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Code of Conduct

The following acts are defined by the District to be unacceptable. The list is not all inclusive. The Chancellor and/or College President may add violations to this code as they deem appropriate subject to the provisions of section 3.50. A student found to have violated any of the following regulations is subject to the maximum sanction of expulsion. Being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol or the existence of other mental impairment does not diminish or excuse a violation of the Disciplinary Code. The District may impose discipline for the commission or attempted commission of the following types of violations by students, or for aiding or abetting, inciting, conspiring assisting, hiring or encouraging another person to engage in a violation of this Policy:

  • Academic Misconduct (3.1)
  • Cheating/Plagiarism (3.2)
  • Dishonesty (3.3)
  • Forgery (3.4)
  • Misrepresentation (3.5)
  • Misuse of Identification (3.6)
  • False Report of Emergency (3.7)
  • Assault/Battery (3.8)
  • Physical Abuse (3.9)
  • Serious Injury or Death (3.10)
  • Threat of Sexual Assault or Sexual Assault (3.11)
  • Infliction of Mental Harm (3.12)
  • Stalking (3.13)
  • Harassment (3.14)
  • Sexual Harassment (3.15)
  • Discrimination (3.16)
  • Hateful Behavior (3.17)
  • Hazing (3.18)
  • Possession of Weapons (3.19)
  • Narcotics (3.20)
  • Alcohol ( 3.21)
  • Public Intoxication (3.22)
  • Smoking (3.23)
  • Theft or Conversion of Property (3.24)
  • Possession of Stolen Property (3.25)
  • Destruction of Property (3.26)
  • Failure to Repay Debts or Return District Property (3.27)
  • Theft or Abuse of District’s Computers or Electronic Resources (3.28)
  • Violation of Computer Usage Policy (3.29)
  • Trespass and Unauthorized Possession (3.30)
  • Disruption of Educational Process (3.31)
  • Disruptive Behavior (3.32)
  • Disturbing the Peace (3.33)
  • Failure to Comply or Identify (3.34)
  • Failure to Appear (3.35)
  • Disorderly or Lewd Conduct (3.36)
  • Unauthorized Use of Course Materials (3.37)
  • Library Materials (3.38)
  • Continued Misconduct or Repeat Violation (3.39)
  • Failure to Obtain Permits (3.40)
  • Fighting (3.41)
  • Gambling (3.42)
  • Unreasonable Demands (3.43)
  • Unauthorized Tape Recording (3.44)
  • Unauthorized Use of District Keys (3.45)
  • Unauthorized Use of Electronic Devices (3.46)
  • Unauthorized Use of Property or Services (3.47)
  • Violation of Driving Regulations (3.48)
  • Violation of Health & Safety Regulations (3.49)
  • Violation of Posted District Rules (3.50)
  • Violation of Law ( 3.51)
Honesty Policy

Golden West College has the responsibility to ensure that grades assigned are indicative of the knowledge and skill level of each student. Acts of academic dishonesty make it impossible to fulfill this responsibility, and they weaken our society. Faculty, students, administrators, and classified staff share responsibility for ensuring academic honesty in our college community and will make a concerted effort to fulfill the following responsibilities.

Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty have a responsibility to ensure that academic honesty is maintained in their classroom. In the absence of academic honesty it is impossible to assign accurate grades and to ensure that honest students are not at a competitive disadvantage. Faculty members are expected to:

  1. Explain the meaning of academic honesty to their students.
  2. Conduct their classes in a way that makes cheating, plagiarism and other dishonest conduct nearly impossible.
  3. Confront students suspected of academic dishonesty and take appropriate disciplinary action in a timely manner (see “Procedures for Dealing with Academic Dishonesty” which follow).
Student Responsibilities

Students share the responsibility for maintaining academic honesty. Students are expected to:

  1. Refrain from acts of academic dishonesty.
  2. Refuse to aid or abet any form of academic dishonesty.
  3. Notify instructors and/or appropriate administrators about observed incidents of academic dishonesty.

