2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 84 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 visit the individual living areas of members of the opposite sex. The university recognizes the academic and interpersonal benefits of men and women interacting as well as the fact that accountability and wisdom are necessary to foster safe and positive interaction. The structure of Open Visitation also allows roommates to maintain personal space and to respect the differing sleep, study, and living patterns. The following hours are designated for visitation in the HSU living areas: Open Visitation for Residence Halls Tuesday & Thursday: 7 pm – 10 pm Friday & Saturday: 7 pm - Midnight Open Visitation for University Houses & Apartments Daily from 9 am to 1 am In traditional student living areas in the University Place Apartments, Wolf Apartments, and houses no one of the opposite sex may be in the bedrooms at any time. Room doors of hosts must remain at least halfway open and allow unrestricted visual access to the room. At no time may residents engage in intimate activities (e.g., lying under covers in bed together) which could make others feel uncomfortable and put themselves in a compromising situation. There should be some sort of light source on in the room. At no time should any guest of the opposite sex use the bathrooms designated for residents of the visited residence hall, however common bathrooms are available in the residential commons area of each living area. Violations may result in the loss of Open Visitation privileges for the individuals and/or living area, community service hours, removal from the living area and/or suspension. Students are responsible for knowing the boundaries and times of Open Visitation in all living areas. Questions about this policy may be directed to a Residence Director or the Director of Residence Life. 22. Sexual Misconduct 22.1 Introduction Hardin-Simmons University affirms that all members of our community are created in the image of God and therefore should be treated with dignity and respect. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Further, we respect the inherent worth of each member of the community and do not tolerate conduct which fosters any form of harassment. We follow the profound truth found in the Golden Rule, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). With a Biblical foundation of human dignity and worth, HSU approaches issues of sexual misconduct not only as acts that may be potential violations of the law, but as conduct that is antithetical to Christian scripture. Thus, sexual misconduct is harmful not only to the individuals involved, but undermines the values of the entire community. This policy will address some of the complexities of legal requirements under Title IX, and our policy expectations in the areas of sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. We hold to the expectation that sexual misconduct does not fit within our mission of Christian education. Violations of this policy are regarded as serious offenses of trust and integrity, and will result in disciplinary action. Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women, and it