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Office of Student Conduct

Mission Statement

The Office of Student Conduct at Northern Essex Community College is aimed at creating a culture of civility, responsibility, and inclusion on campus. Through the implementation of a holistic and student-centered approach to potential violations of the Student Code of Conduct and a dedication to student advocacy and leadership, the office looks to forward Northern Essex Community College’s overall institutional mission. To achieve this mission, the Office of Student Conduct will administer ongoing prevention programming initiatives created for the campus community, as well as specialty programs by request of staff, faculty and student organizations. It will also assist in support of college initiatives for student learning, cultural intelligence, and the overall development of an inclusive campus climate. Additionally, the Office of Student Conduct collaborates with college partners to engage the community in the student conduct process through the use of judicial boards, student advisors, restorative justice practices, and experiential learning opportunities for student found responsible for violations to the Student Code of Conduct.


Community College recognizes that all students, as members of the college community, enjoy the freedom of speech and assembly, freedom of association, freedom of the press, right of petition and the right of due process. These rights do not come without responsibilities and respect for others in the College community. Attendance at the College is a privilege and not a right, and enrollment carries with it obligations in regard to conduct, both in and out of class.  Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the contents of this Code. Students are responsible for abiding by the laws governing the College and are expected to observe standards of conduct set by the College.

Learning Outcomes

The College expects its students to act in a mature and responsible manner.  Respect for the rights of others, openness to new and challenging ideas, civility and courtesy are examples of this expectation.  The Code of Conduct process is intended to be an educational process that supports the mission of the College.  This policy is therefore intended to promote personal responsibility, integrity and ethical decision making.  Students who participate in this process should achieve the following learning outcomes:    

  • Understand how the Code supports the goals and mission of the College;
  • Understand the possible impact of their choices on their academic and personal success;
  • Accept personal responsibility for the choices and decisions made and the impact of their behavior on the College community;
  • Reflect on their ethical obligations as a student in the College community;
  • Recognize the value of the student conduct process as an educational opportunity; and
  • Identify ways to address their behavior so it does not negatively impact their educational goals or the community in the future.

Application of the CODE OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct shall be used to address student disciplinary offenses as referenced in this policy.  The Code of Conduct applies to student conduct, which occurs at the College, in any of its facilities, on any of its grounds or at any College related activity regardless of location.  Under certain circumstances, the Code may also apply to off-campus conduct.  Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of admission through the actual awarding of a degree, before classes begin and after classes end, and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. The Code of Conduct shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from the College while a discipline matter is pending.  

Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

This Code shall not be used to address complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence, including Title IX offenses, such as rape, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence and stalking.  Those complaints shall be investigated according to the College’s Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity by the College’s Affirmative Action Officer or Title IX Coordinator. For more information, please contact the College’s Affirmative Action Officer or Title IX Coordinator.

Contact the Office of Student Conduct

Daniel J. Malave, Director of Student Conduct