Administration Responsibilities

  1. Disseminate the academic honesty policy and the philosophical principles upon which it is based to faculty, students, and staff.
  2. Provide facilities, class enrollments, and/or support personnel which make it practical for faculty and students to make cheating, plagiarism and other dishonest conduct nearly impossible.
  3. Support faculty and students in their efforts to maintain academic honesty.
Classified Staff Responsibilities
  1. Support faculty, students, and administration in their efforts to make cheating, plagiarism and other dishonest conduct nearly impossible.
  2. Notify instructors and/or appropriate administrators about observed incidents of academic dishonesty.
EXAMPLES OF VIOLATIONS OF ACADEMIC HONESTY

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Cheating
  1. Obtaining information from another student during an examination.
  2. Communicating information to another student during an examination.
  3. Knowingly allowing another student to copy one’s work.
  4. Offering another person’s work as one’s own.
  5. Taking an examination for another student or having someone take an examination for oneself.
  6. Sharing answers for a take-home examination unless specifically authorized by the instructor.
  7. Using unauthorized material during an examination.
  8. Altering a graded examination or assignment and returning it for additional credit.
  9. Having another person or a company do the research and/or writing of an assigned paper or report.
  10. Misreporting or altering the data in laboratory or research projects.
Plagiarism

Plagiarism is to present as one’s own the ideas, words, or creative product of another. Credit must be given to the source for direct quotations, paraphrases, ideas, and facts which are not common knowledge.

Other Dishonest Conduct
  • Stealing or attempting to steal an examination or answer key.
  • Stealing or attempting to change official academic records.
  • Forging or altering grade change cards.
  • Submitting all or part of the same work for credit in more than one course without consulting all instructors involved.
  • Intentionally impairing the performance of other students and/or a faculty member, for example, by adulterating laboratory samples or reagents, by altering musical or athletic equipment, or by creating a distraction meant to impair performance.
  • Forging or altering attendance records. Collusion occurs when any student knowingly or intentionally helps another student perform an act of academic dishonesty.
Collusion

Collusion occurs when any student knowingly or intentionally helps another student perform an act of academic dishonesty. Collusion in an act of academic dishonesty will be disciplined in the same manner as the act itself.

PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH VIOLATIONS OF ACADEMIC HONESTY

Action by the Instructor

1. An instructor who has evidence that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred shall, after speaking with the student, take one or more of the following disciplinary actions:

  • a. Issue an oral reprimand (for example, in cases where there is reasonable doubt that the student knew that the action violated the standards of academic honesty).
  • b. Give the student an “F” grade, zero points, or a reduced number of points on all or part of a particular paper, project, or examination (for example, for a first time occurrence of a relatively minor nature).
  • c. Assign an “F” for the course (for example, in cases where the dishonesty is more serious, premeditated, or a repeat offense).

2. For any incident of academic dishonesty which is sufficiently serious for the instructor to take disciplinary action which can lower the student’s grade (for example, an “F” given for all or part of an assignment), the instructor shall report the incident to the Vice President of Student Services on an “Academic Dishonesty Report” form.

NOTE: A grade of “F” assigned to a student for academic dishonesty is final and shall be placed on the transcript. If the student withdraws from the course, a “W” will not replace an “F” assigned for academic dishonesty. Academic disciplinary actions taken by the instructor based on alleged cheating may be appealed as specified in the College’s Instructional Grievance Policy.

Action by the Administration

Upon receipt of the first “Academic Dishonesty Report” form concerning a student, the Vice President of Student Services shall send a letter of reprimand to the student which will inform the student that:

  • He/she will be on academic disciplinary probation for the remainder of his/her career at Golden West College.
  • Another incident of academic dishonesty reported by any instructor shall result in a one year suspension from the College.

Upon receipt of a second reported incident of cheating by the student, the Vice President of Student Services shall suspend the student for one calendar year (two full semesters and one summer session). For more serious incidents of academic dishonesty the student shall be suspended from the College on the first offense for one calendar year. Offenses warranting suspension on the first offense include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Taking an examination for another student or having someone take an examination for oneself.
  • Altering a graded examination or assignment and returning it for additional credit.
  • Having another person or a company do the research and/or writing of an assigned paper or report.
  • Stealing or attempting to steal an examination or answer key.
  • Stealing or attempting to change official academic records.
  • Forging or altering grades.

If, after a student returns from a suspension for Academic Dishonesty, the Vice President of Student Services receives yet another “Academic Dishonesty Report” form, he/she shall recommend to the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees that the student be expelled from the District.

NOTE: Disciplinary actions taken by the Vice President of Student Services based on alleged cheating may be appealed as specified in the College’s Disciplinary Grievance Policy.

