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Part 3: Prohibited Conduct

Students and Student Organizations must adhere to and uphold The Student Code of Conduct and comply with University policies and procedures as well as federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. The Director for Student Conduct & Restorative Practices shall make the final determination on what constitutes a potential violation of The Student Code of Conduct and shall establish the specific behavioral allegations(s) as appropriate.

Section 1: Jurisdiction of the University

Each student is responsible for their conduct from the time of University admission through degree conferral. All student conduct is considered, including conduct that occurs before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. The Student Code of Conduct shall apply even in circumstances where the alleged conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded, as well as if the student withdraws from the University while a student conduct matter is pending.

Generally, University jurisdiction shall be limited to conduct that occurs on or about university premises or in connection with university-sponsored, University-supervised, or University-affiliated events, programs, and activities (including students involved with off- campus co-ops, study abroad programs, and recognized or unrecognized Student Organizations). However, the University may apply The Student Code of Conduct to students, Student Organizations, and unrecognized Student Organizations whose misconduct may have an adverse impact on the University, members of the University community, and/or the pursuit of university objectives regardless of where such conduct may occur.

Students are responsible for the contents of their rooms, cars, lockers, studio space, electronic devices or person regardless of claims of personal ownership. Students may also be held responsible for shared common areas.

Section 2: Conduct Rules and Regulations

We recognize that students may find themselves in situations in which a violation may occur which could result in a student needing assistance. Please refer to the section on Amnesty in Subsection 18 of this section for more information and guidance on how you can get assistance.

Subsection 1 - Alcohol  

The University expects students to abide by the law and the increased standards set forth by the University while on and off campus. The University reserves the right to inspect any bags, backpacks, or other belongings for alcohol. Specific violations of the alcohol policy include, but are not limited to:

  • The consumption, possession, and/or transport of alcohol by those under the age of 21. The serving, distributing, or obtaining alcohol for, or allowing consumption by, any individual who is under 21 years of age.
  • Providing a location for underage consumption, regardless of if alcohol was provided.
  • Participation in drinking games or actions that ingest alcohol at an accelerated rate, and/or possession of paraphernalia used for ingesting alcohol. This includes, but is not limited to shot glasses, funnels, and beer pong. Such paraphernalia may not be maintained on University property and will be confiscated if discovered.
  • Engaging in drinking practices or activities that seriously threaten one's health and life.
  • Please refer to Subsection 18 for the section on Amnesty.
  • Pressuring or forcing others to consume alcohol. 
  • Possession of an open container of alcohol outside of designated areas (e.g., registered responsible user suites, designated University events).
  • Public intoxication or other inappropriate behavior consistent with intoxication, either on or off campus, or at University sponsored or sanctioned programs or activities (e.g.  medical attention due to intoxication, disrupting the peace and elimination in public).
  • Violation of Alcohol Policies outlined in Residential Policies and Conduct including the Responsible Use of Alcohol in Residential Living Policy (see part 3, section 2, subsection 8c).
  • Use of an alcohol container (including, but not limited to empty beer cans, wine or other alcohol bottles, etc.) as a room decoration, vase, or storage item.

Subsection 2 - Cannabis, Illegal and Controlled Substances and Prescription Drugs 

While Massachusetts state law permits the use of Cannabis, also known as marijuana, federal law requires the University to prohibit marijuana use, possession, distribution, and/or cultivation at educational institutions.

Specific violations of Cannabis, Illegal and Controlled Substances and Prescription Drugs include, but are not limited to:

  • The possession, use, odor, sale, and/or distribution of illegal drugs, narcotics or controlled substances including Cannabis.
  • Being in the presence of illegal drugs, narcotics or controlled substances including Cannabis residue or paraphernalia (e.g. bongs, scales, stems, pipes).
  • The possession, use, sale or distribution of drug paraphernalia.
  • Using drugs or medication in a way that seriously threatens one's health and life.
  • The use of prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Prescription drugs may only be stored, used, and possessed in its original labeled container by the student to which they are prescribed.  Students should only possess a reasonable quantity of prescribed medication based upon the prescription and dosage requirements.  The use or possession of legally prescribed drugs which fall outside the parameters of the medical prescription.
  • Refer to Important Rights of Wentworth for information on Medical Marijuana

