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Policies and Sanctions

Policies

 

abuse of the student conduct program

Including but not limited to:

  • Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a student conduct proceeding.
  • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information to a student conduct officer or hearing body.
  • Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct system.
  • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system.
  • Attempting to intimidate or retaliate against a member of the hearing body or any other participant prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct proceeding.
  • Institution of a student conduct code proceeding in bad faith.
  • Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under Code of Conduct.

alcohol, Marijuana and other drug policies

Bentley supports the observance of all laws and regulations governing the sale, purchase, serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages by all members of the community and expects that these laws are adhered to at all events associated with the university, both on and off campus. The following behaviors are prohibited under Bentley’s alcohol and other drug policies:

  • driving under the influence of alcohol
  • the purchase of alcohol by and for individuals under the legal drinking age
  • the procurement of alcohol through illegal means
  • public intoxication
  • being placed in protective custody due to overconsumption of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs 
  • the serving of alcohol to people who are either underage or intoxicated

The university does not intend through its policies to restrict responsible use of alcohol by members of the university community who are of legal drinking age in Massachusetts. Penalties for violating the alcohol policy of Bentley include but are not limited to warnings and probations, fines, educational seminars, parental notification and educational community service projects. It is hoped that education will help students understand more about the residual effects of alcohol both physically and socially. Alcohol violations may also result in suspension or expulsion from the university. Penalties are levied on a per-person basis. Please refer to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Resources section for more information on the legal and health risks associated with drug abuse.
 

Massachusetts Law

Massachusetts’ Operating Under the Influence statute creates a permissible inference that an individual with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater has violated the law. For a first offense, violators are subject to a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to two and one half years. Individuals under the age of 21 whose blood alcohol content is .02 or greater or who refuse to consent to a blood alcohol analysis, shall lose their license for 180 days. The following list details some of the specifics of the law in Massachusetts regarding alcoholic beverages.

The law:

  1. Prohibits issuance of any license for the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons less than 21 years of age.
  2. Subjects persons who misrepresent their age or present falsified IDs to purchase alcoholic beverages to fines of $300 and loss of license.
  3. Prohibits persons less than 21 years of age from knowingly transporting or carrying on their person any alcoholic beverages, except in the course of formal employment. There is a fine of $50 for the first violation and $150 for each subsequent offense. A police officer (including University Police) may arrest, without warrant, any person who violates this section of the law.
  4. Allows parents to be notified if at any court proceeding, persons are charged with serving or selling alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age.
  5. Prescribes fines of up to $2,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed one year for patrons of licensed premises who deliver or procure to be delivered, any alcoholic beverage to or for the use of a person he or she knows or has reason to believe is less than 21 years of age. Students who are in violation of Massachusetts laws regarding the use of alcohol also may be subject to action through the Bentley Student Conduct System.
     

Use of Alcohol in the Residence Halls

1. Residential students may possess alcohol in their room/suite/ apartment provided they are of the legal drinking age in the state of Massachusetts.

2. Common sources of alcohol such as kegs and beer balls are prohibited from the residence halls with the exception of registered kegs for registered parties. Please refer to the Party Policy below for further information. Any unregistered keg found on campus or being transported through campus grounds is assumed to have been procured for consumption on campus and the owner(s) and/or student(s) in possession is subject to penalties imposed by Bentley. Students are fined, in addition to other sanctions, on a per-person/ per-keg basis (additional fines such as those for unregistered parties may be added).

3. Containers of alcohol (either empty or full) found on campus or being transported through campus grounds are assumed to have been procured for consumption on campus and the owner(s) and/or student(s) in possession is subject to penalties imposed by Bentley. Registered Party Policy Registered parties are defined as events with up to 45 invited guests. They must be completely contained in the apartment. All parties must be registered. Apartment-style dwellings are the only type of accommodations where parties are allowed. Party-eligible apartments are located only in the following buildings: Collins, Falcone, Boylston A and B Orchard North and South and Rhodes.

In order to have alcohol at a party, the apartment residents must follow these guidelines:

  1. Each apartment resident must attend a party registration workshop run by the Residential Center.
  2. At least half of the residents are 21 years of age (i.e. a five person apartment must have three people 21 years of age).
  3. The primary host is 21 years of age.
  4. Each apartment resident must be in good standing (not on a current sanction). Registration of a party may be declined due to current conduct record.
  5. Each apartment resident must sign the party registration form. The laws of the Commonwealth especially pertain to the serving of minors. Sponsors are responsible for ensuring that alcohol is not served to anyone less than 21 years of age. Knowingly or unknowingly serving alcohol to a minor is a violation of state law and Bentley University policy. Should such a violation be discovered, action within the Conduct System will ensue.

