This is 2013-14 version of the Student Handbook. A PDF version of this document is also available.

 

Contents

Student Expectations. 3

Rights, Responsibilities, and Freedoms. 3

Freedom of Access to Higher Education. 3

In the Classroom.. 3

Protection of Freedom of Expression. 3

Protection Against Improper Academic Evaluation. 3

Protection Against Improper Disclosure. 3

Equal Opportunity Statement. 3

Housing Policies & Procedures. 3

Off-Campus Residential Exceptions. 3

Exception Review.. 3

Meal Plans. 3

Medical Accommodations. 3

Assignments. 3

Room Deposit. 3

Single Rooms. 3

Housing Contract. 3

Roommate Contracts. 3

Room Changes. 3

Consolidation. 3

Residence Hall Closing Procedures. 3

Summer Housing. 3

Vacating a Room.. 3

Safety and Health Measures. 3

Room Inspections and Entry. 3

Fire Alarms and Safety Equipment. 3

Fire Safety Regulations. 3

Rotary Hall 3

Health Issues and Missed Classes. 3

Roof and Maintenance Areas. 3

Keys, Doors, and Lockouts. 3

Room Decorations and Furnishings. 3

Telephone, Data, and Cable Service. 3

Theft and Property Damage. 3

Pets. 3

Weight Lifting Equipment. 3

Hall Sports. 3

Escort and Guest Policies. 3

Public Areas. 3

Guests in Resident Rooms. 3

Quiet Hours. 3

Meeting Attendance and Fines. 3

Community Standards. 3

Alcoholic Beverages and Other Drugs. 3

Alcohol at Campus Events. 3

Civil and Criminal Law.. 3

Computer Crime and Regulations. 3

Computer Use Policy. 3

Conditions of Usage. 3

Home Pages. 3

Copyright and Compliance Policy. 3

Violation. 3

Penalties. 3

Failure to Cooperate. 3

False Information. 3

Fire Alarms and Fire Safety Equipment. 3

Firearms, Explosives, and Weapons. 3

Hazing. 3

Honor Code. 3

Inappropriate Conduct. 3

Misuse of College Materials. 3

Misuse of Property. 3

Obstruction of Proceedings or Activities. 3

Physical Abuse or Threat of Abuse. 3

Posting and Publicity on Campus. 3

Chalking. 3

Preparation Week. 3

Public Expression. 3

Residential/Housing Policies. 3

Sexual Assault. 3

Sexual Harassment. 3

Smoking Policy. 3

Sports/Recreation Policy. 3

Unauthorized Entry. 3

Student Conduct. 3

Honor. 3

Alleged Misconduct. 3

Hearing Bodies. 3

Standards of Evidence. 3

Findings. 3

Sanctions. 3

Appeals. 3

Role of Hearing Officers. 3

Role of the Director of Student Conduct. 3

Role of the Residence Hall Association. 3

Role of the Conduct Review Committee. 3

Role of the Dean of Students. 3

Role of the President of the College. 3

Conduct Review Committee. 3

Purposes and Responsibilities. 3

Composition of the Committee. 3

Procedural Rules. 3

Administrative Withdrawal Policy. 3

Policy Statement. 3

Reason for Policy. 3

Definitions. 3

Procedure for Dealing with Disruptive or Dangerous Behavior. 3

If an Administrative Withdrawal is Not Executed. 3

If an Administrative Withdrawal is Executed. 3

Appeal 3

Request for Re-enrollment. 3

Guidelines for the Honor System.. 3

Advantages of the Honor System.. 3

Requirements and Procedures. 3

Research Papers and the Honor System.. 3

The Original Passage. 3

Student A’s Paper. 3

Student B’s Paper. 3

Student C’s Paper. 3

A Final Reminder. 3

Campus Organizations and Groups. 3

Expectations of Centenary College Community for Student Organizations. 3

Approval and Registration for Student Organizations. 3

Forming a New Organization. 3

Good Standing. 3

Membership. 3

Finances and Contracts. 3

Fund Raising. 3

Guests. 3

Disciplinary Procedures for Student Organizations. 3

Formal Party Guidelines. 3

Security and Chapter Monitors. 3

Entrance, Exits, and Layout of the Event. 3

Scheduling and Timing of the Event. 3

Wristbands. 3

Alcohol 3

Alcohol Tester. 3

Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages. 3

Swaps. 3

Informal Party Guidelines. 3

Third Party Vendor Guidelines. 3

Illegal Activity or Threats to Health or Safety. 3

Campus Services. 3

Academic Counseling. 3

Academic Petitions. 3

Address Change. 3

Automobiles on Campus / Vehicle Registration. 3

Commencement. 3

Convocations. 3

Counseling Center. 3

Department of Public Safety. 3

Community Resources. 3

State Resources. 3

Dining Services. 3

Disability Services. 3

Facilities Maintenance. 3

Facility and Room Reservations. 3

Financial Aid. 3

Fitness Center. 3

Health Information. 3

ID Cards. 3

Lost and Found. 3

Mail Services. 3

New Student Orientation. 3

Parking. 3

Student Union Building (SUB). 3

Study Areas. 3

Appendices. 3

Honor Court Constitution. 3

Resources for Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Sexual Assault. 3

Louisiana Law Regarding the Unlawful Sale, Purchase and Possession of Alcoholic Beverages. 3

Louisiana Laws Regarding Controlled Substances. 3

Louisiana Laws Regarding Sexual Assault. 3

 

 


 

Student Expectations

What It Means to be a Centenary Student

Centenary College has a long history of excellence in both academics and in student engagement.  Each student enrolled at Centenary is expected to represent themselves and the College in a manner which characterizes respect, compassion and dignity.  Community standards have been and will continue to be set collaboratively by both the College and the student body.  These standards are in place so students will be challenged educationally, socially, and developmentally to meet the expectations of society.  In addition these standards are instilled with a respect for the moral and intellectual stature of student members of Centenary’s academic and residential community.

All students at Centenary are responsible for all community standards and policies set forth in the Student Handbook.  It will be understood by the administration that each student has read the handbook and understands the policies and procedures outlined.  Community violations and misconduct will be considered a judicial matter and will result in appropriate sanctioning.  In addition, students involved in alleged criminal behavior on or off the campus may face immediate suspension from the College.  Any behavior that is determined to be a threat to the community or conflicts with the academic mission or vision statement of the college can also result in sanctioning or dismissal.

Good citizenship is a character trait that will follow each student into society and manifest itself into both the rights and responsibilities of the individual as well as the community.  The Division of Student Development will support and challenge each student to aspire to such manifestations while encouraging students to hold both their peers.

 

Rights, Responsibilities, and Freedoms

As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.  The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community.  Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility.  The responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic community.

The guidelines which follow should be understood in the context of the educational mission of the College.  Included are the educational and developmental activities and practices that are encountered outside the classroom as well as within academic venues.  They should be interpreted in such a manner as to give full consideration to the rights and concerns of all segments of the community, rather than to concede absolute autonomy to the student sector, when matters of proper concern to the academic community as a whole are involved.

Freedom of Access to Higher Education

Within the limits of its facilities, Centenary College is open to all students who are qualified according to its admission standards.  The facilities and services of the College are open to all of its enrolled students.

In the Classroom

The professor in the classroom and in conference should encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression.  Student performance should be evaluated solely on the basis of academics and not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.

Protection of Freedom of Expression

Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.

Protection Against Improper Academic Evaluation

Students should have protection through orderly procedure against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. 

Protection Against Improper Disclosure

Information about student views, beliefs, and political associations which professors acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisors ad counselors should be considered confidential.  Protection against improper disclosure is a serious professional obligation.  Judgments of ability and character may be provided under appropriate circumstances, normally with the knowledge or consent of the students.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Centenary College is an equal opportunity educational institution.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, in the administration of its educational policies, recruitment or admission of students, scholarship, grant or loan programs, athletic or other College-administered programs, employment procedures, training programs, promotion policies or other related personnel practices. 

The College’s designated coordinator for compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Internal Revenue Service is the Vice President for Finance and Administration.  The College follows the guidelines for records established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (1974).

 

 

Housing Policies & Procedures

Centenary College of Louisiana is a selective, residential national liberal arts college. In order to insure an integrated and coherent living-learning educational environment and experience, each unmarried student, who is not a parent and who is under the age of 23 as of the first day of classes for the fall semester, lives in one of the College's residence halls during any semester for which he or she is enrolled in nine or more semester credit hours. After completing 30 semester credit hours, a full-time student may apply to live in Greek housing.

Off-Campus Residential Exceptions

Students who meet the criteria outlined above and who would like to live off campus must submit an Off-Campus Residential Exception request each year and must provide an accurate local address and contact information. The Office of Student Development must be updated on any address changes within two weeks of the change of address.

To receive an exception to live in approved Greek housing, each student wishing to live off campus in the Greek house must submit a complete roster of all students authorized by the fraternity to live in that house during the applicable semester.  This roster must be signed by the Fraternity President or House Manager, who must also turn in a rooming diagram indicating where each student will live.  Those approved for Greek housing must purchase a full meal plan. To be allowed to house undergraduate students, the Greek house much remain in good standing with the college and must maintain clean and safe facilities, including working smoke detectors.

All exception requests must be submitted in writing to the Office of Residence Life at least two weeks prior to the Housing Assignments Lottery for the applicable fall or summer term.  Requests for Spring exceptions must be received prior to the beginning of pre-registration for the spring semester.  Incoming students must submit exception requests prior to the deadline listed in their new student housing mailings.  Approved exceptions after this deadline will be charged a $300 late application fee.  Once the semester has begun, room fees are not refundable for any reason.

Students who wish to submit a residential exception request for a reason other than those listed previously must complete the Off-Campus Residential Exception form and should attach a letter and other supporting documentation explaining their unique situation.

Exception Review

All requests for exceptions will be directed to the Residence Life Coordinator in charge of housing assignments.  The Residence Life Coordinator may authorize other exceptions if approved by the Director of Residence Life and a representative from the Business Office.  Appeals will be directed to the Exception Review Committee.  The committee membership consists of one faculty or staff member selected by the Provost, one male and one female residential student appointed through RHA, and a representative from the Student Development professional staff appointed by the Dean of Students.  Alternates for each position may also be appointed at the discretion of the appointing officers listed above and may fill in for a missing committee member. The committee will be chaired by the Director of Residence Life, who will serve as a non-voting member.  No exceptions will take place after the first day of each semester.

Meal Plans

Al l campus residents are required to purchase an approved full meal plan each semester they reside on campus. Meal plan requests changes may be submitted to the Office of Residence Life no later than the first week of each semester. Meal plan exception requests should be directed to the Director of Dining Services. The Director of Dining Services may grant accommodations or exceptions if approved by the Director of Residence Life and Director of Community Services. Appeals will be directed to the Exception Review Committee with the addition of the Director of Residence Life as a voting member and the Director of Dining Services as a non-voting advisory member.

Medical Accommodations

Students who need special medical accommodations related to their meal plan or residence must submit a medical request form signed by a physician prior to the exception deadline or within two weeks of the diagnosis of a new condition. Centenary fully complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Assignments

The returning student housing assignment process for the upcoming year takes place each spring semester.  Students have the right to select their roommates through mutual request, and to request their choice of housing assignments.  Requests will be ranked based on seniority, disciplinary record, and academic standing.  Rooms and building may be reserved and therefore unavailable for assignment at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life. Details and additional information will be sent to each resident prior to the housing lottery via campus mail or email and will be available in the Office of Residence Life. The assignment information will include directions for the placement process including dates and times that students will be expected to submit a housing request.  Failure to follow the listed procedures may result in a loss of the rights mentioned above.  Students who sign up for housing with a roommate or whose roommates withdraw from housing will be assigned another roommate and may be moved to another room. Students who do not participate in the housing assignment process or receive approval to move off campus will be charged for room and board, and may reserve an assigned a space by contacting the Office of Residence Life.

Room Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required when initially assigned to live on campus. This deposit is retained by the college.

Single Rooms

Students requesting a single room assignment will be ranked according to seniority, GPA and disciplinary standing.  Single room assignments may not be available, and the Department of Residence Life reserves the rights to place a roommate into an assigned single room at any time.  When there are empty rooms in the residence halls, they may be assigned as private rooms on a seniority basis at the rate of a private room.  However, single occupancy is not guaranteed to any student at any time.  Single occupancy applicants may be reviewed by the Director of Residence Life and granted only in conditions where space is available and the student is in good disciplinary standing with the College.  No furniture, including mattresses or extra furniture due to the singling of a double room, may be removed.

Housing Contract

Students will be given a room contract which must be signed and returned to the Office of Residence Life within the stated period of time. Residents who do not turn in their contracts on time are not guaranteed to keep their assignments. All housing policies and procedures listed in the Student Handbook are a part of the housing contract and therefore any violation will be considered a violation of that contract.

Roommate Contracts

Living on campus provides each student the opportunity to live with a variety of people and experience many different lifestyles.  Residence Life staff members are responsible for helping to create a positive living environment that begins in the room and extends to the suite, floor, building, and campus.  By using the Roommate Agreement (aka:  Roommate Contract), honest communication is encouraged between roommates.  Similarly, an agreement or a contract among suitemates can be beneficial for all parties.  Agreement forms will be distributed, collected, and reviewed by Resident Assistants (RAs).  RAs can be helpful when parties experience difficulty in reaching agreement.  The completed Agreement will be a source of referral as roommates adjust to community living.  This Agreement is critical as it will be the foundation for any mediation that the RA or other Residence Life staff will facilitate, should problems emerge in the room or suite.  All students are encouraged to complete a Roommate Agreement.  First-year students and their roommates are required to complete Roommate Agreements by the end of the second week of the fall semester or by the end of the second week of becoming roommates at other times of the year.  Every student must comply with the terms of the Roommate/Suitemate Agreement/Contract to which the student is a party.

Room Changes

A room change request is first and foremost a counseling situation. Students are expected to attempt to settle their differences and continue to live together in a respectful manner. A housing “freeze” occurs at the beginning of each semester. No room or roommate requests may be considered until two weeks after the beginning of classes. All change requests require the approval of the Director of Residence Life or the Residence Life Coordinator, which will come only after attempted mediation by the Resident Assistant. A $20.00 room change fee will be assessed to each student making a room change. In addition, the Director of Residence Life and the Dean of Students have the authority to initiate, at their discretion, revocation of housing contracts, relocation of housing assignments and/or appropriate disciplinary action should a situation call for such attention. Students assigned to double rooms who end up without roommates will enter a room consolidation process. During this process they may have a new roommate placed with them or may be reassigned to a different room. The room change fee will be waived for students moving into assigned singles and for students involved in the consolidation process.

Consolidation

Students at times may have to go through a process of consolidation where they are left without a roommate (roommate withdraws, graduation, etc.). At this point in time they will have a choice to buy out the room as a single or have the opportunity to move in with another person who is on the consolidation list. If the person chooses to do nothing during this two week period in which they are on the list, the Office of Residence Life may charge them for a single room or reassign them to a different room. Students left temporarily without a roommate must leave one have of the room empty, as another roommate may be assigned at any time.

Residence Hall Closing Procedures

Residence Halls officially close at the conclusion of each academic semester and at other times designated in the official College Calendar. All students are expected to vacate the halls at these times and will not have access to their room or belongings within unless approved for break housing. Break housing is available to approved students for $20/day or a flat rate of $75 for a week-long break or $150 for a longer break such as Christmas. Before leaving for a break, students must conform to the Health and Safety break guidelines. Suite and room doors and windows must be closed and locked, all appliances and electrical items other than answering machines must be unplugged, and lights must be turned off. Students who wish to leave any other items plugged in may appeal to the Director of Residence Life. If there is reasonable cause to believe that a resident has violated any housing policy or community standard during any break period, he or she may be required to immediately vacate campus pending a hearing. Residents will be allowed to re-enter the halls when they re-open.

Summer Housing

Summer Housing is available to students (and new alumni) who were enrolled in the previous spring semester and/or who are enrolled in the following fall semester.  A student does not need to be enrolled in a May Module or Summer Classes.  Summer Housing fees vary by length of stay.  For information about Summer Housing information, contact the Director of Residence Life.  Summer Housing is available on a first come, first served basis.

Vacating a Room

Students are required to sign up with the Resident Assistant for a time to check out of their room at least 48 hours prior to moving to a different room or moving out completely (eg:  at the end of the academic year).  When a student checks out of a room, all of their belongings must be out of the room and their area of the room must be clean and ready for future occupancy.  When the last occupant of a room checks out, the beds must be fully assembled and may not be bunked, lofted, or raised above the fifth-highest peg setting, and the room, public suite area (including bathroom) and hallway outside the suite must be clean.  Failure to follow these procedures will result in improper checkout fees.

Safety and Health Measures

Room Inspections and Entry

All students have the right to privacy in their rooms. However, on occasion the Residence Life Staff and other College officials are authorized to enter residents’ rooms. Staff members may do so to respond to perceived emergency situations, public nuisance situations (a ringing alarm or odor that is disturbing others) or judicial violations, to confirm evacuation during a fire alarm or drill, to perform maintenance or facility observations or repairs, and to perform routine health and safety inspections. Suite hallways and bathrooms are considered public areas and may be entered by staff members during performance of their duties. Students’ belongings will not be moved (other than is necessary to ensure their safety and to perform necessary maintenance functions) or searched (other than a “plain view” visual check of rooms and closets) without a letter signed by the Dean of Students, a search warrant issued by the court system or by the Director of Public Safety, or the permission of a resident of that room. Search warrants issued by College officials will specify the reason for the search. If the resident is available at the time of the search, he or she may be present during the search. The Residence Life Staff may, after posting notification at least 48 hours in advance, check a room at any time for health, safety, or maintenance reasons. Safety or policy violations observed during these inspections will be referred through the appropriate channels.

