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Disclaimer: Keystone College students are responsible for knowing the information, policies and procedures outlined in this document. The College reserves the right to make changes to this handbook as necessary and once those changes are posted, they are in effect. Students are encouraged to check for the updated versions of all policies and procedures online. The Keystone College Student Handbook was last updated on November 4, 2022. This version supersedes all other versions.

The primary role of Student Life involves the development, implementation, and assessment of programs and services designed to enhance student engagement and retention. Working closely and collaboratively with all areas of the institution, Student Life professionals contribute their knowledge of student development theory and best practices beginning with pre- engagement admissions activities through post-engagement involvement with alumni.

Programs and services directly under the purview of Student Life professionals are delivered in a strategic and developmental manner, providing ample opportunities for all students to participate in and benefit from their total college experience. Additionally, these programs and services emphasize and promote educationally-purposeful activities and, whenever possible, attempt to seamlessly link in-class learning with out-of-class activities.

Diverse and inclusive campus community: We value students as diverse and unique individuals all equally appreciated in their own right. We value the opinions of all and seek to foster open communication.

Student-centered community: We value the personal growth and development of our students who are encouraged, challenged, and expected to grow as human beings by engaging in new experiences and programs.

Academic community: We value academic success and recognize that learning takes place in and out of the classroom. Student Life actively builds collaborative relationships with all other divisions of the College. We promote the building of residential learning communities and encourage service learning that focuses on societal issues.

A professional and ethical community: We value the professional growth, development, and ethical conduct of our staff. We honor our commitments and use the principles of honesty and trustworthiness to guide our decisions and practices.

A resourceful community: We value our service to students, by supporting the College community in its challenge to promote an environment that enhances student success.

A global community: We value the College’s role as a member of a global community through support of global learning initiatives.

A green community: We value the natural environment through our commitment to support the College’s environmental stewardship initiatives.


Keystone College is dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and community living. As a member of this community:

  • I will respect the tradition of academic inquiry, the College’s rules of conduct, and its Mission. I will respect the opinions and differences of all members of the Keystone community.
  • I will practice civility and demonstrate conduct that reflects the values of the institution and I will respect the rights and property of the College and its members.
  • I will be diligent and honest in my personal and academic endeavors.
  • I will exhibit appropriate behavior both on and off campus that does not interfere with academics, research, administrative, student conduct, and other College activities.
  • I will adhere to all student conduct procedures including provision of accurate information and the completion of sanctions.
  • I will respect the rights of others and adhere to all duly established College, local, state, and federal laws.
  • I will report violations of the Student Code of Conduct to Student Life or Campus Safety.
  • I will refrain from actions that deny other members of the community their rights.
  • I will adhere to the instructions of College employees acting within the scope of their employment.
  • I will preserve the privacy of other individuals and groups, and respect the property of individuals, groups, the neighboring community, and the College itself.
  • I will follow and respect all policies established by the College.

Students recognize that respecting the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing College community. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions affect others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. They act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to and/or diminish the worth of students.