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Student Handbook

Academic Information and Policies

The Vice President of Academic Affairs is responsible for all academic programs. The Vice President’s office is located on the main floor of Salveson Hall and can be reached at 641.585.8134.

Please see catalog for more information

Student Life

The Office of Student Life serves as a coordinating agency for student personnel services at Waldorf University. These services include counseling, residence life, intramurals and recreation, student activities and orientation, international student services the Campus Information Center, judicial affairs, the Student Mail Center, parking, vending, community service, alcohol and drug prevention and assessments, and health services.

The Office of Student Life, located in the Campus Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Mondays through Fridays. Appointments are scheduled through the Administrative Coordinator for Student Life at 641.585.8160. The Campus Center also includes Campus Dining (641.585.8168).

Counseling Services

James Amelsberg, M.S., Counselor
Telephone: 641.585.8164
Email: amelsburgj@waldorf.edu
Location: Campus Center, main floor, office 105
Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Counseling services at Waldorf provide assessment and referral to community counseling centers to give assistance with a wide range of personal problems which may interfere with a student’s emotional well-being, academic success, or relationships with others. (The on-campus assessment is free while the costs of referral sources are the responsibility of the student.) Counseling appointments are scheduled through the Administrative Coordinator for Student Life (641.585.8160) in the Campus Center.

Health Services

Mary Mathiasen, B.A., R.N., University Nurse
Telephone: 641.585.8157
Email: mathiasem@waldorf.edu
Location: Campus Center Main Floor
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
During hours when the nurse is not on duty, contact your Area Coordinator or Resident Assistant.

Local Area Service Providers

Forest City Mercy Medical Clinic: 641.585.2904
Clear Lake Mercy Medical Clinic: 641.357.2191
Mason City Clinic (specialists): 1.800.622.1411
Mercy Hospital - Mason City: 1.800.433.3883
Hancock Memorial Hospital and Clinic: 641.843.5000
Lake Mills Mercy Medical Clinic: 641.592.3900
Albert Lea Medical/Mayo Health System: 507.373.2384
Mayo Medical Clinic - Lake Mills: 641.592.2361
Dr. R. L. Morrison, OD: 641.585.3590
Wilson Dental: 641.585.5431
Dr. Laila Dental Office: 641.585.4636
Koenen Chiropractic Clinic: 641.582.4625
Chiropractic / Sports Clinic: 641.585.3032
Miller Pharmacy: 641.585.3931
Shopko Pharmacy: 641.582.2780

Loaning of Equipment

Equipment such as crutches, heating pads, cold packs, etc., are available for your use, but are to be returned in good condition after use or you will be charged the cost of replacing the equipment.

Class Absences

Excuses from classes are issued ONLY by the instructors. The Health Service nurse issues NO excuses but will communicate with instructors regarding class absences due to illness/injury only if: (1) the nurse has personally seen the student; (2) a parent calls to report the illness/injury; (3) a student's care is under the direction of a physician.

In Case of an Extreme Emergency:
Emergency service is available by calling the Forest City Ambulance Service at 911. Make sure to give them your precise location. Students may call Health Services or Residence Life to inform them of what has happened.

EXTREME EMERGENCY includes those conditions in which seconds lost may mean death–as choking, respiratory difficulties, unconscious, loss of pulse, severe shock, profuse hemorrhage, severe head injury, etc.

In case of emergency:
CALL: Student Health Service Nurse. When the office is closed, consult an Area Coordinator or Resident Assistant who will contact professional help if necessary.

EMERGENCY includes those conditions in which treatment should not be delayed until regular office hours–such as lacerations that may require stitches, suspected appendicitis or severe abdominal distress, serious nosebleed, high temperature, suspected fracture, etc.

STUDENTS HAVING A BAD DRUG EXPERIENCE of any nature may voluntarily approach the university nurse, the university counselor or campus ministry for immediate aid without being subject to disciplinary action. Furthermore, those students who may have psychological problems as a result of drug abuse are encouraged to seek counseling assistance from these individuals.

Health Insurance

It is required that all registered Waldorf University students have health insurance. There is a student health plan offered through the Waldorf University Business Office. The coverage is limited although it does provide some financial relief for some major medical expenses. For information, inquire at the Business Office in Salveson Hall, second floor (Beverly Retland, 641.585.8144).

Health Forms

To ensure your safety and the safety of those around you during your college experience, Waldorf University requires a health history renew, physical examination, proof of immunizations, and completion of the tuberculosis screening form from all students. The Student Health Forms must be completed and returned to Student Health Services prior to your first day of class. Residents may bring it to check-in when they arrive on campus.

Please Note: Students will not be allowed to start athletic practice, attend sports camps or classes without this form current and on file. They also will not be allowed to start athletic practice or attend sports camps without proof of insurance coverage in the Waldorf University area. The Student Health Forms may be returned by mail, faxed to 877.358.3787, or dropped off at the Office of Student Life in the Campus Center.

Student Lounge

The student lounge is located in the Campus Center. Comfortable furniture, a television, and vending machines are available. In addition, there is also lounge space for students in the Thorson floor commons.

Campus Dining

The office of the Director of Campus Dining is located in the Campus Center on the second floor, west end of the Dining Hall. The Director can help arrange for meal plans, picnics, dinners or special dietary needs. Off-campus groups may also make reservations with Conferences & Dining or use of the University’s dining facilities.

Meal Plans (see catalog or waldorf.edu for more information)

Warrior Bucks

Warrior Bucks work like cash without the hassle. Warrior Bucks can be added to your account by anyone at any time and have no expiration. As a bonus, for every $50 you add we'll add 10% extra on to your account. Simply call the business office at 641.585.8135 to make arrangements.

Dining Locations

  • Gjellefald-Severson Dining Hall (Campus Center, second floor) - Features all-you-can-eat traditional and international cuisine, salad bar, soup, daily made-to-order options, deli bar, fresh desserts, and beverages.
  • Warrior Crossing (Atrium) - Offers a selection of espresso drinks, salads, cookies, sandwiches, grab-and-go items and bottled beverages for à la carte purchases.

Special Meals/Needs Information:

  • Sick Trays: If you are ill and cannot come to any of the two dining venues, you may obtain a sick tray by presenting to the cashier a sick tray approval slip secured from the Nurse.
  • Sack Lunches: May be requested with 24 hours prior notice and are available to those students who, because of work or other school-related obligations, cannot be present during a scheduled meal time. Sack lunches will contain two sandwiches, fruit, and dessert.
  • Special Dietary Needs: May be arranged directly between the student and the Director of Campus Dining.
  • Students or other campus organizations may make arrangements with Campus Dining to cater University functions such as parties, banquets, and receptions. Reservations and other arrangements should be made directly with the Director of Campus Dining or their assistant and are subject to certain restrictions.

Dining Services Regulations:

  • As with any food service, shoes and a shirt must be worn for admittance. Informal dress is fine for most meals. The food service staff will notify you if you are inappropriately dressed and may ask you to change before being admitted for a meal.
  • Switching meal plans during a semester is not allowed outside the prescribed times.
  • ID cards are required to ensure that student meals are accounted for accurately. If you lose your ID card, you may obtain a replacement from the Business Office for a $25.00 charge.
  • All Dining areas are designated as non-smoking.
  • All Dining Room food and beverage is to be consumed in and/or remain in the Dining Room. No exceptions will be made (unless having a sick tray slip).
  • China, silverware, cups, glasses, salt shakers, are University property. Please leave them in the dining areas for everyone’s use.
  • Hours of operation are subject to change during school breaks, revised hours can be found at one of the two food service operations or by email.

Waldorf Security

The University desires to have a living environment where students feel safe and secure. To that end, the University employs Waldorf Security officers to supervise the campus, report ways to improve campus security, and deal with incidents involving students’ safety and security. Please refer to the Waldorf website for further information.

Waldorf Security can be contacted at 641.585.8500.

The Waldorf Security Office is located on the main floor of the Campus Center.

Campus Center

The Campus Center serves as a center for student activities on campus. The Campus Center also provides Student Life offices, the Student Mail Center, Student Activities, Health Services, counseling, dining facilities, Campus Information Center (CIC), the Art Gallery, meeting rooms, and the Residence Life offices. The Dean of Students serves as the Director of the Campus Center.

Policies and Rules of the Center

  1. General - Meetings in the Campus Center shall adjourn no less than fifteen minutes before the closing hours of the building unless approval for an extension has been obtained in advance from the Dean of Students.
  2. Posting Notices - The Dean of Students reserves the acceptability and placement right of all poster material and other such announcements. Normally, only campus activities are publicized. All advertisements must be dated. See the daytime CIC operator or the Administrative Coordinator for Student Life from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for permission to post items.
  3. Ticket Sales - The Campus Information Center desk in the main lobby is available for approved ticket sales and sign-ups. Arrangement should be made with the CIC supervisor.
  4. Selling - No soliciting or selling by individuals or groups in the Campus Center is allowed unless permission is given by the Dean of Students.
  5. Decorations - These must be approved by the Dean of Students. Decorations are to be removed immediately following the event by the group putting them up.
  6. Children - The Center is operated for the faculty, alumni, students, and their guests. Children who use the Campus Center facilities must be accompanied by an adult.
  7. Lost and Found - Lost articles may be reclaimed at the CIC desk. The Center is not responsible for any articles left in the building.

Telephone Services

University Telephone Number: 641.585.2450

For University information, key in “0.” For intra-campus calls, key in the four digit extension. To call local numbers, key in 9 + 582/585 (581 for rural areas) + the last four digits. For those on unrestricted phones wishing to place a long distance call, key in 9 + 1 + the area code + the number, or 9 + 1 + 800 + the number. For information for another area, key in 9 + the area code + 555 + 1212. The area code is not necessary for information requests in the 641 area.

For emergency 911 access from an on-campus phone, dial 9-911 and give your location.

Student Mail Center

Location: Basement of the Campus Center

Students will be assigned a mailbox at the beginning of their first semester at Waldorf for mail and packages. They will keep this mailbox until they leave the University.