Fire Alarms and Safety Equipment

It is against the law and the regulations of the College to tamper with fire equipment of any kind. Falsely pulled fire alarms and other forms of tampering with fire equipment are a serious safety issue and each student should accept personal responsibility for reporting anyone who does so. Students found responsible for false alarms or other fire equipment tampering will face serious sanctions up to removal from housing or expulsion and may also face criminal charges. All students are required to evacuate buildings during fire alarms and may not re-enter until cleared by a Residence Life or DPS staff member. Students who do not evacuate during fire alarms or drills will be fined and may face additional judicial sanctions.

Fire Safety Regulations

The burning of any substance (other than cigarettes in approved outdoor smoking areas) is not allowed in or around the residence halls. Candles and incense may not be burned, and partially burned candles and/or incense are not allowed in the residence halls. Multiple socket plugs are not allowed, and multiple-socket surge protectors should not have several high drain appliances in use simultaneously. Students in areas where circuit breakers need to be reset may be required to reduce their number of outlets or appliances in use to conform to the capacity of the electrical system. Appliances with exposed heating elements or hot surfaces (including but not limited to toaster ovens, electric grills or skillets, halogen lights, fryers, and space heaters) are not allowed in the residence halls. Students may have one microwave (no more than 900 watts) and one refrigerator (under 1.8 amps) per residence hall room. Irons and coffee pots are allowed but may not be left plugged in or unattended. Window air conditioning units are allowed only with prior written approval from the Director of Residence Life and Director of Facilities Services.

Rotary Hall

Students living in Rotary Apartments may use the provided range and appliances and may bring and use a toaster (but not toaster oven) in the kitchen.  The oven, microwave, and toaster may not be left unattended while cooking. Residents may not deep fry or do any other type of grease-laden cooking.

Health Issues and Missed Classes

Students’ rooms and bathrooms should be kept reasonably clean and trash should be emptied as needed. Uncovered food and spills that are not cleaned up are considered health hazards, and are not allowed. Students should report illness to their resident assistant and the Coordinator of Health Services. Students missing classes should notify their professors.

Roof and Maintenance Areas

Equipment or maintenance rooms and the roof areas of all buildings and porches are off limits to all except those authorized for inspection, repair, or work reasons except in areas designated and posted by the College.

Keys, Doors, and Lockouts

Students are responsible for all keys issued to them. Students whose keys are lost or stolen will be charged a fee to cover costs associated with creating new keys, changing locks, and printing new student IDs. Lost keys and IDs should be reported within 24 hours in order to maintain the safety and security of residential facilities. Current room key charges are $50.00. Students must return their residence hall keys to their RAs as they check out of their room or residence hall. Keys not returned at that time will be treated as “Lost or Stolen Keys” and those students will be charged accordingly. All keys and ID cards issued remain the property of Centenary College. Keys and ID cards must be returned to the institution upon request, and may not be lent to persons who are not approved for access to that specific lock or facility. Employees or students who improperly lend, give away, or duplicate keys or ID cards may be charged with the costs associated with changing those locks and may also face judicial sanctions.

If you lock yourself out of your room between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. contact your RA or another RA in your building. If none of the RAs are home you may call the Department of Public Safety. Between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. contact the RA on duty if you need to be admitted to your room. The first two times you need a door unlocked you will receive a verbal warning. Upon the third key-in and each one thereafter you will be fined $5.00 per incident.

Residential students are advised to always lock their door to their room and to never allow someone that they do not know into a residence hall. It is against college regulations to prop open a locked door or fire door. Propped exterior residence hall doors are a serious safety concern, and students seen propping these doors may be issued a campus citation by the Department of Public Safety and/or face residential judicial charges. The minimum fine for propping open an exterior door shall be $100.00.

Room Decorations and Furnishings

No furniture, including mattresses or extra furniture due to the singling of a double room, may be removed from the room without written permission from the Office of Residence Life. College furniture may not be physically altered in any way. Decals and stickers should not be applied to College property. Decorations visible from public areas must be in good taste. Residents may decorate their room or suite doors, but are responsible for any damages to those surfaces.

Telephone, Data, and Cable Service

The residence hall rooms are equipped with modular phone jacks and data ports. Each residence hall room is properly equipped for television cable service. Commercially available long distance services may be contracted on an individual student-by-student basis. The television in the lobby is available for residential student use, but should not be used to publicly view copyrighted materials without proper authorization.

Theft and Property Damage

The College is not responsible for the theft or damage of personal property in residence hall rooms or elsewhere on College property. All students are strongly encouraged to obtain insurance coverage for their belongings. Students should report theft and vandalism to their RA and the Department of Public Safety. Prompt reporting is an important factor in recovering stolen items.

Pets

Pets and other animals are not allowed inside any campus facility, with the exception of fish, hermit crabs, and aquatic turtles. All pets must be kept in an aquarium at all times. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after and caring for their pets and will have to remove them from the halls immediately if there are offensive odors or allergy concerns. Aquariums may not be larger than 15 gallons. Professional Staff members living in the residence halls may have pets in accordance with the conditions outlined in the Residence Life staff guidelines. Residents with pet allergies should inform the professional staff member for their building and the office of Health Information and Disability Services.

Weight Lifting Equipment

Barbells, weight lifting equipment, and dumbbells weighing over 5 lbs. each are not allowed in the residence halls. Weight equipment is available in the Centenary Fitness Center.

Hall Sports

Sports of any type are prohibited in the residence halls, including all activities that could cause injury or property damage.

Escort and Guest Policies

Guests who do not work at or attend Centenary College must always be escorted by a resident of that building while in residence halls. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests and may be held accountable in campus judicial proceedings.

Public Areas

Students are allowed to have guests in their residence hall lobby twenty-four hours a day. Sleeping is prohibited in any public are of the residence hall (study rooms, lobbies, hallways, etc.).

Guests in Resident Rooms

A student may host a guest in his or her room with permission of the host’s roommate and per the rules outlined below.  Every overnight guest who is not a Centenary student living on campus must be registered with the Office of Residence Life.  Guests may stay on campus for no more than three (3) consecutive nights.  A guest may not stay on campus more than ten (10) nights per semester, even if hosted by different students.  Exceptions must be approved in writing by both the Director of Residence Life and the host’s roommate. 

Quiet Hours

Quiet Hours are in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. each weeknight and from midnight to 10:00 a.m. on weekends. Hall Councils may modify the quiet hours of their building subject to approval by the Director of Residence Life. Courtesy hours are in effect at all times, and students must reduce excessive noise that disturbs others. Students who are inconvenienced by noise should make a request to the offenders. If noise continues, students should report it to a resident assistant immediately or file a communication report. Communication report forms are available from any resident assistant or the office of Residence Life.

Residence Halls will observe 24 hour quiet time beginning at 10:00 a.m. the day before Finals Week. Hall Councils may approve a lifting of the quiet hours for a maximum of two (2) hours each day with the approval of the Director of Residence Life. Designated hours will be posted in each residence hall. A student who violates quiet hours after the day prior to Finals Week is subject to a minimum $50.00 fine per incident or equivalent in service hours to the college. The quiet hours policy extends through the last scheduled final exam.

Meeting Attendance and Fines

Residential students are required to pay residence hall dues or fines on time and to attend all scheduled hall and floor meetings unless they have prior approval from a residence life official.


 

Community Standards

As a community there are certain standards that must be observed to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning. Each student is responsible to the community for upholding all standards and policies listed in the Student Handbook.

Alcoholic Beverages and Other Drugs

Centenary College has enacted guidelines and rules regarding the possession, use and distribution of alcohol and controlled dangerous substances in order to comply with state law and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. These guidelines are also intended to establish an academic environment that promotes the health, safety and welfare of all members of its community. According to Louisiana law, it is unlawful for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase or have public possession of any alcoholic beverage. It is also unlawful to furnish alcohol to someone under 21 or obviously inebriated. Centenary College will impose disciplinary sanctions on students found in violation of these laws on school property or during any school activity. Students may also face criminal prosecution. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages in or on the Centenary College Campus, regardless of a person’s age, is prohibited by College policy unless it takes place as part of an approved Campus Event where alcohol is authorized. All events sponsored by campus organizations, on or off campus, must comply with the guidelines established by the Office of Student Involvement and the Board of Trustees.

In Louisiana it is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The operator of a vehicle is deemed to be intoxicated when he or she:

  1. is under the influence of alcoholic beverages or
  2. is under the influence of a combination of alcoholic beverages and one or more legal drugs (prescription or over the counter) which contain a warning against combining the medication with alcohol or
  3. is under the influence of legal drugs when the operator has knowingly substantially exceeded the recommended or prescribed dosage or
  4. is under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedule I, II, III, IV, or IV as set forth in RS 40:964. For the purposes of determining intoxication for alcohol alone the operator is presumed to be intoxicated when he has a blood alcohol level of .08% or more by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood. If the operator is under the age of 21 a blood alcohol concentration of .02 is sufficient to be charged with Underage Driving Under the Influence.

Centenary College students are expected to comply with city, state and federal laws regarding controlled dangerous substances. Consequently, individuals found using, possessing or distributing controlled dangerous substances, except as expressly permitted by law, will face disciplinary action and possible arrest, imprisonment or fines. Louisiana law provides for increased penalties for individuals convicted of felony possession or distribution of drugs to students and/or on school grounds including Centenary College property.

Centenary College guarantees procedural fairness in disciplinary proceedings to any student accused of violating alcohol or other drug policies or laws through an administrative hearing and/or referral to the Conduct Review Committee. For the purposes of campus judicial proceedings, possession is defined as being present in a room or area where there are drugs, alcohol or paraphernalia. Students with alcohol, drugs or paraphernalia in their assigned residence hall room are also considered to be in possession. Students found responsible for violating these policies may face a range of sanctions including required educational activities, service to the campus or community, removal from housing, suspension, expulsion and referral for criminal prosecution.

It is the policy of Centenary College to provide its employees with a drug-free environment. To maintain this policy:

  1. No employee is permitted to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use an unlawful controlled dangerous substance, as defined by federal or state law, on the property of Centenary College.
  2. Any employee found in violation of Item 1 of this policy will be suspended without pay pending completion of a recognized drug rehabilitation program or terminated from employment at Centenary College if convicted under a criminal drug statute.
  3. Any employee found in violation of Item 1of this policy as a second occurrence will be terminated at Centenary College; and
  4. Each employee shall be made aware of this policy.

A brief overview of city, state and federal laws regarding the use of alcohol and illicit drugs may be found in Appendices to the Student Handbook of the Student Handbook. Information regarding the health risks associated with the use of alcohol and illicit drugs may also be found in the Appendices. The section of the Student Handbook entitled "Resources for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault" provides a list of educational, counseling and treatment programs available to the College Community. The Centenary College Counseling Center will provide free confidential counseling for any student who is concerned about his or her drug or alcohol use. The Counseling Center is located in Rotary Hall and the phone number is 869-5466.

Alcohol at Campus Events

Alcohol is permitted at some campus events with prior approval. Students or student groups wishing to serve alcohol at their events must complete an online calendar request and an Alcoholic Beverage Authorization Request form. This form will be reviewed by the Director of Public Safety, who will determine the appropriate security and monitoring controls required for the event. If additional police officers are required, groups without campus accounts will be required to pay in advance.

All events must fully comply with the Campus Events Policy. In addition, student organizations sponsoring on-campus events with alcohol present must provide at least two sober monitors who will be present at the event and who will not consume any alcohol before or during the event. An approved 3rd party vendor must be arranged to sell and serve all alcohol. The list of approved alcohol vendors will be maintained by the Office of Community Services.

After receiving DPS approval and making all necessary arrangements, the completed Alcoholic Beverage Authorization Request form will be submitted to the Dean of Students at least 10 working days before the event for approval.

Civil and Criminal Law

Students should refrain from conduct which violates city, state, and/or federal laws.
Suspected violations of the law will be referred to the Centenary College Department of Public Safety (DPS) and/or any other appropriate law enforcement agency. Criminal complaints filed against a student for on or off campus behavior may result in disciplinary action through the college judicial system.

Computer Crime and Regulations

Unfortunately students occasionally engage in various activities on the computer with the belief that their actions are simply a harmless prank without realizing that they have in fact violated state and possibly federal law. This section is intended to provide a brief overview of the current laws regarding computers and is not intended as a full disclosure of every aspect of computer crime. This information is presented with the intent of preventing crimes before they occur. Centenary College students who violate the law are subject not only to disciplinary sanctions but also to criminal prosecution. If a member of the College community suspects that a computer related crime has occurred he or she should report the suspected violations to the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Centenary College Department of Information Technology (and if necessary other law enforcement agencies) will investigate the alleged violations.

The current laws regarding computers can be divided into broad categories of crimes. The first category is "offenses against intellectual property." For the purposes of these statutes the term "intellectual property" refers to data, computer programs, computer software, trade secrets, copyrighted materials, confidential or proprietary information stored in or produced by computers or computer systems, or networks. It is illegal to destroy, modify, copy or access intellectual property without consent. These statutes specifically prohibit attempts to gain unauthorized access to computer databases. The second category of crimes involves offenses designed to prevent the computer owner from full use or enjoyment of their computers. These statutes make it unlawful to intentionally modify or destroy computer equipment, deny access to an authorized user or to send bulk mail in violation of the electronic mail service provider’s policy. To use today’s common vernacular these statutes prohibit practices such as bumping someone off the Internet or sending viruses, worms or Trojan horses. The third category of computer crime involves using a computer or computer systems to defraud or obtain money, property or services by fraudulent means. The fourth category of computer crime is Cyber-stalking. This occurs when a person: (1) uses electronic mail or communication to threaten another person or their family with bodily harm or property damage in order to extort money or other valuables or (2) repeatedly electronically mails or communicates with another for the purpose of threatening, terrifying or harassing the other person or (3) electronically mails or communicates false statements concerning death, injury, illness, disfigurement, indecent conduct, or criminal conduct of the other person or a member of the other person’s family with the intent to threaten terrify or harass or (4) allows a computer under his control to be used for committing any of the actions described above. In more basic terms the Cyber-stalking statute prohibits harassing people by e-mail or posting of false information on Internet bulletin boards, chat rooms etc. Computer laws also prohibit accessing child pornography.

Computer Use Policy

This policy is intended to define authorized use and ensure security of Centenary College facilities and resources. This includes such information technology as hardware, software, e-mail, and home pages. Administration of this policy, technology services, electronic information security, and usage resides with the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department. Authorizations required in this policy come from the Director of Information Technology. ITS provides service in the following priorities:

1)      emergencies (all other change must be systematically planned, researched, and implemented)

2)       institution-wide projects

3)      departmental needs

4)      individual requirements.

Conditions of Usage

Usage is limited to Centenary faculty, staff, and students, unless specifically authorized by the Director of Information Technology. In using Centenary facilities and resources, users agree to hold harmless Centenary College, its staff, and affiliates for dutiful enforcement of the computer use policy. Notification of policy change is posted on bulletin boards of large labs and in e-mail. User files may be deleted where storage space becomes insufficient. Accounts may be removed if there is no log-on for six months. ITS will make an effort to contact users before such deletions or removals and provide archival copies. Accounts of users who are no longer associated with Centenary will be removed. Where there is threat or risk to facilities or resources then without prior notification ITS may need to restrict users or reconfigure technology. Where possible, information adversely affected will be reloaded from backup.

Home Pages

Home pages must include 1) name of the department if a departmental home page, 2) link back to the college, 3) name and e-mail address of the home page holder/author, 4) date of last update, 5) URL, and 6) a disclaimer if an individual’s home page, stating:

The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the author and have not been approved by Centenary College of Louisiana.

Home pages must be kept current and thoughtfully orient visitors who may enter through an outside link without passing through a Centenary institutional page.

Home pages must be legal; for example, information belonging to others may not be included without owner permission.

Copyright and Compliance Policy

The unauthorized copying of any software licensed to Centenary College or protected by copyright constitutes theft and is thus both unethical and illegal. Failure to observe software copyrights and/or license agreements may not only result in disciplinary action by this institution but also severe penalties as a result of legal action by the copyright owner against the person(s) violating this policy.

Centenary College prohibits the unauthorized copying of software, including programs, applications, data bases, and code, by students, faculty, and staff of this institution, as well as the use of any college-owned computing resource for unauthorized commercial purposes.

Users of such agree to comply with the provisions of this policy and understand that their disregard will subject abusers to prompt disciplinary action by the college and other possible penalties prescribed under the law.

Violation

Violation of this policy occurs when a student’s usage poses a clear and present danger to either information, security, technology, or usage. (Indicated, for example, by system-logged attempts of the student trying to hack into the system.) Information violations include unauthorized attempts to access, change, copy, delete, destroy, print, or read information restricted to the institution, a person, or a group. Security violations include attempts to circumvent data protection, or to destroy, tamper with, or uncover security protection. Technology violations include attempts to destroy, endanger, remove, tamper, vandalize, or, without authorization, use technology. Usage violation is violation of network traffic affected by the use of games, recreational programs, pictures, or sound not related to course work. Usage must be shared with others in a manner consistent with Centenary’s educational mission. College facilities and resources cannot be used for illegal display or broadcast of libelous, fraudulent, defamatory, harassing, obscene, threatening, or prank material, or if illegal, to make other transmission, or to violate copyright or licensing agreements.

Penalties

Should a student violate this policy, usage may be revoked or conditioned on a signed written agreement to comply with the policy or other agreement. Violation of policies, agreements, or law may result in disciplinary proceedings, dismissal, and other penalties.

