Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Programs: Policies

Table of Contents

Policy Overview

Brown University Pre-College Programs bring together students from the United States and other countries who share an interest in seeking academic enrichment and intellectual growth. The School of Professional Studies seeks to establish an environment that supports the pursuit of these goals.

Brown University assumes that the students enrolled in our programs are capable of accepting responsibility for their behavior and safety and expects them to do so. The programs are committed to maintaining standards that are conducive to academic excellence and personal health.

Residential staff members help students balance the competing demands of academic and social life. If you have an academic concern, you are encouraged to seek out the guidance of your instructor or a Dean of The School of Professional Studies. If you have a personal concern, you are encouraged to seek out your Resident Advisor for advice or assistance. Professional live-in staff and Resident Advisors participate in a 24 hour on-call system to manage any emergencies that might arise.

These guidelines together with advising from faculty, residential staff and administrators should make acceptable standards of conduct clear to students. Students, who do not act in accordance with reasonable standards of behavior, thus creating a detrimental effect on themselves or others, will be subject to discipline and possibly dismissal from the programs. It is expected that parents, aware of the social and academic policies, will support these policies.

Program faculty, residential life staff and other staff are charged with invoking both University and The School of Professional Studies program policies. Students are expected to follow these policies in order to maintain and enjoy an academic and social environment which is conducive to the academic success, comfort and satisfaction of all.

Completion of the Acceptance and Statement of Policy Compliance form and the Code of Conduct form, which indicates knowledge of policies and guidelines contained herein, is a condition of program enrollment. Failure to read that document or this webpage does not excuse students from complying with program policies.

It is important to keep in mind that policies and procedures may vary from program to program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions: (401) 863-7900 or email us at

Policy of Nondiscrimination in Programs and Activities
Brown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school administered programs.

Academic Policies

Academic Honesty
Academic achievement is evaluated on the basis of work that a student produces independently. A student who obtains credit for work, words, or ideas that are not the products of his or her own effort is dishonest and in violation of Brown’s Academic Code. Such dishonesty undermines the integrity of academic standards of the University. Infringement of the Academic Code entails penalties ranging from reprimand to suspension, dismissal, or expulsion from the University.

Brown students are expected to tell the truth. Misrepresentation of facts, significant omissions, or falsifications in any connection with the academic process also violate the Code.  A student’s name on any exercise (e.g., a theme, report, notebook, performance, computer program, course paper, quiz, or examination) is regarded as assurance that the exercise is the result of the student’s own thoughts and study, stated in his or her own words, and produced without assistance, except as quotation marks, references, and footnotes acknowledge the use of printed sources or other outside help. In some instances an instructor or department may authorize students to work jointly in solving problems or completing projects; such efforts must be clearly marked as the results of collaboration. Where collaboration is authorized, students should be very clear as to which parts of any assignment must be performed independently.

Misunderstanding the Code will not be accepted as an excuse for dishonest work. If a student is in doubt about work in a particular course, he or she should consult the instructor of the course so as to avoid the charge of academic dishonesty.

Offenses Against the Academic Code
Use of Sources: In preparing assignments a student often needs or is required to employ outside sources of information or opinion. All such sources should be listed in the bibliography. Citations and footnote references are required for all specific facts that are not common knowledge and about which there is not general agreement. New discoveries or debatable opinions must be credited to the source, with specific references to edition and page even when the student restates the matter in his or her own words. Word-for-word inclusion of any part of someone else’s written or oral sentence, even if only a phrase or sentence, requires citation in quotation marks and use of the appropriate conventions for attribution. Citations should normally include author, title, edition, and page. Quotations longer than one sentence are generally indented from the text of the essay, without quotation marks, and identified by author, title, edition, and page. Paraphrasing or summarizing the contents of another’s work is not dishonest if the source or sources are clearly identified (author, title, edition, and page), but such paraphrasing does not constitute independent work and may be rejected by the instructor. Students who have questions about accurate and proper citation methods are expected to consult reference guides as well as course instructors.

Copyright Infringement: Improper use of copyrighted materials can also constitute infringement of the Academic Code when it compromises the integrity of the academic process.

Creative Work: A piece of work presented as the individual creation of the student is assumed to involve no assistance other than incidental criticism from any other person. A student may not, with honesty, knowingly employ story material, wording, or dialogue taken from published work, including websites; film, video, and DVDs; radio and television programs; and lectures or other sources, without full acknowledgment.

Examinations, Quizzes, and Tests: In writing examinations and quizzes, the student is required to respond entirely on the basis of his or her own memory and capacity, without any assistance whatsoever except such as is specifically authorized by the instructor.

Laboratory Work and Assignments: Notebooks, homework, reports of investigations or experiments, and computer code projects must meet the same standards as all other written work. If any of the work is done jointly or if any part of the experiment or analysis is made by anyone other than the writer, acknowledgment of this fact must be made in the report submitted. Obviously, it is dishonest for a student to falsify or invent data.

Successful Completion of Academic Program
Commitment to successful completion of the academic program in which the student is enrolled is required. Students must meet all academic requirements established by instructors. Regular attendance at class sessions, punctual and competent completion of all assigned work, and full preparation for and participation in each class session are required. The University expects that students will not indulge in behavior that endangers the academic well being of themselves or others. Any student who does not meet these obligations may be put on probation or dismissed.

Course Changes
Course changes just prior to and especially once a program has begun must be made with careful thought.  Once classes have begun, course changes entail missed work and missed classes, and therefore students must have substantive reasons for requesting a change.  All course changes must be approved by the appropriate Pre-college Program Director.  Course changes are not made simply upon request, but only after due consideration of the rationale for the change and a determination of student qualifications for the course into which he/she wishes to enroll. 

Changes of enrollment between programs, once a program is underway, are strongly discouraged, can rarely be accommodated, and then only under exceptional circumstances.

