Academic Dishonesty

Acts of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Cheating includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems; or carrying out other assignments; (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College community; (4) engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.

Alcohol Policy

General Information

Kalamazoo College's alcohol policy is consistent with state law regarding alcoholic beverages and its commitment to helping students be responsible adults. Students twenty-one years and older who choose to use alcohol should do so in a responsible manner and in accordance with state law. Irresponsible drinking may adversely affect academic performance, interfere with personal relationships, or result in illness, injury or death. Drinking should be a considered choice that displays respect for oneself and for the community. Information about the impact of alcohol and treatment of substance abuse can be found in the materials sent to each student annually under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.

Summary of Michigan Law

It is illegal to purchase, consume, or possess alcoholic beverages unless one has attained the age of twenty-one. It is illegal to provide alcoholic beverages to or provide false identification for a person under the age of twenty-one. (Refer to state statutes for the most complete explanation of the laws of Michigan.)

Kalamazoo Alcohol Policy

  • Persons under the age of twenty-one may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages, or host drinking in their rooms or on campus..
  • No alcoholic beverages shall be provided to persons under the age of twenty-one.
  • Regardless of age, no person may consume alcoholic beverages or carry open alcoholic beverage containers in the public areas of the campus. (Exception as noted in number eight.) Public areas include, but are not limited to, residence hall hallways, lounges and kitchens, campus buildings, athletic fields and facilities, and campus grounds. Residence hall suites and living/learning housing units are considered private residential rooms.
  • Students aged twenty-one and older may choose to drink alcoholic beverages in the privacy of their residential rooms, providing they do not infringe upon the rights of others in or around the residence.
  • Underage persons may be present when drinking occurs in a private residential room as long as a legal-aged resident of that room is present. It shall be the responsibility of the legal- aged resident to see that alcoholic beverages are not served to or consumed by underage persons.
  • Single source containers (e.g. kegs) and "beer bongs" are prohibited.
  • Intoxication and/or disruptive behavior related to substance use are prohibited.
  • Outside of the residence halls and houses, alcoholic beverages may be served on campus only under the following conditions:
    • A College office or department must sponsor the event.
    • A College official must register it at least two weeks in advance with the Dean of Students.
    • The distribution of alcoholic beverages must be served and monitored by a Dining Service bartender or a member of the sponsoring department.
    • Only persons of age may be served.
    • Non-alcohol beverages and food must be served.
    • There shall be no direct or indirect charge for the event and no donations and collections shall be taken at the event.
    • Extra security coverage, at the expense of the host, may be required.

Policy Interpretation

The following interpretation is included to clarify understanding what is and what is not permitted under the alcohol policy:

Persons twenty-one and older:

  • MAY drink alcohol in their own residence hall rooms.
  • MAY drink alcohol in another residence hall room if the host is twenty-one or older and is present.
  • MAY carry unopened containers of alcohol on campus.
  • MAY provide alcohol in their own residence hall rooms to others aged twenty-one or older.
  • MAY NOT drink alcohol in the residence hall outside of a private residence room.
  • MAY NOT drink alcohol in a residence hall room that has no resident of legal age or in which the legal age resident is not present.
  • MAY NOT provide alcohol to others under the age of twenty-one.
  • MAY NOT charge in any way for alcohol consumption by others.
  • MAY NOT possess single source containers.
  • MAY NOT permit underage persons to bring in or consume alcohol in their residence rooms.

Persons under the age of twenty-one:

  • MAY be in private residence rooms where legal drinking is occurring.
  • MAY NOT possess or drink alcohol.
  • MAY NOT permit underage persons to bring in or consume alcohol in their residence rooms.
  • MAY NOT carry opened or unopened alcoholic beverage containers anyplace on campus.
  • MAY NOT provide alcohol to anyone.

All residents of a room, suite, living/learning housing unit will be held responsible when a violation occurs in that space unless excused from responsibility by all other involved students.

Note: Students who seek appropriate help for others who are intoxicated or otherwise adversely affected by alcohol abuse are considered to be acting in the best interest of the student in need. In most cases, if the person seeking help for another is in violation of the College alcohol policy, they will be exempt from formal disciplinary action because they are acting in the interest of another. The College desires to exempt the student seeking help from formal disciplinary action; however, as every situation is unique, these matters will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine if extraordinary or unusual circumstances alter the desired practice.

Terms and Conditions of a Room Search

Residential Life staff have the jurisdiction to investigate the potential use or presence of alcohol anywhere within the college residential system, including individual student rooms, if they suspect that a violation of the College's alcohol policy is occurring. Elements that may lead a staff member to have a reasonable suspicion include sounds, smells, visual cues, and erratic or disruptive behavior that indicate the presence of alcohol. A search may be initiated by a Resident Assistant involved if the above suspicions are met.

A search is considered to be a prompt for the resident(s) to open things that may be concealing alcohol, along with probing questions revolving around suspected alcohol use, from the staff member in question. The search will always be done in conjunction with the resident(s) of the room and they bear the right to consent or not consent to the search. As such, they may refuse to open closed spaces or answer questions. However, this refusal may result in Residential Life professional staff and/or Campus Safety becoming involved. This refusal will also be reflected in any reports filed and and may add suspicion to the likelihood of a policy violation. 

Each situation is unique and extenuating circumstances may warrant different responses. All considerations will be taken into account by the recipient of the report. The ultimate discretion belongs to the student conduct officer.

Events Serving Alcohol

Any group or sponsoring entity wishing to include alcohol as part of an event must abide by state and local laws relevant to alcohol, to the Alcohol Policy included in the Student Code of Conduct, and to the requirements of the Alcohol and Use of Campus Facilities Policy.

During the academic year, the College’s residence halls are designated as alcohol-free and cannot be reserved for events at which alcohol will be served. Exceptions will be considered during break periods and/or times when students are not in residence. As a general practice, the Hicks Student Center is also an alcohol-free facility during the academic year.

Alcoholic beverages may be served on campus under the following conditions:

Bicycle Registration Policy

All bicycles used, stored, parked or operated on Kalamazoo College property shall be registered with a valid Kalamazoo College bicycle registration sticker. In this policy 'bicycle' also refers to motorized electric bicycle and motorized scooter.

Bicycles shall be parked only in designated bike racks placed on campus. When parking your bicycle, don't obstruct walkways, railings, doorways or ramps intended for use by pedestrians or people with disabilities. Improperly parked bicycles may be removed and impounded by the Office of Campus Safety. The Office of Campus Safety shall not be responsible or liable in any way for lost, stolen, or damaged bicycles. Bicycles shall also be kept in good working order and shall not be allowed to deteriorate or become otherwise derelict.

If left unattended, a bicycle may be tagged as abandoned with a warning notice by the Office of Campus Safety . If the bicycle is not removed within fourteen days, Office of Campus Safety will impound it without further notice. This abatement process is performed in student living areas and other areas of campus on an ongoing basis. The Office of Campus Safety has the sole authority to determine whether a bicycle is abandoned. A bicycle is determined to be abandoned when it is found in the same location over an extended period of time (generally two weeks or more) with any combination of missing parts, dust/cobweb covered, flat tires, and rusted chain. If an impounded abandoned bicycle is registered under this policy, the Office of Campus Safety shall make a good faith effort to contact the registered owner so that they may reclaim their bicycle. If an abandoned bicycle is not registered under this policy, the Office of Campus Safety will dispose of the bicycle after holding it for ninety (90) days. The Office of Campus Safety is not responsible for the cost of locks, chains, other security devices, or any other item that may be damaged or destroyed as a result of removing any bicycle. The Office of Campus Safety has no responsibility or liability to replace or make compensation for such items.

