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Community Standards

Preamble

MassArt expects its students to be good citizens and to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times, whether on-­‐campus, off-­‐campus, attending study abroad programs and/or campus-­‐sponsored travel courses. MassArt holds its students responsible for the manner in which they exercise the privileges and freedoms afforded them.   All MassArt students are expected to act with integrity and demonstrate responsible behavior. They are encouraged to offer reasonable assistance to others whose behavior appears to be harmful to themselves or to the community. MassArt students are also held responsible for the actions of their guests.    

MassArt trusts that its students will make appropriate decisions. However, the University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against any student or Student Organization who engages in any activity on or off campus, at a university related function, or studying or traveling abroad with the University, which is inconsistent with the University's expectations of behavior or adversely reflects upon the reputation of MassArt.  

Part I: 
Student Conduct Authority  

Under the terms of their enrollment, individual students and student organizations are bound by these Community Standards and acknowledge the right of the University to take disciplinary action for behavior that violates the Standards. These Community Standards apply to all MassArt students, while both on and off campus. The development and enforcement of these Community Standards is an educational endeavor that fosters students' educational, personal, and social development and growth. MassArt encourages students to assume a significant role in the development and enforcement of these Community Standards to be better prepared for their roles and responsibilities as global citizens. In these Standards, MassArt sets appropriate and clear guidelines for the behavior of its students. The guidelines are established to ensure that student conduct does not adversely affect the educational mission of the University or its relationship with the surrounding community or members of the MassArt community and partner schools. Student behavior that occurs off campus and that violates these Community Standards or local, state or federal laws affects the educational mission of the University and its relationship with the surrounding community. Accordingly, such behavior may subject students to discipline as specified in the Community Standards. This principle applies to both individual students and recognized student groups and organizations. The Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, has specific responsibility for the administration and enforcement of these Community Standards. The Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, will conduct training sessions for those responsible for adjudicating cases through the Community Standards and will manage and maintain all records pertaining to the administration and enforcement of these Community Standards.        

Part II: Definitions 

The following selected terms are defined in an effort to facilitate a more thorough understanding of the Community Standards. This list is not intended to be a complete list of all the terms referenced herein. The Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, shall make the final determination on the definition of any term found in the Community Standards.  

  1. Administrative Conference Agreement means the final agreement regarding violations and/or sanctions agreed upon between the Community Standards officer and the student or Student Organization.
     
  2. Administrative Review Officer or Community Standards Officer means a University staff member who is authorized by the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, to determine the appropriate resolution of an alleged violation of the Community Standards, and/or to impose sanctions or affect other remedies as appropriate. Subject to the provision in this code, an Administrative Review officer as well as a Community Standards officer is vested with the authority to, among other duties, investigate a complaint of an alleged violation of the Community Standards; decline to pursue a complaint; refer identified disputants to mediation or other appropriate resources; identify the alleged violations of the Community Standards pertaining to a respondent; approve an Administrative Conference Agreement developed with a respondent; conduct an Administrative Review; impose sanctions; approve sanctions recommended by another review body; and as assigned conduct an appellate review as a member of the appellate board.
     
  3. Administrative Review Committee refers to one or two University Administrative Review Officers who review the investigation report submitted by the Community Standards Officer and are responsible for issuing a formal decision in the matter. The assigned Community Standards Officer may also be assigned as the Administrative Review Officers.
     
  4. Advisor means any person who accompanies a respondent, a complainant, or a victim for the limited purpose of providing support and guidance. An advisor of the student's choice may not directly address the Administrative Review officers, Community Standards officers, Hearing Board members, nor question witnesses, nor otherwise actively participate in the Community Standards process. Requests to change proposed meetings to accommodate an Advisor's schedule may not be considered.
     
  5. Appellate Board means any person or persons authorized by the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, to conduct a review of a decision reached by an Administrative Review Committee or University Hearing Board.
     
  6. Bullying means the severe or repeated use by one or more students of written, verbal, or electronic expression, or physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another individual that has the effect of: causing physical or emotional harm to the other student or damage to the other individual's property; placing the other individual in reasonable fear of harm to him/herself or damage to his/her property; creating a hostile environment at school for the other individual; infringing on the rights of other individuals in the University community or activities; materially and substantially altering the education process or the orderly operation of the University. If the bullying is directed at those associated, or perceived to be associated with a protected class, it may be a violation of the University Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment, and Retaliation (included in the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan) and/or a violation of the University's Sexual Violence Policy.  Violations of those policies may be addressed under the Investigation and Resolution Procedures (pg.56).  
     
  7. Business Day means any day, Monday through Friday, that the University is open.  
     
  8. Community Restitution Project means work projects on and off campus.  
     
  9. Community Standards file means the printed/written/electronic  file which may include but is not limited to incident report(s), correspondence, witness statements, and disciplinary history.  
     
  10. Complainant means any person, or the University itself, who submits an allegation that a student or a Student Organization violated the Community Standards. When a student believes that they have been a victim of misconduct of another student or Student Organization, the student who believes they have been a victim will have the same rights under the Community Standards as are provided to the respondent even if another member of the University community submitted the allegation itself.
     
  11. Consent has the meaning set forth in the Sexual Violence Policy.
     
  12. Dating Violence has the meaning set forth in the Sexual Violence Policy.
     
  13. Domestic Violence has the meaning set forth in the Sexual Violence Policy.
     
  14. Designee refers to a staff or faculty member who is responsible for implementing the Community Standards process or administering the Community Standards system, in part or in whole, at the direction of the Vice President of Student Development, Associate Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students, Chief Conduct Officer, or other University official.
     
  15. Disciplinary Hold means an administrative hold placed on a student's record or on a Student Organization's activities or privileges when the student or Student Organization Representative does not respond to the request of a University official to attend an Administrative Conference, has not completed an assigned sanction, or, with respect to a student, has withdrawn from the University while a conduct matter is pending.  
     
