College and student policies

Course substitution policy for students with disabilities for DVC associate degrees or certificates

Students with disabilities who wish to substitute a course for a course identified in DVC’s associate degree or certificate program requirements should review the college’s complete course substitution policy for students with disabilities. This policy is available in the Disability Support Services Office located in the Student Services Center, 202A and 202B.

DVC is "A Drug-Free" campus

DVC maintains a campus where students are prohibited from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances, as listed in Schedules I through IV of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. Section 812) and from abuse of alcohol. This includes student participation in field trips, athletic competition and/or any activity sponsored by the college. Any violations will be cause for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Any student who needs information about substance abuse treatment may consult a campus counselor or the Student Life Office who can provide the student with information about available treatment resources.

Equal opportunity policy and grievance procedures

DVC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (pertaining to race, color, and national origin), Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (pertaining to sex), Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (pertaining to age), and CCCCD Board Policy 2001. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, as well as treatment and employment in the college’s programs and activities, including vocational education. Inquiries regarding the equal opportunity policies, the filing of grievances, or requests for a copy of the college’s grievance procedures may be directed to the the vice president of student services, Administration Building.

This procedure affords students an opportunity to resolve a variety of complaints, including those alleging discrimination based upon race, sexual orientation, color, national origin, sex, handicap, and age. Students who require assistance in the use of this procedure or any of the above-mentioned policies should contact the vice president of student services.

Inquiries regarding federal laws and regulations concerning nondiscrimination in education or the district’s compliance with those provisions may also be directed to the vice chancellor, human resources and organizational development, Contra Costa Community College District, 500 Court Street, Martinez, CA 94553, or U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 221 Main Street, Suite 1020, San Francisco, CA, 94105.

Freedom of expression policy

It is the policy of the district and DVC to allow and protect reasonable and legal expressions, speeches and actions according to federal and state laws and Education Code #76120. Students have the right to exercise free expression, including the use of bulletin boards, the distribution of printed materials and the wearing of buttons, badges or other insignia. The policy excludes expression that is obscene, libelous or slanderous according to current legal standards or that incites students to create a clear and present danger or to commit unlawful acts on community college premises or damage to persons or property. Inciting students to riot, or the violation of lawful community college regulations or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the community college, is also prohibited. A copy of the policy is available at the Student Life Office.

Instructional material policy

Students enrolled in credit/noncredit courses and programs may be required to provide certain instructional and other materials including but not limited to textbooks, tools, equipment and clothing if: The materials produce "an end product" with continuing value to the student outside the classroom or the materials required for the class have a continuing value to the student outside the classroom. Excerpted from Board policy 5027.

Instructors’ rights policy

If a student is disrupting class, the instructor may have him or her removed, and the instructor may also suspend that student from the next class meeting. For more information about suspension, see the "student code of conduct" section.

The instructor must give permission before a student can use a tape recorder in class.

Instructors have the exclusive responsibility for assigning grades. For more information, see the "grade policy" section of the catalog.

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