Ohio Valley University is committed to transforming lives. Like most communities, Ohio Valley establishes policies that enable it to fulfill its mission. Those policies, referred to as University Regulations, enable the University:
- To cultivate a campus atmosphere that encourages spiritual, moral and intellectual growth;
- To integrate our lives around Christian principles and devotion to Jesus Christ;
- To remove whatever may hinder us from our calling as a Christ-centered academic community; and
- To encourage one another to see that living for Christ involves dependence on God’s Spirit and obedience to His Word.
Additionally, the University expects students to represent its mission, purpose, and identity, whether on or off campus, and reserves the right to address any action, attitude or lifestyle that is inconsistent with that responsibility. The following are examples of actions, attitudes, or lifestyles that are inconsistent with the University’s mission, purpose and identity: dishonesty, gambling, inappropriate language/gestures, improper use of internet, fighting, and violation of federal, state or local ordinances.
Student Life personnel reserve certain rights to aid in the enforcement of University Regulations, including enforcing those regulations while students are enrolled at the University, while students are residing on campus, and/or while students are representing the University in any capacity, whether on or off campus.
SECTION 1: University Regulations related to Alcohol, Drugs, & Sexual Misconduct
Ohio Valley University strongly discourages the use of alcohol, especially in order to get drunk. The University prohibits students from using alcohol within existing legal parameters, and enforces its policy to the full extent that the law allows.
Specifically, the Ohio Valley University community is alcohol-free, which means that members of the community should not possess or consume alcoholic beverages while on campus or while taking part in any University-sponsored activities. Additionally, members of the OVU community should not be on campus or at University-sponsored activities while under the influence of alcohol. Finally, members of the OVU community should not host, attend, or in any way assist or promote a gathering that includes underage drinking or drunkenness.
A person may be deemed to be under the influence of alcohol if he/she exhibits any of the conditions and degrees of intoxication associated with alcohol use, including but not limited to the following: alcohol on the breath; impaired physical capacity; offensive, disruptive, hazardous, destructive, and/or vulgar conduct during or following the consumption of alcoholic beverages; and deprivation of the clearness of mind and self-control that one would otherwise possess.
If a student is suspected of using alcohol, he/she may be required to submit to sobriety testing. Refusal to submit to sobriety testing will be considered an admission of alcohol use. Similarly, possession of empty alcohol containers will be considered strong evidence of alcohol use.
In West Virginia, it is illegal for persons under 21 years of age to purchase, sell, or drink alcohol. Ohio Valley University may inform local authorities about underage alcohol purchasers, sellers, and/or consumers.
The University also may take action against students who commit other criminal offenses related to alcohol regardless of where those offenses were committed. Alcohol criminal offenses include, but are not limited to: driving under the influence of alcohol, providing alcohol to minors, and public intoxication.
The Ohio Valley University community is drug-free, which means that members of the community should not use, purchase, or possess illegal drugs, or abuse over-the-counter or prescription drugs, whether on or off campus.
Students suspected of using illegal drugs may be required to submit to drug testing. Refusal to submit to drug testing will be considered an admission of drug use. Similarly, possession of drug paraphernalia will be considered strong evidence of drug use.
Students who need drug counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or information concerning the health risks associated with drug use may talk with the Office of Student Life.
Ohio Valley University affirms that sexual relationships are designed by God to be expressed solely within a marriage between husband and wife. This view of sexuality and marriage is rooted in the Genesis account of creation and is consistently maintained throughout the Bible. Sexual relations of any kind outside the confines of marriage (i.e. premarital, extramarital, or homosexual activities) are inconsistent with the teaching of Scripture. Therefore, all members of the University are expected to avoid such conduct themselves and to refrain from encouraging it in others. The University prohibits public advocacy (i.e. social media) for the position that sex outside of a biblically defined marriage is morally acceptable.
Consistent with our desire to teach and model a biblical approach to sex, we seek to help students who face all types of sexual temptation, encouraging single students to live chaste, celibate lives, and encouraging married students to be faithful to their marriage and to their spouse. The University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors.
Students may not live with or stay in a hotel room with a non-related peer of the opposite gender, even if the relationship is not sexual. Spending the night with a member(s) of the opposite gender, and/or being in any state of undress with members of the opposite gender—even if acts of sexual immorality have not occurred—are also actionable offenses.
Read more about Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX here
Improper Visitation in the Residence Halls
The Ohio Valley University residence halls are separated into male and female living spaces. In order to be consistent with the values of the University, students and/or visitors should never enter the residence halls of the opposite sex without specific prior permission of Student Life personnel. Please note that students and/or visitors should not approach the window area of rooms housing students of the opposite sex.
Discretion should be used in choosing places of entertainment. Members of the OVU community should not patronize or be employed by establishments providing service or entertainment that is obviously at odds with Christian character and the values of the university including dance clubs, night clubs, strip clubs, private parties, and bars. Specifically, members of the OVU community should not attend any establishment or event at which a primary purpose is known to be the sale and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
SECTION 2: University Regulations related to Assault, Personal Property, and Weapons & Explosives
The Ohio Valley University community believes that each individual should be treated in a manner consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Consequently, members of the community should not subject fellow community members to any form of discrimination, humiliation, harassment, or intimidation, including physical, mental, verbal, or sexual humiliation, harassment or intimidation.
