Community Code

The Husson University Community Code provides the framework for student behavior within which students are expected to live while attending Husson University or the New England School of Communications. Students are expected to be familiar with the Husson University Community Code and the disciplinary system used to enforce it.


I. Definitions

A. Husson University Community Code: A listing of activities prohibited by the University and the maximum permissible sanctions for engaging in a prohibited activity.

B. Community Code Administrator: The University staff officer with the authority to hear all alleged violations of the Husson University Community Code.

C. Undergraduate Conduct Board: The body empowered by reference from the Community Code Administrator to hear grievous violations of the Husson University Community Code and to recommend sanctions to the Community Code Administrator.

D. Greek Judicial Board: The body empowered by reference from the Community Code Administrator to hear alleged violations of the Greek Governing Board Policy and Procedures and to recommend sanctions for engaging in a prohibited activity.

E. Administrative Advisory Board: The body empowered by reference from the Community Code Administrator to hear severe violations of the Husson University Community Code and to recommend sanctions for engaging in a prohibited behavior.

F. Appellate Board: The body with the authority to hear appeals from decisions and recommendations of the Community Code Administrator and/or boards.


II. Husson University Community Code

A. The following conduct or activity is prohibited by any student enrolled at Husson University or the New England School of Communications:

1. Assault and/or battery (including sexual assault/misconduct)

2. Theft

3. Failure to provide personal identification to a University official acting in an official capacity

4. Contempt of a University advisory board constituted according to this code

5. Fraud or misrepresentation

6. Vandalism

7. Disorderly conduct

8. Lewd or indecent conduct

9. Unauthorized entry

10. Failure to abide by an order of a University official acting within the realm of his or her authority

11. Possession of firearms, explosives, or weapons of any sort

12. Gambling

13. Unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

14. Arson or violation of fire safety regulations

15. Disturbance resulting in substantial disruption of authorized activity

16. Discrimination and/or segregation

17. Harassment

18. Assisting in any of the above activities

19. Violations of other published or posted regulations

20. Any conduct which would constitute a violation of federal, state or local law.

B. Sanctions

1. Based upon a finding that a student has violated the Husson University Community Code, the University may impose, but is not limited to, the following sanctions depending upon the particular circumstances present in each case.

a. Dismissal
b. Suspension
c. Disciplinary Probation

C. Jurisdiction

1. Individuals in violation of local, state or federal laws, rules, regulations, or ordinances are subject to possible prosecution by the appropriate authorities regardless of whether the activity occurred on or off campus.

2. Conduct which violates the Husson University Community Code may result in University-initiated sanctions whether the activity occurred on or off campus.


III. The Disciplinary Process


A. The Community Code Administrator: The President of the University shall appoint a Community Code Administrator to whom is delegated the responsibility for enforcing the Husson University Community Code, subject only to the express provisions of this code, the direction of the President of the University and the provisions of section II (D) below.

1. The Community Code Administrator may appoint and/or investigate other aides who shall serve at his or her pleasure under his or her exclusive direction and the Community Code Administrator may delegate all or any portion of his or her duties to an aide or aides whose appointment is approved by the President of the University.

2. The Community Code Administrator shall train student advisors.

3. The Community Code Administrator may appoint ad hoc advisory boards to hear alleged violations of the Husson University Community Code by other than individual members of the undergraduate population.

4. The Community Code Administrator receives complaints, conducts investigations, and imposes sanctions in accordance with this code, subject to Section III (C) below (the right of appeal) and Section III (D) below (the President's reservation of rights). The Community Code Administrator may in the exercise of his or her sole discretion refer any alleged violation to the appropriate board for hearing and recommended sanction.

5. The Community Code Administrator shall have the right to subpoena witnesses for a hearing.

6. The Dean of Students may impose an interim suspension upon any member of the University community who demonstrates, by his or her conduct, a threat to the well-being, safety and property of members of the University community or to the public safety of the local community. Any such interim suspension is subject to subsequent review, normally within three working days unless said hearing is postponed for reasons beyond the Community Code Administrator's control where additional time is necessitated by the particular factual circumstances involved.

B. Undergraduate Conduct Board, Greek Judicial Board and Administrative Advisory Board: The Community Code Administrator shall appoint an Undergraduate Conduct Board and/or an Administrative Advisory Board which upon reference of a complaint by the Community Code Administrator shall have the authority to conduct hearings and recommend sanctions to the Community Code Administrator subject to Section III (C) below (the right to appeal) and Section III (D) below (the President's reservation of rights).

1. Seven board members shall constitute each Undergraduate Conduct Board. A quorum of five members will be necessary to conduct the hearing. The Administrative Advisory Board shall have three members (2 administrator/faculty/staff members, 1 student). If the Dean of Students serves on this board for a hearing, she/he would not be a member of an Appellate Board for that particular hearing.

2. The boards shall establish their own procedures with regard to commonly accepted principles of procedural due process as noted in Section IV below, provided that all such procedures shall ensure the accused a full and impartial hearing at which the accused has the right to participate fully.

C. Right of Appeal:

1. The accused shall have the right to appeal any decision, except as otherwise provided herein, of either the Community Code Administrator or a board to the Dean of Students or an Appellate Board (respectively). The appeal shall be on the written and recorded records of the conference or hearing, together with such written arguments as the parties may wish to submit in support of or against the appeal.

