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Conduct System

Learning Outcomes

Identify the behavior they engaged in and why it is a violation of University policy.

  • Implicit in this outcome, why is the institution concerned about student behavior?

Examine the impact and consequences of their behavior on self and the community.

  • Implicit in this outcome, does the student understand how future incidents will impact their standing as a student?

Recognize their personal responsibility in their actions and behavior, and articulate alternative strategies to prevent negative consequences in the future.

  • Implicit in this outcome, how do these actions reflect the students personal beliefs and values?


Mission Statement

The Bentley University conduct system is designed to address student behavior, provide proactive initiatives, support a safe and stimulating campus climate, and educate students via individual meetings, board hearings, as well as through the delivery of holistic sanctioning.


Philosophy and Purpose of the System

The philosophy of the Bentley University student conduct system is based on the belief that:

  • Students are responsible for their individual actions as well as for the way the community functions as a whole.
  • When students can learn from their experiences, receive help from the university, constructively examine their behavior and take positive steps toward changing that behavior, the proper conduct response should be educational in nature.
  • When students become involved in behavior that violates the spirit and/or substance of federal, state or local law, or Bentley rules, regulations, policies and procedures basic to the welfare of the university community at large or the individual therein, the university is bound to take disciplinary action that modifies, restricts or denies the student’s status as a member of the university.

The Bentley Student Conduct System affirms and protects the right of every member of the community to:

  • Be free from physical and psychological harassment based upon gender identity, gender expression, gender appearance, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, disability status, veteran status or age.
  • Study and socialize in a clean, well-kept, and safe environment.
  • Sleep and study in reasonable quiet and privacy.

The administrative hearing process provides an opportunity for administrators to work with students to encourage ethical behavior and an understanding of community standards. Additionally, the hearing process provides the professional staff member the opportunity to gain further insight as to what other factors may be influencing the student’s life at the time of the hearing.

Conduct boards offer students who have been charged with violating a policy to be heard, and if appropriate, sanctioned by their peers through a fair hearing process.

The appeals process offers students an opportunity to have their case reviewed if they believe there has been a failure of fair process, or if new, relevant information has been introduced or if the sanctions imposed are too harsh or propose an undue hardship.