Eastern University, as an intentional evangelical Christian academic community, aspires to pattern itself after the relationship between Jesus and his followers. That first Christian community demonstrated the attributes of forgiveness and accountability, affirmation and challenge, forthrightness and patience, in a spirit of servanthood and respect for diversity in the body of Christ. Eastern University attempts no less.
As a Christian university and a Christian community, we are concerned with establishing standards of conduct consistent with a Christian lifestyle. We believe these standards flow from biblical values and from our commitment to be witnesses to one another. We also believe these standards are in the best interests of each individual student as well as the community as a whole.
Believing that freedom is essential to Christian growth and maturity, the University limits its rules and regulations to those considered essential to the community’s well being. The following are specific violations of University policy and will result in disciplinary proceedings:
- All forms of dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, furnishing false information to the University, altering documents with the intent to defraud.
- The use, sale, distribution and/or the possession of marijuana and other illegal drugs.
- Unauthorized use of tobacco products. The campus is smoke free.
- The use or possession of alcoholic beverages on campus or in areas adjacent to the campus.
- Inappropriate behavior including returning to campus drunk, intoxicated, or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Unauthorized visitation in men’s and women’s residence halls.
- Inappropriate sexual activity between unmarried students.
Students who violate these expectations and standards are accountable for their behavior. The principle of accountability is basic to providing a climate which encourages students to take responsibility for their own actions. Students can expect to be confronted, counseled, advised and when warranted, disciplined. In order to provide a climate of trust and trustworthiness, the University, through the Dean of Students, is committed to the principle of due process for all students.
Practices in disciplinary cases may vary in formality with the gravity of the offense and the sanctions to be applied. (Note: The full statement of “Behavioral Standards and Expectations” can be found in the Student Handbook.)