- In the Centre community, students practice
self-governance. This implies individual freedom, which is linked
with community responsibility. Students are encouraged to speak
out and become involved in the College Council, Student Government
Association, and other student organizations that determine campus
Experiences in residence halls, in fraternities and sororities,
in student and College governance, and in athleticsall are
powerful occasions for education. Centres regulations are
expressions of the fundamental educational commitments of our
communitycommitments to academic integrity and to opportunities
for education and personal growth.
The following grading system applies to all students matriculating
Per Credit Hour
||A passing mark
awarded for work at the C-
level or above in courses offered or taken on a pass/unstatisfactory basis.
||No Credit (Internships only)
*Not used in computing the grade
point average (the total of grade points earned divided by the
number of quality points attempted.)
A grade of "I" (Incomplete) is awarded only when the
student is unable to complete the course for unavoidable cause
such as illness, death in the family, or accident. The "I"
automatically becomes a "U" unless a final grade is
turned in within 30 days after the end of the term or unless a
further extension is granted by the Academic Standards Committee
on the written request of the instructor.
Members of the faculty may not, except by action of the Academic
Standards Committee, change a final grade after it has been filed
with the Registrar. Grade changes based on clerical errors may
be approved by the associate dean and reported to the Academic
Standards Committee if they are reported within six months from
when the original grade was submitted.
End-of-term grade reports are available to students via the Internet
approximately five days after the last final exam. Grades are
not mailed to students unless specifically requested in writing.
In the long terms (fall and spring terms), midterm grade reports
(if reported by the instructor) are mailed to the student through
Classification of Students
Students are normally enrolled in the College only as declared
candidates for a degree. Unless permission is granted by the associate
dean of the College and the dean of students, all degree candidates
are required to enroll on a full-time basis (12 credit hours minimum
in the long terms and three credit hours in the Centre term).
Class standing is based upon the following progression in course
work successfully completed:
||0-26 credit hours
||27-53 credit hours
||54-83 credit hours
||84 credit hours
Part-Time Students. Normally, degree candidates are required
to enroll full time. Exceptions must be approved in advance by
the associate dean of the College and the dean of students. Part-time
students are responsible for meeting all of the Colleges
requirements for graduation, including the physical education
requirement. Students enrolled on a part-time basis or as special
students are not eligible for the deans list during that
term nor are they eligible to represent the College in intercollegiate
Special Students. A limited number of persons may enroll
from term to term as special students. Special students are not
candidates for a degree but may receive graded credit for work
successfully completed. Should a special student later decide
to declare candidacy for a degree, such credits are applied to
the degree program only after review and approval of the Academic
Special students usually are permitted to take not more than half
a normal load of study. Graduation from an accredited high school
is normally prerequisite to admission to special-student status.
Visiting Students. Students currently registered at any
other educational institution may enroll at Centre only as visiting
students. Such registration requires written recommendation by
the institution of primary registration. Visiting students are
accepted from other colleges and universities for a period of
not more than one year and, under special arrangement, on a term-to-term
basis from high schools in the vicinity of the College seeking
to provide advanced college placement opportunities to outstanding
Visiting students from high schools are permitted to take not
more than two courses in any long term and not more than three
courses in any academic year. Registration for special students
and for visiting students is on a space-available basis. Additional
information and application forms for special students and visiting
students are available in the Registrars Office.
1. Transcript of Record. The official record of the academic
accomplishment of each enrolled student is the transcript of record
maintained and certified by the registrar. All courses attempted
and the grades awarded, the award of the degree when conferred,
and the major program for degree recipients are certified on the
transcript. Grade averages include grades in Centre College courses
only. Transcripts are furnished without charge upon the written
request of the student. Transcripts are released only if a students
financial account at the College is clear.
2. Confidentiality of Records. The transcript and other
student records are confidential to the College and the student.
They will be made available to unauthorized persons only with
the consent of the student, under legal compulsion, or in cases
where the safety of persons or property is involved. Centres
complete policies on confidentiality of student records are listed
in the Centre Student Handbook.
