Franklin College, as a learning community, strives to structure a healthy campus environment which provides appropriate role models, caring mentors, sound rules equitably administered and accurate information on the use and abuse of alcohol. Within this context, the college stresses four critical values regarding consumption of alcoholic beverages: responsible choice, responsible use, responsible hosting and responsible caring for the members of the Franklin community. A comprehensive list of all college policies is distributed at the beginning of each academic year in The Key: A Guide to Campus Life.
Alcohol and Drug Policy
Franklin College recognizes the legal, responsible use of alcoholic beverages by those members of the community who are of legal age (21 years) under Indiana State Law. All members of the Franklin community of legal age who decide to use or serve alcohol are expected to do so responsibly. Anyone who chooses to use or serve alcohol must accept responsibility for learning appropriate behaviors that do not result in harm to oneself or others in the community. Anyone who chooses to use or serve alcohol must do so in light of all regulations and laws governing alcohol use and will be held fully accountable and responsible for any consequences arising from such use.
Violations by individuals could result in the following: probationary status, fines, required educational programming, required alcohol assessment, removal from housing or suspension from the institution.
Other Drug Policy
Possession or use of stimulants, depressants, hallucinogenics, marijuana or other agents having potential for abuse violates state and federal law and is expressly prohibited at Franklin College. The selling, bartering, exchanging and giving away of such drugs or agents to any person is also illegal and prohibited. Only those drugs authorized through the prescription of a physician or dentist will be permitted. Possession, use or sale of illegal drugs and/or possession of drug paraphernalia of any kind may result in immediate removal from the residence halls and/or suspension from Franklin College.
Quiet & Courtesy Hours
All students are entitled to reasonable quiet in campus residences. Quiet hours are established in all campus residence halls from 9 p.m. – 8 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 12 – 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The sound level within a room must be such that it is inaudible to adjoining rooms and hallways. Residents are also expected to observe reasonable quiet in hallways, stairwells, lounges and restrooms during scheduled quiet hours.
During courtesy hours (times when quiet hours are not officially in effect), it is still important for the student to exercise consideration in his or her behavior in the residence hall. Because residents have varying study schedules, sleeping habits and class meeting times, students must refrain from creating unnecessary disturbances in the residence hall. At any time, a student who refuses to respect the rights of others will be held appropriately accountable.
Safety and Security
The college attempts to maintain ample security in residence halls while trusting the ability of students to make responsible choices. Each residence hall has an “RA” on duty every evening and a Residence Hall Coordinator is “on-call” for the campus each night the halls are open for operation. In addition, campus security officers are on patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Franklin College does not require students to be in the hall by a certain time; it trusts one’s mature judgment for self-regulation. For protection and security of residents and hall furnishings, exterior doors are locked no later than 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and remain locked on weekends from 9 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Monday morning. The room key issued to students will also unlock the exterior doors to their buildings.
In order to protect themselves from theft, students are encouraged to lock their rooms, especially when sleeping and any time the room will be vacant.
All of the residence halls at Franklin College have 24 hour, 7 days a week visitation code.
Room Furnishings & Amenities
While the college’s facilities services staff cleans all of the common (or public) areas of the residence halls, students are responsible for keeping their own rooms clean. Vacuum cleaners and limited cleaning supplies are available in each hall and may be obtained through an RA (resident assistant). Residents are responsible for bagging trash that accumulates in their room or apartment and disposing of such trash by depositing it in designated dumpster and recycling containers.
Should a student become aware of a repair need in his/her room or in a common area, it should be reported to a member of the residence hall staff. The repair will then be reported to physical plant and processed in a timely manner.