Prohibited Conduct - Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology

Prohibited Conduct

All students are expected to act responsibly and respectfully both in and out of the classroom at all times. The following misconduct would constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and result in disciplinary action. 

  1. Intentionally or recklessly endangering, threatening, or causing physical harm to any person, yourself, or to the College
  2. Verbal abuse, intimidation, harassment, or continuing of unwanted behaviors
  3. Disrespectful or disorderly conduct including, but not limited to, obscene behavior, vulgar and profane language, inappropriate dress, or unprofessional interactations with faculty and staff.
  4. Fire Safety
    1. Tampering with safety alarms or equipment
    2. Failure to evacuate or provide reasonable cooperation during an emergency
    3. Knowingly creating a fire hazard that impacts the health and safety of community members
  5. Possession of a weapon on campus property and/or within campus housing including, but not limited to, firearms, guns, knives, or any other object intended to cause harm.
  6. Drug policy
    1. Possession, use, sale, or distribution of illegal, medicinal marijuana, or abused drugs
    2. Knowingly being in presence of illegal drugs or abused drugs
    3. Illegal sale, distribution, or abuse of legal pharmaceuticals
    4. Possession of drug paraphernalia including but not limited to any legitimate equipment, product, or material that is created or modified for making, using, or concealing illegal or abused drugs.
    5. Odor, or visual signs of being under the influence of illegal or abused drugs
  7. Alcohol policy
    1. Possession, use, sale, or distribution of alcohol, alcoholic beverages, or alcohol-infused products, powdered alcohol, or other modified alcoholic products
    2. Possession of alcohol paraphernalia including but not limited to any legitimate equipment, product, or material that is created or modified for making, using, or concealing alcohol. Examples include, but are not limited to shot glasses, flasks, funnels, etc.
    3. Odor, or visual signs of being under the influence of alcohol
  8. Theft of or being in possession of student or college-owned property
  9. Vandalism, damage, destruction, or unauthorized use of student or college-owned property
  10. Trespassing or unauthorized access to BFIT grounds, buildings, classroom, offices, or residential rooms
  11. Failure to comply
    1. With the lawful directions of any BFIT official, staff member, faculty, or student employee who is acting in accordance with the duties of the position or who has responsibility on behalf of the college in the absence of a particular official.
    2. Refusal to indentify oneself and present proper identification when requested by BFIT security or faculty/staff members
    3. With the successful completion of assigned sanctions by a Conduct Hearing Officer within the timeframe provided
  12. Gambling, including but not limited to the wagering of money for other things of value, on school grounds
  13. Tobacco and smoking policy
    1. Smoking, or tobacco use, anywhere inside the BFIT campus buildings or residence hall
    2. Use of electronic or vapor cigarettes inside BFIT campus buildings or residence hall
    3. Smoking within 25 feet of any college entrance
  14. Solicitations, sales and promoting for personal gain or profit are prohibited
  15. Dishonesty Policy
    1. Providing false information to a college official
    2. Alteration or misuse of documents, including student identification cards
    3. Impersonation, misrepresentation, or fraud
    4. Plagiarism or other academic cheating or misconduct
    5. Violation of a confidentiality agreement or other work expectations as a student employee
  16. Obstruction or disruption of normal college activities including teaching, college services, discipline, events, housing, and operation and maintenance of facilities
  17. Hazing, in compliance with provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 269: Sections 17, 18, 19
  18. Guest Policy
    1. BFIT students are responsible for any violations of the Code of Conduct by their guests
    2. Leaving a non-student guest unattended on campus grounds or in campus housing
    3. Violation of the terms of the campus housing guest policy
  19. Bias-related Harassment and Discrimination Policy
  20. Sexual Misconduct Policy,
    1. Sexual Assault, attempted sexual assault, or indecent exposure
    2. Domestic or dating Violence
    3. Stalking, voyeurism, or unwanted attention.
  21. Social networking misconduct
    1. Posting offensive or inappropriate pictures, comments, or other information online about the College or on College-maintained websites
    2. Offensively and inappropriately representing the college online in pictures or comments
    3. Harassing another person, whether student or faculty/staff, online
    4. Committing discriminatory harassment through statements, images, or other descriptions.
  22. Information Technology and Computer Use Policy
    1. Unauthorized use of computer accounts
    2. Using the college network to gain unauthorized access to any computer system
    3. Connecting unauthorized equipment to the campus network
    4. Unauthorized attempts to circumvent data protection schemes or uncover security loopholes
    5. Knowingly or carelessly performing an act that will interfere with the normal operation of computer, terminals, peripherals, or networks
    6. Knowingly or carelessly running or installing on any computer system or network, or giving to another user a program intended to damage or to place an excessive load on a computer system or network
    7. Deliberately wasting/overloading computing resources, such as printing too many copies of a document
    8. Violating terms of applicable software
    9. Violating copyright laws and their fair use provisions through inappropriate reproduction or dissemination of copyrighted text, images, etc, including textbooks and other academic resources
    10. Using college resources for commercial activity such as creating products or services for sale
    11. Using electronic mail to harass or threaten others
    12. Initiating or propagating electronic chain letters
    13. Inappropriate mass mailing, including “spamming,” “flooding,” and “bombing” of electronic users
    14. Forging the identity of a user or machine in an electronic communication
    15. Transmitting or reproducing materials that are slanderous or defamatory in nature or that otherwise violate exiting laws of BFIT regulations
    16. Displaying obscene, lewd, or sexually harassing images or text in a public computer lab or location that can in view of others
    17. Attempting to monitor or tamper with another user’s electronic communications, or reading, copying, changing, or deleting another user’s files or software without the explicit agreement of the owner
  23. Residence Life Policies
    1. Health and safety; excessive clutter
    2. Halls sports are not permitted anywhere inside the building
    3. Pets are prohibited
    4. Proper attire and behavior
    5. Quiet and courtesy hours
    6. Candles or any device with open flame is prohibited
    7. Sublet or give unauthorized access to assigned room
    8. Unauthorized use or removal of public or room furniture
    9. Illegal or unauthorized cooking appliances
    10. Vandalism, damage, destruction, or unauthorized use of housing-leased property
  24. Inciting others to commit or being an accessory to commit any violations to the code
  25. Violation of any general college policy, student life policy, residence life policy, federal, state or local law is prohibited.