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Code of Community Standards

Students enrolling in the university agree to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with our identity as a Christian educational institution. The Code of Community Standards extends to off-campus student conduct when that conduct is likely to have an adverse effect on students, the university, or the educational process.

Students who are accused of violating university policies or rules will be assured certain procedures are followed unless those rights are temporarily suspended for the immediate protection and safety of the university community. The Dean and/or Associate Dean of Students will seek information concerning the violation from witnesses, allow the student to be heard concerning the violation, and if a preponderance of evidence indicates a violation has occurred, determine the appropriate sanction. The Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee may also investigate and determine appropriate sanctions.

Students who are concerned about destructive or at risk behaviors from friends or fellow students should share their concerns with the Student Affairs Office.

Community Alcohol and Drug Policy

Lubbock Christian University has enacted the following alcohol and drug policy to apply to all students of the LCU community, whether on or off-campus as a standard of living to be upheld at all times. In addition to these specific policies, it will be a violation of the Community Alcohol and Drug Policy if a student is in violation of a local, state or federal law concerning alcohol or drugs or controlled substances.

  1. Alcohol

    1. Lubbock Christian University is an alcohol-free campus. The consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages or beverage containers is strictly prohibited when:

      1. on LCU property or,
      2. in attendance of an LCU sponsored event or,
      3. in attendance of a function or event that is associated with LCU.

    2. A student under the legal drinking age who is consuming alcoholic beverages or is in the possession of alcoholic containers or paraphernalia will be in violation of the alcohol policy.
    3. Students who post pictures of themselves or other students on social media or networking sites that imply student violation of the LCU alcohol and/or drug policy may be subject to immediate sanctioning.
    4. Drunkenness, on or off campus, is not consistent with the mission of LCU and will not be tolerated in any form or fashion. Drunkenness is defined as any offensive, disruptive, destructive, hazardous, vulgar, or uncontrolled behavior during or following the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Documented proof of drunkenness is not required by the university to impose sanction for violations of the Alcohol Policy. The university will base decisions on a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) that drunkenness occurred. The university strongly recommends that LCU students remove themselves from any hint of alcohol-related violations so as to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
    5. Misrepresentation of one’s age for the purpose of purchasing or consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited. This includes the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, or attempt to obtain a fake ID.
    6. Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is of such a disdainful nature that any verified offenses, whether legally prosecuted or not, may result in immediate suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.
    7. Hosting or attending an event or private party (or otherwise allowing such an occasion to occur) at a student’s residence, whether an apartment, house, or other facility, or at another location, public or private, at which

      1. LCU students under the legal drinking age are in violation of Alcohol Policy,
      2. any LCU student is in violation of the university drug policy may result in immediate suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.

  2. Drugs

    1. Possession, use, or distribution of any potentially harmful or illegal substance (including, but not limited to, any substance that is not legally obtainable or any substance that is legally obtainable but has been illegally acquired or is being sold or distributed unlawfully) or drug-related paraphernalia, on or off campus, is strictly prohibited. For the purposes of this policy, presence will be considered possession. Note: smoke, residue, odor, or other paraphernalia constitutes presence.
    2. The attempt to obtain, use, possess, distribute, or sell, any potentially harmful or illegal substance (including, but not limited to, any substance that is not legally obtainable or any substance that is legally obtainable but has been illegally acquired or is being sold or distributed unlawfully) or drug-related paraphernalia, on or off campus, is strictly prohibited.
    3. Offenses involving on-campus possession, use, or distribution of illegal or controlled substances may be referred to the Lubbock Christian University Police Department or other law enforcement agencies, in addition to any university sanctions that may apply.
    4. Anyone suspected of or reported to have been involved in the use of illegal drugs or controlled substances may be required to submit to drug testing. Refusal to submit to immediate drug testing, attempts to evade testing, or actions calculated or intended to skew, alter, or falsify the results of a drug test administered under this policy will result in disciplinary action. All costs of a positive test are the responsibility of the student. Students testing positive for any illegal drug or controlled substance, or in violation of testing requirements within this policy, or found in violation of T3-01 may be subject to immediate dismissal.

A student who voluntarily discloses information about an off-campus alcohol or drug use violation may potentially be eligible to remain a student at LCU. In any such case, the Dean of Students will view all academic records, student conduct files, and take into consideration the student’s conduct thorough investigation to determine if the student is performing and achieving academic, social, and character-driven goals in concert with the mission of the university. In such cases that the Dean of Students deems appropriate, minimum rehabilitative sanctions will include counseling, extended probationary sanctions, and community service, which may be imposed on an offending student in lieu of automatic dismissal. The student is responsible for all costs involved with counseling, drug testing, and any other rehabilitation services they may be required. A second offense will result in automatic dismissal without the right of appeal.

