Hillsdale College’s new student handbook. Nolan Ryan | The Col­legian

Hillsdale College has pub­lished a new student handbook on the purpose of aca­d­emics, the impor­tance of civility, and rules of conduct.

The booklet, titled “Being a Student at Hillsdale College,” fea­tures 22 pages on ques­tions such as “Why Do We Study?” and “What Kind of People Are We Trying to Be?” Appen­dices list rules and policies for stu­dents.

The booklet is intended to help stu­dents and their parents under­stand “the nec­essary nature of the part­nership between stu­dents, parents, and faculty/staff,” according to Dean of Men Aaron Petersen.

Petersen said the college wanted to emphasize the Honor Code and college policies. The rules in the new booklet have pre­vi­ously been pub­lished in the course cat­alogs and student planners. For the freshmen, Petersen said, the new booklet is a way to set them up for their time at Hillsdale, and for upper­classmen, it could serve as a good reminder.

“The booklet pro­vides a com­pi­lation of our policies and prac­tices into a unified and acces­sible resource,” Petersen said in an email. “It just made sense to put it all together in a handsome and helpful way.”

As part of an ongoing plan to rein­force the goals behind the Honor Code, the booklet was pub­lished after the school released a video about the Honor Code this summer.

The booklet was dis­tributed to freshmen on Sunday, and copies are still available in the deans’ offices. Petersen said his office is working with student leaders to determine ways to cir­culate the pub­li­cation more widely.

The booklet lists 17 rules on “proper student conduct.” These rules — which Hillsdale College Pres­ident Larry Arnn ref­er­enced in his speech at this year’s freshman con­vo­cation — have been a focus of the college for years, according to Petersen.

Arnn, in his speech, said that the Honor Code is meant to beckon stu­dents.

“It doesn’t restrict; it ele­vates,” Arnn said, adding that rules are sup­posed to be what we use when things go wrong.

Petersen noted that the booklet begins with the fun­da­mental goals and proper approach to being a Hillsdale student. Later on, it deals with the processes to be used “when a student breaks from his or her com­mit­ments as a student,” Petersen said.

One of the appen­dices details policies on sexual mis­conduct. Petersen said that last year, a number of stu­dents asked the college to “provide more infor­mation on sexual mis­conduct.” The appendix comes after the admin­is­tration announced last semester that it would provide more training on sexual assault pre­vention and reporting during ori­en­tation and in other pro­grams.

“Any sexual assault — the impo­sition of sexual acts upon someone unwilling at the time to par­tic­ipate — is not only a gross failure to govern oneself, but vio­lates the rights and dignity of victim, the stan­dards of the Honor Code, and the basis of mem­bership in the College,” the booklet says.

The section also details the process for reporting sexual assault to college admin­is­trators, police, and coun­selors, as well how such reporting may be kept con­fi­dential.

The booklet con­tains two other sec­tions which deal with guide­lines for parties, alcohol, and the processes for student dis­ci­pline.


  • Jerry Tabac

    Several com­menters on this site could use a copy of this booklet, they don’t appear to know what civility and politeness are. And I won’t dignify them by posting names.

    • Jen­nifer Melfi

      Some com­menters on the col­legian should stop stroking dr. Arnn’s fig­u­rative grundle

      • Jerry Tabac

        Whose grundle are you stroking?

        • Jen­nifer Melfi

          None cur­rently. I am not in the pocket of this, nor any other insti­tution. Thus, I can see and speak the truth.

          • Jerry Tabac

            ‘None currently’.….That’s a shame, but it does explain a lot.

  • Jen­nifer Melfi

    Where can you download this thing? Or, are they afraid of it getting posted? I wonder how it fails to elevate while restricting stu­dents’ abil­ities to smoke legal mar­i­juana in Michigan. Also, religion and sex, how 19th century are they attempting to be?

  • Camus53

    Here’s some of mine:

    Vape your MJ…less likely to get caught doing some­thing legal.

    Wear condoms. For many reasons, I’ll spare readers the list.

    Use a VPN on all your com­puter con­nec­tions.

    Wear your MAGA cap the first week, it’s the new school beanie.

    Live off campus, you’ll thank me later as you learn to live as a normal adult.

    Keep in mind you are at the school of Rush, DeVoss, Prince, and trumpeters…be careful what you say and where you say it…yes! they are lis­tening.

    But do not be afraid to ask what ever hap­pened to the Repub­lican Party, true Con­ser­v­a­tives?

    Remember the words of Barry Gold­water, spoken on the floor of the US Senate:
    “Pol­itics and gov­erning demand com­promise”

    And let me add…that a real edu­cation demands an open mind. Access, exposure to, and vig­orous con­tem­plation of all sides of life’s rubick cube!

    • Jen­nifer Melfi

      Words to live by — but forgot one more — just because you did it, doesn’t mean you have to get married.

      • Camus53

        I did NOT have sex with that girl!

        • Jerry Tabac

          It all depends on what the meaning of ‘not’ is.

          • Jen­nifer Melfi

            This comment makes no sense. I see what you were trying to do, but you messed up the quo­tation, and the original ref­erence does not really apply here.

          • Jerry Tabac

            Think about it real care­fully, then don’t reply.