Community Standards

Community Standards

The MCLA Community Standards (formerly known as the Student Handbook) provides students with information on many facets of college life such as policies and procedures, community resources, organizations, and services. This document is written for every student enrolled in one or more classes at MCLA.  Each year, the College produces a new or revised Community Standards document to serve as an up-to-date reference for students.  

Since a major portion of the Community Standards highlights the rules and regulations governing the standards of the College community, students are responsible for familiarizing themselves thoroughly with the contents of this publication. It is our belief that the information in the Community Standards, if read and utilized, will enhance the experiences available to students of the College. 

No claim is made that this document covers all rules and regulations now in effect at MCLA. Students are referred to the MCLA Catalog, Residence Life & Housing publications, and other department policy documents for further information.  Due to limitations of space, many State and Federal laws as well as some College policies and procedures are only referenced. Students are, therefore, encouraged to ask questions of appropriate offices. 

Important for students to know, the Student Affairs Division Office serves to ensure and protect all enrolled students’ right to participate in college life, in a community which respects each student's dignity, safety, and basic human rights. Any student who believes these rights have been denied or the atmosphere has been compromised by the actions of a particular student or MCLA employee is encouraged to discuss such concerns with the Student Affairs Division Office or any Student Affairs staff member. 

As a supplement to the information provided in the Community Standards, the Student Affairs Division Office assists students who are unsure where to go for general assistance and/or answers to questions. When in doubt about where to go for help, students are encouraged to start with the Student Affairs Division Office. 

MCLA Community policies, as stated in this Community Standards, are subject to change. The College may amend policies and procedures at any time, giving the community reasonable notice of the changes to students via the MCLA email address and posted on the website. For the most recent and accurate Community Standards, please refer to this MCLA website where any changes will be updated. The Community Standards is published annually by the Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.