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Student Responsibilities and Rights

Honor Code | Privacy of Student Records | Directory Information | Campus Security Information | Right-to-Know Act | Equality of Opportunity | Access Services

The Honor Code

The high degree of trust and responsibility that the College has always given to students is reflected in the academic and social Honor Codes. These delegate to individual students the responsibility for integrity in their academic and social behavior. Responsibility for administering the academic Honor Code is shared with the faculty; the Academic Honor Board, composed of both students and faculty, mediates in cases of infraction. In the social Honor Code, as in all aspects of their social lives, students are self-governing; a Social Honor Board, consisting of 10 students, mediates in cases where social conflicts cannot be resolved by the individuals directly involved. Trained student mediators work with students to resolve conflicts in effective ways.

The successful functioning of the Honor Code is a matter of great pride to the Bryn Mawr community, and it contributes significantly to the mutual respect that exists among students and between students and faculty. While the Honor Code makes great demands on the maturity and integrity of students, it also grants them an independence and freedom that they value highly. To cite just one example, many examinations are self-scheduled, so that students may take them at whatever time during the examination period is most convenient for their own schedules and study patterns.

In resolving academic cases, the Honor Board might fail a student on an assignment or in a course, or separate her from the College temporarily or permanently. Social infractions that are beyond the ability of the Honor Board to resolve might be brought to a Dean's Panel, which exercises similar authority. For details regarding Honor Hearings and Dean's Panels, please refer to the Student Handbook.

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Privacy of Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. , Washington , D.C. 20202-5920 , concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.

Copies of Bryn Mawr's policy regarding the act and procedures used by the College to comply with the act can be found in the Undergraduate Dean's Office. Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Undergraduate Dean's Office.

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Directory Information

Bryn Mawr College designates the following categories of student information as public or “directory information.” Such information may be disclosed by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion.

Category I
Name, address, dates of attendance, class, current enrollment status, electronic mail address

Category II
Previous institution(s) attended, major field of study, awards, honors, degree(s) conferred

Category III
Date of birth

Category IV
Telephone number

Category V
Marital status

Currently-enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any category of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 by written notification, which must be in the Registrar's Office by August 15. Forms requesting the withholding of directory information are available in the Registrar's Office. Bryn Mawr College assumes that failure on the part of any student to request the withholding of categories of directory information indicates individual approval of disclosure.

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Campus Security Information

As part of its compliance with Pennsylvania 's College and University Security Information Act, Bryn Mawr provides to all students and all applicants for admission a brochure describing the College's security policies and procedures. The College also makes available to all students and applicants the crime report required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the most recent three-year period.

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Right-to-Know Act

The Student Right-to-Know Act requires disclosure of the graduation rates of degree-seeking undergraduate students. Students are considered to have graduated if they complete their programs within six years of the normal time for completion.

Class entering fall 2000 (Class of 2004)

Size at entrance 359

Graduated

after 3 years 1.1%
after 4 years 73.5%
after 5 years 77.2%
after 6 years 78.3%

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Equality of Opportunity

Bryn Mawr College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other College-administered programs, or in its employment practices.

In conformity with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, it is also the policy of Bryn Mawr College not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, activities or employment practices. The admission of only women in the Undergraduate College is in conformity with a provision of the Act. Inquiries regarding compliance with this legislation and other policies regarding nondiscrimination may be directed to the Equal Opportunity Officer, who administers the College's procedures, at 610-526-5275.

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Access Services

Bryn Mawr welcomes the full participation of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of campus life and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all qualified students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students who have access needs because of a learning, physical, or psychological disability are encouraged to contact the coordinator of Access Services as early as possible to discuss their concerns and to obtain information about our eligibility criteria, documentation requirements, and procedures for requesting accommodations. Disclosure of a disability is voluntary, and the information will be maintained on a confidential basis.

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