Oklahoma Baptist University

Updates to The Green Book

Effective August 1, 2006

During their summer 2006 meeting, OBU trustees approved changes and additions to The Green Book, the University's web-based student handbook.

Those changes and additions include:



Purpose Statement
A second paragraph was added to the Purpose Statement. This paragraph also was added to the index page for the handbook:

A student, by virtue of choosing to attend or remain at Oklahoma Baptist University, agrees to live within the framework of the University's standards which include, but are not limited to, its values, policies, rules, philosophy, Christian mission, and expectations ("the University's standards"). While a student's personal convictions may differ from these standards, the choice to become or remain a part of Oklahoma Baptist University's community includes a commitment to abide by the University's standards. The University may, in its sole discretion or judgment, discipline or dismiss a student who demonstrates a lack of respect for, or who disregards the University's standards, or whose conduct is not in keeping with the University's standards.



College Citizenship
The introductory text to this part of the handbook was slightly updated to read:

Oklahoma Baptist University students are expected to obey the law, abide by University policies and rules, maintain high standards of moral conduct, evidence concern for the well-being and rights of others, and generally conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with the purpose and character of the University. If a student fails to meet these expectations, the University may take disciplinary action, including but not limited to withholding of academic credit or degrees to suspension or expulsion.

Each student possesses the responsibility to report to the Dean of Students if a student is found to be in violation of federal, state, and/or local laws. Failure to report such a violation will result in a level of accountability that includes that decision along with the original violation.

The University encourages students to seek counseling and help on any matter that is interfering with their academic efforts or creating problems in their lives. The University desires to act out its redemptive and caring spirit by affording assistance to students in an atmosphere as confidential as possible. If the issues are beyond the University's resources, the University will help the student find other sources of assistance.



Human Sexuality Policy
The text for this policy was updated to read:

(17) Human Sexuality

Oklahoma Baptist University strives to create a learning environment where community members can safely engage each other in meaningful dialogue about important issues, including those of human sexuality.

Sexuality is a gift from God. God created sex and declared it “good” (Genesis 1:27-28). Oklahoma Baptist University affirms the biblical standard of sexuality through scripture that teaches God’s standard for human sexuality:
  • Sex is intended for producing offspring (Gen. 1:28) and for pleasure (Prov. 5:18,19; Song of Solomon).
  • Sex is explicitly intended for the marital relationship between a man and a woman (I Cor. 7:2-5). The physical and emotional intimacy of sex is designed specifically to unite the couple in a lifelong commitment to each other (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:5).
  • Sexual relations outside of marriage are strictly forbidden (Ex. 20:14; Prov. 5:1-11; 6:23-33; 7:5-27).
  • “Sexual immorality” (both heterosexual and homosexual) is strongly condemned in Scripture (Rom. 1:26-28; I Thess. 4:3) because our bodies are a “temple of the Holy Spirit” (I Cor. 6:13-20).

Oklahoma Baptist University continues to affirm the biblical standard as a faithful commitment in marriage between a man and woman and purity in relationships outside of marriage. Along with the rest of creation, however, sexuality has been affected by sin (Genesis 3). As a result of the Fall of Mankind, sin has a wide impact on our lives and every person struggles with temptation in one form or another. Temptations relating to sexuality include heterosexual sex outside of marriage, homosexual behavior, the perversion of sexuality through pornography, rape, incest, sexual addictions and all other forms of sexuality that deviate from the biblical standard for sexuality. It is the University's expectation that OBU students, faculty, and staff will comply with the biblical standard for sexuality.

OBU students, faculty and staff are called to exercise their personal freedom and responsibility within the framework of God’s word (Gal. 5:13-14; I Peter 2:16-17) and to treat their own bodies and those of others with the respect and honor due the temple of God (I Cor. 6:20). It is the University’s intention to promote behavior consistent with scriptural principle. Students with questions regarding these issues are encouraged to avail themselves of opportunities for confidential discussion and support through the University Counseling Office or the Student Development staff, including the Residence Directors, Dean and Assistant Dean of Students, the Director of Student Services and/or Campus Ministry.

In accordance with biblical teaching on admonishment and reproof (Gal. 6:1-2, Matt. 18:15-17, Col. 3:16-17), the University will direct compliance with disciplinary requirements. These disciplinary requirements may include but are not limited to mandatory counseling, probation, or departure from the University. Refusal to comply with the clearly stated and scripturally supported policies shall result in departure from the University.



Campus Bike Policy
This policy was added to the handbook as item 2.d.xxii (General Information) and as item 5.l (Motor Vehicle Regulations):

Campus Bike Policy

General Regulations
Cycling is an excellent way to travel around the campus community. Due to the large number of pedestrians and the risk of theft and/or abandonment, cyclists must exercise safety by following the campus bike policy.

Registration
All bicycles must be registered with the university. Registration is free and will be filed with the Business Office in Thurmond Hall. Registration is valid for six years and will include physical address, phone number, make, model, serial number and estimated value. The registered owner is responsible for communicating any change in address or phone number with the Business Office. The registered owner will receive a decal that should be placed on the bike frame below the seat. The owner or person to whom a bicycle registration is issued is responsible for any parking or registration violations and associated fines in which the bicycle is involved.

Parking
Bicycle parking is permitted on bike racks only. Bicycles should be locked on racks in order to promote maximum security. When a bike is parked for an extended amount of time in long term parking areas, it is strongly encouraged the seat and any quick release tires be removed.

Bicycles may not be parked inside buildings without permission from building coordinator/director. Bicycles parked indoors can obstruct emergency exits, fire extinguishers, and high pedestrian traffic areas.

Bicycles parked, chained or otherwise attached to trees, plants, railing, posts, signs, light poles, handicapped ramps, or any other than a bike rack may be impounded. The University assumes no responsibility for the care and protection of any bicycle, attached accessory, or contents, at any time the bicycle is operated or parked on campus. Designated Parking Areas Bicycle racks designated for long term parking can be utilized throughout the school year without penalty for parking.

The following bicycle racks are designated as long term parking areas:

Agee Residence Center
Burns & Cobb Apartments
East Devereaux Apartments
Howard Apartments
Kerr Dormitory
MacArthur Apartments
Taylor Residence Center
West Devereaux Apartments
West University Apartments
WMU Dormitory

All bicycle racks not specifically designated as long term parking areas are considered short term parking areas. Bicycles racks designated for short term parking can be utilized up to 3 days without penalty.

Violations and Fines
Parking and registration violations will be assessed a fine of $15 by appropriate University officials. Fines can be appealed within 30 days of the ticket issue or paid in the Business Office in Thurmond Hall. If not paid, a fine will be billed to the registered student’s account.

Impounding
Bicycles may be impounded for the following reasons: Illegal parking, lack of registration, and/or abandonment. The University will not be liable for any damage or loss caused by impoundment. Impounded bicycles will be placed in storage until the end of the current academic year. The University will dispose of impounded bicycles after the end of the current academic year. Release of impounded bicycles requires proof of registration, ownership, and proper release form from the designated campus agency.

Abandonment: A bicycle that does not show any sign of recent use or owner care is considered abandoned. Abandoned bicycles may be picked up and impounded.

Theft
Any bicycle suspected of being stolen should be reported immediately to campus safety.

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