The College has the authority to sell, surplus, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any removed bicycle. In most cases the abandoned bicycle will be turned over to the recycling department for use in the bicycle loan program. If you think your bicycle was impounded for being abandoned within the past ninety days, please contact the Office of Campus Safety at to arrange an appointment to view the impounded bicycles. Be prepared to show proof of ownership and ID in order to have the bicycle released to you. The Office of Security has sole authority to determine the sufficiency of such evidence, and the determination shall not be subject to protest, appeal, or review. Prior to the Office of Security releasing the bicycle to its owner, if the bicycle is not already registered, the owner will be required to register the bicycle in accordance with college policy.

Bicycle Abatement Program

The Office of Campus Safety removes abandoned bicycles from racks in order to maintain an adequate number of secure parking spaces and thereby discourage bicycle theft. Bicycles may also be removed from bike racks which are being relocated due to construction. Bicycles identified for removal are posted with a notice informing the owner that they must remove the bicycle from its current location within fourteen days or the bicycle will be impounded. Simply removing the notice will not stop your bicycle from being impounded; only the removal of the bicycle from that rack will let us know that the owner has not abandoned the bicycle.

All impounded bicycles are then brought to the Office of Campus Safety for processing. The bicycles are held for a minimum of 90 days. During this time, an attempt is made to contact the owners of the bicycles through Office of Security registration records to ascertain whether they wish to exercise their ownership rights.

If you believe your bicycle may have been removed and you wish to claim it, please contact the Office of Campus Safety at

** Please do not leave your bike locked at a bicycle rack when you leave campus for an extended period of time. **

Summer Abandoned Bicycle Abatement

It is strongly recommended that you arrange for storage of your bicycle over the summer. If your bicycle is collected as abandoned by the Office of Campus Safety during the summer break, it will be stored for 90 days. Those bicycles not claimed by their owners will be released Campus Recycling after that time.

PLEASE NOTE: If you leave your bicycle locked to a rack or other outdoor object after the end of the spring quarter, your bicycle will be declared abandoned, your lock will be cut and your bicycle impounded. Housing construction and cleaning projects take place during the summer and bicycles that are not removed from bike racks near the residences and other campus locations may be impounded as a result.

The Office of Campus Safety will charge a $40 storage fee if your bike is impounded during this period. You will not be reimbursed if it was necessary to cut your lock in order to impound your bicycle. Please make appropriate storage arrangements before leaving campus for the summer or other extended periods.

Classroom Behavior

The Kalamazoo College Honor System applies to classroom behavior as well as other types of interpersonal interactions on campus under the auspices of "Respecting Others." While Kalamazoo College is committed to the fundamental principles of freedom of speech, including controversial positions taken in the classroom, all types of speech and behavior must be balanced with principles of appropriate classroom behavior. It is ultimately the faculty member who manages the classroom, and if a situation develops in which, in the opinion of the faculty member, the class is being disrupted, the faculty member has the right to ask a student to leave the class. Resolutions under this policy will be dealt with according to College's Student Code of Conduct.

What is Disruptive Behavior?

Generally, disruptive behavior is any behavior that interferes with the instructor's ability to conduct the class, or the ability of other students to profit from the teaching and learning environment. Such behavior may take various forms, and the impact of such behavior can be dependent upon many factors including class size, subject matter, and the relationship between faculty and students.

Disruptive behavior may be viewed on a continuum ranging from the isolated incidents of mildly annoying or irritating behavior to more clearly disruptive, dangerous, and/or violent behavior.

Examples of disruptive behavior may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Persistent speaking
  • Inappropriate use of electronic devices
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Sleeping in class
  • Entering class late or leaving early
  • Eating/drinking in class
  • Disputing authority and non-academic argumentation
  • Conduct that impedes group work/projects
  • Grandstanding
  • Threats of any kind and/or harassment
  • Physical disruptions or physical altercations

Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

Kalamazoo College respects the right of instructors to teach and the right of students to learn. Protection of these rights requires certain classroom conditions. To ensure these rights, faculty members have the prerogative:

  • To establish and implement academic standards;
  • To establish and enforce reasonable behavior standards in each class;
  • To involve appropriate offices/resources when a classroom disruption arises;
  • To address problematic behavior with students and articulate expectations
  • To make a determination about an appropriate response or outcome, within the scope of that faculty member's class, excluding permanent removal from class.
  • To document any incidents and outcomes.

The college classroom isn't a "public forum" like a city street or a park. Faculty members can define the course agenda, set and limit topics for discussion, give grades that reflect a student's class performance, and maintain order in the classroom. Faculty members freely complete these important functions, as long as they refrain from unlawful discrimination, or seek to punish students solely for expressing unpopular viewpoints pertinent to the course.

What if a disruptive student claims the disruptive behavior is the result of a disability?

Students - with or without disabilities - must adhere to reasonable behavioral standards.

Disability claims and accommodation requests should be discussed with the Disability Coordinator. There are established procedures students should follow if reasonable accommodation is required. If a student has provided documentation of a disability to the College, faculty will be notified in writing at the beginning of the quarter of any student requiring accommodations. Faculty members are not obligated to provide accommodation or ignore behavior if a student claims a disability, but the student has not followed the established procedures for registering with the Disability Coordinator. In this case, faculty members are encouraged to notify the Disabilities Coordinator promptly.

An institution of higher education does not have to tolerate or excuse violent, dangerous, or disruptive behavior, especially when that behavior interferes with the educational opportunities of other students. Colleges and universities may discipline a student with a disability for engaging in misconduct if it would impose the same discipline on a student without a disability.

Documentation of Incidents and Outcomes

Faculty members at Kalamazoo College have been encouraged to report and document inappropriate classroom behavior and outcomes to the Associate Provost and the Dean of Students.


Sections of this document have been taken in part or in their entirety, with permission, from the sources listed below:

  • Office of Judicial Affairs, Northeastern University, "Disruptive Students in the Classroom"
  • Office of Student Affairs, University of West Florida, "Classroom Disruption: Prevention and Resolution"
  • SYNFAX: Weekly Commentary on Critical Issues in Higher Education. From the Editors of
  • SYNTHESIS: Law and Policy in Higher Education. Week of July 9, 2001, pp. 2024-2025.

Drone/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Use on Campus

It is not permissible for individual students, faculty, and staff or outside entities to operate unmanned aircraft/drones on Kalamazoo College campus, interiors, or exteriors. This is due to both Federal Aviation Association requirements, and risk management/liability issues.

Exceptions may be made for official institutional use or research/teaching use; those instances will be managed through the office of the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students. The City of Kalamazoo Law enforcement agencies (including but not limited to City of Kalamazoo Public Safety, City of Kalamazoo Fire Department, or other first responders) are exempt from these guidelines. For questions, please contact Sarah B. Westfall, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at 269.337.7209 or

Appropriate and Prohibited Uses

UAS must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (Click on Federal Aviation Administration, then Click Register Your Drone) and provide proof and a copy of the registration to the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students for approval to operate the UAS on Kalamazoo College campus.

UAS is limited to one per person, office, and department on campus and may only be used between the hours of 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

UAS shall not be used to monitor or record areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in accordance with accepted social norms. These areas include but are not limited to restrooms, locker rooms, individual residential rooms, changing or dressing rooms, health center lounge, and exam rooms.

