Saint Paul College Policies & Procedures - Student Rights & Responsibilities

Saint Paul College respects the rights of students as outlined in Minnesota State Board Policy 3.1:

Freedom to Learn

In addition to the basic Constitutional rights enjoyed by all citizens, students in colleges and universities have specific rights related to academic freedom and their status as students. Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus and in the larger community. Students are expected to exercise their freedom responsibly.

Freedom of Expression

Individual students and student organizations shall be free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest and to express opinions publicly and privately. They shall be free to support causes by orderly means that do not substantially disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution. , Students shall be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.

Freedom of Association

Students shall be free to organize and join organizations to promote common and lawful interests, subject to institutional policies or regulations. Registration or recognition may be withheld or withdrawn from organizations that violate institutional regulations.

Student Sponsored Forums

Students shall have the right to assemble, to select speakers, and to discuss issues of their choice. The College shall establish reasonable time place and manner restrictions to assure the assembly does not substantially disrupt the work of the institution or does not substantially interfere with the opportunity of other students to obtain an education or otherwise infringe upon the rights of others. Such regulations shall not be used as a means of censorship. The President, or designee, may prohibit any forum, when there is a likelihood of harm to individuals or damage to property. Prior to any such prohibition, President shall make his or her best effort to consult with the student association.

Student Publications

Student-funded publications shall be free of censorship and advance approval of copy, and their editors and managers shall be free to develop their own editorial and news coverage policies. Editors and managers of student publications shall be protected from arbitrary suspension and removal because of student, faculty, administrative, or public disapproval of editorial policy or content. The student fee allocation process shall not be used as a means of editorial control of student-funded publications. All student publications shall explicitly state on the editorial page that the opinions there expressed are not necessarily those of the college, system, or student body.

Student Policies

The policies of the college or university regarding student expectations, rights and responsibilities shall be readily accessible to students.

Catalog and Course Information

To the extent possible, students shall be provided relevant and accurate information regarding courses prior to enrollment. Catalog descriptions and Web site postings shall be accurate and based on information existing at the time of publication. To the extent possible, class schedules shall list the names of faculty teaching course.

Student Academic Standing Information

Students shall have access to accurate information about general requirements for establishing and maintaining acceptable academic standing, information which enable students to determine their individual academic standing, and information regarding graduation requirements.

Academic Evaluation

Student academic performance shall be evaluated solely on the basis of academic standards, including any requirements that are noted in the catalog, course syllabus, or student handbook. Students shall have protection against prejudiced and capricious evaluation and shall not be evaluated on the basis of opinions or conduct in unrelated to academic standards. Students shall have the right to review their corrected examinations or other required assignments used by the faculty in evaluating the student’s academic performance.

Property Rights

Term papers, essays, projects, works of art and similar property including property in which the student has intellectual property rights pursuant to Board Policy 3.26 shall be returned to a student upon request, within a reasonable timeframe, when no longer needed for evaluation purposes, unless the student grants written permission for them to be retained.

Student Review and Consultation

Pursuant to the Minnesota State College & Universities Board Policies 2.3 and 2.3.1, and Saint Paul College policy Saint Paul College values and promotes appropriate levels of student participation, review and consultation in College decision-making to assure that student perspectives are considered.​


Reference: Minnesota State 3.1

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