Student Handbook

Student Handbook

Rhodes Vision

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. We will achieve our aspiration through four strategic imperatives:

Student Access
To attract and retain a talented, diverse student body and engage these students in a challenging, inclusive and culturally-broadening college experience.

Student Learning
To ensure our faculty and staff have the talent, the time and the resources to inspire and involve our students in meaningful study, research and service.

Student Engagement
To enhance student opportunities for learning in Memphis.

Student Inspiration
To provide a residential place of learning that inspires integrity and high achievement through its beauty, its emphasis on values, its Presbyterian history, and its heritage as a leader in the liberal arts and sciences.

Adopted by the Rhodes Board of Trustees January 17, 2003.

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Academics

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Academic Regulations

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Classroom Conduct

Classroom Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible learners. Classroom behavior should not detract from the learning environment. Each faculty member has the right to determine appropriate behavior for the classroom. Expectations might address behavior such as use of electronic devices, late arrivals or early departures, eating or sleeping.

A student violating a professor’s classroom policy or individual instructions regarding classroom disruptions might be dismissed from the class for the day on which the disruption occurs, subject to a reduction of participation grade, and/or referred to the Director of Community Standards.

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Mission of Academic Advising at Rhodes

Mission of Academic Advising at Rhodes

The mission of academic advising at Rhodes is to promote student learning.  Each entering student is assigned an academic adviser, who will function in that capacity until the student formally declares a major. This must be done prior to the registration period of the spring semester of the sophomore year.  At that point, a faculty adviser from the major department is assigned to or selected by the student.

Assisted by the academic adviser, the student learns:

  • To understand the nature of a liberal arts education
  • To assess his or her strengths and weaknesses
  • To formulate educational and career goals
  • To plan a course of action to achieve those goals

I.   Guidelines for the Student Advisee

  1. Realize that final responsibility for meeting Degree or Foundation Requirements rests with the student.
  2. Prepare adequately for each advising session.
  3. Make preliminary course selections prior to registration advising appointments.
  4. With the assistance of the adviser and Career Services, clarify personal values, abilities, interests, and goals.
  5. Become knowledgeable about and observe institutional policies, procedures, and requirements. This requires a careful reading of the College Catalogue.
  6. Contact and make an appointment with the adviser when in need of assistance or when required. If the student finds it impossible to keep the appointment, notify the adviser before the scheduled appointment.
  7. Maintain a personal advising folder and take it to every advising appointment. Documents placed in this folder might include grade reports, declaration of major forms, course plan, and other documents related to the student’s academic record.
  8. Follow through on actions identified during each advising session.
  9. Keep the adviser informed about academic achievements, difficulties, and other factors that could influence the student’s academic career.
  10. Declare a major no later than the spring semester of the sophomore year and choose a new adviser if necessary.
  11. Evaluate the advising system, when requested, in order to strengthen the advising process.
  12. Accept final responsibility for all decisions.

II.   Guidelines for the Academic Adviser

  1. Provide a professional, confidential, and caring atmosphere that encourages and respects interaction with students. 
  2. Keep informed of information and resources that can be used to address questions on academic matters. Participate in educational advising programs offered throughout the year. 
  3. Be knowledgeable of institutional policies, procedures, and academic requirements. Provide accurate information to assist students in selecting, scheduling, and registering for courses. 
  4. Stay informed about non-academic resources (e.g., Counseling Center, Career Services, Student Development and Academic Services, etc.). 
  5. Maintain a confidential file on each advisee showing the student's academic progress. Forward this file to a new adviser if one is chosen. 
  6. Post and keep office hours. Be available beyond those times for special appointments. 
  7. Assist advisees in selecting courses that will satisfy requirements, fit their strengths, and contribute to their career and life goals. 
  8. Assist advisees in an honest self-assessment of academic strengths, skills, and interests as they make academic decisions. 
  9. Work with Student Development and Academic Services to monitor advisees' academic progress and give appropriate advice, encouragement, or assistance if any student is experiencing academic difficulty. 
  10. Initiate contact with advisees on a regular basis, especially in their first year. 
  11. Contact and advise students whose academic success is at risk, especially those who have received notifications of deficient work, low mid-term grades, academic probation, and the like. 
  12. Do not criticize other faculty, staff, or students in the presence of students. 
  13. Keep a sense of humor.

III.   Guidelines for the College

  1. Value academic advising as a necessary extension of the teaching/learning process. 
  2. Provide ongoing training opportunities for new and continuing advisers. 
  3. Ensure that academic advising is fully integrated into other programs of the institution (e.g., admissions, orientation, registration, counseling and career planning, etc.). 
  4. Collect data on the impact of effective advising both on recruitment/retention and as an effective intervention for students in academic difficulty. 
  5. Develop and implement strategies to evaluate academic advising as part of the faculty's annual assessment of performance. 
  6. Communicate academic policies to students and provide supporting rationale for such policies.
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Travel Policy for Countries on the Department of State Travel Warning List

Travel Policy for Countries on the Department of State Travel Warning List

Rhodes strongly encourages its students, faculty and staff who are contemplating travel abroad to plan well in advance and to take precautions to ensure a safe trip.  When planning an itinerary prudent travelers should familiarize themselves with political, health, crime, and other safety-related conditions in any country and specific locations within the country(ies) to be visited.  The easiest way to do this is to visit web sites provided by the U.S. Department of State at http://travel.state.gov, and the Center for Disease Control http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for health concerns and information on any required innoculations.

The following provisions apply to all Rhodes students who intend to study abroad or participate in any travel abroad sponsored or funded by Rhodes, or in connection with a trip abroad by a recognized student organization or institution affiliated with the College:

All Rhodes students have primary responsibility for their own safety when traveling internationally, whether or not their travel abroad is funded or sponsored by Rhodes or is accorded credit by Rhodes.  Before departure, all students traveling abroad to participate in an internship, undertake research, study abroad in a Rhodes or affiliated program, or participate in a recognized student organization or athletic trip abroad, as individuals or in groups, must provide the College with a statement in a form provided by the College, acknowledging their understanding of the risks of such travel, affirming that they have reviewed and understand the relevant safety-related materials, and stating that they are assuming the risks related to their international travel.  Students under the age of 18 must obtain a parental/guardian signature on the form.  All student international travel must be pre-approved by the Director of International Programs.

Countries, or areas within a country, placed on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning List fall into one of two levels of severity – Alerts and Warnings.  Rhodes will not grant or award credit, funding, support or otherwise sponsor any international academic or co-curricular project in any country, or area within a country, for which the U. S. State Department has issued a Travel Warning.  These include locations for which the U.S. State Department has:

  1. Issued a travel warning that orders departure of U.S. dependents and non-emergency personnel;
  2. Recommended that U.S. citizens depart the country;
  3. Advised U.S. citizens against all travel to the country; or
  4. Recommended that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to the country.

 

Additionally, Rhodes students are strongly advised to use caution when traveling to countries for which the U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Alert, such as, for example, when the U.S. State Department has:

  1. Warned U.S. citizens of the (risks, danger, or potential risks or danger) of travel to the country;
  2. Urged U.S. citizens to evaluate carefully their security and safety before traveling to the country; 
  3. Warned or cautioned U.S. citizens to consider the risks of travel to the country; 
  4. Cautioned U.S. citizens to take prudent security measures; 
  5. Urged or warned U.S. citizens to weigh the necessity of travel to the country; or
  6. Urged U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution.

Travel to any country or area for which the U.S. Department  of State has issued a Warning or Alert must have a petition completed and approved in writing by the Director of International Programs and the Dean of the Faculty.  The Rhodes Travel Abroad Petition may be found in the Downloadable Forms section of the Study Abroad Students website.

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Federal Regulations

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Missing Person Procedure

Missing Person Procedure

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, it is the policy of Rhodes College, as it relates to students who reside on-campus, to report missing students and to inform students of their options regarding the contact person. Rhodes College will contact the custodial parent of record or legal guardian of a missing student under the age of 18 no later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing. If a student is emancipated, or 18 years of age or older and desires a contact other than their parents they should submit this request in writing to the Dean of Students, to be included in their student file. 

When a student is determined to be missing and a report is made to Campus Safety, the On-Call Administrator or a Residence Life staff member, an investigation will commence immediately. The college will take reasonable and prudent steps to locate the student. If the student cannot be located within 24 hours, the emergency contact will be notified by the On-Call Administrator. Campus Safety will initiate a “Missing Person” report and notify local law enforcement.

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Privacy Act (FERPA)

Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, is a Federal law which states (a) that a written institutional policy must be established and (b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students be made available.  The law provides that the institution will maintain the confidentiality of student education records.    

Rhodes College accords all the rights under the law to enrolled students. No one outside the institution shall have access to nor will the institution disclose, any information from students’ education records without the written consent of students except to personnel within the institution, to officials of other institutions in which students seek to enroll, to persons or organizations providing students financial aid, to agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. All these exceptions are permitted under the Act. Only those members of the College community, individually or collectively, acting in the students’ educational interest are allowed access to student education records. These members include personnel in the Student Development and Academic Services Office, including student workers in that office, and the professional staff of Financial Aid, Institutional Research, and College officials with a legitimate educational interest as determined by the registrar.

At its discretion the institution may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Act including name, parents’ names, campus and home addresses and telephone numbers, cellular phone numbers, dates of attendance, photograph, year of graduation, degrees and honors awarded or expected, academic major, email address, and faculty adviser. Students may withhold directory information by notifying the Registrar in writing at least 60 days prior to the first day of class for the fall semester. The permission to release academic information remains in force for a student's entire enrollment at Rhodes unless the Registrar is notified of a change.

In addition, the institution at its discretion may disclose student record information without consent of disclosure to the parents of a dependent student as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and as verified by the institution. Full rights under the act shall be given to either parent, unless the institution has been provided with evidence that there is a court order, state statute, or other legally binding document relating to such matters as divorce, separation or custody that specifically revokes these rights. The institution also has the discretion to disclose to any parent or legal guardian of a student under the age of 21 information about a violation of any federal, state, or local law, or any rule or policy of the institution governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the institution determines that the student has committed a disciplinary violation with respect to such use or possession. 

The law provides students with the right to inspect and review information contained in their education records, to challenge the contents of their education records, to have a hearing if the outcome of the challenge is unsatisfactory, and to submit explanatory statements for inclusion in their files if the decisions of the hearing panels are unacceptable. The Registrar at Rhodes College has been designated by the institution to coordinate the inspection and review procedures for student education records, which include admissions, personal, academic, and financial files, and academic and placement records. Students wishing to review their education records must make written requests to the Registrar listing the item or items of interest. Only records covered by the Act will be made available within forty-five days of the request. Students may have copies made of their records with certain exceptions, e.g., a copy of the academic record for which a financial "hold" exists or a transcript of an original or source document that exists elsewhere). Education records do not include records of instructional, supervisory, administrative, and educational personnel that are the sole possession of the maker and are not accessible or revealed to any individual except a temporary substitute. Other records not included are those of the Campus Safety department, student health records, employment records (except those records of student workers), or alumni records. Health records, however, may be reviewed by physicians of the students’ choosing.

Students may not inspect and review the following as outlined by the Act: financial information submitted by their parents; confidential letters and recommendations associated with admission to the College, employment or job placement, or honors to which they have waived their rights of inspection and review; or education records containing information about more than one student, in which case the institution will permit access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student. The institution is not required to permit students to inspect and review confidential letters and recommendations placed in their files prior to January 1, 1975, provided those letters were collected under established policies of confidentiality and were used only for the purposes for which they were collected.     

Students who believe that their education records contain information that is inaccurate or misleading, or is otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights, may discuss their problems informally with the Registrar. If the decisions of the Registrar are in agreement with the students’ requests, the appropriate records will be amended. If not, the students will be notified within a reasonable period of time that the records will not be amended; and they will be informed of their right to a formal hearing. Student requests for a formal hearing must be made in writing to the Dean of the Faculty who, within a reasonable period of time after receiving such requests, will inform students of the date, place, and the time of the hearings. Students may present evidence relevant to the issues raised and may be assisted or represented at the hearings by one or more persons of their choice, including attorneys, at the students’ expense. The hearing panel that will adjudicate such challenges will be the Faculty Standards and Standing Committee.

Decisions of the hearing panel will be final, will be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing, and will consist of written statements summarizing the evidence and stating the reasons for the decisions, and will be delivered to all parties concerned. The education records will be corrected or amended in accordance with the decisions of the hearing panels, if the decisions are in favor of the students. If the decisions are unsatisfactory to the students the students may place with the education records statements commenting on the information in the records, or statements setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the decisions of the hearing panels. The statements will be placed in the education records, and released whenever the records in question are disclosed. 

Students who believe that the adjudication of their challenges were unfair or not in keeping with the provisions of the Act may request, in writing, assistance from the president of the institution to aid them in filing complaints with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA), Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20201. 

Revisions and clarifications of this policy will be published as experience with the law and the institutional policy warrants. Annual notice of compliance with the Act is published in the College Catalogue.

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Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act

Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act

According to the Federal Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1991, all institutions participating in Title IV student financial assistance programs are required annually to disclose the graduation rate for the most recent cohort of first-time students that has had an opportunity to graduate within 150 percent of normal time. For Rhodes, that means giving a six-year graduation rate. The cohort of first-time students who entered Rhodes in 2010 had a six-year graduation rate of 80 percent.

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Student Conduct

Student Conduct

The Standards of 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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Regulations and Appeals

Regulations and Appeals

All policies will be enforced by the Director of Community Standards or designee, as authorized by the Dean of Students.

The Director of Community Standards determines the appropriate student judicial body to review an incident report, or whether the report should instead be reviewed administratively (after consultation with the appropriate student judicial body as appropriate). Cases referred to Social Regulations Council or Honor Council will be adjudicated according to those groups’ constitutions.

When a report is reviewed administratively, the staff member will request a meeting with the student, share the report, and ask for a response from the student. The adjudicating staff may also undertake additional investigation as necessary. The adjudicating staff 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, i.e. previous judicial action, of a student found “in violation” of a policy or policies will bear on the severity of a sanction.

A decision reached by an administrative hearing officer may be appealed by the Accused Student within four days of the decision. Appeals should be in writing and directed to the Director of Community Standards or the appeal 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.

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.

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. Information is reported only after a signed release is received from the student/alumni. Disciplinary records are maintained for 7 years post-graduation or separation from the College.

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Disciplinary Violations

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. Interfering with the freedom of expression of others.

6. 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.7. 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. Any student or student organization found in violation of hazing may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the College.8. Failure to comply with directions of College officials, including campus safety officers, in performance of their duties.9. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any College premises or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises.

10. 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.

11.  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. 

12. Violation of college alcohol or other drug policies.

13. Violation of the standards of the Rhodes Community.

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

15. Violation of any college regulation or policy.

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

17. Violation of any federal, state or local law

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Disciplinary Sanctions

Disciplinary Sanctions

The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated College policies:

  1. Warning: After a judicial conference or hearing, the hearing officer or body may believe the appropriate lesson has been learned and conclude the matter with a formal letter of warning.
  2. 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. 
    You 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.
  3. Deferred Suspension: You 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. 
  4. Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
  5. Fines: Previously established and published fines may be imposed.
  6. Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
  7. Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, service to the college, education, referral to counseling, required behavioral assessment, or other related discretionary assignments.
  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

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.

Good Neighbor Policy

Rhodes College values all community members, including those outside our gates. The College strives to build positive, respectful, and civil relationships with our community neighbors to ensure positive, open streams of dialogue.

Complaints involving excessive noise and/or trash reported by community neighbors will result in an investigation led by the Office of Community Standards. The following are possible sanctions for community violations involving noise and/or trash:

  • Warning
  • Impact/Reflection Letters
  • Mandatory Community Service
  • Disciplinary Probation
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Involuntary Withdrawal or Removal from Campus

Involuntary Withdrawal or Removal from Campus

The College occasionally faces the problem of students who pose a threat to themselves or others, who are unable to cope, or who create a pattern of extreme disruption. If such behavior constitutes a violation of College rules and regulations, the case will be referred to the Dean of Students or the Dean’s designee for action.

If the student’s behavior occurs without such violation, if the student does not respond to the charges against him or her, or if the student did not know the nature or quality of the conduct in question at the time of occurrence, 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 will consult with other College staff members as deemed appropriate. They will recommend to the Dean of Students a course of action, which may include removal of the student from the College with conditions for readmission. If the student withdraws, he or she may be referred to an appropriate facility for additional assistance. The parents 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 to the College 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.

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Campus Policies

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BCLC and Alburty Pool

BCLC and Alburty Pool

 

Authorized Users

  1. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members may use the Bryan Campus Life Center (BCLC) upon presentation of a valid Lynx Card or BCLC I.D. card.
  2. Faculty and staff may obtain a BCLC I.D. card for their spouses and dependent children by contacting the Facility Coordinator. Children age 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times, and thus will not be issued ID cards. Children 14 and younger are not permitted in the Fitness Room at any time.
  3. Students may host up to 2 guests per day. Guests must check in at the gate, then their student sponsor must be present at the control desk to sign them into the BCLC.
  4. The Alburty Swimming Pool is to be used only during posted hours of operation when pool staff is present. Unauthorized use will minimally result in a $100 per person fine, and is a punishable trespassing offense. Violators may be prosecuted.
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Information Services

Information Services

Information Services is located in Barret Library. Technology resources include cloud file storage, network printing, e-mail, computer labs, classroom AV, and internet access throughout campus.

