Undergraduate Student Handbook

Community Policies - Section Two

Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco

George Fox University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational environment free from alcohol, drugs and tobacco.  The use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages and illicit drugs, including marijuana or controlled substances, or the abuse of legal substances, are prohibited on or away from campus.  Marijuana prescribed for medical use, also known as medical marijuana, is prohibited regardless of any state's laws permitting marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes.

The university prohibits smoking and all forms of tobacco use or possession everywhere on-campus; as well as off-campus by students. 

Visitors to our campus are expected to comply with these standards.

Responding to Alcohol Incidents
There may be situations where a student’s actions, words, behavior, and/or other contributing factors (such as the smell of alcohol on their person or breath) are consistent with a person who has consumed alcohol, but he/she denies drinking when confronted.  In these instances, if two or more student life personnel have sufficient reason to believe a student has consumed alcohol the student may be held accountable for violating the lifestyle standards unless they can demonstrate they have not consumed alcohol.  This may be accomplished by the student requesting to take a voluntary breathalyzer test, or being presented with the option of taking the test by student life personnel, in order to prove their assertion.  If she/he chooses to not take the test, the student may be held accountable for drinking alcohol based on the original evidence that prompted the confrontation.

A breathalyzer test may only be administered when the student has requested to do so or has agreed to take it when presented with the option by student life personnel.  A trained GFU Security Officer administers the test in a private setting with another student life member present.

In instances where there is sufficient evidence that a student consumed alcohol, or when a breathalyzer tests affirms a student was drinking, student life personnel ensures the student is accompanied by appropriate personnel to a safe place.

Rationale for Breathalyzer Test

The reasons for implementing the option of using a breathalyzer in response to undergraduate student alcohol incidents are outlined below.

  • Provides an option for students who assert he/she has not consumed alcohol, but his/her behavior and actions exhibit signs to the contrary.
  • Provides staff with an option to present to students if she/he denies consuming alcohol, but his/her actions and behavior exhibit signs of consumption.

Breathalyzer FAQ

Was the breathalyzer being implemented because drinking has increased at George Fox?

No, we have not seen an increase in the use of alcohol at GFU.

Will students be forced to take the test?

No. The breathalyzer test is voluntary and students will not be forced to take it.

When and where will the test be used?

It may be used at any time on-campus or at specific off-campus university sponsored events (i.e., dances).  A trained GFU Security Officer administers the test in a private setting with another student life staff member present.

Does Student Life anticipate the breathalyzer being used frequently in incidents involving alcohol?

No. The breathalyzer may only be offered as an option when a student’s actions and behavior exhibit signs of alcohol use, but he/she is denying that claim.  Using the recent past as an indicator, it’s likely the option may be presented in a few situations each year.  Even when the voluntary test is presented, the student has the choice of whether or not to proceed.

Will Student Life offer this option to students in all alcohol incidents?

No.  Please see the policy for the criteria of when the breathalyzer test may be used.


Please contact the dean of community life or associate dean of students in the Student Life Office

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Computer and Technology

Internet access and use is considered a privilege. While computers have become a great asset to the educational environment, one must be aware of the pitfalls of technology. Students are charged with the responsibility to use them with discretion and wisdom.

The university believes it is unacceptable to misuse computers or other mediums of communication (mail service or phone systems) for the purpose of harassment; use, possession, or distribution of pornography; plagiarism; any other violations of the community standards; or any violations of state or federal law. The university does not guarantee privacy on the university network or e-mail, and reserves the right to monitor and search any network traffic or files.

For other specific policies regarding computer use, please see the university's Network Usage and Access Policy.

More information can also be found at the Institutional Technology (IT) web page at it.georgefox.edu.

Video and computer games should be played while considering the balance of all other aspects required of you. Students are encouraged to guard their time carefully and balance recreation with academic work and social development.

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The Associated Student Community sponsors several dances during the year according to the guidelines approved by the university administration and board of trustees. Along with these events, the university also endorses these other expressions of dance in the co-curricular and academic programs such as: choreography in drama, musical productions, cultural activities, events sponsored by the office of student life, aerobics classes, and rally routines.

Other than the above-mentioned instances, organized dancing is not permitted on campus nor is it to be sponsored at off-campus facilities. The university highly discourages students from visiting dance clubs or similar venues. Any questions regarding what is appropriate may be directed to the dean of community life or associate dean of students.

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Gambling is viewed as an unwise use of God-given resources and as a practice marked by greed.

Therefore, gambling is not acceptable in any form.

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Missing Student Notification

Because the safety and well being of students is paramount, necessary steps will be taken when a student is believed to be missing.  A student may be considered missing if he/she is:

  •  Unreachable in person, by telephone (talking or text messaging), email, or other forms of electronic communication for 24 hours or more; or
  •  Overdue in reaching a specified destination more than 24 hours past their expected arrival; or 
  • If additional factors lead University staff to believe he or she is missing.

