Student Rights and Important Laws

Concern/Complaint Procedure

Wentworth students have the right to bring forward concerns or complaints regarding staff, faculty, vendors, and/or contractors working on the Wentworth campus or any property or program owned or operated by Wentworth, as well as complaints regarding departments, services, or Wentworth’s education programs. Students have the right to do so without fear of retaliation.
Students can bring forward complaints to the following offices:

Dean of Students Office
Rubenstein Hall, room 003

Human Resources
Williston Hall, 2nd floor

Office of the Provost
Williston Hall, 2nd Floor

Students can bring forward a complaint anonymously using Ethicspoint, a web-based reporting portal used by Wentworth.  The portal can be found at

In addition to the above points of contact, students have the right to bring forward a complaint regarding Wentworth’s education programs by contacting:

Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place 
Room 1401 
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 994-6950


New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425-7700

Equal Opportunity and Discrimination

Wentworth Institute of Technology reaffirms its policy of providing equal opportunity in education and employment for qualified individuals. Wentworth does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, gender and gender identity and disability in employment and the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs, according to Federal, state and local regulations. Wentworth is committed also to equal opportunity in education and employment for veterans and disabled veterans. The Institute complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title VI, Title IX of the Education Amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, prohibiting such discrimination. If any person has a complaint concerning discrimination, it should be taken to the Vice-President for Executive Affairs/Title IX Coordinator, Amy Intille, (617-989-4885,, or the Dean of Students Office, (617-989-4702, who have established procedures for investigation and resolution. Unlawful discrimination is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal for students or termination for employees.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) (FERPA)

It is Wentworth Institute of Technology’s (WIT) policy to limit the dissemination of student information. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

Please visit for the Institute’s FERPA policy.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (P.L. 101-226)

Substance Awareness Information

Under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Amendments of 1989, the Institute has adopted policies and procedures to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by students and employees. Only in an environment free of substance abuse can Wentworth Institute of Technology fulfill its mission to “develop, support, and sustain high quality educational programs in the fields of Architecture, Design, Engineering, Technology, and the Management of Technology that are nationally recognized and accredited, in a learning environment that is both caring and rigorous.” The use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol impair the safety and health of students and employees and inhibit personal and academic growth. For these reasons, the unlawful use of alcohol and other drugs is prohibited on campus and at Institute-sponsored activities.

Wentworth Institute of Technology, in accordance with federal legislation and school policy, is committed to providing a drug-free, healthy, and safe environment for all students, faculty and staff. The unlawful use, possession, manufacturing, distribution or dispensation of a controlled substance and the illegal use or possession of alcoholic beverages on campus or at Institute-sponsored activities is prohibited. If it is determined that a violation of this policy has occurred, disciplinary action up to and including the dismissal of students and referral for prosecution may result. Applicable legal sanctions for the unlawful use, possession or distribution of alcohol and other drugs are summarized in the following section. This information appears here to meet the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. In addition to this policy, other school policies remain in effect.

Campus Prevention & Awareness Programs

Alcohol and other drug abuse education and prevention programs have been established and are coordinated by the Office of Health Promotion with assistance from the Dean of Students Office and other Institute departments. Programs provide training and services to the Wentworth community and offer preventative education and outreach activities about the Institute’s Alcohol and Drug Policies, substance awareness and alcohol and other drug abuse. Resident Directors, as well as student staff in the residence halls, receive training on issues regarding alcohol and other drug use and abuse on a regular basis.

Health Promotion and Education staff are available for consultation with individual students with substance use concerns. Services provided by the Office of Health Promotion and Education include alcohol and drug educational classes, Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), campus wide prevention programs, educational and alternative programming, information on substance abuse treatment and support programs, and referrals to outside agencies. The Office of Health Promotion and Education, Center for Wellness and Dean of Students Office have established working relationships with area hospitals, community mental health centers and other social service agencies to facilitate referrals when treatment is needed.

Students of legal drinking age living in an area on campus where alcohol is permitted, may register to become a “Responsible User Suite” when their suite meets the requirements of the Responsible User policy. To read about the responsible user policy visit the Office of Residential Life's website by clicking here and find the heading "Responsible Use of Alcohol in Residential Living Area Policy". 

