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Student Handbook BOT Approved 06242021

Student Handbook

Mission 

As a historic American Indian serving institution, Bacone College provides a quality, holistic liberal arts educational experience for Students in a culturally diverse environment empowering life-long learners with the knowledge, skills, and capacity to be transformational leaders in both Native and non-native communities.

Vision 

Empowering transformational leaders who incorporate traditional values and voices to positively impact our local communities around the world.

FERPA Student Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of Student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the Student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible Students.”

Parents or eligible Students have the right to inspect and review the Student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible Students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

Parents or eligible Students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible Student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible Student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible Student in order to release any information from a Student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
  • Other schools to which a Student is transferring;
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a Student;
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  • Accrediting organizations;
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a Student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible Students about directory information and allow parents and eligible Students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible Students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, Student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833. 

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a Student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible Students about directory information and allow parents and eligible Students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible Students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, Student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833.

This handbook is not a contract. It provides information and represents certain significant policies of the College. Policies and interpretation by the administration are subject to change as circumstances warrant. Please check with the appropriate offices for updates and current application of any policy.

Student Code of Conduct

R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Responsibility

The North Quadrant of our Medicine Wheel framework represents reflection, considering how our actions impact others, how we can make changes to our behaviors and activities that have a positive impact on those around us. We commit to accepting the outcomes of our own actions. 

Enthusiasm

Bacone College’s Medicine Wheel framework is a circular, cyclical concept that is unending.  It is an opportunity for teaching and learning, growth, and education. In keeping with the concept of perpetual growth, we will exhibit drive and passion in our daily activities and toward achieving our goals.

Self-Esteem 

A strong sense of self-esteem leads to an ability to respect others. The West Quadrant of Bacone College’s Medicine Wheel framework calls for individual and team work, building trust, communication, and responsibility in planning all activities and events. I will work to collaborate freely with my peers, affecting positive change and creating a sense of pride in myself and my school.

Professional Integrity

Bacone College expects students and faculty to be trustworthy and genuine in all interactions between one another and in the community.  We will always exhibit strong adherence to moral and ethical principles and values such as honor, dependability, honesty, and trustworthiness.

Equity

The East Quadrant of our Medicine Wheel framework represents brainstorming and thinking of cultural ideas/activities that engage students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members. In keeping with that concept, we will meet or exceed the level of our instructors’ and peers’ efforts and support equal opportunities for all students to learn, keeping in mind appropriate activities that respect the tribe, region, and culture of the event is presented.  

Compassion

We are committed to unity in the natural order, to practicing care, empathy, and understanding toward others. We will encourage all to speak in their most authentic voice, embracing their worldviews and personal experiences, supporting one another regardless of any differences we may have.  

Teamwork

We must cooperate with team members to reach a common goal. Creating an open atmosphere where constructive criticism can be offered while respecting others.  The South Quadrant of our Medicine Wheel framework calls for collaboration with one another, planning events that teach and celebrate American Indian, Hispanic, African American, or any other cultures of our students and community. College employees are committed to working with students to plan when, where, how, and why events and activities are held in a spirit of collaboration and self-governance.

Student Life

Curricular and co-curricular activities are important in the Bacone College total educational experience. Intercollegiate and intramural sports as well as Student organizations are considered integral parts of the College experience. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of activities that appeal to the Student body. Student Life is responsible for planning on and off campus activities. We welcome new ideas for activities and other programs. Announcements of Student life activities are sent via Student email, posted around campus, and posted on the Student Life Facebook page. 

Organizations

Any organization on campus must identify its goals and objectives and see that these are compatible with the philosophy, mission and regulations of the College. Each Student organization must obtain official recognition from Student Life and Student Government Association. Please refer to the Constitution of the Student Government Association for further details.

Student Government Association

The Constitution of Bacone College Student Government Association

Preamble

We, the Students of Bacone College, create and adopt this Constitution so as to provide our Students with a forum to voice their concerns, as well as an opportunity for our Students to participate in decision making in Student government and campus activities.

ARTICLE I. Name of Organization

This organization shall hereafter be known as the Bacone Student Government Association, hereafter the “BSGA”.

ARTICLE II. Purpose

The Bacone Student Government Association shall be the official body which represents the Students at Bacone College.

ARTICLE III. Membership

Section 1. Membership to the Bacone Student Government Association shall be open to all Students at Bacone College.

Section 2. No Student or organization shall be discriminated against on the basis of national origin, race, religion, gender, creed, age, marital status, major and/or degree program, political views or affiliation, or veteran status.

Section 3. Membership shall include the BSGA officers, a representative for each club in good standing and two elected “at large” representatives of non-club affiliated Students.

Section 4. Clubs and “at large” representatives must attend BSGA General Meetings in order to be considered “active.”

ARTICLE IV. Meetings

Section 1. The first BSGA meeting of the semester shall be an Executive Committee meeting which shall meet the first Friday after the semester begins. Thereafter, there shall be at least 6 General BSGA meetings per semester, the dates of which are to be posted at the beginning of the semester on the Bacone College master calendar. Executive Committee shall meet every other Friday during the semester, following the Bacone College master calendar.

Section 2. The first BSGA General Meeting shall be the Friday after the first Executive Committee meeting and continue meeting every other Friday during the rest of the semester, following the Bacone College master calendar.

ARTICLE V. Qualifications of Officers

Section 1. BSGA Officers, Club Officers and “At Large” Representatives shall be currently enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better for each semester of the academic year to be considered eligible to serve as an officer or a representative.

Section 2. Attendance is mandatory at BSGA meetings and functions for BSGA Officers and Club representatives. A BSGA Officer or Club representative who does not present at BSGA meetings or functions will receive an unexcused absence.

Section 3. Expulsion will occur after 3 absences during the school year.

Section 4. Expulsion from BSGA will result in ineligibility for holding a position in the BSGA the following year.

Section 5. Students have a right to appeal an expulsion provided the appeal is in writing and filed within 7 days after the expulsion. An affirmative vote thereafter by the SBGA Executive Committee shall be final.

Section 6.  No Student shall have been on academic or social probation during any semester of the previous year, nor shall a Student have an outstanding or unresolved academic dishonesty complaint, in order to be eligible to serve as a BSGA Officer or as the Officer of a Club Officer or as an “At Large” Representative.

Section 7. The BSGA Officers shall consist of: BSGA President, BSGA Vice President, BSGA Secretary, BSGA Treasurer, and the BSGA Public Relations Officer.

Section 8. The BSGA Officers shall be deemed elected upon a simple majority vote by Club and “At Large” representatives who eligible to vote.

Section 9. The election for new BSGA Officers shall be by secret ballot at an election prior to the end of the Spring semester.

Section 10. New BSGA Officers shall be sworn in at the end of the Spring semester.

Section 11. If a Student is elected to serve on the BSGA, the Student cannot also serve as an officer for any club or any other organization.

ARTICLE VI. Conduct of Officers

Section 1. BSGA Officers, Representatives of the Clubs and “At Large” Students shall at all times when representing Bacone College, show good character and conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect upon Bacone College in a positive way.

ARTICLE VII. Matching Funds

Section 1. From time to time, active clubs in good standing may conduct fund raising activities. Subject to BSGA’s available funds, eligible clubs may apply for up to $200 in matching funds per club per semester upon showing of receipts from fund raising. All Club accounts shall be kept in Bacone College accounts.

ARTICLE VIII. BSGA Officer Duties

Section 1. All BSGA Officers shall carry out their duties in a fair and impartial manner. Officers shall encourage Student participation in Student government and Student organizations and assist with BSGA and Club events and functions as needed. Suggested activities each semester should include a community service project, a general BSGA event, and a fund-raising activity. In order to encourage work as a team, all of the BSGA Officers may assist Clubs with preparation of proposed legislation, record keeping and bring training requests to the attention of the BSGA.

Section 2. Duties and Responsibilities of the BSGA President include:

  1. Serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the BSGA
  2. Preside over the Executive and BSGA General Meetings
  3. Serve as the liaison between the Executive Committee and Club/Organizations and Administration
  4. Appointment of a Presidential cabinet, committees or commissions which are deemed necessary
  5. Call for Special meetings
  6. Attend meetings as needed with BSGA Advisor
  7. Ensure BSGA Constitution and By-Laws are faithfully executed
  8. Presents to the BSGA matters relating to the Student body which need attention

Section 3. Duties and Responsibilities of the Vice-President of the BSGA

  1. Exercise Presidential duties when the President is absent
  2. Assume Presidential duties upon any vacancy of the Presidency
  3. Serve as the Chair for Committee or Sub-Committee Meetings
  4. Serve as Coordinator for BSGA Events
  5. Meet on a regular basis with BSGA Advisor

Section 4. Duties and Responsibilities of the BSGA Secretary

  1. Be present and take accurate Minutes at BSGA Executive and BSGA General Meetings
  2. Responsible for Corrections/Amendments of Minutes
  3. Maintain record of minutes and make them available to the Executive Committee
  4. Report to the President

Section 5. Duties and Responsibilities of the BSGA Treasurer/Parliamentarian

  1. Keep and maintain an accurate account of the BSGA and Accounts, including receipts for expenditures
  2. Provide updated account information to the President
  3. Prepare annual budget requests for the BSGA
  4. Reinforce Robert’s Rules of Order
  5. Serve as the Floor Leader for Motions

Section 6. Duties and Responsibilities of the BSGA Public Relations Officer

  1. Serve as the liaison between the BSGA and the Clubs and organizations
  2. Prepare press releases for events and activities for BSGA
  3. Design and prepare posters, announcements, etc. for events
  4. Coordinate publicity with Bacone administration
  5. Assist with communications related activities for BSGA

ARTICLE IX. Quorum and Voting

Section 1. Two-thirds of the membership of the BSGA shall constitute a quorum; however, in an emergency the BSGA President may declare a quorum with less than 2/3 of the voting members. No business shall be transacted without the Faculty Advisor and/or the Faculty Advisor Assistant and a quorum.

