Student Conduct Services
We want you to live and learn in a campus environment that is both safe and positive. While your academic success is important, we also want you to develop respect for others and for the campus environment. Gain a sense of personal responsibility. Admit mistakes and learn from them.
Bridgewater focuses on developing character. Becoming a good citizen on campus is an important part of that effort. We envision you and your fellow students as future leaders who will make a positive impact within your local communities and around the world.
Conduct and Community Standards
The College’s policies and community standards are detailed in The Eagle (.pdf), the student handbook. You are responsible for reviewing and following these guidelines.
Bridgewater takes appropriate disciplinary action when necessary. Those guidelines also are described in the student handbook.
Alcohol and Drug Policy
Bridgewater College is a “dry campus,” meaning that alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus. Students should not possess, use or distribute alcoholic beverages on campus. This policy creates a safer environment for all students and helps to prevent underage drinking and other violations of state law.
Illegal drugs also may not be marketed, possessed, used or distributed on campus.
Students who break Bridgewater’s alcohol and drug policies will be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions, which may include a range of responses, from notifying parents to academic suspension. In the case of possession of illegal drugs, campus police will investigate the incident. Violation of Virginia state laws may lead to criminal prosecution.
Conflicts with Roommates or Others
Living with a roommate is a new experience for most students. It’s important to learn to live with others, but it also can be challenging at times. If you are involved in a conflict with a roommate, or with someone else on campus, you may request mediation with the assistance of a third party.
We want to help you work out differences and have a positive relationship.
Bridgewater will hold you accountable for violations of campus policies and community standards. But we do want you to learn and grow from your mistakes. We offer the opportunity for students to understand the issues that lead to irresponsible behavior and to accept responsibility for violating policies.
Restorative justice practices may also be used to address harms caused. In situations where a student takes responsibility, restorative justice may be used in addition to or in place of the conduct process.
The College has two designated boards to handle various campus policy infractions: the Conduct Board and the Honor Council. Any disciplinary matter also may be handled by the dean of students or the vice president and dean for academic affairs. These boards strive to give fair consideration to each case. We believe in giving second chances when they are deserved while respecting the rights of all members of the campus community.
Questions? Contact Us!
Dr. Meg Dutnell
Associate Dean of Students