TABLE OF CONTENTS Presidentâ€™s Message Introduction MEU Facts A Word About Our University History Faith & Philosophy Statement of Mission Guidelines for a Safe Environment Code of Student Conduct Rules of Student Conduct Sanction General Regulations Spiritual Life Dormitory Regulations Dormitory Life Personal Living Environment Common Living Environment Dormitory Leaves Personal Items Student Life Behavior Dress Standards Social Regulations Vehicle Registration and Parking University Services Food Service Health Service Scholarships and Grants Library Computer & Telecomm. Equip., Facilities & Services Recreation College Organizations Academic Information Grievance Procedures for Students with Disabilities Conclusion Definitions
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PRESIDENTâ€™S MESSAGE Dear Students, At Middle East University we have been enthusiastic about supporting students aspiring to reach their best since 1939. Our legacy of diversity, within our student body and among our faculty, sets us apart from other Universities. But I take the greatest pride in our passion for educating students. Having come from a family of educators and having been directly involved in education throughout my career, I feel I have the soul of a student. Approaching education from this perspective, I believe education is about exploring with you, the students, and going on a journey together. As you continue your educational journey here at Middle East University, it is important to strive for the highest achievement. As faculty and staff we constantly endeavor to foster an environment where all of us share my personal commitment to a lifetime of learning. It is our goal for you to one day say that your experience here was a period that changed your lives for the better. During your time at MEU, we hope that you will take full advantage of the opportunities and resources available and that you will view our campus as a safe, friendly, and peaceful place to study and learn. With warm regards, Dr. Leif Hongisto, PhD President of Middle East University Sabtieh, Baushrieh, Lebanon
INTRODUCTION We warmly welcome you to the Middle East University community. Your time here will be one of tremendous growth and exploration as you follow
the guidelines found in this handbook. This document can be thought of as a road map. The handbook describes the expectations for behavior and conduct in the Middle East University community and outlines the procedures to be followed when these expectations are not met. It is designed to protect your rights as well as those of your fellow community members. As these guidelines are followed, the Middle East University community will grow and flourish. The initial statements in this handbook were created by Middle East University students, faculty, and staff working together to define our community at Middle East University and to outline our shared principles and values. One aspect of the community is described this way: A university is a disciplined community, a place where individuals accept their obligations to others and where well-defined governance procedures guide behavior for the common good. Freedom is balanced with duty. Integrity and honesty are expected. Consideration for the needs and rights of others is the norm. Disagreement and conflict are acknowledged in respectful discourse. While some will think of this booklet as merely a collection of rules, these rules are really the expectations for behavior that we have agreed upon as a community. So once again, welcome to the Middle East University community and welcome to our community of shared principles and values.
MEU FACTS Founded 1939 Composition The University is comprised of four faculties: Faculty of Arts and Sciences Faculty of Business Administration Faculty of Education Faculty of Philosophy and Theology Teaching Faculty The teaching faculty is made up of committed, diverse, and dedicated professionals whose objective is to educate their learners holistically and empower them to develop traits of critical thinking, creativity, and quality performance. Students The student body is primarily composed of students from the Middle Eastern and North African regions. There is also a significant international presence on campus, which contributes to a rich cultural heritage. The student body is strengthened by its diversity. Degrees Offered MEU offers ten undergraduate and five graduate degrees. Accreditation and Association The Universityâ€™s academic programs and awarded degrees are recognized and accredited by the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Learning. The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (AAA) has granted tertiary status to Middle East University. The university has an association agreement with La Sierra University, California, USA and an international partnership with Griggs University, Michigan, USA. Location and Campus MEU is located on 30 hectares of quiet, green hillside, overlooking Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea. International Partners MEU is one of 107 Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities throughout the world. Refer to: http://education.gc.adventist.org/colleges.html
A WORD ABOUT OUR UNIVERSITY Our History Middle East University is a co-educational school owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1939, the Seventh-day Adventist Church recognized the need for a center of higher education in the Middle East and founded The Adventist College of Beirut in Mousseitbeh. To facilitate the growth of an expanding institution, the college was relocated to its present site in Sabtieh, Sad El Boushrieh, east of Beirut, in 1946. Renamed Middle East College, in that year, the cornerstone of the now North Hall was laid by His Excellency Sheikh Bechara El-Khoury, then president of the Republic of Lebanon. On June 28, 2001, Middle East College was formally and legally renamed Middle East University (MEU). This significant development validated the role of the institution as a center of higher education for the people of Lebanon and the Middle East. MEU is accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Higher Learning of the Lebanese Government and recognized by the Department of Education of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Washington D.C., as a four-year senior university. It is an accredited member of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Colleges. The university also has an association with La Sierra University, California, which is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Faith at MEU Middle East University is a Seventh-day Adventist institution. As a Christian university, we promote ethical standards and faith in God. We respect people of all faiths and gladly welcome them to our campus. We believe and exercise a holistic approach to life that balances the spiritual, mental, physical, and social powers given to us by God. Who are Seventh-day Adventists? Seventh-day Adventists are Christians who base their faith on Jesus Christ, and upon His Word, the Holy Bible. Above all, we believe in salvation by faith through Jesus Christ. Humanityâ€™s salvation is possible only because Jesus lived a sinless life while on earth, offered Himself as a supreme sacrifice, and then was resurrected into heaven. We believe that eternal life begins through faith in Christ. When we accept His life and death in our place, He promises to fulfill His exciting promise of taking us to Heaven when He returns.
