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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 Schools and Communities Act (Public Law 101-226) and Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 101-690) 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, consumed, manufactured or distributed at NICC college events, or on NICC premises. In the college curriculum, health and social risks of alcohol and drugs are addressed in the required courses of Health Education and Wellness. (Remove this sentence and replace with following paragraph.)

The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol carry significant social, physical, and emotional health risks. Users may suffer damage to key body organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Drugs can kill the user, and the use of drugs and alcohol during pregnancy may cause birth defects or death of unborn babies. Drugs and alcohol abuse may cause difficulties with concentration and memory that impairs learning. Drugs and alcohol abuse can be instrumental in the deterioration of family units and the breakdown of friendships and other support systems.

Smoking Policy

Nebraska Indian Community College is a smoke-free institution and smoking is prohibited inside any of the buildings maintained, owned, and operated by the college. This policy applies to all employees, students, and visitors.

Cigarettes, tobacco, and devices such as e-cigarettes, pipes, and vaporizers will be allowed in designated smoking areas only outside of the buildings and must be at least 15 feet from any entrance, exit, or ventilation system.
Smoking is not allowed near the front entrances to any of the main campus buildings. The designated smoking areas are posted at each campus. There is no smoking in NICC Vehicles.

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. Students requesting a third-party release will be required to have a signed document on file in their permanent student record. The Federal Law allows release of current address to institutions such as loan companies and other Federal requests for reporting.

Nebraska Indian Community College complies with all federal, state, and local laws, which relate to student records including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and pursuant regulations. The Registrar, Dean of Student Services and the Academic Dean are responsible for maintaining and controlling all student educational records. An individual who believes that the College has failed to comply with the requirements of FERPA may file a complaint with the:
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1605

Under the law, directory information may be released by the College without the student’s consent. The following items are considered directory information: student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, major field of study, dates of attendance, honors and awards received, degrees and awards, photographs and the most recent previous institution attended by the student. If a student does not desire such directory information to be released, a request in writing must be filed with the Registrar’s Office.

Release of information other than directory information normally requires written permission from the student. The College may release non-directory information without consent in specific cases as outlined in College policies. Nebraska Indian Community College maintains records of all disclosures. Students have the right to inspect their educational records. The College will not withhold a student’s record from a student who has properly requested information under the conditions described in the College’s policies and present valid identification. A student has the right to request an amendment of their record, obtain a grievance hearing related to their record, or add statement to their record. An individual who believes that he or she has been denied the right to view appropriate records may appeal the decision with the Academic Dean through the academic appeal process.

If you would like assistance finding more information regarding alcohol/drug addictions there are numerous drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation centers located in Northeast Nebraska including both reservations. Please contact the Dean of Student Services for more information, or your local treatment facility.
Macy Alcohol Counseling Center, Macy ~ 402-837-4053
Santee Dakota Alcoholism Program, Niobrara ~ 402-857-2508
Valley Hope, O'Neill ~ 1-800-544-5101
Jackson Recovery Inc. ~ 712-234-2300

Our student enrollment data and campus security report are located at http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool. The Campus Security Report is also posted on each campus site. More information regarding Consumer Information is located at http://www.thenicc.edu/index.php/en/current-students/consumer-information.
All Offices able to disseminate information are listed in the College’s catalog. They are as follows: Academic Dean, Dean of Student Services, Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, and Student Billing.