Aug 15, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook 
2019-2020 Student Handbook

2019-2020 Student Handbook

Welcome to DMACC

and THANK YOU for starting your academic journey with us.

“What’s the secret to success?”

It’s simple: do your best every day and finish what you start.

DMACC is ready to help you accomplish both objectives and all your goals. We’re constantly working to improve our support and resources to help you be successful in your career and in life. Some of these initiatives include more career guidance, extra academic help, an academic honors program for those who seek more challenge, and transfer pathways for those who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, a wide range of on-campus clubs and extracurricular opportunities that add both meaning and enjoyment to your college years, and so much more.

This handbook outlines the resources available to help you succeed and do your best at DMACC and beyond.

We have launched a new campaign to help students graduate, called “Finish What You Start.” The initiative provides additional information, resources and encouragement to support you as you complete your academic goals. Please let us help you “finish what you start.” DMACC’s faculty and staff will go above and beyond to help you complete your certificate, diploma or degree-all you have to do is ask for help when you need it.

The reason our faculty and staff come to work at DMACC is that they enjoy helping students of all ages and backgrounds tap into the life-improving power of education. On behalf of all my fellow DMACC employees, THANK YOU for enrolling at DMACC. We look forward to helping you prepare for a great future, and I look forward to shaking your hand at graduation!



Rob Denson
President & CEO


Note to Students:

The DMACC Student Handbook serves as an important resource for students, highlighting a wide variety of topics and services available to students related to life at DMACC.  The handbook also serves as a reference to policies and procedures that define the expectations of our college community. 

It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the Student Handbook.  Students must also be familiar with other DMACC publications and documents pertaining to student’s rights and responsibilities.  The policies and statements included in the handbook are not a contract and the college reserves the right to change, without notice, the services, policies and procedures of the College.

Des Moines Area Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604. The association’s telephone number is 800-621-7440, and their website is Federal regulations require that Des Moines Area Community College provides to prospective and enrolled students specific consumer information concerning the institution, financial aid and institutional policies. For this information, visit

Nondiscrimination Statement:

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857,  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6216,  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.). (2018)