Student Rights and Responsibilities

The purpose of this section is to outline important rights and responsibilities of students. In general, students should have the maximum freedom allowable under the law, in accordance with the College’s responsibility for the students’ well-being.

Students have the RIGHTS to:

  • An appropriate and well-balanced program.
  • Study under qualified instructors in an atmosphere free from bias, prejudice, and disruption.
  • Appropriate advising for academic problems.
  • Appropriate counseling for personal problems.
  • An academic grade that reflects their academic achievement.
  • Information on policies and rules of ACAOM.
  • The opportunity to make-up class work within a specific length of time in case of all absences except truancy.
  • Protection by legal provisions that prohibit the release of personal and academic records, which may not be released unless the student has completed and delivered a release of information card (Texas Open Records Law and Federal Privacy Act of 1974) to the registrar, expressly authorizing a person to receive said student’s records.
  • Religious freedom and freedom of speech.
  • A student association under the direction of the ACAOM administration.
  • Fair treatment and due process that does not violate their legal rights with regard to discipline in all matters.

Students have the RESPONSIBILITIES to:

  • Strive for academic success by participating to the utmost of their ability, including being prepared for each class with appropriate materials and assignments.
  • Contribute to the environment in which one demonstrates respect towards others, behaves in a responsible manner, and is properly attired and groomed.
  • Seek academic advising if necessary.
  • Seek personal counseling if necessary.
  • Maintain reasonable standards of academic performance commensurate with their abilities.
  • Improve their performance upon notice of unsatisfactory progress.
  • Take advantage of their educational opportunities by attending all the scheduled classes and by being on time.
  • Request the make-up assignments from their instructors within a specified length of time.
  • Give the College any information that may be useful in making appropriate educational or emergency decisions, including current address/telephone information.
  • Respect the First Amendment rights of others.
  • Be alert to the needs of the school and the concerns of the student body and to work toward responding to those needs and concerns to the best of their abilities.
  • Conduct themselves according to the student conduct set forth in this catalog and Student Handbook