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Hardin-Simmons employees and students should strive to conduct themselves in accordance with Christian
principles both on and off campus. Recognizing the developmental stage of most university students, the
university policy sets boundaries and establishes disciplinary procedures that allow administrators to work with
students as they mature and learn. The guiding principle recognizes the sinfulness and weakness of man and the
redemptive, forgiving nature of God.
The mission of the Office of Student Development staff is to work with students in a redemptive stance for as long
as a student shows a willingness to grow and learn.
Misconduct is a matter of serious concern, and the university attempts to provide fair and reasonable treatment in
all disciplinary matters. However, in all cases of violation of university rules and regulations, or of actions in
violation of local, state, or federal laws that affect the university, HSU reserves the right to proceed with its own
disciplinary action independently of any criminal or civil charges which may have resulted. Conduct considered
injurious or threatening to the student or others may result in automatic suspension pending a hearing.
Falsification of Information
Students are not to furnish false or misleading information to university officials or on university records, nor will
they alter such records.
In view of the health hazards associated with passive smoke, the university’s commitment to direct its activities in
such a way as to promote healthful living, and the resulting obligation to ensure that individuals may have access
to university facilities and events without being exposed to a smoking environment, smoking is prohibited within
any part of any campus building. (Adopted by the Board of Trustees, September 21, 1990.)
Respect for Property of Others
Students should respect the property of others. They should not damage or abuse the property of the university or
other students, nor should they appropriate for their own use the property of the university or of others without
the consent of the owner of that property. Students should not enter any room or building without the consent of
the owner of that property. Students will be charged for willful or negligent damages done to university property.
Students are encouraged to communicate their views through individual and group discussions. Student Congress,
Student Development Office, and other offices of the administration and faculty are open channels of
Any student who participates in or otherwise contributes to mob action or demonstrations that disrupt the normal
operation of the university or a university function will be subject to suspension. Organizations involved in such
demonstrations will forfeit their good standing on campus.
Vulgarity, obscene language, profanity, lewd or indecent acts, lewd posters and/or pictures, alcoholic beverages or
empty containers, illegal drugs or any other materials that reflect negatively on the values of the university are not
Expressive behavior such as mutual combat, threats, physical abuse, or harassment directed toward a member of
the HSU faculty, staff, or student body, or toward a visitor to the campus, is prohibited.
While certain types of dress or apparel may be very appropriate for one occasion, they may not be appropriate for
regular wear around the university.