S-3-0 Student Rights and Responsibilities

S-3-0       STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES                       Revised: 03/06/13

Central Oregon Community College reserves the right to make changes in the rights, regulations, procedures, and information contained herein as educational, financial, and legal considerations require, subject to and consistent with established procedures and authorizations for making such changes. Academic policies in the Central Oregon Community College Catalogue supersede the academic policies listed in this document if in conflict. Additionally, some academic programs may have additional student conduct requirements in addition to the policies contained in this document.


Central Oregon Community College exists for the open exchange of knowledge and philosophies, the development of capacity for critical judgment and the creation of an atmosphere conducive to the independent search for truth and to the gaining of practical experience in our community. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. The institution has a responsibility to develop policies which encourage the broadest participation of the college community.

The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility. The purpose of the Student Rights and Responsibilities document is to enumerate the essential provisions for students' freedom and for students to understand how they participate responsibly in the college community.

COCC is committed to providing equal opportunity in its recruitment, admission and educational programs, activities, and employment, without discrimination on the basis of age, disability, national origin, race, color, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or sex. Various state and federal laws enforce this policy. These include Title IX which prohibits sex discrimination in education and Section 504, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.

Faculty, staff, and students are protected from discrimination in the form of sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972.

Central Oregon Community College is committed to the prevention of illicit drug use and the abuse of alcohol by both students and employees. In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690), Title V, Subtitle D) and the Drug-Free Schools and Committees Act Amendment of 1989 ( Public Law 101-226), it shall be the policy of Central Oregon Community College to maintain a drug-free campus for all employees and students. In accordance with ORS 475.300 - 475.346, COCC's Drug-Free Campus Policy includes prohibiting the use of medical marijuana on campus property or for any campus-sponsored class, activity or event regardless of location.

Faculty, staff and students are protected from discrimination and harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Persons who, because of a physical or learning disability, need special accommodation should contact the 504/SSD Coordinator, Annie Walker 541-383-7743 in advance of their need for accommodation. Further inquiries may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer, c/o COCC's Human Resources office, 541-383-7216.

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