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College Catalog 2008-2010

Conduct and Student Due Process

Conduct and Student Due Process

CCCC has a genuine concern for the integrity of all students enrolled. Students are required to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner.

Attendance

Central Carolina Community College values a philosophy that supports the attainment of education, skills, and competencies integrated with a strong awareness of a workplace ethic of responsibility and commitment to excellence. Regular attendance is required and demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and good workplace ethics. All work missed during absences must be made up to the satisfaction of the instructor, and failure to make up work may adversely affect the student's final grade. The following rules apply:

  • Students must attend 80% of the total hours of any class in order to receive a passing grade.
  • At the discretion of the instructor, a student who is absent from class more than 20% of required class meetings may be dropped from the class roster.
  • Students withdrawn for missing more than 20% of the class meetings before the last day to drop a course will receive a grade of "W." Students withdrawn after the last day to drop a course will be assigned a grade of "WF."
  • Making up absences is at the discretion of the instructor or may be guided by internal policies determined by individual departments or programs when necessary to comply with guidelines prescribed by accrediting or licensing agencies. Allied Health, BLET, Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Barbering are examples of such programs and courses where external agency requirements may influence attendance guidelines.
  • At the discretion of the instructor, a student may be referred to Student Development Services for counseling relative to absenteeism. The visit must be documented prior to reentry to the class.
  • In all cases, instructors are required to maintain accurate attendance records. Absences due to late registration shall be counted as regular absences. If a student has been in attendance prior to the 10% census date, but has been absent, the instructor should not initiate student withdrawals except for students who have never attended class. Otherwise, students should be withdrawn once they exceed the 20% absence limit.
  • When the instructor decides to withdraw a student, the instructor must process the student withdrawal using appropriate forms within ten (10) working days of the student exceeding the 20% absence limit.
  • A student may be suspended from a course for disciplinary reasons at any point during a course.
  • If a student wishes to appeal an instructor's decision to withdraw him for absences, the student should consult the instructor's immediate supervisor. Further appeals should be made to the next ranking official up to the vice president of instruction/chief academic officer. The official to whom the appeal is made may reverse the withdrawal. The decision of the vice president of instruction/chief academic officer is final.
  • Disciplinary withdrawals may be appealed through the procedures outlined under Students Rights (Disciplinary Procedures).
  • Students who anticipate an absence should contact their instructor before the class meets. Should this prior notice to the instructor be impossible, the student should expect to explain his absence upon return to class.
  • Excessive tardiness will be dealt with in a manner similar to that for absences. Three tardies constitute one (1) absence. Students who are late by 10 minutes or more will be marked absent for that hour of class.

NOTE: A grade of "W" may adversely affect third-party payments (e.g., financial aid, VA benefits).

Dropping Students from Class Roll

State policy requires that a student be dropped when the student gives notice of withdrawal or has been absent from class for two consecutive weeks without making personal contact with the instructor indicating intention to continue in the course. Absence must be for a valid reason and the student must make personal contact with the instructor to give or receive information or assignments relative to the course. All work missed during the period of absence must be made up to the satisfaction of the instructor.

A student dropped for two consecutive weeks of absences without contact or for any other reason may be readmitted through Student Development Services. Permission to reenroll will be given only with approval of the instructor. All work missed must be made up.

A student may be dropped from a course for disciplinary reasons.

Students Rights, Responsibilities, and Judicial Procedures

I. Preamble

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility. As members of the academic community, students are subject to the obligations, which accrue to them by virtue of this membership. When a student's violation of the law adversely affects the college's pursuit of its recognized educational objectives, the college may enforce its own regulations. When students violate college regulations, they are subject to disciplinary action by the college whether or not their conduct violates the law. If a student's behavior simultaneously violates both college regulations and the law, the college may take disciplinary action independent of that taken by legal authorities.

