The school year generally consists of a fall and a spring semester of 16 weeks each and a summer session of eight weeks. A variety of other scheduling options are available i.e., four-, six-, eight-, and 12-week sessions, depending on the semester. Intersessions are typically scheduled the two weeks prior to the beginning of Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. Credit is granted on the semester hour basis. To graduate in four semesters, a student should plan to complete at least 15 to 16 hours of college-level credit each semester.
GrizzlySAFE is Butler’s automated emergency notification system. This system provides a method for the College to notify all faculty, staff, and student of campus emergencies. It is also the system that provides the ability for students, faculty and staff to report emergencies to the Butler Department of Public Safety. All Butler students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to download the GrizzlySAFE app on their iPhone or Android device.
Butler will not close unless extreme weather conditions prevail that affect the safety of students and employees traveling to and from campus locations. In the event the College remains open, students and staff are encouraged to consider their own safety when making travel decisions. Faculty and supervisors are asked to be understanding when people are absent because of weather-related circumstances. When classes are cancelled, in addition to notification through GrizzlySAFE, the media will be notified at the earliest time possible. This will include local and metro news outlets. Information will be possed on the Butler website.
Enrollment Check List
- Do you have current information on file? Be sure to verify address, phone numbers, and other pertinent information each semester via Pipeline or with an advisor.
- Do you have an Educational Plan? Visit with an academic advisor for assistance in developing a plan for success.
- Placement Test Requirement. Before enrolling in courses, degree seeking students and those enrolling in math or English courses must complete one of the items below:
- Submit ACT/SAT scores (test must have been taken within the last 3 years),
- Complete a Butler placement test, or
- Provide a college transcript showing completion of the course prerequisites for the courses you plan to enroll
The scores from the tests are used to advise students about placement in courses in which they can be most successful. Students should make arrangements to take the tests by contacting the Advising Center at any Butler location.
Students are required to take the courses and/or courses based on the scores received from the placement tests. Any exception must go through the Dean of the academic area in question. Students who have taken the ACT or who have previous college course work should bring those records with them for advising and enrollment.
- Courses with prerequisites will be strictly monitored. Courses taken at other institutions to fulfill these requirements need to be submitted to the Registrar via an official transcript prior to enrolling. In limited situations, advisors may (with appropriate documentation) temporarily override prerequisites.
- Do you plan to enroll online? First time students at Butler must meet with an advisor in person before enrolling online. Other students wishing to enroll online must complete an enrollment update/release to enroll form each semester before enrolling in classes. Students may choose to meet with an advisor in person each semester to develop or check on their Education Plan before using online enrollment.
Remember: If registering online, you as a student, take responsibility for the implementation and fulfillment of your Educational Plan. Advisors are available to assist you in meeting your educational goals and aspirations.
- Can I enroll at any location? If you choose to enroll in person rather than online, you can enroll at any location with the exception of McConnell. Due to military regulations, international students and other non U.S. citizens are not allowed to take courses at McConnell Air Force Base. The Air Force also requires a background check prior to the start date of classes.
- I am receiving funds from a third party payer. Students receiving financial assistance from a third party payer must submit written authoization from th ethird party to Accounts Receivable.
- What if I need to simultaneously drop and add? Students who withdraw from a course after the refund period and add another course will not receive a refund for the dropped course and will be required to pay for the added class at the time of enrollment. Adds, drops and withdrawals are not accepted via phone or email.
College Orientation Requirement
All first-time, full-time students are required to enroll in Student Connect, OR 102-0 . To successfully complete this course, students must attend for the entire duration of the class. For more information, contact the Director of First Year Experience at 316.218.6373.
How to Use Pipeline
Pipeline is your central source for Butler information. Besides providing convenient, easy access to e-mail and college announcements, Pipeline offers you numerous ways to enrich your student life. Services include: adding and dropping classes, online transcripts and grades, degree audits, financial aid and account information, record updates, and much more!
How to get started:
- Go to Butler’s homepage at www.butlercc.edu.
- Log in to the system by entering your username and password at the top of the homepage. This is the first initial of your first name and usually your full last name. i.e. Linda Johnson = ljohnson Those with common last names such as Johnson in the example may have a number added to the end of his or her user name i.e. Lynn Johnson = ljohnson2 to signify a different user. Your initial password is your six digit birth date i.e. 050180 = May 1, 1980. Contact the Helpdesk at (316)-322-3306, or 316-733-3306 from the Wichita metro area, for log in assistance.
- After logging in the first time, a screen will appear telling you that your password has expired. You must choose and confirm a new password. Your new password must be between 4 and 10 characters in length using letters and numbers only you remember. DO NOT share your new password with anyone else! Additionally, you will be asked a series of questions the answers you give will be encrypted to protect your privacy, which will be used to verify your identity should you forget your password.
- You should now be at the “My Homepage” page. Personal and Campus announcements, your e-mail Inbox and Quick Clicks are accessible from here.
- Most of the more frequently used services to students are available from the “Student Quick Clicks” channel on the My Homepage tab. Other services are available by going to the “Student Services” tab. Students’ course information is accessible from the “My Courses” tab.
How to access registration pages:
To add and drop classes through Pipeline you will need to contact an advisor in person each semester or go to the release to enroll link located on the Academic Advising homepage in order to have your registration account enabled. Some classes are not available to add and drop online due to dates or durations outside of the normal structure. Contact an advisor (316-322-3163 or e-mail email@example.com) for information regarding these classes.
** Don’t forget to log out when you’re finished by clicking the “Logout” icon and closing your browser. This will ensure your records are secure. Not all classes are available for dropping or adding once the semester begins. Please allow time prior to published deadlines in case you need advisor assistance.
College Credit Hours
The college credit hour is the standard measure of advancement toward academic goals, certificates, and degrees. Students earn credit hours by meeting course requirements at identified levels in defined time frames. A traditional lecture course worth three credit hours could meet 3 times a week for 1 hour, 2 times a week for 1½ hours, or 1 time a week for 3 hours for 16 weeks or their equivalent. Laboratory and skill courses usually require meeting twice as many clock hours as the credit hours earned through them. Students should attend class and, on a weekly basis, plan to spend an average of 2 hours outside of class preparing for every 1 credit hour in which they are enrolled.
|Fall and Spring
||12 hours or more of semester credit
||less than 12 hours of semester credit
||18 hours of semester credit
||6 hours of semester credit**
||less than 6 hours of semester credit
||12 hours of semester credit
|**For financial aid purposes, 12 credit hours is considered full-time enrollment.
A typical academic load for the traditional college student is 15-16 hours per semester and 6 hours during the summer session. A student may request permission to take more than the maximum hours from the Associate Vice President, Student Services, or Director of Advising. Permission may, or may not, be granted based on, but not limited to, the student’s past academic record and extracurricular demands such as student activities and employment situations.
Excel in CTE
The Kansas State Senate passed Senate Bill 155 (Excel in CTE), which authorizes Butler Community College to waive the cost of tuition for high school juniors and seniors who meet residency requirements for enrollment in select career technical courses. Textbooks, program fees and any other additional fees may apply. For more information contact the Director of High School Academic Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early College Academy Admissions
The Butler Community College Early College Academies are exceptional opportunities for high school students to explore career paths and complete career specific coursework during their last two years of high school. Early College Academies offer high school students the opportunity to participate in job-shadowing opportunities, qualify for certifications, and build relationships with career-specific mentors in their field of interest. Students must meet specific admission requirements, complete an academy specific application, and be selected for participation in each Academy. Learn more about Butler Early College Academies at www.butlercc.edu/academies.
- Butler Community College Application for Admission
- Early College Academy Application with entrance essay statement
- Minimum 2.5 high school GPA
- Placement Testing (Please see individual Academy placement scores)
- Recommendation from high school counselor or administrator
- Students must have a good behavior and attendance record at their high school
Entrance interview with Academy staff
- The Auto Technology Academy: New for 2019! Students will receive hands-on exposure to every aspect of a car’s mechanical, electrical and fuel systems and learn to diagnose performance issues and proper repair procedures. Receive an Automotive Technology Certificate upon successful completion of 2 years.
- The Aviation Academy: Learn to operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems, including drones. Take courses in Aviation, UAS Design & Construction and Aircraft Maintenance. Obtain an entry-level position in a variety of areas including: Agriculture, Wind Turbine Repair, Criminal Justice, Utility companies, Railroad or even Fire Science. Upon completion you could also transfer to Kansas State Polytechnic for a bachelor’s degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Students in this Academy have the option to earn their private pilot’s license.
- The Business and Entrepreneurship Academy: Learn the mechanics of owning your own business or helping someone run theirs. Develop a business plan, understand how marketing works, and study the true meaning of leadership. Students complete the Youth Entrepreneurship (YE) program and participate in Market Day and interactive activities.
- The Culinary Arts Academy: New for 2019! Bring out your creativity while you learn to prepare exquisite meals at Butler’s nationally-known program. Learn how to take your cuisine to new heights and hone classical techniques as experienced professionals guide you in the culinary program’s industrial kitchen. Take your knowledge and head straight into the workforce…anywhere in the world.
- The Cyber Security Academy: Study the science of digital forensics and learn to protect and defend digital assets in Cyber Security. Earn TESTOUT PCPRO, NETWORK PRO, SECURITY PRO, CLIENT PRO, SERVER PRO, and other certifications to start work immediately at a higher paying job.
- The Early Childhood Education Academy: New for 2019! Students will earn an Early Childhood Education Certificate. Students will have the option of obtaining an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education (with a few extra classes taken outside the school day) Students will complete the 9 health and safety trainings required by the state, become Lead Teacher qualified by Kansas Regulations, become eligible to apply for a Director’s License through KDHE, create a professional portfolio tied to the NAEYC Teaching Standards, & work in and learn at Butler’s nationally accredited learning lab, the EduCare Center (One of only two nationally accredited lab schools on college campuses in the state.)
- The Education Academy: Transfer to a four-year education program, including Butler and Emporia State’s BEST program – where you earn your teaching degree while taking classes on Butler’s campus. Observe classes at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.
- The Engineering Technology Academy: Learn to operate CNC mills, CNC lathes, and 3D printers. These courses transfer to Wichita State Engineering programs in Mechatronics and Engineering Technology Management. Use state-of-the-art equipment and learn applicable skills to further your career.
