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, such as Restorative Practices, Pathways, 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 email (email@example.com) or call our office at (434) 582-2320, or contact a member of leadership on your hall.
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.
At times, anonymous reporting 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. In the Office of Community Life, we offer the option of confidential reporting and will seek to investigate an incident that allegedly occurred without revealing any personally identifying information of the reporting party. If a reporting party wants to maintain anonymity, Community Life will be unable to conduct an investigation or pursue disciplinary action. If you would like more information concerning confidential reporting, please contact the Office of Community Life.
If you fear that due to your involvement in behavior contrary to The Liberty Way (linked), reporting a violation or cooperation with an investigation may lead to personal violations, amnesty may be available. Please review The Liberty Way outlines this process in more detail. You may also call to speak with an Associate Director to better understand the Amnesty Policy.
For clarification of our policies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will be happy to make sure your questions are answered.
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