Permission must be granted by the Student Mail Center coordinator to stuff all mailboxes with mass mailing. Students are reminded that tampering with another person’s mail is a federal crime.

To send mail to a student address; 
Student name
(number of your box, for example, 126) 126 Campus Center
Forest City, IA 50436.

BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR MAILBOX DAILY.

Mail will be sorted Mondays through Fridays by 2 p.m.

Only first class mail will be forwarded to the student’s home after the end of a student’s academic year.

Stamps and envelopes are sold in the Waldorf Bookstore.

Bookstore

Books and supplies (notebooks, pens, art supplies, etc.) may be purchased in the University-owned bookstore in Voss Hall, south of The Atrium. Stamps, stationery, photo processing, banners, gift items, imprinted clothing, balloon bouquets, and other items are available for the convenience of the students.  UPS services are also available.

Charge accounts at the bookstore are not permitted unless the student has a confirmed credit balance in the Business Office. Authorization for a charge must be obtained from the Business Office before any charges may be arranged.

Distribution, Sales and Equipment

Groups or individuals who wish to distribute or sell literature or merchandise or who wish to recruit students or seek membership or support for organizations shall be subject to the following regulations:

  1. All organizations or individuals desiring to recruit professionally on campus must register with, and be directed and approved by, the Administrative Coordinator for Student Life.
  2. All campus-affiliated organizations or individuals desiring to sell merchandise or services on campus must request and gain approval from the organization’s faculty advisor and the Dean of Students at least five work days prior to the event. (Forms are available at the Campus Information Center Desk.)
  3. Non-campus affiliated organizations or individuals whose purpose is selling of merchandise or services are prohibited from this activity on campus. Exceptions will be determined by the Dean of Students.
  4. All organizations or individuals desiring to distribute printed materials or establish a point of contact with students will clear their activities with the Dean of Students. The Dean will indicate where and when these activities may occur.

Activity Tickets

You will be given a student ID at the Business Office during your check-in and registration which will permit you to attend all athletic events, concerts, and other university activities. Simply show it at the gate–you'll be admitted without further charge. Don't loan your ID to anyone or lose it–it's a valuable item.

Lost and Found

If you lose or find something at Waldorf, report it to the Office of Student Life in the Campus Center.

Request Facilities Services/Repair Service

Needs for repair in your housing area should be reported to your R.A. or Area Coordinator. Repairs will be made as soon as feasible. If you are unable to reach your R.A. or Area Coordinator in the case of a maintenance emergency, contact the Campus Information Center who will contact Facilities Services.

Posting Policy

It is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization to prepare and post posters for any upcoming events, and to remove those posters upon their expiration date.
Posters are to be displayed on bulletin boards or approved posting areas only. No posters are to be affixed to glass, painted surfaces, wood or the outside of any buildings.
All postings must be approved by Student Life before they are displayed.

Theft and Losses

The University does not insure and is not responsible for personal property which is lost, stolen or damaged from any area on campus. To prevent thefts, students should keep rooms and car doors locked. Students should provide security for books and personal belongings by always locking their rooms, and not leave items (especially electronics) unattended. All students are encouraged to purchase student personal property insurance or rental insurance. In the case of a theft, contact your R.A. or Area Coordinator. Report even minor thefts.

Accidents
In case of an accident, call Student Health Services at 641.585.8157, or notify your Area Coordinator. If neither can be reached, call the Campus Duty Phone at 641.590.4318.

Entry, Search and Seizure

Waldorf University recognizes the right of students to protection against unreasonable search and entry of their rooms. However, the quality of life in the residence halls is a proper aim of policy and practice at a university such as Waldorf which is traditionally a residential school. To safeguard the rights of students and still ensure the quality of collegial life, Waldorf has instituted certain regulations governing entry, search of student rooms, and seizure of student property.

Entry may take place by a University staff member without prior notification for repair request, maintenance or its assessment, or when there is imminent danger to the health and welfare of students.

The Dean of Students, Area Coordinators and Waldorf Security are persons explicitly authorized to enter rooms when there is probable cause to think a University policy is being violated. Such persons shall knock and, if requested, identify themselves before entering.
University officials have the right to remove and discard student property, including but not limited to, dangerous weapons and illegal substances, and contact the local police as needed.

Student Organizations and  Structure

Student Senate

The administration and management of the University is vested in the President of the University, under the supervision of the Board of Trustees. Although students cannot unilaterally determine or change institutional policy, they are encouraged to initiate and recommend action toward these ends.

The Student Senate at Waldorf University provides an opportunity for students to participate in the governance and programming of student life and activities. Through these organizations the students can learn to work together for common goals, plan, and organize specific areas of student life. The Student Senate accepts all students regardless of race, disability, gender, religion or sexual preference. Student Senate also serves as a point of origin for ideas and concerns in relationship to the total college community. The faculty and administration recognize requests brought through the Student Senate as meaningful and purposeful. Student Senate serves as an official channel of communication between students, administration, and the Forest City community.

In addition to the Student Senate organization, students are selected to serve as members of committees. Student members on certain committees are selected by the Student Senate.

Presenting a Petition or Concern

Students are encouraged to use their student organizations as channels of communication to make concerns or recommendations for change. Any member of the student body may request to be on the agenda to present ideas to members of these organizations for consideration. Students may request that items be placed on the agenda of Student Senate meetings through the president of the appropriate group. Student Senate meetings are open meetings and students may request to be heard at these meetings. Living guideline changes are initiated with Residence Life and/or Student Senate.

Student Organization Recognition

All organized groups consisting of three or more members are eligible to be recognized by the Student Senate and by the University. The recognition process begins by making an application to the Director of Student Activities or Dean of Students after which the application will be forwarded to the Student Senate for consideration. The application shall include a proposed constitution including a statement of purpose and criteria for membership. A membership list shall not be required as a condition of institutional recognition.

Affiliation with an extramural organization should not of itself disqualify a student organization. The University guarantees to a recognized student organization benefits in the following rights:

  • To hold meetings and social events and reserve space on campus.
  • To use the name of the University in connection with publicity and marketing of activities.
  • To use the facilities of the University such as buildings and equipment.
  • To have events listed on the appropriate University calendars.
  • To be recognized at the SEAL Awards.
  • To use the facilities of the Business Office as a banking service.
  • To request funds from Student Senate.

The responsibilities of a recognized student organization are:

  • To maintain an active and worthwhile student-centered program.
  • To schedule all meetings and organized events through contacting the Administrative Coordinator for Student Life (641.585.8160).
  • To deposit organization funds in the Business Office and maintain fiscal responsibility, to adhere to University rules, policies, and standards.
  • To maintain a constitution and provide the Director of Student Activities with a list of current officers and advisor(s).

Campus organizations, including those affiliated with an external organization shall be open to all students without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, creed, or national origin.
Each organization shall be free to choose its own advisor and institutional recognition should not be withheld or withdrawn solely because of the inability of a student organization to secure an advisor. Advisors may advise organizations of responsibility, but they should not have the authority to control the policy of such organizations.

The membership, policies, and actions of a student organization will be determined by vote of only those persons who hold bona fide membership in the Waldorf University community; in the case of an organization based upon a consortium arrangement, the community shall be defined as consisting of the consortia schools.

Faculty/Staff Representatives

The advisor is selected by an organization to help them as a resource person. Advisor responsibilities are to insure that University policies and procedures are adhered to, to attend as many of the meetings of the organization as possible, and to establish lines of communication with the Director of Student Activities and the Office of Student Life. The advisor must be an employee of the University. On rare occasions a non-employee advisor may be approved by the Dean of Students.

Financial Procedures

Organization members can approach Student Senate with budget requests twice a semester. An organization representative must submit the Student Senate Allocation Request Form to the Senate’s Treasurer no later than noon the day before the Senate meeting so that it can be put on the agenda for the meeting. A representative from the organization must be present at the meeting to speak on why the money is being requested. The Senate will vote on the request following a discussion with the representative. If secured, the organizations represented will work with the Senate Treasurer to properly allocate and spend the funds.

Reserving Facilities and Scheduling Events

Contact the Campus Information Center for procedures regarding reserving facilities and scheduling events.

Please see catalog or waldorf.edu for more information on student organizations

Residence Life

Residence Hall Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Since a residence hall is made up of a group of individuals in a “living learning community” each person possesses certain rights and responsibilities which must be held in high regard. Mutual respect and consideration coupled with awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of other individuals must be the standard for group living. This statement is intended to suggest minimal expectations of rights and responsibilities of hall residents, in actualizing their freedom, without placing constraints upon such rights of other residents. The following is offered as a framework for discussion and consideration:

  • The right: to read, study or sleep free from undue interference in or around one’s room. The responsibility: to control noise and other distractions that inhibit the exercise of study or sleep by another person.
  • The right: to recreation in or around the residence halls. The responsibility: to modify recreation so that it does not interfere with the rights and safety of others in or around the residence halls.
  • The right: to personal privacy. The responsibility: to respect the personal privacy of others in the residence halls. To also recognize and respect the personal privacy of roommate(s). To recognize the guidelines set forth by the University.
  • The right: to a physical environment that is clean, healthy, safe and orderly. The responsibility: for the University to maintain such an environment and for the students to assist in this effort.
  • The right: to recourse according to prescribed judicial procedures against anyone who unduly infringes on one’s rights or property. The responsibility: to conduct oneself in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others, to initiate action should the circumstances warrant.
  • The right: to participate in the process of self-governance, i.e. through the residence hall meetings. The responsibility: to be active in the process to insure voicing of one’s opinion or ideas.

Campus Living Guidelines

As an outgrowth of the values aforementioned, certain standards have been established to create an environment which encourages academic achievement and learning, personal well-being and value development when living on campus. Students are expected to conduct themselves as mature and responsible members of the college community. They are expected to comply with local, state, and national laws as well as campus living guidelines. Violation of civil codes render students subject to civil authority and possibly university disciplinary action.

Living guidelines follow and apply to behavior on campus, at any university function or on any university trip.

