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Policy Manual

The Board of Trustees from time to time may adopt district policies regarding matters affecting the operation of Pierce College, which policies shall constitute the district's position on the matter until amended, repealed or superseded by the board. Such policies shall be compiled and published in a policy manual to be maintained in the office of each college President. A copy of the manual will be available in the college's libraries.

Policies adopted by the Board of Trustees are subject to federal and/or Washington State law or rules. Policies adopted by the board which become in conflict with federal and/or Washington State law or rules shall not be effective or enforced, and shall be revised accordingly.

The board specifically reserves the right to amend, repeal or otherwise modify any expression of policy contained in the policy manual. The board may exercise the right to modify policies at the sole discretion of the board. The administration will propose and implement procedures to carry out these policies.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Pierce College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran.

Academic Policies

Academic standards are established at Pierce College to ensure that the resources of the college are used in the best interest of all its current and potential students and to encourage students to assume responsibility for their own formal education. Academic standards also help to ensure that students with academic difficulties are made aware of the opportunities provided for them at Pierce College.

Grading Policy

Pierce College's grading system is designed to provide a permanent record reflecting your performance and achievement in a variety of courses and programs. Grades are reported in numeric fractions to the nearest tenth, while grade point average (GPA) is computed to the nearest hundredth. The numeric grades shown in the first column below will appear on your record. The letter equivalent and/or explanation of the grade appears beside it.

General Degree & Certificate Information

Pierce College's academic year is divided into quarters. Fall, winter and spring quarters are generally ten weeks in length; summer, eight weeks.

Web Privacy Notice

This statement addresses collection, use, security of and access to information that may be obtained through use of Pierce College Web site.

Smoking Policy

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup are non-smoking campuses, with smoking permitted only in designated areas.

Alcohol/Drug-Free Environment Policy

Pierce College intends to provide a drug-free, healthful, safe and secure environment. Each student and employee is expected to be in an appropriate mental and physical condition to participate in learning opportunities and work duties. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance in or on Pierce College-owned or controlled property or while conducting Pierce College business is prohibited. Violation of this policy will be reason for disciplinary action.

Consumer Protection (Title IV) Student Complaint Process

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. Below you will find the Pierce College process to review and appropriately act on complaints concerning the institution including enforcing applicable state laws. 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 information, contact SBCTC Student Services, PO Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504-2495, 360-704-4315.

Student Rights Information Policies

In accordance with federal and state laws, you have the right to know certain information about Pierce College, or to be able to connect from our Web site to other public resources. As part of our compliance with these regulations, we present the reference chart below.

AIDS Information (RCW.28B.50.205)

Campus Crime Reporting Requirements and Campus Security Act (Jeanne Cleary Act)

Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989

Equity in Athletics

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Other Policies and Rights-to-Know

State Support of Higher Education

State Support and Student Educational Cost for 2016-17:
The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2016-17 academic year is $7,524. Students pay an average of $3,056 in tuition toward this cost. The remaining $4,468 is an “opportunity pathway” provided by the State and is funded by state taxes and other sources. The amounts shown are averages for a full-time, resident student. The actual tuition a student pays will vary due to credit load, residency status and other factors.

Student Code of Conduct and Responsibilities

Pierce College's code of student rights and responsibilities gives rules of student conduct, guarantees certain student rights and establishes procedures governing student conduct.

Student Grievance Procedures

These rules cover complaints based on discrimination, harassment, or unfair treatment of students by Pierce College faculty or staff.

Student Right-to-Know (Transfer and Graduation Rates)

Voter Registration