Students in the Classroom
The classroom environment should encourage free discussion, inquiry and expression. Student performance must be evaluated on basis of academic performance. At the same time, students are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. Students are responsible for learning the content and maintaining academic standards for any course of study, but in so doing, they have the right to take substantiated exception to the data or views presented in class, and they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. Information about student views, beliefs, and political associations which instructors, advisors and counselors learn in their course of work should be considered confidential. Student ability and character may be provided under appropriate circumstances.
Student Freedom Off-Campus
Students are both citizens and members of an academic community with rights of freedom of speech, peaceful assembly and petition. Administrative officials and faculty members should not employ institutional powers to inhibit the intellectual and personal development of students as promoted through the exercise of citizenship rights on and off campus. Where activities of students off-campus result in the violation of law and interrogation by investigators, the institutions should:
- Apprise students of their rights for legal counsel;
- Not duplicate the function of general laws until the CCSNH college’s interests as an academic community are distinctly and clearly involved;
- Not subject the student to a greater penalty than would normally be imposed if the off-campus violation incidentally violates an institution regulation;
- Take appropriate action independent of community pressure.
Freedom of Association
Students should be free to organize and join associations to promote their common interests. Affiliations with an external organization should not of itself disqualify a student organization from institutional recognition. Campus advisors are required, but they should not have the authority, to control the policy of such organizations. Student organizations must submit a statement of purpose, criteria for membership, rules of procedures, and a current list of officers. Campus organizations should be open to all students without respect to race, creed or origin, except for religious qualifications which may be required by organizations whose aims are primarily sectarian.
Freedom of Inquiry and Expression
Students and student organizations shall be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. At the same time, it should be made clear that in their public expressions or demonstrations students or student organizations speak only for themselves. Students should be allowed to invite and to hear any person of their own choosing. Those routine procedures required by an institution before a guest speaker is invited to appear on campus should be designed only to ensure that there is orderly scheduling of facilities and adequate preparation for the event, and that the occasion is conducted in a manner appropriate to an academic community. The institutional control of campus facilities should not be used as a device of censorship. It should be made clear to the academic and larger community that sponsorship of guest speakers does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement of the views expressed either by the sponsoring group or by the institution.
Student Participation in Institutional Government
The student body should have clearly defined means to participate in the formulation and application of institutional policy affecting academic and student affairs. The role of student government and both its general and specific responsibilities should be made explicit and the actions of student government within the areas of its jurisdiction should be reviewed only through orderly and prescribed procedures.
Institutional authorities, in consultation with students and faculty, have a responsibility to provide written clarification of the role of the student publications, the standards to be used in their evolution, and the limitations an external control of their operation. Editorial freedom entails corollary responsibilities to be governed by the cannons of responsible journalism, such as the avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity, and the techniques of harassment and innuendo.
Student Disciplinary Standards
In developing responsible student conduct, disciplinary procedures play a role and the institutions have a responsibility to:
- Clarify, through publication, those standards of behavior which are considered essential to the educational objective and community life.
- CCSNH colleges disciplinary proceedings only for violations of standards of conduct formulated or published.
- Formulate and communicate disciplinary procedures, including the student’s right to appeal a decision.
Investigation of Student Conduct
Search & Seizure
CCSNH regards the right of privacy as an essential freedom. Occupied premises, assigned lockers, privately owned automobiles or any other personal property owned or controlled by a student may not be searched without consent of the student except in the circumstances noted below. Before a search is conducted, school officials will have reasonable grounds to believe that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated, or is violating, either the law of school rules. All searches will be reasonable and justified from their inception and reasonable in scope:
- Residential Life health and safety inspections, Thanksgiving Break Closings, Winter Break Closings and Spring Break Closings to insure the health, cleanliness, safety and maintenance of the Residence Halls. During inspections, if a policy violations comes to the attention of the staff (ex. candle), it may be addressed judicially.
- Routine inspections, emergency repairs, and/or routine maintenance. Such activities do not normally include searches, but are for the purpose of inspections, maintenance and repair.
- Entries authorized in advance by the President or Vice President of Student Affairs (or designee) in writing based upon reasonable information that such entry is necessary for the purpose of detecting and removing items, including but not limited to, weapons or other contraband which violate a law or a school rule or pose a threat to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff or guests. The scope of any search conducted pursuant to this authorization shall extend no further than is necessary to secure and remove the items(s).
- Entries and searches authorized by law. Entries and searches conducted by duly and authorized law enforcement officials under circumstances authorized by law.
- Entry may be made to ensure the health and safety of occupants. Examples include, but are not limited to, fire or alarm evacuations, smell of smoke or burning items, and concern for non-responsive occupants.
- Appropriate staff may enter if there is a reasonable belief that evidence exists that a violations of CCSNH policy is taking place. Efforts will be made to seek compliance from the residents off the space before this type of entry is made.
- Search & Seizure
Status of Students Pending Action on Charges
Pending action on charges, the status of a student should not be altered, nor should the student’s right to be present on the campus and to attend classes be suspended, except for reasons relating to his/her physical or emotional well-being, or for reasons relating to the safety and well-being of students, faculty, or institution property.