Portions adapted from the academic honesty policies of University of California Irvine, Cypress College, and California State University Long Beach as published in their catalogs.

Probation Policy

A student shall be placed on probation whenever he or she meets one of the two conditions listed below:

Academic Probation

Has attempted at least 12-semester units at Golden West College and

  • a. has a grade point average of less than 2.0 in the most recent semester completed, or
  • b. has a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 in all units attempted.
Progress Probation

Has attempted at least 12-semester units at Golden West College and the percentage of units in which the student has been enrolled for which entries of “W”, “I” and “NP” are recorded reaches or exceeds 50 percent.

A student on probation at Golden West College, Orange Coast College or Coastline College shall be on probation at any District college. All probationary students shall be notified of their status and counseling services will be made available.

Title 5, Sections 55754, 55755

Academic Disqualification & Renewal Policy

A student at Golden West College who is on academic or progress probation shall be disqualified whenever he or she meets one of the two conditions listed below:

Academic Disqualification

Any student on academic probation for two consecutive semesters shall be academically disqualified. However, any student on academic probation whose most recent semester grade point average equals or exceeds 2.0, or whose cumulative grade point average equals or exceeds 2.0, shall not be disqualified but shall be continued on academic probation.

Progress Disqualification

Any student who is on progress probation for two consecutive semesters shall be disqualified for lack of satisfactory progress. However, any student on progress probation whose most recent semester work indicates fewer than 50 percent units of “W”, “I” and “NP” shall not be disqualified but shall be continued on lack of progress probation.

Note: Based upon recent changes as established and approved by the college, students who have been disqualified two or more semesters must sit out the next regular semester. There is no appeal. Prior to readmission, the student must complete the Counseling Online Probation Tutorial Orientation.

Any student disqualified from a college within the Coast Community College District may be dismissed for a minimum of one semester. A student dismissed from one District college shall not attend another District college during the semester of disqualification.

Title 5, Section 55756

Academic Renewal Policy and Procedure

This Academic Renewal Policy for Golden West College is issued pursuant to Section 55764 and 55765 of the California Administrative Code (Title 5) regulations. The purpose of this policy is to disregard past substandard academic performance of a student when such work is not reflective of their current demonstrated ability. It is based on the recognition that due to unusual circumstances, or circumstances beyond the control of a student, the past substandard work will negatively affect their academic standing and unnecessarily prolong the rate at which he/she may complete his/her current objectives.

Therefore, under the circumstances outlined below, Golden West College may disregard from all considerations associated with requirements for the Certificate of Achievement/ Associate in Arts Degree and general education certification up to a maximum of thirty (30) semester units of course work from two semesters taken at any college. These circumstances are:

  1. The student has requested the action formally and has presented evidence that work completed in the term(s) under consideration is substandard (less than a 2.0 grade point average) and not representative of present scholastic ability as verified by the current level of performance. Verification must consist of:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 12 semester units of course work at any regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 subsequent to the course work to be disregarded.
    2. At least 12 months has elapsed since completion of the most recent course work to be disregarded.
  2. Agreement that all units taken during the semester(s) to be disregarded, except those courses required as a prerequisite or to satisfy a requirement, in the student’s “redirected” educational objective.
  3. An understanding that the student’s permanent academic record shall be annotated so that it is readily evident to all users of the records that units disregarded, even if satisfactory, may not apply to certificate, degree or general education certification requirements.
  4. Agreement that all course work remains legible on the student’s permanent record ensuring a true and complete academic history.

If another accredited college has acted to remove previous course work from Certificate of Achievement, Associate in Arts or Bachelor Degree consideration, such action shall be honored in terms of that institution’s policy. Units disregarded by another institution shall be deducted from the thirty-semester units maximum of course work eligible for alleviation at Golden West College.

Students requesting removal of previous course work for certificate or degree consideration shall file a petition at the Admissions and Records Office. The petition shall outline the semesters of course work to be disregarded and shall include evidence verifying (1) that work completed during this period is substandard, and (2) the expiration of at least 12 months since the end of the last term to be excluded. All official transcripts must be on file at Golden West College.

The Administrative Director of Student Services or his/her designee shall act to approve the petition and make the proper annotation on the student’s permanent record upon verification of the conditions set forth herein.

NOTE: It is possible that other colleges or universities may not accept the Academic Renewal Policy.

