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Faculty regulations on student social (nonacademic) conduct state that 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.
Students who violate College social (nonacademic) rules or principles of conduct are subject to disciplinary procedures or penalties established by the faculty through the Student Life Committee. All disciplinary actions are subject to review by the President. As a general guide for living in the Knox Community, the faculty adopted the following policy statement on April 9, 1973.
Faculty, students, administrators, staff and trustees of Knox College have an obligation to fulfill the responsibilities incumbent upon all citizens. They also have the responsibilities of their particular roles within the academic community. All members share the obligation to respect:
Among the basic rights are freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, freedom of political beliefs and freedom from personal force and violence, threats of violence and personal abuse.
Each member of the Knox community has a right to organize his or her personal life and behavior, so long as it does not violate reasonable standards of conduct, established to safeguard the educational process.
The Campus is not a sanctuary from the general law.
II. All members of the Knox community have other responsibilities and rights based upon the nature of the educational process and the requirements of the search for truth and its free presentation. These rights and responsibilities include:
Members of the community who have a continuing association with the institution and who have substantial authority and security have an especially strong obligation to maintain an environment conducive to respect for the rights of others and fulfillment of academic responsibilities.
IV. All members of the Knox community have a right to fair and equitable procedures which shall determine the validity of charges of violation of the College regulations. Members of the campus charged with or convicted of violations under general law may be subject to campus sanctions for the same conduct, in accord with campus policies and procedures, only when the conduct is in violation of a College rule, essential to the continuing protection of other members of the College, or to the safeguarding of the educational process.
Respect for Others
Perhaps the best general guiding principle for any residential academic community is one which emphasizes tolerance for a diversity of ideas and the necessity of mutual sensitivity and respect in interpersonal relationships. Special care should be taken to avoid actions or words which suggest racial prejudice, sexism or prejudice of any other nature.
Common courtesies and respect for the dignity of others go a long way toward making community life what it ought to be. Fighting, hazing, physical attacks or intimidation perpetrated against any member of the College community will not be tolerated.
? Approved by the Knox College Faculty, April 9, 1973
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