Alumni Association – All persons who have received degrees from CGSD, CEDS, and the former Houston Graduate School of Theology, High Point Campus are considered members. The association seeks to maintain relationships between alumni and the divinity school. Also, the association serves to promote fellowship between alumni in close geographical areas.
Closing – Students who have email addresses will be notified by the President as soon as a decision to cancel classes has been made. An announcement of cancellation or delay will also be issued by the divinity school to the following television stations by 7 A.M.: Channel 2 (WMFY), Channel 8 (WGHP) and Channel 12 (WXII).
Code of Conduct – Carolina Graduate School of Divinity desires to create an educational community which reflects the kind of community called for in scripture, upholding the highest moral and ethical values. Students are to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest Christian ethical standards at all times, which includes treatment of all persons with absolute equality in value and dignity, regardless of gender, race, or social status. Students or employees who feel this statement is being violated are urged to discuss their concerns with the individual they believe is violating the statement. An individual with ongoing concerns should speak to the course professor or with the Director of Student Life.
Community and Cultural Opportunities – The Piedmont-Triad area of North Carolina has numerous attractions. The internet links below list many points of interest including restaurants, historical sites, places of worship, businesses, community activities, local events, etc.
- Greensboro – Visitor’s Bureau, www.greensboronc.org; Official Government site, www.ci.greensboro.nc.us; and Chamber of Commerce site, www.greensboro.com.
- Winston-Salem – Official Government site, www.ci.winston-salem.nc.us; Chamber of Commerce site, www.winstonsalem.com; Visitor’s Bureau, www.hickory.nc.us/ncnetworks/ws-intr.html; and Old Salem site, www.oldsalem.org.
- High Point – Chamber of Commerce site, www.highpointchamber.org; Visitor’s Bureau, www.highpoint.org; and Official Government site,www.high-point.net.
- Burlington – Official Government site, www.ci.burlington.nc.us; and Visitor’s Bureau, www.burlington-area-nc.org.
- North Carolina – Visit www.visitnc.com for a list of attractions, activities, and events across North Carolina.
Crime Reporting – Any criminal activity on the CGSD campus should be reported to the Director of Student Life or the President. Call 911 to report criminal activities requiring immediate police attention.
Dress – Students are expected to dress in good taste and modesty while on campus. Although CGSD does not have a “dress code,” clothing should be neat, clean, and inoffensive.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy – Carolina Graduate School of Divinity is a tobacco-free, alcohol-free, and drug-free divinity school. As required by federal regulations (Drug Free School and Community Act Amendments of 1989), CGSD maintains the following policies regarding a drug-free workplace:
The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance is prohibited on divinity school property or as part of any divinity school activity. Employees or students found to be in violation of a drug-free workplace will be subject to appropriate action, including termination or dismissal. Any employee or student who becomes aware of a violation of this policy should report it immediately to the Vice President for Academics or the President so the matter can be investigated.
An employee or student who voluntarily seeks assistance to correct a drug or alcohol abuse problem will not be subject to disciplinary action as a consequence of such abuse. Even though voluntary assistance has been sought, the employee or student becomes subject to disciplinary action if the abuse continues. The divinity school will schedule forums as needed to address issues in this area which they believe are pertinent to divinity school students, faculty, and staff. CEDS will cooperate to the fullest extent with the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws regarding those who unlawfully possess, use, or distribute illicit drugs and alcohol on campus.
Firearms – It is a felony under North Carolina law (G. S. 14-269.2) to bring a firearm onto the campus. The possession of other weapons, fireworks, and explosive devices is also strictly prohibited by the college and divinity school.
Grievance Policy and Procedure (Due Process) – Students are protected against unjust and arbitrary penalties or dismissal under the provisions of the “Grievance Policy and Procedure (Due Process).” Students who feel they have received unjustified or arbitrary penalties from a faculty or staff member or have received improper, inappropriate, or unwarranted treatment from a fellow student, have the right to grievance proceedings. The student should take action as listed below.
- Informal discussions should be undertaken with the faculty or student involved as the first course of action to resolve any grievance.
- All parties involved shall be guided by Christian principles and conduct themselves at the highest level of courtesy and respect.
