EXPLO Boston | Rules and Standards Handbook

EXPLO Boston RULES + STANDARDS

INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS: p 1 INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS: p 2 STUDENT RULES AND STANDARDS: p 3-11

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INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS

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EXPLO IDS

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CLASSROOM SPACE

DAMAGE TO SCHOOL FACILITIES

PROGRAM ATTENDANCE INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

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RESPECT FOR ROOMMATES RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE

RIGHT OF ENTRY ROOM SEARCH

ROOM INSPECTIONS

VISITING OTHER STUDENTS

QUIET HOURS STUDENT RULES + STANDARDS

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NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS

MAJOR RULES

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OTHER RULE INFRACTIONS

FINAL DAYS’ RULE

EXPLO COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS

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DISCIPLINARY STATUS + FUTURE ENROLLMENT

STATE + FEDERAL REGULATIONS EXPLO’S POLICY ON LANGUAGE USE

LEAVING THE PROGRAMWITHOUT PERMISSION

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3.10 SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS 3.11 STATEMENT ABOUT THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

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3.12 STUDENT DRESS CODE 3.13 BUS RULES 3.14 INCLEMENT WEATHER

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CONTACTING EXPLO BOSTON EXPLO Norwood Office (until June 24, 2020): 781.762.7400 EXPLO Boston Office (June 24 - August 8, 2020): 508.286.5868 EXPLO Boston Fax (June 24 - August 8, 2020): 781.996.3139

SUMMER ADDRESS The following is our summer address: EXPLO Boston Wheaton College

26 East Main Street Norton, MA 02766

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WELCOME!

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

This Handbook explains and clarifies the philosophies, experiences, and best practices that guide us in creating a community that lifts us towards our goals of learning and sharing. All communities have rules and policies that keep its members safe and allow them to pursue those things that make them happy and thrive — so it is here at EXPLO. While members of the EXPLO community come from many backgrounds, we have found that the vast majority of parents, guardians, and students agree on many basic principles. For example, we agree that our students should not steal, or lie, or destroy others’ property, or use illegal and harmful substances. We agree that we should not show disrespect for others based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, physical abilities, gender or gender identity. Other rules speak to the need to respect privacy and remind us that our public behavior should not make others uncomfortable. As we say elsewhere in our literature, EXPLO not only forms a relationship with our students, but also with the parents/guardians of our students. Since the enclosed rules and policies are the standards to which we will hold students, parents/guardians, and ourselves, it is important that students and parents/guardians read this Rules + Standards Handbook carefully — perhaps together — and resolve any questions before the Program begins. Please call us if we can help clarify any rule or policy. We look forward to having not only an exciting Program filled with fun and learning, but also a safe Program, where we respect the differences that make us individuals and find the common ground that makes us a community. Thank you in advance for helping to make that possible.

David Torcoletti Head of Programs EXPLO Boston

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INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS

1.1 EXPLO IDS EXPLO IDs (issued at registration) must be worn at all times except while swimming, playing sports, sleeping, and showering. Lost IDs will be replaced for a fee of $5 to be withdrawn from the student’s Trips + Sundries account. 1.2 CLASSROOM SPACE Students are expected to move quietly in and near classroom buildings. Running, shouting, and playing music are not permitted in classroom buildings. 1.3 DAMAGE TO SCHOOL FACILITIES Students are expected to treat Wheaton and EXPLO facilities and equipment with respect. If facilities or equipment are damaged beyond regular wear and tear, students may get charged for such damage. 1.4 PROGRAM ATTENDANCE Please make sure your child will be able to attend the entire session. EXPLO has an overall curricular plan that includes courses, activities, electives, and trips, as well as residential and day student life. Since each session of the Program is only two or three weeks long, it is not appropriate for a child to miss whole days, or part of each day at the Program, whether at the beginning, middle, or end of each session. If family vacations or other obligations mean a child will miss more than two days, the child will not be allowed to register. If a student does miss more than two days for non- illness related reasons, the child will not be allowed to register for any EXPLO Program in subsequent summers. Depending on timing and whether the student can be replaced, there may not be a refund granted.

