Community, Policies & Conduct
Bullying and Harassment
Diversity and Inclusion Team
Hastings College has made a commitment to work toward a campus that is free from all discrimination and that celebrates the diversity of its various community members. To maintain this commitment, Hastings College has established a Diversity and Inclusion Team. This is an open group, comprised of students, faculty and staff, and is chaired by the Vice President for Student Access, Enrollment, and Performance to provide support to students who are affected by discrimination; additionally, it supports and cooperates with diversity related organizations on campus.
Reports of discrimination incidents should be made to the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Student Engagement.
Reports can also be emailed to email@example.com or completed at hastings.edu/concerns.
See sections below on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct for information about making reports of incidents of these types.
Endangering Self or Others/Self-Care
Being a positive member of the Hastings College community requires the ability to assure one's own welfare and meet traditional, basic obligations. This means, in part, that students must be willing and able to care for themselves and behave in ways that will not cause problems for themselves or those around them, nor negatively impact the welfare, safety and success of other community members.
Examples would include, but are not limited to, caring adequately for one's physical and emotional health, wearing a mask as required during COVID-19 periods of concern, dealing appropriately with life challenges, getting along with others successfully, making adequate academic progress and not causing or threatening to cause harm to one's self.
The College offers a number of resources to assist with academic, emotional, and physical stress. It is the expectation that students will seek out and/or accept services (on-campus or off) when in need. If the college believes that a student’s health or behaviors may endanger themselves or other members of the campus community, the college reserves the right to require that the student vacate campus housing and/or withdraw from the college. In addition, the college reserves the right to contact students’ parents or legal guardians if students may be a danger to themselves or others.
Firearms, Weapons and Fireworks
Firearms, weapons and fireworks of any description are prohibited on Hastings College property. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, all handguns and rifles, airsoft guns (and similar guns which fire projectiles), BB guns, potato guns, paintball guns, explosives, fireworks, firecrackers or dangerous chemicals, shells, blow darts, bows and arrows, and hunting and fishing knives. The college reserves the right to decide what is prohibited under this policy.
Note: The carrying of concealed weapons is prohibited on the Hastings College campus under college policy and by Nebraska State Law. For information on storage of firearms, contact Head Shotgun Sports Coach Michael Saint at 402-461-7410.
Faculty, staff and students are required to have approval from the Hastings College Foundation, prior to soliciting funds for any group or individual cause or program directly or indirectly connected to the college. This includes, but is not limited to, selling merchandise, soliciting advertising, asking for donations (cash or non-cash donations) and applying for grants. To request approval, please contact Mike Karloff, 402.461.7473 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Chelsea Lemar, 917-618-4232 or email@example.com, or Claire Bostelman, 402-461-7786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents and guardians of Hastings College students are always encouraged to contact the appropriate offices with questions or concerns about their student’s progress. Hastings College adheres to the protection of student privacy rights through FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act). Generally, college officials may notify parents or guardians (e.g by phone or by mail) in consultation with the appropriate office(s) and/or the Student Concerns Committee in at least the following cases:
Students may not make audio and/or video recordings of meetings with college officials unless all parties are aware and approve of the recording. When requested, both parties should have equal access to any approved recording.
Scooters and Hoverboards
Scooters and other wheeled transportation (except for equipment needed due to a current disability) may not be ridden in buildings. Hoverboards may not be used, charged or stored on campus grounds or in any building at any time. Gas-powered scooters may not be parked or stored inside campus buildings.
Smoking, E-Cigarettes, Vapes, Delta Varieties and Chewing Tobacco
FERPA: Student Rights under FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. See full policy in the Hastings College Academic Catalog. Link to the FERPA form.
Posting of Signs, Campus Displays and Chalking, Community Advertising
Any campus entity, group or organization wishing to advertise outside the college must first have the approval of the Office of Marketing and Communications. Contact Michael Howie, director of marketing, at 402.461.7743 or email@example.com.
HC Cares Policy
(Sex or Gender Based Harassment,Sexual Misconduct, Bias, or Discrimination )
Hastings College is committed to fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational experience and, therefore, prohibits sex/gender based harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct.
The full updated and current policy can be found at hastings.edu/hccares.
Policy on Possession and Use of Alcohol and Drugs
The term alcohol as used in this shall include alcoholic spirits, liquor, wine, beer, and every substance containing alcoholic spirits, liquor, wine or beer.
The term illegal drug shall mean any controlled substance included in Nebraska Revised Statutes § 28-405 (which lists controlled substances regulated under Nebraska criminal laws relating to drugs and narcotics), any “controlled substance” as defined under federal law in 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq., and any otherwise lawfully available drug (such as over the counter or prescription drugs) used for any illegal or unauthorized purpose.