Alcohol abuse among college students, both traditional and non-traditional, is one of the most pressing issues facing institutions of higher education across the country. The above policies regarding alcohol use are not intended to place judgement, add moral weight, or otherwise condemn those who legally consume alcohol. Instead, LCU’s goal is to provide a framework which affords all students the best possible opportunities for success in their pursuit of higher education.

LCU strongly believes in community accountability and has resources such as medical services, student counseling, advice, and help in matters of life, including the potentially serious matters listed above. In some cases, student needs may exceed LCU’s capacity to aid or help, and in such cases, the campus community may refer the student to off-campus help that will better assist the student.

Good Samaritan Clause

As a community, the university encourages students to assist other students who may be in need, on or off campus. The university recognizes disciplinary sanctions may serve as a barrier to students seeking medical/crisis assistance for themselves or others in alcohol and drug related emergencies. In these incidents, the primary concern is the well-being, health, and safety of all involved.

When a student seeks medical or crisis assistance for another student who is in violation of school policy, both parties may be exempt from disciplinary sanctions as they pertain to the safety of the individuals.

Community Disruption Policy

Community is at the heart of Lubbock Christian University. It is the responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to hold and respect the mission and values that are uniquely associated with LCU. As a part of a community where God is glorified and mutual respect and dignity of others is the norm, each person shares the responsibility to respect the values of the university community.

In cases where the values of the university and those represented by the lifestyle of individual students are not congruent, and disruption of community occurs, the university may remove the student from campus housing, activities, or the university at large.

Students, at times, may exhibit behavior that indicates they are a threat to themselves or others or a disruption to the university or housing community at large. Examples include, but are not limited to, pregnancy in residential housing, eating disorders or other lifestyle habits which cause other health risks, repeated remarks about seeming infatuation with death or suicide, self-mutilation, and an actual suicide attempt.

The university’s priority is to get help for an individual exhibiting such signs; therefore, certain actions or special regulations may be required if deemed to be in the best interest of the student’s personal health. Counseling or professional intervention may be needed to determine the nature and depth of a suspected problem.  In some instances, a student’s behavior or circumstance may be of such extreme nature that it causes disruptions in the residence halls or in the community at large.  In that event, and upon evaluation, the determination may be made by the Behavioral Intervention Team that the student would be best served by being removed or restricted from the university residential community, given a new room assignment, relocated to another residence hall, or restricted from the university at large until approved to return to campus and/or the original living arrangement.  If a student does not accept the decision of the Behavioral Intervention Team voluntarily, disciplinary action may be taken.

University staff members are committed to attempting to utilize resources reasonably available to the student. However, if the needs of the student exceed the university’s resources, the student may be removed from the university so he or she can receive the necessary care.

Dress Code

"Do you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore, honor God with your bodies."                             - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

As a Christ-centered, academic community of learners, outward appearances should reflect the pursuit of lives of purpose and service.  As a part of that outward appearance, clothing and how it is worn can contribute to or distract from a student's spiritual, mental, and physical success on campus and beyond.  The university's goal is to provide an environment where students are mentored in every facet of their lives, including preparing them to recognize the importance of dressing appropriately as they prepare for future endeavors. 

Detailed guidelines on dress are difficult to craft and enforce, in part because styles and brands change so quickly and fluidly through time.  However, there are some obvious violations that will be considered inappropriate and will be dealt with in a professional manner.  The following list is intended to provide members of our community some clarity on what is and is not permitted to be worn on campus or at university-sponsored events.  This list is not exhaustive, and appropriate university personnel are given discretion in providing further direction.

  • All clothing must be modest in style and coverage. 
  • Shirts must cover the entire upper torso at all times.  See-through clothing is inappropriate.
  • Apparel or tattoos with provocative/suggestive language, images, or advertising that is inconsistent with the mission of the university must not be displayed. 

Individual departments may adopt additional standards for dress or appearance, particularly when students are representing the university in internship opportunities or university-affiliated field trips. 

Dress in Residence Halls

Students should be properly clothed before entering the hallway or any common area in residence halls. 

Special care should be given to this matter on the first floor, where visitors or facilities personnel are more likely to be present at any time.

Fire Policy

LCU considers fire safety extremely important, and students have an obligation to adhere to university regulations as well as city and state statutes.

Misuse of Fire Safety Equipment

Any individual who misuses or tampers with fire safety equipment (signs, extinguishers, exits, smoke detectors, pull stations) will be subject to disciplinary action and will be charged a fine of $250 plus the cost of repair or replacement of misused or damaged equipment, cleaning of the facility, and damage to other property.

