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General Residence Hall Information

Absences 

If you are going to be away from your residence hall for the weekend or any extended period of time, please contact your RA or the Director of Housing and Student Life.

Appliances

The following equipment is permitted in student rooms: portable televisions (maximum wattage of 150), radios, clocks, stereos, fans, electric razors, hair dryers, computers, and heating pads. Electric irons and curling irons may be used with extreme care. Please unplug all appliances when not in use.

One refrigerator may be used per student,  but it must not exceed 4.5 cubic feet.  Refrigerators must be kept in open view and not placed in any enclosure or closet that could restrict ventilation.

The following equipment is not permitted in the residence halls: air conditioners, electric percolators, halogen lamps, candles, microwave ovens, electric frying pans, hot plates, immersion coils, sun lamps, toasters and toaster ovens, popcorn poppers, and other heating or cooking elements. These items are considered fire hazards and will be confiscated. A microwave is available for your use in the lobby of each residence hall. Please clean it after you finish using it. If you have questions about other items, please see a Residence Life staff member.

Candles

Possession of candles (whether burned or not) and any items capable of producing an open flame is not permitted in the residence halls.

Cleaning

The Boston Conservatory provides routine housekeeping service for all lounges, corridors, stairways, and common-area bathrooms. You are responsible for situations that require extra cleaning and will be billed accordingly. You are responsible for the care and cleaning of your room, and for your bathroom if you have a private one.  Cleaning up after yourself not only makes the community in which we live look better, but also prevents possible safety and fire hazards.

Damage

Upon occupying or vacating an assigned room, you are required to check the condition of the room and its furnishings with an RA, using forms that are provided. You are expected to leave your room in the same condition as when you moved in. Upon checking out, students are encouraged to carefully complete their room condition form. Students must follow designated checkout procedures when moving out of the hall.

You are held responsible for loss or damage to the room or furnishings beyond normal wear and tear. If two or more students occupy a room in which damage has been done, each individual is liable for a proportionate amount of the damage unless the responsibility is voluntarily assumed by one of the occupants. Losses or damages to property in common areas of the residence halls are assessed to all residents on that floor or, in some cases, to all the residents in the hall equally if the individual(s) responsible cannot be determined.

Please note that students will be assessed for excessive trash, missing furniture, missing or torn window shades or blinds, cleaning and repositioning of furniture, damage to walls such as nail and tack holes and tape, and additions to the room such as shelving. The residents of the room will be held responsible for any damages done to the room and/or its contents and will be assessed by The Boston Conservatory for the cost of the repairs or replacement.

In summary, residents assume total responsibility for their rooms and for behavior that occurs in them.

Damage deposits will be returned to students who are not returning to the residence halls at the end of each academic year. After inspection of the vacated room, any damages will be assessed and amounts will be determined by the Director of Housing and Student Life in accordance with individual room conditions and those policies listed in the housing contract.

Fire Escapes and Balconies

Students are not allowed access to the roof, fire escapes, or balconies except in the case of a fire or other serious emergency. Any violation of this policy will result in a fine of $700 in addition to any damages incurred.

Fire and Health Policies

Because the residence halls are old and house many students, fire safety is one of the most important concerns at The Boston Conservatory. We ask you to make a serious effort to prevent fires by discouraging violations of the fire safety policy. Fire safety equipment is installed on each floor for your protection. The equipment is for emergency use only. Do not tamper with this equipment or allow anyone else to tamper with it. To do so is to risk your own life and the lives of other residents.

Students found in violation of any fire safety policy are subject to severe disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the residence hall, monetary fines, and criminal prosecution. If the particular individuals involved in damage to fire safety equipment cannot be identified, the residence hall will be subject to monetary charges on a pro-rated basis.

The Presence of the Following Constitutes a Direct Violation of Conservatory Policies

  • Candles (whether or not burned) and any items capable of producing an open flame
  • Firearms, fireworks, hazardous materials/chemicals, and explosives
  • Cooking or use of any resistance principles/high wattage/heating element
  • Equipment such as frying pans, hot plates, immersion coils, hot pots, or microwave ovens
  • Combustible or flammable liquids and substances of any type, such as fuel, open paints or thinners, or Sterno
  • Oil, kerosene, or charcoal stoves and/or lamps (e.g. Coleman stoves, hibachis)
  • Motors of any type, such as those on motorcycles or mopeds
  • Paper or other highly combustible lamp shades 
  • Faulty appliance cords, frayed or broken insulation, or damaged plug ends 
  • Inadequate or unsafe extension cords. Cords must be U.L. listed and of the heavy-duty type when used with televisions or similar allowable equipment.
  • Room air conditioners 
  • Improperly stored food, excess dirt or discarded papers and litter or other unsanitary or hazardous conditions resulting from poor upkeep of room
  • Circuitry overloads of any type
  • Additional electrical wiring (e.g., dimmer switches, junction boxes) or any alterations or repairs to any part of the building electrical system. Circuits are overloaded easily by use of high-wattage appliances or plugging too many items into one outlet.
  • Fireplaces in any residence hall may not be used. 
  • Combustible items suspended from walls, doors, ceilings, and windows may not cover more than 50% of the total wall space. This includes fishnets, bedspreads, drapes or curtains, tapestries and posters.
  • Refrigerators may not exceed 120 volts, 125 watts, or 30 inches in height. They must be kept in open view and not placed in any enclosure or closet that could restrict ventilation.
  • Only televisions of the portable type are permitted, and the maximum wattage is 150.
  • Faceplate-style (flush-mounted) multiple outlets are the only type approved for use. Use of the “octopus-style” or more than one tap off an extension cord is forbidden.
  • Direct egress from the rooms, hallways, or stair- wells may not be blocked by persons or furni- ture, bicycles, or other items. Your room should be arranged to permit direct access from doors to beds, so that emergency personnel may enter easily if necessary. Corridors and stairways must be accessible to unimpeded use at all times.
  • Holiday decorations must conform to special rules that will be distributed.
  • Falsely pulling a fire alarm, discharging a fire extinguisher or fire hose without evidence of fire, and reporting a false emergency are strictly prohibited.
  • Failure to evacuate the building during the sound- ing of a fire alarm is a violation of Boston Conservatory policy.
  • Tampering with fire safety equipment, including but not limited to smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, fire safety signs or postings, fire hoses, exit lights, emergency lighting, fire alarms and fire doors is prohibited. It should be noted that tampering with fire equipment (including fire alarms) is a violation of state laws as well as Boston Conservatory policy.
  • Tampering with electrical circuit panels is strictly forbidden.
  • The building or construction of lofts/platforms is prohibited. It is also against Conservatory policy to stack furniture.

