Over the years several regulations have been adopted that have as their purpose the protection of students' rights. Of particular interest are the following:
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, provides that no otherwise handicapped individual in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. For more information, contact the Learning Support and Disabilities Services director.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 A comprehensive, federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities in employment, state and local government programs and activities, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. For more information, contact the Learning Support and Disabilities Services director.
The Buckley Amendment: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) otherwise known as "The Buckley Amendment," provides students with access to their school records. FERPA makes four guarantees to postsecondary students. These rights include the following:
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.
3. The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
A detailed outline of the The College of Idaho "Student Records Policy" is contained in the student records section of the student handbook.
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965) is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions. The law states that "no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." The amendment of 1987 expanded the definition of program or activity to include all the operations of an educational institution, governmental entity or private employer that receives federal funds.
The Title IX coordinator for The College of Idaho is Reagan Rossi, 208-459-5855, [email protected]. Any inquiries regarding Title IX compliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Office for Civil Rights.
Students' Right to Know Act requires the disclosure of information on completion and graduation rates, as well as security policies and procedures, crimes and crime rates. This information is in a variety of campus publications, including this Student Handbook, and is available upon request. In compliance with the Campus Security Act, the college is furnishing the following information:
The College of Idaho Department of Campus Safety is the safety and security division of the college. Officers are assigned to this department after a complete and thorough background investigation. Annual, on-going training is provided. Both full and part-time officers come from a variety of safety and security backgrounds including law enforcement, fire department, military, and private security. These officers are supervised by the Director of Campus Safety. The officers handle the full range of public safety services and enforce all laws as well as college policies.
The college also works closely with the Caldwell Police Department, Canyon County Sheriff and Prosecutor's Victim/Witness Program. Any reports of incidents involving C of I students, on or off campus, are forwarded to the Dean of Student Affairs (or his designee) so that the best interests of students, employees and the community can be served. C of I considers personal safety a priority. Incident reports and safety concerns are reviewed and acted upon according to professional law enforcement standards.
Students are required to comply with the directives of Campus Safety officers and any college official in performance of their assigned duties. Students are required to present valid identification when requested to do so. Campus Safety officers may detain a suspect when there is reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed.
Campus Safety is responsible for the enforcement of policies, rules and regulations set forth by The College of Idaho, and to report criminal violations to the proper authorities. To report crimes or emergencies, members of the college community should call 208.459.5151 if off campus or ext. 5151 from any campus extension. For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-911 from any campus extension or press the red button on any courtesy phone located throughout the campus. Be prepared to advise the dispatcher where the emergency is located.
Clery Act The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.
SaVE Act The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act seeks to address the violence women face on campus: the highest rates of stalking, the highest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence, and 20-25% of female students experiencing rape or attempted rape. This legislation will update the Jeanne Clery Act to create increased transparency, accountability, education, and collaboration.
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) was initially passed in 1994. It provides federal funds toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposes automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allows civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. The Act also establishes the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice.