The Student Conduct Code provides the behavioral expectations for all University of Massachusetts Lowell students. The Student Conduct Code (alternately, Code or Conduct Code) has jurisdiction to address behavior that occurs both on University property and off campus. Additionally, the Conduct Code provides the procedures used to address alleged violations of the Conduct Code.
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Questions regarding the Conduct Code should be directed to:
The Office of Student Conduct
Location: University Crossing
Acting upon the authority granted to it by the provisions of Chapter 75 of the General Laws, the Board of Trustees adopts the policies and procedures herein contained which govern the conduct of students. The provisions which follow are subject to the requirements and guidelines established by the Board of Trustees.
Conduct appropriate to a student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (the “University”) is that conduct which promotes the individual’s own academic pursuits and which contributes to meeting the community’s educational goals and objectives.
An individual’s conduct or behavior becomes a proper concern of the University if it adversely affects the academic interest of the student or other members of the University or the University’s pursuit of its educational objectives. In addition, because the University is in an urban setting, it is an inseparable part of the community and the surrounding neighborhoods. The University is strongly committed to the promotion of goodwill in the larger community which is essential to the continued cooperation of the University and its neighbors in civic projects and to the furtherance of the University’s broader mission to contribute to the general good of society. Consequently, the University must consider student conduct, whether on or off campus, that is disruptive of good community relations or which interferes with, impairs or obstructs the University’s mission, functions and processes or that are found to be offensive to generally accepted standards of sound behavior, as harmful and adverse to the University’s interests. Notification of a Code violation or decision of a Code violation is issued to a student through the student’s University email account.
Any behavior which may have been influenced by a student’s mental state (irrespective of the ultimate evaluation), or use of drugs or alcoholic beverages shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the student for the consequences of his or her actions. Therefore, such conduct may be subject to the University’s Student Conduct Code and Discipline Process.
It is not the purpose of the Student Conduct Code to duplicate the public statutes. The University cannot and does not condone violations of law and clearly recognizes that the laws of the land operate in full force on its campus. However, the University does reserve its own special authority for the regulation of conduct which affects its particular interests as an academic community.
The University may institute proceedings against students whose conduct is prohibited by state, federal, or local laws, and which occurs on or off campus and materially affects the campus community. Such action by the University is independent of, and may proceed in parallel with, civil and/or criminal action. Additionally, the University may institute proceedings against students whose conduct is a violation of University policies and regulations (including Residence Life Guidelines).
Fundamental to the achievement of community among the members of the University is the recognition by all such members that each shares a responsibility to observe the University’s Student Conduct Code, policies, and regulations. This obligation, which is an extension of the citizen’s responsibility to observe the law of the land, is an essential corollary to participation in the academic rights afforded to members of the University.
The University Student Conduct Code is not the only document governing conduct on this campus. Everyone, including students, faculty, staff and administrators, is urged to become familiar with additional rules and regulations including but not limited to Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Regulations, University Parking Regulations, the Residence Hall Student Conduct Code, rules regarding Academic Integrity, the Sexual Harassment Policy, the Policy for Demonstrations on University Property (see appendix D) and the University Policies for Electronic Resources.
This Code sets forth examples of behavior for which discipline and educational sanctions may be imposed and is neither intended to be exhaustive nor to limit the University’s ability to discipline particular conduct.
It is in the best interest of the University and members of the University community for the University to function in regard to disciplinary matters as a self-contained community in an orderly environment. Assurance that fair sanctions will be promptly imposed on those found responsible for misconduct will help the University preserve order. The University Student Discipline Process is designed to help the University exercise proper control over its own disciplinary affairs while acknowledging the rights and competence of the civil authorities in such matters. Procedures have been established which are reasonably calculated to facilitate a reliable determination of the issues and to afford any student(s) accused or a student who files a complaint of certain basic procedural rights, as specified below.
It is the intent of this Student Conduct Code to set forth in a clear, concise manner the expectations and duties of all members of the University community and to set forth administrative and disciplinary procedures whereby those students who are accused of violating the rules may be afforded a hearing and, if appropriate, a fair and just sanction.
Students are subject to all local, state and federal laws. Conduct, whether on or off-campus which adversely affects the University’s mission and purpose and/or potentially violates the Student Conduct Code will be subject to an action through the University Student Discipline Process and, if warranted, careful consideration will be given to University disciplinary action in addition to whatever action civil authorities might pursue. The University may institute proceedings against students whose conduct is prohibited by state, federal, or local laws and which occurs on or off campus, when such conduct is also a violation of the Student Conduct Code, or University policies and regulations.
Misconduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University will generally fall into the following categories:
A. Respect and protection for persons and property— Respect for persons means acting so as to enhance the safety, well-being and freedom to allow all persons to pursue their legitimate aims. This is inclusive of all University Community Members and non-community members. Respect for property means recognizing not only the ownership rights of persons and of the University, but also the dependence of all on the availability and preservation of necessary facilities and equipment.
The following sanctions may be applied to any individual, group of individuals, or organization for violations of the University Conduct Code, University policies, or guidelines. However, the University is not limited to these sanctions or to the application of only one of these sanctions. Sanctions will be part of the student’s file for seven years from the date of graduation or separation from the University. Expulsion sanctions are kept for 25 years. Sanctions for violations of this Conduct Code are progressive. Prior disciplinary actions will be reviewed and students with prior records may receive more severe sanctions than students with no prior records. Any student found responsible of an additional offense while serving a prior disciplinary probation or suspension may be suspended or expelled, depending on the circumstances. Notwithstanding the progressive nature of sanctions, the University reserves its right to impose any level of sanction it deems appropriate and warranted.
Any member of the University community or persons unaffiliated with the University may notify the Office of Student Conduct of a student’s violation of the University’s Student Conduct Code. Notifications must be made within one year (365 days) of the alleged violation in order for charges to be brought. However, charges under Section IV, A.1.D.: Stalking; and Section IV, A.1.E: Domestic/Dating Violence; and Section IV, A.1.F.: Sexual Misconduct may be brought at any time while the charged student is enrolled at the University. The University may independently investigate an allegation of student misconduct whether or not it has been submitted in writing and whether or not it is beyond the three hundred sixty-five days provided in this paragraph.
The University does not tolerate retaliation towards a University community member who has reported a potential conduct violation. Please see Section IV, A.1.c: Retaliatory Harassment.
Upon receipt of a complaint the Office of Student Conduct will review the complaint and gather the necessary information to determine if further action is appropriate. If it is determined that there is sufficient information to charge a student with a violation of the Code, charges will be brought and the case must be heard through resolution.
It is the policy of the University to inform both the complainant and the responding student of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding involving sexual misconduct, stalking, dating/domestic violence and, subject to FERPA, other violent crimes, as provided under the Rights of Students, provided above. The complainant and respondent shall be provided with a written list of the Rights of Students.
Disciplinary flags may be set on a student’s record if a student fails to respond to notification of an alleged violation of the University’s Student Conduct Code; fails to complete sanctions; when the University is concerned that a student’s conduct affects the safety and well-being of the University community; or when a student is suspended or expelled from the University. When a disciplinary flag has been set, the student cannot register for classes and may not be eligible for other academic services until meeting with a Conduct Officer.
Formal rules of process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, such as are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in the campus discipline process.
Once the review is complete, the review panel will provide its finding on responsibility and sanctions, if applicable, to the Director of Student Conduct or designee. The student respondent will be sent the finding in writing through University email. If the complaint involved stalking, dating/domestic violence, sexual misconduct, or certain violent crimes, the outcome will be shared simultaneously to the complainant and the responding student, in writing through University email.
The responding student (and complainant where the claim involves stalking, dating/domestic violence or sexual misconduct) has/have the right to appeal the outcome (see the Appeals Section).
A student may elect to be accompanied at all student conduct and investigation processes by a support person of his/her choice. A student should select a support person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the meeting(s) because delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of a support person. If a student elects to have an attorney present as their support person, it will be at the sole cost and expense of the student. The student must notify the Office of Student Conduct of who their support person is within one business day. Student conduct and/or investigative processes will not be scheduled based on a support person’s availability.
The role of the support person in all cases is limited to supporting the student during the conduct and/or investigative process. The support person may not speak on behalf of the student, answer questions directed to the student and/or address or ask the other party questions. At no time may the support person be a first hand witness to the incident(s) in question.
The student must direct all questions and/or concerns about any conduct and/or investigative process to the Conduct Officer or Investigator. Both the responding student and the complainant’s support person(s) are strictly prohibited from speaking directly with any administrator involved in making a determination on the incident, outside of the conduct/investigative process.
The University is committed to providing appropriate accommodations to students with disabilities so that all students have meaningful access to all University programs and services, including the Student Conduct Process.
