STUDENT HANDBOOK

General Information

Academic Assistance

The Academic Skills Center (ASK) offers a number of academic support services which are available at no additional charge to all students. Services include peer tutoring in both core courses and many major courses; assistance in study skills through individual meetings with professional staff, peer mentors, and a variety of resources on our website; tutor-led evening "drop-in" help sessions in several courses; writing assistance by appointment and "drop-in" proofreading in the underclassmen residence halls. The ASK Center also provides specialized services for international and ELL students, students with disabilities, students on academic probation, and students who are provisionally admitted. Located in the lower level of the library, the ASK Center is open from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Friday. Students may schedule appointments three ways; they may stop in at the ASK Center reception desk, call ext. 6487, or complete the online tutor request form on our website.

Academic Standing and Eligibility for Financial Aid

All incoming freshman and transfer students who are admitted in good academic standing are eligible for financial aid. Continued eligibility for financial aid is dependent upon both good academic standing and satisfactory progress toward graduation, which are monitored at the end of each semester.

If either good academic standing or satisfactory progress toward graduation is not attained a student will be limited to one more semester of financial aid. Likewise, students who are admitted on academic probation, including students readmitted after a period of academic dismissal, will be limited to one semester of financial aid. Students may receive additional semesters of financial aid if they meet both satisfactory progress toward graduation and a minimum semester grade point average specified by the financial aid office.

Academic standing is determined by a student's grade point average. A student is expected to maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average to graduate. When the cumulative grade point average is below the required minimum GPA for good standing, the student will be placed on academic probation.

Academic Alert. Students who finish a semester with a cumulative GPA below the graduation requirement will be alerted to their academic status at the beginning of the following semester. Students will be informed of the support services available and encouraged to make use of them. Academic alerts may also be issued during a semester when an instructor reports that a student is in danger of failing his or her course. Academic alerts do not result in any additional restrictions of activity or loss of financial aid, but are intended to inform students of their current situation so they can take action to correct it.

Academic Probation. Students who finish a semester with a cumulative GPA below the specified standard will be placed on academic probation. Students are notified by letter when placed on probation. The academic policies committee will set certain requirements for a student on probation - including a minimum GPA to be attained in the following semester. A student who has been placed on academic probation and fails to meet the requirements established by the committee the following semester will be subject to academic suspension. Probation may result in the loss of athletic eligibility and certain financial aid.

Academic Suspension. Students who finish a semester with a cumulative GPA below the specified standard are subject to academic suspension from the college for a period of one semester. Students suspended from the college will be notified of their suspension immediately in writing and will be given an opportunity to file a letter of appeal prior to the start of the next semester. Students filing an appeal must do so in writing to the Registrar by the time indicated in the notification of suspension. The letter of appeal should explain the situation leading up to the suspension-including extraordinary circumstances such as serious illness, injury, or family crisis-and include a specific plan for correcting the problems. Students allowed to return on the basis of an appeal will be placed on academic probation as described above.

Students who do not file a letter of appeal or whose appeal is not granted may apply for readmission after a lapse of one semester. Readmission is not automatic but is based on evidence that the circumstances leading up to the suspension have been resolved. Any student, regardless of prior academic standing, who receives less than a 1.0 GPA in any given semester, is subject to academic suspension at the end of the semester.

Academic Dismissal. Students who have been suspended and re-admitted and who fail to meet the requirements specified by the academic policies committee will be subject to permanent academic dismissal. Any full-time student who earns no grade points in any given semester is subject to permanent academic dismissal. Students should be aware that federal regulations require that students maintain satisfactory progress in order to continue to receive financial aid. Dordt College also requires satisfactory progress for all institutionally controlled financial aid. Poor grades can impinge on a student’s financial resources.

Satisfactory progress toward graduation is defined in terms of successfully completing 12 credits (excluding repeated courses) or 70% of credits for which a student is enrolled in a given semester. The minimum percentage of successful completion is calculated by dividing the number of successfully completed hours (i.e., those with a grade of A, B, C, D, or P) by the sum of cumulative hours enrolled (including those courses with WP, WF, or F grades and late grades) X 100.

A student receiving financial aid must complete his/her program within the equivalent of six years of full-time enrollment. If a student transfers to Dordt and has transfer hours applied to a program he/she plans to complete at Dordt, the monitoring of progress will begin at the point he/she begins at Dordt. For example, a student has 62 hours transferred to Dordt. He/she must still earn 70% of each semester’s earned hours to continue to be eligible for federal and state aid.

If the student is enrolling full-time (at least 12 hours), this would indicate that the student must complete a degree within 2 1/2 years. If a student loses financial aid eligibility due to consecutive semesters of not making satisfactory progress, the financial aid office will notify the student in writing of the specific procedures and minimum requirements necessary for reinstatement of financial aid for the next semester. There may be instances where a student (if allowed to remain in school by the Academic Policies Committee) will receive no financial aid for a semester until grades can prove that once again the student is making satisfactory academic progress.

There may also be a situation where a student is in good academic standing or on academic probation, but will not meet the criteria for financial aid (e.g., a student who received three A’s and two F’s will not meet the 70% completion requirement even though the cumulative GPA is 2.40 and he/she is considered in good academic standing). Students may appeal the loss of financial aid to the director of financial aid when there are special circumstances such as illness or death in the family. The director may grant the appeal after consultation with at least two other staff members from the admissions, student services, or academic offices.

Students should be aware that only truly mitigating circumstances will be considered. Appeal requests must be in writing and must include a statement from a member of the admissions, student services, or academic offices or a faculty advisor. The written appeal documents will be kept in the student’s financial aid file. Should an appeal be granted, the student will be allowed to continue with financial aid for the semester, but will remain in a probation category.

Academic Integrity

Dordt College is committed to developing a community of Christian scholars where all members accept the responsibility of practicing personal and academic integrity in obedience to biblical teaching. For students, this means not lying, cheating, or stealing others’ work to gain academic advantage; it also means opposing academic dishonesty.

Academic Dishonesty. Students found to be academically dishonest will receive academic sanctions from their professor (from a failing grade on the particular academic task to a failing grade in the course), who will report the incident and the sanction given to the Student Life Committee for possible institutional sanctions (from a warning to dismissal from the college).

Appeals in such matters will be handled by the student disciplinary process as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Definitions

Academic dishonesty at Dordt College includes, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:

  1. Stealing/Plagiarizing: copying another's work or ideas and creating the impression that they are one's own by failing to give proper credit or citation. This includes reading or hearing another's work or ideas and using them as one's own; quoting, paraphrasing, or condensing another's work without giving proper credit; purchasing or receiving another's work and using, handling, or submitting it as one's own work.
  2. Cheating: unauthorized use of any study aids, equipment, or another's work during an academic task. This includes using unauthorized aids or other equipment during an examination; copying or looking at another individual's examination; taking or passing information to another individual during or after an examination; taking an examination for another individual; allowing another individual to take one's examination; stealing examinations.
    • All graded academic tasks are expected to be performed on an individual basis unless otherwise stated by the instructor.
    • An academic task may not be submitted by a student for course credit in more than one course without the permission of all instructors.
  3. Lying/Fabricating: the intentional, unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation during an academic task. This includes changing or adding an answer on an examination and resubmitting it to change the grade; inventing data for a laboratory exercise or report.
  4. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly allowing or helping another individual to plagiarize, cheat, or fabricate information.

Attendance

Students are expected to be present for every class and laboratory period. Penalties for absence from class are left to the instructor. No designated number of skips is permitted.

Student Responsibility: Students shall notify each professor concerning the reason for absence prior to or immediately upon returning to class or in accordance with the instructor’s method of accounting for absences. Students shall notify student services concerning all illnesses.

Unexcused absences are defined as failing to notify the instructor of the reason for the absence, or if the instructor deems the reason as illegitimate.

Faculty initiatives: The instructor may contact student services to check on the illness record of the students. They should also alert student services and contact the student directly concerning excessive absences, and must, if asked, report attendance patterns. Any instructor may, after due warning and according to guidelines established in the class syllabus, penalize the student by reducing the semester grade by a given percentage.

