From the Dean of Men
We are glad you are joining us on this journey as we endeavour to grow to become passionate followers of Jesus Christ together. We commend you in taking this time to learn, experience, and be trained. This time can change the direction of your life now and forevermore. Why spend this dedicated time to studying, learning and engaging the Word of God in community? This short time is preparing you for not only the next 4 years of life & ministry but for the next 40 years. As Abraham Lincoln once said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
You are here for a specific time and the specific purpose of sharpening the axe for a life of faithfully following Jesus. With a dull axe the strongest lumber jack will slow down, but with a sharp axe the strong lumberjack thrives, effective for the long haul. This is what we strive to see happen for students who come to NBC. Here, you are readied for a life of serving God as you learn about His grace for you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ which “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). Here are you are equipped for effective ministry for Jesus’ name and renown. With the Apostle Paul, we want this to be a place that launches students to a life of further faithful obedience:
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)
With this in mind and on our hearts, we put these guidelines and expectations together to help us all honour God and honour each other. We are here to provide a place for you to actively “work out your own salvation” by our God “who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” We are here for a specific time and specific purpose, to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ with a heart to serve. Come, let us all sharpen our axes together.
We are excited you are here with us this year! Be ready; be willing to be sharpened by the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the people of God for the glory of God.
Your dean of student life,
The transition from living at home, in your own room, to living in a dorm setting with a roommate and multiple hall-mates is not always an easy one. It requires a change in thinking: you must not only consider what you want to do, but what is best for the other members of your campus community.
It is in the dorm setting that relationships flourish or falter. Campus life places all the residents in an unusual setting of having to function in very close quarters, and this is especially so in the dorms. Life in close quarters can create stresses and tensions in a relationship. Building, nurturing, and restoring relationships is hard work, but it is hard work that brings long-term benefits.
For these reasons, students are reminded that our campus goal is to help each of you develop character traits that reveal the Spirit of God at work in our lives. Among those traits are: mutual respect, mutual accountability, mutual submission, and mutual care. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the growth of each individual so that each student can pursue Christian maturity with zeal.
Even though Christian liberty is something we all enjoy, each student is expected to conduct themselves with thoughtfulness and concern for the rights and needs of fellow students and to show respect for those in leadership. We realize that these guidelines will not always please everyone. They are general, with the interest of the larger student body at heart. We all must accept that the observance of these guidelines is for the benefit of many, not just one individual.
"Do not look out only for your own interests but also for the interests of others”
We ask each student to work hard at appreciating the spirit and intent of these guidelines. It takes this commitment from every one of us to build a healthy and vibrant Christian community.
First and foremost, each student is responsible for, and responsible to, their fellow community members. Each individual is encouraged to lovingly approach their fellow student/students if they see that the spirit intent of the guidelines of the community are being abused. If by a loving and honest conversation a satisfactory resolution is not found, the student is advised to speak to the Student Life staff.
Student Life staff (dean of student life, dean of men, dean of women, residence assistants) give oversight to the dorms. Their combined objective is to better meet the individual needs of each student and assist in providing an atmosphere conducive to personal study and interpersonal growth.
Deans tend to look for patterned behaviour, both positive and negative, and will speak to these. Your deans are open to suggestions, concerns and new ideas. It is also at the discretion of Student Life, including residence assistants and head RAs, how guidelines are interpreted and applied. The general rule is, “when in doubt, ask.”
RA’s are chosen because of their heart and vision for campus life and their interpersonal skills and spiritual gifts. They also are learning and discerning their giftedness. Their purpose is to serve their fellow students and to ensure that Christian community is developed and maintained. Deans and RA responsibilities include informal mentoring, guiding, advocacy, and maintaining a safe, comfortable, and secure residence. Your support and partnership in catching their vision for your new home helps make these goals a reality.
It is our desire that NBC would be an environment of security and order, where each person can live in dignity and realize their greatest potential. Each student is expected to recognize and respect the responsibilities undertaken by the deans, RAs, as well as the Student Council leadership and to cooperate with them in all respects. Each individual in the community is responsible first and foremost to, and for, each other. For this reason, consider conscientiously other’s requests, comments, encouragements and rebukes.
You must demonstrate that you are able to look after your own safety and well-being, including your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. If you cannot deal with life challenges appropriately, get along with others successfully, ensure you will not cause harm to yourself or others, or make consistent academic progress, you will be expected to seek out and/or accept further assistance. If the college is not able to provide the level of support you require to function well in this community, you may be asked to leave for your own health and for the health of the college as a whole.
