Student Disciplinary Process

GENERAL PROVISIONS

A.  The Office of the Dean of Students is responsible for the administration of the student disciplinary process at Bowdoin College. Any question of interpretation or application of the student disciplinary process shall be referred to the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs for final determination.

B.  The Office of the Dean of Students will review all claims of alleged violations by Bowdoin students of both the Academic Honor and the Social Code. After reviewing the claims, cases will either be referred to a Student Affairs staff member to be handled administratively or to the Judicial Board for a formal hearing. Typically, minor violations will be resolved by the Office of the Dean of Students and allegations of major violations will be referred to the Judicial Board, but the Dean of Students may act administratively in appropriate cases without a Judicial Board hearing. For a list of possible sanctions, please see Section A., "Potential Disciplinary Sanctions" and Section B., "Temporary Measures” under Additional Information Regarding Student Discipline.

C.  College disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against a student charged with a violation of a law that is also a violation of the Academic Honor Code and/or Social Code without regard to the status of civil or criminal proceedings. The College may conduct disciplinary proceedings prior to, simultaneously with, or after civil or criminal proceedings, including disciplinary proceedings initiated by another institution during a student's study away. This decision may not be appealed.

D.  If a student objects to a disciplinary sanction issued by a member of the Student Affairs staff, the student may elect to have the case adjudicated by the Judicial Board. This is not an appeal, but a request for the Dean of Students’ Office to refer the matter to the Judicial Board for adjudication. Requests for the matter to be heard by the Judicial Board must be made in writing to the student's dean within five (5) calendar days of receiving the outcome letter documenting the sanction(s). In such cases, the Judicial Board will come to its own determination of responsibility and recommended sanction, without regard to or knowledge of the original administratively-issued sanction.

E.  In both Academic and Social Code cases, the Judicial Board makes a determination of responsibility and recommends a sanction to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students may accept the Judicial Board’s recommended sanction or impose a different one. The Judicial Board’s determination of responsibility and the sanction imposed by the Dean of Students become final unless an appeal is initiated. 

F.  In the event that a student fails to comply with a sanction or sanctions, the College may take additional disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, withholding the student’s diploma and deferring the student’s degree until the student has satisfied the terms of the sanction(s).

G.  The College reserves the right to revoke a Bowdoin degree if, after a review, the College determines that the degree was awarded as a result of fraud, deceit, or academic dishonesty.    

THE JUDICIAL BOARD

A. Purpose

When cases are referred to the Judicial Board, a Panel of the Board must determine whether a violation of the Bowdoin College Academic Honor Code or Social Code has been committed by a student. The Panel is charged with the responsibility of determining what happened, ascertaining whether what happened constitutes a violation of the Academic Honor Code or Social Code, and recommending to the Dean of Students what sanction, if any, should be imposed.

B. Composition

The Judicial Board consists of student members and faculty members. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Judicial Board are student members and preside over hearings of the Board. If both the Chair and Vice-Chair are unavailable or need to recuse themselves, the Judicial Board Advisor will select a student Board member to serve as the Presiding Chair. Typically, the Panel hearing Academic Honor Code cases consists of three students including the Presiding Chair and two faculty members, and the Panel hearing Social Code cases consists of five students including the Presiding Chair.

Because cases may involve interrelated issues, the composition of the Panel will be determined at the discretion of the Dean of Students. Cases that involve alleged Academic Honor Code and Social Code violations that are interrelated will be heard by the same Panel. In cases involving allegations of Social Code violations that relate to a particular course or within an academic department, the Dean of Students may convene a panel of three students and two faculty members to hear the case.

Deviation from the stated number of Panel members may occur only with the approval of the parties or, under certain circumstances, as determined by the Dean of Students and the Board Chair. The Dean of Students may call on previous faculty Board members to serve as needed.

The Judicial Board Advisor will attend the hearing and the Panel’s deliberations and may advise the Panel on procedural matters but shall not vote. The Dean of Students shall attend the hearing, but not deliberations.

Newly-selected Judicial Board members, deans, staff, or members of the Student Appeals Committee may observe a hearing for training or educational purposes. Only newly-selected Judicial Board members may attend deliberations for training purposes.

C. Selection of the Judicial Board

New student members will be selected by the existing Judicial Board student members and the Judicial Board Advisor. The selection process is overseen by the Judicial Board Advisor and the current Chair and Vice Chair of the Judicial Board. Nominations for student Board members will be solicited from students as well as faculty and staff, but all students in good standing are welcome to apply. Student applicants on academic probation or social probation will not be considered.