Our church traces its history to the Protestant reformation and the great promise of salvation by faith. The Church was officially established in 1863 by a group of people from several different Christian denominations. These people believed in the Second Coming of Jesus, had a strong desire to
understand the prophecies found in the Bible, and recognized the seventh day as the biblical Sabbath. The name “Seventh-day Adventist” is derived from two important biblical teachings. “Seventh-day”—a reference to Saturday, the biblical seventh day of the week, and “Adventist”—a reference to the anticipated Second Advent of Jesus Christ. As a denomination we are committed to humanitarian service, Christian education, medical care, sharing the gospel freely with all men and women, and extending warm Christian fellowship towards all. Philosophy of MEU The university’s philosophy of education is Christ-centered, aiming to restore human beings into the image of their Maker. We believe that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God’s character and purposes can be understood as revealed in the Bible, in Jesus Christ, and in nature. We believe that God is infinitely loving, wise, and powerful. He relates to human beings on a personal level, presenting His character as the ultimate example for human conduct and offering His grace as the means of restoration. We recognize, however, that human motives, thinking, and behavior have fallen short of God’s ideal. Education in its broadest sense is a means of restoring human beings to their original relationship with God. Working together, homes, schools, and churches cooperate with divine agencies in preparing learners for responsible citizenship in this world and in the world to come. Our education imparts more than academic knowledge. It fosters a balanced development of the whole person—spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. It seeks to develop a life of faith in God and respect for the dignity of all human beings; to build character akin to that of the Creator; to promote loving service rather than selfish ambition; and to encourage independent thinking and maximum development of each individual’s potential.
Mission of MEU True to the philosophy of education of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the mission of Middle East University is to: • • • • • •
Provide its learners with a dynamic and integrated educational experience in a Christian context and scholarly environment. Present the challenge and opportunity to nurture commitment to and faith in God. Promote a healthy lifestyle, ethical standards, and personal values of love, generosity, justice, compassion, peace, mutual respect, and moral integrity. Encourage disciplined critical thinking, creative self-expression, and continuing intellectual growth. Empower its graduates for service and leadership roles in the local, regional, or global church community and society at large.
GUIDELINES FOR A SAFE ENVIRONMENT AT MIDDLE EAST UNIVERSITY The following guidelines have been established to create a safe and harmonious environment on campus for the university community. •
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MEU was founded on the principles of holistic living, which is accomplished through healthy lifestyle choices. As a result, MEU maintains a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free campus atmosphere. The university does not condone the use of tobacco products. Smoking is prohibited on campus. A penalty will be applied for any violation.
The university reserves the right to conduct random drug tests on any of its students to ensure a drug-free campus. Assemblies provide an opportunity to build a sense of community at MEU; therefore, attendance is required of all students. The assembly schedule will be posted on the bulletin board to make all students aware of the required dates of attendance. Your safety is our concern. We admonish you to drive slowly on campus and abide by the assigned parking spaces for students. Student spaces are designated by white marker lines in the parking lot while parking spaces marked by yellow lines are reserved for faculty and staff.
MEU is an international community where all persons are deemed to be of equal value irrespective of cultural background, race, religion, or political affiliation. Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. In keeping with the principles of MEU, we urge you to maintain a high standard of behavior both inside and outside of the classroom and to deal respectfully with other members of the university community. Additionally, we request that restraint be exercised on involvement with political issues on campus, including the discussion or display of political signs, flags, etc.
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT Preamble Middle East University is committed to fostering responsible community living and holds individuals accountable for their actions. In general, all members of our University community are expected to:
Conduct themselves lawfully, maturely and respectfully, while sharing the responsibility of maintaining behavioral standards essential to the institution’s success. Feel secure in person and property, while also protecting the rights of others. An individual student’s rights end when they threaten the rights of other members of the community, both inside and outside of the classroom. Abide by the University’s rules, as well as local law; sanctuary cannot be granted by the University. As a student, you are a valuable member of the Middle East University community. Through your words and deeds you contribute to the building of an inclusive community in which all can live and learn in an environment of academic freedom and respect. This is a place where all students have the opportunity to succeed. Code of Student Conduct 2012-13 As members of the Middle East University community, students are expected to uphold its standards, which can be found in the following pages. The new Code of Student Conduct includes some important changes that may impact you. A great deal of effort, research and consultation has gone into developing these documents. Our aim is to present to students, faculty and staff the policies, rules and code of conduct in clear and direct language. We will work to communicate the standards and the consequences for violating these standards, through outreach and educational efforts during the year ahead. Also included in this publication is the Middle East University Pledge, which attests to our commitment to inclusiveness and building a community of respect. Copies of the new Code of Student Conduct and the MEU Pledge are available in the Office of the Dean of Students, located in University Hall.
