Disclosures to Students

Southeast Missouri State University is committed to the advancement of the knowledge and values common to all educated persons. Excellence in instruction, research, public service, and student life is encouraged. The University strives to offer learning experiences and opportunities designed to help students think effectively, develop the capacity to communicate, discriminate among values, and make relevant judgments.

The responsibility for providing and maintaining an environment conducive to the educational development of the students at Southeast Missouri State University is shared by all members of the University community. The University, through its established governance process, creates policies and procedures that help maintain this environment. These policies and procedures are established under the authority granted by law to the Board of Regents to establish policies and procedures for the government and management of the University.

Every student at Southeast is obligated at all times to assume responsibility for his/her actions, to respect constituted authority, to be truthful, and to respect the rights of others, as well as to respect private and public property. In their academic activities, students are expected maintain high standards of honesty and integrity and abide by the University’s Policy on Academic Honesty. Alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct are adjudicated in accordance with the established procedures of the judicial system.

By formulating a general code of conduct, the University does not absolve students from accepting responsibility for their behavior. Rather, it reaffirms the principle of student freedom that is coupled with an acceptance of full responsibility for individual actions and the consequences of such actions.

Statement of Students’ Rights

Students retain those rights common to all U. S. citizens under our federal and state constitutions, and through pertinent laws. These rights include, but are not limited to, the following: privacy, equal opportunity, non-discrimination, and freedoms of speech, assembly, and association. Examples of the application of these rights in the University setting include the students’ right to organize and join associations to promote their common interests; the right to engage in discussions to exchange thoughts and opinions; and the rights to speak, write, or publish on any subject in accordance with established law. In addition to their citizenship rights, students gain certain rights through membership in the University community.

Examples of these include:

  1. The right to accurate and plainly stated information, including that relating to the maintenance of acceptable academic standing, graduation requirements, and behavior expectations;
  2. The right to fair and impartial treatment;
  3. The right to participate in the formulation of policy directly affecting students through membership in appropriate commit- tees as determined by the President and his/her representative;
  4. The right to protection afforded under specific policies authorizing inspections, searches, and seizures on University property such as in residence halls; and
  5. The right to use University facilities in accordance with the guidelines established for the use of those facilities.

To protect the rights of everyone, and to preserve common order, the University must reserve the right to determine the time, place, and manner in which individuals may exercise their rights. For example, in order to function on campus, all student organizations must be registered with the appropriate authority and are subject to University policies, regulations, and procedures that pertain to such organizations. The University has established areas where speech and posting are not restricted.

Consumer Information

The University is required to provide current and prospective students with information on the institution, financial assistance, scholarship fraud, graduation rates, athletic participation, campus security, student rights and responsibilities, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy. Some of this information is included in this guide. The remaining information is available online at semo.edu/consumer.

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, this guide contains a summary of consumer information that must be made available to all students at Southeast Missouri State University. Each topic listed gives a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and explains how it can be obtained. If you need assistance obtaining information listed in this brochure, contact Chris Martin in Academic Hall Room 145. All addresses listed end with:

Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701