Subsection 3 - Personal Conduct 

Students share the responsibility for protecting and maintaining health and safety and the rights of other persons. The University expects all students to comply with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. Wentworth students are expected to conduct themselves in a civil manner and as they engage with the community. Students who anticipate or observe a violation of The Student Code of Conduct or University policy are expected to remove themselves from association or participation and are encouraged to report the incident. Violations of the personal conduct policy include, but are not limited to: 

  • Violation of local, state, and federal requirements, orders, mandates, guidelines and/or laws. 
  • Violation of University policies and procedures. 
  • Conduct that adversely affects the reputation of the University, its mission, and goals.  
  • Violent, abusive, indecent, profane, disruptive, or otherwise disorderly conduct. This includes but it’s not limited to, creating excessive noise or commotion, disrupting active or passive programs or activities, or demonstrating disorderly or inappropriate conduct in the classroom, lab, or other buildings owned or operated by the University.
  • Failure to comply with requests from University officials and/or any municipal, state, or federal law enforcement personnel, including contracted security on other campuses (e.g. Health and Safety Inspections, Administrative Searches, requests for entry or search, requests for Identification, requests for discontinuance of conduct). 
  • Unauthorized access to restricted areas including but not limited to classrooms, labs, studios, offices, living spaces, fire escapes, roofs, or ledges.
  • Possession of firearms, explosives, knives, ammunition (live or empty shell casings), other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on University premises.
  • The improper storage of any flammable products. 
  • Use of any item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that threatens or harms another. 
  • Creating a safety hazard, including tampering with, or removing fire safety equipment impeding an egress/ingress or throwing objects out of windows. 
  • False reporting of fire or bombs.
  • Failure to exit a building or area during an emergency, fire alarm or at the request of a Wentworth official and return prior to authorization by a University official. 
  • Being present during a violation of The Student Code of Conduct in any way that condones, supports, or encourages that violation.  
  • Actual or attempted theft, damage, or destruction of property whether intentional or unintentional
  • Use of a device to share images of any person or making an audio or video recording of any person where there is an expectation of privacy.

Subsection 4 - Obstruction of Investigation or Complaint/Disciplinary Process 

Wentworth strives for a reporting, investigation, and disciplinary process that is fair and equitable. Obstructing this process prohibits the University from providing a fair and equitable disciplinary process. Obstruction occurs in many forms through, but not limited to, the following conduct: 

  • Falsification, misrepresentation, omission, or distortion of information. 
  • Conduct that disrupts an investigation, meeting, or hearing. 
  • Attempting to discourage participation in or use of the reporting, investigation/disciplinary process. 
  • Attempting to influence the impartiality of any member of the University community or      anyone else who is involved in an investigation, meeting, or hearing. 
  • Violation of the Retaliation Policy (Whistle Blower Policy).

Subsection 5 - Hazing 

Wentworth Institute of Technology prohibits any form of hazing by individuals or groups. The University broadly defines hazing as any action or activity, directed at a student, that is reasonably likely to, or is intended to endanger the physical or mental health of a person for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for maintaining membership in a group, organization, or living community. This definition shall apply regardless of location or consent of participants. Hazing includes, without limitation, behaviors that violate Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269, Sections 17-19 (included below).

The law defines hazing as “any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.”

In addition to how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts defines hazing, Wentworth Institute of Technology prohibits the following forms of hazing, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Assignment of duties to new members that are not assigned to other members
  • Verbal abuse
  • Beating
  • Forced attendance of a gathering of any sort
  • Requiring students to violate The Student Code of Conduct
  • Exposing someone to extreme conditions or activities with the possibility of endangering that person 
  • Forced or coerced alcohol or other drug consumption
  • Forced or coerced sexual simulation or acts
  • Forced or coerced ingestion of vile substances
  • Expected participation in illegal activity
  • Threats or implied threats
  • Requiring situationally inappropriate attire
  • Deprivation of privileges
  • Silence periods
  • Social Isolation

In compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Anti-Hazing Statute (M.G.L. Ch. 269, §§ 17, 18 and 19), Wentworth Institute of Technology annually provides each student with a copy of the state law and requires officers of student organizations to distribute a copy to all its members. A copy of the law is available in Section 2 of the Student Organization Manual and is also available in the Center for Student Life and The Center for Cultural and Global Engagement. 

