Student Rights & Responsibilities

Responsibility for Meeting Requirements

Each student must assume responsibility for compliance with the regulations of the college set forth in this catalog, for satisfying prerequisites for any course, and for selecting courses which will facilitate attainment of educational objectives.

The college does not assume responsibility for misinterpretation of policies and procedures as presented in this catalog. Counselors and advisors are available to assist in planning students' programs. Any questions or doubts concerning this catalog material should be referred to the Office of the Vice President, Student Services.

Petition for Exceptions

Petitions for exceptions to graduation requirements, substitutions, or waiver of requirements are filed with the Evaluations Office. All petitions are acted upon by the appropriate college committees/offices.

Statement of Open Courses

It is the policy of the San Diego Community College District that, unless specifically exempted by statute, every course, section, or class offered by the District and reported for state aid shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to the college and who meets course prerequisites.

Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Student Code of Conduct (Policy 3100)

This policy specifies that students are subject to adhering to the policies and procedures of the San Diego Community College District, as well as all federal, state, and local laws. Students are subject to charges of misconduct concerning acts committed on District-owned or controlled property or the District-sponsored activities as specified in the policy.

You may view a full copy of the policy by accessing the following website:

Addressing matters of Student Conduct

Attached you will find a Brief Guide on Student Conduct for Faculty and Staff which is an excellent resource with suggestions of how to approach issues of conduct on our campus.

Faculty Reporting forms

Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities (Academic Accommodation)

(Board of Trustees Policy - BP 3105)

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is committed to all provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.[1] The fundamental principles of nondiscrimination and accommodation in academic programs provide that:

  1. No student with a qualified disability shall, on the basis of the disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any post-secondary education activity or program[2]; and
  2. Reasonable adjustments to academic activities or requirements shall be made as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discrimination on a student with a qualified disability; and
  3. The institution shall create an educational environment where students with disabilities have equal access to instruction without compromising the essential components of the course, educational program or degree.

The intent of this policy is to insure compliance with state and federal laws. SDCCD Procedure 3105.1 is intended to provide consistent and fair review of all academic adjustments requests and dispute resolution.

Students with verified disabilities who may require academic adjustments or auxiliary aids are strongly recommended to contact the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Department, Room A- 115, and complete orientation procedures well before classes begin. Students are encouraged to identify themselves to the appropriate instructors to discuss the details and time lines necessary to provide appropriate accommodations. Students enrolled in Online courses are encouraged to contact the college DSPS to request academic accommodation. Questions regarding academic accommodations may be directed to the college 504 Officer.

Debt Owed to the College

California Education Code Section 72237 and Title 5 Section 54640 state that grades, transcripts, diplomas, and registration privileges, or any combination thereof, shall be withheld from any student or former student who has been provided with written notice that he or she has failed to pay a proper financial obligation. Any item(s) withheld shall be released when the student satisfactorily meets the financial obligation. A service fee may be charged for all delinquent loans; any service fee would be determined by the total cost required to collect the delinquent loans.

Audit Policy

Auditing courses is not permitted under any circumstances. Students must be officially enrolled in all classes which they attend.

Exclusion from Classes

A student may be excluded from class or the college whenever the student:

  1. Exhibits behavior which interferes with the educational process. An instructor may remove a student from two class sessions for disruptive behavior. (Refer to Policy 3100: Student Rights, Responsibilities and Administrative Due Process); or
  2. Is found to have a communicable disease which requires isolation pursuant to a directive from the County Department of Public Health.

Minor Children on Campus

Minor children who are not enrolled are not permitted in any classroom at any time.

Minor children who are not enrolled are not to be left unattended at any time while on the campus.

Student Right to Know

In compliance with the Student-Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, it is the policy of our college district to make available its completion and transfer rates for all certificate, degree and transfer seeking first-time, full-time students who began in Fall 2006. These rates do not represent the success rates of the entire student population at the college, nor do they account for student outcomes occurring after this three-year tracking period. The completion and transfer rates are listed below:

Completion Rates/Transfer-Out Rates

City 15.15% / 15.45%

Mesa 23.39% / 22.55%

Miramar 28.44% / 15.43%

Nondiscrimination Policy

The San Diego Community College District has a policy which prohibits discrimination in accordance with state and federal laws. Students wishing to file complaints based upon discrimination should contact the campus Site Compliance Officer (SCO), Edwin Hiel at (619) 388-3036. Appeals may be made to the District EEO Compliance Manager at the District Administrative Office, 3375 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108.

Students with disabilities who want to file a grievance under Section 504 of the 1973 Federal Rehabilitation Act should contact Disability Support Programs and Services in room A-115 or call 388-3513. Students who want to file a grievance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the campus Site Compliance Officer.

Free Speech

Free speech areas have been designated on the college campuses to maximize the opportunity for free discussion and expression, while minimizing the potential for disruption of classroom and college activities.

Information concerning free speech areas is available in the office of the Vice President of Student Services, or the Dean of Student Affairs office on campus.

Gender Equity

The Gender Equity Coordinator facilitates the development or updating of the campus Gender Equity Plan in cooperation with committees that are responsible for equity concerns. The Gender Equity Coordinator can be reached at 619-388-3940 at San Diego City College, Building E, President’s Office.

