Purpose & Foundation

Welcome to the Student Conduct Code and Judicial Affairs section of The Globe.  We hope that you and your family take some time to explore this page of The Globe to better understand our Student Conduct Code, Honor Code, Community Standards Statement, and Judicial process.  If you have any questions about our Student Conduct Code or Judicial process, please e-mail studentlife@wells.edu.

Wells College is dedicated to the personal development and academic excellence of its students. Wells students possess certain rights and privileges together with corresponding duties and responsibilities. Every student is entitled to socially responsible freedom of action as an expression of collegiate activity. Each individual is due the respect of his/her personal dignity and property. In turn, each student is responsible for maintaining community standards of behavior that do not interfere with the rights of others or the effective functioning of the College.

 

The foundation of student conduct at Wells College is the Honor Code and the Community Standards Statement. The Honor Code requires all students to act with integrity and to hold themselves and others accountable. The Community Standards Statement requires all students, faculty and staff at the College to treat one another with dignity and respect and to respect differences.


Judicial Hearing Officers

Staff within the Dean of Students Office meet with students who have allegedly violated the Student Conduct Code, Residence Life Policies and/or Community Standards.  Students have the opportunity to have an informal resolution meeting with one of the Dean of Students staff members who serve as Judicial Hearing Officers.  The following staff members serve as judicial hearing officers:
 
  • Charles Kenyon, Dean of Students
  • Ryan Steinberg, Associate Dean of Residence Life and Student Conduct
  • Jack Bjorkander, Coordinator of Residence Life & Service Learning

Office of Residence Life Judicial Flow Chart

Attached you will find the Office of Residence Life Judicial Flow Chart.  This chart shows what typically happens from the time an incident occurs through the resolution of any violations of the Student Conduct Code.  For additional information, please e-mail studentlife@wells.edu.
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Community honor shall be the basis of student government at Wells College. The principle of community honor is based on the pledge of each member of the student body to be honest and trustworthy in the conduct of her or his collegiate life as it is defined or encompassed by the Collegiate Constitution. Wells College students are under community obligation and pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, deceive, or conceal in the conduct of their collegiate life as defined or encompassed by the Collegiate Constitution.

Each student is obligated to report violations of community honor involving her or himself to a member of the appropriate judicial body within 24 hours. A member of the student body, member of the faculty, or member of the administration or staff who is witness to a violation (or an admission of a violation) of community honor has the responsibility to urge the offender to report her or himself. If the offender fails to do so, the obligation falls to the witness.

Community Court

The Community Court resolves alleged violations of the Honor Code brought forward through self-report or reported to the Community Court by a student, staff or faculty member. Violations under the jurisdiction of the Community Court include lying, cheating, stealing, concealing or failure to report a witnessed violation.  Faculty members are elected to serve on the Community Court in addition to College Staff members.  Students are elected to Community Court through Collegiate Cabinet (student government) elections.  For additional information about Community Court, please e-mail  courtchair@wells.edu.


Principles of Restorative Justice

Wherever possible, Wells College utilizes the principles of Restorative Justice in the sanctioning of students who commit violations of College policy. Restorative Justice is defined as “a collaborative decision-making process that includes victims, offenders, and others seeking to hold offenders accountable by having them (1) accept and acknowledge responsibility for their offenses, (2) to the best of their ability repair the harm they caused to victims and communities, and (3) work to reduce the risk of reoffense by developing positive social ties to the community” (Karp, David and Thom Allena. Restorative Justice on the College Campus. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 2004).

 

The sanctions outlined above serve as a guide. Final sanctions are determined based on the specific facts and circumstances of the incident.
 
For additional information regarding how Wells College incorporates Restorative Justice, please e-mail studentlife@wells.edu.

In order to keep the community in touch with the activities of the Campus Safety Officers, we provide Activity Reports for review. These reports provide a brief summary of the calls for service being received and Incident Reports that were filed by the Safety Officers. Please note that not all Incidents or Incident Reports may appear on these reports. Reports that are extremely sensitive in nature or those where the involved individuals may be readily identified are not included for public review. To view the Activity Reports CLICK HERE.