Once a course is underway, students may request a course change subject to the following deadlines:

1 week courses: before the end of the first day of classes
2 week courses: before the end of the second day of classes
For 3 or 4 week courses: by the end of the third day of classes

Intensive English Language Program: before the end of the second day of classes

Leadership Institute: before the end of the first day of classes

Online Courses: by 5PM EST on the Friday before the start of the course

STEM II Program: before the end of the second day of classes

Pre-Baccalaureate courses: by the end of the third day of classes

Pre-College Courses (1-6 weeks - including Leadership Institute, Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL), Intensive English Language Program, STEM II)

Once on campus, students looking to drop or change courses should visit the Summer Information Desk in the Stephen Roberts Student Center to arrange to meet with an advisor.

Attendance Policies
All students must be in attendance by the second day of classes or their registration will be cancelled. Students may not change classes once the session has begun without permission of a Program Director. Such permission will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

1-6 week courses are non-credit offerings. This option helps you concentrate on learning and the process of scholarship, not your final grade.  Progress is evaluated during conferences with the instructor, in comments on written work or in a final course performance report written by the instructor. All students who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion. Students enrolled in courses two weeks or longer will also receive a narrative Course Performance Report (CPR), in which the instructor outlines the content of the course and evaluates the student’s performance.

Pre-Baccalaureate Program Credit Courses (7 weeks)

Attendance Policies
All students must be in attendance by the third day of classes (Wednesday, June 29) or their registration will be cancelled. No changes to course registration may be made beyond this date.

In graded (credit-bearing) courses, students can elect to receive a course grade (A, B, C, No Credit) or the S/NC option (Satisfactory or No Credit) with the exception of certain courses which are offered S/NC only. Please refer to the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for the Grade Option deadline. To make grade option changes students must complete our Add Drop form in person, at the Summer Information Desk in the Stephen Roberts Student Center, or the The School of Professional Studies, 200 Dyer St. If a student does not specify a grading option, a letter grade will be awarded.

Grade reports are mailed by The School of Professional Studies. Upon request, the University Registrar's Office will send official transcripts to the institutions you specify. Most institutions will accept these courses as credit toward degree requirements. Interested students should consult with the institution of their choice.

Work Load
Students enrolled in the 7-week Summer Session Credit Course program are enrolled in credit-bearing Brown University courses. A full course load in the summer term is two courses and residential students must take a full load. Each course is one credit, equal to 4 semester credit hours or 6 quarter credit hours.

Transfer Credit
Students completing courses for academic credit in the Summer Session Program should be aware of credit transfer policies. A Brown University transcript will record your course credit and grade (each course is one Brown course credit, four semester credit hours). Only the college or university you attend for your undergraduate degree can determine the acceptability of these courses for transfer credit according to the individual institution's own policies. If you attend Brown for your degree, the courses you complete will be carried on your academic record, but no course, completed here or elsewhere prior to first-year matriculation at Brown, will count toward the minimum 30 course requirement for graduation.

Online Pre-College Courses

Course Performance Reports & Certificates of Completion

Students enrolled in online courses three weeks or longer receive a written Course Performance Report, in which the instructor outlines the content of the course and evaluates the student’s performance.

Students who successfully complete their course will also receive a Certificate of Completion. To receive a certificate, students must complete 100% of the assigned work as determined by the instructor evaluation. Any questions regarding certificates should be sent to

Transferring to another course
Students who registered for an online course but intended to register for a Summer@Brown
on-campus course (or vice versa) should contact for information on how to correct their registration.


Attendance Policies
All students must be in attendance by the second day of classes or their registration will be cancelled.

Student Evaluations
SPARK courses do not have grades. SPARK allows students to concentrate on learning and on the process of scholarship, not their final grade. All students who successfully complete their course(s) will receive a Course Performance Report and a Certificate of Completion

Financial Policies

Billing Information

Electronic Statements are produced monthly that reflect any activity posted to the students' account since the previous statement. Statements are generated around the 10th of each month, or the next business day following a weekend or holiday. An email is sent to the student's email account and to the email address of their Authorized Users when a new statement is available. Electronic statements may be printed, downloaded, or saved to a file by logging into

When a statement is generated, a link to the current billing statement is sent to the student’s official Brown email address and to their Authorized Users email address. It is strongly recommended that students set up parents and/or guardians as Authorized Users to view their student account, especially if they are dependent on their parents and/or guardians for financial assistance for educational expenses.

Access the E-Bill and E-Payment system at From the E-Bill/ E-Payment web site, you may:

PLEASE NOTE: In order for the student to access the electronic billing system, they must first activate their Brown account. All enrolled students eligible to receive a billing statement will be sent email instructions on how to activate. If you have any questions regarding your activation email notice, please email

Payment Information

Payment deadline for Spring Programs:

Florida Keys: 2/3/2016

Costa Rica and Spring@Brown: 3/4/2016

Payment deadline for Summer Programs, with the exception of Pre-Baccalaureate: 5/26/2016
*Students who register May 26, 2016 and thereafter- payments are due upon course registration.

Payment deadline for Pre-Baccalaureate students: June 15th
Students will receive their first bill on May 18, 2016 and will be billed monthly until payment is received.
*Students who register May 18, 2016 and thereafter - payments are due upon course registration.

Accepted Payment Methods

Credit Cards (MC/Visa/AMEX/Discover) are accepted for the application fee and deposit only. Application fees and deposits can be made online by logging into

ACH is an electronic network for financial transactions. Accounts are identified by banks routing number and the account number with the bank. ACH (electronic check) is accepted for any type of fee, including application, deposit and balance.

ACH payments of application fees and deposits must be made online at

ACH payments for student account balances must be made at via the electronic billing system. Either the student or an authorized user (established by the student) may set up an ACH Payment. An authorized user should be only a family member and not an outside agency as privileged student account information can be viewed. ACH payments can be scheduled for processing that day or a future date. These payments can only be processed by using a U.S. personal check or savings account. Please note that a debit card number or corporate account is not acceptabe for the purposes of ACH transactions.

Students and their Authorized Users may access the electronic online payment module at Only U.S. personal checking or savings accounts are accepted. Electronic Payments will post real time to the student’s account and may take up to 48 business hours to post against the customers bank account.

Personal checks and Money Orders are also accepted for application fees, deposits and student account balances.

All Personal Checks or Money Orders must be made payable to “Brown University”.
Please be sure to include student name and Student ID# which begins with ‘B’.

