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Student Handbook 2013-2014

Published by Office of Student Development

A Message from the President

Becoming a part of the Evangel University family will mean new opportunities to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Some of these experiences will represent significant challenges.

Through the years, I have come to appreciate the importance of students making wise decisions regarding not only their courses of study, but also their expenditure of time. A successful university career will depend on wise choices.

Our faculty and staff are available to help you in determining and discerning God’s will for your life. We want your time on the Evangel campus to provide some of your most treasured memories. My personal goal is to help you in every way that I can.

Dr. Robert H. Spence

A Message from the President-elect

Welcome to the Evangel University family!  We are committed to providing a Christ-centered living and learning environment where you will have many opportunities to grow spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically. 

The faculty, staff, administration, and your fellow student leaders are all here to support you in your journey of discerning God’s calling on your life. 

Your success as a university student will be determined by the choices you make both in your academic pursuits and your pursuits beyond the classroom.  Know that the entire Evangel community and I are here to support you in your journey.

In His service,
Dr. Carol Taylor

Class of 1973

A Message from the VP for Student Development

Welcome to life at Evangel University! As a student here, I trust that you will find Evangel to be a community that values the integration of faith, living, and learning. We are committed to helping you discover who you are in Christ and to identify, develop, and refine those unique strengths you have to offer the world through your personal and vocational callings.  You will find incredible opportunities are available for your holistic development, and so I encourage to choose well. Keep your feet moving forward and look for the opportunities that guide your growth into the person that God has created you to be!

This Student Handbook is designed to acquaint you with the services we offer to help you build a strong foundation for your life.  Much like any community, Evangel also supports particular policies, procedures, and actions that facilitate healthy living among its members. These boundaries are guided by our commitment to uphold biblical principles of conduct based on our Assemblies of God denominational perspective, foster considerate community interaction, and develop disciplined practice in our daily lives.  As such, EU students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the standards; however, if that is your only guide, you will have missed the point. We seek to nurture an environment where our lives reflect Christ.

May our ultimate guide be to operate from the inside out, with love from a pure heart, good conscience, and sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:4-6), so that we may reflect kingdom living, as described in Matthew’s gospel (5:48): “Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you”.

Dr. Sheri Phillips

I. Understanding Evangel University

Our Distinction

Evangel is the national Assemblies of God University of arts, sciences and professions. Evangel offers associate of arts, baccalaureate and master’s degrees and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, National Association of Schools of Music and Council for Social Work Education.

Our Mission

The mission of Evangel University is to provide opportunities for Assemblies of God individuals to develop academically and intellectually in an accredited Christian liberal arts educational program and to inspire these individuals in a Pentecostal environment to develop spiritually, emotionally and culturally in order to serve God and their fellow man in their chosen careers.

Our Vision

Evangel University, throughout its history, has been dedicated to providing the best in higher education for its students. The University vision has always been to equip our students for a place of service in fulfilling God’s calling for their lives. We reaffirm our vision through the following commitments:

  • To be a premier liberal arts university
  • To provide programs of study with high academic standards that meet the educational and spiritual needs of our students
  • To develop a faculty and staff who are eminently qualified in their profession, committed to the mission of the University and working with a sense of ownership for the University
  • To have campus facilities that support the best in teaching and learning
  • To graduate alumni who assume places of leadership in fulfilling God’s call for their lives

Our Values

  • Every person has dignity and worth.
  • Cherishing the grace that God the Father has granted us through Jesus Christ as well as the presence of the Holy Spirit among us, we seek to nurture our Pentecostal heritage.
  • We value the right to learn the complete available truth, to investigate freely, to think deeply and to exchange ideas in the spirit of professional responsibility.
  • We value excellence in teaching, research and support activities.
  • We believe that our campus community is enriched through the interaction of persons from diverse racial, ethnic and national groups.
  • We value open and honest relations with the people we serve and with each other; we conduct our activities with integrity, and we fulfill our commitments.
  • We value shared governance, teamwork and collaboration in decision-making.
  • We value personal commitment and contribution to the University, to each other, to the Church and to the community.

Our Vision for Developing Students

The vision for student development at Evangel University is that all students will be in the process of becoming mature and competent Spirit-empowered change agents for the Kingdom of God in those areas of life (such as their family, church, community and professional environments) where their Evangel education will afford them the opportunity to have significant influence.

  • Objectives - All students will experience growth in the seven dimensions of development emphasized at Evangel: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, physical, vocational and cultural. As a result of the positive environment of an integrative Christian university, students will develop spiritually, gaining greater awareness of their significance in Christ and increasing in their commitment to serve Him. Socially, students will grow in their relationships with others in the Christian community and in surrounding cultures. Individually, they will mature in personal discipline and Christian character.
  • Strategies - To accomplish these objectives, the Division of Student Development will strive to provide a context of encouragement and accountability for all students’ multi-dimensional development. Means by which this will be accomplished include:
    • Structuring meaningful student devotions and ministry opportunities
    • Mentoring student leaders
    • Providing living-learning (residential life) communities
    • Counseling students in personal growth and development
    • Encouraging intramural and intercollegiate athletic participation
    • Cultivating appropriate social activities
    • Maintaining a secure, safe and healthy environment
    • Communicating with students, faculty, staff, administration and parents with regard to enhancing the campus climate.
  • Results - As a result of implementing these objectives and strategies, the student body will mature spiritually and socially, becoming increasingly capable of responsible Christian personal and group living. Students will become competent in leadership, caring enough to facilitate the growth of others. Alumni will reflect positively on their undergraduate experience, demonstrate continuing loyalty to the institution and positively influence the world through the power of the Spirit, the example of their own Christian character and the excellence of their professional performance.

II. Directory of Staff and Services

A. Information Guide

Key:

  • SU = Cantrell Student Union
  • ZM = Zimmerman Hall 
  • FA = Barnett Fine Arts Center
  • TR = Trask Hall 
  • R = Riggs Administration Building
ServicesLocation

417-865-2815

Phone Ext.

Academic Advising Your faculty advisor’s office  
Academic Support ZM 218 8273
Activities Board SU 204F 7382
Admissions R 203 7205
Alumni Services R 301 7333
Art Dept. FA, 2nd floor 8640
Athletic Info/Tickets Ashcroft Center 7282
Bed & Breakfast Program R 203B 7432
Behavioral Sciences Dept. TR 303 8610
Bible and Theology TR 214 8510
Business & Economics Dept. ZM 107 8110
Bookstore SU, 1st floor 7343
Cable TV Service R 106, Help Desk 8368
Cafeteria/Dining Hall SU, Crusader Hall 7252
Career Services SU 107 7896
Cashier R 204 7308
Chapel Attendance R 304F, Student Development 7980
Class Changes R 104D, Records & Registration 7156
Chapel Program Information Chapel, Spritual Life 7305
Church Ministries TR 209 8573
CLEP Test Info. R 104D, Records & Registration 7156
Clubs/Organizations SU 204A, Student Activities Office 7318
Communication Dept. TR 105 8411
Community Life Office SU 203 7317
Commuter Services SU 205 7938
Computer Labs, Public ZM 103, 115, 321, T-315  
Computer Services Riggs 106, Help Desk 8368
Conduct (Community Accountability) SU 203, Community Life  7317
Conference Services R 304B, Student Development 7981
Counseling Services SU 106, Wellness Center 7222
Disabled Student Services ZM 218, Academic Support Center 8273
Duplicating Services R 101 7239
Education Dept. T 201B 8548
Employment: Work/Study (on campus) R 202F, Financial Aid 7514
Employment, Student: Off campus SU 107, Career Services 7896
ESGA President SU 204E 7318
Event Planning R 304B, Student Development 7985
Financial Aid R 204A 7514
Food Services SU, Crusader Hall 7252
Graduation Papers R 104D, Records & Registration 7156
Graduate Studies ZM 201 8269
Health Services SU-106, Wellness Center 7280
Housing Information Riggs 304E, Student Development 7335
Humanities Department TR 312 8640
ID/Proximity Access Cards R 208, Public Safety 7000
Information Technologies R 106, Help Desk 8368
Instructional Resource Center ZM 204 8239
Intercultural and Global Missions Studies TR 208 8573
International Students (& Missionary Kids) SU-203, Community Life 7938
Intramural Sports Mabee Center 7276
Joust SU, 2nd floor 7252
Lost & Found R 208, Public Safety  7000
Maintenance or Repair Physical Plant (FIXR) 3497
Music Dept. FA, 1st floor 7211
Newspaper (The Lance) ZM 304 8634
Physical Education Ashcroft Center 7387
Postal Services R 201 7240
President's Office R 314 7200
Public Relations R 301D, Institutional Advancement   7430
Public Safety R 208 7000
Radio request line (KECC) T 103 7625
Science & Technology Dept. ZM 312 8313
Sign/Poster Approval R 304D, Student Development 7316
Social Sciences Dept. ZM 208 8213
Student Activities Dept. SU 204A 7318
Student Financial Services R 204A 7347
Student Ministries SU 204C, CROSSwalk 7319
Student Publications TR 304 8636
Student Senate SU 204 7289
Summer School R 104,Records & Registration   7460
TV Station (ECTV) TR 117 8410
Telephone Operator R Atrium, Switchboard 0
Telephone Service (landline) R 106, Help Desk 8368
Theatre Dept. FA 149 7167
Theology Dept. TR 214 8510
Transcripts R 104, Records & Registration 7460
Transfer Credits R 104, Records & Registration 7203
Tutoring ZM 218, Academic Support Center 8273
Vehicle Registration R 208, Public Safety  7000
Withdrawal from the University R 304D, Student Development 7316
Write Place TR 202 8545
Yearbook (Excalibur) TR 304 8630

B. Student Development Staff

Sheri Phillips, Ph.D., VP for Student Development (ext. 7316) is responsible for leading the departments of Career Services, Community Life, Conference Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Housing, Public Safety, and Spiritual Life. She also serves as the University administration’s liaison to the ESGA Student Senate and Activities Board. Dr. Phillips' office is located in Riggs Hall 304D.

Susan Bryan, MSN, RN, FNPC, Director of Health Services (ext. 7280) serves students who need medical attention by providing health education and prevention seminars, physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment of most injuries and illnesses, referral to local physicians (when needed), and over-the-counter medications at low prices. Her office is located in the Wellness Center, Student Union 106.

Amy Englert, Director of Conference Services (ext.7981) oversees the development, marketing and evaluation of the summer conference program for the University. Additionally, she manages facility rental and scheduling by internal and external groups/organizations during the calendar year. She also supervises the Event Planning office staff that coordinate the scheduling of all campus events. Her office is located in Trask 304B.

Tina Moore, MBA, PHR, Director of Career Services (ext. 7896) designs, implements, and manages services, programs, and systems that meet the professional development and employment needs of students and graduates and the staffing needs of local, regional, national and international employers.  Students have access to assistance in career and strengths advising, resume and coverletter writing, practice interviewing, as well as job and internship information. Career Services is located in the Student Union 107.

  • Career Marketing Coordinator, Donna Trower (ext. 7321) maintains the online career management system, OptimalResume and works with students in finding jobs and internships.

John F. Plake, MA., Director of Spiritual Life (ext. 7396) seeks to nurture and encourage the spiritual growth of students by coordinating the chapel and discipleship programs. Chapel is a focal point of our worship and life together as a Christian community. Pastor John also mentors the CROSSwalk (student discipleship) teams, provides pastoral counseling and takes prayer requests. The Spiritual Life office is located in the chapel.  

  • Chapel Attendance Coordinator, Teresa DeVries (ext. 7980) oversees the processing of chapel exemption requests, posting attendance, and ensuring that attendance records are accurate. Her office is located in Riggs 304F.  Online chapel exemption forms are available on your Student Portal.

Gina Rentschler, MA., Director of Community Life (ext. 7317) works closely with the Community Life staff by providing support and education. She serves also as International Student Advisor, and is also responsible for encouraging the social and behavioral development of Evangel University students through our judicial accountability process. Her office is located in Student Union 203.

  • Student Activities Director, Christy Rowden, M.S.: Supervises the Activities Board, assists clubs and organizations, assists the new student “EU Launch” and facilitates Student Union social events. Her office is located in Student Union 204G (ext. 7998).
  • Commuter Director, Mark Grantham: Oversees and assists commuter and international students by providing information, special activities and advocacy. He is available in the office Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Student Union 205 (ext. 7938).
  • Residence Directors: The residence halls are staffed by a highly qualified and carefully selected group of professionals (residence directors) and students (resident assistants) who are genuinely interested in helping resident students gain the greatest benefits from living in a residence hall. RDs are full-time University staff members whose chief task is to facilitate community life in the six residence halls. Each RD is committed to helping students strengthen personal and interpersonal development. Each hall houses an RD in an apartment located on the first floor. The RD manages the hall, trains hall leaders and encourages the development of the students within the hall. RDs are available for counsel during posted office hours and are on-call for emergencies at any time, Monday through Friday. A designated RD is on-call every weekend. In the event of an emergency on the weekend, contact Security at extension 7000, and the RD on-call will be contacted immediately. For more information on residence life, go to http://www.evangel.edu/student-life/residence-life/
    • Burgess Hall Logan James, M.A. (7050)
    • Krause Hall Robert Awil, M.A. candidate (7040)
    • Lewis Hall Thomas, M.A and Bethany Biro (7060)
    • Scott Hall Jonathan Webb, M.A. (7030)
    • Spence Hall Andrea Greer (7010)
    • Walther Hall Katie Buckholz, M.A. (7020)
  • Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders who assist the RDs. One RA lives on each floor in the residence hall. The RA serves as a resource person for students; strives to create a positive atmosphere that enhances community building; facilitates peer communication, conflict resolution and accountability; and assists in the educational programming and social planning on the floor.

Pam Smallwood, Director of Housing (ext. 7335) is responsible for residence hall and off-campus University-owned housing. She and her staff are located in the Student Development Office in Riggs Hall 304. For more information on housing policies, go to http://www.evangel.edu/admissions/more-information/housing-policies/

Roger Moore, Director of Public Safety (ext. 7000) supervises security officers on duty 24 hours to provide a safe and secure environment for your living and learning. Contact the Department of Public Safety, located on the northeast end of Riggs Hall, to register your vehicle, report illegal activity or request assistance, such as a safety escort at night.

Brian Upton, MA., LPC, Director of Counseling Services (ext. 7222) supervises a staff of Christian professional counselors and interns who are available to help you deal with developmental, reactive, addictive, pre-marital, relational and/or crisis issues that impact your educational development. There is no charge for this service to enrolled students who have paid the General Student Fee. Counseling Services is located in the Wellness Center, Student Union 106.

C. Campus Services and Helpful Information

Academic Support: All students are eligible for assistance with intervention strategies to improve their academic performance. Services offered include developmental and supplemental instruction, peer tutoring, study skills workshops, accommodations for students with special needs, counsel for students on academic probation, and academic advising. The Academic Support Center is located in Zimmerman Hall, 218.

ATM:  Located just inside the southeast entrance to the Cantrell Student Union, the ATM, furnished by the Assemblies of God Credit Union, is available for students, faculty, and staff.

Bicycle Racks: There are bicycle racks located behind each residence hall, on the east side of the Mabee Student Fitness Center, and in the area between Zimmerman and Trask Halls.

Bookstore: Founders Bookstore serves the entire community of Evangel University. Upon request, the bookstore will pre-package student’s textbooks for pick-up prior to the start of each semester. Located in the first floor of the Cantrell Student Union, it is open 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays. Special hours are posted during registration, vacations, and summer.

Campus Radio Station KECC and Television Station ECTV: Both KECC and ECTV are lab programs for the communications/broadcast program at Evangel. They are located in Trask Hall, 1st floor, northwest.

Career Services: Located in Cantrell Student Union 107, all students and alumni are eligible to access services. Resources include: career-related workshops, individual career counseling, career and strengths assessments, career fairs, on-campus recruitment opportunities, student job service, resume writing assistance, graduate school assistance and a variety of career resource. 

Cashier: You may pay your school bills and get checks cashed ($200 daily limit) at the cashier’s window. The window is located in Riggs Hall, 204. It is open from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays except during chapel and lunch hours.

Chapel Attendance Records: As a service to the students, the Chapel Attendance Office (Riggs Hall, 304F) publishes online chapel attendance records that may be accessed confidentially by students via the student portal. Students, however, are responsible for verifying their chapel attendance records and contacting the Chapel Attendance Office for clarifying discrepancies within seven days of the chapel in question. For a complete statement of the Chapel Attendance Policy, see Section VI, University Policies.

Churches in the area: The Springfield area is home to over 400 churches, with 62 Assemblies of God congregations.  We know that you will be able to find a church home here.  While it may not be exactly like the one back home, we hope that you will explore opportunities for involvement.  Whether you are more comfortable attending and serving in a casual or formal, small or large, traditional or post-modern setting, Springfield has a church where you can grow and serve.

Class Cancellation Notification: When class may be canceled due to severe weather and/or snow, students can verify by checking the EU website or calling Evangel at ext. 7669 (S-N-O-W). Please do not call the Public Safety Office, as this action ties up their limited resources that must be focused on responding to bad weather emergencies.

Complaint Resolution: The process for resolution of student complaints regarding community life and residence issues (non-academic) is for the student to communicate with his/her residence or commuter director, as applicable. If the matter is not resolved satisfactorily within a reasonable period of time, then the student’s complaint should be submitted in writing to the Director of Community Life. The student may be asked to meet with the Director for clarification of issues, and will receive a response in writing from the Director, with a copy going to the Vice President for Student Development.

Appeals relative to student disciplinary issues are handled in accordance with the Community Accountability Program process detailed in the “Appeal of a Community Accountability Decision” section of the Student Handbook.

Computer Labs: Information Technologies provides numerous computer labs available for student use. Each residence hall has a mini computer lab. T1 Internet access is available in all residence hall rooms for students who bring their personal computers to campus.To read about the helps, policies, procedures and resources available to students, go to your Student Portal and click on Computer Labs.

Counseling Services: Under the direction of a Christian licensed professional counselor, the counseling staff provides Christ-centered counseling on a short-term basis. Counseling assists students in developing behavioral, academic, physical and vocational maturity. The philosophy of Evangel University Counseling Services focuses on a Christian values developmental model. This is a professional service that guards confidentiality carefully.

Students make appointments by calling ext. 7222 or visiting the Wellness Center, located in Student Union 106. Counseling Services hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and by appointment in the evenings. These services are free to enrolled students who have paid the General Student Fee. Counseling services offered on campus are limited and intended only for short-term care. Referrals will be made for students who need long-term care.

Disability Services: The Housing Director (ext. 7335 or Riggs 304) can provide information and assistance to accommodate special housing needs for any student with disabilities. Contact the Disability Services Coordinator in the Academic Support Center (ext. 8273 or ZM 218) for special needs related to academic life. View more information on your Student Portal.

Disaster Emergency Procedures: In the case of campus and/or community-related disasters, the first priority of Evangel University’s Crisis Management Team is communication with students. To participate in our “Red Alert” emergency mass notification system, please provide your mobile telephone number to the Information Technologies via your student portal.

E-Mail Communication System: The University e-mail system is to be the principal means of communication between faculty, staff, administration and students. Types of communication may include assignments, registration materials, announcements, etc. Students are responsbile for checking their Evangel University e-mail account daily, and are accountable for any and all official communication of administrative policies, faculty instructions and campus information sent via the University e-mail system.

Emergency Medical Assistance on Campus: If emergency medical services (EMS) are needed for serious/life threatening illness or injury, responders should call 911 (not 9-911) if using a campus phone or the Evangel number 417-865-2815, ext. 7000. Calling 911 on a campus phone activates the EMS system through the university’s Security Department and allows for coordination and direction of EMS personnel to the exact location of the emergency when they arrive on campus. After the EMS system has been activated and if the victim is in need of life-saving CPR or is injured in a life-threatening manner, the Security Department may contact the campus nurse practitioner or other trained personnel to respond to the site to provide assistance until the ambulance arrives.

The same procedure should be followed for any situation in which a person is too severely injured or physically incapacitated to go to the Wellness Center on their own or with limited assistance of others; they most likely need advanced care at an emergency facility.

NOTE: It is important that individuals call 911 using a campus phone or 417-865-2815, est. 7000. Calling 911 directly on a cell phone bypasses the Public Safety Department and may lead to unnecessary delays in locating and treating the patient when EMS personnel arrive. 

Evangel Student Government Association (ESGA): All registered students are members of the Evangel Student Government Association. The purpose of this organization is to develop a community that is seeking God, that is committed to one another, and that represents the concerns of each student. Senate is the legislative branch of student government; Activities Board is the social branch of student government.

Event Planning and Facility Reservations: To reserve rooms and list an Evangel University or non-profit/academic event on the University calendar, students must contact the faculty/staff advisor of the club or organization, or they may speak with their academic department secretary. Since rooms are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis through an online system, requests should be made at least one week prior to the event.

When making the event request, please have in mind any logistical needs, such as audiovisual equipment or services (e.g., microphone, portable sound, sound technician), furniture (e.g., tables, chairs, podium, portable staging, music stands), room set-up (e.g., hollow square, U-shape, classroom style, banquet style), food preparation (e.g., buffet, served meal, reception catering, meeting with refreshments), etc. A small fee may be charged for logistical needs.

Note: All food requests for events held on campus must be contracted through Aladdin Food Services. Meal and refreshment details will need to be requested by contacting Aladdin at ext. 7425.

Food Services: Evangel provides food service for all students by special arrangement with Aladdin Food Management Services, a premiere food service company specializing in small and medium-size campuses and serving many universities throughout the nation. Three meal plans are available to resident students. All residence hall students are required to select one of the available meal plans. Food service is not available during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring breaks; however, as a courtesy to students, food boxes are made available at a nominal cost during Thanksgiving. The Food Services staff also works to provide healthy meal options for students with specific dietary needs.  Contact Todd Lanning, Food Services Director, at ext. 7425 or SU Crusader Dining Hall.

Students who believe they qualify for exemption from the required meal plan may contact the Housing Director for an Off-Board Application (ZM 304). Students with severe medical dietary needs may apply to be “off-board” if they have already met with the Food Services Director who certifies to the Housing Coordinator that Aladdin Food Management Services cannot accommodate the students’ physician-directed dietary needs.

Special needs on campus may dictate the need to revise hours or locations of service. The following are the regular meal hours during the semester:

Crusader Dining Hall Meal Hours
MealMonday-FridaySaturdaySunday
Breakfast 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. not served 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast 8:46 - 10 a.m. not served not served
Lunch 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. - noon 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.* 5 - 6 p.m. not served

*Dinner hours extended until 7 p.m. during football season.

Joust General Hours:

    • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
    • Saturday-Sunday: 4 - 11 p.m.
Joust Meal Equivalency Hours
MealMonday-FridaySaturday and Sunday
Lunch 10:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. none
Dinner 4 - 7:30 p.m. none

A valid student ID card must be presented to enter the dining hall at each mealtime to avoid being charged the standard meal rate. ID cards and meal plan benefits are not transferable. Box lunches and dinners are available from the Joust (Student Union, 2nd floor). Meal trays for students confined due to illness are available per request of the Wellness Center or Residence Hall staff.

Other than an item of fresh fruit, ice cream, or a purchased “to go” lunch, food items are not to be taken from the dining hall.

Dining Hall Etiquette:

  • Please wear shoes and sleeved shirts in all dining facilities.
  • Please be kind and courteous to others. Show respect.
  • Please throw all trash in the trash receptacles (this includes chicken bones, paper, plastic and Styrofoam).
  • Please clean up after yourself. If you have an accidental spill that requires assistance for cleaning, notify a staff member.
  • Please respect our portion control. You can always come back for more.

Health Services: Health Services, located in the Student Union 106 - Wellness Center, functions as an acute care, walk-in facility. A licensed Family Nurse Practitioner provides primary healthcare services (diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions) at no cost to enrolled students who have paid the General Student Fee. Nominal fees are charged for immunizations, laboratory tests and some procedures.

Referrals to physicians, specialists and emergency departments are made as indicated for serious injury and illness. All clients are responsible for payment for medications, supplies or laboratory fees. There is no billing or credit extended for services or supplies. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays.

If an emergency occurs within a residence hall, the Residence Director should be notified and paramedics called through the use of the Public Safety Department’s emergency activating system at x7000 or 911 from a campus phone (not 9-911). See “Emergency Medical Assistance on Campus.”

Identification Cards: During the financial registration process, each student receives a CrusaderCard (combination ID card and proximity access card). Keep your CrusaderCard with you at all times. It is required for access to many campus buildings and services, including your residence hall and the Mabee Student Center, and—in the evenings—Crusader Dining Hall, Student Union and the academic buildings. See Student Standards.

Damaged, lost or stolen CrusaderCards should be reported to the Department of Public Safety immediately. Students who find a CrusaderCard belonging to another student should take it to the Public Safety Office. One free replacement CrusaderCard may be issued by Public Safety per student per semester. There is a replacement fee of $25 for each additional card.

