Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.9.1 The institution publishes a clear and appropriate statement of student rights and responsibilities and disseminates the statement to the campus community. (Student rights)
 
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Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

As stated in the Undergraduate Catalog the Graduate Catalog and the Student Handbook, p. 42,

All students enrolling in Troy University assume an obligation to conduct themselves at all times as responsible members of the campus community and in accordance with standards of common decency and decorum, with recognition and respect for the personal and property rights of others and the educational mission of the university. …

By enrollment at the university, a student organization neither relinquishes rights nor escapes responsibilities of local, state or federal laws and regulations.

The University publishes the following general policy statements related to student rights and responsibilities in the catalogs and student handbook.

Troy University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, color, race, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation in its admissions, education, employment, or access to its programs. The University fully complies with the following: Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its amendments; Federal Executive Order 11246; Educational Amendments of 1972 and 1974; the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972; Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974; and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994. Disclosure of a student’s social security number is voluntary and not mandatory, and this University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. The University complies with guidelines and regulations established by the Department of Health and Human Services and Food and the Food and Drug Administration of the United States Government.

The University publishes a clear and appropriate statement of student rights and responsibilities in its Student Handbook, the Oracle, along with the Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog. In addition, these procedures provide for an appeal to the Board of Trustees, ensuring the students' due process.

The student handbook, which is published annually by the division of Student Services and Administration, includes the following policies and information:

  • Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Student Medical History Record
  • Disability Services
  • Drug-Free Workplace and Drug-Free School Act
    • Alcoholic Beverages Policy Statement
  • Hazing Policy
  • Student Grievances
  • Student Proprietary Rights to Coursework
  • Troy University Facilities and Services Agreement Policy
  • Speech and Demonstration Policies
  • Administration, Enforcement and Appeals
  • Technology Use Policy
  • Procedures for addressing Harassment
  • Severe Weather Emergency Procedures
  • Policies Pertaining Primarily to Student Organizations
  • Standards of Conduct
    • Academic Freedoms and Responsibilities
    • Student Grievance Procedures
    • Administering the Student Code of Conduct
    • Appeals Procedures

The handbook is disseminated and discussed with first year students in the orientation course, TROY 1101, a course which is generally taken in the first semester of enrollment. This course is taught through the First Year Studies program by staff and faculty from the various academic colleges. Additionally, copies of the Student Handbook are available in the division of Student Affairs and Administration and on the Student Services and Administration Web page.

In addition to these broad statements concerning student rights and responsibilities, Troy University reiterates this information in numerous other official ways. Information regarding student rights in terms of privacy related to financial information is posted on the Financial Aid web site. Information regarding student rights under FERPA related to student records is posted on the Records web site. Information related to student rights related to standards of conduct is posted on the Judicial Affairs web site. Student rights related to the federal regulations under the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act are posted on the University Police web site.

The implementation of these policies is managed by the appropriate University division. For example, grade appeals are managed within the Academic Affairs division as stated in the grade appeal policy published in multiple locations including the Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog. Student misconduct issues are managed within the Student Services and Administration division as stated in multiple publications, including the student handbook.

Additional information regarding student rights is provided in Comprehensive Standard 4.5.

In summary, Troy University publishes a clear and appropriate statement of student rights and responsibilities and disseminates the statement to the campus community; therefore, the University is in compliance with Comprehensive Standard 3.9.1.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Comprehensive Standard 4.5 http://sacs.troy.edu/reports/04-05.html
Financial Aid http://www.troy.edu/financialaid/release.htm
Graduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809grad_pdf/
Judicial Affairs http://troy.troy.edu/judicialaffairs/
Oracle (Student Handbook), 2008-2009 Edition http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Oracle-Student-Handbook-2008-2009.pdf
Records http://www.troy.edu/records/
Standards of Conduct http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Standards-of-Conduct.pdf
Student Services and Administration http://www.troy.edu/studentservices/
Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809undergrad_pdf/
University Police http://troy.troy.edu/universitypolice/policies.htm

 

Last Updated: 08/2/2008