Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

As members of the university community, all students have the right to:

  • Have access to academic and non-academic University policies.
  • Express themselves through academic work within the guidelines of the University rules and regulations.
  • Participate in University-sponsored activities and services without threat of harassment or discrimination.
  • Join any organization without fear of charges being brought solely on the basis of membership.
  • Expect that the University will not create and keep records that reflect beliefs, political activity, and associations except for information provided by students. The University may maintain counseling, health, law enforcement, and disciplinary records which can only be released by expressed consent, a court order or as otherwise permitted by law.
  • Petition for change in academic or non-academic regulations, procedures, or practices.
  • Be protected from ex post facto (after the fact) regulations. An ex post facto rule is a rule created after an act has occurred, in order to be applied to the prior act.
  • Due process in the student judicial process, as required by law and as described in section 5 of the Student Disciplinary Regulations.
  • Be informed of a comment during the process of formulating non-academic regulations, procedures, or practices of the University.

Subject to the rights indicated above, students and registered student/campus organizations have the responsibility to:

  • Respect the personal and property rights of the University community and all its members.
  • Represent themselves and their organizations truthfully and accurately in their interaction with official University functions.
  • Accept the consequences of their actions.


Student Rights Within the Student Disciplinary Process

Within the student disciplinary process, students and student organizations are afforded a set of rights as indicated below.

  • Right to Due Process in the Student Conduct Process.
  • Right to receive a written notice of the alleged student conduct violation.
  • Right to a Student Conduct Hearing.
  • Right to be present at the hearing.
  • Right to present documentary, testimonial, or physical evidence at the hearing.
  • Right to remain silent during the hearing.
  • Right to have an advisor(s) present at the hearing.
  • Right to receive a written notice of the Conduct Decision within five business days after a final decision has been determined.
  • Right to appeal a final decision.
  • Right to review their student disciplinary file maintained in the Office of Student Conduct.

For more information related to student rights and responsibilities as outlined in the Student Disciplinary Regulations, please review Section 2.