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Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Governing Board of the Maricopa Community Colleges has established policies, procedures, rules and regulations designed to provide a safe and positive learning environment. Students are expected to know and comply with these regulations in the classroom and throughout the college. 

Student policies are found in the college catalog, student handbook, or on the Maricopa County Community College District website. The most commonly requested information on regulations, rights, and responsibilities that all students in the Maricopa County Community College District need to know are summarized below. The complete MCCCD Administrative Regulations document can be found HERE.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the office of the Vice President of Student Development at 602-243-8036, located in the Student Enrollment Services (SES) building. You may also contact the Maricopa Community College District Legal Services Office.

This section describes the type of behaviors or acts that constitute academic misconduct; sanctions for violation of the policy; and the appeal process. Academic Misconduct

This section covers class attendance requirements, official absences, and religious holidays. Attendance

This section outlines the rules regarding children on campus

The Maricopa Community Colleges are dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and educationally productive environment for students, employees, and visitors. College Environment

This section provides a step-by-step guide of the student complaint process against a faculty or staff member.

This section outlines the parameters of romantic, amorous and/or sexual relationships between Maricopa Community College employees and students (18 years or older) currently enrolled at one of the community colleges, as well as the procedures for disclosure. Consensual Relationships

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of copies or other reproductions of the copyrighted material. A person using college equipment is liable for any infringement.

The following documents issued by the United States Government or any of its agencies may not be copied: paper money; food stamps; immigration papers; bonds or other certificates of indebtedness; IRS stamps (canceled or uncanceled); Selective Service or draft papers; identifying badges or insignias; passports; checks or drafts drawn by government agencies; US postage stamps.

Copyrighted works cannot be copied, however, sections of a copyrighted work may be copied under "Fair Use" guidelines. Multiple copies would indicate improper use.

Works of art are considered as the equivalent of copyrighted works. Licenses and certificates of title to motor vehicles may not be copied under certain state laws.

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials, including unauthorized peer-to-peer sharing, may subject an individual to civil and criminal liabilities.

District Copyright Guidelines
District Copyright Policy 
A summary of the penalties for violation of federal copyright laws including student disciplinary actions

These sections provide information on the course withdrawal process.

This section provides information on previous college credit earned at another institution and/or via assessment methods. Prior Credits

This section states that an instructor may remove a student from class meetings for disciplinary reasons. Removal from Class

This section lists the rules, regulations, and sanctions for use of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs on Maricopa Community Colleges’ premises. Alcohol/Drug Policies

This section outlines the rules on hazing activities on and off Maricopa Community Colleges’ premises. Hazing

These sections contain information on parking and traffic regulations for employees and students.

These sections outline the placement testing process and procedures.

These sections provide information on the refund policy for students who officially withdraw from credit and non-credit classes, canceled classes, refund exceptions, and the refund appeal process.

Please visit the MCCCD webpage for complete information.

This section lists the guidelines regarding the use and/or sale of tobacco products on Maricopa Community Colleges’ premises. Tobacco

Student Code of Conduct (Discipline Code)

This section delineates the standards of conduct that are expected of all students, sanctions, and the student code of conduct hearing process. Code of Conduct

These sections provide information on the accommodation application process for students with disabilities.

This section provides information on the taping of instructors lectures. Taping of Lectures

This section outlines the acceptable and non-acceptable use of Maricopa Community Colleges Technology Resources including but not limited to, desktop and laptop systems, printers, central computing facilities, District-wide or college-wide networks, local-area networks, telephones, facsimile machines, scanners, access to the Internet, electronic mail and similar electronic information. Technology Resources

This section lists the services and eligibility requirements for educational benefits for students who are U.S. Military Veterans.

This section outlines the rules and regulations regarding weapons on Maricopa Community Colleges’ premises. Weapons

This section defines what types of behaviors/acts constitute workplace violence and the sanctions for violation of the policy. Workplace Violence