All students with disabilities who are involved in the Student Conduct Process, including complainants and responding students, support person(s), witnesses may seek accommodations for any stage of the Student Conduct Process and/or Investigative Process. Any student requesting an accommodation must do so far enough in advance to allow the request to be reviewed and an appropriate accommodation identified and implemented. Although there is no firm deadline beyond which an accommodation cannot be requested, the student will be held accountable for making any request in a timely fashion: the University may not be able to provide an accommodation which is not requested at least five working days before the accommodation is needed. Accordingly, each student seeking an accommodation is strongly encouraged to do so as early as possible in the Student Discipline Process.
A request for accommodation shall be made to the Director of Disability Services (“Director”) or designee. The request will be reviewed by the Director, who will apply appropriate legal standards and University policies and procedures to determine what accommodation, if any, is appropriate. The student will be given an opportunity to have an interactive role in the review process—i.e., to discuss the request with the Director—before the Director completes the review. The Director may require the student to provide appropriate documentation from qualified health care professionals to support the request. In addition, the Director, in her/his discretion, shall consult as appropriate with the Conduct Officer or the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or their designee, or other experts of the Director’s choosing. The Director will make his/her determination in light of the student’s particular disabilities and the nature of the Discipline Process, as informed by any consultations, relevant documentation and relevant previous accommodations provided to the student. The student will be given an explanation of the Director’s determination.
If the student requesting accommodations disagrees with the Director’s determination on reasonable accommodations, he/she may appeal the determination to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Outreach within five (5) working days of the Director’s decision.
A responding student or in certain circumstances a complainant may appeal a decision, in writing, to the Office of Student Conduct. All appeals are due to the Office of Student Conduct within five (5) business days at 4pm, from date of notification of the outcome of the Campus Conduct Conference or review panel findings. Date of notification is day the letter is sent via University email. During the appeals process sanctions may remain in place. An appeal must specify grounds that would justify consideration. Appeals will only be accepted for review if based upon one or more of the following criteria:
The Dean of Student Affairs and Enrichment or designee will designate one staff person to coordinate the appeal. This designee will make a determination of whether or not the appeal has merit based on the above-stated criteria. If the appeal does not have merit, the findings and sanctions will stand with no further appeal, and the students will be notified in writing (and complainant if the claim involves stalking, dating/domestic violence or sexual misconduct or other violent crimes, subject to FERPA). If the appeal has merit, one of the following will occur:
All decisions regarding the appeals will be delivered in writing through University email.
The Office of Student Conduct shall maintain the official disciplinary records and a disciplinary action tracking system, which shall include, but not be limited to, the student’s name and related identifying information, applicable Student Conduct Code section(s), parties involved, description of the incident, sanction(s), expiration dates, agreements or restrictions, and any other data deemed relevant. Such record will be maintained for seven years after the completion of all sanctions; the exception to this would be an expulsion noted on the transcript.
Student Conduct records and related information shall be made available to Conduct Officers and other University personnel designated as necessary.
Students may request, in writing, to review their own disciplinary records and related information by contacting the Office of Student Conduct. Except as provided in the Student Conduct Code, the University shall not communicate a student’s disciplinary record and related information to any person or agency without prior written consent of the student or, when the student is a minor, the student’s parents or legal guardian, except as required or permitted by law. If records are shared under guidance of law, personal identifiable information will be redacted as appropriate.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell has a Zero Tolerance Policy for any/all types of Hazing. Hazing is defined as the following: As conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other persons. The implied or express consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this policy. Failure to report a potential violation of the hazing policy may result in action through the Student Conduct System. To report a potential violation of the hazing policy you can use the following methods:
Hazing is a violation of the Laws of Massachusetts please refers to Chapter 269 (sections 17-19) of General Laws as Amended January 5, 1988:
Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment.
The term “hazing” as used in this section and in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which 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 brutal treatment or forced physical activity which 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 of the section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.
Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section fifteen and in seventeen and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonable practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.
Each institution of secondary education and each public and private institution of post-secondary education shall issue to every student group, student team or student organization which is part of such institution or is recognized by the institution to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team or student organization, a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen; provided however, that an institution’s compliance with this section’s requirements that an institution issue copies of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the institution’s recognition or endorsement of said unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations.
