Philosophy

Marist College is an institution of higher learning where growth and development are fostered, excellence pursued, and the highest standards of integrity are expected in all areas of life. The College is committed to providing an environment where persons are safe, property is secure, the individual rights of all persons are respected and education of the highest quality is achieved.

The College's Code of Student Conduct outlines the behavior that is expected of all students at Marist. Having voluntarily enrolled at Marist, all students have entered into an agreement to be aware of and abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the Code of Student Conduct. Each student is responsible to conform his or her conduct to the requirements of this Code and applicable federal, state and local laws.

Violations of the Code of Student Conduct will be adjudicated by the College's Judicial System, which is designed to reflect and to support the educational mission of the institution and to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all individuals charged with or victimized by student misconduct.

Marist considers its Code of Student Conduct as minimal expectations and seeks to foster a commitment to the highest standards of ethical behavior by the coherent, consistent and fair manner in which it enforces its rules and regulations. The College views its judicial process as a learning experience that is intended to result in the growth and personal understanding of individual responsibilities on the part of all parties.

Regardless of the means by which discipline is processed, the ends remain the same: to redirect the behavior of the student into acceptable patterns and to protect the rights of the community. The question becomes one of choosing the most effective means of maintaining conduct that is acceptable for an academic environment. While Marist typically does not have a large number of Hearings, the unique advantage of student involvement in the judicial process lies in the opportunity for students to influence the attitudes and subsequent behavior of other students through a formally constituted judicial mechanism. Without question, peer influence, exercised through the disciplinary process, can often be more effective in redirecting the behavior patterns of students than any other method of discipline within the institution. The recent involvement of students, faculty and administrative staff in judicial hearings provides for increased involvement from the entire campus community.

As a final word, there is no substitute for fairness, objectivity, and good judgment. The success of a student is contingent upon the conviction of College community members to maintain a nurturing, academic environment while affording individual students maximum personal freedom within institutional guidelines.

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