2. An appeal by the accused may be made only on the following grounds: a. Procedural error substantially affecting the rights of the accused; b. New evidence of a character directly affecting the finding or sanction; c. Excessive sanction not in accordance with current community standards.

3. A written notice of intent to appeal must be submitted to the Chair of the Appellate Board no later than 48 hours after the time the accused is appraised in writing of the findings.

4. A written draft of appeal must be submitted to the Chair of the Appellate Board within 5 days after the accused is appraised in writing of the findings.

5. The President of the University shall appoint an Appellate Board consisting of three members as follows: the Dean of Students, or his/her designee, a faculty/staff member and a student. In the event the Dean has imposed an interim suspension in the same matter, pursuant to section III (A-6) above, the Dean shall not sit and shall appoint a designee in the appeal in that matter.

D. President's reservation of rights: Nothing in this code shall be construed to divest the President of the University of his or her inherent authority to reject or modify a sanction recommended by an advisory board, the Community Code Administrator or the Appellate Board.


IV. Students' Rights in the Disciplinary Process

A. With the exception of the emergency sanctions, no disciplinary sanctions within the authority of the University Community Code will be imposed upon any Husson University student unless:

1. The student has been informed in writing at least 48 hours prior to the conference or hearing of the specific charges filed against him or her and the grounds for those charges.

2. A conference or hearing has been conducted by either the Community Code Administrator or a board.

3. If a board, the student has been given the opportunity to question or interview his or her accuser(s) through the Chair of the board for the hearing and has been provided with the names of witnesses and a written report of the facts.

4. If a board, the student has been given the opportunity to present a defense of the charges, to produce either oral testimony or written affidavits on his or her behalf, to question witnesses through the Chair of the board for the hearing, and to fully participate in all stages of the hearing process. Regarding witnesses: When the student selects several witnesses to testify about a specific aspect of the case, the student may submit any number of written affidavits as supporting documents. The student will then select a maximum of three witnesses from those who have submitted written affidavits about a specific aspect of the case to present oral testimony at the hearing.

B. Hearings shall take place promptly, ordinarily within 10 working days of the presentation of charges of the accused, unless said hearing is postponed for reasons beyond the Community Code Administrator's control where additional time is necessitated by the particular factual circumstances involved.

C. No person offering evidence against the accused shall at any time sit in judgment upon him or her.

D. The accused has the right to choose an advocate from the University Community to assist him or her in his or her defense.

1. If a board, the advocate may not be a member of the sitting board hearing the case.

2. The advocate may be present at any conference or hearing at the request of the accused in order to provide assistance to him or her.

3. The advocate may not offer testimony or question the participants.

E. The accused may choose to remain silent regarding his or her own defense.

F. All conferences and hearings will be conducted in private.

G. In cases where the charge is II. A. I. - Sexual Assault/Misconduct and a hearing is planned, the alleged victim will be given copies of all supporting documents and will be offered the opportunity to attend and participate in the board hearing. A copy of the letter to the accused with the finding and the sanction, if appropriate to the decision, will be sent to the victim. If the case is appealed, the victim will be offered the opportunity to submit written affidavits to the Appellate Board. The letter regarding the Board's decision will be sent to the victim.

H. No student shall be found to have violated the Husson University Community Code except by the preponderance of the evidence.

I. Nothing in this code shall be construed to restrict the authority of the University to impose disciplinary measures other than suspension, expulsion or disciplinary probation as discussed in Section II (B) above, as circumstances may require.

ADA/504 Grievance Procedure

Husson University has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints regarding any action prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and by the Department of Education regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794). Section 504 states, in part, that "no otherwise qualified handicapped individual...shall solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance..."

Complaints should be addressed to the following:

ADA/504 Compliance Officer
Office of Student Affairs
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Telephone: 207.941.7109
Fax: 207.941.7190

Grievance Procedure Steps


A complaint must be filed in writing or orally, contain the name and address of the person filing it and briefly describe the alleged violations of the regulations.

A complaint must be filed within 30 working days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation. (Processing allegations of discrimination that occurred before this grievance procedure was in place will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

The ADA/504 Compliance Officer or his/her designee will conduct an investigation, as may be appropriate, following the filing of the complaint. These rules contemplate informal but thorough investigations, affording all interested persons and their representatives, if any, an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint.

The ADA/504 Compliance Officer will issue written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution, if nay, and forward a copy to the complainant no later than 15 working days after the complaint is received.

The ADA/504 Compliance Officer will maintain the files and records of Husson University relating to the complaints filed.

The complainant can request a reconsideration of the case in instances where he or she is dissatisfied with the resolution. The request of reconsideration must be made within 10 working days to the ADA/540 Compliance Committee who will involve other college officials as deemed necessary.

The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint filed hereunder will not be impaired by the person's pursuit of other remedies such as the filing of a Section 504 or ADA complaint with the responsible federal agency or department. Using this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.

These rules will be construed to protect the substantive rights of interested persons, meet the appropriate due process standards and assure that Husson University complies with the ADA and Section 504 and their implementing regulations. Any of the above time frames for the University may be extended if the University determines there are extenuating circumstances.

The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator is John Rubino, Vice President of Administration of Husson University.

Title IX

The University's Title IX offices is John Rubino, Vice President of Administration of Husson University.  He can be contacted at the address below:

John Rubino
Title IX Officer
Office of Student Affairs
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Telephone: 207.941.7109
Fax: 207.941.7190