Code of Conduct
All students at Florida College are expected to maintain the highest standards of morality, integrity, orderliness and personal honor. Florida College reserves the right to refuse admittance or dismiss any student whose lifestyle is not consistent with the Christian principles that the College represents.
Code of Moral Conduct
“… let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (II Corinthians 7:1).
Florida College sets a high standard for students’ moral behavior. The following code, while man-made, is based on scriptural principles fundamental to individual growth and sound, collective interaction within a community of Christian scholars.
As with all policies and procedures in this handbook, this code of conduct may be amended by the appropriate actions of the College faculty and administration.
“Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices” (Colossians 3:9).
- The students of this College are expected to be fully honest in their individual relationships and communications among themselves, as well as in their interactions with College staff, faculty and administration.
- Honesty is expected in both written and verbal communications. Lying breaks down trust, individually and collectively, and is not tolerated.
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Colossians 3:23).
- Students are expected to uphold academic integrity. Cheating and plagiarism are violations of that standard. Such choices constitute academic theft, and are not tolerated.
- Examples of academic theft include: cheating on a test; copying another student’s paper or theme; copying another author’s work without properly quoting, citing and identifying his work as a source; citing false or fabricated sources; or downloading whole (or portions of) papers electronically to be represented as one’s own work.
- Cell phones and cameras must be turned off and put away during a test.
RESPECT FOR PROPERTY
“He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need” (Ephesians 4:28)
- Students are expected to respect the personal property of others, as well as the College’s property. Theft is not tolerated.
PURITY IN RELATIONSHIPS
“For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification” (I Thessalonians 4:7).
- Students are expected to maintain their moral integrity within personal relationships. Sexual relationships of any type outside of marriage as defined in Scripture (Gen. 2:18–24) are not tolerated.
- Students are to refrain from inappropriate physical contact that is affectionate in nature, whether on or off campus.
- Visiting the residence hall lobbies of the opposite sex is restricted to posted times. Except for visitation hours in lobbies, students are not allowed to enter a residence hall of the opposite sex without permission of authorized College personnel. Students should not go to (or through) the windows of residence halls occupied by the opposite sex.
- Students may not meet a member of the opposite sex in a private place without permission from appropriate College personnel.
PURITY IN BODY
“And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4).
- The college is a drug and alcohol-free work and educational environment. The use of alcohol and drugs by our students is absolutely prohibited. Students may not engage in drinking, smoking, ingesting, handling, possessing or giving away intoxicants or drugs, including beer, wine, ale, marijuana or hallucinatory agents. In addition, the possession and/or use of drugs not prescribed by a physician, or the possession of drug paraphernalia, is strictly prohibited.
- Students may not possess or use tobacco products either on or off campus while enrolled at this college. This regulation includes e-cigarettes and vapor units, even if they are advertised as nicotine-free.
- Students may be required to submit to a drug test. Refusal to submit to a drug test is grounds for immediate suspension.
“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).
- Our students are expected to avoid immoral environments that are opposed to the biblical principles that this College was founded on. Thus, our students are prohibited from entering or patronizing places deemed by the College as providing activities and/or atmospheres inconsistent with our ideals, purposes and policies. Examples of such places include: restaurants known for the immodest dress of staff; any establishment that serves alcohol and checks identifications at their door—such as bars, lounges, and dance clubs; fraternity or sorority houses; places that screen X-rated movies, and etc.
- Our students are prohibited from participating in gambling activities, or entering gambling casinos.
“But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth” (Colossians 3:8).
- The use of profanity or abusive speech is strictly prohibited.
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you” (Matthew 7:12).
- Harassment of any kind is not acceptable at Florida College. Harassment is defined as any physical or verbal abuse that is offensive to the recipient. Sexual harassment is any physical, verbal, and/or graphic sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other sexually-oriented conduct which is offensive or objectionable to the recipient. Racial harassment includes racial slurs, offensive or derogatory remarks about a person’s race or color, or the display of racially offensive symbols. “Appendix B” of the student handbook includes a full statement of the Florida College harassment policy.
- Any student who feels that he or she has been subjected to harassment, whether from a student or employee, should report the matter to the dean of students
Though certainly a matter of moral behavior (in terms of the biblical principle of dressing “modestly and discreetly”—I Timothy 2:9), the College’s dress code also fits the image of a professional institution fostering an environment for Christian scholars.
Consequently, our students are expected to live up to a reasonable standard of dress fitting the nature of this institution as it strives to educate “the whole man.” Such an education includes instruction on expected standards of decorum in professional and academic settings.
In dressing for either formal or informal occasions, on or off campus, our students are held to the following standards:
- Clothing should not have logos or messages that are indecent.
- Clothing that has holes with skin showing above the knee is prohibited. Ragged or soiled clothing is also prohibited.
- Shorts must touch the knee cap.
- “Pajama pants” are not appropriate except in one’s own residence hall.
- Students are allowed to wear earrings and/or a small nose stud. All other piercings are prohibited.
- Shoes must be worn in all buildings except residence halls.
- Men’s hair may not extend below the ear or top of a dress shirt collar, shall be neatly cut, combed and out of the eyes, and shall not be kept in a bun, ponytail, or any other fashion which keeps it bound up.
- Beards and mustaches must be neatly trimmed and well-groomed at all times.
- Men are not to wear sleeveless shirts on campus, except when playing sports at the athletic complex.
- Women’s clothing should include proper undergarments and should not be tight-fitting or revealing. Prohibited clothing includes:
- Halters, tank tops, or blouses showing the midriff.
- Backless or low-cut dresses.
- Low hip-hugger pants.
- Skirts or pants that do not touch the kneecap.
- Skirts slit above the kneecap.
- Special attention must be given to maintaining modesty when visiting our area beaches or engaging in water-related activities. Students are still required to wear shorts that touch the kneecap and appropriate shirts at all times. They must also take extra precautions to ensure that their clothing does not become seethrough or cling closely to the body when wet.
For specific formal occasions, such as the College’s spring banquet, men are expected to wear a coat and tie. Women are expected to avoid dresses that include bare shoulders, or strapless, backless, or low-cut (whether front or back) styles. Clingy, tight-fitting or sheer banquet dresses are also unacceptable. Any attire for men or women is subject to review by appropriate College personnel.
CHAPEL, COLLEGE PROGRAMS AND CLASS MEETINGS
Our students are expected to dress reflecting the more serious decorum at these meetings, and the following standards apply for both day and evening:
- Men must wear full-length pants with an appropriate shirt.
- Women may wear dresses, skirts and tops, or pants and tops.
- Shorts are prohibited.
- Sportswear, such as sweatpants, is not permitted.
Sportswear, whether worn for physical education class or to compete in intramural events, is expected to meet the College general standards. Shorts must at least touch the kneecap. Additional rules may be specified by the athletics department.