Gatherings of more than 45 people are not allowed. Registered parties are not permitted during early move-in periods, interim housing, vacations, and nights before classes or anytime during finals. Only a limited number of parties are allowed on each floor and in each building. This number is determined on a per-building basis and is subject to the approval of the Residential Center. Additionally, each party-eligible apartment may only register for as many as eight parties per semester.

Registered parties must be registered with the Residential Center by 4:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the party. Registered parties must comply with any request made by other residents to lower the noise level. Parties must end by 1:30 a.m., at which time quiet hours begin.

Nonalcoholic beverages and food must be available for the duration of the party. Any damage done in the vicinity of the apartment is billed back to the apartment residents.

This may include other floors and stairwells. It is the responsibility of the party hosts to ensure that a party is “responsibly run.” A “responsibly run” party is one that:

  1. Complies with all items on the party registration form, including no service of alcohol to minors.
  2. Abides by the stipulations put forth in the party registration workshop.
  3. Adheres to all alcohol policies and procedures.
  4. Stops consumption of alcohol by an individual who is obviously intoxicated. Registered parties with alcohol are limited to one keg or 12 750ml bottles of wine for the duration of the party.

 At the end of the event at 1:30 a.m., that keg may not be used or tapped on campus again. A keg may only be brought on campus the day it is to be used at a registered event. Kegs must be removed from campus the day following the event for which they were registered. Failure to comply with party registration guidelines may result in immediate revocation of party privileges. Unregistered Parties Unregistered parties are events where there are more people present than the room, suite or apartment occupancy allows (halls 20 or less, suites 20 or less, apartments 30 or less) and one or more alcohol policy violations are present.

The Residential Center staff responds to apartments and rooms whose 10 residents are hosting unregistered parties. Residents of the room will be referred to the Conduct System for appropriate action. Party Registration Workshops At the beginning of each semester, a schedule of party registration workshops will be made available. All the residents of an apartment must be of legal drinking age and successfully complete one of these workshops to be eligible to register private parties in the apartment. Workshops will be held several times each semester. Contact the Residential Center for more information. Penalties for Violations of Alcohol Regulations Penalties for violating the alcohol policy of Bentley include but are not limited to warnings and probations, fines, educational seminars and educational community service projects. It is hoped that education will help students understand more about the residual effects of alcohol both physically and socially. Repeated alcohol violations may also result in suspension or expulsion from the university. Penalties are levied on a per-person basis.
 

Other Drugs

The sale, possession or distribution of any drug, including the illegal possession, sale and or distribution of prescribed medications, is a criminal offense. In addition to legal ramifications, Bentley regards the illegal use of drugs as unacceptable because of the potential negative effect upon the individual student and other community members. Illegal use, possession or supply of drugs or drug paraphernalia will result in disciplinary action by the university and/or criminal prosecution. Sanctions may include suspension or expulsion from university-owned housing, suspension or expulsion from Bentley, parental notification and/or fines ranging up to $1,000. Penalties are levied on a per-person basis. In November 2012, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question allowing qualifying patients with certain medical conditions the ability to obtain and use medical marijuana. However, federal laws prohibit marijuana use, possession and/or cultivation at educational institutions and on the premises of other recipients of federal funds. The use, possession or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is therefore not allowed in any Bentley University housing or any other Bentley University property; nor is it allowed at any university sponsored event or activity off campus. Please refer to the Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs Resources Section for more information on the legal and health risks associated with drug abuse.

Courtesy Hours

To ensure that students are able to study and sleep in the residence halls, courtesy hours are in effect whenever quiet hours are not. All students are expected to assist in enforcing this policy.

Balcony Policy

Balconies on the buildings are aesthetic only and were not built to accommodate people. Standing, sitting or storing anything on balconies is prohibited. Offenders of this policy are subject to action up to and including suspension and expulsion from the residence halls.

bicycles/Motorcycles

Students should use bicycle racks or their rooms to store bikes. Do not leave bikes in the hallways or stairways as they present a fire safety hazard. It is against the law to obstruct fire exits in any way. Motorcycles are not allowed within any buildings and will be removed and stored at the owner’s expense.

