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Rights & Responsibilities

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities for Members of the College Community

A primary responsibility of the College community is to create conditions that provide beneficial educational experiences and an atmosphere of mutual respect for the rights and opinions of individuals or groups as long as such expression does not infringe upon the rights of others.

Classroom Rights and Responsibilities

  1. Both students and faculty members are obligated to attend each class meeting.
  2. Both students and faculty members are obligated to be prepared for each class meeting.
  3. Both students and faculty members are obligated to extend to one another mutual respect and courtesy as members of the College community.
  4. Faculty members have an obligation to conduct their academic professional activities honestly and conscientiously.
    1. They shall follow the content and procedures as outlined in the course syllabus.
    2. They shall describe the course objectives, course content, types of class activities and assignments, and grading system for each course at the beginning of each semester.
    3. They shall assign grades based on fair, unbiased evaluative instruments without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, political affiliation, age, religious beliefs, or disability.
    4. They shall grade studentsí work and report grades to students within a reasonable period of time.
    5. They shall give appropriate recognition to students by name for their contributions to published materials.
    6. They shall respect the confidentiality of information regarding students contained in college records. Such information shall not be released except by student consent, or as may be required by law.
  5. Students have an obligation to conduct their academic activities honestly and conscientiously.
  6. They shall refrain from reference during examination or other academic evaluative process to other individuals or materials not authorized by the instructor.
  7. They shall not possess, purchase, sell, or use any materials intended to be a part of, or the whole of, an examination or other evaluative process unless authorized to do so by the instructor.
  8. They shall not act as substitutes for other students in any examination or other evaluative process.
  9. They shall not avail themselves of aid in a manner expressly prohibited by the instructor in the research, preparation, creating, writing, or performing of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation.
  10. They shall not aid other students in a manner expressly prohibited by the instructor in the research, preparation, creating, writing, or performing of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation.
  11. The student shall not plagiarize. Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone elseís work as oneís own, a serious offense in academic and professional environments. Plagiarism includes purchasing or borrowing an entire assignment, having someone else complete an assignment or rewrite an assignment in his/her words, and using source material to complete an assignment without giving proper credit for that source material. Students must comply with the style guide required by the course instructor; style guides include, but are not limited to, MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
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Academic Dishonesty

Evidence of academic dishonesty will result in an F grade for that assignment, test, etc. If the same student commits academic dishonesty again, dismissal from the College will be recommended to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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Review and Appeal

Students who are charged with academic dishonesty shall have the charges heard and may appeal sanctions imposed, if any, according to the levels of authority and the processes outlined in the Academic Grievance procedure.

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Academic Grievance

  1. If a grievance is academic in nature, for example, complaints about instructors, courses, grades or requirements, the following steps must be taken:
  1. The student should make every possible effort to resolve the complaint by discussing it with the instructor or other people concerned. Most academic complaints are settled at this stage.
  2. Complaints not settled between the student and faculty member may be taken to the appropriate Dean. The Dean may consult with the faculty member before giving the student an informal judgment, or may advise the student on alternate strategies in handling the situation.
  3. Complaints not resolved between the student and Dean may be submitted in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The VP will conduct an appropriate investigation that may include meeting with the student and the faculty member and will respond in writing, preferably within seven days. The written response will become part of the studentís record.
  4. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs shall be final, unless, within three school days after receipt of the decision, either party files a letter with the President. The President will review the matter to ensure process and documentation and render a decision.
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Contact Student Life

Sherri Osborne
Asst. Director of Student Activities
724.287.8711, ext. 8448

Rob Snyder
Director of Student Life
724.287.8711, ext.8249

Torey O'Donnell
Asst. Director of Student Life
724.287.8711, ext. 8423


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