Rights and Responsibilities

STUDENT RIGHTS

Students of the University are members of the academic community; therefore, they are expected to maintain and contribute to high standards of conduct, to cultivate lofty moral values, to confirm noble principles of character, and to adopt distinguished academic standards. Even though attendance at the University is a privilege and not a right, students have certain guaranteed rights that include:

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

In accordance to the above guaranteed rights, students are expected to fulfill certain responsibilities:

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

There are times when it is necessary for the University to discipline students who do not fulfill their responsibilities or breach policies and regulations pertaining to conduct. The response of the Student Affairs Committee may include:

The University reserves the right to dismiss students whose presence and lifestyle on campus and in University-related activities off-campus is considered unsuitable or damaging to the institution's values.

MOBILE PHONES

Students are not normally allowed to use mobile phones during classes or formal academic meetings. Unless explicit permission is given by the faculty member or event presider, phones must be turned off during classes, assemblies, and examinations. Failure to adhere to this may cause a temporary confiscation of the phone, and/or dismissal from the meeting place.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

Students and University personnel have the right to enjoy studying, working, and living on a campus free from hostile conduct, intimidation, and offensive behaviors. The University will not tolerate any involvement by its students or personnel in activities that could be perceived as sexual harassment. Any physical or verbal conduct, like attempts to pressure someone for sexual favors, sex-oriented comments, teasing or jokes, unnecessary touching of an individual or display of offensive pictures, texts, or audio-visual materials is unacceptable.

If a University employee or a student is subjected to sexual harassment, or is aware of an incident of sexual harassment, he or she should make it clear to the offender(s) that such behavior is not acceptable, and the incident should immediately be reported to one of the University's administrators.

STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Students are encouraged to solve all problems at the lowest possible organizational level. In the academic area, a student who feels that a faculty member has treated him or her unfairly is entitled to an impartial review of the complaint. The student must first appeal to the faculty member in question. If a satisfactory solution to the grievance cannot be reached, the student may take the complaint to the academic advisor, the chairperson of the department, the relevant faculty dean, the academic dean, the Academic Affairs Committee, and the president, in that order. Student grievances in non-academic areas follow a similar pattern via the immediate supervisor, relevant administrator, supervising committee and finally the president. More details can be found in the Student Handbook.