Alcoholic Beverages - The College intends for its students to abide by State laws prohibiting those persons
under the age of 21 from possessing, purchasing, or transporting alcoholic beverages.
Those students who are of legal drinking age may possess alcoholic beverages in specific
residence areas, and at certain times and places on Campus such as specifically designated
social events. Students of legal age who choose to possess and use alcohol must do
so responsibly. Students who are 21 years of age may not consume, possess or otherwise
use alcohol when a minor is present. Conversely, minors may not be present when/where
there is alcohol present unless specifically approved. This standard applies both
on and off Campus. At no time are students allowed to possess on Campus (regardless
of content) kegs, half kegs, or similar "common" containers of beer such as "beer
balls" and/or alcohol abuse apparatus such as funnels, beer pong or Beirut set ups.
Students are expected to become familiar, where relevant, with policies established
by such offices as Residential Programs & Services and Public Safety before becoming
involved in any event where alcoholic beverages are to be present. Behaviors resulting
in violations of community standards as a result of improper use of alcohol will not
be excused or mitigated.
Assault and Battery - Students may not willfully threaten or injure another person. Additionally they
may not endanger nor may students intentionally and unjustifiably use force upon a
person, or, act in a negligent way, which causes injury to another. Behavior involving
an expressed or implied threat, which interferes with an individual's personal safety,
academic efforts, employment or participating in College sponsored programs and causes
the person to have a reasonable apprehension that harm is about to occur, is also
Complicity/Implied Consent - If a student is aware of, or in the presence of a violation of College policy and
he/she remains in the presence of and/or fails to take reasonable actions to stop
the violation, the student gives his/her implied consent to the violation and becomes
a party in the violation. A student present when/where one or more violations are
occurring also chooses to accept the consequences of being in violation of College
policy. Anyone who creates an opportunity or encourages another person to violate
regulations may be deemed equally responsible as the actual perpetrator and may be
subject to the same sanctions as the active offender.
Disruptive Conduct - Students are considered to be acting in a disruptive fashion and against College
standards whenever they shall make a disturbance or threat of violence which is sufficient
to disrupt the normal and reasonable use of the buildings or property, owned or controlled
by the College or elsewhere (even off campus). In the interpretation and application
of this regulation, either a disturbance or a threat of violence, shall constitute
a violation. A "disturbance," which is something less than threats of violence, is
an interruption of peace and quiet, a violation of public order in decorum, or an
interference with or hindrance of facilities or occupation of a building or space.
Classroom disruption is substantial and/or repeated behavior that reasonably interferes
with the conduct of a class or related academic pursuits. "Fighting," defined as
engaging in, and continuing when one has an opportunity to disengage from a physical
struggle with another person or persons, is specifically prohibited under this regulation.
Lewd, obscene or otherwise indecent conduct is also prohibited under this code.
Drugs and Narcotics - In accordance with the General Laws of Massachusetts, the College as an instrument
of the State, is obliged to uphold and maintain standards in relation to illegal drugs
and substances. Therefore, students alleged to be in violation of these standards
can expect the College to pursue such matters through its regularly established conduct
processes. The possession, use, distribution or sale of narcotics, hallucinogens
or other dangerous and/or illegal drugs is prohibited. The possession or sale of
drug related paraphernalia is also prohibited. The College embraces wellness and,
therefore, prohibits the use of any substance in a harmful or abusive manner. This
may include over-the-counter substances or prescription drugs. Behaviors resulting
in violations of community standards as a result of improper use of drugs or other
substances will not be excused or provide justification for the College to mitigate
its response to associated behaviors and violations.
False Information - Any student who knowingly withholds information or offers false information, during
either an investigation or College disciplinary process shall be considered to have
violated College policy and standards of behavior. Furnishing false information,
alteration, destruction, misuse of documents or records, I.D. cards or signing or
using another person's name is also prohibited.
Fire Safety - Fire Alarms, Equipment and Drills - The use of fire equipment, such as smoke detectors, extinguishers, alarms and hoses,
is strictly prohibited except in the case of an emergency or an organized fire safety
drill approved by the Department of Public Safety. Likewise, failure to evacuate promptly
and completely any campus building or facility is prohibited once a fire alarm has
been sounded, or when directed under such circumstances to do so by a College staff
member or official emergency personnel. The setting of fires without written permit
is strictly prohibited.