(From the Millar Student Handbook 2022-23. Used with permission.)
Deans Contact Info
Deans can be reached at their offices Monday to Friday. Times they are in office may vary depending on meetings and other commitments. They can also be reached by phone or text on weekends as well as weekdays. Below are the dean’s cell phone numbers. Unless it is an emergency, please do not call or text after 11:00pm.
Dean of Student Life – Brad Lytle 1-306-812-9910
Dean of Women – Lorenda Friesen 1-306-812-9156
Dean of Men – Josh Lees 1-306-231-5441
A part of being responsible to and for each other is then how we respect each other. In doing so, we must keep Ephesians 4:29 as our goal which states “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
The NBC community is made up of different people, with different family/cultural backgrounds, and with different life experiences. Therefore, we ask that students would show respect towards people who are different than them in regards to language. We ask that students would be careful with their words, by avoiding derogatory language towards sexual orientation, cultural backgrounds, life backgrounds and family backgrounds (eg. “that’s so gay!”).
In striving to foster a culture where we “refuse to fake reality” this language closes doors for people, as they may not feel safe sharing their lives. It instead may potentially lead them towards faking reality through further hiding and secrecy.
On the note of living together in everyday life, we ask that students would respect each other through being considerate of their noise levels throughout the day.
Sleep is a fundamental human need, as necessary as air, food and water! Because sleep is so important, we need to ensure that the dorm is quiet at a reasonable hour so that all are able to get a good night’s sleep. Your dorm mate’s, right to sleep and need to study ALWAYS supersedes your privilege to be noisy or disruptive.
One’s noise/music/voice should remain at a level that does not disturb others. While playing music and having fun are a benefit of community life, be willing to adjust your volume level (down) if it disturbs others’ work/sleep.
Again, remember Philippians 2:4, “Do not look out only for your own interests but also to the interests of others.”
Each student will retire for sleep at different times throughout the later evening. It is for this reason that quiet time will be enforced and maintained by all dorm residents. Quiet time consists of absolutely no carrying noise into the halls or in the dorm lounges. During quiet times students are to whisper while in the halls and dorm lounge.
Saturdays – Thursday: 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m.
For these reasons, the following curfew is expected:
Saturday - Thursday: 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 1:00 a.m.
Permission to be late for curfew can be requested from your dean. If you are unavoidably detained, contact your dean or head RA as early as possible.
All students are to be in their own room with phone conversations ended, and all screens, music and lights off as follows:
Sunday – Thursday: 12:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday: No lights out.
Make the room cozy and "homey", but do not damage it. For hanging pictures, posters, etc., please purchase “Funtak” for use on walls only, not ceilings. Do not use tape or nails. No altering or painting of the rooms is permitted without prior consent from the deans. Posters and wall hangings must be in good taste and reflect the shared values of the NBC community (e.g. most movie posters do not accomplish this). If in doubt, check with your deans.
To ensure proper sanitation and to prevent undue damage to rooms, students are expected to keep rooms clean and neat. Deans are allowed to check rooms informally for cleanliness and require cleaning within a designated time frame.
A $100 damage deposit will be required from each dorm resident. The deposit will then be refunded after the school year ends and after sufficient time for NBC to check the room.
In order to keep residences in the best possible condition, it is important that each student report damages and/or potential hazards to your deans. Damage to school property will be charged to the students involved. This may include one individual or the whole group. In the case of dorm damage for which no one is willing to take responsibility, all the dorm residents may be held jointly responsible.
Charges will be based on the following rate: a $50 flat rate plus any other costs.
Safety regulations do not allow for hotplates, or any other appliances with a heating coil to be used in the dorms. Coffee makers, curling irons, blow dryers and electric blankets are permitted. Please use the designated areas for ironing clothes.
All meals are to be eaten in the dining hall. In an effort to make the NBC community as family oriented as possible, it is important that we eat together as a family. For this reason we expect that students will arrive on time for all meals they attend.
Food from the dining hall is only available during scheduled meal times. No food is to be taken from the dining hall for others who were not present at the meal, other than in the case of illness. In that case, the deans/RAs may give permission to have meals taken to the dorm.
If you are planning to miss a meal inform the Food Services Department as soon as you know so they can adjust the food quantities and reduce leftovers.
A special dietary menu is available to those who require it for medical reasons. Students with a specialized dietary restriction can expect to pay a fee of $200/semester. Students with multiple dietary restrictions can expect to pay a fee of $350.00/semester. These fees will be applied after conversation with the food services manager and the finances manager.
