Student Rights and Responsibilities

Board of Regents (BOR) Policy and Regulations, Part IX – Student Affairs:

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The university will maintain an academic environment in which the freedom to teach, conduct research, learn, and administer the university is protected. Students will enjoy maximum benefit from this environment by accepting responsibilities commensurate with their role in the academic community. The principles found herein are designed to facilitate communication, foster academic integrity, and defend freedoms of inquiry, discussion, and expression among members of the university community. (BOR Policy: P09.02.010)

Students will have the right:

  1. to pursue an education free from illegal discrimination and to be judged on the basis of relevant abilities, qualifications, and performance;
  2. to fair and impartial academic evaluation and a means of recourse through orderly procedures to challenge action contrary to such standard;
  3. to free inquiry and expression;
  4. to access their own personnel and education records and to have the university maintain and protect the confidential status of such records, as required by appropriate legal authority;
  5. through student representatives, to participate in formulating and evaluating institutional policies;
  6. to organize and join associations to promote their common and lawful interests;
  7. to be able to protest on university premises in a manner which does not obstruct or disrupt teaching, research, administration, or other activities authorized by the university;
  8. to an academic environment conducive to intellectual freedom;
  9. to a fair and orderly disciplinary process; and
  10. to have access to accurate information regarding tuition, fees and charges, course availability, general requirements for establishing and maintaining acceptable academic standing, and graduation requirements.

Students will be expected to balance these rights with the responsibility to respect the learning environment for others and for themselves and to make their best effort to meet academic challenges undertaken. Students will be responsible for compliance with the University of Alaska Student Code of Conduct.

Information regarding student rights and responsibilities will be set forth in student handbooks and made available in libraries, student affairs offices, and/or electronically. Students will be expected to make a good faith effort to become knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities as students. (BOR Policy: P09.02.010)