May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Rights and Responsibilities

McNeese State University conducts the tasks of education, research and service on the fundamental assumption that every student who enrolls at the University has a right to a student-centered learning environment that fosters academic excellence and personal success. Students positively contribute to this environment by maintaining high standards of integrity and ethical honor in all academic work and personal conduct, familiarizing themselves with and adhering to all policies and regulations of the University, promptly fulfilling all academic, contractual, and financial obligations, and actively participating in University life.

Student Rights

Specific rights the University seeks to provide students include:

Student Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities the University expects students to assume include:

  • Maintaining awareness of and compliance with all policies of the University.
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in all academic relationships.
  • Reporting cheating or academic dishonesty in any form to the faculty or Dean of Student Services (Academic Integrity Policy).
  • Abstaining from the unlawful or unauthorized manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol or other drugs on University property or at any University function (Alcohol and Other Drug Policy).
  • Investing a minimum of two hours additional work to accompany each hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction per week for each credit hour pursued. Additional work may include but is not limited to reading, studying, conducting research, writing, and related learning activities (Class Attendance Regulations ).
  • Attending class regularly and punctually (Class Attendance Regulations ; Withdrawal from Courses for Non-Attendance ).
  • Using University information technology resources in a responsible, ethical, professional, and legal manner (Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy).
  • Maintaining confidentiality of all login credentials for University software, which serve as the sole means of identity verification (Academic Integrity Policy; Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy).
  • Ensuring adequate access to the technology required for a course. This may include access to a computer (not Chromebooks, iPads, etc.), webcam, internet, adequate bandwidth, etc. This requirement is a standard expectation for all courses regardless of initial course delivery format (Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy).
  • Refraining from committing any act that discriminates or harasses another in relation to race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age (Equity and Inclusion Policy).
  • Abiding by Title IX and power-based violence regulations (Title IX; Power-Based Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy).
  • Reporting hazing in any form to appropriate University officials or appropriate law authorities (Anti-Hazing Policy).
  • Ensuring that use of campus facilities by recognized student organizations occurs only for the legitimate conduct of organization business and not as a means of providing free use of space to a non-University affiliated group (Facilities Use Policy).
  • Ensuring that events sponsored by recognized student organizations using campus facilities and/or resources are primarily geared toward McNeese State University students (Student Organizations Handbook).
  • Complying with requirements of the Military Selective Service Act (Selective Service Registration Policy).
  • Avoiding use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, in campus buildings or in close proximity to entrances and exits of buildings (Tobacco Use Policy).
  • Reporting instances of direct or eminent physical threat to individuals and property occurring on University-owned or controlled property to University Police; reporting violent behavior that does not constitute a direct or eminent physical threat to appropriate University officials (Violence-Free Workplace and Campus Violence Prevention Policy).
  • Properly notifying the University registrar regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, email address, and social security number (Address Changes ).