The College cares about its students and employees, their health, and well-being, and it encourages all individuals to care about each other. The College recognizes that there are many academic and social problems associated with the consumption of alcohol and illegal drugs, which have a negative impact on students, employees, and campus life in general.
In recognition of the problems associated with the use of drugs and alcohol on college campuses, and in accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, Hastings College has adopted the following policy regarding the possession and use of alcohol and illegal drugs on and off campus:
Standards of conduct for students and employees of Hastings College and their guests:
Local, state and federal laws prohibit the unlawful possession or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs. Violations of such laws are criminal offenses. Sanctions and penalties for such violations may range from probation to substantial monetary fines and/or imprisonment for substantial time periods if prosecuted in the criminal or civil courts. Additionally, convictions for possessing or selling illegal drugs may impact a student’s eligibility for federal student aid.
College Disciplinary Sanctions
Support and Prevention Services
Hastings College is committed to increasing employee and student awareness of the issues related to alcohol and drug use and abuse. In an effort to curb the negative effects of alcohol and drug use, the College takes the following steps:
Alcohol Policy for College Sponsored Off-Campus Excursions
There are special considerations related to the use of alcohol during off-campus excursions when those excursions extend outside of the regular instructional day, and may extend for several days. These considerations stem from the need to balance the rights of students to exercise their personal freedoms with the responsibility of the college to maintain a safe and effective learning and teaching atmosphere during such excursions. Therefore, the following policies will govern the use of alcohol by students on college-sponsored off-campus excursions, such as field trips and sporting events. Sponsoring departments and trip organizers may establish restrictions in addition to these (e.g., Athletic Department prohibitions on any alcohol consumption by athletes, a faculty member deeming alcohol consumption inappropriate in association with the purposes of the trip.):
Guidelines for Events where Alcohol is Present
This is not an all-inclusive list, but intended to provide some basic suggestions.
Drug Education and Testing Policy for Student Athletes
The Hastings College Athletic Department has an additional policy for educating and deterring the illegal use of drugs and substances. Contact the Athletic Department at 402.461.7395 for more information about the policy.
Vehicles on Campus
Note: Failure to register a vehicle parked on campus may result in a penalty. Any persons registering a vehicle in their name shall be liable for all violations incurred by that vehicle. Parking decals of registered vehicles must be displayed.
Penalties - Parking violations may be subject to fines.
Emotional Support Animal/Service Animal Policy
You can find our policy here: Emotional Support Animal/Service Animal Policy.
Student Code of Conduct
Hastings College is an educational institution in which there is an atmosphere of learning, as well as a sense of community. The College prides itself upon the principles of academic integrity, self-respect, and individual responsibility.
Student generations come and go, colleges continue. Because of this, and since interpretations of responsible living differ from locale to locale, every college community, by tradition or through adopted college policy, has established minimal regulations that must be made clear to all.
Since many aspects of a student’s conduct are deliberately not covered by the Student Code of Conduct which follows, the College expects a great deal of its students in exercising common sense and in observing commonly accepted moral and ethical standards. Students violating such standards may be subjected to disciplinary proceedings by one of the Student Judicial System’s judicial bodies, (the Community Accountability Board Office of Student Engagement, Student Academic Affairs Committee or Administration of the College). All students are expected to comply with the procedures and decisions of these judicial bodies.
Students who enroll at Hastings College assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with these principles—a manner which will bring credit to themselves and to the College—and to see that their guests observe these same principles at all times.
Hastings College reserves the right to suspend or otherwise administratively withdraw any student whose conduct is deemed to be an affront to the history and traditions of the College or whose behavior brings discredit to the College or who poses by reasonable assumption a threat of danger or harm to self or any member of the College community. Said suspension or withdrawal may be undertaken pending the outcome of criminal proceedings against a student without presumption of guilt. Particularly in the case of felony criminal charges, suspension or withdrawal will be the presumed course of action by the College.
The following Code of Conduct applies to all students and guests.
III. JUDICIAL AUTHORITY SUMMARY
The Student Judicial System at Hastings College was developed to provide the College community with a structured process which upholds the ideals, objectives, and goals of the College. While the system is not intended to be a duplicate of proceedings in a court of law, it is designed to be a process in an educational setting that will enhance and protect the rights and property of all members of the Hastings College community. The judicial system of the College is composed of three basic systems:
IV. PROSCRIBED CONDUCT
A. Jurisdiction of Hastings College
Generally, Hastings College jurisdiction and discipline shall be limited to conduct which occurs on College premises or which adversely affects the Hastings College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.
Hastings College does have jurisdiction to sanction a student for activities that take place off campus when those activities adversely affect the interests and/or reputation of the College or cause injury or harm to any person. The College is regularly notified of student violations of the law within the City of Hastings. Among those violations open to College sanction are: 1) disturbance of the peace, 2) selling alcohol without a license, 3) procuring alcohol for minors, and 4) any form of criminal violence to person or property.
