Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights

  • Right to pursue training in a clean, organized, and safe environment; and one that is free from harassment and discrimination.
  • Right to fair and impartial evaluation of training performance, and a means of recourse to challenge action contrary to this standard.
  • Right to free expression, and to participate and contribute feedback in the formulating and evaluating of institutional policies.
  • Right to access staff and instructors for training, assistance, guidance, and administration.
  • Right to a clearly defined, fair, and consistent enforcement of rules that govern AVTEC operations and student code of conduct, and due process for discipline, including appeals.
  • Right of access to and protection from improper disclosure of student records as required by appropriate legal authority.
  • Right to have access to accurate information regarding tuition, fees and charges, refunds, and general requirements for establishing and maintaining satisfactory progress in training, and requirements for completion.
  • Right to a reasonably peaceful and quiet environment in which you can study and sleep.
  • Right to privacy, respect, and security of your person and personal property; one that is free from unreasonable search and/or seizure.
  • Right to confront other's behavior that infringes on your rights and to file both formal and informal complaints about any aspect of the AVTEC experience.
  • Right to expect freedom from interference regarding your personal recreational, social, and personal enhancement opportunities established within the campus community.

Student Responsibilities

  • Be in the assigned place with appropriate materials, ready to work at the designated time that training begins; follow instructor direction, class rules, and expectations at all times; be in attendance regularly and practice professional behavior in providing prior notification to instructors when unable to attend.
  • Use appropriate language and behavior at all times while maintaining friendly and courteous behavior.
  • Follow the policies, rules, code of conduct, and regulations of training and campus life to support the educational purposes of AVTEC, and to sustain a safe and comfortable living, and learning environment.
  • Respect the rights of others, and report unsafe or disturbing situations to appropriate staff.
  • Meet expected payment schedules for tuition, room, and board, and other fees.
  • Respond to all AVTEC staff and faculty directives, and questions honestly.

Access-Ability Services and Accommodations.

AVTEC complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, and Title IX. AVTEC will attempt to make reasonable accommodations for students with a documented disability. It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation of a disability. Students seeking accommodation should contact the AVTEC Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer at 907-224-6171 to complete appropriate documentation for a needed accommodation.

AVTEC ADA Coordinator

P.O. Box 889

Seward, AK 99664

(907) 224-6171  FAX: (907) 224-4400  

State ADA Coordinator

Alaska Department of Administration

550 W 7th Avenue, Suite 1960

Anchorage, AK 99501

Phone (voice): (907) 375-7716

Phone (TTY): 711 for Alaska Relay

Fax: (907) 375-7719

Getting Started:

  • Provide necessary paperwork documenting disability and past accommodations to AVTEC ADA Coordinator (Medical or psychological diagnosis).
  • Know your rights and responsibilities. See: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html for more information.
  • Work with the AVTEC ADA Coordinator to determine appropriate accommodations based on curriculum and training area restrictions.

Things to Know

  • AVTEC provides the following services to all students: tutoring, study skills, and possibly a peer tutor. AVTEC instructors may provide untimed tests on paper-based tests, and a quiet place to take tests may be arranged. However, additional time on assignments outside of class (homework) may not be allowed.
  • You do not have to inform AVTEC that you have a disability. However, if you will be seeking accommodations, please notify us as soon as possible.
  • Your IEP or ILP from high school may help demonstrate accommodations in the past that have worked for you. However, AVTEC is not required to follow this same plan. Please see the difference between High School and Post-Secondary School Accommodations from the AVTEC website.
  • Each AVTEC program has its own physical requirements for admission. Please review the admission requirements for the program of your interest to see if you meet the minimum requirements.

Service Animals

  • “A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” https://adata.org/guide/service-animals-and-emotional-support-animals
  • Students requesting a service animal will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Additional documentation verifying the training, certification, or otherwise of the animal may be necessary. AVTEC may request the student educate program staff on any necessary emergency response training the animal may have.

Non-discrimination

The Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) is a division of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD). The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) administers all programs and activities free from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, or disability. The department administers all programs and activities in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

AVTEC is committed to providing an environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment, you may contact the AVTEC Equal Rights Compliance Office at 224-6171 or contact:

Alaska Department of Administration,
Personnel and Labor Relations,
Equal Employment Opportunity Program,
619 E. Ship Creek Ave.,
Suite 309
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: (907) 375-7700
Fax: (907) 375-7719

Alaska State Commission for Human Rights
800 A Street, Suite 204
Anchorage, AK 99501-3669
Phone: (907) 274-4692 or 1-800-478-4692 (toll-free)
Fax: (907) 278-8588
https://humanrights.alaska.gov/services/complaints/

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education,
915 Second Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Phone: (206)607-1600
Customer Service Hotline: 800-421-3481
Fax: (206) 607-1601;
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov

 

Title IX Compliance

AVTEC is committed to providing a safe and respectful campus environment, free from gender-based violence and sexual harassment for all students and employees.

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs which receive federal financial assistance. Title IX protects students and employees from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities, as well as sexual assault, which are both forms of unlawful discrimination under Title IX. This law applies to every aspect of education, including recruitment and admissions, financial aid, all course offerings and access, counseling and counseling materials, housing and residential services, and employment.

Duty to Report

For AVTEC to respond effectively and to proactively stop instances of gender-based and sexual misconduct, all employees must report information about alleged or possible sexual misconduct to AVTEC’s Title IX Coordinator, to their direct supervisor, or to the AVTEC Director. Should an allegation of sexual misconduct be brought to attention, and is found to be in violation of this policy, disciplinary actions and other means will be implemented to ensure the behavior is not repeated.

Retaliation

AVTEC prohibits retaliation by, for or against any participants (complainant, respondent, or witness) for making a good faith report of any conduct believed to violate Title IX policy. Retaliatory action of any kind is subject to discipline.

Reporting

Students with inquiries relating to sexual misconduct are encouraged to do so by reporting their concern to the Title IX Coordinator or to one of AVTEC’s trained staff counselors.

AVTEC Title IX Coordinator        AVTEC Counselor
Jamie Hall                                                Kale Tippet
519 4th Ave.                                              519 4th Ave.     
PO Box 889                                              PO Box 889
Seward, AK 99664                                  Seward, AK 99664
907-224-6114                                           907-224-6170                                                   
titleix@avtec.edu                                     kale.tippit@avtec.edu
or jamie.hall@avtec.edu  
 

Inquiries may also be made externally to:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Customer Service Hotline: 800-421-3481
www.ed.gov.ocr

 

For more information on Title IX Compliance, please see Appendix E, F, and G of this handbook.