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Rights & Responsibilities

This subsite of the Great Basin College website deals with legal notices, protection of the rights of students and college employees, regulations and laws affecting the GBC campuses and the people present on the campuses, and the consequences of infractions.

Please see the links on the menu at left for regulations, policies, and procedures in addition to
those cited below.

Students have the right to:

  • Receive automatic fulfillment of lower-division general education requirements at the universities, state college, and community colleges that offer select baccalaureate degrees upon completion of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or an Associate of Business degree from an NSHE community college.
  • Access information from the community colleges, state college, and universities about their transfer admission requirements, including documents required for admission, housing, and information about the institution’s costs, financial aid, and student services.
  • Access information about the transfer of specific courses, credit hours, grades, and degree requirements. This includes information about transferring courses with grades below a “C,” courses students may have repeated, and credit previously granted by examination.
  • Access and receive admission and transfer-related decisions in writing (electronic or paper) specifically:
    • Acceptance by the community colleges (limited access programs only), state college, and the universities.
    • Evaluation of courses and credits accepted for transfer credit and their course equivalencies, if applicable.
    • Outline of transfer courses and requirements which the transferred courses or credits will satisfy for the degree or program sought.
    • Analysis of the number of semester credits required to complete a degree in the chosen major program of study.
    • The NSHE institution’s appeals process for
      transfer-related decisions.
  • Appeal any NSHE institution’s transfer-related decision. The appeal process will be developed and maintained by each NSHE institution and published on the institutions’ website.
  • Elect to graduate under the course catalog graduation requirements under any of the following options, provided that the course catalog at the time of graduation is not more
    than ten years old:
    • The course catalog of the year of enrollment in a
      baccalaureate level course/program at an NSHE
      community college (valid transfer contract may be required).
    • The course catalog of the year of transfer into a
      baccalaureate level program at the universities, state college, or community colleges that offer select baccalaureate degrees.
    • The course catalog of the year of graduation from an NSHE institution.

Warning: Changing majors may result in a change to the course catalog and graduation requirements. As a result, the time required for degree completion may increase.

Notice: Students have all the above rights and any others as summarized in the Summary of Board of Regents Transfer Policies. The summary can be accessed at the NSHE website. Paper copies of this document are available upon request at the institution’s admission office.

Student Right-to-Know

Great Basin College is pleased to provide the following information regarding our institution?s graduation/completion rate. The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The rates reflect the graduation and completion status of students who enrolled during Fall of 2005 and were seeking an Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, or Certificate of Completion, and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.

During the fall semester of 2005, 210 first-time, full-time, Certificate, Associate degree-seeking, or Bachelor degree seeking undergraduate students entered Great Basin College. Out of this cohort, 23% of these students have graduated from our institution or completed their programs and 23% have transferred to other higher education institutions.

While reviewing this information please bear in mind:

  • Graduation rates are based on attendance that equates to 150% of the degree or certificate program.
  • Graduation rates do not include students who left the school to serve in the armed forces, or official church missions, or in the foreign service of the federal government. Students who died or were totally and permanently disabled are also excluded.

Questions related to this report should be directed to Julie Byrnes, 775.753.2271.

GBC Cares — A Guide to Engaged Learning

  • Civility — have respect for other students, instructors, and staff. Be respectful, polite, and considerate.
  • Active — embrace the active process of learning. Be diligent, engaged, and committed.
  • Responsibilities — you are accountable for your actions, work, words, and behavior. Be honorable, conscientious, truthful, and dependable.
  • Excellence — strive to achieve your highest potential. Be exceptional, ambitious, and determined.
  • Success — successful college students embrace all of the educational experience. Welcome the ideas, the people, and the challenges.

Students have the responsibility to:

  • Understand the transfer policies and procedures of the institution they are considering for transfer. Students should seek information from the institution they are transferring to regarding: core curriculum, prerequisites, major program requirements, degree requirements, admissions, financial aid, scholarships, housing, deadlines, restrictions, and other transfer-related criteria.
  • Complete all materials required for application and submit the application on or before the published deadlines.
  • Research how courses are applicable to degree and major requirements.
  • Understand that if they change their major, not all courses taken will necessarily apply to their new major.
  • Plan ahead and realize that appointments with advisers are necessary.
  • Understand that after a break in their enrollment, status as an admitted student may be affected.

NSHE institutions have the responsibility to:

  • Make transfer-related policies and procedures available on their websites.
  • Make answers to frequently asked questions about transfer issues accessible for students and provide opportunities for appropriate follow-up appointments to students.
  • Provide information on the approximate costs of attending the institution, including tuition, books and supplies, housing, and other related fees.
  • Relay admission and transfer-related decisions to students in writing (electronic or paper), including information about the student’s appeal rights.
  • Establish and make available upon request internal appeals processes to review transfer-related issues and decisions.
  • Engage in continuous, authentic dialogue among NSHE institutions about transfer-related issues with the purpose of solving the challenges before they negatively impact students.


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