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Section IV

Rights And Responsibilities

Code of Conduct

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Students are expected to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Conduct System as presented in the Student Handbook. The rights and responsibilities of students and the expectations of the University are described in the handbook, along with grievance and other procedures. Behavior that is threatening to the safety or welfare of one's self or others, or that is harassing or discriminatory in nature, will be reviewed promptly by the University, and appropriate action will be taken. The Student Code of Conduct does not replace or reduce the requirements of civil or criminal laws. The Student Handbook is accessible at <www.bemidjistate.edu/students/handbook/>.

Students are also expected to be familiar with academic policies and procedures as described in this catalog, as well as in the Handbook.

EXCERPT FROM THE PREAMBLE TO THE CODE OF CONDUCT

The campus is not a sanctuary from the general law. University community members violating civil or criminal law may be subject to University Conduct procedures for the same conduct when the conduct occurs on campus or when it occurs off campus but is directly related to the University community. The University may initiate Student Conduct action at its discretion.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Bemidji State University protects the privacy of student education records as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA). These federal and state laws provide information on the privacy and confidentiality of student educational records. This notice of student rights, policy and procedures is available in hard copy and in alternative formats from the Office of Student Development and Enrollment, Deputy Hall 313 and the Records and Registration Office, Deputy Hall 101.

The laws are applicable to postsecondary institutions in two primary ways: 1) institutions must permit students to inspect and review their education records; and 2) in most instances only information defined and publicized by the institution in the semester class schedules as "directory information" will be released without the express consent of the student unless otherwise directed by the student. However, under certain circumstances all educational records may be released without consent of the student.

More detailed information regarding data privacy laws is available in the Student Handbook.

Student Right to Know Act

As required by federal law, the rates at which full-time students complete bachelor's degrees from the University within a specified period of time are available on request in the Office of Institutional Research or in the Admissions Office in Deputy Hall.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

The Annual Security Report, published by the Department of Public Safety, is distributed to all students, prospective students, faculty, staff, and prospective employees, and is available upon request. The report, which is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, contains security policies and practices and campus crime statistics.

Victims' Bill of Rights

Provisions addressing the rights of victims of sexual violence or assault were added to existing Minnesota State University Board policy on September 30, 1992. The Victims' Bill of Rights policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff, of Bemidji State University and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The policy is printed in the Student Handbook and in the Annual Security Report.

Additional Information on Rights and Responsibilities

For further information on rights and responsibilities, refer to the following sources of information::

THE STUDENT HANDBOOK
 
ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT
(Department of Public Safety, Walnut Hall, 218-755-3888)
DEPARTMENT AND PROGRAM HANDBOOKS
(department and program offices)
RESIDENTIAL LIFE
(Residential Life, Walnut Hall, 218-755-3750)

Assessment

As part of Bemidji State University's commitment to institutional quality and accountability, all academic and service programs engage in an ongoing process of assessment and renewal. Assessment involves the regular collection of information about academic proficiency, knowledge, and understanding acquired through the Liberal Education curriculum, degree-granting programs, student participation in University activities, and student attitudes and opinions about their educational experiences. The information is then used to improve the quality of instruction. Assessment occurs in departments and University-wide informally and formally as scheduled in the University calendar. All students are required to participate in assessment activities on multiple occasions during their enrollment. Noncompliance with assessment activities may delay registration and/or graduation plans.

Bemidji State University endorses the Minnesota State Legislature's ethic of zero tolerance toward sexual violence and sexual harassment. All members of the Bemidji State community are expected to comply with the letter of protective laws and to take the spirit of such laws to heart. For information on the consequences of violating regulations, and on reporting incidents, refer to sexual violence/harassment publications available at the Hobson Memorial Union Information Desk and other campus locations, or contact the Office of Student Development and Enrollment, Deputy Hall, 218-755-2075; Department of Public Safety, Walnut Hall, 218-755-3888; or the Human Resources Office, Deputy Hall, 218-755-3966.


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