Module 5 – Student Rights & Responsibilities

Be In the Know…

Whether you’re studying online or on campus, you’re a member of the UAF community. The following tips and resources will help you keep yourself and the other members of Nanook Nation safe. Remember: If you see something, say something, do something!  

You also have certain rights and responsibilities as a member of the UAF community. These rights and responsibilities are outlined in the University of Alaska Student Code of Conduct, and we’ll explain some of these rights and responsibilities below.

Campus Safety

The University of Alaska Fairbanks strives to provide a safe and secure campus environment. With a fully commissioned police force and fire department, the campus has the resources necessary to provide the best safety and service possible. However, this doesn’t eliminate the need for students to use precaution in and around campus. Even in the safest places, crime does happen. Be alert, be aware of your surroundings and,  if you see something, say something, do something.

Safety and Support Resources

UAF Police Department
You may report any emergency to the UAF Police Department. Calling 911 on campus may result in additional response time.

Student Health & Counseling Center
The Health & Counseling Center provides medical and counseling services to students. After hours, use this number to connect with a professional counseling service.

Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office provides assistance to students regarding conduct, grade appeals, safety and security concerns, and more.

Residence Life
Immediately contact a Residence Life staff member with safety and security concerns, lockouts, maintenance needs, conflict management or other issues in the residence halls. For after-hours emergencies, call the UAF Police Department.

Resource & Advocacy Center
RAC offers confidential advocacy, support and resources to individuals experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence.

Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity
Contact the Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity to report discrimination, harassment, Title IX concerns, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.

Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living
IAC offers a wide range of confidential advocacy and support to individuals experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence.

Need to talk? Call Careline, the confidential, 24-hour Alaska suicide-prevention and someone-to-talk-to line. Careline is local and toll-free.

UAF Emergency Alert Hotline
Recorded emergency alerts. Current alerts also are posted at

Stay Safe  

Follow these personal safety tips:

  • Walk with a friend whenever possible and always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Sign up for the university’s alert notification system (
  • Lock the door to your residence at all times.
  • If you are going out, let a friend know where you are going and when you will return.
  • Trust your gut – if someone or something makes you feel uneasy or unsafe, get away or get help.
  • Report suspicious persons or situations to the police (911).
  • Always lock your vehicle, and never leave personal items unattended.
  • Report all incidents of crime or suspected crime to the UAF Police Department. As an online or distance student, contact your local police department.

Safety should always be your number one priority for yourself and your friends.

Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities is focused on student advocacy and education and supports student-centered programs and services designed to assist students in achieving their personal, academic and career goals. Some specific areas of assistance are safety and security concerns, student grievances, student withdrawals and student employee waivers.

Student conduct is a part of the office with a focus on educating students, staff and faculty about the Student Code of Conduct.

Visit for more information.

Student Code of Conduct

The university subscribes to principles of due process and fair hearings as specified in the “Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students.’ This document can be found at You are encouraged to read it carefully.

Most students adjust easily to the privileges and responsibilities of university citizenship. The university attempts to provide counsel for those who find the adjustment more difficult. UAF may terminate enrollment or take other necessary and appropriate action in cases where a student is unable or unwilling to assume the social responsibilities of citizenship in the university community.

Student Code of Conduct

As with all members of the university community, the university requires students to conduct themselves honestly and responsibly and to respect the rights of others. Students may not engage in behavior that disrupts the learning environment, violates the rights of others or otherwise violates the Student Code of Conduct, university rules, regulations or procedures. Students and student organizations will be responsible for ensuring that they and their guests comply with the code while on property owned or controlled by the university or at activities authorized or sponsored by the university.

The university may initiate disciplinary action and impose sanctions on any student or student organization found responsible for committing, attempting to commit or intentionally assisting in the commission of any of the following prohibited forms of conduct:

  • cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty;
  • forgery, falsification, alteration or misuse of documents, funds, property or electronic records;
  • damage or destruction of property;
  • theft of property or services;
  • harassment;
  • discrimination;
  • hazing;
  • endangerment, assault or infliction of physical harm;
  • gender-based or sexual misconduct;
  • disruptive or obstructive actions;
  • mistreatment of animals;
  • misuse of firearms, explosives, weapons, dangerous devices or dangerous chemicals;
  • failure to comply with university directives;
  • misuse of alcohol;
  • misuse of drugs or other intoxicants;
  • violation of regents’ policy, university regulation, rules or procedures; or
  • any other actions that result in unreasonable interference with the learning environment or the rights of others.

