Biola University endeavors to provide a safe and orderly environment, insofar as possible, in which all members of the University communities are able to pursue their academic and social development. In doing so, it reserves the right to implement a process, which may culminate in the temporary removal, suspension or dismissal of any student in circumstances seriously affecting the health or well-being of a member of the University community (including the student themselves), or where physical safety is seriously threatened. Additionally, the University may seek action to prevent any member of the University community from jeopardizing the educational process. All students are expected to comply with requests to meet given by Dean or his/her designee as it pertains to student care-related issues.
Danger to University Community
Danger to the health or safety of the University community is defined as any act, or planned act, that places any student, member of the faculty or staff, or any campus visitor at reasonable risk of bodily harm, exposure to illness, loss of life, or destruction of property. Further, a student may be considered to pose a direct threat to the health of others if current medical information indicates that the student's behavior and/or medical condition could reasonably expose others to illness or disease. This exposure risk must exceed that commonly found in community environments and would include a student's possession of a presently contagious illness or disease and/or failure to maintain appropriate hygiene.
Jeopardizing the Educational Process
Jeopardizing the educational process is defined as any disruptive act that within reason impedes a student's functioning within an academic or community life setting. A violation may include a single disruptive act or ongoing acts and will usually involve complaints from students, faculty, or staff. In determining violations, an assessment will be made of the nature of the disruption, the content and frequency of the complaint(s), and the number of complainants.
While Biola University expects all students to meet the behavioral standards, it recognizes that some students possess medical or psychological conditions that may affect functioning within the behavioral rules of the University. Additionally, students may not be discriminated against on the basis of verified physical or psychological disability as determined with regard to applicable federal and/or state law provided that they remain otherwise qualified, which is defined as being able to meet the fundamental academic and behavioral standards of the University. When making any assessment of student well being, the University will implement an individual assessment model. These models will assess observable conduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of the campus community. Biola will adopt a holistic approach, which utilizes available individual medical documentation from appropriate University professionals as well as the assessments of the student’s treating health care professionals.
If medical or psychological intervention is needed to secure University community well being, the University may choose to offer the student a variety of voluntary options prior to any involuntary action imposed by the University. If the student fails to meet the behavioral standards or refuses to accept voluntary action, the University may take action up to, and including, suspension or dismissal. However, involuntary removal is to be used only in emergency or direct threat situations.
In any University investigation, the student has a right to a fair and reasonable process that is engineered to both securing the health and safety of the University community and respecting the student. A student facing voluntary or involuntary action will be given notice by the Dean or his/her designee of all accusations and proceedings against him/her. Additionally, the student will be given an opportunity to present information on their behalf. Furthermore, if the student is unsatisfied with the University decision, they may file a complaint or appeal pursuant to the appropriate University process stated in the student handbook.
Subsequent to action taken by the University addressing a danger or threat to the University community by a student, whether voluntarily undertaken by the student or involuntarily imposed on the student, the individual student will be required to proceed through a clearance process. This includes return to enrollment, residential living, or other University activities. The process will again be based upon an individual assessment of the circumstances surrounding the student and actions taken. The University retains a broad discretion in imposing requirements for students to rejoin the University community in order to ensure the entire University community remains a safe, healthy, and encouraging environment. Any “behavioral contract” will include terms tailored to the individual student to whom it applies.
Suicide Assessment Process
To assist in facilitating student safety and community wellness, the dean or his/her designee administrates a formal process of suicide assessment for students who evidence suicidal ideation or behavior. Incidents will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will require students who evidence suicidal ideation or behavior to undergo a required assessment through the Biola Counseling Center or other approved provider.
Students who are required to participate in the process will not be subject to disciplinary action unless violations of other behavioral or community standards have occurred, or unless the student fails to complete the assessment process. If a student is hospitalized for psychological evaluation, a clearance process may ensue. See Return Policy outlined above.