Application and deposit CHECK payments should be sent to:
Brown University
Pre-College Programs
Box T
Providence RI 02912

Student Account balance CHECK payments should be sent to:
Cashier's Office
Brown University
Box 1911
69 Brown Street, 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02912

*PLEASE NOTE: Third party checks will not be accepted with the exception of checks from banks, trusts and investment companies purposely set up to fund a student's education.

**Check Conversion Notification: When you provide a check for payment, you authorize Brown University to either use the information from your check to make a one-time electronic funds transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. When we use information from your check to make an electronic funds transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the same day we receive your payment and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution. For questions, please contact the Cashier's Office at 401-863-1280.

International Wire Transfers:
Brown University has partnered with Flywire to offer a streamlined and cost saving way to make international tuition payments. With this partnership, students and families are offered favorable foreign exchange rates, the ability to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and savings compared to traditional banks. In addition, you will be able to track your payment via Flywire's dashboard and you will be notified via email (and/or text) when your payment is received by Brown University.

Visit the Flywire website to make an international student account payment.

Returned Payments:
ACH Payment Returns: ACH payment clearing failures due to insufficient funds, incorrect account information, etc. will result in the reversal of the payment and a $20 returned payment charge.

Returned Checks: Any payment made, even if on a timely basis, that results in the check being returned for insufficient funds, lack of authorizing signature, etc. will result in the reversal of the payment and a $20 returned check charge. The bank automatically deposits all returned checks a second time before returning the checks to Brown.

Additional Fees

All students may be subject to additional fees other than the standard course and residential fees:

Lockout fee: $25-$40 per instance, depending on frequency
(Please refer to the Room Key section for more information.)

Lock Change fee: $100
(Please refer to the Room Key section for more information.)

Health Insurance fee: $60 (Please refer to Health Insurance section for more information.)

Extended Housing: $150 per night

International Processing fee (non-credit): $50
(Please refer to the International Students page for more information)

STEM I - SPARK - Travel Alone fee: $75 (each way)

All students enrolled in Global Programs will be charged $60.00 for HTH Worldwide Health Insurance.

Refund Policies

Application fees, program deposits, and international processing fees are non-refundable. All credit balances are subject to account review. Please be aware that many students incur additional fees while on campus. Therefore, refunds are typically processed 3 weeks after the completion of a program. Students who have a credit balance prior to their arrival on campus may submit a refund inquiry to

Please note that $300 deposits are not included in the refund percentage, as they are non-refundable. Students who withdraw after the 100% refund policy period are still held responsible for paying the remaining balance due if no attempts to make payment have been made prior to the withdrawal date.

Refunds of remaining fees will be made as follows:

STEM I - SPARK and STEM II Programs (Two Weeks)

Withdrawal Date Refund
Before Class Starts 100%
On or Before 2nd Day of Class 70%
After 2nd Day of Class 0%

BELL: Alaska

Application fees, program deposits, and international processing fees are non-refundable. 
Refunds of remaining fees will be made as follows:

Withdrawal Date Refund
May 28 or before 100%
May 29-June 12 50%
June 13 0%

Global Programs (Segovia, Rome, and Atlanta)

Application fees, program deposits, and international processing fees are non-refundable. 
Refunds of remaining fees will be made as follows:

Withdrawal Date Refund
May 28 or before 100%
May 29-June 12 50%
June 13 0%

Summer Pre-College Courses

One Week Courses,
Two Week Courses:

Withdrawal Date Refund
Before Class Starts 100%
On or Before 2nd Day of Class 70%
After 2nd Day of Class 0%

Three Week Courses,
Four Week Courses:

Withdrawal Date Refund
Before Class Starts 100%
During 1st Week of Class 75%
After 1st Week of Class 0%

Pre-Baccalaureate Courses (Seven Weeks):

Withdrawal Date Refund
June 29, 2016 or before 100%, less $300 deposit
June 30-July 3 80%, less $300 deposit
July 4-July 7 50%, less $300 deposit
July 8 or after 0%

 Online Courses:

Withdrawal Date Refund
Before Class Starts Full tuition refund, less $300 deposit
On or Before 5th Day of Class 50%, less $300 deposit
After 5th Day of Class 0%

Online Courses: Refund Policy - Withdrawals
Please note that ceasing to attend classes or notifying your instructor that you are withdrawing does not constitute official withdrawal.

Spring 2017

Florida Keys & Costa Rica

Course Start Date: March 11, 2017
Payment deadline: February 22, 2017

Application fees, program deposits, and international processing fees are non-refundable.

Please note that $300 deposits are not included in the refund percentage, as they are non-refundable. Refunds of remaining fees will be made as follows:

Withdrawal Date Refund
February 22, 2017 or before Full tuition refund, less $300 deposit
February 23 - March 10 50%, less $300 deposit
March 10 or after 0%


Course Start Date, Providence: March 25, 2017
Payment deadline:  March 1, 2017

Application fees, program deposits, and international processing fees are non-refundable.

Please note that $300 deposits are not included in the refund percentage, as they are non-refundable. Refunds of remaining fees will be made as follows:

Withdrawal Date Refund
March 1, 2017 or before Full tuition refund, less $300 deposit
March 2-17 50%, less $300 deposit
March 17 or after 0%


Occasionally it is necessary to cancel a course due to low enrollment.  If this is the case, we will contact you prior to the course start date. A refund will be processed once confirmed that a student will not be enrolling in replacement course or program.

Code of Student Conduct


We, as members of the Brown University community – faculty, students, and staff – are dedicated to supporting and maintaining a scholarly community in which all share together in the common enterprise of learning. As a central aim, Brown University promotes intellectual inquiry through vigorous discourse, both oral and written.

The fundamental principles that must necessarily undergird this aim include respect for the integrity of the academic process; individual integrity and self-respect; respect for the freedoms and privileges of others; and respect for University resources. In becoming a part of Brown University, we accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the University’s academic and social community, and assume the responsibility to uphold the University’s principles.


