Community Behavior Guidelines
Each student at Sterling deserves to have positive living and learning experiences.
We consider two guidelines to be critical to our functioning as an educational community. Students who do not abide by these guidelines may be dismissed from the college:
1. Behavior that threatens the physical or mental health, security, privacy, property or learning experience of any member of the community will not be tolerated.
2. Students must abide by the drug and alcohol policy:
Drug and Alcohol Policy
By enrolling in Sterling College, or by accepting employment, individuals agree to abide by college substance abuse standards and certify awareness of this policy.
Possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs (including alcohol for those under 21 years of age) is prohibited on the Sterling College campus. This includes being under the influence of such substances while on campus or participating in college-sponsored activities. Supplying underage drinkers with alcohol is considered a serious offense by the State of Vermont and by Sterling College. Abuse of any substances which results in destructive behaviors will be addressed by the Dean of Students as a violation of the first guideline for Community Behavior.
The Dean of Students will investigate accusations of violations of community behavior guidelines, and may bring cases to a Judicial Committee if there are questions of fact in a particular case. If the Dean of Students or a Judicial Committee determines that a violation has occurred, the student may be issued a written warning or placed on Social Probation. Continued violations will result in students being placed on Social Probation or dismissed from the College.
Social Probation includes a contract, created with the student, that is designed to help the student reflect on their behaviors, foster accountability, and to take corrective actions to prevent future incidents. Each contract is reflective of the individual and the nature of the incident.
Infractions of community guidelines may be referred to Judicial Committee consisting of two faculty members and four students chosen at random. The Dean of Students will gather information about each case and will call meetings of a Judicial Committee. Consequences for a violation range from Social Probation to expulsion.