Insurance:

  • Personal Property Liability - Personal property is not covered by Evangel University insurance. Students with valuables on campus should investigate coverage under their parents’ homeowner’s insurance. Students who are not covered should investigate renter’s insurance, which can be purchased through a local insurance broker. Informational brochures on some of the available renter’s insurance policies may be obtained in the Student Development Office. Note: If surge protectors are not used, some insurance policies will not cover damaged electronic equipment.
  • Medical/Hospitalization - All students, full-time and part-time, are strongly encouraged to have medical insurance coverage. All students should obtain medical insurance coverage if they are not already covered by their parents’ health insurance program. Participation in intercollegiate athletics requires primary accident and health insurance without exception, even during tryouts. This insurance is not required for intramural sports. International students MUST have medical insurance coverage. Information regarding this coverage is available from the Director of Admissions (ext. 7432 or Riggs Hall 203).

International Students: Evangel University believes that students from various cultures can contribute significantly to the campus community, and that the University can contribute to the international students’ educational experiences. The Director of Community Life (SU203) provides supportive services that will help the international student acclimate to the University. These services include:

  • Orienting international and MK (Missionary Kid) students to Evangel each semester.
  • Facilitating relationships within the multicultural and MK population.
  • Supporting campus-wide multicultural events.

Joust (Student Union 2nd floor): The Joust offers a variety of food and entertainment services in a more casual and relaxing atmosphere, including fireside room and computer lab.

Laundry Facilities: Residence halls have laundry facilities that are for the exclusive use of residence hall students. Perkin Hall (married student apartments) has laundry facilities that are for the exclusive use of Perkin Hall residents.

Library: The Klaude Kendrick Library is located on the northeast end of campus. As an Evangel student, you have access to a large number of online professional databases  at http://web.evangel.edu/Library/databases.asp 

The following hours are observed during the school term.  Library hours are adjusted during breaks, holidays and vacation periods and will be posted by the doors in advance.

 

Library Hours
DayMonday-Friday
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.
Sunday 8 p.m. to midnight

Postal Services: The EU Post Office is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday- Friday. Outgoing mail is picked up at 3 p.m. weekdays. The Post Office is located in Riggs Hall, just north of the front entrance. Mail should be addressed to students as follows:

Mail Addresses
For Resident Students:
Evangel University
Residence Hall and Room #
1111 N. Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65802
For Commuter Students:
Evangel University
E.U. Box #
1111 N. Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65802

On-campus mail is postage free but must include the student’s full name, residence hall and/or box number. Mail is delivered each weekday to the residence hall. The mailboxes are located in the first floor lobby, and the numbers on each box correspond to residence hall room numbers. Improperly addressed mail should be returned with the incorrect address crossed out by placing it in the “On-Campus” mail slot. The RD should be notified in the case of difficulty with a mailbox lock.

Students must secure approval from the Student Development Office in advance for on-campus bulk mailings and flyers sent by students. The campus postal service is not intended for use by off-campus organizations, churches, advertising enterprises, personal interest groups or any other non- Evangel organization.

Students are responsible for leaving a forwarding address with the Post Office staff before leaving the campus for summer break or graduation. No mail will be forwarded during the school holidays.

Campus postal employees will not open mail. However, when packages received through the EU Post Office appear to be of questionable content with respect to campus safety or community moral standards, the University reserves the right to require the addressee to pick up and open his/her package with appropriate authorities present.

Posters and Publicity: To display signs, fliers and posters, take your materials to the Conference Services Office (Riggs Hall, 304) or email your flier and request for approval to tannera@evangel.edu. Materials that meet the criteria will be stamped as approved (with removal dates indicated), and you will receive guidelines for displaying them on campus in designated areas.

In general, no publicity materials may be attached to windows, glass doors or painted surfaces anywhere on campus; in or outside Kendrick Library, the Chapel or on the campus grounds; or in the academic buildings (except for deparmental bulletin boards and digital signage, at the discretion of those departments.

With the exception of Homecoming Week, Harvest Fest, Spring Fling and officially designated ESGA election campaign periods, student posters may be displayed in the Cantrell Student Union only on the bulletin boards. For the above-stated approved events, banners or posters may be hung in designated locations in the Student Union, but not within three feet of the Cantrell memorial portrait. Because space is limited, authorization for approved banners being hung from the balcony will be granted by the Student Activities Director on a first-come-first-served basis.

No publicity is to be posted in the Residence Halls except on bulletin boards and places approved by the RD. Only the RD may post time-sensitive or emergency information in the residence hall fishbowl.

Prayer Chapels: The main chapel is open daily for students during times when it is not otherwise in use.  Additionally, Riggs Hall (308) houses a small chapel which is open to all students.  Each Residence Hall also has a prayer chapel for the students who live in the building. 

Publications:

  • The Lance, Evangel’s weekly student newspaper, may be found in the Commuter Services Office, Student Union and academic buildings.
  • The Excalibur, Evangel's yearbook
  • The Epiphany, an annual literary/art magazine

These publications provide excellent opportunities for students to use and develop their journalistic skills and creative expression. The publications have consistently won national awards for excellence in their respective areas. The Lance and Excalibur are part of the Department of Communication.

Records & Registration: This office (Riggs Hall 104) is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and provides the following services for students:

  • Adding or Dropping courses
  • CLEP testing
  • Graduation requirements
  • Pre-registration and registration
  • Transcript requests

Recreational Facilities: All students are encouraged to use Evangel’s facilities for recreation and physical fitness. Intramural fields (upper and lower) are available for soccer, football, etc. The Mabee Student Fitness Center features side-by-side basketball courts, a jogging track, racquetball courts and an aerobics room. Exercise equipment is available including fixed and free weights, treadmills and stationary bikes.

NOTE: Baseball and softball fields are reserved for intercollegiate competition and are not available for general student use.

Repair Services: Students should contact the Physical Plant Department to report A/C, heating, plumbing or electrical problems as well as broken doors, locks and windows. Enter a work order online with the Physical Plant through the “Help” link under the “General” tab on your student portal. A second option is to email FIXR@evangel.edu. In the event of an emergency after regular business hours, call Public Safety (ext. 7000).

Public Safety: Evangel’s Department of Public Safety is concerned for the safety of individual students as well as the University community as a whole. The department’s primary responsibility is to protect all persons at the University (e.g., students, faculty, staff and visitors) and all property owned or operated by the University. This responsibility includes access control and fire monitoring systems for buildings, vehicle registration, parking/restricted areas enforcement, investigations and assistance in medical emergencies.

You may contact the Department of Public Safety by calling ext. 7000. Emergency calls requiring response by Springfield authorities (fire, police or ambulance) should be made to Public Safety by calling on-campus 911 (not 9-911). Dispatchers cover the telephones and two-way radios on a 24-hour basis to provide information and respond to emergencies. Dispatchers also monitor the National Weather Service radio network. A citywide alert system notifies the campus community of threatening weather conditions.

The Department of Public Safety offers special services upon request such as escorting faculty, staff or students across campus and providing emergency jump-starting assistance for vehicles. Public Safety also publishes the annual campus crime statistics for review, as required by federal law.

Reporting a Crime: Evangel University is deeply concerned about providing a safe campus for all students.  If you have witnessed or been subject to a crime, please contact the Department of Public Safety as soon as possible, 417-864-2815, ext. 7000.  The office is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Assault: We want to assist you in caring for your medical and emotional, as well as your physical and safety needs.  Our public safety staff can provided needed help and assistance with contacting appropriate personnel and taking the necessary steps for you to feel safe.  Contact the Department of Public Safety as soon as possible.

    • When reporting an assault, it is helpful for you to remember as much about the assailant as possible: gender, race, hair (color, length, texture), body size (height, weight), identifying marks (scars, birthmarks, tatoos), clothing (color, style, texture), mode of travel (vehicle color/license number)

Bomb Threat: If you receive a bomb threat, it is important to obtain as much information from the caller as possible.

    • Ask about bomb location, type and time explosion will occur.
    • Carefully note the sound of the caller’s voice and note all background noise at the caller’s end. These factors may help locate and identify the caller.
    • Call the Public Safety Office immediately.
    • DO NOT take further action yourself. Public Safety personnel will search the area involved and will notify trained bomb-disposal personnel if a device is found. In consultation with the building supervisor, Public Safety will decide whether evacuation is necessary.

Prank/Obscene Calls: If you are ever the victim of an annoying, obscene, harassing or threatening phone call, here is the official procedure for responding:

    • Record the dates and times of any obscene, threatening or harassing calls.
    • Never give out any personal information to a caller you don’t know. This includes your (or your roommate’s) name, mailbox number, class schedule, residence hall, room number or anything that would allow a stranger to identify you.
    • When you determine that the call is a prank/obscene call, end the conversation immediately. Inform the caller that s/he must never call you again, then HANG UP!
    • Contact the Public Safety Department immediately at ext. 7000. The Department of Public Safety will assist you in completing an Officer’s Report. (It is not necessary to contact your RA or RD first. Failure to report the harassing call in a timely manner may jeopardize any attempts to correct the situation.)
    • If the obscene, harassing or threatening phone message is left on your voice mail system, do not erase it. Contact Public Safety so that arrangements may be made to preserve the evidence.

Suspicious Person or Activity: If you see a person who acts or looks suspicious, DO NOT approach the person yourself, but call the Department of Public Safety immediately. You will be asked to describe the suspicious activity and provide a general description of the subjects (e.g. the location, number of persons, gender, race, dress and vehicle). The department will investigate your report immediately.

Spiritual Life: “Be still and know that I am God.” The words of the Psalmist remind us of the importance of taking time to reflect upon the person of God. At Evangel, we are committed to offering space for spiritual growth.  We know that in a Christian university, with the pressures and demands of academics and community living, the danger is to study about God without really knowing Him. With this in mind, all members of the community are encouraged to set a time daily to seek God and find guidance and renewal in Him. Evangel University’s commitment to the spiritual development of its students is reflected in the emphasis given to the chapel program, the student-led CROSSwalk discipleship program, and the student ministries outreach programs. The Spiritual Life Office is located in the chapel, and the Campus Pastor is available for personal counsel and prayer.

Sunday worship services at local churches (see "Churches in the area" for listings) provide you with an opportunity for spiritual growth, as well as service to others. Students are strongly encouraged to find church homes in the area and engage in lay leadership service.  The Chapel Office and CROSSwalk often receive information about service opportunities at local churches.  Since Evangel is a faith community, we expect that students attend church services and set that pattern for their lives.  If you need help finding a church, please talk with the campus pastor, your RA or RD, other students, or any faculty or staff member.  We want to help you find a church home! 

Storage Rooms: Storage rooms are available on each residence hall floor for use during the academic year. This is an unsecured area; the University is not responsible for any items placed in them. No RH furniture (e.g., bed frames), bikes or other large items may be stored in this room. Fire code requires that the path to the breaker box must be clear at all times. Due to insurance and liability issues, there are no on-campus storage facilities available for the summer. Any items left after the halls have been vacated for the summer will be given to the EU Auxiliary for their annual sale.

StrengthsQuest:  Evangel University is committed to a strengths-based program of education, which offers students an understanding of their unique strengths and how they can use their strengths in academics, relationships, leadership, and career.  Each student will take the StrengthQuest assessment during their Essential Christianity (BIBL 111) course.  Transfer students, who do not need to take this course, can go to Career Services (Cantrell Student Union, Suite 107) to receive an access code and more information.  Dr. Jon Spence is the coordinator for the Strengths and Leadership program on campus and his office is located in the Social Sciences Department (ZM 2nd floor).

Telephone System: The telecommunications system for Evangel features local telephone service. The charges for local land lines are included in the residence-hall room rate. If you want to use a land line, just bring a phone and plug it in.  Questions should be directed to the HelpDesk at ext. 8368.

Vehicle Registration: For the security of the people and property of Evangel University, any vehicles operated by faculty, staff, their dependents or students (both graduate and undergraduate, commuter and resident) on Evangel property must be registered annually with the Department of Public Safety and must correctly display the registration decal within 72 hours. For the complete policy regarding operation of motor vehicles on campus, view the Motor Vehicle Regulations here or on your Student Portal

Vending Machines: Vending machines are located in the lobbies of each residence hall and in the academic and student union buildings. If a problem occurs while using the vending machines, please see an Office Assistant (if in a residence hall) or the Business and Finance office (if in other buildings) for a refund.

Voter Registration: Students desiring to register to vote in the State of Missouri, Greene County and the City of Springfield may register to vote by contacting the Librarian in the Klaude Kendrick Library.

D. Commuter Services

Although Evangel University is primarily and historically a residential campus, commuter students (married students and other students meeting certain criteria for exemption from the on-campus housing requirement) constitute a significant and valuable segment of the Evangel Community. Therefore, special assistance and services are provided for them by the Commuter Director whose office is located in Student Union 205. The Director is available during posted office hours (Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.). The Commuter office wil be open from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. weekdays. Commuter Services can be reached at 865-2815, ext. 7938.

NOTE: All students living off-campus must have an approved application on file in the Housing Office. Students interested in applying to live off-campus should refer to the section below, “Off-Campus Housing,” for criteria and procedures. Students who violate the off-campus housing policy will be subject to a $200 fine per semester and a housing review.

Commuter Advisory Council: The Council is made up of commuter students and the Commuter Director. The council is responsible for developing projects and creating activities that will meet the diverse needs of commuter students. If you have any suggestions, please call extension 7938 or drop a note to the Commuter Office (Student Union 205).

Commuter Lounge: The Joust Fireside Room, on the 2nd floor of Cantrell Student Union, is designated as the commuter loung.  Hours are: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Connecting with the Campus:

  • Announcements: Bulletin boards for announcements of interest to commuters are located in the Student Union across from the Community Life office, 203.
  • Campus Mailbox: The campus mailbox is your information link for campus events, class registration, memos, meetings and other important events. Mailboxes are located in the 1st floor of the Student Union. You will be assigned a mailbox during the enrollment process. It is important to check your mailbox daily.
  • Class Cancellation Notification: See Section II. C., Campus Services.
  • Disaster Emergency Procedures: See Section II. C., Campus Services.
  • E-Mail: The commuter student is responsible for using a University e-mail account and for checking his/her Evangel e-mail account daily. The student will be held accountable for any and all official communication of administrative policies, faculty instructions and campus information sent via the University e-mail system.
  • Intramural Sports: Commuters are eligible to participate in intramural sports on commuter teams. Contact the Commuter Sports Representative or the Director of Intramural Sports (x7190) for specific information.
  • Personal Emergencies: If you are ill for an extended time or there is an emergency that will keep you out of classes, call Student Development at 865-2815, ext. 7316. They will notify your professors. Also, in case of an emergency, your baby-sitter, etc. can call Student Development to contact you while you are in classes.
  • The Lance is Evangel’s weekly student newspaper and may be found in the Commuter Services Office, Student Union and academic buildings.

Food Services for Commuters: Commuters may obtain meals in either the Crusader Dining Hall or the Joust (located in the Cantrell Student Union, 2nd floor) on a daily cash basis. For convenience, commuters only may utilize a Declining Cash Balance card (DCB) purchased from the Aladdin Food Management Services Office in Crusader Hall. Between classes, commuters may find it convenient to dine in the Joust, utilize the computer lab in the Joust and/or relax in one of the lounge areas of the Student Union.

Lockers: There are lockers available for commuter students. These are free of charge and are located on the first floor of the Student Union. Students must supply their own padlocks.

Visiting in Residence Halls: All commuters are responsible for knowing and abiding by the Community Standards of Conduct (Section IV. C) and the Student Standards (Section IV. D). Therefore, when visiting a residence hall, commuters will be required to comply with all policies pertaining to the residence hall as detailed the Student Handbook. See especially "Guest Privileges" (Section IV. D).

III. Student Involvement & Leadership Opportunities

A. Activities and Programs

Church Ministry/Mission Opportunities: We believe that every student is called to a life of ministry--to serve the Body of Christ regardless of occupational roles. As students reach out through service to the campus, the community, the local churches and beyond, they develop skills in leadership and service. In conjunction with the Global Connections experience in the Frameworks curriculum every student will participate in at least one crosscultural mission/service trip, stateside or abroad, before graduating.

CROSSwalk Student Discipleship Ministries: Students direct our campus discipleship ministry under the leadership of the Campus Pastor. The CROSSwalk Office is located in Student Union 204C. Each residence hall has a student Discipleship Administrator (DA), who helps students find opportunities for devotions, prayers, small group Bible studies, drama, worship teams, and community service. Each ministry has a team coordinator who can assist with training and information.

ESGA Activities Board: One branch of the Evangel Student Government Association (ESGA) is the Activities Board. The purpose of the Activities Board (Student Union 204F) is to provide activities for the University in order to build school spirit, unity and community. The Board is comprised of Residence Hall and Commuter representatives, Class vice-presidents and members at large.

ESGA Senate: As the legislative branch of ESGA, the Senate (Student Union 204D) is concerned with providing for students’ needs and representing their concerns to ESGA and the Board of Administration. Senators serve as a bridge between the student body, faculty and the Board of Administration. Senate also makes monetary decisions, passes proposals and responds to students and administration. Senators elected to represent all Evangel students include Residence Hall or Commuter presidents and senators, Departmental senators, Class presidents, and the Senate executive officers.

Hall Government: Each residence hall has a staff of elected and appointed hall officers and a Manual of Operations. These officers are selected in the spring for the fall semester. The residence hall president serves as a representative to the ESGA Senate. The officers work closely with the residence director to promote activities, socials and fund-raising projects and to make recommendations for hall improvements.

Intercollegiate Athletics: A variety of intercollegiate sports at Evangel offer both male and female athletes an opportunity to use their talents in competition. Women’s teams compete in basketball, volleyball, softball, golf, tennis, cross-country and track and field. For men this opportunity includes football, baseball, basketball, golf, cross-country and track and field. Evangel University competes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, one of the premier conferences in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Students interested in participating in athletics should contact the head coach of the sport in which they are interested. To do so, contact the Athletics Office in the Ashcroft Center.

Intramural Sports: The intramural sports program offers voluntary sports activities. The program is open to all current students of Evangel University. Contact Mr. Russell Brand, the Intramural Coordinator, at ext. 7276, or your Residence Hall/Commuter Sports Representative for more information.

Leadership: The Leadership Scholars program provides an opportunity for students to gain academic and practical expoerience as they develop skill in leading and impacting the campus and community.  In addition, any academic major can be enhanced with a Leadership minor.  For more information, contact Dr. Jon Spence.

Music: Students interested in musical performance at Evangel may participate in a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles, including Marching Band, University Band, University Chorus, University Orchestra, University Chorale, Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Handbell Choir, Stained Glass Story, Worship Teams, and other small ensembles. Some groups do require auditions. Additional information is available in the Music Department. Also, several music ministry teams are formed through the CROSSwalk Office.

Publications (Student): The University sponsors three publications: a weekly newspaper (The Lance), a yearbook (the Excalibur), and an annual literary/art magazine (The Epiphany). These publications provide excellent opportunities for students to use and develop their journalistic skills and creative expression. The publications have consistently won national awards for excellence in their respective areas. The Lance and Excalibur are part of the Department of Communication. The  Epiphany's panel of student editors reviews entries to the magazine. In addition, the University sponsors four electronic media outlets produced by students under the advisement of members of the Department of Communication faculty. Evangel Cable Television (ECTV) broadcasts to both the campus and the city of Springfield via cable. KECC, the closed-circuit FM campus radio station, broadcasts music, news, weather, and sports, Crusadermedia.com is a student-designed website featuring all of the student media, and EU Films is the student film organization that produces a feature film each semester. Students may apply to be on staff or volunteer with these student organizations.

Strengths:  Evangel University is recognized as a strengths-based campus by the Gallup Organization.  Our strengths program, coordinated by Dr. Jon Spence, provides a framework for: an understanding of self and others; empowering and engaging students; offering opportunities for authentic service and civic engagement.  A strengths-based approach provides students, faculty, and staff with a common language where we can appreciate individual strengths and strengths in others, resulting in increased effectiveness, less conflict, and greater cross-cultural relationships. Throughout your time at Evangel, you will learn to apply your unique strengths in your involvements, leadership opportunities, academics, job, and/or career.  During their first year, all students will take the StrengthsQuest assessment in BIBL 111, Essential Christianity.  If you are a transfer student and do not need to take BIBL 111, contact Career Services (SU 107, ext. 7321) to receive an access code.

Theatre: The Humanities Department’s Theatre Program provides numerous opportunities for acting, directing, designing and constructing sets, and more. Contact Glenda Mohr x7965 for more information.

B. Departmental Clubs, Honorary Societies, and Interest Groups*

Departmental Clubs

  • Art Club
  • Criminal Justice Association – Theta Alpha Delta
  • Business - ENACTUS/Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)
  • National Association for Music Education - Collegiate
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Pre-Medical Society        
  • Social Work Club
  • Student Council of Exceptional Children
  • Student Missouri State Teacher’s Association (SMSTA)

Honor Societies

  • Alpha Chi – national honor society
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon – national mathematics honor society
  • Pi Gamma Mu – social science honor society
  • Phi Sigma Tau – international philosophy honor society
  • Pi Kappa Delta-national speech honor society
  • Psi Chi- international psychology honor society
  • Sigma Alpha Sigma-campus honor society
  • Sigma Tau Delta – international English honor society
  • Sigma Zeta – national science and mathematics honor society
  • Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ)
  • Theta Alpha Kappa – national religious studies and theology honor society

Interest Groups

  • Apologia
  • College Republicans
  • CORD
  • Crosswalk
  • Delta Chi
  • Evangel Outdoor Adventure
  • Evangel Student Government Association
  • Evangel Student Veteran's Association
  • Intercollegiate Forensics
  • Multicultural Action Council (MAC)
  • Nomads-international students and missionary kids
  • ENACTUS/Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)
  • Soccer Club
  • World Changers

Student Media

  • Crusadermedia.com
  • ECTV – television station
  • Epiphany – fine arts magazine
  • EU Films
  • Excalibur - yearbook
  • KECC
  • Lance - newspaper

*Officially recognized student groups are listed if they meet the annual renewal criteria of the Student Activities Office. Only officially recognized student groups are eligible for ESGA Senate funding and/or to sponsor official alternate chapels.

C. Roles of Student Officers and Faculty Advisors

Student officers and faculty advisors guide organizations and clubs in accordance with the purposes of the groups and within the framework of University policy.

Student officers are responsible for executing the organizations’ visions and programs, planning events, handling finances  professionally and responsibly in accordance with University accounting procedures, and contacting the Student Activities Director regarding any questions about organization activities that may arise.

Faculty advisors serve on every recognized Evangel club/organization/interest group and are responsible to submit names of newly elected officers to the Student Activities office at the beginning of each academic year and to provide oversight of the planning of the organization’s events. Advisors may contact the Student Activities Director with any questions about their student organizations’ planned events or the planning process itself.

IV. Community Living

As a body of believers, The Evangel community seeks to encourage the development of each individual in order that all would understand, develop, and use their unique God-given strengths and abilities.  The support of peers who share a common belief in Jesus Christ is a great benefit of being a part of this body. Building community is an integral component of this university and is perhaps best characterized by an image students, faculty and staff helping one another daily to cultivate, nurture and practice what we profess. It is the intent of Evangel University that all that is done in the classroom, in co-curricular programs, in relationships established and in knowledge gained, reflects the unique mission of this University.

A. Making Choices

Our desire is that all students will learn to exercise spiritual disscernment in the daily choices made as demonstrated in their thoughts, actions, and lifestyles. The reality of college life, both on and off campus, is that we make small decisions everyday that either move us closer to or farther away from God's guidance.  Our goal is to be self-disciplined and to hold each other accountable in our Christian walk. As such, Evangel University reserves the right to discipline any student who, in the University’s sole judgment, does not conform either to the stated regulations governing student conduct or to the expressed principles, policies, programs and expectations of the University.

