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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.


Disciplinary Policy

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.