Student Services Responsibility: Normally, student services does not notify instructors concerning student illness. Student services may alert instructors to serious problems. Decisions to inform instructors about serious problems will be made balancing the need to respect confidentiality and the responsibility to keep instructors appropriately informed about their students. Any student with serious problems is strongly advised to work closely with student services and follow the process to insure adequate communication between all parties in as efficient a way as possible.

Excused Absence for Activities: Students have obligations in many realms, so special care shall be taken not to demand commitments for participation in extra-curricular events that cause neglect in other areas. Sponsors/coaches shall inform students from the beginning of the time and effort expected of them. Sponsors/coaches shall demand a minimum of absences from other classes, restrict student involvement to only those crucially involved, and make efforts to choose a time/date for the event that is least invasive of classroom or lab time. In the case of conflicts, resolution shall be the responsibility of the sponsor/coach and the instructor with no penalty to the student (The appeals process outlined in the section titled Complaints Regarding Instruction in the Student Handbook shall be used if needed). The sponsor shall email faculty and student services a list of names, dates, and activities in advance of the event. The student must contact the instructor and make arrangements for any missed work.

Buildings and Equipment

Students are not permitted to use college equipment without special permission from the administration or department head. Equipment and furniture may not be moved from one part of the building to another or from one building to another, without permission from the building supervisor or department head.

Bulletin Boards

All official announcements are placed on the announcements on bulletin boards and on DCC, the campus intranet site. Students are expected to read the announcements each day. Announcements on DCC must be submitted by online at this link; announcements may take up to 48 hours to publish.

Items to be posted in residence halls, library, Campus Center, other classroom buildings, or the commons must be submitted to the student services office for approval. Items posted on campus without the required "Student Services Approved" stamp will be removed.

Clubs and Student Organizations

Clubs are organized upon the request of students or Student Symposium to meet the needs and interests of groups of students. Requests for new clubs should be submitted for approval to Student Symposium. The group will give assistance in the establishment of new clubs.

Complaints Regarding Instruction

The following procedures shall apply to complaints regarding instruction which might arise:

Concerns must be specific and the party making a complaint must do so personally with the individual(s) involved. Every attempt must be made to resolve the problem as close to its origin as possible. If the problem is not resolved with the instructor, efforts should be made next with the instructor’s area leader and then with the dean for curriculum and instruction.

The Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee will consider written, signed complaints only after all other levels have proven to be unsatisfactory. The committee’s decision will be binding.

Employment

Dordt College employs students in various positions on campus. Information concerning on and off-campus positions may be received from the director of financial aid. The college cooperates with local merchants, business managers, and farmers in distributing information to all students about job openings and temporary employment. Questions regarding student employment should be directed to the financial aid office (x6226).

Food Service

All students living on campus, except third- and fourth-year students assigned to apartment-style residences, are required to take their meals through college food service unless exempted by the college. Regular cooking is not permitted in the college residence halls.  

Meal plan exemptions are permitted only as approved by the student life committee, wellness team, and/or dean for campus life. Requests for a meal plan exemption must be submitted in writing to the dean for campus life.

Students with special dietary needs should contact the dean for campus life for assistance. Dordt Dining Services can work with students with special dietary needs to plan a menu that fits their needs.

On the college meal plan students have open access to the Commons and the Defender Grille during established meal hours. Students will be allowed in the dining hall and will be able to utilize the Defender Grille meal plan options only if they display their meal card. Lost cards may be replaced at the student services office (first level of the Campus Center) at a fee of $10. The barcode will be changed in order to invalidate the lost card. Meal cards are non-transferable and are intended for use solely by the student who purchased the plan. Students may not lend their meal card to another student. Other restrictions on use apply.

DINING HALL HOURS (may be subject to change)

  Monday**, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday Wednesday* Saturday & Sunday
Hot Breakfast 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM  
Continental Breakfast     8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Lunch 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM*** 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Dinner 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

*On Wednesday the Dining Hall will open at the conclusion of Chapel

**On the first Monday of the month, the Dining Hall will open at the conclusion of the Speaker~Rs address

DEFENDER GRILLE HOURS (may be subject to change)

  Monday*, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Wednesday Saturday & Sunday
Lunch and Afternoon Snack

Accepting Defender Dollars or Cash for Dining-In or To-Go
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 11:45 AM - 3:00 PM CLOSED
Accepting Meal Card Equivalency for Dining-In 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM CLOSED
Late Night Snack

- Accepting Meal Card Equivalency for Dining-In
- Accepting Defender Dollars or Cash for Dining-In or To-Go
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
(8:30 PM - 9:30 PM on Friday)
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM CLOSED

*On the first Monday of the month, the Grille will open at 11:45 AM on account of the Speaker Series

Fundraising

In order to effectively coordinate all college fundraising efforts, students and student groups may not solicit funds for their activities without the approval of the dean for campus life and the vice president for college advancement.

Grade Change Policy

  1. The instructor of record shall have the prerogative to change a student’s grade within one year after the reporting deadline. The registrar shall provide procedures for such changes.
  2. A student may initiate, within one year of reporting deadline, an appeal for a change of grade in cases where:
    1. The student can give evidence that the instructor did not use the "means of evaluation and the weight of each means evaluation" announced in the course syllabus.
    2. The student can demonstrate that the instructor was biased by student opinion or conduct in matter unrelated to academic standards.

    *This policy does not apply to clerical error.

  3. Appeal process:

    When the instructor of record is an employee:

    1. The student shall first make an appeal to the instructor of record.
    2. If the instructor of record refuses to consider a grade change, the student may make an appeal to the division dean. The division dean shall consult the instructor and seek resolution.
    3. If resolution is not reached, or if the dean and the instructor rule against the appeal of the student, the student may appeal to the curriculum and academic policies committee through the provost.

    If the instructor of record is separated from the college:

    1. The student may appeal to the division dean.
    2. The dean shall consult with the department chair (or another department member) and consider a grade change. If there is positive concurrence, the chair (or faculty member) shall be identified as the instructor of record and process the grade change through the registrar.
    3. If resolution is not reached, or if the dean and the chair (or faculty member) rule against the appeal of the student, the student may appeal to the curriculum and academic policies committee through the provost. The decision of the curriculum and academic policies committee shall be final.

Health Care/Campus Health Services

All medical emergencies or other health concerns requiring hospitalization must be reported to student services personnel and the residence life staff as soon as possible. Medical and hospital personnel will make the necessary contact with college staff upon request by the student.

Students are expected to notify their professors and the student services office (ext. 6070) if they will need to miss classes due to illness or family emergencies. The student services office will record the illness, but does not contact professors. A student’s resident assistant can assist with meals from Dordt Dining Services and with appointments at campus health services or the Sioux Center Medical Clinic.

On campus student health services are available in the health services office located in the basement of Covenant Hall. Student health services will be available only after receipt of a medical history record and physical examination from the student's family physician. Campus health services are available for confidential health care for students as well as for health assessments with referrals to a medical doctor when appropriate. The health services office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Monday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The phone number for campus health services is ext. 6990.

Students may also make use of the Sioux Center Medical Clinic for services. The Sioux Center Medical Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Charges for services at the Sioux Center Medical Clinic are not covered by the college. The Medical Clinic is located at 645 S. Main Avenue, and the telephone number is (712) 722-2609. If you need assistance in making an appointment with the Sioux Center Medical Clinic you may contact campus health services at ext. 6990.

The Sioux Center Community Hospital also has an Urgent Care Clinic which is open Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For after-hours assistance, the hospital emergency number is (712) 722-1271. If an ambulance is needed, dial 911.

Immunizations

For the health of all students, the college requires that immunizations take place prior to coming to campus. These records must be on file in the campus health services office before the student may attend classes and reside in college housing. Students who have not submitted an immunization form by October 1 will be required to be re-immunized at their own expense.

Instructor Procedures For The Uncooperative Student

An uncooperative student’s attitude may be characterized by disrespectfulness, disruptive classroom behavior, failure to submit assigned or required work, failure to appear for examinations, failure to respond to the instructor’s request for an individual conference to discuss a problem, or a number of unexcused absences.

