Statement of Student Rights & Responsibilities - Preamble

Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well being of society.  Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.  As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom.  The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on campus, and in the larger community.  Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility.

The responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic community.  The university has a duty to develop policies and procedures that provide and safeguard this freedom.

The George Washington University believes that the procedures, rights, and safeguards outlined below are indispensable to achieving the goals desired -- freedom to teach, to learn, and to search for truth.

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