Hendrix College is “dedicated to the cultivation of whole persons through the transmission of knowledge, the refinement of intellect, the development of character, and the encouragement of a concern for worthy values” (Hendrix College 2011-2012 Catalog, pg. 9). Members of the Hendrix community are expected to maintain standards of conduct befitting maturing and responsible citizens in an academic community and reflecting the purposes of the College. The obstruction or disruption of the work of the College will not be tolerated.
Hendrix College adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin. Further, the College is committed to the maintenance of an atmosphere of civility and respect for all students, faculty, and staff.
- All members of the community are expected to exhibit integrity and personal honesty in the classroom and in other campus affairs. Evidence of dishonesty such as theft or plagiarism is considered cause for disciplinary action;
- Abuse (physical, written, or spoken) or intimidation of others will not be tolerated; nor will conduct which is endangering or which leads to physical harm to other persons.
- Personal behavior of members of the community must conform to standards of propriety congenial to the College’s heritage and aims, as well as to the laws of the state and nation.
- All College-sponsored events are expected to be consistent with the standards of the College.
- The College is committed to maintain an atmosphere in which free expression is protected and promoted.
At Hendrix College, student members of the community are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Student Code of Conduct. When members of the community fail to exemplify these standards, campus conduct proceedings are used to assert and uphold the Student Code of Conduct.
Federal Timely Warning Reporting Obligations
Victims of sexual misconduct should also be aware that college administrators must issue timely warnings for incidents reported to them that pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. The college will make every effort to ensure that a victims' name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.
The Hendrix College bylaws state that the faculty shall organize the discipline of the College and are responsible for the spiritual, moral, social, and intellectual welfare of the students. The implementation of the conduct process is delegated to the Dean of Students and his or her staff.
The student conduct process at Hendrix College is based on an educational model intended to balance the interest of the community with individual freedoms. Activities inconsistent with the Hendrix College Student Code of Conduct philosophy are considered violations and are open to sanctions. Sanctions are intended to challenge students’ moral and ethical decision-making and to help them bring their behavior into accord with our community values. When a student is unable to conform his/her behavior to community expectations, the student conduct process may determine that he/she should no longer share in the privilege of participating in this community. Students should be aware that the student conduct process is quite different from criminal and civil court proceedings.
Every attempt will be made to hear policy violations in a timely manner, taking into consideration a student’s right to due process. There may be times during the year when the Dean of Students adjudicates complaints in order to expedite the process. (Examples may include, but are not limited to: alleged policy violations that occur prior to the official opening of the College or during the last week of classes and/or during finals). All internal procedures used by the hearing bodies must be in compliance with the policies and regulations set forth in the handbook.
This code of conduct was reviewed by Brett Sokolow from the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (www.ncherm.org) in 2008. Some of the language may be proprietary and copyrighted. It is licensed to Hendrix College for its use and publication, but all other uses and copying of NCHERM work product are prohibited without express permission from NCHERM.