New faculty members shall be appointed by the Committee on Governance and Faculty Affairs.

Prior to the first round of interviews, the slate of Judicial Board applicants will be disclosed by the Chair and Vice Chair to the Bowdoin Student Government (“BSG”) during an Executive Session. The Executive Committee shall vote to approve the slate of applicants. Members of the BSG Executive Committee who are also applicants for the Judicial Board must recuse themselves from this process.

The Executive Committee may nominate one BSG representative to participate in the Judicial Board interview process, subject to approval by the Dean of Students. Applicants will be interviewed by a committee of current Judicial Board student members and the BSG representative.

All current Judicial Board members are eligible to vote in the selection process but continuing Judicial Board student members and the Judicial Board Advisor shall have final decision-making authority regarding the selection of new members.

During the spring semester, the current student members of the Judicial Board shall elect a current student member to serve as the Chair and another to serve as the Vice Chair for the following year. All current Judicial Board members are eligible to vote for Chair and Vice Chair, subject to approval by the Dean of Students.

D. Expectations of Judicial Board Members

Members of the Board are expected to uphold and exemplify the standards of the Bowdoin College Academic Honor Code and Social Code. Student members must be in good academic and social standing. Members who face disciplinary action for serious breaches of any Bowdoin College policy may be temporarily suspended from Board activity until the issue is resolved. If a Board member is formally charged with an alleged violation of the Academic Honor Code or Social Code, they must dismiss themselves from all Board activity until their case is resolved. Board members found responsible for violating either Code may be dismissed from the Board.

Members of the Board are expected to respect and maintain confidentiality of all matters that come before the Board. Violation of this confidentiality will lead to dismissal from the Board.

All members of the Judicial Board must participate in a training program. The Chair, in concert with the Judicial Board Advisor, shall convene the Board for training each academic year. Judicial Board training will address proscribed conduct, procedures, and sanctions under the Academic Honor Code and Social Code.

JUDICIAL BOARD PROCEDURES

For the purposes of assuring fairness and consistency, the College adopts the following protections for students participating in Judicial Board hearings: adequate notice of hearings; advance notice of matters requiring student responses; an impartial Panel and proceedings; the opportunity to provide evidence and witnesses; the availability of an appeal; and the right to have a member of the College community, uninvolved with the case, available for personal support at the formal Judicial Board hearing.

These procedures govern the Judicial Board process for adjudicating alleged violations of the Academic Honor Code and Social Code.


A. Definition of Procedural Terms

  1. A “Character Reference” is an individual who is a member of the College community and may speak or write on behalf of the personal integrity of the Respondent. Respondents are limited to a single character reference unless otherwise determined by the Chair. The Character Reference may not be a member of the Office of the Dean of Students or Counseling Service, the Director of Health Services, a member of the Judicial Board, or a witness or party to the matter. 
  2. The “Complainant” is the person(s) presenting a claim of alleged violation(s) of the Academic Honor Code or Social Code by the Respondent before the Judicial Board.
  3. The “Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs” means the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs or their designee.
  4. The “Dean of Students” means the Dean of Students or their designee.
  5. 5.  The “Judicial Board Advisor” is the designate of the Office of the Dean of Students who advises the Judicial Board and is generally responsible for assuring the fairness and integrity of the hearing process.
  6. The “Respondent” is the student(s) responding to the complaint of the alleged violation(s) of the Academic Honor Code or Social Code.
  7. A “Supporter” is an individual who is currently a Bowdoin College student, faculty, or staff member, selected by the Respondent, who may serve as personal support throughout the hearing process. A student Complainant may also select a Supporter. The Supporter may not be a member of the Office of the Dean of Students or Counseling Service, the Director of Health Services, a member of the Judicial Board, or a witness or party to the matter. The Presiding Chair may disallow a particular Supporter in cases where the Supporter might be a witness or where the Supporter’s presence, in the Presiding Chair’s sole determination, would be obstructive to the process. The Supporter is available for emotional and personal support before, during, and after the hearing. The Supporter will not participate as an advisor and will not have an opportunity to make statements to the Board, ask questions of or to cross-examine any Complainant, Respondent, witness and/or other individual participating in the hearing. The Chair shall not allow a Supporter’s presence to inhibit the parties’ open testimony or the conduct of the hearing. Respondents and student Complainants are limited to a single Supporter unless otherwise determined by the Presiding Chair.
  8. A “Witness” is any individual(s) who can attest first-hand to the specific details of the case. An “Expert Witness” is any individual(s) who has expert knowledge that is relevant to the specific details of the case. Both the Complainant and Respondent are entitled to call witnesses, but neither the Complainant nor Respondent is entitled to call an Expert Witness. The Presiding Chair reserves the right to call a witness(es) if that might assist the Board in its work, including an Expert Witness.  Witnesses will not have an opportunity to ask questions of or cross-examine any Complainant, Respondent, Witness, and/or other individual participating in the hearing.