Guest Policy

A guest is described as a non-paying visitor who is staying in a residence hall room at the invitation of a resident. A guest may also be a visitor from another hall.

Overnight guests are permitted only under the following circumstances:

  • The guest must be a relative or personal friend of the resident.
  • Approval from roommates and the RA must be obtained in advance. Roommates and the RA reserve the right to say no.
  • Overnight guests will be allowed to stay a maximum of two consecutive nights per week. Exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances, with the approval of the Director of Housing and Student Life, and roommates.
  • The host must assume full responsibility for the actions of the guest, including damages.
  • Irresponsible behavior or violations of any Boston Conservatory policy will result in expulsion of the guest from the residence halls. Guest privileges may be revoked for the host.
  • Hosts must escort their guests at all times.

Procedures to Receive Guests in the Residence Halls

1. If a person you do not recognize as a Boston Conservatory student comes to the door, ask to see a Boston Conservatory ID.

2. If the person is not a Boston Conservatory student, please ask him or her to wait outside while you inform the resident he or she has come to visit. Ask for the person’s name so you can inform the resident. Go to the resident’s room to inform him or her that a guest is waiting. The person should not be allowed to enter the building until the resident lets him or her in.

3. If the resident does not want to receive the guest, the resident is responsible for taking one of the following actions:

  • Inform the person directly that his or her presence is unwanted.
  • Request the assistance of a Residence Life staff member to inform the person the resident does not want to receive him or her.
  • Call the 24-hour emergency Campus Safety and Security number (617) 912–9111 for assistance.
  • In extreme emergency, call 911 for police assistance.

Harassment Policy

Statement of Policy

It is the policy of The Boston Conservatory to promote a learning, living and work environment that is free of all forms of harassment. Harassment on the basis on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, and military or veteran status undermines the basic principles of the Conservatory community.  It is not acceptable behavior at the Conservatory and will not be tolerated.

Harassment is defined as the use of derogatory comments or act(s) directed toward an individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, and military or veteran status that:

  1. Humiliates and/or intimidates an individual;
  2. Has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile or offensive learning, living, or working environment;
  3. Impedes and/or interferes with learning or living environment, work performance, or campus life activities.

This Policy applies to any allegation of harassment regardless of whether the alleged harassment occurred on or off-campus. Although there is no geographical limitation to invoking this Policy, harassment that is alleged to have occurred at a significant distance from the Conservatory may be more difficult to investigate.

Moreover, there is no time limit to invoking this Policy in responding to complaints of alleged harassment.  Nevertheless, members of The Boston Conservatory community are encouraged to report harassment immediately in order to maximize the Conservatory’s ability to obtain evidence and conduct a thorough, impartial, and reliable investigation.

A retaliatory action or behavior taken toward an individual as a consequence of his or her decision a report a complaint or a retaliatory action or behavior taken toward an individual who cooperates in an investigation is prohibited. Retaliatory acts may include intimidation, threats, harassment, and/or other adverse action threatened or taken against a complainant or third party.   Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of this Policy and shall be independent of whether a charge of harassment is substantiated. Retaliation should be reported promptly to the Conservatory official handing the complaint by submitting a Complaint Form (see Reporting Harassment). The Boston Conservatory also considers filing an intentionally false report of harassment a violation of this Policy. 

The filing of a complaint of harassment under this Policy is independent of any criminal investigation or proceeding, and the Conservatory will not wait for the conclusion of any criminal investigation or proceedings to commence its own investigation and/or judicial process. 

Because of the greater frequency of expressed concerns about sexual harassment, most of this Policy refers to that topic.  However, this is not intended to limit the Policy’s application to sexual harassment.  To the contrary, the procedures in this Policy are intended to apply equally to other forms of harassment covered by federal and state laws and/or by Conservatory policy.

Statement of Policy

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is a violation of The Boston Conservatory policy as well as federal and Commonwealth statutes.  The Conservatory views with the utmost seriousness offenses against an individual such as inappropriate sexual touching, sexual assault and any other form of non-consensual sexual activity.

For purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual assault and all other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s academic or employment status;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting an individual;
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, or campus activities or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in which to learn or work. 

The Boston Conservatory considers sexual harassment a very serious matter.  Any person found to be responsible for sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination from a job and/or expulsion from The Boston Conservatory or its residence halls.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can be directed toward a person of the opposite sex or same sex and can take many forms.  Sexual harassment may occur regardless of the intention of the person engaging in the conduct.  The following are some examples of conduct which, if unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment, depending upon the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the conduct and its pervasiveness:

  • Sexual advances (whether they involve physical touching or not);
  • Requests for sexual favors in exchange for actual or promised academic or job benefits such as favorable grades or continued employment;
  • Sexual jokes;
  • Use of sexual epithets, written or oral references to sexual conduct, gossip regarding one’s sex life and comments on an individual’s body, sexual activity, deficiencies or prowess;
  • Displaying sexual objects, pictures, written materials or cartoons;
  • Leering, brushing against the body, sexual gestures or suggestive or insulting comments;
  • Sexual exhibitionism;
  • Inquiries into one’s sexual activities;
  • Cyber-harassment including non-consensual videos, audio tapings of sexual activity, texting, emailing, and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
  • Sexual assault or coerced sexual acts.

In evaluating any complaint of sexual harassment, the perceived offensiveness of a particular expression, standing alone, is not sufficient by itself to constitute sexual harassment.  The conduct in question must be objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive and interfere with a person’s right to equally participate in work, academic programs and/or other programs and activities of the Conservatory.   

Sexual Assault

The most egregious form of sexual harassment is sexual assault.  For the purposes of sexual assault violations, the following definitions apply:

Consent is an understandable exchange of affirmative words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexually explicit touching or sexual penetration.  Consent must be informed and freely and actively given.  It is incumbent upon each individual involved in the activity to either obtain or give consent prior to any sexual activity, and again, prior to sexual penetration.  If at any time during the sexual interaction any confusion or ambiguity should arise on the issue of consent, it is incumbent upon each individual involved in the activity to stop and clarify, verbally, the other’s willingness to continue.