Effects of Alcohol

  • Alcohol consumption causes many marked changes in behavior.
  • Low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident.
  • Low to moderate doses of alcohol can increase aggression, impair judgment, and reduce inhibitions, potentially leading to social embarrassment, arguments, destruction of property, unprotected sex, or other risky behaviors that could result in injury or other negative consequences.
  • Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Heavy drinking may result in a “blackout,” a period of alcohol-induced amnesia during which no new memories are formed. Vomiting may also occur.
  • Very high doses cause respiratory depression (coma) and death. When combined with other depressants, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
  • Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening.
  • Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
  • Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics

Effects of Other Drugs

  • Tobacco smoke contains carbon monoxide and may cause cancer and bronchial disease, a chronic cough and respiratory irritation. Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth, and low birth weight. Chewing of tobacco may cause cancer.
  • Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta are drugs prescribed to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). These drugs are Schedule II controlled substances; distribution or possession of these drugs without a prescription is illegal. These drugs are sometimes abused to increase alertness, focus, and energy. Risks and side effects of these drugs include irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, inability to sleep, dangerously high body temperature, headache, nervousness, or shakiness. These drugs are addictive. Repeated use can lead to feelings of hostility and paranoia. Prolonged use may permanently diminish the brain’s ability to focus or concentrate on tasks.
  • Marijuana has properties of both depressants and stimulants and is considered a psychoactive drug. Marijuana alters perception and coordination, making it dangerous to operate a vehicle under the influence. Marijuana contains more tar than tobacco and may cause lung and bronchial disease, a chronic dry cough and respiratory irritation. Marijuana use by teenagers and young adults under the age of 24 has been shown to negatively impact brain development, harming one’s ability to learn and remember information.
  • MDMA (also known as “Molly” or Ecstasy) is an empathogen causing the user to feel euphoric. Its short-term effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased body temperature, sweating, and muscle tension and involuntary teeth clenching. MDMA significantly impacts the serotonin system in the brain. In the days following use, feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, paranoia, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping are very common. It can take the brain several days for your brain to adjust and return to its normal state of functioning. Repeated use may permanently damage the serotonin system, leading to chronic depression and other mental illness.
  • LSD is a psychoactive hallucinogenic drug that causes users to see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real at the time, but do not exist. Some users may experience terrifying thoughts and feelings of despair, fear, loss of control, and extreme paranoia while under the influence. This may last for up to 12 hours. Other risks include impaired judgment, visual distortions, and abnormal thoughts and perceptions. You should never operate machinery or drive a car while taking LSD.
  • Cocaine or crack use may be fatal, depending upon the cardiovascular response of the user. This drug is highly addictive and withdrawal results in severe depression.
  • Tranquilizers and sedatives are also highly addictive, even in low doses. Use of these drugs in conjunction with alcohol is extremely dangerous and may result in coma or death.
  • The intravenous use of drugs carries the additional risk of infection due to shared needles. HIV and hepatitis are transmitted in this way.


  • Possible Effects: Euphoria, drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea
  • Effects of Overdose: Slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Watery eyes, runny nose, yawning, loss of appetite, irritability

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/Psychological


Dover’s Powder




MS-Contin, Rosanol Rosanol SR

Analgesic antitussive



Tylenol/codeine, Robitussin A-C

Analgesic antitussive



Horse, Smack








Demerol, Mepergan




Methadose, Dolophine




Oxycontin, Oxecta, OxyIR, Percocet




  • Possible Effects: Slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior without the odor of alcohol
  • Effects of Overdose: Shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma, possible death
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Anxiety, insomnia, terrors, delirium, convulsions, possible death

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/Psychological

Chloral Hydrate





Amtyl, Seconal

Anesthetic sedative hypnotic



Dalmane, Xanax,
Librium, Valium

Antianxiety or sedative




Sedative, hypnotic




Sedative, hypnotic



  • Possible Effects: Increased alertness, excitation, euphoria, increased pulse rate, insomnia, loss of appetite
  • Effects of Overdose: Agitation, increase in body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions, possible death
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Apathy, long periods of sleep, irritability, depression, disorientation

