Student Conduct Standards

STUDENT HANDBOOK: Community Standards

The College’s Student Conduct Standards and Processes applies to conduct that occurs on or off the Bennington College Campus. All students are responsible for their conduct from the time of admission through the actual awarding of a degree, regardless of whether the conduct occurs before classes begin or after classes end (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded).

The following actions by students violate College standards of conduct, as do attempts to commit, or assistance in or facilitation of the commission of, any of these acts.

  1. Violence. Causing physical harm or the reasonable apprehension of harm to another person on or off campus.

  2. Harassment, abuse, coercion, or injurious conduct. Including but not limited to hazing in any form. physical or verbal abuse or threatening or intimidating behavior of any sort, including not only direct threats of any kind, but also psychological harassment.

  3. Disruptive conduct. Behavior that, in the opinion of the College or any of its disciplinary officers or agencies, is disruptive to the processes or operations of the College or that interferes with its ability to carry out its functions or provide its members with services.

  4. Unauthorized entry. Unauthorized entry into a private room, office, studio or other College space, or an electronic account, without having gained proper permission in advance. This also includes the unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of College keys, or tampering with College locks.

  5. Theft or misappropriation of property and/or services (electronic or otherwise) of another person or of the College.

  6. Fraud or otherwise providing false, inaccurate, or misleading information to a College or official.

  7. Malicious mischief/vandalism. The intentional or negligent destruction, defacement, or alteration of property belonging to the College or another person. This also includes property stored electronically.

  8. Endangering behavior. Behavior that, in the opinion of the College or any of its disciplinary officers or agencies, endangers the health and safety of oneself or others.

  9. Unauthorized recording. The recording or photographing of an individual or group’s proceedings, performances, classes, lectures, programs, workshops, or other similar events without the specific authorization of the sponsoring individual, organization, faculty member, speaker, or other party related to the event.

  10. Violation of law. Violation of local, state, or federal law. Violation of the law may subject an individual to separate disciplinary action at the College.

  11. Failure to respond. Failure to respond to or comply with an instruction or request from a College official, faculty member, or any other College staff member.

  12. Failure to comply. Failure to comply with, or the violation of, any College policy or rule.

  13. Violation of sanction. Violation of, or failure to fulfill or comply with, any sanction imposed by the College.