bomb threats/possession of explosives

Bomb threats are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, according to Massachusetts general law. Possession of bombs and explosives is also prohibited, with a fine of not more than $1,000 and imprisonment of no more than 2.5 years. It is Bentley’s intent to investigate all incidents of this nature and prosecute such cases to the fullest extent of the law. Notification and/or evacuation of buildings will be determined by University Police protocol. Building occupants will be directed to a safe area away from the building. The calling in of a bomb threat or possession of explosive devices are serious offenses and against the law. Anyone found responsible of this violation will be dealt with to the full extent of the law and face university penalties, including expulsion.

complicity 

Any act taken with the purpose of aiding, facilitating, promoting or encouraging the commission of an act of Prohibited Conduct by another person.

damage/vandalism

We are committed to ensuring that our facilities remain well maintained. Respect for university property is highly esteemed, as reflected in the Bentley Beliefs. Malicious destruction and/or vandalism anywhere on campus (including inside student rooms, classrooms, the Student Center and any other area of campus) will not be tolerated. Students found vandalizing the campus in any way are subject to conduct action.

disruptive behavior

Disruptive behavior, which is defined as participating in or inciting others to participate in the disruption or obstruction of any University activity, including, but not limited to: teaching, research, events, administration, student conduct proceedings, the living/learning environment, or other University activities is prohibited and students engaging in these behaviors are subject conduct action through the student conduct system.

Email and Network Policy

All students are responsible for understanding the policies governing computing and network usage.  To view these policies, visit here.

To learn about Bentley technology and network resources please visit the Client Services website.

Email Communication Policy

All administrative offices use email to communicate official information to students. All official communication to students will be sent to your Bentley email account. Students should check their account frequently for important updates, information and specific instructions. A Bentley email account may be forwarded to a personal or work email address. Be advised that Bentley does not officially track or maintain non-Bentley email accounts. Each personal or work email account should be set to receive email from Bentley. Students may update the forwarding email address as frequently as needed by accessing the “Forward Bentley Email” option in MyBentley > Student Self-Service > Personal Information.

emergency health or safety/physical confrontations

Consistent with the Bentley Beliefs, violence is not tolerated at Bentley. Taking or threatening action that threatens or endangers the safety, reputation, physical or mental health, or life of any person, whether intentionally or as a result of recklessness or gross negligence, is prohibited. Threats of violence or violence against another, may result in expulsion.

failure to comply

The Bentley Beliefs state that we strive at all times to treat one another with respect. This includes interactions with administrative personnel, faculty and student employees. Administrative personnel includes, but is not limited to, RAs, University Police, student event staff, Dana Center and fitness center staff and all other full- and part-time Bentley staff.

All students are required to comply with a request of a faculty member, administrative staff member or student employee. These requests include but are not limited to: ceasing disruptive classroom behavior, leaving a certain area, providing identification and ending conduct (physical or verbal) that may be a violation of a university policy or rule.

The university will not tolerate behavior (whether physical or verbal) that includes, but is not limited to, threats of injury, obscenities, harassment, disruption of the academic environment or conduct that attempts to or prevents administrative personnel or faculty from carrying out their responsibilities or enforcement of university rules.

False ID/Forgery

Forgery is prohibited and against the law. This includes altering or misusing university documents or records (including all software and computer databases) and personal identification (i.e., possession of an altered driver’s license or one that belongs to someone else), as well as deliberate misrepresentation of facts that could adversely affect the mission of the university.

firearms/waepons

The possession of any firearm, weapon, including mace or any object made to look like or used as a firearm or weapon, on campus is prohibited. Massachusetts laws also strictly restrict the possession of firearms and weapons as well, regardless of whether they are licensed and/or loaded in any building or on the grounds of any university, without written authorization from the university. Violation is punishable by a fine, imprisonment or both. Bentley takes immediate action if a student brings or has in his or her possession any type of firearm, weapon or any object made to look like or used as a firearm or weapon on campus, including the possibility of criminal prosecution, confiscation and/ or immediate suspension or expulsion from the university.

firecrackers/fireworks

Possession and/or discharge of fireworks and firecrackers is dangerous and disruptive and is prohibited. Violators are referred to the Conduct System, with penalties ranging up to expulsion. Refer to the Student Organization Guidebook for information regarding organization sponsored fireworks.

forcible entry policy 

Forcible entry and/or unauthorized presence in University-owned buildings or property is strictly prohibited, and any students engaging in these behaviors will be adjudicated through the student conduct system.

fraud

Fraud and fiscal irregularities generally involve an intentional or deliberate act, omission or concealment with the intent of obtaining an unauthorized benefit, such as money, property or other personal or business advantage, by deception or other unethical means. 

