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Freedom in the Classroom

Source: Student Code of Conduct (Boise State Policy #2020)

The classroom is not an unstructured political forum; it is the center for study and understanding of subject matter for which the faculty member has professional responsibility and institutional accountability. Control of the order and direction of class, as well as control of the scope and treatment of the subject matter, must therefore immediately rest with the individual faculty member. Faculty members and students must be free from disruption by students or others who may be in disagreement with the manner in which the faculty member discharges his/her responsibilities. When taking a class, students have a reasonable expectation to:

  1. Be informed in reasonable detail at the beginning of each term of the nature of the course, the course expectations, the evaluative standards, and the grading system that will be used. Students are responsible for becoming familiar with these details and for asking the faculty member for clarification if they do not understand what the course requires.
  2. Take reasonable, yet respectful, exception to the data or views offered in class and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, without fear of penalty. Students have a responsibility not to disrupt class in expressing their views or in reacting to the views of others.
  3. Protection against improper disclosure of information concerning their grades, views, beliefs, political associations, or personal characteristics that faculty members acquire in the course of their professional relationship with students. Students have the responsibility not to disclose improperly such information about their fellow students.
  4. Protection against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time, students are responsible for maintaining the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.