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Introduction

The Benedictine University Student Handbook covers community-wide and individual student expectations and responsibilities. Failure to abide by these responsibilities and any University policies and procedures will be resolved through the Student Life Conduct Process. This process is as an educational tool required by the University to maintain a safe environment and instill individual responsibility.

In addition to the Student Handbook, the Academic Catalog and University website can be used as valuable resources to guide you through your Benedictine experience. The University reserves the right to amend this handbook at any time. Proposals to amend policies and procedures can be submitted to Dean of Students.

Student Statement of Responsibilities

Benedictine University is a Catholic and an academic community dedicated to the advancement of learning and committed to a philosophy of mutual acceptance and respect. Benedictine is a community of people with distinct ethnic, racial, genders, cultural and religious backgrounds. We are also a community with a variety of roles: faculty, staff and student. Despite these differences, we are a community with a common interest in creating an environment which encourages the growth and development of all people. We understand that such an education consists of both classroom work and the full experience that university life can provide. To promote such a learning environment, the University requires each student to accept a Statement of Responsibilities and set of policies while a member of the Benedictine community at the Lisle campus, cohort off-site locations and online, or Mesa branch campus. Community members are also expected to observe all current local and county ordinances as well as federal and state laws.

The University attempts to establish a climate which encourages the assumption of responsibility by students for their individual and collective actions with minimum regulation. It shall be the responsibility of each student to comply with the appropriate standards of conduct and decorum befitting members of an educational community. A student attending a University-sponsored function off campus is subject to the same standards of conduct as those expected on campus. Any Benedictine University student who has violated criminal laws also may be subject to University proceedings. Violations of local, state or federal laws on campus may also result in the filing of criminal charges. Scholarship recipients who are found to be in violation of student conduct guidelines may be subject to loss of institutional scholarships.

We encourage students to develop an awareness and sensitivity to their environment by formulating and accepting a personal code which is compatible with the code of the community of which you are a member; that is, the Benedictine Community. This means you must analyze your motives and impulses, discover new freedoms and understand the limitations of those freedoms as a community member. When a student becomes a member of the Benedictine University community, that student agrees to abide by all University policies and accept four main responsibilities: one’s education to self, colleagues and community, and to the University. The following sections detail responsible activities and list actions that are prohibited by University policy.

I. Responsibility to One’s Education

To ensure a comprehensive and authentic education, the student is responsible for planning their academic program, for continuing progress in said program, and for pursuing academic excellence with honesty and integrity. Academic Advisors and Faculty Advisors are available to assist the student with program planning and academic achievement. The student is accountable for meeting course, degree and graduation requirements. Academic excellence cannot be achieved if one misrepresents the work of others as their own. While the University encourages students to assist one another (e.g. tutoring; group projects), the individual student is accountable for meeting the requirements of their courses and programs. Academic policies and procedures related to academic courses and programs can be found in both Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

II. Responsibility to Ourselves

One must treat oneself with respect to fully engage in the pursuit of an education. This means many things, but such self-respect is a fundamental commitment to personal integrity and individual wellness. Those who are committed to personal integrity show a willingness to be held accountable for their own actions. They conduct themselves honestly, thoughtfully and consistently within the values of the community. In addition, they strive for comprehensive personal health. In doing so, they avoid practices which harm the body and the mind such as excessive consumption of alcohol or the recreational use of drugs. They endeavor to develop self-esteem and feel called to live in ways that exhibit leadership, ethics and values. All students are required to pursue their academic studies to the best of their abilities. Students may lose privileges (on-campus housing, parking, etc.) if they do not maintain their commitment to their coursework. The following includes specific student conduct prohibited by the University:

  1. All forms of dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, forgery, and alterations or use of institutional documents or instruments of identification with the intent to defraud are prohibited. Required papers may be submitted for review to detection plagiarism.
  2. Misuse of alcohol and tobacco products. The legal age for the possession and use of all alcoholic beverages in Illinois is 21. Fraudulent identification for the purpose of acquiring alcoholic beverages and/or purchasing such beverages for minors is a violation of state and local law. The campus is tobacco-free. Please refer to Alcohol and Drug Policy
  3. Unauthorized gambling is not permitted on University grounds, in residence halls, apartments or at official functions of student organizations.
  4. Possession, use or sale of controlled substances or drug paraphernalia is not permitted. Benedictine University has an obligation to uphold federal, state and local laws with regard to the possession and use of drugs. The University reserves the right to view each case of drug-related activity individually, to include the kind of drug and level of involvement to determine the criteria for the University’s response Please refer to Alcohol and Drug Policy.
  5. According to the University’s fire safety action plan, failing to leave the building in which a fire alarm is activated immediately may result in the issuance of a civil citation.
III. Responsibility to Colleagues and Community

