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Accidents & Incidents Procedure

When an accident of any kind involving students or visitors occurs on campus, the Health Services nurse and the Vice President for Student Services should be notified immediately.

In the case of accidents or other medical emergencies College personnel should not, under any circumstances, make any statements causing those involved to believe that the College will pay for necessary medical treatment.

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Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

It is the intent of NPCC to work toward full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and to make their facilities accessible to students, staff and visitors and to make the various instructional programs accessible to all people, or to provide reasonable accommodations according to the law. It is the policy of NPCC that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages or accommodations at the College.

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Computing & Telecommunications

National Park Community Colleges computing and telecommunications networks, computing equipment and computing resources are owned by the College and are provided primarily to support the academic and administrative functions of the College. Federal and state laws, and College policies and procedures govern the use of these resources. Additional rules and regulations may be adopted by various divisions/departments to meet specific administrative or academic needs. Any adopted requirements must be in compliance with applicable federal and state laws, and this policy.

To assure that everyone uses these facilities in an ethical and professional manner, students must abide by the Student Computer/Network Acceptable Use policy. A copy of this policy in its entirety is also available at the Help Desk in the Computer Resource Center and in the NPCC Student Handbook. Any violation of this policy may result in the revocation or suspension of access privileges by the Department of Computer Services with review by the appropriate academic or administrative authority.

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Computer/Network Acceptable Use Policy

Introduction

National Park Community Colleges computing and telecommunications networks, computing equipment and computing resources are owned by the College and are provided primarily to support the academic and administrative functions of the College. Federal and state laws, and College policies and procedures govern the use of these resources. Additional rules and regulations may be adopted by various divisions/departments to meet specific administrative or academic needs. Any adopted requirements must be in compliance with applicable federal and state laws, and this policy.

Regulatory Limitations

The College may monitor access to the equipment and networking structures and systems for the following purposes:

  1. To ensure the security and operating performance of its systems and networks.
  2. To enforce College policies.
  3. The right to limit access when federal or state laws or College policies are violated or where College contractual obligations or College operations may be impeded.

The College may authorize confidential passwords or other secure entry identification; however, student s have no expectation of privacy in the material sent or received by them over the College computing systems or networks. While general content review will not be undertaken, monitoring of this material may occur for the reasons specified above.

All material posted to or sent over College computing and other telecommunications equipment, systems or networks must be accurate and must correctly identify the creator (E-mail, etc. account owners must be identifiable).

User Rights

Access to computing supported by NPCC is granted contingent on that access not be misused. If that access is misused, it can be withdrawn at any time. Further action may be taken as a result of serious offenses.

Privacy and Privilege

All Users must respect the privacy and usage privileges of others, both on the NPCC campus and at all sites reachable by NPCCs external network connections.

Users will not intentionally seek information on account passwords. Nor will they obtain copies of other User's passwords. Users will not modify files, data, or passwords belonging to other Users. Users will not develop, download, or execute programs for these purposes.

Users must preserve and protect the privacy, dignity, well-being, and informed consent of all participants.

NPCC Computer Resource Center Lab Rules

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Drug-Free Campus

National Park Community College is committed to maintaining a drug-free campus environment for students and employees. The Board of Trustees opposes the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of a controlled substance by any employee or student.

The President or his designee shall direct a drug-free awareness program to inform students and employees of the dangers of drug abuse, the availability of drug counseling, rehabilitation, student and employee assistance programs, and the penalties for drug abuse violations.

The College adheres to Public Law 101-226, as mandated by the United States Department of Education. (PL 101-226 is on file in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services)

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Lab Safety

The health and safety of NPCC students is of primary concern whether on campus or attending high school sponsored activities. Policies, procedures, and guidelines pertaining to health and safety must be followed for the protection of all. Students are required to adhere to all safety procedures and utilize safety and protective equipment in all lab settings. Eye protection will be worn while operating machinery. Appropriate attire is required in shop areas.

In the event of an accident or minor medical requirements, first aid supplies are available in each lab area, administration, student services and the student center.

These procedures will be followed:

  1. At the occurrence of an accident, the student will notify the instructor or responsible staff member immediately;
  2. For the safety of all, minor cuts or abrasions must be given proper medical attention;
  3. An accident report must be completed and turned in to the administration office.

Safety instruction is included in all lab areas. Students are to observe all policies and regulations pertaining to safety throughout the campus. If it is necessary to transport a student to a medical facility and an ambulance is not required, the student will be taken by designated NPCC personnel.