Section 2. Voting members shall include the BSGA Officers and a representative from each of the Clubs in good standing and the “At large” representatives, each of whom shall have one vote.

ARTICLE X. Vacancy of Office

Section 1. Should the Presidency of BSGA become vacant, the successor shall be the Vice-President of the BSGA.

Section 2. If the Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer-Parliamentarian or Public Relations Officer positions become vacant, the BSGA Executive Committee shall decide which actions are appropriate to fill the positions. These options may include:

  1. The voting delegates elect the new officer
  2. The BSGA President appoints the officer and the voting members will have to vote to approve.

ARTICLE XI. Removal of Officers

Section 1. Grounds for removal of a BSGA Officer shall include:

  1. Violation of the provisions of the BSGA Constitution
  2. Failure to carry out duties or responsibilities of position
  3. Three absences from BSGA meetings during the school year.
  4. Failure to maintain a 2.5 or better GPA each semester
  5. Conducting BSGA business without express authorization
  6. Incurring any debt or financial obligation without the authority of the BSGA
  7. Engaging in social or academic misconduct or having an outstanding or unresolved complaint of academic dishonesty

ARTICLE XII. Advisor

Section 1. The BSGA shall have one Faculty Advisor from the Bacone College Faculty. A member of the Bacone Staff may serve as an Assistant Advisor if necessary.

Section 2. Duties and Responsibilities of the Advisor:

  1. Give advice and counsel to the BSGA Officers
  2. Attend Executive and General Meetings
  3. Preparation of the BSGA event planner and purchase orders
  4. Consult with Executive Committee to prepare event planners, purchase orders and other related materials
  5. Be familiar with Bacone policies and procedures
  6. Conduct GPA eligibility checks for potential BSGA officers and Officers at the beginning of each semester
  7. Inform any officer of ineligibility due to failure to meet GPA or other requirements
  8. Inform the Director of Student Life and Administration of officer ineligibility
  9. Make recommendations to the BSGA President for removal(s)

Section 3. BSGA Advisor Selection

  1. The BSGA Executive Board shall meet prior to the end of the semester to make recommendations as to the Faculty Advisor.
  2. The voting membership shall vote to accept or not accept the recommendations of the BSGA Executive Committee
  3. Approval of the selection of the Faculty Advisor shall be subject to acceptance by the President of Bacone College

Section 4. Removal of BSGA Advisor

  1. A BSGA Faculty Advisor may be removed upon a majority vote of the BSGA Officers and the Student body.
  2. Prior to the vote, one week notice shall be given to the Advisor of the intent to remove the Advisor

ARTICLE XIII. Ratification

Section 1. This Constitution and By-Laws will be enacted in its entirety following its publication in the Bacone College newspaper (in print or online) for 7 days for Student comments and approval by a 2/3 vote of the voting membership at the next regular BSGA meeting.

ARTICLE XIV. Amendments

Section 1. All proposed Amendments shall first be brought up at General SGA Meeting prior to being placed on any Agenda so as to give notice to the membership.

Section 2. An Amendment to the BSGA Constitution shall require a 2/3 vote in order to be adopted. Thereafter, the Amendment shall be posted for 7 days before it is deemed adopted.

Section 3. Amendments following this Article XIV., once adopted, shall supersede any conflicting Article(s) and there is no need to continually revise/change this Constitution.

Section 4. In the event that any provision is held to be invalid, that shall not invalidate the other provisions of the Constitution.

ARTICLE XV. Right to Act

Section 1. No single BSGA Officer or Club or Organization member is authorized to incur any debt or make any promises or enter into any business arrangement without express authorization from the BSGA.

Section 2. Failure to conform to this requirement may be grounds for removal from office.

ARTICLE XVI. Miscellaneous

Section 1. Hierarchy of Laws – The provisions of the BSGA Constitution are governed by and subordinate to the Constitution and laws of Bacone College.

ARTICLE XVII. Organizations Under the BSGA

Section 1. Student Clubs and Organizations whose purpose is to enrich Student life across campus and honor the mission of Bacone College are welcomed to be a part of the BSGA and the following shall apply:

  1. Student Clubs and/or Organizations must be “active” in order to function under the BSGA.
  2. “Active” requires that a Club or Organization representative who is authorized to vote as a voting member attends BSGA General Meetings.
  3. To remain “active,” a Club or Organization shall have no more than two unexcused absences or three excused absences
  4. All Student Clubs and/or Organizations are required to participate and assist with BSGA events and functions and show proof of having at least one (1) community service project each semester in order to maintain the “active” status.
  5. All Student Clubs and/or Organizations which are active are eligible to apply for matching funds from fund raising activities, up to a maximum of $150 per Club or Organization per semester and subject to funds availability.
  6. That each Student Club and/or Organization shall participate in the Multi-Cultural/Club Day each semester where there is an opportunity for cultural exchange, as well as an opportunity to meet Faculty and Staff, and recruit new membership.

BSGA By-Laws

Duties and Responsibilities of BSGA Officers:

Section 1. President’s duties and responsibilities:

  1. Serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the BSGA
  2. Presides over Executive and General BSGA meetings
  3. Serves as liaison between the Executive Committee and Club/Organizations and Administration
  4. Appoint a Presidential Cabinet, committees or commissions which are deemed necessary
  5. Call for special meetings
  6. Attend meetings as needed with the BSGA Advisor
  7. Ensure BSGA Constitution and By-Laws are faithfully executed h Presents to the BSGA matters relating to the Student body which need attention

Section 2. Duties and Responsibilities of the Vice-President

  1. Exercise Presidential duties when President is absent
  2. Assume Presidential duties when vacancy of the Presidency
  3. Serve as the Chair for Committee or Sub-Committee Meetings
  4. Serve as the Coordinator for BSGA events
  5. Meet on a regular basis with BSGA Advisor

Section 3. Duties and Responsibilities of the BSGA Secretary

  1. Be present and take accurate Minutes at BSGA Executive and BSGA General Meetings
  2. Responsible for Corrections/Amendments of Minutes
  3. Maintain a record of previous Minutes and make them available to the Executive Committee
  4. Report to the President

Section 4. Duties and Responsibilities of the BSGA Treasurer/Parliamentarian

  1. Keep and maintain an accurate account of the BSGA Accounts, including receipts of expenditures
  2. Provide updated account information to the President
  3. Prepare annual budget requests for the BSGA
  4. Reinforce Robert’s Rules of Order
  5. Serve as the Floor Leader for Motions

Section 5. Duties and Responsibilities of the BSGA Public Relations Officers

  1. Serve as the liaison between the BSGA and the Clubs and Organizations
  2. Prepare press releases for events and activities for BSGA
  3. Design and prepare posters, announcements, etc. for events
  4. Coordinate publicity with Bacone Administration
  5. Assist with communications related activities for BSGA

REMOVAL OF OFFICERS

Section 1. The grounds for removal of BSGA Officers shall include:

  1. Violation of the BSGA Constitution
  2. Failure to carry out the duties or responsibilities of the positions
  3. Three or more absences from BSGA meetings during the school year.
  4. Failure to maintain a 2.5 or better GPA each semester
  5. Conducting BSGA business without express authorization from the BSGA.
  6. Incurring any debt or financial obligation without the express authority of the BSGA
  7. Engaging in social or academic misconduct or having an outstanding or unresolved complaint of academic dishonesty against the officer

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Section 1. In all matters not covered by this document, regardless, the Robert’s Rules of Order, revised, shall govern.

COMMITTEES

Section 1. There shall be 4 standing Committees of the BSGA. Each shall be chaired by an Officer of the BSGA, subject to approval of the majority of the

BSGA:

  1. Election Committee
  2. Social Committee
  3. Homecoming Committee
  4. Community Service Committee

ORDER OF BUSINESS

Section 1. The order of business for BSGA Meetings shall be:

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call of Clubs for quorum
  3. Reading and Approval of Minutes
  4. Report(s)
  5. Old/Unfinished Business
  6. New Business
  7. Announcements

i. Adjournment

ELECTIONS

Section 1. The Election Committee shall meet at least 2 times each semester and the duties of the Election Committee include:

  1. Provide notice of elections
  2. Accept applications
  3. Set up centrally located polls
  4. Voting – Faculty or Staff must be present during voting
  5. Each eligible Student may vote only once
  6. Each voter must present a picture ID (includes Student ID)
  7. At end of voting period, present results to BSGA President
  8. Results to be published in Student newspaper

SUSPENSION OF CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS

Section 1. Any Club or Organization is suspended when the Club or organization fails to meet on a regular basis or follow its own Constitution or By-laws.

Section 2. Any Club or Organization is suspended when there are two unexcused absences or three excused absences of the voting representative at the regular BSGA meetings.

Section 3. Suspended Clubs or Organizations are not eligible for matching funds from the BSGA.

BSGA CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS

Section 1. The BSGA recognizes the following:

  1. Criminal Justice Society
  2. Baptist Collegiate Ministry
  3. Alpha Chi
  4. International Students Society
  5. United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY)
  6. Non-Affiliated Students

Campus Communication

Students will check their Student email accounts and Moodle regularly for announcements, schedule changes, and more sent to the campus community – especially important for inclement weather notices. Flyers and/or posters approved by the Department of College Relations will be posted throughout campus.

School Website

The Bacone College website is the information hub for all Students and the community. All information regarding academics, admissions, financial aid and more can be found at www.bacone.edu.

In addition, the college website is maintained with the latest events and news for Students and the public and can be accessed from the homepage at www.bacone.edu.

Latest athletics news, rosters, and schedules can be found for all sports at www.baconeathletics.com.

Bacone College Social Media

Bacone College maintains various Facebook accounts valuable for keeping abreast of the latest news, announcements and event information. Bacone College, Bacone Athletics, Bacone Center for American Indians and a host of sports and club Facebook pages/groups exist to keep Students informed. Bacone College can also be found at @baconeCollege on Twitter and @bacone.college on Instagram.

Social media pages representing Bacone College may only be created with the approval of the Department of College Relations and only using Bacone College email addresses for account information. Unauthorized creation and/or use of a social media account representing Bacone College could result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion from the College.

Student Life Activities

Student Life is dedicated to orienting Students to College life by overseeing the Residential Life Program as well as providing fun activities, assisting in special needs and emergencies, encouraging cultural and spiritual growth and counseling of Students.

Activity information will be shared via email, approved flyers and posters, and the Bacone Student Life Facebook page.

Cultural and Spiritual Wellness

Bacone College offers cultural activities for Students including Medicine Hour, Native American Heritage Week, pow wows, gourd dances, and more. Medicine Hour is a gathering held in Memorial Chapel each Tuesday. Events and activities held during Medicine Hour are varied and led by Students, Student groups, special guests, athletic teams, the Center for American Indians, and Faculty. In addition, the Center for American Indians offers cultural activities for all Students. Visit www.bacone.edu/cai for more information.

Athletics

The following varsity intercollegiate sports are offered at Bacone College:

Men’s and Women’s Basketball
Men’s and Women’s Soccer
Men’s and Women’s Golf

Baseball

Softball

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Volleyball

Esports

Bacone College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and competes as an independent member of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII).

Food Service

Service is available seven days a week, except for periods of campus closure, which include Christmas Break, Thanksgiving Break and other breaks indicated on the Academic Calendar. Nonresidential Students may utilize the Dining Hall for meals by purchasing a commuter meal plan. Food service in the dining hall is closed during the summer. The default Student dining plan includes 14 meals per week. 

Dining Hours (subject to change)

Sunday thru Saturday

Brunch- 10:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Dinner- 4:30 P.M.- 6:30 P.M.

Students who have allergies or special dietary needs should submit a request to the College Business Office, [email protected], in order to make special arrangements. 

Library & Resource Center

Bacone College’s Merritt D. Betts & American Indian Research Library is located in Samuel Richard Hall. The library offers a computer lab, electronic databases for Student research, and workshops throughout the academic year. Students may access the library’s Moodle page for links and resources.

Academic Advisement

Students will be assigned a Faculty Advisor for guidance and advising. Since Advisors are also responsible for other Students the following suggestions are offered:

  1. The Faculty Advisor is assigned by the Registrar’s Office during enrollment. If this information is misplaced, it is available from the Registrar’s Office at [email protected]
  2. Students should contact and keep in touch with their Faculty Advisors.
  3. Make and keep appointments. Students should contact their Faculty Advisors if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment.
  4. Come with specific questions in mind.
  5. Bring necessary materials (pencils, schedule of classes, forms, etc.)
  6. Discuss openly concerns regarding schoolwork, study habits, academic progress, and personal concerns.

Advisors may assist with:

  • Adding or dropping a class
  • Referral for tutoring
  • Degree plan at pre-enrollment
  • Career information
  • Referral information
  • Withdrawal process
  • Change of major

Attendance and Responsibility of Learning

Bacone College expects Students to attend class on a regular basis and attendance is monitored. Students who are absent from class, regardless of cause, have the responsibility of communicating with the instructor to discuss missed work. The instructor will determine whether the Student will be permitted to make up work and will decide the time and nature of the makeup. Students who do not appear at the time prearranged for the make-up forfeit any right to make up work. Students should be aware that absenteeism may affect not only academic progress, but also scholarship eligibility and ability to participate in extracurricular activities.

Faculty members have the right to remove Students from the classroom should Students exhibit disruptive behavior and/or cause excessive noise in the classroom. Subsequent disruptive behavior by Students may result in removal from the class by the instructor. The “AW” process may also be invoked by the Administration as a result of a Student being in financial arrears. A Student who wishes to appeal their instructor’s dismissal decision must follow the academic appeals process.

While grades of AW are not used in computing Students’ grade point average, Students should be aware that dropping hours will not only affect their progress toward graduation but may also affect their eligibility for financial aid and in extreme cases cause them to be evicted from the residence halls.

Attendance and Academic Intervention Policy 

Bacone College believes that class attendance is an important factor in Student success. Those who are in class consistently do better, learn more and earn better grades.

With a goal to aid in learning, attendance, retention, and graduation, the following policy is recommended. This policy is designed specifically for face-to-face 16-week 3-credit courses on main campus. 

Campus Attendance Policy

  1. All Students will be advised of the campus absence policy at orientation and in first year seminar. All Faculty members will include the policy in their syllabi
  2. All communication with Students will be by Bacone email only and Students are required to use only that for class communication or Moodle. Students will be trained in the use of Bacone email in classes, orientation, and other means for the first two weeks. These instructions will be repeated constantly.
  3. Student athletes who are departing for travel in the afternoon are required to attend morning classes. Athletes will provide their instructors with their schedules as the season opens and notify their instructors of travel in advance.
  4. Students who are absent due to illness will need to provide a doctor’s note.
  5. Instructors will have the discretion to award extra credit as appropriate to their syllabus.
  6. Attendance will be taken from the first day of class attendance.
  7. Upon the 4th unexcused absence, the instructor may advise the Student that their grade will be reduced one letter grade due to excessive unexcused attendance.
  8. Upon the 6th unexcused absence, the instructor may advise the Student they are being withdrawn from the class and the instructor will ask the Vice President of Academic Affairs to have the Student Administratively Withdrawn (showing a grade of “AW” in the Student record).
  9. Faculty will be accorded the right to exercise discretion based on knowledge of the Student.
  10. Students have an opportunity for appeal of grades or absences. Appeals of grades are made to the Division Chair in accordance with policies in the College catalog. Appeals of absences are made in writing to the Vice President of Academic Affairs in accordance with policies in the College catalog.

Intervention Practices

  1. When a Student has accumulated 2 unexcused absences or when Faculty refers a Student for support services to his/her Advisor, the Intervention Team will act.
  2. The Faculty member who is aware of the absences and/or academic difficulty will advise the Intervention Team (the Student’s Faculty advisor, VPSA, and the Student’s coach if an athlete) via email. 
  3. The following steps will be taken:
  • The Faculty advisor will have a personal conference with the Student advising them of the impact on their academic performance within one week;
  • The VPSA will have a conference with the Student, advising them of the possible impact on their Bacone scholarship and financial aid within one week;
  • If an athlete, the coach will be notified and will handle the absences according to the athletic agreement signed by all athletes; 
  • Student Support will meet with the Student to offer tutoring and other services.
  • Each of these will send an email to the other members of the Intervention Team as they conduct their interviews with the Student.

Semester Load and Status

A full-time Student is one who carries a minimum load of 12 credit hours in the regular semester or 6 credit hours during a summer session for main campus.

A resident Student is one who carries a minimum load of 12 credit hours in the regular semester or 6 credit hours during summer and is residing in Bacone College housing.

A Student should carry a normal load of 12 to 17 credit hours per regular semester. In most cases, this enrollment should lead to the successful completion of all bachelor degree requirements in 8 regular semesters and all associate degree requirements in 4 regular semesters. This does not include, however, any developmental or high school equivalency course work that may be needed. It also does not include any transfer credit or College credit earned while in high school.

A Student who wishes to carry more than 17 credit hours per regular semester and more than 9 credit hours during summer must have approval from the VPAA.

A full-time Student within the Division of Online Teaching and Learning is one who carries a minimum load of 9 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters as well as 9 credit hours during a summer session. 

Grievances and Appeals

Academic Dishonesty Policy

The fundamental principle of academic life is integrity. The Bacone College community does not condone academic dishonesty in any form. When an act of academic dishonesty has occurred the incident must be reported to the VPAA by the Faculty member in whose class(es) the act(s) of academic dishonesty occurred. Following the reporting of the incident(s) the subsequent actions may be taken:

  1. The instructor has the right to not accept the assignment or test in question and record a “zero” for the assignment or test, and/or require the Student to redo the assignment (or test), or require the Student to complete a substitute assignment or test.
  2. The Student may be dropped from the class and assigned a failing grade (F). A written recommendation from the instructor is required.
  3. In cases of extreme or repeated incidents (two or more) of academic dishonesty, the Student may be suspended from Bacone College.

The instructor and/or the VPAA will notify the Student as to the action taken. If the Student believes there has been an erroneous accusation made, the Student may appeal the action. The Student must file a written appeal within 10 working days of notification. The VPAA hears the appeal in the presence of the Student, the instructor and the division chair as deemed necessary. The Student and Faculty member are informed in writing of the action taken.

Non-Academic Grievances

Non-academic grievances must be reported in writing to the VPSA within 10 days of the occurrence of the grievance.  These are grievances that are not covered by any other policy or administrative rule. Criminal complaints should be filed with the Campus Police; sexual harassment complaints should be filed with the Campus Police or Title IX Coordinator. Following the reporting of the incident(s) these subsequent actions may be taken:

  1. The VPSA conducts an informal investigation into the grievance. 
  2. If it is a non-academic grievance, the VPSA will work with appropriate personnel to conduct a more formal investigation that must be completed within 30 days of the grievance filing.
  1. If the grievant(s) wishes to appeal the resultant decision, the complainant must submit an appeal to the Office of the President in writing  along with the director’s, administrator’s, or designee’s written response to previous resolution attempts within ten (10) working days of receiving the decision, or if no decision was issued, no later than ten (10) working days after the applicable decision deadline. A decision by the President is final.
  2. A grievance against the President of the College should be submitted to the Chair of the Bacone College Board of Trustees in writing via email to [email protected]

Audio/Video Recorders in the Classroom

Because indiscriminate or unauthorized use of audio/video recorders, including the recording functions of cell phones, can be an infringement on the property rights of the teacher’s classroom materials and a restriction on the freedom of expression of both Students and teachers, the use of audio/video recording devices in the classroom by Students without authorization from the teacher is prohibited. In addition, the participation of individual Students in a class should not be included in a recording, without their permission. 

