Student Handbook: Institutional Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

This Section of the Handbook sets forth general policies, procedures and guidelines for all students enrolled at Wheelock. These policies, procedures and guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive and are subject to change by the College, as it deems necessary and appropriate.

Click on the below links to go directly to the related policy:

Drug and Alcohol
Violation of Code of Conduct

Counseling
Smoke Free Environment
Campus Computing
Hazing
Privacy and Records (FERPA, Clery Act, Patriot Act)
Diversity
Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)
Disabilities

DRUG AND ALCOHOL AWARENESS POLICY

The College is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment that is free of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and other state and federal laws, the College has developed the following Drug and Alcohol Awareness Policy. The College reserves the right to change this policy at any time.

College students are adults and, as such, are expected to obey the law and take personal responsibility for their conduct. Students who drink alcohol are expected to do so in a safe, responsible and legal manner. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances, illicit drugs, or alcohol by students on College property or at any College-sponsored activity is prohibited. For purposes of the College's Drug and Alcohol Awareness Policy, a controlled substance is any illegal or prescription drug that, if abused, may lead to physical or psychological dependence. Massachusetts law prohibits individuals under the age of twenty-one from drinking alcoholic beverages. Under the College's Policy (and in some cases as required by state and federal law), the list of prohibited conduct can be found in the Student Code of Conduct.

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Drug Awareness Policy:

Wheelock College supports all laws governing the possession, use and sale of illegal drugs and fully cooperates with the enforcement of all such laws. The College strictly forbids the use, possession of distribution of illegal drugs, or use, possession or distribution of illegal drug paraphernalia. The College also strictly forbids the use of illegal drugs at College sponsored events off campus. In addition, all students present at the time of a drug violation may be subject to disciplinary action.

Students are required to abide by all requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and this policy as a condition of continued enrollment at the College. A student who violates any provision of this policy is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the College. Also, in appropriate circumstances, as determined by the College, law enforcement officials may be notified. Unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs may subject a student to criminal penalties.

Any student determined to be manufacturing, dealing, selling, or distributing illegal drugs on or off campus may face dismissal from the College. Such students may be subject to arrest and further legal action. The College will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in the investigation and prosecution of drug related cases. The College will assume a student is dealing drugs if the student possesses a large quantity of illegal drugs. For example, more than two ounces of marijuana and more than four grams of cocaine would constitute a large quantity of illegal drugs.

Persons suspected of bringing illicit drug on their person or in their belongings on property owned or leased by the College will be subject to search by the residence hall staff, Public Safety staff or other authorized personnel. The responding staff member will document the situation. All students involved may be subject to disciplinary action. Residence hall staff members will address any persons suspected of using or keeping illicit drugs or paraphernalia in a residence hall. In such an instance, residence hall and/or Public Safety staff will conduct a visual inspection of the location and require the resident(s) to gather and surrender any illicit drugs or paraphernalia. Public Safety will confiscate all found/surrendered illicit drugs or paraphernalia. If such an incident occurs in a residence hall room, any guest of the resident(s) at that time will be asked to leave the room and/or hall. The responding staff member(s) will document the situation and all students involved may be subject to disciplinary action.

Alcohol Awareness Policy:

Under this Policy, if a student is over twenty-one years old and all of his or her roommates are also over twenty-one years old, he or she may have a limited amount of alcohol in his or her residence hall room. Each student who is over twenty-one years of age may have no more than the following amount of alcohol in his or her room at any time: one six pack of beer; or one standard (750 ml) bottle of wine; or one (750 ml) bottle of other alcohol, excluding grain alcohol, other "fortified" wines, and any caffeinated alcoholic beverages. Residents are responsible for any alcohol possessed by non-resident visitors. Any alcohol possessed by non-resident visitors is treated as if possessed by the resident host. The limit of alcohol is applies to the present occupants of the room.

It is a violation of this Policy for a student who is over twenty-one years old to consume or be in the presence of alcohol in his or her residence hall room when students who are under twenty-one years old are present, even if the student who is under twenty-one years old is not consuming alcohol. This is a violation for both the student who is over twenty-one years old and the underage student.

