2014-2015 Academic Catalog
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) will disclose and provide access to information to our students, prospective students, employees and prospective employees pursuant to 34 C.F.R.§ 668.46. This information will be contained in the CCA schedule that is available online every semester. In addition, required disclosures to employees will be in the form of an email that is sent once a semester and is also available online at www.CCAurora.edu.
The CCA Web site has updated disclosure information on the following:
The Community College of Aurora does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, religion, veteran status, age, or disability in its employment practices and educational programs and activities. Individuals with limited English proficiency interested in career and technical education programs will be assessed and offered options to support their participation in CCA programs. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or discrimination complaints: Cindy Hesse, Director of Human Resources, Administration Building, Room A207-D, Telephone: 303-360-4752.
CCA supports and complies with the Student Right to Know, Campus Security Act and the Jeanne Clery disclosure requirements.
In accordance with 20 U.S.C.§1092, information about campus security is available online at www.ccaurora.edu/students/student-right-know and from the Chief of Campus Security, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A103-G. A list of crime-related statistics for the Lowry Campus can be obtained online through the Colorado Community College System Web site at www.cccs.edu or through the Campus Security and Safety link on www.CCAurora.edu. A list of registered sexual offenders in the area can be obtained through the Aurora Police Department at 303-739-6308 or online at http://sor.state.co.us/ or through the Campus Security Safety link on www.CCAurora.edu. Security at the CentreTech Campus is located in the Administration Building, Room 101, 303-360-4727. The Security office for the Lowry Campus is located at 700 Boston Street, 303-419-5557 or 720-858-2731.
Responsibility for CCA security at the CentreTech Campus is assigned to the Campus Security office under the supervision of the Executive Vice-President for Administrative Services. Responsibility for CCA security at the Lowry Campus is assigned to Lowry Campus Security under the supervision of the Vice President for Administration and Finance for the Colorado Community College System.
The Community College of Aurora will strive to make its facility a reasonably secure place for all members of the campus community. The college provides its students and employees with a level of security equal to that afforded similar activities throughout the community.
It is the responsibility of all persons to practice appropriate safety measures. In the event of an injury, during instruction or any other time on campus, the injured party must report the nature of the incident and the manner in which it was handled. This first report is to be filed in the Human Resources office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A201, with a second copy filed in the Director of Facilities office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A105-C.
CCA supports the efforts of local, state and federal governments in promoting a drug -free America, pursuant to Public Law 101. Information and policies are available in the Office of Student Conduct, Intervention & Retention CentreTech Campus, or online at: http://www.ccaurora.edu/students/student-right-know/drug-alcohol-prevention.
CCA complies fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. §1232q, which is designed to protect the privacy of student educational records and to ensure the rights of students to examine their records. More information is available in the Admissions, Registration and Records office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A102 and online at www.ccaurora.edu/students/student-right-know.
Students who wish to have student record information released to a third party (parent, employer, another college, etc) must complete a FERPA Release Form, Records Release Form or Transcript Request as appropriate for the type of information being released. Please see the Admissions, Registration and Records office for assistance.
Students have three primary rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These are: 1) to inspect and review their educational records, 2) to have some control over the disclosure of information from their education records and 3) to seek to amend their education records.
The Office of the Registrar takes full responsibility for the security of academic records. Under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the information in students’ files may be released only under specific conditions. Current or former students of CCA have complete access to their records in compliance with requirements under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C.§1232q. Students may view them upon request at the Admissions, Registration and Records office. If students feel the records contain errors, they may appeal in writing to the Registrar.
FERPA requires institutions to give public notice to students of the categories of personally identifiable information, which the institution has designated as public or directory information. Colleges may disclose directory information without prior written consent of the student, unless the student requests in writing to the contrary no later than the first official class meeting date of each semester.
It is in the best interest of student safety and privacy to limit the disclosure of directory information to items that would provide immediate access to a student. Immediate access to a student could be obtained by disclosing student address, telephone number, or class schedule.
The following information is permissible for release and is considered part as the college's directory information:
Student’s names and dates of attendance at CCA are considered public information. CCA responds to inquiries in this regard, whether they are made in person, by phone or in writing. Other items are also considered public information, but disclosure can be prevented. The Admissions, Registration and Records office must receive a written statement requesting the information to be withheld. Directory items can appear in college directories and publications or be disclosed by staff to anyone inquiring in person, by phone, or in writing.
