Student Conduct

The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) has a rich tradition in which all members of the community teach and learn in an environment conducive to intellectual and moral development. All members of the BFIT community must take responsibility for their actions and be willing to accept the consequences of their deeds.

The College has a set of regulations, not meant to limit a student’s freedom, but to ensure the well-being and rights of all community members. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner reflecting favorably on the college.

Failure to comply with student regulations will lead to disciplinary action and may lead to separation from the College.

Interpretation of Regulations

The purpose of publishing the conduct policy is to give students general notice of prohibited behavior. This Code is not written with the specificity of a criminal statute.

Inherent Authority

The College reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well being of the campus community. Such action may include pursuing conduct action for any violation of state or federal law -- on or off-campus, or any behavior that negatively affects the college’s educational interests.

Disciplinary Action while Criminal Charges Are Pending

Students may be accountable both to civil authorities and to the College for acts that constitute violations of law and of this Code. Disciplinary action at the College will normally proceed during the pendency of criminal proceedings, and will not be subject to challenge on the ground that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced.

Interim Suspension

The Dean of Student Services (or designee) may suspend a student from the College for an interim period pending disciplinary or criminal proceedings, or medical evaluation. 

  1. The Dean of Academic Affairs will be informed regarding an interim removal of a student from class during a disciplinary investigation.
  2. The interim suspension shall become immediately effective without prior notice whenever there is evidence that the continued presence of the student at the College poses a substantial and immediate threat to him/herself or to others, or to the stability and continuance of normal College functions.
  3. A student suspended on an interim basis shall be given a prompt opportunity to appear personally before a conduct hearing officer in order to discuss the issue.

Standards of Classroom Behavior

The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the faculty. Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by the faculty member to leave the class for the remainder of the class period. Longer suspensions from a class, or dismissal based upon conduct behavior grounds, must be consulted with the Director of Student Life, Dean of Student Services, and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Reporting

Any student, faculty, or staff member may report actions and behaviors that affect the well-being and rights of all community members. To ensure a safe and comfortable learning and working environment for all, the college supports a see-something, say-something philosophy, without fear of retaliation. Students, faculty, and staff should report incidents or concerns to BFIT Security (security@bfit.edu) at 617-588-1355 or to the Director of Student Life. An official “incident report” is also available on the college’s student conduct website.

Zero Tolerance

The College supports a zero tolerance policy against any violent action or threat of violent action toward a student, faculty, staff member, or to the Institution as a whole. Students are expected to engage in appropriate conversations and use appropriate language at all times. Interpretation of language in regards to threats of violence will be at the discretion of the Dean of Student Services, Director of Student Life, or designated professional staff members.