Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities
The role of the University of Alaska Anchorage is to encourage people of all ages to develop their skills and talents differently, according to individual abilities and interests, so that collectively they contribute to the continuum of democracy. University policies, procedures, and regulations are formulated to guarantee each student’s freedom to learn and to protect the constitutional rights of others.
The concept of rights and freedoms, no matter how basic or widely accepted, carries with it corresponding responsibilities. Students, as well as other members of the university community, enjoy the same constitutional and civil rights guaranteed all citizens; at the same time, they are subject to the laws of the nation, the State of Alaska and the local community. All members of the university community have a responsibility to protect and maintain an academic climate in which the freedom to learn can be enjoyed by all. To this end, certain basic regulations and policies have been developed to govern the behavior of students as members of the university community.
Violations of student conduct regulations are handled through the campus director’s office. Violations of federal, state, and/or local laws make a student subject to civil or criminal action in addition to disciplinary action by the University. Each student is responsible for knowing KPC/UAA policies, procedures and deadlines. Policies and regulations may be found in the university catalog, the UAA student handbook and in the director’s office.
Freedom of Expression
The rights of free speech and peaceable assembly are fundamental to the democratic process. The university supports the rights of students of the university community to express their views and opinions on actions or ideas, to associate freely with others, and to assemble peacefully. Whether expressing themselves as individuals or in organized groups, members of the university community are expected to conduct themselves responsibly, according to law, and to respect the basic educational goals of the university. Accordingly, the university insists that free expression not violate the rights of others. Disruption of the educational processes and functions of the university, or violation of law, would constitute such a violation.
Freedom of Access
Within the limits of its resources, UAA shall be open to all applicants who are qualified according to current enrollment and admission requirements. The University of Alaska Anchorage does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, physical or mental disability, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services, programs and activities.
Freedom of Association
Students are free to associate to promote their common interests. They have the right to seek through official procedures establishment of organizations, so long as they are not in conflict with the educational purposes of the university. Students have the right to affiliate with officially registered campus organizations of their choice, within the membership requirements of those organizations.
Freedom from Unreasonable Search/Seizure
Students shall be free from unreasonable search and/or seizure regarding their person and their personal property. If a situation should occur in which a student is interrogated and/or arrested by university police officers, that student has the right to remain silent, the right to be free of coercion and the right to be advised of these rights.
Student Participation in Institutional Government
Students shall be free, individually and collectively, to express their views on issues of institutional policy and on matters of general interest to the student body. The student body shall have clearly defined means to participate in the formulation and application of institutional policy affecting academic and student affairs.
Academic Rights of Students
The university has the responsibility of providing a program of high quality education in keeping with its financial resources; students have protection through campus-specific procedures against arbitrary or capricious academic evaluation. Student performance shall be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students are responsible for the proper completion of their academic program, for familiarity with all requirements of the university catalog, and for maintaining an acceptable grade average for degree requirements. Students have the right to be informed at the beginning of each term of the nature of the course, course expectations, evaluation standards, and the grading system.