B. Initiating the Judicial Board Process

  1. When a student is suspected of a violation of the Academic Honor Code or Social Code, the person(s) bringing the charge should confer with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Community Standards or other member of the Dean of Students staff for advice. A disciplinary review may be initiated through numerous channels, the two most common being through a complaint filed directly with the Office of the Dean of Students or through the receipt of a Security Report. Initial reports should provide all of the pertinent details of the alleged violation committed by the student(s) and must be filed with the Office of the Dean of Students while the Respondent is a Bowdoin student. Please note, in cases when a student suspects a violation of the Academic Honor Code, the student is encouraged to bring the information to the attention of the instructor or the Office of the Dean of Students.
  2. The Office of the Dean of Students will review all claims and refer those that require a formal hearing to the Judicial Board.
  3. For cases that are referred to the Board, prior to the hearing, the Office of the Dean of Students will present the Respondent(s) with a written notice outlining the substance of the alleged misconduct charges, and the time and place of the hearing.
  4. Investigation by the Office of Safety and Security, the Office of the Dean of Students, or other College department should be regarded as sensitive and confidential. During an ongoing inquiry, a student may be instructed not to speak with anyone about the investigation in order to preserve the integrity of the process.  

C. Judicial Board Hearing Guidelines

  1. Hearings are confidential and will be conducted in private.
  2. The Presiding Chair may make procedural rulings necessary to conduct its business within the guidelines of the judicial policies herein and in the spirit of fairness.
  3. The Presiding Chair has discretionary authority with regard to all procedural rulings, including participation by non-Board members and decisions on the relevance and/or admissibility of evidence.
  4. Formal evidentiary rules do not apply in College judicial hearings; the Panel may consider any evidence, such as pertinent records, exhibits, and written statements, it determines relevant and credible.
  5. In cases involving more than one Respondent, the Board may conduct separate hearings for each Respondent or a combined hearing for all Respondents. In cases involving unrelated charges against a single Respondent, the Board may conduct separate hearings or a single hearing for the Respondent.
  6. The Panel shall determine, by a majority vote, whether the student has violated the Academic Honor Code and/or Social Code as charged.
  7. A “preponderance of evidence” is the Board’s decisional standard when considering whether the Respondent(s) violated the Academic Honor Code or Social Code.
  8. If the Panel concludes that a violation has occurred, it may review and consider the Respondent’s previous violations and sanctions in College disciplinary proceedings or related civil or criminal matters solely for the purpose of recommending appropriate penalties.
  9. If the Respondent is found responsible for the charge(s), typically, within forty-eight hours of the hearing’s conclusion, the Dean of Students will meet with the Respondent and provide the Respondent with a letter outlining the Panel’s recommendation and the Dean’s final decision as to what sanction, if any, shall be imposed.
  10. Hearings may only be recorded by the College. This record becomes the property of Bowdoin College with access determined by the Dean of Students. Deliberations will not be recorded.
  11. If the Office of the Dean of Students determines that a case cannot be resolved in a fair or timely manner, procedural options may be limited or result in the case being deferred until immediately prior to the start of the next semester.
  12. In no circumstances will the College allow an impending graduation to compromise its adjudicative process. A conferral of a degree may therefore be postponed or deferred if necessary until proper resolution of charges, provided a hearing opportunity shall be diligently scheduled for the earliest practicable date that shall accommodate the Complainant, the Respondent, witnesses, and the Board. 
D. General Guidelines for Complainants and Respondents
  1. Complainants and Respondents shall receive from the Office of the Dean of Students a written notice outlining the substance of misconduct charges against the Respondent, including the date, time, and place of the hearing.
  2. Respondents and student Complainants must have a reasonable period of time in which to prepare for the hearing, generally not less than seven nor more than fifteen calendar days after the notification. Respondents may waive minimum time limits. In matters involving student Complainants, the parties may waive minimum time limits where both parties consent. The Judicial Board Advisor may use discretion in extending maximum time limits.
  3. Respondents and student Complainants must schedule pre-hearing conferences with the Judicial Board Advisor to review and discuss judicial procedures.
  4. If Respondents or student Complainants wish, they may have a Supporter present at the hearing to provide emotional and personal support. The name of this person must be provided to the Judicial Board Advisor at least four calendar days prior to the scheduled hearing. 
