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Community Values

The Union University Community Values are founded on solid pillars of time-tested, scripturally-based principles:

  1. The worth of each individual (Luke 12:7),
  2. Self-discipline (Galatians 5:22-26),
  3. Personal integrity (Proverbs 12:22),
  4. Respect for community authority (Psalm 24:1, Genesis 2:15, I Corinthians 4:2, Exodus 20:15),
  5. Respect for property and the environment (Romans 13:1-2)

The Jackson Adult and graduate students are bound by the policies and procedures listed in the campus life handbook. Please check with your specific program or department for any additional supplements to this handbook. In addition to the adult/graduate handbook, certain graduate departments have additional handbook requirements. Please consult their website or academic dean's office for that handbook. Adult and Graduate Values (.pdf) Germantown and Olford Center Student Handbook (.pdf)

University Community Values Statements:
Values Violations/Minimum Sanctions For First Offense

  1. WORTH OF THE INDIVIDUAL
    We value the intrinsic worth of every individual. Our respect for other individuals includes an appreciation of cultural backgrounds different from our own, an understanding of different attitudes and opinions, and an awareness of the consequences of our actions on the broader community. (Luke 12:7 "But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows."; Galatians 6:1-2 "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently, but watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." NIV)
    1. PERSONAL ABUSE. Personal abuse is defined as any behavior that results in harassment, coercion, threat, disrespect and/or intimidation of another person, or any unwanted sexual attention towards another person. This action may include any action or statements that cause damage or threaten the personal and/or psychological well-being of a person. Inappropriate narrative on a personal blog (e.g. Myspace, Facebook) may be considered personal abuse. Minimum Sanction: University Probation
    2. HAZING. Hazing in any form is prohibited by Union University and Tennessee Law. This regulation also governs off-campus initiation activities. Hazing is to be interpreted as any activity that endangers the physical safety of a person, produces mental or physical discomfort, causes embarrassment, fright, humiliation or ridicule, or degrades the individual-whether it is intentional or unintentional. It is defined as doing any act or coercing another to do any act of initiation of a student into an organization that causes or creates a substantial risk bringing mental, emotional, or physical harm to a person. Hazing is also any act that injures, degrades, harasses, or disgraces any person. It is understood as any forced or required intentional or negligent action, situation, or activity that recklessly places any person at risk of physical injury, mental distress or personal indignity. All initiation activities are subject to the approval of the Dean of Students. Violators will also be subject to state fines and/or imprisonment. Minimum Sanction: Fine, Community Service (Organization)
    3. SEXUAL IMPROPRIETY. Sexual impropriety includes but is not limited to participation in or appearance of engaging in premarital sex, extramarital sex, homosexuality, homosexual activities, or cohabitation on-campus or off-campus. Students may not live with or stay in a hotel room with a non-related peer of the opposite gender, even if the relationship is not sexual. The promotion, advocacy, defense or ongoing practice of a homosexual lifestyle (including same-sex dating behaviors) is also contrary to our community values. Minimum Sanction: Fine, Community Service hours and Counseling, Residence Life Probation, Parental Notification
    4. PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION. Participating in inappropriate displays of affection in public areas of the campus. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
    5. PORNOGRAPHY. Pornography is defined as viewing, possession, purchase, or distribution of any pornographic materials in any form (magazines, photos, CD ROM, games, computer games, Web sites, etc.). Computing Services has a complete policy available for the appropriate use of the Internet and the University's computers, www.uu.edu/computing/aup.htm. (Ephesians 5:1-5 "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." NIV) Minimum Sanction: Reprimand and Counseling
  2. SELF-DISCIPLINE
    We value personal responsibility and recognize the individual's need for physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional wholeness. We value the full development of every student in terms of a confident and constructive self image, of a commitment to self-discipline, and of a responsible self-expression. (Galatians 5:22-24 "But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires."NIV)
    1. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. The possession, use, purchase, or distribution of alcoholic beverages on or off campus is prohibited. The possession of empty alcoholic beverage containers and/or drug paraphernalia on campus (on campus includes all facilities of the University, adjacent parking areas, and fraternity and sorority houses) will be considered strong evidence that alcohol and drug regulations have been violated. Students must leave a situation where alcohol is present or may face possible sanctions even if they are not drinking. Minimum Sanctions: Due to the complexity of most alcohol situations, minimum sanctions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Sanctions may include: Individual: Probation, attend alcohol education program(s) or counseling, fine and community service hours. Organization: Probation of University organization status, fine and community service hours, and parental notification.