We are more than happy to accommodate your campus guests. However, before having a guest in your dorm, out of consideration for your fellow dorm residents, you must get approval in advance from your dean, notify your roommate, and follow the registration protocol (by using a guest coupon or paying for your guest at the front desk after approval from your dean).
Each guest will be able to eat and stay free in your room for 2 nights consecutively, and you have 4 free nights for guests each year. Each student will be given 4 guest coupons for dorm room and dining hall use.
- A single coupon gives an individual one free night stay and meals for the day.
- After the coupons are used, they will need to pay a room charge of $15 per night and the following for meals: $6 for breakfast, $8 for lunch, $8 for supper.
- If you would like to request a guest stay on campus for more than 3 consecutive nights, please see the dean of student life.
The procedure for using guest coupons:
- Take slip (found in the back of this handbook) and get it signed by your roommate.
- Take slip to get signed by your respective dean.
- Take slip to the kitchen to get signed by the cook.
- Hand in your slip to the receptionist.
Note: A free night stay applies to dorm rooms only. Guest suite bookings are $30/night.
Other Residence Guidelines
The residences of the opposite sex are strictly out of bounds. At no time should students be loitering around or talking through the windows or around the doors of these residences. Such conduct is inappropriate and infringes on the privacy of other people in that dorm.
Weapons, explosives, or fireworks are not permitted in the residences. Firearms must be reported to the dean of student life to ensure that they are properly stored in a safe location out of dorm.
Due to fire code restrictions, any flammable material (i.e., gasoline, oil) and incendiary devices (i.e., matches, lighters, and candles) are not permitted in the dorms.
Residence hallways must be kept clear of sports equipment, mattresses, chairs, boxes, shoes, etc.
If you are leaving campus please let either a fellow student or dorm leadership know where you are going. This is important in case an emergency arises in which we need to contact you immediately, or there is a problem and we need to account for all residents.
Extended leave forms may be requested from the deans and filled out 2 or more days in advance, when students are planning to leave campus for the night or several nights. They are to be filled out, signed, and submitted to the dean of student life with departure dependent on approval.
A weekend begins Friday after the last class or campus responsibility (whichever comes last) and ends Sunday at 11:00 p.m. If you are planning to leave NBC for the weekend, be sure to fill out an extended leave form 2 days before you are planning to leave.
Extended leaves will not be granted during weekends of special events such as exams, conferences, three60five/three60fiveJUNIOR, seminars, grad, or other special campus events.
NOTE: Disregarding this is grounds for personal probation.
Procedure Regarding Death in the Family
If you experience the death of a family member or close friend, please talk to either the president or the dean of student life to discuss protocol regrading a leave of absence for the funeral.
Holidays and Semester Breaks
The college will be closed during Christmas and each semester break. All students are expected to make arrangements to be away from the campus during these times. Room and board fees do not cover the times of academic recess during the school year (fall semester break, Christmas break, and spring break). Under exceptional circumstances, considerations can be made but must be approved by the dean of student life at least a week in advance.
Students may stay during Thanksgiving and Easter and can be assured of meals in the dining hall.
Early Arrivals & Departures
If a student is wishing to arrive earlier than the scheduled starting date of a semester, they need to contact and receive permission from the dean of student life. An early departure fee may apply at Christmas and/or at graduation.
Media is a significant aspect of our lives. We do not discourage media usage but, while at NBC, we want to maximize opportunities for the Holy Spirit to influence our lives and mould our hearts. Entertainment creates and influences our moods and affects the atmosphere in a room, and we believe that some limits are helpful and necessary, in the best interest of all students.
Remember that whatever is received into the mind affects an individual's Christian character. Philippians 4:8 is our goal when approaching music/media which states “Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
All music played while at NBC should honour God and in no way be promoting themes that are contrary to Biblical holiness. Music with lyrics that compromise the listener’s testimony or are morally and biblically wrong is not acceptable nor is it allowed in the community.
Please evaluate the content and volume of your music so that it does not distract or disturb those around you. Ideally your music would be played at a volume that only you can hear whether in your dorm room or other areas on campus. If you are playing music in the community, remember that it must be God honouring and be aware that, although you may like extreme genres (metal, rap, opera, hard rock, etc.), many in the room may not.
Video Games and Movies/TV
Each student must recognize that most media and entertainment is addictive by nature. They have their place, but they can become all consuming of our free time. Movies by nature are not social, so students are encouraged to take initiative to create and promote activities that are fun, safe and involve as many people as possible. Talk to the student council activities coordinator if you have ideas.
