About Rio Hondo College
Rio Hondo Community College District
Rio Hondo College strives to be an exemplary California community college,
meeting the learning needs of its changing and growing population and developing
a state of the art campus to serve future generations.
“Rio Hondo College is a collaborative center of lifelong learning which provides
innovative, challenging, and quality educational offerings for its diverse
students and community.”
(Mission Statement revised 12/13/05)
As a teaching/learning community, we come together and strive to meet the
needs, aspirations, and goals of our changing student population and
communities. Since what we value forms the core of who and what we are, the
college community--trustees, faculty and staff--recognizes the importance of
openly and candidly expressing the college's values. Rio Hondo College values
- Quality teaching and learning
The college is dedicated to excellence in instruction and student services
to develop the intellectual and personal competence of each student. Rio
Hondo College is committed to preparing students to adapt to the demands of
a multicultural society.
- Student access and success
Rio Hondo College recognizes the individual worth and potential of every
human being. Accordingly, the college offers an open access, comprehensive
educational program to its students including basic skills, vocational
education certificates and degrees, general education and transfer courses,
and, for its community, economic development opportunities.
At Rio Hondo College, students will have an opportunity to develop ethical
values, learn the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, develop career
skills, and understand the scientific, artistic and social achievements of
various cultures including their own.
- Diversity & Equity
Rio Hondo College remains committed to the diversity of students, faculty,
staff, and management Diversity can be defined in many ways including
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical
abilities, religious beliefs, learning styles, political beliefs, or other
ideologies. Appreciation of diversity means the following:
- Recognizing that each individual is unique and understanding
- Recognizing the things that people have in common despite being
members of diverse groups
- Creating a safe, positive, and nurturing environment that cultivates
respect for what these differences are
- Moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich
dimensions of diversity as a way of coming together as a community with
a common purpose.
The concepts of educational equity and student learning outcomes are
central to the values of the College. Access to education and the
opportunity for educational success for all students shall be provided,
with particular efforts in regard to those who have been historically
and currently underrepresented. Education should prepare students to
adapt to the demands of a multicultural society.
- Fiscal Responsibility - Rio Hondo College recognizes the
importance of maintaining a fiscally sound, efficient, and effective college
operation. It uses its resources—human, facilities, and financial—to the
optimum benefit of its students, community, and staff.
- Integrity and Civility - We value integrity, honesty and respect
in our actions and words.
Code of Ethics
Ethical persons are those who abide by principles and exemplify virtues as
understood within a given moral framework. Many believe that virtue is
intrinsically rewarding. At the very least, that one be perceived as ethical is
instrumental in establishing credibility and trust. The employees of Rio Hondo
Community College District are committed to providing a high quality learning
environment to help our students successfully achieve their educational goals
and objectives. Accordingly, they have interests in, and commitment to, ethical
To support this commitment, college employees adhere to standards of ethical and
professional behavior related to their duties, and have responsibilities to the
institution and to individuals they serve. Although one can not “legislate
morality” in the sense of mandating virtuous intentions, we can, and do,
establish general expectations of conduct.
There are many sources of inspiration and guidance. All employees of Rio Hondo
College are subject to official College policies and procedures, applicable
regulatory agency requirements, local, state, and federal laws, and professional
standards (when applicable). This includes policies such as the Rio Hondo
College Policy on Sexual Harassment (BP 3430), its Policy on Nondiscrimination
(BP 3410), and its Policy on Academic Freedom (BP 4030).
In addition, the Board of Trustees is subject to its own Code of Ethics (BP
2715), and most of our employees are members of professional organizations with
their own established codes of ethics, such as the CTA, CSEA, and ACCCA.
Employees are encouraged to consult their own organizations, when applicable,
for further guidance. As constituents of Rio Hondo College, students are
likewise encouraged to maintain high Standards of Conduct (BP 5500).
As a further demonstration of commitment to high ethical standards, employees of
Rio Hondo College aspire to be guided by the following values statements. They
are intended as guidelines and aspirations, to be used for educational rather
than enforcement purposes, with our own conscience as the first and most salient
means of evaluation.
- This College values open communication, honesty, and truthfulness, and
aspires to an “open door” philosophy.
- This Colleges values open inquiry, and honors academic freedom.
- This College strives to protect human dignity and individual freedom.
- This College values clear roles and responsibilities, teamwork, and
cooperation (as outlined in AB1725), and therefore aspires to develop a
climate of trust and mutual support.
- This College is committed to providing excellent educational
opportunities to the community, and the instructional faculty seeks to
evaluate students by honest appraisal of student performance against faculty