PO Box 98  •  Lame Deer, Montana 59043  •  Tel. (406) 477-6215

Student Affairs

Student Handbook

A student handbook is available in the Registrar’s Office. College policies, rules, and regulations are detailed in this handbook. It is the responsibility of the student to become familiar with this information.

Dress Code

Although the college does not have a formal dress code, students and staff are expected to dress appropriately.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Enrollment of a student at Chief Dull Knife College is a voluntary entrance into the academic community. By such voluntary entrance, the student voluntarily assumes obligations of performance and behavior reasonably imposed by the College relevant to its lawful mission, processes and functions. In addition, as the student does not surrender any civil rights as a citizen upon enrollment, the obligations of citizenship continue. Enrollment does not give a right to immunity or special consideration with reference to civil and criminal law. As members of the academic community, students have equivalent responsibility with the faculty for study and learning and to conduct themselves with academic integrity in a manner compatible with the College functions as an educational institution.

Furthermore, all members of the College have a special responsibility to protect the College as a forum for the free expression of ideas.

Standards Of Student Conduct

In any case of alleged and admitted academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism, the instructor involved may deal with the matter appropriately, including the issuance of a failing grade for the course. The student may appeal the instructor’s decision to the Dean of Academic Affairs.

In any case where, after being informed of suspicion of academic dishonesty, a student either denies the charge or elects to remain silent, the faculty member involved shall immediately notify the Dean of Academic Affairs who will review the situation and deal with the matter appropriately. This may include the issuance of a failing grade for the course.

In matters of student conduct, the following code constitutes the expectations the College holds for each of its students: Students, as citizens, are expected to be familiar with and comply with existing Federal, State and municipal laws governing civil and criminal behavior, both on and off campus. Violations may result in disciplinary action by the College.

In addition, the following breaches of proper conduct on college property and at all College sponsored functions shall warrant disciplinary action:

  • Drunkenness, gambling, or breach of the peace. Possession of alcoholic beverages and/or controlled substances on campus.
  • Presentation as one’s work the work of another, or otherwise falsifying or cheating.
  • Obstructing the orderly flow of college processes.
  • Hazing, tormenting or maltreating a fellow student, staff member, faculty member or administrator.
  • Misconduct of any kind which is destructive of college property, detrimental to the college, or which is injurious to the welfare of the student body.
  • Failure to follow directions of college officials acting in the performance of their duties, including identification upon request.

Students who violate college conduct regulations shall be called to appear before the Committee on Student Affairs, comprised of members of the faculty and staff, who shall determine the disciplinary action to be taken.

DRUG and ALCOHOL POLICY

CDKC seeks to prevent drug/alcohol abuse and strives to provide knowledge, understanding, and awareness about substance abuse as well as other addictive behaviors. Use or possession of illegal drugs (controlled substances) on college premises is strictly prohibited. Any student violating this policy may be referred to substance abuse counseling programs or student assistance programs or may be disciplined, up to and including dismissal for the first offense. Any student who is found to be a seller or involved in the sale, solicitation, or dealing in illegal drugs will be terminated as a student of the College.

RIGHT OF APPEAL and GRIEVANCES APPEALS

The student should be aware that, in case of disagreement with the decision of a staff member, an appeal for review of the decision may be made to the next higher official or body. If the student is in doubt concerning the person to whom the appeal should be made, he or she should consult the Office of the Registrar.

Student grievances are to be handled by approved procedures within the College. Grievances may be of at least four types:

  1. academic
  2. student conduct
  3. discrimination or sexual harassment
  4. other non-academic grievances
  1. Academic Grievances: Academic grievances involve coursework, grades, etc. All such grievances are to be handled in accordance with approved procedures.
  2. Student Conduct: Grievances are those which do not involve academics or alleged discrimination or sexual harassment. Copies of college conduct guidelines and procedures for handling conduct grievances are listed in the student handbook and are available from the Office of the Registrar.
  3. Discrimination or Sexual Harassment: Any student who believes he or she may have experienced unlawful discrimination on account of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status or physical or mental handicap should visit the Equal Opportunity Officer to discuss his or her concerns and to initiate any formal grievance procedure. In addition, Chief Dull Knife College prohibits all forms of sexual harassment of students by staff, faculty or administrators. Students seeking advice on, or wishing to file a grievance related to, alleged sexual harassment should contact the Equal Opportunity Officer. A copy of the College approved policy and procedures regarding sexual harassment is available from that Office.
  4. Other Non-Academic Grievances: Student Financial Aid Appeals: Appeals of actions of the Financial Aid Office, which relate to financial aid awards, may be addressed to the Student Financial Aid committee. The student should first contact the Director of Student Financial Aid and if the grievance cannot be resolved at that level, the director will refer the student to the chairman of the Student Financial Aid Committee. Appeals must be made in writing.

Student Access to Records

At CDKC students have access to their educational records kept in the Registrar’s Office. Likewise, Financial Aid files are open with the exception of parents’ financial statements. Students will have access to any placement files that may be established. The student may waive this right of access to any or all of these files.

Faculty members will either return to the student or retain for inspection, all sources, including tests, papers, projects and evaluations, of the student’s final grade. Retained material will be available to the student for one semester after the awarding of the final course grade. For Spring Semester grades, retained material will be available to the student during the entire following Fall Semester. Students may challenge any grade source during that time. The Dean of Academic Affairs shall be the final authority for resolution.

After the required period of time, the faculty member will either destroy the retained material or submit it to the Registrar who will determine if the material should be placed in the student’s main office file. Any material not filed will be destroyed.

Students have the right to the opportunity of challenging the content of their education records and to secure the correction of inaccurate or misleading entries. A student may insert into his records a written explanation respecting the content of such record. A student may challenge a grade only on the ground that it was inaccurately recorded. The College may release directory information without student consent unless the student has asked that his prior consent be obtained. Directory information includes a student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student.