|Student Rights and Freedoms
- The following enumeration of freedoms shall not be construed
to deny other rights retained by students in their capacity
as members of the student body or as members of the campus
- Freedom of Access
- Within the limits of its resources, Northeast will admit
all applicants who are qualified in accordance with
published admission requirements.
- All facilities and services of Northeast will be available
to registered students insofar as practical according
to Northeast policy.
- Freedom in the Classroom
- Students will have the freedom to inquire, to discuss,
and to express their views by orderly means that do
not infringe upon the rights of others or impede the
progress of the class.
- Students have the right, through a course syllabus
or outline, to be informed of the academic standards
expected of them in each course. Academic standards
include, but are not limited to, class attendance
requirements, objectives to be achieved, and the grading
criteria which are applied to a particular course.
- Students have the right to be evaluated solely on
the basis of their academic performance, not on their
opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic
standards or course requirements. Students have the
right to be protected through established procedure
against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation.
- Students have the right to expect that faculty will
post and maintain office hours, as required by Northeast
policy. Students may also expect that faculty will
be available during scheduled office hours to help
with academic concerns.
- Students have the right to expect the institution
to provide reasonable academic assistance both in
and out of the classroom.
- Students have the right to be free from explicit
or implied sexual or racial harassment.
- Students will have the opportunity, through established
institutional mechanisms, to assess the value of a
course theme, to make suggestions as to its direction,
and to evaluate both the instructor and the instruction
they have received.
- Freedom on Campus
- Students have the right to discuss and to express
by orderly means any view in support of any cause,
providing it does not disrupt the operation of the
institution or infringe on the rights of other members
of the college community.
- Students are free to determine their personal behavior
without institutional interference, according to the
- Dress and grooming are modes of personal expression
which are left to the individual except when they
violate the Student Code or for reasonable requirements
of health and safety. Standards of dress and grooming
will be set for ceremonial occasions, such as
graduation, the nature of which requires particular
- Student's lockers or Residence Hall rooms will
not be searched unless:
- the student to whom the locker or room
belongs, or to whom the possessions in question
belong, consents to the search, or
- a law enforcement officer conducts a search
pursuant to a judicially obtained search warrant,
- the search is conducted pursuant to an administrative
entry/search permit signed by the Vice President
of Student Services. In those instances where
there is probable cause to believe that a
life-threatening situation exists, no warrant
will be necessary.
- Freedom from Improper Disclosure of
- The privacy and confidentiality of all student educational
records will be preserved and access guaranteed in
accordance with the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended, 1976) and pursuant
regulations. Northeast will not permit access to, or the
release of, student educational records or personally
identifiable information contained therein, other
than information found in the campus directory and
similar information. All information pertaining to
an individual student may be inspected by school officials
pursuing legitimate educational interests.
- Freedom in Student Life
- Students are free to organize and join campus clubs
or student organizations for educational, political,
social, religious, or cultural purposes without restraint
by either Northeast administration or the Student Government.
All campus student organizations must be recognized
by the Student Government; this recognition is not
automatic. The procedure for obtaining such recognition
is available in the office of Student Services.
- Students will have primary responsibility for activities
sponsored by the student body. Among the activities
are cultural programs, student political affairs and
student publications. The intellectual vitality and
academic freedom of the student body will be encouraged
in such activities by broad representation of student
taste and opinion.
- Students have the right of assembly to select speakers
and guests and to discuss issues of their choice.
An invitation to a speaker will not imply endorsement
of the speaker's view by either the student group
or Northeast. Students will enjoy the same right as other
citizens to hear different points of view and draw
their own conclusions.
- Any enrolled student will be eligible to seek office
in the Student Government in conjunction with the
guidelines found in the Student Government Constitution.
The Student Government may expend resources in its
role as a representative body. However, the Student
Government cannot allocate resources, expend funds,
or make regulations in violation of State of Nebraska
fiscal rules, or in a manner which violates any existing
local, state, or federal law.