As students attending a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su College students are afforded the same rights and responsibilities as any member of the University community.  These rights, freedoms, and responsibilities are explained in the Fact Finder Student Handbook and on the Dean of Students page of the UAA website.  As stated in the Fact Finder Handbook, “All members of the University community have a responsibility to protect and maintain an academic climate in which the freedom to learn is enjoyed by all. To this end, certain basic regulations and policies have been developed to govern the behavior of students as members of the University community.”

For questions on student rights, freedoms, and responsibilities, contact Student Services or the Office of Academic Affairs at Mat-Su College.

2014-2015 UAA Fact Finder Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities section

  • Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities
  • University Student Educational Records (FERPA) Policy
  • Student Dispute/Complaint Resolution Process
  • Academic Honesty
  • Academic Rights of Students
  • Academic Dispute Resolution Procedure
  • University of Alaska Anchorage Alcohol Policy
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • University Student Judicial Review Procedures

Title IX – Gender Equity in Education

Student Complaint & Dispute Procedures and Resources

Voter Registration
The State of Alaska Division of Elections is a great resource where you will be able to find information on:

Voter registration is available in Student Services.  Mat-Su College is a State of Alaska polling place.



Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act is a federal law which provides for the tracking of confiscated sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. The Act’s intent is to extend the protections of sex offender registries to college campuses. Sex offenders who must register with the State of Alaska must also provide notice to the State that they are employed, carry on vocation at, or are a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained from the Alaska Department of Public Safety website.

Children on Campus

Children are not permitted in classes/labs offered to adults (except registered Secondary School students) and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus including the library, hallways, cafeteria and parking lots. This policy applies to students, staff and faculty.

Disciplinary Action

The unapproved use, possession, or sale of firearms, explosives (including firecrackers), dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous weapons is prohibited on campus.

Possession, consumption, being perceptibly under the influence, or furnishing alcoholic beverages on campus property or at off campus MSC sponsored events, except as provided by UAA/MSC procedures, is prohibited. Possession, consumption, being perceptibly under the influence, or furnishing of any narcotic or dangerous drugs, except when use or possession is lawfully prescribed by an authorized medical doctor or dentist, is prohibited.

These forms of prohibited conduct are violations of the UAA/MSC Student Code of Conduct which can be found in the UAA or MSC catalog, along with the student disciplinary procedures and sanctions. In addition to other sanctions, students involved in incidents with alcohol and/or other drugs on campus or at off campus UAA/MSC sponsored activities may be referred to UAA’s substance abuse education programs. Those under the age of 21 may also be arrested and have their driver’s licenses revoked, in addition to having criminal charges filed against them.

Lost & Found

The college has a centralized lost and found area in Student Services (FSM 101). The college is not responsible for any personal belongings, tools, or equipment left in the classrooms, labs, on campus and/or the grounds.

Notification of Civil Rights Compliance

In compliance with the Executive Order 11246; Title II of the Education Amendments of 1976; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972; Title IX Regulation Implementing Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Office of Civil Right Vocational Educational Guidelines; and all other Federal, State, School rules, laws, regulations, and policies, the University of Alaska Anchorage and extended campuses shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, national origin, religion, or disability in its educational programs or activities.

It is the intent of the University of Alaska Anchorage and extended campuses to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law in making certain discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations, and operations. Grievance procedures for Title IX and Section 504 have been established for students and employees who feel discrimination has been shown by the University of Alaska Anchorage and extended campuses.

Specific complaints of alleged discrimination under Title IX (gender) and Section 504 (disability) should be referred to:

Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator
Campus Diversity & Compliance
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Title IX complaints may also be filed with the Office of Civil Rights:

Office of Civil Rights, Region X
U.S. Department of Education
2901 Third Avenue, M/S 106
Seattle, Washington 98121

Students attending the University of Alaska Anchorage and extended campuses may participate in education programs and activities, including, but not limited to health, physical education, and vocational and technical education, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or sex.

Photo & Video Tape Policy

Matanuska-Susitna College takes photos and videotapes of students throughout the year. These photographs often include students in classrooms, study areas, the library, lounge areas, and at special events. MSC reserves the right to use these photographs as a part of its publicity and marketing efforts. Students who enroll at MSC do so with the understanding that these photographs might include them and might be used in College publications, both printed and electronic, and for publicity purposes.

Sexual Offense Policy

It is the policy of MSC/UAA that the sexual assault of one member of the academic community by another will not be tolerated. This policy applies to all members of the campus community, students, faculty, and staff. The term sexual assault, as used by MSC/UAA, encompasses the legal definitions of sexual assault contained in Alaska State statutes. It includes, but is not limited to, rape, acquaintance or date rape, as well as rape by a stranger. Sexual assault is against the law and is defined as sexual misconduct that is forced or coerced against the will of the victim. This type of threat may involve physical violence, coercion, or the threat of harm.

Sexual assault may also be considered a violation of the MSC/UAA policy against sexual harassment. According to the UA Board of Regents’ policy (4.08.02), sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors by a member of the campus community when the assailant uses, threatens to use, or implies that submission to, or rejection of, such conduct will have an impact on employment or academic decisions affecting the victim. Sexual harassment includes other verbal or physical conduct related to sex when such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s performance at work or study by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in which to work, live, or learn.

The Student Services Manager or the College Director can provide information and referral on issues of sexual harassment. If you need advice or assistance regarding sexual assault or other sexual offenses, you may contact:

  • Palmer Police Department
  • Wasilla Police Department
  • Alaska State Troopers

Students-right-to-know Act

MSC/UAA provides general consumer information such as tuition costs and fees, timelines and procedures to officially withdrawal, refund schedules, financial assistance programs, eligibility, and application process.

Mat-Su College is committed to providing faculty, staff and students with a safe and healthy environment for working and learning. Smoke, secondhand smoke, and smokeless tobacco have been found to pose definite health hazards. As a result, use of tobacco in any form is not permitted in the College facilities.

Furthermore, in order to eliminate hazards and discomfort to employees, students, and visitors, smoking and use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited in buildings owned, leased, or rented by the College or under the control of the College, including College vehicles. Smoking is defined as “the carrying by a person of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted smoking device. “Smokeless tobacco is defined as “snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, or any other form of smokeless tobacco.”

“Tobacco-free Environment” signs are posted throughout the campus. As with any policy or regulation, violation of the tobacco-free environment policy by staff, faculty, students, or visitors may result in disciplinary action.

When using tobacco outdoors on MSC property, remember to use it only in designated areas and to keep the campus clean.