B. Maintaining Community

We recognize that there is much we share in common as a community of believers. We also understand that we come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, convictions, and perspectives that influence the way we think about appropriate dress, behavior and lifestyle. It is helpful for students to understand that certain biblical principles are foundational for the behavior and character of a maturing person in Christian community. In order to enhance the effective functioning of this community, Evangel has established certain behavioral norms based on these biblical principles:

  • Glorifying God . . . As Christians, we live our lives to the glory of God, daily conforming ourselves to the image of Christ and recognizing the Lordship of Christ in everything (Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:9, 10, 17).
  • Love for God . . . Love for and accountability to God is the motivator Christian conduct (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:36-38; Mark 12:28-30; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
  • Love for Others . . . Consistent with the example and command of Jesus Christ, love guides and determines our relationships with others (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39-40; John 15:12-17; Ephesians 4:32-5:2; Philippians 2:1-11).
  • Responsible Service . . . Christians bear responsibility for service to others. We are responsible to serve our neighbors and be involved by appropriate means in the process of alleviating such pressing worldwide problems as poverty, hunger, human trafficking, disease, illiteracy and racism (Matthew 7:12, 25:31-46, Galatians 5:14, 6:10; James 1:27, 2:14-17).
  • Community Accountability . . . Christ has established a means of restoring or disciplining a professing Christian who sins against another member.  Accordingly, members of the Evangel community have Scriptural  guidelines for holding their neighbors accountable for their conduct when it directly affects the welfare of community living (Matthew 18:15-17).
  • Stewardship . . . The community as a whole and members individually are responsible for the effective stewardship of abilities and opportunities, using both personal and institutional resources (Luke 19:11-27; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Ephesians 5:15- 16; 2 Timothy 1:6-7).
  • Consideration of Others . . . In the desire to attain common goals and to ensure orderly community life, the subordination of some individual prerogatives may be necessary. Specifically, as servants of Christ we are called to practice forbearance.  Christian freedom includes the option of not doing some things in order to contribute to the good of the larger community and to not cause others to stumble in their walk with the Lord (Romans 14:19-15:2; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13, 9:19-23, 10:23- 11:1).
  • Choices of Conscience . . . Certain actions are expressly prohibited in the Scriptures and are, therefore, wrong. Christians are responsible to avoid practices that are called sinful in Scripture. Similarly, Scripture comments on some actions that are matters of individual convictions based on a given situation. In this latter area, care must be exercised so as not to condemn one another or to cause another to stumble or us to fall (Matthew 7:1, Romans 14:1- 23).
  • Avoiding Worldliness . . . Important to an understanding of all behavioral standards is the Christian’s obligation to separate from worldliness (Romans 12:1-2; Titus 2:11-14; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15- 17). “Worldliness” is a subtle issue involving uncritical conformity to the prevailing spirit of the age. Our disposition concerning such matters as materialism, secularism, isolationism, security, success, injustice, hedonism and moral relativism      must stand in perpetual review.
  • Christian Living . . . Christians are not asked to live the Christian life simply on the basis of their own moral character and strength. God has provided the authoritative Word of God, the guiding power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and the counsel of the Church. Christians are expected to study and obey the Scriptures; to cultivate a heart attitude that allows for the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and to give serious consideration to the counsel of the people of God (Proverbs 15:22; John 16:13:15; Acts 1:8, 2:42; 2 Timothy 2:22; 3:16-17; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 John 2:27, 5:1-6).

C. Community Standards of Conduct

Evangel University recognizes that our true identity is in Christ and that the vast majority of students are seeking to live a life that is centered in Him. We also recognize the value of maintaining community standards that contribute to the professional and Christian atmosphere on campus, foster fellowship with both within our denomination and with a wide range of Christians, and strengthen our Christian testimony to our community. In this light, the University identifies  standards of behavior for both its students and its employees.

Violation of the standards listed below will result in discipline as described in Section V, Community Accountability.

1. Standards Based on Scripture

The following behavioral expectations are binding for all members of the Evangel University community for the entire duration of their enrollment at Evangel, including all breaks during and between semesters:

  • Those acts which are expressly forbidden in Scripture, including among others, sexual immorality (including premarital/extramarital sex and homosexual behavior), drunkenness, theft, profanity, pornography, occult practices and dishonesty, must not be practiced by members of this community (Leviticus 18:22, 19:31; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13, 6:9-20; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:22). While these behaviors are prohibited by Scripture, change and freedom are attainable through Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
  • Those concerns which are often known as “sins of the spirit” and “sins of the tongue,” including such sins as covetousness, jealousy, pride, lust, envy, immodesty, impatience, backbiting, enmity, strife, outburst of anger, factions, bitterness, an unforgiving spirit, slander, discrimination and prejudice must not characterize members of this community (Jeremiah 9: 3-19; Mark 7:20- 23; Galatians 5:19-21). Although these issues are more difficult to discern, they can be destructive to the healthy functioning of the community.
  • Recognizing the Christian obligation to submit to the governing authorities (Romans 13:1; 1 Peter 2:13-17), individuals related to Evangel University are expected to uphold the laws of the local community, the state and the nation. This includes, but is not limited to, laws respecting underage drinking, DUI/DWI and possession or use of illegal drugs. The University reserves the right to review actions taken by civil authorities regarding any student or student organization and to determine if the imposition of additional disciplinary sanctions by the University would be appropriate.

2. Standards Based on Community Agreement

Some regulations, which are neither the basis of our standing in Christ nor a necessary consequence of it, can be beneficial to the life and testimony of both the individual and the institution. To this end, the University expects its faculty, staff, and students to refrain from: possessing or using alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and illegal drugs; abusing prescription or nonprescription drugs; using vulgar and profane language; gambling; and, sexually explicit dancing and dancing in settings in which alcohol is a primary influence of the overall atmosphere (such as bars or night clubs). Co-ed dancing is not permitted on campus unless it is a choreographed performance within an approved and supervised University program. This, however, does not prohibit organized/non-sexual dancing at appropriate off-campus cultural and celebratory events.

Further, faculty, staff and students are expected to abstain from attendance at or participation in all activities (e.g., clubs, lounges, bars) that are morally degrading or may cause one to violate the University’s behavioral standards. Individual decisions regarding movies, videos, television programs, video games, and other entertainment, recreational or social activities should reflect mature Christian convictions. 

3. Standards Summarized in Character & Lifestyle Covenant

Responsibility, accountability, and discipline all serve an important purpose in both individual and community growth. By virtue of enrollment, each member of the Evangel community has committed himself/herself to the responsibility of living within the expectations and guidelines stated in the Student Handbook and summarized in the Character and Lifestyle Covenant. The Covenant must be signed each semester during registration, and it is applicable for the duration of the student’s enrollment at Evangel.

Character and Lifestyle Covenant

Evangel University is a distinctively Christian, Assemblies of God institution that is rooted in Evangelical, Holiness, and Pentecostal traditions. Because of that heritage, we attempt to interpret all we do from a conservative Christian perspective. We believe that Evangel's standards are consistent with biblical and denominational principles and are designed to promote the welfare of the entire community. Although students' personal convictions may differ, all students are expected to adhere to the following covenant in order to foster fellowship and harmony within Evangel's community and to witness to our surrounding community.

Statement of Commitment

  • I will endeavor in all areas of my life to develop the character traits modeled by Jesus Christ. Among these are personal integrity, humility, gentleness, patience, love and compassion for others.
    _____ (Student’s Initials)
  • I will endeavor to respect the rights of others in fulfillment of the biblical command to love my neighbor as myself.
    _____ (Student’s Initials)
  • I will apply the biblical standards of truthfulness and honesty (Exodus 20:15-16) to all my conduct and communication.
    _____ (Student’s Initials)
  • Because of my identity as a follower of Christ, I pledge to abide by the “Standards Based on Scripture” described in the Student Handbook as long as I am a continuing student at Evangel University, including all breaks during and between semesters, including summers.
    _____ (Student’s Initials)
  • Because of my identity with the University community, I pledge to adhere to the “Standards Based on Community Agreement” described in the Student Handbook as long as I am a continuing student at Evangel University, including all breaks during and between semesters, including summers.
    _____ (Student’s Initials)
  • I will refrain from sexual immorality; the possession or use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, pornography and illegal drugs; the abuse of prescription or nonprescription drugs; gambling; the use of vulgar and profane language; and dancing as described in Student Handbook, Section IV. C. 2. Standards Based on Community Agreement.
    _____ (Student’s Initials)
  • I will abstain from attendance at all places (including clubs, lounges or bars), or participation in all activities, which are morally degrading or may influence one to violate the University’s behavioral standards written in the Student Handbook.
    _____ (Student’s Initials)
  • I will abide by the University’s dress and appearance standards stated in the Student Handbook.
    _____ (Student’s Initials)
  • I will live in such a way as to not cause others to stumble in their walk with the Lord.
    _____ (Student’s Initials)

I have read the Evangel University Character and Lifestyle Covenant and agree to abide by the terms of this covenant and all other behavioral standards of the University, both on and off campus while I am a continuing student of Evangel University. I also understand that failure to live up to this standard will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from Evangel University.

______________________________ ___________
(Signature and Date)

D. Student Standards:

Evangel maintains the following standards with regard to behavior which provide insight into the values and beliefs of this community.  Included in many of these standards are disciplinary actions which are intended to be representative, but not exhaustive, of things the university has addressed. Standard consequences are indicated in brackets simply for the sake of consistency in upholding Evangel University’s community standards. Note: A University Accountability Panel or Board may impose consequences for any violation of the Character and Lifestyle Covenant, whether or not such violation is listed below.

Abortion (Sanctity of Life): The University holds the position that God has ordained marriage to bring a man and a woman together as the foundation for a new family. He empowers them, through their sexual union, to create new human life. The Bible is clear in its teaching on the sanctity of human life. Life begins at conception and is precious to God from that very moment. This fact makes the practice of abortion abhorrent in God’s eyes.

When sexual union occurs outside of marriage, God’s heart is grieved. Still, He extends redemptive grace to those who have offended Him. When pregnancy results from that union, Evangel University, as an instrument of God, strives to extend redemptive grace to each of the individuals involved, including the unborn child. Crisis pregnancy assistance, designed to protect the expectant mother and her unborn child, will be provided through the Office of Student Development.

[Students (male and female) participating in securing an abortion are subject to Dismissal]

Academic Dishonesty: Incidents of academic dishonesty (plagiarism or cheating) are handled by the Academic Affairs Division and reported to the Student Development Division. Repetitive offenses may be addressed in both the academic and student development arenas. The University’s policy on Academic Dishonesty appears below in Section VI, University Policies.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Access Control System Tampering/Misuse: Misusing, tampering with or attempting to bypass the security access system (i.e. propping a door, forcing a door, interrupting or attempting to interrupt the electrical power supply or any campus security video monitoring system) is prohibited.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus a $50 fine]

Alcoholic Beverages (Use, Possession, Purchase or Attempt to Purchase): All students, faculty, and staff, while on or off University property, are expected to refrain from the possession or use of alcoholic beverages. Providing, purchasing, attempting to purchase, or facilitating the purchase of alcoholic beverages is likewise prohibited. “Use” includes consumption by any means. Students are considered “in possession” and responsible for alcoholic beverages that have been determined to be on their person or in their residence or vehicle. Consistent with Missouri law, the University prohibits the use or possession of an alcohol beverage vaporizer. The University reserves the right to check for compliance with this alcohol policy by various means, including active and passive alcohol sensors. For a complete statement on Evangel’s policy regarding alcohol use, see “Alcohol and Drugs” in Section VI, University Policies.

[Probation Level 1 (minimum-Legal Age),-plus possible sanctions. Probation Level 3 (minimum-Underage). Since underage drinking is illegal, parents or legal guardians of underage drinkers will be notified by Residence Director or Commuter Director, and the minimum applicable disciplinary status for underage drinkers or for providers of alcohol to underage drinkers will be Probation Level 3.]

Bar/Lounge/Club (Attendance or Participation): Attending a place where alcohol or hookah is the primary purpose of the establishment is prohibited. Indicators that a business may be a bar/lounge/club are: (a) requiring an ID for admission (b) advertising alcoholic beverages prominently, and/or (c) providing social dancing.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus a $50 fine and other sanctions]

Bicycles: Sidewalks and hallways are designated for pedestrians only.

  • Bikes, scooters, skateboards, skates and roller blades may not be used on campus sidewalks or in any buildings with the exception that bicycles are permitted to access bike racks via the closest road on campus. [Department of Public Safety citation and fine for Failure to Comply]
  • The University is not responsible for the security of bikes and scooters.

Closed Campus Violation: By curfew all visitors must leave campus or check in to a same gender residence hall as an overnight guest. No loitering outside is permitted. After curfew, no students may be inside campus buildings (other than residence halls) without written permission from a faculty or staff sponsor provided in advance to the Director of Public Safety. EU students who are curfew exempt may leave a same-gender residence hall after curfew and return to their own hall. The student hosting the visitor will receive consequences for violations that occur with the noncompliant visitor. After curfew, pizza (and other food) delivery vehicles are not allowed on campus. Students, whether exempt from curfew or not, may not order food to be delivered to campus (residence halls, parking lot, etc.) after curfew.

[Official Warning (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Computer Network Use Policy: With the freedom of access provided by the Evangel University computing network (Crusader Net) comes the responsibility of good citizenship and good stewardship. In connecting with the Internet, all students must use the EU network and may not use modems. View the details of Evangel's Computer Network Use Policy .

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus sanctions]

Conduct Unbecoming of an Evangel Student: Students engaged in any behavior that causes negative public relations for Evangel are subject to discipline. These behaviors include, but are not limited to: a violation of local, state or federal law; any activity that puts another’s safety at risk; any violation of EU’s “Standards Based on Scripture”; and/or employment opportunities accepted by EU students that are not consistent with Evangel University standards.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus sanctions]

Copyright Laws and Network Use Policy: Copyright must not be infringed, whether the materials are in print or electronic format. In keeping with federal copyright laws, movies may be viewed in a student's living space, such as a room, suite, or apartment. Showing a movie in a residential living space lobby, lounge or hallway would be considered a public performance and requires a license to be legal. Inappropriate viewing of movies and Internet downloading of movies is prohibited. Violations may be treated as theft.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus sanctions]

Courtesy Hours on Campus: Students are expected to be courteous, at all times, of the rights of others to study or sleep. Courtesy hours are from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Students are to remain reasonably quiet during the day.

[Official Warning (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Curfew for the Residence Halls/Campus:

Curfew times are as follows:

1:00 a.m. nightly (except Fridays) 2:00 a.m. Friday nights and during student breaks and summer school

All students are subject to curfew, unless they are curfew exempt (see Curfew Exempt).

At curfew, the doors are secured for the night, and the alarm is turned on until 6:00 a.m. Students arriving on campus after curfew and desiring to enter their residence hall must first gain permission from the Public Safety Office by calling x7000 from the courtesy phone outside each RH for assistance. The student’s CrusaderCard (combined proximity access card and student ID card) is necessary for verification of student status. Public Safety will notify the RD/CD in writing the next day of curfew violations for follow-up.

After curfew, no students may be inside campus buildings (other than residence halls) without written permission from a faculty or staff sponsor.

[An unexcused violation typically results in five nights of an 11:00 p.m. curfew. Noncompliance or further offenses will result in Alert Level 2 (minimum) and a $25 fine.]

Dancing: Sexually explicit dancing and dancing in settings in which alcohol is a primary influence of the overall atmosphere, such as bars or night clubs, is prohibited. Co-ed dancing is not permitted on campus unless it is a choreographed performance within an approved and supervised University program. This, however, does not prohibit organized/non-sexual dancing at appropriate off-campus cultural and celebratory events.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum) and a $25 fine]

Display of Affection that is Improper: Displays of affection often intrude on the rights and sensitivities of others. Immodest or improper displays of affection are not acceptable. This is not high school!

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Disruption/Dissent: Conduct that is disrespectful in nature or intentionally disruptive will not be tolerated. When a student’s or visitor’s presence or conduct on campus causes disruption or is considered a threat to individuals, to the community or to University property, the University reserves the right to restrict that person’s access to the campus. Students have a right to ask questions, seek information and assistance or to express dissent, but this right must not be exercised in a way that violates the rights of others in the educational community.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Domestic Violence/Abuse: The University has zero tolerance for students perpetrating domestic violence, defined as the physical beating of a wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend or children. [Suspension (minimum)]

Dress Code: The general principles are:

  • Modesty - avoids bringing undue attention to the body. Modesty relates to length and/or tightness of clothes, exposure of the stomach, back and/or cleavage (front and posterior).
  • Neatness - includes grooming, cleanliness and footwear in public places.
  • Good Taste - avoids clothes with slogans, logos and pictures that contradict Evangel community values.

Specific guidelines for dress on campus and at University-related activities (on or off campus) are:

  • Women: No spaghetti or off-the-shoulder straps; skirts must be at least knee length or mid-thigh when paired with knee length leggings, and shorts must be at least mid-thigh in length when sitting (with or without leggings).
    • Athletic Wear: No exposed sports bras. Athletic shorts that do not meet University guidelines must be paired with mid-thigh spandex.
    • Formal Occasions: Strapless or spaghetti-strap gowns are allowed in this setting alone, provided they meet the standard of modesty described above.
  • Men: Men must wear shirts on campus including during all athletic activities. Men may not wear sleeveless shirts in the Chapel, classrooms and campus dining facilities.
  • Both men and women: No swimsuits, no spandex attire as outerwear, no undergarments showing, no ear spacers/gauges and no body mutilation such as tongue splitting.
    • Body Piercing: Students are expected to exercise moderation regarding the wearing of body jewelry. No visible body piercings are permitted with the exception of earrings and one petite facial piercing for women and one small stud or single-loop earring per ear for men. Any student representing Evangel University in any manner is required to meet the standards of no facial jewelry on women, except for earrings, and no facial jewelry on men.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum) and a $25 fine.]

Note: Individual departments and faculty members may have additional specific standards that apply to students’ appearance in the classroom or while participating in practicums and internships.

Faculty may require students who are in violation of the dress code to leave class and to return in appropriate attire. In such cases a tardy or absence may be assessed, as appropriate, at the sole discretion of the faculty.

Failure to Comply with a Directive from an EU Official: Students are expected to immediately and fully comply with a legitimate directive from an EU official.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), $25 fine plus sanctions]

Failure to Comply with Sanctions: All sanctions given to students by Community Life staff and/or Community Accountability Panels or Boards must be completed within the specified time.

[Alert Level 1 or an escalation of status, plus additional sanctions]

Fire Alarms and Fire Safety on Campus

  • Fire Doors: According to the City Fire Marshal the stairwell doors are “fire doors” and must not be left open.
  • Failure to Respond Promptly to a Fire Alarm: All students MUST leave the RH immediately when a fire alarm sounds. [Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus $50 fine]
  • Fire Safety Systems Misuse or Pranks: Misusing or committing pranks involving fire safety systems (e.g., building or floor fire/ smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and electrical panels) is prohibited. Students violating this standard may be prosecuted also by the City of Springfield, as this is a violation of Springfield city ordinances. Municipal Ordinance #F109-3 provides that such a person will be issued a citation and a summons to appear in court. The penalty is six months in jail and/or a $500 fine. If a fire truck responds to the false alarm, the penalty is six months in jail and a $500 fine. In addition, the Fire Marshal states that when the pulling of a fire alarm as a prank results in the evacuation of over ten persons from a building, it can be considered a “terrorist threat.” This is a Class “C” Felony and, as a federal offense, would be turned over to the FBI for prosecution. [Probation Level 2 up to and including Dismissal].
  • Residence Hall Room Smoke Detectors: Tampering with room smoke detectors, which includes removing the batteries or disabling them in any way, is prohibited, [Alert Level 2 (minimum) plus $50 fine]
  • Open Flames: Open flames or objects capable of producing a flame are prohibited in the residence halls. This includes burning/ burnt candles, incense, oil lamps, matches, and cigarette lighters. In the event of a power failure, use a flashlight, not candles.
    [Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus $20 fine]

Firearms/Explosive Devises (Possession or Use): Evangel University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use or possession of firearms or other explosive devices on campus, including in automobiles. (This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, black powder, ammunition and chemical bombs). Upon verification that a student is storing or possessing a firearm or other explosive device on campus, the student will be removed immediately from the campus and subject to interim Suspension by administrative action pending Community Accountability Program review. In addition, a student in possession of explosive devices may be prosecuted for any violation of law.

[Immediate Suspension (minimum)]

Fireworks (Possession or Use): Students may not possess, use or store fireworks on Evangel’s property, including in automobiles. The Basic Fire Protection Code of Springfield Section F-2701.0 states, “No person shall store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell, use or explode any fireworks, except as provided in the rules and regulations issued by the code official for the granting of permits for supervised public displays of fireworks by the City, fair associations, amusement parks and other organizations.”

[Probation Level 1 (minimum)]

Furniture (Property of Evangel): University furniture may not be moved into student residence hall rooms. Violations of this policy will be treated as theft.

Gambling: Students are not to participate in any activity in which money or other consideration is required for participation, with the prize acquired mainly on the basis of chance and with risk to the gambler. This includes Internet poker.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Guest Privileges and Responsibilities in Residence Halls:

  • To gain entrance to the residence hall, each guest who is a non-resident of the hall must call his/her student host to open the door from the inside.
  • Upon arrival, guests must sign in at the front desk completely and visit in the location that is so designated in the hall's Guest Registry.
  • Guests (non-EU campus visitors) must leave the hall before curfew or sign in for the night, at the front desk, to stay with a student host.
  • Guests (including EU commuters, EU residents of another hall, and non-EU campus visitors) may not enter the residence hall during curfew hours. The RDs may approve exceptions (e.g., a guest arriving on a late flight) to this rule if they are consulted 24 hours beforehand.
  • After curfew those guests who are EU students and curfew-exempt may leave the halls they have been visiting.
  • Overnight guests (including EU commuters, EU residents of another hall, and non-EU campus visitors) will be charged $10 per night (payable to the RD in advance) if staying more than two consecutive nights, and may stay in the residence hall no more than seven nights per school year. This seven night limitation also applies to residence hall students staying in their own halls but in rooms other than the ones assigned to them.  
  • Students hosts are responsible to see that their guests adhere to Evangel University’s policies, including dress code, while on campus or at University-related events. They are also responsible for registering their overnight guests' vehicles. Please notify the Department of Public Safety (ext. 7000) when an overnight guest brings a car on campus.
  • The RD may disallow any guest staying overnight. 

[Official Warning (minimum) plus possible loss of privileges]

Hall Visitation (on campus): During times of scheduled residence hall visitation, all halls require that Evangel students leave their student ID cards and sign in at the front desk. Non-student visitors must leave a photo ID and sign in at the front desk. To maintain a suitable environment during visitation hours, the following standards must be observed:

  • Appropriate behavior is expected at all times. Students are not to act in any way that would cast doubt on the appropriateness of their behavior.
  • Students may visit only the room for which they register.
  • Doors must remain fully open at least 90 degrees.
  • Lights are to be left on while guests are in a room, even while watching movies.
  • Guests are not to enter rooms of other students uninvited.
  • Students must observe Courtesy Hours.
  • Both roommates must be in agreement to participate in visitation times; if it is inconvenient for either, there is no participation.
  • All visitors must sign-out before 11 p.m.
  • No one is to enter a room without the occupant(s) being present.

Although any individual Residence Hall Council may choose to have more restrictive hours of hall visitation, general hall visitation hours are:

Hours:  Monday 9-11 p.m., and Tuesday and Friday 7-11 p.m. There is no hall visitation during Spiritual Emphasis week, Harvest Fest, Spring Fling, school breaks, mid-terms and finals weeks, and summer school.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Harassment: Evangel University is committed to the respect of human dignity of every employee, student and guest on the campus. Harassment in any form is incompatible with biblical standards of Christian conduct and academic integrity and is therefore prohibited. Employees, students or guests who feel they have a basis for complaint should report such incidents without fear of reprisal. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent permitted by the circumstances.

For the complete statement of Evangel’s Nondiscrimination Policy, see Section VI, University Policies. A complete statement of Evangel’s Sexual Harassment Policy and procedures for resolving complaints are also found in Section IV, University Policies.

  • Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying: The University prohibits any gesture, image, or written, verbal or physical act (including electronic communications) that (a) is motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic such as race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, or mental or physical disability; and that (b) is understood by a reasonable person to have the effect of mentally of physically harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to his person or damage to his property; or that (c) has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students. [Probation Level 1 (minimum), an immediate housing review, and other possible sanctions]
  • Sexual Harassment: Unwanted attention directed toward a person because of his or her gender is not tolerated. Sexual Harassment is prohibited by federal law (Title IX as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964) and so is strictly prohibited at Evangel University. Prohibited conduct consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: (a) submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication is made explicitly or implicitly a basis for employment, academic decisions, academic achievement or (b) such behavior unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work, academic performance, residential environment or creates an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or offensive work, educational, or residential environment. [Probation Level 1 (minimum), an immediate housing review, counseling, plus possible additional sanctions]
  • Physical Aggression/Assault: Pushing, striking, or physically assaulting another person is prohibited. [Probation Level 1 (minimum), an immediate housing review, counseling, plus possible additional sanctions. The Community Accountability Board reserves the right to review alleged incidents of self-defense.]
  • Stay Away Order: In instances where a person seriously disturbs or threatens another person, a University Stay Away Order may be issued by a Public Safety Officer or a Residence Director. The Order, specific to a person and/or location, prohibits the subject of the order from having further direct or indirect contact, such as email, mail, text messages, or telephone, with the offended individual, In addition, it prohibits contact by third parties on behalf of the subject of the Order. A Stay Away Order may be imposed summarily (e.g., prior to a hearing) or as a result of a hearing. Violation of a Stay Away Order will result in disciplinary action by the University.