Setting Fire

Any individual who intentionally, negligently, and/or recklessly sets a fire in or near a university building is subject to immediate dismissal from the university, may be charged a fine of $250 minimum, and will be charged for repairing any damage caused by the fire.

In addition to being subject to university penalties, any student who starts a fire, damages or tampers with evacuation alarms, or misuses fire safety equipment also may be subject to prosecution in criminal court by the proper federal, state, county, or city authorities, and/or the Lubbock Fire Department in accordance with the Lubbock Fire Code and all statutes, laws, rules, and regulations. Special events such as BBQ’s must be approved through the Student Affairs Office.

Please see the Residential Life guide on the LCU website for further information. The Residential Life Office is located on the second floor of the SUB and can be reached by calling 806.720.7507.

Hazing Policy

Students are advised “hazing” is a crime in the State of Texas. The university does not condone or allow hazing and will sanction students allowing, condoning, or participating in hazing or other dangerous acts. Students are responsible to know and comply with the law against hazing in its entirety. (This section has been directly copied from the Texas Law Handbook including Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure. Chapter 51 section 51.936 & Chapter 37, Sub chapter F. Hazing, sections 37.151 through 37.157.)

51.936. Hazing

  1. Sub chapter F, Chapter 37, applies to hazing at an educational institution under this section.
  2. For purposes of this section, in Sub chapter F, Chapter 37, “educational institution” means an institution of higher education.
  3. Each post secondary educational institution shall distribute to each student during the first three weeks of each semester:

    1. A summary of the provisions of Sub chapter F, Chapter 37
    2. A list of organizations that have been disciplined for hazing or convicted for hazing on or off the campus of the institution during the preceding three years

  4. If the institution publishes a general catalogue, student handbook, or similar publication, it shall publish summary of the provisions of Sub chapter F, Chapter 37, in each edition of the publication.

Sub Chapter F Hazing—37.151 definitions

In this Sub chapter:

  1. “Educational institution” includes public or private school
  2. “Pledge” means any person who has been accepted by, is considering an offer of membership from, or is in the process of qualifying for membership in an organization
  3. “Pledging” means any action or activity related to becoming a member of an organization
  4. “Student” means any person who:

    1. is registered in or in attendance at an educational institution
    2. has been accepted for admission at the educational institution where the hazing incident occurs; or
    3. intends to attend an educational institution during any of its regular sessions after a period of scheduled vacation

  5. “Organization” means a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, club, or service, social, or similar group, whose members are primarily students.
  6. “Hazing” means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off campus of an education institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.

The term includes:

  1. any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;
  2. any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
  3. any activity involving consumption of food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance that subject the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
  4. any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization of the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subdivision; and
  5. any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves violation of Penal Code.

37.152 Personal Hazing Offense

  1. A person commits an offense if the person:

    1. Engages in hazing;
    2. Solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing;
    3. Recklessly permits hazing to occur; or
    4. Has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution, or has firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fails to report that knowledge in writing to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution.

  2. The offense of failing to report is a Class B misdemeanor.
  3. Any other offense under this section that does not cause serious bodily injury to another is a Class B misdemeanor.
  4. Any other offense under this section that causes serious bodily injury to another is a Class A misdemeanor.
  5. Any other offense under this section that causes the death of another is a state jail felony.
  6. Except if an offense causes the death of a student, in sentencing a person convicted of an offense under this section, the court may require the person to perform community service, subject to the same conditions imposed on a person placed on community supervision under Section 11, Article 42.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, for an appropriate period of time in lieu of confinement in county jail or in lieu of a part of the time the person is sentenced to confinement in county jail.

37.153. Organization Hazing Offense

  1. An organization commits an offense if the organization condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing.
  2. An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by

    1. a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000; or
    2. if the court finds that the offense caused personal injury, property damage, or other loss, a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than double the amount lost or expenses incurred because of the injury, damage, or loss.

Notification of Parents

Whenever a dependent student is placed on probation, suspension, or is dismissed due to non-compliance with the code of community standards, parents of the dependent student may be notified by mail or phone. Furthermore, parents of any student under the age of 21 may be notified should their student be placed on probation for violating the LCU Alcohol and Drug policies. A copy of the sanctions may be sent with a letter of explanation. The university also reserves the right to contact parents when the administration believes that parental contact is in the best interest of the student and/or the university.

Pornography

All materials of a pornographic nature including, but not specifically limited to, items, portrayals, and photographs found in magazines, videos, and the internet are considered immoral and not conducive to the mission of LCU. Use of pornography is prohibited. Students who struggle with addictions to pornography should seek confidential counseling from the Counseling Center.

