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New Amnesty and Restoration Policy Offers Help for Students

The Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adopt a new amnesty and restoration policy for students who are struggling in areas that may violate the values and principles of Oral Roberts University and the Honor Code that is signed by all students. A process for amnesty and restoration has been in place for many years but there was not a formal policy established until now. Students who utilize this new policy may receive support and spiritual guidance through the Student Development or the Spiritual Formation departments by requesting amnesty and seeking restoration. The amnesty and restoration policy does not exempt students from the policies of the university, nor does it condone behavior that is immoral, criminal, or unethical.

"Students have received this new policy with great enthusiasm," said Daniel Guajardo, dean of Student Development for ORU. "It allows students the opportunity for even more openness with the Student Development and Spiritual Formation teams to tackle life challenges that affect them. Our students are comforted by knowing there is a safe environment for them to seek help."

"I think this new written policy is a positive move for the university that will provide a safe place for communication to happen between students and the university," said ORU Student Association President Dexter Sullivan. "I am thankful ORU is offering this opportunity for greater dialogue between students and staff which will allow more opportunity for transparency and, ultimately, healing."

Click here to read the Amnesty and Restoration Policy.