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Residence Life

The Student Life staff seeks to serve students and to provide a living situation where their basic needs are met and where they are challenged to live responsibly with others. The living units are called mods. Nine to 15 people live in a mod. These students share a common bathroom and lounge area. The group is led by a student leader called a resident assistant (RA). The resident life experience is enhanced when living with a diverse group of students from a variety of geographical locations, ethnicities and athletic teams. Therefore, every effort is made to create a mod that is made up of first- and second-year students from a variety of backgrounds.

The Hesston College campus community welcomes all students regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability and social or economic class. Hesston College is, by design, a diverse campus with persons from across the United States and around the world. The community celebrates this diversity and realizes that differences require each individual to seek understanding and integrity in relationships.

Administration

The Student Life staff is responsible for managing campus housing life and activities. The vice president of Student Life coordinates all campus housing policies and provides supervision and training to the resident directors (RDs) and RAs.

The RDs are adult staff who live in separate apartments in the residence halls. Each RD supervises a group of RAs. The RD responds to student needs, provides leadership in the residence hall, is available for counseling and conflict resolu­tion and is involved in campus life as a mentor and role model for students. The RD responds to emergencies and assists the vice president of Student Life with campus security.

The RA is a second-, third- or fourth-year student. Each RA is chosen to provide leadership for a mod. The RA is available to help students move in and get acquainted with other students and the college. RAs serve as a communication link between students and RDs; help organize educational, social and recreational events and assist in enforcement of college policies.

Housing Policy

Hesston College is a residential college and students living together on campus contribute to an important part of the Hesston Experience. All full-time single students without children, 22 years of age or younger, are required to live in college-owned housing and participate in the meal plan, unless living at home with parent(s). Exceptions may be made if one or more of the following conditions apply and a request for waiver, with proper documentation, is presented to the Student Life office for approval:

  • Student is living with a legal guardian that is not a parent.
  • Student has earned an associate degree or 60 credit hours earned post high school.
  • Student requires specialized care due to a documented disability or health condition requiring alternate living arrangements.
  • The student is participating in a college sponsored, full-time internship (only during the applicable semester)

All full-time students 22 and younger who wish to request a waiver should complete necessary forms on the Student Life tab on my.Hesston.edu. Students are responsible to contact the Financial Aid office to learn how living off campus will impact financial aid packages, even if the decision to move off campus is made mid-year. Requested documentation should be emailed to the Student Life office at brenda.wenger@hesston.edu. Requests will be considered by the housing committee and a decision will be delivered within seven business days. All decisions are final and are not appealable.Students who are not in compliance with residential requirements above will be charged and held responsible to pay the room and board rate of the current semester.

A room deposit of $50 is required of each student. Main Street House and President’s House require a $250 deposit. This money is refundable upon completion of studies at Hesston College provided the assigned housing has been cleaned, all furniture is in place, there is no damage and the key is returned.

Housing Facilities

Campus housing options at Hesston College include:

Erb Hall
all rooms and halls have carpet and air conditioning. Each mod has access to a microwave and sink. The approximate room size is 12′ x 15′.
Kauffman Court
rooms and halls have carpeted floors and air conditioning. Approxi­mate room size is 11′ x 13′.
Guest House
The house is located at 331 S. Main, on the east side of campus. The main entrance to the house is on the west side. The main level consists of a partial kitchen, a living room, and three bedrooms with private bathrooms. The lower level has five bedrooms with two shared bathrooms. Both levels also have emergency exits.
Main Street House
The house is divided into three living areas – the main floor/ground level and two apartments with separate entrances and access points. The main floor has two bedrooms (13’5″ x 11′ and 13’7″ x 9’4″), full kitchen and a living/dining room area. Each bedroom houses two students for a total of four residing on the main floor. Two upstairs apartments each have one bedroom with a kitchenette and living area. The bedrooms measure 12′ x 9′ in one apartment and 12′ x 10′ in the other. Each apartment houses two students. This housing is reserved for third- and fourth-year students who apply as a group. The vice president of Student Life, along with the Residence Life team, selects the next year’s Main Street House residents.
President’s House
The house is divided into two areas – the main floor and the upstairs – with the main entrance on the west side of the house. The basement is only to be used as a storm shelter. The main floor has a full kitchen, utility, living and dining rooms. The upstairs consists of four bedrooms. Bedroom sizes are approximately 14′ x 16′, 18′ x 13′ with a master bathroom, 12′ x 10’6″, and 18′ x 10’6″. There is a shared bathroom off the hallway. This housing is reserved for juniors and seniors who apply as a group. The vice president of Student Life, along with the Residence Life team, selects the next year’s President’s House residents.