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Violation of the Student Code of Conduct

It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to violate the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Policy. Violations of this Policy may result in sanctions and disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. The College may also require a student to complete an educational program and/or assessment.

The College may refer violations of the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Policy to state or county authorities for prosecution. Penalties for the violation of local, state and federal laws pertaining to illicit drugs and alcohol include imprisonment and/or fines. A felony drug or alcohol conviction may bar an individual from entering certain fields of employment.

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Counseling

The College encourages any student who may have a problem or may know of someone else who has a problem with the use of illicit drugs or abuse of alcohol to seek professional counseling. The College has counselors and support groups available to all students in need of counseling, referrals, education, and information. Contact the Counseling Center at 617-879-2410 or 617-879-2413 for counselors and referral on a confidential basis. The Counseling Center also has information concerning off campus counseling and treatment resources.

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Smoke Free Environment

Smoking is prohibited in all Wheelock buildings, including residence halls, and on all Wheelock College grounds.

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Campus Computing Policy

Email is an official method of communicating at Wheelock College. The Office of Information Technology creates and issues a Wheelock email account to each student upon enrollment. Each student is notified, in writing, of his/her email address and receives instructions for accessing his/her email account. The Wheelock College Student Email Policy requires students to activate and utilize their Wheelock email accounts. The Policy was developed to set standards for communications between the College and its students, to ensure that all students have access to pertinent College information, and to ensure that administration, faculty, and staff of the College have a standardized method and a timely process for communications with students.

Use of any electronic communication, including but not limited to, the network, electronic mail, or social networking sites (i.e., Facebook or Twitter) for transmitting anonymous, rude, abusive, harassing or malicious messages is unethical and will result in disciplinary action.

Communications sent to students' Wheelock College email address may include notification of campus events, course selections and registration, and deadlines regarding financial aid and tuition bills. Although students may maintain separate email accounts, students are held accountable for information disseminated to their Wheelock College email addresses and are expected to check their Wheelock email regularly for College communications. Students who choose to have their Wheelock College email address forwarded to an alternate email address are also accountable for information communicated by the College via email. It is the student's responsibility to read College email communications on a regular basis and to take action in a timely manner, whenever appropriate.

Questions regarding activation and usage of email accounts or this Policy should be directed to the Office of Information Technology at helpdesk@wheelock.edu or (617) 879-2309.

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Hazing Prohibition

Massachusetts law prohibits hazing and imposes criminal penalties not only on those who organize and carry out hazing but also on those who are present and fail to report it. Additionally, hazing is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and students who engage in hazing or fail to report hazing may be subject to sanctions or disciplinary actions.  

The College complies with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269, Sections 17, 18 and 19. For the purposes of Massachusetts law, hazing is defined as:

any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.

The fact that a student consents to hazing is not a defense under the law.

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Privacy and Records

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives each student access to his or her educational records, the right to correct inaccuracies in those records, and the right to control distribution. Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. Department of Education has stated that a college or university must provide (absent a request) information it reasonably believes will assist law enforcement officials in investigating or preventing terrorist activities. In addition, there are exceptions to FERPA, such as a lawfully-issued subpoena, which allow the College to release student records even if a student objects.

Certain personally identifiable information from a student's education record, designated by the College as "directory information," may be released without a student's prior consent. A student who wishes has the right to prevent release of this information, subject to the exemptions provided by law. To prevent the release of "directory information," a student must complete and submit a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form available from the Office of Academic Records and Registration at the beginning of each academic year. The College has designated the following personally identifiable student data as "directory information":

Name, addresses (local, permanent, e-mail), phone numbers (local and permanent), date of birth, on-campus mailbox, dates of attendance, major field of study, year in school (class level), previous institutions attended, degrees and awards received, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports.

