D. Student Conduct and Extracurricular Affairs
D 1 Student Conduct. The College expects its students to be responsible citizens and to cooperate in creating a campus community in which the objectives of the College may be most fully realized. The faculty's "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities," which lays out community principles, may be found in Appendix F.
D 1.1 The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in a public place on campus is prohibited.
D 1.2 Inappropriate student conduct resulting from the consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be considered a violation of College policy and shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion from the College.
D 2 Discipline. Students who violate the College rules or principles of conduct are subject to disciplinary procedures or penalties established by the Faculty through the Student Life Committee. All disciplinary cases are subject to review by the President.
D 2.1 All disciplinary cases shall be decided by the Knox College Conduct Council; a guilty verdict of the Conduct Council may be appealed to the President.
D 2.2 The Conduct Council shall hear complaints of violations of college policy committed by students or student organizations with the exception of violations of the honor code, which are heard by the Honor Board, and violations of college policies regarding harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct, which are heard by the Grievance Panel. Complaints filed against College faculty and staff are heard by the appropriate Vice President.
The College's conduct officer, normally a member of the Office of Student Development, shall serve as the Convener of the Conduct Council.
The College Conduct Council shall consist of seven students, two faculty members and the Convener of the College Conduct Council.
D 2.3 The Conduct Council shall be governed by a constitution approved by the Student Life Committee.
D 2.4 The Conduct Council shall decide all cases on the basis of College rules and regulations. The Conduct Council may recommend changes in rules to the appropriate policy-making body, but shall makes such recommendations on the basis of previously decided cases.
D 2.5 Accused students have certain rights pertaining to all disciplinary proceedings. The 1968 AAUP Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students shall be a guide for all disciplinary proceedings.
D 2.6 Penalties / sanctions shall include but not be limited to any one or combination of the following:
Warning: A student is notified that his or her conduct is unsatisfactory and should not be repeated.
Disciplinary Probation: This status is extremely serious. Disciplinary Probation is assigned for a set period of time and in many cases conditions will be outlined.
In some cases a student placed upon Disciplinary Probation may be prohibited from the following:
- participating in student publications;
- participating in intercollegiate athletics;
- participating in intramural athletics;
- participating in public performances by campus organizations;
- holding an office or participating in any student organization;
- exercising his or her normal residential privileges, including housing;
- attending or sponsoring College social functions.
- require students to participate in counseling.
- assign educational or community service projects.
- assign fines when appropriate.
Suspension: A student may not continue at the College until specified conditions have been fulfilled.
Separation: A student is permanently separated from the College and is no longer allowed to continue in any capacity as a student at Knox College. Individuals that present a threat to the safety and welfare of members of the Knox community may be banned from campus.
D 3 Honor System. All academic work is conducted under the honor system, under the authority of the faculty, and administered by the Honor Board composed of two seniors, two juniors, two sophomores, and two faculty members. Three students, one senior, one junior, and one sophomore, serve as alternates to the Board and as the Honor Board Education Committee.
D 3.1 The Honor Board shall be governed by a constitution approved by the Student Senate and the Academic Standing Committee.
D 3.2 Cases of dishonesty in academic matters are referred to the Honor Board for judicial hearing and action.
D 3.3 Decisions of the Honor Board are reported to the Academic Standing Committee for review on the basis of precedent. The role of this committee in the appellate process is specified in the Honor Board Constitution.
D 4 Extracurricular Affairs. All student extracurricular affairs with the exception of intercollegiate athletics, club sports, and student publications shall be under the jurisdiction of the Student Life Committee.
D 4.1 All student clubs and organizations and their statements of purposes or constitutions must be approved by student government. Appeals concerning these decisions will be heard by the Student Life Committee, whose decision will prevail. Any changes in the purpose or constitution of a student organization must be approved by the committee.
D 4.2 Each student organization must have a faculty or staff advisor.
D 4.3 All activities whose performances are viewed by the public such as athletics, music, debate, drama and publications must have faculty or staff direction.
D 4.4 No group of students may use the name of the College or represent themselves to be a Knox College organization unless they have complied with regulations D 4.1, D 4.2, and D 4.3. No individual student may purport to represent the College unless he or she has been authorized to do so by the appropriate official of the College.
D 4.5 Campus popularity contests for student royalty or similar distinctions may be permitted only when conducted under conditions specifically approved by the Student Life Committee.
D 5 Student Publications. General responsibility for student publications is delegated to the Broadcast, Internet and Publications Committee. The relation between the committee and student publications is defined in the constitution of the committee.
D 5.1 The Broadcast, Internet and Publications Committee shall be governed by a constitution approved by the Executive Committee.
D 5.2 All student media must be approved by the Broadcast, Internet, and Publications Committee.
