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The Standards of Conduct for the Rhodes Community

The Rhodes Community depends on personal concern for one another, and our standards serve as a guide for our daily life. They allow the members of our diverse community to live in harmony, to interact effectively, and to learn from each other. These standards, by which we all agree to live, protect our personal freedom by encouraging a climate of trust, concern, and respect conducive to learning and growing.

Actions and attitudes that undermine this respect and concern are unacceptable. We strive instead to act in a way that promotes the pursuit of knowledge in an atmosphere of integrity, justice and truth. In order to do so we pledge to uphold the following standards:

“We pledge to treat the members of the Rhodes Community, that is, anyone who lives, works, or learns here, as well as those who visit the community, with conscientious respect, honor, kindness and even-handedness.”

“We pledge to respect the property of other members of the Community, treating all such property with care equal to or greater than that accorded our own property. Further, realizing that the property of Rhodes College, that is, its buildings and grounds and all encompassed within, serves to benefit all members of the community, we pledge to preserve this property for others to use after us. Understanding that adherence to these standards is necessary to promote community spirit, we pledge to report violations.”

“Remembering that the reason the Rhodes Community exists is to promote the intellectual development of its members, we pledge to help create an environment that encourages reasoned discourse and action in a way that promotes this intellectual pursuit for everyone.”

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Student Conduct

All student conduct, other than sex/gender discrimination and sexual misconduct as defined in the Rhodes College Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy, is governed by this section. Sexual misconduct violations are governed exclusively by the Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Questions or concerns regarding student conduct, please contact the Director of Community Standards, Richard D. Adams, at 901-843-3815, or by email at

Questions or concerns regarding the College’s Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Inez Warner, at 901-843-3550, or via email at or

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

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Adjudication of Student Misconduct

All policies will be enforced by the Director of Community Standards or designee, as authorized by the Dean of Students. In general, alleged violations of the Rhodes College Honor Code are adjudicated by the Rhodes College Honor Council and violations of all other student disciplinary rules (excluding sex/gender discrimination and sexual misconduct) are adjudicated by the Community Standards Council in accordance with those groups’ respective constitutions, copies of which are included in this Handbook. The Director of Community Standards may, in his or her complete discretion, designate an alleged violation of a student conduct policy to be reviewed administratively.

Administrative Adjudication Process

When a matter is reviewed administratively, the staff member adjudicating the matter will request a meeting with the student, go over the allegations verbally (written reports can be requested by the student), and ask for a response from the student. The adjudicating staff member may also undertake additional investigation as necessary. The adjudicating staff member reserves the ability to utilize interim actions during an investigation when an incident causes concern about the safety and well-being of the community. Interim actions may include, but are not limited to no contact orders, interim suspension, and temporary removal from campus or housing. To determine if behavior is “in violation” of policy, administrative hearing officers will consider if a violation is “more likely than not” to have occurred, using preponderance of information as a standard of proof. When a determination has been made, the student will be notified of the decision and sanction (if relevant). The disciplinary record of a student found “in violation” of a policy or policies will bear on the severity of a sanction.

Appeal Process

A decision reached by an adjudicating staff member may be appealed by the student within four days of the decision. Appeals should be in writing and directed to the Dean of Students or other appeals officer named in the sanctioning letter. The appeal letter shall specify the basis for the appeal. An appeal will be considered based on the supporting documents, unless the appeals officer decides that interviews are warranted, for one or more of the following purposes: to determine whether the hearing was conducted fairly; to determine whether the decision reached was based on a preponderance of the information; to determine whether the sanctions imposed were appropriate for the violations; or to consider new and relevant information, sufficient to alter a decision, but only where such information was not known or available to the appellant at the time of the original hearing. The appeal officer may either sustain the original decision and/or sanction or render a new decision and/or sanction. An appeal may not result in a more severe sanction for the Accused Student.

Important Information Regarding Student Conduct

Legal counsel retained by an Accused student or any other person participating in the hearing shall not attend any administrative hearing. Any advice or assistance requested of legal counsel by a student must be obtained prior to the hearing.

A student that is the subject of a pending College investigation may be ineligible to graduate from the College until the investigation is resolved. 

