WSR 10-06-090



[ Filed March 1, 2010, 3:55 p.m. , effective April 1, 2010 ]

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: To amend sections of chapter 132U-120 WAC, Student complaints procedure.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing x [WAC 132U-120-270, 132U-120-285, 132U-120-320 and 132U-120-330]; and amending x [WAC 132U-120-260].

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.50.130.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-01-139 on December 21, 2009.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: February 5, 2010.

Patricia Onion

Vice-President of

Educational Services


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-01-072, filed 12/12/02, effective 1/12/03)

WAC 132U-120-260   Purpose.   ((The purpose of this procedure is to:

Protect each student's freedom of expression in the learning environment;

Protect each student from improper, arbitrary or capricious academic evaluations (grades) or actions made by an instructor;

Offer each student reasonable protection against arbitrary or capricious actions taken by college officials;

Provide a mechanism for students to express concerns in an effort to improve the learning environment.

The emphasis of this procedure is on informal resolution of the complaint. Most differences are best resolved by direct, courteous, and respectful communication. Formal complaints, which involve hearings before the student rights and responsibilities committee, should be rare.)) Whatcom Community College is committed to providing quality service to students, including providing accessible services, accurate information, and equitable and fair application of policies and procedures, including evaluation of class performance, grading, and rules and regulations for student participation in college activities and student conduct. The college procedures pertaining to student complaints are delineated in the Whatcom Community College policy and procedures manual and published on the college web site.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.130 and 28B.50.140. 03-01-072, 132U-120-260, filed 12/12/02, effective 1/12/03; 88-15-005 (Order 88-03), 132U-120-260, filed 7/8/88.]


     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 132U-120-270 Complaints excluded.
WAC 132U-120-285 Time limits.
WAC 132U-120-320 Withdrawal of complaint.
WAC 132U-120-330 Administrative, faculty and staff grievances.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office