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Student's Right to Know

 

For information regarding Academic Regulations for KCTCS, please visit KCTCS Academic Regulations.

The Academic Ombud helps resolve academic disputes between students and faculty or administration. When students are unable to resolve grievances or complaints through usual means, the Ombud may be able to expedite the process or advise the student about the proper procedures to follow. The Ombud determines whether a student s case has sufficient merit to warrant an appeal to the College Appeals Board. Problems include, but are not limited to violation of students academic rights, unfair teaching and grading practices, cheating and plagiarism, and discrimination and harassment. All cases are held in strict confidence. For the location of the Ombud's office contact Academic Affairs at (859) 246-6271.

For information on BCTC's accreditation please visit https://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/about/accreditation/index.aspx

Academic Regulations (KCTCS)

For information regarding Academic Regulations for KCTCS, please visit KCTCS Academic Regulations

Academic Ombud

The Academic Ombud helps resolve academic disputes between students and faculty or administration. When students are unable to resolve grievances or complaints through usual means, the Ombud may be able to expedite the process or advise the student about the proper procedures to follow. The Ombud determines whether a student s case has sufficient merit to warrant an appeal to the College Appeals Board. Problems include, but are not limited to violation of students academic rights, unfair teaching and grading practices, cheating and plagiarism, and discrimination and harassment. All cases are held in strict confidence. For the location of the Ombud's office contact Academic Affairs at (859) 246-6366.

BCTC Accreditation

For information on BCTC's accreditation please visit https://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/about/accreditation/index.aspx

Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics

You may view BCTC's Crisis Management Plan, Crime Statistics, and Crisis Response plans online at https://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/about/student-life/campus-safety/index.aspx

Constitution Day

BCTC Student Activities Office will organize our Constitution Day program to be held each year in September.

Drug Free Policy

KCTCS colleges are committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. The KCTCS colleges have adopted the following drug-free policy:

Being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs or the use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or sale of illegal or unauthorized drugs is prohibited and is punishable as a felony offense on campus or within 1000 yards of campus. Conduct that violates this definition, poses unacceptable risks, and disregards the health, safety and welfare of members of the KCTCS college community shall result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or termination. The KCTCS Colleges are in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act amendment of 1989.

More Information: KCTCS Catalog

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

Access BCTC's student records privacy policy online at the Registrar/FERPA Webpage.

FSA Student Loan Ombudsman's Office

Contact Information for the FSA Student Loan Ombudsman's Office

Email: fsaombudsmanoffice@ed.gov
Web Address: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman
Telephone: 877-557-2575 (Toll Free)
202-377-3800
Fax: 202-275-0549

Mail:
U.S. Department of Education
FSA Ombudsman
830 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20202-514

HIV/AIDS Facts and Information

HIV: HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. This is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV is different from most other viruses because it attacks the immune system. The immune system gives our bodies the ability to fight infections. HIV finds and destroys a type of white blood cell (T cells or CD4 cells) that the immune system must have to fight disease.

AIDS: AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection. It can take years for a person infected with HIV, even without treatment, to reach this stage. Having AIDS means that the virus has weakened the immune system to the point at which the body has a difficult time fighting infection. When someone has one or more specific infections, certain cancers, or a very low number of T cells, he or she is considered to have AIDS.

How HIV Is and Is Not Transmitted
HIV is a fragile virus. It cannot live for very long outside the body. As a result, the virus is not transmitted through day-to-day activities such as shaking hands, hugging, or a casual kiss. You cannot become infected from a toilet seat, drinking fountain, doorknob, dishes, drinking glasses, food, or pets. You also cannot get HIV from mosquitoes.

HIV is primarily found in the blood, semen, or vaginal fluid of an infected person. HIV is transmitted in 3 main ways:

  • Having sex (anal, vaginal, or oral) with someone infected with HIV
  • Sharing needles and syringes with someone infected with HIV
  • Being exposed (fetus or infant) to HIV before or during birth or through breastfeeding

HIV also can be transmitted through blood infected with HIV. However, since 1985, all donated blood in the United States has been tested for HIV. Therefore, the risk for HIV infection through the transfusion of blood or blood products is extremely low. The US.
blood supply is considered among the safest in the world.

Preventing Transmission
Your risk of getting HIV or passing it to someone else depends on several things. Do you know what they are? You might want to talk to someone who knows about HIV. You can also do the following:

Abstain from sex (do not have oral, anal, or vaginal sex) until you are in a relationship with only one person, are having sex with only each other, and each of you knows the other’s HIV status. If both you and your partner have HIV, use condoms to prevent
other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and possible infection with a different strain of HIV. If only one of you has HIV, use a latex condom and water-based lubricant every time you have sex.

Even if you think you have low risk for HIV infection, get tested whenever you have a regular medical check-up. Do not inject illicit drugs (drugs not prescribed by your doctor). You can get HIV through needles, syringes, and other works if they are contaminated with the blood of someone who has HIV. Drugs also cloud your mind, which may result in riskier sex. Do not have sex when you are taking drugs or drinking alcohol because being high can make you more likely to take risks.

