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Policies updated

July 11, 2018

June 2018 Policy Meeting

8.30 Student Code of Conduct (Policy)

  • Updated VII. Related Documents

Student Code of Conduct (Separate Document)

Changes throughout:

  • Use of gender neutral pronouns (they/them/theirs) in place of gendered pronouns (she/him/hers/his/etc.)
  • Added links to all referenced policies
  • Updated policy language to reflect current language, including Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy, Sexual Misconduct, etc.
  • Changed ‘learning experience’ to ‘learning environment’ to match current campus language
  • Clarified and simplified language. Ex: Changed “Students attending GRCC” to “GRCC students”

Section 1

  • Jurisdiction

— B. Added “and electronic communication,” “computer network,” and “or when otherwise representing GRCC.”

— C. Replaced “its community” with “the GRCC community”

— D. Changed “staff” to “employees”

— E. Added “which may have an impact on the GRCC Community”

  • Definitions

— B. Added definition for advisor

— D. Changed definition of college officials from “administrative and executive officers and their designees” to “An employee designated to address a conduct-related issue.”

— E. Changed from “Any person who submits charges alleging a student violated the Student Code who believes they have been a victim of the misconduct” to Any person who formally alleges a violation of the Student Code.”

— G. Added definition for employee

— Deleted definition for Cyber Stalking – included in stalking

— Deleted definition for Cyber Bullying – included in bullying

— J. Changed from “All property owned, operated, maintained, controlled or leased by GRCC” to “All land, buildings, facilities or other grounds or structures, including adjacent streets and sidewalks, or any item in possession of or owned, used, loaned, leased, maintained or controlled by GRCC or funded by GRCC budgets, including computers and network systems, library materials, classrooms and laboratories used for GRCC purposes.”

— K. Added “dual enrolled and middle college students.”

  • Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

— Rights

A. Added “in accordance with building access policies”

i. Changed “The right to be informed about” to “To have access to”

ii. Changed from “The right to consistent academic evaluation in relation to other students” to “Fair and consistent academic evaluation.”

— Responsibilities

* Added “and College policies” in place of “rules and regulations.”

* Removed (repetitive) “Additionally, students are to abide by all rules applicable to conduct in a classroom environment and at College sponsored activities. By enrolling in the College, students are automatically placed under the rules and regulations established by the College. Therefore it is the students’ responsibility to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations affecting them.”

Section 2

  • Academic Honesty (Changes approved by AGC Winter 2018)

— Cheating

— Plagiarism

— Fabrication

— Other Examples of Academic Dishonesty

— Consequences of Academic Dishonesty at GRCC

* Distinguished between classroom penalties and conduct sanctions

* Moved “The faculty member may make a referral…”

* Clarified “Appeals for academic dishonesty” process and included link.

  • Classroom Conduct (Changes approved by AGC Winter 2018)

— Examples of Classroom Misconduct

* B. Removed “is not allowed under most circumstances. The use of personal laptop computers, phones, etc. may be acceptable in some classes, however they must be used only for note taking or activities in direct support of the course objectives.”

* C. Changed from “Entering the classroom late or leaving the classroom prior to the end of class is considered a disruption to the learning process and should be avoided unless exceptional circumstances arise” to “Entering the classroom late or leaving the classroom prior to the end of class may be considered a disruption to the learning environment.”

— Consequences of Classroom Misconduct at GRCC

* Changed “who commit acts of classroom misconduct” to “engaged in classroom misconduct”

* Distinguished between classroom penalties and conduct sanctions

* Moved “The faculty member may make a referral…”

* C. Removed “or conduct officer”

* Removed penalty “assignment of a failing grade for the course”

* Removed duplicated penalty “referral to the conduct office”

* Clarified “Appeals for Classroom Misconduct”

* Added “If the offense is egregious, threatening or repeated…”

* Clarified “Appeals for classroom misconduct” process and included link

— General Conduct

* Changed “…reserves the right to impose sanctions on students for personal actions which may not be expressly identified.” To “…reserves the right to deem other behavior inappropriate that is not expressly identified in these regulations.”

