First Day of Class/College Life
Financial Aid Information
Campus Computers and E-mail Information
Information for International Students
Suicide Prevention and Response
Highlands University Policies
First Day of Class/College Life
On your first day of class, you’ll get some introductory information, but then it’s down to business. If you have any questions about the structure of the course, the grading systems, when papers are due, when tests will be given or anything else, this is the time to ask! Your instructors should cover the following topics on the first day of class. If they don’t, ask them about:
other required class materials,
the syllabus (an outline of the material covered in the course),
the schedule of tests, papers and/or projects,
supplementary reading lists,
heir grading system,
their office hours,
their policy on attendance and class participation, and
check Blackboard to see if there are supplementary materials for any of your classes.
If you get ahead of the game on the first day, chances are you’ll stay ahead – and finish ahead.
Think of the student-professor relationship as a partnership with a common goal: your success. Here are a few tips to keep your relationship with the instructor on track:
Introduce yourself to your professor. The first day of class is sometimes as awkward for teachers as well as students.
Be on time for your class, and give your professor your full attention. Show you’re serious about your studies.
Participate in class discussions and volunteer answers to questions. Show you’re interested and willing to work.
Accept corrections and criticism as part of the learning process. We often learn more from our failures than we do from our successes.
Ask questions. Instructors aren’t mind readers; they need to know if something isn’t clear.
Make an appointment to talk to your professor if you’re having trouble with the coursework. Don’t wait until you’re completely lost to ask for help.
Life in college is a little different than it was in high school. College courses nearly always require more reading, more homework and more of your time than your high school courses did.
It doesn’t mean you’re an alien from outer space if you:
can’t decide on a major.
change your major (even several times).
want to have more than one major.
But if you’re having trouble clarifying your goals, see an adviser in Academic Support or Student Support Services. Find out what’s beyond the classroom. Highlands University offers a lot of support services that are yours, free, just for the asking. It’s your life. Look to professors, advisers and college staff for support, but not for decisions. Decisions are your responsibility.
Major in what you like, and success will come. Don’t study something because your mother, father or friend thinks you should. Put your heart into it!
Here are some hints on asking for help:
Talk to your professor right away if you’re having trouble in class.
Make an appointment with an adviser in the Academic Support Office or Student Support Services if stress is getting in the way of success.
Call the Childhood Development Center for advice if you’re having trouble finding day care for your child or children.
Access the Student Assistant Program.
Learning is lifelong. You’re never too old, too young, too nervous, or too inexperienced for college.
The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for the instructional program of the university. This division includes a vice president, associate vice president, academic deans, department heads, and faculty. Students may contact one or more of these individuals for information specific to academic programs.
Office of Academic Affairs
Dr. Gilbert Rivera, Vice President for Academic Affairs
105 Rodgers Administration Building, 454-3311
Office of Graduate Studies
Dr. Linda LaGrange, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
108 Rodgers Administration Building, 454-3266
School of Business, Media Arts and Technology
Dr. Margaret Young, Dean
235 Sininger Hall, 454-3344
Kerry Loewen, Department Chair, Media Arts
Media Arts West B2, 454-3588
School of Social Work
Dr. Alfredo Garcia, Dean
5041 Indian School Rd, Ste. 100, Albuquerque, NM (505) 261-6182
Dr. Jill Baker, Associate Dean
235 Lora Shields Science Annex, 454-3409
College Arts and Sciences
Dr. Kenneth Bentson, Interim Dean
136 Douglas Hall, 454-3080
Dr. Mary Shaw, Department Chair, Biology and Chemistry
325 Ivan Hilton Science Technology Building, 454-3263
Dr. Hossein Tahani, Department Chair, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
292 Ivan Hilton Science Technology Building, 426-2121
Dr. Helen Blythe, Department Chair, English and Philosophy
139 Douglas Hall, 454-3414
Dr. Yongseek Kim, Department Chair, Exercise and Sport Sciences
PE227 Wilson Complex, 454-3287
Dr. Peter Linder, Department Chair, History, Political Science and Languages and Culture
241 Douglas Hall, 454-3013
Dr. David Hacker, Department Chair, Natural Resources Management
137 Ivan Hilton Science Technology building, 454-3263
Dr. Susan Williams, Director, Nursing
101 Engineering Building, 454-3210
Dr. Tom Ward, Department Chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences
250 Lora Shields Building, 454-3343
Professor David Lobdell, Department Chair, Visual and Performing Arts
109D Burris hall, 454-3570
School of Education
School Dean TBA
14B Teacher Education Center, 454-3213
Dr. David Braun y Harychi, Associate Dean
122 Teacher Education Center, 454-3070
Dr. Kathy Jenkins, Associate Dean and Director
129 Highlands Rio Rancho Center Rio Rancho, (505) 891-6930
Dr. James Burns, Department Chair, Educational Leadership
106 Teacher Education Center, 454-3521
Dr. Jim Alarid, Department Chair, Special Education
123 Teacher Education Center, 454-3516
Dr. Alice Menzor, Interim Department Chair, Curriculum & Instruction
129 Teacher Education Center, 426-2204
Dr. George Leone, Department Chair, Counseling & Guidance
128 Teacher Education Center, 454-3211
Dr. Merryl Kravitz, Department Chair, Teacher Education
105 Teacher Education Center, 454-3514
Felix Martinez Building, 454-3188
The Office of Academic Support offers an array of services with special emphasis on academic advisement. The academic support staff is available to ensure you receive assistance in assessing your interests, skills and abilities and point you in the right direction to help get you through college. The department provides assistance with peer advising, academic and social workshops, accessibility (physical, mental, and emotional disability related issues) and testing services, retention and intervention, academic advisement and new student orientation.
Felix Martinez Building, 454-3439
The Admissions Office serves as a source of information for prospective students about the university’s academic programs and support services.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/HUMAN RESOURCES
108 Rodgers Hall Administration Building, 454-3242
Concerns related to possible employee discrimination and sexual harassment should be directed to this office.
Felix Martinez Building, 454-3252, Disabilities@nmhu.edu
Accessibility Services is responsible for coordinating services to students with physical, learning, and psychological disabilities under the auspices of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. At the university level, the student bears primary responsibility for registering his or her disability, following procedures, and following through on the implementation of their accommodations. Students requesting reasonable accommodations must provide written documentation of their specific disability and follow all the policies and procedures outlined in the Accessibility Services Handbook, available separately at the above address. Official accommodations cannot be provided to students with disabilities without prior approval from the Accessibility Services. To ensure accommodations are in place, students are strongly encouraged to contact this office as soon as possible about their disability.
ARMAS IN EDUCATION
Engineering Building, 426-2009 or 426-2010
The center provides comprehensive support to STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) students as they work toward their academic and professional goals. Services include tutoring, peer mentoring, advising, career counseling, workshops, and connections to internships and job opportunities. All students taking STEM disciplines are welcome to participate in the services and programs offered by the center. Students do NOT have to be majors to access ARMAS services. Students are invited to drop in at the center during open hours to meet our staff and learn more about the resources ARMAS offers.
Students will make the Highlands Bookstore their first stop each semester, as the bookstore stocks the required course textbooks. The bookstore also offers supplies, gifts, novelty items and access to a fax machine. Regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours of operation are extended during early semester rush periods.
Rodgers Hall Administration Building, 454-3444
Located on the second floor of Rodgers Hall, this office handles student payroll checks, check cashing (with Highlands identification), and student payments to the university.
CAMPUS LIFE AND CONFERENCES
Campus Life assists in making student life fun, lively and educational. The office provides a number of services including coordination of university events such as Welcome Week, club fairs, the Student Leadership Recognition Dinner, dances, Family Fun Day, homecoming events, and the Family Holiday Party. Service to student organizations includes charters, a handbook, mailboxes, leadership training programs and scheduling of university facilities. This office also provides student identification card services for university students, staff and faculty, oversees the campus vending operation, and administers the canteen fund. The director of campus life welcomes volunteers to assist with events or to join campus organizations or the Activities Board.
Ninth Street and Baca, Routine calls, 454-3278/3274 or on-campus phones, 5555
Emergency Calls, 9-911
The campus police are responsible for enforcing university regulations, city ordinances and state and federal laws. Police are trained in first aid and other emergency procedures. The department maintains the campus parking system, lost and found, and weapons safekeeping. Police are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the Police and Information Center at Eleventh and Baca. During nonbusiness hours and holidays, police answer telephone calls made to the university.
CAMPUS VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM
5 Purchasing Building, 454-3445, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Campus Violence Prevention Program provides collaborative services and support to students who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Services include counseling, advocacy, and referrals to community service providers and partners. The program also provides educational outreach and prevention, and coordinates trainings for students, faculty, and staff. Please see Page 51 for more information
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Guadalupita Building, 454-3510 or 3250
The Highlands Child Development Center provides day care services for the children of Highlands students. This state-licensed center provides supervised play and educational activities. The Child Development Center is located directly behind the Teacher Education Center on Eleventh Street.
Felix Martinez Building Room 230, 454-3048
The Office of Career Services offers current students a variety of career planning services including job search strategies, resume preparation, interview skills, career fairs, job listings for internships and career opportunities, employer information sessions and on-campus recruitment. Most of these services are also directly available online at www.nmhu.edu/careerservices. All students, including freshmen, are encouraged to utilize these services early in their education. Paid internships offer students the opportunity to gain work experience related to their field of study while in college.
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIPS
Felix Martinez Building, 454-3048
The New Mexico Highlands University Career Services Program for Cooperative Education and Internships Program links employers who wish to recruit university students for cooperative education (co-op) positions, and internships with the students who seek these opportunities. These undergraduate employment programs often give employers early access to top candidates for full-time positions.
COUNSELING - INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP
Teacher Education Building (TEC), 454-3564
Highlands University offers free counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families to help with problems related to abuse, addictions, self-esteem, relationships, anger, and other areas of life. The services are confidential and private and are conducted by graduate interns of Highlands’ Counseling and Guidance Program and supervised by a licensed professional counselor on the faculty.
Archuleta Hall, 454-8799/8803
Dining Services makes meals and snacks available to both commuting and resident students. Commuting students eating in the Student Center’s Cantina may choose to purchase a la carte meals with cash, or sign up for a meal plan. Resident students are required to purchase a meal plan and may eat in the Cantina or the Archuleta Cafeteria. Meal plans are available in the Housing and Student Conduct Department at (505) 454-3193.
EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH SERVICES (EOS)
Sininger Hall, 426-2058, Toll Free 1-877-248-9854
EOS provides regional telecommunications access and educational opportunities to all students and communities. EOS provides off-campus instruction, televised instruction (ITV) and web-based instruction. Help desk business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Felix Martinez Building, 454-3318, email@example.com
Toll-free (800) 379-4038. (Calls made on this number cannot be transferred or forwarded.)
This office offers financial assistance to eligible Highlands students in the form of grants, student loans, scholarships and student employment. It is important that students interested in financial aid maintain an acceptable grade point average and apply for aid early.
FOUNDATION AND ALUMNI AFFAIRS
Highlands Foundation is responsible for raising private-sector funds for student scholarships and assisting the university administration with special projects. The foundation also acts as fiduciary agent for the funds of university departments and student organizations. The Alumni Affairs Office maintains correspondence and contact with Highlands graduates. It maintains the alumni database, publishes the alumni newsletter and sponsors alumni events such as homecoming and regional gatherings. The Alumni Office is charged with promoting goodwill between the university and its alumni.
GOLF COURSE & Fifth Quarter Grill
The Gene Torres Golf Course and Fifth Quarter Grill are located on the north side of Mills Avenue between Seventh Street and Grand Avenue. The university course is open to the public year round as weather permits. Call for information on currents fees.
Student Center, 454-3218, Healthcenter@nmhu.edu
The Student Health Center provides primary medical care to Highlands students and their dependents. The center posts a regular schedule with reduced hours during the summer semester. Highlands students may take advantage of the many services provided by the Health Center, which include prescription discounts and a small per-visit fee for dependents of eligible students. The Health Center accommodates walk-ins, but scheduled appointments are preferred.
HOUSING AND STUDENT CONDUCT
207 Student Center, 454-3193, Housing@nmhu.edu
Life in the residence halls is often an important part of the total college experience. Students interested in making new friends, being close to classes, the library and on campus activities, should really consider living on campus in the residence halls. Students have a variety of choices when considering an on campus residence. There are suite style residences and more traditional halls with both private and shared rooms; something for everyone.
Apartments are available for students with families and on a limited basis, to graduate, nontraditional and students 21 and older. All of our residences are equipped with a phone line, cable TV outlet and Internet connection, in addition to the Wi Fi available throughout campus. Laundry facilities, lounge space and gaming areas are also a part of residential life at Highlands.
Students interested in living on campus should understand that the residence hall room and board contract is for the academic year (August-May), and their signature indicates an agreement to live in the halls for the entire academic year. Apartment contracts require a 30-day notice. Housing and Student Conduct will accept written appeal requests for contract release charges only for medical reasoning that is supported by appropriate medical documentation and for a life changing event that is catastrophic in nature and supported by appropriate documentation (please see contract release form for details). Financial and community behavior based requests will not be considered. All approved cancellations are subject to the cancellation refund schedule.
Fall 2012 Room Refund Schedule Spring 2013 Room Refund Schedule
100% through Aug. 26 100% through Jan. 27
75% Aug. 27 through Sept. 2 75% Jan. 28 through Feb. 3
50% Sept. 3 through Sept. 16 50% Feb. 4 through Feb. 17
25% Sept. 17 through Sept. 30 25% Feb. 18 through March 3
Thereafter – No refund Thereafter – No refund
The university offers a number of meal plans to students living on campus. A meal plan is required for all students living in the residence halls. Once meal service has started for a given semester, students wishing to terminate the meal plan must petition the food service director, or his or her designate, for approval of meal plan cancellation. Financial-based requests will not be considered and ALL medical requests must be supported by appropriate medical documentation (please see cancellation form). An application is available at the Office of the Dean of Students.
Failure to participate in the meal plan does not release the student from this contractual obligation. All approved cancellations of the meal plan will be subject to the refund schedule. Please refer to the cancellation refund schedule for charges that you are liable for if your cancellation is approved. A schedule of room, apartment and meal plan rates may be obtained from the Housing and Student Conduct office and online. Students interested in living on campus should write the office of Housing and Student Conduct at Box 900, Las Vegas, NM 87701 or e-mail us at Housing@nmhu.edu.
