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Minimal Undergraduate Student Responsibilities

By accepting responsibility for their education, students enhance the development of their academic, social, and career goals. It is expected that students accept responsibility for their academic choices as part of their educational experience at Stony Brook. Services are available to assist students with academic advising, long-range goals, and career explorations. Students themselves are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and abiding by the University's regulations, procedures, requirements, and deadlines as described in official publications including the University's Bulletins, the Student Handbook, and Class Schedules. The following guidelines were endorsed by the University Senate on May 6, 1996.

Responsibilities in the Classroom
Students are expected to:

  • attend class regularly unless other arrangements are made;
  • arrive for class on time and leave the classroom only at the end of class;
  • engage in class discussions and activities when appropriate;
  • exhibit classroom behavior that is not disruptive of the learning environment.

Course Responsibilities Students are expected to:

  • observe the requirements for the course and consult with the instructor if prerequisites are lacking;
  • obtain and understand the course syllabus;
  • keep up with the course work and take all scheduled examinations;
  • address any conflicts in syllabus and exam scheduling with the instructor as soon as possible;
  • review all graded material and seek help if necessary;
  • as soon as possible notify the instructor of any disabilities that might interfere with completion of course work;
  • fairly and thoughtfully complete the course evaluation form.

Academic Progress
Students are expected to take an active part in assessing their academic progress each semester, and to monitor their progress towards completion of graduation requirements. They are expected to:

  • review academic policies and procedures described in the current Undergraduate Bulletin and its Supplements;
  • know basic University, college, and departmental graduation requirements in their chosen majors and minors so they may plan completion of these requirements;
  • maintain personal copies of a tentative degree plan, progress reports, general educational material, and transfer credit evaluations until after graduation;
  • see that any academic records from other universities are transferred and received by all the appropriate offices (Admissions and Undergraduate Transfer Office) for evaluation.

Interactions with Faculty, Instructors, and other Students
Students are expected to:

  • understand the concept of academic honesty and adhere to its principles;
  • be respectful and polite to all instructors and other students;
  • be familiar with and abide by the University's sexual harassment policies as well as   University policies regarding consensual relationships between instructors and students;
  • consult the Student Conduct Code about other aspects of student conduct in and out of the classroom.
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