Non-Academic Student Conduct Policy

Policy Summary

The University of Alabama at Birmingham exists to educate its students, to advance, preserve and disseminate knowledge through research and scholarship, and to advance the interests and the welfare of society as a whole. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. Students, faculty and administration represent the three integral parts of the academic community; they share responsibility for the proper functioning of the institution in the pursuit of its educational goals. As members of the academic community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom and throughout the overall campus community.

In order to ensure these rights and freedoms, it is the obligation of both the university as an institution and the members of the academic community to ensure orderly operation by prohibiting actions that interfere with legitimate educational objectives or that interfere with the rights of others. This obligation is met, in part, by assuring that appropriate action will be taken when either academic or non-academic behavior adversely affects the pursuit of the educational objectives of the UAB community. Students are challenged to take responsibility for their behavior, demonstrate respect for themselves, others, property, and to develop skills that will enhance lifelong problem solving, communication, and decision-making abilities.

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