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Student Life at DCC

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion. However, they also are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.

Students should have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.

Information about student views, beliefs and political associations which professors acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisors and counselors should be considered confidential. Protection against improper disclosure is a serious profes­sional obligation. Judgments of ability and character may be provided under appro­priate circumstances, normally with the knowledge or consent of the student.

Student Conduct and Community Standards

The Code of Conduct is the official document that sets forth behavioral expectations for Dutchess Community College students. The Code shall apply to conduct that occurs on the College’s premises, at College sponsored activities, and to off-campus behavior that adversely affects the College community, the pursuit of its objectives, or neighboring communities. The College will address known behavior both on and off-campus that may affect a student’s suitably to continue as a member of the College Community. The College has developed this code of standards and expectations, consistent with its purpose as an educational institution and expects that each student accept responsibility for his or her own behavior and consequences. Policies and procedures for addressing violations of the Code of Conduct are detailed in this document. Once a student is accepted to the College, they are responsible for upholding the standards outlined in the Code. Therefore, students should become familiar with this document. While the Code of Conduct is published annually, students should be mindful that the Code of Conduct may be modified by the College within the Academic Year as necessitated by changes in law or Board of Trustee Policy. The Code of Conduct should not be viewed as a comprehensive code of desirable conduct; rather the provisions set forth in the Code describe the minimum standards for acceptable behavior. A copy of the Code of Conduct may be viewed at www.sunydutchess.edu/assets/CampusCodeofConduct.pdf

Campus Emergencies/Security

Security is available on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emergency phones are located throughout all buildings and blue emergency phones are in all parking lots. Students encountering emergency difficulty while on campus are encouraged to report concerns or incidents to (845) 431-8070. Escort services can be provided to and from parking lots. The campus security office is located in the Orcutt Student Services Center, Room 114.

The federal “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act” requires higher education institutions to collect, report and disseminate crime data to the campus community and U.S. Department of Education. This information can be found on the College’s website and is posted outside the Security office.

Health Services

The College Health Office, located in the Orcutt Student Services Center, Room 110, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staffed by a registered nurse, the Health Office provides a multitude of services including: first aid for illness and injuries, immunizations, medical emergency care, diagnostic testing, laboratory testing (limited), health counseling and education, and referrals to appropriate agencies and resources. Over-the- counter medications are available. The office operates on a walk-in basis. There is no fee for services. Medical emergencies after hours are referred to Campus Safety and Security (ext. 8070).

A physician is available for clinical appointments and consultation weekly during the fall and spring semesters. There is no fee for services with the exception of physicals. Appointments are necessary. For more information, contact the Health Office.

The Health Office is not an emergency room. All serious injuries and/or medical conditions beyond nursing care are referred to specialized areas, such as the emergency room. The Health Office works closely with Campus Safety and Security and the local ambulance for emergency transport.

In requesting medical assistance, the College merely acts as an agent for the injured party. All medical costs are the responsibility of the injured party.

In accordance with the Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment), medical information will not be released without written consent of the individual party.

Student Records

An educational record is maintained for each student in the Office of the Registrar, and the information contained therein is used in counseling and advisement. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 pro­vides former and current students with certain rights regarding the review of their educa­tional record. The act also protects the confidentiality of a student’s record and generally requires that the student’s written consent be obtained before information is released unless the information requested is considered directory information. Access to a student’s record without the written consent of the student may be pro­vided to professional employees of Dutchess Community College who have legitimate educational interest and certain other authorized personnel. In keeping with the act, the College has on file a policy and procedure statement regarding stu­dent records. It is contained in the Professional Staff Handbook, available in the Office of the Dean of Student Services.

Essential student records are permanently archived. In 2008, DCC converted to a new information system. Some non-essential records were not retained.

Students should be aware that altering a transcript is considered falsifying an academic record and a violation of the student code of conduct.

