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When a student’s behavior is not aligned with the Student Standards of Conduct and/or the Covenant for Life Together, the procedures outlined below will be followed to address the behavior and restore the student’s behavioral good standing with Bethel University. The procedures may be accelerated at the discretion of the Student Life staff.


A. Confrontation, Referral, and Referral Hearing Procedure
Personal A personal confrontation and hearing meeting regarding the student’s student's behavior will occur with an appropriate Student Life staff member. An  An incident report will be completed and reviewed by a Student Conduct and Concerns Care committee, which will recommend actions appropriate to the behavior and intended to be redemptive and educational. A Student Life staff member will be appointed to work with the student throughout the completion of assigned actions. Documentation, including the Student Life Incident Report and follow-up meetings, will be retained for an appropriate time period in the Office of Student LifeBEACON, an online management system.

B. Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary actions are determined by a Student Conduct and

Concerns

Care committee, comprised of Student Life deans and resident directors, and representatives of Campus Ministries, Counseling Services, Security and Safety, and faculty.

Disciplinary actions represent both active and inactive sanctions, which attempt to acknowledge behavior but also provide students with education and reconciliation to the community. 

Inactive sanctions represent a student status change with the university and may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Written Warning or Behavioral Agreement

    • A student will receive a written warning, outlining the nature of the violation or which states that further violations may lead to additional disciplinary steps.  Behavioral agreements are written agreements that outline desired changes in a students behavior and ask for agreement from the student to abide by the guidelines moving forward. These letters will be kept in the student’s electronic Student life record. Disciplinary issues at this level may include but are not limited to: multiple visitation hours violations, pranks, community disturbances, property damage, etc. 

 

  • Behavioral Probation Level 1 or Level 2

    • The student is permitted to remain on campus and continue in classes and academic activities with particular conditions that will include completing various meetings and activities. Special housing approvals, participation in varsity sports, and other co-curricular privileges may be affected. One or more additional inactive sanctions (educational meeting, mentoring, community service, etc.) may be included in the Probation Letter. Students may be asked to notify their parents and/or other adults important in their lives depending on the situation . A copy of this letter will be kept in the student’s electronic Student life record. Disciplinary issues at this level may include but are not limited to: 

 

  • Zero Tolerance

    • The student is permitted to continue in classes, but will be suspended from university housing for a specific time period. A letter of Zero Tolerance will be sent to the student. There will be two or more active sanctions that the student will need to complete. Students will be asked to notify their parents, coaches (if appropriate) and/or other adults important in their lives. The student is reminded that they may be suspended or expelled from Bethel if they continue to engage in behavior contrary to the Student Code of Conduct and/or the Covenant for Life Together.

 

Active sanctions are meant to provide students with opportunities for learning and engagement and are decided collaboratively between the student and Student Life staff member in hopes of creating positive change for the student. These include but are not limited to: (see attached document: 

 

  • Educational follow-up meetings

    • A student may be expected to meet with a Student Life staff member for a specified number of times for the purpose of accountability, discussion regarding the Covenant for Life Together, and reflection on learning gained through completing other disciplinary actions.

  • Mentoring

    • A student may be expected to identify a mature, adult mentor on campus and meet with that individual for a specified number of times for the purpose of personal and spiritual growth, goal setting, accountability, etc. 

  • Educational activities

    • A student may be expected to complete activities such as participate in an online educational program, conduct research relevant to the disciplinary situation, write a reflection paper, attend an educational program on campus, meet with professional staff in an office providing services such as career development, counseling, disability resources, etc.

  • Fines

    • A student may be subject to fines for policy violations and certain behaviors, particularly those causing harm to property, expense to the University, or disruption to the processes of the University.

  • Community Service

    • A student may be expected to perform community service hours on or off campus as part of the disciplinary outcome.

  • Written Warning

    • A student may receive a written notice, by letter or email, stating the nature of the violation and stating that further violations may lead to additional disciplinary steps.

  • Behavioral Agreement

    • The student and the Office of Student Life enter into an agreement, often signed by both parties, stating the nature of the student’s violation and the steps that the student and/or the Office of Student Life will take as a result of the student’s behavior.

  • Behavioral Probation

    • The student is permitted to remain on campus and continue in classes and academic activities with particular conditions specified. These conditions are often stated in the form of a Probation Letter. Special housing approvals, participation in varsity sports, and other co-curricular privileges may be affected. One or more additional disciplinary activity (educational meeting, mentoring, community service, etc.) may be included in the Probation Letter. Students will be asked to notify their parents and/or other adults important in their lives. A temporary record is kept in the Office of Student Life.

  • Removal from Campus Housing

    • A student is not permitted to continue living in campus housing and is required to receive clearance from a dean in order to be eligible for future semesters in campus housing. A student is permitted to continue in classes and academic activities.

  • Withdrawal

    • The student is permitted to withdraw without privilege of returning until a time specified by the deans. A temporary record is kept in the Office of Student Life.

  • Suspension

    • The student is involuntarily withdrawn from Bethel for a specified length of time, ranging from the remainder of a current semester up to two years. The student may be permitted to reapply to Bethel after a specified period of time and after completing any requirements given at the time of suspension.

  • Expulsion

    • The student is permanently separated from the University. A permanent record of expulsion is noted on the student’s academic transcript.

  • Additional Disciplinary Responses

In addition to the responses delineated above, staff members in the Office of Student Life may use other disciplinary actions when deemed necessary and appropriate. These may include, but are not limited to, loss of privileges, parent notification, notification of faculty or coaches (or other staff members when appropriate), a chemical dependency assessment, restitution of personal or institutional damages, reconciliation to individuals or offended groups, and follow-up sessions with a student life staff person, faculty member, or other individual agreed upon by the student and the Office of Student Life.

C. Determination of Disciplinary Actions
Disciplinary actions are determined based on the level of seriousness of the behavior, prior violations of the student standards of conduct, impact of the violation on the community, and the student’s honest participation throughout the disciplinary process.

D. Compliance
Students are expected to respond truthfully throughout disciplinary and non-disciplinary processes, and are expected to comply with the requests, sanctions, and expectations resulting from the disciplinary and non-disciplinary processes. Failure to comply may result in further consequences, including dismissal. In addition, failure to respond to a request for a meeting with Student Life staff may result in a disciplinary response up to and including dismissal from the university.

E. Notification of Parents
It is the policy of the Office of Student Life to notify parents regarding the use of alcohol or illegal drugs. If a student is placed on behavioral probation, or dismissed for other reasons, parents are likely to be notified unless unusual circumstances exist. Students are encouraged to share information regarding any disciplinary sanctions with their parents. Official notification of parents is at the discretion of the Student Life staff. This policy applies to all students up to 24 years of age.

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