Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Student Guidelines, Expectations, and Rights

Gardner-Webb University is a community of students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to learning and personal development in a Christian environment. As in any community, certain standards of conduct are necessary to protect the safety, rights, health and general well-being of all members of the community. The University strives to promote concern for the good of the entire group as opposed to selfish individualism. Each person, whether student, faculty or staff, voluntarily joins the University community and thus is expected to abide by rules and regulations that have been adopted to ensure reasonable standards of conduct. The Code of Student Conduct describes expectations for student conduct as well as conduct the University will not tolerate. By enrolling in the University, each student agrees to abide by University rules, regulations and expectations. The Board of Trustees has approved minimum penalties for certain of the prohibited behaviors. The University assures fundamental fairness to any student accused of involvement in prohibited behavior. The Traditional Undergraduate Student Handbook describes the Code of Student Conduct and the student conduct process used in the event a student becomes involved in prohibited behavior. The Handbook is available online and may be accessed at Click on the Student Life heading, then TUG Student Handbook. Portions of the Handbook (student rights, responsibilities and expectations) will be reviewed during new student orientation. Gardner-Webb University supports and is fully committed to the concept of a drug-, tobacco- and alcohol-free campus community. In order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Gardner-Webb publishes the following and makes it available to each student.

  1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances is prohibited by students on Gardner-Webb University’s property or as any part of the University’s activities. As a condition of enrollment, Gardner-Webb University students will abide by these terms. The following is a partial list of controlled substances.

    Narcotics (heroin, morphine, etc.)

    Cannabis (marijuana, hashish, etc.)

    Stimulants (cocaine, diet pills, etc.)

    Depressants (tranquilizers, etc.)

    Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, designer drugs, etc.)

    Designer (MDA, MDA-known as ecstasy, ice, etc.)



  2. Gardner-Webb will impose disciplinary sanctions on students who violate the terms of paragraph 1. If found responsible, the appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University and/or satisfactory participation in a drug and alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency, will be taken. More specific penalties are outlined in the Traditional Undergraduate Student Handbook. Violations may also be referred to the appropriate civil authorities for prosecution under local, state, and federal law.
  3. Local, state, and federal laws prohibit the possession, and distribution of illicit drugs, alcohol and weapons. The applicable legal sanctions for various offenses are listed in the North Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure book, a reference copy of which is maintained by the University’s Campus Police Department.
  4. Information describing the health risks associated with the illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol is made available to all students. Additional information and individual counseling is available through the University’s Counseling Center. If necessary and at the student’s expense, referral can be made to an outside agency.
  5. Consistent with North Carolina Statute 14-269.2 banning weapons on campus, it is a violation of Gardner-Webb University policy to possess, store, carry, or use any weapon on the University Campus or at a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by the University, except as otherwise specifically provided by law.