General College Policies

Contract Policy

No individual, group of individuals, club or organization representing Bacone College shall enter into a contractual agreement of any nature without written approval from the President of the College.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Bacone College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, disability, age (40 or older) or genetic information (including family medical history) in its admission of Students, in any of its programs or activities, or in its employment practices. Questions concerning this policy, or complaints of discrimination may be directed to the Compliance Officer, Bacone College, 2299 Old Bacone Road, Muskogee, OK 74403, phone 918-683-4581. Information provided in compliance with Title IX, Title VI, Section 504 and the Age Discrimination Act.

Communicable Disease Policy

Bacone College is committed to providing a working and educational environment free from health hazards to its Students and employees. These policies set forth procedures to be followed when a College Student or employee is afflicted by or has contracted a communicable disease or condition which may or may not be listed with the Centers of Disease Control and/or the State Department of Health. The College will comply with all federal, tribal, and state laws applicable to persons (Students, employees and job applicants) with a communicable disease. Confidentiality of information regarding individuals afflicted with a communicable disease or condition shall be respected to the extent allowed by law. The College reserves the right to place Students in an alternate dorm room if deemed to be in the best interest of the Student or other members of the Student body. The College may also limit exposure of the Student to other members of the Student body by restricting access to campus facilities and public areas if the situation warrants.

Disclosure Policy

Bacone College retains two categories of information about current and former Students: directory data and confidential data.

Upon admission, Students provide data for academic and personal records. In doing so, the Student entrusts the College as custodian of this information and other data generated during a Student’s enrollment.

Bacone College acknowledges the Student’s right of privacy concerning this information. The College further recognizes that certain information is a matter of public record and may be released for legitimate purposes.

The College policy regarding release of information in the Student’s records is as follows:

  1. Directory information appears in Student directories and alumni publications and may be freely released. A Student desiring that the information remain confidential must file a written request with the Registrar’s Office. A written request must be made prior to the end of the fourth week of each semester of attendance and applies to the following:
    • Name, addresses and telephone number
    • Major and classification
    • Dates and attendance
    • Degrees and dates of graduation
    • College honors
    • Verification of Student’s participation in recognized activities
    • Anticipated dates of graduation based on completed hours
    • Previous institutions attended
  2. Confidential information comprises that which is contained in a Student’s education record and can be released only upon the Student’s written consent. Some expectations allow or require release of confidential information to the following ten classes of persons as defined in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended:
  1. School officials within the educational institution who have legitimate education interests
  2. Officials of other schools to which Students seek to transfer
  3. The Comptroller General of the United States, Secretary of Education, the administrative head of an educational agency or state educational agency or other state educational authorities
  4. College officers who process a Student’s application for or receipt of financial aid
  5. State and local authorities to which such information is specifically required
  6. Organizations or educational agencies conducting legitimate research provided no personally identifiable information about the Student is made public
  7. Accrediting organizations
  8. Parents upon proof of dependency as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of Governmental Authorities with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena, provided the educational agency or institution makes a reasonable effort to notify the Student of the order of subpoena in advance of compliance
  9. Appropriate persons such as physicians when, due to an emergency, such information is necessary to protect the Student’s health or safety or that of other persons
  10. Students have the right to inspect their academic records and to challenge the contents.

Upon a signed request, Bacone College will provide transcripts of academic records. However, financial obligations need to be paid in order for the College to provide said transcripts.

While the permanent academic record is a cumulative record compiled by the Student, the Registrar of the College is charged with the responsibility for its accuracy and safekeeping. Therefore, removal of the Registrar’s assigned depository is not permitted.

Original credentials with which the Student applies for admission or readmission to Bacone College become the property of the College and are not released. 

No-Tobacco Policy

Bacone College has adopted this policy prohibiting tobacco throughout the entire campus. This policy is instituted to promote the health and well being of the campus community; to preserve and protect College property; and to provide a clean and healthy environment that is conducive to academic and athletic pursuits of Students, Faculty and Staff.

The use of tobacco (includes, but is not limited to cigarette, cigar, chew, pipe, snuff, pouch, vapor products, and all other tobacco related products) is prohibited in all areas of property owned or controlled by Bacone College, the Residence Halls and any covered walkway around the residence halls, inside vehicles, Student Life areas and classrooms. 

Violation of this policy can result in suspension, loss of scholarship, removal from team(s), removal from campus, expulsion from school, fines and/or criminal charges.  Bacone College reserves the right to conduct random drug testing and room searches of campus dormitory facilities and all vehicles on campus.  Discretion on disciplinary action can be made by the President and/or Shared Governance Committee.  In some cases, referrals can be given for counseling or other social services.  

Responsibility and Implementation of Policy:

  1. The President, Vice Presidents, Campus Police, Department Heads and all other supervisors are responsible for the implementation and enforcement of this Tobacco and other substances Policy.  Bacone College expects that people will comply with this policy out of self-interest, respect for laws, and concern for others. However, complaints regarding this policy, or disputes regarding its implementation, should be referred to the VPSA.
  2. Responsibility for honoring the provisions of this policy will be the obligation of all employees, Students and visitors of Bacone College.

Mailroom Policies

Bacone College offers a variety of mail services, including:

  • Providing campus mailboxes for all types of mail distribution
  • Interdepartmental and on-campus mail delivery
  • Stamp, Postcard and Greeting Card sales
  • Sending of General, Priority Express, Business Reply and Certified mail
  • Sending packages, including internationally
  • Sending UPS Next-Day Air
  • Forwarding student mail during summer break and after graduation
  • Receiving and distribution of mail and packages from all carriers (USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, Amazon…etc.)

Mail is received and distributed Monday-Friday, except for holidays

Mail Services Hours

Monday – Friday

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Phone: 918-360-2737

Use this format for addressing mail to enrolled students:

Student Name

Bacone College

2299 Old Bacone Rd.

Campus Box _______ (THIS IS THE STUDENT’S CAMPUS MAILBOX NUMBER)

Muskogee, OK 74403

General mailings to Bacone College:

Faculty/Staff Name

Department Name

Bacone College

2299 Old Bacone Rd

Muskogee, Ok 74403

Delivery and Pickup

During regular semester sessions, outgoing mail that is picked up is generally

processed the next day, depending on the carrier. Mail received at the Mailroom after 10:00 a.m. will be mailed out the next day. During summer break, or between semesters, there will be no delivery or pick up of mail to departments on campus. All departments must bring

outgoing mail to the campus Mailroom for processing, unless a request is made in advance.

Please use the front window located near the Palmer Center west entrance for all mail pick 

up and delivery unless large parcels and packages. Large parcels and packages can be

brought to the Mailroom door next to the Warrior Store entrance.

Change of Address

The Bacone Housing Director and the Director of Human Resources are asked to send a list

of changes (additions/deletions) each semester for on campus students and for both full-

time and part-time teachers/staff to the Mailroom Coordinator Mailroom to ensure mail

delivery efficiency.

At the end of each semester when a student leaves the institution (graduated, withdraw,

etc) they will be responsible for coming to the Mailroom to fill out a change of address

form/mail forwarding if they have mail that is delivered to the institution to ensure that it is

delivered to the most current address. If change of address form is not filled out correctly or

in a timely manner, it can cause delays in mail delivery or mail returns. There is a charge of

$1.05 payable to the USPS for change of address processing. The Bacone College campus

Mailroom can only hold mail for 30 days, in accordance to the USPS Federal guidelines.

Incoming Mail

Incoming United States Postal Service (USPS) mail is delivered once daily to the campus

Mailroom between 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The mail is then sorted and delivered on campus

during regular semester sessions in the scheduled afternoon run, with the exception of

parcels and packages. During summer break and between semesters, mail will be sorted

and placed into assigned mailboxes in the campus Mailroom. Please see the Mailroom

Manager for inquiries regarding assigned mailboxes or for mailbox requests.

Incoming Parcels and Packages

All incoming parcels and packages, including UPS, FedEx, Amazon and next day air services

are processed once received. Delivery times vary per carrier. Parcels and packages received

will be held in the Mailroom and an email will be sent out notifying the recipient that they

have a package ready for pickup, however, only the recipient can sign for their package.

Employee/staff badges will verify recipient identity. Recipients will have 30 days from date of

receipt to collect the parcel or package. If recipients fail to make arrangements for parcel or

package pick up, the campus Mailroom may return the package to sender per USPS Federal

guidelines. It is not the responsibility of the campus Mailroom to house parcels and

packages longer than 30 days. Upon parcel and package pickup, please do not open your

parcel or package and leave empty boxes or packaging behind. The Mailroom is not

responsible for disposal of discarded packaging.

Non-Mailable Items

The following items should not be sent in regular envelopes: paper clips, metal pieces, keys,

pencils, coins, glass parts or buttons. These items can jam or damage mailing equipment.

Envelopes and cards that are less than 3” in height or 5” in length are also classified as non-

mailable.

Student Mailbox Key Agreement

Incoming and returning students living on campus are assigned a mailbox key upon arrival

on move-in day. Keys are issued from the Mailroom Coordinator. Students must present

campus ID, and sign a key agreement form when issued a mailbox key. If the mailbox key is

lost, stolen or not returned upon moving out or graduation, there will be a $15 key

replacement fee that must be paid to the Bacone College campus Mailroom. If a student

loses their mailbox key and does not pay the key replacement fee, they will not be issued a

new mailbox and may cause any incoming mail to be returned.

For questions regarding the Bacone College Mailroom policies and procedures or

inquiries regarding assigned mailboxes, or to request outgoing mail pick-up’s, please

contact the Mailroom Coordinator at 918-360-2737.

Children on Campus Policy

  1. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide Faculty, Staff, and Students with information necessary to follow the position the College believes will provide a safe campus while maintaining a learning environment for Students and a disruption free workplace for our employees.

  1. General

Bacone values the role of families in the lives of the Faculty, Staff and Students of the College and has worked to develop policies and benefits that are supportive of balancing work and family life. It is recognized that there are those times under emergency conditions when it is absolutely necessary for a Student of the College to provide for a child for a brief period of time. These circumstances are not the issue addressed in this policy. It is further recognized that there are those times when brief visits occur when children may come to campus with other family members.

