Student Conduct Mission Statement:
The Student Conduct program at Grinnell College supports the Division of Student Affairs and College missions by helping to create and sustain a culture of respect and responsibility – the undergirding tenets of our self‐governing community – as well as by providing a holistic and transformative learning experience for students. We strive to resolve allegations of misconduct in a fair, timely, and socially‐just manner that balances the needs of the individual student and the College community at large. We achieve our mission by embracing our core values of integrity, honesty, and personal responsibility.
Student Conduct Core Values:
- Integrity: It is important to foster a student conduct system that adheres to our core values of integrity, honesty, and personal responsibility. By living up to these espoused values – as well as being held accountable to the high expectations articulated in the student conduct program mission – the integrity and legitimacy of our process is ensured.
- Honesty: Honesty is the essential building block of all healthy relationships – with one’s self, each other, our campus community, and society at large. By being truthful, sincere, and candid with each other, we can resolve community disputes and mediate allegations of misconduct in a respectful and socially-just manner.
- Personal Responsibility: Self-governance and personal responsibility are hallmarks of our residential liberal arts community. As such, it is important that we take responsibility for our actions that affect not only ourselves but our community as well. By owning our decisions and accepting the consequences of them, we can achieve our mission to create and sustain a culture of respect and responsibility.
Student Conduct Learning Outcomes:
- Students who participate in the student conduct process will be able to incorporate increased ethical reasoning into personal action as demonstrated by their non-recidivism.
- As a result of students serving on conduct hearing boards, they will learn to exhibit respect and preserve the dignity of others.
- Students who are required to write a reflection essay as an educational outcome will be able to assess their own personal assumptions related to their behavior and consider alternative perspectives.
- As a result of students modeling and upholding self-governance by confronting disrespectful and/or harmful behavior, they will learn to appropriately challenge the unfair, unjust, or uncivil behavior of others.
- Students who read the online publication of student conduct statistics will be able to make increased connections between personal and/or group behavior and the consequences associated with actions that violate our self-governing community as demonstrated by observed behavior; specifically, behavior that does not violate College regulations, rules, or policies.
In an effort to increase transparency in the student conduct process, the Dean of Students Office will periodically provide an overview of the types of student conduct‐related issues that are adjudicated on our campus. As a residential liberal arts community, where self‐governance and personal responsibility are hallmarks, it is appropriate to share this information with the Grinnell College community. Of course, the confidentiality of those involved in these incidents remains of paramount concern. Therefore, all information listed in the documents below are provided in a non‐identifiable manner.