Students are given network user accounts after enrolling. Computer accounts are for use in work related to the user’s role at Rhodes. Through a network user account, students have secure access to e-mail, cloud file storage, and printing. Students are responsible for all usage in their computer account.

Information Desk. Please refer technology related questions or problems to the Information Desk at (901)843-3890 or by e-mail at helpdesk@rhodes.edu [3].

The Computer Depot. The Computer Depot is a student run service that provides free computer support

for students on campus.  These services include virus removal, wireless troubleshooting, hardware and software troubleshooting, and data restore and backup.  The Computer Depot is located in Barret 007.

Printers.  Print release stations (aka "PrintHubs") are located throughout Barret Library and many other buildings on campus. Students are allocated $100.00 credit of free printing on August 1.  Printing is charged at a rate of $.10 per page for black and white and $.25 per page for color.

Network Services.  The use of the network is a privilege, which may temporarily be revoked at any time for abusive conduct. Such conduct includes but is not limited to the placing of unlawful information on a system, the use of objectionable language, running unauthorized servers, and any other type of use that would cause congestion of the network or otherwise interfere with the work of others. It is a violation of the college policy to assume the identity of others in e-mail and other network communication.

Misuse of Computer Resources. The College assumes that individuals will treat all of the facilities with respect and consideration for other users. Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. If a problem is discovered with computer equipment, it should be reported immediately to the Information Desk. Students are expected to abide by the rules of usage as posted in the labs.

Residence Hall Network. All residence halls have WiFi service available throughout the building. Students are not to tamper with wireless access points. Damage to access points will result in fines being charged to students and/or to all of the students on the entire floor. To minimize interference, students should not use wireless printers in their dorm rooms. Printers should have the wireless feature turned off and a wired connection (e.g. USB) used instead.

IDs and Passwords

We want to protect the privacy and security of your personal information and resource access at Rhodes. It is a violation to post a public image of your Rhodes ID card or share your network password with anyone. If you believe that your password has been compromised, please contact help@rhodes.edu to have your password reset.

Misuse of Internet Resources. In keeping with Rhodes' tradition of student self-governance, students are expected to use the network in ways consistent with codes of conduct established in the Honor Code and Social Regulations Code and with the Standards of the Rhodes Community.

Violations. Violation of any portion of the Computer Usage Policies will result in suspension of one’s privileges for use of Rhodes computers and information technology services until the appropriate Vice President or Dean approves reauthorization of access to equipment and services, in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed under other College rules, such as the Honor Code or Social Regulations Code. Users must not conceal or help to conceal or “cover up” violations by any party. Users are expected to report any evidence of actual or suspected violation of these policies to the Vice President for Student and Information Services. 

Rhodes College is authorized to investigate alleged or apparent violations of College policy or applicable law using whatever means appropriate. Rhodes reserves the right to monitor use of Rhodes computers and to access, inspect and/or download any and all information stored on Rhodes computers in the course of such investigation. Information Services is authorized by the College to investigate policy violations and apply reduction or elimination of access privileges while the matter is under review and/or as a penalty for violations. These sanctions may apply to computing accounts, networks, College administered computing rooms, and other services or facilities. A College user accused of a violation will be notified of the charge and will have an opportunity to respond to the College disciplinary body appropriate to the violator’s status before a final determination of any penalty.

Anonymous (not verified) July 02, 2015

Restroom Access

Restroom Access

Rhodes community members have the right to use restrooms that correspond with their sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression without being questioned by others about their restroom choices. All community members are entitled to determine which restroom options are the most appropriate and safest options for them at any time. Any community member who has a need or desire for increased, privacy, regardless of reason, shall have access to a single-stall, all-gender/gender inclusive restroom.

Anonymous (not verified) July 02, 2015

Social and Alcohol Policy

Social and Alcohol Policy

Philosophy

In 2009, led by a group of students, the College adopted the following statement:

As a community we embrace the vision of a healthy and balanced social environment, grounded in trust and open communication among faculty, staff, and students. Such an environment fosters personal and community growth and embodies a sense of responsibility and accountability to self and others. This vision depends upon each member’s commitment to achieve and maintain inclusiveness, consistency, continual education, and the growth of shared traditions. This is our duty to one another. 

Rhodes supports behavior and social interactions that are:

  • Legal
  • Responsible
  • Healthy
  • Reflective of our community values.

Expectations and Procedures

Responsible and Healthy Behavior

  • There is a time and place for alcohol consumption that is consistent with certain college activities and times of day. Behavior should demonstrate respect for the campus, its visitors, and its community.
  • Reasonable and safe consumption happens when drinking is done in moderation and not toward a goal of inebriation. When drinking is the focus of an activity or gathering, consumption is less likely to be reasonable and safe. Drinking during or before certain high-risk activities or in conjunction with health conditions or medications is dangerous to both the student and his or her surrounding community.
  • Public intoxication is not a community value or activity endorsed by the social policy or alcohol policy of the College. Public intoxication is defined as a state of inebriation indicating impaired judgment, visible intoxication, or behavior that endangers or threatens the welfare of self and others. The public consumption and/or possession of alcohol in public areas, including on-campus buildings and outdoor venues is prohibited unless a college-sanctioned event.  All student events involving alcohol must be registered in the Events Management System, and the student host of the event must have approval from the organization’s advisor. Once approved, carrying alcohol from one on-campus venue to another is prohibited unless carried in a cup.  No bottles, cans, kegs or other containers are allowed to be carried from one on-campus venue to another. This includes, but is not limited to: academic buildings, the library, parking lots, outdoor quads and spaces, athletic fields, roadways, and administrative buildings.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is strictly prohibited both on and off campus.
  • Public consumption and/or possession of alcohol in public areas, including on-campus buildings and outdoor venues is prohibited unless a college-sanctioned event.
  • Good Samaritan Statement: The health and safety of students is a priority for the Rhodes community.  Because of this, the College has adopted a Good Samaritan Statement, and students are expected to assist fellow community members by utilizing this service. Students are to contact Campus Safety or Residence Life staff when they believe an impaired/intoxicated student is in need of assistance. In case of a medical emergency, students should call 911. When a student or organization calls for assistance, neither the student/organization, nor the impaired student will be subject to an alcohol violation, unless the student involved demonstrates a repeated lack of care for him/herself and the campus community. This policy does not protect students from violations of other college policies, such as threatening/causing physical harm, sexual assault, harassment, damage to property, hazing, etc. This policy likewise does not prevent action by local and state authorities. Staff members will record names of intoxicated students to allow for appropriate follow-up, which may result in timely completion of alcohol education programs, assessment, or treatment, depending upon the level of concern for the student’s health and safety.
  • High-Risk drinking and associated paraphernalia (such as funnels), which encourage the abuse of alcohol, are strictly forbidden. 
  • In order to promote safer alcohol consumption and individual responsibility, common containers and mass sources – including kegs and stockpiles of beer or other alcohol – are not permitted.
  • Shared Responsibility Statement: Students who are found to be present in an environment when illegal, unhealthy, irresponsible, or unreflective of community values drinking is occurring may be held responsible for a “Shared Responsibility-Alcohol “violation. This violation will likely result in a warning.

Hosting Events and Parties

All events planned and hosted by Rhodes College departments and registered organizations must use the Events Management System to:

  • Reserve the location (indoor, outdoor, and off-campus) seven days prior to the event start date. If coordination with other departments listed below, arrangements are needed at least three days in advance.
  • Arrange catering through Aramark and request any of the following: set-up from Physical Plant (chairs, tables, stage, etc.), AV equipment from the Barret Media Center, Campus Safety if cash is collected or security is needed, and publicity through Communications.
  • In planning of events where alcohol is anticipated, the host will work with the advisor (if student group) or the VP for Finance and Business Affairs (faculty and staff) and Campus Safety to plan logistics and procedures related to compliance with the law, organizational rules and by-laws, and the well-being of guests.
  • Advertising for events must follow the Posting Signs Policy in the Student Handbook.
  • Clean-up of events on campus must be completed by 8 a.m. the following morning unless an earlier time is requested in advance. 

Regulatory and Contractual Compliance

  • Aramark is Rhodes College’s approved contract vendor for food and beverages. To consume alcohol in the Lair and/or Lair Patio, it must be purchased through Aramark.
  • In compliance with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited at National Collegiate Athletic Association athletic events.
  • No organization shall furnish alcoholic beverages to students on campus or at any College function.
  • Requests for exceptions to these procedures should be made to the Dean of Students for student groups or the VP for Finance and Business Affairs for other groups.

Mailroom

It is prohibited for any student, regardless of age, to have alcohol shipped to the mailroom at Rhodes College. The mailroom will inform the Office of Community Standards if/when shipments of alcohol are received. This is a violation of the Social and Alcohol Policy.

Legal Behavior

The following summary is provided to promote increased awareness of the Tennessee laws concerning alcoholic beverages. This summary is not intended to be a restatement of the law nor a summary of all of the laws relating to alcoholic beverages. All members of the Rhodes community are responsible for compliance with the state laws governing the use of alcohol.

Regarding alcohol consumption, according to Tennessee law, it is illegal:

  • For any person or group of legal drinking age to sell, furnish, or provide alcoholic beverages to any person under twenty-one years of age;
  • For any person under the age of twenty-one to purchase, receive, or possess alcoholic beverages;
  • For any person to make a false statement to the effect that he or she is twenty-one years of age or older for the purpose of obtaining alcoholic beverages;
  • For any person or group to sell alcoholic beverages without a license;
  • For any person or group of legal drinking age to sell or furnish any alcoholic beverages to any person who is known to be visibly intoxicated, or to any person who appears to habitually drink alcoholic beverages to excess, or to any person who appears to be a habitual user of narcotics or other habit-forming drugs.

Regarding alcohol and driving a motor vehicle, according to Tennessee law, it is illegal:

  • To drive or be in physical control of a motor vehicle if a person is under twenty-one years of age and register .02 or more blood-alcohol content (BAC); for individuals who are twenty-one or over, the blood-alcohol test level is set at .08.
  • To consume any alcoholic beverage or possess an open container of alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle.

Partial summary of punishments for offenses related to alcohol and motor vehicles:

  • The offense of driving while impaired (.02 or greater BAC) for a person under age twenty-one (21) is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a driver’s license suspension of one (1) year and by a fine of two-hundred fifty dollars ($250). As additional punishment, the court may impose public service work.
  • The offense of driving while the driver is in possession of an open container of alcohol, or of a beverage containing any amount of alcohol, is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine to be established by the court.
  • The first DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 48 hours minimum jail time, one (1) year suspension of license, $350 minimum fine, 11 months and 29 days probation, and participation in an alcohol treatment program.
  • The second DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 45 straight days minimum jail time, two (2) year suspension of license, $600 minimum fine, 11 months and 29 days probation, and treatment.
  • The third DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 120 straight days minimum jail time, three (3) to ten (10) year suspension of license, $1,100 minimum fine, 11 months and 29 days probation, and treatment.
  • The fourth DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 150 straight days minimum jail time, five (5) year suspension of license, $3000 minimum fine, and 1 to 6 years probation or parole.

Violations and Sanctions

In light of our Vision and policy we seek to establish an appropriate system for addressing violations of our community, remembering our commitment to fostering an atmosphere of personal and communal development. 

  • To emphasize learning versus punishment
  • To promote development
  • To emphasize success and support
  • To support responsibility and judgment of individuals and groups.

Student violations of this policy are on a two-tiered system. “Level 1” Violations include, but are not limited to, the possession or consumption of alcohol if under the age of 21 or providing alcohol to underage students. “Level 2” Violations include, but are not limited to, alcohol intoxication or substance induced behavior that places a student at risk in terms of health and safety issues. The adjudicator determines the level of the violation.

Students in violation will:

  1. Dispose of all alcoholic beverages in his or her possession or the alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and disposed of by a College staff member;
  2. Receive a written or oral warning that current or future policy violation(s) may result in more severe sanctions and/or administrative action at the discretion of the adjudicator.

 

Level 1 Violation

 

 

 

1st Violation 

2nd Violation

3rd Violation

4th Violation

Alcohol Education 

Letter of Warning

Other Sanctions

Alcohol Education

Substance Evaluation

Letter of Warning

Parent/Guardian Notified

Disciplinary Probation

Other Sanctions

Substance Evaluation

Parent/Guardian Notified

Deferred Suspension

Letter of Warning

Suspension

Other Sanctions

Suspension

Parent/Guardian Notified

Other Sanctions

Level 2 Violation

 

 

 

1st Violation 

2nd Violation

3rd Violation

 

Alcohol Education

Parent/Guardian Notified

Substance Evaluation

Letter of Warning

Other Sanctions

Alcohol Education

Parent/Guardian Notified

Substance Evaluation

Disciplinary Probation or Deferred Suspension 

Letter of Warning

 

Other Sanctions

Parent/Guardian Notified

Substance Evaluation

Suspension

Other Sanctions

 

 

Alcohol Education –designed to increase awareness of health, safety and legal issues surrounding alcohol misuse;

Substance Evaluation – evaluation for substance abuse issues;

Parent/Guardian Notified – The parent/guardian will be notified via telephone.

Other Sanctions – see section on “Disciplinary Sanctions”

Failure to complete the required sanction(s) within six (6) weeks will result in: (1) the inability to register at enrollment clearance for the following semester until requirements are met; and (2) other sanctions may be applied.

Special Note: Any violation that includes drinking and driving on campus will likely result in a suspension of parking and driving privileges for the rest of the student’s college career at Rhodes.

Alcohol Awareness

Rhodes is committed to providing students, faculty, and staff with factual information about alcohol as well as confidential referrals for professional assistance in the event that they are needed. An awareness of the negative effects of alcohol consumption may assist you in your efforts to make safe and responsible choices about alcohol. Educational programs will be organized and conducted annually to promote continued awareness and encourage an attitude of genuine concern and care for others. Information concerning responsible use, effective party planning, indications of abuse or addiction, and resources for assistance are available for you or someone you care about in the Counseling Center.

 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Drugs

Drugs

Drug Free Workplace

Rhodes complies with the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. The College will not tolerate the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance or the misuse of medications or other legal drugs on the Rhodes campus. Such activity is a threat to the personal safety of the people who work and live on the campus, and a threat to the reputation and mission of the College. Such conduct:

  1. Violates the law
  2. Compromises the physical and mental health of those involved
  3. Threatens the fabric of the community by introducing unlawful elements.

The students, faculty, and staff of Rhodes are responsible for knowing and complying with all applicable state and local laws that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver or manufacture those drugs considered to be “controlled substances” by the state of Tennessee. Any member of the Rhodes community who violates the law is subject to both prosecution and punishment by civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the College.

Students, faculty, or staff at Rhodes are subject to disciplinary action for the possession, manufacture, use, sale, or distribution (by either sale or gift) of any quantity of any prescription drug or controlled substance or for being under the influence of any prescription drug or controlled substance, except for the appropriate use of an over-the-counter medication or for the prescribed use of medication in accordance with the instructions of a licensed physician. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, cocaine derivatives, heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, LSD, PCP, and substances typically known as “designer drugs” such as “ecstasy” or “eve.” Possession of paraphernalia associated with the use, possession or manufacture of a prescription drug or controlled substance is also prohibited. Students, faculty or staff also are subject to disciplinary action for the misuse or abuse of mind-altering substances (e.g., Amyl Nitrate, Ephedrine, etc.).

The penalties to be imposed by the College may range from probation to suspension or expulsion from one’s place of residence, to expulsion from enrollment, or termination from employment. However, the following are minimum penalties.

 

Student Penalties

The minimum penalty for a first-time drug paraphernalia violation is a requirement to participate in drug education and disciplinary probation for six months. Any student who violates the drug policy for drug paraphernalia for a second time will likely be deferred suspension or suspension from the College for at least one semester.

The minimum penalty for a first-time violation of the Drug Policy for misuse or abuse of legal drugs or the illegal use or possession of a prescription drug, or controlled substance be disciplinary probation for a full year and a requirement for participation in a drug abuse education and/or treatment program. Parental notification is also likely. Any student who violates the Drug Policy for misuse or abuse of legal or illegal use or possession of a prescription drug, or controlled substance for a second time will likely be suspended from the College for at least one year.

Shared Responsibility Statement: Students who are found to be present in an environment where drug use or drug paraphernalia is present will be held responsible for a “Shared Responsibility Drug” violation. This violation will likely result in a warning and drug education.

The penalty for sale, manufacture for sale, or distribution of a prescription drug, controlled or mind-altering substance, or drug paraphernalia is likely to be expulsion from the College.
 


