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Student Rights and Responsibilities

San Jacinto College holds that the student, upon enrollment, neither loses the right nor escapes the duties of citizenship. The student-citizen must exercise liberty with responsibility. The enumeration of the following rights and responsibilities shall in no way be interpreted as being all-inclusive and denying the existence of other rights and responsibilities which a student holds as a student or citizen.

Student Rights

Right to Review One’s Educational Records and to File Complaints Regarding Them

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides students with certain rights with respect to their personal educational records. These general rights include the right of access to one’s educational records, the right to request corrections to one’s records, and the right to prevent disclosure of the student’s records except when authorized by FERPA. The college’s specific policies and procedures regarding FERPA can be found on the college website.

Academic Evaluation Rights

Students have the right to be apprised of the methodology by which they will be evaluated in their formal course work. Also, students shall have appeal rights to challenge final grades. Please refer to Complaint Procedure 100: Grade Appeal Process found in the Student Handbook or Catalog.

Intellectual Property Rights

Students shall retain their intellectual property rights on projects produced as a result of their individual initiative and that involved only incidental use of College facilities and resources. If the student is working on a project initiated and funded by San Jacinto College, ownership resides with the College.

Right to Appeal Financial Aid Suspension

Students may submit Financial  Aid  appeals  due  to extenuating circumstances that have affected the student’s academic performance. Extenuating circumstances are situations such as serious injury or illness, a death in the immediate family, or undue hardship. Detailed information about the financial aid appeal process, requirements, and guidelines can be found on the College website.

Right to Freedom of Association

Students bring to the College a variety of interests. Students have the freedom to organize and join associations to promote their common interests in accordance with the policies and procedures of the College. Please visit the Student Engagement and Activities Office on your campus for more information.

Right to Freedom of Inquiry and Expression

Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss matters of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and normal operation of the institution, and which comply with the regulations that relate to student conduct. At the same time, it should be made clear to the educational community and public that in their public expressions or demonstrations, students or student organizations do not represent the institution and speak only for themselves. Please visit the Student Engagement and Activities Office on your campus for more information.

Freedom from Illegal Discrimination

It is the policy of the San Jacinto Community College District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information, marital status or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. The following official has been designated to respond to inquiries regarding the College’s nondiscrimination policies:

Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Stephen Trncak - Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer
4624 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, Texas 77504
stephen.trncak@sjcd.edu
281-998-6348

Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Services
Joanna Zimmermann (students) - Co-Lead Title IX Coordinator
8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, Texas 77505
joanna.zimmermann@sjcd.edu
281-476-1863

Vice President, Human Resources
Sandra Ramirez (employees) - Co-Lead Title IX Coordinator
4620 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, Texas 77504
sandra.ramirez@sjcd.edu
281-991-2648

Right to Due Process

The College has an enduring commitment to provide students with a balanced and fair student discipline system. The College will provide students with the appropriate due process protections to which they are entitled under the U.S. Constitution Fourteenth Amendment. The amount of due process required will depend upon the seriousness of the alleged violation and the proposed sanction. At a minimum, a student charged with alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct has the right to:

  • have their case processed without reasonable delay
  • receive prompt written notice of alleged violations per the Code of Student Conduct and an explanation of the evidence against the student
  • receives a meaningful opportunity to be heard in one’s defense

For more detailed information about the College’s investigation procedures, hearing procedures, and appeal procedures, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct found in the Student Handbook.

Right to Freedom from Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking

In accordance with the Campus SaVE Act in the Violence Against Women Act amendments to the Clery Act, San Jacinto College provides on going awareness and prevention training, procedures and resources to prevent the occurrence of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The College also provides an equitable complaint process that provides for prompt investigation of complaints and the imposition of sanctions against students who are found in violation of this code. For more information about student-related training, contact the Compliance & Judicial Affairs Office.

Right to Equity in Athletics

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) is intended to make prospective students aware of    a school’s commitment to providing equitable opportunities for its male and female students. Each year, San Jacinto College produces an EADA report available to current and prospective students and to the public. If you would like to review the full report or to request a copy of San Jacinto College’s EADA report, please contact the Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives office at 281-459-7140.

Right to Involvement in Decision Making

San Jacinto College provides an opportunity for student involvement in the decision making process through the respective forms of student government on the three campuses. As constituents of the educational community, students may express their views on issues of institutional policy and on matters of general interest to the student body.

In addition to membership in student associations and organizations, students shall be given the opportunity to serve on campus and College committees as deemed appropriate by the College. For more information, please visit the Student Engagement & Activities office on your campus.

Right to Amnesty for Drug or Alcohol Possession and Consumption Violations

Students are strongly encouraged to report incidents of, or share information about, sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct as soon as possible. This is true even if the alleged victim of the misconduct or if a witness to the misconduct was under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the occasion in question. The Compliance & Judicial Affairs office will not pursue disciplinary sanctions against the alleged victim or witness for his or her improper use of alcohol or drugs if the student is making a good faith report of sexual misconduct. For more information, please contact the Compliance & Judicial Affairs office.

Student Responsibilities

In voluntarily enrolling at the College, students have the responsibility to comply with all state and federal laws and college regulations and policies governing student conduct and academic affairs. Students assume responsibility for their behavior and acknowledge and share the following responsibilities:

  • Students must recognize that the Board of Trustees is the policy-making authority for the operation of the San Jacinto Community College District. The Board delegates to the College administration the authority to implement Board policy through procedures, regulations, guidelines and handbooks.
  • Students must understand that while education is a shared activity, the ultimate responsibility for learning rests with the student.
  • Students are responsible, collectively and individually, for allowing other students to continue their pursuit of education. Students must refrain from interfering with the rights of other students in their educational pursuits or with employees in the exercise of their duties.
  • The right to disagree is well established. However, students must make sure that disagreement is factual and is presented with respect for those with whom they are disagreeing, including faculty, staff, administration, other students and campus visitors. When approaching the administration about any matter, students must use established channels of communication and authority.
  • Students must comply with the policies, rules, regulations and generally accepted practices of the College currently in effect or as they may be amended. All policies, rules, regulations, and practices are subject to amendment at any time during the student’s enrollment.
  • Students also have the responsibility to comply with all state and federal regulations governing their participation in higher education. Such regulations and laws as may exist or that may be subsequently enacted and adopted shall have precedence over the provisions of this document of student rights.