  16. Discriminatory Harassment has the meaning set forth in the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan.
     
  17. EO Director means the Director of the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Diversity.
     
  18. Gender Based Harassment has the meaning set forth in the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan.
     
  19. Guest means a non-­‐student who is an associate or invitee of a student and/or Student Organization.
     
  20. Incident Database means the electronic database used to track an incident and response taken.
     
  21. Instructor means any faculty member, teaching assistant, graduate assistant or any other person authorized by the University to provide educational services (e.g., teaching, research, or academic advising).
     
  22. Interim Administrative Action means an immediate restriction taken against a student or Student Organization prior to an Administrative Conference or University Hearing Board on the student's alleged violation.
     
  23. Investigator means the Community Standards officer charged with conducting a full investigation of an alleged violation of the Community Standards.
     
  24. MassArt means Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
     
  25. May is used in the permissive sense.
     
  26. Member of the University Community includes any person who is a student, instructor, or University employee; any person who works (directly or indirectly (e.g., a vendor)), resides, or receives services on University premises or in connection with its programs or activities; and may include visitors to University premises. A person's status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee.
     
  27. Peer Conduct Advisor is a student leadership position that works both with the Office of Student Development to assist students in matters of on and off campus violations of the Community Standards. The Peer Conduct Advisor has an excellent understanding of the conduct process and an understanding of the foundation and philosophy of the University's Community Standards.
     
  28. Policy is any regulation of the University, including, but not limited to, those published in the Community Standards, the Student Handbook, the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action PlanResidence Hall Handbook, license occupancy agreements and the Graduate/Undergraduate/PCE  Catalogue.
     
  29. Respondent means a student who, or Student Organization which, may be charged for violating the Community Standards.
     
  30. Shall and Will are used in the imperative sense.
     
  31. Sanction means a requirement a student or Student Organization must abide by or complete when found responsible for violating the Community Standards.
     
  32. Sexual Assault has the meaning set forth in the Sexual Violence Policy.
     
  33. Sexual Exploitation has the meaning set forth in the Sexual Violence Policy.
     
  34. Sexual Harassment has the meaning set forth in the Sexual Violence Policy.
     
  35. Sexual Violence has the meaning set forth in the Sexual Violence Policy.
     
  36. Stalking has the meaning set forth in the Sexual Violence Policy.
     
  37. Student is any individual enrolled in or accepted for an academic course or University conducted program.
     
  38. Student Organization means an association or group of persons, including, but not limited to, any student organization, team or club, that has complied with the formal requirements for University recognition or are recognized by the University. 
     
  39. Student Organization Representative means the president or designee chosen by the Student Organization officers to participate in the Community Standards process on behalf of the Student Organization.
     
  40. University means Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
     
  41. University Official includes any person authorized by the University to perform administrative, instructional, or professional duties.
     
  42. University premises includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the University, either solely or in conjunction with another entity or person.
     
  43. Witness means any person with knowledge pertaining to an alleged violation of the Community Standards by a student or Student Organization.  

Part III: Proscribed Conduct  

The Community Standards applies to all MassArt students and Student Organizations.

A) Jurisdiction of the University

  1. Each Student shall be responsible for their conduct from the time of admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). If a student withdraws while an alleged Community Standards matter is pending, the University reserves the right to adjudicate the matter through the Community Standards process.
     
  2. Each Student Organization may be held responsible for the conduct of any of its members or guests.  
     
  3. Generally, University jurisdiction shall be limited to conduct that occurs on or about Universities premises or in connection with University-­‐sponsored, University-­‐supervised or University-­‐affiliated events, programs, and activities (including students involved with off-­‐ campus internships, travel courses, exchange or study abroad programs). However, the University may apply the Community Standards to students and Student Organizations whose misconduct may have an adverse impact on the University, members of the University community, members of the greater non-­‐University community, and/or the pursuit of University objectives regardless of where such conduct may occur.

    The following examples describe the kinds of off-­‐campus acts that may be addressed  through the University Conduct system or the Investigation and Resolution Procedures: sale/distribution of illegal substances; physical assault; sexual assault; and hosting disruptive gatherings. These examples are meant to be illustrative and should not be regarded as all-­‐inclusive. Should the Vice President of Student Development or designee reasonably determine that a particular alleged act of off-­‐campus misconduct falls within the jurisdiction of the University, the matter will be referred to the University's Conduct system or the Investigation and Resolution Procedures.
     
  4. University conduct proceedings may be instituted against a student or Student Organization charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and the Community Standards (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in a court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under the Community Standards may be carried out prior to or simultaneously with civil or criminal proceedings at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Development. The University cooperates with law enforcement, or other agencies, in the enforcement of laws on campus and in regards to its students. This includes providing information requested by subpoena or as otherwise permitted by law.  

    Determinations made or sanctions imposed under the Community Standards shall not be subject to change because of the criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor or against the criminal law defendant.
     
  5. Sexual violence, including but not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and gender-­‐based harassment are prohibited by the University's Sexual Violence Policy and may be adjudicated under the Investigation and Resolution Procedures.
     
  6. Discrimination and discriminatory harassment are prohibited by the Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation (included in the University's Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan) and may be adjudicated under the Investigation and Resolution Procedures.
     
  7. Generally, the influence of drugs and/or alcohol on a student's judgment or behavior will not be accepted as a mitigating factor with respect to the resolution of an act of misconduct.
     
  8. Students are responsible for the consequences of their actions even when the conduct may have been influenced by their physical or emotional state (irrespective of any medical of clinical diagnoses).  
     
  9. Students are responsible for the contents of their rooms, studios, work spaces, lockers, or person regardless of claims of personal ownership. Students may also be held responsible for shared common areas. Students need not be present or notified when an inspection is conducted.  
     
  10. Students and Student Organizations are responsible for the conduct of their guests and should be with guests at all times.  
     
  11. If an incident report involves more than one charged student, or if there is more than one incident involving the same student, the Vice President of Student Development or designee, in their discretion, may determine whether an Administrative Conference, University Hearing Board and/or Investigation concerning each incident will be conducted either separately or jointly.  
     