Examples of actions that constitute these prohibitions will be described in the university regulation and the major academic units’ rules and procedures.
This policy and university regulation and MAU rules and procedures are not intended to define prohibited conduct in exhaustive terms, but rather to set forth examples to serve as guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

The university has established procedures for enforcing the UA code of conduct. Each student at the university shall be afforded due process in all disciplinary matters. For a complete guide to these procedures, please refer to Board of Regents Policy and University Regulation 09.02 (University of Alaska Student Code of Conduct).

For additional information and details about the Student Code of Conduct, please visit

Student Behavioral Standards

Education at the university is conceived as training for citizenship as well as for personal self-improvement and development. Generally, UAF behavioral regulations are designed to help you work efficiently in courses and live responsibly in the campus environment. They are not designed to ignore your individuality but rather to encourage you to exercise self-discipline and accept your social responsibility. These regulations, in most instances, were developed jointly by staff and students. Contact the dean of students for more information.

UAF provides one level of administrative oversight for decisions made by university employees. Individuals are encouraged to first attempt informal resolution with the employee making the decision or the employee’s supervisor. An individual seeking further review has the option of filling a written request with the employee’s supervisor for decisions made by university employees that are not covered in other university policies, regulations and procedures. The request must be signed and include all relevant information to be considered during the review. The supervisor will consider the information available at the time of the review and provide written notification of the outcome to the individual who filed the request. The supervisor’s written response will be the final decision within the university.

Alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be reviewed in accordance with procedures specified in regents’ policy, university regulations, and UAF rules and procedures. For additional information and details about the Student Code of Conduct and the student conduct process, please visit

Student Care Team

The Student Care Team – Making Caring a Commitment!

The UAF Student Care Team is a campus initiative that seeks to encourage all of us to make our campus safe, supported and cared for. The goal is to help provide resources to our community and refer potentially worrisome behavior or situations before they result in harm. If you are concerned about someone or someone who is displaying concerning or disruptive behavior, you can refer to the online reporting form. The team will review the information and evaluate how we can best support our community.

A person that receives help sooner rather than later may be less likely to experience more severe symptoms or cause harm to self or others. Thus, the Care Team is a supportive process, not a disciplinary or punitive one.

If you are concerned about someone or someone is displaying concerning or disruptive behavior, you can refer the concern to the Care Team here. Once the referral is received, a staff member will review the incident and address the issue reported.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and drug use and abuse is an issue that affects college students across the country. According to a national survey, almost 60 percent of college students aged 18-22 drank alcohol in the past month and almost two-thirds of them engaged in binge drinking during that time.

Here in Alaska, we struggle with some of the highest rates of alcohol abuse and binge drinking in the nation. Alaskans also use illicit drugs at rates greater than the national average.

Studies show that the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs can have a negative impact on your academic goals. Plus, alcohol and drug abuse carry significant legal and health consequences. At UAF, we want students to be successful, safe and healthy. While the university will enforce the Student Code of Conduct and hold students responsible for their choices in regard to drug and alcohol use, UAF  employs an amnesty policy to encourage students to make reports of sexual harassment or assault when underage drinking or prohibited drug use would otherwise warrant minor sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct.

If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol or drugs, the following resources are here to help:

Student Health and Counseling Center

Behavioral Intervention Team

Recover Alaska

SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental to the mission of higher education. UAF has developed standards and procedures to address academic integrity and misconduct. Students who violate these standards may be subject to academic and/or disciplinary sanctions.

Academic misconduct is defined as attempting to help another student obtain grades, grants or class credit through fraudulent means. Broad categories of misconduct include cheating, plagiarizing, forgery and falsification, facilitating or aiding academic dishonesty, submitting duplicate assignments without the express permission of both instructors, stealing instructional materials or tests, altering grades or files, and misusing research data in reporting results. An instructor may  create special rules for a class and list them in the syllabus or directions for assignments; violation of these class-specific rules also constitutes academic dishonesty.

Click the tabs below to learn more about different categories of academic dishonesty.

Cheating is attempting to give or use materials, information, notes, study aids, or other devices not authorized by the course instructor. Examples include copying another’s work, using books, notes or other devices during a quiz or test, and acquiring or distributing tests or exams.
Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as your own. Examples include submitting work obtained from another student or commercial service, directly quoting from a source without acknowledgment or citation, or using facts, figures, graphs, charts, designs, or other information without acknowledging the source.
Falsification is inventing or altering information or citation in an academic work, including the inventing of data or research procedures, falsely citing a source of information, altering grade reports or other academic records, and submitting a false excuse for absence or tardiness.
Tampering is interfering with or altering or attempting to interfere with or alter academic records, grades, assignments, laboratory experiments or class-related documents without authorization.

