Aug 25, 2019  
Catalog/Handbook 2011-2012 
    
Catalog/Handbook 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Bill of Rights


 

All students at Polk State College have the right to:

1. Adherence to the College’s requirements and policies based on the catalog in effect at

the time the student first entered the College, provided the student maintains continuous

enrollment.

 

2. Access student records and to the protection afforded them under FERPA, which is

outlined in the College Catalog.

 

3. Know how the College uses their Social Security Numbers. This information is outlined in the

College Catalog.

 

Should any guarantee be denied or a student feel that his or her rights have been violated in the administration of

policy, procedure, or academics, students have the right of appeal. As outlined in Polk State

College Rule 4.26, Student Appeal/Complaint Policy, the following is Polk State College’s

appeal processes:

 

a. Matters regarding grading issues and classroom policies and procedures

may be appealed to the instructor or the administrator who is the instructor’s immediate

academic supervisor (Procedure 1018).

 

b. Matters of interpretation of academic rules may be appealed to the Petitions

Committee (Procedure 5023).

 

c. Matters regarding student services for students with disabilities may be appealed with

the assistance of the designated counselor for students with disabilities. (The avenues of

appeal are specified in Board Rule 4.23 and College Procedure 5008.)

 

d. Matters regarding financial aid and scholarships may be appealed to the Student

Services/Financial Aid Committee.

 

e. Matters regarding the conduct of other students may be appealed to the Campus Dean of

Student Services, or designate; this individual assists with the provisions and procedures in DBOT Rule 4.01

Student Conduct, Discipline, and Due Process.

 

f. Matters of discrimination, discriminatory policies, or discriminatory actions (other than

matters of discipline or student employment) may be appealed to the College's Equity

Committee. Claims of employment discrimination may be appealed using Procedure

6054, Equity Complaint.

 

g. Matters of complaint against an employee may be appealed to the employee's

supervisor. If the complaint is not resolved at this level, the next step in the formal

process is listed below in item 2.

 

h. Matters involving sexual harassment may be appealed using Procedure

6076, Sexual Harassment.

 

i. Matters regarding the denial of the in-state residency rate for tuition and fees may be

appealed to the Residency Committee as noted in Procedure 1025, Admission

Procedure.

 

All other matters should be processed as listed below:

 

a. Matters of complaint against an employee. The first step is an informal appeal to the

employee's supervisor.

 

b. Matters of complaint against an institutional policy or practice. The first step is an informal

appeal to the administrator responsible.

 

c. If the appeal or complaint is not resolved, a formal appeal/complaint process must be

followed:

(1) A written statement of the complaint must be submitted to the President's

Staff Member responsible for the organizational unit in which the complaint

originated.

 

(2) The President's Staff Member is responsible for investigating and resolving

the complaint in a reasonable amount of time. The President’s Staff Member’s

decision is final. A written decision statement is issued to the parties

involved.

 

(3) If the complaint is against the President’s Staff Member responsible for the

organizational unit, the President shall assign an appropriate person to review the

complaint.

 

Copies of Polk State College Rules and Procedures referenced above are available on the

College’s website http://www.polk.edu/businessandcommunity/rulesproc/Pages/default.aspx.