Summary of State Law Concerning Drugs

The following summary of the Tennessee Code Annotated is provided to promote increased awareness of the Tennessee laws concerning controlled substances. This summary is not intended to be a restatement of the law nor a summary of all of the laws relating to controlled substances. All members of the Rhodes community are responsible for compliance with laws concerning controlled substances.

It is a criminal offense to knowingly manufacture, deliver, sell, or possess with the intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell controlled substances. The State of Tennessee defines seven categories of controlled substances. Depending upon the type and quantity of substance, felony penalties include fines ranging from $5,000 to $500,000 and imprisonment for not less than one year to not more than 60 years.

For misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, the penalty is imprisonment of not more than 11 months and 29 days and a $2,500 fine.

The term “drug paraphernalia” means any equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are primarily used, intended for use, or designed for use by the person in possession of them, in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body, a controlled substance. (T.C.A. 22-42A-1)

The maximum penalty for unlicensed possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor with imprisonment up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a $2,500 fine.

The maximum penalty for the unlicensed possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture a controlled substance is a Class E felony with imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than six years, or a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.

 

Health Risks

People who abuse alcohol or drugs risk damage to both their mental and physical health.  The following information includes some health risks associated with misuse of alcohol and drugs.

  • Alcohol. Alcohol consumption causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology. Even low doses significantly impair judgment, coordination, and abstract mental functioning. Statistics show that alcohol use is involved in a majority of violent behaviors on college campuses, including acquaintance rape, vandalism, fights, and incidents of drinking and driving. Continued abuse may lead to dependency, which often causes permanent damage to vital organs and deterioration of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish). The use of marijuana may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce coordination and energy level. Users often have a lowered immune system and an increased risk of lung cancer. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is stored in the fatty tissues of the brain and reproductive system for a minimum of 28 to 30 days.
  • Hallucinogens. Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, and loss of control. Delayed effects, or flashbacks, can occur even when use has ceased. Phencyclidine (PCP) affects the section of the brain that controls the intellect and keeps instincts in check. Because the drug blocks pain receptors, violent PCP episodes may result in self-inflicted injuries.
  • Cocaine/Crack. Cocaine users often have a stuffy, runny nose and may have a perforated nasal septum. The immediate effects of cocaine use include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature, followed by depression. Crack, or freebase rock cocaine, is extremely addictive and can cause delirium, hallucinations, blurred vision, severe chest pain, muscle spasms, convulsions, and even death.
  • Amphetamines. Amphetamines can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, collapse, and death. Heavy users are prone to irrational acts. 
  • Heroin. Heroin is an opiate drug that causes the body to have diminished pain reactions. The use of heroin can result in coma or death due to a reduction in heart rate.

 

Confidential Drug and Alcohol Resources and Clinical Services

Counseling Center and Health Services
Moore Moore Health Services
901-843-3128

Lakeside Behavioral Health System
2911 Brunswick Rd, Memphis, TN 38133
901-377-4733

Memphis Alcohol and Drug Council/NCA, Inc.
1430 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
901-274-0056

Memphis Area Intergroup Association (Alcoholics Anonymous)
1835 Union Avenue Suite 302, Memphis, TN 38104
901-726-6750

Methodist Health Care/Lamar Campus/Addictions Services
Methodist Central
1265 Union Ave., Suite 105 Sherard, Memphis, TN 38104
901-726-2996

Mid-Town Mental Health Center
427 Linden, Memphis, TN 38126
901-577-0200, ext. 370

Charter Parkwood Hospital
8135 Goodman Rd., Olive Branch, MS 38654
662-895-4900

Southeast Mental Health Center
3810 Winchester, Memphis, TN 38118
901-369-1400

Veterans Administration Medical Center – Alcohol and Drug Unit
(for veterans and families only)
1030 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
901-532-8990, ext. 5706

 

Other Helpful Numbers

Rhodes College Campus Safety

901-843-3880

Southern Poison Center

800-222-1222

Crisis Center Hotline

901-274-7477

Emergency Medical Services

911

Narcotics Anonymous

901-276-5483

Al-Anon/Al-Ateen

901-323-0321

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)

901-323-0321

Alcohol and Drug Help Line

901-452-0923

LINC (Library Information Center)  

901-415-2700

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Campus Appearance

Campus Appearance

Major changes or additions made in the appearance of the campus should be made only with the approval of the Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs and the President.

"Campus Art." Rhodes promotes the arts and artistic expression. The Clough-Hanson Gallery exhibits student work periodically. "Campus Art" is defined as works of art requested to be displayed outdoors on the campus. Campus art reflects not only the expression of the artist, but can be perceived as reflecting the views or values of the College. Therefore the principles listed under Campus Regulations should be carefully considered. Works of art that qualify for outdoor display on the Rhodes campus shall be works of art intended as ends in themselves, such as those found in galleries or sculpture gardens. Works that qualify for outdoor display on the campus shall not include items of advocacy or protest or items of information such as posters. (See policy on posting.) 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Complaint Procedure

Complaint Procedure

Nature of Complaint

Address complaint to

If Appealed - Address to

Grade concerns

Issuing Instructor

Department Chair

Financial Aid concerns 

Financial Aid Office

Director of Financial Aid

Academic Standards

Standards & Standing Committee

Not Available

Academic Discrimination

Dean of the Faculty

Not Available 

Educational Records

Registrar

Standards & Standing Committee

Housing

Housing Appeals Committee

Assoc. Dean of Students via Director of Residence Life

Honor Council

Honor Council via Director of Community Standards

Faculty Appeals Committee via Director of Community Standards

Social Regulations Council

Social Regulations Council via Director of Community Standards

SRC Appeals Committee via Director of Community Standards

Discrimination/Harassment

Director of Community Standards

Assoc. Dean of Students

Parking

Director of Campus Safety

Traffic Appeals Committee

Sexual Misconduct/Title IX

Title IX Coordinators

Sexual Misconduct Appeals Committee via Title IX Coordinators

All other violations of college policy (Ref: Student Behavior)

Director of Community Standards

Assoc. Dean of Students

IFC Behavioral via Director of Community Standards

IFC via Director of Community Standards

Dean of Students 

  • Unless specifically stated above, all complaints should be directed to the Dean of Students. 
  • The policies for filing specific complaints or appeals as listed above are located in either the College Catalogue or Student Handbook, which should be reviewed.
  • If the resolution of the complaint is unsatisfactory and meets the requirements for an appeal  as indicated in the college catalogue or student handbook, the issue should be brought forward to the committee or individual as listed above.
  • Should the institution not be able to resolve the student complaint, the student has the right to contact the State of Tennessee and its appropriate agency to determine the course of action. Complaints can be filed with the following agencies in Tennessee:
    • Complaints related to the application of state laws or rules related to approval to operate or licensure of a particular professional program within a postsecondary institution shall be referred to the appropriate State Board (i.e., State Board of Health, State Board of Education, and so on.) within the Tennessee State Government and shall be reviewed and handled by that licensing board (http://www.tn.gov [4] , and then search for the appropriate division)
    • Complaints related to state consumer protection laws (e.g., laws related to fraud or false advertising) shall be referred to the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and shall be reviewed and handled by their Unit (http://www.tn.gov/consumer/ [5] )

 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Allegations regarding noncompliance with accreditation standards, policies, and procedures may be made to SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097.  (The Commission's complaint policy, procedure and the Complaint form may be found on their website, http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaintpolicy.pdf [6])

Title IX (Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Individuals who wish to file a claim with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights must do so within 180 days of the incident based on the time limits for adjudication set by that agency.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Discrimination and Harassment Policy

Discrimination and Harassment Policy

Rhodes College’s Commitment to Diversity

A diverse learning community is a necessary element of a liberal arts education, for self-understanding is dependent upon the understanding of others. We, the members of Rhodes College, are committed to fostering a community in which diversity is valued and welcomed. To that end, Rhodes College does not discriminate – and will not tolerate harassment – on the basis of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,  national or ethnic origin, military status or any other protected status.

We are committed to providing an open learning environment. Freedom of thought, a civil exchange of ideas, and an appreciation of diverse perspectives are fundamental characteristics of a community that is committed to critical inquiry. To promote such an academic and social environment we expect integrity and honesty in our relationships with each other and openness to learning about and experiencing cultural diversity. We believe that these qualities are crucial to fostering social and intellectual maturity and personal growth.

Intellectual maturity also requires individual struggle with unfamiliar ideas. We recognize that our views and convictions will be challenged, and we expect this challenge to take place in a climate of open-mindedness and mutual respect.

I. Rhodes College Statement

Discrimination and harassment on grounds of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, military status or any other protected status are forms of misconduct that undermine the institutional mission of the College and thus will not be tolerated. All members of the College community are responsible for maintaining an environment of mutual respect for all persons.

The Dean of Students is responsible for ensuring that students are informed of the Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy and the Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy (the “Title IX Policy”). The Dean of the Faculty and the Chief Human Resources Officer are responsible for taking necessary steps to notify College faculty and staff of the provisions of this policy.

Rhodes College reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures as needed in order to maintain the environment of mutual respect for all persons that is an objective in issuing this present document.

II. Sexual Harassment

Rhodes College is committed to providing a working, educational, social, and residential environment for all members of our College community, including all faculty, staff, and students, that is free from harassment and discrimination. Harassment and discrimination in any form is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. It is a form of misconduct that undermines the institutional mission of the College.

“Sexual harassment” is defined as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or involvement in a College or academic activity; (2) submission or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for making employment decisions or decisions regarding inclusion or exclusion of a College or academic activity; or (3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not-so-subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include, but are not limited to, unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess, or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling, or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, emails, text messages, or content on social media; and other physical, verbal, or visual conduct of a sexual nature.

 III. Harassment

Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. Under this policy, “harassment” is verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age disability, genetic information, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law or that of his/her relatives, friends, or associates, and that a) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; b) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance; or c) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities or education.

Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group and that is placed on walls or elsewhere on College grounds or circulated in the workplace, on the College's grounds, or using the College's equipment including e-mail and phones (including voice messages, tweets, blogs, social networking sites, or other means).

IV. Process for Student Concerns

All student complaints of discrimination or harassment, whether the complaint involves alleged discrimination or harassment can be reported to the Associate Dean for Divisional Strategy, Inclusion, and Involvement or the Director of Community Standards. Students can also report complaints of discrimination or harassment to the Bias Response Reporting button at express.rhodes.edu.

Anonymous (not verified) August 21, 2015

Fraternization

Fraternization

As an educational institution, Rhodes College is committed to maintaining an environment in which its faculty members, students, administrators, and staff members are safe, can be trusted and count on others to be trustworthy, and receive and extend to others respect as human persons. Indeed, mutual respect among faculty members, students, and administrators is an essential ingredient in the educational process and the greatest care must be taken that it not in any way be eroded.

Virtually all faculty members, administrators, and staff members are, or can appear to be, in a position to exercise power or authority, directly or indirectly, over students, whether or not an individual student is enrolled in their classes, are subject to their direct supervision, or have some form of business to transact with offices at the College. Many students are at a stage in their development when they may be particularly vulnerable to the influence of faculty members, administrators, and staff members who are in positions where they can affect the terms and conditions of a student’s standing at the College.

If a student consents to a romantic relationship with a faculty member, administrator, or staff member, the existence of such a relationship could have unintended adverse effects on the educational environment of the College. In some cases, such a relationship can end unhappily or become problematic, resulting in charges of sexual harassment, and even physical or psychological abuse.

Some circumstances in which faculty members, administrators, and staff members work with students can have the potential for the exploitation of students. For example, a work-study student might be asked to perform services that go beyond the terms and conditions of the work-study assignment, e.g. child care, personal business transactions. In such cases, it must be clear that the student may decline such personal invitations without any adverse consequences. It may be that a work-study student will respond to an invitation to provide personal assistance, but this relationship must be one in which the student volunteers, is offered and accepts a fair wage for services, and one which bears no relationship to the continuation of or the evaluation of the work-study assignment.

Because of the commitment to maintaining an environment that supports our educational goals, Rhodes College prohibits romantic, sexual, and exploitative relationships between college employees and students. In the event that any such relationship is reported and confirmed, the college employee is subject to employee disciplinary procedures up to and including termination in the case of administrators and staff members, or dismissal for cause in the case of faculty members. The policies and procedures for employee disciplinary procedures and dismissal for cause apply in all such cases.  Please contact the Director of Human Resources with any questions regarding this policy.

There are exceptional circumstances in which the spouse or partner of a college employee is a student at the College. This fraternization policy does not apply in such circumstances. The Dean of the Faculty, in consultation with the Director of Human Resources, is the administrative officer who determines whether an exceptional circumstance applies.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Rhodes provides planning to minimize danger to life, health, and property from emergencies or other critical incidents should they arise. Included in planning are necessary and prudent steps to assure continuity of operations and restoration of academic and other activities as quickly as possible following an emergency.

The foundation for such planning is based on the following priorities:

  • Protection of human life. 
  • To prevent and minimize personal injury. 
  • Reduce exposure of Rhodes’ physical assets. 
  • Optimize loss control for assets where exposure cannot be reduced.
  • Restore normal operations as soon as possible.

With these priorities as a foundation, the plan facilitates a quick and efficient move from normal to emergency operations and back.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Expressive Speech and Activity Policy

Expressive Speech and Activity Policy

Purpose of the Policy:

As a private institution, Rhodes College is a voluntary association of persons invited to membership with the understanding they will respect the policies and principles set forth by the College. Rhodes College is a place that 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. We seek to engage a talented and diverse student body in a challenging, inclusive, and culturally broadening college experience that values and promotes academic freedom. We uphold the values of academic freedom, as stated in the College handbook. 

The expressive speech and activities governed by this policy are planned or spontaneous actions by a group or individual which are expressions of opinion, by words or action about particular events, policies, or situations. These actions are co-curricular or extra-curricular events that are not part of normal curricular courses, lectures, and educational activities being taught or hosted by Rhodes faculty and staff members. These co-curricular or extra-curricular activities are a core part of the life of the College. However, when planned and implemented without care, they can impede our values and diminish us individually and as a community.

The following policy has been developed in cooperation with the Rhodes faculty and administration. Questions and concerns about this statement should be directed to the Executive Director of Communications or to the Senior Leadership Team member for your area. 

 Guiding Principles:

While respecting academic freedom and the rights of its members to peaceful and unobstructed expressions of opinion, Rhodes College requires such activities not disrupt the College’s operations or endanger the safety of others. Further, Rhodes College reserves the right to establish a reasonable time, place, and manner for all such activities. Expressive activities must not interfere with normal College business. It is a violation of the norms of the College community for anyone to prevent the conduct of College business, including lectures, meetings, events, ceremonies, classroom/educational activities, or other necessary business and community functions. 

 Specific Policy Requirements

  • Organizer/Liaison: A current student, staff, or faculty member of the College community and/or recognized student organization must be the designated Organizer/Liaison for each expressive activity. Any off-campus person or entity not affiliated with the College wishing to hold such an activity on campus must be sponsored by a department, program or recognized student organization. Organizers and associated participants speak only for themselves in the public events and actions. 
    • The organizer is expected to ensure that the event complies with existing College policies and procedures, applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Organizers intending to use city sidewalks and streets adjacent to the College should make appropriate arrangement with the city of Memphis.
    • For all events on campus, the organizer shall be responsible for the orderly execution of the event, for any possible liability, and is required to coordinate security, cleanup, and parking with administrative staff. Should the organizer wish promotional support from the Office of Communication, such requests must be made in a timely manner (usually, at least 3 weeks in advance of the event). The College may or may not choose to promote an event depending on availability of resources or the nature of the event.  
  • Space: Expressive speech and activities typically occur in (public) spaces normally approved for reservation by individuals, departments, and recognized organizations for their activities. A list of these common available spaces will be provided by the Office of Events Planning to interested parties when requested. Because of the need for normal college activities to be conducted without interruptions, expressive activities are typically not permitted in the following locations: classrooms, offices, library, residence hall rooms, and lecture halls to ensure that normal work, residential experiences, and services of the College can continue. Organizers must ensure that corridors, stairways and doorway entrances remain clear and provide unimpeded passage.

Space Reservations: As with all requests to use College space, in order to further the effectiveness of the event and to avoid any conflicts in scheduling, faculty and staff organizers of expressive activity events that require the use of a College space are expected to reserve the space on the Events Management online portal. Students who are planning an event should consult with the Offices of Student Leadership and Events Planning to make space reservations. Usually, these spaces need to be reserved by students at least 2 weeks in advance. If an event cannot be planned in advance, the Organizer/Liaison must contact the Dean of Students or Dean of Faculty to determine the availability of space, and provide contact information before the event begins. Once an event is scheduled, the Office of Events Planning and/or appropriate administrative office (Dean of Students or Dean of Faculty) will assist with planning the event details as is needed and helpful.

  • Timing: The length of any given event may vary. However, campus events will occur within a 24-hour period; no overnight or multiple day events are allowed. Events occurring within inside spaces shall comply with building schedules for opening and closing times, as determined during the space reservation process prior to the event. Within the above stated timing parameters, expressive activities will be permitted to continue until and unless the College officials determine that there has been a violation of College policy, interruption of its operations and/or the rights of others have been compromised.
  • Signage: Temporary placards, banners, chalking, and signs that are used in an expressive activity must follow the policy outlined in the College Handbook. They should not be dangerous to others or physically impede the participation of others in the life of the College. Should such items not comply with these expectations, the materials will be removed.