  5. Respondents may have a single Character Reference speak on their behalf at the hearing or submit a written statement on the Respondent’s behalf. The name of the Character Reference must be provided to the Judicial Board Advisor at least four calendar days prior to the scheduled hearing. Character References should speak only to the Respondent’s character and provide the context in which they know the Respondent.
  6. Respondents may have an attorney present at the hearing only when independent criminal proceedings are pending; otherwise, attorneys shall not participate in the College’s disciplinary process. When attorneys are permitted at the hearing, they are limited to advisory status with no opportunities to make statements to the Board, raise objections, ask questions, or cross-examine any Complainant, witness and/or other individual participating in the hearing. The Respondent must notify the Judicial Board Advisor that an attorney will be present at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled hearing.
  7. Respondents or student Complainants may request the removal of a single Panel member (names of members are available from the Office of the Dean of Students) believed incapable of rendering an impartial decision by submitting a written petition to the Presiding Chair at least four calendar days prior to the hearing demonstrating a conflict of interest and justifying their request for such removal. The Presiding Chair and the Judicial Board Advisor will rule on such petitions. If Respondents or student Complainants wish to remove the Presiding Chair, they must submit a written petition to the Judicial Board Advisor, who will rule on such petitions at least four calendar days before the hearing.
  8. Respondents and Complainants may examine all evidence scheduled for review by the Panel prior to the hearing, including a list of witnesses and other individuals expected to attend. Individuals or groups shall not seek to influence or harass witnesses. Attempting to influence or harass a witness before, during, or after a hearing may result in serious disciplinary charges leading to a separate hearing or administrative action.
  9. Respondents, any student Complainants, and the Office of the Dean of Students must provide a list of their relevant witnesses/references, an opening statement, and evidence to the Judicial Board Advisor at least four calendar days prior to the hearing. Upon review of the file, the parties, including the Office of the Dean of Students, may submit relevant responsive information, if any, up to forty-eight hours prior to the hearing. In appropriate circumstances, the Presiding Chair may delay or continue the hearing to afford a Respondent or Complainant sufficient time to respond to any statements or evidence provided to the Judicial Board Advisor.
  10. Complainants must attend the hearing as scheduled by the Office of the Dean of Students unless Respondents consent to proceedings without Complainants present. Complainants are expected to be forthcoming and truthful. Purposefully misleading and/or false statements, or a failure to be forthcoming and truthful, may result in serious disciplinary charges leading to a separate hearing.
  11. At the hearing, Complainants may, in an orderly fashion, make opening and closing statements, present evidence, respond to questions from the Panel, offer witnesses, question the Respondent and witnesses through the Presiding Chair, and hear and question evidence.
  12. At the hearing, Respondents may, in an orderly fashion, make opening and closing statements, present evidence, respond to questions from the Panel, offer witnesses, and a single character reference, question the Complainant and witnesses through the Presiding Chair, and hear and question evidence brought against them.
  13. Respondents are expected to attend the hearing as scheduled by the Office of the Dean of Students and to be forthcoming and truthful. Failure to be forthcoming and truthful will be a consideration in any sanction and may be judged by the Panel to compound the gravity of the original charge(s). If Respondents fail or refuse to appear, the Presiding Chair may allow presentation of evidence to the Panel in their absence. The Panel will reach decisions based on the evidence presented.

E. General Expectations of Individuals Involved in Judicial Board Hearings

  1. Witnesses are expected to attend and participate unless excused by the Judicial Board Advisor.
  2. Observers or other individuals present at the hearing are not allowed to participate actively in the hearing process unless permitted by the Presiding Chair. All questions and comments must be addressed to the Presiding Chair.
  3. The Board expects all participants at the hearing to be forthcoming and truthful. Purposefully misleading and/or false statements, or a failure to be forthcoming and truthful, may result in serious disciplinary charges leading to a separate hearing.  
  4. Given the confidential nature of the College’s judicial procedures, except as authorized by the Judicial Board Advisor, witnesses and other individuals shall not discuss the case with persons not present at the hearing. Furthermore, Complainants, Respondents, witnesses, and other individuals shall not share or distribute materials from the hearing without the consent of the Dean of Students. Doing so may result in disciplinary charges leading to a separate hearing or administrative action.  

F. Disposition without Hearing

A Respondent who is charged with violating College policy and accepts responsibility for all their actions, may request that the Dean of Students adjudicate a final disposition of the charges. The request must be made in writing to the Dean of Students. If the request for disposition without hearing is accepted, the Dean of Students will assess a sanction appropriate to the acknowledged violation(s). An administrative disposition without hearing is final and may not be appealed. If the Dean of Students determines that disposition without hearing is not in the best interest of the College, the request will be denied, and the case will go forward to a hearing before the Judicial Board. 

G. Appeal of Judicial Board Decisions

  1. Respondents wishing to appeal a Judicial Board’s determination of responsibility must do so in writing within five (5) calendar days of receipt of the Dean of Students’ determination of sanction. Appeals must be made on the grounds that: (A) a procedural error(s) occurred that may have prejudiced the Panel; or (B) the Respondent has evidence that was unavailable at the original proceeding and, had it been available, would likely have affected the Board’s decision. The Respondent may not appeal solely on the basis of dissatisfaction with the sanction. A case is limited to one appeal.
  2. Appeals should be written to the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs, who serves as the Chair of the Student Appeals Committee, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth day of the appeal period. Appeals may be submitted electronically or in paper form and should include any materials relevant to the argument for appeal. The Dean of Students may provide a response and submit any relevant materials to the Student Appeals Committee regarding issues raised in the appeal. 
  3. Upon receipt of a written appeal, the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs shall promptly review the appeal to determine whether the Respondent has provided adequate grounds to consider an appeal. If an appeal is deemed appropriate, the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs shall convene a panel of members of the Student Appeals Committee. The Appeal Panel shall include the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs (as Chair), one faculty member, and one student member from the Student Appeals Committee. 
  4. The Appeal Panel will limit its review of Judicial Board decisions to a review of the record of the original hearing and supporting documents, any statements submitted by the Respondent, and the response offered by the Dean of Students. In cases where the Respondent appeals on the basis of evidence unavailable at the original proceeding, the Student Appeals Committee may consider such evidence.
  5. The Appeal Panel is not bound by the Judicial Board’s finding of responsibility or the Dean of Students’ sanction. The Appeal Panel may affirm, reverse, or modify the decision and/or may eliminate, reduce, or increase the sanction. The Appeal Panel may direct the Dean of Students to take appropriate action in light of its decision or direct the Judicial Board to reconsider the case with appropriate corrections. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING STUDENT DISCIPLINE 

A. Potential Disciplinary Sanctions

In all disciplinary actions, sanctions may be imposed that are deemed appropriate and well suited to the circumstances presented. Factors relevant to sanctioning include, but are not limited to, the nature of the offense, the Respondent’s intent, acceptance of responsibility, remorse and forthrightness, the Respondent’s past disciplinary record, precedent of prior Judicial Board and administrative sanctions, and the severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from the offense. Sanctioning attempts to balance consistency across similar cases while acknowledging the specific circumstances of each case.  

Although this list is not meant to be exhaustive, the following are some potential sanctions and the characteristics attributed to them. See Policy for Reporting Disciplinary Matters for information on the extent to which the Office of the Dean of Students reports disciplinary action.

