Student Rights & Responsibilities

Student Responsibility

Admission to Iḷisaġvik College carries with it the students’ obligations to conduct themselves as responsible members of the Iḷisaġvik learning community. As members of the academic community, students are responsible for studying and learning. Iḷisaġvik expects student conduct to be in accordance with traditional Iñupiaq values that address behavior within a community.

Students are responsible for fulfilling all program and other requirements and for knowing the information contained in this catalog. All students are expected to know their rights and responsibilities as well as what types of conduct and activities are prohibited. Student rights and responsibilities are outlined in the Student Handbook, available to each student upon admission. Students are required to abide by all regulations concerning campus life and student conduct.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Iḷisaġvik College will make reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to attend classes. Inquiries should be directed to: Iḷisaġvik College, Registrar’s Office, PO Box 749, Barrow, Alaska 99723 or by calling 907.852.3333, 907.852.1763 or 800.478.7337.

Freedom from Discrimination

Iḷisaġvik College is committed to a policy of education equity. The college admits students, grants financial aid and scholarships, and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disabilities. Any person having inquiries concerning college compliance with regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, is directed to contact the college Human Resources Department at 907.852.1838.

Freedom from Alcohol and Drugs

College policy requires an alcohol and drug free environment for the benefit of all students and staff. The possession, manufacturing, distribution, sale, transportation, and consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are strictly prohibited. Violations of this policy may result in immediate dismissal from the college. Students enrolled in certain vocational programs may be subject to alcohol and drug testing.

Freedom from Harassment

Harassment of any type is expressly forbidden and includes: physical or verbal abuse; sexual harassment; intimidation; or other conduct, including hazing, which unreasonably interferes with, or creates a hostile or offensive learning, living or working environment. Sexual harassment is a form of student or employee misconduct which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature. Other forms of harassment include, but are not limited to inappropriate conduct regarding gender, status, race, physical appearance or characteristics.

Freedom from Violence

Threatening or intimidating behavior and violence at any Iḷisaġvik College facility are unacceptable behaviors and will not be tolerated. Violence includes any action (verbal, written or physical aggression) that is intended to control or cause, or is capable of causing death, serious bodily injury or harm to oneself or others, or damage to property. Violence includes threats or other conduct that in any way unreasonably interferes with or creates a hostile or offensive learning, living, or working environment. Physical intimidation or harassment may include holding, impeding or blocking free movement, following, stalking, touching or any other inappropriate physical contact or advances.

Access to Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the college receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, Dean of Instruction and Workforce Development, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The college official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the college official to whom the records request was made does not maintain them, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to ask the college to amend an education record that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students should write the appropriate college official clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the college decides not to amend the record as requested, the college will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. A list of who qualifies as a school official can be obtained from the college.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects a student’s right to privacy by limiting information which can be released to the public in what is referred to as Directory Information. Directory Information is that part of an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory Information can NEVER include: student identification number, race, social security number, ethnicity, nationality, or gender.

Directory Information

Directory Information is information that can be released to the public without permission from the student.

Directory Information at Iḷisaġvik College:

  • Student’s name, local address, permanent address, email address, photos, and telephone numbers (including cellphone numbers)
  • Student photo
  • Names and dates of previous high schools and colleges attended
  • Classification (Freshman, Sophomore), enrollment status
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance and anticipated date of graduation
  • Participation in officially recognized activities
  • Degrees and awards granted