General Student Rights

Rights of Plymouth State University students are the same as the rights of any other citizen except where otherwise indicated. There are certain responsibilities that are ‘assumed’ by each student when they become a member of the Plymouth State University community. Individual rights, in some cases however, may not supersede the rights of others within the university community.

Right to Pursue Learning

The right to pursue learning in and out of the classroom.

Right of Expression

The right to express views in a responsible manner.

Right to Due Process

The right in major level conduct matters to receive notification of charges, date and location of hearing, opportunity to participate in a fair hearing, and right to appeal matters of judgment of academic performance and personal conduct.

Right to Federally Mandated Information

The right to information that is in compliance with Federally mandated reporting requirements of universities. This includes information required through the Annual Security Report, Campus Crime Statistics, Drug Free Schools and Community Act of 1989, and Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act.

Right to Participate in Student Governance

Students have the right to participate in institutional governance and policy formulation. The student senate is the student governing body of the university operating under a constitution approved by the University President and responsible to her. It is an advisory body only, since all its acts must receive the approval of the University President, before they become operative. The President, by law, is the only person authorized to make such changes since she is charged legally with overseeing the entire operation of the university.

Student Senate:

The student body, in accordance with the Student Government Constitution, elects the Senates’ membership. Meetings are held weekly, during academic session, and are open to all students, faculty and staff who wish to attend. A senate member is the person to see if a student wishes to bring a problem to the attention of the senate or is interested in becoming a representative of the university on conferences or university inter-visitations.

Student Government Constitution

The PSU Student Government Constitution is maintained in and may be viewed in the Student Government Office.

Rights and Responsibilities Under the Law

The university shall not abridge individual rights under the law.

Right to Non-Discrimination

Every student has the right to pursue their educational interests in an environment free from discrimination and harassment and where personal dignity and respect are valued. Violators of these codes of conduct will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

It is the policy of Plymouth State University, in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran’s status or disability in any of its programs and activities. Inquiries, grievances and requests for more information concerning this policy should be addressed to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

NOTE: The Dean of Students serves as the Title IX Coordinator and the Coordinator for processing student grievances against employees of the university.