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Guidelines for external Spiritual Advisors

 

Cutler Hall

Spiritual Life at Colorado College is designed to assist students and members of the community in exploring themselves in a variety of context, including spiritually, academically, and personally.  The Chaplains’ Office serves as a steward of this exploration and encourages CC community members to seek ways which build on their learning outcomes of the religious diversity in the United States and the world.  Central to this mission is education.  We wish to maintain an environment which represents many perspectives of religious expression and provides students with options while respecting the opinions and outlooks of everyone. We are committed to a religious and spiritual pluralism that enriches our campus in multiple ways.  The heart of our work is nurturing student growth by fostering space for belonging, inclusion, transformation and integration.  Recognizing that the nature of the college is to discuss and explore, Spiritual Life Advisors will support a climate of shared inquiry and inclusive/respectful dialogue related to religious/spiritual life and human diversity, especially related to race, ethnicity, ability, gender, and sexual orientation.

With this in mind, we welcome groups to be a part of this educational and spiritual growth experience, but also ask them to maintain the policies of a private liberal arts college and the regulations set forth by the Chaplains’ Office.  The inability to follow the established guidelines below will result in terminating the relationship of a given religious organization with CC and activities with students will no longer be permitted.

  • Proselytizing is not permitted at Colorado College.  CC is a community which respects religious pluralism and freedom of choice.  We welcome the distribution of information of your organization in a way which does not intrude on the personal space and opinions/beliefs of CC community members, and gives the individual the option to learn more regarding your organization and faith, or not.  Any persistence in this area will result in warnings from the Chaplain to the College and Associate Dean of Students.  Continued behavior in this manner will result in no longer being permitted on campus.
  • The Chaplains’ Office requires all external spiritual advisors to the campus to wear a name tag that indicates your name and group you are with when you are on campus at all times, including during programming events. This includes when meeting students for coffee hours, hospitality events, religious events, walking across campus, etc.  It is important for you as a Spiritual Life Advisors to be able to be clearly identifiable to students and other CC employees that you interact with.  However, with this in mind, it is important to the Chaplains’ Office that your name and religious/spiritual group is made visible to the CC campus when you are on campus.  Our office will provide basic name tags if you need them. Many of you have official name tags connected to your organizations/spiritual and religious groups that you are welcome to use.  Please also note that while we are here to help guide you and your work at CC, you are not representatives of the Chaplains’ Office or Shove Memorial Chapel.  In addition, approaching students on campus walkways to distribute information or engaging students (with whom you have not established a working relationship previously) is not permitted.
  • You will also be issued special edition CC ID cards which you will need to carry with you at all times.
  • All new spiritual advisors must go through the required background checks in order to be on campus and interact with students.  The Chaplains’ Office will pay the cost up front for the background checks, but the necessary CC ID cards you will need will be distributed once the spiritual advisor has paid back the Chaplains’ Office for the cost of the background check inquiry.
  • Tables in the lobby area of Worner must be reserved through the Chaplains’ Office Manager, Brandy Lachocki at blachocki@coloradocollege.edu or (719) 389-6638.  We only permit Worner table reservations for occasional and special events and it is not designed to be used on a consistent basis.  Please use the table hours to distribute information and to meet students.  We ask that you stay within the boundaries of the table and to engage with students within that space only and if you are invited to do so by the student.  Campus Safety will check regularly that all groups are using reserved and appropriate spaces.  Individuals and groups using spaces which are not reserved through Brandy Lachocki will be issued a warning by our Campus Safety officers.
  • You may also reserve, occasionally, space in the Interfaith House and Sacred Grounds in Shove Memorial Chapel through Brandy.
  • Entry and use of the residential hall areas (both inside the buildings and the courtyards) and the CC gym facilities are not permitted.

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