Article 1, Part 1 – Student Rights

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§ 1-102 In the Classroom

The instructor, in the classroom and in conference, should encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression. Student performance should not be evaluated on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.

  1. Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.
  2. Students should have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.
  3. Information about student views, beliefs, and political associations that instructors acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisers, and counselors should be considered confidential. Protection against improper disclosure is a serious professional obligation. Judgments of ability and character may be provided under appropriate circumstances, normally with the knowledge or consent of the student.
  4. The instructor is in charge of the orderly conduct of the class and may exclude a student or an auditor who does not comply with a reasonable request in this regard. If the student is registered for the course and if the disruption is repeated or so egregious as to violate other conduct regulations, (usually § 1-302(f)), the instructor, after consultation with the department head or designee and the Director of the Office for Student Conflict Resolution, may exclude the student from the class until such time as the disciplinary matter has been resolved. If the disciplinary matter is resolved in a manner that permits the student to return to class, the instructor, in consultation with the department head and the Director of the Office for Student Conflict Resolution or designee, shall decide whether and to what extent the student will be permitted to make up course work missed while excluded from class.
  5. Should students feel that their rights as a student have been violated, students may discuss the matter, to the extent possible, with their instructor in the relevant course. If a resolution cannot be reached, students may contact the head of the department in which the course is being offered. If further assistance is needed, students may contact the dean’s office of the college offering the course. Assistance navigating the process is available through the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students at (217) 333-0050 or Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.