    2. USE OR POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS. The purchase, possession, use, or distribution of drug paraphernalia or any substance of abuse is prohibited except under the direction of a licensed physician. A substance of abuse includes but is not limited to any form of narcotics, hallucinogenic, sports enhancement or "street drug," and any other controlled substances as defined by law. Additionally, the University does not tolerate the misuse and/or abuse of prescription drugs. Local law enforcement may be called. If a student is suspected of drug use, he or she may be asked to submit to testing. Refusal or attempts to evade testing will be interpreted as evidence of drug use and will result in disciplinary action. If tests are positive for drug use, the student will be responsible for the cost of the test. Please contact the Assistant Dean of Students for the complete illegal substance testing policy. Union does have a zero tolerance policy for the use and possession of illegal drugs.. Minimum Sanctions: Individual: Suspension Organization: Suspension of University organization status (See sanctions above under number 1.)
    3. GAMBLING. To play a game for money or other valuable stakes with the hope of gaining something significant beyond the amount an individual pays. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
    4. TOBACCO. Union University is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. The use of or possession of tobacco (including, but not limited to, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, etc.) in any form is prohibited everywhere on Union's campus (including student apartments on-campus.) In addition, the University strongly encourages individuals to respect themselves and others enough to abstain from all tobacco use off-campus as well. Smoking cessation classes are available for those wishing to quit an addiction. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
    5. CURFEW. The University sets a 2:00 am curfew for its residents. No students are allowed to enter or leave Campus between 2:00 a.m.-5:30 a.m. without prior approval from their Residence Director. This is for both the safety and security of the campus and resident students. Visitors as well as residents must adhere to curfew hours. Minimum Sanction: (for first 2 curfew violations) Reprimand
  3. ACADEMIC & PERSONAL INTEGRITY
    We value a campus community that encourages personal growth and academic development in an atmosphere of Christian influence. We affirm the necessity of both academic and personal standards of conduct that allow students and faculty to live and study together. We value the fair and efficient administration of these standards of conduct. (Proverbs 12:22 "The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful."NIV)
    1. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY. Union University upholds the highest standards of honesty. Students are to refrain from the use of unauthorized aids during testing (including but not limited to technology devices such as digital cameras, cell phone cameras, pen-based scanners, translation programs, and text-messaging devices), to refuse to give or receive information on examinations, and to turn in only those assignments which are the result of their own efforts and research. Failure to provide correct documentation for material gleaned from any outside source, such as the Internet or any published/unpublished work, constitutes plagiarism, a form of cheating subject to strict disciplinary action. Faculty are responsible for discouraging cheating and will make every effort to provide physical conditions which deter cheating and to be aware at all times of activity in the testing area. Students who become aware of cheating of any type are responsible for reporting violations to the course instructor. For a description of the Academic Dishonesty Appeal Process, please refer to the "Grievance Procedure" section of the handbook.
    2. PERSONAL INTEGRITY. This is considered lying or committing fraud on any level. Minimum Sanction: Fraud: Restitution and probation Lying: Reprimand
  4. RESPECT FOR PROPERTY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
    We value the rights and privileges of owning and using property, both personal and University, and the benefits of preservation and maintenance of property and of our natural resources. In our stewardship of property we recognize the accountability of our actions to the future Union community. (Exodus 20:15 "You shall not steal."; Psalm 24:1 "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." ; Genesis 2:15 "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." ; I Cor. 4:2 "Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful."NIV)
    1. LITTERING. Intentionally throwing trash on the ground. (This includes throwing food/kitchen grease out of your window or in the residence complex.) Please keep our campus beautiful! Minimum Sanction: Reprimand and Restitution
    2. PROPERTY DESTRUCTION/ROOM DAMAGE CHARGES. Actions that violate this Community Value include damaging, destroying, defacing (in any way) property belonging to others or to the University. Minimum Sanction: Probation and Restitution Note: Any intentional damage to an apartment may be subject to a fine of $50.00 above the cost of labor and damage/cleaning charges.
