The role of the University of Alaska Anchorage is to encourage people of all ages to develop their skills and talents differently, according to individual abilities and interests, so that collectively they contribute to the continuum of democracy. University policies, procedures, and regulations are formulated to guarantee each student's freedom to learn and to protect the constitutional rights of others.

The concept of rights and freedoms, no matter how basic or widely accepted, carries with it corresponding responsibilities. Students, as well as other members of the University community, enjoy the same constitutional and civil rights guaranteed all citizens; at the same time, they are subject to the laws of the nation, the State of Alaska, and the local community. All members of the University community have a responsibility to protect and maintain an academic climate in which the freedom to learn can be enjoyed by all. To this end, certain basic regulations and policies have been developed to govern the behavior of students as members of the University community. Violations of student conduct regulations are handled through Student Conduct located in the Dean of Students Office.

Violations of federal, state, and/or local laws make a student subject to civil or criminal action in addition to disciplinary action by the University. Each student is responsible for knowing UAA policies, procedures, and deadlines. Policies and regulations may be found in the University catalog, the student handbook, and in the Dean of Students Office, located in Student Union Room 204.