Student Handbook - My Northwestern - Northwestern College

Student Handbook - My Northwestern - Northwestern College
Table of Contents
Mission Statement
Identity Statement
A Vision For Learning
Degree Requirements
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Writing Center
Change in Academic Requirements or Policies
Academic Appeals
Academic Advisors
Course Load
Pass/No Pass Courses
Pass/No Pass Option for Elective Courses
Adding and Dropping Courses
Academic Alert System
Class Attendance
Absences for Field Trips or College Activities
Medical Excuses for Class
Final Exams Policy
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
Academic Probation/Suspension
Financial Aid Warning and Probation:
Financial Aid Probation Appeal Process
Academic Probation
Academic Suspension
The Appeal Procedure For Students Who Have Been Academically Suspended
The Reinstatement Procedure for Students Who Have Been Suspended
Minimum Credits for Extra-Curricular Eligibility
Declaration of Major
Withdrawal From College
Required Withdrawal
Enrollment Deposit
Academic Consequences of Dismissal/Suspension for Disciplinary Reasons
Confidentiality of Student Records
Academic Integrity
Procedures for Dealing with Academic Dishonesty
Cheating and Plagiarism
Rationale for Preventing Academic Dishonesty
Academic Dishonesty: Cheating and Plagiarism defined
Franken Leadership Center (FLC)
Carlson Program
Academic service-learning
Adventure education
Global Education Center
Semester Abroad/Off-Campus Study
Summer Study Abroad
Northwestern College
Final Exam Schedule
Student Life (Student Development)
Identification Cards
Campus Ministry
Mission Statement
Chapel Services and Programs
Church Participation
Counseling Services
Student Leadership
Campus Ministry Opportunities
Career Development
Intercultural Development
Student Programs and Activities
Student Activities
New Student Orientation
First Year Experience
Wellness Center
Residence Life
Physical Health
In a crisis
Residence Life Staff Positions
Director of Residence Life
Resident Directors
Resident Assistants
Residences Available
Housing Applications
Housing Contract
Private Room Policy
Room or Roommate Changes
Residence Hall Opening and Closing Dates
Check-Out Procedures
Campus Housing Guidelines
Class Attendance/Failing Classes
Damages and Repairs
Electrical Appliances and Guidelines
Furniture and Window Screens
Laundry Room
Platform Construction Guidelines
Plumbing Fixtures and Faucets
Room Cleanliness
Room Decorations
Lifestyle Expectations
Campus Policies for Community Living
Alcohol Regulations
Candles and Incense
Chapel and Attendance
Computer Network
Dishonesty and Non-cooperative
Legal Sanctions Related to Substance Abuse
Area Alcohol/Drug Treatment Facilities
Fire Alarms and Fire Safety Equipment
Firearms, Fireworks, and Flammable Materials
Fire Pit Rules
Quiet Hours
Quiet Hour Violations
Safety and Security
Sexual Activity
TITLE IX Policy and Procedures for Sex Discrimination
Statement on Non Discrimination
Guidance on Reporting
Office Where a Complaint or Report May Be Filed
Guidance on Taking Immediate Action
Title IX Grievance Procedure
Investigation Procedures
Determination and Sanctions
Appeal to the Title IX Coordinator
Protection of Parties
Outcomes for Sexual Assault
Important Definitions
Special Provisions
Implementation and Dissemination of Information
Sexual Harassment
Statement of Policy
Definitions of Sexual Harassment
Informal Procedure
Formal Procedure
Reporting Incidents
Notification of President
Responsibility of Supervisory Personnel
Personal Advocate
Range of Disciplinary and Redemptive Actions
False Claims
Counseling and Support
Smoke Free Workplace
Using Appliances in the Dorm
Visitation (Open Hall) Hours in Residence Halls
Visitation in Other Living Units
Discipline Process
Procedures for Appeal
Athletic Department Policy on Conduct and Discipline
Statement of Purpose
Athletic Department Covenant
Behavioral Guidelines
Athletic Conduct and Discipline Board
Function of the Athletic Conduct and Discipline Board
Statement of Consequences
Appeal Process
Policies and Procedures
College Motor Vehicles
Campus Employment: Work Study
Financial Aid
Insurance and Liability
Lost and Found
Campus Security
Motor Vehicle Registration
Temporary Parking Tags
Parking Regulations and Limitations
Designated Parking
Towing Policy
Appeals of Parking Tickets
Snow Removal from Parking Lots
Parking Over Breaks and the Summer
College Campus Store
Return Policy: (Non-rentals)
Book Buyback
College Mail Room
Computing Services
General Information
A Note about Wireless
Policies Concerning the System
Policies Concerning You and Your Account
Policies Concerning Your Own Computer on Campus
Dewitt Library
Print and Electronic Resources
Sodexo Dining Services
Meal Plans
Flex money
Korver Weight Room
Membership Requirement
Orientation Requirement
Rowenhorst Student Center
Enrollment Management and Retention Team (EMRT)
Student Publications
Crosswalk Media
August 2014
Dear Northwestern Student:
The start of every academic year brings new opportunities and challenges for the entire Northwestern
community. There may be no other time in your life when you have so many opportunities to grow, to learn,
and to change. You will find that your education happens inside and outside the classroom, reshaping all
areas of your life - academic, spiritual, social, and physical. It is our hope that you will embrace this
education by becoming an active member of the community.
I urge you to read through the entire student handbook. It contains a wealth of information concerning
academics, spiritual formation, residence life, campus policies, and student services. Each student is
responsible for reading, understanding, and following all policies contained in this handbook. If there are
sections that you do not fully understand, please stop by the Student Life Office and we will be happy to
answer your questions.
I speak for the entire Student Life division when I say that we are honored to be a part of your education.
Please take advantage of the support we offer to meet the challenges you face. Make efforts to get to
know the members of the NWC family – faculty, staff and other students. The benefits and rewards you
receive will go far beyond what you could ever imagine. May God bless you with a wonderful year!
Julie Vermeer Elliott
Dean of Student Life
Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful
learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.
Northwestern College is a Christian college in the Reformed tradition, founded in 1882 by the Reformed
Church in America. We are committed to providing a Christina liberal arts education in an undergraduate,
intercultural and residential environment. We offer bachelor’s degrees in a variety of traditional and
professional programs.
Northwestern College is a community rooted in Scripture and the confessions of Reformed theology and
thus shaped by a robust integrative and transformative vision of the Triune God who creates, redeems and
sustains. This theological background supports a framework within which students, staff and faculty of
various Christian traditions take up the task of loving, understanding and serving the world whose Savior
and Lord is Jesus Christ. We see the pursuit of liberal arts education as worship experienced in community
and offered to the glory of God. Embracing this calling with a freedom that arises from confidence in God’s
saving grace and sovereignty, we are committed to cultivating virtues of heart and mind that will enable us
to live out our shared vocation as participants in God’s redemptive work. We respond to God’s call to
proclaim the message of the gospel, be stewards of creation, serve Christ in all persons, and bring all
things under his lordship.
In keeping with this commitment, we intend Northwestern graduates to be persons who
Trust, love and worship God
• Understanding that God is the center of life, learning about God through careful and rigorous study,
and aspiring to trust, love and worship God as the sovereign Lord of the universe.
• Recognizing that to love God is also to live joyfully as participants in a variety of communities, valuing
the diversity of the human family, and seeking opportunities for learning, growth and transformation
through intercultural relationships.
Engage ideas
• Demonstrating competence in navigating and contributing to the world of ideas and information,
having learned to listen, read, question, evaluate, speak, write, create and perform with a disciplined
• Gaining a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical foundations, methods and products of the
humanities, the social and natural sciences, and the fine arts.
• Pursuing truth faithfully in all aspects of life; developing, articulating and supporting their own beliefs;
and seeking meaningful dialogue with those holding different convictions.
• Desiring to continue a life of learning and contemplation.
Connect knowledge and experience
• Completing academic majors that enable acquisition of the narrower but deeper knowledge and skills
that serve as the basis for mastery of a particular discipline and as preparation for meaningful life and
• Exhibiting a broad understanding of the current and historical interplay of different realms of
knowledge and experience.
• Seeking opportunities for growth and reflection that integrate faith, learning and living in community.
• Seeing beauty and finding joy in all pursuits.
Respond to God’s call
• Discerning and developing their unique gifts in service to Christ, the church and the world Christ loves
and redeems.
• Regarding all persons as made in the image of God and thus deserving of understanding, love and
• Living a balanced and whole life in obedience to God.
The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is granted to students who:
1. Complete the General Education requirements as listed in the integrative General Education section
of the catalog.
2. Complete an academic major as described in the catalog.
3. Complete a minimum of 124 semester credits.
4. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all course work attempted at Northwestern College and
a minimum of 2.00 in the courses comprising the major. Exceptions to the cumulative 2.00 grade point
average are in programs where outside accrediting organizations mandate higher GPA’s (i.e., Athletic
Training, Nursing, etc.)
5. Fulfill the residence requirement as described in the catalog.
6. Fulfill the Chapel attendance requirement.
Northwestern College seeks to operate in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A
student will be eligible for protection under Section 504 if he/she has a mental or physical impairment that
“substantially limits one or more major life functions and has a history of such impairment. ” If the student
has met the academic standards required for admission to the college, then he/she will be ensured equal
educational opportunity. In the case of students with disabilities, it is the responsibility of the academic
support staff, working closely with faculty and students’ academic advisors, to provide appropriate academic accommodations. Because these accommodations are based upon the student’s diagnostic
evaluations and past educational experiences, he/she will be expected to provide recent documentation
(within three years) verifying the disability. Students should submit this documentation to the Director of
Academic Support in Van Peursem Hall, Room 127.
Northwestern’s writing center offers services designed to help all students to become better writers. Using
highly trained peer tutors, the center offers tutorial services to students who voluntarily drop in or are
referred to the center by faculty. The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the DeWitt Learning
Northwestern College reserves the right to change academic requirements or policies, as stated in the
catalog, at the beginning of each semester, with proper notification of such changes to be distributed to all
students and faculty.
Students who wish to appeal academic program decisions or the decisions of a faculty member or an
academic department concerning their academic progress must submit to the Dean of Faculty a written
appeal of the decision within 30 days following their notification of the decision. The Dean of Faculty will
provide a written acknowledgement of the appeal within 7 days. The Dean of Faculty will investigate the
appeal and provide a decision which will be communicated in writing to the student within 15 days of this
acknowledgement. This decision will be final. (AAC #23)
Students have faculty advisors who will assist them in identifying and developing their educational goals,
in executing their educational plans while at Northwestern, and in making them aware of available resources that relate to the execution of their educational and career plans. Students may also request a
change in academic advisor by completing a form available in the Office of the Registrar or online.
While the faculty advisor participates actively in the student’s academic planning and monitors his/her
progress, final responsibility for recognizing and fulfilling graduation requirements rests with the students.
Students should acquaint themselves with the various requirements set forth in the catalog and, beginning
with their freshman year, should plan their college courses to fulfill their graduation requirements.
Northwestern’s academic calendar consists of two 16-week semesters. The normal course load for a
student is 15-16 credits per semester. The maximum number of credits that a student may take during a
given semester is 18*. First year students accepted provisionally will be allowed to take no more than 13
hours in their first semester. Adjustments to their schedules at midterm may be done at the discretion of
the advisor or registrar. Exceptions for an overload are granted if the student has the following cumulative
GPA: 3.30 when registering for the sophomore year; 3.15 when registering for the junior year; or 3.00
when registering for the senior year. Freshmen are not eligible for an academic overload. *Audit credits
are not included when determining course overloads beyond 18 credits; however, an overload fee will
Several off-campus courses (e.g., department internships, field experiences, practica, and student teaching)
are graded on a pass/no pass basis. This information is included in the course description in the catalog.
To encourage students to explore academic areas outside their major strengths and specializations,
Northwestern offers each student the option of taking a maximum of 12 credit hours of elective courses on
a pass/no pass basis. This option may not be used for general education requirements or any requirements for a major, minor, or career concentration. Freshmen may not take courses on a pass/no pass
basis; sophomores and juniors may take one course per semester; seniors may take two courses per
Courses taken on a pass/no pass basis will count toward the 124 credit hour graduation requirement, but will
not affect the student’s grade point average. Students are advised to avoid electives on a pass/no pass basis
in areas in which they intend to do graduate work because graduate school admissions officers will be
interested in such grades. For example, premedical students should avoid the pass/no pass option in science
courses; social work students should avoid the pass/no pass option in sociology and psychology.
Students wishing to choose the pass/no pass option in electives must make application with the Registrar
prior to the deadline for adding courses, 5 days after the start of the term. Pass/no pass status will not be
changed after the deadline for the pass/no pass option. No grades will be available in the future for
courses taken on a pass/no pass basis.
The instructor will not be informed if a student is taking the course on a pass/no pass basis. The instructor
will turn in a letter grade for all students. At midterm, the letter grade shall appear on the student’s grade
report. For the final grade report, the Office of the Registrar will translate the grades of C and above into P
and C- and below will be recorded as NP.
0-23 credits
24-54 credits
55-88 credits
89 & above
Deadlines for adding: 1st half, 2nd half, and full semester courses--5th day of school of each respective
term at 5 PM. Completion of an “add slip” is meant to be an acknowledgment of the student being admitted
to the class. It is not an agreement for the instructor to tutor the student so that he/she can cover the
material presented in the classes missed. It is the responsibility of the student to make up coursework
already covered. Students should be aware of the fact that there are certain courses (especially “skills
courses”) which pose particular difficulties in this regard.
To enhance the learning process it is important for the student to finalize his or her academic program as
early in the semester as possible. As soon as it is apparent to the student that satisfactory progress is not
being made and that the likelihood of adequate improvement is remote, the “drop” procedure should be
initiated in consultation with the advisor and the course instructor.
Deadline for dropping: 1st half, 2nd half courses--25th day of each respective term at 5 PM, full semester
courses--50th day of term at 5 PM.
Forms for adding and dropping courses are available in the Office of the Registrar or online. See the
calendar for deadline dates for adding and dropping courses.
At any point in the semester, a student who is not meeting the professor’s expectations for learning may
receive an Academic Alert that explains the professor’s concerns as well as suggestions for improvement.
The professor gives a copy of the alert to the student and sends two additional copies to the Academic
Support Department. One copy is sent to the student’s academic advisor and the other remains on file in
the Academic Support Office.
Students should take Academic Alerts seriously and strive to improve their academic performance with
assistance from professors, advisors, and tutors.
Since a student generally benefits from regular class attendance and suffers if class is missed often, to
enhance the learning process it is incumbent upon the student to attend regularly. Regular class attendance
is essential to scholarship. No system of cuts shall be recognized. Each faculty member establishes his or
her own attendance policy. Students shall inform instructors of any anticipated class absences. Instructors
may reduce grades for absences, particularly if the nature of the class procedure depends on student
participation. If such a reduction may be made, it shall be so stated in the course syllabus.
A class absence shall be authorized if and only if the following three conditions are satisfied:
1. The absence shall be due to the student’s participation in an approved field trip for another class or an
approved co-curricular activity.
2. The student shall have given prior notification to the faculty member whose class will be missed and
will have made arrangements for makeup work.
3. The absence shall not cause the missing of more than two consecutive class sessions.
In the case of any student missing a class in which an exam, quiz, or other major assignment is scheduled,
the student should directly notify the instructor prior to the scheduled class, or at least within 24 hours of
the absence.
If there is some question in the mind of the instructor as to the legitimacy of the claim to illness, then the
instructor may ask the student to obtain a medical excuse from a medical doctor or clinic within 24 hours of
the notification.
For extended illness or hospitalization, students living in residence halls should notify the residence hall
director. After verification of such illness the director shall notify the registrar, and the registrar shall inform
all the instructors who have that student in class.
If the requirements for a course include the giving of any written examinations, then the last examination, whether comprehensive or not, whether in class or take-home, shall be given or due during
the final examination period at the time scheduled for that course. A comprehensive final examination is encouraged.
Scheduling of testing activities (as well as co-curricular) during the week prior to semester examinations should be sensitive to end-of-semester demands on all members of the campus community.
No major examinations shall be given in full-semester courses during the final examination period for
first half-semester courses.
The final examination period for full-semester courses consists of four days, with exams as evenly
distributed among these days as is possible. Exam periods should be scheduled so that no student is
likely to have more than two in-class exams on a given day. If more than two exams are scheduled
for a given student, a request for change may be made to the Registrar.
Requests for exceptions to the final exam schedule other than that noted in #3 above must be
submitted in writing to the Dean of Faculty. Exceptions will be made only in cases of illness or
personal or family emergency. No exceptions will be made due to conflicts with outside work commitment or transportation plans. All transportation plans must be built around the final exam
Final examinations for evening classes are scheduled within the regular final exam period.
The final examination period for half-semester courses scheduled during the second half of either
semester shall coincide with the exam period for full-semester courses. For half-semester courses
scheduled during the first half of either semester, there shall be a two-day final examination period
immediately prior to midterm break, using the regular class schedule for those days, with the last
regular class period prior to the final examination being designated a study period, with no class
meeting to be held.
Incompletes shall be given only when the student has had serious unavoidable difficulty such as extended
illness or family affliction. It shall not be given simply because a student has not met course requirements
by the end of the course. An incomplete grade must be removed within six weeks after the end of the
course through individual arrangements made between the student and the instructor.
A student's progress is based on the number of credits attempted at Northwestern College and if applicable, any credits transferred in, and the cumulative grade point average. Students must earn at least a
cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 and successfully complete a minimum of 124 earned credit
hours in order graduate and earn a degree from Northwestern. This SAP policy is the same for all students, regardless of whether they receive Title IV assistance, and whether they are full or part-time.
Satisfactory Academic Progress is reviewed at the end of each academic semester. A student is making
satisfactory academic progress toward graduation if he or she has completed the attempted the credits
and earned the necessary cumulative grade point average as explained below.
Federal regulations require that students who receive federal financial aid must make satisfactory academic progress towards degree completion. Satisfactory Academic Progress is defined by the federal
government using both qualitative and quantitative measures:
1). Qualitative measure - Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
Cumulative Grade Point Average Progress Chart
Placed on probation when
minimum cumulative GPA Suspended when cumulais below:
tive GPA is below:
0-23. 99
24-54. 99
55 and up
*Academic probation and Financial Aid warning (see Financial Aid warning and probation below)
Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 by the time they reach Junior status, which
is based on the total number of credit hours attempted. Students not making Satisfactory Academic
Progress (SAP) will be placed on academic probation and financial aid warning.
2). Quantitative measure – Ratio of total earned to attempted credits
In order to maintain satisfactory progress towards degree completion at Northwestern College, students
must successfully complete 67% of the cumulative credit hours attempted at all times. Withdrawing from
school, earning NP (No Pass) grades, and/or failing coursework may result in not meeting the 67%
satisfactory completion rate in order to graduate in the time period allowed. Students who successfully
complete 67% of their attempted credits meet the quantitative measure for monitoring satisfactory academic progress. Failure to complete 67% of their attempted credits will be placed on financial aid warning
(see Financial Aid Warning and Probation, p.8).
Duration of financial aid eligibility: Students may attempt no more than 186 credit hours (150% of credit
hours needed to complete a degree program at NWC) in order to maintain their financial aid eligibility. If a
student is unable to complete his/her degree program in the 150% degree completion time frame (12
semesters), financial aid eligibility will be terminated.
Students returning only to earn an additional major are not eligible for financial assistance. Students who
enroll in a 2nd degree or teacher certification may be eligible for financial aid and will have their SAP
calculated using the credit hours beyond the first degree.
Any student whose cumulative GPA is below the minimum standard, based on the total
number of credits attempted, shall be placed on academic probation and financial aid
warning for the following semester.
Any student who would be on academic probation for a second consecutive semester shall
be suspended. An exception will be granted if the student's semester GPA during the semester on probation is above 2. 00. In this case, the student shall be granted a second
semester on academic probation, and would be placed on Financial Aid Probation (see
Financial Aid Warning and Probation, p. ). A student may be granted this exception only one
If the student (on probation) enrolls in summer school classes at Northwestern and earns a
summer GPA below 2.0, the student will be suspended. If the student enrolls in summer
school classes and earns a summer GPA of 2.0 or above, the new cumulative GPA will
determine whether the student is back in good standing or whether the fall semester counts
as a second semester of academic probation.
Any student who would be on probation for a third semester, whether or not any are consecutive, shall be suspended.
Academic suspension means that a student is suspended for a minimum of one semester.
Students wishing to return after one semester must follow the reinstatement process (see
A student is placed on Financial Aid Warning for failing to make the qualitative and/or quantitative
measure of SAP, as outlined by the SAP guidelines above. If a student is placed on Financial Aid
Warning, the student may continue to receive Title IV assistance for one additional semester despite the
fact that they failed to make SAP. No appeal is granted or required.
If a student on Financial Aid Warning fails to make SAP at the end of the semester (or payment period),
and if the student is not academically suspended, the student loses Title IV aid the following semester
unless they appeal (see Financial Aid appeal process below) to be placed on Financial Aid Probation. A
student on Financial Aid Probation may receive Title IV funds for one payment period. At that point, the
student must meet SAP or the requirements of an established individual academic plan in order to
maintain Title IV eligibility.
The financial aid appeal (for students on Financial Aid Warning who again fail to make SAP but are not
academically suspended) will be handled in the same manner as academic suspension appeals. The
student’s appeal must be in writing, and state why they failed to meet SAP as well as what will change to
demonstrate SAP at the end of the next semester. If an appeal is granted, the student will be placed on
Financial Aid Probation and allowed to receive Title IV funds for one additional semester. If making SAP
is not realistic in one semester, the appeal committee may develop an academic plan that, if followed,
will ensure that the student is able to meet SAP standards at a specified point in time. If the appeal is not
granted, the student may not receive Title IV funds until they regain eligibility by taking actions that bring
them back into SAP.
Students placed on academic probation will be permitted to carry a maximum of 13 credits during the next
academic semester.
While on probation, a student will be subject to the regulation of the Academic Affairs Committee concerning participation in college-connected activities.
The following additional guidelines apply to students on academic probation.
1. Students will not be eligible for activity grants in music, theatre or athletics.
2. Students may represent the college in public performance for non-campus audiences only when
such performances are required for an accredited course.
3. Students are allowed to be involved in chapel, intramurals, and on-campus activities of organizations
and clubs. However, these students are not eligible for office or committee chairmanship.