  1. Instructors should discuss (or attempt to discuss) the situation with the student and should only invoke the following steps if the matter has not sufficiently improved after this discussion.
  2. When an instructor encounters uncooperative behavior, an academic alert should be issued. This simultaneously informs the student, the advisor, the Academic Skills Center director, the dean for campus life, and the registrar. The academic alert describes the situation, recommends solutions, and provides automatic documentation.
  3. The registrar, academic skills center director, and/or dean for campus life will work with the student, the advisor, and the instructor to resolve the situation. Once they become involved, all parties should maintain documentation (attendance records, email messages, etc.) of any future discussions with the student relating to the situation.
  4. If the situation persists, the instructor should file a second academic alert recommending that the student be removed from the class under the uncooperative student policy. The instructor should forward this alert to the department chair.
  5. Those working with the student from step 3 will meet with the student, the instructor, and the department chair to review all documentation. This group has the delegated authority from the curriculum and academic policies committee to remove the student from the course or take other appropriate action.
  6. Appeal process: Students wishing to appeal the decision may appeal to the Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee via the provost. The decision of the Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee is final.

Insurance

Health Insurance.  All students are required to purchase health insurance through the college unless proof of other health insurance is provided at the time of registration. Students are also reminded that the college’s liability insurance does not cover the medical costs related to injuries sustained on campus. A personal medical policy or coverage under a supplemental plan is necessary to cover such costs. Contact the student services office if further information is needed.

Property Insurance.  The college’s insurance does not cover personal items belonging to students. Students should check with their insurance agent to determine whether their homeowner’s insurance will cover them while at college. If not, students should buy separate insurance if coverage is desired. Information about supplemental renter’s insurance coverage is available at any insurance agency.

International and Minority Students

The college wishes to promote the well-being and cross-cultural adjustment of international and minority students within the Dordt College community. International and minority students who desire assistance in meeting academic needs should contact Sanneke Kok (x6489), who serves as the coordinator of academic services for minority and international students.

Library

The library is primarily designed to be a place of information exchange; however it is also to be used as a place for quiet study. Students who must study together should reserve a seminar room or find another place outside the library to study where their talking will not disturb other patrons. Violators will be admonished or asked to leave the library. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library is not open on Sunday. Hours for holidays and break periods will be posted at the library.

Mail

Mail delivery service is provided in the Campus Center Mail Room. Stamps are available at the college bookstore and at the copy center located in the classroom building. The Copy Center will also mail packages and letters by other carriers (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.) A special zip code has been designated for student mail: 51250-1668. The college picks up mail from the U.S. Post Office in Sioux Center and then college personnel distributes the mail to students through the campus center mailroom. Students authorize the college to receive their mail and authorize college personnel to distribute the mail to the student.

Students may rent a post office box at the Post Office if they so desire. The college does not allow any external business, group, or constituency to place general notices or flyers to students in student mailboxes. It is a federal offense to tamper with U.S. mail or mailboxes.

Motor Vehicles

Students are permitted to have motor vehicles on campus. This privilege is continued as long as a student abides by the registration and parking regulations. All motorized vehicles (automobiles, mopeds, motorcycles, golf carts, snowmobiles, etc.) must be registered in accordance with the law with the state or province as well as with Dordt College. Vehicles can only have one Dordt College registration sticker.

Each student is responsible for being familiar with and obeying parking rules and regulations. Failure to read these regulations will not be considered an excuse for non-compliance.

Areas for parking are available throughout the college campus. However, convenient parking close to the classrooms and residence halls is not always available. There are lots designated for residential students, for commuter students, for faculty and staff, and for visitors. A map showing parking areas is provided to students by student services when they register their vehicle. Students should give themselves extra time to anticipate a walk from some lots to their class or residence and to exercise caution if they must cross other roadways.

Vehicle Registration

All students, faculty, and staff of Dordt College, whether full-time or part-time, are required to display a current Dordt College parking sticker on their motorized vehicle. Parking stickers can be obtained at registration or from the student services office in the first level of the campus center between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Temporary stickers are also available and can be obtained in Student Services. Vehicles without parking stickers will be ticketed. Stickers should be PERMANENTLY AFFIXED TO THE LOWER CORNER OF THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE WIND SHIELD and may not be transferred from one vehicle to another. The parking stickers can be easily removed from the window at the end of the school year by using a razor blade.

The following rules apply to parking and operating a motor vehicle on campus:

  1. The speed limit on campus is 15 mph.
  2. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
  3. Motor vehicles are not to be operated on sidewalks.
  4. There is no parking in lots designated for commuters, faculty/staff, or visitors from 1 a.m.to 6 a.m.
  5. Students may not park along the curb anywhere on campus except in designated areas on 5th St. NE, directly south of the classroom building. No overnight parking is allowed on 5th St. NE. There are designated faculty/staff and visitor only parking areas on the west side of the classroom building, and areas west and east of the Commons.
  6. All areas marked by a green curb near the residence halls are available for designated residence life or housekeeping/maintenance staff only.
  7. Handicapped parking areas are to be used by those persons who have obtained the appropriate sticker. This sticker must be obtained from a state motor vehicle department. Temporary handicapped stickers can be obtained from the student services office.
  8. Temporary parking (15 minutes) along yellow curbs or in faculty/staff or commuter lots is permitted provided the VEHICLE FLASHERS are left on. Temporary parking is NEVER permitted in HANDICAPPED SPACES, CROSS WALKS, OR GREEN CURBED AREAS. Vehicles parked for loading or unloading MUST NOT be parked in HANDICAPPED SPACES at any time.
  9. Motor vehicles shall only be parked in those areas designated for parking. Motor vehicles shall not be parked in such a manner as to block sidewalks, roadways, fire lanes, or other parking areas. Parking on any grass area is prohibited as is parking on lines and parking in areas that have been marked with yellow curbs (except temporary parking as described above). NO PARKING is permitted in ANY driveway except during designated times as indicated by signage.
  10. Parking is not allowed AT ANY TIME in designated fire lanes. Vehicles parked in fire lanes are subject to immediate towing.
  11. Dordt College assumes no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to any vehicle or its contents operated or parked on campus. It is advisable to keep cars locked at all times.
  12. From time to time temporary parking restrictions  will be communicated via email or through signage. Students are responsible for observing these temporary restrictions.
  13. The person in whose name a vehicle is registered with the college shall be responsible for all violations associated with the vehicle.
  14. There is a grace period at the beginning of the fall semester during which citations will not be issued for not displaying a current Dordt College parking sticker. Parking citations will be issued to vehicles that are illegally parked beginning on Friday, August 30, 2013.

Parking Fines

Fines for violating parking regulations are as follows:

Violation Fee
Parking Violation $10.00
Non-Registered vehicle $10.00
Parking in designated Handicapped parking area $25.00
Moving Violation $50.00

A moving violation includes but is not limited to the following: Speeding, reckless or unsafe driving, driving on sidewalks, driving on grass, unauthorized driving on dirt roads or blocked roads.

Students receive a 50 percent discount if they pay the fine within 72 hours of receiving the ticket (not including weekends). Fines assume the same status as any other college debt. Unpaid fines are sent to the Business office with a $10 service charge at the end of each semester.

Vehicle Restraint Policy

Unauthorized vehicles and vehicles of those who are illegally parked or have accumulated five or more tickets will be subject to vehicle restraint. The vehicle owner will be responsible for paying a restraint removal fee of $50.00. To have restraint removed, please call 712-722-6076 during business hours or 712-722-6116 during non-business hours. Failure to pay the removal fee within 3 business days will result in towing at the owner's expense.

Towing Policy

Dordt College is private property, and the college reserves the right to deny the use of campus parking areas to unauthorized persons and those who flagrantly violate Dordt College parking regulations. 

To provide for emergency vehicle traffic and pedestrian safety, the college reserves the right to tow cars away when deemed necessary. The college also reserves the right to tow away abandoned cars. Vehicles will be towed by a firm located in Sioux Center. The vehicle owner will be responsible for all costs charged by the towing firm. In the event that a vehicle is moved after the towing firm has been contacted, the owner will be responsible for the cost of the tow truck coming to campus.