Each residence hall room is furnished with the following items for each student: bed, mattress, dresser, mirror, desk, chair, desk lamp, bulletin board, blinds, a campus computer network jack and wireless access to the campus network.

Hesston College, along with the State Fire Code, enforces the following restrictions:

Beds
Twin XL bunk beds are provided. Hanging beds and waterbeds are not permitted. No elevated surfaces or decks are permitted. Beds may not be constructed by using any furniture such as desks, shelves, chests or built-in units for structural support. Furniture attached to the walls may not be removed.
Dorm/Room
The following electrical appliances may be used in dorm rooms: stereos, lamps (halogen lamps are not permitted because they are potential fire hazards), clocks, single-serve Keurig-type coffee makers, TVs, personal computers and small refrigerators (contents are subject to inspec­tion at any time). Refrigerators larger than three cubic feet, freezers, real Christmas trees and propane are not permitted.

Each Erb Hall floor and Kauffman Court mod is equipped with a microwave. State Fire Code prohibits the use of the following items in mods and dorm rooms:

  • personal microwave ovens
  • electric grills
  • immersion heaters (deep fryers)
  • toasters
  • toaster ovens
  • electric space heaters
  • popcorn poppers
  • hot plates or burners (including traditional coffee makers)
  • water heaters
  • crock pots
  • rice cookers
  • candles/wax warmers
  • ceiling fans or other similar items

In addition, cooking, food preparation and appliances are not allowed in mods and dorm rooms.

Dorm Policies

Each student is responsible for his or her room and shares the responsibility for the mod in which he or she lives.
Resident students must observe and respect the following housing policies:

  1. Students may not move any furniture out of their rooms or build structures such as bunk beds.
  2. Students may not move furniture, plants or any other school property from lounges or from other areas of campus.
  3. When moving the furniture within their rooms, students should lift the furniture rather than sliding it. Carrying the furniture protects its legs and preserves the floor coverings.
  4. Students may not make repairs or alterations to any wiring (electrical, phone, etc.) or any Hesston College property. The Campus Facilities department maintains all facilities and takes responsibility for necessary changes.
  5. Painting of the rooms is not permitted.
  6. Students may hang pictures with adhesive picture hangers which are available in the Bookstore. Students are responsible to remove the hangers at the end of the year. Students may not use duct tape or drive nails on any permanent surfaces.
  7. The Student Life office will charge any damage beyond normal wear done to the room during the school year to the student(s) who resided in that room. Students should immediately report any room damage to their RA or RD. If another person damages their room and it is not reported, the damage becomes the student’s responsibility.
  8. All mod members are responsible for activity in the general living area. The mod is responsible to pay for any damages or to identify the individual(s) responsible.
  9. Christmas lights and mod decorations may not hang from hallway ceilings due to state fire code.
  10. Students must keep dorm hallways and janitor closets clear of all beds, boxes, bikes, wood and other items.
  11. If a student voluntarily withdraws from all classes, he or she will have 24 hours to move out of the dorm.
  12. Light sensors must not be tampered with in any way.
Grills
For students who wish to use a barbecue grill to prepare food: the grill pan that contains the charcoal or gas heating element must not be in contact with the ground. Grilling is only allowed in the following designated areas: Kauffman Court–patio around the lounge, Erb Hall–on the concrete slab south of Bontrager Student Center, or on the sidewalk south of the Bookstore, or at the end of the ramp near Erb central and west.
Guests in student housing (dorms, President’s House and Main Street House/apartments)
Students wishing to have overnight guests in student housing must obtain permission from Residence Life staff. Guests may be asked to leave immediately if permission was not granted. Guests may stay overnight for up to three nights without charge. A $20 per night fee is charged to guests staying more than three nights. Stays of more than three nights per semester must be approved by vice president of Student Life. Guests must abide by all residence hall regulations. A guest failing to comply with regulations may be asked to leave. Students are responsible for the actions of the guests they bring to campus. Overnight guests will be allowed according to the CARES level at which the college is operating.
Health Forms
It is required by Hesston College and sanctioned by the Kansas State Health Department that all students prove that they have received certain immunizations before they attend classes. This requirement helps our campus be a safer environment.