*  5. Demonstrations

** Changed second paragraph from “The College will not tolerate the deliberate material or substantial disruption of the classroom, work environment or movement of others, nor will it condone violence or physical interference with the facilities or functions of the campus. If protestors (or anti protestors) resort to the use of violence or physical interference, College officials may, without delay, invoke the use of legitimate authority to remove all violators.” To “The College will not tolerate disruption of the learning environment, work environment or movement of others, nor will it condone violence or physical interference with the facilities or functions of the campus. Campus Police may, without delay, stop any demonstration that violates this regulation.”

* Removed regulation for Gangs

* 11. + 12. Separated Illegal and Unauthorized Possession/Use of Alcohol and Drugs

*13 + 14. Separated Illegal and Unauthorized Possession/Use of Weapons

* 17. Misuse or Unauthorized Possession or Use or Theft of Public or Private Property

** Added theft to title

* 18. Obstruction/Abuse of Student Conduct Process

** A. Removed “a summons of”

** D. Removed “proper”

** F. Added “or anyone else involved in the conduct process”

** G. Removed “Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the conduct process”

* 19. Refusal to Identify and/or Comply

** Added “an employee or College official”

* 20. Rioting

** Changed “disturbing the peace” to “disrupting the learning environment”

* 22. Sexual Misconduct

** Removed definitions, including sexual harassment. Did not mention any other examples of sexual misconduct. Referred to policy.

* Removed Stalking regulation

* 23. Threatening or Causing Physical or Other Harm to Any Person

** Combined “Threatening Behavior” and “Threatening or Causing Physical or Other Harm to any Person”

** A. Removed examples of threatening behavior and clarified language

** Note: Changed from “A student can be guilty of threatening behavior” to “A student could be found responsible for threatening behavior or comments”

* 24. Tobacco/E-Cigarette Free Environment

** Changed name to “Unauthorized Use of Tobacco, E-Cigarette or Vaporizer Pen” and added “vaporizer pen” to the list of items prohibited

** Changed “…all properties owned, operated, leased or maintained” to “all properties owned, leased or controlled by” and removed “including all Regional Centers, MTec properties, Learning Corner properties and the McCabe Marlowe House”

* 27. Violation of Local, State or Federal Laws

** Removed “including, but not limited to, laws governing alcoholic beverages, drugs, gambling, sex offenses, indecent conduct, arson, copyright, etc.”

** Changed “…without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court” to “…without regard for civil or criminal litigation in court”

* Changed from: “Note: Students under 18 years of age who are involved in acts of violence, drugs, and alcohol or sexual assault violations may have their parents notified by the Student Conduct Administrator (or designee.)” to “Note: Students who are involved in violations of the Student Code of Conduct may have their parents notified by the Student Conduct Administrator (or designee.)”

Section 3

  • Student Conduct Process and Procedures

— Changed “Any member (student or employee) of Grand Rapids Community College may file charges against a student for violations of the Student Code of Conduct” to “Any person may report potential violations of the Student Code of Conduct by a GRCC Student to the Student Conduct Administrator or designee.”

— Changed “When a student has been charged with misconduct or an infraction of the College rules” to “When a student has been charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct”

— Removed examples of Sexual Misconduct

— Changed “conference” to “meeting”

— Clarified evidentiary standard and preponderance of the evidence

— Changed “The student and/or group or organization (and a complainant who believes they were the victim of another student’s conduct)…” to “If a student and/or group or organization is found responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the Student Conduct Administrator shall determine the sanction(s) to be imposed.  The student and/or group or organization will receive the determination and sanction(s) imposed, if any, in writing.  Complainants of violent crimes and/or sexual misconduct will receive a determination of findings and sanctions related to the complainant.”

— Removed “a second classroom misconduct removal”

— Retaliation

* Moved last sentence to middle of section.

  • Sanctions

— Removed “/consequences”

— Changed “may be imposed by the College for general misconduct or incidence of Classroom Misconduct” to “may be imposed by the Conduct Administrator or designee for violations of the Student Code of Conduct”

— D. Added “or academic program”

— G. Removed “permanent,” clarified GRCC property

— Combined bullets into paragraph. Added language about what’s included in background checks.

— Interim Suspension

* Added appeal mechanism for interim suspensions

  • Changed title to expand amnesty to any report of a code violation: “Amnesty for Reports of Sexual Misconduct or Student Code Violations.”

— Added drug use as a reason to grant amnesty

Section 4

  • Hearing Committee Make-up

— Added “three (3) GRCC employees (a combination of faculty and staff members)” to clarify who serves on committee

  • Rules and Regulations

— A. Removed after “expense” “and provided that at least 24 hours’ prior written notification is delivered to the Hearing Committee Chairperson.”