Policies and Procedures Concerning Violence, Harassment and Stalking

  1. Introductory Statement


    LCU affirms that all members of our community are created in the image of God and therefore should be treated with dignity and respect. The university does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law, including race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. LCU respects the inherent worth of each member of the community and does not tolerate any form of harassment. The university follows the profound truth that is found in the Golden Rule, "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12). Because of the university's commitment to honoring the dignity and respect of every individual, unlawful discrimination and harassment (and any related retaliation) is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal or separation from the University. LCU affirms its commitment to protecting the right of each person to raise concerns about alleged discrimination free of fear of retaliation.


    Therefore, because the university stands against harassing and violent behaviors, the university will take prompt, decisive action to:  investigate allegations of violence, harassment, and stalking; initiate the disciplinary process if appropriate; issue appropriate sanctions against any student found responsible for acts of violence whether the behavior occurred on campus or off campus; take steps designed to prevent recurrence; and protect against retaliation.


    Students are encouraged to report any incidents related to this policy and pursue the matter through the state's civil and/or criminal systems as well as through the university.  A student who in good faith reports being the victim of, or a witness to an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking may not be subject to disciplinary action for violation(s) of the Code of Community Standards occurring at or near the time of the incident.


    Pursuant to Title IX, LCU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities. Reports of sexual misconduct may be made to the Title IX Coordinator, Yvonne Harwood at 806.720.7497, yvonne.harwood@lcu.edu, or any of the other campus resources listed in paragraph III of this policy.

  2. Definitions

    1. Sexual Misconduct: A broad, non-legal term encompassing a range of non-consensual sexual activity or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. This term includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women, strangers or acquaintances, and can occur between or among people of the same or opposite sex. Using this term serves to differentiate campus processes, which are administrative and educational, from the criminal justice system, in which people are charged with crimes that carry criminal penalty.

    2. Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when an individual's academic status, employment, or participation in university activities is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of submission to such conduct, and/or such conduct is severe or pervasive to the extent that it interferes with an individual's education, employment, or participation in university activities, or creates intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

    3. Sexual Violence: Physical sexual acts perpetuated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. The term includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, sexual abuse, indecency with a child, and/or aggravated assault.

    4. Sexual Assault: An offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

      1. Rape: the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
      2. Fondling: The touching of the private body part of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
      3. Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
      4. Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.


      Sexual Assault in Texas is jurisdictionally defined in Section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code.

    5. Sexual Exploitation: Occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another to benefit anyone other than the one being exploited. Examples of exploitation include, but are not limited to: engaging in voyeurism; forwarding of pornographic or other sexually inappropriate material by email, text, or other channels to non-consenting students/groups; and any activity that goes beyond the boundaries of consent, such as recording of sexual activity, allowing others to watch activity or situations of sexual nature without the other person's consent, or engaging in sexual activity while knowingly infected with an STI of HIV without informing the other person of the infection.

    6. Consent: An informed, voluntary, and mutually understandable agreement that indicates a clear willingness to engage in each instance of sexual activity. Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with another. A current or previous dating relationship or sexual relationship by itself is not sufficient to constitute consent. Consent may not implied by silence or mere passivity can be withdrawn at any time. Consent is not valid if acquired through means of physical force, threat of physical  force, intimidation, coercion, intoxication, incapacitation, or any other fact that would eliminate an individual's ability to exercise his or her  own free will to choose whether or not to participate in a sexual activity.

    7. Domestic Violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by

      1. A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim
      2. A person with whom the victim shares a child in common
      3. A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner
      4. Any other person against a victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Texas


      Domestic violence in Texas is termed "Family Violence."

    8. Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person

      1. Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim
      2. Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

        1. The length of the relationship
        2. The type of relationship
        3. The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship

    9. Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct, constituted by two or more acts directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to

      1. Fear for his or her safety or the safety of others
      2. Suffer substantial emotional stress
      3. Feel harassed, alarmed, abused, or tormented

    10. Hostile Environment: When sex-based harassment or violence is directed toward an individual and/or has the purpose or effect of

      1. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment
      2. Unreasonably interferes with another's work or academic performance


      To determine whether a hostile environment exists for an individual or individuals, the University will consider a variety of factors related to the severity, persistence, or pervasiveness of the sex-based harassment, including:
            1. The type, frequency, and duration of the conduct
            2. The identity and relationships of the persons involved
            3. The number of individuals involved
            4. The locations of the conduct and the context in which it occurred
            5. The degree to which the conduct affected an individual's education or employment

      The more severe the sex-based harassment, the less need there is to show a repetitive series of incidents to create a hostile environment. A single instance of violence may be sufficient to create a hostile environment.

