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Students' Rights and Responsibilities

Code of Conduct

West Hills College Coalinga exists to educate individuals in its community. All other considerations are secondary. The college will not infringe on anyone's constitutional rights, and the right to dissent and to protest will be supported.  However, the right to dissent and to protest must not be confused as a right to disrupt operation of the institution. No individual or group can be permitted to infringe on the rights of others to secure an education.

This general policy will apply to any student who deliberately prevents, physically or verbally:

1.      Students from pursuing their authorized curricular or co-curricular interests.

2.      Faculty and administrators from fulfilling their professional responsibilities.

3.      Classified employees from fulfilling their prescribed duties.

4.      Authorized guests from carrying out the presentations for which they were invited.

5.      The safety of persons, or the security of college property.


In line with the above policy, the following are guidelines for acceptable student conduct.  A student enrolling in West Hills College Coalinga assumes an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution.  Any student or applicant may be disciplined for any one or more of the following causes, when the discipline is related to college activity or attendance:

1.      Any cause set forth in California Education Code Section 76033.

2.      Dishonesty, including, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the college.

3.      Unlawful forgery or malicious misuse of college documents, records or identification card, misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization to be an agent of the college, to the detriment of the district.

4.      Willful and malicious obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other college activities including, but not limited to its community service functions, or of other authorized activities on or off college premises.

5.      Physical abuse or threat of physical abuse on or off college property of any person or damage to the property of any member of the college community or family members or the threat of any such physical abuse.

6.      Theft of, or damage to, property of the college or of a member of the college community or campus visitor while on college property or during an authorized college function.

7.      Unauthorized entry to, or use of, college supplies, equipment and/or facilities.

8.      Violation of college policies, including but not limited to, campus regulations concerning student organizations, the use of college facilities, or the time, place, and manner of public expression.

9.      Knowing possession of, or use of, explosives, dangerous chemicals or deadly weapons on college property or at a college function without prior authorization of the college president or his/her designee.

10.  Disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on college-owned or college-controlled property or at college-sponsored or college-supervised functions.

11.  Failure to comply with lawful directions of college officials acting in the performance of their duties.

12.  Possession or use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs or narcotics on college property, at any college-sponsored event, or appearance on campus or at any college-sponsored event while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or narcotics.

13.  Possession, while on a college campus or at a college-sponsored function, of any of the following weapons; including, but not limited to, any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as black-jack, sling shot, fire bombs, billy club, sandbag, metal knuckles; any dirk, dagger, firearm (loaded or unloaded, such as pistol, revolver, rifle, etc.);any knife having a blade longer than five inches, and switchblade longer than two inches; any razor with an unguarded blade used for unlawful purposes; any metal pipe or bar used or intended to be used as a club; or any item, such as a chain used to threaten bodily harm (except persons given permission by the college president or his/her designated representatives; members of law enforcement agencies, such as police officers).

14.  Abusive behavior directed toward, or hazing of, a member of the college community.

15.  Violation of any lawful order of the college president, notice of which has been given prior to such violation, and which order is not inconsistent with any of the other provisions of the policy.

16.  Unlawfully assisting another to do any act that would subject a student to expulsion, suspension, probation, or other discipline pursuant to this policy.

17.  Attempting to do any of the causes identified above.


Drug Abuse Policy

For the protection of other students at West Hills College Coalinga and in compliance with Section 10603 of the California Education Code, the Dean of Students is authorized to expel or suspend a student whenever it has been established to the satisfaction of the Governing Board of West Hills College, and the Chancellor, as the case may be, that the student has on college premises used, sold, or been in possession of alcohol, narcotic or other hallucinogenic drugs or substances, or has on college premises inhaled, or breathed the fume of, or ingested any poison.


Affirmative Action

The West Hills Community College District under the approved Faculty and Staff Diversity Plan is committed to the concept and principles of affirmative action in providing equal opportunity in education and employment for all persons and to prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, or sexual orientation.  This commitment applies to every aspect of education and personnel policies and practices in employment, development, advancement, and treatment of employees, students and the general public.

La Institucion de West Hills College cumple con la Accion Affirmativa y la Igualdad de Oportunidades en la politica, los procedimientos y la practica que tienen que ver con el empleo, la accesibilidad, y la admision de estudiantes.