II. Student Rights
  • Students are free to pursue their educational goals. Appropriate opportunities for learning in the classroom and on the campus shall be provided for by the college. Student performance will be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.
  • Students have the right to freedom of expression, inquiry, and assembly without restraint or censorship subject to reasonable and nondiscriminatory rules and regulations regarding time, place, and manner. Freedom of expression must conform to generally recognized community standards of decency and morality.
  • Students have the right to inquire about and to propose improvements in policies, regulations, and procedures affecting the welfare of students through established student government procedures, campus committees, and college officers.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 provides safeguards regarding the confidentiality of and access to student records, and this Act will be adhered to by the college. Students and former students have the right to review their official records and to request a hearing if they challenge the contents of these records. Only directory information will be released without the written consent of the student. Directory information includes name, address, academic major, enrollment periods, hours earned, degrees awarded, and awards received. However, a student may request in writing to the vice president for Educational and Student Support Services that directory information be withheld. The college will not sell mail address lists of any current students, previous students, or graduates.
  • No disciplinary sanctions other than temporary removal from class or an activity may be imposed upon any student without due process (see Section IV, A.). Due process procedures are established to guarantee a student accused of a student code of conduct violation the right of a hearing, a presentation of charges, evidence for charges, the right to present evidence, the right to have witnesses on one's behalf and to hear witnesses on behalf of the accuser(s), the right to counsel, and the right of appeal.
  • Grade Appeal -- Students have the right to appeal an assigned final course grade within fifteen (15) working days after the postmarked date of the grade. Students must follow the student grievance procedure outlined under Section VI. Student Grievance Procedure and Section VII. Appeals Procedure--Sanctions or Disciplinary Actions.
III. Student Code of Conduct

The college reserves the right to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students and staff. Therefore, when, in the judgment of college officials, a student's conduct is a clear and substantial disruption or clearly threatens to create a substantial disruption to the college community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to restore and protect the sanctity of the community.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarship and morality. The purpose of this code is not to restrict student rights, but to protect the rights of individuals in their academic pursuits.

The following regulations set forth rules of conduct which prohibit certain types of student behavior. Violation of one or more of the following regulations may result in one of the sanctions described in Section V. This code should not be considered an exclusive list of acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