  3. Reporting Harassment/ Violence/Stalking

    The university encourages the reporting of all incidents involving sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. If the university knows or reasonably should know about an incident of harassment or sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, the university will take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. To be proactive, the university publishes a notice of nondiscrimination and has adopted and published grievance procedures. In cases involving potential criminal conduct, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will determine, consistent with state and local law, whether appropriate law enforcement or other authorities should be notified. Reports may be made in person or confidentially online through the LCU Title IX webpage and at the bottom of the LCU homepage.

    Reporting Definitions

    Complainant: An individual who reports or is the victim of a violation of this policy.

    Respondent: An individual responding to a complaint of a violation of this policy.

    Responsible Employees: Pursuant to Title IX, a "Responsible Employee" includes those University employees who have the authority to  redress sexual misconduct, who have the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

    Responsible Employees will receive the report, notify appropriate campus officials, and assist in providing guidance and resources if needed.

    The University's Responsible Employees include, but are not limited to:

    1. All instructors, including full-time professors, adjuncts, lecturers, Adjunct Instructors, and any others who offer classroom instruction or office hours to students;
    2. All advisors;
    3. All coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff who interact directly with students;
    4. All Student Affairs staff;
    5. All Residential Life staff;
    6. All employees who interact directly with students; and
    7. All supervisors and University officials.


    When an individual tells a Responsible Employee about an incident of sexual misconduct, that individual has the right to expect the University to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably, and assist in reporting to law enforcement if the Complainant so chooses.

    Confidential Employee: In their professional capacity, LCU Counseling Center and Medical Clinic staff are considered confidential reporting resources and are not required to report according to university policy. Information disclosed in the clinical setting will be considered confidential. However, Confidential Employees may encourage clients to report to local and/or campus authorities.

    Note: faculty, staff and other employees who are otherwise involved in pastoral or ministry work, are licensed mental health workers or are licensed medical workers, but who are not working in that capacity for LCU, are not Confidential Employees.
     

    If LCU officials determine that a serious incident may pose an on-going threat to members of the university community, a Timely Warning Notice will be issued to all students and employees. The intent of the Timely Warning is to prevent additional crimes and allow students and employees to take protective and precautionary measures.

    LCU faculty and staff members are able to help students report issues of harassment, violence or stalking, however students may report directly to any of the following areas for immediate access to resources:

    • Title IX Coordinator

      • Yvonne Harwood
        Center for Academic Achievement CAA 103
        806.720.7497

    • Student Affairs

      • Dean of Students
        Student Life Building SUB 212 (B)
        806.720.7501
      • Associate Dean of Students
        Student Life Building SUB 212 (C)
        806.720.7501

    • Residential Life

      • Director of Residential Life
        Student Life Building SUB 212 (A)
        806.720.7507
      • Johnson Hall Residence Director
        Johnson Hall Office JH 108
        806.720.8695
      • Katie Rogers/Courtyard Hall Residence Director
        Katie Rogers Office KR 151
        806.720.8879
      • Mabee Hall Residence Director
        Mabee Hall Office MH 118

    • Public Safety

      • Public Safety Office
        Student Life Building SUB 206
        806.796.8800
      • Public Safety Patrol
        Student Life Building SUB 206
        806.928.6803

    • Athletics

      • Athletics Associate Director
        Rip Griffin Center RGC 108
        806.720.7278

  4. Procedures

    1. Initial Response:

      1. Safety:  The first priority of a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence is to get to a place of safety.

      Call 911 for medical or safety emergency.

      2. Medical Assistance: Obtain necessary medical attention as soon as possible.  Local emergency rooms have procedures to provide medical assistance and establish ongoing support.

      - Covenant Medical Center
      3615 19th Street
      806.725.0000
      - University Medical Center
      602 Indiana Avenue
      806.775.8200 

      3. Reporting: Lubbock Christian University strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking report the incident to one of the following law enforcement agencies.

      - Lubbock Police Department
      806.775.2865
      - Lubbock County Sheriff's Department
      806.767.1441
      - Lubbock Christian University Public Safety
      806.928.6803

      Although Lubbock Christian University encourages timely law enforcement reporting, it is the victim's choice to make such a report or to decline involvement with law enforcement. LCU will assist Complainants in reporting to local law enforcement if desired.

      The Complainant may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the LCU Title IX process or only the latter. The Title IX Coordinator will guide the Complainant through the reporting process.

      LCU encourages contact with the LCU Medical Clinic or LCU Counseling Center for confidential resources and support. At the very minimum, reports may be made anonymously online through the LCU Title IX webpage or through the bottom of the LCU homepage.

