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2020 – 2021

Student Guide TO CAMPUS LIFE


Welcome! Welcome to the campus of High Point University! The Office of Student Life extends a warm greeting to you as you join our academic community. As a member of our university community, we want you to know that we are committed to making your academic and residential experience the best it can be. Please know that we take pride in your surroundings as well as your satisfaction and comfort. When you are in need of assistance, please alert our office immediately. We are your partners and welcome collaboration and suggestions. The services, facilities, and policies in this Guide to Campus Life are here to help you and provide insight to our university’s campus life. Please read through each section and gain insight to the many benefits of the information. As always, please know that our office is always here to help. Please notify us at 336-841-9231 or e-mail us at studentlife@highpoint.edu at any time. Warmest Regards,

Gail C. Tuttle Senior Vice President for Student Life gtuttle@highpoint.edu

Erica D. Lewis Assistant Vice President for Student Life elewis@highpoint.edu

Tara Shollenberger Assistant Vice President for Student Life tshollen@highpoint.edu

Scott Wojciechowski Assistant Vice President for Student Life swojciec@highpoint.edu


Important Telephone Numbers Emergency Calls only:

336-841-9111

Non-Emergency/Information: Academic Advising

336-888-6388

Academic Services (Tutoring, etc.)

336-841-9014

Alumni Engagement

336-841-9548

Bookstore 336-841-9221 Campus Concierge

336-841-4636

Campus Enhancement

336-841-9058

Career and Professional Development

336-841-9677

Counseling Services

336-888-6352

Family Engagement

336-841-9641

Financial Planning

336-841-9124

Global Education

336-841-9280

Health Services

336-841-4683

Office of Information Technology

336-841-4357

Institutional Advancement

336-841-9127

Library Services

336-841-9101

Office of Accessibility Resources and Services

336-841-9026

Office of Student Life

336-841-9231

Post Office and Mail Services

336-841-9235

Residence Life

336-841-9231

Security (non-emergency)

336-841-9112

Student Accounts

336-841-9259

Student Employment

336-841-9679

Transportation 336-841-9113

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Contents 10 Administrative Offices Office of the President........................................ 11

Office of Academic Affairs.................................. 11 Business Affairs................................................... 11 Financial Affairs................................................. 11 Office of Communications................................. 12 Office of Research and Planning......................... 12 Office of Experiential Learning and Career Development....................................... 12 Academic Services.............................................. 12 Student Success.................................................. 12 Office of Global Education................................ 13 Study Abroad..................................................... 13 International Student Affairs.............................. 13 Office of the University Registrar....................... 13 Student Financial Services.................................. 13 Office of Student Accounts................................. 13 Student Financial Responsibility Agreement....... 14 Financial Aid...................................................... 15 Office of Financial Planning............................... 17 Career and Professional Development................ 18 Office of Corporate Relations............................. 18 Department of Athletics..................................... 18 Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni and Family Engagement..................... 18

19 Student Life

Senior Vice President for Student Life................ 19 Assistant Vice President for Student Life............ 19 Director of Campus Recreation.......................... 19 Executive Director of Counseling Services.......... 20 Director of Student Engagement........................ 21 Minister to the University.................................. 22 Title IX Coordinator.......................................... 22 Director of Multicultural Affairs......................... 23 Director of Student Conduct.............................. 23 Director of Housing Operations......................... 23 Director of Residence Life.....................................23

24 Accessibility Resources and Services Documentation.................................................. 12 Appeal Process.................................................... 13 Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Policy............ 13

29 Student Services Facility and Auxiliary Operations....................... 29 Hospitality Services............................................ 29 University Mail Center....................................... 29 University Bookstore.......................................... 32 Cashless Campus Program................................. 32 Banking/Cashiering............................................ 33 The HPU Passport Card..................................... 33 Information Technology..................................... 34 The Libraries – Library Services........................... 34 Student Employment Program........................... 35 Student Health Services...................................... 36 Insurance............................................................ 36 Office of Communications................................. 37 Campus Concierge............................................. 37

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38 Federal and University Guidelines Nondiscrimination Statement/

Title IX Statement........................................... 38 Classification of a Student ................................. 38 Good Standing................................................... 39 Leave of Absence................................................ 39 Student Involuntary Leave Of Absence Policy.... 39 Involuntary Leave of Absence............................. 41 Clery Disclosure Statement............................ 42 Timely Warning................................................. 42 Crimes for Clery Reporting Purposes................. 42 Unfounded Crimes............................................. 42 Hate Crimes....................................................... 42 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)....................................... 43 Missing Persons Policy..................................... 45 Minor Policy...................................................... 45 Care Team.......................................................... 49 Threat Assessment Team..................................... 49

51 Security, Safety, and Transportation Vehicle Registration............................................ 51 Photo and Video Permissions............................. 52 Transportation.................................................... 52 Video Surveillance Policy................................... 53 LiveSafe.............................................................. 54 Inclement Weather............................................. 55

55 Academic Policies and Information Academic Advisors............................................. 55

RISE.................................................................. 55 Summary of Computing Rights and Responsibilities......................................... 55 Software Duplication and Use Policy.................. 56 Experiential Learning......................................... 56 Service Learning................................................. 56 Faculty-Led Global Experience ‘Maymester’ Programs and Semester Study Abroad Programs.....56 “Global Experience” Short Term and Study Programs............................................... 57 Foreign Language Study Abroad Programs......... 58 Career and Professional Development................ 58 Undergraduate Research and Creative Works..... 59

60 Student Organizations

HPU Connect.................................................... 60 Student Organizations........................................ 60 Academic Organizations..................................... 61 Honor Societies.................................................. 61 Political Organizations....................................... 62 Religious Life and Organizations........................ 62 Service Organizations......................................... 64 Diversity Groups................................................ 65 Special Interest Groups....................................... 66 Spirit of HPU Pep Band..................................... 66 Sports and Recreation......................................... 66


68 Fraternities and Sororities Recognition........................................................ 68

120 University Honor Code Interpretation of the Honor Code.................. 120

126 Alcohol and Controlled Substance Education

Eligibility Requirements for Membership........... 69 New Member Education/Intake Requirements for Chapters.............................. 70 Risk Management Policies Off-campus Events..... 71 Off-campus Events (with alcohol)...................... 72 On-campus Events (alcohol free)........................ 73 Expansion/Extension at High Point University.... 74 Greek Housing................................................... 76

Responsibilities and Rights of Students.......... 122 Process of Adjudication.................................. 123 Sanctions........................................................ 124

73 Student Government Responsibilities and Requirements

81 Residential Life First-year Programs............................................. 81

of Chartered Organizations............................. 77

Peer Mentors...................................................... 81 Online Modules................................................. 81 Community Meetings........................................ 81 Panther Chats..................................................... 82 Hall Amenities................................................... 82 Housing Sign-ups............................................... 82 Co-ed Housing................................................... 83 Early Arrival Procedures for Groups................... 83 Early Arrival Procedures for Individuals.............. 83 Residential Staffing............................................. 83 Responsibilities of Roommates........................... 83 Roommate Solutions.......................................... 84 Room Changes................................................... 84 Check-in/Check-out.......................................... 85 Destruction Policy.............................................. 93 University Housing............................................ 97

99 Student Rights and Responsibilities Student Rights................................................... 99

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.... 100 Freedom of Assembly/Expression..................... 101 Student Responsibilities................................... 102 High Point University Rights and Responsibilities....................................... 102 Student Complaints......................................... 102 Procedure for Student Appeals ......................... 104 Public Events.................................................... 105 Social Media..................................................... 106 Social Media Misconduct................................. 107 Definitions....................................................... 109

112 University Conduct Procedure 116 University Conduct Board, University Honor Board Contempt of Conduct Process........................ 116 Bias Hearing Board........................................ 117 University Conduct Board (UCB).................. 118 IFC Judicial Board......................................... 118 FERPA and Reports....................................... 118 Appeals........................................................... 118

Alcohol Policies.............................................. 128 General Policies For On- and Off-Campus Events..................................... 131 Illegal Controlled Substances.......................... 132

134 University Conduct Code Uniform Guidelines....................................... 134 Conduct Code and Policies............................ 135

154 Inclusivity at HPU Nondiscrimination Statement........................ 154

Gender Identity Inclusion Policy.................... 154 Bias Incidents................................................. 155 Bias Incident Reporting.................................. 155 Violations Motivated by Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Disability and other Factors Specified in the University Nondiscrimination Statement..................... 156

158 Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Grievance Policies How to Report............................................... 158

Required Reporting........................................ 159 Definitions: Violations of University Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct Policy............................ 160 Violations of the HPU Sexual Misconduct Policy....................................... 163 Reporting a Potential Violation of the Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policies...... 164 Impartial, Equitable, and Prompt Proceeding.................................................. 165 Investigation Of Formal Complaints.............. 169 Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board Procedures........................... 170 Sanctions........................................................ 172 Appeal Procedures.......................................... 172 Informal Resolution Process (IRP)................. 174 Privacy and Maintenance of Records................................................... 175

176 Unhealthy Relationships and Abusive Behavior

Warning Signs of Unhealthy Relationships and Abusive Behavior......................................... 176 Prevention Programs and Initiatives............... 178 Awareness Programs....................................... 178 Bystander Intervention................................... 178 Programs to Prevent Sexual Misconduct......... 179 Risk Reduction............................................... 179 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Misconduct......... 179 Resources For Students................................... 180 Frequently Asked Questions........................... 181

182 Uniform Guidelines

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A Message to Our Students: The health and safety of the entire campus community is the top priority for High Point University. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has implemented safety protocols, policies, and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including altering physical space and adjusting practices to allow for social distancing. As the campus reopens, all students are expected to do their part and comply with the new requirements that have already been adopted and will continue to be developed throughout the summer and fall. The University will monitor federal, state, and local health guidance and requirements regarding campus operations in the 2020-2021 academic year until viable preventatives and therapeutics for COVID-19 have been developed. We will endeavor to have a fullyon campus experience with as few disruptions as possible. However, in the event of unforeseeable causes or causes beyond the control of the University, including pandemics, epidemics, outbreaks of infectious disease, or other health emergencies, such as the situation posed by COVID-19, the University retains the authority to maintain the safety of the campus environment to the greatest extent possible by any means. While there is no guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID on campus (and by coming to campus you understand this risk), we also need authority to take steps to maintain the safety of our environment that the university determines is in the best interest of our community. You will see changes on campus this year, including in the Student Guide, to remind everyone that all members of the community must do their part to minimize the risk of infection and spread on our campus. We all have shared responsibility to take steps to minimize risk of COVID-19 infections or spread. That means adhering to health guidelines and University guidelines in effect from time to time. Understand that if we must, we reserve the right to close buildings, shift to hybrid in-person and remote instruction, fully remote instruction, isolate and quarantine students on campus, remove individuals from campus, etc.

Student Requirement to Wear Face Coverings during COVID-19 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. As a part of implementing this guidance at HPU, students will be required to wear face coverings in

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all classrooms, labs, and studios. Face coverings are strongly recommended in all other public spaces (such as hallways, building entrances, public restrooms, and other spaces where social distancing cannot be accomplished) on campus as well. If an individual is not wearing a face covering in the classroom, the faculty and/ or staff member will ask the student to leave; should there be a concern for public safety, HPU Security would be notified


at 336-841-9111. The student will then be referred to the Office of Student Life. Academic buildings will have one way entrances and exits. Additional signage will be shared in classrooms stating that coverings are required and how to properly wear a face covering. The university will supply all members of the HPU family—students, faculty, and staff—with a reusable cloth face mask to help everyone do their part. Students should follow these steps to safely wear a cloth face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-gettingsick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html.

own health. Students should follow all HPU temporary COVID-19 safety protocols and policies, as well as the following CDC recommendations: • HPU members are encouraged to maintain regular handwashing routines and observe hygienic ways to sneeze or cough.

• Handle only the ear loops or ties.

• If individuals are feeling unwell, they should limit their exposure to others and consult with a health care provider, preferably through telehealth. Students should contact Health Services immediately should they have symptoms or feel ill. Additionally, avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

• Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.

• Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.

• Wash your hands with soap and water before putting on and taking off your face covering.

• Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.

– Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

• Make sure you can breathe easily. • Wash your face covering frequently.

– Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

Students who require an accommodation to the face covering requirement should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services. For additional information about wearing and using a cloth face covering, or even making your own, students are encouraged to visit the CDC website.

– Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

Public health is everyone’s responsibility. This requirement to wear face coverings will be enforced by University officials and offices. Students who fail to wear face coverings as required may be reported for non-compliance to Campus Security or to the Office of Student Life and may be subject to discipline through the Student Conduct process. As a reminder, wearing a face covering is not a substitute for practicing good hygiene and physical distancing and monitoring your

– Do not gather in groups that are greater than the North Carolina Governor’s Executive Order and mandate (https:// www.nc.gov/covid-19/covid-19executive-orders).

– Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Doing your part is paramount, and personal responsibility and actions will be critical for everyone. This is a fluid situation that may require additional changes in the near future. Stay up-to-date on all measures at www.highpoint.edu/coronavirus. Thank you for doing your part to protect your fellow HPU family members.

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High Point University Temporary COVID-19 Policy Guest Policy Postponement The health and safety of the entire campus community is the top priority for High Point University. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has implemented several safety protocols, policies and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including altering physical space and adjusting practices to allow for social distancing. As the campus reopens, all students are expected to do their part and comply with the new requirements that have already been adopted and will continue to be developed throughout the summer and fall.

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Precautions like the pre-screening tool and contact tracing will be used to limit the spread of COVID-19 on-campus. To enhance similar measures, any guests who are not currently HPU students will not be permitted on campus, effective June 26, 2020. Parents are an exception to this rule. Additionally, the policy will be revised for Move-In Days in mid-August but all visitors will be asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Students will not be permitted to register through the iVisitor system or host their guests on campus until October 1. We know this is a continual cycle of reevaluation and growth mind set. Such policies may be revised and assessed as the semester continues.


You’ve Arrived! Welcome! 1.

On Move-In, go to your residence hall and set up your room.

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Room security is your responsibility. You should lock your room and/or your suite door and keep your key and Passport card with you at all times.

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Go to the High Point University Mail Center to locate your campus box.

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If you plan to open or have opened an account with Wells Fargo or BB&T, you may want to visit the campus branch representative at Orientation to settle banking matters.

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Attend Mix with your Mentor event on your first night.

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Don’t buy textbooks until you are registered for classes and are sure of the books you will need. Order online through highpoint.bncollege.com.

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Attend your first residence community hall meeting. Your Resident Assistant (RA) will discuss safety rules as well as pertinent information for your living area.

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Familiarize yourself with the John and Marsha Slane Student Center and R.G. Wanek Center. There you will find restaurants, Campus Concierge, study areas, and much more.

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Complete your vehicle registration at the R.G. Wanek Center Security Center by September 1st.

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Campus Concierge is your one-stop-shop for any and all information. Stop by the HPU Campus Concierge desks (located in the lower level of John and Marsha Slane Student Center, the R.G. Wanek Center, and Cottrell Hall.) The Concierge team is available to assist you with any question or concern. Please connect with them at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu.

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Alma Mater

Mission

God bless you Alma Mater, With holy wisdom burning bright.

The mission of High Point University is to deliver educational experiences that enlighten, challenge, and prepare students to lead lives of significance in complex global communities.

God lead you Alma Mater, In ways of truth, through paths of right. We tread these halls. Too soon we part, But memories o’er flow each heart. God bless you Alma Mater!

HPU Fight Song

HPU Colors

O Here’s to you, dear High Point U Our loyalty is ever true Proud alma mater’s sons and daughters, We will honor you.

Purple and White

While marching on to victory Our Panther pride shines through So, Fight! Fight! For the purple and white And dear old H-P-U! (Shout Chorus) Go H-P-U! Go H-P-U! (Panther Shout) H-I-G-H P-O-I-N-T HIGH POINT PANTHERS HIGH POINT PANTHERS GOOOOOO HPU! 10


Administrative Offices The Office of Student Life is committed to the growth and development of all University students. Our commitment is to see the individual excel and mature in an inspiring environment that not only is conducive and focused on the academy of higher learning but also fosters an individual’s coexistence with fellow students. During your stay at High Point University, you will not only study but will also have the opportunity to become active in Greek Life, Student Government, the Campus Activities Team, Religious Life, Service Organizations, Academic Organizations, Recreation Services, and much, much more. We are committed to your desire to participate in all activities as well as equal access to all administrative offices. Listed below are various administrative offices that provide invaluable resources and tools that will contribute to your educational success.

Office of the President 210 Roberts Hall, 336-841-9201 Dr. Nido Qubein nqubein@highpoint.edu

Office of Academic Affairs 218 Roberts Hall, 336-841-9229 Dr. Dan Erb derb@highpoint.edu

Dr. Qubein’s visionary leadership has produced a complete transformation of High Point University since he became president in 2005. Since then, the undergraduate population has tripled, six new academic schools have been added, number of faculty has tripled, and the campus size has quadrupled. More than $420 million has been raised to support academic and student life facilities and programs, scholarships, and additional infrastructure and technological investments on the 500-acre campus. President Qubein and his family have also been among the University’s top philanthropic supporters. Additionally, Dr. Qubein teaches The Freshman Seminar on Life Skills – a required course for all freshmen which focuses on preparing students to live a life of both success and significance.

Dr. Dan Erb serves as the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and is the chief academic officer of all the academic departments of the University. The Deans of the Colleges/Schools report to him. Business Affairs Roberts Hall, 336-841-9841 Steven B. Calloway (Brad) scallowa@highpoint.edu Brad Calloway, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs. He oversees Title IX, financial and business affairs, Human Resources and Information Technology. Financial Affairs 244 Roberts Hall, 336-841-9202 Debi S. Butt dsb@highpoint.edu Debi Butt serves as the Vice President for Financial Affairs for the University. She oversees business operations, student accounts, and financial planning.

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Office of Communications 313 Roberts Hall, 336-841-9156 Roger Clodfelter rclodfel@highpoint.edu The Office of Communications serves as a key point of contact for all of HPU’s communications efforts, both internal and external, overseeing HPU’s web and social media presence and media relations management. Office of Research and Planning 120 Norcross Hall, 336-841-9420 Dr. Jeff Adams jeadams@highpoint.edu The Office of Research and Planning oversees five operational areas: Institutional Research and Assessment, University Accreditation, Sponsored Programs and Research Administration, Strategic Planning, and Norcross Graduate School. The Office serves students in a variety of ways, ranging from course evaluation management to support for research and data analysis activities. Office of Experiential Learning and Career Development 225 Cottrell Hall, 336-841-4569 Dr. Stephanie Crofton scrofton@highpoint.edu The Office of Experiential Learning and Career Development oversees five Operational areas: Academic Services, Corporate Relations, Career and Professional Development, Global Education, Student Success, and Undergraduate Research and Creative Works. The Office serves students in a variety of ways ranging from freshman advising, to overseeing study abroad, internships, and undergraduate research and creative works, to offering tutoring and Learning Excellence. Academic Services 401 Smith Library, 336-888-6388 Karen Naylon knaylon@highpoint.edu

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The Office of Academic Services coordinates academic advising for upperclassmen (advisor assignment, changes in majors, and faculty advisor training), academic services (tutoring), and the Learning Excellence Program. Tutoring Services 400 Smith Library, 336-841-9014 Dr. Craig Curty ccurty@highpoint.edu Dr. Craig Curty serves as the Director of Academic Services and coordinates academic tutoring and the supplemental instruction program. Student Success 211 Cottrell Center for Student Success 336-841-9490 Britt Carl studentsuccess@highpoint.edu Every High Point University freshman is assigned a Success Coach to assist YOU during your first year of college! • Need to know what courses to take, get more involved on campus, provide service in the community, find your “niche”? – meet with your Success Coach. • We love meeting with students to discuss opportunities, services, and supports! • We love sponsoring activities for freshmen—“Freshman Day on the Ropes Course,” “Lunch with your Success Coach!” The Student Success Team is responsible for providing appropriate academic and transitional support to first-year students applicable to all aspects of the student’s life tasks: academic, personal, social, and career. We are here to assist you in this transition to college life. Your Success Coach will serve as your academic advisor for the first year. Students are assigned to Success Coaches based on academic major. For more information, please refer to: www.highpoint.edu/successcoach.


Office of Global Education Suite 142, Cottrell Hall Center for Student Success, 336-841-9636 Dr. Jeffrey Palis jpalis@highpoint.edu The Office of Global Education is the campus home for study abroad, exchange programs, and international student affairs. The Office of Global Education brings High Point University students to the world through study abroad and exchange programs while also bringing the world to the High Point University campus by providing services to inbound international students, promoting awareness of cultural diversity, and providing programming opportunities that highlight the value of learning about cultures that are not one’s own. Study Abroad Suite 142, Cottrell Hall Center for Student Success, 336-841-9280 Mr. Christopher Ferguson cferguso@highpoint.edu The Office of Global Education guides students through the process of selecting, applying to, and participating in a study abroad program. Students can choose from a variety of options, including a semester abroad at an international University, or a short-term faculty-led Global Experience program (typically offered in May). International Student Affairs Suite 142, Cottrell Hall Center for Student Success 336-841-9471 Kristen Cruz kcruz@highpoint.edu Serving International students (those studying on an F1 or other Visa) and Internationally Affiliated students (permanent residents of the U.S. with international heritage or affiliation), the Office of Global Education is the “go-to” location for immigration matters, supplementary academic advising, cultural programming and festivals, on-campus job

assistance (including help obtaining a Social Security number), and miscellaneous matters such as getting a driver’s license and filing U.S. tax returns. Office of the University Registrar 101 Roberts Hall, 336-841-9300 Danny K. Brooks dbrooks@highpoint.edu University Registrar Danny Brooks oversees registration and compiles the course schedule for each semester. Registration for new students is conducted in early spring, prior to your first semester of enrollment. Registration for continuing students is in November and April for the following spring and fall semesters. Registration is online and academic advisers grant you permission to register after an advising session has been conducted. All academic records and transcripts are kept digitally in the registrar’s office. Additionally, the registrar provides enrollment certifications for graduation and continuing athletic eligibility and enrollment. Student Financial Services 104F Roberts Hall, 336-841-9370 Jonathan Mador jmador@highpoint.edu Senior Director of Student Financial Services Jonathan Mador oversees the Office of Student Accounts and the Office of Student Financial Planning. Both of these offices are located in Roberts Hall and work together to assist students in their pursuit of postsecondary education at High Point University. Each office works not only to assist students but also their parents and members of the University community. Office of Student Accounts 10 Roberts Hall, 336-841-9506 studentaccounts@highpoint.edu The Office of Student Accounts collects payments, assesses charges, maintains online billing statements, and administers the tuition payment plan.

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The Office of Student Accounts is responsible for ensuring that funds due to the University are billed, collected, and deposited timely and accurately in a manner that is compliant with not only University policy but also all applicable Federal and State Regulations. The staff is well trained and highly qualified to make the student/parent experience with Student Accounts process a positive and rewarding one. The staff is available to address a broad range of financial issues pertaining to a student’s education at High Point University. Student Financial Responsibility Agreement PAYMENT OF FEES/PROMISE TO PAY I understand that when I register for any class at High Point University or receive any service from High Point University I accept full responsibility to pay all tuition, fees, and other associated costs assessed as a result of my registration and/or receipt of services. I further understand and agree that my registration and acceptance of these terms constitutes a promissory note agreement (i.e., a financial obligation in the form of an educational loan as defined by the U.S. Bankruptcy Code at 11 U.S.C. §523(a)(8)) in which High Point University is providing me educational services, deferring some or all of my payment obligation for those services, and I promise to pay for all assessed tuition, fees, and other associated costs by the published or assigned due date). I understand and agree that if I drop or withdraw from some or all of the classes for which I register, I will be responsible for paying all or a portion of tuition and fees in accordance with the published tuition refund schedule. I have read the terms and conditions of the published tuition refund schedule and understand those terms are incorporated herein by reference. I further understand that my failure to attend class or receive a bill does not absolve me of my financial responsibility as described above. Some or all instruction for all or part of the 2020-2021 academic year may be delivered

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remotely. The amount for tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year has been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the 2020-2021 academic year. METHOD OF BILLING I understand that High Point University uses electronic billing (e-bill) as its official billing method, and therefore I am responsible for viewing and paying my student account e-bill by the scheduled due date. I further understand that failure to review my e-bill does not constitute a valid reason for not paying my bill on time. BILLING ERRORS I understand that administrative, clerical, or technical billing errors do not absolve me of my financial responsibility to pay the correct amount of tuition, fees, and other associated financial obligations assessed as a result of my registration at High Point University. RETURNED PAYMENTS/FAILED PAYMENT AGREEMENTS If a payment made to my student account is returned by the bank for any reason, I agree to repay the original amount of the payment plus a returned payment fee of $30.00. I understand that multiple returned payments and/or failure to comply with the terms of any payment plan or agreement I sign with High Point University may result in cancellation of my classes and/or suspension of my eligibility to register for future classes at High Point University. DELINQUENT ACCOUNT/ COLLECTION Financial Hold: I understand and agree that if I fail to pay my student account bill or any monies due and owing High Point University by the scheduled due date, High Point University will place a financial hold on my student account, preventing me from registering for future classes, registering for housing, requesting transcripts, or receiving my diploma.


Collection Agency: I understand and accept that if I fail to pay my student account bill or any monies due and owing High Point University by the scheduled due date, and fail to make acceptable payment arrangements to bring my account current, High Point University may refer my delinquent account to a collection agency. I understand that my delinquent account may be reported to one or more of the national credit bureaus. COMMUNICATION Method of Communication: I understand and agree that High Point University uses email as an official method of communication with me, and that therefore I am responsible for reading the emails I receive from High Point University on a timely basis. Contact: I authorize High Point University and its agents and contractors to contact me at my current and any future cellular phone number(s), email address(es), or wireless device(s) regarding my delinquent student account(s)/loan(s), any other debt I owe to High Point University, or to receive general information from High Point University. I authorize High Point University and its agents and contractors to use automated telephone dialing equipment, artificial or prerecorded voice or text messages, and personal calls and emails, in their efforts to contact me. Furthermore, I understand that I may withdraw my consent to call my cellular phone by submitting my request in writing to the Business Office or in writing to the applicable contractor or agent contacting me on behalf of High Point University. Updating Contact Information: I understand and agree that I am responsible for keeping High Point University records up-to-date with my current physical addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. Upon leaving High Point University for any reason, it is my responsibility to provide High Point University with updated contact information for purposes of continued communication regarding any amounts that remain due and owing to High Point University.

Financial Aid I understand that my Financial Aid Award is contingent upon my continued enrollment and attendance in each class upon which my financial aid eligibility was calculated. If I drop any class before completion, I understand that my financial aid eligibility may decrease and some or all of the financial aid awarded to me may be revoked. If some or all of my financial aid is revoked because I dropped or failed to attend class, I agree to repay all revoked aid that was disbursed to my account and resulted in a credit balance that was refunded to me. Federal Aid: I understand that any federal Title IV financial aid that I receive, except for Federal Work Study wages, will first be applied to any outstanding balance on my account for tuition, fees, room and board. Title IV financial aid includes aid from the Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Direct Loan, PLUS Loan, and TEACH Grant programs. When I sign my loan form to accept or decline the federal loans I was offered, I authorize High Point University to apply my Title IV financial aid to other charges assessed to my student account such as student health insurance, parking permits, bookstore charges, service fees and fines, and any other education related charges. I further understand that this authorization will remain in effect until I rescind it in writing and that I may withdraw it at any time. Prizes, Awards, Scholarships, Grants: I understand that all prizes, awards, scholarships, and grants awarded to me by High Point University will be credited to my student account and applied toward any outstanding balance. I further understand that my receipt of a prize, award, scholarship, or grant is considered a financial resource according to federal Title IV financial aid regulations, and may therefore reduce my eligibility for other federal and/or state financial aid (i.e., loans, grants, Federal Work Study) which, if already disbursed to my student account, must be reversed and returned to the aid source.

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WITHDRAWAL If I decide to completely withdraw from High Point University, I will follow the established procedure for doing so. A student who officially withdraws during a semester may be entitled to a refund of certain charges as outlined in the Tuition and Fees Refund Policy. A withdrawal (official or otherwise) also affects financial aid eligibility, as outlined in the federal Return of Title IV Program Funds Policy and the Return of NonTitle IV Program Funds Policy. A student using scholarships, grants, or loans to pay educational expenses, whose account was paidin-full prior to withdrawal is likely to owe the University after withdrawal. Procedures for such changes of status are coordinated by the Office of Academic Advising. TUITION AND FEES REFUND POLICY A student who officially withdraws during a semester may be entitled to an adjustment to tuition and housing depending on the date of withdrawal. If a tuition adjustment results in a credit balance, the student can elect to receive a refund of the credit balance or leave the balance on the account for future terms. Any adjustment of room rent is based on when the student has checked out of his/ her residence hall after withdrawing. Fees for individual music instruction courses are refunded on the same basis as tuition. Parking registration fees are not refundable if the decal has been placed on the vehicle. Tuition, fees, room rent, and related charges will be refunded under the University Refund Policy for findings of responsibility within the undergraduate student judicial review process using the below scale, however a student who appeals the decision of the disciplinary board must realize that the appeal process can be lengthy and will affect the amount of the refund given should the board decision be upheld. Return of Title IV funds are handled in accordance with federal law. Schedule of Adjustments for Withdrawal or Continuous Enrollment Start Date Fall or Spring Semesters

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Official Date Tuition Refunded Before classes begin 100.00% tuition (-) deposit First week of classes 82.50% Second week of classes 75.00% Third week of classes 62.50% Fourth week of classes 50.00% Fifth week of classes 37.50% Sixth week of classes 25.00% Seventh week of classes 12.50% After seventh week of classes 0.00% Schedule of Adjustments for Withdrawal or Continuous Enrollment Start Date Summer Sessions Official Date First class Second class

Tuition Refunded 100.00% 0.00%

Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from classes by completing a Withdrawal Form in order to be eligible for a refund. To withdraw from High Point University, students must complete an online form. Nonpayment for classes for which a student is registered or non-attendance in a registered class does not release the student from financial obligation and will not drop the student from the class. The Office of Student Accounts calculates the refund of charges based on the date reported on the student’s withdrawal form. The Office of Financial Planning calculates the amount of aid that needs to be returned also based on the date reported on the withdrawal form. Financial Aid is not calculated based on the University Refund Schedule. Financial Aid earned is based on federal policy (below). If charges originally paid by financial aid funds are no longer covered after financial aid funds are returned to the programs, the student is responsible for the remaining balance. Regardless of the learning environment, the tuition and fees will be the same. The tuition and fees you provide are in exchange for learning, academic credit, and certain non-academic services that will be provided whether in person, in a hybrid environment, or entirely remotely.


PRIVACY RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES I understand that High Point University is bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which prohibits High Point University from releasing any information from my education record without my written permission. Therefore, I understand that if I want High Point University to share information from my education record with someone else, I must provide written permission by following the established procedure. I further understand that I may revoke my permission at any time as instructed in the same procedure. IRS FORM 1098-T

University before the semester is completed, resulting in a loss of time and money devoted to education. With this in mind, HPU has decided to offer a Tuition Protection Plan. To reduce the cost of the annual premium for tuition insurance, High Point University is requiring an opt-out policy starting with the fall 2016 semester. Please note that all undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in this tuition insurance program unless they complete the waiver to opt out online at: tuitionprotection.com/hpu by August 26th, 2020. The plan is an annual cost of $304. This will be billed on a semester basis at $152 per term.

I agree to provide my Social Security number (SSN) or taxpayer identification number (TIN) to High Point University upon request as required by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations for Form 1098-T reporting purposes. If I fail to provide my SSN or TIN to High Point University, I agree to pay any and all IRS fines assessed as a result of my missing SSN/TIN.

The plan provides coverage for tuition, fees, room and meal cost paid to the University. This plan, administered by A.W.G. Dewar, provides coverage of up to 75%. Refunds may be affected by financial aid award adjustments. This plan significantly extends and enhances the University’s tuition refund policy.

I consent to receive my annual IRS Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, electronically from High Point University. I understand that if I do not consent to receive my Form 1098-T electronically, a paper copy will be provided.

Office of Financial Planning 100 Roberts Hall, 336-841-9124 J. Ron Elmore finplan@highpoint.edu

ENTIRE AGREEMENT This agreement supersedes all prior understandings, representations, negotiations, and correspondence between the student and High Point University, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the matters described, and shall not be modified or affected by any course of dealing or course of performance. This agreement may be modified by High Point University if the modification is signed by me. Any modification is specifically limited to those policies and/or terms addressed in the modification. TUITION PROTECTION INSURANCE A college education represents a substantial investment of both time and money. At HPU, we are concerned for the student who suffers a serious illness or accident and has to leave the

The Office of Student Financial Planning is responsible for verifying eligibility for and the awarding of financial assistance from institutional, federal, state, and outside sources. The application process requires the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The results of this form will be received by our office electronically (provided our school code, 002933, is included). Please note that we must have your Social Security number in our system in order to receive your FAFSA data. Eligibility will be determined based on the FAFSA information we receive and an aid package will be developed to include available funding from the various programs for which we administer. Non-need based aid like merit scholarships, athletic awards, and departmental scholarships are the first component in the development of a student’s aid package. Federal and state

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grants are then awarded, and if additional eligibility exists the student will be considered for HPU’s grant. Please note that eligibility for HPU’s need-based is determined for a student each year, and therefore is not automatically renewable. Federal Loans will be added according to the maximum amount allowed based on the student’s grade level. Federal work-study is a student work program with very limited funding so it is targeted at students with the highest demonstrated need as long as the funds exist with first priority given to currently enrolled students. It is also important to note that financial aid, to include merit aid, is distributed equally between fall and spring semesters. Students who graduate early (in December) cannot receive their full annual amount in one semester. The Office of Student Financial Planning is also responsible for monitoring students’ enrollment status as students must be full-time to receive institutional funding. To maintain continued eligibility for financial assistance students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as dictated by federal regulations and institutional policies. In addition, students receiving merit scholarship must maintain the minimum cumulative GPA requirement as indicated in the student’s original scholarship offer. We monitor academic progress at the end of each spring semester. If a student fails to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress or is below the minimum cumulative GPA to retain their merit scholarship, the student loses eligibility for financial assistance until the minimum requirements are met. Career and Professional Development 104 Cottrell Hall, 336-841-9470 Dr. William (Bill) Gentry careerservices@highpoint.edu The Office of Career and Professional Development offers a variety of professional development and career-related services to HPU students from the moment they arrive on campus as first-year students. Comprehensive services include: individual

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career counseling, exploration of career options and related majors/minors, interpretation of career-related selfassessments, tips for researching internship opportunities, development of professional resumes and cover letters, preparation for interviews, tactics for networking, and strategies for searching for full-time jobs or applying to graduate/professional school. Office of Corporate Relations Cottrell Hall, 336-841-9851 Lindsay Scott lscott@highpoint.edu The Office of Corporate Relations works to develop and maintain partnerships with a wide variety of employers in order to provide internship and job pipelines for High Point University students. Employer engagement opportunities include: Campus postings on Purple Briefcase, Career and Internship Expos, Information Sessions, Lunch and Learns, and employer site visits both local and across the country. Department of Athletics 217 Jerry and Kitty Steele Center 336-841-9057 Dan Hauser Athletic Director dhauser@highpoint.edu The department of athletics, home to 16 NCAA Division I sports teams. The university is a member of the Big South Conference. Additionally, the athletic department is home to over 38 club sports. Visit HighPointPanthers.com for information and game schedules. Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni and Family Engagement 320 Roberts Hall, 336-841-9127 Chris Dudley cdudley@highpoint.edu The Office of Institutional Advancement seeks to generate support for the overall mission and vision of the University by developing and strengthening alumni, family, friend, and student


relationships. This takes place through a variety of programing and events designed to promote engagement with the university. Homecoming, Family Weekend, #DayforHPU, Senior Giving, and regional HPU Connects are some of the events offered throughout the course of the academic year. The Office of Institutional Advancement also partners with the following advocacy boards to advance HPU: Parents Council, President’s Leadership Cabinet, Alumni Boards, and Board of Visitors.

STUDENT LIFE OFFICES Senior Vice President for Student Life 338 John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-9141 Gail C. Tuttle gtuttle@highpoint.edu The Senior Vice President for Student Life is responsible for student life concerns and programs and serves with the University’s senior administration. She is responsible for the overall direction and focus of the Division of Student Life which includes the Assistant Vice President(s) for Student Life, Residence Life, Greek Life, Counseling Services, Student Activities, Student Conduct, Campus Engagement, First-year Experience, Religious Life, Multicultural Affairs, Recreation Services, Office of Accessibility Resources, Health Services and Support, and Student Government. Additionally, the Senior Vice President for Student Life has oversight of the chief student affairs professionals. Assistant Vice President for Student Life 337 John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-9039 Erica D. Lewis elewis@highpoint.edu studentlife@highpoint.edu The Assistant Vice President for Student Life is responsible for the supervision of residential housing and all residential staff resources. Regular interaction with students and their residential and programming needs is central to this position.

As noted in the University Bulletin, all students are required to live in a University residence hall with a full meal plan, except those who live with their parents or with a spouse. Single students (except commuters living with parents or guardians) who enroll and are found to be living off-campus without an authorized exception from the Assistant Vice President for Student Life may be held responsible for all tuition and fees and/or be dismissed from the University. Assistant Vice President for Student Life 335 John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-9309 Dr. Tara Shollenberger tshollen@highpoint.edu The Assistant Vice President for Student Life oversees both the academic and nonacademic conduct systems. The Assistant Vice President for Student Life facilitates the management of the appeals process. The Assistant Vice President for Student Life also oversees Fraternity and Sorority Life and Campus Activities. Assistant Vice President for Student Life 336 John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-9713 Scott Wojciechowski swojciec@highpoint.edu The Assistant Vice President focuses on engagement and involvement across campus and oversees the areas of First-year Experience, Multicultural Affairs, and Campus Recreation. In addition to these functions, he also oversees the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services as well as departmental assessment and the student grievance process. Director of Campus Recreation 115 John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-9732 Mat Allred rec@highpoint.edu Facebook: HPU Recreation Twitter: @hpurec

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High Point University Recreation Services (HPURec) offers a variety of fitness, wellness, and athletic opportunities for all students. The John and Marsha Slane Student Center is home to the HPURec Office, the Fitness Center, Group Exercise classroom, and multi-purpose basketball courts. The Maynard Pool and Spa at John and Marsha Slane Student Center is available for you to enjoy during warmer months. Students may also enjoy swimming and racquetball in the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center as well as sand volleyball and outdoor basketball courts located around campus. HPURec also manages fitness facilities at the University Center 2, Village I and Village II, North College Terrace, North College Court, Caffey, Centennial Square Townhomes 1 & 2, and the Greek Village as well as outdoor pools at The Village, Centennial Square Townhomes 1 & 2, and The Greek Village which are for resident use of those communities. HPURec offers an active intramural sports and activities calendar as well as opportunities for adventure with HPU Outdoor Discovery. The HPU Outdoor Discovery Program includes a dynamic Challenge (Ropes) Course located at the HPU Millis Estate, a 20-acre country retreat located just minutes from campus. The Challenge Course is designed to develop communication and leadership skills through a series of demanding high and low ropes components. The course also features a 500-foot zip line, 40-foot rock climbing wall, laser tag, and a series of hiking trails. Complimentary transportation to the HPU Millis Estate is provided through the HPURec office. Executive Director of Counseling Services John and Marsha Slane Student Center 336-841-9159 Amber S. Kelley, M.Ed., LCMHCS, NCC akelley@highpoint.edu counseling@highpoint.edu The Office of Counseling Services strives to provide comprehensive, developmental counseling services to all University students

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who may experience emotional, behavioral, and/or psychological concerns during their college experience. We recognize that this time in your life brings exploration of your abilities to manage stress, adapt to transitions, build healthy relationships, balance work and recreation, and learn more about wellness. It is a time for change and growth. Our office can assist you in many ways during this important time in your life. Counseling Services coordinates our PANTHER Prevention program to increase healthy behaviors and improve overall well-being of individuals within the High Point University community through educational campaigns, programming, and intervention. PANTHER Prevention focuses on Interpersonal Violence, Substance Use, General Mental Health Outreach, and Suicide Prevention. Educational programs and trainings are offered to students, faculty, and staff. All clinical staff are North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors or North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Social Workers. We contract with a North Carolina Board Licensed psychiatric provider to manage psychiatric medication needs of clients under our care. Counseling services are available to currently enrolled students at High Point University and are covered by student fees. Any costs associated with medication that may be prescribed by our psychiatric provider are the responsibility of the client. Our services include individual therapy, group therapy, triage services, consultation, psychoeducation, prevention programming, addiction assessment and recovery support, and psychiatric medication management. We are a developmentally focused mental health clinic staffed by highly trained, caring professionals. Our clinicians adhere to strict ethics and laws regarding confidentiality and provision of services. Counseling services are available during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Triage is available throughout the business day for students


who wish to speak with a licensed clinician. Triage is an opportunity for you to briefly speak with a licensed clinician to discuss your needs and determine if we have services that could be helpful to you. You may decide at that time to schedule an appointment for an intake session. Triage service is also offered to clients who are under our care who have an urgent need between regular therapy sessions and need to speak with a clinician. Triage care is available for emergent needs during the business day, as well. We make every effort to schedule therapy appointments that work with your class schedule. Your clinician will determine the frequency of your therapy sessions based on your individual treatment plan. For more information on Counseling Services, please visit our website: www.highpoint.edu/counseling/ Director of Student Engagement 325 John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-9484 Tom DiRoma tdiroma@highpoint.edu greek@highpoint.edu Instagram: @hpu_fsl The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life oversees all functions of the fraternity and

sorority community at HPU. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life manages fraternity and sorority housing. The Office staff provide support and education to fraternity and sorority members throughout the year. The staff manages and supports students through the recruitment and intake process, ending with Greek Week and graduation. The development of fraternity and sorority members occurs through leadership education, risk prevention education, and collaboration amongst chapters and councils. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life manages fraternity and sorority housing. The Office staff provide support and education to fraternity and sorority members throughout the year. The staff manages and supports students through the recruitment and intake process, ending with Greek Week and graduation. The development of fraternity and sorority members occurs through leadership education, risk prevention education, and collaboration amongst chapters and councils. Campus Engagement and Student Activities Activities@highpoint.edu Facebook: HPUCAT Twitter: @HPUCAT Instagram: @HPUCAT

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Beginning with Welcome Week and continuing through the spring concert, you will have an easy time getting involved and having fun. From comedians to movie nights, to karaoke nights and trivia, every day at HPU is a special one! Daily announcements about upcoming events are broadcast via HPU Connect. Additionally, the Director of Campus Engagement advises the Student Government Association (SGA) on campus. Minister to the University David R. Hayworth Chapel 336-841-9241 Rev. Preston Davis pdavis@highpoint.edu Facebook: /HPUCHAPEL Twitter: @HPUCHAPEL Instagram: @HPUCHAPEL Or visit the website at highpoint.edu/ religiouslife. The Chapel and Religious Life encourages the development of faith, spiritual formation, and interfaith understanding among students, faculty, and staff. When classes are in session, Hayworth Chapel is open weekdays for personal devotion and hosts two different ecumenical worship gatherings each week. Weekly Chapel takes place every Wednesday at 5:30 pm, introducing students to the diversity of Christian worship and community. HPU Sunday is HPU’s modern worshipping community, gathering every Sunday at 11 am. The Minister to the University, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, is in charge of religious activities. Under the Minister to the University’s guidance, the Chapel and Religious Life Office leads spiritual formation, vocation training, and interfaith understanding among students, faculty, and staff. Accessibility Resources and Services Smith Library 4th Floor 336-841-9026 Rebecca Berger, M.S., CRC

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rberger@highpoint.edu oars@highpoint.edu The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services is on the 4th floor of the Smith Library. Walk-in hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. To set up an appointment with an OARS staff member, register for services, request testing accommodations, apply for academic accommodations, apply for housing accommodation(s), and/or apply for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), utilize the link on the OARS webpage at www.highpoint.edu/oars/. Title IX Coordinator Kayla Rudisel Title IX Coordinator 317 Slane Center TitleIX@highpoint.edu 336-841-9138 Gail Tuttle, Deputy Coordinator Senior Vice President of Student Life 338 Slane Center Tara Shollenberger, Deputy Coordinator Assistant Vice President of Student Life 335 Slane Center Whitney Neal, Deputy Coordinator Director of Human Resources 209 North College Administration 1911 N. Centennial Street April Wines, Deputy Coordinator Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator 117 Witcher Oversees administration and coordination of HPU’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct programs and compliance efforts. The scope of this responsibility includes, among other things, managing of complaints, investigations, and training in connection with HPU’s prohibition of sex discrimination and sexual harassment (including sexual violence).


Director of Multicultural Affairs 319 John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-9695 Terry Chavis tchavis@highpoint.edu The Director of Multicultural Affairs works to foster an environment that welcomes and embraces all regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or military status. This includes leading diversity awareness efforts, diversity education programming, and supporting underrepresented student populations. In addition, the Director advises and serves as a resource for student groups/organizations. The Director of Multicultural Affairs also reviews Bias Response reports and consults with necessary parties to gather information, provide support, guide mediation, and achieve resolution. Director of Student Conduct 339 John and Marsha Slane Student Center Joshua Rich jrich@highpoint.edu The Director of Student Conduct is the chief conduct officer for the university and manages both the academic and nonacademic conduct systems. This includes review of incident reports and formal complaints, conducting preliminary

investigations and formal hearings, as well as issuing appropriate sanctions. The Director will supervise and evaluate all conduct boards, student justices, and faculty justices. Director of Housing Operations 341 John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-9027 Tyresa N. Foster tfoster1@highpoint.edu The Director of Housing Operations directs and assists with supervising the operations of all University room reservations protocols and assists the Assistant Vice President for Student Life with room assignment, allocations for both incoming and upperclassmen students. In addition, the Director of Housing Operations manages the assignments for all housing accommodation requests and support for students with approved Emotional Support Animals. Director of Residence Life 340 Slane Student Center, 336-841-9497 Crystal D. Crouse ccrouse@highpoint.edu The Director of Residence Life oversees the student living and co-curricular experience in residential communities through direction and oversight of the residence life staff including area coordinators, resident directors, and student staff.

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Accessibility Resources and Policies High Point University is committed to providing equal access to all the services and benefits in educational opportunities, and ensuring full participation for all members of the University community. The University prohibits discrimination against a qualified person with a disability in all educational settings and employment practices. The University acts in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA: Public Law 110-325), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and North Carolina Anti-Discrimination Laws.

Our mission is to provide an inclusive environment which ensures equal access for all students to education and all aspects of University life by providing reasonable accommodations, interactive student meetings, and promoting access to access for HPU students, staff, and faculty.

accommodations, increase understanding of their disability, and be proactive in eliminating barriers.

The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) aspires to empower students to receive equal access to education and all aspects of university life, through removing barriers to equal access and promoting self-advocacy through multidisciplinary partnerships. OARS is committed to helping students with disabilities achieve their academic goals by providing reasonable accommodations under appropriate circumstances. As part of the Office of Student Life, we handle the needs of students with disabilities, and we take those needs seriously.

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OARS supports the mission of the University, the Office of Student Life mission, and the OARS departmental mission through three primary tenets. REMOVE barriers to equal access to learning, participating, and benefiting from the programs, services, and activities at High Point University. PROMOTE self-advocacy. OARS strives to help students develop skills to advocate for

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ENGAGE in multidisciplinary partnership to ensure appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

All High Point University students requesting disability-related accommodations must register with the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services and provide up-to-date, appropriate, and objective documentation that clearly substantiates a significant functional impairment. A significant functional impairment means that a student’s ability to perform a major life activity is inhibited substantially. Academic accommodations are based upon documented disability-related limitations and diagnostic and evaluation test data provided in a written report by a qualified professional. Documentation must include specific test data substantiating a diagnosis and related functional limitations. All provided documentation is taken into consideration when determining reasonable and appropriate accommodations for each student’s needs, while ensuring that the essential functions, tasks, standards and requirements of a program will not be removed by implementation of an accommodation.