  1. Policy

Except when the purpose of the visit is to attend classes or to participate in activities specifically scheduled for their benefit, it is the policy of the College that having minor children be present at an office, classroom, or shop may be inappropriate or disruptive and can be a liability. Consequently, Students shall not bring children with them to campus unless it is an emergency and has prior approval through the VPSA for general campus use and the VPAA for classroom use. In conclusion, a child shall never be brought to campus unless to attend a class or to participate in activities specifically scheduled for their benefit or be left unattended at any time on campus property. Unattended children will be subject to referral to the Department of Human Services. Resident Students may not babysit or have underage guests in the residence hall as it presents a liability to the College.

Underage visitors are required to register with Campus Police or Residential Life first.

It is further expected that consideration of and safety of the children, Students, and other campus residents will be maintained. If a child becomes disruptive, the parent or guardian must handle the situation immediately. Failure to act could result in Student discipline and/or party/s involved being asked to leave campus.

To prevent injury to children and to protect equipment from damage, children are not allowed in laboratories, shops, studios, food service areas, mechanical rooms, any areas containing machinery with moving parts, power operated equipment, maintenance shops, physical plant garage, or any area where air quality may be compromised or presents a liability. 

  1. Responsibilities 

The Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) and Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) will be responsible for implementing the College’s Children on Campus Policy for Students. 

Appropriate Dress

Students are responsible for appropriate dress in the classroom, online classes, or involved in Bacone functions or activities.  The term “appropriate” shall include the definition that no undergarments are visible to others or no explicit or offensive material be displayed.  Instructors and other College officials may request a Student who is a distraction to others by their mode of dress to address the issue immediately or be removed from the classroom, Student activity or athletic function.

Safety and Emergency Procedures

Fire and Security Alarms

Fire and security alarms and cameras have been installed in many areas. Take a moment to locate the nearest fire alarm pull station and fire extinguisher in the event of an emergency. All occupants must leave the building when an alarm occurs.

Tampering with cameras, fire alarms and/or fire extinguishers or any type of safety equipment is a violation of State Law and will result in criminal charges, as well as fines assessed to those responsible. In the case where the individual responsible cannot be identified, all residents will be held responsible, and share in paying the fine.

Fireworks

Possession of fireworks or any explosive device on the campus is not permitted and will result in disciplinary action.

Pod Door Security

The Pod Doors at the A, B and C dorms are the central entry for those residence halls. It is imperative to the safety and security of the pod residents that doors remain firmly closed to assure the safety of building occupants. Doors left propped open will result in discipline. Please be considerate of others and make sure doors remain closed.

Fire Safety Awareness

An evacuation plan is posted at fire extinguisher boxes and on each floor. Know where exits are located. The following are some helpful tips to keep rooms safe from risk of fire:

  1. Do not overload an electrical outlet.
  2. Turn off heat bearing appliances (e.g. irons, curling irons, etc.). Keep room exits and windows clear.
  3. Microwaves and refrigerators must be plugged directly into the outlet. Other electrical items should be plugged into a power strip with a surge protector
  4. The use of candles, incense, oil or halogen lamps, etc., is strictly prohibited.
  5. Toaster/broiler ovens, grills, bottled gas appliances or flammable liquids are strictly prohibited in the residence halls.
  6. If you see defective equipment or someone tampering with equipment, call 918-781-7200.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

Bacone College takes every precaution to prevent fires in the Residence Halls. Take the following steps to ensure safety if you hear the alarm or see a fire. a) remain calm b) act fast, but do not panic! c) In case of fire, place your hand on your room door to determine the following:

  1. If the door is hot or if smoke is seeping in:
    1. Immediately call 911. Do not open the door. Stay in your room. Let someone know you are there by opening your window just enough to hang a sheet out. This is a signal to those outside that someone is in the room and needs help.
    2. Wedge a cloth or towel under the door. If water is available, soak the towels before placing them under the door.
    3. Make a tent for yourself with the sheet in the window or cover your face with a wet cloth to avoid inhalation of smoke. Wait until you are rescued, especially if you are on the second or third floor.
  2. If the door is cool:
  1. Open the door slightly, but be ready to close it if you find smoke or flames in the corridor. Leave only if the corridor is free from smoke or flames.
  2. If there is no smoke, take your room key and walk to the nearest fire exit.
  3. If smoke is detected or if the corridor is dark, crawl to the exit, counting doors so you don’t get lost.
  4. Close all doors behind you.
  5. Turn back if you encounter heavy smoke.
  6. Leave the building as quickly as possible, using the proper exits and meet at your designated meeting area.

Posey Hall

Walk quickly in a single file line down each side of the hallway to the nearest fire exit (one fire exit is located on each floor.) Proceed quickly across the lawn north toward the Warrior Gym. DO NOT go across the access road to the campus. If the fire exit is not passable, proceed to the stairway in the center of the building and out the front doors.

Proceed to the front of Warrior Gym practice field.

Walter Starr Hall

Walk quickly in a single file line down each side of the hallway to the nearest fire exit. Proceed quickly across the lawn north toward the Warrior Gym. DO NOT go across the access road to the campus. If the fire exit is not passable, proceed to the stairway in the center of the building and out the front doors. Proceed to the front of Warrior Gym football practice field.

McCoy Hall

Walk quickly in a single file line down each side of the hallway to the nearest fire exit. Proceed quickly out the front and the two side front doors and two side front doorways and go to the flagpole. DO NOT go across the access road in back of McCoy Hall. If you are in the basement, go out the back door and proceed around the building toward the flagpole. If the fire exit is not passable use another exit.

Pod-style Apartments

Walk quickly out of your apartment. Proceed quickly to the practice field. If you are unable to exit using the front door, crawl out of the window. If you are on the second floor, do not jump out of the window. Instead, climb out of the window and hold onto the windowsill.

Allow your body to hang as low as it can and then drop to the ground. Proceed to the football practice field. Your Residential Life Manager, Campus Police, and other emergency personnel will be helping to evacuate the buildings. Help them by reporting to your designated evacuation area quickly, so they can begin a head count. Report any missing persons.

Tornado Safety Procedures

The State of Oklahoma is well known for severe weather conditions and tornadoes. The months of April through October are known as “Tornado Season”. “. The City of Muskogee has implemented a Tornado Warning System by placing sirens around the city. In case of such an emergency you will hear these sirens signaling loudly and continuously. DO NOT wait, go directly to your nearest area designated for protection.

In case of a tornado or high wind warning, leave your room at once:

Posey Hall

Proceed to the first floor; sit along the first floor hallway walls, knees to your chest, head down, pillow over your head.

McCoy Hall

Proceed to the basement and sit along the hallway walls, knees to your chest, head down, and pillow over your head.

Walter Starr Hall

Proceed to the ground floor and sit along the hallway walls, knees to your chest, head down, and pillow over your head.

Pod Style Apartments

Go immediately to the Warrior Gym. A Bacone College representative will direct you to either the locker room or restrooms. If there is not sufficient time to make it to the gym, go to a first floor apartment bathroom and shut the door to prevent injury from flying glass or debris.

Fire and Tornado Drills

Students will be given instructions on fire safety before drills are performed. In compliance with Oklahoma State fire laws and for your own safety, fire drills will be conducted each semester, unannounced. It is mandatory that all residents participate in a fire drill so you will be prepared in the event of a real fire. Fines will be assessed for refusing to evacuate during a drill. You will find fire and tornado drill procedures posted in each wing and floor. The Residence Halls will also go over these procedures with you in a small group.

It is a proven fact that those who participate in such drills will not react in a panic at the real threat of a fire or tornado. You will be helping save your own life and that of others by participating and learning what to do in case of a fire or tornado.

Medical Emergencies

If you experience illness or injury of an emergency nature call 9-1-1. If you are dialing from a campus phone you will need to dial 9-9-1-1 then call the Campus Police number 918-360-5814, as soon as possible. Transportation to the nearest hospital may be provided by ambulance upon dispatch from 9-1-1.

It is the Student’s responsibility in every case to see that all his/her medical bills are paid,

whether reimbursed by insurance coverage or not. Bills from doctors and hospitals are to be mailed directly to the Student who must arrange payment through his/her primary coverage. The College will have no responsibility for the consequences of a Student’s failure or refusal to accept medical treatment or to pay his/her financial obligations, including medical obligations, in a timely manner.

In case of illness, the following facilities are located in the area:

Saint Francis Hospital

300 Rockefeller Dr., Muskogee, OK 74401

918-684-2151

Cherokee Nation Three Rivers-FREE for tribal members

1001 S. 41 st East

Muskogee, OK 74403

918-781-6500

Muskogee County Health Department

530 S. 34 th Street

Muskogee, OK 74401

918-683-0321

Xpress Wellness-Rapid Testing

2525 Chandler Road

Muskogee, OK 74403

918-681-7533

W.W. Hastings Hospital-24 hours

100 Bliss Ave.

Tahlequah, OK 74464

918-458-3100

Area mental health resources available:

Green Country Behavioral Health Services
619 N. Main St.
Muskogee, OK 74403
918-682-8407

Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health
1325 E. Boone
Tahlequah, OK 74464
918-207-4977

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Crisis Text Line- text CREEK to 741-741
Alcohol Abuse – AA 24 hour Hotline 1-800-229-7708
National Substance Abuse Hotline 1-880-662-4357
CDC National STD/AIDS Hotline (24 hours) 1-800-458-5231 RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) 1-800-656-4673
Suicide Hotline – 1-800-Suicide

Parking

All vehicles on campus must be insured, properly registered with your state’s motor vehicle department, and driven by a licensed driver. Be sure to have your insurance paperwork and license with you at all times while driving, and make sure your registrations are up to date.

