Value III. Stewardship

As members, we value the privilege and responsibility of using university or personal property. We recognize the importance of good stewardship as a means to show gratitude and respect to the owner of that property and ultimately to God as the owner and giver of all things.

Behavioral expectations that flow out of this value include but are not limited to:

  1. Care and respect for personal and university property. (Lev. 19:11; Eph. 4:28)
    1. Individuals or groups must have proper authorization to use, possess, or enter university or personal property.
    2. Theft and/or possession of stolen property is prohibited. (Exod. 20:15)
  2. Possession or use of firearms, fireworks, explosives, or weapons on campus is prohibited.
  3. Tampering with or unauthorized use of fire safety equipment is prohibited.
  4. Pets are not allowed in the classroom or on field trips, except for service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  5. Presence in classrooms is restricted to properly enrolled students or instructor-invited visitors. Instructors of record are responsible for ensuring that individuals who attend their classes are properly enrolled or have been invited for the purpose of making special announcements, guest lecturing, or other authorized reasons. Degree completion courses may not be audited. Unregistered family members or friends may attend only special events designated as such.  Instructors are responsible for addressing situations when unauthorized individuals attend their classes.
  6. Children in Class:  The Degree Completion program does not make accommodations necessary for care of minors during class time. Children (including, but not limited to, children of instructors and of students) may not attend Degree Completion classes. Students who bring children to class will be asked to leave the classroom. Parents are responsible to make necessary provisions for their children to be cared for off campus. Leaving children unattended in any university public area, including but not limited to empty classrooms, student lounges, campus lobbies, and parking lots is prohibited.
  7. Children on Campus:  Children are generally allowed to attend special events (e.g. athletic events, drama presentations, musical events) on the main campus as long as they are supervised by parents or another designated adult and not prohibited by the event organizers. Line of sight supervision by the designated adult is required at all times. If a child becomes disruptive, staff may require the student and child to leave. Attendance prohibitions do not apply to special children’s events, such as sport camps, music camps, and visitation days designed especially for children.
  8. Cell phones must be turned off or set to vibrate in class and in quiet study areas. Students may check messages and respond during breaks. If students expect a call because of personal or professional emergencies, they should advise the instructor beforehand, set the device to vibrate only, sit near a door so that they can leave unobtrusively, and wait until they are well away from the class and the door behind them is closed before beginning speaking. Use of cell phones is prohibited during exams.
  9. Field Trips:  Children under the age of 18 are not allowed on university buses, vans, or cars. If space allows and if approved by the faculty of record, adult visitors may accompany DC students on field trips. Pre-teens and teens may attend field trips not involving university transportation and approved by the faculty of record. All participants must comply with FPU behavioral standards.