Augsburg College is a private liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As an educational institution, Augsburg recognizes that the freedom to teach and to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. An integral part of the Augsburg community is the Christian principles upon which it was founded and its motto of “Education for Service.” Within this context, Augsburg students, staff, and faculty are held to a higher standard of conduct than that required by civil and criminal law. The College has adopted standards of behavior and policies which require students and their organizations to lead in matters of behavior with ethical and moral integrity. Augsburg strives to provide a community that protects each student’s freedom to learn and that seeks the orderly resolution of human problems while honoring the fundamental rights of all. It is the goal of Augsburg College to create and maintain a respectful environment for members of the College community: students, staff, faculty, administration, and visitors. Such an environment is congruent with the college mission and values and, as such, serves to enhance the teaching-learning process.
Standards of Conduct
All members of the Augsburg College community are expected to act with responsibility and moral integrity. Students are subject to disciplinary sanctions for conduct which occurs on or off campus when that behavior is detrimental or disruptive to the purpose or mission of the College. Should an act violate both College regulations and public law, the student is subject to dual jurisdiction.
The following statements identify expectations and serve to delineate appropriate behavior within this community.
1. Augsburg College is a community in which there is a commitment to equality and justice. No form of discrimination in regard to race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status is acceptable or tolerated.
2. Augsburg College is a community in which respect for self and others is the standard. There is a commitment to maintain an environment which is safe for all and free from harassment and violence of any kind. Intimidating, demeaning, harassing, threatening, abusive, or violent behavior towards any individual or group in any way that threatens their physical, emotional, or psychological health or safety is neither acceptable nor tolerated. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to hazing, hate speech, and possession and/or use of dangerous weapons or materials such as explosives, fireworks, firearms, and/or ammunition on College property.
3. To prevent further prohibited acts and to ensure the safety of individuals and property, the College may exercise reasonable authority, including but not limited to searches of residents’ rooms, searches of students’ personal property, confiscation of property, and exclusion of a person from campus in order to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of individuals and property.
Refer to the Discipline Process, www.augsburg.edu/studentguide, for specific information on summary eviction and summary suspension. Refer to the Residence Life Guidebook,www.augsburg.edu/reslife/guidebook, for specific information on Room Entry.
4. Augsburg College is a community in which there is commitment to the teaching-learning process for all members of the community. While it is understood that conflict will arise in such a community of people, it is expected that conflicts will be resolved respectfully and peacefully through a resolution process.
Additional standards of conduct are listed in other sections of the Student Guide and in other College publications. Examples of these publications include but are not limited to the College Catalog, Residence Life Guidebook, and A-Mail.
The following categories of conduct have been defined as unacceptable behavior; however, the College cannot define all actions or conduct which are unacceptable.
1. Intimidating, violent, threatening, demeaning, or harassing behavior to an individual that threatens the physical health, psychological health, or safety of any person, including oneself. Such conduct includes but is not limited to behavior or language disrespectful of College employees or students and/or interference with faculty administrators, security officers, or staff.
2. Academic dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, such as cheating and plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information, and/or fraud, forgery, alteration, or unauthorized use of College documents, records, identification, or property (See Academic Honesty Policy).
3. Unauthorized taking or possession of College property or services, or the property or services of others.
4. Damage to or destruction of College property or the property of others (including vandalism or tampering with fire alarms or extinguishers).
5. Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages which results in irresponsible behavior, continued excessive drinking in and of itself, and/or the possession of alcoholic beverages contrary to law or College regulations (See Alcohol Policy).
6. Illegal or unauthorized possession, use, sale, or distribution of narcotics, drugs, or other controlled substances defined as such by local, state, or federal law.
7. Possession or use of dangerous weapons or materials, including but not limited to explosives, fireworks, firearms, and/or ammunition on College property.
8. Failure to comply with the directives of official representatives of the College, including Public Safety Officers, Residence Life student staff, dining hall authorities, library personnel, etc., including failure to produce a form of identification when requested.
9. Failure to meet with the Vice President of Student Affairs (or designee**) or the Student Conduct Council when properly notified to do so as a witness or charged student in a discipline case.
10. Violations of federal, state, city laws/ordinances.
11. Unauthorized entry into or use of College facilities or services.
12. Disorderly, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on College- owned or College- controlled property or at College sponsored or supervised functions.
13. Violations of policies on sexual harassment or sexual violence-see Sexual Harassment Policy, and Sexual Violence Policy.
14. Discriminatory acts on College-owned or College-controlled property, or at College-sponsored or supervised functions.
15. Hazing, which means committing an act against a student or coercing a student to commit an act that creates a risk of harm to a person in order for the student to be a member of or affiliated with a student organization, club, or sports team. The risk may be of a physical, mental, or emotional nature.
16. Roughhousing activities while indoors, including but not limited to, biking, roller-blading, water guns, water balloons, throwing and/or bouncing and/or kicking objects.
**Designee may include individuals of the Vice President of Student Affairs staff given the responsibility of adjudicating discipline cases, as well as members of the Student Conduct Council.
For violations of the sexual harassment/sexual violence policy, see Sexual Harassment/Sexual Violence Investigation Process.