The following College policies are applied equally across all sectors of Chesapeake College. More information about each policy can be found on the College Website.
Equal Opportunity Policy
Chesapeake College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons so that no person, on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, marital status, genetic information, disability, pregnancy, military status, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by law, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of this College. Under this policy, this College will not discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status or any other class protected by law, in its admission policies and practices of the College relating to the treatment of students or other people in employment, the providing of services, financial aid, and other benefits and including the use of any building, structure, room, materials, equipment, facilities, or any other property.
Chesapeake College, as a recipient of federal financial assistance, is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, not to discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities which it operates. Chesapeake College is also covered by and complies with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1975 both of which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. The College is also covered by federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. The Director of Human Resources serves as the College’s Equal Opportunity Officer, and is the designated compliance officer under Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 and ADA Title II.
Any person who believes he or she has been subjected to any form of prohibited discrimination, including violations of any of these laws, may file a complaint of discrimination with the Director of Human Resources (Office location: D-249 of the Dorchester Administration Building on the Wye Mills Campus; Phone: 410.827.5811). Copies of the complaint procedure will be provided on request. All complaints will be investigated by the College, and if a violation is found, prompt corrective action will be taken. Persons dissatisfied with the results may appeal to the College President.
Chesapeake College is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment in which students and staff can develop intellectually, professionally, personally, and socially. Such an environment must be free of intimidation, fear, coercion and reprisal.
The College prohibits harassment in all forms, including harassment for the following reasons: race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, marital status, genetic information, disability, pregnancy, military status, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by law. Special attention should be paid to the prohibition of sexual harassment.
Title IX Policy Information
Chesapeake College prohibits all forms of sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct, including but not limited to acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The college is committed to addressing all alleged incidents of sexual misconduct, preventing their reoccurrence, and remedying any effects. This policy is in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”), and applies to conduct which occurs on Chesapeake College property or at college-sanctioned events or programs that take place off campus, including trips or internships.
The college will adopt and follow procedures to fully implement this policy and to comply with federal and state laws and regulations including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as amended, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Acts which includes the Violence Against Women Act. For purposes of this policy, Title IX shall be the term to capture all of these laws which implicate sexual misconduct and sex discrimination.
The College’s Title IX policy and resources can be found online at https://www.chesapeake.edu/students/chesapeake-college-title-ix-policy-statement.
How to Determine Residence Status
The Board of Trustees of Chesapeake College has established the following policy to determine student domicile for the purpose of establishing different tuition rates. For the purpose of this policy, the “domicile” is taken to mean “a person’s permanent place of abode, where physical presence and possessions are maintained and where the student intends to remain for an indefinite period of time.”
To be eligible for county resident tuition, a student must be legally domiciled in Maryland, in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, or Talbot counties for at least three months prior to the start date of the semester at Chesapeake College.
To be eligible for state tuition rates, a student must be legally domiciled in Maryland for at least three months prior to the start date of the semester at Chesapeake College. All other students are determined to be out-of-state residents.
Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents not holding an Alien Registration Receipt card are classified as out-of-state students. For non-U.S. citizens to be considered a Maryland resident for the purpose of this policy, the student shall possess the legal capacity under state and federal law to establish Maryland domicile. All students with an F, B, or J visa status must pay out-of-state tuition. Consult with the Registrar for tuition rates for other visa statuses.
At the time of admission to or enrollment in any credit course at Chesapeake College, each student shall sign a statement affirming his domicile claims. The burden of proof is upon the student. At the time of each subsequent enrollment, each student must indicate in a new statement whether his domicile is the same as or different from that initially affirmed.
The domicile of a minor or of a person who receives more than one-half of his financial support from others is in the domicile of the person contributing the greatest proportion of support, without regard to relationship by kinship or marriage. In determining the factual basis for domicile declared by the student, College officials shall consider any or all of the following factors and may request evidence for substantiation:
- Ownership or rental of local living quarters;
- Substantially uninterrupted physical presence, including the months when the student is not in attendance at the College;
- Maintaining the presence of all or substantially all of the student’s possessions;
- Payment of Maryland state and local income taxes;
- Registration to vote in the state and resident county;
- Registration of a motor vehicle in Maryland, with a local address specified;
- Possession of a valid Maryland driver’s license with a local address specified.
In addition to the general requirements above, specific provisions for determining domicile also apply to military personnel and dependents (see below), foreign nationals, students in statewide and regional programs, reciprocal agreements between states, and contracts with business and industry. Information regarding these specific provisions may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. A student may request a change in residency classification or an appeal of current residency status by contacting the Office of the Registrar.
In-State Tuition Rate for Veterans
(Cross-referenced at: Tuition and Fees, Payment Options, Refunds )
In accordance with provisions outlined in Sections 701 and 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, Chesapeake College will consider the following qualifying veterans and dependents as eligible for in-state (also known as “out of county”) tuition and fee rates:
- A veteran using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38 United States Code, who lives in Maryland while attending a school located in Maryland (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. 3319) who lives in Maryland while attending a school located in Maryland (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either Chapter 30 or Chapter 33, if title 38, United States Code.
- Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. 3319) who lives in Maryland while attending a school located in Maryland (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
- Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. 3319) who lives in Maryland while attending a school located in Maryland (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.