— C. Removed after “case file” “student’s unwillingness to answer questions regarding the incident will not be held against the student.”

— D. Changed language that the hearing recording will be retained with the case file” from “not until the appeal procedures have been completed.”

— E. Changed from “will attend” to “may attend.”

  • Special Hearing Provisions for Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Other Complaints of a Sensitive Nature

— Changed “will always be relevant to a finding” to “may be relevant to a finding”

  • Final Appeal

— Changed “mailed to the student by first class mail” to “emailed to the student’s GRCC email address”

Section 5

  • Interpretation and Revision

3.2 Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

  • VII. Related Documents: Removed old links and consolidated information; added other relevant policies.
  • IX 3. Essential Abilities and Technical Standards: Clarified language around skills students need, distinguishing them from learning outcomes.
  • IX 4. Essential Job Functions: Added line that these are listed in job descriptions.
  • 7. Visitors: Added definition for visitors to clarify throughout policy how visitors make accommodation requests, raise concerns, etc.
  • X. Procedures: Added line indicating anyone having concerns about ability to comply with policy should contact Director of EO Compliance.
  • X.A.2. Disability Accommodation (student): Clarified process for student requests, including noting that accommodations are not retroactive.
  • X.A.3 Visitors: Added language clarifying what visitors should do to request accommodations.
  • X.B.2 Students: Divided section into different potential student complaints, and added information to route those complaints appropriately, depending on the subject.
  • XI. Forms: Updated DARF form and added Captioning Request form.
  • XIII. Policy History: Updated with changes.
  • XIV. Review Date: Added two-year review date.

11.15 Purchasing

  • X.C.1.  retitled from “Emergency situations” to “Emergency & Critical situations”; revised to address critical purchases in addition to emergency purchases, revised to address the approval of critical purchases exceeding $100K in the absence of a monthly BOT meeting, President designee (F/A VP) approval eliminated and replaced with Chairperson consultation

For more information, visit the policy website.

Policy Update

May 25, 2018

GRCC has two updated policies:

  • 14.6 Hazard Communication
  • 6.2 EO and Non-discrimination

For more information, please visit the policy website:  http://www.grcc.edu/generalcounsel/policies

Policies updated

May 2, 2018

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

February and April 2018 Policy Meetings

9.10 Contributions to the College

  • Updated web address for Donations of Material and Equipment form
  • Clarified procedure for donors wishing to designate a gift to a specific department or division and acknowledgement of that gift.

11.19 Lobbying – no changes

11.20 Supplanting of Federal Funds – no changes

14.10 Service Animals

  • IX.A: Definition of Service Animal: streamlined definition for readability and to comply more accurately with state of the law.
  • IX.A: Miniature Horse requests: Clarified requests for Miniature Horses should be filtered through DSS for assessment per policy
  • X.A: Registration for Service Animals: Added optional registration for service animals, including option of ID tag if desired.
  • X.C: Student Code of Conduct: Added section providing disruptions could result in violation of Student Code.
  • X.D: Permissible Questions: Clarified this section to make it more readable.
  • X.E: Allergies: Added section indicating anyone in need of accommodation (including for allergy) would reach out to DSS or Director of EO Compliance for accommodations.
  • X.F: Criteria for Removal: Added section (3), providing that animal may be removed for behavior indicating that animal is not sufficiently trained.

14.2 Firearms, Explosives or Weapons

  1. Procedures – made “How to handle a situation where they see someone with a gun or other weapon” more concise.

11.7 Disposal of Surplus, Used or Obsolete Furniture & Equipment

  • IX. – updated definition of “surplus, used and/or obsolete items”
  • X.E. – added that IT is responsible for securely deleting data from computers

11.8 Investment – no changes

11.15 Purchasing

  • III D. Board Authorization – updated quote amounts to reflect changes in federal law
  • III G. – Added procedure for Competitive Proposals
  • III N. Accessibility – added Director of EO Compliance contact information
  • Updated websites throughout

For more information, visit the policy website.

GRCC In the News, 1-3-18

January 3, 2018

Medical assistant apprenticeship success catalyst for others in region

Dec. 29, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The success of West Michigan’s Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program has gotten national attention and is the catalyst for developing other healthcare apprenticeships.

