Sep 26, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Catalog

College Policies, Regulations and Procedures



General Information

Educational Opportunities

Founded in 1962, Merced College offers students an opportunity to obtain an associate degree or to transfer academic credits to the California State University or the University of California. The College offers vocational certificates in various programs and serves all students who live within the District.

Admission to Merced College

Each candidate should have a high school diploma or equivalent, or should be a minimum of 18 years old, and should be able to take advantage of the instruction offered.

Registration at Merced College

The Office of Admissions and Records has the responsibility to admit and assist with the registration of all eligible students. Prospective students should follow these general guidelines for admission and registration.

  1. Complete the application for admission at www.opencccapply.net
  2. Participate in the orientation, assessment, student planning/advising.
  3. Register online or in person for classes and pay fees.

Detailed information regarding this process is available online.

Student Services

Counseling services are available to assist students in the selection of appropriate courses and to provide other course-related assistance and referrals. Financial aid is available to all eligible students. Many grants and/or scholarship can help pay for educational expenses. For more information regarding these and other student services go to http://www.mccd.edu/resources/index.html.

Información en español

Oportunidades Educativas

Fundada en 1962, El Colegio Comunitario de Merced ofrece a los estudiantes la oportunidad de obtener un grado de asociado o la transferencia de créditos académicos a la Universidad Estatal de California o la Universidad de California. El Colegio ofrece certificados vocacionales en diversos programas y sirve a todos los estudiantes que viven dentro del Distrito.

Inscripción en El Colegio Comunitario de Merced

La Oficina de Admisiones y Archivos es responsable por la admisión y asistencia en la inscripción de todos estudiantes que califican para admisión. Futuros estudiantes deben de seguir las directivas generales sobre admisión y inscripción:

  1. Cumpla la aplicación de admisión a www.opencccapply.net
  2. Participe en la orientación de estudiantes nuevos; el examen diagnóstico; y planeación y consejos académicos estudiantiles.
  3. Regístrese en el internet por clases y el pago de matrícula

Información detallada tocante estos procesos está disponible en el internet:

Servicios Estudiantiles

El Colegio ofrece servicios de consejos para ayudar estudiantes elegir clases apropiadas y a proveer asistencias relacionadas a clases. También se ofrece asistencia financiera a estudiantes que califican. Hay muchas becas que ayudan con los gastos educativos. Si necesita más información tocante todos estos servicios, contacte el Colegio Comunitario de Merced a: http://www.mccd.edu/resources/index.html

Information in Hmong

Qhov Zoo Ntawm Kev Kawm Ntawv

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Kev Tuaj Kawm rau Merced College

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Sau Npe Kawm Ntawv nyob Merced College

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  1. Sau thiab teb raws daim ntawv application for admission hauv www.opencccapply.net
  2. Mus koom sau npe kawm hauv orientation, xeem assessment, thiab teev student planning/advising.
  3. Sau thiab zwm online kom tau cov chav kawm thiab cov nqi.

Yog xav tau ntau txheej xov information ntxiv, tshawb tau hauv online.

Kev Pab Tub Ntxhais Kawm Ntawv

Peb muaj kev tuav xam pab cov tub ntxhais kawm ntawv los xaiv txhua yam txuj uas lawv xav kawm nrog kev txhawb nqa thiab qhia lawv mus rau lwm qhov chaw pab. Muaj kev pab nyiaj ua nqi kawm ntawv, Financial Aid, rau cov tub ntxhais kawm ntawv kws muaj feemcuam tau. Muaj ntau hom nyiaj tseemfwv thiab/lossis nyiaj paj tshab los pab them tej nqi kawm ntawv thiab. Yog xav tau xov ntxiv txog tej kev pab nov, nej tshawb ntxiv tau rau http://www.mccd.edu/resources/index.html.

Academic Freedom

Since the vitality of a society is energized and sustained by ideas, and since the nature of a college involves the examination and discussion of those ideas, a policy of academic freedom protecting such free examination and expression historically has been deemed necessary.