- The Game and Simulation Design Academy: Prepare for an immediate career in the field of Game and Simulation Design. Working with the latest technologies you will learn the art and technical skills of game design, simulation design, stop-motion animation, motion capture, and video editing as you prepare for entry into this expanding and exciting field. Classes will help prepare you for a career in game design, film, 3D animation and design, simulation design for training and education, augmented and virtual reality design and many others.
- The Health Sciences Academy: Transfer to a nursing program or major in the sciences at a four-year university for a career in health care. While at Butler, you can obtain your CNA credentials and start work immediately at a higher paying job while you attend school. Apply for the KU nursing program and stay on Butler’s campus while you earn your four-year nursing degree.
- The Humanities Academy: Earn a comprehensive associate degree. Take a broad range of transferable classes and then enter a four-year university. Students choose their emphasis by selecting career-specific electives and completing related job shadows and internships.
- The Welding Certificate Program: New for 2019! Get a jump on a career that is red hot with opportunities. Learn from experienced faculty, all the major welding and cutting processes, as well as Blueprint reading and Metallurgy, while earning an industry recognized certification from the American Welding Society (AWS). You will train on state of the art industry equipment and develop skill sets that can serve you for a lifetime.
It is strongly recommended that students enroll early to improve their chances of getting the schedule of classes desired.
Enrollment for the fall semester begins in March. Enrollment for the spring semester begins in October, followed by summer enrollment a few weeks later. Check the Learning Calendar in Pipeline for exact dates.
Students wishing to take responsibility for their own educational plan, must complete the release to enroll form each semester to enable their online Pipeline registration.
Students wishing to enroll in an English or Math course or a course requiring prerequisites, must provide appropriate documentation of previous test scores or coursework before enrolling in the classes. As always, advisors are available to assist any student as needed.
Butler is committed to helping all students succeed. Students are more successful when they attend the first class meeting and maintain their attendance throughout the semester. Students may enroll online by adding classes up to the day the class begins. Students may enroll through an advisor after the start date, but must be enrolled before the second class meeting. No online registration will be available after the class start date. After the registration deadline, late enrollment will only be allowed under extraordinary circumstances if approved by the dean or associate dean of the academic division for the class.
Enrollment and Fee Payment
All students enroll and pay fees on dates directed and publicized by the Accounts Receivable Director and Registrar. These directions and dates are issued prior to the enrollment periods for fall, spring, summer, and special sessions. Each session’s schedule of enrollment encompasses a specific time frame and directions are developed and publicized accordingly on the Butler website, www.butlercc.edu/calendar
Student I.D. Card
Students are issued a photo identification card for each academic year. Students should carry the card at all times. The card admits them to all college activities and is used to identify those who have contracted for meals at the cafeteria. An I.D. is required to make purchases utilizing financial aid and to purchase computer software at the Butler Bookstores, or to utilize college computer labs. Cards are available as soon as students have registered for classes, and can be acquired at multiple locations:
- El Dorado: Registrar’s Office. Hubbard Center.
- Andover: Copy Center, 6000 building.
- Wichita: Butler Service Center
The Butler Testing Centers administer the Accuplacer placement test which provides students with information about their academic skills in reading, English, and math prior to class enrollment. Advisors review results with students, providing them options to enhance their academic success. Based on test scores, students may be required to take additional diagnostic testing.
Credit for Prior Learning
For students interested in earning college credit for previously acquired knowledge, Butler provides processes by which a student can decrease the time needed to complete a degree or certificate. An enrolled student is permitted to earn college credits in a variety of ways. Among them are; credit by examination and/or advanced placement as determined by ACT, CLEP, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, DSST; military service credit, and submission of professional work portfolios. Total credit earned by means of examination may not exceed seventy-five percent of the hours required for completion of a degree or certificate. For information contact Advising at 316.218.6259.
Students may earn credit for English Composition 1 and Math if they receive a score of 31 or above on those areas of the ACT exam. Credit for English Composition 1 is given at the completion of English Composition 2 and the same grade will be assigned for both courses. Students need to notify the Registrar’s Office by signing a retroactive credit form if they are eligible for this credit.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams are administered through the Butler Testing Centers. Interested students should contact Advising at (316) 218-6259 for more information regarding CLEP testing.
To make an appointment to test, students must complete the Butler CLEP registration form. The form can be obtained via email to email@example.com. Butler Testing Centers hours are published at http://www.butlercc.edu/testing_center/index.cfm. Butler charges a fee of $20.00 for CLEP test administration services. In addition, an $80.00 exam fee is paid directly to CLEP. This fee must be paid prior to taking the exam.
When a student presents a score representing the required percentile level in one or more of the examinations, credit is recorded on the student’s transcript in the area in which the score was attained. A maximum of 30 hours of CLEP may be applied toward graduation.
Any student wishing to take a CLEP Subject Examination should contact the Butler Community College Advising Offices.
Note: Important Information and Exclusions
CLEP exams alone do not fulfill all degree requirements; students must complete 15 credit hours in residence at Butler.
CLEP exams in science do not fulfill the laboratory science requirement for an associate degree. Butler does not offer departmental exams for credit. Butler does not allow CLEP credit for English Composition 2 or Speech.
Any questions regarding credit by examination should be addressed to the Registrar or the Advising Offices. CLEP test are given by computer only.
CLEP test are given by computer only.
For the English Department
Testing for Credit in English Composition 1
The requirements can be satisfied in these ways:
|*College Composition Modular
#Same grade awarded at completion of Composition 2
*A student must score at least as high on any given test as the above scale.
In addition, each student must write an essay and submit to the English Department for review along with the examination. If the essay is of substandard quality, no credit will be given for English Composition 1 for any of the above tests.
**Students cannot test for English Composition 2 at Butler.
For the Mathematics Department
Testing for Credit in College Algebra or Pre-Calculus Math
|CLEP College Algebra
|ACT Mathematics (credit for one only)
|*College Algebra credit
*Students must also have completed the equivalent of algebra 2 and one year of high school geometry with at least a “B” average.
**Students must also have completed the equivalent of algebra 2, one year of high school geometry, and one-half unit of trigonometry with at least a “B” average.
Additional CLEP Exams Awarding Credit by Examination:
Note for Nursing Students: Any students wishing to CLEP for credit for any of the nursing prerequisite courses should be aware credit hours are issued without grades for a CLEP exam and since entrance into the program is based on the combined grades of the prerequisite courses, the CLEP course is considered equivalent to a grade of C which will be reflected in the final GPA computation.
The Advanced Placement test is one way to earn college credit by examination. These tests are given by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) in May of the junior or senior year in high schools offering advanced placement courses. Students who have completed any of the following CEEB Advanced Placement tests should have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) forward an official report of their scores to the Registrar’s Office in order to receive credit. If you did not originally have scores sent to Butler, you must have ETS forward a copy of your scores to the Registrar’s Office.
To request a report: https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores
Request ordered reports to be sent to:
For Registrar’s Office
901 S. Haverhill Road
El Dorado, KS 67042
When calculating grades from the Advanced Placement tests, scores of 5, 4, or 3 are granted credits as indicated in the following column. No credit is granted for scores of 2 or 1. If the letter grade is awarded, it will become part of the student’s GPA at Butler. Advanced placement courses can be used toward Butler’s General Education requirements.
The following list of course equivalencies, credit hours and grades shown indicate Butler’s acceptance policy only. Other institutions may interpret recommendations differently.
Butler Community College offers college credit for set scores in several subject areas on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit
Butler Community College awards college credit for scores in several individual subject areas on International Baccalaureate (IB) standard level (SL) and higher level (HL) examinations. These exams are administered in IB high schools by the IB organization. Students who have completed these exams should request that IB forward their official transcripts to the Butler Community College Registrar for evaluation:
901 S. Haverhill Road
El Dorado, KS 67042
Butler’s IB subject area acceptance policy includes the IB subject area scores, Butler credit hours awarded for the scores, and Butler course equivalencies listed below. Other IB subject area scores may be submitted to the Registrar for evaluation. Upon acceptance of exam scores, the Registrar will place CR for credit and the appropriate number of credit hours on a transcript after a student has earned 15 hours of other credit at Butler. Students are responsible for notifying the Registrar’s Office after completing the 15 credit hours. Grades are not awarded for IB credit. Butler Community College considers an IB diploma to be equivalent to a high school diploma. Other institutions may interpret IB credit differently.
International Baccalaureate exam credit offered by Butler catalog
DSST (DANTES) Tests
DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education support (DAMTES) program. Prometric administers Internet-0based versions of DSSTs under contract with the Defense Department (for military personnel) or on a fee basis (for civilians). All are recommended by ACE Guides for 3 hours of credit to be given if tester achieves target score. To be awarded credit, the student must score at least the minimum level on any given test as established by the department in which the credit would be awarded. The Butler Registrar grants college credit subject to approval from the appropriate dean for the DANTES (DSST) examinations on the following basis:
When a student presents a score representing at least the target score in one or more of the examinations, credit is recorded on the student’s transcript in the area in which the score was attained. A maximum of 30 hours of DSST may be applied toward graduation.
*Consists of an optional essay portion. Prometric will not score the essay section. It will be forwarded to colleges and universities for their use in determining the award of credit.
Corporate Training Credit
Students who have completed certification testing in various professions may submit their training profiles for possible credit. The evaluation will be based on American Council on Education (ACE) National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training. The ACE Guide gives credit recommendations for formal courses or examinations offered by various organizations, from businesses and unions to the government. Butler faculty will compare training content and competence demonstrated through the documented testing to determine acceptance of course equivalent credit. For more information call (316) 733-3286.
Military Service Credit
Butler is a Service Member Opportunity College (SOC) which means credit for military experience and training can be awarded to assist the student in completing his/her degree. Butler will act as a credit-holding institution by which a service member can enroll with Butler, be transferred and still complete an associate degree program.
Students who have previously served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces may receive college credit for their military training and experience. Four semester hours of credit in physical education may be allowed for certain service schools completed. All military schools are evaluated upon request.
Students who desire credit for their military service should submit an official transcript (CCAF, AARTS or SMART) to the Registrar.
