Community Standards

As a community, particularly a residential community, there are certain standards that must be observed to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning. Many standards have been set by the College and others will be set in the residence halls through Hall Council, Community Contracts and Roommate Contracts. Each student is responsible to the community for upholding all standards. Outlined below are a few expectations that must be observed in order for each student to receive the educational experience that Centenary offers.

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 any College property, regardless of a person’s age, is prohibited by College policy. All events sponsored by campus organizations, on or off campus, must comply with the guidelines established by the Office of Student Life.

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:

  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.

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 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, 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 Appendix A of the Student Handbook. Information regarding the health risks associated with the use of alcohol and illicit drugs may also be found in Appendix A. 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.

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

In recent years the State of Louisiana has enacted many new laws addressing crimes that have arisen out of advancements in technology such as computers and the Internet. 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 four 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 newest 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 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 Chief Information Officer (CIO) through the ITS Director. 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, and 4) individual requirements.

Conditions of Usage

Usage is limited to Centenary faculty, staff, and students, unless specifically authorized by the CIO. 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 tape backup.

Home Pages

Authorization requests are directed to IT and must include: 1) user signature, 2) printed name, 3) log-in, 4) request date, 5) signature of department head for staff or faculty, and 6) signature of a sponsoring full-time faculty member for students. 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.

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 Residence Hall 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. Centenary College defines hazing as any activity or function that is demeaning or embarrassing to an individual or group of individuals. Hazing or the use of any method of initiation into a fraternal organization that is likely to cause bodily danger or physical punishment is also against the law.

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.

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.

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.

Organizations

All formally recognized organizations must have a constitution approved by the Student Government Association and must abide by all College, State, and Federal policies, procedures and laws.

Physical 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."

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. Residential students are required to pay residence hall dues or fines on time and to attend all scheduled hall and floor meetings.

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 their consent. 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 Appendix A 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 Dean of the College or College President); a student shall report to the Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean of Students. (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, the Report of Suspected Student Misconduct shall be filed with the Dean of Student Life, who shall, in turn, refer the case to the Judicial Referral Board for review. The Judicial Referral Board is responsible for the referral of cases of alleged student misconduct and 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 Dean of the College, who shall forward the complaint to the Promotion, Evaluation and Tenure Committee. This committee is charged with making a recommendation of remedial action to the Dean of the College.
  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 accusation. 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 the administrative and academic facilities, Haynes Gym, the library, cafeteria, residence halls, the Student Union Building, or the Gold Dome. Smoking is permitted in the designated areas of the Physical Plant and exterior areas of residence halls (balconies, porches, courtyards, etc.)

Sports/Recreation Policy

Golf - 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.

Frisbee- Throwing a Frisbee on campus or playing Frisbee golf is permitted providing care is taken with pedestrians in the area.

Roller Blades/Skates- Not permitted inside any facility or on any tennis courts.

Skate Boards- Not permitted on campus.

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

Unauthorized Entry

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

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