Fall 2012 Meal Plan Refund Schedule Spring 2013 Meal Plan Refund Schedule
100% through Aug. 18 100% through Jan. 19
85% Aug. 19 through Aug. 26 85% Jan. 20 through Jan. 26
70% Aug. 27 through Sept. 2 70% Jan. 27 through Feb. 2
55% Sept. 3 through Sept. 9 55% Feb. 3 through Feb. 9
40% Sept. 10 through Sept. 16 40% Feb. 10 through Feb. 16
25% Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 25% Feb. 17 through Feb. 23
10% Sept. 24 through Sept. 30 10% Feb. 24 through March 2
Thereafter – No Refund Thereafter – No Refund
All Highlands residence halls are alcohol and tobacco free.
Photo identification cards are made on the second floor of the Student Center and are required for admittance to university events. There is no charge for the first identification card, but a fee of $25 is assessed to replace a stolen or lost card. Hours are scheduled at the beginning of the semester.
900 University Ave.
The university’s Ilfeld Auditorium is the place for entertainment on campus. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 727-seat auditorium is home to concerts, lectures, free movies and the annual Homecoming Pageant. A list of each month’s upcoming events is online at www.nmhu.edu/ilfeld.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
Donnelly Library Ground Floor, 454-3496
101 Field House, 454-3368
Highlands University is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The following programs are available at Highlands:
Men – football, cross country, basketball & wrestling, and baseball.
Women – volleyball, cross country, basketball, soccer, softball, indoor and outdoor track & field.
INTERNATIONAL Education Center
The International Education Center:
Acts as a liaison with federal agencies on issues related to immigration,
Provides international student orientations,
Advises the university’s International Club,
Coordinates study and research exchange programs.
Assists international students at Highlands.
Students interested in intramural competition should contact the Exercise and Sports Science Office. Highlands University intramural competition is available in softball, basketball, volleyball, football, golf, ping-pong, pool and billiards and racquetball. University resources for both intramural and intercollegiate athletics include an indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, athletic fields, tennis courts, weight-training rooms, a nine-hole golf course, and racquetball courts.
Library hours are online
Reference Desk, 454-3401. Administrative Office, 454-3332
Circulation Desk, 454-3403. Government Documents, 454-3411
The Thomas C. Donnelly Library offers the following informational services to Highlands students, staff and faculty: access to computers, e-mail and Internet, Ray Drew Gallery, loan of books and other materials, interlibrary lending and borrowing, microfilm copying and printing, photocopying / copy card vending, public access catalog, reference services, special collections, study facilities, The library is located on National Avenue, (just off 8th Street and National Avenue). A valid Highlands ID is required to check out materials.
NATIVE AMERICAN SERVICES
Student Center, 426-2049
Native American Student Services provides targeted support services for Native American students, including academic and financial aid advisement, collaboration with tribal educational offices, and sponsorship of the university’s Native American Club and American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS
Felix Martinez Building, Room 261. 454-3020
The Office of the Dean of Students answers questions or concerns related to academic advising, athletics, career services, disability services, financial aid, health services, housing, registration, etc. Questions and concerns, however, should be addressed first to the office responsible for the particular service. If the initial contact fails to bring about a satisfactory response or resolution, a student may want to present the concern to the dean of students. A written statement of the concern and an indication of the expected outcome are desirable. The dean of students or a designee will address the student’s concern within 30 days.
In addition to handling student concerns, the dean of students works to improve campus and community life by serving as a student advocate, assisting in campus emergencies, distributing and enforcing the NMHU Code of Student Conduct, and supervising the student affairs staff. To schedule an appointment with the dean of students, call 454-3020.
Services offered by the Highlands Post Office include mailbox rental and a drop-off for all on- and off-campus mail. Residence hall students have mailboxes assigned as part of their contracts.
PURPLE PUB COMPUTER LAB
Student Center, Second Floor, 426-2225
The Purple Pub Computer Lab is a student-only lab located on the second floor of the Student Center. Computers are available and equipped with Windows 7. Additionally, the lab offers laptop rental to students. Internet access is also provided. Four computers are designed and equipped for use by individuals with disabilities. The lab is open year round and offers extended, evening and weekend hours. Hours may vary from semester to semester. Call the lab or Campus Life for information. Valid Highlands IDs are required.
RAY DREW GALLERY
First Floor, Donnelly Library
The Ray Drew Gallery showcases the best regional artists in revolving exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery’s popular Northern New Mexico Devotional Art Exhibition is an annual event highlighting the area’s unique religious folk art. The gallery is open 8 a.m.–5p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when classes are in session.
Felix Martinez Building, 454-3233
The Registrar’s Office assists with the following academic procedures: catalogs, checks on academic progress, degree application, evaluation of transfer credits, grade reports, graduation audits, registration for classes – in person, and online, commencement, VA students, class schedules, degree checks, student waivers, name/address/social security number changes, grade changes and mailers, class schedules/agendum, scheduling of classrooms, sending of transcripts, student records, verification of enrollment in class.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT – ASNMHU
Student Center, 454-3594,
New Mexico Highlands University student government consists of the Associated Students of New Mexico Highlands University (ASNMHU) Members of ASNMHU are elected at large. ASNMHU is the organization that serves as the voice of the student body. Senate officials serve on a variety of decision-making committees on campus. ASNMHU is responsible for managing budgets that fund student-organized activities. If you are interested in becoming part of ASNMHU, please call the numbers listed above, attend a meeting, or stop by student government offices.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Felix Martinez Building, 454-3236
The Student Support Services Office provides the following services to eligible program participants: academic advisement, tutoring, peer mentoring, assistance with completing financial aid forms, major and career exploration and selection, computer access with Internet and computer-assisted learning programs, study skills workshops, adaptive needs services, educational, social and cultural events and field trips and supplemental grant aid.
SWIMMING POOL (NATATORIUM)
Ninth Street and Baca, 454-3073
The swimming pool hours are posted each semester. However, these hours may be modified for special events, such as swim competitions, and water shows.
Felix Martinez Building, 454-3252, TestingServices@nmhu.edu
The Office of Testing Services is responsible for overseeing the COMPASS placement exam and a few departmental exams. Other tests offered include the ACT, LSAT, and GED. Some other exams may be offered on an ad-hoc basis. Please contact the office for listing of scheduled exams.
TITLE V (EOS)
Highlands University, in collaboration with Northern New Mexico College, is a recipient of a Department of Education Title V grant. Funding provides numerous outreach activities including:
Expanding distance education infrastructure
Expansion of student services to off-site centers and other statewide educational sites
Professional development for staff and faculty
TITLE V HELP DESK
FH-4, 426-2074, Toll Free 877-248-9854
Title V assists students, faculty and staff with online class issues. The help desk business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Office of University Relations serves as the official voice of the university administration and acts as a liaison between New Mexico Highlands and the public, the media, and the surrounding community. It also assists in facilitation of communications on campus, helps promote university-sponsored events and coordinates marketing and advertising for the university. University Relations also oversees Highlands’ website and social media pages. The Office of University Relations reviews all university-related materials produced for distribution to the public.
131 Wilson Complex, 454-3122
Students interested in assessing and improving their health and fitness can call the Wellness Program or stop by the program office located in the Wilson Physical Education Complex.
Douglas Hall, 454-3537
The Highlands University Writing Center welcomes all students, freshman through graduate, who want help with papers in any field. Come to us at the beginning, in the middle, or near the completion of your writing. We can help you explore your own ideas and develop a thesis. We can teach you how to organize materials effectively, how to summarize, paraphrase, and quote; and how to cite sources accurately. We can help you understand and apply your instructor’s suggestions for revision. We can help you strengthen your grammar and punctuation skills.
Our tutors are experienced writers, often with professional publications. They are professors, instructors, and English graduate students skilled in advanced tutoring techniques and dedicated to the empowerment of independent thinkers and writers.
WHAT’S HERE FOR YOU?
Tutoring in writing, reading, and Internet research.
A library of resources on writing and research documentation (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).
Computers for word processing and research (available to students participating in our tutoring).
•A welcoming place to craft your writing.
Open weekdays all day long with evening and Sunday hours.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT OR JUST DROP IN FOR TUTORING!
Find us in Room 115, main floor of Douglas Hall, across the street from the Felix Martinez parking lot. Highlands University is an EEO/AA institution. For individuals with disabilities who need access or services, call (505) 454-3188.
Financial Aid Information
New Mexico Highlands University is committed to helping all students attain an affordable education. The philosophy of the Financial Aid Office is to award funding to as many qualified students as possible. The office tries to distribute resources equitably and make sure every student in need has the necessary resources to go to school. Using a combination of family support, grants, loans, work programs, and scholarships, the Financial Aid Office works so that each student has a personalized financial aid package. Students apply for federal and state student aid programs, including Pell grants, TEACH Grant, federal and state supplemental grants, Perkins loans, and Stafford loans by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Office also awards the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship for all eligible current graduates of New Mexico high schools and GED recipients as applicable, as well as other state, Highlands Foundation and university scholarships.
A financial aid package is prepared for you after all components of your application are reviewed by a financial aid adviser. Your package might be different from another’s, as the financial aid process is individualized based on your particular living and financial circumstances. The Financial Aid Office will ensure you have a financial aid package that best fits your situation. Once the semester is underway and you are registered for all your classes, the awards in your financial aid package will be credited to your student account in the Business Office to offset the charges of tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and other charges (i.e. bookstore charges). Amounts that exceed your charges will be reimbursed to you. Use these funds wisely, as they are intended to help you for the duration of the semester. Plan a budget ahead of time.
Applying for financial aid is simply a matter of accurately completing forms and getting paperwork submitted. You can get help with the process, so do not let the application forms scare you away. Remember, the process is largely created through paperwork, therefore, you should keep copies of everything you send or deliver and records of the relevant dates. Do not give the Financial Aid Office the originals of income tax forms or other important documents. Make copies and have the copies dated by the Financial Aid Office for additional assurances that materials have been received. Make sure all documents are complete, accurate and signed by all required to sign.
An education is a privilege and your responsibility. Therefore, you are expected to contribute toward your education to the best of your abilities as well as the help of your family, if applicable. Financial aid is only a supplement to help meet some of the costs associated with your education. The following are tips to help you along the way:
Financial aid advisers are here to help; utilize this great resource!
Read and be aware of financial aid programs and processes. Visit the Financial Aid Office to obtain these written documents or access them at www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov.
Understand your rights, responsibilities, and the implications of all forms your sign.
Keep copies of all documents submitted to the Financial Aid Office and note the dates submitted.
Take responsibility for your part in the financial aid process, and ensure yourself of the most aid possible by being prompt, organized and alert.
Read the university catalog and course schedule thoroughly. Know and understand policies regarding registration, tuition and fee charges, refunds, course changes and financial aid disbursements.
You have the right to know…
what financial aid programs are available at Highlands University,
the deadlines for submitting applications for each of the programs,
how financial aid is distributed, how decisions on distributions are made, and the bases for these decisions,
how your financial need was determined,
how your cost of attendance was determined (i.e. tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, personal, and miscellaneous expenses),
what resources (current assets, family contribution, other financial aid, etc.) are considered in the calculation of your need,
how much of your financial need, as determined by Highlands University, has been met,
the details of the various programs in your student aid package,
Highlands University’s refund policy
what portion of the financial aid you receive must be repaid and what portion is grant aid. If the aid is a loan, you have the right to know the interest rate, the total amount that must be repaid, the payback procedures, the length of time you have to repay the loan, and when repayment is to begin,
how Highlands University determines if you are making satisfactory academic progress and what happens if you are not,
policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement,
Highlands University’s Drug and Alcohol Policy,
Highlands University’s Crime Awareness Policy and access to the Campus Security report,
Highlands University’s default rate (FY09 5.8 percent),
Highlands University’s retention rates and graduation rates,
Job placement information, and
Highlands University’s statistics regarding student body diversity.
Many of the above statistics regarding the Highlands University can be found on the College Portrait website at www.collegeportraits.org/NM/NMHU/
In accepting your responsibilities, you must…
• complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the proper place,
• provide correct information. Misreporting information on financial aid applications could result in indictment under the U.S. Criminal Code and/or fines,
• return all additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the Financial Aid Office or the agency to which you submitted your application,
• be responsible for reading, understanding and keeping copies of all forms you sign,
• live up to all agreements you sign,
• perform the work agreed upon when accepting work-study assignments,
• be aware of and comply with Highlands University policies and procedures,
• report all changes in name, address, telephone number, and enrollment status to the Financial Aid Office and Registrar’s Office.
Grants | Loans | Scholarships | Work-Study
Campus Computers and E-mail Information
Information Technology Services is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, and security of computers, software, telephones, and the network on campus. ITS maintains a helpdesk to address problems with access to university computer resources or to report problems with university computers.
The university provides student e-mail and accounts so students can access university computers or log on to university resources. General computer help or getting your username is available at www.nmhu.edu > CURRENT STUDENTS > Technical Help or by typing help (no password) on any university computer. To have full wireless access on campus, computers require a certificate that can be obtained by taking the computer to ITS. Computers used in the residence halls must be registered with ITS. The ITS office is on the ground floor of the Donnelly Library building.
Use of university computers and access to online resources requires a username and password
Student Online Resources: Student e-mail and Self-Service Banner are available through “CURRENT STUDENTS” on the NMHU homepage, www.nmhu.edu. BLACKBOARD is a link on the top navigation of the page.
Username & Password Help: If you do not know your username or have forgotten your password or need to change your password, go to ITS self help by following the instructions below:
ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS: On any university computer, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to logon, type HELP as the username (no password) and press Enter.
OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS: Go to www.nmhu.edu, click on “CURRENT STUDENTS” and select “Technical Help”
• You will be able to reset a forgotten password, change your password, or look up your username and Banner ID number.
• Your temporary password is your date of birth, in the format MMDDYY
• When you log in the first time, you will be required to change your temporary password.
• Your new password must be at least six characters and should be easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess.
• Do NOT share your password with anyone.
• Exit “ITS Self-Help” when you are finished.
If you do not know your username or have forgotten your password, follow the instructions on this document under “Username & Password Help” above.
ON-CAMPUS LOGIN: Accessing NMHU resources from a university computer (including the Rio Rancho Center) requires you to login with your assigned username. If this is your first login, your temporary password will be your date of birth in the format MMDDYY. “Log On To:” domain is STUDENTS.
