Student Handbook

Portions of the School of Architecture program bulletin which are not covered elsewhere on this website are included below.



Context, Environment, and Personal Conduct
Students are expected to abide by the regulations, policies and by-laws of Andrews University and the School of Architecture as stated in the Bulletin and Student Handbook.

The School reserves the right to ask any student to withdraw from the School of Architecture whose work fails to meet the School requirements or whose conduct does not meet the standards and expectations of Andrews University.

Class/Studio Attendance & Decorum
University policy clearly states that "whenever the number of absences exceeds 20% (10% for graduate students) of the total course appointments, the teacher may give a failing grade. Merely being absent from campus does not exempt the student from this policy. Absences recorded due to late registration, suspension, and early/late vacation leaves are not considered excused. The class work missed may be made up only if the teacher allows. Three tardies are equal to one absence. - See Undergraduate Colleges Bulletin.

The dignity and respect due each faculty member and your fellow students is evidence of underlying attitudes that are supportive of the School's Mission. Faculty should be addressed using proper names. If any shortened or colloquial version of a faculty or student name is used it should be commonly understood to promote and build up the student or faculty's presence and should be used outside of the classroom or studio setting.

We expect students to be attentive in the classroom/studio. Sleeping, lounging, talking, eating, disruptive entrance or exit, or lewd or immature behavior are inconsistent with the objectives of this school. At the discretion of individual faculty, students will be notified in memorandum form with copies to the student's file of offenses. Repeated infractions may lead to further disciplinary actions.

Students should be guided by principles of neatness, modesty, appropriateness, and cleanliness. In practice, this means that:
-Students should avoid clothing that is tight fitting or too revealing
-Students should wear clothing appropriate to their gender
-Shoes generally are to be worn in all public places
-Roller blades/skates and skateboards may not be used in public buildings

Modest walking shorts are considered acceptable campus wear. Cut-offs, short shorts and bicycle shorts are appropriate only for athletic activities. Shorts are not permitted in Pioneer Memorial Church at anytime.

Men's Attire: Slacks or jeans with shirts or sweaters are the most appropriate basic dress for campus wear. Shirts must always be worn on campus and buttoned appropriately. Tank tops and bare midriffs are not acceptable. Acceptable swim attire is boxer-style shorts.
Women's Attire: Skirts or slacks/jeans with blouses, shirts, sweaters, and/or jackets or dresses are appropriate for most occasions. Immodest and unacceptable attire for women includes sheer blouses, tube tops, tops with low or revealing necklines, tops with narrow straps such as spaghetti straps, bare midriffs or backs, and short or revealing skirts. Modest one-piece swimwear is acceptable. Make-up and nail polish, if worn, should be natural looking and inconspicuous.

Studio Environment
All students will be assigned a drawing table and a key for a designated desk. The drafting table is furnished with a lamp, stool, and a parallel ruler. At the time of desk assignment students are charged the following:

- $37 fee for drafting desk, lamp, and stool
- $145 deposit for the mayline ruler
- $15 deposit for the key
- $50 deposit for board cover
- $30 deposit for cleaning fees
- $25 deposit for furniture
(Furniture must be approved by the School prior to its placement in the studio.)

All of the above items that have been assigned to you must remain in your possession and be returned to the architecture office in good condition in order to receive a full deposit refund.

Check out from the studio desk is at the end of the spring semester. If the desk is not checked out, a $30 cleaning fee, or, if needed, a $15 fee for the key will be assessed.

Partitions and their arrangement, installation of furniture or other objects must be approved by the School before construction and/or alteration. Computers, Radios, CD players, and tape players must not be audible. The use of headphones is required.

Defacing of School property cannot be tolerated. Fines will be assessed at the minimum of $100.00 excluding labor and materials needed for repairs and could result in possible expulsion from the architecture program. Unpaid fines will result in a hold on registration.

Plagiarism, Vandalism, and Theft
We understand the importance of respect for the physical and intellectual property of another individual or entity. Physical property should not be stolen or in any way diminished by our actions, furthermore an attitude of care and nurture for the things surrounding us is to be promoted.

All intellectual property, such as quotes, ideas, inspiration, books, articles, works of art, or illustrations should be gratefully acknowledged and referenced in accord with standards of good scholarship. Further, software applications should not be copied unless expressly allowed by those who hold its rights of reproduction. Likewise, copies from books or articles should be within the bounds of legal precedent regarding type and length.

Lifestyle, Work, and Worship
At Andrews University you will find ways of conducting life that are uncommon to normative expectations of popular culture. Within the context of this Seventh-day Adventist religious community, they range from the encouraged use of a vegetarian diet, to the promotion of health in the habits of daily life, to the recognition of inner beauty rather than superficial or applied adornment to the human body, to the suspension of work in a weekly cycle of rest and worship on the Sabbath (Saturday).