UAS shall not be used to monitor or record residential hallways, residential lounges, or the insides of campus facilities including professional offices and building windows.

UAS shall not be used to monitor or record sensitive institutional or personal information, which may be found, for example, on an individual's work spaces, computer, or other electronic displays.

UAS shall not be used at College sponsored events (except College sanctioned UAS), following individuals on campus, and or delivering anything on campus.

The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule. The FAA encourages new operators to visit: Current Unmanned State Law Landscape.


Any violations of college policies by an individual will be subject to the Student Code of Conduct, or the relevant Faculty or Staff disciplinary processes, which may include disciplinary actions up to and including suspension, termination, or expulsion from the college.

Fines or damages incurred by individuals or units that do not comply with this policy will not be paid by Kalamazoo College and will be the responsibility of those persons involved.

Approved September 6, 2016 by President’s Staff

Drug Policy

The possession, use, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs or controlled substances, including but not limited to marijuana, LSD or any other hallucinogenic drugs, cocaine, Ecstasy, GHB, barbiturates or other depressants, amphetamines or other stimulants, or the misuse of any prescription drug constitutes a violation of federal, state, and municipal laws and College regulations. Further, the possession, use or sale of drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to pipes, and bongs, is strictly prohibited.

Though legal in Michigan, medical marijuana is not permitted on campus property. The College receives a great deal of federal funding for student financial aid, and federal restrictions on marijuana supersede Michigan state law. Simply put, permitting medical marijuana on campus may jeopardize the ability of the College to receive federal funding. Because of this, medical marijuana is prohibited on campus property.

Violators will be subject to the full range of sanctions available to the College, including but not limited to substance abuse assessment, education, probation, removal from housing, suspension and expulsion. Violations involving the distribution or sale of drugs will lead to suspension or expulsion as minimum sanctions.

The College reserves the right to involve the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in the possession, use, distribution, or sale of drugs or controlled substances. Should a student be suspected of distributing or selling drugs, the College will involve the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

Prescription Drugs

Students must keep any medication that is prescribed to them in the original pill bottle.  For those who choose to use a pill organizer to manage their intake, they should have ready access to proof of a prescription and the original bottle that they are pulling from.  The dosage contained in the pill organizer should correlate with that of the prescription. 

The College reserves the right to ask students to verify their prescription when appropriate.  If the person in question is unable to do so in the moment, they will be given a timeline by which to do so before the case is referred to the Office of Student Conduct for follow-up.  If the proof of prescription has a date that indicates that the medication has expired or that it was written after the discovery and request for verification, the validity of the student’s claim will be further scrutinized. 

The unauthorized possession and use of prescription medication is a danger to individuals and the community.  Students are not only responsible for the safe storage of any medication prescribed to them, but also the safe disposal of any medication that has expired.  Many community drug stores provide receptacles in which to do so (e.g. Walgreen’s safe medication disposal kiosk).   

Students found responsible for behavior that is in violation of this policy will face sanctions through the student conduct system.  All state and federal laws regarding the illegal possession and distribution of prescription drugs apply.  Should local law enforcement become involved, the responsible party may face criminal charges and possible jail time.  

Election Codes

Kalamazoo College Council of Student Representatives Election Codes (May 2019)

Article I. Nature of Election Codes

These Election Codes shall serve as the operating rules and regulations for all elections of student government at Kalamazoo College, including the Kalamazoo College Council of Student Representatives (KCCSR).

Article II. Candidacy

To be an eligible candidate for an elected student government position on KCCSR, an individual shall be required to:

A. Be a currently enrolled student in “good standing” with the college.
B. Submit a complete and accurate candidate application before the publicized deadline for the election cycle.
C. Submit a compliance statement agreeing to adhere to these election codes.

Article III.  Polling

A. All students enrolled at Kalamazoo College during the term of an election shall be able to cast a ballot in student government elections.
B. Polls shall be open for at least12 hours on the advertised day of the election.
C. There shall be no campaigning inside Hicks Student Center during polling hours.

Article IV.  Campaigns

A. Campaigns should be run in a positive manner – i.e. campaign for a candidate, not against others.
B. Candidates are eligible for reimbursement of up to $25.00 in campaign related expenses.  To be eligible for reimbursement, candidates must submit proper paperwork, including original, itemized receipts for all qualified purchases, no later than 5 business days after the election.  All purchases must meet college purchase guidelines; any questions about this process should be directed to Student Development before purchase is made.
C. All flyers, promotions, and postings must follow established posting and soliciting guidelines of the college.

Article V. Voting and Results

A. All votes will be cast on-line through the college’s software.
B. The results of each election will be shared via Hornet Hive within twelve hours of the polls closing.

Fire Safety Policies and Procedures

Fire safety is a serious concern of the College. The following regulations and policies are designed to protect every individual in the College community from the threat of fire. All members of the College community are expected to understand and abide by these regulations.

Building/Room Capacities and Overcrowding. Overcrowding in a facility can be very dangerous in case of fire. Please abide by capacity restrictions and leave an area in an orderly fashion if asked to do so by a security guard attempting to eliminate the overcrowding.

The Kalamazoo Public Safety Department Fire Marshall has established the following building capacity limits.


(T/C=Tables/Chairs; N/T/C=No Tables/Chairs)

AAC-Anderson Athletic Center Gym T/C 1,289, N/T/C 2,763
CRISSEY-Residence Hall Basement Lounge T/C 188, N/T/C 402
DEWATERS-Residence Hall 2nd Floor-West Lounge T/C 29, N/T/C 63
FAB-Fine Arts Building Dungeon Theatre 100
FAB-Fine Arts Building Dalton Theatre 460
FAB-Fine Arts Building Balch Playhouse 310
FAB-Fine Arts Building Recital Hall 175
HARMON-Residence Hall Full Lounge T/C 140, N/T/C 300
HICKS CENTER President's Lounge T/C 98, N/T/C 210
HICKS CENTER Old Welles Hall T/C 266, N/T/C 571, C 466
HICKS CENTER Stone Room T/C 138, C 295
HICKS CENTER Quad Stop T/C 154, C 331, D/F 133
HOBEN-Residence Hall Full Lounge TC 134, N/T/C 286
MANDELLE Olmsted Room T/C 54, N/T/C 116
SEVERN-Residence Hall Lounge T/C 104, N/T/C 223
TROWBRIDGE-Residence Hall Main Lounge-1st Floor T/C 45, N/T/C 97


For health, safety, and liability reasons students may not cook regular meals in the residential system in place of a board contract outside of the campus apartments or the Living/Learning Housing Units that are equipped for that purpose.

False Alarms and Fire Extinguishers

Initiating a false alarm or discharging a fire extinguisher for other than a fire emergency is a violation of College policy.

Fire Drills

State law requires fire drills. The College conducts drills every quarter. Whenever a fire alarm sounds, persons are expected to leave the building quickly and in an orderly manner by the nearest exit. All windows and doors should be closed, but not locked. Persons may not reenter a building until instructed to do so. Those who fail to vacate buildings when an alarm sounds are first endangering themselves and others and secondly are in violation of state fire codes. As a minimum sanction, a fine of $50.00 may be imposed for failure to vacate a building.

Fire Exits

Posted building floor plans show fire exit routes and locations of fire extinguishers. Tampering with posted exits plans is prohibited. Fire exits or any emergency egress may not be blocked or tampered with in any fashion. Items, including furniture and bicycles, my not be stored in or near fire exits.