4. Students may participate in off-campus service projects.
5. Students may miss class for an activity only when participation in the activity is a requirement for an
accredited course.
6. Students involved in athletics are ineligible for participating in contests.
7. Students must work closely with their advisor to establish plans for time management and strategies
for improving academic performance.
Any student who would be on academic probation for a second consecutive semester shall be suspended.
An exception will be granted if the student’s semester GPA during the semester on probation is above
2.00. In this case, the student shall be granted a second semester on probation. A student may be granted
this exception only one time. Any student, who would be on probation for a third semester, whether or not
any are consecutive, shall be suspended.
Students may appeal their academic suspension only in cases of extenuating circumstances. An extenuating circumstance is defined as a disruptive, unavoidable circumstance beyond the student's control
(e.g. chronic illness, medical emergency, family crisis, physical attack). Students may not appeal using the
concept of academic amnesty, whereby only certain courses are excluded from GPA calculations.
Students wishing to appeal their academic suspension must submit, either by mail, fax or email attachment, a one-page typed letter, signed and dated, to the Registrar or to the Director of Academic Support
within two weeks of the last day of final exams. The letter should outline 1) the extenuating circumstances
that affected the student, 2) actions the student has taken to address those circumstances so that they will
not influence future academic endeavors, and 3) whether or not the student wishes to attend the appeal
meeting. Letters written by outside persons supporting the appeal must be sent to the Registrar or to the
Director of Academic Support at this time.
Once the student has filed an appeal, the Registrar will notify the chair of the Academic Appeals Work
Group, who will arrange a meeting as soon as possible. The student who is appealing may choose to be
present when the committee considers the appeal; a request for an outside party to be present at the
appeal must be approved by the committee prior to the appeal. If the committee decides the appeal does
not merit further review, the student will be notified of the decision.
If the Academic Appeals Work Group determines the appeal warrants further review, the committee will
convene to consider the appeal. Again, the student may choose to be present when the committee
considers the appeal; a request for an outside party to be present at the appeal must be approved by the
committee prior to the appeal. After the appeal meeting, the student will be notified of the committee's
A student is suspended for a minimum of one semester. Students wishing to return after one semester must submit a Reinstatement Application to the Registrar. Application deadline information is
available from the Office of the Registrar.
B. The Registrar shall provide a copy of the Reinstatement Application to the Director of Admissions,
the Director of Residence Life, the Director of Academic Support and the Director of Financial Aid,
who will provide immediate feedback concerning any specific issues that would prevent the student
from being issued a Reinstatement Eligibility Contract.
C. The student will complete a Reinstatement Eligibility Contract, which will specify the following:
1. The student will provide the name of the institution, the course numbers, the course titles and
the number of credits for each course. At a minimum, the student must take at least 12 credits
(concurrently) at a regionally accredited college and attain at least a 3. 0 grade point average in
those courses. Type and level of difficulty of each course will also be factors.
2. The student will provide a verifiable plan to reverse past academic and personal patterns that
hindered the student’s success at Northwestern College.
3. The Registrar will provide various academic scenarios showing what courses and grades are
needed at Northwestern College to attain good academic standing, should the student be
All reinstatement application materials (Reinstatement Application, Reinstatement Eligibility Contract, and any academic transcripts) should be in the hands of the Registrar by the appropriate
Upon receipt of ALL reinstatement materials, the Registrar shall notify the chair of the Academic
Appeals Work Group, who will schedule a meeting. The student has the option of meeting with the
committee prior to its deliberation, but must request this option on the Reinstatement Application.
The committee will make a decision within one week after the deadline. The committee decision is
The student shall be promptly notified by a member of the Academic Appeals Work Group of its
decision, which includes a phone call and an official letter providing details of the grounds for the
group’s judgment.
In order for a student to participate in any co-curricular activity at Northwestern, he/she must have passed
at least 24 credits in the previous two semesters of study, with summer school course work to be computed as part of the spring semester. The GPAC conference requires a 1. 75 cumulative GPA for the
second season of competition and a 2. 0 cumulative GPA for the third and fourth seasons of competition.
Students are required to file a declaration of academic major form in the Office of the Registrar by the end
of the sophomore year, prior to registering for classes as a junior. Sophomores registering for their junior
semester will be unable to register for classes until a form is on file in the Office of the Registrar. If the
student’s present faculty advisor is not a faculty member in the department in which the student has
declared a major, the student should request an advisor change, using the Advisor Change Form.
Students who wish to make a change in their declared major or who wish to declare an additional major
may do so at any time by notifying the Office of the Registrar.
Transcripts are processed in the Office of the Registrar. In accordance with federal law, transcripts cannot be
released without the written consent of the student. Transcripts are $5 each for non-completers. There is no
fee for graduates and current students of Northwestern College. Transcripts should be sent directly to another college or university or to an official of an organization. All transcripts released to the student will be
stamped “issued to student.” This advises a third party that the student had personal possession of the
transcript. Because this transcript bears the Northwestern seal, it is still considered an official document. No
transcript (or diploma) will be released until all financial obligations to the college have been met.
Transcripts or credits earned at high school or other colleges are not available for distribution by Northwestern College. These transcripts must be requested from the school awarding the credit. For information on ACT or SAT scores, students should inquire at their high school.
Students who wish to withdraw from college during a semester must obtain a withdrawal form from the
Student Life Office and complete the withdrawal process by obtaining the necessary signatures. Students
will be granted honorable dismissal and receive W’s in their registered courses provided the withdrawal
process is completed within the time limit for dropping courses (the 25th class day of the term for half
semester courses or the 50th class day for full semester courses). Determination of tuition, room and board
refunds is based upon the date the student initiates the withdrawal process. A student who is unable to
complete a semester’s course work due to serious physical, emotional or psychological distress may
qualify for special consideration. Such students must be recommended by the Director of Counseling
Services to the Dean of Student Life or the Provost, who have the authority to make voluntary or involuntary medical leave decisions and to authorize other college officials (i. e. , financial aid, comptroller) to
make decisions based on contextual or individual circumstances. Such students leaving prior to the
deadline for dropping classes with a “W” will withdraw from the college with W’s for all courses, as would
any other student. A student who is withdrawing under the special withdrawal policy after the official drop
deadline may be granted W’s for all courses or (with the professor’s approval) incompletes for all courses.
Students taking an “I” will have until six weeks following the end of that semester to complete the course
work. If the course is not completed, the grade for that course will revert to a “W. ” Students who leave
college without completing the official withdrawal process (or after the deadline for dropping courses) may
not be granted honorable dismissal. A grade of “F” is given in each course in which they were registered.
Note: All completed withdrawal forms must be returned to the Student Life Office within two weeks of
notifying either the Registrar’s Office or the Student Life Office of the student’s intent to withdraw from
college. If this two-week period falls within the last two weeks of the semester, the completed withdrawal
form must be returned by the last day of classes.
In order to provide a safe environment conducive to the achievement of the college mission, the college
may require a student to withdraw involuntarily when his/ her behavior or physical or psychological disorder is incompatible with minimal standards of academic performance and/or community life. Students to
whom this policy applies include (but are not limited to):
1. Students who are deemed to be a significant risk to the health and safety of others. Danger to others
is here defined to include a risk of assault substantially above the norm for college students, which
necessitates unusual measures to monitor, supervise, treat, protect, or restrain the student to ensure
his or her safety and the safety of others.
2. Students whose behavior is severely disruptive to others. Disruptive is defined to include behavior
which causes emotional and or physical distress to other students and/or staff substantially above
that normally experienced in daily life. Such disruption may be in the form of a single incident or a
pattern of behavior.
3. Students (a) who do not comply with assessment, treatment, or other behavioral guidelines required
by college officials and/or (b) whose behavior or physical condition is likely to deteriorate to the point
of permanent disability or dysfunction without such assessment and/or treatment.
4. Students whose physical or psychological disorder requires highly specialized services beyond those
available locally and whose condition may deteriorate (as in #3 above) without additional resources.
The Director of Student Counseling Services, and where appropriate, the Nurse Practitioner and/or
Disabilities Specialist, will evaluate the student and make a recommendation regarding the student’s
condition to the Dean of Student Life. The Dean of Student Life has the authority to make involuntary
withdrawal decisions and may authorize other college officials to make the decision based on contextual and individual circumstances. A student has the right to appeal this decision according to the
appeals process outlined in the student life section under “Discipline.”
Each student who is accepted for enrollment must pay an enrollment deposit of $100 upon notification of
acceptance. This deposit allows students to register for classes and reserve housing for each semester.
Once students conclude their education at Northwestern, the deposit is refunded provided the student has
no outstanding bills. Enrolled students, who pre-register and later decide not to return to school in the fall,
must notify the Office of the Registrar before July 1 of the school year. Students registered for second
semester must notify the Office of the Registrar of their withdrawal before classes start in January. Failure
to notify the office will result in forfeiting the $100 enrollment deposit.
A student suspended from the college for disciplinary purposes for a specified period of time within a
semester shall fail all in-class academic course work during the period of suspension but shall be
held responsible for the content of all such work upon returning to the college.
A student dismissed from the college for disciplinary reasons after the drop deadline will receive a
grade of either W or WF in each course. A grade of W is reserved for courses which the student is
currently passing. For each course, this determination will be made by the instructor and will be
based upon all course materials due before the time of withdrawal. Students citing and providing
evidence for extenuating circumstances may appeal to the office of the Provost to change a withdrawal-based WF to a W.
A student dismissed from the college for academic dishonesty will receive a grade of “F” for all courses.
Student records are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley
Amendment) and state of Iowa statutes regarding freedom of information and privacy protection.
The following is a list of directory information that may be made available regarding students of the college
without their prior consent and is considered part of the public record for their attendance:
Student’s name, local address, permanent address, e-mail address, photos and telephone numbers
(including cell phone numbers)
Date and place of birth
Student photo (Campus Directory)
Names and dates of previous high schools and colleges attended
Classification (Fr/So/Jr/Sr), enrollment status (full time/part time)
Major field of study
Dates of attendance and anticipated date of graduation
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Weight and height of athletic team members
Degrees and awards granted (where and when received)
Name, address and telephone number of parents, guardians and/or spouse
The student is entitled to request that any or all of this information not be made publicly available. Such a
request must be made in writing to the college Registrar during the first ten days of the semester. The
non-disclosure hold on directory information shall remain in effect until the student requests the institution
to remove it.
All requests for student directory information must be authorized by the college Registrar who is the data
steward for such information. A student’s written permission is required for the release of any
non-directory information. Examples of non-directory information include grade transcripts and student
social security numbers. If you have a question concerning release of student information, contact the
college Registrar. (Note - In addition to the college’s liability for knowingly violating the Buckley amendment, individuals are also held personally liable for knowingly violating this legislation.)
Consent by the student is not required when the disclosure is to other school officials within the college who
have a legitimate educational interest. He or she must require the student’s education records in the course of
performing his or her instructional, supervisory, advisory, and administrative duties for the college.
The student also has the right to inspect and review his/her educational records in the Office of the
Registrar and may do so by making an oral or written request to the college Registrar. Students may be
asked to present a valid college identification card or a valid photograph ID when making the request.
Students do not have the right to view another student’s records. The official must respond within forty-five
days of the request by arranging an appointment for the student to review the records. The student has the
right to an explanation of any information contained in the record.
Upon written request and for a set fee, an official grade transcript may be ordered by the student. No
transcript will be released to a third party without the prior written consent of the student.
Northwestern College is a Christian academic community committed to integrity and honesty in all intellectual
and academic matters. All students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow the highest standards of honesty
and ethical behavior. In addition, as members of the campus community all students, faculty, and staff have a
responsibility to help other members of the community to demonstrate integrity in their actions.
Behavior that violates academic integrity can take a variety of forms, including, but not limited to, cheating
on tests, quizzes, papers, and projects; plagiarism or the encouragement and/or provision of materials for
the expressed purpose of such acts; using unauthorized material; and the willful misrepresentation of
evidence and arguments.
If an instructor suspects that cheating or plagiarism has occurred, the instructor will consult with the
department chair (or another faculty member). In the case of plagiarism, the instructor will consult
with the department chair or another colleague using a blind copy of the paper. If the violation is
verified, or if the instructor believes that a student has cheated, the instructor shall confront the
student with the charge. The student shall have an opportunity to confirm or deny the allegation. If
the instructor is not able to confront the student, the instructor shall notify the student of the intent to
take disciplinary action.
a. If the student confesses to the charge of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall assess the
case, determine the penalty, and file an academic dishonesty report with the Office of the
Provost; the student shall retain the right to appeal the penalty to the Dean of the Faculty.
b. If the student denies the charge, but the instructor remains convinced of the accuracy of the
charge, the instructor may yet enforce the penalty; the student shall have the right to appeal
either the charge or the penalty to the Dean of the Faculty.
c. If after confronting the student, the faculty member believes that academic dishonesty has
occurred; the faculty member will inform the student of the details of the appeal process and file
an academic dishonesty report with the Office of the Provost.
d. The ordinary penalty for a first offense shall be a failing grade for the assignment, test, or quiz
in which the academic dishonesty occurred. The usual penalty may be modified, at the discretion of the instructor, to allow for greater or lesser penalties, ranging from a lower grade on
the assignment to a failing grade in the course.
If the case of academic dishonesty represents a second offense for a student in his/her college
career, the Dean of the Faculty, after the challenge period is over or after all challenges have run
their course, will meet with the student to discuss the penalty for a second offense. The penalty will
normally result in a suspension from Northwestern College for the remainder of the semester and the
entire following semester. However the penalty may be as severe as a permanent expulsion from the
College. The student shall have the right to appeal the penalty to the Provost.
A written record of all cases of academic dishonesty shall be maintained in the Office of the Provost for
the duration of the student’s academic career at Northwestern College.
If a student is suspended for academic dishonesty, the transcript will permanently record that the
student has been academically suspended and the effective date. After five years the student may
request in writing to the Provost for Academic Forgiveness to be noted on the transcript. If approved,
the Academic Forgiveness notation will be listed on the transcript, along with the Academic Suspension notation, and the date that forgiveness was granted.
The student shall have five school days to submit a written appeal of a faculty member’s decision to
the Dean of the Faculty. The Academic Appeal Work Group (FHB 4. 3. 8. 1) will be convened within
five school days of the receipt of the appeal.
The Work Group shall review both the charges of academic dishonesty and the penalty imposed.
The Work Group shall hear testimony from the student and the instructor.
The Work Group shall vote on whether to sustain or dismiss the charge of academic dishonesty and
whether to sustain, modify, or dismiss the penalty. The work group has 24 hours after the hearing of
the appeal to make a decision. This decision will be final.
Northwestern College constitutes a Christian academic community, and any policy formulated to deal with
plagiarism, cheating, and other kinds of academic dishonesty shall take that fact seriously. Because it is
an academic community, all shall follow the practice of giving proper acknowledgment to others for their
thoughts, ideas and words whenever we make use of them. Because it is a Christian community, it is
necessary to obey God’s commandment to respect and acknowledge the ownership of intellectual as well
as material property. This formal policy is an expression of Northwestern College’s commitment to integrity
and honesty in all intellectual and academic matters.
Cheating is the unauthorized use of sources or materials on exams, the use of prohibited material for
assignments, or any attempt to deceive an instructor concerning assignments or activities which affect an
assignment or course grade. Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to, the following:
use of, or clear attempt to use, unauthorized materials for an examination or use of materials for
completion of an assignment which the instructor has prohibited the students to use.
b) providing unauthorized assistance to, or receiving unauthorized assistance from, another person on
an exam.
c) providing assistance to, or receiving assistance from, another person on an assignment where an
instructor has clearly forbidden such assistance.
d) resubmission of work previously or simultaneously submitted in another course, without the explicit
permission of the instructor.
e) falsifying data or other information for a course assignment.
The use of unauthorized electronic devices in the classroom during exams, tests or quizzes. Or the
use of an authorized electronic device if such a device has transmitting capability and this ability has
not been discussed and approved by the classroom instructor prior to the exam, quiz, or test.
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s work, words, images or ideas as one’s own. Examples of
plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:
a) The unacknowledged use of words, ideas, or data from any published or unpublished source,
including Internet sources and other students. Any ideas or information a student obtains from a
source, whether or not directly quoted, must be appropriately acknowledged and referenced.
b) Improperly quoting a source. Any phrase directly taken from a source must be placed in quotation
marks and cited. Any failure to indicate a direct quotation is considered plagiarism, even if the source
is cited. Any paraphrase (restatement of an idea in one’s own words) must be cited.
The instructor should clarify what constitutes plagiarism and correct citation within a given course.
Location: Ramaker Center, 1st floor
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sandi Altena, Director, 712-707-7254
The Franken Leadership Center is about engaging ideas, connecting the classroom to the community, and
responding to our call to serve God, humanity and creation. The FLC is committed to fostering excellent
experiential learning opportunities for students that deepen their knowledge base, help them connect the
classroom to God's world, enrich their lives, and prepare them for service in God's kingdom. Staff at the
FLC partner with students and faculty to enhance student engagement and promote academic success.
The Franken Leadership Center offers the following programs:
п‚· CARLSON PROGRAM: Creates high-impact academic internship opportunities with alumni
and friends of Northwestern and promotes the LEAD Scholars program, a professional development seminar that develops leadership gifts in high-achieving students
п‚· ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING: Works with faculty to incorporate meaningful academic
service-learning opportunities into courses and collects institutional data regarding annual
academic service-learning opportunities for students
п‚· ADVENTURE EDUCATION: Develops opportunities such as first-year experiences for new
For further information regarding the Franken Leadership Center, please visit "The Franken Leadership
Center" at MYNWC/Academics.
Location: Ramaker Center. 1st floor
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
[email protected]
William Hyndman, Director of Global Education, 707-7055
Justine Jackovich, Coordinator of Global Education Programs, 707-7223
Nancy Landhuis, Off-Campus Program Coordinator, 707-7225
The Global Education Center is committed to providing safe, educational, and enriching study abroad
opportunities for NWC students. The GEC oversees off-campus programs, including Northwestern
semester and summer programs as well as any other off-campus programs NWC students attend for
academic credit. Northwestern College is committed to providing “a liberal arts education…that assists in
the understanding of and appreciation for the riches of our cultural heritage and the riches and diversity of
other cultures.” (The Goals of Northwestern College, Catalog, p. 1) As part of that commitment, the college
offers a variety of opportunities to study off-campus both domestically and abroad.
The college offers study abroad programs in locations on every continent. The Romania Semester (Fall
term) and Oman Semester (Spring term) are NWC’s own international programs, providing an exciting
combination of academic study and service learning in the post-communist culture of Romania and
religious dialog and intercultural experience in a Middle Eastern country. Other study abroad opportunities
include the semester programs of the CCCU, the Creation Care Studies Programs, as well as others listed
on the Study Abroad webpage. We are also pleased to offer our own domestic program in Denver, Colorado, each spring semester. The program combines internships with non-profit organizations and academic courses that introduce and prepare students for life and work in an urban environment. Other
domestic off-campus semesters include the Chicago Semester and several CCCU programs, also listed
on the webpage. Many off-campus semesters offer internships and students earn 15-16 credits toward
graduation. These credits usually meet several General Education requirements, such as the language
and cross-cultural requirements, as well as requirements towards one’s major or minor.
Federal financial aid applies for all approved semester programs. All your institutional financial aid applies
to the three established NWC programs in Romania, Oman, and Denver. To see how much of your
institutional financial aid applies to any other off-campus partner programs, please visit our website or the
Global Education Office.
For the Romania, Denver, and Oman Semesters, NWC sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.0 GPA
or higher are encouraged to apply. A 2.5 GPA or higher is required for all other off-campus semester
Key Date: for all non-NWC programs, the application deadline is February 10 (or the next business day if
February 10 falls on a weekend), of the school year prior to attending the program. Note: deadline extensions are possible for NWC semester, depending on program enrollment.
For further information and to discover the options for Off-Campus Semesters, please visit our website at: or contact us at the phone numbers provided above.
Each year Northwestern College offers NWC students the opportunity to study abroad during the summer
term with an NWC faculty leader. These programs are short-term, usually three to four weeks, and are
designed by members of the NWC faculty who determine the location, content and disciplinary focus of the
program. These programs are also designed specifically to meet the general education cross-cultural
requirement and earn at least four credits. They differ from semester study abroad and off-campus programs in that they are short-term, completely administered by NWC, and led by NWC faculty members.
SSA programs provide an excellent opportunity for students to engage a culture different from their own
within the comfort of an intimate group and NWC faculty-led environment. The short-term nature enables
students to both study abroad and seek employment over the summer months. Also, the summer timeline means that the programs do not overlap with academic year opportunities and responsibilities. Past
SSA destinations include China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel,
Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Oman, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tanzania, and
Key Dates:
November 15:
Summer Study Abroad Programs and faculty leaders announced
February 1:
Application Deadline
For further information about NWC Summer Study Abroad Programs and opportunities, visit our website
at: or contact us at the phone numbers provided above.
(For 2nd Half and Full Semester Classes)
Fall 2014
The final exam schedule for the fall will be different than last year:
Exam Day & Time
Monday, December 5
8:00 – 10:00 am
10:30 – 12:30 pm
2:00 – 4:00 am
Tuesday, December 16
8:00 – 10:00 am
10:30 - 12:30 pm
2:00 – 4:00 pm
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Class Day & Time
MWF 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
MWF 7:45 am – 8:45 am
TTh 12:05 pm-1:35 pm
TTh 7:45 am – 9:15 am
TTh 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
MWF 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tuesday Evening Courses
Wednesday, December 17
8:00 – 10:00 am
10:30 – 12:30 pm
2:00 – 4:00 pm
7:00 – 9:00 pm
MWF 10:40 – 11:40 pm
MWF 3:20 - 4:20 pm
MWF 2:10 - 3:10 pm
Wednesday Evening Courses
Thursday, December 18
8:00 – 10:00 am
10:30 – 12:30 pm
2:00 – 4:00 pm
7:00 - 9:00 pm
TTh 9:25 - 10:55 am
MWF 8:55 - 9:55 am
MWF 4:30 - 5:30 pm; TTh 3:25 – 4:55 pm
Thursday Evening Courses
All courses running four or five days per week will have their exams according to the first
named day.
Courses whose meeting times fall within the above class days and times will follow the respective final exam day and time.
All double period classes will have their exam according to the first named period.
