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College Policies

The administration, staff, and faculty of the Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) are committed to a program of equal opportunity for education, employment,and participation in college activities without regard to race, color, sex, age, religious creed, political ideals, marital status, physical or mental handicap, national origin or ancestry.

The Nebraska Indian Community College complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as applicable federal, state, tribal, and local laws. The person charged with monitoring and coordinating Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action matters, as well as compliance with the aforementioned laws is the Business Office Director.

The College retains the right to follow a policy of Indian preference in employment in line with the Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and any other applicable federal, state and tribal laws.

The College and its Board of Directors reserve the right to make changes in course offerings, policies, tuition and fees without notice.

Sexual and Gender Harassment

NICC is pledged to maintain an environment that is conducive to work and study for staff and students. That environment must be free of sexual and gender harassment and all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. Such behavior includes suggestions that academic reprisals or rewards will follow refusal or granting of sexual favors or behavior which creates an intimidating or a hostile academic environment. This constitutes gross misconduct and will not be tolerated. Complaints regarding sexual and gender harassment can be directed to the Academic Dean.

Discrimination

Fair, prompt, and impartial consideration of complaints involving discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability will be provided to students without fear of reprisal. Full cooperation will be provided to an individual who files a complaint of discrimination. Matters of discrimination can be directed to the Academic Dean.

Discipline

Students are to maintain orderly conduct that is consistent with an educational environment. An instructor may remove a student from the classroom for disciplinary resaons. The violation is then reported to the Academic Dean for review and action. Discipline is the responsibility of the Academic Dean who has the authority to act on any violation and take whatever action is deemed appropriate. The Academic Dean will review all complaints and may dismiss the allegations, make an administrative disposition, or conduct a formal hearing in conjunction with the grievance committee. Possible disciplinary actions can be found in the Students Rights section. Students dissatisfied with findings of the Academic Dean should follow the Grievance Procedure.

Disability

Students with verified disabilities requesting accommodations should go directly to the classroom instructor to request the accommodation. It is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of the disability and the type of accommodation needed. If the classroom instructor is unable to provide the accommodation, or if the instructor refuses the student's request, the student may request advocacy services from the Academic Dean.

Release of Student Information

In general, the policy of the Nebraska Indian Community College is to keep student records confidential. It is the intention of the college to fully comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 2002, Section 507 of Public Law 107-56; as amended April 12, 2002, in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States that took place on September 11, 2001. The college has established policies and procedures to implement compliance.

Drug-Free College Community

NICC is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and secure educational environment. It is policy that reasonable measures shall be taken to establish and maintain a drug-free college community as required by the Drug-Free School and Community Act/Amendment of 1988 (P.L. 101-226) and applicable state and tribal statutes. No person - student, faculty member, staff or visitor - shall be permitted on college premises in a state of intoxication, or under the influence of illegal substances. Neither alcohol nor controlled substances may be carried or consumed at NICC college events, or on NICC premises.

Violence-Free Institution

The Nebraska Indian Community College has zero tolerance for physical or verbal violence of any kind. Anyone causing a situation which threatens the physical or emotional well being of any NICC student, staff, faculty or administrator will be removed or barred from the campus. Local law enforcement will be summoned if the problem becomes persistent or if there appears to be an immediate threat to a person's physical or emotional well-being.

Student Rights

The following rights of the student are recognized as among those that the College has the responsibility to foster and protect.

  1. The right to pursue educational, recreational, social, religious, and cultural activities.
  2. The right to maintenance of a campus environment characterized by safety and good order.
  3. The right to organize, join, and maintain membership in associations to promote lawful interests the student holds in common with other students, subject to reasonable and non-discriminatory College regulations.
  4. The right to appropriate available services of the faculty, administrative offices, and support services of the College.
  5. The right to fair and impartial evaluation of the student's academic work.
  6. The right to have complete and accurate records maintained by the College of the student's academic performance.
  7. The right, through representatives of the student's choice, to voice his or her opinion and to participate in the formulation of regulations affecting student affairs.
  8. The right to have the College maintain and protect the confidential status of the student's academic conduct, financial information, and cunseling records, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). A copy of the FERPA Act may be requested through the Admissions/Advising/Records Office.

Student Responsibilities

Members of the student body will engage in reasonable behavior that promotes unity and ensures quality education to be the final result. The following are among the responsibilities recognized as incumbent upon every student:

  1. Students are responsible for their own learning and development by becoming active learners through attending class, completing class and laboratory assignments, and preparing in advance for their scheduled classes. 
  2. The final responsibility for planning courses, meeting requirements, and observing regulations lies with the student. It is the students' responsibility to know and observe all policies and procedures for their programs. 
  3. Students should assume responsibility for their own verbal and non-verbal communications, writings, and behavior. 
  4. Students shall maintain confidentiality when appropriate and indicated. 
  5. Students are responsible for appropriate use of services provided by the College. 
  6. Students are responsible to uphold the College's academic honesty policy. 
  7. Nebraska Indian Community College students are expected to abide by local, tribal, and applicable state and federal laws, as well as college regulations. 

Students are bound by all rules, regulations, and processes of the College Catalog effective during their term of enrollment. Students should read the NICC College Catalog carefully, as it is their primary source of information on requirements and regulations. The College will not waive a regulation because a student pleads ignorance of it. This College Catalog should be retained as a permanent record for reference, transfer, and graduation information.

Student Code of Conduct

NICC expects its students to abide by local, tribal, state, federal laws, and college regulations. The college will not tolerate unlawful behavior, which infringes upon or denies the rights and freedoms of others, or disruptive acts, which affect either the academic or the civil operation of the college. NICC standards of conduct clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and the possession, use or sale of alcohol by students on its property or as part of any of its officially recognized activities. If a student becomes disruptive and refuses to leave when asked, law enforcement officials will be contacted. Any student who fails to observe these laws and regulations may be denied the services of the college through due process.

