Nondiscrimination in Education

It is the policy of Northwest Iowa Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed,

religion, and actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code sections 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C.§§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.), and all other applicable federal and state laws, regulations and orders. The Board of Trustees shall monitor progress on this policy through the President’s appointed Affirmative Action/Equity Coordinator(s).

If you have any questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact the Equity Coordinators, Sandy Bruns, Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park Street, Sheldon, Iowa, phone number 712-324-5061, extension 113, fax 712-324-4136, email; or Beth Frankenstein; phone number 712-324-5061, extension 242, fax 712-324-4136, email; or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576.

Communications and Information Systems Policy Summary

With the growth of telecommunications in the work place, the Board of Trustees recognizes that students and employees will alter the way that ideas are shared, information is transmitted, and people are contacted. As employees and students are connected to the global community, the use of technology brings new responsibilities as well as opportunities.

The College will provide employees and students with communication and information systems for education and educational support purposes. The systems are not to be used in any way that may be disruptive to the learning process, offensive, or illegal. The transmission of sexually explicit images, messages, cartoons, or communications that contain profane or offensive language, ethnic slurs, racial epithets, or anything that may be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their race, national origin, gender, age, disability, or religious or political beliefs is prohibited. The systems shall not be used to solicit or proselytize others for commercial ventures, religious or political causes. All employees and students will be required to abide by the NCC Communications and Information Systems Use Policy. Violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or discharge. View the NCC Computer Systems & Information Use Policy at

Graduation Rate

Public Law 101-542, The Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, as amended by Public Law 102-26, requires higher education institutions to report their completion or graduation rate on an annual basis. 

The graduation rate was 57% for students who entered Northwest Iowa Community College on a full-time basis for the fall term, 2013. This figure includes those who received a degree or diploma at Northwest Iowa Community College or transferred to a four-year institution. 

Campus Security Act

In accordance with Public Law 102-26 Title I, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act, students, employees, and visitors who have experienced criminal acts or other emergencies which have occurred on the college campus shall immediately report those emergencies to the Vice President of Operations and Finance, Director of Human Resources, Director of Student Development, or the Sheldon Police Department. Within 24 hours of the occurrence, an incident report shall be completed by the individual or a copy of the police report submitted to the Vice President of Operations and Finance. Incident report forms are available from the office of the Vice President of Operations and Finance.

NCC distributes a notice of this Annual Security Report by October 1 of each year to every member of the College community. Anyone including prospective students or employees, may obtain a paper copy of this report by contacting the Vice President of Finance at 712-324-5061 or by contacting the Student Services office.

NCC relies on its close working relationships with local law enforcement agencies to receive information about incidents involving NCC students. In coordination with local law enforcement agencies, NCC will actively investigate certain crimes occurring on campus with the assistance of local police departments. 

Campus buildings, with the exception of the student housing units, are open and available for use from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Physical Plant staff is available on campus during this period of time to provide help with students, staff and visitors. Emergency telephones for 911 calls are located at the east side of Parking Lot 1, the east side of parking lot 3 and the south side of parking lot 5. The Sheldon Police Department should be called when the incident dictates. Student Housing main outside doors will generally be locked. The campus does not employ a security officer but relies on the Sheldon City Police Department for security 24 hours a day. In the evenings, custodial staff is available to escort students and staff to their cars.

Definition from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook (UCR)

  1. On Campus — (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of , or in any manner related to, the institution’s educational purposed, including residence halls: and (2) Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students and supports institutional purposes (such as food or other retail vendor).
  1. Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter — The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
  2. Negligence Manslaughter — The killing of another person through gross negligence
  1. Sex Offenses, Forcible — Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly or/and against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
  1. Sex Offenses, Non-forcible — unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. (Includes incest or statutory rape – under age of consent).
  2. Robbery — The taking, or attempting to take, or anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  3. Aggravated Assault — An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of weapon or by means likely to produce heath or great bodily harm.
  1. Burglary — The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
  1. Motor Vehicle Theft — The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
  2. Arson — Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
  3. Liquor Law Violations — Violation of state or local laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchases, transportation, possession or use of alcoholic beverages (with the exception of “driving under the influence” or “drunkenness”).
  4. Drug Law Violations — Violations of laws prohibiting the production, distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substance and the equipment of devices utilized in their preparations and/or use. The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, use, possession, transportation, or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance, Arrest for violations of state and local laws, specifically those relating the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include opium or cocaine, and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana, synthetic narcotics – manufactured narcotics that can cause true addition (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
  5. Illegal Weapons Possession — Violations of laws or ordinance prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment of use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devises or other deadly weapons.
  6. Hate Crimes — Sufficient objective facts lead a reasonable and prudent person to conclude that an offender’s actions were motivated, in whole or in part, by bias against the victim’s race, gender, religion, sexual orientation ethnicity/national origin, or disability.
  1. Domestic Violence — Felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse 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, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction, 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 the jurisdiction.
  1. 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, and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: (i) the length of the relationship, (ii) the type of relationship, and (iii) the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
  1. 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 to suffer substantial emotional distress.
  2. Unfounded Crimes — A reported crime investigated by law enforcement and found to be false or baseless.

