College Record 2022-2023

Academic Rights and Freedom of the Student

  • The student is responsible for cooperating with the instructor to promote, in the classroom and in conference, an atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning, free discussion, inquiry and expression.
  • The student is responsible for knowing and maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which the student is enrolled.
  • The student is responsible for learning the content of any course in which the student is enrolled.
  • The student is responsible for evaluation of the instructor's performance in the course solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.  Information about an instructor's views, beliefs, and political associations, which the student acquires in the course of the student/teacher relationship, should be considered confidential.
  • In all matters pertaining to the academic rights and freedoms of the students, the additional guidelines to be used and followed are those set forth in the Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students, adopted by the Student Association, the Faculty, and the Board of Trustees of the College.

When a student is alleged to have violated the standards of academic performance of the course, the instructor and the student will make every attempt to resolve the matter in a fashion which promotes and protects the growing responsibility of the student, the rights and freedoms of the student, and the academic freedom and responsibility of the instructor. Within these limits, it is, in the final analysis, the responsibility of the instructor to determine, justify, and prove that a violation of standards on academic performance has occurred and to determine the nature of the appropriate action. In taking an appropriate disciplinary action, the instructor is limited to the academic standing of the student in the course; the instructor shall inform the student, in writing, of the reasons for the disciplinary action. The student has the right to appeal the decision. Disciplinary actions of a non-academic nature do not fall within the limits of responsibility of the instructor.