Housing accommodations are provided to ensure accessible housing in the Residence Halls. Students requesting accessible housing should register with OARS and submit a completed OARS Request for Medical Documentation by a licensed professional who is credentialed in the area related to the diagnosed condition for which the accommodation is being requested. Students are also asked to provide a personal statement that includes a rationale for the requested housing accommodation(s) and how this accommodation will meet your need(s) for accommodations and enrich your experience at High Point University. Accessibility Grievance Policy Students with disabilities who have followed published procedures for requesting accommodations, and have done so in a timely manner but who believe they have not been granted reasonable accommodations or who believe that approved accommodations have not been appropriately implemented or students who requested accommodation(s) but were denied may file a grievance with the 504 Coordinator in the manner outlined in the 504 (Accessibility) Grievance Policy. Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Policy An emotional support animal (ESA) is a type of reasonable accommodation that affords a person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy University housing by alleviating one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. This Policy, as subject to change from time to time, explains the specific requirements applicable to a campus resident’s request for and possession of an ESA in University housing. This Policy does not apply to “service animals” under applicable law. Although it is the policy of HPU that residents are generally prohibited from

having animals of any type in University housing, HPU will consider a request by a resident with a disability for a reasonable accommodation to allow an ESA consistent with this Policy. Before a Resident may bring a requested ESA to campus, the Resident must be approved by OARS for a reasonable accommodation under this Policy. I. Definitions A. Emotional Support Animal An ESA is a type of reasonable accommodation that affords a person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy University housing by providing emotional support or alleviating one or more of the identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. An ESA is often a dog but may be from a broad range of species. An ESA is not a service animal under applicable law or University policy. B. Resident The “Resident” is the individual who resides in University housing and has requested to bring an ESA into University housing as a reasonable accommodation under this Policy. C. Office of Accessibility Resources and Services The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) collaborates with individuals, faculty, and staff to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to all HPU programs and activities. D. Reliable Third Party Someone who is familiar with the Resident’s disability and the necessity for the requested accommodation, such as a health care provider, therapist, counselor, or social worker. II. Resident Request Process Residents requesting an ESA as a housing accommodation must: A. Contact the Office of Accessibility

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Resources and Services to provide notification you are requesting an ESA. 1. The animal being requested; and 2. A completed Request for Accessible Housing Accommodation form completed by a reliable third party of the Resident’s disability and how the requested animal alleviates one or more symptoms of the Resident’s disability.

including University property; and/ or (4) is otherwise unreasonably interferes with the operation of the University. B. HPU may consider the following factors, among others, in determining whether the request for the animal is reasonable: 1. The size and disposition of the animal;

B. Set up an appointment with an Accessibility Specialist to complete a structured interview. During this meeting the Rules and Responsibilities of a Resident with an Approved Emotional Support Animal will be reviewed.

2. Whether the animal’s presence otherwise violates individuals’ right to peace and quiet;

C. Provide current and up-to-date veterinary documentation for the ESA that includes documentation of animal type and size, current vaccination records, and proof of flea and tick treatment.

4. The animal’s vaccinations;

D. Complete an In Case of Emergency (ICE) removal form. This will require the Resident to identify an off-campus person who is not a current HPU student who will take possession of the animal if the animal must be excluded from campus under Section VI of this Policy. E. Sign the Rules and Responsibilities of a Resident with an Approved ESA. F. Optionally receive an identification tag and door decal for the ESA. III. University’s Reasonableness Determination A. Upon receipt of a completed request for an ESA, OARS will conduct an individualized assessment of the request. A request for an ESA may be denied as unreasonable if the presence of the animal: (1) imposes an undue financial and/or administrative burden; (2) fundamentally alters University housing policies; (3) poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others or would cause substantial damage to the property of others,

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3. Whether the animal is housebroken or otherwise unable to live with others in a reasonable manner; 5. Any past history of the animal’s behavior in University housing; 6. Whether the animal poses or has posed in the past a direct threat to the individual or others, such as a history of aggressive behavior towards or injuring the individual or others; and/or 7. Whether the animal causes or has caused excessive damage to housing beyond reasonable wear and tear. IV. Access to University Facilities by Emotional Support Animals A. Equal Access to Housing for Individuals with Disabilities HPU will not limit room assignments for individuals with ESAs to any particular residence hall because the individual needs an ESA because of a disability. HPU will not ask for or require a Resident to pay a fee or surcharge for an approved ESA. B. ESA Access, Dominion, and Control An ESA must be contained within the Resident’s assigned individual room except to the extent the individual is taking the ESA out for natural relief. Student Life will work with the Resident to identify appropriate


spaces for the ESA to relieve itself, based on where the Resident resides. The ESA is not permitted in other students’ rooms or the common areas of the residential facilities, and other areas of the University such as classrooms, academic buildings, administrative buildings, libraries, dining services areas, fitness center, outside recreational areas, pools, the Promenade, Robert’s Hall Lawn, or other commonly shared public spaces on campus. ESAs brought on campus must be under the control of the Resident at all times. The Resident must be in full control of the animal at all times (e.g. leash, harness, crate). The Resident is solely responsible for the animal’s wellbeing, care, and cleaning including, but not limited to, regular feeding, bathing, grooming, daily care, and veterinary services. It is the responsibility of the Resident to ensure that others are not disrupted by the ESA (e.g. barking, excessive noise, etc.). V. Resident’s Responsibilities for Emotional Support Animal The Resident must agree to abide by the Rules and Responsibilities of a Resident with an Approved Emotional Support Animal. If the University grants a Resident’s request to live with an ESA, the Resident is solely responsible for the custody and care of the ESA and must meet the following requirements: A. General Responsibilities 1. The Resident must abide by current city, county, and state ordinances, laws, and/or regulations pertaining to licensing, vaccination, and other requirements for animals. It is the Resident’s responsibility to know and understand these ordinances, laws, and regulations. The University has the right to require documentation of compliance with such ordinances, laws, and/or regulations, which may

include a vaccination certificate. The University reserves the right to request documentation showing that the animal has been licensed. 2. The Resident is solely responsible for the care of the ESA and for cleaning up after and properly disposing of the ESA’s waste in a safe and sanitary manner. ESA dogs must be “housebroken” (no puppy pads) and ESA cats must be litter box trained. 3. The Resident’s residence may be inspected for fleas, ticks, pests, and/or damage to the residential facilities once a semester or as needed. The office of Student Life will schedule the inspection and notify the Resident in advance of the scheduled inspection. If fleas, ticks, or other pests are detected through inspection, the residence hall will be treated using approved fumigation methods by a University-approved pest control service. The Resident will be billed for the expense of any necessary pest control treatment or repairs for damage beyond reasonable wear and tear. 4. The Resident must fully cooperate with University personnel with regard to meeting the terms of this Policy and developing procedures for care of the animal (e.g., cleaning the animal, feeding/watering the animal, designating an outdoor relief area, disposing of feces, etc.). 5. ESAs may not be left overnight in University housing to be cared for by any individual other than the Resident. If the Resident is to be absent from his/her residence hall overnight or longer, the animal must accompany the Resident. The Resident is responsible for ensuring that the ESA is contained, as appropriate, when the Resident is not present during the day while attending classes or other activities.

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6. The Resident agrees to abide by all equally applicable residential policies that are unrelated to the individual’s disability such as assuring that the animal does not unduly interfere with the routine activities of the residence or cause difficulties for individuals who reside there. 7. The animal is allowed in University housing only as long as it is necessary because of the Resident’s disability. The Resident must notify OARS in writing if the ESA is no longer needed or is no longer in residence. ESA approval is valid only for the specific animal approved. To replace a previously approved ESA, the Resident must complete a new registration through OARS and provide upto-date documentation for the requested ESA consistent with this Policy. 8. HPU personnel shall not be required to provide care or food for any ESA including, but not limited to, removing the animal during emergency evacuation for events such as a fire alarm. Emergency personnel will determine whether to remove the animal and may not be held responsible for the care, damage to, or loss of the animal. 9. ESA approval is on a yearly basis and must be renewed each year in accordance with Housing deadlines through OARS. VI. Removal of Emotional Support Animal A. The University may require the removal of the animal from University housing if: 1. the animal poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others; 2. the animal causes or has caused

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excessive damage to University property or the property of others beyond reasonable wear and tear; 3. the animal’s presence results in a fundamental alteration to the nature of a University program or activity; or 4. the Resident fails to comply with any of their responsibilities under this Policy and the Rules and Responsibilities of a Resident with an Approved Emotional Support Animal that is signed each academic year. B. The decision to remove an ESA will be made based on individualized determinations regarding the behavior of the particular ESA and Resident and not on speculation or fear about the harm or damages an ESA may cause. Prior to removal, a Resident may receive a written warning. However, immediate removal may be necessary in certain situations such as when the ESA poses a threat to the safety of others on campus. The Resident will be afforded all rights of appeal as outlined in the OARS Procedures Manual. C. Removal of an ESA from University premises for any reason does not relieve the Resident from their obligation under the housing contract. VII. No Retaliation HPU will not retaliate against any person because that individual has requested or received a reasonable accommodation in University housing, including a request for an ESA. Acknowledgement and Release of Information Consent Form Abuse of any animal will be referred to the University’s Animal Cruelty policy as a violation of the Code of Conduct.


Section 504 (Accessibility) Grievance Procedure High Point University prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in its educational programs and activities. High Point University has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints by students alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in any University program or activity. Complaints of discrimination on the basis of a disability or questions about High Point University’s compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 should be directed to the 504 Coordinator. Any students or applicants of admission who believe they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability (or are unsatisfied with accommodations provided by the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services) may file a grievance under this policy. High Point University prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance. The 504 Coordinator should be notified immediately if anyone who has filed a complaint of alleged discrimination, participates in an investigation of such alleged discrimination, or opposes a discriminatory practice or policy in which they believe they have been subject to retaliation. High Point University has both informal and formal mechanisms in place to resolve concerns about disability discrimination, including but not limited to denial of access to programs, activities, or services, failure to make reasonable accommodations, harassment, or retaliation. Filing a Complaint Students or applicants for admission may file a complaint using the Student Complaint form (https:// cm.maxient.com/reportingform. php?HighPointUniv&layout_id=3) on the

504/Accessibility Grievance Procedures webpage or by contacting the 504 Coordinator: Kayla Rudisel, JD 504 Coordinator 504@highpoint.edu 336-841-9138 317 Slane Student Center High Point University One University Parkway High Point, NC 27268 The grievance should include the following: • Th  e complainant’s name, email address, and phone number • A  full description of the action or decision involved in the complaint • A  description of the efforts which have been made to resolve the issue informally, if any • A statement of the requested resolution. The 504 Coordinator may commence an investigation. In undertaking the investigation, the investigator may interview or consult with and/or request a written response to the issues raised in the student complaint from any individual the investigator believes to have relevant information, including but not limited to faculty, staff, and students. The complainant will have an opportunity to provide the investigator with information or evidence that the party believes is relevant to their complaint. The investigator will respect the privacy of the party(ies). The 504 Coordinator will make a recommendation regarding appropriate actions to be taken. The party will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation and the rationale for the recommendation. Students can appeal the outcome in the manner outlined in the Procedure for Student Appeals in the Student Complaints Section of the Student Guide to Campus Life.

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The individual also may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, at any time before, during, or after the University’s 504 grievance process. Potential Violations of University Policy, Bias Reports, and Student Grievance Process All reports involving discrimination on the basis of disability that are reported using

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the online Bias Reporting Form or Student Complaint Form will be routed to the 504 Coordinator. When possible, a complaint can be made directly to the 504 Coordinator. In the event that behavior, actions, and/or language are determined to be a potential violation of our University policies, incidents will be referred to other University policies, including but not limited to the Code of Conduct or Honor Code.


Student Services Facility and Auxiliary Operations Roberts Hall 336-841-9363 Barry Kitley bkitley@highpoint.edu Barry Kitley serves as the Vice President for University Relations and oversees Facilities and Auxilary Operations. He is responsible for many of the services that students access on a daily basis, such as Campus Enhancement Services (janitorial, landscaping, and maintenance), Hospitality Services (restaurants and catering), Construction and Renovation, the Mail Center, the University Bookstore, Security, Safety, Emergency Preparedness, and Transportation. This office focuses on creating an extraordinary environment for HPU students. Hospitality Services John and Marsha Slane Student Center & R.G. Wanek Center hospitality@highpoint.edu 336-841-9227 www.hpudining.com Dining with friends is an integral part of your college experience. Whether it’s a quick bite on the go or a sophisticated dinner with your friends, you will find an extraordinary variety of dining options at HPU. We have two all-you-care-to-eat dining restaurants, the Café and Farmers Market. Our retail restaurants include Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Subway, The Great Day Bakery, The Point Sports Grill, Jamba Juice, The Butterfly Café, The Village Grille, Silver Line Diner, and 1924 Prime. Also offered are four convenience stores on campus: Market at Wanek, Market at Yadkin, Market at Silver Line Diner,

and Market at The Village Grille. Your HPU meal plan can be used at all these restaurants and markets. New for this semester, all meals on your meal plan are magic meals. Magic meals can be used at any of our restaurants and markets on campus. At the Café and Farmers Market, you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat meal. At our retail restaurants, a magic meal is a combo that typically includes an entrée, side, and drink (these combos vary per retail restaurant). One magic meal per week can be used for a fine dining experience at 1924 Prime. We have made dining easier and more convenient with mobile ordering. Mobile ordering is available at all our dining locations (1924 Prime is not included). Download the “transact mobile ordering” app and skip the lines! More information on our meal plans, restaurants, menus, and nutrition can be found on our website: dining.highpoint.edu. University Mail Center 2nd Floor, John and Marsha Slane Student Center 336-841-9235 Sharon McCanless postoffice@highpoint.edu The HPU Mail Center operates Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student campus mailboxes are located in the John and Marsha Slane Student Center, but the residents of Centennial Square 1 & 2, Greek Village, North College Court, North College Terrace, North College Townhomes, Caffey, R.G. Wanek Center, Aldridge Village 1 & 2, and University Village have mailboxes located at their respective residential locations.

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Students receive an email notification when packages have been processed and are ready for pickup at the HPU Mail Center or package lockers located at N. College station, Aldridge Village 1 & 2, or on the side plaza of the John and Marsha Slane Student Center. Students have access to their letter mailboxes seven days a week/24 hours a day. Box numbers, as well as lock combinations, may be found on your student’s MyStuff account. Receiving mail and/or packages from family and friends is an exciting part of the campus life experience. Below is a list of some helpful information regarding the HPU Mail Center, as well as security tips for receiving and/or sending letters and packages: • Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Mail and packages should be addressed as follows: Your name Campus Box Number High Point University One University Parkway High Point, NC 27268 • Make certain that your first and last name, as well as middle initial are on all mail and packages. Nicknames are okay as long as they are accompanied by your given name. • Campus box number should be on all mail and packages to ensure timely processing. It is important to avoid writing/typing “P.O. Box” on student mail, as this implies to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that the recipient has a post office box at the main High Point branch rather than the University campus. • Please, do not have cash sent through the mail. • When shipping valuables, it is wise to ask for a tracking number through the USPS (i.e. Insured Mail, Certified Mail, Delivery Confirmation, etc.). United

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Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express are also reliable methods of shipping that automatically track your package. • Priority Mail generally takes two or three days to reach its destination, depending on the travel distance. It is quicker than regular First-Class but is not guaranteed. • The USPS only guarantees delivery of Express Mail, which is overnighted. Please, do not confuse Priority Mail with Express Mail. • Please limit packages to a maximum weight of 40 lbs. University Bookstore Academic Year Hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m Located in the John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 2nd Floor, the High Point University Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, offers textbooks and general books, school and office supplies, as well as computer accessories. Additionally, extraordinary High Point University gifts, clothing, and accessories are available. Through use of the University Bookstore’s online website, highpoint.bncollege.com, you can pre-order your textbooks and have them waiting for you at the beginning of each semester. Many students find this a convenient benefit. High Point University’s “Cashless Campus” Program To assure that services provided on our campus are for the exclusive use of the HPU family, we have a cashless campus program. Students are able to make deposits to their Passport Card “General Account” by visiting the HPU website and using a credit or debit card, 24 hours a day. There is also a free mobile app called Blackboard Transact Mobile. This app can be downloaded from


the App Store. Additionally, the University provides Passport Kiosks that accept both cash and credit card deposits. These machines are located in the John and Marsha Slane Student Center, on the lower level, next to the Campus Concierge desk; at The Grille in The Village; and on the lower level of the R.G. Wanek Center near the Extraordinaire Cinema. Banking/Cashiering Automated Teller Machine (ATM)— Wells Fargo and BB&T maintain ATMs on campus that support primary banking transactions, including account maintenance and account withdrawals. These machines are located in the John and Marsha Slane Student Center, on the lower level, next to the Campus Concierge desk; at The Grille in The Village; The Silver Line Diner at North College; and on the lower level of the R.G. Wanek Center. In order to have ready access to funds and to facilitate check-cashing, you may want to open a checking account at a local bank in the High Point area. Local banks are on campus at the beginning of the school year to assist students in this process. Additionally, Passport Teller Machines are located on campus for students to make both cash and credit card deposits on their HPU Passport card under “general accounts.” The HPU Passport Card Kiosk Locations: John and Marsha Slane Student Center R.G. Wanek Center The Grille at the The Village The High Point University Passport card is your exclusive “key” to unlock and enjoy the HPU Experience! The Passport card is used for the following functions listed below. The HPU Passport card cannot be used to pay fines or tuition.

Student ID – Allows any staff or faculty member on campus to easily identify you as a High Point University member. Security Safeguard – You will use your Passport to gain access to exterior entrances of your residential hall and other important common areas on campus (library, computer labs, etc.). Do not permit unknown persons to enter behind you. Dining—The HPU Passport holds your meal plan, including dining dollars, which will allow you to use the Passport at multiple on-campus dining locations. Dining dollars must be used by the end of each semester. Printing—Use your passport for the ‘Follow Me’ Print Program. Student Responsibility—Do not loan or give your passport card to any other individuals, students or non-students. Additionally, students must present Passport cards to University Staff or Faculty when requested. Additionally, your Passport card will provide you spending flexibility at over 100 off-campus Passport Partner locations by utilizing the card’s “general account.” The general account of the HPU Passport is a versatile account. Money added to this account can be used anywhere the HPU card is accepted; it rolls over from semester to semester. You can dine at local restaurants, purchase items from local businesses such as drugstores, and and utilize it anywhere on campus. General Account Funds do not expire until May 31st of the student’s graduation year. After May 31st, the remaining funds will be returned to the University. Visit www.facebook.com/ HPUPassportPartners fan page to see the most up-to-date partners. Please note the fee to replace a lost Passport card is $50. No refunds for found cards.

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Information Technology Norcross Building, 1st Level 336-841-HELP (4357) helpdesk@highpoint.edu helpdesk.highpoint.edu

and HPU-Gaming. Pick the wireless options that best suits your needs. We have also updated our wireless coverage to include key outdoor spaces on campus so that you can maintain your connectivity.

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers free services for students in need of technology assistance. High Point University is authorized by manufacturers, such as Apple and Dell, to work on computers under warranty. Charges may apply for devices not under warranty. Best of all, if we need to keep a student’s computer overnight for repair or parts, we have a limited number of computers to loan.

For specific information on all of the above or assistance with any of your technology needs such as TVs, laptops, phones, etc., please contact the Help Desk by submitting tickets at help.highpoint. edu, calling (336) 841-HELP (4357), emailing helpdesk@highpoint.edu, or stopping by the Helpdesk on the first floor of the Norcross Graduate School.

OIT is excited to introduce a campus-wide all-in-one follow-me (swipe-to-release) printing system that allows HPU faculty, staff, and students to print anytime from anywhere. This ensures printing is confidential to the user and reduces printed waste from documents left uncollected at the printer. Each multifunction printer is linked to a network print server, enabling users to print, copy, or scan from a multitude of locations across campus.

The Libraries – Library Services Facebook: HPU Libraries Instagram: @hpu_library Facebook: @hpulibrary Twitter: @hpulibrary

Staying connected is a priority. The OIT department offers three options for connecting to wireless internet while on HPU’s campus, HPU-WiFi, HPU-Guest,

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Smith Library (336-841-9102, hpulibraries @highpoint.edu) is located next to Roberts Hall and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the regular semester. The library is an excellent place to study! Computers in the library’s four technology labs have access to software applications including Office and the Adobe Photoshop suite. Librarians are available 24/7.


The third floor is a quiet study space while the main floor houses the many computers. Students use the lower level for group study at one of the many collaboration tables. Cameras, calculators, and chrome books along with other technology and digital accessories are available for you to borrow at the Circulation Desk and at the lower level Media Center. Along with requesting materials, HPU students, faculty, and staff can use their Passport card to check out materials at Wake Forest, UNCG, and other schools in the area. The Reference Department (336-841-9101, reference@highpoint.edu) provides help with papers and projects for students, faculty, and staff. You can ask a research question, get help with a citation, or work on a paper topic in-person, by phone, by email, and by chat! Several times during your career at HPU, research librarians will come to your class to work with you on research methods. Media Services (336-841-9103, media@ highpoint.edu) is located on the lower level of Smith Library and provides a technology computer lab to help with presentations. It also houses video and audio equipment that you can borrow with your Passport card. By providing access to the latest multimedia and digital hardware and software, together with the on-site technical expertise needed to use these resources, Media Services has become a centerpiece of learning through technology at Smith Library. Printing Services (336-841-9103, media@ highpoint.edu) is located on the lower level of Smith Library and students can order high quality photo and poster prints via the Media Printing website and then use their Passport card to pay. With a 24-hour turnaround, HPU students can make a request or view the pricing guide online at www.highpoint.edu/library/media/printing/.

Martha Luck Comer Learning Commons R.G. Wanek Center, 3rd Floor (336-8419002, learningcommons@highpoint.edu) The Learning Commons in the R.G. Wanek Center is a 6,000-square-foot facility that provides a comfortable, quiet study space for students. Open Monday through Friday, and available during the weekend, the librarian-staffed Learning Commons houses computers, a business center, and a popular fiction and graphic novel collection. School of Education Resource Center (336841-4621, childrenslibrary@highpoint.edu) provides access to the University’s children’s book collection. It is open mornings and afternoons during the fall and spring semester. The Bassett Furniture Collection is housed in Norton Hall and is a collection of high quality resources in the area of interior design and furniture styles. The Barry Schultheiss Hayworth Chapel Collection is located in the main floor Chapel lounge. Student Employment Program Cottrell Hall, 1st Floor 336-841-9491 Sandra Fantauzzi sfantauz@highpoint.edu The Office of Student Employment, located in Cottrell Hall, offers on-campus employment opportunities to students who want to work while they attend college. Federal Work Study eligible or Institutional, all students have the ability to develop and enhance their professional skills without ever leaving campus. The program is designed for experiential learning that will inspire, mentor, and coach students for professional expectations and career endeavors. Student Employment focuses on professional life skills that employers seek. While we have

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the tools, resources, and staff to assist in the onboarding process, the first step ultimately begins with you! In order for the SEP to be successful, we encourage every HPU student to take advantage of this opportunity and to get engaged. Most importantly we require student employees to: Work Hard, Work Smart! Student Health Services Parkway Commons Dr. Lule alulekiw@highpoint.edu 336-841-4683 High Point University Student Health, powered by Novant Health, provides access to comprehensive health and wellness services. The Student Health Center is open year-round, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., no appointments necessary. While an appointment is not required, student health services requests that you contact us by phone or through a MyChart message in order to direct you to the most appropriate time and venue for your care. Staffed by a full-time medical director and clinical team, students will experience services designed to care for their complete health and wellness needs, right on campus. In addition to the appointments available at the clinic, students will have 24-hour access to virtual visits, by appointment and on-demand, through MyChart, Novant Health’s online patient portal. The medical team will provide connection to Novant Health’s specialty care and/or hospital facilities near High Point University, as needed. High Point University will cover up to $30 co-pay per visit for students, with insurance also accepted, including the United Health Care High Point University Plan. The responsibility of making up missed work and/or examinations is the sole responsibility of the student and excessive absences may cause consequences such as being dropped from the course. Should you experience a medical emergency, contact 336-841-9111, and if you are transported to a local hospital, a member of the HPU Student Life staff will accompany you.

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Insurance High Point University is concerned with the overall health and safety of our students. As a condition of enrollment, all full-time undergraduate students are required to maintain health insurance and provide evidence of a primary health insurance policy. Students without primary health insurance are required to enroll and purchase a health insurance plan offered by High Point University through partnership with United Healthcare/Student Resources, one of the largest student health insurance providers. A summary of benefits for the 2020-2021 year is available at www.uhcsr.com/highpoint. The cost of the annual policy is estimated to be $2,274. Student Insurance billing, as well as the acceptance/waiver process, is managed by the Student Accounts Office. The initial billing invoice for the fall semester will include the charge for the fall portion of student insurance. Once the invoice is received, the student must either accept the coverage or waive the coverage. The acceptance/waiver process begins June 1 of each year and must be completed by August 31. Students, who have “other Comparable Coverage” and wish to waive the HPU health plan, must complete the online waiver request through my.highpoint. edu. The waiver period begins June 1 and ends on August 31, 2020. Comparable Coverage is defined as individual medical and sickness indemnity plans, employer-sponsored group insurance plans, Medicare, TriCare, or Medicaid. All F1 and J1 International students are automatically enrolled in the LewerMark Student Insurance Plan. Please note, if you wave the United Health insurance, the student’s individual out-of-area coverage may result in minimal coverage for medical costs incurred at HPU Student Health. HPU Health Services does operate like a


family medicine practice and will bill for services. Families are encouraged to check benefit coverage for Novant Health. Office of Communications 312 Roberts Hall, 336-841-9156 Roger Clodfelter rclodfel@highpoint.edu The Office of Communications is responsible for leading efforts to communicate both internally and externally the academic, professional, and inspiring achievements of students, faculty, and staff and happenings throughout campus. We also appreciate your comments and concerns. You will find HPU Suggestion Boxes located throughout campus. Please let us know what ideas you have‌our best suggestions come from students! We regularly distribute press releases about students, faculty, and staff to local and national media and feature student news on the HPU website, HPU social media pages, and in the HPU Magazine. Newsletters and special announcements are also distributed from the award-winning Office of Communications, including The Parent Perspective, a monthly newsletter to parents of all current students. All of these efforts are designed to keep the HPU family informed and connected. We are always interested in newsworthy accomplishments of our students. Please send any personal accomplishments or updates to communication@ highpoint.edu. HPU social media channels to follow include: facebook.com/highpointu twitter.com/highpointu youtube.com/highpointUniversity instagram.com/highpointu

Announcements and stories are also frequently posted at www.highpoint. edu/newsandmedia, HPU website, and the magazine. Campus Concierge Concierge Locations: John and Marsha Slane Student Center Congdon Health Sciences R.G. Wanek Center Cottrell Hall Nido R. Qubein School of Communication Chief Concierge Location: John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-4636 concierge@highpoint.edu Facebook: HPUConcierge Twitter: @HPUConcierge The Campus Concierge provides students with a single, comprehensive information point on campus. From ticket distribution for cultural enrichment events, to signups for student activities, restaurant recommendations and reservations as well as general campus and local information, the Campus Concierge is dedicated to providing extraordinary service to our students. Daily email announcements and Facebook Fan Page messages are sent to students updating them on campus events. You are also encouraged to follow the Campus Concierge on Twitter by going to twitter.com/HPUConcierge to receive updates on campus events and programs. The Campus Concierge arranges reservations for airport shuttles and the ZipCar Rental program. Other unique services include academic tutor scheduling, library book drop location, a daily weather forecast, complimentary GPS use, complimentary Kindle book readers, complimentary iPad use, complimentary calculator use, and dry cleaning services.

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Federal and University Guidelines Nondiscrimination Statement High Point University is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equitable access. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, genetic information, veteran or military status, pregnancy status, marital or parental status, mental or physical ability status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its education programs and activities. University programs and activities include but are not limited to athletics (NCAA, club sports, and intramural sports), admissions, financial aid, and employment.

Director, Office of Accessibility Resources

Smith Library, 4th Floor 336-841-9061 Rebecca Berger rberger@highpoint.edu Director of Multicultural Affairs

Slane Center, 3rd Floor 336-841-9695 Terry Chavis tchavis@highpoint.edu After normal business hours and weekends please contact Campus Security at 336-841-9112 to report misconduct.

If a person believes that a violation has occurred, please report it to the appropriate High Point University Compliance Officer listed below. High Point University will not tolerate any form of retaliation toward a person reporting a violation or participating in the resolution of a complainant.

Complaints may also be filed with the Office of Civil Rights: U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-1475 (202) 453-6020 OCR.DC@ed.gov www.ed.gov/ocr

Title IX Coordinator

Classification of a Student

Kayla Rudisel Slane Center, 317 336-841-9138 TitleIX@highpoint.edu Senior Director of Human Resources

North College Admin, 207 336-841-9826 Marc Sears jsears@highpoint.edu Director of Human Resources

North College Admin, 209 336-841-9451 Whitney Neal wneal@highpoint.edu

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High Point University identifies a student as an applicant who has accepted an offer of admission and is in attendance (i.e., enrolled in classes on campus, online, or by any method of correspondence or technology for students who are not physically present in the classroom, or participating in official university student programming). Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University are considered students. An individual is no longer a student when he/ she is officially withdrawn with no intent to return, dismissed, or expelled from the university or has had his/her degree


conferred by the Office of the University Registrar. Both students and applicants who have accepted offers of admission are responsible for knowing and adhering to the conduct standards and Honor Code of High Point University. Good Standing A student shall be considered in “good standing” so long as they are not actively on disciplinary probation, as sanctioned by Student Conduct for a set time frame. Good standing is determined at the time of the application to any University sponsored program/activity (i.e. fraternity/ sorority recruitment, homesteading, study abroad). Students who are suspended are not considered in good standing during the time of their suspension. Students who have been expelled are not in good standing. This term does not reflect a student’s academic standing. Leave of Absence When a university student is utilizing a Leave of Absence for the semester and/or a Leave of Absence Extension, they are not eligible to participate in other university activities. Such activities may include Study Abroad and/or University sponsored events, such as Greek recruitment, Choral trips, Fall/ Spring Break Alternative Break trips, etc. Student Involuntary Leave Of Absence Policy High Point University provides a caring environment and support for students exhibiting physical, psychological, or/and emotional distress. At times, students may require a level of support and resources that exceeds what the university and surrounding community can appropriately provide. In such circumstances, students may be advised to consider a voluntary Leave of Absence or Withdrawal for a temporary or extended period of time. Refer to the Leave of Absence or Withdrawal policy.

A student (undergraduate or graduate) may be placed on an Involuntary Leave of Absence (ILOA) when, in the judgment of the University Threat Assessment Team (TAT), the student: cannot adequately be assisted or accommodated by the available resources at the university or in the surrounding community; refuses to accept or cannot adequately comply with recommended self-care responsibilities or the TAT process (i.e. the interview, individualized evaluation process, or action plan); based on behavioral indicators is unable or refuses to function effectively in the residential, academic, or greater campus community; threatens or engages in behavior that poses a reasonable possibility of significantly affecting the safety, health, or well-being of any members of the university community including its visitors; significantly disrupts the activities or functions of the university; is a respondent in a Title IX matter and an emergency removal is appropriate to address any imminent threat posed to any person’s physical health or safety, which may arise out of the allegations in the Title IX report; and/or is subject to a court order, present on a sex offender registry, has a pending violent criminal charge, has been convicted of a violent crime, and/or is serving long-term incarceration. If the continued presence of an individual on campus presents an imminent threat or immediate danger to the fulfillment of the educational mission of the university or the life, health, welfare, safety, or property of any member(s) of the University community, the individual may be subject to an involuntary leave of absence.

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1. Review of Information: Information regarding an imminent threat or immediate danger posed by a student has behaved in the manner described above will be provided to the TAT for consideration and review. A student may provide a statement or interview as a part of the review of information. 2. Individualized Evaluation: The TAT may conduct an individualized evaluation to determine if resources, supports, or accommodations are reasonably available that would render the student able to appropriately, effectively, and safely function in the university community. This evaluation may involve consultation with appropriate campus partners and/or require a medical/psychiatric evaluation by a qualified professional acceptable to the TAT. The student will be offered an opportunity to provide additional relevant information, which may include discussing the behavior with the TAT. Interim restrictions, including interim suspension may be implemented as necessary while a student completes such assessments or until they are able to provide the required information. 3. Action Plan: After consideration of the above, and in consultation with appropriate university partners, the TAT will design an appropriate action plan. The plan is intended to reduce the risk of imminent threat or immediate danger that the student poses to the university community. Any expenses attributed to the completion of the action plan will be covered by the student. The action plan may include conditions including, but not limited to: Disciplinary Probation and/ or Social Restriction, which may limit participation or exclusion of extracurricular activities up to and including student employment; Limitation of participation in research projects not related to the student’s academic program;

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Limitation of participation in High Point Global Study programs; Modification of academic requirements or schedule with faculty permission; Temporary residential housing or relocation, suspension of residential privileges, termination of the student’s housing contract; If on-campus services are not appropriate for any reason, or if the student requests it, the TAT may approve a referral to an off-campus provider as part of the action plan; ILOA for one (1) semester; Students placed on ILOA will have a hold placed on their account until they have successfully been readmitted to the University; Readmission from an ILOA is conditioned upon successful completion of relevant action plan items. The TAT will be consulted on all readmission applications and make final recommendations on a student’s ability to reenroll. Students applying for readmission after ILOA shall be required to present all requested documentation to the TAT within five (5) days of the request; This documentation may include, but is not limited to, letters from specialized licensed health care providers demonstrating appropriate treatment for the condition that resulted in the ILOA, documentation from the care provider that concludes a student is ready to reenter the campus community in a healthy and productive mindset and a TAT approved action plan; Dismissal from the university; Students who have been dismissed are not permitted to take classes or be present on University-owned property; Dismissal from the University will not be reflected on a student’s disciplinary record


but will be part of their educational record as defined by federal law; Students dismissed will not receive grades for the semester which they are dismissed if the dismissal is enacted prior to the submission of final grades. All previously completed and appropriately earned academic progress will be preserved on a student’s transcript; Students who are dismissed may be entitled to a prorated refund based on established Student Account refund policies. Certain charges and/or fees may be forfeit. Dismissal will not excuse any outstanding balance owed by a student for fines incurred from the Office of Student Life for policy violations. If on-campus services are not appropriate for any reason, or if the student requests it, the TAT may approve a referral to an offcampus provider as part of the action plan. Involuntary Leave of Absence Students placed on ILOA will have a hold placed on their account until they have successfully been readmitted to the University. Readmission from an ILOA is conditioned upon successful completion of relevant action plan items. The TAT will be consulted on all readmission applications and make final recommendations on a student’s ability to reenroll. Students applying for readmission after ILOA shall be required to present all requested documentation to the TAT within five (5) days of the request. This documentation may include, but is not limited to, letters from specialized licensed health care providers demonstrating appropriate treatment for the condition that resulted in the ILOA, documentation from the care provider that concludes a student is ready to reenter the campus community in a healthy and productive mindset, and a TAT approved action plan.

The TAT will provide the student a written copy of the outcome/action plan. The TAT may modify, extend, or terminate the action plan based on new information. If this is the case, the student will have the opportunity to provide additional relevant information prior to making this determination. 4. Confidentiality of Information: The student will authorize any professional performing an evaluation or providing services as part of the individualized evaluation or within an approved action plan to release relevant information concerning the student to the TAT. The TAT will take reasonable steps to keep the information confidential and will disclose only in accordance with FERPA and/or HIPPA guidelines. The student will sign the necessary written authorizations upon request. Failure to do so will result in an extension of the action plan or ILOA until such time that the records are shared with the TAT. Records of Involuntary Leave of Absence or dismissal will be maintained by the Office of Student Life and/or the University Registrar. Records of dismissal will be kept in perpetuity. 5. Appeal Process: Any decisions limiting, banning, and/or prohibiting a student from educational programs and/or activities are considered final unless a written appeal is submitted to the Executive Committee within five (5) calendar days of the issuance of the written copy of the outcome/action plan. Appeals are limited to 1,500 words. Appeals are submitted by completing the online appeal form: https:// publicdocs.maxient.com/reportingform. php?HighPointUniv&layout_id=8 Grounds for the appeal will be limited to the following: Procedural irregularity that significantly affected the outcome; New evidence that was not reasonably available at the time the action plan was created that could significantly affect the outcome, and/or;

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Outcomes do not align with those outlined in the Guide to Campus Life; TAT Response(s) are inconsistent with those outlined in the Guide to Campus Life. The appeal process is typically limited to a review of the file and supporting documents. The Executive Committee may, at its discretion, request a meeting with the TAT and/or student regarding this matter. 6. Relation to Student Conduct Process and Student Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct Process: If the student’s behavior(s)/ action(s) also fall within the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct or Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy as outlined in the Guide to Campus Life, any referral to the TAT team for investigation and evaluation may parallel the Student Conduct or Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct process. An action plan issued by the TAT team does not replace the Student Conduct or Title IX/Sexual Misconduct process. Clery Disclosure Statement The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (as amended) requires eligible institutions to prepare, publish, and distribute an Annual Fire Safety and Security Report containing specific information about campus security policies, campus crime statistics, and fire safety. The High Point University Security Office is responsible for preparing and distributing this report in accordance with the Clery Act. A copy of High Point University’s campus safety report can be obtained at any campus Welcome Center or online at www.highpoint.edu/safety. Timely Warnings In compliance with the “Timely Warning” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998, High Point University issues timely warnings and emergency notifications to the campus community when there is information that

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a Clery Act Crime has occurred on the University’s campus that represents a serious or continuing threat to campus safety. The campus is defined as the public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus, and the non-campus buildings or properties that are owned, operated, or controlled by the University (“Clery geography”). Crimes for Clery Reporting Purposes The following are considered a crime for the purposes of the Clery Act reporting: possession of weapons, alcohol, and/or drugs, murder-manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses, forcible sex offenses, non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, dating/domestic violence, stalking and hate crimes. Unfounded Crimes An institution may withhold, or subsequently remove, a reported crime from its crime statistics in the rare situations where sworn or commissioned law enforcement personnel have fully investigated the reported crime and, based on the results of this full investigation and evidence, have made a formal determination that the crime report is false or baseless and therefore “unfounded.” Only sworn or commissioned law enforcement personnel may “unfound” a crime report for purposes of reporting under this section. The recovery of stolen property, the low value of stolen property, the refusal of the victim to cooperate with the prosecution, and the failure to make an arrest do not “unfound” a crime report. Hate Crimes An offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against race, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, religion,


national origin, cultural background, disability, or any other defining characteristic of an individual or group of individuals is prohibited. For Clery Act purposes, Hate Crimes include any of the following offenses that are motivated by bias. Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny theft, simple assault, intimidation, and/or destruction/ damage/vandalism of property. Larceny theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property are included in the Clery Act statistics only if they are associated with a Hate Crime. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include: 1. The right to inspect and review your education records within 45 days after the day the University receives your request for access. • A student should submit to the registrar, dean, or other appropriate University official a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify you of the time and place where the records may be inspected. • You will ordinarily not be provided with copies of any part of your record other than your transcript, unless the inability to obtain copies would effectively prevent you from exercising this right to inspect and review your education records. In cases where copies will be provided, the University may impose a charge for making such

copies at such uniform rates as it shall determine. 2. There are a number of types of records that are specifically excluded from the scope of FERPA. For example, you are not entitled to examine the following: • Records maintained personally by faculty members that are not available to others. • Records that are created or maintained by a physician, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional that are created, maintained, or used only in connection with the provisions of treatment to you and are not available to anyone other than persons providing such treatments. Such records, however, can be personally reviewed by a physician or other appropriate professional of your choice, and you may have a right to inspect such records under other laws. • Records containing financial information about your parents, such as information submitted in connection with an application for financial aid. 3. The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from your education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. • One exception permits the University to disclose education records without your prior written consent to University officials with legitimate educational interests. In this context, a University official is any person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including campus safety personnel and health services staff); a person serving on the University Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A University

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official also may include an agent or contractor outside of the University who performs an institutional service or function for which the University would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the University with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or a student volunteering to assist another University official in performing his or her tasks. A University official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the University. • Another exception permits the University, upon request, to disclose education records without consent to offi­cials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. • Another exception permits the University to disclose your “directory information”: your name; local and home address; local and home telephone listing; University-assigned email address; photograph, date, and place of birth; major field of study; dates of attendance; enrollment status (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, first-year, second-year, third-year); participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, awards, and honors received; the most recent educational agency or institution attended; and for student employees: department where employed; employee status (i.e. Graduate Assistant, Instructional Student Assistant, Teaching Associate). • If you do not want the University to disclose directory information from your education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the University Registrar’s Office in

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writing. (Please be aware that such notification will prevent the University from providing information to your friends, prospective employers, or others, so make your decision carefully.) You can give your notice at any time and it will apply prospectively. • Other exceptions to the request of consent to disclosure may apply. Contact the Registrar’s Office about other exceptions. 4. The right to request the amendment of your education records that you believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. You should submit any such request to amend a record to the University official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record that you want amended, and specifying why you believe they are inaccurate. The University will notify you of its decision and, if it decides not to amend the record as requested, the University will notify you in writing of your right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to you at that time. 5. The right to be provided with a list of the types of education records maintained by the University that relate to students. The Registrar’s Office has compiled such a list and will, on request, make copies of this list available to any student to assist the student in determining those records to which he or she may want access. Generally, education records of a student will be maintained by the Office of the Registrar, the office of the school or department in which the student is enrolled, and the office of the department of the student’s major field of study. In addition, the University Health Services maintains records relating to students who have utilized its facilities. If a student has utilized a placement office at the


University, such office may also maintain records relating to the student. 6. The institution will disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a nonforcible sex offense the report on the results to a third party the final results of a disciplinary proceeding related to a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense if the student who is the alleged perpetrator is found to have violated the school’s rules or policies. The disclosure of the final results only includes: the name of the alleged perpetrator, the violation committed, and any sanction imposed against the alleged perpetrator. The disclosure must not include the name of any other student, including a victim or witness, without the written consent of that other student. 7. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202. If you or your parents have questions regarding release of students’ education records, please notify the University Registrar, Danny Brooks, dbrooks@ highpoint.edu, 336-841-9300, or visit highpoint.edu/registrar. Missing Persons Policy If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify Campus Security at 336-841-9112. HPU Security and/or the RD will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation. In addition to registering a general emergency contact, students residing in oncampus housing have the option to identify

confidentially an individual to be contacted by High Point University in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, High Point University will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. A student who wishes to identify a confidential contact can do so through the personal data sheet located through my.highpoint.edu. A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation. After investigating a missing person report, should High Point University determine that the student has been missing for 24 hours, High Point University will notify the High Point Police Department and the student’s emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, High Point University will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after High Point University has determined that the student has been missing for 24 hours. Minor Policy I. Purpose High Point University is committed to the safety of all community members and strives to create a safe environment for all individuals visiting University property or participating in University programs and to provide for appropriate supervision and care of minors who visit University property or who are involved in University programs. This Policy establishes guidelines for those in the University community who may work or interact with individuals under 18 years of age, with the goal of promoting the safety and wellbeing of minors. In its efforts to fulfill

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this commitment, the University expects all employees, faculty, and staff to act in accordance with this Policy, applicable state and federal laws, Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, and the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. II. Scope This Policy applies broadly to all interactions between minors and University faculty, staff, students, interns, and volunteers, as well as to any ongoing or planned events, programs, and activities that take place on campus, in University facilities, or under the supervision of the University, whether operated by the University or third parties (“Programs”). The term “Program” includes events that are designed to include minors such as camps, lessons, workshops, clubs, teams, projects, practices, tours, or open houses. The term “Program” does not include: (1) single performances or events open to the general public that are not targeted toward minors (such as varsity athletic competitions, plays, or concerts); (2) regularly scheduled classes or activities designed primarily for enrolled students who are age 17 and above.

University faculty, students, staff, and volunteers and third parties with whom the University contracts and who operate programs or activities involving minors on University property are responsible for understanding and complying with this Policy.

This Policy does not apply to students enrolled in High Point University who are less than 18 years of age.

III. Behavioral Expectations Adults should be positive role models for minors and act in a caring, honest, respectful, and responsible manner. University faculty, staff, students, interns, and volunteers, and any adults working in Programs covered by this

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policy must follow these guidelines to avoid behaviors that could be harmful or misinterpreted: • Do not engage in any sexual activity, make sexual comments, tell sexual jokes, or share sexually explicit material (or assist in any way to provide access to such material) with minors. • Do not be alone with a single minor. If one-on-one interaction is required, meet in open, well-illuminated spaces or rooms with windows observable by other adults, unless the one-on-one interaction is expressly authorized by the University. • Do not meet with minors outside of established Program times. Any exception requires written parental consent and must include more than one adult from the Program. • Do not invite individual minors to your home or residence. Any exception, including overnight recruiting or admissions visits, requires written parental consent. • Do not engage in or communicate with minors through email, text messages, social networking websites, internet chat rooms, or other forms of social media at any time, except and unless there is an educational or programmatic purpose. • Do not touch minors in a manner that a reasonable person could interpret as inappropriate. Touching should generally only be in the open and in response to the minor’s needs, for a purpose that is consistent with the purpose of a Program, and/or for a clear educational, developmental, or health related (e.g., treatment of an injury) purpose. Any resistance from the minor should be respected. • Do not engage in any abusive conduct of any kind toward or in the presence of a minor including, but not limited to, verbal abuse, striking, hitting, punching, poking,


spanking, or restraining. If restraint is necessary to protect a minor from harm, all incidents of restraint must be documented and disclosed to the minor’s parent or guardian. • Do not use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on duty or when responsible for a minor’s welfare. • When transporting minors in a Program, more than one adult from the Program must be present in the vehicle, except when multiple minors will be in the vehicle at all times through the transportation. Avoid using personal vehicles if possible. • Possession of or use of any type of weapon or explosive device is prohibited. IV. Training All adults who are reasonably expected to directly interact with minors, including third parties who participate in programs involving minors on campus, must complete appropriate training. At a minimum, training must address: • Policies regarding interactions with minors • Inappropriate behavior with minors • Basic warning signs of abuse or neglect of minors • Guidelines for protecting minors from emotional and physical abuse and neglect • Requirements and procedures for reporting incidents of suspected abuse or neglect or improper conduct

University students and faculty shall complete training annually before working with minors. Participation in training is documented, with the adult signing a statement indicating his/ her understanding and receipt of the University’s policies and procedures.

I. Criminal Background Checks All adults who are reasonably expected to directly interact with minors,

including third parties who participate in programs involving minors on campus, must undergo a criminal background check, including checks of sex offender registries. These checks must be conducted and evaluated prior to the start of any Program. If a criminal background check reveals adverse information or unfavorable results, the University will conduct an individualized assessment using criteria designed to identify potential risk to minors. A prior conviction shall not automatically disqualify a person from participating in a program or activity. Except where required by law, criminal background checks of University faculty, staff, and students that are conducted pursuant to this Policy will be used only for purposes consistent with this Policy and will otherwise be kept confidential. Records of background checks will be maintained separately from an individual’s personnel or student file. II. Mandatory Reporting Every member of the University community is required by North Carolina law to report any abuse or suspected abuse of minors to the director of the department of social services in the county where the minor resides or is found. Further, every member of the University community is required by this policy to report any such abuse or suspected abuse to University Security at (336) 841-9111 and to the Program Director. Abuse includes inappropriate interactions, neglect, or inadequate care provided by a parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker. University Security can assist in providing contact information for reporting to the appropriate social services department. No individual making a good faith report of abuse or suspected abuse will be retaliated against in the terms and conditions of employment or educational program;

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nor will they be subject to criminal or civil liability for making such a good faith report. III. Program Requirements In addition to the foregoing, the following procedural requirements govern all Programs: A. Register the Program The individual that is responsible for a Program (“Program Director”) or his or her designee shall register the Program with [Name of College Office or Department] at least (7) seven working days before the start of the Program. This registration shall be in writing and provide, at a minimum: 1. The name and purpose of the Program; 2. The start and end dates and/or times of the Program, including whether the Program will involve overnight activities; 3. The location of the Program; 4. A list of Program staff; 5. Certification that each staff member has received training that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of Section IV of this Policy; 6. Certification that each staff member has undergone a criminal background check that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of Section V of this Policy; 7. A list of the Program’s minor participants with emergency contact information for each minor participant; and 8. A plan for contacting the appropriate parties in the event of an emergency. B. Obtain and submit appropriate documents In connection with each Program, the Program Director or his or her designee shall obtain and submit the following documents:

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1. Participation Agreement. Before a minor participates in a Program, the Program Director must obtain a written agreement signed by the minor and his or her parent or legal guardian (“Participation Agreement”). Participation Agreements may vary from Program to Program, but they must include a general description of the Program, indicate whether the Program is affiliated with the University, and require parental consent for the minor to participate in the Program. 2. Authorization for Obtaining Medical Treatment. Before a minor participates in a Program, the Program Director must obtain consent from the minor participant’s parent permitting the University to respond to any accidents or medical emergencies and to obtain the medical treatment required for the minor participant as decided by a medical professional at the medical facility. This authorization should include consent to the release of medical information as necessary for obtaining medical treatment and an acknowledgment that the cost of such treatment is the sole responsibility of the parent. 3. Insurance Certificates. Where the Program is operated by a third party, the Program Director must submit insurance certificates to the University that comply with the University’s. 4. Minimum coverage requirements for Third-party Programs and lists the University as an additional insured during the period that the Program is to be provided at the University. The policy should cover sexual molestation claims by third parties.


