Student Rights

Procedure for Addressing Student Concerns

Students with concerns about course requirements, class procedures, teaching styles or grades should whenever possible first approach the instructor for clarification/resolution. Concerns about final grades must be expressed by the end of the next regular semester. If, after contacting the instructor you still have concerns, you should address them to the appropriate program coordinator and/or department chair who will work with you and the instructor to resolve the matter. If the department is unable to remedy the situation, you should address your concerns to the division dean.

Individual departments may establish their own internal procedures for handling student concerns. If the division is unable to remedy the situation, you may then appeal in writing to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Anonymous calls or unsigned letters will not be acknowledged. Only concerns expressed by the individual student involved will be dealt with.

Employees of the college may not legally discuss matters pertaining to non-minor students with parents, spouses, friends or classmates without a signed release from the student.

Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity

The College is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunity regarding the treatment of students, faculty and staff. The College adheres to a strict non-discrimination policy in student admission, educational programs, activities, and employment regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. The College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The College maintains a complaint procedure for the purpose of investigating and providing prompt and equitable remedy.

External Resolution Options

The Missouri Department of Higher Education serves as a clearinghouse for post-secondary student complaints.  The MDHE complaint policy may be found at http://www.dhe.mo.gov/documents/POLICYONCOMPLAINTRESOLUTION.pdf.  This Web page contains information about the complaint process and includes instructions for how to file a formal complaint. Note that the policy provides that a student who wishes to file a complaint with the department must first exhaust all formal and informal avenues provided by the institution to resolve disputes.

Additionally, students may also contact the Higher Learning Commission of the
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
800-621-7440; Fax: 312-263-7462

Prohibition of Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment and Sexual Violence

All forms of discrimination and harassment degrade the quality of work and diminish the academic mission and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment, because of its nature, has received special attention within Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Further, because of the unique relationship between student and faculty member or supervisor and subordinate and the inequities in power, sexual harassment is especially troublesome in the academic environment. Sexual harassment not only violates the law and college policy, but also can damage personal and professional relationships, cause career or economic disadvantage and expose the college to legal liabilities and other financial consequences.

Sexual and other forms of harassment can be prevented through instilling knowledge and awareness. This policy is intended to increase awareness and provide practical information regarding sexual harassment by making available information, resources and the availability of guidance on the subject.

Even consensual sexual or romantic relationships may be perceived as or become occasions of sexual harassment. For more information, individuals should refer to Policy 434.1/534.1, Romantic or Sexual Relationships.

Definitions of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of sexual nature.  Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other unwelcome written, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made, explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s education, employment or participation in college activities;
  • Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions affecting that individual’s academic standing, employment status or participation in a college program or activity;
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for that individual’s employment, education or participation in a college program or activity. (This third situation is commonly known as hostile environment sexual harassment.)

Sexual harassment may occur between members of the same or opposite sex; sexual harassment may occur between persons of the same or different college status (faculty, staff, student, visitor, vendor, other). Groups may also be found to engage in sexual harassment. Harassment based on a person’s sex is not limited to instances involving sexual behavior. Behavior that is based on sexual advances or overtones, as well as sex or gender harassment because of a person’s sex (for example, being denied equal treatment because a person is a female or male, or being treated differently because of gender stereotypes) may be considered sexual harassment. Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexually-oriented kidding or teasing, sexual innuendoes, sexually-oriented jokes, jokes about gender-specific traits or which are gender-based or the display of obscene material. Someone who is not the direct and immediate target of sexual harassment may still be a victim of sexual harassment. Harassing behavior toward others may be so offensive, demeaning or disruptive as to constitute a hostile work or academic environment, though not specifically directed at the observer or individual lodging a complaint.

Reporting Discrimination and Harassment
Any student who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual or other harassment should report the alleged act immediately to the vice-president for academic and student affairs, 636-922-8356, SSB 2110 or as an alternative, the dean of students, 636-922-8238, CC 202. The college will respond in a prompt and equitable manner to allegations of harassment and will respond appropriately to those who violate this policy, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the college, as applicable. Any employee who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual or other harassment or who has witnessed discrimination or harassment, on any basis, should report the alleged act immediately to the vice-president for human resources, 636-922-8300, ADM 1123. Reports may also be made to any administrative officer of the college. A person does not have to be the direct target of the discrimination or harassment to report it. The college will respond in a prompt and equitable manner to allegations of harassment and will respond appropriately to those who violate this policy, up to and including termination of employment.

Administrative Officers

  • President – 636-922-8380
  • Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs – 636-922-8356
  • Vice-President for Administrative Services – 636-922-8359
  • Vice-President for Human Resources – 636-922-8300
  • Vice-President for Marketing and Communications – 636-922-8277
  • Vice-President for College Advancement – 636-922-8472

While the vice-president for academic and student affairs and the vice-president for human resources are formally responsible for enforcing compliance with discrimination and harassment policies, ensuring that the campus is free of discrimination and harassment is a shared responsibility of all employees of the College community. If employee discrimination, harassment, or retaliation is observed by, or reported to a College official (administrators, managers, and supervisors), then that official has the duty to immediately report the matter to the responsible parties listed above.  If student discrimination, harassment, or retaliation is observed by, or reported to an administrator, manager, supervisor, coach or Athletic Director, club advisor, law enforcement or public safety officer, or student conduct administrator, then that official has the duty to immediately report the matter to the responsible parties listed above. The fact that the alleged victim does not wish to file a complaint does not relieve the official of this responsibility. The method for reporting harassment is also outlined in the St. Charles Community College Reporting Discrimination and Harassment (Complaint Procedure). A copy of that document may be obtained from the following locations:

  • Department of Enrollment Services
  • Office of Academic and Student Affairs
  • Office of Administrative Services
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Welcome Center, Administration Building

Discrimination and Harassment Investigations and Appeals Process

Conduct alleged to constitute sexual or other forms of harassment will be evaluated according to the objective standard of a reasonable person. Involved parties will be informed, to the extent possible, as to the outcome of any investigation arising out of this policy. In the event that an individual disagrees with the outcome of an investigation, the decision may be appealed to the president of the college, 636-922-8383.

See SCC board-policies 400/434 Prohibition Of Discrimination And Harassment
See SCC board-policies 400/412 Non Discrimination And EEO