One must treat other members of the University with respect to allow them to fully engage in the pursuit of their own education. This involves a commitment to refrain from harmful conduct, and engage in conduct that makes the community a better place for all to live and learn. Only the individual can accept the duty to act affirmatively. The University is committed to creating an environment that encourages such a duty, and has established the following prohibited conduct concerning classmates and other members of the community:

  1. Actual physical harm or the threat of confrontation to harm any person is prohibited. This includes physical conflict, lethal and less-than-lethal use or possession of weapons/ammunition. Please refer to Hate Crime Policy, Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure and Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy, Title IX Policy.
  2. Hazing of any person by a campus organization or another person is prohibited. Benedictine University prohibits conduct by an individual, organization or group affiliated with the University that is in violation of the Illinois Hazing Act, or any hazing activity which threatens a person’s rights of self-respect, which disrupts community life, or which encourages the violation of local, state or federal law, or Benedictine University Policies and Procedures.
  3. Discriminatory harassment to any person on University premises or at University-sponsored functions is prohibited. Please refer to Non-Discrimination Policy on Page, Title IX Policy.
  4. Promotion of self-inflicted activities on the Internet, including harming others and underage drinking, is prohibited.
  5. Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting in performance of their duties is prohibited.
  6. Community members may not engage in conduct unbecoming of a Benedictine University student.
IV. Responsibility to the University

To assist the University in offering the finest education possible, one must treat the University campus and its resources with respect. Such respect involves stewardship of community assets through responsible use, as well as refraining from damaging or misusing University facilities and resources. The following is prohibited:

  1. Disruption of the University community or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other institutional activities.
  2. Knowingly making false statements or knowingly submitting false information during a Grievance Process
  3. Theft from or damage to University property or the property of a member of the University community.
  4. Acts of vandalism or malicious defacement of property, or the property of the University community, the computer network/university’s website and safety and/or fire equipment on campus. Please refer to Responsible Use of University Technology Resources Policy.
  5. Unauthorized possession or use of campus keys, access cards or identification cards. Every student must ensure that they have their Bencard at all times and that the card has the correct information and is valid while the student is at the University.
  6. Violation of published University regulations including those relating to entry and use of University facilities, and any other regulations, which may from time to time be enacted.
  7. Violation of Policies and Procedures applied by University Departments.
  8. Violation of local, state or federal laws.
  9. Non-payment of Student Accounts

Alcohol Policy

Abide by current local ordinances, state law and University policies. Students should be aware whether possession of alcohol occurs inside or outside the University, legal sanctions under applicable law for unlawful possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages may include fines or imprisonment.

Alcohol education programs are conducted routinely at Benedictine University. Students experiencing difficulties with alcohol or drug use are encouraged to talk with a staff member in the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, the Dean of Students, or other members of the University staff.

Drug Free Campus/Workplace Policy

The use, possession or distribution of any drug, including marijuana, or drug paraphernalia on any University property or as part of a University sponsored activity, in violation of the law is strictly prohibited. Anyone violating the law may be turned over to civil authorities for prosecution and will be subject to all of the University’s disciplinary procedures. Students should not be in a room where drugs or drug paraphernalia are present. The federal law prohibits the possession and/or distribution of illicit drugs and any student suspected of breaking the law will be subject to University review and sanction. Criminal penalties include fines, imprisonment and, in certain cases, the seizure and forfeiture of the violator’s property. In addition, federal and other forms of financial aid may be forfeited.

Tobacco-Free at Benedictine University

Effective August 1, 2017, the Benedictine University Smoking/Tobacco Policy is changed in consideration of the health risks to community members, environmental impact and community member feedback with the prohibition of tobacco products, smoking and vaping use.

