General Expectations of the Vanguard Community

VOLUNTARY COMMITMENT

These expectations apply to each student while he or she is enrolled in a University program (traditional undergraduate programs) or residing in University approved housing, and includes students studying abroad. Each student is expected to exercise restraint in these matters even when he or she is not under direct University jurisdiction. These rules apply to on and off campus behavior and for the whole academic year, from the beginning of the fall semester or as soon as a student moves into on-campus housing or participates in university activities, until the completion of the spring semester including all vacation periods (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring break, etc.). The same expectations apply for all summer programs, such as summer courses, outreach trips, summer housing, etc.

COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW

As Christians and members of society, all students are expected to comply with local, state, and federal laws when enrolled in a VU academic program, living in University housing, or engaged in any University sponsored activity. Students should expect the University to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and to initiate disciplinary proceedings when violations of such laws occur, if the infraction also violated VU behavioral and community standards. Students arrested or charged with a crime while enrolled or residing at VU must report this information to the Vice President for Student Affairs within 72 hours.

VIOLATION OF THE LAW AND UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINE

The University reserves the right to review actions taken by civil authorities regarding any student or student organization. University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of law and may, at the sole discretion of the University, be carried out prior to, concurrently, or following civil or criminal proceedings. Violations occurring during non-enrolled periods may be considered by the University in determining whether a student will be eligible to continue his/her enrollment in the University, and if so, under what conditions. 

CHURCH ATTENDANCE

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Even though Vanguard seeks to be a Christian community, it is not, nor can it substitute for, the Church. Therefore, students are encouraged to identify with a local church of their choice and to attend church services regularly.

BIBLICAL STANDARDS

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Students shall not participate in or associate with practices known to be morally wrong by Biblical standards.

APPEARANCE

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It is necessary to maintain some minimal regulation consistent with respect for one another and in conformity with civic health and safety codes. Students may be shoeless on lawns or in residence halls, but not in the Library, classrooms, administrative offices, or the Café. Swim wear is limited to water and shirts are to be worn in public settings. Students' casual and formal attire should reflect good taste and modesty.

KNOWING PRESENCE CONTRIBUTION

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Students may be held accountable for an incident if they directly participated in a violation.  Students must refrain from being in an environment in which other students are violating community standards (such as consuming alcohol) or local, state, and federal laws.

ATTITUDES

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Guard against attitudes such as greed, jealousy, pride, bitterness, needless anger, an unforgiving spirit, harmful discrimination and prejudice such as that based on race, sex, or socioeconomic status.

SPIRITUAL AND SOCIAL EXPECTATIONS

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Vanguard University is a Christian academic community that encourages individual integrity and responsibility in accordance with a biblical understanding of Christian discipleship and its social and ethical implications.  The Vanguard Community understands the primary call of the Christian faith—as expressed by Jesus—to seek to love God with our whole being and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Men and women who enter this community are expected to pursue this call through the cultivation of a virtuous character, developing intellectual and constructive participation in the life of the university.

Traditional undergraduate students will abide by basic community standards consistent with a virtuous Christian life as well as other rules appropriate to the university’s aims and goals. The university recognizes that a student’s personal commitments and lifestyle may differ from these standards; however, every student is expected to comply with these community standards while they are enrolled.  These requirements include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Abstaining from any practices that violate the biblical standard for Christian living: such as drunkenness, gluttony, stealing, causing dissention amongst community members, slanderous or profane language, dishonesty, occult practices, premarital sex, adultery, the use of pornography, and other sexual immorality.
  • Refraining from the possession or use of alcoholic beverages, all forms of tobacco, non-medical narcotics, and hallucinogenic drugs (including marijuana).
  • Using discretion and restraint in conduct relating to the media, arts, internet, language, social dancing, as well as organizations with which one associates.

By enrolling at VU students accept the above statement of responsibilities.

STUDENT HANDBOOK

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A copy of the Student Handbook of campus and resident guidelines is available online through the student portal (login credentials required). Students are expected to be familiar with its contents and to conduct themselves in accordance with its provisions. The university reserves the right to make changes and periodic updates to the handbook at any time.