Whenever a student is found to have acted in a manner contrary to the College rules
and regulations, that student can expect some form of official disciplinary action
will be taken against them by the College. The goal in selecting an appropriate sanction
in every discipline case is to provide the student with an educational experience
and to balance the perceived needs of the individual student with those of the entire
community. Therefore, the type of action taken in any particular case will depend
on several factors, including the degree of seriousness of the violations, the violator's
awareness about the problems caused by violator's behavior, and the violator's degree
of maturity and apparent ability and readiness to learn more positive behaviors as
a result of having participated in the College conduct process.
NOTE: One part of the College's compliance with the 1989 Drug Free School and Campuses
Regulations (Drug‑Free Schools and Communities Act, Public Law 101‑226) and the policies
of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education is to set alcohol and illegal
drug conduct code standards. In response to findings of code violations, the College
will typically apply a minimum mandatory sanction. In general, the below listed sanctions
and disciplinary conditions are employed. As minimum and mandatory these sanctions
are aimed to provide an opportunity to examine one's choices in light of complying
with College standards as well as the Federal and State mandates and serve as a deterrent
to future violations.
The following disciplinary sanctions represent a range of actions starting with the
less serious and ending with the most severe. Any hearing agent, such as the College
Judicial Board, or a representative of the Student Affairs Office, upon finding a
violation of College policy occurred, may apply any one of these sanctions or a combination
of these, in an effort to effectively respond to the situation of the case before
them. The sanctions are considered in order of severity. Discipline is also progressive
so a student who is already on "College Probation" and is found to have violated another
College policy can expect to receive a more severe sanction such as "Disciplinary
Probation" and so forth on through "Dismissal from the College." The actions, which
may be taken in disciplinary cases, are:
- Case Dismissed - An action which closes a case for any one of the following reasons: a) not responsible
finding is reached by the hearing body/officer, or b) there is a lack of sufficient
information and/or evidence.
- Reprimand - Written notification from a hearing body/officer to a student containing an official
reprimand and indicating that repetition of infractions of College regulations will
most likely result in more severe disciplinary action.
- College Probation - A probationary status imposed for a specified time period, not to exceed one calendar
year during which a student is expected to show a positive change in behavior. In
addition, conditions and restrictions appropriate to the offense may be imposed. Any
further violation of the probation will be basis for more severe disciplinary action.
- Disciplinary Probation - A restrictive probationary status imposed for a specific time period, not to exceed
eighteen months, during which a student is most likely to be prohibited from representing
the College, or running for/holding office, in any extracurricular activities such
as councils, intercollegiate athletic teams, intramural programs, clubs or organizations
(including SGA), theater, publications, band, etc. Additional conditions or restrictions
may be imposed. Students found responsible of any further infraction of College regulations
during the probation, or who violate the conditions or restrictions of the probation
will be subject to further action.
- Suspension from College - Suspension status excludes a student from classes and from all privileges and activities
of the College for a definite period of time, not to exceed one calendar year. This
action may be deferred to become effective after a certain date. During the period
of suspension, a student is not permitted to be on the College property or use the
facilities or equipment without the expressed permission of the Student Affairs Division
Office. If the conditions of the suspension are violated, he/she will be subjected
to further disciplinary action.
Dismissal/Expulsion from the College - A decision to dismiss a student means the student's status at MCLA is terminated
for an indefinite period of time. During the period when the student is dismissed
he/she is excluded from classes and from all privileges and activities of the College.
During a period of dismissal, a student is not permitted on College property without
the expressed permission of the Student Affairs Division Office. If a dismissed student
violates any College regulation during the dismissal period or the conditions of dismissal,
he/she shall be subject to further action.
Conditions - A Hearing Agent may attach conditions to any disciplinary action, including but
not limited to the following:
- Restitution - Reimbursement by the student to the College or an individual through payment of
money or performance of an appropriate work requirement because of damage or loss
to the College or personal property or misappropriation of same.
- Fines, Fees and Service Charges - Penalty fees payable to the College of no less than $5 and no greater than $100
depending upon the degree of the infraction (except when a larger fine is imposed
on the College by an outside agency as the result of an individual's actions). Failure
to pay fines or service charges within the time specified by the hearing body will
result in the imposition of more severe disciplinary action. The money collected by
fines will be deposited in a fund to support educational programming and/or scholarships.
- Special Assignments - A work project or special assignment imposed by a hearing agent either as an alternative
to another sanction or as a condition of a particular sanction. An effort will be
made to select an assignment, which is appropriate to the offense and does not degrade
the individual or inhibit student's academic progress or health. Special assignments
may include, but are not limited to, community work hours, written reports, participation
in extracurricular programs, counseling or educational groups, and work in a specific
Campus office, building or area. Failure to complete a special assignment by the date
set by the hearing agent will result in the imposition of more severe sanctions and/or
release of enrollment.
- Restriction or Revocation of Privileges ‑ Temporary or permanent loss of privileges as an alternative to another sanction
or as a condition of a particular sanction. Such action includes but is not limited
to use of a specific College facility, residence area visitation privileges, access
to computing network, Campus motor vehicle parking and/or operating privileges, and
other special privileges. The hearing officer or body must specify the date after
which the student may regain these privileges and/or what conditions the student must
meet to be eligible to regain these privileges.
- Referral to a Targeted Educational Intervention - The designated hearing officer or body may refer a student to education intervention
programs, on or off Campus. The purpose of this referral will be to offer the student
an opportunity to understand and address aspects of personal decision-making (e.g.,
alcohol and substance use) and/or behavior (e.g., expression of anger, hostile behavior).
- Parent/Guardian Contact - Students will arrange a contact or conference with their parents or guardians and
a designated staff member by a specific date and in a specific manner.
- Residence Area Separation - Separation may be permanent or for a specific period of time and separation prohibits
access to any campus residence area and surrounding patio, walkways or outdoor areas.
Visitation is not permitted unless approved in writing by the Student Affairs Division
- Withdrawal of Recognition/Dissolution - Student groups may be disbanded and College recognition withdrawn for a specific
time period or permanently. Further, disciplinary action taken against a student
group leader(s) may result in the organization receiving sanctions involving loss
of recognition and/or privileges.
The first alcohol violation typically results in General Probation I and/or College
Probation, and participation in an alcohol education web based program. Community
work hours may be assigned. Non-resident students may be banned from residence areas.
A fee is required as part of this sanction.
A second alcohol violation typically results in General Probation II and/or Disciplinary
Probation, parental contact and a referral for an individual educational intervention.
Community service may be assigned. Non-resident students may be banned from residence
areas. A fee is required as part of this sanction.
A third alcohol violation following successive discipline would typically result in
College suspension or dismissal.
Acts of vandalism, physically abusive behavior towards self and/or others, disruption,
possession of a keg, damage and other behaviors of the sort, elevate the degree of
seriousness of an incident and, therefore, warrant additional disciplinary action