The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) grants students certain rights, privileges, and protections relative to individually identifiable student educational records that are maintained by Montana Western. Specifically:
The University of Montana Western complies with the principles of privacy found in the Montana Constitution, Montana Code Annotated, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The student’s name and other identifying information, including address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, degrees awarded, and honors received may be considered public information, unless the student requests the University in writing to hold the information in confidence.
A student’s rights in a proceeding involving the Student Conduct Code include the following:
Any student accused of violating the Student Conduct Code has certain rights:
a. The right to be advised that a complaint is being investigated, and the right to be advised of the potential charges.
b. The right to review the evidence.
c. The right to decline to make statements.
d. The right to submit a written account relating to the alleged charges.
e. The right to know of the identity of individuals who will be present at an administrative conference or a Court hearing.
f. The right to have a person of choice, including legal counsel, present throughout any and all proceedings provided for in this Code.
g. The right to a reasonable period of time to prepare for a hearing, and the right to request a delay of the hearing for urgent circumstances.
h. The right to hear and question witnesses and the accuser.
i. The right to present relevant evidence and witnesses.
j. The right to have past conduct that is irrelevant to the case not discussed during the proceedings. In the case of rape and sexual assault, this is specifically provided for in Montana law.
k. The right to timely adjudication of charges as provided in this Code.
The Montana Western community values personal and academic freedom and embraces the ideals of academic honesty and integrity. All members of the campus community have the personal responsibility to promote an atmosphere of civility in which the free exchange of ideas and opinions can flourish. We do so by learning from individual and collective differences and respecting every person.
Civility is not a sign of weakness…let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.---John Fitzgerald Kennedy
It should consistently be remembered that all Montana Western employees and students are working under the following set of standards for the betterment of the University, its employees, and its students. It is the responsibility of each of us to live up to these standards. All of the expectations below apply to face-to-face as well as virtual interactions. This document is expected to be congruent with objectives of the 2013-23 Strategic Plan.
Trust what others say is genuine and honor their word
Talk to, not about, others
Model respectful treatment of others by treating others as you would like to be treated
Be generously understanding and accepting of diverse ways of thinking, teaching, learning and accomplishing things
While discussions may become heated and passionate, they should never become mean, nasty or vindictive in spoken or printed or emailed words, facial expressions, or gestures
Employ active listening by giving undivided attention to speakers, allowing them to complete their thoughts before you respond to them
Use “I” statements in conversations so others know you own your own words
Talk face-to-face with others as much as possible, especially on areas of disagreement
View conflicts as learning opportunities to understand why individuals hold conflicting viewpoints
If someone informs you that you are doing something offensive, frustrating, or wrong, try and understand what they are telling you without getting angry with them
Externalize conflicts; do not view conflicts as between individuals but as between ideas
Be accountable and take ownership of all your communications and other actions; do not make unauthorized anonymous one-way communications to or about others
Never involve students or community members in campus politics to gain support for your point of view or to gain personal allies
If someone is doing something you find offensive, disruptive, frustrating, or wrong, tell them clearly, calmly, and politely
Be kind to others at all times
Students are held responsible for making informed enrollment decisions and for knowledge of and compliance with Montana Western policies and procedures as outlined in this handbook, the current University catalog, the official UMW web site and the current printed class schedule as well as special registration instructions which may be issued on a semester-by-semester basis.
Students at the University of Montana Western enroll on a semester basis and are expected to register (including paying tuition and fees) prior to the start of the term for all classes they plan to complete during that term and once registered, to actively participate in learning activities associated with courses in which they are enrolled. Academic calendar add and drop deadlines are strictly enforced.
Faculty outline requirements for satisfactory completion of courses in a syllabus made available to students at the beginning of a class. Students are responsible for ascertaining attendance and course completion requirements of each class in which they are enrolled. Regular class attendance and participation is critical to student academic success.
Requirements for degrees and programs of study offered at Montana Western are listed in the University Catalog. Students should consult their adopted catalog and contact their advisor or Advising Office staff with questions concerning course and grade requirements for graduation.