Section IV. Statement of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Behavior

The university has promulgated various policies, regulations, and statements of purpose deemed necessary to ensure order, protect individual freedom in the campus community, and preserve the integrity of the institution and its educational environment.

Through matriculation at the university, a student neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. It is assumed when a student enters the university he or she has a serious educational purpose and that the student values rights and freedoms for himself or herself and respects the rights and freedoms of others.

To create greater awareness among students and for convenience and information to students, a number of basic policies have been compiled into a Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Behavior. While most, but not necessarily all policies pertaining to students’ rights and responsibilities are included herein, students are urged to become familiar with all university publications. In addition to the obligation to obey federal, state, and local laws, a student is subject to the Code and other university regulations and policies.

Students are held to be informed of the Code which is available at the Donaghey Student Center Information Center, Office of Campus Life, the Office of the Dean of Students, SGA Office, and the Disability Resource Center.

General Regulations for Student Activities

Student Rights

Each student is entitled to essential rights central to all institutions of higher education which are held to include the right:

  1. To expect an education of the highest quality.
  2. To develop his or her potential to the best of his or her abilities.
  3. To inquire, discuss, listen, and evaluate.
  4. To express views relevant to the subject matter in the classroom and laboratory subject to the responsibilities of the instructor to maintain order and present and explain the subject matter of the course.
  5. To be free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
  6. To receive a copy of publications which contain university behavioral standards.
  7. Of freedom of speech and assembly subject to requirements for the maintenance of order and the protection of the rights of others.
  8. To be interviewed on campus by any firm, agency, corporation, organization, or prospective employer desiring to recruit at the university whose qualifications for employment are met by the student.
  9. Of privacy including freedom from unreasonable and unauthorized search of person, personal property, or assigned rooms in university apartments or housing space.
  10. Of confidentiality of official records, transcripts, and disciplinary records.
  11. To fair hearings and to petition for appeals when disciplinary sanctions are applied.
  12. To confidentiality of personal views, beliefs, and political associations acquired by administrators, instructors, counselors, advisors, and officials of the university in the course of their work.
  13. To express opinions and communicate ideas by publishing and distributing written materials, whether such publications be official or otherwise, subject only to federal, state, and local laws, and university regulations and policies.