Porterville College

Student Handbook

Students' Rights and Freedoms

Your rights and freedoms as students at Porterville College

The Porterville College faculty and staff accept and share the responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive to your freedom to learn. Porterville College understands its duty to develop policies and procedures which provides and safeguards this freedom. Some of these rights and freedoms are listed below.

Freedom of Association

You bring to the campus a variety of interests previously acquired and will develop many new interests as a student of Porterville College. You should be free to organize and join campus associations to promote your common interests with other students. The process in which to organize and/ or join associations may be subject to certain considerations found in student constitution of the Associated Students of Porterville College.

Freedom of Inquiry and Expression

You should be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to you and to express your opinions publicly and privately. You should be free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular operations of the institution. At the same time, it should be made clear to the academic and surrounding community that in any public expressions or demonstrations, students or student organizations speak only for themselves.

Freedom From Discrimination

Porterville College wishes to maintain a nondiscriminatory learning and work environment The Kern Community College District (KCCD) policy regarding unlawful discrimination states that “No person associated with the KCCD staff, on the basis of ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, color or physical or mental disability, be unlawfully subjected to discrimination in any of the district’s programs or activities.”

Freedom From Harassment

Porterville College is committed to providing a learning and working environment free of all forms of harassment. This might include sexual harassment which is defined as “any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” or general harassment which includes behaviors that may be offensive and objected to by a student such as ethnic or religious jokes, comments or innuendos, etc.


February 17, 2015
Kern Community College District