Hazing/Initiations/Floor Traditions: Hazing and initiation are not tolerated at Evangel University. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution and will be disciplined according to the University’s Community Accountability Program. Appropriate floor traditions must not include any elements of hazing or initiation. [Probation Level 1 (minimum) plus sanctions]

  • Hazing: Hazing is prohibited in the State of Missouri (§578.360) and is considered a Class A Misdemeanor. A person commits the crime of hazing if he/she knowingly participates in or causes hazing. Hazing is defined as a willful act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, directed against a student or a prospective member of an organization operating under the sanction of an educational institution, that recklessly endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or prospective member for the purpose of initiation or admission into or continued membership in any such organization to the extent that such person is knowingly placed at substantial risk of the loss of life or substantial bodily or psychological harm. Hazing is prohibited at Evangel. If you become aware of any activity that might be interpreted as hazing, then it is your responsibility to report it to the Student Development Office immediately.
  • Initiation: It is inappropriate to impose any initiation on students admitted to Evangel University in order for them to gain full acceptance among subgroups of the community. Forcing a student to participate, against the student’s will, in an initiation-type ritual that might cause harm to the student is prohibited. Initiation activities such as sleep deprivation, physical confinement and/or forced consumption of food, liquor or drugs are considered hazing and will not be tolerated. Initiation activities that include hazing are illegal under the laws of the State of Missouri and are explicitly prohibited at Evangel University.
  • Floor Traditions: Appropriate residence hall floor tradition activities must comply with these guidelines:
    • Participation in floor tradition activities must be completely voluntary. Coercion on anyone is prohibited. “Coercion” is defined as requiring participation by either pressure or threat--implied or stated.
    • Floor tradition activities must not put any student at risk of physical, spiritual or psychological harm.
    • There must be no retaliation or harassment, whether verbal or physical, against any students who choose to not participate in floor tradition activities.
    • Floor activities should be honoring and affirming of our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.
    • Floor activities may not single out any individuals or classes of individuals.
    • Floor tradition activities should be planned and conducted by the respective Floor Councils. Due to employee liability issues, Resident Assistants may not plan, approve or conduct floor tradition activities and must promptly report to the Residence Director any violation of these guidelines.

House Parties: Students are prohibited from attending house parties where alcoholic beverages are present.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus sanctions]

Identification Cards: Students are required to keep their CrusaderCard with them at all times and provide it when requested by University officials.

  • A student not in possession of his/her current, active CrusaderCard at meal times in the Joust or Crusader Dining Hall may either pay cash for meals or first retrieve the CrusaderCard and return to use the meal plan.
  • Students not in possession of their current/active CrusaderCards when attempting to enter the residence hall,
    • on the first occasion will receive a written warning*; and
    • on the second and subsequent occasions will be issued a citation for Failure to Comply (a fine is issued by Public Safety)*
    *Warning and/or fine on first or second occasion will be excused if (a) the student is in possession of his/her CrusaderCard and it is defective or there was a system failure, as determined by the C-Cure System Administrator, and (b) if the student deals with the situation by 4:00 p.m. of the next business day.
  • Damaged, lost or stolen CrusaderCards should be reported to the Deparment of Public Safety immediately. Students who find a CrusaderCard belonging to another student should take it to the Department of Public Safety. One free replacement CrusaderCard may be issued by Public Safety per student per semester. There is a replacement fee of $25 for each additional card.
  • Students may not loan their CrusaderCards to anyone and may not use anyone else’s CrusaderCard. [Alert Level 1 (minimum)]

Illegal Substance (Possession or Use) or Abuse of Legal Drugs: Everyone in the Evangel University community (including employees, resident students, commuter students, and graduate/professional studies students), while on or off University property, is expected to refrain from the manufacture, possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs. Purchasing, attempting to purchase, or facilitating the purchase of illegal substances is likewise prohibited. Students are considered “in possession” and responsible for illegal substances found on their person or in their residence or vehicle. Possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited. If an illegal substance is suspected, the university policy is to call Springfield Police and secure the area until their arrival. For a complete statement on Evangel’s policy regarding drug use, see “Alcohol and Drugs” in Section VI, University Policies.

[Probation Level 2 (minimum-legal drugs), with random drug tests (paid by the student) and other possible sanctions, as well as a substance abuse evaluation prior to readmission. Parents or legal guardians will be notified.]

[Probation Level 3 (minimum-illegal drugs) with random drug tests (paid by the student) and other possible sanctions, as well as a substance abuse evaluation prior to readmission. Parents or legal guardians will be notified.]

Internet Postings: Evidence of any illegal or inappropriate behavior or language posted on the Internet may constitute grounds for disciplinary action by the University. (Inappropriate behavior and inappropriate language is any behavior or language that is profane, defamatory, inflammatory, pornographic or otherwise contrary to Evangel University community standards.)

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus possible sanctions including but not limited to required removal of inappropriate material from internet postings]

Language/Behavior that is Inappropriate: Language or behavior that is deemed indecent, obscene or lewd is prohibited. This includes spoken and written words as well as various forms of multimedia. In determining appropriateness or inappropriateness for a Christian campus with respect to movies, music, video games, and internet postings, the priority concern is on inappropriate content (nudity, vulgar language, sexual content and/or gratuitous violence).

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus possible sanction]

Lying/Withholding Information/Fraud: Purposefully misrepresenting information, withholding requested information and/or filing false information is prohibited. Perjury, lying in an accountabilty panel or board setting, may result in suspension at the discretion of the VP for Student Development.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus sanctions]

Movies: The University allows only G, PG and PG-13 rated movies on campus. Select, R-rated movies are permitted when submitted to the Community Life staff for prior approval. Unrated movies that have an R-rated or TVMA (or higher) counterpart are also not permitted on campus.  Also see Copyright Laws and Network Use Policy for federal guidelines regarding public showings.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus possible sanctions including but not limited to confiscation of inappropriate movies]

Musical Instruments and Vocals: Except in conjunction with floor devotions or hall chapels, only acoustic guitars and electronic instruments with headphones may be played in the residence halls. Vocal and/or instrumental rehearsing or performing (individual or band) is not otherwise permitted in the residence halls. For these activities, students may schedule practice rooms in the Fine Arts Center.

[Consequences for Courtesy Hours or Quiet Hours violation, as appropriate]

Overnight in Mixed Company: It is not appropriate for students to be overnight in mixed company in private settings (including but not limited to campers, tents, homes, apartments, cars, hotel rooms) without accountability (e.g. adult relatives, church leaders or EU faculty or staff) present.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus restricted checkout. Lewis Hall residents will be subject, additionally, to a housing change on the first offense.]

Perjury: Lying in an accountability board or panel setting is prohibited.

[Possible Immediate Suspension for the remainder of the current semester]

Pornography (possession, distribution or use): Students are to avoid material which, when viewed or listened to, encourages sexually immoral thoughts or presents the body in a degrading or compromising manner.

Note: As a deterrent to Internet pornography usage, the University utilizes Internet filtering and monitoring capabilities to identify computer users accessing pornography. Such students are in violation of the Character and Lifestyle Covenant and are subject to disciplinary action that is intended to be redemptive and restorative.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Students struggling with pornography are encouraged to access confidential University resources including the campus pastor, a faculty or staff mentor or counselor in the Wellness Center. Such students may also contact Information Technologies and request restrictions on their Internet access. No discipline is associated with such voluntarily requested assistance as long as the violation is not repeated.

Pranks: Activities that are degrading to individuals or could potentially endanger individuals, animals or property will result in discipline.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus restitution and/or costs of repair]

Quiet Hours on Campus: Quiet Hours are 11 p.m. - 9 a.m. daily. Students are required to show courtesy and to respect the rights of others to study or sleep. This requirement is specifically enforced during Quiet Hours. Quiet hours are to be observed both inside and outside the residence hall rooms and buildings. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the residence halls during Quiet Hours. For consideration of other students, moving in or out of the residence hall room during the semester (including final exams) is prohibited during Quiet Hours.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Restricted Areas on Campus (out of bounds): Restricted areas generally include all roofs and walls (at all times); stairwells, hallways and rooms of opposite- gender floors (except for regularly scheduled hall visitation times, Monday 9-11 p.m., Tuesday and Friday 7-11 p.m.); and second floor lobbies of opposite-gender halls and the Scott Hall basement (except for 7-11 p.m. each night). Hosting an out-of-bounds student has equal consequences.

[Alert level 1 (minimum), plus a housing review and other possible sanctions]

Special notes on restricted areas:

  • All opposite gender guests must exit the residence hall before curfew.
  • During move-in/out family members and friends may assist the student during the posted times. However, once school has begun, a visitor’s pass must be obtained from an RA or RD, except during scheduled visitation times.
  • Student hosts are fully responsible for their guests’ actions.

Restricted Parking/Driving Areas: Restricted areas behind the residence halls should be respected and kept clear at all times for safety reasons (in the event that emergency vehicles must obtain access behind and between the residence halls) and to enable the Physical Plant Department to keep the dumpsters emptied regularly. See complete guidelines for Motor Vehicle Regulations.

Right to Enter: Evangel University reserves the right for authorized personnel to enter any room at any time for purpose of inspection, repairs or other official business. In such cases, personnel will knock and announce themselves before entering.

  • Room Search: If at any time there is reasonable cause to believe that an occupant is using the residence hall room in a manner inconsistent with the University’s standards and policies, a search may be made by a University representative in order to gather information for use in school disciplinary proceedings, as authorized by the VP for Student Development or designee.
  • Vehicle Search: Student automobiles located on University property may be searched on the same basis as room searches are authorized and conducted.

Any items found to be inconsistent with university standards and policies may be subject to confiscation.  If an illegal substance is found, the university policy is to call Springfield Police and ask them to remove the item/s from campus. Any subsequent police investigations are subject to city and state laws.

Sexual Assault: Defined as “any sexual contact that involves the threat or use of force or violence, or any other form of coercion or intimidation; or any sexual physical contact with a person who is unable to give consent,” sexual assault is a violation of both civil law and Evangel standards and is therefore prohibited. For a complete statement of Evangel’s Sexual Assault Policy, see Section VI. University Policies.

[Immediate Suspension for one year (minimum), plus counseling prior to readmission].

Special note: A victim of a sexual assault should obtain emergency medical attention immediately, report the assault to the Evangel University Department of Public Safety (Riggs 208, 417-865-2815, ext. 7000) as soon as possible, and contact Wellness Center Counseling Services (SU 106, 417-865-2815, ext. 7222) and/or the Victim Center at 417-864-SAFE to access support services from those specially trained to assist survivors of sexual assault.  

*If a pregnancy results from a sexual assault, the victim will have support in finding an alternative housing situation and not be subject to disciplinary action.

Sexual Immorality Issues: As defined by Scripture, sexual immorality is prohibited. This involves sexual activities, whether heterosexual or homosexual, outside of marriage. It also includes, but is not limited to, nudity (such as sexting, sharing electronic images via cell phones, computers, or webcams), genital contact, oral sex and/or intercourse.

[Probation Level 1 (minimum), plus sanctions, possibly including STI testing at the student’s expense]

Smoking and/or Tobacco (Use, Possession, Purchase or Attempt to Purchase): Smoking tobacco or other products is prohibited. This includes hookah smoking (see Bar/Lounge/Club).

All Evangel University students, faculty, and staff, while on or off University property, are expected to refrain from the possession or use of tobacco products. Purchasing, attempting to purchase or facilitating the purchase of tobacco products is likewise prohibited. Students are considered “in possession” and responsible for tobacco products found on their person or in their residence or vehicle. For a complete statement on Evangel’s policy regarding tobacco use, see “Alcohol and Drugs” in Section VI, University Policies.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum) and successful completion of a pre-approved smoking cessation program at the student’s own expense, plus other possible sanctions.]

Theft: Taking or assisting in the removal of tangible or intellectual property, including Evangel proprty, without permission of the owner is prohibited.  This also includes Internet downloading of copyrighted material (see Copyright Laws).  All thefts are to be reported to the Department of Public Safety.  

[Probation Level 1 (minimum), plus community restitution]

Tornado Warning/Watch:  A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for a tornado.  A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sited in the area. In the event of a tornado warning, the Springfield warning alarms will sound and the Department of Safety will send a notification alert through the PA system.  Students in academic or campus buildings should follow the instructions of a faculty/staff member.  If the building has a basement, students are instructed to go there.  Otherwise, students should be in the first floor hallways until the warning is over. 

Vandalism: Willful destruction of property is prohibited.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus restitution for the cost of repairs]

Video Games: Games rated AO (Adults Only) are prohibited on campus. Games rated M (Mature 17+ and lower) are permitted unless they contain strong language, sexual content, sexual violence, nudity and/or mature humor (as defined by the ESRB). The Community Staff Life staff reserves the right to prohibit any games deemed to be inappropriate.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus sanctions]

Weapons: Students may not possess or store weapons on University property. This includes vehicles parked on Evangel’s property. Anyone aware of weapons on campus must immediately report it to Public Safety. Weapons include, but are not limited to BB guns, pellet guns, stun guns, blow guns, paint ball guns, air soft guns, knives with a blade of more than three inches, brass knuckles, crossbows, slingshots and/or any object that is brandished or used as a weapon. Students violating this policy through possession, use or storage are subject to disciplinary actions.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

For the policy regarding firearms and explosive devices, see “Firearms/ Explosive Devices (Possession or Use)” above.

 

E. Housing:

Housing, On-Campus: All unmarried students under the age of twenty-three, are not approved for Off-Campus Housing, are required to live in the residence halls. To maintain eligibility to live in a residence hall, a student must be a full time student or enrolled for at least ten credit hours. 

  • Students qualifying to live off-campus under the age criterion must attain the requisite minimum age on or before the semester’s official published move-in date.
  • Students who complete athletic eligibility during the semester must remain on campus until the semester ends, even if they met one of the other criteria prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • The housing contract is in effect for the duration of the entire semester.
  • Students who withdraw from Evangel or cancel after checking in will have their room and board charges prorated according to length of stay. Charges will be calculated as of the day they complete the official check-out process and return their keys.
  • Students who cancel during winter break or after the semester begins are not entitled to a return of their $200 enrollment deposit.
  • Students who cancel during winter break must make an appointment with their Residence Director to remove their belongings and check out between noon on the Friday preceding move-in day and 5:00 p.m. Saturday, the following day. Spring semester room charges will begin accruing on move-in day and continue until the student has completed the check-out process and returned their keys.
  • If students fail to return for their belongings by the end of the first full week of classes, they will be charged a $100 fee for failure to check out properly and their belongings will be donated to the Evangel University Auxiliary.

Married students and students who are age 24 or older may not live in the residence halls. New students who have attained the age of 24 by the official published move-in day will be required to live off-campus, with the exception of unmarried student athletes on scholarship. 

Evangel’s residence halls provide housing for students during fall, spring and summer, but the halls are closed during Christmas break. Students who wish to remain during break may make arrangements with the Housing Office for an additional fee and must receive Community Life approval. No student services are available during break except Public Safety and only students occupying their rooms during break will have access to their rooms.

Students are given opportunity each spring to request room and roommate assignments for the next fall term. Room reservations, submitted by the deadline, will be given priority consideration. The enrollment deposit is refundable to non-returning students in accordance with the following schedule:

     For fall:

  • Students who cancel by May 1 will receive 100% refund.
  • Students who cancel by June 1 will receive 75% refund.
  • Students who cancel by July 1 will receive 50% refund.
  • Students who cancel by August 1 will receive 33% refund.
  • Students who cancel by August 15 will receive 25% refund.

     For spring:

       Fall students who cancel for the spring semester must do so by the fall move-out date in order to receive a full enrollment deposit refund.

Housing, Off-Campus: Students interested in acquiring off-campus housing approval may contact the Director of Housing for an Off-Campus Housing Questionnaire. To be eligible for off-campus housing students must submit the questionnaire and parental endorsement (if applicable) and are required to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Living with a parent, grandparent or court approved legal guardian
  • Attained the age of 23 or older prior to the official, published semester move-in day
  • Achieved senior status, a GPA (cumulative) of 3.0 or better, and age 22 by move-in day at the beginning of the semester, provided that they are not on a disciplinary status higher than Alert Level 1 
  • Completed eight full-time semesters of course work
  • Enrolled for nine hours or less (including courses taken concurrently at other institutions)
  • Completed a previous baccalaureate degree
  • Fulfilled a minimum of two years active duty military service
  • Participating in the student teaching semester
  • Nursing student upperclassman with classes at Cox School of Nursing
  • Married (Engaged students may be tentatively approved.)

Intercollegiate athletes who qualify to live off campus (i.e. married or living at home with parents) must also have the approval and signature of the respective coach and the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for the Off-Campus Housing Application to be approved.

Housing Policy for Married Student Athletes

Any married student-athlete must be living with his or her spouse in order to be eligible for any institutional aid.

Generally, students are not permitted to live with faculty/staff members unless they are immediate family. In cases where the student is not related, the host faculty/staff should provide a letter accompanying the student’s application for off-campus housing.

Additional information about off-campus housing requirements is provided on the application. Approval of the application is at the discretion of University administration. Appeal may be made to the Off-Campus Housing Committee in writing. Committee decisions are final.

Students found to be in violation of off-campus housing policy will be subject to disciplinary status of Alert Level 2 (minimum), a $200 fine and will be immediately required to move on campus.

Housing for Married and Other Qualified Off-campus Students Enrolled at Evangel:

  • Perkin Hall Apartments: One-bedroom, one-bath, unfurnished efficiency apartments for qualified students without children located on the main Evangel campus. Units have central heat and air and include a stove, refrigerator utilities, internet and cable. There is a laundry room in the building. 
  • Evangel Court Duplexes: Two-bedroom, unfurnished apartments for qualified students with or without children. Kitchens include a stove, refrigerator and washer/dryer hookups. Units have central heat and air. Utilities, internet and cable are not included in the rent. A trash bin is available for all tenants to use.
  • One, Two and three-bedroom Rental Houses: Unfurnished rental houses located north and south of the main campus are available for qualified students with or without children. Utilities and other services are not included in the rent.

Evangel tenants must be full-time students. The rental contract is month-to-month but students who are ending their contract must vacate (with prior 30 day notice) between semesters or during the summer.

Contact the rental property manager in the Housing Office for an application and additional information about renting from Evangel. Students are encouraged to apply early for the waiting list.

Rental Housing for Graduate Students:

Traditional undergraduate students will receive first priority for housing in the limited number of Evangel rental properties. Graduate students are also welcome if space is available.

F. Additional Information & Guidelines for Residence Hall Students

Animals: Fish confined to small aquariums and approved by the Residence Director are the only animals that students may keep in their rooms as long as proper sanitary standards are kept. Aquariums will be part of regular room inspections.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus $25 fine]

Babysitting: Childcare is not permitted in the residence halls. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the residence halls past Quiet Hours. [Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Bed Checks: Occasionally, the residence hall (RH) staff will do bed checks to verify that students are in their RHs after curfew or have checked out properly. Evangel officials reserve the right to contact parents if the location of the student cannot be determined within a reasonable amount of time.

[Official Warning (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Beds and Bed Frames: Residents may not remove beds or bed frames from their rooms.

Lewis Hall South Wing Residents Only: Bed frames may be stored through the Lewis Hall Council for $10 per semester. Due to fire safety issues and limited storage space, bed frames may not be stored in the floor storage room or in any other residence hall room.

Bicycles (See also, Section IV. Community Living, D. Student Standards, "Bicycles")  

  • Bicycles, pocket bikes and scooters may not be placed in hall storage rooms or hallways. [$20 RH fine] The University is not responsible for the security of bikes and scooters.

Cooking and Appliances: Each residence hall is equipped with an ice machine, vending machines and a microwave oven and/or toaster for making snacks in the second floor lobby. However, the residence halls are not designed to accommodate kitchens; therefore, only microwaves, coffeepots, hot pots, crock pots, blenders, and compact refrigerators may be used. All appliances must be kept clean.

Curfew Exemption Policy: Students eligible to be exempt from curfew requirements are those who have no disciplinary status higher than Alert Level 1 and meet at least one of the following standards:

  • Sophomores: completed at least 24 credits at Evangel with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Juniors and Seniors: a GPA (most recent semester) of 2.5 or better
  • Students 21 years of age or older, regardless of academic classification: GPA (most recent semester) of 2.5 or better

Students who are exempt from curfew may exit or enter their own respective residence halls after curfew, after calling Public Safety. Due to security concerns, they may not loiter anywhere outside. For guidelines applicable to curfew-exempt students, see Section IV. F. Additional Information and Guidelines.

[An unexcused violation typically results in five nights of an 11:00 p.m. curfew. Noncompliance or further offenses will result in Alert Level 2 (minimum) and a $25 fine.]

Procedures for resident students who are exempt from curfew:

  • Make it a personal practice to leave the residence hall before curfew if you are planning to be out past the curfew hour. Additionally, once you’re in the building, plan to stay in for the night.
  • If you are going to be away from the hall for the entire night, you must check out in the Overnight Checkout Log at the front desk.
  • After curfew until 6 a.m. you may enter and exit the residence halls through the front doors only and only by calling Security (ext. 7000) first. Entries and exits may not be gained from any other doors.
  • While entering and exiting the building, please observe Quiet Hours.
  • For security and safety, the campus officially closes at curfew. Therefore, students may not loiter anywhere outside. Students should be in the RH or off campus after curfew.
  • No students may be inside campus buildings (other than residence halls) after curfew without permission from a faculty or staff sponsor.
  • Curfew-exempt students may visit a same-gender hall after curfew, provided that they respect the officials and all guidelines of that hall.
  • Because the campus is closed at curfew, students (whether exempt from curfew or not) may not have food delivered after curfew.
  • If during the semester you think you become qualified for curfew exemption, see your RD.
  • Occasionally you may receive a “Curfew Violation Notice” due to an administrative oversight. In that case, just state that you’re curfew exempt, and return the form.
  • Letting others in or out of the building after curfew will result in your forfeiting your no-curfew privilege in addition to a $50 fine. This includes allowing others to “tailgate” in or out along with you.
  • Illegal entry into the building or illegal exit from the building may result in you forfeiting your no-curfew privilege in addition to a $50 fine.
  • Students on Alert Level 2 (or higher disciplinary status) or attaining less than the stipulated semester GPA will forfeit their no-curfew privilege.

Décor: Personalize your room to make it comfortable and attractive; however, please remember that, upon checkout, the room must be left in the same condition as you found it upon arrival.

  • Furniture may be moved around, as long as it is not removed from the room. (For special circumstances under which a bed frame may be removed from the room, see section Bed Frames above.)
  • If you want to use your own draperies, store the originals where they will not suffer damage and where you will be able to find and re-hang them at the end of the year.
  • All pictures/posters/decorations should meet Evangel University community standards, including appearance/dress standards.
  • Nails, staples, screws, glue and duct tape may not to be used on room surfaces including doors.
  • Only painters tape may be used on carpet or any painted surfaces.
  • Painting or wallpapering is not allowed. If a mirror is already attached to the door, it is to remain there permanently unless it is damaged. Evangel does not fix or replace these mirrors.
  • If you have several electrical appliances, use a UL approved power strip attached directly to the wall outlet to provide them with electricity.
  • No cut or living Christmas trees are allowed in residence hall student rooms. Small (four feet or less) artificial trees are okay.
  • Electrical ornaments and lights must be connected via circuit breaker protected power strips only.
  • Any alterations involving the electrical supply are prohibited.
  • Outward facing objects (e.g. flags, posters, signs), with pictures or symbols that are visible in the window from the outside, are prohibited.

Entering/Using a Vacant Residence Hall Room: Other than to adjust the thermostat, students are prohibited from entering and/or using an empty residence hall room.

[Official Warning and a $25 fine]

Furniture (Property of Evangel): University furniture may not be moved into student residence hall rooms. Violations of this policy will be treated as theft.

Guest Privileges and Responsibilities: See Section IV. Community Living, D. Student Standards, "Guest Privileges and Responsibilities."

Hair Cutting: Students may use the laundry room in residence halls to cut hair during the hours of hall visitation only.

Hall Visitation (on campus): See Section IV. Community Living, D. Student Standards, "Hall Visitation"

Hazardous/Noxious Materials: Perms and acrylic nail application may not be given in the halls due to the smell that causes problems for people with allergies/asthma. Spray paint, paint thinner, fuel, fertilizer, insecticide, herbicide and other volatile or noxious materials must not be stored in the residence hall. Students needing to store or dispose of such materials should contact the Physical Plant office at extension 7216.

Hazing/Initiations/Floor Traditions: See Section IV. Community Living, D. Student Standards, "Hazing"

Internet Access: Modems must not be attached to room phones. Internet connections must be made via Crusader Net only. See the Computer Network Use Policy at http://www.evangel.edu/CurrentStudents/CrusaderNet/ Resources/NetworkUsePolicy.asp.

Key Security: Room and mailbox keys are issued at the time of residence hall check-in and are not to be duplicated. If you lose your key, notify Public Safety immediately and contact your Residence Director to order a replacement key. When the lock has been changed, the student will be notified to pick up the new key from the Public Safety Department. A $25 replacement fee is charged to the student’s account for room keys and $10 for a mailbox key. At no time should a student let anyone else use his/her room or mailbox key.

Laundry Facilities: Laundry facilities are available on the first floor in each residence hall. These are for the exclusive use of the residents of the hall. Please remember to be courteous while using the machines. In order to prevent theft, promptly remove your clothes when the machine stops. Liquid bleach is not allowed except where it is designated by the RD. Lost money refunds should be noted on the “Refund Sheet” posted in the laundry room.

Lobbies: The lobbies are like living rooms in your new “home.” The first floor lobby is often used for socializing or entertaining guests from other halls. Therefore, it is not appropriate to lie or sleep on the couches. Generally, musical instruments are not to be played and sports-type activities are prohibited in both lobbies. Usually the second floor lobbies are more casual, open only to residents, except during scheduled hall visitation times. Although any individual Residence Hall Council may choose to have more restrictive hours of lobby visitation, the lobby hours generally are as follows:

  • 1st floor lobbies: All 1st floor lobbies are open to residents and their guests from 6 a.m. to curfew.
  • 2nd floor lobbies: In Burgess, Krause, Scott, Spence and Walther Halls the 2nd floor lobbies are open 24 hours per day to residents of the respective halls. In Lewis Hall the 2nd floor lobby closes at 11 p.m. to non-residents but is open until 2 a.m. for residents.
  • Note: ALL 2nd floor lobbies and the Scott Hall basement are open to guests of the opposite gender from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. on weekends and 7 p.m.-11 p.m. on weekdays only; however, the guests must sign in the guest registry at the front desk.