  • Academic Dishonesty - Central Carolina Community College expects every student to be committed to honesty and academic integrity. To ensure that all students understand CCCC's expectations, specific examples of cheating and plagiarism, two common forms of dishonesty, are outlined below. The lists are representative, but not all inclusive of various types of academic dishonesty.
    • Cheating includes copying tests, assignments, projects, presentations, and similar work; submitting work that was previously submitted in another course or at another institution without instructor approval; changing grades without the instructor's knowledge; using unapproved sources (print, electronic, or web materials, etc.) during tests; receiving and giving assistance with tests or other assignments without instructor approval; and any action which misrepresents or defrauds.
    • Plagiarism includes representing others' work (papers, tests, assignments, projects, etc.) in any form, print, electronic, web, etc., as your own; not giving credit to work created or composed by another author (refer to The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, or other approved style guide); or submitting a purchased paper, project, or presentation as your own original work.
    • Other academic honesty violations include allowing others to copy your work, providing your work to others for submission as their own, lying to improve your grade or others' grades, changing a graded work and submitting it for regrading, stealing or destroying others' work, collaborating on work without instructor approval, and impersonating another by taking their examination.
    • If a student commits an act of academic dishonesty, the consequences may include one or more of the following at the discretion of CCCC administrators: receive a zero grade on that assignment, receive an "F" in that course, and/or be suspended or expelled from the college.
  • Theft of, misuse of, or damage to college property, or theft of or damage to property of a member of the college community or a campus visitor on college premises or at college functions; unauthorized entry upon the property of the college or into a college facility or a portion thereof which has been restricted in use and thereby placed off limits; unauthorized presence in a college facility after closing hours are violations of behavior.
  • Possession of or use of alcoholic beverages or being in a state of intoxication on the college campus or at college-sponsored or supervised functions off campus or in college-owned vehicles is prohibited. Possession, use, or distribution of any illegal drugs, except as expressly permitted by law is prohibited. Any influence, which may be attributed to the use of drugs or of alcoholic beverages, shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the individual for the consequences of their actions. Furthermore, no one with the smell of alcohol on him, or whose observable behavior leads a college official to believe he is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, will be allowed at the college or any college activity.
    NOTE: Parents are notified when students under age 21 violate drug and/or alcohol laws.
  • Lewd or indecent conduct, including public physical or verbal action or distribution of obscene or libelous material is prohibited.
  • Mental or physical abuse of any person on college premises or at college-sponsored or college-supervised functions, including verbal or physical actions which threaten or endanger the health or safety of any such persons or which promote hatred or racial prejudice is prohibited.
    NOTE: A student who poses a serious risk of imminent harm (i.e., threat of a violent act against students/or staff), will be expelled immediately. Personal combat will not be tolerated.
  • Any act, comment, or behavior which is of a sexually suggestive or harassing nature and which in any way interferes with a student's or an employee's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment is prohibited.
  • Intentional obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration or disciplinary proceedings, or other college activities, including public service functions and other duly authorized activities on college premises is prohibited.