OFF-CAMPUS: Go to the NMHU homepage, www.nmhu.edu, to access online resources and click on “CURRENT STUDENTS”. If you are logging into NMHU resources for the first time, you are required to change your temporary password. You can change your password through the “Technical Help” (see “Username & Password Help” above).
You must change your temporary password before you can log into Self-Service Banner, Blackboard or the Remote Library Access.
Self-Service Banner (SSB): On the NMHU homepage, click “CURRENT STUDENTS” and select “Self-Service Banner.” Click “Enter Secure Area” and enter your username and password.
Note: For first time access, you cannot login until you change your temporary password.
See “Username & Password Help” on the previous page for instructions.
• On your first use of SSB you will need to:
• Accept the “Terms of Usage” by clicking continue.
• Enter your “Security Question and Answer”
(Your pin should be your date of birth – MMDDYY, unless you changed it)
• Sign up for Mobile Phone Emergency Text Messages
• Self-Service Banner (SSB) makes it possible to:
• Register for classes or Add / Drop classes
• View class schedule
• View midterm and final grades
• View unofficial transcripts
• View amount due and make online payments
• View status of your financial aid awards
• View and update mailing addresses
• And much more.
Use of E-mail for Official Correspondence with Students
1. University use of e-mail
E-mail is a mechanism for official communication within New Mexico Highlands University. Highlands University reserves the right to access, review, and disclose information obtained through NMHU’s IT resources at any time in compliance with an official investigation. Official e-mail communications are intended to be used primarily for furthering the education, research, and public service mission of the university and may not be used for commercial purposes, illegal activity, or profit making.
2. Assignment of student e-mail
As stewards of this process, the ITS Department is responsible for setting up student e-mail. Official university e-mail accounts are available for all enrolled students. The addresses are all of the form [username]@live.nmhu.edu. These official e-mail accounts must be activated by the student to correspond with the university. The official e-mail address will be maintained in Highlands’ Banner system.
3. Redirecting of e-mail
If a student wishes to have e-mail redirected from his or her official @live.nmhu.edu address to another e-mail address (e.g., @gmail.com, @hotmail.com, @yahoo.com, etc.), they may do so, but at their own risk. The university will not be responsible for handling of e-mail by outside vendors or by departmental servers. Having e-mail redirected does not absolve a student from the responsibilities associated with official communication sent to his or her student account. Redirecting e-mail is the responsibility of the student through the student e-mail system.
4. Expectations about student use of e-mail
Students are expected to check their e-mail on a frequent and consistent basis to stay current with university-related communications. Students have the responsibility to recognize that certain communications may be time-critical. “I didn’t check my e-mail”, error in forwarding mail, or e-mail returned to the university with “Mailbox full” or “User unknown” are not acceptable excuses for missing official university communications via e-mail.
5. Violation to use university e-mail to impersonate others
It is a violation of university policies, including the Student Code of Conduct, for any user of official e-mail addresses to impersonate a university office, faculty/staff member, or student.
Users should exercise extreme caution in using e-mail to communicate confidential or sensitive matters, and should not assume that e-mail is private and confidential. It is especially important that users are careful to send messages only to the intended recipient(s). Particular care should be taken when using the reply command during e-mail correspondence.
7. Educational uses of e-mail
Faculty will determine how electronic forms of communication (e.g., e-mail) will be used in their classes, and will specify their requirements in the course syllabus. This will ensure that all students will be able to comply with e-mail-based course requirements specified by faculty. Faculty can therefore make assumptions that students’ official student e-mail accounts are being accessed, and faculty can use e-mail for their classes accordingly.
8. NMHU ITS governing e-mail
This section of the student handbook is to provide students with a guide for e-mail use. For official use of Internet, intranet, e-mail, computer, and networking technology, please read or download a copy of NMHU ITS Information Technology Resource policy located on the campus website. (www.nmhu.edu/administration/its).
Every student who successfully logs into an NMHU IT system for the first time automatically acknowledges its policies and procedures, and the student agrees to the terms and conditions outlined in the NMHU ITS Information Technology Resource policy.
Student E-mail: On the NMHU homepage, click “CURRENT STUDENTS” and select “Student E-mail”.
• Sign in with your username and password.
• See FAQ by clicking on “CURRENT STUDENTS” and select “Technical Help”.
Note: Your username does not include the “@live.nmhu.edu”.
Your e-mail address is: your firstname.lastname@example.org
Donnelly Library remote access: On the NMHU homepage, click “LIBRARY & VENUES” and select “LIBRARY” to get to the library online resources.
• Access to some library resources from off campus may require you to enter your username and password.
Note: For first time access, you cannot login until you change your temporary password.
See “Username & Password Help” on the previous page for instructions.
Blackboard: On the NMHU homepage, click “BLACKBOARD” on the top navigation of the page. Click “LOGIN TO BLACKBOARD”, select “Log In” and enter your username and password.
• Blackboard Help Desk number: (505) 426-2074
Note: For first time access, you cannot login until you change your temporary password.
See “Username & Password Help” on the previous page for instructions.
We recommend accessing online resources through the Highlands home page, however, if it is unavailable, use
• Self Service Banner: http://banweb.nmhu.edu/
• Student E-mail: http://orion.nmhu.edu/exchange
• Blackboard: http://bb.nmhu.edu
For more details: on www.nmhu.edu click “CURRENT STUDENTS” and select “Technical Help”
Confused? Still have questions? Contact: IT Services Help Desk, Donnelly Library ground floor room G26 - (505) 454-3496
Information for International Students
• All F-1 and J-1 students are required by Highlands to have health insurance coverage that meets specific requirements (Highlands has secured a health insurance plan that will meet these requirements). Once you enroll at Highlands your student account will be assessed the cost of the health insurance plan.
• All Highlands international students, on any visa, must adhere to the immigration regulations set forth by the visa the student is carrying in their passport.
Below is a general information sheet regarding the U.S. immigration laws you must adhere to as an F-1 or J-1 student, while studying in the United States.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES CONTRACT
RULES F-1 AND J-1 STUDENTS MUST FOLLOW TO REMAIN LEGALLY IN THE U.S.
International students are required by United States law to abide by immigration regulations throughout their stay in the U.S. and are admitted to the U.S. for the sole purpose of being a full-time student. Participation by students in any other activity in the U.S., from employment to vacation, is considered to be a privilege and is only allowable in accordance with strict Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rules. Penalties for violations of immigration law can be severe and can include deportation and 10-year bars from reentry to the U.S., so it is essential for students to understand their responsibilities. Listed here are the rules students MUST follow to maintain legal student status and the documents they must have to enter the U.S. and legally remain . It is the STUDENT and not the university who is responsible for knowing and abiding by all immigration rules and for maintaining legal student status. The university must report updated information and violations of student status to the government via an electronic tracking system (SEVIS) within 21 days of the violation, SO KNOWING THESE RULES IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO YOUR ABILITY TO REMAIN IN THE U.S. AND TO COMPLETE YOUR ACADEMIC PROGRAM! Changes in student requirements are expected in the next two years so please continue to read information sent to your account from the International Education Center which can include e-mails from IEC staff members.
II. DOCUMENTATION OF LEGAL STUDENT STATUS IN THE US
International students are normally admitted to the U.S. for “Duration of Status” (D/S). This means that they are allowed to remain in the U.S. for as long as they maintain legal student status, NOT for the length of time listed on their visa or I-20/DS-2019 form. If you fail to follow all the rules of legal student status, your stay expires on the day the violation occurs. The information below lists the documents that students MUST have while they are residing in the U.S. to remain legally present. You should make copies of each of these documents and keep them in a safe place separate from the originals in case they are lost or stolen.
The passport is the legal document issued by your country of citizenship. It must be valid for six months into the future upon your entry into the U.S. and remain valid at all times during your stay. The passport can usually be renewed through your embassy or one of your consulates in the United States. If you have been issued a Travel Document in Lieu of a Passport by the government of the country of which you are a resident, the information above, regarding passports, applies to Travel Documents.
I-20 & DS-2019 - “Certificate of Eligibility”
The I-20 (for those with F-1 status) or DS-2019 (for those with J-1 status) is the document which you must present to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad to obtain a visa and which you present to immigration officials to enter the U.S. each time you travel abroad and return; for NMHU students, the I-20 or DS-2019 is issued by the university through the NMHU International Education Center. Some J-1 students have documents issued by an outside agency. You should keep all of these and any other immigration documents for your records even if you get new ones in the future. The I-20 and DS-2019 are issued via the SEVIS government tracking system and have a bar code and ID number in the top right corner. If any of the information on these documents changes, you MUST come to the International Education Center immediately to apply for a new document. Once again, the expiration date on the I-20 or DS-2019 is just an estimate. For F-1 students, your permission to stay in the U.S. ends 60 days from the date you complete the last requirement for your degree. For J-1 students your permission to stay ends within 30 days of completion of the last requirement. If you fail to follow all the rules of legal student status, your stay expires on the day the violation of status occurs.
I-94 Departure Record
The I-94 is the white card that you complete before passing U.S. immigration officials upon entrance into the U.S. The I-94 is typically stapled into your passport. This is the document that authorizes you to be in the U.S. as a student (F-1 or J-1) for a specified period of time, for the specified program of study, at the institution specified on the I-20/DS-2019. Two dates appear on the I-94; the date of entrance into the U.S. and the date of expiration of your permission to stay. For F-1 and J-1 visa holders, the expiration date should be written as D/S (duration of status), which implies the date of program completion (not always the same date as graduation). The I-94, like the passport, must be valid at all times. The I-94 should be kept in the passport. It will be surrendered to officials when you travel outside the U.S. and a new I-94 card will be issued upon re-entry into the U.S. The number at the top of the I-94 card that you receive upon your initial entry is called your “admission number” or “I-94 number.” Once again, if you fail to follow all the rules of legal student status, your stay expires on the day the violation occurs.
The entry visa is a sticker with photograph on a page of your passport that permits you to enter the U.S. Only Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter the U.S. Individuals entering as students will have either an F-1 or J-1 entry visa. The visa may expire while you are in the U.S. You cannot and need not renew it while you are in the United States, however a new entry visa will be required if the original expires and you travel out of the U.S. and then wish to re-enter. You must present a valid SEVIS form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) from the school you will attend to the U.S. consular officer to obtain your entry visa. You may be able to travel to and return from Canada, Mexico, and adjacent islands (except Cuba) without a valid visa if you will be staying less than 30 days (check with an adviser for current regulations). Remember, the visa does not indicate how long you are permitted to stay in the U.S. Your permission to stay ends once you complete your program of study (plus grace period) or when you fail to “maintain legal student status”.
III. REQUIREMENTS FOR “MAINTAINING LEGAL STUDENT STATUS”
YOU MUST ALWAYS:
1. Attend the school you are authorized to attend by DHS (you are authorized to attend the school whose name appears on your I-20 or DS-2019 - in some cases, the DS-2019 may be from a different sponsor.)
2. Provide proof of an updated local address within 10 days of any change. You must notify the International Education Center in person and through the SEVIS system. . (Accepted forms for proof of physical residence are: lease agreement, NMHU housing contract.
3. Maintain registration as a full-time student throughout every fall and spring semester (undergraduate students: 12 credit hours, graduate students: 9 credits (or 6 credits with an assistantship with department approval). NO STUDENT may drop below the required number of credits in fall and spring except under extremely limited circumstances that are allowed by the U.S. government. Any such schedule changes must be authorized in advance by an international student adviser. Getting a grade of W, is considered a drop (i.e., does not count toward your full-time minimum) even if you completed all course requirements. Classes which are taken as audit also do NOT count toward the full-time credit requirement. Summer is considered your annual vacation unless you are beginning your studies in summer. In addition, only three credit hours of online or distance education courses can be counted toward the minimum full-time requirement. While students are permitted to take more online courses, only three credits can be counted toward full time. If you have questions about these requirements ask an international adviser.
4. Keep your certificate of eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019 form) correct and valid at all times and apply for extensions of stay at least one month before the document expires; see an adviser for a new I-20/DS-2019 if any information changes.
5. Maintain a valid passport throughout your stay in the U.S. Your passport must be valid for six months into the future to enter the U.S., and you must bring updated passports to the International Education Center immediately so that we can report the new information when required.
6. Complete necessary immigration transfer procedures if changing from one school to another in the U.S. (even if you completed the program at the prior school); contact an international adviser for details.
7. Observe the grace period upon completion of studies. This means that if you are F-1, you have 60 days and if you are J-1 you have 30 days from the end of your program to do one of the following things:
a. Leave the U.S.
b. Get a new certificate of eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019 form) for a new program or school and enroll in the next possible semester (consult an international adviser for details).
c. Apply for off-campus work authorization following completion of your program (OPT for F-1, academic training for J-1). Because of application deadlines and other restrictions, you must speak with an adviser before completing your program in order to get this benefit.
d. Apply for a change to another immigration status.
If you leave before completing your program, you do NOT have this grace period. Please speak with an adviser for details.
YOU MUST NEVER:
1. WORK OFF CAMPUS unless you have written authorization from the international adviser in advance (consult the international adviser for details. For F-1 students the work authorization must be noted on page 3 of your I-20).
2. WORK ON CAMPUS more than 20 hours per week while school is in session.
3. Take a leave of absence, withdraw from classes, or drop below the required number of credits without FIRST checking with an international adviser at the International Education Center. Students who terminate their program or otherwise fall out of legal status before completing do not have a grace period to leave the U.S.; they must leave immediately.
IV. OTHER LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
• Once you have completed or terminated your program, or have failed to maintain legal student status, you may no longer legally enter the U.S. with your I-20 or DS-2019 form, and the staff of the International Education Center can no longer sign those forms (this means that you should NOT plan to travel out of and return to the U.S. with your current I-20/DS-2019 after you have finished your program).
• All international students are required to complete and submit U.S. tax forms to the federal government every year regardless of whether they earned any income in the U.S.
• All F-1 and J1 students are required by New Mexico Highlands University to have health insurance coverage that meets specific requirements (NMHU has secured a health insurance plan that will meet this requirement).
• Some foreign visitors may be subjected to a national registry, known as “special registration,” upon entry to the United States. While males from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, and Syria are most likely to be selected for special registration, any visitor to the U.S. may be selected to register under NSEERS. If you are subject to special registration, you must comply with special registration procedures every time you enter or leave the U.S. You know you have been registered if a Fingerprint Identification Number (FIN#) has been written on your passport, visa or I-94 or if you were given “walk away materials” at the port of entry to the U.S. Ask an adviser if you are not sure if you have this requirement.
