Nov 14, 2018  
School of Arts & Sciences Handbook 2018-2019 
    
School of Arts & Sciences Handbook 2018-2019

General Policies



Announcements, Posters and Official Notices

On the days classes are held, Student Development generates an email to all faculty, staff and undergraduate students listing announcements and activities for the day. These daily emails are the official announcement publication of the College and include important information for the College community. Students, faculty and staff are responsible for knowing its contents. To have an activity or notice listed in the daily email, information must be sent to the Administrative Assistant for Student Development a minimum of 24 hours prior to the requested posting date.

All posters must be approved and stamped by Student Development prior to posting. Posters should only be placed in approved locations (not on doors, windows, restrooms, fire doors, near emergency equipment, or the elevators). Unauthorized materials will be removed. The day after the event, all posters must be removed. More information concerning how many and where posters may be placed is available from the Student Development office.

Announcements involving items for sale, job opportunities, lost and found, or personal invitations should utilize the general advertising bulletin board in the Mail Center and Facility Management hall.

Other campus announcements and student information may be found at our.crown.edu.

Campus Safety

Safety personnel are active in campus buildings, roads, and parking lots. Every resident is asked to promote campus security through keeping his/her room door locked, reporting suspicious matters, keeping building entrance doors secured, and submitting maintenance requests to the Facility Management Services (FMS) office. 

Unauthorized use of keys or security ID cards and/or propping open of locked doors compromises the security of the campus and its residents. When Residence Life on-call staff members or safety personnel need to exercise their duties to ensure campus safety, students should respond immediately and respectfully.

Disciplinary Policies

Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs

Crown College is operating in conformity with the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997. The following summarizes Crown's policy and program:

  1. It is the policy of Crown that the College be free of alcohol and illicit drugs. The unlawful use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs by students of Crown is prohibited and violates this policy as well as the College's standard of conduct.
  2. Crown College students who are enrolled will abstain from all possession or use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and non-medicinal narcotic or hallucinogenic drugs (including marijuana).
  3. The Crown College Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information can be found online at: www.crown.edu/admissions/consumer-information.html
  4. The Crown College Counseling Services office provides individual treatment and counseling programs for drug and alcohol abuse to students of the Crown community. Referrals of students, faculty, and staff are also made to external organizations providing substance abuse programs.
  5. These policies apply to students while they are under the jurisdiction of the College; that is, while they are enrolled in a College program or residing in College approved housing. They are also required to maintain this standard during the summer, between semesters, and when on break or vacation. Students violating this policy are subject to disciplinary actions up to, and including, dismissal from the College in accordance with College policies and procedures.

Entertainment

Crown College encourages students to practice discretion and exercise discernment in their choice of entertainment. This includes but is not limited to the use of playing cards, choice of music, television, movie viewing, social dancing, and attire. It is understood that entertainment will honor Jesus Christ and edify the individual Christian and the College community. Members of the community will not participate in any kind of entertainment that could be considered unethical, immodest, overtly sexual, or harmfully violent. This includes but is not limited to gambling, attending casinos, bars and nightclubs. The College reserves the right to rule on the suitability of any music, television, video games, movies (only G, PG, PG-13 movies and movies found in the Crown College Library are allowed on campus), and internet shown, played, or performed anywhere on the campus.

Hazing/Pranks

The Crown community has a primary goal of helping one another grow into genuine Christ-likeness. Members of the community have covenanted together to promote intentionally supportive, encouraging relationships that are helpful and edifying. Therefore, pranks and hazing are not permitted at Crown College.

A prank is defined as any willful act by one or more students directed against any other student(s) that endangers their mental health and/or physical safety, or damages, destroys, or removes property. A prank is considered hazing if the act is intended as an initiation into, or as a requirement for, on-going affiliation with a group, team, or organization.

