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• Do not build lofted beds in halls where furniture is not meant to be lofted.
Due to the community environment and the added risk of loss or damage to life or property, the following items are prohibited in all residence units: vehicle batteries, charcoal, gasoline, and items identified in under the Concealed Weapons policy and Firearms/Firecrackers policy. Please refer to Section 8 – University Judicial Policies Defined for the Concealed Weapons policy and for the Firearms/Firecrackers policy.
Every residence hall room, Commons apartment living room and bedroom, and theme house living room is equipped with a cable TV hookup including Otterbein.tv, Otterbein University’s own TV channel. Students need to provide their own coaxial cables to connect their equipment to the cable hook-up. Students with HD capable equipment and those wishing to purchase premium cable channels, pay-per-view or DVR may contact the campus cable provider, Time Warner Cable, to arrange for these services and their payment.
Students voluntarily enter into membership in the University community, and in so doing, assume obligations of performance and behavior reasonably agreed upon by that community for the purpose of furthering its missions, objectives, processes, and functions. As a requirement necessary for carrying out its mission, the University community has the right to promulgate and enforce appropriate rules, regulations, and policies and to take action when violations occur. Students, along with the entire University community, are provided the opportunity through the University governance to discuss and propose changes in the rules and regulations.
The enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct is a part of the total educational process that not only protects the academic community but also assists the student in personal development. The function of the student conduct process is, to promote the student’s learning by examining how a present pattern of conduct interferes with, and is thereby a detriment to, the educational process.
It is impossible to write a Code of Conduct which takes into account every kind of behavior, Otterbein University reserves the right to sanction, to suspend, or to dismiss any student or to disband any organization who seriously threatens the well-being of individuals or the University. These actions may also result from student conduct that occurs away from the University’s premises.
All judicial and appeals procedures will be followed before action is taken, except in rare cases when the possibility of imminent danger exists. In such rare cases, the University may suspend a student or organizational chapter pending a hearing, before notifying the chairman of the appropriate judicial body.
Should an accused student be academically dismissed or voluntarily withdraw from Otterbein University before disciplinary proceedings have concluded, the matter may proceed to a hearing and/or a disciplinary hold may be placed on the student’s account. The hold will not prevent an accused student from registering, but would start the judicial process.
EACH STUDENT HAS THE OBLIGATION TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH SUCH RULES, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES AND ACKNOWLEDGES HE/SHE SHALL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR CONDUCT IN THOSE VIOLATIONS, EVEN IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH FAMILIARITY.
The Otterbein University Student Code of Conduct applies to off-campus conduct when such conduct adversely affects the Otterbein community or the offense committed is of such a serious nature as to adversely affect the alleged violator’s suitability as a member of the University community. Otterbein University reserves the right to conduct disciplinary investigations, file charges and impose discipline for off-campus conduct which does any of the following:
A. Constitutes a violation of local, state or federal law.
B. Indicates the student may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of the student or others.
C. Interferes with the educational interests of the University.
The Vice President for Student Affairs, or his/her designee, in his/her sole discretion, will decide on a case by case basis, whether the Student Code of Conduct shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus. A non-exhaustive list of examples of off-campus behavior that may result in investigation, the filing of charges and the imposition of discipline include the following:
A. Destruction of property
B. A threat of harm to the health or safety of others
C. A crime of violence
D. Seriously disruptive behavior in the neighboring community, including excessive and/or unreasonable noise, and rude or abusive language.
E. Large parties or activities involving illegal use of alcohol, the accumulation of trash, public urination, etc.
F. Sale and/or distribution of drugs
G. Any situation in which a student has demonstrated the potential for harm to others or property.
Criminal prosecution by a government entity does not preclude University disciplinary action against the student for the same conduct. Similarly, any action by the University does not preclude subsequent action by a local, state or federal entity. The University reserves the right to resolve a disciplinary matter before the conclusion of any criminal process. If a student withdraws from the University, the University may resolve the disciplinary matter, regardless of the student’s withdrawal. A student who withdraws will be afforded all the procedural rights of an enrolled student.
The following statements serve as the rationale for the Honor Code:
1. Students should be conscious of the need to take personal responsibility for all their work both as individuals and as members of a class.
2. Students and faculty members should actively engage in discussions related to academic integrity (e.g., differences between plagiarism and legitimate scholarly work and appropriate versus inappropriate sharing of information among classmates).
3. Faculty members should be able to treat their students as fellow searchers for knowledge; in order to do so; they should not have to police examination rooms.
The following procedures for adopting the Honor Code are suggested:
1. At the beginning of a course, a professor may choose to discuss the Honor Code and academic integrity in general.
2. A class would be asked to vote on the use of the Code. A vote would be taken, by secret ballot, during the first few days of the course. In order to adopt the Code, the vote must be unanimous.
3. All students would sign an Honor Pledge at the end of every examination.
4. The professor would leave the classroom during examinations but would remain available in case of questions.
5. Students would feel obligated to report breaches of the Honor Code to the professor or to the Office of Academic Affairs.