  • In order that a safe environment may be maintained:
    • Do not tamper with fire prevention equipment or fire alarms or play with fire. (Violators will be reported to the police.)
    • Vacate a building after a fire alarm sounds or at the direction of a school official.
    • Possess no weapons including, but not limited to, hunting knives, guns, explosives, incendiary devices or firecrackers.
  • Alcohol-Free Campus
    • Students 21 and over who are found in the presence of both alcohol and underage consumption and/or found to have contributed to underage drinking even though they were not present at the time will be presumed to have supplied said underage students with alcohol.
  • In order that opportunities for healthy social relationships, floor cohesiveness and consideration for roommates may be provided:
    • Observe the following Johnson and London Hall visitation hours:
    • Sunday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. (the following day)
    • Friday 10 a.m. - 3 a.m. (the following day)
    • Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 a.m. (the following day)
    • All other residence halls do not have time restraints for visitation. However, prior to visitors arriving on campus, residents have to register guests with their RA and AC. Guests are only allowed to stay in residents’ rooms five nights per month.
  • In order that security and condition of student and University property be maintained:
    • Respect University property and the property of others. Do not steal or damage property or use University property illegally.
    • Do not abuse computer resources. (See Computer Use Policy.)
    • University keys may not be duplicated or used without authorization.
    • Make only authorized entry to any room, building, office, or work space.
    • Use identification cards properly.
    • Do not throw food or other items in the cafeteria.
    • Water balloon and water fights are not permitted inside buildings.
    • Hall sports of any kind are not permitted. Fines for damage to University property may be applicable.
  • Students are expected to adhere to all policies and procedures mentioned in the Housing Contract. Contracts are updated on a year-to-year basis and students receive a copy of this when checking in at the beginning of the year. Failure to adhere to any of the policies and procedures mentioned in the contract can lead to disciplinary action and/or administrative charges.
  • In an effort to keep the halls safe, students are to:
    • Not possess any open coil devices or machines that produce large amounts of heat. These include, but are not limited to, toasters, space heaters, and halogen lamps. Any violation will be kept by the building’s AC until it can be removed from the hall by the student.
    • Not possess live Christmas trees. They are not allowed; artificial trees must be fire resistant.
    • Not possess fog machines, deep-fat fryers, electric skillets, electric woks, barbecue grills, large power tools, etc.
    • All cords should be UL or ETL approved, no longer than six feet, and should not be placed across aisles, wrapped around metal fixtures or furniture, run through doorways or under carpet or bedding (covered cords capture heat and can result in fire), or be cracked or worn.
    • Students that use syringes for medical reasons (must provide documentation) must use a sharp disposal container (one can be obtained through the Nurse’s office).
    • Candles and incense are not allowed in campus housing. There will be a $150.00 fine for each candle and incense found and confiscated. Candles will not be returned.
    • Fuse boxes and the fuses inside are not to be tampered or touched. Only university employees are allowed to have access to the fuses.
  • In an effort to help the environment and conserve energy students are asked:
    • To only bring microwaves that do not exceed 1.5 cubic foot capacity or draw more than 650 watts. Only one microwave is allowed in a room.
    • To only bring micro-fridges that do not exceed a limit of 1.5 amps, and are not to exceed 5 cubic feet. Only one fridge per room.
    • To not bring air conditioners, large ovens, large refrigerators, freezers, and pizza ovens.
    • Air conditioners are not allowed unless approved for disability reasons. Said violations will result in a confiscation until the items can be removed by the student from the hall.
  • In an effort to help secure the privacy of residents and guests:
    • Bathrooms at Waldorf are gender specific. Therefore men are to use the men’s restrooms and women to use the women’s restrooms. This applies to both students and their guests.
  • In an effort to help students and their organizations publicize their events:
    • All advertisements must be approved to be posted in the residence halls. Approval is not necessary for university staff, students working under university staff (i.e. S.W.A.T. members and RAs), and student senate. Approval can be granted by the AC of the building or the Office of Student Life and must not advertise any violation of university policy.
  • In an effort to keep the halls clean and safe:
    • Students may store their bikes in their rooms as long as their roommate agrees and the bike is kept clean of mud and debris. Bikes may not be stored in lounges, hallways, stairways, or other indoor public areas.
    • Students are not allowed to paint their rooms, make holes in walls, or make any other permanent changes to the room.
    • Students are not allowed to make any permanent changes to their residence halls unless approval is granted by Residence Life.
    • No animals of any type, except for fish and not in a tank of more than 10 gallons, are allowed in the residence halls unless a service dog is being used.
    • Fire doors are to only be used in case of an emergency. They cannot be used as normal doors and are to never be propped open.
    • Residence Life will conduct room health and safety inspections each semester.

In addition, an AC may also choose to impose additional educational sanctions as well as precautions to ensure that further violations do not occur and that safety is not compromised.

Damages

Residents are responsible for any damages, lost property, or unnecessary service costs caused to the residence halls through accident, neglect, or intent by themselves or a guest. When more than one resident occupies the same room and responsibility for the damage or loss in the room cannot be ascertained by the university, the cost of damage or loss will be divided and assessed equally among the residents of the room. When it cannot be ascertained who caused the damage in a residence hall, then the common area damages shall be divided and assessed equally amongst the residents of the floor or hall.

Residence Hall Room Consolidation

In order to secure housing for every student and to ensure that students who desire certain living arrangements have their needs met, students who do not have a roommate but do not wish to pay for a single may be assigned to move in with a different resident or be assigned a roommate. This is done in an effort to acquire singles for those students who wish to have singles and are willing to pay for them. This process will involve notifying those students in possession of unpaid singles to give them a chance to either purchase the single or to acquire a roommate. After a notification period of no less than 5 days, the students who have not purchased singles or found roommates will be notified of the need for them to move to an assigned room. Moves will be determined by class rank and GPA. After the moves have been completed the student body will be notified of the availability of single rooms. This process will be conducted at the beginning of each semester and throughout the semester as needed.

Housing Residency Requirement

All full-time students must live on campus and be on a board plan except those who:

  • are married.
  • have children.
  • are living with parents at the permanent address commuting within a 35-mile radius.
  • have transferred in and have not lived on campus for two or more years.
  • are age 21 years old prior to the first day of the semester.

Married student housing is available upon request. Please contact Residence Life at reslife@waldorf.edu for more information.

Students found to be dishonest about the above criteria will result in room charges (100%) for each semester.

Housing Contracts

In the situation where there is a discrepancy between the Handbook and the Housing Contract, the Housing Contract will be used as the primary source for policy enforcement.

Parking

Waldorf University permits the use of vehicles by students and has an adequate number of student parking spaces in the lots as shown in this Handbook. All residential students must purchase a parking permit to park in a Waldorf University parking lot. Permit and other college fees are available from the Business Office, and may change without notice. Compliance with this regulation, as with other regulations, is indicated by the student's signature on the application for vehicle registration.

Permits are required to park in any Waldorf University parking lot and may be purchased for $50 for the academic year or $25 for one semester. Parking permits are non-refundable. Current students may reserve their parking space each spring; new students will be awarded spaces over the summer.

Parking permit colors are as assigned:

  • Red Lot - Ormseth, Rasmusson, and Theme House residents only
  • Blue Lot – Timberland and Commuter students only
  • Purple Lot - Breen & Tanner residents only
  • Admissions Lot – 20-minute parking zone only
  • Green Lot - Johnson/London residents only

Permit Regulations:

  • If more than one vehicle is used during the school year, a parking permit must be purchased for each vehicle. Additional permits are $5.
  • The parking permit must be placed in the rear window on the lower left side. The fine for failure to display parking permit is $50.
  • One temporary parking permit is available at no cost if a student has a vehicle on campus for only one week.
  • Vehicles must be registered with the Office of Student Life within 24 hours after the time they are brought to the campus.
  • Vehicles must be parked in the designated lot based on permit color.

Parking Violations:

  • Vehicles without permits or with the wrong color permit will be ticketed. The fine is $10.
  • Parking in handicap spaces is prohibited unless the student possesses a handicap sticker. Violators may be towed without notice. The fine is $25.
  • Parking fines are due and payable to either the Office of Student Life or the Business Offices within two weeks. Unpaid fines will be increased to $15. Students bear all costs of collection.
  • Parking is a privilege. Students may lose their privilege if more than ten tickets are issued in one semester.
  • The University reserves the right to remove any vehicle operated or parked in violation of University regulations. The owner of the vehicle will be required to pay the cost of towing, impounding, and storing of such vehicle.
  • A vehicle immobilizer may be used in instances where there is continuous violation of parking regulations. A $25 fine will be charged to the student if a vehicle immobilizer is used.
  • In the case of a snow emergency, students will be notified via e-mail with instructions of where to move their vehicles from student parking lots for snow removal. Any vehicles found in violation of snow removal policies will be subject to ticketing.

Student parking is prohibited in the following areas:

  • Admissions Visitor parking lot located off of South 6th Street and south of Thorson Hall
  • Staff/Faculty/Visitor parking lot located south of Campus Center
  • Courthouse parking lot, unless student has business there
  • Senior Citizen parking lot on the corner of North 7th and West J Streets
  • Hardee's Restaurant parking lot, unless student is dining in restaurant
  • Area Coordinator & RA parking stalls
  • Maintenance & Facilities parking stalls
  • Handicap parking stalls, unless student has a handicap sticker or medical need
  • Any “No Parking Zone” on campus
  • University Nurse/Food Service parking stalls located west of Campus Center
  • Any grass areas on campus

A $10 fine will be charged to students parking in any of the areas listed above. Any student issued three or more parking tickets will have their vehicle immobilized. Appeals for parking tickets must be in writing to the Dean of Students for review.

Streets on and near campus are city streets and are subject to both university and city regulations and ticketing. The city and the university do not permit overnight parking on streets on or near campus. Additionally, students are reminded they must abide by city snow removal and other regulations.

Please contact the Office of Student Life for more information.

