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Student Rights & Responsibilities
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Student Rights & Responsibilities


It is very important for students to know their rights and responsibilities. In addition, it is also important for students to know the rights and responsibilities of Delta College. Students who believe their rights are being violated or the College is not meeting its responsibility in serving them, should contact the Vice President of Student Services. Students may appeal the matriculation requirements for pre- and co-requisites, limitations on enrollment, admissions, orientation, assessment, and counseling and advisement by petition.

A. Admissions

Student Rights:

1. The College will provide equal educational opportunity for all students, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, age (over 40), gender, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran, who have met admission qualifications and course/program prerequisites. (Policy 5060, Sec. A)

2. Unless specifically exempted by the statute, every course, course section, or class, the Full-Time Equivalent Student (FTES) enrollment of which is to be reported for state apportionment and wherever offered and maintained by the District shall be fully open to enrollment for participation by any person who has been admitted to the college and who meets such prerequisites as may be established pursuant to Chapter II, Division 2, Part VI, Title V of the California Administrative Code, commencing with Section 51820. (MR 55532 Exemptions & Policy 5000, Sec. F)

Student Responsibilities:

1. Each student has the responsibility to select an educational goal in the application for admissions, i.e. A.A./A.S. degree, transfer, vocational certificate, personal development, improvement of basic skills, or undecided. (MR 55530 Student Rights)

2. The student has the responsibility to meet all course prerequisites. (Policy 5000, Sec. F)

3. Each student must assume responsibility for compliance with the instructions and regulations set forth in the College Catalog for selecting courses which will permit achievement of individual educational objective, and for satisfying course prerequisites.

4. The student should attend class and study regularly. (MR 55530 (d) (3) Student Rights)

5. Withdrawing from a class is the responsibility of the student. The student should drop the class by using the telephone or Internet registration system. As a matter of courtesy and to assist the instructor in maintaining accurate class records, the student should also inform the instructor of the decision to drop the course. (MR 58106 Prerequisites & Other Limitations, Procedure 5101)

College Rights:

1. The College assumes no responsibility for the misinterpretation of policies and procedures as presented in the Catalog and the Schedule of Classes.

2. The College reserves the right to change the regulations, fees, and other information contained in the Catalog as required without prior notice.

3. The College reserves the right to refund enrollment, non-resident tuition, and differential fees upon request for courses dropped before the end of the first two weeks of instruction for full-term classes or before the end of ten percent of the length of the class for short-term classes. Refunds will be made upon request for courses dropped later if the program change is a result of action by the District to cancel or reschedule a class or to drop a student from a class where the student fails to meet a prerequisite. Refund request forms must be received by the Admissions and Records Office not later than after the final date to qualify for refund. Refunds are subject to a $10.00 processing fee. (Procedure 5007, Sec. A & B)

4. It is the right of an instructor to drop any student "who fails to attend any class session during the first three sessions of the class at the beginning of a term"..."unless the student has advised and obtained an absence approval" from the faculty member. (Policy 5150)

5. It is the right of the instructor to drop a student from class when absences become excessive. (Policy 5150)

College Responsibilities:

San Joaquin Delta College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and operates in compliance with Title IX, VII, and VI regulations. San Joaquin Delta College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, or handicap in its criteria for admission, employment or participation in educational programs and activities. (Policy 5060)

B. Orientation

Student Rights:

1. All students have the right to enroll in a guidance class which provides an orientation to San Joaquin Delta College. (MR 55520 Required Services)

Student Responsibilities:

It is the student's responsibility to enroll in a guidance orientation course (Guidance 10/11a/14/16) or attend an appropriate orientation workshop.

College Rights:

San Joaquin Delta College has the right to establish appropriate orientation services i.e. video, guidance courses, etc.

(MR 55520 Required Services)

College Responsibilities:

Delta College has the responsibility to provide students with the appropriate guidance based upon the student's need.

(MR 55520 Required Services)

C. Academic Assessment

Student Rights:

1. Students have the right to know their academic skill level. This right is ensured through several mechanisms including the Academic Assessment Program, articulated programs with high schools, holistically scored essays, transcripts from other colleges.

2. Students who believe their reading writing, or mathematics assessment is not reflective of their skills may challenge the results by taking the Retake Test in the specific skill area. Students are limited to no more than two Retake Test attempts per academic term for each of the three subject areas. Students who have exhausted the retake process may appeal to the Vice President of Student Services.

(Policy 5000, Sec. C)

3. Students have the right to career/vocational interest assessment, which is available in the Career Center at a minimal cost to the student. (MR 55520 Required Services)

College Rights:

1. In all programs and classes requiring special screening and entrance examination, San Joaquin Delta Community College will make the final selection of students. (Procedure 5081, Policy 5070, Procedure 5071-5073, 5075-5076)

2. Academic Assessment is required for all first time Delta College students prior to class registration. Assessment will include reading, writing, and mathematical skills. An alternate to academic assessment may be met by one of the following:

D. Guidance and Counseling

Student's Rights:

1. All students have the right to receive personal, academic and career guidance. (MR 55520 Required Services & Policy 5300)

2. A student has the right to repeat once for credit 15 units of coursework in which a grade of D or F has been earned. Upon satisfactory completion of the repeated course, the student should petition to have only the better grade, grade points, and units attempted included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. Both original and repeated grades will remain on the student's permanent record; however, duplicate units will not count toward the cumulative grade point calculation. Furthermore, a student may repeat for credit those courses designated repeatable in the College Catalog, regardless of the initial grade earned. (Policy 5200)

