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Conduct Policy & Procedures

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning and developing confident, competent and responsible citizens (Baker University 2009-2010 College Catalog, pg 1). It seeks to achieve these goals through a sound educational program and policies governing student conduct that contribute to and encourage independent and mature decision making.

Policies governing behavior within the University community are a reflection of its commitment to serve the personal and educational interests of its students. The Office of the Dean of Students has been delegated authority in all student conduct matters by the president of the University. In the absence of the dean of students or the associate dean of students, the vice president of enrollment management and student development shall act in the capacity of the dean in all matters related to student discipline.

At Baker University, student members of the community are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Student Code of Conduct. When members of the community fail to exemplify these standards, campus conduct proceedings are used to assert and uphold the Student Code of Conduct. Students at Baker are subject to University discipline if their conduct endangers the life, property, or rights of other students or persons. The University reserves the right to suspend or dismiss at any time a student whose continuation in the University is not in the best interest of himself or herself, fellow students or the University, and such dismissal may be made without specific charge.

If you have questions, please contact Student Affairs at 785.594.8431.

 

Alcohol Policy

 

Baker University does not encourage the use of alcoholic beverages. Baker University’s expectations, policies and practices have been established to provide an atmosphere conducive to personal growth and accountability and to reflect the values to which Baker subscribes.

The use of alcohol on the Baker University campus is prohibited except in the student apartments as indicated below and then only within the laws of the State of Kansas. All other campus facilities including residence halls will remain substance-free facilities. Inherent in the guidelines below is the expectation that members of the University community who choose to use alcohol do so legally and responsibly.

University funds (including student activity fees) may not be used, directly or indirectly, to purchase alcoholic beverages. No reference to alcohol may appear or be used in notices or postings that promote or advertise an event. Due to the threat of injury as well as general maintenance, glass-bottled beer is not permitted. Consistent disregard for University alcohol policies may result in disciplinary action, including loss of residential privileges, suspension, and expulsion.

For students of legal age, consumption of alcoholic beverages is limited to inside the Horn and Markham apartment units. The possession and/or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on the balconies, stairways, and other outside apartment areas.

 

In the absence of clear mitigating circumstances (resident away for the evening, etc.), all residents of the room or apartment in which an Alcohol Policy violation occurs will be charged with the violation.

Minor Violations (Level 1 & Level 2)
  • Public consumption. Public areas are defined as those areas of the campus that are readily accessible to students, faculty, staff and guests. Such areas include all outside areas, athletic fields, lobbies, classrooms, lounges, building corridors, and offices.
  • Public intoxication
  • Possession by a minor
Major Violations (Level 2 & Level 3)
  • Serving to minors
  • Possession of kegs (whether full or empty), beer balls, other common serving containers, or other large quantities of alcohol, for individual or group consumption, on campus grounds or with a campus event
  • Driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated either on or off campus
  • Intoxication leading to harm to self or others
  • Intoxication leading to property damage, disruption to the community, or other violations of Baker University Policy

Sanctions for Alcohol Policy Violations

 

Students in violation of the Baker University Alcohol Policy will be subject to a number of possible conduct sanctions listed below. Additional conduct measures not appearing in the listings below may be imposed as warranted at the discretion of the conduct hearing body through which the violation is processed. Details of the conduct disposition of complaints are found in the conduct process section of the pdfstudent handbook.

Note that the offense count (first offense, minor violation; second offense, minor violation) applies to the student’s entire Baker career – the count does not begin anew each fall semester. In all cases involving fines, the entry will read as an “Alcohol Policy Violation” on the individual’s bill from the University. In all cases involving parent/guardian notification, the University will follow the same privacy policy used for releasing grades and other academic information. In all complaints involving suspension, readmission will be contingent upon successful completion of treatment.

Minor Violations (Level 1 & Level 2) Sanctions

First Offense, Minor Violation (Level 1)

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Participation in the 3rd Millennium class, an online educational site(student is responsible for any associated costs)
  • 3-5 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $50
  • Parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Conduct warning

Second Offense, Minor Violation (Level 1 or Level 2)

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Participation in the substance abuse subtle screening inventory through the Baker University Counseling Center (two counseling center visits minimum)
  • 7-10 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $150
  • Required parent/guardian notification upon the completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Conduct warning
  • Participation in the 3rd Millennium class, an online educational site (student is responsible for any associated costs)
  • 3-5 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $50
  • Parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Conduct warning

Note: The next Alcohol Policy violation of any kind will be classified as the First Offense, Major Violation, and so will be referred automatically to the University Conduct Board.