Fire Suppression/Sprinkler Systems

Attaching or hanging anything from any portion of a sprinkler system, including pipes and sprinkler heads, or activities that may damage or accidentally activate the system in any fashion (e.g., playing sports in a residence hall hallway) are strictly prohibited.

Fireworks and Explosives

The possession or use of fireworks or explosives on campus is strictly forbidden. See Policy on Weapons, Firearms, Fireworks, Explosives

Open Flames

Open flames, including candles, are prohibited by the city fire code. Playing with fire in any manner, whether or not damage or injury occurs, is strictly forbidden.

Prohibited Items

A list of items prohibited for health or safety reasons in the residential system for safety reasons can be found at: Residential Life: Prohibited Items Policy

Smoking and Burning Incense

Smoking and burning incense (or other materials) is prohibited in all classroom, administrative, athletic, and residence buildings on campus. See the College's smoking policy.


Students may not tamper with the following, including but not limited to window screens, doors, locks, safety devices, smoke or fire detection devices, fire extinguishers, exit lights, pull stations, sprinkler/fire suppression systems (including sprinkler heads & control valves), electrical wiring, outlets, fixtures, plumbing, telephone, computer or TV cable. As a minimum sanction, a fine of $50.00 will be imposed for tampering or damaging any fire safety equipment or system.


Violators of any of the above policies and those who endanger others will be subject to the full range of sanctions available to the College, including, but not limited to fines, restitution (including repair and replacement), removal from the residential system, suspension and expulsion.

Freedom of Expression and Disorderly Behavior

"Liberal learning requires for its highest effectiveness an environment of free inquiry in which the whole range of human aspiration and achievement, of knowledge and culture, can be subjected to searching scrutiny. Liberal learning believes that people should be free to construct and criticize without restraint of official dogmatism. Liberal learning specifically denies that if an idea is unpopular it is therefore suspect, or that if an idea is popular it is therefore true, and trusts instead in those canons of discrimination that are given in the Western tradition of historical scholarship and ethics.

Standing self-consciously within this tradition of liberal learning, Kalamazoo College claims for its teachers and students the freedom to engage in the careful and critical examination of the history of ideas; the freedom to create, to hold, to advocate and to act on behalf of ideas that express their own convictions and integrity; the freedom to engage in the controversy that an unfettered examination and expression of ideas generates; and the freedom to invite to campus representatives of points of view that are important to an informed understanding of the conflict of ideas in our own time."

Kalamazoo College Academic Catalog, "Academic Freedom"

Kalamazoo College supports the rights of individuals or groups to raise concerns via speech, performance, peaceable protest or demonstration. The free exchange and discussion of ideas, including unpopular or controversial ideas, is central to the purpose of the academy and our education. However, the right to protest and demonstrate must be balanced with the right of individuals to pursue an education free from disruption, a concept no less central to the academy than the discussion or debate of provocative or challenging ideas or positions.

Learning to balance these two rights and hold them in tension is a part of what is intended by the first three principles of our Honor System: Taking Responsibility for Personal Behavior (1), Respecting Others (2), and Nurturing Independent Thought (3). Within its lawful authority to do so, the College will protect the right of any member of the College community, or any invited speaker or artist, to speak or perform, to demonstrate or protest, or to communicate with or hear others in the community as together we seek to balance freedom of expression with the right to listen and be heard. (See "Honor System" in the College Catalog)

When the conduct of an individual or group infringes upon the right and freedom of others to demonstrate or protest, or to avail themselves of educational opportunities or resources offered by Kalamazoo College, such conduct may constitute cause for action under the College's Student Conduct Code. The following representative actions, including, but not limited to the list below, are grounds for action under the Student Conduct Code and bring to bear the full range of sanctions available to the College.

  • Violent action, or advocating or inciting violence against others
  • Occupation of a building, office, classroom or other facility to the exclusion of others
  • Disruption of the educational environment, including classes, functions or events
  • Detention of a person or persons to inhibit participation
  • Blocking free access to facilities or events
  • Damage to College or personal property
  • Failure to cooperate with College authorities maintaining or restoring order

ID/Key Cards and Key Usage

Identification and key card information

After enrollment, students report to the Campus Safety Office where photos will be taken and identification cards distributed.

  • Preferred names may be used on Student ID cards. Changes may be made at any time.
  • The first ID card is free of charge.
  • For safety, lost ID cards must be reported and deactivated immediately.
  • There is a $10.00 charge for replacing a lost ID card.
  • Falsifying, misusing, or knowingly transferring ID/Key cards is prohibited.
  • Duplicating College ID cards is prohibited.
  • Using College keys without authorization is prohibited.

ID Photos

Campus Safety is currently accepting photos for use on student IDs via email.

Send photos to

Photo guidelines

  • 700 pixels wide x 1000 pixels tall
  • .jpg file format
  • Full face and head are visible, well lit, clearly focused, and fill most of the frame
  • Background is a generally consistent, neutral color and not distracting
  • Background, clothing, etc, are free from distracting or potentially offensive text or images

Photos will be reviewed by Campus Safety before being printed onto your ID card. They will notify you via reply email if your photo is not acceptable. Otherwise your ID card will be ready for you at orientation. The green check mark on your status page may take a week to show up.

Medical Leave of Absence

See the College policy on "Withdrawal, Leaves of Absence, and Dismissal from the College" in the Academic Catalog.


The reinstatement application and all required paperwork are due to the College no later than 30 days before the start of the quarter in which you request to return to the College. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the due dates are as follows:

QuarterReinstatement Application and Paperwork Due
Fall 2021August 13, 2021
Winter 2022December 3, 2021
Spring 2022February 25, 2022

The reinstatement process takes several weeks. During this time, we will work with you and your healthcare provider to assess your readiness to return to the rigors of academic life.

Paperwork needed to apply for reinstatement from a Medical Leave of Absence

Reinstatement Process

Submit the reinstatement application and have your healthcare provider submit the Healthcare Provider Form to the College no less than 30 days before the start of the quarter in which you wish to return to the College.

The Senior Associate Dean of Students, the Student Health Center, and the Counseling Center (if necessary) will review your application and the Healthcare Provider Form. They will assess your readiness to return to the College and participate in its educational programs and other activities.

The Associate Dean of Students will simultaneously review five additional areas before deciding your reinstatement status:

  • Financial: All outstanding charges on your student account must be paid in full before reinstatement.
  • Student Conduct: Any history of academic or social misconduct may be grounds to deny reinstatement or warrant specific conditions for your return to the College.
  • Academic Standing: If you did not leave the College in good academic standing, the Academic Standards Committee will review your reinstatement request (you may be requested to fill out an Academic Standards Petition form). The Committee may deny reinstatement or identify specific academic requirements that you must meet upon your reinstatement to the College.
  • Financial Aid: Reinstatement does not guarantee the continuation of your previous offers of financial aid. We recommend that you contact the Office of Financial Aid (269.337.7192) for specific information about the opportunity to receive financial aid.
  • Accommodations: If accommodations are requested, they will be requested and reviewed through the existing process.

If necessary, the Senior Associate Dean of Students, members of the Counseling Center, or other College representatives may interview you to discuss your leave and your plans for support and care (if necessary) upon your return to the College.

The Associate Dean of Students will notify you of the College’s decision regarding your application for reinstatement.

If you have any questions throughout the reinstatement process, please contact the Senior Associate Dean of Students, Dana Jansma at 269.337.7209.

Parental Notification

Kalamazoo College recognizes students' developing independence, responsibility and accountability. However, the Dean of Students or his/her designates has the authority and reserves the right to notify parents in the following circumstances and conditions.


