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Student Services at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College supplement the instructional programs and assist students in successful school entry, retention and transfer to baccalaureate institutions.

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PROGRAM

Many students seeking a college education left high school prior to their graduation. The college offers support and programming for students to complete a General Education Development (GED), or a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). Instruction to prepare students for these tests is available on campus, and testing is conducted on a weekly basis during the academic year. Students pursuing an equivalency diploma may concurrently take two (2) college courses with the written permission of their academic advisor.

MEDICAL AND DENTAL REFERRALS

The nearby tribal clinics meet the needs for Native American students in accessing medical and mental health care. Referrals may be made to alcohol and drug programs, a time-out shelter or Respite Care. LCOOCC facilitates scheduling of services but assumes no financial obligation.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE POLICY

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College students and staff promote a healthy lifestyle by adhering to a policy of being drug and alcohol free on campus, at the college's Outreach sites, and at all college functions.

Procedure to be initiated for suspected abuse by students:

1. Inform student through Student Services that they are suspected of drug/alcohol abuse.

2. Suggest to the student that they seek counseling and/or assessment.

3. Collect documentation on abusive behavior.

4. If behavior continues and supportive documentation is obtained, refer student to appropriate social service agency.

5. If student refuses services and abusive behavior continues, the student will be expelled from the college.

Referral Information:

1. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College Dean of Student Services (715) 634-4790. Ext. 107.

2. Lac Courte Oreilles Community Health Center, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, (715) 634-4153.

3. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Information and Referral Center of Sawyer County, (715) 634-8270.

STUDENT ASSOCIATION

The Student Association, comprised of elected student representatives, sponsors many activities each semester. The purpose of the Student Association is to:

1. provide opportunities to develop leadership skills;

2. act as a liaison between students, staff and faculty;

3. act as a liaison between students and the Board of Regents; and,

4. provide opportunities for students to host events such as Pow-wows, dances and parties.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A description of Students' Rights and Responsibilities may be found in the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College Student Handbook. This handbook is distributed and reviewed during student orientation. The semester orientation schedule is printed in the calendars at the end of this catalog.

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

The Sawyer County and LCO Transit operates a fleet of shuttles that service the LCO Reservation and the surrounding communities. Students may choose to ride the shuttle at a nominal fee regularly or on an emergency basis. This transportation system is available from 6:40 am to 10 pm on weekdays. LCOOCC is a regularly scheduled stop several times each day.

DISABLED STUDENTS

Individuals who have a disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in a class, are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the semester. Adaptations of methods, materials or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation.

In accordance with the American Disabilities Act, the college designates parking spaces for disabled visitors and students. There is a wheelchair available upon request. The campus is barrier free and accessible to those in wheelchairs.

SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT POLICY

All Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College buildings are smoke-free. Smoking entrances are labeled, and a smoker's shelter is available for student use during winter months.

FINANCIAL AID

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College administers a variety of financial aids and work-study programs for students who demonstrate financial need. Currently, the college can assist with Federal PELL grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, (FSEOG), Federal College Work Study (FCWS), Wisconsin Minority grants, Tuition grants, WI Indian Grants (WIG), the Talent Incentive Program, (TIP), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Veterans Administration funds, and limited number of scholarships from the college.

To assist in the development of a financial aid package, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The financial aid staff will assist in the review and processing of required documents or applications, but it is the student's responsibility to complete and submit all financial aid applications. Appointments should be made with the Financial Aid Office well in advance of registering for classes. This enables the student to take advantage of all the financial aid grants and scholarships that are available.

Federal statutes mandate that LCOOCC monitor students' academic progress made toward a degree or certificate. This is done in accordance with the criteria outlined in the student classification section of this catalog and the student handbook. The purpose of the academic standard criteria is to ensure that federal financial aid is used solely for students who are pursuing an educational program goal and who show marked progress toward the completion of the degree or certificate they are seeking.

FINANCIAL AID FOR ELDERS

Any student, 60 years of age or older, who does not receive other forms of financial aid, may request a scholarship to cover all tuition and fee costs. See the Financial Aid Office for scholarships.

FINANCIAL AID APPEAL PROCEDURE

If a student is denied financial aid, they have the right to submit a confidential written petition to the Financial Aid Committee within 15 days after receipt of notice. The Financial Aid Committee will then review the student's appeal that may include, but not be limited to; illness, a change in employment schedule, family tragedy, or other extenuating circumstances that were beyond the reasonable control of the student. The student must be prepared to offer any proof or documentation that substantiates their appeal claims.