Administrative Provisions for Changes or Waivers

West Hills Community College District reserves the right to change any provisions or requirements at any time within the student's term of enrollment at the college, and shall not be responsible for any interruptions in the student's educational program due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the college.

Any regulation adopted by the administration of the college, and approved by the Board of Trustees, shall have the same force as a printed regulation in the catalog and shall supersede, upon promulgation, by posting on official bulletin boards any ruling on the same subject which may appear in the printed catalog and other official bulletins of the college.

Students are responsible for meeting in full the requirements for graduation set forth in the college catalog.  The West Hills College Coalinga staff assists in the planning of a program, but the final responsibility for meeting the requirements for graduation rests with the student.

Students who desire a waiver to any West Hills College Coalinga graduation policy or procedure should put their request in writing to the Dean of Educational Services.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

All student records of West Hills College Coalinga are kept in accordance with the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Students may request access to those campus records which personally identify the student; the student may challenge the accuracy of the record or the appropriateness of its retention in the campus records.  Student consent is needed for the release of records covered by the Act to outside parties (e.g., prospective employers), except for those agencies entitled to access under the provisions of the Act (e.g., campus officials, other schools, federal educational and auditing officers, and requests in connection with the application or receipt of financial aid). These provisions apply to records received and used after November 19, 1974.

A student may request a copy of a record that the student has consented to being released.

The Act authorizes West Hills College Coalinga to regard the following information as "Directory Information" and to release this information without student consent: student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.

If a student does not wish any or all directory information released without his/her consent, he/she must inform the Admissions and Records Office in writing within ten (10) days after classes begin.  Forms are available in the Admissions and Records Office.

To inspect, review, or challenge any of their educational records, students must make such a request in writing to the Dean of Students.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the rights currently held by parents transfer to the student once the student enters a post-secondary institution, without regard to the student's age. Students at the post-secondary institutions have the right to inspect and review their education records. Under FERPA, schools may, but are not required to, provide parents of students who are dependent for tax purposes access to the student's education records.

Particular questions with respect to a student's prerogatives under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 should be directed to the office of the Dean of Students.

Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the policy of West Hills Community College District to prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace and in all programs and activities of the district. The Board of Trustees declares that it intends to act promptly, visibly, and vigorously in demonstrating a strong disapproval of sexual harassment.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT DEFINED.  Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

1.  Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual's employment, academic status, or progress.

2.  Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.

3.  The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual's work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

4.  Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the district.

Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Sexual harassment is included among legal prohibitions against discrimination.  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 also establishes sexual harassment as discriminatory and unlawful.

In determining whether conduct constitutes sexual harassment, the circumstances surrounding the conduct will be considered.

A copy of the district's sexual harassment policy and procedures may be obtained from the district's Human Resources Office.

Student Grievance Procedure

In order to protect the rights of individual students, the Board of Trustees of the West Hills Community College District has adopted certain due process procedures.  If a student feels that they have been subjected to unjust action or denied their rights by a member of the academic community, the student can seek redress according to the West Hills College grievance procedure. Copies of these procedures may be obtained by any student from the Dean of Students' Office at any time during office hours.

Policies Prohibiting Discrimination in Education

It is the policy of West Hills Community College District not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status or sexual orientation.  This policy extends to all programs and activities, as required by Federal Law, including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The DSPS Director/Counselor is the Section 504 Coordinator. The Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer is the Title IX Coordinator and the ADA Coordinator.

Off Campus Meetings and Field Trips

Student Transportation - Throughout the school year many classes may meet at off campus locations. The college does not provide transportation to these sites and all transportation arrangements are the responsibility of each of the students enrolled in the class.  Although district personnel may assist in coordinating this transportation and/or may recommend travel time, routes, caravan, etc., these recommendations are not mandatory. West Hills College Coalinga is in no way responsible nor does West Hills College Coalinga assume responsibility for any injuries or losses resulting from this non-college sponsored transportation.  If you ride with another student, that student is not an agent of, or driving on behalf of, the college.

Voluntary Field Trips - Throughout the school year West Hills College Coalinga may sponsor voluntary field trips and excursions in which students may want to participate. Be advised as stated in the California Code of Regulations, Sub-Chapter 5, Section 55450, if you participate in a voluntary field trip or excursion you are deemed to have held harmless the district, its officer, agents and employees from all liability or claims which may arise out of or in connection with your participation in this activity.