Violations:

The College has an obligation to develop policies and procedures that safeguard the freedom of expression while maintaining an atmosphere conducive to the overall functioning of the College and the commitment to academic freedom. Each member of the community is expected to be respectful of the corollary right of other community members to perform their duties and participate in the life of the College free from disruption, interference, or harassment. Violations of this policy can result in the immediate cancelation of an event, and/or all relevant disciplinary actions that fall under the appropriate section(s) of the College Handbook. In order to avoid any misunderstanding of what are peaceful, permitted, and safe expressive activities, the following non-exhaustive list of prohibited behaviors and characteristics is provided as examples. 

 Violations of this policy include activities that:

  • Violate the Rhodes College Handbook or, as applicable, the Rhodes College Student Handbook, including but not limited to the Rhodes College Title IX Policy, Diversity Policy, Policy on Discrimination and Harassment, Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy, Administrative Policy, Communications Policy, Information Services Policy, and Safety and Security Policy contained therein. 
  • Physically or otherwise impede the daily business of the College;
  • Employ or threaten to use force or violence against another person or property; 
  • Place the health or safety of others at risk; 
  • Create a volume of noise that prevents community members from carrying on normal activities;
  • Intimidate others, and/or deny or unreasonably interfere with the rights of others; 
  • Violate any obligation, policy or requirement of Rhodes College concerning privacy or confidentiality in any manner or form; 
  • Violate any other federal or state laws or ethical standards. 
     

Questions or Appeals

 Any questions or appeals of decisions regarding such events should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs or Office of Student Life. They will consult with others on campus as needed to finalize a response to the appeal.

It should be noted that when the physical safety of the Rhodes community is threatened, the college reserves the right to cancel an event.

Anonymous (not verified) December 12, 2017

Rhodes Alert System

Rhodes Alert System

The College utilizes a mass communication system capable of emailing, texting, and calling all students, faculty and staff in an emergency. This system is used to communicate delays and closures due to inclement weather, as well as alerting the community to present or continuing threats that may be present.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Extreme Weather

Extreme Weather

Rhodes' extreme weather procedures provide for making decisions to close or to delay opening the College when weather conditions warrant. These procedures will be used only if Rhodes closes or if its schedule is altered. If the College is closed or opening is delayed, all Physical Plant and Campus Safety personnel should contact their supervisors for information about their schedules.

Weather-line 

A message will be left in a voice-mail box, which can be accessed by all students, faculty, and staff.  The number for that weather line is 843-3943.

Local Media

The decision will be communicated to the following local media stations, which will announce the decision. Please do not call them for closing or opening information. 

  • WMC-TV CH. 5
  • WREG-TV CH. 3
  • WKNO FM 91.1
  • WMC AM 790
  • WMC FM 100
  • WREC AM 600
  • Rock 103 FM
Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Outdoor Warning Siren

Outdoor Warning Siren

The College is equipped with an outdoor warning system. When the county activates the tornado siren, the College will do the same. The siren will continue to alert until the weather hazard has past. When this siren is activated it will be preceded by verbal instructions. All community members must follow the instructions and seek shelter.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Fireworks

Fireworks

Memphis ordinance prohibits the use of fireworks in the city. Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited on the Rhodes campus by College policy. 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Noise Reduction

Noise Reduction

The following noise reduction policy is established for the Rhodes campus:

  1. Live or amplified music on the Rhodes campus must cease by 10 p.m. or upon complaint on Sunday through Thursday nights, and by 1:00 a.m. on weekends (Friday and Saturday nights). 
  2. Quiet Hours begin in all Residence Halls at 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. On Friday and Saturday evenings quiet hours begin at 1:00 a.m.
  3. All music or other sound, from whatever source, at any fraternity house, residence hall room, social room, or any other location on the Rhodes campus must be kept at a reasonable level at all times. The location of the event, the day of the week, and the time of day will be taken into consideration in determining what constitutes a “reasonable” sound level. Any sound that is easily audible outside the immediate area of its source must conform to the standards set forth in the preceding paragraph, particularly with respect to the stated days and times.
  4. Both registered or informal events must comply with the policy; it is the collective responsibility of those participating in such events to ensure compliance.
  5. Any College official has the authority to require compliance and report violations of this policy.

Violations of the noise policy may result in a monetary fine and other possible disciplinary action.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Outside Cooking Grills

Outside Cooking Grills

There are a number of outside cooking grills available for student use in common areas. The use of grills is prohibited within 50 feet of any residence building.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Pets on Campus

Pets on Campus

Pets on campus grounds are to be properly leashed by the owner/handler at all times or will be subject to removal by an appropriate public agency. The owner/handler is responsible for cleaning up after the pet. Further, pets are not allowed into campus buildings/structures or into any areas that serve food and/or beverage, except for circumstances noted below.

Exception (1) Service Animals 
The ADA defines Service Animals as dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, etc. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

Exception (2) Approved Emotional Support Animals 
Students must have an approved accommodation from the Office of Student Disability Services in order to have an emotional support animal in the residence halls. All requests are to be directed to the Director of Student Disability Services for consideration. 

Students with an approved accomodation for an emotional support animal must abide by all aspects of the Service and Emotional Support Animals Campus Housing Policy.

Exception (3) Residence Hall Aquariums

Fish (in tanks with maximum capacity of ten gallons) are the only pets (excluding noted Exceptions) which may be kept in student rooms with the permission of roommates. Violators of these policies regarding pets will minimally be fined $100.00 for each infraction. Exceptions will not be made for any temporary keeping of pets.

Petitions for other exceptions are to be directed to the Director of Campus Safety for consideration.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Signs - Posting and/or Chalking

Signs - Posting and/or Chalking

Advertising special events and posting informational material is a key factor in the success of an organization’s activities. Certain policies and courtesies are outlined below regarding the posting of publicity items.

  • The name of the organization responsible for posting must appear on the material.
  • All posters, chalking, flyers, and signs must be posted in such a manner that they may be easily removed and do not damage or deface the surface to which they are attached.
  • Off-campus organizations may not post without prior approval from the Student Development and Academic Services Office.
  • Individuals or organizations who post materials are responsible for removing these materials no later than 48 hours after the event has taken place.
  • No organization or individual with posters or chalking for display may cover or remove any other approved materials that have not gone beyond their assigned posting dates.
  • All posters, chalking, signs, advertisements, and displays are subject to the “not socially offensive” standard, such as no personal attacks or obscenities. Content must not violate the College’s policy on Harassment and Discrimination or the Commitment to Diversity. Due to the college's non-profit status political campaign signs are not permitted in public spaces on campus.
  • No posters, chalking, flyers, or displays of any kind may be attached to the fence surrounding the campus, to a window of a door, sculptures or statues.
  • Chalking is limited to sidewalks only.
  • No mention of alcohol should be on fliers.

Violations of the posting policy may be sanctioned by the Social Regulations Council or an administrative hearing officer.

Click here for information about Permanent Campus Signage.

 

 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy admin August 18, 2015

Social Media at Rhodes

Social Media at Rhodes admin August 30, 2016
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Solicitation on Campus

Solicitation on Campus

Solicitations of any type, including, but not limited to fliers, free samples, roaming vendors or recruiters are prohibited on campus without prior approval as outlined below:

Solicitation on campus by outside groups, companies or organizations requires an invitation and prior approval by a sponsoring campus department or student organization and advisor. Approving outside organizations should include a stationary location, a defined time period, the name of the escorting host (must be a Rhodes College community member), and the nature of the solicitation. The information must be placed on the Events Management System. 

Solicitation on campus by recognized student groups should be requested through the Events Management System. 

Locations available for solicitation are available in the Events Management System. Solicitation may not take place within the residence halls.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Authority, Responsibility, and Accountability for student organizations are delegated along the following line:

      Head of Student Organization (President, Chair, etc.)

      Coordinator  of Student Activities, Director of Greek Life, Leadership, and Engagement, Director of New Student Programs and Leadership

      Dean of Students

The Dean of Students has the authority, responsibility, and accountability for student affairs and student organizations. 

A. What constitutes a student organization at Rhodes College?

A student organization is defined as a group of college students who unite to promote or celebrate a common interest. While student organizations of the College may include faculty, staff, or community members, the majority of the organization must be Rhodes College students. Additionally, only students are permitted to serve as officers of officially recognized student organizations.

B. What does it mean to be a registered Student Organization at Rhodes College? 

A registered organization has completed all necessary paperwork and submitted it to Office of Student Activities and Rhodes Student Government. Please familiarize yourself with the privileges/benefits and make sure that your organization is not participating in these types of activities unless they are registered.

Groups that are existing organizations must re-register every year, and they must electronically submit an updated profile, membership roster and constitution and by-laws on Presence.

C. Benefits of being a Registered Student Organization

All organizations must maintain an active, up to date profile with Rhodes Student Government on Presence. Failure to register annually will result in denial of privileges. Registration as a student organization is a privilege, and is not intended to restrict the free association of students in non-registered organizations.

Upon registering, student organizations gain several privileges, including the ability to:

1. Reserve space on campus for meetings and approved activities.

2. Conduct approved fundraising projects on campus.

3. Coordinate activities with other student organizations and participate in events such as: Homecoming, Welcome Week, and organization fairs.

4. Have university mail collected by a student organization leader and the use of a mailing address at Rhodes College.

5. Apply for funding through the Allocations Board (if eligible) for all campus projects and programs.

6.  Be considered for RSG and College awards.

7.  Have an Organizational Site on Presence.

D. Student Organization Recognition

An organization seeking College recognition should first contact the Coordinator of Student Activities.  The organization must submit a completed Student Organization Registration online through the Office of Student Life. The completed online registration packet which includes a roster of all active members, a signed adviser agreement, and a proposed constitution that will be reviewed by the Director of Student Activities and the RSG Student Organizational Relations Committee. The Director of New Student Programs and Leadership, Coordinator of Student Activities along with the Chairman of the RSG Student Organization Relations Committee will then submit the completed new student organization materials to the Rhodes Student Government (RSG) Senate for consideration.  RSG Senate will vote to recommend to the Dean of Students whether or not the group should be a Recognized Student Organization.

With the exception of nationally-affiliated fraternities and sororities that have received official approval from the Dean of Students, official recognition by the College will be granted to organizations who meet with the following requirements: (1) the organization’s purpose is not in conflict with the mission of the College, (2) the membership of the organization is not exclusive (i.e., the organization must be open to all Rhodes students who are interested in membership), and (3) the organization must be distinct and unique from all other existing organizations on campus.

The RSG Student Organization Relations Chairman will notify the organization in writing of the decision. If denied, a written explanation of the denial along with the procedure for appeal must be included.

The decision of RSG may be appealed in writing to the Dean of Students.

The officers of recognized student organizations are responsible for the actions of their respective organizations. Neither the Dean of Students, Director of New Student Programs and Leadership, Director of Greek Life, Leadership, and Engagement, Coordinator of Student Activities, nor the Rhodes Student Government controls or is responsible for actions taken by student organizations.

E. Events During Finals

The focus during reading days and finals is preparation for final examinations and papers. To maintain this focus, student organizations may not schedule activities or study breaks during finals period, including reading days.

F. Applying for Funding

Once the College recognizes a student group, the organization may apply to receive financial support. Recognized status does not guarantee funding by the College.

For more information about Student Organizational Funding please visit the Allocations Board website at: https://www.rhodes.edu/content/allocations-board [11]

G. Organization Accounts and Equipment

Recognized Student Organizations will be given a College account in which allocated funds will be kept. Each Student Organization will receive a budget statement from the RSG Allocations Commissioner and/or Student Leadership Coordinator. It is the responsibility of the organization's President and Treasurer to monitor expenditures and income per event. Money from an organization's account may be obtained in one of two ways:

Cash. A petty cash voucher will be issued in situations that require $100 or less. Petty cash vouchers are obtained from Rhodes Express.

Check. A check request form may be obtained from Rhodes Express. All check request forms must be authorized by the organization’s advisor and the Student Leadership Coordinator. Check requests must be turned in to the Accounting Office no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday for a check to be issued on Friday of that same week. Checks can be mailed to a specified address or can be picked up from Rhodes Express after 2:00 pm on Friday. Proper documentation such as company invoice or receipt(s) is needed for all check requests. Complete mailing address and social security number (copy of W-9 for current year) for honorarium or stipend is required.

Monies not used by the end of the fiscal year (June 30) will be turned back over to the College. Overages will be taken out of the organization's budget for the next year.

All equipment purchased by any Student Organization or Club Sport with College funds is the property of Rhodes College and must be inventoried annually at the conclusion of the season (for club sports) or academic year. Appropriate storage, administration and maintenance of equipment are the responsibility of the respective student organization.

H. Legal Issues and Liability

Student organizations are responsible for obtaining and maintaining, in conjunction with their national organization, the proper insurance coverage.

Copies of such coverage shall be submitted to the Dean of Students Office at the beginning of each academic year.

All student organizations are to follow their national organization social event guidelines and procedures as set forth by their national organization both on and off campus as well as any college policies or guidelines.

I.  Evaluation and Review

At the end of the academic year each organization shall  submit an annual report outlining its accomplishments in support of academic achievement, College and community service, and educational programs. Should the organization be required to submit to its national office a document which includes all of the above, a copy of that document may be submitted as its report to the Coordinator of Student Activities or Director of Greek Life, Leadership and Engagement.

Each organization will submit to the Coordinator of Student Activities via the Student Organization registration site (Presence) copies of its governing documents (constitution, bylaws, handbook, etc.) as requested. These documents are subject to review by the Dean of Students and RSG to determine that chapter policies are in keeping with college and RSG policies. 

J. Hazing

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. Any student or student organization found in violation of hazing may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the College.

K. Judicial Process for Violations of Regulations or Standards of Conduct

A student organization’s violation of college regulations or failure to adhere to expected standards of conduct will be adjudicated by the appropriate student judicial body or administrator, as determined after initial review by the Director of Community Standards in conferral with the Coordinator of Student Activities or Director of Greek Life, Leadership and Engagement. Persistent or extreme violations at the student organization level may result in withdrawal of recognition by the College.

A student organization may appeal the findings of violation of regulations or standards of conduct in writing to the Associate Dean for Student Experience, unless otherwise directed in the sanctioning letter. Appeals must be based on the same grounds listed under the Rhodes College policies of Student Conduct in the Student Handbook. In the event that an incident is adjudicated by a judicial body, that body’s appeal guidelines govern the appeal for that finding.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Campus Safety Policies

Campus Safety Policies

The Role of Campus Safety

The Campus Safety Office is structured within Rhodes’ Division of Student Life, putting Campus Safety in close contact with all aspects of student life.

The primary mission of the Campus Safety Department is to preserve the safety and security of the campus community to enable the mission of the College to go forward. This mission includes comprehensive efforts aimed at protecting our community from threats to both person and property. Although the Campus Safety staff is considered a private security and safety force, they are responsible for enforcement of all state and local laws, College policies and procedures, security, safety, and emergency responses. As a “first responder”, Campus Safety stands ready and well-trained to provide support services to meet the many and varied needs of the Rhodes Community.

Due to the importance of Campus Safety, students are advised that it is a specific offense of the student code of conduct to fail to comply with the directions of a College official including those with Campus Safety or to fail to identify oneself to a College official including those officers in Campus Safety.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

The Role of Campus Safety

The Role of Campus Safety

The Campus Safety Office is structured within Rhodes’ Division of Student Affairs, putting Campus Safety in close contact with all aspects of student life.

The primary mission of the Campus Safety Department is to preserve the safety and security of the campus community to enable the mission of the College to go forward. This mission includes comprehensive efforts aimed at protecting our community from threats to both person and property. Although the Campus Safety staff is considered a private security and safety force, they are responsible for enforcement of all state and local laws, College policies and procedures, security, safety, and emergency responses. As a “first responder”, Campus Safety stands ready and well-trained to provide support services to meet the many and varied needs of the Rhodes Community.

Due to the importance of Campus Safety, students are advised that it is a specific offense of the student code of conduct to fail to comply with the directions of a College official including those with Campus Safety or to fail to identify oneself to a College official including those officers in Campus Safety.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Hoverboards

Hoverboards

Hoverboards, including self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters, and hands-free segways, are prohibited on campus.

Anonymous (not verified) July 12, 2016

Scooters

Scooters

No electric scooters are allowed on campus inside the gates.  For safety purposes, there is a designated parking area for electric scooters outside the gates along the curb of University Street located just south of the Tutwiler crosswalk and near the Bellingrath pedestrian gate.  This is the only approved parking location for electric scooters.

admin August 20, 2018

Building Access Control

Building Access Control

 

Students may need access to certain academic and administrative buildings in pursuit of their studies after these buildings have been locked at the end of the day and on weekends. At the same time, the College has the responsibility to ensure that students utilizing these facilities work and study in a safe secure environment.

