Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities of Students
Pellissippi State embraces the following excerpts from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students:
Preamble. Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.
Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility.
The responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic community. The purpose of this statement is to enumerate essential provisions for students’ freedom to learn.
In the classroom. The professor in the classroom and in conference should encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression. Student performance should be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.
Protection of freedom of expression. Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.
Protection against improper academic evaluation. Students should have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.
Protection against improper disclosure. Information about student views, beliefs, and political associations which professors acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisors, and counselors should be considered confidential. Protection against improper disclosure is a serious professional obligation. Judgments of ability and character may be provided under appropriate circumstances, normally with the knowledge and consent of the student.
Student responsibilities. Pellissippi State Community College students have certain responsibilities to uphold as part of their membership in the academic community. These include the following:
- Students are responsible for their own academic success. This includes maintaining academic integrity and taking advantage of academic support services provided by the College.
- Students are responsible for conducting themselves in an appropriate manner while in the classroom, on campus, and in their communication with other members of the college community. This includes being respectful of others and refraining from disciplinary offenses as outlined by Pellissippi State Policy 04:02:00 (www.pstcc.edu/ppm/pdf/04-02-00.pdf).
- Students are responsible for following college policies relevant to them.
- Students are responsible for meeting deadlines. This includes meeting deadlines in the classroom and meeting deadlines published by the College.
- Students are responsible for reading all communications sent to them by the College. This includes all forms of electronic and written communication.
If students believe their rights have been violated, they may file a written complaint at www.pstcc.edu/complaint.
Admission records. Admission files are maintained in Enrollment Services and on an imaging system. Each file contains the application for admission and, for a degree-seeking student, ACT scores if required, high school transcripts, official high school equivalency diploma score reports if required, transcripts from all colleges and universities that the student previously attended, immunization documentation and miscellaneous working papers and letters as required. The assistant vice president of Enrollment Services is responsible for the maintenance and security of files in the Enrollment Services office.
A student may obtain a copy of his or her transcript in these ways:
In person: Enrollment Services, Room 102, Goins Building, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, Tennessee
By fax: (865) 539-7016
By mail: Enrollment Services, Pellissippi State Community College, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville, TN 37933-0990
Include name, signature, contact telephone number, Pellissippi State identification number, the last four digits of Social Security number, or date of birth, and address to which the transcript should be mailed. Transcript Request forms are available online through Enrollment Services: www.pstcc.edu/records.
Disclosure of directory information. Pellissippi State may disclose directory information consistent with this policy to any person requesting such information without the consent of the student:
- Telephone number
- Major field of study
- Participation in officially recognized activities
- Dates of attendance
- Degrees and awards received
- Most recent previous educational institution attended
Students who do not wish directory information released without consent should provide written notification to Enrollment Services prior to the first day of classes each semester.
Please see the Pellissippi State Policies and Procedures Manual, Policy 04:03:00 Student Records Confidentiality (www.pstcc.edu/ppm/pdf/04-03-00.pdf), for the complete policy.
Pellissippi State Community College (Pellissippi State) students are citizens of the state, local, and national governments, and of the academic community and are, therefore, expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding members of each community at all times.
Admission to Pellissippi State carries with it special privileges and imposes special responsibilities apart from those rights and duties enjoyed by nonstudents. In recognition of the special relationship that exists between the College and the academic community that it seeks to serve, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) has authorized the president of Pellissippi State under its jurisdiction to take such action, as may be necessary, to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity of the College and its educational environment.
Pursuant to this authorization and in fulfillment of its duties to provide a secure and stimulating atmosphere in which individual and academic pursuits flourish, the College has developed the following regulations that are intended to govern student conduct on the campus. In addition, students are subject to all national, state, and local laws and ordinances. If a student’s violation of such laws or ordinances also adversely affects Pellissippi State’s pursuit of its educational objectives, the College may enforce its own regulations regardless of any proceedings instituted by other civil or criminal authorities.
