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Policy 4007 - Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Western Dakota Tech Policy Number: 4007

I. Purpose

The purpose of the policy is to identify rights and responsibilities of Western Dakota Tech (WDT) students.

II. General Statement of Policy

A. Submission of an application for admission to WDT represents a voluntary decision of a prospective student to participate in the programs offered by WDT pursuant to its policies, rules, and regulations.

Enrollment in courses extends the privilege to join the WDT community and remain part of it as long as established standards for academics and conduct are met. The following rights for enrolled students are not intended to be complete or exclusive.

Student Rights

  • Academic and Administrative Policies: Students can expect an academic environment and administrative policies that support inquiry, learning, and growth.
  • Access: Students with disabilities have the right to request reasonable accommodation ensuring access to courses, course content, programs, services, events, and facilities.
  • Association: Students have the right to associate freely with other individuals, groups of individuals, and organizations for purposes that do not infringe on the rights of others.
  • Discipline: In keeping with high expectations that WDT has established for students, students can expect discipline and sanctions for misconduct. Students accused of misconduct have the right to due process regarding the alleged misconduct, as described in the Student Handbook/Student Code of Conduct section.
  • Education: WDT students have the right to a quality education that includes expert faculty, academic technology, library services, tutoring, and support resources necessary for learning.
  • Freedom from Discrimination and Harassment: WDT will not tolerate racism, discrimination, harassment, exploitation or victimization of students, school employees, non-employees, or any person who is an invitee of WDT for any reason, including but not limited to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, religion, creed, age, sex, citizenship, political affiliation, mental and/or physical challenge, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, status as a veteran, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. WDT is committed to providing an environment free from harassment and other forms of discrimination for students, employees, non-employees and its invitees. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries or complaints regarding the non-discrimination policies: Student Success Director/Registrar.
  • Freedom of Expression: Students are able to freely examine and exchange diverse ideas in a manner that does not violate the rights of others.
  • Grievance Process: WDT students have the right to respectfully present concerns or complaints about the College to College officials, and to have their concerns and complaints addressed. See the Student Handbook for approved processes.
  • Institutional Shared Governance: Students have the right to participate in the governance of WDT by serving as an officer in a student organization, completing student surveys, and volunteering for focus groups.
  • Learning Outside the Classroom: Students have access to activities beyond the classroom that support intellectual and professional development.
  • Safe Environment: Students have the right to learn within a safe campus community.
  • Service to the Community: Students have the right to participate in service opportunities to both the WDT community and the community beyond.
  • Student Information: Students have the right to access their student records and the right to control disclosure of personally identifiable information in accordance with the Family Education Rights Privacy Act.
  • Timely Response from WDT Faculty and Staff: Students have the right to timely and professional responses from college employees.

Student Responsibilities

  • Academic Progress: Students are responsible for their academic progress and planning, including selecting class schedule, meeting course requirements, completing requirements for graduation, reviewing grades and graded material, and seeking assistance in a timely fashion.
  • Attendance: WDT is an attendance-required college. Students are responsible for attending and engaging in classes according to the attendance policies contained in the instructor’s course syllabus and the Student Handbook.
  • Class Work: Students are responsible for knowing all information contained in the syllabus. Students are responsible for meeting all course requirements and observing all deadlines, examination times, and course expectations and procedures.
  • Communication: Students are responsible for checking their WDT email daily (excluding holidays and weekends) for communications from college faculty and staff. Students also have the responsibility to accurately complete all institutional forms accurately and submit them on time to the appropriate office. This also includes documents the student is having sent to the school by other organizations.
  • General Conduct: Students attending WDT have the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the policies, expectations, and procedures in the Student Handbook,  Academic Catalog, and, if applicable, program handbook.
  • Selection of Program: Students are responsible for reviewing and considering all information about a WDT program before enrolling. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to choose the program they will enroll in.

B. It shall be a violation of this policy for WDT to not uphold the rights of students by not adhering to its policies, rules, and regulations.

III. Definitions

None

IV. Reporting Procedures

None

V. Dissemination of Policy and Training

A. This policy shall appear in the WDT Student Handbook and on the WDT website.

Legal References

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Title IX – Education Amendments of 1972

Title VI – Civil Rights Act of 1964

 Related Policies, Procedures, and Exhibits:

None

Board Approved 10/15/2018

 


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