3. Credits. Academic credit is recorded in credit hours.
Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours.
The registrar must approve all course selections. No credit will
be awarded for any course taken without the registrars approval.
A student must confer with his or her advisor and secure the advisors
signature before submitting a registration or any change of registration
to the registrar.
Registration dates for each term will be published by the registrar.
Changes in a students registration are not official until
confirmation is received from the registrar.
1. Eligibility for Course Registration. Limitations in
course registration are stated in course prerequisites, which
are included in official course descriptions. Students are responsible
for seeing that they have met stated prerequisites. Juniors and
seniors have priority in enrolling in courses numbered 300 or
higher during regular registration.
2. Repeating courses. Students may repeat a Centre College
course graded "D" or "U", in which case only
the most recent grade will be computed into the cumulative grade
point average. The course must be repeated at Centre College.
The original grade ("D" or "U") remains on
the transcript. When repeating a course in which a "D"
was received, no additional course credit toward graduation is
granted. Grades of "U" in convocations always remain
a part of the cumulative grade point average.
a. Students repeating a letter-graded course must take the course
for a letter grade the second time to take advantage of the repeated-grade
policy. Likewise, students repeating a pass/unsatisfactory-graded
course must take the course on a pass/unsatisfactory basis the
second time to take advantage of the repeated-grade policy.
b. Students may not use the repeated-grade policy to return to
the College following graduation to improve their grade point
average. Grade averages are restarted following graduation for
students who return for additional course work.
c. The College is not obligated to provide students with an opportunity
to repeat any course.
3. Pass-Unsatisfactory. After attaining junior standing,
a student may enroll in courses on a Pass-Unsatisfactory basis,
with a maximum of seven credit hours of Pass-Unsatisfactory course
work to be counted for graduation (excluding courses offered only
on a Pass-Unsatisfactory basis). A maximum of four credit hours
may be taken on a Pass-Unsatisfactory basis in a given term. Freshmen
and sophomores may enroll in regularly graded applied music courses
on a Pass-Unsatisfactory basis but those hours will be counted
against the seven-hour limit. Courses taken under the Pass-Unsatisfactory
grading option may not be applied toward general education and
major requirements. The obvious exception to this rule is a course
offered only on a Pass-Unsatisfactory basis. Major courses taken
beyond the minimum requirements of the major also may be taken
on a Pass-Unsatisfactory basis. Students enrolled in long-term
off-campus programs may not take courses on a pass-unsatisfactory
basis during that term. Courses used to filfill the basic competency requirement in mathematics or foreign language, or the requirement of an additional course above the basic competency level in foreign language, mathematics or in computer science, may be taken on a pass-unsatisfactory basis.
Within two weeks after the beginning of a long term or two days
after the beginning of a CentreTerm, a student may elect to change
from a regularly graded status to a Pass-Unsatisfactory basis.
Within eight weeks after the beginning of a long term or two weeks after the beginning of CentreTerm, a student may revert from a Pass-Unsatisfactory status to a regularly graded status. Hours reverted to the regularly graded status after the first two weeks of a long term or the first two days of a CentreTerm will count against the seven-hour limit.
At the conclusion of a course, the instructor will report regular
grades for all students and, if a student has registered on a
Pass-Unsatisfactory basis, the registrar will record a "P"
for grades of "C-" or better, a "D" for grades of "D," and a "U" for
grades of "U."
4. Course Load. All candidates for a degree are required
to register for a minimum of 12 credit hours per long term unless
excused by the associate dean of the College, and the dean of
students for students living on campus. All students take one
course during the CentreTerm (three credit hours).
5. Limitation on Registration in Courses.
a. A student may not present for graduation more than 42 credit
hours in any one discipline.
b. A student may not register for more than one course numbered
400, 401, or 402 (Individual Study) in any term unless granted
permission by the associate dean of the College. Registration
for such a course requires submission to the Registrars
Office of the appropriate form on which the title, description,
and method of evaluation are given, as approved by the appropriate
program committee chair, the instructor, and the associate dean.
