Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards
  

3.9.1  The institution publishes a clear and appropriate statement of student rights and responsibilities and disseminates the statement to the campus community. (Student rights)

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The University provides students with clear guidelines for students’ rights and responsibilities.  The student handbook, including the UNO Student Code of Conduct [Page: 21] , is the primary source of information for student rights, code of conduct, and student policies.  The student handbook is published each year on the student affairs and enrollment management website and is available online as a downloadable PDF file to all students.   The student handbook includes important information including an administrator’s directory, academic information pertaining to registration and grades, first year initiatives, student service resources, student organizations, UNO history and traditions, the Student Code of Conduct, overview of campus policies for all students, and campus policies for non-students.

The University of New Orleans Student Code of Conduct is clearly outlined in the student handbook.  The Student Code of Conduct can also be found on the Student Accountability and Advocacy website.

The statement of purpose of the code of conduct states, “The university has the legal right and moral obligation to establish reasonable rules for academic and personal conduct and to deny admission to applicants or continued enrollment to students who do not meet or maintain these standards.  The university does, in addition, reserve the right to review any action taken by civil or student accountability authorities regarding UNO students or student organizations.  Special conditions such as counseling and/or sanctions may be imposed on students or student organizations that are found in violation of these standards.”

Student Rights and Responsibilities [Page: 30] are clearly stated in the “Campus Policies for All Students: An Overview” section of the student handbook. 

All students admitted to the University of New Orleans accept the responsibility to conform to all UNO rules and regulations.  The University will make every reasonable effort to make the rules and regulations available.  Each student is responsible for becoming familiar with and abiding by them.”

All students at the University of New Orleans have the following rights and freedoms:

1. All students are guaranteed freedom of expression and assembly.  Students have the right to organize groups or to join associations in support of any cause or common interest as long as gatherings are held in an orderly fashion and are not disruptive to the members of the University community or to the functioning of the university.

2. The student press is to be free of censorship.

3. The role and responsibility of Student Government shall be explicit and clearly defined.  Student Government affords a means of student expression in the formulation and application of all institutional policies affecting academic and student life.

4. Upon seizure or arrest by University officials, a student will be informed of his or her legal rights in accordance with the law. 

5. Students will not be subject to duress by arresting officers to coerce admission of guilt or gain information about conduct of other suspected person(s).

6. No searches or seizures of a student’s living space or private property will be ordered or conducted unless the order is issued by the University officials upon reasonable suspicion of violations of law or of University policy, rules or regulations.  However, searches and seizures may be conducted by University officials including the staff of the University Housing Office and/or the University Police once reasonable suspicion of a violation is found.

7. Students and student organizations have the right to a fair and impartial resolution of an alleged violation.

8. Students and student organizations have the right to be free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, or any other status protected by the law.

9. Students shall have the opportunity to participate in the formation of policy directly affecting students through membership on committees as determined by appropriate administrators and/or through the President.

All students at the University of New Orleans have the following responsibilities:

1. Students and student organizations will respect the rights of others, maintain behavior that is conducive to a teaching and learning environment, and uphold the integrity of the University.

2. Students and student organizations will abide by all University policies, rules and regulations.

3. Students have the responsibility to know and to obey the laws of the United States, the State of Louisiana and local governments.  Student status in no way exempts them from the requirements of obeying such laws.

Additionally, there are several policy links on the student affairs and enrollment management website for student access.

  • Academic Dishonesty Policy
  • Alcohol Sale and Consumption Policy
  • Demonstration or Mass Protest Policy
  • Distribution of Literature Policy
  • Drug-Free Campus Policy
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
  • Freedom of Expression Policy/Event Registration (Off Campus Organizations)
  • Freedom of Expression Policy/Event Registration (Student Organizations)
  • Grade Appeal Policy (Final Course Grade)
  • Harassment and Discrimination Policy
  • HIV/AIDS Policy
  • Hazing Policy
  • Off-Campus Speakers Policy
  • Policy for Students with Disabilities
  • Posting Signs and/or Fliers on Campus Policy
  • Recreational and Intramural Sports
  • ResNet Copyright Infringement Policy
  • Selling and Soliciting on Campus Policy
  • Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Smoking Policy
  • Student and Student Organization Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities Policy
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Student Computer Usage Policy
  • Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990
  • Use of Institutional Name Policy
  • Weapons on Campus
  • Faculty and Departmental Action [Page: 4]

Faculty and staff complaints regarding students and/or student organizations should be handled at the lowest possible level. In general, that means that the faculty member, department personnel, or staff member should first attempt to resolve the conflict with the student directly.

In the case of a student's inappropriate behavior in or out of the classroom, a faculty or staff member may assign a Warning or Restitution and ask the student to leave the classroom or location for that period but may not permanently ban him/her from the class or location.