Parking Appeals Process

All appeals to parking citations must be submitted to the student services office within 72 hours of the violation and must contain payment of the fine. Appeals made after 72 hours, or those without money, will not be considered. In completing the appeal a person must explain why he/she believes that he/she is not in violation of the cited rule. The parking appeals committee has the power to approve or deny the appeal and to alter the monetary amount of each fine. The decision of the parking appeals committee will be final.

Winter Parking and Snow Removal

All parking policies are in effect during snow removal season. However, vehicles parked in unauthorized spaces will be subject to towing by the snow removal team as a means of safely and efficiently clearing the lot. Please remind your guests that they need to park in Lot 17 or 18 if they plan to be on campus after midnight.

Vehicle Plug Ins

A limited number of plug-ins for use during cold weather is available at the south end of Lot 17 on or before November 1 of each year. Students can pick up a diesel parking permit at no cost in the student services office. Any student found making use of the plug-in or parking in the plug-in spaces without the appropriate permit will be ticketed.  

Parking Suggestions

Suggestions to improve the parking system on the campus are welcome by student services. Any suggestions should be directed to the dean for campus life or your symposium representative.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Dordt College is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national or ethnic origin, or race in the administration of its admissions, education, and employment policies as consistent with the requirements of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965. Inquiries concerning compliance should be directed to Arlan Nederhoff, vice president for business affairs at the business office, x6010.

Notice of Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

Dordt College is committed to offering equal access to people with disabilities. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Dordt does not exclude otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, solely by reason of the disability, nor are persons with disabilities denied the benefits of these programs or subjected to discrimination. Equal access includes the accessibility of programs or activities and the learning environment.

Although certain facilities are not fully accessible to people with disabilities, Dordt College does adhere to the accessibility standard for existing facilities which states that the recipient’s program or activity, when reviewed in its entirety, must be readily accessible to people with disabilities. Dordt College may meet this standard through such means as reassignment of classes or other services to accessible locations, redesigning of equipment, assignment of aides, alteration of existing facilities, and construction of new accessible facilities. Dordt College is not required to make structural changes in facilities where other methods are sufficient to comply with the accessibility standard described above.

The student with a disability is responsible for contacting the coordinator of services for students with disabilities (CSSD) in order to initiate services (x6490). This contact should be made six months before the start of the semester of admission or as early as possible to ensure the accessibility of classrooms and housing and the availability of auxiliary aids. Students will be asked to provide appropriate documentation of the disability. On the basis of the documentation, reasonable accommodations needed to offer equal access are implemented on a case by case basis; therefore, the documentation is most useful if it is no more than three years old. Reasonable accommodations may not lower course standards or alter degree requirements, but they give students with disabilities an equal opportunity to learn and demonstrate their abilities.

Students who believe they have been denied equal access should initiate the following procedures:

  1. The student should report the situation to Arlan Nederhoff, vice president for business affairs at the business office.
  2. If the situation involves the accessibility of facilities, the 504 Compliance Officer will be notified.
  3. If the situation involves the accessibility of instruction (e.g., lack of classroom accommodations), the CSSD will advise the student and every attempt will be made to work with the instructor to resolve the conflict.
  4. If the situation is not resolved or if the student does not agree with the CSSD, an advisory committee will be formed to review the situation and make a decision.

Off-Campus Programs

Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing to be eligible to participate in off-campus programs. The off-campus program application process requires a signature from both the registrar’s office and student services to verify the student’s status. Dordt College students participating in off-campus programs are expected to live as members of the extended Christian community, striving to obey the Lord’s teaching in every area of their lives. Individual off-campus programs may have specific behavioral expectations based on their cultural setting and requirements of the learning community. Dordt College students participating in these programs are expected to honor and fully comply with these expectations. Violations of Dordt’s specific program behavioral expectations are grounds for dismissal from the program.

When staying abroad for an extended period of time as a student it is reassuring to know that in case of calamities you are properly insured. In certain countries, for instance, it is obligatory to insure yourself against health care expenses and liability. The SPICE program requires that you have adequate medical insurance. Dordt College also provides you with supplemental insurance through the ISIC card. However, medical insurance or the ISIC policy does not cover you for losses or liability for property damage. It is wise to make sure you are covered for accidents (e.g. bicycle accident leading to property damage) and for loss of personal belongings. In many cases you may be covered under your family’s home owner's insurance. Please check this out prior to your departure.

Recreation Facilities

A four-lane bowling alley and a game room are open Monday through Saturday in the campus center from 2 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 9 p.m. to midnight. A game library containing nearly 100 games is also available in the game room. Games may be checked out for one day at a time using your Dordt College ID card. Students are encouraged to suggest new games for the library.

The Recreation Center (including basketball courts, aerobics room, weight room, racquetball courts, and fitness room) is available to students Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless reserved for classes, intramural activities, track meets, or team practices. Hours for holidays and break periods will be posted at the Recreation Center.

The All Seasons Center is available for swimming and ice skating. Sand volleyball courts and tennis courts are located in Open Space Park near the All Seasons Center. A bike trail is available to students, with access behind Covenant Hall. An 18-hole golf course is available to students for a small fee.  Recreational equipment can be checked out from the intramural office in the Recreation Center.

Reporting Sexual Assaults

Information you should know if you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault

Resources

Confidential Resources

Campus Resources

Community Resources

Did You Know?

1. The community has a sexual assault response team

The Northwest Iowa Sexual Assault Response Team's goal is to increase reporting and increase successful prosecution and not retraumatize the victim. To assist victims, SART has female sexual assault nurse examiners at Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley, Sioux Center Community Hospital, Orange City Area Health System and Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center. The process can be enacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-382-5603

2. Off-campus assaults are covered by college policy

Jurisdiction

According to the Dordt College Student Handbook, this policy shall cover both on-campus and off-campus conduct, as those terms are described below.

On-Campus Violations: The campus includes the geographic confines of the college, including its land, institutional roads and buildings, its leased premises, common areas at leased premises, the property, facilities and leased premises of organizations affiliated with the college. College housing includes all types of college residence housing such as halls and apartments.

Off-Campus Violations: Students should be aware that off campus violations that affect a clear and distinct interest of the college are subject to disciplinary sanctions. As examples, sexual misconduct and harassment are within the college's interests when the behavior:

  • Involves conduct directed at or by a college student or other member of the college community
  • Occurs during college-sponsored events (e.g., field trips, social or educational functions, college-related travel, student recruitment activities, internships and service learning experiences)
  • Occurs during the events of organizations affiliated with the college, including the events of student organizations
  • Occurs during a Study Abroad Program or other international travel
  • Poses a disruption or threat to the college community.

3. Some resources are confidential

CONFIDENTIAL: Under Iowa law, communications with some individuals are confidential. This means that any information shared by the victim/survivor with a specific individual will not be used against him or her in court or shared with others. This individual cannot be subpoenaed to testify against the victim/survivor in a court of law.

Students should always confirm whether confidentiality applies to the communication. Generally, confidentiality applies when a student seeks services from the following persons:

  • Family Crisis Center advocate
  • Psychological counselor (including counselors at the Dordt College Counseling Center)
  • Health care provider (including medical professionals at Campus Health)
  • Personal attorney
  • Religious/spiritual counselor

PRIVATE: Dordt College is committed to creating an environment that encourages students to come forward if they have experienced any form of sexual misconduct. The college will safeguard the identities of the students who seek help or who report sexual misconduct. That is, college employees will seek to keep the information private (other than a counselor or medical provider).

A college employee cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, but the individual can guarantee privacy. Information is disclosed only to select officials who have an essential need to know in order to carry out their college responsibilities. As is the case with any educational institution, the college must balance the needs of the individual student with its obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the community at large. Therefore, depending on the seriousness of the alleged incident, further action may be necessary, including a campus security alert. The alert, however, would never contain any information identifying the student who brought the complaint.

4. Dordt College can help with housing changes or class conflicts after an assault

The Dean for Campus Life can assist a student in filing formal complaints or, if the student is not ready to file a formal complaint, the staff can work with him or her to address concerns over housing, class assignments or schedules, leaves of absence, withdrawal or other academic concerns. The office staff can also assist the student in notifying local law enforcement, if the student so requests.