Forms must be submitted to the registrar no later than one week
into a long term and two days into the CentreTerm.
d. To be eligible for graduation, a degree candidate must complete
42 credit hours at Centre, including 23 of the last 30 credits
applied toward the degree.
6. Adding a Course. With the advisors signature of
approval, students may add a course during the first two weeks
of a long term and the first two days of a CentreTerm. The instructors
signature of approval is also required during the second week
of long-term classes. A fee is assessed for adding a class once
classes have started.
7. Dropping a Course. A student may withdraw from a course
without an entry on the permanent record during the first two
weeks of long terms and the first two days of CentreTerm. From
that point but before midterm, a student may be permitted to withdraw
from a course, but the instructor will be required to report a
"WP" or a "WU" and an entry will be made on
the students record accordingly. A student who is withdrawing
must consult with his or her advisor and secure formal confirmation
of withdrawal from the registrar. Withdrawal from any course after
midterm is not permitted. Any exceptions to this rule can only
be granted for unavoidable cause, such as illness, accident, or
a death in the immediate family. A fee is assessed for dropping
a class once classes have started. NOTE: Withdrawals from a course
resulting in part-time enrollment normally are not permitted.
Students are expected to maintain full-time enrollment at the
College (12 credit hours or more in the fall and spring terms).
8. Auditing Courses. Any student who wishes to audit a
course must register for that course as an auditor through normal
registration procedures. The instructor will indicate whether
the audit was completed successfully. Students should consult
with the instructor to determine specific expectations for a successful
audit. The fee for auditing is the same as for a course taken
for credit. Audited hours cannot be applied toward hours counted
for full-time enrollment. Normally, only degree candidates may,
with the instructors permission, attend a course without
registering or paying a fee. In this case, no official record
of the audit is kept.
Subject to the permission of the instructor, the College permits
members of the local community to audit classes without following
normal registration procedures. The fee for community audits is
$100 per class, and registration is handled through the Deans
Office. The College does not keep a permanent record of such audits.
9. Withdrawal from the College. Any student deciding to
withdraw from the College must complete an official withdrawal
form and relinquish his or her student ID card in the Registrars
Office. Failure to do so can result in the grade of "U"
being recorded on the students permanent record in each
course taken that term. If the student withdraws from the College
after the deadline to drop a course without an entry on the permanent
record, the students instructors will be required to report
a "WP" or "WU" and an entry will be made on
the students record accordingly. Withdrawals from the College
are not permitted during the final examination period. Any regular
student not enrolled in successive terms, other than the summer
term, is considered withdrawn from the College unless granted
a leave of absence by the associate dean. A student who withdraws
from the College or who is suspended or dismissed for cause may
be readmitted only by vote of the Academic Standards Committee.
10. Summer School and Other Study at Another Institution.
College credit earned prior to a students graduation from
high school normally will not be considered for transfer to Centre
unless high school credit was not awarded and credit was earned
through attendance on an accredited college campus, in a course
taught by a regular college instructor, in a classroom composed
mostly of regular college students. Credits earned by a currently
enrolled student through work at another college or university
in the summer may be transferred to Centre if they are approved
in advance by the advisor, the appropriate program committee chair,
and the registrar. Forms for securing advance approval are available
in the Registrars Office. Grades in transferred courses
are recorded on the Centre College transcript but are not included
in the Centre College grade point average.
Ttransferred course work may not be applied toward the Colleges
general education requirements, excluding courses fulfilling basic-skills
requirements and the further fluency in basic skills requirement.
A maximum of seven credit hours may be transferred from two-year,
junior, or community colleges.
NOTE: Only courses taught in a traditional classroom setting are
transferable. Normally, independent study, correspondence, TV,
web-based, and distance learning courses are not transferable.
1. Students at Centre are individually responsible for class attendance,
but instructors may impose attendance requirements appropriate
to any course. Instructors shall explain to students at the beginning
of each course their expectations and grading policies with regard
to attendance at class meetings.
