2020-2021 Catalog

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct embodies and promotes honesty, integrity, accountability, rights, and responsibilities associated with citizenship in our academic community at Salish Kootenai College (“the College” or “SKC”).  This Code of Conduct describes expected standards of behavior for all students. The Code of Conduct includes both academic conduct and general conduct and outlines students’ rights and responsibilities as well as college processes for adjudicating alleged violations.

When students register for classes at the College, they agree to abide by the stated student policies and the Code of Conduct.

I.    Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students have rights and responsibilities established to ensure fairness and protection while they are students at SKC.

A. Students have the RIGHT to:

  1. Receive the educational program as outlined in the SKC Catalog.
  2. Positively gain from college experiences through academics and extra-curricular activities.
  3. Use SKC facilities.
  4. Participate in college governance.
  5. Access academic records as provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  6. Request transcripts (providing all accounts have been settled).
  7. Obtain a grade report in the event that an official transcript may not be released due to financial obligation to the College.
  8. Be informed of disciplinary actions and resulting consequences. A copy of any disciplinary action is filed in the student’s permanent record.
  9. Be notified of any changes in college policies and procedures that impact students, program and course requirements, and/or tuition or fees.
  10. Understand rights, responsibilities, and disciplinary procedures.
  11. Be afforded due process and access the student grievance procedure.
  12. Exercise academic freedom within the framework of college policies, procedures, goals, and philosophy.
  13. Participate in learning environments free from harassment and physical harm.

B. Students have the RESPONSIBILITY to:

  1. Abide by the policies and procedures of SKC.
  2. Attend classes regularly, inform instructors of absences, and follow course attendance policies.
  3. Complete all course and program requirements as stated in the SKC Catalog.
  4. File any grievance according to specified procedures.
  5. Report any accident or injury occurring on SKC facilities or resulting from college activities to the appropriate college personnel in a timely manner.
  6. Be active participants in the educational process.
  7. Learn about the culture and history of the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreille people.
  8. Embrace the value of citizenship and service.
  9. Approach educational opportunities with an open mind and heart and a positive attitude.
  10. Treat all college personnel and resources with respect, honesty and integrity.

C.  Right to Due Process

 Any student charged with violating the Student Code of Conduct has certain rights as follows:

  1. The right to be advised that a charge is being investigated and the right to be advised of the potential charges.

  2. The right to review the evidence.
  3. The right to decline to make statements.
  4. The right to submit a written account related to the alleged charges.
  5. The right to have a person of choice, including legal counsel, present throughout any and all proceedings provided for in this Code.
  6. The right to a reasonable period of time to prepare for a hearing and the right to request a delay of the hearing for urgent circumstances.
  7. The right to hear and question witnesses and the accuser.
  8. The right to present relevant evidence and witnesses.

II.  Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities should disclose those disabilities to the SKC Disabilities Coordinator and work with the Disabilities Coordinator to determine any appropriate accommodations and/or services. However, this Student Code of Conduct applies to all students, whether or not the student has disclosed disabilities.

(Revised 8/2020)