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Conduct System

Lasell College Conduct System addresses alleged student violations of the non-academic policies and procedures detailed in the Student Handbook.

The College will not protect students who violate local, state or federal laws from prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agencies. The College may choose to proceed with its conduct review process regardless of any off-campus legal actions that are in progress, and whether or not the alleged offender chooses to take part in the campus conduct hearing.

The College reserves the right to take immediate action prior to the convening of a conduct hearing under the following circumstances: a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community or preservation of College property; b) to ensure the student's own physical or emotional safety and well-being; c) if the student poses a definite threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the College; d) if it is alleged that the student has engaged in a serious violation of College policy and/or local, state or federal laws. Such interim action shall remain in effect until the hearing process has been completed. The requisite notice and hearing process shall follow as soon as it is possible.

Structure of the Conduct System

The conduct review process is designed to bring resolution to issues of discipline in an educative and timely fashion, and with a commitment to due process. The conduct system is not a court of law and is not held to the same standards of evidence as a legal proceeding. The day-to-day functioning of the Lasell College Conduct System is the direct responsibility of the Conduct System Coordinator, and is facilitated by Administrative Hearing Officers. The Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Student Affairs are responsible for the oversight of the Conduct System. Complaints are brought to the attention of the conduct system through Incident Reports filed by members of the College's staff and/or initiated by a student through a staff member.

After a complaint has come to the attention of the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, a decision is made about the seriousness of the allegation(s) and the case is assigned to an Administrative Hearing Officer. Less egregious issues will most often (though not necessarily) be assigned to Administrative Hearing Officers that include (but are not limited to) the Area Coordinators (from the Residential Life staff); and the Director of Student Activities. Issues of a more serious nature will most often (though not necessarily) be assigned to Administrative Hearing Officers that include the Conduct System Coordinator; the Director of Residential Life, the Dean of Student Affairs; and the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Students who are charged with violations will be contacted by the appropriate Administrative Hearing Officer and apprised about the charge. During a hearing meeting between the Administrative Hearing Officer and the student, the student will be fully informed about the complaint and about the conduct review process, and will be asked to respond to the charges and provide whatever information he/she has about the case at hand. The student may choose to resolve the case immediately by acknowledging responsibility for the allegation as charged and accepting the decision of the Administrative Hearing Officer regarding sanctions. Otherwise, the Administrative Hearing Officer will listen to the student's statements, ask whatever clarifying questions they have, and in some cases continue to gather information from other sources (including, but not limited to: other students involved in the same incident(s); witnesses to the alleged incident(s); and reports from Campus Police or other members of the College community. The Administrative Hearing Officer will consider all of the available information, and reach a decision regarding whether the student is responsible for the allegation as charged; and if responsibility is determined, the Administrative Hearing Officer will then determine what (if any) sanctions will be imposed. If a student fails to respond to communications from an administrative hearing officer, or fails to meet with an administrative hearing officer, the case may be decided in his/her absence.

Conduct hearings are not open to the public. Only those individuals approved by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs as having a direct relationship to a case may be present at a hearing. Students charged in a case may ask to have witnesses provide additional information, and the names of those witnesses should be submitted to the Administrative Hearing Officer assigned to the case.

At no time may legal counsel be present at a hearing (in any capacity). Hearings may not be taped or recorded. Written notes made during a hearing are kept in conduct files in the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. Conduct files are educational records and are therefore covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Appeals of original decisions made by the Area Coordinators and/or the Director of Student Activities and/or other individuals designated to serve as Administrative Hearing Officers for less egregious cases, must be submitted in writing to the Dean of Student Affairs. The Dean must receive a student's appeal within five business days of the receipt of the letter from the Administrative Hearing Officer. The decision of the Dean of Student Affairs (or his designee) is final. Note: For purposes of the conduct system, a "business day" will be defined as a day when the offices of the College are open.

Appeals of original decisions made by the Conduct System Coordinator, the Director of Residential Life and the Dean of Student Affairs (or his designee), must be submitted in writing to the Vice President of Student Affairs within five business days of the receipt of the letter from the Administrative Hearing Officer. The decision of the Vice President (or her designee) is final. Should the Vice President of Student Affairs serve as an Administrative Hearing Officer for a case, appeals of original decisions made by the Vice President of Student Affairs (or her designee), must be submitted in writing to the President of Lasell College within five business days of the receipt of the letter from the Dean. The decision of the President (or his designee) is final.

Sanctions

Appeals Process

Parental Notification