Policy Number: 6.800

Policy Name: Student Rights and Responsibilities

Original Adoption: January 1, 1991

Revised:  March 25, 1992; September 2016

Next Scheduled Review: September 2022

Responsible Cabinet Member: Vice President for Student Affairs

Department/Office: Student Affairs


The Board of Trustees recognizes the value of student rights and responsibilities to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community and to ensure that student freedoms are expressed together with responsibility for the continual growth and development of its students.


A document of Student Rights and Responsibilities applies to any and all students.


Arkansas code Section 6-61-521 grants the authority to the Board of Trustees to establish rules and regulations for the institution. Section 4.100 of the Board of Trustees Statement of Policies grants authority to the President to implement the policies and procedures of the Board relating to college operations.

The policies of National Park College fall within the following framework and hierarchy and, therefore, are subject to compliance with laws and regulations instituted by higher levels of authority:

  1. Federal laws and regulations
  2. State laws and regulations
  3. Board of Trustees Statements of Policy
  4. Faculty Handbook and College Catalog
  5. Internal guidelines

In the event of a conflict between different levels in 1 through 5 above, the lower numerical heading shall take precedence over the higher numerical heading. Internal policies and procedures that apply to the operations of individual departments or academic divisions may not conflict with College policy, but may be more restrictive.


Student: refers to each person who is currently enrolled, full-time or part-time, in any non-credit or credit course offered by the College.

Member of the college community: refers to any person who is a student, faculty member, college official, or any other person employed by the College.


The Board believes that it has an obligation to foster and preserve a free, enlightened, and just academic community, and guarantees the rights of students and calls on students to be responsible members of the college community.


All College employees and students are responsible to know and abide by College policies. Supervisors are responsible for communicating College policies to their employees, and ensuring policies are enforced. College policies applicable to students will be communicated through the student handbook.


The full document is available on the National Park College website as part of the Student Handbook.