as their own work.
6. Steal ideas or conceptual frameworks from another source and submit them as their own without giving proper credit to the source.
7. Submit other people’s work as their own (e.g., a roommate’s term paper or one purchased over the Internet).
8. Ask someone else to complete a writing project for them and revise and edit the work in such a way that they are not really the one responsible for the final document. (Please note: GC’s faculty often encourage students to share their work in progress with others, in fact, the University even pays writing tutors to help students think through revising an assignment. This is simply a good habit for any scholar that we fully endorse. What we do not want students to do is let another person take over and complete an academic task that is their own responsibility.)
This list is not exhaustive, but should give a clear idea of what constitutes academic dishonesty. In general terms, academic dishonesty occurs when people knowingly or unknowingly take credit for words or ideas that are not their own in work that is produced for a class, presentation, publication, or other public domain. All forms of cheating and plagiarism involve intellectual theft, and thou shalt not steal!
Students are responsible to use appropriate quotation marks whenever they use words from another source. They must cite sources for ideas that originated with others. They are responsible to learn the specific documentation methods required in their chosen academic disciplines. Whenever they are in doubt about how to cite sources or use others’ writings in their own, they should ask a professor.
At Greenville, academic dishonesty has severe consequences. If instructors discover any instance of cheating or plagiarism, they are well within their rights to assign a failing grade for that assignment or for the course. Furthermore, they must report the student to the department head and the Office of Academic Affairs. This office will forward the information to the appropriate deans. If a second instance of academic dishonesty occurs, the student will normally receive a failing grade for the course, and the case will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for review and possible further disciplinary action. If cheating or plagiarism is discovered after grades have been posted, it is within the discretion of the instructor to change the final grade. A student may be expelled from the institution for repeated or extreme violations of academic integrity. Appeals can be handled through the normal judicial process.
44. Excused Absence Policy
Greenville University recognizes that God has created us as spirit, mind, and body. Because we value all three aspects of our God-given personhood, we seek the education, development, and expression of all three. We recognize that much of the university student’s academic growth begins in the classroom. But we acknowledge, too, the value of extra-curricular inquiry, experience, competition, performance, and or service.
We recognize each professor’s prerogative and imperative to establish clear and reasonable requirements for his/her classes, including an attendance policy. These requirements, committed to writing and distributed to students at the beginning of the semester, should stipulate appropriate penalties (if any penalties at all) for what the professor considers excessive absence.
However, as a matter of University policy—one based on the assumption that we seek to develop the whole person—student absences shall be excused when the student is engaged in one of the following extra-curricular activities:
1. Acting as an official representative and/or ambassador of the University (e.g., athletics, university choir, student ensembles).
2. Participating in a course-sponsored field trip.
3. Participating in any other activity deemed as reason for excuse by the vice president for academic affairs.
4. We assume, in addition, that each professor will excuse a reasonable number of absences for serious illness, injury, or serious family or personal crises. The professor may, at his or her prerogative, require verification of such personal crisis prior to approving such absence.
The Sponsoring Faculty Member, Coach or Other University Employee
1. Should think carefully about the effects on the welfare of the students and their work in other departments.
2. Consult the on-line campus calendar to avoid scheduling conflicts whenever possible
3. Supply a list of affected students to the Records Office within two days following each absence, in order that this list may be distributed to the faculty. The list should include details about when the absence began and ended.
4. Plan such off-campus activities so as to avoid examination weeks and the first or last few days of a semester.
5. Should try to avoid arranging activities involving two consecutive class meetings in the same course.
6. Avoid scheduling events that will take students away from any classes the final two class days before a break or the first day following a break. Any exceptions to this rule must be approved in advance by the vice president for academic affairs before any announcements are made to students.
1. Must, whenever possible, contact his or her professors at least a week prior to the absence and arrange to make up the missed assignments or tests.