Parking is free for currently enrolled Students, but requires registration with the Bacone College Residential Life Office. You may register for a parking decal or temporary pass at the Residential Life Office. Remember that without a decal that matches your vehicle, fines, booting, or towing may occur. Bacone College is not responsible for towing fees. If a Student vehicle is towed, the Student is responsible for all associated costs.

Parking decals must be placed in a visible of the front windshield. Parking permits are required yearly, even if you are a returning Student. You must register your vehicle yearly and provide updated insurance, registration, and driver’s license information to be issued a parking decal. The College is not responsible for any theft from or damage incurred to a vehicle when parked on campus.

The following rules and regulations pertain to all vehicles on campus:

  1. All vehicles must be properly registered and insured. 
  2. Failure to comply with state law, register, or insure your vehicle will result in disciplinary action from the College and/or a municipal court citation by Campus Police. 
  3. The speed limit on campus is 20 MPH and is strictly enforced.
  4. Yellow or red painted curbs mean no parking is allowed at any time.
  5. Any vehicle that blocks handicap parking, emergency access, sidewalks, and driveways will be fined or towed at the owners’ expense.
  6. No parking on the grass at any time except areas designated for overflow parking.
  7. No Student parking in designated Faculty parking lots.
  8. There is no parking or standing along Old Bacone Road at any time.
  9. Vehicles not parked in a designated parking area may be towed at owners’ expense.

Parking regulation is enforced by citation, towing, and booting.

Student Identification

All Bacone College Students will be provided with a photo I.D. card upon completion of their enrollment. Your Student I.D. card must be presented for the following:

  1. Library use
  2. To be issued a mailbox key
  3. To be issued a parking permit
  4. To pick up a work study paycheck
  5. Meals in the Dining Hall and with specific off-campus vendors
  6. College events
  7. When asked by Staff or Campus Police

Your card must be renewed yearly. If you misplace, damage, or lose your I.D. card, a $25 fee will be charged for a replacement card. This may be charged to your account when the replacement card is issued. The Residential Life Office is responsible for the issuance of cards.

Personal Effects

The Campus Police phone number is (918) 360-5814. Report all lost or stolen items, suspicious behavior or criminal activity immediately to Campus Police.

Personal possessions are the Student’s responsibility and appropriate steps should be taken to protect them. Look into insurance policies for valuables, and mark items in several conspicuous areas with an electric engraver. 

We also highly recommend to register your electronics online with the vendor from whom you purchased it from. You can also register your belongings with the Campus Police Department.Try a unique identifier like your driver’s license number (never your Social Security number!. Cable locks are an inexpensive way to prevent theft of laptops, desktop computers, video game systems, and televisions.

Personal Safety

Some personal safety tips to consider are:

  1. Never leave your car unattended/unlocked if you have your belongings in it.
  2. Avoid walking alone. Travel in pairs or groups, especially at night.
  3. Walk on well-lit paths. If the lights are out on one path, use another. Avoid taking shortcuts through dark or deserted places.
  4. Never allow an unknown person to enter the residence hall behind you when unlocking the door.
  5. Before leaving or entering your car, check the area and the interior for potential danger.
  6. Park in well-lit areas and never leave your keys in your car, even for a few minutes.
  7. Report unlit areas or broken security lights and all incidents that you consider to be safety related to Campus Police.
  8. If you think you are being followed, go to a populated place and notify the Campus Police.
  9. Keep your room door locked at all times.
  10. Carry your room key and Student ID. Show your ID as requested by College officials.
  11. Report lost keys to Campus Police and Residential Life immediately.
  12. Register a contact person with the Residential Life Office.
  13. Keep your money in a bank account; carry as little cash as possible with you.
  14. If you are going to be away, even for one day, check out with your Residential Life Manager and let Campus Police know.

Campus Closing Hours

Bacone College Campus is closed to all visitors between midnight and 8 a.m. CST seven-days-a-week. Visitors on campus after closing will be asked to leave. If a visitor refuses to leave he/she may be subject to arrest or banned from campus.

All persons must show identification (Students must provide Student ID) when asked by law enforcement or a Staff official. All law enforcement officials and Bacone College employees are authorized to instruct resident Students to go inside the residence hall to maintain the peace or if they determine potential danger exists.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act

The Clery Act requires all Colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $54,789 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal Student financial aid programs.

By October 1 of each year, institutions must publish and distribute their Annual Campus Security Report to current and prospective Students and employees. Institutions are also allowed to provide notice of the report, a URL if available, and how to obtain a paper copy if desired. This report is required to provide crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions, and procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses. Clery Act 2020.

What we Report

We must file incident reports when it meets the following requirements:

  • the incident is reported to Bacone College, the local police, or a campus security authority by a victim, witness, third party or even the offender
  • the incident occurs within Bacone’s Clery-designated geography 
  • the officer or campus security authority believe the report was made in good faith (not rumor or hearsay)

Note: : Under the Clery Act, crimes are reflected in the crime statistics in the year they are reported, whether or not they occurred in that year.

A copy of the most recent report can be found at this URL

Drugs and Alcohol

Bacone College is committed to the elimination of alcohol abuse and illicit drug use. Alcohol abuse and illicit drug use disrupt the particular environment of personal growth that all universities seek to develop. We all must help prevent alcohol abuse and illicit drug use from negatively affecting our living and learning environment.

The summary below provides essential information on Bacone College’s policy, health risks, and legal sanctions associated with alcohol and other drug abuse. Also included is information on intervention, assessments, counseling, and referrals through campus programs. The Federal Government requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act Amendments of 1989 and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. For Bacone College to receive federal funding of any kind, including financial aid resources, all Students must receive a copy of this policy.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP) Notice – for Students Prevention of Alcohol Abuse & Illicit Drug Use at Bacone College

Alcohol abuse is a prime contributor to suicide, homicide, motor vehicle deaths, and other unintended deaths. Excessive alcohol consumption leads to more than 100,000 deaths annually in the United States. Alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol dependence, premature death through overdose, alcohol-related stroke, and complications involving the brain, heart, liver, and many other organs. Alcohol abuse also causes liver disease, gastritis, anemia, and cancers of the esophagus and larynx.

The abuse of illicit drugs can result in a wide range of health problems. In general, illicit drug use can result in drug addiction, death by overdose, death from withdrawals, seizure, heart problems, infections (e.g., HIV/AIDS, hepatitis), liver disease, and chronic brain dysfunction.

Alcohol used in any amount by a pregnant woman can cause congenital disabilities and permanent brain damage to the child. Drug use by a pregnant woman may cause addiction or health complications in her unborn child.

Alcohol abuse interferes with psychological functions, causes interpersonal difficulties, and is involved in most cases of child abuse. Substance abuse disrupts work, reduces motivation, causes legal and financial problems, and social and family issues. Other issues associated with alcohol and drug use include the following psychological dysfunctions: dependency, memory loss, hallucinations, paranoia, and psychosis.

For additional health risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse:
Department of Justice, Drugs of Abuse, https://www.dea.gov/documents/2017/06/15/drugs-abuse
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Alcohol’s Effect on the Body, https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fact Sheets – Alcohol Use and Your Health,https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm
Visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/.

For more information contact the Campus Police Department or VPSA.

Alcohol and/or Drug Use Disciplinary Sanctions

A Student found guilty of noncompliance with the Bacone College Standards of Conduct surrounding alcohol and drug policies, or the laws of the State of Oklahoma has violated College Student Rules and is subject to sanctions commensurate with the offenses and any aggravating and mitigating circumstances.

Disciplinary action in cases involving drug-related violations by Students may result in suspension or expulsion from the College and referral for prosecution.

Violation of any state or federal law about controlled substances that occur off-campus and are not associated with a College connected activity may result in disciplinary charges in situations where the continued presence of the individual on campus is likely to interfere with the educational process and the orderly operation of the College.

College disciplinary proceedings will occur following the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook. Any disciplinary action imposed by the College may precede and be in addition to any penalty imposed by authorities off-campus.

College Drug Policy

All members of the College community are expected to abide by tribal, local, state, and federal laws pertaining to controlled substances and illegal drugs. More specifically, Bacone College policy prohibits “the act of using, possessing, being under the influence of, manufacturing, or distributing illegal drugs or illegally obtained/possessed controlled substances.”

“Controlled substances” refers to those drugs and substances whose possession, sale, or delivery results in criminal sanctions under the Oklahoma Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, as well as substances which possess a chemical structure similar to that of a controlled substance (e.g., “designer drugs”).

Marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law and is therefore illegal to possess, distribute, or use or be under the influence of on campus. Bacone College is located within the exterior boundaries of the Muscogee (creek) Nation and abides by federal statutes. Drug paraphernalia is also strictly prohibited on Bacone campus.

According to federal regulations, Students convicted for a drug offense that occurred during a period of enrollment while receiving Title IV Federal Financial Aid may lose eligibility for Federal Aid. Federal Aid includes:

  • Federal Pell and SEOG Grants
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Federal Perkins Loan 
  • Federal Stafford Loan 
  • Federal Plus Loan 
  • Graduate Plus Loan

Suppose a Student answers ‘Yes’ to the question on the FAFSA regarding conviction for possession or sale of illegal drugs. In that case, they will be sent a worksheet by the federal processing center to determine if the conviction affects aid eligibility. Should the financial aid office be notified that a Student has been convicted of sale or possession of illegal drugs, the financial assistance will be suspended immediately. If a conviction was reversed, set aside, or removed from the Student’s record, it does not count. Convictions occurring during periods of non-enrollment do not count. Any conviction received as a juvenile does not count unless they were tried as an adult. The period of ineligibility is dependent upon the type of conviction (sale or possession) and if there were previous offenses. The information below demonstrates the periods of ineligibility:

Possession of Illegal Drugs

1st offense- 1 year from date of conviction 2nd offense- 2 years from the date of conviction 3+ offenses- Indefinite Period

Sale of Illegal Drugs

1st offense- 2 years from the date of conviction 2nd offense- Indefinite period If the Student was convicted of selling and possessing illegal drugs, the Student will be ineligible for a more extended period.