5. Victims or witnesses who used alcohol/drugs should not be afraid to report the assault.

Students are strongly encouraged to report incidents of, or share information about, sexual misconduct as soon as possible. This is true even if the student with a complaint or a witness may have concern that his or her own alcohol or drug use, or other prohibited activity were involved. The Office of Student Services will not pursue disciplinary violations against a student with a complaint or a witness for his or her improper use of alcohol or drugs if the student is making a good faith report of sexual misconduct.

FAQs

1. If I share information about a sexual assault, what is the difference between confidentiality and privacy?

CONFIDENTIAL: Under Iowa law, communications with some individuals are confidential. This means that any information shared by the victim/survivor with a specific individual will not be used against him or her in court or shared with others. This individual cannot be subpoenaed to testify against the victim/survivor in a court of law.

Students should always confirm whether confidentiality applies to the communication. Generally, confidentiality applies when a student seeks services from the following persons:

  • Family Crisis Center advocate
  • Psychological counselor (including counselors at the Dordt College Counseling Center)
  • Health care provider (including medical professionals at Campus Health)
  • Personal attorney
  • Religious/spiritual counselor

PRIVATE: Dordt College is committed to creating an environment that encourages students to come forward if they have experienced any form of sexual misconduct. The college will safeguard the identities of the students who seek help or who report sexual misconduct. That is, college employees will seek to keep the information private (other than a counselor or medical provider).

A college employee cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, but the individual can guarantee privacy. Information is disclosed only to select officials who have an essential need to know in order to carry out their college responsibilities. As is the case with any educational institution, the college must balance the needs of the individual student with its obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the community at large. Therefore, depending on the seriousness of the alleged incident, further action may be necessary, including a campus security alert. The alert, however, would never contain any information identifying the student who brought the complaint.

2. What options do I have for reporting sexual misconduct?

In addition to supporting individual students affected by sexual misconduct, the college takes all incidents seriously and has a responsibility to address misconduct. When sexual misconduct involves criminal behavior, students are strongly encouraged to report the situation to law enforcement. Student Services will assist the student in notifying local law enforcement if the student so requests. An incident can be reported even if the student has not decided whether to take legal action. Nonetheless, students are always free to report and are encouraged to share instances of such behavior with the Dean for Campus Life (contact information below) regardless of whether or not they choose to press formal criminal charges with law enforcement.

Students are strongly encouraged to report incidents of, or share information about, sexual misconduct as soon as possible. This is true even if the student with a complaint or a witness may have concern that his or her own alcohol or drug use, or other prohibited activity were involved. The Office of Student Services will not pursue disciplinary violations against a student with a complaint or a witness for his or her improper use of alcohol or drugs if the student is making a good faith report of sexual misconduct.

The college can take action only if the college is made aware of the behavior. If a college administrator becomes aware of a complaint or other violation of this policy, the administrator should bring the information to the Dean of Campus Life so that concerns are heard and services can be offered to the affected students.

The college strongly encourages prompt reporting of complaints and information rather than risking any student's well-being. Although there is no time limit on the reporting of formal charges with the college, the college may ultimately be unable to adequately investigate if too much time has passed or if the accused student has graduated. Factors that could negatively affect the college's ability to investigate include the loss of physical evidence (e.g., prompt medical examinations are critical to preserving the physical evidence of sexual assault), the potential departure of witnesses, or loss of memory.

The college strongly encourages students to report concerns to either or both of the following offices:

  • For emergencies, contact 911. For non-emergencies, or if criminal behavior is involved, students are encouraged to contact Sioux Center Police Department at 712-722-0761. Contacting the Sioux Center Police Department does not mean you must pursue charges. SCPD can advise you of your options and can also preserve evidence while you consider your options.
  • To seek assistance and support, or to report misconduct, contact the Dean for Student Life (Campus Center, 712-722-6076).
  • In all situations, the college's goal is to treat the student who reports misconduct with sensitivity and fairness, while also ensuring the accused individual receives due process if any disciplinary action is to be imposed.
  • The Dean for Campus Life will make a student services staff member available to a student with a complaint if the student would like assistance throughout any college investigation or adjudication process. This staff member is not an "advocate" as that term is used below (see "Confidential Advocacy and Support"), nor is that staff person a representative who will speak on behalf of the student in any investigatory or adjudication process. Rather, the staff member serves as a point of contact to answer questions and explain processes, join the student in meetings, and make sure the student's expressed needs are being addressed.
  • For complaints against other students, the Student Handbook shall govern the complaint, investigation, and adjudication process.
  • For complaints against faculty or staff, the investigation and adjudication may ultimately occur through the Office of Human Resources.
  • In situations where an accused student faces both a disciplinary complaint and a criminal charge, the college reserves the right to move forward with the disciplinary investigative and adjudication process at the same time the criminal process is proceeding.

3. What are the benefits of reporting a sexual assault to the police?

Contacting the Sioux Center Police Department does not mean you must pursue charges. SCPD can advise you of your options and can also preserve evidence while you consider your options. SCPD can also advise you on safety planning techniques.

4. What if I’m an employee at the college and I have become aware of an incident of sexual misconduct?

For Employees: Suggested Steps if you learn someone has been sexually assaulted

As a member of the Dordt College community, you may be called upon to provide support to a victim of sexual assault and to refer this person to professional resources. These steps are designed to help you best support and inform someone of the resources available to assist with the person’s physical and emotional needs.

Some things to remember about your conversation with this person:

Share the following information

Assistance can be obtained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from:

Family Crisis Center
712-722-4404

Sioux Center Hospital
712-722-1271

Sioux Center Police Department
911 from a campus phone or 712-722-0761

Promise Community Health Center

712-722-1700

Other Resources

Student Services
712-722-6076

Student Counseling Center
515-294-6995

Campus Health
712-722-6995

  • Recognize that it can be an enormous step for someone to talk with another person about a sexual assault and that this person has placed trust in you by revealing the experience. That being said, remember that you are not a counselor, an investigator, or a state-certified victim advocate. Acknowledge the boundaries on your relationship with this person while helping her or him access the resources and assistance that can offer the best support and care.
  • Given the trust the person has placed in you, please respect the person’s privacy. Do not share the person’s experience with others except for the Dean for Campus Life, as explained below.
  • Believe the person, support the person’s choices, and refer the person to the appropriate resources listed below.
  • You can assure the person that no records or reports of sexual assault are kept in the victim’s permanent academic or personnel records.
  • Finally, in addition to the resources available to the person, there are also resources available to you as an employee. If you feel you need to talk to someone about the impact of this situation for yourself personally, you can contact the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Let the person know she or he can contact the Family Crisis Center to speak with a confidential, state-certified victim advocate who is trained to work specifically with victims of sexual assault. The advocate can explain all of the options available to the person and also support the person through any of the next steps, which may include counseling, medical, college disciplinary processes, or law enforcement notification. If possible, offer the person the use of your phone and a private space to make the call.
  • Let the person know there are other resources in addition to the advocate. Again, if possible, offer the person the use of your phone and a private space to make the call, or offer to walk with the person to any of the on-campus offices.

Medical Services: the person may want to seek confidential medical attention to care for her or himself or to preserve evidence of the assault in the event criminal charges might be contemplated later. In Iowa, these exams are free.

Confidential medical care only

  1. Campus Health
  2. Sioux Center Medical Clinic
  3. Sioux Center Hospital
  4. Promise Community Health Center

Preservation of evidence through forensic exam

  1. Sioux Center Medical Clinic
  2. Sioux Center Hospital

Counseling Services: the person may want to speak with a professional counselor in a confidential setting.

  1. Student Counseling Center (for students)
  2. Employee Assistance Program (for employees)

Law Enforcement: the person may wish to contact law enforcement even if the person has not decided whether to pursue criminal charges. Police can advise the person of options, help preserve evidence while the victim considers those options, and assist in safety planning and consideration. Contacting law enforcement does not mean the person must pursue criminal charges.

