SFCC Policies

Copyright Policy

The following is a summary of certain copyright responsibilities and is intended for general information only and therefore cannot be used to determine the legality of an intended use of materials. For more detailed information, please consult the CCS Copyright Compliance guide.

Copyright Basics

Copyright is part of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) and international law that grants rights and protection to authors and developers of creative works. Among the rights granted are the rights to:

  • reproduce the work,
  • prepare derivative works based upon the work,
  • distribute copies of the work to the public,
  • perform the work publicly,
  • display the copyrighted work publicly,
  • perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission, and
  • assign these rights to others.

Copyright only protects works that are "fixed in a tangible form of expression." Copyright does not protect ideas or processes (although processes can be patented). To make use of copyright protected material without the consent of the author is a violation of the law. The exceptions to this are:

  • works that have passed into the public domain (over 70 years old), and
  • works used in the manner prescribed under the Fair Use part of the copyright law.

Fair Use

Fair Use of a copyrighted work which is NOT an infringement, including reproduction in copies, includes the following purposes:

  • criticism,
  • comment,
  • news reporting,
  • teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use),
  • scholarship, and
  • research.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a "Fair Use", the following factors should be considered:

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit;
  • educational purposes;
  • the nature of the copyrighted work;
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The following is an excerpt from the Board Policy 7.50.20 Use of Copyrighted Materials:

Community Colleges of Spokane recognizes that United States copyright laws exist for the public good and balance the intellectual property rights of authors, publishers, license holders and copyright owners with the educational community’s need for the free exchange of ideas. CCS will adhere to the provisions of U.S. copyright laws, including all relevant copyright and patent laws, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act, Guidelines for Off-Air Recording and all other relevant laws and regulations.



Thank you for visiting the SFCC Web site and reviewing our Privacy Notice. This statement addresses collection, use, and security of and access to information that may be obtained through use of SFCC Web site. This notice covers the following topics:

  • Information Collected and How it is Used
  • Personal Information and Choice
  • Public Access to Information
  • Nondisclosure of Certain Personal Information
  • Cookies
  • Security
  • Disclaimer
  • Contact Information

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Information Collected and How it is Used

Information collected if you only browse this site.

If you do nothing during your visit to our Web site but browse, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet Protocol Address to direct Internet traffic to you. This address can be translated to determine the domain name of your service provider (for example, xcompany.com or yourschool.edu);
  2. The type of browser and operating system you used;
  3. The date and time you visited this site;
  4. The Web pages or services you accessed at this site; and
  5. The Web site you visited prior to coming to this Web site.

The information we automatically collect or store is logged and used by SFCC only to improve the content of our Web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. SFCC analyzes the Web site logs to determine how our Web site is being used, so that we may continually improve the site's usefulness to the public.

What we collect if you volunteer information.

If during your visit to our Web site you participate in a survey, send an email, or perform some other transaction on-line, the following additional information will be collected:

  • The email address, and contents of email, for those who communicate with us via email.
  • Information volunteered in response to a survey.
  • Information volunteered through an on-line form for any other purpose.

The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us.

We use your email to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you may identify, to further improve our Web site, or to forward the email to another agency for appropriate action. Survey information is used to collect information about student perceptions of issues of interest.  Information from other online forms is used to order brochures, send feedback, apply for admissions, graduation, and other administrative functions. 

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Personal Information and Choice

You may choose whether to provide personal information online.

Personal information is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.

We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by sending us email, participating in a survey, or completing an on-line form. You may choose not to contact us by email, participate in a survey or to provide any personal information using an online form. Your choice to not participate in these activities will not impair your ability to browse SFCC Web site and read or download any information provided on the site.  The college information telephone can be found on the footer of every page.  Directories list telephone numbers of every department and service on campus.

If personal information is requested on the Web site or volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.

If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact the Public Records Officer  as shown in the Contact Information section of this statement.

Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children online or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.

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Public Access to Information

In the State Of Washington, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.

All of the information collected at this site becomes public records that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in law exists. Statute RCW 42.56.070(1) states that:

Each agency, in accordance with published rules, shall make available for public inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within the specific exemptions of subsection (6) of this section [RCW 42.17.260(6)], RCW 42.17.310, 42.17.315, or other statute which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records. To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy interests protected by RCW 42.17.310 and 42.17.315, an agency shall delete identifying details in a manner consistent with RCW 42.17.310 and 42.17.315 when it makes available or publishes any public record; however, in each case, the justification for the deletion shall be explained fully in writing.

In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public Records Act or other law governing the agency’s disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.

The complete Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is available at: apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx

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Nondisclosure of Certain Personal Information

You may be required to provide certain personal information when you use Web-enabled applications, such as ctcLink.

The following laws and regulations may prevent SFCC from disclosing the personal information about you except for directory information. Only directory information can be released without student's authorization. Students must sign a release in order to have any other information disclosed or to withhold all information. Education information may be released to other institutions that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll. Information may be released to a third party without student's consent if an emergency situation exists or if information is requested officially by means of a subpoena, court order or legal report. Additionally, Congress requires student information to be released to military recruiters if officially requested. Directory information may include student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major fields of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, and other similar information.

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
    Section 438, Public Law 90-247 Title IV, as amended, 88 Stat 571-574 (20 USC 1232g) otherwise known as the Buckley Amendment Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • RCW 42.17.310 (a) and (ss) exempts the following from public inspection and copying: (a) Personal information in any files maintained for students in public schools, patients or clients of public institutions or public health agencies, or welfare recipients; (ss) Credit card numbers, debit card numbers, electronic check numbers, card expiration dates, or bank or other financial account numbers supplied to an agency for the purpose of electronic transfer of funds, except when disclosure is expressly required by law.

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Review and Correction of Personally Identifiable Information

You can review any personally identifiable information the SFCC collects about you by using the information in the Contact Information section at the end of this Notice. You may recommend changes to your personally identifiable information you believe to be inaccurate by submitting a written request that credibly shows the inaccuracy. We will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections (RCW 43.105.310).

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To better serve our users, we are now using "cookies" to customize your browsing experience with SFCC Web site. Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer by your Web browser.

Cookies created on your computer by using this Web site do not contain personally identifying information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature to store the following information on your computer:

  • Session login information
  • Limited personal information, such as name

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Information Systems and Development Services, as developer and manager of SFCC Web site, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information maintained by SFCC. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of private information in our possession.

This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via SFCC Web sites.

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The SFCC Web site has many links to other Web sites. These include links to Web sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When you link to another site, you are no longer on the SFCC Web site and this Privacy Notice will not apply. When you link to another Web site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site.

Neither the State of Washington, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the State of Washington warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk.

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SFCC Contact Information

You may contact SFCC as follows:

To review your personal information, or request correction of your personal information:

Lisa Hjaltalin
Chief Financial Officer
Community College of Spokane
501 N. Riverpoint Blvd. MS 1006
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 434-5275

To offer comments about SFCC's Web site or about the information presented in this Privacy Notice:

Rod Larse
Director of Information Systems and Development Services
2000 N. Greene St.
Spokane, WA 99217
(509) 533-8019

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SFCC Smoking Policy

Smoking on SFCC Campus Permitted in Designated Areas Only

SFCC is embracing a student initiative to remove the use of tobacco from the heart of the campus. Smoking shelters and other designated smoking areas have been relocated to the perimeter of the campus. Please join in supporting this campus initiative by utilizing the designated areas.

Beginning January 2, 2013:

  • Individuals observed smoking outside of the designated smoking areas (see map below) are subject to a smoking citation.
  • Tobacco in its non-smoking form, i.e. "chew", is also restricted on campus. (WAC 132Q-30-231)
  • Vapor smoking devices, i.e. "E-Cigarettes" are also included in the initiative. (WAC 132Q-30-231))
  • Marijuana, although now deemed "legal" (I-502) in Washington State, is still prohibited on the SFCC campus. The restrictions on marijuana use, in any form, is similar to the restrictions regarding the use of alcohol. Alcohol consumption and use is legal in the state of Washington, but CCS restricts its use and possession on campus facilities. In addition, the new marijuana law is not consistent with Federal law; therefore SFCC must conform to Federal rules or risk losing Federal financial aid funding. WAC 132Q-30-228 and 230)

A support program is available for students who would like assistance with quitting smoking. Details can be obtained from the Vice President of Student Services office, Building 30, Room 223.

