MPC Catalog 17-18 - Full Catalog_8-8-17

2017-2018 Catalog of Courses

Student Rights and Responsibilities

D. Directory Information The College may release directory information when, in the opinion of the Dean of Student Services, the release of such information is in the best interest of students. Directory information for students includes the following: name, address, telephone number, date of birth, major field of study, class schedule, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and certificates received, and the most recent previous public or private school attended. E. Confidentiality of Records Information from Education Records will be available only to legally authorized persons. The express consent of the student is required for access by any other persons. No records will be kept which reflect the political and religious activities or beliefs of students. All College employees are to respect confidential information about students which they acquire in the course of their work. Access to student records may be permitted to the following: 1. Officials and employees of Monterey Peninsula College, provided that any such person has a legitimate educational reason for inspecting a record. 2. Federal and state officials so authorized access by Title 5. 3. Upon written permission from the student, officials of other public or private schools where the student seeks or intends to enroll. 4. Agencies or organizations in connection with a student’s application for or receipt of financial aid, provided that information permitting the personal identification of students may be disclosed only as necessary for purposes relating directly to that aid. 5. Accrediting organizations in order to carry out their accrediting functions. 6. Organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions for purposes allowed in Title 5 and so long as that information that allows personal identification of a student is kept confidential and destroyed when no longer needed. 7. Appropriate persons in connection with an emergency if the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons. F. Impoundment of Records Whenever a student is delinquent through failure to comply with College rules or regulations, to pay College debts, or to return property owned by the College, the student’s records may be impounded. A student whose record is impounded shall not be allowed to register for subsequent instruction, request official transcripts of work completed, and/or receive other services at the College which relate to his/her records. III. STUDENT AFFAIRS A. Freedom of Association Students are free to organize and join associations to promote their common interests. 1. The policies and actions of a student organization will be determined by vote of only those persons who hold bona fide membership in the organization and are enrolled at Monterey Peninsula College. 2. Affiliation with an extramural organization shall not of itself disqualify a student organization from institutional recognition. 3. Campus advisors are required; each organization is free to choose its own advisor. Campus advisors may advise organizations in the exercise of responsibility, but they will not have the authority to control the internal policies of such organizations. 4. Student organizations are required to submit to ASMPC a club activation, advisor agreement, a current list of members, and club Constitution.

The purpose of this statement is to inform students of their rights and responsibilities at Monterey Peninsula College. The policies and procedures as set forth in this statement are for institutional and student use but cannot be separated from public laws and regulations; therefore, everything stated herein must be considered within the limits of the law.

I. IN THE CLASSROOM A. Protection of Freedom of Expression

Students are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study in which they are enrolled B. Protection Against Improper Academic Evaluation Students shall not be evaluated in a prejudiced or capricious manner. At the same time, students are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. Standards relating to matters of class attendance, punctuality, dress (e.g., safety goggles and uniforms), and other similar classroom requirements, where essential in evaluation, should be clearly communicated by the instructors to the students enrolled in the courses where they apply. C. Protection Against Improper Disclosure Information about student views, beliefs, and political associations which employees acquire in the course of their work is considered confidential. Protection against improper disclosure is a serious professional obligation. Judgments of ability and character for such matters as letters of recommendation and security checks may be provided under appropriate circumstances, with the knowledge and consent of the student. II. STUDENT RECORDS A. Definition of Records The following files, records, and documents are maintained by the College as “Education Records”: Applications for Admission, Add/Drop and Registration Forms, academic transcripts, transcripts sent by other institutions, general education certifications, graduation petitions, high school advanced placement forms, instructor class rosters, placement test scores, counseling records, financial aid applications, campus employment information, veterans folders relating to educational certification and benefits, discipline records, and athletic eligibility forms. B. Right to Access Any current or former student shall have the right to access his/her own “Education Records” as defined above or those that meet the definition of a “student record” in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, if debts are cleared. Such access shall be provided during regular office hours, and the appropriate College official will require identification and a written request from the student, provided that access is granted where authorized by law no later than five working days following the

date of the request. C. Location of Records

Most of the above records are housed in the Student Services Building on campus. The Dean of Student Services has overall responsibility for such records. The Dean’s designee shall provide specific directions to students, upon request, concerning which College officials to contact to make a request for access to any records.

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