Student Rights

Right to be free from discrimination on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability.

Brazosport College shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran status or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: 

Vice President of Human Resources

500 College Drive

Lake Jackson, TX 77566 

979-230-3459

marshall.campbell@brazosport.edu

Please refer to Brazosport College Policy FA (LEGAL).

 

Right to be able to apply for admission.

Brazosport College Policy FB (LOCAL) - Admissions and FB (LEGAL) - Admissions addresses the rights of students as it pertains to admissions. All students shall be able to apply for admission to Brazosport College including home-schooled or privately educated students and international students. Additional information regarding admission is on the Admissions web page.

 

Right to review all educational records and to file complaints regarding them (including all rights under FERPA guidelines).

Brazosport College policy FJ (LEGAL) - Student Records and FJ (LOCAL) - Student Records addresses the rights of students as it pertains to records. These rights include the right to privacy, access to educational records, the right to review and to request corrections to their records and the right to require the school to obtain written consent prior to the disclosure of any information. Information regarding these rights is available in the Brazosport College Catalog, Brazosport College Student Guide & Calendar, and on the Registrar's web page.

 

Right to be free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

It is the policy of Brazosport College that all employees and students or users of college resources be able to enjoy a campus environment free of all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Brazosport College policy FFD (LEGAL) - Freedom from Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation addresses the rights of students as it pertains to discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Students who feel their rights have been violated are provided the process for addressing the alleged violation. The statement instructs anyone who has a grievance to submit their written grievance to the College administrators identified as the Title IX coordinator and the Section 504 Coordinator. Board policy FFD (LOCAL) - Student Welfare - Freedom from Sexual Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation outlines the steps to address Title IX complaints and is also on the Notice of Non-Discrimination webpage.

Kelli Forde Spiers, Director, Student Life and Title IX Coordinator

Office J.117D; 979-230-3355; kelli.fordespiers@brazosport.edu

Victoria Young, Human Resources Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Office C.114; 979-230-3303; victoria.young@brazosport.edu

 

Right to appeal decisions in academic matters, including grades.

Brazosport College students are encouraged to resolve grade issues informally with their instructor, where possible and appropriate. In the event that a grade concern cannot be resolved informally, students may follow through the academic appeals process which is introduced in the Brazosport College Catalog and detailed in EGA-R (LOCAL) - Academic Achievement-Grading and Credit on pages 7-17. 

  • Written request to the division chair within sixty calendar days of the due date of grades posted at semester’s end.
  • If the division chair is unable to satisfactorily address the issue, the student may provide a written appeal to the Dean of Instruction, Jeff.Detrick@brazosport.edu for review by the Academic Appeals committee.
  • If the student is dissatisfied with the outcome of the Academic Appeals committee, the student may apply for a review by the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

 

Right to appeal financial aid suspension.

Students not meeting established financial aid criteria may seek to appeal if mitigating circumstances affect academic performance. Mitigating circumstances are defined as a change in program study, illness, death of a family member, or other traumatic life-altering events of the student. The appeal may not be based upon the need for assistance or the lack of knowledge that the assistance was in jeopardy. Information including the written appeal document may be found at the Financial Aid website.

 

Right to due process.

Board Policy FM (LEGAL) - Discipline and Penalties provides that students at Brazosport College that are "subject to discipline by the college district must be afforded the level of due process, including notice and an opportunity to respond, under the U.S. Constitution Fourteenth Amendment that corresponds with the level of the discipline". Student Guide and Calendar on, these include the right to:

  1. have their case processed without unreasonable delay,
  2. receive prompt written notice of alleged violations per Brazosport College communication policies,
  3. have reasonable access to any written testimony to be used against them with written request filed in a timely manner, with the conduct officer,
  4. be able to, in a formal hearing, question witnesses against them,
  5. produce witnesses and/or evidence per prescribed procedure on their own behalf,
  6. decide not to be a witness against him/herself, or to have their silence be construed as an admission of responsibility,
  7. and, have a decision based on a preponderance of the evidence.

Right to appeal the outcome of a student conduct violation or sanctions by the Dean of Students Services, her delegate or the Community Appeals and Adjudication Board.

As outlined in the Brazosport College Student Guide & Calendar on page 15, a decision reached by the Dean of Student Services, her delegate or the Community Appeals and Adjudication Board may be appealed by accused students or complainants to an Appeals Board within five (5) working days of being notified of the decision. If the student is notified of the decision by letter, the student has five (5) working days from the date on the letter to make an appeal. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.  The Vice President will determine if the student has grounds for appeal based on a substantial procedural irregularity, bias by the hearing officer or board or evidence not available at the hearing which might have rendered a difference outcome, if it had been available. The Vice President may choose to modify findings of responsibility, sanctions, both, remand the case for a new hearing or uphold the original decision.
 

The Dean of Student Services is responsible for investigating all allegations in compliance with Board policy FMA (LOCAL) - Discipline and Penalties - Discipline Procedures which describes in detail the procedures provided for students who believe that their rights have been violated. Additionally, students may file complaints in person (Room J.117), in writing or online