Code of Conduct and Moral Character
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).
“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak” (Romans 14:21).
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:19–20).
Based upon these and other Biblical principles, Oak Brook College students are expected to reflect Godly character in their speech, dress, and actions. Modest and professional dress is expected at every College event, and disruptive language or behavior will not be permitted. At all times, Oak Brook College students are expected to be honest, courteous, diligent, and humble. All students are expected not to use tobacco, drink alcohol, use nonprescription drugs (other than over-the-counter medications), or view pornographic material. Misrepresentations on an application for admission, lying, profanity, immoral behavior, plagiarism, collaboration, or discussion with other students about graded writing assignments or papers (unless specifically permitted by the course professor), and cheating on exams are clear violations of the Standards of Conduct. If a student’s conduct, speech, or dress is not consistent with these Biblical standards, a student will be confronted pursuant to Matthew 18:15–16. If a student admits wrongdoing after being informally asked about an apparent impropriety, the student will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action by the College.
If a student denies wrongdoing after being informally asked about an apparent impropriety, the student shall be given written notice of the suspected wrongdoing and shall be requested to respond in writing within 10 days. The student shall be informed in the notice that he or she may request that the matter be reviewed by a three-person panel consisting of a disinterested faculty member, a member of the administration, and a student who was in, or who has taken, the same course. If the student does not make a request for the matter to be reviewed by a three-person panel, the student will explain his or her position to the faculty member(s) involved and the Associate Dean. The student shall be permitted to have the assistance of counsel and the opportunity to call witnesses whether the review is conducted by a disinterested three-person panel, or by the faculty member(s) involved and the Associate Dean.
Upon completion of the review process, the final determination shall be stated in writing and given to the student. The written determination shall include a statement of facts, conclusions, and the sanctions.
The purpose of disciplinary action is not necessarily punishment. Faculty and administrators have a responsibility to see that justice is done with respect to the evaluation of a student’s academic performance as well as their moral character. When a student is not acting in a manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct, any other student affected should confront the student in error. If such action does not result in repentance and a change, a faculty member or the dean needs to confront the student in an attitude of love with the goal of restoration. If, after being confronted with the “law”, a student repents, mercy is appropriate in determining a sanction. However, if a student refuses to acknowledge wrongdoing, proven by sufficient evidence, just sanctions are necessary. Sanctions may include a reprimand, reduction in the course grade, failure of the course, suspension, or dismissal from the College.