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Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment of students is illegal in accordance with section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and/or Title IX of the Elementary/ Secondary Act of 1972.

The College is committed to providing an environment of study and work free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of students is prohibited in and out of the classroom and in the evaluation of students' academic performance.

Unwelcome sexual advances toward any student should be reported to the Vice President for Student Services. Counselors, instructors, and any other employees who know of such situations are instructed to help students get such complaints to the Human Relations Coordinator, if assistance is needed. The student should follow the procedural guidelines established in the NPCC Sexual Harassment Policy.

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Sexual Offenders Registration

As of November 2002, anyone who wishes to inquire about a registered sex offender in Garland County may come by the Vice President for Student Services office on the third floor of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center (Room 327) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Your request will be reviewed, and if necessary referred to the appropriate agency.

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Stalking

The State of Arkansas has established that stalking is a crime under Act 379, effective March 8, 1993, (available in the Vice President for Student Services' Office). The law against stalking encompasses such courses of conduct as harassment (physical, written, telephone, telegraph, or any other form of written communication), terroristic threatening, following a person, insults, taunts, or challenging a person in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response.

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Student Code of Conduct

The Vice President for Student Services Office is charged with the responsibility of maintaining a college atmosphere which is conducive to academic development and social growth. Violators of the student code of good conduct will be dealt with accordingly. Students may obtain copies of the Alcohol and Drug Policy, Annual Campus Security Report, Graduation/Completion rates and Sexual Harassment/Sexual Offense Policy in the Vice President for Student Services Office, located on the third floor of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center.

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Student Disciplinary Procedures

In accordance with Policy No. 9.300, the Board of Trustees of National Park Community College charges the President of the College with the responsibility of maintaining appropriate standards of student conduct and authorizes the President to expel, dismiss, suspend, and place limitations on continued attendance and/or to levy penalties for disciplinary violations. The primary aim of disciplinary action is the redirection of student behavior toward the achievement of academic goals. The President has delegated the disciplinary function to the Vice President for Student Services. It is the responsibility of that office to implement and supervise the disciplinary process for students. When appropriate, the Vice President for Student Services is assisted in disciplinary determinations by the Discipline Committee. The committee is composed of twelve people, six faculty members and six students. A copy of this policy is available through the College web site or through the VP for Student Services office at 501-760-4203.

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Student Identification Number (Student ID)

Each student is assigned a unique NPCC ID number upon admission. Online access from the college web site to registration, grades, and financial information will require the use of both the NPCC ID and a PIN number. It is the student's responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of their PIN number to avoid unauthorized access to their academic record.

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Student Records Privacy Rights

A student's academic record is confidential and will not be released to unauthorized persons without written approval from the student. The following items are considered public information and may be made available upon inquiry unless the student requests nondisclosure for the enrollment period: name, address, e-mail address, phone number, place and date of birth, citizenship status, number of academic hours completed, academic major, full-time or part-time status, academic and nonacademic honors, other academic institutions attended, degree obtained and date conferred, campus activities, leadership positions, and dates of attendance.

NPCC complies fully with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 which was designated to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearing. Students also have the right to file complaints with The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.

Question concerning FERPA may be directed to the Registrar's Office.

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Student's Right to Know

As a student of NPCC there are certain things you have a right to know:

A prospective or currently enrolled student has the right to request graduation or completion and/or job placement rates of National Park Community College students as well as the annual Campus Security Report. These documents are available in the Registrars Office, located on the 3rd floor of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center or check our web page at: http://npcc.edu/about/irr/right2know.aspx

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Title IX Compliance

Students, their parents, and employees of NPCC are hereby notified that the College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational activities and employment practices. Any person having inquiries concerning NPCC compliance with Title IX is directed to contact the Vice President for Student Services Office on the third floor of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center or by telephoning (501) 760-4203.

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Tobacco-Free Campus

Use of tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, is prohibited in all buildings on the NPCC campus.

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Withdrawing from College

The College recognizes that there are circumstances in which a student must withdraw from the College. Students are urged to discuss withdrawal with a counselor or academic advisor to determine if an alternate action may be available.

If a student does find it necessary to withdraw, it is important that the proper withdrawal procedures be followed completely. Ceasing attendance or stopping payment on a check for tuition does not cancel registration or drop a course.

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