Policies/Student Handbook

Overview of Campus Policies

Employers and the administration of the tech college expect students to develop good work attitudes and ethics while learning. Therefore, students must comply with the policies as listed in this section of the catalog. If they have questions regarding the tech college’s policies, they can contact their counselor or instructor(s).
Students can access a current list of student policies via the tech college Web site. Violation of any student policy may be grounds for dismissal. Students who do not maintain satisfactory attendance and progress and/or violate the student code of conduct may be subject to involuntary dismissal. Appeals for disciplinary action must be made to the program directors.
As a member of the Utah College of Applied Technology, the Ogden-Weber campus will adhere to all system-wide policies. Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College’s policies are current at the time of this publication, but will be subject to change as deemed necessary.
Student Conduct
Students shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the basic standards of employment (e.g. punctuality, satisfactory attendance). Behavior which interferes with or detracts from the teaching/learning process or violates school regulations or federal, state or local laws, is not acceptable and may result in disciplinary action or dismissal. This policy includes provisions (not all inclusive) regarding use of drugs not prescribed to the holder, and/or of alcoholic beverages on campus prior to or during school hours; cheating, plagiarism, removal or destruction of college property, unacceptable or unauthorized use of college computers, gambling, fighting, possession of weapons, abusive language, threats, insubordination, bullying and all types of harassment are all grounds for dismissal. Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the college, which may result in probation or dismissal. (OWATC Policy 530.4, Student Responsibilities and Conduct)
Academic Honesty

The tech college views academic honesty as a reflection of personal integrity. Students are required and expected to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty in the preparation of all examinations, assignments, tests, projects, and fieldwork.

Most professions have codes of ethics and standards for employees. At the tech college, students need to prepare to be future employees and practice the integrity that will be expected on the job. For all of these reasons, academic misconduct is considered a serious offense.

Every student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the policy (OWATC Policy 530.4, Student Responsibilities and Conduct).

Student Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of the tech college to operate under an open door policy and serve all individuals on an equal opportunity basis. All persons who can gain from technical education shall have an opportunity to enroll in courses but not necessarily all programs.

The tech college is committed to providing equal education opportunity regardless of sex, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, age, national origin, and physical or mental handicap. (OWATC Policy 530.5 Student Non-Discrimination)

The tech college is committed to providing equal educational opportunity regardless of sex, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, age, national origin, and physical or mental handicap, as required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Vocational Amendments of 1976, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and all other applicable state and federal laws.

Students who feel they have been denied services or have not received fair and equal treatment should report their concerns to their counselor, director, or the diversity coordinator who shall advise and refer them to the college’s Student Complaints policy. (OWATC Policy 520.8, Student Complaints)

Harassment

It is the policy of the tech college to provide all students with an educational environment free from any type of harassment.

Harassment/bullying is defined as intentional harm characterized as any action, expression, or other behavior that seeks to oppress or to convey hatred, contempt, or ridicule, based upon such characteristics as, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, physical disability, religion, national origin, age, or sexual orientation of individuals; and the effect of which is to degrade, humiliate, or deny a person or person the full and free exercise of their rights or privileges, or creating an intimidating or hostile environment.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, request for special favors, and any other verbal, written, physical, or other conduct of a sexual nature when: submission to such conduct by an individual is implicitly or explicitly made a condition of educational status or participation in college programs or activities; such conduct would be objectively regarded by a reasonable person as substantially interfering with an individual’s ability to learn or participate in college programs are activities by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment even if the person engaging in the conduct does not intend to interfere, intimidate, or be hostile or offensive.

Sexual harassment is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX, of the Educational Amendments of 1972, as amended, and the Utah Anti-discrimination Act of 1965, as amended. When violations of this policy occur, persons who engage in such behavior may be subject to various forms of disciplinary action including immediate suspension/dismissal or termination. Retaliation against any person who has filed a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation or proceeding under this policy is also prohibited.

Students should report any type of harassment, discrimination, bullying or ADA compliance directly to a counselor, ADA Counselor, Diversity Coordinator, or director. (OWATC Policy 510.8, Student Complaints)

Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Harassment

The Ogden-Weber Tech College has a strong commitment to providing an environment that is not only safe, but where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and reach their potential. Many students indicate in surveys that they feel a sense of belonging here and that people care.

While bullying has not been an accepted part of our campus culture, faculty and staff are asked to keep an eye out for actions that would make anyone feel unsafe or unwelcome. To further that commitment, in 2013 the campus Diversity Council and Student Services management hosted screenings of the movie Bully to raise awareness of this important issue and the impact it can have on lives.