It is your responsibility to do everything you can to avoid academic misconduct. Connect with your instructor or advisor for tips on how to  avoid academic misconduct.

The Writing Center and the Rasmuson Library can help you ensure information used in your assignments is properly sourced and cited.

Title IX

Title IX is a section of federal law created by the Higher Education Act that prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions. Many people have known it as a law requiring equal male-female representation in sports teams at U.S. colleges and universities, but it actually demands gender equity in all undertakings at colleges and universities that receive federal assistance.

The law states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” In recent years, Title IX has been interpreted to extend protection against sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and violence, in all university student services and academic programs.

Sexual harassment includes:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances or contact
  • Gender stereotyping
  • Pressure for sexual favors
  • Relationship violence
  • Date rape
  • Nonconsensual intercourse
  • Sexual assault

These forms of harassment should not be tolerated by anyone and are a form of discrimination based on gender. Any sexual activity without consent  is a violation of not only university policy and regulation but also the law.  For information and statistics related to campus  sexual violence, please visit

Please know that faculty and staff cannot promise confidentiality.  If you disclose to a staff member or your professor that you’ve experienced sexual harassment or assault, they are required to file a report with the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Students who need to talk to someone confidentially should contact UAF Student Health and Counseling  at 907-474-7043 or The Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living at 907-452-2293. See a full list of confidential disclosure contacts.

Additional information on Title IX is available at this site:  What is Title  IX?

Reporting Title IX Violations

Everyone at UAF – employees, students, and visitors – has the right to learn and work in safety and with dignity. We look out for each other. If you witness or experience a violation of Title IX, you may report this violation to the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

When there’s a report of sexual discrimination or misconduct, the university will:

  • stop the discrimination
  • provide remedies and other support
  • conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation
  • take steps to prevent the recurrence of further discrimination

Supervisors and faculty must respond promptly to complaints of sexual harassment to determine what, if any, remedial action may be warranted. In resolving sexual harassment complaints, supervisors and faculty must seek advice and guidance from the Title IX coordinators or deputy coordinators.

Report a Title IX violation

Your Civil Rights and Gender Inclusion

Your civil rights are protected at UAF by a number of federal and state laws, as well as university  policies.

Together, these laws and policies ensure that all members of the UAF community are able to live, learn and work in an environment free from harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

Students, faculty and staff are all expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Violations will result in serious sanctions. You can report violations to the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Harassment is discrimination.  It includes:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances or contact
  • Gender stereotyping, including  harassment or discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Pressure for sexual favors
  • Relationship violence
  • Date rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Refusal to use preferred name, pronouns or gender marker
  • Discriminatory remarks based on one’s race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, marital status, pregnancy or parenthood status
The University of Alaska Fairbanks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. The full Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at
The University of Alaska Fairbanks supports and promotes an environment where all community members are treated with common courtesy, compassion, dignity and respect. Every member of the university community has a right to a working and learning environment free of sex discrimination including sexual and gender-based harassment, assault and violence. Protection is extended to all students, employees and third parties, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the UAF community.

Resources & Support

AlcoholEdu and Haven

Haven (Title IX Training) and AlcoholEdu are interactive, online training programs that help UAF ensure that all students are free to achieve their personal and academic goals in a safe, welcoming, supportive community.

AlcoholEdu is the most widely used alcohol abuse prevention program in higher education. It delivers a personalized experience to all types of students depending on their current drinking choices and is proven effective. Eight independent studies have verified the efficacy of AlcoholEdu.

Haven is one of a number of preventive strategies UAF employs to educate students about healthy relationships and to empower students to take action to protect themselves and their peers from sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and domestic and intimate partner violence.

Currently, all degree students are required to complete Title IX training. Degree students aged 25 and under and any student living on campus are required to complete AlcoholEdu.

How to access Title IX training:

  1. Log in to  UAOnline  using your UA username and  password.
  2. From the menu, select Student Services and Account Information.
  3. From the menu, select Student Training.
  4. From the menu, select the appropriate Title IX training.
  5. Log in to EverFi Inc. with your UA  username and password.

Need help?  Download the  Guide to Accessing AlcoholEdu and Title IX: Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination Prevention Training (PDF).

Note:  The Title IX training course will cover sensitive issues. If you are uncomfortable at any point or want to speak to someone about this training, please contact:

For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office at


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