      As time passes, evidence may dissipate or become lost or unavailable, thereby making investigation, possible prosecution, disciplinary proceedings, or obtaining orders of protection related to the incident more difficult. If a victim chooses not to make a complaint regarding and incident, he or she nevertheless should consider speaking with LPD or other law enforcement agency to preserve evidence in the event that the victim changes his or her mind at a later date.

      A Complainant may choose to report at any time, as long as the Complainant or the Respondent remain enrolled or employed by the university.

      Certain forms of sexual misconduct, domestic violence (family violence), dating violence, and stalking may be a violation of the statutes of the State of Texas.  Complainants, therefore, may have certain legal rights with regard to criminal and civil action.

    2. Evidence Preservation

      Evidence of a sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking should be preserved as soon as possible, even if you are unsure about reporting to the University or filing criminal charges. Preservation of evidence is essential for both law enforcement and campus disciplinary investigations.

      Write down, or have a friend write down everything you can remember about the incident, including a physical description of the assailant. You should attempt to do this even if you are unsure about reporting the incident in the future.

      1. Forensic Evidence

        If you choose to report the assault and pursue legal options, a prompt forensic examination can be crucial.

        Steps to preserve Forensic Evidence

        1. Avoid drinking, bathing, showering, brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, or combing your hair.
        2. Do not change clothes. If you have already changed your clothes, place your clothing and other items (sheets, blankets) in a brown paper bag (a plastic bag may destroy evidence).
        3. Go to a hospital emergency department listed above, which has the capability to provide a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE or "rape kit") and medical care for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, and family violence. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), a healthcare provider trained to provide comprehensive care for a victim, can collect forensic evidence.
        4. A SAFE (rape kit) can only be completed within 5 days of the assault. You have the right to refuse the entire exam or any part of it at any time.
        5. You may also decide to complete a forensic exam anonymously.
        6. If you suspect that you are the victim of a drug-facilitated sexual assault, ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. Drugs, such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood. Rohypnol stays in the body for several hours, and can be detected in the urine up to 72 hours after taking it. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours.
        7. Consider bringing someone to the hospital with you for support.
        8. The hospital automatically calls an advocate to be available any time someone comes in for a SAFE. You can decide whether or not you want to speak with the advocate. The advocate is a confidential resource who is not affiliated with LCU. They can provide you with confidential support and talk wit you about your options.

      2. Physical Evidence

        Physical evidence should be preserved even if you choose not to go to the hospital for a forensic exam. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Put each item in a separate paper bag (do not use plastic bags). Save all bedding (blankets, sheets) and put each in a separate paper bag. Take photographs of any visible physical injuries (bruising, scratches) for use as evidence. If you report to law enforcement, they may want to take their own photos as evidence.

      3. Electronic Evidence

        Evidence such as texts, emails, social media posts, chats, pictures, videos or other forms of electronic communication can be helpful in a university or criminal investigation. Download, save to a .pdf, take screen shots, or use other methods to preserve electronic evidence.

      4. Follow-up Procedures

        1. Medical Assistance: It may be necessary for subsequent medical services through LCU Medical Clinic, and emergency room, and/or private physician.
        2. Counseling Services: The Counseling Center is equipped to assist with on-going counseling needs. Contact information for off-campus counseling resources will be provided.


    3. Investigative Process

      The Title IX Coordinator or designee will inform the Complainant of the LCU Title IX process before beginning an investigation. Title IX investigations should be completed within 60 days from the date of the original complaint. The Title IX investigation should not be significantly delayed by any law enforcement investigation.

      If the complainant requests confidentiality or asks that the complaint not be pursued, the university will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality or the request not to pursue an investigation. If the complainant insists that his or her name or other identifiable information not be disclosed to the alleged respondent, the complainant would be informed that the University's ability to respond may be limited. The complainant will be advised Title IX may require the university to take specific actions based on their knowledge of sexual violence or assault. The complainant will also be reminded that Title IX prohibits retaliation and that university officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs.


      After all such advice if the complainant continues to ask that his or her name or other identifiable information not be revealed, the university will evaluate that request in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students. This includes considering such factors as the seriousness of the alleged harassment; the complainant's age, whether there have been other harassment complaints against the same individual, and the alleged offender's rights to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained as an "educational record" under FERPA.


      If the complainant is a student but the alleged respondent is not an LCU student or employee, the Dean/Assistant Dean of Students will provide the complainant support and guidance through the civil or criminal complaint process. University resources are available to complainants regardless of the status of the alleged respondent, including assistance in pursuing an internal complaint process where the alleged respondent is not a student but is employed by LCU.