Make your media choices based on the values of Christ and your commitment to spiritual growth. Set high moral standards rather than pushing the boundaries. Remember why you are here. NBC expects students who make use of the media options (internet/e-mail, movies, music) to exercise integrity and a standard of purity that honours Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:1-2 calls us to throw off all things that hinder us from knowing Jesus better and walking as light in this dark world.
Recognizing that most people have different media standards, please keep the following items in mind as you consider your media consumption:
- Movies/TV Shows are permitted in the Student Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings after supper, as planned by Student Council or RAs.
- All movies/TV Shows need to be cleared by the deans. It is rare that anything above a PG rating would be considered appropriate for the community.
- Watching various sports, such as football, soccer, basketball, and hockey, is permitted (*see note) in the student lounge on Friday after supper, Saturday, and Sunday. However, during weekend events (Missions Conference, three60five, Alumni Weekend, opening weekend, etc.) watching sporting events will not be permitted. As well, StuCo/RA’s have first priority in the use of the TV for their planned events.
*NOTE: Half-time shows are not permitted and inappropriate commercials should be shut off.
- No movies, TV shows or series, TVs, or streaming in dorm or other areas on campus (non-dorm students please refer to Non-Dorm Expectations document).
- Short video clips and other visual media (i.e. Youtube, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Snap Chat, Tik Tok, etc.) should not be used for an excessive amount of time. All media should promote community and one should be cautious to guard their hearts and not to offend others.
- Internet with phones and laptops in the dorms should only be used for direct and deliberate communication with family and friends. Other internet uses (in moderation) is to be conducted outside the dorms or in the other buildings that have WiFi (Ed Centre/Student Lounge).
- Excessive phone/video game use (portable consoles, computer games, games on phones, etc.) on campus, will be addressed.
- Video game consoles are permitted in the student lounge on weekends.
- All video games that are rated higher than E10 must be passed by the dean of student life.
- No Dark Fantasy based media, video games, or board games played in the community of NBC.
A good question to ask yourself is, “If I do this more and more or practice it more and more will I be closer to Jesus or closer to the world?”
Deans will discuss issues such as morality, time, social behaviour and grades when it becomes apparent that media is the cause of negative patterned behaviour in these areas. The deans have the responsibility to make the final call on media use.
When the Student Lounge is used for games, movies, sports, etc., it is expected that you leave the lounge better than when you found it.
No gambling for money or other valuables is permitted while students are attending NBC.
Cell Phones are a great tool but must be used with discretion and consideration for surroundings and time. Students are asked to make sure their phones are not used, and are on silent, for class times, chapels, in the dining hall, or while in meetings. Staff/faculty may send a student to put their phone in their mailbox (or another safe place) if their phones are in use or disruptive in any of these settings.
Data in the dorms: We realize the distraction, and the temptations that cell phones can cause, along with seeing how helpful they can be. Data in the dorm then is limited to these apps: FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Instagram DM (for communication purposes only), WhatsApp, Bible apps, Podcasts, Spotify/Apple Music/Google Play (see section on music guidelines).
Students are asked to recognize that personal appearance, cleanliness and grooming, while not a matter of spirituality, can either enhance or inhibit one’s witness for Jesus Christ. Clothing styles and personal appearance choices can also reflect an inner attitude and character.
Styles come and go and personal tastes in this area vary with each person, but students are expected to dress modestly and reflect styles that do not attract undue attention to themselves. Similarly, hair should avoid extremes. In regards to piercings and tattoos, we encourage students that “how you show up is how you should leave.” Discrete piercings (ear, nostril) are permitted at the discretion of the deans and ministry leaders. Prior tattoos are also permitted but students may be asked by the deans or ministry leaders to treat them with discretion. New tattoos are not permitted during the school year (i.e. September through April).
If dress or personal appearance is considered inappropriate, students will be required to make the necessary changes.
Types of Dress
- Casual “everyday” dress — pants or jeans and a shirt, t-shirt, or sweater. Items with excessive rips (ex. pants with rips high up the leg), worn pieces, or inappropriate messages are not acceptable. No tank tops are permitted for either ladies or men. For health regulations, shoes must be worn in public buildings (non-dorms) at all times.
- Class and all chapel activities — casual dress applies. Athletic wear, such as sweat pants and sports jersey is not considered class dress. Chapel activities include regular chapel days and Renew Days.
