Our Mission Statement

The Office of Community Standards upholds the Code of Community Standards and all Emerson policies to ensure that Emerson is a safe and welcoming community to learn, live, and work. Guided by our commitment to education and functioning within an educational framework, Community Standards focuses on addressing harm, utilizing fair and transparent processes. Our office provides an opportunity for reflection allowing for personal growth. The Office is committed to balancing the needs of the student and greater campus community by promoting community standards and responding to student concerns. We provide all students with individualized opportunities for growth so that they may develop into engaged and ethical citizens. 

Scope of Community Standards

The Code of Community Standards applies to the below situations, regardless of whether they occur in person or in online or remote educational settings. The College reserves the right to investigate and resolve any reports of alleged misconduct in all of these situations:

  • Involving students, student groups, a group of students, and/or student organizations affiliated with any part of the College.
  • Occurring on or off-campus
  • Occurring from the time of a students’ application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree (even if the conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded), including, but not limited to:
    • During the academic year
    • Before classes start or after classes end
    • During time away from the campus (e.g., study abroad, internships)
    • During periods between terms of enrollment
    • While on leave from the College
    • During any remote or virtual time period, including but not limited to classes, coursework, meetings, chats, etc.

The College reserves the right to investigate and resolve any report or incident in which a student is alleged to violate the code of community standards or other College policies, regardless of the location where the incident occurs. Students are also expected to follow the policies and procedures of institutions that they may visit, including during international travel.

Students and recognized and/or affiliated Student Groups and Organizations are responsible for the behavior of their guests. The College reserves the right to refer the host of a guest to the Student Conduct Process when the guest’s behavior is reported to be in violation of the College’s Community Standards.

Code of Community Standards

The Code of Community Standards serves to protect the rights of Emerson College community members as well as the rights of students reported to have violated the College’s Community Standards.

Student Conduct Process

The Student Conduct Process is an educational process seeking to create a safe learning, living, and working community where teaching, scholarship, and creative work thrives at the highest level.

Report a Violation

If you are concerned about an Emerson College student not upholding the College’s Community Standards, please report your concern to the Office of Community Standards.

Contact Us

If you have any concerns or would like to know additional information about the Code of Community Standards, please reach out to our office.