Student Grievance

A grievance may arise out of a decision reached or an action taken by a member of the faculty, staff, or administration of Golden West College. A grievable action is an action that is alleged to be in violation of federal or state law, a violation of an applicable district/college policy or procedure, or that constitutes arbitrary, capricious, or unequal application of written policies or procedures. The purpose of the student grievance procedure is to provide an impartial review process and to ensure that the rights of students are properly recognized and protected. Note: Sexual harassment complaints are handled under a separate grievance process.

Students wishing to express concerns or explore the college’s grievance procedure may seek assistance from one of the following offices:

  • Vice President of Student Services or Vice President of Instruction
  • Student Activities Director
  • Student Advocate
  • College Grievance Officer
  • Director of Accessibility Center for Education

These resource persons are made available to explain college grievance procedures to students and to make the appropriate forms available.

Definition of Terminology

Student – A person enrolled in any course, lecture series or workshop offered under the auspices of the college, or it may also be a person formerly enrolled who is in the process of pursuing a grievance.

College Employee – Administrator, manager, faculty, classified or student employee of the college, against whom a complaint has been lodged.

Grievance – A grievance means a complaint written on the Student Grievance Form, filed by one or more students, which alleges a grievable action.

Grievable Action – An action that is alleged to be in violation of federal or state law, a violation of an applicable district/college policy or procedure, or that constitutes arbitrary, capricious, or unequal application of written policies or procedures.

Grievant – The student who alleges that he or she has been treated unfairly.

Working Day – A working day is any day during a regular semester in which the college is open for business, excluding weekends and holidays.

Supervisor – That person charged with the responsibility and authority for job assignment and evaluation of the college employee.

Student Advocate – The elected officer of the Associated Students of Golden West College who has the responsibility to advise, if requested, a student who alleges he or she has been treated unfairly.

Division Dean – The instructional administrator responsible for the discipline in which a specific course is offered.

Limitations Period – Grievances will be permitted only through the end of the sixth week of the semester following the semester or summer session in which the alleged incident occurred.

Campus Advisor – A current student or employee of the Coast Community College District who accompanies one of the parties in the grievance process and provides advice to that party at the hearing before the Grievance Hearing Committee.

Stage One – Informal Problem Resolution

When a student has a complaint about an employee, the student should make every effort to meet with the employee to resolve the complaint. If the student is unwilling to meet alone with the employee, the student is encouraged to use the services of the Student Advocate or a campus advisor for this meeting, or at any point during the informal resolution level or the formal grievance stage of the process. If a satisfactory resolution is not achieved with the employee, the student must proceed to the immediate supervisor of the college employee against whom the complaint is being lodged in an effort to resolve the issue. If the complaint is against a faculty member, the immediate supervisor will be the Division Dean. The student should confirm with either the Vice President of Student Services or the Vice President of Instruction or the College Grievance Officer as to the appropriate supervisor; or if the violation relates to a college policy or procedure, how to proceed further. Disability related complaints should be directed to the Office of Accessibility Center for Education.

The supervisor will discuss the issue with the student and the college employee involved, either individually or collectively, in an effort to resolve the issue.

Note: By law, the instructor is solely responsible for the grades he/she assigns. No instructor may be directed to change a grade except in certain narrow circumstances authorized by Education Code Section 76224(a), “When grades are given for any course of instruction taught in a community college, the grade given to each student shall be the grade determined by the instructor of the course and the determination of the student’s grade by the instructor, in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency, shall be final.” If the complaint cannot be mutually resolved at the informal problem resolution level, then the student may file a written grievance by completing the Student Grievance Form and filing it with the College Grievance Officer within the limitations period.

Stage Two – Administrative Review of the Complaint

Upon receipt of the written and signed Student Grievance Form, the College Grievance Officer shall promptly forward a copy to the person against whom the complaint has been lodged and the person’s supervisor. Upon the receipt of the complaint, the College Grievance Officer will make an inquiry into the merits of the complaint for the purpose of screening out false and unfounded allegations. Reasonable attempts will be made to contact the parties concerned, either individually or collectively, in order to resolve the issue. In the event the complaint is against the College Grievance Officer, or in the instance where the Grievance Officer has been the supervisor in stage one, the grievance will be handled by either the Vice President of Student Services or the Vice President of Instruction.