… The Medical Assistant apprenticeship emerged after Mercy Health officials reached out to representatives of Grand Rapids Community College to discuss how to meet the high demand for workers.

Upping the Entry Degree

Jan. 2, 2018; Inside Higher Ed

Community colleges across the country are examining possible new requirements for occupational therapy assistants to get more education, which could result in the elimination of occupational therapy programs on their campuses.

… At Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, where about 25 students enroll annually in the institution’s occupational therapy assistant program, officials are against increasing the education requirements.

Exec predicts two-year construction boom

Dec. 22, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction boom still has a couple years left on it, based on Ben Wickstrom’s predictions. The president of Erhardt Construction said his company has a steady supply of work going to 2018 and even 2019.

… Erhardt, in collaboration with ABC/WMC, has worked with Grand Rapids Community College to develop training programs for the skilled trades. The company also is starting to branch out into Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Kalamazoo Township to swear in new police chief on Jan. 5

Dec. 28, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, MI — Lt. Bryan Ergang will be sworn in as chief of the Kalamazoo Township Police Department on Jan. 5.

… He has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. He is also a recent graduate of the prestigious FBI Nation Academy.

Kendra DeJonge, GRCC volleyball player earns national recognition

Dec. 28, 2017; The Rockford Squire

A freshman player on Grand Rapids Community College’s volleyball team has received national recognition.

Lakeview’s Vellanti wins MHSFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Dec. 29, 2017; The Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — Assistant coaches don’t volunteer their time to win awards and accolades, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy them if and when they come about.

… A former Lakeview graduate, (Ryan) Vellanti went to college at Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College. He graduated college in 2000 and was promptly hired in 2001 at Lakeview as a teacher and a coach.

Liberty’s 4 newcomers add bulk to lines

Dec. 28, 2017; Salina Journal (Kan.)

The Salina Liberty beefed up the offensive and defensive lines with the signing of four newcomers for the 2018 season.

… (Dana) Harris, who’s 6-3, 318 pounds, is a Detroit native and played at Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) and Youngstown State.

College honoring African-American leaders

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college is honoring 12 African-American leaders for their “exceptional contributions” to the quality of life in Grand Rapids.

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its 36th-annual Giants Awards and Banquet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, at 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

Neighborhoods: Grand Rapids

Dec. 19, 2017; pridesource.com

Named one of the Gayest Cities in America by The Advocate magazine in 2012, Grand Rapids became the 36th city in the state of Michigan to add protections for the LGBT community in its non-discrimination ordinance. This fair and equitable treatment has made Grand Rapids an even more inviting place for young, bright, creative-minded professionals.

… The city’s commitment to helping the LGBT community flourish is reflected in educational settings such as the Grand Rapids Community College which passed a transgender policy allowing students and staff to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify. The inclusive Grand Valley State University was recently named one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

Lance Werner: LJ’s 2018 Librarian of the Year

Jan. 2, 2018; Library Journal

If you ask Lance Werner, executive director of the Kent District Library (KDL), MI, what makes him a strong leader, an effective legislative advocate, and a champion of access for his patrons, his answer is simple: it’s all about forming relationships — with his staff, legislators, local business owners and CEOs, county commissioners, Michigan Library Association (MLA) administrators, LIS educators, patrons, and anyone else in a 100-mile radius. Ask him again, and he’ll bring up words such as kindness and empathy and that he loves his job.

… Local organizations, including the Literacy Center of West Michigan (LCWM), the Kent Intermediate School District, and Steelcase Corporation, have actively partnered with the library to help implement the program, as well as a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College and KDL to provide all-ages STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) programming.

Man sentenced in Hookah Lounge shooting that killed 22-year-old

Dec. 26, 2017; MLive

GRAND HAVEN, MI — The man convicted in the Sept. 2016 shooting death of 22-year-old Anthony Lamb will spend at least the next two decades in state prison.

… Lamb was a 2013 Holland V.R. Tech School graduate who went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College before getting a job at Port City Muskegon Casting, according to his obituary.

18 Grand Rapids Resolutions for 2018

Jan. 2, 2018; experiencegr.com (Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau website)

Happy New Year! As you think about the coming year and start vacation (or staycation) planning, Grand Rapids needs to be on your radar. With an endless calendar of events, live music all year long, and a dining scene that rivals cities twice our size, there’s something for everyone.