No exams are to be given other than the scheduled time.
Changes in Final Exam times are granted for only three reasons:
1. A student has three or more final exams on the same day. No student is expected to
take more than two in-class examinations on a given day per Section 4. 32 of the
Northwestern College faculty handbook.
2. Illness. The illness must be severe enough to require medical treatment and a
student may be asked to provide a doctor’s note verifying the illness.
3. A personal or family emergency.
You may go to the Registrar’s Office for a Final Exam Change Form, or you may print one
from this link: http://intranet. nwciowa. edu/registrar/Forms/FinalExamChange. aspx.
This form must be signed and returned no later than 5:00 pm Friday, December 5. Any exceptions to the final exam schedule, other than noted above, must be made by the Dean of
Faculty, upon written request of the student. Exceptions will be made only in cases of illness or
personal or family emergency. No exceptions will be made due to conflicts with outside work
commitment or transportation plans. All transportation plans must be built around the final
exam schedule.
Location: Ramaker Center, 2nd floor
Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 712-707-7200
Julie Elliott, Dean of Student Life
Marlon Haverdink, Director of Residence Life
Darla Hettinga, Administrative Assistant
At Northwestern College, we believe that education is about more than the transmission of ideas. While it
is important that you learn to think deeply and critically while you are in college, it is also crucial that you
learn to live in community with people who are different than you, that you come to recognize beauty and
truth in people and places you might not expect, that you grow in character and wisdom, that you gain a
sense of your strengths and weaknesses, and that you grow in the knowledge and love of God. In other
words, your education is about your personal, social, spiritual, and intellectual transformation. It is about
ordering your ideas and ordering your loves. A good education will enable you to discern your gifts and
direct them to the glory of God. The student life division exists to help you pursue this end.
Northwestern seeks to protect the privacy of each student. For information regarding students’ records,
see “Confidentiality of Student Records” in the Academic Affairs section of this handbook
Upon registration, each student is issued an identification card by the Student Life Office, which is to be
carried at all times. The card is for college identification and must be presented on request by any college
official. The card serves as a key to gain access to residence halls and apartments, a meal ticket, a library
card, a RSC pass, and a pass for admittance to athletic, dramatic, and other campus events. The use of
the card by any person other than the named student is prohibited. Failure to use the card properly will
result in disciplinary action.
It is the responsibility of the student to keep the card in good operating condition. Do not bend, fold,
puncture or otherwise damage the card. Any problems with the ID or requests for replacement should be
directed to the Student Life Office. There will be a $10 charge for a replacement ID card.
Location: Ramaker Center, 1st floor
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM when classes are in session
Phone: 712-707-7190
Harlan Van Oort, Chaplain
Barb Dewald, Associate Dean of Christian Formation
Patrick Hummel, Director of Missions
Heather Josselyn-Cranson, Associate Professor of Music; Director of Music Ministries
Kendall Stanislav, North Suites Resident Director; Justice and Service Ministries Coordinator
Rachel Te Grootenhuis, Spiritual Formation Office Manager
Michelle Holthaus, Campus Ministry Administrative Assistant
Campus Ministry at Northwestern College exists to equip the college community for the lifelong task of
spiritual formation. In community and as individuals we develop the practices of study, worship, prayer and
service for spiritual growth.
A Christian liberal arts experience seeks to be a holistic experience, shaping outlook, values, attitudes,
and behavior that seeks the good of another before oneself. The Christian faith is the center upon which
NWC frames and lives its life in community. Campus Ministry supports this specifically. Stop by and
investigate the opportunities and resources available for your growth at Northwestern.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:05 – 10:30 AM
Tuesday: 11:05 – 11:55 AM (double chapel credit)
No regular chapel service on Thursday.
The chapel program provides a vehicle for a variety of worship expression, biblical instruction and challenge, provocative exchange of ideas, and personal sharing, all vital aspects needed for Christians living,
growing, and working together in an academic community.
Within Orange City and the surrounding communities there are a number of churches. Each student is
encouraged to become involved with one of the local congregations as Sunday morning worship services
are not held on campus.
The Campus Ministry staff members are available to talk with students about personal and spiritual
problems and concerns. They work in cooperation with the campus counseling services at 712-707-7321.
For further information, check the counseling services section in the handbook.
Because we expect NWC graduates will lead in their communities, churches, and workplaces, campus
ministry places a high value on equipping students to lead as well as participate in ministry. Working
alongside ministry staff, students learn and contribute through paid and volunteer leadership opportunities
such as leading a campus ministry team, spring service project team or discipleship group.
Each ministry area (worship, discipleship, justice and service, missions) has several student leaders
working together to effectively organize and carry out the purpose of the ministry.
Sunday Night Praise and Worship: Weekly Sunday Night Praise and Worship Services (led and
coordinated by the P & W Team).
Travel Worship Teams: Student teams visit area churches and conduct all or part of their worship
Chapel Music Team: Chapel music team contributes to music and other aspects of campus chapel
Chapel Assistants: Students with experience in visual arts, theatre, the written and spoken word, or
music assist in integrating the arts more fully into worship.
Campus Discipleship: Provides opportunities to learn about God through studying Scripture and
practicing the spiritual disciplines, campus retreats and other individual and group spiritual formation
Hall Discipleship: Hall coordinators partner with Residence Life staff and Discipleship Group Leaders in
each hall to strengthen the spiritual life of all hall residents.
Discipleship Groups: Peer-led small groups meet weekly on campus to provide a setting where students can
explore and grow in their faith together. These groups bring together faith, learning, and living through study,
community, worship, and mission.
This team leads students in ministry to the community through acts of service and promoting campus
awareness of justice issues involving people who are hungry, homeless, underrepresented, or in prison.
Activities may include:
• Campus-wide Days of Service
• Prison ministries
Connections with the local Hispanic community
Promoting issues of justice through film viewings, group discussions, educational opportunities, and
justice campaigns on campus
Encouraging spiritual growth on campus by connecting issues of justice with Christian living
This team facilitates opportunities for students to minister cross-culturally by assisting those engaged in
Christian missions.
• Summer of Service: Sends NWC students around the world to partner with existing mission work
each summer.
• Spring Service Projects: Teams led by students and advised by faculty or staff, assisting domestic
and global ministries during Spring Break.
Location: Ramaker Center, 1st floor
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday; evening by appointment
Phone: 712-707-7225
Bill Minnick, Director
Kirsten Brue, Career Counselor
Nancy Landhuis, Program Coordinator
The Career Development Center (CDC) is open year round and provides personal, professional service to
students and alumni in career planning and job search. Information on various businesses, social agencies, government associations, and graduate schools is available in the CDC. The staff assists students in
developing an understanding of themselves and the world of work, and then builds on that understanding
so that effective career decisions can be made. In addition to its work in career planning, the CDC also
works in career placement, maintaining a professional credential file, giving notification of position vacancies, arranging for interviews, and filing descriptive literature regarding potential employers. The CDC
also helps students discover their strengths through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest
Inventory, Career Direct Computerized Career Assessment, and Strengths Quest. It also assists students
in resume-writing, interviewing, job hunting, and securing internships.
Students interested in more information about Northwestern’s internship program should see the director
of the program early in his/her college career and inform his/her advisor so that an internship can be
scheduled in the students’ junior or senior year.
To receive an internship, students must:
1. Submit an application and apply early, as placements are competitive.
2. Prepare a resume and submit it with your application.
3. Submit at least three recommendation forms including two from Northwestern faculty members and
one from a Northwestern student development or campus ministry professional.
4. Submit a copy of your current transcript.
5. Deadline dates for completed applications and any additional forms:
Spring internships: September 30
Summer internships: February 1
Fall internships: March 1st or the Monday prior to spring break if March 1 falls during break
6. Internship placements are competitive and are not guaranteed. Placement into an internship is a
group effort between the student, the faculty advisor and the Director of Career Development.
Location: Ramaker Center, 1st floor
Hours: Monday –Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Kevin McMahan, Associate Dean for Intercultural Affairs – 712-707-7016
Ming Chen (Grace) Lo Rohrer, International Student Counselor –Phone: 712-707-7033
Rahn Franklin, Jr., Academic Support & Diversity Specialist – 712-707-7034
The Intercultural Development Office builds knowledge, awareness, and skills for justly and lovingly
engaging the diverse wholeness of our community and our world. Services provided include support for
students from other cultures, intercultural activities and programs, international student recruitment and
financial aid, non-immigrant visa advising, English as a Second Language programs, and promotion of
intercultural competence throughout the campus community.
Location: Ramaker Center, 1st floor
Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 712-707-7200
Aaron Beadner, Director of Student Programs and First-Year Experience, 712- 707-7206
The Student Activities Office provides a variety of social, recreational, and cultural opportunities for the
Northwestern community. The Student Activities Council (SAC) is comprised of four student-led programming committees: Stage Production and Concerts, Games and Competition Team, and Dance
Events, and Mid-week Programming. Each committee is responsible for planning and implementing
events that provide significant and memorable experiences for the student body. If you love planning
events and want to get involved please contact Aaron Beadner to join a planning team.
In the fall, winter and spring, Northwestern College welcomes new students to campus through the Envision program (new student orientation). The O-Staff consists of approximately 40 student leaders who
are committed to the mission of welcoming and establishing relationships with new students as they begin
their time at Northwestern. Envision offers a variety of events and programs that are designed to give new
students a perspective on the academic, spiritual, and social aspects of campus life.
The First-Year Experience aims to help new students have a first year that is as successful as it is
memorable. First-year programming initiatives, such as Thrive Workshops, are geared toward helping
students learn the skills to adjust to college life.
Location: Rowenhorst Student Center (RSC)
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: 712-707-7321
Email: [email protected] edu
Sally Oakes Edman, Ph. D. , Director of Counseling Services
Joan Andres, LMFT, LMHC, Therapist
Michelle Van Wyhe, DNP, ARNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner
Lila Simmelink, Office Manager
The Wellness Center provides services designed to keep students healthy in mind and body, in order to
equip you to live healthy and independent lives and to be fully ready for whatever God calls you to. We
want to be a resource for whatever you need to know: how to prevent injuries, deal with disappointments,
recover from an illness, or how to make stress work for you. Services will be provided with respect for the
unique needs of each student in a safe, confidential setting.
The Wellness Center provides professional assessment and therapy at no cost for those students who
are facing emotional, personal or relational difficulties. We also assist students in developing strategies for
handling problems of daily living. All full-time students are welcome to use these services within the limits
of appointment availability. Students may choose to seek help during times of personal difficulty for issues
such as: depression, death of a loved one, traumatic family experiences, sexual assault, suicidal thoughts,
eating disorders, body image issues, drug/alcohol abuse, adjustment difficulties, medical/health problems,
identity issues, stress, relational/roommate issues, dating, violence, pornography, addiction, anxiety, or
with any other personal concerns. The Wellness Center offers individual counseling, couples counseling,
assessment and evaluation, information and referral, consultation, crisis intervention, and workshops on
requested topics. Books and other printed resources are also available for students to borrow.
A certified nurse practitioner is available on a part-time basis to students for their physical health concerns.
The nurse practitioner is available for the assessment and treatment of illness or injury, routine physical
exams, women’s gynecological exams, blood pressure checks, and is happy to provide information
regarding a wide variety of health related topics. Health services are provided through an arrangement with Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS). Regular clinic charges will apply to health
visits. Because it is convenient and geared toward student needs, students will generally want to seek
assistance in the Wellness Center before going off-campus. However, off-campus referrals are offered by
the Wellness Center when students prefer an outside referral or when the Wellness Center schedule is
filled to capacity.
If you are sick, injured, or have a psychological or emotional crisis after regular office hours, contact your
RA or RD. RD’s have access to the on-call therapist. For medical emergencies, each RD maintains a first
aid medical kit containing minor medical items for student use. Orange City also has a medical clinic that
has served the college for many years. A community hospital and emergency room (located one mile east
of the college on Highway 10) is available 24 hours a day. 8-911 access is available. In the event of a
minor illness, the student should isolate him/herself as much as possible to prevent the spread of disease
throughout the residence area. Sick tray requests may be obtained through the RA.
Students are not automatically covered by the college in case of illness or injury that requires off-campus
medical attention or hospitalization. Northwestern offers a group plan of student health insurance for
accident and hospitalization. A student who is not fully covered by a family health care policy is
strongly urged to purchase this coverage or purchase a medical policy on their own. This policy is
not a blanket policy covering all expenses, but it does provide adequate coverage. An enrollment form and
an information brochure for international students are available from Northwestern College’s Business
Office. Domestic students should review plan details and apply online at
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
Location: Ramaker Center, 2nd floor
Phone: 712-707-7200
Marlon Haverdink, Director of Residence Life
Alyssum Anderson – Fern Smith Hall Resident Director –- 712-707-7213
Brittany Caffey – Bolks and Courtyard Village Apartments Resident Director – 712-707-7214
Dustin Hamm – Colenbrander Hall Resident Director – 712-707-7211
Corey Kundert – Hospers Hall Resident Director –712-707-7219
Hannah McBride – Stegenga Hall Resident Director – 712-707-7216
Kendall Stanislav – North Suites Hall Resident Director &
Justice and Service Ministries Coordinator – 712-707-7212
At Northwestern, student housing provides students with more than a roof over their heads and a place to
study. Our residence life program plays an integral role in Northwestern’s mission as a Christian academic
community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow
Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world. Northwestern’s Vision for Learning guides the
efforts of residence life staff to foster a supportive environment that prepares students to:
1) Trust, love, and worship God
2) Engage ideas
3) Connect knowledge and experience
4) Respond to God’s call
The residential facilities and programs provide students with the unique opportunity to live, interact, and
learn with a wide variety of people that often have differing backgrounds, interests, and values. This
environment provides students with the chance to develop meaningful relationships and the skills necessary to be effective community members.
The Director of Residence Life oversees the Residence Life program at Northwestern. This includes
casting a vision for the Residence Life staff, selecting, training, and supervising staff members, overseeing
the housing sign-up process, overseeing the restorative discipline process, and administering the Residence Life budget.
Resident Directors (RDs) are professional, full-time members of the Student Life staff who live on campus
in the residence halls and are supervised by the Director of Residence Life. RDs are responsible for the
administration and operation of the residence halls as well as providing counseling and leadership to
campus residents.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-classman students who assist the RDs by being role models for
smaller groups of students. They serve as resources, liaisons between students and staff, and informal
counselors. Through close contact with their peers, RAs challenge students to make the most of their
integrated learning experience.
Residence facilities for men include Colenbrander Hall, West Hall, North Suites Hall, Courtyard Village
Apartments, and the Bolks Apartments. Fern Smith Hall, Hospers Hall, Stegenga Hall, Courtyard Village
Apartments, and the Bolks Apartments provide housing for women. There is also one house that the
college uses for theme housing and when space permits up to ten Courtyard Village apartments can be
designated as married housing. Any student who is married or who will be married during the academic
year qualifies for married student housing.
An important aspect of Northwestern College is a student’s residence life experience. Holistic education
seeks to develop well-rounded individuals and living in a NWC residence hall provides opportunity for
growth, development, and learning outside of the classroom. As a residential college, Northwestern
desires to have all students live in campus housing. All non-commuting students are required to reside in
residence halls unless permission is granted by the Dean of Student Life, upon adequate grounds for
residence elsewhere.
A “commuting student” is understood to be either a married student or an unmarried student living at home
with his/her parents. All other exceptions require approval of the Student Life Office, and may be granted: 1) if
a student is above 23 years of age; 2) if a student’s parents request permission for him/her to live with a close
relative who is married and has an established home in or near Orange City; 3) if required by physician for
health (physical, mental) reasons (Contact the Student Life Office for appropriate documentation); 4) for
fifth-year seniors; or 5) for off-campus program/internship/student teaching.
If residence halls are filled to capacity, a seniority selection system for approved students will be initiated
for off-campus housing. All commuters must abide by campus policies for community living.
A student who will not be living in one of the college residence halls must complete the form “Application
for Commuter Classification” as part of the registration procedure. Registration will not be considered
complete until it is submitted. If a student pays room and board costs to Northwestern College, the expectation is that the student will live in residential housing.
International students are expected to reside on campus their first year at Northwestern College regardless of class rank or program. The goal is that they may have a North American roommate and benefit
from residential life and hopefully experience a sense of Christian community. This also encourages
English usage, fuller integration into campus life, and the benefits of the Student Life support system (e.g.,
RDs, RAs, food service, etc.).
Housing sign-up for the fall semester will take place in the spring. Sign-ups for cottage and apartment
housing occur first, followed by sign-ups in the residence halls. Specific information regarding housing
sign-ups can be found online at
Any questions concerning housing should be directed to the Director of Residence Life or Resident
Director. Any attempts to circumvent the process will result in a loss of housing rights. The Student Life
staff reserves the right to appropriate the available spaces in the residence halls as they may be needed.
Any open space in the residence houses or apartments may be filled at the discretion of the Student Life
staff as space is needed.
All students will be expected to have a complete housing contract on file in the Student Life Office.
Private rooms are available only when there is a sufficient amount of space. When space is available,
students may request a private room at an additional 25% of the normal room rate charged to students.
When a resident becomes the sole occupant of a double room because the roommate has moved out and
if it is not necessary to replace the roommate, there is no additional charge. This matter will be left to the
discretion of the Director of Residence Life.
We strive for conflict resolution in any roommate conflict, therefore room or roommate changes are rarely
granted. In the presence of extenuating circumstances, a room or roommate change may be deemed
necessary. In order to initiate a room or roommate change, all students involved must first discuss the
situation with, and receive approval from, their resident director before any changes will be considered.
New students may move into their rooms beginning at noon on the first day of Orientation. Returning
students may move into their rooms beginning at 1:00 pm on the Sunday before classes begin. Students
who must arrive earlier need to receive permission from the Residence Life Office to do so. Students who
move belongings and/or themselves into campus housing earlier than their scheduled date will be subject
to a $40. 00 per night charge. Athletes, student workers, and student leaders are not to arrive earlier than
the date set by their coach/advisor. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the Residence Life office
only for:
a. International students
b. Families with more than one student attending Northwestern College
c. Incoming new students who arrive by air travel and are given prior permission
As a general rule, residence halls close shortly after the last class and are opened 24 hours prior to when
classes resume. Because all housing is closed for Christmas vacation and Spring Break, students are
responsible for finding their own housing during these breaks. Any student in the halls during breaks while
the halls are officially closed will be subject to a $150.00 fine.
Students must check out of their rooms within 24 hours of their last exam or at 4:00 pm in the residence
halls or 6:00 pm in the apartments on the day of commencement exercises in which they participate.
Permission to remain longer must be obtained from the Resident Director. All personal property, including
carpeting, must be removed from their rooms and thoroughly cleaned before checkout. The RA will then
check the residence for cleanliness. The Residence Life staff and Maintenance staff will assess damages
after students have moved out of the room, and students will be notified of damages by letter. Students
must turn in their room keys. A $20.00 fine will be assessed for a missing key. There is a $25.00 fine for
improper check-out or failing to check out with a Residence Life staff member.
If a student stops attending classes and his/her professors determine that the student will fail all classes,
the student will be removed from campus housing without refund.
Each student is financially responsible for any damage occurring in his/her room and areas of the hall or
campus. Students should report needed repairs or damages in their living areas, in writing, to the Resident
Director as soon as possible so that the necessary repairs can be made.
Every attempt is made to be fair in the assessments of damages and charges. Charges are made only
when damage occurs by circumstances other than normal wear and tear. Students are encouraged to
discuss immediately any charges with the RA or RD. The charges will be forwarded to the Business Office.
Unpaid charges will result in a “hold” on future registration at the College.
In case of common area vandalism (i. e. broken furniture, doors, etc. ), it is sometimes necessary to
assess damage charges against the residents of a house, wing, apartment, or hall. The Director of Residence Life and Resident Director should together determine the extent and cost to repair these damages
and whether the college should absorb the charges or bill the house, wing, apartment, or hall.
Tampering with the electrical system is not allowed. Therefore, dimmer switches are not permitted in
student rooms. Exterior antennas and satellite dishes are not permitted in any residence hall room. The
use of electrical appliances is limited because of sanitation, safety, and circuit overload.
The residence hall rooms were not designed for cooking. Therefore, only small appliances with completely
enclosed coils are permitted (i. e. corn popper, coffee pots, hot pots). Microwaves are not allowed with the
exception of Micro fridge units. Under no circumstances will toasters, toaster ovens, frying or boiling units
be permitted. Multiple head plugs are not allowed and only circuit breaker strip extensions are to be used
where multiple plugs are needed. The use of space heaters is prohibited unless permission is given by an
RD. Motor vehicles may not be plugged in during the winter months.
Air conditioner units are only allowed with approval of the Residence Life office following a written
statement from a medical doctor. If approved, window units can be rented from Northwestern College. The
fee to cover rental, installation and energy costs is $150 per year. Students may not bring their own air
conditioning unit. Installing or using an air conditioning unit without permission will result in a $50 fine.
1. Furniture supplied by the College for living areas may not be removed from the room or disassembled
in any way.
2. Screens may not be removed from any windows. Removing screens often results in their being
damaged and the person removing screens will be assessed a $10 fine.
Each resident is issued a room key that will be returned at the end of the year. If a key is lost, the Resident
Director should be notified immediately so a replacement can be made. A replacement fee of $20 is
charged for a lost key. Because of security reasons, irresponsible use of keys will result in disciplinary
Coin-operated washers and dryers are provided in each residence hall.
The main lounges of the residence halls and other campus buildings are intended for public use. Conduct
within these areas should be appropriate for a public setting. Any group that wishes to reserve a lounge
area should do so through the Resident Director. Groups using these areas are also responsible for
cleaning and putting furniture back in the proper order. There will be no videos or DVDs labeled “For Home
Use Only” shown in the lounges due to state and federal regulations.
The only pets allowed in campus housing are fish. Violations of this policy could result in cleaning charges
up to $300.
Platforms are not allowed in Stegenga Hall, Fern Smith Hall, North Suites Hall, or Bolks Apartments. In all
other living areas platforms are permitted if the following guidelines are adhered to:
All platform plans or drawings must be cleared with the Director of Residence Life prior to construction
using the on-line form found at
In order to extend the life of residence hall furniture, the use of college furniture in the building of the
platform is not allowed. It may not be disassembled or removed from the room.
