Student Rights and Responsibilities

Guidelines for positive life and learning at CMC for all students

Student rights in the classroom

1. Students have the right to inquire, to discuss, and to express their views by orderly means that do not infringe upon the rights of others or impede the progress of the course.

2. Students have the right to expect that instructors will conduct themselves professionally in the classroom in accordance with College policy.

3. Students have the right, through a printed syllabus and course outline, to be informed of the academic standards expected of them in each course. Academic standards shall include, but are not limited to, class participation requirements, objectives to be achieved, and grading criteria that will be applied to a particular course of study.

4. Students have the right to be protected through established procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. Students have the right to be evaluated on their academic performance and course requirements defined in the syllabus, in established program expectations, or in the student code of conduct, and not on their opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students may appeal a grade through the official CMC grade appeal procedure.

5. Students have the opportunity, through established institutional mechanisms, to assess the value of a course, services, facilities and equipment. Students have the right to make suggestions as to the course’s direction and to evaluate both the instructor and the instruction they have received.

6. Students have the right to privacy. Personal or scholastic information about students shall be considered confidential and shall not be disclosed to others except in accordance with College policy, Colorado State Open Records Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and Freedom of Information statutes.

7. No qualified individual with a documented disability shall, by reason of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subject to discrimination by such entity.

Student responsibilities in the classroom

1. Students have the responsibility to inquire about course requirements if they do not understand them or are in doubt about them.

2. Students have the responsibility to maintain standards of academic performance established for individual courses and for programs of study.

3. Students have the responsibility to initiate an investigation if they believe their academic rights have been violated. (See Grade Appeals Procedure)

4. Students have the responsibility to learn the content of any course of study.

5. Students with a disability have the responsibility to request accommodations and services, if desired, from the Disability Services Coordinator.

6. Students have the responsibility to act in accordance with commonly accepted standards of academic conduct: Free discussion, inquiry, and expression are encouraged in class. Classroom behavior that interferes with either
(a) the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or
(b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction
is not acceptable.
Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular phones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are talking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as crossing the civility line. If a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular phone to class, prior notice and approval by the instructor is required.

Student rights and responsibilities outside the classroom

1. Outside the classroom, students have the right to discuss and express by orderly means any view in support of any cause, providing it does not disrupt the operation of the institution or infringe on the rights of other members of the College community, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.

2. Students have the right to be free from discrimination based on the College’s affirmative action policy.

3. Students have the responsibility to appreciate and respect the diverse population of campus.

4. Students have the responsibility to resolve issues that affect their academic performance and the right to seek assistance in resolving those issues.

5. CMC and the department of residence life are committed to creating a community environment where residents develop a high standard of behavior and personal values. Being a member of such a community is a difficult task but one that individuals are capable of achieving if the following guidelines are maintained:

• Respect and tolerance for the rights and dignity of others;

• Respect for the rights and needs of the CMC community to develop and maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic study and personal development;

• Willingness to assist others in need of support, guidance, or friendship;

• Respect for federal, state, and local laws and ordinances;

• Respect for the policies and procedures established by CMC for the well-being of the College community as well as respect for those given the authority to administer them;

• Respect for the individuals and resources of the local neighborhoods and communities in which we reside.