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Student Handbook

The overall philosophy of the governing structure at Simpson is the premise that an academic community must have an atmosphere that is conducive to the educational mission of the college. It is the responsibility of all members of the Simpson community to meet the college’s expectations for appropriate behavior and comply with campus policies. As a student, it is important that you are aware of the standards of conduct that have been adopted by Simpson.

This handbook is intended as a general guide for all Simpson College programs and specifically for the Indianola campus. Programs will operate within policies and procedures unless otherwise stated through explicit language in a separate handbook, such as those specifically produced for the non-Indianola campus. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in this document, the college retains the right to change procedure and/or policy at any time. The college retains the right to make changes in the academic and social programs as well as operating procedures. All such changes will be effective at times deemed appropriate by the proper institutional authorities and may apply to enrolled as well as prospective students.

During 2020-2021, special policies and expectations are in place in order to manage the coronavirus situation.  These impact summer housing during 2020 and the academic year 2020-2021.  While attempts to edit this handbook accordingly to capture all of the changes were made, the overarching policies and expectations can be found at https://simpson.edu/covid19-plan and https://simpson.edu/internal/residence-life/housing-during-covid.

Other campus regulations governing the conduct of Simpson students may also be found in the Simpson College Catalog (Academic Policies and Expectations) and Student Government Association constitution.

Questions regarding the Simpson College Student Handbook and related policies and procedures should be directed to: Office of Student Development, Kent Campus Center 2nd floor, 515-961-1592.

Simpson Code of Conduct

Academic Program and Policies


Residence Life Policies and Procedures

Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy

Student Conduct Policies and Procedures

Additional Campus Policies and Information

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION: Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees, sources of referral for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Simpson College are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, veteran or veteran disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic in admission, access to, treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any persons having inquiries concerning Simpson College’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX – Section 504 or Americans with Disabilities Act are directed to contact Mary Ellen Bartley-Nancarrow, Director of Human Resources, Simpson College, 701 North C Street, Indianola, Iowa 50125-1299, (515) 961-1511. Persons may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX – Section 504, or Americans with Disabilities Act.

TITLE IX: Simpson College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. Simpson College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about noncompliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. For a complete copy of the policy, more information, or to report an instance of sex or gender based discrimination, please contact the Title IX Coordinator (titleix@simpson.edu) and/or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html