Patriot Act

Under the Patriot Act of 2001, the College is required to implement a Student Exchange and Visitor System and the Immigration and Naturalization Student/Scholar Tracking System. This impacts all international students studying in the United States on a non-immigrant visa in the following ways:

  • students will have to register for a full-time load of courses each semester without exception;
  • students will be required to inform the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service of their address and change of addresses on a regular and timely basis;
  • students will have to be aware of the end date of their legal status on their visa document;
  • students will have to be sure that all legal requirements have been met when transferring from one school to another in the United States; and
  • students will face penalties and potentially be prohibited from continuing their studies in the United States if they do not comply with the policies and requirements of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Clery Act

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act ("Clery Act"), the College is required to disclose crime statistics as part of a campus security report published annually. This information includes statistics regarding instances where students were not arrested but were subject to College sanctions or disciplinary actions, for the following offenses: liquor law violations, drug law violations, and illegal weapons possession. These instances are in addition to the seven specific criminal offenses subject to required reporting per Clery Report. This disclosure does not include the names of the complainant or respondent.

Student Records

To inspect or review his or her records, a student must submit a written request to the Office maintaining the education records. The request will be honored within fourteen days of receipt. If requested, copies of a student's records are available to the student for a fee to cover the cost of duplicating. The College has the right to deny a student a copy of the following records:

  • an official transcript for any student for which a financial "hold" exists (a "hold" is imposed if the student fails to pay term bills, fees or fines),
  • a copy of an original transcript from another institution,
  • a diploma for any student for which a financial "hold" exists (a "hold" is imposed if the student fails to pay term bills, fees or fines).

Within the College community, academic and administrative officials, including personnel of the Office of Academic Records and Registration, are permitted access to student educational records for legitimate educational purposes. It is the responsibility of each Office maintaining education records to keep a log that verifies the name of each person (other than academic and administrative officials) who has viewed the record, the reason, and the date of access. Students have the right to see this log.  

A student's records are not accessible to parties outside the College without written authorization from the student. Exceptions include:▪ directory Information, as defined above;

  • officials of institutions in which students seek to enroll or have enrolled;
  • accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function;
  • parents of students who declare the student as a "dependent" for federal income tax purposes;
  • persons acting in compliance with a judicial order or lawfully-issued subpoena;
  • persons acting in an emergency to protect the health or safety of students or other persons;
  • federal and state educational officials acting pursuant to their official duties;
  • organizations conducting educational testing research; and
  • alleged complainants of any crimes of violence who seek from the College the results of any disciplinary proceedings conducted by the College against the alleged perpetrators of such crimes with respect to such crimes.Additionally, federal law requires that the College disclose a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, level of education, academic major, and degree received, and the most recent educational institution enrolled in by the student to the federal government for purposes of military recruitment.

A student has the right to receive a response from the Office that maintains his or her education records to a reasonable request for an explanation or interpretation of the records. A student who believes that his or her education records contain information that is inaccurate or misleading, or otherwise violates his or her privacy or other rights, may contest the information in question by submitting a written request to the head of the Office that maintains the education records. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested, the student has a right to a hearing. The student also has the right to place in his or her records a statement disputing or clarifying the records.

For more detailed information on Wheelock's policies regarding privacy and records, contact the Office of Academic Records and Registration.

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Diversity Policy

Wheelock College is committed to creating and sustaining a campus community that accepts and honors the diversity of its members. Diversity is the understanding and appreciation of all people regardless of ethnic origin and background, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or ability. The goals supporting this commitment include the following:

  • promoting an institutional commitment to diversity;
  • creating and sustaining a campus climate that values diversity;
  • increasing and supporting sustained opportunities for student experiences and student learning from a diverse, equitable and multicultural perspective;
  • ensuring that Wheelock College is a place where persons of any age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, socio-economic status, handicapping condition, and gender or sexual orientation feel welcome and respected.

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Student Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy & Procedures

Policy Scope and Overview

Institutional Mission and Community Expectations

Wheelock College is committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and academic environment for all members of the community, including students, faculty, administrators, and staff. This policy prohibits all forms of sexual or gender-based harassment, discrimination or misconduct, including sexual violence, sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence. Misconduct of this nature is contrary to the Wheelock College mission and Code of Conduct, and is prohibited by state and federal law.

