Students Right to Know Policy

Directory Information

The following information items are considered public information and may be included in appropriate college directories and publications or otherwise disclosed by designated staff members unless a student files a written request with the Office of Registration & Records during the first 10 days of a given semester. Those items include the student's name, major field of study, dates of attendance, permanent phone number, local phone number, permanent address, local address, previous schools attended, nature of any degrees granted and dates conferred, student classification, photograph, height and weight of athletic team members, participation in officially recognized activities, honors and awards earned, and student e-mail addresses. These items will be used as the area's directory information. Appropriate information may also be disclosed in cases of health or safety emergencies.

Privacy Statement: Mid-Plains Community College Notice of Privacy Policy

Protecting the privacy of your personal information is important to us at MPCC. We respect your right to privacy and recognize our obligation to keep information about you secure and confidential. We do not sell or share information about you with outside marketers.

Federal Privacy Protection Requirements

Our Privacy Policy conforms to the final privacy rule published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as required by Section 504(a) of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (the GLB Act), with respect to financial institutions and other persons under the FTC’s jurisdiction. Under provisions of the GLB Act, MPCC as a provider of financial services which include student loans and collection agency services is required to disclose to all of its customers its privacy policies and practices with respect to information sharing with both affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties. The GLB Act also limits the instances in which a financial institution may disclose nonpublic personal information about a consumer to nonaffiliated third parties.

This notice uses the term “Nonpublic personal information.” This means personal information about you which identifies you, and that is not available from public sources.

  1. MPCC will collect nonpublic personal information about you from the following sources:
    • Information we receive from you on loan applications, promissory notes, MPCC account applications, correspondence, communications, and other forms
    • Information about your transactions with us or others with respect to your student loan from parties such as your lender(s) and the U.S. Department of Education and their agents
    • Information received from schools you attend or formally attended, or to which you have applied for admission, and
    • Information received from credit reporting agencies.
  2. MPCC will not disclose any nonpublic personal information about you or our other current or former customers to anyone, except as permitted by law (we do share such information with our contractors and agents, and to schools, lenders and the U.S. Department of Education, as needed to administer our programs in conformance with law).
  3. MPCC does restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to our employees, contractors, and agents who need to know the information in order to provide service to you, such as servicing and record-keeping for your account and collecting your student loan. MPCC does maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards in compliance with federal regulations to safeguard your nonpublic personal information.

MPCC’s Privacy Statement may be revised from time to time as necessary to reflect changes in the law or MPCC’s policies. As changes are made, MPCC will notify students of the changes.

MPCC adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in public institutions of higher education.  MPCC will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of race, religion, hearing status, personal appearance, color, sex, pregnancy, political affiliation, source of income, place of business, residence, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristic information and testing, domestic violence victim status, Family Medical Leave or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any grievance process on campus or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. 

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Director of Human Resources, Mid-Plains Community College-North Campus, 1101 Halligan Dr., North Platte, NE 69101, 308-535-3679

Inquiries involving students should be directed to:

Dean of Student Life, Mid-Plains Community College, 1205 East Third Street, McCook, NE 69001, 308-345-8109

Associate Dean of Student Life in North Platte, 1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, NE 69101, 308-535-3635

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation while attending this college, please contact:

Robin Rankin, North Platte Community College-North Campus, 308-535-3637 or rankinr@mpcc.edu

Chris Turner, North Platte Community College-South Campus, 308-535-3715 or turnerc@mpcc.edu

Jacob Brandl, McCook Community College, 308-345-8128 or brandlj@mpcc.edu.

As part of its mission, Mid-Plains Community College seeks to ensure that no person who meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission to, and continued enrollment at the college is denied benefits or subjected to discrimination solely by reason of his or her disability. Toward this end, and in compliance with federal laws, the college both accepts and provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students with documentation.

Both MPCC and the student have responsibilities to ensure equal educational opportunities. While the college stands ready to make accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to avail him or herself of all available services.

Disabled students with special needs should contact the college campus ADA coordinator identified below.  Services for students with disabilities (learning, ADD,  ADHD, physical or psychological) may include special accommodations, tutoring, and counseling. With the student’s written permission, the counselor can also be a liaison to instructors regarding the student’s special needs. Documentation of the disability(ies) by a qualified professional, completed within the last three (3) years, must be on file with the college in order to initiate services. The college will make a good faith effort to provide an effective accommodation to the student with a disability; however, it need not provide the most comprehensive or expensive accommodation requested by the student. If assistance is needed, contact:

Robin Rankin, North Platte Community College-North Campus, 308-535-3637 or rankinr@mpcc.edu

Chris Turner, North Platte Community College-South Campus, 308-535-3715 or turnerc@mpcc.edu

Jacob Brandl, McCook Community College, 308-345-8128 or brandlj@mpcc.edu.

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

Under the ADA, the college must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go.

Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.

Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility, for example, in a school classroom, they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility.

A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.

Pets and Therapy Animals are generally not permitted in College facilities or at MPCC events.

NOTE: Requests for exceptions to this general rule must be submitted to the campus vice president.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS AND STUDENT HOUSING
Pets are not allowed in student housing with the exception of a fish tank of less than five gallons.

