Carolina State University
SACS Compliance Certification
August 15, 2003
Standards: Educational Programs 3.9.1 (student rights)
The Code of Student Conduct, which is administered by the Office of Student Conduct, contains statements of students’ rights and responsibilities at NC State University. The document, which has been approved as policy by the Board of Trustees of North Carolina State University (BOT), describes prohibited student conduct and the conditions under which the university would apply the code.
This policy is complemented by the Procedures Manual, which is a compilation of administrative regulations describing the process and procedures used to adjudicate alleged violations of the code.
In creating the code, the authors used a template adopted by the Association for Student Judicial Affairs as a recommended standard for conduct programs. Many other student conduct programs across the country started with the same basic template and adapted it for their own campuses.
The code is distributed to all new students during their orientation to the university. It is also freely available online, posted in its entirety as part of the Student Handbook.
During orientation, counselors present skits to highlight relevant aspects of the code. Students also learn about the code through multiple distribution methods by university housing, including links to the code in application materials, housing contracts, and newsletters. On the website, students are informed that copies of the printed student handbook are available from the Campus Activities office.
If students, faculty, or staff have questions about the Code of Student Conduct, the Office of Student Conduct website contains contact information for all staff. The website also contains answers to a list of frequently asked questions. In addition to offering online assistance, Student Conduct includes staff contact information in all its printed materials.
To supplement the code, Student Conduct also produces materials to explain specific student rights and responsibilities, such as academic integrity. The Student Handbook also explains student rights and responsibilities. For example, the section on “Academic Advising” states, “Students have the primary responsibility for planning their individual programs and meeting graduation requirements.” This statement is followed by a list of student responsibilities regarding advising. Also published in the Student Handbook is a section on students’ rights to privacy according to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), including the university’s requirement to maintain the privacy of student records and students right to inspect their records. Finally, the Student Handbook contains information about students’ rights to file a grievance through the Grievance Procedures for Students, and students’ rights as “residence hall community members” in University Housing.
In addition to these rights and responsibilities, a statement of student rights and responsibilities specifically for graduate students is published in the Graduate Administrative Handbook.
All of the policies and practices related to undergraduate and graduate student rights and responsibilities are the same for on-campus programs and distance education programs.