|Student Rights Policies|
Bill of Rights
Florida Community College at Jacksonville associate in arts graduates are guaranteed the following rights under the Statewide Articulation Agreement (State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024):
Student Records and Privacy
Pursuant to Public Law 93-380, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students and their parents are advised of certain practices and procedures at Florida Community College at Jacksonville which relate to student records.
Once students reach the age of 18 or are enrolled in a postsecondary program, parents no longer have any rights to student information under this act unless students give written consent to release the information to their parents or the parents provide evidence that students are dependents of the parents as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
Under this act, students or parents (if eligible) will be accorded access to students records within a reasonable time after the submission of a written request to the custodian of that record. Suitable arrangements will be made by the College to permit records to be reviewed in the presence of a representative of the custodian of records. Either students or parents (if eligible) have the right to challenge the content of any record they believe to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of their rights or otherwise inappropriate and to insert into the record any written explanation of any matter therein. The custodian of the records challenged shall conduct a hearing upon the matter at a reasonable time and place at which time students or parents (if eligible) may present any evidence they may have in support of the challenge. If a record is challenged, the custodian of the record shall make a decision at the conclusion of the hearing. This decision may be appealed by students or parents (if eligible) through established procedures to the student appeals review committee. Action by the College President on an appeal is final.
Students or parents (if eligible) must consent to the release of any student information other than directory information to any person or agency. This consent must be in writing, signed, dated and must specify the information to be released, the reason for release and the names of individuals to whom the information is to be released.
The following records are maintained in students files: application for admission, transcripts from other colleges, academic history records and general correspondence.
The following information about individual students is classified as "directory information" and will be released upon request to any person. Individual students or parents (if eligible) have a right to submit a request in writing to the custodian of student records that all or any part of the directory information NOT be released. The request to withhold directory information must be submitted annually.
The College shall reasonably accommodate the religious observances, practices and beliefs of individual students in regard to admissions, class attendance and the scheduling of examinations and work assignments.
Students who have a concern regarding the Colleges implementation and/or interpretation of this rule shall have the right to formalize that concern through the general student appeal process.
Sexual harassment as defined in District Board of Trustees Rule 6Hx7-1.3, Definitions, is hereby deemed to be discrimination on the basis of sex and is expressly prohibited by this rule. This prohibition shall apply to every facet of the Colleges operation including but not limited to employment and student environments, which include peer harassment. Any violation hereof shall result in disciplinary action,
Definition 6Hx7-1.3 Definitions 1.3
Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favor, or other verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whenever:
Individuals who feel that they have been sexually harassed under the above definition and wish further information or assistance in filing a complaint, may contact:
Director, Equal Access/Equal OpportunityEqual Access Equal Opportunity
Florida Community College at Jacksonville is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action college in education and employment. The commitment of FCCJs District Board of Trustees and the College administration to equal opportunity extends to all facets of governance, operational procedures, instructional programs, student activities and services.
The admission and employment policies of the College provide equal access to educational services and equal opportunity for employment within the College.
The College is guided by the principle that no person who chooses to learn or work at FCCJ shall be treated differently because of age, race, color, religious beliefs, national origin, sex, marital status or disability.
Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Assistant to the President for Equal Access/Equal Opportunity, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Donald T. Martin Center for College Services, Room 249, 501 W. State St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Or call (904) 632-3221.
Inquiries or complaints regarding access to FCCJ programs, activities, facilities and/or employment practices for people with disabilities may be addressed to the Associate Vice President of Student Success and ADA Coordinator, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, 501 W. State St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Or call (904) 632-5004 (voice) or (904) 766-6766 (TDD).
Academic Freedom and Responsibility
In light of the stated philosophy of Florida Community College at Jacksonville, we, the District Board of Trustees of Florida Community College at Jacksonville, recognize that faculty shall have academic freedom to promote learning, in an educational environment free from unreasonable restraint.