Student Rights and Responsibilities are set forth in writing in order to give students general notice of some of their rights and responsibilities at High Point University. Additional rights and responsibilities are set forth in University publications — including the Guide to Campus Life, residence hall contracts, and bulletins. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of all University rules and processes; students should seek advice from Student Life or Academic Affairs if they have any questions about the purposes or intent of University rules and processes.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is civil and reflects openness to educational experiences. Students have a right to expect High Point University “to deliver educational experiences that enlighten, challenge, and prepare students to lead lives of significance in complex global communities” (High Point University mission). Additionally, students have a right to function in their daily activities within a safe and caring campus environment.
High Point University is firmly committed to principles of honor and ethical conduct as stated in the Honor Code and in the Conduct Code that all incoming freshman sign. By enrolling in the University, students embrace the commitment to the Honor Code and Conduct Code as well as to other University expectations and responsibilities. It is the responsibility of students to act honorably in all phases of student life and to understand student rights and responsibilities as well as procedures and consequences when their behaviors do not conform to University rules.
High Point University is a community of learning that supports freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom from discrimination, freedom of expression, and much more. The University seeks to maintain and support an environment where students have rights; however, the following list of rights is not intended to be complete or exclusive.
Expression: Students are able to freely examine and exchange diverse ideas in an orderly manner inside and outside of the classroom.
Association: Students can associate freely with other individuals, groups of individuals and organizations for purposes that do not infringe on the rights of others.
Access: Students with a disability have the right to request reasonable accommodations ensuring equal access to courses, course content, programs, services, and facilities.
Freedom from Discrimination: Students can expect to participate fully in the University community without discrimination as defined by federal, state or University regulations.
Safe Environment: Students have a right to learn in a safe campus community.
Discipline: Students can expect discipline and sanctions for misconduct; students have a right to a hearing regarding the misconduct.
High Quality Resources: Students have access to high quality resources which support intellectual, emotional, and social development.
Counseling: Students have access to mental wellness services and programs.
Grievance Process: Students have access to established procedures for respectfully presenting and addressing their concerns or complaints to the University.
Learning Outside the Classroom: Students have access to a variety of activities beyond the classroom that support intellectual, spiritual and personal development.
Education: Students have access to extraordinary education that includes excellent faculty, academic technology, classrooms, libraries, and other resources necessary for the learning process.
Personal Growth: Students live and study in an environment that emphasizes personal growth.
Service to the Community: Students have opportunities to provide service to the University community and beyond.
University Governance: Students participate in the governance of the University.
Prompt Responses from Administration: Students have the right to expect prompt and courteous responses from the University’s academic and administrative departments.
Academic and Administrative Policies: Students can expect academic and administrative policies that support intellectual inquiry, learning, and growth.
High Point University students have a responsibility to uphold the University Honor Code, Conduct Code as well as other rules and processes. When students behave contrary to University rules and processes, the University will take appropriate action.
In order to fulfill its mission “to deliver educational experiences that enlighten, challenge, and prepare students to lead lives of significance in complex global communities”, High Point University has the authority and responsibility to maintain order within the University and to exclude students who are disruptive of the educational experience.