Regaining Eligibility

The Student may regain eligibility: the day after the period of ineligibility ends,

· when they complete a qualified drug rehabilitation program, or

· if the Student passes two unannounced drug tests given by an eligible rehabilitation program, they may regain eligibility.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it after:                     · completing a rehabilitation program as described below,

passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program, or 

· if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the Student’s record so that fewer than two sentences for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the Student regains eligibility.

Qualified Drug Rehabilitation Program

A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Be eligible to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government
  2. Be eligible to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company
  3. Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court
  4. Be administered or recognized by a federal or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.

The College has no responsibility to pay for the test or rehab services.

Additional drug convictions will make the Student ineligible for federal aid again. It is the Student’s responsibility to certify to the school that the Student has successfully completed the rehabilitation program.

College Alcohol Policy

Individuals must be at least 21 years old to purchase alcoholic beverages. Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages are restricted. Bacone College is a dry campus. Alcohol use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on Bacone College premises and at College-sponsored events. College-sponsored events include institution-sponsored on or off-campus activities, such as officially sanctioned field trips, Student-sponsored social activities, activities of a Student organization recognized by the institution, and institutional-sponsored activities abroad.

Students, ages 21 or older, can legally purchase and consume alcohol, but cannot possess, store, or consume alcohol on Bacone College property, including dorms, parking areas, or any property owned, operated or controlled by Bacone College. Students who are 21 years of age or older and who consume alcoholic beverages off-campus and then return to campus have a duty and moral obligation to maintain peace in the dorms and recognize other Students’ rights to privacy, sleep, and quiet study time. Disruption may lead to disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion, suspension, and or criminal charges.

Resources and Counseling Services

To help individuals who may have an alcohol or other drug abuse problem, the following resources are available to Bacone College Students. Bacone Students who come forward seeking help for drug or alcohol abuse or addiction will receive assistance in seeking out help. Students who come forward will not be judged, ridiculed, or punished in any way for seeking help. They shall furthermore have confidence that their situation shall be handled with the utmost privacy and compassion. Bacone College will help the Student find help but will in no way incur the cost of a Student’s rehab.

Narconon Arrowhead Drug & Alcohol Rehab Addiction treatment center

Canadian, OK

(855) 646-8505

Green Country Mental Health and Substance Abuse 

619 N Main St. Muskogee OK 74401 (918)-682-8407

Monarch

Addiction treatment center Muskogee, OK

(918) 683-0124

New Pathways Counselor Muskogee, OK (918) 682-7797

Legal Sanctions

A Student who violates any of these alcohol or drug laws will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency and subject to prosecution per the law. Legal sanctions for violation of local, state, and federal laws may include, but not limited to, fines, probation, jail, or prison sentences. Sale to Minors: It is a misdemeanor to sell an alcoholic beverage to an individual under 21 years of age.

Public Intoxication Statute of Oklahoma: An arrest for Public Intoxication may occur if an individual appears in a public place while intoxicated so much that the person may endanger himself or herself or another person or is causing a disturbance.

Purchase of Alcohol for a Minor; Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor: It is a misdemeanor to purchase or make an alcoholic beverage available to an individual under 21 years of age. This offense is punishable by a fine of $5,00.00 and confinement in the County jail for up to one year. Civil Liability for Provision of Alcohol to a Minor: An adult 21 years of age or older upon conviction of providing alcohol to a minor can be held civilly liable for damages caused by an intoxicated minor.

Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle: It is a misdemeanor to knowingly possess an open container in a passenger area of a motor vehicle located on a public highway, regardless of whether the vehicle is being operated or is stopped or parked.

Driving While Intoxicated; Flying or Boating While Intoxicated: 1st offense is a misdemeanor to operate a motor vehicle or watercraft in a public place while intoxicated. The minimum term of confinement is one year in the county jail and a $1,000.00 fine. An ignition interlock device will have to be installed on the car of a person convicted of driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more if the defendant is to receive probation. Persons under 21 can receive a DUI conviction for an alcohol blood level of .02% while driving. If driving intoxicated and the driver has an auto accident that leads to the death of another individual, felony charges of negligent homicide or vehicular manslaughter is punishable by significant fines and imprisonment in the state prison.

Administrative License Revocation; Implied Consent: After being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, failing, or refusing the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) test can result in license revocation.

Alcohol and a Minor

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor; Possession of Alcohol by a Minor: It is a misdemeanor for minors to consume or possess alcoholic beverages except in the visible presence of the minor’s adult parent, guardian, or spouse.

Purchase of Alcohol by a Minor; Attempt to Purchase Alcohol: It is a misdemeanor for individuals under 21 years of age to attempt purchasing alcoholic beverages. “Attempt” implies acting beyond mere preparation.

Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor: It is a misdemeanor to falsely state or present false documents indicating that an individual is 21 years of age or older to a person selling or serving alcoholic beverages.

Attendance at Alcohol Awareness Course; License suspension

On the first conviction of an alcohol-related offense, the court shall require the person to attend an alcohol awareness course. 

Harassment Policy

Bacone College does not condone and will not tolerate any behavior, verbal or physical, by members of the Faculty, administration, Staff or Student body, that is:

  1. unwelcomed, unsolicited, or uninvited;
  2. regarded by the recipient as undesirable or offensive;
  3. directed or related to an individual’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any classification protected by law and;
  4. implicitly or explicitly suggests that submission to or rejection of the conduct will be a factor in academic or employment decisions, evaluations, or permission to participate in a school activity or;
  5. is offensive to a reasonable person under the circumstances in question and if not corrected, would interfere with an individual’s academic or work performance or create or substantially contribute to an intimidating or hostile work, academic, or Student living environment.

In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes discrimination or harassment under this policy, consideration of the incident will include but not be limited to the totality of the circumstances, the context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred, the relationship of the parties, whether the alleged offending party was asked to cease the offending conduct and principles of academic freedom.

Examples of types of harassment prohibited by this policy include:

  1. Verbal harassment, such as harassing phone calls, jokes, slurs, epithets, anecdotes, or other derogatory statements directed to an individual or group of individuals’ race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by law other than in an appropriate academic study of such activity; or
  2. Visual, through the use of writings, graffiti, e-mail, texting, social network media, posters, objects, or symbols that ridicule or demean an individual or group of individuals’ race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by law other than in an appropriate academic study of such material; or
  3. Unwanted touching, stalking, or impeding an individual’s free movement on the basis of a protected characteristic.

This policy applies to all members of the Bacone College campus community, including Students. The policy applies during:

  1. On-campus activities
  2. Off-campus activities. This policy also applies to “off campus” activities that are College related. Examples of activities that normally would fall into this category are:
  • Off-campus activities that are sponsored by or associated with the College; or
  • Off-campus activities that derive from class assignments or for which credit may be received.
  • Off-campus activities that involve Students.

To the extent possible, the College will make a reasonable effort to conduct all proceedings 

related to harassment allegations in a manner that will protect the confidentiality and privacy interests of all parties. Examples of situations where confidentiality cannot be maintained include circumstances when the College is required by law to disclose information and when disclosure is warranted by the College in order to protect the rights of others. In addition to these efforts, all parties to the alleged complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect for the reputation of all parties involved. Confidential reporting shall be made through the Campus Police at 918-360-5814.

The Campus Police will investigate all harassment allegations that are filed and ensure that both parties involved have the opportunity to present witnesses and evidence as necessary.

Harassment allegations must be filed no later than six (6) weeks after the most recent incident occurred. Investigations into Harassment cases will begin as soon as the allegations are filed. 

Written notice from the VPSA will be sent to all parties involved once the case has been closed. The College will take all necessary steps to ensure that there is not a repeat offense of the harassment, including but not limited to Campus restraining orders, campus ban orders, suspensions/expulsions, etc.

Sexual Assault

The following information is available in the Annual Clery Act Disclosures and is reproduced below. Please visit http://www.bacone.edu and download the most recent copy of the Disclosures.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety and call 911.

You should then obtain necessary medical treatment and report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a law enforcement officer, and College officials will facilitate this process. Filing a police report will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim to the extent provided for by Oklahoma state law, and provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later. A victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to reporting the sexual assault and undertaking an examination. Law enforcement officers will facilitate access to confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

When a sexual assault victim contacts a law enforcement officer, investigators from the agency having jurisdiction will be notified. A representative for the College will also be notified and guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision.

Bacone College does not offer counseling options, but law enforcement officials and College representatives are available to facilitate access to support services, which may be obtained through the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. Several service organizations in Oklahoma have provided telephone numbers and made available other services for Students, Faculty, Staff and campus community members.The Bacone College Campus Police Department will assist any interested person in contacting these agencies.

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OR WITNESS CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY AFTER A SEX OFFENSE OCCURS

Campus Police → 918-360-5814

Oklahoma Safeline → 1-800-522-7233 (SAFE)

Oklahoma Safeline – Oklahoma City Metro Area → 405-522-7233 

(SAFE) National Domestic Violence Hotline → 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Hotline → 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)

 Communication Services for the Deaf (TTY) → 1-800-252-1017 (TTY) Communication Services for the Deaf (Voice) → 1-866-845-7445 (Voice)

Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault → 405-524-0700 (M-F/9-5)

The institution will change a victim’s academic and living situations after an alleged sex offense, if those changes are requested by the victim and are reasonably available. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same benefits under the law.

Compliance with this policy does not constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For the purpose of this policy, the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding means only the institution’s final determination with respect to the alleged sex offense and any sanction that is imposed against the accused. A Student in violation of the sexual misconduct policy will be subject to criminal proceedings in the courts and will be subject to expulsion proceedings.

Lockdown/Active Shooter

  1. unsafe conditions or circumstances on campus may lead to a lockdown.
  2. if inside, get to a safe area, take cover and shelter in place. keep away from doors and windows.
  3. wait for the police to assist you out of the building.
  4. if outside, get to a safe area. take cover away from danger.
  5. call 911, and give the dispatcher location and information of the incident.