• All F-1 and J-1 visa holders must attend International Orientation. If you secure employment at NMHU, employment approval will not be granted until you have attended International Orienation.
Suicide Prevention and Response
New Mexico Highlands University is proud to be part of a caring community we call “Ignite Hope.” Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. College life is naturally a time of transition and challenge that can be stressful to students at all stages of their college years. Leaving home, new social relationships and academic challenges in conjunction with being away from the support of family and friends can be stressful or even overwhelming. For some this can mean feelings of depression, hopelessness, despair, and isolation. In some cases students may have difficulty exploring healthy options to deal with these thoughts, feelings and stressors, leading to thoughts of suicide. If you have any questions, please check out our website at: www.sdcchp.nm.org/nmhuspp/
Know the warning signs:
Primary Warning Signs
• A previous suicide attempt
• Current talk about suicide
• Preoccupation with death
• Giving away prized possessions
• Displaying signs of serious depression: moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal
Secondary Warning Signs
• Increased use of alcohol or drugs
• Recent suicide of a friend or family member
• Ready access to firearms
• Impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
• Recipient of repeated bullying
• Lack of connection to friends or family
• Intense ongoing family conflict
• Recent breakup with a girl or boyfriend
• High or low academic achievement
• Increased gang participation
If you, or someone you know, are experiencing any of these warning signs, please contact:
1. A Highlands University administrator
Housing Director – 454-3193
Dean of Students – 454-3566
Campus Police – 454-3278
2. The Highlands University Counseling Training Center – 454-3564
3. Any Highlands University designated Lightkeeper (you will find this resource list on the website)
4. The National Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK
5. Or, in case of emergency, dial 911
Highlands University Policies
New Mexico Highlands University is committed to taking swift and appropriate action against any of its official, employees, or students who violate any portion of this policy. The information obtained as a result of this policy is confidential and will not be disclosed except to personnel with a legitimate need to know or by order of a court. Students experiencing sexual or other forms of harassment should report incidents to the Office of Student Affairs, Felix Martinez Building, (505) 454-3020.
Academic amnesty is for undergraduate students who once attended New Mexico Highlands but stopped matriculation because of poor grades and/or they were placed on academic probation or dismissal. Students can return to Highlands and, once they have been granted amnesty, their earlier grades are not used in the grade point average (GPA). Academic amnesty enables a student to attain a sufficient GPA for college graduation. A student’s financial aid can be affected by academic amnesty, so he or she should consult the Financial Aid Office. Students expelled from Highlands for violation of the Student Code of Conduct, or federal, state, or local laws are not eligible for academic amnesty.
A student must meet all of the following conditions to be granted academic amnesty:
• Took courses from Highlands University and then stopped matriculation for five years or more because of poor grades (GPA less than 2.0), academic probation or dismissal.
• Applies for academic amnesty through the Registrar’s Office. A student can apply for academic amnesty only once. A student is readmitted to Highlands University on academic probation after application for amnesty is approved.
• Completes the first 24 credit hours at Highlands University with a GPA of 2.0 or better.
Once the first 24 credit hours are successfully completed, then academic amnesty is granted, and:
• All courses taken during the earlier matriculation at Highlands University, even courses with a grade of C or better, will be excluded from GPA calculation.
• Courses with a grade of C or better from the initial matriculation period can be carried forward as earned credit and used to meet degree requirements.
• Courses from the earlier matriculation period remain on the student’s Highlands University transcript, but the transcript will bear the statement “Academic Amnesty Granted”.
A student will be academically dismissed from Highlands University for failure to attain a GPA of 2.0 in the first 24 credit hours after application for academic amnesty.
Weather Hotline: Las Vegas: 426-2297 Outside the Las Vegas area: 866-231-2366
In general, it is the policy of New Mexico Highlands University to remain open during regularly scheduled hours. If any students, faculty or staff believe that weather conditions prevent their traveling safely to the university, they may choose to remain at home. In such cases, students who miss class will be responsible for making up any work missed, and faculty should be reasonable in dealing with individual student needs. Employees should consult with their supervisor and, if necessary, arrange for taking a day of annual leave.
In addition to the following, NMHU centers may have more detailed policies in place. Please contact the appropriate center for any questions.
Decisions regarding delay or cancellation of classes will be made by each center director after consultation with the president.
Delays and Closures
A two-hour delay means classes scheduled before 9:30 a.m. are cancelled.
Classes scheduled for 9:30 a.m. will begin at 10 a.m. All other classes scheduled from 10 a.m. and later meet as scheduled.
If a center or main campus closes or is on a delayed schedule, ITV courses originating from that location are delayed or closed.
If a center or main campus closes or is on a delayed schedule, and it receives ITV classes from a different location, then the classes are cancelled or delayed at that respective site only. The classes will be recorded.
In the event of a campus closure or delay, Internet courses will resume at the professor’s discretion.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Policies
The university is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that fosters mutually beneficial interpersonal relations and a shared responsibility for the welfare and safety of others.
1. The acquisition, distribution, possession, or consumption of alcohol by members of the Highlands community must be in compliance with all local state, and federal laws.
2. Non-alcoholic beverages must be provided at events where alcoholic beverages are served.
Alcohol & Illegal Drugs
Highlands is committed to maintaining an environment of teaching and learning that is free of illicit drugs and alcohol.
The university has in place a policy to assist those with substance abuse, and a list of agencies available to support faculty, staff, and students.
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require that New Mexico Highlands, as a recipient of federal funds including federally provided student financial aid, notify its students and employees annually that the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on university property is prohibited.
In compliance with the requirements of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, all students and employees of NMHU are notified of the following:
1. The unlawful possession, use, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on the university campus or during university-sponsored activities are prohibited.
2. Students and employees who are found to be in violation of this stated prohibition may be subject to arrest and conviction under the applicable criminal laws of local municipalities, the State of New Mexico, or the United States. Conviction can result in sanctions including probation, fine and imprisonment.
3. Students who are found to be in violation of this stated prohibition are subject to discipline in accordance with the procedures of the Student Conduct System. Discipline may include disciplinary probation or dismissal from the university.
In addition to the above requirements, and in accordance with the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, all employees are notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance by university employees on university premises or off our premises while conducting university business is prohibited violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination and may have further legal consequences.
New Mexico State Laws
The legal drinking age in New Mexico is 21. If you are under 21, it is illegal to:
1. have in your personal possession any alcoholic beverages,
2. misrepresent you’re age for purpose of obtaining alcoholic beverages,
3. drive in a car having alcoholic beverages except when accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse 21 years of age,
4. be in an area where alcoholic beverages are served unless accompanied by person 21 years of age,
5. be intoxicated by consumption of an alcoholic beverage (alcohol concentration of .02 or more is evidence of intoxication).
Penalties include fines and/or jail sentences.
It is illegal for anyone to:
1. sell, give away or procure alcoholic beverage to a minor or individual who is intoxicated,
2. charge for alcoholic beverages without a license,
3. manufacture, sell, possess or use a falsified ID,
4. to lend a driver’s license to be used for unlawful purpose.
Penalties include fines and/or jail sentences.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
If you have been charged with refusal to submit to a breath or blood test, or if you provided a breath sample with a B.A.C. of .08 or higher if over 21 year of age, or .04 or higher of driving a commercial vehicle, or .02 or higher if under 21 years of age, your driver’s license or privilege to drive will be revoked 20 days after your arrest, unless you make a written request for a hearing within ten (10) days of your arrest.
An alcohol offense that applies specifically to individuals age 18-21 is the prohibition in the Liquor Control Act commonly known as “minor in possession.” 60-7B-1. As used in the Liquor control Act, “minor” means a person under age 21. Section 60-7B-1(C) makes it illegal for minors to buy, attempt to buy, receive, possess or permit themselves to be served with alcoholic beverages. This offense is a misdemeanor.
• First offense - Fine up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail, six months to one year license revocation, mandatory DWI school, community service and ignition interlock.
• Second offense - Fine up to $1,000 and up to 364 days in jail, two-year license revocation, mandatory DWI school, community service and ignition interlock for two years, and up to five years of probation.
• Third offense - Fine up to $1,000 and up to 364 days in jail, three-year license revocation, mandatory DWI school, community service and ignition interlock for three years, and up to five years of probation.
• Fourth offense - (felony) Fine up to $5,000 and up to 18 months in prison, lifetime license revocation, mandatory DWI school, community service and lifetime ignition interlock, and up to five years of probation.
Description of Health Risks
Serious health and personal risks are associated with the use of illegal drugs and abuse of alcohol. They may include temporary or permanent physical or mental impairment, and injury or death. Use and abuse of such substances may also give rise to conduct which causes injury, death or damage to the user/abuser or to the person or property of others, resulting in criminal or civil prosecution and liability. Use and abuse of such substances may also lead to unsafe and/or non-consensual sex, unwanted pregnancy, and may cause defects, injury or death in unborn children. Consequences may also include temporary or permanent loss of educational or employment opportunities.
Drugs and the Body - Narcotics (ex. Heroin, OxyContin)
There are legal and illegal narcotics. Narcotics are effective in pain control and for other medical purposes when prescribed by a physician and used as directed. Use is often diverted however, which can produce multiple problems, as narcotics are highly addictive and often associated in drug overdoses.
Effects: The user may experience initial euphoria, followed by drowsiness and nausea. Someone under the influence may have constricted pupils, watery eyes and a dazed look.
Risks: There is a risk of overdose with narcotics and users may develop slow, shallow breathing, clammy skin, loss of appetite and weight. Overdose can lead to possible death without intervention. Narcotics are highly addictive and may require inpatient treatment to safely detoxify the body.
Depressants (Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines)
Depressants can also be legal and illegal. The most popular legal depressant is alcohol (see below). Depressants slow the central nervous system and may be prescribed by a physician to induce sleep, reduce stress, or help control anxiety. There is a danger of overdosing with depressants.
Effects: The user may experience some relaxation, calmness, drowsiness and even euphoria. In high levels, the user may experience confusion, disorientation and impaired motor coordination, including slurred speech and loss of balance.
Risks: Overdose may produce shallow breathing, clammy skin, weak and rapid pulse, coma and possible death. Risk of overdose is increased when the person combines depressant drugs (intentionally or accidentally).
Stimulants (Cocaine, Methamphetamine)
Stimulants speed up the mental and physical processes of the body. Historically, they have been used both in their legal (nicotine and caffeine) and illegal forms, to help keep people awake, provide more energy, and suppress appetite. They have also been prescribed by physicians to increase alertness. These drugs can be addictive and can produce withdrawal symptoms if stopped.
Effects: The user may experience an increased heart rate, increased energy and increased alertness. Users may also find they have an increased blood pressure, excessive talkativeness, and increased anxiety. In large doses, users find loss of coordination, dizziness, anxiety, cardiac and respiratory distress, and seizures, among other concerns.
Risks: Increase in body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions and possible death.
Hallucinogens (Mushrooms, LSD, PCP)
These are drugs that alter a person’s state of mind and mood. Some types produce hallucinations, causing the person to hear, see, and smell things that are not real. Dissociative drugs do not cause hallucinations, but can cause the person to feel disassociated with their body, or feel detached from his or her surroundings.
Effects: Users may experience illusions or hallucinations. They may become confused, experience panic, anxiety, depression, and poor perception of time and distance.
Risks: Users may experience respiratory failure or death due to careless or accidental behaviors.
Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish)
These drugs are illegal though conversations for legalization or decriminalization occur throughout the country regularly.
Effects: Users may experience euphoria, relaxation and/or drowsiness and an increased appetite, short-term effects may include impaired short-term memory, impaired concentration, and attention. Long-term effects may include addiction (both psychological and physical), anxiety and memory loss. Users also report lack of motivation or difficulty setting and reaching goals.
Risks: There is little risk of overdose, however, there is a risk of an increasing tolerance, which can lead to increased use. There are also medical complications such as increased risk of respiratory infections, emphysema, certain cancers, and fertility issues.
Alcohol and the Body
The Food and Drug Administration defines low-risk drinking as:
• No more than 1 drink per day for women (if daily).
• No more than 2 drinks per day for men (if daily).
• No more than 3 drinks for women, 4 drinks for men on any given day.
Alcohol is a depressant drug that is legal in the United States for those over the age of 21 years. Small quantities of alcohol (low-risk) for a legal-aged user has not been linked to any increased health risks, and in some cases, has been credited with some health benefits.
However, higher quantities (high-risk use) have been associated with increased risk for breast and colon cancer and heart disease, as well as with a variety of unintentional consequences.
Alcohol and Other Drug Interactions
• Allergy symptoms, colds, flu (Examples: Allegra, Benadryl, Tylenol Cold, etc.): Some possible reactions with alcohol include drowsiness, dizziness; increased risk for alcohol overdose.
• Attention deficit (Examples: Adderall, Ritilin, etc.): Some possible reactions with alcohol include diminished drowsiness from alcohol. May lead to over consumption of alcohol, increased intoxication.
• Anxiety and epilepsy (Examples: Ativan, Valium Paxil) Herbal: Kava Kava: Some possible reactions with alcohol include drowsiness, dizziness, increased risk for overdose; slowed or difficulty breathing. Impaired motor skills, unusual behavior, memory problems, liver damage, drowsiness.
• Arthritis (Example: Celebrex): Some possible reactions with alcohol include ulcers, stomach bleeding, liver problems.
• Blood Clots (Example: Coumadin): Some possible reactions with alcohol include occasional drinking may lead to internal bleeding, heavier drinking also may cause blood clots, strokes, or heart attacks.
• Cough medicines (Examples: Delsym, Robitussin A-C): Some possible reactions with alcohol include drowsiness, dizziness, increased risk for overdose.
• Depression (Examples; Lexapro, Celexa, Prozac, Zoloft) Herbal: St. John’s Wort: Some possible reactions with alcohol include drowsiness, dizziness, increased risk for overdose; increased feelings of depression or hopelessness in adolescents (suicide).
• Diabetes (Example: Glucophage): Some possible reactions with alcohol include abnormally low blood sugar levels, flushing reaction; nausea, vomiting, headache, rapid heartbeat, sudden changes in blood pressure.
• Heartburn, indigestions, sour stomach (Examples: Zantac, Tagamet): Some possible reactions with alcohol include rapid heartbeat, sudden changes in blood; increased alcohol effect.
• High blood pressure (Examples: Accupril, Cardura, Hytril, Lopressor HCT): Some possible reactions with alcohol include dizziness; heart problems such as changes in the heart’s regular heartbeat.
