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Student Code of Conduct and Related Policies

Students are responsible for attending the courses in which they are enrolled. Failure to attend during the first two weeks of a full-semester course or first week of short-term or summer courses will result in a drop for non-attendance. If necessary, student financial aid awards and veteran benefits will be adjusted if they are dropped for non-attendance. Students are also expected to read and comply with the NIC Student Conduct Policy 5.06 found on the NIC website. The manual covers student information on policies and procedures for some items such as admissions, grading, attendance and many other items. If a hard copy of the policy is needed, please visit the Student Services Office located in the Edminster Student Union Building.

Students who receive financial aid have additional rights and responsibilities as they relate to applying for and receiving financial aid from North Idaho College.

Pro tip! Students are strongly encouraged to know the NIC Student Conduct Policy 5.06, found on the NIC website.

North Idaho College recognizes the health risks and costs associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, and is committed to providing a drug-free and alcohol-free educational environment which supports the mission of the college.

Employees, students and members of the NIC Board of Trustees participate in and fully support the process of developing and reviewing the drug and alcohol policy and the implementation of educational and prevention programs.

NIC assures compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act by regularly monitoring that its printed information is distributed, providing online anytime anywhere access to the NIC Drug and Alcohol Policy, offering preventive and educational programs regarding alcohol and drug use, and implementing appropriate training for employees.

There are substantial legal sanctions pursuant to local, state and federal law which may be levied against individuals for the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of an illegal drug or controlled substance. The law often treats drug offenses as a criminal matter punishable by substantial fines, imprisonment or other severe sanctions.

The health risks associated with the inappropriate use of drugs include, but are not limited to, physical and psychological addiction, physical, psychological and spiritual deterioration, disease and death.

The college supports participation in programs for the prevention of the inappropriate use of drugs, controlled substances and tobacco/alcohol abuse. NIC’s Health and Counseling Services can provide confidential assistance with drug and alcohol abuse problems. Assistance is available to provide educational training programs, health information, preliminary evaluation and counseling for possible referral for outside medical assistance. Individuals may get more information through the Director of Student Disability, Health and Counseling Office at (208) 769-7794.

By providing this explanation of policy, the college hopes to encourage elimination of all forms of substance abuse and to help those who currently may be involved to stop use and get appropriate help.

North Idaho College is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment conducive to learning for all students, employees and visitors. The purpose of the tobacco-free college guideline is to reduce harm from secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages individuals to be tobacco-free and establish a college culture of wellness.

NIC Guidelines prohibit the use, distribution or sale of all tobacco products including traditional cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, electronic cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, smokeless spit tobacco or snuff/snus.

It applies to all areas of the campus and all NIC activities including:

  • NIC-owned residences including the Residence Hall
  • The NIC beachfront
  • All NIC owned or leased vehicles
  • The free distribution of tobacco products on college campus
  • The acceptance of money or gifts from tobacco companies
  • Tobacco advertisements in college-sponsored publications

NIC offers students the opportunity for free tobacco cessation programs and treatment.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) requires that North Idaho College adopt guidelines concerning the right of a student to inspect his or her educational record. Read more information concerning FERPA, directory information, and consumer information.

The Registrar’s Office will assist students who want to inspect their records. Records covered by FERPA will be made available within 45 days and the college may charge reasonable fees for preparing copies for students. The college reserves the right to have a college representative present during the review of the student’s record and the representative may offer interpretation of the data within the record.

Some records may be withheld by the college. For example, academic transcripts are routinely withheld if the student has a financial obligation to the college. Medical records may be released to the student’s physician rather than to the student. Students may not inspect financial information submitted by their parents, confidential letters associated with admissions or records to which they have waived their inspection rights. In the event a record contains information about other persons, the college will release only the portion of the record that pertains to the student. The college will not release records that are not owned by the college. Directory information consists of: student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, major, dates of attendance, classification, participation in officially recognized activities, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees, certificates, awards received, and previous educational institutions attended.

Students may request through the Registrar’s Office that the college not release directory information. Students should fill out the opt-out form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.