Student Lifestyle Agreement and Community Expectations
It’s important for parents to understand the numerous elements of their student’s journey at George Fox University. One of the key documents that outlines the student experience is the Student Handbook. This defines our community: who we are, what we’re about, what we believe, how we live and journey together, and the expectations for those who have chosen to become members of our community.
The student handbook is important for students to read and understand, so they can fully engage in all facets of being a student. When students become a member of the George Fox Community they sign a statement as part of the application process, agreeing to abide by the Lifestyle Standards and Values, as well as the Community Policies outlined in the Student Handbook for as long as they are enrolled as a student. We also believe it’s essential for parents to understand this information so it can further clarify and define the experience of their student.
The Student Handbook is only available online and can be accessed by student and parents alike, at studenthandbook.georgefox.edu
The following elements are included in the handbook:
Community at George Fox University: This section begins to
describe what we believe, our focus of being a distinctly Christ-centered community, and the importance of developing loving and healthy relationships.
Guiding Principles for Our Community: This portion highlights Biblical expectations, honesty and integrity, University expectations, the Lifestyle Standards and Values, and the responsibilities of living in
Community Accountability: This segment describes the purpose and the process for community accountability and how we respond in these situations. It also includes helpful information about the Good Standing Policy, the Student Support Network (SSN), and the Responsibility for Self-Care Policy.
Community Policies: This section includes an informative list of the policies that are important for students to understand and abide by. These include elements such as: Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, Bias-Related Incidents and Hate Crimes, Substance Use and Abuse, Sexual Purity, the Discernment Policy, and various safety and security issues.
Communications Statement: This addresses the expectations for students regarding communication from the University in several areas.
Frequently Asked Questions: This section outlines several frequently asked questions about the policies, guidelines and expectations for students.
Residence Life – Housing: In addition to the policies listed above, students living in campus housing can find helpful information and guidelines they are responsible to abide by within their residential living and learning experience.
Student and parents who have questions about any aspects of the Student Handbook are encouraged to contact Mark Pothoff, dean of community life, in the Student Life office.
At the beginning of each semester, students are given opportunities to think about and
become involved in specific activities. A wide range of opportunities exist for students to
become involved in organizations and leadership while at GFU. Some options include
community service, Little Bruin, Urban Services, Serve trips, ASC student government,
intramural athletic teams, campus clubs, peer advisors, etc.
For more information, please visit studentlife.georgefox.edu
The Office of Inclusion and Leadership programs foster a welcoming campus climate for all students as they explore their leadership gifts and abilities. We are developing programs and resources that promote leadership and diversity from a Christian worldview, cultivate students’ attitudes, ideas, and behaviors as they relate to multicultural issues, and encourage participation in activities that celebrate cultural differences. We support underrepresented students in transitioning to college through the Peer2Peer mentoring program, ethnic clubs and multicultural scholarships. For more information, please contact Donna Barber, Interim Director of Intercultural Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-554-2318.
For more information, please visit multicultural.georgefox.edu
At George Fox University student-athletes pursue conference and national titles at a Christ-centered university where athletic competition hinges on what is learned in classrooms and practices. George Fox teams are members of the Northwest Conference and compete in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
To see a listing of all sports available at GFU and the season schedules, please visit athletics.georgefox.edu