Students have the opportunity to apply for a variety of activities at Rhodes, during which the student represents the College and/or is placed in a leadership position. Because of the nature of these opportunities, applications for these positions may include consideration of the applicant’s disciplinary record.

Upon receipt of a signed release from the requesting student/alumni, Rhodes College will report to institutions or agencies outside the College only those disciplinary violations that result in disciplinary probation, deferred suspension, suspension, or expulsion from the College. Disciplinary records are maintained for 7 years post-graduation or separation from the College.

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Disciplinary Violations

Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following behaviors is subject to disciplinary sanctions. A “student” includes all persons taking courses at Rhodes College, both full-time and part-time, pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term, but have a continuing relationship with Rhodes College. Many of these policies are described in further detail elsewhere in the handbook; this list is intended as notice that violation of the policies is likely to result in sanctions.

1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:

  • Lying in official matters.
  • Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.
  • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification.
  • Stealing, attempted or actual theft of property or services of the College, of a member of the College community, or other personal or public property. 

2. Interfering with College or College sponsored activities, including but not limited to, studying, teaching, research, college administration, or fire, police, or emergency services.

3. Endangering, threatening, or causing physical harm to any person, or unwanted physical contact or causing reasonable apprehension of such harm. This may include verbal abuse, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. 

4. Conduct that is directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (1) fear for her, his, or others’ safety, or (2) to suffer substantial emotional distress.

5. Attempted or actual damage to property of the College or property of a member of the College community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.

6. Hazing, which is an action taken or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, or which destroys or removes public or private property, 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 will not be a defense. No organization member shall condone hazing.

7. Failure to comply with directions of College officials, including campus safety officers, in performance of their duties.

8. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any College premises or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises.

9. Possession of weapons of any type by students or visitors and/or vehicles controlled by an individual while on College property, including those individuals with valid Tennessee gun carry permits, is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to firearms, B-B guns, pellet guns, bows and arrows, hunting knives, explosives or any other object that could be used as a weapon.

10. Student hosts are responsible for guest behavior, including behavior occurring in their residence hall rooms, behavior at student organization events, and behavior by off-campus guests. 

11. Violation of college alcohol or other drug policies.

12. Violation of the standards of the Rhodes Community.

13. Violation of college Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

14. Violation of any college regulation or policy.

15. Violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with the Handbook.

16. Violation of any federal, state, or local law.

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Disciplinary Sanctions

The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found in violation of College policies:

1. Warning: This sanction will be used in cases in which the College determines that  the appropriate lesson has been learned and conclude the matter with a formal letter of warning.

2. Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.

3. Fines: Previously established and published fines may be imposed (not applicable to Honor Council matters).

4. Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service to the College and/or monetary or material replacement.

5. Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, education, referral to counseling, follow-up meetings, required behavioral assessment, or other related discretionary assignments.

6. Disciplinary Probation: A written notification for violation of specified regulations. Probation is designated for a specified period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or expulsion, if the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period. Students can be placed on disciplinary or housing probation.

Students on disciplinary probations are considered not in good social standing with the College. Good Standing may be required for participation in certain campus activities. In addition, students not in good standing may have their conduct reviewed for leadership or employment positions on campus.

7. Deferred Suspension: A student on deferred suspension cannot represent the institution on or off campus in any capacity. Examples include, but are not limited to: competition in varsity athletics, international programs or activities, executive board member of any student organization, PA, RA, Diplomat, Mock Trial, or Rhodes Ambassador. 

8.  Residence Hall Suspension: Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.

9.  Residence Hall Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.

10. College Suspension: Separation of the student from Rhodes College for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.

11. College Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from Rhodes College. More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation

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Off-Campus Conduct

The values of Rhodes College apply wherever Rhodes community members live, work or play. Students may be held accountable for conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is detrimental to the College’s interests whether such conduct occurs on campus, off campus, or at College-sponsored events. All complaints filed with Rhodes College regarding off-campus conduct will be investigated by the Office of Community Standards.

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    Involuntary Withdrawal or Removal from Campus

    The College occasionally may face instances where a student poses a threat to themselves or others, who are unable to cope, or who create a pattern of extreme disruption. 