Code of Student Conduct

A. Introduction
Waldorf University is committed to maintaining a community environment that supports learning, academic achievement, social development, moral and spiritual growth, emotional well-being, service, and individual discipline. Waldorf campus community members are responsible for upholding the values of human dignity and world respect, and are expected to meet these standards:

  • To exhibit conduct appropriate to a learning environment and to respect the rights, dignity, and worth of every individual in the Waldorf Community.
  • To be honest and to be considerate.
  • To maintain acceptable standards of academic performance.
  • To show appropriate concern for one’s own personal development.
  • To be a responsible member of the Waldorf Community and to accept responsibility for one’s own behavior (and guest) at all times.
  • To demonstrate proper care and regard for University facilities, property and equipment.
  • To comply with University policies and regulations as well as local, state, and federal law.

Students, student groups, teams, and organizations are required to abide by the stipulations of this Code. Students are also responsible for the behavior of their guests and may be held responsible for the actions of guests who violate the provisions of this Code. The purpose of issuing disciplinary regulations is to give students general notice of impermissible behavior.

Waldorf University reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community. Generally, the Code of Student Conduct applies to incidents involving students that take place on University property or at University sponsored or supervised events. When the University is notified, the Dean of Students or conduct designee may determine that acts prohibited by the Code of Student Conduct, but not committed on University premises, could also be grounds for disciplinary action. Such acts include, but are not limited to, drug trafficking offense, major alcohol related problems, and acts or threats of violence against persons.

B. Proscribed Conduct
Any student found to have committed one or more of the following acts of proscribed conduct may be subject to disciplinary sanctions. Attempts to commit acts that are impermissible by the Code may be subject to disciplinary action to the same extent as completed violations.

  • Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to:
    • Cheating, plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty.
    • Furnishing false or misleading information to the University or to any University official; misrepresenting information to the University or any University official.
    • Giving false testimony, falsifying, distorting, or misrepresenting information related to grievance or disciplinary matters.
    • Deceit, fraud, distortion of the truth, or improper use of another’s effort to gain advantage.
    • Forgery, alteration, counterfeiting, mutilating, accessing without authorization or misuse of documents, records or instruments of identification including, but not limited to, identification cards, personal identification numbers (PIN), electronic mail access codes or passwords, computerized records, transcripts, athletic passes, course registrations, and receipts.
    • Initiating or causing any false report, warning, threat of fire, explosion, false fire alarm, bomb threat, or any other emergency.
    • Tampering with the election of any organization.
  • Obstruction, disruption and/or interference with, or attempts to obstruct, disrupt, and/or interfere with teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, studying, public speaking, business operations, fire, police or emergency services, or other University activities, including public service functions on University property or at University sponsored or supervised activities, including, but not limited to:
    • Disruption, obstruction or interference with or attempts to obstruct, disrupt or interfere with another student’s right to study, learn, or complete assignments, including, but not limited to, destroying, preventing, or limiting access to information or records used by another student in connection with the University responsibilities;
    • Disruption, obstruction, or interference with educational activities in classrooms, lecture halls, campus library, laboratories, theatres, or any other place where education and teaching activities take place including, but not limited to, engaging in loud or distracting behaviors, displaying defiance or disrespect of others, or threatening another individual.
  • Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidations, harassment, sexual contact without permission, stalking, coercion, forced consumption of liquor, drugs or other conduct directed at a specific person which threatens the health and safety of any person or seriously alarms or intimidates another person. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to:
    • Explicit or implicit threats, including gestures that place a person in reasonable apprehension or unwelcome physical contact, harm or death;
    • Unwanted sexual contact of any kind, or threat of such contact. Sexual contact will be considered unwanted or without consent if no clear consent is freely given; if inflicted through force, or threat of force; or if inflicted upon a person who is unconscious or otherwise without the physical or mental capacity to consent;
    • Stalking, or following a person repeatedly;
    • Defamation of character, or starting rumors of a student, employee, or guest;
    • Making remarks which are by common usage lewd or obscene or that can reasonably be expected to have tendency to cause acts of violence to the person(s) to whom the remark is made;
    • Unwanted hateful or harassing communications or postings on social networks or using electronic or digital devices.
  • Attempted or actual theft of, damage to, destruction of, or misuse of University property, or the services or property of a member of the University community, or other personal or public property. Possession of stolen property or unauthorized possession of University property or the property of a member of the University community.
  • Failure to comply with the direction of University officials/Residence Life Staff, including campus security, acting in performance of their duties, and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when asked to do so.
  • Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or cards/ID to any University facility or premises or unauthorized presence, entry to, or use of University facilities or premises including, but not limited to, camping, building a fire, or use of an unauthorized heating, cooking or electrical device.
  • Violation of any Waldorf University policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the Waldorf website.
  • Violation of any federal, state, or local law.
  • Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, prescription pills or other illegal controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
  • Use, possession, manufacturing, sale, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or public intoxication on campus. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Possession, even if it is legally possessed, of any weapon, device, bbgun/pellet gun, instrument, material or substance which under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury.
  • Participation in a gathering or assembly that disrupts the normal operations of the University or infringes on the rights of other members of the University community, or leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled or normal activities on University premises or at University-sponsored or supervised functions.
  • Obstruction or disruption interfering with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on University property or at University-sponsored or supervised events.
  • Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or finding another to breach the peace on University property or at University-sponsored functions. Unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on University premises without his/her prior knowledge when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room or restroom or distribution of inappropriate images without prior consent.
  • Theft or abuse of the computer facilities and resources, including, but not limited to:
    • Use of another’s identification or password;
    • Use of computing facilities or resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty, or staff member;
    • Use of computers to stalk; to view or send hurtful, threatening, abusive, or obscene messages;
    • Engaging in acts of theft of computers, theft of data, or illegal file sharing;
    • Unauthorized entry to a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose; improper or unauthorized access to University computer files and systems;
    • Unauthorized alteration, disclosure, disruption, and destruction of University computer files and systems;
    • Unauthorized transfer of a file(s);
    • Using computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright or proprietary laws;
    • Unauthorized sending of all campus or mass emails to the campus community.
  • Illegal gambling or wagering.
  • Hazing, defined as an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or group of students, or which destroys public or private property, for the purposes of initiation, shaming, admission to, affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership with a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy and acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule.
  • Misusing, damaging, or tampering with fire extinguishers, alarms, smoke detectors, or fire safety equipment.
  • Smoking, vaping, chewing or any tobacco/nicotine use on the University/campus premises, functions or in university vehicles.
  • Littering on the University facilities and premises.
  • Setting fires or creating an open flame without prior authorization.
  • Bringing an animal not trained to assist persons with disabilities into buildings; bringing unleashed or unlicensed animals on University-owned or controlled property; leaving any animal on campus unattended.
  • Knowingly violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this Code.
    • Failure to appear at a disciplinary conference or hearing when requested.
    • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information.
    • Disruption of or interference with disciplinary proceedings.
    • Attempting to influence, harass, or intimidate a member of the Campus Hearing Board prior to, during, and/or after a disciplinary proceeding.
  • Aiding or abetting other individuals in carrying out an unlawful act or violation of any University regulations.
  • Students present during the occurrence of any infraction or local, state, federal regulations may be considered to be in violation.
  • Guest behavior that violates the Code of Conduct. All students will be held responsible for the actions of their guests and/or people in their room/vehicle.
  • Solicitation or selling products on campus without the approval of the Dean of Students.

C. Violations of the Law and University Discipline
Students may be accountable to both civil authorities and to the University for acts that constitute violations of the law and of this Code. University disciplinary procedures will normally progress during the pendency of civil or criminal proceedings, or any other University proceedings regarding the same conduct. Procedures in this Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings. Accused students may not challenge the University disciplinary proceedings on the grounds that criminal charges are pending or have been terminated, dismissed, reduced, or not yet adjudicated.

When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of the law, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for the individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Code of Student Conduct, the University may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and how such matters are typically handled within the University community. The University will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in conditions imposed by the criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus regulations or sanctions). The University will refer matters to federal and/or state authorities for prosecution when appropriate. Individual students and other members of the University community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental authorities as they deem appropriate.

D. Sanctions
One or more of the following disciplinary measures or consequences, also called sanctions, may be imposed for a violation of this Code. In deciding upon a sanction, the adjudicator will consider relevant factors including the nature and degree of the offense, the severity of any damage, injury or harm resulting from the offense, the student’s current demeanor or cooperation, and past history and disciplinary record. The sanctions listed below may be enhanced with additional conditions deemed appropriate by the disciplinary authority.

  • Warning - Notice, orally or in writing, the continuation or repetition of prohibited behavior may be cause for additional disciplinary action.
  • Disciplinary Probation - A written reprimand specifying the violation for which the student is responsible. Students on disciplinary probation are not considered to be in good standing with the University. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary action if the student is found to be in violation of any University policy during the probationary period.
  • Discretionary Educational Assignments - Written apologies, work assignments, program planning, community service, service to the University, or research assignments, etc.
  • Fines - A sum of money imposed as a penalty.
  • Referrals - Students may be required and/or referred to counseling, rehabilitation, or other offices, agencies or programs for assessment, guidance, and service. Students are responsible for any payment associated with the referral.
  • Restitution - Compensation to the University or individuals for loss, damage, or injury, etc. Such compensation may take the form of appropriate service, monetary replacement and/or material replacement.
  • Restrictions or Loss of Privileges - Denial of certain privileges for a specified period of time. Examples: removal from a living area or activity group, student organization, varsity sports organization or specific facility, confiscation or closing a computer account.
  • Parental Notification - In a case deemed appropriate, the University has the discretion and reserves the right to contact parents regarding an incident.
  • Residence Unit Suspension - Separation from the residence halls, apartments, or theme houses for a specified period of time after which the student may be eligible to return. Students will be held responsible for room and board payments as outlined in the Contract; conditions for readmission may be specified. Room charges may also apply.
  • Residence Unit Expulsion - Permanent separation from the residence halls, apartments, or theme houses. Students may be held responsible for room and board payments as outlined in the Contract.
  • Temporary Suspension - The Dean of Students may suspend a student or a guest of a student, from class, campus facilities, University premises and/or University-sponsored functions and activities, etc., for an interim period pending disciplinary or criminal proceedings, or medical evaluation.
    • The interim suspension shall be immediately effective with no prior notice when there is evidence that the presence of the student at the University poses an immediate threat to him or herself, or threat and disruption to others, or to the stability and continuation of standard University operations.
    • A student suspended on an interim basis shall be given a prompt opportunity to appear personally before the Dean of Students or conduct designee to discuss the reliability of the information related to the student's conduct, the reliability of the information concerning the student's identity, and if the conduct and related circumstances reasonably show that the continued presence of the student on University premises poses an immediate threat to the student, to others, or to the stability and continuation of standard University operations.
  • Separation from the University for a specified period of time. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
  • University Expulsion - Permanent separation of the student from the University. Students subject to expulsion or suspension from the University will be entitled to a hearing before the Campus Hearing Board. Students subject to lesser sanctions for non-academic misconduct will be entitled to a disciplinary conference with an individual adjudication. Campus disciplinary proceedings are designed to provide a fair evaluation of the student’s responsibility for violating University regulations. Formal rules of evidence shall not be applied, nor shall deviations from prescribed procedures necessarily invalidate a decision.

