Code of Conduct

CODE FOR RELIGIOUS CONDUCT

Simmons College encourages the free expression of faith among all individuals and groups in the community. The Office of Spiritual Life fosters an environment of religious and spiritual pluralism and interfaith cooperation. The college seeks to encourage an atmosphere in which people of different races, ethnicities, and faith traditions live respectfully with and learn from one another.

Campus Registration
All student religious groups and organizations, wishing to be active on the Simmons College campus are required to either gain approval by the Director of Spiritual Life (in the case of small groups) or be registered with the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. As with all student organizations, religious groups or organizations wishing to be active on campus must have a faculty adviser and go through the student organization approval process.

Applications for registration are available in the Office of Student Leadership and Activities in the Main College Building, Room W007 and are approved by the Student Government Association in concert with the Office of the Dean for Student Life.

Any off-campus religious groups/organizations should be directed to the Office of Spiritual Life, which can be found in the Main College Building, Room W009, to look for co-sponsorship opportunities as appropriate. 

Sponsorship 
Registered student organizations representing particular religions and denominations may apply for sponsorship from the Office of Spiritual Life. Sponsorship enables a registered student religious group or organization to worship and meet regularly on campus in college space, become a part of the Spiritual Life program, receive support from the Office of Spiritual Life, become an official student organization, and therefore, apply for funding.

Flyering and Publicity 
In order to create and post flyers on campus, all student organizations (including religious and spiritual organizations) must be approved and registered with the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. Simmons College does not approve the promotion of religious activities that are not directly affiliated with/sponsored by or consistent with the mission of the College. The College recommends that all outside religious organizations contact the Office of Spiritual Life to explore any opportunities for partnership.

Note: Any deceptive or misleading information on posters is a violation of the code of conduct.

Use of College Space 
Only Simmons College registered student organizations may regularly use college space for meetings and worship. Room reservations must be made through the Office of Conferences and Special Events and approved by the Office of Student Leadership and Activities and the Office of Spiritual Life.

Encouraging an Interfaith Community
All students are welcomed to any event hosted by a faith-based organization, regardless of their affiliation with the host group or any other faith-based group on campus.

Honor Code 
All persons associated with religious groups and organizations at Simmons College are expected to adhere to the Simmons College honor code's definition of harassment. Harassment may include: any pursuit, conversationally or physically (e.g. knocking on residence hall doors, or leafleting) with the intent of inviting someone to participate in an event without an initial request for information from the person herself, and/or any attempt to induce someone to drop a religious affiliation in favor of another.

BEHAVIOR THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE
Simmons is a safe community that works to protect students from proselytizing and any behavior from other students on campus. Prohibited behavior may include but is not limited to:

1. The issuing of materials that threaten, undermine or distort the integrity of another person’s or group’s beliefs. This is not a prohibition of free expression of ideas, but a commitment to present all options in a way that is respectful of others. 

2. Sharing one’s faith with anyone without appropriate sensitivity to that person’s integrity and freedom to make his or her own decisions in matters of faith and identity. 

3. Intruding by phone, by mail, or by visitation in residence halls, on the privacy of individuals without their explicit permission. 

4. The issuance of misleading or false publicity. 

5. Actions which are designed to coerce, either physically or emotionally, or which clearly damage a student’s academic pursuits, financial status, relationship with parents or peers. 

6. The use of language in private and public contexts that is denigrating of or condemnatory of another person’s beliefs and/or person.

Religious Observances Policy:
Students who are unable, because of their religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in an examination, class, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from the class, study, or work requirement and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up the examination, study, or work they may have missed consistent with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 151c, Section 2b as seen in the Simmons College Student Handbook.

Contacts:
Office of Spiritual Life: Main College Building Room: W-009: spirituallife@simmons.edu: (617) 521-2489

Please feel free to stop by the office and ask if you have any questions!