  • A verbal “no,” even if it may sound indecisive or insincere, constitutes lack of consent.
  • When consent is requested verbally, absence of any explicit verbal response constitutes lack of consent.
  • It is expected that, after consent has been established, a person who changes his/her mind during the sexual activity will communicate through words or actions his/her decision to no longer proceed.
  • Past consent to sexual activity does not imply future on-going consent, and the fact that two persons are in an on-going relationship does not preclude the possibility that sexual misconduct or sexual assault might occur within that relationship.
  • A student’s use of alcohol and/or other drugs does not diminish a student’s responsibility to obtain consent.

Sexually explicit touching is the unwanted touching of another person in a sexual manner.  Examples of sexually explicit touching include, but are not limited to, the touching, either directly or through clothing, of another person’s genitalia, breasts, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person with a clothed or unclothed body part or object.

Sexual assault is engaging, or attempting to engage in, any one or more of the following sexual acts with or directed against another person:

  • Sexual penetration without the consent of the other person;
  • Sexually explicit touching through the use of coercion or where the person is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity;
  • Sexual penetration through the use of coercion or where the person is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Coercion is the use of force, or the threat of force; the use of a threat of immediate or future harm; or the use of physical or severe and/or pervasive emotional intimidation to cause or attempt to cause another person to engage in or submit to certain activities.  Coercion also includes the administration of a drug, intoxicant or similar substance that impairs the faculties of a person.

Incapacity is defined as a person incapable of giving consent because he/she is asleep, unconscious, losing or regaining consciousness or clearly mentally or physically incapacitated.  Signs of being incapacitated include, but are not limited to, difficulty walking, inability to speak in a coherent manner, and vomiting or the presence of vomit.

Sexual penetration is defined as any degree of insertion of a penis, hand, finger, tongue or any object into a person’s anus or vulva, or any degree of insertion of genitalia into the mouth.

Communication

Clear communication is required by The Boston Conservatory’s sexual assault definitions, which require each participant to obtain and give consent before engaging in any sexual activity.  Relying solely upon nonverbal communication is not sufficient.  Communication is a foundational process that affects all of our relationships and interactions.  

Basic elements of communication take on even greater significance when they pertain to intimate and possible sexual relationships.  Healthy communication demonstrates a respect for the dignity of both individuals, allows mutual self-expression, and requires careful listening.  Individuals must take responsibility to communicate effectively by articulating their thoughts and feelings and asking for clarification when they are uncertain or where they do not understand. 

The effectiveness of communication increases when individuals are aware of their own personal motivations and when they are sensitive to the meaning intended by another.  Open, honest and direct communication requires courage and commitment to the process of communication and to each other.

Clarity in communication, both verbal and non-verbal, is essential during a sexual encounter.  Physical expression between two individuals marks the integration of thoughts, feelings and actions in a way that values, esteems and respects the dignity of oneself and another.  This expression should reflect the depth of intimacy shared in the context of a relationship.  Any sign of reservation or hesitation should be clarified verbally before proceeding.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Students are urged to exercise caution if they choose to use alcohol or drugs.  The consumption of alcohol and/or the use of drugs often lower inhibitions, may cause some people to become more aggressive and always impair judgment.  Sexual activity with someone who has consumed alcohol or drugs creates the potential for later dispute over questions of consent.  Sexual activity with a person who is thus impaired may be considered a violation of the law and the Student Code of Conduct. Conversely, being under the influence of alcohol is not an excuse for committing sexual assault. 

It is a violation of Conservatory policy and Commonwealth law to have any sexual activity with someone who is unable to give consent because of alcohol or drugs or other impairment.  If your partner is very drunk, you may be guilty of sexual misconduct even if your partner said yes.

Procedures and Resources

When a student is sexually assaulted, he or she has reporting options.  If a student has just experienced an assault and needs immediate assistance, he or she should get to a safe place.  A student can then:

  1. Call Boston Conservatory Public Safety at (617) 912-9191 or the Boston Police Department at 911.  Either will help whether or not a student chooses to prosecute the assailant.  Reporting a sexual assault to the police does not commit someone to further legal action.  In an off-campus emergency, the student is encouraged to call 911 or the police department in the city or town where he or she is located. 
  2. The student is also encouraged to call a friend, family member or someone he or she trusts and can talk with (e.g., Residence Life staff member, Director of Counseling and Wellness Center or Conservatory Counselor, or another Student Affairs staff member).
  3. Get medical attention immediately.  Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center are experienced and prepared to help sexual assault victims.  A prompt medical examination will test for pregnancy (where applicable) and STDs and can secure valuable evidence that can be used later, should the student wish to have the assailant prosecuted.
  4. Seek counseling.  Regardless of whether a student reports the assault, it is often helpful to seek counseling to cope with the traumatic experience.  The Counseling Services provided by The Boston Conservatory, Fenway Health, or Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) are available regardless of where or when the assault may have occurred.  Students are reminded that they can contact Boston Conservatory counselors and Fenway Health counselors if they wish to confidentially discuss any concerns they have.  One exception from confidentiality is if the student poses imminent risk of harm to self or others.
  5. File a written complaint (Complaint Form) with the appropriate Conservatory official (see Reporting Harassment) asking for an investigation. 

Reporting Harassment

Any member of the Boston Conservatory community who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassment may submit a Complaint Form to one of the designated Conservatory officials that are named below.  

Title IX Coordinator
Dean Christopher Reade
Dean of Students
Rm. 004, Student Center, Basement of 24 the Fenway
617-912-9121
creade@bostonconservatory.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Eric Crumrine
Director of Housing and Student Life/Judicial Officer
Rm. 001, Student Center, Basement of 24 the Fenway
617-912-9165
ecrumrine@bostonconservatory.edu 

Abra Bush
Director of the Music Division
Suite 203, 8 The Fenway
617-912-9124
abush@bostonconservatory.edu

Carrie Bourque 
Employment Manager, Human Resources
Room 110, 8 The Fenway
617-912-9275
cbourque@bostonconservatory.edu

Complaint Forms are available in the offices of the four designated Conservatory officials listed above. The Complaint Form is also available online at: (https://www.bostonconservatory.edu/sites/all/files/Harassment-Complaint-Form.pdf). While the Conservatory strongly encourages the use of its Complaint Form, designated Conservatory officials will also accept a written document which includes:  the Complainant’s name, contact information and signature, a description of the conduct believed to be discriminatory, harassing and/or retaliatory with approximate dates(s) when these actions occurred, and the name(s) of the subject/s of the complaint.

