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Community Standards

Bethel College is a community of individuals sharing the goals and values related to a liberal arts education and a Christian understanding of life rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite heritage. We welcome and embrace the rich diversity students, faculty, and staff from many traditions, backgrounds and cultures bring to the campus. We expect all members of the community to affirm and strive toward the goals of Bethel College and to maintain a relationship of trust with each other.

We believe the highest standards of personal conduct are contained in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and guided by these teachings we strive to be a community whose members are responsible to each other in the following ways:

  • to seek the health, growth, and development of self and others,
  • to guard the dignity and worth, and to promote the equality and empowerment of self and others,
  • to be honest and trustworthy,
  • to help maintain the order, peace, and privacy people need for rest, study, and reflection,
  • to value volunteerism and participate in service to others,
  • to work through conflicts without force, intimidation, or retreat,
  • to promote relationships that are free from sexual discrimination, sexual coercion, exploitation and abuse,
  • to keep the environment safe and clean, and
  • to nurture the spiritual awareness and development of self and others.

Any behavior that jeopardizes the rights or safety of others or places oneself at risk is subject to institutional intervention.

You can learn more about Bethel’s community standards, along with the student conduct process in the Student Handbook.

Have a concern about something you have seen or experienced on campus? You can let student life know anonymously through the Student Life Concern Form.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.