The structure must be free standing and not fastened to the walls, floor, ceiling, or any college furniture. In
areas where the structure is close to or against walls, there must be protection used to prevent damage.
The use of concrete blocks or concrete products is prohibited. The maximum height allowed is 60 inches,
and it must maintain 24 inches around all heating and cooling equipment. Platforms bearing the weight
of one or more students require the following:
Platform area will be no more than 50% of the square footage of the room.
All legs and posts will be 4x4 or two 2x4’s fastened together. All legs shall be connected using ½” bolts.
Legs and posts over 24 inches will need corner supports at 45В° angle, at least 16 inches long.
Platforms will be framed with 2” dimensional lumber on edge and on 16” center. Joist/frame/stringers
require 2x4 up to 80 inches. Anything over 80 inches requires 2x6 lumber.
All connections of framing should use 3” hardened wood screws. Drywall screws are not allowed. Decking
will be ¾” plywood fastened with 1 1/2” hardened screws 12” on center. No nails are allowed.
Failure to adhere to these policies could result in being required to disassemble the platform. Students will
be charged for any damage to college property as a result of the construction.
Students living in the apartments are not allowed to attach water filters, portable dishwasher connections
or any other appliances to the plumbing faucets in the apartments. These often result in damages to the
The following policy clarifies the college’s position regarding its respect for the privacy of students in
residence and its concern for their well-being. College residence facilities are exclusively the property of
the college, and not of the student. Responsibility continues to rest with the individual student for being
aware of and upholding regulations established to promote and protect the general welfare of all.
1. Residence life staff or authorized personnel may enter a student’s room without the permission of a
resident if some condition exists that constitutes a threat to the safety or well-being of the occupants of
the building, or if there is reason to believe a violation of college policy occurred.
2. If a staff member enters a room and searches and finds, or views an item that is in violation of a
regulation (i. e. firearms, drugs, alcohol, animals, etc. ), he/she may remove such articles to the
Resident Director’s apartment without permission of the owner. After the removal of such an object,
the RD will contact the individual and/or notify the appropriate office.
3. For purpose of safety, sanitation, and general upkeep, the college reserves the right to maintain and
make repairs in residence halls rooms any time during the school year. Maintenance staff members may
enter any room for the above purpose whether the room’s occupants are present or not. In cases of
emergency, and for the above purpose, maintenance staff members may enter a room, in the presence
or absence of the room’s occupants, at times other than regular working hours. In the event that male
staff are required to do such work in a women’s residence hall, or vice versa, he/she will clearly announce
his/her presence before entering hallways, private rooms, or bathroom areas.
4. Residence facilities may be temporarily leased/rented to visiting groups between semesters. Every
attempt will be made to respect property; however, the college will not be responsible for students’
personal property.
The use of refrigerators within the residence halls is permitted if they do not exceed five cubic feet.
Refrigerators may not be stored in the residence hall during summer months. The contents and cleanliness of the refrigerator may be inspected by the Resident Director or Resident Assistant at any time. Micro-fridges are required for those who also want a microwave in the room.
Each student is responsible for keeping his/her living area clean and orderly. Vacuums are available for
use in each living area. After using a vacuum, it should be returned to the proper storage area. The
restrooms, hallways, and other public areas of the residence hall are cleaned by work-study students, but
cooperation is needed to maintain the cleanliness of these areas.
1. Rooms may not be painted, wallpapered, or altered physically in any way.
2. All posters and pictures must be attached to the walls with white plastic tack. Double stick tape and
duct tape may not be used to hang items on the walls or ceilings.
3. Consideration for others and standards of good taste are important to Northwestern. Therefore,
pornographic materials and obscene pictures are not appropriate room decorations. (See section on
pornography in Community Life. )
4. Removing or destroying state and local highway signs or commercial signs are illegal. Therefore,
display or possession of such in one’s room or hall is inappropriate and not allowed.
5. All decorative lights including Christmas lights, floodlights, electrically operated ornaments as well as
power strip extension cords must be U. L. rated and in good condition (free from damage or exposed
wiring) and may not be routed under rugs or carpets, through doorways or in any manner that could
present a fall or trip hazard or hinder getting out of the area in a hurry.
6. The use of live Christmas trees and other flammable decorations is prohibited in residence hall rooms.
Artificial trees and other nonflammable decorations may be used but must be placed out of the way of
traffic, not blocking doorways, exits, exit signs or any of the fire protection equipment (fire hose cabinets, fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads and piping, fire alarm pull boxes, smoke detectors, etc. ), or
placed in any manner that could present a fall or trip hazard, or prevent getting out of the area in a
hurry. Caution should be exercised when using these items and someone must be present at all times
in any room where Christmas lights are on.
7. Rooms may be decorated at any time during a semester with mini Christmas tree lights if they are U.
L. rated and in good working condition, but lights are permitted in the hallways only between
Thanksgiving and the start of Christmas break.
6. Because of fire hazard, halogen lamps are not permitted in college residence facilities.
Storage space in the residence halls is extremely limited. Some items may be stored in the Stegenga Hall
basement during the summer months; however, the college assumes no responsibility for these items.
Storage preference is given to students who live 500 or more miles from campus. Storage of all items is
subject to the approval of the Resident Director. All items must be boxed and tagged properly before
accepted for storage. Storage room times will be posted but will not open until the weekend preceding the
first day of classes. No furniture or carpet may be stored.
All students are required to have an active phone number when living on campus and to provide that
number to the college during the online registration process. For many students, this will be a cell phone
number. If you don’t have a cell phone, you can sign up to use the telephone “land line” in your residence
hall room for a $35 fee. If you want to use the land line for on-campus, local, toll-free and calling card
phone service, you or your roommate must bring a telephone and answering machine. (A personal calling
card will enable you to use the land line for long-distance calls; no long-distance rate plans are available
through the college.)
Instructions for using the campus land line:
On-campus calls: Dial the 4-digit extension only.
All other calls, including 911 calls: Dial 8, wait for the dial tone, and then simply dial as you
would any other phone.
Questions about campus phone service can be answered by the computing services help desk:
712-707-7333 or [email protected]
Northwestern College is committed to being a liberal arts college within the context of the Christian faith.
Students who enroll at Northwestern have indicated on their application for admission that they will conduct
themselves in a manner in accordance with the college’s standards and in keeping with the spirit of the
institution. Therefore it is expected that students, both on and off campus, will behave in a manner consistent
with both the policies and philosophy of NWC. Students engaging in behavior inconsistent with policies or
philosophy of NWC are subject to campus disciplinary action.
One aim of Northwestern is to aid its students in becoming responsible citizens who contribute to the common good. This includes the developing of respect for one’s self, for fellow members of the college community and for the college as an institution. This requires a conscious effort and self-disciplining attitude on the
part of all members of the community. Since members are expected to show respect and concern for others,
any actions that disrupt the normal activities and/or functions of the college or cause physical or mental harm
to others are considered unacceptable behavior. The college expects all students to adhere to local, state,
and federal laws.
As a community whose stated mission is to be Christian in all its endeavors, we strive to integrate a Biblical
view throughout all areas of our lives. Scripture is explicit in our responsibility to love God with all our being
and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are also responsible to seek after righteousness, to practice
justice in our dealings with one another and in our social institutions, and to help those in need. We need to
exercise our freedom responsibly within the framework of God’s moral law, in relationship to the various
communities of which we are a part, and with loving regard for the sensitivities and weaknesses of others.
Practices which are known to be contrary to Biblical teaching are not acceptable for members of the
Northwestern College community.
As responsible members of the Northwestern community, students are expected to maintain the college
standards of academic and social conduct. The following standards were developed to clearly define
Northwestern’s expectations for student behavior.
The abuse of alcoholic beverages is contrary to Biblical principles in which life, health, and one’s rational
powers are sacred trusts which must not willfully be destroyed or impaired. While recognizing the principle
of individual Christian liberty in certain areas of behavior not specifically prohibited in Scripture, North-
western believes that it is for the good of the community as a whole that all members agree to abide by a
policy which calls for the discipline of abstinence on campus, in college owned off-campus housing, and at
off-campus college events.
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly
impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver
will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of
aggressive acts including abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher
mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses
cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous
system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce
withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal
can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined
with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
This policy is in force to a) ensure a campus climate where abstinence is respected as a pattern for all of
life and b) to counteract the effect of peer pressures that lead some to engage in the misuse or abuse of
The following regulations will be followed in implementing this policy:
1. The possession or use of alcoholic beverages on college-owned property, in off-campus housing or at
college-sponsored activities, functions, trips, etc. , (on or off campus) is forbidden. On college-owned
property, the presence of any alcoholic beverage container will be interpreted the same as actual
possession by those in the area where the container is found. Any member of the college community
found in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline.
2. Any member of the college community who returns to campus and gives clear evidence of intoxication
(i. e. incoherent speech, lack of physical coordination) or creates a disturbance on campus related to
the consumption of alcohol will be subject to discipline.
3. An off-campus social event sponsored by a college organization or group, an event advertised on
campus, or an event in any way related to the college shall be subject to the on-campus regulation.
4. Students who are underage should be aware that they are violating the law if they consume alcoholic
beverages. This fact is taken into consideration during the disciplinary procedure. Students can face
campus discipline for on-campus or off-campus underage drinking. In accordance with Title II of public
law 101-542, Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, statistics will be kept on the frequency of underage liquor law violations on the Northwestern campus.
5. If the student who has been misusing alcohol seeks help from the college prior to being confronted for
a violation, the college reserves the right to suspend normal disciplinary action. A student seeking
assistance for a substance abuse problem is encouraged to seek out a faculty/staff member. That
faculty/staff member will assist the student in finding appropriate treatment and follow-up care. Professional confidentiality will be maintained. In special cases, such as the safety of the individual and
community, the limits of confidentiality may need to be extended past the initially involved parties. The
difficulties of freeing oneself from alcohol abuse are well known, and the college wants to surround the
person with the best possible support to deal with this problem. Alcohol/Drug Treatment Facilities can
be found on p. 28.
6. Northwestern College subscribes to the concept of a “Good Samaritan” policy. In the event that a
Northwestern College student is in physical or emotional danger due to the abuse of alcohol or drugs,
a fellow student who chooses to intervene in the situation to guarantee the safety of the affected
student may be absolved from formal discipline sanctions.
7. Posters or other paraphernalia that display alcohol advertisements or reference to alcohol are not to
be displayed in public view in student rooms. They are not to be visible from the hall or from outside
the room, and the Resident Director has the option to ask the student to remove the poster or paraphernalia from the room.
8. Students who are 21 should be aware that if they violate local, state, or federal laws they could face
campus discipline.
Alcohol Violations
Students found in violation of the policy for the first time will be required to complete a minimum of three
hours of community renewal, as well as an educational component (see Discipline Process), and depending on the circumstances may be asked to go through an alcohol assessment with a local drug and
alcohol counselor. Students found in violation of the policy a second time will be required to complete an
alcohol assessment with a local drug and alcohol counselor, follow through with any recommended
treatment from that assessment, complete a more significant educational component, and complete a
minimum of five hours of community renewal. Students found in violation of the policy a third time will be
recommended to the Dean of Student Life for dismissal from the College.
For safety reasons, candles and incense may not be burned in the residence halls.
Principles: Northwestern College is founded upon Christian principles and strives to help students grow
as Christians in their daily lives. Mandatory chapel is a discipline that fosters a sense of community,
encourages devotion to God, unity of spirit, and concern for the larger issues of Christian witness, social
justice, and discipleship. It is, therefore, one of many expressions of Northwestern’s Christian commitment.
The chapel program has three goals:
1) worship of God;
2) integration of biblical thinking and world issues;
3) application to life
The Chapel schedule is available on the NWC website.
Attendance Policy: Because Northwestern believes that both classroom attendance and chapel attendance are critical to the development of the whole person, all full-time students must attend chapel.
Students are expected to attend chapel a total of 45 credits of the 80+ chapel credits available in a typical
semester. Students are encouraged to complete their chapel requirement as early as possible in the
To Receive Credit For Chapel Attendance You Must . . .
п‚Ё When entering the sanctuary or balcony, a chapel card will be handed to students at the beginning of each chapel. Write your name and student ID number on the card and return it to the
ticket attendant as you leave at the end of each service. Tickets are recorded giving one credit
for M WF and two credits for Tuesdays. Weekly notices showing the student’s status are sent
out via e-mail to every full time student.
п‚Ё Arrive no later than the start of the chapel service (i. e. MWF - 10:05, T - 11:05 a. m. ). Doors
will close at that time and a chapel card will not be available after a very short grace period of
about 5 minutes.
п‚Ё Leave no earlier than the end of the chapel service. If you must leave for a brief period (no more
than 5 minutes) the attendance taker will hold your chapel attendance card and give it back to
you upon your return.
п‚Ё All students must leave chapel through the back doors where the ticket takers are stationed
(two side doors, center doors or two sides of the balcony). You will not be given credit if you go
around the front and try to hand cards to the ticket takers from the wrong direction.
п‚Ё If you have received a ticket to sit downstairs and decide to move to the balcony or vice versa,
leave your ticket with the ticket taker and get a new one as you re-enter.
 A “forgotten” chapel card will not be accepted for credit after 5:00 p. m. the following day.
п‚Ё Hand in your own chapel card after the service is finished. Chapel attendance takers will only
accept one card per person. Handing in more than one card negates both cards and neither
person will receive credit for the day.
п‚Ё Write only your own name and ID number on your chapel ticket. Credit will not be given for
fictitious and/or other students’ names and numbers, and violators will face disciplinary action
for dishonesty.
Excused chapel credits are sometimes granted for work responsibilities, student teaching,
internships or child care. To apply, you must complete a form in the Student Life Office.
Chapel Seating: In order to facilitate seating and starting the chapel service on time, please observe the
following rules:
п‚Ё When coming into the chapel, move into the sanctuary as quickly as possible so everyone can
be seated by the time the prelude begins.
п‚Ё As the chapel fills, move to the center of the row to allow others to find a seat more easily.
п‚Ё To comply with the fire codes, students will not be allowed to sit or stand in the aisles during
п‚Ё Feel free to talk with one another in chapel up until the time that the prelude begins. After that,
please be quiet to allow yourself and others to enter into a time of worship.
Chapel Etiquette and Behavior Expectations: To create a worshipful environment, show respect to
speakers, musicians, maintenance staff, and to care for our chapel facilities, please observe the following
п‚Ё Welcoming our chapel speakers by showing courtesy and respect.
п‚Ё Participating in worship by standing when requested.
п‚Ё No talking, studying, or sleeping during chapel.
п‚Ё Turn off cell phones, headsets, laptops, or other electronic devices when entering the chapel
sanctuary or balcony.
п‚Ё Do not put jump over or stand on the pews; do not put your feet on the hymn racks.
п‚Ё Remove hats/caps during prayer (or throughout the chapel service).
п‚Ё No food or drink is allowed in the chapel sanctuary. If you bring food or drink with you, leave it
closed until you leave the chapel. This includes box lunches and beverages.
NOTE: All faculty and staff have the authority to take a chapel slip from a student who is not
complying with Chapel expectations. Students who compromise the integrity of the chapel attendance
procedure or fail to comply with chapel etiquette and behavioral expectations will not receive chapel credit
for that chapel period and may also be subject to discipline.
Violations of Chapel Policy: If a student does not meet the chapel requirement of 45 credits, he or she will
be automatically dismissed for the next semester. To allow for circumstances such as athletic events,
field trips, sickness, and emergencies, every student receives seven (7) free credits at the end of the
semester to help meet the requirement of 45. Students dismissed for violation of the chapel attendance
policy are ineligible for enrollment in full-time or part-time credit-earning courses until the end of the
following semester. If the violation occurs at the end of the spring semester, the student will be unable to
enroll for both the following summer session and fall semester. Graduating seniors who fail to meet the
chapel requirement will not be issued their diploma or transcripts. In such cases, the senior must meet with
the Director of Residence Life or the Dean of Student Life to determine how the student will fulfill the
chapel requirement. This plan could include a combination of listening to recordings of chapel, writing
papers, community service, and the payment of fines.
Appeals: The Director of Residence Life shall be responsible for enforcement of the chapel policy. Students have the right to appeal their dismissal to the Dean of Student Life. Appeals must be made within
two school days of receiving the chapel dismissal announcement. In deciding the appeal, the Dean will
consider the student’s class attendance, academic performance, disciplinary record, and reasons for
failing to meet the chapel requirement. If the appeal is granted, the student must pay a fine of $25 per
credit below the required 45 credits, will be placed on chapel probation for the following semester, and be
required to attend the full 45 credits with no “grace” credits for that semester. A second violation of the
chapel attendance policy will result in automatic dismissal with no right to appeal.
Northwestern College network resources are not to be used for accessing pornography, gambling websites, file sharing of copyrighted materials, circumventing network security, or creating unnecessary
network traffic. Any attempt to connect to the internet via a file-sharing program will be considered an
attempt to circumvent network security and will result in disciplinary action. File sharing programs must be
uninstalled before connecting to the NWC network in order to avoid disciplinary action. Inappropriate
file-sharing software includes but is not limited to Ares, BitTorrent, Direct Connect, eDonkey, eMule,
Morpheus, iMesh, FastTrack, Grokster, Kazaa, Gnutella, BearShare, Limewire, Gnutella2 and Blubster.
All internet traffic is logged and archived by Northwestern College. Northwestern College has the right to
monitor any and all use of its network resources.
Students found circumventing the campus network will be denied access to the campus network from their
personal computer until a $100 fine is paid. Repeat infractions will include more serious consequences as
deemed appropriate by the Student Life staff. Computing Services will also notify Student Life of any other
network infractions listed above, each of which is subject to campus discipline.
Dances are part of a varied program of social and recreational activities aimed at development of the total
person within a Christian residential community. The time, place and purpose of all dances must be
approved by the Student Activities Office.
Because honesty and mutual respect are the foundations of healthy community life, students are expected
to exemplify these virtues in their interactions with student life staff. Failing to be truthful or cooperative will
likely result in disciplinary action.
Appropriate dress consistent with Christian standards is an important factor in our college community.
“Appropriateness” includes not only what we wear but also the manner in which we wear it. Students are
expected to be fully clothed (including shirts and shoes) in the classroom, chapel, library, dining hall, and
RSC. State law requires that shoes and shirts be worn where food is served. Definition of proper dress in
the classroom is the prerogative of the professor. Nudity is not appropriate or tolerated in public areas,
particularly where the opposite gender could be present. Such behavior will result in discipline up to and
including dismissal.
The use of illegal or hallucinogenic drugs or intoxicants and the misuse of prescribed and over-the-counter
drugs is destructive of the welfare of students. The illegal possession and the disposition or use of drugs
(or possession of drug paraphernalia), except as directed on over-the-counter drugs or as prescribed by a
medical doctor, is prohibited. Therefore, the following regulations are enforced:
1. Any student who gives evidence of illegal possession, improper disposition, or use of drugs (or
possession of drug paraphernalia) on or off-campus could be subject to immediate dismissal by the
Dean of Student Life, and may be reported to the proper legal authorities. The presence of these
drugs will be interpreted as possession.
2. A student who gives evidence of illegal possession or use of drugs or intoxicants will be required to
identify the establishment or individual from which they were secured. Should the source identified be
a student at Northwestern College, he/she shall be dismissed.
3. If a student who has been taking drugs seeks help from the college, the college reserves the right to
suspend normal disciplinary action. Any student seeking assistance for a substance abuse problem is
directed to go to the Counseling Center or other agreed upon arrangements. Professional confidentiality will be maintained. In special cases, such as the safety of the individual and community, the
limits of confidentiality may need to be extended past the initially involved parties. The difficulties of
freeing oneself from the drug habit are well known, and the college wants to surround the person with
the best possible support during the crucial period of withdrawal. Therefore, he/she will be expected to
accept such help as is determined necessary after consultation with the Counselors or other agreed
upon arrangements.
4. Detailed information can be found on the Web at concerning the use and
effects of controlled substances. This web site also lists state and federal trafficking penalties associated with their misuse. This information is provided so Northwestern College is in compliance with the
provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the Higher Education
Amendments of 1986, and Public Law 101-226. A hard copy will be furnished upon request.
State and Local Laws Concerning Use of Illicit Substances and Abuse of Alcohol
(Chapter 321J of the Code of Iowa)
Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)
1st Offense
2nd Offense
3rd or Subsequent Offense
Imprisonment for not less than
48 hours and not more than 1
year. Fine is $1000 but can be
reduced by the judge. Maximum is $1,500.
Imprisonment in county jail for
not less than 7 days nor more
than 2 years. Fine of not less
than $500 nor more than
Confinement not less than 30
days nor more than 1 year in
county jail or 5 years in prison.
Fine of not less $750 nor
greater than $5,000.
Determination of Number Offense
Includes all convictions in this state and others within the previous six years.
Substance Abuse Evaluation
If convicted of a second or subsequent offense or had a Blood Alcohol Concentration in excess of . 20,
required to undergo substance abuse evaluation and follow recommendations of evaluation. May include
inpatient substance abuse treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous.
Revocation of Driver’s License
License will be revoked if person refuses Blood Alcohol test or tests in excess of . 10 or more Blood
Alcohol Concentration. If second offense no work permits are given. If third or subsequent offense no work
permit will be given for at least one year.
1st Offense
2nd Offense
3rd or Subsequent Offense
Refusal to submit
240 days
540 days
6 years; may apply for
reinstatement after two years
Excess BAC & revocation 240 days
upon conviction
1 year
Serious personal injury
One year in addition to any other period of revocation
Incident involving death
Six years in addition to any other period of revocation
If person is under age 18
Normal period of revocation or until person turns 18, whichever is longer.
Homicide by Vehicle
When person operating motor vehicle while intoxicated causes the death of another, he/she is guilty of the
crime of homicide by vehicle. The penalty is imprisonment not to exceed five years and a fine not to
exceed $7,500.
Simple Misdemeanors
Carry a maximum penalty of thirty days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $100. These include: open
container in a motor vehicle, persons under legal age, public consumption.
Involuntary Commitment for Substance Abuse
A person may be committed without his/her consent for treatment of substance abuse. Committed by court
order for initial period of thirty days and thereafter for additional ninety-day periods, if necessary.
Federal Penalties and Sanctions For Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance
21 U. S. C. 844 (a)
-- First conviction: Up to one year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000
or both.
-- After one prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed two years and fined at least
$2,500 but not more than $250,000 or both.
-- Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine: mandatory at least five years in
prison, not to exceed 20 years and fined up to $250,000 or both if:
(a) First conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds five grams.
(b) Second conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds three grams.
(c) Third or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds one gram.
21 U. S. C. 853 (a) (2) and 881 (a) (7)
-- Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled
substance if that offense is punishable by more than one year imprisonment. (See special sentencing
provisions re: crack)
21 U. S. C. 881 (a) (4)
-- Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, and autos or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a
controlled substance.
21 U. S. C. 844a
-- Civil fine of up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).
21 U. S. C. 853a
-- Denial of Federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial
licenses, up to one year for first offense, up to five years for second and subsequent offenses.
18 U. S. C. 922 (g)
-- Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.
-- Revocation of certain Federal licenses and benefits, e. g. pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc. ,
are vested within the authorities of individual Federal agencies.
Federal Schedule of Controlled Substances
Schedule I
A. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
B. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
C. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Schedule II
A. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
B. The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or
a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.
C. Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
Schedule III
A. The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in
Schedules I and II.
B. The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
C. Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high
psychological dependence.
Schedule IV
A. The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in
Schedule III.
B. The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
C. Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological
dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III.
Schedule V
A. The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in
Schedule IV.
B. The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
C. Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological
dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule IV.
Compass Pointe
1121 Main Street
Hull, IA 51239
(712) 439-1170
1201 S. 2nd Avenue #2
Sheldon, IA 51201
(712) 324-2196
In order to provide the safest possible environment for residents, each of the residence halls is equipped
with a fire alarm system. The fire alarm system is to be used only in the case of an actual emergency
caused by fire or for fire alarm drills conducted at the discretion of the Resident Director or local fire
department. In the event of a fire alarm, residents are required to exit quickly from the residence hall
according to the instruction given them by their RA or RD. Residents will not be permitted back in the
building until all residents are evacuated and the signal is given to re-enter.
The failure of a student to exit the building during a fire alarm will result in a $100 fine. (It is legally a
“serious misdemeanor” not to leave a building during either a fire or a drill and authorities may be contacted if you fail to leave the building. )
False alarms are a serious offense. For the safety of everyone, false fire alarm or “pranks” involving fire
safety equipment will not be tolerated. All pranks or false alarms will result in an amount of restitution not to
exceed $1500 and immediate suspension of three days and/or dismissal from the College. In addition to
campus discipline, violators may be prosecuted under the law.
Students must maintain a 24 inch clear space around all smoke detectors and sprinkler heads. Failure to
comply will result in a $100 fine.
In buildings where automatic fire sprinkler systems are installed, it is in violation of the Iowa Code to use
piping, supports, sprinkler heads or any part of the fire suppression system to mount or hang anything from
(decorations, signs, posters, clothes, hangers, etc. ). Students can be fined for such action or for tampering with any fire equipment, such as sprinklers, alarms, extinguishers or detectors.
For the safety and well-being of the college community, the possession of and/or use of fireworks, fire
arms or any other explosive device on campus is prohibited. Flammable materials, such as gasoline,
kerosene, and Coleman fuel products, may not be kept in residence halls. Any misuse for pranks or other
reasons cannot be tolerated for obvious safety reasons and may result in a fine and/or suspension.
Pellet guns, paintball guns, air soft guns, bow and arrows, swords, fixed-blade knives, and items that may
be used to physically harm others are not allowed in the residence halls.
Only wood may be burned. Paper may only be used for starting, no accelerants (No gas,
lighter fluid, etc.)
2. Fire and wood must not extend outside of the ring or exceed a height of 4 feet.
3. Fire must be completely put out before the last person leaves.
4. What goes in the fire must stay in the fire, do not remove sticks, paper, or ashes.
5. Fire pit may only be used Sunday through Thursday until 12:00 AM midnight and Friday and
Saturday until 2:00 AM.
6. Fire pit may not be used in winds of excess of 20 mph.
7. One member of the party must fill out a responsibility card.
Failure to follow these rules will result in disciplinary action as determined by the Student Government
Firewood is available for purchase ($2. 00 to fill up one milk crate). Use kindling sparingly.
Fire must be put out before leaving. Buckets for water are provided. Fire extinguisher is for emergency use
only. In case of emergency, please call 911. The address for the fire pit is 617 Arizona Avenue SW.
The intent of gambling is contrary to Biblical standards and the philosophy of life at Northwestern. Thus, it
is not to be tolerated on campus, and can lead to disciplinary action.
Guests (non-NWC student) staying overnight are welcome on Northwestern’s campus and while here, are
expected to adhere to the same standards and college policies that are required of students. Per the
visitation policy, persons of the opposite sex and/or romantic partners are not allowed to stay overnight in
campus residences. Guests in student rooms are limited to two consecutive nights. The student hosting a
guest is responsible for the guest’s behavior. Any guest(s) involved in campus violations may be prohibited from returning to campus for a set time, and the host student may face disciplinary action. Guests
requiring parking should contact the Campus Security Director or the Student Life Office during normal
business hours for temporary parking permits. You can also get a temporary tag from you RD.
Harassment of fellow students or faculty/staff members is not permitted. Not only is harassment detrimental to the individuals involved but also to the campus community as a whole. Therefore, any harassment (verbal, physical, or via social media) will be dealt with in a strict manner. Sexual harassment is
specifically addressed below.
Hazing includes any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization, or any pastime or
amusement engaged in with respect to a student organization which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily
danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any
student or other person attending the college. Any initiation practice must receive prior approval by a
Resident Director.
The language that we use says a lot about who we are and where our priorities lie. Therefore, it is imperative that as we communicate as a community we do so in a manner congruent with our stated mission
and beliefs. Profanity, vulgarity, and all other inappropriate language will not be tolerated within the
community, and students are subject to campus discipline for blatant disregard of this standard.
The intent of the various forms of pornography – to become sexually aroused by an image rather than by
a person with whom you are in relationship – is contrary to the Christian ideal of healthy sexuality. Pornography treats another human being as an object for one’s own pleasure rather than as a person made in
the image of God. As such, students are not permitted to possess or display pornographic materials on
Northwestern’s campus, in college-approved off-campus housing, or at off-campus college events. This
includes pornographic books, magazines, x-rated videos, and online porn (whether accessed through
college computers or through your own computer or smart phone). For violations on the Internet, campus
computer privileges may be revoked and/or monitored. Students caught using pornography are subject to
campus discipline. If you feel you have an unhealthy interest in pornography, we encourage you to reach
out to a residence life or student life professional, a campus counselor, the Chaplain, or another trusted
mentor or friend.
Pranks in the community can cause inconvenience, conflict, costly physical damage, and even personal
harassment. Often starting as harmless pranks, situations tend to escalate so that successive pranks
become more destructive than the preceding one(s). Therefore, the following guidelines have been
1. Pranks must not result in personal harassment, invasion of privacy, or destruction or damage of
2. Pranks must be safe. Those participating will be responsible for the results. This responsibility
includes cleaning up messes or financial remuneration for damages incurred to a fellow student
or institution.
3. If pranks result in college personnel working to repair, restore, or clean an area, those participating in
the prank will be will be charged up to $30 per hour for each employee.
4. College rules and regulations must not be broken during pranks.
5. Entering a locked campus building or being on a roof of a building without authorization will result
in a $150 fine per person.
Each resident facility has established quiet hours of 11 PM until 9 AM. It is the responsibility of the residents to enforce the hours and policies in their own living area. Respect for others in the living area should
be shown since residents are operating on many different schedules of sleep and study time. This includes
the use of sound equipment. The volume is expected to be maintained at a level which is considerate of
others in the living area. Those consistently violating the rights of others may be denied further opportunity
to operate their equipment.
1st Incident – Verbal Warning
2nd Incident – Written Warning – Written warning in which the student is informed that this is his/her
second incident. The student is once again informed of consequences of future noise violations.
3rd Incident – Fine – The student will be fined $10. If the fine is not paid, the case will be referred to the
Residence Life staff for disciplinary review. The student is notified that future warnings will result in an
Incident Report being filed with the RD and are subject to disciplinary action.
A raid is defined as any student-initiated activity occurring on a floor or hall without the consent of the floor
members, which infringes on the rights of the floor/hall residents, violates the floor visitation policy, and/or
destroys property. Students involved in an activity concerning any or all of the above may be subject to
either a fine and/or other disciplinary action as determined by the Student Life staff.
For security purposes the women’s residence halls, the North Suites, and the Bolks Apartments are
continually locked. The only access to these locations is the card reader entrance. Students are not
allowed in campus buildings after they are closed for the evening. This includes construction zones on
campus. Safety and security concerns dictate this restriction. Students found in campus buildings after
hours are each subject to a $150 fine and will be assessed restitution for any damages or clean up caused
by their unauthorized entry and presence in a closed campus building. If deemed appropriate, criminal
prosecution will also be pursued. A student found in violation of this policy a second time is subject to
additional fines and possible suspension or dismissal.
Northwestern College calls its faculty, staff, and students to practice Christian chastity, which involves
abstinence outside of marriage and fidelity within marriage. Consistent with the position of the Reformed
Church in America, the college lifts up the Christian
ideal of marriage between a man and a woman and contends that all sexual intimacy shall be within the
bounds of such marriage. Students are not permitted to engage in sexual activity contrary to Biblical
standards. This includes, but is not limited to, extramarital, premarital, same-sex, or non-consensual
sexuality activity. Inappropriate displays of affection will not be tolerated, since they infringe upon the
rights of others in the community. Cohabitation between unmarried male and female students or between
same-sex partners is also prohibited. Students found in violation of these standards will be subject to
disciplinary action including possible dismissal.
Premarital sexual activity that results in an unplanned pregnancy is a challenging consequence for the
student(s) involved as well as the rest of the campus community. As a Christian liberal arts college,
Northwestern believes that life is a sacred gift from God that begins at conception. The college is prepared
to assist those involved in an unplanned pregnancy to consider the options available to them within the
Christian moral framework. It is our hope that any student who becomes pregnant will find NWC to be a
supportive environment and that all involved would be provided with comprehensive, confidential, and
respectful counsel and support.
Northwestern College is committed to providing a working, learning, and living environment that promotes
personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex,
which includes all forms of sexual misconduct. Sex discrimination is contrary to the standards of the
college community, as it violates an individual’s fundamental rights and dignity as a person made in the
image of God. Northwestern College considers sex discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense
and it will not be tolerated. The college is dedicated to preventing and educating all students, faculty, and
staff regarding all forms of sexual misconduct. This policy refers to all forms of sex discrimination committed against students, including but not limited to: unfair treatment based on sex, sexual harassment,
sexual assault, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by other students,
employees, or third parties.
Statement on Non-Discrimination
Northwestern College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or
disability in admission, access to, or employment in its programs and activities. Northwestern College
complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Acts of 1972,
the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To
ensure compliance with these and other federal and state civil rights laws, Northwestern College has
developed policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination in all of its forms.
Guidance on Reporting
Northwestern College encourages persons who have experienced any form of sexual harassment or
sexual misconduct to report the incident promptly, to seek all available assistance, and where appropriate,
to report the incident to local law enforcement. Helpful resources are also available at the Office for Civil
Rights, United States Department of Education or at Northwestern College takes
reports of sexual discrimination very seriously and will work with all parties to ensure their safety and to
investigate and adjudicate the situation.
Office Where a Complaint or Report May be Filed
Northwestern College encourages those who have experienced sex discrimination, including sexual
assault, to report these offenses to a responsible employee, who in turn may report the incident to the Title
IX Coordinator.
Title IX Coordinator
Jasper Lesage, Provost
101 7th St. SW, Orange City, IA 51041
712-707-7103 (office)
712-541-9950 (cell)
[email protected]
Title IX Investigators
Julie Elliott, Dean of Student Life
101 7th St. SW
Orange City, IA 51041
712-707-7204 (office)
484-318-9063 (cell)
[email protected]
Marlon Haverdink, Director of Residence Life
101 7th St. SW
Orange City, IA 51041
712-707-7205 (office)
712-454-0328 (cell)
[email protected]
Deb Sandbulte, Dir. of Human Resources Earl Woudstra, Director of Athletics
101 7th St. SW
208 8th St. SW
Orange City, IA 51041
Orange City, IA 51041
712-707-7224 (office)
712-707-7292 (office)
712-441-4246 (cell)
712-737-7115 (cell)
[email protected]
[email protected]
Guidance on Taking Immediate Action
The college encourages victims of sexual discrimination and/or violence to talk to somebody about what
happened—so victims can get the support they need, and so the college can respond appropriately.
Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim’s confidentiality.
Some are required to maintain near complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes
called a “privileged communication.” These persons are designated as “Responsible Employees (confidential)” below.
Other employees are required to report all the details of an incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
A report to these employees [designated “Responsible Employees (non-confidential)” below]
constitutes a report to the college— and may obligate the college to investigate the incident
and take appropriate steps to address the situation. The Title IX Coordinator will maintain
confidentiality if requested by a complainant unless the following conditions exist:
o Increased risk of additional violence by the alleged perpetrator.
o Increased risk of additional violence under similar circumstances.
o Whether sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon.
o Age of the victim (under age of consent).
o Whether evidence can be obtained by other means (cameras, physical evidence).
This policy is intended to make members of the college community aware of the various reporting and
confidential disclosure options available to them so they can make informed choices about where to turn
should they become a victim of sexual violence and/or discrimination. The college encourages victims to
talk to someone identified in one or more of these groups.
Responsible Employees (confidential)
Northwestern College Wellness Center
o Dr. Sally Oakes Edman, Psychologist
o Joan Andres, Counselor
o Dr. Michelle Van Wyhe, Nurse Practitioner
Northwestern College Campus Ministries
o Rev. Harlan Van Oort, Chaplain
o Dr. Barb Dewald, Associate Dean for Christian Formation
Responsible Employees (non-confidential)
Northwestern College Office of Human Resources
o Deb Sandbulte, Director of HR
Northwestern College Campus Ministry Staff
o Patrick Hummel, Director of Missions
o Kendall Stanislav, Justice and Service Ministries Coordinator
Northwestern College Student Life Office (Resident Assistant, Resident Director, Director of
Residence Life, or Dean of Students)
o Alyssum Anderson, Fern Smith RD
o Brittany Caffey, Bolks and Courtyard Village RD
o Dustin Hamm, Colenbrander Hall RD
o Corey Kundert, Hospers Hall RD
o Hannah McBride, Stegenga Hall RD
o Kendall Stanislav, North Suites RD
o Marlon Haverdink, Director of Residence Life
o Julie Elliott, Dean of Student Life
Northwestern College Athletic Director
o Earl Woudstra
Any other faculty or staff member
Other Resources
Orange City Police Department (911)
Orange City Area Hospital (712-737-2000)
Family Crisis Center (1-800-382-5603)
A victim of sexual assault should seek medical attention and should attempt to preserve evidence. The
victim should not bathe, urinate, douche, brush teeth, or drink liquids. Clothes should not be changed; but
if they are, bring all the original clothing to the hospital in a paper bag, as plastic bags may damage the
evidence. When necessary, the victim should seek immediate medical attention at an area hospital and
take a full change of clothing, including shoes, for use after the medical examination. Finally, items in the
room or other specific locale in which the assault took place should not be disturbed.
Upon request, by either party, Northwestern College will help to prevent any unwanted contact between
the complainant and the accused, for example, by making reasonable changes to academic schedules or
housing assignments. Also upon request, the campus authorities may notify and seek assistance from the
local law enforcement.
Northwestern College also recommends and encourages victims involved in such incidents to seek
counseling and/or identify a support person. A support person plays an important role in providing personal encouragement to a victim in a crisis situation. Information regarding counseling options, both on
campus and in the community, can be obtained from the Wellness Center, located in the Rowenhorst
Student Center, or the Student Life Office, located in Ramaker Center, 2nd floor.
TITLE IX Grievance Procedure
Any person at Northwestern College who believes that s/he has been subject to sex discrimination or
assault (the “complainant”) by a Northwestern College student, faculty, staff, or outside third party is
encouraged to promptly take the following actions:
a. Report the incident to a responsible employee. (See #4 for information about confidentiality).
b. The information shall be brought to the Title IX Coordinator or to one of the Title IX investigators: the Dean of Student Life, the Director of Residence Life, the Athletic Director, and/or, in
the case of an alleged faculty or staff violator, to the Director of Human Resources.
c. Title IX Coordinator or designee will meet with the complainant to explain his/her rights and
options and the method by which the investigation will be conducted.
d. The Title IX Coordinator or designee will provide information about the formal reporting options
and policies governing confidentiality, describe the rights of the victim regarding orders of
protection (no contact orders, restraining orders), and explain how each reporting option works.
Institutional complaint – An institutional or criminal complaint initiates the investigation procedures by the Title IX Coordinator and the Title IX Investigator.
1. The institutional complaint should provide the following information:
a. The names, addresses and telephone numbers, if available, of the
complainant and respondent;
b. Specific acts alleged, including dates, times, and locations;
c. Names of any potential witnesses, including addresses and telephone numbers, if available;
d. Actions taken by any party to address the discrimination, if any.
ii. Criminal complaint – Each complainant has the option to notify or to decline to notify
local police.
Investigation Procedures
The following procedures will govern all investigations of complaints alleging violations of this policy.
Northwestern College reserves the right to deviate from these procedures when such deviation is necessary to ensure appropriate processing of the investigation. Should the Provost/Title IX Coordinator be
unavailable to oversee the process and coordinate the process, his/her designee will act instead.
An investigation into the report shall be conducted by a Title IX Investigator. The investigation
should be conducted as quickly as possible, typically within 10 work days or within a reasonable amount of time required to complete the investigation.
b. If law enforcement is involved, the college will delay its investigation for 7-10 days while police
engage in a legal investigation.
c. The purpose of the college investigation is to establish whether there is a reasonable basis for
believing that the alleged violation of this policy has occurred. During the course of an investigation, the investigating office will work collaboratively with other college offices to ensure that
the investigation is handled properly and thoroughly.
d. If the complainant or the respondent is under 16 years of age, his/her parent or legal guardian
will be notified of the complaint via phone, e‐mail or U.S. mail and we will notify the local police
e. The investigation should include interviewing the complainant and the respondent, as well as
any relevant witnesses.
In conducting the investigation, the appropriate administrator or their designee may interview
the complainant, the respondent, and other persons believed to have pertinent factual
knowledge. At all times the Title IX Coordinator, who is responsible for the investigation, will
take appropriate steps to ensure the confidentiality of the investigation and protection of all
g. In all procedures involving allegations of violations of this policy, regardless of any language
found within any applicable policy, the standard of proof shall be “preponderance of the evidence.” A preponderance of the evidence means that the information shows that it is “more
likely than not” that the accused violated this policy.
Determination and Sanctions
After all available information is reviewed and interviews are completed, the Title IX Investigator will review
all the information and
Determine whether misconduct has occurred and the appropriate response. When
an employee has engaged in misconduct, the Director of Human Resources will
take formal action. When a student has engaged in misconduct, the Dean of Student Life will take formal action. Sanctions may include disciplinary action up to
suspension or termination of employees and suspension or expulsion of students.
Notify the complainant and the respondent simultaneously regarding the outcome
of the investigation, the appeal procedures, and any changes to the results before it
becomes final within (10) ten working days after the completion of the investigation.
Partner with departments, divisions, programs and deans to take any corrective
action as may be appropriate under the circumstances.
h. If either party is unsatisfied with the handling of the investigation or the recommendations of the
Title IX Investigator, she or he may request an initial review and clarification of sanctions with
the Title IX Investigator. The request must be made in writing and must detail the reasons, in
light of the established criteria for an appeal of sanctions, why the student objects to the
sanctions and seeks further clarification.
Protection of the campus community is paramount. Therefore, the college may take appropriate disciplinary action where a sexual assault has occurred, with or without concurrence of the
During any on‐campus disciplinary action relating to a sexual assault, the complainant and
respondent are each entitled to have an advisor of choice present in the room.
All complaints will be adjudicated as expeditiously as possible and generally within sixty (60)
work days.
Appeal to the Title IX Coordinator
If, after the initial review and clarification of sanctions with the Title IX Investigator, the complainant or
respondent chooses to appeal the decision, she or he may, within three (3) work days, formally appeal to
the Title IX Coordinator by written notice. This notice must include a rationale for the person’s appeal,
detailing why she/he objects to the decision. An appeal will be considered by the Title IX Coordinator only
if one of the following is demonstrated:
i. Irregularities that influenced the outcome of the disciplinary action. It is the burden of the
person making the appeal to demonstrate the original decision would more likely than not
have been different if the irregularity or error not occurred.
ii. Prejudice against any party involved on the part of the Title IX Investigator or any other
college personnel who participated in the process. The prejudice must be more than
simple opposition to the appealing party’s point of view; instead, evidence must show a
significant conflict of interest, bias, pressure, or influence that prevented a fair and objective hearing.
iii. Discovery of new and significant evidence not available at the time of the original hearing/investigation.
iv. A sanction that is extraordinarily disproportionate to the violation.
Upon receipt of this written notice, the Title IX Coordinator will evaluate the merits of the appeal request
and will inform the appellant within 3 work days as to whether or not the full appeal will be considered. If
the Coordinator denies the appeal request, there is no further appeal.
If the appeal request is accepted, the Title IX Coordinator may interview involved parties. Within fifteen
(15) work days, the Title IX Coordinator will make a decision on the appeal. If the Title IX Coordinator
denies the appeal, there is no further appeal.
Protection of Parties
To the extent possible, the proceedings will be conducted in a way that protects the confidentiality and
safety of the complainant, respondent, and witnesses. The parties will be informed promptly about the
outcome of the proceedings.
a. At the time the investigation commences, the respondent will be informed of the nature of the
allegations and the facts surrounding the allegations.
b. At any time, the Title IX Coordinator or designee may recommend that interim protections or
remedies for the parties involved or witnesses be provided by appropriate college officials.
These protections or remedies may include: separating the parties, placing limitations on
contact between the parties, temporary suspension, or making alternative workplace or student
housing arrangements, which could include removing a student from campus housing at her or
his own expense. These remedies may be applied to one, both, or multiple parties involved.
