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 on opinion or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.

Protection of Freedom of Expression

Students are responsible for learning and demonstrating an understanding of the content of any course of study in which they enroll. Furthermore, students are free to express careful and reasoned criticism of data and opinion offered in any such course.

Appeal of a Grade by Students (See the Catalog)

Protection Against Improper Disclosure

Information about student views, beliefs and political associations which professors, administrators and staff acquired in the course of their work is to be considered confidential. Protection against improper disclosure of this information is a serious professional obligation. As committee members or as employees of the College, students also may often find themselves obligated to avoid improper disclosure of confidential personal information.

Judgments of personality, ability and character of students may be provided by faculty or administrators under appropriate circumstance. Normally, responses to requests for references are to be made with the knowledge or consent of the student, although the substance of such response may be held confidential. In listing references on graduate school applications, job applications, etc., it is the individual student’s responsibility to obtain permission from his or her recommenders to use their names and to give those persons permission to release personal information about him or her.

It is recognized that judgment on the part of College faculty members and administrative officers is called upon in responding to inquiries. The College wishes to be helpful to its students in career opportunities or employment, but it carries a moral and professional obligation to be complete and candid in evaluations. It may also on occasion be appropriate for the College to respond to inquiries about a student without a formal authorization from the student; a student applying for a sensitive governmental post, for example, does so in the knowledge that his or her background will be investigated and therefore can be assumed to have given consent to respond to inquiries. College officials may thus feel free to respond to such inquiries but need not feel obligated to do so.

In virtually no situation, however, will College records be opened to inspection by inquirers or investigators except under legal compulsion. Information other than the student’s attendance dates at the College, degrees earned, or home or local addresses is normally not made available unless permission has been received from the student or in cases in which the safety of persons or property may be endangered. If in response to subpoena the College is required to release information from any records, the College will endeavor to inform the student.