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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

Sanctions

Appeals Process

Conduct System Advisor

The Conduct System is educational in nature and is intended to address student misconduct in accordance with Lasell College community expectations. As an educational experience, the participating student is expected to take responsibility for responding to the incident in question. 

Lasell College students who are involved in the Conduct System as either a complainant or respondent, may receive counsel and support from a trained, professional staff member serving as a Conduct System Advisor. Most students are not familiar with the complexity of the Conduct System, and when their involvement in an incident brings them into contact with the Conduct System, it can feel overwhelming and confusing. The Conduct System Advisor can be a steadying support for such students, and assist students in the navigation of the Conduct System.

If a student is involved in a complaint as a respondent, and a case is assigned to an Administrative Hearing Officer, the student will be contacted to schedule a conduct hearing. At this time, the student is informed that a Conduct System Advisor is available to them. Students responding to a meeting request may also ask to be contacted by a Conduct System Advisor, normally within two business days of their response. NOTE: if a student is involved in an allegation of sexual misconduct, either as a complainant or respondent, he/she may identify any support person they wish to have available to them, and may also request the assistance of a Conduct System Advisor.

A student complainant may request the assistance of a Conduct System Advisor, related to an allegation of misconduct by another student, where the complainant is directly impacted by the alleged misconduct.  A complainant may request a Conduct System Advisor by emailing conduct@lasell.edu or by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at 617.243.2124.

In supporting a student complainant in the Conduct System, a Conduct System Advisor may serve in the following capacities: Meeting with a student to prepare for any Conduct System meetings, related to the case;

  • Assisting a student in understanding Lasell College policies, and procedures attendant to  the Conduct System;
  • Helping a student to access appropriate College resources; and
  • The Advisor will be able to update the complainant on the progress of a conduct case, and on any outcomes of the conduct hearing which will have a direct impact on the complainant.

In supporting a student respondent in the Conduct System, a Conduct System Advisor may serve in the following capacities:

  • Meeting with a student in to prepare for the conduct hearing;
  • Assisting a student in understanding Lasell College policies, and procedures attendant to  the Conduct System;
  • Helping a student to access appropriate College resources;
  • The Advisor will be able to attend a student’s conduct hearing, but will not be permitted to actively participate in the hearing; and
  • The Advisor will be available to assist a student until a final resolution of the conduct case is reached.

Note: As a “responsible employee,” Conduct System Advisors are among the individuals on the campus who are mandated to report allegations of sexual misconduct to the College’s Title IX Coordinator. Confidential services are available to students through the College’s Counseling Center and the Center for Spiritual Life.

Parental Notification