Why are Student Rights and Responsibilities Important?
It is important that students understand both the grounds for disciplinary action, so as to avoid a violation, and the components and timelines involved with due process. A student’s ability to successfully complete a course can be greatly enhanced if the student is aware of the expectations the college has for student conduct both in the classroom and on the campus grounds or when engaged with college-sponsored activities.
Upholding academic integrity is of utmost concern for college staff. As such, disruptive behavior in the classroom, cheating, and plagiarism, i.e. using someone else’s words or ideas as your own, each are taken seriously and are immediate grounds for disciplinary action. Many instructors list in their course syllabus the classroom rules by which students should abide while participating and attending the instructor’s class. Avoiding an allegation of disruptive behavior, therefore, is as easy as following the class rules. To avoid the allegation of plagiarism, a student should understand how to properly cite sources that are quoted directly or paraphrased in the text of the student’s paper.