- Out of reverence for God’s Word, God’s authority, and respect for one another, we ask that students remove their hats/toques/hoods/ear pods in church, class, chapel, and dining hall.
- Semi-formal dress — formal or casual pants, excluding denim jeans, and a casual shirt/top, excluding t-shirts or athletic shirts. The intent is to avoid being too informal, yet not requiring formal dress. Running shoes are not considered semi-formal.
- Formal dress — for ladies, a skirt and shirt/top (not t-shirts or athletic shirts), or dresses. For men, dressier pants, shirt and tie or equivalent (i.e. polo shirt). The intent is that it be dressy in nature versus informal.
- Athletic wear — athletic wear such as loose fitting sweat pants, sports jerseys, and basketball shorts are permitted out of class/chapel times. Pyjama pants and similar attire (yoga pants, tights, leggings) and work out apparel, are to be worn only in residence or in the fitness centre while exercising.
Note: Discretion is given to instructors, staff and student life staff in regards to personal dress and appearance in varying situations (ed. centre, gym, lounge, church, etc.). For a quick reference guide on types of dress please refer to Appendix D - Types of Dress for Women, and Appendix E - Types of Dress for Men.
Bible College presents unique opportunities for lifelong friendships, and it can also be a great place to meet a life partner. These relationships, properly balanced with attention to personal spiritual development and ministry training, make Bible College a unique and blessed experience.
Couples - “Know the person, not the body.”
Healthy dating relationships require the foundation of a strong love for God, a deep respect for each other, an understanding of personal desires, and an uncompromising commitment to integrity, both as individuals and as a couple. Acting with integrity and purity begins in your relationship with God, and is influenced by your entertainment choices and your thought life. True love respects and protects; it looks out for the good of the other, not the selfish desires of the individual. Remember that the deception of your own heart is very subtle but devastating, so be on guard.
Campus relationships are affected by the close quarters of NBC. Because of our close proximity to one another and involvement in mutual activities, it is possible to become very ingrown as a couple. Spending every waking moment together is not healthy for any couple, nor does it reflect life outside our setting. A healthy dating relationship allows each person room to develop other relationships.
We believe the following guidelines encourage a healthy balance between time on your own, time together as a couple, and time in the NBC family.
- Let a dating relationship grow naturally out of a great friendship.
- Freshmen students are not permitted to date until after their first semester and in conversation with their dean.
- Couples should expect to meet with a dean to invite dialogue about the relationship and ways in which there can be clear communication about expectations from both the couple and the Student Life Department.
- As emotional and physical milestones approach (dating, holding hands, engagement, a kiss) the students in relationships are expected to speak with a dean.
- Public displays of physical affection for dating couples while attending NBC need to be within these boundaries: Holding hands on walks, brief and discreet 'hello' and 'goodbye' hug and kiss are allowed when appropriate. Keep in mind context and avoid needless awkwardness for others. (Song. 8:4)
- Set high physical standards of respect and godliness, keeping 1 Timothy 5:1-2 in mind which states “Do not rebuke an older man, but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.”
- Set specific time to spend together.
- Make use of mixed group outings and friendship relationships. During classes, chapel, conferences, church services, special events, and other occasions where we are doing things together as a group, couples are asked to mix freely and seek to meet the needs of their fellow students.
- Couples are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, respect for themselves and others, exercising good judgment regarding their reputation and Christian testimony.
Couples demonstrating an unhealthy or inappropriate relationship, or who become focused mainly on themselves to the exclusion of their fellow students or their studies, will enter into discussion with their dean. NBC’s hope for your relationship is that you purely and earnestly seek to get to know the person and not their body.
Note: NBC has established a Sexual Harassment Policy for the protection and security of students and staff. A copy of this policy can be obtained from the dean of student life.
Non-dating Relationships - Friendships with the same gender, opposite gender, or staff
We ask students to be aware and careful of how they show physical affection towards one another. God has designed touch to be a powerful sense that affects how we think and relate with others. It is a gift that we need to be wise and careful with in the context of all our relationships, therefore, please consider that when touch is intended harmlessly it might affect the other person in an unintended way. Additionally, consider that those around you may perceive it in a way you did not desire.
Engagement and Marriage
Students planning to become engaged during the school year are strongly encouraged to gain parental consent. Should students desire to marry during the academic year they will only be allowed to complete their year of studies by special permission from the president.
There are many opportunities for students to become involved in campus activities. The Student Council (StuCo) of NBC has the responsibility of helping foster a healthy spiritual and social atmosphere on campus and establishing a positive relationship between the NBC Staff and NBC student body.