Pranks and hazing can include (but are not limited to) any physical activity that can be deemed dangerous, requiring the consumption of unusual, non-edible items, nudity or degrading dress, "kidnappings," or any act that may compromise the dignity or cause embarrassment or shame to the targeted student. Any organizers and/or participants in such activities will be subject to disciplinary action.

Pornography

Pornography is pervasive in our society and is one of the more addictive and destructive forces impacting young men and women. Statistically, a high percentage of college students will have been exposed to pornography prior to their first year at college. Given the immoral, addictive, and destructive nature of pornography, students should refrain from using, possessing, distributing, or purchasing pornography, pornographic materials, or materials that objectify men or women in any way. This includes but is not limited to, internet sites, movies and television programs, video and computer games, print materials (books, magazines, comic books, photographs), and posters. This includes the use of the College's computing and networking resources in the viewing or communicating of inappropriate materials in any form. Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary process.

We encourage students who struggle with addiction to pornography to seek support, guidance, wise counsel and accountability from pastors, counselors, mentors, and peers. The Campus Chaplain and Counseling Services are prepared to help and support students who struggle in the area of pornography.

Pregnancy Policy

Scripture urges believers to seek wise and godly counsel when faced with significant or difficult life choices. Therefore, should a Crown College student become pregnant while unmarried, she is encouraged to communicate with Residence Life staff, Counseling Services, and/or Health Services. The College wants to assist those involved in an unplanned pregnancy while at Crown to consider the options available to them within the Christian moral framework. These include marriage of the parents, single parenthood, or offering the child for adoption.

Student Development personnel stand ready to help those involved as they consider the meaning of their actions, deal with the consequences, and experience the forgiveness that comes from repentance. The College is committed to responding in a redemptive manner, seeking to balance compassion with accountability. Students can be expected to be treated with Christian love as they deal with their new circumstances.

Every effort will be made to ensure confidentiality, but the life and health of the mother and child and the spiritual well-being of the parents and the Crown College community are the primary concerns. Continuation of on-campus residency and/or enrollment as a student at Crown College will be considered in light of what is best for all those involved.

Sexual Assault Policy

Sexual assault conflicts with Crown College's community standards and is prohibited by law. Therefore, such behavior will not be tolerated, and all reported cases of sexual assault will be taken seriously and investigated promptly.

A report of an alleged sexual assault should be reported to Student Development or Campus Safety as soon as possible. The report will be investigated, appropriate persons interviewed, and information assembled regarding the alleged incident. Victims of sexual assault also have the option of notifying the civil authorities either through help from Student Development, Counseling Services, Campus Safety, or on their own. Resources of existing counseling options both on campus and in the community can be obtained at the Counseling Services Office, Health Services Office, and Student Development. Victims will also be told of the option of changing academic or living arrangements, if necessary.

If you have been the victim of sexual assault, it is important to preserve any evidence surrounding the incident. It is recommended that the victim not clean herself/himself (it is important that no baths, showers or douching take place until medical personnel have treated the victim), or change clothes. It is also recommended that the specific area where the assault took place not be disturbed. Evidence is crucial as it may be necessary for the proof of criminal sexual assault. For any on-campus disciplinary action, the victim and accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding. Both shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding alleging a sexual assault.

Students violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal and possible referral for prosecution.

Sexuality

Crown College strives to enhance and strengthen a biblical sexual identity for its students. The College does not tolerate involvement in, participation in, or promotion of sexually immoral behavior such as premarital sex, cohabitation, adultery, homosexual behavior, or the use or display of pornographic, obscene, or suggestive materials of any kind (including materials found on the Internet).

Disciplinary Procedures

Challenge of Discipline

As members of the body of Christ, and as those designated to uphold the community standards of the College, we seek to be people who equally value the Biblical call to truth and justice with the mandate to extend mercy and grace to all people. Justice calls us to hold those accountable who violate community standards and the law of the land. Justice also calls us to protect the innocent. Mercy calls us to see ourselves as fellow sinners in need of God's grace who encourage the community to remember Christ's example of offering hope rather than condemnation. Therefore, it is with these mandates held in tension that the College seeks to provide a disciplinary process that values truth and justice while offering hope to individuals who find they need to be restored to the community.