Parent Access

Information about the student is released to the parent/guardian by the appropriate office if there is a signed FERPA Waiver form on file at the college. For students who are under 18 years of age; in the absence of a waiver form, the parent may show proof of identity and present documentation proving the student is a legal dependent. A non-dependent student who is interested in giving parents/guardians access to their DCC information must complete a FERPA Waiver form which is available in the Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Dean of Student Services offices, as well as DCC South. A parent/guardian listed on the waiver form and presenting a State/Federal issued picture ID will receive the information the student has agreed to release. For phone calls, parents/guardians listed on the signed FERPA Waiver form will be required to provide student specific information before information can be released over the phone. These items are the last 4 digits of the student’s SSN, their date of birth, current address and current phone number. Please note that registration status, grades, GPA, and attendance information is never given out over the phone.

In lieu of a waiver form, parents/guardians of financially dependent students must demonstrate such by submitting a copy of their tax return or government-issued financial statement to the Registrar’s Office.

Directory Information

Personally identifiable information generally is not released without the student’s written authorization unless it is directory information. Directory information may consist of name, city or town, dates of attendance, date of graduation, degree and enrollment status. If a student does not wish directory information to be released, he/she must submit a FERPA Waiver form which is available in the Registration, Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Dean of Student Services offices, as well as at DCC South. Personally identifiable information is released to federal and state agencies with a legitimate right to know, in response to legal subpoena, for health and safety issues, and to the military in compliance with the Solomon Act.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities is primarily concerned with enhancing students’ college experiences through involvement in extracurricular activities and development of leadership and interpersonal skills. The staff seeks to involve students in campus governance and service, and to stimulate interest and interpersonal communication through a variety of educational, cultural, and social programs. These programs are designed to help students achieve their highest level of academic and personal success.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is comprised of full- and part-time students. The Association serves to encourage students to become active citizens and leaders on the campus and in the community. The representative governing body of the Association is the Student Senate, which is a group of students elected by the student body. Each active chartered club and organization also has a representative on the Senate. Each fall semester, the Student Government Association provides a leadership training retreat for club officers and Student Government Association leaders.

The Student Government Association is responsible for the allocation and reallocation of funds to the clubs and organizations that have duly registered charters.

Clubs and Activities

The College firmly believes that chartered clubs and cultural, recreational and social activities play an important role in the educational process. Students are encouraged to participate in the extensive and varied activities available to them. Clubs and organizations meet on Tuesdays, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Thursdays, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., and Fridays, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Collegewide activity hour on Thursday, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., is available for programming and lecture series. The Office of Student Activities also offers a full range of summer activities and trips for students. The office phone number is (845) 431-8050.

The following is a list of active clubs and organizations presently on campus: Accommodative Services Club; Alpha Beta Gamma; Anime and Gaming Society; Anthropology Club; Architecture Club; Business Club; Campus Activity Board; Christian Fellowship; Communication Society; Criminal Justice; Dinner Theatre Rejects (Improv Club); Dutchess Student Media Group; Early Education Club; Engineering Club; Exercise Sport and Fitness Club; Falcon Free Press; Fire Science Club; Hudson Valley Aviation Club; Human Services Club; Masquers’ Guild Theatre Club; Nursing Club; Outdoor Adventure Club; Paralegal Association; Political Science; Pride Alliance Club; Phi Theta Kappa; RPM (Rap, Poetry & Music); Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); Speech and Debate Coalition; TV Production Club; Veterans Club and Visual Arts Club.

Campus Activity Board (CAB)

The Campus Activity Board (CAB) is a committee of students responsible for the social programming and special activities and events for the entire student body. CAB is responsible for developing new programs that meet the needs of our diversified student population. All DCC students are encouraged to join.

Student Publications

The Student Handbook is published every year by the Student Association and contains information and regulations with which all students should be familiar. The handbook contains a calendar of important College dates. The Student Literary Magazine, “Exposed,” is published every spring and features short stories, poetry, and artwork produced by our DCC students.

The Falcon Free Press is the student e-newspaper, published throughout the school year. The newspaper is a student club and invites participation from all students.

College Colors

The Dutchess Community College colors are buff and blue, and the athletic teams are known as the Falcons. The College colors have a significance in the history of Dutchess County. During the American Revolution, the Continental Army stationed at Fishkill wore buff and blue.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Dutchess Community College Athletic Department is a member institution of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Dutchess Community College is also a member school of Region XV and the Mid-Hudson Conference. The Dutchess Athletic Department offers intercollegiate athletic programs for students interested in participating in Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Soccer during the fall season. The Dutchess Athletic Department offers Men’s and Women’s Basketball during the winter season. The Dutchess Athletic Department offers Women’s Softball and Men’s Baseball during the spring season.