  12. Student Organizations:  
    i) Student organizations may be held accountable under the Community Standards for the Student Organization's misconduct and/or for the misconduct of any one or more of its leaders, members, guests, or other representatives.  
    ii) The Student Organization must designate one Student Organization Representative by written notice to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, within 3 days of being sent notice of alleged violations of the Community Standards.  The Student Organization Representative will represent the Student Organization during the Community Standards process.  
    iii) Review of allegations of misconduct of individual student members will be determined under the Community Standards prior to determination of Student Organization alleged violations.  
    iv) Student Organizations are prohibited from conducting their own conduct proceedings prior to resolution of alleged violations of the Community Standards.  
    v) Nothing in the Community Standards shall preclude holding students who are members of a Student Organization responsible for their individual violations of the Community Standards committed in the context of or in association with the Student Organization's alleged violation of the Community Standards.  Both the Student Organization and individual students may be found responsible for violations of the Community Standards in connection with the same behavior.  
    vi) The Student Organization Representative is required to notify the Student Organization's advisor of any alleged violations of the Community Standards and any sanctions imposed.  

B) Medical Amnesty  

It is MassArt's policy that no student (either the affected student or friends of the affected student) seeking medical attention for alcohol poisoning and/or drug overdose will face disciplinary action for use or possession of alcohol and/or illegal drugs.  

The policy does not apply to other prohibited conduct such as, but not limited to, physical and/or sexual assault, driving while impaired or destruction of property.  

MassArt believes that it is in the best interest of students' welfare that persons who are suffering from alcohol poisoning and/or drug overdose be brought to the immediate attention of medical personnel. Affected students receiving medical amnesty from disciplinary action will be required to complete a mandatory alcohol and/or drug evaluation in the MassArt Health and Counseling Office and, where indicated, may be required to seek further treatment. Failure to complete the prescribed course may result in disciplinary action.

Always call 911 or Public Safety 617.879.7800 for help if someone:

  • Passes out and cannot be awakened
  • Vomits while passed out. Stops breathing
  • Has a seizure

C) Conduct Standards and Regulations  

Students and Student Organizations must uphold the Community Standards and obey University policies, standards and procedures as well as federal, state, and local laws. The Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, shall make the final determination on what constitutes a potential violation of the Community Standards and shall establish the specific allegations of prohibited conduct as appropriate.   The following list of behaviors is intended to represent the types of acts that constitute violations of the Community Standards. Although the list is extensive, it should not be considered all-­‐inclusive. All community members are responsible for knowing and observing all University Policies.  

  1. Acts of dishonesty include but are not limited to: cheating, plagiarism (artistic or academic); furnishing false information to faculty, staff, department, or any University official; forgery, alteration or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification (including all software and computer databases, systems or email); tampering with the election of any Student Organization; or misrepresenting oneself as another.
     
  2. Disruptive behavior which is defined as participating in or inciting others to participate in the disruption or obstruction of any University activity, including but not limited to: teaching, research, administrative actions, Community Standards proceedings, other University business, the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic, hosting a disruptive gathering; or of other non-­‐University activities which are disruptive and/or unnecessarily infringe on the rights of non-­‐University individuals or groups.
     
  3. Harming behavior, which includes, but is not limited to:  the true threat of or actual physical force or abuse or bullying.  In determining whether an act constitutes bullying, the Vice President of Student Development or designee will consider the full context of any given incident, giving due consideration to the protection of the members of the University community, and the individual rights, freedom of speech, academic freedom and advocacy required by law.  Please note that not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group necessarily will be considered a violation of the Community Standards. In addition, please note that any allegation of harming behavior and/or bullying involving alleged discrimination and/or discriminatory harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital or parental status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or veteran status, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, will be considered under Section 4 and 5.  
     
  4. Violation of the Sexual Violence Policy. The University prohibits sexual harassment, gender-­‐ based harassment, sexual violence (including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, incest, and statutory rape), dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking.  The University also prohibits retaliation against any person who files such claim, complaint, or charge or who assisted or participated in an investigation or resolution of such claim, complaint, or charge. For further information, see Sexual Violence Policy in the Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Affirmative Action Plan and Investigation Resolution Procedures.  
     
  5. Violation of the University Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment, and Retaliation.  The University prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital or parental status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or veteran status. The University also prohibits retaliation against any person who files such a claim, complaint, or charge or who assisted or participated in an investigation or resolution of such claim, complaint, or charge.  For further information regarding this policy, see the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan and the Investigation and Resolution Procedures. 
     
  6. Conduct that corresponds to any violation of federal, state, or local law while on or off University premises.
     
  7. Failure to abide by the Alcohol Policy. Notwithstanding the Alcohol Policy, specific violations include:

    i)  Use, possession, manufacture or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by Massachusetts state law and University regulations, while on or off campus is prohibited.
    ii)  Public intoxication while on or off campus is prohibited.
    iii) Common source containers of alcohol are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to kegs, pony kegs, beer balls, and/or mixed alcoholic punch. Common source containers are prohibited whether the containers are empty or full.
    iv) Being knowingly present where a violation of the University's Alcohol Policy is occurring is prohibited.
    v) Use of alcohol to render another person physically or emotionally incapacitated in prohibited.
    vi) Violation of the Alcohol Policy within the residence halls as outlined in the Residence Hall Handbook.
    vii) Failure to complete the mandatory alcohol assessment and/or additional treatment after receiving Medical Amnesty as described above in Part III, Section B.  
     
  8. Violation of the Other Drug and Controlled Substance Policy, specific violations include:

    i) Use, possession, cultivation, manufacture, distribution or being under the influence of narcotics or other controlled substances (as defined by Federal and Massachusetts General Law) except as expressly permitted by law while on or off campus is prohibited.
    ii)  Use, possession, or sale of drug paraphernalia is prohibited.
    iii) Being knowingly in the presence of illegal drugs is prohibited.
    iv) Use of illegal drugs to render another person physically or emotionally incapacitated in prohibited.
    v)  Violation of the Other Drug and Controlled Substances Policy within the residence halls as outlined in the Residence Hall Handbook.
    vi)   Failure to complete the mandatory drug assessment and/or additional treatment after receiving Medical Amnesty as described above in Part III, Section B.  