The Boston Conservatory will not pursue disciplinary action against a student who claims to be a victim of harassment in connection with reporting that harassment or against students named as witnesses as long as the complaint is made in good faith.

Harassment Investigation and the Title IX Investigative Committee

The Title IX Investigative Committee is led by the Title IX Coordinator and is comprised of all Title IX Deputy Coordinators. The role of the Title IX Investigative Committee is to enforce the consistent application of Conservatory policy and procedures in relation to any report of harassment. The Conservatory is committed to undertaking fair and thorough investigations with due regard for the rights of all parties. Investigations are designed to provide a fair process for both parties while also ensuring the complainant’s protections under the law.  Consistent with due process, the accused person is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.  Further, the Conservatory will ensure that no person who is the subject of a complaint will be assigned to investigate the complaint.

Upon receipt of a written Complaint Form, a member(s) of the Title IX Investigative Committee will conduct an initial assessment with the complainant in order to ensure a thoughtful and coordinated response to any report of harassment. This assessment will consider the preference for resolution as expressed by the complainant, the nature and severity of the report, and the safety of the complainant and greater campus community. The assessment is also a forum for the complainant to request alterations related to academic classes, housing and/or dining services, Student Life activities or other accommodations based on the circumstances.  Decisions regarding such requests will be made by the member(s) of the Investigative Committee that conduct the assessment, after consultation with the Title IX Coordinator and appropriate Conservatory faculty and/or staff while preserving confidentiality to the extent possible.

Depending upon the circumstances, both the complainant and the subject of the complaint may be issued administrative orders to have no contact with each other.  This allows the matter to proceed while at the same time trying to minimize any possible harassment or miscommunication between parties. If the complainant does not wish to pursue formal or informal resolutions and/or requests that his or her complaint remain confidential, the Conservatory will investigate and take reasonable action in response to the complainant’s information although the Conservatory’s ability to respond may be limited. Even if the Conservatory cannot take disciplinary action because the complainant does not wish to do so or insists on confidentiality, the designated Conservatory official reserves the authority to issue a “no-contact” order and/or take other reasonably necessary measures to limit the effects of the alleged harassment and prevent its recurrence. Except in unusual or unexpected circumstances, all harassment complaints will be investigated and a decision made and communicated within 60 business days of receiving the complaint.

The Boston Conservatory has adopted both informal and formal resolution procedures to deal with harassment complaints 

Informal Resolution

Upon receipt of a Complaint Form, and after discussion, some complaints may be resolved informally.  After discussion with one of the designated Conservatory officials, the complainant may choose to utilize one of the following informal procedures:

1. One-on-one communication.  If the complainant feels comfortable dealing with the situation without the direct involvement of a third party, he or she can communicate directly with the subject of the complaint.  It is appropriate to use face-to-face individual communication only when the complainant does not feel threatened, there is no risk of physical harm, and if he or she believes the other person will be receptive. If the complainant chooses to communicate face-to-face, he or she should also send an email if possible and keep copies of written communication.

2. Communication with the assistance of one of the designated Conservatory officials.  If the complainant chooses to proceed informally but would like the assistance of someone else, he or she may ask the designated Conservatory official for assistance.  The complainant should not rely on other students or co-workers who are not familiar with Conservatory policy to intervene on their behalf when discussing their concerns with the subject of the complaint.

3. Mediation.  Mediation consists of facilitated discussion conducted with the assistance of one of the designated Conservatory official.  It is designed to help the parties to reach a mutually agreeable resolution of a dispute.  Mediation may be appropriate when:

  • The complainant and the subject of the complaint wish to continue to work together;
  • The facts are not disputed, but the behavior was perceived as unwelcome and/or offensive;
  • No one has been physically harmed;
  • The complainant is able to articulate a desired outcome; and
  • Both are committed to resolving their dispute and not “winning” an argument.

In cases involving complaints of sexual assault, use of informal resolution, including mediation, is not viewed as appropriate even on a voluntary basis and will not be used.  Furthermore, complainants are not required to follow the informal procedures before filing a formal complaint.  Finally, at any time during the informal process, the complainant may decide to stop the informal process and file a formal complaint instead.

Formal Resolution

The formal complaint procedure is initiated after the complainant requests for a formal investigation to be conducted (see above for “Reporting Options” and “Harassment Investigations and the Title IX Investigative Committee”).

The subject of the complaint is a student. If the subject of the complaint is a student, the case will heard by The Boston Conservatory Judicial Board according to judicial procedures outlined in the Student Handbook.

After the complainant requests for a formal resolution, an investigation of the complaint will be initiated by a member(s) of the Title IX Investigative Committee in close consultation with the Judicial Officer. This investigation will consist of interviewing the complainant, the subject of the complaint, all third-party witnesses, and where applicable, examining any pertinent evidence. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the member(s) of the Title IX Investigative Committee and the Judicial Officer will meet individually with the complainant and the subject of the complaint to present the results of the investigation prior to the judicial hearing.

If it is determined that a judicial hearing should be held, the Judicial Board Chair and members of the Judicial Board will be provided with the results of the investigation prior to the hearing.  A student judicial hearing shall endeavor to accommodate concerns for the personal safety, well-being or fears of confrontation of the complainant, the subject of the complaint, or witnesses during the hearing to the extent possible by providing alternate means of communication when and as determined to be appropriate by the Judicial Officer.  The Judicial Board will use a preponderance of evidence standard in deciding the cases.  

When the judicial process has concluded, the Judicial Officer will inform both the complainant and the subject of the complaint with be informed of the outcome in writing.  The Judicial Officer will also inform the Dean of Students.  Both the complainant and the subject of the complaint may appeal the decision of the Judicial Board according to the appeal process outlined in the Student Handbook. In compliance with Title IX regulations, in cases of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, appeals must be submitted to the Associate Dean for Academic Operations instead of the Dean of Students who is the Title IX Coordinator.  The Associate Dean for Academic Operations will inform the Dean of Students of the outcome of the appeal.

