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Because Oikos functions as a community of believers, students are to
demonstrate a respectful attitude in all encounters with administrators,
professors, staff personnel, campus guests, and other students.
This standard applies to all areas of behavior, speech, and overall
deportment. The same courtesy is to be returned to each student in the
treatment he or she receives from others. Deviation from this standard
will result in a review of the incident by faculty and staff advisors and
the Dean of Students. Following this review, the Dean of Students will
make an appropriate restorative recommendation.
Each professor is responsible for maintaining a classroom environment
that is conducive to learning. If a student is asked to refrain from a
disruptive behavior or is asked to leave the classroom, the student
should do so immediately and respectfully. Upon leaving the classroom
the student should report to the Dean of Students. If necessary, the
Dean of Students and/or faculty and staff advisors will meet with the
involved people and assign additional restorative action as necessary.
The Dean of Students will advise the Academic Dean and the President
of allegations of faculty or staff misconduct.
The Dean of Students will review any incident of a student threatening
or harming the physical well-being of a person or property. Following
this review, the Dean of Students will assign a restorative action
plan that could include reporting the incident to law-enforcement
officials, imposing personal restrictions on the involved students, and/
or recommending dismissal of the student from Oikos University.
The primary goal of the Oikos Disciplinary Policy is always to pursue
the full restoration of the involved student. With this goal in mind,
the suspension of a student from Oikos is not a desired result, but
suspension may occur if a student shows an unwillingness to comply
with or meet the objectives of a restorative action plan. Intermediate
consequences are employed whenever possible to avoid suspension
or expulsion. Each incident is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with
consideration of (1) the severity of the violation, (2) the context of the
incident, (3) a history of prior misconduct, (4) the responsiveness of
the accused to confrontation, and (5) the degree to which the individual
displays genuine repentance.
Community members are expected to provide firsthand testimony
that will bring greater clarity and understanding to the review. While
painstaking efforts are taken to maintain consistency from case to
case and individual to individual, confidentiality often prevents the
disclosure of details that contribute to a decision, occasionally resulting
in unanswered questions regarding a disciplinary outcome. Uninformed
community members are asked to extend the benefit of doubt to
officials, knowing that prayerful consideration has been employed in
the proceedings and the subsequent outcome.
The Dean of Students Affairs serves as the chief student conduct
officer for the university and works with other administrators to
resolve student disciplinary matters. The Student Handbook provides
guidelines that are used to establish continuity for administering
consequences for violating community standards.