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Misappropriation, misapplication, removal, or concealment of University property
  • Forgery, falsification, or alteration of documents and/or information (e.g., checks, bank drafts, deposit tickets, promissory notes, time cards, travel expense reports, contractor agreements, purchase orders, etc.)
  • Theft or misappropriation of funds, securities, supplies, inventory, or any other University assets including furniture, fixtures, equipment, data, and intellectual property
  • Billing customers and third party payers for services when it is known that the services were not provided
  • Authorizing payment to vendors when it is known that the goods were not received or services were not performed
  • Misuse of University facilities, such as vehicles, telephones, mail systems, or computer-related equipment
  • Engaging in bribery, accepting kickbacks, or seeking unauthorized rebates
  • Actions related to concealing or perpetuating any fraud or fiscal irregularity

gambling/bookmarking

Bentley supports all federal and state laws regarding illegal gambling. Prohibited activity includes but is not limited to: betting or wagering or selling pools on any athletic event; playing card games for money; possessing any card, book or other device for registering bets; knowingly permitting the use of your room, suite, apartment, telephone or other electronic communication device for illegal gambling; offering, soliciting or accepting a bribe to influence the outcome of an athletic event; and involvement in bookmaking or wagering pools with respect to sporting events. Students involved in illegal gambling, particularly bookmaking, risk suspension and/or expulsion from the university.

glass container policy

To ensure the safety of the community, glass bottles and glass containers are prohibited from all outdoor recreational areas around the residence halls.

guidelines for outside use of grounds

In general, public grounds are considered open space for people to relax in and travel through. People using such space are asked to maintain the aesthetics of the areas they use. Every effort is made to limit the number of scheduled events in these spaces for maximum use. To ensure the most effective use of outside grounds, as well as to minimize the physical damage to property and reduce the noise levels for the university neighborhood, guidelines have been established for the use of outside grounds. Events geared for more than 30 people or those planned to occur on a regular basis, must be coordinated through the Conference Center, the Office of Student Programs and Engagement and Athletics.

guests

All Bentley-owned, leased or affiliated residential buildings are considered private property wherein trespassing or solicitation is forbidden. Access to and presence in all residence halls and apartment buildings is limited to university employees, residents and their guests. Violators may be subject to immediate removal from campus and/ or prosecuted as trespassers.

The responsibilities of hosts are as follows:

  1. Inform guests of university rules, regulations and policies and inform them that they must abide by these at all times.
  2. Take responsibility for the actions of the guest(s). Should a guest violate any of the aforementioned, the host will assume responsibility for the violation and may be subject to further action.
  3. Remain with your guest(s) at all times.

The responsibilities of guests are as follows:

  1. Become informed of university rules, regulations and policies and abide by the same.
  2. Carry identification with you at all times and identify yourself and your host to any university official upon request.
  3. Remain with your host at all times. Guests who violate university policies may be banned from the university for a specified amount of time by the University.

The right of a student to live in reasonable privacy takes precedence over the right of a roommate to entertain a guest in the room. In the practical application of determining when guests should be invited to the room, common sense and mutual respect should prevail. Guests of resident students may remain overnight for no longer than three nights. Guests who occupy university housing for longer than three nights may be removed and trespassed from campus if deemed necessary by the University.

hall sports

The use of sporting equipment or projectiles inside the residence halls is prohibited. Indoor use of such equipment poses a threat to the physical safety of residents, can result in damage to university or individual property and may create noise problems.

harrassment

Harassment is defined as repeated use of written, verbal, or electronic or physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at a person that places that person in reasonable fear for her or his physical safety or prevents the person from conducting her or his customary or usual affairs, or substantially interferes with the academic environment.

hazing

In accordance with Sections 17, 18 and 19 of Chapter 269 Massachusetts General Laws, Crimes Against Public Peace and the Bentley Code of Conduct definitions:

1. Hazing means any action or situation created by a member of the Bentley community against another member of the community for the purpose of affiliation with a group or organization that:

  • is negligent or reckless in nature;
  • is humiliating or endangers an individual; or
  • unreasonably interferes with scholastic or employment activities.

2. Hazing may occur regardless of the individual’s willingness to participate.

3. This regulation applies to behavior that occurs on University property. It may also apply to off-campus behavior if the activity is sponsored, conducted, authorized, or recognized by the University, a registered University organization, or a group as defined below.

