Student Standards of Conduct


Studying and living at William Jessup University is a voluntary association with a community framed by Christian scriptures and tradition, the Community Covenant, and our Independent Christian Church and Restoration Movement heritage. We strive to be a community of grace and truth that loves God, ourselves, and others and sends leaders out to make a transformational difference in the church and world.

As such, time at Jessup is an experience where students are intentionally asked to align certain lifestyle practices and behaviors for a season of time in order to learn and grow in community. When violations of the Standards of Conduct occur, the outlined process will be followed in an effort to help students grow and hold them accountable for the good of the individual and community. The following expectations and standards of behavior aim to promote the health, growth, and edification of the Jessup learning community.


University policies and Community Standards apply to conduct that occurs on university premises, at university-sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that is deemed to adversely affect the university community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each traditional undergraduate student shall be responsible for his or her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if his or her conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded).

The Standards of Conduct apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The judicial officer shall decide whether the Standards of Conduct shall be applied to conduct occurring off-campus, on a case-by-case basis, at his or her discretion.

Non-Disciplinary Policy

Students struggling with difficult issues in their personal lives are encouraged to seek out a Student Life staff member for help at any time. Except in situations where the University is required by law to take appropriate disciplinary action (e.g., harassment, sexual assault, etc.), students who come to a student life professional staff member for help related to lifestyle behaviors (e.g., alcohol, drug use, tobacco dependency, sexual issues, pregnancy, etc.), prior to staff becoming aware of a violation of University policy, will be offered support and help outside of the regular student conduct process. If continued offenses occur beyond or outside of these conversations, it may become necessary to address related or hidden violations through the conduct process.

Helping Students in Need

If a student becomes incapacitated due to alcohol or drug overuse, or if they are in need of medical attention due to alcohol or drug use, other students are asked to contact emergency personnel at 911, Campus Safety at (916) 521-0776, and a residence life staff member immediately in order to protect the health and well-being of the affected student. The individual needing medical attention and those with him or her will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions, but instead, will be referred for help with issues related to their alcohol use/abuse as needed. In addition, Student Life staff will work with the student to provide further support and accountability to strengthen their commitment to WJU’s Community Covenant and conduct expectations.

Jurisdiction of Additional Student Contracts

Special student leadership positions and roles across campus may require students to sign contracts that include requirements beyond the scope of the Student Handbook Standards of Conduct. However, consequences of any violation of the additional requirements may only go so far as consequences within the scope of the position or loss of privileges pertaining to the said position. Any violations related to University Standards of Conduct violations must be referred to Student Life, and any behavioral sanctions beyond the scope of the position must come from the Student Life conduct process, not individual departments within the university.



All WJU students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that supports and promotes Christian values, the well-being of the community, and the well-being of other members of the community. Therefore, the university reserves the right to confront behavior that is detrimental to the student infringes upon others or appears to diverge from accepted university standards of what is right and proper.

Compliance with University Officials

Students are required to comply with the direction of university officials or public safety officers acting in the performance of their duties. Students must also identify themselves to these persons when requested to do so.

Compliance with State and Federal Laws

Students are citizens of several communities: university, city, county, state, and nation.  Certain types of misconduct may subject students to the local or state jurisdiction and the imposition of sanctions by both the university and civil authorities. WJU reserves the right to address students whose lifestyle choices reflect negatively on themselves or the institution.

Abuse of the Conduct Process

Abuse of the student conduct process is a concern for our community. Any student attempting to mislead or avoid the written policies and process will be held accountable. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Failure to obey the summons and/or directives of a university official
  • Filing a complaint knowingly without cause
  • Failure to fully disclose all information to a university official during an investigation or the disciplinary process
  • Falsification, lying, hiding, distortion, or misrepresentation of information
  • Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct during an investigation or the disciplinary process
  • Attempting to disrupt or disrupting an individual’s participation in the process
  • Influencing or attempting to influence another person to obstruct an investigation or to abuse the disciplinary process and sanctions
  • Harassment or intimidation of a community member involved in an investigation or in the disciplinary process
  • Failure to comply with the sanctions) imposed


Taking, using, and/or damaging another person’s property without permission from the owner is subject to disciplinary action. Theft also includes unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys /key cards to any college premises, unauthorized entry or use of college premises, and other abuse of university-owned and operated technology including computers, wifi, electricity, etc.