Our community members and guests would abide by the policy in consideration of the following guidelines:

  • In a kind and courteous manner, each community member will be responsible to remind individuals of the University policy. This policy will be enforced like any other student conduct/employee violation.
  • Individuals desiring to smoke may do so in their car.
  • Announcements of cessation programs for employees and students will announced on a regular basis.

Non-Discrimination Policy

In administering its affairs, Benedictine University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University's rights as a religiously sponsored institution.

Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan programs; athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of age, religion, sex, disabilities, race, color, national ethnic origin, or any other legally protected characteristic. In addition to meeting non-discrimination obligations under federal and state laws, Benedictine University is committed to maintaining a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and mutual respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, regardless of economic status, ethnic background, political views or other personal characteristics and beliefs.

The University is also committed to providing all of its students, faculty, staff and visitors with reasonable access to its programs, events and facilities. To this end, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University has made and continues to make modifications to its facilities and programs to provide access for individuals with disabilities. If a person believes they have been a victim of discrimination or harassment or for further information and assistance, they may contact the Vice President for the Office of Student Life.

Benedictine University’s Non-Discrimination Policies Of particular interest are the following:

Equal Opportunity: Benedictine University supports the principles of equal opportunity for employment to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, religion, color, national origin, age or other legally protected characteristics. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the University’s Office of Personnel Resources or to the director of the Offices for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

Title IX Statement

It is the policy of Benedictine University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University’s educational program or activity, employment, and admissions. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in or refusing to participate in the investigation of claims of sex discrimination. If you have any questions contact Dr. Tammy Sarver, Title IX Coordinator, Scholl Hall 228L; 630-829-6473; (tsarver@ben.edu), or in Arizona, Dr. Julie Cowgill, Gillett Hall 230; 480-878-6703; (jcowgill@ben.edu), Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The full text of the Title IX Policy and additional information about reporting sexual harassment on campus and Title IX can be found at www.ben.edu/compliance/title-ix.cfm.

Accommodation Services: Benedictine University is dedicated to creating an accessible environment through reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with a disability are encouraged to seek assistance with staff in the Academic and Career Enrichment Center. Special accommodation services are available for students with disabilities on a case-by-case basis, provided that documentation from a properly licensed clinician supports the accommodation. Students eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and/or state law, whose disability interferes with a major life activity, are urged to self identify so that the process for receiving assistance can begin as soon as possible. Commonly granted accommodations include the following:

Extended time for testing in a quiet test environment

Designated note-taker in class

Modified or enlarged classroom/reading materials

Books in alternate formats

Preferential classroom seating

Students with questions or in need of special academic or housing accommodations should stop by the Academic and Career Enrichment Center to arrange proper documentation for equal access to educational and campus services.

Hate Crime Policy

A hate crime is classified by law as a felony offense and is in direct violation of the University’s nondiscriminatory policies. Therefore, the University, in addition to processing hate crimes in accordance with the law, may simultaneously proceed with internal investigatory and disciplinary processes as defined by the Handbook. A person commits (a) hate crime(s) when by reason of the actual or perceived race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or natural origin of another individual or group of individuals. In addition, if larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and/or destruction/damage/vandalism of property are committed as a direct result of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim, the person who committed the act is in direct violation of the University’s polices.

A person who has been a victim of a hate crime may report the crime to the Benedictine University Police Department (630) 829-6122, a residence hall staff member, the Dean of Students, Student Health Services, Counseling Center or an outside community agency. Those who report a hate crime will be advised of the importance of preserving evidence which may be necessary to provide proof for prosecution. The University will provide support services for anyone who has been a victims of a hate crimes. Staff will serve in an advocacy role and help refer individuals for appropriate medical, police, and counseling assistance.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

One of Benedictine’s stated goals is to maintain an environment that is healthy and safe. Sexual misconduct is not consistent with this goal and the University is committed to providing a living and learning environment that is free of such misconduct. It is the University’s policy that acts of sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. For purposes of this policy, “sexual misconduct” is defined as any attempted or actual act of non-consensual or forcible sexual touching. This would include, but is not limited to, fondling, kissing, groping, attempted intercourse (whether oral, anal or genital), penetration or attempted penetration with a digit or any other object.“Consent” requires speech or conduct indicating a freely given, uncoerced agreement to engage in sexual contact. Consent may not be inferred from silence or passivity alone and a current or previous relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent. Consent may be withdrawn at any time prior to a specific sexual act by either person. To be valid, the person giving consent must be physically and mentally able to: understand the circumstances and implication of the sexual act;be able to make a reasoned decision concerning the sexual act; and able to communicate that decision in an unambiguous manner.