E. Discipline Process

  • Filing a Report - Any person may file a report against a student, guest, employee, group, or organization suspected of violating the Code. A report shall be made in writing and should be directed to the Area Coordinator, Dean of Students, or designee.
  • The person filing the report is typically expected to participate in the disciplinary process, to answer questions related to the incident, and to present relevant information in conferences or hearings.
  • Preliminary Review - The Dean of Students or conduct designee will conduct a preliminary review to determine whether the report of alleged misconduct has merit and/or if it can be resolved by mutual consent of the persons or on a basis acceptable to the adjudicator. If the report has merit and cannot be resolved by mutual consent, the Dean of Students or conduct designee may participate in any subsequent disciplinary meeting or hearing to resolve the matter. The Dean of Students or conduct designee reserves the right to reject a report where it is not feasible for the University pursue it.
  • The Dean of Students or conduct designee will conduct a preliminary review to determine whether the alleged misconduct is minor or serious and might result in suspension or expulsion from the University. The Dean of Students or conduct designee will also determine whether the accused student disputes the facts that form the basis of the complaint. Accused students not subject to suspension or expulsion and not disputing the facts to the report are entitled to an informal disciplinary meeting. Accused students subject to residence unit expulsion, suspension, or expulsion, and disputing the facts of the complaint, are entitled to a hearing before the Campus Hearing Board. The Dean of Students reserves the right to refer the case to any University official or group other than the Campus Hearing Board.
  • Waiving the Right to a Hearing - Students referred for a hearing by the Dean of Students may defer proceedings and may choose to have their cases resolved by an individual disciplinary meeting. Such a choice must be in writing affirming that the student is aware a hearing is being waived and that the full range of sanctions may be imposed including suspension or expulsion from the University.
  • Disciplinary Meeting - Students accused of non-academic offenses that may result in sanctions less than suspension or expulsion are subject to a disciplinary meeting with the Dean of Students or conduct designee. The following procedural protections are provided to accused student in disciplinary meetings:
    • Written notice of the specific charges at least two (2) days prior to the scheduled disciplinary meeting.
    • Reasonable access to the case file prior to and during the disciplinary meeting.
    • An opportunity to respond to the report and to present relevant and necessary witnesses.
    • An opportunity to be assisted by an advisor of the University community and the student’s own choice and at the student's own expense. Advisors are not permitted to speak or participate in the meeting. Advisors may not appear in lieu of the accused student. No attorneys, legal counsel or family members are allowed to be part of the University disciplinary meetings, hearings or proceedings.
    • Written notification of the determination including any sanctions.
  • Composition of the Campus Hearing Board - Students accused of non-academic offenses that may result in suspension, expulsion, or expulsion from an on-campus living unit are entitled to a hearing before the Campus Hearing Board.
    • The Campus Hearing Board shall consist of three (3) students and two (2) faculty/staff members. A quorum shall consist of three members. The Dean of Students or conduct designee shall be responsible for training and providing administrative support to the Campus Hearing Board.
    • An ad hoc hearing board may be established by the Dean of Students or conduct designee whenever the regular board is not constituted, is unable to obtain a quorum, or is otherwise unable to hear a case. An ad hoc hearing board shall be composed of at least three (3) members including at least one (1) student
    • Both the findings and the sanctions determined by the Campus Hearing Board shall be regarded as the recommendation to the Dean of Students.
    • Members of the Campus Hearing Board who are charged with a violation of this Code or with a criminal offense may be suspended from their positions by the Dean of Students or conduct designee.
  • Hearing Procedures - The following procedures are followed in disciplinary hearings:
    • The accused student will receive written notification of the hearing date and the specific alleged act(s) of misconduct at least three (3) days prior to the hearings.
      • Notice shall be given by personal delivery or by certified mail to the last address the student provided to the University.
      • Accused students will be accorded reasonable access to the case file which will be retained in the Office of Student Life.
      • The student has an opportunity to be assisted by an advisor (Waldorf Community Member) of the student's own choice and at the student’s own expense. Advisors are not permitted to speak or participate in the meeting. Advisors may not appear in lieu of the accused student. The work of the Campus Hearing Board will not as a general practice be delayed or rescheduled due to the unavailability of an advisor.
    • The Dean of Students or conduct designee is responsible for coordinating the hearing.
    • The Dean of Students or conduct designee will appoint a chairperson. The chairperson shall conduct the hearing. The chairperson may participate in Board decisions, deliberations, and may vote.
    • On a date specified by the Dean of Students or conduct designee, the accused student will submit to the Dean of Students or conduct designee the names of witnesses for the hearing, a summary of the information each witness is expected to provide, and any documents the student filing the report and the accused student expect to present at the hearing. The Dean of Students or conduct designee will make copies of the information available to the person filing the report, the accused student, and the Campus Hearing Board prior to the hearing.
    • The chairperson may request relevant witnesses after consultation with the Dean of Students or conduct designee. Requests must be personally delivered or sent to the last address provided to the University by the student. University students and employees are expected to comply with requests issued as a part of disciplinary proceeding unless compliance would result in significant or unavoidable personal hardship, or substantial interference with normal University activities.
    • Accused students who fail to appear at the hearing will be seen as having pled “not responsible” to the allegations pending against them. A hearing will be conducted in their absence, as necessary and a decision will follow.
    • The chairperson will exercise control over the hearing. Any person, including the accused student who disrupts a hearing may be excluded by the chairperson.
    • Hearings shall be conducted in private.
    • Legal counsel, attorneys or family members are not allowed in student conduct meetings or hearings
    • Accused students may speak on their own behalf. They will not be forced to speak against themselves and their silence will not be used to their disadvantage.
    • The individual filing the report, the accused student, and the Campus Hearing Board may examine the information accepted by the chairperson and may ask questions of all witnesses and complainants.
    • Witnesses will be asked to verify that their testimony is truthful, and may be subject to charges of violating the Code by providing false information to the University.
    • The chairperson will determine what information the Campus Hearing Board will consider. Pertinent records, exhibits, and written statements may be accepted as evidence for consideration by the Campus Hearing Board at the discretion of the chairperson. Witnesses, other than the individual filing the report, and the accused student, may be excluded during the testimony of other witnesses.
    • After the hearing, the Campus Hearing Board shall determine by majority vote whether the accused student has violated each section of the Code that student is charged with violating. All parties will be excluded during Board deliberations, which will not be recorded or transcribed.
    • Violations will be determined on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Code. Formal rules of evidence shall not apply.
    • Sanction recommendations of the Campus Hearing Board will be by majority vote.
    • Within three (3) days of the hearing, the Campus Hearing Board will submit their decision in writing to the Dean of Students or conduct designee. The Dean of Students or conduct designee will advise the accused student of his or her decision in writing.

F. Decision Process
A decision by the Campus Hearing Board is the recommendation to the Dean of Students. Accused student(s) will be provided copies of the Board’s decision by personal delivery, campus mail, or by certified mail to the last address provided by the student to the University and given three (3) business days to provide written comments to the Dean of Students or conduct designee before a final decision is made.

The imposition of sanctions will be deferred for the duration of the Dean of Students’ review, unless, in the discretion of the conduct designee, the continued presence of the student on the campus poses a significant threat to him/herself or to others, or to the stability and continuance of normal University functions.

G. Mediation
Mediation is encouraged as an alternative means to resolve many disciplinary cases. The Dean of Students or conduct designee shall inform those filing reports and accused students about the availability of mediation resources. The Dean of Students or conduct designee may decline to process a complaint until the parties in a non-academic misconduct case make a reasonable attempt to achieve a mediated agreement. To be binding in a disciplinary case, any mediated agreement must be approved by the Dean of Students or conduct designee.

H. Student Groups, Teams and Organizations
Student groups, teams, and organizations may be charged with violations of this Code. A student group, team, or organization may be held collectively and individually responsible with violations by those associated with the group or organization, or by those who have received the consent or encouragement of the group or organization’s leaders or officers. The officers or leaders of any group or organization may be directed by the Dean of Students to prevent or end violations of this Code by the group or organization. Failure to make reasonable efforts to comply with the request may be considered a violation of this Code.

I. Transcript Encumbrances
For the duration of cases that may result in suspension or expulsion, a temporary encumbrance is typically placed on the student’s records by the Dean of Students.

J. Disciplinary Files and Records
Other than suspension and expulsion, disciplinary sanctions will not be made a part of the permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s disciplinary record kept in the Office of Student Life. Conduct not involving the imposition of sanctions other than suspension and expulsion shall be removed from the student’s disciplinary record after seven (7) years.

K. Revocation of Degrees
The University reserves the right to revoke an awarded degree for fraud in the receipt of the degree, or serious disciplinary violations committed by a student prior to the student’s graduation.