  • Occupation or seizure in any manner of college property, a college facility or any portion thereof for a use inconsistent with prescribed, customary, or authorized use is prohibited. In addition to usual disciplinary measures, violation of this rule will result in revocation of all scholarships and grants.
  • Participating in or conducting an assembly, demonstration, or gathering in a manner which threatens or causes injury to person or property; which interferes with free access to, ingress or egress of college facilities; which is harmful, obstructive, or disruptive to the educational process or institutional functions of the college; remaining at the scene of such an assembly after being asked to leave by a representative of the college staff are prohibited.
  • Possession or use of a firearm, incendiary device, explosive, or any weapon, except in connection with a college-approved activity is prohibited. This also includes unauthorized use of any instrument capable of inflicting serious bodily injury to any person.
  • Setting off a fire alarm or using or tampering with any fire safety equipment, except with reasonable belief in the need for such alarm or equipment is prohibited.
  • Illegal gambling is prohibited.
  • Smoking (and/or using other forms of tobacco products), eating, or drinking beverages in classrooms, shops, and labs or other unauthorized areas is prohibited.
  • Vehicles must be parked in designated areas with the rear of the vehicle exposed so that the parking permit is visible. Vehicles will be operated safely, moderately, and courteously. The speed limit on all campuses is ten (10) miles per hour. Vehicles must be registered with the Business Office (Lee County Campus) or the front office (Chatham and Harnett county campuses) at the first occasion they are used on campus grounds. Violators of traffic and parking regulations are subject to a fine for each violation. Student records may be withheld until fines are paid.
  • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of college documents, records, or instruments of identification with intent to deceive is prohibited.
  • Failure to comply with instruction of college officials acting in performance of their duties is prohibited.
  • Violation of the terms of disciplinary probation or any college regulation during the period of probation is prohibited.
  • Fiscal irresponsibility such as failure to pay college-levied fines, failure to repay college-funded loans, or the passing of worthless checks to college officials is prohibited.
  • Violation of local, state, or federal criminal law on college premises or while attending college activities is prohibited.
  • Students are expected to dress appropriately for the occasion. This includes covering the torso and wearing shoes or sandals. Lewd, indecent, or offensive wording on clothing will not be tolerated.
  • Students are not to bring children to the campus while attending classes or other activities or using the library. Children should not be left unattended in cars while parents attend class or campus business.
  • Curriculum students are permitted to carry pagers and cellular phones on their persons provided that they comply with all the following:
    • Pagers must be set on the "vibrate" mode or turned off during class time. Cellular phones must be turned off completely during class time.
    • Students will not exit class to respond to messages or calls. If it is an emergency situation, students must notify their instructor prior to exiting class.
    • If a student's pager or cellular phone emits an audible sound, they will be asked to remove the pager or cellular phone from class.
    College personnel shall retain the right to remove pagers or persons that become disruptive to the learning process. All students choosing to carry pagers or cellular phones must abide by the policy as outlined above or face disciplinary measures from the college.
IV. Disciplinary Procedures
  • Immediate Suspension: If an act of misconduct threatens the health or well-being of any member of the academic community or seriously disrupts the function and good order of the college, an instructor or administrative officer may direct students involved to cease and desist such conduct and advise them that failing to cease and desist will result in immediate suspension. If the students fail to cease and desist, the instructor or administrative officer may then suspend them from the class, the activity, or the college until a resolution of the matter can be made.

