The Boston Architectural College is committed to creating an educational environment that promotes opportunities for learning. This is necessary in any college setting but it also actively models behavior required by a design professional in the field, something a BAC student typically encounters and must demonstrate well before graduation. A successful learning environment can only occur when every individual in the BAC community takes an active role in respecting the integrity of others. This document establishes a code of conduct for all members of the BAC community to follow in enhancing the BAC as a learning environment.
This document has been approved by the BAC's Trustees and reviewed by the BAC's Senior Staff and counsel. It is, however, a living document and is subject to change by the BAC at any time. In addition, the BAC reserves the right to rule on any matter not specifically described in this document but which violates the spirit of the expectations described here. Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students with any questions concerning this document or the BAC's policies.
The expectations described in this document incorporate certain policies already in use at the BAC and generally described in the "Community Rights, and Responsibilities" chapter of the BAC Student Handbook and in the "Faculty Benefits/Responsibilities" chapter of the Faculty Handbook. Section 4 of this document Studio Culture Statement: Promoting a Learning Environment addresses NAAB Condition 3.5 on Studio Culture in which the BAC is expected to demonstrate a positive and respectful learning and successful time management on the part of both the faculty and students.
BAC Community members, as referred to in this document comprises all persons involved in teaching and learning for credit at the Boston Architectural College. This includes full-time, part-time and Continuing Education students, alumni, Overseers; Board members; BAC staff, Academic and Practice Faculty, visiting design jury critics and lecturers, and members of the public visiting the BAC campus. This definition extends to all participants in BAC sanctioned events, on campus or elsewhere.
Basic Principles and Expectations of the BAC Community
Principles of Interpersonal Responsibility
The BAC expects that, while participating in any activity associated with the BAC, community members will adhere to high standards of personal and professional conduct. They will understand that mutual respect, civility, and ethical behavior are core principles and values at the BAC. This Compact directs each community member to be intentional in considering the spirit of these principles in all interactions with other members or to members of the public. This document is not intended to address comprehensively every aspect of individual behavior. Instead the BAC requests, and expects, that everyone who is a part of the BAC community exercise good judgment, fairness, and logic.
The Compact presupposes that there will be civility and respect for others within the BAC. Because academic life requires standards of behavior of a higher order than those of the wider society of which the BAC is a part, the BAC's standards substantially exceed the minimum expectations of civil law and custom. The general laws of society confer rights and impose obligations on all citizens. When they enter the BAC, students retain their rights under the laws of society, but student status confers no immunity or sanctuary from federal, state, or municipal laws. The BAC reserves and will exercise the right to insist upon the highest standards of personal conduct from all members of the BAC community.
The BAC expects members of its community to:
- Obey the law and all BAC policies, rules, and regulations;
- Promote a learning environment; and
- Respect the safety and well-being of themselves and others.
The BAC expects the members of its community to obey all local, state, and federal laws and all BAC policies, rules, and regulations. Behavior occurring off campus that is in violation of the Compact or local, state, or federal laws and could adversely affect the educational mission of the BAC or its relationship with the surrounding community may subject community members to discipline pursuant to the Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior section of this document.
BAC Campus Rules
Diversity: The BAC does not tolerate, in any BAC activity or on any premises of the BAC, discriminatory behavior based on personal bias about race, gender, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, or disability. More than this, the BAC has adopted an institutional Diversity Statement.
Ethics: The BAC educates professionals in the fields of spatial design. The College expects students to adhere to the ethical standards of the professions for which it educates, including those set forth by AIA, ASLA and IIDA:
- AIA: http://www.aia.org/aiaucmp/groups/aia/documents/pdf/aiap074122.pdf
- ASLA: http://www.asla.org/nonmembers/CODE499.htm
- IIDA: http://www.iida.org/resources/content/6/3/6/0/documents/IIDA-Code-of-Ethics_Designer.pdf
Physical Safety: The BAC does not tolerate, in any BAC activity or on any premises of the BAC, abusive behavior, including bullying, harassment and hazing, whether it is physical, verbal, or otherwise.
