Statement of Student Rights
The VCCS guarantees students the privilege of exercising their rights of citizenship under the Constitution of the United States without fear of prejudice. The college reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse or revoke admission if the college determines that the applicant or student poses a threat, is a potential danger, is significantly disruptive to the college community, or if such refusal or revocation is considered to be in the best interest of the college. The college also reserves the right to refuse admission for applicants that have been expelled or suspended from, or determined to be a threat, potential danger or significantly disruptive by, another college. Students whose admission is revoked after enrollment must be given due process. Students have the right to due process and to appeal as defined in the sections on Student Disciplinary Procedure and Student Complaint and Academic Due Process of this handbook.
By applying for admission to the College, each student agrees to abide by the policies and procedures governing student conduct. The statement below outlines the rights each student has as a member of the college community, as well as the responsibilities each student has to continue within that community.
Each student has the privilege of exercising his/her rights provided he/she respects the laws of the Commonwealth, the policies of Rappahannock Community College, and the rights of others on campus. Such rights include the following:
- Students are free to pursue their educational goals. Appropriate opportunities for learning in the classroom and on campus are provided through the curricula by the college.
- No disciplinary sanctions may be imposed without due process, except as provided in the Student Conduct Policy section.
- Students have the right to freedom of expression, inquiry, and assembly provided actions do not interfere with the rights of others or the effective operation of the college.
- Academic evaluation of student performance shall be fair, not arbitrary or inconsistent.
- Members of the college community, including students, have the right to expect safety, protection of property, and the continuity of the educational process.
Each student, as a responsible adult, shall maintain standards of conduct appropriate to membership in the college community. Such responsibilities include the following:
- Each student has the responsibility to demonstrate respect for his or herself as well as faculty, staff, and other students.
- Each student has the responsibility to know, understand, and abide by the regulations and policies of the college.
- Each student has the responsibility to pay all fines and debts to the college.
- Each student has the responsibility to maintain academic integrity and abide by the academic honesty policy of the college (see Academic Honesty section of the Handbook).
- Classroom civility and courtesy are expected at all times.
- In the event a faculty member is late for class and no information is provided by college personnel, students should wait fifteen minutes, make an attendance list with the signatures of all students present, and leave the attendance list with the administrator on duty.
- The use of any tobacco products, including smoking and vaping, is not permitted in any campus building or within 25 feet of college buildings.
- Eating and drinking is not permitted in computer, nursing, and science labs, studios, and workshops.
- Cell phones should not be used during classroom and lab instruction or during testing unless permitted by faculty for instructional purposes.
- All students are expected to dress appropriately for class and/or for programs in specific disciplines. As a safety regulation, shoes must be worn at all times.
- Students are expected to observe the attendance and lateness policies, which are published in the college catalog and in course outlines, and which are set by individual faculty members.
- Unregistered individuals such as the children of students, are not permitted in the classrooms and labs.
- Animals, except for approved assistance animals, are not permitted in the classrooms and other campus facilities.
- Students are responsible for regularly monitoring their RCC email accounts for messages from the College and from faculty.