Student Life Policies and Resources

The following university resources and policy references serve as a guide for students and families for important information about university’s policies and expectations for members of our community.

Code of Student Conduct

Click here for the Code of Student Conduct.

Declaration of Integrity

As students at Robert Morris University, we believe in a set of ideals and standards that can help guide our behavior toward one another and all members of the University Community

We, the Community of Robert Morris University, believe in a set of ideals and standards to guide us - students, faculty, staff, and alumni alike - onward. Hand in hand we proclaim, with one voice, the following declarations:

I will promote a professional environment and strive to achieve my greatest academic potential. I will do this while also working towards becoming a productive and active member of the Robert Morris University community and society in general. I will devote myself to becoming an upstanding member of this institution by making decisions that maintain the academic integrity of the Robert Morris University community I will conduct myself in a manner that upholds the University's core values.

I recognize that technology is a powerful tool and a pivotal part of the learning experience.

Therefore,

  • I vow to respect the power of technology and never use it to promote discord or gain in an unfair advantage.
  • I promise to use technology as a resource to aid in the creation of original student work, and not to use it as a means of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty.
  • I will foster an environment of respect and compassion where students, faculty, and a staff of all nations, races, beliefs, sexual orientations, and genders can coexist and develop in a diverse global community.

 

I recognize that the resources provided by the University belong to everyone in the Robert Morris University community and will respect these valuable assets. I acknowledge that my status as a member of the Robert Morris family does not end upon my departure, but rather continues to reflect upon me throughout life.

We recognize that this is a living document intended to evolve over time. We encourage members of the Robert Morris University Community to heed these declarations and abide by them with morality and respect.

The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.

    Students should submit to the Registrar or Dean of Students written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  • The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

    Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want to be changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent) to perform an institutional service or function for which the University would otherwise use its employees; a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

    As a matter of policy, the University includes in its educational records of a student information concerning disciplinary action taken against the student for conduct that posed a significant risk to the safety and well-being of that student, other students or other members of the University community.

  • The Act applies only to "educational records" and does not include records maintained by alumni associations or published directory information. Such "directory information" includes:

    • Names
    • Addresses
    • RMU electronic mail addresses
    • List of extracurricular activities
    • Major field(s) of study
    • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
    • The student's photograph
    • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
    • Dates of attendance (including, but not limited to, dates of withdrawal, re-admittance, and graduation)
    • Achievements, degrees, and awards received

     

    Any student who does not wish to have their directory information disclosed by the University has the right to be "unlisted" by notifying the Dean of Students' Office in writing of their desire within two weeks of the beginning of each semester.

  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

    The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
    The Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605

  • The right to obtain a copy of the policy adopted by the University with regard to the requirements of FERPA.
Freedom of Expression Statement

At Robert Morris University, individuals matter. We endeavor to provide our community with an experience where each unique individual can find, and ultimately express, their voice. Our community grows through the free exchange of ideas. To best achieve that growth, differing ideas must clash, arguments must develop, and expression must flourish.

The free exchange of ideas should challenge our community’s minds. That exchange should not, however, place any member of our community in physical danger. Some ideas, and the means in which they are expressed, might make us uncomfortable. That discomfort is a crucible that serves to mold stronger critical thinkers and orators. That said, RMU will not condone expression that, for example, violates the law or defames, harasses, or threatens an individual or group of individuals.

In order to comply with the law, and to ensure that RMU’s day-to-day operations continue without undue interruption, please see the following policies and procedures for holding events and demonstrations on campus:

Solicitation

Students, organizations, vendors, and other individuals who wish to sell or market items or services to students on campus must receive written permission in advance from the Office of Student Life. Additionally, student organizations may not sponsor or arrange for sales or presentations by vendors without permission in advance from the Office of Student Life.

Approved solicitations are only permitted in designated campus locations. No form of solicitation is permitted in any university residence hall. Any individual(s) attempting to solicit in the residence hall community will be escorted from the halls and/or the campus property immediately. Campus residency does not exempt individuals from this policy.

Individual(s) not in compliance with this policy may be barred from future visits to campus, as well as cited for unauthorized trespass.

Members of the campus community who encounter individual(s) conducting a solicitation of students may ask to view their written authorization. Contact University Police, the Office of Student Life or the Office of Residence Life immediately if there is a concern regarding the legitimacy and/or authorization of any individual, organization or vendor encountered on campus.

Faculty

For Faculty and Part-time Faculty, please see your collective bargaining agreements for reference to Academic Freedom

Medical Withdrawal Policy

Click here for the Medical Withdrawal Policy

Guide to Residence Living

Click here for the Guide to Residence Living

Guidelines for Student Clubs and Organizations

Click here for the Guidelines for Student Clubs and Organizations.

Immunizations

Click here for more information on Student Health Services and Immunizations

Policy on Peaceful Demonstrations

Robert Morris University recognizes and encourages free and open expression among all members of the University Community. This expression is extended to the privilege of assembly or demonstration. As a private institution of higher learning, Robert Morris University reserves the right to establish guidelines which will guarantee and protect the safety, security and well being of its members. To these ends the following have been adopted:

  • Demonstrations and assemblies must be registered with the Student Affairs Office.
  • Any demonstration or assembly on the campus must be peaceful and not present a hazard to the safety of others or risk damage to property.
  • Demonstrations and assemblies must be respectful of the rights and differing points of view of others.
  • Demonstrations and assemblies may not prevent the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic to and from the campus, its buildings or facilities.
  • Outside persons are not welcome to join demonstrations or assemblies at Robert Morris University unless invited officially by the office of Academic Affairs or the Student Affairs Office.
Political and Campaign Events
Click here for the Political and Campaign Events Policy
Protection of Minors Policy
Click here for the Protection of Minors Policy
Student Health Insurance

The University requires that all traditional undergraduate students, both full time and part time, carry health insurance coverage that is comparable to the established RMU health insurance plan. Additionally, graduate and Adult and Continuing Education students in the following groups will be required to carry comparable health insurance coverage:

  • Club Sport Participants
  • Intercollegiate Athletes
  • International Students
  • Nursing Students
  • Resident Students
  • Nuclear Medicine

Cross registered students are not permitted to participate in the RMU health insurance plan.  Note that Travel Insurance is not considered comparable coverage.

