III. Student Code of Conduct

Goodwin College’s Student Code of Conduct reflects the College’s mission statement by reinforcing those deeply-held beliefs that represent the College’s highest priorities and fundamental driving forces. The promotion of respect for diversity and the right to a safe educational environment are the centerpieces of the College’s mission. The General Code of Conduct promotes a safe, secure, and productive learning environment for the Goodwin College community.

Jurisdiction:

The Code shall apply to conduct that occurs on College premises; at College sponsored or sanctioned activities; and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects (a) the peace/comfort/safety/security of others or the College community and (b) the integrity of the educational or developmental process. Students are responsible for their individual conduct and the Conduct Board shall decide whether the Code will be applied to conduct occurring off-campus, on a case-by-case basis.

Violations of law and convictions:

Students may be held accountable both to civil authorities and to the College for acts that constitute violations of law and of this Code. Disciplinary action by the College will normally be concurrent with civil or criminal proceedings despite the dismissal or reduction of the charges by civil authorities. The College may, at its discretion, postpone disciplinary proceedings pending the outcome of a civil or criminal action.

Students who are convicted of felony criminal charges while enrolled are required to inform the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The College may bring disciplinary action against the student for the same incident if the alleged conduct is prohibited by the institution and/or if it is judged to be adverse to the recognized mission of the institution. College conduct procedures are distinct and independent of any and all criminal procedures. When necessary, temporary action may be taken in the form of summarily suspending, summarily restricting, or officially directing no contact between the victim and assailant, as well as possible changes in course schedule.

Interim suspensions:

The Student Conduct Board may suspend a student from the College for an interim period pending disciplinary or criminal proceedings or medical evaluation. An interim suspension shall become effective immediately and without prior notice if there is information available that the student’s continued presence on campus poses a substantial and immediate threat to her/himself, others, and/or the performance of normal College functions. During interim suspension, a student shall be denied access to the campus and/or all other College activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, including access to cirriculum. The interim suspension does not delay or void the regular disciplinary process, which shall proceed on a normal schedule.

Standards of classroom behavior:

Primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the faculty. Students who engage in any inappropriate, prohibited, or unlawful acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by the faculty member to leave the class for the remainder of the class period and may be referred to the Student Conduct Board.

Conduct Rules:

Goodwin College expects that its students will strive for high standards of honor and good citizenship, and that they will conduct themselves, both on- and off-campus, in a manner that reflects well on themselves and the College. The College further expects that students will convey these expectations to their guests. The following, while not exhaustive, represents behavior subject to conduct action:

  • Conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, and/or coercion. Please refer to the full Anti-Violence Policy in the Academic Catalog
  • Possession of a weapon in violation of the Weapons Policy in the Academic Catalog.
  • Reckless, disorderly, or lewd conduct.
  • Recklessly interfering with normal College or College-sponsored activities, including but not limited to studying, teaching, administration, or emergency services, such as fire and police.
  • Unauthorized entry or use of College facilities. This includes unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or access cards to any College premises.
  • Unauthorized use of a Goodwin College ID card. Students are unable to give permission to other persons to use the ID card on their behalf. The only person permitted to use the ID card is the individual to whom the card is issued.
  • Unauthorized or inappropriate use of College computers, e-mail, or network; or other violations as specified in the General Policies section of the Academic Catalog.
  • Use of electronic or other devices to record any person while on College premises without his/ her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent.
  • Failure to comply with any sanction(s), administrative and/or educational, imposed in accordance with the Code.
  • Furnishing false information to the College or a College official or withholding information that may impede an investigation. This includes, but is not limited to any false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency.
  • Violation of the College Drug and Alcohol Policy.
  • Violation of the College Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct Policy.
  • Forgery, unauthorized alteration, or unauthorized use of any College document or instrument of identification.
  • Attempted or actual theft of College property or the property of others.
  • Damage to College property or the property of others.
  • Failure to comply with the reasonable directions of College officials, including Campus Safety officers, acting in performance of their duties. This also includes failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested.
  • Violations of other College regulations, rules, or policies.
  • Conduct that could result in the violation of any federal, state, or local law.
  • Students are to maintain adequate oversight of their guests and to exercise good judgment when inviting guests into the community.
  • Hosting non-official events or other activities that create a nuisance or endanger the safety of the community.
  • Retaliation: Acts or attempts to retaliate or seek retribution against any complainant, respondent, individual or group of individuals otherwise involved in the complaint, investigation, and/or resolution of an allegation of a policy violation. Retaliation can be committed by any individual or group of individuals, not just a respondent or complainant. Retaliation can take many forms, including continued abuse, violence, or other forms of harm to others.