L. Interpretation and Revision
The Code of Student Conduct shall be reviewed annually under the direction of the Dean of Students. Any question of interpretation of the application of the Code of Student Conduct shall be referred to the Dean of Students or his or her designee. In keeping with normal University policy approval processes, the Code of Student Conduct may be amended at any time without prior notice.

Registering a Complaint 

Waldorf University takes pride in our service to students. From time to time, students may have questions concerning policies or practices. Generally, there are logical explanations for situations, and usually most questions can be resolved in an informal setting through direct discussion with the individual or office involved. In instances where a student raises a question about a policy or decision, the affected staff or faculty member may respond. If it is not possible to resolve a matter through direct discussion, a student may appeal for further consideration by registering a complaint.

Registering a Complaint with Waldorf University Waldorf University is committed to providing high quality academic programs and services for students, and encourages students to contact the University if there is cause for concern regarding academic or non-academic matters. A complaint is defined as dissatisfaction occurring when a decision, act, or condition, based upon specific factual data, affects the student in a perceived negative or unjust manner; furthermore, an allegation of improper, unfair, arbitrary, or discriminatory treatment by university personnel.

Residential students who wish to register an academic complaint may contact the Waldorf University Vice President for Academic Affairs at 800-292-1903. To clarify the student’s concerns, complaints should be sent in writing to: Vice President for Academic Affairs, Waldorf University, 106 S. 6th St., Forest City, IA 50436.

Residential students who wish to register a non-academic complaint may contact the Waldorf University Dean of Students at 641.585.8160 or by email at ramakerj@waldorf.edu where an incident report/complaint form may be completed and reviewed for follow up.

Online program students who wish to file a complaint, academic or non-academic, may contact their assigned Student Services Representative at 877.267.2157 for assistance. To clarify the student’s concerns, complaints should be sent in writing to: students@waldorf.edu OR Student Services Department, Waldorf University, P.O. Box 3269, Orange Beach, AL 36561.

Contact information for registering a complaint with the accrediting agencies should be contacted only after the student has registered a complaint with Waldorf University and has not received a response to the request for resolution.

Accrediting Agency
Higher Learning Commission 230 South. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Registering a Complaint with Iowa
Students may file a complaint with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission by toll-free phone at 877.272.4456 and/or submitting the online Student Dispute Resolution form at iowacollegeaid.gov/sdrf- start.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse (ATODA) Information

Policy on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Waldorf University is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment free of illicit drugs and the unlawful use or abuse of alcohol. The University recognizes that the use or consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs can adversely impact academic achievement, personal development, health, and safety. Individuals who violate University policy, local, state, or federal regulations are subject to arrest and/or disciplinary sanctions including, but not limited to, required assessment, treatment, restrictions, fines, educational assignments, or expulsion.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Policies
The Waldorf University Code of Student Conduct includes the following as proscribed (prohibited) behaviors:

  1. Public intoxication or use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages except expressly permitted by law or the University regulations.
  2. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under 21 years of age.
  3. Use, possession, sale, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law.
  4. Waldorf University is a tobacco- and nicotine-free campus. No use, sale, or distribution of tobacco or nicotine products in University facilities, on University grounds, at University-sponsored events, and in University vehicles is allowed.
  5. Violation of any federal, state, or local law.

These stipulations are University policy and local, state, and federal laws:

  • Individuals and groups are responsible for and will be held accountable for their choices and behaviors related to alcohol and other drugs. If an individual or group exhibits alcohol and/or drug intoxication and/or unruly behavior, the individual and/or group may be sanctioned for both the intoxication and the disruptive behavior.
  • Alcohol is not permitted by students or guests in residence halls, individual units, campus buildings, or on campus grounds.
  • Serving alcohol to students is prohibited on Waldorf property and at University sponsored events.
  • Alcohol, controlled substances, and related paraphernalia are not permitted in the corridors, stairwells, floor lounges, rooms, or in any campus facility.
  • All occupants and guests of a residence hall room or apartment area are subject to disciplinary action if a guest or someone in the unit is violating alcohol, tobacco and other drug policies.
  • Members of student groups, organizations, or teams are responsible for adherence to policy outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, the Waldorf University’s policy on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and local, state, and federal regulations. In addition all members of student groups, teams, or organizations, regardless of age, are required:
    • To refrain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs prior to any  University-sponsored competitive event.
    • To report their own on and off campus alcohol or drug violation to the advisor, team coach, and or faculty/staff/administrative representative.
  • Coaches, advisors or instructors may elect to impose disciplinary sanctions to students in groups, organizations, or teams in addition to those imposed by other University employees responsible for enforcement of the Code of Student Conduct. These sanctions may include:
    • A written warning.
    • Required alcohol and drug assessment, compliance with the assessor's recommendations, and may not be permitted to play in the next game for a second offense.
    • Dismissal or suspension from the group for the remainder of the season or event for a third offense.
  • The possession or use of alcohol paraphernalia/drug paraphernalia is prohibited in campus housing. For purpose of this policy, paraphernalia is defined as items typically used to dispense or ingest alcohol or illegal drugs including, but not limited to, liquor bottles/cans, kegs, bongs, pipes, roach clips, and hookah pipes.
  • Advertisements that indicated alcohol as the primary focus of an event are forbidden.
  • Waldorf University students, like all citizens, are expected to know and abide by local, state, and federal laws. The local, state, and federal regulations related to alcohol and drugs include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • It is unlawful for persons under the age of 21 to possess, purchase, attempt to purchase, or consume an alcoholic beverage, except in special circumstances or when accompanied by a parent, spouse, or guardian of legal drinking age.
    • The misrepresentation of one's age for the purpose of purchasing or consuming alcoholic beverages or for the purpose of entering a licensed premise is forbidden.
    • It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle when impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
    • The law prohibits the knowing, intentional, and unauthorized possession, furnishing, manufacturing, and trafficking of scheduled controlled substances, such as cocaine, marijuana, LSD, heroin, and steroids.
    • Without a liquor license, it is unlawful to sell or accept payment for alcohol.
    • It is unlawful to sell alcohol to an intoxicated person.
    • It is illegal for an underage person to be in a bar or on licensed premises except when the underage person is a resident or employee during work hours at such premises, or when the licensed activity is supplemental to the principal business.

Medical Emergencies: Alcohol and drug consumption can result in a medical emergency. Students and staff should request help with such an emergency immediately by visiting a hospital emergency room, or contacting 911, Campus Security, Health Services or a member of the Residence Life Staff.

Good Samaritan Guidelines: Each member of the campus community is encouraged to immediately seek help from an Area Coordinator, an RA, Campus Security, or a local paramedic unit for students or guests whose health and well-being may be at risk due to the consumption of alcohol and/or drugs. Helping a student in need will always be viewed favorably in any follow up to an incident, including those incidents where the “Good Samaritan” and/or person in need of emergency assistance may have violated University policy.

Self-Help Guidelines: When a student recognizes that he or she has difficulty with substance abuse and agrees to a voluntary withdrawal to participate in a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program at his or her own expense, penalties incurred for disruptive behavior resulting from the use of alcohol or a controlled substance may be waived.

Sanctions

Waldorf University Sanctions: Disciplinary sanctions for violation of University regulations may include a warning, disciplinary probation, discretionary or education assignments, community service, mediation, fines, parental notification, referrals, restitution, restrictions or loss of privileges, residence unit suspension, residence hall expulsion, temporary suspension, suspension from the University, or expulsion from the University. Under federal law, the University may notify the parents of alcohol and drug violations if the student is under the age of 21 at the time of notification. While the sanction(s) imposed depend upon the severity of the offense and the history (if any), disciplinary measures typically follow the pattern outlined below:

  1. First Offense: $50 fine and a mandatory education program. Parental notification for students under the age of 21 is possible.
  2. Second Offense: $150 fine, discretionary assignment, payment for, completion of and compliance with a chemical dependency assessment, and/or candidate for residence hall probation. Parents may be notified if a student has not reached 21 years of age.
  3. Third Offense: $200 fine, discretionary assignment, payment for, completion of and compliance with a chemical dependency assessment, and/or candidate for residence unit suspension/expulsion. Parents may be notified if a student has not reached 21 years of age.

Community Sanctions: In addition to sanctions imposed by the University, Waldorf University students are subject to sanctions imposed by the local authorities and officials in their local and/or home communities.

Tobacco-Free and Nicotine-Free Policy

Waldorf University finds that:

  • Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States.1
  • Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke2•3; and
  • Inhaling e-cigarette aerosol directly from the device or from secondhand aerosol is potentially harmful to health4; and
  • Tobacco products (extends to all types of tobacco, nicotine and electronic smoking device (ESD) products), once consumed in public spaces, are often discarded on the ground requiring additional maintenance expenses and diminish the beauty of outdoor grounds; and
  • The prohibition of tobacco and nicotine use at all times will serve to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of our students, staff and visitors.

Policy: 
Waldorf University facilities and grounds, including vehicles owned or leased by Waldorf University, are off limits for tobacco use, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, pipes, snus, Electronic Smoking Devices (ESD) and nicotine products that are not Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for tobacco cessation. This requirement extends to students, employees, and visitors. This policy applies at all times, including school-sponsored and non- school sponsored events. Persons failing to abide by this policy are required to extinguish their smoking material, dispose of the tobacco/nicotine product or leave Waldorf University premises immediately. It is the responsibility of the administration to enforce this policy.

This policy is part of Iowa Department of Public Health and promoting and protecting the health of Iowans and was adopted on February 23, 2017.

  1. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Tobacco Overview. Retrieved November 10 ,2015, from http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/facts issues/tobacco 101 /
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking-SO Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2015 Aug 20).
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. Secondhand Smoke What It Means to You. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2006. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/secondhandsmoke/secondhandsmoke.pdf.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health (2015). E-cigarette information. Retrieved November 16, 2015.

