PO BOX 409
INDEX, WA 98256-0409
STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY
Student status is subject to review at any time. A member of the faculty, staff or student body may request a review by the Dean’s Office if a student demonstrates the inability to live in harmony within the community, or if characteristics presumed present for admission are lacking, such as moral character, relational skills, potential for effective ministry, and appropriate church involvement. The standards for student status always apply, and are not mitigated by calendar interruptions, geographic location or cultural and religious norms. Institutional policies for conduct and conscience are non-negotiable and always applicable during the tenure of enrollment.
Students who enroll at the University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the Seminary’s interests as a Wiccan educational institution. All students must be of legal age (in the United States this is 18 years old or older).
All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which would become the office of minister. Although not all students studying at the Seminary are preparing for professional ministry, the “office of minister” is the standard of conduct expected.
Respect for others should be the foundation of all relationships.
Students are expected to be fully acquainted with all published policies and will be held responsible for compliance with them.
Students are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws.
Each student must make choices that preserve a safe and secure environment in which all individuals are able to pursue their academic endeavors. Each student is expected to practice responsible citizenship and to respect the rights of others. Each community member is responsible for her/his own actions and the conduct of her/his guests. Failure to uphold Seminary rules and expectations as well as district, and/or federal laws and regulations are serious infractions that will likely result in disciplinary action within the Seminary. “Student” means any person who is taking classes or auditing classes at the Seminary or who is matriculated in any Seminary program.
Applicants are required to disclose any moral or legal factor that could impede their effectiveness and faithfulness in ministry. Applicants and students alike are not eligible for active status while listed in state registries for sexual offenders.
The seminary will not grant student status for anyone who must comply with court-ordered probation for felony conviction or must register as a sex offender. Current students who are charged in federal, state or civil court must report this immediately to the Dean’s Office and may be asked to withdraw until matters are resolved.
Electronic mail (e-mail) is the primary means of communication about classes, registration, activities and campus functions, facilitating the exchange of information in support of and consistent with the mission of WSTS. All students are expected to check emails regularly.
Disciplinary Actions: Students who engage in inappropriate conduct of any nature will face action up to and including criminal prosecution and expulsion from the Seminary. Students may be dismissed at any time at the will of the faculty. Disciplinary actions for less extreme violations of the code of conduct are described as follows: The Office of the Dean receives and reviews all complaints and concerns about a student’s conduct. No anonymous charges will be given consideration. If the Office of the Dean finds that a student’s behavior is harmful to others, creates an impediment to the teaching mission of the Seminary or violates Seminary policy and/or procedures, the Dean will discuss the behavior with the student. If the conduct is considered to be of a serious nature, the Office of the Dean has the option to:
The following are examples of prohibited behaviors and activities which may result in disciplinary action under this Code. Commission of or attempts to commit these acts, condoning, supporting or encouraging others in the commission of these acts, or failure to prevent one’s guests from committing these acts may be treated as violations of this Code. This list is not exhaustive.
A. Dangerous Conduct: Intentionally or carelessly engaging in conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety or causes physical harm to any person, including the violator.
a. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or academic admission or advancement;
b. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis (or threatened to be used as the basis) for employment actions or academic decisions or evaluations; or
c. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work, living, or learning environment.
C. Dangerous Items: The use, possession or storage of any firearms, explosives, other weapons, fireworks or dangerous chemicals.
D. Interfering with Fire Safety
E. Sale, distribution or provision or attempts to sell, distribute or provide alcoholic beverages to and/or by anyone under 21 years of age. (“Distribution” means any form of exchange, gift, transfer or sale.)
F. Drugs: The use, possession, and/or distribution of any controlled substances, including those without a valid prescription, natural hallucinogens, and/or designer drugs (“prohibited substances”); possession of drug paraphernalia.
G. Theft/Unauthorized Possession of Property (includes plagiarism and copyright violations)
H. Damage to or Misuse of Property:
I. Disorderly Conduct:
J. Non-academic Dishonesty:
K. Interfering With Seminary Events:
L. Violating Other University Rules and Regulations:
M. Non-compliance: Failure to comply with reasonable directives of University officials, including students appointed to act as representatives of the University, acting in performance of their duties. Directives to provide identification and/or participate in a University disciplinary process are included in the scope of this provision.
N. Sanction Violation: Violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction as imposed in accordance with student conduct procedures, including the failure to complete sanctions by the stated deadline.
P. Violation of Law: Violation of local, state or federal laws, regulations or ordinances.
Q. Sexual Offenses
*** These policies are subject to update and revision at any time.