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Student Handbook

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    As a member of Capital University, you have voluntarily entered into a community of learners who are expected to exhibit thoughtful academic study and discourse, and ethical and socially responsible behavior on and off-campus. Capital University is committed to student development and personal growth. Conduct occurs in the con-text of a community of scholars dedicated to seeking excellence in academics, personal learning and leadership. We encourage students to be reflective of the university values and behavioral expectations as they practice self and group advocacy and personal responsibility.


    Capital establishes expectations, policies, and procedures that are de-signed to protect individual freedoms and build an ethical and just community of learners. The Student Handbook outlines all of the expectations for student conduct on our campus and within our community. The policies, procedures and information in this document preserves free and open exchange of ideas and opinions for all members of the Capital University. This free and open exchange is central to the mission of the University.


    All Capital students assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution. Learning and living in a community is not without difficult dialogues, personal challenges, and the need for support, reflection and guidance. Student conduct is not viewed as isolated from the educational community but as part of the whole student learning process. The Student Code of Conduct protects the freedoms and liberties inherent in an academic community for individuals and groups of students.


    At Capital University, all students are expected to know the Code, and be responsible members of the learning community. Although ultimate authority for student misconduct rests with the President, he delegates disciplinary authority to the Provost/Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs to appoint conduct administrators and conduct officers and determine the appropriate conduct administrator or body to hear cases of student misconduct. The Code is administered through the Student Rights and Community Standards Office under the leadership of the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students serves as the designee from the Provost and is an advisor when students are in need of information on how to address specific conduct questions and concerns. They provide a non-threatening environment for disclosure, while serving as a campus resource and liaison between faculty, staff, students, organizations, clubs and various other campus entities.


    Please note, this publication is subject to change, and brevity and clarity have been the guidelines in their preparation. You should verify information or seek more details on any topic from the departments, offices, and organizations detailed in this publication.  



    The mission of student rights and community standards is to educate students, reinforce the values of the institution and to uphold and enforce community standards and conduct within an educational context. All conduct officers foster the development of the whole student through an educational dialogue reflecting on behavioral choices, academic progress, learning and ultimately student success. In addition, all conduct process encourages the development of knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible citizens of the Capital community.


    Capital University is a teaching and learning community in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry and expression are sustained. Exercise and preservation of these freedoms require a respect for the individual as well as the rights of all in the community. As individuals grow and mature in communities we depend on the knowledge, integrity and the decency of all. Different ideas, opinions, and values help to build a “constructive community” where divergent ideas help to make for a more complete educational experience.


    1. Integrity - All members of our community are expected to exemplify honesty, respect for truth, and congruence with university standards and behavior expectations in all exchanges and interactions.
    2. Responsibility - Members of our community are expected to take ownership of individual choices and any subsequent consequences.
    3. Respect - All community members are expected to honor and esteem the rights and freedoms of each unique individual, and to understand the value and worth of college property and the property of others, and demonstrate care for individuals and property.
    4. Fairness - Members of the community are expected to follow all published rules and guidelines in good faith as the university is committed to developing consistent, honest and just systems.
    5. Community - Learning to live as a member of a community is an important part of the personal development of our students. Each individual must learn to respect others’ needs and expectations, voice their own expectations and concerns about community life, and resolve differences and conflicts peacefully.