2. Instructors shall make a reasonable effort to warn any student
whose absences seem adversely to affect his or her standing in
3. Instructors will keep an accurate record of each students
attendance, which will be available to the student, the faculty
advisor, and the officers of the College. In addition, instructors
will report at the end of each term the number of class sessions
missed by each student. Instructors are also asked to report to
the associate dean the names of those students who are absent
from class excessively, including those who are absent three consecutive
4. Prompt attendance at all classes is expected. The penalty for
tardiness is left to the discretion of the instructor.
5. Subject to term-by-term review, the faculty imposes no extraordinary
penalties for absences from classes that meet immediately prior
to or following College vacations or recesses. However, students
are reminded that these class periods are integral parts of the
term and are thus no less suitable for tests and other work than
are other class periods throughout the term.
6. No student may, because of participation in College-sponsored
activities, miss more than an hour of class time for each hour
of academic credit assigned to a course (for example, three hours
of class time for a three-hour course). In four-hour laboratory
courses, students may miss three hours of class time and one laboratory
session. Students participating in two intercollegiate sports
in the same term may miss one additional class meeting, but not
an additional laboratory session. This policy applies only to
participation in varsity sports, and does not include non-traditional
seasons. In the first two weeks of the term, the athletics director should send written notification to the associate dean and instructors of a student's two-sport participation and the travel dates for all away contests in both sports. To be excused from any additional class meetings, a two-sport athlete may petition the associate dean, through the athletics director, at least one week in advance of the proposed absence. The associate dean will survey the student's instructors to determine if the proposed absence could cause the student's academic standing in any class to fall to a "marginal" or "unsatisfactory" level, in which case the student would not be allowed to miss any additional class. The associate dean may allow for the additional absence when the student's academic standing is satisfactory and when any in-class assignment or exam can be made up.
A student may be excused
from only one class day for a College-sponsored activity during
7. Specific policies on absences related to illness are explained
in the Student Handbook.
8. In enforcing these regulations, the associate dean shall have
full administrative authority with advice, when needed, from the
students advisor and from the Academic Standards Committee
of the faculty.
Final examinations are required in every course at the scheduled
time. A student absent without excuse from a final examination
will receive a failing grade in the course. The instructor may
substitute a term paper or other requirement for the final examination.
By regulation of the College Council, students cannot alter their
examination schedules to accommodate scheduling preferences, jobs,
job interviews, travel, or vacation plans. No exceptions will
be made. Only in the case of illness or death in the immediate
family can a student request an alternate time for an examination.
The illness must be certified by one of the College doctors or
by a physician who is not a member of the students family,
and the exception must be cleared through the Associate Deans
1. The deans list is publicized twice yearly, in
the CentreTerm for courses completed the preceding fall term and
at the beginning of the fall term for courses completed in the
preceding Centre and spring terms. The deans list includes
all full-time degree candidate students who have attained a 3.600
grade point average or higher in the terms being evaluated. Students
must complete eight hours of regularly graded course work in the
long term to be eligible for the deans list.
2. Graduation with Honors. A student who attains a cumulative
grade point average of 3.900 or higher shall be graduated summa
cum laude. A student who attains a cumulative grade point average
of 3.700-3.899 shall be graduated magna cum laude, and students
with a cumulative average of 3.500 to 3.699 shall be graduated
cum laude. Transfer students transfer grades and junior-year-abroad
students junior-year-abroad grades will be counted when
determining eligibility for graduation with honors. Grades earned
in summer school elsewhere will not be counted when determining
eligibility for graduation with honors.
3. The John C. Young Scholars Program is a senior honors
program that enables selected students to engage in independent
study and research. John C. Young Scholars present their results
at a public symposium, and their papers are published in journal
form by the College.
4. Junior Marshals. The distinction of junior marshal is
awarded to the 19 members of the junior class with the highest
academic standing in their class. The president of the Student
Government Association serves as junior marshal ex officio. Junior
marshals participate in Commencement exercises and other College
5. Other Honors. Descriptions of other prizes and awards
for students may be found under the "College Directory"
section of this catalog.
