The fundamental purpose of an academic community is the preservation and advancement of learning and the pursuit of truth in an atmosphere of freedom and mutual respect in which the intellectual freedoms of teachings, learning, expression, research, and debate are guaranteed. The purpose of this Bill of Rights is to enumerate the essential provisions for student opportunity to learn and develop. In exercising these rights, however, students must bear the responsibility to act in accordance with local, state, and national laws, and University rules.
1.01 Right to Information
The student has the right to current, accurate, and plainly stated information which enables the student to understand clearly:
a. The general qualifications for establishing and maintaining acceptable academic standing.
b. The graduation requirements for the student’s particular curriculum & major.
c. The course objectives, requirements and grading policies, set by individual instructors for their course.
d. Research requirements and current research opportunities in the student’s academic department.
e. The qualifications for establishing and maintaining eligibility for participation in co-curricular activities.
f. Any disciplinary action which may be initiated by the University against the student, including:
1. The specific charge or charges.
2. The student’s rights with respect to the charges.
3. Hearing procedures.
4. The student’s right to appeal.
1.02 Freedom from retroactive graduation requirements
Changes in graduation requirements which would delay completion of a continuing student’s programs or impose a hardship on that student shall not be applied retroactively. This article shall not apply to professional certification or other requirements imposed from outside the University.
1.03 Right to protection of privacy
A student’s education record or other personally identifiable information, except directory information, shall not be disseminated outside the University without the student’s consent except under legal compulsion. Within the University, the use of the student’s education records or other personally identifiable information shall be limited to providing student services (in accordance with applicable state and federal law). Disciplinary records of a student other than those required to support encumbrances of the academic transcript and/or registration shall be destroyed within five years after the student’s separation from the University.
1.04 Freedom to academic dissent
The student shall be free to discuss and express any view relevant to subject matter presented by an instructor. However, in exercising this freedom, the student shall not interfere with the academic process of the class.
1.05 Right to fair evaluation and academic appeal
The student’s course grade and evaluation shall be based upon academic performance related to course objectives and requirements. The students have the right to discuss and review their academic performance with their instructors. Any student who is convinced that his/her course grade has been based upon matters not related to academic performance or course objectives has the right to appeal through the Campus grade appeals system.
1.06 Freedom to inquire, to publish, to exchange findings
Within the limitations generally accepted for proprietary and collaborative work, and those imposed by the relevant standards of academic honesty, the student has the right to freedom of inquiry, to excha nge findings and recommendations, and consistent with applicable University regulations, to publish. No publication by a student shall imply University endorsement.