RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
USF St. Petersburg is a learning community designed to foster collaboration, open communication, mutual respect and inclusiveness among students, faculty, and staff as they engage in the education process.
As members of this community, all students are entitled to certain protected rights and privileges. Therefore, there are guidelines for conduct intended to facilitate the desired environment and educational goals of the university and its students. It is important that each student become familiar with the rights afforded students at the university.
- The right of respect for personal feelings, freedom from indignity, and to expect an education of the highest quality.
- The right to participate in self-governing student bodies which provide channels of communication and means for using democratic processes to solve problems.
- The constitutional rights of freedom of expression and assembly.
- The right of freedom to hear and participate in dialogue and to examine diverse ideas.
- The right to a learning environment free from harassment, discrimination, and violence.
- The right to due process in disciplinary procedures in accordance with the rules and procedures prescribed in the Student Code of Conduct.
- The responsibility of assuming the consequences of one’s actions.
- The responsibility for knowledge and observance of established University policies presented in official University publications.
- The responsibility that free discussion represent the scholarly nature of the learning community.
- The responsibility to insure that no student organization, constitution or other organizational document include discriminatory clauses.
- The responsibility to respect the rights and privacy of others.
Report an incident
FILING A REPORT
1. Incidents of alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct are directed to the Office of Student Conduct.
- Individuals or groups choosing to file a complaint can arrange a meeting with a staff member from the Office of Student Conduct to discuss the alleged violation.
- All formal complaints must be submitted in writing via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. After receiving a written complaint, Student Conduct will determine University jurisdiction and a staff member from Student Conduct will investigate the incident. This may include meeting with the student alleged to have violated the Student Code of Conduct and all persons with information concerning the incident to determine future action as proscribed by the Student Code of Conduct.
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Complaints which fall outside University jurisdiction and/or do not violate the Student Code of Conduct may result in no action being taken by Student Conduct. Additionally, insufficient evidence may result in no action and/or charges being filed.
Mediation is a voluntary process which utilizes an impartial, neutral third party who acts as a facilitator to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable accord.
Some reports which reach the Office of Student Conduct involve possible violations of the Student Code of Conduct, but clearly are the result of an unresolved, on-going dispute between students. Other reports do not involve violations of the Student Code of Conduct or fall outside University jurisdiction, but they too reflect student disputes. In either of these situations, mediation may be recommended.