There are a number of factors which may limit or negate a person’s ability to consent to a sexual act. These include impairment due to the influence of alcohol or drugs (illegal or prescription), a person’s mental or physical impairment of which the other person is aware or should reasonably have been aware, unconsciousness, fear or coercion.

Persons accused of sexual misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Benedictine University’s policies and procedures for student conduct; and may be subject to the University’s Title IX grievance process. At the discretion of the University, persons accused of sexual misconduct may be immediately suspended or restricted from campus pending final disposition of any disciplinary proceedings. Individuals found to have committed sexual misconduct will be subject to sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the University.

In addition to student disciplinary action, persons accused of sexual misconduct may be subject to criminal prosecution by the law enforcement agency with appropriate jurisdiction in that case. In the course of a criminal investigation or prosecution, Benedictine may choose or may be required to provide information and records related to its disciplinary proceedings involving the same act. However, Benedictine’s student disciplinary process is independent of and not dependent upon any criminal process. The decision to prosecute or not prosecute and the ultimate outcome of any criminal proceedings do not affect or influence the University’s student conduct proceedings.

A person who has been a victim of sexual assault may report the crime to the Lisle Police Department (911), the Benedictine University Police at (630) 829-6666, Dr. Tammy Sarver, Title IX Coordinator, Scholl Hall 228L; 630-829-6473; (tsarver@ben.edu), or in Arizona, Dr. Julie Cowgill, Gillett Hall 230; 480-878-6703; (jcowgill@ben.edu), Deputy Title IX Coordinator; a residence hall staff member, the Dean of Students, the health/counseling office or an outside community agency such as the DuPage Women Against Rape Hotline at (630) 971-3927. Benedictine University provides support services for persons who have been victims of sexual assault. Staff will serve in an advocacy role and help refer individuals for appropriate medical, law enforcement, judicial and counseling assistance. Upon request, assistance will be provided in changing academic schedules and living arrangements.

Even if a victim decides not to file criminal charges with the police, it is recommended that the individual contact a University or community resource for support. Victims are entitled to confidential services either on or off campus whether or not charges are pressed. Resources both on campus and in the community are:

Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy

We are all responsible for creating an environment where we are treated with respect and dignity. Sometimes behavior that seems acceptable to you may be offensive to others. Any harassment or false accusations of harassment, of or by employees or students, is not acceptable. Benedictine University prohibits harassment on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or membership in any other group protected by law, including the following behaviors:

Unsolicited remarks, gestures, or physical contact; display or circulation of written material or pictures that are negative or offensive to gender or to racial, ethnic, religious or other groups protected by law;

Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and all other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or otherwise offensive nature, especially where submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or academic advancement or status, or the basis for employment-related decisions affecting the employee or decisions affecting the individual’s academic advancement or status; or

Conduct that has the purpose or effect of interfering with an employee’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.

Harassment of any sort is a serious breach of University policy. The University will take prompt and appropriate corrective action, up to and including termination of employment, expulsion and/or other sanctions against anyone who engages in harassment. If you believe you have been the subject of harassment (or a violation of the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy), report the alleged conduct immediately to the Dean of Students, Human Resource Office, the compliance officer, or any other senior University official. Benedictine University prohibits any form of retaliation against any employee or student for filing a complaint or for assisting in a complaint investigation.

Students are encouraged to report all incidents of sexual harassment to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Tammy Sarver, Professor, Benedictine University Title IX Coordinator, (630) 829-6473, tsarver@ben.edu; or Dr Julie Cowgill, Professor, Benedictine University Deputy Title IX Coordinator, jcowgill@ben.edu.

Responsible Use of University Technology Resources Policy

The Office of Information Technology maintains a policy https://www.ben.edu/information-technology/upload/Acceptable-Use-of-Technology-Resources.pdf for the responsible use of technology resources for all members of the campus community. This document provides guidance on the use of technology at the University, including your responsibility to abide by all laws in your use of technology, including copyright and other laws protecting intellectual property.

Students should be aware of the basics of Internet etiquette in communicating via text, chat room, online or email. Your behavior will be evaluated online as if you would demonstrate in person. Know that when you are in cyberspace, respect other people’s time and bandwidth, use appropriate upper and lowercase punctuation, and respect another people’s privacy.

Email is the official method of communication for students at Benedictine University. Students are expected to read and respond, when required, to all official Benedictine University email. It is recommended that students check their Benedictine University email accounts daily. Please note that some faculty may, based on course requirements, require students to check their Benedictine University email accounts at designated times.

Students who redirect (auto forward) messages sent to their official Benedictine University email accounts to another email account (such as Gmail, Hotmail, etc...) do so at their own risk. Email that is lost as a result of redirection does not absolve the student from their responsibilities associated with communications sent to their official Benedictine University email account. Benedictine University is not responsible for the handling of email by outside vendors or unofficial servers. The Benedictine University assigned email address will be the address used by Benedictine University faculty and staff to communicate with students.

Freedom of Expression Policy

In its role as an academic institution, Benedictine is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can be reasonably proposed and critically examined. The University community recognizes that the freedom of inquiry and expression may produce conflicts of beliefs, and proposals for action. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to maintain channels of communication which will foster a favorable climate for the freedom of expression to thrive.

Implicit in this freedom and with regard for the common purposes of the institution is the right to dissent and demonstrate in a peaceful and non-disruptive manner without unreasonable obstruction or hindrance. The University expects those who enjoy these freedoms to also accept responsibility for order and discipline. Permissible speech does not include unlawful activity, activity that threatens or endangers the safety of any member of the community, destruction of property or obstruction of the normal operations of the University and will not be tolerated.

Insurance Policy

In the event of loss or damage to your personal property while working, residing or visiting at Benedictine University, the Business Office can issue a statement, should you wish to file a claim against your personal insurance policy. The University is not responsible for any personal property loss.

In order to have the statement prepared, the damage or loss should be reported to University Police as soon as possible. A copy of the University Police report should be brought to the Business Office with a note indicating the name and address of your insurance carrier and your address. Our statement will be prepared and mailed to you for attachment to your claim.

Accommodations Procedures

Benedictine University will make every attempt to provide eligible students with reasonable accommodations based on individual learning needs and

In order to provide accommodations in a timely manner, the University requires reasonable notice of specific needs and requested accommodations.

Students needing accommodations should first complete the Disability Services Request Form. In addition, documentation of the disability from a licensed clinical professional should also be included. Students should provide these documents to the ACE Center to begin the process for receiving accommodations.

When accommodations are approved, the case manager contacts the student and provides them with the Student

Academic Accommodations Approval (SAAA) form, which notifies the instructors of the approved accommodations. Each semester students are responsible for obtaining their SAAA forms from the ACE Center.

All inquiries about referrals to clinical professionals, who administer testing, modifications to accommodations, and temporary accommodations, should be directed to the staff in the ACE Center

Please read the Benedictine University Accommodations Handbook for additional details at www.ben.edu/ace by clicking on the Accommodations Tab.

 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Annual Notice to Students

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

  1. The right to inspect and review your education records within a reasonable time after Benedictine University receives a request for access. If you wish to review your record, contact the Office of the Registrar or the University office that maintains the record to make arrangements. You are required to submit your requests in writing and identify the record(s) you wish to inspect.
     
  2. The right to request an amendment of your education record if you believe it is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your privacy rights under FERPA. If you feel there is an error in your record, you should submit a statement to the University official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record you want changed and why you believe it is inaccurate or misleading. That office will notify you of their decision and advise you regarding appropriate steps if you do not agree with the decision.
     
  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. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. This includes any University faculty or staff employee (including the

    University Police Department) acting within the scope of his or her University employment and with appropriate supervisory authority; any individual or entity with whom the University has contracted as its agent to provide a service to the University when acting within the scope of the contract or agency and who is subject to appropriate confidentiality requirements; any member of the University’s Board of Trustees; any student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; and any student assisting a University official in performing tasks for which the University official may have access. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities. Benedictine also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll such as through partnerships and consortium agreements.