4. Actions and situations that may constitute hazing include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creation of unnecessary fatigue; deprivation of sleep, rest or food
  • Degrading or humiliating games and activities
  • Expectation of participation in activities that are illegal, lewd or in violation of University policy
  • Extended isolation
  • Extreme mental or emotional stress
  • Forced calisthenics
  • Forced consumption of food, alcohol, drugs, or any other substance
  • Forced wearing of specific apparel or that which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste
  • Hierarchical behaviors that can be considered demeaning; personal servitude
  • Kidnapping or abandonment
  • Line-ups and berating
  • Overly time consuming and challenging requirements that can contribute to extreme mental distress
  • Paddling, whipping, beating or branding in any form
  • Performances
  • Undue interference with academic pursuits
  • Unreasonable exposure to the weather
  • Any other treatment or physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person

5. Hazing in any form is prohibited. It is not a defense to a charge of hazing that:

  • The express or implied consent of the individual was obtained;
  • The conduct or activity was not part of an official organizational or group event or was not otherwise sanctioned or approved by the organization or group; or
  • The conduct or activity was not a condition of membership or affiliation with the organization or group.

6. “Members of the Bentley community” means its faculty, staff, students, volunteers, organizations, groups, vendors, alumni, guests and visitors. “Organization” and “Group” are defined as follows:

  • “Organization” means a number of persons who are associated with each other and have been recognized by the Office of Student Programs and Engagement as a student organization.
  • “Group” means a number of persons who are associated with the University and each other, but who have not been recognized, are not required to be recognized, or who have lost University recognition.

7. Any organization or group may be found responsible for any violations of this regulation upon satisfactory proof that the organization or group did not discourage or did not take reasonable steps to prevent hazing by its members or affiliates.

8. In addition to this policy, NCAA student athletes shall follow the policies and guidelines set forth by the NCAA and the Athletics Department.


Communication to Members

Every student group, student team or student organization which is part of such institution or is recognized by the institution or permitted by the institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the institution to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team or student organization must distribute this policy to each of its members, 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 and each of its members, pledges, applicants, or new members, has received a copy of this policy and understands and agrees to comply with the provisions of this policy.


Reporting

It is the expectation of the University that members of the community report any known instances of hazing, as defined by this policy, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, as soon as reasonably practicable. Failure to report is also a violation of this policy.

Complaints or reports of activities believed to be hazing should be reported to Erin Kelley, Director of Student Conduct and Title IX Coordinator, via the online anonymous reporting form (found on the Bentley website) or the University Police at 781-891-2201.  Any questions concerning the interpretation or application of this policy should be referred to the appropriate University official.

Rights of Those Who Report:

  • Individuals who are victims of hazing and who truthfully report the activities shall not be individually charged with a violation of this regulation.
  • Individuals who have knowledge of a hazing incident, but who did not participate, and truthfully report the activities shall not be individually charged with a violation of this regulation in relation to that particular incident.
  • An organization or group that seeks assistance in preventing hazing from occurring within the organization or group, even if past behaviors have included hazing, shall not be charged with a past violation of this regulation.
  • Any organization or group that self-reports a hazing behavior to an appropriate University Official or the University Police shall be given the opportunity to change those behaviors without immediate threat of being charged with a violation of this regulation. An organization or group that self-reports shall identify those individuals responsible for the hazing behaviors. If evidence is presented in subsequent semesters that hazing behaviors have continued within the organization, that organization may be held responsible for past behaviors.


Retaliation

Retaliating in any manner against any individual who reports hazing or who participates in an investigation of a hazing report is prohibited. Making an intentionally false accusation of hazing is prohibited. All members of the Bentley community shall cooperate in an investigation of hazing. Responsibility for any violations of this regulation may be attributed to the perpetrators, the organization or group, its members or its officers.

incendiary devices

Possession of candles or any other incendiary devices is prohibited from all campus buildings.

local address policy

It is the policy of Bentley University to collect accurate addresses for all students. Having accurate campus and local addresses for all students enables Bentley to respond appropriately to emergencies and crises (e.g., fires, criminal activity). Additionally, when a concern is reported about an off-campus house or apartment, accurate address information will allow the university to determine if, in fact, the residents are Bentley University students.

