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Security and Safety Policies

Consumption of alcoholic beverages

The consumption of alcoholic beverages in moderation is considered by many to be an acceptable social custom. Drinking to excess, however, is not only detrimental to academic endeavor but is potentially dangerous to health, frequently produces destructive behavior, is likely to cause irresponsible use of motor vehicles or other equipment, and often impairs interpersonal interaction.
For these reasons, New England Law does not condone any but moderate use of alcohol by any member of the law school community, including alumni, faculty, staff, and students. New England Law does not allow the possession, use, or sale of alcoholic beverages in areas under its control without the written permission of the Office of the Dean. That permission is given only in rare circumstances, such as a reception following a major school event.

As part of its compliance with the federal Drug-Free School in Communities Act, New England Law has developed a policy that applies to both students and employees regarding the use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and other controlled substances. The policy is in effect on the institution’s property and at all law school activities. A copy of the full policy (New England Law| Boston Drug and Alcohol Policy Handbook) is available in the Office of the Registrar.

Possession and use of illicit drugs and other controlled substances 

Possession and use of illicit drugs and other controlled substances is contrary to New England Law’s standards of conduct and is a violation of federal and Massachusetts law. The law school does not condone the use, manufacture, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs. New England Law students or employees using or otherwise involved with illegal drugs will be subject to appropriate law school action in addition to any action taken by local, state, or federal authorities.

As part of its compliance with the federal Drug-Free School in Communities Act, New England Law has developed a policy that applies to both students and employees regarding the use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and other controlled substances. The policy is in effect on the institution’s property and at all law school activities. A copy of the full policy (New England Law| Boston Drug and Alcohol Policy Handbook) is available in the Office of the Registrar.

Sexual harassment

It is the policy of New England Law | Boston that no member of the New England Law community (students, faculty, staff, and others visiting or conducting business with the law school or participating in its activities) may sexually harass any other member of the community. Such conduct is unlawful and will not be tolerated. The law school’s sexual harassment policy forbids sexual harassment of law school students in school, of law school employees in the workplace, and of students, employees, or third persons in any school-related or work-related activity. The school’s full sexual harassment policy can be found in the Student Handbook: Rules and Regulations, in the Faculty Rules, and in the New England Law | Boston Employee Manual for Non-Teaching Personnel.

Hazing 

Massachusetts state law makes it a crime to organize, to participate in, or to fail to report any incident of hazing. (See Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 269, sections 17 through 19.)

Hazing is defined as:

“Any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.”

Consent is not available as a defense to any prosecution for hazing. Any student who organizes or participates in hazing shall be subject to the disciplinary procedures set forth in these rules.

Tobacco Policy

New England Law | Boston is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard and a human carcinogen with no known safe level of exposure. Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can have adverse health effects, especially for those with asthma or other lung-related conditions. No student, employee, or visitor to the law school should have to risk his or her health in order to enter, exit, or stand outside of any law school building. In addition, state and local laws specifically prohibit smoking within the law school’s buildings and require that employers provide a smoke-free environment for all employees.

Accordingly, the smoking of any tobacco product on the sidewalk in front of the Stuart Street building is prohibited. Persons who wish to smoke outside the Stuart Street building may do so only on the Warrenton Street side of the building. Smoking materials must be extinguished and properly disposed of before exiting that area. Littering of smoking materials or smokeless tobacco on any sidewalk adjoining any law school building is a violation of this policy.

Security is responsible for assuring compliance with this policy, and problems regarding compliance should be referred to them. Persons who repeatedly disregard instructions from Security to comply with this policy may be referred for discipline in accordance with the law school’s disciplinary procedures.

Weapons Policy

New England Law | Boston recognizes the need to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of our community and therefore prohibits all students, employees, and visitors from bringing weapons of any type into any law school building.  This includes pistols, revolvers, rifles, other types of guns, switchblades, pepper spray, or other instruments intended to cause bodily harm to others or damage to their belongings.

This policy is in accordance with Massachusetts law.  Possession of a weapon on school property will result in serious disciplinary action by the law school.