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Policies

 

The following information is found in the student handbook that is available to all students here or at the bookstore. This page is dedicated specifically to safety and security specific information The handbook includes more detailed policies and procedures that may not be listed below. Questions about other policies can be directed to Student Life.

Alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substances policy

Corban students may not use, possess, manufacture, distribute, or disperse tobacco (including chewing tobacco), alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while associated with the University. The University may refuse admission to applicants who evidence difficulties in these areas. Current students who exhibit such problems may be asked to submit to (and pay for) testing, searches, counseling and/or disciplinary action which could include dismissal from the university.

Corban is in compliance with federal drug-free campus and workplace legislation. Smoking and consumption of alcohol are not permitted on campus by visitors or guests.

Weapons policy

All local, state, and federal laws pertaining to weapons, explosives, and fireworks apply to student, staff, faculty, and visitors to Corban University. In addition, the following polices and regulations are in place at Corban:

  1. Possession of a firearm, whether loaded, unloaded, replica, toys, or real is prohibited on campus. Requests for the use of replica items during informational or dramatic presentations must be approved, in writing, in advance by the Director of Campus Safety.
  2. Possession of BB guns, pellet guns, Air-soft guns, paintball guns, Simunition guns, crossbows, bows, blowguns, potato guns, or other devices designed to fire, or otherwise launch, a projectile or chemical is prohibited on campus.
  3. Folding knives with a blade no longer than 4 inches are permitted on campus within the parameters of all applicable local, state, and federal laws. All other edged weapons are prohibited on campus.
  4. The possession and/ or use of explosives, fireworks, dry ice, or other elements used in the manufacture of explosive devices is prohibited. The possession of ammunition and weapons ordinance on campus is also prohibited.
  5. The possession and/ or carrying of less lethal, self-defense items such as chemical agents (“mace” or “OC”), electronic discharge weapons (Tasers, stun guns), etc… is prohibited without the written approval of the Director of Campus Safety.

Failure to abide by these polices may result in immediate criminal, civil, charges and/ or sanctions or dismissal from the University.

ID Cards

During registration you will receive a student ID card to be used for identification, meals in the dining hall, library use, and admission to athletic, cultural and other events. There is a $10 replacement charge for lost cards. Lost cards should be reported to the Information Services Office where you may apply for a replacement. Students should be prepared to show ID to Campus Safety Officers upon request.

Lost And Found

Check in the Office of Student Life, Library and C.E. Jeffers Sports Center for lost items. At the end of each academic semester, unclaimed items are given to a local charity.

Transportation

Bus service is available every less than a half mile from the campus. Bus service goes directly to downtown Salem and bus schedules are available on line at www.Cherriots.org where you can find information regarding scheduling and maps.

Conduct Guidelines

While you may not have personal convictions wholly in accord with Corban’s standards, when you choose to attend Corban, you are voluntarily pledging to uphold them. To demonstrate your commitment, during the process of registration you sign a contract stating you will uphold these standards while associated with the University. Conduct or behavior not consistent with the guidelines outlined in the Student Handbook, or in violation of the law, will be reported to the appropriate department or agency. University sanctions, including dismissal may apply, as well as any civil or criminal penalties.

Crisis Intervention Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide procedures for assisting students involved in personal crisis. A crisis can be defined as a period of psychological disequilibrium or a physical disorder resulting from a dangerous or overwhelming event or situation. A crisis situation creates problems that cannot be remedied using familiar coping strategies. Sometimes it can be handled by a general referral to Corban’s Health or Counseling Services. At other times, the crisis requires more immediate intervention to prevent serious psychological or physical consequences.

Corban University desires to help students whose problems or circumstances are interfering with their ability to function as students or who present a danger to themselves or others. While we are not prepared to provide long term help to these students, it is our desire to help them through immediate crises and to insure that adequate care is arranged.

The Office of Student Life should be contacted for advice and consultation about students in crisis. This is especially important and necessary if the student is an on-campus resident. It is the general practice of Corban University to maintain strict confidentiality concerning individual students in crisis, unless specifically authorized by the student. However, confidentiality may be breached in instances where the student presents a clear and present danger to self or to others.

Crisis services provided

Corban University will provide crisis intervention services on short term basis to insure the psychological or physical well being of the student in crisis. However, if long term treatment or therapy is needed for resolution of the problem or circumstances, the student will most often be referred to appropriate help in the community for psychological examinations, psychological tests, or further consultation.