Care Team At High Point University, we are committed to our students’ success, both in and out of the classroom. It is a time for a life journey that is full of promise and opportunities. College is a time of intellectual pursuit and development and a time for personal development and growth. For all HPU students, there are times that the journey can be enhanced by the support from others and personal discovery that is necessary. Care Alert is a mechanism that community members (faculty, staff, students, and families) may utilize to help someone who is in need. This program is offered through the Office of Student Life and the Counseling Services. HPU Counseling Services provides individual support and guidance to students who may be struggling with the college experience or other life challenges. These issues include: • Attendance Issues • Academic Difficulty • Homesickness • Trouble Making Friends • Transitioning to College Life • Substance Abuse • Housing Concerns • Family Issues The main goal of the HPU Care Alert program is to help students to be successful at HPU through individual support and care and the coordination of HPU resources. Care Alert staff will reach out to students to discuss the issue they may be facing and to devise a strategy to help address these issues. Students may continue to meet with our staff on a regular basis, be referred to Counseling Services or offices on campus, or decide that they have received sufficient information after the first meeting. Faculty, staff, peers, and HPU family members play a vital role in a student’s success. As members of the HPU community take notice that students are struggling academically, socially, or personally, it is important to refer these students to the Care Alert program for

assistance. Students are welcomed and encouraged to contact the office directly if they have a need. Referrals may be made by students, parents, faculty, or staff. Care Alerts can be made using the following methods: Web form: https://cm.maxient. com/reportingform. php?HighPointUniv&layout_id=5 Phone: 336-841-9231 (Office of Student Life) In Person: Office of Student Life, Third Floor of Slane Student Center Email: care@highpoint.edu However, if the matter is an emergency or someone is in need of immediate assistance, please call 911 or 336-841-9111. Threat Assessment Team The goal of the High Point University threat assessment team (TAT) is to identify and address concerning behaviors of individuals who pose a risk to our campus community. When appropriate, and in conjunction with the CARE team, the TAT will provide resources and assistance to students in mental or psychological distress. The TAT is empowered to receive reports, investigate individuals of concern, implement individual case management plans, and record information about investigations. Individualized plans may include actions such as law enforcement intervention, disciplinary review and action, implementation of a behavioral contract, emergency removal, referral for a mental health evaluation, or involuntary leave. The threat assessment team may consider conditions including, but not limited to: Disciplinary Probation and/or Social Restriction, which may limit participation or exclusion of extracurricular activities up to and including student employment;

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Limitation of participation in research projects not related to the student’s academic program; Limitation of participation in High Point Global Study programs; Alteration of academic requirements or schedule in consultation with Academic Affairs including, but not limited to, removal from a course or class section; Temporary residential housing or relocation, suspension of residential privileges, termination of the student’s housing contract. Threat Assessment Team Goals are: • Provide a repository for information about behavioral concerns across different campus sites so as to identify persons in distress as early as possible; • Facilitate timely communication among different campus sites about individual behavior concerns;

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• Investigate or gather information about individuals of concern including individuals outside of the campus community; • Assess the information so that the TAT can devise an appropriate response; • Recommend interventions, threat management plans, active monitoring plans, and other case management strategies that connect individuals of concern with needed resources; • Recommend plans for reintegrating a person once initial actions are complete and the threat eliminated; • Assist with the education of the campus community about the types of behavior or concerns that they should report to the TAT members; • Develop policy recommendations based on an evaluation of data on individual behavior dealt with by the TAT.


Security, Safety, and Transportation North College Administration Building, 336-841-9112 security@highpoint.edu Additional Locations: Roberts Hall Reception Area R.G. Wanek Center Lobby The mission of the High Point University Security and Transportation and Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Preparedness departments, Departments is to care for and serve all who enter the University while preserving their property and University assets. In addition to a professional security force, the University also utilizes over 60 blue light security phone towers called C.A.R.E. (Campus Assistance & Response to Emergencies) points. Along with vehicle patrols, the University also utilizes foot patrols, T3s, Segways, and bicycles. Students also have access to security escorts 24/7. Students are asked to take all necessary precautions and report issues or concerns. If you see something, say something! The security department also utilizes LiveSafe, a mobile app available to any smart phone user. Through LiveSafe, users can call or text security, and include pictures, videos, and audio messages in their report. Additionally, reporting can be made anonymously. For more personal protection information see highpoint.edu/safety. Vehicle Registration Students who bring a vehicle on the campus must register with the Security Department. (Freshman vehicles are permitted and may park in any student-designated space.) Freshman who declared early decision are granted an assigned numbered parking

space. To register a vehicle go to the HPU portal page at my.highpoint.edu. Click the Vehicle Registration link under Quick Links, sign in using your HPU username and password, and follow the directions to register a vehicle. Vehicles must be registered by midnight on August 31st. You will need your driver’s license and vehicle registration. Students may also register in person 24/7 at the Security Service Center in the R.G. Wanek Center or the security administration office located in the North College Administration Building (only at Wanek SSC). Vehicle registration is not complete until the parking decals are affixed properly to the front and back of the vehicle. The front decal incorporates an Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) component, which permits campus vehicular access. Students hosting overnight guests must register guests online by going to the HPU portal page at my.highpoint.edu and signing in. From the Quick Links menu, go to the My Account links, select Visitor Registration and follow the registration directions. Complete parking rules may be found at www.highpoint.edu/safety. Click on Parking Terms and Conditions. Vehicles. The possession and/or operation of vehicles on campus is a privilege, not a right. Registration. Students must register all vehicles that they park on campus with the Security Department. False Registration Violations. Any attempt to falsify information of or pertaining to vehicle registration is a Conduct Code violation and is punishable by at least a $500 fine and the loss of the privilege of

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registering or driving a vehicle on campus for a six month period. Parking Violations. Parking violations include parking where signs prohibit; parking in restricted areas; parking on grass, unmarked areas, or sidewalks; parking in fire lanes or no-parking zones; blocking moving or parked vehicles; or improper display of the required registration decals. The sanction for each offense is at minimum $50. The University reserves the right to tow any vehicle that, in the sole discretion of the Chief of Security (or designee), poses a hazard or immobilizes any pathway or interferes with construction/maintenance efforts or special events. Complete terms and conditions may be found at www.highpoint.edu/parking. Moving Violations. Moving violations include reckless or unsafe driving, driving in excess of posted speed limit (inner campus 15 mph, outer campus is 24 mph), failure to yield, failure to stop for Stop signs, failure to stop at a security checkpoint, failure to bear right at circles, and failure to follow the direction of an officer or a traffic sign. Parking and Moving Violation Appeals Procedure. 1. If the violator chooses to appeal a parking/moving violation citation, they must do so online at www.highpoint. edu/parking within (7) seven days of the receipt of their citation. The appeal should include a detailed description of why the citation should be considered improper or invalid. Appeals submitted after (7) seven days of the time and date of the citation will not be accepted. 2. The Appeals Officer will review the written appeal and may:

Photo and Video Permissions High Point University reserves the right to take photos and video recordings of students, family members, and guests on campus. The images and video recordings may be used in University publications, marketing materials, or on the University website. HPU may edit the material for brevity, clarity, focus, and to enhance audio and visual formats for consistency and best results. The images and/ or commentary may appear in any of the wide variety of formats and media available to the University or may come available in the future, including: print, DVD, social media channels, YouTube, and other electronic/ online media. High Point University is released and discharged from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in conjunction with the use of the photographs and/or video or other commentary, including any and all claims for libel. This policy will be in compliance with FERPA guidelines. Transportation North College Administration Building, 336-841-9113 Derek Clark Transportation Manager High Point University is proud to provide complimentary transportation services for students. In addition to on-campus shuttle routes, students may also make reservations for: • doctor or therapy appointments • pharmacy pick ups

a. Grant the appeal and remove the violation;

• individualized service for special physical needs or injuries

b. Reduce the sanction; or

• airport transports for academic breaks (important terms and conditions, dates, and schedules are shown on the Campus Concierge webpage and the Transportation brochure)

c. Deny the appeal 3. If the appeal is denied by the Appeals Officer, the appellant may appeal further

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to the Board of Appeals. This board will consist of (1) HPU Student, (1) Security Staff Member, and (1) HPU Staff or Faculty Member. The Board of Traffic Appeals shall meet monthly or as needed.


• Shuttles to local area shopping centers and malls on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays For reservation requests, or for further information, contact the Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636, or email transportation@ highpoint.edu.

Local Shopping Service HPU provides shopping shuttle service to local retail establishments during the week and to local malls on the weekends. Details are emailed to students each week. Make sure to check the Campus Concierge Daily Update!

Academic Breaks —Airport Service Shuttles travel to the Greensboro/High Point, Raleigh/Durham, and Charlotte airports for scheduled academic breaks. Additionally, we provide Greensboro/High Point airport and train station shuttle services every Friday and Sunday while school is in session. Please review the current shuttle schedules online at www.highpoint.edu/concierge.

ZipCar Convenient. Affordable. Good for the environment. HPU has cars available on campus for students to rent from Enterprise. For convenience, students may rent by the hour, half-day, or full-day. Rental rates include fuel! For reservation requests, or for further information, visit www.highpoint. edu/carshare, or contact Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636.

Airport shuttle fees*: GSO: $20 one-way RDU/CLT: $40 one-way

Video Surveillance Policy

* HPU PRIDE = FREE RIDE! HPU will waive the airport shuttle fee when you place your reservation three days prior to travel, and wear HPU gear! When you wear clearly visible HPU shirt, sweatshirt, or jacket, you help tell the world about the Extraordinary education at High Point University. Students who wish to take advantage of this service should: 1) Complete your shuttle reservation at least three days in advance by going online to www.highpoint.edu/ concierge and selecting the Transportation link, 2) Receive your confirmation email, and 3) Provide a minimum of 24-hour notice for reservation cancellation. Campus Shuttle Service HPU offers two campus shuttle lines (Silver and Purple Lines) making continuous loops around campus throughout the day and evening. A detailed shuttle time schedule is available at Campus Concierge locations and is also posted at each shuttle stop.

It is the policy of High Point University to utilize video surveillance and recording to help protect our students, assets, and entire campus community. The existence of video recording devices and/or this policy does not imply or guarantee that cameras will be monitored continuously or “real-time.” This policy shall not apply to academic use of video cameras for educational or athletic purposes. Purpose The purpose of video monitoring/recording is for campus safety and security purposes and to deter criminal behavior, monitor enforcement efforts, aid in investigations, memorialize salient events, and provide alarm input for unauthorized entry. Practice High Point University locates recordable covert or overt video cameras on University-owned or -controlled property including on the person of security officers with overt, body (chest), and dashboard cameras. While on University property students should NOT expect privacy except in clearly private areas. In doing so, HPU

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shall respect the privacy of University community members and shall not install said recording devices where there is a clear expectation of privacy, e.g., restrooms and locker rooms or student residential rooms without resident student permission. Recording, Retention, and Distribution Any and all surveillance video recordings, hereafter referred as data, shall be considered confidential and only shared with University officials or law enforcement with a need to know. System data may only be available for a limited time period unless otherwise preserved. Campus security video data held by Campus Security is not considered an education record under FERPA. HPU Video Release Procedure High Point University Security utilizes recordable covert or overt video cameras on or in University-owned or -controlled property including: residential and nonresidential buildings, and on the person of security officers with overt, body (chest), and dashboard cameras. The University has received, and anticipates that it will continue to receive, requests for video captured by these recording and surveillance devices. Video captured and maintained by HPU Security is considered a law enforcement record under FERPA; however, the release of campus video may also trigger compliance obligations with state and federal laws regarding the privacy of the University’s community members. To ensure the University remains compliant with all applicable laws, the University will follow internal processes in regards to release and/ or review of video recordings (including all information and images obtained therefrom) captured by HPU Security. LiveSafe Livesafe is a mobile safety app members of campus can download for Apple or Android

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devices to share safety concerns with High Point University Security. Users can share tips, photos, or videos (anonymously if desired) with Security. In addition to reporting safety concerns, users can access campus-specific safety and security information such as locations of AEDs, Blue Light CARE Poles, and emergency response procedures. The Security Department is committed to responding to every tip in a timely manner and works with the Office of Student Life to address or respond to every report. Questions about the Livesafe app can be directed to safety@ highpoint.edu. Inclement Weather In the event of approaching severe and/ or inclement weather such as tornadoes or icy conditions, the Environmental Health, Safety & Preparedness (EHS&P) department is responsible for tracking approaching conditions and alerting the campus population. The policy of High Point University is to conduct scheduled classes, keep offices open, and carry on normal college operations under conditions deemed to be reasonably safe. The University administration may cancel/ discontinue classes, close offices, and cease routine operations when, under advisement from EHS&P, conditions are deemed too risky. Unless notified to the contrary via any of the following notification modalities, a normal schedule shall be followed. EHS&P initiates several notification measures to ensure the safety and security of the campus population. Panther ALERTS include text/voice message, mass email notification, and website alerts. With the majority of our student population living on campus, security officers and the student life staff, staff including, but not limited to, Resident Assistants and Resident Directors, are prepared and equipped to initiate response protocols to ensure students are informed and safe.


Academic Policies and Information Academic Advisors

RISE

Each student is assigned an academic advisor according to their major the summer before their sophomore year. However, students majoring in any business or communications discipline will remain with their Student Success Coach until their junior year. Advisor/Advisee is a cooperative relationship with specific responsibilities and obligations listed on the academic advising website, www.highpoint.edu/academicadvising. Advising is a developmental process that assists students in the clarification of life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals. It is a decision-making process that assists students in realizing their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor. Advising is ongoing, multifaceted, and is the responsibility of both the student and the advisor. The advisor serves as a facilitator of communication; a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and program progress review; and an agent of referral to other campus services as necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their advisor and be proactive about making assertive decisions in regards to their educational plan. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to develop and achieve their educational plan through to graduation. Numerous resources exist on campus to help students make important academic decisions!

The RISE App is a uniquely designed app created for HPU students, by an HPU alum. RISE will encourage and promote student engagement from an academic, professional, social, and service lens. The RISE app makes it easy for students to earn badges and maintain accountability of various activities created for on-campus or within the High Point Community, to become a better version of themselves upon graduation from HPU. It is essential that all first-year HPU students download the app, allowing for the maximum amount of time to take advantage of all opportunities HPU delivers to their students.

To change advisors, change/declare major, add a minor, or other academic program changes, please come to the 4th floor of Smith Library for assistance.

Summary of Computing Rights and Responsibilities The University provides a wide array of technology resources for our students, faculty and staff. Use of all University technology is subject to the Acceptable Use Policy, which acknowledges students as “learners in residence� and affords reasonable personal use of University information technology resources so long as it does not disrupt the primary academic and business functions that support the mission of the University; violate any legal statutes; or create an atmosphere of harassment for others. You are permitted to use our electronic infrastructure and materials for educational purposes only. All internal or external illegal practices including illegal digital record access, break-in attempts, password sharing, illegal music sharing, illegal video sharing, unauthorized usage of copyrighted materials, or any activity

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threatening the stability of our network and services will be addressed with an escalating restriction of access. The High Point University Office of Information Technology reserves the right to remove access from users to its network prior to proper investigation in order to protect the integrity of our data, maintain security and to guarantee service continuation. Software Duplication and Use Policy All students acquiring software through High Point University are bound to the copyright and licensing agreements put forth by the original software vendor. Experiential Learning Experiential Learning provides students with a rich array of opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills outside the traditional classroom. High Point University offers a comprehensive program, including service learning, study abroad, domestic and international internships, career counseling, and student-faculty collaborations on research or creative works. These programs are designed to stimulate students to think critically, reflectively, and creatively, while also cultivating their abilities as leaders, innovators, and responsible citizens. Service Learning The Service Learning Program engages students in the practices of good citizenship through intensive and experiential courses. Designated as “SL” courses, Service Learning courses align a course’s academic objectives with meaningful community service so that the service enhances students’ learning and their learning improves their ability to serve. High Point University values Service Learning as a way to use our liberal arts foundation to promote a more just and sustainable society. Service Learning courses push students to connect the theory of the

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classroom with the practices of good citizens, encouraging community-based research, active problem-solving, and a growth mindset that fosters creativity and social innovation. Service Learning courses can be found in courses that fulfill the General Education Requirements and in courses throughout students’ major fields of study. Students may become Service Learning Scholars if they complete 100 hours of service by taking at least two SL courses and completing an independent, facultymentored service project. Students interested in Service Learning opportunities should contact Dr. Joe Blosser, Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning and Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, jblosser@highpoint.edu or 336-841-9337. Faculty-Led Global Experience ‘Maymester’ Programs and Semester Study Abroad Programs As globalization continues to blur geographic and cultural boundaries, our new world requires a new skillset. The faculty and staff at High Point University believe that global awareness and cross-cultural understanding are essential parts of higher education for today’s student. Therefore, the University encourages students to engage in programs that provide opportunities for cross-cultural growth beyond the campus of the University. To assist with this intercultural experience, High Point University offers more than a dozen faculty-led short-term Global Experience ‘Maymester’ Programs every year. Moreover, the University has established partnerships with several universities abroad, in order to provide a variety of programs for study abroad during the semester and summer. Study abroad programs are available to appropriately prepared students from all academic disciplines. Students interested in study abroad programs go through a


comprehensive application process. Selection criteria include academic achievement, evidence of mature and responsible behavior, and the demonstrated potential for studying and living independently in unfamiliar surroundings. Students can study abroad as early as the summer of their freshman year, provided they meet the minimum academic requirements, including a minimum GPA and academic preparation. They also must be in good disciplinary standing with the University. Depending on the program, other requirements may apply. The Office of Global Education hosts a Study Abroad fair at the beginning of the fall semester. Throughout the academic year, the Study Abroad advisors meet with students individually to advise them on their many options. Students should begin planning for an off-campus study experience early in their academic program. Application deadlines are November 15 for Global Experience ‘Maymester’ programs, March 15 for fall semester programs, and May 15 for spring semester programs.

Students who are accepted to study abroad are responsible for following the rules and regulations of the University or organization affiliated with the study abroad program. In addition, students are still bound to High Point University’s Guide to Campus Life. Should a violation occur while a student is abroad, the student will be held responsible for their actions upon returning to High Point University, regardless of the sanctions imposed by the hosting University or organization. The Office of Global Education is located in the Cottrell, 1st floor, Suite 142. For more information about semester or summer study programs, go to highpoint.edu/global, e-mail studyabroad@highpoint.edu, or call 336-841-9280. “Global Experience” Short-term Study Programs Each year, our Global Experience programs make available a number of short-term, faculty-led study programs, where students and HPU faculty travel together to a variety of destinations to examine course content in

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depth and on site. Short-term study programs are at least ten days in length and are open to all qualified students. Such short-term opportunities are ideal for student athletes, graduate students, and other students who do not want to spend a full semester away from High Point University. These programs change yearly in order to provide a variety of relevant study experiences for our students and faculty. Short-term study programs may travel domestically or internationally at the following times: May Term, Summer I, Summer II, or winter break. Foreign Language Study Abroad Programs Students who wish to study foreign language while studying abroad may participate in either full-semester, summer, or short-term options. Programs are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Career and Professional Development The Office of Career and Professional Development provides students with a comprehensive range of services designed to help students explore, prepare for, and implement career goals. Our services include: individual career counseling; exploration of career options and related majors/ minors and interpretation of career selfassessments; development of professional resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles; and preparation for interviews. Students also may receive assistance with the graduate/professional school application process, as well as the development and implementation of a comprehensive internship or job search strategy. The Office of Career and Professional Development utilizes a variety of highly reliable and well-validated career-related self-assessments to help our students

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identify their strengths, career interests, personality preferences, work values, and skill sets. To further explore career opportunities, students who have earned at least 16 credit hours may enroll in a course titled EXP 1401 to discover their individual career interests and/or EXP 1402 to complete a field experience (internship). Internships, job-shadowing, volunteering, campus involvement, and coursework are important parts of the career and professional development process for students. The Office of Career and Professional Development maintains an active online job board where companies post either internship and job opportunities. The HPU Career and Professional Development LinkedIn group offers students the opportunity to join a dynamic networking group and connect with other students and alumni. Project Discovery is a process for students at High Point University to discover an academic pursuit they are passionate about. The Office of Career and Professional Development is part of that process. For instance, our team of career advisors will work with students to complete selfassessments and review their results. These assessments provide students with career matches that are aligned to their strengths and passions. Furthermore, our office employs Peer Career Advisors, a team of exceptional students who are trained by Career and Professional Development staff, to offer assistance to High Point University students who are ready to create or strengthen their resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile. In addition to individual appointments, the Career and Professional Development staff offer events, workshops, and classroom presentations throughout the academic year. Popular topics include: searching for internships; developing resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn


profiles; and preparing for interviews. To schedule an appointment with a staff member or learn more about the Office of Career and Professional Development, visit www.highpoint.edu/careerinternships or email careerservices@highpoint.edu.

the overarching goal of the URCW program is to provide students with inquiry-based or creative opportunities for mentored experiences that help students develop marketable skills that employers and graduate/professional schools value.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Works

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works awards grants to students to present their research at professional conferences, sponsors three undergraduate summer research programs, publishes a monthly newsletter and a yearly student journal of undergraduate research, and hosts a campus symposium of creative and scholarly works each spring. Students are encouraged to get involved in our culture of research and creative works from the first day they arrive on campus by joining our freshmen Research Rookies Program.

Cottrell Hall, 2nd Floor, Office 226 Dr. Joanne Altman jaltman0@highpoint.edu 336-841-9613 The Undergraduate Research and Creative Works (URCW) program encourages and supports the establishment of collaborative partnerships between nurturing faculty mentors and enterprising students and is designed to add to the sum of human knowledge and creativity. Within these partnerships, critical inquiry, brainstorming, debate, and mutual discovery intertwine leading over time to the production of finished works suitable for publication, exhibition, or presentation in either professional or public forums. In this way,

Students interested in research or creative works opportunities are encouraged to view our website www.highpoint.edu/urcw, and follow us on Facebook (HPU.URCW) or Instagram (@hpu_urcw).

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Student Organizations HPU Connect

Student Organizations

HPU Connect is an online platform where students manage their on-campus involvement. HPU Connect provides a campus calendar of events as well as an organization directory of over 100 student organizations at High Point University. Before the involvement fair, be sure to log into involved.highpoint. edu to find out more about our student organizations and plan out your welcome week activities! Students are encouraged to login daily to stay up-to-date on campus events, use the events search feature to find events that most interest you, and stay informed about your organization! The CORQ app is the mobile version of HPU Connect. Be sure to download today and view upcoming events from your phone. Through this app you may search events and save them directly to your calendar so that you do not miss a single program.

University students have an opportunity to join more than 100 organizations. The University offers academic, social, and student government opportunities for all students. Additionally, there are honor societies that are by invitation based on high academic achievement and excellence.

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All campus organizations, including campus media outlets, seeking media coverage (television, print, radio, etc.) for events or other stories must contact the Office of Communications at communication@highpoint.edu for the handling of press releases and other communication with media contacts. The Campus Activities Team (CAT) is an integral part of planning many of the campus activities for all students. This is a studentled group that assists the Office of Student Activities. Students serve in officer roles that take part in the decision-making and logistics associated with both small and large scale events. CAT offers leadership and learning opportunities for students interested in student involvement and event management.


Academic Organizations

Honor Societies

Actuarial Club Alpha Kappa Psi Alpha Lambda Delta American Chemical Society American Institute of Graphic Arts American Marketing Association Athletic Training Majors Club Biology Majors Club Computer Science Society Council for Exceptional Children English Club Exercise Science Club French Club Henry Lee Treadwell Society (PA students) HPU Economics Association HPU Minds HPU Vision Investment Club Math, Actuarial, & Computer Science (MACS) National Retail Federation National Society for Leadership & Success National Sports Media Association Neuroscience Club Panther Real Estate Physicians Assistant Club Pre-Pharmacy Club Pre-Professionals Club Professional Selling Club Public Relations Student Society of America Association Society of Physics Students Society for Professional Journalists Sociology and Anthropology Club Spanish Club Sport Management Association Sportslink Student Association Teachers of Tomorrow Tutor Club VIDA Volunteer Video Game Development Club

Alpha Chi. Invites membership to those juniors and seniors who have excelled in academic performance. Alpha Chi Sigma. Alpha Chi Sigma is the only professional chemistry fraternity. Over 100 years old with more than 70,000 members, we bring together men and women pursuing a wide variety of chemistry-related careers. Alpha Kappa Delta. Recognizes excellence for students who are majoring in sociology. Alpha Phi Sigma. Recognizes excellence for students who are majoring in criminal justice. Alpha Psi Omega. National Honor Society recognizing participants in collegiate theatre. Beta Beta Beta. Invites membership to biology majors or minors with excellence. Delta Mu Delta. Invites membership to those students who excel and are majoring in business. Kappa Delta Pi. Invites membership to those students who excel and are majoring in education. Kappa Pi. The International Honorary Art Fraternity recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding artistic and academic achievements. Lambda Pi Eta. Invites membership to those students who have excelled in academics in communication discipline. National Society for Leadership & Success (NSLS). The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers lifechanging lectures from the nation’s leading

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presenters and a community where likeminded, success-oriented individuals come together. Odyssey Club. An organization comprised of students who belong to the Honors Program. It is an opportunity for Honors students to participate in a variety of social events with each other. The Order of the Lighted Lamp. Recognizes leadership abilities and excellent character as well as academic achievement. Elected by student members. Order of Omega. Recognizes scholarship, leadership, service, and academic merit to those individuals also belonging to a fraternity or sorority organization. Phi Alpha Delta. Pre-law student club that will assist students with regards to law school application. Phi Beta Delta. Fosters and recognizes excellence in international education.

demonstrated excellence in scholarship and in advancement in the field of psychology. Sigma Alpha Pi. The Society offers lifechanging lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where likeminded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world. Sigma Nu Tau. Sigma Nu Tau is a national academic honor society, and, at HPU, Sigma Nu Tau functions as part of the Entrepreneurship Club. The purpose of Sigma Nu Tau is to encourage the study of principled entrepreneurship, recognize and reward students who do well in their studies, and provide network opportunities. Students need at least a 3.2 cumulative Undergraduate GPA and Junior Class standing to request induction. There is a one-time fee for lifetime membership.

Pi Sigma Alpha. The national honor society in political science, recognizes juniors and seniors who have demonstrated excellence in the field of political science and in advancing the science of politics.

Sigma Tau Delta. Recognizes students who have excelled as an English major.

Phi Sigma Iota. Recognizes students who have made significant contributions toward furthering international awareness and who have demonstrated excellence in foreign language study.

Political Organizations College Democrats College Republicans Model United Nations (MUN) Panthers for Israel Young Americans for Freedom

Phi Sigma Tau. Recognizes students who have demonstrated high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy. Phi Theta Kappa. Designated for transfer students who have received this honor at their two-year institution. Psi Chi. National Honor Society in Psychology, recognizing students who have

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Theta Alpha Kappa. Recognizes students who have excelled in religious studies.

Religious Life and Organizations Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel is open weekdays for personal devotion and development of faith and values among faculty, staff, and students. Ecumenical worship, open to all, is held weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays


at 11 a.m. Rev. Preston Davis, the minister to the University is responsible for campus-wide religious activities and is available by appointment for personal counseling (x9241). The weekly worship services are student-centered, and students may enroll in Rel-1019 to receive one-hour credit toward graduation requirements. Students are also encouraged to get involved with a religious life organization on campus, including: Alpha Delta Theta (sorority). A Christian service sorority that enables women on campus to enrich their spiritual lives and develop ideas within the context of Christian fellowship. In addition, the organization serves the campus and the community. Board of Stewards. The Board of Stewards are the lifeblood of the Chapel and Religious Life Office. Members help coordinate Chapel services, network with other campus groups, oversee the distribution of the weekly offering to make a positive impact in our community, and lead Bible studies and theological forums. Potential board members my apply at the beginning of the semester to or get more information from the Manager of Chapel Programs (awillia5@highpoint.edu). Campus Outreach. A network of Christian college students bearing witness to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ — that sinners are reconciled to God through repentance of sin and faith alone in the saving work of Christ. We also strive to disciple and call other Christians to pursue godliness and spiritual maturity. Chapel Choir. Chapel Choir serves as the resident choir for weekly Chapel. This ensemble rehearses every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:25 p.m. in Hayworth Chapel.

Collision Worship Band. Collision is the worship band of weekly Chapel. Sampling from some for the leading Christian musicians of today, these worship leaders bring Chapel to life each week. Genesis Gospel Choir. Genesis is the longest-standing spiritual choir on campus. This student-led ensemble comes out of the gospel music tradition and performs around the Piedmont Triad. HPU Catholic Campus Ministry. A student organization whose goal is to serve the spiritual needs of Roman Catholic members of the High Point University community and anyone interested in the Roman Catholic faith. Hillel. A student organization whose goal is to provide the Jewish students of HPU with the opportunity to meet other Jewish students through both religious and social activities. Jewish students can participate in all national and state Hillel programs and events. Students attend Shabbat services, celebrate major holidays, and have joint events with Jewish students attending various universities from all over the Southeast. Hillel welcomes students from all movements of Judaism and people from other faiths who are interested in learning about Judaism. Infinite Space. Infinite Space is a studentled journal that highlights the spiritual life of High Point University, via essays, poetry, photography, and art. Interfaith United. Interfaith United leads weekly interfaith gatherings to build bridges of understanding across lines of religious and cultural difference in a divided world. Pre-Ministerial. The Pre-Ministerial group nurtures and provides education and resources to students discerning a call to ordained ministry.

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Young Life College Life. Membership is open to all University students and is an opportunity for students to come together who want to nurture, guide, and encourage their Christian beliefs. Service Organizations Alpha Phi Omega. A co-educational national service fraternity. This organization affords college students an opportunity to provide service to their campus, their community, and their nation. The pillars of Alpha Phi Omega are leadership, friendship, and service. Best Buddies. The purpose of the club is to be paired with a buddy in the community with either intellectual or developmental disabilities and create a one-on-one friendship. Big Brothers Big Sisters. This organization makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.

Positive relationships are developed that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people in the High Point community. Civitan. Devoted to improving the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Colleges Against Cancer. The main goal of Colleges Against Cancer is to fight cancer by volunteering for and instating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society. Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon at HPU strives to engage the student and local communities to promote children’s health and happiness while fostering the leadership and involvement of participants. Our organization raises funds and awareness for Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, through peer-to-peer fundraising, special events, donations from the community, and engagement with corporate and small business partners in the local area. One hundred percent of our efforts go to promoting the mission and function of Duke Children’s Hospital. Food Recovery Network. This organization is unique on High Point University’s campus as it promotes community outreach, reduction of food waste, building relationships with local neighbors, and ending hunger in High Point, North Carolina. Habitat for Humanity. Offers an opportunity for students to work with the local HFH affiliate to build houses that are in progress. HPU Circle K Club. Circle K International (CKI) is the premier collegiate and University community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world. Circle K is a special club category for Kiwanis International, serving the world

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for over 100 years. We are the High Point University Circle K Chapter seeking new members to serve together in High Point. HPU Wishmakers. The purpose of HPU Wishmakers is to educate the campus and community about Make-A-Wish®. The mission of Make-A-Wish is to “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.” HPU Wishmakers works closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina and supports their overall mission. Student Council for Exceptional Children. The purpose of this chapter shall be to advance the education of individuals with disabilities and to promote related educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. The Bed Brigade. The purpose of The Bed Brigade is to provide everyone a restful place of sleep despite the economic climate they come from. The Bed Brigade works to achieve this by building and delivering beds to these individuals within the High Point area. No other club on campus reaches these individuals as they are often the invisible poor. This organization will provide a unique outlet for High Point

University students to reach out to their surrounding community; the organization also has great potential to connect with other clubs on campus as well as nonprofits in the community. Volunteer Center. Through the Volunteer Center, High Point University students have an opportunity to get involved in short-term service projects on the HPU campus and in the greater High Point Community. Additionally, the Volunteer Center organizes fall and spring alternative break trips, domestic and international. Diversity Groups Black Cultural Awareness. Black Cultural Awareness promotes awareness of Black heritage at High Point University and throughout the High Point community. Its goal is to bring students together who have a common interest in the Black culture and in particular, in its heritage. Diversity Club. The purpose of Diversity Club is to provide High Point University students with a safe space that promotes understanding and appreciation for all people of various backgrounds. People Representing Individuality, Diversity, and Equality (PRIDE). The purpose of PRIDE is to foster awareness,

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promote education, and provide a forum for discussion about issues of sexuality in order to create a place of support, respect, pride, and safety for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, questioning, and straight (LGBTIQS) members of High Point University.

HPU Pep Band plays at Men’s and Women’s home basketball games and tournament games, select sporting events throughout the year, and at various functions around campus. Additionally, students can earn a work stipend and awesome swag for their efforts.

Voice Student Advisory Board. Voice is the official student advisory board of HPU Multicultural Affairs comprised of 10-13 student leaders who are dedicated to shaping and impacting our campus culture through the celebration of diversity and active commitment to a just and inclusive campus.

Sports and Recreation

Special Interest Groups Some special interest groups include the Chapel Choir, Genesis Gospel Choir, the Offbeats, the Petal Points, the Toccatatones, and the University Singers. Academic credit may be earned for participation in campus theatrical productions and campus choirs, through the Fine Arts department. A number of special interest groups are active on campus, including: Board Club, Campus Chronicle, Charcoal Pony Improv, Ducks Unlimited, Entrepreneurship Club, Fencing Club, Film Club, Global Students Association, HPU EMS, HPU Radio, Japanese Animation Club, Knitting Club, Lollipop Effect, Panther Barbell, Panther Book Club, Peer Mentor, Philosophy Club, Photography Club, Planning on Point, Purple Reign, Student Alumni Council, Students for Life, Studio Art Club, Tabletop Role Playing Games, Tigger’s Mark, and Video Game Club. Spirit of HPU Pep Band As the largest instrumental ensemble on campus performing for a variety of events, the “Spirit of HPU” Pep Band is often the face of not only the student body but the university. The HPU Pep Band and Drum Line are comprised of wind and percussion players from the entire student body. The

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High Point University Recreation Services (HPURec) offers a variety of fitness, wellness, and athletic opportunities for all students. The John and Marsha Slane Student Center is home to the HPURec Office, the Fitness Center, Group Exercise classroom, and multipurpose basketball court. The campus boasts five outdoor heated pools with spas to enjoy during the warmer months. Students can enjoy swimming and racquetball in the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. There are numerous intramural fields, sand volleyball, and outdoor basketball courts around campus. HPU Challenge Course The HPU Outdoor Discovery Program includes a dynamic Challenge (Ropes) Course located at the HPU Millis Estate, a 20-acre country retreat just minutes from campus. The Challenge Course is designed to develop communication and leadership skills through a series of demanding high and low ropes components. The course features a 500-foot zip line, 40-foot rock climbing wall, laser tag, a 60-inch giant twoperson swing, and a series of hiking trails. Complimentary transportation to the HPU Millis Estate is provided through the HPURec office. HPURec Contact: 336-841-9732 rec@highpoint.edu www.highpoint.edu/recreationservices/ Instagram: @hpurec Facebook: HPU Recreation


HPURec Hours of Operation: • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – midnight • Weekends: 8 a.m. – midnight Intramural Sports/HPURec Events: • • • • • • • • • • •

7v7 Flag Football Outdoor Soccer Outdoor/Indoor Volleyball 5v5 Basketball Ultimate Frisbee Tournaments Racquetball Single/Double Tennis Softball Alumni/Family Weekend 5K Run Dodgeball All-Star Classic 3pt, skills, and slam dunk contest • And more… James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center Pool Hours of Operation: • Monday – Thursday: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. • Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Hours may vary depending upon class schedule) • The following is not permitted in any campus pool: alcohol, coolers, plastic cups (solo cups: red, blue, clear, etc.), glass containers, pets, or tobacco products. Students in violation of pool rules will be banned for at least 24 hours and referred to Student Conduct.

Club Sport Teams Additionally, students have the opportunity to join club sport teams that compete against club teams from other colleges and universities. These clubs include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Ballroom and Latin Dance Baseball Basketball (Men/Women) Bass Fishing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Men/Women) Equestrian E-Sports Field Hockey (Women) Golf (Men/Women) Gymnastics Ice Hockey (Men) Lacrosse (Men/Women) Paintball Powerlifting Rowing (Men/Women) Running (Men/Women) Soccer (Men/Women) Softball (Women) Swimming (Men/Women) Tennis (Men/Women) Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball (Men/Women)

If interested in participating in club sports, visit HighPointPanthers.com or contact Jacob Crawford, 336-841-4643.

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Fraternities and Sororities Fraternities and sororities are an integral part of University life. These organizations promote and engage students through leadership, academics, community service, and friendship. Recruitment for both College Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council is held in September. Intake for individual National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations are held at various times throughout the year. To participate in recruitment/intake and the new member process, students must be enrolled as a full-time student at High Point University. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life does not have a GPA requirement to join a fraternity or sorority at HPU. Students on Disciplinary Probation are not eligible to participate in recruitment/intake for any fraternity or sorority. Each Council and/or organization may have additional requirements to be considered for membership, including GPA requirements.

Recognition Recognition of fraternities and sororities is solely at the discretion of High Point University. Recognized Chapters can lose their recognition status by: receiving a sanction of suspension or dismissal through the student conduct process; violating local, state, and/or national laws; revocation of their charter from their inter/national headquarters. Fraternities/Sororities that lose recognition are expected to cease all activities and abide by all terms and conditions formally communicated to the organization by High Point University and/ or their inter/national headquarters. No member of the High Point University community, nor any inter/national fraternity or sorority, may solicit or recruit High Point University students to establish new or reestablish former fraternity/sorority organizations without the consent of the University. Members of the University community determined to be recruiting students for new/formerly recognized groups and/or continuing operations of such groups are subject to sanctioning by the University up to and including suspension/expulsion.

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Greek Organizations with active chapters are: Interfraternity Council (IFC) Organizations: Beta Theta Pi Delta Chi Kappa Alpha Order Kappa Sigma Pi Kappa Alpha Sigma Nu Panhellenic (NPC) Organizations: Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Gamma Delta Kappa Delta Phi Mu Sigma Sigma Sigma Zeta Tau Alpha National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC) Organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Las Hermanas of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


Eligibility Requirements for Membership The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life does not have an academic requirement for students that are seeking membership into a fraternity or sorority. Those requirements will vary dependent on the organization. Additionally, the individual must be an enrolled undergraduate member at High Point University and in ‘Good Standing’ with the Office of Student Conduct. The individual cannot be on Disciplinary Probation through the Office of Student Conduct. College Panhellenic Council (CPC): Academic requirements are set by the chapter and will vary based on whether the person seeking membership has college credit or is a newly enrolled student. Interfraternity Council (IFC): Each chapter has their own minimum requirements for membership that will vary based on whether the person seeking membership already has a college GPA or is a newly enrolled student. In order to participate in any kind of recruitment for an IFC chapter, a student must have a minimum 2.5 high school or college GPA to be eligible for recruitment. National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): Academic requirements are set by each chapter and will vary. Minimum GPA for membership is a 2.5 college GPA. Joining Process: Any student that is seeking membership into a chapter that is managed within the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will be required to complete the following process: Primary Recruitment for CPC Primary Recruitment occurs in the fall semester. Students who are interested in participating in Primary Recruitment are required to register for recruitment.

They will also be required to complete a series of hazing prevention modules prior to recruitment. Students must complete the modules prior to the first round of recruitment. Students involved in Primary Recruitment will also be required to attend all recruitment events unless excused for extenuating circumstances. Continuous Open Bidding for CPC Continuous Open Bidding (COB) can be conducted if a chapter has not reached the designated campus total. Each chapter will conduct an informal recruitment at their own design. Students seeking membership must complete the New Member/Neophyte Agreement provided through HPU Connect. This form allows the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to share academic and student conduct information with the chapter to determine eligibility. Additionally, students are also reviewing and agreeing to the University Statement on Hazing. If the students meet the chapter membership requirements, an initiation for membership is extended, and, if the student accepts, the chapter will need to complete the Continuous Open Bidding Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (COB MRABA) and return it to the CPC Advisor within 48 hours. They will then complete the hazing prevention modules; those must be completed prior to beginning the formal new member education. Formal Recruitment for IFC Formal Recruitment is conducted in the fall and spring semesters. Students who are interesting in pursuing membership must register for Formal Recruitment. Students are required to complete a series of hazing prevention modules prior to recruitment. Students must complete the modules prior to the first round of recruitment. Informal Recruitment for IFC Informal Recruitment is a practice of recruiting members outside of the Formal

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Recruitment process. Chapters can conduct Informal Recruitment at their own discretion. Students seeking membership must complete the New Member/Neophyte Agreement provided through HPU Connect. This form allows the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to share academic and student conduct information with the chapter to determine eligibility. Additionally, students are also reviewing and agreeing to the University Statement on Hazing. They will then complete the hazing prevention modules; those must be completed prior to beginning the formal new member education process. Membership intake for NPHC Membership Intake is conducted by the individual chapters within the council. If a chapter does conduct intake, the students seeking membership must complete the New Member/Neophyte Agreement provided through HPU Connect. This form allows the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to share academic and student conduct information with the chapter to determine eligibility. Additionally, students are also reviewing and agreeing to the University Statement on Hazing. They will then complete the hazing prevention modules; those must be completed prior to beginning the formal membership intake process. New Member Education/Intake Requirements for Chapters New Member Education or Intake is the process in which students are accepted into the fraternity or sorority of their choosing and inducted into the organization. New Member Education or Membership Intake is a process that is closely monitored by the inter/national headquarters and by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Chapters that are conducting New Member Education or Membership Intake must adhere to the following requirements: • New member education cannot go longer

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than six (6) weeks from bid day or the day the student receives their bid. • All new member activities must be completed by the last day of class. Chapters will be required to provide documentation of new member activities as outlined below: • Required documentation for new member education/membership intake; • New member education/membership intake coordinator (name and contact information); • Contact information for the chapter advisor; • The inter/national staff member affiliated with new member education/membership intake; • Name and contact information; • Expected time frame for new member education/membership intake; • Start date and end date; • Location and times meetings The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is dedicated to ensuring that all students involved in the fraternity and sorority joining process have a successful experience. As we seek to provide the best experiences for our students, we require all CPC, IFC, and NPHC organizations to provide a reporting of new member education and intake programs to our office. Our office is committed to the safety of our students, chapters, and University. The guideline will list out specific information of all new member/intake activities. This document is due to the chapter starting new member education/membership intake activities. Specifically Prohibited Activities (this list is not all inclusive) New members are not to perform acts of servitude at any time during the new member education process. Examples are not


limited to: sober driving, pickup/drop off service, delivery of meals/drinks/packages to members, running errands for members, or cleaning residences such as rooms, apartments, or chapter house. New members are not to be contacted in any manner and asked for favors of any kind: including bringing meals/drinks, cleaning, running errands of any kind. Members and new members are not permitted to consume alcohol at new members education programs and events. Any member of the campus community found to be participating in hazing activities, including hazing activities for chapters/teams other than their own, are subject to charges of individual and/or chapter wide charges of hazing and subject to sanctioning. The State of North Carolina defines hazing in N.C. Statues 14.35-14.36 as “to annoy any student by play abusive or ridiculous tricks upon him; to frighten, scold, beat or harass him, or to subject him to personal indignity.” Any violation constitutes a Class 2 Misdemeanor. State law requires that the faculty or governing board of a college or school to expel any student convicted of hazing in court. Risk Management Policies for Off-Campus Events Chapters are permitted to hold offcampus events as long as they have been registered with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life ahead of time. If a chapter is scheduling off-campus events (i.e. date parties, formals, weekend trips, etc.), they will need to complete the event registration form through the link provided in the HPU Connect Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life page. Please see additional requirements below: • The event must be registered at least five (5) days in advance;

• The event registration must be completed in full with supporting documentation provided; • Chapters must adhere to all university policies and guidelines, local ordinances, and state and federal laws and requirements. If there is credible evidence of violation of university policy or laws, the chapter will be held accountable either through their governing council or through the organizational code of conduct; • The sale of alcohol should be prohibited unless the distributor is licensed by the state or local authorities; • The use of common containers of alcohol beverages, such as kegs, large bottles, punch bowls, trash cans, ice tubs, refrigerators, etcetera by all students should be prohibited; • Common containers including, but not limited to, beer balls, kegs, containers of mixed punch of any kind, or any quantity of alcohol available without restriction are not permitted; • The use of pure grain alcohol by individuals or organizations is prohibited; • The use of alcoholic beverages as a prize is strictly prohibited; • Individuals, groups of individuals, or organizations who influence excessive and/or harmful consumption of alcohol through games, peer pressure, subterfuge, or other activities should know that they are subject to stern disciplinary action both by the University and by external authorities; • Alcohol should not be available where fewer than 25 percent of the persons present are 21 years old or older; • Any organization or group of individuals which sponsors an event where alcohol is available should provide alternative food and beverages during the duration of time when alcohol is available;

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• Any individual, group of individuals, or organization which sponsors an event where alcohol is available should consider the effects, including noise and parking, upon the community where the offcampus event is scheduled: specifically, such events should not be scheduled where noise pollutes residential communities or where people park on private property other than that of the hosts; • Litter should not be allowed to accumulate, even temporarily; • Any chartered organization which allows alcohol at any off-campus event must designate a Risk Management Officer at the beginning of each academic year. This officer must participate in an risk management training sponsored by the office and must provide all members of the organization with information about local, state, and federal statutes; University policies; and possible sanctions for the violations thereof; • Chapters are responsible for the actions of all members and guests during and sometime following a social event. All groups must follow all University, local, state, and federal laws, including any policy set forth by a governing body or inter/national organization; • Social events may only occur on Friday or Saturday nights between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on weekends approved by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life; • Chapters must adhere to their guest policy and identify the individuals who are and who are not of legal drinking age; • The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life reserves the right to deny or cancel any events it sees fit; • No events will be approved during or after the week of finals.

