Feb 20, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog 
  
2019-2020 College Catalog

College Policies



WITCC is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages scholarship, the robust exchange of ideas and interactions with others in a safe environment.

WITCC reserves the right to deny admission or place conditions on admission or the enrollment of any applicant, student, or former student if WITCC determines that such person presents an unreasonable risk to the safe and orderly campus environment.

WITCC also reserves the right to deny a student’s application for residence hall housing, or remove a student from a residence hall, if WITCC determines that the student presents an unreasonable risk of harm to others in the residence hall.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

It is Western Iowa Tech Community College’s policy not to discriminate against individuals with disabilities and to provide reasonable accommodation(s) to qualified applicants and students. Although this policy primarily describes accommodations that allow persons with disabilities to apply for admission and participate in education programs, courses, services and activities, the policy also applies to accommodations that would allow applicants or students with disabilities to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of education as enjoyed by other applicants or students.

Scope of Potential Reasonable Accommodations

  1. Upon request, and with appropriate documentation, Western Iowa Tech Community College is prepared to adjust the admissions process or the educational environment to make reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and students with disabilities.
  2. Upon request and with approved documentation, reasonable accommodations may include but are not limited to: a) making existing academic facilities used by students and the public readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities; b) adjusting when and how academic or technical requirements are met or performed; c) adjusting admission and performance tests, educational materials, or policies; d) allowing readmission upon review and evaluation; e) providing or arranging counseling services; f) providing readers, interpreters, written materials in alternative formats, and other auxiliary aids and services; g) adjusting the manner and method of instruction and testing; h) allowing applicants or students to make use of equipment or devices that the College is not required to provide. The College does not assume coordination or financial responsibilities for attendant care services.
  3. Each request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. An accommodation is not considered reasonable when: a) the accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the program, course, service, and/or activity; b) the individual is not otherwise qualified to meet the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in an education program, course, service and/or activity; c) the accommodation would cause an undue financial or administrative burden on the College; or d) the individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety of self, or others.
  4. Reasonable accommodation does not negate requirements for successful completion of a program, course, service, and/or activity, adherence to generally acceptable standards of behavior and the College’s code of conduct, not adherence to administrative and faculty directions and instructions.

Request for Reasonable Accommodation

  1. If an accommodation would result in any expense to the College, the applicant or student must submit a formal request to the Disability Services Coordinator describing the nature of the requested accommodation. The applicant or student should indicate the nature of the disability and identify specific needs or limitations. The applicant or student is responsible for providing documentation of the disability to the Disability Services Coordinator.
  2. The applicant or student shall identify any specific accommodations that have been successful in the past and any equipment, aids, or services that the applicant or student is willing to provide and utilize.

Applicants or Students Who Refuse Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants and/or students with disabilities have the right to refuse an offer of an accommodation. If the refusal of an offer of an accommodation results in the individual’s inability to perform or meet the admission or participation standards for a program, course, service, or other activity, then that individual will not be considered a qualified individual with a disability and may be denied admission or participation accordingly, as deemed appropriate by the College.

Appeals of Accommodations

A student who disagrees with the College’s decision to refuse a requested accommodation may appeal the decision to the Dean of Students of Western Iowa Tech Community College. The decision of the Dean of Students will be final.

A complete copy of the Policy of Nondiscrimination can be obtained from the Dean of Students or its designee.

Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Americans With Disabilities Act Compliance

WITCC complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

The person charged with monitoring and coordinating Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action matters, as well as compliance with the aforementioned laws is the Equal Employment Opportunity Administrator/ADA Coordinator. She is located in Room A242 or may be contacted by phone at (712) 274-8733, ext. 1406.

Sexual and Gender Harassment

WITCC is pledged to maintain an environment conducive to work and study for staff and students. That environment must be free of sexual and gender harassment and all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. Such behavior, including (1) suggestions that academic reprisals or rewards will follow refusal or granting of sexual favors or (2) behavior which creates an intimidating or hostile academic environment constitutes gross misconduct and will not be tolerated.

