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Judicial Policies


As an institution of higher education, The Boston Conservatory provides academic programs within an environment that enhances students’ professional and personal development, preserves the rights of individuals and organized groups and encourages individuality while affirming a commitment to the community dimensions of campus life.

All members of The Boston Conservatory community are responsible for preserving an environment conducive to the pursuit of the Conservatory’s mission and programs.

As with any community, rules and regulations are necessary to maintain order, protect the rights of individuals and the institution, and assure a healthy atmosphere for education and personal growth. The Boston Conservatory also exists in a larger society, and therefore, local, commonwealth and federal laws will be upheld.  While Conservatory officials and representatives do not view their roles as law enforcement officers, they may inform the appropriate authorities if they learn of or observe violations of Conservatory policies.

We expect each student at The Boston Conservatory to read, understand and uphold the standards of conduct outlined in this and other official Conservatory communications to students, to vigorously protect the rights of others, and to share with Conservatory officials and the Student Government Association ideas and concerns regarding these policies and their implications.


The following policies and judicial procedures apply to all students enrolled in any course or program at The Boston Conservatory regardless of whether they live on or off campus.  The Conservatory campus includes owned and leased buildings and Conservatory-sponsored events or performances held off campus.

In addition, The Boston Conservatory strives to be a good neighbor and recognizes the importance of maintaining amicable relations with local residents and businesses. Therefore, students should be aware that the jurisdiction of the Conservatory extends beyond the physical boundaries of the campus. Activities that harm the reputation of The Boston Conservatory, cause problems for members of the greater community, or suggest that an individual may pose a threat to others will result in judicial action. 

Please see the Conservatory’s policies on Academic and Artistic Integrity.

With respect to allegations of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, the following policies and procedures will enforce the Conservatory’s harassment policy as set forth in the Student Handbook in compliance with Title IX regulations.

Initiation of Charges

Any complaint against a student for alleged violation of Conservatory policy can be registered with the Judicial Officer or the Dean of Students. The Judicial Officer bears the responsibility for the initiation of all charges for violation of The Boston Conservatory Student Conduct Code. 

The complainant’s option to pursue a criminal complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency, to pursue the Conservatory’s disciplinary process, or to pursue both processes simultaneously is the complainant’s decision.

In an effort to be as fair as possible to the accused and complainant, the Judicial Officer reserves the right to modify the disciplinary process as deemed necessary or appropriate.

Notification of Charges

Once it is determined that disciplinary proceedings will be initiated, written notification of charges will be sent to the accused student.  Notification will specify the alleged violation of The Boston Conservatory policy and advise the accused student to arrange a pre-hearing interview with the Judicial Officer.

Imminent Danger/Alteration of Student Status

In cases where there are grounds to conclude that the safety or well-being of a student, other persons or The Boston Conservatory property may be in jeopardy, the Dean of Students or his or her designee will notify a student so charged of the reasons why the student will be suspended from The Boston Conservatory or residence hall or otherwise have status alterations pending the initiation and conclusion of formal proceedings.

The Dean of Students or his or her designee may issue a “no contact” order in writing to the complainant and the accused after The Boston Conservatory receives notice of a complaint.

Pre-hearing Interview

Upon written notification of charges, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange a pre-hearing interview with the Judicial Officer. The purpose of the pre-hearing interview is to acquaint the student with the disciplinary process.  If the student does not initiate the pre-hearing interview within the time period specified in the notification, he or she waives the right to a pre-hearing interview and will be notified of the date and time of the hearing in writing.  The witnesses’ names, addresses and telephone numbers must be submitted prior to the hearing.   


Some policy violations not punishable by separation from the residence halls or The Boston Conservatory may be heard by the Judicial Officer at his or her discretion. In these cases, a hearing with the Judicial Board will not be necessary. 

Judicial Board

Hearings for students in violation of Judicial Policies will be held by the All Conservatory Judicial Board.  Board membership will consist of student(s) and faculty or staff member(s).  One of the faculty or staff member(s) will serve as chairperson at each hearing and will vote only in the case of a tie. Staff and student appointments to the Judicial Board are made annually by the Judicial Officer and the Dean of Students.