Complaints and Enforcement of Iowa Smokefree Air Act

  1. The Iowa Department of Public Health is responsible for maintaining a system for receiving and investigating complaints of non-compliance with the Smokefree Air Act.
  2. The Iowa Department of Public Health designates the law enforcement authorities of the state and for each political subdivision of the state, to assist with the enforcement of the Smokefree Air Act. A peace officer may issue a citation instead of arresting a violator of this Act and the violator shall pay a civil penalty (Iowa Code section 805.8C(3)) for each violation. The Office of Student Life is the designated contact authority for the campus with regards to this policy.
  3. Any person may register a complaint with the Iowa Department of Public Health by calling the toll-free number, 888.944.2247, or by registering a complaint on the IDPH web site www.IowaSmokefreeAir.gov or by downloading a complaint form from the IDPH web site.
  4. The Waldorf Human Resource Office will be responsible to inform all employment applicants and current employees in those classifications that University-owned and leased facilities and grounds are smoke-free environments.
  5. Any person can inform another that the University is a smoke free environment and that smoking violates the Smokefree Air Act. If the individual refuses to stop smoking, a complaint can be filed against a violator with the Office of Student Life.

Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (see catalog for FERPA policy)

Sexual Assault/Harassment & (HIPPA) Policy


Waldorf University is committed to maintaining an academic environment free from any form of sexual assault. Sexual assault involves any act of forced, coerced, or non-consensual sexual intercourse or sexual contact. Acquaintance rape is a form of sexual assault that includes manipulation within a relationship. This manipulation includes using acquaintance to gain trust and take advantage of the victim’s vulnerability.

Acquaintance rape includes:

  • Having sexual relations against the victim’s will and without the victim’s consent;
  • Having sexual relations with someone who is drunk or high and therefore unable to give consent’
  • Using physical force or threats of physical force to coerce the victim into sexual relations;
  • Using emotional manipulation and/or threats to coerce the victim into sexual relations.

 

Harassment Policy

This policy does not all apply to student-to-student harassment situations. Please see the Office of Student Life for clarification if needed.

A. Policy Statement
Waldorf University is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere in which all members of the community are treated with dignity and respect. As part of this commitment, harassment and bullying is regarded as reprehensible and will not be tolerated by the Waldorf University community. To further the University’s educational goals and its commitment to preventing harassment of any kind, harassment education will be provided no less than annually. As an educational institution Waldorf believes that meaningful education and proactive conversation is imperative to creating a respectful community.

This policy applies to all members of the University community–students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the Board of Trustees. Members of the University community who are traveling abroad on university business or due to a university course are expected to comply with this policy regardless of local laws and/or customs. It also applies to any persons not affiliated with the University who may have occasion to be present on campus and interact with students, faculty, and staff.

Harassment is especially serious when it threatens relationships between teacher and student or supervisor and subordinate. In such situations, harassment exploits unfairly the power inherent in a faculty member or supervisor’s position. Through grades, salary or wage increases, recommendations for advanced study, promotion and the like, a supervisor or faculty member may have a decisive influence on the students, faculty members, or staff member’s career at Waldorf University and beyond.

While harassment most often occurs in situations of a power differential between the persons involved, it may occur between persons of the same or similar status. The University will not tolerate behavior between or among members of the community which creates a hostile, intimidating, or divisive atmosphere which may prove disruptive to the University community.

B. Definitions
Complainant: A member of the University community who believes he/she may have been subject to, witnessed, or been informed about harassment.

Harassment: The University defines harassment as any behavior which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work, learning, or campus living environment, and which is based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any other legally protected characteristic if such conduct would be offensive to a reasonable person. Additional information on Sexual Harassment and the University’s policy related to Consensual Relationships can be found at the end of this policy.

Harassment Resolution Task Force: An elected group of three faculty and two staff members which serves as an impartial fact-finding body on harassment complaints that involve a regular university employee (non-student employees).

Campus Hearing Board: A selected group of employees and students which serves as a jury and review board for major student conduct situations, including student-to-student harassment.

Recipient: Formally known as the Designated Complaint Recipients, these members of the University community are individually designated to receive all harassment complaints. They are:

  • the Vice President for Business Affairs;
  • the Dean of Students;
  • the Vice President for Academic Affairs;
  • the Human Resources Manager;
  • the Campus Nurse;
  • the Director of the AACE; or
  • any Dean or other University Officer.

Respondent: The person(s) accused of alleged harassment.

C. Reporting Requirements and Resolution Procedures
If you believe that you have been harassed and do not feel comfortable undertaking a conversation with the other person regarding your feelings related to their behavior, you should report the conduct to a Recipient. Members of the University community who believe they may have witnessed or been informed about harassment should report the conduct to a Recipient. Whether you initiate a conversation or make a report to a Recipient, you need not fear coercion or reprisal, as none will be tolerated by the University. Upon receipt of the complaint, the Recipient will counsel the Complainant on the three campus-based resolution options available to her/him and provide information regarding counseling and other support services available at the University and through the community. Although the resolution options are presented in a suggested order, the most appropriate option(s) may be chosen in a given situation. In addition to campus-based responses, there are also legal options for the person who experiences harassment. Persons who wish to pursue legal remedies are urged to seek competent counsel in a timely fashion, as the University does not provide legal advice or representation regarding these matters.

If the Complainant does not wish to pursue the matter, the Recipient will attempt to determine whether facts support the complaint as the University has an obligation to eliminate harassment even if a particular Complainant does not so request. The Recipient may speak with the Respondent in order to determine whether facts support a complaint and prepare a written summary of the conversation with both the Complainant and the Respondent. The Recipient will prepare a written of all complaints. This written report will contain summaries of conversations as well as any other information.

The written report may contain a recommendation from the Recipient about whether or not the claim seems to have been resolved in the process of conversations. The Recipient may initiate formal procedures by filing a complaint with one of the previously listed Recipients, and the Recipient will serve as a Complainant thereafter. All complaints of harassment of any kind will be promptly investigated.

The Harassment Resolution Task Force, the Dean of Students or the Campus Student Hearing Board is charged with the responsibility of hearing, mediating, and resolving issues or complaints involving harassment that are resolved through the Formal Procedure, below. The University is liable under state and federal law if it “has notice” of a hostile environment and fails to take immediate and appropriate action. Persons determined to be in violation of the University’s harassment policy will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from verbal or written reprimand to sanctions culminating in termination or dismissal, and the possibility of referral to the appropriate authorities. All reports are filed with the Title IX officer.

Resolution Option A: Direct Response
To facilitate resolution the Complainant may choose to confront the alleged harasser directly, either in person or in writing, specifically identifying the behavior or incident found objectionable and, if desired, the remedy sought, in an effort to resolve the complaint. If the complaint is not resolved through a direct response or the Complainant feels uncomfortable about taking this action, the Complainant should report the behavior to a Recipient, as defined above. In the case of a complaint involving a student and alleged harassment by a faculty or staff member the Direct Response is not recommended due to the inherent power differential which exists.

Resolution Option B: Informal Procedure
Informal Procedure will generally involve efforts to mediate a resolution that both the Complainant and the person accused (Respondent) can agree upon. The mediation will not involve face-to-face meetings between the parties unless the Complainant agrees. The designated investigator will meet with the Complainant and then with the Respondent and the Respondent’s immediate supervisor. In the case of students, the Dean of Students will act as the Respondent’s supervisor. Every effort will be made to resolve the situation informally in whatever manner might be most efficient. If the Respondent admits to the action, and the Complainant is satisfied with an informal resolution, then the designated investigator or designee in conjunction with the Respondent’s supervisor, and the President, if it involves employees, will determine the appropriate sanction, which may be remedial, rehabilitative and/or disciplinary. The President’s decision will be final in cases that involve employees. If the designated investigator has been unable to mediate a resolution within fifteen (15) days of receipt, the designated investigator will so inform the Complainant and the Respondent that the case has moved to the Formal Procedures stage. The results of the informal resolution will be documented. This documentation will be maintained according to guidelines under “Records” later in this policy. Informal procedures must be completed within fifteen (15) business days of receipt of the complaint by the designated investigator.

Resolution Option C: Formal Procedure

  • If the Informal Procedure did not produce a mediated resolution that was acceptable to both the Complainant and the Respondent or if the incident is of such a nature that informal resolution is not appropriate, the case will proceed automatically to the formal stage. A written, signed, and dated complaint, prepared by the Complainant and/or the Recipient, must be filed with the designated investigator and the case will then be referred to the Campus Hearing Board or the Harassment Resolution Task Force. The Board or Task Force will further investigate the complaint as impartial fact finders not representing either the Complainant or the Respondent involved. If the allegations are found to be valid, the President, in cases involving employees, in consultation with the Task Force, and the Respondent’s supervisor will determine the appropriate action to be taken. In cases involving only students, the Dean of Students in consultation with the Campus Hearing Board will determine the appropriate action to be taken. The President’s and/or Dean of Students decision will be final. Formal procedures must be completed within sixty (60) business days from the date the written and signed formal complaint was filed with the designated investigator.

D. Protection of Complainant and Others
All reasonable action will be taken to ensure the Complainant and those providing information on behalf of the Complainant or supporting the Complainant in other ways will suffer no retaliation as the result of their activities in regard to the process. The Complainant will be kept informed during the process. In extraordinary circumstances and at any time during the filing of a sexual harassment complaint, the President of the University and/or Dean of Students may suspend any administrator, faculty member, staff member, or student accused of harassment if it appears reasonably certain that harassment has occurred and that serious and immediate harm might ensue if the Respondent was not suspended.

The Chair of the Board of Trustees will assume the role of the President for cases in which the President is a party to the complaint.

E. Retaliation
Retaliation against an individual for a good faith report or complaint of alleged harassment or for participating in an investigation, or against an individual accused of committing harassment is prohibited by University policy, as well as by state and federal law.
Retaliation is a serious violation which can be subject the offender to sanctions independent of the merits of the harassment allegation. It is a violation of this harassment policy to retaliate against:

  • any member of the Harassment Resolution Task Force or Campus Hearing Board,
  • a person who has or is complaining of alleged harassment (Complainant),
  • a person who is or has been accused of harassment (Respondent), or
  • any person involved in assisting, participating or cooperating in an investigation of harassment, and may be grounds for further disciplinary action.