Thanks for your patience as SFCC makes this transition.

Smoking Shelter Map

Smoking areas without shelters:

  • Northeast of Building 24 in P7
  • West corner of P14 (east side of campus)
  • West of Building 18

Smoking shelters:

  • East of Building 11
  • Southeast of Building 5
  • Southwest of Building 7


Building Maps

Print Map

Click on a building to find room numbers.

SFCC Campus Map

Student Services - Building 17
Admissions/Registration/Cashiers - Financial Aid/Employment - College Store/Cafeteria

Building Legend

  • 2 Library
  • 5 Humanities (Spartan Playhouse)
  • 6 Fine Arts
  • 7 Gymnasium and Fitness Center
  • 9 Lodge
  • 10 Maintenance
  • 11 Photography
  • 13 Physical Education Annex/Stadium
  • 15 Music/Performing Arts
  • 16 Human Services/Early Learning Center
  • 17 Student Union Building (Student Services)
  • 18 Computing, Mathematics, Business Technology
  • 19 Technical Arts
  • 23 Storage
  • 24 sn-w'ey'-mn (Business, Social Science)
  • 25 Baseball
  • 26 Drama Storage
  • 27 MagnusonC
  • 28 Science
  • 29 Early Learning Center
  • 30 Falls Gateway
  • 31 Future Softball

Campus Parking

  • Student - Available in most lots
  • Visitor - Paid meter or permit
  • F Faculty
  • M Motorcycle
  • D Disability
  • PM Parking Meter
  • PK Parking Kiosk (cash day permit)
  • Emergency Phone
  • Crisis Response Box
  • Smoking Area

Campus Safety: (509) 533-3333

Sex Offender Registry

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act enacted on October 28, 2000 requires all colleges to issue a statement advising the campus community where information on registered sex offenders who are employed, enrolled, or volunteering at this institution can be obtained.

Sex Offender Notification

Sex offenders (includes kidnappers), Level I, II & III, are required by law to register with the county sheriff in the county where they reside. The law requires that they also inform the county sheriff if they register for school. The county sheriff, in turn, is required to notify the school. These notifications are intended to inform rather than create panic.

CCS is bound by state law to be an open door admission institution and only those situations where a prospective or enrolled student is determined to be disruptive to the educational environment or would not benefit from enrollment will admission be denied or revoked.

Notifications of sex offenders enrolling in Community Colleges of Spokane are received from the Spokane County Sheriff's department and are sent to the campus vice presidents for student services where they are placed in binders and are available for viewing. Notifications are also published in the campus newspapers. The campus VPs make decisions based on the offender's profile regarding restrictions, if any, which may be imposed on this student.

SFCC Campus location of Sex Offender Notification binders:

  • Building 01 – SFCC President’s Office
  • Building 02 – SFCC Library
  • Building 07 – SFCC Fitness Center
  • Building 16 – SFCC Early Learning Center
  • Building 17:
    • SFCC Career and Employment Services
    • Counseling Center
    • Security
    • Service-Learning Center
    • Student Funded Programs
    • Vice President of Student & Administrative Services

CCS Sex Offender Policy

Individuals convicted of sex or kidnapping offenses are required to self-disclose such status to the SFCC Vice President of Student and Administrative Services, (509) 533-3514, prior to admission as a condition of enrollment. Failure to comply may be grounds for denial of admission or expulsion from CCS. (BOT Policy 2.30.05)

For additional information:

Student Identification Number

  • As of August 19, 2015, current students will no longer use their Student Identification Number (SID) and PIN due to a system-wide technology upgrade.
  • Around August 27, 2015, you will be able to activate your new ctcLink account. Be sure to make note of your new ID number!
  • Students entered into the ctcLink system after August 27 will not need to activate an account.

Visit the ctcLink Information page for more information.

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