    Accordingly, students will use the following building access control systems:

  1. When students need to have access to a certain academic office or administrative space, they must ask the appropriate departmental representative to certify that they are authorized to enter the room during a specified time. This authorization must be sent to Campus Safety where it will be retained on file. 
  2. Most academic and administrative buildings, including classrooms, are accessible to students after hours by FOB. Individual offices and restricted spaces are secured and should not be entered unless previous authorization has been obtained as outlined above.
  3. Access to students’ rooms for anyone other than the registered occupant must always have the authorization of the Residence Life or Student LifeAdministrative Staff. This includes parents, family members, and friends of the registered occupant.
  4. Replacement of keys and FOBs that are either lost or damaged is done by accessing the work order system on express.rhodes.edu and completing the order form. 
Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Campus Alert Policy - Crime

Campus Alert Policy - Crime

 

When a crime occurs that poses a threat to the campus community, a timely warning will be issued.  There are two types of threats; those that pose an imminent danger to our college and require immediate action, and those that allow for community members to make informed choices in their day-to-day activities. 

1. Imminent Threats

When the college experiences an immediate threat to life or a significant safety hazard, the Director of Campus Safety or his/her designee will alert faculty, staff and students as soon as possible, by the most appropriate meansavailable. This notice will most likely contain a short mandate depending upon the situation and information available, and should include a reason for the mandate.   

The Director or his/her designee should continue to communicate updates in this fashion until such time that the imminent threat no longer exists, has been minimized or communications responsibilities have been transferred to law enforcement or another authority.  

2. Informative Safety Alerts

When information becomes available that does not rise to the level of an imminent threat, but it is an on-going crime problem or may pose a threat to Rhodes College or our community, the following steps should be taken:

The Director of Campus Safety consults with the Associate Dean or Dean of Students to determine if a report represents such a threat.  If it is determined that an alert should be sent the Director of Campus Safety will draft the message, if needed utilizing the assistance of the Director of Communications and/or the Title IX Coordinator. 

The alert typically contains the following information about the event: date, time, location, and criminal activity.  This information will generally be distributed by email. It should be verifiable information that has value in regards to content and timing.

Clery Act

The Clery Act, enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, requires all institutions of higher education to make timely warning reports to the campus community on certain crimes that represent a continuing threat to students and employees and that were reported to officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, campus police or local police.  These reports, according to the legislation, will be disseminated in a manner that will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

Rhodes College is equipped with several tools to communicate emergency situations. These include, but are not limited to email, RhodesAlert (mass texting & calling) and an addressable outdoor warning system.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Rhodes Alert & Outdoor Warning Siren

Rhodes Alert & Outdoor Warning Siren

In the event of an emergency, students will be notified in the most expeditious manner possible. This may be with the outdoor warning siren and/or with the Rhodes Alert System.  The alert system will email, text message and call telephone numbers previously supplied by the student. Students should take these warnings seriously and follow all instructions provided. Inclement weather delays and closing will be communicated via Rhodes Alert.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Guests and Visitors

Guests and Visitors

Rhodes has always welcomed guests and visitors to the campus; however, we also recognize that there are certain identification, safety, and security problems attendant with this practice. Therefore, it is essential that guidelines be established to insure the wellbeing of the College community. While it is impossible to cover every variable, the following general policies apply with respect to visitors to the campus.    

Visitors to the campus are generally prospective students and parents, alumni, and those who have business with academic or administrative departments. Once the identity and purpose of these persons are confirmed, they should always be made to feel welcome and accorded the same amenities that faculty, staff and students are allowed.    

Guests of students are welcome on campus. Guests staying with a student overnight along with their host-student must register with Campus Safety. Guests are expected to remain under the auspices of the host student.  The host student bears the responsibility for the guest's behavior and compliance with campus policy. Rhodes access keys should never be loaned to guests. Guests are not allowed on-campus during exams. When it appears that guests have been completely abandoned by a host, they will be asked to leave  campus. Host responsibilities for a guest should not be transferred from one student to another.

Visitors arriving at a Gatehouse to see a student, faculty member or staff person will be detained there until the officer can phone and locate the host.  If the host cannot be located, the visit will not be allowed. If the host is located, he/she must authorize the visit before entry is allowed. Students expecting a visitor, who is not staying overnight, may call Campus Safety and advise the staff on duty whom to expect, the time of arrival, and the name of the host. If this is done, the visit is allowed regardless of phone confirmation of visit. 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

All items found on campus should be turned in to Campus Safety located in Spann Place #5. Campus Safety will donate all items not claimed during the semester at the beginning of each new semester - August 15, January 15 and May 15. Lost and found is in the Campus Safety office in Spann Place #5 and on the Campus Safety website.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Parking Regulations

Parking Regulations

The College strives to have a parking system that is based upon compliance, safety, and convenience for all. Written regulations and appropriate signage are established to facilitate traffic flow, control parking, and protect fire lanes and unloading areas as designated. In consultation with The Rhodes Student Government and The Social Regulations Council, The Director of Campus Safety or his/her designee manages the parking program.  Parking information is available on the Campus Safety website, all parking maps, and in both the Student Handbook and College Handbook. If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Safety office at 901-843-3880.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Registration of Motor Vehicles.

Registration of Motor Vehicles.

All members of the Rhodes community who park on campus are required to register their vehicles with Campus Safety and display a parking decal.  If a member of the Rhodes community drives a vehicle on campus, it must be registered with either a permanent or temporary parking decal. Faculty and staff must register their vehicles online via Campus Safety on Express.rhodes.edu or  https://express.rhodes.edu/. Persons choosing not to register their vehicles for campus parking must still abide by all "off campus" parking regulations as listed below.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Parking Decals

Parking Decals

All students, faculty, and staff cars, bikes and motorcycles must have a parking decal.  Applications can be completed online from the parking section of Express Rhodes  https://express.rhodes.edu/. Notification will be sent by email when the decal is ready for pickup from Rhodes Express.

Decals contain graduation year to indicate registration information and specified parking areas. They must be properly affixed to the lower left, inside driver's side front windshield.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Bicycles

Bicycles

All bicycles should be registered with the Campus Safety Office. Bicycles may be stored: 1) in the student's own residence hall room, 2) in the bicycle storage rooms assigned, or 3) in the outside bike racks. Bicycles may not be stored in hallways, social rooms, alcoves, under stairways, or other places. Campus Safety or Residence Life staff will remove bicycles found in unauthorized locations.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Handicap Parking (to include temporary handicap).

Handicap Parking (to include temporary handicap).

Vehicles parked in handicap spaces must display proper handicap placard or license information. If a "temporary" handicap need arises for students, please contact the Director of Disability Services or Campus Safety.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Pedestrian Gates

Pedestrian Gates

Campus pedestrian gates are equipped with locking devices and springs to insure proper perimeter safety and security. Electronic key FOBs, issued to students, will access these gates. If a gate is left unsecured, please close it. Notify Campus Safety if it is malfunctioning.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Vehicle Use on Campus

Vehicle Use on Campus

1. Entering Campus

When a Campus Safety officer is on duty at any entrance onto the campus, drivers must stop or slow down enough to be acknowledged and identified before entering.

2. Moving Vehicle Regulations

The maximum posted speed limit on Main Campus and West Campus is 15 mph. Vehicle operators must have their vehicles under control at all times regardless of their speed to avoid collision or endangering others’ wellbeing. Vehicle operators who fail to control their vehicle, who endanger others’ wellbeing, or who have the potential to endanger others while operating a vehicle are subject to being held accountable for reckless driving.

Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol on campus is strictly prohibited.   

Driving is permitted only on designated surfaced drives. No vehicles are allowed on grass, lawns, or fields without special permission.

3. No Parking Areas

Off ramps, such as those behind Clough Hall and Rhodes Physics Tower provide access to buildings for fire-fighting equipment and must remain open. Additionally, off ramps provide routes of egress to open areas from many of the campus buildings in case of fire and must be kept free of parked vehicles. If a space is not lined or marked as a parking space, it is considered a violation to park in the space and will be cited as such.

4. Fire Lanes

Fire lanes are currently designated on all roads throughout the campus. Persons who park in these areas are not only in violation of Rhodes parking regulations, but of the City of Memphis Ordinances as well. Rhodes Campus Safety will cite vehicles found parked in fire lanes.

5. Illegal Parking

All legal parking areas within the college complex are clearly indicated both on site and in publications. Parking in areas other than those properly lined as parking spaces is a violation and will be cited. Parking along curbs, unless clearly marked as a parking space or unless otherwise authorized is strictly prohibited.    

Visitor parking is considered "reserved" twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week. Areas designated as visitor parking are strictly reserved for visitors to the campus only. Unauthorized parking will be cited.

6. Off Campus Parking

While parking on campus is recommended, those who choose to park on streets near Rhodes should be aware of restrictions imposed by both the City of Memphis and also those regulations held by Rhodes College. All persons are expected to comply with the below "off campus" parking regulations.

City of Memphis parking restrictions are so marked.

Rhodes College restricts parking in the following areas where Rhodes community members are allowed to park:

1) North side of Snowden west of University St.; both north and south sides of Lyndale Ave; and Mignon Ave west of University St.

2) South side of Snowden, west of the alley behind Stewart Hall,

3) North side of Tutwiler, west of the entrance to Spann/Stewart Parking lot.

4) West side of University St., north of Snowden Ave. to Jackson Ave.

7. Use of Emergency Flashers

Use of flashers does not legitimize a violation of parking regulations and is not an appropriate cause for appeal. Time elapsed is not an element of a violation. Violating a parking regulation "for only two minutes to run inside" is not a defense for the violation.

8. Penalties

Fines assessed for traffic and parking violations are indicated on the citation. All payments should be made at Rhodes Express. 

9. Appeal of Citations

If students or employees of the college believe they have received a citation in error, they may ask for an appeal of the charges through the Traffic Appeals Board. This board is made up of representatives from the faculty, staff and student populations.

To file an appeal, the student or employee must do so within ten (10) calendar days of the offense. Otherwise the right to appeal is forfeited. 

Appeals should be filed on-line via Express Rhodes fromhttp://express.rhodes.edu/documents-forms/miscellaneous/parking-citation-appeal.   [14]

All of the pertinent details such as the citation number, time and date issued, location, name and R number of the citation recipient must be included. 

Appeals are heard several times each semester and outcomes are emailed.

10. Accidents

Please remember that accidents do happen. Should you bump another vehicle or become involved in an accident on campus, call Campus Safety immediately. Hit and run offenses are taken very seriously and can result in serious consequences.

11. Visitors/Guests and Parking

Visitors are always welcome at Rhodes and visitor parking is available on campus. All visitor (non-decaled vehicles) must stop and their vehicle information/name/destination registered at the entry gate.

If you have a bus drop-off, special parking needs or questions about where to park, please call Campus Safety at  843-3880.

12. Deliveries and Transportation

Deliveries such as flowers, gifts and mail should be directed to the mail room Monday- Friday 8am-4pm.

After hours and weekend mail, flowers and gifts will be accepted at the Campus Safety Office at #5 Spann. All deliveries will be taken to the mailroom first thing Monday morning.

When having food delivered, be prepared to meet the driver at the main gate, Bailey Gate.

For cabs, Uber, Lyft, and other transportation, go to Bailey Gate, and meet them in the cut out across from West Village. These services will not be allowed unlimited access to campus.

 

 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Residence Hall Policies

Residence Hall Policies Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Bottle and Can Collections

Bottle and Can Collections

Cans and/or bottles may not be stored, collected, or used as decorations in a resident’s room. Violations of this policy will result in a $50.00 fine for the first offense. Subsequent violations may result in additional disciplinary action. 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Common Area Damage

Common Area Damage

When intentional and deliberate damage occurs in a common area (hallway, communal bathroom, social room, etc.) and no one claims responsibility for such damage, the RAs of the building will notify the residents of an impending Common Area Damage charge. If the individual(s) responsible cannot be identified, then the charge is equally distributed among the community members.

Each resident should feel as though they have an intrinsic investment in the residential community. As such, residents should feel motivated to hold each other accountable for their actions. If a student damages college property, they are bound to accept responsibility and report these actions to their RA. Damage to public areas often goes unreported. Failure to take responsibility for our actions and allowing members of the hall to pay for damage is a serious breach of our Honor System. If damage occurs accidentally, the student still holds the responsibility to report the incident to their RA honestly and promptly.

If damage occurs to an area outside of the residence hall, but can be connected back to a particular residence hall, the damage charge may be assessed to the residents of that residence hall.

Charges will often be assessed based on a standardized fine. Situations that require additional work from sources outside of the College will result in the fine plus the cost of the outside contractor. Damage fines can be incurred for the following but are not limited to: Vomit, excessive trash, and cracked or broken window panes. Additional fines may be assessed for deliberate contamination of recycling bins. 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Semester/End of Year Closing

Semester/End of Year Closing

Students must remove all their belongings within 24 hours after his/her last exam and check out appropriately. Only graduating seniors and students associated with an official College function will have permission to remain past the official closing. When extenuating circumstances exist, students must agree to be relocated (along with all their possessions). Students who remain beyond the official closing date and time will be fined a fee per day to be determined by Residence Life.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Fire Extinguisher, Fire Alarms and Fire Related Activities

Fire Extinguisher, Fire Alarms and Fire Related Activities

Falsely pulling a fire alarm or discharging a fire extinguisher, possession of fireworks on campus, and burning items (e.g., paper on doors or walls, paper in bathrooms, etc.) is prohibited. Minimally, first-time offenders will be fined $100.00 and the SRC may take other appropriate action. If the person responsible cannot be identified, the charge may be divided equally among residents of the floor. Clean-up fees may also be charged. 

Any student who willfully fails to exit the residence hall after the fire alarm sounds will be subject to disciplinary action that may result in removal from the residence hall.

Rhodes is required to conduct fire drills each semester to ensure that fire safety systems are in working order.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Fire Prevention and Safety

Fire Prevention and Safety

The residence halls are private residences owned and maintained by the College. They are subject to the Memphis Fire Code, and are regularly inspected by the Fire Marshall's Office.

  1. Students should test their battery operated smoke alarm regularly to assure proper operation of the alarm. Service requests for malfunctioning alarms or new batteries should be submitted through the work order system.  Smoke alarms must not be tampered with or covered.
  2. No upholstered furniture that has significant cuts or ruptures in the upholstery will be permitted in the residence halls. Students may be asked to remove items on walls that create a fire hazard. No items are to be hung from ceilings, covering lights, or covering smoke detectors.
  3. Students may be asked to remove appliances to avoid overloading the circuits and to avoid fire hazards. All electrical appliances should be turned off when not in use. 
a. Refrigerators in residence halls must be no larger than 33" high or 19" wide. Only one refrigerator per room.
b. Any appliance with an open flame or burner, including but not limited to candle warmers, hot plates, electric skillets, toaster ovens, toasters, counter top style grills, sandwich makers and woks are prohibited.
c. Halogen and other exposed bulb lamps are not permitted.   
d. “UL Approved” power-strips with surge protectors not exceeding 15 amps must be used. 
e. “UL Approved” Christmas tree lights designed specifically for indoor use may be used. No other forms of extension cords or multi-outlet extenders can be used.
f. Neon lights, beer signs, fireworks, flammable liquids of any kind, and open flame devices, including but not limited to candles and incense, are not allowed in residence halls.
g. All residence hall spaces are non-smoking.

Failure to comply with any of these fire safety requirements will minimally result in a $50.00 fine for first offense. Subsequent offenses may result in suspension or expulsion from the residence halls.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Housing Contract

Housing Contract

All students who reside in campus housing sign the Housing Contract and agree to abide by the policies and regulations contained therein. Students have a responsibility to know all College policies in general, and specifically all residence hall policies contained in the Housing Contract and The Student Handbook.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Housing Registration

Housing Registration

To participate in housing selection, a student must complete an online registration from the link sent to them via e-mail by Residence Life each year. Students who register on time will receive a lottery number to use in selection of an apartment or room during the housing selection process. Students who register for housing after the designated date will select from available upper-class housing spaces after the housing selection process.

By registering for housing selection, students agree to the housing cancellation policy. By contacting the Director of Residence Life, a student may cancel the registration or housing assignment.

  1. If a student cancels by 5 p.m. on the last business day before housing selection begins, the student will incur no cancellation fee.
  2. If a student cancels by May 15, a cancellation fee of $200 will be placed on the student's account.
  3. Students who cancel between May 16 and June 30 will incur a $300 cancellation fee.
  4. After June 30, the cancellation fee is $500.

