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The College in its sole discretion reserves the right to make a determination about appropriate levels of noise.
Please see the Residence Education section of the Handbook for information on official quiet hours.
RETALIATIONAny intentional adverse action taken against a person on the basis of their participation in a protected activity.
Absent a legitimate nondiscriminatory purpose, retaliation can include intentional action taken by a respondent or allied third party as reprisal for participating in a protected activity, or intentional adverse action taken against a respondent after it was determined that the respondent did not violate this policy.
Examples of protected activity include but are not limited to:
● Participating in or otherwise assisting with a College investigatory procedure or law enforcement investigation;
● Filing a complaint alleging a College policy violation or a violation of law; or ● Filing a complaint about the College’s policy for resolving alleged violations of policy.
Examples of adverse action include but are not limited to:
● Threats, intimidation, continued harassment or other misconduct;
● Discouraging an individual from participation in an investigation or adjudication process; or ● Adverse educational or employment consequences.
The College maintains the right to take action against a student for other legitimate reasons in accordance with College policies and procedures, even if that student has filed a complaint with the College or otherwise participated in a protected activity.
Retaliation by any member of the College community or any person acting on their behalf is strictly prohibited.
Retaliation is a serious violation that can result in sanctions independent of the merits of the underlying complaint or allegation. The College will respond immediately to retaliation and impose disciplinary measures as appropriate, including but not limited to interim or longer term suspension from the College.
POSSESSION OF WEAPONSBabson College strictly prohibits the possession of illegal or dangerous weapons on campus. Such weapons include, but are not limited to, revolvers, pistols, rifles, shotguns, BB or pellet guns, stun guns/tazer, paint ball guns, replica guns, chemical weapons such mace or pepper spray, swords, knives (other than those used for cooking or small pocket knives), slingshots, martial arts weapons, bows and arrows, and others as deemed such by the vice president for student affairs and dean of students or designee. Possession or use of firearms, fireworks, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, bombs, and infernal devices on a college campus also is prohibited by Massachusetts state law. Any violation will result in immediate and permanent confiscation of the weapon and can result in immediate referral to the College student conduct process, or the appropriate law enforcement agency (which may result in criminal court action).
PHYSICAL ABUSE/VIOLENCEPhysical abuse of others, including but not limited to fighting and/or inflicting injury. Self-defense may only be used to the limited degree necessary for self-protection.
SEXUAL HARASSMENTSee Gender-Based Misconduct Policy
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICYSee Gender-Based Misconduct Policy
SMOKING POLICYSmoking in all College buildings is prohibited. This policy is to help promote a safe, healthy, and comfortable living and learning environment for all community members. Please note that e-cigarettes are included in this policy. Therefore, students may not smoke e-cigarettes in any building on College property.
Note that smoking is not permitted in any student rooms, including graduate student apartments, individual suite rooms and lounges. Smoking is prohibited in all public areas in residence halls including the entranceways and the areas immediately outside buildings. This also includes the front steps and enclosed entry areas of all buildings. Smoking in private offices is also prohibited.
Please note that this policy applies to all members of the community. Guests should be made aware of the College’s smoking policy by the Babson community members with whom they are visiting. Individuals who choose to smoke are expected to maintain a minimum of 25 feet from a building entrance to ensure that smoke does not enter the building. Smokers also are expected to properly dispose of their cigarettes.
Students who violate this policy are subject to a $150 fine and other sanctions as deemed appropriate.
Babson recognizes that while this may be difficult for some members of the community, it is important that common courtesy and consideration toward others should be shown. Health Services (x4257) in conjunction with Human Resources (x4128) offers assistance in enrolling community members in smoking cessation sessions.
Please contact these offices for additional assistance.
STALKINGSee Gender-Based Misconduct Policy THEFT Actual or attempted theft of personal property, College property, public/private property or identity. Additionally, the possession of stolen property is prohibited.
UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY INTO COLLEGE FACILITIESUnauthorized entry, use, or occupancy of College facilities is a violation of College policy and may result in disciplinary action. Tampering with locks to College buildings, unauthorized possession or use of College keys or a Babson OneCard(s), and alteration or duplication of College keys and/or Babson OneCard(s), also are prohibited.
