Lower Columbia College prohibits smoking or other tobacco use, distribution or sale of tobacco, including any smoking device, or carrying of any lighted smoking instrument within the perimeter of college campus. This includes all college sidewalks, parking lots, landscaped areas, sports fields and college buildings. Use of tobacco is also prohibited at events on college premises, or in college-owned, rented or leased vehicles.
For the purpose of this policy, "tobacco" is defined to include any lighted or unlighted cigarette, electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, clove cigarette, and any other smoking product; and smokeless or spit tobacco, also known as dip, chew or snuff, in any form.
Smoking materials must be extinguished and properly disposed of prior to entering college property or exiting a vehicle. Improper disposal includes but is not limited to: spitting smokeless tobacco product, littering (e.g., discarding cigarette butts, throwing cigarette butts out of windows, leaving spit container).
All college employees, students and visitors are required to comply with this policy, which shall remain in force at all times.
Persons who do not meet the criteria for adults under the law (adults are defined as over the age of 18 years or an emancipated minor) are restricted from campus or any facility used by the college unless they are:
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance in all facilities, grounds, events or activities directly or indirectly under the control of Lower Columbia College shall not be tolerated and, pursuant to this policy, shall be prohibited. Lower Columbia College will comply with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, U.S. Department of Transportation regulations implementing the Federal Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. Employees or students engaging in prohibited activities shall be subject to disciplinary action, pursuant to applicable rules, regulations and employment contracts, which may result in suspension or termination.
Lower Columbia College requires all pets to be attended, leashed, or properly restrained while on the campus grounds. With the exception of Service Animals, animals are not allowed inside college-controlled buildings without prior approval. Owners are responsible for the proper disposal of their animals’ waste.
Lower Columbia College takes photographs and videos on campus throughout the year. These images often include students, employees and guests in classrooms, computer labs, athletic events, and other campus activities. Lower Columbia College reserves the right to use these photographs and videos as part of its publicity and marketing efforts. Those who attend, visit or work at Lower Columbia College do so with the understanding that these photographs and videos might include them and might be used in college publications, newspapers, and other media for publicity purposes.
College students are entitled to two days of excused absences per academic year for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Students' grades may not be adversely impacted by absences authorized under this policy.
Each holiday taken under this policy must be taken as a whole day, i.e. the day may not be divided into hours and taken piecemeal.
Lower Columbia College recognizes the following State legal holidays:
Whenever a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday shall be considered a legal holiday. When a holiday falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be considered a legal holiday.
An official Lower Columbia College email address is required for all students and is generated upon receipt and processing of their applications. The College has the right to send official communications to these email addresses. The College will use this address for official communications with all students.
The College expects that every student will receive email at his or her College email address and will read email on a frequent and consistent basis. A student’s failure to receive and read College communications in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the content of such communication.
All use of email will be consistent with other Lower Columbia College policies including the Student Acceptable Computer Use Policy (refer to the online policies and procedures manual).
Students who are not in possession of a personal computer and/or other mobile device with Internet access can use computers available in the open computer labs at the College.
Students may elect to redirect (auto-forward) email sent to their College email address. Students who redirect email from their official College email address to another address do so at their own risk. The College is not responsible for the handling of an email by outside service providers. If an email is lost because of forwarding, it does not absolve the student of the responsibilities associated with the communications sent to their official College email address.
Lower Columbia College does not require vaccinations for general admission. Vaccinations and tuberculosis testing are required for students participating in the Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Early Childhood programs. Please see the Nursing Handbook and/or the Medical Assisting Handbook for more information, or contact your advisor.
Possession or use of firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals or other dangerous weapons which can be used to inflict bodily harm or to damage real or personal property is prohibited on the college campus, at any other facilities leased or operated by the college, or at any activity under the administration or sponsorship of the college. Exceptions to this policy are permitted when the weapon is used in conjunction with an approved college instructional program, is carried by duly constituted law enforcement officer.
Employees, students, and visitors may not possess, carry, or store firearms, or other weapons on College property or in privately-owned vehicle parked on College property unless such items are pre-approved for a class or class-related activity. These items are also prohibited at College events and functions that take place off campus. Violations by students will result in discipline through the Code of Student Conduct and/or criminal prosecution.