    While Massachusetts state law permits the use of medical marijuana, federal law prohibits marijuana use, possession, distribution, and/or cultivation at educational institutions. Therefore, the use, possession, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is not allowed in any MassArt residence hall or on any other MassArt premises; nor is it allowed at any University-­‐sponsored event or activity off-­‐ campus or at any Student Organization event or activity. Anyone who possess or uses marijuana on any University premises may be subject to civil citation, state or federal prosecution, and University discipline.  

    In addition, no accommodations will be made for any student in possession of a medical marijuana registration card. Upon request, MassArt may release students from their occupancy license if approved as a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability requiring use or possession of marijuana for medical purposes.  
     
  9. Endangering behavior, which includes, but is not limited to, conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person or group (including one's self).  
     
  10. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or misuse of University property or other personal or public property, including but not limited to records, electronic files, telecommunications systems, forms of identification, or keys.  
     
  11. Attempted or actual theft, damage, and/or vandalism, by intent or negligence, to property of the University or property of a member of the University community, or other personal or public property; or possession of property stolen from the University, any of it's members or visitors.  
     
  12. Uncooperative behavior which includes, but is not limited to, disregarding the request of, providing false information to, and/or failure to identify oneself to any University official, fire or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties. This includes failing to provide identification when asked by University officials.  
     
  13. Creating a fire hazard or a situation that endangers others, such as false reports of fire or bombs, possession of fireworks, failing to evacuate, throwing objects from windows, or tampering with, covering, damaging, or removing fire safety equipment, burning candles or incense, intentionally burning or singeing University property or posted signs, smoking any substance in-­‐doors.  
     
  14. Use, possession, or carrying of firearms (for the purpose of this section, firearms shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle, or smoothbore arm from which a shot, bullet or pellet can be discharged by whatever means), incendiary devices, smoke devices, hunting or assault knives, explosives, or other dangerous weapons while on University premises or at a University-­‐sponsored events.  
     
  15. Forcible entry or unauthorized entry and/or presence in University premises, including, but not limited to, galleries, classrooms, studios, offices, residence halls, residence hall apartments/suites/rooms,  roofs, balconies, and/or courtyards.  
     
  16. Violation of Residence Hall Handbook or Residence Hall License Agreement.  
     
  17. Failure to abide by the Smoking Policy
     
  18. Abuse of the Student Conduct Procedures outlined in the Community Standards including, but not limited to:

    i) Failure to obey the summons of a Community Standards officer, Hearing Board members, or an Administrative Review Committee.
    ii) Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information to a Community Standards officer, Hearing Board members, or an Administrative Review Committee.
    iii) Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a Student Conduct proceeding. 
    iv)  Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Student Conduct procedures.
    v) Attempting to harass, intimidate or retaliate against a member of a review body, a complainant, respondent or witness, prior to, during and/or after a Student Conduct proceeding.
    vi) Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Community Standards.  
     
  19. Failure to abide by the Hazing Policy.
     
  20. Unauthorized solicitation is prohibited.  
     
  21. Unauthorized gambling is prohibited.  
     
  22. Failure to abide by the Administrative Applications Data Management Policy, Electronic File Sharing Policy, and/or Technology Acceptable Use Policy.  
     
  23. Unauthorized use of the University's name, logo, or other symbol.  
     
  24. Improper use of University vehicles. This includes rental and lease vehicles.  
     
  25. Continued participation in any Student Organization activities, including but not limited to: meetings or acceptance of new members during any period that a Student Organization is not recognized by the University and/or other conduct in violation of sanction imposed on a Student Organization.  

D)  Sleeping in Academic Buildings

Access to studios and lounges on campus are a privilege for our community.  While it is understood that students may, at times, take short naps to rejuvenate themselves, sleeping for long periods of time on campus is prohibited.  If you are lacking the resources to help support your access to an appropriate housing facilities, please contact Student Development for assistance.  

Part IV:  Student Conduct Procedures  

The following procedures are followed to adjudicate all violations of the Community Standards except allegations of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, gender-­‐based harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking committed by a student or Student Organization which are adjudicated under the Investigation and Resolution Procedures (which may involve participation by one or more Community Standards officers). Please see the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan, the Sexual Violence Policy and the Investigation and Resolution Procedures for further information.  Please see this flow chart for a visual representation of the Student Conduct Process from start to finish.

Community Standards officers may involve or seek input from other University Officials in any or all parts of the Student Conduct Procedures as they deem appropriate, such as University Officials from the Office of Transition and Leadership Programs with respect to Student Organization respondents.  

A) Allegations

  1. Any person may file a report regarding any student or Student Organization alleging misconduct.  To initiate the Student Conduct process, reports shall be prepared in writing and directed to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee. A report should be submitted as soon as possible after the alleged misconduct takes place. Community members may submit reports through this electronic form.  
     
  2. The Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, shall determine if a complaint alleges or addresses a potential violation of the Community Standards and will notify the respondent of such allegations. The decision to continue a complaint through the Student Conduct process is the decision of the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee.
     
  3. Generally, the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, will assign a Community Standards officer(s) to the case who will investigate, schedule a conference with the respondent(s) and other individuals as deemed necessary and appropriate. If a situation arises where an alleged violation is believed to have great impact on the University community, the case may be referred to a University Hearing Board comprised of students, faculty and staff.
     
  4. The Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, will determine what testimony, witnesses, or other information is relevant and may exclude information or witnesses that are deemed immaterial and/or irrelevant.
     
  5. The Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, may consult with the Office of Transition and Leadership Programs and other relevant University Officials regarding allegations regarding Student Organizations or that imply Student Organization involvement.      

B) Administrative Conference

  1. The Administrative Conference is a meeting between a respondent and a Community Standards officer to review a complaint/incident, explain the Student Conduct process, and possible options for resolving the matter.
     
  2. After reviewing the incident with the respondent, the Community Standards officer will determine appropriate allegation(s) and/or violation(s), if any, and whether or not the situation may be resolved by way of an Administrative Conference Agreement or by an Investigation/Administrative Review.  Respondents can also request an Investigation/Administrative Review.
     