  • an updated tetanus/diptheria/pertussis (TDAP) within the past ten years
  • two doses of measles/mumps/rubella (or MMR) vaccine after first birthday
  • Meningococcal vaccine required for on-campus students only
  • a negative TB skin test screening form
  • history of chicken pox (varicella) is recommended.
  • Although not required, a flu vaccine will be highly encouraged for all students. An on-campus clinic will be promoted so all students will have an opportunity to get the influenza vaccine. This year it will be especially important to be immunized as flu symptoms mirror that of COVID-19.
  • There are additional requirements for nursing and aviation students.

Failure to complete the Health Form by August 28 will result in a $150 fine. If the Health Form is not complete by October 16, an additional $150 will be assessed. Students will not be allowed to return for classes or campus housing unless the health form is completed. For new students in the spring, failure to complete the health form by January 29 will result in a $150 fine. If the health form is not complete by March 15, an additional $150 fine will be assessed.

Inspection of rooms/property
Hesston College respects the privacy of individuals and wants all students, faculty and staff to feel welcome on campus. However, as a private institution of higher learning, Hesston College reserves the right to search student living areas and other areas of campus as needed to protect the interests of the college and safety of the community. Authorized personnel may enter student rooms or other areas of campus in cases of emergencies where danger to life, safety, health or property is reasonably feared. Personnel may also search student rooms or other areas of campus when there is reasonable cause to believe that Hesston College standards or public laws have been or are being violated. Student permission is not necessary for such search procedures. Areas subject to room/property checks and room/property searches include, but are not limited to, student living spaces, rooms on campus, Main Street House and apartments, lockers and other areas on Hesston College’s campus.
Personal property
Students are responsible for the safe keeping of their property. No reimbursement from the college can be expected from the loss of such property. Rooms should be locked at all times. The college recommends property insurance through a homeowner’s policy or a company specializing in student contents insurance.
Police working dog visits
In an effort to curtail the possession and use of illegal substances on campus, the college partners with local law enforcement to bring specially trained dogs onto campus for unannounced parking lot sweeps. This is intended to be a deterrent to substances being brought to campus which would have a negative impact on Hesston’s community culture. These sweeps will be performed by handlers and canines trained and certified in the detection of illegal drugs/narcotics. Student Life staff will contact any students whose vehicles cause the dogs to alert their handling officers. This provides probable cause to believe that illegal drugs/narcotics are present in that area and searches will be conducted of the vehicles and, as necessary, dorm rooms. Upon discovery of suspected illegal drugs/narcotics, persons who are determined to be in violation of State or Federal law and/or college rules and regulations will face college disciplinary actions and possible arrest. In the event a search occurs and no evidence of a violation was found, the incident will be documented and monitored. All students are expected to comply with Student Life administration and any officers on scene with any lawful requests.
Propping Doors
In order to maintain a safe environment within our residence halls, students are expected to not prop open doors due to the risk of animals or uninvited guests accessing our dormitories.
Returning to dormitories after hospital stay policy
in order for a student to return to campus housing after a hospitalization, Hesston College requires documentation from a medical professional that includes a discharge plan and recommendation to return to a residence hall environment.
Room changes
Room changes are discouraged once classes have started. All room changes must be approved by the RD. A $50 fee per student is charged for all room changes. Mediation initiated by the RA/RD is the first step in dealing with any roommate conflicts. The vice president of Student Life will only consider room change requests after mediation is completed or under special circumstances.
Single room
In a typical year, if there is room in the dorms, returning students may sign contracts with the Student Life office for a single room. Fourth-year students may have a single room at no additional cost. Third-year students are eligible for a single room at an additional cost of $400 per semester and second-year students for an additional cost of $800 per semester. Fourth- and third-year students will be given priority. Single rooms are not guaranteed and approval may be revoked subject to room availability. There is no additional charge for single rooms in 2020-21.
Substance Use
Hesston College prohibits the possession or use, processing, distributing, manufacturing, selling or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs by any student, faculty or staff person anywhere on campus or at college functions. The use and abuse of these substances is counterproductive to the educational process and often contributes to behaviors that are disruptive to the entire campus community. In addition, health risks are associated with misuse and abuse of such substances and legal consequences for illegal drug use can be severe and have a significant impact on a person’s future.