As a result of these community practices and institutions the School of Architecture promotes certain practices such as closing the Architecture Building prior to sundown on Friday evening and opening it after sundown on Saturday evening. This is a means by which student, faculty, and staff are encouraged to contemplate the goodness and grace of God in their life and offers opportunity for spiritual perspective on the work which is their calling. Vegetarianism and the principle of healthful living calls for a balanced and "holistic" perspective in our relationship to the environment and humanity. We understand that architecture is labor intensive and involves many hours of compelling engagement in order to create and understand diverse and complex ideas, yet we ask all those so engaged to exercise personal judgment with the use of time and its long term effects on personal well-being and social responsibility within the framework of this cultural perspective. To promote this principle, the building will be closed for a portion of every day.

Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
The policy of Andrews University and the tenants of faith which give primary support to this institution are deeply concerned with the relationship between personal health, the environment, and our duty to humanity. This is, summarily, a consideration of the "wholeness of man" as a creative act from a benevolent and caring God.

Tobacco, drugs and/or alcohol in any form diminish and alter the expectations of conduct that the sponsors of this institution hold. It is our responsibility to respect and honor these beliefs and practices. In support of this belief, the use of any of these substances is prohibited in any of the buildings and on the campus of Andrews University.

Sexual Harassment and Pornography
God has endowed every individual with dignity and honor. We uphold and promote this distinction and will actively work to disarm and discourage disrespect of anyone because of gender. Printed, drawn, audible, and electronic media that cheapen and disgrace the human body or relationships which undermine this community's sense of value with which every person has been endowed will not be tolerated. The School Dean will advise and counsel any student or staff involved in such activity in accordance with Andrews University policy. Disciplinary action will be taken by the School of Architecture and/or Andrews University.

Physical Threats and Violence
Physical threats, weapons, and/or the intent to do bodily harm are not tolerated by the School of Architecture. Visual displays, commercial graphics, "artwork", or studio work which promotes or makes common violent themes are outside commonly held values implicit in the beliefs of this community. We understand and are touched by violent acts which surround us in the places where we work, worship, and live yet we commit ourselves to promote peace, resolution, and Christian love in the midst of such acts.

Ethnic and Religious Tolerance
Even though the School of Architecture has a particular interest in its religious orientation, it encourages an open discussion of values, ethics, and world views on a comparative basis. Out of respect for the values and points of view which are normative to the sponsoring institution, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, we remind each student, staff, and faculty member to be sensitive and seek to understand the cultural context in which you are a part.

All students, staff, and faculty will be expected to respect the ethnic origin of one another. We will work to provide equal status and opportunity for all groups of people. Racial prejudice in judgments, words and actions are out of place in the School of Architecture and Andrews University. We are reminded that Christ's final prayer was centered around oneness, (John 16 and 17). We will see tolerance as a privilege for all people and will work to serve one another, to value initiative, diligence, perceptiveness, and excellence in the pursuit of knowledge and good works.

Conduct while on Extension Programs and Off-Campus Activities
Students, staff, and faculty who are participants in field trips, or extension programs related to class work are responsible in representing the values, and standards of Andrews University. Additionally, we ask that off campus social activities involving students or faculty be discreet and in keeping with University standards as they can easily be construed as being sponsored by Andrews University and/or the School of Architecture. We ask that individuals respect the interest of the University and those who sponsor it.

University and School action may result from the disregard of principles congruent with the institution's understanding of individual responsibility, cultural context, environment, and sensitivity to community values.

Ownership of Student Work
The ownership of all work produced by any student for any class at Andrews University is vested in the University. The School of Architecture requires that students' work be retained for future use as exhibitions, evidence for accreditation visits and for the School archives. The work may be returned when it is no longer needed for these reasons. Students may make copies for use in portfolios as required.

Safety Inspection Program
Purpose: These guidelines have been designed to protect the safety of students and faculty as well as to meet the National Fire Protection Agency's Life Safety Code.

Standards: The following standards will be maintained:
1. Egress
a. Each classroom must have a reasonably direct access to at least one exit. The exit pathway will be marked by tape on the floor.
b. Exit pathways must be a minimum of 24 inches wide and 80 inches high. These aisles must be kept completely clear at all times.
c. No objects (in area other than aisles) may hang lower than 90 inches from the floor.
d. Arrangement of desks must be approved by the University Loss Control and School Administrator.
2. Flammable items. Room dividers and hanging items will be constructed of non-flammable materials.
3. No open flame, such as candles or matches are allowed within the studio spaces.
Responsibility: Each student is responsible to maintain the above standards in and near his or her work area.
Inspections: Inspections will be conducted no more often than ten times per semester and will be performed by the School Dean, the University Loss Control Director or the University's insurance representative.

Student Fine
Students whose work areas are located near an impaired aisle or who fail to meet the above guidelines will receive a $25 fine per failed inspection. Students will be allowed two failed inspections per school year to serve as warnings, where a fine will not be levied.

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