… 14.  Savor local cuisine during Restaurant Week GR
The foodie sensation, Restaurant Week GR, is a city-wide celebration of local restaurants, innovative cuisine, and homegrown produce. It’s the perfect time to try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite. And, as Grand Rapids isn’t one to skimp on food, our celebrated week of dining is actually 12 days long. If you needed another reason to check out even more Restaurant Week GR venues, this 12-day food celebration is all for a good cause. A portion of sales from every meal goes toward the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Classes resume in West Michigan

Jan. 2, 2018; WOOD Radio

Back to school! Most students will return to class on Monday next week, but some Lakeshore districts start on Thursday to accommodate the likelihood of more snow days. A few colleges and high schools start the spring semester later in January, and offer a very short program of concentrated instruction.

… Grand Rapids Community College: Classes begin Monday, January 8.

Medical Mile: a vision for change in Grand Rapids

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Thirty years ago, Grand Rapids stood at a crossroads after more than a century as a manufacturing hub for the furniture and the auto industries, the city’s job sectors were changing. Thousands of manufacturing jobs were in decline or moving elsewhere, taking a once vibrant and dynamic economy with them. Our lively, postwar downtown filled with restaurants, shops and small businesses slowly was becoming a ghost town. There simply was not enough business to keep them open. Like many industrial cities in the late 20th century, Grand Rapids was a city in need of creative thought leaders who didn’t adhere to the status quo. Some feared we didn’t have what it would take to turn things around. They were wrong.

… Following the building of the institute, philanthropists, nonprofit entities and private-sector enterprises began showing renewed interest in the Michigan Street corridor, building academic institutions, hospitals and businesses. Together with Grand Valley State University, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University and many others, we have created a powerful source for economic growth, collaboration and continued development in the heart of Grand Rapids.

(This is a guest column written by David Van Andel, chairman and CEO of the Van Andel Institute.)

Policies updated

December 18, 2017

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

November and December 2017 Policy Meetings

12.10 Furniture Policy (NEW)

  • Reason for new policy: Procedures to request/purchase furnishings and asset protection.
  • Following faculty input, this policy was edited to include a reference that classroom ADA accommodation furniture is not to be removed from classrooms.

11.16 Tax Sheltered Annuities – no changes

14.3 Complaints Regarding Violations of Privacy (HIPAA) – no changes

4.1 Development & Issuance of College Administrative Policies

  • Added “Director of EO Compliance” as a new role on the Policy Advisory Committee to assure policies and processes are consistent with GRCC ADA obligations.
  • Removed references to obsolete “Policy Development Flow Chart”.
  • Added language to remind policy owners to include reps from constituent employee groups that might be affected by the policy.  Removed language requiring a faculty member to be on each editorial review group.
  • Added a requirement to provide a “bullet point” list of changes to an existing policy or the salient points of a new policy.

For more information, visit the policy website.

Policies updated

October 25, 2017

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

October 2017 Policy Meeting

8.6 FERPA

  • Policy statement: Added a statement regarding GRCC’s compliance with the law as required.
  • Reason for the policy: Changed “afford” to “affords”. Under section C “authorized representatives” added.
    • Added section E: The right to opt out of disclosure of directory information
  • Related Documents: Two documents added: Records Management Policy and FERPA Consent Form.
  • Definitions:
    • Student: Mirrored the definition found in the Student Conduct Policy.
    • Dependent Student (IX.B): “For purposes of FERPA permitted disclosure, a dependent student meets the IRS definition of dependent; the student must be listed as a dependent on their parent’s IRS tax return.”
    • Student Record deleted.
    • Educational Record updated.
    • School Official: “Any of the following when acting in a student’s legitimate educational interest.”
      • Added individual(s) to the second statement.
      • Added volunteers to the fourth statement.
    • Legitimate educational interest updated: removed Dean of Institutional Research
  • Procedures:
    • A:
      • 4 added, reference to best practices document available on Student Records page.
      • 5 added, official communications to GRCC email.
    • C: FERPA consent form link updated.
    • F: Reference to the procedures in the Personally Identifiable Information policy. Moved to section A.6 Guidelines for Faculty and Staff.

