With the responsibilities for acceptable conduct that the Code of Student Conduct places on students of the College, come attendant basic rights and institutional obligations.

The College recognizes its obligation to support and uphold the basic freedoms and citizenship rights of all students and to provide conditions conducive to learning and reflective of the institution’s founding values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Within this context, students have the following basic rights.

Rights in the Pursuit of Education

The classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and studios constitute the essential learning environments of the College, and the freedom to learn in these environments should be promoted and encouraged by instructors. In support of a student’s rights in the classroom or other learning environments, the College grants students the right to:

  • Have access to faculty, technology, classrooms, libraries, presentations, and other resources necessary for the learning process;
  • Have access to academic advising and clear expectations for degree and graduation requirements;
  • Participate in an exchange of ideas that is free of conduct that impedes either an instructor’s ability to teach or a student’s ability to learn;
  • Receive a class syllabus in a timely manner;
  • Expect to interact with faculty who act professionally, provide clearly stated course goals, provide clear expectations for class performance and evaluation, hold classes as scheduled, are accessible for consultation, and maintain a clear connection between course content and the most recently approved course description; and
  • Have the freedom to raise relevant issues pertaining to classroom discussion, offer reasonable doubts about information presented, and express alternative opinions without concern for any academic penalty.

Right to Freedom from Harassment and Discrimination

Please see the Anti-harassment Policy and the Non-discrimination Policy.

Rights to Access Records and Facilities and of Privacy

Students can expect to have access to policies and procedures that affect them and have access to College offices that may be able to assist them.

Students can expect that their education records will be maintained confidentially and they will have access to their records in a manner consistent with College policies and applicable state and federal laws. Students can expect to have reasonable access to College facilities and resources.

Right to Contribute to College Governance

Students have the right to contribute to the making of institutional policies generally affecting their social or academic affairs.

Right to Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities

Students may request special accommodations for disabilities, including for temporary disabilities due to injury, through the Office of Student Affairs.

Rights to Pursue Grievances and to Just Processes in Cases of Discipline

Students who believe that any of their rights have been violated by a member of the College community have the right to file a report of misconduct under the Code of Student Conduct or a grievance petition under the student academic complaint process.

Students involved should expect that they will be given notice and an opportunity to respond and that the College will make a good-faith review of the allegation(s) in order to bring about a fair and reasonable resolution of the matter.