    3. UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY. This occurs when one enters into any University building, vehicle, office, gated parking lot, student room or window or onto any building without prior authorization. Resident Advisors are not permitted to unlock residents' doors without the prior permission of the resident living in that particular apartment or room. Minimum Sanction: Fine and Restitution
    4. STEALING AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN OR LOST PROPERTY. This is defined as the unauthorized taking, borrowing and/or keeping of property belonging to the University or others. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand and Restitution Note: The minimum sanction for illegal file sharing will include restitution and disconnection from the University network.
    5. SETTING A FIRE AND ARSON. Deliberately lighting a fire. Minimum Sanction: Probation and Restitution
    6. POSSESSING FIREARMS, WEAPONS OR FIREWORKS. This is the possession, whether open or concealed, of any weapon (including, but not limited to paintball guns, slingshots and airsoft guns) that could be used to intimidate, scare, or harm others, or possession of materials used to manufacture bombs, firearms, or weapons. Minimum Sanction: Probation and confiscation of firearm, fine, and community service hours Note: The Office of Safety and Security can store students' hunting firearms and/or archery equipment. Please contact the Director of Safety and Security for complete details and procedures.
    7. TAMPERING WITH FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT/INTERCOMS/NETWORK CABINETS. Tampering with or removing emergency instruction sheets, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, exit signs, computer networking cabinets, or other safety equipment puts others at risk of injury. Tampering with such equipment is strictly prohibited. Minimum Sanction: Fines (minimum $100) and/or Probation
    8. RESPONSIBILITY FOR GUESTS. Students are held responsible for the conduct of their guests on campus. Overnight visitors staying on campus must sign in at the Commons office before midnight. Failure to sign in guests may result in the loss of guest privileges. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
    9. MISUSE OF UNIVERSITY E-MAIL/NETWORK. Students are held responsible for abiding by the computer acceptable use policy found at uu.edu/computing/aup.htm. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
  5. RESPECT FOR COMMUNITY AUTHORITY
    We value our privileges and responsibilities as members of the University community and as citizens of the community beyond the campus. We value the community standards of conduct expressed in our system of laws and value the fair administration of those laws, including University, municipal, state and federal laws. (Romans 13:1, 2 "Everyone must submit himself to governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."NIV)
    1. BREACH OF PEACE. Breach of peace is any action which disrupts the peace or which endangers or tends to endanger the safety, health, or life of any person. It also includes the disruption of the functional processes of the University by individuals and/or organizations. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
    2. INSUBORDINATION. Failure to comply with a request, written or verbal, of an authorized University faculty or staff member constitutes insubordination. Failure to comply based on a difference of opinion is not an acceptable response. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand and Written Apology
    3. CREATING A NUISANCE WITH NOISE. Talking, yelling, singing, playing a musical instrument, electronic device, etc., loud enough to disturb other members of the University community is strictly prohibited. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
    4. RECKLESS BEHAVIOR. Any behavior which creates a risk of danger to one's self or others in the University community is strictly prohibited. This includes but is not limited to propping exterior doors ajar in the Residence Commons, throwing/launching/setting fire to objects, and disclosing or giving Residence Complex access to unauthorized persons. Minimum Sanction: Probation
    5. VIOLATING RESIDENCE COMPLEX VISITATION GUIDELINES. This violation occurs when one is present or has been present in any non-public area of the Residence Complexes with a member of the opposite sex. Students are not permitted to visit the rooms or apartments of students of the opposite sex. The only exception to this is during dates set apart for open visitation by the Dean of Students. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
    6. VIOLATION OF ANY RESIDENCE COMPLEX REGULATION as outlined in the Campus Life Handbook. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
    7. BREAKING A CITY, STATE OR FEDERAL LAW. All students are required to abide by the laws of the local, state, national and international governments and are subject to University judicial action. Formal charges, complaints or indictments by government entities are not prerequisite for University action under this section. Minimum Sanctions: Correspond to the degree of the seriousness of the law violated
    8. DANCING. Union University prohibits dancing at any Union University sponsored event held on campus. Minimum Sanction: Reprimand
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