It is an expectation that all students will honor these rights and responsibilities. Please consult Section 7A, Initiating a Report to report any violations of these rights and responsibilities. All reported violations will be reviewed and assessed by the Director of Community Standards or designee to determine if the reported information should proceed to the Student Conduct Process for further review.


All students at Emerson College have certain rights. These rights include:

  1. The right to be free from improper and illegal discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, religion, political views, sexual orientation, age, sex, military or other uniformed service, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable local, state, or federal law.
  2. The right to freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of political belief and affiliation, freedom from discrimination, freedom of peaceful assembly, and petition of redress or grievances.
  3. The rights of freedom from personal force, violence, threats of violence, personal abuse, and sexual harassment, either as individuals or groups within the College community.
  4. The right to organize one’s personal life and behavior, to pursue lawful activities, including freedom of movement, except when these rights interfere with the rights of others.
  5. The right to be secure from unreasonable or unauthorized search or seizure.
  6. The right to reasonable privacy, including the privacy of personal information.
  7. The right to dissent; in other words, to carry on individual or organized activity that expresses grievances held against or changes desired in society, the College, or both; and provided this activity is carried on within the limits of democratic process of freedom of speech, assembly, and petition.
  8. The right to a fair Student Conduct Process if reported to have violated a Community Standard.
  9. The right to bring forward a complaint if one has a good faith reason to believe that it is more likely than not that the rights or responsibilities derived from this statement have been violated. 


Student members of the Emerson College community as individuals and in groups have certain responsibilities. These include:

  1. The responsibility to treat all members of the College community in a civil and respectful manner.
  2. The responsibility to carry and present College identification to authorized College officials upon request, including campus police officers and resident assistants.
  3. The responsibility to refrain from actions that deny other members of the community their rights as enumerated.
  4. The responsibility to refrain from the use of force against a person or group, the forcible interference with another person’s freedom of movement, or the abuse of another person.
  5. The responsibility to respect the right to property of individuals, groups, and the College itself.
  6. The responsibility to respect the confidentiality of personal information about members of the Emerson College community and to preserve the right of privacy.
  7. The responsibility to refrain from disruption in the form of coercion or violence.
  8. The responsibility to ensure that guests on campus (including other Emerson students within one’s residence hall living area) will behave in a manner consistent with the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, and the Conditions of Residency.
  9. The responsibility to act as a good citizen.
  10. The responsibility to observe all duly established College, local, state, and federal regulations.