Each such group, team or organization shall distribute a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to each of its members, plebes, pledges or applicants for membership. It shall be the duty of each such group, team or organization, acting through its designated officer, to deliver annually, to the institution an attested acknowledgement stating that such group, team or organization has received a copy of this section and said sections seventeen and eighteen, that each of its members, plebes, pledges, or applicants has received a copy of sections seventeen and eighteen, and that such group, team or organization understands and agrees to comply with the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.
All students/employees at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are expected to abide by all Federal, State and local laws, including those regulating the use, possession, sale, distribution, manufacture and cultivation of illicit drugs and alcohol. In addition, Congress amended Title XII of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by adding a section pertaining to Drug Free Schools and Campuses. Under this new amendment any institution receiving federal funds, including federal student loan programs, must adopt and implement policies to prevent the use of illegal drugs and alcohol by students and employees.
Financial aid penalties for drug offenses: Beginning on July 1, 2000 the 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act require the suspension of eligibility for financial aid for students convicted of drug related offenses. The length of suspension of eligibility is not less than one year and varies depending on the nature of the offense. Full details are available from the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to promoting a climate which supports academic and personal growth and success and the well-being of all members of the academic community. To safeguard and promote a healthy academic and living environment, the University promulgates rules and regulations for the behavior of all members of the community. These are outlined in several major policy statements i.e., the student conduct code, the hazing policy, the alcohol and other drug policies, etc. Copies of these campus regulations are available on the web.
It is the responsibility of each member of this community to understand and comply with all campus rules and regulations. These regulations include all federal, state and local laws including the Drug Fee Schools and Community Act of 1989, the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Higher Education Act (as amended in 1998). As a member of the university community, it is your responsibility to know and abide by all campus rules and regulations, to understand the risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and to assist in creating an environment that promotes health-enhancing attitudes and activities.
The following definitions apply to the Drug and Alcohol Policies which follow:
Area under jurisdiction of the University includes all:
A. GENERAL POLICY REGULATIONS
Federal, state, Local and University Sanctions for the unlawful use, possession, distribution, sale, manufacture, or production of alcohol except as may be provided in the University of Massachusetts Lowell Alcoholic Beverage Policy (Attachment A hereto):
The above listed general policy regulations should not be considered as an exhaustive restatement of the pertinent Federal, State and local laws regarding the use of alcohol. All members of the University of Massachusetts Lowell community are expected to acquaint themselves with and abide by all laws governing the acquisition, possession, transportation, consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages.
RESIDENCE HALL ALCOHOL POLICY as in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth, no alcoholic beverages shall be offered, gratuitously or for sale, to a person under the age of 21, either privately or at a group function, whether it is at an approved function or informal gathering in the residence halls. The possession, consumption or being in the presence, of alcoholic beverages in the residence halls by a person less than twenty-one years of age is prohibited.
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood of an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increases the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including domestic violence and physical altercations. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairment in high mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver. Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than others of becoming alcoholics.
1 Fines collected as sanctions are utilized for Wellness / Substance Education.
*Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program. Three options exist for Alcohol Offenses:
REFERRAL / RESOURCES FOR ALCOHOL RELATED PROBLEMS
Services and resources are available to all members of the University community to provide accurate information relating to alcohol, to support individual needs and to assist at crisis points. Listings of resources on campus are available by calling the Counseling Center (at 934-4331), University Health Services (at 934-4991), the Personnel Office (at 934-3555) or the Office of Student Services (at 934-2100).
In addition, individuals who wish to enroll in an alcohol rehabilitation program should check the University’s insurance or their own insurance to verify if they are covered for these services.
Please see Appendix B for the University’s Alcohol Policies and Regulations.
No students shall knowingly sell, possess, manufacture, distribute or use on or off campus, substances defined by Federal or State law as illegal. Use/possession/sale/sharing of prescription medication that is not prescribed to a student is a violation of the Student Conduct Code, as well as a violation of the law. Additionally, the possession of drug paraphernalia is a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Paraphernalia is defined as any device used to use illegal drugs. This includes but not limited to: Bongs, Pipes, Rolling Papers, etc. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Lowell to maintain a drug free workplace. As a condition of employment, all University employees are required to follow this policy.
Medical Marijuana Clause:
Although Massachusetts law permits the use of medical marijuana, federal laws prohibit the use, possession, and/or cultivation of marijuana at educational institutions. Federal laws also require any institution of higher education which receives federal funding to have policies prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana on campus. The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is therefore not allowed in any University housing or on any other University property. The University will continue to enforce its current policies regarding controlled substances, and any students, faculty or employees who violate University policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus, may be subject to disciplinary action.
