Personal Policies

Protection of Personal Privacy

Access to student records may be accorded to Rider personnel with a legitimate educational interest in the records. Information may be released to other agencies and individuals according to these policies in compliance with the Family Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended):

  • Rider may release the following information without written permission from the student: fact of enrollment, dates of enrollment, degree candidacy, degree awarded, and major field.
  • Rider may release the following information unless the student has requested in writing that the information not be released: name, home and local address, and home and local telephone number.

No other information concerning an individual will be released without the written permission of that person.


Rider reaffirms its desire to create an academic/work environment for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators that is not only responsible but supportive and conducive to the achievement of educational/career goals on the basis of such relevant facts as ability and performance. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators have the right to expect an environment that allows them to enjoy the full benefits of their work or learning experience. Harassment is any action that threatens, coerces, or intimidates an individual or a class of individuals because of their racial, sexual, ethnic, or religious identity or because of such characteristics as age or physical handicap.

Sexual Harassment

In keeping with its commitment to provide a safe environment for employment, teaching, and learning, sexual harassment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Rider University. The University will promptly investigate any complaint alleging sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicity a term or condition of an individual's employment or education;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or educational decisions; or
  3. Such conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed either to limit the legitimate exercise of the right of free speech or to infringe upon the academic freedom of any member of the Rider community.

Student Conduct Policy

Students at Rider University are expected to abide by the basic principles of integrity, honesty, and respect. To define these principles, Rider has established regulations and policies to govern student conduct in both academic and social matters. These have been designed to allow each student the greatest possible freedom, consistent with the welfare of the community. All students are expected and urged to abide by these regulations, which are spelled out in detail in The Source, the student handbook. In some instances, failure to abide by the code of conduct may result in dismissal or suspension.