Disciplinary Actions and Outcomes

While the faculty and staff at Crown College seek to foster growth in students, ideally this growth will also take place with peers holding each other accountable. In most cases, accountability will begin at the level closest to the infraction. Each infraction is handled contextually and may involve the Resident Assistant, Assistant Resident Director, Resident Director, Dean of Students, or other trusted members of the community as deemed necessary by the Dean of Students. Decisions made by the Dean of Students may be appealed in writing to the Vice President of Student Development by submitting a written letter of appeal before 4:30 pm on the business day following the student being notified of the disciplinary decision the student is choosing to appeal. Final disciplinary authority and responsibility for misconduct is delegated to the Student Affairs Committee.

The following discipline terms represent the various categories of disciplinary sanctions. Implementation of a student disciplinary decision shall be delayed until final disposition of the case, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Warning - A statement of the regulation is made to the student(s) with an official warning concerning future behavior.

General Probation - Any student involved in the disciplinary process will automatically be placed on general probation. Students on probation may be dismissed from the College if involved with any further infractions.

Suspension - The student must leave the campus and is not allowed to attend classes for any time period between one day and one semester. The suspension will be followed by a period of probation.

Dismissal - The student is terminated from the College and restricted from the College premises. Students dismissed from the College for student life reasons, whether before or after the last day to drop classes, will receive grades of W, WP, or WF. (See the Crown College Catalog for more details.) In the event a dismissed student wants to return as a student, he or she must re-apply to the College.

Goal and Guidelines for Discipline

Community standards of behavior are essential in maintaining order and creating an environment that is conducive to the educational process and personal transformation. As a God-centered community, we are mandated to confront inappropriate behavior with the goal of correction and restoration. To that end, any violation of the law or behavioral standards supported by witnesses and/or evidence will be addressed by faculty/staff. Scripture is the guide for establishing standards of behavior, and Scripture must direct our response to individuals who violate these established standards. 

Consequences will be applied to inappropriate behavior. Faculty/staff seek to deliver consequences that are commensurate with the misconduct. Consequences received by a student will contain an educational element, an opportunity for restoration to the Crown College community and, should it be necessary, restoration to the Body of Christ.

Student Affairs Committee

A student has the right to appeal a disciplinary decision made by Student Development staff.  The purpose of the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) shall be to serve as the final appeals committee for disciplinary decisions made by the Dean of Students.  The SAC is comprised of six (6) members:  the Vice President of Student Developmen (VP/SD), the Director of Human Resources; one faculty member; one staff member; and two students. Appeals are negated if law enforcement is involved.

Appeals are to be made directly to the VP/SD by submitting a written letter of appeal before 4:30 pm on the business day following the student being notified of the disciplinary decision the student is choosing to appeal.

The VP/SD will convene a hearing involving the SAC, the student appellant, and the Dean of Students.  This hearing will be scheduled at the earliest possible time given the schedule of the hearing participants.  The hearing is closed to all other individuals, including attorneys.  The SAC, at its discretion, may choose to involve other members of the Crown College campus community to offer relevant testimony.

The decision of the SAC will be rendered within two (2) full working days of the appeal hearing and be considered final.  The VP/SD will communicate the decision of the SAC to the student appellant and the Dean of Students. 

The student appellant will not be eligible to represent the college in any activity while s/he is the subject of an appeal of a disciplinary decision involving suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.  Pending final decision of the SAC, the student appellant may continue to attend classes and reside in on campus housing unless the Dean of Students determines that the student's presence would be detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of members of the Crown College campus community. 

Complaints and Grievances

Student Appeal Policy

An appeal is a request to waive a decision that has been or will be properly applied. The central focus of an appeal is the institutional policy and the considered merits of its waiver.