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/


Coke, Flake, Snow, Crack

Local anesthetic



Dexedrine, Obetrol

Attention Deficit Disorder,
Weight control, Narcolepsy




Weight control




Attention Deficit Disorder



  • Possible Effects: Illusions and hallucinations, poor perception of time and distance
  • Effects of Overdose: Longer, more intense “trip” episodes, possible psychosis, death
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Withdrawal syndrome not reported

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/Psychological






Mesc, Button, Cactus








PCP, Angel Dust, Hog




  • Possible Effects: Euphoria, reduced inhibitions, increased appetite, disorientation
  • Effects of Overdose: Fatigue, paranoia, possible psychosis
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Insomnia, hyperactivity, loss of appetite

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/Psychological


Pot, Weed, Grass, Reefer

As prescribed by a
treating physician






Hashish Oil

Hash Oil



Additional Assistance

Help concerning drug and an alcohol-related problem is available from several sources. Individuals needing personal assistance, individuals who know of someone who needs help or individuals with questions concerning alcohol and drug abuse may contact any of the following:

  • Center for Wellness: (617) 989 – 4390
  • Health Services: (617) 879-5220
  • Office of Student Affairs: (617) 989-4702

Biennial Review

In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, Wentworth Institute of Technology will conduct a biennial review of the College’s alcohol and other drug programs, which will be coordinated by the Coordinator of Health Promotion and Education. According to the Act, the biennial review is due by December 31st of every even numbered year.

Click here to review the most recent Biennial Review.

Good Samaritan Policy

Wentworth Institute of Technology is strongly committed to both the development of the student and the health and safety of the community. All members of the Wentworth community are expected to uphold the Wentworth Creed, the Student Code of Conduct, the Leopard’s Oath, and to look out for one another. Students may be reluctant to seek help in alcohol, prescription drug and illegal substance related emergencies due to their own involvement for violating the Code of Conduct.  When these emergencies are serious and/or life-threatening, Wentworth wants to promote a culture of students seeking assistance when it is needed, as well as a culture of responsibility. For this reason, Wentworth has developed a Good Samaritan Policy. 

In cases of a medical emergency resulting from alcohol, prescription drug, or illegal substances, students are expected to seek out help for an individual(s) needing medical attention by contacting Public Safety and/or 911 and remain with the individual(s) until the time assistance arrives.  Students who seek out emergency assistance for an individual(s) will face no formal Institute disciplinary action or sanction for their own conduct which could be a policy violation relating to personal alcohol, prescription drug and/or illegal drug use that occurred immediately before or during the medical emergency incident. However, the personal use will be documented and an educational response may be required.  This policy also applies to the individual for who the emergency assistance was requested. 

Violations other than personal use of alcohol and /or prescription drugs and/or illegal drugs do not fall within the scope of this policy.

The Good Samaritan Policy will not apply for calls for medical assistance made after the Institute or local authorities have already intervened and/or confronted a situation. Students who abuse the protections of the Good Samaritan Policy by seeking help for others when there is no good-faith basis for doing so, will not be able to claim the benefits of the Policy. 

Jury Duty

According to the Office of the Jury Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there are no student exemptions from jury duty. Like all jurors, students may defer their service up to one year from the original date. College students may be called to serve in several different circumstances:

  1. Massachusetts residents who study out of state and who are summonsed from Massachusetts must serve. Again, the postponement option is available so that a student may report during the summer or vacation breaks.
  2. Massachusetts residents who study in a different county in Massachusetts may receive a summons from the county where their school is located. For example, a Boston resident (from Suffolk County) who enrolls at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (in Hampshire County), may be summonsed to appear for jury duty in Hampshire County. It is possible for students to receive two summonses, one from the home county, and the other from the school county. They must serve in response to only one summons, whichever one was issued first.
  3. Out-of-state students who study in Massachusetts and live here for six months of the year or more are eligible to serve in Massachusetts. This often comes as a surprise to out-of-state students, who may come from jurisdiction where only permanent residents of that state are eligible to serve.

What do I do if I receive a jury summons?

Jury service, on a short-term basis, can provide students with a good opportunity to fulfill one of their important responsibilities as members of the community. Wentworth Institute of Technology supports students in their fulfillment of this civic duty. Students should carefully read all materials they receive with their summons to service, which contain helpful information about confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or relocating service, and address many of the most frequently asked questions. Jury duty is an important legal obligation, and those who fail to respond are subject to criminal charges.
Students who must miss class to fulfill their jury service requirement should notify each of their instructors of the summons and make arrangements to complete any missed work. Students may also visit or contact the Dean of Students Office- Rubenstein 003, 617-989-4702,–to request an absence notification be sent to their instructors. Please be advised, students may be required to provide their summons notice or the certificate of service when making these arrangements.

