Morgan Community College

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Colorado Student Bill of Rights

The Colorado general assembly hereby finds that students enrolled in public institutions of higher education shall have the following rights:

  1. Students should be able to complete their associate of arts (A.A.) and associate of science (A.S.) degree programs in no more than sixty credit hours or their baccalaureate programs in no more than one hundred twenty credit hours unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission;
  2. A student can sign a two-year or four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in two or four years, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission;
  3. Students have a right to clear and concise information concerning which courses must be completed successfully to complete their degrees;
  4. Students have a right to know which courses are transferable among the state public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education;
  5. Students, upon completion of core general education courses, regardless of the delivery method, should have those courses satisfy the core course requirements of all Colorado public institutions of higher education;
  6. Students have a right to know if courses from one or more public higher education institutions satisfy the students’ degree requirements;
  7. A student’s credit for the completion of the core requirements and core courses shall not expire for ten years from the date of initial enrollment and shall be transferable.

Taken from www.state.co.us/cche 23-1-125. Colorado Commission on Higher Education directive - Student Bill of Rights

Student Rights and Responsibilities

CLASSROOM

  1. Students have the right to inquire, to discuss, and to express their views by orderly means that do not infringe upon the rights of others or impede the progress of the course.
  2. Students have the right to expect that instructors will conduct themselves professionally in the classroom in accordance with College policy.
  3. Students have the right, through a printed syllabus and course outline, to be informed of the academic standards expected of them in each course. Academic standards shall include, but are not limited to, contents, objectives to be achieved, and grading criteria which will be applied to a particular course of study.
  4. Students have the right to be evaluated solely on the basis of their academic performance, not on their opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students have the right to be protected through established procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. Students may not grieve a grade. Students can grieve violation of the state’s grading criteria or the inequitable application of grading criteria.
  5. Students have the opportunity, through established institutional mechanisms, to assess the value of a course, services, facilities, and equipment; to make suggestions as to its direction; and to evaluate both the instructor and the instruction they have received.
  6. Students have the right to privacy. Personal or scholastic information about students shall be considered confidential and shall not be disclosed to others except in accordance with College policy, Colorado State Open Records Act, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Freedom of information statutes.
  7. Students have the right to reasonable academic assistance provided by the institution both in and out of the classroom, based on a resource available basis.
  8. Students have the right to legally mandated absences, such as military duty, jury duty, or legal summons to a court of law. Students receiving financial aid or Veterans benefits should contact the Financial Aid Office.
  9. No qualified individual with a self-identified disability shall, by reason of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by such entity.

CAMPUS

  1. Outside the classroom, students have the right to discuss and express by orderly means, views in support of any cause, providing it does not disrupt the operation of the institution or infringe on the rights of other members of the College community, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.
  2. Students shall have the right to dress in any way that personal taste dictates and that does not interfere with the education process or with health and safety requirements and is not lewd, indecent, or obscene. Clothing with offensive and/or obscene wording or pictures will not be tolerated. Students wearing such items will be asked to change the item of clothing or leave campus.
  3. Students have the right to be free from harassment or discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation.
  4. Expect an environment free of drug and alcohol abuse.
  5. Family members or friends of students are welcome to wait for students to complete class time or school business in the Learning Resource enter (library). All other areas of campus, including the Student Center, are for student use and considered No Loitering zones.

Student Grievance

  1. Students shall have the right to utilize grievance procedures and to seek redress in the event they believe that their rights and/or freedoms are violated.
  2. Students may not grieve a course grade.
  3. Complaints from students alleging violation of Title VI, IX, or ADA/504 will be referred to the Vice President for Administration and Finance. The Vice President of Administration and Finance will be responsible for maintaining a record of the nature of complaint, date filed, location, current status, and resolution and for assigning the complaints to the appropriate coordinator for resolution.
  4. Any student who files a complaint with knowledge of frivolous intent will be subject to disciplinary action.