VANDALISM/DAMAGEDamage, destruction or defacement of/to personal property, College property, or public/private property, whether intentional or through negligence.
VIOLATION OF PUBLISHED COLLEGE POLICIESViolation of any College policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the Hub or College website.
Student Conduct Process The overall administration of student conduct matters at the College has been delegated by the president to the Office of Student Affairs. The vice president for student affairs and dean of students is vested with the principal responsibility for implementing and administering the Community Standards section of the Student Handbook. Other members of the dean’s staff may be involved at the College’s discretion where appropriate. Professional staff members provide leadership for the program by advising students, faculty, administrators, and staff in regard to disciplinary concerns.
The College student conduct process is designed as an educational process for resolving many, but not all, violations of the standards of conduct outlined in this handbook. The goals of the student conduct system are to protect the rights of Babson community members, to assure that all parties receive fair process in the handling of complaints, and to assist students in becoming responsible citizens and accepting the consequences of their behavior. Please see the Guide to the Student Conduct Process for details.
Interim Restriction Under the limited circumstances described below, the vice president for student affairs and dean of students or designee may impose a temporary College suspension, residence hall suspension or other restriction(s) related to College property, programs, or activities. Interim restrictions become effective immediately and may be imposed at any point prior to the final resolution via the student conduct process or other administrative process.
Whenever necessary, interim restrictions will be imposed to a) ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community and/or surrounding communities, b) to maintain the normal operations of the College, and/or c) to preserve College property. The nature of the interim restriction(s) will be based on a careful review of all available information and the particular facts and circumstances of each situation.
The interim restriction(s) will be confirmed by written notification to the student and shall remain in effect until the conclusion of a hearing or administrative decision, without undue delay, in accordance with the student conduct process and policies. Violations of interim restrictions may result in suspension or expulsion from the College.
The student may, within three (3) business days of the imposition of the interim restriction(s), petition the vice president for student affairs and dean of students for a modification or removal of the restriction(s). The petition must be in writing and must include supporting documentation or evidence that the particular restriction was unwarranted, excessive, or imposed improperly. A decision on such petition will be made without undue delay by the vice president for student affairs and dean of students or designee.
No refunds for lost tuition, room, or board fees will be made during this interim restriction period. An interruption in a student’s course of study may result in required courses no longer being available or only available on a limited basis. At its discretion, the College may allow course substitution, independent study opportunities, and/or a course taken off-campus for credit (at the student’s expense). Any students who experiences an involuntary interruption in their course of study should immediately contact their class dean for academic guidance.
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INVESTIGATION/RESOLUTION PROCESSVIII. ANCTION GUIDELINES S
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XIII. TITLE IX COORDINATOR CONTACT
Babson College (the “College”) is committed to preserving a learning environment that promotes the health and safety of our community members. This community must be free from gender-based discrimination and the College therefore strictly prohibits gender-based discrimination in any and all forms, including harassment and misconduct. Such misconduct is considered to be one of the most serious violations of the College’s community standards.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other applicable laws, the College has developed the following policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, including but not limited to sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, and any other gender-based harassment or misconduct.
Whether or not a complaint or report has been filed, the College will promptly and effectively respond to allegations of gender-based misconduct and take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects in accordance with this policy. When a community member is found to have violated this policy, sanctions may be implemented in an effort to ensure that such actions are not repeated. This policy is intended to define community standards and to outline the investigation and grievance procedures when those standards are alleged to have been violated. Any attempt to engage in conduct prohibited under this policy will be treated as a violation unless the attempt is abandoned or the prohibited conduct is prevented from occurring under circumstances that demonstrate a voluntary change of behavior. Aiding or cooperating in the violation of this policy is also prohibited.
The policy applies regardless of an individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, nationality, religion, disability, or other protected status. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based upon an individual’s sexual orientation is considered gender-based and shall be subject to this policy.
II. SCOPE OF POLICY/JURISDICTION