Skip Navigation

Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy : 3:02:04:00

Responsible Executive: Executive Vice President for Student Success


Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society.  Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.  As members of Motlow State Community College’s (Motlow State) academic community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.  Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility.


  1. Freedom of Access to Higher Education – Motlow State is open to all students who are qualified according to its admission standards.
  2. Evaluation in the Classroom – Students are free to pursue their educational goals.  Appropriate opportunities for learning in the classroom and on the campus are provided by Motlow State.  Student performance will be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.
  3. Protection of Freedom of Expression – Students are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.
  4. Protection Against Improper Academic Evaluation – Students have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation.  At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.,
  5. Protection Against Improper Disclosure – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 provides safeguards regarding the confidentiality of and access to student records, and this Act is adhered to by Motlow State.



  • Leadership Council Approved: November 10, 2008
  • Revised: November 10, 2008; reviewed February 24, 2016; May 25, 2023
  • President’s Cabinet Affirmed Editorial Revisions: June 6, 2023
  • Effective Date/Approved: November 10, 2008; June 6, 2023


Scroll to top