RULES OF STUDENT CONDUCT In order to maintain the principles of the Middle East University community and to ensure its continued growth and success, the following behavior is prohibited. Students engaging, attempting to engage, or assisting in the following actions are subject to disciplinary sanctions. 1.
Consumption, possession or purchase of alcoholic beverages by any student.
Possession, personal use, or purchase of marijuana, controlled substances, and prescription drugs prescribed to another person, illegal drugs; or possession of drug paraphernalia or any other device containing drug residue.
Distribution of controlled substances, prescription drugs prescribed to another person, or illegal drugs.
Theft of property or services or knowingly possessing stolen property.
Manufacture, sale, possession or use of altered documents, including those used for identification and those belonging to another person.
Intentionally or recklessly destroying or damaging property.
Endangering, threatening or causing physical harm to any person.
Stalking or communicating in a manner likely to cause injury, distress, or
All forms of harassment including sexual harassment.
10. Sexual assault, rape and any other form of sexual violence. 11. Hazing. 12. Possession of weapons, dangerous chemicals or explosives. 13. Unauthorized entry into or use of University premises; unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or access devices to any University premises; entering a residence hall without being an invited guest of or accompanied by a current resident of the building. 14. Failing to comply with the directions of University officials acting in performance of their duties.
15. Disorderly or disruptive conduct that interferes with the normal operations of the University or infringes on the rights of others. 16. Providing false or misleading information to the University or any University official.
17. Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion or other emergency. 18. Tampering with fire safety equipment; intentionally, carelessly or recklessly causing a fire to be ignited; or intentionally interfering with or failing to follow emergency procedures. 19. Making or distributing unauthorized video or photographic images of a person in a location in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy. 20. Violating any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct. 21. Bringing an animal into any University building with the following exceptions: certified guide dog, service animal or small fish in residence hall. 22. Violations of published University regulations or policies.
When violations of the Code of Student Conduct are addressed, the University conduct system attempts to create an active and educational
response taking into consideration the interest of the victim, interest of the accused and the overall well-being of the University community. 2.
Sanctions are intended to deter any subsequent violations. To restore community, sanctions will be appropriately tied to the offense and tailored to repair actual harm done.
The following sanctions may be imposed:
Disciplinary Warning Disciplinary warning is an official acknowledgment that rules have been violated. Warnings are for a designated period of time and include the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found responsible for further violations of the Code of Student Conduct while on warning. Disciplinary Probation Disciplinary probation is a serious and active response to a violation of rules. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found responsible for further violations of the Code of Student Conduct during the probationary period. Loss of Privileges Loss of privileges is the loss of specified privileges such as use of a particular facility, visitation to a residence hall, housing priority, contact with an individual, or other privileges for a designated period of time. Educational Projects and Community Service These sanctions involve the completion of projects, assignments, essays, service to the University, facilitation of or participation in programs, or other related assignments. Restitution Restitution may include payment to an individual or to the University to cover the cost of damage, destruction, defacement, theft or unauthorized use of property. It may also include payment for medical bills not covered by insurance.
Relocation or Removal from Housing Relocation is the reassignment of a student from one living space to another. Removal from housing is the removal of a student from all University-operated housing. Relocation and removal from housing are usually accompanied by loss of visitation privileges to specified residential areas, and are imposed for a specified period of time.
Final Probation Final probation is imposed only in very serious cases or cases where students are currently under a significant sanction. Final probation usually includes removal from all University housing and loss of visitation privileges to buildings or areas of campus, and is imposed for a specified period of time. Students found responsible for any further violation of the Code of Student Conduct while on final probation may be suspended from the University. Suspension Suspension is the separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified. Students who have been suspended may not be on campus without specific, written permission of the Dean of Students or designee. Expulsion Expulsion is the permanent separation of the student from the University. Students who have been expelled may not be on campus without specific, written permission of the Dean of Students or designee. NOTE: Recommendations for final probation, suspension or expulsion from the University are forwarded to the Dean of Students or his or her designee, who is the presidentâ€™s designee for final action. GENERAL REGULATIONS By enrolling at Middle East University, students signify their support of, and willingness to live in accordance with the objectives of the University and the standards of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The following behavior discourages a sense of community at Middle East University and is therefore unacceptable: â€˘ â€˘
Undermining and disregarding religious practices. Acts of dishonesty, including theft, plagiarism, giving or obtaining information in examinations or other academic exercises, or knowingly giving false information.