Failure to Cooperate

Students must comply with official College policies and cooperate with the requests of College officials (faculty, administration, resident staff, and House Councils) in the performance of their duties. Students who do not attend scheduled judicial hearings and sanction meetings or who do not complete assigned judicial sanctions on time are also considered in violation of this policy and may be assigned additional sanctions.

False Information

Willfully and knowingly furnishing false information to the College or a College official, including the Residence Hall Staff, is prohibited.

Fire Alarms and Fire Safety Equipment

Giving a false alarm of fire or willfully and knowingly tampering with fire safety equipment is in violation of campus policy and state law. Centenary College considers these violations to be very serious as they could result in the loss of human life. Individuals found to be guilty of these violations face disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.

Firearms, Explosives, and Weapons

Centenary College is a Firearm Free Zone. Louisiana law prohibits students and nonstudents from carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon on school property or at a school sponsored function, except as enumerated in Louisiana Revised Statute 14:95.2. “Dangerous weapons” are defined by law as any gas, liquid or other substance or instrumentality which if used is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm. Students should be aware that switch blades, spring knives, bows and arrows, throwing stars, and nunchuks are included in this definition of dangerous weapons. Violations of the law may result not only in disciplinary action but also in criminal prosecution.

In order to provide a safe environment that is conducive to learning, Centenary College has established a broader weapons policy. Use, possession, or distribution of any weapon, incendiary device, or explosive without specific authorization is prohibited in or on any College property and at any College sponsored activity. Centenary College’s definition of weapons includes not only those prohibited by state law but also clubs, air rifles, BB and pellet guns, knives (other than small cooking and pocket knives), slingshots, and paintball guns and ammunition. Items such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and the like are considered “explosives.” Water guns and balloons may not be used in the residence halls. Violations of these policies will result in disciplinary action.

Hazing

Hazing in any form (physical or emotional), on or off campus, by an individual, group of individuals, or campus organization is strictly prohibited. Hazing is an act which is demeans, endangers mental or physical health, or encourages behavior that is inappropriate, humiliating, illegal, or in violation of the Centenary Code of Conduct, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization.  The express or implied consent of the victim is not a defense.  Hazing includes, but is not limited to, an activity or function that is demeaning or embarrassing to an individual or group of individuals or that causes or is likely to cause physical harm or emotional distress.

Honor Code

Students must adhere to the Honor Code of Centenary College. (see Honor Court Constitution and Guidelines for the Honor System for more details)

Inappropriate Conduct

Harassing behavior and conduct that leads to embarrassment or indignity of others are not permitted while on College property or at College-sponsored activities. Students may not dress in a manner that is offensive or disruptive. Disrespect toward College officials (including residence hall staff) is not permitted.

Misuse of College Materials

Students may not forge, alter, or otherwise misuse College documents, records, identification and other materials, records, access codes, computer passwords or computer software.

Misuse of Property

Misuse of property is defined as theft of, damage to, or illegal possession of property belonging to or administered by the College, a member of the College community, or any campus visitor. Littering, vandalism, and other acts which permanently or temporarily deface or destroy College buildings and/or grounds also violate this policy.

Obstruction of Proceedings or Activities

Individuals may not obstruct, disrupt, or hinder teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other College activities, including public service functions or other authorized activities on College property.

Physical Abuse or Threat of Abuse

It is illegal not only to intentionally use force or violence upon another person but also to intentionally place another person in fear that he or she will be a victim of force or violence. An individual can be placed in apprehension of violence not only by verbal threats but also by threatening behavior, gestures, pictures etc. Consequently, any conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety or well being of any person on College property or at a College sponsored function is strictly prohibited. Students should report any incident of physical abuse or the threat of physical abuse, regardless of whether or not they are the victim, to the Department of Public Safety in order that measures can be taken to protect the victim. The Protection from Dating Violence Act provides a victim of violence from a dating partner all the same services, benefits and other forms of assistance available to victims of domestic abuse such as Temporary Restraining Orders. This law is not gender specific and it applies to homosexual as well as heterosexual relationships. Victims are also encouraged to seek counseling at the Centenary College Counseling Center or one of the counseling centers listed under "Resources for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault."

Posting and Publicity on Campus

All publicity in or on the Residence Halls must be approved by the Director of Residence Life or the professional Residence Life Coordinator for that area. All other publicity on Centenary College’s campus posted by students, organizations, or outside entities must be approved by the Director of Student Involvement. The only exception to this rule is that registered student organizations are allowed posting privileges without review so long as they are in good standing with the College and follow the rules and restrictions of posting on campus. Registered student organizations, as well as other organizations, businesses, and individuals alike, are responsible for removal of their publicity no later than three days after an event or one week after the start of publicity if there is no event date. Any individual or organization that does not adhere to this policy may lose posting privileges for the remainder of the semester. When posting publicity around campus, all must follow these restrictions:

1)      The source of each banner, poster, or other form of publicity will be clearly indicated. Exceptions may be approved by the Director of Student Involement.

2)      No vulgar, violent, hateful, or discriminatory speech or images shall be displayed as part of publicity on Centenary’s campus.

3)      No one is allowed to move, tear down, or post over other publicity unless it is three days past the specified event or one week following the initial advertising or was not approved or posted by a registered campus organization.

4)      Only masking tape or blue painter’s tape shall be used. Those who use other types of tape will be subject to posting probation for the remainder of the semester as well as up to $50.00 in fines for damages incurred to paint or other surfaces and/or cleaning costs. Individuals who are fined will receive a hold on their accounts in the Business Office until the fine is paid. Organizations who receive a fine will not be able to publicize, fundraise, receive funds, or participate in campus-wide events such as homecoming until the fine is paid.  Individuals and organizations not affiliated with the campus will be billed and will also lose the privilege of publicizing on Centenary’s campus for a minimum of one semester.

5)      Publicity cannot promote the use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs. Events (on or off-campus) involving alcohol may only be promoted if they have been approved according to the Campus and Off Campus Events policies.

6)      Publicity may not be posted on the exterior doors of buildings or on stairwell doors without specific prior approval from the Director of Student Involvement. Other areas may be designated by the Director of Student Involvement or the staff/faculty member responsible for a specific building/area as no-posting or limited posting areas.

Chalking

In the event an individual or organization decides to chalk for publicity or other purposes, the messages must follow the same restrictions as the publicity restrictions listed above. In addition to these restrictions, chalk also:

1)      Must not be placed on any surface that would not be able to be washed by the rain. This means chalk cannot be put on vertical surfaces (such as walls or the sides of trashcans) or under awnings.

2)      Must not be placed on any surface that is used for sitting such as the rails of the cafeteria deck.

If chalk is used anywhere it should not be and is not washed off by the weather within a reasonable time, the individual or organization responsible must wash the chalk within three days of being notified or else they will be subject to a fine of up to $50.00 per incident for the area to be cleaned.

Preparation Week

The College has set aside the week before final exams in both the spring and fall semesters as a special time to review academic work and prepare for final exams. It is designated as Preparation Week. The following policy and requirements are designed to help students concentrate on their studies by reducing the usual multitude of college activities that demand time and attention. As of 8:00 a.m. on the first day of Preparation Week, no papers, tests or additional work (beyond completion of courses) may be assigned. Lab tests may be given during Preparation Week. Class assignments made earlier in the semester may be given during Preparation Week.

As of 8:00 a.m. the 4th day of Preparation Week and continuing through exam week, no college-sponsored or affiliated groups may hold meetings or programs that involve students and/or require student attendance. The Honor Court or Conduct Review Committee acting on official business may meet at this time. On the Saturday of Preparation Week, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, there will be suspension of these requirements allowing students and their organizations opportunities for recreational activities. At midnight, Preparation Week requirements resume and continue through exam week. The Student Services Committee may consider petitions for exceptions to policies governing Preparation Week.

Public Expression

Students and approved organizations have the right to publicly assemble and express themselves provided they abide by all College, State, and Federal policies, procedures, and laws.

Residential/Housing Policies

All residential and commuter students are responsible for knowing and abiding by all housing policies while in residential facilities.

Sexual Assault

A survey of college aged women across the United States found that one in four had been the victim of rape or attempted rape. Various studies have shown that the majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. Centenary College in response to these alarming statistics has implemented various educational programs regarding sexual assault. Sexual assault of any type will not be tolerated in the Centenary College Community. Under Louisiana law there are three basic categories of sexual assault. The first is rape, which is defined as anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse committed without the person’s lawful consent. Students should be aware that intoxicated persons who are not able to understand the nature of the act are not capable of giving lawful consent. (Simple Rape Statute) The law specifies that in cases involving vaginal or anal intercourse emission is not necessary and that any penetration is sufficient to complete the crime. Oral sexual intercourse is defined as the touching of the anus or genitals of the victim by the offender using the mouth or tongue of the offender or vice versa. The second category of sexual assault is sexual battery. Sexual battery is defined as the touching of the anus or genitals of the victim by the offender using any instrumentality or any part of the body of the offender or vice versa without the consent of the victim. In general terms sexual battery occurs when a person touches another in an intimate area without the consent of the victim, where the victim is infirm, or where the act is consensual but the victim is not yet 15 years old and is at least three years younger than the offender. The final category of sexual assault is intentional exposure to the AIDS virus. For the purposes of this section this occurs when a person intentionally exposes another to the AIDS virus through sexual contact without their knowing and lawful consent. Within these basic categories there are various types of the offense such as aggravated rape, forcible rape, simple rape etc. which are determined by such factors as the degree of physical violence involved in the crime, the age of the victim and the mental capacity of the victim. Dating or knowing the victim is not a legal defense for sexual assault. For anyone convicted of rape, sexual battery or oral sexual battery the penalty required by Louisiana law is imprisonment without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. The length of imprisonment and whether or not it is at hard labor depends on the offense. All of these crimes are categorized as "sex offenses" and as such the perpetrator is subject to the reporting and registration requirements commonly referred to as Megan's Law. In other words a student convicted of simple rape will have to register and notify his/her neighbors that he/she is a sex offender for at least 10 years. A chart in the Appendices lists the different types of sexual assault and the corresponding penalty.

If you are the victim of a sexual assault, please get help quickly. If the offense occurred on campus you are encouraged to contact the Department of Public Safety or, if off campus, the city police or sheriff’s department. Filing a report at the time of the crime will help protect you and others from further victimization, help apprehend the assailant and maintain your future options regarding criminal prosecution, college disciplinary action and/or civil action against the perpetrator. You will not be required to press charges or go to the hospital, but will have the option to do so. If you choose to contact the police you should not touch anything, change your clothing, shower or douche to prevent any evidence from being destroyed. A law enforcement officer will take your statement regarding what transpired and will make arrangements for you to go to the hospital. At the hospital you will first be treated for any injuries. Hospital personnel will then follow a special rape protocol, which includes the collection of evidence, testing for sexually transmitted disease and the option of receiving a post-rape contraceptive.

If you do not wish to report the crime to the police you should still seek counseling from the College Counseling Center or other counseling programs which are listed in the section of the Student Handbook entitled "Resources for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault." Centenary College personnel from Residential Life, the Dean of Students Office, the Counseling Center and the Department of Public Safety are available to assist you in any manner possible including arranging for a change in academic or living situations.

Sexual Harassment

Centenary College seeks to cultivate a spirit of community in which each individual may participate without fear of intimidation. The College does not tolerate capricious discrimination in any form.* All employees and students are urged to avoid any action or conduct, which might be construed as sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as follows:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a requirement of employment or participation in an academic program or activity, (2) submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or campus environment.

Any behavior deemed to be sexual harassment by a member of the staff or faculty shall be reported directly to the aggrieved party's supervisor (immediate or higher, or in cases where the supervisor is the alleged harasser, to the Provost or College President); a student shall report to the Dean of Students or the Director of Student Conduct. (Hereafter, the individual who receives the information from the complainant will be referred to as the facilitator.) After consultation with the facilitator, the matter of alleged harassment shall be pursued further following the sequence outlined below. A fair process shall be observed in which the rights of both the complainant and the accused are respected. The investigation of the complaint will proceed as follows:

  1. To encourage that the issue be resolved informally, a meeting of the facilitator, the complainant, the complainant's advocate (if so desired by the complainant), the accused and the accused's advocate (if so desired) shall be called by the facilitator and shall encourage open discussion, in which both parties involved in the complaint may hear a description of the situation from the other's point of view in an effort to resolve the complaint. This meeting shall remain confidential without documentation.
  2. Should the complaint not be resolved informally, the complainant may formalize the complaint; a written and signed complaint must be filed with the Office of the President within one (1) calendar year.
  3. If the accused is a student, a Communications Report or Report of Suspected Student Misconduct shall be filed with the Director of Student Conduct, who shall, in turn, refer the case to an administrative hearing officer or the Conduct Review Committee. They will process the case in accordance with policies and procedures established in the current Centenary College Student Handbook.
  4. If the accused is a faculty member, then a complaint shall be filed with the Provost, who shall forward the complaint to the Faculty Personnel. This committee is charged with making a recommendation of remedial action to the Provost.
  5. If the accused is a staff member, then a complaint shall be filed with his or her immediate (or higher) supervisor, who shall request that the administration appoint an ad-hoc committee comprising no less than three (3) members of the staff to hear the complaint. The committee is charged with making a recommendation of remedial action to the appropriate senior officer or to the President of the College.
  6. If the accused is a member of the senior administration, then the complaint shall be filed with either the Provost or the President of the College, who shall set up an ad-hoc committee comprising no less than three (3) members of the administration to hear the complaint. The committee is charged with making a recommendation of remedial action to the President.
  7. A recommendation of remedial action may include, but is not limited to, the following: no action taken, a warning, documentation in the individual's permanent personnel record, or dismissal of the student or employee. All paperwork associated with investigation of the complaint shall be maintained in a confidential file in the Office of the President.

Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in or around any college building except in designated areas. Smoking is prohibited in or on residence hall balconies, porches, steps, and courtyards. Smoking is permitted in the designated areas of the Physical Plant and designated smoking areas outside of the  residence halls.

Sports/Recreation Policy

Playing or practicing golf is not allowed on campus due to the potential of injury to bystanders and the possibility of damaging college grounds and property. Playing golf with a tennis ball (Tolf) is permitted only if care is taken not to hit any person or campus building with the ball. Throwing a Frisbee on campus or playing Frisbee golf is permitted providing care is taken with pedestrians in the area. Roller blades/skates are not permitted inside any facility or on any tennis court and skateboards are not permitted on campus,

Unauthorized Entry

Unauthorized entry into or use of any College facility or property is a violation of campus policy and possibly of state law.

Student Conduct

Responsible student conduct is fostered by example, counseling, guidance, admonition, and when necessary, by disciplinary proceedings related to the College's standards of scholarship, student conduct, and the use of facilities.  The College's student conduct system offers procedural fairness to students involved in the process.  Practices in disciplinary cases vary in formality, taking into account the gravity of alleged offenses and the sanctions that may be applied.  Minor penalties may be assessed informally under prescribed procedures.

Honor

Although students are not asked to sign an honor statement with regards to non-academic behavior, as they are with regards to academic work, students are expected to behave honorably.  Students are required to report academic violations, and are also encouraged to report behavioral (non-academic) violations of campus policies or community standards.  Living honorably, including reporting all types of violations, strengthens the foundations for students’ personal lives, supports our community’s focus on ethical development, and supports the qualities of moral courage, responsibility, and fairness.

Alleged Misconduct

All members of the campus community are encouraged to report information regarding apparent rule-violating behavior.  Reports of alleged behavioral (non-academic) misconduct may be filed with the Dean of Students, the Director of Student Conduct, a member of the Residence Life staff, and/or the police officers of the Department of Public Safety.

Hearing Bodies

Reports of alleged behavioral (non-academic) misconduct may be assigned to a Hearing Body.  Hearing Bodies include Administrative Hearing Officers, the Residence Halls Association (RHA), and the Conduct Review Committee.  RHA is solely an Appellate Body; the Conduct Review Committee hears both original cases and appeals, as outlined herein. 

Standards of Evidence

The standard of evidence used to make findings will be a preponderance of the evidence.  Preponderance is the legally required standard in some student conduct cases and is the standard used by the College in all behavioral (non-academic) cases of alleged misconduct.  Preponderance means that the evidence suggests that it is more likely than not that the student engaged in the alleged rule-violating behavior.

Findings

A Hearing Body finds that either there is sufficient evidence or insufficient evidence to support the allegation of rule-violating behavior.  A Hearing Body may find that the evidence is sufficient with regards to some alleged behaviors while also find that the evidence is insufficient with regards to other alleged behaviors within the same case.  A Hearing Body may hold a hearing in absentia if a student facing charges fails to appear for the hearing or otherwise refuses to cooperate in the student conduct process and/or a student facing charges withdraws from the College between the time of the alleged misconduct and the scheduled hearing.

In the latter case, the Hearing Body may decide to wait until the student returns before conducting the hearing.

Sanctions

If a Hearing Body finds that the evidence is sufficient to support at least one allegation of rule-violating behavior, the Hearing Body may assess one or more sanctions. The number of sanctions need not match the number of violations.  The Hearing Body shall take the totality of the circumstances into account when issuing sanctions, potentially including prior offenses.  Sanctions from Hearings include, but are not limited to:  formal warnings, probation, loss of privileges, fines, restitution, discretionary sanctions, residential separation (temporary or permanent), and exclusions from certain activities and/or certain areas of or locations on campus.  Sanctions from the Conduct Review Committee include, but are not limited to, those sanctions available to other Hearing Bodies as well as suspension or expulsion from the College.

Appeals

Both accused students and complainants have the right to appeal the original Hearing Body’s decision.  Appeals must be made in writing to the appropriate Appellate Body, the Director of Student Conduct, or the Dean of Students within one week of the date of the decision being made available to the student.

