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OL Program Policies


Students are expected to maintain an appropriate level of behavior in the classroom. This class will abide by a Full Value Contract and a Challenge by Choice philosophy. Students are expected to participate according to their chosen levels of challenge and be respectful of others ideas, opinions, and viewpoints. Students, in displaying respect for the class, will show up on time or enter class with minimal disruption, if tardy. Food and drink are acceptable, so long as they do not provide any distraction (smells and sounds). Please refer to "Electronics" concerning laptops, cell phones, etc.

Challenge of Choice

Challenge of Choice supports the student in voicing and in determining their needs and level of engagement in the adventure experience while still being engaged at some level with the class in the activity. These classes involve a variety of challenges; however, no one will be required to put themselves in a situation in which they feel they are at risk of injury to themselves or to someone else. If anyone, at any time, feels that they are at risk for any reason they should stop what they are doing and notify the instructor.


Students who declare Outdoor Leadership will be assigned one of the OL faculty as an advisor. Students in OL must meet with their advisor prior to registering for any term. Your success in this program will be greatly impacted by your advising experience. Please be aware of any notices sent by your advisor; you should expect several emails a term from your advisor about various dates, notifications, announcements, etc.

Risk Management

Paperwork: It is essential that the OL instructors have a complete and accurate file of the appropriate paperwork. If at any time the information on those forms should change, please advise an instructor and update the forms immediately. Students will be instructed on the various forms and be given guidance on depth and quantity of information necessary.

Knowledge for Family: There are specific field experiences where your family will have a challenge contacting you. Students will receive information to provide their families in the case of any emergency where a student has to be contacted while in the field.

Gear Needs

The Outdoor Leadership program does not supply students with personal gear. Students are taught about appropriate and acceptable gear and clothing during their course work. The absence of appropriate gear and clothing can result in exclusion from field experiences. It is up to the student to secure the appropriate gear and clothing for their course work. Any specific questions about gear should be directed toward an instructor.

Appropriate Dress & Footwear: students are expected to dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. Many classes are held outside, despite weather conditions. Students who are not prepared for the weather compromise their learning and their safety. Students receive information and guidance in their course work on the various types of clothing and putting together appropriate clothing systems.

Because of the active nature of the classes, students must wear appropriate footwear, which includes at a minimum closed-toe shoes.

Class Supplies

Students are expected to accumulate notes from their classes in whatever form best suits them. At the least, students should have a notebook dedicated for each class. Students are welcome to use laptops or other electronics to keep notes, but must realize that occasionally classes take place outside the classroom where electronics are not suitable.

Students should provide the following for each of their classes:


Notebook (Spiral or ringed binder with loose leaf paper; ability to utilize blank pages and remove them; an ability to store documents/handouts relevant to the specific class)

3 Ringed Binder (for Handbook, syllabus, course policies, handouts)

Texts - check each individual class syllabus for specific texts; check with instructor about whether you need to have the text for class periods

Late Work

Any work handed in later than posted due date will automatically lose 15% of total possible grade. All work will be accepted as late as two weeks after the assignment's due date. No work will be accepted after that date.

All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date specified. Exams are to be taken at the scheduled time.

Missed Exams, Quizzes and In Class Assignments

Students who expect to be absent during any scheduled exam must inform the instructor prior to the exam as soon as possible. Arrangements for an excused absence can be made well in advance of the scheduled exam. Arrangements will be made for a make-up following the date of the original exam. Exams include both finals and mid-terms. Quizzes and In-Class Assignments are not exams and cannot be made up. An unexcused absence from an exam may not be made up.


Please refer to each specific course for the total points awarded and the corresponding letter grades. For the OL program, students must receive a "C" or higher in program specific classes (OL prefixes). See your advisor if you have questions about which classes you must meet a "C" or higher.


The Outdoor Leadership program is founded on the philosophy of Experiential Education and learning. These classes often involve in-depth discussions, in-class projects, and experiential activities that cannot be made up. A student's absence will not only affect their own learning, but will have an impact on their classmates and detract from the overall learning experience.

There are several classes that have a required participation for completion of the class. Please refer to specific syllabi and/or ask an instructor for the details of your class.

Unexcused absences can affect participation points. Students may be excused from class with a valid excuse presented prior to the class by phone, email, or in person. Students may make up unexcused absences with a class presentation or activity.

Extra Credit

Individual instructors may award extra credit at their discretion

HHP Department Statement on Final Exams

On an individual basis, for documented family emergencies and other special circumstances, a student may take a final examination at a time other than that scheduled, providing the student has received prior approval by petition signed by the instructor and the department chair. Approved petitions are returned to instructors, with copies sent to the Vice President for Instruction. For no other reason will a student be allowed to reschedule their final. Having already made travel arrangements which may include the purchase of a plane ticket for a trip or having to work are NOT acceptable reasons to reschedule a final.