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Failure to respect individual personal rights such as: Physically or verbally abusing any person or engaging in conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of others. Obstructing or disrupting the study of others; the performance of official duties of the University personnel; the teaching, research, disciplinary, administrative or other functions of the University; or other authorized activities on University campus. Behavior such as disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct and expressions that are not in harmony with the principles of chastity. This requires avoidance of sexual promiscuity, including adultery, homosexual behavior, pre-marital sex and co-habitation. Gambling, betting or use of gambling devices. Possession or use of alcoholic beverages, drugs, marijuana or tobacco in any form or allowing their use in one’s room. Failure to obey, honor and sustain civil law. Possessing guns or exploding firecrackers, including the homemade variety, or the setting off of false alarms. Any suspicious use of school buildings. Continuous irregular attendance at required functions. Willful destruction or vandalism of any school property. Unauthorized use of dormitory facilities by day students. Willful disregard of parking and traffic rules on campus.
As a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education, Middle East University aims to maintain an environment where a lifestyle based on biblical principles is encouraged. Students are expected to respect and support this aim.
SPIRITUAL LIFE Private Devotions Having a personal relationship with God is a vital part of life. You are encouraged to guard this time and to take advantage of the beautiful, natural surroundings of the campus to commune with God. Worship Services Punctual and regular attendance is expected at all worship appointments, including the Week of Spiritual Emphasis. Dormitory Worships Monday to Friday Morning and evening worships are conducted in the dormitories to foster personality and character growth. With a reasonable motive, it is allowed to miss up to two of the five morning or evening dorm worships per week.
Church Worship Services For Seventh-day Adventist Students with a reasonable motive, it is allowed to miss one of these meetings per week. For non-Seventh-day Adventist Students Students are strongly encouraged to attend church programs offered by MEU at least once per month. The regular weekly services are listed below: • • • •
Wednesday evening prayer meeting Friday evening vespers Saturday morning: Sabbath School and Divine Service Saturday evening vespers
Weekly Dorm Meetings There is generally one dorm meeting per week. These meetings have the purpose of organizing activities, solving problems and settling all matters related to students’ life in the dorm. With a reasonable motive, it is allowed to miss one meeting per month. Exceptional situations If students are involved in missionary activities and participating at other Adventist meetings or Bible studies outside MEU that overlap with university worships, they are allowed to miss the meetings after having notified the dean. Students who leave the campus for the weekends are not obliged to attend the weekend meetings. In the case that a student does not follow attendance regulations, the disciplinary procedures for minor infractions will take place as described in the Sanctions section.
Sabbath Observance The University recognizes the seventh-day of the week as the Sabbath, instituted by God (Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11). This day of rest is observed from sunset Friday until sunset Saturday (Mark 1:32). During these sacred hours, students are expected to participate in the church services held on campus. Appropriate clothing is usually worn for all services. During the Sabbath hours, students are encouraged to engage in those activities which draw spiritual inspiration and nurture relationship with God. Therefore, cleaning of rooms, washing, drying and ironing are discouraged on Sabbath, and should cease at least one hour before sunset on Friday. Guidelines to Sabbath Observance Appropriate Activities: Bible study, proper reading, religious services, contemplation of nature, nature walks, meditation, prayer, soul-winning activities, purposeful conversation, listening to or participating in music that lifts the thoughts to heavenly themes.
Undesirable Activities Light talking, secular conversation, study for school lessons, certain kinds of music which draw the mind away from God. DORMITORY REGULATIONS Dormitory Life While the residence halls are intended to be your home away from home, they are not intended to be hotels. In the residence halls you will find a setting for the development and maturation of character and personality. It is here that friendships will be made that will enrich the years to come. It is here that a new respect will be gained regarding the rights of others and that new strengths will be developed in the valuable ability of being able to cooperate with others. Appointed Residence Assistants are available to help in dormitory routine work and supervision, and to assist in any minor problems that may arise in the dormitories. Your full support and cooperation will create a pleasant environment for all within the dormitory community. Personal Living Environment Deposits Students are required to pay 225,000 LLB as room and key deposit. Based on the condition of the room, either the full or a partial amount will be refunded upon return of the key to the dean. Room Care Each student is responsible for keeping his/her room neat and clean at all times. Any damage done to the woodwork, walls, furniture, etc., must be reported at once to the dean. Furniture must not be moved out of the room. Students will be held responsible for any damage caused during their stay in their assigned dormitory room. All students are expected to clean the common living areas in rotation. Room Courtesy All students are entitled to a certain amount of privacy. Therefore, no one should enter a studentâ€™s room without his or her permission. Day Students As part of the student body, all day students are expected to uphold the principles which are embodied in this Handbook and for which the school stands. Students are asked to remember that the dormitories are the private homes of the students in residence and therefore day students should not enter them except by invitation from a dormitory resident and by permission of the respective Dean of Residence.