Lofts: Personal lofts and decks are not permitted.

Mandatory Meetings: Occasionally vital information is presented to the students in the residence halls by way of hall and floor meetings. The RD approves any mandatory meeting called. The floor/hall is given at least 48 hours of advance notice. A $10 fine may be assessed to those who are absent without being excused by the RD/RA prior to the meeting.

Marriage: A student becoming married while enrolled at Evangel University must notify the EU Records and Registration Office within 30 days of the date of the marriage. Married students are expected to live off campus or in campus housing designed for married students. Students planning to be married are encouraged to participate in pre-marital counseling offered by EU Counseling Services, other Christian professional counselors or their respective churches.

Movies:  See Section IV. Community Living, D. Student Standards, "Movies"

Overnight Checkout Procedures for Residence Hall Students: ALL STUDENTS, CURFEW-EXEMPT OR NOT, must properly sign out of the RH if they are going to be gone overnight, including staying in another hall on campus. The Overnight Checkout Sheet is located at the front desk in each RH. The form must be filled out completely and accurately including an alternate telephone number at the destination. Students staying overnight in another same gender residence hall must sign in properly on the guest registry. Evangel reserves the right, for the safety of the student, to call the parents if their student’s location cannot be determined within a reasonable amount of time. As a measure of accountability to this safety measure, bed checks are conducted randomly by the RAs throughout the year.

[Official Warning (minimum), plus possible sanctions]

Quiet Hours on Campus:  See Section IV. Community Living, D. Student Standards, "Quiet Hours on Campus"

Residence Hall Entry/Exit: The correct procedure for exiting or entering a residence hall after curfew and before 6 a.m. is as follows:

  • Anyone leaving the residence halls after curfew must first call Public Safety from the lobby phone, then scan his/her CrusaderCard and wait for the dispatcher to obtain the information and respond before exiting.
  • Anyone entering the hall after curfew must first call Public Safety from the phone in the “fishbowl,” then scan his/her CrusaderCard and wait until Public Safety grants admittance.
  • Upon entering or exiting the building after curfew, make sure that you do not touch the metal bar on the lobby side of the door. It will set off the alarm. Open the door by pushing on the glass when Public Safety gives you the go ahead.

 Unintentional Improper Exit:

Setting off an alarm after curfew without following proper exiting procedures (see Curfew).

[Alert Level 1 (minimum)]

Unauthorized Entry/Exit:

  • Bypassing the security access system in any manner is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to coming in or going out through a window; letting someone in after curfew or going out after curfew; any entry/exit except through an unlocked door; and--after curfew--any entry/exit except through the main front entrance (“fishbowl”) of the residence hall.
  • Entering a residence hall room via the bathroom is prohibited. Lock your room and bathroom door every time you leave.
  • Propping doors or granting access by any other means to a residence hall to anyone other than a guest you are hosting is prohibited.
  • Using someone else’s CrusaderCard or permitting another to use yours to gain access to a residence hall (or any other building) is prohibited.
  • Students are prohibited from opening exterior doors to give access to persons they do not know. Students may gain entrance into residence halls other than their own by using the phone in the fishbowl to call on their host within the hall to open the door from the inside. Non-residents of a hall may not follow any student(s) into the hall apart from their personal host.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus $25 fine and other possible sanctions]

Right to Enter: Evangel University reserves the right for authorized personnel to enter any room at any time for purpose of inspection, repairs or other official business. In such cases, personnel will knock and announce themselves before entering.

  • Room Search: If at any time there is reasonable cause to believe that an occupant is using the residence hall room in a manner inconsistent with the University’s standards and policies, a search may be made by a University representative in order to gather information for use in school disciplinary proceedings, as authorized by the VP for Student Development or designee.
  • Vehicle Search: Student automobiles located on University property may be searched on the same basis as room searches are authorized and conducted.

Any items found to be inconsistent with university standards and policies may be subject to confiscation.  If an illegal substance is found, the university policy is to call Springfield Police and ask them to remove the item/s from campus. Any subsequent police investigations are subject to city and state laws.

Room Changes & Consolidations: Any necessary room changes will be made with written approval from the Residence Director during the first full week of classes. Follow the checkout procedure on the old room and the check-in procedure on the new room. Students who find themselves in a double-occupancy room without a roommate may be required to move to another room on the same floor prior to the beginning of the second week of classes. (For further information, refer to the Room Occupancy Agreement form.) Housing changes may be conducted at the semester break, with the approval of the respective RDs. The RD will grant or deny all mid-semester requests. Requests for RH changes for the next school year may be submitted with the Fall Room Reservation Application.

Room Inspections: Since residence hall living involves sharing facilities with other students, a sense of responsibility to each other is often learned. Roommates and suitemates are jointly responsible for maintaining a clean living environment. Every two weeks the Resident Assistants (RAs) will inspect rooms for cleanliness, damages and/or community standard violations. Room inspections may include, but not be limited to, walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, university furnishings/fixtures, and residents’ food storage and preparation equipment. Before the beginning of each semester a room inspection schedule will be hung on each floor. Reasonable room inspection expectations will be communicated at the first floor/hall meeting.

RAs will give students a 48-hour notice prior to the inspection. Students who fail a room inspection are issued a $10 fine per occupant (unless one occupant accepts full responsibility and a $20 fine) and should expect a re-inspection within the next 24 hours. The student(s) will be assessed a Failure to Comply with Sanctions if the room fails to meet expected standards upon re-inspection.

  • The residence life staff may confiscate restricted materials (which may include alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, candles with burned wicks, pornography, fireworks, weapons, drug paraphernalia, occult paraphernalia, sexual paraphernalia, inappropriate movies, music and video games or other material that violates Evangel’s standards) seen in plain view during routine room inspections or visits.
  • Outward facing objects (e.g. flags, posters, signs), with pictures or symbols that are visible in the window from the outside, are prohibited and will result in failure of the room inspection.
  • Financial liability stemming: from room abuse will be the responsibility of the student responsible for the damage; from unclean community areas in the dorm room (i.e. the sink, university flooring, and mirrors) is the responsibility of both roommates unless otherwise determined by the RA; from abuse of, or lack of cleaning of, the entire bathroom is the responsibility of the occupants of the suite, unless the RA can verify that one specific occupant was assigned to clean the object in question.

Selling/Fund raising in Residence Halls: Selling products door-to-door, conducting sales meetings inside the residence halls or advertising products via student mailboxes is prohibited. However, Residence Directors may permit students to utilize residence hall bulletin boards to advertise products and announce meetings conducted outside the hall. Fund raising within a student’s own residence hall is permitted for approved missions/service trips only. For the complete policy governing fund raising by EU students, see Student Handbook Section VI. University Policies, "Fund Raising."

Tornado Watch/Warning: Students are to go to the nearest safety zone upon hearing the siren indicating a tornado warning. Designated safety zones: Students in Scott Hall are to go to the basement. Residents in other halls are to take their pillows and go to the first floor, the lowest hallway of their building. Due to the potential danger, students who do not comply with EU officials must accept full responsibility for the potential of physical harm.

Trash/Littering in the Residence Hall: Resident students are responsible for placing all personal trash items in the outside trash receptacles and for keeping hallways of their floor clear of any obstruction. Littering includes setting personal trash items or trash bags outside the room, placing bags of trash in the lobby receptacles, etc.

[Official Warning (minimum), $5 fine per occurrence]

Water fights, water balloons and water guns: Inappropriate use of water on campus is prohibited. [Damage caused will be considered vandalism.] Activities Board events involving water balloons/guns may be approved by the Director of Student Activities under the following conditions:

  • The event will not cause damage to University property.
  • Only willing participants are affected.
  • There will be no violation of Quiet Hours.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum), plus restitution and/or costs of repair.]

Vending Machines: Vendingmachines are located in the lobbies of each residence hall . If a problem occurs while using the vending machines, please see an Office Assistant for a full refund.

Video Games:  See Section IV. Community Living, D. Student Standards, "Video Games"

Windows (Throwing items): No items are to be thrown from a Residence Hall window. Injury to both person and property has occurred from objects thrown from residence hall windows. To prevent damage and injury, no items are to be transferred (moved in or out) through a RH window.

[Alert Level 2 (minimum), plus $25 fine or the cost of damages]

Window Screens in the Residence Halls: Removal of or damage to window screens is prohibited. Repeat or multiple violations of any listed offenses will result in an escalation of status and increased sanctions.

[Alert Level 1 (minimum) plus $40 replacement cost]

 

V. Community Accountability

A. Community Accountability Program

1. Mission of the Community Accountability Program

The Community Accountability Program of Evangel University exists to provide a Christian response to student violations of university behavioral guidelines. The purpose for accountability and discipline at Evangel University is to provide an opportunity for individuals to change and grow through an environment that is conducive to living and learning within a distinctively Christian community. Our goal is to assist in the social, behavioral and spiritual development of students through self-discipline, peer accountability and community accountability in the context of an Evangelical and Pentecostal Christian worldview.

2. Philosophy of the Community Accountability Program

All students at Evangel University are members of a community. This community individually and corporately upholds specific behavioral standards, which are designed to serve the best interests of both the individual and the community. Therefore, each individual is accountable to other community members in highly significant ways. Community Accountability Conferences, Panels and Boards exist to provide constructive confrontation with students who have violated University community standards.

This approach is consistent with the model found in Matthew 18:15-17, “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” Community Accountability Conferences, Panels and Boards use a redemptive and developmental framework aimed at restoration of the individual. A practical expression of this philosophy can be found in the principles that follow.

3. Principles of the Community Accountability Program

  • Christian: The Community Accountability Program is Christian in character, redemptive in nature and biblical in approach. The University is concerned with the inner spiritual walk and wise decision-making, which exemplify Christ. Genuine concern and love serve as the motivation for maintaining an accountability process that is redemptive and restorative.
  • Developmental: The Community Accountability Program is ultimately developmental in purpose. Students, staff, faculty and administrators who serve on Community Accountability Conferences, Panels and Boards use this principle as an over-arching motive. Whether making decisions on appropriate consequences or developing parameters for consequences, a primary goal is to make the disciplinary process a learning and maturing experience.
  • Redemptive: The Community Accountability Program seeks to be redemptive and restorative (Galatians 6:1). The goal is that the student will be fully restored to the Evangel Community. The disciplinary process focuses on facilitating restoration--a process that initially may require confrontation with consequences, but ultimately graciously offers the offender restoration to full participation in the community. The candidate for biblical restoration is the student who demonstrates repentance through changed attitude and behavior over time. Temporary separation from the community through Suspension may or may not be in the best interests of achieving the goal. Whenever possible, the use of alternative disciplinary sanctions (such as Probation Level 3 or Probation Level 2 with mentoring, community service, counseling, book reports, fines, suspension of social privileges, etc.) will be considered by the Community Accountability Conferences, Panels and Boards on a case-by-case basis.
  • Confidential: Students who come before Community Accountability Conferences, Panels and Boards should be convinced that no one would betray their confidence and discuss the proceedings outside the context of the meeting. Confidentiality is part of an ongoing redemptive process and all participants will sign statements of confidentiality. However, if accused students choose to disclose confidential information regarding the proceedings and/or decision of a Community Accountability Conference, Panel or Board, then the right to confidentiality will be deemed waived. Following an investigation into the alleged breach of confidentiality, accurate information may then be released sufficient to vindicate the actions of the Community Accountability Conference, Panel or Board.
  • Fair in Process: The Community Accountability Program endeavors to be fair to all involved. “Fair Process” refers to the institution’s intention to follow its own established procedures applying to the imposition of student accountability and discipline. Exceptions to these procedures may be made in cases where the student knowingly and freely waives his or her right to them, or where minor deviations do not disadvantage the student. In the case of possible Suspension or Dismissal, a fair process provides the following for the student being charged:
    • a written statement of the misconduct with which the student is charged and the rule or policy which forbids the misconduct;
    • a written notice of the accountability meeting, at least two days before the meeting;
    • an opportunity to review the evidence, including Incident Reports, in advance upon request;
    • an accountability meeting before the person(s) having the authority to suspend or dismiss;
    • an opportunity to speak in his or her own defense, hear the evidence against him or her and present witnesses;
    • an impartial determination of the facts of the case solely on the basis of the evidence presented at the accountability meeting; and
    • a written statement of the findings of fact and decision.

Note: The Community Accountability Program is designed to assist in the enforcement of university community discipline on the basis of Scripture. Any hearings that may be conducted are not formal court procedures. State and federal legal rules of procedure do not apply. Students may not have legal counsel at any of the proceedings.

4. Levels of Accountability

When a member of the community fails to meet the responsibilities that he/she has agreed upon by enrolling at the University, then there is a need to hold that individual accountable. There are three levels at which accountability should be expected.

  • Self-Discipline
    Self-discipline is the first and most effective level of accountability. Any discussion of growth and development includes the need for students to become less dependent on rules and regulations and more dependent on biblical principles and their own ability to discern--apart from peer pressure or other external pressures--what are the best decisions. Evangel desires to encourage students to reach for the highest level of self-discipline, which is reflected as individual students seek to glorify God by conforming daily to the image of Christ and seeking Christ as Lord in every decision that is made. For this reason, students who self-report their conduct violation prior to confrontation may merit consideration for a lower disciplinary status.
  • Peer, Faculty, and Staff Accountability
    When self-discipline is not effective, then peer, faculty, and staff accountability becomes necessary. This type of accountability is a biblical responsibility, based on the principle articulated in Matthew 18:15, for individuals to demonstrate concern for others’ growth and, when necessary, to confront another lovingly. For the one who observes (or has first-hand knowledge about) another student violating Evangel’s community standards, the application of the principle involves the following steps:.
    • Confront privately the student who violated the standards.
    • Communicate the incident to the Residence Director or Commuter Director, as applicable. (By completing the confidential Mentoring Report, faculty or staff members may communicate to the Director of Community Life that accountability is taking place.)
    • If the student (a) sought accountability from another member of the community (other than a peer directly involved in the incident), (b) is repentant, (c) makes restitution (as necessary) and (d) does not repeat the offense, then the matter does not move to higher levels of accountability.
    • If, however, any student, faculty or staff member observes a violation that is (a) known to be illegal, (b) harmful to oneself or others, (c) a repeated offense by the offending student who was previously confronted privately on the matter or (d) denied by the offending student upon confrontation; then the observer is obligated to submit an Incident Report, which will be forwarded to the Director of Community Life for community accountability. (Faculty and staff who are credentialed ministers or who are healthcare professionals are expected to reconcile the need for accountability with their professional and legal obligations to maintain confidentiality.)
  • Community Accountability
    When students are unable or unwilling to change inappropriate behavior by means of self-discipline or faculty/staff/peer accountability, then community accountability will be implemented. The Conduct Committee, chaired by the Director of Community Life, will review the Incident Report(s) and determine a course of action as described in Section 6.a below.

5. Procedures for the Community Accountability Meeting

a. Goals of Accountability Meetings
The main objectives of Accountability Meetings are to ascertain truth and thereby achieve a just outcome, one that is in conformity with what is morally upright or good in biblical terms. Due to (1) varieties of circumstances peculiar to each case and (2) redemptive purposes of accountability meetings, disciplinary decisions may not always appear “fair” or “consistent” to those not participating in the confidential accountability meeting. Nevertheless, in all accountability decisions, the development of the student’s personal integrity in light of Scripture is the primary goal, and corrective measures are intended to help each student become a responsible and contributing member of the community.

b. Initiation of Accountability Meetings
The Community Life staff will initiate the process of Accountability Meetings. Each student involved should be advised in writing of the time and place of the meeting, as well as the nature of the charges against him/her.

c. Agenda for Accountability Meetings
Those who chair the Accountability Panels and Boards should make certain that Community Accountability Program principles are followed and that the meeting is conducted in an orderly manner.

d. Anonymity of Witnesses
Anonymity of witnesses may be permitted when a determination is made by the Vice President for Student Development that there is reasonable cause to believe that student safety is at risk or that attempts may be made to threaten or intimidate witnesses.

e. Role of Residence/Commuter Director in Accountability Meetings
Because the focus of the Accountability Board is to rehabilitate and restore the person to the Evangel Community, the function of the RD/CD is to serve as an advocate for the student and a resource for the Community Accountability Board.

f. Consideration of Past Violations of Community Standards
In respect to discipline, a private university, such as Evangel, does not follow civil rules of evidence. Past offenses are part of one’s educational history and, therefore, may be considered by those responsible for the discipline process.

g. Recording of Accountability Meetings
Accountability meetings will be recorded for the purpose of review exclusively by accountability boards and the Vice President for Student Development. These tapes or digital recordings are the private property of Evangel University and are considered confidential.

h. Standard of Proof
The standard of poof utilized in accountability meetings is Preponderance of the Evidence, which is a degree of proof that says something is more probable than not.  It is based on the greater weight of the evidence weighing in the balance.

6. Structure and Flow of the Community Accountability Program

a. Conduct Committee
The Conduct Committee, chaired by the Director of Community Life and consisting of Student Development staff appointed by the Vice President for Student Development, reviews all Incident Reports (including Public Safety Department Official Reports) and determines a course of action for: investigation of violations, presentation of charges and recommendation of disciplinary status and sanctions (in the admission or finding of guilt) based on the Student Handbook.

  • 1. When an Incident Report is filed, the residence/commuter director (R/ CD) will initiate contact with the student involved in order to follow-up on the incident report and obtain clarification and explanation from the student. (If the student fails to respond and meet with the R/CD within 72 hours, then the Conduct Committee’s review will continue in a timely manner, considering that the student waived his/her right to the initial meeting)
  • The R/CD will report the initial discoveries to the Conduct Committee.
  • If, in the course of R/CD follow-up of the Incident Report, the student has admitted or confessed to the alleged violation, then the Conduct Committee will come to a consensus with respect to the terms of accountability appropriate for the violation and will authorize the issuance of an Accountability Contract/Hearing Waiver to the student.
  • If, in the course of R/CD follow-up of the Incident Report, the student has denied the alleged violation or it is determined that conflicting accounts of the alleged violation exist, or the student wants to exercise his/her right to a hearing, then the Conduct Committee will refer the matter to a Residence Hall/Commuter Accountability Panel or Community Life Accountability Board, or Student Development Accountability Board, as appropriate, for resolution of the case.

b. Residence Hall/Commuter Accountability Panel

  • The Accountability Panel meeting is between a student and the Residence Hall/Commuter Accountability Panel under the supervision of the Residence/Commuter Director. The Panel consists of four students appointed by the Residence/ Commuter Director. The RD or CD chairs this panel and is a non-voting member except in the case of a tie.
  • An Accountability Panel meeting occurs when a student denies an alleged violation of standards, such as quiet hours, curfew, closed campus, improper checkout, out of bounds, illegal entry/exit or when repeated violations occur. The focus of the Panel is the restoration and rehabilitation of a community member (Galatians 6:1) through a determination of the truth and an assignment of appropriate disciplinary status and sanctions that typically results in a Alert level 2 status or lower. If, in the course of an investigation, it is evident that the incident could result in a status higher than Alert Level 2, the Residence Hall/Commuter Accountability Panel will refer it back to the Conduct Committee.

c. Community Life Accountability Board

  • The Community Life Accountability Board (CLAB) consists of the Director of Community Life (chair), one member of the University faculty, one member of the University staff (outside the Student Development Division), two student leaders, one residence/commuter director, and the student’s residence/commuter director (as both an advocate for the student charged with the violation and also a non-voting resource for the CLAB). At the request of the student, and with the approval of the chair, the student’s faculty advisor may be invited to appear with the student at the CLAB meeting with privilege of voice. The CLAB is chaired by the Director of Community Life (non-voting except in case of ties).
  • A Community Life Accountability Board meeting occurs for the purpose of “fair process” when there is a discrepancy in the story (reported incident), or when a student denies an alleged violation of University standards, or when a student chooses to request for hearing regarding alleged violations for which the typical consequences would be Probation Level 1, Probation Level 2, or Probation Level 3.
  • The Board conducts the investigation, determines the findings (guilt or innocence of the student) and—in the case of a finding of guilt—makes recommendations for accountability consequences (disciplinary status and sanctions) to the Vice President for Student Development, who will uphold the CLAB’s decision as long as the recommended consequences fall within the range of consequences published in the Student Handbook as applicable for the violation. The Director of Community Life (or—in the case of Suspension or Dismissal—the Vice President for Student Development) will issue the discipline letter and enforce the decision. Note: Lying or withholding information in a CLAB hearing will result in suspension.

d. Student Development Accountability Board

  • The Student Development Accountability Board (SDAB) consists of the Vice President for Student Development (chair), one member of the University faculty, one member of the University staff (outside the Student Development Division), two student leaders, one residence/commuter director and the student’s residence/commuter director as an advocate for the student charged with the violation. At the request of the student, and with the approval of the chair, the student’s faculty advisor may be invited to appear with the student at the SDAB meeting with privilege of voice.
  • A Student Development Accountability Board meeting occurs for the purpose of “fair process” when there is a discrepancy in the story (reported incident), when a student denies an alleged violation of University standards, or when a student chooses to request a hearing regarding alleged violations for which the typical consequences would be Suspension or Dismissal. The

Board conducts the investigation, determines the findings (guilt or innocence of the student) and accountability consequences (disciplinary status and sanctions); and the Vice President for Student Development) will issue the discipline letter and enforce the decision. Note: Lying or withholding information in a SDAB hearing will result in Suspension.

e. University Appeals Board

  • The University Appeals Board (UAB) will hear only appeals of decisions made by the Community Life Accountability Board or the Student Development Accountability Board. The UAB is composed of the Vice President for Student Development (chair), two members of the University faculty, the Director of Community Life (non-voting resource), one member of the University staff (outside the Student Development Division) and two students.
  • In addition to securing a thorough understanding of a situation, the UAB will focus only on the question of fair process or on the submission of new information not available for the previous hearing. The UAB will make one of three decisions in its appeal hearing: a decision may be overturned, amended or upheld if there is no clear-cut reason to make modifications. Decisions from this body are by majority vote and shall serve as an advisory recommendation to the President for a final decision. The President will issue a decision in writing to the parties. The decision of the President will be final.

7. Documentation of the Community Accountability Program

Documentation is the tool that brings the entire Community Accountability Program together. Realistically, it is in the best interests of the university to keep records. Maintaining written records for reference and clarity adds a professional dimension to what we do, through the ability to share information and trace the background of any student situation. Furthermore, effective documentation is vital because it enables each Conference, Panel or Board to make well-informed, timely and consistent decisions. It is important that everyone knows what resources of documentation are used throughout the Community Accountability Program process. The following paragraphs summarize the purpose for each form and how it relates to the process.

a. Incident/Damage Report
All disciplinary situations begin with this report, which requires as much specific information as possible in order to provide a thorough, accurate snapshot of what occurred. The Incident Report form is available on the EU web site under the “Current Students” tab, and may also be obtained from any RA, RD or the Commuter Director. All applicable sections should be completed as objectively as possible (answering the questions who, what, where, when, why and how) and signed by the witness(es). Whenever possible, all persons involved need to fill out an incident report. Anyone — student, staff or faculty — may complete this document and submit it to a residence (or commuter) director or to the Community Life office.

b. Accountability Contract / Hearing Waiver

  • Students have the right to request a formal hearing when the recommended status from the Conduct Committee is Alert Level 2 (formerly Community Alert) or above.
  • The Accountability Contract/Hearing Waiver form is used when a student confesses or admits to a violation and desires to waive his/her right to a meeting with an Accountability Panel or Board. The Accountability Contract/Hearing Waiver contains an acknowledgement of the student’s violation and acceptance of agreed-upon consequences.
  • Prepared by the Residence/Commuter Director or the Director of Community Life, the Accountability Contract/Hearing Waiver takes effect only when signed by the student, the Residence/Commuter Director and the Director of Community Life (and the VP for Student Development if Suspension or Dismissal status is a consequence). This document must be signed within 72 hours of when the contract is presented to the student. A student who does not sign the contract within the said time-frame must appear for a hearing and accept the consequences as determined by the Accountability Panel or Board.

c. Appointment to Appear
If the infraction noted on the Incident/Damage Report requires a meeting with a Panel or Board, Community Life staff will issue an Appointment to Appear notice at least 48 hours before the scheduled meeting. The notice will include a written statement of the charges, the community standard(s) violated by the student’s alleged misconduct and the time and place of the meeting. If, in the course of a reasonable line of questioning, information pertaining to violations in addition to those listed on the Appointment to Appear notice comes to light, such violations may be dealt with at that same meeting.

d. Appointment to Appear Notice for Witness
Each witness (or potential witness) to the alleged violation will also receive an Appointment to Appear notice.

e. Community Accountability Board and Panel Results
Community Life staff complete this form and send copies to (a) the Residence/Commuter Director and (b) the student’s file.

f. Discipline Letter
This is an official letter, written by the Residence/Commuter Director, Director of Community Life or the Vice President for Student Development, to the student(s) involved. The letter outlines the decision of the Panel or Board.

g. Community Restitution
This form provides information necessary and facilitates the completion of community/university restitution. The Director of Community Life ensures that all signatures are complete and that copies are given to the appropriate individuals.

h. Request for Appeal
This form is used for any appeal by the student(s) involved. Since the student(s) must have new evidence/information or prove denial of fair process in order to be granted an appeal, such must be detailed on the Request for Appeal form. The completed Request for Appeal form is submitted to the Vice President for Student Development, who will determine whether or not there is a legitimate basis for conducting a University Appeals Board hearing (see Section 8.a below).