Students may utilize laptop computers and tablets for note taking during class. However, other uses of these devices during class are inappropriate, including personal Internet use, video viewing, and conducting work for another class. Other electronic devices such as cell phones, smart phones, etc are to be turned off and put away for the duration of the class. Texting, emailing, and phone conversations during class will not be tolerated and will be considered a policy violation.


Continual attendance is necessary for optimum performance in both the classroom and private business. It is equally important to come to class (work) properly prepared to take part in all discussions. While you may not always understand all of the readings, you should at least "know where you are confused! If you are unable to attend class, you are expected to inform the instructor and are independently responsible for obtaining all material covered from your fellow classmates. Some OL classes require weekend commitments. Any notice of your inability to participate in the assigned weekend outings should be brought to the instructor's attention as soon as possible. 

Waivers, Forms, Paperwork

As a student in this program there are several piece of paperwork necessary for the OL administration to have and keep on file. Ideally, you should replace any paperwork when information changes or every year. The following paperwork will be discussed and collected by the instructors. In the case that you need to replace or change information, please contact an instructor.

Wilderness Waivers - This document outlines some of the risks inherent to outdoor activities. It does not document or discuss every risk that exists, but makes apparent the variety of risks often associated with the activities of the program and your acknowledgment of the presence of those risks and willingness to participate.

Medical History - A detailed medical history is necessary as your instructors will serve as primary first aid providers in the case of an incident in the backcountry. Any and all pertinent information is needed in order to provide adequate and appropriate care. If you have any questions about what information is necessary or should be included, please see an instructor. Medical History forms are seen solely by instructors and held in confidential files for the duration of the students time in the program. Medical histories should be updated as new information arises or every year.

Activity Waiver - This document quickly acknowledges your health and any conditions that may limit or prohibit your participation if strenuous activities. This document is required by the HHP department and is held in confidential files by HHP administration.


Substance Use during Field Experiences

Student acknowledges understanding the policies of COCC concerning substances and their use on Outdoor Leadership courses. Essentially, time in the field is considered as class participation and not personal free time, as typically experienced in the front country. Presence in the backcountry requires extra vigilance towards safety and judgment is paramount in this pursuit.

The discovery by an instructor or appointed assistant-leader of the use of inappropriate substances in the field by a student will result in immediate removal of that student from the course. This may, at the instructor's discretion, include removal from the field.

Any suspicion of the use of inappropriate substances will result in a report of the incidents to the Office of Student Life. Suspicion may include: sensing any aroma of inappropriate substances; the observation of inappropriate behavior, as a result of the use of inappropriate behavior; second hand accounts of first hand observation.

Duration of Field Experiences

Outdoor Leadership trips in the field are considered complete when: a) all students are accounted for at a designated front country location and b) all COCC OL gear used by individual students is accounted for.

Students Personal Vehicles

Often students personal vehicles on OL trips are essential for risk management purposes. Students driving their own vehicles on OL trips acknowledge the use of their vehicle for emergencies and shuttling situations, when applicable. Students must acknowledge consent for instructors to use their vehicles for these situations.

Authority of Appointed Assistant Instructors

Students will abide by instructions of class instructor and appointed leaders on field outings.

COCC Outdoor Leadership Student Code of Conduct

The OL student code of conduct statement is designed to create a safe learning environment for the student and the instructor and to protect the natural environment classroom. The OL student code of conduct adheres to all sections of the COCC Student Rights and Responsibilities, however, is written to highlight specific policies that directly apply to the HHP field-based activity courses and the Outdoor Leadership Program courses. A complete copy of the COCC Student Code of Responsible Conduct can be found in the COCC General Policies and Procedures Manual.

The COCC Section III: Student Code of Responsible Conduct includes but is not limited to the following:

SECTION III: Student Code of Responsible Conduct

It is recognized that Central Oregon Community College has the right to protect its educational purpose and its students from the irresponsible conduct of others. In order to insure this right, the following areas of responsibility require student compliance for the welfare of the College community.


Central Oregon Community College respects the need for students to discover ways of learning including individualized and collaborative methods. Central Oregon Community College believes that the students should expect the education and degrees they receive will reflect the standards of this institution. To this end Central Oregon Community College establishes the following academic regulations in order to maintain the integrity of the institution and to allow for the individual pursuit of knowledge.

1. Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to the following:
cheating on an examination;
receiving help from others in work to be submitted, if contrary to the stated rules of the course;
plagiarizing, that is, the taking and passing off as one's own ideas, writings, or work of another, without citing the source;
submitting work from another course unless permitted by the instructor;
stealing examinations or course material;
using stolen examinations or course material;
falsifying records;
assisting anyone to do any of the above.

