Potential Violations to the Code of Community Standards

The list of behaviors in this section and subsequent sections can constitute a violation of College’s Community Standards. The behaviors listed here are intended to be illustrative rather than exhaustive, students are expected to engage in responsible decision making. The College reserves the right to refer students to Community Standards when a student’s actions disrupt the community.

Academic Integrity

Any behavior that violates the Academic Misconduct Policy, which includes, but is not limited to, cheating, dishonesty, forgery, and plagiarism. Examples of actions that violating the existing academic integrity rules in the context of remote learning include, but are not limited to, falsifying one’s identity in online interactions with classmates or faculty, falsifying one’s identity for class participation, and providing log-in or other credentials to individuals who are not authorized to access class sessions or other academic resources.

Alcohol

Any violation of the College’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy specific to alcohol, which includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Possessing or consuming alcohol under the legal drinking age.
  2. Serving or providing alcohol to individuals that are under the legal drinking age.
  3. Being in the presence of alcohol while under the legal drinking age.
  4. Over Intoxication including but not limited to needing medical attention, destructive behavior, vandalism, etc., regardless of age.
  5. Illegal or unauthorized manufacture, distribution, or social sharing of alcoholic beverages.
  6. Providing opportunities for heavy drinking, including but not limited to drinking games, funnels, punch bowls etc.

Bias Related Behavior

Any behavior or activities including, but are not limited to, any violation of the Code of Community Standards motivated by a race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, religion, political views, sexual orientation, age, sex, military or other uniformed service, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable local, state, or federal law regardless if the behavior is online or in person. Refer to the College’s Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation for more information.

Cannabis

We recognize historical and ongoing harmful effects of privilege and marginalization reflected in the term “marijuana”. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol) and Hemp are all products derived from the cannabis plant. The term “marijuana” specifically refers to THC and is used as the term in most legal documentation. Emerson does not allow the consumption of THC based products on our campus and will refer to such products using the term “marijuana”. 
 
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approved legislation to legalize recreational use of marijuana by people at or over the age of 21. Emerson College remains subject to federal law, including the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, in order to remain eligible for federal funding to the College. 
 
In accordance with federal law, Emerson maintains a prohibition on the use of marijuana. This means that for all students, regardless of age, you are prohibited from the use, sale, manufacturing, distribution, possession, and/or social sharing of marijuana on campus. Prohibited conduct on campus includes the following examples:

  1. Possession or use of marijuana, including medicinal and recreational on-campus and/or on College property.
  2. Possession or use of any drug paraphernalia (i.e. pipes, bongs, hookahs, etc.).
  3. Manufacture, or attempted or actual distribution or social sharing of any illegal drug or drug paraphernalia (i.e. pipes, bongs, hookahs, etc.).
  4. Attempted or actual sale, distribution, social sharing or manufacturing of marijuana-based products.

The unauthorized duplication or downloading of copyrighted materials. Refer to the Copyright Policy for more information.

Disorderly And Disruptive Behavior

Any behavior or activities that are disruptive to or negatively affect other Emerson community members, the College’s relationships with the city, its community, or other institutions. Including but not limited to virtual and in person disruptions to learning, throwing or dropping items out of windows, any interference with the daily life of our College community.

  1. Aiding or abetting any violation of College policy.
  2. Intentional or reckless interference of College activities including, but not limited to, teaching; research; administration; police; fire; or emergency services.
  3. Bullying or cyber-bullying, including but not limited to, direct messaging on social media platforms, emails, and verbal messaging to other College Community Members.

Drug

Any violation of the College’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy specific to drugs, which includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Possession or use of other illegal drugs (i.e. cocaine, MDMA, heroin, hallucinogens, etc.).
  2. Attempted or actual sale, distribution, social sharing or manufacturing of illegal drugs (i.e. cocaine, MDMA, heroin, hallucinogens, etc.).
  3. Impairment as a result of the use of illegal drugs or misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medication.
  4. Unlawful possession, unlawful use, abuse, or attempted or actual distribution, social sharing or manufacturing of any controlled substance (i.e. prescription drug) or over-the-counter medication or non-prescription synthetic drugs.
  5. Knowingly being in the presence of someone using an illegal drug.
  6. Over Intoxication including but not limited to needing medical attention, destructive behavior, vandalism, etc.

Endangering The Health Or Safety Of Our Community And Other Individuals

Any behavior that threatens or endangers the health and/or safety of oneself or others, which can include physical, verbal, or electronic abuse, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person or the community.