To this end, the Merced Community College District is committed to free discussion and open inquiry. We recognize that the freedom to think, to read, to speak, and to question is necessary for the development of an informed citizenry.

This freedom shall be integral to the philosophy of this District and is guaranteed to students, faculty, administration, and staff. This freedom is both a right and a responsibility. As a right, it assures unimpeded research, study, and inquiry. It also assures the right to free expression in both public and private settings, including the right to disagree.

As a responsibility, it obligates members of the college community to present, discuss, and interpret ideas, knowledgeably, fairly, and objectively, with openness to the ideas of others, with the intention to stimulate independent thinking, and with sensitivity to the special situations of students.

To ensure these principles of intellectual freedom, the administration and the Board of Trustees will demonstrate their support by actively working to foster this freedom.

Academic Honesty

Academic dishonesty is a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct (Board Policy 5500). The College has the responsibility to ensure that grades assigned are indicative of the knowledge and skill level of each student. Acts of academic dishonesty make it impossible to fulfill this responsibility.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and misuse of College computers and software. Disciplinary actions may include an oral reprimand, a failing grade on all or part of a particular paper, project, or examination, or the assignment of an “F” grade in cases where the dishonesty is more serious, premeditated, or a repeat offense. Serious or repeated offenses may also result in suspension from the College.

The Academic Honesty procedure was developed by the Merced College Academic Senate and is administered by the Office of the Vice President of Student Personnel (Board Policy 5540). Copies are available from the Office of Student Personnel.

Conduct

The Merced College Standards of Student Conduct, as approved by the Board of Trustees, is available online. Policies affecting student conduct may be found under the links related to Board Policies and Procedures 5500. Copies also may be obtained from the Office of Student Personnel. Merced College students are expected to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. Students are prohibited from using or possessing drugs or alcoholic beverages on the campus or at any school function held on or off campus. Students not following standards of student conduct may experience a range of disciplinary actions.

The following conduct shall constitute good cause for discipline, including but not limited to the removal, suspension or expulsion of a student.

  • Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person.
  • Possession, sale or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object, including but not limited to any facsimile firearm, knife or explosive, unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the student has obtained written permission to possess the item from a district employee, which is concurred in by the college president.
  • Unlawful possession, use, sale, offer to sell, or furnishing, or being under the influence of, any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the California Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind; or unlawful possession of, or offering, arranging or negotiating the sale of any drug paraphernalia, as defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 11014.5.
  • Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion.
  • Causing or attempting to cause damage to district property or to private property on campus.
  • Stealing or attempting to steal district property or private property on campus, or knowingly receiving stolen district property or private property on campus.
  • Willful or persistent smoking in any area where smoking has been prohibited by law or by regulation of the college or the District.
  • Committing sexual harassment as defined by law or by District policies and procedures.
  • Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior based on disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation race, sex, (i.e., gender) religion, age, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law.
  • Engaging in intimidating conduct or bullying against another student through words or actions, including direct physical contact, verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; social isolation or manipulation; and cyberbullying.
  • Willful misconduct which results in injury or death to a student or to college personnel or which results in cutting, defacing, or other injury to any real or personal property owned by the District or on campus.
  • Disruptive behavior, willful disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity, or the open and persistent defiance of the authority of, or persistent abuse of, college personnel.
  • Cheating, plagiarism (including plagiarism in a student publication), or engaging in other academic dishonesty.
  • Dishonesty; forgery; alteration or misuse of college documents, records or identification; or knowingly furnishing false information to the District.
  • Unauthorized entry upon or use of college facilities.
  • Lewd, indecent or obscene conduct on District-owned or controlled property, or at District-sponsored or supervised functions.
  • Engaging in expression which is obscene; libelous or slanderous; or which so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on college premises, or the violation of lawful District administrative procedures, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the District.
  • Persistent, serious misconduct where other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct.
  • Unauthorized preparation, giving, selling, transfer, distribution, or publication, for any commercial purpose, of any contemporaneous recording of an academic presentation in a classroom or equivalent site of instruction, including but not limited to handwritten or typewritten class notes, except as permitted by any district policy or administrative procedure.