Criminal Violations

Criminal violations may be reported by calling 911, by calling Campus Police at (918) 360-5814, or in person to an officer. Bacone College has its own campus police department, which has the same authority and arrest powers as a municipal police department. Each officer is duly sworn and commissioned in accordance with Oklahoma state law and peace officer training standards and may enforce both criminal laws and the rules and regulations of Bacone College. Additionally, all campus police officers hold a commission with the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and have powers of arrest throughout all of Muskogee County.

Major criminal violations are reported and referred to either the Municipal Court of the City of Muskogee (many misdemeanor charges) or to the District Court for the County of Muskogee (some misdemeanor charges, all felony crimes).

More information about jurisdiction and authority may be found in the Clery Act Annual Disclosures, published on the College’s website <http://www.bacone.edu>. Criminal violations are separate and distinct from College discipline.

Student Technology Resource Policies

Summary Internet Policy Provisions

  1. The College has software and systems in place that can monitor and record all Internet usage.  No expectation of privacy is reserved for Students utilizing campus computer systems/resources.
  2. The College reserves the right to inspect any and all files stored on campus computers and Student computers if utilized on the College network, in order to assure compliance with policy.
  3. Sexually explicit, hateful or demeaning material may not be displayed, archived, stored, distributed, edited or recorded using College network or computing resources.
  4. Use of any College resources for illegal activity is grounds for loss of lab and network privileges, and the College will cooperate with any legitimate law enforcement agency.
  5. No Student may use College facilities knowingly to download or distribute pirated software or data.
  6. No Student may use the College’s computer facility to deliberately propagate any virus, worm, Trojan horse, or trap door program code.
  7. Students with Internet access may not use College Internet facilities to download entertainment software, music, games, or to play games over the Internet, unless related to approved Bacone College activities.
  8. The College’s computer systems may not be used for commercial or solicitation purposes.
  9. The Bacone College computer system, especially the electronic mail capabilities, will not be used to create offensive or disruptive messages. This includes messages which contain sexual implications, racial slurs, gender specific comments, or any other comment that offensively addresses someone’s sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, national origin, ethnicity or disability.
  10. Social networking is widely utilized by our Student body. Students are encouraged to participate on social networking sites responsibly, and with respect to other members of the campus community. Students are encouraged to be discrete in the sharing of personal information on social networking sites.

Note: Violations of these policies and provisions are subject to Student discipline, including suspension, removal from campus, fines, criminal charges and/or expulsion from school.

Computer Lab Usage

  1. Library computers and WiFi : This lab is for general Student use during the hours the library is open. 
  2. Student class projects/assignments will take precedence over other computer usage provided that a Faculty member or other resource assistant is present to make the appropriate judgment.
  3. Any Student attempting to access, copy, modify, or delete another Student’s file will lose their network privileges and face disciplinary action.
  4. Any Student found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Technical

  1. User Identification (ID’ s) and passwords help maintain individual accountability for computer resource usage. All Students must keep their passwords confidential (sharing your password will result in your loss of access privileges).
  2. Any file that is introduced into the Bacone College Network must be scanned for viruses before it is installed. 
  3. Students will not modify any computer network system settings.
  4. Downloading of wallpaper, screensavers, etc. is prohibited.

Non-Alteration of College Property or Physical Plant

Students must have prior authorization from the Office of the President to make any alteration to College property or grounds, including but not limited to, digging, tree removal, sign removal or placement. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action. 

Policy Violations, Discipline, and Appeals

Appropriate behavior is the responsibility of the Student. Policy violations are addressed by the VPSA. The following policies and procedures are subject to change or modification at any time and serve only as a guideline to how disciplinary affairs are conducted to ensure due process is met.

Violations of tribal, local, state and federal law are also violations of the Student Code of Conduct, whether they occur on or off campus.

Examples of Violations

The disciplinary authority of the College is vested in the President and the VPSA. While not an exhaustive list, the following is a guide as to some of the most serious violations of the Code of Conduct which may result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion:

  1. Physical or Sexual Assault
  2. Distributing and/or Possession or use of any controlled dangerous substance (including but not limited to marijuana).
  3. Theft of any nature, including possessing stolen property
  4. Tampering with life safety equipment (including but not limited to doors, cameras, fire extinguishers, alarms) 
  5. Bullying, intimidation, or threats of violence
  6. Obscene, indecent, lewd, or salacious conduct
  7. Racial/ethnic slurs (including but not limited to clothing, bumper stickers, and verbal abuse)
  8. Possession of firearms or replica firearms (including but not limited to pellet guns, paintball markers, BB guns, airsoft guns), blowguns, crossbows, or any weapon
  9. Falsification of official College documents, including admission records
  10. Verbal and/or written abuse (including social media, telephone calls, e-mails or letters)
  11. False statement about a Student, College official, or law enforcement officer
  12. Violation of tribal, local, state or federal law

Reporting Code Violations

Any member of the Bacone College campus community may report information regarding an alleged incident of non-academic misconduct to the VPSA and Campus Police at 918-360-5814.

The VPSA shall assume responsibility for the resolution of the alleged incident and accept referrals for discipline from housing and Campus Police. All investigations are conducted by Campus Police.

Search and Seizure Guidelines

Because the College is private property, persons and vehicles are subject to search at all times. Students are entitled to some expectation of privacy in their dormitory rooms, and the College will generally not make entry into Student rooms except:

  1. By law enforcement officers in the performance of statutory duties and in accordance with legally defined procedures governing search and seizure.
  2. By authorized College personnel or agents to make improvements and repairs and to provide routine maintenance services.
  3. By authorized College personnel to ensure that health, fire, and safety regulations are maintained.
  4. By authorized College personnel in emergency situations to protect the health and welfare of the Student or to make emergency repairs to prevent damage to the property of the Student and the College.
  5. By authorized College officials (non-law enforcement) when there is reasonable suspicion to believe violation of College rules or regulations has been, will be, or is being committed.
  6. Based on probable cause, law enforcement may conduct searches or seizures in accordance with the law.

When it is necessary for authorized College personnel or their agents to enter a Student’s room when the occupant(s) is not in, there will be two Staff members present. The Student(s) will be notified of the entry and reason for the entry by use of a printed notice.

Pass keys will only be used if the occupant of the room cannot be located, is not responding to College personnel, or if there is a reason to believe the delay would be potentially harmful to other residents or facilities, or would allow for disposal of evidence. 

If contraband or items to be confiscated are found by Residential Life Staff and are to be held as evidence in a Student disciplinary hearing, Campus Police shall collect the items and Residential Life Staff will notify the VPSA, either before the items are confiscated or as soon as practical afterward.

Sanctions

The​ ​following​ ​sanctions​ ​may​ ​be​ ​imposed:

A.​ ​Community​ ​Service​ ​-​ ​The​ ​Student​ ​will​ ​be​ ​required​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​a​ ​service​ ​for​ ​the​ ​College​ ​or

the​ ​community.​ ​Total​ ​hours​ ​and​ ​assignment​ ​to​ ​be​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​nature​ ​and​ ​severity​ ​of​ ​the

offense.

B.​ ​Fines​ ​–​ ​A​ ​monetary​ ​fine​ ​may​ ​be​ ​assessed​ ​following​ ​the​ ​exhaustion​ ​of​ ​appeals.​ ​The​ ​fine

will​ ​be​ ​posted​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Student​ ​account​ ​and​ ​may​ ​be​ ​paid​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Business​ ​Office​ ​during

normal​ ​business​ ​hours.

C.​ ​Restitution​ ​–​ ​(​for​ ​damage​ ​to​ ​College​ ​property​ ​only​)​ ​The​ ​Student​ ​will​ ​be​ ​required​ ​to​ ​pay​ ​for

any​ ​property​ ​damage​ ​or​ ​cost(s)​ ​of​ ​repair(s),​ ​separate​ ​from​ ​any​ ​fines.

D.​ ​Suspension​ ​–​ ​The​ ​Student​ ​may​ ​be​ ​suspended​ ​from​ ​classes,​ ​residential​ ​areas,​ ​activities, sports,​ ​and​ ​may be barred from​ ​campus. Any institutional aid awarded may also be revoked.

E.​ ​Expulsion​ ​–​ ​The​ ​Student​ ​is​ ​disenrolled​ ​and​ ​permanently​ ​barred​ ​from​ ​attending​ ​any​ ​campus​ ​function. 

Minor Discipline

Minor Discipline includes all code violation tickets and disciplinary actions involving damages and fines of one hundred dollars (<$100.00) or less and community service of twenty (20) hours or less.

Minor Discipline may be imposed at the discretion of the VPSA following a written notification to the Student. If a Student wishes to appeal a disciplinary decision involving minor discipline, the Student must submit a written appeal to the VPSA in writing within ten (10) working days of receiving the decision. A decision by the VPSA will be made within thirty (30) days of the filing of the appeal. 

After that time, all code violation tickets or imposed discipline will stand and the proposed fine will be placed on the Student’s account. 

Major Discipline

Major Discipline includes all disciplinary actions involving fines of more than one hundred dollars (>$100.00), community service of more than twenty (20) hours, suspension of more than seven (7) days, and expulsion.

Following initial referral for discipline, the VPSA will conduct a summary hearing with a disciplinary committee which will be formed as needed. The Student will have the opportunity to present a written statement regarding the referral for consideration. The VPSA and committee will then make a written finding and impose discipline if warranted.

(In cases of urgency, such as those involving violence or behaviors that put the campus at risk, interim discipline may be imposed immediately with an automatic right to rehearing at the first practical opportunity.)

Major Discipline Appeals

If a Student wishes to appeal a disciplinary decision, the Student must submit a written appeal to the Office of the President in writing within ten (10) working days of receiving the decision. A decision by the President will be made within thirty (30) days of the filing of the appeal. Any decision by the President is final.

Changes to this handbook

Bacone College reserves the right to change or amend these policies as needed.

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