Policies and Guidelines
for Registered Organizations
There are firm and purposeful policies and guidelines set forth by the college that all
registered organizations must adhere to. Those policies and procedures that are con-
sidered pertinent and immediate for registered organizations have been listed below.
For a complete understanding of the following information and other conduct regula-
tions of Birmingham-Southern College, refer to the Birmingham-Southern Student
Handbook. If you or anyone in your organization have any questions about these poli-
cies or need any further explanation please contact the Office of Student Affairs at
College Policies and Procedures
Pertaining to Student Organizations
The following information may be found in the BSC Student Handbook under
the denoted sections of Policies and Procedures)
The Honor Code
The Honor Pledge:
As a member of the student body of Birmingham-Southern College,
I realize my responsibility to the traditions of the institution, to my fel-
low students and to myself, I recognize the significance of the Honor
System, and I pledge that I will not lie, cheat, or steal as a member of
the Birmingham-Southern College community.
A Code of Honor was originally adopted by the popular vote of the student body of
Birmingham-Southern College. It was revised in the spring of 1995. This revision sep-
arated the Honor Code, which applies to lying, cheating, and stealing, from the poli-
cies and procedures applied to social behavior. Its purpose is to present an
atmosphere in which an individual’s integrity, sense of responsibility, and ability to en-
gage in creative independent scholarship can be nurtured. As a student learns to han-
dle independence, the student also assumes responsibility for his or her actions.
Recognizing this fact, the students, faculty, and administration at Birmingham-South-
ern College have agreed to a system of ethics known as the honor system.
The honor system is exemplified in the Honor Code and the Social Code. As a student
covenant, its enforcement depends upon each and every individual student. Not only
is each student responsible for his or her own actions, but also he or she is responsi-
ble for maintaining the whole system of honor. The individual is responsible, along
with his or her fellow students, for the governance of the honor system. The faculty
and administration have agreed to encourage and cooperate with the students on this
The Honor Council
The Honor Code establishes an Honor Council composed of 15 students as selected
by the SGA. This Council is charged with hearing cases concerning lying, cheating,
and stealing. Any honor violations governing student behavior or academic violations
are brought before the Honor Council. Students must recognize the Council’s role of
upholding the Honor Code and should expect the court to abide by and uphold the
three tenets of the Honor Code, which are honesty, integrity, and truth. While the role
of students in maintaining the Honor Code is crucial, the ultimate responsibility for
campus governance rests with the President of the College and other designated ad-
ministrators as delegated by the Board of Trustees.
The Social Council
The Social Council Constitution establishes a three-person panel, which hears cases
involving violations of the policies and procedures of the college. Members of the
Council include a faculty member and staff person as appointed by the President of
the college, and the Vice President of the Honor Council. Violations of college policy
that do not involve lying, cheating, or stealing are defined as social infractions. Such
infractions may be handled by the Dean of Students or referred to the Social Council.
Please refer to the BSC Student Handbook for additional information regarding the
Social & Honor Council.
Drug/Alcohol/Fire &Weapons Policies
The State of Alabama:
Alabama Law Prohibits:
A. Persons under 21 years of age from purchasing, attempting to purchase,
consuming, possessing or transporting alcoholic beverages.
B. Public intoxication as evidenced by boisterous and offensive conduct or en-
dangerment of self, others, or property.
C. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
D. Unlicensed sale, or possession for sale, of any alcoholic beverages.
BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERNCOLLEGE ALCOHOL POLICY:
A. Consumption and distribution of alcohol must be within state laws, local
laws, and College policy. Consumption of alcohol by and distribution of alco-
hol to those who are not of legal age is prohibited.
B. All residents under the age of 21 are prohibited from having any alcoholic
beverages or empty alcohol containers in residence.
C. Any alcohol or illegal drug violation committed by a student under 21 years
of age will be reported to the parents/guardian of that student.
D. The serving, consumption, or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohib-
ited in the following areas of the campus: the Academic Quadrangle, all
buildings in which regularly scheduled classes are taught, Yeilding Chapel,
Norton Campus Center, Rush Learning Center, Phillips Administration Build-
ing, StockhamWoman’s Building, Meyer Planetarium, all areas adjacent to
the above enumerated buildings, and on the athletic fields during intercolle-
giate athletic events. Consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in
all other areas must be discrete and inconspicuous and in conformity with
state and local laws. Any alcoholic beverages which are being consumed in
these areas must be in containers which are opaque and which are not
identifiable as holding alcoholic beverages.