WSR 07-06-087

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

WHATCOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE


[ Filed March 7, 2007, 9:20 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending WAC 132U-03-020 to delete old locations of operations, add web site as source of information, change location of information availability; WAC 132U-03-030 to change location of rules coordinator; WAC 132U-104-030 to change meeting day of board of trustees; WAC 132U-120-020 to add definition of dean of instruction; WAC 132U-120-110 to change term lengths and requirements of student rights and responsibilities committee; WAC 132U-120-285 to change time limits; chapter 132U-280 WAC to address FERPA elements of confidentiality, inspection by students or those to whom they release, and hearings challenging amendment denials; and chapter 132U-300 WAC to revise grievance procedures.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28B.50.130 and 28B.50.140.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Whatcom Community College has constructed new buildings since the WACs were last done and locations of operations have changed. Technology improvements now allow use of the college web site as a source of information. A newly elected board of trustees has changed the day they will meet. The structure of the student rights and responsibilities committee has changed, and term lengths[,] etc. need to be amended. Technology and college practices make revisions to the FERPA chapter necessary, and the WAC on grievances and discrimination requires updating.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bets Nelson, Whatcom Community College, Rules Coordinator, 237 West Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, (360) 676-2170 ext. 3275, e-mail bnelson@whatcom.ctc.edu.

March 7, 2007

Patricia Onion

Vice-President for

Educational Services

Washington State Code Reviser's Office