U.S. Air Force enlisted and formerly enlisted personnel must submit an official copy of their Community College of the Air Force transcript.
U.S. Army and formerly enlisted personnel must submit an official copy of the AARTS transcript.
A maximum of 30 hours of elective credit may be granted for military training and experience. The evaluation will be based on American Council on Education (ACE) National Guide to College Credit for Military Experience and Training. The ACE guide gives credit recommendations for formal courses or examinations offered by various organizations, from businesses and unions to the government. Butler faculty will compare training content and competence demonstrated through the documented testing to determine acceptance of course equivalent credit. For more information contact the Registrar’s Office (316.322.3102 or 733.3102 from the Wichita metro area).
Professional Work Learning Credit
Students who have worked in professional fields and are seeking a degree or certificate in the comparable field may be able to receive credit based on an examination of a portfolio documenting their prior learning as demonstrated through such items as resumes, training records, job descriptions and work examples. Interested individuals should contact the dean of the appropriate academic division to obtain instructions on the expectations for such a portfolio given the specific professional field.
Alternate Sources of Credit
Retroactive credit is earned by enrolling in certain classes beyond the Beginning I or Introduction level based on proficiency acquired before coming to Butler. For example, students exhibiting adequate proficiency may choose to enroll in Beginning Spanish 2 (5 hours) and earn retroactive credit for Beginning Spanish 1 (5 hours). The grade for the lower will be the same as earned in the more advanced class.
Retroactive credit is available in a limited number of courses. Please visit with the Registrar’s Office to obtain additional information. Students wishing to receive retroactive credit must obtain a Retroactive Credit Form from their instructor at the first class meeting, obtain appropriate signatures, and return the form to the Registrar by the stated deadline.
Butler is pleased to partner with the Kansas State Department of Education in support of the Career Pathways initiative through the creation and maintenance of articulations agreements with high schools. Students who receive a grade of C or better in selected and approved courses, will be awarded credit at Butler Community College for use with Associate of Applied Science degrees, certain Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees and/or for certain Certificate Programs. The credit can be requested by the student up to 15 months after their high school graduation date. Articulation program details, and articulation credit applications for students are located at http://www.butlercc.edu/career_pathways. Students are also encouraged to see their Butler advisor or high school counselor for further information.
The college requires an official transcript be sent from each institution for prior coursework to be used toward a degree program. In addition, certain students (VA, athletes, and select financial aid recipients) are required to provide all official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office. All official transcripts on file will be used in the determination of financial aid eligibility.
Electronic transcripts should be emailed using a secure electronic exchange from your high school, college, or other educational institution to firstname.lastname@example.org. Transcripts emailed from the student are not considered official and will be used for advising purposes only.
Butler accepts transfer hours from institutions regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or regional accreditations accepted by the U.S. Department of Education.
All accepted transfer hours will be included in the overall grade point average, whether or not the classes apply specifically to the degree or certificate being sought. Courses considered developmental are not accepted for credit and are not counted in the student’s final grade point average.
All transfer hours must follow the same policies and procedures as Butler hours (including grading scale) with the exception of Academic Renewal policies.
Transfer hours are placed on a Butler transcript for degree or certificate seeking students when official transcripts have been received and an application for admission has been received and processed.
Technical College Transfer Articulation Credit
- Kansas community colleges accept all Kansas Board of Regents approved postsecondary area vocational-technical school program credits for evaluation and transfer as credit toward the Associate of Applied Science or Associate of General Studies degrees. Credit may be granted to a maximum 30 credit hours for approved area vocational-technical school students upon completion of at least a 30 credit hours or 900 clock hour program at the vocational-technical school.
- All Kansas area vocational-technical school programs must be divided into courses or units and documented on a transcript for transfer evaluation purposes.
- Credit hour conversion of courses completed in the Kansas area vocational-technical schools is based on the same requirements as Kansas community colleges in determining their credit hours for a course.
- 900 minutes lecture - 1 credit hour
- 1,350 minutes lab - 1 credit hour
These are the minimum credit hour conversion requirements and may be exceeded.
- Not more than 75 percent of the Associate in Applied Science degree credit hours shall be in the technical area. At least 25 percent of the total program hours shall be in the general education area. In addition, students must meet the graduation requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree for the individual community college.
Student classification is based on credit hours completed and grade points earned. Full-time enrollment requires a minimum of 12 hours each semester. Upon completion of the freshman year, a student should have accumulated at least 30 hours and 52 grade points for classification as a sophomore.
A grade is assigned for all courses in which a student is regularly enrolled during any semester or session. A grade once earned and entered upon a student’s record cannot be removed and may not be changed without the approval of the instructor and if the change is requested more than 6 weeks after the grade was posted, it must be approved by the appropriate division dean. If a student repeats a course, it is with the understanding that the last grade earned is the one to be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements and overall GPA calculation.
Student grades may be interpreted as follows:
||Class still in progress
||Grade not reported by instructor
||No credit 0
||No credit 0
||Withdrawn by Teacher
||Credit Pending (Tech Prep Only)
||Grade earned in a Developmental Course
||Not Computed in GPA or Total Hours Earned
||Not Computed in GPA or Total Hours Earned
||Not Computed in GPA or Total Hours Earned
Grade Point Average
A grade point average is the quotient obtained by dividing the number of grade points earned in college-level courses by the number of semester hours of college-level courses attempted (i.e., those for which A, B, C, D or F are recorded) except those courses that have been cancelled by re-enrollment. In such re-enrollments the most recent grade will be used in computing grade point averages. The original grade will be shown on the student’s transcript marked with an asterisk (*) or the letter “E” in the far right-hand column indicating that grade is “Excluded.”
The posting of grades (paper or electronic) either by student’s name, institutional student identification number or social security number is a violation of FERPA. Even with names obscured and not in alphabetical order, student identifiers are considered personally identifiable information and may result in a FERPA violation. Therefore, the posting of grades is not allowed.
Students who have experienced an extenuating circumstance that prevents completion of the course on time may request an “I” (incomplete) grade from the instructor. In order to be considered, the student must have a passing grade at the time of the request and no longer be able to drop or withdraw from the course. In certain courses, an incomplete grade may not be an option due to the nature of the course material, length of course, or teaching methodology. Incomplete grades will be granted only for exceptional circumstances and are granted strictly at the discretion of the instructor.
It is the student’s responsibility to initiate a written contract with the instructor that includes the coursework to be completed and the timeframe. Written contracts will be sent to the Dean and the Registrar’s office. The Registrar’s office will electronically store the contracts with the student’s file.
An incomplete grade must be satisfactorily completed by a date set by the instructor, such date not to exceed 50% of the length of the course. If the requirements are not completed in this time frame, the instructor will submit the grade earned. Extensions can be considered on a case by case basis.
Students receiving financial aid or scholarships should contact the financial aid office and/or the department granting the scholarship to discuss how Incompletes will affect their eligibility. A Return to Title IV Funds (R2T4) calculation will be made for students who have all grades of I, WD/WT, or F. Students may owe back financial aid funds due to this calculation. Students should contact the financial aid office upon completion of the course at which time the R2T4 calculation can be reversed.
Students are permitted to enroll in credit courses for noncredit on a space available basis, but must indicate their desire to audit at the time of enrollment. Enrollment in audited courses cannot be processed via pipeline. To audit a class, students must enroll in the same manner, meet any course prerequisites, and pay the same fees as if enrolling on a credit basis. Audit enrollment will not be changed to credit enrollment after the class begins, nor may students change to audit after the class begins. Students enrolled for audit credit have the same privileges of class participation and instructor evaluation as students enrolled for credit. Regular class attendance is expected of audit students. The audited class will appear on the transcript with the grade notation “AU.” High school students below the sophomore level will be allowed to audit courses only with approval of the appropriate dean. Audit hours are not considered for financial aid.
Repeat of Coursework
A student may retake courses in order to improve a grade under the following conditions:
- A student may enroll in a course for credit one time only.
- The repeat grade will be used in grade point average computation, regardless of whether it is higher or lower than the original grade. The original grade and credit is not counted although it remains on the transcript, marked with the symbol *, or “E” in the far right column indicating “excluded.”
- You should consult with the Financial Aid office to verify if your financial aid will be affected by repeating a course.
Students wishing to petition for academic renewal must file a formal letter of petition with the Registrar’s Office indicating why they no longer wish their previous Butler academic record considered for college credit. The Registrar will make a determination as to whether a petition has met the following criteria. Students filing petitions will be informed of the final decision in writing.
Academic Renewal Petition Criteria
- Only those courses taken five years ago or more may be petitioned.
- Students petitioning must have shown academic progress by completing a minimum of 12 hours with at least a 2.00 GPA since the semester or class being considered, at Butler or any other accredited institution.
Regulations Regarding Academic Renewal
- Only Butler hours can be petitioned for academic renewal. Hours from another institution will need to be petitioned at that institution since academic renewal policies vary.
- Students will only be eligible to receive academic renewal one time.
- Students may choose to petition either a single course or an entire semester of courses keeping in mind the opportunity to petition for academic renewal is given only once.
- The course or courses granted academic renewal remain on the Butler transcript marked with the symbol #, but will no longer be counted in the final GPA or total hours earned.
- Academic Renewal may not change your financial aid status.
The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students who have earned a semester grade point average of 4.0. The Dean’s Honor Roll includes students who have earned a semester grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99. In order to be eligible for these honor rolls, a student must complete a minimum of 9 hours college level coursework per semester and have no grade lower than a “C.”
Order of the Purple and Order of the Gold
Graduating students may earn an additional honor by qualifying for membership in the Order of the Purple or Order of the Gold. Order of the Purple candidacy is announced each spring by the Vice President of Academics. Candidacy for this honor is based on a combined (Institutional and transfer) grade point average and a minimum of 30 resident Butler hours earned in college level coursework at the time of graduation.
Graduates with a combined (institutional and transfer) grade point average of 3.75 and above are eligible for membership in Order of the Purple. To further qualify for Order of the Gold, graduates must have a combined (institutional and transfer) 4.0 grade point average, these hours are calculated to include the semester of graduation.
Both honors are based on the student’s qualifying grade point average (see above), and a minimum of 30 resident Butler hours earned in college level coursework at the time of graduation.