Appeals may concern academic and student life, financial affairs policies and regulations, admission to and retention of students in academic programs, academic inequities, and forms of academic discipline. At each level of appeal, both the appeal and the decision must be in writing on the appropriate form. The investigation may include personal appearances by parties involved in the appeal.

For specific policies on appeals regarding participation in commencement activities, class absences, and general academic policies, students should refer to those sections of the College Catalog. For policies on appeals regarding disciplinary procedures, please refer to the Disciplinary Policies and Disciplinary Procedures sections of the Student Handbook.

A grievance is a complaint of alleged unfair or discriminatory practice or decision by faculty, administration, or administrative staff. The central focus of a grievance is not a policy, but rather the action of the one against whom the grievance is filed. A grievance must be supported by evidence that the unfavorable decision is in violation of institutional policy or practice, or that the person has been treated in a different way than other persons in like circumstances have been treated.

General Procedures for Grievances

A student wishing to file a grievance may do so by requesting reconsideration of the unfavorable decision in the form of a letter stating the grievance and submitting the letter to Student Development. After receipt of the letter, a written response will be given to the student no later than five class days after receipt of the form.

If the student is not satisfied with the response, the student may resubmit the grievance to the appropriate Vice President of the faculty or staff member involved. The Vice President may then choose to take the grievance to the Academic Affairs Committee or the Student Affairs Committee. The committee will then make a recommendation to the appropriate Vice President for their consideration. A written response will be given to the student no later than five class days after receipt of the form.

If the student does not receive a response within five class days at any level in the grievance process, the student may appeal to the next higher level. Those hearing the grievance at the higher level shall secure the written opinion of those who failed to respond at the lower level.

Academic Appeals and Grievances

Appeals concerning academic policies, procedures, and regulations are most appropriately handled on an Academic Petition, available from the Registrar's Office or on the web at our.crown. This form requires both the approval of the student's academic advisor and the Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences/College Registrar.

Students not satisfied with the results may submit the original appeal to the Academic Affairs Committee for consideration. The Academic Affairs Committee may accept or reject the appeal. The decision of the Academic Affairs Committee is final.

Dress Statement - Modesty Guidelines

"Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God - even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good, but the good of many." I Corinthians 10:31-33

Crown College has created a set of guidelines that are an attempt to make sure everyone can dress with their own sense of taste and style without anyone feeling uncomfortable or uncertain as to what to wear, or with what others are wearing. Based on Scripture, these guidelines seek to incorporate the following principles: a desire to bring glory to God and grow in His image, love and consideration for others, responsibility to and for fellow Christians, and a desire to not cause others to stumble in any way.

Members of the Crown community should make every effort to dress modestly and appropriately in all settings. Shirts and shoes are to be worn in all public areas. Both men and women must avoid shorts shorter than finger-tip length; as well as garments which expose undergarments, midriff, and chest. Tights and leggings must be accompanied by appropriate shorts or skirts. Some examples of inappropriate clothing are: shirts that are too tight or too short, have spaghetti straps or open-backs; skirts and skirt slits above mid-thigh; pants worn below the hips; clothing with inappropriate wording or images; pajamas and slippers; form-fitting yoga pants or leggings without accompanying shorts or skirts. 

All members of the Crown community are asked to abide by the following guidelines.

Athletic/Recreational Guidelines

While the general modesty guidelines are in effect for all of campus, the unique requirements of sports and recreation call for more relaxed and specific standards. Tank tops may be worn to, from, and during participation in athletic and recreational activities - including the Fitness Center, Weight Room, Gym and athletic fields. Tights, leggings and form-fitting yoga pants should be accompanied with shorts, sweat pants, or skirts. For the occasional event that may entail water activities, modest one-piece swimsuits are required for women, and modest swim trunks for men. Men's nylon racing suits are not acceptable. Sunbathing is allowed behind residence halls.