Sioux Center Police Department

Dean for Student Life: a student can speak with the Dean for Student Life or Student Services staff for any of the following matters:

  1. Assistance with classes or housing
  2. Information about interim steps to protect the student or campus
  3. Information about the student disciplinary process
  4. Additional services or resources on campus or in the community
  • Let the person know that you need to disclose the assault to the Dean for Student Life for purposes of complying with the Clery Act (a federal law requiring that campuses report and track crime statistics). This disclosure can be as broad or narrow as the person wants -- you do not need to disclose the name of the person you are meeting with if that person does not give permission to do so. In that case, simply report as much about the assault as you can (date, location) without identifying the person. To notify the Student Services Office, call 712-722-6076.
  • Let the person know about the Sexual Misconduct webpage -- consider showing the person the web page in your office and printing off a copy. The webpage has many resources and other helpful information for a person who has experienced a sexual assault.
  • Let the person know you believe and support her or him, and that you hope they will take some steps to help and care for her or himself.

5. Why am I encouraged to report an incident of sexual misconduct to Student Services?

The Dean for Campus Life can assist a student in filing formal complaints or, if the student does not want to file a formal complaint, the staff can work with the student to address concerns over housing, class assignments or schedules, leaves of absence, withdrawal or other academic concerns. The office staff can also assist the student in notifying local law enforcement, if the student so requests.

The Student Services Office will make a student services staff member available to a student with a complaint if the student would like assistance throughout any college investigation or adjudication process. This staff member serves as a point of contact to answer questions and explain processes, join the student in meetings, and make sure the student's expressed needs are being addressed. This staff member is not an "advocate" (as described in the sexual misconduct policy) nor is that staff person a representative who will speak on behalf of the student in any investigatory or adjudication process.

In all situations, the college's goal is to treat the student who reports misconduct with sensitivity and fairness, while also ensuring the accused individual receives fair treatment if any disciplinary action is to be imposed.

The Student Services Office and Sioux Center Police Department may take immediate interim actions to protect the safety of the college community, to enable students with complaints and witnesses to continue studies, and to ensure the integrity of an investigation. These actions may include:

To seek assistance and support, or to report misconduct, contact Student Services (Campus Center, 712-722-6076).

  • Interim suspension of the accused student
  • No-contact notices
  • Modifying class or work schedules
  • Making alternate housing arrangements
  • Addressing other academic concerns (e.g., absences, assignments, grades, leaves of absence, withdrawal)

6. Should I report a sexual assault if I was drinking underage when it occurred?

Students are strongly encouraged to report incidents of, or share information about, sexual misconduct as soon as possible. This is true even if the student with a complaint or a witness may have concern that his or her own alcohol or drug use, or other prohibited activity were involved. The Student Services Office will not pursue disciplinary violations against a student with a complaint or a witness for his or her improper use of alcohol or drugs if the student is making a good faith report of sexual misconduct.

7. Does it make a difference if the sexual misconduct occurs on or off campus?

No. According to the Student Handbook, the sexual misconduct, sexual assault, and sexual harassment policy covers both on-campus and off-campus conduct, as those terms are described below.

On-Campus Violations: The campus includes the geographic confines of the college, including its land, institutional roads and buildings, its leased premises, common areas at leased premises, the property, facilities and leased premises of organizations affiliated with the college.

Off-Campus Violations: Students should be aware that off campus violations that affect a clear and distinct interest of the college are subject to disciplinary sanctions. As examples, sexual misconduct and harassment are within the college's interests when the behavior:

  • Involves conduct directed at or by a college student or other member of the college community
  • Occurs during college-sponsored events (e.g., field trips, social or educational functions, college-related travel, student recruitment activities, internships and service learning experiences)
  • Occurs during the events of organizations affiliated with the college, including the events of student organizations
  • Occurs during a Study Abroad Program or other international travel
  • Poses a disruption or threat to the college community.

8. Why should I seek medical attention when I haven't decided whether I want to report the assault to the police or the college?

Seeking medical attention can help you in many ways. First, seeking medical attention can help you take care of your own health by checking for injuries, treating those injuries, and addressing the possibility of sexually transmitted infections.

Second, a forensic medical exam can preserve evidence of the assault. This is important even if you are currently undecided about your next steps because you may later decide to pursue criminal charges or college disciplinary charges - that evidence can help in both situations. A medical exam is not, however, required before pursuing criminal or college disciplinary charges.

In Iowa, initial medical exams are free for a person who has been sexually assaulted.

9. Where can I find information about Dordt College and crime statistics?

View Crime Statistics

Security Policies and Statistics

The following information is provided to encourage safety and security on campus. Also, for your knowledge and awareness, a list of crime statistics is provided which reflects crimes specified in the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Procedures for Reporting Criminal Activity

  1. Reporting Criminal Activity in Progress. Though the seriousness of the situation and the urgency of response must be determined by the caller, do not hesitate to request maximum and immediate help by calling 911. Criminal activity may also be reported by calling the following:
    1. Sioux Center Police (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) (712) 722-0761; (nights, weekends, holidays) (712) 737-2280
    2. Campus security (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.) (712) 722-6116
    3. Student Services (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) (712) 722-6070
    4. Switchboard (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) (712) 722-6000
    5. The residence life staff in your residence hall. Inform your RA as soon as possible of any criminal activity you have reported.
  2. Reporting Completed Acts of Criminal Activity.

    Incidents of personal assault/injury, theft, vandalism, accidents, etc., should be reported by calling 911 if immediate medical or safety concerns need to be met. Otherwise, notify your RA or CDA or student services to file a report. The college will either handle the situation internally or will inform the Sioux Center Police and request their assistance. The victim of the crime will be informed of the college's action and may always pursue direct police involvement.

Sexual Standards and Conduct Policy

Dordt College is committed to maintaining an environment where employees and students abide by biblical injunctions and admonitions regarding sexual activity, and refrain from sexual immorality. Although it is understood that a person’s desire for sexual intimacy is a natural and powerful characteristic in human nature, it is the college’s position, based on its biblical beliefs, that the only appropriate and permissible context in which sexual intimacy may be expressed as overt sexual activity is within the bonds of the marriage covenant between a man and a woman. All members of the college community are expected to live in accord with this understanding of sexual activity.

The Bible encourages Christians to maintain a loving and supportive attitude toward each other and mutual respect for members of the opposite sex. It also encourages loving and supportive attitudes toward those who struggle with sexual issues. The college will strive to work in a counseling context with individuals who struggle with appropriate sexual conduct, relationships, and issues. The college may determine, however, that sexual activity outside of the marriage covenant, sexual activity with someone other than one’s spouse, sexual activity with someone of the same gender, promoting or advocating sexually immoral activity, or sexual harassment and other inappropriate conduct should result in an employee’s discharge or a student’s dismissal.

All students and employees are responsible to abide by the college’s Sexual Standards and Conduct Policy. If an individual questions his or her ability to do so, that person should speak to an appropriate college official to receive guidance and/or instruction. The dean of chapel, counseling staff, and other staff members acting in the capacity of professional counselor are available to discuss any of these issues.

Prohibited Sexual Activity

Based upon its biblical beliefs, the college specifically prohibits the following types of sexual activity (These prohibitions do not restrict members of various academic disciplines, including students, faculty, and staff, from discussing or examining, in the educational context, such issues as they affect individuals, societies, or others):

  1. Engaging in, promoting, or advocating sexually immoral activity.
  2. Engaging in, promoting, or advocating extramarital sexual relations.
  3. Engaging in, promoting, or advocating homosexual relations.

Students and/or employees found engaging in prohibited activity will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the student conduct code or the faculty and staff handbooks.

Anti-Harassment

Dordt College is committed to providing a workplace and an educational environment free of harassment and inappropriate treatment of any employee or student because of the employee’s or student’s race, sex, age, national origin, disability, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. To be unlawful, workplace conduct must be so severe and pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with an employee’s ability to work or a student’s ability to succeed academically and have a positive educational experience. Dordt College does not, however, condone or tolerate any inappropriate conduct based on an employee’s or student’s race, sex, age, national origin, disability, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Moreover, Dordt College is committed to protecting employees and students from inappropriate conduct whether from other employees nonemployees or students.

