Aug 03, 2020  
2015-2016 Student Handbook 
    
2015-2016 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Residence Life Policies



A complete Goldey-Beacom College Residence Life Policy Handbook may be obtained in the Office of Housing & Residence Life located in the Joseph West Jones Center or at http://www.gbc.edu/residence-life/handbook.html.

Philosophy

Residence life at Goldey-Beacom College extends and enriches the classroom experience. The focus of the Residence Life program is to create a satisfying group living experience, to create a productive sense of community, and to provide comfortable and convenient accommodations. Congregate living may present problems and challenges even in a harmonious setting. The Residence Life experience at Goldey-Beacom College hopes to foster consideration, self-restraint, and sensible conflict resolution, with opportunities for growth and leadership within the campus and the community at large.

The College is committed to energy and resource conservation. Energy conservation helps reduce the effects of global warming, acid rain, smog, and protects our natural resources. Water conservation is critical as well. It is with this in mind that all students in the residence halls are asked to be mindful of conserving these resources.

Academic Requirements

The Office of Residence Life requires students who plan to live on campus to maintain a certain level of credit hours and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). Any student who fails to meet either of these requirements will be required to meet with the Director of Residence and Student Life and their Advisor prior to the start of the upcoming semester.

A student who is on academic probation or academic special status will not be granted on-campus housing unless he/she is registered for and maintaining twelve (12) credit hours per semester. Requests for exceptions to these policies must be made in writing to the Director of Residence and Student Life.

The following is a breakdown of the minimum credit and CGPA requirements in order to live on campus.

Undergraduate Student:

  • Fall/Spring Semester= 2.0 CGPA and 12 credit hours per semester
  • Winter Session=2.0 CGPA and 3 credit hours
  • Summer Session=2.0 CGPA and 6 credit hours

Graduate Student:

  • Fall/Spring Semester= 3.0 CGPA and 6 credit hours per semester
  • Winter Session=3.0 CGPA and 3 credit hours
  • Summer Session=3.0 CGPA and 6 credit hours

Students who live on campus during the Winter and Summer sessions are required to be enrolled in class. However, exceptions may be granted by the Director of Residence and Student Life to students with a CGPA over 2.0 who are employed in the area at least 20 hours per week or have other extenuating circumstances.

Guest Policy

Goldey-Beacom College residence halls are open only to students who reside in the halls, authorized College personnel, and approved invited guests. The halls are not open to the general public. A guest is defined as any person (including a Goldey-Beacom College resident/student) who is visiting a resident of a particular apartment after 11:00 p.m. It should be noted that apartment residents have a right to privacy and peace throughout the day; accordingly regular and/or extended visits by guests without general agreement by all residents is prohibited. No guests will be permitted during times when the Residence Halls are closed without specific permission from the Director of Residence and Student Life.

Any non-residential student found in violation of the Guest Policy, which can be obtained from the Residence Life Policy Handbook located in the Student Affairs Office or at http://www.gbc.edu/residence-life/handbook.html will have the following sanctions imposed.

1st Offense: Suspension from the residence halls for one year (not permitted to enter residence halls).
2nd Offense: Expulsion from the residence halls (Permanent Ban).

Missing Student Policy

Policy

This policy applies to students who reside in campus housing, including any off-campus apartment units that may be leased by the College for resident students.

For purposes of this policy, a student may be considered to be "a missing student" if the student's absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances could include, but not be limited to, a report or suspicion that the missing person may be the victim of foul play, has expressed suicidal thoughts, is drug dependent, is in a life-threatening situation, or has been with persons who may endanger the student's welfare. Students are encouraged to report concerns about fellow students who are potentially missing.

Procedure

At the beginning of each academic year the Housing & Residence Life unit of the Student Affairs Office will inform all students residing in on-campus housing that the Dean of Students or designee will notify either a parent or an individual selected by the student not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is deemed to be missing. The information provided to resident students will include the following:

Resident students have the option of identifying an individual to be contacted by the Dean of Students or designee not later than 24 hours after the time that the student has been determined to be missing. Students can register this confidential contact information while completing the housing contract: It will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student, will be maintained confidentially, and will be available only to the Dean of Students or designee.

If the resident student is under the age of eighteen, and not an emancipated individual, the Dean of Students or designee is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian not later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined to be missing.

The Dean of Students or designee will notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.

