12.3 STUDENT RIGHTS
The institution publishes clear and appropriate statement (s) of student rights and responsibilities and disseminates the statement (s) to the campus community.
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North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University complies with this standard by publishing a Student Handbook, which is posted on the university website, and the link is emailed to all students at the beginning of each academic year. In addition, the New Student Orientation program makes sure that each new member of the student population receives the link to the Student Handbook during its Welcome Week activities.
Within the Student Handbook, student rights and responsibilities are stated for all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the university. The student rights and responsibilities statement is listed below. Student rights and responsibilities are reviewed annually by the Dean of Students for comparison with higher education trends, as well as UNC peer institutions’ before update, approval and publication.
Student Rights and Responsibilities Statement (Pg. 35-36 of Student Handbook—2019-2020)
Students have certain rights and responsibilities. Included are guaranteed rights, but also the responsibility of students to be aware of the standards of appropriate behavior and the willingness to exercise the degree of order necessary to promote and preserve higher standards in a learning environment.
Students have the right to:
· Receive accurate and consistent information;
· Enjoy confidentiality of education records pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974;
· Gain access despite any disabilities and fully participate in any chosen university student activity;
· Seek counsel and advice;
· Be respected, heard and receive courteous delivery of services;
· Be afforded equality of opportunity to receive the best education; and
· Receive due process in all disciplinary procedures (due process is defined as written notification of charges, the opportunity to be heard, and date, time and place of hearing).
Students have the responsibility to:
· Exercise sound judgment in their choices and assume the consequences of their own actions at all times;
· Become acquainted and fully compliant with all university regulations and policies;
· Conduct themselves with civility (respect and courtesy) toward others at all times;
· Share in building and maintaining a safe and sound campus community; and
· Maintain high academic, social, moral and civic character.
N.C. A&T addresses alleged violations and grievances regarding student rights and responsibilities. The snippet below, from the Student Handbook, shows that students are provided information on how to file grievances and appeals.
Student Rights regarding Financial Aid, on pp. 117—122 of the Student Handbook) is usually of great interest to students. The Handbook covers the following topics:
A. Types of Available Funds
3. Federal Work Study
B. Satisfactory Academic Progress
C. Class Attendance
D. Repeated Coursework
E. Withdrawal and Return of Title IV Funds
F. Unofficial Withdrawals
2. University Website (showing link to Student Handbook)
4. Student Rights and Responsibilities Statement—Handbook, pp. 35-36
5. Student Rights Regarding Financial Aid