The subject of the complaint is a faculty member, staff, member, or contractor secured by the Conservatory.  If the subject of the complaint is a faculty member, staff member, or contractor, a formal investigation will be conducted by a member(s) of the Title IX Investigative Committee. All investigations will include private interviews with the complainant, the subject of the complaint, as well as third-party witnesses and will also include consideration of other relevant evidence.  When the investigation has been completed, the Title IX Investigative Committee will make a recommendation to the designated Conservatory official (Vice President of Academic Affairs for all complaints against a faculty member, and the Vice President of Finance and Planning for all complaints against a staff member).  The designated official will inform both the complainant and the subject of the complaint of the outcome in writing.  The Conservatory official will also inform the Dean of Students who is the Title IX Coordinator. The decision of the designated Conservatory official is final. 

Prevention and Education

The Boston Conservatory endeavors to educate students, faculty, and staff about harassment in a variety of ways:

  1. Incoming students are required to complete the MyStudentBody Essentials Course, which includes a Sexual Violence and Bystander Intervention module.  This course is available for all continuing students as well.
  2. The Counseling and Wellness Center has a variety of books, pamphlets, and resources adressing sexual harassment (including sexual assault), which are available to all students. 
  3. Training on harassment is held for faculty and staff as well as student staff (RA’s and Orientation Leaders).
  4. Training on harassment is held for the Boston Conservatory Judicial Board (non-academic violations).
  5. Training on harassment and conducting harassment investigations is held for designated Conservatory officials.
  6. The Counseling and Wellness Center provides on-campus programming on harassment including sexual assault.
  7. The Conservatory’s harassment policy, Title IX Policy, and related resources are communicated to in-coming students during New Student Orientation, to returning students in their registration packets, and to new faculty and staff members at their Orientation. 

Student Support and Resources

The Boston Conservatory encourages students to make use of appropriate resources and will assist all persons involved in an allegation of harassment.  Support structures include the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Counseling and Wellness Center (or designee), the Director of Wellness Services, the Director of Housing and Student Life, the Director of Public Safety, or the Public Safety Operations Manager.  Each office is prepared to offer assistance to students both in an emergency and on an on-going basis.  In addition to these on-campus resources, referrals for off-campus counseling and support services can be provided for both the student complainant and the accused student at the student's request. 

Community Resources

Boston community resources include:

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
1-800-841-8371 (24-hr. hotline)
617-492-6434 (TTY Number) 

Behavioral Health
Fenway Health
617-927-6202

Fenway Health
Violence Recovery Program
http://www.fenwayhealth.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FCHC_srv_services_v...
617-927-6250 or 1-800-834-3242

Jane Doe, Inc.
(Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence) 
JaneDoe.org
MA Safelink (1-877-785-2020)
1-877-521-2601 (TTY Number)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

Commonwealth and Federal Remedies

In addition to the above, if you believe you have been subjected to harassment, you may file a formal complaint with the following government agencies:

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), John F. Kennedy Federal Building, 475 Government Center, Boston, MA 02203; (1-800- 669-4000;http://www.eeoc.gov)

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), One Ashburton Place, Sixth Floor, Room 601, Boston, MA 02108; 617-994-6000; http://www.mass.gov/mcad

Office for Civil Rights (OCR), United States Department of Education, 33 Arch Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02110-1491; 617-289-0111; email: ocr.Boston@ed.gov; web:http://www.ed.gov/ocr

In-Line Skates and Skateboards

Use of in-line skates or skateboards is not permitted in any residence hall.

Keys

All exterior doors to the undergraduate residence halls are controlled by a card access system. All students residing on campus are issued a Boston Conservatory ID card and a room key. Missing or stolen keys will be replaced at a cost of $80 for a room key. If you lose your key or ID, please report the loss to your RA immediately. When a room key is lost, a locksmith will be called to change the lock, and all new keys will be issued for the room. When an ID is lost, the access for that account is cancelled and a new ID will be issued.

Keys are the property of The Boston Conservatory and must be returned to a Residence Life staff member when you vacate your room. You will be charged for keys that are not returned during checkout.

Students should carry their keys and ID with them at all times and should never give their keys or ID to anyone for any reason. If you lock yourself out, please find or wait for your roommate. If this is impossible, and during the work day, go to the Office of Housing and Student Life in the Student Center. In the evenings, contact the RA on duty or the RD. You may need to wait for a staff member to become available before you are able to gain access to your room.

It is against Boston Conservatory policy to duplicate keys for any reason. Students found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action. If keys are not returned when a student vacates a room, the student will automatically be charged for the keys.

Laundry Facilities

Washers and dryers are available in each residence hall. Each of these card-operated machines costs $1.85 per load.  Cards are provided at move-in and cost $10 to replace if lost.  A value added machine is available in the Student Center to place money on your laundry card.

In consideration of other residents, you are encouraged to take laundry out of machines as soon as the washing or drying cycle is complete. The Boston Conservatory is not responsible for laundry left in the laundry room or any damage to or theft of clothing. Laundry left in the laundry room for more than 12 hours may be donated to a local charity.

Money lost or machines that are not functioning properly should be reported to your RA.

Tampering with machines will result in disciplinary action. Dyeing is also strictly forbidden in washing machines and clothing which has just been dyed should not be placed in the dryer.

Life-Threatening Behavior 

Serious Medical and Psychiatric Concerns

Overview

The Boston Conservatory recognizes that certain behaviors (e.g., suicide threats, gestures or attempts; eating disorders; self-harming behaviors such as cutting oneself; substance abuse) are signs of personal distress.  In cases when a student experiences medical or psychiatric concerns that impact their academic functioning at the Conservatory, the student may request a voluntary medical leave.

In the event that a student's health and/or behavior appears to present significant concern to his or her health and/or safety, or the safety of others, the Dean of Students (or designee) may inform the student that he or she must participate in a mandatory mental health assessment with a member of the counseling staff at the Counseling and Wellness Center or an outside healthcare provider to determine the safety and appropriateness of remaining in Conservatory programs.  

In extraordinary circumstances when the student's behavior poses a direct threat to the safety of others, or where the student's behavior is disruptive to the Conservatory's learning environment, the student may be required to take an involuntary medical leave from the Conservatory, or an emergency interim withdrawal from the residence halls or from the Conservatory. For more information on this topic, please review the Serious Medical and Psychiatric Concerns Policy found in the Student Handbook.

