Rights and Responsibilities
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.
general policy will apply to any student who deliberately prevents,
physically or verbally:
from pursuing their authorized curricular or co-curricular interests.
and administrators from fulfilling their professional responsibilities.
employees from fulfilling their prescribed duties.
guests from carrying out the presentations for which they were
safety of persons, or the security of college property.
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:
cause set forth in California Education Code Section 76033.
including, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly
furnishing false information to the college.
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.
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.
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
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.
entry to, or use of, college supplies, equipment and/or facilities.
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.
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.
conduct or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on
college-owned or college-controlled property or at college-sponsored
or college-supervised functions.
to comply with lawful directions of college officials acting in
the performance of their duties.
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.
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).
behavior directed toward, or hazing of, a member of the college
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.
assisting another to do any act that would subject a student to
expulsion, suspension, probation, or other discipline pursuant
to this policy.
to do any of the causes identified above.
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.
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.
Institucion de West
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
Provisions for Changes or Waivers
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.
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.
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.
who desire a waiver to any West
Coalinga graduation policy or procedure should put their request
in writing to the Dean of Educational Services.
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
student records of West
Coalinga are kept in accordance with the provisions of the Family
Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
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
student may request a copy of a record that the student has consented
to being released.
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.
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.
inspect, review, or challenge any of their educational records,
students must make such a request in writing to the Dean of Students.
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
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.
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.
HARASSMENT DEFINED. Unwelcome
sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal
or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment
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.
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
Sexual harassment is included among legal prohibitions
against discrimination. Title IX of the Education Amendments of
1972 also establishes sexual harassment as discriminatory and
determining whether conduct constitutes sexual harassment, the
circumstances surrounding the conduct will be considered.
copy of the district's sexual harassment policy and procedures
may be obtained from the district's Human Resources Office.
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
grievance procedure. Copies of these procedures may be obtained
by any student from the Dean of Students' Office at any time during
Prohibiting Discrimination in Education
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.
Campus Meetings and Field Trips
- 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
Coalinga is in no way responsible nor does West
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.
- 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.