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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.

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 students' 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. They shall not present as their own academic work ideas or work of another person without proper acknowledgment of sources.
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Academic Dishonesty

If a student is found to have been academically dishonest, an F grade will be given for that assignment, test, etc. If the same student is involved in 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 involved faculty member before giving the student an informal judgment or may advise the student on an alternate strategy to handle the matter.
  3. Complaints not resolved between the student and Dean may be submitted in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  4. 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 a student's record.
  5. 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 Rigby
Asst. Director of Student Activities
724.287.8711, ext. 8448
sherri.rigby@bc3.edu

Rob Snyder
Director of Student Life
724.287.8711, ext.8249
rob.snyder@bc3.edu

Torey O'Donnell
Asst. Director of Student Life
724.287.8711, ext. 8423
torey.odonnell@bc3.edu

 

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