Student names may be released for graduation listings and lists of special awards, honors, events, and to the news media. In addition, graduation lists which may include student e-mail and address information may be released to 4-year institutions at the discretion of the college. All other information contained in student records is considered private and not open to public without student consent.
The following individuals have access to student records because of their official functions: CCA officials, officials at other schools and colleges to which the student applies, state or federal education authorities, officials evaluating the application for financial aid, state and local officials requesting reporting data, organizations conducting studies for educational institutions or agencies, accrediting organizations, parents of dependent students (proof of dependency is required - CCA will attempt to notify the student before releasing information), and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, CCA may also provide information without consent to comply with Judicial orders, in emergencies where the information in the student file is needed to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the student or that of other persons, to institutions with whom CCA has transfer agreements and students have declared an intent to transfer to that institution, and in response to requests made by military recruiters who are granted access to students in higher education by the Solomon Amendment.
A complete copy of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is available in the Admissions, Registration and Records office, CentreTech Campus, Administrator Building, Room A102, at the Lowry Campus, West Quad, Room 119 or online at www.CCAurora.edu/students/student-right-know/ferpa.
Information is available in the Financial Aid office at the CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A103, at the Lowry Campus, West Quad, Room 119 and online at www.CCAurora.edu/students/student-right-know. All Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to read the information available in the financial aid handbook.
CCA fully supports and advocates that our students and staff register to vote. Voter registration forms are available in the Admissions, Registration and Records office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, A102, or online at www.elections.colorado.gov/DDefault.aspx?tid=547
This college catalog is subject to changes during the year. Changes and addendums are available at www.CCAurora.edu.
The General Assembly implemented the Student Bill of Rights (C.R.S. 23-1-125) to assure that students enrolled in public institutions of higher education shall have the following rights:
(a) Students should be able to complete their Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs in no more than sixty (60) credit hours or their Baccalaureate programs in no more than one hundred twenty (120) credit hours unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the Commission;
(b) A student can sign a two-year or four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in two or four years, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the Commission;
(c) Students have a right to clear and concise information concerning which courses must be completed successfully to complete their degrees;
(d) Students have a right to know which courses are transferable among the state public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education;
(e) Students, upon completion of core general education courses, regardless of the delivery method, should have those courses satisfy the core course requirements of all Colorado public institutions of higher education;
(f) Students have a right to know if courses from one or more public higher education institutions satisfy the students' degree requirements;
(g) A student's credit for the completion of the core requirements and core courses shall not expire for ten years from the date of initial enrollment and shall be transferable.
Students need to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the college’s function as an educational institution. CCA expects each student to obey the federal, state, and municipal laws, as well as college regulations.
Any act which interferes with the learning process, rights of others, disrupts or impairs the normal functioning of the college, damages or destroys property, or impairs health or safety is grounds for disciplinary action. Examples of misconduct subject to disciplinary action and associated procedures may be found online at http://www.ccaurora.edu/students/student-right-know/code-of-conduct.
Upon enrolling at the college, you assume an obligation to conduct yourself in a manner compatible with the college's function as a public educational institution. CCA expects each student to obey federal, state, and municipal laws as well as college regulations. In addition, students must adhere to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies, the Colorado Community College System President’s Procedures, and the CCA Student Code of Conduct explained below.
Any act which interferes with the learning process, rights of others, disrupts or impairs the normal functioning of the college, damages or destroys property, or impairs health or safety is grounds for disciplinary action. Conduct that violates student rights and freedoms and is subject to disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:
Please note: In most circumstances, the college will treat attempts to commit code of conduct violations as if those attempts had been completed.
Violations of the above may result in, but are not limited to fines, restitution, community service, and/or disciplinary procedures.
Code of Conduct: A document developed and published by each college which defines prescribed conduct of students.
Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO): The individual designated by the college president to administer student affairs and be responsible for administering the College’s Student Conduct Code and this procedure. The CSAO may delegate student discipline to another individual (designee).
Title IX Coordinator(s) and Title VI and VII Coordinator(s) (EO Coordinator) is the employee(s) designated by the college president to oversee all civil rights complaints.
