Luther College is a community of scholars whose members include its students, faculty and staff. As a community, we share a dedication to creating an environment that supports trust, respect, honesty, civility, diversity, free inquiry, creativity, and an open exchange of ideas. We also recognize the need to establish a Code of Conduct that sets forth expectations for student behavior, promotes growth and development, guides student action, and defines procedures and sanctions for behavior that is inconsistent with the aims and objectives of a community of scholars. For the benefit of the community, the Code of Conduct limits certain behaviors and activities. It also attempts to protect the academic integrity, health, welfare, safety, rights, and property of the college community.
Luther College strives to strike a balance between freedom and the policies necessary to promote its basic purposes of teaching and learning. Since enrollment at Luther is a voluntary act, students voluntarily assume the obligations of behavior reasonably imposed by the college as it carries out its mission. These obligations are generally much higher than those imposed on all citizens in society. Luther College expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals of the college; assume responsibility for their actions; and respect the rights, privileges and property of others.
The Code of Conduct is designed to clarify the standards of behavior essential to the college's educational mission and its community life. While the Code of Conduct is comprehensive and applicable to all students, it is not written with the specificity of a criminal statute, it is not an exhaustive attempt to codify every possible type of problematic behavior, and it is not a contract between the college and its students. The Code of Conduct policies and procedures apply to the individual behavior of students and the collective behavior of student organizations, whether that behavior occurs on or off campus. Luther College specifically retains the right to amend this Code of Conduct, with or without advance notice to the community.
The Code of Conduct also reinforces the concept that students have rights: the right to be treated as individuals within the disciplinary process; the right to be protected from arbitrary, capricious, or malicious acts on the part of other members of the community; and the right to study, learn, live, and work in an environment free from behavior that could disrupt the college’s functions, cause injury to persons, or cause damage to or loss of property.
By formulating this Code of Conduct, Luther College affirms the principle of student freedom that is coupled with an acceptance of personal responsibility.