The rights and responsibilities that accompany academic freedom are at the heart of the intellectual purposes of the University. Our conduct as community members should protect and promote the University’s pursuit of its academic mission. We are all, therefore, expected to conduct ourselves with integrity in our learning, teaching and research, and in the ways in which we support those endeavors.


In order to ensure that the University can dedicate itself fully to its academic and educational vision, it is expected that an individual’s personal integrity will be reflected not only in honest and responsible actions but also in a willingness to offer direction to others whose actions may be harmful to themselves or the community. The University expects that members of the Brown community will be truthful and forthright. The University expects that community members will not engage in behavior that endangers their own sustained effectiveness or that has serious ramifications for their own safety, welfare, academic well-being or professional obligations, or for that of others.


We strive for a sense of community in which the individual growth of all members is advanced through the cultivation of mutual respect, tolerance, and understanding. Brown University values and encourages individuality while also affirming the community dimensions of academic life. A socially responsible community provides a structure within which individual freedoms may flourish without threatening the privileges or freedoms of other individuals or groups.

The University is committed to honest, open, and equitable engagement with racial, religious, gender, ethnic, sexual orientation, and other differences. The University seeks to promote an environment that in its diversity is integral to the academic, educational, and community purposes of the institution.


All community members must respect the general resources and physical property of the University. Such resources are assets in which community members have a vested interest, as these resources specifically support the institutional mission.


The principles stated above are values that hold for the entire University community. Specific standards of conduct and procedures for redress of violations of those standards for the Pre-College community can be found in the following sections: Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.



All members of the Brown University Community are entitled to the following rights: the rights of peaceful assembly; free exchange of ideas and orderly protest; and to attend, make use of, or enjoy the facilities and functions of the University subject to prescribed rules. All members of the Brown University community are also entitled to live in an environment free from harassment on the basis of such characteristics as race, religion, gender, disability, age, economic status, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Comment1: These rights may from time to time come into conflict, and it might be difficult to draw a clear and precise line between the reasonable exercise of and the abuse of such rights. The circumstances in each case will vary, but the objective must always be to assure a fair and reasonable balance whenever there is a conflict among the rights mentioned above.

a. Occasionally, the rules of the University and the law will overlap, but the University does not attempt to duplicate the law. The University reserves the right to pursue matters through its student conduct procedures that may also be addressed in the legal system.

b. Serious or persistent minor violations of University rules or regulations may result in suspension or expulsion.

c. In their off-campus lives students are also expected to conform to the standards of community behavior as expressed in the Principles of the Brown University Community and in this Code of Student Conduct.

1 The comments contained herein are offered as a guide to understanding the University’s policies, and are not to be confused with the policies themselves. As such these comments are not binding upon the University or its designated representatives.


I. Behavior that disrupts or materially interferes with the educational functions of the University including, but not limited to, halting a lecture, debate, or any public forum, obstructing the passage of others, or creating an imminent threat of such disruption or obstruction.

Comment: Protests or demonstrations that infringe upon the rights of others to peaceful assembly, orderly protest, the free exchange of ideas, or that interfere with the rights of others to make use of or enjoy the facilities or attend the functions of the University cannot be tolerated. [See “University Guidelines on Protests and Demonstrations”] Demonstrations or protests which exceed these limits will result in disciplinary action which may include temporary or permanent separation from the University.

Moreover, expression that is dehumanizing, degrading, or grossly offensive on matters such as race, religion, sex/gender, disability, age, economic status, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is inappropriate in a university community and the University will act as it deems appropriate to address/educate students violating this principle.

II. Actions that are unreasonably disruptive of the University community and/or its neighborhoods.

III. Violation of operational rules governing various offices, departments and facilities of the University (e.g., Residential Life, Student Activities Office, Dining Services, Computing and Information Services, the Libraries).

IV. Misrepresentation:

a. Lying or materially misrepresenting information to an official University body or officer, including a member of the Department of Public Safety.

b. Lying in the course of a student conduct hearing.

Comment: Offense IV(a) includes the fraudulent use of University identification cards. Lying or misrepresentation that inhibits or interferes with an official University investigation or hearing will be considered a serious offense.

University procedures allow a student involved in a student conduct matter to remain silent.

V. Failure to comply with the proper directive(s) of a University official, including refusing to identify oneself or refusing to present University identification to a University staff member, including members of the Department of Public Safety.

Comment: A University community depends upon the cooperation of all of its members to assure reasonable safety and security. There are many occasions, including emergencies, and cases of suspected unlawful conduct, when it is especially important that authorized personnel be able to identify members of the Brown University community.

VI. Offenses regarding alcohol and other drugs:

a. Use of, being in the presence of, or illegal or unauthorized possession of alcohol and/or drugs or drug paraphernalia.

b. Manufacture of alcohol or drugs.

c. Sale or possession with intent to sell/provide alcohol or other drugs.

d. Possession of mass consumption paraphernalia.

Comment: Drug paraphernalia includes, but is not limited to, all items used for the purpose of preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise using illegal drugs, or in the illicit use of legal drugs. This offence includes unauthorized possession, use or distribution of prescription drugs. Students are further prohibited from being in a private residence where alcohol is being served. Failure to adhere to these prohibitions is a serious offence, and in most cases will result in dismissal from the program. Parents or guardians will be informed of any offence.

VII. Actions that result in or can be reasonably expected to result in damage to property.

VIII. Theft or attempted theft of property and/or possession of stolen property.

IX. Possession, use, or distribution of firearms, ammunition, explosives, or other weapons on campus.

Comment: The University defines firearms as any projectile-firing device, including conventional firearms (devices using gunpowder); all types of air rifles, guns using BBs, pellets, or darts; or any slingshot device. All fireworks are prohibited. Chemicals used or intended to cause harm to others will be considered weapons. Knives are prohibited, except those that are designed and used for food preparation. Possession, use or distribution of firearms or knives will result in more severe sanctions from the University, separation being the standard.

X. Actions that result in or can be reasonably expected to result in harm to a person or persons.

Comment: Offense XI encompasses a wide range of behavior, including, but not limited to assault, and throwing, hurling or firing projectiles without regard for the safety of others. This offense also encompasses behavior that is intended to or can reasonably be expected to result in significant emotional or psychological harm.

