As noted earlier in the Community Life Statement, Asbury University is committed to a community life which is characterized by both redemption and discipline. While these concepts may seem contradictory to some, we believe they go hand in hand to achieve mature and responsible growth in individuals. The purpose of discipline in the life of a Christian is to develop a consistent walk with Jesus Christ which draws others toward a relationship with Him as well.
The goal of the discipline process is individual redemption and the restoration of damaged relationships. The process for repairing a breach in a relationship varies from situation to situation depending on circumstances. Even in situations in which temporary separation of a student from the University is necessary, steps to restore the relationship will be established.
Discipline in the Christian community should take several forms. First, each individual should discipline himself or herself in such a way as to be in harmony with the community. Secondly, individuals should confront one another privately in love and gentleness with a goal of restoring others to a right relationship within the community (Matthew 18:15-17; Ephesians 4:15; Galatians 6:1-2).
Note: In cases of dismissal, disciplinary withdrawal or denied re-enrollment, the Vice President for Student Life must approve the student’s readmission.
Following any formal discipline, a student is guaranteed the right to one appeal to the next highest level of authority. The appeal must be made in writing within 48 hours after receiving the discipline. The letter of appeal must establish at least one of the following: (1) new evidence, (2) procedural error, (3) the discipline decision is inconsistent with community standards or (4) extenuating circumstances. The process should include an opportunity for the student and the individual who initiated the discipline to state and defend his or her position to the appellate authority. The decision of the appellate authority will be final. Appeals of discipline shall be made as follows:
The Presidential Appeals Committee is the final authority for appeals that follow disciplinary action by the Vice President for Student Life. The committee, which reports directly to the President, is composed of three faculty members, two staff members and two students. The faculty and staff members are appointed by the President, while the students are recommended to the President by the Executive Committee of the Asbury Student Congress. The committee is chaired by one of the faculty members; the chair only votes to break a tie.