• High cholesterol (Examples: Lipitor, Crestor): Some possible reactions with alcohol include liver damage (all medications); increased flushing and itching, increased stomach bleeding.
• Infections (Example: Flagyl, Nizoral, Tindamax): Some possible reactions with alcohol include fast heartbeat, sudden changes in blood pressure; stomach pain, upset stomach, vomiting, headache, or flushing, or redness of the face; some medications can cause liver damage.
• Muscle pain (Example: Flexeril, Soma): Some possible reactions with alcohol include drowsiness, dizziness, increased risk for overdose, increased risk for seizures, slowed or difficulty breathing, impaired motor control, unusual behavior, memory problems.
• Nausea, motion sickness (Examples; Antivert, Atarax): Some possible reactions with alcohol include drowsiness, dizziness, increased risk for overdose.
• Pain (headache, muscle, minor arthritis) fever (Examples: Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aspirin, Acetaminophen): Some possible reactions with alcohol include stomach upset, bleeding and ulcers; liver damage (acetaminophen); rapid heartbeats, possible risk for increased intoxication.
• Seizures (Examples: Klonopin, Dilantin): Some possible reactions with alcohol include drowsiness, dizziness; increased risk of seizures.
• Severe pain (Examples: Percocet, Vicodin, Demerol) Some possible reactions with alcohol include drowsiness, dizziness; increased risk for overdose; slowed or difficulty breathing; impaired motor control; unusual behavior, memory problems.
• Sleep Problems (Examples: Ambien, Restoril) herbal remedies for sleep problems (Examples: Valerian, SAMe): Some possible reactions with alcohol include drowsiness, sleepiness, dizziness, slowed or difficulty breathing; impaired motor control; unusual behavior, memory problems.
Higher risk quantities may result in the user having greater impairment in judgment, alertness and coordination.
Risks: high-risk amounts can increase risk for:
• Risk taking behaviors (example: sexual, driving)
• Alcohol poisoning which can include passing out (coma or becoming unconscious) nausea/vomiting and memory loss (black outs)
• Hostility or other behavior changes
• Dependence and/or addiction
• Uncharacteristic family, school, work and/or legal problems
• Health problems such as cancers, health disease and cirrhosis of the liver
• Unintentional injuries and death
• Birth and developmental defects if exposed during pregnancy
• Emergency Medical Services: 911
• Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
• Alcohol & Drug Treatment Help & Referral Network: 800-996-DRUG (800-996-3784)
• Narcotics Anonymous (1-800-777-1515)
• National Cocaine Hotline (1-800-COCAINE) – 1-800-262-2463
• National Institute on Drug Abuse/Treatment Hotline (1-800-662-4357)
• AIDS Information Hotline (1-800-342-AIDS) – 1-800-342-2437
• National STD Hotline (1-800-227-8922)
• Federal Drug, Alcohol and Crime Clearinghouse Network (1-800-788-2800).
• AGORA Crisis Center (505) 277-3013
• Alcoholics Anonymous: 425-3577
• San Miguel County DWI Council: 425-7998
• Tri-County family Justice Center of Northern New Mexico: (575) 718-7300
• Crisis Lines: 1-866-575-7233
• San Miguel/Mora Community Based Services: 454-5100
• Crisis Line: 425-1048
• Alta Vista Regional Hospital: 426-3500 ER: 426-3502
• Las Vegas STAT Care (Urgent Care Center – after hours): 425-6283
• Las Vegas Quick Care (Urgent Care Center): 454-1109
• Alcoholics Anonymous: (505)-266-1900
• Presbyterian Medical Services (505) 564-4804
• Community Counseling Center (325-0238)
• Davis, Rosalie LPCC (505) 881-0404
• Alcoholics Anonymous: (505) 982-8932
• Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center 800-721-7273 / (505) 988-1951
• The Life Link (505) 438-7705
• The Santa Fe Recovery Center (505) 471-4475
• Alcoholics Anonymous (505) 425-3577
• Taos County Community Services (575) 445-2754
• Alcoholics Anonymous: (505) 292-1067
• Sunrise Counseling Services (505) 891-1001
• Realistic Counseling Services (505) 220-0325
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Survey
Have you ever…………… Yes No
1. Done poorly on a test or important project because of your use? ___ ___
2. Been in trouble with parents, RA or authorities because of your use? ___ ___
3. Damaged property, pulled a fire alarm etc., when under the influence?___ ___
4. Had a hangover? ___ ___
5. Got into an argument or fight when under the influence? ___ ___
6. Missed a class because of your use? ___ ___
7. Been taken advantage of sexually? ___ ___
8. Taken advantage of another when under the influence? ___ ___
9. Tried unsuccessfully to stop using? ___ ___
10. Seriously hurt someone or been hurt when under the influence? ___ ___
11. Thought about suicide? ___ ___
If you can answer yes to three or more questions for yourself or someone you know, it would be good to seek professional help.
Campus Violence Prevention
The Campus Violence Prevention Program provides collaborative services and support to students who are victim/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Services include counseling, advocacy, and referrals to community service providers and partners. CVPP also provides educational outreach and prevention, and coordinates trainings for students, faculty, and staff. The Campus Violence Prevention Programs phone number is 454-3445.
I. PURPOSE OF POLICY
As with any community, New Mexico Highlands University has established standards of conduct for its members. As members of the university community, students are expected to adhere to all published rules, regulations and policies. Students also are obligated to the laws of the city, county, state and nation. This policy provides for Highlands’ main and center campuses:
A. A description of services and educational programs that assist victims and promote the awareness of violence against others; including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
B. Procedures students should follow if they believe they have been a victim of violence; including procedures concerning who should be contacted, the importance of preserving evidence for the purpose of proof in the criminal and student disciplinary process, and to whom the alleged offense should be reported to.
C. Information on a student’s option to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including Highlands University’s police department and local law enforcement, and a statement that Highlands personnel will assist the student in notifying these authorities at the student’s request.
D. Notification to students that New Mexico Highlands will change a victim’s academic and living situations after an alleged offense and of the options for those changes at the student’s request and if reasonably available.
E. Procedures for campus disciplinary action in cases of an alleged offense, including a clear statement that:
1. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding.
2. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the final determination of a disciplinary proceeding with the respect to the alleged offense and any sanction that is imposed against the accused.
3. Sanctions that Highlands University may impose following a final determination of an institutional disciplinary proceeding regarding violent offenses.
New Mexico Highlands University main campus and center campuses adopt, for the purpose of this policy, the following definitions for violent offenses:
Sex offenses are separated into two categories: forcible and non-forcible, including attempted sex offenses.
Forcible-any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent; including anal and oral intercourse; the use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person; and the inappropriate touching or fondling of another’s intimate areas.
a. Consent defined: mutual agreement based on a shared desire for specific sexual activities; with a clear and concise yes throughout the sexual activity and not the absence of no. Consent cannot be granted if the victim is incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs; is unconscious or asleep or physically helpless; or suffers from a mental condition that does not allow them to understand the nature of the act.
Non-forcible- any sexual act in which force was not used, including: incest, which is the non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law; statutory rape, non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
Dating or Domestic Violence
Dating or domestic violence is also known as domestic abuse. This is any incident by or against a household member resulting in: physical harm, severe emotional assault, bodily injury or assault, a threat causing imminent fear of bodily injury, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property, repeatedly driving by a residence or work place, telephone harassment, stalking, harassment, and harm or threatened harm to children.
a. Household member defined: means a spouse, former spouse, parent, present or former step-parent, present or former in-law, grandparent, grandparent in-law, a co-parent of a child or a person with whom a person has had a continuing personal relationship.
b. Continuing personal relationship defined: means a dating or intimate relationship.
Stalking consists of knowingly pursuing a pattern of conduct, without lawful authority, directed at a specific individual when the person intends that the pattern of conduct would place the individual in reasonable apprehension of death, bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement or restraint of the individual or another individual.
a. Pattern of conduct defined: means two or more acts, on more than one occasion, in which the alleged stalker by any action, method, device or means, directly, indirectly, or through third parties, follows monitors, surveils, threatens or communicates to or about a person.
III. SERVICES & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Highlands University recognizes the harm caused by violence and the need to provide services to students and to educate the university community regarding this issue; Highlands offers the following services and educational programs and local resources:
A. Main & Center Campus
1. NMHU Campus Violence Prevention Program
(Student Center) (505) 454-3445
2. NMHU Campus Police
Corner of 10th St. & Baca Ave.
3. Office of the Dean of Students
Felix Martinez Building Room 261
B. Main Campus-Las Vegas
1. Tri-County Family Justice Center
2. New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute-Community Based Services
(505) 425-1048 CRISIS
3. 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office-Victims Assistance Unit
C. Rio Rancho & Albuquerque Centers
1. Haven House
2. Safe House
3. Rio Rancho Family Health Center
4. Albuquerque Rape Crisis
D. Santa Fe Center
1. Solace Trauma & Treatment Center
(505) 988-1951 findsolace.org
2. Esperanza Shelter
E. Farmington Center
1. Family Crisis Center
2. Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico
3. Navajo United Methodist Center: New Beginnings
F. Raton Center
1. Alternatives to Violence
2. Tri-Community Services
G. Roswell Center at ENMU
1. Roswell House
(575) 622-7263 CRISIS
2. Roswell Refuge for Battered Adults
IV. PROCEDURES STUDENTS SHOULD FOLLOW IF A VIOLENT OFFENSE OCCURS
Highlands University’s Student Code of Conduct, which applies to main and all center campuses, expressly forbids the commission of violence against another person. A student who is a victim of such an offense may pursue charges against the perpetrator under these policies if the accused is also a student; otherwise charges should be pursued through the court system.
It is important for students to understand what process should be followed if they become a victim of a violent offense. The following outlines what students should do if they believe that they are a victim of a violent offense:
A. Sex Offense
1. Victims of sex offenses should ensure that they are safe and then take steps to preserve evidence, as it may be necessary in the proof of sexual assault in the criminal and student disciplinary process. A victim should not bathe, shower, wash, douche, brush one’s teeth, or comb one’s hair or change clothes before seeking medical attention. Important evidence may be on the victim’s body and/or clothes. This evidence can be collected during a medical examination and it can be stored for a later date if the victim wishes not to file a report with law enforcement immediately. However, the victim should consider getting a sexual assault exam completed within five days of the assault. If the victim chooses to file a police report, he or she has the option of requesting a victim’s advocate to be present during any questioning process. Complaints against a student who is accused of a sex offense should be filed in the Office of the Dean of Students.
B. Dating or Domestic Violence Offense
1. Victims of dating or domestic violence should ensure that they are safe. Contact should be made with an advocate at the Campus Violence Prevention Program at (505) 454-3445 or another local service provider about the choices and options that are available for them. These include safety planning, rearranging housing assignments or classes, and arranging emergency shelter if necessary. At the choice of the victim, Highlands University’s police department or local law enforcement can be contacted to file a report. Evidence can be collected for proof in the criminal and student disciplinary process. Complaints against a student who is accused of a dating or domestic violence offense should be filed in the Office of the Dean of Students.
C. Stalking Offense
1. Victims of stalking should ensure that they are safe and if it is believed that they are in immediate danger, he or she should call 911 right away. Instincts should always be trusted and threats should always be taken seriously. A victim should contact an advocate at the Campus Violence Prevention Program at (505) 454-3445, a crisis line or local service provider for assistance in developing a safety plan. It is important that there is not any communication with the stalker and that evidence is kept. Keeping a log of stalking behaviors is helpful and can be used as proof in the criminal and student disciplinary process if the victim chooses to pursue legal options. Police should be contacted and the victim should consider getting a restraining order. Also, the victim should tell others and ask them for assistance with safety. Complaints against a student who is accused of a stalking offense should be filed in the Office of the Dean of Students.
To the extent possible under the law, Highlands University will not release the name of any student who is reported to have been a victim of a violent offense.
V. CHANGES IN ACADEMIC & LIVING SITUATION
Highlands University will change a victim’s academic and living situation (main campus) after an alleged violent offense only if those changes are requested by the victim and are reasonably available. These include:
1. Arranging for an extension of class assignments and examination due dates at the victim’s request.
2. Assisting the victim in dropping courses or withdrawing from Highlands University without academic or financial penalty at the victim’s request.
3. Arranging for the victim or the accused to move from one on-campus housing location to another. Specific requests should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students at (505) 454-3020.
VI. PROCEDURES FOR CAMPUS DISCIPLINARY ACTION
Highlands University’s Student Code of Conduct, which applies to the main campus and all center campuses, prohibits any form of violence against another individual. Victims of such offenses are encouraged to report them to the Highlands police department or other appropriate law enforcement authorities and to meet with an advocate at the Campus Violence Prevention Program (505) 454-3445 to discuss pursuing charges under the relevant policy.
A victim of a violent offense is permitted and encouraged to be accompanied at that meeting by a support person of their choice. This support person may accompany and assist the victim throughout Highlands University’s student disciplinary process.
Under the Highlands Student Grievance Procedure, the victim of a violent offense and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present as advisers during disciplinary proceedings. Both the victim and the accused will be informed of the final determination of a disciplinary proceeding with respect to the alleged violent offense and any sanction that is imposed on the accused.
The specific procedures can be found beginning on Page 66 in the student handbook.
Student Academic Integrity Policy
All forms of academic dishonesty defeat the mission of the University to develop the skills and knowledge of students; it disadvantages the work and grades of students who perform with integrity; it is considered unethical by society at large; and, it thwarts the purpose of academic inquiry and scholarship, including the pursuit, preservation, and communication of knowledge.
1. Academic Dishonesty: Any behavior by a student that misrepresents or falsifies the student’s knowledge, skills, or ability.
2. Plagiarism: The process of copying another person’s idea or written work and claiming it as original without acknowledgment of the original author or creator.
3. Cheating: Student’s use, or attempted use, of unauthorized notes, texts, visuals, electronic devices, or copies of tests to misrepresent their knowledge, skills, or abilities.
4. Collusion: Secret cooperation between students in order to cheat or plagiarize.
5. Facilitation: One student assists another student in cheating, plagiarism, or collusion.
6. Falsification of Records: A student alters academic records, without authorization, to unfairly favor himself/herself or another student’s grades.
Documentation of Academic Dishonesty:
Faculty who discover academic dishonesty must document the infraction. Documentation needs to state the student’s name, the date the academic dishonesty was discovered, and the type of academic dishonesty. Supporting documents or copies of academic dishonesty need to be retained by the instructor. Documentation should be retained by faculty for at least 4 years. Situations and suitable documentation include the following but not limited to:
• Several students complain that other student(s) cheated on a test or assignment. Appropriate documentation is a signed letter by the students describing the incident and a copy of the accused student’s assignment.
