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Part I. Foreword
- General Policy
Montana State University Billings, like any community, must have regulations by which
its members abide and procedures by which its organizations function. These regulations
are necessary to provide a campus atmosphere conducive to the intellectual and personal
development of all members of the University community. When members of the University
community break these rules and regulations, the University has a primary responsibility
to provide consequences for those individuals and organizations that have failed to
abide by reasonable standards of conduct.
By enrolling at the University, a student does not surrender any rights; similarly,
a registered organization does not give up any of its rights. Both organizations
and students have a responsibility to balance these rights by abiding by the rules
and regulations of the University. The Student Policies and Procedures Handbook contains policies that affect students and organizations. Within this Handbook and
other official University publications are the rules and regulations that govern student
and organizational behavior.
- Misconduct Authority
The authority to enact and enforce regulations of the University is vested in the
Board of Regents. The responsibility for enforcing regulations and imposing penalties
is delegated to the Chancellor and any University officials the Chancellor may designate.
The Chancellor has drawn a distinction between academic and non-academic misconduct.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs is the principal agency for
the administration of student code compliance and shall implement the student code
compliance procedures. All references to the Chancellor of the University or the
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs shall also be interpreted to include persons designated
to act on behalf of these officials.
- Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Domestic
Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation
Pursuant to Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Executive Order 11246 as amended by 11375,
and the Montana State Human Rights Act - Montana State University Billings has a policy
of non-discrimination in employment practices and in admission, access to, and conduct
of educational programs. Montana State University’s campuses are committed to providing
an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community
and that is free from harassment and discrimination based upon race, color, religion,
national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and
federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status,
pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender
expression, or sexual orientation. Such an environment is necessary to a healthy learning,
working, and living atmosphere because discrimination and harassment undermine human
dignity and the positive connection among all people at our University. Acts of discrimination,
harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation
will be addressed consistent with the reference Discrimination Policy
Students who fail to comply with this policy may be in violation of the Code of Student
Conduct, Part IX, and may be subject to student disciplinary action.
Montana State University Billings affords any student, employee, or applicant for
admission or employment the opportunity to file a discrimination grievance. Inquiries
or grievances should be directed to the Human Resources/EEO-AA/Title IX Coordinator
Office, McMullen Hall 308, Phone (406) 657-2278. http://www.montana.edu/policy/discrimination/procedures/
- University Name, Document, and Records
The use by any person or organization of the University’s name or any of its registered
trademarks in connection with any program, product, or activity without the prior
written permission of the Administrative Vice Chancellor, or any unauthorized use
of University documents, records, or seal is prohibited.
- Formulation and Review of Regulations
Any student, faculty, or staff member can recommend revisions, additions, or deletions
to the policies contained in this document. Recommendations should be submitted to
the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The Vice Chancellor in turn
will forward them to the Student Behavior Team.
Next: Part II - Rights and Responsibilities of Students in the Academic Community