Hazing: In compliance with the provisions of Chapter 536 of the Acts of the General Law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prohibiting hazing, the BAC strictly prohibits hazing in or by any instrument of the College, including the student body. Any incident or threat of hazing must be reported to the Dean of Students, who will file an incident report and inform appropriate authorities. Anyone charged with being a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing will be subject to disciplinary proceedings and if found guilty will be dismissed from the school. Full Policy
Sexual Harassment: The conduct that is described as inappropriate in the section of the BAC Catalog entitled "Community Rights and Responsibilities" will not be tolerated. Full Policy
Alcohol: Alcohol is not to be provided or consumed in an academic or professional setting on the BAC campus. Full Policy
Tobacco: There is no smoking on the BAC campus. The BAC supports and encourages individuals who wish to stop smoking to enter a cessation program.
Substance Abuse: The BAC strictly prohibits the use or possession of illegal drugs and other controlled substances on its premises. Full Policy
Responsible Alcohol and Tobacco Use at Off Campus BAC Events: The BAC supports drug, alcohol, and tobacco laws while respecting the privacy of individuals in its community (within the parameters of the law).
Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty: The BAC's definitions and policies for plagiarism and academic dishonesty, as well as their sanctions are discussed in the BAC Faculty Handbook.
Conflicts of Interest: In February 2008, the BAC adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy, intended to alert members of the BAC community to the types of situations involving divided loyalties that can arise in an academic setting, to provide guidelines for appropriate behavior, and to create a responsible and transparent method for dealing with potential conflicts. The policy has the following goals:
- To provide clear guidelines of behavior for all the various stakeholders of the BAC, in all their different roles, without unduly limiting the overlaps and complexities of roles and structures that are a key source of the school's strength.
- To ensure that all stakeholders in the school - including affiliated organizations, funders, accreditors, and the general public - retain confidence that the organization is making decisions in a fair and open manner.
- To ensure that covered individuals within the school do not take advantage, purposefully or inadvertently, of positions of responsibility and trust for personal gain, either financial or professional.
- To provide guidance should a student, teacher, administrator, or other stakeholder in the college be put in a situation where he or she feels there are conflicting interests. The policy provides guidelines on how a potential conflict should be disclosed, and on any subsequent actions (including, where necessary, recusing oneself from making a decision).
Petition for Educational Appeal
There are a variety of processes available to students for appeals for waivers of institutional and academic regulations. These institutional regulations were established to help maintain the integrity of the BAC and to ensure that our educational policies and procedures were enacted in the same way for all students. A student may appeal any educational policy, procedure, or requirement if s/he perceives that its application causes undue hardship and does not result in educational benefit or is not relevant to his or her particular circumstances.
An Appeals Committee hears requests to alter the application of regulations, policies or deadlines in course and program registrations, clearances for portfolio reviews, waivers of prerequisites for entry into courses and other similar issues. Program directors review grade appeals, and a Financial Appeals Committee reviews requests for the waiving of fees and deadlines involving tuition refunds. Please see each policy and procedure as it is described in the BAC Catalog.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
If the behavior of a community member does not, in the eyes of the BAC, meet the BAC's expectations, the BAC, obeying the law and its own policies, rules, and regulations, will take appropriate action against that member of the community up to and including dismissal.
The BAC may make rules for the proper conduct of community members and establish penalties for failure to comply with the regulations or for failure to conform to those laws and standards of conduct by which the larger community safeguards individual rights and social order. Community members must respect the rights of others, their persons and their possessions, and refrain from any disturbance to the peace of the BAC or the community around it. The BAC will hold community members responsible if they fail to maintain good conduct on the campus or elsewhere.
Behavior occurring off campus that is in violation of this Compact or local, state, or federal laws and could adversely affect the educational mission of the BAC or its relationship with the surrounding community may subject community members to discipline pursuant to this Compact. The BAC may make rules for the proper conduct of community members and establish penalties for failure to comply with the regulations or for failure to conform to those laws and standards of conduct by which the larger community safeguards individual rights and social order. All community members must respect the rights of others, their persons and their possessions, and refrain from any disturbance to the peace of the BAC or the community around it. The BAC will hold all community members responsible if they fail to maintain good conduct on the campus or elsewhere.
Any community member facing sanction because of unacceptable behavior is entitled to a transparent, internal judicial process overseen by the Provost.