Student Rights & Responsibilities

Blue Mountain Community College students, as free citizens and members of a learning community, enjoy particular rights. While all of these rights cannot be enumerated in any one document, it is important to note those that are most fundamental.

A. Freedom of Association

Students bring to the campus a variety of interests previously acquired and develop many new interests as members of BMCC. They shall be free to organize and join associations to promote their common interests subject to the following considerations:

1. The membership, policies, and actions of a student organization usually will be determined by vote of only those persons who are bona fide BMCC students or their representatives.

2. Affiliation with an extramural organization shall not of itself disqualify a student organization from institutional recognition.

3. Each organization shall be free to select its own BMCC advisor, except for the Associated Student Government whose advisor is hired by the BMCC administration. Employees serve the college community when they accept the responsibility to advise and consult with student organizations; they shall not have authority to control the procedure of such organizations.

4. Student organizations will be required to submit a constitution and by-laws to the Associated Student Government of Blue Mountain Community College (ASGBMCC) and its advisor.

5. Campus organizations, including those affiliated with an extramural organization, shall be open to all students without respect to race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, color, parental status, age, mental or physical disability, Vietnam Era or disabled veteran status, expunged juvenile records, family relationships, application for workers' compensation benefits, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

B. Freedom of Inquiry and Expression

Students and student organizations shall be free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest to them, and to express opinions publicly and privately. They must always be free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution. At the same time, it should be made clear to the academic and the larger community that in their public expressions or demonstrations, students or student organizations speak only for themselves.

Actions by individuals or groups to prevent speakers invited to the campus from speaking, to disrupt the operations of the institution in the course of demonstrations, or to obstruct or restrain other members of the academic community and campus visitors by physical force are destructive of the pursuit of learning and of a free society. All components of the academic community are under a strong obligation to protect its processes from these tactics.

C. Freedom From Harassment

Blue Mountain Community College is committed to providing a learning and working environment free of harassment.

If a BMCC student objects to offensive behavior or is the subject of offensive behavior by another student, college employee, or other person on college premises, it is recommended that he/she take personal responsibility to make sure the alleged harasser is told the activity or comments are not welcome. Second, he/she should also take personal responsibility not to engage in conduct which reasonably leads another person to believe that comments or inn

uendoes are enjoyed or encouraged. BMCC expects that harassment complaints will be filed when the conduct is serious, clearly offensive and substantially interferes with a student's academic progress, health, safety, or work.

Students at any BMCC location who believe they have been subjected to harassment or offensive conduct should report the alleged act immediately to the Associate Vide President of Enrollment Management, 2411 NW Carden Ave. Pendleton, Oregon, 97801; Telephone: 541-278-5774 or to the Executive Vice President (541-278-5796) at the same location.

D. Freedom From Sexual Harassment

Students are protected from sexual harassment by Board of Education policies, state and federal statutes.

Sexual harassment is defined as follows. "Any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature whereby:

1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic success,

2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decision, such as promotion and benefits or grades, affecting such individual, or

3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment."

The key element in sexual harassment is that the actions, words, conduct, etc. involved are unwelcome to the recipient. Sexual jokes, comments or innuendo are examples of possible sexual harassment. If a BMCC student believes that he/she is the subject of sexual harassment, it is recommended he/she take personal responsibility to make sure the alleged harasser is told that the activity or comments are not welcome and also take personal responsibility not to engage in conduct which reasonably leads another person to believe that sexual comments or innuendoes are enjoyed or encouraged.

A student who believes he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment by employees, including instructors/faculty, or visitors, should report the alleged act immediately to the Human Resources Office, located in Morrow Hall at 2411 NW Carden Ave., Pendleton, Oregon 97801; Telephone:(541-278-5850). Students who believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment by other students should report the alleged act immediately to one of the following individuals: the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management (541-278-5774) or the Executive Vice President (541-278-5796) at 2411 NW Carden Ave., Pendleton, Oregon 97801. Only the Human Resources Office, the Executive Vice President, and the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management are authorized to investigate or delegate the investigation of sexual harassment allegations.

In order to minimize the potential for sexual harassment, students are strongly discouraged from dating faculty members who teach a class in which they are enrolled.

Student complainants have additional options outside the College's internal procedures. Under Title IX, students may file a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries within one year of the alleged discrimination or harassment or with the Office of Civil Rights in Seattle within 180 days of the alleged act of discrimination or harassment. There also is a private right of action to bring a civil lawsuit in federal court.

For additional information, see BMCC's web site, which contains Students Right to Know information, or contact your advisor, Student & Enrollment Services, or any college administrator.

E. Freedom From Discrimination

Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) is an Equal Opportunity institution and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status. BMCC adheres to all federal and state civil legislation as amended, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (34 CFR 100), Title IX of the Education Ammendements of 1972 (34 CFR 106), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (34 CFR 104), the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (28 CFR 35), and the Oregon Civil Rights Law (ORS 659), as well as their implementing regulations. Any person having inquiries concerning BMCC's implementing of Title IX may contact the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management (541-278-5774). Concerns or inquiries addressing Section 504 or any other civil rights laws should contact the Executive Vice President (541-278-5796).

F. Student Participation in Institutional Governance

As members of the academic community, students must be free to express their views on issues or institutional procedures and on matters of general interest to the student body. The student body must have clearly defined means to participate in the formulation and application of procedures affecting academic and student affairs. The role of the student government and both its general and specific responsibilities must be made explicit, and the actions of the student government within the areas of its jurisdiction shall be reviewed only through orderly and prescribed procedures.

G. Off-Campus Freedom of Students

Blue Mountain Community College students are both citizens and members of the College community. As citizens, students shall enjoy the same freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right to petition that other citizens enjoy and, as members of the College community, they are subject to the obligations which accrue to them by virtue of this membership.

Activities of students may upon occasion result in violation of law. Students who violate the law may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities, but institutional authority must never be used merely to duplicate the function of general laws. Only where the institution’s interests as an academic community are distinct and clearly involved may the special authority of the institution be asserted.

In the case of Blue Mountain Community College's centers and other locations where BMCC services are offered, positive relationships and support from the local communities are paramount; therefore, this Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct document applies to immediate areas surrounding class sites and to off-campus activities related to class attendance.

H. BMCC/EOU/TVCC Co-Enrollment Program

Blue Mountain Community College, Eastern Oregon University, Treasure Valley Community College Co-Enrollment Program

Students participating in the Co-Enrollment Program between Blue Mountain Community College, Eastern Oregon University and Treasure Valley Community College or in the Dual Admittance program with Oregon State University, or any other consortium agreement or official Memorandum of Understanding, will be accountable to conduct standards at all institutions.

Blue Mountain Community College, Eastern Oregon University, Treasure Valley Community College, Oregon State University and other institutions with which the College has an agreement may each intervene in cases of misconduct, particularly in issues involving health and safety. Students will be given opportunity for due process. Students found in violation of conduct codes may receive sanctions from each institution. Blue Mountain Community College and its partners reserve the option to decide that only one institution will process a case of misconduct.