2. Seek to complete make-up work or tests in advance of the absences if possible.
3. Students who do not make arrangements with their professors may, at the discretion of the professor, not be granted excused absences.
1. Should allow excused students to make up in-class work, quizzes, or examinations as long as they have demonstrated good faith in contacting the professor in advance of the absence and made appropriate arrangements for make-up work.
2. Should not excuse students who leave early or return late from vacations or breaks unless there are exceptional circumstances.
1. Students cannot excuse each other for missing class, even if it is for an official University activity. All excused absences must come from a professor, coach, or other University employee.
2. Class absences due to organization or team meetings or practices will not be excused.
3. Where professors allow a specific number of class absences before the student is penalized, each absence excused by the criteria listed above should diminish the number of penalty-free absences by one.
4. However, should the total number of excused absences exceed the number of penalty-free absences given by the professor, the student should not be penalized, but should be allowed to make up any work that he/she might have accomplished if not absent.
5. Any student who knows from the beginning of the semester that he/she will be absent from class for athletic competitions, field trips, or other performances will reserve his/her penalty-free absences for those endeavors.
6. Instructors may reserve a small number of special class sessions or activities for which substitute experience or evaluation cannot be made, and for which absence will not be excused, if such experiences are announced by the instructor during the first week of class.
45. Student Success Office
Student Success provides academic support services to all students on the Greenville University campus. Services are based on the premise that all student benefit from some type of academic support. Students who are successful in university are those who have learned to take charge of their own learning and utilize available resources to attain their academic goals.
The purpose of Student Success is to supplement the classroom experience and to serve as a resource to both students and faculty by offering the following:
1. Peer Tutoring for General Education Courses
2. Writing Lab Tutors
3. Academic Coaching
4. Academic Boot Camp
5. Academic Advising
7. Online Resources
8. Testing Center for academic accommodations and make-up tests
The PASS (Professional Assistance for Student Success) Program provides special academic assistance for students needing some additional academic support. Students are admitted into the program as a condition of their admission to Greenville University. The program is designed to provide accountability and academic support to promote student success. For more information contact Student Success.
The Testing Center, located in Student Success, offers scheduled hours to proctor tests for students with academic accommodations. Students taking make-up tests and quizzes are also eligible to utilize the Testing Center.
Students with Physical and/or Learning Disabilities
Students with physical and/or learning disabilities who need academic support services or have questions about access to buildings or other facilities should contact Marcos Gilmore, Dean of Student Success. His office is located on the main floor of the library. Services for those with a physical disability may include ensuring that classes are held in accessible buildings and classrooms. Academic accommodations may include extended and alternative times for tests, distraction-free location for test taking, advocacy, assistance in obtaining books on tape, tutoring, academic coaching, or other accommodations. A student requesting services must provide documentation (no more than three years old) of a disability in order to receive services.
46. Student Government Association
The student government organization at Greenville University is called the Greenville Student Government Association (GSGA). All regular enrolled full-time students are members of the GSGA. The GSGA exists to “assist students as they seek a liberal arts education; represent the interests of all students; serve the religious, social, and other nonacademic needs of the students; and seek to glorify God to serve the student body, and to fulfill the broader mission of the University.”— Mission Statement
The GSGA is governed by three bodies: 1) The Executive Cabinet (President, Executive VP/Chair of the Senate, VP of Student Outreach, VP of Campus Activities, VP of Campus Organizations, Executive Financial Assistant, VP of Intercultural Affairs, and VP of Media Communications), 2) The Senate (the legislative branch consisting of representatives from residence halls, off-campus housing, the student body at large, and class presidents and senators), and 3) The Student Judiciary (which checks legislation and appointments for their constitutionality).
1. Provides democratic, representative self-government;
2. Insures and promotes the rights of responsible student expression;
3. Gives students experience in leadership;
4. Maintains and forwards the ideals and standards of Greenville University;
5. Helps orient new students to life at Greenville University
6. Promotes harmony and cooperation within the university community and with constituents and friends of the university;
7. Assists in the integration and coordination of the activities of all student organizations; and
8. Ultimately, glorifies the name and person of Jesus Christ and advances His kingdom on earth.
If you are in need of contacting the GSGA, you may do one of the following:
1. Stop by our offices, which are located on the south side of the Student Union in the basement.
2. Email individual people, which are posted on a bulletin board in the Student Union.
3. Like the GSGA: Greenville Student Goverment Association page on Facebook by using the following link. https://www.facebook.com/gvillecsa
4. Follow the GSGA on Twitter (@gvillecsa) by using the following link. https://twitter.com/gvillecsa
5. Follow the GSGA on Instagram (@gvillecsa) by using the following link. http://instagram.com/gvillecsa
The Executive Cabinet consists of the eight positions listed above, the President and Executive Vice President are elected positions, and then they conduct a hiring process for the other six positions.
The President of the Student Body is elected in the campus-wide spring elections and serves the student body from June 1 to May 31. The President serves as the head of the Student Association and is responsible for its effective and efficient administration. The President chairs the Executive Cabinet and functions as the student representative of the University and student body on many different levels. The Executive Vice President advises and assists the President upon his/her request, as well as chairing the Senate.
The VP of Student Outreach heads up Greenville Student Outreach (GSO) which develops the spiritual needs of students through vespers, Crossroads (Big Brother/Big Sister program), Habitat for Humanity, and other on and off campus needs.
The VP Of Campus Activities heads the Campus Activities Board (CAB) which is responsible for all school sponsored activities. A large committee of students schedule dozens of on and off campus events including the Midnight Breakfast, Back to School Bash, and the All University Hike.
The VP of Campus Organizations is responsible for maintaining charters for all campus organizations recognized by the GSGA. He/she is also responsible for leading the Inter-Class Council and developing campus-wide class competitions.
The VP of Intercultural Affairs heads the Intercultural Affairs Board (IAB). This board works to provide the students with opportunities to experience other cultures through various activities.
The VP of Media Communications serves to create awareness of events between GSGA and the students through advertisements around campus and on the GC website.
The Executive Finance Assistant functions as both an assistant to the cabinet and the head of finances. He/she is responsible for planning Fireside Chats; assisting GSGA as a whole and individuals on a task-based need; and handling check requests, receipts, and budgets.
Senate is the legislative branch of the GSGA, and consists of students from each residence hall, the president and senator from each class, and from the student body at large. Senate represents the students and makes recommendations to the faculty and administration. The Senate also oversees the money allocated to the GSGA and provides extra funds to campus organizations that have a need. Senate meets biweekly and all meetings are open to the student body, who is encouraged to attend.
Each class elects officers to handle the planning of class activities. Class officers meet weekly as a group, and monthly as part of the Inter-Class Council. The Freshmen Class officers elected in the fall will select two faculty sponsors (or couples) from a list of available faculty members provided by the Dean of Students. These faculty sponsors will remain with the class for all four years.
Sponsors will attend the class meetings, advise the officers, and give direction in both fiscal and social matters. The sponsor and class president may consult the VP of Campus Organization on matters of policy, who in turn may seek the assistance of the Dean of Students.
Spiritual Formation Activities
The University wants to point all people under its influence to Christ and to foster in them a sound and socially active Christian life. To accomplish this, the University provides a Christian program which consists of chapel, vespers, Bible study, and special activities during the year.
The student publications, the PAPYRUS and the VISTA afford opportunity for journalism experience, self-expression, and service to the campus and local community.
The Papyrus is an online student newspaper covering campus events and expressing student views. Positions on the staff are filled by qualified volunteers selected by the editor.
The Vista is a magazine published regularly throughout the year
48. Copyright Guidelines for Showing Movies on Campus
Whenever we buy, rent, or borrow a DVD or videotape of a movie (or any other audiovisual work) made by someone else, we are likely to think that we can use it as we choose. Actually, copyright law controls our ability to use and display the movie because we have really only obtained the copy and not the underlying copyright rights to the work itself. Legally, any showing of this movie is regarded as a “performance” of a dramatic work, whether it’s being shown to a small group of friends or to a large group in a campus classroom.
What this means is that there are several questions which must be answered so that we’re certain we’re complying with federal law. Please refer to the below attached flowchart for a simplified version of the decision process.
1. Is this movie showing a “private” or “public” performance?
Showing the movie to members of your family or a small group of friends is regarded as a private performance. A private performance, such as showing a video to a small group in a residence hall room, is permissible and does not violate the rights of the copyright owner.
A performance is public if the movie is being shown to people other than family members or a small group of friends, or if it is being shown in a place that is open to people other than family members or a small group of friends or is being advertised in any way (either by name or not). Showing a movie in a residence hall lounge or campus classroom is a public performance if it is open to more than a small group of friends. This gathering may infringe on the copyright owner’s rights unless you have
purchased public performance rights (PPR) from the copyright owner, or there is some applicable exception to the PPR requirement.
Anyone needing to secure Public Performance Rights (PPR) should contact Associate Dean of Campus Activities for assistance; see below for more information about obtaining PPR. The University’s library collection may include videos or DVDs marked “PPR” which may be used for public performances. The University’s licensing agreements for its videos and DVDs permit their use only in face--to--face classroom instruction. Any other uses, such as showing at conferences or campus--wide events, will necessitate obtaining public performance rights from the distributor or copyright holder. In checking out a video or DVD, the borrower assumes responsibility for using it in accordance with the University’s licensing agreements and U.S. copyright law.
2. Is there an exception which will allow showing the movie without PPR?
If your showing conforms the definition of a public performance, you can show it without PPR if either of the following exceptions applies:
a. The movie will be shown by an instructor (including an CRE acting in his/her role as an educator) in the course of face--to--face teaching activities in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction. The showing must be for instructional purposes (not for recreation, entertainment, or general cultural value) with the instructor or a student leader personally present. Typically, the movie must directly relate to a course’s curricular goals as described in the course syllabus. A showing by an CRE should include an introduction and discussion of the movie. The copy of the movie being shown must have been lawfully made. A legal copy purchased or rented from a store or distributor or borrowed from a library may be used. A movie taped or recorded from television or copied without permission may not be used.
b. The movie you will be showing is in the “public domain.” Generally, this means that no person or organization has any proprietary interest such as a copyright or that any copyright to the movie has expired. Even movies which are quite old may still be protected by copyright. It’s often difficult to determine whether a film is in the public domain, but helpful information is found at:
No copyrighted material may be shown on campus (in a non-curricular fashion) without obtaining Public Performance Rights or the copyrighted material meets all statements laid out in Title 17 Section 110 of the US Code. In addition, there is no such clause of a general “non-profit”, “educational”, or “free of charge” exception to the US copyright law. This means if copyrighted material is to be performed outside of a ‘classroom setting’ with or without specific educational purposes the presentation needs to have Public Performance Rights granted for that particular performance. Finally, it is important to realize even if a piece of media does not contain a copyright statement it could still be considered protected under copyright law. No admission fee may be charged for a movie showing nor may the movie showing be publicized to the general campus unless public performance rights have been secured.
Want more information? Contact Leadership & Student Activities Office for event scheduling & permission to screen films/videos on campus:
Before an event is scheduled, campus departments and recognized student organizations will need to provide a description of any public video/film screenings that are to occur at the event (please provide at least two weeks). The cost will be several hundred dollars based on the number of people viewing the film, the location, advertisements, etc.