Administration also asks for student help in keeping the tech college free from bullying or harassment in any form, including cyber bullying. If you observe something unacceptable, PLEASE contact a counselor or the campus Diversity Coordinator. Bullying and discrimination are both violations of the “Student Responsibilities and Conduct” policy and are grounds for disciplinary action. Neither will be tolerated.

Student Complaints

It is tech college policy to resolve all student complaints at the level most immediate to the parties involved. Students are encouraged to discuss their complaints with college employees in an attempt to allow due process and resolve the problem at the level most immediate to the parties involved. If students are not comfortable discussing their complaints with the college employee in that area, they may go to a counselor or a director/manager. If the complaint is not resolved, the student may choose to complete an Informal Student Complaint Form within five days of the incident and submit it to a counselor or director/manager.

If the complaint is related to discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, or ADA compliance, students should report their concerns directly to a counselor, ADA Counselor, Diversity Coordinator, or a director.

The complaint process is outlined in (OWATC Policy 520.8, Student Complaints).

Dress Code
The tech college supports the dress standards established by local employers. Students must dress according to employer job standards and must meet safety regulations in their program area. Instructors have information about appropriate clothing and equipment needed in specific occupational programs. (OWATC Policy 530.4, Student Responsibilities and Conduct)
Telephone Use
Telephones are located around the campus for student use. Cell phones and pagers must be set on silent mode when students are in the classroom or other areas of the tech college being used for student instruction. If students must take a call, they should excuse themselves from the classroom. (OWATC Policy 530.4, Student Responsibilities and Conduct)
Parking/Driving on Campus
Students do not need a parking permit. However, parking is provided only in designated areas in accordance with posted signage. Students can receive a citation and/or be withdrawn from school for failure to comply with all campus control signs or symbols (posted speed limits, stop signs, etc.). Speed limit is 25 mph on the perimeter road and 10 mph in parking lots. (OWATC Policy 500.12, Parking)
Children/Visitors/Pets
Students should inform friends and visitors to meet them at the tech college only during lunch and after school hours. Students may not bring children to classes at the college. Students may not bring any animals on campus unless the animal is a qualified service animal for a person with a disability (e.g., seeing-eye dog). (OWATC Policy 530.4, Student Responsibilities and Conduct)
Smoking Policy

As a courtesy to students, smoking and all tobacco use (including smokeless cigarettes) is allowed only in the two outdoor designated smoking areas on campus. The designated areas are located between the Construction and Manufacturing Buildings and to the north of the Multipurpose Facility. (OWATC Policy 520.59, Smoking) and (OWATC Policy 530.4, Student Responsibilities and Conduct)

Legal smoking/tobacco use age is 19 years.

Weapons Policy
It is college policy that weapons use or possession is prohibited while on college property and at college-sponsored activities. Carrying a concealed weapon or concealing a weapon on college property or college-sponsored activities is prohibited with the exception of individuals who have a Concealed Firearm Permit. The tech college is committed to maintaining a safe, healthful, and efficient working environment where employees, students, and visitors are free from the threat of workplace violence. Violators of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action which includes suspension and/or criminal penalties pursuant to state or local law. (OWATC Policy 520.52, Weapons Prohibited on College Property and at College Activities)
Theft/Vandalism/Lost or Stolen Items

Unauthorized removal of equipment and/or intentional destruction or damage of property, buildings, or equipment will result in dismissal with possible referral to law enforcement.

The tech college is not responsible for lost or stolen items, including items in students’ lockers. (OWATC Policy 530.4, Student Responsibilities and Conduct)

Security/Campus Police/Crime Statistics

The tech college employs a full-time Security Coordinator and staff to provide a safe and secure environment and provide police presence on campus to support and assist students, faculty, and staff. Campus security can be reached through the college operator.

The tech college is committed to assist in providing students a safe environment for learning and in keeping students, parents, and employees well informed about campus security. These goals were advanced by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990; you can review campus crime statistics for Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College online: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Drug Free Schools Statement

Use, possession, distribution, manufacturing, or being under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substances while on college property or at college sponsored activities will result in disciplinary action, which may include dismissal from the college, denial of Federal/State student loan/grant money, and criminal penalties pursued through State, Federal, or local law enforcement agencies.

The health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs are as follows but not limited to increased heart rate, decreased appetite, dry mouth, insomnia, short-term memory loss, paranoia, hallucinations, psychological dependency, lack of concentration and coordination, altered perception and vision, health issues, or premature death.

For community help, see a college counselor or call the following numbers:

1-800-Alcohol

1-888-567-TRUTH (Tobacco)

1-800-Cocaine

1-800-342-Aids (Spanish)

1-800-Aids-TTY-TDD

Photo/Video Release
Per the Utah Attorney General, photographs taken of persons in public settings such as classrooms, lunch rooms, and campus grounds can be used for college public relations purposes and college publications without the expressed consent of the individuals in the photographs.