The Board authorizes appropriate student groups to represent a part or all of the student body. The purpose of these organization(s) shall include, but not necessarily be limited to: promoting morale through various approved activities, coordinating and assisting with the functioning of other College organizations, and representing the various student ideas and concerns with the administration, the College councils, and the Board.
Authorized student activities will complement institutional programs by providing a variety of meaningful educational, cultural, and social experiences. The Student Services Office will assist students and faculty in planning extracurricular programs and development of student organizations. This office will provide support to special planning groups and interested students in the promotion of activities.
All officially recognized student organizations must comply with approved charter requirements.
Student Conduct and Responsibilities
Students are expected to observe local, state, and federal laws and abide by College policies and regulations as established in College publications. A student or group of students is encouraged to voice opinions, ideas, or concerns through appropriate established channels. Students will conduct themselves as responsible law-abiding citizens. Enrollment at Klamath Community College carries with it certain obligations and responsibilities regarding standards of conduct which are compatible with the mission and functions of the College as an educational institution.
Students are expected to maintain reasonable standards of behavior requested by the College instructors, staff, and administrators. Specific standards of behavior are identified in the Student Handbook. If there is a determination of misconduct, disciplinary action may be taken.
Authority for Suspension or Probation
The Dean for Student Services is responsible for maintaining all procedures related to academic or disciplinary probation or suspension, and for processing all matters related to academic or disciplinary probation or suspension. The College will maintain appropriate procedures for students who fall below established academic or disciplinary standards and guidelines, including the right of appeal.
Student unwillingness or inability to abide by College standards, policies or procedures may cause the College to conduct a student disciplinary hearing. When there appears to be sufficient cause, the Dean for Student Services, or authorized representative, shall conduct an appropriate investigation. Based on this investigation, the Dean for Student Services, or his/her designee, may:
The range of disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to:
- dismiss any allegations and stop proceedings.
- impose in-house disciplinary action, accepted in writing by the person(s) in question. Should the person(s) not accept in-house disciplinary action, the matter can be appealed to a disciplinary sub-committee of the appropriate College Council.
- refer the matter for hearing to a disciplinary sub-committee.
- a verbal warning;
- a written warning, advising that further violations may result in more serious action;
- disciplinary probation, advising that further violations shall result in a more serious action;
- disciplinary probation, and a removal of selected student privileges, such as participation in extra- curricular activities, or use of College facilities other than those directly related to current classroom work; or
- suspension from College.
Equal Opportunity/Civil Rights
It shall be the policy of Klamath Community College to affirm the right of all individuals to equal education, activities, facilities and employment without regard to age, disability, national origin, race, marital status, religion, and sex, in accordance with federal and state laws. Klamath Community College complies with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries or grievances concerning the application of these laws and regulations to the College may be directed to the College’s Director of Human Resources or to the Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20201.
Student Grievance Rights
A student attending the College who questions abridgement of his/her rights should first discuss the matter with the staff employee he/she feels has abridged those rights. A qualified member of the Student Services staff will mediate a discussion between the student and the staff employee to clarify the matter and suggest alternatives. If the student is still not satisfied, he or she may file a grievance.
Each student has the right to file a grievance on any abridgement of his/her rights. Such an appeal must be initiated in writing by the student within five working days after the alleged abridgement has occurred.
Appeal forms are available in the Student Services Office. The procedure for filing a grievance is outlined in the Student Handbook.
A student has the right to:
- be present at the hearing;
- have other persons who have direct knowledge of the allegations speak in his/her behalf;
- question those persons who are presenting information to the committee; and
- present information in his/her own behalf.
Sexual Harassment (College Students)
The College is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by a member of the staff to a student, a student to another student or by a student to a member of the staff.
No student shall subject any other student or College employee to sexual harassment.
Any student or employee who is subject to, or knows of, sexual harassment should immediately notify the Director of Human Resources.
The Director of Human Resources will maintain a complaint procedure.
A copy of this policy and the procedure for filing complaints is published in student handbooks.
An act of sexual harassment shall subject a student to discipline in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct up to and including suspension.
The College is the legal publisher of all recognized student publications. College authorities may provide written clarification of the role of student publications, standards used in evaluation, and degrees of operational control. College staff advisors have the responsibility to review copy to protect the College from legal actions relating to obscenity, criminal or civil libel or copyright infringement. The Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, shall be adopted and used.