8. Appeal of a Community Accountability Decision

a. Basis for Appeals
Following the rendering of a decision by an Accountability Panel or Board, the student has the right of appeal if either of two conditions is met: (1) the principle of fair process was violated during the accountability procedures or (2) there is relevant new information--not available to the Panel or Board which originally heard the case--that could have affected the outcome of the decision.

b. Jurisdiction of Appeals
If the original decision (resulting in fines, restrictions, etc.) were made by a Residence/Commuter Director, then the appeal hearing would be conducted by the respective Residence Hall/Commuter Accountability Panel. If the original decision were made by a Residence Hall/Commuter Accountability Panel, then the appeal hearing would be conducted by the Community Life Accountability Board. If the original decision were made by the Community Life Accountability Board or the Student Development Accountability Board, then the appeal hearing would be conducted by the University Appeals Board.

c. Initiating the Appeal
The following are the steps to be taken by the student to initiate an appeal hearing. The Request for Appeal form (see above) should be used for this purpose.

  • Request in writing to the Vice President for Student Development that a hearing be held to consider the grievance. This request must be submitted in writing within 72 hours (including weekends, excluding holidays) from the time the student was notified in writing of the decision. The disciplinary status and sanctions invoked will be sustained while the appeal is in process, unless otherwise noted in writing by the Vice President.
  • Submit in writing to the Vice President a statement that includes all of the issues and evidence that are to be considered. Issues omitted from this statement will not be considered in the hearing.
  • Submit in writing to the Vice President a list of witnesses, if any, and the essence of their proposed contribution to the hearing. Their testimony will be limited to these matters.

d. Scheduling an Appeal
Within three working days from the receipt of the written request from the student, the Vice President will communicate to the student whether or not the appeal hearing will been granted. If granted, the Vice President will notify the appropriate Accountability Panel, Community Accountability Board or University Appeals Board to conduct a hearing on the grievance and will notify the student at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing date.

e. Notification of Appeal Decisions
The decision shall be issued in writing to the parties within a reasonable time, usually within three working days of the hearing. Once an appeal has been either denied or granted and heard, no further appeals may be heard. Only one appeal is granted per case.

9. Accountability for Adult, Graduate, & Seminary Students

All students sign the Community Life Statement on the application and are expected to maintain Evangel University community standards. Any alleged violations of these standards by students shall be brought to the attention of the Director of Adult & Graduate Studies (or Spiritual Life Director at the Seminary), who is responsible for overseeing the accountability process with respect the particular student. It is anticipated that most issues may be resolved by the Director in conference with the student, with a report to the Vice President for Student Development. In a case where the accountability process requires a formal hearing for a major infraction, the Graduate Studies Council shall serve in place of the Community Accountability Board. In that capacity the Graduate Studies Council shall make a determination of fact and findings and shall recommend to the Vice President for Student Development disciplinary status and sanctions as may be appropriate, in their judgment, for those students.

B. Community Accountability Consequences for Violations

Consequences for violations of Evangel University Community Standards fall into two categories: status and sanctions.

  • “Status” refers to the disciplinary classification assigned to the student, e.g., Probation or Suspension. (Note: Self-report prior to confrontation may merit consideration for a lower disciplinary status. However, status may be escalated in the case of repeat violations or multiple violations.)
  • “Sanctions” refer to the various corrective and restorative measures that may be required by Student Development staff and/or Accountability Conferences, Panels and Boards.
  • In most circumstances, students who have violated EU standards will be assigned both a status and one or more sanctions. The various options with regard to assignment of status and sanctions are available to Student Development staff and/or Accountability Conferences, Panels and Boards.

1. Conduct Status

a. An Official Warning is usually given for a first offense of a violation of community standards where personal judgment is involved. An Official Warning is used typically by RAs and Residence/Commuter Directors as a means to remind students of standards and/or as a teaching tool. These warnings are verbal; however, record of the warning will be made in the student’s file, located in the residence hall or commuter office.

b. Alert Level 1 is a written warning given for a first offense where the student clearly disregards or violates lower level community standards. An Incident Report is filled out with each incident and the RD/CD will meet with the student about the incident. A copy of the Incident Report and the RD’s/CD’s letter of alert will be placed in the student’s file, located in the Student Development office. A student will remain on Alert Level 1 for a period of 8 weeks.

c. Alert Level 2 is a written warning stating that further violations of campus policies and/or community standards may result in Probation Level 2 up to Suspension. Students on this status lose their curfew exemption. Other sanctions may include, but are not limited to: housing review, early curfew, loss of hall visitation, community restitution and restricted overnight checkout. A student will remain on Alert Level 2 for a period of 8 weeks.

d. Probation Level 1 is a written warning stating that further violations of campus policy will result in a minimum of Probation Level 2 status. Probation Level 1 is assigned for the duration of four weeks, followed by eight weeks on an Alert Level 2 status. Students on Probation Level 1 status:

  • May not represent the university in any official capacity, including ministry teams, performance groups and intercollegiate activities, nor may they write for any university publication or hold any campus leadership positions for a period of four weeks. Therefore, students on Probation Level 1 status are subject to loss of performance-based scholarships tied to such activities/positions, at the discretion of the respective academic department chair or Athletics Director.
  • Will receive a $100 fine that will be added to his/her student account (campus/community restitution will not be an option).
  • Lose their curfew exemption.
  • Will receive additional sanctions and/or restrictions which may extend from four to sixteen weeks.

e. Probation Level 2 is a written warning stating that further violation of campus policies and/or community standards may result in Suspension or Dismissal from the university. In addition, sanctions may be applied. Probation Level 2 is assigned for the duration of eight weeks, followed by eight weeks of an Alert Level 2 status, Students on Probation Level 2 status:

  • Are subject to a housing review.
  • May not represent the university in any official capacity, including ministry teams, performance groups and intercollegiate activities, nor may they write for any university publication or hold any campus leadership position for a period of eight weeks. Therefore, students on Probation Level 2 status are subject to loss of performance-based scholarships tied to such activities/positions, at the discretion of the respective academic department chair or Athletics Director.
  • Will receive a $250 fine that will be added to his/her student account (campus / community restitution will not be an option).
  • Lose their curfew exemption.
  • Will receive additional sanctions and/or restrictions which may extend from four to sixteen weeks.
  • May be required to notify their parents in the presence of their residence/commuter director about being placed on Probation Level 2 status if they are classified as dependent students.

f. Probation Level 3 is a written warning stating that further violation of any campus policies and/or community standards will result in Suspension or Dismissal from the university. This is usually written in conjunction with more serious disciplinary actions or as a result of a cluster of inappropriate behaviors. Probation Level 3 is for the duration of twelve weeks, followed by eight weeks on an Alert Level 2 status. Students on Probation Level 3 status:

  • Are subject to a housing review.
  • Are not allowed to represent the university in any official capacity, including ministry teams, performance groups and intercollegiate activities, neither may they write for any university publication nor hold any campus leadership position for a period of 12 weeks. Therefore, students on Probation Level 3 status are subject to loss of performance-based scholarships tied to such activities/positions, at the discretion of the respective academic department chair or Athletics Director.
  • Will receive a $500 fine that will be added to his/her student account (campus/community restitution will not be an option.
  • Lose their curfew exemption.
  • Will receive additional sanctions and/or restrictions which may extend from four to sixteen weeks.
  • Will be required to notify their parents in the presence of their residence/commuter director about being placed on Probation Level 3 status if they are classified as dependent students.
  • Students on a disciplinary status of Probation Level 3 or below may receive credit for “weeks served” during summer school if they meet all of the following conditions:
  1. Are enrolled full-time in “seated” classes during summer school at Evangel University.
  2. Successfully complete (pass with a grade of “C” or better) at least:
    1. 10 credits counting toward their degree program during two consecutive 5-week summer sessions; or
    2. 5 credits counting toward their degree program during one 5-week summer session.
  3. Live under supervision in the EU summer school residence hall.   
  4. Commit no infractions of conduct standards per the Student Handbook.

Students admitted to Evangel University while on probation, parole, or suspended imposition of sentence from a federal, state or municipal court or correctional system, as well as students who are placed on probation, parole, or suspended imposition of sentence by a federal, state or municipal court or correctional system during their enrollment at Evangel University, for the commission of a felony, shall be placed on Probation Level 3 at Evangel University for a corresponding time frame and shall be provided appropriate mentoring and counseling support.

Failure of a student to disclose such probation, parole, or suspended imposition of sentence status to University officials may result in denial of admission or suspension from the University.

g. Withdrawal. A student may be permitted to withdraw from the university without the privilege of return until a time specified by the Vice President for Student Development.

  • Parents of dependent students will be notified by the Community Life office.
  • If withdrawal occurs before the end of the term, academic work is forfeited. The standard institutional policies, published in the Evangel University Vision Catalog, will be applied for any applicable refund of tuition, fees and room and board.
  • In a conduct situation in which a student chooses to withdraw from the University prior to his/her Accountability Board meeting, that student will not be readmitted to the University without submitting to a hearing upon return. If the potential consequence for the violation resulting in withdrawal is Suspension status, then the student is not allowed to be on University property (including the campus and Evangel-owned residential rental properties)  or in attendance at University-sponsored events until they have received written permission from the Vice President for Student Development or until the official start of the semester following his or her readmission as an Evangel student.
  • When a student displays signs of mental disorder indicating the student may be a threat to harm himself/herself or others, the student’s withdrawal from the university may be initiated by University administration. A copy of this complete policy is available upon request in the Student Development Office.

h. Suspension. Suspension refers to involuntary, complete separation of the student from the University for a specified length of time, which may include the current semester and/or the following semester(s) (Immediate/ Delayed). Suspension is typically for the duration of one semester, which is sixteen weeks, followed by one semester of sixteen weeks of Probation Level 2 status upon approved re-admission.

  • If Suspension occurs before the end of the term, academic work is forfeited. The standard institutional policies will be applied for the refund of tuition, fees and room and board.
  • Parents of dependent students will be notified by the Student Development Office.
  • Students on Suspension status are not allowed to be on University property (including the campus and Evangel-owned residential rental properties) or in attendance at University-sponsored events until they have received written permission from the Vice President for Student Development or until the official start of the semester following their readmission as students. Those violating this provision may be charged with trespassing.

i. Dismissal. Dismissal means that the student is permanently separated from the university with an appropriate notation of the reasons for such termination being placed in the student’s file.

  • If Dismissal occurs before the end of the term, academic work is forfeited. The standard institutional policies will be applied for the refund of tuition, fees and room and board.
  • Parents of dependent students will be notified by the Student Development Office.
  • Students on Dismissal status are not allowed to be on University property (including the campus and Evangel-owned residential rental properties) or in attendance at University-sponsored events unless they have received written permission from the Vice President for Student Development. Those violating this provision may be charged with trespassing.

2. Conduct Sanctions (A representative, but not exhaustive list)

a. Alcohol/Drug Assessment and Treatment Programs. Consequences for the use of illegal drugs and/or alcohol may include mandatory participation (at the student’s own expense) in programs for assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, at the discretion of the Community Life Accountability Board. Parents or legal guardians of underage students will be notified by or in the presence of a member of the Community Life staff when drinking and/or illegal substances have been used.

b. Community Service/Campus Restitution. Although this consequence can be given by itself for some first offenses, it is given in combination with other consequences much of the time. The hours of service can be carried out with departments on campus, or may be served off-campus if the Accountability Board or Panel deems this appropriate.

c. Counseling. A counseling assessment required as part of disciplinary sanctions may be obtained on or off-campus at the student’s expense. A list of Christian professional counselors is provided by the Wellness Center.

d. Drug Screen. Students violating university standards related to illegal substances may be subject to supervised, random drug tests at a medical facility over a given period of time. The student will be solely responsible for the costs of the drug screening.

e. Fines. Appropriate fines may be determined by any of the university’s accountability boards or panels or Community Life personnel. Fines must be paid by the appointed due date. If payment is not paid in full by the appointed time, then an additional violation—“Failure to Comply with Sanctions”—will be added.

f. Housing Review. A Housing Review is a formal evaluation of a student’s room assignment or the student’s status as an off-campus student. The student’s Residence/Commuter Director, in consultation with the Conduct Committee will conduct the Housing Review. As a result of a Housing Review, a student may be reassigned to a different room, floor or residence hall or may be required to move back on campus. Students on Alert Level 2, Probation Level 1, Probation Level 2 or Probation Level 3 status may receive a housing review to encourage positive development. Students who are required to move to another hall as a result of a housing review must obtain permission from their former RD to gain access into the former hall for all visits.

g. Research and Writing Assignments. To assist in the student’s rehabilitation and restoration, the student may be required to read relevant books and/or conduct research into the literature related to the student’s violation and/or the potential legal, spiritual and ethical consequences of the violation. These assignments may require written and/or oral reports.

h. Limitation of Privileges. Limited curfew, restricted checkout, campusing (restricted to campus for a specific period of time) and not participating in hall visitation are some examples of sanctions in this category.

i. Substance Abuse Assessment. This is a professional assessment of the extent of, and underlying issues relating to, the student’s use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances. The assessment is conducted by a Christian licensed professional counselor and is reported to the Student Development Office. The cost of the assessment is the responsibility of the student. The student must agree to comply with whatever treatment is recommended as a result of the assessment, including further counseling.

j. Mentoring. A student may be required to participate in mentoring with a faculty or staff member. Typically there is an expectation of meeting hourly, at least once per week during the semester, with the student’s progress being documented in a Mentoring Report completed by the faculty or staff mentor.

k. Pregnancy Care Center Mentoring. Meet with professionals who provide prenatal education and support to expecting mothers and fathers. 

l. STI Testing. Students involved in sexual activity will be required to undergo sexually transmitted infections testing at
their own expense.

 

VI. University Policies

Academic Appeal Procedures

Academic appeals for course grades, graduation and status in programs are handled in the following manner: As soon as possible following the decision or issue in question, the student will seek to resolve the matter, first with a professor and then with the respective Department Chair. If, after talking with the professor and the Department Chair, the student still thinks he/she is being treated unfairly or not in keeping with announced academic policies, the student may appeal in writing and/or in person to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If there is a written appeal, it must be received within three weeks after the decision in question.

Academic Dishonesty

There is intense pressure on students, even at a Christian university, to achieve a good academic record. Grades determine whether a student can stay in school and eventually graduate. They affect his/her chances of furthering education beyond the undergraduate level and of entering the job market at a relatively high level with a good opportunity for advancement.

Students with poor study habits and low grades, as well as students with high grades, may feel such pressure. Students who value the social aspects of University life may cheat in order to remain a part of the community. Others may cheat because of laziness or a habit of looking for the easiest way through a requirement. It is therefore incumbent upon every faculty to be alert to possibilities of academic dishonesty and to take steps to protect the honest students from unfair competition that may be provided by even a small minority of dishonest students.

Faculty members should also be aware of the benefit to the student who is confronted with dishonesty. A student may develop spiritually by seeing the wrong in his actions and seeking alternative behaviors that conform to biblical principles.

Successful control of academic dishonesty mandates that faculty members shall report all acts of academic dishonesty to the Vice President for Student Development as well as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Attempts to protect students from discipline for academic dishonesty can only encourage additional dishonesty—by other students if not a repetition by the same student. Therefore, the faculty is expected to use the following procedures when cases of academic dishonesty are discovered:

  1. Plagiarism or cheating on daily assignments may be handled entirely at the discretion of the faculty member. Consultation with the department head is always appropriate. The nature of the dishonesty and the action taken by the faculty member is to be reported to the Vice President for Student Development as well as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The minimum penalty for such dishonesty should be failure on the particular assignment with no opportunity for make-up or extra credit (which would defeat the purpose of the discipline).
  2. Plagiarism or cheating on major examinations or projects other than the final examination must be reported to the department head who will pass on to the Vice President for Student Development as well as the Vice President for Academic Affairs the name of the student involved, the nature of the dishonesty, and the decision of the department head and faculty member in the matter. The minimum penalty for such dishonesty shall be failure on the particular exam or project with no opportunity for make-up or extra credit (which would defeat the purpose of the discipline). The maximum penalty for dishonesty at this level would be failure of the course, if the student has had no other record of dishonesty in the department or in other departments (as might be learned when the matter is reported to the Vice President for Student Development). If the Vice President for Student Development has record of any misconduct or other instances of academic dishonesty, he/she may take additional action and treat all of the infractions under University-wide disciplinary procedures. If the examination given at the time scheduled for the final examination is the last unit exam rather than a comprehensive final, it would be treated under Provision C.
  3. Plagiarism or cheating on a comprehensive final examination or major project which constitutes a final examination equivalency must be reported to the Vice President for Student Development as well as the Vice President for Academic Affairs for joint action of the faculty member, department head, Vice President for Student Development and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Failure for the course is mandatory in cases of established dishonesty on a comprehensive final examination. Suspension or Dismissal from school is possible on the first offense of this magnitude, although it must be a unanimous decision of all three University representatives. A second occurrence of academic dishonesty reported to the Vice President for Student Development under the above policy shall be cause for Dismissal from school according to terms set by the Vice President for Student Development.

Discipline for academic dishonesty coupled with other misconduct or rules infraction shall be the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Development. Normal appeal opportunities are available to students disciplined for academic dishonesty.

Academic Probation

Students on academic probation may participate only in public “audience” events that are either necessary that semester for their degree or are grade components for courses being taken as part of their degree requirements. Students on probation may not hold campus leadership positions of any kind.

Administrative Withdrawal for Mental Disorders

When a student displays signs of mental disorder indicating the student may be a threat to harm himself/herself or others, the student’s withdrawal from the university may be initiated by University administration. Upon return from hospitalization for mental health reasons, the student must meet with the EU Director of Counseling Services immediately to assess whether or not it is appropriate for the student to remain enrolled and/or in the campus residential environment. A copy of this complete policy is available upon request in the Student Development Office.

Alcohol and Drugs (in compliance with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act)

Evangel University is affiliated with the Assemblies of God, a community of churches that emphasizes the importance of surrendering our lives to Christ and living lives which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, demonstrate God’s call for us to be Christ-like in all that we do. As a result of this affiliation and commitment to God’s call, and in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Acts Amendments of 1989, Evangel University maintains lifestyle expectations and requirements for students that relate to the manufacture, possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as well as the abuse of prescription and nonprescription medications.

Maintaining our personal health and mental well-being is an essential part of our commitment at Evangel University to serve Christ. As a demonstration of that commitment, we expect everyone in the Evangel University community (including employees, resident students, commuter students and graduate/ professional studies students), while on or off University property, to refrain from the manufacture, possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs, synthetic drugs (K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids, bath salts, or products used in a similar manner), alcoholic beverages and tobacco products and to avoid the abuse of prescription or nonprescription drugs.

We offer support services to students and employees who may be struggling with this area of their commitment to a Christian lifestyle. They can seek professional Christian counseling services and health services at the Student Union Wellness Center (865-2815 ext. 7280). There is no charge for these short-term counseling and health services, and confidentiality is guarded carefully. No information is shared with anyone without the client’s permission. Students or employees needing long-term therapy generally are referred to professionals off campus at their own expense. The campus pastor is available for pastoral counseling. Students are encouraged also to seek prayer, guidance and encouragement from members of the faculty and Student Development staff.

Students and employees may obtain, from the office of the Vice President for Student Development, a free copy of the University’s complete Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program policy, which includes a listing of off- campus community counseling and treatment facilities; a description of local, state and federal legal sanctions; plus University consequences for violations that include the following provisions:

  • Those who violate University standards, city ordinances or state or federal statutes regarding (a) the manufacture, possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs, synthetic drugs (K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids, bath salts, or products used in a similar manner), alcoholic beverages or tobacco products or (b) the abuse of medications will be subject to disciplinary action, including discharge for employees and Dismissal for students.
  • If found to be in violation of University standards but permitted to continue as a part of the community on probationary status, the student may be subject to mandatory counseling (on or off campus), periodic inspections and/or supervised, random drug tests at a medical facility over a given period of time. The student will be responsible solely for costs of the drug screens and off-campus counseling.
  • Any member of the Evangel University community who refuses to take a field sobriety test and/or a breathalyzer test, when asked to submit to either or both by an Evangel Public Safety Officer for reasonable cause, shall be considered to be in violation of the University’s standards prohibiting the possession, use or distribution of alcohol. “Reasonable cause” includes the odor of alcohol on a person’s breath, slurred speech, glassy eyes, being unsteady or unstable on a person’s feet and/or similar observations.
  • Any member of the Evangel University community who refuses to submit to a drug test or refuses to provide written consent permitting Evangel University to be apprised of the testing results, shall be considered to be in violation of the University's illegal drug policy. Reasonable grounds for drug testing may include, but are not limited to: incoherent, erratic or violent behavior; repeated tardiness and/or absenteeism; drug-related odors on person, clothing, room or vehicle; sudden unexplainable drop in academic or work performance; possession of drug paraphernalia; previous positive drug screen results; being cited for substance abuse violations by University or municiple authorities; a report that is provided by a reliable and credible source regarding use of illegal substance.
  • Student organizations are under the same legal requirements as individuals concerning local, state and federal laws. Any violation of these laws in conjunction with a student organization activity constitutes a violation of University policy. Violations of policy could result not only in disciplinary action against the individual(s) involved, but also in suspension or loss of University recognition of the organization.

Campus Safety and Crime Statistics

Though located on a main thoroughfare in a moderately-sized Midwestern city, Evangel University enjoys relative safety that is enhanced by professionally trained and equipped security officers who maintain surveillance of the campus 24 hours per day, every day. Personal self-defense classes are offered to students periodically.

 

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Public Safety Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Evangel’s annual campus crime statistics reports for the two most recent calendar years are from the Public Safety Department upon request and online at http://ope.ed.gov/security/.

In cases of criminal activity (including but not limited to burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, physical assault, etc.) committed by a student, the student may be removed immediately from the campus and subject to interim Suspension by administrative action pending Community Accountability Program review.

Crime Reporting: Evangel University encourages and expects victims and witnesses of crimes to report crimes to the Springfield Police Department and to the EU Public Safety Department at extension 7000, even if the victims do not want to pursue action within Evangel University’s Community Accountability Program or through the local or state criminal justice system. If the victim fails to do so, then the Director of Public Safety or his designee shall file a report with the Springfield Police Department on the details of a criminal incident. The purpose of filing such a report is to comply with local law, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others from the perpetrator(s). With such information, the Public Safety Department can keep an accurate record of the number of such incidents; determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Timely Warning A “Timely Warning” is provided to heighten awareness and to provide students, faculty and staff timely notification of Clery Act crimes (Robbery; Aggravated Assault;Burglary; Motor Vehicle Theft; Arson; Criminal Homicide, including Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter and Negligent Manslaughter; and Sex Offenses, including forcible and non-forcible;) that are considered to represent a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community. The warning will provide pertinent information related to the crime and available suspect information.

The Director of Public Safety or his designee is responsible for preparing and issuing timely warnings. The Director of Public Safety will make the decision to issue a timely warning on a case-by-case basis considering the facts surrounding a crime, including the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

When the Director of Public Safety issues a Timely Warning, it will be issued through the university email system to students, faculty, and staff, posted around campus and/or the campus newspaper, The Lance. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Public Safety Department may activate the Red Alert system, Valcom Intercom System or other means of communication, providing the community with more immediate notification. In such instances, a copy of the notice will be posted in each residence hall and updates regarding the situation will follow as more information becomes available. 

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Public Safety Department, by phone (417-865-2815 ext. 7000) or in person at the Public Safety Office in Riggs Hall 208. 

Chapel Attendance

A. The Significance of Chapel

The following statements illustrate the significance of chapel at Evangel University and explain why chapel is a distinguishing feature of community life for all students--both residents and commuters:

  • Spiritual Development is a core value of Evangel University, and the Chapel program aims to stimulate the spiritual development of members of the Evangel community.
  • The “integration of faith, learning and living” presumes the development of a maturing Christian spiritual dimension that may be integrally related to one’s learning (intellectual) and living (social) dimensions. Chapel aims to contribute significantly to the development of this maturing Christian spiritual dimension in Evangel students.
  • The teaching and learning of truth must be built on the foundation of God’s Truth, which may be experienced in the “learning laboratory” of Chapel worship, instruction and reflection.
  • Chapel is not designed to substitute for the important role of a local church for Evangel University students.
  • Chapel is a primary venue for expressing the ethos (distinguishing character, sentiments and guiding beliefs) of Evangel community life that provides a shared identity for Evangel alumni across the decades.
  • Chapel is a primary setting in which a common vision for “calling” and Christian service in the power of God’s Spirit can be communicated and cultivated for every generation of Evangel students.