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On-Campus Events (with alcohol) Any chapter that is seeking to hold a social event with alcohol must complete the event registration form found on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life HPU Connect page within five (5) days of the event being held. Social events with alcohol can only be held in Greek Village on Friday and Saturday nights. The following information outlines the required information and documentation for an event to be approved: • Date of the event; • Time of the event (events can be no longer than five (5) hours; • Location of the event; • A list of at least eight (8) sober monitors; • These individuals must be members of the chapter; • These individuals must have participated in the sober monitor training; • No more than half (50%) of the sober monitors can be new members or individuals who joined in the same semester; • An accurate guest list that is comprised of 2 guests for every 1 member (2:1 ratio) or a maximum of 250 attendees; • Guest list must be submitted by Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the latest for an event registered on Friday or Saturday. Additional information for chapters that are hosting a social event includes the following: • Chapters will not purchase alcohol with organizational funds; • No collection of funds from organization members or guests shall be used to purchase alcohol; • No collection of organization members shall purchase alcohol for, provide alcohol, or sell alcohol to minors; • The purchase or use of bulk quantities of alcohol including, but not limited to, kegs, party balls, pony kegs, and common container sources is prohibited;


• Chapters will not charge or distribute alcohol to guests; • Alcohol over 15% ABV is prohibited unless served by a licensed third-party vendor; • No events with alcohol are permitted to occur during weekdays/nights; • Chapters are not permitted to register more than one event on any given day; • Sober Monitors are expected to remain sober throughout the event and for a period of six (6) hours prior to the event. A “mixer” is defined as a social between a fraternity and sorority. If a chapter is holding a mixer, this is a closed event and only members affiliated with both organizations can attend. A mixer does not open after midnight. Chapters are responsible for picking up their social event supplies (wrist bands, stamps, guest lists, sober monitor shirts, etc.) from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life by Friday at 5:00 p.m. If the supplies have not been picked up or the chapter has failed to communicate with the office staff beforehand, the event will be cancelled.

On-Campus Events (alcohol free) Any chapter is permitted to hosting an on-campus event that is alcohol-free Monday-Thursday. These events will follow a similar registration style where the social event request form is to be completed. A chapter can host an alcohol-free for purposes below (but are not limited to): • Continuous recruitment events; • Recruitment practice (members only); • Member programming event (members only); • Sporting events (members only); • Chapter meetings (members only); • Trainings and educational programs (members only). Alcohol-free events will have the same registration process. Chapters holding events will be responsible for completing the event registration form found on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at least five (5) days before the event is scheduled. For member-only events, the total attendance of the event cannot be larger than the size of the chapter. For continuous recruitment events, the chapter must provide a listing of the members that will be present for the event.

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An on-campus event can be closed down due to the following actions: • Hosting an event without approval or when instructed not to by the Office of Student Life; • Excessive noise, overcrowding of event site, or repeated noise complaints; • Event monitors not being present, not sober, or not wearing appropriate identifying attire; • Underage students being served or drinking alcohol; • Failure to work with University officials to correct potential violations (i.e. not quieting down for noise, not disbursing a crowd when instructed to); • Failure to follow BYOB regulations; • Insubordination, verbal, or physical abuse toward University officials or High Point Police; • Verbal or physical fighting between members and/or guests; • Alcohol distribution Upon the first offense, sanctions for selling alcohol illegally; for chapters illegally distributing alcohol to individuals younger than 21 years of age, or facilitating an environment for minors to consume will result in the chapter either participating in the organizational conduct process or will be disciplined by their governing council. The inter/national headquarters and advisors will be notified as well. Upon the second offense, the chapter may be suspended from the University for a period of time determined based on the offense. Expansion/Extension at High Point University Fraternity and sorority expansion/extension is managed through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at High Point University. High Point University values and appreciates the contributions our social Greek-letter

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organizations provide to the campus and community. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is responsible for the oversight, management, and growth philosophy for our community. When considering expansion/ extension, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will consider the following areas: • Fraternities and sororities are responsible for providing a beneficial experience to its members, other chapters, and the university community. • The growth of the community should provide a sense of connectedness to the students who are joining that organization. This sense of connection should include the campus and greater High Point community. • The University will look to ensure the incoming expansion/extension group is provided the same rights and privileges as any other student organization at High Point University. • The growth of the fraternity and sorority system at High Point University will look and feel different for each of our governing councils. Each council has their own expectations of incoming organizations as well as specific criteria for recognition within the council. National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): The National Panhellenic Conference is the umbrella organization that oversees all 26 Panhellenic sororities. The growth process for Panhellenic sororities is referred to as “extension” and can only be facilitated by the current chapters of the campus. If they have determined that another chapter should be added to the Panhellenic community, they must adhere to the policies and procedures that are provided by the National Panhellenic Conference Extension Committee. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will adhere to the NPC Extension Process and providing training and education to the Expansion Committee.


Interfraternity Council (IFC): Currently, the Interfraternity Council is supported through the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). The NIC supports open expansion to all campuses and does not have a formalized process to add fraternities to the campus. If a NIC or non-NIC (but historically recognized within IFC) proposes expansion, that inter/national headquarters will follow the process provided below. Once the organization has been selected, the IFC will recognize that organization as a probationary member of the IFC until it receives a charter. National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): The NPHC currently has four of the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities at HPU. Adding new chapters to the University will require a student-driven request and facilitated through a local Graduate Chapter. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is supportive of NPHC fraternities and sororities coming to High Point University. The University will not recognize city-wide chapters. Other Governing Councils: Currently, High Point University only recognizes three governing councils. However, in the event that enough interest is generated and new chapters that do not historically fall within the original three councils, the Office of Greek Life will create a fourth council. This council would create a space for chapters affiliated with the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), National American Greek Council (NAGC), National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (NAPIDA) Panhellenic Association, the National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC), and the United Council of Christian Fraternities and Sororities (UCCFS). No member of the High Point University community, nor any national or international fraternity or sorority, may solicit or recruit High Point University

students to establish new or reestablish former fraternity/sorority organizations without the consent of the University. Members of the University community determined to be recruiting students for new/formerly recognized groups and/or continuing operations of such groups, are subject to sanctioning by the University up to and including suspension/expulsion. Unrecognized Greek Organizations An unrecognized Greek organization is one that has lost their recognition from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Government Association. It can also be an organization that never received recognition to begin with. Unrecognized organizations are also known as “underground organizations,” and they are not permitted to operate under any circumstances. Chapters that operate without recognition will be adjudicated under the Student Organization Code of Conduct. If a chapter has been closed either by their inter/national headquarters or by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the following requirements must be followed: • May not continue to operate under the name of the fraternity, sorority, or chapter nomenclature. • May not hold, sponsor, or attend events as an organization. • Will not be counted in the general makeup of the fraternity/sorority population at High Point University. • May not form housing groups using organizational or chapter nomenclature. • Underground pledging, new member education, or intake is strictly forbidden. If the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the inter/national headquarters have a written agreement outlining a date of return for the organization to reestablish at High Point University, any violation (but not limited to) the requirements above will result in the return date being reevaluated.

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If there is indication that an unrecognized/ underground organization is operating, the organization will be adjudicated through the Student Conduct process. Individuals who are participating in an unrecognized/ underground organization will be suspended from the University. Currently unrecognized organizations at High Point University are as follows (but is not limited to): • Delta Sigma Phi • Lambda Chi Alpha • Pi Kappa Phi • Theta Chi Greek Housing Greek Village housing is selected prior to the housing selection process. Chapters are responsible for filling their house as outlined in the Terms of Participation. Individuals that reside in the house must sign a copy of the Greek Housing Agreement. Individuals living in the Greek houses are responsible for following all University housing policies as outlined in the Guide to Campus life. Additionally, chapters may have specific policies for housing that members must abide by. First semester freshman are not permitted to reside in the Greek Village until second semester. Housing Destruction Policy for Greek Village The residential facilities in Greek Village are owned and managed by High Point University. The facilities are assigned to the chapter to use. Residents of Greek Village facilities are to be members of the respective organization and will be responsible for abiding by all chapter and organizational housing policies. This includes, but is not limited to, alcohol and substancefree housing, duties, responsibilities, and facilities operations. Chapters will be responsible for any damage or destruction that occurs in common areas within the facility including the foyer, stairwells, laundry units, bathrooms, kitchen, living

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rooms, communal closets, chapter storage closets, and patios. Any charges accrued from destruction or damage will be charged to the chapter. Individual residents will be responsible for their own assigned spaces. Any destruction or damage that occurs in individual bedrooms will be charged to the resident(s) of the assigned room. All destruction and damage should be reported immediately to the Resident Assistant. Any unreported damage that is discovered either through Greek Village walkthroughs or Health and Safety inspections will be paid for by the chapter. In the event the chapter accrues more than $3,500 in fines/damage in one (1) academic year, the chapter will receive the following conditions: First Offense: The current residents who occupy the facility will not be allowed to live in the facility for the next academic year. These students will also be ineligible to homestead or to be pulled into another space on campus. Additional losses may also occur: • Loss of social event registration • Non-resident members of the chapter will be removed from key card access to the facility • May be charged separately by their governing council • Inter/national headquarters will be notified Second Offense: The residence will be removed from the facility and the chapter will not be housed for the next academic year. Additional restrictions will include: • Loss of social event registration for oncampus events • The chapter must reapply for a chapter facility for the next academic year • Inter/national headquarters will be notified • If a chapter reaches the first offense twice within a three-year period, it will be treated as a second offense


Student Government The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the primary link between the students and the faculty and administration of the University. The purpose of SGA is to facilitate student involvement and to formulate and carry out policies that meet the needs of the student body. The Director of Student Conduct is the adviser to SGA. The President of the SGA participates in open sessions of the Board of Trustees and serves as ex officio on the Student Life Committee of the Board. All meetings of the Student Government Association are open to all students, except during judicial hearings, which are closed.

Responsibilities and Requirements of Chartered Organizations Chartered organizations must have purposes consistent with the Mission of the University, the Statement of Goals and Objectives for Educational Support Services and Campus Life, and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. Such organizations may exist for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to, the following: academic; athletic; honorary; service; social; special interest; professional; religious. Rights. Organizations, once chartered, become de facto members of the Student Government Association and enjoy the following privileges: • membership, with vote, in the Student Senate of the Student Government Association; • the right to submit requests for funding to the Student Senate during the budgeting process, subject to conditions enumerated in the constitution and bylaws of the Student Government Association; • the right to submit bills requesting ad hoc funding to the Student Senate of the Student Government Association. • the right to reserve facilities on campus for meetings and events.

Responsibilities. Chartered organizations have the following responsibilities: • to be regularly represented at meetings of the Student Senate of the Student Government Association; • to be open to all members of the student body without respect to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its education programs and activities; • to remain active; • to advise the Director of Campus Engagement whenever new officers are elected; as well as updating HPU Connect rosters each semester; • to coordinate organizational activities with the Director of Campus Engagement; • to maintain a record of community service contact hours performed and fundraising efforts in support of organizational activities and to submit a copy to the Director of Campus Engagement at the end of each semester; • to designate an Alcohol Education Officer if alcohol will be available at any off-campus event;

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• to conform to guidelines governing the availability of alcohol at off-campus events and completing appropriate forms;

• evidence that the goals of the proposed organization are consistent with the Mission of the University.

• to remain in compliance with University codes and regulations;

The Student Life Committee shall review each request for a charter and shall render an opinion regarding the issuance of said charter. Opinions of the Student Life Committee are subject to approval of the Director of Campus Engagement and Student Activities. Decisions of the Assistant Vice President for Student Life are subject to confirmation by designated representatives of the Board of Trustees. Once decisions are confirmed, the SGA Advisor will advise the Student Government Association that a new organization has been chartered; the Student Government Association will add the name of the organization to its list of members; and the representative of the organization shall be recognized at meetings of the Student Government Association.

• to adhere to the Membership bylaws of the Student Government Association. New Charters. Students who wish to seek charters for new organizations should submit the following information to the Student Government Association for consideration: • a draft of a proposed constitution that includes, but that is not necessarily limited to, information descriptive of membership officers, bylaws, and dues; • the name of the faculty and/or staff adviser(s); • a list of at least 15 persons who are interested in becoming members of the proposed organization; • evidence that the new organization does not weaken existing organizations by unnecessarily proliferating organizations similar in type, e.g., Greek, choral, religious, service;

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Loss of Privileges. In the event that actions of a chartered organization or one or more members thereof are not consistent with the responsibilities of chartered organizations, the SGA Advisor, or the Student Life Committee may withdraw the charter of the organization, temporarily suspend the charter of the


organization, or impose other sanctions, either directly or in consultation with the Student Life Committee.

Audits. Organizational accounts will be audited annually as a part of the institutional auditing process.

Non-Chartered Assembly. In addition to chartered organizations, the Director of Campus Engagement and Student Activities, at her/his discretion, may allow other groups of students to use campus facilities and to advertise their programs and activities. Actions and activities of such groups should be consistent with responsibilities delineated for chartered organizations. Absent such responsibility, the SGA Advisor may withdraw the authorization to use campus facilities or to advertise programs and activities.

Expenditures. All organizational expenditures must be authorized by signature of the adviser of the organization.

Finances. Although campus organizations are expected to be self-supporting, only chartered organizations may request funding from the Student Government Association, in accordance with the following guidelines.

Reversion of Property. Where property is purchased primarily as a result of an appropriation from the Student Government Association, such property shall be considered the property of the Student Government Association and shall be returned to the Student Government Association upon vote of the Student Government Association or upon dissolution of the organization.

Student Government Appropriations. Only chartered organizations may request funding from the Student Senate of the Student Government Association, subject to conditions enumerated in the constitution and bylaws of the Student Government Association, either during the regular budgeting process or by submitting bills on an ad hoc basis. Such distributions must be approved by the SGA Advisor. Only chartered organizations may submit requests for funding to the Student Government Association during the regular budgeting cycle of the preceding semester, other groups of students may submit bills for funding on an ad hoc basis. Such distributions must be approved by the SGA Advisor. Accounts. Groups of students who receive funding from the University, including the Student Government Association, must maintain those funds in University accounts.

Indebtedness. Neither the Student Government Association nor the University is liable for debts incurred by an organization. Should an organization have outstanding debt that is absorbed by SGA’s operating budget, that organization will be in bad standing and not eligible for additional funding until the debt is cleared and SGA is reimbursed.

Reversion of Funds. Groups who receive appropriations from the Student Government Association must spend those monies for purposes consistent with the original requests for funding by the end of the semester for which the funds were received unless a specific exception is made by the Student Senate. The Student Senate, at its discretion, may review the use of any appropriations and require funds to be returned to the Student Government Association if it becomes evident that they were not expended for purposes consistent with the original request for funding by the end of the semester in which the funds were received. Contracts. Any contract that is entered into by any organization, including the Student Government Association and its

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agencies which involves the expenditure of any University funds, including monies derived from the student activities fee, must be endorsed by the Manager of Contracts and Procurement. Such contracts should be presented at least 30 days prior to the scheduled event.

• Fundraising may not be held in public spaces during Open House, Family Weekend, Alumni Weekend, Orientation, or other days with many guests on campus; and

The following are updated rules and regulations on fundraising by individual students and student organizations:

• Casino and casino type events are not permitted on HPU property.

• No raffles; • All sales of food or other items are subject to state sales tax at a rate of 6.75%; • Ticket sales or cost of admission are subject to state sales tax at a rate of 6.75%. Sales tax must either be shown separately on the ticket or included in the ticket price. If sales tax is included in the total ticket price, the following statement must be included on the ticket: “State and local sales and use tax is included in the stated cost.”;

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• All BINGO games must be approved by SGA and the SGA Advisor;

Transportation Policy. Chartered organizations must use High Point University’s transportation services with funds distributed from SGA, unless they plan to use students’ personal vehicles. Organizations must not contract another transportation service without consulting HPU Transportation. HPU Transportation should be used in all instances when HPU funds are being expended (including but not limited to: airport shuttle, social events, academic conference, competition, etc.). This does not apply to active social Greek letter organizations who are members of IFC, NPC, or NPHC; a separate process is required for these groups.


Residential Life At High Point, campus life encourages wholeness and student development and wants to empower students by creating a strong sense of self, both in the classroom and in the residential environment. All students with fewer than 96 credit hours and who do not live with their parents are required to live on campus. Every national study of academic success supports the position that the residential environment enhances student development and encourages continuation and graduation from college. Seniors who request permission to live off campus must have their address approved and live outside a one-mile radius of campus. Students can complete the off campus contract via the housing portal, www.highpoint.edu/myhome. Additionally, High Point University is proud to be a Tobacco-Free community, and the use of tobacco products including e-cigarettes is prohibited on university property. The foundation of the University community is residential life. In a typical year, three quarters of our students come from 50 states and 37 countries around the world with one quarter from North Carolina. As a result, our campus is one that is residential and an active campus community at all times. We are committed to a positive and nurturing living experience. Our door is always open to our students when there are concerns or issues that need positive resolution.

First-Year Programs The Office of Student Life coordinates intentional programming to support first-year students in their transition from high school to college. Included below are elements of this initiative to assist in the academic, social, and emotional transition. Peer Mentors All incoming students are assigned a Peer Mentor, a returning student who has volunteered to assist new students in their transition to HPU. Peer Mentors serve as familiar faces on campus, offering support and guidance. Peer Mentor groups are organized by residence hall community. Online Modules New students will complete a series of transitional modules intended to introduce new students to High Point University

and educational content that assists in the academic, social, and emotional transition from high school to college. • Blackboard (mycourses.highpoint.edu) • HPU 101: Live. Learn. Grow. • my.highpoint.edu • AlcoholEDU • Sexual Assault Prevention • Diversity and Inclusion • Prescription Pill Prevention Failure to complete the courses by move-in weekend will result in a $100 fine. Community Meetings First-year students will meet monthly to build relationships as a floor unit, address concerns as a community, and discuss a specific topic related to their transition. First-year Community Meetings for the 2020-2021 academic year will occur on August 16, September 7, October 5,

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November 16, January 18, February 22, March 22, and April 26. Community Meetings are mandatory and students with unexcused absences will be assessed a $25 fine. Excused absences include class, classrelated activities, and, for varsity studentathletes, practices or contests. Panther Chats These planned, intentional one-onone conversations are designed to build relationships between Resident Assistants and their residents and will serve as an opportunity for students to actively reflect on their experience, positively reinforce things that are going well, and identify issues before they become major concerns. For first-year students, there are two Panther Chats in the fall semester and one in the spring. Hall Amenities All residential halls are fully furnished, air conditioned, and provide wireless internet access. Basic cable is provided in each student room, and if students wish to extend their services, they may seek additional service with a local provider at their expense. Each room provides free access to the University library catalog and

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to the internet. Students receive access to free laundry facilities in their residential buildings. Housing Sign-ups All returning students may participate in the housing lottery system the February prior to the fall semester; housing deposits of $750 are due by February 15. In order to participate in the online room reservation lottery, the student must have submitted the required deposit. Regardless of whether you have paid your housing deposit of $750 – your student account balance must also be paid in full. If you have an unpaid balance on your student account incurred on or before January 31, you may not be able to participate in the housing lottery using your secured spot. The Office of Student Life will publish all housing rules for the online room reservation process during the spring semester. The online room reservation will be made available in the month of March for currently enrolled students. Students who are on disciplinary probation, have been charged with Unauthorized Party 2, unapproved Pet, or have destruction charges in excess of $200 forfeit their right to go through the homesteading process.


Housing deposits are only refundable through May 31 of the spring semester, and your request must be made in writing and should be addressed to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Erica Lewis (elewis@highpoint.edu). All housing deposit refunds will be processed by the Office of Student Accounts after June 1. Students who are not registered for classes by May 1st will lose their housing assignment for the future academic year. Additionally, students whose fall bill is not paid by the due date will lose housing and be assigned once the bill is paid and based on current availability. Co-ed Housing High Point University does not offer co-ed or mixed gender housing within rooms or suites but does have co-ed housing by floor in some residential areas. For first-year students, the Women’s Complex (McEwen, Wesley, North, and Yadkin) is available as a female-only residence hall, and Millis Hall is a male-only residence hall. For more information on the Gender Identity Inclusion policy, please refer to the policy in the Guide to Campus Life. Early Arrival Procedures for Groups Student organizations and/or departments needing members of their group to arrive on campus earlier than the scheduled move-in date must submit an Early Arrival Request Form to the Office of Student Life. This form must be submitted to the Office of Student Life by an employee of the University, and this must include a student roster (using an Excel document). Early Arrival Procedures for Individuals Returning students whose desire to return to University residence halls earlier than the scheduled move-in date and are unaffiliated with a student organizations, Welcome Week crew, and/or departments’ necessities must submit an Early Arrival Request Form.

Students are only permitted to move in five (5) days prior to the official upperclassmen move-in date. Additionally, a daily fee will be assessed for all individuals who are not part of an approved group. Residential Staffing Resident Directors (professional staff) and Resident Assistants (students) live in each residential area and collaborate with residents to create an environment that is conducive to living and learning. Collectively, these staff members provide hall operations, counsel students, enforce University policies and regulations, promote hall programs and activities, and, most importantly, serve as your key resource person. Your Resident Director and Resident Assistant reside in each residential area to be your advocate and the person who can help at all times. Community Assistants (CAs) work in each residential area but do not live in the specific residential area where they work. All residential staff are available to offer support to residential students. Hall/Floor Meetings. First-year students will meet monthly to build relationships as a floor unit, address concerns as a community, and discuss a specific topic related to their transition. First-year Community Meetings for the 2020-2021 academic year will occur on August 16, September 7, October 5, November 16, January 18, February 22, March 22, and April 26. Upperclass communities will hold meetings at the start and end of each semester, and as needed. Community Meetings are mandatory and students with unexcused absences will be assessed a $25 fine. Excused absences include class, classrelated activities, and, for varsity studentathletes, practices or contests. Responsibilities of Roommates By its very nature, a University residence hall is not a private place, and this is especially true of the room that you share

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with a roommate. You will want to treat your roommate as you would want your roommate to treat you. Your actions should enable your roommate: • to read and study without unreasonable noise or distraction • to sleep without undue disturbance • to restrict the use of personal property • to feel secure at all times • to live in a clean and orderly environment • to access the room and its facilities without pressure from the roommate • to enjoy privacy of information • to host guests, provided both the host and the guest(s) respect both the rights of the roommate and University regulations • to live without physical or emotional harm, including intimidation • to access information technologies, including the telephone and internet, in a cooperative manner. Roommate Solutions You may have come to our campus having never shared a living space with someone else. Being a good roommate and enjoying living with a roommate will depend upon your ability to listen, to communicate, determine boundaries, and to compromise. As with any relationship, conflicts will arise. We encourage you to directly communicate your concerns and needs to your roommate or suitemates. First-year students will be required to develop a roommate agreement in the first weeks of school in order to prevent and be proactive toward potential conflicts. This exercise is intended to review expectations and specific needs before they become a concern in the living environment. Each student’s Resident Assistant will guide them through this agreement which is

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a web-based form. Upperclass students are not required to develop a formal agreement, but we suggest that everyone consider the idea, particularly if this is the first time that you have lived together. If you and your roommate experience difficulties living together, we suggest that you seek assistance with your Resident Assistant and Resident Director. While Resident Assistants and Resident Directors do not take on the role of managing relationships or personal disagreements, they can mediate conversations between residents regarding conflicts in living styles. Mediations require compromise and open, honest communication between all parties in order for positive change to occur. If the parties involved are not satisfied with the outcome of a mediation, they may discuss the possibility of an individual room change with their Resident Director pending availability of other rooms. Room Changes If a Resident Director approves a room change, the Resident Director will review appropriate openings on campus and assist the resident with finding a new room. Typically, students moving into a new double room will have the opportunity to meet the student who has the vacancy prior to moving in. However, with emergency situations this is not always a guarantee. Students who have open single rooms in their suite-style or apartment unit will be notified of the new, incoming roommate but will not engage in an introduction prior to the empty room being filled. The Office of Student Life reserves the right to assign students to any vacant room or bedspace on campus as needed without a roommate introduction. Each resident in a unit is entitled to live in their assigned room and cannot be asked to move out by another resident. The


Office of Student Life reserves the right to relocate a student if there is a clear and/ or immediate threat to the safety of any resident. Check In/Check Out Upon arrival to the University each semester, students living in University residence halls must complete designated check-in procedures. When checking in, students will be asked to sign the University Census provided by residential staff. By signing this document, students accept the condition of their room, agree that they are residing in their assigned space, and acknowledge that they have received a key. Students are expected to inspect their space and report any facility-related concerns to their Resident Director via email within 48 hours after check-in. If students are not provided a key or are residing in a different space than listed on the University Census, they should contact their Resident Director within 48 hours to receive a key or to update room assignments. Failure to pick up a key will result in a lost key fine ($100) at end of year checkout. Students found residing in rooms that they are not assigned to could incur an unauthorized room change charge resulting in further disciplinary action.

Keys. Upon check-in, you will be issued a key to your room and you will officially acknowledge financial responsibility for lost keys, including the cost of replacement and a related fine. Failure to pick up a key for your room does not dissolve personal responsibility for the key at the end of year checkout process. Under no circumstance should University keys be duplicated except by University personnel. Nor should your key be given or shared with any other person(s). The first lost or missing keys will cost $100 to replace. Security of Rooms. You should never leave your room unlocked, taped open, or unattended. Should you lock yourself out of your room, contact the Office of Security. High Point University Passports will be programmed to permit access to the assigned residence hall. Students found to have violated the security policy will incur a fine. Security of Buildings. Although there are no curfews, residence halls are locked 24 hours. Students who prop open external doors to residence halls or who otherwise violate the security of residence halls will be fined and referred to the Office of Student Life, who may impose additional sanctions. Because copying or transferring the key to

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your residence hall jeopardizes the safety of all residents, such actions may result in the loss of housing privileges. Rooms. Only students who have requested University housing and who have been assigned a room by the Office of Student Life may live in a University residence hall. Assignments will be made only to students who follow established procedures. Assignment assumes that you will be enrolled in 12 credit hours, or more, throughout the semester. Each student receives a one-time exception to remain in campus housing below 12 credit hours. Passports and room keys are not to be given to anyone else. Wellness Living. Wellness living in Belk, Finch, York, and McCain Place Townhomes provides students a substancefree environment that is quiet 24/7. Any student that elects to reside in this residential community must agree to abide by the requirements of living. Students who are found with alcohol, tobacco, controlled substances, and/or paraphernalia regardless of age, or are found to be contributing to noise issues, will lose the privilege of living in that community and be moved to another residential community. Room relocations due to substance policy violations are compulsory and cannot be appealed to the University Conduct Board or the Executive Committee. Housing Contract. Students residing in University housing are required to sign a housing contract, which expires within 24 hours of withdrawal from the University or semester completion, except that earlier closing times may be announced at the end of a semester and in cases where the student is excluded from campus. Residence halls are closed during official breaks. However, if a resident needs an exception to this policy, please notify the Office of Student Life by submitting an official break contract, which can be found on MyStuff or your myHPU page.

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Candidates for graduation and others participating officially in commencement exercises may remain in residence halls until graduation, but other students, excluding students remaining to attend graduation exercises or to participate in programs or activities not related to graduation, may not remain in residence halls during this period. Housing contracts may be canceled by the Office of Student Life for behavioral reasons or as a result of excessive University property damage. In the event of dismissal from the University or exclusion from campus housing for disciplinary reasons, any fees due or paid will not be canceled or refunded, in whole or in part. By accepting a room assignment and living in the residence halls, a student agrees to abide by all rules and regulations set forth in this handbook and to accept decisions and rulings made by the Office of Student Life. Sanctions for violations of residence hall policies vary according to the severity of the infraction, but may include community service, mandatory program attendance, counseling referrals, eviction from University housing, or suspension from the University. Students who reside in all University Housing, including University Owned Houses, and violate their housing contract may lose the ability to homestead that property. The Housing Contract is located on the Housing Portal at www.highpoint.edu/myhome. All housing rules and homesteading privileges are subject to change.


Occupancy. Entering students may occupy rooms in their residence halls on the first day of move in. On the Sunday following the first day of move in, returning students may occupy rooms in their residence halls. Late Occupancy. Rooms ordinarily will not be reserved for students beyond the first day of classes. If you will arrive after classes commence, you must notify the Assistant Vice President for Student Life in advance. Room Changes. If a Resident Director approves a room change, the Resident Director will review appropriate openings on campus and assist the resident with finding a new room. Typically, students moving into a new double room will have the opportunity to meet the student who has the vacancy prior to moving in. However, with emergency situations this is not always a guarantee. Students who have open single rooms in their suite-style or apartment unit will be notified of the new, incoming roommate but will not engage in an introduction prior to the empty room being filled. The

Office of Student Life reserves the right to assign students to any vacant room or bedspace on campus as needed without a roommate introduction. Each resident in a unit is entitled to live in their assigned room and cannot be asked to move out by another resident. The Office of Student Life reserves the right to relocate a student if there is a clear and/or immediate threat to the safety of any resident. Liability and Renters Insurance. The University assumes no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to a resident’s personal property. Therefore, if your property is not insured through your parent’s insurance, it is advised you purchase renter’s insurance. Official Breaks. If you live in a residence hall, you must vacate the hall by 12:00 p.m. on the day following the last day of class preceding official breaks (fall break, Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break), at which time special security procedures go into effect. Unless specifically authorized, you may not enter the residence hall during the official break. Residence halls will reopen at noon on the Sunday preceding the first day

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of scheduled classes following the break. For students needing to stay on campus during official break(s), students are required to complete the break contract accessible in the Housing Portal. Please note that during breaks, food services are not provided. Authorized Entry. While the University recognizes and respects student’s privacy, it reserves the right to enter a room and, if deemed necessary, to conduct a search of a room. Authorized individuals may enter your room for purposes of routine maintenance, housekeeping, emergency response inspection, or search. These individuals include, but are not limited to, residence hall staff, maintenance and housekeeping personnel, safety/security officers, University officials, health inspectors, law enforcement representatives, and fire inspectors. Room Inspection. In order to encourage health, safety, and compliance with University rules, your room will be inspected periodically by authorized individuals, including, but not limited to, residence hall staff, to conduct inspections for reasons that include, but are not limited to, compliance with University rules; fire and safety reasons; student health and welfare reasons; and maintenance, repair, or inspection for damage. Although such entry is not for purposes of search, if, in the course of such inspections, items are discovered that suggest violation of University policies or legal statues, they will be seized and disciplinary action may result. In the event that any students in a shared room are under age 21, alcohol will be considered an illegal substance. Some policy violations may be subject to additional inspections until the concern is resolved. Routine Health and Safety checks will occur in all rooms during Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. During inspections, authorized individuals have the authority to open and search safes and lockboxes. If a student elects to challenge a sanction(s) assigned during health and safeties or by a Resident Director they must use the appropriate link in the outcome email sent to

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them within five (5) calendar days of receiving notification of the fine. Students who do not submit a challenge within the designated window of five (5) calendar days are unable to do so after the deadline passes. The basis of the challenge must be clearly stated, and evidence in support of the challenge must be included. Be advised that this challenge may not serve to justify your actions or evaluate the actions of others and should use appropriate language. The three grounds for challenges are listed below: 1. Newly discovered information has been obtained that was not previously available during the investigation or hearing process through the exercise of due diligence and the newly discovered information would materially affect the outcome; and/or 2. New evidence that was not reasonably available at the time the determination regarding responsibility or dismissal was made that could affect the outcome of the matter, or 3. Residential Life Staff had a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainant or respondent generally or the individual complainant or respondent that affected the outcome of the matter. Mere dissatisfaction with the outcome is not a valid basis for a challenge. In addition, challenges are not intended to be a rehearing of the matter. The scope of the challenge will be limited to the grounds for challenge included in the written challenge submissions. In any request for an challenge, the burden of proof lies with the party requesting the challenge, because the outcome will be presumed to have been decided reasonably and appropriately. Room Search. Where reasonable cause or concern exists, authorized individuals including residence hall staff may enter and search your room to investigate potential or reported violations of University rules or policy, or the violation of any municipal,


state or federal laws, or imminent risks or threats to life, health, and/or property. A student does not need to be present for his/ her room to be searched. During searches, authorized individuals have the authority to open and search safes and lockboxes. Vehicle Search. In order to have permission to register or park any personal vehicle on University property, you must agree to allow authorized individuals to search your vehicle (including the trunk and locked containers or compartments in the vehicle) to investigate potential or reported violations of University rules or policies; or the violation of any municipal, state, or federal laws; or imminent risks or threats to life, health, and/or property. Any failure to cooperate with or permit such a search may result in disciplinary action and the revocation of your permission to park any vehicle on University property. Destruction of University Property. Students who live in University facilities are responsible for damages to those facilities, including individual student rooms, limited access areas, common rooms, and public areas in residence halls such as hallways, lounges, bathrooms, etc. Any student or the guest of a student who destroys University

property faces the possibility of sanctions including, but not limited to, restitution for destruction as assessed by campus enhancement, fines, loss of homesteading, or losing on-campus housing privileges. Additionally, students will be financially responsible for the cost to redo repairs that result in University correction. All repairs must be done by approved University contractors/vendors. Assigned Charges. Where the individual responsible for destruction can be identified, the cost of repair or replacement will be assigned directly to the account(s) of the individual(s). Destruction includes, but are not limited to, cigarette burns, damage to University property, residue from tape, and nail holes. Where furniture is damaged, charges may include the current cost of replacement as provided by Campus Enhancement. Destruction charges cannot be appealed or challenged past the normal five (5) day window. Common Area Damage. When destruction occurs on the hallways or other common spaces and no one claims responsibility for such damage, the Resident Director bills the charge for repair and/or cleaning to residents of the entire floor, residence

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hall, or apartment as common destruction. The University bases this on policy on two understandings: 1. Residents of a floor or residence hall make up a community and, as such, have certain responsibilities. Residents should look out for one another and work to keep the community comfortable for sleeping, study, and socializing. 2. The possibility of incurring a common damage charge encourages residents to hold one another responsible for behavior. If destruction to a residence hall occurs as a result of vandalism by the guest of a student, that student host is responsible. In the case of destruction by “trespassing� individuals, the Office of Student Life will pay for the damages, but only if the Office of Security deems the situation feasible to submit a police report. If a student destroys something in a public area, he/she is honor bound to accept responsibility and report these actions. Loss of Housing Assignment. A student who violates their roommate/suitemates’ right to a healthy environment or violates the Code of Conduct may be asked to move to another housing assignment. If a student is asked to move due to violating the University housing contracts (wellness contract etc.), they are not eligible to take violation of this contract and moving to the University Conduct Board. Homesteading. Students who are on disciplinary probation, have received destruction charges with restitution amounts totaling $200 or more, or have received a second unauthorized party sanction within an academic year, or are charged with an unapproved pet are ineligible to participate in the homesteading process. If the disqualifying sanction(s) occur after the space has been homesteaded, the assignment will be removed.

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Housekeeping. Because the condition of your room can affect others including, but not limited to, your roommate, you are expected to keep your room clean and orderly at all times. Rooms will be inspected periodically by residence hall staff. Sanctions, including, but not limited to, fines and exclusion from the residence hall, may be imposed. Because trash can create problems related to health and safety and because used beverage and food containers invite insects, you should dispose of trash regularly. Receptacles are provided near each residence hall. Under no circumstances should trash be left in hallways, stairwells, outside your room, porches, patios, etc., even temporarily. Each resident in an apartment/suite will be fined at least the minimum fine amount for improper disposal of trash. Routine Housekeeping. Routine housekeeping occurs daily on weekdays in public areas of residence halls. You should understand that routine housekeeping does not include cleaning up behind residents. In short, responsible parties are accountable for special housekeeping requirements that they create. Laundry. The Office of Student Life has the following expectations for communities with shared laundry facilities. All items should be removed from the common area in a timely fashion to ensure all students have the availability to use all amenities. Failure to do so will result in removal of those items. The laundry protocol outlines the guidelines for any items left in the laundry room, including, but not limited to, clothes, blankets, and linens. From the time clothes/items are originally left in the laundry room, students have three days to claim their items.


Clothes/items left unattended in the laundry room for more than one (1) day will be bagged and placed in the back of the laundry room for the owner to claim by the Resident Assistant or Community Assistant. Clothes/items will remain bagged in the laundry room for one (1) day. After one day, they will be removed from the laundry room and will remain in the building for one (1) day. At this point, students will be able to retrieve their items from the building’s Resident Assistants or Community Assistants. If the clothes/items are not claimed from our staff within one (1) day that the clothes remain in the building, the items will be donated to a local charity by the Resident Director. Maintenance. The University has established operating procedures related to routine maintenance, scheduled

maintenance, and emergency maintenance. If you need assistance or have a request, you may submit a work order by going to the HPU portal page at my.highpoint. edu, sign in using your HPU username and password and selecting Campus Enhancement from the Quick Links menu. Remember the password provided, and follow work order request directions. Also, to expedite your request, we would ask that you notify your Resident Director or the Office of Student Life. No students are allowed to perform maintenance or repair damages on their own. Emergency Maintenance. If emergency maintenance is required during the day, you should call the Office of Student Life (336-841-9231). If emergency maintenance is required during other hours, you should contact Security for assistance with Emergency Maintenance concerns at 336-841-9112.

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Unauthorized Occupancy. Students who reside in a half-empty double room are expected to leave half the room, including the bed, closet, and furniture that belong to the second side, clear of all personal belongings. Students who have an empty bedroom inside their suite should not enter or utilize the vacant room for any reason. If a student is found occupying a vacant room or utilizing the vacant space without approval, they will receive a warning and up to a $100.00 fine. If a student is non-compliant and continues to occupy both sides of double room after repeated warnings, they will be charged the single out rate for that room and tier. Room Vacancies. If a vacancy will occur in your room at the end of the fall semester, before leaving campus, you must clean your room and leave your room ready for a new roommate. Where your room is not appropriate for a new roommate, the University reserves the right to clean your room and to make necessary accommodations, in which case you may be sanctioned and required to pay the additional single out rate. Students with vacancies in their room are expected to only utilize one set of furniture and keep the space move-in ready in the event that another student is placed there. Room Consolidation. The Office of Student Life must effectively utilize available spaces in the residence halls. To accommodate the needs of all students, the Office of Student Life will utilize the following consolidation policy. After the start of a semester, a student may find themselves without a roommate in a double bedroom. The student has the following consolidation options: 1. Opt to pay the additional investment to single out the room (making their room a single/private bedroom) for the remainder of the current semester.

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2. Identify a student to move into the open space in the bedroom as a new roommate. 3. Move to another room that has an opening with a roommate. The Office of Student Life requires that students complete one of the three options listed here within 14 days of being in a double bedroom with no roommate. If a student does not agree to one of these options after the 14 day period, the Office of Student Life will require the student to take option 1 and pay the additional investment to single out the bedroom. Check Out. When you move out of your room, whether during the semester or at the end of the term, you will need to follow the established checkout procedures, and your room needs to be clean, orderly, and free of all personal items. If you need assistance with your checkout or questions regarding the protocols, please ask your Resident Assistant or Resident Director. All items that you do not want to take to your home need to be thrown away. If you fail to follow established checkout procedures, if your room is not clean at the time of checkout, if your room is not free of personal items, an appropriate sanction will be imposed. All students are required to move out of their residence hall 24 hours after their final exam or 12 p.m. after graduation. Check Out (Failure to removal all objects from room prior to check out) varies in fines from $25-100. • 1-3 small items left behind – $25 • 3-5 items – $50 • 5 or more items and/or personal furniture – $100


Bicycles. Bicycles should be stored in designated areas only. Bicycles are not permitted in stairwells or hallways because they often cause damage to buildings. Additionally, they can be a safety hazard, and they can hinder custodial staff. Outdoor bike racks are provided throughout the campus for your convenience. While the registration of bicycles is not required, students may register a bicycle at the Security desk in the R.G. Wanek Center. Candles. You may not burn or possess candles, or other substances, including incense, in the residence hall. Candle warmers of any kind are prohibited. Christmas Trees. Only UL (Underwriters Laboratories) approved artificial trees are permitted, and they may be used only in student rooms, study areas, or hall lounges. No trees may be placed in corridors, exits, or hallways. In student rooms, the height of the tree must not exceed six feet. All lights must be UL approved and free of broken or frayed wiring. All Christmas decorations must be taken down prior to the winter break. Decorations. Except for flame-resistant curtains on windows, you may not hang materials from ceilings, lights, or walls, even on festive occasions, such as Halloween. Such decorations have been specifically prohibited by the Fire Marshal. Grills. The use or possession of propane/ charcoal grills is strictly prohibited in and around all University Residence Halls as well as all University Owned Houses. Petroleum Products. Gasoline, oil, and similar petroleum products are not permitted in residence halls; and vehicles or motors which use such products, including, but not limited to, cars, trucks, motorcycles, and motorbikes, must be kept

at least 15 feet from any structure/building. Because they are combustible, oil-based paint and oily rags should not be stored in residence halls. For any violation related to combustible materials, students will be charged under fire safety, and sanctions will range from a warning to fines as well as the prohibited item(s) being confiscated. Confiscation. When prohibited by University policy or by federal, state, or municipal statutes, the University reserves the right to confiscate such prohibited personal property, including, but not limited to, safes, lock boxes, appliances, pets, weapons, drug paraphernalia, flammable items, and materials which compromise the health, safety, or security of residents. Property confiscated by Security will not be returned. Destruction Policy Destruction. Intentional or reckless destruction of University property, or the property of others, that necessitates repair and/or replacement of the property includes, but is not limited to: holes in walls, broken windows and doors, TVs mounted to walls or ceilings, poles attached to University surfaces, stained carpets, paint/spray paint residue, burn marks, common space destruction, blinds, removal of signs or door plates, and destruction of University furniture and appliances. The sanctions for this offense are outlined below. However the University reserves the right to relocate or remove housing for any student for offenses of egregious destruction. Accidental damage to property is still the responsibility of the student to reimburse or replace. Costs for damages to University property are determined by Campus Enhancement. Sanctions. Contingent upon the severity of the offense, sanctions shall ordinarily include restitution for destruction.

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If a student is found responsible for a single charge or combination of destruction charge in the amount of $200 or more, the student’s right to homestead that property and future booking in that space will be forfeited. NOTE: If the destruction occurs after the homesteading process has ended, including during final Health and Safety Inspections in May, the student’s right to homestead that property and future bookings in that space will be forfeited. NOTE: If a student is removed from housing due to Destruction, they are not eligible to contest removal of housing in student panel. Disruption of Community. All students are valued members of each residential community. If there are numerous complaints, destruction, or conduct referrals, you may be removed from that community or banned from University housing privileges. Musical Equipment. Drums and amplified musical instruments or large or professional speakers are prohibited from use and or possession in residence halls. Noise. Students are expected to maintain reasonable quiet at all times in the residence halls. During quiet hours, noise should not escape your room (i.e. playing music out of windows). Students should respect requests from fellow students for quiet. To balance all community needs, students will be given a warning for the first violation, $50 for a second violation, and $100 for a third violation. However, if there is evidence of an unsanctioned social gathering, the student hosts will face immediate sanctions related to an unauthorized party. Quiet Hours. Quiet hours are in effect from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends (expect for examination periods, where quiet hours are extended

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to 24 hours). Courtesy hours are always in effect. Residents living in a residential building are encouraged to be respectful of all students and their surroundings, even when they may be utilizing the common living areas in each building. If a student has an issue with a specific noise level or continual problem, they should contact their Resident Assistant or Resident Director. Electrical Appliances. The following electrical devices are permitted in University residence halls: coffee pots (percolator or drip), extension cords which are UL approved, irons, popcorn poppers, radios, stereos, small microwaves, small refrigerators [2 amps]. Guidelines. When using such equipment, the following guidelines apply: • Although the load level varies according to the residence hall, the maximum load for receptacles with two plugs varies from 750 –1000 watts (see back or bottom of appliance for watt level); • You should not plug more than two items into a duplex receptacle, and you may not be able to use both items simultaneously; • You must not run wires under rugs, carpets, mattresses, or bedspreads; across ceilings; around door or window casements; or in other ways which could result in fire, shock, or electrocution; • You may use only devices which meet UL standards and which are free of frayed or broken wires; • Certain appliances, such as electrical curlers, hair dryers, and irons, should be disconnected following use. Prohibitions. In addition to large appliances, the use and/or possession of the following electrical devices is strictly prohibited: amplifiers for musical instruments, convection ovens, electric frying pans,


extension cords which are not UL approved, halogen floor lamps, lava lamps, toaster ovens, hot pots, space heaters, toasters, candle warmers (that use an open flame), broiler ovens, and window air conditioners. Students found in violation of this policy will be charged under Prohibited Appliances and have the item confiscated. Fire Alarms. When you hear the fire alarm, including false alarms or fire drills, you must exit the building immediately, using the most accessible exit and avoiding elevators. Remember, you do not want to be trapped in an elevator if power fails. You must remain outside the building until you are officially authorized to reenter. Failure to leave the building is a violation of the Conduct Code. Safety Equipment. Fire alarms and fire extinguishers are intended to encourage the safety of persons and property. Misuse of such equipment shall result in sanctions which may include fines, restitution, educational papers, and/or suspension or exclusion from campus and/or criminal prosecution. North Carolina law [NCGS ยง 14-286] mandates a maximum fine of $500, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both, for persons who willfully misuse or abuse fire alarms and firefighting equipment. False Alarms. For the safety of the community, all fire alarms will be treated as real alarms. False alarms create undue hardships for residents and staff. Reoccurring preventable fire alarm activations may incur charges and violations to the student. Sanctions range from a warning, fine, or removal from residential housing. If you know the identity of someone who pulls a false alarm, you should either report violations or ask a member of the staff to

talk with the individual. Tampering or disabling fire alarms is not permitted. Fire Protection Devices. Giving false alarms or willfully misusing, disabling, or abusing fire protection equipment is prohibited. It may also violate North Carolina criminal law (NCGS ยง 14-286), which provides a maximum fine of $500, imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both. Sanctions. University sanctions range from warning, fines, educational paper up to, and including, suspension or expulsion. Fire Safety. Tampering with or misusing fire alarms or obstructing the functioning of fire alarms, fire exits, fire-fighting equipment, smoke/heat detectors, or sprinkler systems on University premises is prohibited. Curtains, draperies, hangings, and other decorative materials suspended from walls/ceilings shall be limited to not more than 50% of the aggregate area of the wall. Posters, paintings, and photographs affixed to the walls shall be of limited quantities such that a hazard of fire development or spread is not present. Prohibited Items Include: The use of all open flame devices such as (but not limited to): incense, candles, kerosene lamps, hibachis, and barbecue grills; the use of natural trees or wreaths; and the use of any and all fireworks. Storing gasoline, diesel fuel, oil, petroleum products of any kind, or any combustible engine inside University premise is strictly prohibited. Oil based paints or art supplies are not permitted within the residence facilities. Fuels including gasoline, diesel, butane, and kerosene are not permitted to be stored inside residential facilities or be within 10 feet of the building. Hoverboards: Electronic skateboards, including self-balancing boards/scooters and any other similar equipment are banned from campus. Therefore students

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are prohibited from storing and/or charging said items in any University owned building. Any violation of this policy will result in an automatic removal of the item, potential fines, and/or student conduct referral. Furniture. Except for normal wear, you are expected to leave the furniture in the condition in which you found it. No University asset may be moved, altered, or effected without University permission. Any renovations or additions must be approved, in advance, by the Resident Director. You may not alter furniture (e.g. with nails or bolts) or move furniture from the room/building. If you violate these guidelines, you will be assessed destruction charges and/or fines, which may include the cost of replacement. Beds. For safety reasons, beds are not to be lofted, stacked on dressers, desks or other furniture, and they may not be mounted on walls or furniture. Waterbeds are not permitted. Removal from Rooms. Furniture must remain in rooms at all times. University furniture may not be moved to balconies, decks, porches, storage, or yards. Games. The use of balls, bikes, Frisbees, hoverboards, skateboards, and similar or substitute devices is strictly prohibited in residence halls. Balls, Frisbees, and snowballs may not be thrown in an area where they may cause damage to persons or property. Painting. You are not permitted to paint your room. If your room requires painting, please discuss with your Resident Director. Violation of this policy can be considered destruction. Painting materials/objects of any kind with any type of paint (spray paint, oil based paint, acrylic, etc.) is prohibited inside all residential facilities, lounges, and any/all

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Residence Life and Housing properties. Students wishing to spray paint/paint must properly protect the outside surface of which you are painting. This policy applies to any/and all students and organizations who want to paint on or around Residence Life and Housing facilities. If you damage carpet, tile, furniture, or other University property while painting banners, coolers, or other items, you will be charged the full cost of replacement or repair under the destruction policy. Banners may not be painted in residence halls. Tents/Outdoor Inflatable Items. Students may not erect tents in any residential space, including the lawns of a university owned home. Inflatable recreational items of any kind are not permitted inside or on the lawns of any residential facility. This includes, but is not limited to: furniture, bounce houses, games, inflatable holiday decorations, movie screens, or water-slides. Parking. Students may park only in those spaces designated for residential students. Students in the university owned houses must park in their designated driveway, they may not park in another’s driveway without express permission from the residents of that unit. Students may park on the street only in those areas designated. Guests must have a guest parking pass from Security, or they may be ticketed/towed at the owner’s expense. Pets. High Point University prohibits pets from any facility owned or operated by the University, whether leased or owned by the University regardless of location. The only exceptions are fish housed in small aquariums (five gallons or less) or a service animal. If you violate this policy, you will be sanctioned; and if the violation continues, you may lose the privilege of living on campus.


