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2016-2017 Catalog


Student Rights and Freedoms

In addition to rights extended to members of the FRCC student body, individuals also have rights and freedoms under federal, state and local law. Some of those college-related rights and freedoms include:

Freedom of access to the college and to college facilities, services and programs, in accordance with: The Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Colorado statutes; and college policies and procedures.

Freedom in the classroom, including the right to:

  • Ask questions, discuss any views, provided such activity does not infringe on the rights of others.
  • Expect professional conduct from faculty.
  • Be informed of the academic standards expected in each course.
  • Be evaluated solely on the basis of academic performance.
  • Privacy in regard to personal or scholastic information.
  • Have access to faculty members during their posted office hours.
  • Receive reasonable academic assistance from the institution.

Freedom on campus, including the right to:

  • Be free from harassment or discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation.
  • Expect an environment free of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Discuss and express in an orderly way any view in support of any cause, while not disrupting college operations or infringing on the rights of others.
  • Dress in any way that personal taste dictates and that does not interfere with the educational process or with health and safety requirements.
  • Expect that possessions not be opened or searched without consent or unless probable cause exists or under urgent circumstances.
  • Be informed of institutional procedures and other expectations.
  • Have access to services without unreasonable delays.
  • Expect professional conduct from college employees.

Freedom in student affairs, including the right to:

  • Have a student government.
  • Organize and join campus clubs for educational, political, social, religious or cultural purposes. The function and structure of student clubs is determined by the FRCC club guidelines.
  • Use meeting rooms and other campus facilities, as well as bulletin boards, throughout the campus in compliance with college policies and procedures.
  • Expect compliance with college contractual agreements.
  • Assemble, select speakers and guests, discuss issues of choice, and have the same rights as other citizens to hear differing points of view and to draw conclusions.
  • Distribute written materials on campus in a manner consistent with other rights and freedoms, after obtaining the prior approval required of any individual or organization (please contact Student Services).

Freedom in academic affairs, including the right to:

  • Serve as members of committees that study such issues as: course scheduling, the instructional calendar, library policy and development, grading systems, course and curriculum development, search committees, and standards and procedures for student discipline.
  • Appeal academic decisions regarding completion of program, graduation requirements, academic dismissal from a program, or final grades.

    Freedom to grieve, including the right to:
  • Use grievance procedures and to seek redress when they believe that either their rights or their freedoms have been violated. See the college catalog or your campus dean of Student Services for grievance procedures.