All requests for appeal will be considered by the appropriate Appellate Body.  A request for an appeal does not guarantee that an appeal hearing will be granted. 

The appropriate Appellate Body varies based on case origins and the Hearing Body being appealed.  Appellate Bodies for given circumstances are as follows:

 

Appellate Bodies may uphold or overturn previous decisions. They may eliminate, reduce, uphold, increase, or modify sanctions as they see fit.

Role of Hearing Officers

Administrative Hearing Officers will hear cases which arise from reports of alleged behavioral (non-academic) misconduct, the potential sanctions of which would not result in suspension or expulsion. 

Role of the Director of Student Conduct

The Director of Student Conduct will oversee the behavioral (non-academic) student conduct process of the College.  The Director will designate, train, and oversee Hearing Officers who will hear cases.  These Hearing Officers will include the Director of Student Conduct and the professional staff of Office of Residence Life, and may include other members of the College.  The Director will train and assist the members of the Conduct Review Committee and work with the Advisor of the Residence Halls Association to convene, train, and oversee that body and its hearings.  The director is responsible for routing cases to the Conduct Review Committee, and for functioning as the non-voting executive officer of the Committee charged with the responsibility of enforcing its decisions. 

Role of the Residence Hall Association

All Residence Hall Association (RHA) student conduct proceedings are closed.  Decisions will be based solely on written reports and written testimony.  RHA, when functioning as a Hearing Body, hears appeals of Hearing decisions from cases which originated within the residential buildings or the areas around them and have exclusively to do with residential policies.  Sanctions from RHA Hearings include, but are not limited to:  formal warnings, probation, loss of privileges, fines, restitution, discretionary sanctions, and exclusions from certain activities and/or certain areas of or locations on campus.  Appeals of RHA Hearing decisions are considered by the Conduct Review Committee.  Technical aspects of RHA and its procedures are stated within its constitution and bylaws.

Role of the Conduct Review Committee

The duties of the Conduct Review Committee include hearing all cases of behavioral (non-academic) misconduct referred to it by the Director of Student Conduct.  The Committee serves as the original Hearing Body for cases which may result in suspension or expulsion.  The Committee also serves as the Appellate Body of both RHA and Hearing Officer decisions.  Decisions of the Committee are usually considered final; however, decisions are appealable to the Dean of Students.  Technical aspects of the Conduct Review Committee and its procedures are stated in its guidelines.  In a case of an extraordinarily sensitive matter, the Director of Student Conduct may hear a case that might result in suspension or expulsion and in such a case, the Dean would hear the appeal.

Role of the Dean of Students

The Dean of Students will supervise the Director of Student Conduct.  The Dean also hears appeals of Conduct Review Committee hearings decisions.  In a case of an extraordinarily sensitive matter, the Director of Student Conduct may hear a case that might result in suspension or expulsion and in such a case, the Dean would hear the appeal.

Role of the President of the College

The President is available as the last source of appeal of a decision made by the Dean of Students.  Also inherent in the role of the President is the obligation to take whatever measures may be necessary to protect the wellbeing and integrity of the College and its members.  This obligation is reserved for emergency or extraordinary circumstances only.  Nothing herein shall be regarded as detracting from the traditional plenary powers of the President and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, the President may, on the President’s own initiative and at the President’s own discretion, immediately and without any procedural requirements whatsoever, suspend or expel a student, or otherwise suspend or terminate the student’s right to be present on the campus and/or to attend classes.  Such action may be subject to review by the Conduct Review Committee at the President’s discretion, but the status of the student, pending final action, shall remain that in which the President has placed the student.

Conduct Review Committee

Purposes and Responsibilities

Composition of the Committee

The Committee shall be composed of six voting members and one non-voting member.  The voting members shall be one faculty member, one staff member, and four students, as determined herein.  The chair shall be the faculty member, or in the faculty member’s absence, the staff member.  The Director of Student Conduct shall be a non-voting member of the Committee and shall function as its executive officer charged with the responsibility of enforcing decisions of the Committee.  Alternate members may also be selected in the manners listed herein.  Alternate members may take the place of their respective voting members in their absence.

Meetings should be scheduled during fall or spring semester when practical.  In anticipation of summer, the chair of the Committee is encouraged to call a meeting of the Committee in the early part of April to determine which members will be available during the summer and to determine the composition of the Committee for the summer.  If the Committee has need to meet during a school break or during the summer and if an insufficient number of members are available, the SGA President shall nominate temporary student members, while the Chair of the Faculty Coordinating Committee (or if not available, the Provost) shall recommend the temporary faculty member.

Procedural Rules

  1. Other relevant procedures and standards outlined herein also apply to the Committee.
  2. For the Conduct Review Committee to consider an appeal, the student must file the appeal in writing with the Conduct Review Committee chairperson or the Director of Student Conduct within one week after a lower body has notified the student of a decision.
  3. In order for the Committee to make a decision, a majority of the Committee’s voting members must be present.  The faculty or staff chair must be present.
  4. The Committee is encouraged to meet in regular session at least once each semester to discuss procedure and campus disciplinary problems.
  5. The faculty chair, the Director of Student Conduct, the Dean of Students, or the President of the College can call a Committee meeting at any time either by verbal or written notice.
  6. Sensitive information relevant to a case will not be disclosed to the members in advance.  Prior to each hearing the chair shall ask Committee members if representatives of either side (accused or complainant) have approached them prior to the hearing, and to what extent.  Persistent and/or other inappropriate contact prior to a Committee meeting may result in a charge such as obstruction of proceedings or inappropriate conduct. 
  7. The proceedings of the meeting are held in strict confidence.
  8. The faculty chair of the Committee will either prepare or request that the staff representative prepare two sets of minutes.  One set of minutes will be kept by the Director of Student Conduct and the other in the Office of the President.
  9. No members of the Committee who are interested in a particular case in any way other than through their official function as members of the Committee shall sit in judgment during the proceedings.
  10. Written notification of charges shall be sent to the accused at least one week prior to the hearing containing all charges and directing them to this handbook for information regarding the hearing, the rights of the accused, and the regulations of the College.  On request, written reports that will be presented during the hearing and a description of any physical evidence that may be presented will be provided to the accused student prior to the hearing.
  11. The accused and the complainant (or an administrative officer of the College in lieu of the complainant) may present any evidence that the Committee deems pertinent and relevant to the case.
  12. The Committee has the right to conduct the proceedings in absentia if:

a.       a student facing charges fails to appear for the hearing or otherwise refuses to cooperate in the student conduct process and/or

b.      a student facing charges withdraws from the College between the time of the alleged misconduct and the scheduled hearing.

In the latter case, the College may decide to wait until the student returns before conducting the hearing.

  1. Both the student who is accused and the student who makes an accusation have the right to be assisted in the case by a faculty member or administrative staff member as a Case Advisor.  Students have the right to select a faculty or staff member who agrees to serve as the Case Advisor.  All consultations between accused students and their faculty/staff Case Advisors shall be considered privileged information; therefore, are inadmissible as evidence without the express written consent of the student advisee. 
  2. The burden of proof rests upon the person bringing the charge.  The evidence must represent preponderance, but it is not necessary to prove charges to the clear and convincing or beyond reasonable doubt standards. 
  3. For the Committee to consider statements made against the accused, the accused must be advised of both the content of the statements and the names of those who made the statements.  The accused must be given an opportunity to rebut unfavorable inferences, which might otherwise be drawn.
  4. The accused shall be given the opportunity to testify and present evidence and witnesses.
  5. All members of the Committee have the right to question the accused, the complainant, and the witnesses.
  6. The accused, the complainant, and witnesses shall not speak to one another directly.  The accused and the complainant have the right to ask the chair to pose questions to the accused, the complainant, and witnesses.  Witnesses may request the chair’s permission to ask the chair to pose questions to the accused, the complainant, and other witnesses.  The chair may use discretion in deciding whether to ask a question and the phrasing thereof.
  7. The accused, the complainant, and the witnesses have the right to remain in the room as long as the case is being heard and until the Committee is ready to deliberate or consider a different case.
  8. The decision of the Committee shall be based solely upon information presented to the Committee at the hearing, whether in the form of oral testimony, written documents, photographs, or other evidence.
  9. The Committee will make findings with regards to whether or not the evidence is sufficient to support each of the individual charges.
  10. If the Committee makes a finding that the evidence is sufficient to support at least one charge, the Committee will then issue one or more sanctions ranging from a formal warning through expulsion.
  11. All information from previous student conduct hearings shall be admissible if the sanctioning phase is reached.
  12. The chair communicates the Committee’s decision to the Director of Student Conduct (if the Director was not present).  The chair or Director of Student Conduct will communicate the decision to the accused and the complainant, if applicable. The sanctions assessed, if any, will be conveyed to the accused student and will only be shared with the complainant when required by law.
  13. The Director of Student Conduct will have three copies of a letter prepared that reflect the Committee’s decision.  The letters are to be distributed as follows:  the accused, the President of the College, and the accused student’s file in the Office of Student Development.

Nothing herein shall be regarded as detracting from the President’s powers as set forth in the Student Handbook and other College documents.


 

Administrative Withdrawal Policy

Standards of Conduct form the basis for behavior in the academic community; the enforcement of such standards must protect the rights, health, and safety of members of that community in order that they may pursue their educational goals without undue interference.

Policy Statement

Centenary College may execute an administrative withdrawal when a student engages in behavior that poses a danger of causing harm to self or others, or disrupts the learning environment.

Reason for Policy

Centenary College is concerned about the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of its students. The College believes that all students have a responsibility for self-welfare, self-guardianship, and self-care. In addition, students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that is not violent or disruptive. When, in the judgment of the College, a student's behavior constitutes a disruption or danger to the living/learning environment which the college seeks to create, or presents a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, the College will intervene. This policy addresses students whose behavior is disruptive or dangerous to self or others, or which disrupts the learning environment of others.

Definitions

Danger to self or others and destructive behavior is here defined to include, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Suicide attempts, or statement of suicidal intent
  2. Self mutilation or injury
  3. Assault or threatened assault of students, faculty, or staff
  4. Excessive use of alcohol
  5. Misuse or excessive use of prescribed medications
  6. Criminal activity

Such dangerous and disruptive behavior may be in the form of a single behavioral incident or somewhat less severe but persistent dangerousness or disruption over a more extended period.

Procedure for Dealing with Disruptive or Dangerous Behavior

When a student's behavior is perceived to be dangerous or disruptive, to themselves or other members of the campus community, the matter shall be referred to the Dean of Students. In the event that the Dean of Students determines that the student's behavior is a potential danger or disruption to self or others, the following procedure will be initiated:

  1. The Dean of Students, or in his/her absence, the Director of Student Conduct (hereafter referred to as "designee"), will notify the student that an administrative withdrawal is under consideration. The College may, in its sole discretion, execute an immediate administrative withdrawal leave should circumstances warrant.
  2. The Student Resource Center or faculty advisor will discuss with the student the implications of and procedures relating to an administrative withdrawal. A copy of this policy will be provided to the student. Whenever possible and appropriate, the Student Resource Center or faculty advisor will encourage the student to voluntarily withdraw, thereby eliminating the need to complete the process for an administrative withdrawal.
  3. When an administrative withdrawal is being considered, the Dean of Students will convene a committee made up of representatives from at least two of the following departments: Public Safety, Residence Life, Student Conduct, Health Services, Counseling Services, Human Resources, or Athletics. The third member of the committee must be either the faculty advisor or a representative from the Student Resources Center. This committee will review the situation and make a recommendation.
  4. During this review, the committee will consider the criteria for executing an administrative withdrawal, specifically whether the student engages in, or is judged to be likely to engage in, behavior that poses a danger of causing harm to self or others, or disrupts the learning environment. Whenever appropriate, the student will be permitted to provide additional information regarding the situation.
  5. Following this review, the Dean of Students and the Provost or their designees will make a final decision regarding the administrative withdrawal, and must provide written notice of this decision to the student. (A return receipt must be requested.)
  6. A copy of the final decision regarding the administrative withdrawal and a copy of the written notice to the student of this decision will be immediately delivered to the President of the college.

If an Administrative Withdrawal is Not Executed

The committee may impose other conditions and/or requirements under which the student is allowed to remain at the college.

If an Administrative Withdrawal is Executed

The Dean of Students or a designee will inform the student, along with notice of the decision, as to the steps that must be taken if the student is allowed to and wishes to re-enroll (See request for re-enrollment). The duration of leave will be determined by the Dean of Students and the Provost. The student must leave campus within the time frame set forth within the notification letter. The student must obtain permission in writing from the Dean of Students or designee to visit the campus during the duration of the leave. The Dean of Students or designee reserves the right to notify a parent, guardian or other person if notification is deemed appropriate. In addition, the parent, guardian or other person may be asked to make arrangements for the safe removal of the student from the College environment.

The refund policy, as outlined in the College Catalogue, would be applicable when an Administrative Withdrawal is executed.

Appeal

The student may appeal the final decision by delivering a written request for an appeal to the President of Centenary College. Such request must be received by the President's office within ten days of the date of receipt of the decision of the Dean of Students and the Provost. The student may request a meeting with President; however, it is at the President's sole discretion as to whether or not to meet with the student.

Request for Re-enrollment

A formal request for re-enrollment must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. The student's re-enrollment request will be reviewed by the Dean of Students and the committee that recommended the administrative withdrawal. This group must approve the re-enrollment. The Dean of Students reserves the right to require clearance by a health professional before the student is allowed to be considered for re-enrollment.


 

Guidelines for the Honor System

Advantages of the Honor System

We of Centenary College are proud of the fact that our students govern their own academic performance through an Honor Code which they helped to write, and which they themselves administer. A national survey has shown that cheating occurs more often on campuses where no joint honor system is in effect and where enforcement of honesty is left up to the faculty alone. It occurs least often among students in colleges where both students and faculty participate in a functioning honor system. Our honor system is a classic example of growing student participation in self-government and responsibility for administrative affairs on campus. The increased freedom it affords gives those who participate in it room to grow in maturity and responsibility and to strengthen qualities of honesty and integrity. Sharing with the student body in the observance and administration of the Honor Code also benefits the college faculty. Faculty and students become partners in striving toward a lofty goal, and their common striving builds an atmosphere of trust and confidence. Faculty members are also relieved of the necessity of filling the role of policeman. The Centenary College Honor System was developed because the students proposed the idea to the college faculty and asked that the faculty join in writing and administering a workable code. The code was tried on an experimental basis in some departments of the college in 1953, and soon thereafter the present Honor Code was adopted as binding for all regular students of the college. The constitution of the Honor Court Constitution is included as an appendix to this handbook and contains important policies and procedures by which students are bound as well as information on their rights and privledges.

Requirements and Procedures

Basically, the code provides that a student will neither cheat nor will he/she tolerate cheating on the part of others. If you have registered at Centenary, you have signed a pact which automatically includes you as a part of our honor system, binding you to its terms and committing you to uphold its principles and its provisions. You have agreed to present work for credit which is wholly and only your own. When exams are given or when you present written work and research papers, no professor or proctor should be required as a policeman to insure that the work is you own, although a teacher may do so in incidents of suspected violation of the Honor Code. Your own personal integrity is your proctor. We administer the code through a student court composed of five members and two alternates who are chosen from among nominations made by the student body and the faculty. One member is elected to preside as Chief Justice. At least one faculty member serves as advisor and liaison officer. The Constitution of the Honor Court provides that all violations of the Code shall be referred at once to the Court. It also provides for hearings, suitable penalties upon conviction, and appeal of conviction. A conviction before the Honor Court for violation of the Honor Code may result in one of the following penalties: conviction with further penalty, Honor Court F on the work, Honor Court F in the course, suspension for one semester, or permanent expulsion from Centenary. Every student should thoroughly familiarize him/herself with the Honor Court Constitution printed in the preceding section of the Centenary College Student Handbook in order to understand exactly what his/her responsibilities are under the honor system. If you suspect that a violation of the Honor Code has occurred, it is your obligation to inform a member of the Honor Court of this fact as soon as possible. Names of the members of the Court will be posted in each classroom. If you do not know any of these students, you may send written notice to the Faculty Advisor, Honor Court, through campus mail. The Honor Court Constitution and the Honor Code are printed in full detail in the preceding section which all incoming students are expected to read carefully. The honor system is also explained to new students during formal orientation each fall.

Research Papers and the Honor System

Most commonly, violations of the Honor Code concern plagiarism. In the interest of clarification, these guidelines are offered. Plagiarism in any work done under the honor system is a violation of the Honor Code and is a serious offense. You will be plagiarizing if (1) you are not accurate in indicating direct quotations from any source, including textbooks, or (2) you so not completely reword when you paraphrase. Rewording includes using your own language and your own sentence structure. A paraphrase should sound like you, not like the source with the words shifted around. Both quotations and paraphrasing require documentation. Any plagiarism, intentional or not, casts doubt on the honesty of all your statements. A Short Guide to Manuscript and Documentation Form, by Allen and Colbrunn, found under 029.6, AL53s, and the MLA Style Sheet found under 0-29, M72s, are both on permanent reserve in the library for your reference use. These pamphlets, along with the freshman English textbook and this explanation should indicate what is not proper credit and the correct form for giving credit. Borrowing an author’s ideas and putting them into your own words is paraphrasing and requires that credit be given for the ideas by means of a footnote or other clear procedure. Neither quotation marks nor indentations is used for paraphrasing, If you present another person’ ideas as your own, by not giving them credit, you are plagiarizing. When in doubt, footnote! Borrowing an author’s exact words is quoting nd also requires a footnote or other clear credit to the source. Quotes must be placed in quotations marks, and if the quote is long, it should be indented and single spaced. If you quote an author and do not put the quote in quotations marks or indent, you are plagiarizing even if you do give a footnote! You are borrowing not only the author’s ideas but are presenting the words as your won. You still are not giving full credit and thus are plagiarizing. Usually two or more distinctive and sequential words from the source should be placed in quotation marks. Following is a reproduction of part of page 208 of Recent American Literature by Donald Heiney (great Neck, New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 1958). Following this reproduction are examples of three students’ uses of this reference in research papers. Two of the students, A and B, have given improper credit and therefore are guilty of plagiarism. Student C has given proper credit.