Guests of Dormitory Residents When a student desires to invite evening guests to the dormitory, prior arrangements must be made with the dean. Visitors of the opposite gender are not allowed except by permission of the Dean. If the guests will be taking
meals at the cafeteria or desire accommodations, arrangements must be made in advance with the Business Manager of the University. Overnight Guests Guests may reserve rooms, when available, for several days. There will be a nominal charge per person per day. Luggage Empty boxes, trunks, and suitcases may be placed in storage in order to provide more space in the rooms. The university is not responsible for studentsâ€™ belongings that are left behind. If unclaimed, such items may be disposed of after two years. Common Living Environment Music and Television Radios, stereos and any form of media tools must be operated at a low volume so that roommates and neighbors are not disturbed. Music must not be heard during the study period. The television will be available in the lounge until 11:00 pm every evening, with the exception of the hours during the Sabbath and 1:00 am on Sunday. Study Period Sunday through Thursday evenings (7:00-10:00 pm) are set aside for concentrated study time. During this time the dormitory must be quiet. Peaceful Rest Students must respect their colleaguesâ€™ right to peaceful rest after the 11:00 pm closing time. Fire Hazards Please DO NOT leave lighted candles unattended. Cooking stoves and personal heaters are not permitted in the rooms. Tampering with the electrical facilities is forbidden and those doing so will receive a fine in the minimum amount of $50.00. Dormitory Leaves Students are permitted to leave campus after following proper notification procedures. These procedures have been put in place to ensure studentsâ€™ safety. In addition to notifying the dormitory deans, all leaves from campus, whether short term or overnight, should be registered at the gate with the gatekeeper by completing an exit sheet. 16
Short-term (less than 12 hours) Leave from Campus If a dormitory student leaves campus for less than 12 hours, he/she should complete an exit sheet at the gate with the gatekeeper. Long-term (more than 12 hours) Leave from Campus If a dormitory student plans to leave the campus for more than 12 hours, he/she should complete an exit sheet at the gate with the gatekeeper and also notify the dean. Notifications should be sent by e-mail six hours before leaving to email@example.com. Notifications should state clearly who is leaving (if it is a group, than all the names should be listed); the places he/she/they will go to; the time he/she/they will be leaving the campus; and the time of the return. Off Campus Leave Boarding students are not to leave the campus without making proper arrangements. These arrangements usually involve the respective work supervisor and the Dean of Residence. The student is always responsible for making these arrangements. The school administration is expected to know where students are at all times. The following policies are observed: Off Campus Leaves are: • day leaves (normally twice a week) • weekend leaves • vacation leaves • leaves for engagement in religious and other endeavors • group leaves Procedure: • the proper paperwork or form must be completed with the required information and signatures • Day Leave Forms should be used by lower division students, and those who are under 21 years of age (unless they are upper division). These forms should be turned in the night before the leave is being requested • Weekend and group leaves should be turned in by the preceding Wednesday • in addition to the above arrangement all students should sign-in and out in the book provided in their dormitories. Students not residing in Lebanon may be granted over-night or weekend leaves when the following requirements are met: 1. 2. 3. 4.
A written permission from the student’s parents. A written invitation from the student’s host or hostess. The student is mature and fully responsible. The usual arrangements are made for leaves.
Curfew Students are expected to come back by 11:00 pm during the weekdays and 12:00 am midnight on weekends and holidays. In case a student does not follow notification regulations, the disciplinary procedures for minor infractions will take place as described in the Sanctions section.
Academic, Work or Family Leave Students who must leave campus on a regular basis for academic, work, or family reasons should notify the dean through an email to dormdean@meu. edu.lb explaining the place, time, and activity outside of campus. Students that have acquaintances or relatives in Lebanon will be able to visit for three weekends a month. On the remaining weekend(s) they are strongly encouraged to remain on MEU campus. Overnight leaves of any kind require specific approval from the dean. Personal Items The following are personal items that each dormitory student needs to bring: • • • •
Sheets and towels Blankets for the winter season Pillows The dormitories are normally closed during September.
STUDENT LIFE Behavior Expected Behavior Students are expected to conduct themselves courteously and to associate together in peace and harmony. Acts such as quarreling, stealing, lying, immorality, possessing or displaying pornographic materials are violations that render the student liable to discipline or dismissal. Drug usage Smoking, the use of narcotics, the illicit use of another person’s prescription medication and drinking alcoholic beverages are completely forbidden in any public or private (room, washroom, etc.) place at the University. Recreation Students are encouraged to make use of the available sports facilities.
Dress Standards In all things we present Jesus. Our appearance in every respect should be characterized by neatness, modesty and appropriateness. As representatives of Christ we should seek to make the best of our appearance in order to be good examples to others.