If you violate this policy you will be sanctioned and lose your privilege to participate in the homesteading process. This includes being pulled in during the housing process. If the violation continues you may lose the privilege of living on campus. Sanctions. If a pet is discovered, a $100 automatic fine will be imposed on the owner, and the owner will be expected to permanently relocate the animal off campus immediately. Failure to remove the animal immediately will result in the City of High Point Animal Control being contacted to have the animal removed from campus property. Continued non-compliance could result in additional sanctions. If a High Point University Official observes or becomes aware of an unrestrained or unattended animal, a reasonable attempt will be made to locate the animal’s owner. If the owner is located, the official will contact Student Life to inform them of the infraction. If attempts to find the animal’s owner are unsuccessful or the owner does not respond, the City of High Point Animal Control will be contacted to remove the animal from campus property. Students may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for violations if there is evidence of abuse, neglect, or abandonment under the Pets policy with sanctions ranging from a warning up to, and including, suspension. Animal cruelty may also violate North Carolina criminal law (NCGS§ 14-360). Pools. Inflatable or temporary pools (including hot tubs) and water slides of any kind are not permitted in any area on University property. Sanctions. Range from educational paper, community service, or $50 fine.

Public Nuisance. Students who reside in residence halls are expected to respect the rights of other students. Rugs. Rugs are permitted, but throw rugs must be skid-proof. Trash. You should dispose of your trash regularly. Trash and other objects may not be thrown from windows or left, even temporarily, in hallways, stairwells, or other public areas of buildings. Receptacles are provided outside the building. Students with repeat trash violations or excessive trash violations may incur additional sanctions. University Housing University housing is any facility owned or operated by the University for the purpose of housing residential students, whether leased or owned by the University and regardless of location. Visitation. Visitation policies have been established for residents of High Point University and their guests. A guest is defined as any person who is not an assigned resident of a particular residence hall. The University’s policies which apply to residents also apply to their guest(s). The host is responsible for the behavior of his or her guest(s), and, therefore, the host may be disciplined should a guest violate University policies. When hosting a guest, you are expected to conduct yourself in a considerate manner with regard to the rights and needs of your roommate or suitemate(s). Hosting a guest should not interfere with your roommate or suitemate’s right to his/ her room. Communication with your roommate or suitemate(s) is necessary when hosting a guest. Please contact the Office of Student Life if you need assistance with this communication. Twenty-four hour visitation is allowed in all residence halls as long as all residents ensure that their guest(s) comply with the following policies:

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1. All guest(s) must be escorted throughout the building. A resident should never leave their guest(s) unattended. 2. If an individual bathroom is not in the room/suite that a guest is visiting, the resident who has the guest(s) is responsible for escorting them to the common bathrooms for non-residents located in the building. 4. Each overnight guest must be registered online. Students registering guests can go to the HPU portal page at my.highpoint. edu. Sign in using your HPU username and password, from the Quick Links menu go to the My Account links, select Visitor Registration and follow registration directions. An overnight guest is only allowed to stay for “two (2) consecutive nights. Any student that has a guest(s) that exceeds “two (2) nights is subject to losing visitation privileges. a. It is a violation of the visitation policy if there is evidence of cohabitation. Cohabitation exists when a person not assigned to a particular room or suite uses that area as if he/she were living there. This includes, but is not limited to, keeping personal belongings of a person not assigned to the room/suite for long durations (e.g. keeping items in the closet, dresser, etc), using room/ suite facilities, and/or staying for long durations of time. The Office of Student Life will determine if cohabitation exists based on the information available to it such as from roommates/suitemates and the Office of Student Life Staff. 4. A guest(s) is only allowed within an individual room/suite if the roommate/ all suitemates are in agreement. 5. You are responsible for your guest as well as any violations or damage they may cause. 6. The University retains the right to restrict guests to campus or university events as required to maintain the

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safety of the campus community. Such restrictions shall be made at the discretion of the Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee. Wellness Living Halls. If you reside in a designated wellness living area like Belk, Finch, York, or McCain Place Townhomes, you must observe the mandated 24hour quiet hours. Additionally with this designation, no alcohol, controlled substances, paraphernalia, or tobacco is permitted. If an individual is found with alcohol, tobacco, controlled substances, or paraphernalia or in violation of living conditions, they will lose their housing assignment and be moved to another residential community. Room relocations due to substance policy violations are compulsory and cannot be appealed to the University Conduct Board or the Executive Committee. Statement Regarding Midterms and Finals Week. Students who are found responsible for policy violations which result in fines during midterms or finals week shall have these fines doubled. Confiscation. When prohibited by University policy or by federal, state, or municipal statutes, the University reserves the right to confiscate such prohibited personal property, including, but not limited to, safes, lock boxes, appliances, pets, weapons, drug paraphernalia, flammable items, and materials which compromise the health, safety, or security of residents. Property confiscated by Security will not be returned.


Student Rights and Responsibilities Student Rights and Responsibilities are set forth in writing in order to give students general notice of some of their rights and responsibilities at High Point University. High Point University identifies a student as an applicant who has accepted an offer of admission and been scheduled for classes. Additional rights and responsibilities are set forth in University publications —including the Guide to Campus Life, residence hall contracts, and bulletins. It is the responsibility of students to be aware of all University rules and processes; students should seek advice from Student Life or Academic Affairs if they have any questions about the purposes or intent of University rules and processes. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is civil and reflects openness to educational experiences. Students can expect High Point University “to deliver educational experiences that enlighten, challenge, and prepare students to lead lives of significance in complex global communities” (High Point University mission). Additionally, students deserve an opportunity to carry out their daily activities within a safe and caring campus environment. High Point University is firmly committed to principles of honor and ethical conduct as stated in the Honor Code and in the Conduct Code that all incoming students sign. By enrolling in the University, students embrace the commitment to the Honor Code and Conduct Code as well as to other University expectations and responsibilities. It is the responsibility of students to act

honorably in all phases of student life and to understand student rights and responsibilities as well as procedures and consequences when their behaviors do not conform to University rules whether on or off campus. Student Rights High Point University is a community of learning that supports freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom from discrimination, freedom of expression, and much more. The University seeks to maintain and support an environment where students have rights; however, the following list of rights is not intended to be complete or exclusive. • Expression: Students are able to freely examine and exchange diverse ideas in an orderly manner inside and outside of the classroom. • Association: Students can associate freely with other individuals, groups of individuals, and organizations for purposes that do not infringe on the rights of others. • Access: Students with a disability have the right to request reasonable accommodations ensuring equal access to courses, course content, programs, services, and facilities. • Freedom from Discrimination: Students can expect to participate fully in the University community without discrimination as defined by federal, state, or University regulations.

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• Safe Environment: Students have a right to learn in a safe campus community. • Discipline: Students can expect discipline and sanctions for misconduct; students have a right to a hearing regarding the misconduct. • Grievance Process: Students have access to established procedures for respectfully presenting and addressing their concerns or complaints to the University. • Learning Outside the Classroom: Students have access to a variety of activities beyond the classroom that support intellectual, spiritual, and personal development. • Education: Students have access to extraordinary education that includes excellent faculty, academic technology, classrooms, libraries, and other resources necessary for the learning process. • Personal Growth: Students live and study in an environment that emphasizes personal growth. • Service to the Community: Students have opportunities to provide service to the University community and beyond. • University Governance: Students participate in the governance of the University through student government association (SGA). • Prompt Responses from Administration: Students have the right to expect prompt and courteous responses from the University departments. • Academic and Administrative Policies: Students can expect academic and administrative policies that support intellectual inquiry, learning, and growth.

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Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion High Point University considers a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core component of our mission and an essential ingredient to a holistic education in the liberal arts tradition. A liberal arts education develops critical thinkers, moving students from a fixed-mindset to a growth-mindset. This approach to learning prepares students for reflective action in an interdependent and diverse world. We not only understand and respect the unique talents and perspectives of all individuals but we also embrace and utilize their contributions. Our breadth of inclusiveness creates a path by which all individuals can achieve their highest potential in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. We welcome and respect all students, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, sexual identities and gender expressions, abilities, classes, ages, and political ideas. We recognize that diversity also includes a range of geographic locations, communication styles, family makeup, educational background, military service, and other unique life experiences. To encourage diversity and inclusion we endorse dynamic curricula and research agendas — through the University’s core education as well as all fields of study, programming, and community engagement — that include a multiplicity of views and perspectives. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not merely moral imperatives or societal goals, they can be a competitive advantage. Our continued success as a University rests in our collective ability to embrace a multitude of opinions, ideas, and beliefs so that we can effectively educate the next generation of leaders who are culturally responsive, knowledgeable, and globally engaged. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion cultivates students’ desire for citizenship in complex global communities.


Freedom of Assembly/Expression High Point University is committed to the principles of free speech and free expression; yet, just as the American people often must subordinate free speech and free expression to the common good, whether voluntarily or legally, the members of the University community have such a responsibility. Furthermore, as an educational institution, High Point University expects you and other members of the University community to require civil behaviors. In fact, you have a right to expect your University to act with civility. Therefore, since, as it were, you “become” High Point University when you enroll; you must act with civility, whether on campus or off. For example: • it is unacceptable for your University to flaunt stickers or banners which are crude, vulgar, or otherwise not consistent with the principles of civility; therefore, it is unacceptable for you — being, as you are, High Point University —  to flaunt such symbols;

• it is unacceptable for your University to give away T-shirts or other items which are vulgar or which advocate anti-social behaviors; therefore, because you are High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to wear items advocating such behaviors; • it is unacceptable for your University to treat persons as toys or lesser things; therefore, it is unacceptable for you to use or otherwise abuse people; • it is unacceptable for your University to litter, to allow garbage to accumulate, to dispose of trash or property improperly, or to otherwise degrade our neighborhood or the property of our neighbors; therefore, because you are High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to engage in such behaviors, whether on campus or off; • it is unacceptable for your University to be crude, lewd, or boisterous in the cafe or in other public environments; therefore, because you are High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to engage in such behaviors;

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• it is unacceptable for your University to fly a flag which—regardless of its place in history—symbolizes for many members of your community and the larger community servitude and second-class citizenship; therefore, because you are High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to display such a symbol; • it is unacceptable for your University to be crude, lewd, demeaning, or uncivil to visiting athletic teams or other campus visitors—even if in response to such behaviors; therefore, because you are High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to evidence poor sportsmanship or other uncivil behaviors. Student Responsibilities High Point University students have a responsibility to uphold the University Honor Code and Conduct Code as well as other rules and processes. When students behave contrary to University rules and processes, the University will take appropriate action, up to and including exclusion from the University or the withholding or revocation of academic degrees. Additionally, students are responsible to self-advocate for themselves to University Administration about any alleged violations of the Guide to Campus Life that directly affects them. Third-party reporting is not accepted. High Point University Rights and Responsibilities In order to fulfill its mission “to deliver educational experiences that enlighten, challenge, and prepare students to lead lives of significance in complex global communities,” High Point University has the authority to maintain order within the University and to discipline and students. The University may even exclude students who are disruptive of the educational experiences.

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When deemed necessary for continuation or readmission at High Point University, a student may be required to enter into a Behavioral Agreement. A Behavioral Agreement will delineate terms which must be met in order for the student to remain at High Point University. The Agreement will state a time period in which it will be in effect. Student Complaints The High Point University Procedure for Student Complaints governs complaints the student puts in writing and submits to a University official. This Procedure applies to all students, undergraduate and graduate. This Procedure ensures timely, fair, and efficient resolutions with the maintenance of individual privacy and confidentiality to the extent practicable. This Procedure cannot be used to challenge the finding of the Executive Committee of the University, a standing committee whose decision is final. Further, this procedure is not intended to address complaints regarding sex-based/gender-base discrimination nor sexual misconduct. Please see the Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct Policy to file a report of this nature. Informal Resolution of a Complaint: Discussion, in many instances, can resolve a complaint. The student is encouraged to bring a problem to the person who has responsibility for the objectionable action or situation. This is merely an option for the student, and it has no bearing on the student seeking a formal solution to the problem through the involvement of University officials. Formal Resolution of a Complaint: When students seek the formal intervention of University officials, they must submit a written complaint to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life in the Office of Student Life, 3rd Floor, John and Marsha Slane Student Center, 336-841-9231.


Because a student complaint can involve any aspect of the University, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life is the appointed University official to guide all written student complaints. Student Complaint Form: A student submits a Student Complaint form through an online submission. The form can be found at www.highpoint.edu/ studentcomplaint. When submitted, the complaint is routed to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life. The Student Complaint form should be submitted as soon as possible after the event giving rise to the complaint. The Student Complaint form should be submitted as soon as possible after the event giving rise to the complaint, preferably by the end of the semester in which it arises or within ten days after the incident giving rise of the complaint, whichever is later. When completing the Student Complaint form, the student is expected to write about each of the following factors as it relates to the complaint: 1. The specific action or decision involved in the complaint; 2. The consequences of the action or decision; 3. What resolution is being sought or desired; and 4. Why the desired resolution should be granted. Facilitation of a Written Complaint: The Assistant Vice President for Student Life reads the complaint and determines if it should be directed to a more appropriate University official and/or office and advises the student accordingly. Some of the officials for handling complaints include the ones listed below. • Athletics and NCAA Violations Athletic Director, Jerry and Kitty Steele Center • Information Technology Norcross Hall

• Dining Services Vice President for Facilities and Auxiliary Operations, North College Administration Building • Accessibility Resources Director of Accessibility Resources and Services, 4th Floor, Smith Library • Discrimination Assistant Vice President for Student Life, John and Marsha Slane Student Center Director of Human Resources, Roberts Hall • Accessibility Related Discrimination 504 Coordinator, John and Marsha Slane Student Center • Facilities Vice President for Facilities and Auxiliary Operations, North College Administration Building • Financial Aid Director of the Office of Financial Planning, Roberts Hall • Parking Director of Security and Transportation North College Administration Building • Residence Life Assistant Vice President for Student Life, John and Marsha Slane Student Center • Sexual Misconduct Title IX Coordinator, John and Marsha Slane Student Center or North College Administration • Student Accounts/Billing Director of Student Accounts, Roberts Hall • Student Conduct Code Violation Assistant Vice President for Student Life, John and Marsha Slane Student Center Timeline for Responding to a Complaint: The appropriate University official responds to the student complaint, generally, within 10 business days following the receipt of the written complaint.

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Maintenance of Student Complaints: Submitted Student Complaint form is maintained by the office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Life. Retaliation: The University prohibits retaliation, including but not limited to threats, intimidation, and harassment, against anyone for making a complaint of discrimination under this policy or participating in an investigation of discrimination under this policy. Complaint Review and Recommendations: At the end of each academic year, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life will prepare a report that summarizes the trends of student complaints from the past year. This report will be done in aggregate and will not include any identifying characteristics of the reporter. The report will be shared with the University Retention Committee with the intent to identify problem areas and develop long-term solutions to student concerns. In order to remain in compliance with consumer disclosures and as required by federal regulations under 34 CFR 600.9, the following link is provided to allow students the option of filing a formal complaint with the N.C. Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Division if they feel an injustice against them has occurred. You may go to http//ncdoj.gov/Consumer.aspx or call 877-566-7220. Procedure for Student Appeals Students may question a decision based on faculty-approved policies and made by faculty or administrative staff. All appeals must follow the outlined procedures in order to receive consideration. 1. Classes of Appeal Appeal of administrative action: A student may appeal to the Executive Committee of the University a decision of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Assistant Vice

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President for Student Life, Director of Student Conduct, Conduct Officer, or any student board decision. The Executive Committee is composed of a minimum of three administrative staff officers and four faculty members. The decisions of the Executive Committee will be considered final. 2. Appeal of Grading Decision Grading decision: Students who wish to appeal a grade awarded by a faculty member should discuss the matter first with the faculty member. If a satisfactory conclusion is not reached, a student may appeal the matter to the department chair. The decision of the department chair is final. In the case where the faculty member is the department chair, the appeal is routed to the dean. 3. Time Limitations Appeals of grades or administrative action by a student must be made within five (5) days of the time that the action is made known to the student by the appropriate officer. If the University is not in session at the time the decision is made, the time limitation will begin at the start of the next regular session (fall or spring). 4. Format of Appeals All appeals must be made using the following link: https://publicdocs. maxient.com/reportingform. php?HighPointUniv&layout_id=8. A basis for the appeal must be clearly stated, and evidence in support of the appeal must be included in the appeal. Appeals are limited to 1,500 words including attachments. Grounds for the appeal must be clearly and concisely stated, and all relevant information substantiating the grounds for appeal should be included. The following constitute appropriate grounds for appeal:


1. Newly discovered information has been obtained that was not previously available during the investigation or hearing process through the exercise of due diligence and the newly discovered information would materially affect the outcome; and/or 2. new evidence that was not reasonably available at the time the determination regarding responsibility or dismissal was made that could affect the outcome of the matter; or 3. Title IX Coordinator, investigator, or decision-maker had a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainant or respondent generally or the individual complainant or respondent that affected the outcome of the matter. Mere dissatisfaction with the prior outcome is not a valid basis for appeal. In addition, appeals are not intended to be a rehearing of the matter. The scope of the appeal stated above will be limited to the grounds for appeal included in the written appeal submissions. In any request for an appeal, the burden of proof lies with the party requesting the appeal, because the outcome will be presumed to have been decided reasonably and appropriately. The Assistant Vice President for Student Life, and/or Director of Student Conduct will assess the written appeal to determine whether it is timely filed, based on permissible grounds, and in compliance with word count limitations. If it is determined that the written appeal does not meet any of these criteria, the appeal will be denied without review by the Executive Committee. Once an appeal is received and determined to meet the criteria for filing an appeal, the Executive Committee may, at its discretion, choose to hold a meeting, or it may decide the matter based on the written submissions. If the Executive Committee decides to conduct a meeting, the appellant may be invited to attend

the meeting. The Executive Committee’s role is limited to reviewing the hearing record and the information presented in the appeal with one exception: if the appeal raises procedural errors, the Executive Committee may, if necessary to resolve the appeal, interview the investigator and/ or a representative from the Office of Student Life at any meeting to gather more information about the alleged procedural error(s). After reviewing all written appeal submissions and the written outcome of the hearing panel, the Executive Committee may: (1) affirm the outcome; (2) return the matter to the hearing panel, conduct officer, or other decision-maker to cure a procedural error, call witness(es), or consider newly discovered evidence and to assess the weight and impact of newly discovered information or reassess not previously considered information; (3) where deemed necessary by the Executive Committee, convene a hearing before a newly constituted hearing panel to rehear the matter; (4) change the sanction, outcome, or decision. Decisions by the Executive Committee are by a majority vote of Executive Committee members present and participating in the appeal consideration. The outcome of the Executive Committee will be made in writing to the appellant within 15 business days of the meeting or, if no meeting was convened, within fifteen 15 business days from when all written appeal submissions were received. The decision of the Executive Committee is final. The Executive Committee of the University serves as the University’s committee of final appeal. Public Events Certain behaviors are routinely expected of persons attending public events, both on campus and off. Athletic Events. During more than 40 years of NAIA — and/or NCAA — associated play, High Point University has established a reputation for good sportsmanship

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among coaches, players, and fans. Your attention is called to the following: • it is unacceptable for your University to be crude, lewd, demeaning, or uncivil during athletic events; therefore, since you are High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to evidence such behaviors at athletic events, whether on campus or off; • both the University and the NCAA prohibits tobacco use among players and coaches at NCAA athletic events; • both the University and the NCAA prohibit alcohol at NCAA athletic events, including the sidelines. Sanctions. Violations of behavioral guidelines for intercollegiate athletic events may result in disciplinary sanctions, including, but not limited to, expulsion from the game and exclusion from future events. If you are expelled or excluded from games, you must leave the field or facility immediately. Social Media Social media sites are tools that allow users to express themselves and an opportunity to create new communities. We offer the following suggestions regarding your use of social media sites. • Present your identity in a manner that is legal, appropriate, and safe. • Remember, your postings on social

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media sites remain accessible to the rest of the world on the internet even if you take it down or change it. Review closely how you want to “brand” yourself on the internet for the current time as well as the future. • Watch what you say. If you post an alleged fact about someone that proves incorrect, you may be liable for damages under either defamation or libel. • Don’t say anything about someone else that you would not want said about yourself. Be gentle with yourself as well. • Have fun but be responsible and safe. Social Media Misconduct Students are cautioned that behavior conducted online, such as but not limited to harassment or bullying via email, can subject them to University conduct action. Students must also be aware that blogs, web page entries, social media, and other similar online postings are in the public sphere and are not private regardless of privacy settings used. This can include abuse of location sharing features, private threatening messages, and subtweeting. These postings can subject a student to allegations of conduct violations if evidence of policy violations are posted online. The Office of Student Conduct does not regularly search for this information but may take action if and when such information is uncovered or otherwise comes to the attention of University officials.


Moreover, the University which voluntarily admitted you and which commits itself to preparing you to achieve both personally and professionally, has such a responsibility and, if necessary, such a right to expect and require civility. Assembly. Although members of the University community enjoy the privilege of assembly, the University reserves the right to restrict the times and places of such assembly, to charge for the use of University facilities, to establish behavioral and procedural guidelines, and to restrict access to University property by persons who are not members of the University community. During approved assemblies, activities and behaviors should be consistent with the goals established for the assembly, educational support services, and campus life and with the preamble to the University Conduct Code. Scheduling. Campus organizations and individuals must register activities which utilize University facilities for purposes of assembly by contacting Campus Concierge or going online. Facilities may be reserved through www.highpoint.edu/concierge. Campus Concierge reserves the right to consult with the Office of Student Life and/ or HPU Security to determine approval. University Calendar. In order to prevent conflicts between activities of campus organizations, no University-related event should be considered scheduled and no University-related event should be announced until it is listed on the University Calendar. Contact the Campus Concierge to list an event on the University’s calendar. Invited Guests. The University reserves the right to deny access to speakers if: • the ideas advanced are incompatible with the composite goals established for the assembly, educational support

services and campus life; • the presence of the guest threatens the safety or security of members of the High Point University community. Meeting Areas. Organizations which reserve campus space are responsible for proper utilization of that space: • smoking and use of tobacco or cigarettes is prohibited at the University; • if the furniture in a room is moved from its “home” position by persons or organizations using the room, those same individuals are responsible for returning the furniture to its “home” position immediately following the meeting; • where groups or organizations arrange for tables, chairs, or other equipment to be provided in meeting rooms, those same persons are responsible for assuring that the items are removed as soon as feasible and by noon on the next day at the latest, after which the furniture in the room must be returned to its “home” position; • when a work order is submitted requesting maintenance to set-up rooms for programs or activities, a work order should also be submitted requesting that the room be returned to the “home position” by noon on the next day; • tacks and staples are prohibited; • tape may be used only on wood, glass, or cinder block and must be removed following the event; • additional regulations may be established for the separate facilities. Notices/Posters. Persons and organizations distributing or posting printed notices on campus are responsible for the content and

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are expected to follow established policies as stated below. Students also have the option to post information through HPU Connect. The printed materials must be approved by the Campus Concierge. The following include helpful tips for printing publications and need to be submitted to the Campus Concierge: • the name of the person or organization distributing or posting any notice must appear on the notice; • only members of High Point University community may distribute notices on campus without the specific approval of the Office of Student Life; • all notices should contain the following phrase date posted and the phrase removal date, along with appropriate dates; • notices should only be posted on bulletin boards; • notices should not be posted on doors or walls; • notices should not be posted in the cafeteria; • notices and residue must be removed within 24 hours of the removal date indicated;

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• only official University notices may be distributed to students, faculty, and staff through the campus postal system. Cultural Events. The following guidelines should be followed when attending cultural events, whether on campus or off: • professional dress ordinarily should be worn, especially at events scheduled off-campus; • dress codes, if announced, must be respected; • caps should be removed; • persons should be seated at least five minutes before the event is scheduled to commence; • should it be necessary to enter or exit the room during the event, such movements should occur between numbers or acts; • disruptive behavior, including, but not limited to, unnecessary coughing, inappropriate laughter, talking, and whispering are unacceptable; • activities, including studying, and behaviors which show disrespect for the performer and/or for members of the audience are unacceptable.


Definitions Appeal – An appeal is a student’s ability to request a second review of a decision made by a University Administrator or University Conduct Board. More information about appeals can be found in in the Appeals Section of the Conduct Process or the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct policies. Complainant – The term Complainant shall refer to those who report alleged policy violations, including, but not limited to, the Code of Conduct, Bias Policies, Honor Code, Organizational Code of Conduct, Residence Life Handbook, or Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policies. Conduct Process – The conduct process is the formal procedure established to address alleged violations of University policy, including the Code of Conduct, the University Honor Code, University Bias Policies, Student Organizational Code of Conduct, and/or the University’s Title IX policies. The Office of Student Conduct shall be responsible for facilitating this process. Disciplinary Record – A record detailing any finding of responsibility where a student has violated the Code of Conduct, University Honor Code, University Bias policies, Student Organizational Code of Conduct, and/or the University’s Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct policies. This record does not include residence life policy violations. This record shall be maintained by the Office of Student Conduct and shall be protected under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and shall not be released, except in cases where prescribed by law (ex. legitimate educational interest), express written permission of a student, or lawful subpoena.

Executive Committee – The Executive Committee (EC) is the University’s Appellate body. This committee is comprised of members of the HPU Community selected by the University President or designee. The EC is composed of a minimum of three (3) administrative staff officers, and four (4) faculty members. The EC is permitted to hear appeals of the University Conduct Board and Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board. Decisions of the EC are considered final and cannot be further appealed. Faculty – The term “Faculty” includes any member of the University community designated by the Office of Academic Affairs to provide instruction for a course or courses for academic credit. This shall include adjunct instructors and teaching assistants. Faculty Justice – A faculty justice is a member of the University Faculty who has been appointed to serve as a voting member of the University Conduct Board by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/ Provost. Fines. When fines are levied, they should be paid at the Office of Student Accounts or online at: highpoint.afford.com. Fines are posted to your student account within 24 hours of being assessed. Jurisdiction – The jurisdiction of High Point University extends to all students regardless if the conduct occurs on/at University Managed Properties, off University premises, or at University-sponsored activities. The focus is on the conduct that adversely affects, or is detrimental to, the University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives, which can occur anywhere. A student will be subject to this Code for any action that violates this Code. Third parties

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include: contractors, vendors, visitors, guests, or other third parties. This Policy pertains to acts of Prohibited Conduct committed by or against Students, Student Organizations, Employees, and Third Parties when: • the conduct occurs on campus or property owned or controlled by the University; • the conduct occurs in the context of a University employment or educational program or activity, including, but not limited to, University-sponsored study abroad, research, online, or internship programs; or • the conduct occurs outside the context of a University employment or educational program or activity, but has continuing adverse effects on or creates a hostile environment for students, employees, or third parties while on campus or University property owned or controlled by the University or in any employment or education program or activity. Office of Student Conduct – The office and staff within the Office of Student Life who are designated by the Senior Vice President of Student Life to investigate, adjudicate, and resolve alleged violations of the Code of Conduct, Honor Code, or other University policy. This office is led by the Director of Student Conduct, who shall oversee and administer the conduct process. The Director of Student Conduct shall be the Chief Conduct Officer for the University.

requirement given to a student found responsible for a violation of University policy. Sanctions may issued by Student Conduct Administrator or the University Conduct Board. Staff – The term “Staff” includes any member of the University Community designated by the Office of Human Resources as an employee whose duties do not include classroom instruction. This shall include fulltime administrators and support staff, parttime employees, and contract employees. Standard of Proof – The University shall use the Preponderance of the Evidence Standard, often referred to as “more likely than not,” when determining if a policy violation has occurred. Student – The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at the University, either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Code of Conduct, who are not officially enrolled in a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University, or have accepted an offer of admission, are considered students. Student Conduct Administrator – A “Student Conduct Administrator” is a staff person designated by the Director of Student Conduct or designee to hear and adjudicate violations of the Code of Conduct, Bias policies, Organizational Code of Conduct, Title IX/Sexual Misconduct policies, or the University Honor Code.

Respondent – A Respondent is a student accused of a violation of University policy, including the Code of Conduct, Bias Policies, Student Organizational Code of Conduct, Honor Code, or University Title IX/Sexual Misconduct policies.

Student Conduct Advisor – A Student Conduct Advisor is a trained student justice who has agreed to serve as an advisor for a Respondent. Student Conduct Advisors may assist in preparing a student before their hearing, however, they may not speak, question, answer, or argue on behalf of the respondent. They may only communicate with their assigned Respondent. Advisors may attend the Respondent’s hearing, but may only communicate with their Respondent. Advisors who disrupt a conduct proceeding will be excused and this may not be used as grounds for an appeal.

Sanction – A sanction is an outcome

A student charged with alleged violations

Privacy – Student privacy is guided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Student educational records, which include a student’s academic transcript, grades, and conduct history/disciplinary record shall remain private unless released by a student through express written permission, lawful subpoena, or otherwise allowed by law.

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of the University Title IX polices may elect to have an advisor of their choice, this may be an attorney, but any legal fees will be the burden of the student.

operated by the University for the purpose of housing residential students, whether leased or owned by the University and regardless of location.

Student Hearing Chair – The Chief Justice of the Student Government Association or their designee shall serve as the Student Hearing Chair in cases referred to the University Conduct/Honor Board. The Student Hearing Chair shall preside over the hearing to ensure order and procedure is followed. The Student Hearing Chair may determine what evidence, witness, or testimony is relevant. The Student Hearing Chair shall only vote on responsibility in the case of tie.

University Managed Property – The term “University Managed Property” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other properties in the possession of or owned, used, leased, or controlled by the University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks). The term includes property the University leases from third parties or contracts with third parties, and construction zones.

Student Hearing Officer – The Attorney General of the Student Government Association or designee shall serve as the Student Hearing Officer in cases referred to the University Conduct/Honor Board. This person shall present information and evidence on behalf of the University, call witnesses, and question the Respondent. The Student Hearing Officer may provide sanction recommendations if a Respondent is found responsible for a policy violation. Student Justice – A student justice is a full-time member of the graduate or undergraduate community who has been selected to serve as a voting member of the University Conduct Board. Student justices shall be eligible to hear all cases of alleged violations of policy apart from University Tile IX policy allegations. The Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board — The Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board shall determine responsibility in cases of alleged Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct policy violations. The Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board is comprised of justices and one Hearing Chair. The Hearing Chair shall be the Director of Student Conduct or designee. The Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board may determine appropriate sanctions for student(s) or student organization(s) found responsible for violations of the Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct policies. University Housing – Any facility owned or

University Conduct Board – The University Conduct Board (UCB) is composed of members of the University community who have been selected and trained to hear cases of alleged misconduct of students and student organizations. The UCB is comprised of two (2) student justices, two (2) faculty justices, and one (1) Student Hearing Chair who shall only vote in the case of a tie. The UCB shall determine responsibility using the preponderance of the evidence standard in cases of alleged violations of the Code of Conduct, Bias Policies, and Organizational Code of Conduct. The UCB shall determine appropriate sanctions for students/organizations found responsible for violation (s) of University policy. University Honor Board – The University Honor Board (UHB) is composed of members of the University community who have been selected and trained to hear cases of alleged academic misconduct of students and student organizations. The UHB is comprised of two (2) student justices, two (2) faculty justices, and one (1) Student Hearing Chair who shall only vote in the case of a tie. The UHB shall determine responsibility using the preponderance of the evidence standard in cases of alleged violations of the University Honor Code. The UHB shall determine appropriate sanctions for students/ organizations found responsible for violation(s) of the University Honor Code. Witness – A witness is a person who has direct knowledge of an event or action. Witnesses are able to present information to University investigators, Student Conduct Administrators, and/or University Conduct/Honor Boards for the purpose of determining responsibility.

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University Conduct Procedure Initiation of the Conduct Process: Any member of the University community may report a concern or alleged policy violation to the Office of Student Life, Office of Student Conduct, or High Point University Security at any time. While the University does not have a statue of limitations on policy violations, reports of concerning behaviors or policy violations after significant time has passed may limit the University’s ability to address or remedy the issue. Reports will be reviewed by the Director of Student Conduct or designee, and may be referred for further investigation or adjudication. Matters referred for investigation will be held until the investigation is complete. After which the investigation will be reviewed for evidence to proceed with a conduct process. The Director of Student Conduct or designee, may at their discretion, issue interim measures until the matter can be adjudicated through the conduct process. Interim Measures are described below. Matters with enough information to move forward with the conduct process will be scheduled for an Admirative Conduct Conference first, but may be referred to a University Conduct/Honor Board as needed.

question. Students may provide witnesses, or evidence related to the incident for a Student Conduct Administrator to consider. The Student Conduct Administrator may question the student and will discuss the information presented to them in an incident reports or investigation report. If the Student Conduct Administrator determines there is not enough evidence to suggest the student is responsible for the charges, they may dismiss the charge(s). If the accused student accepts responsibility for the charge(s), they may request Administrative Action by the Student Conduct Administrator, where the Student Conduct Administrator determines the appropriate sanctions. If the student accepts the sanctions of the Student Conduct Administrator, they waive their right to a hearing with the University Conduct Board as well as any appeal to the Executive Committee. If a student wishes to challenge these sanctions, they may request a “SanctionsOnly” hearing with the University Conduct Board.

No student is allowed to have legal representation present at any of the University Conduct/Honor Board at High Point University. All hearings are closed proceedings.

If a Student Conduct Administrator determines there is sufficient evidence to find a student responsible for the alleged charge(s), but the student denies responsibility, they may request or be referred to the University Conduct Board for review and adjudication of their case.

Administrative Conduct Conference: Students shall initially meet with a Student Conduct Administrator to discuss the incident and alleged charges. During this meeting a student will be afforded the opportunity to provide any information they wish that is relevant to the incident in

University Conduct/Honor Board Hearings: University Conduct Hearings shall occur based on referral or request of an accused student. A panel of student and faculty justices shall be assembled to hear a student’s case. The accused student may bring witnesses to their hearing, however, they must make witnesses

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known to the Office of Student Conduct no less than three (3) days in advance of their hearing. Student’s who attend University Conduct Board hearings have the right to consult and bring a University Conduct Advisor. University Conduct/Honor Board Hearings shall be scheduled to review alleged violations of the Code of Conduct, University Honor Code, Organizational Code of Conduct, and/or Bias related policies. D. Notifications: The Office of Student Conduct shall notify students of any Administrative Conduct Conference or University Conduct Hearing. This notice shall include the date of the alleged incident and any alleged charge(s). 1. Administrative Conduct Conference Notices will have a deadline for the student to contact the Office of Student Conduct to make an appointment to discuss this matter. Students who do not schedule their meeting by the deadline in the letter will have a meeting scheduled for them by the Office of Student Conduct. Students who fail to read their notice and/or attend their schedule conduct meeting shall have their case decided in their absence and shall waive all right to a University Conduct Board hearing or appeal to the Executive Committee. 2. University Conduct Hearing notices will contain information on the date, time, and location of the hearing, the alleged charge(s), contact information for their assigned Hearing Advisor, and a copy of all relevant case files. Students who fail to read their notice and/or attend their University Conduct Hearing will have their case heard in their absence and will assume responsibility for the charge(s) and appropriate sanctions. 3. Outcome Notifications: Students shall be notified in writing of the outcome of their conduct process (Administrative Conduct Conference or University Conduct/Honor Board hearing). This notice shall list the outcome(s) for the alleged charge(s) (i.e. “Responsible” or “Not

Responsible”) and list any applicable sanctions or behavioral expectations. 4. Outcome Notices from University Conduct/Honor Board hearings where the Respondent is found “Responsible” for policy violations will include information on the Executive Committee Appeals process. Appeals Process: Sanctions imposed by the University Conduct Board resulting from a Code of Conduct, Organizational Code of Conduct, or Bias policy violation may be appealed to the Executive Committee of the University. An appeal of a University Conduct/Honor Board must meet the following criteria: Newly discovered information has been obtained that was not previously available during the investigation or hearing process through the exercise of due diligence and the newly discovered information would materially affect the outcome; and/or Significant procedural irregularity which materially affected the outcome; and/or Title IX Coordinator, investigator, or decisionmaker had a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainant or respondent generally or the individual complainant or respondent that affected the outcome of the matter. Appeals are limited to 1,500 words, and must be submitted within five (5) calendar days of a decision being issued. Appeals will be reviewed by the Assistant Vice President of Student Life or designee. If the appeal is properly filed based on this policy, and may meet one (1) or more of the above listed criteria, the appeal will be referred to the Executive Committee for review. Mere dissatisfaction with the prior outcome is not a valid basis for appeal. In addition, appeals are not intended to be a rehearing of the matter. The scope of the appeal stated above and limited to the grounds for appeal included in the written appeal submissions. In any request for an appeal, the burden of proof lies with the party requesting the appeal, because the outcome will be presumed to have been decided reasonably and appropriately.

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Once an appeal is received and determined to meet the criteria for filing an appeal, the Executive Committee may, at its discretion, choose to hold a meeting, or it may decide the matter based on the written submissions. If the Executive Committee decides to conduct a meeting, the appellant may be invited to attend the meeting. The Executive Committee’s role is limited to reviewing the hearing record and the information presented in the appeal with one exception: if the appeal raises procedural errors, the Executive Committee may, if necessary to resolve the appeal, interview the investigator and/or a representative from the Office of Student Life at any meeting to gather more information about the alleged procedural error(s). After reviewing all written appeal submissions and the written outcome of the hearing panel, the Executive Committee may: 1. affirm the outcome; 2. r eturn the matter to the Director of Student Conduct or University Conduct Board with instructions to reconvene to cure a procedural error, call witness(es), consider newly discovered evidence, assess the weight and impact of newly discovered information, or reassess not previously considered information; 3. w  here deemed necessary by the Executive Committee, convene a hearing before a newly constituted hearing panel to rehear the matter; 4. change the sanctions. Decisions by the Executive Committee are by a majority vote of Executive Committee members present and participating in the appeal consideration. The outcome of the Executive Committee will be made in writing to the appellant within 15 business days of the meeting or, if no meeting was convened, within 15 business days from when all written appeal submissions were received. The decision of the Executive Committee is final. The Executive Committee of the University serves as the University’s committee of final appeal.

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Section 15. Interim Measures: In certain instances the University may need to institute interim measures to preserve the safety and orderly function of the community. The Director of Student Conduct or designee shall determine when such measures are appropriate. Interim measures include, but are not limited to: A. N  o Contact Order (NCO) — A No Contact Order may be imposed at the request of a student or the discretion of the Senior Vice President of Student Life, Assistant Vice President of Student Life, Director of Student Conduct, or designee. When a No Contact Order is put in place, the students must refrain from: 1. Approaching one another at any time; 2. Calling one another at any time; 3. C  ommunicating electronically (email, text, social media); 4. C  ontacting or communicating with one another through a third party (including friends and/or family), in any way, at any time. A No Contact directive implies no judgment or discipline and is enforceable on campus between registered students. The directive may include a ban from designated areas of campus. When a No Contact directive is issued, students may be required to move to a temporary living space or may be temporarily removed from a shared classroom as a means to create space for the situation to be resolved. For a No Contact directive to be issued, one or more of the following criteria must be met: • Evidence of threat of immediate harm; (which may result in an investigation) • S tudents involved in an ongoing investigation; • Harassment/Stalking/Sexual Misconduct/Dating Violence (both before and after complaint regardless of outcome) For a No Contact directive to be removed: • Both parties must agree; AND • Investigation is resolved (if applicable)


High Point University is a residential campus and students may encounter one another in public spaces on campus. In keeping with the spirit of the No Contact directive, if students encounter one another in public spaces or events, including yet not limited to, cafeteria, Promenade, academic buildings, sporting events, food venues, cinema, or University concerts, they are to refrain from intentionally engaging one another visually, verbally, or through a third party. An NCO may remain in place temporarily or for a continued period based on the circumstances. NCOs are routinely reviewed and may be removed by the Office of Student Conduct if it is determined they are no longer practicable. B. I nterim Restriction(s): An interim restriction may be placed on a student by the Director of Student Conduct, or their designee, at their discretion and shall become effective immediately. Interim restrictions may be placed on a student or organization to limit their social or residential privileges, including, but not limited to, a restriction of areas the student is permitted to be present in, temporary housing relocation, events they may attend, or events they may participate in while a conduct process is ongoing (including investigations). Interim restrictions may be reviewed and altered as necessary. Notice of interim restrictions may be shared with necessary University officials as permitted by FERPA. C. Interim Suspension: An interim suspension of a student from the University for allegations of nonacademic misconduct may be imposed by the Director of Student Conduct, or their designee, at their discretion and shall become effective immediately. This discretion shall be exercised to preserve and protect and preserve the safety and order of the campus community. Any student who receives an interim suspension will be required to remove

themselves immediately from the residence halls. In some cases students will not be permitted to attend class and will be excluded from University property and University events unless the student’s presence on campus or at University events is explicitly authorized by the Director of Student Conduct or their designee issuing the interim action. Students who have been interim suspended may be required to complete an evaluation with a licensed mental health professional if there is reasonable information to suggest that the student may have any form of mental health disorder or condition. Evaluations must be completed within five (5) business days of written notice. The conduct process will be held until the completion of a required evaluation. The Director of Student Conduct or designee may review interim measures on a routine basis as information becomes available and may continue the interim measure, modify it, or lift the interim measure as deemed appropriate. D. A  ppeals of Interim Measures: Students may appeal interim measures to the Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee within five (5) calendar days of the interim action. Appeals are submitted in writing and limited to 1,500 words. The Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee may require the Director of Student Conduct or designee to respond to any questions or concerns raised in the appeal. The Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee may meet in person with the student if deemed necessary. The Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee will determine if the interim measure is appropriate and remain in place, should be modified, or should be lifted. The Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee will notify the student and the Director of Student Conduct of their decision in writing.

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High Point University University Conduct Board, University Honor Board If a case is assigned to the University Honor/Conduct Panel, the student and faculty justices of HPU will convene a meeting of the panel. The board will consist of the appropriate members based on the type of board which is convened in accordance with the following structures. No student is allowed to have legal representation present at any of the hearing board at High Point University with the exception of Title IX hearing panels. All hearings are closed proceedings.

A student will meet with a representative of the University to discuss any alleged violations as related to the Guide to Campus Life. During this meeting, referred to as an administrative conduct conference, the student can take responsibility for the violation or they can elect to attend one of the student board options described below. If a student elects or is sent to attend any type of University Conduct/Honor Board they will have the option to be guided through the process of preparing for the board. The goal of scheduling University Conduct/ Honor Board is to have the proceeding in the semester in which the violation occurred. If you are currently receiving ADA accommodations through High Point University and feel that you will need those accommodations extended through the conduct process, please contact the Director for Student Conduct. After board is held, the student has five (5) calendar days to appeal the decision to the Executive Committee. The decision of the Executive Committee is final. Contempt of Conduct Process Contempt includes being found responsible in absence or failure to observe and comply with conduct sanctions. Also, students in

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cases involving certain violations of the Code of Conduct or Honor Code may be informed of another student’s conduct hearing outcome. Any student found to have shared this information inappropriately would also be in contempt of the conduct process. Students found in contempt will be charged with failure to comply and appropriate sanctions will be rendered. Bias Hearing Board When the Conduct Board is functioning as a Bias Hearing Board, for the purpose of adjudicating bias motivated incidents, the panel of Justices for each board session is comprised of the Chief Justice, or an appropriate designee, serving as the Hearing Chair, two (2) Student Justices, and two (2) Faculty Justices. Each Justice has a voice and vote in the decision-making process with the exception of the Hearing Chair who will only vote in the case of a tie. A student can call witnesses in this type of board. Witnesses should not be ‘character witnesses’ and should have actual information regarding the incident in question. All witness names must be submitted to the Director of Student Conduct three (3) days prior to scheduled board.


University Conduct Board (UCB)

University Honor Board (UHB)

The University Conduct Board is comprised of the SGA Chief Justice, or an appropriate designee, serving as the Hearing Chair, two (2) Student Justices, and two (2) Faculty Justices.

The University Honor Board is comprised of the SGA Chief Justice, or an appropriate designee, serving as the Hearing Chair, two (2) Student Justices, and two (2) Faculty Justices.

Each Justice has a voice and vote in the decision-making process with the exception of the Hearing Chair who will only vote in the case of a tie. The SGA Attorney General, or an appropriate designee, will serve as Hearing Officer.

Each Justice has a voice and vote in the decision-making process with the exception of the Hearing Chair who will only vote in the case of a tie. The SGA Attorney General, or an appropriate designee, will serve as Hearing Officer.

A student can call witnesses in this type of board. Witnesses should not be ‘character witnesses’ and should have actual information regarding the incident in question. All witness names must be submitted to the Director of Student Conduct three (3) days prior to their scheduled hearing.

Sanctions-Only Hearing Board When the Conduct Board is functioning as a Sanctions-Only Hearing Board, the panel of Justices for each course session is comprised of the SGA Chief Justice, or an appropriate designee, serving as the Hearing Chair, one (1) Student Justice, and one (1) Faculty Justice. Each Justice has a voice and vote in the decision-making process. The SGA Attorney General, or an appropriate designee, will serve as Hearing Officer. No witnesses can be called during this type of board.

University Honor Board (UHB)

Sanction Review Policy: A student who is on Disciplinary Probation for more than one (1) semester may request a review of this sanction after successful completion of one (1) semester. Students may petition the Director of Student Conduct or designee to review this probationary status. The Director of Student Conduct will determine if the student has remained in good standing during their probationary period, if they have, the request will be presented to the University Conduct Board. The Director of Student Conduct or designee will present recommendations to the UCB to consider as the Hearing Officer. The Respondent shall be called to meet with the University Conduct Board only as deemed necessary by the panel. A decision may be made on the Respondent’s written appeal only.

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When the University Conduct Board is considering the early dismissal of a sanction of “disciplinary probation� the panel of Justices shall be comprised of the Chief Justice, or an appropriate designee from the Associate Justices of the SGA Supreme Court, serving as the Hearing Chair, one (1) additional Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and one (1) Faculty Justice.

FERPA and Reports

Each justice has a voice and vote in the decision-making process.

Disciplinary sanctions imposed by any University Conduct or Honor Board may be appealed to the Executive Committee of the University. All appeals must be made using the following link: https:// publicdocs.maxient.com/reportingform. php?HighPointUniv&layout_id=8, within five (5) calendar days of the initial outcome.

Students appealing for the early dismissal of Disciplinary Probation in this way must present a faculty or staff recommendation. Students who have been placed on a probationary status as a result of a Title IX proceeding are not eligible to have their sanctions reviewed for their early dismissal. No witnesses can be called during this type of hearing. The determination of the University Conduct Board is considered final and may not be appealed to the Executive Committee in these cases. IFC Judicial Board The IFC shall be a self-governing organization with an independent Judicial Committee which shall have jurisdiction over cases involving alleged Member Fraternity violations, including but not limited to: A. The IFC Constitution, Bylaws, Code of Conduct, and other policies;

All reports used in any conduct proceeding are redacted to be consistent with section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act commonly known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Appeals

A basis for the appeal must be clearly stated, and evidence in support of the appeal must be included in the appeal. Appeals are limited to 1,500 words including attachments. Grounds for the appeal must meet one or more of the requirements below as well as be clearly and concisely stated, and all relevant information substantiating the grounds for appeal should be included. The following constitute appropriate grounds for appeal: 1. Newly discovered information has been obtained that was not previously available during the investigation or hearing process through the exercise of due diligence and the newly discovered information would materially affect the outcome; and/or

C. The general values-based conduct of fraternity men.

2. new evidence that was not reasonably available at the time the determination regarding responsibility or dismissal was made that could affect the outcome of the matter, or

Member organizations should refer to the IFC Judicial Code for detailed information regarding the IFC Judicial Process. Member organizations are subject to adjudication by the University Conduct Process when appropriate.

