Reporting Inappropriate Behavior
The Department of Student Rights and Community Standards, a department of the Dean of Students Office, serves all Brandeis students, including undergraduate and graduate students and distance learners, by connecting students to resources and by providing structured adjudication processes when appropriate.
The Brandeis community expands across our student populations to encompass their families, our faculty, and our staff. The health of this community is predicated upon various elements, including empathetic relationships and interdependencies. A healthy community is one whose members demonstrate self-care and care for others. Brandeis’ multitude of academic and co-curricular opportunities nurture intellectual inquiry and the development of character, but they can also occasionally be overwhelming. When we face illness, academic or social pressures, or even a lack of rest, judgment and precipitating behaviors can be affected. Affected behaviors range from imperceptibly mild to alarming. We encourage our community to be aware of each others’ wellness and to lend support as early as possible when behaviors change.
Sometimes the best support one can offer is seeking assistance from professional resources.
The Community Standards Report (CSR) is a universally-appropriate portal to submit requests for support for students or intervention with their behaviors. This is not a “tattling” form. The choice to submit a CSR is based in compassionate concern for a student’s well-being and for the integrity of the entire Brandeis community. Some excellent reasons to submit a CSR follow:
- A classmate or neighbor who is normally outgoing and friendly has been withdrawn this week and reluctant to interact with others.
- A student in your class cheats during an in-class exam by bringing unauthorized materials or by glancing at a nearby student’s work.
- You or another student has been sexually harassed or assaulted.
- You believe a student is using or dealing drugs.
- There is a covered smoke detector in your hallway or in a student’s bedroom, compromising the safety of all who live in that residence hall.
- Social media posts on a student’s account are bizarre or threatening.
- A student acts-out aggressively in class or elsewhere.
- Overuse of alcohol or other substances has affected a student’s attitude, routine, or progress in class or other activities.
- Signs of depression, mild or severe.
- Signs of disordered eating.
The goal of the submitted CSR is to provide resources and to resolve conflict. There is no single pathway for a CSR—it is dependent upon the individuals involved, their dispositions, and the circumstances that surround them.
A CSR may initiate a formal adjudication if one or more community standards found in Rights and Responsibilities have been allegedly violated. A formal adjudication may lead to sanctions if the accused student is found responsible by the adjudication process. More often than not, however, a CSR results in an informal, non-discipline-based interaction (no sanction).
If a CSR is filed because of an alleged policy violation, the Student Conduct Process or the Special Examiner's Process (depending on the nature of the allegations) may be initiated. A formal adjudication can only be initiated if a CSR is submitted, and the reporter and the reported student(s) identities are known. If a reporter wishes to anonymously submit a CSR, the information may be used to informally address the concern (no sanction possible) to the best of our ability in conjunction with other University departments. If you are unsure about whether you wish to submit a CSR, the anonymous option might be one to strongly consider. The Brandeis community benefits from being empowered to professionally intervene with concerning behavior, even if there can be no formal adjudication.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct (assault, harassment, violence, stalking, and other gender-based behaviors)
Brandeis University strongly encourages the reporting (including anonymous reporting) of all types of sexual misconduct as described in Sections 3 of Rights and Responsibilities. The Community Standards Report may be used to initiate the Special Examiner's Process. The Brandeis Department of Public Safety is also available to assist a prospective reporter who may wish to (now or in the future) seek criminal charges in the appropriate district court system. Certain crimes committed at or near Brandeis fall within the jurisdiction of the Waltham District Court.