Wheelock encourages the prompt reporting of any incident of sexual or gender-based misconduct to the college. In addition, we will always recommend and support reporting to local law enforcement agencies. Internally, the report can be made by:

  • A person who believes they experienced sexual misconduct (a "Complainant"); or
  • A person who has information that sexual misconduct may have been committed by a member of the college community (a "Witness")

If the Witness or Complainant chooses not to participate in the college's review of the report, the college may, as described below, pursue the report without that person's active participation. It is important to note that a report of sexual assault or misconduct can happen at any time, meaning that there is no statute of limitations when referencing the college's obligation to investigate.

Upon receipt of a report, the college will take prompt and effective action by: collecting a statement & pertinent evidence; providing interim remedies and support for individuals (referred to as the "Complainants") who make a report or seek assistance under this policy; conducting a review of the conduct under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; addressing the safety of individuals and the campus community; and, as warranted, pursuing resolution through informal measures or formal disciplinary action against the accused individual (referred to in this policy as the "Respondent"). It is important to note that the college is committed to offering the same supports to all students, and students (including those classified as "Complainant," "Respondent," or "Witness") will be treated equitably. Most often, the college will utilize the established Conduct Board for the administrative process (however, the college reserves the right to sanction using other published administrative processes).

Language

General Harassment/Abuse Harassment includes, but is not limited to, physical or non-physical behavior, such as assault, abuse, stalking, hazing, and intimidation. The following definitions provide examples of behavior that will not be tolerated:

Assault is nonconsensual physical contact that places someone in fear or apprehension of immediate harm. Relationship violence may also be categorized as assault.

Stalking refers to a pattern of behavior in which an individual willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows another in his/her course of daily activities in such a way that the stalker's actions can reasonably be found to interfere with another person's ability to perform his or her regular duties or cause that person to feel frightened, intimidated, harassed, threatened, or molested.

Intimidation is spoken, written, or physical conduct directed toward an individual or individuals that unreasonably interferes with their full participation in the college community or that is intended to create or may be reasonably determined to have created a threatening or hostile environment.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when such behavior has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's education or work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. In addition, such actions are prohibited when:

  • Submission to such advances, requests or conduct is made an express or implied condition of employment or academic standing; or
  • Submission to or rejection of such advances, requests or conduct is used as a condition of the provision of the benefits, privileges or placement services or as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual who submits or rejects.

Sexual Assault is a category of violent crime that includes rape, attempted rape and indecent assault and battery.

Consent

For a sexual act to be legal, it must be consensual. Only conscious, of legal age, and sober people can provide consent. Consent for any sexual activity cannot be given by a person who is intoxicated (Massachusetts law designates that intoxicated is defined as .08 or above blood alcohol level). Additionally, drugs are often unknowingly given to victims of rape. The three most used are Rohypnol (Roofies), Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and Ketamine (Special K).

If you suspect that you have consumed any of the aforementioned substances, please seek medical assistance.

Resources

If you need immediate assistance, please contact the following offices and resources:

On-Campus Resources

  • Wheelock College, Public Safety (617-879-2151) Even if you are off campus, Public Safety can assist in getting you back to campus, to a medical facility, or in contact with the Resident Director On Call and the Counselor on Call (COC).
  • The Counseling Center (617-879-2413 or 617-879-2410) The Counseling Center provides a safe environment in which counselors can assist students in crisis by providing options for immediate and longer term care, including emotional and psychological support, guidance in accessing medical care and other off campus resources.
    Counseling Center Office Hours:

Monday 9am-5pm,
Tuesday-Thurs 9am-7pm
Friday 9am-4pm
Walk-In Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm

If you want to make a private report or initiate an investigation, please contact Ashleigh McClenthen (Associate Director of Residence Life) at amcclenthen@wheelock.edu or call 617-879-2141

