College Success Tip #1
Student Rights and Responsibilities
What are Student Rights and Responsibilities?
Students are members of both society and the
academic community with attendant rights and responsibilities. Students
are expected to comply with the general law, as well as college
policies. A student has the right to due process, or an established
course of action, should it be alleged that the student has violated the
Student Conduct Code.
Why are Student Rights and Responsibilities
It is important that students understand both the
grounds for disciplinary action, so as to avoid a violation, and the
components and timelines involved with due process. A student’s ability
to successfully complete a course can be greatly enhanced if the student
is aware of the expectations the college has for student conduct both in
the classroom and on the campus grounds or when engaged with
Upholding academic integrity is of utmost concern
for college staff. As such, disruptive behavior in the classroom,
cheating, and plagiarism, i.e. using someone else’s words or ideas as
your own, each are taken seriously and are immediate grounds for
disciplinary action. Many instructors list in their course syllabus the
classroom rules by which students should abide while participating and
attending the instructor’s class. Avoiding an allegation of disruptive
behavior, therefore, is as easy as following the class rules. To avoid
the allegation of plagiarism, a student should understand how to
properly cite sources that are quoted directly or paraphrased in the
text of the student’s paper.
Internal links to College of the Canyons resources
for Student Rights and Responsibilities:
1. The 2008-2010 College of the Canyons catalog
details the Student Conduct Code and student disciplinary process.
2. The Student Services Division web page describes
the Student Conduct Code and student disciplinary process.
External links for Citing Sources and Avoiding
1. The following site assists students with citing
2. UCLA Young Research Library provides information
about how to cite Internet sources:
3. University of Purdue provides information about
Upcoming Workshops, Activities or Events for
Student Rights and Responsibilities:
Example: Cougar Mentor Student
Success Workshop – “How to Avoid Plagiarism”
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Noon – 1:30 p.m., Student
Center Room S-129
The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice
Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by
Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody
(Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).
Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave
Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).
Study Guides and Strategies,
Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center, http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/index.html.