Jan 22, 2022  
2014-2015 Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Policies



 

Nondiscrimination Statement

Casper College is an equal opportunity institution and as such, does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity in admission or access to or treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 may be referred to Casper College, Human Resources Department, 125 College Dr., Casper, WY 82601; 307-268-2025 , or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, 1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204-3582; 303-844-5695 or TDD 303-844-3417.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

This act outlines the rights of students and the responsibilities of educational institutions in the maintenance and security of student records. The rights of students under this act include the following, subject to conditions and limitations specified in the act:

  1. The right to access official records directly related to the student. Students may request to amend education records for inaccurate or misleading information but they may not challenge a grade, an opinion, or a substantive decision. Students have the right to a hearing pertaining to denied requests and may submit a personal statement in the record regarding the dispute.
  2. The right to limit disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in education records. Casper College may release student information to excepted parties per this act without student consent. The college considers the following information to be directory information and, in response to public inquiry, may be disclosed in conformance with state law, at the college’s discretion, without prior consent of the student: (a) student name, (b) major field of study, (c) educational level (d) participation in officially recognized activities and sports, (e) weight and height of athletic team members, (f) dates of attendance, (g) degrees and awards, and (h) enrollment status. Students may restrict access to their directory information by providing Enrollment Services with written notification during the first 14 calendar days of fall or spring semester or the first four calendar days of summer session.
  3. The right to file a complaint concerning alleged failure by Casper College to comply with the Act with the Family Policy Compliance Office.

The information contained in educational records, except as may be determined to be directory information, will not be disclosed to a parent or spouse without the prior written consent of the son, daughter, or spouse.

Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972 as Amended

Throughout this catalog the masculine pronoun is generic and should be construed to apply equally to men and women. It is the intent of Casper College to comply with Title IX.

Americans with Disabilities Act & Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Casper College may not exclude any students with an ADA and/or Section 504 qualified disabling condition from any course or course of study because of a disability. Students seeking accommodative services under ADA or Section 504 must meet with the disability services counselor, located in the Student Success Center, room 344 of the Gateway Building, prior to the implementation of expected services. Some services may require more than 72 hours lead time. Written documentation is required to qualify for accommodative services.

Sexual Harassment Policy

The college is committed to an academic and work environment free from harassment. Reporting procedures are available from the Affirmative Action Officer who is located in the Gateway Building, room 402.

Casper College affirms that its students and employees have a right to be free from sex discrimination in the form of sexual harassment by any member of the college community. Sexual harassment is unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature especially when any of the following applies:

a.    Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic status.
b.    Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.
c.    Such conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s employment or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.

Sexual harassment does not include verbal expressions or written material that is relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or curriculum, and this policy shall not abridge academic freedom or the college’s educational mission.

Individuals who believe they have been sexually harassed should follow college policies and procedures to address the issue. Harassment complaints may be reported to the director of human resources or the vice president of Student Services, both offices are located in the Gateway Building, 4th floor or to the director of security and judicial review. The Denver Regional Office of the Department of Education or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office in Denver are also available to address harassment issues. Confidentiality will be maintained for all parties involved, insofar as possible. College policy explicitly prohibits retaliation against individuals for bringing harassment complaints. Individuals found responsible for harassment are subject to disciplinary action. See the Student Handbook for more information.

MMR Immunization

All new degree-seeking students must provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) prior to registration. Persons born before 1957 are exempt from this requirement. Acceptable proof of immunization includes 1) an immunization record documenting the receipt of two doses of the MMR vaccination at 15 months of age or later or one dose for people who receive the vaccination after age 18, 2) a signed physician statement verifying a diagnoses of all three of the diseases; or 3) an official, signed statement documenting laboratory evidence of immunity for all three diseases. Immunization must be validated prior to registration. Students may obtain an MMR immunization through public health, a private physician, or at Student Health. Immunizations fees are the students’ responsibility.

Students may request a medical or religious exemption. For a medical exemption, the student must submit a signed statement from a medical practitioner’s verifying a medical contraindications (i.e., anaphylactic reaction to eggs or neomycin, pregnancy and altered immune status) to Student Health. For a religious exemption, the student must submit a signed statement declaring religious beliefs contrary to immunizations to Student Health. If a measles, mumps, or rubella outbreak occurs on campus, students with an exemption will be excluded from campus for the duration of the outbreak. Any MMR immunization exemption is only applicable to enrollment to Casper College. It does not extend to any program, course, clinical or internship/cooperative work experience offerings in which an accrediting agency or third party site provider requires the MMR immunization.

Resident Status

Wyoming Community College Commission established residency requirements. Residence classification is determined at the time of admission or whenever a student has not been in attendance for more than one semester. A student may also be reclassified prior to the end of a published refund period for any semester in which he or she qualifies. A registered student who is classified as a resident by one Wyoming community college will be classified a resident at all Wyoming community colleges.

Only individuals who are U.S. citizens or their legal dependents or individuals who have been issued a visa by the U.S. Department of State may qualify for residency. Community colleges may require applicants to supply information to document residency status. Direct any questions to Enrollment Services at 307 268-2111.

Applicants who meet any of the following requirements are classified or reclassified as a Wyoming resident for tuition purposes:

  1. A graduate of a Wyoming high school or recipient of a Wyoming high school equivalency certificate who enrolls in a community college within 12 months of either high school graduation or high school equivalency completion.
  2. An individual who can provide written verification that he or she has lived in Wyoming continuously for one year prior to enrolling. Time spent residing in on-campus housing does not apply.
  3. A legal dependent under the age of 24 or spouse of a resident of the State of Wyoming who qualifies as a resident under this policy.
  4. A legal dependent under the age of 24 of a Wyoming community college graduate.
  5. An individual who marries a Wyoming resident is considered a resident at the beginning of the semester following the marriage.
  6. An individual on active duty in Wyoming with the United States Armed Forces, Wyoming National Guard or Reserves and his or her legal dependents.
  7. An individual who can provide written verification from an employer that he or she will be employed full-time for an anticipated period of not less than seven months, and such employment is the principle means of support. The written verification must be on company stationery; signed and dated by the owner, manager or human resources department head’ identify the employment start date; the employee’s status (fulltime, part-time); and state that it is expected that employment will be continuous for no less than seven months.
  8. An individual temporarily absent from the state due to military service, attendance at educational institutions, or other types of documented temporary absences will not have their resident status voided by such absence.

Non-residents may be considered residents for tuition purposes if they meet all of the following criteria. Direct any questions to Enrollment Services at 307-268-2111.

  1. Their principal employment is located within Wyoming and the income from this employment is the principal source of income for the family
  2. Pays Wyoming taxes as required by law
  3. They have been employed within Wyoming for at least a majority of the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding application for resident tuition; and
  4. At the time of enrollment and in accordance with requirements of the enrolling institution, the person, his or her spouse, or any child of that person submits to the community college a notarized affidavit attesting to these requirements. 

Military veterans who do not qualify as residents shall be considered residents for tuition purposes if they meet all of the following criteria.

  1. A certificate or other evidence of honorable discharge from the U.S. uniformed services within 12 months immediately preceding application for resident tuition or within 12 month immediately preceding acceptance to the University of Wyoming or one of the Wyoming community colleges if the applicant was attending UW or any of the Wyoming community colleges on April 1, 2014.
  2. Documentation that the veteran has taken steps to establish residency in Wyoming.