From its inception, Southeastern University has been proudly associated with the movement of the Assemblies of God. Our heritage with Assemblies of God serves as the bedrock of our institutional identity here at SEU. We are proud of the tradition we have built from this legacy, and we invite anyone who would like a better understanding of who the Assemblies of God are and what they believe to visit their website.
Our understanding of human sexuality is derived from the following biblical principals:
- God created humans as relational beings — the only part of creation that God explicitly designed to have community with Himself (Genesis 1:26). All other forms of community are designed to reflect this relationship between divinity and humanity (Hebrews 10:24–25, 1 Corinthians 12:14, Ephesians 5:25).
- As a direct result of sin, the community between divinity and humanity was broken (Genesis 3:23–24). This brokenness has permeated into all other relationships (Genesis 4:15). Human sexuality is not exempt from the marring effects of separation from the Divine (Romans 1:21-23).
- God’s intention for human sexuality is to occur between one genetic male and one genetic female within the covenant of marriage (Genesis 2:18, 21–24; Hebrews 13:4).
- All forms of sexuality outside of God’s intention are a result of separation from God (1 Corinthians 6:13, 18–20) and are illegitimate moral options for the confessing Christian. In Scripture, several sexual behaviors are expressly forbidden, which include but are not limited to fornication, adultery, incest, unnatural sexual intercourse and homosexual acts (Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:7–23, 20:10–21; Matthew 5:27–28; Romans 1:20–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:17–19; Colossians 3:5)
Into this broken world, God sent himself in the form of His only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ (John 1:1–3, 14). Through His sacrifice, Jesus became the Way to restoration of the Divine/human community (John 3:16). Until one has restored his or her relationship with God through His Son, Jesus, all other relationships — including human sexuality — will remain broken (John 14:6–7).
Southeastern Human Sexuality
At Southeastern University, we affirm human sexuality as a gift from God, designed to serve as a mirror of one’s relationship with God. We believe that God’s intention for human sexuality is between one genetic male and one genetic female within the covenant of marriage (Genesis 2:18, 21–24; Hebrews 13:4).
In addition, Southeastern University supports the dignity of individual persons affirming their biological sex — understanding that any attempts to change one’s God-given sexuality through elective sex-reassignment or transvestite, transgender or nonbinary “genderqueer” acts or conduct is at odds with our biblical standards, denominational affiliation and subsequently our code of conduct.
Therefore, we as a community commit to the following:
- Because of our values surrounding modesty, sexual purity and safety, the university has had a single-sex housing and restroom policy for undergraduates since its inception, and we will continue to maintain this tradition.
- In regard to athletics, we will continue to support our biblical understanding of affirming an individual’s biological sex as the basis for athletic competition.
- As a university we will conduct our sexuality as a reflection of our relationship with God. Southeastern University pledges to guide the university community toward understanding and embracing its sexuality as a reflection of its relationship with God.
- Seeing that sin is a common struggle for all, members of the SEU community are committed to treating one another with respect and Christ-like compassion (Philippians 2:3–5). Insults, slurs and other forms of derogatory speech have no place in a Christian community (James 3:9–12).
Any deviation from a biblical standard of sexual behavior is a result of separation from God and therefore is an opportunity for repentance, grace and redemption so that as a community, we might honor one another and glorify God.
Southeastern is more than a university; it is a community that transforms students. Joining this Christ-centered community obligates each student to embrace a set of core values centered on scriptural and civilized behavior. The core values of the Southeastern community are: authentic spirituality, a Christ-centered world-view, character development for ethics in life, servant leadership, academic and professional excellence, and cultural sensitivity.
Since members of this faith-based community have voluntarily chosen to be a participant, all students are obligated to a code of scriptural and community standards and behavior.
As a Christ-follower and member of the community of Southeastern University, I will:
● Practice the spiritual disciplines—regular reading of God’s Word, prayer, etc.
● Understand that regular attendance at church services is expected
● Uphold the community standards
● Pursue integrity and practice professional ethics
● Adhere to guidelines of dress code
● Respect the dignity of all persons and highly value the diversity of the body of Christ
● Respect the rights and property of others
● Discourage bigotry, slander, and gossip among the members of the community and will refuse to engage in such behavior
● Refrain from the possession, use or distribution of beverage alcohol (except for communion), marijuana, or other intoxicants either on or off university premises
● Refrain from the possession, use or distribution of tobacco products either on or off university premises
● Refrain from the possession, use or distribution of illegal substances and the abuse or illegal use of legal substances, including prescription and over-the-counter medications either on or off university premises
● Refrain from all sexually immoral behavior including: premarital sex; adultery; lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender behavior; and involvement with pornography in any form. (Biblical marriage consists only of a faithful, heterosexual union between one genetic male and one genetic female, and biblical marriage is the only legitimate and acceptable context for a sexual relationship)
● Resolve conflict according to the model in Matthew 18:15-20
● Honor the servant-leaders who watch over this community and cooperate with their leadership
● Demonstrate compassion for others and a passion for the lost as a representative of Christ
Southeastern University strives to be an institution of high integrity and is committed to providing the most accurate information through all mediums to anyone associated with the University. Southeastern University will make every effort to not engage in misrepresentation of any form as defined by the U.S. Department Regulatory Citation: 34 CFR § 668.71 (c) which defines misrepresentation as any false, erroneous or misleading statement an eligible institution, one of its representatives, or any ineligible institution, organization, or person with whom the eligible institution has an agreement to provide educational programs, or to provide marketing, advertising, recruiting or admissions services makes directly or indirectly to a student, prospective student or any member of the public, or to an accrediting agency, to a State agency, or to the Secretary. A misleading statement includes any statement that has the likelihood or tendency to deceive. A statement is any communication made in writing, visually, orally, or through other means. Misrepresentation includes the dissemination of a student endorsement or testimonial that a student gives either under duress or because the institution required the student to make such an endorsement or testimonial to participate in a program.
I. Standards of Conduct
Southeastern University is committed to maintaining a Christ-centered and student-focused learning community that is free from alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. In accordance with the University’s Community Covenant as well as the Code of Student Conduct and the Employee Handbook, the possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, illegal drugs, and other intoxicants by students or employees is prohibited both on and off campus. The University also prohibits abuse, misuse, and distribution of legal prescription medications.
The University’s position on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs is in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.
II. Legal Consequences Associated with Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
In addition to the potential sanctions from the University, federal and state criminal laws provide sanctions for the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs. Some of the major Florida statutes imposing potential incarceration or fines for alcohol and drug related offenses are as follows:
FLORIDA STATUTES RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES & DRUGS
Possession of Alcoholic Beverages by Persons Under 21 – Section 562.111, Florida Statutes
In Florida, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to have in his or her possession alcoholic beverages. Punishment can include 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Additionally, the court can suspend or revoke the driver’s license or driving privileges of persons under the age of 21 who are convicted of possession of alcoholic beverages. A second conviction within one year increases these penalties to a fine of $1,000 and up to one year in jail.
Selling, Giving, or Serving Alcohol to Persons under 21; Misrepresenting Name or Age to Obtain Alcohol – Section 562.11, Florida Statutes
Florida law makes it illegal to sell, give, or serve alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age. It is also illegal to misrepresent one’s name or age to induce the improper sale or service of alcohol to a person under the age of 21. Punishment can include 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. A second conviction within one year increases these penalties to a fine of $1,000 and up to one year in jail.
Driving Under the Influence – Section 316.193, Florida Statutes
In Florida, it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcoholic beverages or other intoxicating substances. Sanctions may include a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail for the first offense. The potential fines and jail time escalate for multiple offenses, if impairment level is above certain thresholds, or if an accident resulting in injury or death occurs while driving under the influence. A person convicted of driving under the influence can also lose his or her driving
privileges for a long period of time and can have his or her vehicle impounded. If a person while driving under the influence is involved in an accident and someone sustains serious bodily injury, the person could spend up to 5 years in prison. If someone is killed, the person driving under the influence could spend up to life in prison. Regardless of the ultimate outcome of a person’s case, if a person is arrested for DUI, the person will spend time locked up in jail and usually will not be released until at least 8 hours from the time he or she was arrested.
Possession of Open Containers of Alcoholic Beverages in Vehicles – Section 316.1936, Florida Statutes
It is also unlawful in Florida to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage or drink an alcoholic beverage while operating a vehicle or while a passenger of a vehicle. In other words, whether a person is under the influence while driving a vehicle or are just a passenger in a vehicle, the person must not have an open container in his or her possession or drink any alcoholic beverage in that vehicle, even if that vehicle is parked or stopped. If a person violates this statute, he or she may be required to pay a significant monetary fine.