The following statistics, provided in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act, are for students and employees and to applicants for enrollment or employment upon request. Our 2013, 2014, and 2015 comparative reputable crime rates were as follows:

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Northwest Iowa Community College also wants students and employees to be aware of where the public can access “Megan’s Law” information regarding sex offenders. One source of information is on the website and the second is through the local county sheriff’s department. 

Drug-Free Schools and Communities

It is the policy of NCC to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226 and to provide staff and students with information to prevent the use of illicit drugs, the abuse of alcohol on campus and to provide a drug-free work place for students and staff. It shall be unlawful to possess, use or distribute illicit drugs and alcohol by students or employees on college property or as part of any college activity. The laws of the state of Iowa pertaining to the possession and use of illicit drugs and alcoholic beverages on public property shall be followed. Specifically, this means that it is a violation of the drug and alcohol policy for students and employees to purchase, manufacture, possess, consume or sell such items on campus.

Student and staff violations of the standards as stated in the previous paragraph shall result in any one or combination of the following disciplinary sanctions:

  1. Warning
  2. Disciplinary probation
  3. Suspension
  4. Referral to an appropriate drug/alcohol treatment program
  5. Referral to law enforcement agencies
  6. Possible disciplinary sanctions include expulsion or termination

Definitions and accompanying procedures of these sanctions pertaining to the student can be found in the office of the Associate Dean of Students. Policies and procedures pertaining to employees can be found in the office of the Director of Human Resources.

Staff rights shall be protected in accordance with due process.

Staff accused of violating the drug/alcohol policy as established shall have the right to:

  1. a hearing before the appropriate campus judicial board
  2. access to an appeal as defined within the college policies and procedures.

Student’s rights shall be protected in accordance with due process.

Students accused of violating the drug/alcohol policy as established shall have the right to due process.

See the Student Discipline Section.

Substance Abuse Prevention Program

If a student or staff member is identified as having a probable chemical dependency problem or voluntarily notifies his/her instructor or supervisor of such, that individual will be directed to the counseling staff in the Student Services Office. The counseling staff in the Student Services Office will refer the individual to the local alcohol and drug treatment unit or to an agency of the individual’s own choosing.

Legal Sanctions

Under Chapter 124 of the State of Iowa Code regarding controlled substances, various penalties and offenses are described involving the illegal manufacture, possession, possession with intent to deliver, delivery and design (simulation and counterfeiting) of illegal drugs. Illegal drugs include but are not limited to marijuana, methamphetamines, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy. Except as authorized under Chapter 124 (legally prescribed drugs), it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, or to act with, enter into a common scheme or design with, or conspire with one or more other persons to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance or a counterfeit or simulated controlled substance. Violations of Chapter 124 may result in simple, serious or aggravated misdemeanors, or class “D,” “C” or “B” felony charges.

Consequences may include:

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is punishable by up to 30 days in the County Jail and a fine not to exceed $500.

Simple Possession of controlled substances is punishable by up to one year in the County Jail and a fine not to exceed $1,500. A conviction will also result in the loss of student financial aid eligibility.

Possession with intent to deliver, delivery and/or manufacture (including growing) of controlled substances is punishable by a range of penalties up to a maximum prison term of 50 years and a maximum fine not to exceed $1,000,000.

Local and federal sanctions will also apply.

Annual Security Report

For a complete copy of the College’s Annual Security Report, visit and type in “Annual Security Report” in the search box.