Undergraduate Student Handbook 2023-24

Violations of respect can occur in online dialogue just as in face-to-face communication. Cedarville University prohibits all acts of disrespect outlined in this statement regardless of the mode of communication. The following types of behavior violate the spirit of this community and will not be allowed: ƒ Racial Harassment — Racial harassment includes any behavior or form of communication that does not reflect the biblical principle that all people are made in God’s image and are equal in value. Racial harassment includes physical and verbal intimidation as well as the use of racial/ethnic slurs or symbols. ƒ Sexual Harassment — Sexual harassment violates our Cedarville Covenant and federal and state law. Examples of sexual harassment include unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. A person’s statements or behaviors (of a sexual nature) can be construed as harassment when they unreasonably interfere with work, study, or living conditions by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Attempting to coerce another individual into performing a sexual activity is also considered sexual harassment. The sexual harassment policy is available to all members of the University community online at cedarville.edu/titleIX. ƒ Title IX and Sex Discrimination — Consistent with our belief that all people are created in the image of God, and in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Cedarville does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, including recruitment, admissions, athletic and extracurricular activities, discipline, distribution of financial assistance, distribution of institutional resources, hiring practices, employment, and promotion. Sexual discrimination includes any acts of sexual violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. In accordance with Title IX, the University has adopted a sexual discrimination policy to address reported violations of Title IX. In addition, the University has appointed a Title IX Coordinator who will investigate reported violations as well as oversee training and prevention initiatives. The policy and Title IX Coordinator contact information can be found at cedarville.edu/titleIX. Further, the University seeks to remove barriers to reporting sexual discrimination. To this end, a violation of the student handbook, when the violation is disclosed (either by a student-participant or a third party) as a result of a report of sexual discrimination, will not result in dismissal for the reporting party, provided that the complaint is raised in good faith and the health and safety of the individuals involved is not jeopardized. The University reserves the right to extend grace to all parties involved and may choose to recommend or require institutional or counseling remedies for a student consistent with our values. ƒ Hazing – Hazing is inconsistent with University values and is also prohibited under Ohio Law. The University Anti-Hazing Policy provides details regarding prohibited conduct, reporting requirements, and hazing prevention. The full Cedarville University Hazing Policy may be accessed online at cedarville.edu/hazing. ƒ Bullying — Bullying is intimidating or mistreating someone weaker or in a more vulnerable situation. ƒ Violence and aggression — Unacceptable behaviors include physical assault and battery, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and menacing. ƒ Slander, libel, and use of vulgar, obscene, or threatening language. ƒ Vandalism or theft. Violations of these guidelines may result in dismissal. Respect for Neighbors Within the Cedarville Community Cedarville students are known for their professed commitment to Christ. We value this reputation and trust students to take all steps necessary to maintain it. As we uphold the Cedarville Covenant, students should: ƒ Ensure that conduct and behavior in and around their residence is kind, self-controlled, and consistent with University standards. ƒ Show consideration to neighbors regarding noise levels and parking expectations. ƒ Establish integrity by fulfilling any financial obligations to local businesses. ƒ Honor zoning regulations. 13