Medical and Psychiatric Hospitalizations

In order to receive support and treatment resources for continued success at The Boston Conservatory, it is recommended that the student notify the Dean of Students if he/she is evaluated and/or hospitalized for a mental health or medical emergency.

The Dean of Students may confer with the Director of the Counseling and Wellness Center and/or the Director of Wellness Services regarding the best course of action to ensure access to appropriate supports and services for the student, and to ensure the safety of the students and of the Conservatory Community.  /handbook/policy/medical-concerns

Return from Hospital Protocol 

Following discharge from an Emergency Room or Impatient Treatment for psychiatric reasons, a student is required to have a post-hospital visit with a member of the counseling staff at the Counseling and Wellness Center. This post-hospital visit is designed to evaluate the student’s current status and discuss possible supports for the student’s return from the hospital.

Following attendance to the post-hospital visit, the student will be required to meet with the Dean of Students to evaluate current supports needed in returning to campus. The Dean of Students may consult with the Associate Dean of Academic Operations, the appropriate Academic Dean or Division Director, and/or the Director of Housing as needed,  to appropriately assess if the student can safely return to campus and to assess what supports the student will need to continue his/her active student status. 

The student will not be allowed to return to class until he/she completes the Return from Hospital Protocol. For more information on this topic, please review the Serious Medical and Psychiatric Concerns Policy found in the Student Handbook.

Lobbies

Each residence hall has a common-area lobby on the first floor. Lobby furniture is community property and should not be removed. A television, VCR, and microwave are available for use in the lobby of each hall for your convenience. Care should be taken in the use of this equipment, and you are expected to follow directions in using it. Students are responsible for cleaning the microwave after use. Damage to the lobby, lobby furniture, or equipment will be assessed to all residents equally if the individual(s) responsible cannot be determined. No one may sleep in the lobby or any common- area space.

Lofting Furniture

The building or construction of lofts/platforms in student rooms is prohibited. It is also against Boston Conservatory policy to stack furniture.

Mail

The lobby of 31 Hemenway is The Boston Conservatory’s main reception area. The receptionist provides a number of services including mail, packages, and MBTA semester passes. 

Resident student mail should be addressed as follows:

Name
The Boston Conservatory
31 Hemenway St.  
Boston, MA 02115

*Please note that mail and packages sent to the residence halls will not be delivered.

Mail may be picked up from the receptionist in the lobby of 31 Hemenway, Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Boston Conservatory will do its best to receive and maintain packages for resident students but is not responsible for the loss or theft of any packages. If you expect a package, you may want to make arrangements to personally sign for and accept it from the lobby of 31 Hemenway.

Maintenance Problems

All maintenance requests should be directed to your RA, who will forward them to the Facilities Department. Keep your RA informed of the status of your problem so that follow-up can be done if needed.

Motor Vehicles

Both commuter and resident students are urged not to bring an automobile to campus. Traffic is highly congested and the very limited meter parking has a strictly enforced two-hour limit. Students are not permitted to park in Boston Conservatory designated parking spaces. Violators may be towed at their own expense.

Massachusetts law requires all students who operate a motor vehicle bearing an out-of-state registra- tion plate(s) to apply for an out-of-state student decal within 30 days of arrival in Massachusetts. Failure to comply with this law can result in a court complaint and fine.

Personal Property

The Boston Conservatory assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to your or your guests’ personal property. This includes, but is not limited to, loss by fire, theft, water, wind, or malfunction of electrical or mechanical systems. You are encouraged to take out insurance to cover personal property. Contact the Dean of Students for more information about insurance.

All thefts must be reported immediately to a Residence Life staff member or to a Campus Safety and Security officer.

When you vacate your residence hall room at the end of the year, all personal possessions must be removed. The Conservatory has no storage facilities and anything that is left behind will be disposed of at a cost to the student, floor, or residence hall.

Pets

Out of consideration for all members of The Boston Conservatory community and for reasons of health and cleanliness, pets are not allowed in Boston Conservatory buildings. The Director of Housing and Student Life is exempt from this policy. Guide dogs are exempt from this policy.

Phone / Internet / Cable

The room contract includes internet and cable service. The fee is already built into the semester housing cost and you will not receive a separate bill for these services. The internet service provided is high-speed DSL. Each room will be equipped with a modem and appropriate number of lines so that each resident will be able to hook a computer to the internet. Wireless internet is also available in each room.  There is one cable outlet in each room for basic cable service.

The Boston Conservatory is not responsible in any way for conflict regarding payment of bills and assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any equipment, etc.

Quiet / Respect Hours

Quiet hours are in effect: Sunday–Thursday, 10 p.m.–9 a.m.

Friday–Saturday, 12 a.m.–9 a.m.

Respect hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Please have respect for those around you by keeping volumes low. It is an individual’s responsibility to inform others when noise becomes disruptive. However, the Residence Life staff can be called to take appropriate action if necessary.

Room Assignments for Returning Students

The Boston Conservatory has limited bed space for upper-class and graduate students. This is important information for those who may be considering living on campus. Housing assignments for returning students who wish to live in the residence halls will happen after Spring Break at the Housing Lottery.

Room Assignments for Incoming Students

New students are placed in rooms only after receipt of the Residence Hall Application form and the non- refundable, non-transferable housing deposit. Every effort will be made to honor preferences listed on the application. However, The Boston Conservatory reserves the right to assign rooms to students based on available space and other important considerations.

Room Changes

Considerable effort must be made to resolve any difficulties between two or more roommates before a room change will take place. No room changes will take place during the first three weeks of the semester.

Students are expected to remain in the room to which they have been assigned. Under no circumstances should a student move to another room without the permission of the Director of Housing and Student Life. Students who move without prior approval from the Director of Housing and Student Life will be subject to disciplinary procedures and will be made to move immediately to the original assigned room. The Boston Conservatory reserves the right to make any changes in room assignments as it deems advisable or necessary.

At times, there may be situations with roommates that are difficult or uncomfortable to manage. Sometimes roommate behaviors can range from annoying to severe enough to impact academic progress or wellness. Regardless of the level of severity, the housing staff is committed to working with roommates to make positive improvements. We treat each situation individually to determine the best steps to take. Roommate mediations, behavioral contracts, and individual meetings are just some of the techniques we use to help roommates work through difficulties. Since each case is unique, we rely on each roommate’s cooperation and commitment to help make the situation better for everyone involved.