Classroom/Chapel/Office Guidelines

The unique requirements of the classroom, Chapel, and College offices also require specific guidelines. Crown College views both campus classrooms and offices as places of work. Therefore, students are expected to dress for these settings in a "relaxed business casual" wardrobe. Clothes should be neat and clean. Pajamas, slippers, and tank tops are considered inappropriate for professional workplaces and therefore are to be avoided in these areas. Jeans and T-shirts are fine as long as they are not tattered or stained.

Crown College expects students to keep the same standards in Chapel as in the classroom.

Emergency Procedures

Dial 911. When the dispatcher answers, state "THIS IS AN EMERGENCY." Be prepared to give the dispatcher your name, nature of the emergency, location, and phone number. Whenever you dial 911, or there is an emergency on campus, notify the Reception Desk immediately (ext. "0" or 952-446-4100) so that College personnel are better able to respond to the situation. If possible, send someone to the Reception Desk to help direct the emergency personnel. On weekends, holidays, or overnight, follow the recorded message directions to reach Campus Safety or Residence Life Staff.

Fire

  • If you hear a fire alarm, evacuate the building immediately.
  • If you discover a fire, activate the nearest fire alarm, and then evacuate the building immediately.
  • Do not use an elevator.

Gas Leak

  • Open the windows. Do not light matches or turn on lights. 
  • Notify the Facility Management Services (FMS) office or a Residence Life Staff member (RD, ARD or RA) immediately.

Medical Emergencies

  • Call 911 for a medical emergency.
  • Do not move the victim, unless unavoidable.
  • If you are trained, administer First Aid.
  • Notify the Reception Desk and a Residence Life Staff member (RD, ARD or RA) immediately.

Tornado/Severe Weather 

  • If you hear the Civil Defense siren, remain calm and proceed immediately to the lowest level of the building you are in.
  • Do not use the elevator. 
  • Walk rapidly and stay away from windows. 
  • Once at the designated area, remain calm, listen for any special instructions, and remain there until the danger is past and College personnel give an "all clear" signal.

Fire Safety

Fire safety equipment such as fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors are located in all buildings on campus and should be used only in emergency situations. Tampering with fire equipment, disconnecting smoke alarms, resetting an alarm and/or ringing a false alarm constitutes a violation of local and state laws. Anyone caught doing this, or any other act that might infringe on the safety of campus, will face disciplinary action and fines. Malfunctioning fire safety equipment should immediately be reported to Facility Management Services personnel.

In the event of a fire alarm, students, faculty and staff must evacuate all buildings. Notification will be given when re-entry is permissible.

Fireworks and Weapons

No fireworks or weapons are allowed on campus, in buildings, or stored in vehicles. This includes all forms of fireworks, shotguns, rifles, ammunition, knives (except pocketknives with blades smaller than three inches), paint ball guns, splat ball guns, pellet guns, BB guns, air soft guns or compatible devices, hunting equipment, etc.

No hunting is permitted on the campus. Violators are subject to legal prosecution and/or a fine, and additional disciplinary action from the College. Students possessing and/or using fireworks will be subject to fines, legal prosecution, and additional disciplinary action from the College.

Freedom of Expression/Disruptive Activity Policy

Crown College believes in the importance of freedom of expression and in the value of permitting all members of the college community to publicly express support for or opposition to issues and actions. The following guidelines have been established to protect freedom of expression and provide a meaningful outlet for that expression:

  • On-campus and off-campus groups wishing to demonstrate on the Crown College campus must submit their plan to the Office of Student Development and receive approval at least 24 hours in advance of the demonstration. 
  • Plans submitted to the Office of Student Development should include the number of people involved, and the location, time, and purpose of the demonstration. 
  • All protests should be peaceful and respectful of other members of the community and campus property. 

No person or organization may interfere with, disrupt normal activity and operations of, or promote the interference or disruption of students, faculty, administration, staff, or the educational mission of the College or of the College or its buildings, equipment, or facilities. Any form of expression that interferes with such activities and operations or invades the rights of persons is prohibited. Pranking or prank wars may be considered a disruptive activity.

