Student Handbook

Commitment to Community: Principles and Practices

These policies were approved by the Earlham Faculty on November 30, 2011, and by Board of Trustees at their February, 2012 meeting.

Updated August 2022 to include local, state, and federal guidelines issued by the United States Department of Education and to reflect similar codes from partner institutions of the Great Lakes Colleges Association.


Below is a list of actions subject to conduct interventions, sanctions, and outcomes. The list is not all-encompassing, and any attempts to commit the acts listed below will be treated as if the student completed the act. Being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will not serve as an excuse for violating community expectations.

The Conduct Policy for Academic Violations is based on Earlham’s academic expectations of its students as outlined in the College’s policies. Please refer to the Academic Policy listing on the College website.

The following section addresses responses to any disregard or substantiated violation of stated expectations within this document. We are both intentional and aspirational with the Commitment to Community as our agreement to engage one another with respect. We will address any behavior that falls short or causes harm to the community. The following section outlines the conduct process and outcomes.