Students

 

Student Conduct Code

Introduction

Each student who enters Lincoln University is respected as an adult and is expected to demonstrate a high level of responsibility and maturity. Student honesty and integrity are fundamental elements of responsible citizenship and are part of the basic character required for a productive academic and social career. The university’s policies and regulations are established to protect the health, safety and daily operations of the university community. Students are responsible for knowing and following all published policies and regulations. Any person who commits a violation on or off campus will be subject to disciplinary procedures while enrolled at Lincoln University. Any member of the campus community may officially report a violation of the Student Conduct Code, university policies or housing policies. 

The aim of the Student Judicial System is to ensure that individuals assume full responsibility for their actions.   When a violation of a policy, rule or regulation occurs, the university will generally strive to inform and guide students toward the development of personal responsibility, conscientiousness and ethical standards.   The process by which the university community educates students who violate the community standards of the Student Code of Conduct is through disciplinary counseling and the imposition of sanctions, including the possible separation from the university. The goals of this process are as follows:

  1. To educate the student by explaining the reasons for the community standard

  2. To bring the student’s behavior into compliance with the community standard

  3. To have the student maturely accept accountability for his or her behavior

  4. To help the student clarify values that relate to the behavior

  5. To assist the student in making future choices that will enable him or her to assume later adult roles

  6. To help the student consider in advance the consequences of his or her behavior

  7. To determine with the student the reason(s) for the misconduct

  8. To protect the safety and welfare of the university community

The university reserves the right to suspend or remove a student from the university and/or university housing if that action is necessary for the continuing operation of the campus, or to ensure the health and safety of the university community.

In cases requiring severe student discipline such as permanent or long term suspension, the university is obligated to adhere to procedural requirements of Due Process of Law. Due Process ensures that the student’s rights are protected and that all students are treated fairly. 

Requirements of due process are:

  1. The accused student is given notice in writing of the specific ground(s) and the nature of the evidence on which the disciplinary proceedings are based

  2. The student is given an opportunity for a hearing

  3. Disciplinary actions must be supported by substantial evidence.

In exercising its disciplinary authority, the university is committed to the principle of equal treatment

including a like sanction for a like violation without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.

Lincoln University has jurisdiction over all behavioral infractions that occur in university facilities or on property owned, controlled or used the by the university. It reserves the right to consider the behavior of students off campus when it is determined that the off-campus behavior interferes with the university and its educational mission. The Vice President for University Advancement shall make this judgment on a case-by-case basis and will make the determination when the university’s educational interests are adversely affected.

Lincoln University Police are deputized by the State of Missouri and have full enforcement and arrest powers of city police officers. The Lincoln University Police officers are empowered to arrest students and other persons who violate state, local and/or campus laws.

Students may seek to change university policies through the appropriate channels, however, they are expected to comply with existing regulations until such changes become effective. The fact that a student disagrees with university policy is not justification for disregard. Penalties are imposed based on the seriousness of the violation. More than one violation will be justification for increased severity of penalties.