D 6 Intercollegiate Athletics. The intercollegiate athletic program is an integral part of the College program. It exists to provide wholesome and satisfying experiences to students both as participants and as spectators. No financial aid or special favor or privilege shall be accorded any student because of athletic ability.
D 6.1 The Director of Athletics is responsible for administering the intercollegiate athletic program. The Athletic Committee has the responsibilities defined in faculty regulations.
D 6.2 Intercollegiate athletic competition shall be guided by the rules of the Midwest Athletic Conference.
D 6.3 Athletic schedules for all teams shall be approved by the Faculty or, at its request, by the Athletic Committee.
D 6.4 The faculty representatives to the Midwest Athletic Conference shall report to the Faculty at least once a year.
D 7 Social Events. The Student Life Committee has the general supervision of social events sponsored by student organizations.
D 7.1 Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, officers of residential units, and officers of other student organizations shall be responsible to the Student Life Committee for the social conduct at all parties sponsored by the organizations they represent.
D 7.2 Parties given by student groups on campus during the recesses of the academic year shall be subject to the usual regulations.
D 7.3 Any organization which violates the College rules of conduct in its social activities shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Knox College Conduct Board.
D 8 Fraternities and Sororities. Students in the College may become members of social fraternities and sororities that have been approved by the Faculty. Fraternities and sororities are those organizations referred to in VI.3.b. of the College Bylaws. These organizations are under the general supervision of the Student Life Committee.
D 8.1 A student group which intends to become a fraternity or sorority must obtain the approval of the Faculty.
D 8.1.a The student group must first notify in writing the Dean of Students and the President of the College of its intention to organize.
D 8.1.b The student group must then obtain the endorsements of the Student Senate and the Student Life Committee. Once these endorsements are given, the Student Life Committee must bring a proposal to the Faculty for approval of "colony status" for the student group; the proposal must be brought to the Faculty at its next regularly scheduled meeting and no later than the regular May meeting. A student group that has not received these endorsements has the right to bring its proposal directly to the Faculty. A majority vote of the Faculty is required to grant colony status.
D 8.1.c Approval of colony status by the Faculty shall be based in part on documentation submitted by the student group, including a mission statement, a copy of the letter to the President and Dean of Students, the number of members, a rationale and an explanation of how the group will contribute to student life and to the campus generally.
D 8.1.d A supplementary report on the progress of the colony must be submitted to the Student Life Committee after six months of colony status.
D 8.1.e After at least one year as a colony, the group may request Faculty approval for national affiliation. The colony must obtain the endorsements of Student Senate and the Student Life Committee. The Student Life Committee must bring a proposal to the Faculty to allow the colony to petition a national fraternity/sorority. The petition should include updated documentation, by-laws, a record of membership and officers of the organization, and a record of activities during the colonization period. A colony that has not received these endorsements has the right to bring its proposal directly to the Faculty. A majority vote of the Faculty is required for approval. If the Faculty approves a colony’s request for national affiliation, the subsequent proposal to affiliate with a particular national group must be approved by the Student Life Committee.
D 8.1.f If after pursuing national affiliation for a maximum of two years, the local colony chooses not to affiliate; the group may request Faculty approval to meet local fraternity/sorority status. The colony must obtain the endorsements of Student Senate and the Student Life Committee to meet local chapter status. The local colony must provide evidence of chapter management as outline in the "Local Chapter Policies and Procedures" document available from the Office of Student Development. Once the local colony completes all requirements, the Dean of Students will make a recommendation to the Student Life Committee to acknowledge the local colony as a local chapter.
D 8.1.g If after two years as a colony the group is not prepared to request Faculty approval for national affiliation or for local status, it may request a one-time one-year extension from the Student Life Committee.
D 8.1.h A fraternity or sorority that has been suspended by the College and/or its national association must obtain Faculty approval in order to re-activate. The procedure followed is identical to that described in D.8.1.e.
D 8.1.i The Faculty has the right to revoke the fraternity or sorority status of any group by majority vote.
D 8.2 The Inter-Fraternity Council coordinates and supervises relations among campus fraternities. The Panhellenic Council coordinates and supervises relations among campus sororities.
D 8.3 Students on disciplinary probation may not be "rushed", or pledged, or initiated. First-term first-year students may not be recruited formally or informally.
D 8.4 Initiation programs conducted by fraternities and sororities are subject to the following restrictions:
- There shall be no protracted informal initiation of the type known as "hell week".
- Informal initiations shall be conducted within the confines of the chapter house or lodge and shall not be a public nuisance or disturbance.
- Nothing shall be done which involves the possibility of physical injury.
Individuals shall not be required to violate their personal or moral convictions as a condition of initiation.
- The initiation program shall not in any way interfere with the student's ability to discharge properly all his or her academic obligations.