Download the Handbook
Download the 2016-17 Rights and Responsibilities student code (PDF)
Download the 2015-16 Rights and Responsibilities student code (PDF)
Download the 2014-15 Rights and Responsibilities student code (PDF)
Download the 2013-14 Rights and Responsibilities student code (PDF)
Download the 2012-13 Rights and Responsibilities student code (PDF)
Download the 2011-12 Rights and Responsibilities student code (PDF)
Download the 2010-11 Rights and Responsibilities student code (PDF)
Download the 2009-10 Rights and Responsibilities student code (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions
A: The officers and Board members are given the same training on appropriate sanctioning, and the sanction is always delivered as a recommendation to the DSRCS Director or Associate Dean for approval. Some students who accept responsibility for a violation would prefer that that the Board hear a case because they want to present their case to their peers.
A: Normally, no longer than two weeks, unless there are extenuating circumstances. The duration of a Special Examiner's Process is different, and is described in detail, segment-by-segment, in Rights and Responsibilities.
A: Yes, if your case goes before the Student Conduct Board or to a Special Examiner's Process, you are entitled to have an advisor accompany you during the hearing. The advisor must be a current student, faculty member, or administrator from the Brandeis community.
A: A Disciplinary Warning informs the student that they now have a conduct record on file in the Department of Student Rights and Community Standards and that further inappropriate behavior may lead to more severe sanctioning. Residence Probation applies to a specific period of time and informs a student that they are no longer in good standing in their living unit. Further violations may result in removal from the residence halls.
A: No, there are only a few instances in which a sanction appears on an academic transcript. If you are required to withdraw from the University due to academic dishonesty or an egregious behavioral issue, you might receive a "Required to Withdraw" notation on your transcript. If you are sanctioned to receive a failing grade in a class for an academic integrity issue, the failing grade will appear, but your transcript will not state that you received the failing grade as the result of a Student Conduct Process sanction.
A: That depends. Most law schools and medical schools ask that you provide conduct involvement information on their applications. Oftentimes the Department of Student Rights and Community Standards is asked for conduct information about applicants. Usually an individual's conduct history is an issue only when they have been involved in a very serious incidents or numerous lesser incidents.
A: Yes, any member of the Brandeis Community (faculty, staff, student) can refer another student. In fact, any person anywhere on Earth may file a good-faith report against a Brandeis student. A person considering such a report should understand that their in-person participation may be required if there is a formal adjudication.
A: The Department of Student Rights and Community Standards is involved in ongoing education and programing efforts regarding our community standards and conflict resolution procedures. Please give us a call at (781) 736-5070.
A: A peer judgment-based system is of vital importance when talking about student conduct at Brandeis. Students are expected to be involved in the Brandeis Community, and thus it is paramount that students have a voice in this process. At the heart of this process is the Student Conduct Board, a panel composed of students, staff, and faculty that hears cases of alleged student misconduct. Note: The Special Examiner's Process is not a peer judgment process.
A: Students who are accused of a very serious infraction may be restricted or suspended from the residence halls, the University or certain buildings or areas pending the review or final disposition of their case or referral. The decision to suspend/restrict on an interim basis is made by the Dean or the Dean's designee and communicated to the student. The student has an opportunity to meet with the Dean/designee to discuss and review any interim action (see Section 20 of Rights and Responsibilities).
Q: What about off-campus incidents?
A: The University expects students to conduct themselves in accordance with the expectations set forth in Rights and Responsibilities as long as they are enrolled at Brandeis. This means the University may take action if it learns of violations that take place off campus, including at home or when studying abroad (see Section 20 of Rights and Responsibilities).