The evaluation will be at the student’s expense and we recommend it include counseling recommendations, diagnosis with services needed, etc. If the evaluation indicates the student is able to function (i.e., take medication as prescribed, regularly attend class and chapel, safely reside in the residence hall, and physically take care of themselves) in the University environment, he or she will be allowed to continue as a student and reside in campus housing. If the evaluation indicates a permanent or temporary disability, the Director of Student Support will work to provide reasonable accommodations. In instances where counseling is required, regular progress reports and confirmation of counseling appointments may be required.

In some extreme instances (i.e., student is determined to be a danger to self or others, is suicidal and needs constant observation, or is physically unable to function), it may be necessary to ask the student in crisis to leave the institution. There may be some instances, however, in which students may be required to leave the University against their will. In these instances, both the rights of the students, and the responsibilities of the University will be taken into consideration. Every effort will be made to insure that students who leave are going to a setting where recovery can take place. Students leaving under these circumstances, who seek readmission will be required to present evidence that their crisis has been resolved and they are able to function appropriately in the campus community.

Policy/Procedure Exceptions: While the University must preserve the integrity of its policies and procedures, it may be necessary to waive them to help a student in crisis. Examples include, but are not limited to course drop policies, course attendance policies, tuition refund policies, withdrawal and readmission policies, and others. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis and the student life staff members will work with the appropriate administrator.

DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND ASSAULT POLICY see also non-emergency reporting

It is the policy of Corban that employees and students have the right to work and study in an environment free of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or physical disability (I Peter 2:17, James 2:1). As followers of Christ, we are commanded to respect everyone (1 Peter 2:17); avoid favoritism (James 2:1); and act with humility (Philippians 2:3). While discrimination or harassment may take many forms and determination of what constitutes a violation will vary according to the particular circumstances, there is no place at Corban for conduct that diminishes or abuses others. A violation of this policy by a member of the University community may lead to disciplinary action, including but not limited to written or verbal reprimand; additional required training or counseling; suspension; expulsion; or termination.

Ombudsperson: The University has designated Ombudspersons who may assist in the informal resolution of harassment and discrimination concerns. The Ombudspersons are conversant with the Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault Policy and these complaint procedures. The Ombudsperson can offer guidance on the various options and resources available to address the situation.

An Ombudsperson is not authorized to conduct investigations of complaints they receive. Talking to an Ombudsperson does not constitute notice to the University, since the purpose is to provide a confidential forum where different options may be considered. However, Ombudspersons can provide you with information about how a complaint may be made to the University.

Sexual Harassment: In 1980 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidelines defining sexual harassment and recognizing it as a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the guidelines, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment, intimidation, or exploitation if:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or education; or
  2. Is a basis for employment or educational decisions affecting the individual; or
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance; or
  4. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment.

Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact. It is an extreme form of sexual harassment and will be considered a serious offense by the University. Any use of threat, coercion, or force to obtain sexual contact is illegal.

It is wrong and illegal for anyone to have any sexual contact with you without your consent—regardless of how well someone knows you, how much you’ve had to drink, or whether some of the sex was consensual. The law defines consent as positive cooperation in act or attitude as a result of exercising your free will. Consent may not be inferred from silence or passivity. A current or previous relationship does not constitute consent. Consent may not be legally given if you are under the age of 18, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if you are physically or mentally incapacitated.

Violent-Act Policy

The safety and security of employees and students is of the utmost importance to the University. Threats, threatening behavior, or acts of violence against any person, or destruction of property by anyone on university property will not be tolerated.

Any person who makes threats, exhibits threatening behavior, or engages in violent action on university property may be removed from the premises as quickly as safety permits. If the level of threat is unclear, the threat assessment team will assemble to help determine the appropriate course of action. If removed, restrictions regarding campus use may be imposed, pending the outcome of an investigation. Corban’s response to incidents of violence may include, but is not limited to, disciplinary action; suspension or termination of employment, enrollment, or business relationship; reassignment of job duties; or criminal prosecution of those involved. Appropriate discipline cannot be determined in advance and any acts will be evaluated on the existing circumstances for decisive and appropriate action.

All employees and students are expected to take appropriate action or make decisions that may prevent a threat from being carried out, a violent act from occurring, or a life-threatening situation from developing.

All university personnel (employees and/or students) are responsible for notifying a supervisor or campus safety officer of any threats they have witnessed, received or been told that another person has witnessed or received.

Employees or students who obtain a restraining order that lists the University as a protected area must provide the Director of Campus Safety with a copy of the petition used to seek the order and a copy of any temporary or permanent protective order that is granted. Corban has confidentiality procedures that recognize and respect the privacy of the reporting employee or student.

The information in the preceding section is provided by Office of Student Life. Questions regarding these policies should be directed to the Office of Student Life.