Students who engage in any of the above are subject to the procedures outline in AP 5520 title Student Discipline Procedures.

The Student Code of Conduct (Board Policy 5500) also may be found on the Merced College web site under the link for Board of Trustees.

Copyrighted Materials, Including Music, Video and Printed Materials

The District supports the Higher Education Opportunity Act and Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which outline efforts to eliminate the illegal distribution of copyrighted material. Under the law, college administrators may be obligated to provide copyright holders with information about users of the District’s information network who have violated the law. Accordingly, students are prohibited from using the information network to illegally download and/or share music, video and all other copyrighted intellectual property. Illegal forms of downloading and file sharing as well as the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials are violations of the law and may subject offenders to academic sanctions from the College as well as criminal and civil penalties, including a lawsuit brought by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition to being illegal, file sharing drains the District’s network bandwidth, which slows computer connections for students and employees who are using the network for legitimate academic purposes and ultimately creates an unnecessary financial burden to the College. The District has developed policies with consequences to ensure that students properly use the information network and respect music and other forms of intellectual property as well as conduct responsible use of the Internet. These policies are available from the President’s Office or from the Learning Resources Center.

Crime Awareness and Campus Security

In compliance with the Federal Campus Security Act, Merced College makes an annual and a three-year security report available upon request. This report contains procedures for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus. It also includes the District’s policy in responding to such reports, a policy statement on security and access to campus facilities, and the enforcement authority of security personnel. The report also contains policies that encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to campus security and appropriate police agencies, information on programs which inform students and employees about security procedures and practices and which encourage them to be responsible for their own security and that of others, a description of programs to inform students and employees about crime prevention, and statistics on the on-campus occurrence of reported criminal offenses. Also included are policy statements on the possession, use, and sale of alcohol and illegal drugs, information on enforcement of state underage drinking laws and federal and state drug laws, and descriptions of available drug or alcohol abuse programs. Copies of pertinent data, program information, and procedures are available from the Security Office.

Dress

There is no dress code at Merced College, but it is expected that a student’s dress will follow community standards.

Drug and Alcohol Free Campus

Merced College is an alcohol and drug free educational institution. In addition to being a violation of state and federal laws, Merced College Board Policies and Administrative Procedures #3550, Drug-free Environment and Drug Prevention Program, and #5500, Standards of Conduct, make the distribution, possession, use, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal controlled substances, or offering, arranging or negotiating the sale of any drug paraphernalia [as defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 11014.5], forbidden on campus, at off-campus centers, or at campus sponsored events or activities [except as noted in Board Policy and Administrative Procedure #3560].

The following information is provided to inform the campus community of the disciplinary and/or criminal actions that can result from violations as stipulated in Board Policies and Administrative Procedures #3550 and #5500. Students are asked to review the “Standards of Conduct” section in the College catalog for details regarding legal and disciplinary sanctions for violations of these policies.

As an educational institution, we recognize the importance of providing all members of the college community with information on the effects of alcohol and drug use. Information is available on the Student Health Services website, http://www.mccd.edu/resources/health/.

If there are any questions regarding these regulations, please contact the Vice-President of Student Services.

Disciplinary Actions

In addition to the penalties stated in the Merced College Board Policies and Administrative Procedures #3550 and #5500, the Merced College Police Department will be notified of the offenses and may initiate criminal action with the Merced County District Attorney’s Office.

Health Risks

Use of controlled substances can lead to memory loss, indifference to academic achievement, impaired judgment, overdose, sudden death, liver disease, psychological disorders, and brain damage. Long-term alcohol abuse can cause ulcers, gastritis, pancreatitis, liver disease, cancer, loss of coordination, heart disease, stroke, emotional distress, sexual dysfunction, and other health problems.

Other problems associated with alcohol and other drug abuse include poor academic or job performance; relationship difficulties; a tendency toward verbal and physical violence; financial stress; injuries or accidents; and violations of the law such as driving under the influence and willfully destroying property.

