Allen R. Gachupin
Director of Student Services
Student Activities and Rights
SIPI Student Code of Conduct and Definitions
Part 42 of Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations applies to SIPI, which is funded by the Bureau of Indian Education, Department of Interior.
SIPI recognizes that students have:
The following rights are retained by students who live in the residential halls:
- The right to an education.
- The right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure of their persons or property, to a reasonable degree of privacy, and to a safe and secure environment.
- The right to make his/her own decisions where applicable.
- The right to freedom of religion and culture.
- The right to freedom of speech and expression, including symbolic expression, such as display of buttons, posters, choice of dress, and length of hair,
so long as the symbolic expression does not disrupt the educational process or endanger the health and safety of the students or others.
- The right to freedom of the press, except where material in publication is libelous, slanderous, or obscene.
- The right to peaceably assemble and to petition for the redress of grievances.
- The right to freedom from harassment or discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, or, as specified by law, age, veteran status, marital or parental status, or degree of Indian blood.
- The right to due process. Every student is entitled to due process in every instance of disciplinary action for alleged violation of SIPI regulations for which the student may be subject to sanctions of suspension or expulsion.
- The right to request that examinations and tests, other than final examinations, which occur on mandated religious holidays or during traditional cultural ceremonies, provided that the students notify their instructors at the beginning of the semester be rescheduled.
Student Rights - Student Handbook, page 9.
- The right to read, study, and relax in ones room free from undue interference; unreasonable noise and other distractions that may inhibit the exercise of this right.
- The right to sleep without undue disturbance from guests of roommate(s) and/or other residents.
- The right to expect that a roommate will respect others personal belongings.
- The right to a clean living and learning environment.
- The right to host guests with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of the hosts roommate(s) and other hall residents.
Student Responsibilities - Student Handbook, page 11.
Student Code of Conduct - Student Handbook, page 13.
The rights guaranteed by the Federal constitution imply corresponding responsibilities. Students must accept the following responsibilities so as not to infringe upon the rights of others in the school community.
The Students Right to Due Process
- Obtain an education: It is the responsibility of the student to regard the opportunity of obtaining an education as his/her duty to the community. It is the students responsibility to attend all of his/her classes regularly.
- Follow school rules: It is the responsibility of the student to obey recognized rules and procedures developed by the school community, including those affecting environmental health, order, and use of school property.
- Respect others, self, and community: It is the responsibility of the student to care for the SIPI community, both its members and its property. It is the responsibility of the student to refrain from inflicting bodily harm on others, as well as to respect other community members privacy and property.
- Learn the democratic processes of the community: It is the responsibility of the student to inform himself/herself of the proper channels and methods of redress of grievances and appealing of disciplinary decisions and sanctions.
You can find this information in the Student Handbook, page 10.
SIPI students have the right to due process, when it comes to disciplinary actions brought against students by the school. Click here to view - Students Right to Due Process