Off-Campus Resources

  • The Boston or the local Police department: 9-1-1.
    When the College is aware that criminal charges have been brought against a Wheelock College student by federal, state or local authorities, the College reserves the right to take appropriate action against the student, including but not limited to, suspension or expulsion from the College, and/or from residence, pending the outcome of judicial proceedings.
  • BARCC or the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center -800-841-8371)
    24-hour confidential hotline
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (617-667-7000):
    Ask for the Emergency Room - the hospital has staff that is specially trained to assist individuals who have been sexually assaulted
  • The Center for Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery 617-667-8141
  • Harvard Vanguard Health Services Urgent Care (617-421-1196)
    The unit functions as Wheelock's student health service
  • Fenway Community Health Service Violence Recovery Program (617-972-6250): after 5:00pm or on the weekends (877-785-2020)
  • Focused on LGBTQ intimate partner violence prevention & services
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital (617-732-5640)
  • Mass General Hospital Emergency Department (617-724-4100)
  • Network LA RED (LGBTQ Friendly)

Privacy & Confidentiality

All Wheelock community members are strongly encouraged to report information regarding any incident of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, or intimate partner violence directly to a member of Residence Life, Student Life, or Public Safety (all mandated reporting offices; all information will be kept private) or to the Counseling Center (all information will be kept confidential). The College cannot take appropriate action unless an incident of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, or intimate partner violence is reported to a "responsible employee" of the College.

Privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings under this policy:

Privacy: Privacy generally means that information related to a report of misconduct will only be shared with a limited circle of individuals. The use of this information is limited to those College employees who "need to know" in order to assist in the active review, investigation or resolution of the report. While not bound by confidentiality, these individuals will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process.

Confidentiality: Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other individual without the express permission of the individual. These campus and community professionals include mental health providers, ordained clergy, rape crisis counselors and attorneys, all of whom have legally protected confidentiality. These individuals are prohibited from breaking confidentiality unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others.

An individual who seeks completely confidential assistance may do so by speaking with professionals who have a legally protected confidentiality. To be clear, on campus, confidential resources available to students are available through the Wheelock College Counseling Center.

Responsible Employees: In general, most college employees do not have legally protected confidentiality. Under Title IX, a college is required to take immediate and corrective action if a "responsible employee" knew or, in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about sexual or gender-based harassment that creates a hostile environment.

A "responsible employee" includes any employee who:

  • Has the authority to take action to redress the harassment;
  • Has the duty to report to appropriate school officials sexual harassment or any other misconduct by students or employees; or
  • A student could reasonably believe has the authority or responsibility to take action.

Using this lens, employees with supervisory and leadership responsibilities on campus are considered "responsible employees." This may include, for example, faculty, coaches, administrators, and Resident Assistants.

Bystander Intervention

In addition, the college encourages all members of our community to participate in the process of creating a safe, welcoming and respectful environment on campus. In particular, the College expects that all community members will take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of sexual misconduct. Taking action may include direct intervention when safe to do so, enlisting the assistance of friends, contacting law enforcement, or seeking assistance from a person in authority. Community members who choose to exercise bystander intervention will be supported by the college and protected from retaliation.

Retaliation

Acts or attempts to retaliate or seek retribution against the Complainant, Respondent, or any individual or group of individuals involved in the complaint, investigation and/or resolution of an allegation of sexual misconduct. Any individual or group of individuals, not just a Respondent or Complainant, can commit retaliation. Retaliation can take many forms, including threats, intimidation, pressuring, continued abuse, violence or other forms of harm to others. Retaliation between all parties is strictly prohibited during reporting, the investigation, the administrative hearing process, and after any/all proceedings.

POLICY AND PROCEDURES

The College has developed procedures for investigating and resolving complaints of sexual harassment, misconduct, and/or assault. Any student who has a complaint or concern about sexual harassment, misconduct, and/or assault should report their grievance to either a confidential office (Counseling Center) or a private office (Residence Life, Student Life, Public Safety).

Investigation

If a report is made to a private office, the college is required to investigate to the best of our ability. The investigation will include the following measures:

In all cases, the college will respond to the report in a prompt, thorough, procedurally fair, and effective manner. Upon receipt of a report, the college will strive to complete its review within sixty (60) calendar days (being put on notice). Once the college is put on notice of possible sexual misconduct, the Complainant will be offered appropriate confidential support and other resources and notified of applicable institutional policies. The college will take appropriate steps to prevent and/or address student safety, the prevention of future harm, and retaliatory conduct immediately following a report.