Alcohol and drug abuse have significant consequences for the health and well-being of those who use, as well as those around them. If you or a fellow student has a drug or alcohol related problem, you are encouraged to contact Student Health Services at (209) 384-6045 for assistance with locating available resources within the community.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Metrics

Federal Department of Education’s regulation on Gainful Employment requires each college to provide students with Gainful Employment (GE) disclosure metrics that can be helpful when deciding where to obtain career technical education training. GE information for Merced College can be found by selecting the Gainful Employment Disclosure icon on the Merced College home page or by logging on to the following web site: Merced College Gainful Employment

Non-discrimination

The Merced Community College District prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military service, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by law.

The District operates in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and requirements related to its status as a public educational entity and the receipt of Federal and/or State funds, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its amendments, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, , Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. In so doing, the District is committed to providing equal opportunities for all individuals in employment and in all programs and activities which it conducts. Therefore, no enrolled student or District employee or applicants for enrollment or employment with the District; or others who might receive the benefits of college activities, programs, and services shall be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in any process, position, program, service, or activity, on any basis prohibited by law.

Individuals who believe they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment may initiate a complaint pursuant to the District’s Board Policy 3430 (Complaints of Unlawful Discrimination), which describes the District’s rules and procedures relating to unlawful discrimination, including instructions on how to initiate a complaint, how an individual’s complaint is processed, and a description of how an individual is notified of the outcome of his or her complaint, including enforcement of corrective action, if necessary.

Individuals who seek information and/or who wish to initiate a complaint for alleged acts of discrimination or harassment are directed to contact the Director of Human Resources at (209) 384-6102. A copy of Board Policy 3430, as well as assistance with initiating a complaint for alleged acts of discrimination or harassment, may also be obtained by contacting the Director of Human Resources. The District maintains the confidentiality of all complaints of unlawful discrimination except where disclosure is required by law.

A copy of Board Policy 3430, complaint forms and other materials are available online at www.mccd.edu.

Open Enrollment Policy

It is District policy that, unless specifically exempted by statute, every course, section, or class, the average daily attendance of which is to be reported for state aid, wherever offered and maintained by the District, shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to the College and who meets such prerequisites as may be established pursuant to Chapter II, Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

Parking

There are approximately 2,098 regular and 90 disabled parking spaces available for students to use. Parking lot locations are indicated on the campus map. Please note that Lot P8 (west side of campus) is designated for staff use only. There are also plenty of parking spaces in Lot P1 (Allied Health Parking Lot), and Lot P2 (Tri-College Center), which is near the new Allied Health Complex. Please note that the east side of University Avenue is for pedestrian use only.

Bikes are to be secured in designated bike racks and NOT to hand rails, trees or outside of a classroom. For more information, please review Board Policy 6750, Section 16. Furthermore, violations will be subject to impound.

Bike Rack Locations (BR):

  • Administration Bldg-East
  • Gym-Southwest Corner
  • Pool-Southeast by FHA
  • Tennis Courts-Middle
  • Vocational Bldg-East
  • Central Plant-West
  • Plant Science-Southwest
  • Child Development Center-Front
  • Library-Front
  • Allied Health Center-Southwest
  • Science Bldg-North
  • Services Bldg-West
  • IAC-Southwest
  • Fitness Lab-East
  • Pool-Northwest
  • Tri College-Northwest
  • Science-South

Skateboard Rack Locations:

  • Administration Building
  • Library

Motorcycle Parking (M):

  • S/E Corner of Parking Lot P9
  • S/E Corner of Parking Lot P10
  • N/E Corner of Parking Lot P5
  • West side of Parking Lot P2

PARKING on campus is by permit only. This includes all streets and parking lots on campus. Permits must be properly displayed at all times. Semester permits cost $20 and may be purchased from Student Fees (located on the third floor in the Lesher Student Services Center). Day permits cost $1 and may be purchased at the yellow permit dispensers located in parking lots throughout campus. Day permits shall be placed “This side up” on the dashboard as directed on the permit and must be displayed in a manner that the permit number is clearly visible and unobstructed. Plastic permits shall be hung from the rearview mirror facing forward. Non-operational dispensers should be reported to the Campus Police Department.