In these circumstances, an immediate investigation will be conducted and an intentional effort will be made to locate the student in question.

If you believe a student is missing, please contact the Student Life Office or Security Services immediately.  If the student lives on-campus, an Area Coordinator or the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life may also be contacted.  The Dean of Community Life or Director of Security Services may also be contacted if the missing student is a commuter.

 If it is determined that the student is missing, University officials will immediately notify the following:

  •  The designated emergency contact in MyGFU or, for students living on-campus, the emergency contact information collected by his/her RA may also used (if available).
  •  The student's parent or legal guardian if that individual is not the designated emergency contact, and the student is under 18 years of age and not an emancipated individual.
  •  The Newberg Police Department.  They will be given appropriate information gathered by University officials, even if the student has not registered an emergency contact person.

Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers may have access to this information in a missing person investigation. When a missing student is located, student life personnel may determine the student’s state of health and intention of returning to campus.  When appropriate, a referral may be made to the University Health & Counseling Center. 

Students are strongly encouraged to periodically review and update their emergency contact information in MyGFU.

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Modest Dress

When attending classes or university activities, relaxing, or exercising on university grounds, students are asked to respect their fellow community members by choosing appropriate and discreet attire.

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Movies and Music: Discernment Policy

Movies (theater and home movie format):
Because film is one of the principle forms of art and entertainment in American culture, the university encourages students to think seriously about the artistic merits as well as the moral and philosophical implications of the films viewed. Students are admonished to select films of aesthetic and ethical interest that offer an important perspective on contemporary culture. It is expected that individuals will diligently use Christian principles in selecting films. The university reserves the right to prohibit movies that are not rated if their content is contrary to the university's mission and policies.

All community members are expected to abstain from all NC-17 and X-rated movies (on and off campus).

Public viewing: It should be noted that it is illegal to show films in public venues unless rights and appropriate fees are paid. Watching movies within student living areas is permissible as long as they are not viewed in public places. Because of copyright laws, movies may be viewed only in a student's room or in the living rooms of apartments and houses.

On-campus viewing: Special consideration and sensitivity should be used when choosing films to be viewed on campus. Those people who live within the same apartment, house or room may be more sensitive and have a different view of issues held within the discernment policy - violence, language, etc

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Pornographic materials in any form (including the internet) are not to be viewed, used, possessed, or distributed on or away from campus. This includes any item (which may include sexually provocative or explicit material) whose content is exploitive or of concern to either gender.

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Scripture urges believers to seek wise and godly counsel when faced with significant or difficult life choices.

Therefore, should a George Fox student become pregnant while unmarried, she is encouraged to communicate with the dean of community life, the associate dean of students or with the Health and Counseling Center. These offices are prepared to assist both the mother and the father as they consider the results of their actions, deal with the consequences, and experience the forgiveness that comes through repentance.

The university is committed to responding in a redemptive manner, seeking to balance compassion with accountability. Students can expect to be treated with Christian love as they deal with their new circumstances. Every effort will be made to ensure confidentiality, but the life and health of the mother and child and the spiritual well-being of the parents are our primary concerns. While some students in these circumstances may choose to leave the university temporarily, it is our hope that any student who chooses to continue in classes during pregnancy will find George Fox to be a supportive and redemptive community during this crucial time

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Sexual Purity

George Fox University accepts the biblical standards that prohibit all sexual immorality. Recognizing there are many social and emotional forces that challenge this standard, we believe the power of God and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit combine to provide the means to live victoriously with respect to sexual purity. Examples of unacceptable behavior include the following:

  • Commission of or attempt to commit a sexual act that, if proven in court, would be a criminal act
  • Any student involved with the use, distribution, or participation of pornography in any form
  • An unmarried student involved in a sexually active relationship
  • A married student involved in a sexually active adulterous relationship
  • An unmarried or married student who chooses abortion for other than medical reasons
  • An unmarried male or female student involved in a pregnancy
  • Cohabitation with a member of the opposite sex. At a minimum this includes spending the night together and/or living together.

Situations are evaluated individually by the dean of community life or his or her staff. Accountability and consequences are administered appropriately with the growth and development of each student in mind.

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Student Organizations and Clubs

For most students the University experience is greatly enhanced through participation in co-curricular activities. George Fox University views this participation as essential to healthy growth and development and to the attainment of a well-rounded education. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved and the University encourages engagement and participation through those venues. The Associated Student Community (ASC) is one important avenue for such involvement and recognizes several student clubs and organizations each year.

As a Christ-centered community, the existence and activities of all clubs and organizations are ultimately authorized by the Student Life Office and must be consistent with the values, lifestyle expectations, Christ-centered commitments and community policies found in the Student Handbook studenthandbook.georgefox.edu. These expectations and policies govern the personal conduct of all undergraduate students and student organizations at GFU. Clubs must also meet standards of safety as defined by the University.

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