Title IX. Prohibiting Sex Discrimination in Education

San Diego City College is committed to support all regulations under Title IX. “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

For further directions or inquiries, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Coleman 619-388-3940.

Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of the San Diego Community College District to provide an educational environment that is free of sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications that constitute sexual harassment as defined and prohibited by federal and state statutes. Anyone with questions about this policy or anyone who wishes to file a complaint should contact the Dean of Student Affairs, the College Affirmative Action Officer, or the District Affirmative Action Officer. The Vice President, Student Services is also available to provide assistance in matters of alleged sexual harassment. Procedures for filing a formal complaint of sexual harassment are described in District Procedure 4105.2. Copies of this procedure may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President, Student Services.

Drug and Alcohol Use

The San Diego Community College District is committed to providing a drug free environment. Any type of drug use, including alcohol, is dangerous and potentially life threatening. Drugs and alcohol adversely affect the body, mind and behavior. The effects vary from person to person and from usage to usage. Even low doses of drugs and alcohol can impair judgment and coordination. If you use drugs or alcohol, you risk overdose, accidents, dependence, ill health, as well as legal, financial and personal problems. The federal laws against drugs are divided into two categories: possession and distribution. The penalties are severe depending upon the type of drug, quantity of the drug, and any prior offenses. Possession will earn up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine. Distribution will earn up to life in prison and an $8 million fine. State laws vary and may be more severe. District Policy 3100-Code of Conduct states that use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or other controlled substances is prohibited while on the college premises or at college sponsored events. A student may be suspended or expelled for violation of this policy. A complete list of legal sanctions is available in the Vice President, Student Services Office. The colleges provide information on drug and alcohol treatment and prevention through seminars, courses, and the Student Health Services. Contact Student Health Services or the Vice President, Student Services Office for additional information.

Smoking Regulation


For Smoking Cessation Program Referrals please visit City College Student Health Services: room A-116.

All campuses of the San Diego Community College District operate in compliance with Government Code 7597. For complete Smoking Policy, please reference SDCCD Procedure 0505.2. Additional information is available in the College Police Office on each campus.

  • Smoking is not permitted in District facilities which are open to the public and used as: Classrooms, Meetings Rooms, Theatres, Restrooms, Libraries, Cafeterias, Bookstores, Service Lines, Elevators, and Faculty Offices.
  • Littering Prohibited. San Diego Municipal Code 374.4(a) and 374.7(a).
  • Smoking is not permitted in vehicles used for transportation of students.
  • Site presidents/provost/facility managers may designate facilities or areas in addition to those listed above as NO SMOKING facilities or areas.
  • Each site determines areas for smoking and areas for nonsmoking in accordance with the SDCCD procedure and San Diego Municipal Code.
  • Signs indicating SMOKING PERMITTED and NO SMOKING should be posted conspicuously in each area.
  • Site presidents/provost/facility managers may designate areas within NO SMOKING areas where smoking is permitted, under the general guidance of San Diego Municipal Code.

Crime Awareness and Campus Security

The San Diego Community College District Annual Security Report, titled "Safe and Sound, A Guide to Safety and Security in the San Diego Community College District", includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the San Diego Community College District; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies on drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting any campus admissions office, Vice President of Student Services office or college police business office. At anytime you may view a full copy by accessing the following website:

Pursuant to State and Federal Law information concerning registered sex offenders enrolled or employed by the college may be obtained through the College Police Office.

Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse

An elder is defined as a resident of the State of California which is 65 years of age or older; or a dependent adult, defined as a resident of the State of California between the ages of 18 and 64 years, who has a physical or mental limitation that restrict his or her ability to carry out normal activities or to protect his/her rights.

Post-secondary educational institutions serving dependent adults are designated as mandated reporters with an individual, personal responsibility to comply with the reporting requirements.

Any mandated reporter, who, in his or her professional capacity, or within the scope of his or her employment, has observed or had knowledge of an incident that reasonably appears to be physical abuse, abandonment, isolation, financial abuse, or neglect, or is told by an elder or dependent adult that he or she has experienced behavior constituting physical abuse, abandonment, isolation, financial abuse, or neglect, or reasonably suspects abuse shall report the known or suspected instance of abuse immediately to Adult Protective Services at 1-800-510-2020.

Copyright Responsibility

Any duplication request of copyrighted materials for use in the college's instructional programs must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright owner. Any duplication of copyrighted materials by student, staff, or faculty is to be for the sole purpose of private scholarly study. Since the liability for infringement of statutory or common-law copyright occurs during misuse of duplicated materials, the duplicated copies cannot be sold or distributed. A designated portion of the duplicated copy cannot be included in another's work without the written permission of the copyright owner. All copyright responsibility is assumed by the individual requesting the duplication. San Diego City College, its agents, representatives, and employees are held harmless against all claims, suits, damage costs, and expenses of charges of statutory or common-law infringement resulting from the college's efforts to provide services, materials, and equipment to the requestor.

Student Grievance Procedure

The purpose of this procedure is to provide a prompt and equitable means for resolving student grievance. The procedures enumerated in Student Grievance Procedures 3100.1 shall be available to any student who believes a district decision or action has adversely affected his/her rights as a student as specified in Student Rights and Responsibilities, Policy 3100, Section 1 through 10. Note that grades are not grievable under this policy.