6.2 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

  • Changed title: removed “employment” to reflect broader goal of policy (formerly read “Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy)
  • VIII (a): Changed Policy Owner to reflect accurate title for Director of EO Compliance
  • IX (g): Clarified Political Affiliation language to reduce confusion
  • IX (h): Clarified familial status language to include caregiving functions per EO guidance, reflecting general caregiving function to broader group of people and specifying origins of that protection
  • X (b): Flipped order of timeline paragraphs to flow better; language still the same.
  • X (c): Deleted language re: possible outcomes, as it is reflected below in “conclusion” section
  • X (c): Added “interim measures” language to provide protection throughout process
  • X (d)1: Added “corrective feedback” as possible outcome
  • X (g): Added clarification that criminal acts will be reported first to Campus Police, who will report them to appropriate law enforcement as needed.
  • X (h): Added language that we will comply with bargaining agreements in investigation process
  • XIII and XIV: Added policy history explanation, and updated next review date
  • Throughout policy: adjusting “he/she” language to “they”

For more information, visit the policy website.

 

Policies updated

September 19, 2017

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

September 2017 Policy Meeting

6.4 Sexual Misconduct Policy

  • A.: Policy Statement: Added clarity around Sexual Misconduct definition, including policy goals.
  • F: Provided contact info for Counseling and Career Development office; updated office name.
  • G: Edited “Classroom Speech” section to provide more clarity around considerations (relevance, purpose, context of content).
  • VIII: Contacts: Removed Athletic Director and Associate Director of Student Success, so contact list is more specific; added Labor and EO Generalist information.
  • G: Consent Definition: Clarified purposes for which we use this definition (any investigation of a policy violation)
  • H. and O: Added definition of Independent Contractor and Volunteer to mirror Criminal Background Check policy.
  • A.2: Expanded explanation of what is included in our programming.
  • A. 3 & 4: Expanded Bystander Intervention and Risk Reduction language to include suggestions for students in these areas; including tips for bystander (intervention and risk reduction).
  • B: Made gender-specific language more inclusive; added specific contact info for Title IX Coordinator and specific info re: law enforcement jurisdiction.
  • B.2: Procedures the college will follow. Previously this was one list; divided into chart form and separated out into different violations (sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment/exploitation, etc.) Added detail as to what written information college will provide for any violation. Also provided more information about protective measures and how to request them.
  • 5: Provision of resources; added more info for “Procedures victims should follow” and added new resources for victims. Added chart of resources available, one chart with on-campus info and one for off-campus.
  • 6: Added general statement about transparency of investigations; added clarity around who may be an advisor in process.
  • 8: Added more info about sanction determination, and how we get to that decision; included steps in process, anticipated timeline, and list of considerations.
  • 9: Clarified appeal language to point to appropriate process (employee contract/handbook or student code of conduct).
  • Updated policy history to reflect these changes.

 

6.24 Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Prevention Policy

  • Section III – Updated language to include “sale”. Updated language to include “or non-work time on campus at our Fountain Hill Brewery and Heritage Restaurant.
  • Section VII – Added “Abuse” to Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program
  • Section IX.A.3. Added “This includes synthetic drugs”
  • Section IX.D.3. Updated language to include “or non-work time on campus at our Fountain Hill Brewery and Heritage Restaurant.
  • Section X.B.
  • moved volunteers to new section X.E.
  • Updated language from “substance abuse test” to Laboratory drug screen”
  • Moved paragraphs beginning with “Individuals whose work performance…” to new section X.C.
  • Added additional language to X.C. on the multiple corrective action sanctions
  • Section X.D. Action to be taken for suspected use or abuse by students…Added “For progressive discipline see Student Code of Conduct”
  • Section X.E. added “and/or referred to law enforcement authorities”

For more information, visit the policy website.

 

 

Policies updated

September 7, 2017

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

July 2017 Policy Meeting

8.7 Student Email Policy – no changes

6.18 Acceptable Use of Technology Policy

  • 1. Procedures: Users shall not intentionally damage or disable computing, telecommunication equipment or software or circumvent user authentication or security.