The Original Passage

Awarding of the Nobel Prize to Faulkner in 1950 has brought home to the American public the fact the in Europe he is considered the foremost living American author; today ,many American critics are inclined to agree in this judgment. The distinction in one to which he is well entitled. He is sometimes considered an agrarian naturalist in the manner of Erskine Caldwell; actually he is more meaningful and profound, as well as more artistically original, than any of the American naturalists with the possible exception of Hemingway. His novels are generally laid in rural settings, but the problems they treat are psychological and moral rather than physical. His great subject is the decline of the South; its economic sterility, its moral disintegration, and its struggle to resist the progressive and materialistic civilization of the North.

Student A’s Paper

The awarding of the Nobel Prize to Faulkner in 1950 has brought home to the American public the fact that in Europe he is considered the foremost living American author. His naturalism is sometimes compared to that of Erskine Caldwell. Faulkner’s naturalism is illustrated by his use of rural settings in his novels. His great subject is the decline of the South; its economic sterility, its moral disintegration, and its struggle to resist the progressive and materialistic civilization of the North.

Student A has plagiarized both ideas and words by presenting them as his/her own without any footnotes at all. He/she has violated the Honor Code.

Student B’s Paper

The awarding of the Nobel Prize to Faulkner in 1950 has brought home to the American public the fact that in Europe he is considered the foremost living American author. His naturalism is sometimes compared to that of Erskine Caldwell. Faulkner’s naturalism is illustrated by his use or rural settings in his novels, His great subject is the decline of the South: its economic sterility, its moral disintegration and its struggle to resist the progressive and materialistic civilization of the North.1

1Donald Heiney, Recent American Literature, (Great Neck, New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 1958) p.208.

Student B has given credit for the borrowed ideas by his footnotes, but not for the words which are also borrowed in places. Although a few words are changed, there are still complete sentences lifted intact from the original work without giving credit for the author’s words. Student B also has violated the Honor Code.

Student C’s Paper

Faulkner’s great talent has made him “the foremost living American author” to European critics.1 the rural settings of many of his novels illustrate his naturalism which is often compared with that of Erskine Caldwell. The central theme of Faulkner’s novels is the decline or the South.2

1Donald Heiney, Recent American Literature, (Great Neck, New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 1958) p.208.

2Ibid.

Student C has given credit for both the phrase “the foremost living American author” and for the ideas borrowed. He/she has given proper credit.

A Final Reminder

If you have any questions, it is your responsibility to ask your professor exactly what he/she requires in a paper that requires research or documentation. Let us remind you that this applies to all full-time and part-time undergraduate students whether in day or night classes.

Campus Organizations and Groups

For current listings of active campus organizations and groups, visit the My Centenary portal.

Expectations of Centenary College Community for Student Organizations

Centenary College offers many opportunities for membership in a variety of student organizations. All student organizations, Greek and non-Greek, must be approved by the Office of Student Involvement. To receive full recognition and privileges, they must also be chartered by the Student Government Association in accordance with their constitution and/or bylaws. All organizations are expected to abide, in letter and spirit, by the expectations outlined below, in addition to those contained in the remaining sections of the Student Handbook, their own constitutions, agreements with the College, and risk management policies mandated by the college or their insurance policies. Organizations with national affiliations are also expected to abide by all policies of their national or international association except where those policies may conflict with the policies and standards of Centenary College. In those cases the policies of Centenary College take precedence.

Approval and Registration for Student Organizations

All student organizations at Centenary are required to register each semester and to maintain accurate officer, advisor, constitution and roster information in the My Centenary portal. Failure to do so may result in suspension or revocation of privileges.

Forming a New Organization

Provisional Approval: A student or group wishing to form a new organization must submit an organization registration form on My Centenary, provide a petition signed by a minimum of 25 currently enrolled students who support the creation of this organization, and have a Centenary faculty/staff who agrees to serve as advisor. Groups who have completed these are considered for provisional approval. Provisionally approved organizations may participate in campus events, advertize their organization and organizational activities, and reserve meeting space on campus for a period of 45 days. They will also have access to their own organizational portal on My Centenary. 

Full Approval and Chartering: To complete the approval process, organizations must have at least students join their My Centenary portal as full and active members and must be chartered by the Student Government Association (SGA) through passage of a resolution at a SGA meeting. Prior to going before SGA, the organization must have received provisional approval and must have at least 5 active members and a current constitution on the My Centenary portal. Procedural information on the SGA chartering process is available in the SGA constitution and bylaws. Once chartered by SGA, the organization must complete the My Centenary registration process and receive final approval from the Director of Student Involvement.

Good Standing

In order to remain in good standing, organizations must maintain a Centenary faculty/staff advisor, a designated president or organization head(s), accurate and current information within the My Centenary portal and as required by College officials, and at least five active members. Failure to do so may result in the suspension or revocation of privileges. If an organization falls below five active members or does not update their organizational information in My Centenary by the published deadline, the organization will be placed on probationary status. If an organization on probationary status does not recruit at least 6 active members and submit full and accurate information by the published organization registration deadline near the beginning of the following semester, recognition of that organization will be withdrawn.  Appeals for an additional semester of probationary status may be directed to the Office of Student Involvement.

Membership

Active membership in Centenary student organizations shall be limited to part-time and full-time students enrolled at Centenary College.

Finances and Contracts

When institutional funds are being dispersed, all assumptions of financial obligations must be approved in advance by the Centenary faculty/staff advisor for that organization. Organizations receiving institutional funds include, but are not limited to, the Campus Activities Board, the Residence Hall Association, House Councils, student media organizations, the Student Government Association, and organizations or projects funded by the Student Government Association. Contracts may only be signed by the Vice-President for Finance and Administration.

Fund Raising

All student organization fundraisers where monetary gifts or donations larger than $25 will be solicited and accepted or if the fundraising activity is of a capital, operational, or endowed purpose must follow campus fundraising activities guidelines and must receive approval after submitting the “Request to Conduct Fundraising Activity” form. All other fundraisers (including efforts to raise money for charitable causes) must be approved by the Director of Student Involvement.

Guests

If a campus organization allows non-Centenary students, faculty, or staff to attend their event(s), that organization assumes full responsibility and may be held accountable for the conduct of those guests. All campus organizations are strictly forbidden from allowing minors (other than full-time Centenary students), high school students, or prospective new students from attending any event or social function, formal or informal, on or off campus, where alcohol is consumed unless specific written permission is granted in advance by the Director of Student Involvement.

Disciplinary Procedures for Student Organizations

In the case of suspected organizational misconduct, the Dean of Students, or his/her designee, may have the Department of Public Safety investigate the compliant. If there is credible evidence to indicate that organizational misconduct may have occurred, the Director of Student Conduct may refer cases involving student organizations to the Student Services Committee or to an Administrative Hearing Officer. The hearing body shall have the authority to decide when these regulations have been violated and issue appropriate action toward the organization. Actions by Hearing Officers may be formal or informal, and may or may not involve a formal hearing.

Types of organizational misconduct include hazing, violations of the Campus Organizations and Groups policy, the Campus Events or the Off-Campus Social Activities Policy, violations of Housing Policies, Community Standards or illegal activities by students who are affiliated with or representative of their organization.  Any organizational action or inaction that endangers the health or wellbeing of students or other members of the community is also considered misconduct. If a Hearing Body finds that the evidence is sufficient to support at least one allegation of misconduct or rule-violating behavior, the Hearing Body may assess one or more sanctions. The number of sanctions need not match the number of violations.  The Hearing Body shall take the totality of the circumstances into account when issuing sanctions, potentially including prior offenses.  Sanctions from Hearings include, but are not limited to:  formal warnings, probation, loss of privileges, fines, restitution, discretionary sanctions, community or campus service, the termination of one or more event, revocation of permission to house students in fraternity houses, restriction of social or recruitment activities, and exclusions from certain activities and/or certain areas of or locations on campus. The Student Services Committee may also issue an indefinite revocation of campus recognition and all privileges associated with being a student organization at Centenary. If campus recognition and privileges are revoked indefinitely, a positive recommendation from the Student Services Committee and a majority vote of the faculty are required before the organization may apply to the Office of Student Involvement and SGA for reinstatement. 

All decisions by Administrative Hearing Officers may be appealed to the Student Services Committee by submitting a request for appeal to the Chair of the Student Services Committee, the Director of Student Conduct, or the Dean of Students within one week.

It should be noted that campus disciplinary action does not preclude criminal prosecution for violations of these regulations that are criminal in nature, nor do organizational misconduct proceedings prohibit individuals from also being charged with housing or community standards violations through the student conduct system.

 


 

Guidelines for Off-Campus Social Activities

Centenary College is committed to the integrated development of the mind, body, and spirit of its students. The College is also responsible for upholding federal, state, and local laws. In accordance with these goals and responsibilities, the College has established guidelines regarding off campus social activities sponsored by student organizations recognized by the College.

It is the responsibility of the host organization to ensure that all members and guests are familiar with and follow these guidelines. The College reserves the right to enter events to investigate compliance.

Social events where alcohol will be present shall not be open to the entire student population or the entire Greek community. Open events encourage risky behaviors and the likelihood of accidents increases. This type of function is strictly prohibited.

Formal Party Guidelines

A formal party is defined as a pre-planned social activity, with or without alcohol, to which members and guests have been invited.

Formal parties must be registered with the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Development five working days in advance. If the registration deadline is not met the Department of Public Safety and/or the Office of Student Development may cancel the event. Invitation guest list must be typed in alphabetical order and must be turned into the Public Safety Officer on duty prior to the event. If the guest list is not submitted in a timely fashion, the Department of Public Safety and/or the Office of Student Development may cancel the event.

The maximum number of guests allowed on the guest list is 200 people; however, there can be only 150 people in the party location at any given time. The public safety officer on duty will make the determination as to when more guests will be allowed into the party location. The Office of Student Development, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, can grant exceptions to this rule.

Invitation guest lists with specific names of all members and non-members who have been invited must be generated for each event. This list must be in alphabetical order. A bag full of invitations delivered to a student organization is not an acceptable method.

Security and Chapter Monitors

The Department of Public Safety, with student organization involvement, is responsible for arranging for all security officers for the party. If the Department of Public Safety is not able to fill the necessary security positions with DPS officers then the Department of Public Safety will arrange for other law enforcement officers from other agencies, such as the Shreveport Police Department and Caddo Sheriff’s Department, to work the event. This host organization will be responsible for paying all officers at the start of the party.

There will be two security officers and at least two chapter monitors at every party where alcohol is allowed. The Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Office of Student Develoment, can grant an exception to this rule based on the size and nature of the event.

Chapter monitors are responsible for assisting security officers in enforcing Centenary College’s Guidelines for Off-Campus Social Activities, as well as ensuring that the event does not become so loud as to disturb the neighbors or result in the issuance of noise disturbance citations. Chapter monitors are obligated to report any illegal activity at the party that they become aware of to the security officers at the event.

Chapter monitors are charged with regulating social events and maintaining the risk management policy of the organization involved.

Monitors should be older members, preferably officers, of the participating organizations. Pledges and New Members may not serve as monitors. A sign posted at the distribution center should list all of the monitors for the event. Monitors should be easily identifiable by wearing a button or recognizable attire. Monitors should be sober at the start of the event and that shall not drink for the duration of the event.

Monitors, security officers working the event, and any other law enforcement officers present have the right to deny access or to remove anyone from the event who they think is too impaired by alcohol or drugs, even if the person is on the invitation guest list.

Chapter presidents and social chairs should limit their use of alcohol, if consuming at all, during social events so that they, along with chapter monitors, ensure that a safe environment is maintained.

Entrance, Exits, and Layout of the Event

There will be only one well-lit entrance to the event. It will be controlled and monitored by security.

A sign shall be posted at the entrance that states that all guests entering the party are subject to Centenary College’s Guidelines for Off-Campus Social Activities. The sign shall all also state that underage drinking is strictly prohibited and it shall list the date that an individual must have been born by in order to legally drink alcoholic beverages.

Members and guests with alcohol are required to show proof of legal drinking age in the form a picture ID showing birth date.

A guest’s name is checked once entry to the event location has been made. Although guests may leave and return to the party at a later time, they may not bring any additional alcoholic beverages once their name has been checked off the list. However, if a guest of legal drinking age did not bring any alcoholic beverages upon their first arrival, they may do so upon their return to the party.

Formal parties at Greek houses are restricted to inside the host house and enclosed back yard.

Several exits must be available due to fire codes and laws; however, exits cannot be used as entrances. Violations of this regulation will subject the party to immediately being shut down.

The City of Shreveport has an "open container law." Therefore, any guest leaving the party will be required to dispose of the alcoholic beverage he/she is currently drinking into a trash can.

Scheduling and Timing of the Event

A request for a Formal Party will be denied if another event with alcohol has been scheduled for the same night and the two locations are in close proximity (closer than 3000 feet.)

Formal parties and any other event where alcohol is served may not last for more than six hours.

All events must end no later than 2 a.m. The Office of Student Develoment, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, may grant exceptions to the rule.

Wristbands

Members and guests who are of legal drinking age and who bring alcohol to the event receive a non-adjustable, hospital-wristband.

Members and guests who are of legal drinking age and who do not bring alcohol do not receive a wristband. Only those members and guests who bring alcoholic beverages are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages.

Members and guests who are not of legal drinking age do not receive a wristband. Wristbands will be supplied by the Department of Public Safety and will be brought to the event by one of the law enforcement officers scheduled to work the event. Different colored wristbands will be used for each function. The color of the wristband will not be announced until the start of the event.

Alcohol

The sponsoring organization will be responsible for having a representative at the party to dispense the alcohol that has been brought to the party by members and guests. The representative may not have an ABO license so as to not jeopardize the individual’s license. (This representative will be referred to as the "bartender.") The bartender for the event will not consume alcohol during the event. A bartender may not consume alcohol for at least one hour prior to the start of the event and he/she may not be intoxicated.

The bartender will maintain a list that includes the following: individual’s name, type of alcohol brought, the amount of alcohol brought and the times that the individual was served the alcohol.

The following stipulations apply per person for a typical four to five hour function: Each individual of legal drinking age can have two twelve-ounce cans of beer or 1.5 ten-ounce wine cooler per hour of the event OR one thirty-two ounce frozen drink in a styrofoam cup with the straw taped to the top of the lid every two hours of the event.

Only one alcoholic beverage can be acquired at a time.

Anyone who wishes to acquire an alcoholic beverage that he or she brought to the event must show the wristband.

Upon receiving the request for an alcoholic beverage, the bartender is responsible for ensuring that the individual making the request has been served no more than two beers or one ten ounce wine cooler in the last hour. If the individual requests a thirty- two ounce frozen drink then the bartender is responsible for ensuring that the individual is not served any further alcohol for two hours.

The bartender must not serve anyone who is intoxicated even if the individual has alcohol remaining.

No kegs will be allowed at any event.

No bottles, except for wine coolers, will be allowed. The bartender will pour the wine coolers into plastic cups for redistribution.

There will not be any beer, wine, or alcohol for common use in members’ rooms. With probable cause, the law enforcement officers working the party can search the members’ rooms.

No drinking games, shots, or other activities that encourage irresponsible drinking behavior will be allowed.

During the last thirty minutes of an event, alcohol service should stop. A new nonalcoholic beverage should be served to those who wish to switch beverages and begin to wind down.

For events of two hours or less, alcohol can be served the entire time of the event. No alcohol will be returned to members or guests at the end of the evening. Any leftover alcohol at the end of the event will be turned over to the Department of Public Safety for proper disposal.

Alcohol Tester

The Department of Public Safety may have a breath alcohol analysis instrument available at any event where alcohol is served.

If a security officer, chapter monitor, or bartender believes that an individual of legal drinking age is intoxicated they may request that the individual in question submit to an alcohol test.

If the individual submits to the test and the test indicates a blood alcohol level of less than .05% then the individual may continue to drink alcoholic beverages in accordance with the Off-Campus Social Activities Guidelines.

If the individual submits to the test and the test indicates a blood alcohol level of .05% or more then the individual may not be served any additional alcoholic beverages until further testing indicates a blood alcohol level below .05%.

An individual of legal drinking age may refuse to submit to the test. Refusal to submit to the test, however, will result in the suspension of his/her drinking privileges for the remainder of the party.

If a security officer or a chapter monitor has reason to believe that a person who is not of legal drinking age has been drinking then they may request that the individual in question submit to an alcohol test.

Although the Department of Public Safety cannot ensure legal clemency, it shall be the policy of the Department of Public Safety to refer an underage subject who tests positive for the presence of alcohol for campus disciplinary action and not criminal prosecution provided that (1) it is the subject’s first offense and (2) there are not any other extenuating circumstances.

If a subject suspected of underage drinking refuses to comply with the request to submit to the alcohol test then if the security officer has sufficient probable cause the subject may be charged criminally in addition to being referred for disciplinary action. The subject will also be removed from the party.

Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

The host must provide soda, juice, bottled water, or other non-alcoholic beverages.

The host will be responsible for having at the start of the event at least one non-alcoholic beverage for every underage member and guest. The non-alcoholic beverages should be replenished as necessary.