• Several students give identical written answers and were sitting next to each other during an examination. Copies of the exams and a note that they sat in proximity to one another constitute documentation.
• Plagiarism can be documented with a copy of the student’s work, along with a copy or citation to the source of the copied text.
Penalties for Academic Dishonesty:
Instructors and supervisors must collect and maintain evidence records to apply penalties. Grade rosters contain a flag that is checked next to the names of students who cheat.
• An F for academic dishonesty cannot be expunged from the record and GPA calculations by retaking the course.
• Instructors who have 1) informed classes about the nature of academic dishonesty and that there will be penalties if caught, and 2) document incidents of academic dishonesty, can impose penalties on students. Penalties must be imposed impartially; all students involved in an incident must be penalized at the same level. The penalty for an incident of academic dishonesty is up to the individual faculty member who detects it in a class. Penalties may range from a reduced grade on an individual assignment to a failing grade for the course. The amount of grade reduction is up to the individual faculty member.
• Before assessing a penalty, faculty members should inform the student suspected of the infraction; and the student should be given the opportunity to respond. If more than one student is involved, each student should be interviewed separately and his/her responses compared.
2. Employment (work-study students, TAs, RAs, etc.):
• Dismissal from the job.
o Notice is then sent to the registrar to flag the student for academic dishonesty.
3. Flagged students
• The registrar shall maintain a list of students who have been academically dishonest.
o When a student is flagged twice, the name of the student is forwarded by the Registrar to the Office of Student Affairs. The Academic Affairs Committee shall then convene a hearing to determine a “university-level” penalty for the student. Students who are found to be persistently academically dishonest may be suspended from the University for several semesters at the discretion of the Committee.
o When a student is flagged a third time, the University shall expel the student. The student’s transcript shall show the statement: “Expelled for academic dishonesty.”
A student has the right to an academic appeal of a finding of an academic dishonesty by an instructor of a course or by a supervisor or by the Academic Affairs Committee. Procedures are as follows:
• When a student who appeals the finding of academic dishonesty by an instructor of a course, a subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee will review information provided by the student and instructor and determine: 1) whether to uphold the instructor’s finding, 2) whether the penalty was appropriate, and 3) whether to adjust the penalty. The burden of proof rests on the instructor of a course. If the subcommittee does not uphold the instructor’s finding, then the flag is cleared by the Registrar.
• When a student who appeals the finding of academic dishonesty by a supervisor, a subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee will review information provided by the student and supervisor and determine whether to uphold the supervisor’s finding of academic dishonesty. The burden of proof rests on the supervisor. If the subcommittee does not uphold the supervisor’s finding, then the flag is cleared by the registrar.
When a student who appeals the finding of the Academic Affairs Committee, or as the result of a second flagging, the Office of Academic Affairs will initiate an administrative review to determine whether to uphold the decision of the Academic Affairs Committee’s finding of academic dishonesty. The burden of proof rests on the Academic Affairs Committee. The Office of Academic Affairs will then decide whether to rescind or alter the “university level” penalties and/or the University expulsion.
Policy on Emergency Contact
If university staff members have reasonable cause to believe a student is a danger to himself or herself or others, contact may be made with the person(s) designated by the student as the emergency contact. This information may be taken from the housing application or any other university document requiring the student to list an emergency contact person.
Policy on Self-Destructive Behavior
Self-destructive behavior shall be understood to mean and include attempts or threats on the part of an individual to end his/her life, or to inflict serious bodily harm on himself/herself by any means capable of producing such results.
The university, typically, through personal counseling, the Campus Police Department and/or the dean of students will respond to such incidents quickly and through referral to local care facilities. If the behavior warrants, local law enforcement will be contacted.
Sexual Harassment Policy
It is the policy of New Mexico Highlands University to maintain a community in which students, faculty, staff and administration are free to work, study and reside without being subjected to sexual harassment. Such behavior subverts the mission of all involved.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination on the basis of sex and is, therefore, prohibited on campus and in programs and activities sponsored by New Mexico Highlands.
Sexual harassment constitutes an unacceptable and punishable offense at NMHU, which may include disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
2. Sexual Harassment Defined
Sexual harassment may take many forms, including unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and conduct that is not necessarily sexual in nature, but which is unwelcome and directed at a person because of his or her gender.
A. Sexual harassment involving unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature can include sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
• Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
• Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the employee; or
• Such conduct is so severe or pervasive that it affects an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive working environment.
• Sexual harassment is distinguished from voluntary sexual relationships when the conduct directed toward you is unwelcome. Conduct of a sexual nature is unwelcome when you did not request or invite the conduct and view the conduct as offensive and undesirable.
• Conduct of a sexual nature can include, but is not limited to:
Verbal, non-verbal or physical sexual advances,
Pressure for sexual favors,
Touching of a sexual nature,
Sexual or “dirty” jokes,
Offensive personal jokes and comments of a sexual nature,
Displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures and written materials.
B. Sexual harassment can also involve acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, but not involving conduct of a sexual nature, when such conduct is so severe or pervasive that it affects a student’s/employee’s ability to work, participate in or benefit from an education program or activity or creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment. Such conduct can include, but is not limited to:
• Offensive jokes or comments, not necessarily sexual in nature, but directed at a person because of his or her gender or sexual orientation,
•Threats or insinuations that lack of sexual favors will result in reprisals, withholding support for promotions or transfers, change of assignments, or poor performance reviews,
• Sexual harassment against an employee/student can involve any member of the New Mexico Highlands University community, including faculty, staff, employees, students, guest speakers, visiting students or contractors.
3. Reporting Sexual Harassment
Employees/students shall report sexual misconduct or harassment to their immediate supervisor, the next-in-line supervisor, the dean or director, campus police, or to the director of human resources. If an employee or student is not certain whether sexual harassment is taking place, he or she should report his or her concerns.
A. Supervisors and managers who have knowledge of sexual misconduct or harassment within New Mexico Highlands University or one of its off campus facilities shall immediately report it to the human resources director and to a person above them in their chain of command.
B. Under no circumstances, during an investigation, shall a supervisor withhold any information about reported or observed sexual misconduct or harassment.
C. Supervisors shall report allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment even if the employee/student reporting such misconduct has asked that no action be taken. Supervisors shall explain this obligation to employees who report sexual misconduct or harassment.
4. Time Frame for Reporting Sexual Harassment
In order to allow for a prompt and timely investigation, the complaint should be made as soon as possible, but no later than 90 days following the latest alleged incident of sexual harassment. Even if this time frame has passed, the university encourages the reporting of sexual harassment.
5. Retaliation is Prohibited
Retaliation against any person who makes a complaint of sexual harassment, reports that another person is being sexually harassed, or who cooperates in an investigation of a complaint of sexual harassment is strictly prohibited.
If you believe you have been retaliated against or that someone else has been retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment, you should follow the same reporting requirements for reporting incidents of sexual harassment set forth in Section 4 above, Reporting Sexual Harassment.
6. Investigation and Resolution of Reports of Sexual Harassment.
The university reserves the right to investigate any reports of sexual harassment, as the university deems appropriate.
All employees/students shall cooperate with investigations of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment complaints.
Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any employee, including staff members, faculty members and administrators, who are found to have engaged in sexual harassment or retaliation up to and including dismissal.
New Mexico Highlands University will also take appropriate action, to the extent possible, against non-employees, such as contractors and guest lecturers, who are found to have engaged in sexual harassment or retaliation.
A. Allegations of sexual misconduct shall be investigated by the Human Resource Department in a manner that is as confidential as possible and appropriate under the circumstances.
B. Absolute guarantees of confidentiality or anonymity cannot be given. Every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality or anonymity of the employee or students.
C. Employees/students who are interviewed during investigations of sexual misconduct allegations shall maintain the confidentiality of what was discussed during their interviews.
The director of human resources has been designated responsibility for coordinating New Mexico Highlands University’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under applicable laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment, including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The current human resources director is: Donna Castro, Rodgers Administration Building Room 108, Telephone number is (505) 426-2240.
The mailing address is: New Mexico Highlands University, Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701.
Sexual Assault Policy
New Mexico Highlands University’s Code of Student Conduct and Sexual Harassment Policy prohibit the commission of sexual assault, including rape.
2. If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted
• Get to a safe place.
• Don’t shower, bathe, douche, change clothes or straighten up the area because doing so might destroy evidence.
• Call 911, a friend, family member or the police for transportation to the hospital.
• Go to a hospital for treatment of any injuries, appropriate testing, evidence collection and support services.
• Report the incident to the police.
• Call a rape crisis hotline for support and information.
• See a counselor with expertise in working with those who have been sexually assaulted.
3. Reporting a Sexual Assault to New Mexico Highlands University
A sexual assault should be reported to the campus police, affirmative action/equal employment opportunity officer, the human resource director, a dean, a department chair or a student adviser.
To the extent possible under law, New Mexico Highlands University will not release the name of any student who is reported to have been sexually assaulted without the consent of the student.
The university will assist the student in contacting counseling services, medical services and other resources.
4. Investigating Reports of Sexual Assault
If the sexual assault is alleged to have been committed by a member of the New Mexico Highlands University community, such as a faculty, staff, another student, or a guest speaker, visiting student or contractor, the university will conduct an investigation into the matter and appropriate action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation.
The student may also file a grievance, utilizing the Student Grievance Procedure.
Tobacco Use Policy
In compliance with the New Mexico Clean Indoor Act, as amended, smoking of tobacco products is prohibited in university buildings, facilities and vehicles. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas.
The Smoking Policy stipulates:
• Smoking is prohibited except in designated areas. Those areas will be well posted and will not be near air conditioning or other ventilation systems, which can carry the smoke to other sites.
• Ashtrays are provided in smoking sites.
• Smoking is prohibited in university vehicles.
• Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any building.
• Smoking is prohibited near windows or air intakes.
• Smokeless tobacco is prohibited in university buildings, facilities and vehicles.
This policy applies to all university visitors, students, and employees. It is the responsibility of every member of the university community to conduct himself or herself in compliance with this policy.
Enforcement is the shared responsibility of the entire campus. The success of this policy depends upon the courtesy, respect and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers of the NMHU community.
Student Code of Conduct
The Code of Student Conduct is the university’s policy related to nonacademic misconduct by students. Academic misconduct by students is not covered by this code, but, rather, falls on the responsibility of the vice president of academic affairs.
New Mexico Highlands University has the right and obligation to support its educational function and to provide the equal opportunity of all students to pursue an education. Therefore, it is the university’s responsibility to establish standards of conduct that uphold appropriate classroom decorum, safety and orderliness in campus life, and the rights and privileges of all members of the university community. The code should be read broadly. It does not define nonacademic misconduct in exhaustive terms. The purposes of the University’s Code of Student Conduct is to inform NMHU students of prohibited nonacademic conduct; to protect and preserve a quality educational environment at NMHU; to outline the due process procedures that will be followed in cases of student misconduct.
3. Violations of the Law and of the Code
Students may be accountable to both civil authorities and to the university for acts that constitute violations of the law and of this code. Those accused of violations are subject to university disciplinary proceedings as outlined in this code despite any pending civil or criminal proceedings or any other university proceedings regarding the same conduct. Accused students may not challenge the university disciplinary proceedings on the grounds that criminal charges, civil actions or other university proceedings regarding the same incident are pending or have been terminated, dismissed, reduced or not yet adjudicated. The university will refer matters to federal and/or state authorities for prosecution when appropriate.
4. Nonacademic Misconduct
The following actions/behaviors occurring on university property or at university-sponsored events constitute violations of the NMHU Code of Student Conduct. Any student committing a violation may be subject to disciplinary action including expulsion or any lesser sanction authorized by the code. Students must take action to ensure that university regulations are observed. Individual students are responsible for their own conduct and the conduct of their guests. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary and/or legal action against any student.
A. Violation of University Regulations. Violating any university or Board of Regents policies, rules and regulations including, but not limited to housing regulations, regulations of university departments and offices, the university policies on sexual harassment or assault, smoking regulations, regulations related to entry (opening and closing hours), traffic and parking regulations, and misuse of identification cards.
B. Violation of Federal, State or Local Laws. Violating federal, state or local laws on university premises or while in attendance at any university-sponsored or supervised events or committing off-campus violations of federal, state, or local law that seriously threatens the educational mission of the University or the health and safety of any member of the university community.
C. Alcohol, Drugs and Other Substances. New Mexico Highlands University prohibits the illegal or irresponsible use of alcohol and other drugs. This includes the consumption, possession or distribution of any form of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, narcotics, other drugs or any drug paraphernalia at any university sanctioned or related, on or off campus, business, activity or event.
Students receiving federal loans and grants do so on the condition that they will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance during the period covered by the federal funding. Students in violation of student code of conduct could lose grants and other financial aid.
Possession is defined as, but is not limited to, alcohol controlled substances or drug paraphernalia found on a person, in his or her clothing, in or around a vehicle on university property or at a university-sanctioned event. Additionally, this includes any individual appearing on university premises or at a university-sponsored activity clearly under the influence of a controlled or intoxicating substance to the degree that there is danger to self, others or property. The university will enforce federal, state, and local laws, as well as its own alcohol and drug policies, and procedures that support these laws.
D. Damage to Property. Participating in acts of unauthorized use, removal, defacing, tampering, damage or destruction of student, staff, faculty, visitor or university owned or leased property, equipment, or programs on university premises, at university-sponsored activities, or from university organization(s), group(s) or individual(s).
E. Disorderly Conduct. Engaging in loud behavior, physical fights or disruptive behavior. For purposes of this code, disorderly conduct is defined to include, but not limited to, acts that breach the peace, disrupt others or interrupt the university operations.
F. Disruption of University Operations. Interrupting, disturbing or interfering with normal university functions, university-sponsored activities, or any function or activity on university premises including, but not limited to, studying, teaching, public speaking, research, university administration, judicial proceedings, or fire, police or emergency services or committing intentional acts that obstruct, disrupt, or physically interfere with the use of university premises, buildings or passages.
G. Explosives and Weapons. Possessing, using, storing or distributing dangerous weapons, explosives, firearms, noxious devices or other hazardous objects, materials or substances. These items are strictly forbidden on university premises including, but not limited to, the rooms of resident students, classrooms, at university-sponsored or supervised events, in or around any vehicle, and in or on any person’s clothing.
