University of Portland Student Handbook

Addendum 1 - Statements of Student Freedoms and Responsibilities

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Statements of Student Freedoms and Responsibilities

Access to Higher Education

Within the limits of its facilities, the University of Portland is open to all students who are qualified according to the University’s standard of admission. In all admissions processes, the University adheres to its Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy.

Freedom to Associate

Students are free to join off-campus organizations and to organize and join campus associations that promote their common interests. Campus clubs, organizations, and associations that involve the University community must comply with the regulations set forth by the Office of Student Activities with regard to membership, policies, and actions. In accord with laws prohibiting certain forms of discrimination, campus organizations must generally be open to all students without respect to race, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or other legally protected status.

Freedom of Inquiry and Expression

Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express their opinions publicly and privately, so long as they do so in a manner that does not disrupt educational or other University functions. It is the responsibility of students and student groups to not represent themselves as speaking or acting on behalf of the University. Any conduct by a student which restrains either the freedom of expression or the freedom of movement of others who may not agree, or which is any way disruptive of University operations, is unacceptable. If such conduct should occur, University officials will request the individual or group to cease and disperse.

As members of the academic community, students are free individually and collectively to express their views on institutional policy. To provide formal means for student participation in the formulation and application of institutional policies, students selected by a process approved by the ASUP shall have membership on the Academic Senate and on designated University committees.