Non-alcoholic beverages should be served from closed containers. Cans or individual serving size plastic bottles are required unless these beverages are served by a third party vendor.

Non-alcoholic beverages must be presented in an attractive and accessible manner. Non-alcoholic beverages must be free to anyone who desires an alcohol-free beverage. Tap water and coin-operated soda machines are not considered appropriate alternative beverages.

Breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, brownies, cookies, sub sandwiches, pizzas, fruit, and dips are considered appropriate foods.

Food, non-alcoholic beverages, and alcoholic beverages should be contained in one centralized location whenever possible.

Swaps

Swaps between fraternities and sororities will be closed events. Only members of the sponsoring organizations will be in attendance – no guests will be allowed. Interactive activities should be planned and organized by the sponsoring organizations. Alcohol cannot be provided by the sponsoring organizations.

Informal Party Guidelines

An informal party will be defined as an unplanned gathering to which no invitations have been issued.

At informal parties, risk management guidelines for the hosting organization must be in effect.

If the gathering involves more than 50 people or becomes unmanageable as defined by the chapter, a law enforcement officer, or a Centenary College Student Development official, then a conscious effort to reduce liability and enforce formal party guidelines must be made, which might include contacting the Department of Public Safety to help control and/or shut down the event.

Third Party Vendor Guidelines

Sponsoring organizations must follow FIPG standards or established risk management guidelines and must comply with national, state, and municipal alcohol regulations.

Illegal Activity or Threats to Health or Safety

A Public Safety or Police officer may immediately shut down an event if he/she believes that illegal activity is occurring or that the event poses a threat to the safety and health of the members, guests, and neighbors.

 


 

Campus Services

Academic Counseling

The advisor is responsible for assisting students in all areas of academic life, such as assisting students with schedules and a degree plan which must be filed no later than the first semester of the junior year in the Office of the Registrar. At the time of admission to the College each student is assigned a faculty advisor who is available for advice in academic matters.

Academic Petitions

The faculty has established a procedure to act on the requests of students for exception to, or waiver of, academic regulations. Your advisor, the registrar, or the Office of the Provost can assist you. Students may not petition academic suspensions; enrollment for more than 21 hours in any regular semester (12 hours during the summer); more than a total of 18 pass/fail hours; and graduation with less than 124 hours or less than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average overall or in their major(s).

Address Change

It is the responsibility of each enrolled student to provide the College with up-to-date local and permanent mailing addresses. An address change that occurs any time after the student completes the registration process for the current semester should be reported to the Office of Student Development.

Automobiles on Campus / Vehicle Registration

All faculty, staff and students must register their vehicles prior to the beginning of the fall semester each year. Vehicles are registered online through the Department of Public Safety's website and the parking decals are delivered through campus mail, generally within a week. In order to register a motor vehicle, you will need a valid driver's license and the license plate number of your vehicle.

 Only one parking decal is issued to each member of the Centenary Community, however, the decal may be transferred to different vehicles operated by the registrant. All registrants are encouraged to update their vehicle registration information upon acquiring a different primary vehicle by sending an e-mail to dps@centenary.edu. If the correct vehicle information is on file then DPS officers will be able to quickly contact the owner of a vehicle in the event of an emergency. Vehicle registration does not guarantee a specific parking place or parking lot. Everyone has multiple lots available for their use. The Parking Rules and Regulations in addition to the color-coded decals and signs should assist you in determining if you are able to park in a specific lot. It is your responsibility to read the campus Parking Policies and Regulations that are located on the DPS website. Members of the Centenary Community who need a temporary permit may request one at the Department of Public Safety office, which is located in Centenary Square. In order to replace a lost or stolen decal the registrant must go to the Department of Public Safety and file a report. Parking fines should be paid at the Business office in Hamilton Hall.

 

Commencement

The use of cords and tassels by academic departments, in addition to those issued to recognize academic honors, will be permitted. Cords and tassels utilized will be provided by the department in recognition of those receiving departmental honors or belonging to the honor society of that department. In addition, each department will be responsible for issuing the tassels or cords prior to commencement. Recognized student organizations and honor societies may also issue cords. Students participating in the ceremony must wear appropriate regalia and may not wear any items or decorations that are in poor taste or are likely to be distracting during the ceremony. Helium balloons are not permitted in the Gold Dome.

Convocations

The College has set aside times for the entire campus community to gather for special programs and lectures. On occasions these gatherings are academic convocations resulting in formal processionals by faculty, staff, and seniors. All students and staff are encouraged to attend. Incoming first year students and graduating seniors are strongly encouraged to participate in the President’s Convocation. In order to preserve this time for a gathering of the entire campus community, both faculty and the Student Government Association have designated that no other meetings should be scheduled at this hour unless there is no official College function planned.

Counseling Center

The mission of the Counseling Center is to provide students with brief, solution focused counseling that enables them to cope with personal problems that may impede their success as college students. Referrals to community resources can also be made. Counseling is provided free of charge to all currently enrolled Centenary students. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. The Center is located on the ground floor of Rotary Residence Hall, phone number 869.5466.

Department of Public Safety

The goal of the Centenary College Department of Public Safety is to provide a safe environment so that the College can fulfill its educational mission. In order to accomplish this goal the Department of Public Safety (DPS) employs College Police Officers who have successfully completed a Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy and have been commissioned by the State of Louisiana. These officers have the same law enforcement powers, authority, and responsibilities as a state/city police officer or sheriff’s deputy including the power of arrest. The Department of Public Safety has staff on duty 24 hours a day every day of the year. DPS officers engage in around the clock patrols of the campus including the residence halls, Greek Houses, contiguous streets and parking lots. The Department of Public Safety is responsible for providing the college community with access to facilities. Requests to use campus facilities should be submitted through the campus calendar which will in turn provide the Department of Public Safety a facility use schedule. The Department of Public Safety is also responsible for enforcing parking regulations and other campus rules. DPS officers respond to crimes in progress, emergencies and to simply investigate incidents of suspicious behavior. They also write offense and traffic accident reports. The Department of Public Safety has proactive policies, which are geared to preventing crimes before they occur. The Department attempts to keep the college community apprised of ongoing criminal activity in the campus area or emergencies that may affect them via informational bulletins over e-mail. Escort across campus is available 24 hours a day. The Department offers a program entitled Operation ID that is designed to deter theft and assist in the recovery of personal property. DPS officers are available to participate in educational programs regarding alcohol, drugs or sexual assault.
The Department of Public Safety Office is located in Suite 214 A of Centenary Square, which is on the northeast corner of the intersection of Kings Highway and Woodlawn Avenue. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to immediately report any unusual incidents, suspicious people and/or crimes to the Department by dialing 5000 from an on campus phone or 869-5000 on an off campus phone. Members of the Centenary community should simply dial 911 in the event of an emergency. The College also maintains a hands-free “blue light” emergency campus telephone system. The Department of Public Safety has a good relationship with the other law enforcement agencies in the area and is available to assist students in reporting crimes that occurred outside the campus jurisdiction to the appropriate agency.

Community Resources

Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department

226-6555

Bossier Parish Sheriff's Department

965-2203

Shreveport Police Department

673-7300

Bossier City Police Department

741-8610

Shreveport Fire Department

673-6650

Bossier City Fire Department

741-8710

Rape Crisis Line - YWCA

222-0556

Highland Hospital

798-4300

Schumpert Medical Center

681-4500

Willis-Knighton Pierremont

212-3500

LSU Medical Center

675-6880

Willis-Knighton Bossier Health Center

752-7500

Quick Care

212-3520

Bossier Medical Center

741-6020

State Resources

Louisiana State Police

741-7411

Department of Motor Vehicles

676-5857

Drivers License and Vehicle Registration

676-5859

Dining Services

Centenary Dining Services is dedicated to serving student’s dietary needs with the highest level of quality and customer service. Centenary Dining Services provides several meal plan options. Students living in the residence halls or Greek houses are required to purchase a full meal plan. Students who require special dietary needs under the care of a physician should present their prescribed menu to the Director of Dining Services.

Disability Services

Centenary assures students with disabilities equal opportunity to reach the same level of achievement as other students in the most integrated setting appropriate to the individual’s needs. No qualified student shall be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. Services for students with disabilities are available by contacting the Counseling Center at 869.5466, which is located on the ground floor of Rotary Residence Hall. Students are required to register with this office each semester to obtain accommodations.

Facilities Maintenance

Facility Services staff members are on call to respond to all building repair needs and emergencies. If students need their assistance concerning residence halls, they should first notify their RA and submit a maintenance request via the Internet. The maintenance request can be found linked from the Centenary College homepage. Facilities staff members generally wait until after 9:30 a.m. before entering the residence halls; therefore if you wish an earlier response time, please mention it on the work order.

Any EMERGENCIES that occur after hours or on weekends should be reported to a RA or to the Department of Public Safety at ext. 5000.

As with most campus buildings built before 1980, some of the buildings materials used during construction contain asbestos (ACBM). These areas are monitored periodically to insure there is no risk to the occupants. A comprehensive survey of each building and the location of ACBM is housed at the Facilities Services’ office and is available for review during normal business hours.

Facility and Room Reservations

All facilities must be reserved through the campus calendar. If the desired facility is not available, the Conference and Events Coordinator will assist you to find an alternate location. Student organizations requesting the use of tables or chairs may be required to leave a refundable deposit before picking up the equipment. The deposit is refunded through the Business Office after the return of the borrowed items. The Conference Office can be reached at ext. 5015. Guest rooms or houses may be available for short-term rental.

Financial Aid

Scholarships, grants, and all federal aid programs are administered by the Director of Financial Aid. Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Financial Aid if they have any concerns or problems with their awards. Veterans’ benefits are administered by the V.A. Representative in the Office of Financial Aid. The Anna Ruth Nuttall Small Loan Fund is available for students in most cases. This fund was established by the family and friends of the late Dr. Anna Ruth, Assistant Professor of Bible and English at the College until her death in 1952. Students should apply to the Business Office. Ordinarily the amount loaned will be a maximum of $25.00. Loans are payable within fifteen days. Special provisions permit College authorities to lend larger sums from the fund when an emergency arises. Other resources for students are outlined in the college catalogue.

Fitness Center

Students, staff, and faculty members of Centenary have unlimited access to the Fitness Center during operational hours by simply swiping your Centenary ID. Alumni of the College also have the opportunity to purchase memberships at a very low cost through the Fitness Center. Our modern Fitness Center features a natatorium, basketball courts, racquetball courts, 1/10th mile track, a workout room (with Nautilus machines, free weights, and a variety of treadmills, step machines, etc.), dance studio, aerobics room, and full locker rooms with showers and sauna.

Health Information

Health-related information and services are available in the lower level of Rotary Hall. The Office of Health Information offers over-the-counter medication, consultation, wellness programs, and provider referrals that meet the needs of the majority of students. If students are in need of immediate care, the student may contact the Department of Public Safety at 869-5000. In the case of emergencies students should call 911 and notify the RAs and DPS. All serious communicable diseases must be reported to the Health Center regardless of where treatment is obtained. Each full time student is required to have a record of immunizations and a physical examination on file in Health Services in compliance with State of Louisiana immunization regulations. All students should have their own comprehensive health insurance.

ID Cards

All Centenary students are required to have a valid Centenary College ID card. New students can have their ID cards made during Springboard. The first ID card is free; there is a fee for replacement cards. Centenary ID cards are made at the Department of Public Safety office, which is located in Suite 214 A of Centenary Square. When a student graduates or leaves for any other reason the ID card must be turned into the Department of Public Safety. Transcripts can be held if the card is not returned. ID cards are nontransferable and will be confiscated if someone other than the owner attempts to use a card for any purpose.

Lost and Found

Items left in the Library may be claimed at the Library Circulation Desk. If items are left elsewhere, contact Department of Public Safety. Lost articles should be taken to the Office of Student Development in the Student Union or given to a Public Safety officer.

Mail Services

is located in the Moore Student Center. All student mail is delivered to student mail boxes located on the main floor of the Student Center. Packages, bundles and mail box combinations will not be given out without a Centenary College I.D. Card. Box numbers and combinations are issued to all full-time undergraduates at orientation during the fall semester. Each student keeps the same mail box during his/her years at Centenary. Students not assigned box numbers at orientation should check with the Post Office personnel as early as possible for an assignment. It is the student’s responsibility to give the Campus Post Office written notification of any change of address to ensure proper forwarding of mail. When a student leaves for the summer and plans to return in the fall, he/she may fill out a forwarding address card OR the mail will be put in the assigned mailbox and may be retrieved when he/she returns. If a student is graduating, he/she MUST fill out a forwarding address card, otherwise, the mail received will be returned to the sender. For more information, call 869-5263.

New Student Orientation

The Office of Student Involvement and a select group of returning students coordinate New Student Orientation. All first year students and transfer students entering Centenary College are required to participate in orientation. New Student Orientation occurs just prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters.

Parking

Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by all parking policies listed on the Department of Public Safety Parking Website

Student Union Building (SUB)

The Moore Student Union Building is the hub of social activities and information on campus.

The main floor of the building houses many recreational activities. Pool, ping-pong, foosball, darts, and video gaming systems are available. There are also plenty of couches to lounge in. The Information Center offers board games, banner-making supplies, and general campus information. Randle’s (the snack bar), the College Store, the Student Government office, the Centenary Activities Board office, and a change machine are also located on the main floor.

The Post Office and the Student Development can be found in the lower level of the building. Each student has a campus mailbox and those can also be found downstairs.

The student media can be found upstairs on the third floor of the SUB. These offices include the Conglomerate (newspaper), Yoncopin (yearbook), KSCL (radio station), and Pandora (literary magazine).

Study Areas

Students have diverse study habits. While some prefer to study in their rooms or lobbies, some find they need more isolated and quieter areas with less distraction. Commuter students find they can study better on campus and look for places on campus to study. In addition to one’s room on campus, the following areas are identified as study locations:


 

Appendices

 


 

Honor Court Constitution

(Adopted March 12, 2012)

ARTICLE I. Honor Code

Each student who enrolls in Centenary College undergraduate classes becomes a part of the Centenary Honor System and is responsible to the Honor Code in both day and night classes. The Honor Code of Centenary College is founded on the idea that honor is that intangible quality which, if it pervades all phases of campus life, will tend to foster a spirit of dignity and personal integrity.

Inherent in the system must be the premise that students will not tolerate a violation of the Honor Code. The Honor System is established with the realization that honor must be fostered and not forced, and with the awareness that it will be successful only through the combined and cooperative efforts of faculty, administration and students.

ARTICLE II. The Pledge

Students are required to write the following pledge at the end of any examination or assignment: “I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this examination (paper), nor have I seen anyone else do so.” If the student has received aid or suspects others of violating the Honor Code, the following clause is to be added to the pledge “...except as I shall report immediately to the Honor Court.”

The complete pledge must be written and signed by the student, shall not be abbreviated, and should never be written until the test or paper has been completed for submission to the professor. Any violation shall be reported immediately to the Honor Court.

Students are bound by the Honor Code even if they fail to write the pledge on their assignment or examination.

ARTICLE III. Organization of the Court

Section One: Composition

The Honor Court shall consist of ten student members nominated by the faculty and student body. Five members of the Court shall vote on each case. The Court shall be advised by three faculty members.

Section Two: Nominations of Student Members

During the Spring semester, the student body and the faculty will be asked to nominate students for the Honor Court. All students nominated will be invited to apply to fill the vacancies on the Honor Court. After conducting interviews of all applicants, the Court shall then choose qualified applicants to fill the vacancies on the Court. The new Court shall assume its duties in the fall semester after they are elected. Newly selected members will attend meetings in the spring and summer immediately after being elected. If necessary, they can vote during this time. The new Court shall assume its duties at the end of the semester in which it is chosen. In the event that vacancies on the Court should develop at a time other than the end of the school year, the remaining members of the Court will determine the appropriate method of filling said vacancies.

Section Three: Qualifications for Student Members

The student members of the Honor Court shall:

1. Be of junior or senior standing at Centenary College by the end of the semester in which they are nominated.

2. Be enrolled in at least their second semester at Centenary College.

3. Not hold any elected office to the Student Government Association, membership on a college judicial board, or membership on the Conduct Review Committee.

4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above at the time of election.

Section Four: Term of Office

Terms of members of the Honor Court shall be from the time of selection until graduation, impeachment, or voluntary withdrawal from the Honor Court or the College.

Section Five: Permanent Officers of the Honor Court and Duties

1. Chief Justice

The Honor Court shall elect the Chief Justice from its members before the end of the spring semester of each year. The term of office of the Chief Justice shall be one year. The Chief Justice may serve more than one term. The Chief Justice shall:

a. have overall supervision of the work of the Court;

b. call sessions of the Court as the need arises;

c. preside over the Court;

d. appoint an unbiased member of the Court as Investigating Officer for each case;

e. appoint, or approve the selection by the accused, of an unbiased member of the Honor Court to serve as the Representative for the accused; and

f. determine from the remaining members who shall serve as the voting members for each case.

g. The Chief Justice shall prepare a report of the decisions rendered in the previous semester for publication in The Conglomerate at the start of every semester. In such reports, facts shall be omitted which would lead to the identification of the principal parties involved.

The Chief Justice, if present, will always serve as a voting member unless he/she disqualifies him/herself.

2. Associate Justice

The Associate Justice shall at the same time be elected from the membership of the Court. The Associate Justice shall serve in the place of the Chief Justice in the event of absence or inability to serve. In case of a vacancy in the office of Chief Justice, the Court may, at its discretion, elect a new Chief Justice or elevate and replace the Associate Justice. The Associate Justice, if present, will always serve as a voting member unless he/she disqualifies him/herself.

