Student Rights & Responsibilities

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This Student Rights and Responsibilities document was developed to promote an atmosphere conducive to learning and personal growth. As a basic framework, Georgia Highlands College students are guaranteed the rights, privileges, freedoms and responsibilities granted to United States citizens. Students are expected to abide by all local, state and federal laws as well as college policies. Alleged violations of laws may be referred to the appropriate authorities. Violation of law may also result in action by the college.

Beyond the general rights and responsibilities of citizenship, Georgia Highlands College has developed an Academic Integrity Code and a Student Code of Conduct to guide students as citizens of the academic community. The discipline process supports the educational mission of the college. Its sanctions are designed to educate the student and maintain an atmosphere for learning. For example, sanctions may include required community service designed both to promote learning and to make restitution for damages that might have occurred. The purposes of the disciplinary process include the following:

  • Protecting relevant legal rights of students
  • Facilitating and encouraging respect for campus governance and regulations
  • Developing, disseminating, interpreting and enforcing campus regulations

In cases that involve actions or misconduct that would cause a student or students to be subjected to disciplinary sanctions, the student(s) will have the right to due process as accorded in the U.S. Constitution, the Constitution of Georgia, and all applicable laws.

Code of Conduct Academic Integrity Policy