Faculty Handbook - Section 5

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5 STUDENT AFFAIRS INFORMATION

5.1.1 STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Student rights and responsibilities are specifically stated in the Jacksonville State University Student Handbook and other official documents. Areas pertinent to Jacksonville State University faculty are identified below.

5.1.1 SEXUAL HARASSMENT

It is the established policy of Jacksonville State University to provide a work and study environment for faculty, staff, and students that is free from all forms of sexual harassment, intimidation, and exploitation, as stated in the Jacksonville State University Manual of Policies and Procedures and the Jacksonville State University Student Handbook.

The university recognizes that harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII, Civil Rights Act, 1964, and of Title IX, Educational Amendment, 1972.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidelines define sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to the conduct is made a condition of employment or the acceptance of an applicant.
  2. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct is made the basis for a personnel decision (recommendation for promotion or tenure) or grades.
  3. The conduct seriously affects an employee or student's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or study environment.

Sexual advances by any Jacksonville State University employee, faculty or staff toward another employee or student that become a condition of employment or affect the academic relationship constitute unlawful practices. Unsolicited or unwelcome physical or verbal behavior of a sexual nature, which has the purpose or effect of creating an atmosphere of intimidation, is a violation of Title VII. In the case of such harassment, an employee or student has the right to pursue the grievance procedure for redress. Claims by a student relating to harassment by a faculty member, classified staff, or student employee should follow the policy set forth in the current Jacksonville State University Student Handbook. Claims by employees follow the policy in the Jacksonville State University Manual of Policies and Procedures.

Annually, the Office of Human Resources conducts mandatory prevention training modules by computer to educate all Jacksonville State University faculty and staff concerning sexual harassment, JSU policy, and the law.

5.1.2 STUDENT CONDUCT CODE

The university has established guidelines for academic honesty and behavior. Specific university policies on the academic honesty code of conduct and other regulations are outlined in the University Policies Section of the Jacksonville State University Student Handbook. The Jacksonville State University Student Handbook also describes student rights and the university judicial system.

5.1.3 PRIVACY RIGHTS OF STUDENTS

The university complies with current regulations concerning the privacy rights of students. See the Jacksonville State University Undergraduate Catalogue.

5.1.4 STUDENT DISCIPLINE CODE

Under its authority to set reasonable disciplinary standards, the university has established a system of judicial and disciplinary procedures. The University Judicial System is described in the Jacksonville State University Student Handbook.

5.2 FACULTY REFERENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Faculty members are frequently asked to provide references and recommendations for employment, graduate or professional school, and for other purposes. If the faculty member agrees to give a reference and/or recommendation, it should be discreet, professional, and timely.

5.3 STUDENT INFORMATION

5.3.1 STUDENT HANDBOOK

The Jacksonville State University Student Handbook contains information about many of the services available to students, important administrative policies and procedures affecting students, academic regulations and student-conduct regulations. Students are given a copy of the handbook upon entering the university and are responsible for becoming familiar with it. The Jacksonville State University Student Handbook can also be found on the Jacksonville State University website.

5.3.2 SGA CONSTITUTION

The SGA Constitution is reprinted in the Jacksonville State University Student Handbook.

5.3.3 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

A complete list of the student clubs and organizations chartered by the university can be found in the Jacksonville State University Student Handbook. Faculty members who require verification of student organizational activities, who are interested in serving as a faculty advisor, or who need to obtain information about student organizations may contact the SGA office to obtain the name of the organization's president or its assigned faculty advisor