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You, the student in my class, are the only person with whom I can discuss your grade.*

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  • Without your face-to-face permission, I cannot:

    • Discuss your grade with anyone else, including your parents, spouse, children, siblings and/or significant other.

    • Discuss your personal data (phone number, address, etc.), disabilities, enrollment status, immigration status, prior school work, etc. with anyone other than you.*

    • Send your grades to any e-mail account.
    • Give your grade to anyone but you, even your sister, parent or lab partner, even if you sent them to me to get it.  I can't even talk to them about it. 

    • Discuss your school issues over the phone.  I will only talk to you, in person, about these topics (with two exceptions).

    You can see me during class, or set up a formal appointment with me during my student time to discuss your grade or other school matters.

    These policies are the result of federal and state law, and are outlined on the school website's Privacy Notifications page.  Please don't ask me to violate any of these rules.

  • Privacy rules also apply to recommendations and references:
  • To get any type of recommendation or reference, you must submit a formal, signed request form PDF which includes various written and research activities.

  • References or recommendations, if given, may contain items relating to general impressions and personal character, but will never contain personal data, enrollment status or prior school work/grades.

  • Contact information will be limited to the instructor's official school e-mail address and/or the school mailing address.
  • You have no expectation of privacy:

District e-mail policy (cf Sierra College Board Policy BP 3720):

"The District has the right to monitor any and all aspects of the computer use and telephone voice mail systems, including employee or student e-mail or voice mail, to ensure compliance with this policy and any procedures."  "Employees and students should not have any expectation of privacy in anything they create, send, or receive via the computer or the telephone. The computer and telecommunication systems belong to the District and are intended for business and academic purposes only."


Nothing here is meant to contradict the policy outlined in the current, official Sierra College Catalog or on the official school website.

*There are a few legal exceptions.

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"Once you've lost your privacy, you realize you've lost an extremely valuable thing."

           Billy Graham (1918 - 2018)
           Minister, evangelist
©2013 W. Michael Robinson