15.2 Web Accessibility Policy

  • Policy Statement: Clarifies that new content must conform to specific standards; currently-existing content will be evaluated for compliance and remediated.
  • Contacts: Added Communications Director
  • A. Added position and definition of Accessibility Advocate- trained staff/faculty who assists with training and helps respond to accessibility concerns/needs
  • C. Added different terms for types of content ownership, to include Department Owner, and Web Editor.
  • D. Added definition of Web Content, specifying it includes Blackboard content
  • A. Added role of Web Monitor, to coordinate accessibility monitoring through IT and guide remediation plans, where needed.
  • B. Clarifying compliance roles, including Web Monitor, Department Owners, and Web Editors, and identifying Director of EO Compliance as assisting in advising on training needs and responding to specific concerns.
  • C. Detailing monitoring procedures to include Web Monitor running auditing software and maintaining documentation of results. Also provides complaints may be directed to Communications Department of Director of EO Compliance.
  • D. Outlines training programs through CTE and requires Web Editors to participate in one training course annually. Also provides for Accessibility Advocates, who will be trained faculty/staff available to assist other faculty/staff in responding to accessibility concerns.
  • E. Remediation: Provides that remediation plans will be created by the Web Monitor in response to concerns raised through electronic audit or complaints. Web Monitor, with input where needed, will create timeline and monitor compliance with plan. Resources will be provided through CTE, DLIT, IT, etc. Any issues with failures to comply with the remediation plan will be resolved by the Director of EO Compliance, consulting with Department Owners and their supervisors. If plan is not followed, Web Monitor and Communications Department will consult with Director of EO Compliance and any appropriate supervisors about need to remove content. If remediation is not possible, the Web Editor is responsible for providing alternate access to information.
  • Policy History: Updated to reflect changes.

For more information, visit the policy website.

Policies updated

August 30, 2017

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

Revised Policy – effective August 28, 2017

Note:  This policy was expedited as changes were necessary to be in compliance with current federal regulations for financial aid.

10.5 Student Refund Policy

  • D: Refund appeals: Added 70% drop deadline to qualify to apply for tuition and fee refund.
  • E: Transcript: Added clarification that instead of wiping classes off transcript when appeal is granted, classes will remain on transcript with a “W” grade.

For more information, visit the policy website.

 

Policies updated

August 22, 2017

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

June 2017 Policy Meeting

6.14 Family Medical Leave Act

  • Section X.E.1 – added the following verbiage at the end of the section:

Employees (CEBA, Meet & Confer, APSS, Campus Police) who do not return to work and have used leave banks that are advanced will be responsible for reimbursing the College all unearned leave banks.

6.20 Criminal Background Checks

  • Policy statement revised for clarification. The statement is more inclusive and represents all of the groups who participate in background checks.
  • Policy owner is now Executive Director of Human Resources.
  • Added reference to volunteers in several sections.
  • Added reference to out-of-state background checks.
    • Out-of-state background checks are conducted as needed. Separate HR procedures apply for any person denied as a result of the check.
  • Added a section within procedures for current employees who may be convicted of a crime.
    • If a current employee is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, they must report conviction to the Exec Director of Human Resources.

Note:  We do not conduct random checks on current employees.  This new section in procedures helps to confirm that we are doing everything we can to keep our campus safe for students and our employees.

  • Added a section within procedures for inviting former employees and guests with known criminal backgrounds to campus for events or speaking opportunities.
    • As stated in this section, it is not our intention to complete a check on all guests, but we do have a duty to keep our campus safe and will review concerns with appropriate campus leaders.

11.22 Economic Development Participation

  • Section X.  Added C. – which allows us to consider not recommending “opting out” of new or expanded tax capture districts where there is an opportunity to participate in a gain-sharing agreement of at least 10% of the district’s tax-increment proceeds.

(NEW) 10.6 Withdrawal and Return of Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Funds

  • Department of Defense is requiring that our institution have a return of funds policy available for students to view regarding return of Federal Tuition Assistance.

14.13 Communicable Diseases

  • Updates names of relevant documents and website links
  • Updates contact titles
  • Updates the language to specifically include students, as well as employees
  • Provides specificity on reporting responsibilities for both students and employees
  • Updates the authoritative sources for reporting guidelines
  • Clarifies role of the Health & Safety sub-team
  • Clarifies persons responsible for external communication

12.9 Facility and Ground Use

  • Added “and Ground Use” to policy name
  • Expanded reason for policy to include guidance on use of building and grounds
  • Entities affected by policy – Added GRCC Athletics and GRCC Student Life Organizations
  • Scheduling hierarchy – Added Athletics and Student Life Organizations
  • Fees – added (c) – External/third party involvement, and the extent to which the event and any related revenues/fees are managed by the third party
  • Added under X. Procedures:

When in the best interest of GRCC, the President or his/her designee may approve exceptions to procedures, fees, or requests for waivers, on a non-precedent-setting basis.

