Community Responsibilities: Growth Initiative
If your own behavior has been in violation of the policies of Malone, and if you wish to change, you are encouraged to take the initiative to discuss the behavior of concern with a residence life staff member, faculty member, campus counselor, or Student Development staff member. Upon doing so, you may be exempt from certain disciplinary actions for behavior up to the time the Growth Initiative begins. The following requirements must be met in order to take advantage of the Growth Initiative:
1. You must initiate the contact. Once you have been confronted and/or formal discipline has begun, your situation can no longer be addressed within the concept of the Growth Initiative.
2. You must sign a behavior contract with a Student Development professional staff member. This contract will specify the behavior changes you wish to make, the obligations you have to Malone and/or selected mentors, and the type of assistance you will receive from Malone in accomplishing your goals for change. Your ongoing behavior must not be in violation of the aforementioned contract. If it is, you may be subject to formal discipline, i.e., probation, suspension or dismissal.
It is Malone's desire to respect the integrity of a student who has initiated a request for help. Therefore, the Growth Initiative is designed to provide such support as opposed to responding with punitive discipline. It should be noted that in cases where behavior is repetitive, self-destructive, hazardous to others, or of significant legal issue, Malone may respond accordingly. Depending upon the behavior in question, Malone reserves the right to require the person to enter a professional setting where adequate help is available. Also, it may be the case that, because of the nature of certain behaviors, specific consequences may be unavoidable even when a Growth Contract is initiated. A student leader, because of their community responsibilities, may be asked to take a leave from their leadership role while on a Growth Contract.