B. Chapel Attendance and Accountability Standards

Reflecting its importance, chapel attendance is required of all students. Evangel offers two types of chapel services: plenary and alternate.  Plenary chapel services are sponsored by the Spiritual Life Department and approved by the Director of Spiritual Life. Alternate chapels are sponsored by academic departments, classes, residences halls/commuter organization, or officially recognized student clubs/organizations and are pre-approved by the Director of Student Life.

Plenary chapel services, which are designed for the University community to worship and fellowship as a body, are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (10:00-10:50 am in the Evangel Chapel). During this time, faculty are not to approve outside class projects of any nature.

Since Evangel now has an embedded seminary, student-led chapels--coordinated by the School of Theology and Church Ministries (STCM) (Mondays at 10 am)-- and Seminary chapels (check the chapel schedule for times) will also be counted as plenary chapel services for all undergraduate students.  Additional plenary chapels may be offered throughout the academic year (e.g., during Spiritual Emphasis Weeks, conferences, and other special events).

Students may find a current calendar of both plenary and alternate chapels on the Spiritual Life webpage.

1. Attendance

a. Attendance Policy: Chapel attendance is required each semester for every undergraduate student (resident or commuter) enrolled for 12 or more credits. Students are required to attend at least 33 chapels each semester (at least 28 must be plenary chapels and up to 5 may be alternate chapels), unless they qualify for a full or partial exemption (see Section C. Exemptions from Chapel Attendance Requirements).

b. Attendance Records: It is the responsibility of each student to monitor and maintain his or her compliance with the Chapel attendance policy.  Students may access their chapel attendance records via the Student Portal. If a student identifies an inaccurate absence on his or her attendance record, it is the student's responsibility to contact the coordinator in the Student Development office, Riggs 302B.

c. Alternate Chapels: Attendance is typically taken using a scanner and verified by the faculty/staff sponsor:

    • Students may receive up to five (5) alternate chapel credits per semester.
    • Students may receive chapel attendance credit for only one alternate chapel per day.

d. “Frequent Chapel Attendees” Bonus Program: A student may “bank,” for use in a future semester, up to five chapel attendance credits that the student earns above the minimum requirement.

2. Tardies

  1. Evangel chapels begin at 10:00 a.m. Students arriving after 10:05 a.m. will have their ID cards scanned and will be counted tardy. (Students arriving after 10:15 will be counted absent.) Tardy students may be required to sit in a designated seating area.
  2. STCM student-led chapels are on Mondays at 10:05 a.m. in the AGTS Chapel.  Students arriving between 5 and 10 minutes late will be counted as tardy.  After 10 minutes, no attendance credit is given.
  3. For attendance purposes, the first two tardies are considered warnings. On the third tardy, the attendance for that day is not credited to the student.

3. Accountability for Chapel Attendance

  1. Because of the University’s commitment to the integration of faith, learning and living, chapel is included automatically on each student’s matrix class schedule.
  2. Chapel attendance records and any behavioral alerts relative to chapel attendance noncompliance may be communicated to each student’s faculty advisor for review and consultation with the student.

4. Chapel Attendance Noncompliance

A variety of interventions will occur when students are in jeopardy for noncompliance of the chapel attendance policy.  As a courtesy, students who have not attended at least half of their chapel requirements by fall/spring break will be notified by campus email.  A second notification will occur approximately three weeks later for students who have not attended at least three-fourths. Noncompliance letters will be sent out through email during the week of final exams.

  1. Attendance Discrepancies: If a student identifies an inaccuracy in the chapel records, he or she should contact the Chapel Attendance Coordinator (Riggs 302B) within seven (7) calendar days of the email being sent. If necessary, the coordinator will work with the student to comply with the Chapel Attendance Policy and remedy any issues associated with attendance. If a student chooses not to meet, the student forfeits any right of appeal.

  2. Fines:  Students who do not fulfill their chapel attendance requirements are assessed a fine.  These fines are charged to the student's university account, up to a maximum of $200 per semester, and may be paid at the Cashier’s Office during regular business hours. 
    • Attendance requirement unmet by up to and including five (5) chapels = $20 each
    • Attendance requirement unmet from 6 to 9 chapels = $25 each

c. Transcript Hold:  Non-returning or graduating students who are noncompliant in chapel attendance and have not paid the associated fines will have their official transcripts and diplomas withheld until the deficiency is remedied by payment of appropriate fines as specified above.

d. Mandatory Meeting with Vice President for Student Development (VPSD): Because of the disciplinary statuses associated with noncompliance in chapel attendance by nine (9) or more, students will be notified by campus email and will be required to meet with the VPSD within five (5) business days of the email being sent.  The VPSD will assist the student with setting a plan to comply with the Chapel Attendance Policy and will notify the student's academic advisor and RD/CD. 

e. Disciplinary Statuses:

    • Chapel Probation Level 1: Students who are noncompliant in their chapel attendance by six (6) to nine (9) shall be placed on Chapel Probation Level 1 status.  Chapel. Students on Chapel Probation Level 1 may:
      • Forfeit campus leadership and academic privileges.  Based on faculty recommendation, students may lose the privilege of representing the university in any official capacity, including ministry teams, performance groups, campus organizations, campus publications, and intercollegiate activities,  Students may also lose performance-based scholarships tied to such activities/positions, at the discretion of the respective academic department chair or Athletics Director.
      • Be required to notify their parents in the presence of their residence/commuter director about being placed on Chapel Probation Level 1 status if they are classified as dependent students.
    • Chapel Probation Level 2: Students who noncompliant in their chapel attendance by ten (10) or more shall immediately be placed on Chapel Probation Level 2 status for the next semester in which Chapel is offered.  Chapel Probation Level 2 is a written warning stating that further violation of chapel attendance policies will result in suspension from the university.  Chapel Probation Level 2 is assigned for the entire spring or fall semester following the one in which the written warning is given.  Students on Chapel Probation 2:
      • Are subject to a housing review
      • May not represent the university in any official capacity, including ministry teams, performance groups and intercollegiate activities, nor may they write for any university publication or hold any campus leadership position through the end of the current semester. Therefore, students on Chapel Probation Level 2 status are subject to loss of performance-based scholarships tied to such activities/positions, at the discretion of the respective academic department chair or Athletics Director.
      • May be required to notify their parents in the presence of their residence/commuter director about being placed on Chapel Probation Level 2 status if they are classified as dependent students.

g. Three Semester Limit: Students who are noncompliant in their chapel attendance for three semesters (not necessarily consecutive) during their undergraduate career shall be suspended from the university for the next semester in which Chapel is offered, with requirements for readmission stipulated by the Student Development Office (typically including a reapplication, a new pastoral reference, Probation Level 2 status for the first semester upon returning, community service requirements and additional chapel accountability). Appeals may be made to the Vice President for Student Development.

h. Suspension: Students who are noncompliant in their chapel attendance while on Chapel Probation Level 2 status shall be suspended from the university for the next semester in which Chapel is offered, with requirements for readmission stipulated by the Student Development Office (typically including a reapplication, a new pastoral reference, Probation Level 2 status for the first semester upon returning, community service requirements and additional chapel accountability). Appeals may be made to the Vice President for Student Development.

C. Exemptions from Chapel Attendance Requirements

1. Requests for exemptions (partial or full) from chapel may be granted (on a semester basis or for a year depending upon the situation) and must be accompanied by the appropriate exemption and validations forms.  Eligibility includes students who are:

  1. In their student teaching semester (full exemption).
  2. Enrolled in fewer than 12 credits, cumulative, in all institutions for the semester, as of the close of the last day of the academic registration period as published in the Evangel University Vision Catalog (full exemption).
  3. Enrolled in an approved off-campus “study abroad” program (full exemption).
  4. Nursing majors attending Cox-required courses and Cox-required clinicals during their final two years at Cox College of Health Sciences (full exemption).
  5. Commuters who either do not have classes on or until the afternoon of two or more plenary chapel days (partial or full exemption).
  6. Enrolled in a departmentally approved internship or practicum* that unavoidably conflicts with two or more plenary chapel times (partial or full exemption)
  7. Employed** in a continuous, documented job during the semester. Students working 20-25 hours/week  can receive approval to attend 22 chapels; 26-34 hours/week - 11 chapels; 35+ hours/week -- full exemption 

*Practicum and internship requests must be supported by the Practicum/Internship Validation Form and approved by the faculty supervisor before being submitted to the Chapel Attendance Office.

**Work-related requests must be supported by the Employer Validation Form and approved by the faculty advisor before being submitted to the Chapel Attendance Office.

2. There are no exemptions from chapel attendance except those approved by the Chapel Attendance Office. Those that may be granted are classified as:

  1. Full Exemption: When a student is excused from all chapel for the entire semester.
  2. Partial Exemption: When a student is excused from chapel on the same day or days each week throughout the semester.
  3. To obtain a total or partial exemption, the student must submit a Request for Chapel Exemption form to his or her faculty advisor. The faculty advisor will validate the form with his or her signature and forward it directly to the Chapel Attendance Office, by 4:30 p.m. on Friday of the first full week of classes, for approval.

3. Students who have less than two consistent conflicts during the chapel hour are required to attend 33 chapels.  Attendance requirements for approved exemptions are listed as follows:

    • 22 chapel attendance requirements (partial exemption:  2 consistent plenary chapel conflicts)
    • 11 chapel attendance requirements (partial exemption:  3 consistent plenary chapel conflicts)
    • 0 chapel attendance requirements (full exemption:  4 consistent plenary chapel conflicts)

4. Regular attendance is expected until the Chapel Attendance Office receives, processes, and approves the Request for Chapel Exemption. Students will receive a notification from the Chapel Attendance Coordinator when the request is approved or denied.

Note: Because attendance--not absenteeism--is the standard, there is no provision for processing daily chapel excuses.

D. Chapel Seat Selection

  1. Prior to the beginning of each semester, resident assistants will select chapel seat assignments for their respective floors for the term.
  2. Prior to the beginning of each semester, commuter students may access their respective student portals in order to select their chapel seat assignments for the term.
  3. Commuter students who do not select their own chapel seats will have them assigned on their behalf by the Chapel Attendance Coordinator.
  4. Chapel attendance will not begin accruing for any student until the chapel seat selection has been made.

E. Behavior in Chapel

Because self-discipline and peer accountability comprise the foundation of our Evangel University Community, each student should consider (a) how his/her own behavior in chapel affects others and (b) his/her own responsibility to hold peers accountable for their behavior in chapel. The behavior expected in chapel is that which common courtesy would require. For example:

  1. Common courtesy requires that one not exit during the ministry of the Word except in emergencies. Restroom visits should be made before or after the service.
  2. Sleeping (or giving the appearance of sleeping), studying, talking, reading newspapers or magazines, displaying public affection, leaving the chapel before the end of the Chapel period and other disruptive behaviors are considered inappropriate during the chapel service.
  3. Feet and knees must be kept off the balcony walls and railings, and off chair backs, seats, and arms.
  4. Student use of smart phones and tablets is permissible in chapel for sermon engagement only. Use of other electronic devices is prohibited during chapel.
  5. Head coverings, including hats, caps, bandanas and hoods should be removed before entering the chapel.

[1st offense: warning sent to student EU email; 2nd offense: deletion of chapel credit; subsequent offense[s]): deletion of chapel credit plus $15 fine.]

Class Attendance

Evangel's faculty seek to build a community of Christian scholars dedicated to pursuing truth.  At the University level, that pursuit clearly involves more than merely gaining information; it also requires strong commitment to the process of inquiry and to one's colleagues.  Class attendance alone cannot ensure that students and professors will become partners in scholarship; however, the prospects for that ideal are dimmed when students miss class. Therefore, professors expect regular attendance.

Course content and teaching styles will vary across the University. Such diversity enriches the educational process and provides a sound basis for developing community, which does not imply rigid uniformity.  Therefore, the University does not prescribe a campus wide attendance policy, but rather each professor may set his or her own attendance policy in order to achieve course goals and objectives.

 

Computer Network Use Policy

A copy of the Computer Network Use Policy may be obtained from Information Technologies or may be viewed in its entirety on your Student Portal.

Dependency Status

It is the policy of Evangel University that traditional undergraduate students are presumed to be “dependent” students, as defined by the statutes of the United States and, specifically, the Internal Revenue Code, for all parental notification purposes, unless written proof, sufficient to rebut the presumption, is filed with and approved by the Office of the Vice President for Student Development.

Drug Testing Policy and Procedures

As representatives of Evangel University, athletes must maintain a level of respect for their bodies, their fellow teammates, the Athletics Department, and the university. The use of illegal drugs and banned substances is not tolerated. The purpose of this drug testing policy and program is to discourage the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of legal drugs and dietary supplements by student-athletes through a screening program based on periodic testing designed to identify those who use any substance banned by Evangel University. The policy below will be used as a guideline when determining the status of a student-athlete refusing to adhere to Evangel University athletic department substance abuse policy.

Purpose: The purpose of Evangel University Athletics’ drug testing policy is to emphasize the prevention of substance abuse problems, although procedural steps are already in place when an evident problem is in need of resolution.

   1.     Substance Abuse Contract: Upon arrival, each student-athlete must submit a signed copy of the substance abuse contract. This ensures student-athletes and parents are aware of the zero-tolerance policy of substance abuse at Evangel University. By signing this contract yearly, each student and parent/guardian are made aware of the university’s policy and are agreeing to abide by its standards. 

   2.     Drug Testing: All student-athletes are subject to drug testing by Evangel University Athletic Training Department at any time during the student-athlete’s eligibility.

a.     Evangel University Athletic Training will randomly and/or selectively choose, due to reasonable cause, athletes to be tested for illegal, performance-enhancing, or street drugs.

b.     Each student-athlete chosen to participate in a drug test will be summoned via verbal and/or written means to report to the drug test site at a specific time. The student-athlete will provide a urine sample under supervision of gender specific Athletic Training staff, EU school official, school nurse or off-site drug testing facilitator.

c.     Student-athletes may be given a maximum of, but are not entitled to, a 24 hour notice prior to random/reasonable cause drug testing.

d.     Any student-athlete failing to provide an adequate urine sample or refusing to take a University mandated drug test, will be considered an admission of guilt and treated as a positive drug test by the University.

e.     An initial non-negative for illegal substance abuse will result in immediate suspension from competition until proven negative by a medical review officer.

f.        If a student-athlete tests non-negative for a prescription medication, he/she must present Head Athletic Trainer with a copy of the prescription for that medication within two business days of being notified of non-negative result. If the student-athlete fails to present a copy of the prescription for questionable medication within two business days, he/she will be immediately removed from competition.

g.     If a student-athlete tests positive, a medical review officer will contact the student-athlete about what medications they may be taking and for what reasons.

h.     If medical clearance is given for a positive drug test, the student-athlete will not be held responsible for the cost of the drug test.

i.       If medical clearance is not proven for a positive drug test, the student-athlete will fall under the Positive Drug Test guidelines below.  

3.     Positive Drug Test: If the student-athlete presents a positive drug test, the cost of the test must be reimbursed to Evangel University, and the student-athlete may be subjected to further and more extensive drug testing. The cost of this additional drug test will also be the responsibility of the student-athlete. The student-athlete will then be placed on a minimum but not limited to level of Probation Level 3.

a.     Probation Level 3 is a written warning stating that further violation of any campus policies and/or community standards will result in Suspension or Dismissal from the university. This is usually written in conjunction with more serious disciplinary actions or as a result of a cluster of inappropriate behaviors. Probation Level 3 is for the duration of twelve weeks, followed by eight weeks on an Alert Level 2 status. [Alert Level 2 is a written warning stating that further violations of campus policies and/or community standards may result in Probation Level 2 up to Suspension. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to: housing review, early curfew and/or loss of curfew exemption, loss of hall visitation, community restitution and restricted overnight checkout. A student will remain on Alert Level 2 for a period of 8 weeks.]

Students on Probation Level 3  status:

i.     Are subject to a housing review.

ii. Are not allowed to represent the university in any official capacity, including ministry teams, performance groups and intercollegiate activities (competitions), neither may they write for any university publication nor hold any campus leadership position for a period of 12 weeks. Therefore, students on Probation Level 3 status are subject to loss of performance-based scholarships tied to such activities/positions, at the discretion of the respective academic department chair or Athletics Director. Student-athletes are allowed to continue participation in practices during this probationary status.

        iii.  Will receive a $500 fine that will be added to his/her student account (campus/community restitution will not be an option.

        iv.  Will be required to notify their parents in the presence of their residence/commuter director about being placed on Probation Level 3 status if they are classified as dependent students.

        v.  Will be subject to random drug tests for the duration of his or her eligibility as a student-athlete and student at Evangel University. 

b.     Suspension refers to involuntary, complete separation of the student from the University for a specified length of time, which may include the current semester and/or the following semester(s) (Immediate/ Delayed). Suspension is typically for the duration of one semester, which is sixteen weeks, followed by one semester of sixteen weeks of Probation Level 2 (formerly Behavioral Probation) status upon approved re-admission. Parents of dependent students will be notified by the Student Development Office. If Suspension occurs before the end of the term, academic work is forfeited. The standard institutional policies will be applied for the refund of tuition, fees and room and board. Students on Suspension status are not allowed to be on University property (including the campus and Evangel-owned residential rental properties) or in attendance at University-sponsored events until they are either officially readmitted as students or have received written permission from the Vice President for Student Development. Those violating this provision may be charged with trespassing. 

c.     Dismissal means that the student is permanently separated from the university with an appropriate notation of the reasons for such termination being placed in the student’s file. If Dismissal occurs before the end of the term, academic work is forfeited. The standard institutional policies will be applied for the refund of tuition, fees and room and board. Parents of dependent students will be notified by the Student Development Office. Students on Dismissal status are not allowed to be on University property or in attendance at University-sponsored events. Those violating this provision may be charged with trespassing. 

4.     Drug Testing Procedures:

a.     Student-athlete provides photo identification with his/her student I.D. upon entrance into the drug testing facility.

b.     Student-athlete is given a bag in which they may place all of their excess clothing, empty their pockets, and store personal items not needed after checking in. These items will be returned to the student-athlete upon procedural completion.

c.     Collector ensures that the name and address of the drug testing laboratory appear on the top of the CCF and the Specimen I.D. number on the top of the CCF matches the specimen I.D. number on the labels/seals.

d.     Collector provides the required information in Step 1 on the CCF. The collector provides the remark in STEP 2 if the donor refuses to provide his/her student I.D. number.

e.      Collector gives a collection container to the donor for providing a specimen.

f.       Donor washes hands before placing specimen in container.

g.     After the donor gives the specimen to the collector, the collector checks the temperature of the specimen within 4 minutes and marks the appropriate temperature box in STEP 2 on the CCF. The collector provides a remark if the temperature is outside of the acceptable range.

h.     Collector checks the split or single specimen collection box. If no specimen is collected, that box is checked and a remark is provided. If it is an observed collection, that box is checked and a remark is provided. If no specimen is collected COPY 1 is discarded and the remaining copies are distributed as required.

i.       Donor watches the collector pouring the specimen from the collection container into the specimen bottle(s), placing the cap(s) on the specimen bottle(s), and affixing the label(s)/seal(s) on the specimen bottle(s).

j.       Collector dates the specimen bottle label(s) after the label(s) have been placed on the specimen bottle(s).

k.     Donor initials the specimen bottle label(s) after the label(s) have been placed on the specimen bottle(s).

l.       Collector turns to COPY 2 (MRO COPY) and instructs the donor to read the certification statement in STEP 5 and to sign, print name, date, provide phone numbers and date of birth after reading the certification statement. If the donor refuses to sign the certification statement, the collector provides a remark in STEP 2 on COPY 1.

m.   Collector completes STEP 4 (i.e. provides signature, printed name, date, time of collection, and name of delivery service), immediately places the sealed specimen bottle(s) and COPY 1 of the CCF in a leak-proof plastic bag, places the tracking label from the CCF on the specimen package, releases the specimen package to the delivery service, and distributes the other copies as outlined in the standard operating procedure manual as required.  

5.     Reasonable Cause: Reasonable cause is defined as behavior, conduct, or performance by the student-athlete which leads the University to conclude that there is the likelihood the student-athlete is taking or is under the influence of illegal drugs, banned substances, or alcohol. Among the indicators which may be used in evaluating a student-athlete’s behavior, conduct, or performance are: class attendance, significant GPA changes, lack of athletic practice attendance, increased injury rate or illness, changes in physical appearance, academic/athletic motivational level, emotional condition, mood changes, and legal involvement. Reasonable cause may also be based on information received that a student-athlete is using illegal drugs or alcohol. All reasonable cause requests by head coaches will be directed to the Head Athletic Trainer. In such case, the determination that “reasonable cause” exists to require a student-athlete to submit to drug testing will be made only after a consultation between the Head Athletic Trainer and Head Coach. Should there be any disagreement as to whether the athlete should be tested; the Athletic Director will have the final decision. All must agree that the observations, behavior, conduct or performance of the student-athlete are such that testing for reasonable cause is required to protect the health of the student-athlete, the health of others, and/or to protect the integrity of the sport. In such cases, no notice of the drug test may be given to the student-athlete.  

6.     Self-Report Clause: Self-report involves a student-athlete admitting to misconduct involving substance abuse BEFORE being summoned by the Athletics Department for random testing. In the event the student-athlete self-reports a behavioral misconduct with substance abuse, he or she: 

a.     Immediately will be ineligible for competition and will be placed on reduced disciplinary status--Probation Level 1 status instead of Probation Level 3, meaning that he or she will not be permitted to represent the university in any extra-curricular activities or leadership roles for four weeks instead of twelve weeks as in Probation Level 3. Probation Level 1 is followed by Alert Level 2 for eight weeks.

b.     Will be mandated to submit to professional counseling assessment and appropriate treatment as determined by theassessment.

c.     Must consent to a drug test at the end of the four week period of Probation Level 1 status. If the student-athlete presents with a negative drug test and has completed the mandatory counseling assessment and treatment, the student-athlete will be returned to competition, practices and student-leadership responsibilities within the university. However, if the student presents with a positive drug test, the student will be referred to the Community Life Department for further discipline and possibly dismissal from Evangel University.

d.     Will also be subject to random drug testing throughout the remainder of his or her eligibility as a student-athlete and student at Evangel University. 

7.     Trips to a Medical Doctor or Nurse Practitioner: Each student-athlete seen by a health-care professional other than Athletic Training Department staff must report medications and reason for visit to other health-care professional to Evangel University athletic training staff. Evangel University Athletic Training Staff has a comprehensive list of medications that may not be taken while participating in athletic practice or competition.  

Banned Substances: The NCAA has strict rules about the use of supplements. Evangel University Athletic Training will use the NCAA Sports Medicine handbook as a guideline when determining safe levels of supplements and determining banned substances.

Emergency Notifications and Response

Evangel University Emergency Response Plan can be viewed on our Public Safety website or by accessing the following link: http://www.evangel.edu/financial/more-information/consumer-information/emergency-or-crisis-plan/.  The complete Crisis Management Plan, Building Evacuation Plan, and Campus Evacuation Plan may be viewed at the Public Safety Office.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Student information may be used by university administrators, faculty, directors, and staff, who are considered to be "school officials with legitimate educational interest" as outlined in the model for the consolidated Evangel University. For a complete statement of the policy see the section of the Evangel University Vision Catalog, “Personal Rights and Human Values.”

Fasting

The practice of fasting as described in the Scriptures refers to abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. Both as it is described in the Scriptures and as it has been modeled in the Christian tradition, fasting is properly differentiated from other types of activities that involve abstinence from food. For example, fasting differs in purpose from hunger strikes (which typically serve political or social purposes) and fad diets (which may be undertaken solely to affect physical appearance). As distinct from a hunger strike or a fad diet, the forms of fasting described in Scripture are always motivated primarily by spiritual purposes.

The Scriptures do not establish fasting as a required discipline for everyone. However, they do provide numerous accounts in which persons that were called by God to fast received spiritual guidance or some other spiritual benefit through the discipline of fasting. With these facts in mind, Evangel University faculty, staff and administrators affirm the spiritual importance and value of fasting when undertaken in a free and informed way by persons whose energy and attention are centered on God and who seek spiritual guidance or are motivated by some other spiritual purpose.

The University faculty, staff and administrators recognize, however, that the discipline of fasting can sometimes be improperly motivated, misunderstood or abused. For this reason, the University has adopted the following guidelines for students who are considering undertaking a fast.