B. Conduct—Rules and Regulations
Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article V:
Any of the following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Hastings College Student Code (this is not an exhaustive list). A decision as to whether a student has violated college policies and the Code of Conduct are made using the standard of preponderance of the evidence, in other words that an act was more likely than not to have occurred.
The institution may impose sanctions including revocation of scholarships for grave misconduct demonstrating flagrant disregard for the rights of others. In addition, the institution may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of processes set forth in this Code, including the completion of any sanctions imposed. In addition, deactivation—loss of privileges, including College recognition, for a specified period—may be imposed. The sanctions listed above may also be imposed upon groups or organizations. Other than College expulsion, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s academic transcript, but shall become part of the student’s confidential record. These records are maintained for seven (7) years after final disposition of the case.
Upon written request, the institution can release a student disciplinary proceeding for any violent crime or sexual misconduct offense where the incident results in the student’s death (the victim of the incident), to the student’s next of kin.
VI. INTERPRETATION AND REVISION
All students who enroll at Hastings College are expected to abide by this Student Code of Conduct. The College, in turn, will attempt, during the student’s tenure, to lend advice, support, and counsel as solicited and/or needed.
All students, on or off campus, and their guests are expected to show consideration and exhibit respect for the residents of Hastings, especially close neighbors, and behave in a manner compatible with the standards of the larger community. In addition, all HC students are expected to exhibit respect for the social regulations, personnel, and property when visiting other colleges and communities.
VII. REFERRAL, HEARING PROCEDURES AND JURISDICTIONS
The student judicial system comprises systems that include the following: Community Accountability Board, Administrative Hearing, and Student Academic Affairs Committee. Reports of violations of Student Code of Conduct are referred to the respective body or office that is responsible for adjudication.
Reports or referrals of violations that occur in campus housing jurisdiction are referred to the Community Accountability Board. Students who are referred to these bodies are informed of hearing procedures. Reports or referrals for violations outside of these jurisdictions are referred to the Dean of Student Engagement or Vice President for Student Access, Enrollment, and Performance.
The Office of Student Engagement makes final determination of whether a case will be conducted through the Community Accountability Board or through the Administrative Hearing process. If the Office of Student Engagement determines that the referral will be adjudicated through CAB, the referral is forwarded to the Chair of CAB for further processing.
If the Office of Student Engagement determines that the referral will be adjudicated through the Administrative hearing process, the Office of Student Engagement promptly informs the student(s) of the violation(s) and the steps of submitting an appeal.
Referrals for violations can be made by any student, faculty or staff via an online form found here; however, referrals for violations that occur in residence halls and Bronco Village Apartments are typically made by the respective residence hall or Bronco Village Apartment staff. Hearings are closed to only the adjudicating body/administrator and the referred student(s). In cases related to Title IX involving sexual violence (including sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, retaliation, intimidation, sexual harassment and hostile environment caused by sexual harassment), will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator. . In regard to all Title IX reporting and investigations,students (both the reporting and the responding party) may invite up to two advisors of their choosing to attend the investigation meetings. In the event that a student chooses to ask an advisor to be present at a hearing with the student, it is important to note that the advisor’s presence is for support and advice purposes only i.e., advisors are not permitted to speak for/on behalf of the student, or to otherwise engage in the proceedings in any way or to cross examine witnesses. Advisors may be friends, family members, attorneys or other people of the student’s choosing. However, if any advisor, including an attorney, is deemed to be disruptive or attempts to speak for or on behalf of the student or who attempts to participate in the proceedings, that advisor may be excluded from the hearing or meeting room.
Violations pertaining to academic dishonesty are typically addressed by individual faculty; procedures are delineated below under the section Academic Dishonesty and can also be found in the Hastings College Academic Catalog.
Community Accountability Board (CAB)
Jurisdiction and Responsibilities
If the Community Accountability Board hears a case, offenders have the right to appeal a decision to the Dean of Student Engagement or the Vice President of Student Access, Enrollment, & Performance. See Appeals Procedures for details about the appeals process.
VIII. APPEALS PROCEDURES
In cases adjudicated by the Community Accountability Board, an individual may make an appeal to the Office of Student Engagement. In all other cases, appeal will originate with the Office of Student Engagement. In cases adjudicated by the Dean of Student Engagement, an appeal may be made to the Vice President of Student Access, Enrollment, & Performance. The appeal must be within five (5) business days following the receipt of the decision/sanction. Appeal must be in writing and clearly state one of the reasons listed below:
If the appeals body, Dean of Student Engagement, or Vice President of Student Access, Enrollment, & Performance determines that there is sufficient justification, they may ask the adjudicating body or individual to reconsider the case. Decisions by appeal bodies and individuals are binding. A student may only appeal once during the process of a case adjudication.
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