The college may hold any and all students in the presence of alcohol to the same standard, and all students involved may face sanctions. An example of this would be that all students at a “party” or “social gathering” where prohibited substances or behaviors are present will be subject to the same sanctions.

Alcohol containers and/or drug paraphernalia including beer cans, bottles, bottle caps and/or shot glass collections displayed in a room are prohibited on campus.

Campus Community Standards and Expectations for Students Living on Campus

All students and employees at Hesston College are in the process of becoming who God created them to be, made and growing in God’s image with unsurpassable worth. We believe people are most able to grow when they feel a sense of belonging and are nurtured in Christ-centered community, marked by radical, loving acceptance with an invitation to grow, change and be formed in the image of Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is the center of our faith
With the Bible as the framework, these standards outline a vision of shalom which includes right relationships with ourselves, other people, God and all creation. Therefore, the college has adopted a set of Campus Community Standards to maintain a healthy living and learning community, striving to be Christ-centered and globally engaged in all that we do by adhering to the following principles:

  1. caring for each person’s dignity, which means respecting each person, including ourselves and those with whom we disagree.
  2. promoting and maintaining the health and safety of all members of the community
  3. respecting our neighbors as well as the federal, state and local laws
  4. serving God and each other, as global citizens and compassionate peacemakers

Community is the center of our life
Hesston College believes that a community is shaped by the actions of all of its members who are responsible to act in ways that build the community by maintaining the Community Standards (described below). Because the choices of each member directly impact other members, everyone must clearly understand and agree to these standards and expectations, which encourage all to adopt lifestyles and values that reflect commitment to personal and community wellness. Thus, we work together to build a community where:
Each person is welcomed and is welcoming of neighbors, where everyone can be who they are, without fear of rejection or prejudice.

  • Respect the rights and property of others and use campus and community facilities responsibly and expect to repair any damage for misuse.
  • Respect the dignity and diversity of others. Whether in seriousness or in jest, any form of harassment, intimidation, threat, name-calling, racial prejudice, intentionally or unintentionally lessening a person’s worth, whether through actions, spoken, written or implied, is not acceptable.
  • Engage in responsible relationships that are not coercive, exploitative, abusive or promiscuous in nature and support healthy sexual relationships are best in the context of a committed marital relationship.
  • Be honest in lifestyle choices, community life and interaction with others, including academic assignments (see Academic Integrity policy in Course Catalog).
  • Adhere to all city, state and federal codes. Violation of the law will also be considered a violation of campus standards.
  • Follow Hesston College policy of no guns (including BB, pellet, air and paintball guns), ammunition or fireworks are permitted on campus.
  • Build trust with others by following the Community Expectations for Living Together (outlined later in this document).

Each person’s health and wellness is valued and leads to a successful living and learning environment, resulting in reaching educational and personal goals.

  • Use only designated areas for smoking, vaping and chewing tobacco. Use of tobacco products is strongly discouraged and is prohibited in other areas of campus.
  • Abstain from the use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs and the possession of related containers or paraphernalia. The misuse and illegal distribution of prescription drugs is also prohibited under state law.
  • Support the nonuse of alcohol on campus and the misuse of alcohol at any time, where misuse refers to underage drinking and/or drinking to excess. Students who are over 21 are not allowed to drink on campus nor enter campus in a drunken state. Providing alcohol to someone under 21 years of age is a serious offense in the state of Kansas. Remaining in the presence of persons who are consuming alcohol on campus without objecting to its use may be considered a violation.