    The Dean of Students will investigate the situation and the effect or the potential effect of the behavior on the student and the College community. The Dean may require a personal interview with the student and/or an evaluation of the student by a qualified professional. The Dean may require an interim removal of the student from campus pending conclusion of the investigation.

    If, as a result of this investigation, the Dean of Students determines that the student’s behavior indicates substantial risk of threat to self or others, or that the individual is otherwise unable to fulfill the expectations of a student at Rhodes, the pursuit of professional care or a withdrawal from the College may be recommended. The student will be provided with the option of voluntarily withdrawing from the College for the remainder of the term. If the student refuses to do so, the Dean of Students, in consultation with the Vice President for Student Life, appropriate senior leadership and legal counsel determine next steps.  A potential course of action, which may include removal of the student from the College with conditions for readmission. If the student withdraws, they may be referred to an appropriate facility for additional assistance. The parents/guardians will be notified as soon as possible and must assume responsibility for the student’s care.

    Students who leave campus under the above conditions, either voluntarily or involuntarily, will be readmitted only after being cleared by the Dean of Students and, when appropriate, the Committee on Standards and Standing. Permission for readmission will typically be based on the student’s demonstrating a period of responsible behavior outside the College and may require a statement from a physician, psychologist, or other qualified professional that the student is ready to return and cope with college life. Follow-up assessment or services may be required as part of the readmission decision.

    Removal of a student from the College will be undertaken only as a last resort. Every effort will be made to help students understand the consequences of their behavior, make responsible decisions, and develop skills that will allow them to remain and function in the Rhodes community.

    Students who have voluntarily withdrawn or who have been removed from campus are not allowed to attend class and have no access to the campus or College sanctioned or sponsored events.

    Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

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    Health & Safety Provisional Code of Conduct Standards

    UPDATED August 2021

    Rhodes College aspires to graduate students with a life-long passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to​ translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. 

    At Rhodes College, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our vision. We believe strongly in our students and their ability to make choices that support not only their own health and wellbeing, but the health and wellbeing of the entire community. Rhodes students are characterized by their commitment to honor, compassion, and effective leadership and action in our communities. At this time and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is these characteristics that the world needs most. 

    At Rhodes College, we recognize that both community and compassion are words of action: taking care of ourselves, caring for each other, and contributing to the wellbeing of our campus and the City of Memphis. This recognition requires the full attention and daily dedication of everyone. The College is following guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and our partnership with Baptist Memorial Health Care, and the Tennessee Department of Health. This cooperation is essential for a successful remote fall semester, a return to campus in the spring, and the overall health of our entire community.   

    Rhodes College is asking students, faculty and staff to choose to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 wherever they are. When we all engage these health and safety guidelines, we are working to ensure that Rhodes can return to a safe an in-person experience. as soon as possible. 

    We believe, that if all of us, at all times, and wherever we may be practice with strict adherence the health and safety protocols recommended, then the whole campus community and our local community can remain well. In turn, we will all be able to fulfill our most ardent wish: to live and learn together on campus and in Memphis.

    Our whole community will be asked to adhere to the Lynx Promise, an agreement to the College’s health and safety protocols and policies.

    About the Policy 

    The COVID-19 Compliance Policy contains the necessary health and safety policy protocols to support a healthy and safe Rhodes College. The policy is a supplement to the Standards of Conduct for the Rhodes Community. This policy applies to students while on campus or in College facilities and provides guidance and recommendations for remote and off-campus activities.  

    These interim policies are covered under the Standards of Student for the Rhodes Community, under Disciplinary, Failure to comply with directions of a College official, including campus safety officers, in performance of their duties. These interim policies apply to conduct that occurs on or off campus, as stated in Disciplinary Violations section of the Standards. 

    The policy is updated as the College monitors the evolving COVID-19 health environment and adjustments to federal, state, and local regulations, public health guidance, and input from the Rhodes College community.  Changes to the policy will be communicated via Rhodes email, and students are expected to check their email regularly. 

