Statements of Policy

Drug-Free Campus and Workplace

The College community recognizes that abuse of alcohol and other drugs can create potential health, safety, or security problems. The College is in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act (1988) and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 which requires that programs be adopted to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The College: 1) requires standards of conduct that prohibit the unlawful possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees;
2) provides descriptions of appropriate legal sanctions under local, state, and federal law for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol; 3) offers information and counseling about health risks associated with drug and/or alcohol abuse; and
4) maintains a system of discipline up to and including expulsion or dismissal for violation of these laws.

Equal Opportunity

Nichols is an Equal Opportunity College

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students.
Nichols College admits students of any race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The College does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment, athletic, and other school-administered programs. The College is in compliance with Title IX of the 1972 Education amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Employees.
Nichols College is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. Applicants for employment and employees are reviewed on their individual qualifications for a position. Under no circumstances will Nichols College discriminate against qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

This policy applies to all employment practices including but not limited to hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, recruitment/recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other compensation, and training. Discrimination of any type, including retaliation against an individual filing a charge or making a complaint, is not tolerated.

The full text of the Nichols College Policy against Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation can be found on the college website and portal.

Financial Audit Availability

The College will provide a copy of the most recent audited financial statements upon request. The request can be made to the Controller through the Financial Operations Department at Nichols College, 508-213-2288.

Jury Duty Policy

According to the Office of the Jury Commissioner of the Commonwealth Massachusetts, “every U.S. Citizen 17 years of age or older who is a Massachusetts resident or an inhabitant for more than 50% of the time is eligible to serve as a juror. If you are a resident of another state but a student at a Massachusetts college, you are an inhabitant for more than 50% of the year and, therefore, eligible to serve as a juror in Massachusetts”.

It is not unusual for students residing in Worcester County to be summoned to serve as trial jurors. Jury service, on a short-term basis, can provide students with a good opportunity to fulfill one of their responsibilities as members of the community. Nichols College supports students in their fulfillment of this civic duty.

Students should carefully read all materials they receive with their summons to service. These materials contain helpful information about confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or relocating service, and they address many of the most frequently asked questions. Jury duty is an important legal obligation, and those who fail to respond are subject to criminal prosecution.

Students who must miss class in order to fulfill their jury service requirement should notify each of their instructors of the summons and make arrangements to complete any missed work. Students may be required to furnish their summons notice or the certificate of the service when making these arrangements.

If you have any questions about jury duty, including confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or limiting your service, please contact the Office of the Jury Commissioner (1-800-THE-JURY/1-800-843-5879). Further information can be found on the Office of Jury Commissioner’s website at www.massjury.com.

Religious Holidays Observance Policy

Any student who is unable, because of religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination, or study, or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement which may have been missed because of such absence on any particular day, provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon the College. No fees shall be charged by the institution for making available to the students such an opportunity. No adverse effects shall result to any student because of these ­provisions.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

As an institution of higher learning committed to providing the most constructive atmosphere possible for academic and personal advancement, Nichols College is particularly concerned about conduct commonly described as sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is a broad term that includes but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, relationship violence, cyber-stalking, bullying and cyber-bullying, sexual harassment, aiding and facilitating the commission of a violation and retaliation. The College takes these matters very seriously and will act to eliminate the misconduct and impose such corrective measures as necessary. Complaints may be made to the Dean of Students, who serves as the campus Title IX Coordinator. Please refer to the Student Life Handbook on the College website for the full text of this policy.

Emergency Closing/Early Release

Decisions to delay opening, to close, or suspend operations at Nichols due to adverse weather conditions or other emergency conditions will be made by the College’s Senior Administrators. Should severe weather or another emergency situation require cancellations of classes, announcements will be broadcast on:

WBZ-TV (Channel 4 – Boston) and WCVB-TV (Channel 5 – Boston)

and over radio stations serving central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut on:

WTAG–580 AM, WESO–970 AM, WINY–1350 AM,
WSRS–96.1 FM, WXLO–104.5 FM

When classes are cancelled due to weather or another emergency situation, the administration emails all students, and posts alerts on the Nichols website, Facebook, and Twitter. In cases of extreme and sudden conditions, Nichols may use the text alert system to notify students.

Students can also call the Nichols College “Snow Line” after 6:30 a.m. at 508-213-2452 to see if classes are cancelled for the day.

This publication provides information concerning the programs at Nichols College and does not constitute a contract with the student.

The policies and procedures contained in the 2016-2018 Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever College officials deem necessary and will be communicated via written notice whenever possible or other means as appropriate.

NICHOLS COLLEGE
Center Road
P.O. Box 5000
Dudley, Massachusetts 01571-5000
Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016
Volume XLVIII