3. Title IX Coordinator, investigator, or decision-maker had a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainant or respondent generally or the individual complainant or respondent that affected the outcome of the matter.

B. The rules and regulations of High Point University;

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Mere dissatisfaction with the hearing outcome is not a valid basis for appeal. In addition, appeals are not intended to be a rehearing of the matter. The scope of the appeal will be limited to the grounds for appeal included in the written appeal submissions. In any request for an appeal, the burden of proof lies with the party requesting the appeal, because the outcome will be presumed to have been decided reasonably and appropriately. The Assistant Vice President for Student Life, and/or Director of Student Conduct will assess the written appeal to determine whether it is timely filed, based on permissible grounds, and in compliance with word count limitations. If it is determined that the written appeal does not meet any of these criteria, the appeal will be denied without review by the Executive Committee. Once an appeal is received and determined to meet the criteria for filing an appeal, the Executive Committee may, at its discretion, choose to hold a meeting, or it may decide the matter based on the written submissions. The Executive Committee’s role is limited to reviewing the hearing record and the information presented in the appeal with one exception: if the appeal raises procedural errors, the Executive Committee may, if necessary to resolve the appeal, interview the investigator and/or a representative from the Office of Student Life at any meeting to gather more information about the alleged procedural error(s). After reviewing all written appeal submissions and the written outcome of the hearing panel, the Executive Committee may: (1) affirm the outcome; (2) return the matter to the hearing panel with instructions to reconvene to cure a procedural error, call witness(es), or consider newly discovered evidence and to assess the weight and impact of newly discovered information or reassess not previously considered information; (3)

where deemed necessary by the Executive Committee, convene a hearing before a newly constituted hearing panel to rehear the matter; (4) change the sanctions. Decisions by the Executive Committee are by a majority vote of Executive Committee members present and participating in the appeal consideration. The outcome of the Executive Committee will be made in writing to the appellant within 15 business days of the meeting or, if no meeting was convened, within 15 business days from when all written appeal submissions were received. The decision of the Executive Committee is final. The Executive Committee of the University serves as the University’s committee of final appeal. Explanatory Notes: Term of Office • Faculty justices are appointed by the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. • The term for student justices is until they graduate but no more than three (3) years. Voting Requirements • All hearing board members must be present at any hearing. Voting Matters • In case of a tie, the deciding vote will be cast by the Director of Student Conduct. Jurisdiction • These boards are for the adjudication of allegations against both individuals and organizations. If the organization is a part of a governing body other than HPU SGA, the organization may be adjudicated by their respective governing board in addition to the University Conduct Board.

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University Honor Code Preamble We, the students of High Point University, believe that honesty and integrity are essential to student academic development. Therefore, we assert the following: Every student is honor-bound to abstain from cheating; Every student is honor-bound to abstain from collusion; Every student is honor-bound to abstain from plagiarism; Every student is honor-bound to report a violation of the University Honor Code; Every member of the University community is expected to be familiar with the Honor Code.

Interpretation of the Honor Code History. The University Honor Code originated within the Senate of the Student Government Association and was adopted by students in a general referendum, by the faculty (April 17, 1997), by the Administrative Council and by the Board of Trustees. Revisions were approved by SGA faculty in spring 2009 and again in spring 2010. Authority. Although the University Honor Code cannot exist without the involvement of faculty and staff, the University Honor Code was created by students and shall be maintained and enforced by the Judicial Board of the Student Government Association. The jurisdiction of the High Point University extends to all students regardless if the conduct occurs on University premises, off University premises, or at Universitysponsored activities. The focus is on the conduct that adversely affects, or is detrimental to, the University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives, which can occur anywhere. A student will be subject to

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this Code for any action that violates this Code. Third parties include: contractors, vendors, visitors, guests, or other third parties. This Policy pertains to acts of Prohibited Conduct committed by or against Students, Employees, and Third Parties when: • the conduct occurs on campus or property owned or controlled by the University; • the conduct occurs in the context of a University employment or educational program or activity, including, but not limited to, University-sponsored study abroad, research, online, or internship programs; or the conduct occurs outside the context of a University employment or educational program or activity but has continuing adverse effects on or creates a hostile environment for students, employees, or third parties while on campus or University property owned or controlled by the University or in any employment or education program or activity.


Pledge. A condition of acceptance of an offer of admission from High Point University is to agree to abide by the University Honor Code. Professors may ask students to sign the following pledge: On my honor, I have abided by the High Point University Honor Code. Definitions. For purposes of interpreting the University Honor Code, the following definitions shall apply: Cheating. Cheating includes, but is not limited to the following: • the use of unauthorized information during testing or examination; • the submission, in whole or in part, of the ideas or work of another as one’s own; • completing academic work for another student who later submits said work, in whole or in part, as his/her own; • submission of the same or similar work in two or more classes without the prior approval of the instructor(s) involved. Collusion. Collusion includes, but is not limited to the following: • agreements or conspiracies entered into for fraudulent purposes; • discussing or otherwise describing the content of a test or examination with a student who will take a similar examination in the same course at a later time; • forgery for purposes of deception. Plagiarism. Plagiarism involves the representation of someone else’s work (whether written, visual, or performative) as your own. In written work, this can include quoting or paraphrasing sources without proper acknowledgment. For the visual or performing arts, this can include the extensive copying of someone else’s art, design, or performance without recognition of their contribution.

Plagiarism is subject to an honor board violation and is defined as submitting work without either intent or attempt to document or credit any of the following: • part or all of written or spoken statements derived from sources, such as books, the internet, magazines, pamphlets, speeches, or oral statements; • part or all of written or spoken statements derived from files maintained by individuals, groups, or campus organizations; • the sequence of ideas, arrangement of material, or pattern of thought of someone else, even though you express such processes in your own words. NOTE: Plagiarism does not include patch writing which is an overreliance on sources, which have been cited and acknowledged, rather than the student’s own words. Consequences of patch writing or other errors are subject to the instructor’s determination within an individual course but not a subject of an honor board violation. Property violations. Property violations include, but are not limited to the following: • appropriation (see University Conduct Code); • the misappropriation of patents, copyrights, trademarks, or computer software; • securing information from the internet or similar sources without paying the required fees or royalties, where prescribed; • the destruction or corruption of information technologies intended for common use; • the destruction or corruption of library resources; • forgery for purposes of theft.

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Responsibilities and Rights of Students Because a University cannot perform its proper function in the absence of academic integrity and social responsibility and because you are a member of this University community, you are expected to do all of the following:

order and/or grammatical structure original with the author of the source, except where material is indented or placed in quotation marks; • do not take dictionaries, notes, textbooks, or cell phones into the classroom during a test without the consent/direction of the instructor;

• demonstrate academic integrity personally;

• be sure that notes and texts are closed and out of sight during quizzes;

• confront violations of the University Honor Code;

• do not communicate with other students during a test or quiz;

• notify instructors when you believe that violations have occurred, regardless of whether or not you choose to identify the suspected offenders or yourself.

• do not discuss the content of a test or examination with a student who is scheduled to take a similar test or examination in a different section of the same course.

Academic Integrity. By practicing these guidelines, you can help assure that you will not be suspected of academic dishonesty: • when material is quoted, use quotation marks or indentation as appropriate to the style you are using; • where material is paraphrased, be sure to acknowledge the author and source and that the wording is distinctly different from the original source because you will have plagiarized if you use any word

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Notification. Often faculty are not aware when students cheat in their classes. Although the University Honor Code does not require students to identify persons suspected of violating the code, it does require students to advise their instructor when they have reason to believe that violations have occurred. Faculty will be in a better position to help reduce violations if they are aware that violations may be occurring.


Duty to Report. Students are required to report suspected violations directly to either the instructor in the class where the alleged violation occurred, the reporting student’s adviser, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, or the Director of Student Conduct; however, the student accuser may request anonymity. Original Jurisdiction. Violations of the University Honor Code may be academic or non-academic in nature: Academic Violations. If you are suspected of academic violations of the University Honor Code, the instructor will meet with you to discuss the charges. If, after the conference, the instructor concludes that the charges have merit, (s)he may (1) adjudicate the case directly, (2) refer the case to the University Honor Board through the Office of Student Life, or (3) allow you to choose between the two options. Before meeting with you to discuss the charges and options, the instructor will check your file in the Office of Student Life to determine whether prior sanctions have been imposed for violations of the University Honor Code. If the instructor concludes that the charges have merit and prior sanctions have been imposed for violations of the University Honor Code, the case must be referred directly to the University Honor Board. Non-academic Violations. In cases involving non-academic violations of the University Honor Code, the Senior Vice President for Student Life or the Assistant Vice President for Student Life may (1) adjudicate the case directly, (2) assign the case to the University Honor Board, or (3) allow the student to choose between the two options. Typically the case will be assigned directly to the University Honor Board if prior sanctions have been imposed for violations of the University Honor Code.

Process of Adjudication If you are suspected of violating the University Honor Code, the following procedures shall apply: 1. your instructor (or Assistant Vice President of Student Life or Director of Student Conduct where cases involve non-academic violations of the University Honor Code) will check your file in the Office of Student Life to determine whether you have been sanctioned previously for violating the University Honor Code; 2. your instructor (or the Senior Vice President for Student Life or the Assistant Vice President for Student Life where cases involve non-academic violations of the University Honor Code) will meet with you to discuss the issue; a. after this conference, if you do not accept responsibility for the alleged incident, the case will go directly to the Honor Board; b. in the case of a first offense, if you accept responsibility, the instructor (or the Senior Vice President for Student Life, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, or the Assistant Vice President for Student Life) (1) may adjudicate the case directly; (2) may refer the case to the University Honor Board; or (3) may allow you to choose between the two options; c. if you have previously been sanctioned for violating the University Honor Code, and your instructor (or the Senior Vice President for Student Life or the Assistant Vice President for Student Life where cases involve non-academic violations of the University Honor Code) concludes that charges have merit, the case will be referred to the University Honor Board;

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3. in any event, the case must be referred to the University Honor Board if the instructor believes that sanctions greater than failure in a course should be considered; 4. if the case is referred to the University Honor Board, the Office of Student Conduct shall schedule a hearing; 5. when a case is referred to the University Honor Board, conduct procedures, as delineated for cases involving original jurisdiction, shall apply. Sanctions Academic Violations. The following sanctions shall be imposed for violations of the University Honor Code, with the understanding that where extenuating circumstances exist, sanctions may be probated: Note: A student cannot withdraw from a class while an Honor Code violation is pending. First Infraction. At a minimum, a student who violates the University Honor Code shall receive the grade zero (0) on the assignment; at a maximum, the student shall receive an F in the course. Where sanctions are imposed, whether by the instructor, by the the Assistant Vice President for Student Life, by the Director of Student Conduct, or by the University Honor Board, an Honor Code Incident Report must be filed with the office of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. Second Infraction. At a minimum, the student shall receive the grade F(H) in the course; at a maximum, the student shall be suspended for the semester. Other sanctions, such as but not limited to community service, may be imposed at the discretion of the Honor Board. In the event that the student is suspended for the semester, (s)he shall receive the grade F(H) in the course where the infraction occurred.

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In other courses, the student shall receive the grade W. An Honor Code Incident Report must be filed with the office of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs/ Vice President for Academic Affairs. With all second infractions, an educational citation workshop will be mandated; the University library professional staff will provide this workshop. Third Infraction. At a minimum, the student shall be suspended for the semester; at a maximum, the student shall be expelled from the University. Othersanctions such as, but not limited to, community service, may be imposed at the discretion of the Honor Board. In the event that the student is suspended for the semester, (s)he shall receive the grade F(H) in the course where the infraction occurred. In other courses, the student shall receive the grade W. An Honor Code Incident Report must be filed with the office of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs/Vice President for Academic Affairs. Non-academic Violations. Where violations of the University Honor Code are nonacademic in nature, the possible sanctions shall be the same as those which may be imposed for violations of the University Conduct Code. Academic Forgiveness. In the event that a student repeats a course at High Point University that (s)he previously failed for violations of the University Honor Code, both the “F” or “F(H)” and the repeat grade will be computed in the grade-point average, with the result that the repeat policy does not apply. Appeals. Academic sanctions imposed by the instructor or by the University Honor Board resulting from an honor code violation may be appealed to the Executive Committee of the University. Grade disputes not related to honor code violations are not eligible for review by the Executive Committee.


Records. When sanctions are imposed by the instructor, by the Director of Student Conduct, or by the University Honor Board for violations of the University Honor Code, a report must be filed in the Office of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs/ Vice President of Academic Affairs. A copy

of the form must be sent to the student and to the instructor in cases where the instructor has referred the student to the University Honor Board. This form will be kept in the student’s file for a period of time that is in line with the University’s record retention policy.

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Alcohol and Controlled Substance Education As an institution related to The United Methodist Church, High Point University recommends abstinence with regard to the recreational use of alcohol, tobacco, and other controlled substances. Furthermore, the University expects all students to comply with federal, state, and local laws related to the use of alcoholic beverages, narcotics, and other drugs. The standards and expectations in this section apply equally to individuals and organizations.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 requires that educational institutions publicize local, state, and federal consequences for the unlawful possession or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs and that they provide information descriptive of health risks associated with substance abuse. Although summaries contained herein constitute good-faith efforts to provide information mandated by federal law and although portions of the summaries were provided by the federal government, High Point University does not guarantee that they are error-free or exhaustive. Substance Education and Prevention. The purpose of Substance Education and Prevention at High Point University is to increase knowledge of the effects and risks around substance use while assisting students in increasing awareness of their own substance use patterns. Through educational campaigns, workshops, programming, and various methods of intervention, we hope that students are able to explore their behaviors and identify potential barriers to an overall growth mindset.

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We consider substance use assessments and substance education groups to be a part of our prevention education philosophy. Although we do not require that students engage in Counseling Services, Counseling Services supports the work of the Office of Student Conduct by offering students the choice to complete their mandated substance assessments through HPU Counseling Services. This option allows students to establish a relationship with Counseling Services, complete the assessment on campus (as opposed to seeking off-campus resources), gain education on substance use issues, and learn more about their overall patterns of use. Participation in the mandated substance education groups, offered throughout the semester, gives an additional opportunity for students to gain knowledge about substance use issues. With proper consent from the student, only the completion status of the assessment and/or group is shared with the Office of Student Conduct. All information shared in session is protected by state laws of confidentiality. The mission of PANTHER Prevention is to increase healthy habits and improve the overall well-being of individuals within the


High Point University community through educational campaigns, programming, and intervention. PANTHER Prevention will work towards creating a community with fewer instances of problematic and unhealthy behaviors. For requests of programming and/or collaboration on Prevention Efforts, please contact the counseling office at 336.888.6352 or email counseling@highpoint.edu. General Policy. The University prohibits the unlawful possession of alcohol and controlled substances by students, faculty, and staff either on University property or at any University-sponsored activity. This prohibition extends to activities sponsored by groups or organizations related to the University; and it extends to offcampus professional activities, including professional conferences, where attendance by faculty, staff, or students is sponsored, wholly or in part, by the University or by organizations related thereto. Furthermore, the University reserves the right to discipline members of the University community who, in other situations, whether on campus or off, are found to be in violation of federal, state, and local laws related to the use of controlled substances. General Sanctions. High Point University will impose disciplinary sanctions ranging from admonition to expulsion where members of the University community violate the University policy involving controlled substances. Where members of the University community are charged with such offenses, cases may also be referred to federal, state, or municipal agencies. In addition, the University reserves the right to impose sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination, where members of the University community are found to be guilty of violating federal, state, or local laws involving controlled substances even where the activity was not University-related or on campus. Parental notification of the

sanction may be made for any violation involving alcohol or other controlled substances such as narcotics or other drugs. In addition to sanctions imposed for the misuse of controlled substances, disciplinary action will be taken for misconduct which results from the misuse of alcohol. Members of the High Point University community also will be held accountable for damages which result from misconduct. In some cases, conditions of continuation or readmission, may include the completion of an appropriate treatment program or inpatient care approved by the Office of Student Life in conjunction with Counseling Services, and/or a behavior for a specified duration as indicated by a substance use assessment. Acute. Even low doses of alcohol may have acute effects: (1) most vehicular accidents among persons aged 15 to 24 are related to drinking; (2) aggressive acts, such as abuse of family/friends and acquaintance rape, are almost always related to alcohol abuse; (3) mental functions may be impaired, making it difficult for a person to process and remember information. High doses of alcohol can cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses may produce similar effects. Chronic. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence, in which case sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can

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also lead to permanent damage to vital organs, such as the brain and the liver. Some studies suggest that brain cells are actually destroyed permanently by high levels of alcohol. Tips for Identifying Alcohol-Related Emergencies: CRITICAL SIGNS FOR ALCOHOL POISONING INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: • Unconscious or semiconscious • Breathing less than 10 times per minute or irregular breathing • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin • Can’t be awakened by pinching, prodding, or shouting • Vomiting without waking up Know the danger signs. Do not wait for all symptoms to be present and be aware that a person who has passed out may die. Rapid binge drinking is especially dangerous because the person can ingest a fatal dose before becoming unconscious. If there is any suspicion of an alcohol overdose, call 911 immediately. Do not try to guess the level of drunkenness on your own. Effects of Alcohol Abuse. Even minimal consumption of alcohol may affect behavior, but the abuse of alcohol ordinarily has acute or chronic effects. AlcoholEdu. The Office of Student Life recognizes that alcohol and substance use is a rising issue nationally for students at the college level. With this concern in mind, the Office of Student Life will provide all students with a preemptive initiative that educates students about alcohol, its effects, and making well-informed decisions. This program, called AlcoholEdu, is an online preventative alcohol education program that will assist in creating an educational and comfortable living-learning

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environment for students within their campus community. AlcoholEdu’s method works to do the following for students: • Motivates positive behavior change • Resets unrealistic expectations about the effects of alcohol • Links choices about drinking to academics and personal success • Helps students practice safer decision-making • Engages students to create a healthier campus community Alcohol Recognizing that alcohol creates some of the most serious social problems in our society and that the use thereof causes pain and/or death to countless numbers of persons each year, the University recommends abstinence with regard to the use of alcoholic beverages. Cognizant of the availability of and misuse of alcohol in this secular and pluralistic society, the University seeks to inform students about laws governing the use of alcohol; to discourage the illegal use and abuse of alcohol, whether on campus or off; and to educate persons who either misuse alcohol or enable other persons to misuse alcohol. Note: Parents and/ or guardians will be notified of all student warnings, infractions, or offenses associated with alcohol. Alcohol Policies Failure to Enforce University Policy, University Recommendations, or North Carolina General Statutes. Where organizations fail to enforce University policies, University recommendations, or legal statutes


involving the distribution, possession, or use of alcohol, sanctions ranging from a warning up to suspension or expulsion of the organization may be imposed. Where appropriate, municipal authorities and/or the national headquarters’s recognition of the organization may be notified. University Policy. The University expects members of the University community to abide by state laws governing the use of alcohol; and, therefore, it prohibits the use of alcohol by persons who are younger than 21 either on campus or at Universityrelated events. Although the University does not sanction the use of alcohol, and except as indicated, students who are 21 years old or older may consume alcohol in their rooms or house, provided they do so in a responsible manner. In the event that alcohol is discovered in a student’s room who is under 21, the alcohol will be disposed of and additional sanctions will be imposed. Special attention to the following: • Alcohol, whether in original or subsequent to the original containers and regardless of student’s age, may not be publicly displayed on campus; • Where the use of alcohol results in behavior which is disruptive, disrespectful, destructive, loud, or threatening, sanctions up to and including exclusion or termination may be imposed; • Alcohol may not be used as an award or trophy for any event or program of the University or by any University organization, group, or individual; • When an individual resides with residents who are under the age of 21, alcohol must not be present in common areas, such as the living room, bathroom, kitchen, or cabinets. If alcohol is found in the common areas, the alcohol will be disposed of and additional sanctions will be imposed;

• Students who are under the age of 21 are not permitted to be in the presence of alcohol on campus; • Students, regardless of age, are not permitted to possess alcohol paraphernalia including, but not limited to: beer bongs or funnels, tables that a reasonable person would believe is being utilized for drinking games, or any container or device specifically used to consume alcoholic beverages; • Common large volume containers, such as kegs, are not allowed on campus or at any organization function off campus. Owners may be charged with distribution. Distribution is not limited to directly providing alcohol to minors but also includes creating an environment in which minors consume; • Evidence of games leading to rapid consumption of alcohol such as beer pong, flip cup, etc. are prohibited. University Sanctions. Although sanctions are assigned to match the seriousness of the offense, the following sanctions are typical for possession, consumption, presence, or distribution of alcoholic beverages in violation of University policy and serve as a guide for adjudication. Hearing officials may allocate sanctions as they deem appropriate based on the nature of the incident. Off-campus events. Although the University ordinarily is not in a position to regulate off-campus events, it should be understood that any person or any group of persons who aids or abets others in securing alcohol may be liable not only for aiding or abetting but also for personal injuries or property damages resulting from misconduct by those who are intoxicated. Organizations and officers of such organizations may also have such liabilities and are required to complete the

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Off-Campus Third Party Vendor Event Contract. Therefore, in part because they Contract are intended to help persons or groups avoid such liabilities, it behooves individuals, groups of individuals, or organizations to comply with the following guidelines. Furthermore, should it become evident that individuals, groups of individuals, or organizations who/which are members of the University are unlawfully furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons who are not of the legal drinking age or using alcohol in games or as prizes, such individuals, groups of individuals, or organizations may be subject to stern disciplinary action by the University. Such action may include the withdrawal of the organizational charter or the expulsion or termination of individuals. For legal and/or moral reasons, the following guidelines should apply wherever alcohol is available at off-campus events: • alcohol should not be provided by organizations or individuals to persons not known to be 21 years old, or older; • the sale of alcohol should be prohibited unless the distributor is licensed by state or local authorities; • the use of common containers of alcoholic beverages, such as kegs, large bottles, punch bowls, trash cans, ice tubs, refrigerators, etcetera, by all students should be prohibited; • common containers including, but not limited to, beer balls, kegs, containers of mixed punch of any kind, or any quantity of alcohol available without restriction are not permitted; • the use of pure grain alcohol by individuals or organizations is prohibited; • the use of alcoholic beverages in games is strictly prohibited; • the use of alcoholic beverages as a prize should be strictly prohibited; • individuals, groups of individuals, or organizations who influence excessive

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and/or harmful consumption of alcohol through games, peer pressure, subterfuge, or other activities should know that they are subject to stern disciplinary action both by the University and by external authorities; • alcohol should not be available where fewer than 25% of the persons present are 21 years old or older; • any organization or group of individuals which sponsors an event where alcohol is available should provide alternative food and beverages during the duration of time when alcohol is available; • any individual, group of individuals, or organization which sponsors an event where alcohol is available should consider the effects, including noise and parking, upon the community where the off-campus event is scheduled: specifically, such events should not be scheduled where noise pollutes residential communities or where people park on private property other than that of the hosts; • litter should not be allowed to accumulate, even temporarily; • any chartered organization which allows alcohol at any off-campus event must designate a Risk Management Officer at the beginning of each academic year. This officer must participate in an Alcohol Awareness Session and must provide all members of the organization with information about local, state, and federal statutes; University policies; and possible sanctions for the violations thereof; • organizations or groups sponsoring or hosting social events on or off campus are responsible for the actions of all members and guests during and sometime following a social event. All groups must follow all University, local, state, and federal laws, including any policy set forth by a governing body


or inter/national organization. When policies conflict, the organization is to use the stricter policy for enforcement. All organizations must file the appropriate paperwork with the Office of Student Life by the deadline set forth in the social policy determined by the type of event being hosted. Social events may only occur on Friday or Saturday nights between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on weekends approved by the Office of Student Life. Additionally, fraternities may host alcohol-free events on approved Sundays between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. and on approved Mondays through Thursdays between 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Social events may not conflict with Universitywide sponsored events. Hosting social events is a privilege. Violating any policies or laws will result in the case being adjudicated and sanctions by the governing council of the organization. General Policies For On- and Off-Campus Events • All organization’s events with alcohol must be registered Non-Greek Organizations: www.highpoint.edu/ studentactivities/offcampuseventform/. • Only fraternities may host events with alcohol in their houses in the Greek Village. • The presence of alcohol products above 15% alcohol by volume (“ABV”) is prohibited on any chapter/organization premises or at any event, except when served by a licensed and insured thirdparty vendor. • Alcohol over 15% ABV is prohibited unless served by a licensed third-party vendor. • Organizations are not approved to host social functions on or off campus during the week of academic finals. • Events with alcohol may only take place between 10:00 p.m. Friday and

2:00 a.m. Sunday and may not exceed a five (5) hour time limit unless the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life provides special instruction. • No events with alcohol may occur during weekdays/nights. • No organization may register more than one event with alcohol on any given day. • No organization funds may be used to purchase alcohol. • No collection of funds from organization members shall be used to purchase alcohol. • No collection of organization members shall purchase alcohol for, provide alcohol, or sell alcohol to minors. • The purchase or use of bulk quantities of alcohol including, but not limited to, kegs, party balls, pony kegs, and common container sources is prohibited. • Event monitors are expected to be sober throughout the event and for a period not less than six (6) hours prior to the event. An on-campus social event can be closed down due to the following actions: • hosting an event without approval or when instructed not to by the Office of Student Life; • excessive noise, overcrowding of event site, or repeated noise complaints; • event monitors not being present, not sober, or not wearing appropriate identifying attire; • underage students being served or drinking alcohol; • failure to work with University officials to correct potential violations (i.e. not quieting down for noise, not disbursing a crowd when instructed to); • failure to follow BYOB regulations;

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• insubordination, verbal or physical abuse toward University officials or High Point Police; • verbal or physical fighting between members and/or guests.

reality. Marijuana is usually smoked, and it is toxic to the lungs. Disorders of memory, including loss of memory and of mood, including apathy about life, school, or work, often occur in chronic users.

Illegal Controlled Substances In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the University provides the following information descriptive of the effects of selected controlled substances and the types of sanctions which may be imposed either by the University or as a result of legal statutes. Although summaries contained herein constitute a good faith effort to provide information mandated by law, High Point University does not guarantee that they are error-free or exhaustive.

The practice of “dabbing” has become a popular way to use marijuana. Dabbing occurs when a concentrated form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is inhaled through butane extraction. This practice of marijuana use raises significant health concerns given the way it is processed for use. The preparation practices include the use of solvent based or liquid gas based chemicals that transform marijuana into a waxy chemical that is then inhaled through the use of an E-pen, vape pen, or vaporizer. These chemicals can be harmful to the physical body and materials used in this process can be flammable and can cause serious harm.

University Policy. The illegal possession, use, manufacturing, or distribution of drugs or paraphernalia associated with drug use is prohibited. Effects of Selected Drugs. The following is a summary of health risks associated with the use of certain controlled substances drugs. Although a part of the summary was provided by the federal government, High Point University does not guarantee that the summary is error-free or exhaustive. Cannabidol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp. High Point University acknowledges that states have different laws in regards to CBD and products. High Point University prohibits any substance that contains any amount of THC or THC extracts on its campus and shall be charged under this policy. This includes, but is not limited to any CBD product that can be consumed or ingested. Marijuana. Marijuana and related compounds are ordinarily used to encourage relaxation or to produce an altered sense of

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Medical Marijuana. High Point University acknowledges that other states have different laws in regards to the medical and personal use of marijuana. However, the possession and use of marijuana is illegal under North Carolina and Federal regulations. Marijuana is considered a controlled substance. Students who are found in possession with or without medical document will be subject to full sanctions as outlined in the Guide to Campus Life. Students who engage in medical marijuana use in other states/jurisdictions, then return to campus and fail a random drug test will be charged for consumption of a controlled substance regardless of prescription or legality where the substance was consumed. Cocaine (stimulant). Cocaine, crack, and related forms are usually used for stimulation or because they produce a sense of euphoria. All forms of cocaine are highly addictive, producing a habit that is extremely difficult to abandon. Criminal activity to support the habit often results. In some individuals, cocaine may produce fatal cardiac rhythm disturbances.


Amphetamines (stimulants). Amphetamines and their derivatives, “crystal” and “ice,” are used for stimulation. These compounds are very addictive and may produce psychotic and violent behaviors. LSD and PCP (hallucinogens). These chemicals are used to produce “altered states,” in an effort to escape reality. They are very dangerous and can cause psychosis. Valium, Barbiturates, etcetera (depressants). These and similar prescription drugs are ordinarily used for their sedative or hypnotic effects. Some of these drugs are highly addictive, and others can cause seizures (convulsions) in individuals who take them over long periods of time. Opioids. These are some of the most addictive known substances. They produce a high or euphoria. Withdrawal can produce convulsions or even coma. Overdose is common and can result in death. Other. Many medications and drugs, including those which are prescribed for you, have the potential for abuse. As members of the University community, we are responsible not only for ourselves but also for each other. While they are not always related to substance abuse, the following traits often are related; and, regardless of the cause, they are ordinarily indicative of a need for help: • withdrawal from social situations; • increased boredom or drowsiness; • change in personal appearance; • change in friends; • a defeatist attitude (easily discouraged); • low frustration tolerance (outbursts); • violent behavior or vandalism; • terse replies to questions or conversation; • sad or forlorn expression;

• lying; • poor classroom attendance; • dropping grades or poor work; • apathy or loss of interest. Positive Response. When negative behaviors, such as those listed above, become prevalent in persons you know, you should: • express concern and caring; • be ready to listen; • communicate a desire to help; • make concrete suggestions about finding help or coping with specific problems; • encourage the person to seek professional help; • ask for assistance from campus resources; • be persistent. Negative Response. When negative behaviors, such as those listed above, become manifest in persons you know, you should not: • take the situation lightly or as a joke; • be offended if the person tries to “put you off;” • take “I don’t have a problem” as an answer; • try to assist the person without asking for professional help; • promote guilty feelings about grades, etcetera; • gossip. Resources. If you or a person you know is encountering difficulties because of substance abuse or other negative behaviors, you should seek help immediately. On Campus. You are encouraged to make an appointment with the Office of Counseling Services. Offices are located on the third floor of the John and Marsha Slane Student Center, or by email at counseling@highpoint.edu.

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University Conduct Code Preamble We, the students of High Point University, shall seek excellence in the classroom, on the playing field, and in positions of leadership and service across our campus. As a community of scholars, we shall work together with faculty to create an environment conducive to teaching and learning. As a community of persons, we shall treat each other with compassion, with dignity, and with civility—avoiding bigotry, racism, and sexism and learning from each through the diversity we bring to High Point. As persons, we shall be honest and just in all that we do, recognizing that we can never be greater than the integrity of our word and deed. As citizens of a global community, we shall act responsibly, both on campus and off–governing our actions not only by our personal needs and desires but also by a concern for the welfare of others, for the general good of humankind, and for the environment upon which we mutually depend. Recognizing that communities cannot exist without values and codes of conduct, we shall search for enduring values; and we shall adhere to those codes of conduct which have been established by and for the members of High Point University. When we leave High Point, we shall leave it better than we found it—and in support of this goal, we pledge our loyalty and our service to this University which we have chosen as our own.

As members of the High Point University community, students are responsible for adhering to University rules, regulations, and processes, including the Conduct Code. The award of degrees is conditioned upon compliance with these rules, regulations, and processes, in addition to the satisfaction of all academic requirements. Uniform Guidelines High Point University shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in the administration of policies and programs involving admissions, educational services, financial aid, or other

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activities generally provided to undergraduate or graduate students at the University. The commission of any offense that is motivated by the race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, cultural background, disability, or any other defining characteristic of an individual or group of individuals is prohibited. Civil/Criminal matters and the Student Conduct Process. A student may be involved in both the University Conduct Process and a civil/criminal matter concurrently. One process does not excuse or exclude the other. “Double Jeopardy” does not apply to the University conduct process as it is an administrative process,


not a criminal one. Student’s found “not guilty” in a civil/criminal process may still be found responsible for a policy violation of University policy due to different standards of proof. A student’s disciplinary record shall not be accessible for the purpose of a civil/ criminal process without express written permission of the student or lawful subpoena. Sanctions for Civil/Criminal Law violations range from warning to suspension or expulsion. Statement on “Common Spaces.” Students are responsible for the people, items, and activities that occur within their assigned living space. This includes alcohol, controlled substances, and/or paraphernalia found in common spaces. In the event that the person(s) directly responsible do not come forward, the University may hold all residents of the space accountable as they have the most direct control of their space. Conduct Code and Policies Alcohol Distribution. The sale, willful provision, or creation/facilitation of an environment where alcohol is easily accessible to minors may be considered distribution. Possession of mass distribution/consumption items such as kegs (regardless of size or amount contained), shall be a violation of this policy. Purchasing alcohol at the request of a minor shall be considered a violation of this policy. Sanctions include one-year disciplinary probation, substance education, 20 hours of community service, and parental notification. A second violation will result in suspension. North Carolina General Statute: §18B-102. All members of the University community are expected to comply with North Carolina statutes prohibiting the use of alcoholic beverages by persons younger than 21 years of age. Specifically, it is against the law: • to sell or give beer, wine, liquor, or

mixed beverages to anyone who is younger than 21 years of age; • for a person younger than 21 years of age to purchase or possess beer, wine, liquor, or mixed beverages; • to use fraudulent identification or to permit the use of one’s identification by another in order to obtain alcohol illegally. §18B-302. Sale to or purchase by underage persons. (a) Sale. It shall be unlawful for any person to: (1) Sell malt beverages or unfortified wine to anyone less than 21 years old; or (2) Sell fortified wine, spirituous liquor, or mixed beverages to anyone less than 21 years old. (a1) Give. It shall be unlawful for any person to: (1) Give malt beverages or unfortified wine to anyone less than 21 years old; or (2) Give fortified wine, spirituous liquor, or mixed beverages to anyone less than 21 years old. (b) Purchase, Possession, or Consumption. It shall be unlawful for: (1) A person less than 21 years old to purchase, to attempt to purchase, or to possess malt beverages or unfortified wine; or (2) A person less than 21 years old to purchase, to attempt to purchase, or to possess fortified wine, spirituous liquor, or mixed beverages; or (3) A person less than 21 years old to consume any alcoholic beverage. Any person younger than 21 who aids or abets another in violation of the above

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regulations shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500, or imprisonment for up to six months, or both. Any person 21 years old or older who aids or abets another in violation of the above regulations shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,000, or imprisonment, or both. Any person who aids or abets another in securing alcohol may be liable for personal injuries or property damages resulting from misconduct by those who are intoxicated. Organizations and officers of such organizations may also have such liabilities. Upon conviction, a report is sent to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. Any person convicted of violating the above regulations may automatically have his/her driver’s license revoked for a period of one year. Alcohol Possession and/or Consumption. Possession of alcohol under the age of 21 is prohibited. Student’s shall be considered in possession when alcohol is in their direct possession; in their assigned residential living space, car, or other areas they have direct control over. Students under 21 who bring alcohol into their space for any reason shall be considered in possession. Sanctions for the first offense typically include completion of an alcohol prevention program and parental notification. For the second offense, sanctions typically include a $100 fine, parental notification, and completion of AlcoholEdu, an online alcohol education program. If a third offense occurs, the fine will be $200, discipline probation, parental notification, completion of a substance abuse assessment with a licensed clinician, and substance education. Further sanctions may include exclusion from campus, suspension, or expulsion. Alcohol Presence. Knowingly remaining in the presence of alcohol in a residence hall room/suite while under the legal drinking age is considered a University violation.

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Sanctions for the first offense range from a warning to a $50 fine. Additional referrals result in $50 increases to each repeated offense as well as additional substance education. Medical Amnesty. High Point University embraces students helping one another and being more than good bystanders but being hi-standers. High Point University recognizes that the potential for disciplinary repercussions may present a barrier for reaching out for medical assistance of another student in alcohol or other drug related emergencies. The institution recognizes the harmful and often dangerous health and safety concerns that can occur in regards to alcohol and controlled substances and does not condone under-age drinking or illegal use of controlled substances but recognizes it is occurring. Medical amnesty has been put into place for the well-being and safety of all of our students. Students with or observing a student requiring medical attention are expected to seek out that assistance. Some signs of alcohol poisoning include confusion, vomiting, seizures, slow breathing (less than 8 breaths per minute), irregular breathing (no breath for more than 10 seconds), blue-tinged or pale skin, low body temperature (hypothermia), or passing out (unconsciousness) and can’t be awakened. If a person is passed out and cannot be woken up, they are at risk of death. If you have any concern that someone is experiencing alcohol poisoning/substance overdose even if you have not observed the previously mentioned signs or symptoms, please seek medical help immediately. It is better to err on the side of caution if you are unsure of any student’s safety. For assistance in these matters please contact security at 336-841-9112. To qualify for medical amnesty— Three categories qualify for medical amnesty at High Point University: 1. Person in need of assistance—Students who receive medical attention related


to use of alcohol or other drug related emergencies are eligible to receive medical amnesty. All students will be referred to the Office of Student Life and may be referred to resources on campus such as completion of a substance abuse assessment with a licensed clinician with Counseling Services, AlcoholEdu, or completion of a substance education group. If the conditions laid out are not met, the student waives their right for medical amnesty and is subject to violations of the Code of Conduct. Sanctions for failing to comply with the conditions laid out will range from disciplinary probation to suspension. Students receiving more than one (1) medical amnesty in a calendar year may be referred to the Office of Student Life for further review regarding substance misuse policies and may be sanctioned accordingly, including disciplinary probation, more comprehensive evidenced based assessment, Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) battery of assessments, or suspension. 2. Individuals present/called for assistance—Students or individuals that call for assistance on behalf of the individual in need also qualify for medical amnesty and may not receive sanctions. However, depending on the severity of the situation, counseling services or substance education may be recommended. 3. Club or organization requesting assistance—Clubs and organizations hosting an event are required to seek assistance for individuals(s) experiencing an alcohol or drug related emergency. Medical amnesty for a club or organization is granted for that club or organization, not for the individuals. For individuals, they must meet the standards stated above. Organizations may be required to participate in educational programming as a result of medical amnesty. Students should

note that the Medical Amnesty policy only provides amnesty from violations of the High Point University Code of Conduct. If any criminal, civil, or legal consequences regarding local, state, or federal law develop from this incident, this does not grant amnesty to those. Sanctions. Members of the High Point University that fall under the medical amnesty policy can expect referral to substance education. Repeated violations can expect additional referrals up to and including suspension. Alcohol Misuse: Use of alcohol/or other drugs that results in intoxication and/ or subsequent behaviors, physical signs, including, but not limited to: staggering, difficulty standing or walking, slurred speech, passing out, loss of memory, vomiting, retching, physical injuries, inappropriate behavior that exhibits a lapse or absence of judgment. In addition, use of alcohol and/or other drugs in association with inappropriate behavior including, but not limited to: • verbal abuse; • physical abuse; • failure to comply with a University or other law enforcement official; • destruction of property; • any other behavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct of the University; • a pattern of recurring episodes of alcohol and/or other drug-related violations of the Student Code of Conduct; • intoxication to the point of endangering one’s own health or safety regardless of age; • any possession or use on campus of paraphernalia used to facilitate the rapid consumption of alcohol; • disruptive behavior beyond an individual’s control due to intoxication.

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Students that do receive medical assistance, call for assistance on behalf of another student, or clubs or organization that seek assistance may not receive sanctions under the medical amnesty policy. B. O  pen Container: Students are not permitted to have open containers of alcohol outside their residential facility, regardless of age. This includes lawn areas, quads, the Promenade, athletic fields, street, stairwell, walkway, or off campus. Sanctions: Sanctions for a first time violation will include a fine of $50, substance education, and parental notice. Additional sanctions may include educational sanctions or probationary statues as deemed appropriate. A second violation will result in a $100 fine, substance education, parental notice, and disciplinary probation. A third violation will result in a $200 fine, substance education, and removal from University Housing. Additional sanctions may be imposed as deemed appropriate. C. A  lcohol Paraphernalia: Any possession or use on campus of paraphernalia used to facilitate the rapid consumption of alcohol. This may include, but is not limited to: beer pongs, keg taps, funnels, beer pong tables. Sanctions: Range from warning to disciplinary probation. D. P  ossession: Students who are under 21 cannot be in the possession of alcohol. This includes but is not limited to personal space, residential hall room, and vehicles. F. P  ublic Intoxication: Students who are publicly intoxicated and who’s behavior becomes disruptive, disorderly, disrespectful, or poses a threat of safety to themselves or others will be considered a violation of this policy, regardless of their age.

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Sanctions: Range from disciplinary probation to loss of housing, suspension, or expulsion. Animal Cruelty. Defined as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly torturing or in a cruel manner killing or causing serious bodily injury to an animal; failing to provide necessary food, water or care for an animal in the person’s custody; abandoning unreasonably an animal in the person’s custody; transporting or confining an animal in a cruel manner; causing bodily injury to any animal; causing one animal to fight with another animal; or seriously overworking an animal. Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly attacking, injuring, or killing an assistance animal or inciting another to attack, injure, or kill an assistance animal. Sanctions: Range from disciplinary probation to loss of housing, suspension, or expulsion. Arson. Defined as any willful or unwillful or malicious burning or attempting to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a University house or residence, educational/ administrative building, University property, motor vehicle both personal or University owned or, personal property of another, etc. Acts of arson may also be referred to law enforcement as a violation of North Carolina state law (NCGS § 14-58). Sanctions for arson violations range from loss of university housing, to suspension or expulsion. Assault. An overt act or attempt or the unequivocal appearance of attempt, with force and violence, to immediately physically injure another person, with the show of force or menace of violence being sufficient to put a reasonable person in fear of immediate physical injury. This may include, but is not limited to slapping, punching, kicking,


spitting, or using/throwing an object which causes physical injury.

who experience such threats should contact Security, 336-841-9111, immediately.

Students who engage in an unwanted attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury may be charged with an Aggravated Assault under this policy. This type of assault usually is sometimes accompanied by the use of a weapon, or by means likely, and may have the ability to produce death or great bodily harm.

Criminal prosecution may also result. University sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion may be imposed. If a potential threat is evident and imminent, the violating student risks immediate removal from campus and residential housing. Immediate intervention by the Student Life staff and security will occur. Even when an amicable resolution is reached by all parties, a no contact agreement may be issued.

A student may be justified in using force against another student when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that the conduct is necessary to defend him/herself against the others, imminent use of force. A preemptive act is not considered self-defense. Self-defense is limited to blocking and removing one’s self from the area by reasonable means. Civil/Criminal Law Violations. Students who are issued criminal citations or found guilty for civil or criminal statutes as a result of behaviors not expressly covered under other polices outlined by the University may be considered a violation of this policy. If a student is charged with a violation of civil or criminal law they may be interim trespassed from University property, restricted, or suspended from campus at the discretion of the Senior Vice President for Student Life, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, or Director of Student Conduct until the matter is adjudicated. Sanctions for Civil/Criminal Law violations range from warning to suspension or expulsion. Communicating Threats. Any threat of violence that is issued and communicated via any medium (including electronic communication) which the University interprets as posing a danger to High Point University property, people, or the community will not be tolerated. Students

Sanctions. Range from a warning to suspension and/or expulsion. Complicity. Students who have knowledge of a policy violation and fail to report to appropriate university officials, or who actively or passively allow another to engage in policy violations may be held accountable under this policy. Sanctions. Range from a warning to suspension and/or expulsion. Controlled Substance Policies Illegal Consumption/Use. Defined as any possession or use of controlled, prohibited, or illegal substances or use of (or intent to use) substances for purposes or in manners not as directed. Examples include but are not limited to: possession or use of illegal substances; possession or use of prescription drugs without a valid/current medical prescription; use of prescribed medication not as directed (over-use, snorting prescribed medication, and the like); huffing, snorting, smoking or otherwise possessing or using legal substances not as intended. Substances such as JWH-018 (K2, “Spice”), salvia, and pyrovalerone derivatives (found in substances marketed as “bath salts”) are not intended for human consumption and are prohibited for possession or use by any High Point University student.

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Controlled Substances: The consumption, distribution, manufacture, misuse, possession, or being knowingly in the presence of a controlled substance or illegal or illicit drug, narcotic, or hallucinogenic drug outlawed by federal or North Carolina state law is expressly prohibited. This includes possession of paraphernalia analogous with the consumption, distribution, or manufacture of such substances. This also includes operating motor vehicles under the influence of such substances. Consumption: Any use of controlled, prohibited, or illegal substances or use of (or intent to use) substances for purposes or in manners not as directed. Examples include but are not limited to: use of illegal substances; possession or use of prescription drugs without a valid/current medical prescription; use of prescribed medication not as directed (over-use, snorting prescribed medication, and the like); huffing, snorting, smoking, or otherwise possessing or using legal substances not as intended. Substances such as JWH-018 (K2, “Spice”), salvia, and pyrovalerone derivatives (found in substances marketed as “bath salts”) are not intended for human consumption and are prohibited for possession or use by any High Point University student.

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Sanctions. The minimum penalty for a first-time violation of the controlled substance consumption policy for schedule will be a $100 fine, substance education group, and parental notification. A second violation for a controlled substance consumption will include a $200 fine, disciplinary probation for one semester, random drug testing for a semester, substance assessment, parental notification. Distribution: The distribution, delivery, or sale of any narcotic, hallucinogenic drug, prescription drug (with or without a valid prescription), or other controlled substance concealed or knowingly distributed to another, including drug paraphernalia while on University property or while attending a University-related event is strictly prohibited. Sanctions. Members of the High Point University community who distribute illegal drugs should expect sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion. Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Intoxicated (DUI/DWI): Students who operate motor vehicles (including, but not limited to, passenger vehicles, motorcycle, motorized bicycles, scooters, vespa, or golf cart) after consuming a controlled substance. Instances where


students operate motor vehicles under the influence with passengers in the vehicle, or where others are injured or could have been injured by such an action shall be considered especially egregious. Misuse: Students who misuse legally prescribed substances through overconsumption or ingestion through means other than prescribed. This only pertains to such substances as are considered legal under North Carolina state law and does not apply to medical marijuana. Use of controlled substances that results in intoxication and/or subsequent behaviors, physical signs, including, but not limited to: staggering, difficulty standing or walking, slurred speech, passing out, loss of memory, vomiting, retching, physical injuries, inappropriate behavior that exhibits a lapse or absence of judgment, without the request or denial of medical assistance but require a University response or intervention. Use of controlled substances in association with inappropriate behavior including, but not limited to: • verbal abuse; • physical abuse; • failure to comply with a University or other law enforcement official; • destruction of property; • any other behavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct of the University; • a pattern of recurring episodes of alcohol and/or other drug-related violations of the Student Code of Conduct; • intoxication to the point of endangering one’s own health or safety regardless of age; • any possession or use on campus of paraphernalia used to facilitate the rapid consumption of alcohol; • disruptive behavior beyond an individual’s control due to intoxication.