If a student registers for housing, and then decides to participate in a study abroad program during fall semester, the registration will be deferred to the spring semester, and no cancellation fee will be incurred. If a student registers for housing, and subsequently is released from the residency requirement, the registration will be cancelled without penalty. If a student registers for housing and subsequently withdraws or transfers, the student will be held to the housing cancellation policy. In the case that a roommate withdraws from housing, a student may be assigned to the open space, or the remaining student may be asked to move to another under booked room.  Students on the waiting list will not be charged the cancellation fee unless they accept a housing assignment and subsequently cancel.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Keys and Key Fobs

Keys and Key Fobs

Individual room keys will be issued to each resident student by the Residence Life Office upon arrival on campus. Students will have access to the outside doors of residence halls via electronic key fob. It is the responsibility of each student to protect all other students by taking care neither to lose residence hall keys and key fobs nor lend them to others. Lost keys and fobs should be reported to Campus Safety.  A new fob and room key can be requested via the campus work order system.  Residents must return keys to the Residence Life Office when leaving campus or at the end of the year. Students who fail to report a lost or stolen key are jeopardizing the safety and security of their fellow students. The cost for a replacement key fob is $25. Lost or unreturned keys will result in a $10.00 charge. Students are to keep their key fob unless they withdraw or graduate from the College.

Due to the serious compromise to the security of all residents, exterior doors should never be propped. A $50.00 fine and a possible referral to SRC will be assessed for individuals found violating this policy. 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Laundry and Vending Services

Laundry and Vending Services

Laundry and vending services are available in many of the residence halls. Refunds for lost money may be obtained from Rhodes Express. See section on Physical Plant for reporting broken machines. Residence Life will remove remaining clothing items at the end of the semester.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Official Recesses

Official Recesses

All residence halls remain open during fall, Thanksgiving, Spring, and Easter breaks.  Food service is limited or not available during this time and meal plan is not in effect. Break housing is not available between fall and spring semesters. Students who remain in halls after the posted closing times or who arrive prior to halls opening will be asked to leave immediately, may be fined a fee per day, and may face disciplinary action.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Personal Property

Personal Property

Students’ personal belongings are not covered by College insurance. Students are encouraged to have renter’s insurance or confirm that personal belongings are covered under parent’s/guardian's homeowner’s policy.  Bicycles must be locked in a rack or when not in use.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Pest Control

Pest Control

The College contracts with a pest control company to provide service to control insects and rodents. Service is requested by submitting a work order to Physical Plant by Sunday or Wednesday of each week. If it is found that unsealed food, excessive trash, or improper storage of belongings has led to extra treatment, the resident(s) may be charged the total cost incurred by the College. Do not use your own pest control products. Use of such chemicals can pose a serious health risk to you and the other residents who live near you.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Pets

Pets

Fish (in tanks with maximum capacity of ten gallons) are the only pets which may be kept in student rooms with the permission of roommates. The only exception are approved service or Emotional Support animals. Violators of these policies regarding pets will minimally be fined $100.00 for each infraction. Exceptions will not be made for any temporary keeping of pets.

Guests or commuter students are required to keep pets on leashes while on campus and are responsible for cleaning up after the pet.  Pets should not be taken inside Residence Halls.

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Physical Plant and Maintenance

Physical Plant and Maintenance

Routine maintenance may be requested via the Rhodes webpage. For emergency requests, call Physical Plant at 901-843-3870; if no answer or after hours, call Campus Safety at 901-843-3880. 

Students are responsible for cleaning assigned room.  Housekeeping staff will clean suite bathrooms, hall bath/shower rooms and common space.  Residents in apartment style units - East Village, West Village, Spann and Parkway Hall - are responsible for cleaning the suite, including common areas, bathrooms and kitchens.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Quiet Hours and Noise

Quiet Hours and Noise

Quiet hours are times when no noise should be heard in the hallways or outside of the building. Courtesy hours are times during which the noise level may be higher than during quiet hours. As the term implies, students are expected to be courteous to one another and respect the rights of other residents. Quiet hours begin at 10:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 a.m. the following morning Sunday through Thursday. On weekends (Friday and Saturday), these hours begin at 1:00 a.m. and last until the following morning. Courtesy Hours are in effect at other times. During final exams and reading days, quiet hours are extended to 24 hours.

Violations of the noise policy may result in a $25 fine and possible disciplinary action.    

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Residence Hall Property

Residence Hall Property
  1. All residence hall furniture in students' rooms at the beginning of the academic year must remain in their rooms throughout the academic year.
  2. Beds may not be stacked on other beds, dressers, or desks. Bed risers may not be used. 
  3. Students are responsible for removing trash and debris and for cleaning their residence hall room when moving out of a room. Failure to do so is subject to a fine. No items may be stored on campus during the summer. Anything left behind will be discarded and the expenses incurred will be charged to the owner(s).
  4. Social rooms serve as a place where residents can gather as a community. Thus, priority for reservation is given to residents of the hall and Residence Life sponsored programs. The primary use of social rooms should allow for maximum availability and access to hall residents. Social rooms are not intended to serve as sleeping spaces for residents or their guests. 
  5. Personal furniture or equipment must not be placed in the halls or lounges. Any items of furniture found missing from a residence hall room will be charged to the residents of that room. A student who leaves personal furniture in a room after checking out will be charged a disposal fee. Social Room furniture must remain in social rooms at all times. Removal of furniture is considered a violation of the Honor Code. Additionally, any costs involved and a fine of up to $100 will be assessed in such matters. Screens must not be removed from windows. Student-made or individually purchased lofts of any kind are not permitted in residence halls. Students with lofts will be fined no less than $100.00 for any offense. Marring and destruction of furnishings and defacement of walls, doors and woodwork, breakage of windows, etc., is not tolerated. Compensatory damages will be assessed for any violation, and disciplinary action will be taken against those responsible.
  6. Students are prohibited from being on the roof or other unapproved spaces.  Violation of this policy may result in $50 fine and housing probation or removal.  
  7. Students are not permitted to play sports or ride bicycles or skate boards in residence halls.  These actions can cause personal injury or damage to flooring and/or hallways. 
Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Residency Requirement

Residency Requirement

Living on campus is a vital part of the college experience and aids the student’s adjustment to college. Therefore, all first-time, first-year students at Rhodes must live on campus for their first two full academic years. Exceptions can be made for local students who commute from their parent’s home.  Transfer students must live in College housing until they have completed two full academic years; previous enrollment at other institutions counts toward fulfilling this requirement. Exchange students must reside in College housing for the duration of their enrollment at Rhodes. 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Room Changes

Room Changes

All changes in room assignment must be pre-approved by a staff member in the Residence Life Office. During the academic year, a student may not change rooms during the first two weeks or last two weeks of either semester. Between June 15 and August 1, returning students may change room assignments for the upcoming year with the approval of the Director of Residence Life. 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Room Condition Report

Room Condition Report

In the fall, Resident Assistants complete a Room Condition Report for each room and mark all noteworthy items. Residents should inspect their living quarters along with the Resident Assistant. Damage to any part of the room or to any furniture should be described clearly.

Failure to complete the RCR or failure to describe in full any damage that existed at the beginning of occupancy will cause student occupants to pay charges for damages. Students will be charged for nails, decals, and “mounting squares” added to walls, ceiling, or furniture.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Room Searches and Safety Inspections

Room Searches and Safety Inspections

The Dean of Students or the Dean’s designee, in consultation with the Director of Campus Safety and/or Director of Residence Life, may authorize a search of a student's premise if there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation of college policy is occurring or has occurred.

Authorized personnel of Rhodes have the right to enter student rooms at any time for purposes of maintenance and repair, inspection of health and safety conditions, and investigation of violation of College regulations. Resident Assistants conduct routine checks of battery-powered room smoke detectors. At least once a semester a representative of the Residence Life Office and/or a representative of Physical Plant or Campus Safety will conduct safety, sanitation, and maintenance inspections.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Storage of Personal Property

Storage of Personal Property

The College does not provide summer storage for students. Please contact the Residence Life Office for recommendations for local off campus storage facilities.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Visitation

Visitation

Rhodes permits twenty-four hour visitation if the Student first secures the verbal approval of his or her roommate(s) and/or suite-mate(s) before the arrival of any visitors.    

A roommate's right to free access to the room/apartment at all times, privacy, study time, or sleep must not be deprived because of a guest. Any student wishing to entertain a guest, whether of the same or opposite sex, must have the permission of the roommate(s). The College does not allow cohabitation and cannot ignore any infraction of this policy that comes to its attention. Cohabitation is defined as a guest spending the night more than three consecutive nights. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disciplinary action. The occasional guest staying with a student overnight must register with Campus Safety. Guests are expected to remain under the auspices of the host student and the host bears the responsibility for the guest's behavior in compliance with campus policy. Host responsibilities for a guest should not be transferred from one student to another. When it appears that guests have been abandoned, they will be asked to leave the campus.  Guests are not permitted during finals and senior week.

 

 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Honor Council Constitution

Honor Council Constitution

The Honor System was instituted at Rhodes College well before the turn of the century. Throughout the history of the College, emphasis has been placed on a true spirit of honor and integrity. The Honor System, perpetuated by the students of Rhodes themselves, was one of the institutions brought to Memphis, Tennessee, when the College moved in 1925. The Honor Code is the constitutional document which governs and reflects the Honor System itself. The Honor Code has been revised and changed through the years, but the underlying tenets of honor and trust remain unchanged.

The Honor System at Rhodes is a tradition, an inheritance, and an opportunity all in one. It is a tradition because it is and has been a valued possession of Rhodes students since the early days of the College. It is an inheritance because each entering class receives it from the previous class as a gift to be cherished and respected. Above all, it is an opportunity because it allows the fullest possible expression of individual life in harmony with community life.

Within the Honor System, Rhodes students have found a moral ideal by which to guide their actions. This ideal is absolute honesty to oneself and to others in all aspects of life. It is not only a guide for college life; it is also a principle which Rhodes students believe to be fundamental in ethical life, both during and after college.

The objective of the Honor System is the spiritual, moral, and intellectual development of the individual student, which is promoted and encouraged by the freedom and responsibility the student gains by virtue of living within the Honor System. Students are personally responsible for their work, their actions, and their word. Because these actions take place in a larger community, students have a responsibility to that community. Students must protect their freedom by encouraging adherence to the Honor Code and by reporting any violations of which they are aware. In order to preserve an atmosphere of honor and trust at Rhodes, it is necessary for the Honor Council to act upon any cases of dishonesty in connection with academic or campus life. All members of the Rhodes community must fulfill their responsibilities to the Honor System. This process of cooperation is vital to the spiritual, moral, and intellectual development of Rhodes College.

ARTICLE I—PURPOSE AND DEFINITIONS

SECTION 1. Purpose

    The purpose of the Honor Council shall be to foster a spirit of honor at Rhodes College, and to act upon cases of cheating, stealing, or lying in official matters, or the failure on the part of students to report such violations in connection with academic work or campus life.

    The Honor Council’s role at Rhodes College is to maintain a system which is

symbolic of the perpetual commitment of this institution to the values of truth and honesty. The Honor Council recognizes that the Honor System is more than a guide to campus life; it is a guide to ethical life, both during and after college.

SECTION 2. Definitions

  1. The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at Rhodes College, both fulltime 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 are considered “students.”
  2. The term “faculty member” means any person hired by Rhodes College to conduct classroom activities.
  3. The term “Rhodes College official” includes any person employed by Rhodes College, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities. Rhodes College officials include, without limitation, administrators, faculty, and campus safety officers; and resident assistants, Honor Council members and Social Regulations Council members when acting in an official capacity.
  4. The term "member of the Rhodes College community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, Rhodes College official, or any other person employed by Rhodes College. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council upon consultation with the Honor Council President.
  5. The term “Rhodes College premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the College (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
  6. The term “organization” means any group of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for Rhodes College recognition.
  7. The term “Honor Council” means the governing body of students elected by the student body of Rhodes College to implement and interpret the Honor Code, including, without limitation, determining whether or not a student has violated the Honor Code.
  8. The term “pledge” refers to the statement: “As a member of the Rhodes College community, I pledge my full and steadfast support to the Honor System and agree neither to lie, cheat, nor steal, and to report any such violation that I may witness.” Although this pledge may not be written explicitly on a particular assignment, it is implicit in every assignment or activity completed at Rhodes College, as the initial Honor Code signing before the beginning of the student’s first year at Rhodes binds him or her to the Honor System.
  9. The term “Faculty Appeals Committee” means the group of faculty members authorized by Rhodes College to consider an appeal of the Honor Council’s decision that a student has violated the Honor Code or an appeal of the sanction imposed on a student by the Honor Council.
  10. The term “Judicial Officer for the Honor Council” means the person designated by the administration of Rhodes College to serve as a liaison from the Honor Council to the administration and to consult with the Honor Council President concerning matters of Honor Council business. The Judicial Officer shall not attend or participate in Honor Council hearings.
  11. The term “Eligible Voting Member” means a council member serving as a class representative, and who is not serving a special role (including but not limited to investigator, advisor, acting secretary, etc) during the hearing. 
  12. The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.
  13. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.

The term “source” refers to, without limitation, class textbooks, other books, journals, newspapers, magazines, information obtained electronically, and other persons’ work.

ARTICLE II—JUDICIAL AUTHORITY

SECTION 1. Membership

     The Honor Council shall consist of seventeen members: two males and two females from the senior, junior, and sophomore classes; one male and one female from the first- year class; the President; and two Secretaries. The Vice President shall be counted as a class representative, the only officer counted as such.

SECTION 2. Elections

    The President and Vice President shall be elected by a majority vote of the Honor Council members in the spring semester, prior to the election of class representatives. The meeting during which the election is held shall be presided over by the Judicial Officer of the Honor Council or a designee appointed by the Honor Council.  To be eligible for the office of President or Vice President, a candidate must have at least one year of experience as a member of the Honor Council. The rising senior, junior, and sophomore representatives of the Honor Council shall be elected by the members of their class in the spring semester of each year. First- year student representatives shall be elected by their class as soon as possible after the opening of the fall semester of each year. They shall be installed immediately and shall serve until the installation of a new Council in the spring. Representative positions of the Honor Council are open to any member of the student body in good academic and social standing.

SECTION 3. Officers

    The officers of the Honor Council are the President, the Vice-President, and two Secretaries.

SECTION 4. President

    The President shall decide questions of procedure and interpretations arising under the Constitution, execute decisions of the Council, and represent the Council to the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council. The President’s role in the hearing and in deliberations shall be one of impartial participation, and the President shall not vote.

SECTION 5. Vice-President

    The Vice-President shall act in the capacity of President in the absence of the President. Unless acting as President, the Vice President shall be a voting member of the Council. In addition, the Vice President shall preside over business meetings and have authority over committees.

SECTION 6. Secretaries

    The two Secretaries, Recording and Corresponding, shall be appointed by the President from the general student body and shall be confirmed by a two-thirds vote of the incoming Council. The Secretaries shall serve on the pre-hearing committee in order to determine if an alleged violation should be taken to a hearing. In addition, the Recording Secretary shall keep records of hearings and meetings, and the Corresponding Secretary shall handle the Council’s official communication to the Accused, Accuser, Witness(es), and Rhodes College administration. The two Secretaries shall not participate in questioning or deliberation and shall not vote during the hearing.

SECTION 7. Transition

    The outgoing members of the Council shall continue to exercise the full responsibilities of membership until the incoming Council is installed. In the case that a member of the senior class is brought before the Council after installation, outgoing senior members shall remain as voting members on the Council for that hearing only. Installation includes educational training and a transition pre-hearing and hearing, which are mandatory. During the transition pre-hearing and hearing, new members may participate in questioning and deliberations but shall not vote.

SECTION 8. Vacancies

    Vacancies in the Honor Council shall be filled immediately in an election by the student body, and the new member(s) shall serve until the end of the scheduled term. In the case that a position cannot be filled through an election by the student body, the Honor Council has the authority to fill that vacancy. The procedure for filling a vacancy is as follows:

1. The Council shall announce the vacancy and accept applications from those interested students who are eligible for the position.

2. The Council shall review the applications.

3. The Council shall choose a student to fill the vacancy by a majority vote of eligible voting members in a business meeting.

SECTION 9. Removal

    Any member of the Honor Council may be removed from his or her position by a three- fourths vote of the eligible voting members of the Council. Conditions warranting removal may include, without limitation, any unexcused absence for a hearing or meeting, violation of the Honor Code or Social Regulations Code, violation of the Oath of Privacy, expressed lack of belief in the Honor System of Rhodes College, or nonsupport of the procedural operations of the Council.

SECTION 10. Hearing Schedule

    Ordinarily hearings will be conducted during the semester in which the alleged violation occurs. In the event that convening a hearing prior to the end of the semester is difficult or impossible, the President, after consulting the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council, may exercise one of the following options:​

  1. The President may schedule a hearing prior to the start of the next academic session.
    1. This includes scheduling a hearing during the academic break when classes are not in session. 
  2. In the event it is difficult or impossible to convene an Honor Council comprised of no less than 4 of the eligible voting members of the Council, or upon occurrence of other extenuating circumstances, a case may be transferred to the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council (or his/her designee) for adjudication, upon consultation with the Honor Council President. 
  3. Cases may be scheduled for a hearing in the following semester at the discretion of the President in consultation with the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council. 

ARTICLE III—PROSCRIBED CONDUCT

SECTION 1. Jurisdiction of Rhodes College

    Students may be sanctioned 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 interest whether such conduct occurs on campus, off campus, or at College-sponsored events. The Judicial Officer, upon consultation with the Honor Council President, shall determine whether cases are within the jurisdiction of Rhodes College Honor Council.