DISABLED PARKING-Placards or license plates shall be displayed in conjunction with a valid parking permit. Disabled placards will exempt time limits in timed parking spaces but shall be displayed in conjunction with a valid parking permit. Disabled parking regulations are strictly enforced on campus.

PARKING VIOLATION FEES are processed by an outside processing center contracted by Merced College, NOT the Campus Police Department. However, Campus Police may be able to assist in providing information concerning procedures and requirements for paying fees. Vehicle registration will be denied by the DMV for delinquent fines on cited vehicles, until fines are paid. Citations may be contested or paid online at pmbonline.org. All designated parking spaces are enforced at all times. Community College Drive North is open from 07:30a until 10:30p weekdays; closed on weekends, holidays and/or any other days the college may be closed.

For Additional Information: Campus Police Office: (209) 384-6054

Privacy of Records

All student records of Merced College are kept in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Students may request access to academic records which personally identify the student. The student may challenge the accuracy of the record or the appropriateness of its retention. Student consent is needed for the release of records covered by the Act to outside parties (i.e., other schools, prospective employers) except for those agencies entitled to access under the provisions of the Act (i.e., campus officials, federal educational and auditing officers). These provisions apply to records received and used after November 19, 1974.

Copies of the full text of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 are available in the Admissions and Records office. Particular questions with respect to a student’s prerogative under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act should be directed to the Registrar.

Sexual Harassment

Introduction

Education Code 66281.5(b) requires the adoption of a policy statement setting forth the District’s commitment to provide an educational and work environment free from unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment.

Purpose

It is the intent of the Board of Trustees to deem as unacceptable any form of sexual harassment. Such conduct undermines the integrity of the classroom and/or the employment relationship or work/academic environment. Conduct constituting sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the District. It is understood that this policy is not intended to infringe upon Academic Freedom except to the extent provided by law.

Description

The policy applies to all aspects of employment and the academic environment, including but not limited to classroom conditions, grades, academic standing, employment opportunities, scholarships, recommendations, disciplinary actions, and participation in any community college activity.

All District employees who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination in accordance with applicable college procedures, Education Code sections, and/or collective bargaining agreements. Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures up to and including expulsion in accordance with District policies and college procedures. Non-employees, such as sales representatives or service vendors are also covered by this policy and may be subject to corrective measures.

The District is concerned about the rights of the accused as well as the accuser and shall afford due process rights accordingly

Definition

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting under any of the following conditions:

  1. Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual’s employment, academic status, or progress;
  2. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as a basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual;
  3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment; or
  4. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.

This definition encompasses two kinds of sexual harassment:

  1. “Quid pro quo” sexual harassment occurs when a person in a position of authority makes educational or employment benefits conditional upon an individual’s willingness to engage in or tolerate unwanted sexual conduct.
  2. “Hostile environment” sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome conduct based on sex is sufficiently severe or pervasive so as to alter the conditions of an individual’s learning or work environment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s academic work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive learning or work environment. The victim must subjectively perceive the environment as hostile, and the harassment must be such that a reasonable person of the same gender would perceive the environment as hostile.

Sexual harassment can consist of virtually any form or combination of verbal, physical, visual or environmental conduct. It need not be explicit, or even specifically directed at the victim. Sexually harassing conduct can occur between people of the same or different genders. The standard for determining whether conduct constitutes sexual harassment is whether a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim would perceive the conduct as harassment based on sex. The determination of whether an environment is hostile is based on the totality of the circumstances, including such factors as the frequency of the conduct, the severity of the conduct, whether the conduct is humiliating or physically threatening, and whether the conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s learning or work.

Environmental

Environmental sexual harassment is an academic or work environment that is permeated with sexually-oriented talk, innuendo, insults, or abuse not relevant to the subject matter of the class. A hostile environment can arise from an unwarranted focus on sexual topics or sexually suggestive statements in the classroom. An environment may be hostile if unwelcome sexual behavior is directed specifically at an individual or if the individual merely witnesses unlawful harassment in his or her immediate surroundings.

