Student Expectations, Rights & Responsibilities

 

Missouri S&T strives to provide an environment in which students may develop as effective citizens and thoughtful, productive members of society. Freedom of expression and inquiry are essential elements of the University community. All members of the campus community share the responsibility to create general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn.

The Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is responsible for educating tomorrow's leaders in engineering and science. Missouri S&T offers residential programs that include a full range of engineering and science degrees and complementary liberal arts degrees and programs. This institution has the responsibility to provide quality instruction, develop high standards of achievement and provide an atmosphere for self-expression and growth through a wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities.

Students should strive to develop the capacity for critical judgment and the ability to engage in an independent search for truth while endeavoring to exercise their freedom with maturity and responsibility. The following Student Expectations, Rights, and Responsibilities Statement is provided to educate students, faculty and staff on expectations of behavior while engaged in this development. It is not intended to be used as a guideline for disciplinary action or as University rules and regulations. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 341-4292, 106 Norwood Hall, stu-aff@mst.edu, or the Student Council (StuCo) 341-4280, Havener Center, stuco@mst.edu.

Expectations

-  Members of the campus community should subscribe to certain ideals and strive for the level of achievement and virtue as defined by the following:

-  Practice personal and academic integrity.

-  (Examples of integrity include honesty, truthfulness and preparing one's own work.)

-  Respect the rights and property of others.

-  (Examples include respect of other's property, a person's right to move about freely, express one's self appropriately, and enjoy privacy.)

-  Respect the dignity of all people and learn from the differences in people, ideas, and opinions.

(Examples of respect are those behaviors that do not demean the dignity of individuals or groups, such as hazing, harassment, and discrimination. Learning from differences is demonstrated by affirmative support for equal rights and opportunities for all students, faculty and staff.)

-  Demonstrate concern for others and their feelings, for conditions which support their work and development, and discouragement of behaviors which threaten the freedom and respect of Missouri S&T community members.

(This concern is demonstrated by avoiding behaviors which unjustly inhibit another's ability to feel safe or welcome in their pursuit of appropriate academic goals.)

Rights and Responsibilities

Right to freedom of access to higher education and the responsibility to conduct oneself in a manner compatible with the University's mission as an institution of higher education.

Right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of individual characteristics not related to academic success and the responsibility to be respectful of students, faculty, staff, and other groups.

Right to freedom from infringement of rights by others through sexual, racial, or other forms of harassment and the responsibility to express grievances, complaints, and inquiries to the Office of Student Affairs, the Affirmative Action Office and/or the Student Council Office.

Right to respectful treatment by faculty and staff and the responsibility to respect conditions conducive to learning.

Right to know how one will be evaluated in a course and to have that evaluation based solely on academic performance (e.g. grades, homework, attendance) and the responsibility to learn the content of any course in which one is enrolled.

Freedom or protection from prejudiced or "capricious" academic evaluation and the right and the responsibility to appeal capricious grading through proper University channels.

Freedom to make academic decisions such as course selection and number of credit hours and the responsibility to use information from faculty and one's own judgment to make sound academic decisions.

Right to participate in the evaluation process to improve classroom teaching and the responsibility to evaluate faculty with thought and care.

Responsibility to fulfill degree requirements as published in the Missouri S&T bulletin.

Responsibility to maintain the standards of academic performance established for each course in which one is enrolled.

Right to know, when possible, who is teaching a course prior to registration.

Freedom to respectfully disagree with data or views presented in class and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion and the responsibility to develop critical thinking skills.

Freedom to examine and discuss all questions of individual interest, and to express opinions publicly and privately, and the responsibility to express one's beliefs and opinions.

Right to petition for a change of academic advisor.

Right to representation in student matters through Student Council and various committees of the University and the responsibility to actively participate in Student Council through one's Student Council representative.

Right to participation in development and application of institutional policy through clearly defined methods.

Freedom to invite and hear any lecturer of one's own choosing and the responsibility to follow University procedures in issuing such an invitation.

Right to use University facilities and the responsibility to reserve University facilities through proper procedures on a "first reserved, first served" basis and to respect University property and maintain proper care of University facilities.

Right to organize and join student organizations which promote one's common interests and which are open to all students and the responsibility to submit a statement of purpose, criteria for membership, rules of procedures, and a current list of officers for recognized student organizations.

Freedom from censorship, advance approval of copy and development of one's own editorial policies and news coverage in the student press and the responsibility of student publications to be aware of material which may offend their audience.

Right to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of petition and the responsibility to respect other's freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of petition.

Right to organize orderly demonstrations, debates, forums, parades, rallies, peaceful protests and similar activities and the responsibility to schedule events through the office of Student Life.

Right to confidentiality of information about one's views, beliefs, and life situations that are collected by instructors, advisors, and counselors.

Right of access to a process for restricting the University's use of a student's address and phone number and the responsibility to make proper use of this process for restricting use of a student's address and phone number.

Right to receipt of campus services such as academic advising, health, counseling, and career placement services.

Right to confidentiality of disciplinary and counseling records without one's written consent except under legal compulsion or where the safety of persons or property is involved.

Right to due process in disciplinary situations and to be informed of what sanctions may be imposed and the responsibility to read Missouri S&T's policies, rules and regulations.

Right to be informed of one's rights if accused of violating the student code of conduct and the responsibility to know and obey University rules and regulations and if violated, to receive disciplinary sanctions from the University.

Right to appeal decisions on any imposed disciplinary sanctions through an appeal procedure clearly formulated and communicated in advance.

Responsibility to know and obey local, state and federal laws and face penalties as prescribed by civil authorities if one violates these laws.

Responsibility to know that the University disciplinary process is separate from the legal process.

Responsibility to share information one may have regarding other students who violate University policy.

 

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