Student Code of Conduct (SCOC)

Students are subject to the same federal, state, and local laws as non-students and are the beneficiaries of the same safeguards of individual rights. As members of the academic community, students are expected to conduct themselves in a reasonable manner. Students should at all times try to promote a sense of cooperation and work to build an atmosphere that will be most conducive to the goals of higher education. Members of the College community shall recognize the authority of the College to publish and maintain its own set of rules and regulations. It is the responsibility of all members of the College community to make themselves aware of the rules and regulations of the institution and comply with those rules and regulations. All members of the College community, while on campus or while participating in College-sponsored activities (on or off campus), are expected to comply with College rules and regulations and with the regulations of off-campus sites.

Conduct that violates student rights and freedoms and is subject to disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Academic Misconduct:

    Plagiarizing, cheating, or committing any other form of academic misconduct including, but not limited to, unauthorized collaboration, falsification of information, and/or helping someone else violate reasonable standards for academic behavior. Students who engage in any type of academic dishonesty are subject to both academic consequences as determined by the instructor and to disciplinary action as outlined in the Morgan Community College disciplinary procedures.

  2. Disruptive Behavior:

    Engaging in any disruptive behavior that negatively affects or impedes teaching or learning (regardless of mode of delivery or class setting); or disrupts the general operation of the college.

  3. Deceitful Acts:

    Engaging in deceitful acts, including, but not limited to: forgery, falsification, alteration, misrepresentation, non-disclosure, or misuse of documents, records, identification and/or educational materials.

  4. Conduct that is Detrimental to College or to Safety:

    Conduct that is deemed detrimental, harmful and/or damaging to the college and/or that jeopardizes the safety of others as determined by the Vice President for Student Success. Examples include, but are not limited to, slamming doors, throwing chairs, and/or defacing of college property, or property of others.

  5. Physical/Non-physical Abuse:
    • Physical abuse or conduct that threatens or endangers another person’s health or safety.
    • Non-physical abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, influence, or any unwelcome conduct in any form that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent that it alters the conditions of the learning environment or employment.
    • Knowingly falsifying, publishing or distributing, in any form, material that tends to impeach the honesty, integrity, virtue or reputation of another person.
  6. Harassment and/or Discrimination:

    Discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation.

  7. Sexual Misconduct

    Sexual Misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to Sexual Harassment, Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same), Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same), and/or Sexual Exploitation. (See SP 4-120a for more information: http://www.cccs.edu/SBCCOE/Policies/SP/PDF/SP4-120a.pdf)

  8. Weapons:

    Possession or distribution of any unauthorized firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks and/or other dangerous weapons (or chemicals/flammable liquids) or use/threat of use of any instrument (including, but not limited to paint ball guns, pellet guns, air soft guns, bow and arrows, knives) as a weapon to intimidate, harass, or cause harm to others.

  9. Narcotics/Alcohol:

    Use, being under the influence, manufacturing, possession, cultivating, distribution, purchase, or sale of alcohol and/or drugs (illegal and/or dangerous or controlled substance) and/or alcohol/drug paraphernalia while on college owned or college controlled property, and/or at any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles.

    Note: Although possession and use of marijuana consistent with the requirements of the Colorado Constitution is no longer a crime in the State of Colorado, the possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Consistent with federal law, including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the use and/or possession of marijuana continues to be prohibited while a student is on college owned or college controlled property, and/or any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles.

  10. Dress Code:

    Dress or personal hygiene that fails to meet the established safety or health standards of specific classes or activities offered by the college.

  11. Leaving Children Unattended:

    Leaving children unattended or unsupervised in campus buildings or on campus grounds unless enrolled or participating in authorized campus activities.

  12. Violation of Laws, Directives, and Signage:
    • Violating any municipal, county, state or federal law that adversely impacts the conditions of the educational or employment environment.
    • Violations of college traffic and parking rules, regulations, or signage.
    • Damage to or falsely using fire alarms and/or fire extinguishers.
    • Creating an intentional obstruction that unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular. This includes, but is not limited to leading or inciting to disrupt college activities. Failure to comply with the lawful directives of College employees acting within the scope of their duties, including those directives issued by a College administrator to ensure the safety and well-being of others.
    • Violations of college policies, protocols, procedures or signage.
  13. Illegal Gambling:

    Participation in illegal gambling activities on college owned or college controlled property, and/or any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles.

  14. Unauthorized Entry and/or Unauthorized Possession:

    Entry into or use of any building, room, or other college-owned or college-controlled property, grounds, or activities without authorized approval. This also includes, but is not limited to the unauthorized possession, duplication or use of college keys, lock combinations, access codes, and access cards and/or credentials and/or propping open or tampering with doors/windows.

  15. Unacceptable Use of College Equipment, Network or System:

    Unacceptable uses of any college-owned or operated equipment, network or system including, but not limited to: knowingly spreading computer viruses; reposting personal communications without author’s consent; copying protected materials; using the network for financial or personal gain, commercial activity, or illegal activity; accessing the network using another individuals account; unauthorized downloading/uploading software and/or digital video or music; downloading/uploading, viewing or displaying pornographic content, or any other attempt to compromise network integrity.

  16. Unauthorized Pets/Animals:

    Possession of any unauthorized pet or animal, excluding trained service animals (For residential dorms only: and/or assistance animals) while on college-owned or college-controlled property.

  17. Tampering with Student Organization, Election, or Vote:

    Tampering with the process of any college recognized student organization, election or vote.

  18. Group or Organization Conduct:

    Students who are members of a college recognized student organization or group and commit a violation of the Student Code of Conduct may be accountable both as an individual and as a member of the student organization.

  19. Abuse of the Student Disciplinary and/or Grievance Procedure:
    • Abuse of the Student Disciplinary and/or Grievance Procedure includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of the student disciplinary / grievance procedure.
    • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation, or knowingly pursuing malicious, frivolous, or fraudulent charges.
    • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student disciplinary / grievance procedure.
    • Attempting to influence the impartiality of a participant and/or the student disciplinary / grievance procedure.
    • Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a participant in the student disciplinary / grievance procedure.
    • Failure to comply with directives and/or sanctions imposed under student disciplinary / grievance procedure.
    • Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student disciplinary / grievance procedure.
    • Engaging in retaliatory acts in any form against any person or person(s) involved in the student disciplinary / grievance procedure
  20. Unauthorized Entry into College Events:

    Entering or attempting to enter any college-sponsored activity without proper credentials for admission.

  21. Preventing or attempting to prevent any student(s) from attending any class or other College activity, impeding, or disrupting any class or other College activity, or attempting to prevent any person from lawfully entering, leaving, or using any College facility. Intentional and unauthorized interference with a right of access to College facilities, freedom of movement or freedom of speech.
  22. Damaging, destroying, or stealing College property or private property of students, College staff or guests when such property is located upon or within College buildings or facilities
  23. Failure to comply with the verbal or written directions of a College official, violating any College suspension, probation, or conditions thereof. Failing to comply with contractual obligations with the College (such as defaults on payments, loan agreements, terms of work study, employment, etc.).
  24. Influencing or attempting to influence any employee or any student enrolled in the College through the offerings or acceptance of favors (including sexual), bribery, or any kind of threats.
  25. Violation of college rules regarding the operation and parking of motorized vehicles on college property.
  26. Aiding, abetting, or inciting others to commit any of the acts listed above.

Note: Additional disciplinary policies may be in effect for the health occupations. Please refer to these programs for specific information. Students in the above programs do not in any way forgo their right of due process through the grievance procedure.

Also note: In most circumstances, college will treat attempts to commit code of conduct violations as if those attempts had been completed

Violations of the above may result in, but are not limited to, fines, restitution, community service, and/or disciplinary procedures.

Student Disciplinary Action

For a complete copy of the Student Disciplinary Procedure M4-30 go to: www.MorganCC.edu/studentdiscipline

Morgan Community College's disciplinary procedures determine responsibility for violations of the Code of Conduct and determine the appropriate consequences for violations of policy. The purpose is to safeguard the college community and provide a developmental experience for the student. The college disciplinary procedures are separate and distinct from any legal proceedings.

Students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct and policies and procedures of MCC. If a student is charged with violating MCC's Code, these are the procedures to be used in resolving the charge.

Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO):

Kent Bauer, Vice President Student Success

920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, CO 80701

970 542-3111

kent.bauer@morgancc.edu

Sanctions: One or more of the following may be imposed when there is a finding that a student has violated MCC’s Code of Conduct.

  1. Warning: A Notice served upon the student advising him/her that he/she is violating or has violated College regulations.
  2. Probation: After a finding of violation of the Code of Conduct, restriction of student’s privileges for a designated period of time including the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any College regulations during the probationary period.
  3. Other disciplinary sanction: Fines, restitution, denial of privileges, assignment to perform services for the benefit of the college or community; or other sanction that doesn't result in the student being denied the right of attending classes.
  4. College suspension or expulsion: An involuntary separation of the student from the College for misconduct not based on academic performance for a specified period of time.
    1. Suspension is a separation that shall not exceed three academic terms per suspension for any singular offense or situation. While a student is suspended, he or she is not eligible for admission or re-admission at any of the community colleges within CCCS. Once the suspension is lifted the student is eligible for admission or re-admission.
    2. Expulsion is an indefinite separation from the college. The student is not eligible for admission or re-admission at any of the community colleges within CCCS.
    3. In exceptional cases where a student wants to be considered for admission or re-admission after an expulsion has been implemented, the student bears the burden to prove the behavior that resulted in the expulsion has been resolved. It is within the college’s discretion to admit or deny the student.

5. Interim Suspension: An immediate action taken by the CSSO to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the college community; preservation of college property; or if the student poses a definite threat of disruption or interference to others or the normal operations of the college. In the event of an interim suspension, the hearing before the CSSO or designee shall occur as soon as possible following the interim suspension. If the college issues a permanent sanction, the student shall be afforded appeal rights as discussed below. If the college does not implement a permanent sanction, the interim suspension will be removed from the student’s record.

PROCEDURES

The CSSO or designee shall receive all allegations of student misconduct, investigate the complaints, which includes meeting with the student to give him/her the opportunity to respond to the allegations of misconduct. If the allegations of misconduct are discrimination and/or harassment based on federal or state civil rights laws, the college will investigate those incidents through the Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process, System President’s Procedure (SP) 4-31a, College Procedure M4-31a.

Once the investigation is complete, either through this process or the Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation process, the CSSO or designee shall render a sanction decision.

The CSSO or designee may decide that the charges can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to them. If an administrative resolution is not achieved, the CSSO or designee shall issue a decision which determines whether the alleged conduct occurred; whether the conduct violated the Code of Conduct or College procedures; and impose a sanction(s) if appropriate. The student shall receive written notice of the decision and be advised of his/her right to appeal the Decision, by filing a written appeal with the CSSO or designee within seven (7) days of service of the Decision. See appeal section of policy online at www.morgancc.edu/studentdiscipline

SPECIAL DISCIPLINE PROCESS PROVISIONS

For list of Special Discipline Process Provisions see Student Disciplinary Procedure M4-30 at www.morgancc.edu/studentdiscipline.

RETALIATORY ACTS

It is a violation of this procedure to engage in retaliatory acts against any employee or student who reports an incident(s) of code of conduct violations or any employee or student who testifies, assists or participates in the discipline proceeding, investigation or hearing relating to such allegation(s) of code of conduct violations.

Student Discipline Definitions

CODE OF CONDUCT:

A document developed and published by each college which defines prescribed conduct of students.

IMPARTIAL DECISION-MAKER:

The individual/committee designated by the College President to hear student disciplinary appeals.

CHIEF STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER:

The individual designated by the College President to administer student affairs and be responsible for administering the College’s Student Conduct Code and this procedure.

NOTICE:

Notices that are required to be given by this procedure shall be considered served upon the student when given by personal delivery or mailing by certified mail to the address the student has filed with the College’s Admissions and Records office. If notice is mailed, student shall be given three (3) additional days to respond.

SANCTIONS:

One or more of the following may be given when there is a finding that a student has violated the College’s Code of Conduct.

Warning

A Notice served upon the student advising him/her that he/she is violating or has violated College regulations.

Probation

After a finding of violation of the Code of Conduct, restriction of student’s privileges for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any college regulations during the probationary period.

Other Disciplinary Sanction

Fines, restitution, denial of privileges, assignment to perform services for the benefit of the College or community; or other sanction that doesn't result in the student being denied the right of attending classes.

College Suspension or Expulsion

An involuntary separation of the student from the College for misconduct apart from academic performance for a specified period of time not to exceed one/two academic terms.

Suspension differs from expulsion in that after the stated time period, the student is eligible for re-admission. Expulsion is a separation for more than two academic terms: a student is not eligible for re-admission unless at the end of the separation he/she can prove that the behavior that resulted in the expulsion has been resolved. Students may be suspended from a class, use of a College facility or an activity in the sole determination by an authorized College employee that the conduct is in violation of the Code. The suspension is subject only to an appeal to the President or his/her designee to ensure that the action was taken pursuant to College policies. Students may be suspended from one class period by the responsible faculty member; longer suspensions can be done only in accordance with College procedures.

Summary Suspension

An immediate action taken by the President or his/her designee to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community or preservation of College property; to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or if the student poses a definite threat of disruption or interference with the normal operations of the College. In such event, the hearing before the Impartial Decision-Maker (if requested by the student), shall occur as soon as possible following the suspension.

DAY:

Refers to calendar day unless otherwise noted below.

Student Discipline Procedures

DECISION

The Chief Student Services Officer or his/her designee shall receive all allegations of student misconduct, investigate the complaints, and make a Decision. He/she may decide that the charges can be disposed of administratively by the mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to him/her. If an administrative resolution is not achieved, the Chief Student Services Officer or his/her designee shall issue a Decision which determines whether the alleged conduct occurred; whether the conduct violated the Code of Conduct or College policies or procedures; and impose a sanction(s) if appropriate. The student shall receive written Notice of the Decision and be advised of his/her right to appeal the Decision by filing a written appeal with the Chief Student Services Officer or his/her designee within seven (7) days of service of the Decision. In the case of suspension or expulsion, the sanction shall be imposed no earlier than six (6) days after service of the Notice unless it is a summary suspension or the sanction is agreed to by the student. If an appeal is requested, suspension and/or expulsion shall not be imposed until the appeal procedures below have been completed.

APPEAL

In the event of an appeal, the Chief Student Services Officer or his/her designee shall give written Notice to the student and the Impartial Decision-Maker which describes the conduct to be inquired into; the Code of Conduct and/or College policies or procedures which were allegedly violated; the date, time and place of the alleged violation; the sanction that is threatened; and the date, time and place of the hearing before the Impartial Decision-Maker. The Notice shall be given at least (7) days prior to the hearing, unless a shorter time is agreed to by the parties.

CONDUCT OF HEARINGS

The Impartial Decision-Maker shall determine its own hearing procedures, keeping in mind the following guidelines:

  1. Student shall have the right to be heard by the Impartial Decision-Maker. In the event that the student is under the age of eighteen or incapacitated, he/she may have an advisor present to assist him/her in presenting his/her case.
  2. Students do not have the right to be represented by an attorney during these proceedings except in the case where civil or criminal actions concerning the student are pending, and in that case the attorney’s role shall be advisory only. The student is responsible for presenting his/her own case and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing except as provided in #1 above.
  3. Student shall have the right to identify documents, witnesses and other material he/she would like the Impartial Decision-Maker to review before making a final Decision.
  4. Hearings shall be conducted in private unless all parties agree otherwise. A record of the hearing should be maintained by the Impartial Decision-Maker.

DETERMINATION BY IMPARTIAL DECISION-MAKER

The Impartial Decision-Maker shall make its findings and determinations in closed meeting out of the presence of involved parties including the student charged. Separate findings are to be made as to the conduct of the student, and on the sanction(s), if any, to be imposed. No discipline shall be imposed on the student unless the Impartial Decision-Maker is persuaded by a preponderance of the evidence that the student committed the alleged conduct and that it constituted a violation of the Code of Conduct and/or College regulations; that the student should be sanctioned (including modifying the sanction imposed below) and that the discipline is reasonable given the violation. The student and the Chief Student Services Officer or his/her designee shall be given written Notice of the Decision. The Decision shall be issued within five (5) calendar days of the close of the hearing and it shall become final unless a petition for review is filed.

PETITION FOR REVIEW

The Chief Student Services Officer or his/her designee or the student may petition the President to review the Impartial Decision-Maker’s Decision by filing a written petition within five (5) days after notification of the Decision. If a review is requested, the other party will have three (3) days to respond to the petition and his/her response materials will be given to the President to review before a Decision on the petition is made.

PRESIDENT’S DECISION

The President shall review the record of the case and the Petition for Review and may affirm, or reverse the decision of the Impartial Decision-Maker. The record shall consist of the Impartial Decision-Maker’s written documents and the recording of the hearing and any written materials submitted in support of the Petition for Review. The President shall notify the Chief Student Services Officer including the student in writing of his/her Decision within fourteen (14) days of service of the Petition for Review. The President’s decision is final.

MISCELLANEOUS

College disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law if the violation occurred at the College or College-sanctioned activities or was of such a nature as to impact the College which is also a violation of the College’s Student Code of Conduct. Proceedings may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following off-campus civil or criminal proceedings. Time limits for scheduling of hearings may be extended at the discretion of the Impartial Decision-Maker. The procedural rights afforded to students above may be waived by the student.

Student Discipline Policy Sp 4-30

Students discipline policy can be found at http://www.cccs.edu/SBCCOE/Policies/SP-TOC.html

Students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct and policies and procedures of the College and if a student is charged with violating his/her College’s Code, he/she is entitled to have these procedures followed in the consideration of the charge.

Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Harassment

For complete copy of the Sexual Misconduct Procedure M3.4-120a go to: www.morgancc.edu/sexualmisconduct

If you believe you have been or are the victim of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with the Title IX Coordinator. Complaints of student sexual misconduct are addressed by the Title IX Coordinator and are governed by the "Policy and Procedures for Sexual Misconduct M3.4-120a," which may be found at www.morgancc.edu/sexualmisconduct.

Sexual Misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same)
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same)
  • Sexual Exploitation

Sexual Harassment is:

  • unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is,
  • sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying or limiting someone the ability to participate in or benefit from MCC’s educational programs and/or activities, or work activities, and
  • the unwelcome behavior is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.

Complaint Procedures

MCC can only respond to allegations of misconduct if it is aware of the misconduct. Further, MCC can more effectively investigate the sooner the allegation is brought to its attention. Any employee, student, authorized volunteer, guest or visitor who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual misconduct, or believes someone else a part of the MCC community is being subjected to sexual misconduct, shall contact:

  • The Title IX Coordinator when the alleged victim and/or respondent is a student.
  • The Equal Opportunity (EO) Coordinator when the alleged victim and the respondent are a composition of employees, authorized volunteers, guests or visitors.

Anyone can request advice and information about possible ways to proceed and to put the college on notice.

MCC shall investigate complaints pursuant to M3-50b and M4-31a, Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process for Employees and Students.

Reporting an Incident of Sexual Misconduct

In order to take appropriate corrective action, MCC must be aware of discrimination, harassment and related retaliation that occurs in MCC employment and educational programs or activities. Therefore, anyone who believes s/he has experienced or witnessed discrimination, harassment or related retaliation should promptly report such behavior to the Title IX and/or EO Coordinator, Susan Clough, Vice President for Administration and Finance.

Retaliatory Acts

It is a violation of this procedure to engage in retaliatory acts against any employee or student who reports an incident of sexual misconduct, or any employee or student who testifies, assists or participates in a proceeding, investigation or hearing relating to such allegation of sexual misconduct.

Student Grievances

For a complete copy of the Student Grievance Procedures M4-31 & M4-31a go to: www.MorganCC.edu/grievances

NON-CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS

This Student Grievance Procedure is intended to allow students an opportunity to present an issue which they feel warrants action, including the right to secure educational benefits and services.

The Chief Student Services Officer is charged with hearing non-civil rights complaints. See Student Grievance procedure M4-31 at www.morgancc.edu/grievances

CIVIL RIGHTS GRIEVANCE AND INVESTIGATION

Board Policy (BP) 3-120 and BP 4-120 provides that employees and students shall not be subjected to unlawful discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation in employment conditions or educational programs or activities.

The Tile IX Coordinator has been charged with investigating complaints of discrimination or harassment brought by students, faculty, staff, or visitors to the college. See Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process M-4-31a at www.morgancc.edu/grievances

Grievance:

A grievable offense is any alleged action which violates or inequitably applies State Board Policies, System President's Procedures, and College Procedures. The complainant must be personally affected by such violation or inequitable action.

Non-Grievable Matters:

The following matters are not grievable under this procedure except as noted: matters over which the college is without authority to act; grades and other academic decisions unless there is an allegation that the decision was motivated by discrimination and/or harassment which should be filed under the appropriate Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process.

FILING A COMPLAINT

All complaints shall be made as promptly as possible after the occurrence. A delay in reporting may be reasonable under some circumstances; however, an unreasonable delay in reporting is an appropriate consideration in evaluating the merits of a complaint or report.

WHO TO REPORT TO

Student Grievance Incident Report Form:

To file a non-civil rights complaint, complete the Student Grievance Incident Report Form found at www.morgancc.edu/grievances

Submit all Student Grievance Incident Report forms to:

Morgan Community College

CSSO: Kent Bauer, Vice President for Student Success

920 Barlow Road

Fort Morgan, CO 80701

Telephone: (970) 542-3111

Email: kent.bauer@morgancc.edu

Complaint Incident Report Form (Civil Rights):

To file a civil rights grievance complete the Complaint Incident Report Form found at www.morgancc.edu/grievances

Report all concerns or complaints relating to discrimination or harassment to the Title IX/EO Coordinator:

Morgan Community College

Susan Clough, Vice President for Administration and Finance

920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, CO 80701

Telephone: 970-542-3127

Email: susan.clough@morgancc.edu

Students with complaints of this nature also have the right to file a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education at:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

The United States Department of Education

Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building

1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310

Denver, CO 80204-3582

Telephone: (303) 844-5695

Facsimile: (303) 844-4304

Email: OCR.Denver@ed.gov

Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

RETALIATORY ACTS

It is a violation of the grievance procedure to engage in retaliatory acts against any employee or student who files a grievance or any employee or student who testifies, assists or participates in the grievance proceeding, investigation or hearing relating to such grievance.

Student Grievance Procedure Definitions

GRIEVANT:

Enrolled student, a client or volunteer who is providing a service to benefit the College under the supervision and control of a College employee. A client or volunteer may only grieve a decision that bans him or her from the campus.

GRIEVANCE:

A grievable offense is any alleged action which violates or inequitably applies written College policies or procedures.

The Grievant must be personally affected by such violation or in equitable action. A Grievance must be brought to the formal stage within twenty (20) calendar days of the date the student knows or reasonably should have known about the action.

CHIEF STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER:

The College employee designated by the College President to administer student grievances. Grievances alleging discrimination issues may be referred to the employee responsible for ensuring equal opportunity access.

REMEDY:

The relief that the Grievant is requesting.

RESPONDENT(S):

Another student, volunteer, client, faculty member and/or administrator identified by the Grievant as causing or contributing to the Grievance.

NON-GRIEVABLE MATTERS:

The following matters are not grievable under this procedure except as noted:

Matters over which the College is without authority to act; grades and other academic decisions unless there is an allegation that the decision was motivated by illegal discrimination; and disciplinary actions taken pursuant to BP 4-30.