XI. Relationship or Dating Violence.

Comment: The University defines relationship or dating violence as any act of violence or threatened act of violence against a person who is or has been involved in a sexual, dating, domestic, or other intimate relationship with that person, or against a person with whom the respondent has sought to have such a relationship.

XII. Sexual Assault – Having or attempting to have sexual contact with another individual without consent. Sexual contact includes sexual intercourse and sexual touching.

Comment: Offense XIII encompasses a broad range of behaviors, including acts using force, threat, intimidation, or advantage gained by the offended student’s mental or physical incapacity of which the offending student was aware or should have been aware. For more information, including the definitions of consent and incapacitation, please refer to the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship and Interpersonal Violence and Stalking Policy.

XIII. Harassment:

a. Subjecting another person or group to abusive, threatening, intimidating, harassing, or humiliating actions.

b. Subjecting another person or group to abusive, threatening, intimidating, harassing, or humiliating actions, including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, sex/gender, disability, age, economic status, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. (See "Civil Rights & Non-Discrimination")

Comment: Whether the alleged conduct constitutes prohibited harassment depends on the totality of the particular circumstances, including the nature, frequency, and duration of the conduct in question, the location and context in which it occurs, and the status of the individuals involved. For information specific to sexual or gender-based harassment, please refer to the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship and Interpersonal Violence and Stalking Policy.

XIV. Stalking – Engaging in a course of conduct toward another person under circumstances that would cause a person to fear bodily injury or experience substantial emotional distress.

Comment: Course of conduct means two or more instances including, but not limited to, unwelcome acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property. Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish. Stalking includes the concept of cyber-stalking, a particular form of stalking in which electronic media such as the internet, social networks, blogs, cell phones, texts, or other similar devices or forms of contact are used.

XV. Hazing – Method of initiation into or conduct of any student organization or group, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.

XVI. Retaliation – Engaging in conduct that may reasonably be perceived to:

a. adversely affect a person’s educational, living, or work environment because of their participation in the reporting, investigation, and/or resolution of a report of a violation of University policy.

b. discourage a person from making a report or participating in an investigation of a policy violation.

Comment: Retaliation is defined as any adverse action or threat taken or made against an individual, including through third parties and/or legal counsel, for making a report of a policy violation or participating in any investigation or proceeding related to any policy. Retaliation includes threatening, intimidating, harassing, or any other conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from seeking services, receiving protective measures and accommodations, and/or reporting policy violations. Retaliation also includes maliciously and purposefully interfering with, threatening, or damaging the academic and/or professional career of another individual before, during, or after the investigation and resolution of a report of a policy violation in response to and/or on account of the report of the policy violation. This provision applies to reports made or information provided in good faith, even if the facts alleged in the report are determined not to be accurate.

XVII. Violation of the terms of any student conduct hearing sanction.



If an instructor believes that a student in his/her course has acted questionably with regard to academic honesty, or fails to meet the academic requirements of the course, including attending the class, the matter should be brought to a Program Director in the School of Professional Studies. A Program Director, after consultation with the instructor, student, and appropriate others (i.e. teaching assistants and/or Resident Advisor, the student, other instructors), will determine if a formal hearing is required. The Dean or Director will interview all concerned individuals and review relevant materials in order to determine whether a violation of the academic code has occurred. If so, the hearing officer will determine the appropriate penalty, which may include: reprimand; probation; loss of credit in the exercise; directed No Credit in the course; or dismissal from the Program.


Students are expected to act responsibly and autonomously at all times, but will be subject to guidance and direction from residential staff. If inappropriate behavior occurs, residential staff will intervene and discourage such actions. Residential staff are responsible for requiring compliance with program policies and procedures. They will bring inappropriate behavior to the attention of the program administration. In a case where a student, in the judgment of the residential staff, fails to meet the established expectations for social and residential conduct, or shows disregard for a member of the residential staff's directives, disciplinary action will be taken.


The disciplinary system is not meant to mirror the legal system. The principles of the School of Professional Studies’ programs and the goals of balancing student education with accountability provide a philosophical foundation distinct from the legal system. Students will receive a charge letter describing the alleged violation. Disciplinary meetings are conducted by a dean or other appropriate staff. In determining whether or not a standard of conduct and/or policy has been violated, a dean or other designated staff member will base his/her determinations on the standard of preponderance of evidence. Parental notification may be an outcome of a disciplinary meeting depending on the seriousness of the incident. In an effort to encourage students to take responsibility for their behavior and use the experience to make good decisions, parents may not be notified of a disciplinary meeting until the outcome has been determined.


a. Academic probation.

b. Loss of credit for an assignment: this penalty only applies in cases where academic dishonesty occurs.

c. Directed no credit: this penalty for academic dishonesty results in a student to receive no credit, grade, or supporting documents for a particular course.

d. Dismissal from the program.

NON-ACADEMIC CONSEQUENCES (May include one or more of the following outcomes not necessarily in this order.)

a. Written warning

b. Probation (until the end of the session)

c. Housing assignment relocation or removal from housing

d. Restitution (for the repair or replacement of property)

e. Dismissal from the program

Note: Students placed on probation are notified in writing that any misconduct while on probation is likely to result in dismissal from the program.

In a case where a single serious violation occurs or where a student endangers the well-being of themselves and/or others, a decision may be made to dismiss the student immediately and without prior probation. This includes serious infractions that occur during the final days of the student’s program. Such violations will result in withdrawal from the program without grades or record or certificate of program participation issued. In cases of serious violations that lead to dismissal, the assistance of Brown University Department of Public Safety may be requested.

Students dismissed from the program, whether for academic or behavioral reasons, are notified in writing. A parent or guardian is notified immediately after the decision of dismissal has been given. Students dismissed from the program are required to notify their parents/guardians to make travel arrangements at the earliest possible time. In cases of Sexual Misconduct, the complainant will be notified of the finding, sanction, and any accompanying terms that impact them.

