Student Rights

The following rights are afforded to all students:

  1. The right to exercise freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of peaceful assembly and petition.
  2. The right to full participation in all areas of College life.
  3. The right to conduct oneself off campus without specific restrictions imposed by the College except for violations of College policies or when one’s conduct impacts or poses a continuing threat to the College community. Violations of laws off campus may be interpreted as impacting or posing a continuing threat to the College community, and disciplinary action, not excluding expulsion from the College or any other College sanctions, may result from such conduct.
  4. The right in the classroom to be assured against prejudiced or capricious evaluation; the right to decline disclosure of personal, religious, or political views; the right to take reasoned exception to information, conjecture, or views presented; and the right to seek mediation for any evaluation, disclosure, or other decision which is felt to be unjustly made by a classroom instructor.
  5. The right to know what items constitute the personal permanent record kept by the College and to have access to review all such items, with the exception of those items supplied to the College in confidence; the right to have all disciplinary records purged when the College deems them inactive; the right to privacy of one’s educational records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  6. The right to organize and join campus organizations with educational, lawful, and peaceful purposes; the right of recognized organizations to invite and sponsor speakers and other presentations of an educational nature as long as orderly conditions can be reasonably assured; and the right of recognized organizations to use Lynchburg College facilities.
  7. The right to have privacy in College housing and to be free from room inspections (except for maintenance, routine hall closings, and emergency health/safety checks) or from search (except by authorized personnel presenting search authorization from the Office of the Dean of Students, the director of residence life, or a dean on call, specifying reasons for the search, what objects are sought, and the location to be searched); the right to be present at such searches unless the occupant cannot be reached or be present within a reasonable time.
  8. The right to have peaceful and quiet conditions for study.
  9. The right to establish a system of Student Government that shall represent the student body and prescribe and define codes of student conduct and affairs within the limits of law and legal obligations of the College and with the approval of the general faculty; and the right to implement and enforce such codes through a system of student judicial boards.
  10. The right, when under investigation or during a hearing for alleged violation of the Honor and Student Conduct Codes, to written notice of the alleged infraction; sufficient time, as defined in College disciplinary procedures, to prepare for a hearing; notice of witnesses invited to participate in the hearing; opportunity to know and suggest questions for witnesses who participate in the hearing; guarantee against self-incrimination; assurance that decision concerning responsibility or lack thereof shall be made only on the basis of introduced information; and provision for appeal.
  11. The right to participate in the decision-making processes of the College by having student membership on faculty committees that deal with matters affecting student affairs.
  12. The right to examine all pertinent data, to question assumptions, to be guided by the evidence of scholarly research, and to study the substance of a given discipline.
  13. The right to own student works that one creates and submits in fulfillment of academic requirements. Students are responsible for obtaining and maintaining copyright permissions related to their creations.