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INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS 2.1 RESPECT FOR ROOMMATES Most students will have never lived with a roommate before attending EXPLO. Compromise is key. Although students spend very little time in their rooms alone with a roommate, respecting each other’s rights, possessions, and space is essential. 2.2 RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE Damage incurred during the Program will be subtracted from the student’s damage deposit. Parents/guardians will be billed for any amount exceeding the damage deposit. 2.3 RIGHT OF ENTRY If necessary, we will enter student rooms for health, safety, and maintenance reasons, and to assure that use of the room is within the Program’s and Wheaton College’s regulations. 2.4 ROOM SEARCH EXPLO will conduct a room search for health or safety reasons, and/or if there is reasonable belief that there may be drugs, alcohol, or stolen property, or that a student is in possession of any materials that are in violation of EXPLO’s Rules + Standards. In the interest of security and safety, EXPLO reserves the right to search a room without the student or students being present. 2.5 ROOM INSPECTIONS For health and safety reasons, regular room inspections will be undertaken in the presence of students. 2.6 VISITING OTHER STUDENTS Students may not enter another person’s room without that person’s permission. 2.7 QUIET HOURS Quiet hours are 9:00 p.m.– 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

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STUDENT RULES + STANDARDS

All members of the EXPLO community are expected to follow the Program’s rules and procedures and treat others with honesty and respect. For the safety of all community members and the harmony of the Program, students and parents/guardians should understand and commit to the following Rules + Standards. The Program makes every effort to address student life issues in a proactive manner; we deal with disciplinary issues fairly, consistently, and as quickly as possible. The staff and administration handle each case individually, keeping in mind the circumstances of the violation as well as the best interests of the larger community. Although consistency is desirable, it will not always be the governing principle in settling disciplinary issues. Disciplinary action will be taken when there is a preponderance of evidence that a rule or standard of the Program has been violated. Our Program strives to keep parents/guardians informed of their child’s disciplinary process. 3.1 NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS EXPLO not only forms a relationship with the students who attend the Program, but also with their parents/guardians. Our experience has shown that our students are best served when parents/guardians and the Program have a positive and open working relationship. For the Program to be most effective for our students, parents/guardians must be able to support our policies and procedures. EXPLO reserves the right to dismiss a currently enrolled student if the student’s parents/guardians are not cooperative and/or compliant with EXPLO policies and procedures. In addition, EXPLO reserves the right in subsequent summers to deny enrollment for similar reasons. EXPLO also reserves the right to dismiss a student if parents/ guardians have misled the Program about their child’s history, including, but not limited to, behavior, physical and emotional health, and/or school experience.

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3.2 MAJOR RULES A student who violates a Major Rule can expect to be dismissed. Please note that if a student is knowingly and willingly in the presence of a Major Rule violation, it is as if they are breaking the rule themselves. When a student is dismissed, parents/guardians must make arrangements for the student to be taken home immediately and at the parents/guardians’ expense. Claims for partial tuition reimbursement may be made through EXPLO’s tuition insurance program in the event of any early departures, including withdrawals and dismissals. In addition to the examples cited below, behaviors, whether on- or off-campus, that are deemed by the Program to jeopardize the welfare of the community or bring the name of the Program into disrepute are considered Major Rule violations. 1. Students are expected to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. Therefore, lying, cheating, and deceitful behavior (falsification of permissions, absences without appropriate permissions, forgery, telephone fraud, computer violations, etc.) are violations of the Program’s standards. 2. Students are expected to act with respect for the well-being and rights of others. Behavior that is deemed to be injurious to the Program, individual students, or the larger campus community is unacceptable. Therefore, impinging on the rights of others through harassment and/or hazing is a breach of such standards. Such behaviors include, but are not limited to: sexual assault or harassment; physical or verbal assault or threats (including those based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity); behaviors intended to intimidate or humiliate others, or those that may cause emotional distress or physical harm; cyberbullying; and/or other harassing, intimidating, or threatening behavior or language. 3. Students are expected to respect both community property and the property of others. Theft, the possession or use of stolen property, or the deliberate destruction or abuse of personal or community property are violations of this standard. 4. In order to respect each other's privacy, students must adhere to the Program policies governing single-gender or gender-inclusive spaces within the residence halls. It is a violation for students living in single-gender halls to be in the entryway, hallway, room, or any part of a residential space of a student of another gender or be with a student of another gender in any residential space. Students living in gender-inclusive housing will adhere to the guidelines around respect and privacy posted in their spaces.