Implementation

This policy assigns ultimate responsibility for implementing the sexual harassment policy to the District Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. He/she shall also be responsible for insuring that other policies and procedures developed related to sexual harassment support this policy.

Retaliation

It is unlawful to retaliate against an employee or student who makes a complaint of sexual harassment, who communicates with or contacts District compliance officer(s) or regulatory agencies, or who is a potential witness or participates in any manner in a sexual harassment investigation, hearing, or proceeding.

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act was signed into law in 2013, as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization. This law mandates increased transparency on campus about incidents of sexual violence, guarantees victims enhanced rights, sets standards for disciplinary proceedings, and requires campus-wide prevention education programs. The Campus SaVE Act amends the Clery Act, which addresses campus sexual assault policies within the Higher Education Act of 1965.

For comprehensive information regarding sexual assault prevention and reporting, as well as campus and community resources, please refer to the Merced College Violence Prevention and Advocacy website at www.mccd.edu/safety/save. You may also contact Campus Police at (209) 384-6054, or Student Health Services at (209) 384-6045.

Smoke-free District

The Merced Community College District is a smoke-free district. Smoking, the use of tobacco products, and/or the use of unregulated nicotine products (e.g. e-cigarettes) by students, staff, and visitors on any owned, rented or leased Merced Community College District property is prohibited. Violators of Board Policy/Administrative Procedure 3570 may be subject to fines. BP/AP 3570 outlines the policy and procedure for enforcement of the smoke-free District policy.

Statement of Informed Consent

Research, including assessment and evaluation of the teaching and learning process, will be conducted at Merced College in established or commonly accepted educational settings and will involve normal educational practices.

Information gathered relating to student knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors will be kept anonymous and/or confidential, and participation shall expose students to no or minimal risk of harm. By enrolling and attending Merced College courses, students have volunteered as subjects, have been fully informed, and have given their consent to participate in education-based research. Students will be fully informed should the research parameters change. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law regulating the privacy of student records and the obligations of the institution, primarily in the areas of release of the records and the access provided to those records. Students are protected under both FERPA law and the Human Subjects Review process.

References:
Merced College Board Policy 5040
Merced College Administrative Procedure 5040, 5045
Education Code Sections 76200, 76222, 76232
Title 5, Section 54600, 54630
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
HHS - Office for Human Research Protections

Student Equity

Merced College complies with California Community College Board of Governors’ regulations related to equity and historically underrepresented groups of students. Student equity activities include research and evaluation of programs for underrepresented students, establishing goals and schedules for implementing these programs, and identifying funding sources for these services. Copies of pertinent reports are available upon request from the Office of Grants and Institutional Research and the newly formed Office of Student Equity and Success.

Student Right-To-Know Disclosure

Completion Rate: 22.06%
Transfer Rate: 5.16%
(From 2013 COHORT Data)

In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542), it is the policy of our college district to make available its completion and transfer rates to all current and prospective students. Beginning in Fall 2013, a cohort of all certificate-, degree-, and transfer-seeking first-time, full-time students were tracked over a three year period. Their completion and transfer rates are listed above. These rates do not represent the success rates of the entire student population at the College nor do they account for student outcomes occurring after this three year tracking period.

Based upon the cohort defined above, a Completer is a student who attained a certificate or degree or became ‘transfer prepared’ during a three year period, from Fall 2013 to Spring 2016. Students who have completed 60 transferable units with a GPA of 2.0 or better are considered ‘transfer prepared ‘. Students who transferred to another post-secondary institution, prior to attaining a degree, certificate, or becoming ‘transfer prepared’ during a five semester period, from Spring 2014 to Spring 2016, are transfer students.

Link: http://srtk.cccco.edu/531/12index.htm

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 is also known as the “Access Law.” It provides program and physical access for students with disabilities. The law states that: “No otherwise qualified individual in the Unites States…shall, solely by reason of disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” When providing aid, benefit or service, public entities must provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate that are as effective as the opportunities provided to others.