Notice: Notices which are required to be given by this procedure shall be considered served upon the student when given by personal delivery, mailing by certified mail, or emailing the student to their official college email address requesting a delivery receipt notification. If notice is mailed, student shall be given three (3) additional days to respond.
Day: Refers to calendar day unless otherwise noted below.
Sanctions: One or more of the following may be imposed when there is a finding that a student has violated the College’s Code of Conduct.
The CSAO or designee shall receive all allegations of student misconduct and investigate the complaints, which includes meeting with the student to give him/her the opportunity to respond to the allegations of misconduct. If the allegations of misconduct are discrimination and/or harassment based on federal or state civil rights laws, the college will investigate those incidents through the Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process, System President’s Procedure (SP) 4-31a.
Once the investigation is complete, either through this process or the Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation process, the CSAO or designee shall render a sanction decision.
The CSAO or designee may decide that the charges can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to them. If an administrative resolution is not achieved, the CSAO or designee shall issue a decision which determines whether the alleged conduct occurred; whether the conduct violated the Code of Conduct or College procedures; and impose a sanction(s) if appropriate. The student shall receive written notice of the decision and be advised of his/her right to appeal the Decision, subject to the grounds below, by filing a written appeal with the CSAO or designee within seven (7) days of service of the Decision.
In the event of an appeal, the CSAO or designee shall give written notice to the other party (e.g., if the accused student appeals, the appeal is shared with the complainant who may also wish to file a response), and then the CSAO or designee will draft a response memorandum (also shared with all parties). All appeals and responses are then forwarded to the appeals officer or committee for initial review to determine if the appeal meets the limited grounds and is timely. The original finding and sanction will stand if the appeal is not timely or substantively eligible, and the decision is final. If the appeal has standing, the documentation is forwarded for consideration. Because the original finding and sanction are presumed to have been decided reasonably and appropriately, the party appealing the decision must specifically cite the error(s) in the original determination on which the appeal is based. The ONLY grounds for appeal are as follows:
If the appeals officer or committee determines that a material procedural or substantive error occurred, it may return the complaint to the CSAO or designee with instructions to reconvene to cure the error. In rare cases, where the procedural or substantive error cannot be cured by the CSAO or designee in cases of bias, the appeals officer or committee may order a new hearing be held by a different individual acting in the place of the designated CSAO or designee. The results of a reconvened hearing cannot be appealed. The results of a new hearing can be appealed, once, on the two applicable grounds for appeals.
If the appeals officer or committee determines that new evidence should be considered, it will return the complaint to the CSAO or designee to reconsider in light of the new evidence, only. If the subject matter pertains to discrimination and/or harassment pursuant to SP 4-31a, the appeals officer or committee will return the complaint to the Title IX/EO Coordinator to reconsider in light of the new evidence, only. The reconsideration of the CSAO, designee, or Title IX/EO Coordinator is not appealable.
The procedures governing the hearing of appeals include the following:
Special Discipline Process Provisions
It is a violation of this procedure to engage in retaliatory acts against any employee or student who reports an incident(s) of code of conduct violations or any employee or student who testifies, assists or participates in the discipline proceeding, investigation or hearing relating to such allegation(s) of code of conduct violations.
Revising this Procedure
CCCS reserves the right to change any provision or requirement of this procedure at any time and the change shall become effective immediately.
Academic dishonesty includes cheating, falsifying data, and plagiarizing. Cheating is the unauthorized use of assistance with intent to deceive an instructor or any other individual responsible for evaluating a student’s work.
Plagiarism refers to the use of another person’s work without giving proper credit to that person. A student must give proper credit through the use of appropriate citation format when (a) using or copying material from another person’s work, e.g., words, phrases, sentences, or entire passages; (b) paraphrasing another person’s work, i.e., borrowing but rewording that person’s facts, opinions, or ideas; and (c) summarizing another’s work, i.e., use of one’s own words to condense longer passages into a sentence or two.
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty
When dishonesty is evident, the following minimum sanctions will be applied:
The student should initiate appeals regarding final grades within 60 calendar days after the end of the semester in which the grade was awarded. Before making an appeal, the student should first discuss the grade with the instructor, and then, if necessary, with the instructor’s department chair. If there still is no resolution, the student can appeal the grade by submitting a written statement to the Division Dean explaining the problem. The Dean will investigate and respond in writing within 15 days.