Within twenty (20) working days, the College Grievance Officer shall make a good faith effort to return a written decision to the student who filed the grievance, indicating the resolution with any recommended action. Copies of this decision shall be given to the college employee against whom the complaint has been lodged and the supervisor of that employee.

The College Grievance Officer may determine any one of the following actions:

  1. That no future action is necessary nor will the complaint prejudice in any way the individual’s employment status as a member of the college staff.
  2. A recommendation that there be some type of action or remediation. In such a case, the written recommendation will be forwarded to the person deemed appropriate for the consideration and/or implementation of the recommendation.
Stage Three – Request for Review by the Grievance Hearing Committee

If the grievant is dissatisfied with the decision of the College Grievance Officer, he/she may, within five (5) working days of the receipt of the decision, file a written request to either the Vice President of Student Services or the Vice President of Instruction to review. 1) The Vice President may uphold the ruling of the grievance officer and deny hearing on the basis that the grievance is without merit. 2) The Vice President may recommend that a hearing committee be convened. Grievance Hearing Committee Composition The Hearing Committee shall be composed of one (1) faculty member, one (1) classified employee, one (1) student, and one (1) manager who will serve as the chairperson. If the grievance is against an instructor, the Hearing Committee will be augmented by one (1) additional faculty member. If the grievance is against a classified employee, one (1) additional classified member will be added. The selection process for the Grievance Hearing Committee is as follows.

  1. The manager will be chosen from those employees employed as managers in the College at the time of the hearing.
  2. The faculty member(s) will be chosen from a list of at least ten (10) faculty selected each year by the Academic Senate.
  3. The classified staff member(s) will be chosen from a list of at least ten (10) classified employees recommended each year by the Classified Connection to the Coast Federation of Classified Employees (C.F.C.E.)
  4. The student will be chosen from a list of no fewer than twenty (20) student names submitted each semester by the President of the Associated Students of Golden West College.
  5. The panel shall be selected by either the Vice President of Student Services or the Vice President of Instruction. Either the Vice President of Student Services or the Vice President of Instruction shall provide the names of the Grievance Hearing Committee members to the student and to the employee against whom the grievance is lodged five (5) working days prior to the scheduled hearing date.
  6. The panel shall not include any person who was a participant in any events leading to the grievance, nor shall it include any person who has had a past association with the grievant, or any other party to the hearing which could impede the individual’s ability to act in a fair and impartial manner.
  7. 7. The student or the employee against whom the grievance is lodged shall have the opportunity to challenge any member of the committee on the basis that the member was a participant in the events from which the grievance arose; or, the member has had a past association with the grievant or any other party to the hearing which could impede that member’s ability to act in a fair and impartial manner. The challenge must be submitted in writing to the Vice President who elected the panel at least three (3) days prior to the scheduled hearing date. The written challenge must include the specific reasons for the challenge. If the Vice President upholds the challenge, he/she will replace the challenged member(s) with any available person(s) of the same category (manager, faculty, classified staff, student).
Grievance Hearing Committee Process

The Grievance Hearing will be scheduled within fifteen ( 15) working days of the request for review. The process for the hearing shall be as follows:

  1. All members of the Hearing Committee must be present to hear testimony and to consider recommendations. (Should one or more committee members not appear at the scheduled time, the committee will wait 15 minutes and then proceed without the members, assuming that a quorum of the committee is present.)
  2. Should the student be more than 15 minutes late, the committee shall deny the grievance.
  3. All members of the Hearing Committee will sign a Statement of Confidentiality to ensure that the information heard, the evidence reviewed, and the recommendations made will remain confidential. The statement will include a declaration that the member will act in a fair and impartial manner.
  4. All information in the possession of the College Grievance Officer that concerns the formal grievance shall be provided to the Hearing Committee by the Grievance Officer.
  5. The Hearing Committee shall discuss issues, hear testimony, examine witnesses and consider all relevant evidence pertaining to the grievance.
  6. Arguments about legal validity or constitutionality of the college policies or procedures will not be entertained by the Hearing Committee.
  7. Attendance at the hearing shall be limited to the Hearing Committee, the College Grievance Officer, and the active parties in the grievance. The grievant and the employee involved have the right to question witnesses. Both parties have the right to have a campus advisor present during the hearing. The campus advisor may not address the Hearing Committee, examine witnesses, or in any other way participate in the hearing. Witnesses will be present only while testifying. (Should a witness be more than 15 minutes late, the committee shall proceed, without the witness.)
  8. The hearing need not be conducted according to technical rules relating to evidence and witnesses. Any relevant evidence, as judged by the Hearing Committee, shall be admitted if it is the sort of evidence on which responsible persons are accustomed to rely in the conduct of serious affairs.
  9. The Hearing Committee shall judge the relevance and weight of evidence and make its findings of fact. No evidence other than that received at the hearing shall be considered by the Hearing Committee.
  10. Following presentation of evidence, the Hearing Committee shall privately consider the evidence and prepare a written report of its recommendation and deliver the same to either the Vice President of Student Services or the Vice President of Instruction. The report, which shall be submitted to the Vice President within five (5) working days of the date of the hearing, shall include the following:
    1. A summary of the facts as found by the Grievance Hearing Committee.
    2. A recommendation that the decision of the College Grievance Officer should be upheld, or
    3. A recommendation that the decision of the College Grievance Officer should be amended and the amendments specified, or
    4. No further action is necessary. The issue has been resolved or found to be unsubstantiated.
  11. A tape recording made of the proceedings shall be submitted by the Hearing Committee and kept in a confidential file by either the Vice President of Student Services or the Vice President of Instruction and shall be maintained for at least one year after which time it will be erased. Upon request, either party to the grievance may listen to all or portions of the tape.
Final Action

