Office of Community Standards

The Office of Community Standards serves to provide students with a living and learning environment that reflects the values of the Stonehill community and supports the College's commitment to developing the moral, spiritual, intellectual and social competencies of our students. To achieve this goal, Stonehill looks to the students to be partners in this process with the hope of creating an environment that is respectful of the rights of all individuals within the community.

Community Standards and College Policies

Stonehill College, an academic community within the Catholic tradition, committed to its Holy Cross roots, holds high expectations for how its members live and interact with one another. At the heart of these expectations is a respect for self and others. Specifically, Stonehill is committed to developing the moral, spiritual, intellectual and social competencies of our community. In search of this ideal, Stonehill endeavors to create an environment in which integrated learning is a shared responsibility, pursued in the classroom and laboratory, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, athletic fields, residence halls, dining room and chapel. These expectations and competencies are our Community Standards.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students are accountable for their actions as a necessary part of community life. By voluntarily choosing to affiliate with Stonehill College, students acknowledge to uphold these responsibilities.

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The Formal Hearing Process

The purpose of a formal discipline hearing is to review statements from a charged student, complainant, or person who believes he/she was the victim of a student’s misconduct, and witnesses with knowledge of the incident. A determination will be made as to whether or not the charged student violated the Community Standards.    

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Informal Conferences

An informal conference is an informal meeting of a student alleged to have violated the Community Standards with a staff member, complainant, and person who believes he/she was the victim of a student’s misconduct for the purpose of achieving resolution with all parties agreeing to the outcome.

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Possible Sanctions

In determining a sanction, the AVPSA/Dean of Students, or designee, may consider the student’s present demeanor, past disciplinary record, the nature of the misconduct, and the severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from the misconduct or other factors.

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Appeals Process

The Appeals Board is comprised of the Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee, who serves as the chairperson, a faculty or staff member (appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs) and a student (appointed by the SGA President) to consider an appeal from the CDC’s decision as to whether a student has violated the Community Standards or from the sanctions imposed.

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