The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act protect the right of people with disabilities to keep emotional support animals, in student housing, because emotional support and service animals are not "pets," but rather are considered to be more like assistive aids. In campus housing, so long as the tenant has a letter or prescription from an appropriate professional, such as a therapist or physician, and meets the definition of a person with a disability, he or she is entitled to a reasonable accommodation that would allow an emotional support animal in the apartment.

REQUEST AN EXCEPTION TO THE SCHOOL’S NO PET RULE
If one needs an emotional support animal to ease the symptoms of a disability (as defined above), he or she should request a reasonable accommodation, in writing, from the Dean of Students. The request should state that the student has a disability and explain how the requested accommodation will be helpful. In addition, the student should include a note from his or her service provider, such as a doctor or therapist, verifying the need for the support animal. 

In compliance with the Department of Education’s (34CFR Part 86) requirements, you are hereby notified of the expected standards of conduct regarding the unlawful use of drugs or alcohol on college property or in any college-sponsored activity. In addition, this document will describe legal sanctions (local, state and federal), health risks, available assistance and treatment avenues, as well as college imposed disciplinary measures.

Standards of Control: The following are deemed to be misconduct and subject to disciplinary action.

Alcohol Use

  1. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverage on college-owned or controlled property, or at college-sponsored or supervised events.
  2. Being under the influence of alcohol on college-owned property or at college-sponsored or supervised events.

Drug Use

  1. Being under the influence of, possessing, distributing, using or selling illegal drugs or any other controlled substance or agent having the potential of abuse, except pursuant to a physician’s or dentist’s prescription, or possessing paraphernalia for drug use on college-owned or controlled property or at college-sponsored events.
  2. Students are subject to all applicable legal sanctions under local, state and federal law regarding unlawful possession of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions may include incarceration and or fines for those found guilty under these sanctions.
  3. The health risks of using illegal drugs and use of alcohol are difficult to predict due to the unknown chemicals involved in these substances. The health risks may be severe and lead to permanent impairment or even death.
  4. Even occasional use or experimentation can have significant negative consequences. The diminishment of intellectual ability, personality disintegration, and long-term genetic damage are not uncommon occurrences among drug and alcohol users.
  5. Assistance is available for students seeking help for problems associated with illegal drug and alcohol use through local community agencies, hospitals or private treatment facilities (see Yellow Pages).
  6. The college will impose disciplinary sanctions on students for violating the student code of conduct regarding illegal drugs.

It should be emphasized that when a student’s violation of the law also adversely affects the college’s pursuit of its recognized educational objectives, the college may enforce its own regulations regardless of any civil proceeding or dispositions. When a student violates a college regulation, they are subject to disciplinary action by the college whether or not their conduct violates civil law. If a person’s behavior simultaneously violates a college regulation and the civil laws off-campus, they may incur penalties described by civil authorities. College discipline will be initiated only in instances of student misconduct, which distinctly and adversely affects the college’s pursuit of its recognized educational purposes.

Disciplinary measures appropriate to the offense up to and including dismissal from the college may be imposed.

 

Mid-Plains Community College believes that sexual harassment of students is a prohibited form of discrimination. Therefore, Mid-Plains Community College is committed to the belief that sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated nor condoned.

Sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature: (1) are made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s educational status; (2) are used as a basis for educational decisions affecting such individuals; or (3) have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. The Mid-Plains Community College President or designee shall establish a procedure for the reporting and investigation of alleged acts of sexual harassment.

Any student, found to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy (or rules adopted by the President in furthering the goals of this policy) shall be subject to disciplinary action or dismissal. Also, anyone found in violation of this policy may be forbidden from entering Mid-Plains Community College property or conducting business with Mid-Plains Community College.

Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) strives at all times to provide the highest quality of service and the best student experience possible. Therefore MPCC encourages you to report any complaints or observed violations of State, Federal, and local law with the appropriate staff members. If you are unsure how to direct your issue, please contact the Dean of Student Life

If you wish to file a complaint with the State of Nebraska regarding potential institutional violation of State law, you are encouraged to send your complaint to Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, then click on “Contact Us”.

Student transcripts and records are maintained in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Transcripts are defined as documentation of student grades in college work.

Records include placement test scores, financial aid documents and material relating to academic and social honors or disciplinary actions.

Students submit requests for official transcripts online at www.mpcc.edu/transcripts. The cost of official transcripts varies according to mode of delivery (electronic or paper) as described within the online process. Students obtain unofficial transcripts via the “Grades and Transcripts” option available within each student’s individual, password-protected, CampusWeb account (http://campus.mpcc.edu). No transcripts or grades will be released to any student who has overdue charges until those charges are settled.

Official transcripts covering a student’s previous education submitted to the college as part of the admissions procedures become a part of the official file and cannot be returned to the student. The college does not issue or certify copies of transcripts from other institutions.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (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 Registration & Records a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. Registration & Records will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the college to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the college official responsible for the record, 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 by the student, the college will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or 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 interest. A school official is a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her task. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Mid-Plains Community College Area to comply with the requirements of FERPA.