Student Handbook Policies: A Forms Manual for College Decision Makers

This forms manual is a product of many years of thought and reflection on the legal issues facing college administrators and faculty who make significant decisions. It reflects numerous contacts with college administrators, students and faculty regarding the legal terrain in which decisions affecting students are made.
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This manual was prepared in response to many inquiries from clients and others seeking model student handbook policies. Model policies generally do not exist; however, policies that reflect good practice are available through various institutions.

This forms manual provides examples of policy options for use by colleges and universities. Each section has a common format that includes an Overview of the general topic and Sample Policies. Each separate policy is identified by a check mark. A Selected Bibliography is provided at the end of each chapter.

Some policy requirements apply specifically to state institutions because of their public charter. In most cases, these requirements relate to due process and compliance with specific state laws. Other policies are required for all institutions because of federal law, such as those related to sexual harassment and disabilities. The manual addresses the following key policy issues:

  • Student Codes

  • Cheating and Plagiarism

  • Computer Use

  • Drugs and Alcohol

  • Discrimination and Harassment

  • Sexual Harassment

  • Disabilities

  • Judicial Systems

  • Academic Evaluations and Grade Appeals

  • Crime on the Campus

  • Academic Freedom and Student Publications

  • Student Records

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