Rights & Responsibilities
Freedom of Access
Haigazian University is open to applicants qualified according to the published admissions policies and standards. Upon matriculation each student has access to all HU services and facilities for which he/she is qualified. Access may be denied to persons who are not HU students.
Classroom rights & Privileges
Instructors are expected to encourage open discussion and inquiry. Students may take reasoned exception to information offered in any course and should make judgments on matters through informed opinion.
Protection against Improper Disclosure
Students’ views, political associations, and beliefs which are confided to instructors, advisers, and counselors during the performance of their duties are confidential.
No one outside HU may have access to, nor will HU disclose, any information from a student’s educational or health record without the written consent of the student. Exceptions are HU personnel, officials of other institutions in which the student seeks to enroll, persons or organizations providing the student’s financial aid, accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation functions, persons in compliance with a judicial order, and persons in an emergency seeking to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons. Within the HU community, only members acting in the student’s educational interest, individually or collectively, are allowed access to student educational records. These members include personnel from the offices of the President, the Dean, the Chief Financial Officer, the Registrar, Financial Aid, Admissions, and Academic Advising, as well as academic personnel within the limitations of their need to know.
It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with the information presented in this catalog, and know and observe all policies and procedures related to the program he/she is pursuing. Regulations will not be waived nor exceptions granted even if a student pleads ignorance of policies or procedures. Although academic advisers will assist students in every way possible, the responsibility for following all policies and meeting all requirements and deadlines rests with the student. A student is expected to satisfy the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time he/she is admitted and begins course work in a degree program. However, a student may elect to graduate under the catalog in force at the time of his/her graduation, provided the departmental chair approves and the student complies with all requirements of the later catalog. New catalogs take effect on October 1 of the year published.
Regular class attendance is expected of each student. Individual instructors are responsible for clarifying the policy of the university in the first session of the semester. The university allows students to miss a maximum of 9 class periods during a 3 credit course that meets three times a week, and 6 class periods during a 3 credit course that meets twice a week.
The instructor has the right to limit the number of missed periods to less than 9, but he/she may not permit more. If a student misses more sessions than allowed by the instructor, he/she may be notified that credit will not be given for the course.
Students should never assume that classes are dismissed or the university closed by relying on information other than official administrative notices.
The university allows no make-up examinations, except when the student presents an excuse to the instructor which the instructor finds acceptable.
Absence from final examinations is permissible only for a cause beyond the student’s control. Normally, permission for such an absence must be secured in advance of the time of the examination. The instructor will assume responsibility for dealing with such requests.
Students who are absent from final examinations because of illness must present a medical report to the instructor within ten days of the end of the examination period in order to be eligible to take a make-up examination. Otherwise, they will be given a failing grade for the examination. The grade for a student missing a final examination will be reported by the instructor as XF. This grade must be changed to either I or a numerical grade within ten days of the end of the examination period, by which time the student must have presented to the instructor a medical report or any other supportive evidence required by the instructor to justify the absence.
Instructors are responsible for presenting appropriate material in courses, and students are responsible for learning the material. Although it is a student’s academic performance that is evaluated in determining grades, student conduct is important in the academic setting. Enrollment in a class may be terminated due to unsatisfactory student conduct, undue disrespect toward an instructor or administrator, or academic dishonesty. Each student is responsible for maintaining the standards of academic performance established for each course in which he/she is enrolled.
Each student is responsible for performing academic tasks in such a way that honesty is not in question. Unless an exception is specifically defined by an instructor, students are expected to maintain the following standards of integrity:
A faculty member who has proof that academic honesty has been violated may take appropriate disciplinary action, including not granting credit for the course. If a faculty member has reason to suspect academic dishonesty but is unable to prove it, he/she may require additional and/or revised work from the student. A faculty member shall bring to the attention of the Dean all violations of academic honesty. The Dean may place on probation, suspend, or expel any student who violates the academic honesty policy
- All tests, term papers, oral and written assignments, and recitations are to be the work of the student presenting the material.
- Any use of wording, ideas, or findings of other persons, writers, or researchers requires the explicit citation of the source; use of the exact wording requires a “quotation” format.
- Deliberately supplying material to a student for purposes of plagiarism is also culpable.
. Behavior Standards
The use or possession of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, explosives, fireworks, and other dangerous substances is prohibited on HU property except by authorized personnel. Smoking is prohibited in all HU buildings.
Sexual, Racial, or Ethnic Harassment
Haigazian University is committed to maintaining an environment free of harassment for students, faculty, and staff. Consequently, sexual, racial, or ethnic harassment of HU students or employees is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Haigazian University stresses not only academic and career preparation but also values and character development. In order to preserve the quality of education, HU expects all students to conform voluntarily to the established rules, regulations, and social orders and to conduct themselves at all times and in all places in a manner befitting student status. HU is not a law enforcement agency but expects all its students, whether as individuals or groups, to obey all civil laws. Violators will not be immune from prosecution under these laws.
The primary objective of establishing disciplinary standards is to maintain an appropriate level of conduct in the academic community. Fairness, justice, and due process of law are required in the juridical procedure. HU judicial procedures permit members of the university community to register complaints against individuals or groups with the Dean or Registrar. Students found in violation of institutional regulations shall be informed of their right to due process. If a student chooses not to accept a decision made at a lower level of the judicial process, that student may appeal as outlined below. A student under disciplinary action has the right to be present on campus and to attend classes until suspended or expelled.
Violations of HU conduct regulations are normally handled in a formal hearing before a discipline and conduct board. Situations requiring such action include violations of HU’s drug, alcohol, and sexual behavior policies as well as incidents of violence threatening the safety of an employee or other member of the campus community.
Appeals Procedures on Academic Matters
A student may appeal final grades, academic honesty decisions, and most policy decisions. Appeals on academic honesty decisions begin with the instructor and then may be taken in turn to the department chair and Dean. Appeals must be made in writing on the appropriate appeals form. All appeals must be made in a timely manner, generally within four weeks of the action or decision in question. Appeals Procedures for Social Conduct ViolationsAppeals against Student Life Conduct Committee decisions must be made in writing within five working days to the appropriate Dean.