May 31, 2020  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
  
2020-2021 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.

 

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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, socioeconomic status, 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 .

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.