  3. If a respondent does not attend a conference at the date and time specified, or if the respondent requests a new date and time for a conference, but does not attend or attends but does not participate, the incident may be referred to an Investigation/Administrative Review.
     
  4. If the Community Standards officer and respondent are able to resolve the incident regarding the allegations and/or violations, but not the sanctions, the Investigation/Administrative  Review shall focus on the sanctions.
     
  5. A respondent who agrees to resolve any allegation(s) and/or violation(s), and/or sanctions without an Administrative Review shall have no right to appeal.  

C) Investigation and Administrative Review for Allegations and/or Violations 

  1. If a situation cannot be resolved in an Administrative Conference, a full investigation will be conducted by the investigator.  
     
  2. If a respondent does not attend a conference by the date and time specified, or if the respondent requests a new date and time for a conference, but does not attend or attends but does not participate, the Investigator may complete the investigation based on the information obtained.  This includes the use of police investigation reports.  
     
  3. To the extent permitted by law the complainant, any alleged victim, and the respondent shall each have the right to:  

    i) Be notified of all allegation(s) and/or alleged violations. This will typically be done through the University email system. Notifications of Student Organization respondents will be done through the University e-­‐mail system to the president of the Student Organization (for notice of allegations) and the Student Organization Representative thereafter. Students and Student Organization leaders and Representatives are responsible for checking their University e-­‐mail and following the instructions contained within the email.  
    ii) Review any written complaint(s) submitted in support of the allegation(s) and/or violations.  
    iii) Be informed about the Student Conduct process.  
    iv) Submit a written account or present a personal statement regarding the incident. The decision to not present information is not an admission of responsibility and will not be considered as such.  A Student Organization Representative may submit one statement regarding the incident on behalf of the Student Organization.  
    v) Present relevant information, including names of witnesses, questions for witnesses (including the individual reporting the misconduct) and other documentation, regarding the incident.  
    vi) Be accompanied by one advisor during any Student Conduct meeting in which the student or Student Organization is participating. A student or Student Organization should select an advisor of their choice whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the meeting(s) because delays may not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.  
    vii) Receive upon written request, at the conclusion of the investigation and appropriate review, a copy of the investigator's report, to the extent permitted by law.  
    viii) Present a personal and/or community impact statement regarding potential sanctioning to the Administrative Review officer(s). A Student Organization Representative may submit one statement on behalf of the Student Organization.  
     
  4. Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator will submit to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, a report containing factual findings based on a preponderance of evidence standard, a determination of responsibility, and a recommendation regarding any disciplinary action that may be appropriate. If there is a finding of responsibility, the investigator will notify the respondent and/or complainant of the Administrative Review to the extent permitted by law.
     
  5. One or two Administrative Review officers will be assigned to review the report, minus the recommendation regarding any disciplinary action, and issue a formal decision regarding findings of responsibility.  The Administrative Review Committee may adopt the investigator's report, consult with the investigator, request that further investigation be done by the same or another investigator (including questioning of the parties), or request that the investigation be conducted again by another investigator.  The Administrative Review Committee may not, however, conduct its own investigation or Administrative Review.
     
  6. If there is a finding that the respondent has violated the Community Standards, the Administrative Review officers will review the respondent's disciplinary history, if one exists, the recommendations regarding any disciplinary action, and any submitted personal and/or community impact statements.
     
  7. Once the Administrative Review Committee has completed its review on findings and sanctions, the investigator shall send the final report to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee. The respondent will be notified in writing of the findings and imposed sanctions. The complainant will be notified in writing of any sanction that has a direct impact on him/her if permitted or required by law.  Upon written request, a copy of this report shall be made available to the respondent, alleged victim, and complainant if permitted or required by law.  The respondent, the alleged victim, and the complainant will be simultaneously notified of the factual finding(s) in writing if permitted or required by law.  

D) Investigation and Administrative Review for Sanctions

  1. If a Community Standards officer and respondent are able to resolve the incident regarding the allegation(s) and/or violation(s), but not the sanctions, the Investigation/Administrative Review shall focus on the sanctions.  
     
  2. If a respondent does not attend a conference by the date specified, or if the respondent schedules a conference, but does not attend or attends but does not participate, the investigator may complete the investigation based on the information obtained.  This includes the use of police investigation reports.  
     
  3. The complainant, any alleged victim, and the respondent shall each have the right to:

    i)  Be notified of all alleged allegation(s) and/or violation(s). This will typically be done through the University email system. Notifications of Student Organization respondents will be done through the University e-­‐mail system to the president of the Student Organization (for notice of allegations) and the Student Organization Representative thereafter.   Students and Student Organization leaders and Representatives are responsible for checking their University e-­‐mail and following the instructions contained within the email.
    ii) Review any written complaint(s) submitted in support of the allegation(s) and/or violation(s).
    iii) Be informed about the Student Conduct process.
    iv) Be accompanied by one advisor of their choice during any Student Conduct meeting in which the student or Student Organization is participating. A student or Student Organization should select an advisor of their choice whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the meeting(s) because delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor of their choice.  
    v) Receive upon written request, at the conclusion of the investigation and appropriate review, a copy of the investigator's report, to the extent permitted by law.  
    vi) Present a personal and/or community impact statement regarding potential sanctioning to the review officer(s). A Student Organization Representative may submit one statement on behalf of the Student Organization.  
    vii) Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator will submit to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, a report containing factual findings based on a preponderance of evidence standard, a determination of responsibility (typically, a signed agreement where the respondent has taken responsibility for the allegation(s) and/or violation(s)), and a recommendation regarding any disciplinary action that may be appropriate.
    viii) Typically, one or two Administrative Review officers will be assigned to review the report and issue a formal decision regarding sanctioning. The Administrative Review officers will review the respondent's disciplinary history, if one exists, and any submitted personal and/or community impact statements. The respondent will be notified in writing of the findings and imposed sanctions.  The complainant will be notified in writing of any sanction that has a direct impact on him/her as permitted or required by law.
    ix) Once the Administrative Review Committee has completed its review on findings and sanctions, the investigator shall send the final report to Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee.  Upon written request, a copy of this report shall be made available to the respondent, and complainant as permitted or required by law.  