Major Violations (Level 2 & Level 3) Sanctions

First Offense, Major Violation (Level 2 or Level 3)

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Participation in the 3rd Millennium class, an online educational site(student is responsible for any associated costs)
  • Personal counseling (off-campus referrals to be undertaken at the student’s expense)
  • 12-16 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $200
  • Required parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Repayment of any costs to repair/replace property
  • Conduct warning
  • Conduct probation
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

Second Offense, Major Violation

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Participation in the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory through the  Baker University Counseling Center (two counseling center visits minimum)
  • Personal counseling (off-campus referrals to be undertaken at the student’s expense)
  • 18-25 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $400
  • Required parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Repayment of any costs to repair/replace property
  • Conduct warning
  • Conduct probation
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

Third Offense, Major Violation (Level 3)

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Personal counseling (off-campus referrals to be undertaken at the student’s expense)
  • 26-35 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $600
  • Required parent /guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Repayment of any costs to repair/replace property
  • Conduct probation

Health Risks Related to Alcohol

 

Short-term effects of alcohol use include distorted vision, hearing, and coordination; altered perceptions and emotions; impaired judgment; bad breath; hangovers. Long-term effects of alcohol use include loss of appetite; skin problems; sexual impotence; malnutrition; delirium tremors: disorientation, hallucinations; memory loss; brain damage; cancer of the mouth, esophagus or stomach; heart disease, enlarged heart, or congestive heart failure; liver damage; birth defects; increased aggressiveness; respiratory depression.

Controlled-Substance Policy

The use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or of illegal nonprescribed drugs such as marijuana, LSD, cocaine, etc, and of related drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited on the campus and in University residences. The unauthorized use, possession, or sale of drugs sometimes prescribed for medicinal purposes (i.e. amphetamines, barbiturates, and tranquilizers) will not be tolerated at any time.

 

Sanctions for Controlled Substances Policy Violations

All violations of the controlled substances policy are designated as Level 3 violations; the University Conduct Board hears these complaints. At the discretion of the University Conduct Board, a student may accept responsibility on a first controlled-substance policy violation and be heard by an administrative hearing officer. Students found to be in violation of the controlled substances policy are subject to the possible sanctions listed below. Selling and distribution will be considered a weightier offense with more severe consequences. Additional conduct measures not appearing in the listings below may be imposed, as warranted, at the discretion of the University Conduct Board. Possible sanctions are as follows:

First Offense
  • Participation in the 3rd Millenniumclass, an online educational site(student is responsible for any associated costs)
  • Personal counseling (off-campus referrals to be undertaken at the student’s expense)
  • 12-16 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $300
  • Parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Conduct warning
  • Conduct probation
  • Suspension/expulsion
Second Offense
  • Participation in the substance abuse subtle screening inventory through the Baker University Counseling Center (two counseling center visits minimum)
  • Personal counseling (off-campus referrals to be undertaken at the student’s expense)
  • 18 – 25 hours work for the University
  • Fine of up to $500
  • Parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Conduct probation
  • Suspension/expulsion
Third Offense
  • Personal counseling (off-campus referrals to be under taken at the student’s expense)
  • 26 – 35 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $700
  • Parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Conduct probation
  • Suspension/expulsion

Health Risks Related to Substance Abuse

 

General health risks associated with the use of illegal drugs can be divided into two categories:

  1. Drug use that can destroy a healthy mind and body by outright organic damage, mental illness, malnutrition, and failure to get treatment of injuries or diseases
  2. Drug use that generally reduces the body’s natural immune system and increases the chances of infectious diseases

Drug overdose may cause psychosis, convulsions, coma or death.

Peer Review Board

 

Purpose

The Peer Review Board hears cases involving violations of the Baker Code of Student Conduct or Baker Residence Hall policies in which the Accused Student is not claiming responsibility.

 

Jurisdiction

The Baker Peer Review Board will only hear cases involving Level 1 or Level 2 violations. Depending on the severity of the situation, some Level 2 cases will still be heard by a University Conduct Board. Level 3 violations will always be heard by a University Conduct Board when the student is not claiming responsibility. In cases involving the potential for suspension or expulsion, a University Conduct Board is always used even if the student accepts responsibility.

 

Make-Up

Each board will have up to three student members and a chairperson (although a smaller number can still be used at the discretion of the Chair). This will not be a standing committee, but meeting times will be kept the same so long as a student’s class schedule allows it.