The Title IX Coordinator will take any steps necessary to make sure that there is not a further
violation of this policy. Failure to comply with the terms of interim protections may be considered a separate violation of college policy.
c. A complainant found to have been intentionally dishonest in making the allegations or to have
made them maliciously is subject to disciplinary action. False charges or complaints of sexual
harassment are damaging to the total campus community and will be treated as a serious offense. Intentional false reports may also violate state criminal statutes and/or civil defamation
The fact that a person did not intend to sexually harass or assault an individual is not considered a defense. The use of alcohol or drugs does not excuse behavior that violates this policy.
Outcomes for Sexual Assault
Disciplinary action at the college will normally proceed even if criminal proceedings have been initiated.
Northwestern College’s action will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges
involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced, or that no criminal charges have been
brought. The procedures and burdens of proof in a disciplinary action are different from those applicable to
a criminal trial. If civil authorities are notified, students can anticipate that Northwestern College may
consult with and be in communication with such authorities. Persons violating the college’s policy against
sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship violence (domestic and dating), or stalking may be subject
to disciplinary action, up to and including loss of educational opportunities, loss of scholarship, suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.
Important Definitions and Examples
Sex Discrimination is defined as: behaviors and actions that deny or limit a person’s ability to benefit
from, and/or fully participate in, educational programs or activities or employment opportunities because of
a person’s sex. Examples of sex discrimination under Title IX include, but are not limited to, sexual harassment; sexual assault; failure to provide equal opportunity in education programs, activities, and
co-curricular programs including athletics; discrimination based on pregnancy; and employment discrimination.
Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted
visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature which is directed toward a person because of his/her
gender, when:
Submission to or rejection of such conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of an
individual’s employment, educational benefits, academic grades or opportunities,
on-campus living environment, or participation in social, co- or extra-curricular activities;
ii. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment, education,
or living environment decisions affecting the individual, or
iii. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s
work or academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually offensive working, academic, or social environment. The purpose or
effect will be evaluated based on the perspective of a reasonable person in the position of
a complainant.
While sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of conduct, behaviors that may be considered
sexual harassment include but are not limited to:
Pressuring someone to engage in sexual behavior for some educational or employment
ii. Making a real or perceived threat that rejecting sexual behavior will carry a negative
consequence for or retaliation against the person.
iii. Denying, directly or indirectly, a person an education or employment related opportunity if
that person refuses to comply with a sexually oriented request.
iv. Engaging in unwelcome physical contact such as touching, blocking normal movement,
physical restraint, or assault.
v. Retaliating against a person for filing a harassment complaint or threatening to report
vi. Sexual harassment can involve males or females being harassed by members of either
sex. Although sexual harassment sometimes involves a person in a position of greater
authority than the harasser, individuals in positions of lesser or equal authority can also
be found responsible for engaging in prohibited harassment.
vii. Sexual harassment can be physical and/or psychological in nature. An aggregation of a
series of incidents can constitute sexual harassment even if one of the incidents considered separately would not rise to the level of harassment.
Hostile Environment Harassment — Sex harassment may also arise from unwanted conduct which is
so severe or persistent that it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or working environment. Conduct may be physical, verbal or nonverbal. For example, the following type of behaviors may
constitute harassment:
a. Inappropriate touching, hugging, or kissing.
b. Sexual remarks about a person’s clothing, body, or sexual relations.
c. Repeated requests for a date or romantic advances toward a student or employee despite the
person’s rejection of the advances.
d. Conversations of a sexual nature or similar jokes and stories.
e. Sexually explicit profanity.
Obscene gestures.
g. The display of sexually explicit materials in the workplace or campus housing.
h. The use of sexually explicit materials in the classroom which are without defensible educational
Sexual Misconduct is a broad term encompassing any sexual behaviors that violate Northwestern
College’s Title IX Policy. It includes sexual assault, inducing incapacitation for sexual purposes, sexual
exploitation, and relationship violence. In general, any harassing behavior or nonconsensual physical
contact of a sexual nature may constitute Sexual Misconduct. Sexual Misconduct may vary in its severity,
and consists of a range of behaviors or attempted behaviors that may be grounds for disciplinary action
under college policy.
Sexual Assault means having or attempting to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact with another
individual without consent and against their will. This includes sexual intercourse or sexual contact
achieved by the use or threat of force or coercion, where an individual does not consent to the sexual act,
or where an individual is incapacitated. Examples of sexual assault include, but are not limited to, the
following behaviors when consent is not present:
Non-consensual Sexual Contact, which is defined as any intentional sexual touching,
however slight, with any object or body part, by a man or a woman upon a man or a
woman, without consent.
ii. Nonconsensual Sexual Intercourse, which is defined as any sexual intercourse (anal,
oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object or body part, by a man or woman upon a
man or a woman, without consent.
iii. Forced Sexual Intercourse, which is defined as unwilling or nonconsensual sexual penetration (anal, vaginal, or oral) with any object or body part that is committed either by
force, threat, intimidation, or through exploitation of another’s mental or physical condition
of which the assailant was aware or should have been aware.
An individual who is incapacitated cannot consent to sexual activity. Incapacitation is
defined as the inability, temporarily or permanently, to give consent, because an individual is mentally
and/or physically helpless, unconscious, or unaware that the sexual activity is occurring. Where alcohol
and/or other drugs (including prescription drugs) are involved, incapacitation is a state beyond drunkenness or intoxication. Warning signs that a person may be approaching incapacitation may include: slurred
speech, vomiting, unsteady gait, odor of alcohol or other substance, combativeness, and/or emotional
An individual who engages in sexual activity with someone the individual knows or reasonably should
know is incapable of making a rational, reasonable decision about whether to engage in sexual activity is
in violation of this policy. This includes a person whose incapacity results from ingestion of a “date-rape” or
“predatory” drug. Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including but not limited
to: Rohypnol, LEAN, Ketomine, GHB or Burundanga is prohibited, and administering one of these drugs to
another person for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy and state criminal statutes.
Sexual Exploitation involves taking nonconsensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for
his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited,
and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples
include, but are not limited to:
i. Voyeurism – Observing another individual’s nudity or sexual activity or allowing another to
observe consensual sexual activity without the knowledge and consent of all parties involved.
ii. Non-consensual visual (i.e. video, photograph) or audio recording of sexual activity.
iii. Non-consensual distribution or streaming of photos, images, or information of an individual’s
sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness, with the intent to or having the effect of
embarrassing an individual who is the subject of such images or information.
iv. Prostituting another person.
v. Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances, or inducing another to expose his or
her genitals.
vi. Inducing incapacitation for the purpose of making another person vulnerable to
non-consensual sexual activity.
vii. Knowingly exposing another individual to a sexually transmitted disease or virus without his or
her knowledge.
viii. Possessing, distributing, viewing, or forcing others to view illegal pornography.
Relationship Violence (Domestic violence and Date violence) is abuse or violence against a
person who is or has been involved in a sexual, dating, domestic, or other intimate relationship by the
other person in the relationship. It may involve one act or an ongoing pattern of behavior. Relationship
violence can include, but is not limited to:
Physical violence that causes bodily injury.
ii. Sexual violence (rape).
iii. Emotional abuse creating apprehension of bodily injury or property damage. This can include
violence or threat of violence to one’s self, one’s sexual or romantic partner, and/or to the family
members or friends of the sexual or romantic partner.
iv. Economic abuse.
v. Repeated telephonic, electronic, or other forms of communication— anonymously or directly—made with the intent to intimidate, terrify, harass, or threaten.
vi. Relationship violence often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence. While physical
injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of
relationship abuse are also severe and usually cause a fear of the partner and feelings of
helplessness and desperation.
Stalking includes repeatedly following, harassing, threatening, or intimidating
another by telephone, mail, electronic communication, social media, or any
other action, device or method that purposely or knowingly causes substantial
emotional distress or reasonable fear of bodily injury or death. Examples of
stalking can include, but are not limited to:
Non-consensual communication including in-person communication, phone calls, voice
messages, text messages, email messages, social networking site postings, instant messages, postings of pictures or information on websites, written letters, gifts, ordering goods or
services, or any other communications that are undesired and/or place another person in fear.
Following, pursuing, waiting, or showing up uninvited at a workplace, place of residence,
classroom, or other locations frequented by a complainant.
Vandalism, including attacks on data and equipment.
Direct physical and/or verbal threats against a complainant or a complainant’s loved
Gathering of information about a complainant from family, friends, co-workers, and/or
Manipulative and controlling behaviors such as threats to harm oneself, or threats to
harm someone close to the complainant.
Defamation or slander against the complainant, posting false information about the
complainant and/or posing as the complainant to post to websites, newsgroups, blogs, or
other sites that allow public contributions, encouraging others to harass the complainant.
Arranging to meet complainant under false pretenses.
Consent — Effective consent is the basis of the analysis applied to unwelcome sexual contact. Lack of
consent is the critical factor in any incident of sexual misconduct.
Consent to participate in sexual activity is freely and actively given, and requires clear
communication between all persons involved in the sexual encounter.
Consent is active, not passive. Consent can be communicated verbally or by actions, but
in whatever way consent is communicated, it must be mutually understandable. Relying
on non-verbal communication can lead to misunderstandings. Consent may not be inferred from silence, passivity, lack of resistance, or lack of an active response alone. A
person who does not physically resist or verbally refuse sexual activity is not necessarily
giving consent.
If at any time it is reasonably apparent that either party is hesitant, confused, or unsure,
both parties should stop and obtain mutual verbal consent before continuing such activity.
Consent may be withdrawn by either party at any time. Withdrawal of consent must also
be outwardly demonstrated by mutually understandable words or clear, unambiguous
actions that indicate a desire to end sexual activity. Once withdrawal of consent has been
expressed, sexual activity must cease.
Consent to engage in sexual activity must exist from the beginning to end of each instance of sexual activity and for each form of sexual contact. Consent to one form of
sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
Previous relationships or previous consent does not imply consent to future sexual acts.
Consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating
behavior, or coercion. Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercive
behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to
get consent from another.
Effective consent cannot be given by minors, mentally disabled individuals, or persons
incapacitated as a result of consumption of drugs or alcohol.
1. Incapacitation is a state where one cannot make a rational, reasonable decision because they lack the ability to understand the “who, what, when, where,
why, or how” of their sexual interaction.
2. This policy also covers someone whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the taking of a so-called
“date-rape” drug.
ix. As a Christian college and consistent with the position of the Reformed Church in America,, the college lifts up the Christian ideal of
marriage between a man and a woman and contends that all sexual intimacy shall be within
the bounds of such marriage. A couple that chooses to engage in a consensual sexual re-
lationship outside the bounds of such a marriage will be subject to discipline or termination
of employment.
Northwestern College prohibits retaliation against a complainant, respondent, or any individual or group of
individuals involved in the investigation and/or resolution of an allegation of discrimination or (sexual)
harassment. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of the policy and independent of
whether an informal or formal complaint of sexual harassment is substantiated. Encouraging others to
retaliate shall constitute a violation of the policy. Examples of conduct that may constitute retaliation
include, but are not limited to: unfair grading, evaluation, or assignments; having information withheld or
made difficult to obtain in a timely manner, such as class information, recommendations, or grades; and
not being informed about important events, such as meetings or changes in policies. It also includes
ridicule (public or private), verbal or written threats or bribes, or refusal to meet with the person even
though that person has a right to do so.
Any person who retaliates against a complainant will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including
termination of employment (employees) or expulsion (students).
Persons who believe they have been retaliated against in violation of the policy should file a complaint with
the Title IX Coordinator.
a. All inquiries, complaints, and investigations are treated with discretion. Information is disclosed
as law and policy permit or require. However, the identity of the complainant may be disclosed
to the person(s) accused of such conduct. Publicizing information about alleged sex discrimination or retaliation is strictly prohibited, and may be considered a violation of college policy.
b. The Title IX Coordinator shall maintain all information pertaining to a complaint or investigation in secure files.
c. Federal Statistical Reporting Obligations:
Campus security officials have a duty to report certain types of violations of this policy for
federal statistical reporting purposes. All personally identifiable information is kept private, but
statistical information must be passed along to campus security officials regarding the type of
incident and its general location (on or off-campus, in the surrounding area, but no addresses
are given) for publication in the annual Campus Security Report required by the Clery Act.
Special Provisions
a. Attempted Violations
In most circumstances, the college will treat attempts to commit any of the violations listed in
this policy as if those attempts had been completed.
b. Encouraging Complaining Parties to Report Violations
The college community encourages the reporting of Title IX violations. Sometimes, complaining parties are hesitant to report to college officials because they fear that they may be
charged with policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident. It is in the
best interest of this community that as many complaining parties as possible report to college
officials. To encourage reporting, the college pursues a policy of offering complaining parties of
sex discrimination immunity from being charged with policy violations related to the particular
c. Encouraging Witnesses to Aid Victims (Good Samaritan policy)
Northwestern College subscribes to the concept of a “Good Samaritan” policy. For example, an
underage student who has been drinking should not hesitate to help another student who is in
danger. A student who chooses to intervene in the situation will be absolved from formal discipline sanctions.
Parental Notification
The college reserves the right to notify parents/guardians of dependent students regarding any health or safety emergency, change in student status, or conduct situation.
The college also reserves the right to designate which college officials have a need to
know about individual complaints pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act (FERPA).
e. Notification of Outcomes
i. The outcome of a Title IX investigation involving students is part of the education
record of the student parties involved, and is protected from release under a
federal law, FERPA. However, the college observes the legal exceptions that
allow for notification of the parties involved and others whom the college determines to inform based on the law and this policy.
ii. Students who bring any sort of sex discrimination complaint against faculty or
staff shall be informed of the outcome of the investigation and the resolution at
the same time as the complaint respondent.
iii. The college may release publicly the name, nature of the violation and the
sanction for any student who is found in violation of a college policy that is a
“crime of violence,” including: sex offenses, arson, burglary, robbery, criminal
homicide, assault, destruction/damage/vandalism of property, and kidnapping/
abduction. The college will release this information to the complainant in any of
these offenses regardless of the outcome.
Past Sexual History or Character of the Parties
The unrelated past sexual history or sexual character of a party will not be admissible in
an investigation.
Implementation and Dissemination of Information
To support this policy, Northwestern College will conduct periodic orientation and ongoing educational
programs for faculty, students, and staff concerning all areas of Title IX, Clery Act, VAWA, and Campus
SaVE Act. The Title IX Coordinator is charged with distributing copies of this policy and procedures to all
current members of the college community. An annual letter from the Title IX Coordinator will be sent to all
faculty and staff to remind them of the contents of the Title IX Policy, rights and privileges of individuals,
and responsibly of faculty and staff regarding sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking.
Copies of this policy and procedures will be continuously available at appropriate college centers and
Northwestern College encourages its employees and students to live by Biblical principles. When dealing
with our sexual roles, we would expect people to treat one another with respect, courtesy and justice in
keeping with Biblical norms. In a perfect world, we would not need a sexual harassment policy. Since we
live in a fallen world, it is necessary to have guidelines for our actions as well as procedures to follow when
our actions do not conform to our ideals.
Statement of Policy
Northwestern College as a Christian institution deplores harassment, sexual or otherwise, and maintains
its commitment to a learning and living environment which is fair, respectful, and free from sexual harassment. Northwestern College will take prompt aggressive action to eliminate and deal with such behavior. The college is also committed to ensuring that others who may have a connection to our community do not subject students and employees to harassment. Accordingly, this policy applies to visitors,
vendors, and other non-school personnel with whom we have a relationship.
Definition of Sexual Harassment (source: Equal Employment Opportunities Commission)
Sexual harassment is constituted by unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other
verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature which is directed toward a person because of his/her
gender, when:
submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic progress,
2. submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used or may be used as the
basis for decisions about employment, performance evaluation, selection for academic awards
or benefits, or academic decisions affecting an individual, or
3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or
academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for employment, learning, on-campus living, or participation in a College activity.
Behavior that rises to the level of sexual harassment is unwanted, one-sided, demeaning and can
include a range of subtle and not so subtle behaviors. Whether subtle or not, it is usually persistent,
repetitive or egregious conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel humiliation or discomfort. Although repeated incidents generally create a strong claim of sexual harassment, a serious incident, even if isolated, can be sufficient. The fact that someone did not intend to harass an
individual or did not realize their conduct was offensive is generally not considered a defense to a
complaint of sexual harassment. In most cases, it is the effect and characteristics of the behavior that
determine if the behavior constitutes sexual harassment.
In determining whether alleged sexual harassing conduct warrants corrective action, all relevant circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred, will be considered. Facts will be judged on
the basis of what is reasonable to persons of ordinary sensitivity and not on the particular sensitivity or
reaction of an individual.
Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. Behaviors
that may be considered sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, propositions or requests for sexual favors whether
direct or implied;
offers of employment or academic benefits in exchange for sexual favors;
offensive risquГ© jokes or derogatory comments about sex or gender-specific traits;
sexual slurs, innuendos, and other comments about a person’s clothing, body and/or sexual
inappropriate touching, patting, hugging, leering, ogling, or brushing against a person’s body;
invading one’s personal space, standing too close, impeding or blocking movement, and
pressure to accept social invitations, to meet privately, or to date;
suggestive, obscene or harassing messages sent via letters, computer or left on an answering
machine or voice mail;
display or circulation of sexually suggestive objects or pictures on or in college property (including through e-mail and Internet);
giving unwanted gifts; or
any other offensive, hostile, intimidating, or abusive conduct of a sexual nature.
There are other types of behavior that could be considered a violation of this policy and that
could result in discipline up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from
school. The college reserves the right to exercise judgment in determining other types of prohibited behavior.
Informal Procedure
Some sexual harassment results through ignorance of appropriate behavior. Students who believe they
are victims of sexual harassment by another student are encouraged to respond to the alleged harasser
directly by objecting and requesting that the unwelcome behavior stop. In some cases this may be the only
action necessary to eradicate the behavior. Students who believe they are the victims of sexual harassment by a faculty or staff member may also choose to confront the alleged harasser directly, but
recognizing the complexities of faculty/staff and student relationships, the student may decide to discuss
the situation informally with a Resident Director, the Dean of Student Life, or the Director of Human
Resources. The informal and confidential discussion will help to clarify whether sexual harassment ap-
pears to have occurred and to explore possible actions such as, but not limited to, commencement of the
Formal Procedure.
Formal Procedure
A student who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment should report the alleged
charge to a Resident Director, the Dean of Student Life, and/or the Director of Human Resources. For the
Formal Procedure to continue, the complainant must sign a written statement setting forth the facts of the
alleged charge of sexual harassment and submit it to the Dean of Student Life and/or the Director of
Human Resources.
Within seven working days following the receipt of the written and signed statement the individual charged
with sexual harassment will be provided with a copy of the statement or a written summary of the complaint.
The Administrative Council member and/or the Director of Human Resources shall promptly investigate
the complaint and upon completing a thorough investigation provide a written solution or explanation to the
complainant and also to the accused within fifteen days following the receipt of the complainant’s statement. In the event that the solution or explanation is not acceptable to the complainant or the accused,
either one of the parties may appeal to the President in writing within seven working days after receiving
the decision.
The President shall promptly investigate and provide a solution or explanation to the complainant or
accused within fifteen days following the receipt of the appeal. In the event that the solution or explanation
from the President is not acceptable to the complainant or accused, then either party may appeal finally to
the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. The complainant or accused has seven working days
after receiving the President's response to submit a written request to the Chair of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee shall promptly investigate and provide a solution or explanation to the complainant or accused within fifteen days following the receipt of the appeal. The decision of the Executive
Committee of the Board of Trustees is final.
The officials listed directly above, or their appointed designees, will conduct whatever inquiry they deem
necessary and will arrange conferences with the complainant, the alleged offender, and any other appropriate persons. The investigation will afford the alleged harasser an opportunity to respond to the
allegations. The complainant and the alleged offender will be notified of the outcome of the investigation;
however, that information should be treated by both parties as confidential and private.
Reporting Incidents
Reports of sexual harassment should be brought as soon as possible after the alleged conduct occurs,
optimally within one year. Prompt reporting will enable the college to investigate the facts, determine the
issues, and provide an appropriate remedy or disciplinary action. For reports of sexual harassment
brought after one year, the college will respond to reports of sexual harassment to the greatest extent
possible, taking into account the amount of time that has passed since the alleged conduct occurred.
Notification of President
The President will be kept apprised by the Administrative Council member or the Director of Human
Resources of any informal discussions or formal complaints of alleged harassment, unless the charge
involves the President.
Responsibilities of Supervisory Personnel
All members of the college community have a general responsibility to contribute in a positive way to an
environment that is free of sexual harassment. Supervisors or department heads, however, have additional responsibilities for supporting the effective administration of this policy. Supervisors or department
heads who observe sexual harassment or become aware of any incidents or alleged incidents of harassment must take prompt action to stop it and report the incident to a member of the Administrative
Council and the Director of Human Resources. Any supervisor or department head who fails to report
allegations of sexual harassment or who otherwise fails to deal properly with such allegations will be
subject to corrective action, up to and including dismissal.
Other employees at the college who witness or observe harassing behavior are also requested to report
such incidents as indicated above.
Personal Advocate
A complainant or alleged harasser may be accompanied by a representative of his/her choice during any
part in the informal or formal procedure to offer support or advocate on his or her behalf. Any individual
acting in an advocacy role will be expected to respect and preserve confidentiality throughout the process.
Range of Disciplinary and Redemptive Actions
Disciplinary or redemptive actions for a faculty or staff member of the college found to have harassed
another individual will depend upon the severity of the incident, the offender’s prior record and intent, and
the specifics regarding the nature of the violation. In a situation where sexual harassment has occurred,
disciplinary actions can include, but are not limited to:
a. Counseling
b. Written warning
c. Impact on promotion or salary
d. Participation in an educational program
e. Suspension
In the case of a student perpetrator, a behavioral contract will be issued incorporating any of the following
a. Counseling
b. Written warning
c. Probation
d. Participation in an educational program
e. Required consultations
g. Dismissal
Whenever possible, the college will meet with the victim of sexual harassment for the purpose of keeping
the victim informed as to the steps being taken and as part of the disciplinary decision-making process.
The college will take the victim’s perspective into consideration, but it is not bound to the victim’s disciplinary requests.
Prompt and appropriate steps will also be taken if any non-employee (visitor, vendor, supplier and other
non-school personnel with whom Northwestern College has a relationship) is found to have unlawfully
harassed any students.
Perpetrators of sexual harassment may be liable as individuals for civil or criminal penalties as well.