  1. Reprimand: Depending on the circumstances, students who violate College policy and community standards may receive an official written Reprimand from the College. This Reprimand will be called to the attention of the Board or administrator in the event of any future violations of either the Social or Academic Honor Code. The Reprimand will specify whether it is with or without parental notification. When applicable, a student’s athletic coach may also be notified of the violation resulting in a Reprimand.
  2. Social Probation: For offenses of a more serious nature, or for a student with prior disciplinary history, a student may be placed on Social Probation for a specified period of time. Social Probation is a change of status and will be reflected on a student’s permanent record. Depending on the circumstances and nature of the violation, students may lose certain College privileges while on Social Probation, including but not limited to: the ability to live on-campus; permission to live off-campus, including temporary or summer housing; on-campus parking privileges; eligibility to participate in off-campus study; removal from student leadership positions (e.g., Bowdoin Student Government, organization leadership, or campus departments leadership); etc. The Office of the Dean of Students will notify students’ parents or guardians of the status change and, when appropriate, academic advisor(s) and coach will also be notified. Students who commit further violations of College policy while on Social Probation will most likely be referred to the Judicial Board, which could result in suspension or dismissal.
  3. Suspension:  For some serious violations, a student may be separated from the College for a specified period of time with recommended minimum conditions to be eligible for consideration for readmission. The Office of the Dean of Students will notify students’ parents or guardians, and academic advisor(s), and coach (when applicable) of any violation resulting in Suspension. When students are suspended, they are required to be away from campus and lose privileges; after the designated period, students may apply for readmission to Bowdoin, which is not guaranteed. Suspended students, unless otherwise authorized by the Dean of Students, must leave the campus and may not occupy or visit College facilities or properties. In addition, suspended students are forbidden to participate in Bowdoin-sponsored activities or represent the College in any manner or forum during their suspension. Suspended students may not transfer academic credit to Bowdoin for coursework taken during Suspension, unless permission is granted by the Dean of Students. Except in cases of immediate suspension, a term of suspension will typically begin on the last day of the academic term for the semester in which it is given.
  4. Permanent Dismissal: For the most serious of violations, or for major misconduct following a prior suspension, a student may be separated from the College with no opportunity for future readmission. The Office of the Dean of Students will notify students’ parents or guardians, academic advisor(s), and coach (when applicable) of any violation resulting in Permanent Dismissal.
  5. Other Sanctions: Other sanctions might include a range of various penalties such as grading penalties, course failures, revisions of assignments, restitution, fines, community service, recommendation to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process, written apologies, counseling, loss of College privileges (e.g., participation in athletics, Study Away, or Senior Week activities; the ability to have a car on campus; etc.), reassignment of housing, removal from the residence halls without a refund, or other sanctions or resolutions that reflect the circumstances of the case.

B. Temporary Measures

  1. Immediate Temporary Suspension: If the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs believes that the continued presence of a student is contrary to the best interests of the campus environment, or if the suspected behavior of a student seriously jeopardizes the safety and/or welfare of the campus environment, the Dean may immediately suspend the student from the College pending a formal disciplinary hearing. A student under temporary suspension must vacate College premises and leave campus immediately upon notification by the Dean. Depending upon circumstances, the Dean may adjust specifics of the temporary suspension.
  2. No Contact Order: If the Dean of Students comes to have information regarding a conflict or issue between or among members of the Bowdoin community, the Dean may immediately issue a No Contact Order to direct students to refrain from communicating with each other in person, by telephone, or by e-mail or other electronic means, as well as by trying to communicate through a third-party. In appropriate circumstances, No Contact Orders will be put in place at the request of a student but may also be put in place at the discretion of the Dean and without regard to the preference of the student. No Contact Orders are typically reciprocal; however, they can govern the conduct of just one student in some circumstances. The Department of Safety and Security and the Office of Residential Life are informed about No Contact Orders in place. A No Contact Order should not be interpreted as a finding of any violation of College policy, and is not a judicial sanction; however, the imposition of a No Contact Order does not preclude disciplinary charges from being raised as a result of any past interactions, and a violation of a No Contact Order by either party can result in disciplinary action. No Contact Orders remain in place until they are expressly removed by the Dean.         

C. Students’ Records and Disciplinary Sanctions

Student files maintained by the Office of the Dean of Students contain records of conduct matters, including documentation of all sanctions. For information related to reporting of student disciplinary records see Policy for Reporting Disciplinary Matters. For information related to disclosure of students’ education records see Student Privacy Rights Policies.

D. Additional Terms

Failure by the College to observe the time limits or other procedural requirements expressed in these procedures shall not constitute an abridgement of the rights of the parties so long as a fundamentally fair process is afforded to the parties.

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability.

PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS AND FINDINGS

The Dean of Students will periodically compile and print aggregate data regarding Judicial Board cases, administrative decisions, and outcomes from the Sexual Misconduct Panel in publications of its choice. The reported information should not identify specific individuals and/or participants, except when circumstances warrant release and only as allowed by federal or state law.

REVISION

A.  The Office of the Dean of Students, in consultation with Bowdoin Student Government and Judicial Board, should conduct a review of the conduct codes and their administration on a regular basis. Representatives from the BSG and the Judicial Board may recommend policy changes and review procedures for Judicial Board student appointments by meeting with the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs. 

B.  The student disciplinary process may be amended, in writing, by the President or the President’s designee at any time.

Date of last revision: August 2019