- If informal actions do not solve the grievance, then one should submit a written complaint to the Director of Student Life. The Director of Student Life will acknowledge receipt of the complaint in writing within ten working days. Depending upon the nature and severity of the grievance, the Director of Student Life will either:
- Personally investigate and arbitrate the grievance.
- Establish an ad hoc committee of uninvolved parties to investigate and recommend appropriate action, or
- Refer the case to the Board of Trustees for investigation.
- If the parties involved are not satisfied with the decision of the Director of Student Life, he/she may appeal to the President and then, if again not satisfied, to the Board of Trustees. Decisions made by the Board of Trustees are final.
- A written response to the grievance will be made within thirty days of receipt of a written grievance.
Insurance – Carolina Graduate School of Divinity encourages all students to obtain hospitalization insurance for their own protection. CGSD insurance does not cover the loss of personal property or damage to personal items on campus.
Ministry Opportunities – Being located in the heart of the Piedmont-Triad, Carolina Evangelical Divinity School is surrounded by a plethora of churches of various denominations as well as many para-church organizations. This proximity makes it possible for many CEDS students to serve in a ministry setting while pursuing their theological education if they so choose.
Non-discrimination – Carolina Graduate School of Divinity does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, handicap, age, class, veteran status or national/ethnic origin in the administration of any of the policies of the divinity school, including admissions, educational programs, and financial aid. As a religious organization, CGSD does consider religious faith, practice, and character to be relevant criteria in many educational or employment decisions. Any questions about these polices should be directed to the President.
Parking – Fees and decals are not required for parking on the campus. Students are expected to observe the various signs around campus that govern parking spaces. Campus speed limit is 15 mph. All North Carolina Traffic Statutes apply on campus.
Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Carolina Graduate School of Divinity believes each student, staff, or faculty member should be able to work in an atmosphere free of discriminatory intimidation based on sex, as well as intimidation based on race, color, age, national origin, or disability. Sexual harassment or discrimination of students, staff, or faculty by any member of the divinity school community will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment includes any repeated or unwanted verbal or sexual advances, sexually explicit derogatory remarks, or offensive statements made by someone in the workplace when: 1) submission to the conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a condition of employment, grades, or good will; or 2) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for grading or relational decisions affecting any person; or 3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with student, staff, or faculty performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment. Due process of a complaint is as follows:
- Any student, staff, or faculty member experiencing or observing sexual harassment or discrimination as described in any of the above categories should report the incident immediately to the Director of Student Life. An individual has up to ninety days to file a complaint.
- A sincere attempt will be made to thoroughly investigate all complaints and to assure preservation of reputation and integrity of the involved individuals. Names, facts, and any written information regarding an investigation will be kept confidential.
- One should try to resolve the issue between individuals involved if possible. If informal efforts fail to solve the issue, formal procedures exists so that an individual has an opportunity to pursue their allegations without fear of retribution and seek relief from harassment. Alleged offenders will have an opportunity to defend themselves and clear themselves of the complaint. Proven offenders will be subject to disciplinary actions which may include dismissal from the divinity school.
The process for investigating a complaint is as follows:
- The complaint shall be reported to the Director of Student Life. If the complaint can be resolved at this level, then the Director of Student Life shall file a report to the President so that the divinity school will be aware of any pattern of harassment by a particular individual and also be aware of all complaints concerning harassment or discrimination. The report shall detail the complaint and the resolution.
- If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, then the Director of Student Life will file a report within ten working days of when the incident was first reported to him/her. A sexual harassment committee will be appointed to formally investigate and resolve the complaint. The committee will include, but is not limited to, a faculty member chosen by the President and a student chosen by the Director of Student Life. The committee will confirm the name and position of parties involved, thoroughly ascertain all the facts, and determine the type of alleged harassment, dates and location(s) when the incident occurred, and identify any witnesses to the event, and report their findings to the President.
- The investigation will begin within fifteen working days from the time the complaint is referred to the committee. The committee will report its conclusions within thirty working days of its reception of the complaint.
- Any disciplinary action deemed necessary will be taken immediately upon receiving the committee’s report by the President.
Student Identification Cards – ID cards are issued to students at the beginning of the academic year. ID cards are required to check books out of the library.