Students that do receive medical assistance, call for assistance on behalf of another student, or clubs or organization that seek assistance may not receive sanctions under the medical amnesty policy. Sanctions. Sanctions for first offense include substance or online education, and parental notification. Sanctions for a second offense referral to substance education group, random drug testing, and parental notification. Additional sanctions, including, but not limited to, fines, the loss of campus housing, or suspension; discipline probation may be imposed and parental notification will occur. Positive results from random drug testing will be considered a violation of probation and will be referred to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life. Controlled Substance Paraphernalia: The illegal possession and/or use of manufactured or homemade drug paraphernalia, regardless if used or new includes, but is not limited to, roach clips, bongs, hookah pipes, grinders, pipes, vaporizers, digital scale, empty THC cartridges, or rolling papers, while on University property or while attending a University related function is prohibited. Sanctions. Sanctions for first offense include a fine not to exceed $200, online education, and parental notification. Sanctions for a second offense include a fine not to exceed $350, referral to substance education group, random drug testing, and parental notification. Additional sanctions, include, but are not limited to, fines, the loss of campus housing, or suspension; discipline probation may be imposed and parental notification will occur. Positive results from random drug testing will be considered a violation of probation and will be referred to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life. Possession: The illegal possession and/or use of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug,

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or other controlled substance by any person on University property or at Universityrelated functions is prohibited. This includes medication that is in a student’s possession without a prescription or that is prescribed to another individual but is in the possession of another student. Sanctions. The minimum penalty for a first-time violation of the controlled substance policy for schedule IV – VI drugs as defined by North Carolina Statute (e.g. Marijuana, THC, Hashish, Hash Oil, and prescription pill misuse) will be a $350 fine, random drug testing for one semester, substance group education, and parental notification. A second violation for a controlled substance IV-VI will include a $500 fine, disciplinary probation for one semester, extended random drug testing for a semester, substance assessment, and parental notification. The minimum penalty for a first-time violation of a controlled substance policy for a schedule I-III drug as defined by North Carolina Statue (e.g. Cocaine, LSD, Crack, Meth, Heroine etc.) will be a $500 fine, random drug testing and disciplinary probation for one year, three-hour substance education, and parental notification. A second violation for controlled substance I-III will be suspension. Positive results from random

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drug testing will be considered a violation of probation and will be referred to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life. Presence: Knowingly remaining in the presence of a controlled substance while in a residence hall room/suite. Sanctions for the first offense range from a warning, educational paper, or $50 fine. Additional referrals result in $50 increases to each repeated offense as well as additional substance education. Sanctions. Members of the High Point University community who distribute illegal drugs should expect sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion. Illegal Manufacturing. Manufacturing is defined as the production, preparation, or processing of any controlled substance by extracting the substance from its natural origin, by chemical processes, or other means. Manufacturing is also defined as the packaging or repackaging of a controlled substance or the labeling or relabeling of the controlled substance’s container. The manufacturing of a counterfeit or a simulated substance includes the mixing, compounding, encapsulating, or tableting of the counterfeit or the simulated substance. Sanctions. Members of the High


Point University community who manufacture controlled substances should expect sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion. North Carolina Statutes. Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes makes it unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess with the intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver drugs designated as “controlled substances.” Sanctions include terms of imprisonment and heavy fines. United States Statutes. It is a violation of federal law to possess, manufacture, or distribute a controlled substance. A student found responsible of possessing a controlled substance may be subject to some or all of the following sanctions under federal law. Portions of the summary which follows were provided by the federal government. Although the summary represents a good-faith effort to provide information, High Point University does not guarantee that it is error-free or exhaustive. § 18 U.S.C. 922(g) Conviction: Ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm. § 21 U.S.C. 844(a) First conviction: Imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both. After one prior drug conviction: Imprisonment for at least 15 days but not more than two years, a fine of at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both. After two or more prior drug convictions: Imprisonment for at least 90 days but not more than three years, a fine of at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000, or both. See special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine. § 21 U.S.C. 844(a) Civil fine of up to $10,000. § 21 U.S.C. 862(b) Denial of federal

benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to one year for first offense, up to five years for second and subsequent offenses. § 21 U.S.C. 853(a)2 and 881(a)7 Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than one year imprisonment. See special sentencing provisions for the possession of crack cocaine. § 21 U.S.C. 881(a) Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance. [Vehicles may be impounded in cases involving any controlled substance in any amount.] Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine. Mandatory at least five years in prison, not to exceed 20 years, and fine of up to $25,000, or both, if (a) first conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds five grams; (b) second crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds three grams; (c) third or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds one gram. Miscellaneous. Authorization to revoke certain federal licenses and benefits, e.g., pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, are vested within the authorities of individual federal agencies. Cyber Harassment/Bullying. Cyber harassment or bullying is the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. Cyber harassment or bullying can be as simple as continuing to send email to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, but it may also include threats, sexual remarks, sub-tweeting, use of fake profiles or phone

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numbers (ghosting), pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech), ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation. Cyber harassment or bullying may take many forms, including, but not limited to: disclosing other’s personal data (e.g. real name, address, or workplace/schools) at websites or forums; posing as another using their identity for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules; sending threatening and/or harassing emails, instant messages or other communications to a complainant; posting rumors or gossip; instigation of others to engage in similar behaviors toward a person or organization. Depending on the content of the information and/or images posted on line, violations of this nature may violate NC G.S. 14-190.5A. Sanctions. Individuals found responsible for cyber-bullying should expect referral to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life or Senior Vice President of Student Life, civility education, writing a developmental essay on topic determined by sanctioning officer, disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion. Cyberstalking. Using electronic mail or electronic communication to convey any words or language threatening to inflict bodily harm to a person, or physical injury to the property of any person, or for the purpose of extorting money or other things of value from a person; to communicate to another repeatedly, for the purpose of abusing, annoying, threatening, terrifying, harassing, or embarrassing any person; to knowingly make any false statement concerning death, injury, illness, disfigurement, indecent conduct, or criminal conduct of the person electronically mailed or of any member of the person’s family or household with the intent to abuse, annoy, threaten, terrify, harass, or embarrass is prohibited. If committed with the intent and for the

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purpose of abusing, annoying, threatening, terrifying, harassing, or embarrassing, the following examples MAY constitute cyberstalking: • Unwanted/unsolicited email, phone calls, or text messages • Unwanted/unsolicited talk request in chat rooms • Disturbing messages on online bulletin boards • Unsolicited communications about a person, their family, friends, acquaintances, and coworkers • Identity theft (using someone’s Social Security number to obtain credit cards fraudulently in their name) • Sending/posting disturbing messages with another user name Cyberstalking may also violate North Carolina criminal law (NCGS§ 14-269.3). Action. Students who believe that such behavior is occurring, should notify the Office of Security immediately by calling 336-841-9111. Sanctions. A student can expect sanctions ranging from a warning to suspension or expulsion. Deception. Knowingly using an element of another person’s identity with the intent to harm, falsify, and/or gain access to people or information one would not otherwise have access to. Deception can include, but is not limited to, altering University Staff/Faculty emails, forging University documents, or knowingly providing false information for federal documents (i.e. financial aid or scholarships). Sanctions. Sanctions vary but can result in suspension or expulsion. Decorum. Defined as any unreasonable or reckless conduct by an individual or


organization that is inherently or potentially unhealthy or unsafe to other individuals or property. Behavior(s) that fail to live up to the expectations of a High Point University student. Behavior that is unreasonable in the time, place, and manner in which it occurs. Any unruly behavior or unauthorized activity which unnecessarily disturbs or infringes upon the privacy, rights, privileges, health, or safety of other persons or their properties is prohibited. This may include, but is not limited to throwing or hitting items or objects that cause damage/injury or have the potential to do so. Sanctions. For first offense can include a fine not to exceed $100, exclusion and additional sanctions including civility education or health and safety protocols education. This will include additional sanctions up to removal from campus housing for additional offenses or for intentional actions that disregard the health and safety of others, such as knowing they have COVID-19 or have a fever and intentionally go to the dining hall, class, group activities, etc. Decorum Disruption. No person or organization may interfere or disrupt normal activity and operations of, or promote the interference or disruption of community members in an academic setting that negatively affects the education experience or the educational mission of the University. Any form of expression that interferes with such activities and operations or invades the rights of persons is prohibited. Disruptive behavior may include, but is not limited to: use of electronic devices when not approved, verbal outbursts, unnecessarily disturbing the class from the subject matter or discussion, or harassing behavior. Sanctions for first offense can include a fine not to exceed $100, exclusion, and additional sanctions including civility education. Additional sanctions may be added by

an instructor if the behavior disrupts a classroom session. Decorum-Fighting. Fighting, physical abuse, or endangerment of others’s safety is prohibited. This can include but is not limited to pushing, rough-housing, shoving, or tripping. A student may be justified in using force against another student when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that the conduct is necessary to defend him/herself against the others, imminent use of force. A preemptive act is not considered self-defense. Self-defense is limited to blocking and removing one’s self from the area by reasonable means. Sanctions: Sanctions can very from educational assignments, community service, disciplinary probation, and suspension. DUI/DWI. Driving Under the Influence/ Driving While Intoxicated (DUI/DWI): Students who operate motor vehicles (including, but not limited to, passenger vehicles, motorcycle, motorized bicycles, scooters, vespa, or golf cart) while after consuming alcohol while under under 21, or over the legal limit (.08) for those over 21. This can also include being under the influence of illegal or misused substances. Instances where students operate motor vehicles under the influence with passengers in the vehicle, or where others are injured or could have been injured by such an action, shall be considered especially egregious. Disciplinary Probation. The student has engaged in behavior that the University deems unacceptable. In contrast to being suspended or asked to leave an institution, disciplinary probation often lets students or student organizations remain at the school during a probationary period. Disciplinary probation requires students to remain free from additional disciplinary sanctions during a predetermined time period. Probationary periods can extend

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from a few weeks to an entire semester or academic year. Violations while on DP may result in suspension or expulsion and are considered at the time of the sanctioning phase of the subsequent offense. Failure to Comply. Failure to comply with the directives of High Point University officials (security, faculty, residence life, and housing staff, etc.) or other appropriate off-campus authorities, including law enforcement officials acting in the performance of their duties, is a serious offense. Such conduct as failure to provide ID and disrespectful, uncooperative, abusive, or threatening behavior in and out of the classroom will be dealt with severely. This includes, but is not limited to campus regulations regarding the use/ wearing of personal protective equipment in designated areas, proximity directives (ex. social distancing), or other personal/ community safety measures as deemed necessary by the University. Other examples of failure to comply: • When directed to do so, students shall appear before University official or student conduct bodies; • Disregarding the terms of a sanction by failing to uphold any requirements or deadlines related to sanctions in place due to a previous Conduct Code violation policy. This includes but is not

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limited to any program requirements, counseling requirements, random drug testing, etc.; • Failure to comply with a random drug test (positive test or failure to complete the test) will result in extended random drug testing, disciplinary probation, parental notification, and substance education assessment. Additionally, failure to comply includes, but is not limited to: any directive of the Office of Student Conduct including all assigned sanctions, not just those linked to Disciplinary Probation (substance abuse assessment with a licensed clinician, Substance Education, Random Drug Tests); compliance with any University housing contracts, Terms of Participation, and Behavioral Contracts. Sanctions. If a student is found responsible for failure to comply he/she should expect a fine and potentially be referred to the Senior Vice President for Student Life, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, or Director of Student Conduct for further student conduct action. This will include additional sanctions up to removal from campus housing or suspension for additional offenses or for intentional actions that disregard the health and safety of others,


such as knowing they have COVID-19 or have a fever and intentionally go to the dining hall, class, group activities, etc. Fire Safety. Tampering with or misuse of fire alarm and firefighting equipment shall be prohibited and may result in university or criminal sanctions. Causing preventable and repeated fire alarms may result in university sanctions. Students who fail to evacuate buildings during alarms or who obstruct the evacuation of others or of first responders may be held responsible under this policy. The possession or use of fireworks or other explosives is prohibited. Violations of this policy may result criminal charges as deemed appropriate by local law enforcement. High Point University adheres to the requirements set forth by the High Point Fire Department and North Carolina Fire Code. For questions, please contact the EHS Department by emailing safety@ highpoint.edu. Sanctions for Fire Safety violations may range from warning, fines, educational sanctions, up to loss of housing, suspension or expulsion. Fireworks. The possession or use of fireworks or other explosives on University property is prohibited. Sanctions. Violators of this policy should expect sanctions ranging from fines and disciplinary probation up to suspension or expulsion. Forgery/Fraud. Students who possess or create false, altered, or fabricated materials for the purpose of deception of another. This may include, but is not limited to identification, university and/or admissions documents, or timecards. Sanctions for Forgery/Fraud violations range from fines, disciplinary probation to suspension or expulsion. Harassment. All forms of harassment are strictly prohibited.

Definition. Harassment is any activity by any individual, group, or organization which is intended to annoy, antagonize, or exhaust other persons. Such activities include, but are not limited to, frequent name calling, degradation of character, prank calls, or other activities which, by nature, are so profound as to cause or potentially cause mental anxiety, mental distress, panic, human degradation, public embarrassment, and/or humiliation. Action. Students who believe that they are being harassed should, when feasible, first clearly advise the other student, if known, that the behavior is unacceptable. If the behavior continues or if the student is unknown, the student should then consult with the Senior Vice President for Student Life, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life, or with another University administrator who shall seek investigation and resolution of the conflict. Sanctions. The responsible should expect the sanctions ranging from a warning to expulsion. Hazing. High Point University prohibits hazing by all students and campus organizations. Hazing is contrary to the institutional values and goals of High Point University and maybe a criminal offense in the State of North Carolina and will not be tolerated. If hazing occurs, disciplinary action will be taken against the individual(s) involved and/or the organization. Definition – any action or situation that involves potential members or new members that jeopardizes the student’s psychological, emotional, and/or physical well-being regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. High Point University defines three types of hazing: 4. Subtle hazing – behaviors that emphasize a power imbalance between potential/new members and other members of the group or team. 5. Harassment hazing – behaviors that cause emotional anguish or physical

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discomfort in order to feel like a part of the group. Harassment hazing confuses, frustrates and causes undue stress to the potential/new members. 6. Violent hazing – behaviors that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional or psychological harm. Daily Time Restrictions • New member activities are prohibited between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Length of New Member Education • New member education programs must be completed within six (6) weeks from Bid Day. Specific Prohibited Activities (this list is not all inclusive) New members are not to perform acts of servitude at any time during the new member education process. Examples are not limited to: sober driving, pickup/drop off service, delivery of meals/drinks/packages to members, running errands for members, or cleaning residences such as rooms, apartments, or chapter house.

tricks upon him; to frighten, scold, beat, or harass him; or to subject him to personal indignity.” Any violation constitutes a Class 2 Misdemeanor. State law requires that the faculty or governing board of a college or school to expel any student convicted of hazing in court. Ways to report hazing behavior: Campus Security 336-841-9112 HPU Hazing Hotline 336-841-4699 Director of Greek Life 336-841-9484 Office of Student Life 336-841-9231 Online at: https://cm.maxient. com/reportingform. php?HighPointUniv&layout_id=6 Housing Probation. Housing Probation is for a designated period of time. Any violation of the Code of Conduct or other University policies and procedures while on housing probation — no matter how minor —  may result in additional sanctions. These sanctions may include (but are not limited to) temporary or permanent separation of the student from University-managed living properties, suspension, or expulsion.

• New members are not to be contacted in any manner and asked for favors of any kind: including bringing meals/ drinks, cleaning; running errands of any kind.

Housing Relocation. Changing a student’s housing assignment. This may be a relocation to a new room or residential community as deemed necessary.

• The entire new member education period must be alcohol-free; there is to be no alcohol consumed at any time during the new member period regardless of the age of the new member.

Homesteading Revocation. Students may have their homesteading privileges revoked for the upcoming housing selection process.

Any member of the campus community found to be participating in hazing activities, including hazing activities for chapters/teams other than their own, are subject to charges of individual and/or chapter wide charges of hazing and subject to sanctioning. The State of North Carolina defines hazing in N.C. Statues 14.35-14.36 as “to annoy any student by playing abusive or ridiculous

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Insubordination. Verbal abuse of a faculty or staff member. To include resisting, delaying, or obstructing them in the execution of their duties or failing to follow direction from a faculty or staff member. Sanctions can range from a warning to suspension/expulsion. Sanctions. Violators of this policy should expect sanctions ranging from fines and disciplinary probation up to suspension or expulsion.


Interim Restriction(s). An interim restriction may be placed on a student by the Director of Student Conduct, or their designee, at their discretion and shall become effective immediately. Interim restrictions may be placed on a student or organization to limit their social or residential privileges, including, but not limited to, a restriction of areas the student is permitted to be present in, temporary housing relocation, events they may attend, or events they may participate in while a conduct process is ongoing (including investigations). Interim restrictions may be reviewed and altered as necessary. Notice of interim restrictions may be shared with necessary University officials as permitted by FERPA. Interim Suspension. An interim suspension of a student from the University for allegations of nonacademic misconduct may be imposed by the Senior Vice President for Student Life, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, or their designee, at their discretion and shall become effective immediately. Any student who receives an interim suspension will be required to remove themselves immediately from the residence halls. In some cases students will not be permitted to attend class and will be excluded from University property and University events unless the student’s presence on campus or at University events is explicitly authorized by the Senior Vice President for Student Life, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Director of Student Conduct, or their designee issuing the interim action. Students who have been interim suspended may be required to complete an evaluation with a licensed mental health professional if there is reasonable information to suggest that the student may have any form of mental health disorder or condition. Evaluations must be completed within five (5) business days of written notice.

The conduct process will be held until the completion of a required evaluation. The Director of Student Conduct or designee may review interim measures on a routine basis as information becomes available and may continue the interim measure, modify it, or lift the interim measure as deemed appropriate. Appeals of Interim Measures. Students may appeal interim measures to the Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee within five (5) calendar days of the interim action. Appeals are submitted in writing and limited to 1,500 words. The Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee may require the Director of Student Conduct or designee to respond to any questions or concerns raised in the appeal. The Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee may meet in person with the student if deemed necessary. The Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee will determine if the interim measure is appropriate and should remain in place, should be modified, or should be lifted. The Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee will notify the student and the Director of Student Conduct of their decision in writing. Lying. To deliberately tell an untruth. Students who knowingly provide false information to a member of the University community, including fellow students, faculty, staff, security, or the University Conduct Board shall be held responsible under this policy. Sanctions. Violators of this policy should expect sanctions ranging from fines and disciplinary probation up to suspension or expulsion. Misappropriation. Misappropriation is the act of taking, without right or leave, that which belongs to another. If the property is

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sold, the seller remains responsible; but the buyer is also responsible. In addition to ordinary theft of personal or public property, misappropriation includes, but is not limited to: • improper removal of furnishings or other items from public areas; • improper copying of computer software/programs; • improper removal of University signs or door plates; • copying or showing of videos in violation of copyright laws; • improper removal of items from vending machines; • eating in The Café or at The Market without paying; • improper removal of food or other items from The Café or The Market; • improper removal of items from the library; • unauthorized access to information technologies; • falsifying time cards; • misappropriation of corporate or public property (e.g., signs, crates, carts). Misappropriation is a violation of both the University Conduct Code and the University Honor Code. Therefore, where a student is accused, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Director of Student Conduct, or the Senior Vice President for Student Life, at her/his discretion, may charge a student with the violation of either. Sanctions. Restitution for or purchase/return of stolen property, plus a fine; and sanctions can range but may include suspension or expulsion. Where University property has been misappropriated for private use, the perpetrator ordinarily will be required to purchase the property at replacement value. Second Offense: the student should expect

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restitution for or purchase/return of item, a fine, suspension from the University, or removal from University housing. No Contact Order A No Contact directive may be imposed at the request of a student and/or at the discretion of a University Official. When a No Contact directive is put into place, the affected students must refrain from: 1. Approaching one another at any time; 2. Calling one another; 3. Communicating electronically (email, text, social media); or 4. Contacting or communicating with one another, including through a third party (meaning friends and family), in any way at any time. A No Contact directive implies no judgment or discipline and is enforceable on campus between registered students. The directive may include a ban from designated areas of campus. When a No Contact directive is issued, students may be required to move to a temporary living space or may be temporarily removed from a shared classroom as a means to create space for the situation to be resolved. For a No Contact directive to be issued, one or more of the following criteria must be met: • Evidence of threat of immediate harm (which may result in an investigation); • Students involved in an ongoing investigation; • Harassment/Stalking/Sexual Misconduct/Dating Violence (both before and after complaint regardless of outcome), For a No Contact directive to be removed: • Both parties must agree; AND • Investigation is resolved (if applicable). High Point University is a residential campus and students may encounter one another in


public spaces on campus. In keeping with the spirit of the No Contact directive, if students encounter one another in public spaces or events, including, but not limited to, cafeteria, Promenade, academic buildings, sporting events, food venues, cinema, or University concerts, they are to refrain from intentionally engaging one another visually, verbally, or through a third party. Obstruction. Students who prevent the safe or normal operation of campus and its members. Sanctions for Obstruction range from warning to suspension and/or expulsion. Obstruction of Emergency Response. Students who obstruct entry/exits of buildings or disregard emergency instruction by a University, Law Enforcement, or other Emergency Responder. Sanctions for Obstruction range from warning to suspension and/or expulsion. Obstruction of University Official. Students who prevent a University Official from completing their job required duties or prevent University Officials from maintaining campus safety/orderly operations. Sanctions. Violators of this policy should expect sanctions ranging from fines and disciplinary probation up to suspension or expulsion. Restricted Areas. Except in case of fire, you may not use fire escapes; you may not sit on or hang from windowsills; and you may not access ledges or roofs. Students may not place items in/on or out of windows such as signs, banners, flags, clothing, window decals, etc. This can result in conduct referrals for tresspassing or unauthorized access. Smoking. High Point University is a tobaccofree campus. The following is a summary of health risks associated with the use of tobacco. Although nicotine is addictive, most of the

severe health effects of tobacco use comes from other chemicals. Tobacco smoking can lead to lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. It increases the risk of heart disease, which can lead to stroke or heart attack. Smoking has also been linked to other cancers, leukemia, cataracts, and pneumonia. All of these risks apply to use of any smoked product, including hookah tobacco. Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of cancer, especially mouth cancers. In order to continue to provide a healthy and clean atmosphere for all residents, the University prohibits smoking and is a tobacco-free community. Sanctions. Violators of this policy should expect sanctions ranging from fines and disciplinary probation up to suspension or expulsion. E-cig Policy. High Point University is a tobacco-free campus. In order to continue to provide a healthy and clean atmosphere for all residents, the University also prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes which includes vapes, vaping, and Juul’s. Sanctions. Violators of this policy should expect sanctions ranging from fines and disciplinary probation up to suspension or expulsion. Solicitation. Solicitation of donations, business, or advertising the sale of items without express written permission from the Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee is prohibited. Participation in approved fundraising events is not considered a violation of this policy. Sanctions. Range from warning and restitution to suspension. Sunbathing. Sunbathing should take place in University pool areas. Students are prohibited from utilizing the lawn in front of Roberts Hall for sunbathing. Sanctions for this policy shall range from a warning to a fine.

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Suspension. A student is removed from campus, residential areas, and classes for a specific period of time. During this time, the student is not allowed on campus. If they are found to be on campus they can be arrested for trespassing and removed from campus. If a student needs to be on campus during the business day for official University business, they must receive approval from the Office of Student Life in advance. In order to be eligible for readmission, the student must be in compliance with the terms of their suspension. If a student violates the terms of their suspension, the last adjudicating board (student board or the appellate board) will review the case and sanctions and has the ability to increase or extended those sanctions. If a student is suspended through the conduct/academic process for any amount of time they are not eligible to transfer coursework in from another institution. Tampering of Property and University Equipment. No University equipment may be moved, altered, or effected without University permission. Sanctions can range from reprimand, to restitution, to suspension based on the severity of the incident. Sanctions. Violators of this policy should expect sanctions ranging from fines and disciplinary probation up to suspension or expulsion. Unauthorized Entry/Trespass. Entering into a building, residential space, office, or other area not designated for student use or public access without proper authorization when the room or space is locked is prohibited. This can include but is not limited to: attic spaces, basements, balcony or roof areas, utility closets, and other areas of the residence hall/house that should not be accessed by students whether locked or unlocked. Entry to any other prohibited University Managed property on or off campus (including construction sites) shall be a violation of this policy. Students who enter spaces through means other than

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the main door (ex. window) shall be held responsible under this policy. Sanctions. Range from restitution to suspension based on the severity of the incident, a warning, access restriction, fine, disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion. Unauthorized Party. There are is to be no more than one (1) guest per resident within any property at a time, with the exception of University approved events held in Greek Village residential facilities. This does not include residents of the property. (i.e. If there are seven (7) residents in a property, there only can be seven (7) guests permitted in the property at one time.) More guests than this at a property will be defined as an unauthorized party. Sanctions. First offense: $100 fine and disciplinary probation, second incident is removal from residential housing and/or referral for suspension. University Safety. Failing to stop at a security checkpoint, violating perimeter security, allowing an unknown person to follow you into a card access protected area, propping or taping a door lock, or failing to comply with other established security policies. Loitering/Solicitation. For your protection, loitering and solicitation are specifically prohibited. If you encounter people loitering or soliciting in your residence hall, you should contact a member of Student Life or call campus security at 336-841-9112. Sanctions. Visitors and their guests are expected to comply with established policies and other University regulations. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, a monetary fine, loss of visitation privileges, loss of housing assignment. Weapons. The University prohibits possession or carrying of weapons of


any kind on campus, whether openly or concealed regardless of permit. Weapons include, but are not limited to, any gun, rifle, pistol, firearm of any kind (including BB gun, air rifle, or pistol), dynamitecartridge, explosive of any sort, bomb, stun gun, taser, grenade, bowie knife, pocket knife, switchblade knife, dagger, slingshot, razors or razor blades (except for shaving), and any sharp pointed or edged instrument (except for tools or instructional supplies used for instrustion, food preparation or maintenance of University property), mace, pepper spray, brass knuckles, sword, bow (composite or otherwise), club or bludgeon, collapsible baton or night stick, bow staff, nunchucks, or ammunition of any kind. Decommissioned or inoperable firearms are prohibited. Any item as classified as a weapon under North Carolina law (NCGS ยง 14-269.2) is prohibited. Students who are found in possession of such an item may be referred to Law Enforcement as well as the Office of Student Life. Students who are engaging in university approved performance pieces may request approval for prop items that may imitate prohibited items from the Chief of Security and the Senior Vice President of Student Life or designee. Any and all prohibited weapons not confiscated by police pursuant to be a criminal charge shall be confiscated by Security and not returned.

Sanctions for Weapons violations range from a warning to disciplinary probation, loss of housing privileges, suspension, or expulsion. Confiscation. When prohibited by University policy or by federal, state, or municipal statutes, the University reserves the right to confiscate such prohibited personal property, including, but not limited to, safes, lock boxes, appliances, pets, weapons, drug paraphernalia, flammable items, and materials which compromise the health, safety, or security of residents. Property confiscated by Security will not be returned. Criminal charges. If a student is charged with a felony they may be banned, restricted, or suspended from campus at the discretion of the Senior Vice President for Student Life, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, or Director of Student Conduct until the matter is adjudicated. Statement on Parental notification. All student educational records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. The University reserves the right to contact the parent(s) and or guardian(s) of a student found responsible for alcohol or drug related incidents, or in cases of suspension or expulsion, or in instances where the health or safety of their student is in question.

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Inclusivity at HPU High Point University is committed to fostering an inclusive learning and living community that welcomes and respect all students, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, sexual identities and gender expressions, abilities, classes, ages, and political ideas. We recognize that diversity also includes a range of geographic locations, communication styles, family makeup, educational background, military service, and other unique life experiences.

While High Point University is committed to the principles of free speech and free expression, each member of our community is responsible for engaging in ways that reflect civility, character, and care. It is our expectation that all members of our community engage with one another within the context of these guiding principles: Civility As members of the HPU Community, we are responsible for maintaining a positive campus climate in which all are treated with civility. This standard of respect fosters a sense of belonging and a spirit of inclusivity that all students, faculty, and staff need and deserve to thrive here at HPU. Character At HPU, all students, faculty, and staff are expected to operate with high moral character as we interact with others. We are to exercise integrity, fairness, and equality while learning, working, and living on campus. Care All members of the HPU community play a role in upholding our University mission of “every student receiving an extraordinary education in an inspiring

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environment with caring people.” We are called to care — for one another, for our University, and for our community. Non-Discrimination Statement High Point University shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in the administration of policies and programs involving admissions, educational services, financial aid, or other activities generally provided to undergraduate or graduate students at the University. The commission of any offense that is motivated by the race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, cultural background, disability, or any other defining characteristic of an individual or group of individuals is prohibited. Such offenses are enforceable under the Student Guide to Campus Life. Gender Identity Inclusion Policy HPU, through its non-discrimination policy, prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression. HPU is committed to providing safe and appropriate housing for all students, including those who self-identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. While


HPU generally assigns housing based on the sex listed on a student’s admissions materials, students seeking a housing assignment based on gender that varies from the sex listed on their admissions materials may contact the Office of Student Life to request a housing accommodation that best meets their needs and the needs of the residential community. Additionally, High Point University has gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.

environment for members within our campus community.

Bias Incidents

Bias Incident Reporting

High Point University does not tolerate or condone acts of bias and/or hate that evoke harm to our campus community or the well-being of our students, faculty, or staff.

We welcome students, faculty, and staff to report bias incidents as we strive to make High Point University safe and welcoming for all. Bias incidents can be reported online via the online Bias Reporting Form or directly to our Director of Multicultural Affairs. Should the incident involve sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or sex-based/ gender-based discrimination, it should be reported directly to the Title IX Coordinator.

Bias. A bias-incident is defined as language or actions that demean, degrade, threaten, or harass an individual or group based on their actual or perceived race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or status as a military veteran. Bias incidents are intentional and unintentional behavior that includes, but are not limited to, name-calling, stereotyping, belittling, inappropriate joking, and excluding others based on their identity. Such behavior creates an unfavorable, unsafe, and unwelcoming

Bias incidents have the potential to be a violations of university policy, state, and/or federal law. Sanctions for Bias policy violations may range from educational sanctions, probationary statuses, to suspension or expulsion.

All bias reports will be reviewed by our Director of Multicultural Affairs and Bias Response Team to gather information, provide support, guide mediation, and achieve resolution. In the event that behavior, actions, and/or language is determined to be a potential violation of our university policies, incidents will be referred to the conduct process for

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adjudication. In determining appropriate sanction(s), the University must examine and consider a number of factors, including, but not limited to: • the level of risk or harm to the community; • the nature and seriousness of the offense; • an apparent pattern of conduct including previous violations of this policy. A person who reports a bias incident has full discretion to disclose their identity, or remain anonymous, to the involved parties unless otherwise mandated by law or university policy. Multicultural Affairs and respective offices will support the affected person(s) throughout the investigative process and provide resources and/ or educational opportunities to the responding party. The affected person(s) may withdraw their complaint at any time, but this may limit the University’s ability to thoroughly investigate and respond to the reported incident. While anonymous reporting is available, it may prohibit the capacity of the university to conduct a full investigation of the incident and/or sanction a responsible party. Members of the High Point University community found responsible of bias motivated conduct should expect a sanction, or combination of sanctions, up to and including civility education, disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion. Violations Motivated by Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Disability, and other Factors Specified in the University Non-Discrimination Statement Bias-Motivated Aggravated Assault. An unwanted attack by a person(s) upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury based upon their actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. This type of assault is accompanied by

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the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. Sanctions. Members of the High Point University community found responsible of bias-motivated aggravated assault should expect sanction of expulsion. Bias-Motivated Simple Assault. An overt act or attempt, or the unequivocal appearance of attempt, with force and violence to immediately physically injure another person based upon their actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, with the show of force or menace of violence being sufficient to put a reasonable person in fear of immediate injury. A student may be justified in using force against another student when and to the extent that the person responsibly believes that the conduct is necessary to defend him/herself against the other imminent use of force. Sanctions. Members of the High Point University community found responsible of bias-motivated simple assault should expect sanction ranging from suspension to expulsion. Bias-Motivated Retaliation. Intimidation, threats, or harassment against someone who has reported a bias incident or cooperating with the investigation of a bias incident. Sanctions. Members of the High Point University community found responsible of bias-motivated retaliation should expect sanctions ranging from warning to suspension and/or expulsion. Bias-Motivated Arson. Any willful or malicious burning or attempting to burn, with or intent to defraud, a symbol with cultural and/or historical significance, a University house or residence, educational/ administrative building, University property, motor vehicle both personal or University owned or, personal property of another.


Sanctions. Members of the High Point University community found responsible of bias-motivated arson should expect sanction of expulsion. Bias-Motivated Threats. Any written or verbal threat of violence or actions that are communicated, issued, or conducted on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and other factors outlined in the non-discrimination statement via any medium (including electronic communication and social media). Sanctions. Members of the High Point University community found responsible of bias-motivated threats should expect sanction ranging from educational sanction to suspension and/or expulsion. Bias-Motivated Vandalism. An action motivated by race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property. Sanctions. Members of the High Point University community found responsible of bias-motivated vandalism should expect sanction ranging from restitution to suspension/expulsion. Discrimination. Students can expect to participate fully in the University community without discrimination as defined by federal, state, or University regulations. Any unfair distinction, treatment, or detriment to an individual compared to others that is based upon an individual’s actual or perceived race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, cultural background, disability, or defining characteristic(s). Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work, living on campus, access to opportunities at High Point University, or educational performance.

warning or educational sanction to suspension/expulsion. Hate Speech. Verbal or written speech including via email, text message, group message applications, and/or social media that is intended to offend, insult, intimidate, or threaten an individual or group based on an actual or perceived trait or attribute, such as race, sexual orientation, religion, color, gender, or disability. This includes name-calling and racial slurs. Sanctions. Members of the High Point University community found responsible of hate speech should expect sanction ranging from disciplinary probation to suspension and/or expulsion. Hate Crime. An offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against actual or perceived race, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, religion, national origin, cultural background, disability, or any other defining characteristic of an individual or group of individuals is prohibited. For Clery Act purposes, Hate Crimes include any of the following offenses that are motivated by bias: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny theft, simple assault, intimidation, and/or destruction/damage/vandalism of property.

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Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Grievance Policies In accordance with Title IX, 34 CFR Part 106, and university standards, High Point University is committed to operating educational programs and activities that are free from sex-based and gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct. This mission also extends to admissions and employment. HPU takes all allegations of sex-based and gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct seriously. We welcome your involvement in fostering a campus community that strives to prevent sex-based and gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct in all their forms and to compassionately respond to and support the parties involved. The university’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the administration and coordination of High Point University’s Title IX-related policies, programs, and compliance efforts. The scope of these responsibilities includes, among other things, oversight of complaint resolution, resources, communications, and training in connection with Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination based upon sex or gender. The Title IX Coordinator can answer questions and address any concerns about Title IX, 34 CFR Part 106, and university policy. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may also be referred to the Assistant Secretary at the Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250, Mail Stop 0115, phone: (202) 720-3808). High Point University’s grievance process can be found below and on High Point University’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct webpage (http://www.highpoint.edu/title-ix/).

How To Report If you or someone you know has experienced sex/gender-based discrimination and/or sexual misconduct, you may report the incident(s) or file a complaint. Any person may report sexual harassment, sex/gender-based discrimination and/ or sexual harassment, whether or not the person reporting is the person who is the victim of alleged misconduct. Students or applicants for admission can report online using the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Student Report Form on the HPU Title IX/Sexual Misconduct webpage (http://www.highpoint.edu/title-ix/) or contact the following resources at any time:

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Kayla Rudisel, JD Title IX Coordinator TitleIX@highpoint.edu 336-841-9138 317 Slane Student Center High Point University One University Parkway High Point, NC 27268 Gail Tuttle Senior Vice President of Student Life Deputy Title IX Coordinator GTuttle@highpoint.edu 336-841-9141 338 Slane Student Center Dr. Tara Shollenberger Assistant Vice President of Student Life Deputy Title IX Coordinator TShollen@highpoint.edu 336-841-9309 335 Slane Student Center


April Wines Associate Athletic Director Deputy Title IX Coordinator AWines@highpoint.edu 336-841-4645 117 Witcher Athletic Center After normal business hours and weekends, you can also contact HPU Security at 336-841-9112 to reach the staff supervisor on call. Required Reporting All HPU staff and faculty, except for the on-campus confidential resources detailed below, are required to report instances of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator. HPU employees who are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator include the following: • Faculty • Office of Student Life Staff • Resident Assistants • Athletic Coaches • Campus Security Department • Graduate Assistants • Faculty Advisors • Academic Advisors • Program Advisors • Learning Excellence Specialists On-Campus Confidential Resources Counseling: 336-888-6352 Emergency Counseling After Hours: 336-841-9112 (Referred by Security) Minister to the University: 336-841-9241 Minister/Clergy in Residence: 336-841-9828 Sport’s Chaplain: 336-307-1629 Manager of Chapel Programs: 336-841-9132 Student Health: 336-841-4683 File an Anonymous Report using the reporting form on the HPU Title IX and Sexual Misconduct webpage

Jurisdiction This policy applies to the education program and activities of HPU, to conduct that takes place on the campus or on property owned or controlled by HPU, at HPU-sponsored events, or in buildings owned or controlled by HPU’s recognized student organizations. The Respondent must be a member of HPU’s community in order for its policies to apply. This policy can also be applicable to offcampus misconduct that effectively deprives someone of access to HPU’s educational program. HPU may also extend jurisdiction to off-campus and/or to online conduct when the Title IX Coordinator determines that the conduct affects a substantial HPU interest. Regardless of where the conduct occurred, HPU will address notice/complaints to determine whether the conduct occurred in the context of its employment or educational program or activity and/or has continuing effects on campus or in an off-campus sponsored program or activity. A substantial HPU interest includes, but is not limited to, the following: a. Any action that constitutes a criminal offense as defined by law. This includes, but is not limited to, single or repeated violations of any local, state, or federal law; b. Any situation in which it is determined that HPU poses an immediate threat to the physical health or safety of any student or other individual; c. Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property, or achievements of oneself or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or d. Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests or mission of HPU.

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If the Respondent is unknown or is not a member of the HPU community, the Title IX Coordinator will assist the Complainant in identifying appropriate campus and local resources and support options and/or, when criminal conduct is alleged, in contacting local or campus law enforcement if the individual would like to file a police report. Further, even when the Respondent is not a member of HPU’s community, supportive measures, remedies, and resources may be accessible to the Complainant by contacting the Title IX Coordinator. In addition, HPU may take other actions as appropriate to protect the Complainant against third parties, such as barring individuals from HPU property and/or events. All vendors serving HPU through thirdparty contractors are subject to the policies and procedures of their employers and are expected to follow the conduct guidelines of HPU with performing services on campus. When the Respondent is enrolled in or employed by another institution, the Title IX Coordinator can assist the Complainant in liaising with the appropriate individual at that institution, as it may be possible to allege violations through that institution’s policies. Similarly, the Title IX Coordinator may be able to advocate for a Complainant who experiences discrimination in an externship, study abroad program, or other environment external to HPU where sexual harassment or nondiscrimination policies and procedures of the facilitating or host organization may give recourse to the Complainant.

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Definitions: Violations of University Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) regards sexual harassment, a specific form of discriminatory harassment, as an unlawful discriminatory practice. Sexual harassment, as an umbrella category, includes the offenses of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Acts of sexual harassment may be committed by any person upon any other person, regardless of the sex, sexual orientation, and/ or gender identity of those involved. HPU takes all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously. • When an incident involving an allegation of sexual misconduct is against a student, the definitions below serve as potential Title IX and Sexual Misconduct policy violations and conduct that the University prohibits. • When an incident involving an allegation of sexual misconduct is against a faculty member or staff member, the applicable Title IX policy can be found on the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct webpage (http:// www.highpoint.edu/title-ix/). Complainant is an individual who is the reported victim of conduct that could constitute sexual misconduct. Respondent is an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual misconduct. HPU has adopted the following definition of sexual harassment in order to address the unique environment of an academic community.


Dating Violence, defined as: a. Violence, b. on the basis of sex, c. committed by a person, d. who is in or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the Complainant. i. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the Complainant’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. For the purposes of this definition— ii. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. iii. D  ating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence. Domestic Violence, defined as: a. Violence, b. on the basis of sex, c. committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the Complainant, d. by a person with whom the Complainant shares a child in common, or e. by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the Complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, or f. by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the Complainant under the domestic or family violence laws of North Carolina, or g. by any other person against an adult or youth Complainant who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of North Carolina.

*To categorize an incident as Domestic Violence, the relationship between the Respondent and the Complainant must be more than just two people living together as roommates. The people cohabitating must be current or former spouses or have an intimate relationship. Stalking, defined as: a. Engaging in a course of conduct, b. on the basis of sex, c. directed at a specific person, that i. would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety, or ii. the safety of others, or iii. Suffer substantial emotional distress. For the purposes of this definition— (i) Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the Respondent directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property. (ii) Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the Complainant. (iii) Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily require, medical or other professional treatment or counseling. Sexual Assault, defined as: Sex Offenses, Forcible: Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the Complainant, including instances in which the Complainant is incapable of giving consent. a) Forcible Rape: i) Penetration,

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ii) no matter how slight, iii) o f the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or iv) oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, v) without the consent of the Complainant. b) Forcible Sodomy: i) Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, ii) forcibly, iii) a nd/or against that person’s will (non-consensually), or iv) not forcibly or against the person’s will in instances in which the Complainant is incapable of giving consent because of age or because of temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. c) Sexual Assault with an Object: i) The use of an object or instrument to penetrate, ii) however slightly, iii) t he genital or anal opening of the body of another person, iv) forcibly, v) and/or against that person’s will (non-consensually), vi) or not forcibly or against the person’s will in instances in which the Complainant is incapable of giving consent because of age or because of temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. d) Forcible Fondling: i) The touching of the private body parts of another person (buttocks, groin, breasts, etc.), ii) for the purpose of sexual gratification, iii) forcibly,

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iv) and/or against that person’s will (non-consensually), v) or not forcibly or against the person’s will in instances in which the Complainant is incapable of giving consent because of age or because of temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. Sex Offenses, Non-forcible: e) Incest: i) Non-forcible sexual intercourse, ii) between persons who are related to each other, iii) within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by North Carolina law. f ) Statutory Rape: i) Non-forcible sexual intercourse, ii) with a person who is under the statutory age of consent of North Carolina. Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to HPU’s education program or activity. Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Quid Pro Quo is defined as an employee of HPU conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of HPU on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct. Consent Consent is • voluntary, • freely given, • informed, • positive cooperation in act and attitude, • revocable at any time, and • ongoing throughout a sexual encounter.


Consent to sexual activity on one occasion is not consent to engage in sexual activity on another occasion. A current or previous dating or marital relationship shall not be sufficient to constitute consent. Consent to some form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law cannot consent to sex intercourse with each other. • Consent may not be assumed. If there is any ambiguity or confusion a person involved should stop the activity and clarify and confirm consent. Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity must stop immediately. Consent is not freely given if: • It is obtained through the use of force, through the fear of or the threat of force, intimidation, coercion, or by kidnap; • The individual has acted or spoken in a manner which expresses they refuse to give consent. • The complainant was unable to give consent for any of the following reasons: o The individual is unable to make an informed decision due to incapacitation; o The individual is unconscious, asleep, or suffering from shock; o The individual is under the statutory age of consent; or o The individual has a permanent or temporary mental disorder or developmental or physical disability, and therefore legally unable to give consent. Coercion is the practice of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner by use of intimidation or threats or some other form of undue pressure or force. Coercion may include the use of emotional manipulation to persuade someone to do something the person does not want to do.

Incapacitation is the state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions due to a lack of capacity to give knowing consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of the sexual interaction) due to alcohol, prescribed medication, predatory drugs, or other drugs. Prohibition of Retaliation Retaliation is defined as intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or against an individual for engaging in protected activity. Protected activity consists of (1) making a report or complaint about conduct reasonably believed to constitute a violation of the University’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct policies, or (2) testifying, assisting, or participating in any manner in an investigation or other proceeding related to such a complaint. Retaliation is prohibited under HPU’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy. Violations of the HPU Sexual Misconduct Policy In addition to the forms of sexual harassment described above, which fall within the coverage of Title IX, High Point University additionally prohibits the following offenses as forms of discrimination outside of Title IX. Sex/Gender-Based Harassment Sex/Gender-Based Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe or pervasive, or objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive working or learning environment. Conduct may appear to be consensual may also be unacceptable and deemed harassment. Interference with Procedures Interference with Title IX/Sexual Misconduct procedures is strictly prohibited. Interference includes, but is not limited to the following:

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1. K  nowingly falsifying, distorting, or misrepresenting information provided to the Title IX Coordinator, an investigator, hearing board, executive committee, or appeal official; and/or 2. K  nowingly instituting a complaint without cause and in bad faith. Non-Consensual Viewing, Recording, Dissemination Non-consensual viewing, recording, or dissemination is defined as: • I ntentional observing or recording by any means the nudity, partial nudity, or sexual activity of another without that person’s consent and/or • Intentional sharing of images or recordings of the nudity, partial nudity, or sexual activity of another without that person’s consent. Reporting a Potential Violation of the Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policies Complaints of violations of High Point University’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct policies may be reported at any time. A complaint may be filed at any time, regardless of the length of time between the alleged misconduct and the decision to file a complaint. Complainants are encouraged to make reports as soon possible after the alleged conduct occurs in order to best preserve any evidence for the University to investigate the facts, determine the issues, and provide an appropriate remedy or disciplinary action regardless of a police report being filed. However, this does not mean that the desired resolution is impossible. Individuals are encouraged to meet with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators at any time to discuss options. Complainants also are encouraged to report incidents of sexual violence to the local police department by calling 911 or HPU Security at 336-841-9111.

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1. Filing an anonymous complaint a. A complainant can file an anonymous complaint using the reporting form on the HPU Title IX and Sexual Misconduct website (http://www. highpoint.edu/title-ix/). The purpose of an anonymous report is to comply with the complainant’s wish to keep the matter private, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the complainant and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving individuals, determine where there is a pattern of misconduct with regard to a particular location, method, or individual, and alert the campus community to potential danger. • If the Complainant decides to file a complaint anonymously and is a victim of alleged sexual misconduct, the University encourages the individual to seek out the available medical and mental health resources listed in the Student Guide to Campus Life. Individuals who wish to make a formal complaint at a later date may contact the Title IX Coordinator at any time. 2. Filing an informal complaint a. If a complainant does not request a formal investigation process, they can still access reasonable supportive measures such as mutual No Contact order, housing alternatives, and academic supports. b. If the complainant requests that their name or other identifying information not be shared with the respondent or that no formal action be taken, the Title IX Coordinator will balance the request against the following factors to determine whether the request can be honored:


i. The nature and scope of the alleged conduct, including whether the reported conduct involves the use of a weapon; ii. The respective ages and positions of the complainant and respondent; iii. Th  e risk posed to any individual or the campus community by not proceeding, including but not limited to, the risk of additional violence; iv. Whether there have been other reports of conduct by the respondent; v. Whether the report reveals a pattern of misconduct at a given location or by a particular individual or group; vi. The complainant wishes to pursue disciplinary action; vii. Whether the University has other means to obtain relevant evidence; viii. Considerations of fundamental fairness process to the respondent; and ix. The University’s obligation to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment. 3.How to file a formal complaint a. Formal Complaint means a document filed/signed by a Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging the Respondent violated the Title IX and/or Sexual Misconduct and requesting that HPU investigate the allegation. b. A  formal complaint can be filed with the Title IX Coordinator in person, via mail, email, or by using the contact information detailed above. c. Th  e Title IX Coordinator reserves the right to initiate a formal complaint and the investigation process without a formal complaint from or against the wishes of the complainant.

4. Title IX Coordinator authority to consolidate complaints If two or more persons have an agreement/ plan to intentionally carry out prohibited conduct, each person may be deemed responsible for such prohibited conduct. Formal complaints as to allegations of sexual misconduct may be consolidated when the allegations of sexual misconduct arise out of the same facts or circumstances. 5. Mandatory and Discretionary Dismissal of Formal Complaint The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex or gender. Title IX is a federal civil rights law in the United States of America that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX states that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Title IX addresses many forms of sexual misconduct. However, Title IX does not address all the forms of sexual misconduct that High Point University prohibits in our community. Title IX does not address conduct alleged in the formal complaint if: 1. It would not constitute sexual harassment/misconduct as defined under Title IX even if proved, 2. It did not occur in the University’s education program or activity, 3. It did not occur against a person in the United States, or if 4. The complainant was not participating in or attempting to participate in the education program or activity* of the University at the time of filing.

