Rights and Responsibilities

The University’s goals and responsibilities to its students

The University’s goals are to provide an atmosphere conducive to 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 essential to attain these goals. The University strives to provide students with advising services and access to instructors, assistant professors, department chairs and deans. The University also provides information about the institution, its policies, practices and characteristics to its students so they may better
utilize its services.

The University is obligated to ensure that students are free to organize and/or join associations to promote their common interests. Campus advisors may advise organizations on responsibilities, but have no control over the policy of the organizations. Campus organizations must be open to all students without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran status. In addition, the University requires financial responsibility from all recognized student organizations.

A student’s responsibility to the University

As a student at the University of Missouri, you are a full member of the University community and the larger community of Columbia. As a member of the University community, you are subject to the responsibilities of that community. When you violate a University regulation, you are open to disciplinary action of the University.

A student at the University of Missouri has the responsibility to be honest in all academic and personal relationships. Academic integrity is imperative to the progression to real knowledge and to a student’s capacity to apply that knowledge to life’s problems. Personal integrity is what permits a student to realize goals.

In reference to participation in organizations, students are responsible for following guidelines concerning hazing, the use of alcohol and/or drugs, and any other University policies designed to protect the University community. Students also must be aware of the nondiscriminatory policies of the University, and follow those policies.