      1. Interim Measures

      2. At any time during the investigation, the university may impose reasonable and appropriate interim measures designed to eliminate the reported hostile environment, prevent its reoccurrence, and remedy its effects.

        These interim measures may include, but are not limited to the following:

        1. Change in class schedule
        2. Change in on campus housing arrangements
        3. Change in on campus job
        4. Opportunity to make up exams or assignments
        5. Withdrawal from or re-taking courses without penalty
        6. Directing no-contact orders between Complainant and Respondent
        7. Education, training, and counseling to other students

      3. Interview Process

        The Title IX Coordinator and/or designees trained in conducting Title IX Investigations will conduct a prompt, reliable, and impartial investigative process. Title IX Investigations will include the following provisions:

        1. Both parties will be able to present witnesses and evidence.
        2. Attorneys and other personal representatives will not be permitted for either party.
        3. Neither party will be allowed to question or cross examine the other.
        4. The past sexual history of the Complainant and alleged Respondent will be deemed irrelevant to the proceeding process except as that history may be related directly to the incident being heard.
        5. Mediation is not an option to resolve a complaint of violence or assault under this policy.

      4. Outcome

        Based on the findings of the Title IX investigation, a determination will be made as to whether the reported violation is more likely than not to have occurred. This standard of evidence may also be referred to as preponderance of the evidence.

        If it is determined that the reported violation occurred, appropriate sanction(s) will be issued to end the conduct and prevent its recurrence. Sanction(s) will be determined by the investigator(s) upon the conclusion of the investigation and may include the entire range available under LCU policy. An outcome letter will be provided to both the respondent  and complainant at the same time which outlines the investigation findings, sanction(s), and appeal process.

        Both parties will have the opportunity to appeal.

      5. Retaliation

        Retaliation against persons who report or provide information about sexual misconduct is strictly prohibited. Any acts of reprisal, including internal interference, coercion, or restraint by a student, a university employee, or one acting on behalf of the university, violates this policy and will result in appropriate disciplinary action.

        This sexual misconduct policy shall not be used to bring frivolous or malicious complaints against students, faculty and employees. If a complainant has been made in bad faith, as demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence, disciplinary action may be taken against the person bringing the complaint.

      6. Appeals

        Either the Complainant or the Respondent may appeal the university's decision by notifying the Vice President for Student Affairs in writing within five (5) business days of the date of the decision. The only grounds for appeal are as follows:

        1. Significant procedural irregularity that adversely impacted the outcome of the investigation
        2. The consideration of significant new evidence that was not available during the investigation. A summary of the new evidence must be included in the appeal.


        All appeals will be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Title IX Officer (or his or her designee), and another administrator appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs, and shall be based solely on the records provided from the investigation unless new evidence is grounds for the appeal. The decision of a majority of these individuals will be final.

      7. Prevention and Awareness Programs

        As a community we share the responsibility to prevent sexual misconduct through education, bystander intervention, and mutual respect for one another. As part of our commitment to the prevention of sexual misconduct, Lubbock Christian University offers education and awareness programs. Incoming students and employees will have access to prevention and awareness education, including training on recognizing and reporting sexual misconduct. All students, faculty and staff have access to ongoing training and related programs.

        Students will be provided with information regarding sexual misconduct prevention and reporting during new student orientation, the university's "UNI 1170" class, and other LCU Student Affairs programming through the Involvement Office, Residential Life, the LCU Counseling Center, and LCU Public Safety.

Statement on Harassment and Intimidation

Spiritual and intellectual development is dependent upon an environment in which a person is comfortable to easily focus. It is imperative that LCU foster a culture free from intimidation or harassment.

Any reports of harassment or intimidation in any form, directly or indirectly, either by threat or action, physical or emotional, in person or in writing, on campus or off campus, or through the use of technology will be investigated. If this conduct has led to or may potentially lead the victim(s) to reasonably fear for his/her, or others' safety, to suffer from emotional stress, or has unduly interfered with student life, the respondent may be subject to sanctions under the Code of Community Standards.

Furthermore, these actions may violate other university policies, civil and/or criminal law.

Statement on Human Sexuality

Consistent with scripture and the breadth of the Christian tradition, LCU affirms that human sexuality is a gift from the creator God, designed for human flourishing and that the purposes of this gift include (1) the uniting and strengthening of the marital bond in sacrificial love, and (2) the procreation of human life. These purposes are to be achieved exclusively within the context of marriage between husband and wife. Sexual intimacy outside of a marriage is inconsistent with the teaching of scripture. Therefore, as a matter of faith and moral witness, students, faculty, and staff are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this statement and to respect this understanding of human sexuality.