For the purpose of these policies, a “student” shall mean any person who is admitted and/or registered for study at Pellissippi State for any academic period. This shall include any period of time following admission and/or registration, but preceding the start of classes for any academic period. It also will include any period that follows the end of an academic period through the last day for registration for the succeeding academic period, and during any period while the student is under suspension from the institution. Finally, “student” also shall include any person subject to a period of suspension or removal from campus as a sanction that results from a finding of a violation of the regulations governing student conduct. Students are responsible for compliance with the Rules of Student Conduct and with similar institutional policies at all times.
Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violation of the policies that occur on institutionally owned, leased, or otherwise controlled property, while participating in international or distance learning programs, affiliated clinical sites, and off campus, when the conduct impairs, interferes with, or obstructs any institutional activity or the mission, processes, and functions of the institution. Institutions may enforce their own regulations regardless of the status or outcome of any external proceedings instituted in any other forum, including any civil or criminal proceeding.
These regulations, and related material incorporated herein by reference, are applicable to student organizations as well as individual students. Student organizations are subject to discipline for the conduct and actions of individual members of the organization while acting in their capacity as members of, or while attending or participating in any activity of, the organization.
Confidentiality of discipline process. Subject to the exceptions provided pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g and/or the Tennessee Open Records Act, T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(4), a student’s disciplinary files are considered “educational records” and are confidential within the meaning of those acts.
Please see the Pellissippi State Policies and Procedures Manual, Policy 04:02:00 Academic/Classroom Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions (www.pstcc.edu/ppm/pdf/04-02-00.pdf), for the complete policy.
Computer Usage Guidelines
Please see the Pellissippi State Policies and Procedures Manual, Policy 08:13:05 Computer System Use (www.pstcc.edu/ppm/pdf/08-13-05.pdf), for the complete policy.
Minors on Campus
Students, faculty and staff may not bring minors to campus, except for acceptable visitation purposes. Minors may not be cared for on the campus while their parent(s) or guardian(s) is in class or engaged in other college business. Neither may a minor be left unsupervised.
Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy
Smoking is prohibited in all college buildings and indoor facilities, on campus grounds and walkways, and in all areas where nonsmokers cannot avoid environmental smoke. Additionally, smoking will not be allowed in any college vehicle. All campus entrances are to be posted designating the campus as “smoke-free” and designating areas where smoking is permitted. Please note that smoking is permitted in private vehicles in nondesignated parking areas.
Smoking is permitted in the following areas (Visit www.pstcc.edu/maps/index.php for campus directional and parking maps):
- Hardin Valley Campus—outer areas of the O1, O2, O3, O6, O8 and O9 parking lots
- Blount County Campus—far ends of the O1 and O2 parking lots
- Division Street Campus—lower Open parking lots
- Magnolia Avenue Campus—far end of the main Open parking area
- Strawberry Plains Campus—outer areas of the Open and GSA parking lots
Note: Cigarette urns identify designated smoking areas on all campuses.
The use of chewing tobacco (to include electronic cigarettes, dipping, chewing, etc.) is prohibited in all Pellissippi State buildings, facilities and vehicles.
The intent of the policy is to allow a smoke-free environment for all persons using our campuses. Tobacco use even in designated areas must be at least 25 feet from walkways, crosswalks and other intended pedestrian traffic areas.
This policy applies to the entire college community, including employees, students and visitors. It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students to adhere to, to enforce, and to inform visitors of the College’s smoking policy. If a student continues to disregard the tobacco use policy, he/she will be reported to the dean of students or designee. If a nonstudent continues to disregard the posting, he/she will be reported to the appropriate administrator.
Traffic and Parking Regulations
See the Pellissippi State Policies and Procedures Manual, Policy 05:11:00 Parking and Traffic Regulations (www.pstcc.edu/ppm/pdf/05-11-00.pdf), for the complete policy.