  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20202-5901

FERPA permits the release of directory information to third parties outside the institution without written consent of the student, provided that the student has been given the opportunity to withhold such disclosure. Benedictine University defines directory information as follows:

  • Student’s name, address, and phone number
  • Major and minor fields of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Most recent education institution attended
  • Full-time/part-time enrollment status
  • Photo
  • Height, weight, and GPA of student athletes

A student may withhold disclosure of their directory information by completing the "FERPA Non-Disclosure of Designated Directory Information” form available in the Office of the Registrar, within ten (10) calendar days of the first scheduled class day of each fall term. A request to withhold disclosure of directory information is effective for one academic year only and must be renewed each year.

In compliance with the Solomon Amendment, directory information is provided to the United States Department of Defense, upon request.

A student may authorize the release of confidential information (including personally identifiable information from education records protected by FERPA, and other types of confidential information as well) to a third party by signing an Authorization for Release of Confidential Information to a Third-Party form.

The University may also disclose student account and financial aid information without the student’s consent to the student’s parents if the parent requests the information in writing; completes the Parent Certification section of the Authorization for Release of Confidential Information to Parents; and provides evidence that the student is his or her dependent for federal income tax purposes. The University may also disclose their son or daughter, or if their son or daughter is under the age of 21 and has violated a federal, state or local law or any University rule or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.

FERPA permits the disclosure of students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions of the FERPA regulations. Benedictine University may disclose from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student the following:

  • To other school officials, including instructors, within Benedictine University who are determined to have legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities. Legitimate educational interests include performing a task or engaging in an activity related to one’s regular duties or professional responsibilities, a student’s education, the discipline of a student, a service to or benefit for a student, measures to support student success, evaluation of academic programs, and the safety and security of the University. Individuals at the institution who have an educational interest in the student’s educational record may share information internally to school officials that have a legitimate educational interest. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced services or functions.

  • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.
     
  • To authorized representatives of the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the Illinois Board of Higher Education or other state agencies responsible for supervising Benedictine’s education programs. Disclosures may be made in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of student records to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf.
     
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.
     
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction.
     
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.
     
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
     
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency.
     
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, if Benedictine University determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the Benedictine University rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her.
     
  • Upon written request, the University will disclose, to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, or to the alleged victim’s next of kin (if the victim dies as a result of the crime or offense), the final results of any institutional disciplinary proceeding dealing with that crime or offense.

 

Disciplinary and Counseling Records Procedure

Information from student disciplinary or counseling files is considered a confidential, educational record and is not available to unauthorized persons on campus. To comply with federal law, as well as for reasons of confidentiality, disciplinary records/files may not be released to anyone off-campus unless under legal compulsion or in cases where the safety of persons or property is involved. A student’s disciplinary record/file may only be reviewed by the student within the confines of the Benedictine University campus and the guidelines designated by the appropriate University administrator, generally the Dean of Students. Only the student and authorized persons may have access to such records. The University will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the confidentiality of student educational records is maintained. Information shared in a mental health counseling session is confidential and cannot be shared. An exception to confidentiality regarding counseling records may exist 1) in a situation in which the student client authorizes a release of information in written form, 2) the student client was accessed to be a danger to themselves or others, 3) the student client's counseling records were subpoenaed, or 4) reporting involving child abuse or neglect were required by law. Even in these cases, the student client would be informed if possible and no more information than necessary would be released Any questions concerning the student’s rights and responsibilities under FERPA should be referred to the Office of the Registrar or the compliance officer. maintained.

Demonstrations Procedures

Persons planning a demonstration should fill out an Event Request Form and meet with the Dean of Students or their designee to discuss arrangements for the event.

