Community Standards

Within the context of a Christ-centered community, we seek to become:

  • Christ centered
  • passionate learners
  • global citizens
  • servant leaders
  • compassionate peacemakers


Members of the Goshen College community are expected to demonstrate individual responsibility by showing consideration for the beliefs and feelings of others; abiding by federal, state and local laws; and demonstrating exemplary conduct. When the behavior of an employee has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the campus community, there is cause for community involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs (e.g. at work, home or abroad.)

Academic honesty

As an academic community that expects integrity, we seek for truth and knowledge by requiring intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research and service. As an academic community of integrity, we uphold personal accountability and take action against wrongdoing. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not all inclusive of, the following: plagiarism, falsification of data, sabotaging the work of another and aiding in the dishonesty of another.

Alcohol and illegal drug use

Goshen College is an alcohol and drug free campus. The use of alcohol is illegal for minors, and alcohol and illegal drugs also may create dependencies, invite an unhealthy escapism, waste money and abuse health and take lives, as well as generate behavior offensive to other people. Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are prohibited from the campus. In addition, Goshen College follows the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act that prohibits the use, sale, distribution, possession, or manufacture of illegal drugs on the campus.

Fraud and theft

Employees and all members of the campus community are expected to respect the identity and property of others. Examples of fraud or theft include, but are not all inclusive of, the following: dishonesty on timecards, theft of and other misuse of personal or college property.


Racism is a set of attitudes or beliefs that hold particular racial or ethnic groups superior to others, often resulting in justification of discriminatory treatment or other racist acts. Racism denies the humanity of others and denies the truth that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God.

Goshen College creates a social and academic environment where students and employees develop awareness of issues of race, sensitivity to minority populations and intercultural understanding. The campus reflects God’s world: multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic. Racist attitudes and actions do not demonstrate the love of Christ, and violate the inclusive intention of the mission of Goshen College.

As an institution of the Mennonite Church USA, Goshen College opposes racism in any form. Racism is contrary to Christian theology and is inconsistent with the life and teachings of Christ. Therefore, we will resist the pervasive racism of our society by identifying and confronting its evidence.


Sexuality is an integral part of our personalities, reflecting who we are as individuals. To care for another person includes honoring and respecting that person as a sexual being. Sexuality cannot be separated from the other dimensions of our lives. The Mennonite Church USA Confession of Faith places sexual intercourse within the covenant of marriage between a woman and man, and therefore employees are expected to follow this understanding.

Sexual misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to discrimination, coercion, exploitation and abuse, is a destructive behavior detrimental to both relationships and to individual self-esteem. It also violates the caring nature of our community. Sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse are not tolerated at Goshen College.

Tobacco use

The use of tobacco imposes a serious and unnecessary burden upon the health of the user and community. It also constitutes a fire hazard in some cases. Use of tobacco in any form is prohibited on campus or at any off-campus official college activity and strongly discouraged elsewhere.

Violence or threats of violence

Actual or threatened violence against another individual, whether verbal or physical, is unacceptable. No weapons of any kind are permitted on campus.

Serious intent

While it is difficult to determine a framework of community standards that completely matches the ideals of each individual, clear expression of commonly held expectations is vital to productive, positive life and work together in a diverse campus setting. Every Goshen College employee and student is expected to show serious intent to live according to these standards.

Values inform our work

As a community of higher education, Goshen College seeks to center its campus life on the Core Values. Christ-centered, passionate learners, servant leaders, compassionate peacemakers, and global citizens are what we seek to become and emulate in our relationships with each other.

Process to handle violations of standards

When a violation of community standards by an employee has possibly occurred, an investigation is led by the supervisor or department chair in consultation with the director of human resources. If confirmed, response of the college is determined by the seriousness of the violation using the disciplinary procedures outlined in staff and faculty handbooks.