Community Standards

Our Community Standards focus on student learning through individual growth and accountability. Each member of the community is important, and each is held to the same high level of responsibility for meeting the University’s educational mission. Our primary goals are to encourage students to be successful, and to provide a positive and safe community.

We recognize that good people sometimes make poor choices. Part of our role is to help educate our students to make better choices. The conduct process and sanctions for violation of rules and regulations are designed for guidance or correction of behavior and to protect the rights of others within the University community

The Wingate University Student Handbook outlines the University’s policies. We expect our students to read it and to be empowered to make good choices. Students will be sent an electronic link to this handbook when they arrive on campus.

Wingate University seeks to foster a community of caring. We expect our students to look out for and help each other make good decisions. By stepping up for our community, we create an environment that promotes acceptance, inclusiveness, and safety.

Honor Code/Community Standards Pledge

Wingate University students are asked to sign the following pledge at the beginning of their academic career: I understand that the policies and procedures of Wingate University have been developed to ensure the safety and well-being of the Wingate University community. I pledge on my honor I will acknowledge and abide by the policies and procedures of Wingate University.

This Honors Community Standards Pledge is applicable to all Wingate University organizations.

Honor Code Pledge for Academic Work

Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that is conducive to the maintenance of a strong, positive environment for study and learning. They are expected to follow all published University policies, rules, and regulations. The following misconduct is specifically prohibited:

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Providing false information
  • Misuse of electronic information
  • Failure to report an academic violation

Wingate University students are asked to sign the following pledge on all tests and work submitted: I pledge on my honor I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this work, and I am unaware of any violation of the Honor Code by others.

Sexual Misconduct

Wingate University takes all reports and complaints of sexual misconduct very seriously. We strive to be a community free of any sexual misconduct by providing educational training, thematic programming, bystander training, and clear expectations for community behavior and values. We have also been a part of the It’s On Us campaign. Wingate University has also designed policies and procedures that strongly encourage community members to report sexual misconduct, seek help and support, pursue criminal and/or disciplinary actions and take action against potential sexual misconduct. For more information, please visit: www.wingate.edu/about-wingate/title-ix.

Think Before You Post

Social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) is now a part of daily life. These tools are valuable ways to stay in touch and find out new information.

Wingate University has several social-media accounts to keep students informed and connected. As a member of our Wingate family, it is important that you understand your responsibility to represent Wingate as a respectful and responsible user of social media.

Once you post on social-media outlets, it is often difficult to control who has access to your information and how you are perceived based on your post or profile. Wingate University wants to keep you safe and ensure that you are representing yourself in the best possible way.

  • Think about who might access your profiles and see your messages and images (parents, students, potential employers, faculty and staff).
  • Think about what others will perceive from your post. Most often, a post lacks the context of a given situation.
  • Think about removing private information from your profiles, such as where you live and phone numbers.
  • Think about how the information in your potential post could be used as evidence in criminal and community-standard proceedings.

Good Samaritan and Medical Amnesty Policy

The Office of Residence Life and Community Standards seeks to eliminate any barrier that discourages students from helping, or from contacting emergency services, in the event that a student requires medical assistance for any reason, including as a result of alcohol consumption or drug impairment. Any student who calls emergency services on behalf of a student in need of medical attention may not be charged with a formal violation of University policy. The student in need of medical attention may also not be formally charged. However, the University may require the students involved to complete educational programs and meet with University staff members. It is the expectation that all members of the community work to ensure the health and safety of the entire community and act accordingly.