The Chief of Police, in consultation with University officials, will determine the point at which the normal operations of a specific building or area are disrupted. The demonstrators will be informed specifically how they may continue their demonstration in a manner which is not disruptive. If the above described internal measures fail to achieve the desired results, the University reserves the right to ask for the assistance of civil authorities. Any student in a disruptive demonstration may be arrested and may be suspended pending formal action consistent with the University’s Student Code of Conduct. Any person not officially associated with the University who is participating in a disruptive demonstration will be arrested and may be prosecuted. Just as Benedictine University expects the members of its community to abide by the above regulations, it likewise expects that any action taken to enforce compliance with regulations or prevent prohibited activity should be appropriate. The University expects all persons to comply with the directions of an authorized official.

Student Affairs Conduct Process

Failure to abide by your responsibilities and any University policies and procedures will be resolved through the Student Affairs Conduct Process. Many times, misconduct can be resolved informally, but situations may require a more formal procedure. The procedure is grounded in the concept of fairness and impartiality, thereby supporting the values of our community by addressing misconduct in a constructive and positive way. If University action is warranted, a student will receive a phone call and/or email to their student email account notifying them that a conversation is required. The following options will be considered by the Office of Student Affairs:

Mediation

Incidents may be resolved through mediation – a voluntary, private and informal process.

Hearings

Two kinds of hearings are possible: an administrative hearing (appointed University officials) and panel hearing (representatives of the student body, faculty and administration act as panel hearing members). The purpose of the hearings is to come to an understanding of the misconduct by the student(s), determine responsibility and remedies. Hearings can be used to resolve minor disciplinary matters or more serious matters (not limited to theft, dangerous weapon possession, misuse of fire protection equipment, sexual assault, illicit use of drugs and repetitious misconduct) that may result in a student being suspended or dismissed from the University or residence halls. Hearings may be conducting by a designated hearing officer or board depending on the incident as determined by the Office of Student Affairs.

Hearing Process

Students are expected to obtain further details if they attend a hearing. The hearings will follow appropriate procedures to ensure a fair process, and parties will have the opportunity to present any facts to substantiate the claim, including witnesses.

Hearings will proceed in the absence of a respondent who was given proper notice, who does not request a postponement and who does not attend the hearing. No parent, guardian, legal counsel or person outside of the University community is allowed to appear at the hearing, except if criminal proceedings are occurring simultaneously.

To ensure a fair process, parties may request that community members assist and participate in the investigation and hearing process. Students, faculty or staff who agree to assist and/or attend the hearing with the party but do not speak at the hearing shall provide such assistance. In the event a party is unable to locate someone to act in this capacity, they may request the assistance from the Office of Student Affairs. The administrator or Hearing Panel will be responsible for assigning a remedy in the event it finds that a violation of the Statement of Responsibilities or University policy has taken place. Consideration of a student’s entire disciplinary record at Benedictine University will be considered when designing an appropriate sanction.

Appeal Process

A student may appeal a decision made by a hearing concerning the finding of a violation or the remedy imposed within five days of notification of a decision. To do so, the student must deliver a written explanation on the grounds upon which the appeal is made to the Office of Student Affairs. The burden of demonstrating an inequity in the hearing or remedy shall lie with the student. The responsibility of making a final decision will rest with the Office of Student Affairs.

Sanctions

This does not and cannot include all information that may lead to sanctions. Sanctions are defined and imposed as follows:

  1. Warning: A written statement to the student indicating disapproval of their conduct or violation of regulations, and stipulating that continuation or repetition of such action may be cause for more severe action.
     
  2. Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or mishap of property. Restitution may take the form of monetary compensation or the appropriate service to repair damages and may be combined with another type of sanction.
     
  3. Monetary Fine: Financial assessment imposed according to specific sums stipulated in published rules and regulations, or when no sum is so stipulated, according to the merits of the case and established precedents.
     
  4. Disciplinary Probation: The student is informed in writing that any subsequent misconduct or violation of institutional regulations during a specified period of time will be evaluated within the  context of their probationary status and may result in suspension or expulsion. The terms of probation apply during the period of probation and may include any of the following:
    1. May not become an officer or student representative in any University organization or committee.
    2. May not represent the University at any public function, including intercollegiate or co curricular activities.
    3. May not be eligible for scholastic honors or distinctions
       
  5. Counseling or Psychological Treatment Mandate: If deemed necessary due to physical or psychological problems, a student can be required to provide a release of information form to verify psychological/substance abuse/evaluation and may have further treatment mandated as a condition of enrollment.
     
