MSC Policies – updating in progress
Mat-Su College is a University of Alaska Anchorage campus. The University of Alaska Anchorage catalog delineates the academic policies and standards for all UAA campuses. Specific MSC policies and information not covered in the UAA catalog can be found below.
We care about your safety on campus. While relatively safe, our campus is NOT a sanctuary from crime, and accidents still occur no matter how hard we try to prevent them. You are encouraged to be responsible for your own safety and to bring safety concerns to the attention of MSC faculty or staff, or contact the Physical Plant Office at 745-9750 when you observe an unsafe environment. Also, for your own safety, please take time to locate the nearest exit and emergency telephone when you are in campus buildings. Emergency phones are located outside the entrance to JKB by the Director’s Office, the lobby in FSM on the first floor, and at the west entrance to Snodgrass Hall. The following web site holds information on safety and procedures for emergencies at MSC.
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 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.
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.
MSC/UAA provides information on its policies regarding who has legal access to a students’ educational records, procedures to inspect and challenge the contents of a student’s educational records, and complaint procedures for alleged violations of FERPA policies.
Students-Right-To-Know Act and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act information is found in a variety of resources such as course catalogs and semester course schedules. You may request this information from the UAA Enrollment Services, University Center 106, PO Box 141629 (3801 Old Seward Hwy) Anchorage, AK 99514-1629. You may call this office at (907) 786-1480 or access this information via the website.
MSC/UAA restricts access to student educational records in accordance with FERPA. MSC/UAA may release, without consent, directory information, which includes your name, major, dates of attendance, and credentials awarded. If you wish to restrict release of directory information, you must submit a signed request in writing to Student Services.
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.
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.
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.
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
MSC/UAA procedures for resolving student complaints or concerns can be found in the UAA Fact Finder student handbook and the MSC Bulletin or UAA Catalog. Copies of the UAA student handbook are available at the UAA Office of Student Affairs. You may access this information via the UAA Student Affairs or UAA Catalog websites.
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.
Students can register to vote via the State of Alaska website.