*Amended in November 1996 ( by the Improving American Schools Acts of 1994 )
The FERPA federal law affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records.
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 written requests that identify the
record(s) they wish to inspect to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other
appropriate official. The college official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of
the time and place that the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the college
official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official
to whom the request should be addressed.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate,
misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to
ask the College to amend a record should write the college official responsible for the record, clearly
identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the
College decides not to amend the record, as requested, the College will notify the student in writing of
the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information
regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of a right to a hearing.
The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information from
the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure with our consent.
The College discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception
for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person
employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position
(including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has
contracted or is assigned to provide a service instead of using College employees or officials (such as an
attorney, auditor, collection agent, or a clinical, intern, or extern site); a person serving on the Board
of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee,
or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
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 responsibilities for the College.
In addition, upon request, the college discloses education records without consent to officials of
another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
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. The office administering FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC
Directory information includes:
For more information regarding student rights, students should contact the Registration office on
Colleges use the SSN / ITIN to report American Opportunity Tax Credit / Lifetime Learning tax credit,
to administer state-federal financial aid, to verify enrollment, degree and academic transcript
records, and to conduct institutional research. Pursuant to state law (RCW 28B.10.042) and federal
law (Family Rights and Privacy Act), the college will protect the student’s SSN from unauthorized
use and/or disclosure.
If a student does not submit a SSN / ITIN, the student will not be denied access to the college;
however, the student may be subject to civil penalties
(refer to Internal Revenue Service Treasury Regulation 1.6050S-1(e)(4) for more information).
Students should use the same caution as they would in any public place in taking care of their personal safety
and personal belongings.
Students are obligated to respect the rights of others and to refrain from any actions endangering the health,
safety, and welfare or property of others.
Students are expected to comply with the policies, procedures & regulations approved by the Board of Trustees
and the Washington State and federal regulations.
Statistics on criminal incidents, as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus
Crime Statistics Act, are available at college safety/security offices, as well as on individual campus websites.
Data the last three years, along with general information, can be found at the following site –
ope.ed.gov/Security. This informational service is provided by
the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.
View instructions on how to easily find information on the above site:
The students’ well-being and safety are of utmost importance.
It is vital that everyone follow strict safety
procedures recommended in all classes, particularly professional-technical classes.
In the event of an on-campus accident or injury, students and faculty should report the accident to the
Security Office so the injury can be addressed and an accident report completed.
Do not hesitate to immediately call 911 for serious injuries.
Instructors must be notified if the accident occurs during class.
Alcohol and drugs are prohibited.
The district prohibits the abuse of alcohol and the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession and use of
illicit drugs. This policy applies to all employees and students of the Seattle Colleges while they are
on District property or while they are conducting college business, regardless of location. To provide a healthy,
safe, and secure working and learning environment, each employee and student of the Seattle College District
is expected to be in an appropriate mental and physical condition to perform assigned duties and fully participate in the
learning process. Seattle College District Policy 249(“Drug-Free Workplace”) is detailed at
Resources for students and employees who need assistance with substance abuse problems, are outlined in a brochure available
on each campus and in the two printable PDFs below:
Flier: SCCD Drug Policy (Nov. 2010)
The possession of firearms on campus is not allowed.
Workplace violence or a hostile work environment will not be tolerated at the Seattle Colleges.
(From Policy 451)
The Seattle College District (SCD) is committed to providing a working and educational environment
that is free from sexual harassment of any kind.
It is not tolerated at any District institution. All employees and students have the right to a working
and educational environment free from sexual harassment. This institution defines sexual harassment as
unwelcom sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
nature. Employees and students are encouraged to report their concerns or complaints about sexual
harassment. Retaliation against any individual for making a complaint about or cooperating in a sexual
harassment is not permitted. Student complaints regarding sexual harassment shall be processed in
accordance with District Policy and Procedure 419.
Smoking is prohibited indoors, and within 25 feet of the entrance to any public building, per Washington state law.
State motor vehicle laws and the Seattle traffic code apply to campus traffic.
Campus speed limit is 15 mph unless otherwise posted.
Disciplinary action will be taken against students who violate standards of conduct established by the college. If
informal procedures do not resolve the issue, formal committee proceedings may be initiated.
To ensure the health and well-being of our college community,
and to be in compliance with state codes, the Seattle Colleges provide the following resources
for information about transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the causative factor leading
to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Complete and current information about specific risk factors for HIV/AIDS is available through the following
sources at the Seattle/King County Department of Health.
400 Yesler Way, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Website: “Questions and Answers about HIV and AIDS” at
Among resources available to students, faculty and staff is
SeattleColleges Alerts, which is powered by Rave Mobile
Safety. These alerts allow the colleges to communicate
quickly with students and employees during weatherrelated
delays, closures and other campus emergencies,
by sending alerts to computers and mobile devices, via
email and text message.
For more information about emergency communications and contacts,
preparing for an emergency, and procedures for closure at the Seattle Colleges:
This is carried out within the overall goals and mission of the Seattle Colleges Policy
and Procedure 387 “Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.”
To be eligible for disability-related services, students must have a disability
as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has
a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially
limits one or more of the major life activities (walking, standing, seeing, speaking,
hearing, sitting, breathing, and taking care of oneself).
Legal Authority: U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (P.L. 93-112) and RCW 49.60.
On each campus, Disability Support Services is the designated office that obtains and files disability-related
documents, certifies eligibility for services, helps determine academic adjustments, and consults for the provision
of such accommodations. Academic adjustments are provided to ensure access to all community college courses, programs,
counseling, activities, and facilities.
Disability Support Services provides or arranges a variety of auxiliary services to the community college,
such as sign language interpreters, assistive technology, exam modifications, and academic assistance. Auxiliary
requests such as Brailing or books on tape are to be requested at least 6 weeks in advance. There may be a delay
in services with less notification. Request for interpreting services with less than four week’s notice for ongoing
classes can result in delayed services. At least 3 business days are required for special requests/one time services
and at least a week’s notice for high profile events.
The Disability Support Services Office offers consultation to faculty, staff, and classified employees of
the college for the purpose of designing accommodations that provide equal access to otherwise qualified students
regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation.
Statistics and information on the Completion and Transfer Rates
at each college are available at the following college websites:
View all SCC policies.
Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information.
However, readers are encouraged to contact the college regarding current and approved information.
For further information, please contact:
North Seattle College
Vice President for Student Services
Seattle Central College
Lexie Evans, Associate Dean of Student Leadership
Email Lexie Evans, 206.934.3890
Seattle Vocational Institute
Manager, Student Services
South Seattle College
Vice President for Student Services
Before pursing formal action, students are encouraged to first pursue an informal resolution.
Students have 15 calendar days from the end of the informal process or 90 days from the cause of
the complaint to submit a formal complaint. Contact the respective Complaints Officer at each
campus for further information.
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Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
For more information visit
Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.