If eligibility occurs after final semester grades are included, honors are posted to student’s transcript and the award sent at that time.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society serving institutions internationally which offer associate degree programs. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students. Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship of scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
National Technical Honor Society
The purpose of the NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, and enhance career opportunities. NTHS strives to be the leader in providing recognition for excellence in career and technical education and creating significant occupational opportunities for America’s top workforce education students.
Student success in college is dependent upon full participation in class activities. Because classroom activities are intended to help students learn, it is expected that students will attend all class meetings and activities. Students are expected to be on time for each session and/or log in regularly, have the required textbook and materials, and make satisfactory progress in the class. If students must be absent, they should make arrangements in advance with their instructors. Students are responsible for notifying instructors of any absence.
Withdrawal from a course may affect a student’s financial aid. It is the student’s responsibility to attend and actively participate to make sure they maintain financial aid eligibility.
All instructors will maintain attendance as required for reporting. Following census reporting, instructors are strongly encouraged, but not required to take attendance.
For lecture/blended courses:
- Excessive unexcused absences are defined as missing more than 20% of the total scheduled meeting times for the course.
- Students who have missed more than 20% of the total scheduled meeting times for the course and are not passing may be withdrawn by the instructor.
For online courses:
- Students must actively participate by submitting an academic activity at least once per week.
- Students who are not actively participating, missing more than 20% of the total length of the course and who are not passing may be withdrawn by the instructor.
- Simply logging in to the online course does not meet the requirement for active participation.
For students exclusively enrolled in online courses:
- Students are required to actively participate by submitting an academic activity. Students who do not actively participate for 14 consecutive days risk losing all or part of their financial aid.
If a student is withdrawn by the instructor a “WT” (withdrawn by teacher) will be recorded on his/her permanent record. An instructor cannot withdraw a student who is regularly attending for below average performance. A faculty member cannot withdraw a student after the published last day to withdraw. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Dean. Students who want to withdraw from the course may do so before or on the published last day to withdraw.
Student absences for approved college activities will not accrue as excessive unexcused absences. Students will be allowed to make up work missed as a result of college approved activities. Students will make up work before the absence or within one week after returning to class. Students will check with each of their instructors prior to the absence to arrange for makeup times. Activity sponsors will publish a timely list of students who will be absent because of an approved college activity.
Drop and Withdrawal Policy
Students can be administratively withdrawn from a course for violating expectations of student conduct and standards of honesty, and for excessive absences (see Attendance Policy). When a student is administratively withdrawn, a “WD” or “WT” (withdrawn by teacher) will be recorded on his/her permanent record. Once a student is administratively withdrawn for any reason, the student will no longer be allowed to attend the class (es) from which he/she has been withdrawn unless written authorization of re-instatement by the appropriate administrator can be provided.
Students can check current registration status via pipeline@butler on Butler’s homepage at www.butlercc.edu or by calling the Registrar’s office at (316) 322-3268 or (316) 733-3268 Wichita/metro area.
Withdrawal from Class(es)
For an official withdrawal from class(es), a student may meet face-to-face with an advisor and submit, in writing, a course scheduling form. Students may also withdraw from most classes via Pipeline. A “WD” (Withdrawal) shall be recorded. The last day to withdraw from class is posted on the Butler Website or available from registration personnel at any Butler site.
If the withdrawal does not occur within the “refund period” charges will remain on the student account.
Note: Students who fail to officially drop by the last day to withdraw will receive the grade earned in the course.
Financial Aid and/or scholarship students are advised to confer with the Financial Aid Office prior to dropping any class in order to maintain the number of credit hours necessary to receive such aid. If you receive financial aid for classes you never attended or dropped, you may be required to repay part or all of your aid.
Expectation of Academic Progress
It is the philosophy of Butler Community College that every student enrolled for classes should have the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to perform acceptable college-level work. At the same time, students are expected to assume responsibility for their actions, which includes a mature attitude and dedication to well-defined study habits and regular class attendance.
Academic Probation and Suspension
Students earning an overall grade point average (GPA) of less than 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students will be automatically taken off of academic probation when their overall GPA reaches 2.0 at the end of an academic term. At the close of the probation semester, students failing to improve their GPA’s to at least a 2.0 will be placed on academic suspension, during which time they will not be allowed to take classes at Butler, will automatically be dropped from pre-enrolled courses for the subsequent semester. In order to continue taking classes at Butler, students placed on suspension must meet with the Retention Specialist and complete the suspension appeals process for reinstatement into the college. If reinstated, at the close of the appeal semester, students failing to make satisfactory progress or improve their overall GPAs to at least 2.0 will be suspended from Butler for one semester without the opportunity for an additional appeal.
Students placed on academic probation shall not enroll in more than twelve (12) hours and may be assigned an academic advisor for academic counseling. All students assigned to an Advisor are required to meet regularly with their assigned Advisor throughout the semester. Academic probation status will be removed once the student reaches an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Students on Academic Probation are encouraged to make use of campus resources, such as tutoring or study skills classes, to help improve their overall GPAs.
If the student has been placed on academic probation and then earns an overall grade point average below 2.0, the student will be placed on academic suspension and may be dropped from all pre-enrolled courses for the subsequent semester. Academic suspension means a student will not be allowed to re-enroll at Butler for at least one semester. A student may appeal their suspension to be reinstated to enroll in courses. After not attending for one semester, the student who is still on academic suspension may be readmitted on probationary status and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average. Students placed on academic suspension will have a hold placed on their account and are required to meet face to face with an Academic Advisor prior to the start of the next semester to complete an appeal form and to schedule an appointment for reinstatement into the college. If a student is granted an appeal and is suspended a second time, the student may not return for one semester. Appeals will be accepted and granted on a case-by-case basis.
For reinstatement into the college or to appeal a suspension, the following procedures will be followed and completed:
- The student must contact Academic Advising to request and submit the academic suspension appeal form.
- An Academic Advisor will review the appeal form and the student will be notified regarding the status of their appeal.
- If appeal is granted, the student must schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor to complete and sign a student success contract.
Students on academic suspension must follow-up with an Academic Advisor throughout the time of enrollment.
Expectation of Student Conduct
Butler Community College expects students to behave in a manner that supports a positive educational environment for all. Upon enrollment, each student accepts the obligations of performance and behavior imposed by the college relevant to its lawful missions, processes and functions. The Student Code of Conduct and Academic Integrity policies have been developed to achieve that aim.
Student Code of Conduct
At Butler Community College students are expected to be responsible for reviewing all of the policies at the College. Specifically, students are required to understand the policies that relate to student behavior, academic honesty, and Butler’s timeless institutional values of quality, integrity, service, and care. All students are expected to adhere to all of these policies. Lack of knowledge of the policies is not an acceptable excuse for non-compliance.
When in the classroom, students must be fully engaged in any class. Any act of disrespect toward an instructor, sponsor or College official is unacceptable. Students are expected to immediately comply with directives from any College official. If a student feels that a request is inappropriate, they should voice their concern to the Vice-President for Student Services.
Butler Community College expressly prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or status in any group protected by state or local law.
Student behavior that is contrary to adopted school policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Grounds for probation, suspension or expulsion include:
- Willful violation of any published regulation for student conduct adopted or approved by the Board of Trustees
- Individual or group behavior which substantially impinges upon or invades the rights of others, disrupts, impedes or interferes with the operation of any college class or activity. Such conduct includes (but is not limited to) assault, threats to the personal safety of one’s self or others, throwing objects, making excessive noise, unwelcome physical contact, or hazing/bullying.
- Conduct which results in violations of federal, state laws, and local city ordinances or conviction of the student of any offense specified in chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated or any criminal statute of the United States.
- Disobedience of an order from a teacher, peace officer, college security officer or other school authority, when such disobedience can reasonably be anticipated to result in disorder, disruption or interference with the operation of any college class or activity is prohibited.
- Being under the influence, possessing, and/or consuming alcoholic beverages (3.2 beer included), illegal or unauthorized drugs on college property. (See Disciplinary Action for Drug and Alcohol Violations in the Student Handbook).
- Theft of any kind, including seizing, receiving or concealing property with knowledge that it has been stolen. Willful, intentional or negligent damage or destruction to any property belonging to the college, faculty or staff, visitor or student.
- Possession or use of unauthorized firearms or other weapons or violation of the Weapons Policy.
- Violations of any computer lab policy. Violations of ethical standards and unauthorized or inappropriate use of computer such as (but not limited): using other’s e-mail without permission, downloading or engaging in pornographic material, monopolizing hardware, software and/or printers for personal use (not college related), tampering with the college’s network security system, or any illegal activity that violates the laws of libel, copyright, trademark and the Buckley Amendment.
- Intentionally and/or maliciously violating the Academic Integrity policy or falsifying College documents or records (including financial aid, admissions and registration) or make a false report or statement to a College official. (See Academic Integrity)
- Participation in inappropriate sexual behavior or sexual harassment of College faculty, staff, or students. (See Harassment and Violence Policy)
- Use of cigarettes, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes or any other violation of the College Tobacco Free Campus Policy. (See Tobacco Free Campus Policy)
Students are expected to fully cooperate with any investigation affecting the College by local law enforcement or college officials. If a student participates in conduct which results in their conviction of any misdemeanor or felony offense, they may face disciplinary action from the College that may include being removed from school.
College officials including the President, Vice President of Academics, or Vice President of Student Services (or their designees) may impose sanctions including probation, suspension, dismissal, and expulsion of any student who violates College Policy including the Student Code of Conduct and Academic Integrity policies.
If a student disagrees with the sanctions set forth by a college official he/she has the right to appeal. To appeal sanctions resulting from violations of the Student Code of Conduct, except the Academic Integrity violations, the student should refer to the Student Disciplinary Process. For violations of the Academic Integrity policy and disagreements about grade assignments, the students should refer to the Academic Integrity and Academic Appeal Process.
Student Disciplinary Process
Butler’s Student Disciplinary Process is a three-step model consisting of the following stages: Investigation and Initial decision; Appeal to the Student Review and Appeals Committee; and Appeal to the Vice President of Student Services.
Step 1: INVESTIGATION AND INTITAL DECISCION
Stage one of the disciplinary process begins with any college student, faculty, or staff member reporting or making a complaint of a student(s) of suspected violation of College Policy. Upon receipt of a complaint, the pre-adjudication investigation stage begins. During this stage the investigation may include interviewing witnesses and suspects of the before mentioned complaint. Most investigations are completed by the Department of Public Safety and/or other student services staff (i.e. residence life staff). The College shall determine appropriate disciplinary action(s) based on the type and severity of behavior or violation committed.
While a disciplinary decision is pending, the Associate Vice President of Student Services (or designee) may immediately impose interim action(s) in the event that a student’s continued presence in class, program, activity or event or on any College-owned, College-operated or College-utilized facility poses a significant danger to themselves or others, and/or there is reasonable cause to believe that such interim action is required to protect lives or property or to ensure the maintenance of order. In imposing interim action, the Associate Vice President of Student Services (or designee) will give consideration to potential consequences of the action imposed, such as the student’s inability to attend classes. The College may allow for alternative means for the student to fulfill academic and other obligations. A student may request a review of an interim action while it remains in effect by submitting a written request to the Vice President of Student Services. The Vice President of Student Services will review the request and determine if the interim action will be upheld, modified or terminated. The decision of the vice president will be final, and the interim action process will be separate and distinct from the investigation and discipline procedure.
After the investigation is completed a written report is forwarded to the Adjudicator (in most cases the Associate Vice President of Student Services or designee) and the disciplinary process is initiated. The role of the adjudicator is that of fact finding, rule interpretation, and choice of sanction for policy violation(s). The Adjudicator will review, in person, with the student the nature of the complaint and render sanctions in writing to the student. In addition to or in conjunction with probation, suspension, or expulsion the following list of sanctions may be imposed by the College as part of disciplinary action: mandatory training, hold on student records, academic or personal counseling, restitution and fines, required administrative meetings, medical certification/evaluation, execution of a behavioral agreement, modifications to the academic schedule, issuance of a no-contact other in relation to another individual, mandatory project or assignment, denial of privileges, emergency suspension, ban from College campus or activities and/or community service.
No suspension or expulsion shall be imposed upon a student without notification of their right to an appeal to the Student Review and Appeals Committee. In cases of expulsion, students will first be placed on suspension in order to have the opportunity to appeal. A written notice of any decision to suspend or expel a student will include the charges upon which the decision is based. This notice shall be given to the student to be suspended or expelled and to his or her parents or guardians (if student is dependent and under 18 years of age). Such notice shall be accompanied by a copy of this procedural regulation.
Step 2: RIGHT TO APPEAL TO THE STUDENT REVIEW AND APPEALS COMMITTEE
If a student wishes to appeal any disciplinary action or decisions to suspend or expel, he or she must do so in writing to the Vice President for Student Services within two days of receiving disciplinary sanctions. Upon receipt of the letter requesting the appeal, the Vice President for Student Services must notify the student of the time, date, and place that the student will be afforded an opportunity for a formal hearing, and such date shall not be later than seventy-two (72) hours after the Vice President for Student Services has received the student’s appeal. For the purposes of time notification, weekends and school holidays are excluded. The Student Review and Appeals Committee is comprised of four faculty members and four Student Services staff members, chaired by the Vice President of Academics.
Step 3: APPEAL TO THE VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT SERVICES
Should the student desire to appeal the decision made by the Student Review and Appeals Committee, they may do so, in writing, directly to the Vice President of Student Services. The Vice President of Student Services will review all of the documentation that was presented during the appeal to the Student Review and Appeals Committee. The Vice President of Student Services has the ability to support the decision made by the Student Review and Appeals Committee or make a decision to overturn such decision made by the committee. Students will be notified of appeal results in writing. The Vice President of Student Services’ decision is final.
Butler Community College defines academic integrity as learning that leads to the development of knowledge and/or skills without any form of cheating or plagiarism. This learning requires respect for Butler’s institutional values of quality, service, integrity, and caring as well as its Learning College Principles. All Butler students, faculty, staff, and administrators are responsible for upholding academic integrity.
Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to: giving, receiving, or using unauthorized help on individual and group academic exercises such as papers, quizzes, tests, and presentations through any delivery system in any learning environment. This includes impersonating another student, sharing content without authorization, fabricating data, and altering academic documents, including records, with or without the use of personal and college electronic devices.
Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to: representing or turning in someone else’s work without proper citation of the source. This includes unacknowledged paraphrase, quotation, or complete use of someone else’s work in any form. It also includes citing work that is not used and taking credit for a group project without contributing to it. Faculty members have discretion in handling student violations of the academic integrity policy, but faculty members must consult with their deans or administrators prior to removing a student from a course.
Faculty members must inform students of violations and their consequences in writing. Students who violate the academic integrity policy will sustain academic consequences set by faculty members. The consequences may include, but are not limited to, any of the following actions and may be imposed in any order or sequence.
1. A warning.
2. A zero or failing grade on the academic exercise with repetition of the exercise allowed for reduced or the same amount of original credit.
3. A zero or failing grade on the exercise with no repetition allowed.
4. A failing grade in the course and removal from it.
5. Students who violate the academic integrity policy are also subject to administrative consequences, which may include, but are not limited to:
a. Reduction or cancellation of a college scholarship.
b. Suspension from college activities.
c. Being barred from the course and/or program for a set time.
d. Being barred from the course and/or program permanently.
e. Suspension from the college for a set time.
f. Expulsion from the college.
Students will be informed of administrative consequences in writing. Students have the right to appeal any decision or disciplinary action as outlined in the Academic Appeal Process.
Academic Appeal Process
Butler’s Academic Appeal Process is a model consisting of the following stages: Faculty/Student Resolution; Dean, Associate Dean or Site Director Appeal; Appeal to the Student Review and Appeals Committee; and Appeal to the Vice President of Academics.
The Butler Community College academic appeals process is to be used for violations of the academic integrity policy disagreements about grade assignments. If a student does not agree with a grade assignment, classroom procedures or related issues or disputes allegations of academic misconduct, the following procedures will be followed to ensure an appropriate resolution of the academic appeal:
Step 1: FACULTY/STUDENT RESOLUTION The student will attempt to resolve the issue with the faculty member by requesting a meeting and discussing the issue.
Step 2: DEAN OR ASSOCIATE DEAN OR SITE DIRECTOR APPEAL If the issue cannot be resolved between the student and the faculty member, the student has the right to appeal to the appropriate academic dean or associate dean or site director. To initiate an appeal, provide a detailed written summary of the situation and any supporting documentation in writing to the appropriate academic dean, associate dean, or site director. The academic dean, associate dean, or site director will notify the student of his or her decision in writing. Grade appeals, the appeal must be submitted in writing within six weeks of the date the grade was officially posted by the Registrar’s Office.
Step 3: STUDENT REVIEW AND APPEALS COMMITTEE If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the academic dean, associate dean, or site director, the student may appeal this decision within 10 days with the Student Review and Appeals Committee. The appeal must be made in writing to the Vice President of Student Services. The student should describe the initial concern; provide any supporting documentation; indicate the decision by the academic dean, associate dean, or site director; and explain why this decision is not satisfactory. The Student Review and Appeals Committee may request additional information from the instructor, academic dean, associate dean, site director, or others. Once all documents are received, the committee will review the information and notify the student of the committee’s decision in writing. In the case of suspension or expulsion, students will have the right to a formal hearing and procedural due process. Upon receipt of the letter requesting the appeal, the Vice President of Student Services must notify the student of the time, date, and place that the student will be afforded an opportunity for a formal hearing. The Student Review and Appeals Committee is comprised of four faculty members and four Student Services staff members, chaired by the Vice President of Student Services.
Procedural Due Process
When disciplinary action is administered for violations of College Policy, students have the right to appeal the disciplinary action, through the Student Disciplinary Process and in cases of proposed suspension or expulsion for Academic Appeals Process. Students who have been sanctioned for violating College Policies, the Student Code of Conduct or the Academic Integrity Policy are assured due process. The formal hearing described process described in the Student Disciplinary Process and the Academic Appeals Process, hereof shall afford procedural due process including but not limited to the following listed below. The student and the College administrator involved in this hearing may choose to be present during the entire presentation of evidence.
Rights of the Participants
- The right of the student and the College to have counsel of his/her own choice present and to receive the advice of such counsel or other person whom he/she may select.
- The right of the student and his/her counsel or advisor and the College to hear or read a full report of testimony.
- The right of the student and his/her counsel and the College to confront and cross-examine witnesses who appear in person at the hearing, either voluntarily or as a result of the issuance of a subpoena.
- The right of the student and the College to present their own witnesses in person or their testimony by affidavit.
- The right of the student and the College to testify in their behalf and give reasons for his/her conduct.
- The right of the student and the College to have an orderly hearing.
- The right of the student and the College to a fair and impartial decision based on substantial evidence.
For the purposes of this regulation “counsel” means any person a student or the College selects to represent and advise them at all proceedings conducted pursuant to the provisions of these regulations governing suspension and expulsion of students.
Powers and Duties of Person(s) Conducting the Hearings
Any person, hearing officer, or any member of a committee while conducting a hearing may:
- Administer oaths for the purpose of taking testimony.
- Call and examine witnesses and receive documentary and other evidence.
- Take any other action necessary to make the hearing in accord with procedural due process.
The Chairperson of the Student Review and Appeals Committee in holding an appeal hearing may, and upon the request of any student for whom such hearing is held or his or her parent or counsel, petition that the administrative judge of the judicial district court be authorized to issue subpoenas for the attendance and testimony of the principal witness or witnesses and production of books, records, reports, papers and documents relating to the proposed suspension or expulsion in the same manner as the issuance of subpoenas in civil actions pursuant to K.S.A. 60-245. For the purpose of this paragraph, “principal witness” means any witness whose testimony is of major importance in support of the charges upon which the proposed suspension or expulsion is based or in determination of material questions of fact.
