Conduct and Accountability

Learning works best in an environment of integrity, trust, and mutual respect. Character is the cornerstone of campus life. Academic honesty enables academic freedom. This is a culture of consent. The expectation of equal treatment and opportunities for all is a given. Most of the rules we live by are straightforward and intuitive, and our helpful Student Handbook serves as a guide to it all.

The Colby Affirmation

Colby College is a community dedicated to learning and committed to the growth and well-being of all its members.

As a community devoted to intellectual growth, we value academic integrity. We agree to take ownership of our academic work, to submit only work that is our own, to fully acknowledge the research and ideas of others in our work, and to abide by the instructions and regulations governing academic work established by the faculty.

As a community built on respect for ourselves, each other, and our physical environment, we recognize the diversity of people who have gathered here and that genuine inclusivity requires active, honest, and compassionate engagement with one another. We agree to respect each other, to honor community expectations, and to comply with College policies.

As a member of this community, I pledge to hold myself and others accountable to these values.

Colby’s Student Handbook

The Colby College Student Handbook is designed to introduce many of the aspects of life at Colby to you, including academic policies, rules and regulations, and safety tips. While few constraints are placed on Colby students, certain regulations are necessary for our community to function successfully and safely. You are expected to know and abide by these regulations, which are outlined in this handbook.

Sexual Violence

At Colby College, primary prevention is our highest goal when addressing sexual violence. This means that we offer educational programs and support services that challenge the beliefs, biases, and behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence. On Colby’s campus, faculty, staff, and students are working together to create a climate in which sexual violence is impermissible and speaking out against sexual violence is the norm.

When sexual violence does occur, however, we are dedicated to responding in a timely and sensitive manner, ensuring that all involved are aware of the resources available on campus and the community.

Bias Incidents

A bias incident is a behavior or act–verbal, written, or physical–which is personally directed against or targets an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, or age. Bias incidents may be intentional or unintentional.

Sometimes, we may express unconscious bias in ways that are harmful to others without realizing that we are doing so.

Colby College recognizes expressions of bias may be harmful to individuals, groups, and/or the campus as a whole, even if these expressions fall within our community standards of free speech and regardless of whether or not they constitute a direct violation of Colby College’s code of conduct.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a crucial value at Colby. A compromise of that value is considered academic dishonesty, which could trigger disciplinary action. Academic dishonesty is a significant ethical violation rather than an oversight.

It may result in intent to deceive; a willful failure to read, recall, or consult course rules; the deliberate failure to learn or apply standard ethical norms for academic work; or intentional carelessness.

If you’re a student, we hope you will consider how you can give generous credit to the people who have helped you; make every effort to accurately represent opposing views in your essays; cite your sources; reach out to professors when you feel like you can’t succeed; abide by course rules regarding collaboration on assignments, projects, and take-home exams; and, finally, that you will help your peers do the right thing even when it’s difficult.