Students dismissed from the program are responsible for checking out of their room under the supervision of a residential staff member. If a student or parent is not able to pack their belongings, a moving company will be contracted by the University to inventory, pack, and ship the student’s belongings at the student’s own expense. The University is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Students who have been dismissed from any Brown School of Professional Studies program for academic, social, or residential violations will receive no refunds of any deposits or fees. Grades, Course Performance Reports, or Certificates of Completion will not be issued to a student who has been dismissed.


a. Typically within 24 hours of notification of the hearing outcomes, the respondent(s) may appeal in writing the decisions in the case, setting out the reason(s) for the appeal. Appeals shall be submitted to the Dean of the School of Professional Studies or his/her designee.

b. Appeals will normally be considered only when relevant new evidence not available at the time of the hearing is presented, or when a substantial procedural error by the hearing body/officer is demonstrated. Students are typically notified of the outcome of the appeal 48 hours from the time of submission. During the appeal process, the findings are in effect, i.e. a student who is given probation is on probation, or if dismissed, the student will not be allowed to attend class. The final decision of the Dean may not be appealed.


Housing Policies

As a member of the Brown community, students must follow rules and policies for their own well-being and for that of other students. Specific policies apply to aspects of residence life, including curfew, disruptive behavior, quiet hours, visitors and overnight leaves. Residential staff will bring unsafe and/or inappropriate behavior to the attention of the program administration. If a student, in the judgment of the residential staff, fails to meet the established expectations for social and residential conduct, or shows disregard for a member of the residential staff’s directives, disciplinary action will be taken.

Please note that all students, with the exception of commuter students from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, are required to stay in Brown University’s residence halls.

Room Assignments & Changes
Students are randomly assigned to single, double, triple and quad occupancy rooms.  No person may reside in a residence hall room that has not contracted for its use; individuals who are not enrolled in The School of Professional Studies programs may not reside in Brown's residence halls. Students must sleep in the bedroom they are assigned to. Students with documented disabilities should fill out the Disability, Medical and Dietary Request Form.

All students are reminded that, for security and emergency purposes, room changes or swaps are prohibited within the first 24 hours of the official start date of a program. Students may not change their room assignment without authorization from the Residence Director who will determine whether a request can be accommodated.

Note: changing rooms without the approval of the Residence Director is grounds for disciplinary action.

Students are randomly assigned to single, double, triple or quad occupancy rooms or suites so that they can build friendships with new people. We do not honor roommate requests (except for STEM I - SPARK). Students taking the same course together may not be housed in the same residence hall. Students with documented disabilities who need to request an accommodation related to their housing should fill out the Disability, Medical and Dietary Request Form. Please note that the residence halls are not air conditioned and some do not have elevators.

Students who are assigned to double, triple or quad occupancy rooms must respect the rights of their roommates. These rights include, but are not restricted to, the right to privacy and free use of the shared room. Assistance with roommate difficulties should be first sought from the Resident Advisor (RA) in your floor unit. If roommate difficulties are not resolved, students are encouraged to seek assistance from the Office of Residential Life (401) 863-6868.

Students wishing to have overnight guests must obtain the prior written permission of their roommate(s). Please refer to the Visitor & Overnight Guest Policy in this handbook. STEM I - SPARK *and STEM II* students are prohibited from having guests. Parents or guardians must complete the Overnight Leave form.

Students Attending Consecutive Course Sessions
Students enrolled in two consecutive course sessions (e.g. 1-Week session to a 3-Week session) move to a new residence hall at the end of their first session. This is so the students can form bonds and relationships with students who are in their course and on campus for the same duration of time. This has proven to create better communities for students to be most successful.  Students are responsible for moving their belongings. In most cases, the residence halls are located in close proximity to each other. Note: students who are enrolled in consecutive sessions of the same duration (e.g. 3-Week to 3-Week) may stay in their original room assignment, with a new roommate.

Student Rooms & Common Areas
Students are responsible for the condition of their rooms and hallways. They will be held liable, individually or jointly, for damaged or missing University property. Grade reports, course performance reports, or certificates of completion are withheld until any damage charges are paid.

Abandoned or Damaged Property
The University is not responsible for personal property of students. This includes items delivered to the University on your behalf and property in individual rooms. It is strongly urged that all students have personal property insurance to protect from loss or damage due to theft, fire, flood, vandalism and any other hazards. Students are urged to lock doors and windows of their room at all times.

Any belongings left behind during any such period are and remain the sole responsibility of the registered occupant. The University reserves the right to remove unidentified/unclaimed items from all areas in the residence halls.

Students wishing to claim items left behind should contact Facilities Management Services within 48 hours of moving out- (401) 863-7800.

Note: Students who are dismissed from the program are responsible for packing their belongings and returning their key. If a student is not able to pack their belongings before departing from campus, the belongings will be inventoried, packed and shipped by a third party vendor contracted by the University at the student’s own expense. The University is not responsible for lost or damaged property that may occur in packing and shipping.

Lost & Found
The major lost and found locations on campus include:

If you find a lost item on campus, please turn it in to Public Safety at 75 Charlesfield Street.

Items Not Allowed in the Residence Halls
Specifically prohibited from the residence halls are firearms of any type, knives, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, gas operated stoves, motorcycles, vehicles, hot plates, heating appliances, space heaters, air conditioners, torchiere halogen lamps, candles (including tea lights), open flames or any external heating elements and illegal drugs. Refrigerators must not exceed 4 cubic feet, 1.5 amps. Pets are not allowed.

Room Keys
Brown University issues one room key to each resident assigned a room in a Brown residence hall during summer months. Students are expected to be in possession of their room key whenever they leave the room, even if it's "just for a minute."

If you are locked out of your room, contact your Resident Advisor. The following fees will apply:

  • First lock-out: fee waived
  • Second lock-out: $25
  • Third and all subsequent lock-outs: $40 per instance

Students who borrow a key from the key room for a lock-out are expected to return the borrowed key within the same day.  If a borrowed key is not returned to the key room the same day it is signed out, the student will be charged for a lost key and lock change ($100 fee) instead of a lock-out fee.  No waivers are given for lost keys/lock changes.