Illegal drugs and misuse of controlled prescription drugs pose short and long-term health risks to the user. Categories of drugs include narcotics, barbiturates, stimulants, and hallucinogens (not to be confused with classes of drugs according to Commonwealth of Massachusetts Drug Laws). Not only is the drug risky, the route of administration or the way the drugs is taken into the body is also correlated with certain health risks.
Some drugs are smoked (marijuana, “crack”, opium, “crank”). Smoking any substance, especially marijuana, is found to have a detrimental effect on the lungs and upper airway.
Other drugs are “snorted” or inhaled (cocaine, heroin, inhalants) leading to injury of the lining of the nose.
Many drugs are ingested and some drugs are injected under the skin (skin-popping). Drugs that are injected directly into a vein (main lining) include heroin, cocaine and morphine. Injecting drugs has severe risks of local infections, bacterial endocarditis, increased incidences of HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Permanent liver and kidney disease are possible outcomes of drug use. Scars or “track marks” are formed by repeated injections. Veins harden internally from repeated use.
Mind or mood altering drugs work in certain “pleasure” pathways of the brain by enhancing or altering chemicals called neurotransmitters. There can be permanent change in these pathways with heavy and prolonged use of cocaine. Street drugs are “cut” with often unknown and dangerous substances, which can make the user very ill or even cause death.
Short-term health risks of illegal drug use are: decreased judgment and perception, decreased mental alertness, reduced motor skill often leading to motor vehicle accidents and bodily injuries, increased risk taking and aberrant behavior.
Narcotics, especially heroin and morphine decrease the rate of respiration which may result in respiratory arrest then death, if not medically treated.
Stimulants (cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines) produce exhilaration. There is a surge of adrenaline resulting in an increase in blood pressure and pulse rate, causing blood vessels to constrict. These changes can cause strokes, paralysis, heart attacks and death. These events can occur with the first or any subsequent use. The myth is that sexual activity is increased with cocaine use. The fact is that sexual activity is decreased with increased use of cocaine.
Hallucinogens produce and increase in sensor perception (visual and or auditory). There may be flashbacks from prior use of LSD and STP. Use of these drugs can result in short and long-term psychotic events. Deaths and serious injuries often happen to those under the influence of certain hallucinogens (LSD, STP and PCP). Drinking alcohol with substances, produces and additive effects, making the alcohol and drugs more potent.
Certain tranquilizers, especially in high doses cause disturbances in cardiac conduction. Vomiting is always a threat in drug use. It can cause choking and ultimately death, because the person’s reflexes are diminished. “Roofies” and Liquid Ecstasy produce sedation and loss of memory. When put into drinks, an unknowing victim becomes sedated and could be raped with no memory of the event.
Use of drugs during pregnancy has effects on the baby. Women who use cocaine and heroin during pregnancy have an increase in miscarriages. They give birth to babies addicted and usually of low birth weight. The infant must go through a difficult withdrawal. Long term effects in these children are not yet known.
Addiction is a major risk of using illegal and controlled prescription drugs. Heroin, codeine, opiates, barbiturates, and morphine are strongly physically addicting. Cocaine procedures both physical and psychological addition. Withdrawal from narcotics, barbiturates and cocaine is difficult and painful. Drug users often return to using drugs. Over time, the drug user usually suffers from malnutrition and a lowered immune system. He or she often becomes seriously ill requiring hospitalization from multiorgan failure, overwhelming infections, psychotic events, injuries from accidents, or drug-related violence.
All students/employees at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are expected to abide by all federal, state and local laws, including those regulating the use, possession, sale, distribution, manufacture and cultivation of illicit or illegal drugs.
In addition, Congress amended Title XII of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by adding a section pertaining to Drug Free Schools and Campuses. Under this and other newer amendments any institution receiving federal funds, including federal student loan programs, must adopt and implement policies to prevent the use of illegal drugs and alcohol by students and employees.
It is therefore, the University’s responsibility to insure that every student/employee is aware of the following information below.
2 Fines collected as sanctions are utilized for Wellness / Substance Education.
*Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program.Three options exist for Drug Offenses:
Federal, State and Local Sanctions — For unlawful use, possession, distribution, sale manufacture and cultivation of illicit drug. For specific sanctions please contact the authorities.
