Student Rights and Services

This section includes information specific to student issues and resources:


Student Handbook

The current Student Handbook along with the handbook from previous years can also be found online at NCTC Student Handbook/Planner.

 The handbook includes the policies most pertinent to students along with a student planner.  Important college deadlines and dates are published in the handbook. 



Student records are subject to the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA).  Before sharing information pertaining to individual students, adjunct faculty members should review the Data Privacy Policy (Policy 2015).  FERPA sets forth specific requirements regarding the privacy of student records, governs the release of records maintained by an educational institution and who has access to those records. 


In compliance with FERPA, the college may release information classified as "Directory Information" to the general public without the written consent of the student.  Directory Information includes:


  • Student Name
  • College Assigned Email Address
  • Hometown
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Enrollment Status (enrolled, graduated, withdrawn, part-time, full-time)
  • Program of Study


  • Honors and Awards Received
  • Participaiton in Recognized Campus Activities/ Sports
  • Height and Weight of Athletic Team Members
  • Photographs and Computerized or Videotaped Images









Directory Information is public data unless the student has filed a request that any of the data be treated as private.  This request must be on file with the Registrar's office and must be completed annually.

No transcript of academic record is released without written consent from the student, except as specified by law.  No one outside of the college may obtain data regarding a student's performance or attendance unless the student provides authorization in writing.  (This means that grades cannot be discussed with parents and/or significant others!)

You are trusted to keep in confidence sensitive personal information, as well as reports and correspondence which are not for general circulation.  Do not have conversations about private student or personnel matters on cellular phones in hallways, restaurants or other places where you are likely to be overheard.  Information should not be shared with anyone (including other faculty members) unless there is a bona fide need to know.  Questions concerning the confidentiality of any information or if the person requesting information really has a "need to know", should be directed to your supervisor or the Dean of Student Services.


Counseling Services

Licensed counselors are available on each campus to assist students with career, academic, and personal concerns.  Adjunct faculty should always refer students to the appropriate college personnel for assistance in these areas. Counseling and advising students are not within the professional scope of faculty duties.


Learning Services/ Tutoring

Learning Services are available to every student on campus. This may include students requesting tutors or those with disabilities needing services. In addition, Personal Education Plans are available for students who lack English proficiency. Learning Services also accommodates testing by arrangement with instructors. All services are provided free to Northland students.


East Grand Forks Learning Services

Thief River Falls Learning Services

Contact Person:

Ellen Brehmer

Dean Dalen


(218) 793-2382

(218) 683-8560


Rm. 580D, EGF campus

Rm. 205, TRF campus


Students with Disabilities

Northland Community and Technical College, in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified students with disabilities.  According to the Students with Disabilities Policy (Policy 2035), students with disabilities must make their requests for accommodations to the Learning Center on the campus.   

If a student requests any type of accommodation (i.e. extended test time, test reader, note taker, alternate test format, testing out of the room), they should immediately be referred to Learning Services.  Personnel in that department will work with the student to develop an appropriate accommodation plan based on documentation provided by the student.  Once a student has been provided an accommodation plan, it is the student's responsibility to provide the information to each faculty member. 

In order to receive accommodations, the student must present their instructors with a letter from Learning Services that describes the accommodations that are to be provided for that particular student.  Students requesting accommodations from an instructor without this letter need to be referred to the Learning Center to begin the procedures for requesting accommodations.  To assist you and the students, it is important that you place a notice in your syllabus similar to this example:


Example Syllabus Statement regarding Support Services: 

Support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities are available. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Learning Services Department on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes.  Students are encouraged to meet with Learning Services personnel three weeks before the start of the semester.

Students who are requesting accommodation must provide the instructor with a letter of accommodation from the Learning Services Department at the beginning of the semester.   Accommodations can only be made after the instructor receives the letter of accommodation from the student.