E)   University Hearing Board  

  1. If the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, deems specific allegations or alleged violations to have had great impact on the University community, a special University Hearing Board may be called to investigate the allegations, review all case documentation, and render a final decision about all allegations and sanctions.
     
  2. The University Hearing Board shall be comprised of at least one (1) Student member, one (1) Faculty member, and one (1) Staff member. All members shall have an equal vote when determining if a respondent has violated the Community Standards. If there is disagreement amongst the board, a final decision will be decided by a simple majority vote.
     
  3. If a respondent does not attend the hearing on the date/time specified or if the respondent attends but does not participate, the Hearing Board may complete the hearing based on the information obtained.  This includes the use of police investigation reports.
     
  4. To the extent permitted by law, the complainant, any alleged victim, and the respondent shall each have the right to:

    i) Be notified of all allegation(s) and/or alleged violations. This will typically be done through the University email system. Notifications of Student Organization respondents will be done through the University e-­‐mail system to the president of the Student Organization (for notice of allegations) and the Student Organization Representative thereafter. Students and Student Organization leaders and Representatives are responsible for checking their University e-­‐mail and following the instructions contained within the email.  
    ii) Review any written complaint(s) submitted in support of the allegation(s) and/or violations.  
    iii) Be informed about the Student Conduct process.  
    iv) Submit a written account or present a personal statement regarding the incident. The decision to not present information is not an admission of responsibility and will not be considered as such.  A Student Organization Representative may submit one statement regarding the incident on behalf of the Student Organization.  
    v) Present relevant information, including names of witnesses, questions for witnesses (including the individual reporting the misconduct) and other documentation, regarding the incident.  
    vi) Be accompanied by an advisor during any Community Standards meeting in which the student or Student Organization is participating. A student or Student Organization should select an advisor of their choice whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the meeting(s) because delays may not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.  
    vii) Receive, upon written request, at the conclusion of the investigation and appropriate review, a copy of the investigator's report, to the extent permitted by law.  
    viii) Present a personal and/or community impact statement regarding potential sanctioning to the Administrative Review officer(s).  A Student Organization Representative may submit one statement on behalf of the Student Organization.  
     
  5. The order of a University Hearing Board's procedure shall generally be as follows:  

    i) Complainant's opening statement and perspective.
    ii) Questioning of complainant by University Hearing Board members.
    iii) Respondent's opening statement and perspective.
    iv) Questioning of respondent by University Hearing Board members.
    v) Statement from Complainant's witnesses, if any. 
    vi) Questioning of complainant's witnesses by University Hearing Board Members. Questions provided by Respondent and/or Complainant will also be asked.
    vii) Statement from Respondent's witnesses, if any.
    viii) Questioning of complainant's witnesses by University Hearing Board Members.
    ix) Questions provided by Respondent and/or Complainant will also be asked.
    x) Final questions from University Hearing Board Members.
    xi) Complainant's closing statement.
    xii) Respondent's closing statement, including any statement as to mitigating circumstances.  
     
  6. Upon completion of the hearing, the University Hearing Board Chairperson will submit to the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee, a report containing factual findings based on a preponderance of evidence standard, a determination of responsibility, and a recommendation regarding any disciplinary action or sanctions that may be appropriate.
     
  7. Upon receipt of the University Hearing Boards report of findings, the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, will review the report issue the final outcome including any sanctions. The respondent will be notified in writing of the findings and imposed sanctions. The complainant will be notified in writing of any sanction that has a direct impact on him/her as permitted or required by law.

F) Determination of Facts Relative to an Alleged Violation  

The standard used in determining whether or not the respondent violated the Community Standards is a preponderance of the evidence (whether it is more likely than not that a violation occurred).  

G) Academic Misconduct Procedures  

A faculty member who suspects cheating or plagiarism in work submitted in fulfillment of a class requirement should confer with the student submitting the work in an attempt to determine whether a violation has occurred.  

The faculty member has the discretion to accept the work as academically and/or artistically honest, or to resolve the issue as a classroom issue, or to refer the matter to the Department Chair.   In the event the student does not concur with the disposition proposed by the faculty member, the student may refer the matter to the Department Chair.   I

f the matter is referred to the Department Chair, the Chair and faculty member will meet with the student to pursue information that may be pertinent.  

In the event that the Chair and faculty member determine that a violation has occurred, they will review the student's educational record to determine if a prior sanction for academic misconduct has been imposed and may impose one or more of the following sanctions:

  1. The student does the assignment over or retakes the test.
     
  2. The student receives no credit for the plagiarized assignment.
     
  3. The student fails (or receives no credit) for the class.
     
  4. The student is referred to the Provost or designee for further academic sanction.

The Chair will inform the student, in writing, of the finding and the sanction imposed. If the sanction imposed is failure (or no credit) for the class, the Chair's letter to the student constitutes a letter of reprimand. A copy of any letter of reprimand is retained by the University as a component of the accused student's educational record.   

An academic sanction imposed or approved by the Provost or designee is not subject to further review or appeal.  

If the Provost or designee, in consultation with the Department Chair and the faculty member, determines that just cause exists, the Provost or designee may refer the matter may to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, to be dealt with as a disciplinary matter under the general provisions of these Community Standards.  

H) Sanctions  

  1. If the respondent is found responsible for violating the Community Standards, appropriate sanctions will be imposed.  Sanctions are determined by considering the nature of the misconduct, precedent regarding such misconduct, the respondent's disciplinary history, respondent's present demeanor, the community impact statements and/or mitigating or aggravating factors. With respect to respondents that are Student Organizations, Community Standards officers will obtain recommendations of and other applicable University departments and offices, which may include, but is not limited to, the Office of Transition and Leadership Programs and may also include a review of the disciplinary history of individual members of the Student Organization.
     
  2. Sanctions for violations of the Sexual Violence Policy (e.g., sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or hostility based on sexual or gender-­‐based harassment), are described in the Investigation and Resolution Procedures.
     
