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Preamble

Preamble

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.