The Community Standards process addresses violations of the code of honor in a holistic manner. Once violations have been reviewed, the behavior will be addressed through educational programming including Restorative Practices and CHOICES. When necessary, traditional sanctions (as outlined in The Liberty Way) are used.
Though discipline is never easy (Hebrews 12:11), it is biblical (Proverbs 3:11-12, 19; 12:1; 13:24). The Office of Community Life does not look at the Community Standards process as a negative one, but one of restoration (Proverbs 22:15) to be handled in a caring manner (Ephesians 6:4).
If you violate a policy of Liberty University, we encourage you to inform your hall leadership and/or our office as soon as possible. If a student you know has committed a violation, we suggest that you address them first. If they will not report the violation themselves, we ask that you e-mail or call our office at (434) 582-2320, contact a member of leadership on your hall, or use the Speak UP button.
Matthew 18:15-17 provides a godly example of how to handle problems in a relationship between two individuals. Translating this principle to a community relationship, the Resident Assistants, Resident Shepherds, LU Shepherds, Resident Directors, and any member of the Dean of Students Office, among others, represent "a brother or sister." The goal will be to handle issues quickly and maturely, so verse 17 never becomes an issue. Being open and honest at these times will lead to the most restorative and desired outcome.
For clarification of our policies, please contact the Office of Community Life and a member of our team will be happy to make sure your questions are answered.
At times, anonymity is desired. This may be due to social pressures, fear of retaliation, a lack of trust in the process, or not wanting to get involved. We understand and will walk you through what anonymous reporting looks like. That said, if you see something that just doesn't look right (that gut feeling), the Speak UP button provides you the option for anonymous reporting.
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