Information on which films may need a license please check the following websites for listings:
1. Swank MP: Swank.com (Most Hollywood studio releases)
3. Janusfilms.com (Foreign & American classics)
4. Filmmovement: Filmmovement.com (Int’l film festival favorites)
5. Kino: Kino.com (Classics and Indie releases)
6. New Yorker Films: Newyorkerfilms.com (Foreign & Indie releases)
7. Sony Classics
8. Zeitgeist Films: Zeitgeistfilms.com (Foreign & Indie Releases)
9. Motion Picture Licensing Corporation: www.mplc.com
If a movie is not available from one of these companies, permission may sometimes be granted directly from the copyright holder. The movie’s website or the package that contains the movie will indicate the copyright holder. In most cases, this will be the movie studio.
49. Policies for Posting Notices
A. Write the name of the person or organization sponsoring an event or activity on all posters.
B. Students wishing to post a notice must put their name and where someone can reach them on the notice.
C. The University reserves the right to remove any notice or poster that is inappropriate or does not meet the policy for posting.
D. The person or organization responsible for placing notices or posters should see that the posters are properly taken down after the event.
Students may post information Electronic signage. All electronic postings must be submitted to the Office of Community Life and approved according to the criteria noted above. Once approved, content will be placed on digital signs.
Students may use the general bulletin boards for posting appropriate posters and notices. They may use departmental bulletin boards with the permission of the departmental chairman. Do not use tape on any painted surface.
H. J. Long Gymnasium
Students wishing to place a poster or notice in the gym must check with the Athletic Director for permission.
Students may use the general bulletin board located in the lobby leading to the dining room to post appropriate posters and notices.
1. Posters may be attached to trees by using masking tape, string, or wire. Do not use nails, tacks, staples, etc.
2. Posters may be displayed on small stakes that do not require digging holes.
3. Outdoor bulletin boards may be used for small posters and notices.
Students must receive permission from each CRE in their residence hall before posting any notice in the respective residence hall.
1. Do not place any posters inside the library.
2. Do not place any posters or signs on the roof, outside walls, or glass doors/windows of any campus building.
50. Outside Speakers Policy
Resource people are invited to the Greenville University campus for many reasons. These include chapel, colloquia, seminars, lectures, art work, performances, etc. The University welcomes those guests and expects them to act responsibly in fulfilling the assignment for which they have been invited. Individuals or groups who wish to invite outside speakers or performers to campus must have approval from their appointed faculty sponsor, or a specially designated faculty sponsor. Requests for special speakers should be submitted for approval at least two weeks before the event.
51. Sales and Solicitation Policy
Any officially recognized university group may make sales and solicitations if they generally benefit the University or the community. Sales include food, beverages, and items and services worth the asking price. Solicitation includes request for donations or selling items for more than their value in order to raise money and promote school spirit.
Any group proposing to hold a sale or to solicit money must get permission from the Dean of Students.
52. Sabbath Policy
Greenville University is committed to “honoring Christ by integrating faith and learning while our hearts and lives reflect mature Christian practice” (GC Lifestyle Statement, updated February, 2015). One of our basic assumptions is that “the Bible is our authority: it provides the essential teachings and principles for personal and community conduct” (also from the Lifestyle Statement).
From the creation account to the words of Jesus Himself, the Bible clearly speaks to the idea of Sabbath as a day set aside from other days, a holy day and a day of rest. Sunday is the university community Sabbath day, so at Greenville University the community holds this day as one distinct from the normal routines of academic and co-curricular life. It is a day set aside to worship, reflect on spiritual lives, and become restored for the week ahead. For this reason, the university community seeks to avoid conducting business, holding classes, or having formal athletic competitions on Sunday. Nevertheless, the university affirms Christ’s teachings that the “Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” For that reason, individuals have freedom to act as they see fit. Institutionally, however, the University seeks to honor the Sabbath and keep it as a day set apart from normal activities.
53. Thank You
Thank you to the following institutions for allowing Greenville University to use or adapt their policy language:
Asusa Pacific University – Azusa, California
Calvin College – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion, Indiana
Spring Arbor University – Spring Arbor, Michigan
Illinois Department of Public Health