Vandalism or Unauthorized Use

Vandalism is any malicious or non-malicious act that causes damage, destroys, or defaces any university, public, or private property and is strictly prohibited.  This includes safety equipment such as fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire doors, door locks, etc. Unauthorized entry and misuse of university premises (dorms, fields, academic buildings) including entering restricted areas (rooftops), and unauthorized use of university equipment (computers, telephones) are prohibited.

Physical Harm

Any conduct that threatens or endangers the health, physical or emotional well-being of another person (including oneself), will not be tolerated.  Violent behavior and/or threats toward another person or one’s own safety are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict or emotional distress. The university does not tolerate fighting, violence, or threats of violent behavior.  This includes any conduct that threatens or endangers the health, physical, or emotional well-being of a community member, including stalking and bullying.


Firearms, weapons, ammunition, and knives over two inches long are not permitted on campus.  Examples of weapons include ammunition, hunting knives, swords, explosives (including firecrackers and dry ice), toxic or dangerous chemicals, or any other material or instrument that poses a risk of damage or injury. Objects in violation may be confiscated by university personnel, and the student may be subject to the disciplinary process.

Misuse of Undeveloped Campus Areas

Undeveloped areas of WJU, especially University Pond, should be treated gently and left in their natural state until development occurs if it does. Vernal pools and University Pond are legally protected as wetlands and as such, the following activities are prohibited: dumping trash, swimming or boating, off-road vehicle use, fires of any kind, and disturbing or collection of any plant or animal life. Group use or exceptions to any of the above-prohibited activities should be made to the Director of Facilities.

Community Respect

Students are expected to be respectful of the individual rights and freedoms of others within the WJU community, including faculty, staff, and other students. If a shared sense of understanding does not exist between community members, students are still expected to exhibit an outward sensitivity to the inherent diversity within the WJU community. Offensive, obscene, and profane language or action is considered inappropriate and a violation of the basic law of courtesy and respect for others and is not tolerated. Any action that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by the federal or state laws is considered harassment and will not be tolerated.  

Inappropriate Communication and Publication

Communication between members of the WJU community is expected to reflect an appropriate degree of mutual respect and civility. Therefore, students are expected to demonstrate respect for fellow students, faculty, staff, and guests of the university in all communications regardless of whether the communication is through a face-to-face exchange, email, social media, texting, blogs, telephone, etc. As participation in the WJU community is a privilege that brings with it a responsibility to represent the community well, students may be held accountable for communication public or private that is found to be inappropriate, whether to a member of the community or otherwise.

Students may be held accountable for statements and publications that they make that appear to be inconsistent with the current Community Standards.

Some examples of inappropriate communications include:

  • Obscene, racist, sexist, ethnic, harassing, intimidating, or language that threatens the physical, emotional health, or safety of self or others.
  • Use of email or computer networks to send unsolicited junk mail, chain letters, links to inappropriate sites, or to further any illegal or unauthorized activity.
  • The pervasive use of oral or written profanity.

Hosting Disruptive Gatherings

No student living on or off campus can host any disruptive party, gathering, or event which disturbs or impacts the peace of another. This includes but is not limited to: disturbing the peace of others; excessive noise; violent, offensive, disorderly behavior, or quarrelsome conduct; traffic obstruction of public or private streets by crowds or vehicles; litter. Any student who hosts or participates in such an activity will be subject to disciplinary process.


Guests are subject to all university standards of conduct and student hosts are responsible for their adherence to these rules. Students may be held financially responsible for the actions and conduct of their guests.


Participation in any activity on or off campus that threatens and intimidates and/or endangers the health, physical, or emotional well-being of a community member; results in damage, malicious or benign vandalism, or general disregard for university or private property; or involves a violation of university policy is strictly prohibited.