Proof of Comparable Insurance Coverage must be entered online by Sunday July 31, 2022 for the 2022/2023 Academic Year, or you will be automatically enrolled in the RMU Health Plan provided by UPMC, and the charge of $2332.92 for coverage period August 1, 2022-July 31, 2023. 

Proof of Comparable Insurance Coverage for new students enrolling in Spring 2023 semester, must be entered online by Saturday December 31, 2022. or you will be automatically enrolled in the RMU Health Plan provided by UPMC, and the charge of $1360.87 for coverage period January 1, 2023- July 31, 2023.

To view / add health insurance insurance information, login to eServices.

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Policy Statement

Robert Morris University is committed to offering a student health insurance policy that balances the cost of the premium with quality health insurance coverage to meet the needs of our students. In order to achieve an affordable option, RMU has a mandatory hard waiver policy for select groups of students.

Participation Requirements

The University requires that all traditional undergraduate students, both full-time and part-time, carry health insurance. Additionally, graduate students in the following groups will be required to carry comparable health insurance coverage or buy coverage from RMU's provider:

Resident Students International Students Club Sport Participants Nursing and Nuclear Medicine Students Intercollegiate Athletes

Cross registered students are not permitted to participate in the RMU Student Health Plan.  

Comparable Insurance Coverage

Prior to entering the electronic waiver application, the student should verify that their insurance plan meets the minimum requirements set forth below:

  1. Hospital Coverage
  2. Ambulance Coverage
  3. Emergency Room Services
  4. Policy Maximum of $100,000
  5. Pre-existing condition coverage
  6. Maternity coverage

The insurance cost of $2332.92 will be charged to the student's account for Fall 2022.  Spring 2023 cost of $1360.87 will be charged to the student account for Spring 2023. Once comparable coverage is verified, students should enter the policy information requested through eServices prior to the first day of the semester. Once alternate insurance information is received, the health insurance charge will be removed from the account.

Waiver Information

Students should verify that their insurance plan meets the minimum requirements set forth below:

Hospital Coverage Ambulance Coverage Emergency Room Services Policy Maximum of $100,000 Pre-existing condition coverage Maternity coverage

Alternative insurance coverage must be active for all terms in which the student is enrolled during the academic year. Alternative insurance coverage is subject to verification by Robert Morris University. Students should ensure that their insurance coverage will be accepted within reasonable proximity to the Robert Morris University campus.

2022 - 2023 Academic Year

Proof of comparable medical insurance coverage must be provided online by Sunday July 31, 2022 for the upcoming 2022 - 2023 academic year, or you will automatically be enrolled in the RMU Student Health Plan provided by UPMC Health Plan, and your student account will be charged $2,332.92.  Coverage is from August 1, 2022-July 31, 2023.

Proof of comparable medical insurance coverage must be provided online by Saturday December 31, 2022 for students enrolling in Spring 2022 or will automatically be enrolled in the RMU Student Health Plan provided by UPMC Health Plan, your student account will be charged or $1360.87. Coverage is from January 1, 2023- July 31, 2023.

Personal Insurance information must be entered before each Academic Year:
July 31st for Fall enrollment, and Dec. 31st for Spring enrollment.
Failure to do so will automatically enroll and charge the student for the RMU Plan by UPMC.

To provide the University with current insurance information:
1. Log on to our website www.rmu.edu/studentinsurance
2. Click the words "Student Insurance"
3. You are now in E-Services-- login to Sentry Secured Services using the STUDENT'S username and password.
4. Scroll down the page until you see Academic year 2022-2023, and the word "Add" or "Update"
5. This will bring you to the insurance screen, enter all fields that are required, including effective date.  If you do not know the effective date, you can use 08012022.  If you do not have a group # you can enter all zeros. If you carry Tricare Insurance you would use your Social Security # for the Member ID#. The information will be automatically provided to the university.     

Calls to University offices, verbal statements, and written correspondence on tuition payments do not constitute waivers of coverage.

Documents / Forms

 

Solicitation Policy

Students, organizations, vendors, and other individuals who wish to sell or market items or services to students on campus must receive written permission in advance from the Office of Student Life.  Additionally, student organizations may not sponsor or arrange for sales or presentations by vendors without permission in advance from the Office of Student Life. 

Approved solicitations are only permitted in designated campus locations. No form of solicitation is permitted in any university residence hall.  Any individual(s) attempting to solicit in the residence hall community will be escorted from the halls and/or the campus property immediately.  Campus residency does not exempt individuals from this policy.

Individual(s) not in compliance with this policy may be barred from future visits to campus, as well as cited for unauthorized trespass.

Members of the campus community who encounter individual(s) conducting a solicitation of students may ask to view their written authorization. Contact University Police, the Office of Student Life or the Office of Residence Life immediately if there is a concern regarding the legitimacy and/or authorization of any individual, organization or vendor encountered on campus.