Colorado Northwestern Community College is proud to provide a diverse and quality educational experience to each student who attends the school. Due to the small size of the campuses, we can offer a wide range of educational opportunities that foster citizenship, engagement, and academic success. Whether a student is on-line, on-campus, or part-time, we are committed to supporting student’s needs.. Colorado Northwestern Community College (“the College” or “CNCC”) provides this handbook with this goal in mind.

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Student Handbook 2023-2024

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Student Handbook 2021-2022

Student Handbook 2020-2021

Student Handbook 2019-2020

Student Handbook 2018-2019

Student Handbook 2017-2018

Student Handbook 2016-2017

Student Handbook 2015-2016

Current Policies

Colorado Northwestern Community College policy library serves as the official repository for all campus-wide policies; provides resource links to campus department- and unit-specific policies, as well as links to the university-wide policies implemented by the CNCC System; and provides accurate and up-to-date policy information to the campus community.  

Alcohol Policy
Colorado Northwestern Community College is a dry campus. Use, possession, presence of alcohol or alcohol paraphernalia is prohibited. While in the Colorado Northwestern Community College residence halls, residence hall students and their guests will not:
  • Sell, use, possess (including possession by consumption) or provide beverages containing alcohol to any residence hall student;
  • Possess empty or full kegs of beer, or other common source containers of alcohol (e.g., beer bottles, pony kegs, boxed wine, etc.).
  • Use or possess open beverages containing alcohol in public areas;
  • Possess paraphernalia used for drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, such as keg taps or “beer bongs” are prohibited in the residence halls and will be confiscated.
Drug Policy
While in the Colorado Northwestern Community College residence halls, residence hall students and their guests will not: Sell, use or possess illegal drugs (including possession by consumption) In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, it is the policy of Colorado Northwestern Community College to provide an ducational environment that is free of alcohol and drug abuse. The unlawful manufacture, possession, distribution and/or use of controlled substances, drugs, intoxicants, or stimulants is prohibited in/on College owned or controlled property. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary sanctions up to an including expulsion. Violations may also be referred to the proper authority for prosecution. The College reserves the right to enter student rooms in order to assist local authorities to enforce civil statutes. Detection of drug paraphernalia, marijuana odor, or a reasonable suspicion of drug use will subject a student to disciplinary action.

Health Issues Associated with Drug Use

Stimulants These include amphetamines and cocaine that stimulate the central and peripheral nervous system and the cardio-vascular system, resulting in decreased fatigue, interference with sleep patterns and decreased ppetite. Health risks include drug-induced psychiatric disturbances, strokes, and destruction of nasal tissue, bronchitis, skin ulcers, increased heart rate, and increased heart rate to cardiac fibrillation, heart attack and death. Depressants These include barbiturates, tranquilizers and metaqualone (“soapers”). Possible effects include disorientation and loss of coordination. An overdose can cause coma or death. Depressants taken in combination with alcohol are especially dangerous. Hallucinogens These include lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, aka “acid”). Health risks include drug-induced hallucinations and other psychiatric disturbances. Birth defects in user’s children could also result. Overdose can result in psychosis episodes and even death. Cannabis These include marijuana and hashish. Chronic use can result in respiratory difficulties, bronchitis, impairment of heart contraction, impairment of fertility, increased rate of chromosomes breakage and acute memory impairment. Episodic use can result in panic reactions. As with alcohol, impaired perceptions and motor functions, and inability to carry out multi-step tasks, contribute to motor vehicle crashes and other trauma.


These include heroin, morphine, codeine and opium. Risks include infection, malnutrition, hepatitis and respiratory depression. Overdose can result in coma and possible death. Inhalants These include aerosol products, lighter fluid and paint thinner. Associated health risks include paralysis; damage to lungs, brain, liver and bone marrow; hallucinations; convulsions; coma; and death.

Federal Sanctions for Drugs

Under Federal law, the manufacture, sale, or distribution of all Schedule I and II illicit drugs (e.g., cocaine, meth-amphetamines, heroin, PCP, LSD, Fentanyl, and all mixtures containing such substances) is a felony.
  1. For first offenses, maximum penalties range from five years to life (20 years to life if death or serious injury is involved) and fines up to $4 million for offenses by individuals ($20 million for other than individuals).
  2. Penalties vary depending upon the quantity of drugs involved.
  3. Federal law also prohibits trafficking of marijuana, hashish and mixtures containing such substances.
  4. For illegal trafficking medically useful drugs (e.g., prescription and over-the-counter drugs), maximum prison sentences for first offenses range up to five years, and up to 10 years for second offenses.
  5. Federal law also prohibits illegal possession of controlled substances, with prison sentences up to one year and fines up to $100,000 for first offenses, imprisonment up to two years and fines up to $250,000 for second offenses.
  6. Special sentencing provisions apply for possession of crack cocaine, including imprisonment of five to 20 years and fines up to $250,000 for first offenses, depending upon the quantity of crack possessed.
Medicinal Marijuana Colorado Northwestern Community College policy does not allow students to use, possess, transport, or sell marijuana or paraphernalia in or on its facilities or property. Medical and recreational Marijuana use is not permitted under Federal Law or recognized by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and its use in any form is not permitted on College property or during sponsored activities as a condition of compliance with Federal Law.
Firearms Policy

