Student Rights and Responsibilities
The exercise of responsibility is an important part of the development of the full potential of the student as an individual and a citizen. The student's awareness of the extent of rights and responsibilities is necessary to the exercise of responsibilities within the University community.
All University services shall be available to students regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran status.
The University is responsible for the handling of student records in accordance with the Family Rights and Privacy Act.
The student has freedom of research, of legitimate classroom discussion, and of the advocacy of alternative options to those presented in the classroom.
The student will be evaluated on knowledge and academic performance for purposes of granting academic credit and not on personal or political beliefs.
Students will be informed of all rules, rates, and regulations in contractual agreements or policy statements issued by the University.
Students residing in University residence halls will be secure in their possessions and against invasion of privacy or unreasonable search and seizure.
Students will be free from censorship in any publication and dissemination of their views as long as these are not misrepresented.
Student publications are free from any official action controlling editorial policy.
Students are free to form, join, and participate in any group for intellectual, religious, social, economic, political, or cultural projects in accordance with published University criteria.
Students are free individually or collectively to engage in off-campus activities, exercising their rights as citizens of the community, state, or nation, provided they do not purport to represent the University.
Students are free to use campus facilities for meetings of student-chartered campus organizations, subject to uniform regulations as to time, place, and manner governing the facility.
Students may invite and hear speakers of their choice on subjects of their choice and approval will not be withheld by University officers for the purpose of censorship.
Students will have their views and welfare considered in the formation of University policy, and will be consulted by or represented on University committees which affect students as members of the University community.
Students are free to assemble, to demonstrate, to communicate, and to protest, recognizing that freedom requires order, discipline, and responsibility, and further recognizing the right of all faculty and students to pursue their legitimate goals without interference. Students will not be exempt from academic or disciplinary action involving cases of academic failure of violation of published student or University rules or regulations. In addition, students should be aware they are subject to local, state, and federal statutes.
A student is free to present on campus to attend classes pending action on criminal or civil charges except for reasons relating to his/her physical or emotional safety and well-being or for reasons relating to the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, or University property.
It is recognized that all members of the community have the responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner which does not violate the rights and freedoms of others and the responsibility to recognize the principles within this statement.