Retaliation can take many forms, including threats and other forms of intimidation, unwarranted denial, or reduction of rights and privileges, disadvantageous treatment, and the like. When retaliation is charged, the complaining party should utilize the complaint resolution mechanisms specified in this policy.

F. False Accusations
Due to the nature of harassment, complaints cannot always be substantiated. The lack of corroborating evidence should not discourage complainants from seeking relief through the procedures outlined in this policy. Failure to prove a claim of harassment is not equivalent to a false allegation. However, charges found to be intentionally dishonest or made maliciously without regard for the truth will subject the Complainant and/or person(s) providing false or intentionally misleading information to disciplinary action. While Waldorf University will seek, insofar as possible, to protect from retaliation persons who make allegations of harassment and/or are involved in investigating or resolving such allegations, the University will also seek to protect those accused from the effects of unfounded or frivolous allegations. It is a violation of this policy for anyone to knowingly make false accusations of harassment and disciplinary action may be imposed for making such false accusations. Such false or malicious accusations may also subject the person making such false allegations to civil liability.

G. Confidentiality
Every reasonable effort will be made to preserve the confidentiality and to protect the rights of students, faculty, staff and administrators involved in the filing, investigation, and resolution of complaints of harassment. However, if the Complainant chooses to speak publicly regarding the case, the University shall not be held liable. To the extent reasonably possible, Waldorf University will treat all information received as confidential. However, where it is necessary, in the University’s sole discretion, to disclose particulars in the course of the investigation, such disclosure will be made. The parties to a complaint of sexual harassment should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect for the reputation of all parties involved in the process.

H. Records
No record of a complaint shall be placed in the personnel file of an administrator, faculty member, or staff member or in the personal file of a student if the complaint is found to be unsubstantiated and without merit. If a complaint is substantiated, an official notation will be placed in the personnel file of the administrator, faculty member, or staff member, or in the personal file of the student, against whom the complaint is filed. In addition, any official disciplinary action will be noted in the file.
If a Complainant chose to use the Direct Response and also communicated this situation to a Recipient, the only record that will be retained will contain the following:

  • the name of the Complainant,
  • the name of the individual against whom the complaint was made,
  • the date the complaint was first brought to the attention of the University,
  • a general statement of the nature of the complaint,
  • a statement that the Complainant chose to use the direct response,
  • a statement on the results of the direct response.

If a complaint is found to be unsubstantiated and without merit at either the informal or formal level, the only record that will be retained will contain the following:

  • the name of the Complainant,
  • the name of the individual against whom the complaint was made,
  • the date the complaint was first brought to the attention of the University,
  • a general statement of the nature of the complaint,
  • a statement that the complaint was found to be unsubstantiated and without merit, and the level at which such determination was made.

If, after initial counseling on options or unsuccessful mediation, the Complainant does not wish to pursue the complaint and the Recipient does not initiate formal procedures, the only record that will be retained will contain the following:

  • the name of the Complainant,
  • the name of the individual against whom the complaint was made,
  • the date the complaint was first brought to the attention of the University,
  • a general statement of the nature of the complaint,
  • a statement that the Complainant elected not to pursue the matter after initial counseling on options or unsuccessful mediation and that the Recipient, after an investigation, had determined not to initiate formal procedures.

The University shall retain all records generated at any level in the handling of a complaint of harassment. These records shall be kept in a locked file with the Title IX office. The Title IX office will maintain these records, and he/she alone has access to them unless he/she grants access to another person. Upon receipt of a new complaint file, the Title IX office will notify the Recipient if another file pertaining either to Complainant or Respondent exists. The Recipient will then review those records to determine if there is a need to initiate additional formal procedures. Access to harassment records is severely restricted, and may be obtained only through written permission of the President and/or Title IX office.

Under ordinary circumstances, access to records may be granted only when the information contained therein may be necessary and pertinent to the conduct of an investigation of harassment, and only to the following individuals or groups:

  1. those who act as Recipients or designated investigator of claims of harassment, and
  2. the members of the Harassment Resolution Task Force or Hearing Board.

The President has sole discretion to determine whether the need to know outweighs the need for confidentiality. In extraordinary circumstances, access to records may be granted if it is deemed necessary to prevent serious and immediate harm to the Complainant or other members of the campus community. In all cases where access to records has been granted, a statement will be affixed to the file indicating that the contents thereof are privileged and confidential, and a record will be maintained of any individual(s) obtaining access, the date, and the reason the particular record was reviewed.

The Chair of the Board of Trustees will assume the role of the President for cases in which the President is a party to the complaint.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

  • Sexual harassment can take many forms and the determination of what constitutes sexual harassment will vary according to the particular circumstances. Sexual harassment may generally be defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other written, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature which is directed toward a person because of his/her gender, when;
  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education;
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or employment environment.

Sexual harassment may involve behavior by a person toward another person. Conduct alleged to be sexual harassment will be evaluated by considering the totality of the particular circumstances, including the nature, frequency, intensity, location, context, and duration of the questioned behavior. Although repeated incidents generally create a stronger claim of sexual harassment, a serious incident, even if isolated, can be sufficient. For example, a single suggestion that academic or other educational or employment rewards or reprisals will follow the granting or refusal of sexual favors, will constitute sexual harassment and grounds for action under this policy. Generally speaking, the person exhibiting the sexually harassing conduct does not have to intend or realize that the conduct is offensive in order for the conduct to constitute sexual harassment.

University Policy on Consensual Relationships
Because consent cannot be given freely in a situation where one person has power over another, romantic and/or sexual relationships between the following are prohibited: faculty and staff with currently enrolled students and students being recruited, supervisors with any person they supervise, Board of Trustees members with administrators, faculty, staff, and students or any other University employee with someone over whom she/he has a position of power or control. Consensual relationships of a romantic or sexual nature between a Waldorf University employee and a current Waldorf student, or between supervisors and those they supervise may be construed as, or may in fact be, harassment. Because a unique position of power or control exists in such relationships, the term “consent” is made ambiguous. Consequently, to claim a consensual relationship is not an acceptable defense against charges of harassment.

The following are exceptions to the above policy:

  1. This policy does not apply to relationships between spouses.
  2. A consensual relationship of a romantic nature between a student employee of Waldorf University and another Waldorf student is not prohibited.

Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information (HIPPA)

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

1. Purpose of This Privacy Notice
This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how Waldorf University Health Care Components may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment or conduct health care operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. Waldorf University reserves the right to make changes in this Notice of Privacy Practices. The Notice describes your rights to access and control of your protected health information. “Protected Health Information” is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health condition and related health care services. For purposes of this notice, we will refer to “Protected Health Information” as “PHI.”

2. Who Will Follow This Notice
This notice describes the privacy policy of the various departments at Waldorf University that provide health-related services to you. Waldorf University Health Care Components include the following health care providers:

  • Waldorf University Director of Student Health Services;
  • Waldorf University Counseling Center: Director of Counseling Center, Dean of Students;
  • Waldorf University Athletic Trainer, Head Coaches, and Assistant Coaches; and
  • Waldorf University Student Loan and Insurance Coordinator.

These health care provider components work together at Waldorf to provide you with comprehensive and coordinated health-related services.

3. Our Pledge Regarding Your Medical Information
We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal, and we are committed to protecting it. A record of the care and the services you receive at any Waldorf University health care provider is created and maintained at that location. This notice applies to all of those records of your care.

Your personal health information is required to be kept confidential and private under a number of federal and state laws. For example, Iowa Code Chapter 22.7(2) addresses the confidentiality of public hospital, medical, and professional counselor records; Iowa Code Chapter 228 addresses the disclosure of mental health and psychological information; the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. &1232(g) and 34 CFR Part 99, addresses the confidentiality of student educational records; and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), 42 U.S.C. 1320(d) and 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164, addresses the confidentiality of patient health information and records.

We are required by law to:

  • Make sure that medical and psychological information that identifies you is kept private.
  • Provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices regarding your medical and psychological information. You will have the opportunity to review and obtain a copy of this notice no later than the first time you visit one of the Waldorf University health care providers listed above. We will also ask you to acknowledge that you have been offered this opportunity.
  • Provide you with, and ask you to sign, a more detailed Consent to Treatment form that will explain specific, and often more stringent requirements pertaining to use and disclosure of your mental health and psychological information if you are seeking services from the Waldorf University Counseling Center.
  • Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect. We may change the terms of our notice at any time. The new notice will be effective for all PHI that we maintain at that time. Upon your request, we will provide you with any revised Notice of Privacy Practices.

You may obtain a copy of the revised version by contacting the Waldorf University Student Health Services and requesting that a revised copy be sent to you in the mail or by asking for one at the time of your next appointment. The current notice and any revised notice are available on the internet on the Waldorf University website at waldorf.edu.

Statement and Policies of Non-Discrimination and Accessibility
Non-Discriminatory Policy: Waldorf University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having questions concerning Waldorf’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, or Title IX or Section 504, is directed to contact the Department of Human Resources, 106 South 6th St., Waldorf University, Forest City, IA 50436 (641.585.8197) who has been designated to coordinate Waldorf University’s efforts to comply with these regulations.

Any person may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U. S. Department of Education.
Notice of Program Accessibility: Waldorf University is committed to providing all of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors with equal access to its programs, events, and facilities. To this end, and in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act, the University is making modifications to its buildings and grounds in such reasonable manner as to provide access for the handicapped and stands ready to supply to students and faculty, including those with limiting visual or hearing impairments, such auxiliary aids, modifications in classroom locations, and/or adjustment of classroom techniques and practices as will allow equal access to the regular program and degree objectives offered by the University.

Requests for information or for modifications beyond those already completed or for assistance to accommodate individual needs should be made to the Department of Human Resources, 106 South 6th St., Waldorf University, Forest City, IA 50436 (641.585.8197).