Rules, Regulations and Rights
Students Rights Policies
Florida Community College associate in
arts graduates are guaranteed the following rights under the Statewide
Articulation Agreement (State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024):
- admission to one of the nine state universities,
except to limited access programs which have additional admission
- acceptance of at least 60 credit hours by
the state universities toward the baccalaureate degree,
- adherence to university requirements and
policies based on the catalog in effect at the time the student
first entered a community college, provided the student maintains
- transfer of equivalent courses under the
Statewide Course Numbering System,
- acceptance by the state universities of credit
earned in accelerated programs (e.g., CLEP, AP, PEP, Dual Enrollment,
Early Admission and International Baccalaureate),
- no additional General Education Requirements,
- advance knowledge of selection criteria for
limited access programs and
- equal opportunity with native university
students to enter limited access programs.
Should any guarantee be denied, students
have the right of appeal. Each state university and community
college shall make available established appeal procedures through
the respective articulation officers.
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 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.
- major field of study
- dates of attendance
- degrees or awards received
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, as appropriate.
- It is the responsibility of students to notify
instructors in writing in advance of absences to observe religious
holy days in their own faith. Upon such reasonable notification,
such absences shall be excused without penalty.
- Students shall be responsible for material
covered during the period of observance and shall be provided
a reasonable time to complete make up assignments.
- The College and its faculty, as appropriate,
shall schedule major class assignments, major examinations and
official ceremonies on other than major religious holy days
Definition 6Hx7-1.3 Definitions
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:
- submission of such conduct is made either
explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individuals
employment or course progress,
- submission to or rejection of such conduct
is used as the basis for employment or course decisions affecting
that individual, or
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of
unreasonably interfering with an individuals work performance
or educational experience, or creates an intimidating, hostile
or offensive work or educational environment.
Peer sexual harassment is defined as sexual
harassment of a student or students by another student or group
of students which creates a hostile environment.
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
Florida Community College 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.
Donald T. Martin Center for College Services, Room
Director of Human Resources,
Donald T. Martin Center for College
Services, Room 249, 904.632.3254
Downtown Dean of Student Success, Room 1097, 904.633.8200/633.8201
Kent Dean of Student Success, Room B-100, 904.381.3449
North Dean of Student Success, Room E-132, 904.766.6763
South Dean of Student Success, Room U-131, 904.646.2009
Any administrator that the complainant may select.
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, 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, 501 W. State
Jacksonville, FL 32202. Or call 904.632.5004 (voice) or 904.766.6766
In light of the stated philosophy of Florida
Community College, we, the District Board of Trustees of Florida
Community College, recognize that faculty shall have academic
freedom to promote learning, in an educational environment free
from unreasonable restraint.
- As citizens of the United States, members
of this academic community enjoy the same basic freedoms, rights
and responsibilities as all other citizens of this nation.
- As teachers, members of this academic community
should experience those freedoms and exercise those responsibilities
related to the educational process. In order for this to take
place, teachers should be free to research, to publish findings
in the spirit of free inquiry, and to exercise academic responsibility
in the classroom in examining and discussing subjects in a spirit
of freedom and with a sense of direction.
The administration shall ensure that academic
freedom exists to provide a means by which academic due process,
as distinguished from civil due process, may be implemented.