Boise State University
Student Code of Conduct
Student Rights and Responsibilities
A. Equal Treatment
The University has an obligation to apply its rules equally to all students. This does not mean, however, that the University is required to refrain from engaging in the conduct process with some students because there are others who cannot be identified, or who are not similarly charged. Procedural fairness incorporates adequate notice of the charges, the opportunity for a fair hearing, and the right of appeal.
For purposes of this Policy, the following characteristics are considered protected and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, individuals cannot be discriminated against based on these characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
C. Freedom in the Classroom
The classroom is not an unstructured political forum; it is the center for study and understanding of subject matter for which the faculty member has professional responsibility and institutional accountability. Control of the order and direction of class, as well as control of the scope and treatment of the subject matter, must therefore immediately rest with the individual faculty member. Faculty members and students must be free from disruption by students or others who may be in disagreement with the manner in which the faculty member discharges his/her responsibilities. When taking a class, students have a reasonable expectation to:
- Be informed in reasonable detail at the beginning of each term of the nature of the course, the course expectations, the evaluative standards, and the grading system that will be used. Students are responsible for becoming familiar with these details and for asking the faculty member for clarification if they do not understand what the course requires.
- Take reasonable, yet respectful, exception to the data or views offered in class and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, without fear of penalty. Students have a responsibility not to disrupt class in expressing their views or in reacting to the views of others.
- Protection against improper disclosure of information concerning their grades, views, beliefs, political associations, or personal characteristics that faculty members acquire in the course of their professional relationship with students. Students have the responsibility not to disclose improperly such information about their fellow students.
- Protection against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time, students are responsible for maintaining the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.
D. Good Standing
The awarding of a degree from Boise State University is conditioned upon a student’s good standing with the University and satisfaction of all university graduation requirements. “Good standing” means the student has resolved any unpaid fees or acts of academic or behavioral misconduct and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of any misconduct. Boise State University may deny the awarding of a degree if the student is dismissed from the university based on misconduct.
E. Communication with University
University email is Boise State’s primary means of communication with students. Students are responsible for receiving and reading all communication delivered to their University email addresses.
For more information, see Boise State University Policy 2280: Student Email Communications.
F. Responsibility for Guests
Students and student organizations are responsible for the conduct of guests and must use their best efforts ensure that guests comply with the Student Code of Conduct and other University policies. This includes but is not limited to guests attending university-sponsored events on or off university property, visitors to residence halls, or attendees of activities sponsored by recognized student organizations.