  3. The University has a special concern for incidents in which persons are mistreated because of race, gender, disability, age, marital status, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, genetic information, or other personal characteristic. Such incidents damage not only individuals, but also the free and open academic environment of the University. More severe sanctions are appropriate for such misconduct. Please see the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan and the Investigation and Resolution Procedures.
     
  4. Some University policies specify sanctions for violations. See individual policies for sanctions required, if any.
     
  5. In addition to other mitigating and aggravating factors considered in connection with imposing sanctions, additional factors may be considered with respect to Student Organizations including, but not limited to:

    i) The role of leaders and the seniority of the members of the Student Organization involved in the behavior supporting the violation;
    ii) Whether leaders had knowledge of the misconduct before or while it occurred and failed to take corrective action;
    iii) The number of members of the Student Organization involved in the behavior supporting the violation and the extent to which members acted in concert in connection with such behavior; 
    iv) Whether the leaders of the Student Organization self-­‐reported the behavior underlying the violation;
    v) The extent to which the Student Organization leaders and members cooperated, responded honestly to questions, and accepted responsibility for the behavior underlying the violation;
    vi) The misconduct involves a violation of the University's Hazing Policy, Alcohol Policy, Drug Free Policy, the Sexual Violence Policy or the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan, or violation of law.  
     
  6. The following sanctions may be imposed, individually or in various combinations, on any student found to have violated the Community Standards.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of sanctions:  

    i) University Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the University.  A student who has been expelled is prohibited from participating in any University activity or program.  The individual may not be in or on any University premises.  
    ii) University Suspension: University Suspension is a separation from the University for a designated period of time.  Students who are suspended from the University are restricted from all University premises and activities, including but not limited to, course registration, class attendance, participation in co-­‐curricular activities and University housing.  Students who have been separated from the University for a period of time must meet with the Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee, two (2) weeks prior to the next registration period for which the student is eligible to review any outstanding sanctions and the readmission process.  
    iii) University Suspension in Abeyance - Under certain circumstances, University Suspension may be held in abeyance until the end of a designated time. If a student is again found responsible for violating the Community Standards or any other University policy during the designated period, University Suspension takes effect immediately.  
    iv) Disciplinary Probation II: Disciplinary Probation II indicates a more serious breach of the Community Standards and may likely to lead to suspension from the University for any further disciplinary infractions. The probation may last for any specified period. Students on Probation II are not considered to be in good disciplinary standing at the University for the duration of the probation, and are ineligible to participate in various University activities unless an exemption is made by the Chief Student Affairs Officer.  
    v) Disciplinary Probation I: Disciplinary Probation I is a serious warning that a student's behavior has breached the standards of the University community. Subsequent violations during the period of probation are likely to lead to more serious disciplinary action. The probation may last for any specified period. Students on Disciplinary Probation I are still considered to be in good disciplinary standing at the University, but eligibility to participate in certain programs may be affected. Some of these activities include representing the student body as a member of the SGA Executive Board and becoming or remaining a member of residential staff. 
    vi) Warning: A written notice that the respondent has violated University policy or the Community Standards and a warning that another violation will likely result in more severe sanctions which could include Probation, Temporary or Permanent Residence Hall Suspension, University Suspension, or University Expulsion or Loss of Recognition with respect to a Student Organization.  
    vii) Permanent Residence Hall Suspension: Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.  
    viii) Temporary Residence Hall Suspension: Temporary separation of the student from the residence halls for a specific period of time, after which the student may reapply for housing. Reapplication for housing does not guarantee immediate placement. Conditions for returning to the residence halls may be specified.  
    ix) Relocation of Residence: Required assignment to another residence area.  
    x) Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.  
    xi) Restriction: Denial of access to any campus facility, activity, class or program. This includes No Contact Orders.  
    xii) Disciplinary Hold: A hold may be placed on a student's account.  This may impact the student's ability to register for classes, obtain certain academic records, or register for housing.  
    xiii) Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage or injury to an individual, a group, or the University for which the student was found responsible, whether intentionally or accidentally. This may take the form of appropriate service or monetary or material replacement.  
    xiv) Community Restitution Project: Assignment of an appropriate service project that will benefit the University community, responsible student or others.  
    xv) Assessment: A student may be referred to an appropriate office or local agency for consultation or assessment.  These may include Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Assessments, Mental Health Assessments, and/or Life Skills meetings.  
    xvi) B.A.S.I.C.S. Workshop: The Brief Motivational Intervention (BMI) program is designed to provide students with a confidential, non-­‐judgmental forum to discuss information related to substances, as well as other areas that may be helpful to the student (i.e., academics, stress-­‐ and time-­‐management, etc.). The program runs for a minimum of two-­‐sessions, with the first about 75-­‐90 minutes in length, and the second about 60 minutes.  Payment of the associated $150 fee is due by the completion of the first workshop.  
    xvii) Parental Notification: Students must inform their parent and/or legal guardian of their involvement in and responsibility for violations of the Community Standards. The student's parent and/or legal guardian must call a designated administrator to inform them that the student has spoken to them regarding the incident and  violation(s).  
    xviii) Educational Program/Project: Participation in a health or safety program (the student may be required to pay a fee), online trainings or seminars, and other assignments as warranted.  
    xix) Revocation of Admission or Degree: Admission to the University or revocation of a degree awarded from the University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or another violation of the Community Standards in obtaining the degree or for other serious violations committed by a student after admission or prior to graduation.  
    xx) Withholding Degree: The University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the disciplinary process set forth in the Community Standards, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.  
     
  7. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any Student Organizations found to have violated the Community Standards.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of sanctions:  

    i) Those sanctions listed above.  
    ii) Loss of Recognition: Loss of all University privileges for a designated period of time. Loss of recognition for more than two consecutive semesters requires a Student Organization to reapply for University recognition.  Conditions for future recognition may be specified.  Students may not continue to participate or associate in a Student Organization or accept further members during any Loss of Recognition.  
    iii) Disciplinary Hold.  A hold may be placed on the Student Organization's ability to use all or specified University privileges.  