Report lost or stolen keys to The Key Room in the Office of Residential Life, located on the 3rd Floor of Grad E, 42 Charlesfield Street- 401-863-3502. A fee of $100.00 per key will be charged to your bill for each lost or stolen key. Every effort will be made to change locks within 24 hours of a report that a room key is missing.

Key Return
All student keys are due immediately upon checking out of your room. This is necessary both for reasons of security and to allow us to make the room available for the next resident. Students receive information about where and how to return keys once on campus.  Any key (s) not returned necessitates a lock change and a fee of $100.00 will be charged to your bill.  No waivers are given for lost keys/lock changes.

Lock-Outs, Lost Keys and Lost I.D. Cards
Students are responsible for their room key and I.D. card at all times. Students who lock themselves out of their rooms or who lose keys and access cards pay the following charges:

  • $25 or $40 for a lock-out, based on how many lock-out instances the student has had
  • $100 for each lost key and lock change
  • $20 the first time a card is lost, with increments of an additional $15 for each subsequent loss

Note: students who do not return their room key when they check-out of their room will be charged $100 for a lock change.

If a student has lost their ID Card, they should go to the Brown Card Office, 69 Brown Street- J Walter Wilson 5th Floor Room 511, between 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday.  If a student has lost their ID Card outside of those hours, they should contact their Resident Advisor.

Quiet Hours
Quiet hours are established in the residence halls in order to allow students to study and to sleep undisturbed.
Quiet hours for Pre-college and Summer Session students are:

Quiet hours for STEM II students:

Quiet hours for STEM I - SPARK students:

Note: All other hours are considered “courtesy” hours. Students may study in groups or socialize quietly during quiet hours in the lounges. Violation of quiet hours is disruptive to many individuals living in the residence hall and may result in disciplinary action. Causing excess noise and/or undue disturbance is also prohibited at all times.

Students are required to check-in with their Resident Advisor every evening at the designated curfew time and remain on their floor unit for the evening. The residential staff will place a call to the parents of any student who is more than one minute late for curfew. The Department of Public Safety will be informed after an appropriate interval of time. Repeated and/or serious violations of the curfew could result in dismissal from the program.

Adhering to the curfew policy is the student’s responsibility. While residential staff will take reasonable measures to ensure that students adhere to the curfew, once a student has been verified as being within the residence halls at the designated time, it cannot be guaranteed that the student will not subsequently choose to leave the residence hall area.

Curfew hours for Pre-college and Summer Session students are:

Curfew hours for STEM II students are:

Curfew hours for STEM I - SPARK students are:

Note: students who are delayed in returning to campus by curfew must contact a Resident Advisor by phone. Failure to check-in every night at the designated curfew time and remain on your floor is grounds for disciplinary action and may result in dismissal from the program.

Visitors & Overnight Guests for Pre-college and Summer Session
Visitors are permitted in Brown residence halls provided they do not constitute a problem for roommates and other residents.  Pre-college students may not visit the residence halls of college-age students; nor may they entertain college-age students in pre-college residence halls.

Overnight guests are not allowed during the week, as students are extremely busy with their academic pursuits and extra-curricular activities. Visitors are not permitted to be in the residence hall after the designated curfew time.

*STEM I - SPARK and STEM II students are not allowed to have overnight visitors.

Overnight guests must be the same sex as the host student and only one guest will be allowed per night (Friday and Saturday nights only). To obtain permission to have overnight guests, students must make a request through their Resident Advisor at least two days in advance. A parent must complete the Overnight Leave Form and submit to the Office of Residential Life.  STUDENTS CANNOT submit this form, it must come from the parent directly.  An Overnight Leave Form must be completed and faxed to the Residential Life Office at least 48 hours in advance. It is not intended for students to stay out after curfew. Students who do not have permission to leave campus overnight will be treated as a missing person.

The host’s roommate (s) and Resident Advisor must give permission. Guests may not sleep in lounges or other public areas. Overnight guests may not remain longer than two consecutive nights. The residential staff will determine whether a request for a visitor can be accommodated.

The student host shall be responsible for accompanying their guest at all times and explaining policies to their guest. The student host shall be responsible for any damage caused by their guest. In a case where a guest fails to meet the established expectations for social and residential conduct, the guest may be removed from the residence halls immediately and disciplinary action may be taken on the student host. An unregistered overnight guest will not be permitted in the residence halls.

Note: no guests will be allowed over check-in weekend, the weekend before final exams, and final Friday of the session. Failure to adhere to these policies is grounds for disciplinary action.

Leaving Campus Overnight
Students may not be away from campus overnight without permission. Students who need to be away from campus overnight or on weekends must inform their Resident Advisor and request permission from their parents. An overnight permission form is required for each instance, detailing date and time of departure, destination, expected time of return, and emergency contact information. An Overnight Leave Form must be completed and presented faxed to the Residential Life office 48 hours in advance of departure.

Note: This policy is intended for students who need to return home for a family obligation or visit with a relative in the nearby area. It is not intended for students to stay out after curfew. Students who do not have permission to leave campus overnight will be treated as a missing person.

Visitors & Overnight Guests for STEM I - SPARK
To promote the safety of our SPARK students, visitors (including parents and family members) are not permitted to enter the residence halls when the program is in session without the permission of the SPARK Residence Director.

SPARK is a full two-week residential program.  Students are not allowed to leave the program to visit family or other activities.  In the event of an emergency, special requests will be considered.  It is important for your students continued success that they remain fully immersed in the program.

Solicitation & Commercial Endeavors
Students living in University residence halls may not operate a business out of their rooms. Students may not list their residence hall address or telephone numbers in conjunction with any business enterprise. No firm, agency, organization, or individual shall solicit in a University residence hall at any time.

Activities & Trips for Pre-College and Summer Session
Program sanctioned activities on campus and off-campus trips away from the campus are offered by the Office of The School of Professional Studies to program participants. Program staff attends these events, and students are advised on conduct, arrival and departure time, and of their responsibilities. Failure to abide by such instruction may result in disciplinary action.

Space is limited to popular destinations; however, spaces typically become available on the day of the trip. Students are encouraged to show up 15 minutes prior to departure time. Available space will be given on a first come basis. Students are responsible for meals and admission to sites that they may wish to visit while on excursions and college visits. Smoking is prohibited at program sanctioned activities including outdoor activities on and off-campus.

