Dates for the upcoming program are July 10 – 30, 2022.

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We expect our students to meet the highest standards of behavior, both in personal conduct and in academic pursuits on and off campus. Therefore, students must adhere to the following.

ADVANCE Expectations for Student Conduct 

1.  I will take full advantage of the academic and social opportunities provided by ADVANCE. I will diligently work in my course, attend all classes and guided study sessions, participate in six out of nine activity periods offered every week, and positively contribute to the ADVANCE community.

2.  I understand and will adhere to the established ADVANCE policies to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the program for all students. I will follow the direction of all ADVANCE employees.

3.  I will always conduct myself in a truthful, accountable, and reasonable manner as an ADVANCE participant. I will be considerate of other participants, ADVANCE employees, and the employees and property of the dormitory and Northwestern State.

4.  I will not lie, cheat, plagiarize, or steal in my academic or social actions and I will not support the actions of those who may do so.

5.  I understand that harassment (verbal or physical), intimidating behavior, playing pranks or practical jokes, and bullying will not be tolerated. This includes via electronic devices, photographs, and through any form of social media.

6.  I will view ADVANCE as a community and will share in the responsibility of maintaining an environment where individual actions do not violate the integrity of the community as a whole. I will accept responsibility for my own actions and accept the consequences of those actions.

7.  I understand that participation in ADVANCE is a privilege, that participants come from many different backgrounds and have a wide variety of opinions and beliefs. I will appreciate the similarities and respect the differences that make each ADVANCE student unique.

8.  As a participant of the ADVANCE Program, I understand that Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, and age.

The ADVANCE Program cannot accommodate students who are either unwilling or unable to live up to these expectations.         

Basic Residential Life Rules

ADVANCE students will:

1.  Respect and follow the directions of all ADVANCE employees and seek their guidance as needed.

2.  Eat all meals in the cafeteria, attend required dorm meetings, and maintain cleanliness and respect for property, buildings, grounds, or any facility used by the ADVANCE community (including but not limited to the student's assigned dorm room and suite, dormitory common areas, cafeteria, classrooms, and all venues for activities, sports, and dances).

3.  Always wear their ADVANCE ID tag and room key around their neck on the orange shoestring.

4.  Be and stay on their respective hallway at 10:00 pm.

5.  Adhere to the lights out rule of 10:30 pm for younger students and 11:00 pm for older students.

6.  Sleep in their assigned bed in their dormitory room each night.

7.  Not leave their dormitory room until 7:00 a.m. unless participating in a supervised morning run or yoga.

8.  Always be in the presence of a staff member except when in their room or suite, on their hallway, or in the dorm room or suite of another ADVANCE student on their hall.

9.  Not engage in inappropriate public displays of affection.

10.  Not leave campus unless accompanied by an authorized staff member, their parents/guardians, an authorized ADVANCE employee, or with a person whom their parents/guardians have given written permission to the ADVANCE office to take their child from the dormitory or program.

11.  Use good common sense and show respect and consideration for others and the property of others.

Prohibited Items      

If a student is found with any of the prohibited items, the items will be confiscated for the duration of the program. ADVANCE will not assume responsibility for loss or damage to confiscated items. Possession, use, or sale of certain prohibited items may result in dismissal from ADVANCE. The following items must not be brought to ADVANCE by the student, purchased during ADVANCE, or sent to the student while attending ADVANCE:

1.  Video Game Consoles (Wii, Wii-U, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox*One, et cetera)

2.  Hand-held video games (3DS, DSi, Vita, PSP, et cetera)

3.  Collectible card games (CCGs), trading cards, and tarot cards

4.  Role-playing game books or other items associated with role-playing games

5.  Desktop computers and printers, laptops, netbooks, tablets (such as the iPad)

6.  Televisions and portable DVD players

7.  Cooking devices (toaster ovens, hot plates, coffee pots, crock pots, et cetera)

8.  Bicycles, skateboards, morfboards, hoverboards, unicycles, scooters, roller blades, skates, shoes with wheels, motorcycles, cars, or other moving devices

9.  Curtains or any items to hang from windows, ceilings, or light fixtures

10. Laser pointers or halogen lamps

11. Weight benches or workout machines

12. Pets of any kind

13. Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives)

14. Alcohol, tobacco products, illegal substances and/or drug paraphernalia

15. Any flame-producing devices (including matches, lighters, incense, candles, fuels, fireworks, explosives, or other incendiary devices)

Items 1 - 6 above are not meant to be punitive, but to ensure that students are participating in activities, engaging with other students, and not tempted to stay up past lights out.

In addition to the above list, we reserve the right to confiscate for the length of the program any items that, in our judgment, demonstrate the potential for distracting students from the goals of the program, or that pose undue risk to property or to the safety and well-being of the ADVANCE community.  