The Vice President shall review the report of the Hearing Committee and may clarify it with one or more members of the Committee. The Vice President may uphold, reverse, or modify the recommendations of the Hearing Committee. The decision of the Vice President and a copy of the Hearing Committee report will be delivered to the grievant, the employee against whom the grievance was filed, and the College Grievance Officer. This ends the student grievance process.

Technical Departures

From This Policy Technical departures from this procedure and errors in their applications shall not be grounds to void the college’s right to make and uphold its determination unless, in the opinion of the chancellor, or designee, the technical departure or error prevented a fair determination of the issue.

Additional Information

Most complaints, grievances or disciplinary matters should be resolved at the campus level. This is the quickest and most successful way of resolving issues involving a California Community College (CCC). You are encouraged to work through the campus complaint process first before escalating issues to any of the following resources. Issues that are not resolved at the campus level may be presented:

To the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) at http://www.accjc.org/complaint-process if your complaint is associated with the institution’s compliance with academic program quality and accrediting standards. ACCJC is the agency that accredits the academic programs of the California Community Colleges.

To the CCC Chancellor’s Office by completing a web form http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/ComplaintsForm.aspx#complaintForm if your complaint does not concern CCC’s compliance with academic program quality and accrediting standards.

If your complaint involves unlawful discrimination, to the Chancellor’s Office website at http://extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/Legal/Discrimination.aspx

For more information, please visit the California Community College State Chancellor’s Office Complaint Form site at: http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/ComplaintsForm.aspx

Non-Discrimination Policy & Sexual Harassment

The Coast Community College District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

This policy is consistent with federal and state Civil Rights mandates.

The right to nondiscrimination in education and employment is guaranteed to persons with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Golden West College is committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to all college programs and services and will make reasonable accommodations to ensure that access. Any person with a documented disability who believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of that disability should contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Center for Education at (714) 895-8721 or the campus Student Grievance Officer at (714) 895-8125.

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Any individual who perceives or has actually experienced conduct that may constitute discrimination and/or sexual harassment has the responsibility to ensure that the individual engaging in such conduct is informed that the behavior being demonstrated is offensive and must stop. If this behavior does not cease, the individual has the responsibility of making it known to the institution. The District along with the individual campuses will endeavor to maintain an environment free of what constitutes discrimination and/or sexual harassment as prescribed by State and Federal mandates, as well as District policy. Inquiries and concerns should be directed to the College’s Grievance Officer.

Sexual Assault Prevention

The Coast Community College District recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue, and will not tolerate acts of sexual assault on district property or at district-sponsored activities. The District will investigate all allegations of sexual assault that occur on District property or at sponsored activities and take appropriate criminal, disciplinary or legal action, with prior consent of the victim.

The Coast Community College District is committed to its students’ safety as a vital ingredient to student learning and success. The District encourages victims of sexual violence to report the crime.