The student should initiate appeals regarding academic probation or suspension within 60 calendar days after the end of the semester in which the decision was rendered. To make an appeal, a student should contact the Vice President of Instruction and request a meeting to discuss the suspension or probation. The Vice President will investigate and respond in writing within 15 days.
The student should initiate appeals regarding completion of graduation requirements within 60 calendar days after the decision was rendered. To make an appeal, a student should contact the Division Dean in writing explaining the problem. The Dean will investigate and respond in writing with 15 days.
Student Grievance Procedure SP 4-31
This Student Grievance Procedure is intended to allow students an opportunity to present an issue which they feel warrants action, including the right to secure educational benefits and services.
If the basis of the claim is discrimination and/ or harassment based on federal or state civil rights laws, the student must file a grievance under the Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process. If the accused (respondent) is a student, please refer to SP 4-31a. If the respondent is a CCCS employee, please refer to SP 3-50a.
Complainant(s) is a person who is subject to alleged inequity as it applies to Board Policies, System President’s Procedures, or College Procedures. For purposes of this procedure, a complainant is student who was enrolled at the time of the alleged incident.
Respondent(s) is a person whose alleged conduct is the subject of a complaint. For purposes of this procedure, a respondent can be a CCCS employee(s), student(s) who was enrolled at the time of the alleged incident, authorized volunteer(s), guest(s), visitor(s), or college.
Grievance: A grievable offense is any alleged action which violates or inequitably applies State Board Policies, System President’s Procedures, and College Procedures. The complainant must be personally affected by such violation or inequitable action.
Non-grievable matters: The following matters are not grievable under this procedure except as noted: matters over which the college is without authority to act; grades and other academic decisions unless there is an allegation that the decision was motivated by discrimination and/or harassment which should be filed under the appropriate Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process.
Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO): The college employee designated by the college president to administer student grievances. The CSAO may delegate the responsibility over student grievances to another person.
Notice: Notices which are required to be given by this procedure shall be considered served upon the student when given by personal delivery, mailing by certified mail, or email with receipt notification to the address the student has filed with the College’s admissions and records office. If notice is mailed, student shall be given three (3) additional days to respond.
Day: Refers to calendar day unless otherwise noted below.
Remedy: The relief that the Grievant is requesting.
Filing a Complaint
All complaints shall be made as promptly as possible after the occurrence. A delay in reporting may be reasonable under some circumstances; however, an unreasonable delay in reporting is an appropriate consideration in evaluating the merits of a complaint or report.
Students must timely submit all grievances in writing by accessing the online form available at http://www.ccaurora.edu/about-cca/right-know/complaint-policy-procedure/form. The grievance should clearly and concisely describe the alleged incident(s), when and where it occurred, and the desired remedy sought. The grievance should be signed by the initiator or, in the case of an email submission, sent as an email attachment, in letter format and should contain the name and all contact information for the grievant. Any supporting documentation and evidence should be referenced within the body of the formal grievance. Additionally, the initiator of a formal grievance should submit any supporting materials in writing as quickly as is practicable.
The complainant’s supporting documentation should clearly demonstrate all informal efforts, if any, to resolve the issue(s) with the person involved and the person's supervisor. This includes names, dates and times of attempted or actual contact along with a description of the discussion and the manner of communication made in the course of each effort. If contacting the person involved and/or the supervisor is impracticable, the complainant should state the reasons why.
The CCCS community benefits from informal and formal procedures that encourage prompt resolution of complaints and concerns students may have about the implementation of policies and procedures that govern the institution.
Informal Grievance Process
Complainant is encouraged to resolve the issue with the Respondent through the informal process. The CSAO or designee shall facilitate the informal process. If the informal grievance process is unsuccessful, or if CCCS or the complainant chooses not to pursue the informal process, the CSAO will open a formal grievance case.
Formal Grievance Process
Complainant must timely file a written statement of the actions complained of and describe the remedy s/he is seeking with the CSAO. A matter could also be referred to this process by the College president or his/her designee. Once a written grievance is filed or referred, the CSAO or designee will determine whether or not the situation states a grievable offense. The matter will be closed if the situation is determined not grievable and the Complainant will be notified of the reasons.
