Student Rights and Responsibilities

Blackfeet Community College is committed to the creation of an environment wholly supportive of students’ academic and personal achievements. Beyond providing requisite academic resources and support services. BCC seeks to sustain an environment in which the diverse cultural traditions and ideals represented in both the campus community and the nation at large are valued, nurtured, and promoted. In so doing, the BCC fulfills its mandate to prepare students to participate actively and productively in our larger society. The right to participate in all aspects of the BCC experience, both in and outside the classroom, without harassment or discrimination on the basis of religion, age, gender, disability, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Blackfeet Community College welcomes all students to apply for admissions and to enroll for the purpose of training and study. With course enrollment, the student accepts all rights and responsibilities as Blackfeet Community College students.

Student Rights

  • Right to a quality educational environment, that allows learning and growth to take place.
  • Right to participation in decision-making and matters effecting their educational programs.
  • Right to freedom of speech and expression, including expressions concerning areas and length of hair, as long as the expression does not disrupt the educational process, classrooms, or impose upon the rights of others.
    Right to freedom of religion and culture.
  • Right to respect and fair treatment from fellow students and Blackfeet Community College faculty, staff and administration.
  • Right to have transcripts mailed out upon written request, provided there are no outstanding statements.
  • Right to freedom from harassment based on gender.
  • Right to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure of person or property.
  • Right to a reasonable degree of privacy.
  • Right to freedom from discrimination.
  • Right to a grievance procedure and process.
  • Right of due process in every instance of alleged violation of school policies which results in the student’s suspension or withdrawal from school, this right is also extended to any other disciplinary action.

Student Responsibilities

  • To abide by the rules, acceptable student conduct, regulations & policies of BCC.
  • To treat BCC staff, facilities, equipment and other students with courtesy and respect.
  • To complete the requirements for the classes enrolled in each semester.
  • To uphold the school’s standard of conduct relating to academic honesty.
  • To assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit.
  • Respecting the guiding principle of academic integrity, each student’s submitted homework, examinations, reports, and projects must be their own.

    Standards of Student Conduct

With the freedom that these rights afford comes the responsibility to conduct oneself with civility and respect toward the rights of others. It is also the responsibility of all those given these rights to protect and preserve them for others, so that with vigilance we may move closer to the ideals that these rights promise. With this obligation, which is an extension of the student’s responsibility to observe the law of the land, is an essential effect to participation in the academic rights afforded to members of the campus.




The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520