The College reserves the right to notify parents or guardians, regardless of age, status, or conduct, in health and safety emergencies, hospitalizations, or when in our judgment, the health or well-being of a student or others is or may be at risk.

Student Conduct

The College reserves the right to inform parents or guardians of students when:

  • They have been involved in activity on or off campus where a student group or organization is found to have violated College policy with respect to the possession or use of alcohol or drugs.
  • There has been a disturbance of others on or off campus.
  • There has been a disruption of students' education or neighbors.
  • The student demonstrates a disregard for his or her personal safety or the safety of others, the student was harmed or injured, or harmed or injured others.
  • The was damage or the potential of damage to property
  • The violation involved an arrest in which the student was taken into custody.
  • The incident involves a serious violation that could result in the student being removed from study abroad or the residential system, or suspension or expulsion.
  • The student has demonstrated a pattern of violations, even if they are minor.
  • The student who committed the violation became physically ill and/or required medical intervention as a result of alcohol or drugs.

Alcohol and Drugs

In the matter of drug or alcohol use or possession, or when alcohol or drugs are provided to others, the College reserves the right to inform parents or guardians when:

A. Dependent students under the age of 21 have committed a violation of College policies related to alcohol or drugs. Parental notification may routinely happen at the:

  • Second offense of the alcohol policy for possession or use.
  • First offense of the alcohol policy for providing alcohol to underage drinkers or possessing a single source container.
  • First offense of the drug policy.

B. Students 21 years old or older have committed a violation of College policies related to alcohol or drugs. Parental notification may routinely happen at the:

  • First offense of the College's alcohol policy for providing alcohol to underage drinkers or possessing a single source container.
  • First offense of the College's drug policy.

Student Notification

Whenever possible, students will be informed that parental notification is planned in advance of their parents or guardians receiving notification so that they have an opportunity to discuss it with the Dean of Students or his/her designate

Posting of Signs

"To enhance our community, we accept responsibility for its social well-being. We commit ourselves to treat with respect those with whom we differ, to recognize the rights held by others, and resolve conflicts. Expressions of prejudgment and prejudice are contrary to this mutual respect and prevent the fostering of community."

--Kalamazoo College Honor System

All posted signs must be stamped by the Office of Student Development

  • Each of us must take responsibility for our oral and written communication. Therefore, all posted signs must bear the signature of an individual, College office or College organization.
  • All posted signs must include the date of posting and will be removed one week after the posting date or immediately following the announced event.
  • The Honor System also calls upon us to protect our physical environment. Therefore, signs may be posted only on bulletin boards, tack boards, specifically designated wall space, office doors, and residence hall doors. Signs will be removed from all other locations.
  • Signs from individuals or organizations outside the College must be reviewed and stamped in the Office of Student Development.
  • Messages written on campus buildings with chalk, paint, pen, pencil, crayon, etc. or on any College property with indelible substances will be treated as vandalism and subject to appropriate College disciplinary procedures or referral for criminal proceedings.
  • Items posted in residence halls must adhere to the above guidelines, and may only be posted on approved general posting bulletin boards located near the entrance doors in the residence halls. Items posted in all other locations within or outside of residence halls, including but not limited to windows, hallways, stairwells, and doors, will be removed and recycled.
  • Posting for student room doors in residence halls are also subject to the above guidelines.

Signs which violate any of these regulations will be removed.

Complaints about the content of signs should be directed to the individuals or organizations identified on the sign. If this process cannot resolve the concern, a complaint may be filed through the regular judicial process.

Reinstatement to Kalamazoo College

This procedure applies to non-medical leaves. For reinstatement after a medical leave of absence, please see Medical Leave of Absence

See the College policy on "Withdrawal, Leaves of Absence, and Dismissal from the College" in the Academic Catalog.

A Reinstatement Application must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the requested quarter of return.

QuarterReinstatement Application and Paperwork Due
Fall 2021August 13, 2021
Winter 2022December 3, 2021
Spring 2022February 25, 2022

Transcripts of all work completed at other colleges or universities must be sent directly to the Registrar at Kalamazoo College.

Once the Reinstatement Application has been received, the Senior Associate Dean of Students will verify four areas before a decision is made about reinstatement to the College:

  • Financial - All outstanding charges on the student account must be paid in full before the student can be reinstated.
  • Student Conduct - Any history of academic or social misconduct may be grounds to deny reinstatement or warrant specific requirements for a student's return to the College.
  • Academic Standing - If the student did not leave the College in good academic standing, the reinstatement request will be considered by The Academic Standards Committee. The Committee may deny reinstatement or provide specific academic requirements that must be met upon return to the College.
  • Financial Aid - Re-admittance to the College does not guarantee a resumption of previous offers of financial aid. It is recommended that the student contact the Office of Financial Aid (269.337.7192) for specific information about the opportunity to receive financial aid.

When the four areas listed above have been verified, the Senior Associate Dean will contact the student regarding the status of the reinstatement request. Once the process and any necessary follow up are complete, the student will receive a decision letter from the Senior Associate Dean of Students.

If you have any questions please contact Dana Jansma, Senior Associate Dean of Students ( or 269.337.7210).

Sexual Misconduct

Student Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide

Sexual misconduct is a difficult issue on college campuses everywhere. This resource guide is designed to provide accurate information about Kalamazoo College’s definition of, efforts to prevent, and responses to allegations of sexual misconduct. Kalamazoo College uses the term “sexual misconduct” as an intentionally broad term to encompass many forms of conduct. Commonly used terms like “sexual assault” or “sexual violence” and others, are included in the College’s definition of sexual misconduct.

The very personal nature of the issue, combined with cultural and historical factors, result in sexual misconduct being under-reported on almost all college campuses. Students who experience sexual misconduct may face a range of challenging personal, emotional, and interpersonal issues. Students accused of sexual misconduct may also face a range of difficult concerns.

Kalamazoo College is committed to creating an environment in which students are well informed about sexual misconduct and take action to prevent it. The College is also prepared to respond appropriately to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Defining Sexual Misconduct

Kalamazoo College defines sexual misconduct as “sexual contact without consent” [Article III(B)(4) of the Student Code of Conduct].

Consent is defined as the act of freely, actively, and willingly agreeing to engage in sexual behavior. Silence or non-communication does not constitute consent, and a person in a state of diminished judgment or physical capacity cannot be considered to consent. Consent requires that a person be able to freely choose between two options: yes and no. Further, a person must be able to understand the choices and consequences of giving consent. A person is considered to be incapable of giving consent if they are asleep, unconscious, or otherwise unable to communicate. No one who has been threatened, coerced or drugged can be considered to consent. A person is usually considered unable to give consent when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or mentally impaired. A current or prior sexual or dating relationship does not constitute consent. A person can withdraw consent at any time during the course of a sexual encounter.

Sexual contact without consent could, theoretically, constitute everything from a manipulation of clothing to a violent encounter. Kalamazoo College’s policy is intentionally broad to address a wide array of behaviors. The key issue is that of consent. No student should be subjected to sexual contact without their consent, and no student should pursue such contact without the partner’s clear consent.

