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Student Rights

Students have the following rights:

  • Students have the right to exercise their full rights as citizens without interference or fear of Institute disciplinary action.
  • Students have the right to be free from discrimination in Institute programs and activities.
  • Policies designed to eliminate discriminatory practices have been instituted.
  • The Institute will not exclude any person from participating in its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.
  • Students have the right to be free from sexual harassment on MTI property or off school property during an Institute-related activity.
  • Students have the right to be free from racial harassment on MTI property or off school property during an Institute-related activity.

Students have the right to have classes conducted under the following provisions:

  • Faculty will maintain clear connections between advance descriptions of courses and actual content.
  • Faculty will clearly state course goals, testing, and grading which should be intellectually justifiable.
  • Faculty will plan and regulate class time with an awareness of its value for every student and will meet with classes regularly.
  • Faculty will be available to students and will announce and maintain liberal office hours convenient to students.
  • Faculty will model respect for each student as an individual, regardless of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or veteran status.
  • Faculty will strive to generate respect and understanding for academic freedom by students and at the same time protect students from irrelevant and trivial interruptions or diversions.
  • Faculty will insure students the right to raise relevant issues, doubts, or alternative opinions during classroom discussion without concern for academic sanctions.
  • Faculty will be sensitive to students’ personal or political beliefs expressed in a private manner in connection with course-work.
  • Faculty will not disclose student grades or class standing in a classroom situation without the student's permission.
  • Faculty will serve as academic advisers and will assist students with registration, class schedules, graduation requirements, and will work to assure academic progress with the assistance of the Special Needs Coordinator.

Students have the right to a clear statement of their basic rights. They have the right to assist in formulating Institute policy by representation on various committees. Students also have the right to be represented by a student government. Other student rights outside the classroom include:

  • Students may form, join, and participate in groups which promote the common intellectual, social, economic, political, recreational or cultural life of campus. MTI believes group activities to be a positive educational vehicle and recognizes the right of student groups to discuss, express opinions, to assemble, write, and publish within state and federal constitutional guarantees and laws.
  • A student group may be authorized to use MTI facilities if its officers and a majority of its members are currently enrolled at Mitchell Technical Institute.
  • Students who publish student publications have the right to be free from censorship. However, students who publish such documents must observe the recognized canons of responsible journalism, including the avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity, and the techniques of harassment and innuendo.
  • Students have the right to have access to education records maintained by MTI concerning the students. The students may review their own records and challenge the accuracy of the records. Students have the right to have the educational records maintained on a confidential basis with only those employees with a legitimate need to know having access to student educational records.
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