Noncompliance with reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions on expression is considered a violation of this policy. Such activity includes, but is not limited to, behavior in a classroom or instructional program that interferes with the instructor or presenter's ability to conduct the class or program or with the ability of others to profit from the class or program.

The Office of Student Development has the right to discontinue any protests or demonstrations not in compliance with these guidelines. Off-campus protesters are not permitted to participate in a demonstration on the campus without advance permission from the Office of Student Development and may be asked to leave campus at the discretion of safety personnel or staff members of the Office of Student Development.  To remain in the vicinity of activity that is disrupting normal College functions when requested to leave by a College official is prohibited. Bystanders, if their presence incites or adds to the disruption, as well as more active participants in the disruptive activity, may be in violation of this policy as well.

Keys/Security ID Cards

Students will be issued keys and security ID cards to their assigned room, residence hall, and the Main building for the duration of each academic session in which they are enrolled. An individual issued a College key/security ID assumes responsibility regarding the use and handling of them. The key and security ID card are for the assigned individual's use only. All losses of ID cards should be reported immediately to Information Technology, while the loss of a residence hall key should be reported to their Resident Director. Students will be responsible for the replacement cost incurred for lost keys and security ID's.

Lost and Found

Lost and found articles, as well as inquiries about lost articles, should be directed to Facility Management Services. Clothing and less valuable items go in a bin near the Weight Room entrance. More valuable items such as electronics, keys, and jewelry are kept in the Facility Management Services office. After 30 days, any unclaimed items are discarded.

Off-Campus Promotion, Publicity, and Announcements

All articles and/or materials for release to off-campus media must be submitted in advance to the Marketing and Media Relations Office for approval.

Offensive Behavior Policy

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the College to make every effort to provide an environment free from discrimination and from offensive, inappropriate or degrading remarks or conduct. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to; inappropriate remarks about or conduct related to any individual's race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, disability, age, and status with regard to public assistance. Offensive behavior prohibited by this policy includes requests to engage in illegal, immoral, or unethical conduct or retaliation for the making of a complaint.

While all forms of offensive, inappropriate and discriminatory behavior are prohibited, it is the College's policy to emphasize that sexual harassment is strictly prohibited.

The harassment of any undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences at Crown College is demeaning to both the victim of the harassment and to the College. It can result in withdrawal, absenteeism, low morale, and an unsafe and uncomfortable learning environment. The College will not tolerate the harassment of any of its students and will take immediate, positive steps to stop it when it occurs.

A student of the College found to have acted in violation of this Offensive Behavior Policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to, a warning, probation, suspension, and dismissal.

This policy is not intended to deny the right of any individual who feels s/he has been sexually harassed or harassed in any other manner in violation of the Offensive Behavior Policy, to contact government enforcement agencies, or to replace legal recourse for any actions which violate federal or state law.

Definition

The following definition is intended to define sexual harassment, one form of offensive behavior.

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct such as sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:

  • submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual's educational experience or employment, or the individual's submission or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis of an educational program or activity decision or employment decision affecting such individual; or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially and unreasonably interfering with an individual's education or employment or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment.

Sexual harassment is distinguished from a voluntary sexual relationship by the introduction of the element of coercion, threat, hostility, or unwanted attention of a sexual nature. Actions that can constitute sexual harassment include:

  • Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions;
  • Requests for sexual favors;
  • Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, obscene language, off-color jokes, verbal commentary about an individual's body, sexual innuendo, and gossip about sexual relations;
  • The display of derogatory or sexually suggestive posters, cartoons, drawings, objects, notes, letters, emails, or text messages;
  • Visual conduct such as leering or making gestures;
  • Videotaping or taking photographs of a sexual nature without consent;
  • Cyber harassment, including but not limited to disseminating information, photos, or video of a sexual nature without consent;
  • Engaging in conduct of a sexual nature which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or work environment (e.g., sexually-oriented jokes, offensive physical contact, obscene messages and gestures);
  • Punishing or threatening to take adverse action against a subordinate or student for refusing to comply with sexual demands..