Tobacco and Alternative Smoking Products

Students should be aware of the many physical dangers associated with the use of tobacco and nicotine products. To maintain a healthy environment and to encourage healthy lifestyles for all students, staff, and faculty, use of all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco and nicotine vapor products) is strictly prohibited on the LCU campus. The safety of all residents requires students and their guests respect this policy. Students should be aware they will be held responsible for the actions of any of their visitors or guests.

Weapons Policy

Purpose

Lubbock Christian University places a high priority on safety, seeking to create a safe and secure environment on its campus for students, faculty, staff, and guests.

General Policy

Consequently, pursuant to section 30.06 of the Texas Penal Code, no person may enter onto Lubbock Christian University property with a handgun (concealed or open carry) at any time. Property of Lubbock Christian University includes:

a) All land and buildings owned or leased by Lubbock Christian University;

b) Grounds where an activity or event sponsored by Lubbock Christian University is being conducted;

c) Passenger transportation vehicles owned by Lubbock Christian University.

In addition, carrying or possessing a weapon of any kind is prohibited on campus and at school-sponsored events. Any LCU student, faculty member, staff member, or contractor violating this policy is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion, dismissal, or termination of employment. While LCU has opted to prohibit the concealed carry of a handgun, the university reserves the right to grant approved employees, who hold a License to Carry, to do so as deemed appropriate and necessary.

This prohibition against weapons possession is in effect to the fullest extent allowed under Texas laws, including laws pertaining to weapons generally (Texas Penal Code 46.03) and to those with a license to carry (Texas Penal Code 46.035). When appropriate, anyone violating this policy may also be subject to prohibition from the campus and/or criminal prosecution. 

Definitions 

As used in this policy, the term "weapon" encompasses any object or substance designed to inflict a wound, incapacitate, or cause injury, and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • firearms, including, without limitation, rifles, shotguns, handguns, BB or pellet guns, compressed-air guns, paintball or airsoft guns;
  • ammunition, including materials for making ammunition;
  • explosive material, including bombs, grenades, rockets and fireworks, or items for making explosive materials;
  • daggers, swords, spears, knives with blades longer than 5.5 inches, switchblades, butterfly knives, and other bladed weapons (including those intended for ceremonial or decorative uses);
  • slingshots, bows and arrows, clubs, blackjacks, nightsticks, hunting, or martial arts weapons;
  • weapons prohibited by Texas Penal Code Chapter 46 (which includes a variety of firearms, handguns, zip guns, clubs, knives, fake bombs, explosive weapons, and components of explosives that are possessed with the intent to create an explosive weapon);
  • other dangerous weapons, especially those intended for warfare, combat, or hunting; and
  • replicas or other objects that are made to look like actual weapons and could reasonably be mistaken by community members or police officers as actual weapons (including toy, fake, or facsimile weapons).

Note: Authorized campus officials may confiscate weapons and/or other items that do not violate the law, but constitute violations of LCU policies.

Violations of the Weapons Policy will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with the LCU Code of Community Standards, as well as criminal justice system.

Exceptions to the Policy

The only exceptions to this weapons prohibition are those authorized in writing by the Lubbock Christian University Police Department (LCUPD) Chief of Police and the exceptions below, which include exceptions mandated by law:

  • State law (Texas Labor Code 52.061) permits employees (including LCU employees) who hold a license to carry and lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition, to store or transport the firearm or ammunition in a locked, privately owned vehicle in a parking lot, garage, or other parking area that the employer provides to the employee. This permission extends only to employees and not to visitors or contractors; it pertains only to locked, privately owned vehicles in LCU parking facilities and does not extend to LCU owned vehicles.
  • State law (Texas Government Code 411.2032) permits persons who hold a license to carry (including enrolled LCU students) to store or transport firearms or ammunition in a locked, privately owned or leased vehicle located in LCU parking facilities or on campus streets and driveways.
  • Peace Officers or special investigators under Article 2.1222, Code of Criminal Procedures are permitted to carry handguns at all times on campus regardless of whether the peace officer or special investigator is engaged in the actual discharge of the officer's or investigator's duties while carrying the handgun.
  • Approved university experiments, educational forums, or projects, if written permission has been first obtained in writing from LCU's Chief of Police.
  • Any other exceptions must be approved in writing by LCU's Chief of Police.

LCU expects all members of the campus community to help safeguard the community by reporting promptly to LCUPD any weapons discovered to be present on campus. Persons should report any concerns about violations of this policy to the Chief of Police, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, or a supervisor. Any person concerned about an imminent threat of violence on university property or at a university-sponsored event should report the concern immediately to LCU Public Safety at 806.928.6803 or call 9-1-1.