MCCD 504 Coordinator: Dean of Student Services
Phone: (209) 384-6192
Address: Merced College; 3600 M Street; Merced, CA 95348

The procedures for filing a complaint may be obtained from persons listed above.

Seccion 504 del Acto de Rehabilitacion de 1973

Seccion 504 es parte de la Ley Federal de Rehabilitacion de 1973. Otros leyes incluyen El Titulo VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, Titulo IX de las Enmiendas de Educacion de 1972, y la ley Americana con Discapacidades. Los Estados Unidos proporciona acceso a programas y fisicamente para personas que tienen discapacidades y estan calificados sin embargo a recibir y participar en el colegio en modos diferentes por acomodaciones educacionales. Además, la ley estipula: No se permite exclusion de cualquiér persona quien tiene discapacidades de actividades del colegio solamente por razon de tener discapacidades. Además, la ley prohibe denegación de beneficios, discriminacion y exclusion de participacion en cualquier programa o actividad que recibe asistancia fininciera del gobierno federal. Además, cuando agencias publicas proporcionan ayuda, beneficios, o servicios, las mismas agencias tienen discapacidades la resposibilidad legal a proporcionar oportunidades a individuales con en temas de participacion en actividades que a lo menos son de misma eficazmiénto a las ofrecidos a personas quienes no tienen discapacidades . Para mas informacion, contacte:

MCCD Cordinador, Seccion 504
Telefono: (209) 384-6192

Pasos de someter una reclamacion: obtenga una forma o la secreteria de él.

Tshooj Cai 504 Ntawm Txoj Cai Rehabilitation Xyoo 1973

Tshooj cai 504 yog hais txog “Cai Muaj Feemcuam.” Nws qhib kev rau cov tub ntxhais kawm ntawv kws muaj disabilities kom muaj feemcuam koom tau. Txoj cai hais tias: “Tsis pub tshem cais ib leej neeg twg hauv teb chaws Amelika….vim kev disability, tawm ntawm kev muaj feemcuam, cais kev pab, lossis cais txwv txhua lub luag dejnum uas tau txais tseemfwv kev pab nyiaj txiag.”
Thaum muab kev pab, kev txhawb lossis kev qhia, tseemfwv cov koomhaum yuav tau muab kev vajhaum sib luag rau cov neeg muaj disabilities kom muaj feemcuam sib npaug zos li lwm tus.

Tus Thawj Txuas Lus ntawm Tshooj Cai MCCD 504 yog
Xovtooj: (209) 384-6192
Chaw Nyob: Merced College; 3600 M Street; Merced, CA 95348

Nej tuaj muab tau cov txheejtxheem teev kev tsis txaus siab ntawm cov neeg muaj npe raws li saum nov.

Title IX

The College’s Title IX coordinator is the Human Resources Director and can be reached at (209) 384-6102. Inquires concerning the application of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination may be referred to the Title IX coordinator, or to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 50 Beale Street, Ste 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105, (800) 421-3481 (Washington DC); (415) 486-5555 (voice) or (415) 586-5570 (fax).

El coordinador del Título IX del Colegio es el supervisor de Recursos Humanos y se puede llegar al (209) 384-6102. Las consultas relativas a la aplicación del Título IX, que prohíbe la discriminación sexual, puede ser referido al coordinador del Título IX, o en la Oficina de Derechos Civiles, U.S. Departamento de Educación, 50 Beale Street, Ste 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105, (800) 421-3481 (Washington DC); (415) 486-5555 (voice) or (415) 586-5570 (fax).

Tus Ceev lub luag Title IX hauv Tsev Kawm Ntawv yog Human Resources Supervisor, (209) 384-6102. Yog xav paub txog lub luag Title IX, uas txwv tsis pub cais poj niam los yog txiv neej, hu tuaj tau rau Tus Ceev lub luag Title IX, los yog lub Hoobkas ntawm Pejxeem Cov Cai, U.S. Department of Education, 50 Beale Street, Ste 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105, (800) 421-3481 (Washington DC); (415) 486-5555 (voice) or (415) 586-5570 (fax).