    The instructor or administrative officer invoking such suspension shall notify the vice president for Educational and Student Support Services in writing of the individuals involved and the nature of the infraction as soon as possible but no more than two (2) days following the incident. The vice president for Educational and Student Support Services shall resolve the matter in a timely fashion utilizing the steps outlined in section IV. C. "Disciplinary Procedures."
  • Responsibility for Implementation: The vice president for Educational and Student Support Services is responsible for implementing student discipline procedures. (Throughout this code, VP for Support Services refers to the VP for Educational and Student Support Services).
  • Disciplinary Procedures: In order to provide an orderly procedure for handling student disciplinary cases in accordance with due process and justice, the following procedures will be followed:
    1. Charges: Any administrative official, faculty member, staff member, or student may file charges with the VP for Support Services against any student or student organization for violations of college regulations. The individual(s) making the charge must notify the VP for Support Services in writing stating: name of the student(s) involved, the alleged violation of the specific code of conduct, the time, place, and date of the incident, names of person(s) directly involved or witnesses to the infraction(s), any action taken that related to the matter, and desired solution(s).
    2. Investigation and Decision: Within five (5) working days after the charge is filed, the VP for Support Services shall complete a preliminary investigation of the charge and shall schedule a meeting with the student. After discussing the alleged infraction with the student, the VP for Support Services may act as follows:
      • drop the charges.
      • impose a sanction consistent with those shown in Section V. Sanctions.
      • refer the student to a college office or community agency for services.
    3. Notification: The decision of the VP for Support Services shall be presented to the student in writing following the meeting with the student. In instances where the student cannot be reached to schedule an appointment with the VP for Support Services or where the student refuses to cooperate, the VP for Support Services shall send a certified letter to the student's last known address providing the student with a list of the charges, the VP for Support Services' decision, and instructions governing the appeal process (Section VII. Appeals Procedure - Sanctions or Disciplinary Actions).
V. Sanctions
  • Reprimand: This written communication gives official notice to the student that any subsequent offense against the Student Code of Conduct will carry heavier penalties because of this prior infraction.
  • General Probation: An individual may be placed on General Probation when involved in a minor disciplinary offense. General Probation has two important implications. First, the individual is given a chance to show his capability and willingness to observe the Student Code of Conduct without further penalty; second, if he errs again, further action will be taken. This probation will be in effect for no more than two (2) terms.
  • Restrictive Probation: Restrictive Probation results in loss of good standing and becomes a matter of record. Restrictive conditions may limit activity in the college community and/or access to specified college facilities. Generally, the individual will not be eligible for initiation into any local or national organization, and may not receive any college award or other honorary recognition. The individual may not occupy a position of leadership or responsibility within the college or with a student organization, publication, or activity. This probation will be in effect for no less than two (2) terms. Any violation of Restrictive Probation may result in immediate suspension.
  • Restitution: This requires paying for damaging, misusing, destroying, or losing property belonging to the college, college personnel, or students.
  • Interim Suspension: This results in exclusion from class and/or other privileges or activities as set forth in the notice, until a final decision has been made concerning the alleged violation.
  • Loss of Academic Credit or Grade: This is imposed as a result of academic dishonesty.
  • Withholding Transcript, Diploma, or Right to Register: These are imposed when financial obligations are not met.
  • Suspension: This results in exclusion from the college and all activities of the college for a specified period of time. This sanction is reserved for those offenses warranting discipline more severe than probation or for repeated misconduct. Students who receive this sanction must get specific, written permission from the VP for Education and Student Support Services before returning to campus.
  • Expulsion: This is dismissing a student from the college and all activities of the college for an indefinite period. The student loses his student status. The student may be readmitted to the college only with the approval of the president. NOTE: A student who poses a serious risk of imminent harm (i.e., threat of a violent act against students/or staff), will be expelled immediately.
  • Group Probation: This is given to a college club or other organized group for a specified period of time. If group violations are repeated during the term of the sentence, the charter may be revoked or activities restricted.
  • Group Restriction: This is removing college recognition during the term in which the offense occurred or for a longer period (usually not more than one other term). While under restriction the group may not seek or add members, hold or sponsor events in the college community, or engage in other activities as specified.
  • Group Charter Revocation: This is removal of college recognition for a group, club, society, or other organization for a minimum of two years. Re-charter after that time must be approved by the president.
VI. Student Grievance Procedure
  • Purpose: The purpose of the student grievance procedure is to provide a system to channel student complaints against a college employee. Such complaints include academic grades, alleged discrimination, and alleged harassment.
  • Procedures:
    1. First, the student must go to the instructor or staff member with whom the problem originated and attempt to resolve the problem at this level. In extreme cases such as alleged sexual harassment, the student may go directly to the VP for Support Services or any other college official with whom the student feels comfortable.
    2. If the grievance is not resolved in step one, the student may appeal to the department chair or dean responsible for the student's curriculum. The department chair or the dean will attempt to resolve the conflict.
    3. If the grievance is not resolved in step two, the student may appeal to the responsible vice president who will attempt to resolve the conflict.
VII. Appeals Procedure--Sanctions or Disciplinary Actions

