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Privacy of Student Records

Iowa Lakes Community College assures the confidentiality of student educational records in accordance with Iowa Lakes Community College rules, State, and federal laws including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  Further information can be found it the student handbook or in the policies and procedures manual. 

Student Body Diversity at Iowa Lakes

  • The student body is comprised of 55% females and 45% males.
  • Enrollment by ethnicity is:
     
    • 78% White
    • 5.7% Black
    • 4.9% Hispanic
    • 2.5% Asian
    • .4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
    • .1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    • .2% Multiple Ethnicities
    • 8% None Reported
  • 629 students received Pell Grants in the 2017-2018 school year.

General Information about the school

"General Information About Iowa Lakes" includes information concerning accreditation, disability services, cost of attendance, copyright infringement, degree programs, and identifies instructional personnel. The processes and policies for student complaints are outlined. 

Iowa Lakes Financial Aid

American with Disabilities Act & the Vocational Rehabilitation Act

Iowa Lakes Community college provides a variety of accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.

Services are designated TO ENHANCE THE Students abilities and are based upon s a student’s individual needs. Every effort is made to assure that the qualified student with disabilities have equal access to all services. Students requesting special accommodations are urged to contact Jody Condon, Counselor/Accommodations, 712-852-5219, to initiate the process of obtaining accommodations prior to the start of the semester.

The student is responsible for providing documentation of the disability.

Pell Grants

Pell grants can be used to purchase books and any required supplies beyond the standard supplies through the Iowa Lakes Community College Campus Store.  Supplies included can be, but not limited to, calculators, computer programs, and computer parts. Further information can be found in the policies and procedures manual.

Return of Federal Financial Aid

Students who receive Title IV financial aid (Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitive Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Direct loans) are subject to federal return of Title IV funds statutes. These regulations apply to recipients of Title IV financial aid who completely withdraw from college or who stop attending all classes during the enrollment period.  The College must determine the amount of Title IV financial aid the student earned and return the unearned aid to the respective federal financial aid programs. Unearned aid will be returned to the federal programs in the following order: Loans (Federal Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Subsidized Loans, and Federal PLUS Loans), Grants (Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant), and then other Title IV funds. The College must return the funds as soon as possible but must do so no later than 45 days after the College determines the withdrawal date or last date of attendance.  You may also owe a grant overpayment to the US Department of Education.  You will be notified if this occurs.

If a student officially withdraws from the college prior to completing 60% of the semester, financial aid awards will be adjusted accordingly and unearned aid will be returned to the appropriate federal financial aid program. If a student officially withdraws from the college after completing 60% or more of the semester, no financial aid adjustment or return of funds is necessary. The percent of the semester completed is based on calendar days from the first day of the semester through the last scheduled day of finals. This includes weekends and mid-semester breaks of less than five days. The determination of the calculation may be different if the student is enrolled in a course or courses that do not span the entire length of the term. Students who do not go through the official withdrawal process will be treated as having attended through the midpoint of the semester, unless the last day of attendance can be documented.

Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act

The College abides by the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (PL 101-542). It also reports its completion/graduation rates annually. Detailed information is provided in the Student Handbook.

Degree and Graduation Requirements
Transfer Planning
Graduation Application
AA Degree Requirements
AS Degree Requirements
Academic Honors
Graduation Awards
Graduation Commencement
Student Conduct
Drug Free College Policy

Drug prevention program:

DRUG POLICY: Iowa Lakes Community College will comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (PL 101-226) and will provide a drug free institution which prohibits employees and students from unlawfully manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing or using a controlled substance on its property or during any of its college sponsored activities. Both Iowa law and Federal law allow the college to disclose to a parent or  uardian, without the student’s permission, “information regarding a violation of Federal, State or local law or institution rule governing the use or possession of alcohol or controlled substance if the student is under the age  of 21”.

VIOLATION OF DRUG/ALCOHOL POLICY: Violations of the drug and alcohol policies will incur disciplinary action, which may include immediate disciplinary suspension by the campus dean or supervisor, if violations of other behavior guidelines were committed in conjunction with the use of these substances or if it is considered to be in the best interest of the welfare of the student body and college environment.

LEGAL SANCTIONS: The Iowa Code (Chapter 124) lists and describes the criminal offenses for possession and delivery of controlled substances. The following information is a summary of those offenses, but not intended to offer legal advice. If specific legal advice is necessary, students should not rely on this summary, but instead consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced with Iowa Code Chapter 124.

POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES: Any person who knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance (except pursuant to a valid prescription) is guilty of a serious misdemeanor for the first offense ($1,500 fine, 1 year in jail), an aggravated misdemeanor for the second offense ($5,000 fine, 2 years in prison) and a Class D felony for the third offense ($7,500 fine, 5 years in prison). If the controlled substance is marijuana, the punishment for the first offense is not more than 6 months in jail or up to $1,000 fine or both and not more than 1 year in jail or up to $1,500 fine for the second offense. Subsequent offenses for marijuana possession are aggravated misdemeanors and punishable by not more than two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

MANUFACTURE OR DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: The penalties for the manufacture or delivery of controlled substances vary greatly according to several factors, including the identity and quantity of the substance, the age of the person who receives the substance and where the delivery takes place. The manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver of substances containing cocaine, methamphetamine, PCP, OSD and certain others is a Class B felony with punishment that can range as high as 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Violation of these provisions for other controlled substances, depending upon which substance and its quantity, are a Class C felony ($10,000 fine, up to 10 years in prison), a Class D felony ($7,500 fine, up to 5 years in prison or an aggravated misdemeanor ($5,000 fine, up to 2 years in prison). The punishment for the offense of selling methamphetamines to someone under 18 years of age is imprisonment for not more than 99 years. A second offense is punishable as a Class A felony, a life sentence without parole.

GATHERINGS WHERE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ARE UNLAWFULLY USED: It is unlawful for any person to sponsor, promote, aid or assist in the sponsoring or promoting of a meeting, gathering or assemblage with the knowledge or intent that a controlled substance be there distributed, used or possessed, in violation of Iowa law. Any person who violates this section and where the controlled substance is other than marijuana is guilty of a Class D felony. If the controlled substance is marijuana only, the offense is a serious misdemeanor.

ILLEGAL POSSESSION AND USE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR DRUGS: The possession, use or sale of alcoholic beverages on college property is not allowed unless specifically authorized by the college board of trustees. The college will assist in enforcing Iowa statutes concerning underage drinking and will report offenders to law enforcement agencies.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSISTANCE: Iowa Lakes Community College is concerned about the well being of students and any threat posed by the high-risk use of alcohol and other drugs. Anyone needing information or referral relating to substance abuse should contact one of the following persons at the college:

  • Emmetsburg: Jody Condon 800-242-5108 ext. 5219
  • Estherville: 800-242-5106
  • Algona: Theresa Waechter 877-807-9583 ext 8525
  • Spencer: Jacque Carstens 877-807-9585 ext 8627
  • Spirit Lake: Mary Faber 877-807-9584 ext. 6561

Area Resources
• Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org
Spirit Lake 712-336-0657
Spencer 712-262-3654
Estherville 712-336-0657
Emmetsburg 712-852-4876/2703
• Narcotics Anonymous www.iowa-na.org
• Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center 800-247-0614
• Crisis Hotlines:

 Drug and Alcohol Help Line 866-242-4111
 Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK
 Statewide Crisis Line (24 Hour) 800-332-4224
 Iowa Domestic Abuse Hotline 800-942-0333
 National Institute on Drug Abuse Help Line 800-662-4357
• Websites with Further Information:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin: http://www.samhsa.gov
Nationwide Alcohol Abuse Resource Center: http://www.addict-help.com
Information for Parent/Teen Discussions: http://www.drugfree.org
Alcohol Abuse Screening Quiz/Drug Abuse Screening Quiz: https://www.verywell.com/alcohol-abuse-screening-quiz-67877
Free Quit Smoking Support Program: https://quitnet.meyouhealth.com/#/
Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org
ULifeline Online Resource for College Mental Health: http://ulifeline.org

Title IX/SEXUAL HARASSMENT/SEXUAL VIOLENCE

1. POLICY: It is the policy of Iowa Lakes Community College, in keeping with efforts to establish an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the collegewide community are respected, that sexual harassment/sexual violence of students and employees at Iowa Lakes Community College is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment/sexual violence may involve the behavior of a person of either gender against a person of the opposite or same gender, when that behavior falls within the definition outlined below:

2. DEFINITION: Sexual harassment/sexual violence of employees and students at Iowa Lakes Community College is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

a. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s academic evaluation or employment.
b. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic decisions or employment affecting that individual.
c. Acts of domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking.
d. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational experience or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment.