H. False Complaints. Intentionally filing a false complaint under this code.
I. False Reports. Initiating, making or causing any false report, threat of fire, explosion or other emergency or dangerous condition on university premises or at a university-sponsored activity; failing to report a fire, or interfering with the response of university or municipal officials to emergency calls.
J. Hazing. Planning, directing or committing acts of hazing, defined as any activity which willfully or recklessly endangers the mental or physical health of an individual(s) or subjects a person(s) to forced consumption of alcohol or drugs, ridicule, embarrassment, or unlawful activity for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.
K. Indecent Behavior. Lewd, indecent or obscene behavior or remarks, intentionally exposing buttocks, breasts or genitals in a public place on university premises or at university-sponsored activities.
L. Failure to Obey. Refusal or failure to comply with the directions of university officials or representatives, including campus police officers and residence hall staff members, acting in performance of their duties and/or failing to positively identify one’s self to a university official when requested to do so. (The preferred form of identification shall be a current, valid university identification card.)
M. False Information. Misrepresenting information or furnishing false information to the university.
N. Forgery. Forgery, fraudulence, alteration, misrepresentation, counterfeiting, or misuse of any university and/or other documents, instruments of identification or access devices.
O. Physical Harm or Threatening Remarks. Taking any action, making threatening remarks or creating any situation on university premises or at university-sponsored activities that intentionally or recklessly endangers the mental or physical health of others.
P. Misuse of University Computer Privileges. Please reference to the full policy by going to www.nmhu.edu > CURRENT STUDENTS > Technical Help > ITS Policies on Computer, Network, and E-mail. Engaging in acts of theft of computers or abuse of computer privileges, including but not limited to
• improper and/or unauthorized access to university computer files and systems; unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of university computer systems or material; unauthorized entry into a file to use, read or change its contents;
• unauthorized transfers of a file or files,
• unauthorized use of another person’s identification or password,
• use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, staff or faculty member,
• use of computing facilities to view or send threatening or obscene messages,
• intentional disruption of university computer systems,
• violation of copyright or proprietary material restrictions connected with university computer systems, programs or materials.
Q. Misuse of the Judicial System. Engaging or participating in abuse of the university judicial system, including but not limited to:
• filing a false complaint or claim under this code,
• falsifying or misrepresenting information before a judicial body,
• disrupting or interfering with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding,
• instituting a judicial complaint without cause,
• attempting to discourage an individual’s participation in, or use of, the judicial system,
• attempting to influence a member of the judicial body prior to, during, and/or after a judicial proceeding,
• harassing (verbal or physical) and/or intimidating a member of a judicial body, prior to, during and/or after a judicial proceeding,
• failing to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Code of Student Conduct,
• influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.
R. Noncompliance with Disciplinary Sanctions. Lack of adherence to the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this code.
S. Stalking, Harassment or Persistent Torment. Engaging in conduct directed at specific person(s) on university premises or at university-sponsored activities that seriously alarms or intimidates such person(s), and which serves no legitimate purpose. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to explicit or implicit threats, including gestures that place a person in unreasonable fear of unwelcome physical contact, harm or death; following a person about in a public place or to or from his or her residence; making remarks in a public place to a specific person(s) that are in common usage lewd, obscene or expose a person(s) to public hatred, or that can reasonably be expected to have a tendency to cause acts of violence by the person(s) to whom the remark is addressed; or communicating anonymously by voice or graphic means or making a telephone call anonymously whether or not a conversation ensues. Torment or intimidation based on ability, age, ethnic heritage, gender, lifestyle, race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, political, social, or other affiliation or disaffiliation is forbidden.
T. Tampering with Safety Devices. Committing acts that endanger the university community or university property including but not limited to altering, misusing or damaging any firefighting equipment, safety equipment alarms or emergency device.
U. Theft. Unauthorized use or removal of property, materials or services from the university, at university-sponsored activities, from university organization(s), group(s), student(s) or any university community member, guest, visitor, vendor or contractor on university premises; or knowing of possession of stolen property or use of stolen services on university premises, at university-sponsored activities, or from university organization(s), group(s) or individual(s).
V. Unauthorized Entry or Use of Keys. Possessing, duplicating or using keys to any university building or facility without authorization by appropriate university officials or committing an act of unauthorized entry into or use of university buildings or facilities.
W. Unauthorized Use of Facilities or Property. Unauthorized presence on or use of university premises, facilities or property including camping, building a fire or use of an unauthorized heating, cooking or electrical device without advanced approval from designated university personnel.
X. Academic Integrity. A violation of the NMHU Academic Integrity Policy constitutes a violation of this policy. Please see the NMHU Academic Integrity Policy (below) for more information.
Y. Classroom Conduct. While each individual faculty member is responsible for establishing standards for his or her class, there is a generally accepted standard of classroom conduct that must be adhered to in all classes. Students are members of a community devoted to learning and are expected to behave responsibly and respectfully toward other students and other members of the university community. Any behavior that disrupts others from learning or interferes with the efforts of a faculty member to instruct a class is prohibited. Unless a faculty member makes an exception, the following rules will apply:
• Students are required to attend all classes and be prepared for class.
• Guests, including children, are not permitted in class.
• Food and drink may not be consumed in classrooms.
• Cell phones may not be used in class and students should ensure they are turned off or to silent mode.
• Other electronic devices such as, iPods and MP3 players, Game Boys, Palm Pilots, Blackberries and portable CD players are also prohibited.
• Laptops may be used for note taking and other academic related activities. Faculty may establish limitations on the use of computers in the classroom.
Faculty may establish additional rules and responsibilities to maintain appropriate conditions for learning in their classrooms.
Z. Skateboards. Skateboards are permitted as a mode of transportation. However, skateboarders must be respectful of pedestrians at all times. Recreational skateboarding is not permitted on campus.
AA. Cell Phones. Students are expected to use their cell phones in a manner that is not disruptive to others in common areas, computer labs, the library and classrooms. Students must turn off cell phones or turn them to silent mode during all classes and laboratories. The use of cell phones during examinations is prohibited. Faculty may modify this policy as required for individual circumstances.
5. Reporting an incident of nonacademic misconduct
Anyone wishing to report an alleged incident of prohibited nonacademic conduct may make a report in writing to the dean of students (Office of Student Affairs) or the Housing and Student Conduct Department. (Report forms are available in both offices.) The dean of students and/or designee will determine whether any action should be taken in response to the report.
6. Disciplinary measures or sanctions
Disciplinary Reprimand. A written warning to the student that the cited behavior is not acceptable by university standards. The student is warned that further misconduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.
Disciplinary Restrictions. Limiting certain privileges or practices of the individual(s) involved in the offense for a specified period of time. The student may be restricted from certain areas of the campus, privileges or practices including being prohibited from a university event or extracurricular activity.
Restitution. The student is required to make payment for the loss or damage to the university or to an individual(s), group(s) or organization(s).
Disciplinary Probation. A specified period of time during which the student is expected to comply with university regulations. If the student violates university policy within the given time frame, more severe disciplinary action may occur.
Disciplinary Suspension. Temporary exclusion from the university for a specified period of time.
Disciplinary Expulsion. Permanent separation from the university.
Expulsion from University Housing Facilities. Removal from university housing.
Emergency Suspension and/or Restrictions. To protect the safety of the university community, it may be necessary to suspend a student(s) from class, campus facilities, university premises or university-sponsored functions, etc. The dean of students shall have the authority to immediately suspend and have removed from campus students who present an immediate threat to the health, safety or security of other students, faculty and employees of New Mexico Highlands University or to university property. Emergency removal may not exceed ten days, during which time the student must be given a disciplinary conference, as described below. An emergency suspension may only extend beyond ten days if the university president determines an extension is necessary to protect the health, safety of the university community. In such circumstances, unless waived by the student, the Office of Student Affairs shall develop a timetable for the procedures as described below in Section 7, so that the entire process is completed within thirty (30) calendar days of the disciplinary conference.
Other Disciplinary Measures. Other sanctions may be imposed instead of or in addition to those outlined above, including but not limited to the following educational assignments or research projects; letter of apology to those involved; mandated counseling or therapy (to be paid for by the student if off-campus services are desired or required); relocation to another university living area; restriction from specified campus facilities; loss of specified university privileges; fines; community or campus service; or the loss of institutional financial aid. Disciplinary sanctions will be related to the nature of the violation.
7. Procedural Guideline
The essential safeguards for fair treatment will be provided for students charged with violating university regulations. The following shall serve as procedural guidelines.
A. Written Notification. The Office of Student Affairs will inform the student with a written Notice of Charge that she or he is accused of a violation of a university regulation(s). Such written notice will be sent to the student’s most recent address of record. The notice will include the alleged violation, the Code of Student Conduct regulation(s) allegedly violated; and the possible consequences for not responding to the notice. Included with the Notice will be a Response to Charge form and copy of the NMHU Code of Student Conduct, which includes rights, responsibilities, disciplinary conference and administrative hearing procedures.
B. Student Response. Within five (5) working days of receipt of the Notice of Charge, the student must reply to the Office of Student Affairs using a copy of the Response to the Charge form. A “working day” is any day that the university is open. If the student chooses not to complete the form by the given deadline, this failure to respond will be deemed an admission of guilt. A ruling will then be made based on that admission. On the Response to Charge form, the student should indicate whether she or he requests a disciplinary conference on the charges.
C. Disciplinary Conference. Within five (5) working days of receipt of the Response to Charge, the dean of students shall schedule a disciplinary conference, if requested by the student. A disciplinary conference is a private meeting between the dean of students and/or a designee and the student at which the student has an opportunity to respond to the charges against her or him.
D. Imposition of Discipline. Within five (5) working days of the disciplinary conference, or if no disciplinary conference was requested, within five (5) working days of receipt of the Response to Charge, the dean of students shall provide the student with a written Notice of Disciplinary Action. If the disciplinary action taken is restitution, suspension, expulsion, or expulsion from student housing, the student has a right to a hearing prior to the discipline being imposed. If not, unless otherwise stated in the Notice of Disciplinary Action, the discipline takes effect immediately, is final and not appealable.
1. If the dean of students imposes a discipline of suspension or expulsion, the student may request, within five working days of receipt of the Notice of Disciplinary Action, that a hearing be held before the disciplinary action is imposed. The request must be in writing and submitted to the dean of students.
2. Within five working days of receipt of the request to the dean of students, the hearing shall take place within 30 calendar days of receipt of the request for a hearing, unless the dean of students, in his or her sole discretion, extends the time for the hearing.
3. When a hearing is held, the accused student(s) and the dean of students shall be given a minimum of five (working days written notice prior to the hearing.
4. Two working days prior to the hearing, the student and dean of students shall submit to the hearing committee chairperson and to the other party, a list of witnesses, and copies of any documents submitted as evidence at the hearing. Statements of absent witnesses may be submitted in lieu of testimony at the hearing, so long as the other party is notified at least three working days prior to the hearing of the name of the witness and that witness makes himself or herself available for an interview by the other party and additional statement, if requested.
5. If two or more students are charged in the same incident and two or more request a hearing as a result of the discipline imposed, the Hearing Committee may hold a joint hearing in the matter.
6. The hearing will be closed. The student and the dean of students may attend the hearing. Witnesses will attend only for the purposes of their testimony.
7. The hearing will be informal in nature; strict rules of evidence do not apply. However, the hearing chairperson may exclude evidence that is irrelevant or duplicative.
8. The dean of students has the burden of proof at the hearing to demonstrate that the violation of the student code occurred and that the discipline imposed was reasonable.
9. The accused student(s) and the dean of students have the right to the following:
• Be present at the hearing; however, if either or both the student and dean of students fail to appear at the hearing, the hearing will be held in either or both of their absences.
• Present evidence by their own testimony, by witness, or by official written statement from a witness, if that witness is unable to attend the hearing, under conditions stated above. It is the responsibility of the accused student and the dean of students to notify their witnesses of the date, time and place of the hearing. If witnesses fail to appear, the hearing will be held in their absence. Bring one adviser to the hearing. The adviser, however, may only participate in providing advice. The adviser may not participate in the hearing itself, examinations or the presentation of information or materials to the hearing committee, unless asked to do so by the hearing committee. It is the responsibility of the accused student and the dean of students to notify the adviser of the date, time and place of the hearing. If an adviser fails to appear, the hearing shall take place in his or her absence.
• Question all witnesses
10. The following procedures shall be followed in administrative hearings:
• Welcome by the hearing committee chairperson
• Recognition of the parties present
• Reading of allegations
• Opening statement by the dean of students
• Opening statement by the accused student
• Testimony of the dean of students witnesses, including cross-examination by the student and question by hearing committee members
• Testimony of the student witnesses, including cross-examination by the student and questions by hearing committee members
• Rebuttal evidence presented by the dean of students, if any, to address issues raised by the student’s witnesses
• Rebuttal evidence presented by the student, if any, to address issues raised by the vice president’s rebuttal evidence.
• Closing remarks from the dean of students – Closing remarks from the accused student.
• Closing statements by the Hearing Committee chairperson
• Adjournment of the hearing
A verbatim record (either by written transcript or tape recording) shall be made of all evidence introduced at the hearing. This verbatim record shall be maintained for a period of one year after hearing.
11. The hearing committee shall deliberate following the hearing. Unless there is reasonable cause for delay, a written copy of the committee’s recommendation and the record will be sent to the university president within five (5) working days. The recommendation shall be copied to the student and the dean of students. The student may request a copy of the record, which will be provided at the student’s expense.
The university president shall receive the recommendation of the hearing committee and may either accept it, modify it or reject it. He or she shall notify the student, the dean of students and the hearing committee chairperson of his decision in writing. If the discipline imposed by the president is a suspension or expulsion, he or she shall also copy the registrar on his or her decision.
8. Disciplinary measures for NMHU student organizations
The director of campus life shall be responsible for monitoring the actions of members of NMHU student organizations. Members representing such organizations or groups are accountable for their actions and may be charged with violations to the Code as individuals, as an organization or as a student group.
9. Disciplinary records
The dean of students (and/or designee) shall maintain disciplinary records and shall not release them unless required to do so by the law. Student disciplinary records are retained for five years after the most recent university disciplinary action has been completed with the exception of cases of expulsion. Records of students expelled from the university are maintained permanently and are posted on the academic transcripts.
••In addition to adhering to the NMHU Student Code of Conduct, students attending classes on another college or university campus are required to follow the Student Code of Conduct for the respective campus.
EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY STATEMENT
New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) strives to maintain diversity in its student body and provides equal educational opportunities to all students. This policy is intended to further New Mexico Highlands University’s efforts, as well as comply with its obligations under state and federal law.
Equal Educational Opportunity
It is the policy of NMHU to prohibit unlawful discrimination and harassment against its students and applicants for admission on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability, serious medical condition, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veterans status or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
This policy applies to all aspects of the educational process, including admissions, recruitment, extracurricular activities, financial assistance, housing, counseling, guidance, course offerings and housing.
Any student who feels that he or she has been discriminated against or harassed should report the incident to the affirmative action/equal employment opportunity officer, a department chair, a student adviser, a director, a dean, or campus police.
The current AA/EEO Officer is:
Donna Castro, director, Office of Human Resources, 454-3308, Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701.
The mailing address for the AA/EEO Officer is: Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701.
Policies for Reporting and Resolving Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment
NMHU has policies in place for reporting and resolving complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment.
Students are encouraged to read:
1. Sexual Harassment Policy Statement,
2. Student Grievance Policy.
Students can access these policies from the Office of Student Services or the AA/EEO officer.
Resolution to Student Concerns
There might be times when there is a misunderstanding, disagreement or conflict among students, or between a student and a staff member or faculty member. When this occurs, the student is encouraged to follow the steps outlined below to seek informal resolution of his or her concern.
However, if the misunderstanding, disagreement or conflict is as a result of a violation of university policy or procedure, the student has the option of pursuing the steps outlined below, or following the Student Grievance Procedure. If a student believes that he or she has been discriminated against or harassed, or if he or she believes that a fellow student has been discriminated against or harassed, he or she should report that discrimination or harassment to the affirmative action/EEO officer, a department chair, a student adviser, a director, a dean, or campus police.
To resolve a concern, students are encouraged to:
1. Write out the problem to help clarify the issue.
2. Check with resource people or materials to help clarify the issue.
3. Approach the person involved and politely describe your concern(s).
4. If the conflict or concern cannot be resolved after talking with the person, take the following steps.
A. For conflicts and concerns related to coursework, the student should:
Step 1. Approach the faculty member involved in the issue and discuss the concern using the necessary documents (i.e. assignments, syllabi, assessments, etc.). If the concern cannot be resolved after discussing the issue with the faculty member, the student may decide to take Step 2.
Step 2. Write a letter to the chair of the department. In the letter, carefully describe the concern or conflict. Also, include appropriate documentation and an explanation of the preferred outcome. If the department chair does not respond within a week, schedule a meeting with the department head. If the issue cannot be resolved after discussing it with the department chair, consider using Step 3.
Step 3. Write a letter to the school or college dean. Carefully explain the conflict or concern. Include documentation with the letter and a description of the preferred outcome. If the school or college dean does not respond within a week, schedule an appointment to discuss concerns with the school or college dean. If the issue cannot be resolved by talking with the school or college dean, the student may choose to pursue Step 4.
Step 4. Write a letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Carefully outline the conflict or concern; include the necessary documentation. If the Vice President for Academic Affairs does not respond within a week, schedule an appointment to see the vice president. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be final.
Students who are not satisfied with a grade received should use a Student Grade Appeal Form available in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and in the school and college dean’s offices.
B. For conflicts or concerns that are not academic in nature, the student should:
Step 1. Approach the student, staff or faculty member involved and discuss the concern using any needed documents. If the issue cannot be resolved after talking with the person involved, consider taking the next step.
Step 2. Write a letter to the direct supervisor of the person(s) involved in the dispute. In the letter, carefully describe the situation and include appropriate documentation. If the supervisor does not respond within a week, schedule an appointment with the supervisor to discuss the matter. If the conflict or concern cannot be resolved by discussing it with a supervisor, consider taking the next step.
Step 3. Write a letter to the dean of students. Carefully explain the conflict or concern and include appropriate documentation. The dean may refer the issue to an advisory group. Nonetheless, the decision of the dean of students will be final.
C. For concerns related to campus clubs:
Step 1. Meet with the student group involved with the issue. Discuss the concern and support it with related documentation. If the conflict cannot be resolved by talking it over with the group members, consider Step 2.
Step 2. Write a letter to the director of the Office of Campus Life and carefully describe the conflict or concern. Include appropriate documentation with your letter. The director of the Office of Campus Life may make recommendations or impose sanctions on the registered student group.
Step 3. If the concern is not resolved using the first two steps, write a letter to the dean of students. If the dean of students does not respond within a week, schedule an appointment. The decision of the dean of students will be final.
Student Grievance Procedure
Objective: To provide the timely review of student complaints of a violation of university policy or procedure, including claims of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability, serious medical condition, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veterans status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
1. General Provisions
1.1 The university’s Office of Student Affairs will advise students using this grievance procedure by explaining policies and procedures, providing objectivity to the process, assisting in preventing delays in the process and resolving grievances between the parties, if possible. Where a grievance is based on a claim of discrimination, the affirmative action/EEO officer shall provide such assistance to the grievant.
1.2 Except as provided in Paragraph 2 below, a grievance filed pursuant to this Grievance Procedure shall be in writing and contain a precise statement of the conduct giving rise to the grievance, the policy or procedure that the grievant alleges has been violated, and the specific remedy that the grievant is seeking. The Office of Student Affairs shall only permit the amendment of such written grievance if it determines that the amendment will not prejudice the respondent’s ability to respond to the grievance.
For purposes of this procedure the following definitions will apply:
1.3 The term “grievance” means an allegation that the grievant has been directly affected by a violation of university policy or procedure. If a student has a concern or conflict that does not rise to a violation of university policy or procedure, the student should use the resolution of concerns procedure. A grade appeal is not a “grievance” for the purposes of this grievance procedure. Grade appeals are covered under The Resolution Student Concerns Section A.
1.3.1 The term “grievant” means a person who was a student at the time the conduct giving rise to the grievance took place. A student employee whose complaint arises from conduct taking place during the student’s employment, is not a “grievant” for the purposes of this grievance procedure.
1.3.2 The term “respondent” means another student, a faculty member, a staff member, or the university’s administrative unit against whom a grievance is filed.
1.3.3 The number of “working days” indicated shall mean those days when those administrative offices of the university are open.
1.3.4 Grievances will be handled with reasonable promptness in both the submission and the processing. If the grievant fails to act within the time limits provided herein, the university shall be deem the grievance withdrawn. Time lines may be waived or otherwise established by mutual agreement of the parties or for other justifiable reasons, in the sole discretion of the Office of Student Affairs.
1.3.5 If a grievance is filed against an employee in the Office of Student Affairs, the president shall designate another employee to fulfill the role of the Office of Student Affairs in paragraphs 3 and 4 below.
2. Reporting Discrimination or Harassment
University policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of a person’s sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability, serious medical condition, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
2.1 Persons Who Should Make a Report of Discrimination or Harassment
2.1.1 A student who believes that he or she is being subjected to discrimination or harassment should report the discrimination or harassment.
2.1.2 A report should also be made by any person, including staff, faculty or another student, if that person believes that a student is being subjected to discrimination or harassment.
2.2 Persons to Whom Discrimination or Harassment Should Be Reported
2.2.1 Reports of discrimination or harassment should be reported to the university’s affirmative action/EEO (AA/EEO) officer, a department chair, a student adviser, a director, a dean, or campus police.
2.2.2 Any department chair, student adviser, director, dean, campus police officer or other employee who receives a complaint of discrimination or harassment must report the complaint to the AA/EEO officer as soon as possible. The AA/EEO officer is responsible for coordinating the university’s response to reports of discrimination or harassment.
The current AA/EEO Officer is: Donna Castro, Director of Human Resources, 454-3308, Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701
The timeframe for reporting discrimination or harassment shall be ninety (90) calendar days from the date of the discrimination or harassment, not fifteen (15) working days as described in Subparagraph 4.2.1 below. Even if this timeframe has passed, the university encourages reports of discrimination or harassment, even if they are no longer eligible to be processed as grievances under this grievance procedure. In addition, the time frames for filing a grievance on the basis of discrimination or harassment may be waived by the AA/EEO officer for good cause.
The university, in its discretion, reserves the right to conduct an investigation into a report of discrimination or harassment, even when the student being discriminated against or harassed requests that the university take no action or refuses to cooperate in the investigation. However, the university’s ability to deal with a report in such circumstances may be limited. In addition, the university may waive the requirements of this grievance procedure or portions of the procedure in cases of discrimination and harassment, including by accepting oral grievances based on discrimination or harassment, and to take immediate and appropriate corrective action, as deemed appropriate or necessary. In processing a grievance based on discrimination or harassment, the AA/EEO officer shall fulfill the role of the Office of Student Affairs in the procedures outlined in Paragraph 4 below.
The university will keep its investigation into the report of discrimination or harassment as confidential as possible. The student who may have been discriminated against or harassed, the respondent and individuals interviewed, as part of any investigation will be told that they are to keep the matter confidential.
A student who might have been discriminated against or harassed may request that his or her name not be disclosed to the respondent. A request of this type may limit the university’s ability to respond to the report. However, the university will do its best to honor the request, to the extent possible.
3. Retaliation prohibited
It is a violation of university policy for any person to retaliate in any way against a student for filing a grievance pursuant to this grievance procedure. Any such retaliatory action should be reported to the Office of Student Affairs immediately. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any person found to have retaliated against a student for filing a grievance pursuant to this grievance procedure.
Prior to the initiation of the grievance process, a student may wish to discuss the conduct giving rise to the grievance on an informal basis. The student may use the process outlined in the Resolution of Student Concerns for this purpose, or consult with the Office of Student Affairs regarding informal conflict resolution.
4.2 Filing a Grievance
4.2.1 Time for Filing. A grievance must be filed in writing on a form provided by the Office of Student Affairs. The grievance should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs within fifteen (15) working days of the date on which the grievant knew or should have known of the conduct giving rise to the grievance.
4.2.2 Content of Grievance. The grievance shall be in writing and contain a precise statement of the conduct giving rise to the grievance, the university policy or procedure that the grievant alleges has been violated, and the specific remedy that the grievant is seeking. Documentation, in the form of facts, circumstances, and the names and addresses of witnesses having information pertinent to the grievance must also be a part of the written grievance.
4.2.3 Response to Grievance. The respondent will submit a written response to the grievance, which addresses each allegation in it and will include any pertinent information supporting his or her response. The respondent’s written response will be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs within ten (10) working days of receipt of the grievance. If the respondent does not submit a written response, the matter will proceed to the investigation stage.
4.2.4 Investigation. The Office of Student Affairs will conduct an investigation into the grievance, or appoint a committee to do so. The investigation will include a review of the materials submitted by parties, witness interviews, if appropriate, and review of any additional materials, either gathered by the investigator or requested from the parties. The grievant and respondent may have an adviser present during any interviews. The adviser may be an attorney. The adviser may not participate in the interview, but may advise the grievant or respondent.
4.2.5 Findings and Recommendations. Upon completion of the investigation, a report will be prepared by the Office of Student Affairs or the committee, that should contain a summary of the information and documents considered during the investigation, findings and recommended actions, if any. The report will be prepared as quickly as possible, preferably within thirty (30) working days after notice is given to the respondent that a complaint has been filed.
4.2.6 Final Decision. The report will be forwarded to the appropriate vice president or his or her designee for a final decision.
1. When the respondent is a student, the report will be forwarded to the dean of students or his or her designee,
2. When the respondent is a staff member, the report will be forwarded to the vice president of finance or his or her designee; and,
3. When the respondent is a faculty member, the report will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee.
The vice president or his or her designee may accept, modify or reject any findings or recommendations in the report.
If the vice president decides that disciplinary action against the respondent may be appropriate, the disciplinary action shall be imposed pursuant to the discipline procedures applicable to the respondent.
4.2.7 The grievant and the respondent will be advised of the outcome of the investigation into the grievance after the decision is made by the vice president or his or her designee.
4.2.8 The timelines in this policy may be extended by the Office of Student Affairs in its sole discretion.
4.2.9 The Office of Student Affairs will maintain the records of the investigation. Other than as required by law, no records, documents or other materials gathered or created during the investigatory process will be released to anyone, including the grievant or respondent.
The decision of the appropriate vice president is final regarding the merits of the grievance. A respondent may appeal disciplinary action taken against the respondent only as provided for in policies applicable to the respondent.
Worker’s Compensation Procedures
Employee or supervisor must notify the Office of Human Resources immediately of any accident or injury.
1. If employee is in need of emergency care, they must be sent to Alta Vista Regional Hospital. Employee should inform hospital personnel that the injury is work related. (The hospital has our billing information).
2. As soon as practical, employee must visit with Human Resources so that all necessary paperwork can be completed. Employee should bring all paperwork related to the accident to Human Resources.
If a prescription needs to be filled, employee should have the prescription filled at Plaza Drugs so that there is not a charge. Employee must either keep a copy of the prescription or of the patient instructions attached to the prescription.
Off-Campus NMHU Employees: In case of emergency care, please inform the hospital that this is a worker’s compensation claim (do not give your medical insurance information). Please advise the hospital to contact HR for further instructions. For prescriptions, you will need to pay the copayment and submit the receipt to HR for reimbursement.
Any non-employee injured or involved in an accident on the Highlands campus must be sent to the Purchasing Department as soon as possible to complete all necessary paperwork.
Stolen Items and Other Insurance Claims
Please submit information regarding these claims to the Purchasing Department.
Certificate of Coverage
Request this information from the Purchasing Department.
Student Educational Records
Under the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), New Mexico Highlands University students have the following rights in regards to their educational records:
The right to inspect and review their educational records within a reasonable time, not to exceed 45 days, upon making an official request and obtaining an appointment to do so.
The student may challenge inaccuracies or misleading statements contained in their educational records. Challenges must be made in writing and forwarded to the registrar.
The right to consent to disclosure of personal identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes exceptions without consent. Exceptions are a school official with a legitimate educational interest; compliance with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena; official audit or evaluation purposes; and emergency involving the health or safety of a student or other person; and directory information.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Complaints may be forwarded to:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
Directory information at New Mexico Highlands is student’s name, field of study, class standing, dates of attendance, honors and degrees awarded, full-time or part-time status, date and place of birth, home town, previous school attended, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and height and weight of athletic team members. As with other directory information, any student may request that his or her information be restricted in its access. Written requests from a student to have directory information withheld must be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office by the last day of registration and will be maintained for the remainder of the academic year.