3. Clerk

The Court shall at the same time select from its membership a Court Clerk who shall be responsible for maintaining the necessary records. In the absence of the duly elected Clerk, the Chief Justice shall appoint one of the Court members to serve in that capacity.

Section Six: Other Members and their Duties

1. Investigating Officer

The Investigating Officer, appointed by the Chief Justice on case-by-case basis, shall:

a. investigate the suspected violations, interviewing the accused, the accuser, and the professor of the class;

b. present to the Court all information and evidence at the preliminary review; and

c. clarify initial reports and question witnesses at the hearing.

The Investigating Officer will not vote on cases for which he/she is serving in this capacity.

2. Representative for the Accused

The Representative, as appointed by the Chief Justice or selected by the accused and approved by the Chief Justice, shall:

a. meet with the accused prior to the preliminary review to discuss the case and explain procedures;

b. be present at the preliminary review as an observer;

c. listen to all testimony in the Honor Court proceedings and question witnesses;

d. maintain the confidentiality of the accused.

The Representative will not vote on cases for which he/she is serving in this capacity.

3. Voting Members

The appropriate number of voting members shall be appointed by the Chief Justice for each case. The voting members shall fully participate in the proceedings. This participation will include hearing all testimony, questioning witnesses at the hearing, deliberating, and voting.

4. Non-voting Members

Any remaining members may participate in the case proceedings. This participation may include hearing all testimony, questioning witnesses, and deliberating. The non-voting members will not vote on the decision or penalty.

Section Seven: Faculty Advisors

The Honor Court shall select three members of the full-time faculty, one from each of the three academic divisions of the College, to serve as faculty advisors. The three faculty members will serve staggered three-year terms so that typically there is only one new faculty advisor each year. Selection of the next year’s new faculty member will be made by the end of the Spring semester. Faculty members cannot serve more than one term consecutively. At least one advisor must be present at all proceedings. The advisors may hear all testimony, question witnesses, and participate in deliberations.

Faculty advisors are not voting members of the Court.

Section Eight: Impeachment Proceedings.

Any member of the Honor Court may be removed from office by a 2/3 vote of the student members of the Honor Court for:

1. consistent failure to discharge duties;

2. conviction of an Honor Code offense;

3. breach of confidentiality; or

4. giving inappropriate advice to the accuser or accused.

The member under consideration for removal may not vote in the removal proceedings.

ARTICLE IV. Orientation Procedures of the Honor System

Section One:

Responsibility for conducting the Honor System orientation shall rest upon the Honor Court.

Section Two: Presentation to the Faculty

At the beginning of each school year, the Faculty shall be briefed on the Honor System by the current Chief Justice of the Honor Court, or a representative of that body and made aware of their responsibilities. The responsibilities of the faculty as outlined in this Constitution, Article V, shall be stressed as being an integral part of the Honor System.

Section Three: Presentation to New Students

The current Honor Court shall be responsible for explaining the purposes and operations of the Honor System to all new students at Orientation. However, it is the students’ responsibility to familiarize themselves with the Honor System.

Section Four: Presentation to the Student Body

Each semester an effort shall be made by the Honor Court to inform the student body of the purposes and procedures of the Honor System.

ARTICLE V. Faculty Responsibilities

1. As a member of the Centenary Community, each faculty member is responsible for reporting all cases of suspected cheating on tests, plagiarism, and other violations of the Honor Code to the Court, rather than handling the case and penalty personally.

2. Faculty shall treat any suspected violation of the Honor Code confidentially except in communication with the Honor Court.

3. Faculty members shall abide by the decision of the Court in assigning a grade to any student found guilty of a violation of the Honor Code.

4. In their classes faculty members shall:

a. Inform students verbally and in writing on the course syllabus of regulations that apply to academic integrity in their courses, and make clear to what extent collaborative work or exchange of aid and information (studying together, tutoring, proof-reading of papers) is acceptable.

b. Constructively admonish students who they feel are drifting into questionable practices.

c. Explain directions on examinations (preferably in writing), especially any limitations on students’ whereabouts while taking the exam and any restrictions on use or possession of cell phones or other electronic devices, and inform students of their own whereabouts during an examination should questions arise.

d. Instruct students to write and sign the Honor Code on each test and each piece of work that is to be done independently. In the case of electronically submitted assignments, the instructor shall establish a policy for students to attest to their adherence to the Honor Code.

e. Impress upon students their responsibility to report all suspected instances of cheating, plagiarism, or other violations of both the Honor Code and the class requirements.

f. Explain all requirements for take-home tests.

ARTICLE VI. Student Responsibilities

1. Students should make every effort to place themselves in the classroom seating arrangement so as to minimize the suspicion of a violation.

2. Students should remove all notebooks, textbooks, and other written material from their desks. Only exam material should be within view.

3. Students should check with professors concerning any questions about papers.

4. Students should realize that permission for combined work on projects and assignments does not necessarily imply authorized collaboration on resulting papers and reports.

ARTICLE VII. Grounds for Conviction for a Violation of the Honor Code

Section One: Violations on Tests and Examinations

The following constitute violations on tests and examinations:

1. Using notes, textbooks, or other reference material during a test or examination unless specifically authorized by the instructor of the class.

2. Looking on the test paper of another student in the class.

3. Giving or receiving unauthorized aid verbally or in writing.

4. Failure to adhere to specific requirements of the professor.

Section Two. Violations on Papers

The following constitute violations on papers:

1. Plagiarism, which is defined as borrowing phrases, ideas, or other material (e.g., maps and charts) from any source without giving adequate credit;

2. Submitting any work which has been submitted for credit in another course without permission. For courses during the same semester, permission from both instructors is required.

3. Failure to adhere to the specific requirements of the professor.

Section Three: Violations on All Other Assignments

Falsifying data or representing other people’s work as your own are considered violations of the Honor Code. Individual faculty members may have additional requirements for written homework, lab reports, tutoring, and other work. It is the student’s responsibility to know how the Honor Code governs these requirements. Failure to adhere to these requirements is a violation of the Honor Code.

Clarifications and Exceptions

1. On papers professors may: a. prohibit proofreading by parties other than the author;

b. prescribe limitations on the sources to be used;

c. make special stipulations concerning crediting of sources;

d. grant permission to any student to submit any work which he/she has submitted for credit in any other course.

2. On written homework and laboratory reports, students may: a. work together provided that each member of the group understands the work being done, and the instructor has authorized this procedure;

b. report their individual data as observed in their experiment.

3. On written homework and laboratory reports, professors may a. require that all or part of the assignment be done by each student individually;

b. require that secondary sources consulted be credited.

4. Students may receive aid on assignments from the Academic Research Center or other college sanctioned tutoring services, unless explicitly prohibited by the professor. Other aid from tutors on graded work must be approved by the professor.

Section Four. Failure to Appear

If the accused fails to appear, or fails to submit an adequate excuse for not appearing to the Court prior to the preliminary review or hearing, he/she may receive an Honor Court conviction. If the accuser or called witness(es)fail to appear, he/she may be fined for obstruction of proceedings.

ARTICLE VIII. Reporting a Suspected Violation

Anyone suspecting that a violation of the Honor Code has occurred, shall report this suspicion to either the Chief Justice or one of the Faculty Advisors. All communications with the Honor Court must be written and signed. All communication shall be confidential and known only to the members of the Honor Court, including the names of the accused and the accuser. The Honor Court members are required to keep all information received confidential.

Any student neglecting to report a witnessed violation of the Honor Code may be summoned to appear before the Honor Court and may be convicted for an Honor Code violation.

ARTICLE IX. Procedures

Section One: Preliminary Actions

1. After receiving notice of a suspected Honor Code violation, the Honor Court shall have three regular class days to send written notice of the violation to the accused. A regular class day shall be defined as any day during the Fall or Spring semesters that classes are in session.

2. From the date the notice is sent, the accused shall have at least three regular class days, but under normal circumstances no more than seven, to prepare for the preliminary review. The accused has the right to waive the preparation period.

3. During the preparation period a Representative for the accused will be appointed by the Chief Justice or chosen by the accused and approved by the Chief Justice. The accused has the right to waive representation.

Section Two: Preliminary Review

1. The accused shall be called before the Honor Court. Those present must include the Chief Justice, the Clerk, the Investigating Officer, a Faculty Advisor, the Accused, and the Representative for the Accused. The other members of the Court are often present as well. Other than the accused, no one that is not a member of the Honor Court will be allowed into the preliminary review.

2. At this review, the Investigating Officer shall present the case to all present. After the case is presented, the Chief Justice shall ask the accused to enter a plea of either NOT GUILTY or GUILTY. In the case of a guilty plea, which is binding, the Chief Justice shall advise the accused of his/her right to make a statement to the Court.

3. If the accused wishes to make a statement at that time, the statement shall be recorded by the Clerk.

Alternatively, the accused may submit a statement in writing for the Honor Court to consider during the penalty deliberation.

4. In the case of a not guilty plea, the Chief Justice shall set a date for a full hearing to be held.

Section Three: Honor Court Proceedings

1. The Honor Court shall meet at a time and place specified by the Chief Justice. A complete list of witnesses shall be provided to the Chief Justice by the Investigating Officer and/or the Representative for the accused at least twenty-four hours prior to the hearing. Those participating in the hearing, in any capacity, have the responsibility to maintain confidentiality. Other than the accused, the accuser, and the called witnesses, no one that is not a member of the Honor Court will be allowed into the proceeding.

2. All students and faculty members shall appear before the Court when requested to do so. The Chief Justice shall determine in what order witnesses shall be called from the witness list.

 

3. Procedures for the Hearing a. Those present for the entire hearing shall include the Representative for the accused, the Investigating Officer and the voting members of the Honor Court.

b. Prior to any testimony, the Chief Justice will appoint the five voting members from the Honor Court members present. The Chief Justice may select up to two alternate voters to serve in case one of the original five is unable to be present for all testimony.

c. The Investigating Officer shall present any new information pertaining to the case and the Chief Justice will then ask if the accused wishes to change the original plea of not guilty.

d. If the accused changes his/her plea to guilty, the Chief Justice shall advise the accused of his/her right to make a statement to the Court. If the accused does not change his/her plea, the hearing will continue.

e. Witnesses are called by the Chief Justice one at a time.

f. Questioning shall begin with the Investigating Officer, then the Representative of the accused, and

finally the members of the Court.

g. Conviction of any student shall always require the vote of four of the five voting members present in favor of conviction.

h. If the accused is convicted of a violation, the Court will determine the penalty. The penalty will be decided by a majority vote of the five voting members.

i. As soon as a decision is reached, the accused shall receive written notice of the decision (by email and hard copy letter in the accused’s campus mail box) within three regular class days except under very exceptional circumstances.

ARTICLE X. Penalties

1. For conviction on the first offense, the Honor Court has the option of the following penalties: a. no further penalty.

b. the option to redo the work with no grade assessed to the original work. The new work shall be submitted to the professor for a grade. Should the student fail to submit the new work within a time limit agreed upon by the student and the professor, the work shall receive a grade of zero.

c. the option to redo the work with a set maximum grade (which is determined by the Court) that may be earned on the redone work.

d. “F” on the work. The numerical value of the “F” is to be determined by the teacher of the course with the stipulation that the “F” be less than any honestly obtained “F” on the work by any member of the class (or group of classes).

e. zero on the work.

f. “F” in the course.

g. “F” in the course with a recommendation to the Provost of the College for suspension for a semester.

h. “F” in the course with a recommendation to the Provost of the College for dismissal from the College.

2. Any piece of work on which the Honor Court makes a ruling may not be dropped by a professor.

3. Conviction on subsequent offenses will result in an automatic penalty of “F” in the course and referral to the Provost with a recommendation of dismissal from the College. If the accused wishes to appeal the recommendation of dismissal, he/she must submit an appeal in writing to the Provost within seven regular class days of written notification of conviction by outlining the reason(s) for appeal. The Provost must hold any recommendation of dismissal for seven days to allow time for proper appeal before making a final decision. Instructions on the appeals process can be found in Article XI.

ARTICLE XI. Appeals

1. The Chief Justice or his or her representative must advise defendants of their right to appeal and to whom the appeal should be addressed. Only the faculty advisor(s)to the Honor Court may provide guidelines to defendants on the appeal process, the writing of an appeal, or possible outcomes of an appeal.

2. Appeals of any penalty or of a recommendation for expulsion shall be addressed to the Provost, in written form, within seven regular class days of written notification of conviction and/or recommendation of expulsion by outlining the reason(s) for appeal. The Provost will forward the appeal to the Appeals Committee, made up of an Associate Dean, a student member of the Honor Court who did not vote or serve as a representative or investigating officer on the case, and a former faculty advisor to the Honor Court. The accused will be given the opportunity to present his/her case for appeal to this Appeals Committee. In addition, the Chief Justice and any other members of the Honor Court, as are necessary will be given an opportunity to present the Court’s rationale for the decision to the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee will decide whether the appeal is justified and send their decision to the Provost. A final decision on whether or not the conviction should be overturned will be made by the Provost and shall be considered final.

Note that students who are still dissatisfied with the final decision can appeal further to the President. As is stated in the Student Handbook (http://www.centenary.edu/handbook/judicial), the President is a last source of appeal “This obligation is reserved for emergency or extraordinary circumstances only.”

ARTICLE XII. Finals Week, Module, and Summer Sessions

Section One. Finals Week

Reports of violations during final exam week shall be as follows:

1. The student will receive an “I” for the course. The Chief Justice of the Court will notify the faculty member of the course to turn in an “I” for this student.

2. Within seven working days after being notified of a suspected violation, the Chief Justice or a faculty advisor to the Honor Court shall inform the student in writing. If the student’s permanent mailing address is available, a certified letter will be sent to that address. In all cases, a letter will be sent through campus mail notifying the student of the alleged violation.

3. The preliminary review will be held within fifteen regular class days after the start of the next regular (Fall or Spring) semester and the student will be notified of the hearing date, time, and place no later than the seventh regular class day.

4. Oral or written statements shall be considered official testimony from individuals involved in the case who do not return for the next semester (Fall to Spring, Spring to Fall).

Section Two. Module and Summer Sessions

Reports of violations during Module and Summer Sessions shall be processed as follows:

1. The student will receive an “I” for the course. The Chief Justice of the Court will notify the faculty member of the course to turn in an “I” for this student.

2. Within seven working days after being notified of a suspected violation, the Chief Justice or a faculty advisor to the Honor Court shall inform the student, in writing. If the student’s permanent mailing address is available, a certified letter will be sent to that address. In all cases, a letter will be sent through campus mail notifying the student of the alleged violation.

3. A preliminary review will be held within fifteen regular class days after the start of the next regular (Fall or Spring) semester and the student will be notified of the hearing date, time, and place no later than the seventh regular class day.

4. Oral or written statements shall be considered official testimony from individuals involved in the case who do not return for the next semester (Fall to Spring, Spring to Fall).

ARTICLE XIII. Amendments/Revisions

Section One: Proposal

Amendments to and/or revisions of this constitution may originate with either the Honor Court or the Student Government Association. Suggestions for amendments may be submitted to either body.

Section Two: Ratification

1. Proposed changes to the Honor Court Constitution originating in the Student Government Association shall be approved by the Honor Court with a 4/5 majority vote. Changes originating in the Honor Court must be approved by the Student Government Association with a 2/3 majority vote.

2. Changes must be approved by the faculty and, in a general election, by 2/3 majority of the voting student body to become a part of this constitution. Approval may be made first by either body.

3. The changes shall take effect immediately upon ratification.


 

Resources for Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Sexual Assault

 

The following resources have been identified in the Shreveport-Bossier area and nationally as contacts for help with mental health, substance abuse and sexual assault. This list is not all inclusive – additional resources are available through theCentenary Counseling Center.

 


 

Louisiana Law Regarding the Unlawful Sale, Purchase and Possession of Alcoholic Beverages

 

R.S. 14:93.10 Definitions

 

For the purposes of R.S. 14:93.10 through 93.14, the following definitions shall apply:

 

(1) “Purchase” means acquisition by the payment of money or other consideration. Purchase does not include such acquisition for medical purposes either when purchased as over the counter medication or when prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital, or medical institution.

 

(2) “Public possession” means the possession of any alcoholic beverage for any reason, including consumption, on any street or highway or in any public place or any place open to the public, including a club which is de facto open to the public. “Public possession” does not include the following:

 

(a) The possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage:

 

(i) For an established religious purpose.

 

(ii) When a person under twenty-one years of age is accompanied by a parent, spouse, or legal guardian twenty-one years of age or older.

 

(iii) For medical purposes when purchased as an over the counter medication, or when prescribed or

administered by a licensed physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital or medical institution.

 

(iv) In private residences.

 

(b) The sale, handling, transport, or service in dispensing of any alcoholic beverage pursuant to lawful ownership of an establishment or to lawful employment of a person under twenty-one years of age by a duly licensed manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of beverage alcohol.

 

(3) “Alcoholic beverage” means beer, distilled spirits, and wine containing one-half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume. Beer includes but is not limited to ale, lager, porter, stout, sake, and other similar fermented beverages brewed or produced from malt wholly or in part or from any substitute therefor. Distilled spirits include alcohol, ethanol, or spirits or wine in any form, including all dilutions and mixtures thereof from whatever process produced.

 

R.S. 14:93.11 Unlawful sales to persons under twenty-one

 

A. Unlawful sales to persons under twenty-one is the selling or otherwise delivering for value of any alcoholic beverage to any person under twenty-one years of age unless such person is the lawful owner or lawful employee of an establishment to which the sale is being made and is accepting delivery pursuant to such ownership or employment. Lack of knowledge of the person’s age shall not be a defense.

B. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.
R.S. 14:93.12 Purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages; exceptions; penalties

 

A. It is unlawful for any person under twenty-one years of age to purchase or have public possession of any alcoholic beverage.