Academic Probation and Suspension
Graduation requires a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
The College reserves the right to suspend at any time a student
whose academic standing or progress is regarded as unsatisfactory,
including students on academic probation during a CentreTerm who
made unsatisfactory progress that term. In such cases fees will
not be refunded or remitted, in whole or in part. All suspensions
result in a permanent notation on the students academic
A student who is suspended is immediately denied use of any campus
services or facilities and may not participate in campus-sponsored
activities. Keys belonging to the College, especially to the residence
hall room, must be turned in at the Student Life Office, and the
student ID card must be turned in at the Registrars Office
and the premises vacated within 48 hours of dismissal. Any exceptions
must be authorized by the dean of students or associate dean.
Failure to complete this process will jeopardize readmission to
the College and incur a fine of $30 per day.
1. A student who at the end of any long term has a cumulative
grade point average less than those listed below is placed on
|Long term #
||6 and beyond
2. A student who at the end of any long term has a term grade point
average below a 1.500 is placed on academic probation regardless
of the students cumulative grade point average.
When a student goes on academic probation, he or she will be required
to meet with the assistant dean of advising. The assistant dean of advising
will determine the needs of the particular student after an interview
and testing as needed and will supervise the students progress
in consultation with the advisor and instructors. The assistant dean
of advising will provide the Academic Standards Committee with
information about the progress or lack of progress of the students
1. Students placed on academic probation under No. 1 under "Academic
Probation" must raise their cumulative grade point average
to the required level within a year (two long terms and one CentreTerm).
Students who fail to meet this requirement are subject to suspension.
In addition, during the probationary period, students other than
freshmen must earn term grade averages of at least a 2.000 to avoid
academic suspension. Freshmen are reviewed term by term and may
be suspended during the probationary period if they are not making
satisfactory progress toward their cumulative grade point average
2. Students placed on academic probation under No. 2 under "Academic
Probation" remain on probation if they continue to earn term
averages below 1.500. They will be suspended if their cumulative
grade point average falls below the levels set under "Academic
Probation" No. 1.
3. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who earn a term average below
1.000 will be suspended, without benefit of the probationary period.
Freshmen who earn a term average below 1.000 will be subject to
Students under academic suspension may be considered for readmission
by the Academic Standards Committee after a lapse of one long
term. Readmission, however, is not automatic; students must show
persuasive evidence of ability and desire to do satisfactory work
at Centre College. Students will not be readmitted if it is unlikely
that they would raise their grade averages to the required level
following readmission. If readmitted, the student enters on probation
and has a year (two long terms and one CentreTerm) to achieve
the grade point average required for continued enrollment as stated
under "Academic Probation" earlier in this section of
the catalog. Failure to achieve the required grade average at
the end of the year will result again in suspension. However,
at the discretion of the Academic Standards Committee, students
readmitted under these conditions may be suspended at any time
if they do not show progress toward achieving a satisfactory average.
A student on probation who withdraws from the College also must
petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission. If
readmitted, the student continues on probation subject to the
conditions of his or her probationary enrollment at the time of
his or her withdrawal.
Academic Bankruptcy is a policy which may be used by a student
returning to the College after a two-year absence who has earned
such poor grades that he or she is unable to meet the grade point
requirement for graduation within a reasonable period of time.
Conditions and provisions of the Academic Bankruptcy Policy are:
1. Petitions are accepted only after the student has been absent
from the College for at least two years. Students are readmitted
with conditional approval for academic bankruptcy. Final approval
is granted after the student completes 12 hours of course work
with a 2.000 ("C") or higher average.
2. Academic bankruptcy may apply to one term only. If the petition
is approved the student forfeits credit for all courses in which
he or she was enrolled that term.
3. Grades for the bankrupted term are not used in computing the
grade point average. However, those grades remain on the permanent
record and the record will indicate clearly that academic bankruptcy
Note: Students are cautioned that some colleges and universities
will not honor another institutions bankruptcy policy, including
many professional and graduate schools.
