Student Rights & Responsibilities
It is expected that all members of the campus community will strive to foster academic excellence and integrity, both in and out of the classroom. Within this community, students are entitled to certain rights and are expected to uphold certain responsibilities.
Official university policies and procedures can be viewed through the links on this page.
Specifically, students have the right to:
- Participate in the institution’s activities without being discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
- Participate in the formulation of policies and regulations directly affecting students through membership on appropriate committees as determined by the appropriate institutional authority.
- Pursue educational, recreational, social, cultural, and residential activities in an atmosphere that challenges and promotes intellectual and personal growth.
- Receive fair and impartial academic evaluations.
- Access faculty, student services, administrative offices and facilities available on campus.
- Receive accurate information regarding academic policies, graduation requirements, and individual course objectives and requirements.
- Protection of confidential personal and academic records that are maintained in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and Administrative Rules.
- Fair and impartial treatment in all instances of general discipline and academic discipline, as well as other rights pursuant to due process.
- Freedom of Speech – the institution recognizes the rights for students to engage in discussion, to exchange thought and opinion, and to speak, write, or publish freely on any subject, in accordance with the guarantees of Federal or State constitutions. Students are free to organize and join associations to promote interests held in common with other students without the interference of the institution, and to engage in peaceful and orderly protest, demonstration, and picketing on institution-owned property provided such behavior does not infringe on the rights of others and does not disrupt functions of the institution.
- A campus environment characterized by safety and order.
Specifically, students have the following responsibilities:
- Active participation in the learning process by attending class (in its entirety) on a regular basis. Active participants in the process of education ask questions, seek and use resources, and read and respond to communication.
- Become knowledgeable of academic requirements and expectations.
- Practice civility in class. Maintain conduct that contributes to a learning atmosphere in which the rights, dignity, and worth of every individual in the University community are respected.
- Respect the rights of others to hold various points of view, and resolve conflicts, disputes, and differences through participation and thoughtful discussion.
- Balance responsibilities and obligations to family and work with responsibilities for the quality of education, particularly in the area of time management.
- Follow institutional procedures, including notifying the institution of all changes in name, address, telephone number, and email address.
- Be aware of and follow Student Conduct Code and other institutional policies, including the academic integrity policy assumed by the Academic Integrity Procedures, and the acceptable use policies for the campus network.
- Hold one another accountable for behavior, taking responsibility for one’s own behavior and that of guests.
- Maintain physical and emotional health – seeking appropriate assistance when necessary – so that students’ lives are not in danger and students can be effective learners.
- Approach this educational opportunity with an open mind and a positive attitude, recognizing all community members have much to learn.
- Accept access to many resources, including libraries, computers, recreational facilities, classrooms, residence halls, faculty, and staff, while taking responsibility to treat all campus resources – people and property alike – with respect and integrity.
- Comply with institutional rules and regulations, and local, state, and federal laws.
- Be knowledgeable of how lifestyle choices affect academic success and personal growth.
- Be positive contributors to the institution and their local and surrounding communities.