The Dutchess Community College Athletic Department is committed to assisting student-athletes with maintaining a high grade point average and preparing for future endeavors while providing a meaningful, worthwhile experience participating in intercollegiate athletics. The Dutchess Community College Athletic Department assists student-athletes to develop a strong work ethic, enhance interpersonal skills, and physical capabilities while emphasizing the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. Student-athletes are expected to display a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition as members of the Dutchess Community College Athletic Department. Student-athletes must be reliable team players who use proper judgment and conduct themselves in a professional manner that displays sportsmanship while participating on a scholastic athletic team.

The Dutchess Community College Athletic Department works closely with coaches, students, teachers, and administrators and strives to see each and every student-athlete successfully completes their semester goals and work towards the attainment of an Associate’s Degree at Dutchess Community College. The Dutchess Community College Athletic Department also works with student-athletes to assist them with transitioning from Dutchess Community College to an institution where they would be able to continue their scholastic athletic career while simultaneously pursuing a four-year degree in their academic area of interest.

Additional Services

Bookstore

The bookstore, operated by Follett, is located in Dutchess Hall, room 211 and can be reached at (845) 431-8080. In addition to textbooks rentals and sales, the bookstore offers a variety of school supplies and merchandise, including DCC logo clothing.

For more information visit www.sunydutchess.edu/studentlife/bookstore.

Day Care Center

The Louis Greenspan Day Care Center offers quality, affordable child care to students, staff and faculty of DCC. The Center accepts children from 18 months to 5 years of age. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, following the College academic calendar. The classrooms are staffed with teachers trained in early childhood education, as well as student teachers from DCC and Marist College. The center also serves as a research, observation, and internship facility for a variety of academic departments on campus.

Opened in 1975, the day care center strives to demonstrate standards of excellence in early childhood education and child development practices. Our center provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children. The center maintains an open-door policy in which parents are encouraged to visit and participate in all aspects of their child’s educational experience. The Louis Greenspan Day Care Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is strongly suggested. Registration materials can be obtained from the center director, or by calling (845) 431-8085.

DCC Help Desk

The DCC Help Desk provides a single point of contact for campus technology support. Please contact the Help Desk for any and all technology related issues. The DCC Help Desk is located in CBI 130. Hours of operation are Mon. - Thur. 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call (845) 431-8000 ext.HELP (4357). The DCC Help Desk website is accessible through the myDCC college web portal.

Laboratory Nursery School

Dutchess operates a registered laboratory nursery school. Children who have reached the age of three years, two months through the age of 4 years, 10 months are admitted each September. The children are selected at random from the applicant pool in order to meet the educational needs of the College and its students. Classrooms are directed by fully-certified early childhood teachers and are staffed by DCC students matriculated in the early childhood curriculum. Information about fees ($2,300 per year) and registration can be secured from the director of the Dutchess Community College Laboratory Nursery School.

Housing

On-campus housing is available for full-time students interested in combining the quality, affordability and other benefits of a DCC education with the experience of living away at school. Conklin Hall features fully furnished suites that include two bathrooms, a living room and kitchenette (with sink, microwave and full refrigerator).

The building is designed for comfort, safety and convenience and the residence-life staff, amenities and programs combine to create a welcoming environment that enriches the student experience.

The four-story residence hall features:
• Convenient location near academic buildings, campus
activities and student services, and adjacent to parking.
• 476 beds
• Lounge on each floor; multi-purpose atrium
• Wireless Internet and cable television service
• Laundry room; mailboxes; vending area
• Noncombustible construction; sprinklers throughout
• 24-hour security
• Geothermal heating and cooling

Students from counties other than Dutchess and Putnam must have a high school average of at least 70 in order to be considered for eligibility to live in the residence hall, and those who have stronger academic records may have an advantage in the housing award process. Those who do not meet the academic requirements may attend DCC but not live on campus until completing at least one full-time semester and demonstrating satisfactory progress. Students transferring from another college with a GPA of below 2.0 will be individually considered for housing. For more information visit sunydutchess.edu/reslife, email studenthousing@sunydutchess.edu or call (845) 790-3676.