Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the views offered in any course
of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion. However, they also are
responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.
Students should have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious
academic evaluation. At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards
of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.
Information about student views, beliefs and political associations that professors
acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisors and counselors should
be considered confidential. Protection against improper disclosure is a serious professional
obligation. Judgments of ability and character may be provided under appropriate circumstances,
normally with the knowledge or consent of the student.
Student Advocacy and Accountability
The Student Code of Conduct is the official document that sets forth behavioral expectations
for Dutchess Community College students. The Code shall apply to conduct that occurs
on the College’s premises, at College-sponsored activities, and to off-campus behavior
that adversely affects the College community, the pursuit of its objectives, or neighboring
communities. The College will address known behavior both on- and off-campus that
may affect a student’s suitability to continue as a member of the College community.
It is the obligation of every student to notify the Office of Student Advocacy and
Accountability of any felony or misdemeanor arrests occurring at any time after the
student pays his/her/their admissions deposit through graduation or separation from
the institution, regardless of geographic location of the arrest or specific crime
alleged. Failure to do so may result in conduct charges by the College. The College
may review the facts underlying the arrest to determine if there is a related policy
violation. The College has developed this code of standards and expectations, consistent
with its purpose as an educational institution and expects that each student accept
responsibility for their own behavior and consequences. Policies and procedures for
addressing violations of the Student Code of Conduct are detailed in this document.
Once a student is accepted to the College, they are responsible for upholding the
standards outlined in the Code. Therefore, students should become familiar with this
document. While the Student Code of Conduct is published annually, students should
be mindful that the Student Code of Conduct may be modified by the College within
the Academic Year as necessitated by changes in law or Board of Trustee Policy. The
Student Code of Conduct should not be viewed as a comprehensive code of desirable
conduct; rather the provisions set forth in the Code describe the minimum standards
for acceptable behavior. A copy of the Student Code of Conduct may be viewed at www.sunydutchess.edu/StudentCodeofConduct.
Security is available on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emergency phones
are located throughout all buildings and blue emergency phones are in all parking
lots. Students encountering emergency difficulty while on campus are encouraged to
report concerns or incidents to (845) 431-8070. Escort services can be provided to
and from parking lots. The campus security office is in the Orcutt Student Services
Center, Room 114.
The federal “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act” requires higher education institutions
to collect, report and disseminate crime data to the campus community and U.S. Department
of Education. This information can be found on the College’s website and is posted
outside the Security office.
The College Health Office, located in the Orcutt Student Services Center, Room 110,
is open Monday through Friday. Staffed by registered nurses, the Health office provides
a multitude of services including: acute illness care, first aid, limited emergency
care, diagnostic testing, laboratory (limited), health counseling and education, and
referrals to appropriate agencies and resources. Over-the-counter medications are
available. The office operates on a walk-in basis. There is no fee for services. Medical
emergencies after hours are referred to Campus Safety and Security (ext. 8070).
A physician is available for clinical appointments and consultation weekly during
the fall and spring semesters. There is no fee for services with the exception of
physicals. Appointments are necessary. For more information, contact the Health Office.
The Health Office is not an emergency room. All serious injuries and/or medical conditions
beyond nursing care are referred to specialized areas, such as the emergency room.
The Health Office works closely with Campus Safety and Security and the local ambulance
for emergency transport.
In requesting medical assistance, the College merely acts as an agent for the injured
party. All medical costs are the responsibility of the injured party.
In accordance with the Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment),
medical information will not be released without written consent of the individual
An educational record is maintained for each student in the Office of the Registrar.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 pro-vides former and current
students with certain rights regarding the review of their educational record. The
act also protects the confidentiality of a student’s record and requires that the
student’s written consent be obtained before information is released unless the information
requested is considered directory information. Access to a student’s record without
the written consent of the student may be provided to professional employees of Dutchess
Community College who have legitimate educational interest and certain other authorized
personnel. In keeping with the act, the College has on file a policy and procedure
statement regarding student records. It is contained in the Professional Staff Handbook,
available in the Office of the Dean of Student Services.
Essential student records are permanently archived. In 2008, DCC converted to a new
information system. Some non-essential records were not retained.
Students should be aware that altering a transcript is considered falsifying an academic
record and a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
Information about the student is released to the parent/guardian by the appropriate
office if there is a signed FERPA Waiver form on file at the college. For students
who are under 18 years of age; in the absence of a waiver form, the parent may show
proof of identity and present documentation proving the student is a legal dependent.