  6. Residency Probation: The student is informed in writing that their general behavior in the residence hall indicates that they are not able to appropriately adjust to group living, and that any subsequent misconduct or violation of institutional regulations may result in the termination of their residence hall contract. In such cases, room and board charges will not be prorated or refunded.
     
  7. Community Service: The student will be assigned a task to complete that will, on many occasions, relate to the inappropriate behavior. A time frame will be set up for the completion of this task and the student will be assigned a supervisor to whom to report.
     
  8. Behavioral Contract: A contract between the student and the University that limits student activities and spells out specific consequences for violation of the contract may be issued.
     
  9. Special Projects: An assignment relating to the offense may be issued as a possible sanction.
     
  10. Suspension: The student is informed in writing they must leave the University community temporarily. Suspension shall be interpreted to include any or all of the following stipulations: the student may not attend classes, contact faculty, reside on campus or visit residence halls, cohort locations, and participate in campus activities or exercise student privileges. Suspension may be specified as follows:
    1. Terms: suspension may be stipulated for a specified period of time. After the suspension period, the student is automatically eligible for readmission.
    2. Conditional: suspension may be stipulated for an indefinite period of time premised on the student’s accomplishment of certain specified conditions.
    3. Interim: the University reserves the right to suspend a student on an interim basis when circumstances and facts indicate the student’s continued presence on the campus constitutes an unreasonable danger to institutional property, the student or others. Interim suspension may be interpreted to permit all of the stipulations stated above, or may permit students to continue attending classes while they are suspended from representing the University in extracurricular activities, including intercollegiate athletics.
       
  11. Expulsion: The student is informed in writing that they are permanently separated from the University.

Non-Sanction Resolutions

Interim Intervention: The University reserves the right to suspend a student on an interim basis when circumstances and facts indicate that the student’s continued presence on the campus constitutes an unreasonable danger of harm or injury to institutional property, the student involved or others. Students may also be suspended on an interim basis while undergoing resolution by University or civil authorities.

Involuntary Withdrawal: A student may be subject to involuntary withdrawal from the University or from the residence halls if it is determined that the student is suffering from a mental illness and/or engages (or threatens to engage) in behavior which poses a danger of causing physical harm to self or others; engages in behavior which would cause property damage; impedes the lawful activities of others; or disrupts the community.

Student Complaint Process

Your concerns are important to us. If you encounter a problem with a Benedictine University policy or procedure or have any other dispute with the University that you cannot resolve informally, you may file a complaint in writing.

For the purpose of this process, a "Complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, or process, or a University administrative action, that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution.

A complaint must occur in writing and within 15 business days from the action or occurrence by using the Student Complaint Process below. The Student Complaint Process assists in defining the relevant information and facts needed to address the resolution process.

  • The Office of Student Affairs confirms receipt of the student complaint through an email response.
  • The Office of Student Affairs reviews the complaint to determine appropriate actions.
  • Within 10 business days, the University notifies the student in writing of the complaint's status describing steps to be taken.
  • The University notifies the student in writing of the complaint's resolution within 20 business days. If more time is needed for the investigation, the Office of Student Affairs may extend that timeline and notify the student in writing of that extension. 
  • The Office of Student Affairs documents the complaint's resolution.
  • If the complaint cannot be resolved after completing the Student Complaint Process, the student may file a complaint with their appropriate state agency as noted below.
Note for Illinois students: 

If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the Student Complaint Process, the student may file a complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education using their Institutional Complaint System located at http://complaints.ibhe.org/ 

Note for students residing in Arizona: 

If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary education. The student must contact the state board for further details. Contact: 

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1740 West Adams Street, Suite 3008
Phoenix, AZ 85007 
Phone: 602-542-5709 
Website: http://azppse.state.az.us/ 

Note for online students:

If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's Student Complaint Process, the student may file a complaint by contacting the Illinois Board of Higher Education using their Institutional Complaint System located at http://complaints.ibhe.org/ 

Note for online students residing in California:

If your complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's Student Complaint Process, the student must file a complaint by contacting:

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916-263-1897
Website: http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml

Student Affairs

Marco Masini
Dean of Students
(630) 829-6006
mmasini@ben.edu

Krasa Student Center, Room 175
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.