6. Violations of the Honor Code would be handled exactly like any other cases of plagiarism or cheating.
The Student has the following rights in a judicial proceeding:
1. To have a faculty member, administrator, or student appear at the hearing in an advisory capacity; the adviser may not be a legal counselor, parent, or anyone from outside the University community.
2. To request that a particular council member(s) not hear the case upon demonstration of evidentiary cause.
3. To call witnesses in his/her behalf before Academic Council; the witness(es) may not be a legal counselor, parent, or anyone from outside the University community.
4. To remain silent, or to have his/her case heard without attending the hearing.
5. To inquire as to the procedure for future appeals; and if such inquiry is made, to be informed of the procedure for the next appeal.
Possible Sanctions for Level I violations, including but not limited to: 1. Letter of Warning 2. Disciplinary Counseling 3. Special Assignment 4. Monetary Fine
Level II Violations, including but not limited to: Cardinal Card Use/Abuse/ID Improper Disposal of Trash Overnight Guests/Guest Room Policy Poster/Kiosk Policy Second “Level I” Violation within a 12-month period Smoking Solicitation and Sales on Campus Telephone Misuse or Abuse Visitation/Guests/ Escort Policy Violation or conviction of local, state, and/or federal law Possible Sanctions for
Level II violations, including but not limited to: 1. Disciplinary Counseling 2. Special Assignment 3. Monetary Fine 4. Restitution 5. Restricted Access 6. Living Unit Probation 7. Living Unit Dismissal 8. Disciplinary Probation
Level III Violations, including but not limited to:
Alcohol/Underage Drinking Policy
Computer and Internet — Time/Theft/Abuse
Doors – propping doors open
Fire Safety - Minor (candles, halogen lamps/bulbs, coil appliances, incenses)
Failure to Appear before a Judicial Body
Furnishing False Identification and/or Information
Group Action and/or Demonstration Policy
Intimidation Keys - Unauthorized Possession, Duplication, or Use
Public Performance by Students/Organizations
Reckless Destruction of Property
Residential Hall Doors
Room Inspection Policy
Second “Level II” Violation within a 12-month period
Theft, Attempted Theft, Possession of Stolen Property (under $150.00)
Third “Level I” Violation within a 12-month period
Violation committed while on living unit or disciplinary probation
Violation of any policy for which a penalty is not otherwise provided
Violation or conviction of local, state, and/or federal law
Possible Sanctions for Level III violations, but not limited to: 1. Special Assignment 2. Monetary Fine 3. Restitution 4. Restricted Access 5. Living Unit Probation 6. Living Unit Dismissal 7. Disciplinary Probation 8. Disciplinary Probation with Restrictions 9. Alcohol/Drug/Anger Assessment 10. Suspension
Level IV Violations, including but not limited to:
Assault Concealed Weapons
Drugs-Possession, Use, Sale and Drug Paraphernalia
Failure to comply with a judicial decision
Failure to comply with University official/law enforcement /false information
Fire Safety-Major (creating false fire alarms, failure to evacuate a structure, tampering with fire equipment)
Fourth “Level I” Violation within a 12-month period
Malicious Destruction of Property
Plagiarism, Cheating and Dishonesty
Second “Level III” Violation within a 12-month period
Theft, Attempted Theft, Possession of Stolen Property ($150.00 or more)
Third “Level II” Violation within a 12-month period
Violations committed while on living unit or disciplinary probation
Violation or conviction of local, state, and/or federal law
Possible Sanctions of Level IV Violations, but not limited to: 1. Monetary Fine 2. Restitution 3. Restricted Access 4. Living Unit Probation 5. Living Unit Dismissal 6. Disciplinary Probation 7. Disciplinary Probation with Restrictions 8. Alcohol/Drug/Anger Assessment 9. Suspension 10. Dismissal
Level V Violations
Two level IV violations within one-year or any offense or series of offenses that poses a threat to the health, safety, and well being of a student, to the University, or to the community.
In addition, a violation or conviction of local, state, and/or federal law can also be considered a Level V violation.
Possible Sanctions of a Level V Violations, but not limited to: 1. Suspension 2. Dismissal Additional Policies for Students Living in Housing: Additional policies exist for the residence halls, theme houses and Commons apartments. Please refer to the Residence Life and On-Campus Housing section for these policies. Expunging of Records: Level I and II offenses are expunged from the student’s record at the time of graduation. Theft, assault, alcohol, drugs, disorderly conduct, etc. are major violation and the student’s judicial file is kept for seven years. The Vice President for Student Affairs reviews the file before expunging. Judicial files on students who have not completed their degree, and are of a more serious nature (felonies and/or expulsions) are kept indefinitely. Parents/Guardians Notification: Parents or guardians of dependent students receive written notification of any decision that results in living unit probation, living unit dismissal, disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal. Parents or guardians, faculty advisors, and/or coaches may also receive notice of disciplinary action any time it is deemed to be in the best interest of the student and the University to do so. However, disciplinary action is normally treated as confidential information.
The Office of Residence Life is located in the back of Hanby Hall on Cochran Alley. Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer) Phone 614.823.1250 Email email@example.com
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