Our Community Standards

A community of caring is our promise to every student at Wingate University.

Our Community Standards focus on student learning through individual growth and accountability. Each member of the community is important and each is held to the same high level of responsibility for meeting the University’s educational mission.

We recognize that good people can make poor choices. The Office of Community Standards aims to create and sustain a culture of respect and responsibility. We strive to resolve allegations of misconduct in a timely and equitable manner that balances the needs of the individual and the University community.

OUR EXPECTATIONS

The Wingate University Student Handbook outlines the university’s policies. We expect our students to read it and to be empowered to make good choices.

Wingate University seeks to foster a community of caring. We expect our students to intervene in times of need and help one other make good decisions. By caring for our community, we create an environment that promotes acceptance, inclusiveness, and safety. We are #ONEDOG!

COMMUNITY STANDARDS PROCESS

If you have questions about the Wingate University Honor Code and Code of Community Standards or have been documented for an alleged policy violation, please contact Laura Brant, Director of Community Standards.

REPORTING AN INCIDENT

If you are 1) Concerned about a Wingate University Student or 2) Aware of a University Honor Code or Code of Community Standards violation, use the Incident Report Form to contact the appropriate WU staff. If you need assistance reporting a concern or incident, please contact Laura Brant, Director of Community Standards.

For more information about the University Honor Code and Code of Community Standards, please view the Wingate University Student Handbook.

Sexual Misconduct

Wingate University takes all reports and complaints of sexual misconduct very seriously. We strive to be a community free of sexual misconduct by providing educational training, thematic programming, bystander intervention training, and clear expectations for community behavior and values. Wingate University has also designed policies and procedures that strongly encourage community members to report sexual misconduct, seek help and support, pursue criminal and/or disciplinary actions and take action against potential sexual misconduct.


For more information about Sexual Misconduct and Title IX, visit the Wingate University Title IX website.

Alcohol Misuse

As stated in the Wingate University Student Handbook, students are expected to follow local, state and federal laws regarding the use, possession and distribution of alcohol. The university defines alcohol misuse as any use which adversely impacts a student’s health or leads to inappropriate, disorderly, disruptive, disrespectful or unsafe behaviors.

Alcohol misuse is inclusive of:

  • Possession of excessive amounts of alcohol and common sources of alcohol are prohibited, including games and paraphernalia that promote reckless alcohol consumption.

  • The public display or public consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

  • Distribution of alcohol to minors is not permitted.

Alcohol misuse is considered a violation of the Code of Community Standards.

Wingate University provides health and counseling services to educate students, faculty and staff about drugs and alcohol. Wellness programs also promote drug and alcohol awareness.

Illegal Substances

As stated in the Wingate University Student Handbook, students are expected to follow local, state and federal laws regarding the use, possession and distribution of illegal substances or paraphernalia. The University prohibits any use, possession or trafficking of illegal substances or paraphernalia.

Keep this in mind regarding drugs on campus:

  • The use, possession, distribution, sale, manufacture or transfer of illegal drugs or narcotics is prohibited. Illegal drugs are those defined as illegal under local, state, or federal laws. Illegal drugs include, but are not limited to, marijuana, heroin, hashish, cocaine, hallucinogens and depressants and stimulants other than those prescribed for current personal treatment by a licensed physician.

  • Possession or use of prescription drugs that are not prescribed to the holder is prohibited.

  • Possession of unlawful paraphernalia associated with the use or manufacture of illegal substances, prescription drugs or any controlled substance for any purpose is prohibited.

The possession, consumption and use, and trafficking of illegal substances or paraphernalia are considered violations of the Code of Community Standards.

Wingate University provides health and counseling services to educate students, faculty and staff about drugs and alcohol. Wellness programs also promote drug and alcohol awareness.