StuCo is composed of a staff advisor (dean of student life), StuCo executive (chairman, spiritual coordinator, activities coordinator) and class representatives. StuCo is responsible to supervise and facilitate student body activities, and to give leadership to the student body regarding student community and activities.
Students contribute to the cost of student activities and dorm/ lounge furniture, equipment, upgrades and student services in a variety of ways:
- Student Activity Fee: This fee is paid at the beginning of each semester.
- Canteen: StuCo seeks to have low canteen costs. Through the marginal profit made on the sale of this merchandise, and through recycling revenue, funds are made available for special outings and student activities.
- On occasion, StuCo will plan a fund-raiser, usually for a specific project.
Elections for the student council representatives are held at the end of the school year. Student council supervises other representatives including class reps.
All students are expected to support the activities planned by their StuCo.
Minutes of all StuCo meetings are posted on the bulletin board downstairs in the Ed Centre. Students are welcome to attend all meetings. A copy of the Student Council Constitution is available from the dean of student life.
All full-time students are required to attend each chapel, unless permission has been granted in consultation with the dean of student life. This includes *home groups and *7-24 discipleship times (*see appendix C for definitions). NOTE: Disregarding this requirement is grounds for personal probation.
It is to be quiet in the chapel to offer a place for spiritual focus and preparation for the worship and ministry. Chapel is designed to provide:
- Regular opportunity for the student to worship God.
- Exposure to, and challenges from, the Word of God.
- Understanding and appreciation of the worldwide Body of Christ.
- Opportunities for students to use their gifting to minister to each other.
- Opportunities to be a supportive and unified campus body of believers.
It is vital to commit to a local gathering of Christians for mutual love, instruction, encouragement, and accountability, because followers of Jesus never exist unto or for themselves (Col. 3:15, 16; Heb. 10:24-25). Therefore, students are expected to be involved at a local church.
- Selection of a church must be made by October 23rd.
- At the bare minimum, it is expected that students will attend that church throughout the school year.
- Students should aim to make church a priority by attending gatherings/events outside the Sunday morning service (e.g. adult Sunday school before the service, small groups, evening Bible studies, potlucks, etc.).
- Students may select the church of their choice (in the Nipawin area), providing it is considered an evangelical denomination and it holds the Bible as the chief authoritative source of truth, doctrine, and practice.
If there are any questions about where to go for church please talk to the dean of student life.
30km/h is the maximum speed on campus. There are many small children on campus. Please DRIVE CAREFULLY. Do not drive on the fields or in the ditches for any reason.
Parking spaces and plug-ins will be assigned at opening week registration. Use the designated parking spaces. Please do not park your vehicle on the road in front of the dorms or dining hall.
Use of any motorized vehicles (motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs) on campus requires the use of helmets by driver and riders. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the loss of the privilege of using these vehicles on NBC property.
Students ignoring vehicle guidelines will lose the privilege to use the parking area on campus.
Student Use of School Vehicles
Students use school vehicles for a variety of school functions. Only those who have been authorized by NBC may drive school vehicles. Each time a student wishes to use an NBC vehicle, they must get permission and keys in advance from the administration team.
School vehicles are occasionally made available for events/functions that are not directly related to the NBC program (i.e., weekend ministries, tournaments, Student Ministry), provided a minimum number of students travel in the vehicle and a minimum fee be charged per student.
Students driving school vehicles are not permitted to pick up hitchhikers.
Students are encouraged to participate not only in familiar activities, but also to avail themselves of the opportunities to learn new ones.
Physical activity is a vital part of the college experience. It provides ways to stay fit physically and mentally healthy. It provides friendly competition between students and staff alike. It can be a means of growth in character.
Royals wRECk is structured much like intramural sports activities. Students are able to participate in multiple sports over the year broken down into seasons. They last between 6-8 weeks, giving students the freedom to participate in the sports that they want to play. The students and staff are divided into evenly matched teams to play flag football, outdoor soccer, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, etc. Students appreciate the unique participation and competition in this format.
Students are encouraged to utilize the NBC Fitness Centre. If you notice or cause any damage please report it to maintenance. If you break something, expect to have to replace it. All equipment should be returned to its rightful place after you are finished your workout. You should endeavour to leave the fitness centre more organized than when you arrived. Students wishing to use the fitness centre must sign out the key from their respective dorm. Non-dorm students may acquire a key from the dean of student life.
