Student Rights and Responsibilities



Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the intellectual growth of students, and the general well-being of society. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. Freedom of inquiry, expression, and action are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. Therefore, the academic community must not only permit, but also encourage all forms of action that do not interfere with the rights of other individuals or groups or with the essential functions of the academic community.


Students, as members of the academic community, accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. To the extent that their rights as students are not denied, students acknowledge the authority of the faculty in matters of scholarship and the authority of faculty and administrators in operating the university. Concomitantly, the faculty and administration realize and respect the rights of students to help in formulating university policies. Students also have the right to challenge the ideas of others without fear of retaliation, to work for change believed necessary for the improvement of the institution and to challenge any attempt to deprive them of their rights.

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S16-15, University Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities