The Student Rights and Responsibilities Code is a part of the Policy and Procedures that govern Dixie State University. It is designed to protect individuals, the campus, and the university community as well as create an environment conducive to achieving the academic mission of the university. It is important for students to know what their rights are as well as what responsibilities they have. The full text of the document can be found in the DSU Policy Library, policy 522 Student Rights & Responsibilities.
Section 1: Student RightsStudents at Dixie State University have the following rights and privileges and also have the responsibility not to deny these rights and privileges to other members of the university community.
- Learning Environment Students have a right to an environment and climate conducive to learning and thinking. Students have a right to be treated with courtesy and respect.
- Classroom Rights Students have the right, at the beginning of the course in the form of a syllabus, to reasonable notice of the general content of the course and notice of what will be required of them.
- Academic Evaluation Students have a right to have their performance evaluated promptly, conscientiously, and without prejudice or favoritism, consistent with the criteria stated at the beginning of the course in the form of a syllabus. Student have a right to be evaluated in an atmosphere that values academic integrity.
- Role in University Governance Students have a right to participate in the formation and application of University policy affecting academic and student affairs through clearly defined means. Students have a right to perform student evaluations of faculty members.
- Due Process Students have a right to due process in any proceeding involving the possibility of serious sanctions.
- Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Harassment Students have a right to be free from illegal discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment.
- Freedom of Expression and Inquiry Students are entitled to academic freedom and autonomy in their intellectual pursuits and development.
- Privacy and Confidentiality Students have a right to privacy and confidentiality subject to University rules and other statutory regulations.
- Student Records Students have a right to educational records that accurately reflect their performance. Students have a right to examine and challenge information in their educational records.
- Student Government & Organizations Students have a right to participate in Dixie State University Student Association elections and form student organizations for any lawful purpose as approved by the dean of students.
Section 2: Student ConductThe Standards of Student Conduct apply to all students, whether on Dixie State University campus, at university activities, or even off campus. The following are prohibited:
- Physical or verbal assaults, stalking, hazing, threats, intimidation, coercion, or any other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another member of the University community or any other person.
- Hazing is defined as an abusive or humiliating initiation into a group or affiliation.
- Stalking is defined as intentionally and repeatedly following, contacting, or harassing another person, so that fear is instilled in that individual.
- Sexual harassment or discrimination.
- Disorderly or lewd conduct.
- Attempted or actual theft of University property or of any individual’s property, or intentional or reckless destruction or damage of University property, equipment, materials, data, and other resources, or intentional misuse of same, including unauthorized possession or use of computer passwords or keys.
- Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
- Use, possession or distribution of controlled substances, except for legal, personal use of prescribed medications as governed by Utah law.
- Violation of published University policies, rules, or regulations.
- Violation of federal, state, or local civil or criminal laws.
- Breaching a contract made with the University, including those related to University-owned housing.
- Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to making false statements, fraud, providing false information or identification, forgery, or misuse of University documents, forms, records, and identification cards.
- Intentional disruption or obstruction of instruction, research, meetings, or other University functions or activities, including unreasonable interference with those walking or traveling to such.
- Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of a firearm, ammunition, explosives, weapons, or dangerous chemicals; or use of such items, even if legally possessed, in a threatening or irresponsible manner that causes fear of imminent bodily harm.
- Violating the Policy 6-49 Use of University IT Resources, including copyright violations.
- Refusal to respond to reasonable requests and direction from University authorities while in the performance of their duties.