I) Appeals  

  1. A decision reached through an Administrative Conference cannot be appealed.
     
  2. A decision reached through the Administrative Review Committee may be appealed by the respondent(s) or complainant(s) or victim(s), when legally appropriate, to an appellate board within five (5) business days of the decision.  Only the Student Organization Representative may submit an appeal on behalf of a Student Organization respondent.
     
  3. All appeals shall be submitted through the on-­‐line form found here.
     
  4. The appeal form must state the reasons for the appeal and provide information as to the basis of the appeal.
     
  5. Except as required to explain the basis of new information, an appeal shall be limited to a review of the investigation report and review findings. The review shall be for one or more of the following purposes:  

    i) To determine whether the Administrative Review was conducted in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the complainant and victim a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present information that the Community Standards was violated, and giving the respondent a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a response to those allegation(s) and/or violation(s).
    ii) To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision, or other relevant facts not brought out in the original investigation, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the investigation.  
     
  6. If an appeal is upheld by the appellate body, the matter shall either be referred to the original Administrative Review Committee to allow reconsideration of the original determination or the appellate body will determine any change. If an appeal is not upheld, the matter shall be considered final and binding upon all involved.
     
  7. All parties to an appeal will promptly receive simultaneous written notice of the outcome of the appeal.  

J) Disciplinary Standing  

  1. Good Disciplinary Standing - a student is automatically assumed to be in "Good Disciplinary Standing" unless the student forfeits that status by violating an established University policy. Students in good disciplinary standing are eligible to participate in all activities of the University.
     
  2. Poor Disciplinary Standing - a student who fits into any of the following categories are considered to be in "Poor Disciplinary Standing" and may face certain restrictions at the University:  

    i) Disciplinary Probation II
    ii) Interim Restrictions
    iii) Suspension in Abeyance
    iv) University Suspension
    v) University Expulsion  

    During the timeframe that a student is considered to be in "Poor Disciplinary Standing", the restrictions that a student may face include, but are not limited to the following:  

    i) Inability to represent the University or run for/hold elected student office positions within SGA or other Student Organizations.
    ii) Inability to apply for/hold student leadership positions on campus, including, but not limited to, Resident Assistant (RA), Primer, Tour Guide, Global Mentor, Student Galleries Manager or MAC Board Member.
    iii) Inability to participate in travel courses and/or study abroad programs. K) 

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities 

  1. A student with a disability who desires an accommodation in regard to an Administrative Conference, Administrative Review, University Hearing Board or appeal meeting must follow the procedure for requesting an accommodation through the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Diversity. The office will make a determination regarding the request and notify the appropriate parties. A student will not be considered to have a disability unless and until the student registers with the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Diversity. Please contact the Academic Resource Center at 617.879.7280 or by email at arc@massart.edufor further information.  
     
  2. Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and degree of severity of the individual's documented disability and the setting for which the accommodations are requested.  The University is not required to grant a requested accommodation that is unreasonable, ineffective, an undue burden or substantially alters a University program, service or practice.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided as required by law.         

Part V: Interim Administrative Action  

A) The Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, may impose an interim University Suspension, Removal from Housing, Loss of Recognition, and/or other necessary restrictions on a respondent prior to or during an Administrative Review of the respondent's alleged violation. Such action may be taken when, in the professional judgment of a University official, a threat of harm to persons or property exists, or to protect the safety of any person.  

B) Interim administrative action is not a sanction. It is taken in an effort to protect the safety and well-­‐being of the complainant, respondent, other members of the University Community, the University, or property. Interim administrative action is preliminary in nature; it is in effect only until an Administrative Review has been completed.  However, violations of interim administrative action may result in additional violations and sanctions including University Suspension or University Expulsion or Loss of Recognition.  

Part VI: Maintenance and Review of Community Standards Files  

All records of misconduct are maintained confidentially in the Division of Student Development. In cases that involve suspension or expulsion, the action is also recorded on the student's academic transcript.  

No one outside the institution has access to a student's record of misconduct nor does the Division of Student Development disclose any information in these records without the express written consent of the student involved except as provided in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 ("FERPA"), and the Commonwealth's Public Records Law, as may be applicable.  

Students wishing to review their records of misconduct may do so by making a written request to the Office of Student Development. Records are made available within seven (7) days from the date of request.   Students who believe that their records of misconduct contain information that is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights should follow procedures described in FERPA in order to correct them.   According to Massachusetts Statewide Records Retention Schedule 02-­‐11; From 'H' Education Chapter, pg. 166: Item H8-­‐2 H8 Student Affairs; 2 Student Discipline Records   Documents the discipline of students for infraction of school policy.  

Retention Period: (a) Expulsion records: Retain 25 years. (b) All other records: Retain 3 years after separation.  

Reporting   Each year, Student Development will provide a report of the demographics of all conduct cases to the Office of the President by June 30th.  

Part VII: Interpretation and Revision   Any question of interpretation regarding the Community Standards shall be referred to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, or designee, for final determination.   The Community Standards shall be reviewed at least every 3 years under the direction of the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee.


This review will be conducted in accordance with the University's governance procedures.  

Approved: Massachusetts College of Art and Design Board of Trustees: 6/7/2016

Revised: Massachusetts College of Art and Design: 03/2016

Approved: Massachusetts College of Art and Design Board of Trustees 06/04/2013

Revised: Massachusetts College of Art and Design: 06/2013

Revised: Title IX Updates; 09/16/2011

Approved: Massachusetts College of Art and Design Board of Trustees 8/30/2011

Revised: Massachusetts College of Art and Design: 8/24/2011

Approved: Massachusetts College of Art and Design Board of Trustees 6/7/2010

Revised:  Massachusetts College of Art and Design 3/24/2010

Revised: Massachusetts College of Art Board of Trustees 5/31/2007

Approved: Massachusetts College of Art Board of Trustees 6/16/2003

Revised: Massachusetts College of Art Board of Trustees 6/2003

Amended: Massachusetts College of Art Board of Trustees 6/2001

Approved: Massachusetts College of Art Board of Trustees 6/2000