Lowering the Risk of Sexual Misconduct

It is the responsibility of every student at Kalamazoo College to lower the risk of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct occurs most often on college campuses between acquaintances and when alcohol or other drugs are involved. It can occur between people who are friends, dating, or as part of a casual sexual encounter which starts out as consensual. Peer pressure and concerns about the reaction of others can make it difficult for survivors of sexual misconduct to come forward, and can sometimes make it hard to understand if sexual misconduct may really have occurred. Sexual misconduct can occur on campus or off, and it can affect men , women, and transgender students. Some estimates suggest that up to 20% of college women and up to 10% of college men are subjected to unwanted sexual contact during their time in college.

The following factors can place students at risk for perpetrating sexual misconduct:
  • Use of alcohol or other drugs that impair judgment
  • Not communicating clearly about your wishes and expectations
  • Not seeking clear, unambiguous consent for specific activities
  • Ignoring “stop” signs or changes in consent during a sexual encounter
  • Assuming consent when none is given
  • “Hooking up” with unfamiliar persons
  • Responding to a lack of consent by trying to convince or persuade someone to change their mind
The following factors can place students at risk for being subjected to sexual misconduct:
  • Use of alcohol or other drugs that impair judgment
  • Feeling pressured to engage in sexual activity or feeling like everyone else is doing it
  • Not communicating clearly about one’s wishes and expectations
  • Feeling awkward or embarrassed about saying “no”
  • “Hooking up” with unfamiliar persons
  • Feeling lonely or depressed

Individual students are in the best position to prevent most forms of sexual misconduct. It is essential to communicate assertively and clearly about your wishes and expectations, to seek and/or give unambiguous (yes or no) consent, and to avoid sexual encounters when your judgment is impaired in any way.

Positive action to prevent sexual misconduct is imperative, and is a responsibility shared by every single student. Programs related to sexual misconduct (its prevention, its effects, and ways of responding) will be provided by the College periodically.

Bystander Intervention

A Bystander can be anyone who is nearby and in a position to intervene in a situation where sexual misconduct might occur. Often, this will occur at a social gathering or party when people are intoxicated. The goal of bystander intervention is to stop any kind of behavior (including thoughtless or impaired behavior) from crossing the line into sexual misconduct. This may occur because you directly stop it or because you distract one of the people in another way. It’s important to remember that by intervening, you are helping to keep your friends out of trouble - by protecting potential victims from harm and by preventing potential perpetrators from harming someone.

The key element in bystander intervention is to trust your intuition and experience in identifying a risky situation. If it doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Check it out and be willing to act. It might feel awkward to become involved, yet doing so can prevent a terrible outcome.

There are many creative ways to intervene. Here are some examples:
  • Say something directly. If you see that someone is at risk for harming someone else or being harmed, speak to one or the other person and get them out of the situation. Get a friend to back you up and go with you to check out a situation that doesn’t feel or look right to you. If you can remove one of the people, you can prevent a dangerous situation from becoming a tragic one.
  • Say anything – “Hey, if you guys are leaving, I’ll come with you!,” “Are you hooking up tonight?,” “I twisted my ankle and need so-and-so’s help getting home,” “Look, she’s not really into you, but someone else downstairs/outside is,” “Don’t do it,” “He’s/she’s with me!”
  • Have someone else get involved, maybe someone who knows one of the people well.
  • Distract one of the people – spill something on them, hug them like a long lost friend, whisk them away and start dancing, fake an emergency of some sort.

Be prepared for the reality that your actions to intervene might be rebuffed by the people in the potentially dangerous situation. It never hurts to ask, “Are you ok? Is this what you want?”

When in doubt, DO SOMETHING.

The Role of the College

The College has a clear interest in taking reasonable and appropriate action to ensure that our environment is conducive to living and learning, which includes being free from sexual misconduct. In the case of sexual misconduct, we make efforts to educate the community about the issue and available resources, and have developed protocols to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Kalamazoo College has several key responsibilities in responding to allegations of sexual misconduct:

  • We will be fair, neutral, and unbiased to all parties, including accused/responding students, reporting students , and witnesses. All students are entitled to use relevant campus resources, including staff members in the Counseling Center, the Office of the Chaplain, and the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • To the extent possible to permit effective investigation and as allowed by law, we treat reports of sexual misconduct as confidential. The Chaplain and the Counseling Center staff are the only strictly confidential sources of support on campus; other staff and faculty members are required to share allegations of sexual misconduct with the Dean of Students.
  • We will provide students with accurate information about the College’s responses (options for students) to sexual misconduct.
  • As warranted by the circumstances, we may alter housing assignments, class schedules, or make other accommodations designed to respond to concerns about safety and the security of a person making a complaint or a person who is accused of sexual misconduct.
  • A campus announcement may be made if an allegation suggests that the community’s safety is at risk (for example, if the alleged assailant is unknown to the student making the report).
  • We will meet our legal obligations to report campus crime statistics (without personally identifying information) to the community.

Reporting Options

Knowing what to do in the wake of an incident of sexual misconduct is challenging. There may be multiple, conflicting ideas and impulses. The most important point in determining what to do is finding the right course of action for reporting student.. Friends, loved ones, and family members often have strong feeling about what a reporting student “should” do. Each person needs to make the decisions that are best for their own well-being, regardless of what others might hope.

The College will do everything possible to respect and abide by the options selected by students reporting sexual misconduct. In rare cases, typically involving concerns about campus safety and security, the College reserves the right to pursue investigation and action that may differ from what the student chooses.

No matter what option(s) a student chooses, the College’s confidential supportive resources (Counseling Center, Chaplain), as well as non-confidential resources (Student Development staff) are available. We strongly encourage their use. Official reporting of an incident entails talking with a member of the Dean of Students’ Staff or with a member of the Security staff. A report may, if requested by the reporting student and if such changes are reasonably available, result in modifications to academic or living situations.

Student may wish to notify the College of the alleged incident and pursue no other official action.

The student reports information about the alleged incident to a college official, sharing as much detail as they wish, and doesn’t wish to take any formal action. This may be a temporary or final decision, and can serve to alert the College in case another student makes an allegation about a student previously reported. In some cases, this may entail an investigation (see next section) and follow-up action by the College.

Student may wish to pursue informal action to resolve the matter.

The informal action might include a structured meeting with the accused student and the reporting student, a meeting with a member of the Dean of Students’ staff and the accused student, or other methods. This may be a temporary or final decision, and can serve to clarify and discuss the incident in a structured and safe environment.

Such an informal action does not constitute a formal disciplinary proceeding. The essential elements of this process include taking action that is most likely to achieve the desired outcomes as determined by the student, while ensuring that none of the participants is placed at significant risk in doing so. If an informal action does not succeed, formal disciplinary action remains an option. This option is not available in circumstances where physical violence and/or rape may have occurred.

Student may wish to pursue formal disciplinary action to resolve the matter.

Following an investigation (see next section), the responding student may be charged with violating the Student Code of Conduct and a formal hearing would occur (please refer to the Student Code of Conduct, Article IV, for specific procedures). The hearing determines whether the Code had been violated and, if so, determines the appropriate sanction. This generally requires the participation of the reporting student. It is the most significant College action a student can take. Sanctions for students found responsible for sexual misconduct range from a warning to expulsion, and will likely result in suspension or expulsion from the College. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for more information.

The student making the report will provide an account, ideally in writing, of the incident(s), resulting in formal charges against the accused student. The Student Conduct Hearing Panel will hear the case and the reporting student will most likely participate in the hearing as a witness. Both the reporting student and the accused student may have one advisor of their choosing with them during the process. Advisors are not permitted to speak for the student or to the Hearing Panel during the hearing. Their role is to provide support and advice to their student. Material witnesses may also be called. The reporting and responding students have the opportunity to question each other’s information and each witness by way of the Hearing Panel. If the responding student is found responsible for violating the Code of Conduct, it will become part of their formal disciplinary file. Both reporting and responding students will be notified of the outcome of the hearing s and have the right to appeal a finding. More detailed information about disciplinary hearings can be found in the Student Code of Conduct.

