Declaration of Student Rights and Rules

Declaration of Student Rights and Rules


Universities are dedicated to the promotion of learning and scholarship. To achieve that purpose, they are obliged to provide the conditions in which such learning can take place. This obligation carries with it certain rights of the universities to protect and preserve themselves in order that they may continue to provide the appropriate environment. Thus, a proper condition for individual learning is one in which the rights of universities themselves, as well as the rights of the individual members thereof, are recognized and balanced.

Within that framework, these declarations are made for all students1 at the University of New Hampshire.

Right to pursue learning and right of expression

The rights of the individual to pursue learning and to express his or her views responsibly are of paramount importance in an academic environment.

Right to participate in University governance

Students have the right to participate in the institutional governance and policy formation as defined by the appropriate governing body.

Right to assemble and associate

Students may organize and assemble to pursue their common interests, subject to the guidelines established through the University governance structure.

Right to due process

Students are guaranteed the right of fair hearing and appeal in all matters of judgment of academic performance and personal conduct. See Code of Conduct for review process of violation forms.

Right of confidentiality of student records

Student records are maintained in the University, and the right of access to these records is provided to the student or other individuals according to the guarantees and limitations specified in the federal government’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 1232 g). By University policy, no records shall be kept that reflect political or ideological beliefs or associations. (Please refer to page 44.)

Rights and responsibilities under the law

Individual rights under the United States Constitution shall not be abridged by the University.

Responsibility for standards of conduct

Students shall accept the responsibility of adhering to standards of conduct as established through the University governance structure.

Academic responsibilities

Each student shall be responsible for meeting the academic standards established for the course of study in which she or he is enrolled, and these standards shall be the only basis for evaluating the student’s academic per­formance.

Responsibility to Monitor Information Technology Identification Address

The University of New Hampshire often communicates with students on official matters in written form. The progression of technology has prompted the University to adapt both its administrative and educational communi­cations to benefit from this technology. In those instances when the Univer­sity chooses to communicate with students through technology (including but not limited to email, portal communications, and electronic messag­ing), it often does so with the use of University-generated UNH Username. The University will provide and maintain this UNH Username; it will be the responsibility of the student to monitor official communication sent by the University to this UNH Username on the UNH email system, as well as those posted to the UNH Portal (MyUNH/Blackboard) and accessible with this UNH username.

Room and Board Agreement

Students shall be responsible for knowing and adhering to the terms and conditions set forth in the University Room and Board Agreement as pub­lished in the Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities.

Statement of Agreement

Students are responsible for knowing the information contained here, and enrollment at the University of New Hampshire is considered as acceptance of all conditions specified in this handbook. Extensive efforts have been made to be sure that the contents of this handbook are complete and up to date, but the University also reserves the right to change any of the policies, rules, or regulations, according to established guidelines, as may be neces­sary in the interest of the University. Students should also be aware that some programs may impose additional obligations. 


1. Procedures governing student grievances can be found in Administrative Poli­cies and Regulations Section 27, page 40. These declarations also apply to gradu­ate students. Regulations concerning the admission and academic standing of graduate students may be found in the graduate catalog. Regulations concerning the library, financial policies, and health services apply equally to graduate and undergraduate students. Regulations concerning student conduct, organization, and housing also apply to graduate students unless specifically excluded within the policy. The administration of regulations concerning graduate student conduct, organization, and housing lies with the dean of the Graduate School. The dean of the Graduate school reserves the right to refer cases involving graduate student misconduct to the Vice President for Student and Academic Services Office for the purpose of a hearing.