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Rights of Students

In recognition of students' rights and dignity as members of the University community, Central Michigan University is committed to supporting the following principles and to protecting those rights guaranteed by the Constitution, the laws of the United States and the State of Michigan, and the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees.


Students have the right to free inquiry, expression and association.


Students have the right to editorial freedom in student publications and other student media, e.g. CM Life, Framework, WMHW, MHTV.


Students have the right to representation on the appropriate, designated bodies.


Students accused of misconduct or of violating University policy have the right to have a determination of their violation or non-violation in accordance with University procedures.


Students have the right to protection against improper disclosure of their student records.


Students have the right of access to their personal educational records.


Students have the right to access all policies, rules and decisions concerning their continued enrollment, and to the required course materials and facilities necessary to pursue their studies.


Students have the right to educational programs that meet the objectives of the master syllabus, to teaching consistent with those objectives, and to a learning environment that encourages the students' engagement with their education.


Students have the right to be informed by the faculty near the beginning of each course about course requirements, evaluation procedures, and evaluation criteria to be used, and the right to expect that those criteria be employed. Faculty have the authority to change a course syllabus after the beginning of the semester and are expected to inform students of these changes in a timely manner.


Students have the right to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study; they are, however, responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.


Students have the right to be evaluated solely on relevant academic criteria and to have protection against arbitrary or capricious academic evaluation as described in the "Grade Grievance Policy" in the University Bulletin.


Students have the right to request and receive timely assessment of their academic work by the instructor, or in the case of graduate students by their thesis/dissertation/Plan B committee chairperson and committee members.


Students have the right to request and receive a reasonable and timely review of their grades by the instructor.


Students have the right of complaint about academic matters if they believe their rights have been violated. When not covered by another policy, a complaint is properly filed by presenting the issue first to the faculty member or thesis, doctoral research project or dissertation committee chairperson. If not resolved, the student may take the issue to the department chairperson. If not resolved at this level, the student may take the complaint to the office of the dean of the academic college or the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

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Relationships with the University

As citizens, students have the same duties and obligations as do other citizens and enjoy the same freedoms of speech, press, religion, peaceful assembly, and petition that other citizens enjoy. In all of its dealings with students, the University will respect the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitutions and laws of the United States and the State of Michigan



The students, faculty, and staff of Central Michigan University constitute an academic community which is committed to the preservation, communication, and discovery of knowledge, and to the active pursuit of truth. Consistent with this purpose, the University recognizes its obligation to afford each student the opportunity to develop his or her educational potential while retaining free exercise of rights and freedoms as a citizen. Such opportunity should be limited only by the necessity of insuring equality of opportunity to all students, and by the corollary requirement of orderly operation of the educational processes. Each member of the Central Michigan University community assumes an obligation regarding self conduct to act in a manner consistent with a respect for the rights of others and with the University's function as an educational institution. As guides for individual and group actions within this community, the University affirms the following general principles of conduct. These principles serve as the basis for regulations concerning student conduct.


The community requires a system of order supportive of the educational process which is the purpose of the University. Primary responsibility for preserving the system of order rests upon the individuals making up the community. Each individual must accept responsibility for his or her own actions and values and for recognizing that such actions and values affect the whole community. Implicit in the community's recognition of the rights of the individual is an obligation on the part of the individual to accept responsibilities toward the community.


Even though there is a diversity of opinion regarding many ethical and moral standards, each person should endeavor to maintain self conduct in a manner consistent with respect for others and thoughtful consideration for the needs of society. In social relationships generally, including relations involving the civil, property, and personal rights of others, each individual has an obligation to act in a manner consistent with these fundamental values.


The educational function depends upon honesty, integrity, and respect for truth. Any action not consistent with these principles is unacceptable.


As part of the democratic tradition, members of the community should be free to study and act upon social issues, including issues affecting the University. Each person ought to learn and practice the art of thoughtfully examining controversial issues, expressing views individually and as a group member responsibly, and in a manner that is consistent with the educational purpose of the University.


The University community recognizes the need for the development of personal ethics and philosophies. The members of this community should be committed to broad personal growth and development in society, realizing that each individual has both the freedom and obligation to make ethical choices and to accept the attendant responsibilities.


Student Rights

Free inquiry and free expression are essential attributes of a community of scholars. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus generally, and in the community at large. The responsibility to secure and respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the University community. Students should strive to develop the capacity for critical judgment and the ability to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth, while endeavoring to exercise their freedom with maturity and responsibility. As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the University community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students.

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Disciplinary Procedures

Appendix I


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