Student may wish to pursue legal action.

Legal action involves the reporting student disclosing the incident to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. A police investigation usually follows if the reporting student seeks legal action. This option can be pursued simultaneously with or separate from any College resolution or disciplinary processes, and College staff will help facilitate this reporting if requested by the student. The College will cooperate with legal investigations.

Information about Michigan state laws related to sexual violence is available at the end of this document.

Personal Protective Orders

If the College is notified by a student that they have secured a Personal Protective Order (PPO) pertaining to another student, the College will make a good faith effort to reasonably respond to the conditions of the PPO. The small physical size of campus, the centrality of common facilities, and the limited course offerings may limit the College’s ability to fully enforce the PPO. The Office of Student Development, in conjunction with the Office of Campus Security, will work with each student to develop a plan to meet the requirements of the PPO as fully as possible. This might include plans for travel across campus, scheduled events, and the like. Information about the PPO and its conditions will be shared with others on campus who need to know of it to provide accommodations. If the student rescinds the PPO, they must follow the formal legal process for doing so before the College will change its accommodations. The presence of a PPO does not constitute information or “evidence” for the purposes of a campus conduct process.

Investigation and Resolution

Once a report is received from a student who seeks College action (described above), an investigation will begin. The investigation is conducted to identify people with first-hand information and to gather information relevant to the alleged misconduct. Investigations often begin with a written statement from the reporting student.

  • Investigations may include personal interviews, review of phone/email/text/social media records, review of video and other surveillance records, review of written statements, and access to other resources that may provide relevant information.
  • Investigations will be completed by one or more trained College investigators, and will start immediately upon receipt of a complaint that includes actionable information (for example, name of accused student(s)).
  • Students who are interviewed as part of an investigation may be accompanied by an advisor of their choosing. Advisors are not permitted to speak for the student during the investigation process, nor may they engage in behavior that impedes the investigation.
  • The reporting student(s) and responding student(s) will each have the opportunity to review the investigative report for factual accuracy prior to the hearing.

If a formal disciplinary action is pursued at the request of a reporting student or at the discretion of the College, the results of the investigation will be shared with the Hearing Panel or Hearing Officer. A hearing will be conducted in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct hearing guidelines outlined in Article IV of the Student Code of Conduct (

At the conclusion of a hearing, and after a finding has been reached, the reporting student and the responding student will be notified of the outcome, both in person and in writing. The responding student and the reporting student each have the right to appeal a decision as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (link or anchor to Article IV.D. of Code).

If You Have Survived Sexual Misconduct

If you are a survivor of sexual misconduct, you are likely to have many concerns and needs. Among the most common concerns for survivors are physical health and safety, mental and emotional health, medical issues such as sexually transmitted diseases (for some students,, this may include concerns about pregnancy), and options for response to the issue.

With respect to your response, it is most important to do what is right for you. There are no right or wrong ways to handle sexual misconduct. Friends, loved ones, and family members often have strong feelings about what a survivor “should” do. Each person needs to make the decisions that are best for their own well-being, regardless of what others might hope.

If you have been subjected to sexual misconduct:

  • Get to a safe place and contact someone who can help you (a friend, RA, college counselor, family member, Security, the Police, the YWCA). Your support person can be with you at every step of the way.
  • Do not change clothes, bathe, shower, eat or drink. These activities can destroy important physical evidence if you decide to press legal charges.
  • Get medical attention at the YWCA or the emergency rooms of Borgess Hospital, Bronson Hospital, (contact information is below).
  • If you wish to make a police report, contact Kalamazoo Public Safety (contact information is below).
  • Contact the YWCA, Gryphon Place Help Line, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline (contact information is below) for immediate crisis support.
  • If you are able, write down your account of the incident. Though difficult, this will be helpful if you choose to pursue College or legal action against the alleged perpetrator.

Personal and emotional support is essential to recovering from sexual misconduct. We encourage you to avail yourself of all relevant campus and community resources listed below. Whether you were subjected to sexual misconduct recently or in the past, all resources can be helpful to you.

Campus Security: 269.337.7321

Kalamazoo Public Safety: 269.337.8994

Counseling Center: 269.548.6907

Medical Treatment

You can seek medical treatment in a variety of locations. The Health Center and your private doctor will be able to provide care for injuries, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and, if applicable, provide emergency contraception. To be effective, emergency contraception must be started within 72 hours of an incident. The Health Center and your private physician will not collect legal evidence as part of their exam protocol.

An exam which includes gathering legal evidence must be conducted at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Borgess Hospital, or the local YWCA. It is recommended that those seeking treatment at any of these places refrain from changing clothes, bathing, brushing teeth, drinking, or urinating (if possible) before the exam. This will provide the best chance of collecting evidence. This type of exam enables a survivor to press legal charges against an alleged perpetrator if they wish to do so. Completing the exam does not require that the survivor press charges.

Important phone numbers for medical assistance:

  • YWCA (free, confidential counseling and advocacy services as well as medical exams)
    • Phone: 269.385.3587 (24 hours a day)
    • Location: 353 E. Michigan
  • Borgess Hospital (Trauma Services)
    • Phone: 269.226.6917 (24 hours a day)
    • Location: 1521 Gull Road
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital (Trauma and Emergency Center)
    • Phone: 269.341.6386 (24 hours a day)
    • Location: 601 John Street
  • Kalamazoo College Health Center (will not collect legal evidence)
    • Phone: 269.337.7200 (9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday)
    • Location: Hicks Student Center
    • After hours, please contact the YWCA, Borgess Hospital, or Bronson Hospital mentioned above

Support and Information

Survivors often need confidential support and information. Confidential on-campus support includes:

  • Kalamazoo College Counseling Center
    • Phone: 269.548.6907 (24 hours a day)
  • Kalamazoo College Chaplain
    • Phone: 269.337.7362
    • Stetson Chapel

Off-campus confidential resources include:

  • YWCA (free, confidential counseling and advocacy services as well as medical exams)
    • Phone: 269.385.3587 (24 hours a day)
    • Location: 353 E. Michigan
  • Gryphon Place (confidential, 24-hour crisis and information)
    • Phone: 269.381.4357
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (confidential, 24-hour crisis and information)
    • Phone: 800.799.7233

State of Michigan Laws and Definitions

Information about laws and definitions for the state of Michigan are provided here as a resource if legal action is being considered. To be clear, the College policy is different from the state of Michigan laws and definitions, just as College action differs from legal action. Even so, behavior described below falls under the College’s intentionally broad definition of sexual misconduct.

Domestic Violence: MCL 400.1501

Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, psychological attacks as well as economic threats that adults or adolescents use to control their intimate partners.

Dating Violence: MCL 400.1501

Dating violence is a pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that one person uses against another in order to gain or maintain power in the relationship. The abuser intentionally behaves in ways that cause fear, degradation and humiliation to control the other person. Forms of abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and psychological. Note: Michigan defines domestic violence as certain acts towards “a family or household member” and includes “an individual with whom the person has or has had a dating relationship” as a “family or household member.” So though “dating violence” isn’t explicitly defined, a person in a dating relationship is protected.

