William Jewell College students are entitled to the same freedom as any other citizens of our country. It is the policy of the college to ensure these rights, consistent with the provisions of law, acceptable taste and the purposes and goals of the institution. When matriculation in the college requires that conditions be placed upon students’ freedoms, these conditions and their rationale are clearly delineated.
On this campus, the concepts of freedom and personal responsibility are inextricably bound. The college community, like any other, functions upon the principle that each member will respect, and indeed will protect, the rights of his/her fellow citizens. Students are encouraged to develop these values which represent mature, self-disciplined persons who appreciate the privilege of education and are willing to accept its responsibilities.
When one chooses a college, he/she commits himself/herself to its philosophy of education and its policies and regulations. Even though students may not agree with some rules established by the college, it is expected that they will comply with them in a manner conducive to the highest moral standards and in keeping with the discipline of the academic community.
Responsibility for violations of the Standard of Conduct is relegated to the College Conduct Committee made up of students and faculty. This group defines behavioral expectations and takes appropriate action in support of the Standard of Conduct. Personal and group responsibility and accountability remains up to the individual members of the William Jewell community. It is this sense of community that binds personal as well as group decision-making.