Student Rights and Responsibilities

  1. Students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.
  2. The freedom to teach and the freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom: students will exercise their freedom in a responsible manner.
  3. The College has a duty to develop policies and procedures which provide and safeguard the students’ freedom to learn.
  4. Under no circumstances will a student be barred from admission to a particular institution on the basis of their race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, sex, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, marital or family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, source of income, or any other protected class recognized by state or federal law in the College’s programs, activities, employment and admission.
  5. Students are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.
  6. Students have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation, but they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.
  7. Information about student views, beliefs, political ideation, or sexual orientation which instructors acquire in the course of their work or otherwise will be considered confidential and not released without the knowledge or consent of the student, or used as a basis of evaluation
  8. The student has the right to have a responsible voice in the determination of his/her curriculum.
  9. The College will have a carefully considered policy as to the information that will be a part of a student’s permanent educational record and as to the conditions of this disclosure.
  10. Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them, and to express opinions.
  11. Students are allowed to invite and to hear any person of their own choosing within the institution’s acceptable realm, thereby taking the responsibility of furthering their education.
  12. The student body has a clearly defined means to participate in the formulation and application of institutional policy affecting academic and student affairs, e.g., through Student Government Association or representation on faculty committees.
  13. The College has an obligation to clarify those standards of behavior that it considers essential to its educational mission, its community life, or its objectives and philosophy. 
  14. Disciplinary proceedings will be instituted only for violations of standards of conduct that have been formulated with significant student participation and published in advance through such means as a student handbook or a generally available set of institutional regulations. It is the responsibility of the student to know these regulations. An appeal procedure will be available for every student.
  15. As citizens and members of an academic community, students are subject to the obligations that accrue to them by virtue of this membership and are entitled to the same freedoms of citizenship.
  16. Students have the right to belong or refuse to belong to any organization of their choice. 
  17. Students have the right to personal privacy to the extent that the welfare and property of others are respected. 
  18. Adequate safety precautions will be provided by the College; for example, adequate street lighting, locks, and other safety measures deemed necessary given the environment.
  19. Dress code will be established with student input in conjunction with the College, so the highest professional standards are maintained, but also taking into consideration points of comfort and practicality for the student.
  20. Grading systems will be carefully reviewed periodically for clarification and better student-faculty understanding.
  21. Students will have a clear mechanism for input into the evaluation of faculty.