Student Bill of Rights

Presented by the Senate Academic Affairs Committee

The Student Bill of Rights is a collection of important rules and regulations spanning the Faculty Handbook and the Student Body Constitution. These policies are a vital part of a student's academic experience and serve as a resourceful instrument for any academic situation.

Presented in the spring of 2008 by the Student Senate Academic Affairs Committee, the compilation of regulatory policies serves as a valuable reference for students of all classifications.

The Student Bill of Rights
1. Students have the right to an available professor.
2. Students have the right to be made aware of altered attendance policies.
3. Students have the right to updated grade information.
4. Students have the right to make up course work for excused absences.
5. Students have the right to appeal the decisions of their professors.
6. Students have the right to move a Final Exam if they have three on one day.
7. Students cannot have their opinions count against them.
8. Students have the right to confidentiality.
9. Students have the right to disagree.

Source Citations

1. "Full-time faculty members are expected to maintain approximately 12 regular office hours per week in order to be available to students for individual academic support and counseling and to provide office time for class preparation, grading, and completing reports which may be requested by various University offices. Part-time faculty members are expected to maintain a number of office hours per week equivalent to the number of course hours of instruction for which they are responsible. Departments should provide adequate office space to allow part-time faculty to maintain the appropriate number of office hours." ~ Faculty Handbook 25

2. "When a faculty member establishes his or her own attendance requirements, these requirements must be included in the course syllabus and must be distributed to students at the beginning of each semester." ~ Faculty Handbook 26

3. "Faculty members are expected to submit periodic and final semester grade reports in a timely fashion." ~ Faculty Handbook 26

4. "If a student's required participation in a university-sponsored activity causes the student to be absent from class, and if the student seeks to make arrangements prior to the absence to complete scheduled assignments, the faculty member is expected to work with the student to allow for the completion of classwork and assignments. Students are usually allowed to make up classwork and/or tests missed because of serious illness or accident or death in the family." ~ Faculty Handbook 72-73

5. "Any student with a complaint of unfair treatment by a faculty member must first reduce the complaint to a written statement. He or she must give the faculty member a copy of this statement and attempt to discuss and resolve the matter with the faculty member. If the complaint is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, he or she may appeal the matter to the chair of the department or dean of the school, or both, who must also be given a copy of the written complaint. If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved by the departmental chair or dean of the school or college, then the student may appeal the matter to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who after review may refer the matter to the Academic Appeals Committee." ~ Faculty Handbook 75-76

6. "A student with three final examinations scheduled on the same day may appeal to the teacher or the appropriate dean who will reschedule the exam during the final examination period." ~ Faculty Handbook 73

7. "The professor in the classroom and in conference shall encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression with student performance evaluated solely on classroom performance. Opinions or conduct of students in matters unrelated to academic standards are not factors related to determination of grades. Students have the responsibility to fulfill standards set by the University community for courses of degree programs." ~ Student Body Constitution

8. "Information about students views, beliefs, and political associations which professors acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisers, and counselors is regarded as confidential." ~ Student Body Constitution

9. "Students shall be free to express reasoned and orderly exception to data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion with the understanding that the student is responsible for maintaining standards of sound scholarship. Students also have the responsibility to represent fairly the views expressed by their professors, guest speakers, and administrators." ~ Student Body Constitution