Reports of Hearing(s)
Upon the conclusion of any formal hearing, the Student Review and Appeals Committee shall make a decision and notify the student, in writing, of the decision. A copy of the decision will be kept with the Vice President for Student Services and shall be open to the inspection of the student who is suspended or expelled and, if the student has not attained eighteen (18) years of age, to his or her parents or guardians and counsel or other advisor. If the student has attained eighteen (18) years of age, such report shall be open to the inspection of his or her parents or guardians and counsel or other advisor only upon written consent of the student. Whenever any such formal hearing results in suspension or expulsion, the Student Review and Appeals Committee conducting such hearing may make a recommendation to the Vice President of Student Services that returns the student to classes, pending any appeal or during the period allowed for notice of appeal, if such student is not reasonably anticipated to cause continued repeated material disorder, disruption, or interference with the operation of the college or substantial and material impingement upon or invasion of the rights of others. Whenever the committee fails to make a recommendation, the suspension shall continue until an appeal is determined or until the period of suspension or expulsion has expired, whichever is the sooner.
Under this regulation, whenever any written notice is required to be given to parents or guardians of any student, it shall be sufficient if the same is mailed to the residence of such parents or guardians at the address on file in the college records of such student. In lieu of mailing such written notice, the same may be personally delivered.
Formal Complaint Process
The Butler Community College nonacademic appeals process is to be used for issues other than disciplinary or academic matters, and provides you with protection against unwarranted infringement of your rights. A grievance may concern an alleged violation of college policies, infringement of your rights and other such problems dealing with other students, college staff and faculty and authorized college activities.
In any case where a grievance involves alleged illegal discrimination, including any claim that a student has been subject to illegal discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age, religion or disability, marital or parental status or status as a veteran, the Vice President of Student Services will notify the Section 504 Counselor or Title IX Coordinator in writing of the grievance. Claims of illegal discrimination will be investigated using the Policy of Nondiscrimination and/or the Harassment and Violence Policy.
The following procedures will be followed to ensure an appropriate resolution of a student grievance or complaint at the lowest possible level:
Step 1: The student will attempt to rectify the grievance with the supervisor of the area in which the alleged violation occurred within 10 business days. Every effort will be made to resolve the grievance at the lowest possible level.
Step 2: Where resolution is impossible or unsatisfactory to either party, the issue should be appealed in writing to the appropriate supervisor. The supervisor must inform the student in writing of any decision made and the reason for that decision within five business days.
Step 3: If the student feels the grievance has not been resolved, he/she may submit a written grievance to the Vice President for Student Services within 10 business days from the time the complaint was filed at the previous level and request a conference. The Vice President for Student Services must, within five business days following the conference, inform the student in writing of any decision made and the reasons for making that decision. The decision of the Vice President for Student Services is final.
Step 4: If the student feels the grievance has not been resolved, he/she may submit a written grievance to the Board of Trustees by email or mail at the addresses below. A committee will be appointed by the Board of Trustees to review the information and make a final decision. The Board of Trustees’ decision will determine if the college has a process for addressing the complaint, if the college process was followed and if the college resolution was reasonable.
These proceedings will occur in a professional manner and all efforts will be made to protect the rights of all parties involved.
If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint, after following the process explained above, a committee will be appointed by the Board of Trustees to review the information and render a final decision. Their decision will determine if the college has a process for addressing the complaint; if the college process was followed; and if the college resolution was reasonable.
To file a complaint, send a written complaint to:
Butler Community College - Board of Trustees
901 S. Haverhill Rd
El Dorado, KS 67042
The written complaint should include the following information:
1. Name, current mailing address, phone number of complainant
2. Email address
3. Dates of your enrollment
4. Details of your complaint
5. Expected outcome
The Board will reply to the student within 10 business days to let you know they have received your complaint and whether it requires any additional information. The Board will let you know their tentative plan for investigating and resolving the complaint, and will update you if it takes longer than originally planned. The Board will send a written response, usually within 45 days of receipt of the complaint, explaining the investigation and the resolution.
A record of all complaints and their resolution will be documented and the records will be kept in the Board Office, Clerk of the Board of Trustees, 901 S Haverhill Rd, El Dorado, KS 67042.
If the student feels the complaint has not been properly addressed, the student may follow the state complaint process by contacting the applicable state agencies:
- Consumer protection and/or fraud complaints may be filed with the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
Kansas Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection:
Consumer Protection Hotline
Fax: (785) 291-3699
- Discrimination complaints may be filed with the Kansas Human Rights Commission, http://www.khrc.net/complaint.html.
- Complaints regarding State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) courses delivered by SARA member community colleges may be filed by students enrolled in those courses with the Kansas Board of Regents office, http://www.kansasregents.org/academic_affairs/sara.
- Kansas Community Colleges are regionally accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCAHLC). Complaints regarding an institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation may be filed by following the guidelines at https://www.hlcommission.org/HLCInstitutions/complaints.html.
Harassment and Violence Policy
It is the policy of Butler Community College to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment or violence. Butler Community College prohibits any form of harassment or violence against an employee or student based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, and/or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law and/or because the person opposed unlawful discrimination and/or participated in an investigation or complaint concerning unlawful discrimination. These prohibitions apply to Butler Community College students, faculty members, staff members, administrators, trustees, agents, volunteers, contractors, or other persons subject to the supervision and control of Butler Community College.
It is a violation of College policy for any student, faculty member, staff member, administrator or other employee to harass any student, faculty member, administrator, or other College employee because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, and/or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.
It is a violation of College policy for any student, faculty member, staff member, or administrator or other employee to inflict, threaten to inflict, attempt to inflict, and/or to aid in inflicting violence upon any student, faculty member, staff member, administrator or other College employee because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, and/or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. For purposes of this Policy, these prohibitions also apply to Butler Community College trustees, agents, volunteers, contractors, or persons subject to the supervision and control of Butler Community College.
Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and/or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
- Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment or of obtaining College programs (classroom activities) and/or other College sponsored activity; or
- Submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment or education; or
- That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a College program (classroom activity) and/or other College sponsored activity or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment environment or educational or on-campus living environment.
Sexual Harassment does not refer to discussions of material with a sexual component, which might offend some but was introduced in a College approved class or conference for intellectual purposes.
Sexual harassment may also include, but is not limited to:
- Gender Harassment: Generalized sexist statements and behavior that convey insulting or degrading attitudes including acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping or a person’s failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. Examples include suggestive or sexually explicit posters, calendars, photographs, graffiti, cartoons; email, voicemail, and social media including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter; and sexually explicit jokes or humor focused toward a particular gender.
- Seductive Behavior: Unwanted, inappropriate and offensive sexual advances. Examples include repeated unwanted sexual invitations, insistent requests for dinner, drinks or dates, persistent letters, phone calls and other invitations.
- Sexual Bribery: Solicitation of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by promising a reward (a better grade, promotion, etc.) for performing the activity or behavior. The proposition may be either overt or subtle.
- Sexual Coercion: Coercion of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by threat of punishment. Examples include negative performance evaluations, withholding promotions, threats of termination, or threats of a failing or lower grade.
- Sexual Exploitation: Non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual harassment offenses. Examples include, but are not limited to, invasion of sexual privacy, prostituting another student, non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity, going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex), engaging in voyeurism, knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another individual, exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances, inducing another to expose their genitals. Sexually-based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation.
- Sexual Imposition: Deliberate assaults or molestation, or unwanted physical contact such as patting, pinching, “friendly” arms around the shoulder or intentionally brushing against another person’s body.
- Other conduct or behavior of a sexual nature deemed inappropriate by College employee and/or student.
Sexual Violence is prohibited and as specifically addressed in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Section 304, Campus Sexual Violence Act provisions amending Section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act). Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s consent or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol or due to an intellectual or other disability. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, as well as aiding acts of sexual violence.
- Consent: Clear, knowing and voluntary participation in sexual conduct by person of the age and intellectual capacity to give lawful consent, and may be given by words or actions, as long as words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) the sexual activity. Silence in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent.
- Domestic Violence: Includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of Kansas.
- Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person:
- who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim;
- where the existence of such a relationship is determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
- the length of the relationship,
- the type of relationship.
- the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship; and
- may occur any time even if first and only date.
- Sexual Assault: Subjecting another person to sexual touching that is unwanted.
- Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
- fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
- suffer substantial emotional distress.
Racial, religious, national origin, age, and disability harassment is physical or verbal conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, and/or disability when the conduct:
- Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment; or
- Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance; or
- Otherwise unlawfully and adversely effects an individual’s employment or ability to participate in or benefit from College programs (classroom activities) and/or other College sponsored activity.
Procedure for Handling Complaint of Racial, Religious, National Origin, Age, and/or Disability Harassment
- Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of harassment by a student, faculty member, administrator, or other College personnel because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, and/or disability or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law (except as to complaints because of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity addressed by separate procedure for handling complaint discussed later in this Policy) should report the conduct to the President of the College or to the Director of Human Resources.
- Any person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute harassment toward a student, faculty member, administrator, or other College personnel by a student, faculty member, administrator, or other College personnel because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, and/or disability or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law (except as to complaints because of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity addressed by separate procedure for handling complaint discussed later in this Policy) should report the alleged conduct immediately to his or her supervisor or to the Director of Human Resources.
- Within two (2) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) of the initial complaint, the President or the Director of Human Resources shall designate an officer of the College who shall be responsible for investigating the complaint (such officer shall not be the party reported to have committed the alleged harassment).
- A written statement from the reporting person (complainant) shall be obtained by the designated officer within two (2) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) of his/her designation and request that the complainant have no contact with accused individual pending the investigation. The officer will then immediately contact the person who allegedly engaged in the harassment (respondent), inform the respondent of the basis of the complaint, and provide the respondent an opportunity to respond. The investigator shall specifically request that respondent have no contact with the complainant pending the investigation. The respondent will then have two (2) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) from the date of notification to make a written response to the designated officer. The complainant or respondent so interviewed may elect to have another person present during the interview, including the opportunity to be accompanied by an advisor of his or her choice and at his or her expense. But in no event may such election interfere with the interview or disrupt the complaint procedure process provided herein.
- Upon receipt of the response, the designated officer shall report in writing to the Director of Human Resources the findings of the investigation, and shall notify the complainant and the respondent of said findings in writing within fourteen (14) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) of the appointment. The Director of Human Resources shall review the written findings to determine if harassment in violation of this Policy has occurred.