Honesty Policy

The act of cheating, academic fraud, or plagiarism will not be tolerated at the Nebraska Indian Community College. Academic fraud is creating false documents, altering existing documents, or forging official signatures or credentials for academic purposes.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a special kind of cheating which often is poorly understood. It is defined as the conscious presentation of someone else’s ideas, words, or material as one’s own, without properly indicating by footnote or some other appropriate form of citation the source or origin of the material. Other author’s ideas, interpretations, and words are their personal and legal property. In the event that one wishes to use such material, one is required to give full credit to the original source. This also includes material that is paraphrased from another source or person. Plagiarism may be avoided by acknowledging, through some standard procedure, the sources for the ideas and interpretations as well as quoted phrases, sentences, or paragraphs. No matter the source of material used, whether quoted or paraphrased, acknowledgment of the source is required. Failure to give credit is plagiarism. The college reserves the right to place a student on academic probation and/or suspension if an instructor is able to sufficiently prove to the Academic Dean or the President that an incident has occurred. The instructor also has the opportunity to place an Academic Dishonesty Clause on the individual transcript if the accusation is proven for a first offense. Appeals of such actions must be submitted follow academic appeals process.

Student Records Management

One of the most valuable items that many people pursue in life is an education. A higher education can open doors to different aspects of the world. While the benefits are many, some responsibilities are also implied. Many items need to be filed in a secure location throughout your educational and professional life, such as course syllabi, financial aid papers, bills, registration materials, etc. A brief outline of some of the most important documents every learner should save follows.

  • I. Catalog – The catalog that you receive when you initially register is vitally important. It contains the policies, procedures, and degree requirements that were in place when you registered. As long as you remain enrolled and you do not change your major, the catalog that you initially enrolled with is your contract with the institution. 
  • II. Registration materials – Registration materials, such as copies of your registration form, textbook forms, and declaration of major, should be saved for your personal records. These records may be valuable to find your correct rooms and classes, information on what courses you should take, and information to formulate your correct billing statement.
  • III. Financial Aid materials – All of your financial aid materials should be retained, including copies of your Free Application for Student Aid, Student Aid Reports, Award letters, your official PIN, loan documents, and other documents. These documents are important because you can use them to determine how much financial aid you will be able to receive, the amount of your loans, the amount of your scholarships, and possible complications that can be foreseen and corrected. 
  • IV. Course information – Copies of all course information should be kept such as the course syllabi, handouts and research papers/final projects. This information should be kept because things like your papers and handouts may be utilized at a later date for information. The course syllabi are especially important if you plan on transferring your credits to a different institution. The institution you are transferring to may require you to present the syllabi for specific courses to determine what knowledge was gained.

Incident Reports

Students who are observed violating college policies and regulations by a college employee will receive an incident report. The student will be told verbally at the time of the observed violation that an Incident Report will be issued. The report will be signed by the witnessing college employee. The signed Incident Report will be turned in to the Academic Dean within one business day of the alleged violation for review. The Academic Dean will take actions deemed appropriate to the incident, which may include academic probation or suspension. These incident reports will be kept in the student’s permanent file.

Grievances

Nebraska Indian Community College students, staff, faculty, and administration have certain rights that must be respected. If any party feels that their rights have been violated, a process has been established by which the alleged wrongful act be addressed.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 

Informal Resolution: Any dispute or disagreement not involving academic grades, rights or decisions is eligible for the grievance procedure. Often these disputes are simple misunderstandings that can be cleared up with an informal meeting. If any party involved is not satisfied with the resolution reached at this meeting or feels too uncomfortable to meet with the other party, a grievance form should be filed.

  1. Grievance Action: Every feasible informal means of resolution should be attempted prior to the filing of a grievance form. The grievance form can be acquired from the Advisor or Academic Dean and should be submitted to the Academic Dean.
  2. Academic Dean Review: The completed grievance form should be filed with the Academic Dean within ten (10) calendar days after meeting with the instructor or Academic Dean in the informal resolution step. The appeal must include the following items: 
    • Name, address, email, and phone number of the person filing the grievance.
    • Explanation of the efforts the student has made to resolve the appeal informally. 
    • Nature of the grievance in full detail. 
    • Place, date, and time of alleged incident. 
    • Name of the person(s) accused of the violation.
    • Requested remedy. 
    • Any background information or documentation the student filing the grievancesbelieves to be relevant. 
      • The Academic Dean will provide written response to the applicant within ten (10) working days of the date of submission. If the Academic Dean is unable to obtain a resolution of the grievance, it proceeds to step 3.
  3. Grievance Committee Review: Within ten (10) working days of the Academic Dean’s response, a grievance committee meeting will be called. The grievance committee will include minimally, an administrator, a faculty member, and a Student Senate representative, all of whom are not reflected as a party of the grievance. The Academic Dean will attend to present the findings. The Committee will meet and review the appeal and all documentation at this meeting with both parties of the grievance and their advocates. The committee may also meet privately to discuss information presented. Written finding will be issued within three (3) working days of the Committee meeting. If any party remains dissatisfied with the resolution obtained by the committee they may proceed to the next step.
  4. President Review: Within three (3) working days of receipt of the grievance committee’s findings, any party may request a review by the President. After reviewing the request and all documentation, the President will issue a decision within ten (10) working days of receipt of the request for appeal. If any party remains dissatisfied with the resolution obtained by the President, they may proceed to the final step.

 

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