The office of student conduct services strives to promote a learning environment that is safe and positive, in which the rights of all members of the campus community are respected. The office seeks to promote student learning and development through a process that promotes accountability through educational opportunities that involve reflection on behavioral impact and repairing harm.
Student Conduct Services utilizes some restorative practices to foster community building, to deter problems and as an intervention strategy after a conflict has occurred. This process focuses on misconduct as a violation of people and relationships that creates obligations and therefore the responsibility for repairing harm. The conduct process encompasses reflective questioning, inclusive decision-making and opportunities to repair harm, rebuild trust and restore community through active accountability and inclusive decision-making whenever possible.
Restorative practices are on a continuum that encompasses informal to formal approaches that include the use of affective statements and questions, small impromptu conferences, restorative circles as well as formal conferences.
The College has conduct administrators and two designated boards to handle various campus policy infractions: the Conduct Board and the Honor Council. Any matter may also be handled administratively by the vice president for student life and dean of students or designee or the provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Every Bridgewater College student is responsible for knowing the information and campus policies in The Eagle (.pdf), the student handbook.