The Student Handbook, Federal Law and Electronic Technology

Dennis E. Gregory
2002 Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice  
❖ The Student Handbook as Contract The student handbooks of colleges and universities, as well as other documents such as the college or university catalog, housing manual, and now perhaps the institutional web pages, are perceived by most authorities to be part of an ongoing contract between the institution and its students (Buckner, publications, the institution provides information about programs, services, student-institutional obligations, and campus regulations. Students are expected to
more » ... s are expected to read these publications and learn the material within. Handbooks today range from traditional rulebooks to institutional efforts to share with students the broad options that are available to them in terms of campus organizations and other co-curricular activities and resources. Several courts on both the state and federal levels have ruled that for both public and private institutions of higher education student handbooks form at least a portion of the contract between the institution and its students (Fellheimer v. Middlebury College
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