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The Smith College community has always been dedicated to the advancement of learning and the pursuit of truth under conditions of freedom, trust, mutual respect and individual integrity. The learning experience at Smith is rooted in the free exchange of ideas and concerns between faculty members and students. Students have the right to expect fair treatment and to be protected against any inappropriate exercise of faculty authority. Similarly, instructors have the right to expect that their rights and judgments will be respected by students and other faculty members.

When differences of opinion or misunderstanding about what constitutes fairness in requirements or procedures leads to conflict, it is hoped that these differences will be resolved directly by the individuals involved. When disputes cannot be resolved informally by the parties involved, procedures have been established to achieve formal resolution. These procedures are explained in the section on Procedures for Student Academic Grievances.


Smith College is committed to maintaining a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and mutual respect.

If a student considers that she has been a victim of illegal harassment or discrimination she should consult with any of the following: the dean of the college; her class dean; the Office of Student Affairs (the dean of students, associate dean of students, director of residence life, associate dean for international students, director of multicultural affairs); the dean of religious life; her department chair; her faculty adviser; a college chaplain; or the director of Campus Police. These persons can help find the available resources. Consultation does not commit a student to pursuing a complaint.

In addition to its obligations under Massachusetts and federal law, the college has established procedures for the resolution of grievances. The grievance procedures can be found in the Smith College Equal Opportunities Policy.

If a student wishes to bring a complaint against another student, it may be appropriate to use the procedures established by the College Conduct Board. Please refer to the SGA Constitution and Bylaws.

The college has a sexual harassment policy and informal complaint procedures, which can be found in the Smith College Sexual Harassment Policy.

There may be instances in which a student who is a victim of discrimination or harassment does not wish to proceed with a grievance, but in which a clear violation of civil rights has nevertheless occurred. In such instances, the college reserves the right to take appropriate action against any individual who has violated the civil rights of others and whose identity is known. Such action, aimed at preserving a community characterized by tolerance and mutual respect, might include steps ranging from a warning to separation from the college.

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