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Section IV

Rights And Responsibilities

Code of Conduct


Students are expected to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Conduct System as presented in the Student Guide. The rights and responsibilities of students and the expectations of the University are described in the guide, 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 Guide is available from Student Affairs, Sanford Hall.

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


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 is obligated to conform to the fair information practices required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (the "Buckley Amendment") and the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. The Registrar of the University uses a document prepared and published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) entitled, "A Guide to Postsecondary Institutions for Implementation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended," for guidance in complying with the Act.

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.

Copies of the AACRAO guide referenced above, which includes a copy of the Buckley Amendment, are available for reference in the Records Office. The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act can be found in the library and is cited in Minnesota Statutes Section 13.01.

More detailed information regarding data privacy laws is available on the Records and Advising Services website.

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 Security & 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. The report may also be viewed online at

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 Guide and in the Annual Security Report.

Additional Information on Rights and Responsibilities

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

(Student Affairs, Sanford Hall, 218-755-2075)
(Department of Security & Safety, Walnut Hall, 218-755-3888)
(department and program offices)
(Residential Life, Walnut Hall, 218-755-3750)


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 collecting 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. This information is then used for continuous quality improvement. 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 Affairs, Sanford Hall, 218-755-2075; Department of Security & Safety, Walnut Hall, 218-755-3888; or the Affirmative Action Office, Deputy 307, 218-755-2900.

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