Rights, Freedoms, & Responsibilities

In addition to rights extended to members of the Community College of Aurora student body, individuals also have rights and freedoms under federal, state and local law. Some of those college-related rights and freedoms include:

Freedom to access the college and college facilities, services, and programs, in accordance with the civil rights Act of 1964; title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Colorado statutes and College policies and procedures.
Violation of Rights and Freedoms
Conduct which violates students' rights and freedoms and is subject to disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:
Freedom in the classroom, including the right to:
  • inquire about, discuss, or express any views, provided such activity does not infringe on the rights of others;
  • expect professional conduct from faculty;
  • be informed of the academic standards expected in each course;
  • be evaluated solely on the basis of academic performance;
  • have privacy in regard to personal or scholastic information (in accordance with the Privacy Act and college policy);
  • have access to faculty members during their posted office hours;
  • receive reasonable academic assistance from the institution.
 Freedom on campus, including the right to:
  • be free from harassment or discrimination based on race, national origin handicap, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other grounds;
  • expect an environment free of drug and alcohol abuse;
  • discuss and express in an orderly way any view in support of any cause, without disrupting college operations or infringing on the rights of others;
  • dress in any way that personal taste dictates and that does not interfere with the educational process or with health and safety requirements;
  • be informed of institutional procedures and other expectations;
  • have access to services without unreasonable delays;
  • expect professional conduct from college employees;
  • appeal application of college policies and procedures in accordance with established processes.
Freedom in student life allows students the right to:
  • have a student government and seek office, as outlined in the constitution of the Community College of Aurora Student Government Association;
  • under the auspices of the Community College of Aurora Student Government Association, recommend allocation of Student Government resources, expend funds, or make necessary regulations in accordance with Colorado law and Community College of Aurora policy;
  • organize and join campus clubs for educational, political, social, religious, cultural, or community service purposes (the function and structure of student clubs is determined by the Community College of Aurora Student Government Association);
  • use meeting rooms and other campus facilities, as well as bulletin boards throughout the campus, in compliance with college policies and procedures;
  • expect compliance with college contractual agreements;
  • assemble, select speakers and guests, discuss issues of choice, and have the same rights as other citizens to hear differing points of view and to draw conclusions. An invitation to hear a speaker does not mean that CCA students or the college endorse(s) the speaker's view;
  • distribute written materials on campus in a manner consistent with other rights and freedoms, after obtaining the prior approval required of any individual or organization. The editors and managers of the student newspaper develop their own editorial policies and news coverage, a freedom governed by the Canons of Responsible Journalism and by the constitution of the Board of Publications. The Board of Publications also is responsible for hiring student editors and for overseeing publication of the student newspaper.
Freedom to grieve allows students the right to use grievance procedures and to seek redress when they believe that either their rights or their freedoms have been violated.
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