Punishment for an organizer or participant in hazing is a $3,000 fine and/or imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year. Punishment (Section 18) for failure to report hazing to the extent “such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others,” is also a crime and subject to a fine of $1,000.00. 

All student organization executive boards and/or advisors are required to review the law annually with all members. If you have any questions regarding the law, discuss them with a staff member from the Center for Student Life or The Center for Cultural and Global Engagement immediately. The Athletic Department is required to review the law annually with every varsity athlete. If you have any questions regarding the law, discuss them with a staff member from the Athletic Department.

Subsection 6 - Personal Identification and Representation 

Wentworth Institute of Technology issues student identification cards (student IDs) to current, enrolled students. Student IDs remain property of the University, and students must always carry their student ID.

Violations of personal identification and representation policy include, but are not limited to: 

  • Using an ID (student ID, driver’s license, etc.) not originally issued to the individual listed on the ID.
  • Failure of students to show their student identification upon request.
  • Falsification of identity, or that of another.
  • Creating, possessing, using, and/or distributing fabricated IDs (University, driver’s license, passport, Real ID, etc.). 
  • Representing the University or any recognized student organization without the specific prior consent. 
  • Falsifying information to the University and/or any University record and/or document.
  • Knowingly submitting false information for a University record or document, including but not limited to parking pass registration.  

Subsection 7 - Postings/Leafletting/Chalking 

Registered student organizations in good standing are permitted to post and advertise on campus or property owned, rented, leased, or controlled by Wentworth. Only approved posters, table tents, A-frames and white boards located on the ground floor of the Flanagan Campus Center are allowed.  Leaflets and chalking are prohibited.  For more information, refer to the  Student Posting and Advertising Policy

Subsection 8 - Residential Policies and Conduct

Wentworth Residential Life strives to offer students a rich living and learning experience. To foster this environment, students are responsible for their individual actions, the actions of their guests, and in a collective sense for the actions of each member of the residential community. An atmosphere conducive to academic growth and social awareness requires everyone’s cooperation. The starting point for this communal success is individual adherence to University policies as well as federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. All students are held responsible for knowing, understanding, and complying with the policies and procedures that govern the University and the residence halls. 

These policies and procedures outlined below are subject to change during the academic year and it is the student’s responsibility to know the current policies and procedures.

The University reserves the right to temporarily suspend a student from residence halls who behaves in a manner that is viewed to be a risk to the community or themselves until an administrative review can be conducted. The student is solely responsible for finding housing accommodations during this time.

Additionally, Wentworth Residential Life, Public Safety and other University staff reserve the right to revoke a visitor's access to a residence area if the guest disturbs or creates any difficulties for other residents.

Specific violations of Residential Life policies include, but are not limited to:

Subsection 9 - Guest Policy 

Students and Student Organizations are responsible for the conduct of their guests and should always be present with guests. Guests may be removed from the University at the discretion of Public Safety.

Violations of the guest policy include, but are not limited to:                   

  • Failure to accompany the hosted guest or guests at all times.  
  • Misconduct of a guest or guests. Students bringing guests to the University (i.e., campus grounds, parking lots, academic, administrative, residential buildings, etc., or to University-sponsored events) will be held responsible for the actions of any guest. 
  • Guest’s failure to provide a valid identification on Wentworth property and/or failure to present that identification to a Wentworth official when asked. 
  • Violations of all rules and restrictions outlined in the Residential Guest Policy (see Part 3, Section 2, subsection 8d)

Subsection 10 - Responsible Use of Computers and Networks 

The purpose of this policy is to define responsible and ethical behavior that guides use of information and learning technology resources at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Information and learning technology include, but is not limited to laptops, desktop computers, workstations, network servers, mainframe computers, software, digital information, voice, video and data networks, classroom media and instructional technology. This policy is supplemented by all other University policies and by the policies of those networks to which Wentworth is affiliated, including but not limited to Colleges of the Fenway and related consortia (e.g. FLO). Applicable local, state, and federal laws also apply to information and learning technology users at Wentworth. A complete listing of this policy can be found with Technology Services.