 

Role

The student members of a Peer Review Board (PRB) will have the authority to find students responsible or not responsible and to assign sanctions if found responsible. The PRB Chair will facilitate the process and can provide advice in a given case, but will not have the power to find students responsible or assign sanctions.

 

Sanctioning Philosophy

The PRB will be dedicated to an educational sanctioning process. The goal is not to punish students for their choices, but to provide opportunities to help students reflect on their choices and make better choices in the future.

Process

1. Before the hearing begins, PRB board members will be provided a copy of the incident report charging the accused student of a violation. The Chair will provide these copies and answer the questions that she or he is able to answer.

2. The accused student and complainant will be asked to enter the room. The Chair will introduce himself or herself, the board members, the complainant, and accused student.

3. The Chair will then ask the accused student whether she or he is responsible for each individual violation.

a. If a student takes responsibility for a violation, the accused student will be sanctioned by the Peer Review Board.

b. If a student does not take responsibility for a violation, the PRB will continue with the following process.

4. The complainant will make a statement, followed the accused student making an opening statement.

5. The complainant will then be questioned by the PRB. The accused student will then have the opportunity to question the complainant.

6. The complainant will have the opportunity to call witnesses (character witnesses will not be allowed), who will be questioned first by the board and then by the accused student.

7. If the complainant does not show up, steps 4 through 5 will be skipped and only the incident report will be used.

8. The accused student will then be questioned by the PRB, followed by the complainant.

9. The accused student will then have the opportunity to call witnesses (character witnesses will not be allowed), who will be questioned first by the board and then by the complainant.

10. The PRB Chair will then ask for summary statements from first the complainant and then the accused student.

11. The Chair will then explain the decision and sanctioning process to the complainant and accused student before asking both to leave the room for deliberation by the PRB.

12. After the complainant and accused student are asked to leave, the PRB will first decide whether to find the accused student responsible for the violations or not.

13. All results of the hearing will be communicated to the graduate assistant in Residence Life in order to keep track of sanctions. If sanctions are not completed on time, the area coordinator will continue in the process.

a. If the accused student is not found responsible, the accused student will be asked to return to the room and be informed of the decision.

b. If the accused student is found responsible, the PRB will decide what sanctions to assign. After that is completed, the accused student will be asked to return to the room to be informed of his or her sanctions.

Alcohol Education Course

Under the Influence Enrollment Instructions

Under the Influence is an online alcohol education course. If you are required to participate, you’ll need access to a computer connected to the Internet and an email address.

 

Register Online

To receive credit go to the 3rd Millennium Classrooms Web site and enter BAKU7 in the Enter Control Number field.

The course fee is $35. You can pay online by debit or credit card.

You will receive a password immediately on the screen and by email.

 

Register by Mail

The course fee is $35. Send check or money order with completed mail-in form:

3rd Millennium Classrooms
6507 Grove Creek Drive
San Antonio, TX 78256.

 

Program Completion

You will receive an email 30 days after you complete the course reminding you to complete the 15-minute required follow-up.

It takes less than three hours to complete the course and you can log in and out as needed. Upon completion, you and the notifying administrator will receive a completion notification by email. Print out a copy for your records.

 

Contact Information

3rd Millennium Classrooms
6507 Grove Creek Drive
San Antonio, TX 78256
Toll-free: 888-810-7990

Drug Education Course

Marijuana 101 Enrollment Instructions

Marijuana 101 is an online drug education course. If you are required to participate, you’ll need access to a computer connected to the Internet and an email address.

 

Register Online

To receive credit go to the 3rd Millennium Classrooms Web site and enter BAKUMJ in the Enter Control Number field.

The course fee is $35. You can pay online by debit or credit card.

You will receive a password immediately on the screen and by email.

 

Register by Mail

The course fee is $35. Send check or money order with completed mail-in form:

3rd Millennium Classrooms
6507 Grove Creek Drive
San Antonio, TX 78256.

 

Program Completion

You will receive an email 30 days after you complete the course reminding you to complete the 15-minute required follow-up.

It takes less than three hours to complete the course and you can log in and out as needed. Upon completion, you and the notifying administrator will receive a completion notification by email. Print out a copy for your records.

 

Contact Information

3rd Millennium Classrooms
6507 Grove Creek Drive
San Antonio, TX 78256
Toll-free: 888.810.7990

CONTACT US

Cassy Bailey, Dean of Students
785.594.8431
fax: 785.594.4568
cassy.bailey@bakerU.edu
P.O. Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065

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