SECTION 2. Violations

    The term “lying” in official matters is defined as making an untrue or deceptive statement, making a material omission, or conveying a false impression, with the intent to mislead a Rhodes College official in an official matter or falsifying, altering, or misusing official material with the intent to mislead a Rhodes College official in an official matter. Official matters and material include, without limitation, matters having to do with course work, college administration, faculty, residence hall administration, Campus Safety, Honor Council, or Social Regulations Council. If an accused student has lied in an Honor Council hearing, the Council may use the lie as evidence relating to the Accused’s commitment to the Honor System when determining a sanction.

The term “cheating” is defined as the attempt or act of giving or receiving unauthorized aid from any source on academic course work. 

“Cheating” includes plagiarism. Plagiarism is an act of academic dishonesty. A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without appropriate acknowledgment. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge an indebtedness whenever he or she does any of the following:

  • Quotes another person's actual words, either oral or written.
  • Paraphrases another person's actual words, either oral or written.
  • Uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory.
  • Borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material unless the information is common knowledge" i[i]
  • It is the student’s responsibility to consult the professor, an Honor Council member, or writing handbooks for procedure for properly acknowledging sources.
  • The term “stealing” is defined as the act of intentionally taking, appropriating, or transferring, without right or permission, the property of any individual, organization, or institution, either permanently or temporarily associated with the Rhodes community. The following are examples of what could be considered under the definition of stealing:
  • Computer-related technology: Appropriating or obtaining access to files or any other electronically stored information without authorization of the owner of such files or information shall constitute an Honor Code violation.
  • Laundry Room Facilities: Stealing items from laundry room facilities shall constitute an Honor Code violation.
  • Library: Removal of any material from the Rhodes College library without permission shall constitute an Honor Code violation.
  • Refectory: All students not on the board plan must purchase a meal ticket or pay for individual meals in the Refectory. All guests, excluding prospective students registered through the Admissions Office, are required to pay for food in the Refectory, and Rhodes students are responsible for their off-campus guests. Both the act of taking food from the Refectory with the intent of hoarding it for later consumption, and the act of taking dishes or silverware without proper authorization shall be considered Honor Code violations.

 

E. Intentional failure to report a violation is a violation of the Honor Code, as it undermines the Honor System and the Rhodes Community. Any student having knowledge of an Honor Code violation is obligated to report it to a member of the Honor Council, preferably to the President. The student may approach the accused if he or she so desires, or he or she can simply report it to the Honor Council.

 

F. Any Honor Code violation committed by a guest of a Rhodes College student, excluding prospective students registered through the Admissions Office, shall be the responsibility of his or her host. 

ARTICLE IV—JUDICIAL PROCEDURES

SECTION 1. Investigation and Pre –Hearing

A. Any faculty member, administrator, or student with knowledge of an Honor Code violation shall report it to a member of the Honor Council, preferably the President. The Accuser has the prerogative to approach the Accused student and offer him or her the opportunity to report the alleged violation to the Honor Council. However, if the Accused student fails to report the alleged violation, it is the duty of the person having knowledge of the alleged violation to report it to the Council in a timely manner.

B. Upon receiving a report of a violation, the President of the Honor Council shall appoint a member of the Council to thoroughly investigate the reported violation. The Investigator shall interview the Accuser, any material witnesses, any expert witnesses (such as faculty members who may aid in investigation), and the      Accused and shall conduct such other investigations as is warranted by the circumstances.

C. Any Honor Council member involved in the investigation as an Investigator, Witness, or Accuser shall not be allowed to vote or deliberate in the hearing.

D. The pre-hearing committee shall be composed of the Honor Council President, the two Secretaries, and the Investigator. If the President served as the Investigator, then the Vice President shall serve on the pre-hearing committee.

E. The Honor Council President shall call a pre-hearing meeting at which the Investigator shall present all information concerning the alleged violation to the pre-hearing committee. After all the facts have been considered and the committee feels fully acquainted with the situation, the committee, excluding the Investigator, shall decide by a majority vote whether or not a hearing, further investigation, both, or a case dismissal is warranted. Additionally, the pre-hearing committee may decide if the case shall be transferred to another judicial body or the Rhodes College administration.

F. If the pre-hearing committee decides that the evidence is sufficient to warrant a hearing, the President shall set a time of hearing and notify the Accused (as outlined in Article IV, Section 2).

SECTION 2. Hearing Procedures Relating to the Accused

A. The Accused shall be notified in writing that a complaint is to be taken to a formal hearing at least forty-eight hours prior to the hearing. This time period may be waived by the Accused upon concurrence by the President of the Honor Council. In the case of extenuating circumstances, the President may grant an extension.

B. When notice of the hearing is served, the Accused shall receive a charge letter, including the nature of the alleged violation, the name(s) of the individual(s) reporting the alleged violation to the Council, and the time and place of its alleged occurrence. The Accused shall also receive a written list of hearing procedures as outlined in this article.

C. The Accused shall choose an Advisor from the members of the Honor Council, excluding the President, the Vice President when serving as President, the two Secretaries, and the Investigator. If the Accused does not choose an Advisor, the President shall appoint an Advisor for the Accused. The Advisor’s role is limited to informing the Accused concerning Honor Council procedures and answering any questions about those procedures. The Advisor is foremost a member of the Honor Council and does not represent the Accused. The Advisor shall not be present during Council deliberations.

D. The Accused shall be required to meet with the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council prior to the hearing.

E. The Accused shall be allowed to hear all evidence presented in the hearing, but the Accused shall not be present during Council deliberations. The Accused may offer such proof as is relevant and material to any issue coming before the Honor Council for decision in his or her hearing, including, without limitation, the calling of witnesses with relevant knowledge and the questioning of Honor Council witnesses. All evidence shall be submitted at least 24 hours before the hearing to the investigator. The Honor Council reserves the right to postpone the time of the hearing to properly evaluate any new evidence submitted after prehearing.

F. All participants in the hearing process should keep the matter under consideration confidential. The Accused may make such investigation as he or she requires to state his or her case and may also consult with a chosen faculty member, family members, counselors or his or her attorney.

G. The Council may find the Accused “In Violation” of the Honor Code only upon clear and convincing evidence. “Clear and convincing evidence” is an intermediate standard of proof, greater than “by a preponderance of the evidence,” but less than “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

H. The Accused may be found “In Violation” of the Honor Code only for the violation which is the subject of the hearing.

I. If the Accused fails to participate in the hearing process, the Council may continue with the hearing procedure. In such a case, the Council shall assume a plea of “Not In Violation” on the part of the Accused and shall assume that the Accused presents no defense.

J. In cases in which two or more students are accused of a joint violation, the Council may conduct one hearing for the joint violation but shall arrive at an independent decision for each accused student.

K. If found “In Violation” of the Honor Code, the Accused may call for an appeal of the Council’s decision and/or sanctioning by the members of the Faculty Appeals Committee. The Accused must request the appeal in writing within four days of the decision, and the Accused must indicate or list the specific ground(s) upon which he or she is basing his or her request for an appeal (see Article IV, Section 5, Paragraph (2), for the grounds upon which an appeal may be requested).

SECTION 3. Hearing Procedures

A.    The procedures for conducting an Honor Council hearing shall be as follows:

1. The President of the Honor Council shall preside. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall preside.

2. The Council must act with complete impartiality. Any Council member who believes that his or her participation in any aspect of the investigation or hearing process constitutes a conflict of interest must report the potential conflict of interest to the Honor Council President, who shall decide whether that member should recuse himself or herself.

3. The hearing shall be taped, and the Recording Secretary shall keep minutes of the proceedings. Deliberations of the Council shall be absolutely private, and no record of the deliberations shall be made.

4. The Accuser, Accused, and the Accused’s advisor may observe all evidence presented during the hearing but shall not be present for Council deliberations. Witnesses may be present at the hearing only to give their own testimony. The Investigator may be present during both the hearing and deliberations, but the Investigator’s participation in deliberations shall be limited to the clarification of facts. No other persons may be present during the hearing. Disruptive behavior on the part of anyone present shall result in immediate and permanent removal from the hearing.

5. The hearing shall be conducted under the Oath of Privacy, and the Accuser, Council members and witnesses shall take the following Oath of Privacy: “On my honor, I agree to respect the sensitive nature of these proceedings by keeping them confidential.”

6. Every person who testifies at the hearing shall take the following Oath of Truth: “On my honor, I do solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, [so help me God].”

7. The Council may call witnesses relevant to the case. The Accused may request additional witnesses with relevant knowledge and present any other relevant information. All evidence shall be submitted at least 24 hours before the hearing to the investigator. The Honor Council reserves the right to postpone the time of the hearing to properly evaluate any new evidence submitted after prehearing. The President shall decide questions concerning the relevance and/or admissibility of witnesses or evidence. The Accused shall not be required to make a statement or answer questions unless he or she wishes to do so.

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

9.The Accused shall be considered "Not in Violation" throughout the course of the hearing unless and until he or she has been found "In Violation" of the Honor Code.  

10. The Council's finding of "In Violation" or "Not in Violation" shall be based only on the merits and facts of the case at hand. Any finding of "In Violation" shall be based on clear and convincing evidence. 

11. If after all available evidence has been heard and a motion to vote on “In Violation" or "Not in Violation" of the Honor Code has been properly moved and seconded, two-thirds of the members of the Council present at the hearing and entitled to vote may find the Accused “In Violation”. Otherwise, the Accused shall be found “Not in Violation” and the case shall be dismissed.

B.    A quorum for an Honor Council hearing shall be determined as follows:

1.  Fifty percent (50%) of the eligible voting members shall constitute a quorum for hearing of alleged violations. There must be a minimum of 4 voting members in every hearing. The Honor Council shall render no decision without the presence of a quorum, except as provided under Paragraph (2)(b).

2.  If, for any reason, quorum cannot be achieved, the Accused may agree to one of the following options:

       a. To have quorum reestablished by the President appointing other students to sit on the Council. The President shall consult the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council before appointment.

       b. To postpone the hearing for a reasonable period of time (to be determined at the discretion of the President of the Honor Council and the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council) until quorum of regular Honor Council members can be established.

SECTION 4. Sanctions

A.    Sanctioning of an Honor Code violation shall be determined by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Council present at the hearing and entitled to vote. Deliberations shall begin with a motion for the sanction of expulsion. If there is no second, or the motion fails to secure a two-thirds majority, deliberations shall continue until an appropriate lesser sanction is approved by a two-thirds majority vote. 

B.    When determining sanctions for an individual found in violation of the Honor Code, the following criteria shall be considered along with any other factors determined by the Council to be relevant:

1. The Honor Council’s responsibility to ensure the effectiveness of the   Honor Code for the Rhodes College community.

2. The nature and severity of the offense.

3. The ability of the Accused to reenter campus life under the Honor System.

4. A determination, by clear and convincing evidence, that the Accused has lied during the investigation or hearing processes.

5. The level of cooperation of the Accused during the investigation or hearing processes. 

6. The probationary status, previous discipline, or any past suspensions of the Accused. These shall be considered only when determining sanctions. The probationary status or any past suspensions of the Accused should cast extreme doubt on the ability of the Accused to reenter campus life under the Rhodes College Honor System.

C.    The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Honor Code:

1. Probation: A written notification for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to violate the Honor Code during the probationary period.

2. Academic recommendations: Including but not limited to failure in the related course or on the related assignment 

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

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

5. Educational or work assignments: Service to the college, referral to counseling, or other related discretionary assignments. Such assignments shall be approved by the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council.

6. 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.

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

8. College Suspension: Separation of the student from Rhodes College for one, two or three semesters, after which the student is eligible to return. If the violation is an academic matter, the student shall receive an “F” in the particular class(es) related to the offense and may receive a “W” in all other classes.

9. College Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from Rhodes College. If the violation is an academic matter, the student shall receive an “F” in the particular class(es) related to the offense and may receive a “W” in all other classes.

D.   More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.

E.    Failure to adhere to any sanction imposed may result in the individual being brought back before the Honor Council for consideration of further sanctions.

Disciplinary Sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record but shall become part of the student’s confidential record.

Each year, the Secretaries shall post a list of charges and Council decisions with names omitted.

SECTION 5. Appeals

A.   A decision reached by the Honor Council or a sanction imposed by the Council may be appealed by the Accused or two or more Honor Council members to the Faculty Appeals Committee. The appeal must be requested in writing within four days of the decision. The appellant(s) must indicate or list the specific grounds upon which he or she is basing his or her request.

B.   Except for the limited purpose of hearing new evidence pursuant to (4) below, an appeal shall be limited to review of the verbatim record of the initial hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:

1. To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charge and evidence presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures providing the Accuser a reasonable opportunity to prepare and present evidence that the Honor Code was violated, and providing the Accused student a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a rebuttal of those allegations.

2. To determine whether the decision reached regarding the Accused student was based on clear and convincing evidence; that is, whether the evidence presented was sufficient to establish that a violation of the Code occurred.

3. To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation.

4. To consider new and relevant evidence and facts, sufficient to alter a decision, but only where such evidence and facts were not known or available to the appellant at the time of the original hearing.

C.   At an appeal hearing by the Faculty Appeals Committee, the following people may be present: the President of the Honor Council, an Honor Council representative chosen by the President, the Accused, the Advisor to the Accused, the Honor Council appellants (in the case that the Accused is not the appellant) and the Judicial Officer for the Honor Council. If the Accused chooses not to testify at the appeal hearing, he or she may send a written statement of his or her testimony.

D.   The Chair of the Faculty Appeals Committee, or his or her designee, shall preside and decide all questions relating to conduct of the proceedings including, without limitation, the admissibility of evidence. The Faculty Appeals Committee shall then retire to deliberate in closed session. The Faculty Appeals Committee shall either sustain the decision of the Honor Council or return the case to the Honor Council for reconsideration with remarks and suggestions.

SECTION 6. Reconsideration of Council’s Decision

    If a case is returned to the Honor Council by the Faculty Appeals Committee, the Honor Council shall reconsider the case as soon as practical after the notification of its return. A quorum for reconsideration shall consist of at least three- fourths of the voting members present at the original hearing. During a reconsideration, the Honor Council shall consider the remarks and suggestions of the Faculty Appeals Committee, recall any witnesses or the Accused if deemed necessary for the clarification of facts, and either sustain the original decision and/or sanction or render a new decision and/or sanction based on the procedures outlined in Article IV. A reconsideration of the sanction(s) imposed may not result in a more severe sanction for the Accused student. The second decision of the Honor Council shall be final.

ARTICLE V—INTERPRETATION AND REVISION

    The Honor Council may, by a two-thirds vote of its membership, adopt new rules and/or amend its Standing Rules. Consistent with the Constitution, the Standing Rules are the procedures the Council deems necessary to ensure the effective execution of its duties.

This Constitution may be amended by the following procedure:

1. Proposed amendments must be approved by two-thirds vote of the entire membership of the Honor Council and by the President of Rhodes College.

2. Proposed amendments shall be publicly announced at least seven days prior to the referendum.

3. To be adopted, amendments must be approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the student body voting in a referendum called for that purpose.

4. Amendments shall become effective at the opening of the first academic year following the referendum.

1[1] Indiana University. “IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.” Part 3. 4 May

1990 (Amended 1993 and 1996).

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Social Regulations Council Constitution

Social Regulations Council Constitution

ARTICLE I—PURPOSE AND DEFINITIONS

SECTION 1. Purpose

    Rhodes strives to be a college community where students can develop to their fullest potential, not only as scholars, but also as responsible and caring members of the community. Thus, they must have freedom of choice in as many areas as possible so that through experience they may acquire a mature and responsible attitude toward freedom and their membership in the community.

    The official name of this body is the Social Regulations Council of Rhodes College (hereinafter called “SRC” or “the Council”). The purpose of the Social Regulations Council is fivefold: (1) Decisional: to address alleged infractions of the Social Regulations Code; (2) Communicative: to serve as a liaison concerning social matters between the students and the faculty/administration, and to mediate disputes regarding social regulations between various members of the Rhodes Community; (3) Advisory: to make recommendations to the Dean of Students regarding social regulations and students’ social life; (4) Interpretive: to promote responsible, sensitive and mature conduct among students; and (5) Educational: to educate those who are a part of the Rhodes Community about its standards and to explain what constitutes a violation of those standards.

SECTION 2. Definitions

A. The term “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 are considered “students.”

B. The term “faculty member” means any person hired by Rhodes College to conduct classroom activities.

C. The term “Rhodes College official” includes any person employed by Rhodes College, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities. Rhodes College officials include, without limitation, administrators, faculty, and campus safety officers; and resident assistants, Honor Council members and Social Regulations Council members when acting in an official capacity.

D. The term "member of the Rhodes College community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, Rhodes College official, or any other person employed by Rhodes College. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Dean of Students or his/her designee.

E. The term “Rhodes College premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the College (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).

F. The term “organization” means any group of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for Rhodes College recognition.

