Students' Rights and Responsibilities

 

At Blue Mountain Community College, we support your right to actively question and seek constructive change in the college environment. We encourage you to express your views, opinions, and concerns in and around BMCC. Our goal is to promote diverse and critical thinking—it’s an important part of your college education. However, any kind of conduct that restrains either the freedom of expression or the freedom of movement of others who may not agree, or that is disruptive to college operations in any way, is not acceptable. As a learning community, all of us have an equal right to our own views, and BMCC is committed to keeping the college a safe place for all students, staff, and
community members.
 
The Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Code of Conduct document outlines the expectations we have of you as you participate on campus and in college activities. If you’d like to review or receive a complete copy of the Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Code of Conduct document, contact the registrar, the associate vice-president of enrollment management, or the Associated Student Government. You may also pick up a copy at the reserve desk in the college library. This statement is also online at this link.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

 

Student Right-to-Know Information

In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542), Blue Mountain Community College discloses completion/graduation rates and transfer rates to all current and prospective students. Rates are based on fall-term enrollment of full-time (12 term credits), first-time, and degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduates. Students are counted as graduates or as transfer-outs if they graduated or transferred within 150 percent of the normal time for completion or graduation. Rates do not include part-time
credit students, students who have attended college elsewhere before attending BMCC, students who began their studies in a term other than fall, or students not seeking degrees. For further information, contact the Office of Enrollment Management at 541-278-5774.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Statement of Non-Discrimination and Grievance Procedure

It is the policy of the Blue Mountain Community College Board of Education and School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. If you have questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination, contact the Vice President Operations, BMCC, 2411 N.W. Carden, Morrow Hall, Room M-150, telephone 541-278-5796 or TDD 541-278-2174.
 
The college has adopted a grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints alleging any discrimination based on sex or disability. To view this procedure, go to www.bluecc.edu, About BMCC, Human Resource Information.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Special Needs Contact

Persons having questions about or requests for special needs and accommodation should contact the Director of Advising, Testing and Student Disability Services at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden Pendleton OR 97801, Phone 541-278-5958 or TDD 541-278-2174. Contact should be made 72 hours in advance of the event.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Drug and Alcohol Statement

Blue Mountain Community College is legally required and morally committed to the prevention of illicit drug use and abuse of alcohol by both students and employees.
 
The college reinforces this message through various publications that explain our policy and procedures on this issue, including the Students Rights, Responsibilities, and Code of Conduct document, the Student Handbook, and all employee handbooks. These items are available to students through the Office of Enrollment Management and to employees via the StaffWeb or the Office of Human Resources.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts

 

The college abides by and honors all state and federal laws pertaining to the privacy and confidentiality of your directory information and student academic records. If you choose to do so, you have the right to restrict access to specific information.
 
FERPA allows colleges to disclose your directory information without consent. If you do not want this information released, you must update your response to “May BMCC release your directory information” question within the Student Information area of the Student Wolfweb, or complete, sign, and return a Directory Exemption Request form along with a picture ID to any BMCC location.
 
Placing a directory exemption on your file will result in:
  • When you call Blue Mountain, the person answering will say “There is no information available on that person”
  • If you come for service in person, you will be asked for a photo identification to verify your identity
  • Your name will not appear on honor roll listings or in the graduation booklets
  • When employer or other individuals use the National Clearinghouse service to verify attendance or degrees, your information will not be available
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) grants you, the student, certain rights, privileges, and protections relative to individually identifiable student educational records that are maintained by BMCC. In general students are afforded the following rights:
  • The right to inspect and review their own individual educational records.
  • The right to have some control over the disclosure of information from their own educational records (by authorizing or denying access in writing).
  • The right to file complaints of alleged failures to comply with the requirements of FERPA (with the U.S. Department of Education).
A student’s educational records (with the exception of directory information) will be released to third parties only with the written consent of the student.
 
The following information is considered “directory information”
and may be released without written permission from a student:
  • Students name(s);
  • Address;
  • Telephone number;
  • Field of study;
  • Class level;
  • Dates of attendance;
  • Degrees, honors, and awards;
  • Athletic participation (including the height and weight of team members);
  • Most recent previous educational institution attended.
Release of Records: In accord with Federal Law (The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended) “FERPA”, students may see and review all official records, files, and data pertaining to themselves with these exceptions: confidential financial information reported by the parent/guardian unless the parent/guardian has explicitly granted permission for the student’s review; and medical, psychiatric, or similar records used for treatment purposes. Access to a student’s own records will be provided as early as possible, but no longer than 45 days from the time of the student’s official request.
 
A student may challenge the content of a record that she or he considers inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. If such a challenge is not resolved with the custodian of the records, the student has the right to an appeal. Further information is available in the Enrollment and Student Financial Services/Student Records Office.
 