Although certain forms of sexual harassment may seem self-evident, recognizing such behavior when it is happening can be difficult.  In making such an assessment consider whether the behavior:

  • Is offensive, unwanted or both;
  • Interferes with one's ability to enjoy his or her employment or academic environment;
  • Interferes with job or academic performance;
  • Causes unnecessary discomfort, humiliation or harm to oneself or others around one.

Responsibilities

All students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the spirit and intent of this policy. The Offensive Behavior Policy applies to all students of the College including, but not limited to: full-time and part-time students, on campus and commuting students.

This policy, as a part of the Student Handbook, will be available via the Crown College website to all undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences. Every student will be required to acknowledge his or her receipt of the Student Handbook and this policy online. Student Development staff and supervisors shall be responsible for ensuring that all staff and student staff under their direction are familiar with this policy.

Faculty, staff and students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the spirit and intent of this policy. They shall establish and maintain a climate in Student Development which encourages students to communicate questions or concerns regarding this policy; recognize incidents; and notify the College's designated officers in the event of offensive behavior allegations so that consistent investigatory procedures may be implemented.

Remedial Action

Any student who feels s/he is being subjected to offensive behavior should immediately contact one of the persons below with whom the student feels most comfortable. Complaints may be made orally or in writing to:

  1. A Resident Assistant, Assistant Resident Director or Resident Director
  2. The Dean of Students 
  3. The Human Resources Department.

All complaints of offensive behavior will be taken seriously and responded to in a timely and appropriate manner. The College will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the College's legal obligation to investigate, to take appropriate action, and to conform with any discovery or disclosure obligations.

  1. Investigation
    When making a complaint, the student should be prepared to provide the following information:
    1. The student's name
    2. The name of the person or persons committing the offensive behavior, including their status at the College, if known;
    3. The specific nature of the offensive behavior and how long it has gone on.
    4. Witnesses to the offensive behavior; and
    5. Whether the complainant has previously reported or discussed such offensive behavior and if so, when, to whom, or with whom.

When an allegation of offensive behavior is made by any student, the person to whom the complaint is made shall immediately prepare the Unwelcome Behavior Investigation Form according to the preceding section and submit it to their supervisor, or in the event the offensive behavior complaint is against their supervisor, to the Human Resources Department.

The Human Resources Director and Vice President of Student Development are the persons designated by the College to be the investigators of complaints of offensive behavior against a student. The Human Resources Director and Vice President of Student Development may delegate the investigation to another College employee at his/her discretion. In the event the offensive behavior complaint is against either the Human Resources Director or the Vice President of Student Development, the investigator shall be a person designated by the College.

  1. Corrective Action
    1. Involving Students or Employees

      Based upon the investigation, the Human Resources Director and Vice President of Student Development shall, within a reasonable period of time, determine whether the conduct of the person against whom a complaint of offensive behavior has been made constitutes offensive behavior. In making that determination, the Human Resources Director and Vice President of Student Development shall look at the situation as a whole and at the totality of the circumstances. The determination of whether offensive behavior occurred shall be made on a case-by-case basis.

      If the Human Resources Director and Vice President of Student Development determines that the complaint of offensive behavior is founded, they shall take immediate and appropriate disciplinary action against the student or employee guilty of the offensive behavior, consistent with his/her authority.

      The disciplinary action shall be consistent with the nature and severity of the offense, the rank of the employee and any other factors the Human Resources Director and Vice President of Student Development deems appropriate including, but not limited to: the effect of the offense on student morale, public perception of the offense, and the light in which it casts the College. A determination of the level of disciplinary action shall also be made on a case-by-case basis.

      A written record of disciplinary action taken shall be kept, including, verbal reprimands.

    2. Involving Non-Students or Non-Employees

      In cases of offensive behavior committed by a non-student or non-employee against a College student at the college, the Human Resources Director and Vice President of Student development shall take lawful steps to halt the offensive behavior.

