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Student Policies & Procedures

Attendance Policy

1. A student is either Present or Absent for class. Your instructors will mark you for whichever applies.
2. To be counted present for the class missed, the following apply:
* PRIOR notice must be given to the instructors if you know you are not going to be in class.
* ALL work must be completed and submitted to the instructors up to the day you will be absent.
* Work not submitted will not be considered.
3. Written medical, emergency, cultural absence must be submitted to the attendance office for program use only.
4. No last minute notices to instructors will be allowed. Revert to #3 for program attendance.

Academic Advising

Students are assigned faculty advisors in their major. If students change academic programs, they must sign a new declaration of major form with the Registrar and a new advisor will be assigned. The academic advisor will:
1. Assist in registration and academic counseling.
2. Sign class registration forms and Add/Drop forms.
3. Approve education plans.
5. Provide tutoring/mentoring referral.

Computer Use Policy

The SCC computer policies include but are not limited to the following:
1. Theft and/or abuse of computers (software or hardware), computer capabilities and/or changing control panel settings.
2. Unauthorized use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty or staff.
3. Use of computing facilities to send harassing or abusive messages.
4. Use of Internet for pornography in any form.
5. Unauthorized file transfer.
6. Unauthorized downloading of music, movies, or otherwise restricted information is prohibited.
7. Intentional modification or destruction of college files.

Any of the above offenses constitutes a violation of the student conduct code and can lead to serious disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from SCC.

Conduct Suspension

A student who is suspended from SCC for non-academic reasons will not receive grades for the current semester. A statement of suspension will be recorded on the student’s permanent record which is filed in the Admissions/Registrar’s office.

Course Challenges

Students may request to receive credit for a course by special examination. Procedures and general guidelines for course challenges are as follows:
1. A student who requests to challenge a course must complete challenge requirements before the last day to add.  Prerequisites apply for all courses taken on a challenge basis. Some courses are not challengeable and challenged courses must also be paid for like other courses.
2. A maximum of 12 credits will be allowed for challenge courses.
3. All challenge tests must be approved by the Dean of Academics.

Drug & Alcohol Policy

All students of SCC are expected to comply with federal, state, and tribal laws regarding the sale and use of alcohol and drugs. Organizations collectively and students individually will be held responsible for any violations. Failure to adhere to regulations relating to alcoholic beverages and/or drugs will result in disciplinary action.

Fighting Policy

Individuals involved in fighting on campus will be turned over to the Rocky Boy Police Department.

First Offense: Suspension. Suspension can be for a certain period of time or indefinitely.
Second Offense: Expulsion. The student will be expelled from SCC for one semester.
Third Offense: Expulsion. The student will be expelled from SCC indefinitely.

Personal Property

SCC is not responsible for the loss misplacement, or destruction of the personal property of students.

Student Classification

The following are used for tuition and fee charges:
Full-Time: A student enrolled in 12 or more credits.
Part-Time: A student enrolled in 11 or fewer credits.

Student Class Level

Students are classified as follows:
Freshman: A student who earned less than 30 credits.
Sophomore: A student who earned more than 31 credits.

Student Conduct Code

SCC is dedicated to the growth of the individual. It also has the responsibility of promoting the common good and of rendering as remote as possible influences which are detrimental to the intellectual and social development of the college community. Students should at all times recognize their obligations as contributing members of the college community and should fulfill them completely. Judicial policies within an educational institution parallel the institution’s academic policies in that they are concerned with promoting an effective academic community, the freedom to learn, and personal responsibility. It is every student’s responsibility to help ensure that the SCC is an orderly and responsible community, one in which each member is assured of personal safety and well-being and has the opportunity to obtain the desired educational experience. For this reason, any member of the SCC student body who observes a violation of accepted guidelines or behavior has the responsibility to ensure corrective action is taken. Therefore, any member of the community, student, faculty, or staff may bring complaint and has responsibility to do so. Help with preparing a complaint may be obtained from the Student Services staff.

Responsibility and authority for the regulation of student behavior is vested in the President by the Board of Regents. In all disciplinary matters, the President has delegated decision-making authority concerning campus discipline with the Dean of Academics and the Dean of Student Services. SCC reserves the right to determine what constitutes inappropriate behavior and appropriate sanctions. The list of sanctions includes but is not limited to the following: verbal warning, disciplinary warning status, social probation, suspension, expulsion, fines, restitution for damages and exclusion from extracurricular activities. In the case of the suspension, a student may be separated from SCC for not less than one term and not more than one academic year. In the case of expulsion, a student’s relationship with SCC is permanently severed. In addition, a student who is suspended will be given a grade of “F,” in cases in which the work of the course has not been completed before suspension.

Student Credit Load

The maximum student credit load per semester is eighteen (18) credits. A full-time load is defined as twelve (12) credits. Only in special circumstances and by petition to the Admissions/Registrar’s office and approved by the Dean of Academics will a student be permitted to enroll in more than eighteen (18) credits. Concurrent enrollment in another college must be approved by the Registrar.

