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Academic Rights and Responsibilities

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PDF Version: AA Academic Rights and Responsibilities Policy


  1. Introduction
  2. Roles and Responsibilities
  3. Policy Statement
  4. Policy History

I. Introduction

  1. Authority: C.R.S. § 23-54-102, et seq. (2019) authorizes the Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) to establish rules and regulations to govern and operate the University and its programs. The Trustees authorize the President of MSU Denver, who subsequently authorizes the Provost, to approve, administer, and interpret policies pertaining to the academic functions of the University.

  2. Purpose: This policy outlines students' academic rights and responsibilities.

  3. Scope: This policy applies to MSU Denver students.

II. Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Responsible Executive: Chief Academic Officer

  2. Responsible Administrator: Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness

  3. Responsible Office: Academic Affairs Office

  4. Policy Contact: Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness, 303-615-1900

III. Policy Statement

  1. Academic Rights

    Students have the right to:

    1. Be informed of course expectations and requirements.
    2. Be evaluated fairly on the basis of academic performance.
    3. Participate in free and open discussion, inquiry and expression, both in the classroom and in conference.
    4. Receive competent instruction and advisement.
    5. Expect protection against professors’ improper disclosure of students’ personal information, views, beliefs, and political associations when such information has become known as a result of professors’ instructions, advisement, or counsel.
    6. Expect protection, through established procedures, against prejudicial or capricious evaluation.
    7. Assess the value of a course to make suggestions as to its direction and to evaluate both the instructor and the instruction they have received.Have input in University policy-making, which may include, but shall not be limited to, course scheduling distribution of night and day classes, calendar arrangements, library policy and development, grading systems, course development, and curriculum.
    8. Expect instructors to conduct themselves professionally in the classroom in accordance with University policies and directives.
    9. Expect instructors to maintain office hours as required by University policy.
    10. Expect reasonable academic assistance from the appropriate department.
    11. Be informed of academic standards expected of them in the classroom through a syllabus and/or course outline. Academic standards shall include, but not be limited to, classroom civility, class attendance requirements, objectives to be achieved, and the grading criteria that will be applied to a particular course of study.

  2. Academic Responsibilities

    Students have the responsibility to:

    1. Inquire about course or degree requirements if they do not understand them or are in doubt about them.
    2. Maintain the standards of academic performance established for individual courses and for programs of study.
    3. Learn the content of any course of study.
    4. Act in accordance with commonly accepted standards of academic conduct. If disruptive behavior occurs in a classroom, an instructor has authority to ask the student to leave the classroom for one class session and then report it to the Dean of Students Office. Should such disorderly or disruptive conduct persist, the instructor should report the matter to Auraria Campus Police, the Dean of Students Office, and the appropriate Department Chair and Dean’s office.
    5. Maintain academic ethics and academic honesty.
    6. Pay the tuition and fees and be officially registered to attend a class.
    7. Initiate an investigation by contacting the department chair if they believe their academic rights have been violated.

IV. Policy History

  1. Approved by: Provost

  2. Effective: July 1, 2019

  3. Review: This policy will be reviewed every three years or as deemed necessary by University leadership.

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