The Bank Street College Code of Conduct and Due Process Procedure provide guidance and recourse to preserve a sense of safety and security within our academic climate. They outline the acts that violate the balance of harmony, respect, and safety within an academic environment and the restorative procedures that bring the community back into balance. In order to maintain good academic standing, students are expected to observe the College’s Code of Conduct and demonstrate the academic and personal dispositions necessary for work with children, adults, families, and communities.
At Bank Street, we deem this work to begin in our graduate school classrooms and to be grounded in sound judgment based in values of social justice and equity, with an explicit commitment to anti-biased and anti-racist educational practice. Enactment of these values and practice is central to our approach to progressive education and fosters the harmony of our academic climate. Violation of this code is not tolerated and can be grounds for dismissal from our academic programs.
The following acts are deemed violations of the Graduate School Code of Conduct:
- Language indicative of disregard of individuals based on their racial, ethnic, and cultural background, class, gender, sexuality, religious/spiritual background, and/or ability status (this includes intentional failure to use preferred gender pronouns);
- Acts that recklessly or intentionally endanger the mental or physical health of any member of the Bank Street College learning community;
- Acts that are harmful to others, including intentional obstruction of others’ rights, sexual assault, abuse, discrimination, and harassment (for more information on sexual misconduct, see the Enough is Enough page);
- Willful destruction of College property;
- Willful destruction of the property belonging to any member of the Bank Street College learning community;
- Appropriation of College property;
- Appropriation of property belonging to any member of the Bank Street College learning community;
- Disturbance of the peace for any member of the Bank Street College learning community;
- Violations involving illegal possession, use, or sale of alcohol or drugs;
- Inappropriate or punitive actions toward children or adults, including verbal, nonverbal, or physical abuse, relational aggression, and other ostracizing behaviors; and/or
- Any act not specified above that threatens the sense of health, safety, and/or belonging of any member of the Bank Street College learning community.
Extension of the Code to Online Learning Contexts:
Bank Street College offers a number of online, blended learning, and web-enhanced educational, training, and workshop experiences. The code of conduct above applies to all online learning contexts; in addition, there are specific behaviors we expect our students to adhere to online:
- Use common sense, good manners, and respect. Be courteous, considerate, and tolerant. Always remember that there is a human being on the other side of the screen with individual ideas and feelings;
- Respect intellectual property: abide and respect intellectual property laws and always give credit to sources that may increase participants’ reference database; and/or
- Maintain confidentiality and privacy within the online space. This includes not sharing course materials and communications outside of the learning community without explicit permission and carefully protecting the privacy of the children, adults, and settings.