If you have any questions about jury duty, including confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or limiting your service, please contacts the Office of the Jury Commissioner (1-800-THE-JURY/1-800-843-5879). Further information can be found on the Massachusetts Jury System website.

Personal Relationships

Sexual or romantic relationships between employees and students are strictly prohibited. Sexual or romantic relationships between employees at different levels of authority at Wentworth are strongly discouraged because such relationships often cause substantial problems for both Wentworth and the individuals involved. These relationships may affect the morale of faculty or staff by fostering actual or perceived favoritism. In addition, the different levels of authority between the parties increase the risk of abuse or harassment. For these reasons, neither party to a sexual or romantic relationship may participate in formal or informal supervision, review, or evaluation of the other. Wentworth will also alter the work responsibilities of parties to a sexual or romantic relationship to limit, within Wentworth’s discretion, the professional contact between those parties. Wentworth expects all faculty and staff to act with discretion and maturity in their workplace relationships. Please report any concerns or violations to the Vice President of Human Resources, Williston Hall Room 201A, via email at or by calling 617-989-4193

Sex, Gender, and Gender Identity Harassment

Wentworth Institute of Technology strongly affirms its commitment to maintaining a working, living, and/or learning environment free of harassment.  Harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination and includes sexual assault/violence. The Institute will not tolerate conduct on the part of any faculty member, administrator, employee, student, volunteer, guest, parent, contractor, or trustee which has the effect of:

  • substantially interfering with an individual’s work/academic performance;
  • creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, living, and/or learning environment;
  • interfering with the educational process; or
  • denying any student equal educational opportunity.

The Institute will react promptly to complaints expressed to the Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator and the Dean of Students Office who have established procedures for investigation and resolution.

Massachusetts Clear Indoor Air Act

Under the Massachusetts Clean Indoor Air Act smoking is prohibited at private colleges except in areas designated by the Institute as smoking areas. All indoor smoking is prohibited. Wentworth is a smoke free campus.

The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, 20 U.S.C § 1092, as Amended 1992, (the Clery Act)

The Institute’s annual statistics concerning “criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies” can be found on the web site of Public Safety. Please contact the Director of Public Safety with any questions.

The current annual security report can be found at:

Title IX, Higher Education Amendments of 1972, as amended

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Wentworth Institute of Technology is committed to providing an educational, working and living environment that is free from gender or sex discrimination and sexual misconduct/violence.

Wentworth uses the term sexual misconduct which encompasses sexual assault, sexual harassment and discrimination, intimate partner violence, and stalking. 

The Vice President for Human Resources serves as the Institute Title IX Coordinator and manages the Institute’s compliance with Title IX. Vice President Linda Shinomoto can be reached at (617) 989-4193.

Complaint Procedures

A student with a concern about a possible Title IX/sexual misconduct violation is encouraged to speak to the Title IX Coordinator/Vice President of Human Resources (Williston Hall 201, 617-989-4193) or the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students (Rubenstein 003, 617-989-4410).

Allegations against Wentworth students and/or Wentworth student groups: Title IX/sexual misconduct allegations against students or student groups will be handled through the Student Code of Conduct process.

Allegations against Wentworth employees (faculty, staff): Concerns raised by a student involving a faculty member, staff, other employee, or other Wentworth individuals will be addressed internally by the Title IX Coordinator or designee. 

Allegations against non-student affiliates (contractors, vendors): Concerns raised by a student involving someone not affiliated with Wentworth, such as a guest, individuals from other campuses, or contractors/vendors will be addressed by the Title IX Coordinator or designee. 

Allegations against an individual(s) not-affiliated from Wentworth: Wentworth will support and provide appropriate resources wherever possible. 

Assistance: Assistance from the Department of Public Safety (617-989-4400 and 4444 emergency) is always available. Public Safety can assist in both internal campus processes as well as provide guidance to those seeking to pursue the matter through other jurisdictions.  Speaking to the Department of Public Safety does not require a student to proceed with a criminal case.

