Undergraduate Student Handbook

Help to Change and Grow

We trust that each member of the George Fox community is fully aware of his or her own behavior and the positive and negative effects that behavior can have upon the rest of the community. If you know your behavior is outside the limits established by the university and want assistance to change, you are encouraged to take the initiative and discuss your concern with a student life staff member without the threat of disciplinary action. In the case of such personal concerns, student life staff will help you toward growth and assistance to live within the community guidelines. Exceptions to this approach may be when behavior is repetitive, self-destructive, hazardous to others, or involves a significant legal issue in which the university is obligated to uphold the law.

Conversely, if you know a student who is violating the community expectations, you are encouraged to go directly to that person and express your concern about the behavior and about the consequences it might have on the community and the individual. Ask the student if he or she is willing to change the offending behavior and live within the community expectations. If there is a positive response and the behavior changes, the problem may be resolved. If your confrontation does not solve the problem, the problem is serious (e.g., discrimination or harassment), or there is a continuing pattern of adverse behavior, encourage the student to seek assistance from a student life staff member or tell them you will go with them to get help.

If a student life staff member receives information about an incident or situation it can no longer be defined only as a personal problem. It may be considered a community issue and dealt with through the community accountability process. Ignoring problem behaviors give tacit and unspoken approval to the behaviors in question and do nothing to restore the individual's relationship with the community.

If a student is passively in the presence of other students who are violating the lifestyle standards they may be considered as an active participant in the situation. As stated previously, failure to address a violation provides unspoken approval of the behavior. Generally, all students involved in a situation such as this are held accountable. For example, if a student is with other community members that are drinking alcohol, the student may be held accountable for being present with the group even if he or she did not consume alcohol. In such a case, the university believes the student should have withdrawn from the group.

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