Failure to provide the university with a valid local or campus address during the semester check in process is a violation of university policy, and those who fail to do so may be referred to the student conduct system. Similarly, providing a false address is also a violation of university policy and will result in conduct system action.

lounge furniture

The furniture/equipment in each lounge or common area is for the use of all the residents/occupants of the building. To assure continued use of the lounges and common areas, it is important that students do not remove or damage the furniture. Furniture from any common area on campus cannot be brought outside. Any student who removes lounge or common area furniture may be fined and other conduct sanctions may follow.

noise ordinance

The city of Waltham has enacted a noise ordinance that prohibits loud radios or stereo equipment, shouting in public streets, loudspeakers, horns or signaling devices and other noisy activities. The university maintains a “good neighbor policy” with all residents near Bentley-owned and operated properties (our campus). Students are not permitted to play amplified sound or place speakers in/out their windows or to create any type of disturbance that might disrupt the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. Student organizations may organize and produce outdoor events with amplified sound only with the permission of the Office of Student Programs and Engagement.

off-campus conduct

Students may be charged by the university for misconduct off campus if the individual or organization is accused of violating local, state or federal laws or Bentley policies, rules or procedures. In such instances, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs will review the conduct and determine whether they warrant referral to the Bentley Conduct System. Students may be held accountable for violating policy wherever they are located, be it on campus, off campus, while abroad or while home on break.

off-campus disturbances

Students in off-campus apartments or houses should demonstrate respect and concern for both their neighborhood and the Bentley community. The university may refer any student(s) identified as being involved in conduct that violates Bentley rules, regulations, policies and procedures to the Bentley Conduct System for disciplinary action.

Events held off campus by Bentley students or student organizations are expected to be in compliance with all campus policies. Students or student organizations hosting the event are responsible for ensuring behavior that reflects well upon that community. Event hosts can be held responsible for their guests’ safety and actions both on and off campus. Failure to comply with campus policies may result in disciplinary action against the individuals and/or the sponsoring organization.

off-campus functions

Bentley organizations and individuals sponsoring off-campus functions are considered representatives of the campus community and are responsible for ensuring behavior that reflects well upon that community. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action against the individuals and/or the organization.

  1. The university does not accept legal or financial obligations incurred by campus organizations or individuals choosing to hold functions off campus that are not officially sponsored by the university; the person entering into agreement with the representatives(s) of the organization for the use of their premises by that organization should be informed of this position.
  2. Organizations or individuals may not use the Bentley name in any promotional material distributed off campus unless approved in advance by the Office of Student Programs and Engagement.
  3. Organizations or individuals can be held accountable for the behavior of individuals attending their events even if that event is held at an establishment other than Bentley University.

off-campus - Study Abroad

Students enrolled in a study abroad program, through Bentley or another third party, may be charged with violating Bentley policy during their time abroad. While abroad, students are encouraged to review the policies and guidelines of the school they are visiting.

parking

Vehicles can only be parked in lined parking spaces. Resident students are only allowed to park in residential lots. First-year resident students are not allowed to park their motor vehicles on campus. Violations of this rule will result in the immediate towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense. All students repeatedly violating the parking policies are subject to action that may include loss of parking privileges. Repeat freshman offenders may face loss of parking privileges for their sophomore year.

 

If no residential parking spots are available, University Police will designate an overflow lot. All motor vehicles must be out of the designated area by 8:00 a.m. Overnight parking is NOT allowed except in residential lots. Please refer to a campus map for lot designations. Only motor vehicles displaying a current and proper decal are permitted to park on campus.

Parking is assigned and regulated by University Police. A student bringing an unregistered vehicle onto campus will be subject to action, loss of parking privileges and/or ticketing and towing. In case of an emergency or extraordinary circumstances, freshmen may request permission for a one-day pass from the University Police dispatcher. Short-term parking (one week or less) may be requested from University Police. For further information please visit the Rules & Regulations page.

Quiet Hours 

During quiet hours, noise emanating from a room, suite or apartment should not be audible in a hallway or abutting room. Quiet hours are in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday evenings and from 1:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, except as modified by the academic calendar.

retaliation

Retaliation is when a negative action is taken against an individual for raising concerns about conduct which is prohibited by law or policy. All members of the Bentley community have the right to raise concerns, or file a complaint to the student conduct system or Title IX Coordinator without fear of retaliation. Additionally, it is unlawful and a violation of university policy to retaliate against an individual for filing a report of sexual misconduct or gender-based discrimination. Retaliation against anyone who participates in an investigation of sexual misconduct or gender-based discrimination is also prohibited. Examples of retaliation can include hostility, intimidation, threats, exclusion and discrimination. Anyone person who retaliates against an individual reporting general misconduct or sexual misconduct/gender-based discrimination and/or someone who participates in a sexual misconduct/ gender-based discrimination investigation is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the university.

sales and Solicitation

Use by outside concerns of campus services such as photocopying, duplicating, campus mail, electronic mail and the campus directory is prohibited for the purpose of sales or sales promotion without authorization. Individual students and/or student organizations wishing to conduct sales or promotional activities must receive written authorization from the Residential Center (if the activity is taking place in the residence area) or from Student Programs and Engagement (if the activity is taking place on campus in areas other than the residence areas).

shuttle policy

The university provides shuttle service to and from north campus, main campus, lower campus and Gardencrest Apartments. In addition, there is daily service to Harvard Square in Cambridge and Waverly Square in Belmont connecting with MBTA service.