    The College will continue to assess the situation both on campus and in our community at-large.  If localized outbreaks emerge and/or the protocols in this policy are not adhered to, tighter restrictions and more aggressive mitigation measures may be implemented. 

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    Lynx Promise

    Rhodes College aspires to graduate students with a life-long passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to​ translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world.  Finding ourselves in a global pandemic, it has been our compassion for others and a deep, personal concern for our communities, that has driven us to commit to a set of core values: health and safety; the quality of our academic program and student experience; a commitment to equity; support for our faculty and staff; and the long-term strength of Rhodes College. We believe strongly in our community, our sense of compassion for each other, and our shared commitment to make choices that support the health and wellbeing, of our entire community. 

    We understand we are committing as individuals to make choices to support our Rhodes community and the City of Memphis as a whole. We are each committed to taking the steps outlined by the College to slow the spread of COVID-19 and promote health and safety. When we all follow these guidelines, we are working to ensure that Rhodes can work to ensure a safer campus and community experience. 

    The Lynx Promise is an agreement to adhere to the Health & Safety Provisional Code of Conduct Standards.If at any point an individual needs clarification on health & safety  COVID-19 policies and procedures, they are expected to ask a College official for support and information. Failure to review and lack of awareness of this policy are not excuses for a violation. 

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    COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols


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    Campus Access

    Students will be expected to keep their Rhodes ID accessible when on campus.  College faculty, staff, or student leaders may ask to see a student’s Rhodes ID when they enter campus or when they enter a building or space.  Students are expected to produce their ID for review when requested by a campus official.  

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    Daily Symptom Screening

    Students are required to participate in a daily health screening and seek medical care if symptomatic, which will help direct our community members to seek healthcare immediately and decrease the transmission of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, to the campus community

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    COVID-19 Testing

    Students may be required to be tested for COVID-19 based on directions or requests of campus officials. Students who do not comply may be in violation of the Requests or Orders policy. 

    The Failure to Comply disciplinary violation policy outlines the expectation that students immediately and fully cooperate with college officials, Student Life staff, law enforcement, and emergency personnel in the completion of their duties.  Complying with the College’s Health & Safety COVID-19 policies is a reasonable request, and one that ensures the health and safety of our entire community. 

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    Smoking and Vaping

    Smoking and vaping are prohibited on campus and College properties for the duration of the pandemic in order to help ensure community-wide health and safety. 

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    Flu Vaccination

    Students will be required to submit proof of their flu vaccination via the Medicat portal. Questions or concerns about how to upload documents should be directed to Director of Health Services, Adora Browne. To request a flu vaccination exemption or accommodation, students must contact the Director of Student Accessibility Services, Melissa Butler, at

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    Reporting Illness and Accommodations

    Any student who becomes ill for any reason, is quarantined due to exposure, is awaiting test results, or tests positive for COVID-19 should contact the Student Life team via email at with medical documentation and refrain from moving about campus in person.  

    If students become ill after hours or on the weekends or need immediate or emergency assistance, they should contact Rhodes Campus Safety by phone: (901) 843-3880. 

    Students who are ill should continue to monitor their symptoms through the MyChart app and a College health official will be in contact to discuss next steps. 

    Students who are ill should continue to attend classes virtually if they are well enough to participate, but please know that health and wellbeing should take priority.  

    The Dean of Students office will work to notify the student’s faculty members in the event of their absence. 

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    ​​​​​​​Quarantine and Contact Tracing

    In the event that a student is exposed to, exhibits symptoms of, or is diagnosed with COVID-19, they may be asked to quarantine in place in their assigned residence hall room. 

    This order will be mandated by the Dean of Students or designee, which may include The Director of the Health Center or the Director of Residence Life. The College will make every effort to provide necessary care, including meal delivery, wellness monitoring, and provisions for supporting remote studies while in quarantine.  Students are expected to comply with the quarantine/isolation guidelines, including: 

    1. Staying within the room for 10 days, 
    1. Screening for symptoms daily,
    1. Participating in the contact tracing process. 