Student Due Process

A student attending SCC who has an objection to a decision of the staff or administration, has the right to have the objection heard. Failure to follow the sequence could result in the loss of student due process rights and failure of the entire process.

If the objection concerns academics, start with:
1. The instructor; do this verbally within five (5) days and if not satisfied with this decision, see #2.
2. The Dean of Academics; do this in writing within five (5) days of decision by the instructor. The Dean of Academics will respond in writing within five (5) working days. If still not satisfied with this decision, see #3.
3. The President; do this in writing within five (5) days of the decision of the Dean of Academics. The President will respond to this in writing within two (2) working weeks. If still not satisfied with this decision, see #4.
4. The Board of Regents: do this in writing within five (5) days of the President’s decision. The Board of Regents makes final decisions.

If the objection concerns anything else, such as rules, financial aid (other than Federal PELL Grant), policies start with:
1. Your advisor or coordinator; do this verbally within five (5) days and if not satisfied with the decision, see #2.
2. The Dean of Student Services; do this in writing within five (5) days of decision by the advisor. The Dean of Students will respond in writing within five (5) working days. If still not satisfied with this decision, see #3.
3. The President; do this in writing within five (5) days of the decision of the Dean of Students. The President will respond to this in writing within two (2) working weeks. If still not satisfied with this decision, see #4.
4. The Board of Regents; do this in writing within five (5) days of the President’s decision. The Board of Regents makes final decisions.

Student Health

SCC provides no formal student health services. Eligible tribal members are encouraged to contact Indian Health Services for medical attention. Non-Indian students should have a doctor’s name, address and telephone number on file with SCC. Students with medical problems should inform SCC of their condition when registering.

Student Marriages

Notice of marriages or change in your name must be promptly reported with the Registrar and Financial Aid Officer.

Students with Disabilities

Students with physical or learning disabilities needing assistance with note-taking, reading, taping, or access to classrooms should contact the Student Services office.

Transfer Credits to Stone Child College

Transcripts of credits from other colleges and universities are evaluated by the Registrar. No evaluation of transfer credits will be made until application for admission is complete. No grade of “D” or “F” will be accepted from other colleges toward graduation requirements, including electives. Credits more than 10 years old from the date of initial admission to SCC will not be accepted. No computer science and/or information technology credits more than 5 years old from date of initial admission to SCC will be accepted.

Transfer to Other Institutions

SCC students who expect to transfer to any other institution of higher learning should realize that the credits accepted for transfer toward a degree are determined solely by the institution to which the student transfers.

A student who plans to transfer to a four-year college or university should follow these four steps:
1. Obtain a current catalog of the institution to which you wish to transfer and study the entrance requirements and suggestions for freshman and sophomore programs in the major field of interest.
2. Consult with a counselor or advisor about fulfilling these requirements.
3. Consult, either by letter or by personal interview, with an Admissions Officer of the institution for further information about curriculum and transfer regulations.
4. Obtain an articulation agreement with institution to be certain all requirements will be met and all regulations observed to the satisfaction of the four-year college or university.
5. Request official transcript from SCC to transfer institution.

Violation and Offenses

The following list is intended to provide examples of inappropriate behavior for which sanctions may be levied and is not intended to be exhaustive.
1. Violence against any other member of the college community, this includes physical or verbal assault, nuisance or threatening phone calls, and any individual or group effort designed to harass or to ridicule any other member of the college community.
2. Theft or damage to college property or property of any student, or staff member, or any visitor to the campus.
3. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, or other college activities, including its public service functions and other authorized activities.
4. Dishonesty, such as knowingly furnishing false information to SCC.
5. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of college or personal identification records.
6. Failure to comply with directions of college officials acting in the performance of their duties.
7. The possession or use of illegal drugs on campus.
8. Violation of the SCC’s drug and alcohol policy.
9. Creating, maintaining, or participation in a situation detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the college community. This includes tampering with fire equipment, setting fireworks, bomb threats, and similar behavior.
10. Destroying, altering or damaging college data.

Waiver of Regulations

Rules and regulations in this catalog have been adopted jointly by the faculty, administration, and Board of Regents and are subject to modification and revision by them. If a student feels that extenuating circumstances might justify the waiver of a college regulation he/she may file a petition with the Student Services office.

Withdraw/Drops

A student may drop a course up to the last day to register (as specified in the academic calendar) and no entry regarding the course will appear on the transcript. After this date and through the last day to withdraw from a course two weeks before the end of the semester (as specified in the academic calendar) the work of a student who withdraws will be recorded as “W”. After the last day to withdraw, students will receive a letter grade as assigned by the instructor. Students may withdraw by completing the proper forms with the Admissions/Registrar’s office.