Student Rights

Student rights

Basic rights

As provided by University policy or by law:

  • Students have the right to free inquiry, expression and association.
  • Students should be free from discrimination and harassment based on race, sex, sexual orientation, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status or family status.
  • Students should be secure in their persons, living quarters, papers and effects.
  • Students are protected against improper disclosure of, and access to, education records as provided for in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
  • Students are free to participate in the governance of the University through membership in appropriately designated University and college committees.
  • Students have the right to access their personal records and other University files as provided for under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

Academic rights

Students have those academic rights and responsibilities as described in the University catalogs, including but not limited to the following:

  • Student performance will be evaluated solely on academic criteria.
  • Students have protection against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation.
  • Students are 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.
  • Students will be informed by the faculty about course requirements, evaluation procedures, and the academic criteria to be used in each class. This information will be provided at the beginning of the semester or sufficiently in advance of actual evaluation.