Accommodations For Students With Disabilities
CNCC fully supports and complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, including the 1974 amendments and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In order to receive reasonable accommodations based on the effects of a disability, a student must first identify as a student with a disability. In general, that identification occurs through the Counseling and Career Planning Office (970) 675-3205 or Gateway Center (970) 824-1126. Each office has an ADA Coordinator.
Further information can be obtained on our Accommodation and Disability Services page.
Inquiries or Specific Complaints
Inquiries or specific student complaints of alleged discrimination concerning academic accommodations provided in the classroom or through CNCC’s Office of Disability Services should be directed to the College’s Student Success and Retention Coordinator (who also functions as ADA Coordinator for Academic Accommodations).
Colorado Northwestern Community College,
500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely, CO 81648
Phone: (970) 675-3205
Colorado Northwestern Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
Colorado Northwestern Community College is a state system community college governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Board Policy requires the College to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101 226 in Federal law). A copy of this law is on file in the Human Resources Office for your reference.
The Biennial Review for the period covering
July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016 has been completed.
Student Code of Conduct
Students of the College, in addition to being members of our academic community, are also citizens of local, state, and national governments. College students are expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding citizens of each community. College students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not disrupt the normal processes of teaching, learning, research or the normal operation and administration of Colorado Northwestern Community College. Students can find the CNCC Code of Conduct in the
The College will impose penalties against students who violate the Student Code of Conduct. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action under student disciplinary policies. The sanctions include, but are not limited to, warning, probation, suspension or expulsion from the College or probation, suspension or termination of employment; and referral to authorities for prosecution, as appropriate.
Download PDF Student Disciplinary Procedure
Many health risks are associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Risks include: malnutrition, brain damage, heart disease, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, mental illness, death, low birth-weight babies, and babies with drug addictions. Personal relationships, family dynamics, ability to work and study are also at risk.
Illegally possessing, using, distributing or manufacturing any narcotic, dangerous drug or controlled substance as classified by federal, state, and local laws or appearing on campus while under the influence of any illegally-obtained narcotic, dangerous or controlled substance is a crime and violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Under federal law, marijuana including “medical marijuana” is a Schedule I substance. Its possession and/or use on any College property is illegal and subject to prosecution and College sanctions. All students must comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendment of 1989 (PL101-226).
Referrals for counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and re-entry programs are available through the community. A list of resources is available in the Counseling and Career Planning Office.
Consult your local yellow pages for a listing of all private and community-based programs. Check listings under “Alcoholism Treatment” and “Drug Abuse Information and Treatment.” Locally, contact Mind Springs Health in Rangely at 970.675.8411, or in Craig at 970.824.6541. For further information contact the Counseling and Career Planning Office at 970.675.3205. This information is provided in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101-226).Colorado Community College System BP 3-24 outlines System President’s Procedures for a Drug-Free Workplace. Employee handbook reference
Federal Student Complaint Regulation
Grievance and Appeal Procedures
If you are taking any Colorado Northwestern Community College courses, and you have a complaint about your experience with Colorado Northwestern Community College, you have two options:
- You can follow Colorado
Northwestern Community College’s process for student complaints, or you may also contact the
Higher Learning Commission which is Colorado Northwestern Community College’s accrediting agency.
- If you are residing outside of Colorado while attending Colorado Northwestern Community College, in many cases you can file a complaint in the state where you are residing. As required by federal regulations, below is a list of agencies in each state where complaints can be filed.
Before exercising either of the above options, you should know that most (if not all) external complaint processes require that the student exhaust all avenues of complaint internal to the institution before they will consider a grievance.
Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment that violates federal, state law, or Board Policy 3-120 or
Board Policy 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sex, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation. The College complies with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Executive Order 11246, and sections 24-34-301, C.R.S. et seq. CNCC will take appropriate steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in vocational education programs.
For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact:
Title IX Coordinator
Email: Janell Oberlander
Address: Colorado Northwestern Community College,
2801 W 9th Street, Craig, CO 81625
Complaints may also be filed with the Vice President of Legal Affairs and Vocational Education Administration:
Colorado Community College System,
9101 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80230-6011
Phone: (303) 595-1549
The Office for Civil Rights:
U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building
1244 Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, Colorado, 80204,
Phone: (303) 844-5695.
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
The Clery Act Disclosure is accessible on the CNCC Website. Hard copies also available through the
Residence Life Department.
- Sexual assault protocols and victims’ rights provisions are described in our Student Handbook. Victims are encouraged to report. Help is available.
- Sex offender information is available at Colorado’s Convicted Sex Offender website and CNCC Students Right to Know.
- The Safe Campus Office will immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff.
- Report crimes, violations, accidents, suspicious persons and incidents to the Rangely Police Department at (970) 675-8467 or Craig Police Department at (970) 824-8111. If there is no immediate answer, dial 911.
Public Information and the Security of Your Student Records (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 restricts the release of student information to the public without the consent of the student, except for directory information.