 

B. (1) Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than one hundred
dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

 

(2) Any person apprehended while violating the provisions of this Section shall be issued a
citation by the apprehending law enforcement officer, which shall be paid in the same manner as provided for the offenders of local traffic violations.
R.S. 14:93.13 Unlawful purchase of alcoholic beverages by persons on behalf of persons under twenty-one.

 

A. It is unlawful for any person, other than a parent, spouse, or legal guardian, as specified in RS 14:93.10(2) (a) (ii), to purchase on behalf of a person under twenty-one years of age any alcoholic beverage.

 

B. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both.

 

R.S. 14:93.14 Responsibilities of retail dealer not relieved

 

Nothing in RS 14:93.10 through 93.13 shall be construed as relieving any licensed retail dealer in alcoholic beverages any responsibilities imposed under the provisions of Title 26 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950.

 

Louisiana Law regarding driving while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs

 

R.S. 14:98 Operating a vehicle while intoxicated

 

A. (1) The crime of operating a vehicle while intoxicated is the operating of any motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, vessel, or other means of conveyance when:

 

(a) The operator is under the influence of alcoholic beverages; or

 

(b) The operator’s blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent or more by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood; or

 

(c) The operator is under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedule I, II, III, IV, V as set forth in R.S. 40:964

 

(d) The operator is under the influence of a combination of alcohol and one or more drugs which are not controlled dangerous substances and which are legally obtainable with or without a prescription and the label on the container of the prescription drug or the manufacturer’s package of the drug contains a warning against combining the medication with alcohol.

 

(e) The operator is under the influence of one or more drugs which are not controlled dangerous substances and which are legally obtainable with or without a prescription and the influence is caused by the operator knowingly consuming
quantities of the drug or drugs which substantially exceed the dosage prescribed by the physician or the dosage recommended by the manufacturer of the drug.

 

(2) A valid driver’s license shall not be an element of the offense, and the lack thereof shall not be a defense to a prosecution for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

 

B. (1) On a first conviction, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the offender shall be fined not less than three hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, and shall be imprisoned for not less than ten days nor more than six months. Imposition or execution of sentence shall not be suspended unless:

 

(a) the offender is placed on probation with a minimum condition that he serve two days in jail and participate in a court-approved substance abuse program and participate in a court-approved driver improvement program; or

 

(b) The offender is placed on probation with a minimum condition that he perform four eight-hour days of court-approved community service activities, at least half of which shall consist of participation in a litter abatement or collection program, participate in a court-approved substance abuse program, and participate in a court-approved driver improvement program. An offender, who participates in a litter abatement or collection program pursuant to this Subparagraph, shall have no cause of action for damages against the entity conducting the program or supervising his participation therein, including a municipality, parish, sheriff, or other entity, nor against any official, employee, or agent of such entity, for any injury or loss suffered by him during or arising out of his participation in the program, if such injury or loss is a direct result of the lack of supervision or act or omission of the supervisor, unless the injury or loss was caused by the intentional or grossly negligent act or omission of the entity or its official, employee, or agent.

 

(2) If the offender had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 percent or more by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood, at least forty-eight hours of the sentence imposed pursuant to Paragraph (B) (1) of this Section shall be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Imposition or execution of the remainder of the sentence shall not be suspended unless the offender complies with Paragraph (B) (1) (a) or (b) of this Section.

 

C. (1) On a conviction of a second offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, except as provided in Paragraph (3) of this subsection, regardless of whether the second offense occurred before or after the first conviction, the offender shall be fined not less than seven hundred fifty dollars, nor more than one thousand dollars, and shall be imprisoned for not less than thirty days nor more than six months. At least forty-eight hours of the sentence imposed shall be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Nothing herein shall prohibit a court from sentencing a defendant to home incarceration, if otherwise allowed under the provisions of Article 894.2 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Imposition or execution of the remainder of the sentence shall not be suspended unless:

(a) The offender is placed on probation with a minimum condition that he serve fifteen days in jail and participate in a court-approved substance abuse program and participate in a court-approved driver improvement program; or

 

(b) The offender is placed on probation with a minimum condition that he perform thirty eight-hour days of court-approved community service activities, at least half of which shall consist of participation in a litter abatement or collection program, and participate in a court-approved substance abuse program, and participate in a court-approved driver improvement program. . .

 

(2) If the offender had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 percent or more by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood, at least ninety-six hours of the sentence imposed pursuant to Paragraph (C) (1) of this Section shall be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Imposition or execution of the remainder of the sentence shall not be suspended unless the offender complies with Paragraph (C) (1) (a) or (b) of this section.

 

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraph (1) of the Subsection, on a conviction of a second offense when the first offense was for the crime of vehicular homicide in violation of R.S. 14:32.1, or first degree vehicular negligent injuring in violation of R.S. 14:39.2, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years, and shall be fined two thousand dollars. At least six months of the sentence of imprisonment imposed shall be without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Imposition or execution of the remainder of the sentence shall not be suspended unless the provisions of Subparagraph (C)(1)(a) or (b) are complied with.

 

D. (1) On a conviction of a third offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and regardless of whether the offense occurred before or after an earlier conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years, and shall be fined two thousand dollars. Thirty days of the sentence of imprisonment shall be imposed without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. The remainder of the sentence of imprisonment shall be suspended and the offender shall be required to undergo an evaluation to determine the nature and extent of the offender’s substance abuse disorder. The treatment professional performing the evaluation shall recommend appropriate treatment modalities which shall include substance abuse treatment at an inpatient facility recommended by the Department of Health and Hospitals, office (sic) for addictive disorders and approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for a period of not less than four weeks nor more than six weeks. The offender may be sentenced to additional outpatient substance abuse treatment services to meet the offender’s needs if determined to be necessary by the offender’s treating physician, for a period not to exceed twelve months. The follow up treatment shall be provided in a manner to gradually decrease the intensity of treatment services. Upon successful completion of the inpatient substance abuse treatment required by this paragraph, the offender shall be sentenced to home incarceration for not less than the period of time remaining on the offender’s suspended sentence, as provided in Paragraph (3) of this Subsection. If the offender fails to complete the substance abuse treatment required by the provision of this Paragraph or violates any condition of home incarceration, he shall be imprisoned for the original term of his suspended sentence with no credit for time served under home incarceration.

 

(2) (a) In addition, the court shall order that the vehicle being driven by the offender at the time of the offense shall be seized and impounded, and sold at auction in the same manner and under the same conditions as executions of writ of seizures and sale as
provided in Book V, Title II, Chapter 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(b) The vehicle shall be exempt from sale if it was stolen, or if the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation was not the owner and the owner did not know that the driver was operating the vehicle while intoxicated. If this exemption is applicable, the vehicle shall not be released from impoundment until such time as towing and storage fees have been paid.

 

(c) In addition, the vehicle shall be exempt from sale if all towing and storage fees are paid by a valid lienholder.

 

(d) The proceeds of the sale shall first be used to pay court costs and towing and storage costs, and the remainder shall be forwarded to the Council on Automobile Insurance Rates and Enforcement for its use in studying other ways to reduce drunk driving and insurance rates.

 

(3) (a) An offender sentenced to home incarceration shall be supervised and shall be subject to any of the conditions of probation. The court shall specify the conditions of home incarceration which shall include but shall not be limited to the following:

 

(i) Electronic monitoring.

 

(ii) Curfew restrictions.

 

(iii) Home visitation at least once per month by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

 

(b) The court shall also require the offender to obtain employment and to participate in a court approved driver improvement program at his expense. The activities of the offender outside of his home shall be limited to traveling to and from work, church services, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, or a court approved driver improvement program.

 

(c) Offenders sentenced to home incarceration required under the provisions of this Section shall be subject to all other applicable provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure Article 894.2.

 

E. (1) Except as otherwise provided in Subparagraph (4) (b) of this Subsection, on a conviction of fourth or subsequent offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and regardless of whether the fourth offense occurred before or after an earlier conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than ten years nor more than thirty years, and shall be fined five thousand dollars. Sixty days of the sentence of imprisonment shall be imposed without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. The remainder of the sentence of imprisonment shall be suspended and the offender shall be required to undergo an evaluation to determine the nature and extent of the offender’s substance abuse disorder. The treatment professional performing the evaluation shall recommend appropriate treatment modalities which shall include substance abuse treatment at an inpatient facility recommended by the Department of Health and Hospitals, officer (sic) addictive disorders and approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for a period of not less than four weeks nor more than six weeks. The offender may be sentenced to additional substance abuse treatment services to meet the offender’s needs if determined to be necessary by the offender’s treating physician, for a period not to exceed twelve months. The follow up treatment shall be provided in a manner to gradually decrease the intensity of treatment services. Upon successful completion of the inpatient substance abuse treatment required by this paragraph, the offender shall be sentenced to home incarceration for not less than one nor more than five years, in accordance with Paragraph (3) of this Subsection, and shall be fined five thousand dollars. If the offender fails to complete the substance abuse treatment required by the provisions of this Paragraph or violates any condition of home incarceration, he shall be imprisoned for the original term of his suspended sentence with no credit for time served under home incarceration.

 

(2) (a) In addition, the court shall order that the vehicle being driven by the offender at the time of the offense be seized and impounded, and be sold at auction in the same manner and under the same conditions as executions of writ of seizure and sale as provided in Book V, Title II, Chapter 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure…

 

(3) (a) An offender sentenced to home incarceration shall be supervised and shall be subject to any of the conditions of probation. The court shall specify the conditions of home incarceration which shall include but shall not be limited to the following:

 

(i) Electronic monitoring.

 

(ii) Curfew Restrictions.

 

(iii) Home visitation at least once per month by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

 

(b) The court shall also require the offender to obtain employment and to participate in a court-approved driver improvement program at his expense. The activities of the offender outside of his home shall be limited to traveling to and from work, church services, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, or a court approved driver improvement program.

 

(c) Offenders sentenced to home incarceration required under the provisions of this Section shall be subject to all other applicable provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure Article 894.2.

 

(4) (a) If the offender has previously been required to participate in substance abuse treatment and home incarceration, pursuant to Subsection D of this Section, the offender shall not be sentenced to substance abuse treatment and home incarceration for a fourth or subsequent offense, but shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten nor more than thirty years, and at least three years of the sentence shall be imposed without benefit of suspension of sentence, probation or parole.

 

(b) If the offender has previously received the benefit of suspension of sentence, probation, or parole as a fourth offender, no part of the sentence may be imposed with benefit of suspension of sentence, probation or parole, and no portion of the sentence shall be imposed concurrently with the remaining balance of any sentence to be served for a prior conviction for any offense.

 

F. (1) For purposes of determining whether a defendant has a prior conviction for violation of this Section, a conviction under either R.S. 14:32.1, vehicular homicide, R.S. 14:39.1, vehicular negligent injuring, or R.S. 14:39.2, first degree vehicular negligent injuring, or a conviction under the laws of any state or an ordinance of a municipality, town, or similar political subdivision of another state, which prohibits the operation of any motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, vessel, or other means of conveyance while intoxicated, while impaired or while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any controlled dangerous substance shall constitute a prior conviction. This determination shall be made by the court as a matter of law.

 

(2) For the purposes of this Section, a prior conviction shall not include a conviction for an offense under this Section or R.S. 14:32.1 or R.S. 14:39.1 or under comparable statute or ordinance of another jurisdiction, as described in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, if committed more than ten years prior to the commission of the crime for which the defendant is being tried and such conviction shall not be considered in the assessment of penalties hereunder. However, periods of time during which the offender was incarcerated in a penal institution in this or any other state shall be excluded in computing the ten-year period. Subsections Band C shall include a screening procedure to determine the portions of the program which may be applicable and appropriate for individual offenders.

 

G. The legislature hereby finds and declares that conviction of a third or subsequent DWI offense is presumptive evidence of the existence of a substance abuse disorder in the offender posing a serious threat to the health and safety of the public. Further, the legislature finds that there are successful treatment methods available for treatment of addictive disorders. Court approved substance abuse programs provided for in Subsection B, C, and D of this section shall include a screening procedure to determine the portions of the program which may be applicable and appropriate for individual offenders and shall assess the offender’s degree of alcohol abuse.

 

H. “Community service activities” as used in this Section may include duty in any morgue, coroner’s office, or emergency treatment room of a state-operated hospital or other state operated hospital or other state-operated emergency treatment facility, with the consent of the administrator of the morgue, coroner’s office, hospital or facility.

 

I. An offender ordered to participate in a substance abuse program required by the provisions of this section shall pay the cost incurred in participating in the program. Failure to make such payment shall subject the offender to revocation of probation, unless the court determines that the offender is unable to pay. If the court determines that the offender is unable to pay, the state shall pay for the cost of the Substance Abuse treatment required by this section. An offender sentenced to Home Incarceration and to participate in a Driver Improvement Program shall pay the cost incurred in participating in said programs, unless the court determines that the offender is unable to pay.

 

J. This Subsection shall be cited as the “Child Endangerment Law.” When the state proves in addition to the elements of the crime as set forth in Subsection A of this Section that a minor child twelve years of age or younger was a passenger in the motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, vessel, or other means of motorized conveyance at the time of the commission of the offense, of the sentence imposed by the court, the execution of the minimum mandatory sentence provided by Subsection B or C of this Section, as appropriate, shall not be suspended. If imprisonment is imposed pursuant to the provisions of Subsection E, at two years of the sentence shall be imposed without benefit of suspension of sentence.

 

K. (1) In addition to any penalties imposed under this Section, upon conviction of a second or subsequent offense, any vehicle, while being operated by the offender, shall be equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device in accordance with the provisions of R.S.15:306. This requirement shall remain in effect for a period of not less than six months. In addition, the device shall remain installed and operative during any period that the offender’s operator’s license is suspended under and for any additional period as determined by the court.

 

(2) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection and R.S. 32:414

 

(D) (1) (b), upon conviction of a third or subsequent offense of the provisions of this section, any motor vehicle, while being operated by the offender, shall be equipped with functioning ignition interlock device in accordance with the provision of R.S. 15: 306. The ignition interlock device shall remain installed and operative until the offender has completed the requirements of substance abuse treatment and home incarceration under the provisions of Subsections D and E of this Section.

 

(b) Any offender convicted of a third or subsequent offense of the provisions of this Section shall, after one year of the suspension required by R.S. 32:414 (d) (1) (a), upon proof to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections that the motor vehicles being operated by the offender are equipped with functioning interlock devices, be issued a restricted driver’s license. The restricted license shall be effective for the period of time that the offender’s driver’s license is suspended. The restricted license shall entitle the offender to operate the vehicles equipped with a functioning interlock device in order to earn a livelihood and to travel and from the places designated in Paragraph (D) (3) and (E) (3) of this Section.

 

(3) The provisions of this subsection shall not require installation of an interlock device in any vehicle described in RS 32:378.2(I)

 

R.S. 14: 98.1 Underage driving under the influence

 

A. The crime of underage operating a vehicle while intoxicated is the operating of any motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, vessel or other means of conveyance when the operator’s blood alcohol concentration is 0.02 percent or more by weight if the operator is under the age of twenty-one based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood.

 

B. Any underage person whose blood alcohol concentration is found to be in violation of R.S. 14:98(A) (1) (b) shall be charged under its provisions rather than under this Section.

 

C. On a first conviction, the offender shall be fined not less than one hundred nor more than two hundred fifty dollars, and participate in a court-approved substance abuse and driver improvement program.

 

D. On a second or subsequent conviction, regardless of whether the second offense occurred before or after the first conviction, the offender shall be fined not less than one hundred fifty dollars, nor more than five hundred dollars, and imprisoned for not less than ten days nor more than three months. Imposition or execution of sentence shall not be suspended unless:

 

(1) The offender is placed on probation with a minimum condition that he serve forty-eight hours in jail and participate in a court-approved substance abuse and driver improvement program; or

 

(2) The offender is placed on probation with a minimum condition that he perform ten eight-hour days of court-approved community service activities, at least half of which shall consist of participation in a litter abatement or collection program and participate in a court-approved substance and driver improvement program.

 

E. Court programs regarding substance abuse provided for in Subsections C and D shall include a screening procedure to determine the portions of the program which may be applicable and appropriate for individual offenders.

F. An offender ordered to participate in a substance abuse program shall pay the cost incurred in participating in the program. Failure to make such payment shall subject the offender to revocation of probation, unless the court determines that the offender is unable to pay.


 

Louisiana Laws Regarding Controlled Substances

 

http://www.centenary.edu/attachments/handbook/appendices/substances/substances.html


 

Louisiana Laws Regarding Sexual Assault

 

Note that this chart is for general reference purposes only and is not intended as a full disclosure on all sex offenses.

 

Title of Offense

Louisiana Revised
Statute Number

Penalty

Aggravated Rape

R.S. 14:42

Death or Life Imprisonment at hard labor.

Forcible Rape

R.S. 14:42.1

Imprisoned at hard labor 5-40 years.

Simple Rape

R.S. 14:43

Imprisoned with or without hard labor not more than 25 years.

Sexual Battery

R.S. 14:43.1

Imprisoned with or without hard labor not more than 10 years.

Aggravated Sexual Battery

R.S. 14:43.2

Imprisonment with or without hard labor for not more than 15 years.

Intentional Exposure to AIDS virus

R.S. 14:43.5

Imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than 11 years and/or fined not more than $6000.00

Administering a Controlled
Dangerous Substance to a
victim in order to commit a
crime of violence (such as rape)

R.S.40:969D

Imprisoned at hard labor for not less than five years nor more than 40years and may be fined up to $100,000.00

 

The sentences for these crimes are without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.