Referrals / Resources for Drug-Related Problems — Services and resources are available to all members of the University community, to provide accurate information relating to drugs and alcohol, to support individual needs and to assist at crisis points. Listings of resources on campus are available by calling the Counseling Center (978-934-4331), Student Health Services (978-934-4991) and the Human Resources Office (978-934-3555).
In addition, individuals who wish to enroll in drug abuse assistance and rehabilitation programs should check the University’s insurance and their own insurance to verify if they are covered for these policies.
The University of Massachusetts recognizes the rights of members of the University community to freedom of assembly and speech, and strongly believes in fostering discourse and the free exchange of ideas at the University. However, as a matter of law and University policy, these rights and interests are restricted, and must be exercised on University property in a manner consistent with the mission and operation of the University and the rights of other members of the University community. Accordingly, the University long ago adopted policies and procedures at each of its campuses which take into account these countervailing interests.
Nonetheless, some members of the University community on occasion have exceeded the bounds of appropriate expression during the course of demonstrations, by interfering in the educational activities and business of the University and with the rights of others. It is therefore desirable to re-affirm the importance of appropriate time, place and manner restrictions on demonstrations. Accordingly, and in order to provide further consistency in the application of the University policies to on-campus protests, the Office of the President is issuing the following guidelines for responding to demonstrations on University property:
These guidelines are intended to support, not supplant, existing University policy. They apply to all members of the University community, including undergraduates, graduate students and employees as well as to guests and visitors. The guidelines should be implemented as consistently as possible, recognizing that special circumstances may on rare occasion require limited and judicious deviation from the guidelines.
Student health and safety are primary concerns of the University of Massachusetts Lowell community. Students may be reluctant to seek help in alcohol-related emergencies because of potential conduct consequences for themselves, the person in need of assistance, or the organization hosting the event where the situation occurs. Since these emergencies are potentially life threatening, UMass Lowell seeks to reduce barriers to seeking assistance. To this end, this Good Samaritan Policy has been developed.
The Good Samaritan Policy represents the University’s commitment to increasing the likelihood that community members will call for medical assistance when faced with an alcohol-related emergency. The policy also promotes education for individuals who receive emergency medical attention related to their own use of alcohol in order to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences.
Signs of serious intoxication/impairment include:
Students are expected to contact the University Police (978-934-2911 or *2911) when they believe that assistance for an intoxicated / impaired person is needed on campus. Students should seek immediate help if any of the above signs are present, as they indicate a potentially life-threatening emergency. UMass Lowell Police Department will assist intoxicated/impaired individuals by facilitating transport to medical facilities or by taking other protective measures. In case of an off-campus medical emergency, students should call 911 for assistance by local police or medical professionals. If the intoxicated/impaired individual is located within a residence hall, a Resident Assistant (RA), Assistant Resident Director (ARD), Resident Director (RD), and / or Complex Director should also be notified after the UMass Lowell Police Department (UMLPD) is called. A severely intoxicated / impaired individual should never be left alone; therefore, at least one person should stay with the intoxicated/impaired individual while another person notifies the RA/ARD/RD/CC.
Whenever a student assists an intoxicated /impaired person in procuring the assistance of UMLPD, local or state police, residence life staff, or medical professionals, neither the intoxicated individual nor the individual who assists will be subject to formal university disciplinary actions for
(This protocol does not preclude disciplinary action regarding other violations of university standards, such as causing or threatening physical harm, sexual assault, damage to property, harassment, hazing, etc. Students should also be aware that this policy does not prevent action by local and state authorities.) UMLPD and/or Residence Life staff will record names of intoxicated students to enable any follow-up that may be deemed necessary to ensure students well-being. Other information may also be as needed.
In order for this policy to apply, the intoxicated student(s) must agree to timely completion of recommended alcohol education activities, assessment, and/or treatment depending on the level of concern for student health and safety. In addition, if the student is under 21 years of age his/her parents will be notified. If the student does not follow these stipulations, she or he has violated the Good Samaritan Policy and is subject to the complete range of sanctions and penalties as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Process in the Student Handbook for an alcohol violation.
The Good Samaritan Policy may be used more than once. Students and organizations that help others seek medical assistance are not limited to one use of the Good Samaritan Policy, as they should always feel empowered to help those in need. However, serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of medical concern and formal response from the University which may include an intervention and/or conduct action.
Questions regarding the UMass Lowell Good Samaritan policy should be directed to the Dean of Students Office.