Section 2: Jurisdiction
Students at the College are provided a copy of the Code of Student Conduct annually in the form of a link on the College website. Hard copies are available upon request from the Office of Student Conduct. Students are responsible for having read and abiding by the provisions of the Code of Student Conduct.
The Code of Student Conduct and the student conduct process apply to the conduct of individual students, both undergraduate and graduate, including professional students and all College-affiliated student organizations. For the purposes of student conduct, the College considers an individual to be a student when an offer of admission has been extended and thereafter as long as the student has a continuing educational College.
The College retains conduct jurisdiction over students who choose to take a leave of absence, withdraw or have graduated for any misconduct that occurred prior to the leave, withdrawal or graduation. A hold may be placed on the student’s ability to re-enroll and/or obtain official transcripts and/or graduate and all sanctions must be satisfied prior to re-enrollment eligibility. In the event of serious misconduct committed while still enrolled but reported after the accused student has graduated, the College may invoke these procedures and should the former student be found responsible, the College may revoke that student’s degree.
The Code of Student Conduct applies to behaviors that take place on the campus, at College-sponsored events and may also apply off-campus when it is determined that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial College interest. A substantial College interest is defined to include:
- Any situation where it appears that the student’s conduct may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of him/herself or others; and/or
- Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or
- Any situation that is detrimental to the educational mission and/or interests of the College;
The Code of Student Conduct may be applied to behavior conducted online, via email or other electronic medium. Students should also be aware that online postings such as blogs, web postings, chats and social networking sites are in the public sphere and are not private. These postings can subject a student to allegations of conduct violations if evidence of policy violations is posted online. The College does not regularly search for this information but may take action if and when such information is brought to the attention of College officials.
The Code of Student Conduct applies to guests of community members whose hosts may be held accountable for the misconduct of their guests. The Code may also be applied to resident non-students, campers and high school bridge/extension/partner/dual-credit and continuing education programs by contractual agreements. Visitors to and guests of the College may seek resolution of violations of the Code of Student Conduct committed against them by members of College community.
There is no time limit on reporting violations of the Code of Student Conduct; however, the longer someone waits to report an offense, the harder it becomes for College officials to obtain information and witness statements and to make determinations regarding alleged violations.
Though anonymous allegations are permitted, doing so may limit the College’s ability to investigate and respond to an allegation. Those who are aware of misconduct are encouraged to report it as quickly as possible to the Office of Student Conduct and/or to the Office of Safety & Security.
College email is the College’s primary means of communication with students. Students are responsible for all communication delivered to their College email address.
Marist holds that all individuals who are members of the College community have a responsibility to represent themselves in a lawful and responsible manner at all times.
Students who are accepted to study abroad/international program sites may be held responsible for inappropriate behavior and college policy violations that occur when they are studying away from campus. The Florence Campus Code of Conduct can be found at: http://www.marist.edu/academics/italy/studentlife.html.