Franklin & Marshall College is a scholarly community whose aim is to create an environment for human learning. Toward this end, students and faculty working together in close relationship pursue not only knowledge but also wisdom. In their mutual devotion to intellectual discovery, each stimulates the other. The prerequisite for the continuing success of this endeavor is academic freedom—the freedom to teach and learn. As full members of the College community, therefore, students, like faculty, are encouraged to develop their capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. The rights, freedoms and responsibilities of students outlined below are essentials for the realization of this goal.

Academic freedom depends for its vitality upon appropriate conditions in the classroom, on the campus and in the larger community. The responsibility to secure and maintain these conditions is shared by students, faculty and administration.

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In the Classroom

Members of the Franklin & Marshall College faculty, in the classroom and in conference, are expected to encourage free inquiry. Student performance is to be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not...

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Student Records

 Franklin & Marshall College has a policy of maintaining academic, disciplinary, health and financial records for its students. The recording of such information is necessary to protect the rights of...

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Student Participation in Governance

Franklin & Marshall College observes a form of collegial responsibility in the governance of academic and other campus affairs. The College encourages student participation in campus governance,...

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Engagement with the Academic Process

It is the expectation of the College that an enrolled student will remain fully engaged with their academic program. If a student fails to meet their academic requirements (class attendance;...

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The Student Code

A student who is found to have engaged in the following conduct, or is found to have aided or assisted any other person in committing any of the following acts, while on or off the College Campus, or...

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Disciplinary Proceedings

Student discipline at the College utilizes two general processes: (1) the Committee on Student Conduct, as engaged by the Office of the Dean of the College or member of the College Community; or (2)...

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Disciplinary Actions and Penalties

When the disciplinary penalties listed below are administered they will normally include the following actions: 1.  Warning or Educational Intervention           a.   Given for minor misconduct....

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Hazing Policy

Hazing is a violation of College policy and Pennsylvania state law.  Hazing includes but is not limited to behaviors occurring on or off campus that are physically, emotionally, or psychologically...

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No Contact Procedure

No Contact orders are issued by the Advisor to the Committee on Student Conduct (ACSC), currently Kate Snider, at the request of the Office of the Dean of the College.  Members of the Office include...

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Sexual Misconduct/Discrimination/Harassment Policy

This policy is applicable when at least one of the parties is an F&M student. The policy applicable to non-student employees is on the HR website anti harassment policy. Sexual misconduct is...

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Alcohol and Drug Policies

Franklin & Marshall College is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment that promotes respect for oneself and others, zero tolerance for disruptive behavior resulting from alcohol and...

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Weapons Policy

 Franklin & Marshall College strictly prohibits the introduction, possession or use of weapons everywhere on campus and college owned or controlled properties off campus. "College Premises"...

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Fire Safety Policies

As Franklin & Marshall Students, you have rights regarding personal safety and security. In order to ensure these rights for you and your fellow students, you must abide by certain policies....

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Identification Card Policies

 Students are required to carry their cards at all times and to present them at the request of a College official or public safety officer. The ID card can only be used by the person whose name...

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Loss or Damage to Personal Property

 The College does not assume responsibility for loss of or damage to personal property of residents through fire, theft, or other causes. The College recommends that each student or his or her...

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Lancaster City Noise Control

The City of Lancaster has a Noise Control Ordinance that prohibits noise above certain levels, particularly between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Some provisions of the ordinance apply at any time....

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Other College Policies

Residency and College House Guidelines All regularly enrolled first- and second-year students, except approved commuting students who live at home or with a legal guardian within a 50-mile radius,...

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Residential Life

Room Changes Room changes can be made only with the approval of the House Dean, in the case of special interest housing the College Residential Coordinator. In most cases, room changes are not...

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Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence

The federal government prescribes the treatment of Title IV aid in the event a student withdraws. At Franklin & Marshall, all leaves of absences, whether informal or formal, are treated as...

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Health Leaves and Policies

The Director of Health Services and/or a Counseling Services Counselor may recommend, whenever it is deemed clinically appropriate, and after individualized analysis, that the Office of the Dean of...

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Non-Smoking Policy

In order to promote the health and safety, comfort and well-being of all members of the College community, Franklin & Marshall prohibits smoking: inside all buildings on campus, including...

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Parking and Motor Vehicles

General Statement Bringing a car to campus is a privilege, not a right. Operation of a personal car is not a requirement of any College program, and students bring and operate cars at their own...

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