Student Rights and Responsibilities

A. Student Rights

Some personal freedoms and rights of students include, but are not limited to:

  1. A right to pursue an education free from discrimination based upon sex, race, color, cultural background, national origin, religion, political creed, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, disability or age.
  2. A right to fair and impartial academic evaluation.
  3. A right to be free from involuntary disclosure of private information that professors or administrators acquire in the course of their work as advisors, examples include information regarding their gender identity, sexual orientation, health information, personal views, beliefs and political associations.
  4. A right to have the university maintain and protect the private status of all educational records except as directed by appropriate legal authority.
  5. Students, through student representatives, may have a right to participate in formulating and evaluating institutional policies.
  6. A right to organize and join associations to promote interests held in common with others.
  7. A right to peaceful protest on university premises. These protests may not interfere with entrance to and exit from campus facilities, unreasonably disrupt the educational process or damage property.
  8. A right to invite to the campus and hear any persons, or to view films or other media of their own choosing, subject to university requirements regarding reasonable time, place and manner for the use of its facilities.
  9. A right to be interviewed on campus by any graduate or professional school or employer desiring to recruit at the university, subject to the Non-Discrimination Policy and requirements for the use of university facilities.
  10.  A press free of any censorship, subject to state, local, and federal laws and university policies.
  11. A right to an environment conducive to intellectual freedom and a campus characterized by safety and order.
  12. A right to a private and fundamentally fair conduct process, as described in the Conduct Procedures.

B. Student ResponsibilitiesEach student has the responsibility:

Each student has the responsibility:

  1. To act in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights or property of others.
  2. To maintain an atmosphere that promotes respect for learning and human dignity.
  3. To know and comply with the Code of Student Conduct, other university policies, and applicable laws.
  4. To facilitate the learning environment and the process of learning, including attending class regularly, completing class assignments, and coming to class prepared.
  5. To recognize that student actions reflect upon the individuals involved as well as upon the entire university community.
  6. To recognize the university’s obligation to provide an environment conducive for learning and academic inquiry.
  7. To uphold and maintain academic and professional honesty and integrity and to adhere to the academic requirements determined by individual instructors.
  8. To serve as a responsive bystander, reporting safety concerns and violations of the Code.