2. Disruption
Disruption of the normal activities of the institution is prohibited. Disruption shall include but not be limited to the following:
conduct or behavior that is offensive and or disruptive to member of the class.
Physical violence or abuse of any person or College-owned or controlled property, or at College-sponsored or supervised functions, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
Deliberate interference with academic freedom and freedom of speech, including not only disruption of a class, but also interference with the freedom of any speaker invited by any section of the College community to express his/her views. (Faculty are authorized to have students removed from class if warranted.)
Forcible interference with the freedom of movement of any member or guest of the college.
Noisemaking, or other physical behavior which is so distracting that it is difficult or impossible to conduct a class, a meeting, or any other authorized event.
Congregating in such a fashion as to create a situation which could endanger life or property.
Incitement to any of the above-mentioned actions, or to other violations of College policy which could result in such actions, whether orally, through written materials, electronic materials or pictures.

3. Interference with Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech
Any act which restricts the professor's or another student's right to speak or express ideas is prohibited


6. Breach of Peace. Conduct or expression on College-owned or controlled property which disrupts the orderly functioning of the College, or which is lewd, indecent or obscene, is prohibited.

9. Damage or Destruction of Property. Accidental damage, vandalism, or malicious damage to property belonging to Central Oregon Community College or others may require restitution from persons responsible for such damage and/or disciplinary action.

10. Dress Standards. Students must comply with standards of dress established for safety or health reasons in specific classes.

19. Obeying Reasonable Order of College Officials. Students are required to comply with reasonable requests or orders by authorized College officials or representatives acting in behalf of the College. This requirement includes reasonable requests for students to meet appointments in administrative offices and at disciplinary investigations and hearings.

22. Pets. Seeing-eye dogs are permitted on the campus of Central Oregon Community College, but no other pets or animals of any kind are permitted on campus without specific approval from the appropriate College official.

25. Search and Seizure. College officials reserve the right, with probable cause, to search lockers or other College property when deemed necessary to uphold the basic responsibility of the College regarding discipline, safety, and the maintenance of an educational atmosphere. Contraband items will be confiscated and may be used as evidence in disciplinary cases. Briefcases, handbags, and other such containers may be searched in the library, in laboratories, in the bookstore, and at other places where materials or equipment are not secured.

26. Harassment. Verbal, written or physical abuse of students or staff is strictly prohibited. Abuse is defined as behavior which injures or which prevents individuals from fulfilling their duties. Two types of harassment are especially inappropriate.

a. Sexual Harassment includes verbal or nonverbal messages which indicate a desire to perform a sexual act with the unwilling receiver of the messages. Types of abusive behavior include: inappropriate touching, suggestions about the performance of particular sexual behaviors, rape, assault, propositions, and suggestions that rewards may be gained or withheld for sexual favors. See the College General Procedure Manual HR-3-1

b. Discriminatory Harassment includes verbal or physical abuse of individuals because of their membership in a group. Students and staff should not be subject to harassment because of their ethnicity, religion, political viewpoint or gender preference.

27. Smoking. Smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco is limited to campus parking lots and must be at least 25 feet from an entrance door. During high fire danger periods smoking will be banned completely.


No person - including students, employees, vendors, college patrons, or other visitors - may bring, possess, conceal, brandish, use or be in possession of a firearm, destructive device or other dangerous weapons (as defined by ORS 161.015 (1) (2), or give the appearance of being in possession, on college- owned or controlled property or at activities under the jurisdiction or sponsorship of the college, except as provided by ORS 166.360, ORS 166.370 and federal law.


33. Alcohol / Illegal Drugs. Drug-Free Campus. The unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol is prohibited on the College campus, in all College facilities, or as part of any College-sponsored activity. Violators of this policy will be prosecuted to the full extent of State and Federal law and, in addition, there are specific consequences for employees and for students which are stated in the College Drug-Free Campus Procedures.

34. Assault and/or Battery. No student shall threaten bodily harm or discomfort to another such as would constitute an assault. Nor shall any student commit, or aid in the intentional commission of, an act which causes bodily harm or discomfort to the person of another such as would constitute a battery.

36. Defamation, Threats, and Extortion. Verbal or written communication which unlawfully exposes any individual or group to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, and thereby injures the person, property, or reputation of another, is prohibited. Verbal or written communication which threatens another of a crime or offense, or threatens injury to the person, property, or reputation of another, or maliciously threatens to expose another to disgrace, with the intent to extort money or other advantage whatsoever, is prohibited.

38. Public Laws. Any act by a student which constitutes a charge of a violation of a public law, occurring either on or off campus, may establish cause for legal and/or disciplinary action by the College.

SECTION IV: Forms of Discipline/Penalties

The following forms of discipline may be imposed on a student who is guilty of misconduct:

A. Reprimand
B. Probation
C. Restitution
D. Suspension by an Instructor
E. Summary Suspension from College
F. Suspension from College
G. Expulsion

See Student Rights and Responsibilities for further explanation of the above forms of discipline and penalties.

SECTION V: Disciplinary Procedures/Process

See Student Rights and Responsibilities for a detailed explanation of the disciplinary procedures and processes.