A non-dependent student who is interested in giving parents/guardians access to their
DCC information must complete a FERPA Waiver form which is available in the Registrar’s
Office. A parent/guardian listed on the waiver form and presenting a State/Federal
issued picture ID will receive the information the student has agreed to release.
For phone calls, parents/guardians listed on the signed FERPA Waiver form will be
required to provide student-specific information before information can be released
over the phone. These items are the last four digits of the student’s SSN, their date
of birth, current address and current phone number. Please note that registration
status, grades, GPA, schedule and attendance information is never given out over the
In lieu of a waiver form, parents/guardians of financially dependent students must
demonstrate such by submitting a copy of their tax return or government-issued financial
statement to the Registrar’s Office.
Personally identifiable information generally is not released without the student’s
written authorization unless it is directory information. Directory information may
consist of name, city or town, dates of attendance, date of graduation, degree and
enrollment status. If a student does not wish directory information to be released,
he/she must submit a Directory Information Block form which is available in the Registrar’s
Office and on the college website. Personally identifiable information is released
to federal and state agencies with a legitimate right to know, in response to legal
subpoena, for health and safety issues, and to the military in compliance with the
The Office of Student Activities is primarily concerned with enhancing students’ college
experiences through involvement in extracurricular activities and development of leadership
and interpersonal skills. The staff seeks to involve students in campus governance
and service, and to stimulate interest and interpersonal communication through a variety
of educational, cultural and social programs. These programs are designed to help
students achieve their highest level of academic and personal success.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association comprises full- and part-time students. The Association
serves to encourage students to become active citizens and leaders on the campus and
in the community. The representative governing body of the Association is the Student
Senate, which is a group of students elected by the student body. Each active chartered
club and organization also has a representative on the Senate. Each fall semester,
the Student Government Association provides a leadership training retreat for club
officers and Student Government Association leaders.
The Student Government Association is responsible for the allocation and reallocation
of funds to the clubs and organizations that have duly registered charters.
Clubs and Activities
The College firmly believes that chartered clubs and cultural, recreational and social
activities play an important role in the educational process. Students are encouraged
to participate in the extensive and varied activities available to them. Clubs and
organizations meet on Tuesdays, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Thursdays, from 12:30 to
1:45 p.m., and Fridays, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Collegewide activity hour on Thursday,
from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., is available for programming and lecture series’. The Office
of Student Activities also offers a full range of summer activities and trips for
students. The office phone number is (845) 431-8050.
Campus Activity Board (CAB)
The Campus Activity Board (CAB) is a committee of students responsible for the social
programming and special activities and events for the entire student body. CAB is
responsible for developing new programs that meet the needs of our diversified student
population. All DCC students are encouraged to join.
The Student Literary Magazine, “Exposed,” is published every spring and features short
stories, poetry and artwork produced by DCC students.
The Falcon Free Press is the student e-newspaper, published throughout the school year. The newspaper is
a student club and invites participation from all students.
The Dutchess Community College colors are buff and blue, and the athletic teams are
known as the Falcons. The College colors have a significance in the history of Dutchess
County. During the American Revolution, the Continental Army stationed at Fishkill
wore buff and blue.
The Dutchess Community College Athletics Department is a member institution of the
National Junior College Athletic Association. Dutchess Community College also is a
member school of Region XV and the Mid-Hudson Conference. The Dutchess Athletics Department
offers intercollegiate programs for students interested in participating in Women’s
Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Soccer during the fall; Men’s and Women’s Basketball
during the winter; and Women’s Softball and Men’s Baseball during the spring.
The Dutchess Community College Athletics Department is committed to assisting student-athletes
with maintaining a high grade point average and preparing for future endeavors while
providing a meaningful, worthwhile experience participating in intercollegiate athletics.
It assists student-athletes to develop a strong work ethic, enhance interpersonal
skills and physical capabilities while emphasizing the importance of teamwork and
sportsmanship. Student-athletes are expected to display a high degree of integrity,
responsibility, and ambition. They must be reliable team players who use proper judgment
and conduct themselves in a professional manner that displays sportsmanship while
participating on a scholastic athletic team.