Read more about Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX here
Sexual Assault & Related Offenses
The Ohio Valley University community believes that each individual is created in the image of God, and should be respected and treated with dignity. The university respects and encourages the dignity and professionalism of its employees and students and is firmly committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from any form of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. Harassment in any form based on gender, race, color, age, national origin, disability, religion, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal laws is prohibited, as are all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. In keeping with this commitment, the university will not tolerate any unlawful harassment of its employees or students at the university by anyone, including any faculty member, staff member, student, visitor, vendor, contractor, or any other individuals supplying services at the university. Harassment that interferes with an individual’s work, or academic performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment, will not be tolerated. All members of the university community are expected to follow and enforce the university’s policy against harassment.
Read more about Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX here
Unlawful discrimination occurs when an individual is treated less favorably with respect to the administration of the University’s educational programs and activities, admissions, financial aid, or on-campus housing, based upon that individual’s membership in a class protected by applicable law.
Harassment is defined as conduct that is so severe and/or pervasive, and objectively offensive, that its effect, whether or not intended, impairs a person’s ability to participate in the University’s educational programs and activities or their living environments.
Physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s age, or use of drugs or alcohol; or because of an intellectual or other disability.
Discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities is prohibited.
Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Read more about Harassment, Discrimination, and Title IX here
Includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by:
- A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim
- A person with whom the victim shares a child in common
- A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner
- A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies
- By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from the person’s acts under the domestic or family laws of the jurisdiction
Violence committed to a person:
- Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic nature with the victim; and
Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
- Length of relationship
- Type of relationship
- Frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship
Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.
Violations of the Sexual Assault & Related Offenses Policy will result in a variety of disciplinary responses including, but not limited to: suspension or immediate dismissal. Due to the criminal nature of sexual violence, domestic violence and dating violence, appropriate authorities will be notified when allegations of sexual assault arise.
REPORT INCIDENCES TO:
Title IX Coordinator
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
304.865.6258 (24 hours)
Or, any responsible member of the OVU faculty or staff, who, in turn, must report to the Title IX Coordinator
Respect for Property and Theft
Members of the Ohio Valley University community should demonstrate proper respect for the personal space and property of others.
Entering the personal space (i.e., residence hall room, car) of another person without his/her permission is a violation of this policy and will result in the following disciplinary responses.
Destruction of Property and Vandalism
Members of the OVU community should not vandalize, destroy, or deface University property or the property of another OVU community member.
Explosives and Weapons
To ensure the safety of the Ohio Valley University community, its members should not possess or detonate any type of commercial or homemade explosives on campus.
Additionally, its members should not possess guns (including, but not limited to: airsoft, paintball and BB guns), archery equipment, knives [with the exception of a small pocket knife with a blade no longer than 3 inches], or other weapons on campus. Resident students should seek alternative, off-campus arrangements to store such equipment, including that used for hunting purposes.
Finally, Ohio Valley University community members should not display any weapon in a threatening manner.
SECTION 3: Additional University Regulations & Policies
Each facility on the campus of Ohio Valley University has unique operating hours, which serves to ensure that community property and community members are protected. Ohio Valley University community members should respect the operating hours of each facility, and should not enter campus facilities without authorization or during unauthorized times.
The Ohio Valley University community is tobacco-free, which means that members of the community should not possess or use tobacco products on campus or at any University-sponsored event. This includes e-cigarettes and all vaping devices.
Students who need information concerning the health risks associated with tobacco use may talk with the Office of Student Life.
Members of the University community should avoid clothing that is revealing and/or features offensive slogans, language, or advertisements. Examples of revealing clothing include but are not limited to: midriffs or halters, mesh or netted shirts, tube tops, and short shorts. Additionally, students should be aware that leggings, jeggings, and other tight fitting spandex-type bottoms are not to be worn as pants without accessorizing them with another article of clothing long enough to cover the posterior. Examples of offensive slogans, language or advertisements include but are not limited to: curse words, sexually suggestive language or gestures, and references to alcohol or drugs. Any member of the University faculty or staff may verbally warn a student of their violation of this policy and that student may be asked to change into something more appropriate. All violations of the University's Personal Appearance policy will be reported to the Office of Student Life.
Ohio Valley University community members are issued identification (ID) cards, which are required for many services on campus including: dining hall services, residence hall entry, and library services. Community members should carry their ID cards at all times while on campus. For security purposes, students should not allow other students or any individual to use their ID cards.
All University Regulations apply to commuting students.
Additionally, because living off campus is a privilege, commuters are required to submit the following information regarding their living arrangements to Student Life:
- Physical Address
- Telephone Number
- Roommates and others living in the household (if any)
This information must be provided before the end of the second week of classes and must be updated each semester and/or when a change occurs.