First Section: Student Rights
First: The Academic Rights of Students
All students have the right to
- An educational environment appropriate to a quality education commensurate with the University’s Mission and Vision.
- Assistance from administrative or academic university sectors in accordance with the University rules and regulations.
- Complete confidentiality regarding personal information, student profile and academic performance except when accessed by officially authorized personnel.
- Written notification of a student’s alleged violation of a university policy or regulation, pending university action in response to the alleged violation and any university decision made in response to the alleged violation. The student also has the right to contest any decision that conflicts with his/her academic interest.
- Freely express any opinion, within boundaries of appropriate behavior and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the university, regarding academic and pedagogical matters.
- File a grievance with the appropriate officials when he/she believes that a guaranteed right ,mentioned in this document, has been breached.
- Committed faculty members who conduct classes according to schedules, observe office hours, stick to break-times between lectures and do not cancel lectures or change schedules except under extreme circumstances and after proper notification. In such cases, students get make-up classes that do not clash with their schedules or disrupt their learning.
- Be familiarized with all sources that clearly state university rules and regulations (e.g. University website, the Registrar, Student Affairs Deanship...etc.)
- Obtain a hard or soft copy of the KAU student pact.
- Join the college of their choice, in accordance with terms of admission and registration determined by the University.
- Receive a University ID card to verify identity both on and off campus.
- Attend the orientation day activities during which he/she is informed of the colleges and departments at the university and the requirements for pursuing a course of study in any of them. (Concerned University sector is the Deanship of Admission and Registration).
- Advice and guidance via printed material delineating University rules and regulations, describing colleges and associated scholarly disciplines , and relevant student services, all of which can be found on the University’s website (Concerned University sector is the Deanship of Admission and Registration).
- Receive the academic schedule before the start of classes so as to complete registration procedures in a timely fashion.
- Add or drop any course or an entire semester in accordance with the university’s academic calendar issued by the Deanship of Admission and Registration.
- Receive a course syllabus at the beginning of every term, which contains information about the course teacher, the curriculum, course objectives, learning outcomes, a timeline for completing the course, modes of assessment (e.g. exams, curricular activities, practical application), distribution of grades, policies, and important resources for the course.
- Transfer from one college to another within the university, from one division to another and from one learning program to another (i.e. regular learning, external leaning and distance learning), in accordance with the rules and regulations for transferring and the target college’s capacity.
- Obtain a certificate upon the completion of the academic requirements of a college or division, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the university.
- Be given the opportunity to communicate with faculty outside of class via email or face-to-face during office hours.
- Be able to discuss academic affairs with a faculty member without fear or discomfort.
- Confidentiality when filing a complaint against a faculty member.
- Enjoy a sense of physical and emotional security; in otherwords, the student has the right not to be subjected to any threat, be it physical or academic, or by means of ignoring, mocking or scolding by an academic or administrative authority.
- Receive a statement of grades issued at the end of each course taken and to see not only mid-term and final exam results but corrected answer sheets as well, in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the university.
- Be advised of any academic warning or denial of entrance (DN) to the final exam, and the reasons for either, well before the date of the final exam.
- Be given exam questions taken from the material covered during the course and grades awarded according to the University grading system.
- Be clearly informed of the methods and modes of assessment as part of exam preparation.
- Be able to retrieve all homework turned in during the semester, whether it is a paper copy, electronic copy of any other.
- Receive payment for any assigned hourly-paid work during the years of study in accordance with the rules and regulation of KAU.
Second: Students’ Non-Academic Rights
- Social care provided by the university, in accordance with the rules and regulation of the university.
- Adequate health care, according to the statement in the university's regulations related to providing treatment in hospitals and health centres belonging to the University.
- Participate in activities held at the university.
- Access to university's services and utilities(e.g. university dorms, Central Library, Social and Psychological Consultation Centre, athletic fields, student activities and educational events, restaurants, parking areas,...etc.), in accordance with the rules and regulations of the university.
- Receive incentives and monetary awards in the case of outstanding achievement.
- Receive aid or financial loans when a review of the student's financial situation proves the need for support, in accordance with university's rules and regulations.
- Attend training courses and programs, field trips, extracurricular activities and engage in voluntary work as long as it does not interfere with academic obligations.
- Vote for representatives to serve on student committees.
- Receive services appropriate to special needs students when necessary.
- Assess student services by filling out evaluation forms.
- Consult with a university authority who is in charge of student rights and monitoring on them.
- Be provided with a complete list of university regulations including disciplinary and punitive measures.
First: Students' Academic Obligations
A student is obliged to:
Refrain from behaviour on- or off- campus that damages the university's reputation and to accept the university's right to follow suitable procedures in response to any such verified behaviour.