FERPA Annual Notice to Reflect Possible Federal and State Data Collection and Use
As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities (“Federal and State Authorities”) may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is “principally engaged in the provision of education,” such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by
an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not  request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities
need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.
 
For more information or to exercise your rights contact the associate vice president of enrollment management at 541-278-5774.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

 

Solomon Amendment Disclosure

The Solomon Amendment requires by law that the college release to U.S. military recruiters the following student information: name, address, telephone numbers, date of birth, educational level, academic major, and degrees awarded. Note: students who have selected the Directory Exemption option will cause Blue Mountain to withhold their information from military recruiters.

 

Student Records

 

The Registrar’s Office maintains and process academic records for the college. Student records are maintained in accordance with the college’s official student record retention schedule. These records include but are not limited to admission applications, transfer institution transcripts, transfer credit evaluations, correspondence, grade change forms, curriculum deviation forms, certificate/degree completion applications, and degree evaluations.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

 

Transcripts

Official transcripts may be ordered by completing a Transcript Request form found on BMCC’s website at bluecc.edu.
The fee is $5 per transcript. See the “College Costs” section of the catalog for additional costs associated with Rush or International transcript requests. This form may be mailed, faxed, or hand delivered to any BMCC location. The request must include the students name, student identification number, period of enrollment, where the transcript is to be sent (must include full name of college, university or individual and associated mailing address), student’s signature and payment of the appropriate transcript fee per number of transcripts ordered.
No other person may receive a copy of the student’s transcript or undertake to pick it up for the student unless the student authorizes release of records in writing. The college reserves the right to withhold official transcripts from students who owe monies to Blue Mountain Community College. If an official transcript is requested by a student who owes monies, the student is notified that there is a balance owing and given information on how to resolve the issue.
 
Transfer Transcripts: If a student has taken course work at another college that applies to a program at BMCC, the student must see that the Registrar’s Office receives an official (sealed) transcript of that work. Only official transcripts from regionally accredited U.S. institutions will be considered. Once received, transcripts become the property of the Registrar’s Office. BMCC cannot provide anyone, including the student, a copy of a transcript from another school. Students should order a copy from their transfer institution for their personal use. Courses from other schools and colleges are never part of a student’s Blue Mountain Community College transcript. Transfer institutions may be noted on the BMCC transcript. Such records are not required for admission to BMCC, but may be required for financial aid, veterans’ reporting, admission to a special program, or meeting a course prerequisite.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)
 
 

Social Security Number

Generally, social security number disclosure is voluntary. The college no longer uses social security numbers as a student identification number. Blue Mountain Community College provides all students with a seven digit number as user ID for the Student WolfWeb. This number is a seven digit computer generated number. A student’s BMCC ID number with a PIN (personal ID number) will be used for Student WolfWeb functions.
 
Students who apply for financial aid must supply their social security number on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For web access on the Student WolfWeb, financial aid students will be able to use their BMCC ID number and PIN.
 
Disclosure Statement
  • Required for use in collecting social security numbers.
  • See OAR 581-41-460(2)
  • Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development Revised, January 2001
Providing your social security number is voluntary. If you provide it, the college will use your social security number for keeping records, doing research, reporting, extending credit, and collecting debts. The college will not use your number to make any decision directly affecting you or any other person. Your social security number will not be given to the general public. If you choose not to provide your social security number, you will not be denied any rights as a student. Please refer to the Disclosure Statement listed under the social security heading in the Schedule of Classes which describes how your number will be used. Providing your social security number means that you consent to the use of your number in the manner described.
 
In the schedule of classes, the following statement shall appear:
 
OAR 589-004-0400 authorizes Blue Mountain Community College to ask you to provide your social security number. The number will be used by the college for reporting, research and record keeping. Your number also will be provided by the college to the Oregon Community College Unified Reporting System (OCCURS), which is a group made up of all community colleges in Oregon, the State Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, and the Oregon Community College Association. OCCURS gathers information about students and programs to meet state and federal reporting requirements. It also helps colleges plan, research and develop programs. This information helps the college support the progress of students and their success in the workplace and other education programs. OCCURS and the college may provide your social security number to the following agencies or match it with records from the following systems:
  • state and private universities, colleges and vocational schools, to find out how many community college students go on with their education and to find out whether community college courses are a good basis for further education
  • Oregon Employment Department, which gathers information, including employment and earnings, to help state and local  agencies plan education and training services to help Oregon citizens get the best jobs available
  • Oregon Department of Education, to provide reports to local, state and federal governments used to learn about education, training and job market trends for planning, research and program improvement
  • Oregon Department of Revenue and Collection agencies only for purposes of processing debts and only if credit is extended to the student by the college
State and federal law protects the privacy of student records. Social security numbers will be used for the purposes listed above.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)