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2013-2014 Morgan Community College Catalog w/March 2014 Addendum

Additions, Changes, Deletions, and Corrections

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

CATALOG INFORMATION

ACCREDITATION

ABOUT MCC, GOVERNANCE, MISSION & HISTORY

MAPS, DIRECTIONS, ADDRESSES & LOCATIONS

ADMISSIONS

ASSESSMENT

ADVISING

REGISTRATION

TUITION CLASSIFICATION

PRIVACY

COURSE OPTIONS

GRADES AND GRADING

ACADEMIC STANDING AND ACADEMIC RENEWAL

GRADUATION POLICIES

STUDENT RECORDS AND TRANSCRIPTS

TRANSFER FROM MCC

FINANCIAL AID

TUITION, FEES, PAYMENTS & REFUND POLICIES

STUDENT LIFE, ACTIVITIES, & SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

SAFETY ISSUES & NOTICES

COLLEGE CLOSURES

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

LEGAL NOTICES & CONSUMER INFORMATION

DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

Explanation of Types of Degrees & Certificates

Explanation of Statewide Articulation Agreements

Associate of Arts Degrees with Designation

Associate of Science Degrees with Designation

Other Agreements

AG/BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS

ASSOCIATE OF GENERAL STUDIES

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE

AUTOMOTIVE COLLISION TECHNOLOGY

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY

BUSINESS

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

FIRE SCIENCE

HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY

HUMAN RESOURCES

MASSAGE THERAPY

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

MULTIMEDIA

NURSE AIDE

NURSING

OFFICE SUPPORT SPECIALIST

PHLEBOTOMY

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

REAL ESTATE

SUPERVISION

WELDING

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Courses (Alphabetical)

AAA-Academic Achievement Strategies Courses

ABM-Agriculture & Business Management Courses

ACC-Accounting Courses

ACT-Automotive Collision Technology Courses

AGB-Agriculture Business

AGE-Agriculture Economics Courses

AGY- Agriculture Crop and Soils Courses

AME-Agriculture Mechanics Courses

ANT-Anthropology Courses

ART-Art Courses

ASE-Automotive Service Technology Courses

ASL-American Sign Language Courses

AST-Astronomy Courses

BIO-Biology Courses

BTE-Business Technologies Courses

BUS-Business Courses

CCR 091 College Composition and Reading Lab

CCR 092 College Composition and Reading

CCR 093 College Composition and Reading Studio D

CCR 094 College Composition and Reading Studio 121

CHE-Chemistry Courses

CIS-Computer Information Systems Courses

COM-Communication Courses

CRJ-Criminal Justice Courses

CSC-Computer Science Courses

CSL-Counseling Courses

ECE-Early Childhood Education Courses

ECO-Economics Courses

EDU-Education Courses

EMS-Emergency Medical Services Courses

ENG-English Courses

ENV-Environmental Science Courses

ESL-English as a Second Language Courses

FST-Fire Science Technology Courses

Foreign Language Courses***

GEO-Geography Courses

GEY-Geology Courses

HHP-Holistic Health Professional Courses

HIS-History Courses

HPR-Health Professional Courses

HUM-Humanities Courses

HWE-Health and Wellness Courses

JOU-Journalism Courses

LIT-Literature Courses

MAN-Management Courses

MAR-Marketing Courses

MAT-Mathematics Courses

MGD-Multimedia Graphic Design Courses

MOT-Medical Office Technology Courses

MST-Massage Therapy Courses

MUS-Music Courses

NUA-Nursing Assistant Courses

NUR-Nursing Courses

PED-Physical Education Courses

PER-Physical Education Recreation Courses

PHI-Philosophy Courses

PHY-Physics Courses

POS-Political Science Courses

PSY-Psychology Courses

PTA-Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

RAM-Range Management Courses

REA-Reading Courses

REE-Real Estate Courses

RTE-Radiologic Technology Courses

SCI-Science Courses

SOC-Sociology Courses

SPA-Spanish Language Courses

SVT-Sport Vehicle Technology Courses

THE-Theatre Courses

WEL-Welding Courses

Course Numbering System

Credit Hours

Course Prerequisites

Course Co-requisites

Guaranteed Transfer Courses (GT/gtPathways)

Internship/Clinical/ Practicum/Service Learning/Cooperative Education Work Experience Courses

Special Topics: Seminars, Workshops (175-178 and 275-278)

Prefix Discipline/Program Area

PERSONNEL/STAFF DIRECTORY

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