The Board of Trustees subscribes to the open admission philosophy essential to achieving
the goals of a comprehensive community college. The Board further recognizes its responsibility
to establish student services and programs that enhance the personal, cultural, intellectual,
recreational, athletic, social activities, and academic development of all students
of the College.
Educational advising is a key element that contributes to each student's ultimate
successful attainment of their educational goals. Students and advisors meet regularly
to ensure students stay on the path to success.
The counseling program is a key component of the educational process. The program
concerns itself primarily, but not exclusively, with personal support and development,
career decision making, and academic planning.
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges authorizes community
and technical colleges to employ qualified persons to administer its student financial
aid programs in accordance with federal and state regulations and institutional policies.
The Financial Aid Office shall attempt to remove the financial barriers to post-secondary
education for students with unmet financial need by utilizing a combination of federal,
state, institutional, and community funding resources.
Co-curricular and extra-curricular programs are a key component of students’ success
and goal completion. The College recognizes the Associated Students of Lower Columbia
College (ASLCC) Executive Council as the student government organization at the College
whose purpose is to direct and manage the affairs of the student body at Lower Columbia
College and to represent students in dealing with the College administration, staff,
the community, and the State in matters affecting students except as limited by board
policy, college rules and regulations, and the rules and laws of the State of Washington.
Students, faculty, administrators and staff shall be intellectually free to express
their scholarship and reasoned conclusions by orderly means which do not disrupt the
regular and essential operations of the College. We honor the right of expression
as a hallmark of learning, and we treasure intellectual freedom even when individual
or group points of view are controversial or out of favor with prevailing perspectives.
A complete explanation of freedom of expression can be found in policy 440 “Code of
Student Conduct,” and in WAC 132M-126.
The College encourages and shall provide for participation in off-campus class and
non-class activities such as field trips, student government, clubs, organizations,
intramural sports, intercollegiate sports, and attendance at professional productions
within the limitations of the resources available. No such activities shall take place
without prior consent of the staff or faculty’s supervisor, and completion of an Informed Acknowledgment of and Consent to Trip Hazards and Risk form. A student under the age of 18 must obtain a parent or guardian signature on the
form. It will be the responsibility of the activity advisor or instructor to see that
these forms are completed and kept on file for the current academic year. The supervising
faculty or staff shall follow the Field Trip Procedures to meet safety and emergency planning and other college travel policies and procedures.