The Student Code of Conduct

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Rights and Responsibilities (From the Student Handbook)

Academic Rights

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina, of which Winston-Salem State University is a member institution, supports the right to academic freedom for every student in pursuit to his or her education. This includes the freedom to learn, freedom to teach, and the freedom to speak the truth, all which should be done in atmosphere of mutual respect.

Freedom of Speech

Winston-Salem State University, consistent with the University Of North Carolina Board Of Governors fully supports the right of a student to assemble peacefully and to express himself or herself in a manner in which order is maintained.

Freedom to Learn

The Board of Governors had determined that "all students shall be responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that helps to enhance an environment of learning in which the rights, dignity, worth, and freedom of each member of the academic community is respected.

Right of Confidentiality

No information or documentation referring to a student's academic or personal life is released to any party outside the university without the written permission of the student. Any request from a current student, former student, or graduate to release information to a third party must be made in writing and include the student's signature. Students have the right to inspect and review their own official records, except letters of recommendation.

Participation in Institutional Governance

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors and Winston-Salem State University encourage students to involve themselves in activity associated with the governance of the university by serving on the various committees, councils, and taskforces, that are charged with making decisions regarding Winston-Salem State University.

Student Grievances

Students who encounter disputes with faculty or staff members should first report any such grievance to the program head. This step should be followed by conferences with persons at progressively higher levels, including deans, and the appropriate vice chancellor.

Student Conduct

Students who attend the university are expected to behave in a manner consistent with life at an academic institution. Rules of student conduct, intended to reinforce this policy, are published online in the Undergraduate Catalogues, Student Code of Conduct, and other areas.

Right to be Heard

Students who have been charged with violations of the WSSU Student Handbook are entitled to the right to be heard and the right to consult an Advisor about addressing charges against them. Students violating standards of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action either by their peers or a university hearing officer. The student may choose the method in which the hearing is conducted.


All students at Winston-Salem State University are considered to be responsible adults. Therefore, each student shall be held accountable for his or her own personal behavior. The university expects all students to learn and obey local, state, and federal laws. In addition, students are expected to observe and adhere to the university's standards of conduct.

Winston-Salem State University students are responsible for reading, knowing, and observing all policies and procedures related to their in-class behavior and their on and off campus conduct. Information regarding these policies and procedures can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog, Student Code of Conduct, and department specific handbooks and manuals [all online].

Although university staff and faculty assist students, following policies, meeting deadlines and academic requirements are the responsibilities of the student. A student's lack of awareness of any WSSU policy or procedure shall not constitute grounds to be absolved from violations of those policies.

*Taken From the Student Handbook

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