Nipawin Indoor Soccer League
Nipawin Indoor Soccer League (NISL) is a member of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association and runs from October to March on Tuesday nights. It is a community league hosted at Nipawin Bible College and there is a one time participation fee. This league provides another opportunity for students to be involved in the community, be on a team and get more physical activity.
Computers are an essential tool for your academic responsibilities. Each student is expected to bring a computer and printer when they come to NBC. There are WiFi capabilities in the Ed Center and student lounge that students can access. It is expected that students who make use of the Internet will exercise integrity and purity (Heb. 12:1-2).
Students are expected to be diligent and disciplined in their use of time for study and assignment completion. Quiet places to study are often hard to find on a college campus. Certain locations like the library, dorm rooms and classrooms are prime study areas. To help create reliable opportunities for study, the library is always designated as a quiet study area. All conversations and group study are to be held elsewhere.
When using the library computer it is expected that students will exercise integrity and purity. In addition, the following are considered as inappropriate computer use:
- Password violations: sharing accounts, trying to access or use someone else's account.
- Changing any system, program or preference settings.
- Accessing inappropriate material on the Internet.
- Deleting files from computers that are not yours.
- Possessing, using, or transmitting unauthorized material (i.e. copyright protected).
- Sending messages which contain offensive content (e.g. profanity, racial slurs, threats, etc.).
- Intentional introduction of a virus to a school computer.
- Demonstrating a security problem to other users.
We trust you will use computers in a responsible manner. Violation of any of the above policies will result in personal probation.
Focused Study Time
The Art Linsey Education Centre (main building) will be reserved for quiet study Monday to Thursday from after supper until Curfew (11pm). This means that during this time we will all aim for an atmosphere conducive for quiet, personal study. Please be extra sensitive to the noise levels you are making. The only exceptions are for evening classes, planned piano practices & Cantata Practices (Thursdays at 7-9pm).
The purpose of this time is two-fold. One purpose is to permit students a place for study and research without minor distractions, allowing for better focus and deeper thought. The second purpose is to help make that decision to study a little easier.
Note: Aside from scheduled classes, room 201 is a quiet study area all week, just like the library.
NBC sponsors a community-wide Christmas Cantata, which has become a highlight for the town and area churches during the Christmas season. All students are encouraged to participate in the NBC Cantata Choir during the fall semester. Whether singing or not, assistance with and attendance at the Cantata is required.
Students should make sure that all medical and hospitalization cards are up to date and in order. The school cannot be responsible for bills due to neglect concerning your medical coverage. Students need to inform the deans of any prescribed medications.
Students are not permitted in the kitchen. Access to food in the pantry, fridge or freezer is restricted to your student work responsibilities. If you need access, get permission from the food services manager.
Facilities are provided in the dining hall basement and in the dorms. These have been paid for as part of your rental fee. Please do not abuse these machines by overloading them. Students found to be abusing these machines will lose the privilege of access to these machines. Men may do their laundry on odd numbered dates while women may do their laundry on even numbered dates in the dining hall.
Students are not permitted to have pets on campus.
All halls, entrances, and stairs must be kept clear at all times. Students are responsible to avoid situations that have the potential of being fire hazards. Fire drills may occur at any time.
- Fire Prevention: The following items are prohibited from the dorms: candles, oil lamps, firecrackers, ammunition, and cleaning fluids such as gasoline or solvents.
- Fire Regulations: Deliberately turning on a false alarm is subject to severe discipline and is a criminal offence.
- Use of Fire Extinguishers: It is important to become familiar with the location of fire extinguishers and how to use them. Directions are stamped on the extinguishers. They are located at the end of each dorm hallway near an exit.
- Caution: Point the extinguisher only at the fire.
- Turning on a Fire Alarm: Any fire should be treated as dangerous and reported to the head RA, NBC office, deans, president or other staff member immediately.
Move as quickly as possible to the nearest exit moving a distance of at least one hundred feet from the building. Upon evacuation procedure, men coming from the men’s dorm will proceed to the shop, women coming from the women’s dorm will proceed to the dining hall. If the emergency is in the dining hall, please proceed to the shop.
As has been noted throughout this handbook, these expectations and guidelines are given with the intent of enhancing the campus atmosphere and maximizing the spiritual goals each person brings when coming to a college such as NBC. They are in place for a reason.
If you have a problem with any of these expectations, it is your responsibility to talk with the respective dean. You are not free to take matters into your own hands, to change the expectations, nor to disregard them. If we are to function as a healthy Christian community, we must follow the biblical guidelines of “speaking the truth in love,” mutual respect and mutual accountability.