During Thanksgiving and spring breaks, there will be limited or no shuttle service. Major holidays and other breaks will also have limited or no service. Shuttle schedule information is available online.

If shuttle service has been changed, canceled or suspended, the campus community will be notified via Bentley email and on the shuttle website.

All standards of student behavior apply both on the shuttle and at the shuttle stops. Specific rules include, but not limited to:

  •  All passengers must show a Bentley ID. Transportation will not be provide to anyone without their Bentley ID.
  • Alcohol and other controlled substances are not permitted on the shuttle in either open or closed containers.
  • Smoking is not permitted on the shuttle.
  • Behavior that is disorderly, harassing or disruption will result in disciplinary action that may include immediate removal from the shuttle and/or a ban on using its services.
  • Each student may have one guest on the shuttle. For exceptions to this policy (i.e., for permission for more than one guest), please contact the shuttle line 24 hours in advance, at extension 2685 or email ga_shuttle@bentley.edu. If a guest violates any of the aforementioned, the host will assume responsibility for the violation and may be subject to further action

Individuals who violate the Shuttle Policies may be subject to action through the Bentley Student Conduct System.

Smoke Free Policy

Smoking (including cigarettes cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, and any other smoke-producing tobacco products) by students, faculty, staff, guests, visitors, and contractors is prohibited on all properties owned or leased by campus, including (but not limited to):

  • All interior space on campus and property leased by the university.
  • All outside property or grounds on the university campus, including areas such as walkways, breezeways, patios, and parking lots; including all vehicles
  • All outside property leased by the university.
  • All vehicles leased or owned by the university.
  • All indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.

For more information, please visit the Bentley University smoke free website.

speed limit

The speed limit on campus is 20 miles per hour. All drivers are expected to adhere to the speed limit. Violators may be stopped by University Police and issued a ticket. Please note that there are speed bumps at various locations on campus to reduce speeding.

theft/unauthorized use of property

Theft or attempted theft or the unauthorized use or possession of university property or services or the property of others, is prohibited.

trash disposal and recycling

All members of the Bentley community and their guests are responsible for removing their own rubbish from the buildings. Dumpsters for trash and recycling are conveniently located outdoors for this use. Due to fire and sanitary codes, it is important that trash not be left in hallways or stairwells. Offenders will be fined for each bag of rubbish that is not disposed of properly. Repeat offenses will result in further action.

Unauthorized Possession/User of Bentley Property

Members of the Bentley community are prohibited to have Bentley property in their possession. Bentley property includes, but is not limited to, fire exit signs, lounge furniture, Facilities equipment and/or Sodexo property.

use of the bentley name, image, or logo

The use of the Bentley name and/or logo for T-shirts, hats and other imprinted items is reserved exclusively by the university and the Bentley bookstore. The use of the Bentley name, logo, image or design esthetic is prohibited.

Exceptions to this policy may be granted to athletic teams (through the athletic director) and recognized student organizations (through the Office of Student Programs and Engagement). Bentley University reserves the right to prevent the sale of any Bentley-imprinted items that violate this policy, and student who utilize the Bentley name, image or logo without authorization may be subject to disciplinary action through the student conduct system.

other policy and legal responsibilities

Attendance at Bentley bears with it responsibilities to obey the laws of the Commonwealth and federal laws, as well as the policies of the university on or off campus. Students may be charged with violations of university policy if they are involved in incidents that also violate laws of the Commonwealth or federal laws. Such violations include, but are not limited to, malicious behavior, fight/altercation, assault, harassment, breaking and entering, larceny, disorderly conduct, trespassing, driving under the influence, drug possession and distribution, hate crimes and abuse.

 

Sanctions

 

Deferred Suspension from Housing/University


Deferred suspension is a period of time in which a suspension is deferred based on a student's behavior. If during that time the student is found responsible for breaking any University rules or does not complete any of the imposed sanctions, they will be suspended for a minimum of one year from housing and could potentially be suspended from the University all together. A suspended suspension results in a loss of 30 credits in the housing lottery. Only the vice president/dean of student affairs or the level III board can impose this sanction.

Educational Sanctions

This sanction serves as an educational opportunity for growth and development. Projects may include health and wellness outreach initiatives, and/or working to strengthen building community.

