Student Bill of Rights

1.00  Preamble

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:

  1. The general qualifications for establishing and maintaining acceptable academic standing.
  2. The graduation requirements for the student’s particular curriculum & major.
  3. The course objectives, requirements and grading policies, set by individual instructors for their course.
  4. Research requirements and current research opportunities in the student’s academic department.
  5. The qualifications for establishing and maintaining eligibility for participation in co-curricular activities.
  6. Any disciplinary action which may be initiated by the University against the student, including:
  • The specific charge or charges.
  • The student’s rights with respect to the charges.
  • Hearing procedures.
  • 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 exchange findings and recommendations, and consistent with applicable University regulations, to publish.  No publication by a student shall imply University endorsement.

1.07  Right to student publications and literature

A student, student group, or student organization has the right to distribute written material on campus without prior approval, providing such distribution is consistent with appropriate regulations concerning time, place, and manner of distribution, and does not interfere with University activities.  The student press shall be free from censorship or pressure aimed at controlling editorial policy or staff appointments or removals.  The editors and managers shall not be arbitrarily suspended because of student, faculty, administrative, alumni, or community disapproval of editorial policy or content.  The same freedom shall be assured oral statements or views on an institution-controlled and student-operated radio or television station.  Such editorial freedom entails a corollary obligation under the canons of responsible journalism, applicable regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, and their station constitution or activity guidelines.  All student communications shall explicitly state on the editorial page or in the broadcast that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the University or student body.

1.08  Freedom from discrimination

The student has the right to freedom from unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap, or status as a veteran.  A perceived violation of these principles by an agent of the University shall be the basis for a grievance procedure with the Campus Appeals Board.

1.09  Right to participate in University policy formation

The student shall have clearly defined means to participate in the formulation of University policy affecting academic and student affairs through membership on appropriate University decision-making bodies, or through other means.  Hearings at which individual students, as well as representatives of student government and student organizations can present oral or written statements as effective input to University deliberations shall be scheduled and publicized.  In exercising such citizenship, the student shall be free from any coercion, intimidation, or harassment by any other member of the University community.


1.10  Freedom from illegal search and seizure

The student has the right to freedom from illegal search and seizure of person and property.  No contractual arrangements with the University shall be interpreted as waiving this right.

1.11  Rights and responsibilities of student organizations

Any group of students may become a recognized Purdue Student Organization by registration with the University in accordance with the printed regulations of the University.  Any student group recognized as a Purdue Student Organization shall be entitled to the use of available University facilities in conformity with University regulations.  Recognition shall not imply University endorsement of group goals and activities.  A procedure for appeal of a University decision to discontinue or refuse recognition of a group shall be established and made known to the group.

1.12  Right to present speakers on campus and to sponsor activities

Any recognized Purdue Student Organization, or any group of students which is able to secure sponsorship by a recognized student organization and which is able to demonstrate financial responsibility, has the right to present speakers of its choice to address members of the University community and the right to sponsor activities which are lawful and consistent with University policies and regulations.  Use of University facilities will be subject to constitutionally permissible regulations as may be necessary to prevent space/time conflicts and to protect the orderly operations of the University and the safety of persons or property.

1.13  Freedom of assembly

Freedom of speech, right of petition, and freedom of assembly shall be guaranteed to all members of the University community.  Exercise of these freedoms shall be consistent with University regulations regarding the time, place, and conduct of such assemblies and activities.

1.14  Right to due process

Every student and recognized Purdue Student Organization has the right to appropriate due process.

1.15  Right to appeal decisions concerning disciplinary penalties

Any disciplinary penalty, action, or sanction imposed by University authorities may be appealed, and the person affected has the right to a formal hearing through established appeals procedures.

1.16  Freedom from duplication of civil penalties

The student who violates civil law is subject to penalties prescribed by civil authorities.  However, the student has a right to freedom from duplication of civil penalties by University disciplinary action.  Only where the University’s interests as an academic community are distinct from those of the general community, should the special authority of the University be asserted.

1.17  Violation of Rights

The enumeration of this Bill of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the student.  The student has a right to an appeals procedure concerning any infringement of rights enumerated in this Bill. Whenever a student or group of students claims that these rights have been violated and such complaint is not resolved informally by the interested parties, it may be presented to the Campus Appeals Board which shall have the power and duty to hear the interested parties and to make findings and submit recommendations to the Chancellor.  Nothing contained in this Bill shall be construed as any denial or limitation upon the legal authority or responsibility of the Board of Trustees to establish policies and to make rules and regulations governing the operation of Purdue University Calumet.

1.18  Ratification and Amendments Authority

This Bill of Student Rights may be ratified and amended by action of the student body, subject to the approval of the Council of Faculty Delegates, the Chancellor, and the Board of Trustees of Purdue University.

Students are expected and required to abide by the laws of the State of Indiana and of the United States and the rules and regulations of Purdue University, to conduct themselves in accordance with accepted standards of social behavior, to respect the rights of others, and to refrain from any conduct which tends to obstruct the work of the University or to be injurious to the welfare of the University.  A student who violates these general standards of conduct may be subject to administrative actions and/or disciplinary penalties.  University policy prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverages on campus.

Procedures: Reporting Violations Of The Code Of Student Conduct

  1. If you see a student breaking the code of conduct, you can report that student to the Dean of Students office in writing or e-mail.  Give an explanation of what happened.  Be sure to answer who, what, where, when, how, and why.
  2. Students, staff, and faculty can report a student.
  3. If the situation is one where there is violence or physical danger is imminent, please call the University Police at (219) 989-2911.
  4. If you don’t know the student(s) name(s), then call the University Police and they can do an inquiry and ask them for their information.
  5. Don’t get into an argument with a student; document and refer the situation.  If you are a witness to bad or illegal behavior call the police at (219) 989-2911.
  6. The Dean of Students office will get in touch with the student and handle it from there.

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