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Rights and Responsibilities

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The principles expressed in Keene State College’s [Mission and Values Statement]{.underline} guide our campus community. Joining our student body, faculty, staff, administration, or any campus organization signifies a commitment to these principles by both the individuals and the organizations. We expect all members of our community to be mindful of these principles, thereby sustaining and contributing to the community envisioned in our Mission and Values Statement.

Keene State College believes that with rights come responsibilities. You have the right to expect the College to foster an environment which advances your intellectual and personal growth. As a member of the Keene State College community you have a responsibility to assist in creating an atmosphere conducive to this growth.


To benefit most from their educational experience, students and, where appropriate, recognized student organizations at Keene State College have the right to expect:

  • Academic and cocurricular experiences that provide opportunities for intellectual and personal growth and promote the standards of academic integrity
  • Faculty who are knowledgeable in their fields, effective in helping students learn, and diligent in providing appropriate and timely academic feedback
  • Administrators and staff who are knowledgeable in their fields and who provide efficient/timely service and appropriate feedback
  • Faculty, administrators, and staff who treat them with respect
  • A curriculum that broadly educates, encourages critical thinking, and promotes proficiency in a specific field Equipment and material appropriate to the field of study, including reasonable access to current technology A variety of services which support academic, personal, and social growth
  • As safe and healthy an environment as is reasonably possible
  • An equitable and consistent enforcement of College policies with due consideration of the rights of all members of the College community


Students should understand that their behavior in and out of the classroom will have positive and negative consequences for themselves and others. Students have a responsibility to:

  • Take learning seriously: attend class, be prepared, participate in discussions, ask questions, and get assignments done on time
  • Treat faculty, staff, and fellow students with respect
  • Contribute to the enrichment of the College and the larger community
  • Protect and preserve property belonging to others and the College
  • Be aware of how lifestyle choices affect academic success and personal growth
  • Be knowledgeable of and comply with the College policies as outlined in the Student Handbook, College Academic Catalog, and course syllabi

To ensure that all students have access to the rights listed above, each student must honor their responsibilities and modify behavior to be in compliance with the above stated expectations as requested by the institution or members of this learning community.

This Student Handbook is one of a number of College publications that outline the services Keene State College provides for students and the expectations the College has of students. The handbook has been organized to reflect the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Questions regarding the Statement, or any specific rights or responsibilities, should be directed to the Dean of Students at 358-2842.

Student Handbook – Page 12 of 17

About this Policy

Ownership: Dean of Students
Last Modified: Jan 12, 2024 –
Categories: Student Support
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