Directory information includes name, number of credits currently taking or completed, dates of enrollment, major, degrees earned and honors earned. The Solomon Amendment requires institutions receiving federal funds to provide additional directory information that includes address and phone numbers of enrolled students to the US Military. Personal identifiers, such as the student’s identification/social security number, cannot be designated as directory information. Students may elect to withhold directory information by notifying the Admissions and Records Office in writing. Requests for non-disclosure will be honored by the College for one academic year. Additional information may be obtained through the Admissions and Records Office.
Learn more about FERPA.
Smoking is prohibited in all College buildings as directed by the Governor’s Executive Order D0036 90. Smoking is also prohibited at all doorway entrances. Specified outdoor smoking areas have been indicated on campus maps located around the building. Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of doorways and buildings.
In accordance with Title I of Public Law 101-542, information about graduation rates is available on the CNCC Website Students Right to Know or from the Office of Institutional Research. Additional graduation data is also available at the Colorado Department of Higher Education Website.
Student Bill of Rights
The General Assembly implemented the Student Bill of Rights (C.R.S. 23-1-125) to assure that students enrolled in public institutions of higher education have the following rights:
- A quality general education experience that develops competencies in reading, writing, mathematics, technology and critical thinking through an integrated arts and science experience.
- Students should be able to complete their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree programs in no more than sixty credit hours or their baccalaureate programs in no more than one hundred twenty credit hours, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission.
- A student can sign a two-year or four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in two or four years, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission.
- Students have a right to clear and concise information concerning which courses must be completed successfully to complete their degrees.
- Students have a right to know which courses are transferable among the state public two- and four-year institutions of higher education.
- Students, upon successful completion of core general education courses, should have those courses satisfy the core course requirements of all Colorado public institutions of higher education.
- Students have a right to know if courses from one or more public higher education institutions satisfy the student’s graduation requirements.
Colorado Northwestern offers the Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) degrees for the student who wishes to transfer to a baccalaureate-level college or university. Each of the programs fulfills the General Education Core Transfer Program.
The GT Pathways Program makes it possible for CNCC students to complete a core of general education curriculum requirements and be guaranteed transfer credit for these classes at Colorado’s public four-year colleges and universities (listed in the college catalog). Additionally, a number of statewide transfer articulation agreements are in place with Colorado’s public four-year colleges and universities. Accepting institutions and curriculum information are outlined in the catalog.
A list of other transfer agreements with four-year institutions is provided in the CNCC College Catalog.
The transfer of academic credit to the college is governed by DHE and State Board policies and System President Procedures. These policies and procedures are outlined in the college catalog.
Students may earn credit for learning outside the classroom. Credit for prior learning must apply to a degree or certificate goal. Credit is granted by Portfolio; Standardized Testing; Published Guide, such as ACE; and Challenge Exam. Full details are provided in the Student Guide to Credit for Prior Learning.
Voter Registration Information
CNCC fully supports and advocates that students and staff register to vote. Voter Registration forms are available on the Colorado Secretary of State Website.
Withdrawing from CNCC
Students who decide to leave CNCC at any point during the semester are strongly encouraged to formally withdraw by contacting the Admissions and Records Office. Staff members will provide the appropriate course adjustment form, or students can choose to access Crossroads to withdraw. If the withdrawal from CNCC occurs before the census (drop) date, 100% of the tuition will be refunded. No refund is granted for classes from which a student withdraws after census date. Additionally, any financial aid accepted/received will be subject to the Return of Title IV Funds calculation.
Students who have made use of the various campus services or have been involved in athletics, are encouraged to complete the Student Withdrawal & Clearance Form. This form is designed to make sure students contact all of the appropriate departments before leaving campus. Until the Registrar certifies the withdrawal to be complete, no refunds can be made.
The official transcript for a student who withdraws from the college after census date up through 80 percent of the semester will reflect a “W” in each course for that semester. A student who fails to withdraw from the College before the final withdrawal date will receive the grade(s) earned for the semester. If extenuating circumstances exist, a student can file a Student Petition. If approved by the Vice President of Instruction and Student Affairs, the final grade(s) may be changed to “W”.
Colorado Northwestern Community College is currently working cooperatively with higher education authorities in all states and other U.S. jurisdictions to ensure compliance with state authorization requirements that govern the offering of courses in those states, including complaint processes. CNCC will continue to monitor developments in the jurisdictions in which it enrolls students, and, if authorization or licensure is or becomes necessary, it will obtain approvals or provide notice here of the jurisdictions in which it is not authorized to offer courses or programs.
Currently CNCC has approval to offer courses in the following states
Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Utah.
CNCC is currently not authorized to offer courses in the following states
Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
If you are not an on-campus student at CNCC and plan to enroll in distance classes, please check the information provided above to verify that your state has either authorized or exempted our college to offer such classes or programs to you as a resident of that state.
If you reside in an “unauthorized” state and plan to take distance education classes, please note that we are not authorized or exempted to offer distance education classes or programs to you as a resident of an “unauthorized” state.
Colorado Open Records Act Requests
Learn more about Records Management and Colorado Open Records Act Request, Click here.
Email: Janell Oberlander
Address: Colorado Northwestern Community College,
2801 W 9th Street, Craig, CO 81625
Equity in Athletics 2016 Report
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the filesharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at (www.copyright.gov).
Phone: (970) 675-3273