A student who disagrees with the decision of the VP for Support Services may request a hearing before the Judicial Committee. This request must be submitted in writing to the VP for Support Services within six (6) working days after the receipt of the VP for Support Service's decision. The VP for Support Services shall refer the matter to the Judicial Committee together with a report of the nature of the alleged misconduct, the name of the complainant, the name of the student or college employee against whom the charge has been filed, and the relevant facts revealed by the VP for Support Service's investigation.

  1. Committee Composition: Membership of the Judicial Committee shall be composed of the following:
    1. Three faculty or staff members appointed by the chief academic officer of the college.
    2. Three student members who are unfamiliar with the student or the complaint, appointed by the student activities coordinator. New students may be selected for each hearing.
    3. A college faculty or staff member appointed by the president to serve as committee chairperson, who will vote only in case of a tie. A new chairperson may be appointed for each hearing.
    4. The student activities coordinator is an ex officio, non-voting member serving as an impartial observer to ensure that the student's rights are protected. NOTE: At least two faculty/staff members and two students plus the chairperson must be present in order for the committee to conduct business.
  2. Procedures for Hearings Before the Judicial Committee
    1. Procedural Responsibilities of the VP for Educational and Student Support Services include the following: The Judicial Committee must meet within ten (10) working days of receipt of a request for a hearing, unless the student (the defendant) requests additional time (not to exceed five (5) days). At least two (2) working days prior to the date set for the hearing, the VP for Support Services shall send a certified letter to the student's last known address providing the student with the following information:
      1. A restatement of the charge or charges.
      2. The time and place of the hearing.
      3. A statement of the student's basic procedural rights.
    2. Basic procedural rights of students include the following:
      1. The right to counsel. The role of the person acting as counsel is solely to advise the student. The counsel shall not address the committee. If the student opts to bring counsel, the student must inform the VP for Support Services of this intention when the request for the hearing is filed. If the student brings counsel to the hearing without so informing the VP for Support Services, the committee chairperson will give the student the option of proceeding without counsel or postponing the hearing for five (5) working days.
      2. The right to request that the committee chairperson disqualify any member of the committee for prejudice or bias. If a member is disqualified the committee must still have five members (see VII. A. 4.) to conduct business. Additionally, if a faculty or staff member is the defendant, the faculty or staff member also has the right to request that a committee member be disqualified for prejudice or bias.
      3. The right to present evidence (including witnesses).
      4. The right to face the person(s) bringing the charge(s).
      5. The right to hear witnesses on behalf of the person bringing the charges.
      6. The right to testify or to refuse to testify without such refusal being detrimental to the student.
      7. The right to appeal the decision of the committee to the president who will review the official record of the hearing. The appeal must be in writing and it must be made within ten (10) working days of the completion of the hearing.
    3. The Conduct of the Committee Hearings is as follows:
      1. Hearings before the Committee shall be confidential and shall be closed to all persons except the following:
        1. The student. (Absence of the student will result in adjournment of the hearing and no further action will be taken.)
        2. The faculty or staff member bringing the charge against the student or being accused by the student.
        3. Counsels (see VII. B. 2. a. The Right to Counsel).
        4. Witnesses who shall:
          1. Give testimony singularly and in the absence of other witnesses.
          2. Leave the committee meeting room immediately after completion of the testimony.
      2. The hearings will be tape-recorded. Tapes will become the property of the committee and the president will determine access to them. All tapes will be filed in the vault in the college Business Office and kept for three (3) years. The VP for Support Services will keep copies of all correspondence and rulings surrounding the hearing for three (3) years.
      3. The committee shall have the authority to adopt supplementary rules of procedure consistent with this code.
      4. The committee shall have the authority to render written advisory opinions concerning the meaning and application of this code.
      5. Upon completion of a hearing, the committee shall meet in executive session to determine concurrence or non-concurrence with the original finding and to recommend sanctions, if applicable.
      6. Decisions of the committee shall be made by majority vote.
      7. Within four (4) working days after the decision of the committee, the VP for Support Services shall send a certified letter to the student's last known address providing the student with the committee's decision.
  3. Appeal to the President: A student who refuses to accept the findings of the committee may appeal in writing to the president within ten (10) working days after receipt of the committee's decision. The president shall have the authority to:
    1. Review the findings of the proceedings of the committee.
    2. Hear from the student, the VP for Support Services, and the members of the committee before ruling on an appeal.
    3. Approve, modify, or overturn the decision of the committee.
    4. Inform the student in writing of the final decision within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the appeal.
  4. Appeal to the Board of Trustees: The complainant or the defendant in the matter may request in writing a hearing before the Board of Trustees as an appeal of the president's decision within ten (10) working days of that decision. The Board of Trustees or a committee of the board may review information to date and render a decision without the personal appearance before them of the parties of the Judicial Committee hearing or they may choose to have the parties involved in the hearing appear before them before rendering a decision. The decision of the board will be made within twenty (20) working days and will be final.

Diagram of Student Due Process Procedure

Incident/Infraction Occurs
College Official May Suspend Immediately
Notify VP for Support Services
(Within 2 Days*)
VP for Support Services Investigates and Informs Student in Writing of Decision
(Within 10 Days*)
Student May Appeal in Writing to Judicial Committee
(Within 6 Days*)
VP for Support Services Informs Student of Hearing
(Within 6 Days*)
Judicial Committee Hearing
(Within 10 Days*)
Decision Sent to Student
(Within 4 Days*)
Student May Appeal to President
(Within 10 Days*)
President Informs Student in Writing of Decision
(Within 10 Days*)
Student May Appeal to Board of Trustees
(Within 10 Days*)
Board Informs Student in Writing of Decision
(Within 20 Days*)
*Working days, not calendar days

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act Information

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education to inform the campus community where law enforcement agency information on registered sex offenders is available. Additionally, the law requires persons registered as sex offenders, and who are employed by the institution, who carry on a vocation at the institution, or who attend classes at the institution, to notify the institutions of higher learning of their presence on campus.

Information regarding individuals on the registered sex offenders' list can be obtained from the sheriff's office in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee Counties. Additionally, the North Carolina Department of Corrections website (www.doc.state.nc.us) provides access to search offender information by the offense committed, the county in which the offense was committed, the date of admission into a correctional facility, and the offender's status and release date.