Gambling - Any gambling which is prohibited by Massachusetts law is also prohibited on College
Harassment - The College has concern for incidents in which students are subject to harassment
because of membership in a particular racial, ethnic, religious, gender, self-identification
of gender, or sexual orientation group or because of their disability. Conduct less
than a physical attack or contact that is so severe or pervasive it interferes with
a person's employment, academic performance or participation in College programs or
activities, and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that
a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive is in violation
of this policy.
Hazing -The term "hazing" as used in this section shall mean any conduct or method of initiation
into a student organization whether on public or private property that willfully or
recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.
Such conduct shall include whipping; beating; branding; forced calisthenics; exposure
to the weather; forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance;
or any other treatment or forced physical activity that is likely to adversely affect
the physical health or safety of any such student or other person or which subjects
such student or other person to extreme mental stress including extended deprivation
of sleep or rest or extended isolation. Notwithstanding any other provisions, consent
shall not be available as a defense to any campus disciplinary action under this action.
Principal organizers and/or participants are considered to be responsible for hazing.
Further, whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing and is at the scene
of such activity shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or
peril to their self or others, report such crime to an appropriate enforcement official
as soon as reasonably practicable.
Misappropriation, Theft, and/or Damage/Destruction of Property - Students are responsible for the proper utilization and preservation of all College
furnishings, equipment, grounds, vehicles, services, and facilities. Prior to use,
approval is necessary for use of vehicles, facilities and some equipment. Damages
caused by students to College owned or operated property will provide the College
with the basis for a claim against the responsible student(s) for the repair/replacement
of the damaged item(s) and any associated costs incurred. Further, students may not
incur College expenses or consume College resources for the conduct of their personal
lives, personal entertainment or livelihood. Students are expected to acquire permission
to use College resources, and/or resources or the personal belongings of fellow students.
If a student takes property or uses services without permission and/or is in possession
of stolen property, he/she is in violation of College policy.
Noise - Students may not intentionally make or cause to be made any noise which is above
the level of the activity commonly associated with the environment of the campus.
In assessing whether a student has behaved in accordance with this community standard,
such factors as the time of day, day of the week and place of the alleged violations
will be taken into consideration; that is, greater care to control unwanted noise
will be expected during weekdays, near the library and classroom buildings and at
examination times than on weekends or at athletic events. Generally, any intentionally
created noise, which inhibits the ability of others to study, teach, sleep and enjoy
the intended use of the Campus and its facilities will be presumed to be against this
standard of behavior. Likewise, any noise, which is generated from within a building
that travels within and/or beyond the building, such as the sounds transmitted through
a radio or stereo, are also presumed to be against this standard of behavior.
Sponsorship of Events - Individuals or groups sponsoring events disruptive to the College or community,
or having disruptive consequences may be held responsible for such activity as if
they had committed the offense. Examples of such activity would be parties or dances,
which prevent study or classes in College buildings and/or disrupt relations with
the community or result in other harmful effects.
Weapons and Firearms - Except for authorized law enforcement purposes, no weapons of any kind are allowed
on the MCLA Campus. No individual may possess, carry, store, use, or have in the individual's
custody or control, a firearm or other weapon on campus. State law prohibits the
unauthorized possession, carrying, or use of weapons or firearms on College property.
For the purposes of this policy, the term "weapons" includes, but is not limited to,
firearms of any nature or description, including shotguns, rifles, pistols and revolvers,
paint ball guns, or BB/pellet guns; firearm replicas, ammunition; martial arts-type
weapons; explosives (including fireworks); bows, crossbows, arrows; slingshots; switchblade
knives, double-edged knives, hunting (fixed-blade)-style knives of any length, throwing
knives, or folding (pocket-style) knives with a blade length of three inches or greater;
swords; pointed metal darts; Mace, pepper gas/spray and other dangerous chemicals;
or any other destructive device or instrument that may be used to do bodily injury
or damage to property. The term "Campus" includes but is not limited to: College housing,
buildings, grounds, parking areas, or any other facility owned, leased, managed, or
operated by the College. The term "carrying" includes, but is not limited to: possession,
transporting, storing, or having custody or control of firearms or other weapons within
any part of a vehicle. The policy applies to all persons, including but not limited
to: faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Temporary exemption to the portions
of this policy not controlled by State law may be granted by the College's Director
of Public Safety or designee for job related, educational or demonstration purposes.
Weapons will be confiscated by the College's Department of Public Safety and violators
may be subject to criminal prosecution and/or referral for College disciplinary action.