The Judicial Officer will convene hearings and reports decisions on violations to the Dean of Students.


Standard hearing proceedings are as follows:

  • All persons are introduced.
  • Charges are read and evidence is presented.
  • A statement is made by the accused student (optional).
  • Witnesses are questioned.

Other Procedures

  • Witnesses will appear only to present their own testimony and answer questions and will then be asked to leave the room.
  • The accused student may be present throughout the hearing.
  • Both the accused and the complainant may be supported by an advisor of their choice. This advisor is typically a member of The Boston Conservatory community but is not limited to this population. Advisors are not to participate in any part of the process other than speaking directly with the individual that they are advising. Furthermore, advisors are not entitled to address the Judicial Board except to ask for a short recess if one of the parties requests a break or needs to collect their thoughts. The Judicial Officer has the right at all times to determine what constitutes appropriate behavior on the part of the advisor and whether the person may remain at the proceedings.
  • The Judicial Officer may choose to delay or change the date and time of the hearing with good cause.
  • If the accused student and/or the complainant fail to attend the hearing, it will take place in his or her absence.
  • The hearing procedures may be modified based on the individual circumstances at the discretion of the Judicial Officer. For example, the Judicial Officer may accommodate concerns for personal safety, well-being or fears of by providing alternate means of communication. 
  • In hearings under the Student Conduct Code, the Judicial Board will use the preponderance of evidence standard. 

Notification of the Decision

The Judicial Board will determine whether the student is responsible or not responsible and will impose sanctions in consultation with the Judicial Officer.  A student will receive written notification of the results of the hearing from the Judicial Officer. Except in extraordinary circumstances, a hearing will be held and the decision communicated to the accused student within 60 business days.

Parental Notification

At the discretion of the Dean of Students, parent(s) may be notified of the outcome of hearings where the offense is deemed to be of a serious nature and jeopardizes or changes the student’s status as a resident or student at The Boston Conservatory.  In such cases, a copy of the sanction letter will be sent to the student’s parent(s).

Parent(s) will not be notified if a student can prove financial independence from his or her parent(s).  However, in the case of financially independent students under the age of 21 who have been found responsible of violating drug and alcohol policies, parent(s) may be notified as permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, at the discretion of the Dean of Students.

Disciplinary Sanctions

When a student is found responsible for violating The Boston Conservatory policies, sanctions will be imposed either individually or in combination from the following list:

  • A fine;
  • Reimbursement to the Conservatory or to other individual(s) for damages;
  • Reimbursement in the form of labor;
  • Letter of apology to appropriate individual(s);
  • Revocation of specific privileges for use of Conservatory facilities or equipment for a specified period of time;
  • Rehabilitative or educational activities;
  • Disciplinary warning;
  • Disciplinary probation from the residence halls or from the Conservatory;
  • Suspension or dismissal from the residence halls or from the Conservatory;
  • Other sanctions as deemed appropriate by the Judicial Officer (or designee) or the Judicial Board.

The Dean of Students has the ability to reverse a Judicial Board decision or alter the sanction(s) imposed on policy violations. In compliance with Title IX regulations, in cases involving sexual assault and/or sexual harassment, the Vice President for Finance and Planning has the ability to reverse a Judicial Board decision or alter the sanction(s).


If the accused student or complainant can demonstrate to the Dean of Students that there is substantial new evidence that could not have been obtained prior to the completion of the investigative process or a serious breach of procedures that would have materially affected the outcome, the Dean of Students may reconsider the case. All appeals should be submitted to the Dean of Students. In compliance with Title IX regulations, in cases where sexual assault and/or sexual harassment are involved, the appeal must be submitted to the Vice President for Finance and Planning.  The sanction(s) imposed is not grounds for an appeal.

An appeal must be in written form, received by the appropriate appellate officer within five business days after receipt of the Judicial Board’s decision and contain the following information:

  • The name, address and telephone number of the individual filing the appeal;
  • A clear statement explaining the serious breach of process that had a significant effect on the outcome, and/or, the discovery of substantive new information which was unknown or unavailable to the student at the time of the hearing that would have had a significant effect on the outcome;
  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of new witnesses, if applicable.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, appeals will be decided and communicated to the accused student within 20 business days of the appeal request. 

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