G. The term “Social Regulations Council” or “SRC” means the governing body of students elected by the student body of Rhodes College to implement and interpret the Social Regulations Code, including, without limitation, determining whether or not a student has violated the Code and to impose sanctions.

H. The term “Social Regulations Council Appeals Committee” means the group of persons authorized by the Dean of Students, or his/her designee, to consider an appeal from the Social Regulations Council’s determination that a student has violated the Code or from the sanctions imposed on a student by the Social Regulations Council.

I. The term “Dean of Students” is that person designated by the College President to be responsible for the administration of the Social Regulations Code.

J. The term “Judicial Officer for the Social Regulations Council” means the person designated by the administration of Rhodes College to serve as a liaison from the Social Regulations Council to the administration and to consult with the Social Regulations President concerning matters of Social Regulations Council business.

J. The term “policy” is defined as the written regulations of the College as  found in, but not limited to, the student code, residence hall policies and contract, and College catalogue.

K. The term “pledge” refers to the statement: “As a member of the Rhodes College community, I pledge to respect my fellow students, faculty, staff  and their property. I will treat others as I would be treated and their property as I would my own.”

L. The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.

M. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.

ARTICLE II—JUDICIAL AUTHORITY

SECTION 1. Membership

    The Social Regulations Council shall consist of nineteen members: two males and two females from the senior, junior, sophomore, and first-year classes; the President; and two Secretaries. The Vice President shall be counted as a class representative, the only officer counted as such.

SECTION 2. Elections

    The President and Vice President shall be elected by a majority vote of the Social Regulations Council members in the spring semester, prior to the election of class representatives. The meeting during which the election is held shall be presided over by the Judicial Officer of the Social Regulations Council or a designee appointed by the Social Regulations Council.  To be eligible for the office of President or Vice President, a candidate must have at least one year of experience as a member of the Social Regulations Council. The rising senior, junior, and sophomore representatives of the Social Regulations Council shall be elected by the members of their class in the spring semester of each year. First-year student representatives shall be elected by their class as soon as possible after the opening of the fall semester of each year. They shall be installed immediately and serve until the installation of a new Council in the spring. Representative positions of the Social Regulations Council are open to any member of the student body in good academic and social standing.

SECTION 3. Officers

    The officers of the Social Regulations Council are the President, the Vice-President, and two Secretaries.

SECTION 4. President

    The President shall decide questions of procedure and interpretation arising under the Constitution. The President’s role in the hearing and in deliberations shall be one of impartial participation, and the President shall not vote. In addition, the President shall preside over meetings, appoint committees, be responsible for the execution of all of the Council’s decisions, and represent the Council to the Judicial Officer or his/her designee.

SECTION 5. Vice-President

    The Vice-President shall act in the capacity of President in the absence of the President. Unless acting as President, the Vice President shall be a voting member of the Council.

SECTION 6. Secretaries

    The two Secretaries shall be appointed by the President from the general student body and approved by the majority of the Council. The Secretaries shall serve on the pre-hearing committee in order to determine the disposition of an alleged violation. The two Secretaries shall not participate in questioning or deliberation and shall not vote during the hearing. In addition, the Secretaries are responsible for keeping records and minutes of all meetings, as well as posting year-end Council decisions.

SECTION 7. Transition

    The outgoing members of the Council shall continue to exercise the full responsibilities of membership until the incoming Council is installed. In the case that a member of the senior class is brought before the Council after installation, outgoing senior members shall remain as voting members on the Council for that hearing only. Installation includes educational training and a transition hearing, both of which are mandatory. During the transition hearing, new members may participate in questioning and deliberations but shall not vote.

SECTION 8. Vacancies

    Vacancies in the Social Regulations Council shall be filled immediately in an election by the student body, and the new member(s) shall serve until the end of the scheduled term. In the case that a position cannot be filled through an election by the student body, the Social Regulations Council has the authority to fill that vacancy. The procedure for filling a vacancy is as follows:

1. The Council shall announce the vacancy and accept applications from those interested students who are eligible for the position.

2. The Council shall review all applications.

3. The Council shall choose a student to fill the vacancy by a majority vote of eligible voting members in a business meeting.

SECTION 9. Removal from the Council

    A member of the Council may be removed from his/her position by three-fourths vote of eligible members. Conditions warranting removal from the Council may include, but are not limited to: exceeding three absences in the course of one elected term, or two in one semester, from any committee meeting, Council meeting, hearings, or other functions of the Council; any violation of the Honor Code or Social Regulations Code; Oath of Privacy; or an expressed lack of respect for the Standards of the Rhodes Community.

SECTION 10. Hearing Schedule

    Ordinarily hearings will be conducted during the semester in which the alleged violation occurs. In the event that convening a hearing prior to the end of the semester is difficult or impossible, the President, after consulting the Judicial Officer, or his/her designee, may exercise one of the following options:

1. At the end of the fall semester, a hearing may be postponed until the beginning of the spring semester. At the end of the spring semester, a special Social Regulations Council may be convened by the President, comprising no less than one-third of the regular voting members of the Council.

2. In the event of an alleged Social Regulations Code violation during a time other than the fall or spring semester, a special Social Regulations Council may be convened by the President, comprising no less than one-third of the regular voting members of the Council, unless the Accused student(s) wishes to wait until the regular Council reconvenes for hearing.

3. In the event it is difficult or impossible to convene a special Social Regulations Council comprised of no less than one-third of the regular voting members of the Council, or upon the occurrence of other extenuating circumstances, a case may be transferred to the Judicial Officer, or his/her designee, for adjudication, upon consultation of the Social Regulations Council President and at the request of the Accused student(s).

ARTICLE III—PROSCRIBED CONDUCT

SECTION 1. Jurisdiction of Rhodes College

    Students may be sanctioned 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 interest whether such conduct occurs on campus, off campus, or at College-sponsored events. The Judicial Officer, or his/her designee, upon consultation with the Social Regulations Council President, shall determine whether cases are within the jurisdiction of the Rhodes College Social Regulations Council.

SECTION 2. Violations

    The Social Regulations Council recognizes three major responsibilities of every student:

Each student is responsible for his or her behavior at all times and under all circumstances. Intoxication or the influence of drugs will not be considered a mitigating circumstance in judgment by the SRC of disruptive behavior.

    Each student is responsible for the actions of his or her guest and may be held socially and financially responsible for any social offenses committed by that guest.

    Since social regulations are necessary to maintain an atmosphere of respect among individuals in the community, it is the responsibility of every member of the community to report to the SRC any violation of social regulations.

    Violations of the Social Regulations Code include, but are not limited to, the following:

A. 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.

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

C. Endangering, threatening, or causing physical harm to any person, or causing reasonable apprehension of physical harm. 

D. Engaging in intimidation, harassment, coercion, verbal abuse and/or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

E. Interfering with the freedom of expression of others.

F. 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.

G. 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. 

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

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

J. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on College premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes reasonable apprehension of harm.

K. 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. 

L. Violation of college alcohol or other drug policies.

M. Violation of college sexual misconduct policies.

N. Violation of any college regulation or policy.

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

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

Ignorance is not an excuse for these violations.

ARTICLE IV—JUDICIAL PROCEDURES

SECTION 1. Investigation and Pre –hearing

A. Any member of the Rhodes community having knowledge of a possible Social Code violation should report it to the Judicial Officer or to the President of the Social Regulations Council in a timely manner.

B. Upon receiving a report of an alleged violation, the President of the SRC shall appoint a member of the Council to thoroughly investigate the suspected violation to determine whether the alleged violation can be disposed of by the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the Judicial Officer, or his/her designee, or will result in a disciplinary conference with the Judicial Officer, or hearing before the SRC or other appropriate student judicial board.

C. An SRC member involved in the investigation as an investigator or as a witness shall not be allowed to vote or deliberate in the hearing. 

D. The Accused shall choose an Advisor from the members of the Social Regulations Council, excluding the President, the Vice President when serving as President, the two Secretaries, and the Investigator. Should the Vice-President be selected, the President shall assume the Vice-President’s duties. If the Accused does not choose an Advisor, then the President of the Council will appoint an Advisor for the Accused. The Advisor’s role is limited to informing the Accused concerning Social Regulations Council procedures and answering any questions about those procedures. The Advisor is foremost a member of the Social Regulations Council and does not represent the Accused. The Advisor shall not be present in Council deliberations.

E. A pre-hearing committee shall be composed of the SRC President, the two Secretaries, and the Investigator.

F. The SRC President shall call a pre-hearing meeting at which the Investigator shall present all information concerning the alleged violation to the pre-hearing committee. After all the facts have been considered and the committee feels fully acquainted with the situation, the committee, excluding the Investigator, shall decide by majority vote whether or not a hearing, further investigation, disciplinary conference, or a case dismissal is recommended.

G. If the pre-hearing committee decides that the evidence is sufficient to warrant a hearing, the President shall set a time for the hearing, and notify the Accused (Outlined in Article IV, Section 2).

SECTION 2. Hearing Procedures Relating to the Accused

A. The Accused shall be notified in writing that a complaint is to be taken to a formal hearing at least forty-eight hours prior to the hearing. This time period may be waived by the Accused upon concurrence by the President of the Social Regulations Council. In the case of extenuating circumstances, the President may grant an extension.

B. When notice of the hearing is served, the Accused shall receive a charge letter, including the nature of the alleged violation(s), the name(s) of the individual(s) reporting the alleged violation(s) to the Council, and the time and place of its alleged occurrence. The Accused shall also receive a written list of hearing procedures as outlined in this article.

C. The Accused shall be required to meet with the Judicial Officer, or his/her designee, prior to the hearing.

D. The Accused shall be allowed to hear all evidence presented in the hearing, but the Accused shall not be present during Council deliberations. The Accused may offer such proof as is relevant and material to any issue coming before the Social Regulations Council for decision in his or her hearing, including, without limitation, the calling of witnesses with relevant knowledge and the questioning of Council witnesses.

E. All participants in the hearing process should keep the matter under consideration confidential. The Accused may make such investigation as he or she requires to state his or her case and may also consult with a chosen faculty member, family members, counselors or his or her attorney.

F. The Council may find the Accused in violation of the Social Code only upon    clear and convincing evidence. “Clear and convincing evidence” is an intermediate standard of proof, greater than “by a preponderance of the evidence,” but less than “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

G. The Accused may be found in violation of the Social Code only for the violation(s) which is the subject of the hearing.

H. If the Accused fails to participate in the hearing process, the Council may continue with the hearing procedure. In such a case, the Council shall assume a plea of “Not In Violation” on the part of the Accused and shall assume that the Accused presents no defense.

I. In cases in which two or more students are accused of a joint violation, the Council may conduct one hearing for the joint violation but shall arrive at an independent decision for each accused student.

J. If found in violation of the Social Regulations Code, the Accused may call for an appeal of the Council’s decision and/or sanctioning by the members of the Appeals Committee. The Accused must request the appeal in writing within four business days of the decision, and the Accused must indicate or list the specific ground(s) upon which he or she is basing his or her request for an appeal (see Article IV, Section 5 for the grounds upon which an appeal may be requested).

SECTION 3. Hearing Procedures

A. The procedures for conducting a Social Regulations Council Hearing shall be as follows:

1. The President of the Social Regulations Council shall preside. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall preside.

2. The Council must act with complete impartiality. Any Council member who believes that his or her participation in any aspect of the investigation or hearing process constitutes a conflict of interest must report the potential conflict of interest to the Social Regulations Council President, who shall decide whether that member should recuse himself or herself. 

3. The hearing shall be taped, and the Secretary shall keep minutes of the proceedings. Deliberations of the Council shall be absolutely private, and no record of the deliberations shall be made.

4. The Accused, and Advisor may be present during the hearing, with the exception of the Council deliberations. Witnesses other than the Accuser and Accused may be present only during their own testimony. The Investigator may be present during both the hearing and deliberations, but the Investigator’s participation in deliberations shall be limited to the clarification of facts. The Accused may observe all evidence presented during the hearing. Disruptive behavior on the part of anyone present shall result in immediate and permanent removal from the hearing. No other persons may be present during the hearing.

5. The hearing shall be conducted under the Oath of Privacy and the Accuser, witnesses, and Council members involved in the hearing shall take the following Oath of Privacy: “On my honor, I agree to respect the sensitive nature of these proceedings by keeping them confidential.”

6. Every person who testifies at the hearing shall take the following Oath of Truth: “On my honor, I do solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, [so help me God].”

7.  The Council may call witnesses relevant to the case. The Accused may request additional witnesses with relevant knowledge and present any other relevant evidence. The President shall decide questions concerning the relevance and/or admissibility of the witnesses/evidence. The Accused shall not be required to make a statement or answer questions unless he or she wishes to do so. 

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

9. The Accused shall be considered “Not in Violation” throughout the course of the hearing unless and until he or she has been found “In Violation” of the Code by clear and convincing evidence.

10. If after all available evidence has been heard and a motion to vote on "In Violation" or "Not in Violation" of the Code has been properly moved and seconded, two-thirds of the members of the Council present at the hearing and entitled to vote may find the Accused “In Violation.” Otherwise, the Accused shall be found “Not in Violation,” and the case shall be dismissed.

B. A quorum for a Social Regulations Council hearing shall be determined as follows:

1. Fifty percent plus one, but no less than six of the eligible voting members shall constitute a quorum for a hearing. The Social Regulations Council shall render no decision without the presence of a quorum, except as provided under Paragraph (2)(b).

2. If, for any reason, quorum cannot be achieved, the Accused may agree to one of the following options:

a. To have quorum reestablished by the President appointing other students to sit on the Council. The President shall consult the Judicial Officer, or his/her designee, before appointment.

b. To postpone the hearing for a reasonable period of time (to be determined at the discretion of the President of the Social Regulations Council and the Judicial Officer, or his/her designee) until quorum of regular Social Regulations Council members can be established.

SECTION 4. Sanctions

    Sanctioning of a SRC violation shall be determined by a two-thirds majority of Council members present at the hearing who are entitled to vote. Deliberations shall begin with a motion for the sanction of expulsion. If there is no second, or the motion fails to secure a two-thirds majority, deliberations shall continue until an appropriate lesser sanction is approved by a two-thirds majority vote.

A. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Social Regulations Code:

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

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

3. Fines: Previously established and published fines may be imposed.

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

5. Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, service to the college, education, referral to counseling, or other related discretionary assignments (such assignments must have the approval of the Judicial Officer or his/her designee).

6. 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.

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

8. 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.

9. College Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from Rhodes College.

B. More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.

C. Disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s confidential record.

D. Each year, the Secretaries shall post a list of charges and Council decisions with names omitted.

SECTION 5. Appeals

A. A decision reached by the Social Regulations Council or a sanction imposed by the Council may be appealed by the Accused or two or more Council members, to the Social Regulations Council Appeals Committee within four days of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing delivered to the Judicial Officer or his/her designee, and shall specify the basis for the appeal.

B. Except for the limited purpose of hearing new evidence pursuant to (4) below, an appeal shall be limited to a review of the verbatim record of the initial hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:

1. To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges and evidence presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures.

2. To determine whether the decision reached regarding the Accused student was based on clear and convincing evidence; that is, whether the facts were sufficient to establish that a violation occurred.

3. To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed was/were appropriate for the violation in which the Accused was found to have committed.

4. To consider new and relevant evidence or facts, sufficient to alter a decision, but only where such evidence and/or facts were not known or available to the appellant at the time of the original hearing.

C. In the event of an appeal, the President of SRC, the Accused, and the Advisor for the Accused shall meet with the SRC Appeals Committee to review the case.

D. The SRC Appeals Committee shall consist of the Dean of Students, or the Dean’s designee, one student (usually the President of the Honor Council), and one staff member in Academic Affairs. The Dean of Students, or his/her designee, shall preside and decide all questions relating to the conduct of the proceedings including, without limitation, the admissibility of evidence. The Appeals Committee shall deliberate in closed session and either sustain the decision of the Council or recommend that the Council reconsider its decision or sanction(s).

SECTION 6. Reconsideration of Council’s Decision 

    If a case is returned to the Social Regulations Council by the Social Regulations Council Appeals Committee, the Social Regulations Council shall reconsider the case as soon as practical after the notification of its return. A quorum for reconsideration shall consist of at least three-fourths of the voting members present at the original hearing. During a reconsideration, the Social Regulations Council shall consider the remarks and suggestions of the Appeals Committee, recall any witnesses or the Accused if deemed necessary for the clarification of facts, and either sustain the original decision and /or sanction or render a new decision and/or sanction based on the procedures outlined in Article IV. A reconsideration of the sanction(s) imposed shall not result in a more severe sanction for the Accused student. The second decision of the Social Regulations Council shall be final.

ARTICLE V—INTERPRETATION AND REVISIONS
This Constitution may be amended by the following procedure:

1. Proposed amendments must be approved by two-thirds vote of the entire membership of the Social Regulations Council and by the President of Rhodes College.

2. Proposed amendments shall be publicly announced at least seven days prior to the referendum.

3. To be adopted, amendments must be approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the student body voting a referendum called for that purpose.

4. Amendments shall become effective at the opening of the first academic year following the referendum.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015