Student & University Expectations
Cultivating an environment of mutual respect and responsibility is the foundation of educational and professional excellence. Every member of the campus community expects to learn, work, and thrive in a safe environment where mutual respect is fostered, and the dignity and worth of diverse people and ideas are valued and respected. All students admitted and enrolled in the University have an obligation to uphold these expectations, and to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution. Similarly, students can expect the University to treat students with respect and in a professional manner of excellence. Should students have a negative experience they are encouraged to use the Student Grievance Procedures to resolve these matters.
What Students Should Expect from the University
- Access to faculty, staff, academic technology, classrooms, MBKU Library services, Student Achievement Center resources and services, and other resources necessary for the learning process.
- Access to academic advising and clear expectations for degree and graduation requirements.
- Interactions with employees who act professionally, provide clear expectations for performance and evaluation, hold classes/meetings as scheduled, are accessible for office hours, appointments, or consultation, and maintain a clear connection between course description and content.
- Employees sensitive to students’ religious beliefs and observances and/or pregnancy/parenting status, including an expectation that reasonable arrangements should be made upon notice that a student will miss an exam or other academic/clinic obligation resulting from the observance of a religious holiday and/or pregnancy-related concerns.
- Freedom to raise relevant issues pertaining to classroom discussion (including personal beliefs), offer reasonable doubts about data presented, and express alternative opinions without concern for any academic penalty or scrutiny.
- Study, work and interact in an environment free of amorous or sexual advances by an employee. All amorous or sexual relationships, consensual or otherwise, between faculty/staff and students should be unacceptable when professional responsibility for the student exists. Such responsibility encompasses both instructional and non-instructional contexts.
- Freedom from Unlawful Discrimination, Prohibited Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct: All students have the expectation to study, work and interact in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and prohibited harassment in violation of law or University policy by any member of the University community.
- Expectation of Privacy: A student’s personal privacy, as provided by law, shall be protected by the University.
- Information: The University shall provide accessible information which explains applicable academic, clinical, and behavioral standards (i.e., MBKU Student Handbook, MBKU Catalog, Program Student Handbooks, Clinic/Rotation Manuals, and course syllabi).
- Student Records: Student’s academic, health, judicial, and other confidential records shall be maintained, and students shall have access to these records, in a manner consistent with University policies and applicable state and federal laws.
- Participate in Student Organizations and Campus Activities: The University recognizes that students expect to form organizations in accordance with the law and University policy, including but not limited to those organized for intellectual, religious, social, economic, political, recreational, or cultural purposes.
- Campus Climate, Curriculum, and Policy Development: The University/Programs afford(s) all students the opportunity to share their views and participate in the initiation and development of University/Program policies, curriculum, and services through course evaluations, focus groups, surveys and participation on select faculty/staff committees.
- Fair Hearings: A student subject to University Student Conduct processes arising from violations of University policies and/or procedures shall be assured fair/impartial hearings.