Student Attire Both men and women are to avoid clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, torn, frayed, or faded. Shoes are to be worn in all public places. Extreme hairstyles are not acceptable. Students are expected to wear clothing appropriate to their gender. No shorts are allowed for classes. Cut-outs and bicycle shorts, however, are appropriate for athletic activities. Menâ€™s Attire Slacks or jeans with shirts or sweaters are the most appropriate basic dress for campus wear. Shirts must always be worn on campus and buttoned appropriately. Tank tops and bare midriffs are not acceptable. Womenâ€™s Attire Skirts or slacks with blouses, sweaters, and/or jackets or dresses are appropriate for most occasions. Attire for women that would be considered immodest and unacceptable includes sheer blouses, tops with low necklines and bare midriff, spaghetti straps, short or revealing skirts. Make-up and nail polish, if worn, should be natural looking and inconspicuous. Sabbath Dress When dressing for Sabbath, attention should be carefully given to neatness and appropriateness. Formal Sabbath attire would be most appropriate. SOCIAL REGULATIONS Middle East University is a coeducational institution where it is believed that wholesome association between the sexes is proper and necessary for well-rounded development. However, every serious young person recognizes that there are dangers inherent in unregulated association between young people of both sexes. You must think of your own good name, the name of the University, and the profession you make as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. We hope that you will understand the following rules: Men and women must not cause embarrassment by their behavior together at any time or in any place.
While the Student Center is open at set times for proper association, misconduct by a student will result in his losing permission to use the Student Center. Generally speaking, the men’s hall of residence is out of bounds to women students and vice versa. Social Activities The Administration requires all University-sponsored social, athletic and cultural activities and trips to be requested in writing on the “Group Activity Form” by Wednesday of any week. This form is to be presented to the respective Dean of Residence. All such activities are to be under the University chaperonage. Chaperons should be asked one week in advance. All the chaperon’s expenses for the event are the responsibility of the host student. VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND PARKING Cars operated by students, faculty, staff and friends of MEU should be registered at the beginning of each semester with the Business Office and should display the appropriate sticker in the front window at all times. Students should park in parking spaces designated for student parking. UNIVERSITY SERVICES Food Service Middle East University operates a cafeteria-style food service that serves
breakfast, lunch and supper. The objective of the cafeteria is to provide healthy, nutritious and well-balanced meals at reasonable prices for dormitory students as well as for others who may wish to use the services. Health Service The University Health Service is provided to care for emergency and recurring health needs of students. A nurse is available to provide preliminary health care. Referrals to medical consultants are made whenever needed. If a student cannot attend classes, devotionals, or worships due to illness, he/she must report to the dean. Scholarships and Grants A number of scholarships and grants are available to worthy students. These are available on the basis of academic performance, conduct, work, and need. Detailed information and necessary application forms may be obtained from the office of the Academic Dean. Library
The Library is the intellectual laboratory of the school and the center of learning. You are encouraged to take advantage of your Library privileges. 20
Here you have an excellent opportunity for personal development in preparing class assignments, research work, and recreational reading. When checking out books, you may be asked to show your identification card. In order to derive maximum benefit from the Library, the following regulations are used: The Library is a place for study. At all times it should have a quiet atmosphere conducive to concentration. You are requested to avoid excessive socializing in the Library and engaging in behavior that distracts others from their studies. Respect and care for Library property is required. A system of fines is enforced for late returned books. When you lose a Library book, please inform the Librarian as soon as possible. If the book is not found, you will be charged the cost of replacing the book, plus any late fines that accumulated prior to the book being reported lost. You may not take any final examinations until all late fines and replacement costs have been paid. Follow the procedures for caring for Library property. Reference books and periodicals cannot be checked out. When you remove a book from the shelf, leave it on the table for the library staff to re-shelf. You have an obligation to uphold these and other library regulations as given by the Librarian. Any one abusing his Library privileges may find himself
deprived of the use of the Library. Such suspension may become a part of the studentâ€™s citizenship record. Computer & Telecommunications Equipment, Facilities & Services The University provides computing facilities for faculty, staff and student use. These facilities and services include Information departmental computers and servers, residence hall computers, and telephone instruments (voice and/or data transmission) in offices, residence halls and other buildings. Misuse of these facilities, services, and equipment is a violation of University rules and regulations. Such misuse includes unauthorized use of the facilities, services, equipment, account numbers, or files; damage to facilities and/or equipment; tampering with or destruction of programs, files, or accounts; and similar activities. Students who violate these or any other computing or telecommunications facilities regulations shall be subject to University disciplinary procedures that may include fines, restitution of funds, probation, suspension or expulsion from the University. Computers and Networks
This policy applies to all people accessing computer or network resources through any University facility. There are two computer laboratories on 21
campus that are available for use by students, faculty, and staff. You should supply your own USB to store your data files. Word processing, spreadsheet, database software, along with various computer languages are available for use. Game playing is not permitted. Printing services are available. Telephones The telephones at the University are primarily for business purposes. Calls should be brief and only when necessary. Recreation A physical education program is planned so that you may participate in a variety of activities: football, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and other games appropriate to the season in designated areas and according to the time schedule. COLLEGE ORGANIZATIONS Student Association The Student Association (SA) is organized by the students, for the studentsâ€“it is an organization in which every student may participate. Some of its aims are: To create an awareness of leadership in the students. To facilitate communication between students and faculty. To develop student talent and human relationships in administration. To promote student participation in the spiritual life of the campus.
