The following statements of rights and responsibilities are not viewed as a final
accomplishment of a completed institution, but rather as themes of a direction
for a growing and changing educational environment.
Students enjoy the same basic rights and are bound by the same responsibilities
to respect the rights of others, as are all citizens. Saint Augustine’s University
considers individuals as students upon receipt of a deposit for admission.
1. The student as a citizen has the rights of freedom of speech, freedom
of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, freedom of
political beliefs and freedom from personal force and violence, threats of
violence and personal abuse.
2. The student as a citizen has a right to be considered equally for admission
to, employment by and promotion within the campus in accordance with
the provisions against discrimination in the general law.
3. Saint Augustine’s University is no sanctuary from the general law;
furthermore, the campus is a community of growth and fulfillment for all
rather than a setting described in the concept of in loco parentis.
All students have other responsibilities and rights based on the nature of
the educational process and requirements of the search for truth and its free
presentation. These rights and responsibilities include the following:
1. Each student has the freedom, dependent on level of competence, to
teach, learn and conduct research and publish findings in the spirit of free
2. Each student has the right to pursue normal curricular and co curricular
activities, including freedom of movement.
3. Students have the right to expect that their student records contain only
information that is reasonably related to the educational purposes or
to the health and safety of the individual or others. Furthermore, it is
assumed that the student has the right to protection from unauthorized
disclosure of confidential material contained in University records.
4. Students have the right to reasonable and impartially applied regulations,
designed to reflect the educational purposes of the institution and to
protect the safety of the campus.
5. Students have the right to recourse if another member of the campus is
negligent or irresponsible in the performance of his or her responsibilities,
or if another member of the campus represents the work of others as his
or her own.
6. Students who hold opinions about basic policy matters of direct concern
to them have the right to have their concerns heard and considered at
appropriate levels of the decision-making process. It should be noted
that students who have a continuing association with the institution and
who have substantial influence have an especially strong obligation to
maintain an environment supportive of the rights of others.
7. Student have the responsibility to act in a manner that is conducive to
learning by being prepared, prompt, attentive and courteous in all
academic settings (including classrooms, laboratories, libraries, advising
centers, departmental and faculty offices, etc.) and complying with
requests made by a faculty or staff member in an academic setting.
All Saint Augustine’s University students share the following responsibilities:
The responsibility of students for academic achievement is specified in the
University catalog. Student grievances over this responsibility are resolved
through academic rather than judicial system proceedings. Complaints
involving grades, plagiarism, cheating or other academic issues are also resolved
through academic proceedings, which can be found in the University catalog
and academic departments. The ruling of the administrator responsible for
reviewing academic dishonesty of any kind may refer the case to the Judicial
Administrator if suspension or expulsion is indicated. Each referred case will be
adjudicated in accordance with the appropriate judicial process.
Disputes over the amounts owed by the student to the University for tuition,
room and board, financial aid or other charges are not subject to this Student
Judicial Code of Conduct and are resolved through administrative and if
necessary, the legal process.
Organized Group Responsibilities
Policies and regulations which relate to the responsibilities of fraternities,
sororities, registered student organizations and other groups are established
by the agencies, which register, accept or charter such groups. As a condition
of being recognized by the University, all such groups and their officers and
members are responsible for conforming to this Student Code of Conduct.
Generally, matters or disputes arising out of an employment relationship
between a student and the University are handled through the University’s
Department of Human Resources.
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