A high standard of academic honesty is expected of students in
all phases of academic work and College life. Academic dishonesty
in any form is a fundamental offense against the integrity of
the entire academic community and is always a threat to the standards
of the College and to the standing of every student. In taking
tests and examinations, doing homework and laboratory work, and
writing papers, students are expected to perform with honor. In
any written exercise for College courses, students will be held
responsible for knowing the difference between proper and improper
use of source materials. The improper use of source materials
is plagiarism, and, along with other breaches of academic integrity,
is subject to disciplinary action.
Each case of academic dishonesty, no matter how minor the infraction,
must be reported to the associate dean of the College before a
grade is determined. Students should consult the Student Handbook
for a full description of breaches of academic integrity subject
to disciplinary action.
Disciplinary measures for a student suspected of academic dishonesty
are determined in the following ways:
1. The associate dean of the College will discuss the seriousness
of the offense and its possible consequences with the student.
2. The case shall be referred to the Student Judiciary when requested
by the instructor, by the associate dean, or by the student involved.
For some offenses, referral to the Student Judiciary may be judged
unnecessary by the instructor and the associate dean, and
some other appropriate disciplinary action may be agreed upon. Under
these circumstances, the case will not be reported to the Student
Judiciary unless the student requests it.
3. The responsibility for determining student grades rests with
the instructor, except in cases in which the Judiciary recommends
a lowering of the grade for punitive reasons. In cases where a
student is suspended as a result of a Student Judiciary recommendation,
the grade of "U" shall be recorded for that course.
4. Students who believe that proper procedures were not followed,
or who believe they received inordinate punishment, or were otherwise
denied a fair hearing, may appeal to the Board of Review. The
board should not re-try the case or hear new evidence. If new
evidence has appeared that could materially affect the decision,
the case should be sent back to the Student Judiciary.
5. The student charged may appeal the Judiciary recommendation
to the Board of Review in writing with reasons specified within
48 hours of the Student Judiciarys decision. In the absence
of an appeal, all Judiciary recommendations shall be forwarded
to the deans for approval and implementation.
6. Students who are asked to appear before the Student Judiciary
will be given a written statement explaining their rights, and
will be told about the appeals process.
7. Additional information about academic honesty and the Student
Judiciary may be found in the Student Handbook.
1. Conferral of Degrees. The degrees of the College, Bachelor
of Arts and Bachelor of Science, are awarded by the trustees upon
the specific formal recommendation of individual candidates by
both the faculty and the president of the College. The Board of
Trustees is the ultimate authority on the conferral of degrees.
Degrees are conferred on the Sunday following the last day of
final examinations of spring term. Prerequisite to the faculty
recommendation, in addition to satisfactory completion of requirements
stipulated in the "Degree Requirements, Course Offerings,
and Major/Minor Requirements" section, is a formal application
for the degree filed with the registrar no later than 90 days
before the date of the annual commencement exercises. The conferral
of the degree is officially certified by the transcript of record.
2. Presentation of Diplomas. The diploma of the College
is a ceremonial certificate attesting to the conferral of a degree.
The diploma is presented at the annual commencement exercises
to any degree recipient specifically requesting it when applying
for the degree and appearing as a participant in the ceremonial
exercises. The presentation of a diploma in absentia is
made only under exceptional circumstances specifically approved
by the associate dean of the College, provided the request is
made not later than two weeks preceding the annual commencement
3. Graduation Fee. Graduates are assessed a $50 graduation
fee to cover the cost of diplomas, graduation expenses, and transcript
Exceptions to Academic Policy
The Curriculum Committee of the faculty and its subcommittees
accept petitions requesting exceptions to academic regulations.
Certain regulations allow no exceptions and others may be waived
only upon the request of a faculty member. Students should consult
with the registrar when requesting exceptions to academic regulations
One of the most important responsibilities of a community is to
provide for the safety and well-being of its members. We take
this charge seriously. No person may possess, use, sell, or store,
while on campus or on property under the control of Centre College,
any dangerous weapon (operational or decorative), firearm, explosive,
or any other potentially harmful device. This includes possession
of such items in residence halls, in vehicles, in any College
building or facility, or anywhere on the grounds of the campus.