Room Entry

The Boston Conservatory reserves the right to enter your room to examine it for possible needed repairs and improvements; to establish the location and condition of TBC property; and to perform necessary maintenance. A reasonable attempt will be made to inform you in advance when Conservatory officials enter your room for these purposes. Please note, however, that your request for repairs constitutes an invitation for room entry for that purpose, with or without prior notice.

Entry may be made at any time, whether or not the resident is present and without prior notice to the resident, if there are reasonable grounds to believe that a substance, material, or item is being kept or used on the premises in any manner prohibited by the policies, rules and regulations of The Boston Conservatory.

The Boston Conservatory reserves the right to remove any item not in conformity with Boston Conservatory policies without prior notice. The resident will then be subject to disciplinary proceedings. Entry will also be made if there is reason to believe that the health or safety of someone in the room is at risk.

In addition, the Residence Life staff will conduct routine inspections of rooms for health and safety reasons twice a year. Students may be notified in advance through a general notice. The RAs will enter and inspect rooms even if you are not present. The Conservatory reserves the right to remove items not in conformity with Conservatory policies.

Room Furnishings

The Boston Conservatory provides each resident with an extra-long twin bed, mattress, desk, chair and dresser. This furniture, as well as common-area furniture, is the property of The Boston Conservatory and may not be removed for any reason or placed in lounges or hallways.

You must supply your own linens, blanket, pillow, and towels. Other items you may consider bringing are a wastebasket, desk lamp, telephone, clock/alarm, mirror, laundry basket, detergent, rug, hangers, fan, and any medical supplies you may need. You may want to talk to your roommate(s) in advance about what each of you will bring for the room.

Residents may not install equipment, make alterations, paint, or make repairs in their rooms. The Director of Housing and Student Life must approve any changes.

Room Condition Report Forms

When you check into your residence hall room, you will fill out a Room Condition Report form with an RA, documenting the condition of the room and furnishings. When you check out of the residence hall, the student and a housing representative will complete this form, and damages will be assessed based on the contents of the form. If no form is completed, the assessment of damages is left to the discretion of the RD or the Director of Housing and Student Life. You are advised to fill out the form with great care.

Safety and Security

The Boston Conservatory is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the community and their guests. It is important to realize, though, that safety is a community responsibility. This means that every individual needs to do his or her part in assuring a safe and secure environment both on campus and in the residence halls.

A Campus Safety and Security officer is located in the lobby of 8 The Fenway during building hours. All community members must show a Boston Conservatory ID card to the officer each time they enter 8 The Fenway. Campus officers also make regularly scheduled rounds throughout the campus. In addition, most campus buildings are equipped with alarm, card access, and closed-circuit video systems. These devices enhance the Conservatory’s ability to protect the people who work, study and rehearse in these buildings while maintaining the critical balance between security of the facility and user convenience. Also, emergency call boxes are located at various locations throughout the campus.

If you experience or observe a safety or security violation of any type on or off-campus, please contact the Campus Safety and Security officer in the lobby of 8 The Fenway as soon as possible to make a report. The 24-hour campus safety emergency number is (617) 912–9111. Read the booklet published by Campus Safety and Security for additional information and safety tips. 

Safety Tips

You should be aware of your surroundings while living on an urban campus. The following safety measures should be taken:

  • Always show your ID to Campus Safety and Security officers when entering 8 The Fenway
  • Never allow people you do not know into the residence halls and never prop open exterior doors 
  • Report all unescorted or suspicious people in the residence hall
  • Always lock your room door (including the dead-bolt) and window when you are out of the room
  • Consult with your family’s insurance agent about roperty coverage while you are at school
  • Keep your keys and ID with you at all times and do not mark your keys or key ring in a way that indicates your room number 
  • Walk with others at night and be careful of how and where you travel 
  • Never carry large sums of cash with you

Smoking Policy

The Boston Conservatory recognizes the serious health risks associated with smoking. Among these risks are heart disease, bronchitis, high blood pressure, and lung diseases such as cancer and emphysema. The Boston Conservatory recognizes the effects of smoking and secondhand smoke on performing artists. Their ability to perform is impacted by the detrimental effects of smoking and secondhand smoke. Recognizing the health risks of people who smoke and the hazards of involuntary smoking to non-smokers, and in accordance with The Boston Conservatory’s overall responsibility to provide a safe and healthful educational and work environment, The Boston Conservatory has adopted a smoke-free campus policy.

Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings, including the residence halls. Smoking is prohibited within 30 feet of all exits to ensure that environmental tobacco smoke does not enter the building through entrances, windows, ventilation systems, or any other means. No ashtrays will be provided at any location on campus. The Boston Conservatory acknowledges that the successful implementation of this policy requires cooperation and mutual respect and sensitivity on the part of both smokers and non-smokers.

Referrals to smoking cessation programs will be made available to assist and encourage individuals who wish to quit smoking. Please see the Director of Wellness Services for information.

Students who violate this policy will be handled in accordance with already established judicial procedures delineated in the Student Handbook.

Storage

Storage is not available in the residence halls. Stop by the Office of Housing and Student Life in 24 The Fenway for information on storage companies in the area.

Vacations

The residence halls remain open during Thanksgiving break and meal service is available. During the winter semester break, the residence halls are closed. The residence halls remain open during Spring Break and meal service is available.

If you plan to remain in the residence hall during one or more days of Thanksgiving or Spring Break, inform your RA at least one week prior to the vacation period. Any student who stays but does not inform his or her RA ahead of time is subject to disciplinary procedures.

At the end of the semester, it is mandatory that you leave within 24 hours of your last academic assignment being due or within 24 hours after your last exam.

During vacation periods, you are encouraged to do the following:

  • Take home all valuables (TV, stereo, VCR, jewelry, etc.)
  • Lock all windows and pull shades halfway down 
  • Shut off lights 
  • Unplug all electrical items not being used 
  • Remove perishable items from refrigerator
  • Remove all trash 
  • Take home plants 
  • Lock your door

Vending Machines

Vending machines are located in the lobby or basement of each residence hall. Damage to vending machines will result in a fine and possible removal of the machine from the lobby. Lost money and broken or empty machines should be reported immediately to your RA or a member of the facilities staff.

