Student and Student Organization Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities Policy

All students admitted to the University of New Orleans accept the responsibility to conform to all UNO rules and regulations. The University will make every reasonable effort to make the rules and regulations available. Each student is responsible for becoming familiar with and abiding by them. 

All students at the University of New Orleans have the following rights and freedoms: 

1. All students are guaranteed freedom of expression and assembly. Students have the right to organize groups or to join associations in support of any cause or common interest as long as gatherings are held in an orderly fashion and are not disruptive to the members of the University community or to the functioning of the University. 

2. The student press is to be free of censorship. 

3. The role and responsibility of Student Government shall be explicit and clearly defined. Student Government affords a means of student expression in the formulation and application of all institutional policies affecting academic and student life. 

4. Upon seizure or arrest by University officials, a student will be informed of his or her legal rights in accordance with law. 

5. Students will not be subject to duress by arresting officers to coerce admission of guilt or gain information about conduct of other suspected person (s). 

6. No searches or seizures of a student's living space or private property will be ordered or conducted unless the order is issued by University officials upon reasonable suspicion of violations of law or of University policy, rules or regulations. However, searches and seizures may be conducted by University officials including the staff of the University Housing Office and/or the University Police once reasonable suspicion of a violation is found. 

7. Students and student organizations have the right to a fair and impartial resolution of an alleged violation. 

8. Students and student organizations have the right to be free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

9. Students shall have the opportunity to participate in the formation of policy directly affecting students through membership on committees as determined by appropriate administrators and/or through the Chancellor. 

All students at the University of New Orleans have the following responsibilities:

1. Students and student organizations will respect the rights of others, maintain behavior that is conducive to a teaching and learning environment, and uphold the integrity of the University. 

2. Students and student organizations will abide by all University policies, rules and regulations. 

3. Students have the responsibility to know and to obey the laws of the United States, the State of Louisiana and local governments. Student status in no way exempts them from the requirements of obeying such laws.