2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 71 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 9.1 False Alarm or report 9.1(a). A person commits an offense if he knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a present, past or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he knows is false or baseless and that would ordinarily: (1) Cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies. (2) Place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. (3) Prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, or aircraft, automobile, or other mode of conveyance. 9.2(b). An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the false report is of an emergency involving a public or secondary school, public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service, in which event the offense is a state jail felony. 11. Freedoms 11.1 Freedom of Access to HSU 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 does not illegally discriminate 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. It is the policy of the university that students with mental health disorders, contagious, infectious, long-term, life-threatening, or other serious diseases may continue their enrollment as long as, with reasonable accommodations, they are academically and technically qualified to participate in the educational programs and activities of the university without undue risk to their own health or that of other students or employees. After consultation with public health experts, university officials will determine the ability of the institution to reasonably accommodate students with contagious diseases or mental health disorders. Their determination will be based on the consideration of factors. Among the factors to be considered are: 10.1(a). The duration of the risk 10.1(b). The nature and severity of the potential harm 10.1(c). The likelihood that the potential harm will occur 10.1(d). The imminence of the potential harm 11.2 Freedom within the Classroom The student will expect the professor in the classroom and conferences to encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression. Students will be evaluated on academic performance, not opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. 11.3 Protection of Freedom of Expression Students will 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; however, students are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. 11.4 Protection Against Improper Academic Evaluation Students will have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. However, students are responsible for maintaining the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.