A drug or alcohol screen can be required if there is cause to suspect a student is illegally using alcohol or illegal drugs. The student is responsible to pay for the screen if they test positive.
NOTE on Self-Reporting for Alcohol and Other Drugs: Individuals who self-report consumption or potential misuse of alcohol and other drugs will not face disciplinary action. In cases of self-reporting, a member of the Student Life team will meet with the student to determine the best educational and/or recovery options available for the student, if needed. This may apply to other policy violations as well.
Each person will experience campus safety and security as a priority; therefore, the following violations may carry an automatic consequence of suspension and/or expulsion from school:

  • Possession or use of fireworks, guns of any kind or explosives of any kind on campus
  • Tampering with fire safety alarms or equipment
  • Deliberate destruction of property or theft
  • Threats, intimidation or violent action toward others, expressed through action, inaction, verbally or in jest.
  • Failure to comply with Hesston College policy or discipline recommendations.

Reconciliation is the center of our work.
Hesston College’s approach to conduct is based on the teachings of Jesus which leads us to work towards restorative justice. The philosophy of restorative justice embraces the reparation of harm, healing of trauma, reconciliation of conflict, and reintegration of people who have been harmed or who have violated the community standards. In understanding this philosophy, we attempt to be in an active relationship with students as they make life choices and experience consequences. Students are encouraged, supported, confronted and guided through the process in hope that relationships and community are restored. We strive to act with integrity and truth, to care for all involved. This is not an easy way out for those who do harm as it requires taking responsibility and being accountable in ways that are not easy. When a policy is violated, RD Council and Student Development Council become involved in the accountability process.

The RD Council is made up of Residence Life staff which reviews student issues that appear to be first-time incidents or clear violations of policy. The RD Council has the option to render community accountability and support (CAS), issue fines or refer the student to the Student Development Council (SDC).

The Student Development Council (SDC) and the vice president of Student Life address violations of Campus Community Standards. The Student Development Council consists of faculty representative(s), staff representative(s), student representatives, and the vice president of Student Life. SDC response to violations may include Community Accountability and Support (see below), suspension or dismissal. The vice president of Student Life may at his/her discretion offer an option to address violations directly with the student.

Community Accountability and Support (CAS) means:

  • The student is held to a higher level of accountability by regularly meeting with an assigned Student Life team member.
  • Parents or guardians (students under 21), academic advisor, associate academic dean and coaches are notified that the student is on CAS.
  • The student may be required to pay a fine, attend counseling, participate in activities to repair the harm done, complete assigned learning activities or engage with other forms of accountability (e.g. AA or Celebrate Recovery.)

Most often, CAS is for the remainder of the semester unless otherwise specified. If the student commits another violation while a student at Hesston College, the Student Development Council or the vice president of Student Life may suspend or dismiss the student.

Community Accountability and Support (CAS) is what other colleges refer to as Disciplinary Probation. When students transferring to other colleges ask for a housing reference from the Student Life office, any questions regarding disciplinary probation will be answered according to whether students have been on CAS during their time at Hesston.

Suspension means:
A student is sent off campus for a specified period of time. Arrangements are made through the vice president of Student Life. Students are responsible to be in conversation with instructors regarding coursework and assignments.
Dismissal means:
A student is dismissed from the college. At the time of dismissal, the college will specify if/when the student may reapply to Hesston College. If not otherwise stated, dismissal is for the remainder of the academic year. Arrangements are made through the vice president of Student Life.
Appeals:
Appeals must be typed, printed and submitted to the vice president who is hearing appeals within 48 hours of notification of any decision and should include the offense committed, the disciplines assigned and complete reasons for the basis of the appeal. The vice president of Finance will review the appeal request to determine if the appeal should be granted. If the appeal is granted, the vice president of Finance will review all documents, interview persons involved as needed and either overturn or uphold the decision of the RD Council or SDC. All appeal decisions are final.
Grounds for appeals:
  1. The decision is unreasonably disproportionate to the infraction (including consideration of the student’s prior offenses or willingness to cooperate in the disciplinary process).
  2. Policies and procedures relating to student or academic issues were not followed that affected the student’s right to receive a fair decision.
  3. The disciplinary or academic decision was not supported by evidence.
  4. New evidence has become available since the initial hearing that would have significantly altered its results.