The colleges within the District – Orange Coast College, Golden West College and Coastline Community College – offer the following information and resources to students regarding sexual assault (see link below).

http://www.cccd.edu/students/SexualAssaultPrevention/Pages/default.aspx

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act Of 1974 (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day Golden West College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Director of Admissions and Records, Administrative Director of Student Services or appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Golden West College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Golden West College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate. Students may ask Golden West College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the College official responsible for the records, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If Golden West College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. School officials may disclose any and all educational records, including disciplinary records, to another institution at which the student seeks or intends to enroll without the prior consent of the student.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Golden West College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory Information

Student’s directory information is released only upon approval of the Administrative Director of Student Services. Students may request in writing to the Administrative Director of Student Services or his/her designee, that directory information not be released.

Directory information includes one or more of the following: student’s name, birthdate, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, number of units of enrollment, and degrees and awards received. Golden West College maintains in the Admissions and Records Office the following student record information:

  1. Demographic data supplied to the college by the student through the enrollment process.
  2. Transcripts of high school work if supplied by the student.
  3. Transcripts of college work.
  4. Placement test data.
  5. Semester class enrollment data.Additional information maintained in other offices on some students may include:
  6. Financial Aid and EOP/S application information on students who have applied for either program.
  7. Work Experience records on students who have taken work experience courses within the past three years.
  8. An application file on students who have applied to the Health Professions programs within the year.
  9. Instructor evaluations for students enrolled in Health Professions programs.
  10. Instructor evaluations for students enrolled in Criminal Justice Academy courses.
  11. Records maintained of students who have been disciplined.
  12. Medical records on students who have filed a medical inventory form or who have made use of the health services.

Students may review the information contained in items 1-11. For items 1-5, a letter requesting review should be directed to the Admissions and Records Office. Requests for review of information contained in item 6 may be made to the Vice President of Student Services and information in item 7 may be reviewed by arrangement with the office of Work Experience. Inquiries regarding information contained in items 8, 9, and 10 are to be directed to the Administrative Director of Student Services, the Dean of Health Professions Programs, and the Dean of the Criminal Justice Program, respectively. All requests for review will be honored within 15 days. Medical records are not available to the student. However, the student may request review of the records by his/her physician or appropriate professional of his/her choice. Students may challenge the contents of any records by notifying the administrator associated with the records in question. If the issue question. If the issue is not resolved at that level, the student may use the student grievance procedure.

Academic Reports To High School

Golden West College may send academic reports of former high school students who graduated in the last five years to high schools within the Coast Community College District. The purpose is to assist the high schools in academic research. The reports include the I.D. number, classes, grades, grade point average, and major. Any student who prefers to have his/her name deleted from such reports should contact the Staff Assistant to the Administrative Director of Enrollment Center.

Alcohol, Drug & Weapons Campus Policy

Statement of Philosophy and Purpose It is the intention of the Coast Community College District to provide a drug-free environment that maximizes academic achievement and personal growth. The District recognizes that alcohol and other drug use or abuse pose a significant threat to the health, safety and well-being of the user and the people around them. Substance abuse also interferes with academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular interests and can lead to health, personal, social, economic and legal problems.

Information

GWC offers several classes which offer education on alcohol and drug abuse:

  • Health Ed G100 – Health Education
  • Psychology G100 – Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology G160 – Human Growth & Development
  • Health Ed G107 – Drugs, Health and Society Psychology
  • G250 – Psychobiology College
  • G100 – Student Success
  • P.E. G103 – Exercise for Healthy Living
Drug and Alcohol Counseling Resources

GWC’s Student Health Services offers professional evaluation and referrals for drug and alcohol treatment for students by appointment. Call (714) 895-8379.

The County of Orange Health Care Agency, Drug and Alcohol Services, offers therapy and counseling. The office for this area is 14140 Beach Blvd., Suite 200, Westminster, CA 92683, (714) 896-7574 TDD (714) 896-7512.

Alcoholics Anonymous: (714) 556-4555 or www.oc-aa.org. Call for meeting times and site information.

Narcotics Anonymous: (714) 590-2388 or (949) 661-6183

The Student Health Center also provides information and referrals to other community resources and support groups. Interested students may come to the health center to consult with a college health nurse.

State Laws and College Policy

State laws and the College Code of Conduct specifically prohibit the use and possession, distribution or sale of drugs or alcohol on college property or any college-sponsored activity or event. These rules describe the penalties and disciplinary actions when violations occur. Information on laws and the Code of Conduct are available at Student Health Services.

