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In Compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542), it is the policy of Columbia Gorge Community College to disclose its completion/graduation rate and transfer rate to all current and prospective students. Rates are based on fall term enrollment of full-time (12 term credits), first-time, degree-or certificate-seeking undergraduates. Students are counted as graduates or as transfers-out 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 attend CGCC, students who began their studies in a term other than fall term or non-degree seeking students.
Based on CGCC's 2007 cohort, 31% graduated within three years and 7% transferred to another institution. Transfer rates are calculated based on known transfers that include Oregon University System and Oregon community college transfers. Transfers to private Oregon colleges and out-of-state transfers are excluded from these figures.
The following Crime Statistics are provided in compliance with the provisions of the Jeanne Clery disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (originally known as The Student Right to Know Act).
The Dalles Campus
Adjacent Public Property-The Dalles Campus
Hood River-Indian Creek Campus
*Hood River-Indian Creek Campus opened June 2008.
Adjacent Public Property-Hood River-Indian Creek Campus
*Hood River-Indian Creek Campus opened June 2008.
Please see www.cgcc.cc.or.us/financialaid for information on a variety of aid programs which include grants, loans, scholarships and work-study programs.
Federal law requires CGCC to provide student name, address and telephone number to the military for recruiting purposes. If you would like your name withheld, call Student Services at 541-506-6011.
Privacy Rights of Student Educational Records
The CGCC district shall follow all applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations that apply to student records. All information contained in the college records which is personally identifiable to any student shall be kept confidential and not released except upon prior written consent of the subject student or upon the lawful subpoena or other order of a court or competent jurisdiction.
Students 18 years of age or older and the parents of students who are under 18 years of age have certain rights with respect to student records under Public Law 93-380. These include:
· The right to inspect the educational records of the student,
· The right to challenge the accuracy of the records if they are believed to be misleading or to violate privacy or other rights of the student,
· Except as may be provided by law, the right to prevent the release of any or all information from the records to any other party. The college will not send transcripts or copies of other educational records to any other school, prospective employer or other person without written request of the student.
Educational Records Policy
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Statute: 20 U.S.C. 1232g; Regulations: 34CFR Part 99) also known as the Buckley Amendment is a Federal Law which states (a) that a written institutional policy must be established and (b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students be made available. The law provides that the institution will maintain the confidentiality of student education records.
The Family Educational rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights regarding their educational records. They are:
· The right to inspect and review the student's records. The student may request to review his/her records by submitting a written request to the Student Services Office or other school official having custody of such records;
· The right to seek amendment of the student's records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights. Requests for amendment of records must be in writing and must describe the specific portions or specific record(s) the student wishes to have amended, instructions as to the change desired, and reasons why the change is justified;
· The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except for when consent is not required by FERPA. FERPA does not require a student's consent when disclosure is to other 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; a person or company with whom the college has contracted or appointed as its agent; or a student serving on an official committee or assisting another school official in performing the official's tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibilities.
· The right to file a complaint with the Department of Education, Family Compliance Office, concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
How We Use Your Social Security Number
Providing your social security number is voluntary. If you provide it, the college will use your social security number for keeping records, doing research, aggregate reporting, extending credit and collecting debts. 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 read the information below which describes how your number will be used. Providing your social security number means that you consent to use of the number in the manner described.
OAR 589-004-0400 authorizes Columbia Gorge 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 will also 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 colleges to support the progress of students and their success in the workplace and other education programs.
OCCURS or 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;
· The 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;
· The Oregon Department of Education, to provide reports to local, state and federal governments. The information is used to learn about education, training, and job market trends for planning, research, and program improvement;
· The Oregon Department of Revenue and collection agencies only for purposes of processing debts and only if credit is extended to you by the college;
· The American College Testing Service, if you take the Asset Placement test, for educational research purposes.
State and federal law protects the privacy of your records. Your number will be used only for the purposes listed above.
Columbia Gorge Community College has established a set of procedures designed to provide students and others an avenue whereby concerns and decisions made within the College can be appealed within the College. A person who has a grievance follows specified steps to assure the grievance is given fair and careful consideration. The steps will vary slightly depending on whether the grievance is related to instruction, student services/student life, or business/fiscal matters. A copy of the grievance procedure document is available in the Offices of Instruction, Student Services, and Business or by using this link - Student Grievance Procedure.
The College provides educational opportunities for a wide variety of individual and community needs. Rules and regulations regarding student conduct assure an atmosphere conducive to pursuit of education. At the same time students have certain rights guaranteed to them by the constitution.
The Board of Education is committed to non-discrimination relating to and in association with the protected classes of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, parental and marital status. This policy prevails in matters concerning staff, students, the public, educational programs and services and individuals with whom the Board does business.
It is the policy of Columbia Gorge Community College to not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, activities, and employment as required by Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments. Students at Columbia Gorge Community College are protected from sex discrimination in all areas including: admission to programs; access to enrollment in courses; access to and use of school facilities; counseling and guidance materials, tests, and practices; vocational education; physical education; competitive athletics; graduation requirements; student rules, regulations, and benefits; treatment as a married and/or pregnant student; financial assistance; school-sponsored extracurricular activities; aid, benefits, and services.
3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.
Columbia Gorge Community College maintains student records in conformation with state and federal law.
Controlled substance abuse is illegal and interferes with effective teaching and working and the development of a safe and healthy environment for learning. The College recognizes that it has a fundamental, legal, and ethical obligation to prevent controlled substance abuse and to maintain an alcohol/drug-free work and educational environment.
The Drug Free School and Communities Act and Amendment of 1989 require that colleges provide all students with certain information on illegal and illicit drugs. This law is tied to eligibility for federal financial assistance. Annual notice is given to students of the following:
Smoking is not permitted on the campus except in designated areas. The restrictions on smoking cover not only all internal locations but also include parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, fields and open areas of the campus. Designated smoking areas are out-of-doors and are posted.
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