Expectations for Community Life*:

The Student Life team is committed to providing a campus living environment that respects the needs of individuals for adequate rest, study time and personal privacy, and that also respects the rights of campus neighbors and the broader Hesston community. Members of the campus living environment are expected to build a dorming community of trust and respect by demonstrating the following actions:

  • Observe quiet hours which are posted in each mod designating the times when students are asked to be quiet enough that persons inside and outside of the dorms will not be disturbed. Courtesy hours are in effect at the college 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that all music, conversation, TV volumes and all other noises should be respectful of others.
  • Observe open house hours which are posted in the mods designating the times when it is permitted for men and women to visit each other’s residences. These hours are in place to allow all students to create boundaries in their living spaces with which they are comfortable. Work together as peers to be accountable for this guideline which is designed to help all students feel at home.
  • Avoid decorating rooms or mods with inappropriate or offensive items which promote alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, are sexually explicit or are racist in nature. Examples of such items include: cans, bottles, posters, symbols (e.g. Confederate flag) and hookahs.
  • Refrain from wearing clothing that advertises or promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, sexually inappropriate behaviors, violence or behavior undermining the mission of Hesston College.
  • Due to allergies of residents and potential damage to facilities, pets are not permitted in campus housing with the exception of tropical fish in an approved aquarium not to exceed 10 gallons. Students will have 24 hours to remove the pet from campus. After this point, resident directors will remove the pet and locate a suitable home. (Process for service and emotional support animal approval appears in the Policy section of the online student handbook.)

*Responses to Expectations for Community Life violations will vary and may include financial penalty, removal of the violation or other penalties as appropriate for the situation. Repeat offenses of Community Expectations could lead resident directors to requiring Community Accountability and Support.

Summary and Signatures
Each student’s signature on the application for admission and Affirmation of Campus Community Standards indicates that he or she understands and agrees to uphold these standards during this academic year. While these standards may not represent an individual’s conviction or preference, each person must abide by these standards while attending Hesston College. May we all work together to build this Hesston College community by promoting the growth, success, and sense of belonging and safety of each person.

Fines

Failure to adhere to residence policies may result in a fine. Fines serve as a disincentive. Damage to college or personal property will also incur fees for cost of repair or replacement. Fines will be given for the following:

  1. Bikes, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, rollerblades, etc., or motor vehicles inside college facilities. . . . .$25
  2. Water play inside a building. . . . .$25
  3. Animals/pets in dorms. . . . .$25
  4. Being on the roof of any building on campus. . . . .$50
  5. Accessing locked college facilities. . . . .$50
  6. Propping locked doors. . . . .$25
  7. Burning candles or incense, open flame, candle/wax warmers. . . . .$50
  8. Failing to evacuate building or follow directions during a fire alarm or emergency drill. . . . .$50
  9. Driving on campus sidewalks or grounds (reserved for authorized persons only). . . . .$100
  10. Parking violation. . . . .$20 for first violation, additional $5 for each successive violation
  11. Tampering with vending machines or laundry equipment. . . . .$50
  12. Tampering with automated external defibrillators (AEDs), fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, exit signs, setting off fire alarms (including door alarm) or tampering with light sensors. . . . .disciplinary action and up to $100
  13. Open house/quiet hours violation. . . . .$50
  14. Having unauthorized school property in room. . . . .$25
  15. Removing dorm furniture. . . . .$25
  16. Removing window screens. . . . .$25
  17. Failure to check out of a room. . . . .$100
  18. Failure to clean a room at check out. . . . .$25
  19. Explosive devices or fireworks. . . . .disciplinary action and $100
  20. Smoking, vaping or chewing tobacco on campus (except in designated areas). . . . .$50
  21. Using, possessing or being in the presence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs on campus. . . . .disciplinary action and $200; Second offense $250
  22. Providing alcohol for underage student(s) disciplinary action and $350
  23. Failure to provide health form. . . . .up to $300 per semester
  24. Failure to meet chapel/forum credit requirements. . . . .$10 per chapel
  25. Failure to comply with safety and health guidelines related to COVID-19. . . . .TBD
  26. Special situation (fine determined by Student Development Council (SDC), vice president of Student Life or RD). . . . .TBD