If a student does not agree that a violation occurred or does not agree with the sanction imposed, he/she may request to have the case heard through the student accountability process outlined in the code.

Alleged violation(s) or sanction(s) that are considered to be more severe must be directly addressed through the Student Code of Conduct. All departmental sanctions must be sent to the Associate Dean in writing within seven working days. The attending record will be maintained with all other procedural files in the Student Affairs Office. Other operating units of the university, including, but not limited to, academic colleges, academic departments, University Housing, University Center, the Library, dining services, intramural and intercollegiate athletics and Greek governing structures, may also have rules and policies that students and student organizations must follow, as long as they are consistent with the provisions of this code. If questions arise over a violation, a sanction or a policy, this Student Code of Conduct shall supersede.

Types of Conduct Meetings: Resolution Conference or UNO Student Accountability Hearing Committee

Any student or student organization accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct must participate in a resolution conference with the Associate Dean and, when appropriate, the complainant. If the matter is not resolved at the conference level, a student accountability hearing will be held before the UNO Student Accountability Committee.

Resolution Conference

The purpose of a resolution conference is to resolve alleged violations in an informal setting. Once a written complaint has been lodged with the Associate Dean, the accused will be notified in writing of the complaint within a reasonable time. In addition, the accused will be mailed or otherwise provided with a copy of the Student Code of Conduct, which outlines the student accountability process. A pre- conference meeting may be held with the accused and a Student Affairs staff member to explain the procedures and to discuss the documentation supporting the complaint. This meeting may take place approximately three working days prior to the resolution conference so that the accused has adequate time in which to prepare; however, some circumstances may justify a shorter or a longer period between the pre-conference meeting and the resolution conference. A resolution conference consists only of the accused, the complainant (when appropriate), and the Associate Dean. At the resolution conference, the complainant may make a statement, followed by the accused's statement. Questions and discussion may follow. If an agreement has been reached on the violation(s), appropriate sanction(s) may be agreed upon if necessary. A written agreement including sanction(s), if any, will be prepared and the accused, the complainant and the Associate Dean must sign the agreement. If the agreement is not signed within three working days, the case will be referred to the UNO Student Accountability Committee. If no agreement is reached, the case must be referred to the UNO Student Accountability Committee. If the accused falls to appear at the resolution conference, the case will be referred to the UNO Student Accountability Committee. Should the complainant not appear at the resolution conference and has not been excused by the Associate Dean, the case is subject to dismissal.

UNO Student Accountability Committee Composition and Power

The UNO Student Accountability Committee holds an informational hearing to review alleged violation(s). The maximum number of committee members shall be no more than four faculty/staff members and three students but no less than a total of four committee members, with at least one member being a student are required to hear a complaint. However, it is required that four committee members be present to vote on a complaint or sanction. A faculty member appointed by the Associate Dean shall serve as chair of the committee. At the discretion of the chair, non-voting committee members may be present. Staff and student members are chosen by the President from a pool of names submitted by each Academic Dean, university departments, and by the Student Government. Faculty members will be drawn from the University Senate Hearings Pool on Student Misconduct/Academic Dishonesty.   To be eligible, students may not be on academic probation or under any university sanction.

The UNO Student Accountability Committee may consult any person(s) during the student accountability process who they feel can assist in the fact finding and recommendation process.

If the accused is found to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the committee will recommend the appropriate sanction(s) to the Associate Dean. If the recommended sanction is expulsion, the committee's recommendation must be unanimous; if other sanctions are recommended, a majority vote is necessary. If the accused does not attend the hearing and does not provide a satisfactory explanation of his/her absence at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing, or if the accused leaves the hearing prior to its conclusion, the hearing will proceed and the committee shall make a recommendation based on the available information. Should the complainant not appear before the UNO Student Accountability Committee, the case may be dismissed.

The chair is responsible for conducting an orderly hearing and deciding on the admissibility of information, procedural questions, etc. The chair may expel or exclude anyone from the proceeding who is disorderly or for any other appropriate reason. It is expected that all persons involved in the hearing will be treated with respect and it is the chair's role to ensure that the environment is conducive to the process.

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconAdd_Student_Pol_WebAdditional Student Policies Disseminated on University of New Orleans Website
Document IconFac_Dept_ActionDescription of Faculty and Departmental Action in Response to Alleged Violations and Grievances
Document IconUNO_Student_Acc_Adv_WebUniversity of New Orleans Student Accountability and Advocacy Website
Document IconUNO_Student_Aff_WebUniversity of New Orleans Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Website
Document IconUNO_Student_HandbookUniversity of New Orleans Student Handbook