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Student Rights & Freedoms I. Preamble Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students should be encour-aged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for the truth. Institutional procedures for achieving these purposes may vary from campus to campus, but the minimal standards of academic freedom of students outlined below are essential to any community of scholars. Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are insepa-rable aspects of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility. Their responsibility to serve and to respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic community. The University has a duty to develop policies and procedures that provide and safeguard this freedom. Such policies and procedures should be developed within the framework of general standards with the broadest possible participation of the members of the academic community. The purpose of this statement is to enumerate the essential provisions for students freedom to learn. The University is also committed to a policy of affirmative action that assures equal opportunity to all students and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. Students who have AIDS or a positive HIV antibody test will not be discriminated against with regard to admission to the University or in their participation in student life programs and activities. Such students are encouraged to notify the campus nurse of their condition so they can receive appropriate information and assistance in a confiden-tial manner. II. In the Classroom Students are expected to adhere to the standards and requirements delineated by the faculty person of record. Students are entitled to fair and civil treatment. A. Protection of Freedom of Expression Students should be 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 in which they are enrolled. B. Protection against Improper Academic Evaluation Students should have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academ-ic evaluation. At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. C. Protection Against Improper Disclosure Information about student views, beliefs and political associations that professors acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisors and counselors should be considered confidential. Protection against improper disclosure is a serious professional obliga-tion. Judgments of ability and character may be provided under appropriate circumstances, normally with the knowledge and consent of the student. III. Student Affairs A. Student Organizations Students bring to the campus a variety of interests previously acquired and will develop many new interests as members of the campus community. They should be free to organize and join associations to promote their common interests. Members of the faculty serve the college community when they accept the responsibility to advise and consult with student organizations; they do not have the authority to control the policy of such organiza-tions. Student organizations are required to submit a statement of purpose, constitution and a proposed list of officers and members to the Division of Student Affairs and go through an approval process and an organization training session in order to become eligible for University registration. Campus organizations, including those affiliated with an extramural organization, should be open to all students without respect to race, creed or national origin. 1‘3106 - ‘17 Student Handbook 126


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