Dating & Use of Substances We recognize that external rules of behavior are not the highest ideal for any Christian community and desire that our motivation for holiness would be love for Jesus and His people, not rules. In this spirit, we affirm the following: The International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) community expects all its staff members (all staff, students, and interns) to make a personal commitment to live counter to the prevailing moral laxity of our society by not participating in, advocating, supporting, or condoning sexual activity (heterosexual or homosexual) outside of marriage, marriage being understood to be between one man and one woman, as set forth in the Scripture. Dating Policy for First-Semester Students During their first semester, students that are not in a dating relationship before enrolling at IHOPU are invited into a “time of consecration.” This time of consecration is where the students agree together as a class not to date or pursue anyone in a courtship for the entire first semester. This is to help create an atmosphere where students can spend their time focusing on the Lord through prayer and their studies without being distracted by the dynamics that relationships often bring. Students that are already in a relationship before enrolling are encouraged to pray together as a couple and ask the Lord what they can offer to the Lord in their relationship that would enable them to participate in the time of consecration with the rest of their class at some level. This will look differently for each couple. Students that are dating or engaged are encouraged to inform their friendship group leader about their relationship to ask them for prayer and accountability. Use of Substances IHOPU is committed to maintaining an environment that is conductive to wellness and godly self-development of individuals. Thus we seek to ensure that all of our facilities are free from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs. The use of tobacco is prohibited on all IHOPKC property. All IHOPU faculty, staff, and students agree to refrain from the use of illegal drugs and from the public or social consumption of alcoholic beverages. (We have no policy against drinking alcohol in moderation in the context of a meal with immediate family members.) These commitments should be upheld during school breaks and trips outside of Kansas City. Local, state, and federal laws establish penalties for the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illegal drugs. Incidents on the IHOPU campus or incidents involving members of the IHOPU community may be reported to civil authorities for legal action.