Student Code of Conduct

Preamble

Philosophical Approach

 
Houston Baptist University has chosen to set itself apart for the purpose of preparing students for meaningful lives and work and for service to God and the peoples of the world. The University is dedicated to the development of moral character, the enrichment of spiritual lives, and the perpetuation of growth in Christian ideals. Spiritual maturity, strength of character, and moral virtue are considered foundational for successful living. The University shall stand as a witness for Jesus Christ expressed directly through its administration, faculty, and students.

Students, by their voluntary membership in this Christian community, assume responsibility to abide by all the standards, rules, and regulations of the University, as well as to use personal discretion involving any activities which may be morally or spiritually destructive or reflect poorly on the campus community. All members of the campus community share mutual responsibility for confronting actions that violate established standards for conduct or reflect poorly on the University. It is essential that this confrontation is exercised in a spirit of love and gentleness-a hallmark characteristic of biblical Christianity.

The Student Code of Conduct serves the educational mission of the University in achieving the aforementioned objectives. Community standards, policies and regulations, and the Student Conduct System are in place for the expressed purpose of moving students towards personal maturity and creating an environment that is conducive to academic learning, personal development, and spiritual growth.

The Student Conduct System is an educational and restorative process, not a legal proceeding. The process always attempts to confront misconduct in an educative posture that the student might learn from the experience, respond to the correction, and be reconciled to the community whenever possible. The conduct system provides University personnel opportunities to educate students and to help them attain better decision-making, character formation, and spiritual maturity. The effectiveness of these teachable moments requires that each student be treated with equal care, concern, honor, fairness, and dignity.