Policy on Alcohol and Drugs

Non-residential students/individuals are not permitted to bring alcohol onto campus. If a non-residential student/individual brings alcohol onto campus for any reason, the following sanctions will be imposed on that individual.

1st Offense: Expulsion from the residence halls (Permanent Ban). Fines may also be assessed for any non-residential student who violates the alcohol policy.

For detailed information pertaining to the College's Alcohol and Drug Policy, please see section III. Policies - General.  

Judicial Process, Sanctions and Appeals

Judicial Process

The Office of Residence and Student Life expects every student who resides in the residence halls to be a productive member of the community. Any student who violates any provisions of the Student Code of Conduct or Housing Policy Handbook will face judicial action. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and Housing Policy Handbook that occur within the residence halls are under the authority of the Office of Residence and Student Life.

Students, who are considered to have violated policies, will receive a letter specifying the sanction(s) given and the policy violated. The student may request a meeting with the Director of Residence and Student Life to discuss such sanctions. All judicial meetings must be requested within 10 business days and meetings will be scheduled during normal business hours, Monday-Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Sanctions

Examples of sanctions that may be issued for violations of housing policies are listed below.

  1. Written Warning
  2. Probation: Behavior is monitored for a specific amount of time. Violations during that time will result in further discipline. Probation may include special conditions or actions to be completed by a deadline.
  3. Fines/Restitution: The fine/restitution will be billed to the Goldey-Beacom College student account.
  4. Special Action: A student may be required to perform community service, attend a treatment program, etc. Students may be required to avoid situations in which alcohol in present.
  5. Loss of Housing Scholarship: A student may have his/her housing or other scholarships for the following semester revoked for engaging in behaviors that are in violation of the Residence Life Policy Handbook.
  6. Suspension from residence halls: This sanction specifies a period of time during which a student is permitted only in the Fulmer and Jones Centers. If the student is found on the campus grounds adjoining or inside residence halls, the student may be arrested for trespassing. In some cases, the student may lose the privilege of attending college-sponsored activities.
  7. Expulsion (Permanent Ban) from the residence halls: Expulsion is a permanent, involuntary separation from the residence halls due to conduct violations.
  8. Interim Suspension: The Dean of Students or designee may impose an interim suspension and/or loss of privileges including removal from the College Campus and/or College-owned housing upon any student whose presence on campus constitutes a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the student, or the welfare of the College, its property or personnel. Any such suspension will take effect immediately.


Note: Any student suspended/expelled from the residence halls will simultaneously have his/her record reviewed by a Committee of Deans to assess suitability for continued enrollment at the College.

Appeals

If a student disagrees with the sanction, he/she should request a meeting with the Dean of Students. After meeting with the Dean, the Dean may document the meeting and any resulting decision and communicate the information to the student via the student's GBC Email address. If, after meeting with the Dean, the student still disagrees, he/she may appeal the sanction. The student must send a written appeal to the Judicial Board on Student Matters within ten (10) business days of the meeting date with the Dean of Students, or the date of the Dean's email, whichever is later. The written appeal must set forth the basis of the appeal in detail. The Judicial Board on Student Matters will notify the student within ten (10) business days of the receipt of the student's appeal as to whether the Judicial Board on Student Matters will hear the appeal. If the Judicial Board on Student Matters decides to hear an appeal, the notice to the student shall include the time and place of the administrative hearing, and a copy of the procedures that will be used during the hearing.

If the student wishes to appeal the Judicial Board on Student Matters decision, such an appeal can be made to the Appellate Board on Student Matters. This appeal must be made in writing to the Chair of the Appellate Board on Student Matters within ten (10) business days of receiving the Judicial Board on Student Matters' decision. The written appeal must set forth the basis for the appeal in detail.

The student has the right to appear in person and present information on his/her own behalf, call witnesses, and ask questions of anyone present at the hearing. If the student elects not to appear at the hearing, the hearing shall be conducted in the student's absence. He/she has the right to refuse to answer any question(s) or to make a statement. The Appellate Board on Student Matters will make its decision on the basis of the evidence available. All decisions, penalties or resultant actions of the Appellate Board on Student Matters are final.

The administrative hearings of the Judicial Board on Student Matters and the Appellate Board on Student Matters are closed to the public and are confidential. All records from the proceedings are kept confidential. Such hearings will occur during standard business hours during the Fall and Spring semesters.