Given the nature of this type of conduct and the serious effects such conduct can have on the target of the conduct and the one accused of the conduct, Dordt College treats alleged violations of this policy seriously and, to the extent possible, confidentially. Dordt College expects all individuals to treat alleged violations in the same responsible manner. If you believe you or any other employee or student is being subjected to behavior that violates these policies, you are encouraged to, and have a responsibility to, immediately report these matters to the vice president for business affairs if the conduct involves an employee or the vice president for administration if the conduct involves a student. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable reporting your concerns to the vice president for business affairs, you may report your concerns to the director of human resources.

If for any reason you do not feel comfortable reporting your concerns to the vice president for administration, you may report your concerns to the dean for campus life. Supervisors who become aware of any potential violation of this policy must report the potential violation to the vice president for business affairs or the director of human resources. Failure to report potential violations may result in appropriate discipline, up to and including discharge. No action will be taken against any employee or student merely because he or she reports behavior believed to violate this policy. We will take action to investigate and resolve all complaints of this nature. Dordt College is firm in its commitment to maintaining an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and inappropriate conduct.

Violations of this policy will not be tolerated and will result in appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including discharge or dismissal from the college.

Soliciting

No individual or off-campus organization may sell, solicit, or peddle anywhere on college grounds. No one may promote any commercial activity without approval from the dean for campus life.

Student Attire

Students should be guided by the principles of cleanliness, modesty, and propriety as they consider proper dress. Clothing which does not support our Christian confession and promote a God-glorifying view of men, women, and creation is not acceptable. Clothing which promotes the use of alcohol, controlled substances, or symbols of the occult is unacceptable.

Student Directory Information

The information listed below may be released without the written consent of the student. Dordt College officials will exercise care in the release of this information to ensure that the student’s best interests are served. Students may request that all of the items designated as "directory information" should not be released without prior consent. Such requests should be presented in writing to the registrar prior to registration or the publication of the campus directory. The following items are designated as "directory information":

  1. Name.
  2. Home and local address.
  3. Home and local telephone listing.
  4. Date and place of birth.
  5. Program of study and major.
  6. Church denomination, home congregation, and student church membership.
  7. Classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, part-time, special).
  8. Participation in officially recognized activities such as sports, drama, musical groups.
  9. Intercollegiate athletics eligibility information as required by conference and NAIA regulations.
  10. Weight and height of members of athletic teams.
  11. Dates of attendance.
  12. Degrees earned.
  13. Most recent previous school attended by the student.
  14. Honors, scholarships, and awards given by Dordt College.
  15. Photo.
  16. Email address.
  17. Level of education: undergraduate or graduate.

Student Publications

The Diamond is the college newspaper and is published bi-weekly. The Canon is a collection of literary and artistic works of students and faculty. The Signet is the college yearbook. Students who wish to become writers or staff members for these publications should contact the editors or faculty sponsors of the publication. While students are given considerable freedom in expressing their views, publications are funded by the college and are subject to oversight by the vice president for administration.

Student Record Privacy and Access Policy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day Dordt College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The appropriate Dordt College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by Dordt College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask Dordt College to amend the record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the Dordt College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If Dordt College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, Dordt College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Written student consent must be obtained before releasing personally identifiable data about the student from the records. FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law;
    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to college officials with legitimate educational interests. A college official is a person employed by Dordt College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom Dordt College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another college official in performing his or her tasks. A college official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    The college reserves the right to notify parents or guardians, regardless of the student’s age, status, or conduct, in health or safety emergencies, hospitalizations, or when, in the college’s judgment, the health or well-being of the student or others may be at risk.

Student Symposium

Each class elects representatives to serve on the Student Symposium, which is the student government organization at Dordt College. Upperclassmen representatives are elected during the spring semester and freshmen representatives are elected during the fall semester. The Student Symposium constitution is available at the student services office.

Taxi Service

A Sioux Center taxi service is available by calling (712) 441-4969. This service operates Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for rides within the city limits. Rides cost $2.75 each direction. Dordt College is not able to provide transportation to appointments or work.

Testing Policies

Scheduling of Academic Tests

  1. Instructors should notify students of major tests at least one week in advance. Faculty have been advised to include the schedule of tests for a course in the course syllabus and to distribute the syllabus at the beginning of the course.
  2. Tests for the entire class should be scheduled and administered only during the regularly scheduled class times.
  3. Faculty members should not ordinarily schedule tests on Mondays, except for courses or labs which meet only on Mondays.
  4. A minimum of three major forms of evaluation (tests, papers, presentations, etc,) should be given in most courses, including the test given during the final examination week.
  5. Assessment in the form of daily assignments, papers, projects, quizzes, and/or tests given early in the semester provide students with timely feedback regarding their progress. This is especially important in freshman courses.
  6. Examination, tests, or major quizzes shall not be administered in the last week of classes, the week prior to the week of final examinations. Papers and major projects may not be due during the last week of classes, except in courses where no final exam is given. Weekly or daily quizzes, assignments, and papers that are consistent with the regular practice of a course may be scheduled the last week of classes. This policy is intended to reflect a need for a “quiet last week of classes” that allows students to prepare for exams.

Administration and Supervision of Tests

  1. Instructors will assume the responsibility for careful, full-time supervision of tests.
  2. Instructors shall construct and administer tests in such a way that cheating is eliminated as far as is reasonable.
  3. Publicly posted test scores may not reveal the student’s identity.
  4. Instructors should be careful about the practice of returning tests to students. If there is a possibility of similar or identical questions appearing on tests semester after semester, then the tests should not be returned or they should be made available to everyone. Students with access to the old tests should not thereby have an advantage over students who do not have access to the old tests.
  5. Final examinations need not be returned to students. An examination is the final test administered in a course.

Tornado and Severe Weather Precautions

  1. Shelter must be taken immediately when a defense siren is sounded; a "Tornado" or "Severe Weather" Warning is issued for the area by means of radio or TV, if a funnel cloud is sighted, or as directed by college personnel.
  2. Use only those areas designated as shelters. Note the tornado shelter signs on campus and be familiar with the location of those shelters ahead of time.
  3. Do not leave a shelter until an "all clear" signal has been issued (via radio: KDCR 88.5 FM; KSOU 1090 AM; KSOU 93.9 FM).

General Advice

  1. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS!
  2. A basement offers greatest safety, particularly in frame houses.
  3. DO NOT remain in a trailer.
  4. The inside walls of lower floors of buildings offer some protection.
  5. DO NOT take shelter in auditoriums, gymnasiums, or areas with large, poorly supported roofs.
  6. If you are in open country:
    1. Move at right angles to the tornado’s path.
    2. If there is not time to escape, lie flat in the nearest depression such as a ditch or ravine.
  7. "Tornado weather" is generally noted as a hot, sticky day with southerly winds and a threatening, ominous sky. Familiar thunderstorm clouds are present. An hour or two before a tornado, topsy-turvy clouds appear, sometimes bulging down instead of up. The clouds often have a greenish-black color. Rain and hail usually precede a tornado.
  8. If you hear storm sirens, take cover immediately and do not leave shelter until sirens completely stop for a period of 20 minutes.

Designated Tornado Shelters

Classroom Building

  1. Basement
  2. Lower level corridor away from windows

Business Office/Advancement building

  1. Advancement Office hallway away from windows

Science building

  1. Lower level away from windows

Library

  1. Lower level by conference rooms
  2. Lower level reading resource rooms

Commons

  1. No designated tornado shelter. Move to lower level of Campus Center or basement of residence halls.

Campus Center

  1. Lower level corridor away from windows

Gymnasium/Recreation center

  1. Women’s locker room
  2. Men's locker room
  3. Hallways away from windows

B.J. Haan Auditorium/Music Building

  1. Lower level of Music Building away from windows
  2. Lower level of Campus Center

North, East, West, and Covenant residence halls

  1. Basement
  2. First floor hallway away from windows

East Campus Apartments

  1. Lower level away from windows

Southview

  1. Lower level public areas on the north side (computer room and community room)

Off-campus housing

  1. Basement area/apartments away from windows

Transportation

Dordt College provides transportation at the beginning and end of each semester as a service to its students. The college will make arrangements to transport to campus students who arrive in Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by bus or plane and Omaha, Nebraska, by plane. Due to increased usage and rising costs, the college does charge a fee for such transportation. The cost for transport from Sioux City or Sioux Falls is $30 and from Omaha is $60. The fee charged is for each one way trip.