It is expected that all students appreciate the spirit of these guidelines and the ends to which these guidelines point.
All students must sign and submit the form “My Commitment to the Community Standards of NBC” during Orientation Days.
If you have a problem with another student, a staff or faculty member, it is your responsibility to go to that person and make things right. If they have offended you, or you discover that you have offended them, the Bible is clear on whose responsibility it is to approach the other (Matt 5:23-24; 18:15-17; Luke 17:3-4).
We realize that most people do not come to a Bible college because they have their “act together.” Rather, a person comes here to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18). Along the way there will be failure. A teachable spirit is one that is open to reproof and correction because that person wants to grow in a way that honours their Lord. Whether that reproof comes from a peer or a teacher, it is to be given for the purpose of helping the other person grow. These types of experiences, though unpleasant at the time, are normal for every follower of Christ.
Issues of disunity ideally are to be dealt with in this order:
Party to party
Dean of Student Life
However, in the course of the school year an individual will be invited to a private meeting with the dean of student life, if it becomes apparent that a student is:
- becoming uncooperative with those in leadership at NBC (instructors, deans, RAs, supervisors, or other staff),
- failing to fulfill commitments they have made in order to serve on school committees,
- not demonstrating respect for fellow students,
- in some other way making a negative contribution to the desired campus atmosphere.
The continuance of the problem(s) will be met with any number of sanctions. There are a variety of options available for sanctions:
- suspension from an athletic team,
- suspension from a ministry team,
- not being granted special leaves (except for family emergencies),
- removal from any campus committees on which they serve,
- not being permitted to run for or hold any student body or class office (If a student has been elected or appointed to such an office before being placed on probation, there will be another election or the appointment of a replacement),
- being restricted to dorm or room for a specific period of time,
- suspension from school for a determined length of time.
The duration of a student’s sanctions will vary according to the situation and will be decided and laid out by the dean of student life. The student can expect that when situations escalate, that the dean of student life may involve other individuals including but not limited to other deans, faculty and the president. When the administration sees evidence of positive improvement and notice steps of growth in the individual, the sanctions will be lifted.
Should the situation not improve after disciplinary action has been taken, the only recourse is expulsion. If expulsion proves necessary, a letter will be written to the family of the student, as well as the home church, explaining the reason for such action. Probation will also be noted in a student’s permanent record. Criminal offences that occur on campus will be automatically reported to the local RCMP detachment.
“In addition, students dismissed from the college for deliberate dishonesty, moral failures, etc., must wait one academic year before reapplying with new references.” (From the Millar Student Handbook 2022-23. Used with permission.)
While non-dorm students/student families are part of the campus family, they also have their own private needs. The leadership of NBC would like these students to understand the principles of the guidelines above apply to them (obvious exceptions include items relating to the dorm).
Integrating all students into campus life is not an easy task. It takes a cooperative effort from both in-dorm and out of dorm students and staff. All non-dorm students are encouraged to participate in all student body activities. A non-dorm student representative is appointed when applicable by the dean of student life. If there are any questions in relation to student events, please check with the non-dorm student representative.
If you are a non-dorm student please read the “Non-Dorm Expectations Document”. You will receive this document from the dean of student life.
Meals in the Dining Hall for Non-Dorm Students
We desire non-dorm students (full-time) to be part of the overall student community. One step we are taking to encourage this is to provide 10 free meals per semester for the non-dorm student and their family that can be used for lunch, supper or brunch. These are in addition to events that you are already invited to the dining hall (e.g. Thanksgiving supper, Obah Night). Additionally, during events where non-dorm/married students are asked to help with prep (ex. three60five prep days), the married student who is helping out is welcome to come to the dining hall for meals (if their spouse is helping they can join as well).
What to do when you want to come for a meal:
- When you plan to come for a meal please let Food Services Manager know a day in advance;
- Once you show-up for the meal please sign in with the Food Services Manager or the assistant cook;
- There is a sheet that will be checked off to let you know how many meals you’ve had, and the Food Service Manager will check off one of your free meals when you call a day in advance or when you come for the meal;
- If you plan to bring guests with you, outside your family unit please let the Receptionist know 1 day in advance. Guests need to pay in advance at the front desk.
If you have any questions please talk with your Dean of Student Life or Call Food Services Manager.
NOTE: The Student Handbooks from Briercrest College and Millar College of the Bible were consulted.
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