Hazing and Pranks

You are encouraged to have fun and to enjoy your time on campus. To ensure a good time for everyone, hazing and pranks which go beyond good-natured fun or which harm, or have the potential to harm, individuals or personal or university property are not acceptable. Do not tamper with other people’s possessions.

Snow and Hazardous Conditions Policy

Due to hazardous conditions created by extremes in weather, the Provost, or his representative, shall determine whether classes will be canceled. Should the University decide not to hold classes and/or to close all functions of the University, appropriate announcements will be made over the Corban website, TV, and radio stations in the local area by 6:30 a.m. Students outside the listening area should adopt “weather pals” who will call them. Decisions will be made on a one-day basis only. If no announcement is made, the University will be open for classes and other business. Commuting students are advised to check the roads in their areas. If the weather prevents attendance, be sure to see your professors as soon as possible about make-up work. When classes are missed due to delays and closures, expect adjustments in assignments or make-up classes to ensure covering the content. Tune into local TV and radio stations and the Corban website for weather/condition updates relating to school closure.

 

Residence Hall Supervision

Resident Directors: Each residence is managed by a professional staff person known as a Resident Director (RD). This person is responsible for the provision of biblical guidance and counsel, for oversight of residential student leaders, for development of community programming, and for the supervision and care of his or her assigned residence hall.

Resident Assistants: The resident assistants (RAs) are paraprofessional student staff who are overseen by the RD. They are responsible for the spiritual leadership, safety, well-being, and conduct of those students in their assigned hall.

Townhouse Manager: The Townhouse Manager functions similarly to an RD but has oversight of students living in the campus townhouses. The townhouses are a less-structured residence living arrangement for junior and senior students.

The residential staff is available for counseling should academic, personal, or spiritual problems arise. The staff works together to develop and maintain an atmosphere conducive to the goals of residential living.

Residence Life Health and Safety

Doors and Locks: It is a serious infraction of security to tamper with any door to keep it from shutting or locking. Jeopardizing the security of any resident is a serious offense. This includes leaving a door propped open for exit and re-entry. Therefore, tampering with doors or locks is prohibited. Violations of this rule will result in a fine and potential disciplinary action.

Keys: The security of individual student rooms is the responsibility of resident students. We encourage you to keep your room door locked whenever you are out of the room or sleeping. If you lose your keys, notify your RA or RD immediately. You assume financial responsibility for key replacement.

Closed Areas: Because of health, safety, and maintenance concerns, there are certain areas of the residence hall which are off-limits to students. Rooftops, outside ledges, and fire escapes (other than in case of fire) are not open areas. For the safety of pedestrians and the appearance of the grounds surrounding the residence halls, nothing is to be thrown to or from residence hall windows or roofs. Throwing objects inside the buildings is also prohibited.

Sales and Solicitation: For the protection and privacy of students and to prevent the interruption of studies, solicitation on university property is prohibited without permission of a Resident Director or the Director of Residence Life. If you encounter a solicitor or salesperson, please report it to an RA or RD immediately. All deliveries must be made to the lobby area.

Candles and Flammable Materials: According to fire code, no open flames (Bunsen burners, candles, incense, candle warmers, reed diffusers, etc.) are allowed in the residence halls. Candles may be displayed, but not burned. In addition, flammable materials (gasoline, solvents, spray paint) are not permitted in the residence halls. Burning candles during a power outage compounds the fire danger. All students should bring a working flashlight to use as needed.

Fire Safety Equipment: Fire extinguishers located in the residence halls are to be used only if there is a fire. They are expensive to replace, and it is dangerous to abuse them. Exit signs, located strategically throughout the buildings, are designed to clearly indicate exit routes, particularly in emergency situations. These signs are considered fire equipment and are not to be tampered with. There are smoke detectors in all residence hall rooms. Anyone found tampering with room smoke detection equipment will face severe disciplinary action. Any smoke detector needing maintenance should be reported immediately to your RA, RD and maintenance staff.

Fire Alarms: If there is a fire, the fire alarm should be sounded (there are at least two pull stations on each floor) and the building evacuated. False alarms involve the local fire department and are disruptive, expensive and dangerous. Anyone initiating them will be subject to up to a $350 fine by the fire department.

Fires and Building Evacuation: Residence Life staff is required to evacuate a building when the fire alarm is activated or when an emergency evacuation is ordered. All persons inside a residence hall during a fire alarm or emergency evacuation are required to leave the building immediately.

Individual residence hall procedures for fire alarms or other emergencies are presented during residence hall meetings at the beginning of the school year.

Failure to respond to a fire alarm or to Residence Life staff requests for evacuation may result in university disciplinary action.

The information in the Residence Life section is provided by the Office of Student Life; therefore, all questions regarding these policies should be directed to the Office of Student Life.