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Office of Community Standards

What is the student conduct process?

The following are answers to frequently asked questions about the student-conduct process in general.

Where can I find a copy of the community standards?

The community standards can be found in the Student Handbook, accessible online at

To whom do the community standards apply?

The community standards apply to all students, whether they live on or off campus, regardless of the time of year or their enrollment status (undergraduate or graduate, full-time student or part-time student).

Who writes the community standards, and how often are they reviewed?

The community standards is a living document that is vetted and reviewed annually by staff, faculty and students at Merrimack College. 

 How are incident reports filed?

Incidents can be documented by Mission and Students Affairs staff at the college using the internal reporting system. Incidents may also be documented by students, faculty and additional staff by using the Public Reporting form.

What happens when a serious incident occurs where a student may also be facing criminal charges?

The Merrimack College process focuses on educating students on the impact of their personal and social choices. It is a separate process from the legal system. It may be possible that some of the violations in the community standards also violate state or federal law. In those instances, the two proceedings happen independently of each other, and the decision made in one area shall not impact the decision made in another.

What is the difference between an administrative hearing and a student conduct hearing board?

An administrative hearing is a one-on-one meeting with a college official to discuss allegations of violations of community standards. These hearings are typically reserved for lesser allegations. A student conduct hearing board involves a student addressing a panel of faculty, staff and students to discuss the allegations. These hearings are typically reserved for more serious allegations where a student could be removed from housing, suspended and/or expelled from the college.