Subsection 11 - Student Clubs and Organizations

Clubs, Club Sports, and Organizations provide an opportunity for students to gather, learn, and share ideas. Recognized student clubs, organizations, and club sports and their members – when acting in the capacity of members – are expected to follow the policies and procedures outlined in the Student Organization Manual.

Violations of the Student Organization Manual may be adjudicated by the Center for Student Life or the Center for Cultural and Global Engagement. 

Subsection 12 - Expressive Activities and Speech Policy

Purpose of This Policy:

The purpose of this policy is to support and encourage the thoughtful and meaningful expression and exchange of ideas at Wentworth Institute of Technology (“Wentworth” or “University”).

As a private institution, Wentworth is not bound by the First Amendment. However, the University supports students and others who seek to organize and participate in expressive activities, such as peaceful assembly, vigils, protests, and other speech on campus, as long as, such speech is consistent with The Student Code of Conduct and other University policies, including the Non-Discrimination Policy and the Policy on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct.

Definitions:

“Applicant” - Student who files an application to host an organized public demonstration.

“Student” - Any person who attends or has attended the University. Persons admitted but never matriculated may not be considered students.

“Campus” - Locations, events or circumstances over which the University possesses substantial control; includes any buildings or property owned by the University.

“Disruptive Conduct” - Conduct that obstructs or impedes teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other University activities; conduct that infringes upon the rights of others or disrupts the operations of the University.

“Expressive Speech or Activity” - An expression of thoughts, beliefs, or values which includes verbal speech, non-verbal expression, literature distribution, displays and signs, petition circulation, and other forms of expression. Disruptive Conduct is not a permitted form of expressive speech or activity.

“Organized Public Demonstration” - Any public display of individual or group speech or other expression occurring either on campus or at University sponsored events. Examples of demonstrations may include but are not limited to assemblies, picketing, protests, counterprotests, or sit-ins.

Expressive Activities and Speech Policy: University students are generally free to express their views, and such expression may take many forms, including the right to peaceful assembly, vigils, protests, demonstrations and the use of signs, banners, and posters. Expressive activities and speech will not be tolerated if it violates The Student Code of Conduct or any other University policy, interferes with the rights of others, or disrupts the operations of the University. Additionally, Wentworth reserves the right to restrict access to and/or remove any person from its campus at any time.

Any student seeking to organize, schedule, or plan an event involving expressive activities and speech on campus is highly encouraged to consult with the Director of Student Engagement, or designee, to ensure the safety and success of the event. Students who represent a recognized student organization should consult with their designated adviser.

Any student seeking to organize a public demonstration must submit an application to the Director of Student Engagement, as described in the applicable section of this policy.

Students engaging in expressive speech, including organized public demonstrations, on campus may not:

  • Obstruct the free movement of persons and vehicles in any way.
  • Disrupt or prevent the peaceful and orderly conduct of classes, lectures, and meetings, or interfere with any other person’s ability to express his or her views, including invited speakers
  • Enter and/or remain in any building or facility for any purpose other than its authorized or approved use, remain in any building or facility after it is normally closed without prior authorization, or refuse to leave any building or facility after being asked to do so by a University official or other authorized official.
  • Display items on windows, and balconies, or outward facing walls such that they are visible to passers-by.
  • Violate any other policies and procedures established in The Student Code of Conduct, any other University policy, or federal, state or local laws.
  • Engage in any behavior that poses a risk to the mental or physical health and safety of any individual or group.
  • Use amplified sound devices such as bullhorns, PA systems, or air horns without prior approval of an application for demonstration.
  • Engage in such activities between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Engage in such activities within 100 feet of any residence hall.