Procedure:

Please refer to the General Conduct Process Flowchart.

The purpose of conduct proceedings is to provide a fair evaluation of a student’s alleged responsibility for violating College policies and/or this Code. Formal rules of evidence shall not apply and deviations from the prescribed procedures will not necessarily invalidate a decision, unless significant prejudice to a respondent may result. The outcome of the conduct proceeding may be appealed under the Appeals section of this Code.

To file an incident report for a campus policy violation please click here.

Sanctions that may be imposed in accordance with this code include:

Verbal Warning: Notice that continuation or repetition of prohibited conduct may be cause for additional disciplinary action.

Written Warning: Official notice, in writing, that continuation or repetition of prohibited conduct may be cause for additional disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Probation : Exclusion from participation in privileged activities for a specified period of time. Privileged activities may include, but are not limited to student activities, student government office, or some student employment. Additional restrictions or conditions may also be imposed. Violations of the terms of disciplinary probation or any other College policy violations may result in further disciplinary action.

Mediation: A student may be required to mediate a dispute with the aggrieved party with the oversight of a qualified mediator.

Letter of Apology to the Aggrieved Party: A student may be required to write a letter of apology to the aggrieved party. A draft copy of the letter must be provided to the Student Conduct Board for prior approval.

Requirement to Seek Counseling: This sanction may be imposed when a student is found guilty of engaging in disruptive or uncivil behaviors. In such case, the student shall be required to provide evidence to the Student Conduct Board of attendance and completion of counseling by a qualified professional.

Restitution: Repayment to the College or to an affected party for damages resulting from a violation of this Code. To enforce this sanction, the College reserves the right to withhold transcripts and degrees or to deny a student participation in graduation ceremonies and privileged events.

Suspension: Exclusion from College premises, attending classes, and other privileges or activities for a specified period of time, as set forth in the suspension notice. Conditions for readmission may be specified in the suspension notice.

Dismissal: Permanent termination of student status and exclusion from College premises, privileges, and activities.

Revocation of Admission and/or Degree: Admission to or a degree awarded by the College may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation in obtaining the degree, or violation of College policies, the Code or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to enrollment or graduation.

Withholding Degree: The College may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Code, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.

Other educational sanctions may be imposed instead of or in addition to those specified in this section.

More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.

Significant mitigating factors shall be considered when sanctions are imposed, including the present demeanor and past conduct record of the student as well as the nature of the offense and the severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from it.

Appeals:

All sanctions imposed by the General Conduct Board will be in effect during the appeal.

The outcome may be appealed by the respondent(s). Appeals must be received in writing by the Chair of the Goodwin College Appeals Board within 48 days of the outcome by the Student Conduct Board. All appeals will be considered based solely on the following grounds:

The ONLY grounds for appeal are as follows:

  1. The student believes a procedural error occurred that impacted the original determination and sanction.
  2. The student has substantially new evidence that was not available during the original determination and sanction that he or she believes will substantially impact the original determination and sanction.
  3. The student believes that the sanction imposed by the Student Conduct Board is substantially outside the scope outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

In the appeal, the respondent must identify one or more of the grounds listed above along with an explanation as to why the Goodwin College Appeal Board should consider this request. The GCAB will not process appeals that do not follow these instructions.

The GCAB will either accept or reject the request for an appeal and, if it is accepted, will decide whether to make a new determination itself or to send the matter back to the Student Conduct Board for further review.

Sanctions can be increased, decreased, or remain the same based on the outcome of the appeals process.