Sexuality and Relationships

As an evangelical Christian community, William Jessup University expects that its students will serve as examples of God-honoring excellence. Within the Jessup community, we believe sexual relationships were designed by God for within a lifelong marriage between a husband and wife. As such, we expect students to abstain from sex outside of marriage as well as activities that promote that level of intimacy (e.g. nudity, lying in bed together,etc.). The university will address behavior outside of our expectations including, but not limited to: single students dating married persons, married students dating anyone but their spouse, same-sex relationships, sexual relations between unmarried persons or persons of the same sex, and public affection deemed inappropriate for the context.


Students may not live with someone of the opposite sex other than a family member or guardian while attending William Jessup University. Students also may not share a home or apartment with someone with whom they are romantically involved.


Pornographic materials in any form (including via the internet) are not to be viewed, used, possessed, or distributed on or away from campus. This includes any item (which may include sexually provocative or explicit material) whose content is exploitive or of concern to either gender.

Sexual Assault and Nonconsensual Sexual Intercourse

Sexual assault is coercion or attempted coercion with or without the use of physical force for the purpose of sexual relations; or sexual contact or attempted contact to which any party involved does not give full and free consent. Force may include but is not limited to, the use or display of a weapon, physical battering, or the immobilization of the other person. Consent shall be defined as the act of willingly and verbally agreeing to engage in specific sexual contact or conduct. Psychologically pressuring or coercing an individual or any attempt to take advantage of an individual under duress or when incapable of making a decision on his or her own is a direct violation of this policy. This includes situations in which an individual is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and/or prescribed medication. For more information and the guidelines for reporting sexual assault can be found in the Sexual Misconduct Policy section.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome, gender-based conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits someone’s ability to participate in, or benefit from the university’s educational program and/or activities. Sexual harassment can be carried out by a university employee, other students, as well as non-employee third parties. Both male and female students can be victims of sexual harassment, and the harasser and the victim can be of the same gender.

Examples of harassment include the distribution or showing of emails, text messages, pictures, or electronic content of a sexual nature; propositioning or pressuring an individual for sexual activity; displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or written materials; touching of a sexual nature; performing sexual gestures or touching oneself in front of others; spreading sexual rumors or describing sexual experiences; telling sexual jokes. (For More Information, see the Sectional Misconduct Policy section)


Intentional, repetitive, or continuous actions, directed at a specific person, individuals related/connected to that person, or a group of people, which would cause a reasonable person to feel frightened, harassed, threatened, or intimidated are unacceptable. Examples include, but are not limited to, unwelcome communication (e.g. face-to-face communication, electronic communication, communicating through a third-party, written letter, gifts, etc.), threatening or obscene gestures, and following a person or group of peoples.


Scripture urges believers to seek wise and godly counsel when faced with significant or difficult life choices. Therefore, should a student become pregnant while unmarried, she is encouraged to communicate with a Student Life staff member. The university is committed to responding in a redemptive manner, seeking to balance compassion with accountability. Every effort will be made to ensure confidentiality, but the life and health of the mother and child and the spiritual well-being of the parents are our primary concerns. While some students in these circumstances may choose to leave the university temporarily, it is our hope that any student who chooses to continue in classes during pregnancy will find William Jessup to be a supportive and redemptive community during this crucial time.

Possession and Consumption of Alcohol or Drugs

The possession, consumption, or distribution of alcoholic beverages and/or controlled substances on campus or at university-sponsored events off-campus is strictly prohibited. Any student present where alcohol/controlled substances are found on campus (including but not limited to areas such as the living areas, apartments, off-site university-sponsored housing, parking lots, fields, vehicles, or in personal belongings) may be subject to sanctions.

Possession and Use of Tobacco and Nicotine

The University does not permit the possession and use of any tobacco and/or nicotine products such as, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, vape pens, hookahs, etc. While e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and are not smoked in a conventional manner, they may still contain nicotine or be modified to vaporize other liquids containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or other drugs. The use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), such as electronic cigarettes, electronic hookahs, and other vapor emitting devices, with or without nicotine content, which mimics the use of tobacco products, seriously harm university efforts to prevent tobacco use. These devices will also set off sensitive smoke alarms on-campus and not allowed in residential living areas or other university buildings as they are considered an incendiary device.