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5. For reasons of safety, a student may not give away or sell their EXPLO ID, lanyard, keys, key card, prox card or anything else that would identify a person as an EXPLO student or grant access to campus rooms or facilities. 6. Students are expected to maintain a safe environment. Examples of violations of this standard are: possessing or using fireworks, firearms, or other dangerous weapons, items, or substances (including pocket knives); using the fire extinguishers or setting off fire alarms (except in an actual emergency); and engaging in other behaviors the Program deems dangerous. Because a possible fire exposes so many EXPLO community members to extreme danger, the burning of anything or the use of an open flame indoors (candles, matches, lighters, incense, tobacco products, etc.) is a violation of this standard. 7. For reasons of safety and accountability, the Program has stated policies regarding where students can be throughout the day and evening and all students are expected to uphold any policy concerning their whereabouts. For example, students who are outside of their Advisor Group area after final evening check-in would be in violation of this policy. Furthermore, any student who leaves the designated Program boundaries, either on campus or on a trip, would also be in violation of this policy. 8. Students are expected to abide by the rules of the Program as well as the public laws governing the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. Therefore, it is not acceptable to: possess, use, distribute, provide, or cause to be brought on campus any illegal drug, controlled substance, tobacco product, anabolic steroid, alcohol, or any related paraphernalia (including tobacco, marijuana or hashish pipes or papers, e-cigarettes, and alcohol containers); misuse prescription or over-the-counter medications or chemical substances; or return to the Program showing evidence of having been smoking, drinking, or using illegal drugs. Students who knowingly remain in the presence of a tobacco, drug, or alcohol violation are themselves in violation of this policy. 9. Students are expected to be positive and cooperative in all of their dealings with the Program. If a student repeatedly breaks Program rules, does not abide by the written or verbal directives of the Program, or does not follow Program procedures, they can expect to be dismissed for the accumulation of such incidents.

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3.3 OTHER RULE INFRACTIONS Failure to abide by other Program rules makes a student liable to be placed on probation. Probationary violations include: Unexcused absences from any required events (for example, check-ins, courses, trips, etc.). Inappropriate physical contact (touching, public displays of affection, tripping, pushing, etc.). Bringing in, or being with, an unauthorized person, on or off campus at any time. Inappropriate use of technology such as downloading or receiving suggestive or explicit content or illegally procured “bootleg” content on computers, tablets, mobile phones, or other smart devices. Being in unauthorized areas such as fire escapes (except in emergencies), balconies, roofs, and ledges. Hitchhiking or use of transportation other than that provided with permission of the student’s family and EXPLO. Failing to follow Program rules, refusing to comply with reasonable staff requests, and/or showing an uncooperative and harmful attitude. If the Program deems any of these infractions to be egregious, or if there are multiple infractions of these rules, dismissal can result. 3.4 FINAL DAYS’ RULE During the final four days of the Program, any violation of any Program rule can result in immediate dismissal. It is important to maintain an atmosphere that is orderly and safe in the final days, and we do not want to encourage students to take behavioral risks that would result in leaving prematurely, missing the culmination of the Program, and causing them to be ineligible to return to EXPLO the following summer. The misuse of, or damage to, personal or community property.

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3.5 EXPLO COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS While students are expected to be familiar with and follow the Rules + Standards listed here, we also invite students to participate in creating a culture of community in their classes and Advisor Groups when they arrive at the Program. A strong community is formed when its members share clear expectations of how its values will be embodied throughout the experience. Once on campus, we ask students to consider the following EXPLO Community Expectations: Be Kind. Respect people, property, places, and yourself. Be Safe. Maintain a safe environment for yourself and others. Be True. Conduct yourself with honesty and integrity. Be Curious. Explore the world of people and ideas. Instructors and Advisors will guide students through a developmentally- appropriate discussion about the EXPLO Community Expectations and how students can take ownership for their own contributions and hold each other accountable as members of the community.

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3.6 DISCIPLINARY STATUS + FUTURE ENROLLMENT If a student has been placed on probation they should expect that this status can affect whether they will be allowed to return to any of the Programs in subsequent summers and will necessitate a conversation with the Head of the Program to discuss whether returning is appropriate. If a student is dismissed from the Program, they will not be allowed to enroll in subsequent summers. 3.7 STATE + FEDERAL REGULATIONS While the guidelines described reflect EXPLO’s own philosophy and mechanisms for dealing with breaches of our Rules + Standards, we are also obligated to adhere to all applicable state and federal statutes. Thus, should we become aware of certain types of incidents — such as abuse (current or in the past), illegal sexual behavior, hazing, and some forms of harassment — we are required to report them to outside authorities, including the local police and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family Services. 3.8 EXPLO’S POLICY ON LANGUAGE USE EXPLO recognizes the power of language to impact the tone, quality of interpersonal interaction, and feelings of safety in our community. As a result, the use of profanity, obscene language, or disparaging language and remarks that demean, attack, or threaten someone is prohibited at EXPLO. This includes remarks based on race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious practice or belief, and physical or mental ability. Violations of this policy will be addressed, with emphasis placed on educating students about the detrimental effects of such usage on our community and the hurtful consequences for the receiver. As noted above, disciplinary response may also be a consequence of such violations.

