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Policies and Procedures

 

Policies at West Shore Community College are adopted by the Board of Trustees and serve as statements of principle to inform decision-making and the conduct of College activities.
 
Procedures are issued by the College President and set forth action steps required to carry out a Board policy and/or a standard method for implementing actions.
 

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

Receive closing information via WSCC Alerts

In accordance with West Shore Community College’s Inclement Weather Policy, classes and community events hosted on the campus will meet as scheduled and offices will remain open for business as usual unless announced otherwise.
 
On days when the weather is inclement and the college is open, the decision to drive to the campus is at the student’s discretion. Travel decisions must be the responsibility of each student after assessing the road conditions in their respective areas, the condition of their vehicle and their driving skills.  If a student chooses not to come, students should inform their instructor and ask what they can do to make up any missed work.
 
Recognizing the college’s responsibility to students and the community, the decision to close will be made only under appropriate circumstances as outlined in board policy. The college‚Äôs administration will attempt to make a decision as early as possible, and your understanding of these difficult decisions will be appreciated.
 
Additional Information
 
  • On any day the college closes due to inclement weather, the college will remain closed through midnight of that day.
  • Weather conditions can vary throughout the college district; if classes are cancelled, they are cancelled across all campus locations.
  • Some campus facilities (i.e. Recreation Center and Ice Arena) may continue to operate and some community events may be held on the campus even if classes are canceled.
 
Board of Trustee Policy – 6057
 

The college has a responsibility to the students and to the public to provide the services and facilities for which they have contracted.  With this responsibility in mind, the college and its employees will make every reasonable effort to be open and available to provide its services and facilities.  The philosophy of the college is to remain in operation except when one of the following conditions occurs:

  • A state of emergency is declared or the State Police or Sheriff’s Office recommends closing the college.
  • A majority of the primary county roads are closed or extremely hazardous driving conditions exist.
  • Campus roads, walkways, or parking areas cannot be kept sufficiently cleared.
 
The decision shall be based upon the administration’s judgment of road conditions, the weather forecast, campus snow clearing abilities, and experience to answer the essential question; “Can a majority of students and staff safely reach campus?”
 
Where Can I Get Closing Announcements?
 
When weather conditions warrant, the college will place announcements on the Campus Operator Information Line (231-845-6211), the¬†WSCC web site¬†with class status or closing information on the¬†homepage,¬†Facebook, and the emergency notification system ‚ÄstWSCC Alerts¬†or¬†myNotify. Designated¬†local radio and television stations¬†will also be notified.
 
Those wishing to receive a text message or email directly to a mobile device are encouraged to use myNotify or login to the WSCC Alerts mobile safety site to confirm contact information and choose notification preferences.
TITLE IX PROCEDURE

Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct

If you believe you are the victim of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct (including domestic violence), please contact the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Student Services to submit a complaint.  We will help lead you through your options.

This web page is a resource tool to support all members of our College community.  It is important for those who have experienced sexual misconduct or another type of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, and those who have been accused of the same, to understand how the College addresses these issues.  This includes each party’s options and resources as well as the College’s responsibilities.  For the complete Title IX procedure, click here.

To submit a complaint or speak to someone about your options contact:

Debbie Campbell, Title IX Coordinator/Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 277, Scottville, MI 49454, 231-843-5819 or djcampbell@westshore.edu.

Chad Inabinet, Dean of Student Services, P.O. Box 277, Scottville, MI 49454, 231-843-5965 or ceinabinet@westshore.edu.

An individual who wishes for the details of the incident to remain completely confidential may choose to speak with College resources who, by law, may maintain confidentiality:

Confidential resources:

Director of Student Access & Resources – Julie Dill, 843-5942 or jdill@westshore.edu – Schoenherr Campus Center

P/T WSCC Contracted Counselor – Ann Genson, 843-5561 or agenson@westshore.edu – Schoenherr Campus Center

Complaints also can be filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education 1-800-421-3481, or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) 1-800-669-4000.

What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. “Education programs and activities” include all of a school’s operations, including employment and school-sponsored activities (on or off campus).

What does Title IX prohibit?
It prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions, programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic, intimate partner and dating violence
  • Gender-based stalking
  • Sexual harassment (quid pro quo and hostile environment)
  • Failing to provide appropriate accommodations for a pregnant or parenting student
  • Treating a person differently based on marital status
  • Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment

The College strictly prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, height, weight, national origin, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its activities, admissions, educational programs, and employment.

What is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual discrimination includes sexual misconduct such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Sexual misconduct is behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent. Sexual misconduct can occur between persons of the same or different sex.