2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 2 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 Use of the Student Handbook The Student Handbook is provided to articulate the standards, policies, and other aspects of being a member of the Hardin-Simmons community. This handbook covers policy and services affecting all those who are students taking classes through HSU including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, on-line, and dual credit. In addition to our students, these policies are our expectations for all those who visit and work at HSU. The expectations in this handbook not only guide policy for our campus and extension buildings and classrooms, but are also expectations of how students will conduct themselves as representatives of HSU when off campus or on class field trips. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this handbook, in no sense is it to be considered a binding contract, and it may be updated and changed at any time. The university strives to communicate effectively through a variety of media. Students are expected to frequently check their campus e-mail as the primary source of university communication. Emails will contain important information and deadlines for students. It is each student’s responsibility to regularly access and follow through with pertinent information in these different forms of communication. By submitting acceptance to HSU, students are agreeing to abide by all the terms and conditions of this handbook and the HSU catalog. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with our expectations and live up to these policies and standards. Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Hardin-Simmons University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admissions and in the administration of its education policies, programs, and activities. Persons who believe their rights under this policy have been violated should contact the Dean of Students and/or the Vice President for Student Life. Notification of Rights under FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students at universities like Hardin- Simmons University (“HSU” or “University”) certain rights with respect to their education records. An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution at any age. These rights include: 1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day HSU receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will arrange for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. 2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who requests the University to amend a record should write the Registrar, clearly identify the part of the record to be changed, and specify why it should be changed.