Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

All Iowa State University students have the right to:

  1. Have access to academic and non-academic university policies.
  2. Express themselves through academic work within the guidelines of the university rules and regulations. The right to expression does not affect the responsibility of the university and its faculty to evaluate based upon genuine academic criteria such as relevance, coherence, creativity and quality of academic work.
  3. Participate in university-sponsored activities and services without threat of harassment or discrimination.
  4. Join any organization without fear of charges being brought solely on the basis of membership.
  5. 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 be released only by expressed consent, a court order or as otherwise permitted by law.
  6. Petition for change in academic or non-academic regulations, procedures, or practices.
  7. 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.
  8. Due process in the student judicial process, as required by law and as described in section 5, below.
  9. Be informed of and 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:

  1. Respect the personal and property rights of the university community and all its members.
  2. Represent themselves and their organizations truthfully and accurately in their interaction with official university functions.
  3. 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.

Complainant Rights and Responsibilities

Complainants are persons who were the target of, or were affected by, the misconduct of the accused student or student/campus organization. In addition to the rights of all students contained in section 2.1, complainants have the following rights:

  1. Complainants shall be provided information concerning counseling, mental health or medical services available on campus and in the community.
  2. Complainants have the right to decide whether or not to notify law enforcement authorities and/or to file a report of misconduct with the Office of Student Conduct (OSC).
  3. To be informed about the status of the disciplinary case pending in the OSC.
  4. Complainants may make a statement of how the alleged conduct has affected them at the time of any disciplinary hearing. If the complainant is a member of the university community at the time of a request for reinstatement by a student who committed a violation against the complainant, the complainant has a right to provide a statement for or against reinstatement.
  5. Complainants may make a statement of their opinion as to an appropriate sanction if a student or student/campus organization is found responsible for misconduct.
  6. To know the final result of the case. The final results include the name of the accused student, whether the accused student was found responsible or not and any sanction that was imposed.
  7. Complainants have the right to participate in the student judicial process as required by law and as described in section 5, below.
  8. Complainants have the right to be free of any form of retaliation or harassment due to reporting misconduct on the part of another student. 
  9. Complainants reporting domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking also have the rights provided by law and the university’s written Explanation of Rights for persons reporting such acts.
  10. In addition to the responsibilities of all students contained in section 2.1, complainants have the responsibility to cooperate in providing accurate information regarding the alleged conduct, including providing documents and physical evidence if requested.

Rights and Responsiblities of Witness and Other Persons Reporting Violations

In addition to the rights of all students contained in section 2.1, witnesses and other persons who report violations of these Student Disciplinary Regulations have the following rights:

  1. Witnesses and other persons who obtain evidence of misconduct may report it to the OSC.
  2. Witnesses and other persons who report violations have the right to be free of any form of retaliation or harassment due to reporting misconduct on the part of another student. 

In addition to the responsibilities of all students contained in section 2.1, witnesses and other persons who are students and report violations of these Student Disciplinary Regulations have the responsibility to cooperate in providing accurate information regarding the alleged misconduct, including providing documents and physical evidence if requested.

 

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