Student Rights and College Policies

Student Rights  

Students have the right to an encouraging classroom environment. Students and instructors should work together to create an environment of trust and mutual respect. 

 All students at Northeast Mississippi Community College have the following rights: 

  • Students have the right of respect from all instructors and staff at the College, regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification (Civil Rights Compliance).  
  • Students have the right to expect certain practices of their instructors. These include establishing clear course objectives and requirements through the use of the syllabus, clearly stating grading scale and criteria, evaluating students fairly, holding regularly scheduled office hours, acknowledging student contributions to an instructor’s personal academic work, and protecting students’ intellectual freedom.   
  • Students have the right to file complaints. Complaints may concern inappropriate instructor conduct, incompetence in oral communication, scheduling of exams other than at the authorized examination times, failure to provide disability accommodations, grading grievances, and other such issues. Students should bring any complaints to the attention of the instructor, departmental head, and/or the Vice President of Instruction (academic matters) or Vice President of Students (non-academic matters) (see process below) as soon as possible 
  • If you are a student who has a concern about unwelcome sexual behavior or sexual harassment, disregard the steps outlined below and immediately schedule an appointment with the Title IX Coordinator or with any College administrative officer (non-confidential resources), or for confidential resource, with the Counseling Center to discuss your concerns and identify possible courses of action. 

If a student has a complaint about any other aspect of a course, such as the classroom environment, the instructor, the course’s grading system, or class activities (including online and out-of-class activities), please follow the procedure outlined in the Student Catalog under the section “Complaints & Grievances”. 

Student Responsibilities

Student responsibility occurs when students take an active role in their learning by recognizing they are accountable for their academic success. 

Responsible students take ownership of their actions by exhibiting the following behaviors. They:

  • demonstrate academic integrity and honesty.
  • attend and participate in classes, labs, and seminars, prepared and on time.
  • complete the assigned work in a timely manner with attention to quality of work.
  • avoid making excuses for their behavior.
  • communicate in a careful and respectful manner with instructors, peers, and other members of the college community.
  • are engaged learners who dedicate sufficient time outside of class to college work.
  • act in a civil manner that respects the college learning/social environment and complies with college policies outlined in the student catalog.
  • utilize college resources and seek help when needed.
  • respect diverse ideas and opinions.
  • identify, develop, and implement a plan to achieve their educational goals.
  • become familiar with the academic polices, curriculum requirements, and associated deadlines as outlined in the catalog.
  • are responsible for any communication disseminated through the College website, the official College email address, or Canvas, the Learning Management System.