Student Handbook - Academic Expectations

The purpose of the University of Northern Colorado is to provide an environment in which the student can develop into an effective citizen and a useful and productive member of society. The freedom to learn depends upon opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. The responsibility to secure and respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic community. Students are obligated to exercise their freedom with maturity and responsibility.

Student Rights

Students have the right to:

  1. be informed of course requirements;
  2. be evaluated fairly on the basis of their academic performance (their abilities and skills) as required by a professor as part of a course;
  3. experience free and open discussion, inquiry, and expression, both in the classroom and in conference;
  4. experience competent instruction and advisement.
  5. take exception to the data or views presented and reserve judgment about matters of opinion;
  6. expect protection against a professor’s improper disclosure of student’s views, beliefs, and political association which may surface as a result of instructing, advising, or counseling;
  7. expect protection, through established procedures, against prejudicial or capricious evaluation (see Academic Appeals section).

Student Responsibilities

Students have the responsibility to:

  1. inquire about course requirements if they do not understand them or are in doubt about them;
  2. maintain the standards of academic performance established for individual courses and for programs of study;
  3. initiate an investigation if they believe their academic rights have been violated. (See section on Academic Appeals);
  4. learn the content of any course of study;
  5. act in accordance with commonly accepted standards of academic conduct (see Student Conduct section).

Academic Appeal Procedure

The purpose of the academic appeal procedure is to provide an easily implemented means for appealing and resolving disputes concerning an academic decision which a student considers arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to University policy. Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 351-2796 for guidance on this procedure.

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