Retaliation or adverse treatment against anyone reporting alleged sexual harassment or discrimination
behaviors, or against an individual accused of committing harassment is prohibited. Such retaliation is
considered a serious violation of the policy and shall be independent of whether a charge or informal
complaint of sexual harassment is substantiated. Any employee or student who threatens, intimidates, or
retaliates against a student or witness because of a complaint of discrimination or harassment, or because
of participation in any investigation, will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of
employment or dismissal from school.
Every reasonable effort will be made to preserve the confidentiality and to protect the rights of employees
or students involved in complaints of harassment. Information collected during an investigation will generally only be disclosed to persons involved directly in conducting the investigation and those determining
what action, if any, to take in response to the complaint. However, complete confidentiality cannot be
guaranteed because an effective investigation usually requires revealing certain information to the alleged
harasser and potential witnesses. In addition, if the complainant chooses to speak publicly regarding the
case, the college shall not be held liable.
False Claims
The college takes all allegations of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation seriously. Due to the
nature of harassment, complaints cannot always be substantiated. The lack of corroborating evidence
should not discourage complainants from seeking relief through the procedures in this policy. Failure to
prove a claim of harassment is not equivalent to a false allegation. However, a complainant whose alle-
gations are found to be intentionally false or made with malicious intent will be subject to disciplinary action
up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from school.
All records generated during an investigation at any level in the handling of a complaint of sexual harassment shall be retained confidentially in the offices of the Administrative Council member who received
and investigated the complaint or the Director of Human Resources if he/she received and investigated
the complaint. Both the complainant and the harasser may include a written statement to be included in
these records that would provide an opportunity to explain, concur with, or dispute either the College
findings with respect to the complaint or the disciplinary action imposed, if any.
No record of a complaint shall be placed in the personnel file of an administrator, faculty member, or staff
member or in the student conduct file if the complaint is found to be unsubstantiated and without merit.
Where a complaint results in a finding that the complaint was well-grounded and substantiated, an official
notation will be placed in the personnel file of the administrator, faculty member, or staff member or in the
student conduct file of the student against whom the complaint is filed and any official punitive action will
be noted in the file.
Counseling and Support
Harassment can leave an individual with feelings of anger, guilt, shame, confusion, depression, or embarrassment, among other feelings. Those emotions can be hard to handle and may affect an individual’s
work or academic life. To help resolve those feelings, individuals involved in these situations should seek
assistance from a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist. Counseling services are available through the
college’s Counseling Services office and/or by the Chaplain.
In accordance with Iowa’s Smoke-free Air Act, Northwestern’s campus, including buildings and outdoor
spaces, is required to be smoke free. Smoking is prohibited on our athletic fields, inside or outside of our
buildings, on parking lots, or in a vehicle on one of our parking lots.
In addition, Northwestern College has chosen to be a tobacco-free campus and students are prohibited
from using any tobacco products while on college property. Students are also prohibited from using
products that simulate tobacco use, such as e-cigarettes and herbal chew
In keeping with our Christian commitment, sportsmanlike conduct is expected at all athletic events, both
intercollegiate and intramural. This includes respect for all officials, athletes, and spectators. Appropriate
disciplinary action will be taken for violation of this policy.
Students involved on or off campus in stealing of property or connected with those stealing property are
subject to significant discipline that likely will result in restitution for anything stolen and dismissal from
college. Local police will likely be involved.
Appliances used for cooking in the dorm, whether in a student’s room or in the building kitchenette, must
be used under direct supervision and not be left unattended. Students will be held responsible for damaged personal or college property caused by a fire due to carelessness and/or inattentive cooking. If a
student leaves food unattended or is negligent while using a range or microwave and a fine is assigned to
Northwestern College by the fire marshal, the student will be responsible to pay the entire fine.
In addition, if a student leaves food unattended or is negligent while using a range or microwave and a fire
alarm goes off, that student will be fined $150.
Open hall hours:
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
2:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
During open hall hours, visitation is allowed in the living areas by members of the opposite sex. Stairwells
are considered living areas and are subject to the hours stated in this policy. The door must remain ajar
while a guest of the opposite sex is present in a student’s room. Residents are expected to dress modestly
so as to avoid embarrassment in anticipation of the presence of a guest during “open hall” hours. Additional open hall hours may also be established for a limited number of special occasions. Requests should
be made to the RD for special open hall hours.
Violation of the standards shall be subject to disciplinary action as determined by the Student Life staff.
The privilege or participation in “open hall” may be withdrawn from a living unit of an individual for a period
of time for violation of visitation regulations.
In the Courtyard Village, Bolks Apartments, and Cottages, the open hall hours listed above do not apply.
However, students of the opposite sex may not sleep or spend the night in these living units. Furthermore,
in the Bolks Apartments, Cottages, and Courtyard Village basement apartments, visitation in bedrooms is
prohibited from 12:00 midnight to 12:00 noon. Visitation in the bedrooms of non-basement Courtyard
Village units, (Apartments 3-10, 13-20, 23-30) is prohibited at all times. A violation will result in disciplinary
Acts of violence that are intentional and/or flagrant will not be tolerated and will be subject to significant
Upon applying to be a student at Northwestern, every student is informed of a number of standards that
guide our life together at Northwestern. Each student signs a statement which reads: “I understand the
views and concerns of the college and agree to cooperate with the responsibilities expected of me.” It is
expected that all students have chosen Northwestern because of the kind of lifestyle that is expressed in
these policies.
The college reserves the right to take disciplinary action against anyone who demonstrates he/she is
unwilling to conduct him/herself as is expected of students in this institution. Such disciplinary action may
be in the form of a warning, probation, required consultations, community renewal, fines, temporary
suspension, or dismissal from college. If a regulation is violated, the Student Life Office normally uses a
contract or behavioral agreement designed to help the student make responsible decisions regarding
future actions. The terms of the agreement include the college’s clarification of its specific expectations for
the student and the student’s written agreement to work within these expectations. Typically, this incorporates community renewal hours that may include:
a. community service (Each hour of community service equals one hour of community renewal.)
b. a written response in the form of an “insight paper” (3 pages = 1 hour)
c. counseling on campus with staff/faculty
d. counseling off campus at a referral site
e. a fine (1 hour = $25.00)
f. a combination of any or all these adding up to the designated allotment of time.
Failure to abide by the terms of the contract is viewed as evidence of the student’s lack of desire to remain
as a member of the community. In some instances where the offense is considered severely damaging to
the Christian college community, the student may be dismissed by the Dean of Student Life without benefit
of the contract system.
Disciplinary action may include suspension. During a suspension, a student will remain off campus for the
duration of the suspension with the exception of attending classes and chapel. Suspended students will
attend all classes and chapels but will need to obtain meals and lodging off campus during the suspension
period. When a student is suspended or dismissed, the parents of the student will be notified that the
student has temporarily been removed from the college community.
The “due process” procedure is used in cases when it is presumed college rules have been broken:
1. The student will be confronted by a member of the Student Life staff (an RD, Director of Residence
Life, or Dean of Student Life) and the issue under question will be discussed.
2. If, after discussion, the Residence Life Staff has reason to believe a violation has taken place, a
Resident Director, Director of Residence Life, and/or the Dean of Students will discuss a contract with
the student concerned. The intent of the contract will be to further the student’s individual growth. The
contract would state both the offense and the expected penalty, and will be signed by the student and
pertinent Student Life staff members. The student is then responsible for living within the standards of
the college plus the specific agreements in the contract. The expected penalty will take into consideration the present offense and the student’s previous behavioral record.
3. The disciplinary process is a redemptive one and is not a legal proceeding. The involvement of
professional legal counsel in all disciplinary proceedings is prohibited.
A student may appeal any disciplinary decision made by the Student Life staff. All appeals must be made
in writing (either printed or emailed) to the Student Life Office within 24 hours of notification of the disciplinary decision. Upon receipt of your appeal request, the Dean of Student Life will forward your request to
the Provost, who will appoint a chair of the discipline appeals board. The chair will assess whether an
appeals hearing will be heard. An appeals hearing will be granted only when one or both of the following
conditions are satisfied:
a. The introduction of new evidence or factors which were not included in the original disciplinary
b. Proof of extenuating factors or results of the disciplinary decision that were not considered or
foreseen by the individual or group making that decision.
The chair has the right to determine whether or not to grant an appeal hearing. If a hearing is to be held,
the Provost will assemble a representative group of 1 faculty member, 1 staff member, and 1 student to
serve as the student discipline appeals board and to hear the appeal. The appeal over the summer
vacation period will be handled as soon as possible but not later than one week before classes resume in
the following fall semester.
A decision made by the appeals board may be appealed to the Provost, who is the final authority of
appeal. During the appeal period, a student may continue his/her normal activities as a student unless the
Student Life Office deems the student’s presence on campus to be detrimental to the campus community.
The Student Life Office reserves the right to restrict the student’s presence on campus or at college events
until the appeal hearing.
The Northwestern College Athletic Department is committed to the development of student-athletes in the
areas of character, academic success and athletic excellence within a Christ-centered environment.
Student-athletes not only represent themselves, but also God, their families, teammates, coaches and
Northwestern College. Our goal is to develop and reinforce a climate of positive behavior wherein our
coaches teach and student-athletes embrace a life-style which will enable them to positively impact all
who come in contact with them and allow them to leave a legacy of Godly men and women.
As a part of Northwestern College’s athletic department, athletes and coaches are expected to compete,
practice, learn, and make decisions in a manner that illustrates commitment to Northwestern College, their
team and Christ’s example. This is accomplished through continual growth in the areas of integrity,
discipline, and accountability.
Integrity – choosing wise behaviors in the small daily decisions athletically, academically, socially, and
Discipline – understanding that in order to be successful individually, and for the team to be successful
collectively, discipline must be embraced.
Accountability – taking responsibility and action for what happens. One of the greatest compliments one
can receive as a member of a team is that one can be counted on.
Student-athletes are expected to live within the boundaries established by Northwestern College campus
policies for community living. In addition, student-athletes are expected to meet any behavioral guidelines
established by the Athletic Department or by the coaches of their particular team. Student-athletes are
expected to live within these boundaries from the time they report to campus until the time they leave
campus at the end of the academic year. They shall also be subject to discipline if they break any criminal
laws during the summer.
The Athletic Conduct and Discipline Board will review activity of student-athletes that is not consistent with
prescribed behavioral guidelines. The Board is composed of two members of the Athletic Department and
one member of Residence Life. The Director of Athletics, the Director of Residence Life and the Assistant
Director of Athletics will serve in these roles. However, in their absence each department must designate
a substitute. If one of the members of the board is a head coach and a case involves an athlete in their
program a substitute member from the Athletic department will take their place.
A student-athlete will first be subject to policies and due process outlined in the student handbook. If a
student-athlete commits a campus infraction, the initial portion of the disciplinary process will be headed
by the Dean of Student Life in conjunction with the Director of Residence Life.
If an infraction occurs which indicates a need for action involving the Athletic Conduct and Discipline Board
the Director of Residence Life will contact the Athletic Director who will then contact the other members of
the Board and schedule a meeting of the Board. The meeting of the Board will take place in a timely
fashion for the benefit of the athlete, team, Athletic Department and Northwestern College.
The head coach of the athlete involved will be contacted by a Board member and made aware that an
infraction has occurred and that the Board is making an initial review of the case. After an initial review of
the case, the head coach will be invited to discuss the case and become involved in the process of
determining an appropriate action in response to the violation. The final decision will lie with the Athletic
Conduct and Discipline Board.
Following the decision by the Athletic Conduct and Discipline Board, the Director of Athletics will meet with
the student-athlete and head coach to share the Board decision. Coaches, in cooperation with the Director
of Athletics, will be responsible for carrying out the provisions set down in the board decision.
The Athletic Department retains the right to establish consequences for failure to meet any guidelines
established by the department in general or by a coach of a particular sport. In light of the increased
visibility of the athletic arena and the potential impact of inappropriate behavior on fellow team members,
the coaching staff, the total Athletic Department and Northwestern College, the Athletic Conduct and
Discipline Board retains the right to expand the domain of jurisdiction over student/athletes beyond that
which is indicated in the general student handbook.
Consequences for behavior that is not in concert with the mission of the Athletic Department or Northwestern College may include: counseling, probation, suspension from practice and/or games, and in
severe cases reduction or loss of scholarship and dismissal from a team. Consequences for behavior may
vary according to the situation being considered. In some cases the consequences will be limited to the
contract developed by Residence Life. Repeat infractions will generally result in heavier penalties.
A student may appeal any disciplinary decision made by the Athletic Conduct and Discipline Board to the
Student Discipline Subcommittee of the Campus Life Committee. This subcommittee consists of three
faculty members and two students who serve on the Campus Life Committee. All appeals must be made in
writing (e-mail is not acceptable) within 24 hours of notification of the disciplinary decision being appealed
to the chair of the subcommittee. An appeals hearing will be granted only when one or both of the following
conditions are satisfied:
a. The introduction of new evidence or factors which were not included in the original disciplinary decision.
b. Proof of extenuating factors or results of the disciplinary decision that were not considered or foreseen
by the individual or group making that decision.
The chair of the Student Discipline Subcommittee has the right to determine whether or not to grant an
appeal hearing. A decision made by the Student Discipline Subcommittee may be appealed to the
President of the College, who is the final authority of appeal.
Bulletin boards are provided across campus for the purpose of displaying announcements and posters. All
announcements or posters for non-college sponsored events must meet the approval of the Office of
Student Life before being posted. Posters are not to be taped to the windows of any buildings.
Northwestern offers a free bike check-out program. You may check out a bike at the AV desk in the LRC.
The college provides bike racks behind the residence halls, at the Rowenhorst Student Center, and next to
Van Peursem Hall. Bikes are not to be parked in front of, in the lounge, or in the hallways of the residence
halls. However, bicycles are allowed to be stored in an individual’s dorm room throughout the academic
year. Students are required to register all bikes at no charge. Bike registration is not available online so
students will have to register their bikes in the Student Life Office in the Ramaker Center.
Students are encouraged to bring their bicycles home during the winter months. Northwestern College is
NOT responsible for any damage done to bicycles left in the bike racks or damage by snow removal
equipment. All students are given the opportunity to store their bikes with the Maintenance Department for
the winter months free of charge. The date for bringing the bikes to the Maintenance Office is decided by
the Director of Maintenance and will be announced in the Informer and the Beacon. All bikes stored for the
winter need to be picked up by May 1. Any bikes left after graduation will be given away to non-profit
Students wishing to operate a college vehicle must obtain approval to do so from the college Maintenance
Office. A student must be at least 21 years old, have a good driving record, complete a Driver Request
Form, and have a photocopy of a valid driver’s license. All student drivers will be required to go through a
driving course. The course will be offered twice a year. The dates will be decided by the Director of
Maintenance. Authorization to drive a college vehicle will be given after the college insurance company
has approved the request.
All students are eligible for campus employment opportunities. This includes doing necessary work in
college offices, the library, residence halls, and the dining hall. Some summer contracts are also available.
The application process for both fall and summer should be completed during the first part of the second
semester. For further information contact the Career Development Center.
Students seeking financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after filing taxes
for students (if filing) and parents. Northwestern College (school code 001883) should be designated as
one of the recipients. Students are encouraged to file online at www. fafsa. ed. gov and to use the Auto
Data Retrieval tool that appears as you fill out the online FAFSA.
The Financial Aid office will receive the results of FAFSA, and providing a student has applied and been
accepted for admission, will prepare and mail a financial aid award. Northwestern College reserves the
right to adjust financial aid. Value of awards may increase or decrease based on academic achievement,
need, or additional information received by the Financial Aid Office.
Fund-raising for any college-sponsored activities must have the approval of the either the Director of
Student Activities, the Athletic Director, or Campus Ministries with final approval granted by the Advancement Office. Fund raising request forms are available from any of the offices listed above. Examples
of fund raising activities needing prior approval may include: the production of t-shirts or other apparel,
benefit concerts, employment services or any personal or written solicitations conducted on or off campus.
In order to protect our students, faculty, and staff from a barrage of fund-raising requests unrelated to
Northwestern College, mass, untargeted solicitation is not allowed.
Please contact the Advancement Office at #7107 if you have questions about any fund-raising activities.
Students are not covered by Northwestern in case of illness or injury that requires medical attention or
hospitalization. The college offers an inexpensive group plan for student health insurance covering accidents and sickness. A student who is not fully covered by a family health care policy is strongly urged to
purchase this coverage. Students may enroll at anytime during the year. Students with an address outside
the United States are required to take out this policy unless they can prove insurability while in the U. S.
The policy is not a blanket policy covering all expenses, but it does provide coverage for minor accidents
and illnesses. An enrollment form and an information brochure for international students are available from
Northwestern College’s business office. Domestic students should review plan details and apply online at
Northwestern College is not responsible for the property of others. This includes loss or damage to your
property located on our premises. Please review your homeowner’s and auto insurance policies to determine if your property is adequately covered in the event of loss or damage. The only exception to this
policy is when the college has care, custody or control of the property of others. In those circumstances,
you may have a claim under the college’s insurance policy.
The college cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.
An ounce of prevention – a word to the wise:
Please put your name on all your belongings
Please do not leave valuables unattended/unlocked around campus
Please register your bicycles with the Student Life Office in Ramaker Center
Please report a “lost” or “found” item as soon as possible
Where to post lost and found items:
On the NWC Campus Network you will find the INFORMER. You are welcome to post the item in either the
category for “lost” or for “found”. Please do this as soon as possible to help with the search.
Where to bring lost items/ Where to look for lost items.
A. There are two primary Lost and Found locations for ITEMS OF VALUE such as:
Wallets, ID Cards, Computers, Phones Keys, i-Pods, Backpacks, Jewelry/Watches
1. Student Life Office in the Ramaker Center
Contact Person: Darla Hettinga at Extension 7200
2. Campus Maintenance Office in the Maintenance Building
Contact Person: Julie Andersen at Extension 7170
B. There are Lost and Found locations in most of the major buildings on campus for ITEMS OF
LESSER VALUE such as clothing.
Phone Lost and Found Location
Bultman Center
Athletic Office (Jim Burmakow)
Rowenhorst Student Center
Athletic Office (Karen Vander Pol)
Chapel/Performing Arts
Music Office
Colenbrander Hall
Residence Hall Director Office
Fern Smith Hall
Residence Hall Director Office
Hospers Halls
Residence Hall Director Office
Learning Commons
Circulation Desk
North Suites Hall
Residence Hall Director Office
Ramaker Center
Student Life Office
Rowenhorst Student Center
RSC Control Desk
Stegenga Hall
Residence Hall Director Office
Summer Camps
Athletic Office
Theatre Building
Theatre Office
VanPeursem Hall
Learning Resource Center – AV Desk
Lost and Found - Procedures/Questions/Answers
If you find something around campus please take it ASAP to one of the Lost and Found locations.
If you are able to find a name on the item – please contact the person right away.
Keep the item in a secure location or deliver the item to a Lost and Found location. Please put a note on
the item with the owner’s name and when it will be picked-up.
Please use the campus INFORMER to post the missing item when it is turned into a Lost and
If you find an ID CARD around campus – please bring it to the Student Life Office right away.
The student will be notified by email. It is important for an ID card to be return to the owner as soon as
If you find a VALUABLE item around campus take it to either of these two places:
Student Life Office – Ramaker Center - Darla Hettinga
Campus Maintenance Office – Maintenance Building – Julie Andersen
Items of value that are brought to these Lost and Found locations will be stored in a secure cabinet.
Where should I bring a common item of lesser value like a sweatshirt, hat, glove, etc.?
Common lost and found items can be brought to the other Lost and Found Locations listed above. There is
a lost and found in most of the major buildings on campus.
When a person comes to a Lost and Found location searching for an item please let them know:
To check the campus INFORMER for a possible listing in the Lost category
To check the other Lost and Found locations on campus
A list of the other Lost and Found locations can be obtained at any Lost and Found location.
How often will the Lost and Found locations be cleaned-out?
The Lost and Found items can accumulate over the semester. We will clean-out the Lost and Found
locations three times per year:
At the start of the fall semester for items accumulated over the summer months.
At the start of the spring semester for items accumulated over the fall semester.
At the beginning of June for items accumulated over the spring semester.
What do we do with all the Lost and Found items that have accumulated?
When we clean-out the Lost and Found locations the items are usually donated to a local charity like
Justice for All or Bibles for Missions.
All solicitation requests, political, commercial, or non-commercial (no exchange of services or products for
money) must receive approval from the Dean of Student Life one week in advance of the solicitation
activity. Solicitation in residence halls is restricted to lounge and entrance way areas unless special
permission is received from the Director of Residence Life.
Thefts should be reported to the Campus Security Office.
Location: Rowenhorst Student Center
Hours: Monday – Friday
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm or by appointment (office hours will vary)
Phone: 707-7475
Peter Boerema, Director of Campus Safety & Environmental Health
All parking tickets and appeals should be brought to the Campus Security Office.
All vehicles used on campus by members of the college community (students, faculty, and staff) must be
registered. Register your vehicle online by logging on to My Northwestern and select “vehicle information”
in My Checklist. After you’ve registered your vehicle, the registration fee will be on your billing statement
and a parking tag will be sent to your campus mailbox in the RSC. See the “Designated Parking” section
below for detailed parking instructions, or refer to the insert provided with your parking tag for a summary.
Failure to register your vehicle will result in a fine and if your vehicle is not registered within two weeks after
being on campus, it may be towed away at the owner’s expense. If you get a different vehicle you must
report the change to the Student Life Office in the Ramaker Center within one week. If a vehicle is brought
to campus later in the semester, it must be registered in the Student Life Office. A current registration
sticker must be properly adhered to the exterior lower driver’s side corner of the rear window.
Detailed information about cost and related fees can be found at
If a student brings a car to campus temporarily or for less than two weeks, they can obtain a temporary tag
at no cost. Failure to display a temporary or regular parking tag results in a fine because the college has no
way of knowing if the vehicle is legitimately on campus or not. Temporary parking tags can be obtained
from the Campus Security Office or the Student Life Office during normal office hours of 8:00 AM – 5:00
PM. You can also get a temporary parking tag from your RD.
Parking on and around campus is limited. Proper parking within designated areas is required to make
efficient use of parking spaces. Tickets of $15 will be issued for violation of campus parking codes (per
violation, multiple violations may be indicated on a single ticket). The $15 fine will be reduced to $10 if paid
within three days of being issued. Fines will double to $30 if not paid in one week and a hold will be added
after one month. Freshmen may only park in lots designated “Open Parking.”