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3.9 LEAVING THE PROGRAMWITHOUT PERMISSION Parents/guardians should understand that if a student leaves the Program without using the established sign-out procedures, essentially “running away,” that student will no longer be able to participate in the Program. EXPLO cannot guarantee the safety of a student who is not compliant with our whereabouts rules, and will not take responsibility for a student once they have left the Program in an unauthorized fashion. 3.10 SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS Eating disorders, cutting, burning, suicidal gestures, and other similar behaviors are profound and potentially life-threatening. These types of behaviors require the treatment and attention of specialists. EXPLO is not able to provide such specialized treatment for these behaviors. Therefore, if a student engages in any of these types of behaviors during the Program, they must go home to ensure their safety and the well-being of others. If a student has exhibited these types of behaviors before the start of the Program, EXPLO will need to consult with the student’s treating physician or mental health professional regarding the student’s ability to participate in the Program without harm to themselves or others. This consultation will be considered as a recommendation only, as EXPLO reserves the right to decide whether Program attendance is in the best interests of the student and/or the Program. EXPLO may also insist on a contract that will specify behavior and permit EXPLO to monitor the student’s compliance.

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3.11 STATEMENT ABOUT THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY Student use of telephones and computers is subject to all Rules + Standards governing student behavior. Behavior that is in any way disrespectful, harmful, or deemed inappropriate will not be tolerated. Parents/guardians should be advised that the Program cannot assume responsibility for monitoring all student activity on the Internet, and that some sites may contain material that is pornographic, discriminatory, violent, or otherwise objectionable. Any student found to be accessing, downloading, or distributing such material will be violating standards for student behavior at the Program and will be subject to disciplinary action. Students should be careful not to give out personal information over the Internet, such as dorm location or phone number, to people whom they do not know. The use and possession of cell phones, video players, video games, and laptop computers is not allowed because of their tendency to inhibit engagement with the community. Students found to be in possession of one of these items will be issued a Dean’s Warning, while the item in question will be confiscated. 3.12 STUDENT DRESS CODE While dress is generally informal, the Program has community standards to ensure that appropriate student dress provides a comfortable environment for all. These expectations will be made explicit to students at the Program, and we reserve the right to address breaches of our dress code. Dress code guidelines include, but are not limited to the following: No clothing that is too revealing (for example, tops that allow exposure of the belly button or loose clothing that allows exposure of undergarments). No clothing with offensive wording, logos, designs, etc., including those containing alcohol and drug references. EXPLO Boston does not allow flip-flops as regular footwear. Sandals must secure the toes and the heel for daily classes and activities. Flip-flop sandals may be used for showering or pool activities. Closed-toe shoes are required for sports activities.

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3.13 BUS RULES Since many EXPLO Boston students will be riding buses, it is important that all students be familiar with EXPLO’s bus rules: 1. Students must follow the bus driver’s instructions and show courtesy to the driver and other students and staff. 2. Students must keep arms, feet, head, and shoulders inside the bus and may not throw objects out of the bus windows. Students may not yell, scream, or play loud music inside the bus, nor out the windows of the bus. 3. At times, a faculty member or bus driver may have to assign seats and students are expected to cooperate regarding these assignments. Once a student is in their seat, they must stay in it until the bus comes to its destination. Students may not walk around while the bus is moving. 4. Students must help keep the bus clean. This includes removing one’s own trash and anything else left behind by other students. 5. All other EXPLO rules are in effect while students are riding EXPLO buses. 3.14 INCLEMENT WEATHER In the case of inclement weather, for the safety of all members of the community, it is expected for students to follow all directions issued by EXPLO faculty. In the event of severe weather, students will be required to remain indoors (this includes academic facilities, dining halls and dormitories) until they receive further notification from EXPLO faculty. In the event of inclement weather during car pick-up or drop-off, families may be asked to wait until the storm has passed or redirected to an alternate location on campus that ensures the safety of students, staff and families participating in the process.

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