3. Students may file a complaint with the Vice President of Student Services if a student service which was advertised in the schedule under the section "Services Available to Students" and which was recommended to the students in the SEP was not available. (MR 55534 Violations, Waivers & Appeals)

4. A student who is exempt from guidance and counseling may elect to file an SEP and/or to meet with a counselor. (Policy 5300)

Student Responsibilities:

1. The student should declare a specific educational goal or should be working toward determining a goal during the term after which the student has completed 15 semester units of degree-applicable courses. (MR 55530)

2. The student should meet with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP) - a program of study and services needed by the student to enable the individual to obtain his/her educational objective. (MR 55525 SEP & Policy 5300)

3. It is the student's responsibility to seek assistance in achieving the declared educational goal i.e., make an appointment for appropriate guidance and counseling. (MR 55530 (d) Student Rights & Policy 5300)

4. It is the student's responsibility to make progress toward the declared educational goal. (MR 55530 & Policy 5370)

5. It is the student's responsibility to maintain satisfactory academic progress. (Policy 5200 & 5370)

College Rights

1. Delta College has the right to establish appropriate student services i.e., guidance services, orientation, academic advisement, etc. (MR 55523 Counseling & Advisement)

2. If a non-exempt student fails to cooperate with the district in the development of a Student Educational Plan (SEP) within 90 days after declaring the specific educational goal, or fails to abide by the terms of their specific educational plan, San Joaquin Delta College may suspend or terminate services. (MR 55530)

College Responsibilities

1. Delta College has the responsibility to provide staff to facilitate the guidance process. (MR 55523)

2. Delta College has the right to recommend the necessary services for students to achieve the stated academic goal. (MR 55523)

3. Delta College will make available to all students organized educational, vocational and personal-social counseling. In those instances where there is counseling specialization, individual counselors may be designated for each specific area. A student will be encouraged to request counseling for personal-social problems which might interfere with satisfactory academic progress. (MR 55520 & Policy 5300)

The counseling services will primarily be responsible for:

1. Providing guidance in program planning - immediate and long range.

2. Administering and interpreting various non-academic tests.

3. Counseling students with low scholastic achievement, including the special counseling required by Title V, Section 131, or the California Administrative Code.

4. Counseling regarding any educational, vocational, or personal problems.

5. Providing, directly and by referral, occupational information to students.

6. Providing, by referral, assistance in the securing of employment.

7. Providing advice on how to secure psychological service.

8. Providing special assistance to each student who is on academic/progress probation or in need of help to improve scholastic performance.

9. Providing referral assistance to students applying for financial aid and confirming an academic progress report for these students. (Policy 5300)

10. Prerequisites, Co-requisites, & Limitations on Enrollment

Student's Rights:

1. Students have the right to be informed of the procedures to claim equivalency to courses or other requirements. (Policy 5039/5041)

2. Students have the right to be informed through the Student Handbook, Catalog, and Schedule of Classes of the definitions of prerequisites, corequisites and limitations on enrollment including the differences among them and the specific prerequisites, corequisites and limitations on enrollment which have been established. (Policy 5041)

3. Students have the right to be informed through the Student Handbook, Catalog, and in the Schedule of Classes of the procedures to challenge prerequisites, corequisites, and limitation on enrollment and the grounds for which a student may make such a challenge. The information about challenges will include, at a minimum, the specific process including any deadlines, the various types of challenge that are established in law, and any additional types of challenge permitted by the college. (Policy 5041)

Student's Responsibilities:

1. Students have the responsibility to become informed and to follow established policies and procedures regarding declaration of equivalency process.

2. Students have the responsibility to become informed about the definitions of prerequisites, corequisites and limitations on enrollment including the difference among them.

3. Students have a responsibility to become informed of the specific prerequisite, corequisites and limitations on enrollment which have been established.

4. Students have a responsibility to become informed of the procedures to challenge prerequisites, corequisites, and limitations on enrollment as well as the circumstances to make such challenges.

5. Students have the responsibility to follow the prerequisite or corequisite challenge process.

(Policy 5042)

6. Students have the responsibility to provide satisfactory evidence that the challenge should be upheld if such facts are not in the College's own records. (Policy 5042)

College's Rights:

1. The College assumes no responsibility for misinterpretation of policies and procedures as presented in the Student Handbook, Catalog, or the Schedule of Classes.

2. It is the College's right to establish prerequisites, corequisites, and limitations on enrollment per its policies and procedures. (Policy 5043)

3. The decision of the Matriculation Appeals Committee shall be final. (Policy 5042)

College Responsibilities:

1. The College has the responsibility to establish a process to establish prerequisites and corequisites only upon the recommendation of the Academic Senate. Certain limitations on enrollment must be established in the same manner.

(Policies 5043 & 5047)

2. It is the College's responsibility to enforce prerequisites, corequisites, and limitations on enrollment which have been established per established policies and procedures.

3. The College has the responsibility to establish, implement and publicize a prerequisite, corequisite challenge process. (Policy 5042)

4. The College has the responsibility to provide information, for a specific challenge if said information is in the College's own records. (Policy 5042)

Bibliography:

San Joaquin Delta College Policies & Procedures Manual.


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