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Student Code of Conduct
The Institute reserves the right to change its rules, regulations and policies at any time. This publication is not a contract.
Introduction to Community Standards and the Code of Conduct
Since its founding in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology has been guided by an adherence to four tenants that founder Arioch Wentworth believed were essential to personal and business excellence: honesty, energy, economy and system. Today those tenants, now known as the Wentworth Creed, grace the Institute seal and serve as the foundation for academic, professional, and personal excellence and form the tenants underlying and incorporated into the Student Code of Conduct.
In 2011, the Leopard’s Oath was developed to signify the Institute’s pledge to be a community of students, faculty and staff committed to learning and growth. Knowing that human interaction is essential to our growth and development, we must cultivate an environment of civility and respect in order to maximize our potential. As members of the Wentworth community, we agree to uphold the following principles:
- Act with compassion and respect
- Withhold judgement and seek learning
- Take civility and integrity into every environment
- Embrace our history and lead our future
In accordance with these tenants and principles, the Institute is strongly committed to the development of the student and promotion of personal integrity and self-responsibility. Students enrolling at Wentworth become citizens of this community and are entitled to enjoy the privileges and assume the responsibilities associated with the affiliation. All members of the Wentworth community are expected to uphold the Wentworth Creed, the Leopards Oath, the Institute’s Student Code of Conduct, its rules, regulations and policies and all local, state and federal laws and regulations. Students who fail to uphold each of these standards are subject to a disciplinary sanction.
The Student Code shall apply to conduct that occurs on Institute premises, at sponsored activities and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the Institute, the Community and/or the pursuit of the Institute's mission, goals, and objectives. All students shall be responsible for their conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even if the conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded. The Institute may take disciplinary action against Wentworth students or organizations that violate local, state, or federal laws and/or Wentworth policies. The Dean of Students (or designee) shall decide whether the Student Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case-by-case basis, in the Dean’s (or designee’s) sole discretion.
In cases where the Dean of Students or a designee, believes based upon the information available, that a student has engaged in a serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct and/or federal, state or local law, the Dean of Students or a designee may impose an interim restriction. If the Institute is in receipt of information that leads the Institute to believe that a student is a possible risk, the Institute has the right to impose an interim restriction. Interim restrictions become effective immediately without prior notice and remain in effect until after the hearing and appeal process is completed. Interim restrictions may include: separation from the Institute or residence area, relocation of residence, restriction to designated campus areas or other campus facilities by time or location, restriction of communication with individuals or groups or the requirement to obtain advance authorization to engage in a specified activity. Violations of interim restrictions may result in separation or expulsion from the Institute.
As Wentworth is an Institute of Technology and each student is supplied a Wentworth laptop, students should understand that the major form of communication and correspondence is e-mail. Therefore, any disciplinary notifications and information will be shared by using a student’s Wentworth assigned e-mail. It is every student’s responsibility to monitor and manage their e-mail daily.
A Wentworth Official is defined as any person employed by the Institute (including student employees), performing duties or actions on behalf of the Institute.