3. EXAMPLES: The following are examples of sexual harassment:

VERBAL: sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, insults, threats, jokes or derogatory comments based on gender; sexual propositions or advances; pressure for sexual favors.

NONVERBAL: posting of sexually suggestive or derogatory pictures, cartoons or drawings, making suggestive or insulting noises, leering, whistling or making obscene gestures.

PHYSICAL: touching, pinching, squeezing, patting, brushing against body; impeding or blocking normal work or movement; coercing sexual intercourse; stalking or assault.

4. COMPLAINT PROCEDURES: Persons who feel that they have been a victim of sexual violence under the above definition and wish further information or assistance in filing a complaint, should contact their Title IX Coordinator, campus counselor, campus dean or supervisor. All complaints will be investigated promptly, impartially and confidentially. Upon completion of the investigation, parties will be notified of the finding in writing. No student or employee will suffer retaliation for reporting alleged instances of sexual harassment at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Anonymous Reporting Link/Sexual Violence Procedures

SEXUAL ABUSE/VIOLENCE: Iowa Lakes Community College will not tolerate the sexual abuse/violence of students, faculty and/or staff at any of its campuses, facilities and/or activities. It is the policy at Iowa Lakes to provide education to help prevent, facilitate the reporting of and provide information on counseling concerning sexual abuse.

The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1989 defines sexual abuse as follows:

Sexual abuse is an act of sexual conduct by the use of force or threat of force or where the victim was unable to understand the nature of the act or otherwise unable to give knowing consent. (This definition will vary as this crime is defined in state law.)

WHAT ARE SOME PREVENTION METHODS?

  • Remember that “no” means “no”
  • Be aware of what’s going on around you
  • Stick to well-lighted, populated areas when walking
  • Avoid walking alone or in isolated areas
  • Lock cars and living areas
  • Check the floors and the rear seat area before entering your car
  • Communicate your sexual limits firmly and directly to the other person in your relationship
  • Follow your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave it and go to a safe place
  • Think in advance how you might react to sexual abuse. Remember everyone has the right to say no to sexual activity

During normal business hours, the crime should be reported to the business office which will be responsible for notification of law enforcement officials, if appropriate, and for completion of an incident report. Reports after business hours and for emergencies should be made directly to local law enforcement officials. The office of the campus dean, or supervisor, or Title IX Coordinator shall be responsible for responding to these reports and taking the appropriate action.

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP: Referral and advocacy services are available for any member of the Iowa Lakes student body, staff or faculty, who believes he/she has been the victim of sexual abuse. Some of the referral and advocacy services are:

COUNCIL FOR THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 365 DAYS A YEAR.

Algona 800-479-9071
Emmetsburg 712-852-4612
Estherville 712-362-4612
Spencer 712-262-4612
Spirit Lake 712-336-1255
Family Violence Center, Fort Dodge 515-955-5456
National Victim Center’s Info Link 800-FYI-CALL
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Abuse 800-942-0333
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-333-SAFE(7233)

Cleary Act (Campus Security)/Title IX

The annual Campus Security Report is available in the Student Handbook. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Iowa Lakes; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning Title IX, sexual assault/violence and other matters. 

Student Right-To-Know Act/Completion-Graduation Rates

This section of Consumer Information provides completion, graduation and transfer out rates. Essentially, the college must identify a group of students each year (a cohert) and monitor the cohort over time to determine the percentage of those students who complete their programs or transfer out of the school. 

Consumer Information for Student Athletes

This portion of Consumer Information contains information about athletic program participation rate and financial support. Specifically the report reviews the number of students (categorized by race and gender) who attended the school during the year prior to the submission of the report, and the number of those attendees who received athletically-related student aid (categorized by race and gender).

In order to provide Consumer Information in the most accessible manner possible, a web page was created as a one-stop course for consumer information. Consumer Information is located online at: http://www.iowalakes.edu/financial-aid/student-consumer-information

Upon request, you may receive a paper copy of any Consumer Information. You may request a paper copy of Iowa Lakes Consumer Information by visiting or calling the Executive Dean of Students Office at 712-362-7912.

Non-Discrimination / Equal Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of Iowa Lakes Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age (employment), sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion and actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C §§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Kathy Muller, Equity & Title IX Coordinator, 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, IA 51334, 712.362.0433, kmuller@iowalakes.edu, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576.

A formal discrimination complaint process is published in the Student Handbook, Employee Handbook, and the Affirmative Action Plan of the College.

Title IX Harassment/Sexual Violence Procedures

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