Actions resulting in immediate dismissal include:

1.  Possession of weapons of any kind (including pocketknives).

2.  Possession, sale, or use of alcohol, tobacco products, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia.

3.  Tampering with fire alarms, extinguishers, or fire hoses.

4.  Possession of open flame items or incendiary items (matches, lighters, incense, candles, fireworks, fuels, explosives, et cetera).

5.  Academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, or theft in academic endeavors.

6.  Social dishonesty including, but not limited to, theft.

7.  Failure to remain in assigned residence hall room after lights-out.

No tuition refunds will be made to participants and/or their parents/guardians if a participant is dismissed from ADVANCE. 

Actions resulting in possible dismissal include:

1.  Being anywhere on campus unaccompanied by a staff member.

2.  Lack of academic effort or not attending to academic work in a satisfactory manner.

3.  Interaction of a sexual nature or sexually suggestive manner with any other person.

4.  Vandalizing property belonging to another person, Northwestern State, or any facility used by the ADVANCE community. If a student damages property, the parents/guardians of the student will be held responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of the property.

5.  Undermining the safety or wellbeing of self or others (including threats).

6.  Unexcused absences from class or evening guided study.

7.  Verbal or physical harassment of other participants or ADVANCE employees, including, but not limited to, bullying, intimidating behavior, playing pranks or practical jokes, including via electronic devices, photographs, or through any form of social media.

8.  Not cooperating with adult supervision.

9.  Visiting or having visitors of the opposite sex on the residence hall.

10. Leaving assigned dormitory room or hall after lights out.

11. Fighting, including hitting or pushing another person, either as an aggressor or in response to the aggressive or irritating actions of another.

12. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior in the classroom, dormitory, on campus, or in the city of Natchitoches.

13. Misuse of campus computer equipment or computer privileges by such actions as visiting inappropriate Internet sites, sending inappropriate email messages, or posting inappropriate photos and/or text on any form social media, disrupting computer operations, or damaging computer equipment.

No tuition refunds will be made to students dismissed from ADVANCE.

Electronic Devices

Students may bring the following electronic devices, but they must always remain in the dormitory:

1.  Cell phones

2.  Portable music players (iPods, mp3 players, Discman, et cetera)

3.  eBook readers (Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook, Kobo, Sony's Reader, et cetera)

ADVANCE reserves the right to limit the use of any allowed item if, in our judgment, it is distracting the student from academics or participation in activities.

The ADVANCE Electronic Devices Policy:

1.  Students may not bring desktop computers, laptops, netbooks, tablets (such as the iPad), or printers.

2.  Students may not take electronic devices outside of the dormitory.

3.  Students must leave all electronic devices in their locked dormitory room while attending class, guided study, or activities.

4.  If a student is found with an electronic device outside of the dormitory, a staff member will take the electronic device from the student and return it to the student that night at 10:00 pm (on-hall).

5.  ADVANCE may confiscate electronic devices for the duration of the program if the student sends inappropriate email or text messages, attaches inappropriate photos to email or text messages, leaves inappropriate voice messages, or posts inappropriate messages or photos on any form of social media.

6.  Electronic devices may not be used after lights out.

7.  If a student is found using an electronic device after lights out, a staff member will take the electronic device from the student and return it to the student the next morning before breakfast.

Northwestern State, the ADVANCE Program, or NSU housing staff will not assume any responsibility for a student's personal electronic devices, which includes, but is not limited to, cell phone bills and broken, lost, stolen, or confiscated electronic devices.

Dress Code for Students and Staff Members

While a summer program, students and staff members should remember that ADVANCE remains an educational environment. Students should therefore dress in a manner that does not distract from the primary academic mission of the program and should maintain appropriate standards of modesty and safety in attire. Students should wear modest clothing that fits in a reasonable manner (not too tight or too baggy) and is not too revealing. Specific rules for proper attire at ADVANCE include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.  No shorts or skirts that are too short or low. Undergarments should not be revealed whether the student is standing, sitting, bending over, or reaching for something above.

2.  No bare midriffs or cleavage are to be shown should the student be standing, sitting, bending over, or reaching for something above.

3.  No strapless tops may be worn. Tops must have either straps or sleeves that secure it to the students' bodies, and all tops must adequately cover undergarments.

4.  Profane or offensive language or images on T-shirts or other articles of clothing are prohibited. These include, but are not limited to, language, graphics, or scenes that are suggestive, crude, vulgar, violent, racially motivated, or promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco or any illegal substance or activity.

5.  Swimwear shall be modest and not too revealing. A t-shirt is to be worn over swimwear while in the pool.

6.  Males must wear lined swim trunks per Northwestern State's policy.

7.  If an ADVANCE staff member believes that a student's attire is inappropriate to the academic or social setting, the student will be asked to change clothes.

8.  For health reasons, shoes must be worn.

Please keep in mind that the Dress Code is in place to ensure that the ADVANCE community remains an academic environment and that clothing worn by students does not present a disruption to that environment. Please leave the inappropriate clothing at home.