Student Handbook

Students Rights and Responsiblities

Monroe Community College respects the dignity of each individual member of the College community. The College recognizes certain rights and responsibilities as integral to achieving opportunities for intellectual, cultural, social and personal growth, and the health and safety of every student. These rights include, but are not limited to:

• The opportunity to pursue higher education;

• Freedom to exercise the rights of citizenship, association, inquiry, and expression;

• Appropriate privacy and confidentiality;

• A safe academic environment;

• Voting representation on all recommendations to the President of the College on matters of academic policy, student affairs, and curriculum;

• The right to fair and equal treatment, instruction, evaluation, and services by faculty, staff, and students; and

• Procedural due process (specified below) in grievance and disciplinary hearings.

Most importantly, students have the right to quality education. This includes, but is not limited to, the right to competent instruction in courses and programs; the right to assistance in overcoming educational, cultural, emotional, and economic disadvantages which hinder the educational process; and the right to receive, in writing from each faculty member during the first week of classes, a brief written course description, course requirements, attendance policy, and an explanation of the grading system to be utilized.

As a corollary to the aforementioned rights, students are expected to assume the following responsibilities:

• To be knowledgeable of, and comply with, the directives, regulations, and laws as established by the SUNY Board of Trustees and the College;

• To respect the rights of individuals and groups to independent action, as long as those rights do not interfere with the parallel rights of others – minorities and majorities alike; and

• To be knowledgeable of, and comply with, the directives, regulations, and laws of duly constituted civil authorities.