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Student Code of Conduct

Yakima Valley College (YVC) is committed to providing students with a safe and supportive environment in support of the college mission.

Student Behavior

All students are expected to comply with the college’s code of conduct, available in a publication titled Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and on the Washington state legislature’s website, Washington State Code of Conduct Information.

Washington State Code of Conduct Information

The printed publication is available in the Dean of Student Services office in Yakima and at the Student Services Office in Grandview.

Read Chapter 132P-33 WAC: Student Rights and Responsibilities

Complaints

The Dean of Student Services is available to help students determine where best to file a complaint when a concern arises. The Dean of Student Services or designee can determine the appropriate supervisor(s) and/or applicable collective bargaining agreement.  Submit complaints in writing within 30 calendar days of the alleged act or events.  Complaints made by a recognized student group need to include a copy of the written minutes from the meeting in which the student group voted to file a formal complaint and signed by the president of the student group.

The Higher Education Act (HEA) prohibits an institution of higher education from engaging in a “substantial misrepresentation of the nature of its educational program, its financial charges, or the employability of its graduates.”  20 U.S.C. §1094(c)(3)(A). Further, each State must have “a process to review and appropriately act on complaints concerning the institution including enforcing applicable State laws.”  34 C.F.R. § 600.9.  The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) maintains a process to investigate complaints of this nature brought by community and technical college students in the State of Washington. For more information, contact the SBCTC Student Services Office at 360.704.4315 .  The Higher Education Act (HEA) prohibits an institution of higher education from engaging in a “substantial misrepresentation of the nature of its educational program, its financial charges, or the employability of its graduates.”  20 U.S.C. §1094(c)(3)(A). Further, each State must have “a process to review and appropriately act on complaints concerning the institution including enforcing applicable State laws.”  34 C.F.R. § 600.9.  The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) maintains a process to investigate complaints of this nature brought by community and technical college students in the State of Washington. For more information, contact the SBCTC Student Services Office at 360.704.4315 or visit State Board for Community & Technical Colleges​

Occasionally, students and others find their complaint must be handled by another agency.  Following is a list of some potential resources for complaint resolution.

Federal Office of Inspector General, Fraud Prevention
Office for Civil Rights
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Regional Accreditor
State Higher Education Agency by State​​​