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College Policies & Statements
Affirmative Action Policy | Alcohol & Drug Policy | Children on Campus | Statement on Academic Honesty | Statement on Sexual Harassment
Statement Regarding Hazing | Attendance Policy | Technology Policies
Affirmative Action Policy
Massasoit Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Massasoit Community College’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504 is directed to contact the Affirmative Action Officer, Administration Building, Massasoit Community College, One Massasoit Blvd., Brockton, MA 02402. Telephone (508) 588-9100, extension 1505. Inquiries may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education or the Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region I, Boston, Massachusetts.
Alcohol & Drug Policy (top)
No alcoholic beverages may be consumed, served, sold or stored by students, guests, invitees, educators, administrators or executives of the College at either the Brockton or Canton education campuses or athletic facilities or in any motor vehicle owned or leased by Massasoit Community College, without the advance (not more than 90 days) written approval of the College President. If, after having secured the required written approval, alcohol is served or sold by anyone, then it must be served or sold strictly in accordance with applicable state law. All arrangements for the delivery, service, sale, storage and removal of alcoholic beverages at the education campuses or athletic facilities of Massasoit Community College shall be coordinated with the Director of Food Services and he or she shall identify and retain the name of the responsible person.
No alcoholic beverages may be consumed, served, sold or stored by outside organizations or off-campus entities or their guests or invitees of the College using any Massasoit community College education campus or athletic facility or in any motor vehicle owned or leased by the College without the advance (not more than 90 days) written approval of the College President. If, after having secured the required written approval, alcohol is served or sold by anyone, then it must be served or sold strictly in accordance with applicable state law. All arrangements for the delivery, service, sale, storage and removal of alcoholic beverages at the education campuses or athletic facilities of Massasoit Community College shall be coordinated with the Director of Food Services and he or she shall identify and retain the name of the responsible person.
No alcoholic beverages may be consumed, served, sold or stored at the Massasoit Community College Conference Center in Brockton, without the advance (not more than 90 days) written approval of the College President. However, the President may delegate such function granting authority to an authorized Leasing Agent or the Conference Center Manager or the Director of Food Services, provided, such function granting authorization is in writing and the agent's authorization was dated within the past twelve (12) months. If, after having secured the required written approval to hold or conduct a function, alcohol is served, sold or stored by anyone, then it must be served, sold or stored strictly in accordance with applicable state liquor laws. All arrangements for the delivery, service, sale, storage and removal of alcoholic beverages at the Massasoit Community College Conference Center in Brockton shall be coordinated with the Director of Food Services and he or she shall identify and retain the name of the responsible person for each authorized function.
Notwithstanding, the restrictions and limitations otherwise included in this Alcohol & Drug Policy, a duly licensed bar, cafe, pub or other liquor serving establishment may be operated at the Massasoit Community College Conference Center in Brockton. Whether such liquor serving establishment is directly managed and operated by College personnel or by some other independent entity, it shall be subject to the general supervision of the President of the College and closely monitored and supervised on a continuing basis by either the authorized Leasing Agent or the Conference Center Manager or the Director of Food Services as may from time to time be determined by the President in writing. Any duly licensed bar, cafe, pub or other liquor serving establishment operated at the Massasoit Community College Conference Center in Brockton shall strictly observe all state liquor laws, all applicable ordinances established by the City of Brockton and all rules and regulations established in writing by the person designated by the President to closely monitor and supervise the liquor serving establishment.
No alcoholic beverages may be consumed, served, sold or stored at any Massasoit Community College student group activity or function, whether held on-campus or off campus. The only limited exceptions to this strict prohibition is for recognized religious ceremonies or situations where it is absolutely certain every student present will be of legal drinking age; and the advance (not more than 90 days) written approval of the College President has been secured. If, after having secured the required written approval, alcohol is served or sold by anyone, then it must be served or sold strictly in accordance with applicable state liquor laws. Notwithstanding the defined limited exceptions, no College funds, no College funds indirectly made available to students and no student fees shall be used in support of any Massasoit Community College student group activity or function at which alcoholic beverages will be consumed, served or sold, whether held on-campus or off campus.