Possession of a weapon is itself grounds for dismissal. This policy
applies to every student, faculty member, employee, and guest
at the College.
Centre is a residential college. We are convinced that there are
educational values in living, learning, and working together in
a residential community and expect that the students in the College
will reside on campus and take their meals in Cowan Dining Commons.
Residency Requirement. Exceptions to the residency requirements
are (1) students may live at home with their parents in or near
Danville; (2) married students are expected to arrange their own
off-campus housing; (3) students who have reached senior or junior standing may apply for off-campus housing, subject to permission from the Director of Student Life and Housing. It is unlikely that anyone other than a limited number or seniors will be granted permission to live off campus. Seniors or juniors interested in living off campus must apply for permission from the Director of Student Life and Housing at the appropriate time in the spring, before room draw. Those students who will be granted permission to live off campus are notified on or by August 1. If a student is granted permission
to live off campus, it is his or her responsibility to determine
how his or her financial aid will be affected. After a campus
room has been assigned, a student is obligated to pay the appropriate
room fee for the full academic year, unless the student graduates
or officially withdraws from the College during the year.
Residence Staff and Housing Office. Residence directors,
who are selected members of the student residence life team, reside
in apartments of certain residences and have authority and responsibility
for student life in the residence halls and houses under the general
oversight of the director of residence life and the dean of student
life. A staff of upperclass studentsresident assistantslive
on the various floors of the residences. The residence staff members
serve as the first source of personal counseling for students,
and serve as a liaison between College administration and students.
The Housing Office, directed by a member of the student life staff,
is responsible for the management of campus residences and oversees
such functions as room assignments, providing standard residence
furnishings, issuing keys, and determining opening and closing
dates and times for the residences. The Housing Office also assesses
a $25 fee for key replacement.
Room Assignment and Care. Freshmen and transfer students
are assigned rooms, and returning students select their rooms
through a lottery process. A resident student is obligated to
pay the room charge for all terms in which he or she is enrolled.
Students who reside in single rooms or who occupy double rooms
without a roommate are charged an additional fee.
Each student is responsible for care of the room assigned and
its furnishings. Regulations concerning electrical appliances
and the alteration of decor and furnishings provided by the College
are explained in the housing contract signed by each resident.
Visitation. Visitation is defined at Centre as social visiting
by members of the opposite sex in student rooms at the invitation
of the resident. Visitation may be granted to freshman residences
after fall break. Otherwise, maximum visitation hours are published
each year. All residences or floors of residences retain the freedom
to decrease their schedule of visitation hours. That action may
be taken at any time by a majority vote of the residents and will
be made effective on report of the change to the dean of student
life. After visitation hours end in residence hall rooms, guests
may visit in designated lounges and basements during specified
Security. Student residences remain locked 24 hours a day
with access controlled by a card access/punch lock security system.
All student residences are equipped with such safety equipment
as smoke detectors, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers. Persons
found guilty of tampering with or misusing these and other safety
devices will be subject to severe disciplinary action. The professional
staff and six full-time security officers of Centres Department
of Public Safety work to ensure the safety of people and property
Student Identification Cards
New students are issued an identification card at fall orientation.
They will need this card to receive meals at Cowan, to enter many of the residence halls, to check books
out of the library, to cash checks in town, to establish identification
for discounts given by some stores to students, and other uses.
When a student withdraws from the College, takes a leave of absence,
or is suspended, he or she must turn in this ID card to the Registrars
Office in order to have a clear record at the College. The fee
for replacing identification cards is $25.
Students are permitted to bring automobiles, motorcycles, and
bicycles to campus, but they must register these vehicles, pay
a $50 vehicle registration fee (for automobiles and motorcycles),
and observe the regulations for parking and storage.
In general, the College does not allow pets in residence halls.
