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Under the concept of in loco parentis, universities generally were viewed as standing in the place of students' parents, and courts gave universities a great deal of discretion in disciplining students pursuant to such parent/child relationships. During the 1960's, however, the law moved away from the concept of in loco parentis, and the relationship between the students and a university is now considered contractual. The existence of regulations regarding student conduct does not place the University in a custodial relationship with its students or impose upon the University a duty to protect students from proscribed acts. All students who have reached the age of majority are responsible for their own actions.

Students and student organizations are not agents of the University and may not act on behalf of the University unless specifically and expressly authorized to do so by established policy or in writing by the University President, the Provost, or appropriate vice president.


SECTION II-1 Responsibilities of Students

As members of the academic community at Utah State University, students share responsibility for its growth and continued well-being and for maintaining an environment which encourages free inquiry and expression. Students are expected to engage in reasonable and substantial preparation for their coursework, to follow course and class guidelines as set forth in syllabi and as enunciated by their instructors, and to complete all academic exercises with integrity. All interactions with faculty members, staff members, and other students shall be conducted with courtesy, civility, decency, and a concern for personal dignity. These responsibilities are the foundation of the University’s Standards of conduct (Student Conduct--see: Article V, Academic Integrity--see: Article VI). The University seeks to vest students with primary oversight of these responsibilities through their participation in hearings boards.

SECTION II-2 Rights of Students

Students can reasonably expect the following:

  • The right to a learning environment free of harassment and unlawful discrimination.
  • The right to due process in all academic integrity and disciplinary proceedings, which means fundamental and procedural fairness in accordance with the provisions of this Student Code.
  • The right to inquire, including specifically the right to engage in reasonable academic discussion and dissent within the framework of course material, with due regard to factors such as class size and the limits on the instructor's time for conferences.
  • The right, subject to time, place, and manner restrictions, to express personal opinions on campus, to support or oppose causes, to arrange public assemblies, and to hold rallies, demonstrations, and pickets which do not materially and substantially interfere with normal University activities or the rights of others. Institutional control of facilities shall not be used as a censorship device. Any institutional regulation regarding time, place, and manner of expression must be content-neutral, must be narrowly tailored to serve a significant University interest, and must leave open ample alternative channels of communication.
  • The right to organize and the freedom of association.
  • The right to publish and the freedom from censorship.
  • The right to meaningful representation in the formulation of University policies which affect students.
  • The right to a proper academic evaluation through orderly procedures and announced criteria designed to prevent prejudice and capricious judgment.
  • The right to confidentiality of records and due limitation of disclosure of personally identifiable information.


SECTION III-1 Demonstrations and Distribution of Literature

  • Students, student organizations, and nonstudent individuals or groups sponsored by students/student organizations desiring to demonstrate, picket, or distribute literature on the campus are encouraged to file a written request with the Vice President for Student Services indicating the preferred time, place, and manner of such activity. The request may be filed at least 24 hours before the activity commences. Those involved shall abide by the regulations listed in paragraph B. Where it is deemed necessary, the Vice President for Student Services shall provide for security.
  • Students, student organizations, and nonstudent individuals or groups sponsored by students/student organizations, may demonstrate, picket, or distribute literature on the campus in areas generally available to the public; provided that such demonstrators, picketers, or distributors do not or do not attempt to:
    1. Breach the peace.
    2. Physically obstruct pedestrian traffic.
    3. Physically obstruct vehicular traffic.
    4. Interfere with classes or other scheduled meetings.
    5. Damage University property.
    6. Discard banners, placards, picket signs, leaflets, pamphlets, handbills, or other literature or materials in a manner which litters University property.
    7. Permanently occupy land areas or permanently locate signs and posters.
    8. Erect structures, shelters, or camps.
    9. Sleep overnight on University property.
    10. Threaten or endanger the health or safety of any person.

SECTION III-2. Posters and Bulletin Boards

  • The Vice President for Student Services shall ensure that space is available on campus for posters. Students desiring to display posters in the Taggart Student Center shall confer with the Director of the Taggart Student Center (Room 326), who shall issue approval and specify the location for such display.
  • Bulletin boards or announcement boards maintained by the various departments, administrative offices, and other divisions of the University are generally not suitable for the display of student posters; however, the University official in charge of any such board may give permission for the display of student posters.

Article IV