The Board of Trustees of Emory University has adopted a statement of policy dealing with University-student relationships, a digest of which follows:
- Emory University was founded on Christian principles by the Methodist Episcopal Church and proudly continues its church relationship as an agency dedicated to seeking and imparting truth.
- Emory University admits qualified students of any sex, sexual preference, race, color, national origin, religious preference, age, or veteran’s status, and qualified handicapped students to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Emory University. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran’s status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other Emory University-administered programs.
- Attendance at Emory University is a privilege and not a right; however, no student will be dismissed except in accordance with prescribed procedures. Students applying for admission do so voluntarily and are free to withdraw at their pleasure, subject to compliance with the regulations of their school or college governing withdrawal and to the fulfillment of their financial obligations to the University.
- Upon matriculation at Emory, each student agrees to be bound by the rules, policies, procedures, and administrative regulations as they exist at the time of admission and as they may be changed by duly constituted authority.
- By admission as a student at Emory University, a person acquires the right to pursue the course of study to which he or she is admitted and to be treated with the dignity appropriate to an adult person in all matters relating to the University; in the same spirit the student shall comply with the rules and regulations of Emory University.
- Students will be provided the opportunity to participate in the development of rules and procedures pertaining to University affairs to the extent that such participation and the results thereof, as determined by the Board of Trustees or its designated agent, are consistent with orderly processes and with the policies and administrative responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and the administration.
- The University expects students to conduct themselves with dignity, courtesy, responsibility, and integrity, and with due respect for the rights of others, realizing that sobriety and morality are not only characteristics of a mature and responsible person but are essential to the maintenance of a free and orderly society.
- Membership in and rules governing admission to student organizations shall be determined by the organizations themselves, and such rules shall not be required to be uniform so long as the same do not contravene any policy established by the Board of Trustees.
- Emory University is an educational institution, not a vehicle for political or social action. It endorses the right of dissent and protects and encourages reasonable exercise of this right by individuals within the University. Because the right of dissent is subject to abuse, the Board of Trustees and the president have published a statement to clarify policy concerning such abuse, a digest of which follows:
- Individuals associated with Emory represent a variety of viewpoints; the University fosters the free expression and interchange of differing views through oral and written discourse and logical persuasion.
- Dissent, to be acceptable, must be orderly and peaceful and represent constructive alternatives reasonably presented.
- Coercion, threats, demands, obscenity, vulgarity, obstructionism, and violence are not acceptable.
- Demonstrations, marches, sit-ins, or noisy protests that are designed or intended to or which do disrupt normal institutional pursuits will not be permitted.
- Classes and routine operations will not be suspended except for reasonable cause as determined by the president.
- Administrators, faculty, other employees, and students are expected to abide by these standards of conduct in promoting their views, particularly dissent.
- Persons who are not so inclined should not become associated with Emory nor continue to be associated with Emory.
- Academic and administrative procedures will protect individuals in their right of free expression and provide for prompt and appropriate action against those who abuse such right.