Fish are acceptable. Dogs, cats, snakes, spiders, etc., are not
Student Conduct Regulations
Students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible citizens
and members of a community of learning, where rationality, integrity,
and civility are essential elements. Persistent departures from
this standard may result in suspension.
The College reserves the right to exclude at any time students
whose conduct or influence it regards as undesirable. No further
reason need be assigned. In such cases, fees will not be refunded
or remitted, and neither the College nor any of its officers shall
be under any liability for such exclusion.
Misconduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action
has been defined to include:
1. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarizing, or knowingly furnishing
false information to the College.
2. Forgery, alteration, or use of College documents, records,
or instruments of identification with intent to defraud.
3. Intentional obstruction or disruption of teaching, research,
administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities
on College premises.
4. Physical abuse of any person on College premises or at College-sponsored
or College-supervised functions, or conduct which threatens or
endangers the health or safety of any such person.
5. Sexual harassment or coercive sexual advances and/or activity.
6. Indecent exposure.
7. Theft from or damage to College premises or theft of or damage
to property of a member of the College community on College premises.
8. Failure to comply with directions of College officials acting
in performance of their duties.
9. Disrespect for a College official, including verbal abuse,
taunting, cursing, or otherwise not showing respect.
10. Purposeful interference with College officials in the normal
exercise of their official duties.
11. Violation of published College regulations and of published
rules governing College residence halls, including regulations
relating to entry and use of College facilities, and any other
regulations which may from time to time be enacted.
12. Possession or discharge of fireworks.
13. Intoxication or disorderly conduct.
14. Illegal provision of alcohol by any individual or group to
another individual or group either for a monetary charge or free
15. Illegal provision, merchandising, possession or consumption
of drugs on campus, or possession on campus of paraphernalia for
the use of drugs.
16. Possession of, or threatening use of, deadly weapons.
17. Unauthorized setting of fires.
19. Misuse of computing facilities is considered a violation of
student conduct regulations.
20. Any conduct which could be construed as a violation of any
Federal, State, or local laws may be treated as a violation of
college regulation, particularly when it affects the college community's
pursuit of its proper educational purposes.
Sanctions or penalties that may be imposed by the College administration
or under judicial process for disciplinary offenses include the
1. Admonition. An oral statement to the student offender that
he or she has violated College rules.
2. Warning. Notice to the student orally or in writing that continuation
or repetition of the conduct found wrongful, within a period of
time stated in the warning, may be cause for more severe disciplinary
3. Censure. Written reprimand for violation of a specific regulation,
including the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanction
in the event of conviction for the violation of any College regulation
within a period of time stated in the letter of reprimand.
4. Disciplinary probation. Exclusion from privileges or participation
in extracurricular College activities for a specified period of
time as set forth in the notice of disciplinary probation.
5. Restitution. Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation
of property. Reimbursement may take the form of appropriate service
to repair or otherwise compensate for damages.
6. Fine. Monetary penalty apart from restitution.
7. Suspension. Exclusion from classes and other privileges or
activities for a definite period of time as set forth in the notice
of suspension. This action results in a notation on the students
8. Expulsion. Termination of student status for an indefinite
period. The conditions of readmission, if permitted, shall be
stated in the order of expulsion. This action results in a notation
on the students permanent record.
Although students are ordinarily disciplined through the judicial
process involving the Student Judiciary or the executive/judicial
committees of the Panhellenic Association or the Interfraternity
Council, the College administration may invoke sanctions including
suspension from the College in certain circumstances. The need
for confidentiality, for immediate action, or for protection of
others might prompt such action. The administration may also regard
actions off-campus that discredit the College or threaten or harm
larger community welfare as occasions for disciplinary action
either through normal judicial proceedings or administrative decisions.
Not all College policies and procedures affecting students are
described in this catalog. More information about student rights
and regulations can be found in the Student Handbook provided
each year to every student. The full text of the 2005-2006 Student
Handbook is available on line at http://web.centre.edu/studentlife/handbook.pdf.
The College reserves the right to change any rules and regulations at any time.