Rights and Responsibilities
Utica College is an academic community in which all persons–student, staff, and faculty–share responsibility for its growth and continued welfare. As members of the College community, students can reasonably expect that the following rights will be respected by all College offices, programs, employees, and organizations. Utica College further encourages all members of the College community to endorse, support, and abide by the following statement of values which this community has deemed fundamental to its mission and integral to its growth.
Students have the right to express themselves freely on any subject provided they do so in a manner that does not violate the Code of Student Conduct. Students in turn have the responsibility to respect the rights of all members of the College to exercise these freedoms.
Students have the right not to be discriminated against by any agent or organization of Utica College for reasons of age, color, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Students have the responsibility not to discriminate against others in their individual roles or as members of student organizations.
Students have the right to assemble in an orderly manner and engage in peaceable protest, demonstration, and picketing which does not disrupt the functions of the College, threaten the health or safety of any person, or violate the Code of Student Conduct.
Students have the right to exercise their religious convictions and associate with religious, political, or other organizations of their choice in College facilities designated for such purposes provided they do so in a manner that respects the rights of other members of the community and complies with the Code of Student Conduct. Students have the responsibility to respect the rights of other members of the College community to free exercise of their religious convictions and to free association with organizations of their choice.
Students have the right of privacy and to be free from unreasonable searches or unlawful arrest on College property and within their campus residences. Students have the responsibility to respect the privacy of other members of the College community in person and in their place of residence.
6. Academic Pursuits
Students have the right to accurate and plainly stated information relating to maintenance of acceptable academic standing, graduation requirements, and individual course objectives and requirements. Students can expect instruction from designated instructors at appointed class times and reasonable access to those instructors. Students have the responsibility to attend class and know their appropriate academic requirements.
7. Quality Environment
Students have the right to expect a reasonably safe environment supportive of the College’s mission and their own educational goals. Students have the responsibility to protect themselves, exercise reasonable behavior, and take precautions to avoid risk.
Students have the right to establish representative governmental bodies and participate in College governance in accordance with the rules and regulations of the College.
9. Fair Process
Students have the right to a fair process before formal conduct sanctions are imposed by the College for violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Students have the right to written notice and the opportunity for a hearing before any change in status is incurred for conduct reasons, unless a significant threat to persons or property exists.
Under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, students have a right to (a) inspect and review educational records, (b) amend educational records, and (c) have some control of the information the College discloses related to their educational records. These include the rights to view and challenge the content of specified records, to control the release of personal and academic information to third parties, and to suppress all or some information categorized as “directory information” by legislation.
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