- Upon completion of the review and determination by the Director of Human Resources, both the complainant and the respondent shall be notified separately in person and in writing by the Director of Human Resources of his/her decision within seven (7) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) of receiving the report. The complainant and the respondent shall be notified if the Director of Human Resources is unable to meet with them in person within seven (7) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) and a meeting will be scheduled as soon as possible. The Director of Human Resources will meet separately with the individuals and will address any questions concerning the determination or resolution with the individuals during this meeting.
- The College reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to a complaint of harassment by a student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee. Such measures include as to employees discipline up to and including recommending termination of employment and as to students include, but are not limited to, modification of on-campus housing arrangements, probation, interim suspension from campus pending a decision, and expulsion. Not all forms of harassment will be deemed to be equally serious offenses and the College reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion of enrollment or to termination of employment, depending on the severity of the offense. The College will consider the concerns and rights of both the complainant and the respondent.
- The individual, in accordance with College policy or the Master Agreement, the Student Handbook, or the Employee Handbook whichever applies, may appeal any disciplinary actions resulting from this procedure.
- In the event the complainant is dissatisfied with the Director of Human Resources’ decision, the complainant may appeal in writing to the Board of Trustees within five (5) calendar days (excluding weekends, College approved holidays, and closings) of the receipt of the Director of Human Resources’ decision.
- As this procedure is initiated and completed, all involved parties will be expected to respect the sensitive nature of the matter and to protect the confidentiality of the complainant, the respondent, and all those involved in the investigation. The College will respect the privacy of the complainant, the respondent, and all those involved in the investigation as much as possible, consistent with the College’s legal obligations to investigate and to take appropriate action. Only people who need to know will be told, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual.
- The College will make every reasonable effort to conclude its full investigation of a complaint, decision by the Director of Human Resources, and processing of any appeal within sixty (60) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) from its receipt of a complaint. The time periods specified in paragraphs numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 above are institutional expectations. The Director of Human Resources will document the reason for extending any specified time period and will provide to the complainant and to the person accused (respondent) periodic written notice of any extension of a specified time period and of the status of the investigation.
Procedure for Handling Complaint of Sexual Harassment and/or Sexual Violence
The following procedure is established for investigating complaints of harassment or violence by a student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee because of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, including cases of alleged domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and for determining appropriate disciplinary action. It is the College’s intent that this procedure will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution process and will be conducted by College officers who receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and how to conduct an investigation process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability. If the investigating officer determines to interview the complainant and/or of the accused individual, the person so interviewed may elect to have another person present during the interview, including the opportunity to be accompanied by an advisor of his or her choice and at his or her expense. But in no event may such election interfere with the interview or disrupt the complaint procedure process provided herein.
As the College’s procedure for handling complaints is initiated and completed, all involved parties will be expected to respect the sensitive nature of the matter and to protect, to the extent possible consistent with the College’s legal obligations, the confidentiality of the complainant, the person accused, and all those involved in the investigation. Butler Community College will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the College’s legal obligations to investigate and to take appropriate action. Only people who need to know will be told, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual.
To Report Confidentially: If one desires that details of an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence be kept confidential, he or she should speak with the on-campus mental health counselor, campus health service provider or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality. The College counselor is available to help you free of charge and can be seen on an emergency basis. In addition, you may speak off-campus with members of the clergy, who will also keep reports made to them confidential.
Non-confidential reporting options: You are encouraged to speak to officials of the College to make formal reports of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence. The College has defined all full-time faculty and professional staff as mandatory reporters. Notice to them is official notice to the college. You have the right and can expect to have incidents of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence to be taken seriously by the College when formally reported, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures.
Butler Community College will act to investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, to take appropriate action based on the weight of the totality of the evidence, against any student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee when it is determined that it is more probably true than not that harassment or violence in violation of this Policy has occurred.
Certain College officials have a duty to report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking for federal statistical reporting purposes (such as pursuant to the Clery Act). All personally identifiable information is kept confidential, but statistical information must be reported to College law enforcement regarding the type of incident, date, and the location of the incident (using Clery location categories) and the Clery crime category.
Victims of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence should also be aware that College administrators must issue immediate timely warnings for incidents reported to them that are confirmed to pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. The College will make every effort to ensure that a victim’s name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.
It is the College’s intent that this procedure will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution process. The College recognizes that time is of the essence in the investigation, decision making, and appeal processes. The College will make every reasonable effort to conclude its full investigation of a complaint, decision by the Title IX Coordinator, and processing of any appeal within sixty (60) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) from its receipt of a complaint. The time periods specified in paragraphs numbered 2, 3, and 4 below and in paragraph numbered 2 in the Appeal section are institutional expectations. The Title IX Coordinator will document the reason for extending any specified time period and will provide to the complainant and to the person accused (respondent) periodic written notice of any extension of a specified time period and of the status of the investigation.
The College’s Title IX Coordinator may appoint a Deputy Title IX Coordinator to act in his/her absence and/or to facilitate the timely resolution of a complaint.
- Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of harassment or violence by a student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee because of sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, should report the conduct to the College Title IX Coordinator, Director of First year Experience, 316-218-6373, email@example.com.
Students are also encouraged to speak to any member of the College full-time faculty or professional staff as these individuals are mandatory reporters of student complaints. The College considers notice of a student complaint to a full-time faculty member and /or professional staff member to be official notice to the College. The faculty member or professional staff member receiving the compliant is required to notify the Title IX Coordinator in writing immediately.
Any person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute harassment or violence toward a student, faculty member, staff member administrator, or other College employee because of that person’s sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity should report the alleged conduct immediately to his or her supervisor or to the College Title IX Coordinator.
- Within two (2) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) of the receipt of the complaint, the Title IX Coordinator shall designate the incident investigating officer or officers who will investigate the complaint (such individual or individuals shall not be the party charged with having committed the alleged harassment and/or violence).
- A written statement from the reporting person (complainant) shall be obtained by the designated officer(s) within two (2) calendar days (excluding weekends and college approved holidays and closings) of their designation and request complainant have no contact with the respondent pending the investigation. The investigating officer will then immediately contact the respondent, inform the person of the basis of the complaint and provide the person an opportunity to respond with a written statement. The investigating officer shall specifically request that the respondent have no contact with the complainant pending the investigation. The respondent will then have two (2) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) from the date of notification to make a written response to the investigating officer.
- Upon receipt of the response(s), the investigating officer shall report in writing to the Title IX Coordinator the fact findings of the investigation and shall notify the complainant and the respondent of said fact findings in writing within fourteen (14) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) of the appointment of the investigating officer. The Title IX Coordinator shall review the written fact findings to determine, by the weight of the evidence, taking into account the totality of all reported evidence, if it is more probably true than not that harassment or violence in violation of this policy has occurred. Upon completion of the review and determination by the Title IX Coordinator, both the complainant and the respondent shall be notified separately in person and in writing by the Title IX Coordinator of his/her decision within seven (7) calendar days (excluding weekends and federal holidays) of receiving the investigating officer’s report. The complainant and the respondent shall be notified if the Title IX Coordinator is unable to meet with them in person within seven (7) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) and a meeting will be scheduled as soon as possible. The Title IX Coordinator will meet separately with the complainant and with the respondent and will address any questions concerning the determination or resolution with each individual during the respective meeting.
- If it is determined it is more probably true than not that a violation of College policy has occurred, the Title IX Coordinator will forward his/her written decision to the appropriate administrator who will take appropriate disciplinary action.
The College reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to a complaint of harassment or violence by a student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee because of sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. Such measures include as to employees discipline up to and including recommending termination of employment and as to students include, but are not limited to, modification of on-campus housing arrangements, probation, interim suspension from campus pending a decision, expulsion, and reporting the matter to the Department of Public Safety. Not all forms of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence will be deemed to be equally serious offenses and the College reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion of enrollment or to termination of employment, depending on the severity of the offense. The College will consider the concerns and rights of both the complainant and the respondent.
Title IX requires notification be made to the College’s Title IX Coordinator of the resolution of any potential sexual harassment and/or sexual violence issues.
- The individual, in accordance with the College policy, the Master Agreement, the Student Handbook, or the Employee Handbook whichever applies, may appeal any disciplinary action resulting from this procedure.
- In the event the complainant and /or the respondent is dissatisfied with the Title IX Coordinator’s decision, the individual may appeal in writing to the Title IX Appeal Team within five (5) calendar days (excluding weekends and college approved holidays and closings) of the receipt of Title IX Coordinator’s decision. The Title IX Appeal Team will consider the appeal within fourteen (14) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) of its receipt of the written appeal. The Title IX Appeal Team’s decision will be the College’s final determination. Within five (5) calendar days (excluding weekends and College approved holidays and closings) of its determination, the Title IX Appeal Team will provide written notification of its decision to the complainant and to the individual who made the appeal and to other party (either the complaint or the respondent).
Butler Community College will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee who retaliates against any person who reports harassment or violence under this policy.
Any student or employee of the College who retaliates against another for testifying, assisting, or participating in any investigation or proceeding relating to harassment and/or violence under this Policy will be subject to discipline. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment.
Education Programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
Butler Community College will conduct education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, which shall include:
- primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees, which will include:
- a discussion of this Policy;
- safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking against a person other than such individual;
- information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks;
- the procedures set forth in this Policy for handling a complaint;
- possible sanctions or protective measures the College may impose following a final determination after a College investigation of reported incident of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
- procedures victims should follow if a sex offense, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking has occurred, including information about:
- the importance of preserving evidence as may be necessary to the proof of criminal domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or in obtaining a protection order;
- to whom the alleged offense should be reported;
- options regarding law enforcement and campus authorities, including the victim’s option to:
- notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police;
- be assisted by campus authorities in notifying law enforcement authorities if the victim so chooses; and
- decline to notify such authorities; and
- the rights of victims and the College’s responsibilities regarding orders of protection, no contact orders, restraining orders, or similar lawful orders issued by a criminal and/or civil court;
- notification to students and employees about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available for victims both on-campus and in the community; and
- information concerning options victims have for available assistance, if applicable, in changing academic classes, on-campus living, and working situations, if so requested by the victim and if such accommodations are reasonably available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the incident to campus police or to local law enforcement, and
- ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students and faculty that will include the above information. (Revised 7/15)
The Registrar’s Office provides services to students and academic departments related to the processes of registration, veteran’s educational benefits, withdrawal and graduation. The office also maintains students’ academic records and issues transcripts. Staff members are available to students for consultation. For detailed information about registration procedures, student records, and academic regulations, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (316)-322-3123, or 733-3123 from the Wichita/metro area or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FERPA and Directory Information
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, sometimes called the Buckley Amendment), passed by Congress in 1974, grants four specific rights to the adult student: the right to see the information that the institution is keeping on the student, the right to seek amendment to those records and in certain cases append a statement to record, the right to consent to disclosure of his/her records, and the right to file a complaint with the FERPA Office in Washington.
A student educational record includes just about any information provided by a student to the college for use in the educational process including: personal information, enrollment records, grades, and schedules.
Some information is considered public, or “Directory Information.” This information can be released without the student’s written permission. Directory Information includes: name, date and place of birth, addresses (both local and permanent), e-mail addresses, phone, dates of attendance, year in school, awards and academic honors, degrees received and dates awarded, major program, activity participation, and enrollment status full-time, part-time, or not enrolled.
In compliance with FERPA, non-directory information will not be released for students by the college unless students give written permission. A student may have a confidentiality flag placed on their directory information as well, by contacting the Registrar’s or Admission’s Office, which would prevent any information from being released, even in the case of a verification for employment or insurance purposes. The confidentiality flag remains until the student requests its removal. Release of Information permission forms are available in the Registrar’s Office which students may sign giving access to their records to parents or other designated individuals.
It is the responsibility of the student to keep their personal data up to date. Any changes in name, address, phone, major or degree-seeking status must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office or registration personnel at one of the other campus locations as soon as possible. Name changes must be accompanied by legal documentation, i.e., copy of driver’s license, social security card, or court order.
To have an official transcript sent, the Registrar’s Office must receive a written request with the student’s name, date of birth, dates of attendance, address, signature, social security number or Butler ID number, and appropriate transcript fee, or simply go to www.getmytranscript.com to order and pay for the transcript online. A hold is placed on transcripts of students with outstanding financial obligations to the college. Request forms are available on the Butler website, Registrar pages.
Changing Your Major
Students who wish to change their degree/certificate major must contact an advisor either in person or from their Butler Pipeline account.
To better assist students in meeting their academic goals, a periodic review of students’ academic progress may take place to determine placement in the appropriate declared major. In the event that a student’s classes and declared major do not align, the major will be updated to the major most closely aligning with the student’s completed courses. Students will be notified of this change via email and by U.S. Mail. Students should contact advising if the major does not reflect their actual intent.
Senior citizens from the Butler service area (Butler, Chase, Greenwood, Marion and Morris counties) who are 60 years of age or older will be given, upon request a college identification card entitling them to become a “Golden Grizzly”. This will allow them free admission to regularly scheduled, non-athletic college-related activities, provide discounted tickets to athletic events* and a tuition waiver (fees not included) for all Butler credit courses on a space available basis. Golden Grizzly cards will be issued through the Registrar’s Office.
*Golden Grizzly members can receive General Admission tickets to all home, regular season athletic contests at the Golden Grizzly/Youth rate. Discounted tickets are not available for NJCAA national and Region VI events.
Expectation of Financial Responsibility
It is the expectation of Butler Community College that every student enrolled in classes meet the financial obligation associated with their enrollment. Academic records and transcripts will not be released for student who have a remaining account balance.
Tuition and fees are to be paid to Accounts Receivable by the payment due date each term. This includes payment in full or setting up a payment plan with an initial payment made. Due dates for each term are posted on the Butler website.
For students enrolling after the payment due date, tuition and fees payment in full or payment plans are due at the time of enrollment.
Payments may be made online, in person or over the phone. Online payments and payment plans can be set up in the Student Payment Center by going to your Pipeline account and clicking on the My Account option.
Payments may be made in person at the Accounts Receivable offices or over the phone by calling 316-218-6102 or 316-322-3181.
Students Receiving Financial Aid and/or Scholarships must pay any charges, not covered by aid, in accordance with the payment policies stated above. To check the amount of your charges and aid, visit your student account in Pipeline.
Student accounts not meeting the payment requirements above will be subject to a LATE FEE up to $100 assessed after the payment due date. These accounts are also subject to a mandatory payment plan and additional late fees. Additional charges may be incurred if collection activities are required.
Any exceptions to the above policies must be coordinated with Accounts Receivable management and may require a Financial Responsibility Statement to be on file.
NOTE: BUTLER IS REQUIRED, BY STATUTE, TO PROVIDE THE IRS AND QUALIFYING STUDENT FORM 1098T. THE STUDENT SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IS REQUIRED FOR THIS FORM AND MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE STUDENT TO THE INSTITUTION TO ADEQUATELY COMPLETE THE FORM.
Student Tuition and Fee Refund Policy
Written notification required. Any student enrolled in a class must provide written notification of withdrawal by using a course scheduling form drop slip. The form must be completed by the student and signed by an advisor and turned into the Registrar’s Office or an advisor at a community location. For most classes, students may withdraw themselves on the Web via pipeline@butler on Butler’s homepage at www.butlercc.edu.
***FAILURE TO ATTEND OR CEASING TO ATTEND A CLASS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL.***
The above is applicable regardless of the number of hours dropped, simultaneous hours added, or the time period of the drop.
Failure to make a formal request in writing or via pipeline@butler on Butler’s homepage at www.butlercc.edu to drop a class or classes will result in full assessment of charges whether any sessions are attended or not.
A refund will be considered only if the student complies with the policy above and if the drop is requested or processed prior to the end of the refund period applicable to the class or classes dropped.
100 Percent Refund Period
Students are entitled to a 100 percent refund of tuition and fees for classes formally dropped within the refund period as posted on the Butler Web site or available from registration personnel at any Butler site
The above does not apply to Business Education and Training Analysis (BETA) classes. Call for a current course schedule and related refund policy, 316.218.6118.
Cooperative Education and Internship Courses: No refund after the training plan has been signed.
100 Percent Refund Period For Books
Students are entitled to a 100 percent refund for books returned to the bookstore within the refund period as posted on the Butler Bookstore web site or available from the Andover or El Dorado bookstores.
Cash register receipt is required and books must be in purchased condition. If books are not in purchased condition a partial refund may be possible.
The above does not apply to Business Education and Training Analysis (BETA) classes.
Schedule of Refund Dates
A schedule of refund dates will be available on the Butler website calendar at www.butlercc.edu/calendar. The schedule of refund dates for books may be found on the refund policy given to each student at time of purchase or on the Butler Bookstore webpage.
Tuition Appeal Procedures
Tuition refunds may be granted in documented situations beyond the student’s control.
Students wishing to appeal their tuition and fee charges should do the following:
- Complete a tuition appeal request form and return it with appropriate documentation to the Registrar’s Office. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from classes if they choose to do so.
- Ruling on appeal will be determined by a team consisting of Registrar, Academic Advising, Accounts Receivable management, and the appropriate department Dean if appeal includes instructor or classroom issues.
- Action will be taken and the student will be notified by letter from the Registrar. If the appeal is approved, the courses will be removed from the student record.
Should the student wish to appeal this decision, he or she may do so by submitting a second appeal within 10 days of receipt of the committee decision. The decision by the second appeal committee is final.
Refunds For Canceled Classes
Students enrolled in classes canceled by the school will receive a full refund of tuition and fees with no service fee regardless of date. To facilitate refunds on such classes, students should contact the Advising Center for other course options or other appropriate community site personnel. Books must be returned to the bookstore within one week of class cancellation for a refund.
If a student withdraws from a course after the refund period and simultaneously adds a course, no refund will be given for the withdrawn course. Full tuition and fees will be charged for the added course.
Tobacco Free Campus Policy
For the purpose of this policy
- Smoking is defined as the lighting, burning, or use of tobacco or any other material in any type of smoking device or equipment.
- Tobacco includes but is not limited to smoking tobacco, chew, snuff, snus, and dipping tobacco. This policy also prohibits the use of lit or unlit cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, clove cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, bidis, blunts, cigarillos, smokeless tobacco or any item that simulates any of the previously mentioned products.
With prior approval, theatre productions may be exempt from this policy when the use of simulated smoke or tobacco products is integral to a production or performance.
- Background and Rationale
Because 1) Butler Community College supports the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors and 2) the Surgeon General has determined that the use of tobacco and exposure to second hand smoke cause preventable disease, Butler campuses must be free of tobacco and second hand smoke. Each year, more than 440,000 people die prematurely of diseases caused by smoking, accounting for 1 out of every 5 deaths in the United States (CDC 2010). In addition to creating health hazards, tobacco and smoke increase institutional costs, including the costs of paying for fire damage, cleaning and maintenance, property and health insurance, and absenteeism.
- Effective August 1, 2013, Butler Community College prohibits the use of tobacco by students, faculty, staff and visitors on its campuses.
- This policy applies to all previously mentioned tobacco products and all visitors, including vendors and contractors.
- The use of tobacco products is prohibited
- In all interior spaces on Butler Community College campuses;
- On all outside property or grounds of Butler Community College campuses including partially enclosed areas such as walkways and breezeways.
- In Butler Community College vehicles, including buses, vans, and all other College vehicles;
- In all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities associated with Butler Community College.
- Organizers and attendees at public events held in or at Butler facilities are required to abide by the tobacco free policy. The organizers of these events, which include conferences, meetings, and lectures and social, cultural, and sporting events, are responsible for both communicating the policy to attendees and enforcing it.
- The College prohibits the campus-controlled advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products on campus.
- Campus organizations are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies.
Butler Community College expects all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to comply with this policy. Members of the campus community may respectfully inform others of the policy to increase awareness and compliance.
An individual who notes a violation of this policy should
- Informally attempt to resolve the problem by requesting that the violator comply with the policy.
- If the informal attempt fails, contact the Office of Human Resources or Office of the Vice President of Student Services for referral to the appropriate administrative official.
Repeat violations shall be dealt with according to established student, faculty, and staff codes of conduct, policy, and procedures.