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*Education program or activity includes locations, events, or circumstances over which the University exercised substantial control over both the respondent and the context in which the sexual misconduct occurs, and also includes any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the University. In compliance with federal law, the parties will receive a notice of “dismissal� if reported conduct does not constitute conduct prohibited by Title IX. However, the reported conduct may still constitute a violation of HPU Sexual Misconduct Policy and be subject to investigation and adjudication. The Title IX Coordinator may dismiss a formal complaint if: 1. Th  e allegations would not constitute sexual misconduct as set forth in the HPU Sexual Misconduct Policy even if proved, 2. A  complainant notifies the Title IX Coordinator in writing that they would like to withdraw the formal complaint or any allegations in the complaint, 3. Th  e respondent is no longer enrolled or employed by the University, or 4. S pecific circumstances prevent the University from gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination as to the formal complaint or allegations in the complaint. The Title IX Coordinator will promptly send written notice of the dismissal, including the reason(s) for the dismissal to both parties. Both parties have the opportunity to appeal the dismissal of a formal complaint or any allegations in the formal complaint in the manner set forth in the Appeal Procedures section. A dismissal does not preclude action under another provision of the University’s code of

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conduct. Even if the University is unable to take disciplinary action, the University will seek to take any prompt and effective steps to prevent sexual misconduct from occurring. Impartial, Equitable, and Prompt Proceeding The University endeavors to maintain a prompt, equitable, and impartial proceeding. Any rights or opportunities that the University makes available to one party during the investigation will be made available to the other party on equal terms. All proceedings and meetings will be conducted by officials who do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainant(s) or respondent(s) generally or an individual complainant or respondent. Due to availability, absences, conflict of interest, etc., employees may delegate their duties to another trained person upon approval by the Title IX Coordinator. All employees involved in the formal complaint process are trained as required by applicable law. The university will conduct a timely investigation. The process allows for the reasonable extension of time frames for good cause and with written notice to the complainant and respondent of the delay and reason for the delay. The Title IX Coordinator maintains discretion to reasonably advance the process. The university will give timely notice of proceedings and meetings. Supportive Measures Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge. Supportive measures are available to both complainants and respondents before or after the filing of a formal complaint, or where no formal complaint has been filed.


The University will maintain as confidential any supportive measures provided to the parties, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the University to provide the supportive measures. These supportive measures may include, but are not limited to: •R  eferral to counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services; •R  eferral to community-based service providers; • Visa and immigration assistance; • S tudent financial aid counseling; •E  ducation to the community or community subgroup(s); • Altering campus housing assignment(s); •A  ltering work arrangements for employees or student-employees; • Safety planning; • Providing campus safety escorts; •P  roviding transportation accommodations; • I mplementing contact limitations (No Contact orders) between the parties; •A  cademic support, extensions of deadlines, or other course/programrelated adjustments; • Timely warnings; •C  lass schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence; • I ncreased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus ; •A  ny other actions deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator. No Contact Orders A No Contact Order may be imposed at the request of a party or the discretion of a Title IX Coordinator. When a No Contact Order is put in place, the party must refrain from:

1. Approaching one another at any time; 2. Calling one another at any time; 3. Communicating electronically (email, text, social media); 4. Contacting or communicating with one another through a third party (including friends and/or family), in any way, at any time; 5. Other terms outlined in the No Contact order that may be required specific to the terms of the case. A No Contact directive implies no judgment or discipline. When a No Contact directive is issued, individuals may be required to move to a temporary living space or may be temporarily removed from a shared classroom as a means to create space for the situation to be resolved. High Point University is a residential campus and individuals may encounter one another in public spaces on campus. In keeping with the spirit of the No Contact directive, if the persons encounter one another in public spaces or events, including, yet not limited to, cafeteria, Promenade, academic buildings, sporting events, food venues, cinema, or University concerts, they are to refrain from intentionally engaging one another visually, verbally, or through a third party. Violations of No Contact orders will be referred to appropriate student or employee conduct processes for enforcement. Interim Actions and Emergency Removals If an individual files a report with the University, interim actions or emergency removal may be necessary, “including, but not limited to, temporary exclusion from HPU programs and activities or leave from part or all of the HPU campus. HPU may consider removing a respondent

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from HPU’s education program or activity on an emergency basis, the Title IX Coordinator may refer a consideration for emergency removal to the TAT Team, which will conduct the individualized safety and risk analysis.

a party chooses to advise, support, and/ or consult with them throughout the grievance process. The university maintains a pool of trained advisors who are university employees that the parties may choose from.

Parties’ Rights

If a party is unable to arrange an advisor on their own within five (5) days of receipt of the Notice of Investigation (NOI), the Title IX Coordinator may assign the party a university trained advisor.

Once a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator, equal access and resources are given to both the complainant and respondent. Right to Notify Law Enforcement Each party has the right to report an incident of sexual misconduct or other criminal activity to campus security or local law enforcement. Right to Supportive Measures

It may be helpful to inform the advisor of all meetings and deadlines as soon as the parties are made aware so that the advisor can provide their advisee with prompt support. Right to Notice of Investigation

Each party will have the opportunity to access supportive measures including, but not limited to, temporary housing relocation, No Contact orders, and academic adjustments.

Each party will be notified of the University’s investigation via a Notice of Investigation (NOI) letter. The NOI will reiterate the investigation proceedings as well as their rights to an advisor and campus resources.

Right to Campus Counseling Services

Right to Present Evidence

Each party has equal access to oncampus counseling services. A mental health professional can not only provide a nonjudgmental space to unpack experiences, they can also teach new ways to deal with trauma.

Each party will have an equal opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence.

Once a formal complaint is filed the following rights attach: Right to an Advisor Resolving a complaint through the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct process can be a challenging experience, and for that reason both parties are encouraged to seek the assistance of an advisor to support and accompany them through the process. Each party may have one (1) advisor present with them for support throughout the proceedings. The advisor may be a friend, mentor, family member, attorney, or any other individual

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Right to Notification of Outcome Each party will be informed of the outcome of the hearing board proceeding and any appeal in writing, including any applicable sanction(s). Right to Appeal Both parties have the opportunity to appeal a determination regarding responsibility and a dismissal of a formal complaint or any allegations in the complaint to the Executive Committee within five (5) days of the issuance of the decision. Appeals are submitted by completing the online appeal form that can be found on the Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct webpage. See Appeal Procedures Section.


Investigation Of Formal Complaints

c. Any relevant information, documentation, or electronic media;

1. Th  e Title IX Coordinator will inform the respondent and complainant in writing of the investigation.

d. Any other information believed to be relevant to the reported behavior;

2. Th  e Investigator will investigate the claims. The Investigator is primarily responsible for the investigation of the reported conduct. The investigation is a neutral fact gathering process. 3. The Investigator will: a. Conduct a fact-finding inquiry or investigation into the complaint, including appropriate interviews and meetings with each party and witnesses. b. C  reate, gather, and maintain investigative documentation, as appropriate. c. D  isclose appropriate information to others only on a need-to-know basis, consistent with state and federal law. d. Handle all data in accordance with applicable federal and state privacy laws. e. P  repare a written investigation report summarizing the investigation. The investigator will determine the relevance of any proffered evidence and exclude irrelevant evidence from the investigation report. f. B  oth parties may inspect and review any evidence obtained as part of the investigation that is directly related to the reported conduct contained in a formal complaint. 4. To help ensure a prompt and thorough investigation, the parties are encouraged to provide as much of the following information as possible: a. A description of any relevant incident(s), including the date(s) and location(s); b. The identities/names of any relevant witnesses;

e. A written statement addressing the reported conduct. 5. After receiving the report prepared by the Investigator, the Title IX Coordinator sends to each party and the party’s advisor, if any, the investigation report. Each party will have 10 calendar days to submit a written response to the Title IX Coordinator. 6. Title IX Coordinator will refer the matter to the Director of Student Conduct, who will take the following actions: a. Review the Hearing Board Procedures; b. Schedule and manage the Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board; c. Notify both parties of the date, time, and location of the Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board. 7. A Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board will take place between 7 to 21 calendars after the parties receive their final copy of the investigation report. Estimated Timeline: 60 to 90 days from filing a formal complaint to hearing board outcome. Each case is unique, and the process for handling the incident may be impacted by factors such as the complexity of the investigation, the scope of the allegation, the parties’ schedules and availability, and/or the academic calendar. Although the University will make best efforts to complete the process based on the estimated timelines outlined in the policy, there may be a need to exceed any of the stated timelines. The University will provide the parties with periodic status updates, as available, throughout each step of the grievance process and notify the parties if any part of the process will exceed the estimated timeframe.

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Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board Procedures A Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board consists of a panel of trained justices and the Hearing Chair. The Hearing Board is used to determine responsibility, along with appropriate sanctions. The Hearing Chair is responsible for determining whether a question is relevant and explaining any decision to exclude a question as not relevant. If the Title IX Hearing Board determines responsibility, the Chair will provide any prior violations of University policy to the panel to consider appropriate sanctions. Standard of Evidence High Point University uses a preponderance of the evidence as its standard of evidence in all disciplinary and Title IX/Sexual Misconduct matters. This means that the information needs to show that it is “more likely than not” that a violation of the policy occurred. The Respondent is presumed to be not responsible. The presumption may be overcome only where there is sufficient evidence by a preponderance of evidence to support a finding that the respondent is responsible for violating University policy. Hearing Format 1. Th  e Hearing Chair will read the charge(s) to which the respondent must respond, “not responsible,” or “responsible,” for each. 2. Th  e complainant has the option, but is not required, to provide a brief verbal or written opening statement addressing the charges. Upon request by the complainant, the hearing chair, in its discretion, may read the written statement out loud or provide copies of the written opening statement to the hearing board and the respondent. 3. F  ollowing an opening statement, the hearing panel will ask the complainant questions. Once the hearing panel has completed its questioning, the respondent’s advisor may question the complainant.

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The hearing chair will determine if the question(s) are relevant and will explain any decision to exclude a question as not relevant. 4. The respondent has the option, but is not required, to provide a brief verbal or written opening statement addressing the charges. Upon request by the respondent, the hearing chair, in its discretion, may read the written statement out loud or provide copies of the written opening statement to the hearing board and the complainant. 5. Following an opening statement, the hearing panel will ask the respondent questions. Once the hearing panel has completed its questioning, the complainant’s advisor may question the respondent. The hearing chair will determine if the question(s) are relevant and will explain any decision to exclude a question as not relevant. 6. Following the parties’ presentations of evidence, the hearing chair will call each witness to be questioned by the hearing panel. Once the hearing panel has completed its questioning, the parties’ advisor may question the witness(es), or parties may submit questions in writing to the hearing chair. The hearing chair will determine if the question(s) are relevant and will explain any decision to exclude a question as not relevant. 7. The Investigator will be available as a witness to address questions related to the report or investigation proceedings as needed by the complainant, respondent, and/or Title IX/Sexual Misconduct hearing board. 8. The complainant has the option, but is not required, to provide a brief closing statement or impact statement presenting any final remarks. Following the closing statement, the hearing panel may ask any additional questions for the complainant. The respondent’s advisor may question the complainant. The hearing chair will


determine if the question(s) are relevant and will explain any decision to exclude a question as not relevant. 9. The respondent has the option, but is not required, to provide a brief closing statement or impact statement presenting any final remarks. Following the closing statement, the hearing panel may ask any additional questions for the respondent. The complainant’s advisor may question the respondent. The hearing chair will determine if the question(s) are relevant and will explain any decision to exclude a question as not relevant. 10. Once the closing statements and inquiry is complete, the justices will deliberate in private. The justices shall evaluate the evidence and decide, based on a preponderance of the evidence, an outcome of responsible or not responsible and, if responsible, determine appropriate sanctions. A decision is reached by a majority of the justices. Both the complainant and respondent will be notified in writing of the outcome of the hearing, if applicable, corresponding sanctions, and appeals process by the Hearing Chair. The determination regarding responsibility becomes final either on the date that HPU provides the parties with the written determination of the result of the appeal, if an appeal is filed, or if an appeal is not filed, the date on which an appeal would no longer be considered timely. ONLY FOR HPU SEXUAL MISCONDUCT HEARINGS (NON – TITLE IX MATTERS): The party’s advisors may not ask direct questions (cross-examination) of the other party or witnesses. The parties will not be permitted to interact directly with each other. Questioning will be facilitated by the Hearing Chair. Arrangements for Hearings All parties, witnesses, and other participants may appear at the live hearing virtually with technology enabling participants to see and

hear each other simultaneously. At the request of either party, the university will consider conducting an in-person hearing. The University will create an audio or audiovisual recording of any hearing and make it available to the parties for inspection and review at any time. Requests to review recordings may be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator in writing. However, the recording may not be released to either party without consent of all involved or if required by applicable law. Students may request a written transcription of the hearing recording; however, any cost associated with this transcription may be passed on to the party making the request. If any ADA accommodation is needed, please advise the Title IX Coordinator no later than (3) three days prior to the scheduled hearing. Witnesses and Evidence Each party will have an equal opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence. Any credibility determinations will not be based on a person’s status as a complainant, respondent, or witness. All witnesses, evidence, information should be presented to the investigator prior to the conclusion of the investigation. Any information or evidence submitted will be shared with the other party at least 10 days prior to the Title IX/ Sexual Misconduct Hearing. Questions and evidence about the complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant unless such questions and evidence about the complainant’s prior sexual behavior is offered to prove that someone other than the respondent committed the conduct alleged by complainant, or if the questions and evidence concern specific incidents of the complainant’s prior sexual behavior with respect to the complainant and are offered to prove consent. The University cannot require, access, consider, disclose, allow, rely upon, seek disclosure of, or otherwise use a party’s protected records or information without the voluntary, written consent of the relevant party or individual.

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Protected records or information include, but are not limited to, the the following: (1) Records that are made or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional acting in the professional’s or paraprofessional’s capacity, or assisting in that capacity, and which are made and maintained in connection with the provision of treatment to the party; and (2) Information protected under a legally recognized privilege (e.g. attorneyclient, married individuals, clergy and communicant, psychotherapist and patient, physician and patient, etc.). ONLY FOR TITLE IX HEARINGS: If a party or witness does not submit to questioning during the hearing, the justices cannot rely on any statement of that party or witness in reaching a determination regarding responsibility. However, the justices cannot draw an inference about the determination regarding responsibility based solely on a party’s or witness’s absence from the hearing or refusal to answer questions. Sanctions Sanctions are designed to hold students accountable for their actions and to protect the safety of the university community. Sanctions are also designed to restore or preserve equal access to the University’s education program or activity. The following may be considered: a. The threat or use of a weapon; b. Th  e presence of a pattern and/or practice of behavior; c. The gravity of a respondent’s actions; d. The respondent’s intent; e. The respondent’s past conduct record even if those allegations did not result in a finding or outcome; f. Power imbalance between the parties.

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The Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board will determine sanctions for each policy violation pursuant to the following guidelines: The minimum sanctions for Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Forcible Fondling, Incest, Stalking, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Sex/Gender-Based Harassment, Interference with Procedures, Non-Consensual Viewing, Recording, Dissemination are disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion. The minimum sanctions for Forcible Rape, Forcible Sodomy, Sexual Assault with an Object, and Statutory Rape are suspension or expulsion. The following sanctions may be utilized in response to any of the above violations: Loss of privileges, residential and/or campus bans, No Contact order, withholding or revoking a degree, restitution, educational program/project/class, housing relocation, housing termination, counseling referral, educational conversation with faculty or staff, fines, residence hall expulsion/eviction, community service, any other University sanctions, or any other appropriate reformative sanctions. See applicable employee handbook Quid Pro Quid sanctions. Appeal Procedures Both parties have the opportunity to appeal a determination regarding responsibility and a dismissal of a formal complaint or any allegations in the complaint to the Executive Committee within five (5) calendar days of the issuance of the decision. Appeals are submitted by completing the online appeal form that will be included in any decision letter from the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board or can be found on the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct webpage. If neither party requests an appeal within the (5) calendar day timeline, any sanction will take effect immediately at the end of the (5) calendar day appeal timeline.


Appeals are limited to 1,500 words, including attachments. Grounds for the appeal must be clearly and concisely stated, and all relevant information substantiating the grounds for appeal should be included. The following constitute appropriate grounds for appeal: (1) the procedural irregularity that affected the outcome; (2) new evidence that was not reasonably available at the time the determination regarding responsibility or dismissal was made, that could affect the outcome of the matter; or (3) Title IX Coordinator, investigator, or decision-maker had a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainant or respondent generally or the individual complainant or respondent that affected the outcome of the matter. Mere dissatisfaction with Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board or dismissal outcome is not a valid basis for appeal. In addition, appeals are not intended to be a rehearing of the matter. The scope of the appeal will be limited to the grounds for appeal included in the written appeal submissions. In any request for an appeal, the burden of proof lies with the party requesting the appeal, because the outcome will be presumed to have been decided reasonably and appropriately. The Assistant Vice President for Student Life will assess the written appeal to determine whether it is properly filed, based on permissible grounds, and in compliance with word count limitations. If it is determined that the written appeal does not meet any of these criteria, the appeal will be denied without review by the Executive Committee. Once the appeal is filed, the other party must be notified of the appeal in writing. If the appeal is determined to be properly filed, the other party will be given an opportunity to

review and respond to the written appeal. Responses to written appeals are due five (5) days after receipt of a copy of the appeal and are limited to 1,500 words. If both parties have filed an appeal, the appeal documents from each party will be considered together in one appeal review process. Each party will be provided the other party’s appeal and may provide a response to the other party’s written appeal. Responses to written appeals are due five (5) days after receipt of a copy of the appeal and are limited to 1,500 words. Once an appeal is received and determined to meet the criteria for filing an appeal, the Executive Committee may, at its discretion, choose to hold a meeting, or it may decide the matter based on the written submissions. If strictly necessary and at the discretion of the Executive Committee, it may interview or request documentation from any individual to gather more information about the basis for the appeal. After reviewing all submitted materials, the Executive Committee may: (1) affirm the outcome; (2) return the matter to the original or a newly constituted Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board with instructions to cure the procedural error, perceived conflict of interest/bias, or to consider the new evidence; (3) return the matter to the original or a new investigator with instructions to cure the procedural error, perceived conflict of interest/bias, or to consider the new evidence; (4) change the sanctions; or (5) overturn the dismissal. Decisions by the Executive Committee are by a majority vote of Executive Committee members present and participating in the appeal consideration. The outcome (including rationale for the result) of the Executive Committee will be made in writing to both the complainant and respondent. All decisions by the Executive Committee are final. Estimated Timeline: 25 to 30 days from request to Executive Committee outcome.

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Informal Resolution Process (IRP)

How to submit a request for IRP

At the request of either the complainant or respondent in writing, the University may facilitate an informal resolution process (IRP) that does not involve a full investigation and hearing. The University has chosen to offer IRP as an option for parties to choose a resolution that is best for them, while still serving the safety and educational needs of the campus community. Where circumstances allow for this, the Informal Resolution Process will be initiated as soon as possible after the filing of a formal complaint and the conclusion of an initial intake meeting. However, an IRP may be requested any time prior to the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board rendering its decision.

Informal resolution requests must be submitted, in writing, to the Title IX Coordinator and include the following:

The IRP process is voluntary, and both the complainant and respondent must consent in writing to participating in the IRP process. The University will not require as a condition of enrollment or continuing enrollment, or employment or continuing employment, or enjoyment of any other right, waiver of the right to an investigation and adjudication of formal complaints. ONLY FOR TITLE IX MATTERS: The request for IRP must be made after a formal complaint has been made and both parties have been provided with written notice of the allegations and possible options for resolution. Is IRP appropriate? The Title IX Coordinator will determine whether the request for IRP is appropriate for the particular Title IX/Sexual Misconduct complaint. In addition, IRP is not appropriate to resolve an allegation that any HPU employee has sexually harassed a student. The Title IX Coordinator may deny a request for IRP if the Title IX Coordinator determines that IRP would not be appropriate for the unique allegations and circumstances, even if both the complainant and respondent consent to the request.

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1) An explanation of why the party is requesting the IRP in lieu of the formal proceedings; 2) An overview of what the party would like to communicate to the other party involved. Once the written request is received, and the University determines the request is appropriate for the particular complaint, the other party will be invited to review the written request for IRP. If the other party agrees, the IRP will be facilitated by a qualified University official. The initiation of the IRP will only occur if both parties give voluntary, informed, and written consent. Participating in IRP IRP may include a broad range of strategies, including, but not limited to mediation or restorative justice and may be conducted by any means (in-person, virtually, email, etc.) the Title IX Coordinator determines to be appropriate, based on factors such as the nature of the complaint, the desires of the parties, and any other relevant considerations. The Title IX Coordinator may facilitate the IRP or assign a facilitator as appropriate. If either party believes that the assigned facilitator of IRP has a conflict of interest or bias, they should notify the Title IX Coordinator immediately. If the Title IX Coordinator is the facilitator, either party should notify the Senior Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs if a party believes that the Title IX Coordinator has a conflict of interest or bias. Any resolution through IRP must be mutually agreed upon in writing by the parties involved, and this written agreement will become the final outcome of the case. The outcome of IRP may result in disciplinary measures against the respondent. At any time prior to agreeing


to a resolution in writing, any party has the right to withdraw from IRP and resume the formal complaint process. The facilitator is prevented from participating in a formal resolution process as a witness, Hearing Chair, and justice. The Title IX Coordinator maintains records of any resolution that is reached in accordance with the records retention section of this policy. Estimated Timeline: 7 to 14 days from request to resolution. However, each case is unique, and the process for handling the incident may be impacted by factors such as the complexity of process, the scope of the allegation, the parties’ schedules and availability, and/or the academic calendar. Although the University will make best efforts to complete the process based on the estimated timeline, there may be a need to exceed this timeline. The University will provide the parties with periodic status updates, as available, throughout each step of the grievance process and notify the parties if any part of the process will exceed the estimated timeframe. Privacy and Maintenance of Records High Point University will take precautions to preserve the privacy of both the complainant and respondent during the investigation of a reported violation of the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct policy. The school will keep confidential the identity of complainant, respondent, and witnesses, except as may be permitted by FERPA, as required by law, or as necessary to carry out a Title IX/Sexual Misconduct proceeding.

However, the University must handle information and records regarding an alleged Title IX/Sexual Misconduct report in accordance with applicable law. For example, in instances of potential imminent harm to the community, the University may be required by federal law to inform the community of the occurrence for the protection of all members of the community. Documents prepared in anticipation of any hearing, such as pre-hearing submission, notices of hearing testimony, and information submitted at the hearings may not be disclosed outside the investigation and hearing proceedings, including with advisors, except as may be required or authorized by law. The University maintains records related to Title IX, including investigations, appeals, resolutions, training, and supportive measures in accordance with Title IX regulations or as otherwise required by law. The University, in accordance with Title IX compliance, will to the extent practicable, try to comply with the wishes of the individual regarding their request for confidentiality or not pursuing a hearing. The University will take such requests seriously; however, such requests may limit the University’s ability to investigate and take reasonable action. Under federal law, the University may be required to move forward with an investigation and take reasonable action in response to the complaint, no matter if these steps may be limited by a request for confidentiality. Title IX requires the University to evaluate the request of the complaint next to the University’s concern for the safety, wellbeing, and non-discriminatory environment

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Unhealthy Relationships and Abusive Behavior

Resources and Prevention Programs and Initiatives High Point University is committed to operating educational programs and activities that are free from sex-based and gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct. The Title IX Office, in partnership with Panther Prevention, offers a number of training opportunities and educational sessions for students, faculty, staff, and other members of the HPU community. If you have any questions about unhealthy relationships, abusive behavior, resources, or HPU prevention programs and initiatives please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Kayla Rudisel. Kayla Rudisel, JD Title IX Coordinator TitleIX@highpoint.edu 336-841-9138 317 Slane Student Center High Point University One University Parkway High Point, NC 27268

Warning Signs of Unhealthy Relationships and Abusive Behavior

• Th  reatens to commit suicide if the other partner wants to dissolve the relationship;

Someone may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if their partner:

• C  ontrols finances or refuses to share money;

• C  alls them names, insults them; or continually criticizes them; • D  oes not trust them and acts jealous or possessive; •T  ries to isolate them from family or friends. Monitors where they go, who they call and who they spend time with; • M  onitors and/or controls their social media accounts (what they post, who they are friends with/connected to, etc.); • C  hecks their partner’s cell phone for text messages and/or calls;

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• Does not want them to work;

• Punishes them by withholding affection; • E  xpects them to ask permission to spend time with friends, spend money, wear certain clothes or makeup, etc; • Th  reatens to hurt them, their friends, family, or pets; • Humiliates them in any way. Someone may be in a physically abusive relationship if their partner has ever: • D  amaged property when angry (thrown objects, punched walls, kicked doors, etc.);


• P  ushed, slapped, bitten, kicked, or choked them; • A  bandoned them in a dangerous or unfamiliar place; • Scared them by driving recklessly; • Used a weapon to threaten or hurt them; • Forced them to leave their home; •T  rapped them in their home or kept them from leaving; • P  revented them from calling police or seeking medical attention; • Used physical force in sexual situations. Someone may be in a sexually abusive relationship if their partner: •V  iews people as objects and believes in rigid gender roles; • A  ccuses them of cheating or is often jealous of their outside relationships; • Wants them to dress in a sexual way; • I nsults them in sexual ways or calls them sexual names; • H  as ever forced or manipulated them into to having sex or performing sexual acts; • Held them down during sex; • D  emanded sex when they were sick, tired, or after physically harming them; • Hurt  them with weapons or objects during sex; • I nvolved other people in sexual activities with them; • Ignored their feelings regarding sex. Someone may experience stalking through: • N  on-consensual communication through various forms including, but not limited to, in-person communication, telephone calls, voice messages, written letters, and gifts, or through text messages, email messages, social networking site postings, instant messages, postings of pictures or information on web sites that are undesired and/or place another person in fear or

cause emotional distress; • F  ollowing, pursuing, waiting, or showing up uninvited at a workplace, place of residence, classroom, or other locations frequented by a victim; • S urveillance and other types of observation, whether by physical proximity or electronic means; • Trespassing; • Vandalism; • Non-consensual touching; • D  irect physical and/or verbal threats against a victim or a victim’s loved ones; • G  athering of information about a complainant from family, friends, coworkers, and/or classmates; • M  anipulative and controlling behaviors such as threats to harm oneself, or threats to harm someone close to the complainant; • D  efamation or slander against the complainant. Examples of Sexual Harassment include, but are not limited to: • Direct propositions of a sexual nature; • S exual innuendoes and other seductive behavior, including subtle pressure for sexual activity such as repeated, unwanted requests for dates, and repeated inappropriate personal comments, staring, or touching; • D  irect or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, promotion, grades, etc.; • C  onduct (not legitimately related to the subject matter of a course or curriculum, if one is involved) that has the effect of discomforting, humiliating or both, and that includes one or more of the following: o comments of a sexual nature, including sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, anecdotes, or graphic material (e.g., visuals, such as screen savers, which are sexually explicit);

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o u  nnecessary or unwanted touching, patting, massaging, hugging or brushing against a person’s body or other conduct of a physical nature; o r emarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body; o insulting sounds or gestures, whistles, or catcalls; o invading someone’s personal space or blocking their path; v u  nwelcome and inappropriate letters, telephone calls, electronic mail, or other communications; o d  isplaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons or posters (e.g. screen savers). • A  consensual romantic or sexual relationship which: o causes adverse treatment of third parties;. o o r creates a hostile or intimidating working or learning environment for third parties. Prevention Programs and Initiatives Programming, initiatives, and strategies informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcome that are intended to stop dating violence, domestic violence, nonconsensual sexual penetration, and stalking before they occur through the promotion of positive and healthy behaviors that foster healthy, mutually respectful relationships and sexuality, encourage safe bystander intervention, and seek to change behavior and social norms in healthy and safe directions. Campaigns that are sustained over time focus on increasing awareness or understanding of topics relevant to nonconsensual sexual penetration, dating violence, and stalking prevention. These programs will occur at different levels throughout the institution (i.e. faculty, athletics, incoming students) and will utilize a range of strategies.

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Awareness Programs Awareness program include programs, campaigns, or initiatives that increase audience knowledge of the issues of nonconsensual sexual penetration, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and share information and resources to prevent dating/domestic violence promote safety, and reduce violence. Awareness month campaigns include, “Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” “It’s On Us,” and other informational poster campaigns, resource websites, and educational programming that focus on sharing resources and information about these issues are examples of awareness programs. Bystander Intervention Every member of the High Point University community can play a role in facilitating safe and positive options. If community members look at potentially harmful situations through the lens of a bystander, there are options to intervene to prevent harm or intervene in situations of potential harm when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, non-consensual sexual penetration, or stalking. Everyone has options to intervene when they see something they think could be potentially harmful. 1. D  irect: Approach the situation directly. Say, “what’s going on?” or, “where are you going?” 2. D  elegate: Contact the Resident Assistant campus security. Or, find their friend to intervene. 3. D  istract: Do something to take attention away from the situation. Say, “security is coming,” or, do something silly to distract. Remember, you have options. If we all take one small action, we can create an environment that is intolerant of harmful behavior.


Programs to Prevent Sexual Misconduct

Ways to Reduce the Risk of Misconduct

HPU offers comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programming, initiatives, strategies, and campaigns intended to end dating violence, domestic violence, non-consensual sexual penetration, and stalking that:

The goal of these risk reduction strategies is to raise the awareness that sexual misconduct and sex/gender-based violence happens at High Point University. As you are reading these risk reduction strategies, please remember that if someone is assaulted, it is never their fault.

• A  re culturally relevant, inclusive of diverse communities and identities, sustainable, responsive to community needs, and informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness or outcome; and • C  onsider environmental risk and protective factors as they occur on the individual, relationship, institutional, community, and societal levels. Programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual harassment, and stalking include both primary prevention and awareness programs directed at incoming students and new employees and ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns directed at students and employees. To request a program related to prevention, please contact the Prevention Specialist at 336-841-9615 or the Title IX Coordinator 336-841-9138 or send an email to: studentlife@highpoint.edu. Risk Reduction Every individual at High Point University should expect to be treated with respect in their relationships. HPU is committed to the safety and welfare of all persons. When such relationships are no longer healthy or become violent or demeaning, we want every individual to call for assistance and support. We encourage our entire community to be an active bystander. When you see something, say or do something. At HPU, we want to have a community that is safe and one where all students are encouraged to look out for the wellbeing of their fellow students.

In social situations: •B  e an active bystander: direct, delegate, or distract (see Bystander Intervention section on page 134) when you see something potentially harmful. • G  et clear, unambiguous consent for every aspect of sexual activity. • I f someone says no or looks uncomfortable, stop what is happening. •A  sk for clarification if there are mixed messages. •C  ommunicate boundaries and expectations. • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or worried for any reason don’t ignore these feelings. Go with your gut and get out of the situation. •H  ave a backup plan. Sometimes plans change quickly. You might realize it’s not safe for you to drive home, or the group you arrived with might decide to go somewhere you don’t feel comfortable. Download a rideshare app, like Uber, or keep the number for a reliable cab company saved in your phone and cash on hand in case you decide to leave. When alcohol is involved: •K  eep an eye on your friends. If you are going out in a group, plan to arrive together and leave together. If you decide to leave early, let your friends know. If you’re at a party, check in with them during the night to see how they’re doing. If something doesn’t look right, step in. Don’t be afraid to let a friend know if something is making you uncomfortable or if you are worried about their safety.

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•K  now what you’re drinking. Don’t recognize an ingredient? Use your phone to look it up. Consider avoiding largebatch drinks like punches or “jungle juice” that may have a deceptively high alcohol content. There is no way to know exactly what was used to create these drinks. •D  on’t leave a drink unattended. That includes when you use the bathroom, go dancing, or leave to make a phone call. Either take the drink with you or throw it out. Avoid using the same cup to refill your drink. •D  on’t accept drinks from people you don’t know or trust. This can be challenging in some settings, like a party or a date. If you choose to accept a drink from someone you’ve just met, try to go with the person to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. •C  heck in with yourself. You might have heard the expression “know your limits.” Whether you drink regularly or not, check in with yourself periodically to register how you feel. •B  e aware of sudden changes in the way your body feels. Do you feel more intoxicated than you should? Some drugs are odorless, colorless, and/or tasteless, and can be added to your drink without you noticing. If you feel uncomfortable, tell a friend and have them take you to a safe place. If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, call 911, and be upfront with healthcare professionals so they can administer the right tests. •A  sk yourself, “Would I do this if I was sober?” Alcohol can have an effect on your overall judgment. You wouldn’t drive, make medical decisions, or ride a bike while intoxicated. Consent cannot be given by a person who is incapacitated. Therefore, it is imperative to be able to determine the difference between incapacitation and intoxication. Incapacitation is a state beyond drunkenness

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or intoxication. Please review the definition of consent above. Like any safety tips, these are not foolproof or a guarantee, but High Point University encourages you to consider using one or many of them in social situations. If you want to learn more, or have questions about more ways to reduce risk in our community, contact the Prevention Specialist at 336-841-9615. (RAINN.org, 2018) Resources For Students The resources listed are to assist you. Confidential Campus Resources The Office of Counseling Services Slane Center, 3rd Floor, 336-888-6352 Emergency Counseling After Hours: 336-8419112 (Referred by Security) The Office of Counseling Services provides confidential counseling services to currently enrolled University students. These services are included in student fees, with the exception of the cost of any medication which may be prescribed by our psychiatric provider. All clinicians are board-licensed by the State of North Carolina and are here to help all students, including both complainants and respondents who may or may not be engaged with Title IX proceedings. Minister to the University Hayworth Chapel, 336-841-9241 Oversees the University’s Christian and interfaith initiatives and is passionate about helping people of all religious backgrounds discover the depths of faith, hope and love in their own lives and stories. Minister/Clergy in Residence: 336-841-9828 Sport’s Chaplain: 336-307-1629 Manager of Chapel Programs: 336-841-9132 Student Health Services Student Health Services powered by Novant Health is located in the lower level of Wilson Residence Hall at 805 Panther Drive, (336) 841-4683.


HPU Student Health Services by Novant Health is committed to providing excellent, evidence-based medical care for acute and chronic conditions in a compassionate and supportive environment. Confidential Off-Campus Resources Family Service of the Piedmont (Sexual Assault Services) 1401 Long Street High Point, NC 336-889-6161 Family Justice Center 505 E. Green Drive High Point, NC 27262 336-641-3224 High Point Medical Center Wake Forest Baptist Health 601 N. Elm Street, High Point, NC 336-884-6000 Moses Cone Hospital 2630 Willard Dairy Road, High Point, NC 336-884-3777 N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault 919-871-1015 www.nccasa.net National Sexual Assault Hotline 24-hours: 800/656-HOPE (4673) National Domestic Violence Hotline 24-hours: 800/799-SAFE (7233) National Stalking Resource Center www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalkingresource-center www.notalone.gov Smartphone app: Circle of 6 Non-Confidential Off-Campus Resource High Point Police Department 1009 Leonard Avenue, High Point, NC Emergency: 911 Non-Emergency: 336-883-3224

Frequently Asked Questions 1. W  hat to do if you believe you have been sexually assaulted a. Y  our safety is a priority. Go to a safe place and/or call 911 if you need immediate medical or police assistance. b. E  ven if you do not feel it is an emergency, consider calling Campus Security at 336-841-9112 or Student Life. Get support from someone you trust, whether it is a friend, a Resident Assistant, or a family member. 2. P  reserving Evidence after a Sexual Assault: a. Y  ou will want to make sure that you consider preserving evidence. Do not shower, eat, drink, and try not to urinate; additionally, do not change clothes. If you have already changed clothes, place the original clothes in a paper bag (plastic may destroy evidence). If you have not changed, keep the original clothes on and bring an extra set to wear home from the hospital. Most importantly, if you have been sexually assaulted, consider a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) and blood tests for drugs. This type of medical testing and preservation will assist the student in having the option of criminal prosecution. b. M  edical examinations can be provided by hospitals without making a police report. This option allows the student to have evidence collected and preserved without giving his/her name to the police, or feeling obligated to pursue criminal charges. As far as reporting the assault, you may choose to do this at any time or in the future. You may report this incident to police, the Title IX Coordinator, HPU security or staff, and/or the Student Health and Counseling Center. If you are unsure about whether or not to report the assault, consider calling 336-889-7273 for Victim Services or explore online resources.

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Uniform Guidelines Summary of Sanctions

Sanctions listed are for typical violations of the University Conduct Code. Per the discretion of the Assistant Vice President for Student Life Director of Student Conduct, sanctions not indicated may be additionally imposed. For atypical violations, the full range of sanctions enumerated in A Guide to Campus Life may be imposed. For additional information, consult the appropriate section of A Guide to Campus Life. Also, during mandatory quiet hours (Final Examination period) or during breaks, if a student incurs fines and sanctions, they are doubled in amount. Prior violations: When a student has a prior conduct violation and incurs a subsequent violation, this will result in additional fines, community service hours, counseling referrals, disciplinary probation, and other sanctions as determined on a case-by-case basis. Such behavior and conduct infractions can be a deterrent from academic success and the University is committed to a student’s development and success in and out of the classroom. When appropriate, original fines will be instated when community service has not been completed. The Guide to Campus Life is reviewed annually. The guidelines become effective on August 1 of each year or the beginning of Summer Advantage, whichever date is earlier in the year. VIOLATIONS

DESCRIPTION

1st ALCOHOL

Distribution: first offense

$175

Substance Education, Parental Notification Loss of Homesteading Privileges and/or Housing Probation

2nd ALCOHOL

Distribution: second offense

$250

Sanctions range from disciplinary probation to suspension

1st ALCOHOL

Possession/consumption: first offense

2nd ALCOHOL

Possession/consumption: second offense

$100

AlcoholEDU (online), Parental Notification

3rd ALCOHOL

Possession/consumption: third offense

$200

Disciplinary Probation, Parental Notification, 3-Hour Substance Education Classes. Substance use consultations and loss of homesteading privileges.

ALCOHOL (Presence)

Underage and in the presence of Alcohol

ALCOHOL

Open Container

$50

Additional referrals can result in $50 incremental increases for repeated violations.

ALCOHOL

Paraphernalia

$25

Additional referrals result in $25 increases for each repeated offense.

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FINES

COMMENTS

Online Education (Echeckup), Parental Notification

Sanctions for the first offense range from a warning to a $50 fine. Additional referrals result in $50 increases to each repeated offense as well as additional substance education.


VIOLATIONS

DESCRIPTION

APPLIANCES

Prohibited

ASSAULT

Persons who abuse persons

CHECKOUT

Failure to clean room prior to check out

$50

You may be charged additional fees for cleaning the room, excessive trash can result in additional fines or sanctions.

CHECKOUT

Failure to remove all objects from room prior to check out

$25

1-3 small items left behind

$50

3-5 items

$100

5 or more items and/or personal furniture

CHECKOUT

Failure to check out with University official or Resident Assistant, or properly complete Express Checkout

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (Presence)

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

FINES $20

COMMENTS Per appliance Sanctions range from warning to suspension/ expulsion.

$50

Sanctions for the first offense range from a warning to a $100 fine. Additional referrals result in $100 increases in each repeated offense as well as additional substance education. Illegal possession of controlled substances

The full range of sanctions, including exclusion, suspension, expulsion, parental notification, and/or referral to drug enforcement agencies, may be imposed. The minimum penalty for a first-time violation of the controlled substance policy for schedule IV – VI drugs as defined by North Carolina Statute (e.g. Marijuana, THC, Hashish, Hash Oil, and prescription pill misuse) will be a $350 fine, random drug testing for one semester, online education, substance education group, and parental notification. A second violation for a controlled substance IV-VI will include a $500 fine, disciplinary probation for one semester, extended random drug testing for a semester, substance consultation, parental notification. The minimum penalty for a first-time violation of a controlled substance policy for a schedule I- III drug as defined by North Carolina Statue (e.g. Cocaine, LSD, Crack, Meth, Heroine etc.) will be a $500 fine, random drug testing and disciplinary probation for one year, online education, substance education, and parental notification. Depending on the circumstance, removal from University housing, suspension, or expulsion may be appropriate for a first time violation of this policy. A second violation for controlled substance I-III will be suspension or expulsion.

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VIOLATIONS

DESCRIPTION

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Illegal Controlled Substance Consumption

FINES

COMMENTS Sanctions. The minimum sanctions for a firsttime violation of the controlled substance consumption policy for schedule IV-VI will be a $150 fine, substance education group, and parental notification. A second violation for a controlled substance consumption of a schedule IV-VI will include a $350 fine, disciplinary probation for one semester, random drug testing for a semester, substance consultation, loss of Homesteading Privileges, parental notification. A third violation will result in a fine of $500, loss of campus housing. The minimum sanctions for a first- time violation of the controlled substance consumption policy for schedule I-III will be a $200 fine, substance assessment, random drug testing for one semester, disciplinary probation, and parental notification. A second violation for a controlled substance consumption of a schedule IV-VI will include a $500 fine, random drug testing for one year, substance assessment, loss of University Housing, parental notification. Suspension or expulsion may be considered for second time violations. A third violation will result in suspension or expulsion.

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Possession of drug paraphernalia

DECORUM

Inappropriate behavior at a University-sponsored function or on HPU property by an individual or organization

$100

You should expect exclusion and additional sanctions including civility education and/ or community service. In cases of especially egregious behavior (ex. engaging in activities that knowingly endanger other or expose them to infectious disease) loss of housing, suspension, or expulsion may be considered.

DECORUM (Fighting)

Involvement in fighting

$100

You should expect exclusion and additional sanctions including civility education. and/or Housing or Disciplinary Probation.

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The full range of sanctions, including exclusion, and/or referral to drug enforcement agencies, may be imposed. Sanctions for first offense include a fine not to exceed $200, completion of an online education and parental notification. Sanctions for a second offense include a fine not to exceed $350, assessment and random drug testing, discipline probation, and parental notification. Additional sanctions, including, but not limited to, fines, the loss of campus housing, or suspension, may be imposed and parental notification will occur.


VIOLATIONS

DESCRIPTION

FINES

COMMENTS

DECORUM (DUI)

Suspicion of driving while impaired with any substance

Not to exceed $300

Sanctions include one-year disciplinary probation, substance education, 20 hours of community service, and parental notification. A second violation will result in suspension, removal from housing, loss of parking privileges, suspension, or expulsion.

DESTRUCTION

If a student is found responsible for a destruction charge in the amount of $200 or more, the student’s right to homestead that property and future booking in that space will be forfeited. This includes multiple charges of destruction over the course of an academic year that add up to $200 or more combined in restitution.

Variable

Contingent upon the severity of the offense, sanctions shall ordinarily include restitution for damage, warning about housing relocation.

FAILED RANDOM DRUG TESTING

Mndatory purchase, relocation out of specific property, removal from University housing, suspension, or expulsion may be imposed.

First Offense

Disciplinary Probation, Substance consultation, parental notification, and extended Random Drug Testing for one semester.

FAILED RANDOM Second Offense DRUG TESTING FIRE ALARMS (Preventable)

Considered violation of disciplinary probation and the student will be faced with suspension.

1st Preventable Alarm activation within an academic year

no charge

2nd Preventable Alarm activation

$100 fine

3rd Preventable Alarm activation

$200 fine

4th and beyond Preventable Alarm activation

$500 fine

FIRE SAFETY

Varies

Items that violate this policy include: combustible materials, decorations, grills, candles, Christmas trees, inflatable pool/hot tubs, petroleum products, etc.

FIRE SAFETY

Hanging banners/drapes from ceilings/walls

$25

Possible confiscation

FIRE SAFETY

Misuse of, or tampering with, fire alarms, extinguisher, or devices

$150

Sanctions range from warning to suspension/expulsion; and/or criminal charges restitution mandatory purchase. North Carolina Criminal Law [Statute 142686] mandates a maximum fine of $500, or imprisonment, or both.

FIREWORKS

Possession or use

$100

You should expect disciplinary probation, exclusion, or suspension.

HARASSMENT

You should expect a range of sanctions from a warning to suspension or expulsion.

HAZING

You should expect a range of sanctions from a warning to suspension or expulsion. Organizations should expect suspension or loss of recognition.

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VIOLATIONS

DESCRIPTION

FINES

COMMENTS

HONOR CODE

First Offense

Minimum of “0” on graded assignment up to an “F” in the course.

HONOR CODE

Second Offense

Minimum of an “F(H)” at the maximum; student will be suspended. Additionally, an educational citation workshop will be required.

HONOR CODE

Third Offense

Minimum the student will be suspended at a maximum the student will be expelled.

IDENTIFICATION Failure to present identification /passport

$50

Additional referrals result in $20 increases for each repeated offense.

IDENTIFICATION False Identification (possession)

$100

Minimum of $100 fine to a suspension.

INSUBORDINATION Verbal Abuse of University

$100

Sanctions range from warning to suspension/ expulsion, loss of campus housing, and civility education.

LOST KEY

1st offense 2nd offense 3rd offense

$100 $200 $300

LYING

To deliberately tell an untruth

$100

Civility education

$100

Sanctions range from warning to suspension/ expulsion; restitution or mandatory purchase. Can include replacement and labor costs.

MISAPPROPRIATION Misappropriation of public

Variable

Sanctions range from warning to suspension/ expulsion; restitution or mandatory purchase.

NOISE

1st Noise Violation 2nd Noise Violation 3rd Noise Violation

Warning Noise disruptive to the campus community. $50 $100

PETS

Unauthorized

$100

Additional referrals may result in further sanctions that can include loss of residential housing and/or removal of the animal.

PROJECTILES

Playing frisbee/golf, etc. near buildings/vehicle/hard snowballs or other objects

$50

Restitution in case of damage or harm.

PROJECTILES

Throwing objects from windows

$100

Restitution in case of damage or harm; possible loss of housing.

PUBLIC URINATION (Decorum)

Urinating in public

$100

Sanctions range from warning to suspension/expulsion; restitution or mandatory purchase.

ROOM CHANGE

Unauthorized

$25

You may be required to move back to original room or to another room.

SAFETY

Failing to stop at a security checkpoint

$250

Sanctions range from warning to suspension/expulsion; restitution mandatory purchase.

Official or Staff Member and/ or failure to follow direction from a University Official

MISAPPROPRIATION Possession of stolen property

property for personal use

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VIOLATIONS

DESCRIPTION

FINES

COMMENTS

SAFETY

Violating perimeter security

$250

Sanctions range from warning to suspension/expulsion; restitution mandatory purchase.

SAFETY

Being in restricted areas. Ex. roofs, construction sites, etc.

$100

And may be required to move to another residential location.

SECURITY

Propping open outside doors/taping doors open 1st offense 2nd offense 3rd offense

$50 $100 $150

SECURITY

Loss/Replacement of Passport

$50

No refund if found.

SECURITY

Permitting Tailgating

$100

Allowing an unknown person to follow you into a card access protected area.

SMOKING/USE OF 1st offense TOBACCO

3-5 page paper on harmful effects of tobacco.

SMOKING/USE OF 2nd offense TOBACCO

$50

3 hours of community service and a reflection paper.

SMOKING/USE OF 3rd offense TOBACCO

$100

5 hours of community service and a reflection paper.

SMOKING/USE OF 4th offense TOBACCO

$200

Immediate referral to Assistant Vice President for Student Life and disciplinary probation.

TRASH

Failure to take trash to designated bins/Setting trash in hallways or stairways

$25

Excessive or recurring trash violations can result in additional fines or sanctions.

UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY/ TRESPASSING

Trespassing or breaking and entering University property

$100

UNAUTHORIZED PARTY

$100

VEHICLES

Failure to register

$50

VEHICLES

False registration

$500

VEHICLES

Parking violations

$50

VEHICLES

Currently all unsafe driving, which includes reckless driving, driving in excess of 21 MPH, failure to yield, failure to stop for stop signs, failure to stop at a security checkpoint, failure to bear right at circles, and failure to follow the direction of an officer 1st offense 2nd offense 3rd offense

For each 24 hours period that the vehicle is not registered.

$100 $150 $250 loss of University parking privileges

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VIOLATIONS

DESCRIPTION

VEHICLES

Operating a state unlicensed/unregistered vehicle 1st offense 2nd offense 3rd offense

VISITATION

Failure to register overnight guest

WEAPONS

Explosive Devices, Knives, Other

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FINES

COMMENTS

$100 $150 $250 impoundment and loss of University parking privileges $25 per night Range of sanctions can include warning to suspension or expulsion.


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2020-2021 Guide to Student Life  

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