Matters of Health and Safety

As in college, students have the responsibility for making their own decisions as to how they manage their time and spend their days (except STEM I - SPARK). Note, however, that these decisions can affect a student’s ability to meet both academic and community expectations of the Program. Students should carefully consider the ramifications of their actions and should understand that they will be held accountable for their decisions. Program participants must comply with the rules of the program or be subject to disciplinary action. Residence Life staff will intervene in cases where a student’s behavior could be detrimental to his or her academic success. 

Residence hall rooms need to be locked when not occupied. Residence hall entrances remain locked at all times. Students are urged not to bring valuables to campus. Students are strongly encouraged to walk in groups and always let someone know where they are going. A student should not leave the residence hall area alone after dark.  Personal and community safety precautions are reviewed thoroughly at orientation and the first floor unit meeting.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the Department of Public Safety is required to publish an annual security report which includes statistics mandated by the Clery Act.  You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting Public Safety at 401-863-3103 or accessing the following web site:

Personal Health
Care for personal health is critical. Poor hygiene, nutritional and sleeping habits lead to academic and social difficulties and illnesses. Should a student exhibit behavior which causes the program staff to have a concern for the student’s health, that student may be required to see a health care professional for a consultation at Brown University's Health Services or Counseling and Psychological Services on campus, or an appropriate non-Brown affiliated clinic off-campus. If a medical care professional judges a student’s health to be at risk or to pose risk to other students, the student may be asked to leave the program. Additionally, Counseling and Psychological Services clinicians will respond to acute mental health needs and make a determination if a student is psychologically stable to remain in the program. 

Health Insurance Coverage
You must show proof of health insurance coverage with a US carrier. If proof is not listed, you will automatically be enrolled in Brown’s student health insurance plan for a $60 fee for the length of your program. This plan has limited coverage.

There is no smoking in Brown University buildings including residence halls or within 35 feet from the entrance to any University building. Smoking is prohibited at program sanctioned events including outdoor events. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in disciplinary action including notification of the student’s parent/legal guardian.

Fire Safety
Fire safety regulations must be followed. When a fire alarm sounds, you must evacuate the building immediately. Tampering with fire equipment, including fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and alarm boxes, is a violation of law and carries a fine of up to $1,000. Complete fire safety regulations are posted in the residence halls and are reviewed during meetings with residential staff.

Proper attire for laboratory-based classes
Students completing course work in laboratories should keep in mind there are established practices for lab attire. Closed toed shoes or sneakers and long pants are required in laboratories. Sandals, shorts, skirts or tank tops may NOT be worn in laboratories.

Pets and other animals are not allowed in residence halls and should not be brought to campus.

Motor Vehicles
The operation of motor vehicles by residential students is prohibited. Commuter students may only use motor vehicles for transportation to and from Brown. Students who must commute to campus by car are required to purchase a parking permit from the Transportation Office. The Transportation Office is located at J. Walter Wilson (JWW) Hall. Students are not permitted to transport other students in their motor vehicles. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding the use of automobiles, please call us at 401-863-7900.

Windows & Balconies
Sitting on window ledges, balconies or roofs and dropping or throwing objects out of windows is prohibited. Failure to adhere to this policy is grounds for disciplinary action.

Air Conditioners Are Not Permitted
If you need to bring an air conditioner for medical reasons, you must complete the Disability, Medical and Dietary Request Form. A staff member of Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) office will contact you for additional medical documentation to determine if you are eligible for this accommodation.

Computing Facilities & Internet Access

As part of the services available through Brown's access to the Internet, the University provides access to a large number of conferences, lists and bulletin boards. Some of these lists and conferences may contain material which individuals find objectionable, including comments that are profane, obscene, racist, sexist or otherwise offensive.

Brown University takes no responsibility for the content of these entries, and has consciously decided not to censor any of these postings entered by individuals. Please be aware of the potentially offensive material found in these archives and use the system with the recognition that Brown neither assumes responsibility for, nor endorses, any of the content found within.

Brown has its own standards of behavior for users of its computing facilities and services, including the use of those systems that are used to enter postings.  All users of Brown's computing resources are expected to abide by the guidelines outlined in the document "Using Computer Resources at Brown," which students receive at Orientation.  Brown does not monitor Internet activity in any way. Students will have access to all on-line materials. However, printers located in the computing facilities may be used for course assignments only.

Libraries, Athletics, Food Services and other facilities.
Students must follow the guidelines provided by each University service facility. Disregard for facilities policies, misuse of facilities, or dangerous or offensive behavior in any University department will be grounds for disciplinary action, including the loss of facilities' use privileges.

Identification Cards
Each student is issued a Brown University identification (ID) card that is the property of the University. This card opens the exterior door of the residence hall and provides access to the computing center, libraries, dining hall and athletic center. Lost cards should be reported immediately to a member of the residential staff. There is a replacement charge for lost cards. University employees have been instructed to confiscate any invalid ID card; therefore a student should use only his or her card and never lend the card to another student.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Brown University offers equal educational opportunities and reasonable accommodations for the needs of qualified students with disabilities. Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, reinforced by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, maintains that no qualified individual with disabilities shall, solely on the basis of their disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity in higher education. This statement is for your general information only, it is not intended to constitute University policy or regulations, or an agreement on the part of the University or a contract to offer to enter into a contract between any student and the University, and is subject to change at any time without notice.

Brown University offers a range of services and accommodations to assist students with disabilities. Upon acceptance into the program, students seeking assistance should submit a Disability, Medical and Dietary Request Form to begin the registration process. Along with this form, students may need to submit complete documentation. Please reference the SEAS guidelines for documenting a disability.

If additional documentation is needed, a representative of the Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) will contact the student. We recommend that students contact us well in advance of their arrival on campus to allow sufficient time for accommodations to be arranged. All inquiries regarding accommodations, services, and what assistance, if any, is available, and responsibility for financing the same, should be directed to SEAS. Students must contact us well in advance of their arrival on campus to allow sufficient time for accommodations to be arranged.