To protect yourself, remember these ABCs: A=Abstinence, B=Be Faithful, C=Condoms

The only way to know if you are infected is to be tested for HIV infection. You cannot rely on symptoms to know whether or not you are infected. Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms at all for 10 years or more.

The following may be warning signs of advanced HIV infection: rapid weight loss; dry cough; recurring fever or profuse night sweats; profound and unexplained fatigue; swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck; diarrhea that lasts for more than a week; white spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat; pneumonia; red, brown, pink, or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or eyelids; or memory loss, depression, and other neurological disorders.
However, no one should assume they are infected if they have any of these symptoms. Each of these symptoms can be related to other illnesses. Again, the only way to determine whether you are infected is to be tested for HIV infection.

HIV Testing
Once HIV enters the body, the body starts to produce antibodies—substances the immune system creates after infection. Most HIV tests look for these antibodies rather than the virus itself. There are many different kinds of HIV tests, including rapid tests and
home test kits. All HIV tests approved by the US government are very good at finding HIV.

Finding a Testing Site
Many places offer HIV testing: health departments, doctors' offices, hospitals, and sites specifically set up to provide HIV testing. You can locate a testing site by calling CDC-INFO (formerly the CDC National AIDS Hotline) at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
24 Hours/Day. You do not have to give any personal information about yourself to use these services to find a testing site.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/basic/print/index.htm 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR TESTING:

  • CDC National AIDS Hotline
    (800)232-4636
  • AIDS Volunteers of Lexington (AVOL)
    225 Walton Ave, Suite 110
    (859) 225-3000
  • Lexington-Fayette County Health Dept.
    805B Newtown Circle
    (859) 288-AIDS (2437)

 

 

Institutional Policy Regarding Copyright Infringement

BCTC's policy regarding Copyright Violations and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing can be accessed at https://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/about/privacy-terms/index.aspx

PeopleSoft

Information regarding PeopleSoft may be found here: https://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/current-students/registrar/peoplesoft/index.aspx

Retention, Completion, and Graduation Rates

Visit BCTC's Institutional Research's website for information on retention, completion and graduation rates: IPRE

Safety Notification Alert Process (SNAP)

For information on KCTCS Safety Notification Alert Process visit https://kctcs.edu/snap/

Code of student Conduct

Review the Code of Student Conduct

Student Responsibilities

This publication regards all students attending Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the information contained in this publication. The following list contains essential student responsibilities:

  • Monitoring your mail and your official KCTCS email account for correspondence, particularly from the Student Financial Aid Office, the Bursar's Office, Registrar's Office, and Office of Admissions.
  • Responding to requests for additional information via mail or email
  • Accessing you PeopleSoft Account at bluegrass.kctcs.edu for information regarding records, registration, student billing and financial aid.

Please notify the Student Financial Aid Office of the following:

  • All estimated and actual financial assistance from both college and non-college university sources.
  • Changes or errors in your enrollment, career, residency, or academic program with the Registrar's Office or Office of Admissions.
  • Errors on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Changes in your financial situation since filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and unique circumstances not reflected on the FAFSA.
  • If you have defaulted, filed bankruptcy, or filed for disability discharge on a federal student loan or you are in the process of filing bankruptcy on an education loan.
  • If you have been awarded or disbursed federal or state aid at an institution other than Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
  • If you attend less than full-time.

The Student Financial Aid Office is located in room 121 of the Oswald building on Cooper Campus.

Students in University of Kentucky Housing

You may view policies relating to UK Housing here: http://www.uky.edu/Housing/undergraduate/policies.html#f

Textbooks

Students can purchase books online at: BCTC Bookstore

Transfer Student Services

For information about how transfer coursework will be applied at BCTC, please visit https://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/current-students/registrar/transfer-credit-evaulation.aspx

Veterans Resource Center

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will provide a service to veterans by employing a part-time Veterans Resource Coordinator and establishing an office dedicated to working with veterans in 2010. As a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and of the increased educational benefits available to service members, the number of veterans and active military attending post-secondary education has increased significantly in recent years. In response to this need, BCTC will offer the opportunity to veterans, those still serving in the active reserves, and those serving in National Guard components of the armed forces to enroll into higher education to enhance their job prospects, achieve career goals, expand their knowledge and skill sets for both personal and career enrichment, and facilitate their transition into civilian life.

The BCTC Veterans Resource Center will serve as the primary point of contact for current and prospective veteran students and their families by conducting target recruitment of military veterans and personnel and offering specialized counseling and support groups that include referrals to community resources. Some common services offered will include financial aid, tuition assistance, counseling, employment assistance, academic advising, various campus events and career services. BCTC will also offer separate veterans orientation and establish a student veterans club.