Organized Public Demonstrations, cont.:

Only Wentworth students may apply to host a demonstration on campus. The applicant must provide a written application for a demonstration that must be submitted to Director of Student Engagement or designee at least 3 business days before the demonstration is to begin. The application must include the student(s) name(s), time, date, location of the demonstration, speakers’ names, if any, approximate number of student participants and an explanation of how the demonstration will reflect the tenets of the Leopard’s Oath.

More information may be sought from the Director of Student Engagement. Depending on the application information, additional information sought and received and possible counterdemonstrations/protests, more time may be necessary for a review. 

Applications will be reviewed in a content neutral way. Demonstration applications will not be approved if the request violates The Student Code of Conduct, state law, federal law, and/or city ordinances or constitutes Disruptive Conduct, as defined in this policy.

The Director of Student Engagement or designee will contact the student(s) to notify them as to whether the application was approved or denied. It is in Wentworth’s sole discretion to deny an application or cancel, postpone, or modify an approved demonstration.  

Appeal of a Denied Application

If the Director of Student Engagement denies the application for an organized public demonstration, the applicant may appeal to the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee on limited grounds. Applicants may appeal if they believe that the Director of Student Engagement’s decision reflected bias against the applicant or the specific non-discriminatory viewpoint the applicant sought to express.

Scope of This Policy: This policy applies to students and guests, as defined by The Student Code of Conduct.

Subsection 13 - Harming Behavior

Harming behavior, which includes, but is not limited to the threat of or actual physical assault or abuse and includes harassment. For the purposes of The Student Code of Conduct, bullying is considered a form of harassment.

For matters regarding discrimination based on sex, including prohibited conduct such as sexual harassment (including quid pro quo and hostile environment), as well as sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, discrimination, sexual exploitation, and retaliation, please refer to the Sexual Misconduct and Sex-based Discrimination Policy for Students and Employees.

Harassment is conduct by another person or persons against another person or persons based upon their legally protected class that adversely has the effect of: a. Unreasonably interfering with a person or person’s employment, educational benefits, academic grades or opportunities, or participation in the University programs or activities; or b. Unreasonably interfering with a person or person’s work or academic performance; or c. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment.

Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to, the repeated use of written, oral or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture by one or more individuals, repeatedly directed at another individual that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm, or damage to property, (ii) places the target of such behavior in reasonable fear of harm to self, or damage to property, (iii) creates a hostile environment or otherwise infringes on the rights of such individual or (iv) substantially disrupts the education process.

Harassment may also include, but not be limited to, a written, oral or electronic communication or physical act or gesture based on any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, academic status, physical appearance, mental or physical disability, or by association with an individual or group who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics.

In determining whether an act constitutes harassment, the Dean of Students Office will consider the full context of any given incident, giving due consideration to the protection of the members of the University community, and the individual rights, freedom of speech, academic freedom, and advocacy required by law. Please note that not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group necessarily will be considered a violation of The Student Code of Conduct.

Violations of the Harming Behavior policy include, but are not limited to: 

Verbal, written and/or pictorial/video abuse: verbal, written and/or pictorial/video conduct that harms or attempts to harm the emotional or physical health or safety of any person. 

Bias-motivated behavior, including physical, verbal and/or written behavior, based upon a real or perceived affiliation with a protected classification (age, color, disability, ethnicity or national origin, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, and veteran status). 

Physical abuse: contact that harms or attempts to harm the emotional or physical health or safety of any person. 

Endangering or threatening the health or safety of any person, including one’s self.

Subsection 14 - Discrimination

For matters regarding discrimination based on sex, including prohibited conduct such as sexual harassment (including quid pro quo and hostile environment), as well as sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, discrimination, sexual exploitation, and retaliation, please refer to the Sexual Misconduct and Sex-based Discrimination Policy for Students and Employees.

University policy prohibits discrimination in admission, access to, treatment or employment in any of its educational programs or activities, including scholarships, loans, and athletics, on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, alienage, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. The University complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, prohibiting discrimination. The University also complies with applicable Massachusetts laws on discrimination.