Arrangements for transportation must be made with the housing office (x6070). Students who do not make prior arrangements for transportation will be limited to existing spaces available at an additional $25 cost. Students who fail to cancel rides when plans change may still be billed, e.g., the van driver arrives at the airport to discover that the student has decided to ride to campus with a friend.

This service is provided as follows:

  1. At the beginning of the semesters: within 24 hours before registration begins.
  2. At the end of the semesters: from noon on the last day of exams through midnight of the following day.
  3. Transportation to Omaha is offered on a more limited basis. Contact the student services office (x6070) for a schedule.

Further information regarding transportation can be found here.

Withdrawal Policy

Dordt College is strongly committed to supporting students in achieving success in their intellectual and co-curricular endeavors. When illness or significant personal hardship intrudes upon a student's ability to successfully meet the requirements of his or her course of study, it is Dordt's policy to assist the student in entering a period of leave from the college for the purpose of focusing on those matters requiring attention.

Prior to re-matriculation, the college will work with the student to establish readiness to resume academic work and to provide support where possible in order to optimize the likelihood of a successful return to college life.

It is Dordt's goal that all students be able to participate fully in the academic community. When a student's illness, or personal hardship causes him/her to pose a threat to self or others, or causes a significant disruption to the educational activities of the community, the student may be required to take a leave of absence from the college.

Procedures

Medical Withdrawal

  1. Students who withdraw from Dordt because of illness must submit a written request to the dean for campus life. The dean for campus life or his/her designee will confer with appropriate campus medical or psychological professionals in order to make a determination regarding the student's request. The dean for campus life (or designee) may convene a committee composed of representatives from the campus health services, counseling office, and residence life staff.
  2. Students who are granted a withdrawal because of illness will receive a "W" for all courses attempted during that term.
  3. Students granted a medical withdrawal will have a hold placed upon their registration by the dean for campus life pending successful petition for re-enrollment to the college. It is Dordt's intention to support students in a successful return to the college community when illness has necessitated withdrawal.
  4. Students will be informed by the dean for campus life that the college expects the leave to be of sufficient duration to allow the student to address the issues involved in necessitating a medical leave. It is common for students who withdraw because of serious illness to take a minimum of one full semester away from the college in order to enhance the likelihood of success upon return.
  5. Any adjustment to the student's tuition will be made in accordance with standing college policy.
  6. Students wishing to return to their studies following medical leave must complete the following steps:
    1. Notify the dean for campus life of his or her desire to return to Dordt College.
    2. Submit documentation from their treating clinician to the dean for campus life attesting to the student's ability to resume studies with a reasonable likelihood of success. This information must be specific in its description of the student's illness and the treatment rendered. It must outline, as appropriate, a plan of treatment to be followed upon return. All documentation will be held in strict confidence by the college. Upon request, the student will authorize the dean for campus life to secure any additional information necessary to assess the student's readiness for readmission.
    3. Submit documentation by the following dates: July 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester.
  7. The dean for campus life will consult with appropriate resources in coming to a final determination regarding action on the student's request for re-admission and will communicate this determination to the student and the registrar/admissions.
  8. Students may request appeal of this determination to the vice president for administration, who will formally review all material submitted, render a final determination, and notify the parties listed above of that determination.
  9. Upon readmission, students are expected to follow their treatment plan. Regular reports on student progress may be required from the treating clinician to the dean for campus life. Failure to do so may constitute grounds for the college to place a student on involuntary leave.

Involuntary Leave

  1. The college may place a student on involuntary leave of absence or require conditions for continued attendance when, as a result of an apparent medical or psychological condition, one of the following transpires:
    1. The student threatens the safety of him/herself or others.
    2. The student causes or threatens to cause significant property damage.
    3. The student significantly disrupts the educational or extracurricular activities of the college community.
    4. The student demonstrates evidence of significant impairment and is unable to make an independent determination that a voluntary leave is needed.
    5. The student has returned from voluntary/involuntary leave, demonstrates continued evidence of significant impairment, and has not complied with the treatment plan submitted at the time of readmission.
  2. When a student exhibits any of the behaviors described above, he or she may be brought to the attention of the dean for campus life. The dean for campus life, in consultation with appropriate medical, psychological, or academic resources, will take the following action:
    1. The dean for campus life will contact the student and arrange a meeting to discuss the situation with the student.
    2. The dean for campus life will convene a meeting with the wellness team (director for campus health, counseling staff and the residence life staff) to review the circumstances.
    3. The wellness team will make a recommendation to the dean for campus life regarding the status of the student.
    4. The dean for campus life may place a student on involuntary leave of absence or place conditions on the student's continued enrollment.
  3. The results of the dean for campus life's inquiry will be shared in written form with the student.
  4. Students may appeal the results of this inquiry to the vice president for administration, who will review all available information and render a final determination. This result will be shared with the student.
  5. All records concerning involuntary leaves of absence will be kept in accordance with the college's confidentiality policy. The student's record will indicate "Leave of Absence."
  6. Students placed on involuntary leave will receive a "W" for all courses attempted during that semester. A hold will be placed on the student's record for re-admission purposes.
  7. Students seeking readmission to the college following involuntary leave must follow the same procedure as delineated for students returning following voluntary leave. (See Voluntary Leave; sections 6 - 9)

Contacts

Dean for Campus Life
(712) 722-6076

Uncooperative Student

An uncooperative student’s attitude may be characterized by disrespectful, disruptive classroom behavior, failure to submit assigned or required work, failure to appear for examinations, failure to respond to the instructor’s request for an individual conference to discuss a problem, or a number of unexcused absences.

Faculty members should discuss (or attempt to discuss) the situation with the student and should only invoke the following steps if the matter has not sufficiently improved after this discussion.

  1. When a faculty member encounters uncooperative behavior an academic alert should be issued. This simultaneously informs the student, the advisor(s), and the retention council (the ASK Center director, the dean for campus life, the learning community area coordinators, and an admissions representative). The academic alert describes the situation, recommends solutions, and provides automatic documentation.
  2. The retention council will work with the student, the advisor, and the instructor to resolve the situation. Once they become involved all parties should maintain documentation (attendance records, email messages, etc.) of any future discussions with the student relating to the situation.
  3. If the situation persists the instructor should file a second academic alert recommending that the student be removed from the class under the uncooperative student policy. The instructor should forward this alert to the instructor's department chair.
  4. Those working with the student from step two will meet with the student, the instructor, and the department chair to review all documentation. This group has the delegated authority from the curriculum and academic policies committee to remove the student from the course or take other appropriate action.
  5. Appeal process: Students may appeal the decision in writing to the Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee via the provost. The decision of the Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee is final.

Worship Opportunities and Sunday Observance

Worship is an opportunity to give praise to God, experience fellowship with other believers, and receive spiritual refreshment and nourishment for the week ahead. The college facilitates student attendance at Sunday church services by providing transportation to local churches for both the morning and evening services.

The local churches stand ready to promote the faith development of students by providing the necessary pastoral care and opportunities for worship and involvement in the congregation. They and/or the dean of chapel will offer catechetical instruction for those student members who have not as yet made a public profession of faith.

Students are encouraged to select and attend a local church of their own denomination if possible. Students who cannot attend their home church during the academic year need not transfer their membership. Students are expected to worship regularly in a local church and, if confessing members, to receive the Lord’s Supper in that church. Students and their home church council are encouraged to maintain regular contact throughout the student’s stay at Dordt College.

Sunday is a distinct day, set aside for rest and worship. While it is recognized that these aspects of Sunday activities may be observed in different ways, every resident is to rest and worship in a way which pleases God and respects fellow residents. In order that students can adequately prepare for morning worship, all college events scheduled for Saturday evening must end by midnight.

Most buildings, other than residence halls/apartments are closed on Sunday and those buildings which are available to students are supervised by the fewest student employees as possible. The college is sensitive to the diverse needs and convictions of students, faculty, and staff and seeks to not offend a member of the community by allowing certain activities to occur or certain facilities to be open.