In most cases, this review will involve conducting a thorough fact-finding investigation, which includes meeting separately with the Complainant (if participating), Respondent, witnesses (if applicable), and reviewing other relevant evidence. Occasionally, a different or less formal response to the report may be warranted.

At any time during the course of an investigation, the Complainant, Respondent, or any witnesses may provide a written statement, other supporting materials, or identify other potential witnesses, regarding the matter under review. Additionally, the Complainant may change their chosen course of action at any time (although, the Complainant's course of action may differ from the required investigation as outlined by Title IX obligations).
The Respondent (if a member of the Wheelock community) will also be offered appropriate confidential support and other resources and notified of applicable institutional policies.

If requested, other participants in the process (such as witnesses) may also be offered appropriate support services and information.

During an Investigation, students will receive relevant documentation. This may include The Victims Bill of Rights, Resource List, Victim Support Letter, Information for Student Complainants, Information for Student Respondents, and a copy of an applicable/tailored No Contact Order.

The Role of an Advisor

Both the Complainant and the Respondent may have an advisor. The advisor may be a student, faculty, or staff member of the Wheelock College community. The advisor may not be a private attorney representing the student who is the subject of the Conduct Board hearing.

The advisor may:

  • Be present during meetings related to an investigation
  • Advise the student in the preparation and presentation before the hearing;
  • Accompany the student to the hearing;
  • Advise the student at reasonable intervals during the hearing, at the sole discretion of the Conduct Board chair.

The advisor may not address the Conduct Board directly nor may the advisor question any witness. The student must inform the Investigator and/or the Conduct Board Chair of the name of his or her advisor prior to relevant meetings or the Conduct Board hearing.

Interim Measures

The college may also implement interim interventions, as may be appropriate for the individuals involved and for the larger college community. Interim interventions may include separation of the Complainant and Respondent's academic and living situations. These interim interventions may be kept in place until the end of any review or appeal process.

Administrative Process & Sanctioning

Once the investigation is complete, contents of the case file will be given to both the Complainant and the Respondent (simultaneously) in preparation for the Conduct Board. In addition, the members of the Conduct Board will receive the case file for review as they prepare for deliberation. (For more information on the Conduct Board, please reference the Conduct Board section of the Student Handbook). Note: Typically, a Conduct Board is comprised of Faculty, Staff, and Students. In regards to a Sexual Assault case, students may not be utilized on the Board, in order to help keep the matter as private as possible.

All possible sanctions are designed to eliminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects, while supporting the college's mission and Title IX obligations. Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to: mandated counseling, probation, and/or a No Contact Order. Sanctions or interventions may also serve to promote safety or deter students from similar future behavior. Some behavior is so harmful to the college community or so deleterious to the educational process that it may require more serious sanctions or interventions, such as removal from housing, removal from specific courses or activities, suspension from the college, or expulsion.

Appeals Process

Appeals of conduct board recommendations or administrative hearings are heard only if the student can clearly demonstrate that procedures described in the Student Handbook have not been followed and/or if the student can introduce substantive new evidence. Any such request should be made in writing to the Dean of Students within three business days of receiving notice of the Board recommendation. The Dean of Students and/or his or her designee will review the request and determine whether an appeal is granted and/or a new hearing held. The Dean of Students reserves the right to review sanctions and, if deemed appropriate, modify sanctions. In the event the sanctions are modified as a result of this review, additional hearings may be called. The College reserves the right to suspend housing privileges while an appeal is being reviewed.

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Students With Disabilities

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the College is committed to providing support services and reasonable accommodations on an individual basis to students with disabilities (as defined by law). Students requesting accommodations must submit appropriate documentation verifying the need for accommodations and contact the Disabilities Services Office to participate in an intake process and to request accommodations. 

The Disability Services Office is located in Library 205.

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