No unlawful drug or illegal substance may be consumed, served, sold, stored or used by students, guests, invitees, educators, administrators or executives of the College at either the Brockton or Canton education campuses or athletic facilities or in any motor vehicle owned or leased by Massasoit Community College.
No unlawful drug or illegal substance may be consumed, served, sold, stored or used by outside organizations or off-campus entities or their guests or invitees using any Massasoit Community College education campus or athletic facility or in any motor vehicle owned or leased by the College.
No unlawful drug or illegal substance may be consumed, served, sold, stored or used at the Massasoit Community College Conference Center in Brockton.
No unlawful drug or illegal substance may be consumed, served, sold, stored or used at any Massasoit Community College student group activity or function, whether held on-campus or off-campus. There are no exceptions to the College policy that no College funds, no College funds indirectly made available to students and no student fees shall be used in support of any Massasoit Community College student group activity or function at which any unlawful drug or illegal substance will be served, sold or used, whether held on-campus or off-campus.
Any person actually observed consuming, serving, selling or storing alcoholic beverages on College property in violation of this Alcohol & Drug Policy or applicable state liquor laws and any person actually observed consuming, serving, selling, storing or using any unlawful drug or illegal substance on College property in violation of this Alcohol & Drug Policy or applicable state drug laws or substance laws shall be required to immediately leave the property of Massasoit Community College. Such individuals are also subject to arrest and criminal penalties as provided by state law and the College may report such apparent violations to law enforcement authorities for further investigation and prosecution. In addition, students and College personnel should be aware that they are subject to such civil penalties as may be deemed appropriate, under the particular circumstances, by the President of Massasoit Community College, including the distinct possibility of temporary suspension or even permanent dismissal from employment or attendance at the College.
It is the official policy of Massasoit Community College to assist students and College personnel in dealing with problems they may be experiencing with alcohol, drugs and chemical substances, provided, that the student or employee acknowledges that he or she may have a problem and he or she seeks to remedy the situation before the College administration decides that it must take action under this Alcohol & Drug Policy. Students or College Employees seeking information concerning substance abuse, rehabilitation programs and counseling services should contact the Human Resource office.
It is not a violation of this Alcohol & Drug Policy for a student, guest, invitee, educator or administrator to carry, consume, possess or otherwise use a prescription drug or an over the counter drug or medicine in a lawful manner. No authorization to carry, consume, possess or otherwise use a prescription drug or an over the counter drug or medicine need be sought or secured from the President or any other College official, provided such consumption or use is lawful and is reasonable under the circumstances involved. However, the College's Alcohol & Drug Policy does not authorize or condone the abusive use of any lawful drug or medicine, whether obtained by prescription or over the counter, which could result in a drug overdose, chemical dependence, adverse health effects or an accident to anyone on College property or in a College owned or leased motor vehicle. While the President of Massasoit Community College may adopt a different standard for evaluating the circumstances involving the excessive consumption or abusive use of lawful prescription drugs and over the counter medicines and make a reasonable allowance for mitigating circumstance, the President may impose on college personnel and students such civil penalties as he or she may deem appropriate, under the particular circumstances, including the possibility of permanent dismissal from employment or attendance at the College.
Students and College employees need to understand that the Massasoit Community College is subject to various state and federal laws that deal with the abusive use of alcohol, drugs and chemical substances, including specifically the federal Higher Education Act of 1965. Title XII, which was an amendment to this Act created by the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, applies to every educational institution receiving federal funding. In addition, certain College employees, including those involved in federally funded grants and projects, are subject to the Drug-free Workplaces Act of 1988 and as a result the College is required to take disciplinary action in certain circumstances and the College may be a mandatory reporter of certain employee acts that could result in a criminal conviction.
