2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 70 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 8. Emergency Evacuations In the event of an emergency situation, it may be necessary to evacuate the building. Causes for evacuation may be fire, hazardous chemical incidents, explosion, severe weather, or other conditions. Some Hardin-Simmons University campus buildings are equipped with fire alarm systems. If a fire alarm is sounded, all persons should evacuate the building immediately. Physically impaired individuals should be identified for assistance by fellow building occupants. Mobility impaired individuals on upper floors should proceed to the nearest exit stairwell for assistance by emergency response personnel of the location of mobility impaired individuals. Any questions concerning evacuation procedures should be referred to the HSU Police Department at 325-670-1461. 9. Expressions Hardin-Simmons University values open dialogue and the exchange of ideas in a manner that is consistent with the university’s mission for the purposes of education. We are blessed to live in a country that values free and open speech; however, some speech is nonetheless inconsistent with the Golden Rule found in Matthew 7:12, and students are encouraged to live by this higher standard rooted in our Christian faith and heritage. Students are encouraged to communicate their views through individual and group discussions. Student Government, Student Life, and other offices of the administration and faculty are open channels of communication. 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 permitted. Expressive behavior such as mutual combat, threats, physical abuse, or harassment directed toward a member of the HSU faculty, staff, 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. 10. 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. It is a violation of Texas Penal Code 42.06 to make a false alarm or report to an institution of higher education. Students accused of this crime may face charges up to a state jail felony and will be referred through the student judicial process. A full description of the code and subsequent penalty is provided below. Please help keep our campus safe and report any suspicious activities to the University Police Department, Director of Residence Life, or a Residence Director.