If the matter is determined to be grievable, the CSAO will request a meeting (hearing) with both the complainant and respondent. Both parties will be given the opportunity to discuss the allegations of the grievance and may offer any documentation, witnesses, or other materials in support of the complaint. During this hearing, neither party may have a representative, including attorneys or law students. These procedures are entirely administrative in nature and are not considered legal proceedings.
No audio or video recording of any kind other than as required by institutional procedure is permitted.
The CSAO may also contact or request a meeting with relevant college staff, students, or others as part of the investigation.
At the CSAO’s discretion, the CSAO may discontinue meetings with anyone that is causing a disruption to the process or is being uncooperative, and will proceed to make a determination based on the information known at that time.
Based on the preponderance of evidence, the CSAO shall issue a decision, in writing, to both the complainant and respondent. The decision shall reject or grant the grievance and make recommendation(s) to resolve the issue(s). The complainant and respondent shall be advised of his/her right to appeal the decision, subject to the grounds below, by filing a written appeal with the CSAO within seven (7) days of service of the Decision.
In the event of an appeal, the CSAO shall give written notice to the other party to allow him/her the opportunity to submit a response in writing. The CSAO will also draft a response memorandum (also shared with all parties). All appeals and responses are then forwarded to the appeals officer or committee for initial review to determine if the appeal meets the limited grounds and is timely. The original finding will stand if the appeal is not timely or substantively eligible, and the decision is final. If the appeal has standing, the documentation is forwarded for consideration. The party requesting appeal must show error as the original finding is presumed to have been decided reasonably and appropriately. The ONLY grounds for appeal are as follows:
If the appeals officer or committee determines that new evidence should be considered, it will return the complaint to the CSAO to reconsider in light of the new evidence, only.
If the appeals officer or committee determines that a material procedural or substantive error occurred, it may return the complaint to the CSAO with instructions to reconvene the hearing to cure the error. In rare cases, where the procedural or substantive error cannot be cured by the CSAO in cases of bias, the appeals officer or committee may order a new hearing be held by a different individual acting in the place of the designated CSAO. The results of a reconvened hearing cannot be appealed. The results of a new hearing can be appealed, once, on the two applicable grounds for appeals.
Special Grievance Process Provisions
In the event that the student is under the age of eighteen or incapacitated, s/he may have an advisor present to assist him/her in presenting his/her case.
Students do not have the right to be represented by an attorney or law student during these proceedings except in the case where civil or criminal actions concerning the student are pending and in that case the attorney’s role shall be advisory only.
The student is responsible for presenting his/her own case and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing except when the student is under the age of eighteen or incapacitated.
Student shall have the right to identify documents, witnesses and other material he/she would like the CSAO to review before making a final decision.
Any hearing held shall be conducted in private unless all parties agree otherwise.
A record of the hearing should be maintained by the CSAO.
If student has a disability and would like to request an accommodation to assist him/her through the grievance process they may do so by informing the CSAO. The CSAO will then work with disability support services to accommodate the request.
If the grievance is against the CSAO, the Chief Academic Officer or other person designated by the president shall perform the duties of the CSAO.
Jurisdiction-College grievance proceedings may be instituted over incidences that occur or are related to College or college-sanctioned activities or was of such a nature to impact upon the college.
Proceedings under this procedure may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus.
Standard of proof- The college will use the preponderance of evidence standard in the grievance proceedings, meaning, the college will determine whether it is more likely than not the complainant was subjected to inequity as it applies to Board Policies, System President’s Procedures, or College procedures.
The procedural rights afforded to students above may be waived by the student.
It is a violation of the grievance procedure to engage in retaliatory acts against any employee or student who files a grievance or any employee or student who testifies, assists or participates in the grievance proceeding, investigation or hearing relating to such grievance.
Revising this Procedure
CCCS reserves the right to change any provision or requirement of this procedure at any time and the change shall become effective immediately.
The right to appeal the decision is available for a period of 15 days after notification of the decision. The request for an appeal must be submitted in writing to the college Vice President of Student Services. The decision of the Vice President is final.