To sponsor social and recreation activities. To publish student publications: Pine Echoes and other publications as needed and approved by the University Administration. Refer to Student Association Constitution for details and additional information about the SA. Student Clubs Student Clubs are established (and additional clubs can be established) in order to give you opportunities for developing leadership and for the expression of ideas. ACADEMIC INFORMATION Class Attendance Being a student at MEU is an intellectual experience, which involves attending classes. In order to ensure that students realize the value of their education, class attendance is required.
Academic Advisors Each department of instruction has an academic advisor. The Registrarâ€™s Office has a current list of advisors. You are invited to counsel with your advisor regarding your program of study, course requirements, class load, adjustments and other academic matters.
Class Absences Absences are counted from the first scheduled meeting of classes and are considered as either excused or unexcused absences. Excused absences are those that take place as a result of illness, emergency or authorized school trips. All other absences are considered unexcused. An excused absence will permit you to make-up the work missed. You must secure an excuse form from the Academic Deanâ€™s Office and present it to the teacher by the second class period following the absence. If the total number of absences from any class is more than double the number of times the class meets per week, you may receive an F, or a failure due to absences. In the case that the absences are mostly excused, the teacher may review your situation with the Academic Dean and use his/her discretion in the matter. Tardiness Three tardies equal one absence and missing as much as fifteen minutes of any part of the class period is counted as an absence. Examinations There are four examinations listed in the University Bulletin: A mid-term examination during the Semester and one final examination at the end of each Semester. Some teachers give daily quizzes and others give quizzes at unexpected times. Academic Probation If your grades drop, the Academic Standards Committee will review your performance at the University and may place you on academic probation. You may read the details of the academic probation policy in the University Bulletin. Assembly Attendance Assemblies are conducted twice a month and are considered an integral part of the school program. Week of Spiritual Emphasis meetings are considered as assembly appointments as well. Attendance at all assemblies is required for students carrying an academic load of nine credits and above. A satisfactory assembly attendance record is required for re-admission to Middle East University.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS Statement of Policy It is the policy of Middle East University not to discriminate against any
individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or genetic information in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates, in accordance with legislation and University commitment. It is also Middle East Universityâ€™s policy to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity. In response to a request made by a qualified student with a documented disability, the University will arrange, at no cost to the student, for the provision of educational auxiliary aids, including sign language interpreters, real-time captions, note takers, readers, and tutors, determined by the University to be necessary to afford the student with a disability the opportunity for full participation in University programs. Procedures If a University student believes any University personnel have discriminated against him or her because of a disability, he or she has the right to seek a review of such concerns. Students have the option of pursuing either an informal complaint or a formal grievance. If a student opts to pursue an informal complaint, he or she may later pursue a formal grievance if not satisfied with the resolution of the informal process. Informal Procedure It is recommended, but not required, that the student speak first about the concerns to his or her department chair or program coordinator or to the dean in his or her school. As a result of these discussions, a satisfactory resolution may be readily found. A student who is uncertain about filing a formal grievance may consult informally with the Dean of Students. Formal Procedure A student who wishes to file a formal grievance may do so via a signed document submitted to the Dean of Students. If the subject of the grievance is the actions of the Dean of Students, or if the Dean of Students has previously advised the student informally on the matter, the formal grievance should instead be filed with the University Administration. The purpose of the review is to determine whether or not University policy has been followed and, if not, to address any resulting consequences and take appropriate corrective action. Information relevant to the matter may be requested from the involved parties. The Dean of Students will promptly
undertake an investigation and provide a written finding to the student upon completion of the review. 24
A student who makes use of the grievance procedure shall not be retaliated against for doing so. A student may choose another student or faculty/staff person to accompany him/her through the steps of the procedure. A student who believes that a grievance has not been resolved to his or her satisfaction
after a review is conducted may appeal the outcome to the President. Such appeal shall be in writing and signed by the student. The President shall make a determination on the appeal and promptly inform the student in writing of that determination. Complaints against Faculty and Staff Where there exists a complaint against a member of the faculty, administration, or other staff of the University, there are established procedures for handling such complaints. A complaint against a faculty member should be filed with the appropriate department head or dean and with the president. A complaint against a member of the administration or staff should be filed with the appropriate superior or department head and with the president having jurisdiction over the department. CONCLUSION “How much better would it be for both students and teachers, if students would place themselves upon their honor, and act from pure and noble motives, so that their very course of action would recommend them to those who are their teachers and educators?” “If in every possible way and under every circumstance, they would treat those who are in positions of trust, and bearing responsibility, as they themselves would like to be treated, what peace and success would attend the school.” E. G. White. Middle East University reserves the right to change, with prior notice, any statement in this publication concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses.
DEFINITIONS Appellate Officer means the Dean of Students or the assistant vice president for student life or their designee who is authorized to decide upon the appeal outcome for a student conduct case.
Harassment is unwelcome conduct directed against a person based on one or more of that person’s protected characteristics or statuses (age, color, race, disability, marital status, national/ethnic origin, religion, veteran status, sex [including pregnancy], political affiliation or family medical or genetic information), which is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s employment, academic performance or participation in University programs or activities, and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created involving prospective or new members of a group, or as a condition of continued membership in a group (fraternity, sorority, team, club, or other association or organization), which would be perceived by a reasonable person as likely to produce mental or physical discomfort, harm, stress, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. This definition of hazing applies whether or not the participants consent to such activity or perceive the behavior as voluntary. The determination of whether a particular activity constitutes hazing will depend upon the circumstances and context in which the activity is occurring. Some examples of conduct that may constitute hazing when used to mistreat or humiliate the participant include the following: • • • • • • • • • • • •
Consumption of alcohol Paddling in any form, or any other physical brutality Creating excessive fatigue Degrading or humiliating games or activities Forced or excessive participation in physical activities Psychological shock or abuse Engaging in public stunts or buffoonery Inappropriate scavenger hunts or road trips Wearing of apparel or items likely to subject the wearer to embarrassment or ridicule Activities that would unreasonably interfere with a student, other activities or obligations (academic, extracurricular, religious, family, etc.) Activities that violate University policy, or local law Any other activity devoid of legitimate educational value that subjects participants to humiliation
No policy can be so precisely written as to address all possible situations. When this policy does not address a specific behavior, students, organizations, teams and groups are expected to conduct themselves and their activities in the spirit of this policy and with respect for the dignity and well-being of others. As a guiding principle, any activity required of new members that is not required of more senior members is likely to constitute hazing under this policy.
Policy means the written regulations of the University as found in University published documents such as the Student Handbook, the University housing services, computer services, parking rules and regulations, and use of facilities, student organizations, and Board of Trustees policies. Pre-hearing Educator means any person authorized by the director of the Office of Student Conduct to conduct a pre-hearing meeting with a student. Rape is defined as sexual intercourse with a friend, acquaintance or stranger: •
that is forced, manipulated or coerced through use of verbal coercion, intimidation (emotional and/or physical), threats, physical restraint, and/or physical violence; and/or where no consent was given due to the victim’s being unconscious, asleep or unable to communicate, or to the victim’s saying nothing; and/or where the victim is temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling his or her conduct owing to the influence of alcohol or other drugs he or she consumed or to any other act committed upon him or her without his or her consent.
Sexual Assault is defined as sexual acts that include but are not limited to unwanted touching of an intimate part of another person such as sexual organ, buttocks or breast; sodomy; oral copulation; and rape by foreign object by a friend, acquaintance or stranger: •
that is forced, manipulated or coerced through use of verbal coercion, intimidation (emotional and/or physical), threats, physical restraint and/or physical violence; and/or where no consent was given due to the victim’s being unconscious, asleep or unable to communicate, or to the victim’s saying nothing; and/or where the victim is temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling his or her conduct owing to the influence of alcohol or other drugs he or she consumed or to any other act committed upon him or her without his or her consent.
Sexual Harassment means unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other unwelcomed verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that substantially interferes with a person’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Weapon means any instrument, device or object capable of inflicting physical harm or death and designed or specifically adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried or used as a weapon.
Sexual Violence means physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol, or due to an intellectual or other disability. Acts of sexual violence include rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion. Stalking means intentionally and for no legitimate purpose engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person and which one knows or should reasonably know is likely to distress, intimidate or threaten. Such conduct creates reasonable fear of material harm to the physical, mental or emotional health, safety, or property of the targeted individual, a member of their immediate family, or a third party with whom the individual is acquainted. Student means an individual who has been accepted to or is taking courses through the University on a full-time or part-time basis. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have previously enrolled and have a continuing relationship with the University or who withdraw after an alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct are also considered students.
Student Charged means any student accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct. Student Conduct Administrator means a University official authorized by the director of the Office of Student Conduct to conduct a hearing or conference with a student to discuss allegations of misconduct. Student Conduct Board means a group of persons authorized by the director of the Office of Student Conduct to determine whether a student has violated the Code of Student Conduct and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a rules violation has been committed. Student Organization means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for University recognition. University means Middle East University.
University Official includes faculty and staff of the University, student employees who are carrying out assigned work responsibilities. University Premises includes all land, buildings, facilities and other property in the possession of, or owned, used or controlled by, the University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
Weapon means any instrument, device or object capable of inflicting physical harm or death and designed or specifically adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried or used as a weapon.