Once in each calendar year, the president of the College shall inform the Board of Trustees that he or she has caused this Alcohol & Drug Policy to be posed on each campus in at least one prominent place and has also taken such other appropriate measures to inform employees and students as a reasonably objective person would deem to be adequate and sufficient to accomplish the several objectives of this Alcohol & drug Policy. The Student Handbook, which is to be distributed to all students at least once each year, shall contain a prominent reference to and a brief synopsis of the College's Alcohol & Drug Policy and, in addition, shall contain such other details, material and related information as the President of the College shall deem appropriate.
Attendance and Discipline Policy (top)
Students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled classes and laboratory sessions on time. The professor at the beginning of the semester will clarify the attendance policy in writing on the course syllabus.
The College reserves the right to dismiss a student for disciplinary as well as academic reasons when it considers such action in the best interests of the College or the student. In all such cases, the College will state the reason and inform the student of his/her rights to a hearing.
An instructor may terminate a student's participation in a class or course if the student's behavior disrupts the learning process. Prior to dismissal the student has a right to receive a warning from the instructor and once dismissed can request reasons for the dismissal. The student may request a hearing.
Children on Campus (top)
The staff at Massasoit Community College understands that in some circumstances it may be necessary to bring children on campus. Thus, although not encouraged, children are not prohibited from being on the campus so long as they are under the direct supervision of a parent and/or a designated adult at all times. College staff and faculty members responsible for specific College areas reserve the right to exclude children from that area when, in their judgment, it is in the interest of health, safety or the educational process. The College cannot be responsible for the care and supervision of unattended children. Campus police will be asked to locate and return to the custody of the parent any unattended children.
Statement on Academic Honesty (top)
In accepting admission to Massasoit Community College, students also accept the responsibility for maintaining high standards of academic integrity and scholarly practice. Plagiarism - using another person's words or ideas without acknowledgement - is strictly forbidden. This means that dependence on the ideas or language of others in a student's oral, written, technical and artistic work must be properly acknowledged and documented. Information on documentation is contained in most writing handbooks and is generally covered by an instructor in one of a student's composition courses.
Academic dishonesty also includes but is not limited to a student's giving or receiving aid during examinations or in completing laboratory assignments, computer programs, or other work assigned in courses, unless given explicit permission by the instructor.
It is the responsibility of the individual instructor to enforce this policy. If an infraction should occur, an instructor may take action which reflects the seriousness of the infraction, and could range from an informal verbal warning to, but not beyond, the issuance of a grade of F for the course.
In addition to action taken relative to the specific course, the course instructor may bring any matter related to academic honesty to the Assistant/Associate Dean, who may bring the matter to the Vice President of Faculty and Instruction for consideration of further disciplinary action.
The student's right to due process is guaranteed in any disciplinary action involving faculty members and the administration. If a student has a complaint or a grievance he/she should contact the Dean of Student Services. The Student Grievance Procedure is contained in the Student Handbook which are available in the Student Life Office and the Office of the Assistant Dean of Student Services. The procedure outlines the necessary steps a student must follow to file a grievance.
Statement on Sexual Harassment (top)
Sexual harassment of a student, an employee, or any other person in the College is unacceptable and impermissible. Information concerning the College's policy and procedures for registering a complaint may be obtained by contacting the College's Affirmative Action Officer.
Statement Regarding Hazing (top)
The following Disciplinary Policy shall be applied to any organizer (individual or organization) and/or participants (individual or organization) of the practice of hazing with any affiliation to Massasoit Community College:
Any individual or organization associated with Massasoit Community College for whom there is reason to believe may have been involved as an organizer or participant in the practice of hazing shall be subject to any or all of the following procedures:
  1. A review by the Massasoit Community College Student-Faculty Judiciary Council,
  2. A review by Massasoit Community College administrative and/or security staff as deemed appropriate subject to established College and Statewide grievance procedures,
  3. Criminal prosecution by appropriate law enforcement and judicial agencies.
Should there be any questions concerning the College's Hazing Policy, please contact the Dean of Student Services
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