Complaints regarding sexual and gender harassment can be directed to the Sexual Harassment Conciliator. She is located in Room A242 or may be contacted by phone at (712) 274-8733, ext. 1406.

Discrimination

It is the policy of Western Iowa Tech Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, actual or potential parent, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by federal and civil rights regulations.

If you have questions or complaints, please reference https://www.witcc.edu/board/policies.cfm or call (712) 274-6400 ext. 1406, and/or email jackie.plendl@witcc.edu or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number (312) 730-1560, fax (312) 730-1576.

Individuals using assistive technology (such as a screen reader, Braille reader, etc.) who experience difficulty accessing information on this web site, should send an email to the Webmaster at webmaster@witcc.edu. The e-mail should include the nature of the accessibility problem and the individual’s e-mail address for a response. If the accessibility problem involves a particular Web page, the message should include the URL (Web address) of the page. We will contact individuals having accessibility problems within three business days to assist them and to provide them with the information being sought.

Discipline

Students are to maintain orderly conduct that is consistent with an educational environment. An instructor may remove a student from class for disciplinary reasons. The violation is then reported to the Dean of Students for review and action. Discipline is the responsibility of the Dean of Students, who has the authority to act on any violation and take whatever action is deemed appropriate. The Dean of Students will review all complaints and may dismiss the allegations, make an administrative disposition, or conduct a formal hearing. Possible disciplinary actions, as well as procedures for disciplinary due process, can be found in the Student Handbook and here .

Disability

Once a student’s file is completed with the Coordinator of Disability Services will provide a written 504 plan that the student will take to instructors which verifies the student’s eligibility and includes recommendations for appropriate accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss the 504 accommodation plan with each instructor as early in the semester as possible. Instructors provide their acknowledgement of the accommodation plan with their signature. If the classroom instructor is unable to provide reasonable accommodation or if the student’s request is refused by the instructor, the student may request advocacy services from the ADA Coordinator located in Room A242 or contacted by phone at (712) 274-8733, ext. 1406, or the Coordinator for Disability Services located in Room A323 or may be contacted by phone at (712) 274-8733, Ext. 3216.

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Western Iowa Tech Community College complies with the provisions of the Federal Family educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (“FERPA”). Under the Act, each student has the right to inspect and review their student records and request the amendment of inaccurate or misleading student records or request the amendment of student records to ensure they are not otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.

FERPA also covers other information about student records that the College maintains, including, but not limited to, who has access to them, and for what purposes access is granted. Generally, FERPA allows the College to release personally identifiable information contained in student records with the student’s consent and without the student’s consent in some circumstances. FERPA also permits the College to release “directory information” without the student’s consent. Directory information consists of: Student name, student address and telephone number, date and place of birth, major/field of study, level of education, dates of attendance, degrees and honors earned and dates, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended prior to enrollment at the College.

Students who wish to restrict access to their records may do so in the Admissions Office. This same office can provide WITCC policy statements and guidelines for access or restricting of access to student records.

If a student feels the College has failed to comply with any provision of FERPA or its regulations, the student may file a complaint with the:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20202

Drug-Free College Community

The College shall endeavor to provide a healthy, safe, and secure educational environment. It is the policy of the Board that within the powers of the college, reasonable measures shall be taken to establish and maintain a drug-free college community as required by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act/Amendment of 1988 (PL101-226), and applicable Iowa statutes.

Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Campus

Smoking, the use of tobacco and the use of e-cigarettes are not allowed anywhere on campus. This includes buildings, parking lots, common areas, outdoor arenas, and any vehicle located on the school grounds, and including the perimeter area of fifty feet beyond such school grounds to which the public is invited or in which the public is permitted. Anyone caught smoking on campus will be fined. See the Student Handbook for a complete list of fines.