Disorderly Intoxication – Section 856.011, Florida Statutes
In Florida, it is illegal to drink any alcoholic beverage in a public place or in a public conveyance and cause a public disturbance. If a person is convicted of even a first offence of disorderly intoxication, he or she could face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Open House Parties – Section 856.015, Florida Statutes
If a person allows a party to take place in his or her residence and if alcoholic beverages or drugs are possessed or used by a minor at that party, the person could face up to 60 days in jail and a
Sale of Drugs – Section 893.12, Florida Statutes
The buying, selling, or manufacturer of drugs in Florida is a very serious offense. Depending upon the circumstance and quantity of drugs bought, sold or manufactured, a person could be sentenced to spend many years in prison. In Florida, conviction of many drug offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences and if a person is convicted, the court will have no discretion and the person must be sentenced to serve time in prison. Depending on the quantity of drugs bought, sold or manufactured, these minimum mandatory sentences can range from a low of 3 years in prison to life imprisonment.
Use, Possession, Manufacture, Delivery, Transportation or Advertisement of Drug
Paraphernalia – 893.147, Florida Statutes
In Florida, under certain circumstances, a person can be convicted if he or she uses or possesses drug paraphernalia. The definition of drug paraphernalia is very broad and if the item is being used in relation to the use, possession, manufacture or sale of drugs, a person could face an additional penalty or prison sentence just for possession of items which, if not connected to drugs, would be legal to use or possess. For example, if a person possesses a hypodermic syringe, with intent to use it in connection with drugs, the person could face up to a year in jail for such possession, even if the person were not convicted of using drugs. In some circumstances, violations of this statute could require a person to serve up to 15 years in prison.
The above is not a complete listing of all laws in Florida relating to the use of alcoholic beverages and to the possession, sale or manufacture of drugs. The main point to understand is that the use or abuse of alcoholic beverages and the possession, use or manufacture of illegal drugs can have serious and far reaching legal consequences, as well as health risks associated with alcohol and drugs.
FEDERAL STATUTES RELATING TO DRUGS
In addition to the State of Florida laws pertaining to the use, possession or sale of drugs, there are numerous federal laws, which in some cases, are even more stringent than those in Florida and which could require a person to serve many years in a federal prison facility. For example,
depending on the type of drug, even conviction of a first offense could result in a sentence to a federal prison for up to 20 years. Depending on the quantity of the drugs, even the sale of marijuana could carry a minimum mandatory sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison. Many federal statutes related to drugs could result in a sentence of life imprisonment in a federal prison. A list of potential Federal sanctions for drug trafficking can also be viewed at www.dea.gov/druginfo/ftp3.shtml.
III. Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Drugs
All intoxicating substances have significant health risks associated with their use or abuse. The following is a mere summary of the potential risks associated with alcohol and drugs, and more information can be
found at: http://www.dea.gov/pr/multimedia-library/publications/drug_of_abuse.pdf
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low amounts significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts. Moderate to high levels
of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high levels can cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower levels of alcohol use can lead to dependence on alcohol. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver. Prolonged alcohol abuse causes bleeding from the intestinal tract, damage to nerves and the brain, psychotic behavior, loss of memory and coordination, damage to the liver often resulting in cirrhosis, impotence, severe inflammation of the pancreas, and damage to the bone marrow, heart, testes, ovaries, and muscles. Damage to the nerves and organs is usually irreversible. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in alcoholics and is 10 times more frequent than in non-alcoholics. Females who drink during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at a greater risk than other children of becoming alcoholics.
Narcotics/Opioids include drugs such as heroin, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, opium, and oxycodone and may be ingested in pill form, crushed and inhaled, or injected. Narcotic/opioid use comes with a variety of unwanted effects, including drowsiness, inability to concentrate, and apathy. Tolerance to narcotics develops rapidly and dependence is likely. Some preparations of narcotics are so potent that a single dose can be lethal to an inexperienced user. Users may experience constricted pupils, watery eyes, and itching. An overdose may produce slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death.
Illegal drugs are defined in terms of their chemical formulas. To circumvent these legal restrictions, underground chemists modify the molecular structure of certain illegal drugs to produce analogs known as designer drugs. These drugs can be several hundred times stronger than the drugs they are designed to imitate. Many of the so-called designer drugs are related to amphetamines (MDMA, X, speed). Bootleg manufacture creates overdose and contamination risks. These substances can produce severe neuron chemical damage to the brain. The narcotic analogs (fentanyl, china white) can cause symptoms such as those seen in Parkinson’s disease: uncontrollable tremors, drooling, impaired speech, paralysis, and irreversible brain damage. Analogs of amphetamines and methamphetamines cause nausea, blurred vision, chills or sweating, and faintness. Psychological effects include anxiety, depression and paranoia. As little as one dose can cause brain damage. The analogs of phencyclidine cause illusions, hallucinations, and impaired perception.
Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system. The use of cocaine can cause death by cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. Its immediate effects include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature. Occasional use can cause a stuffy or runny nose, while chronic use can ulcerate the mucous membrane of the nose. Injecting cocaine with contaminated equipment can increase the risk of AIDS, hepatitis, and other diseases. Cocaine can produce psychological and physical dependency, a feeling that the user cannot function without the drug. In addition, tolerance develops rapidly. Crack or freebase rock is extremely addictive, and its effects are felt within ten seconds. The physical effects include dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, tactile hallucinations, paranoia, and seizures.
In addition to cocaine, other stimulants include drugs such as amphetamines, khat, and methamphetamine and may be chewed, smoked, inhaled, or injected. Stimulants can cause increased heart and respiratory rates, elevated blood pressure, dilated pupils, and decreased appetite. In addition, users may experience sweating, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, sleeplessness, and anxiety. Extremely high doses can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, and even physical collapse. An amphetamine injection creates a sudden increase in blood pressure that can result in stroke, very high fever, or heart failure. In addition to the physical effects, users report feeling restless, anxious, and moody. Higher doses intensify the effects. Persons who use large amounts of amphetamines over a long period of time can develop an amphetamine psychosis that includes hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.
Depressants include drugs such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, GHB, and rohypnol and may be ingested or injected. Effects of use may include amnesia, leaving no memory of events that occur while under the influence, reduction of reaction time, impairment of mental functioning and judgment, confusion, slurred speech, loss of motor coordination, weakness, headache, lightheadedness, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, and slowed breathing. Prolonged use of depressants can lead to tolerance and both psychological and physical dependence.
Anabolic Steroids are synthetically produced variants of the naturally occurring male hormone testosterone and are typically ingested, absorbed topically, or injected. Effects of use may include dramatic mood swings, increased feelings of hostility, impaired judgment, increased levels of aggression and depression that may be severe enough to lead one to commit suicide. In women, anabolic steroid use can induce permanent physical changes, such as deepening of the voice, increased facial and body hair growth, menstrual irregularities, and male pattern baldness. In men, anabolic steroid use can cause shrinkage of the testicles, reduced sperm count, enlargement of the male breast tissue, sterility, and an increased risk of prostate cancer. In both men and women, anabolic steroid use can cause high cholesterol levels, which may increase the risk of coronary artery disease, strokes, and heart attacks. Anabolic steroid use can also cause acne and fluid retention. Oral preparations of anabolic steroids, in particular, can damage the liver. Anabolic steroid use may also cause psychological dependence and addiction.
Hallucinogens or Psychedelics
Hallucinogens or Psychedelics include drugs such as ecstasy, ketamine, Lysergic Acid (LSD), mescaline, peyote, and phencyclidine (PCP or “angel dust”) and cause illusions and hallucinations. Their use impairs and distorts one’s perception of surroundings, causes bizarre mood changes and results in visual hallucinations that involve geometric forms, colors, and persons or objects. The physical effects may include dilated pupils, elevated body temperatures, increased heart rate and blood pressure, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, and tremors. It is common to have bad psychological reactions to LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin. The user may experience panic, persistent memory problems, and speech difficulties. Users who discontinue use experience “flashback” consisting of distortions of virtually any sensation for long periods after discontinued use. Mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety and violent behavior, also occur. In later stages of chronic use, users often exhibit paranoid and violent behavior. Large doses may produce convulsions and coma, as well as heart and lung failure. Withdrawal may require psychiatric treatment for the accompanying persistent psychotic states. Suicide is not uncommon.
Marijuana (cannabis) is frequently smoked, brewed into tea, or cooked into foods. Effects of use may include problems with memory and learning, distorted perception, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, loss of coordination, impaired judgment, reduced coordination, and ataxia, which can impede driving ability or lead to an increase in risk-taking behavior, dizziness, nausea, tachycardia, facial flushing, dry mouth and tremor, agitation, paranoia, confusion, restlessness, anxiety, drowsiness, and panic attacks. Researchers have also found an association between marijuana use and an increased risk of depression, an increased risk and earlier onset of schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders, especially for teens that have a genetic predisposition. Like tobacco smokers, marijuana smokers experience serious health problems such as bronchitis, emphysema, and bronchial asthma. Extended use may cause suppression of the immune system. Because marijuana contains toxins and carcinogens, marijuana smokers increase their risk of cancer of the head, neck, lungs, and respiratory tract. Long term, regular use can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal following discontinuation, as well as addiction or dependence.