1. Event Parking (No Overnight Parking)
No parking allowed for any length of time in the following areas from Midnight to 6:00 AM M-F and
from 1:00 AM – 6:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday
• Lot A (South end, East side of island behind football stands)
• Lot D (Chapel Parking Lot)
• Lot N (Learning Commons Parking Lot)
• Lot G (Rowenhorst Student Center Parking Lot)
• Lot H (located across Hwy 10 from Zwemer and VPH)
o Exception: The rows on the east end next to Conoco that are marked with signs as open
student parking may be used as such overnight. These spaces are for full time resident
students only. All other vehicles must be parked in another spot in Lot H or in a different
lot. Staff and Faculty are asked to leave these open for students.
• Lot I (located just east of the Bultman Center)
• Lot J (located at the south end of the Bultman Center)
Exception: Parking spaces around the center islands that are marked with signs as open
student parking may be used as such overnight. These spaces are for full time resident
students only. All other vehicles must be parked in another spot in Lot J or in a different
lot. Staff and Faculty are asked to leave these open for students.
• The half-circle drive in front of Fern Smith Hall
• Albany Ave. Strip Lots (in front of Colenbrander, Hospers and Jaycee Park)
• Korver Art Center parking lot
• South side of Industrial Road (south of Bultman Center & Rowenhorst Student Center)
• North Suites Hall (Front of the building)
• Franken Center (Front of building)
• Street parking after October 15 (or as marked by the city)
2. Restricted Parking (upperclassmen)
The following parking lots are available to upperclassmen (So., Jr., and Sr.) on an unlimited basis:
• Lot A (behind Colenbrander and Hospers)
• Lot E (north of Courtyard Village)
• Lot F (gravel lot southeast of Courtyard Village)
• Courtyard Village Strip Lots
• All Open Parking Lots, designated below
3. Open Parking
The following parking lots are for all students but intended primarily for freshmen:
• Lot B (north of Jaycee Park)
• Lot C (corner of Albany and 6th Street – paved and lit up)
• North side of Industrial Road (south of Bultman Center & Rowenhorst Student Center)
• Lot H (located across Hwy 10 from Zwemer and VPH) – The rows on the east end next to Conoco
that are marked with signs as open student parking may be used as such overnight. All other
spots in this lot are designated as No Overnight.
• Lot J (located at the south end of the Bultman Center) – Parking spaces around the center islands
that are marked with signs as open student parking may be used as such overnight. All other
spots in this lot are designated as No Overnight.
• Lot K (Northeast of Seventh and Delaware)
• Lot L (Southwest of Seventh and Delaware)
4. Other Restrictions
• Spaces reserved for the handicapped must be left clear for disabled persons. Unauthorized vehicles in these areas are subject to a $50 fine and may be towed at the owner’s expense.
• Sidewalks, driveways, grassy areas, emergency, loading and service areas must be kept clear at
all times. This includes access to trash bins. Vehicles parked in these areas may be ticketed and
towed at the owner’s expense.
• Driving too fast in campus parking areas, driving on the grass/sidewalks or altering a parking tag
can result in fines and/or removal of your parking tag.
Occasions arise when it is necessary to tow vehicles that were parked illegally, or contrary to signage on
college property.
Some situations include:
1. Vehicles parked in handicap parking spaces without proper license or permit.
2. Vehicles parked on campus sidewalks, lawns, or other illegal areas.
3. Vehicles parked in areas designated as fire lanes, service, and delivery areas, “No Parking Anytime”,
4. Vehicles parked in No Overnight areas when snow removal is necessary
5. Vehicles parked for an extended time, in a college parking lot and appear to be abandoned.
6. Vehicles that are not registered.
If a vehicle is towed it will be taken to the north side of the maintenance lot where the owner can retrieve it.
The vehicle will be ticketed, and the Campus Security Office will invoice the owner for the towing charge. If
the fine is not paid, the fine will then be charged to the students/staff/faculty account and in the case of
student a hold will be placed on the student account until payment is made. Vehicles without a Northwestern College permit will be towed to Elite Autobody.
All parking appeals are heard by an Appeals Board made up of members of the college community.
Appeal forms can be printed off under the “Safety & Security” icon in the Campus Life section of Northwestern’s website. All appeals must be submitted with a copy of the original ticket within ten days of a
parking ticket being issued to the Campus Security Office. You will need to pay the ticket fine to the
Campus Security Office while your appeal is being considered by the Appeals Board. Failure to pay your
ticket fine will result in your appeal being denied. You will be notified in writing when a decision has been
made concerning your parking appeal. If your appeal is granted, then you will receive a refund of your
ticket charge. If your appeal is denied by the Appeals Board, you will not be refunded your parking fine. All
appeal decisions by the Appeals Board are final and may not be appealed to other members of the
campus community!
Students will be expected to move their cars from student parking on days where snow removal is needed.
Notification will be done via campus e-mail and signs in the dorms. Cars not moved when there is snow
removal will be towed at owner’s expense. Cars will be towed to the lot north of the Maintenance Building.
All cars left over Christmas or Spring Break should be parked in Lots B or L. All other lots will be subject to
towing. Vehicles left over the summer must be parked in Lot B and a set of keys should be left with the
Student Life Office in case the vehicle needs to be moved during that time.
Location: Rowenhorst Student Center (RSC)
Hours: Monday
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Campus store is closed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 –
10:30 AM during chapel. During afternoon home football games, the Campus store is open
from 12:00 – 4:30 PM.
Phone: 707-7195 (Campus store)
Glenda De Vries, Manager
Students operate the store under the supervision of a staff manager
Book returns are limited to schedule changes or dropped classes; return books immediately following
a dropped class and will not be accepted after the add/drop deadline date set by the Registrar’s
Office. You must have a bookstore receipt and you will be reimbursed 75% of the purchase price for
books in good condition.
On campus book buybacks are offered one day during the first week of each semester, and during
the last week/finals week of each semester. Dates will be posted in the Campus store and on posters
around campus.
Location: Rowenhorst Student Center (RSC)
Hours: Monday – Friday
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Phone: 707-7198
Deb Wolthuizen, Supervisor
All incoming mail is delivered to the Rowenhorst Student Center (RSC) Monday through Friday and
distributed to students’ mailboxes by 2:00 PM. Campus mail is distributed throughout the day. Students
will be notified when they receive packages and they can pick them up during the mailroom hours.
The mailroom is able to ship via USPS and UPS (not Fed Ex). The final cut-off for all outgoing mail is
3:00 PM Monday through Friday. A mail key will be issued to each new student during orientation. The
key remains in the student’s possession as long as they remain a registered student at Northwestern
College (NWC). Mail cannot be obtained without a key. The replacement fee for a lost mail key is $5.
Failure to return the mail key when leaving NWC will result in a $5 deduction from the student’s enrollment deposit.
U. S. postal regulations require that to ensure delivery, mail must be addressed as follows:
Student’s Name
208 8th St. SW Unit ____
Orange City, IA 51041
Location: Van Peursem Hall
Phone: 712-707-7333
Hours: Monday – Thursday
7:30 am – midnight
7:30 am – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm – midnight
Computing Services provides IT support and infrastructure for the campus community. Located on
the first floor of Van Peursem Hall, across from the chapel, the computing services department
provides a general purpose computer lab with both B&W and color printers, a Computer Science
classroom, scanners, and various other specialized technologies. The Computing Services Help
Desk is located at the roll-up window near the south exit and is staffed with extended hours to provide
support for computer issues.
There are a many high-speed, networked laser printers located throughout campus. Main printers
are located in the Computing Services computer lab, the Learning Commons, and the Rowenhorst
Student Center. Additionally, every residence hall and apartment has a printer, located in the main
computer lab of each building. Each student begins every semester with a printing credit of $15. 00.
Prints made on campus printers throughout the semester deduct from that starting credit at the rate
of 10 cents per single-sided monochrome page, 12 cents per double-sided (“duplex”) page, and 50
cents per side for full-color printing. Publicly available color printers are located in the Computing
Services lab and the Learning Commons. Additionally, you can set your personal computer to print to
these as well. Thus, you do not need to bring a printer to campus unless you wish to for the sake of
convenience. If you go above the $15 printing credit, you will be billed at the above rates at the end of
every month.
Computers are available for student use in many campus buildings, including all residence halls, the
Rowenhorst Student Center, Van Peursem Hall, and the Learning Commons. Wireless access is
available campus wide. NWC computers are all connected to a local area network, providing access
to a variety of printers, software, data, and the Internet. Dorm computer labs are available seven
days a week, 24 hours a day. Other computer labs are available depending on the hours of the
building. Computers in the computing services lab may be reserved for academic use up to two
weeks in advance. Reservations are made at the help desk and are limited to a maximum of two
hours per session and a maximum of six hours per week.
The homepage for all lab computers is On the left side of your home page are
links to Campus Announcements, Campus Resources, Changing Your Password, and the Informer.
For your security, please change your password frequently. On the right side of the page is a link to
the Computing Services Help Desk, a central location for computing resources on the web. Here you
can find frequently asked questions, computer setup instructions, and the Help Desk, a place to
request help for computer issues. You will also find a link to email, view registration information, and
go to the Library’s home page.
While Northwestern provides campus-wide wireless network access, we do not have 100% coverage
in all areas of every dorm room or apartment. Additionally, the technology behind Wi-Fi makes it
susceptible to a number of environmental variables which can cause interference and/or performance degradation. Therefore, we recommend plugging your computer into one of the orange
internet ports in your dorm room or campus apartment for bandwidth-sensitive applications such as
Skype, FaceTime, Youtube, and Netflix, as the wired network provides a faster and more reliable
connection than wireless.
Northwestern College gives each student, faculty, and staff member the privilege to use its computing and networking resources. Accompanying that privilege are certain responsibilities. As a user of
these systems, it is your responsibility to understand them. Failure to follow the guidelines set forth
here will result in disciplinary actions against you as well as possible prosecution under state or
federal law. Accessing the computer network without authorization (e. g. using someone else’s login
name) is a misdemeanor in Iowa that carries a penalty of 30 days in jail or a fine of $100. 00 (Chapter
716A. 2). Damaging or destroying a computer, computer network, software, program or other
property could result in a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000. 00 fine (Chapter 716A.
3-8). Under Iowa law, stealing a computer, computer system, or any part thereof, or stealing files,
information or software from a computer system could result in a penalty of up to 10 years in prison
and a $10,000. 00 fine (Chapter 716A. 9-14).
The Computing Services department should be notified about violation of computer laws and policies, as well as potential loopholes in the security of its systems and networks. You should not
attempt to uncover such loopholes yourself or otherwise try to circumvent security or data protection.
You are not allowed to use the network of any computer system to try to gain unauthorized access to
any other computer system.
You must not deliberately attempt to alter or otherwise impair the operation of the computer systems
or networks. You should not knowingly introduce any viruses, worms or Trojan horses onto any
computer system or network. All users should take the necessary steps to insure that they do not
mistakenly do the same.
You must abide by the terms of all software licensing agreements and copyright laws. Software may
not be copied or duplicated by any means. Also, do not copy anything that would result in cheating
another person of his or her rights in being compensated for your uses of the software.
The following types of information or software cannot be placed on any system on or off campus:
That which infringes upon the rights of another person.
That which is abusive, profane, or sexually offensive to the average person.
That which consists of information that may injure someone else and /or lead to a lawsuit or
criminal charges. Examples of these are pirated software, destructive software, pornographic
materials, or libelous statements.
That which consists of any advertisement for commercial enterprises.
If you are suspected of a computer violation, you have the right to “due process” as spelled out in the
student handbook. You will first meet with the staff of the Computing Services department. If necessary, the matter will be turned over to the Student Affairs office for further attention. If you are found
to be in violation of a computer policy, you can expect any combination of the following responses:
Loss of your right to use computers at Northwestern
Community renewal hours
Investigation by local, state, and/or federal law enforcement agencies
Do not deliberately waste Northwestern’s computing resources. These include sending mass mail or
chain letters, obtaining unnecessary output, creating unnecessary multiple jobs or processes, or
creating unnecessary network traffic. NWC’s computing resources are intended for the academic
and administrative use of the college. Use by community patrons is not permitted unless authorization has been received from the system administrator.
Computers may only be reserved for academic use, not for writing personal letters or playing games.
The following priorities (self-policed) should be used to decide who may use a publicly available
computer and who should wait:
1. Reserved in advance for academic use.
2. Student needing the computer for academic work.
3. Faculty needing the computer for academic use.
4. Anyone needing a computer for personal use.
5. Anyone wanting the computer for game playing.
Although game playing is permitted, all game players must make sure that at least one other computer of that type is available for academic use. In other words, do not take the last available computer to play games (which always have the lowest priority for computer use). High school students
and community members who have accounts are not allowed to play games during the times when
students are on campus and school is in session. Hard disk drives on publicly available (non-faculty)
machines will periodically be cleaned of files not pertaining to the college. Computing Services will
remove any personal software or games on the machines as needed.
You are responsible to use all security measures available to you on the network to protect your
account from misuse. Passwords should be changed frequently. A well-chosen password is often not
in the dictionary and has little or no connection with the individual user. For security purposes, the
chosen password must be between 8 and 16 digits long, cannot contain your user name or portions
thereof, and must contain three of the following four items: Uppercase letter, Lowercase letter,
Number, Symbol.
All users have the right to privacy. This includes your network account storage space, e-mail, flash
drives, printouts, and network transmissions. Under extenuating circumstances, Computing Services
reserves the right to examine your account including but not limited to network file space, email, and
internet usage.
Student accounts will be kept active for approximately one year after you have graduated from
Northwestern College or left the campus. This allows students the ability to check and manage their
email using the internet, and to migrate to a new mail system with minimal difficulties.
Policies Concerning Your Relationship with Other Network Users
You should never use any network account other than the one created for you at the time you register
for classes. Do not use another person’s account. It is not “okay” for you to use a friend’s account if
you cannot remember your password. Do not copy or read information from another person’s account or flash drive without explicit permission from the owner of that information. You do not have
the right to allow other people to use your account. Do not give your password out to other people.
Every user is responsible for what happens from their account.
All student accounts are given a password, and all files stored in that account’s personal network G:\
drive are protected, meaning that other people are not able to get to those files. A user can, however,
store a file in various public locations, such as a public network drive or the local computer’s hard
drive, giving others the opportunity to copy or read the information inside. Do not assume that it is OK
for you to copy or read other peoples files even if they are in a public location. You still must have
direct permission from the owner of the file.
Do not harass others by sending messages that are annoying, threatening, libelous, or offensive to
another person’s sex, race, or religion. Chain letters, junk mail, mass mail and advertising are
offensive messages. Violations of policies, which involve the Internet, are subject to local, state
and/or federal prosecution. The Internet servers and other computing resources are not to be used
for financial gain.
You have the right to post news to the NWC Informer found on the computer network. Computing
Services Staff monitor the Informer, and new posts are screened before they become publicly
available. News items added to the Informer must meet the standards set for other types of publicly
available media on campus. In some situations, a student may be given permission to send an email
message to the student body; however, they will need a faculty or staff member to approve the
All dorms on campus have network hook-ups for your personal computers, as well as wireless.
Workshops are held at the start of school for all incoming freshmen to help them set up their computers for access to NWC’s network. There are also instructions located at
http://[email protected]/, and you can follow the instructions to set up your computer to get to
network resources like drives and printers and to configure wireless access.
Notice: Viruses on any computer on campus can cause major networking problems with email and
with network traffic on campus. Make sure your Sophos antivirus is staying up to date as well as the
required security patches from Microsoft.
If you are having campus related problems with your personal computer you can Log a Help Desk
Call through my. or call the Help Desk at 712-707-7333.
Thank you for your support in helping the Computing Services meet its goal of delivering quality,
timely, and accurate solutions to the campus community’s computer needs.
Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – midnight
7:30 am – 10:00 pm
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
1:30 pm– midnight
Greta Grond, Interim Director
DeWitt Library supports the academic program of Northwestern College by providing a variety of
services and resources to faculty and students. Areas for both individual and group study are available.
Book and Media Checkout
Wireless Laptop Checkout
iPad/Kindle Fire Checkout
Digital Camera Checkout
Video Camera Checkout
Bike/Bike Helmet Checkout
Desktop Computers
Photocopier, Scanner, Printers (including color)
Walk-up Book Scanner
Interlibrary Loan
Course Reserves
Library Instruction
Research Help Desk
Search via our website: http://library.nwciowa. edu
Main Collection, Reference Collection, Career Development Collection (CDC), Children’s
Collection, Dutch Heritage Collection, Kooiker Music Collection, Periodical/Journal Collection,
Media Collection, Archive Collection
eBooks, including reference works
Full-text journal and newspaper databases, including EBSCOhost
Recommended Web Sites
Subject and Course Guides
Cafeteria/Simply To Go Kiosk
Monday through Friday
7:00 am – 9:00 am
11:00 am– 1:20 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
11:00 am– 2:00 pm Tuesday
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Hub (RSC)
Monday - Friday
9:00 am – 11:30 pm
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
10:0 0 pm – 11:30 pm
Common Grounds (Learning Commons)
Monday - Thursday
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm – 10:30 pm
(All hours subject to change)
Hub Phone: 707-7477
Common Grounds Phone: 707-7473
Ned Price, General Manager, 707-7186
BJ Whitmore, Executive Chef, 707-7362
Wanda Pauling, Retail Manager, 707-7476
Whitmore, Catering Manager, 707-7246
Hillary Horigan, Catering Manager, 707-7246
ReNae Van Voorst, Administrative Assistant, 707-7185
All students living on campus are required to be on a meal plan. Student teachers, interns, and those
living in the apartments or cottages are eligible to participate in a reduced meal plan.
The cafГ© offers a Simple Servings program which addresses the 8 top allergens. If you require more
options in your diet, please contact Ned Price, General Manager at 707-7186.
On the traditional meal plans you receive 4 meal exchanges a week to be used in The Hub, Friday
through Thursday and can only be used on the items on the exchange menu.
FLEX MONEY can be used at all campus dining locations. To add more flex money to your card, visit Flex money rolls from semester to semester but not from year to year.
There are two (2) private dining rooms, Hannah Heemstra and Vermeer South, available for use
during meal hours on a reservation basis. These rooms are open to any college group desiring to
meet over a meal. Please reserve these rooms with ReNae Van Voorst at 712-707-7185.
The CafГ© dining room closes 20 minutes after closing.
The last meal preceding and the first meal following breaks are determined by college officials and
will be posted on our web site at Board meals will not be provided during
official holiday vacations or spring break.
No food, drink, chinaware or utensils may be removed from the cafeteria without permission. No
containers can be brought into the CafГ© to remove food or beverages. Anyone caught removing the
above items will be reported to the Student Life Office.
Hours:During the school year, when classes are in session, the hours for the weight room will be:
Monday – Friday
6:00 am– 7:30 am
Monday – Thursday
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
11:00 am – 6:30 pm
10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Hours during the college vacation breaks and the summer will vary. Check with the weight
room staff before the breaks for further information regarding hours.
Phone: 707-7293
To use the weight room you must have a valid ID card for either Northwestern College or the
Rowenhorst Student Center.
To use the weight room you must attend an orientation session which explains the basic operation of
the room. Orientation will be given separately for the free weight area or the selective machine area.
There will be no casual use of the room or “walk-in” traffic.
Monday – Friday
6:00 am – 11:30 pm
8:00 am – 11:30 pm
1:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Allison Fredin, Director
The RSC is an integral part of Northwestern’s total educational program. The program is founded on
a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord of all areas of life. The RSC reflects that commitment by
providing opportunity for leisure time to be made profitable for Christian growth.
The RSC is open at designated times during the academic year. A special schedule will be in effect
during college holidays and vacations. Hours for various service areas are subject to change.
The RSC houses the college post office, class rooms, conference rooms, college snack bar – The
Hub, and the college bookstore. The following offices are located in the RSC: Wellness Center
(Nurse and Student Counseling Services), Campus Safety and Security, Athletics, Kinesiology and
Intramurals. The DeWitt Physical Fitness Center is also housed in the RSC. This includes the fitness
center, racquetball courts, game room, tennis courts, indoor track, locker rooms, volleyball and
basketball courts.
For further information regarding RSC policies and facilities, please pick up the RSC policies and
procedures handbook at the control desk within the RSC.
The Enrollment Management and Retention Team examines the student experience at Northwestern
College by focusing on student success and risk factors that may be barriers to student success and
learning. New student inventories, satisfaction assessment instruments and focus groups are used
throughout the year to gain valuable feedback used to promote the success of all students.
Beacon - The Beacon is the student newspaper of Northwestern College. It is published weekly (in
print and online) and distributed each Friday at noon. The Beacon is a learning laboratory and, as
such, the staff encourages comments from readers. It also accepts letters from the campus community. Letters must be submitted to an editor through the campus mail or via email
([email protected]) before 2:30 p. m. Wednesday to be considered for publication Friday.
Students who want to join the staff as reporters, editors, columnists or photographers should. They
can also contact the editor, Lyric Morris at [email protected]
Spectrum is a publication of student literary writings produced annually in late April. It is sponsored
by the English Department and the advisor is Sam Martin. In January each year, the staff solicits
manuscripts in the genres of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. Selection for publication is
competitive and the entry judged best in each category receives a monetary prize.
Crosswalk Media is a service-learning activity group that helps students gain professional experience and skills in public relations through providing fresh and innovative promotional concepts, tools
and publications for clients. Its services include print and web advertising, television and radio
commercials, publicity, public relations campaigns, graphic design, organizational communication
audits, media relations, event planning and more. Crosswalk Media’s student officers receive
scholarship stipends and/or practicum credits for their participation. To learn more about Crosswalk
Media, contact faculty advisor Ann Minnick, Communications Department at
[email protected]
Classic - Northwestern College produces three issues annually of the alumni magazine, Classic,
that is sent to alumni, parents and other friends of the College. Classic is available for students to
pick up outside the RSC mailroom.
Note to Faculty/Staff:
Questions concerning our college insurance coverage for these treatment programs should be directed to:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Note to Students:
Questions concerning your insurance coverage for these treatment programs should be directed to your
health insurance provider. If you have the NW student health insurance you may direct your questions to:
Student Assurance Services, Inc.
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