Conduct outside of the academic realm is governed by the Standards of Conduct for the Rhodes Community, as set forth in the Community Standards Council Constitution. Rhodes College promulgated these Standards of Conduct to help us hold ourselves accountable, and are intended to be, first and foremost, a way to ensure that all students can enjoy a diverse community where we live in harmony, interact effectively, and learn from each other. These standards protect our personal freedom by encouraging a climate of trust, concern, and respect conducive to learning and growing. Incoming students pledge as follows:
“As a member of the Rhodes 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.”
The Standards of Conduct are primarily enforced by the Community Standards Council, a student-led body, pursuant to the Community Standards Constitution.
Students, particularly those who wish to report a violation of the Standards of Conduct, are encouraged to use the College’s online report form to report a violation. If the student wishes, a report can be made anonymously, but it is important to remember that submitting an anonymous report means that Community Standards has no way of following up with the student to ask for additional information. Therefore, it is essential that an anonymous report contain as much information as possible. Anonymous reports should include:
- The time, date, and specific location of the violation
- The name(s) of the individual(s) involved in the violation
- The name(s) and contact information of any individual(s) who can corroborate the reporting student’s story
- As much detail as possible about the violation, including any photos, videos, or other supporting documentation available
Students do not have to report anonymously. When a student chooses to come forward and report a violation, the College can offer resources and support for that student’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Community Standards will work with students who report a violation to keep their identifying information private to the greatest extent possible while still being able to address the violation.