Rights and Responsibilities
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 community.
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 y 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 following guidelines.
- 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 dress.
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, or
- 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 Student Records
- 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.