The Coast Community College District policy prohibits all use of alcohol and illicit drugs on District property or in District vehicles regardless of location. Furthermore, the use of all tobacco products is prohibited in all District buildings and vehicles.

Unauthorized Weapons

Unless otherwise authorized by the President of the college or California law, students will be immediately expelled from the District for an indefinite period, and be subject to criminal prosecution for bringing or possessing on or within any property or building owned or controlled by the District, any firearms, knives, dirks, daggers, brass knuckles, slingshots, air rifles, or any other type of weapon capable of inflicting great bodily injury.

Parking & Off-Campus Transportation Policy

Golden West College maintains a Public Safety Department with personnel available 24 hours a day. A person may report any criminal action or emergency at any time – day or night – by calling (714) 895-8924 or for emergencies (714) 895-8999 or 911. Campus “red phones” located throughout the interior of the campus may also be used to contact the Public Safety Department. The Public Safety Department is located at the west end of the campus at the entrance of the Golden West Street parking lot. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

PARKING REGULATIONS

Article IV Section Regulation

  • 401 No parking is allowed in any area that does not clearly have marked stalls.
  • 402 Vehicles parking within a stall shall not overlap the lines that designate the stall.
  • 403 No persons shall park or leave standing on the campus interior a vehicle on any roadway, landscaped area, driveway, road or field without prior approval from the Public Safety Department.
  • 404 Bicycles must be parked in designated bicycle parking areas.
  • 405 No vehicle shall be backed into diagonal parking stalls.
  • 406 No person shall park or leave standing a motor vehicle blocking traffic lanes on any campus roadway or parking lot.
  • 407 No person shall park or leave standing any vehicle in any area where the curb is painted RED and/or is marked “No Parking”.
  • 408 When signs or markings prohibiting and/or limiting parking are erected or placed upon any street, road, or area, no person shall park or leave standing any vehicle upon such street, road, or area in violation of any such sign or marking.
  • 409 No person shall park in any area marked in blue and identified as “Handicapped Parking” unless a valid handicapped placard/license plate/permit is properly displayed on or within the vehicle.
  • 410 Except as otherwise noted in these regulations, no person shall park in an area posted or marked “STAFF” unless a valid annual, semester, or temporary STAFF parking permit is properly displayed on or within the vehicle.
  • 411 No person shall park any vehicle in any manner or fashion so as to create a traffic hazard.
  • 412 No person shall park on campus without a valid parking permit that is properly displayed either on the left rear bumper or hung from the rear view mirror.
  • 413 Failure to activate coin operated meter or obtain and appropriately display timestamped hourly parking permit.
  • 414 No vehicle will remain parked overnight without approval from the Public Safety Department, and no person will sleep in or remain overnight in any vehicle parked on campus.

Complete copies of the Parking Rules and Regulations can be obtained from the Public Safety Department.

OFF-CAMPUS TRANSPORTATION

From time to time class assignments or other class activities may take place off campus. When District transportation is provided, students are required to use it. When the location is in southern California, the class or activity may be convened and dismissed at the site. When this occurs, students will be responsible for their own transportation.

Students may be required to sign a field trip or student release form.

In regard to class trips, the student is encouraged to contact the instructor of the course to determine the likely dates, locations, and frequency of such off-campus requirements.

Free Speech Policy

The policy in its entirety may be downloaded in PDF format.

The following exterior property at Golden West College may be used by students as a free speech area to the extent permitted in the District Policy:

  1. In the front of the College Bookstore, at least 15 feet from the entrance thereto.
  2. In front of the Library Building, at least 15 feet from the entrance thereto.
  3. Such further areas as may be designated by the President.
  4. The President shall designate one or more Free Speech Areas no further than fifteen feet from either the entrance or exit of any swap meet held on campus grounds. This area must be no smaller than 200 square feet and must only be set aside during the operation of any swap meet. Any District property used for the operation of a swap meet is considered a nonpublic forum.
Smoke-Free Campus Policy

Golden West College is a Smoke-Free Campus.

Smoking is permitted in campus parking lots but prohibited in all college buildings, vehicles, indoor and outdoor facilities, interior bus stops, designated campus entrances, and all open areas. All smoking materials including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other apparatus used to smoke organic and non-organic materials must be extinguished and/or properly disposed of in the ash receptacles located in the parking lots before entering our smoke-free campus.