Athletics works closely with coaches, students, teachers and administrators and strives
to see each and every student-athlete successfully complete their semester goals and
work toward the attainment of an associate degree at Dutchess Community College. The
department also helps student-athletes transition from Dutchess Community College
to an institution where they would be able to continue their scholastic athletic career
while simultaneously pursuing a four-year degree in their academic area of interest.
The bookstore, operated by Follett, is in Dutchess Hall, room 211 and can be reached
at (845) 431-8080. In addition to textbook rentals and sales, the bookstore offers
a variety of school supplies and merchandise, including DCC logo clothing.
For more information visit www.sunydutchess.edu/studentlife/bookstore.
Day Care Center
The Louis Greenspan Day Care Center offers quality, affordable child care to students,
staff and faculty of DCC. The Center accepts children from 18 months to 5 years of
age. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, following
the College academic calendar. The classrooms are staffed with teachers trained in
early childhood education, as well as student teachers from DCC and Marist College.
The center also serves as a research, observation and internship facility for a variety
of academic departments on campus.
Opened in 1975, the day care center strives to demonstrate standards of excellence
in early childhood education and child development practices. Our center provides
a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and
intellectual development of young children. The center maintains an open-door policy
in which parents are encouraged to visit and participate in all aspects of their child’s
educational experience. The Louis Greenspan Day Care Center is accredited by the National
Association for the Education of Young Children.
Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is strongly
suggested. Registration materials can be obtained from the center director, or by
calling (845) 431-8085.
DCC Help Desk
The DCC Help Desk provides a single point of contact for campus technology support.
Please contact the Help Desk for any and all technology related issues. The DCC Help
Desk is located in CBI 130. It’s web portal and hours of operation can be found in
the Student Tab of myDCC. Call (845) 431-8000 (say Help Desk at the prompt).
Laboratory Nursery School
Dutchess operates a registered laboratory nursery school. Children who are three years,
two months old through 4 years, 10 months old are admitted each September. The children
are selected at random from the applicant pool in order to meet the educational needs
of the College and its students. Classrooms are directed by fully-certified early
childhood teachers and are staffed by DCC students matriculated in the early childhood
curriculum. Information about fees ($2,300 per year) and registration can be secured
from the director of the Dutchess Community College Laboratory Nursery School.
Note: Due to Covid-19, and the fact that most classes will be delivered remotely,
DCC’s residence hall will be closed for 2020-2021. It will reopen for Fall 2021. On-campus housing is available for full-time students interested in combining the
quality, affordability and other benefits of a DCC education with the experience of
living away at school. Conklin Hall features fully furnished suites that include two
bathrooms, a living room and kitchenette (with sink, microwave and full refrigerator).
The building is designed for comfort, safety and convenience and the residence life
staff, amenities and programs combine to create a welcoming environment that enriches
the student experience.
The four-story residence hall features:
• Convenient location near academic buildings, campus
activities and student services, and adjacent to parking.
• 476 beds
• Lounge on each floor; multi-purpose atrium
• Wireless Internet and cable television service
• Laundry room; mailboxes; vending area
• Noncombustible construction; sprinklers throughout
• 24-hour security
• Geothermal heating and cooling
Students from counties other than Dutchess and Putnam must have a high school average
of at least 75 in order to be considered for eligibility to live in the residence
hall. Those who do not meet the academic requirements may attend DCC but not live
on campus until completing at least one full-time semester and demonstrating satisfactory
progress. Students transferring from another college must have a 2.0 GPA to be considered
for housing. For more information visit sunydutchess.edu/reslife, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (845) 790-3676.
Campus Assessment Response Evaluation Support
DCC CARES encourages student persistence in college by providing holistic support
to students whose ability to stay in school is threatened by any number of outside
factors, especially their inability to meet basic human needs and financial obligations.
Student Resource Navigator (SRN)
The Student Resource Navigator (SRN) connects students to campus and community resources
and assists students with applying for financial hardship grants and services that
are available to help students get over short-term hurdles, such as job loss, medical
expenses, car repair, child care issues or other unanticipated expenses.
The SRN also collaborates with campus support staff and community partners to provide
students with workshops focusing on topics such as financial literacy, self-management
and resiliency. The Student Resource Navigator’s office is in room 203 of the Student
Services Center and may be reached at (845) 431-9876 or email@example.com.
The Pantry on the lower level of Dutchess Hall in Room 114 offers three days’ of nutritious
food as well as personal care items once per month for students in need. To contact
the Pantry email firstname.lastname@example.org.