  • Fasting is a spiritual discipline approved by God. Although the Scriptures do not establish fasting as a requirement for everyone, God does unquestionably call some individuals to fast at particular times for particular reasons. As a general point of guidance, therefore, fasting should always be entered into as a response to God’s call and should always have some spiritual purpose as its primary motivation.
  • The discipline of fasting should be entered into freely. This principle implies that externally imposed expectations (such as peer pressure) as well as self-imposed expectations are both improper motivations.
  • The discipline of fasting should be entered into knowingly. This principle implies that anyone who feels called to fast should seek to understand what the Scriptures say about fasting. It also means that information and advice should be sought from spiritual authorities as well as health and mental wellness experts. Moreover, as a university community, we advise students who suffer from health disorders or who have other physical or psychological conditions that could limit their activity or require monitoring not to engage in fasting. These conditions include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • Any eating disorder
    • Anemia
    • Diabetes
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Any other known mental or physical condition that could be exacerbated by fasting
    • Pregnant women and nursing mothers are also advised not to fast.
    • For persons who have (or suspect they may have) any of the above conditions and who still feel called to fast, Evangel University recommends considering a form of fasting other than fasting from food, such as abstaining from a favorite activity or form of entertainment.

Fund Raising

  • Fund raising is permitted for officially recognized student organizations, but must receive prior approval from the Student Activities Office.
  • Solicitation by non-recognized and/or off-campus groups is prohibited without prior permission from the Vice President for Student Development.
  • Fund raising endeavors should not employ raffles (i.e. selling multiple chances to win a prize), lotteries, or other games of chance that could be likened to gambling.
  • Fund raising projects involving food sales must be approved by the Director of Food Service to ensure that standards of safe food preparation and handling are met.
  • As with all posters, flyers promoting fund raising activities must be approved by the Student Development Office prior to posting.
  • Selling products door-to-door, conducting sales meetings inside the residence halls or advertising products via student mailboxes is prohibited. However, Residence Directors may permit students to utilize residence hall bulletin boards to advertise products and announce meetings conducted outside the hall. Fundraising within a student's own residense hall is permitted for approved missions/service trips only.
  • To acheive maximum potential for fund raising for student organizations and the University as a whole, it is important to coordinate off-campus fund raising efforts.  Before contacting any company or major corporation for donations, please contact the Vice President for Institutional Advancement (ext. 7290) for prior approval. The University does not share its donor list.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The Evangel University Wellness Center has adopted a Health Information Physical Security Policy that complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) security and privacy regulations’ requirement to protect the security of health information, as well as our duty to protect the confidentiality and integrity of confidential information as required by law, professional ethics, and accreditation requirements. Any questions about this confidentiality and privacy program may be directed to the Director of Counseling Services or the Director of Health Services. The Evangel University Privacy Practices Policy can be obtained from the Wellness Center. Each student will be supplied with this policy upon receiving his/her confidential Student Information Form.

Leave of Absence Policy

The Leave of Absence Policy applies to students who leave Evangel University for a semester due to extreme or life-threatening medical situations (personal or immediate family member) or reserve military training.  Students who are seniors and need only specific classes to graduate that are not offered in a particular semester may also apply for a leave of absence.  Students who are studying abroad do not need to apply for a leave of absence as they will work directly with the registrar for ongoing coursework.  Students who desire to attend another school, simply want to take a semester off, or withdraw for reasons other than stated above are not eligible for a leave of absence. 

Leave of absences are typically approved for one semester but may be extended for up to one year in extenuating circumstances.  To be eligible, students must be in good academic standing.  Students on academic probation are not eligible.

Applications for leave of absence may be obtained in the Office of Student Development or may be downloaded from the Evangel University website. 

Students who are granted a leave of absence will continue to have access to their student portal and Evangel access information; however, they will not be considered current students for federal purposes.  They will not need to apply for readmission through the Admissions Office.  However, students who are granted a leave of absence due to personal medical situations will need to submit a supporting letter from their doctor indicating fitness to return as a student.  Students are responsible for contacting their academic advisor to schedule courses for the next semester.

 If a student is approved to take a leave of absence during their current semester, the following applies: 

  • During the first eight weeks of the semester, student will be dropped from their enrolled classes
  • After week eight, if the majority of coursework is completed, student may receive an Incomplete (I) with faculty approval.  It is the student’s responsibility to work with the faculty member to complete coursework and exams within the next semester on the date specified by the faculty.
  • If an Incomplete is not appropriate, student will be withdrawn from the class and issued a “W”. No credit is issued for a W. 

Medical Withdrawal Policy

A medical withdrawal request may be made in extraordinary cases in which serious illness or injury prevents a student from continuing his or her classes for the duration of the semester.Petitions for medical withdrawals must be submitted during the semester for which the student is withdrawing, they cannot be granted retroactively.

The student must provide Evangel University with a:

  • Completed withdrawal form
  • Written request for a medical withdrawal that describes the reason for the withdrawal and explains how the illness or condition affects ability to maintain status as a student at the university.
  • Letter from the treating doctor, recommending a withdrawal for medical reasons. This letter must state the specific rationale for the recommendation, including why the illness or condition prevents the student from maintaining status as a student. The letter must be on the physician’s letterhead, and include the date of the onset of the illness or condition, along with supporting documentation that shows the long-term nature of the medical emergency. A statement recommending withdrawal without the supporting rationale will not be considered.

If a Medical Withdrawal is approved, all grades for that semester are converted to W’s and those grades will appear on the student’s transcript. Additionally, any tuition payments made will be credited to the following semester; however, a medical withdrawal does not dismiss the student from the entire financial obligation to the university. The student will still be responsible for university fees, housing costs, any outstanding fines, and repayment for financial aid if mandated by the Federal Government.

The U.S. Department of Education does not recognize a “Medical Withdrawal” and a regular withdrawal as separate circumstances. If a student who has received financial aid withdraws before completing 60% of the semester (whether for health reasons or no), the Department requires the financial aid office to perform a Return to Title IV calculation to determine what financial aid needs to be returned to the Federal Government.

To register for future semesters, the student may be asked provide the university with a letter from his or her physician releasing the student to return to the College.

Mental Disorder as Affecting Disciplinary Proceedings

A statement of the policy may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Student Development.

Multiculturalism

Evangel University encourages students to understand and appreciate ethnic and cultural differences. Recognizing the principles of Scripture and the rich contribution that each culture can make to campus life, the University supports the biblical concept of multiculturalism (Galatians 3:28, Revelation 7:9) in which all people participate equally in the Kingdom of God regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age or socioeconomic status.

Nondiscrimination

Evangel University believes that all discrimination, whether based on race, gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or physical disability, is unacceptable and sinful. Members of the University community should embrace the exhortation of Scripture to love God with all their being and their neighbors as themselves. Furthermore, the University’s stance on nondiscrimination is consistent with the following federal requirements:

  • Section 540 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
    Evangel University does not discriminate on the basis of handicap, in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations. The act states that "no person in the Univted Sates shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjectedd to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance". USC 1232g(i)
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
    Evangel University is operating in compliance with the Federal Regulation of TITLE IX of the Education amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally assisted programs. The relevant language in Section 901 (a) reads as follows: “No person in the United States, on the basis of sex, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Evangel University, as a religious institution, has received exemptions from compliance with certain TITLE IX regulations that are not consistent with its religious tenets.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336)
    Evangel University is operating in compliance with this law, the purpose of which is to afford the disabled equal opportunity and full participation in life activities and to prohibit discrimination based on disability in employment, public service, public accommodations, telecommunications or transportation.
  • Statement of Compliance
    Evangel University, in compliance with TITLES VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, TITLE IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, age or handicap in its education programs, admissions, activities or employment practices. As a religious institution, Evangel is exempted from certain regulations of TITLE VII & IX.

    Dr. Sheri Phillips, Vice President for Student Development for the University at Room 304 in Riggs Hall, whose telephone number is 865-2815, is the responsible employee of the University to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out the responsibilities of the University under the above-referenced acts prohibiting discrimination on the basis of handicap, sex, disabilities, race, color or national origin. She works in conjunction with Ocki Haas, Director of Human Resources, Riggs Hall 309, 865-2815, for all employees concerns All inquiries or complaints should be made through the Student Development or Human Resources office. Specific compliance officers are identified in Section VI (V, C) of the Student Handbook.

Parental Notification to Protect a Student’s Wellbeing

See Suicide policy below.

Suicide

It is the policy of Evangel University to take appropriate and reasonable steps to protect the well being of a student who has threatened or attempted suicide, when the University becomes knowledgeable of such threat or attempt. Appropriate and reasonable steps may include: referral to University Counseling Services and/or local medical center for professional mental health evaluation and/or treatment; notifying the parents as soon as possible; documenting such parental notification in the student files maintained by the office of the Vice President for Student Development; and implementing the “Administrative Withdrawal for Mental Disorders” policy, a copy of which is available upon request from the Office of Student Development.

In the event you become aware of a suicide threat or attempt, do take it seriously. Do not leave the suicidal person unattended or allow him or her to leave the building. Call Public Safety at ext. 7000. Campus Public Safety will notify the appropriate emergency personnel to assist.

Withdrawal from the University

A student who desires to withdraw from the University shall proceed to the Office of the Vice President for Student Development and make written application for official withdrawal. All credits will be computed as of the date when application is made to the Vice President for Student Development. The student must follow the withdrawal procedure. Simply not attending classes does not withdraw the student from school. The complete statement of the Withdrawal Policy, including the refund policy, is published in the Evangel University Vision Catalog.

Parole or Court-Ordered Probation

Students admitted to Evangel University while on probation, parole, or suspended imposition of sentence from a federal, state or municipal court or correctional system, as well as students who are placed on probation, parole, or suspended imposition of sentence by a federal, state or municipal court or correctional system during their enrollment at Evangel University, for the commission of a felony, shall be placed on Probation Level 3 at Evangel University for a corresponding time frame and shall be provided appropriate mentoring and counseling support.

Failure of a student to disclose such probation, parole, or suspended imposition of sentence status to University officials may result in denial of admission or suspension from the University.

Sexual Assault Policy

Respecting the human dignity of every employee, student and guest, Evangel University strives to maintain a safe, Christian community free from all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. Sexual assault is not only incompatible with biblical standards of Christian conduct, but also is a criminal act. Therefore, sexual assault is prohibited by the University.

This policy pertains to sexual assaults that involve a student or students, or against a student by a non-student perpetrator. This policy addresses the definition of sexual assault, sexual assault prevention efforts, how to report sexual assault and gain assistance if it occurs, and the procedures for resolution of an incident of sexual assault.

A.  Definitions 

1.     Sexual Assault
The term sexual assault is defined as any sexual physical contact that involves the threat or use of force or violence, or any other form of coercion or intimidation; any sexual physical contact with a person who is unable to give consent.   

Note: For reference, sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcomed action of a sexual nature by a person (of the same or opposite sex), which results in sexual discrimination or a hostile environment. In some instances sexual assault may also constitute sexual harassment. For information regarding reporting of sexual harassment, as opposed to sexual assault, see the Evangel University Sexual Harassment Policy.

2.  Consent

The term consent is defined as an unambiguous and willful participation or cooperation in an act or as an attitude that is commonly understood to be consistent with the exercise of free will. Consent requires participants who are fully conscious, are equally free to act, have clearly communicated their willingness, cooperation, or permission to participate in a specific sexual activity, are positive and clear in their desires, and are able to cease ongoing consensual activity at any time. Refusal to consent does not have to be verbal; it can be expressed with gestures, body language or attitude. A prior sexual history between the complainant and respondent does not constitute consent. Consent is not freely given if one of the following applies:

  1. The individual is unable to make an informed decision as a result of alcohol or other drugs (including but not limited to predatory drugs or prescribed medications); or
  2. The individual is unconscious, asleep, or suffering from shock; or
  3. The individual is under the age of eighteen and therefore legally unable to give consent; or
  4. The individual has a known mental disorder or developmental or physical disability, and therefore legally unable to give consent.

Note: For the purposes of the University, use of alcohol by an offender neither diminishes personal responsibility nor is considered a mitigating factor in disciplinary sanctions should a violation be found to have occurred.

B.  Prevention of Sexual Assault

Throughout the school year, the Department of Public Safety conducts Sexual Harassment And Rape Prevention (SHARP) training opportunities. The SHARP program aims to enable individuals to protect themselves through preventing attacks and learning techniques for escape in the event of an attack. It provides valuable information about how to avoid confrontation and how to best defend oneself if physically attacked or confronted.

C.  Reporting Sexual Assault

To student survivors of sexual assault, assistance is available 24 hours a day through the entire year by calling the Evangel University Department of Public Safety at (417) 865-2815 extension 7000. The Department of Public Safety personnel will offer assistance in reporting the crime and in providing information for medical treatment, a victim's advocate, and counseling support.

Evangel has two Victim Advocates who are Licensed Counselors and trained in responding to sexual assault survivors: 1) Brian Upton, Director of Counseling Services, Cantrell Student Union 106, Springfield, MO 65802, Phone: (417) 865-2815, Email: uptonb@evangel.edu; and 2) Reba Woolverton, Counselor, Cantrell Student Union, 106, Springfield, MO 65802, Phone: (417) 865-2815, Email: woolvertonr@evangel.edu.  The Public Safety Officer can contact a victim's advocate 24/7.

D.  University Response to Reported Sexual Assault

1.  Change of Program or Residence: The University will change the survivor's class schedule and/ or the survivor's location in the University housing system if the survivor requests such change and the new classes and/or the new location can be reasonably provided.

2.  Disciplinary Action:

a. If the Incident Report requests disciplinary action, and if the offender is not a member of the university community, then the Director of Public Safety will contact the Springfield Police Department to investigate.

b. If the Incident Report requests disciplinary action, and if the offender is a university employee, the Director of Public Safety will contact the Springfield Police Department to investigate and will forward the Incident Report to the Director of Human Resources and the Vice President for Student Development for resolution in accordance with policies governing employee conduct.

c. If the Incident Report requests disciplinary action, and if the offender is a student, the Vice President for Student Development will review the complaint for action pursuant to the Community Standards of Conduct published in the Evangel University Student Handbook. The policy for student disciplinary cases is established by the Community Standards of Conduct. Disciplinary action under the Evangel University student conduct code is independent of any legal proceedings. This action may run concurrently with or in addition to any law enforcement investigation or court proceedings. The following sections of this protocol summarize some of the steps in the disciplinary procedures implemented by the Vice President of Student Development.

i.  Parties. In the disciplinary process, the victim of a sexual assault is referred to as the complainant, and the student who assaulted the survivor is referred to as the accused student. Collectively, the complainant and the accused student are referred to as the parties for the particular case.

ii.  Gender Balance. The Vice President for Students Development may elect to handle sexual assault complaints in cooperation with another faculty or staff member of the opposite sex in order to eliminate the risk of any gender bias, either perceived or real.

iii.   Administrative Resolution. The Vice President for Student Development will conduct an investigation to determine if the complaint has merit. Unless the complaint is found to be without merit, the Vice President for Student Development will seek to resolve the matter administratively by determining the nature and severity of the violations and by reaching an agreement with the accused student on the appropriate sanctions for such violations. The Vice President for Student Development will confer with the complainant prior to completing an agreement with the accused student. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the completed agreement, the complainant may appeal to the University Accountability Board.

iv.  Written Charges. If the complaint cannot be resolved administratively by mutual consent, the Vice President for Student Development will prepare written charges against the accused student. The charges will be forwarded to the University Accountability Board, and copies will be sent to he accused student and the complainant by the Vice President for Student Development.

v.  Hearing Date. The University Accountability Board will set the time and place for the hearing, and both the accused student and the complainant will be given notice of the hearing at least 48 hours in advance of the date. Either party may request the board to delay the hearing for good cause.

vi.  Hearing Guidelines. The hearing will be administrative in nature, and every attempt will be made to assure a fair and impartial hearing. Following is a summary of the guidelines for such hearings.

vii.  Closed Hearings. Hearings will be conducted in closed session. The parties may be present during the hearings, but may not be present during the deliberations of the board.

viii.  Advisors. The complainant and the accused student each will have the right to be assisted by an advisor.

ix.  Admission of Others. Admission of witnesses and other persons to the hearing will be subject to the discretion of the board, as permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

x.  Witnesses. The parties will have the privilege of presenting witnesses, and the board may call additional witnesses.

xi.  Cross-Examination. The members of the board may question and cross-examine witnesses. The parties and/or their advisors may not cross-examine witnesses or other parties, but may suggest questions to be asked by the chairperson of the board.

xii.  Deliberation and Voting. After the hearing, the board will deliberate and then determined whether or not a majority of the members believe the accused student violated the Community Standards of Conduct.

xiii.  Standard of Required Proof. The board's determination will be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Community Standards of Conduct, which is equivalent to the "preponderance of the evidence" standard.

xiv.  Reopening of Hearing on Question of Sanctions. If the board finds that the accused student committed one or more violations of the Community Standards of Conduct, the board may recall the parties, and any other witnesses, to receive evidence or statements about the appropriateness of disciplinary sanctions. Such evidence may include testimony of character witnesses on behalf of the accused student, evidence of prior acts of misconduct, and/or a complainant's impact statement.

xv.  Disciplinary Sanctions. Based on its findings of violations, or the lack of violations, and its information about the appropriateness of sanctions, the board will determine the disciplinary sanctions to be recommended to the Vice President for Student Development for imposition against the accused student. If the accused is found to be in violation of the Sexual Assault policy, then the minimum sanction is Immediate Suspension for one year, plus evidence of successful counseling prior to readmission; and the maximum sanction is Dismissal, meaning permanent separation from the University.

xvi.  Announcement of Decision. Upon conclusion of its deliberations, the board will unconditionally inform both parties of its findings and any sanctions.

Sexual and Other Forms of Unlawful Harrassment Policy (in compliance with Title IX and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

Evangel  University is committed to the respect of the human dignity of all employees, students and campus guests as persons created in the image of God. Because harassment in any form—verbal, physical, or visual—is incompatible with biblical standards of human dignity and the principles of academic integrity, the University desires that no one in the University community be subjected to harassment of any type or form, including sexual harassment.

In educational institutions sexual and other forms of harassment are prohibited by federal law (Title IXand Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964); thus, it is strictly prohibited as a matter of Evangel University policy. Those who violate this policy will be subject to discipline, including written reprimand, suspension, or termination/expulsion, according to the severity of the incident.

Title IX states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity Any employee, student or guest who believes that she or he has been a victim of harassment, or knows of one who has, should report it immediately, without fear of reprisal, to the office indicated in the following section titled, Procedures for Resolution of Complaints. Each complaint will be investigated promptly and thoroughly, and appropriate corrective actions will be taken as determined to be appropriate.

Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent permitted in the course of the investigation. Retaliation (threatened, attempted or actual) against a person filing a complaint or any who aid in the investigation is prohibited. The University will investigate any report of alleged retaliation.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome action of a sexual nature by a person (of the same or opposite sex), which results in sexual discrimination or a hostile environment. It occurs where work, academic, or personl relationships are inappropriately and intentionally sexualized, and it encompasses such conduct as:

  • The explicit or implicit solicitation or use of sexual favors as a basis for actions affecting an individual's welfare, grades or advancement as a student or employee.
  • Repeated sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and physical contacts of a sexual nature which impedes another's work or academic performance.
  • Repeated demeaning verbal or visually expressive behavior of a sexual nature, which creates a hostile work, learning or living environment.
  • Unwelcome sexual conduct resulting in the acceptance of such conduct becoming a term or condition of an individual's academic standing, continued employment, or employment advancement.

Any form of sexual harassment stated above will be cause for complaint.

Often, sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal physical power or unequal power of authority, and, therefore, can contain elements of coercion and threat. Consequently it is University policy to strongly discourage any consensual relationship involving a subordinate employee or student that could lead to alleged or actual sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment is not only illegal; it interferes with employee or student productivity, morale, and retention. It also violates the biblical principles to which the Evangel University community adheres. Therefore, Evangel  University is firmly committed to providing a safe and professional working and learning environment free from sexual harassment.

Sexual or Other Harassment Grievance Procedures

Procedures have been established for reporting, investigating and resolving the complaint of any student, employee or guest who believes that she or he has been subject to harassment in violation of University policy.

In some instances, the victim of harassment may resolve the matter successfully by directly confronting the person alleged to have caused the problem. The University supports such informal means of resolution when it is practical and appropriate, but it is entirely up to the victim’s level of comfort and choice to engage in it. Whether the victim chooses to pursue an informal or formal resolution of the alleged incident of sexual harassment, the Student Development and the Human Resources offices will be available to assist the victim in such mediation.

Procedures for Resolution of Complaints:

A. Incidents Involving Students 

1. When sexual or other harassment involves a student, the complainant should report the alleged misconduct to the Vice President for Student Development or the Director of Community Life Director by completing and submitting the Incident Report form found on the Student Portal. A description of all actions which have occurred, with specific details as to time and place, as well as names of witnesses, if any, should be included in this report.

2. The Vice President for Student Development will appoint a fact-finding committee that will obtain information through personal interviews with  the complainant, the alleged offender and any witnesses who have firsthand knowledge relevant to the allegations.

B. Incidents Involving Faculty or Staff, Vendor or Guest

When a sexual or other harassment complaint involves an employee or other campus guest, the complainant should report the incident using the Employee Grievance-Complaint form on the Employee Portal and submit all pertinent information to the Director of Human Resources who will coordinate the investigation involving appropriate vice presidents in accordance with university policies and procedures.

C. Compliance Coordinators

The Title IX Coordinators are responsible for providing education and training about discrimination and harassment to the university community and for receiving and investigating reports and complaints. The Title IX Coordinators may designate other appropriately trained individuals to receive and investigate reports complaints, as is appropriate.  

Title IX Coordinator for employees:  Ocki Haas, Director of Human Resources, Office Location: Riggs Hall, 309 , 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802, Phone: (417) 865-2815, Email: haaso@evangel.edu

Title IX Coordinator for students: Sheri Phillips, VP for Student Development, Office Location: Riggs Hall, 304, 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802, Phone: (417) 865-2815, Email: phillipss@evangel.edu

Title IX Assistant Coordinator for Athletic Compliance:  Steven Gause, Assistant Basketball Coach, Ashcroft Center, 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802, Phone: (417) 865-2815, Email: gauses@evangel.edu

504 Compliance Coordinator: Laynah Rogers, Director of Academic Success, Office Location:  Zimmerman 214, 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802, Phone: (417) 865-2815, Email: rogersl@evangel.edu

D. Confidentiality

While confidentiality will be maintained to the extent permitted in the course of the investigation, no disciplinary actions will be taken against the alleged offender unless the person bringing the complaint consents to be identified to the alleged offender. Care and concern for the victim and fair due process for the alleged offender will be paramount throughout the investigative process.

E. Results

A written report providing the results of the investigation and the remedial action, if any, will be submitted to the complainant, to the alleged offender, and to the Director of Human Resources, who will maintain a centralized file of all such records of occurrences.

F. Appeal

If either the complainant or the alleged offender disagrees with the person’s or board’s decision for corrective measures, the individual may utilize the grievance and appeal procedures described in the Student Handbook (for students), Faculty Handbook (for faculty) or Staff Handbook (for staff).

 

VII.   Student Class Attendance 

Evangel’s faculty members seek to build a community of Christian scholars dedicated to pursuing truth.  At the University level, that pursuit clearly involves more than merely gaining information; it also requires strong commitment to the process of inquiry and to one’s colleagues.  Class attendance alone cannot ensure that students and professors will become partners in scholarship; however, the prospects for that ideal are dimmed when students miss class. Therefore, professors expect regular attendance.

Course content and teaching styles will vary across the University. Such diversity enriches the educational process and provides a sound basis for developing community, which does not imply rigid uniformity.  Therefore, the University does not prescribe a campus wide attendance policy, but rather each professor may set his or her own attendance policy in order to achieve course goals and objectives.

Guidelines for Faculty

1)     The course attendance policy should be clearly stated in the course syllabus and given to the student. Students should be made aware of the importance of attendance in relationship to being able to successfully meet the course requirements.

2)     Students who miss class because of illness, participation in authorized co-curricular activities, or for other unavoidable reasons will be given the opportunity to complete missed assignments or the equivalent.  Students who miss class for other reasons may only make up work at the discretion of the individual instructor as stated in the course syllabus.

3)     Course attendance policies should observe the following:

a)   Sound pedagogical principles should be observed.

b)   The attendance policy, in effect, provides a contract between the professor and the student.  As such the student should have a reasonable expectation of being able to satisfy the contract.

c)   Policies that directly affect the student’s grade (ex., adding or subtracting points) should be carefully devised so as not to be viewed as arbitrary or punitive.

d)   The administration of attendance policies should be done in a consistent and professional manner with compassion and concern for the student. 

VII. Students Bill Of Rights

Section 1.

The students of this University shall have the right to the Christian exercise of personal liberties.

Section 2.

The right of a student to the ethical expression of opinion shall not be denied.

Section 3.

The right of students to peaceably assemble shall not be denied.

Section 4.

The right to petition the student government and University administration shall not be denied.

Section 5.

Neither the residence of a student on this campus may be searched nor property not in sight seized without the authorization of the Vice President for Student Development or the designated representatives. Probable cause is necessary before the authorization of the search of a student’s room is granted. A written search and seizure warrant shall be given to the student whose room is to be or has been searched if he/she is not present. Current civil guidelines and restraints shall be followed before the person of any student is searched. This right in this section does not preclude the regular inspection of rooms required by University policy.

Section 6.

Upon being accused of any violation of a written University rule, the right of a student to a fair and speedy hearing, to know the accusations against him or her, with due process to be followed, shall not be denied.

Section 7.

The rights contained in this article shall be published in the Student Handbook.