Student Code of Conduct

All students are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the college including those published in the policy manual, the catalog, and the student handbook. When a student enrolls in the college, the student automatically signals acceptance of the college’s rules and regulations. Therefore, all students have a responsibility to be familiar with the documents mentioned above and any others which may be promulgated. Actions or behavior inconsistent with the Christian and academic traditions of the institution or unacceptable to the established community standards may result in suspension or expulsion. Enrollment at the college is interpreted by the institution to have both academic and social/behavioral implications. Students will be responsible, respect community rules (both campus and municipal), and recognize the rights of others.

Brief overviews of some policies are listed below. A complete listing can be found in Volume 8 of the Southwestern College policy manual at

Alcohol and Drugs

The possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs by students or employees is strictly prohibited on the property of the college or as part of any college activity taking place off college property. Additionally, the possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs is strictly prohibited as part of any activity taking place on college property, even if that activity does not involve students or employees.

Students who host, live, participate in, or attend activities where alcohol or illegal drugs are present violate the college’s code of conduct. They may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement officials if local, state, or federal statutes are violated in addition to facing college action.

Fire Hazards

No smoking or tobacco use is permitted inside any campus building including student rooms.

Burnt or burning candles and incense are fire hazards and are not allowed. No open flame of any kind is allowed inside campus buildings. Halogen lamps are not permitted in any campus building. Other prohibited items in residence halls include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Halogen lights
  • Toasters and toaster ovens
  • Hot plates
  • Electrical skillets
  • Space heaters
  • Heat lamps
  • Electric coffee makers without automatic shut off


Honors and Warren apartments may have the following kitchen appliances

  • Toasters and toaster ovens
  • Hot plates
  • Electric skillets

All electrical appliances are subject to the approval of the college through the Safety and Security Department. Questions should be directed to the Director of Safety and Security at or 620-229-0012.


Residents may have overnight guests of same gender in their room or apartment. Overnight guest arrangements must be made with the resident director. The maximum number of consecutive nights a guest may stay is three. The student’s permission must be given in writing to a housing staff member before family members enter the room without the student present. All policies regarding guests apply to family members. You are responsible for your guests observing hall and college regulations.


Hazing by any person, fraternity, sorority, group, or organization is not allowed at Southwestern College.  The college defines hazing as:

Any action or activity taken or situation intentionally created, whether on or off campus, which produces psychological abuse, physical abuse, improper obligations or time restrictions. Consent of pledge does not exempt any organization from this regulation.

Therefore, any instance of physical abuse, psychological abuse, improper obligations, requirements, or time restrictions involving new members (commonly known as pledge/associate members) activities associated with an obligation for membership shall therefore be understood to be incidents of hazing.

Propping Open Locked Door or Fire Doors

Fire doors must remain shut at all times unless they are on an automatic closure system. Fire doors which are propped open will allow a fire to quickly spread throughout a building. It is prohibited to prop open a fire door in any building on campus.  It is prohibited to prop open any door in any campus building once that door or building has been secured and locked.

Unauthorized Use of College Buildings and Properties

The college prohibits unauthorized entry and/or use of campus facilities and properties including unauthorized access to or use of keys, telephones, voice mail, and fax. Students will not intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy, deface, or tamper with the property of the college or the property of another person or entity.

Visiting Hours

Cole Hall and Wallingford Hall are not to be entered by any non-resident of the building except during visiting hours. Visiting hours are posted in each residence hall.  Students violating visitation policy are subject to disciplinary action. Visitors must be at least 18 years of age unless they are family members. The person hosting the visitors is responsible for the behavior of their visitor. Members of the opposite gender cannot be in each other’s rooms after visiting hours. The resident director reserves the right to ask any visitor to leave at any time.  Broadhurst, Sutton, Honor, Reid, Shriwise, and the Warren Street apartments have open visitation hours; however, all other housing policies apply.

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