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Office of Student Conduct
The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is centered around student learning through promotion of responsible and ethical behavior consistent with the Regis Student Code of Conduct, the Regis Mission and the Charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. The Office of Student Conduct is committed to maintaining a community that is safe, secure and respectful of all without distinction. The Student Conduct System establishes a procedure for determining the facts surrounding a charge that a student has violated policy and for arriving at a fair and informed resolution of the incident.
Overview Of The Conduct Process
The Student Conduct System and related procedures are distinct and separate from criminal and civil court proceedings and do not provide identical rights to the accused as are available in those proceedings. The Student Conduct System is not designed to be, and should not be expected to function as a court of law.
Regis reserves the right to modify institutional policy, the Regis Student Conduct System processes, and any other provision contained herein. Student Conduct procedures will be adhered to as faithfully as possible, but variations dictated by circumstances will not invalidate the process.
In addition to the process described here, when an incident involves classroom conduct or violations of academic standards the student will also be subject to the Classroom Code of Conduct as described in the Regis Academic Catalog.
In lieu of adjudication, members of the Regis community may choose to mediate a dispute with the approval of the Student Affairs staff member hearing the case. Mediation uses a neutral third party to help resolve disputes, leaving resolution in the hands of the disputing parties.
Parents, guardians, and legal representation are not permitted to be present at any student conduct proceeding.
Student conduct matters related to gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are subject to an alternate student conduct process described above in the Sexual Violence and Gender Discrimination section. Student conduct matters related to bias based on race, ethnicity, sexual identity, ability, or other protected identity may be resolved through the Bias Response Protocol in addition to the administrative process below.
There are two forums in which cases are traditionally adjudicated at Regis: An Administrative Hearing or a Conduct Board Hearing. An Administrative Hearing is a conduct hearing conducted by a trained staff member from the Office of Student Affairs. A case that is referred the Conduct Board is heard by several trained members of the Regis community.
Regis Student Code Of Conduct
Regis is a co-ed college, open to men and women in undergraduate studies, the adult learner, and graduate programs. Our campus ethic is derived from our Catholic identity and emphasizes the dignity of the human person. It applies to all students, to temporary residents in special summer or winter programs, and all guests. For undergraduate students, this vision of respect for one’s self, for others, and for the common good has an even stronger dimension.
The Regis Student Code of Conduct, as outlined in this Handbook, holds all students to a high standard. Within the traditions of its mission and the Catholic Sisters of St. Joseph heritage, Regis expects its students to live by this high standard of behavior and personal values. Among these expectations include:
Respect for the rights and human dignity of others, especially in the conduct of relationships;
Respect for the rights and needs of the Regis community to develop and maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic study and personal development;
Respect for Regis’ traditions of honesty, freedom of expression, and open inquiry;
Tolerance and respect for the different backgrounds, religious traditions, personalities and beliefs of the students, faculty and staff members who make up the Regis community;
A willingness to assist others in need of support, guidance or freedom;
Respect for federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; and
Compliance with Regis policies, procedures and regulations and the directions of Regis staff acting under the authority of those policies, procedures, or regulations.
Each student is responsible for his/her own conduct and for upholding policies and standards of Regis as a whole. It is expected that students will act at all times in a manner that reflects favorably upon themselves, their families and Regis. Sections II-III outline the standards of behavior in the Regis community as well the as the conduct process for students alleged to have violated these standards.
If a student is found in violation of the Regis Student Code of Conduct the student may be warned, sanctioned, placed on probation, suspended, or dismissed from Regis, depending on the nature of the violation. At Regis’ discretion, students are subject to sanctions for conduct off campus when that conduct contradicts Regis’ mission or policies.
Regis expects students to treat all people with dignity. Regis will not tolerate disrespectful behavior, psychological or physical threats, intimidation, slander, libel, and violations of the expectations listed about and elsewhere in this Handbook. Disregard for the privacy of self or others, including such things as obscene, indecent, or inconsiderate behavior and exposure of others to highly offensive conditions are strictly prohibited. Similarly, the Regis Student Code of Conduct requires students to honor welfare, health, and safety concerns by acting responsibly and considerately.