The College reserves the right to cancel any event for circumstances beyond its control and/or reasonable cause, or deny and make additional restrictions when in the best interest of the College.

For more information, visit the policy website.

 

Policies updated

July 20, 2017

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

Bullet Points for policies from May 2017 meeting:

Computer and Network Acceptable Use Agreement

  • no changes

Health & Safety Policy (NEW) to replace 14.8 Bloodborne Pathogens and 14.11 Chemical Hygiene Plan

  • Recommending replacing 14.8 (Bloodborne Pathogens Policy and Plan) and 14.11 (Chemical Hygiene Plan) with a single, over-arching Health and Safety policy that covers workplace activities and instructional programs that are covered by federal and state laws & regulations (OSHA & MIOSHA)
  • Related plans become supporting documents
  • 11 – Chemical Hygiene Plan
    • This was never actually a policy, rather a link to the plan that was put together by the Chemistry Department.
    • The plan has been updated and renamed the Lab Safety and Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • 8 – Bloodborne Pathogens Plan
    • Has been updated and renamed “Bloodborne Pathogens and Exposure Control” Plan

For more information, visit the policy website.

Policies updated

February 15, 2017

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

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For more information, see the policy website.

Policies updated

December 5, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

11.15 Purchasing Policy (revised):

  • Raising PO requirement from $1,000 to $2,500
  • Infrequent purchase of materials, equipment, goods, supplies or services of $2,500 and less may be made without the execution of a requisition and/or purchase order (was $1,000)
  • BOT to consent to purchases $25,000 and above as opposed to providing approval.
  • (3) Written competitive quotes required between $5,000 and $14,999 (was sealed at $9,999)
  • Formal sealed bidding procedures will be conducted on all purchases over $25,000 (was $10,000)
  • Emergency purchases exceeding $100,000 may be approved by the President or designee (VP of Finance and Administration) to guarantee the safety of students, staff and visitors. BOT approval was formerly required.
  • Competitive sealed (hardcopy or electronic) bidding on all purchases of goods and services over $25,000 will be conducted and bids will be advertised in the appropriate media (there are no departmental exceptions) (was $10,000)

For more information, see the policy website.

GRCC In the News, 9-29-16

September 29, 2016

Nothing gets lost in translation when Young Farmer Award winner speaks

Sept. 28, 2016; Michigan Farm News

SPARTA — Upon graduating from Grand Valley State University with triplet undergraduate degrees in international business, economics and Spanish, Nick Schweitzer had to make a difficult choice — accept a job offer from the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America or return to the farm to start digging in the dirt.

… Jose (Meza), who was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, came to the U.S. at age 5. He is currently attending Grand Rapids Community College and hopes to return to Grand Valley State to complete his business degree. He said he and Nick talk about college, and he considers Nick a trusted friend whom he seeks advice from.

Speaking out: GRCC’s policy supporting transgender students creates safe learning environment

Sept. 29, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has awarded me my most cherished opportunities and milestones. In April of this year, I was the first in my family to receive a college degree. I was also recently awarded The 2016 Women’s Salute Award, an honor given on behalf of the Bob and Alecia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. I was chosen out of 18,000 students and presented with this award thanks to my volunteerism and mentorship in our community.

(This article was written by GRCC alum Beau VanSolkema.)

GRCC In the News, 9-23-16

September 23, 2016

Beer School: Is Getting A Degree In Brewing A Good Investment?

Sept. 23;2016; Forbes

Kurt Lown didn’t know what to do with his life. After high school, he floated between jobs in construction and window cleaning. In 2014, the Michigan man signed up to earn an associates degree in English. Then he saw an article about a new program at another Michigan institution, and had the “aha” moment that could drastically alter his future.

This summer, the 25-year-old enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to join its first class of Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations students.

66 vie to become GRCC’s next president

Sept. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Sixty-six applicants are vying to become the next president of Grand Rapid Community College, officials say.

Transgender policy discussed by Grand Rapids Community College board

Sept. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College wants to send a clear message to transgender students that they are safe, protected and welcome, officials say.

Morning News

Sept. 23, 2016; FOX 17

FOX 17 is teaming up with Grand Rapids Community College to bring you another “Classroom of the Week.”