  1. Physical abuse or assault. Abusive communication (written or verbal), threats, intimidation, stalking, harassment or coercion. Also read the College’s Power-Based Interpersonal Violence policy.
  2. Infliction of or threat of physical harm that endangers the health or safety of members of our community, harms property or disrupts community members' enjoyment of their rights or engagement in the community.
  3. Not following and/or refusing to observe any health and safety regulations which unnecessarily endangers or threatens the health and/or safety of any student or the community.

Failure To Comply

Failure to comply with policies established to maintain the health and safety of the community and/or Failure to comply with the directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties.  College officials include, but are not limited to, Office of Housing and Residential Education staff, Office of Community Standards staff, and Emerson College Police Department.

False Identification Or Information

Knowingly furnishing false information, including but not limited to:

  1. Forgery, altering official documents or identification with intent to defraud.
  2. Making a false report of any emergency (i.e. bomb, fire, medical, etc.) on or off campus by means of activating a fire alarm or in any other manner.
  3. Misleading or making false reports or giving false information in any formal College investigation or proceeding.

Fire Safety

  1. Unauthorized or reckless use of candles, incense, or any open flames College facilities.
  2. Intentionally or recklessly misusing or damaging fire or other safety equipment.
  3. Causing or attempting to cause a fire or adding to unauthorized fires.
  4. Unauthorized storage, possession, or use of items that are widely known to be a fire risk, such as hover-boards, self-propelled scooters, or similar devices in any College owned or leased facility, vehicle (including transportation buses), or at any College-sponsored event.

Gambling

Gambling, including the sale of raffle tickets. Refer to the Gambling Policy for more information.

Guests

Students are responsible for the actions of their guests. Any guest visiting a College residence hall must be at least 16-years of age. Refer to the Guest Policy for current guest policy information.

Hazing

Any behavior or activity that violates the Hazing Policy

Invasion of Privacy

All forms of invasion of privacy including but not limited to the audio or video recording, filming, photographing, viewing, transmitting, publishing,  or producing the image or voice of another person without the person’s knowledge and expressed consent while in an environment that is considered private or where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Local, State, Federal, & International Laws, Regulations, & Ordinances

Violations of local, state, federal, and international laws, regulations, and ordinances, whether occurring on or off campus.

Misuse Of College Resources And/Or College Property

  1. Misuse or abuse of College resources.
  2. Trespassing or any unauthorized presence in/on or forcible entry into a College facility or College-related premises, including College building roofs or fire escapes.
  3. Unauthorized use or misuse of College property including, but not limited to, equipment, thermostats, technology, or keys.

Published College Policies

Violations of published College policies, rules, regulations, or the student and student organization rights and responsibilities.

Power-based Interpersonal Violence

Any violation of the Power-based Interpersonal Violence Policy which includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, any unwelcomed sexual behavior, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking as they are defined for the purposes of the Clery Act or Power-based Interpersonal Violence Policy. Refer to the Power-Based Interpersonal Violence website for more information.

Residence Hall Policies

Any behavior or activities that violate the College Residence Hall policies or contracts. Refer to the Residence Hall policies for more information.

Retaliation

Retaliation against an individual or group for reporting a College policy violation or cooperation with a College-related investigation. Retaliation is any harmful action taken against a person because of their participation in any part of the conduct process. The College recognizes that retaliation can take many forms, including but not limited to, defamation, verbal/physical intimidation and can happen in-person or virtually within digital platforms and social media. Retaliation can be committed by an individual or a group; and those reporting incidents, responding to incidents, and witnesses can both commit and/or be the subject of retaliatory behavior.

Smoking

The use of any device made or constructed to inhale smoke is prohibited in any residential facility, including but not limited to bongs, vape pens, cigarettes, etc.  

  1. Smoking, including use of electronic smoking devices in any College-owned or -leased facility or vehicle, or otherwise designated “no smoking” areas.
  2. Any violation of the College’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy specific to tobacco, cannabis, or other drugs.

Theft

Attempted or actual theft of property or services; knowingly being in possession of stolen property.

Vandalism And Damage Of Property

Attempted and/or actual vandalism to facilities or personal property. The damage, destruction, or defacement of College property or the property of others.  

Weapons

See the Weapons Policy

  1. Unauthorized storage, possession, and/or use of firearms, fireworks, dangerous weapons, weapons used for sparring or fighting, or hazardous chemicals on College premises or at College-sponsored activities. This includes, but is not limited to, guns, ammunition, nunchakus or karate sticks, switchblades, mace, pepper spray, firecrackers, tear gas, or other dangerous weapons or articles.
  2. Unauthorized storage, possession, and/or use of knives except butter/table knives without a serrated edge or non-locking pocket knives with a single edge no longer than 2” in length.