Rights, Responsibilities, and Freedoms

Centenary College exists for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility. The responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic community.

The guidelines which follow should be understood in the context of the educational mission of the College. Included are the educational and developmental activities and practices that are encountered outside the classroom as well as within academic venues. They should be interpreted in such a manner as to give full consideration to the rights and concerns of all segments of the community, rather than to concede absolute autonomy to the student sector, when matters of proper concern to the academic community as a whole are involved.

Freedom of Access to Higher Education

Within the limits of its facilities, Centenary College is open to all students who are qualified according to its admission standards. The facilities and services of the College are open to all of its enrolled students.

In the Classroom

The professor in the classroom and in conference should encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression. Student performance should be evaluated solely on the basis of academics and not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.

Protection of Freedom of Expression:

Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.

Protection Against Improper Academic Evaluation:

Students should have protection through orderly procedure against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.

Protection Against Improper Disclosure:

Information about student views, beliefs, and political associations which professors acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisors and counselors should be considered confidential. Protection against improper disclosure is a serious professional obligation. Judgments of ability and character may be provided under appropriate circumstances, normally with the knowledge or consent of the student.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Centenary College is an equal opportunity educational institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, in the administration of its educational policies, recruitment or admission of students, scholarship, grant or loan programs, athletic or other College-administered programs, employment procedures, training programs, promotion policies or other related personnel practices. The College’s designated coordinator for compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Internal Revenue Service is Mr. Bill Ballard, Vice President for Finance and Administration. The College follows the guidelines for records established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (1974).

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