Subsection 15 - Smoking, Vaping, and/or Tobacco Use

Wentworth Institute of Technology is proud to be a Tobacco Free Community. Tobacco free includes cigarettes, pipes, electronic vapor, chewing tobacco, and other substitute forms of cigarettes. Our tobacco free community includes all areas of the academic campus (e.g. buildings and facilities, parking lots, campus parks/green spaces, the front lawn, main quadrangle, Sweeney Field, and all pedestrian walkways). Wentworth residential students and guests are permitted to smoke, use chewing tobacco, and/or vape only in the designated outdoor smoking areas adjacent to residential buildings. Wentworth students are expected to abide by all state policies and ordinances related to the use of all smoking and tobacco products.  With this policy, Wentworth joined the American College Health Association in supporting the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active or passive, is a significant health hazard.

Subsection 16 - Vehicles and Parking 

To ensure the safe and efficient use of available limited parking at the University, the University has established the following regulations and rules concerning vehicle use and parking. 

Violations of the Vehicles and Parking policy include, but are not limited to: 

  • Parking a vehicles in any of the Wentworth parking lots without displaying a valid permit will be subject to towing at owner’s expense. 
  • Vehicles displaying a forged parking permit will be immediately towed at the owner’s expense and the student responsible for violating this policy will face disciplinary actions. 
  • Parking permits shall not be replicated, lent, sold, or transferred to another party and can only be purchased and used by Wentworth students. 
  • Vehicles parked in designated Handicapped/Disabled parking spaces that do not have required documentation will be towed at owner’s expense. 
  • Vehicles parked in designated no parking or tow zones will be towed at owner’s expense. 
  • Resident students, with a valid overnight permit, are permitted to park in either the East or Ira Allen (Annex Lot) only. Vehicles in any other lot will be subjected to immediate towing at the owner’s expense. 
  • Vehicles obstructing driveways or access will be subject to towing at owner’s expense. 
  • Vehicles in lots after hours will be subject to towing at owner’s expense. 
  • Repeated and/or serious parking or traffic violations will be referred to the   Dean of Students Office disciplinary action. 

Subsection 17 - Wentworth Name and Logo

The use of the Wentworth name, seal, and logo can imply approval by Wentworth of the sale, use or message of the group or item on which its name or logo appears. It is important to Wentworth that its name and reputation be kept in the highest regard by members of its community and the greater outside community. It is therefore necessary for Wentworth to regulate the use of its name, seal, and logo. The use of the Wentworth Institute of Technology logo or seal on any article of clothing, poster, book, or in any manner of imprint, including but not limited to off-set printing, scanning, or decal is strictly prohibited. The use of the Wentworth Institute of Technology on the internet, including but not limited to websites and social media is prohibited.  Wentworth’s name, seal, and logo are the exclusive property of Wentworth and, consequently, may not be used in connection with goods or services offered by any outside organization without the prior written permission of the Vice President for Business (or designee). Any registered organization or member of the community who wishes to use the Wentworth logo or seal must seek prior written permission from the Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications (or designee). Any article of clothing or other items with the Wentworth logo or seal that do not have such pre-approval will be confiscated. 

Subsection 18 – Amnesty Policy

Students may be reluctant to seek help in alcohol, prescription drug and illegal substance related emergencies due to their own involvement for violating The Student Code of Conduct.  When these emergencies are serious and/or life-threatening, Wentworth wants to promote a culture of students seeking assistance when needed and a culture of responsibility.

In cases of a medical emergency resulting from alcohol, prescription drug, or prohibited substances, students are expected to:

  • Call Public Safety at (617) 989-4444 or 911
  • Stay with the individual(s) until help has arrived
  • Meet and cooperate with appropriate University administrative staff after the incident
  • Attend and comply with any educational sanctions

Students who seek out emergency assistance or call for help on behalf of another student or guest will not receive conduct charges related to the behavior associated with the granting of amnesty. This policy also applies to the individual for who the emergency assistance or call for help was requested.  Conduct charges may be applied for behavior not related to the granting of amnesty.

The Amnesty Policy will not apply for calls for medical assistance made after the University or local authorities have already intervened and/or confronted a situation. Students who abuse the protections of the Amnesty 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.