Substance Abuse

WJU seeks to provide a safe, healthy, and productive environment for all students and requires that its campus is drug and alcohol-free. In accordance with this goal, the University strives to maintain a campus that is free from the illegal use, possession, or distribution of controlled substances as defined in schedules I through V of the Controlled Substances Act 21, U.S. Code 812, as amended; and, illegal drugs, defined as any drug which is not legally obtainable or any prescribed drug being used other than for its prescribed purpose. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, dispensation, sale, offer to sell, purchase, and/or use of drugs and/or alcohol on the WJU campus, at its offsite locations, or at any WJU-sponsored activity, is prohibited. Additionally, the usage of illegal drugs as defined above is prohibited while a student at WJU .

Although recreational marijuana and medical marijuana may be obtained pursuant to a physician’s recommendation under California law, California law still does not permit any marijuana at or within 1000 feet of a school campus.  In addition, recreational and medical marijuana are still illegal under federal law. William Jessup University does not allow the possession or use of marijuana for any reason, no matter how small the amount or where it was consumed (on or off-campus). Violators are subject to campus, judicial, and/or legal sanctions. 

Underage Possession and Consumption of Alcohol and Tobacco 

The University will not tolerate the possession and consumption of alcohol and/or tobacco by students under the age of 21 regardless of their location (i.e., on-campus, overseas, study abroad, missions, etc.). California Penal Code Section 303 (a) and 308(a).

Hosting Gatherings Involving Alcohol

Persons who host gatherings where alcohol is available to participants should be aware that they will be held responsible for the actions of their guests, including their guests’ level of consumption. Persons who host or in any way assist or promote a gathering (on- or off-campus) that includes any of the following will be subject to probable dismissal from the university:

  • Indication of any participant being under the influence of alcohol (i.e., tipsy, buzzed, drunk, etc.)
  • Alcohol given to underage persons or underage consumption of alcohol
  • Illegal drug use or illegal use of controlled substances

Those living at the location where the party is held may be held responsible as a host(s) regardless of who provides the alcohol.

Any officially recognized student club or organization is prohibited from hosting or participating in any formal group event (on or off-campus) that involves alcohol regardless of the legal drinking age of its members.  Such groups include, but are not limited to special interest groups, social clubs, and athletic and intramural teams.

On-campus Intoxication or Influence

Intoxicated students or students under the influence of a controlled substance, coming onto campus, or attending a university-sponsored event will be sanctioned as if they had consumed them on campus.

University Property and Sponsored Events

The university prohibits the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and nicotine anytime, anywhere by anyone on all university property, and at all university-sponsored events. University property includes buildings, grounds, and vehicles owned or parked on school grounds. University-sponsored events include sporting events, academic, and Student Life sponsored programs and events held on and off university property.

Possession of Alcohol and Drug Paraphernalia

Alcohol and Drug paraphernalia (such as but not limited to, glassware commonly used to serve alcoholic beverages; empty beer bottles or cans; miniature spoons; bongs; cigarette papers; pipes made of glass, metal, ceramic, hookah, electronic cigarettes, vape, oils, etc…) are not permitted on campus.

Entertainment Choices and Discernment

Because film is one of the principal forms of art and entertainment in American culture, the university encourages students to think seriously about the artistic merits as well as the moral and philosophical implications of the films viewed. Students are admonished to select films of aesthetic and ethical interest that offer an important perspective on contemporary culture, and it is expected that individuals will diligently use Christian principles in selecting films. The university reserves the right to prohibit movies and television shows that are not rated if their content is contrary to the university’s mission and policies.

Appropriate Dress

The rule of life and conduct at WJU is to live in a way which would bring glory to Christ and would be in the best interest of others. Lewd clothing and clothing which display content in opposition to the university’s standards of conduct and community covenant is not permitted on campus or at university sponsored or supervised events. Cleanliness, neatness, and modesty are expected. Therefore students must be fully clothed while on university grounds. Students are expected to obey health regulations that require shirts and shoes to be worn in the cafeteria, offices, classrooms, gym, and library.