Philosophy of the Conduct System

Keene State College regards students as adults and expects them to accept responsibility for their behavior, whether acting individually or in a group. Students are expected to be considerate of the rights of others and conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the values embraced by the College and reflected in its various policies, contracts, rules, and regulations.

All students and student organizations are expected to maintain a high standard of conduct both on and off campus.

  • College jurisdiction shall include conduct that occurs on the College premises, off-campus, during College-sponsored activities, and/or conduct that impacts the health and/or safety of members of this community and/or negatively impact the educational mission or reputation of the College.

The College reserves the right to assert its jurisdiction in certain off-campus incidents when specific actions by KSC students adversely affect the College community and/or its mission. Off campus behaviors subject to College conduct action include, but are not limited to: physical abuse, sexual misconduct, harassing or intimidating behavior, damage to other’s property, unlawful alcohol gatherings, disruptive or disorderly behavior, selling or distributing drugs and other controlled substances.  Any student who exhibits chronic behavioral issues off campus will be subject to College conduct action under these guidelines.

Students are expected to remove themselves immediately from situations in which others are engaging in, or are attempting to engage in, violations of College policies. Remaining in such situations or failing to take action to address such behaviors may result in students being subject to action through the College’s Conduct System.

The Student Code of Conduct assumes that reasonable people, given adequate information and freedom to decide, can and will make judgments in the best interests of the community. The goal of the College Conduct System is to teach the student why the behavior displayed is unacceptable. As such, sanctioning is designed to be both educational and corrective in nature.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to disclose their disability and request accommodations to the Hearing Officer prior to the hearing if they feel that knowledge of such could affect decisions made in the hearing.  If the student is not registered with KSC’s Office of Disability Services then the student will be required to provide documentation of the disability to the Director/Coordinator of Student Conduct.  Undocumented/undisclosed claims of disability cannot be considered during or after the hearing process is complete.

Keene State College will take a strong position on actions that are motivated by or committed against an individual(s) based on race, religion, disability, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or veteran’s status, and sanctions will be reflective of the nature of the incident and any bias demonstrated.