    In the event that a student who is under quarantine/isolation violates these guidelines, they will be charged with a Failure to Comply disciplinary violation policy. 
    If a student is exposed to, exhibits symptoms of, or is diagnosed with COVID-19, Rhodes will enact the contact tracing process.  Students are required to participate in order to alert those who may have been exposed.  Participating in contract tracing requires providing responsive, honest, and thorough information.  By responding quickly and accurately, students can help keep others safe and healthy. 

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    Residence Hall Living

    Students who live in the residence halls on campus are expected to adhere to all health and safety protocols.  This includes living in the residence hall room that is assigned to each student and not moving without expressed permission from Residence Life.   

    Additionally, the following areas are included in the Fall 2021 Terms and Conditions of the Housing Agreement. 

    1. Health and Safety.  We expect that all members of the Rhodes College Housing community—residents and staff—act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. Students are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by Rhodes College as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to: 
    • Wearing a face mask when required. 
    • Social distancing to the extent possible.  
    • Participating in Rhodes College mandatory testing protocols 
    • Participation in Rhodes College Contact Tracing efforts 
    • Quarantining and isolating according to Rhodes College guidelines 
    1.  Health & Safety protocols related to COVID-19 continue to change and advance under CDC guidance and recommendations. Specific details regarding the bulleted list above may change. 
    1. Rhodes College may request or require a resident to leave Rhodes College Housing if their continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members.  
    1. Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all residents, staff and visitors and extends to all aspects of housing including residential and non-residential spaces., 
    1. Quarantine / Isolation / Separation. At any time, Rhodes College may request or require a resident to leave Rhodes College Housing when that resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residential students are required to comply with requests from Residence Life staff to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency. Failure to do so is a violation of the Housing Agreement and may subject a student to emergency removal from their assigned space. Not all Rhodes College Housing residential rooms or halls are appropriate for self-quarantine or self-isolation, for example, and in those situations where a student is recommended to self-quarantine or self-isolate, students will not be permitted to continue residing in their residential space and may be provided alternative housing arrangements as needed. Removal from Rhodes College Housing to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of a residential student’s housing contract. 
    1. Dining Services. Dining services, including where and how it will be offered to residential students, is subject to the discretion of Rhodes College and Rhodes Dining Services and is subject to modification to address public health concerns. Due to health and safety guidance adopted or that may be adopted by Rhodes College, or Rhodes Dining Services, Rhodes Dining Services may limit the occupancy of dining facilities, limit the amount of time students may reside within dining facilities, or make other operational adjustments needed to address health and safety concerns. 
    1. Cleaning. Rhodes College Facilities Services will continue to implement and modify its cleaning protocols to address COVID-19 or other public health emergency in the interest of attempting to minimize the spread of disease.
    1. Guest and Visitors. Rhodes campus will be open to Rhodes faculty, staff, students, prospective students, and visitors.  In the interest of health and safety, overnight guests in residence halls must be fully vaccinated. Overnight guests may be asked to show proof of vaccination and should have identification and proof of vaccination available while on campus. During move in, students will be limited to two helpers. All helpers assisting students will be required to wear masks while inside the buildings. 
    1. Termination. Upon reasonable notice, Residence Life serves the right to terminate housing contracts due to public health emergency needs, including COVID-19. 

    Rhodes College is committed to supporting its students during this unprecedented time and recognizes the value of the on-campus residential experience. There may be additional modifications needed as the year progresses and as Rhodes College tracks the impact of COVID-19 on its residential communities and campus and as it prepares for a return to campus this spring. 

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    Personal Protective Measures and Cleanliness

    The College has established a number of protective measures on campus that are designed to keep our entire community safe. 

    First and foremost, all members of the campus community – faculty, staff, and students – are welcome to wear masks on campus in all public and community spaces, both indoors and outdoors.  The College may require masks during certain periods or events. 

    Students who are not in compliance with the College’s mask policy may be charged with a violation of the Failure to Comply disciplinary policy. 

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    Campus Visitors

    Rhodes campus will be open to Rhodes faculty, staff, students, prospective students, and visitors.  In the interest of health and safety, overnight guests in residence halls must be fully vaccinated. Overnight guests may be asked to show proof of vaccination and should have identification and proof of vaccination available while on campus. 

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