Inhalants are invisible, volatile substances found in common household products that produce chemical vapors that are inhaled. Effects of use may include damage to the parts of the brain that control thinking, moving, seeing, and hearing, dementia, slurred speech, inability to coordinate
movements, euphoria, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, weight loss, muscle weakness, disorientation, inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability, depression, irregular and rapid heart rhythms that can lead to heart failure and death within minutes. Death can result from a single session of inhalant use by an otherwise healthy person. Inhalant abuse can also cause death by asphyxiation from repeated inhalations, which lead to high concentrations of inhaled fumes displacing the available oxygen in the lungs, suffocation by blocking air from entering the lungs when inhaling fumes from a plastic bag placed over the head, and choking from swallowing vomit after inhaling substances.
IV. Compliance for Students
All students are required to comply with this policy as a condition of their continued enrollment. A violation of this policy by students will be treated as a Level Two Infraction and will subject the student to Level Two Sanctions, which may include, but not be limited to, probation, fines, loss of privileges, suspension, or expulsion depending on the nature and severity of the infraction. More information about sanctions for students can be found at: http://myseu.seu.edu/wpcontent/
V. Compliance for Employees
All employees must abide by this policy as a condition of employment with the University. A violation of this policy by employees will be treated consistent with the University’s procedures as set forth in the Employee Handbook. Disciplinary action may include, but not be limited to,
warning, suspension, or termination of employment depending on the nature and severity of the offense. In addition, employees are required to notify the Director of Human Resources, in writing,if the employee is convicted of any criminal drug violation in relation to the workplace within five (5) days after such conviction. Employees may be required to submit to drug or alcohol testing as a condition of employment, and the University reserves the right to search employee personal effects to determine whether employees are in possession of illegal drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances.
VI. Support Services
Substance addiction is an illness that requires professional assistance and treatment. The University offers support services to students and employees who may be struggling with drug and/or alcohol use or addiction. Students can seek professional counseling services and health
services at the Counseling, Health & Wellness office (Smith Hall; 863-667-5205). There is no charge for these short-term counseling and health services, and confidentiality is guarded carefully. Students needing long-term treatment or therapy are generally referred to professionals off campus at their own expense. The campus pastor is also available for pastoral counseling. For employees, the Director of Human Resources is available to discuss in confidence questions concerning insurance coverage for addiction treatment. The medical plans offered to faculty and
staff include certain coverage options specifically set up to assist in recovery from such illnesses. The University also offers an Employee Assistance Program.
VII. Biennial Review
The University will conduct biennial reviews of this program, typically during the summer term of odd numbered years. All reviews will be conducted by a team which may consist of, but shall not be limited to, the Director of Title IX Compliance, the Director of Student Conduct, the Director of Counseling, Health, & Wellness, the Director of Campus Life, and the Director of Safety & Security, or an appropriate designee of any of the foregoing departments.
The review will consider:
- The implementation, application, and number of forums/events offered to educate the University community about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.
- The direct communications to students, faculty, and staff about the University’s campus culture that prohibits alcohol abuse and drug use.
- The effectiveness of this policy as measured by reviewing the number of violations and fatalities as well as the number and type of sanctions imposed for cases involving alcohol or drug abuse by students and employees to Student Conduct, Human Resources, Counseling, Health, & Wellness, and Safety & Security.
The data will be analyzed by the members of the review team. If changes are deemed necessary to improve the effectiveness of this policy, such changes will be implemented promptly. Summaries of all reviews will be presented to the Leadership Team and approved by the University’s President or Board. After approval, the reviews will be kept on file in the Student Development office and made available upon request.
VIII. Policy Notification
Every student and employee will receive a copy of this Drug Free School and Campus Policy semiannually at the beginning of every semester through campus electronic mail, the official notification system of the University. New staff and faculty members will normally be informed of the policy at New Employee Orientation. In addition to the semiannual notification, students and employees are offered written material including pamphlets and literature on drug and alcohol abuse through the Counseling, Health and Wellness office as well as the Student Conduct office.