Confidential Assistance is always available through the licensed professionals at the Center for Wellness (617) 989-4390 or Health Services (24 hours a day) (617) 989-4070. Other resources which provide confidential assistance are: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (24-hour free hotline) 1-800-841-8371, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Interim Remedial Action

After receiving information of a possible Title IX violation by either the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator, and while the student is deciding what they may wish to do, the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students and/or the Title IX Coordinator (or a designee) may provide interim remedial actions to stop the alleged harassment or discrimination and/or to protect the safety and well-being of the student and Wentworth community. Interim actions may include: counseling assistance, leave of absence, time off from classes, change of class schedule or activities, change of housing, no contact notices, targeted education programs, separation from the Institute or residence area; relocation of residence, restriction to designated campus areas or other campus facilities by time or location, and requirement to obtain advance authorization to engage in a specified activity.

Students Not Wishing to Pursue a Formal Complaint

When a student does not wish to proceed with a formal complaint or criminal process, Wentworth will investigate, to the extent possible, and take appropriate remedial actions available.

Remedial actions in cases which do not proceed through the Student Code of Conduct procedure or full investigation by the Title IX Coordinator may include: counseling assistance, leave of absence, time off from classes, change of class schedule or activities, change of housing, no contact notices and targeted education programs.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Wentworth understands that raising concerns about possible Title IX violations is difficult and it will take reasonable care to limit the dissemination of private information to those who have a need to know to assist the disciplinary process and/or investigation, and/or during the disciplinary process and/or investigation. A request for confidentiality will be carefully considered by the Title IX Coordinator. All reports will be investigated and remediated, to the extent possible, in cases where a confidentiality request is made and granted. Disclosure of private information may be made if the Title IX Coordinator deems it necessary to protect the health, safety or well-being of the student or Wentworth community. The Institute has a duty to report data about various forms of sexual misconduct in accordance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure in Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Act (Clery Act). No personally identifiable information is disclosed, but statistical information is disclosed as a part of the Institute’s annual security report. The information to be shared includes the date, location type (residence hall, public property, off-campus, etc.) and specific crime category.


Retaliation against any person in the Institute community for alleging a good faith violation of Title IX or for cooperating in the investigation or disciplinary procedures is strictly prohibited. Any retaliation will be subject to discipline up to an including expulsion and/or termination. Any concerns regarding retaliation should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.

Wentworth Resources

  • Wentworth Public Safety Emergency: (617) 989-4444
  • Center for Wellness (Confidential): (617) 989-4390
  • Title IX Coordinator: (617) 989-4193
  • Campus Health Services (Confidential): (617) 879-5220
  • Dean of Students Office: (617) 989-4702
  • Residential Life: (617) 989-4160

A list of campus policies and on-campus and off-campus resources can be found at our Notalone site.

Off-Campus Resources

  • Boston Police Department (District B-2): (617) 343-4270 (non-emergency)
  • Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit: (617) 343-0044
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Hotline (Confidential): (800) 841-8371
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, (617) 667-7000 (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are available and are confidential)
  • Boston Medical Center, One Boston Medical Center Place (617) 638-8000 (SANE)
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, (617) 732-6462 (SANE)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association,  (866) MASS-LRS
  • Boston Bar Association,  (617) 742-0615

Voter Registration Act (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 51, § 42E

The law requires all independent colleges to make available voter registration forms wherever students register for classes. Massachusetts residents will find such forms in the Registrar’s Office. Out-of-state students who want to vote in their home state must use either a mail-in form supplied by an election official in the home state or the federal mail-in affidavit of voter registration. Federal Mail-In Affidavits may be obtained by from the Massachusetts Elections Division, Room 1705, McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108; 617.727.2828 or 800.462.8683.

Student Absence Due to Religious Beliefs

Student Absence Due to Religious Beliefs

In accordance with Section IIB of Chapter 151C of the Massachusetts General Laws, "Any student in an educational or vocational training institution, other than a religious or denominational educational or vocational education training institute, who is unable, because of his religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study or work requirement which he may have missed because of such absence on any particular day; provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon such school. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the said student such opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his availing himself of the provisions of this section." Under these circumstances, a student should advise faculty of their absence