When a fine is levied, the student receives a notice from the resident directors. The Student Life office handles all fines. Fines may be doubled for each repeat violation.
All other disciplinary actions resulting in more than a fine will go before the RD Council or Student Development Council (SDC).

Emergency Policies and Procedures

Fire
Posters and other flammable materials should be placed with discretion. The college prohibits all types of burning in its residence facilities. This includes, but is not limited to the burning of candles, oil lamps, incense and smoking. All campus housing is equipped with fire extinguishers, fire alarms and smoke detectors. State Law requires that everyone vacate the building when the alarm sounds. Anyone who refuses to leave will be fined $50. Tampering with fire protection equipment (alarms, extinguishers and smoke detectors) is a federal offense and may result in a $100 fine and suspension or dismissal from school. See additional information in the Policies section of this handbook.
Tornado
The City of Hesston sounds a continu­ous alarm blast in the case of a tornado warning. All students are to leave their rooms and go to the nearest windowless area. Basements, hallways and restrooms can provide shelter. Windows must be avoided because of the danger of flying glass. Every Monday morning at 10 a.m. if the weather is clear, the Hesston siren sounds a practice tornado alarm.
Violent Intruder
A violent intruder on college property involves one or more individuals intent on causing physical harm and/or death to students, faculty and staff. There is a sense of security in having a plan when confronted by a violent intruder event. Therefore, Hesston College has approved the following ALICE policies and procedures to protect the campus community. This is not a sequential model and provides options based on the immediate and ongoing situation. Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life.
  • Alert – Initial awareness of an event. This could be the sound of gunfire, screams, loud noises, text, phone call, etc. Students may be notified by RDs, the Blackboard Connect notification system via phones and email and carillon bell system.
  • Lockdown – Individuals may be faced with a situation that does not allow for them to evacuate. A lockdown may be their best option. This is an active lockdown. Lock and barricade the door with anything available.
  • Inform – Pass on real information. Location, what is going on, description of the assailants. Dial 911 when it is safe to do so.
  • Counter – There are many ways to counter without fighting or using violence. Distractions such as yelling as you move or throwing things at the intruder’s face can disrupt their focus. Consider countering if the intruder comes into the room before you can barricade the door, OR if the barricade is breached. Always remember that Countering is defensive and not offensive; it’s a last resort.
  • Evacuate – Look for safe routes away from the danger. Focus on movement and distance. Make yourself a difficult target: stay low; move quickly; use cover; don’t run in a straight line.

The college will conduct emergency drills for all of the above, however, all students may not get to drill each part of ALICE.

Hesston College Missing Persons Policy
If a resident student has not been seen on campus for more than 24 hours and an acquaintance does not know where the student may be, the vice president of Student Life should be notified.

Students under the age of 18 will have their parents notified if they are determined missing for more than 24 hours. Law enforcement will be notified for any student missing for more than 24 hours.

If a student has been seen in the company of an individual(s) indicating that he/she may be in danger, the Hesston Police Department should be notified by calling 911 (or 9-911 on a campus phone).

Students may designate a confidential contact person on their Emergency Information form as a contact if the student is deemed missing. At the college’s discretion, in addition to a confidential contact, the college reserves the right to contact a parent and/or guardian.

Sex Discrimination and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct Policy
Visit Monica Miller, Title IX coordinator, for details.

Residence Hall Closings

Residence halls are closed from Thanksgiving through Christmas break. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements during these times.

2020-21 Handbook