Student Rights and Responsibilities

DMACC offers each student the freedom to learn and the freedom to enjoy community college life in an orderly and lawful manner. In return, DMACC expects every student to assume the obligation and responsibilities that accompany those freedoms. By voluntary enrollment at DMACC, students assume the obligation and responsibility of conducting themselves in accordance with the reasonable and lawful requirements of DMACC in its educational functions and processes. Violations of these responsibilities may result in sanctions that can include expulsion from the institution.

Students at Des Moines Area Community College are guaranteed those rights and freedoms contained in the constitutions and laws of the United States and the State of Iowa, consistent with quasi-judicial decisions pertaining to educational bodies. More particularly, students are guaranteed their constitutional right to due process. Due process is the procedure which grants persons the right to address college actions as outlined below.

All DMACC students have the right to be evaluated in the classroom on the basis of satisfactory progress, academic achievement, and fulfillment of educational requirements, with freedom of expression protected and respected. All DMACC students have the right to obtain clear statements of their academic obligations and responsibilities. A student will have the right to appeal through the established College procedures any action brought or taken by the College against the student which can reasonably be expected to affect the student's status within the College.

Applicable Educational Services (ES) Procedures

  • ES 4615 Student's Rights
  • ES 4625 Advisors for Students in Academic or Disciplinary Hearings
  • ES 4630 Student Conduct, Discipline and Appeals Procedure
  • ES 4640 Student Complaints Concerning Faculty/Staff Actions
  • ES 4645 Discrimination Complaint Procedure for Students