The vision of Ball State University is, in part, to be “a learner-centered and socially responsible academic community.” Therefore, Ball State University expects and requires all of its students and their guests to cooperate in developing and maintaining high standards of scholarship and conduct. Upon entrance into the University, students are not only presented with many rights, privileges, and opportunities, they are also faced with attendant responsibilities. In order for students to live and learn in harmony with others in the University community, they must assume responsibility for their actions and respect the rights and beliefs of others. A broad statement of those expectations is expressed in Ball State's Beneficence Pledge which is found below (approved and published separately as well):
The Beneficence Pledge
Members of the Ball State University Community...pledge to maintain high standards of scholarship and excellenceTo work with students, faculty, and staff to strengthen teaching and learning on campus.pledge to practice academic honesty To model and uphold academic integrity, to honor their peers and earn the trust and respect from all members of the community.pledge to act in a socially responsible wayTo treat each person in the Ball State community with civility, courtesy, compassion, and dignity; to respect the property and environment of the campus.pledge to value the intrinsic worth of every member of the communityTo respect and learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions.
The University community is not a sanctuary from the law and all students of the University are subject to local, state and federal laws. In addition each individual is obligated to protect the University as a forum for the free expression of ideas. The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities outlines behaviors expected of students at Ball State University and methods used to judge student behavior fairly according to these standards. The standards of conduct apply to students while on the campus or off campus, when attending University-sponsored events, or when such conduct involves the security or integrity of the University community. The resolution of complaints for violation of The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Code) may vary according to the location of the alleged violation, the complexity of the circumstances of the complaint, or the relative seriousness of the complaint. Offices and departments will routinely consult to determine the most appropriate venue for adjudication. Regardless of where a complaint is resolved, the purpose of this Code is, in part, to provide an educational framework for students so that they may make responsible choices regarding their behavior in this academic community.
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