Community Responsibilities: Student Code of Conduct
In addition to the preceding principles, all members of the Malone community are expected to live up to the following:
1. Scripture commends certain qualities as good and right and are therefore to be encouraged. These include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, honesty, forgiveness, humility, service to others, nondiscrimination, fairness, and studiousness.
2. It is also recognized that Scripture condemns such sins of attitude as greed, jealousy, pride, lust, and hatred. Although these may be more difficult to discern, they lie at the heart of barriers to the relationship between a person and God and they can lead to unacceptable behavior.
3. Similarly, there are certain actions that are expressly prohibited in Scripture and that will not be tolerated for members of the Malone community. These include theft, dishonesty, gossip, profanity, vulgarity, sexual promiscuity, adultery, homosexual activity, premarital sex, drunkenness, immodesty of dress, and occult practices.
4. Members of the Malone community are expected to uphold the laws of the local community, the State of Ohio, and the nation, except on those rare occasions when obedience to the governmental authorities would require behavior in direct conflict with the teaching of Scripture. In this latter case, the individual generally would submit voluntarily to the legal penalty for the behavior. Criminal violations of any kind occurring on or off campus are subject to review within the Malone community for potential disciplinary action.
The following, while not exhaustive, provide guidelines for other behaviors which are prohibited:
5. Conduct which substantially disrupts, impedes or interferes with the operation of Malone. This includes, but is not limited to, disobedience of, or noncompliance with, a directive or order of a member of the administration, faculty, peace officer, school security officer, or other school authority when such disobedience or noncompliance can reasonably be anticipated to result in disorder, disruption, or interference with the operation of Malone, or adversely affect the good standing and reputation of Malone.
6. Conduct which substantially infringes on or invades the rights of others.
7. Intentionally or recklessly endangering or threatening the life or physical safety of others or self.
8. Refusal to provide proper identification upon request by a Malone official or staff in the performance of their duties. Students are expected to carry their ID cards at all times and to present them upon request by Malone officials.
9. Theft, willful damage, or vandalism of Malone or personal property.
10. Guns, knives, explosives, dangerous chemicals or noxious devices, and other dangerous weapons or ordnances are prohibited on all premises owned or controlled by Malone, including, without limitation, motor vehicles owned or provided by Malone, parking areas, campus and work sites, or while on Malone academic, business, or recreational activity or event. This prohibition supersedes any and all permits obtained, or which may be obtained, from any issuing authority that allows private citizens to possess, carry, or conceal guns or other weapons.
11. Threat of violence or harm to any person or property located on premises owned or controlled by Malone, or while on Malone business, activity, or event.
12. Unauthorized entry or use of Malone facilities or property.
13. Possession or use of alcoholic beverages, or any unauthorized, controlled or intoxicating substance (or empty alcoholic containers or drug-related paraphernalia), or the misuse of prescription medications, while on Malone property, or while engaged in any Malone business or activity, or while operating or riding in any Malone-supplied vehicle. For further details, refer to the Malone “Substance Use and Abuse Policy for Employees and Students” brochure. The underage possession or use of alcohol off campus is prohibited.
14. The practice of “hazing” of any form for the purpose of initiation into any recognized or non-recognized Malone team or organization.
15. Disruptive misconduct which impedes the development of a safe, healthy environment including, but not limited to, intimidation, use of obscenities and profanities, open defiance of Malone officials or policies or noncompliance with Malone traffic regulations.
16. Wearing inappropriate dress or articles of clothing on campus.
17. Intentionally or recklessly misusing or damaging fire or other safety equipment.
18. Misrepresenting information or furnishing false information to Malone.
19. Forgery, alteration, misrepresentation, counterfeiting, or misuse of any Malone document including Malone ID cards or unauthorized possession or duplication of Malone keys.
20. Being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, or any other unauthorized, controlled or intoxicating substance, while on Malone property, while engaged in any Malone business or activity, or while operating or riding in any Malone-supplied vehicle.
21. Intentional or reckless interference with or disruption of Malone technology services or resources (e.g. computer disk storage, data, software, voice communications), or unauthorized use, misuse, abuse, alteration, disclosure or destruction of Malone technology services/resources, or any misuse of or tampering with Malone telephones.
22. Possession, participation in or viewing of pornography in any form.
23. Sale or transfer by any means of property one knows or has reason to believe is stolen.
24. In addition to the explicit teaching of the Scripture and the laws of the land, the members of the Malone community freely and willingly choose to impose upon themselves the following rules of behavior. Although these rules are not viewed as absolute standards by all Christians, they are held out of the belief that they serve both the good of the individual and institution. Every person who joins this community is required to acknowledge that he/she is subject to these rules. Serious or repeated violations will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the community.
a. Malone recognizes the danger to one's physical and/or psychological well-being in the use of certain products or substances. The use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, hallucinogenic drugs (including marijuana) or narcotics or other unauthorized, controlled or intoxicating substances (including prescription drugs not used as properly prescribed by a duly authorized medical practitioner) is therefore vigorously discouraged for members of the Malone community. Under no circumstances are the above to be used, possessed or distributed on Malone property, or in any vehicle owned or provided by Malone, or while on Malone business, or attending or participating in any Malone-related activity. For further details, refer to the Malone “Substance Use and Abuse Policy for Employees and Students” brochure.
b. Gambling is viewed as an unwise use of God-given resources and therefore is not permitted in any form.
c. The use of any kind of demeaning gesture, threat of violence, or physical attack directed toward a person, or the vandalism of property is inappropriate to a Christian, Malone or civic community and is not permitted.
d. Consideration for others and standards of good taste are prime concerns within the Malone community. Therefore, the display of affection in public and/or lounges must be within these limits.
e. While Sunday is set apart for worship, rest, and recreation, the Malone community believes that every day should be lived to bring honor to the Lord. Chapel attendance is required for collective spiritual and educational growth. In developing disciples, we acknowledge that true liberty is not so much freedom from regulations as freedom for disciplined living. Our freedom is for the purpose of glorifying God and living for others.
f. Because of the obvious conflict with the Christian faith, any form of occult practice is not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, such things as séances, tarot cards, Dungeons and Dragons, Ouija boards, etc.