Obligation of Students

Students are not only encouraged to report instances of offensive behavior, but are urged to make such reports. Offensive behavior places other students at risk and exposes the College to liability.

Reports may be made in person to a Resident Assistant, Assistant Resident Director, Resident Director, The Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, Campus Safety Office, any Vice President, or an immediate supervisor.

Reports may be made online by utilizing the Online Reporting Form: www.crown.edu/misconduct-reporting . Online Reporting can be anonymous if desired.

Students are obligated to cooperate in every investigation of offensive behavior. This includes, but is not limited to: coming forward with evidence which may be favorable to the accused person, as well as, fully and truthfully making a written report or verbally answering questions when required to do so by an investigator during the course of an investigation of offensive behavior.

Students are also obligated to refrain from filing bad faith complaints of offensive behavior.

Students are obligated to complete annual Privacy, Security and Safety training. This training promotes awareness and prevention of offensive behavior, provides information for privacy and campus safety and meets Title IX training requirements.

The College prohibits retaliation against the person making the complaint of offensive behavior, witnesses, a person who associates with or supports a person making a complaint, or any other persons connected with the investigation. Individuals who engage in retaliation will be subject to immediate discipline up to and including dismissal.

Process

If, for any reason, you believe your complaint has not been responded to in a timely or appropriate manner, refer the problem to any other manager of the College.

Consensual Relationship

Consensual or voluntary romantic relationships between students have the potential for charges of sexual harassment. A charge of sexual harassment arising out of this relationship will be investigated under these policies and procedures in the same manner as any other charge.

Personal Property Insurance

Loss or damage to student personal property (clothing, books, cell phones, electronics, etc.), on campus, in residence halls or in Crown College vehicles (athletic or academic trips, etc.) is not insured by Crown and must be insured by the student or his/her parents.  Please contact Student Affairs for information on Student Renters Insurance plans if you don't have insurance coverage for your personal property.

SA/ESA Policy

Crown College is committed to assuring equal access for students, staff, and faculty with disabilities, as well as guests and visitors to the campus. It is the College's policy to permit Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and may permit an Emotional Support Animal, as determined on a case-by-case basis, to be on campus with a student with a documented disability as a reasonable accommodation.

To read Crown's current policy along with the detailed application process and paperwork, please refer to our.crown.edu/Students/Campus Life.

"Stability of Students" Assessment

Involuntary Medical Withdrawal Policy

Crown College provides a range of support services to address the medical and mental health needs of students within the context of the campus community. On occasion, students may experience medical or psychological health conditions requiring a level of care that exceeds what the College has resources to provide. In such circumstances, some students may be advised to consider a voluntary withdrawal. In situations where a student is unable or unwilling to carry out substantial self-care obligations, or presents a substantial risk of self-harm or harm to others, and the student declines to voluntarily withdraw, the decision whether to impose an involuntary withdrawal will be made by the Individualized Risk Assessment Team. The student may appeal this decision in writing to the Vice President of Student Development within 24 hours of being informed of the outcome.

In the uncommon circumstance that the College considers involuntary medical withdrawal, the Individualized Risk Assessment Team - which includes the Health Coordinator, Director of Disability Services, Dean of Students, and a Resident Director - will convene. The Team will consider each situation on a case-by-case basis, examining multiple risk factors, the nature, duration and severity of the risk, the likelihood that potential harm will occur, and whether accommodations can sufficiently mitigate the risk. The Team may inquire into a student's current condition, including the request of professional recommendations from attending health professionals.

A member of the Team will notify the student that the College is considering imposing an involuntary withdrawal and the basis for the consideration. The student will have opportunity to appear before the committee personally or via a representative to provide relevant information. If the student fails to attend the meeting to which s/he has been notified, the Team will proceed toward a decision. In the rare case that a student is removed immediately due to emergency circumstances (as deemed by the College), the Team will still meet to discuss the situation.