Firearms, Fireworks, Explosives, and Weapons

On Campus Colorado Northwestern recognizes and follows the The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policy (BP) and the Colorado Community College System President’s Procedures (SP). The Board policy states that no person may have on his or her person any unauthorized firearm, ammunition, explosive device, or illegal weapon on campus or any facility used by a college. Persons authorized to carry firearms and other equipment defined in the policy are:
  1. Those persons conducting and participating in an approved program of instruction in the college’s curriculum which requires access to such equipment as an integral part of the instructional program;
  2. Certified Peace Officers;
  3. Those persons who have been issued a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun in accordance with Colorado’s Concealed Carry Act, C.R.S. § 18-12-201, et seq. and who are acting in compliance with the requirements of that Act;
  4. Those persons granted permission at the discretion of the College President for specific purposes from time to time.
Colorado law defines a dangerous weapon as an instrument designed to, or that is used in a manner to produce bodily harm. This list includes; firearms, explosives, ammunition, and dangerous weapons or materials that can be deemed as harmful. Fireworks are prohibited on campus in accordance with the regulations of the Town of Rangely, as well as the City of Craig. In Residence Halls Personal possession and/or use of firearms in the residence halls (antique or modern) or other weapons is not permitted. The Residence Hall Contract states that the resident agrees not to bring any weapon or firearm, including any handgun(s) carried in accordance with the Colorado Concealed Carry Act, §18-12-201, et. seq., C.R.S., into any residence hall. With regard to any weapons other than handguns carried in accordance with the Colorado Concealed Carry Act, §18-12-201, et. seq., C.R.S. , College Policies, rules and regulations prohibit weapons and firearms from being brought into any residence hall. Notwithstanding any other language in the Residence Hall Contract, the College may terminate the contract immediately for violation of this provision. Colorado Northwestern Community College personnel reserve the right to determine what constitutes as a weapon. Students who obtain a Concealed Carry Permit and wish to carry a handgun in accordance with the permit must notify the Safe Campus Coordinator and will be released from their Housing & Dining Services Residence Halls Contract without financial penalty. Weapons used for sporting purposes may be stored within the Rangely Campus Armory, by contacting the Safe Campus Coordinator, the Chief Ranger or Academy Director. However, before bringing any weapon to campus, residents should check with the Safe Campus Coordinator to determine what kinds of weapons may be stored and what the procedure is for storing them. Students who violate this policy are subject to severe disciplinary action, including expulsion from the college.
Quiet Hours
Check with your Resident Assistant to find out your hall’s specific quiet hours. During quiet hours, all noise must be contained within individual rooms.During final exams, 24-hour quiet hours are in effect beginning at 12:00 a.m. on Sunday of finals week and ending after the last exam time. At all other times, courtesy hours are in effect. Courtesy hours are defined as noise levels appropriate for residence hall living and not disruptive to others. This policy governs activities in individual rooms an outside in close proximity to the halls. Residence Life staff members are available to help resolve noise-related problems. It is always best to try to resolve such problems yourself before asking staff to intervene. While in the Colorado Northwestern Community College residence halls, residence hall students and their guests will not: Make unreasonable and excessive noise, that is, noise that can be heard in the corridors or beyond the boundaries of their room.
Title IX and Sexual Harassment


Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies BP 19-60. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. 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. The College has designated Jennifer Rea as its Title IX Coordinator and Angela Miller as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Coordinator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. For more information, contact:
Jennifer Rea   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
500 Kennedy Drive    500 Kennedy Dr.
Rangely, CO    Rangely, CO 81648
(970) 675-3229   (970) 675-3235
You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244 North Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204, telephone (303) 844-3417. What Is Discrimination? Discrimination is any distinction in favor of or against a person(s) on the basis of a trait of the group, class, or category to which the person(s) belongs rather than according to actual merit.
  • Discrimination can occur when a person is given a preference because of a personal trait. The result is that people without the trait are at a disadvantage.
  • Discrimination can occur when a person is disadvantaged because of a personal trait. The result is that people without that trait receive an unfair advantage.
  • Protection from discrimination is based on whether the personal trait is covered by the College policy that is stated above.

Sexual Misconduct / Title IX Overview

What Is Title IX? Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sexual discrimination and harassment in educational institutions. How Does It Affect Me The law prohibits discrimination against a person or group on the basis of sex by any College employee or student. Anyone who believes there has been an act of discrimination on the basis of sex against any person or group by a CNCC employee or student, at any of our campuses, service centers, or college-sanctioned events, may file a complaint with the CNCC Title IX Coordinator. The person making the report does not have to be a victim of the alleged discrimination but may complain on behalf of another person or group. Reporting an Incident or Concern of Sexual Misconduct or Harassment CNCC employees and students have an ethical obligation to report an incidences they are aware of concerning discrimination or harassment. If the employee or student is unsure, he or she may direct questions to the Title IX Coordinator at the College. The Language of Title IX No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.