Sexual Assault: MCL 750.520(b)-(e)

Sexual assault (often known as rape) is forcing or coercing an individual to engage in any non-consensual sexual contact or sexual penetration. In Michigan, the law regarding sexual assault is called the Criminal Sexual Conduct Act. It is gender neutral and includes marital, stranger, date, acquaintance, and child sexual assault.

Stalking: MCL 750.411(h)(1)(d)-(e)

Stalking is a ‘willful course of conduct’ involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.

Citizen's Guide to Michigan's Anti-Stalking Laws [PDF, 177KB]

Personal Protection Orders: MCL 600.2950

“Domestic relationship personal protection order" is the name Michigan uses for restraining orders in cases of domestic violence. A domestic relationship personal protection order (PPO) is a civil court order that is designed to stop violent and harassing behavior and to protect you and your family from an abuser. To qualify, you must have a specific relationship with the abuser and s/he must have committed or be likely to commit specific acts.

Other Resources:

Questions about Kalamazoo College’s sexual misconduct policy should be addressed to the Office of the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students.

Smoking and Prohibited Smoking Accessories

Philosophy Statement

In the interest of providing a safe and healthy environment for students, employees, and visitors, Kalamazoo College supports the spirit and legal requirements of the Michigan Clean Indoor Air Act and the protection that legislation affords nonsmokers. We trust that our faculty, staff, and students will work together in all campus facilities to insure clean air for those who choose not to smoke or be subjected to the health hazards of secondhand smoke. The policy is motivated by an interest in maintaining clean air in and near campus facilities, and is also required as part of our LEED certification for the Hicks Center. Thank you for your help in maintaining a clean and healthy campus.

Policy Statement

No tobacco products, no electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), or non-published merchandise promoting the use of tobacco products will be sold on College grounds. Smoking (including but not limited to tobacco, e-cigs, and vaping) is prohibited inside campus buildings and within 25 feet of the perimeter of campus buildings or of occupied walkways. Smoking accessories prohibited, including, but not limited to, pipes, bongs, hookahs, and blunts.

Social Security Number Protection

In Compliance with the Michigan Social Security Number Protection Act (SSNPA), December, 2005

In an effort to properly protect the identity of each of its students and employees, Kalamazoo College has reviewed its use of social security numbers (SSN's) and has updated its practices to ensure, to the extent practicable, the confidentiality of this important individual information.

No office or individual at the College shall:

  • Publicly display all or more than four sequential digits of an SSN;
  • Require an individual to use or to transmit all or more than four sequential digits of his or her SSN over the Internet or a computer system or network unless the connection is secure or the transmission is encrypted;
  • Use an individual's SSN in an email or an attachment to an email message;
  • Print or use all or more than four sequential digits of the SSN in or on any document or information mailed or otherwise sent to an individual if it is visible on or, without manipulation, from outside of the envelope;
  • Include all or more than four sequential digits of the SSN in a document mailed to a person, unless otherwise permitted by the SSNPA;
  • Use the SSN as a student or employee number; or
  • Post grades, assignments or other information using all or more than four sequential digits of the SSN.

Permitted Uses

The following purposes may make use of (collect and/or store) full SSN's with proper authority under the legislation:

  • Payroll and tax documents
  • HR personnel database
  • Criminal background check release forms, both for employment and for students who work in the settings that require criminal background checks (e.g. Kalamazoo Public Schools, National Youth Sports Program)
  • W-9s and records necessary to complete IRS 1099 forms
  • Benefit application, enrollment and claim forms, documents and reports, including those for health, life or disability insurance; flexible benefit plans; retirement plans (e.g. TIAA-CREF); Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions
  • Financial Aid FAFSA and ISIR documents, and PowerFAIDS and EDE software
  • Americorps documentation
  • Teaching credential files for which the Michigan Department of Education requires SSN information
  • Matriculation forms completed by students paying admission deposits (required for preparation of 1098-T forms)
  • Confirmation of death of an alumnus or alumna via the federal SSN Death Index

Security measures

Once collected, those offices with the authority to collect SSN's will implement and maintain practices that keep the information safe from individuals who have no work-related reason to access said information.

  • Files or pages containing SSN's will be kept in locked cabinets, or in rooms that have staff oversight or are kept locked.
  • The CARS administrative computing system will be changed to limit the screen access to view the full SSN to a very small number of individuals who have a predetermined need to know full SSN's. The rest of campus will see only the last 4 digits of the SSN.
  • The Information Technology division of the College will maintain and document the technological security measures broadly maintained by the College.
  • College departments that have stand-alone databases will be held fully responsible for security of the information stored in those databases.

Partner organizations

The College will notify its partners of the need for SSN protection and the requirements of the SSNPA. Where such programs require the SSN and the College does not feel that it has the authority to collect and distribute that information for that purpose, the College will ask the programs involved to collect that single data element directly from the student. Identified partners to date include:

  • Study Abroad programs that are run by institutions and entities other than Kalamazoo College
  • GLCA domestic programs that enroll students
  • Physician referrals from the College's Health Center professionals

Document disposal

Proper document disposal is required for all documents that contain SSN's. Such documents may be shredded or, if the quantity of materials is significant, disposal may be contracted to a company with expertise in the disposal of confidential and sensitive documents.


Failure to comply with this policy will be grounds for administrative action against the employee or student. The department of Human Resources will be the responsible adjudicator when the violation is at the hands of a staff or faculty member, and the Dean of Students will be the responsible adjudicator when the violation involves a student.

Notice & distribution

This privacy policy statement will be made broadly available to faculty, staff and students, electronically or in other written form.

This policy document was drafted by Joellen L. Silberman, Dean of Enrollment on behalf of the members of the Fall 2005 Identity and Privacy Protection Task Force.


Outside organizations, persons or individual students may not solicit funds or sell items anywhere on campus or use the campus system for solicitation or promotion without authorization from the Dean of Students. Door to door solicitation, by any group, is strictly prohibited in the residence halls. Student organizations may solicit funds from off-campus groups, businesses, or organizations only with the approval of the College Administration. Student organizations may solicit funds from the campus community with the authorization of the Student Commission and the Dean of Students.

Weapons, Firearms, Fireworks and Explosives

The safety and security of members of the College community are a priority. Therefore, Kalamazoo College prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any kind of weapon or firearm, fireworks, explosives, or chemical on College property for any reason at any time, including substances, devices, or weapons designed to or that may incapacitate, injure or kill. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Firearms of any kind, including firearm look-alikes or realistic facsimiles, paint guns, weapons that discharge a projectile of any kind by air, CO2 or other gas, or via a spring-loaded mechanism, including pellet or BB guns, or other long-barreled weapons
  • Ammunition of any kind
  • Devices, including, but not limited to stun or laser guns, from which an electrical current or impulse, wave or beam may be directed
  • Sport, game, martial arts, or theatrical equipment, including but not limited to swords, numchucks, throwing stars or knives, staves, clubs, darts, blowguns
  • Bow and arrows, or crossbows
  • With the exception of culinary knives, any knife with a blade longer than 3", including pocket knives
  • Explosives or incendiary devices of any kind
  • Fireworks or firecrackers
  • Dangerous or toxic chemicals, chemical irritants, or chemicals stored or used for anything other than in a supervised experiment in a College laboratory. Chemical may not be stored in any of the Colleges residence halls or houses.

Such items are subject to immediate confiscation. Persons charged under this policy are subject to immediate interim separation from the College. Possession, use, or sale of such items on campus may lead to suspension or expulsion. The College reserves the right to involve the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department in the addressing and resolving matters under this policy.