Weapons

The unauthorized storage, possession, and/or use of firearms, dangerous weapons, or hazardous chemicals on Boston Conservatory owned or leased property or at Boston Conservatory events is strictly forbidden. This includes the possession of nunchaku or karate sticks, switchblades, starter’s pistols, ammunition, and other dangerous weapons or articles, as well as realistic replicas of firearms or weapons. Questions about what constitutes a firearm, dangerous weapon, or hazardous chemical should be directed to the Director of Housing and Student Life or the Dean of Students.

Withdrawal or Leave of Absence

If you withdraw from The Boston Conservatory, you need to inform your RA or the Director of Housing and Student Life in order to seek information and assistance and to set an appointment for formal checkout. Room Condition Report forms must be completed and keys must be left with your RA or the Director of Housing and Student Life before leaving the residence hall. A forwarding address card should be submitted to the receptionist in 8 The Fenway.

Partial refunds of residence hall fees will be made in accordance with the refund policy of The Boston Conservatory. No refunds will be made to residents who withdraw from Conservatory housing as a result of disciplinary dismissal.

Failure to occupy the assigned room within one week of the official opening of the residence hall will result in a forfeit of the room assignment unless written notice requesting permission for late occupancy is received and approved in advance by the Office of Housing and Student Life.

The Boston Conservatory Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Policy

Statement of Policy

The Boston Conservatory attempts to create a healthy, safe, productive learning environment for students and all its members. The Boston Conservatory, therefore, strongly encourages responsible decision-making regarding the use of legal drugs and does not condone the use of illegal drugs. Recognizing the detrimental impact of alcohol and other drug abuse, The Boston Conservatory also offers peer and professional counseling and educational programs for students.

The Boston Conservatory and all its members are responsible for observing and abiding by federal, commonwealth, city, and Boston Conservatory regulations regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs while they are on campus or participating in off-campus Boston Conservatory–sponsored events or performances.

The possession, use, or sale of drugs and drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited. The smell of marijuana is evidence of its use. Illegal or unauthorized use, distribution, or sale of alcohol or other legal drugs is strictly prohibited. Being under the influence of any illegal drug is prohibited.

Students are responsible for ensuring that their guests adhere to Conservatory policies regarding AODs and, when appropriate, are held accountable for violations committed by their guests.

The Following Regulations Regarding Alcohol Are in Effect

Residence Halls

  1. All residence halls at The Boston Conservatory are alcohol-free regardless of the age of the student or guest.
  2. Public intoxication and/or drunk and disorderly conduct (including assault and property damage related to drug and alcohol use) are prohibited and are considered very dangerous offenses. Behavioral symptoms frequently associated with intoxication will be considered in determining public intoxication. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, impaired motor skill co- ordination, difficulty communicating, vomiting, glazed and/or red eyes, the smell of alcohol on one’s breath, verbal and/or physical aggressive- ness, destructive and/or disruptive behavior, and engaging in any behavior which may endanger oneself or others.
  3. The possession, use, or sale of drugs and drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited. Please note that the smell of marijuana is evidence of its use.
  4. Possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited.
  5. Empty alcohol containers are prohibited and are not allowed to be used for decoration.
  6. As alcohol is not allowed in the residence halls, it is considered a violation of the alcohol policy to be in the presence of alcohol or alcohol containers.

All-Conservatory Policies and Regulations

  1. No student or student organization can serve alcohol at events on-campus. This includes recital receptions and receptions held after graduate student performances.
  2. Illegal use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  3. Public intoxication and/or drunk and disorderly conduct (including assault and property damage) are prohibited and are considered very dangerous offenses. Behavioral symptoms frequently associated with intoxication will be considered in determining public intoxication. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, impaired motor skill coordination, difficulty communicating, vomiting, glazed and/or red eyes, the smell of alcohol on one’s breath, verbal and/or physical aggressiveness, destructive and/or disruptive behavior, and engaging in any behavior which may endanger oneself or others.
  4. Alcoholic beverages in the form of kegs, beer balls, alcohol by the case, trash can punches, or any other central sources of alcohol are prohibited.
  5. Alcoholic consumption or possession of an open container of alcohol is prohibited in the hall- ways, lobbies, classrooms, lounges, residence halls, or any other public or common area.
  6. Student activity fees may not be used for the purchase of alcohol.
  7. No postings or announcements may be made, placed, or distributed that promote a party or event where individuals under 21 years of age are likely to be served alcohol.
  8. No postings or announcements may be made, placed, or distributed that mention, make reference to, allude to, or depict alcohol; promote, invite, or encourage alcohol consumption; or mention or allude to the amount of alcohol to be served or consumed at a particular party or event.
  9. All Boston Conservatory–sponsored student and student organization events and activities at which alcohol will be served or consumed must have the event’s advertising approved by the Dean of Students.
  10. No event may be held at a location where the primary focus is the service and consumption of alcohol (e.g., bars or taverns). 11. The following guidelines are in effect for student organization–sponsored events held off- campus where alcohol is served:
    1. The organization must have approval from the Dean of Students.
    2. Student activity fees may not be used for the purchase of alcohol.
    3. Alcohol may be served only one drink at a time.
    4. Alcoholic beverage service must end at least 30 minutes before the event is scheduled to finish.
    5. At least 25% of the event’s budget must be used for the purchase of food. After the purchase of food, at least 25% of the event’s remaining budget must be used for the purchase of non-alcoholic beverages.
    6. Alcoholic beverage service will last no longer than four hours.
    7. At least two officers of the hosting student organization and its advisor or faculty/staff chaperone(s) need to be present and may not drink alco- holic beverages throughout the entire event.
    8. Admission to the program will be restricted to currently enrolled Boston Conservatory students and members of The Boston Conservatory faculty or staff. Students will be permitted to host one guest and may not leave without their guest.
    9. All Boston Conservatory members and their guests must demonstrate proof of age with a photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport at on or off-campus events. Student ID cards are not acceptable as proof of age.

The student organization’s caterer or the licensed server will be responsible for managing the beverage bar in keeping with federal, commonwealth, and city alcoholic beverage laws and regulations. The student organization is responsible for ensuring that The Boston Conservatory Alcohol and Other Drug Policy is observed at all times.

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