 

  • AlcoholEDU: AlcoholEdu for Sanctions is an online educational program focusing on reducing the harms associated with the misuse of alcohol. The program is in two parts and can be taken in multiple sittings. At the end of Part I there is a knowledge exam which the student must pass with a score of 80%. A sheet is attached for log-in information.
  • BASICS (alcohol or marijuana): BASICS is a two part, confidential, non-confrontational, interview for students to learn more about their substance use behaviors and any risks that may result. BASICS is focused on harm reduction. The student needs to contact the Center for Health and Wellness by either visiting the Center located on the ground floor of Rhodes Hall or by calling 781-891-2222 to set-up an appointment.
  • Bulletin Board
  • ECHUG: The E-CHUG is a free, confidential, online assessment for students to learn more about their drinking behaviors and any risks that may result. The program provides the student with personalized feedback specific to his/her drinking patterns and experiences. A sheet is attached for log-in information.
  • Marijuana 101: Marijuana 101 is a fast-paced online course that integrates personal feedback and interactive modules to help students get a broader understanding of their choices, attitudes and beliefs around marijuana and any impact on student success, social engagement, career, personal health and financial well-being.
  • Fire Safety Seminar:  Students can attend a meeting with Fire Safety Officer Brian Ingram. Please consult the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs prior to assigning this sanction.
  • OneLess Option 1:The student needs to visit the Bentley OneLess campaign website (www.bentley.edu/campus-life/choose-oneless) and dedicate one Thursday, Friday or Saturday to an activity that does not include drinking. The student then needs to submit a graphic representation of their OneLess night (possible ideas include a collage, video or play list). In addition, they need to write a 1 page reflection paper that answers the following questions: What new information did you learn about yourself or alcohol in reading the website and taking part in your OneLess night? and Will you apply any of this knowledge to your actions or behavior moving forward?
  • OneLess Option 2: The student needs to consider a negative consequence that has impacted them as a result of consuming alcohol. In a reflection paper at least 1 page in length, they need to discuss what this consequence is, and how their life might be different if it did not occur or how they can take steps to avoid it in the future. Also, they should include information or action steps that they have learned from the OneLess website or Facebook page.
  • Reflection Paper

Disciplinary Probation


Disciplinary Probation is a specified period of time that identifies a student's status is no longer in good standing. Disciplinary Probation may also include exclusion from Bentley owned or operated property, and/or Bentley University sponsored events, and loss of housing credits. During this time, further violation of University policy may result in removal from the Bentley University residential community, and/or suspension or expulsion from Bentley University.

Fines


Fines are to be paid before the due date at the Cashier's Office located in Rauch 123. The student needs to bring their conduct paperwork with them when they go to the Cashier's Office. They will then receive a receipt after submitting the payment, which needs to be delivered to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs (Student Center 320) to have the sanction closed out. The Cashier's Office is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9AM-12:30PM. Failure to pay a fine on time may result in further conduct action in addition to the original fine being directly billed to a student account.

Loss of Housing Credits


Loss of Housing Credits is a specified number of credits deducted from your total housing credit, which may affect the student’s next housing selection. Suggested loss of housing credits when placed on Disciplinary probation is a total of either 15 credits or 30 credits depending on the incident.

Parent/Guardian Notification


Parent/Guardian Notification is when a letter is sent home to a parent/guardian. This may also include a phone call to the parent/guardian.

Probation


Probation is a specified period of time in which further violation of University policy may result in removal from the Bentley University residential community and/or limited access as a commuter student. If a student were to violate Bentley University policy further while on probation, they may be subject to additional conduct action.

Referral


The student needs to contact the designated office (indicated in the notes section) regarding a meeting as it can help them to achieve success moving forward.

Restitution


Restitution is assigned when there has been damage to, or misappropriation of, university property. The restitution reimbursement will vary based on the level of the incident's severity.

Restrictions/Prohibitions


These restrictions/prohibitions may include, but are not limited to, attendance at Bentley University sponsored events, admission to particular buildings on campus, parking privileges, party registration and/or guest privileges.

Suspension or Expulsion from Housing


An Administrative Hearing Officer or level II board may exclude a student, permanently or for a specified period of time, from living and/or visiting and or all housing facilities owned or operated by the University.

Suspension or Expulsion


The University may find that a student's behavior warrants their removal from the University on a temporary or permanent basis.

Verbal Warning


This sanction is a verbal caution that informs students that further violation of Bentley University policy may result in additional conduct action.

Written Warning


This sanction is a written notice to the student that informs them that for a period of time, if they are to violate Bentley University policy further, they may be subject to additional conduct action.